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Schowalter Villa Plans $6.1M Capital Project

Posted 5/5/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Schowatler Villa has announced a $6.1 million investment in its campus with the construction of a two-story, 30,000 square foot addition to the south end of its campus.  The project will create individual living accommodations for all residents in healthcare living.  Currently, there are 38 individuals living in 19 semi-private residences.

Bluestem Communities CEO James Krehbiel said the project, which will break ground in 2017, will have residents living in their new, private, rooms by 2018.

In addition to adding private living spaces for residents, the project will also expand the Intergenerational Childcare Center.

“From an economic development standpoint, the development will be large enough to add six to eight children,” he said.

The new facility will also feature a coffee shop and cafe open to the public.

However, before construction on the building can begin, Schowalter Villa is investing $1 million in infrastructure.

“We are adding a culvert system because that area has been known for flooding and high or standing water.  We will create some walking trails, shallow ponds and trails that connect Hesston College and Dyck Arboretum,” said Krehbiel. 

Before construction begins, eight buildings will be removed, seven of which are occupied.

“We have been in conversation with residents for a long time. They are each moving to homes of equal or greater value and many of them seem excited about the move,” said Krehbiel. 

The fundraising, which has been in a quite stage, has already cleared half the total cost of the project, according to Vonnie Sieber, Bluestem Communities Chief Philanthropy Officer. 

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The Littlest Reading Angels Found At Hesston Elementary

Posted 5/5/2016

Record Staff

Hesston Elementary School students lent a helping hand to children half a world away through a book drive for Ethiopia Reads.

Hesston Elementary School Librarian Rhonda Unruh coordinated a book drive for students, and pitched in books from the Hesston Elementary School library.

“We donated 11 total boxes of gently used, high quality books during the HES Book Drive. Of those 11 boxes, seven boxes were donated by students, and the remaining four were donated by the HES library from books that have been ‘weeded’ or pulled from our school library for various reasons. There's an average of 40-50 books per box, so that would make our total donations approximately 550 books,” said Unruh.

The book drive takes place during Earth Week, as students learn about recycling and stewardship of the planet.  

Hesston Ethiopia Reads coordinator LeAnn Clark said the book drive helps Hesston students appreciate the many resources they have.

“I think it is good for kids to understand there are children in the world who don’t have a book, let alone an iPad or phone.  Rhonda has helped them understand the importance of books,” she said. 

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Having a Great Mother Never Gets Old

Posted 5/5/2016


Hesston Record Staff

For Glenda Franklin, maternal instincts have been a centralizing force that has repeated itself for generations.

The 102-year-old Hesston resident has seen both daughters celebrate their golden anniversaries.

"It makes me think I'm old," she said, when asked about her children reaching the milestone.

When Glenda Unruh was born March 16, 1914, in rural Barton County, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was still alive. She used to walk two miles to school every day as a young child. On cold mornings she'd carry a boiled egg straight out of the pot to keep her hands warm, said daughter Jeanette Frederick of Bryant, Arkansas.

"When I started school, they told me I better quit talking German and start talking English," she said. Students would receive a spanking if they spoke German.

Her family attended church every Sunday by taking a horse and buggy, and she has vivid memories of the Dust Bowl and grasshopper plagues stripping every tree of its leaves.

"That was just terrible," she said about the huge clouds of dust. "It rolled in out of the north."

Glenda helped raise her four younger siblings and served as an example by working hard to save money for college. After graduating from high school in 1933, she moved in with a family and toiled from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day while saving enough money to attend Bethel College.

"I was just pleased to go to college," she said. "I wanted to be a teacher so bad."

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Larks Fly Through Regionals

Posted 5/5/2016

By Rusty Whitcher

When the final out was recorded, Cody Widman’s surge of euphoria turned quickly to one of minor panic.

Widman realized he was about to be the center of a mob of Larks as the Hesston College baseball team rushed from the dugout. Widman tried to escape his teammates before being cut off by his shortstop Jake Shelby. With a grin from ear to ear, Widman became the bottom of a frenzied, celebratory dogpile

“Man, our team is fat,” Widman said, still smiling after the pile.

Hesston College’s baseball team captured the Region 6 Championship with an 8-7 victory in game four to secure the 3-1 series win over Brown Mackie on May 1. The Larks now will stay around Hesston as they await the Plains District Championship, to be hosted by the winner of the Wentworth Military Academy-Longview Community College series on May 19-22.

“The one thing that we did better this series than we have was that we left runners on base as a pitching staff,” Head Coach Kyle Howell said. “We got good performances from Skyler Frizzell and Hayden Pentecost who had both been on the shelf, and really kind of stepped up and wanted the baseball. From that perspective the pitching staff really stepped up and I thought we played well.”

Mother Nature had to get her say into the series as the games were originally supposed to begin on April 29 in Salina. With a deluge of rain, the opening two games of the series were erased, giving the Larks a chance to host the beginning on April 30.

Collin Loutensock took the hill for the Larks, setting quite a tone in the opening game. Loutensock worked his second consecutive complete game, this one a no-hitter, in a 5-2 win.

“I think it just kind of gave us the mentality that we could do it because going 1-2 against them earlier just put us down,” Loutensock said. “And then me coming out and performing the way I did and the way the team doing the way they did, it just kind of feel like it gave us an ‘oh we can do it’ and we did it.”

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