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Little Libraries Coming Soon

Posted 9/8/2016

By Jackie Nelson

New libraries will be popping up around Hesston in the coming weeks as six the Little Free Libraries are established across the community.

Hesston Public LIbrary Director Libby Albers said the project has been an on-going process.

When we realized that 2016 celebrated 50 years of Swather schools, we thought that commemorating that anniversary with little community libraries would be a great way to promote life-long literacy,” she said.

Currently, all six libraries are in the Hesston Community Room, awaiting transport and installation. 

“At this point in the project, I'm most excited about getting them out of the public library's community room and into their locations!  We have several steps to go behind the scenes before they are official open for use, but our goal is to have them up and running by Coming Home,” she said.  

Little Free Libraries have been planted across the country since 2010. As an extension of popular ‘Take a book, leave a book’ shelves in public gathering spaces, according to Little Free Library’s web page, over 40,000 such Little Libraries have been established. Little Free Libraries can be found in all 50 states and in 70 countries.

While Hesston is only two square miles, Albers said the libraries will provide greater access to books. 

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Collaboration Key For Home Sweet Hesston Celebration Weekend

Posted 9/8/2016

By Jacki Nelson

This year’s Coming Home celebration - Home Sweet Hesston - will see a revitalization and the addition of Hesston College.

This year’s celebration, which will take place beginning Sept. 28 with events through Oct. 1, will feature several community meals and events. 

Co-Coordinators Susan Lamb, Director of the Hesston Community Foundation and Dallas Stutzman, Director of Alumni and Church Relations for Hesston College said this year presents a unique opportuntiy to bring graduates back to Hesston.

“This is the 50th anniversary of USD 460, we’ve had that connection because of Hesston Academy.  We started looking, and we are right at 500 alumni that went to Hesston High School in the last 50 years and went to Hesston College,” said Stutzman.

Lamb said the event presents “a broader base of organizations and people helping.”

One of the primary changes residents will notice is a scheduling change for the parade, which is being held on Wednesday.

“The great thing is, it allows the churches to engage as participants in the parade and also maintaining their cohesiveness as a Wednesday night program,” she said.

Saturday activities will take place at Hesston College, with a picnic and entertainment for all ages offered throughout the day.

“We are hoping the community, as well as Hesston High students, come to campus on Saturday for the free meal, the community and kids’ festival and free soccer games,” said Stutzman.

An event both coordinators were looking forward to was Saturday evening’s concert, featuring musicians from across the spectrum of the community.

“I think it’s huge - the combine choirs, Hesston College and Hesston High school bringing back alumni of both schools,” said Lamb.

Stutzman added, “I think that Saturday night is our anchor piece to the whole thing.”

While there are new events and a new schedule, Lamb said some of the touchstone events will remain the same. 

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I Wear Your Granddad's Clothes, I Look Incredible

Posted 9/8/2016

By Jacki Nelson

NEWTON - Dozens of Hesston volunteers have put in hundreds of man hours sourting clothes, weaving rugs and fashionably decorating window fronts at the Etcetera Shop in Newton.

Janet Franz has been one of the most consistent volunteers, and jack of all trades for the thrift store, organizing shelves, sourting clothes and running the register every Tuesday morning. 

“I love it. It’s the friendliest place,” she said.

Six years ago, Franz was looking for a volunteering opportunity and a friend suggested the Etcetera Shop.

Fellow Hesston residents, Kerry and Nancy Krehbiel, along with their grandson, Simon, have also been clerking at the Etcetera Shop.

“This volunteer job is our favorite volunteer job,” said Nancy, who has retired.

While giving their time, all three of the Krehbiels, as well as Franz, said the relationships built with customers and the personal stories are the highlight of their volunteer experience.

Franz said one of the most emotional experiences was returning a handmade heirloom to a family.   A cross stitched forget-me-not came though in a box of donated items.  Franz was immediately drawn to the hand stitched piece.

“It was just gorgeous.  On the back was the name of the lady who made it, with information about the piece - it gave her name, her age, 63, and she made it for herself.  It also said ‘I wonder if anyone will remember me.’” 

Franz recognized the name on the piece and contacted the woman’s church to find more information about her and possibly returning the piece to her family, should they want it. 

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Ellen Voran to Receive Volunteer of the Year Award

Posted 9/8/2016

For The Record

TOPEKA – LeadingAge Kansas will honor Ellen Voran with the Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to Schowalter Villa in Hesston.  The award will be presented to Voran as part of the Association’s Quality First Awards of Excellence program during their Policy and Leadership Conference on Sept. 27, in Junction City.

This award is presented to a LeadingAge Kansas member’s volunteer whose achievements have made a difference to the lives of the people working and living in member organizations.

Voran’s nomination showcased an entire body of volunteer service to the staff and residents of Schowalter Villa.  Some of her talents include cooking, singing, quilting and cataloging. Her most impactful work is with the Villa’s innovative Music and Memory Program.  The program helps those with a wide range of cognitive and physical difficulties find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music. Residents listen to their personalized playlist through iPods.

Voran catalogs and organizes hundreds of donated albums for the program so a song can be found quickly and loaded onto an iPod.  She had to learn how to use a laptop and Microsoft Excel to catalog the albums.  It was an excellent learning experience for her.

According to Marian Zook Heidner, Social Worker and Team Leader for Music and Memory, “Working with volunteers is not always the easiest, but working with Ellen has been exceedingly easy and part of that is because Ellen accepts this as a position. When she says that she is going to come, she always comes and works the full amount. She works hard like this is her job. She is always punctual and takes responsibility. She finds things to add to make it work better, just like if we’re paying her”

“Ellen is extremely deserving of this honor,” said Debra Zehr, LeadingAge Kansas president and CEO.  “Her passion and dedication to helping others helps her live out the mission of nonprofit aging services providers.”

The LeadingAge Kansas Quality First Awards of Excellence has honored outstanding volunteers, caregivers and innovative aging services providers for 26 years through a partnership with Central National Bank. 

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