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Schowalter Villa Wraps Up Largest Campaign, Will Start Construction In May

Posted 3/23/2017

For The Hesston Record

In the coming months, the Hesston community will see a transformation at the corner of south Main Street and Hickory Street as Schowalter Villa begins new construction.

This construction is the result of completion of Schowalter Villa’s A Private Home for Everyone Campaign. 

Last April, Schowalter Villa, a Bluestem Community, launched the public phase of its $6.1million campaign to create private health care rooms for all residents and construct a new, two-story assisted living building.

While primarily focused on creating private rooms and a new assisted living building, the project also includes two new classrooms for the Hesston Community Child Care and a face lift to the corner of Hickory and Main Street, which will entail new walking paths for the community to enjoy. 

“The success of this campaign is the direct result of many generous donors. We are grateful for the support from 266 individuals, our campaign steering committee and our prayer committee, who have all believed in this important project for the Schowalter Villa community and walked alongside us throughout this campaign,” said chief philanthropy officer, Yvonne Sieber. 

The new assisted living building will be named in honor of Roy and Bess Mullet in recognition of lead gifts from Excel Industries and the Mullet family. Roy Mullet was the founder of Excel Industries located in Hesston; he and Bess were Schowalter Villa residents for over a decade. The couple had five sons, each of whom is supporting the project. 

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Stone Creek Getting Set For Spring Planting

Posted 3/23/2017

Hesston Record Staff

Stone Creek Nursery is gearing up for a busy spring as warm weather has brought shoppers in to the business earlier than usual.

Owner Kirby Martin said he is optimistic about this year’s sales.

“People are feeling good about everything; the economy is doing better. I think people, for the most part, are pretty up-beat about stuff.  I don’t know if that means people are going to spend more - we haven’t hit that time of year - but people over all feel good about what’s going on right now,” he said.

Martin said throughout the winter months, Stone Creek staff have worked hard to give their building a brand new look and is excited about changes made at the business.

“The highlight is the re-decoration. It’s a little more open.  It allows for people to get around and see the whole store,” he said.

In addition, Martin said there are several new products for garden enthusiasts and a five-step program for residents wanting the perfect lawn this year.

“We have some new solar lights I think are pretty cool.  I have some new terrarium stuff to do-it-yourself terrariums for succulents. We have some fairy garden pieces to go with that.  We have some metal chimineas that are very cool,” he said.

Martin added there are dozens of new perennials and annuals for growers looking to add variety to their flower gardens.

“I have a great rep that helps me out.  We get updates on all flower trials. People see what the response is to them and have tested them the last year.  There are thousands of new ones,” he said.

However, Martin said when advising customers, he errs on the side of caution.

“I’m always a little leery of the new plants because you don’t always know how they are going to do here,” he said. 

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Annual Rabies and Registration

Posted 3/23/2017

Hesston Record Staff

The Hesston Lions Club is hosting the annual Rabies and Registration clinic on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lions Club will be issuing City registration tags for dogs and cats.

Registration fees for spayed or neutered dogs and cats are $3 at the clinic.

Registration for non-spayed and non-neutered pets is $15

March 31 marks the end of the grace-period for City pet registration. Fees for registration increase $.50 per month registration has lapsed.

Rabies vaccinations will also be available at the clinic. A one-year vaccination is $16 for dogs and cats.  A two-year vaccination will be $22. 

In addition to rabies vaccinations Hesston Vet Clinic will be offering parvo vaccinations for $21; kennel cough vaccinations for $16; a feline booster shot for feline distemper for $21 and feline leukemia booster for $21.   The clinic will also be offering a check of intestinal worms for $8 and heartworm testing for $18.

Lions Club member Ken Schwanke said the annual clinic is a good way to serve all of Hesston’s residents, and provide opportunities to vaccinate pets at a discounted rate.

“This is one of the annual ways the Lions Club helps serve the community and is a reminder for residents with cats and dogs to get them tagged and registered within the City,” said Schwanke.

Pet owners needing to register their dogs and cats will need to arrive on time.

“It’s usually a pretty full four hours. The staff really gets coordinated in getting people in and out and paperwork done,” said Schwanke.

As word of the event has spread Schwanke said more and more area-wide residents have started taking advantage of the clinic.

