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Hesston Record 10.16


Hesston Record 10.16

HESSTON SWATHERS GOING TO FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

Posted 11/4/2013

The Hesston Swathers won the second ticket to the football playoffs last Thursday by holding off El Dorado 48-40 in El Dorado. Maize South placed first in the district by blasting Circle 48-0.

 As a prize for placing second, the Swathers earned a ticket north to Holton to face the undefeated Wildcats (9-0) on Tuesday (Nov. 5) in the first round of the playoffs. Holton currently is the No. 1 ranked team in Class 4A and is the defending 4A state champion.

 Kickoff on Tuesday is slated for 7 p.m.

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Hesston Area Senior Center Helping Holiday Shoppers

Posted 10/29/2013

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Area Senior Center is hosting its first-ever Holiday Open House on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

The first-ever event will feature a number of local crafters, vendors and goods.

Hesston Area Senior Center Director Marla X said the event is an opportunity to get families into the Senior Center.

"The idea actually came up in a conversation between myself and a couple of the members – thought this would be a fun event and an opportunity to allow others to become acquainted with the nice facility and Center we have," she said.

While the event is free and open to the public, X said it is also a donation drive for the Hesston Resource Center.

"The event is free to attendees, but we would like them to bring a canned food item or other non-perishable to be donated to the Hesston Resource Center food pantry,” she said.

X said the event is not only a way to introduce the community to the Senior Center, but local in-home merchants as well.

"The event will raise some funds for the Center but is not intended to be a huge fundraiser, just a fun day for the community and a way to highlight area home-based and home-crafted businesses.  We have vendors coming from here in town but also from Newton, Buhler, Andale, El Dorado, Halstead, Potwin, Bentley, Moundridge, Whitewater, Hillsboro and Hutchinson," she said.

X said once she and other committee members started contacting vendors, word spread quickly. 

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YAR Hosts Post-Game Party

Posted 10/29/2013

Record Staff

The Hesston branch of Harvey county’s Youth As Resources (YAR) hosted an after-party for the football game on Friday, Oct. 26.

Two YAR leaders, Meghana Murray and Alec Loganbill, helped coordinate the event.

“We only get X amount of money each semester for an activity.  We decided to do one event with a lot going on and thought it would be more fun,” said Loganbill.

Loganbill added funding has been an increasingly large challenge for the group.

“It was a nation-wide organization that has been called different things in different places. As funding went away, the number of groups went down. We used to get thousands of dollars every year; and now we get $200 per semester,” he said.

Murray remained positive about the organization’s potential. 

“It’s not bad.  It’s just not as much as it used to be,” she said.

Both Murray and Loganbill said YAR has been a good choice for htem.

“I’ve associated with freshmen through this group that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise,” he said.

Murray said the group can empower young people to make better decisions and not cave to social pressure.

“You can be a role model for younger kids.  Some people might not think it’s ‘cool,’ but we do,” she said.

Murray said she remembers YAR students visiting with her class while she was in middle school. 

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Excel's Hustler Hustle Has A Successful Second Year

Posted 10/29/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Excel Industries hosted their second annual Hustler Hustle on Saturday, Oct. 26. This year the race was hosted at Hesston Golf Park. 

According to Keith Skidmore, Excel’s race coordinator, the event drew 69 runners.

“We were pleased with the attendance,” he said.

This year, runners faced a course more suited to cross country runners than pavement races.

“Some of the highlights of the event were the layout of the course. Most 5k runs are not a cross-country layout and the runners had commented that they really enjoyed the run because it was different,” said Mike Kellogg of Hesston Golf Park who assisted Skidmore in coordinating the race.

For race directors, the event was a first-of-its kind.

“This is the first time I’ve done an event like this for adults. I’ve done cross country races for high school kids on turf, but not adults,” said Clark Ensz, officer of Go Race Event Coordinators, the company responsible for timing the race.

When it came to the logistics of the race, Kellogg said timing was everything.

“The biggest challenge of hosting the race was the scheduling of an outside golf event around the race so that neither event had interfered with each other,” he said.

For the director, ensuring runners had clearly marked paths, rather than being able to rely on streets, was difficult. 

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Festival Of Creativity An Occasion For All Ages

Posted 10/29/2013

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Intergenerational Community Advisory Board is hosting their first event Nov.

 “We are most excited that it is a community-wide event. We are bringing the community together. People are very excited about it. We have been getting positive feedback from local businesses and community members.  They are very excited to see something like this take shape,” said Megan Kelley.

 Kelley said the three-day event is the result of collaborative efforts of the committee.

“We worked together as a committee. We started brainstorming and it started to snowball – these wonderful ideas started to take shape and we took them back to some of the people we were working with and got their ideas. Then we came together as a focused committee and more ideas took shape. This is what we came up with,” she said.

 Kelley said this year’s Festival of Creativity will be a combination of previous events and new additions.

“Some of the activities we have done in the past.  They have worked well and we are mirroring some of them.  The event at the library is brand new and we are looking forward to trying something new,” she said.

 Kelley said the new event to be hosted at Hesston Public Library will bring the local business community into the fold of intergenerational relationships.

“It started with us wanting to do a community walk downtown and letting the businesses see us walking down town.  We thought since it was November, it might be too cold, so we needed to find a way to bring it inside.  We thought about ways to get the community to see us and get the businesses inside with us.  We thought about ways to get the kids involved. How could we get kids excited about being inside with businesses.  We thought we’d read them a story – so we got the library involved and it spun off from there,” she said. 

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Save Your Reciepts

Posted 10/29/2013

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the annual Save Your Receipts campaign for this year’s holiday season.

According to Hesston Chamber of Commerce Director Becky Galloway, local retailers depend on high holiday sales.

“The primary purpose of Save Your Receipts is a community reminder to shop local.  Many retailers receive 50 percent or more of their total annual sales during the Christmas shopping season,” she said.

In addition, Galloway said local businesses are the primary supporters of Hesston events and charities.

“Local merchants are the main contributors to local schools, charitable causes and community events.  By shopping local you are in essence helping the entire community,” she said.

The program, which promotes local shopping, tracks local buying and culminates in a drawing for Chamber Bucks.

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