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Larks Return to The Nest

Posted 8/20/2015

By Jackie Nelson & Rachel McMaster

Hesston College welcomed new and returning students to campus and a new year during Opening Weekend Aug. 14 to 16.

As freshman and returning students swarmed into their dorms over the weekend, they began making themselves at home on campus.

“I love the Christian and friendly feel. And all the professors are top-notch,” said sophomore Eleya Rain of Oxford, Iowa.

She added a bit of advise for the incoming freshmen.

“Put studying first.  It is easy to get in trouble with homework when you’ve made friends and want to put things off,” she said.

Freshman Kelsey Unruh, a 2015 Hesston High graduate, plans to major in sports management and play basketball for the Larks.

“I like that it is Christian-based.  It is close to home but I have my own space.  And, I know I wouldn’t do well in a big university,” she said.

Unruh’s roommate, Karen Penner, arrived at Hesston College from Chihuahua, Mexico.

“I have relatives that went here and my sister went here. I haven’t decided on a major yet,” she said.

Jordan Staltzfus from Goshen, Indiana, made his way out west for the Hesston College aviation program.

“It is number-one on Aviation. I went on a visit to Perdu and it was overwhelming.  I like the campus feel.  And, to the faculty and staff, you’re not just a number here; you not going to be forgotten,” he said.

President’s Scholarship winner freshman Cheri Baer came to Hesston from Applecreek, Ohio. 

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Baby Blanket Bonanza From HUMC

Posted 8/20/2015

By Record Staff

The Hesston United Methodist Church donated 31 quilted and crocheted baby blankets to Grace Medical Center in Wichita.

“The blankets will be given to new mothers at their first post-birth appointment. They are for new mothers  that, this might be the only baby blanket they receive,” said Grace Medical representative Elizabeth Reber.

Ellen Samuelson, United Methodist Women President, said the project to create and collect blankets has been on-going.

“The United Methodist Women started on blankets during a work-day,” she said.

Suzanne Morr, Chairperson of Missions, added the whole congregation got involved in the project.

“We had many people working on making blankets. We even had a teenage boy - Jace Regier - make a blanket.  We had a great group of volunteers,” she said.

Grace Medical Center is supported by the United Methodist Church with ten locations throughout Kansas. 

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Hesston Public Library The Best Small Library In Kansas

Posted 8/20/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston Public Library has been named the Best Small Library in Kansas by the Kansas Library Association.  The award is granted to libraries in communities with fewer than 5,000 residents.

“This is a snapshot in time. There was a decade of work leading up to this,” said Director Libby Albers.

The award will be presented to Albers Oct. 1, at a ceremony in Kansas City. Along with the prestige of the award, a $500 prize was awarded to the library.  Albers said the additional money will be allocated to programming.

“This award is validating for all the work that has been done on Hesston Public Library for over a decade.  The work of Chris Buller with the design of the new library and the move with Cari Cusick to the programing we are now able to support and do, physically, with the space.  Multiple people deserve credit.  The Board has been incredibly supportive as well,” said Albers.

With the award, Albers hopes to bring more people to Hesston Public Library.

“I really hope this entices people who haven’t been here since they were in school to stop in and see this is a great place to pick up a movie, learn a new language, if you have an extra hour with your kids and don’t know what to do, you can bring them here and play games. If you are a business looking for a conference room, we have meeting spaces,” she said.

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Art In The Park, Coming To Heritage Park Aug 22

Posted 8/20/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Brittni Rhodes, through Giggle This Studio, is out to paint the town on Satruday, Aug. 22 at Heritage Park with the second annual Art in The Park. The event is free and open to the public.

“I don’t want money to get in the way of the message,” said Rhodes.

Craft events will begin at 9 a.m. and be open until 11 a.m., or until supplies last.

Andy Rains, the Passion Painter will be performing again this year with his larger-than-life Christian themed paintings. And, once again the event will culminate in a paint fight.

“We’re also having musical performances by Lauren Thompson and Diana Funk putting together a fourth and fifth grade ensemble. Darrin Entz is heading up the worship team from [Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church],” she said.

Like last year, each station will have an accompanying Bible verse for participants to read.

Last year’s event drew hundreds of Hesston children and their families. This year, Rhodes is looking forward to another strong turnout.

“When I started it last year, I entered it with the intention of it being an annual event for kids. So  there wasn’t any deciding if I was going to do it again - I felt like it was a natural thing to do,” she said.

While last year’s event was a success, Rhodes said she learned a great deal and there will be some minor changes this year.

“The paint fight will look a little different. I think we will be doing the paint fight for different age levels. Last year might have been a little overwhelming for little kids. We want to make it more accessible for everyone who wants to participate,” she said.

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