“In recent years, there has been more than just Hesston folks taking advantage of it. I’m not sure how many veterinarians there are in the area,” he said.

For those attending the clinic, the line will be first-come, first-serve.

“Most years we have a line of people there. And if it’s a nice day, there may be a line around the corner,” said Schwanke.

Schwanke said the clinic is a benefit for pets and owners.

”It’s a good time to take advantage of getting pets current with shots, a quick look-over and get them registered,” he said.


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New Police Clerk Fits Department Well

Posted 3/23/2017

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

New Hesston Police Department clerk Gloria Arellano should be a familiar face to longtime residents.

She began working with the department as a reserve officer in 1997.

“I remember how young Chief [Doug Schroeder] used to be with his hair,” she said. She used to go on ride-alongs with him back in the 1990s.

“I knew he was going to be something,” she said. “He had that ambition.”

"We knew she was a wonderful fit for our department and for the community, mainly due to her organizational and people skills,” Schroeder said.

Arellano replaces Jeannine Hoheisel, who recently retired.

“Oh wow, those are big shoes to fill,” Arellano said. “She was kind enough to be with me for three weeks. She is a book of knowledge, I’ll tell you that. Very patient.”

Arellano previously worked as clerk for Newton Police Department and Newton Municipal Court. Therefore, she's been around people who have been less than pleased to be spending an afternoon in traffic court. She said she hadn't yet had any negative interactions with the public.

"When that does happen, it's not going to faze me," she said. "You have to try to defuse the situation. I think I do that pretty well. I'm not one to argue. Treat people with respect no matter what they did wrong."

"I think that's the biggest one," Hoheisel said about dealing with the public. "Everyone's due that respect and fairness."

Hesston has six full-time police officers and one reserve officer. Arellano said Sgt. Chris Carter was the funniest officer. "Some stuff that comes out of his mouth just makes you laugh," she said.

Arellano has two children, Veronica Bargill and Paul Mosqueda, and four grandchildren with one on the way. When she's not working or spending time with family, she enjoys volunteering with the Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center in Newton. The organization helps children who have been victims of abuse or neglect, and she has served on its board of directors since 2000. She previously worked as a wedding decorator, which is an interest to which she plans to return when she retires.

Arellano was born in southern California, and she moved to Newton more than 20 years ago. Hesstonians have been hospitable since she started working at the police department Feb. 21.

"The people in town are so inviting," she said. "They're just so welcoming. That's a good thing."

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Elementary School Kids Have ‘Swagger’ During Recess

Posted 3/23/2017

Hesston Record Staff

SWAG (Swather Walkers Achieving Greatness) is a short term walking program that is now in it's second spring at Hesston Elementary.  It is a walking program with rewards that provides students another choice for getting active at recess. 

 A walking program had been a dream at the elementary school for some time but the financial aspect of putting it all together always held us back. 

Thanks to a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Hesston Community Foundation, we were able to get the supplies we needed last year to kick this program off. It proved to be a huge success and when we told the kids that we were bringing it back this spring the announcement was met with loud cheers. 

We were fortunate this year to get a generous donation from Catalyst Safety and a grant from the Hesston Community Foundation that allowed us to fund needed supplies.  We are especially excited about a recent KAHPERD (KS Assoc. for Health - Physical Education) grant we have received that is going to allow us to have a (yet to be announced) grand finale. 

It is our hope that we can eventually get this program fully funded so it can continue to thrive and hopefully grow over the coming years. 

The program was initially introduced as a way to increase physical activity.  Our goal was to get kids to move more by encouraging them to walk.

We had noted that there were some students who were choosing not to get active at recess.  Some would choose to sit, while others were having trouble finding a friend to play with. 

By implementing this program we have given kids another chance to move.  They can walk at any pace they choose and friends can join them.  It's a great way to socialize and exercise at the same time. 

The health benefits of walking include helping to control weight and blood pressure, maintaining bone, muscle and joint health, decreasing the risk of developing diabetes and improving psychological welfare.  The positive impact it has on cognitive skills and attitudes can translate into the classroom with increased academic performance and improved behaviors.  

SWAG takes place on a 1/4 mile walking path that is marked out around our playground.  

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