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June 22, 2017 The Hesston RecordJune 22, 2017 The Hesston Record

MCC Sale Tops $500,000

Posted 4/13/2017

Record Staff

Raising over half-a-million dollars in just three days is no small feat. However the Kansas MCC Sale crested $537,458 as the unofficial total for the 2017 sale. 

The quilt auction brought in over $116,000 while the general auction reached nearly $110,000.   Food sales were the third-highest grossing category, raising $101,182. 

As more proof that every penny donated matters, the My Coins Count totaled out at over $15,000. 

Individual Totals

Quilt Auction: $116,787.50

General Auction: $109,834.50

Surplus auction: $6,292.00

Silent auction: $6,498.00

Children’s auction: $1,295.00

My coins count: $15,179.16

Feeding the multitude: $51,833.04

Verenika in domestic arts: $29,571.00

Run: $27,929

Baked goods: $19,778.76

Unofficial Sale Total: $537,458.79

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Local Rescuer Saving Dogs One Foster At A Time

Posted 4/13/2017

Record Staff

While 101 Dalmatians may be a work of fiction, Dana Stahl, one of the charter members of Heartstrings Animal Advocates, has had a revolving door of over 100 dogs looking for forever homes.

Stahl, a foster volunteer for dogs, said she has been passionate about animal advocacy and welfare since she was a child.  As an adult, she began fostering dogs for Caring Hands Humane Society and helped the organization achieve no-kill status in 2016 for the first time in the organization’s history with an over 90 percent save rate.

“I fostered for Caring Hands for almost five years.  I got a job down by the shelter and I started going there on my lunch break to walk dogs,” she said.

While at Caring Hands, Stahl met a dog that would change her life - a white mixed breed.

“She was a basket case. She had been at the shelter for months. She was so wild when you got her out. I knew she would never reach her potential at the shelter. She was my first foster and she was the most challenging one I have had,” said Stahl.

Despite the difficulties, Stahl persevered and continued taking in even the most difficult dogs.

“There is such a need. You see dogs in shelters, they’re on death row and then you take them home and they are wonderful and loving; all they need is a chance,” she said.

As Stahl became more involved in the world of animal rescue, she learned there are several regulations regarding finding permanent homes and saving lives.

“To take a dog from a shelter that is on the euthanize list, you can’t be a direct adopter. You have to be a rescue organization,” she said.

From that, Heartstrings was born.  In its six months as a certified rescue organization and achieving its 501c3 status, Heartstrings has saved over 100 dogs. Stahl said one of the most unique aspects of Heartstrings is it is entirely foster-family based with no central location where dogs are warehoused, unlike a traditional rescue organization.

“The majority of our dogs are in the Wichita area,” she said.

From a financial perspective, having an all-volunteer based network of foster homes allows all of the money raised to be used for the care of dogs and cats that under Heartstrings’ care.

“The donated dollars are going to the animals. None of us get paid, and we don’t want to be,” she said. 

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Adults Can Fall In Love With Real H-Town

Posted 4/13/2017

Record Staff

Adults now have the opportunity to fall in love with The Real H-Town.

Susan Lamb, creator and coordinator of the highly successful Lovin’ The Real H-Town Camp for youth is now opening up an opportunity for adults to get to know Hesston a little better.

“I’d had a lot of requests and questions about why not do it for adults,” said Lamb.

The program is partially sponsored by the City of Hesston’s Community Service Grant.  Registration will be limited to 15 adults.  Forms for the program are avalabie at the Hesston Area Senior Center. Registration forms and the $25 fee must be submitted by April 18 at the senior center. 

Unlike the youth camps, Lamb said the focus will be primarily on the participating businesses and sponsors.

“I don’t plan to do much history because, I would imagine, most of the people who would be interested in this would know more than I do.  And, they are able to access that knowledge more easily than students and do that research on their own,” she said.

Lamb said the tours and information being presented to adults will be “things they are not able to access easily without someone opening up that opportunity.”

Lamb said the group will be touring the USD 460 facilities, one of Hesston’s newest businesses, The Nest at 112, and be touring Excel Industries. 

“It’s an experimental, test the waters program. If it goes well and we have a waiting list, I’d be willing to throw another week of this in,” she said.

Lamb said during the two-day session she is looking forward to getting to know residents and hearing their stories.

“I think I will be learning just as much from them as they are from this experience,” she said. 

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New Officer Taking On The Full Weight Of Hesston Drug Trade

Posted 4/13/2017

Record Staff

Hesston Lions Club President Amanda Claerhout and Treasurer Diane Bonczyk presented Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder with a check for $4,500. 

“We were not surprised by the donation amount. We knew the community would come out and support the police department,” said Bonczyk. 

The funds were raised at the annual Pancake Feed in January and were designated for the purchase and training of the department’s newest officer - Atlas.

According to Schroeder, the donation helped offset the cost of the first three weeks of intensive training for Atlas and his handler, officer Jacob Garver. 

“Officer Garver and Atlas have been trained and demonstrated proficiency by completing certification testing.  They are fully deployable as a resource.  Ongoing training is important for canine teams as they will average 16 – 20 hours of training a month for the rest of Atlas’s career,” he said.

Schroeder said having Atlas on the streets of Hesston is a major benefit for the community.

“A dog is a tremendous resource in deterring and interdicting drugs in the community,” he said.

As a certified drug dog, Atlas can give officers access to vehicles and allow for searches that otherwise may not be conducted.

“I’m looking forward to the ability to find drugs when we suspect that drugs are present, but don’t have probable cause for a search.  If drugs are present, Atlas will indicate and give us probable cause to conduct a search,” said Schroeder.

With Atlas and Garver on call, Schroeder said the pair will be major assets in getting illegal drugs off community streets.

“We are making it very hard for drug users and drug dealers to want to live, traverse and operate in Hesston.  In regards to drugs, we can’t make positive decisions on their behalf, but we will hold them accountable for poor decisions in Hesston,” he said.

As for the Lions, Bonczyk said they will continue to be positive influences on the community.

“  We want people to know we just don’t collect eye glasses and do the pancake feed, we do interstate cleanup twice a year, we sponsor the health fair bus, the rabies clinic and H-town camp. We also sponsor band camp for high schoolers . Just to name a few things the Lions do,” she said. 

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Bugs And Beasties At HES

Posted 4/13/2017

Record Staff 

Carrie The Bug Lady came to Hesston Elementary School with a portable menagerie of creatures. 

The former kindergarten teacher took up her profession of porting around critters and creatures to educate children on all manner of bugs, beetles and small beasties nine years ago. 

Kindergarten children had the opportunity to see and pet many small exotic creatures, ranging from snakes and centipedes to cockroaches and a hairless rat.

“I have one animal I am scared of - mice. I am afraid of mice,” said The Bug Lady. 

However, every week she must overcome her fear and purchase 75 of the critters to feed members of her 150-species-strong animal facility.

The Bug Lady said while she is terrified of white mice, many more people are afraid of her favorite pet - Charlotte, a 15-year-old rose haired tarantula. 

“I had about 60 animals in my classroom when I stopped teaching to do something else in 2008.  I started going to classrooms for teacher friends for free. 

“After the first year, I realized I spent $13,000 on mileage and food. Something had to change,” she said. 

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