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Hesston Record 9.25


Hesston Record 9.25

Museum Event To Feature Historic Mennonite Clocks, Clock Expert

Posted 3/26/2013

For The Record

NORTH NEWTON – A special event at Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus will celebrate a particular kind of clock, the history of which is also that of Russian Mennonites.

April 6, the museum will host Arthur Kroeger of Winnipeg, Manitoba, for a book signing and informal clock appraisal from 2-4 p.m. The public is invited to come and go during these hours.

Kroeger is the author of “Kroeger Clocks,” published in 2012 by Mennonite Heritage Village of Steinbach, Manitoba.

Often called “Mennonite clocks” or “Russian wall clocks,” many of these timepieces originated with Johann Kroeger of Rosenthal, a German Mennonite village in what is now Ukraine. He began maki
ng the clocks in 1804 and the business lasted six generations, until the Russian Revolution ended it in the 1920s.

Because businesses had to be government-controlled once Russia was under Communist rule, Peter Kroeger, the last clockmaker, was forced to close his factory. He tried making them from his home until Communist officials shut off his supply of materials such as brass and steel.


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Youth Raising Funds To Head For Haiti

Posted 3/26/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Kingdom Life Ministries hosted a dance-till-you drop fundraiser for youth planning a summer missions trip.  Youth from around Hesston came to a dance-off at Kingdom Life on Friday, March 22 to raise money.

“The Wii Dance Fundraiser will help raiser money for the students that are planning to go. Each student will have to raise $1,300 for the trip,” said Leslie Duerksen, a youth leader at Kingdom Life Ministries.

Youth at Kingdom Life Ministries are preparing for a trip to Haiti to work with Haiti Lifeline Orphanage.  The group will be departing July 11 and returning July 18. 

“Cliff Good will be leading our trip to Haiti. Cliff has been on the board for Haiti Lifeline Ministries for several years,” said Duerksen.

Kingdom Life Ministries has a long history with Haiti Lifeline Orphaniage.

“We have been involved with Haiti Lifeline Orphanage for over 10 years,” said Duerksen.

While the church has a long-standing relationship with the organization, some of the youth members have an even closer connection.

“We have a few students that have been adopted from Haiti Lifeline Orphanage. Roselene Fishburn who was adopted from Haiti Lifeline Orphanage will be returning for the first time since her adoption. What an honor to share this experience with her,” said

Junior Miller, also adopted from Haiti and has returned to his country of origin several times, said it was important to give back. 

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Hesston College Students Catch Glimpse Of Poverty

Posted 3/26/2013

By Jackie Nelson

More than 100 Hesston College students spent Wednesday night learning what it is like to live below the poverty line during a college-sponsored poverty simulation led by Harvey County Circles of Hope – Peace Connections in Newton. Circles of Hope works to develop resources, educate the community and inspire change in trying to eliminate poverty.

Students were separated into families of all sizes – from one to seven – and dealt with real scenarios while juggling all the responsibilities that come with taking care of self and family over the course of a month.

Some family members worked, others stayed home on disability or unemployment and children attended school. Together they had to figure out how to pay for rent, food, utilities, gas, childcare and any other necessities.

Failure to fulfill their responsibilities resulted in consequences such as having their utilities shut off and paying to have them turned back on, children taken into protective custody by social services because of parents who failed to buy groceries during the week and winding up in court for a variety of offenses and neglect.

“We hope that through this experience, students will gain a greater understanding of and sensitivity toward all people in the world,” said Hesston College education faculty member and event organizer Tami Keim. 

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Local Elections Taking Place April 2

Posted 3/26/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston residents will be heading to the polls on Tuesday, April 2 for local elections.

Polling will take place at Kingdom Life Ministries from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This election there is a special election for a two-year term on the USD 460 School Board.  Candidates for the two-year term are Brian Becker and Michael (Mike) Weber.

Also up for election are three four-year seats. Candidates for the full term position are Layne Frick, Corissa Russell, Kathy Varney and Zach Weaver.

City Council and Mayoral elections are going uncontested this election.

Two City Council seats are up for election.  Candidates for these seats are Jason Jones and Brad Unruh.  Mayor Dave Kauffman is the only candidate for the mayoral election.

Voters must present a photo ID when voting. 

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