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A Vision And A Gift

Posted 4/9/2013

By Rachel Schlegel, Hesston College 

A love for plants and an eye for the Kansas prairie’s beauty were the spark and vision for a treasured Hesston landmark that is left as Evie Dyck’s ongoing legacy with the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains. Evie passed away April 7, at the age of 88.

The Dyck Arboretum was a wheat field on the edge of town when Evie and her husband, Harold, who passed away in 2007, donated its 31 acres to Hesston College in 1981. After being inspired by a trip to the Bartlett Arboretum near Belle Plaine, Kan., the Dycks wanted to create a place in Hesston where people of all ages could enjoy nature, find a peaceful place for reflection and encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the prairie.

They started the arboretum because of my mother’s great love of the Kansas prairie and the Great Plains and her spiritual connection to nature and God’s creation,” said Julia (Dyck) Roupp, one of Harold and Evie’s daughters, in a 2007 interview following Harold’s death.

Their vision has been recognized many times over for the thousands of people who visit the arboretum each year for educational events, entertainment or simple enjoyment of nature. Its location next to Schowalter Villa and a block south of the college makes it a convenient place to unify people across the age spectrum. 

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Pig Roast Feed

Posted 4/9/2013

The Hesston Child Care Center will host their annual Pig Roast on Saturday, April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Whitestone Mennonite Church.

The annual event is one of the largest fundraisers for the Center. 

Director Judy Friesen said funds from this year’s event will be allocated to equipment and scholarships.

“We want to make some improvements on our natural playground and replace some of our tricycles. In addition we want to add to our Scholarship Fund, that enables us to provide child care at a lower rate for families that want a quality program for their children, but do not have the means to pay the full amount. Last year we were able to help 25 different families,” she said.

To make the needed improvements and assist families with child care costs, Friesen said the Center is optimistic about this year’s fundraising.

“Our goal is $5,000, which includes donations from businesses ahead of the dinner,” she said.

Friesen said the center reaches its goal not only due to the generosity of Hesston community members and businesses, but with the help of several volunteers. 

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Emma Creek Classic 5k Walk, Jog or Run 2013

Posted 4/9/2013

Record Staff


The state’s largest women’s-only walk/run is just around the corner.  The Emma Creek Classic 5k Walk, Jog or Run, is in its 24th consecutive year.

The race will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Hesston High School. Hesston is about 40 minutes north of Wichita along Interstate 135.

The race is open to women of all ages and skill levels.

Awards are given to the Top 10 overall winners, plus the top three in each of 16 age divisions. Last year’s race brought 1,122 registrants from all over the country.

The 3.1-mile course allows each participant to enjoy a scenic route through Hesston’s residential streets and along the fairways of Hesston Golf Course.

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