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Holidays Not Just A Time For Shopping Support Local Causes Dec. 1

Posted 11/25/2015

By Jackie Nelson

After the spending-spree of Black Friday, Giving Tuesday will be an opportunity for residents to support local non-profit organizations.

Hosted at Hesston Public Library from 12:30 to 5:30 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Organized by the Hesston Community Foundation Director Susan Lamb, the event said the once-a-year event gives donors the option to give to several organizations.

“The purpose of Giving Tuesday is to draw attention, during the busy holiday season, to the importance of charitable giving.  Gifts made during our Giving Tuesday event can go to any local charity. I will make certain they receive those contributions. 

“After a day of counting your blessings on Thanksgiving, I hope anyone who has ever been impacted in a positive manner by Hesston will join us in responding with gratitude by making a gift before the end of the year,” said Lamb.  

The impact of the Hesston Community Foundation has been felt across the community.

“In the past four years, Hesston Community Foundation has made grants to nearly every not-for-profit, church or government entity in Hesston. In 2015 were distributed to 14 different places in Hesston.  This included $8,800 to Hesston USD 460,” said Lamb

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Crosswind Conference Center Focusing On Christ During Christmas Season

Posted 11/25/2015

By Jackie Nelson

For the third year, Crosswind Conference Center will be alight with the story of Christmas during the weeks of Advent.

Director Dave Schirer said the light displays have been an increasingly popular attraction for the camp ground.

“We have grown exponentially. This year, there will be more of a focus on the birth of Jesus, with a number of different stations,” said Schirer.

In addition, Schirer said the campground has added thousands of lights at the hotel, on the bridge, at the gazebo, main house, office and strung through the trees.

The main focus, however, will be a life-size creche. 

“We will have the traveling Wise Men near the windmill, along with the star, we have three six-foot tall Wise Men that will have flood lights. Mary and Joseph will be in the Gazebo this year and there will be shepherds throughout the trees,” said Schirer.

For Christmas light enthusiasts willing to brave the cold, Schirer said there will be a carry-all tractor ride to see all the lights on the grounds for a small donation.

The tradition of hanging thousands of Christmas lights is new to Schirer.

“I was a child of the 1970s. Lights were a waste of time and electricity. It feels different here, because we are focusing on the real reason for the season - the birth of Christ. It is also our gift to the community. We want people to have somewhere they can enjoy and reflect on the season,” he said.

As a former pastor, Schirer said the holidays have changed dramatically throughout the decades.

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Senior Center Spreads Early Christmas Joy

Posted 11/25/2015

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

 While an estimated 350 people got an early jump on their Christmas shopping, the sugar fairy’s siren song appeared to be the most popular draw Saturday at the Hesston Area Seniors Marketplace event.

“Oh, we’ve had a steady stream,” said volunteer Carol Friesen, who spent the morning making New Year’s cookies in the kitchen. “We’re about to sell out.”

Jenny Martens of North Newton and her sister, Marianne Eichelberger, loaded up on the sweet treats. Martens said their strategy was to scope out the merchandise at the booths first before making any purchases. That way they wouldn’t be stuck carrying a lot of items. The first thing they purchased, however, was a batch of cookies.

“We got these in case they ran out,” Martens said.

Eichelberger said she would freeze the cookies and pull one out at a time.

Marla Sharp, HAS director, said the 30 vendors who had booths at the event was the largest number yet. She also said the bake sale was a big hit.

“I would say it’s our best year yet,” she said.

Mildred Martens-Unruh said she bought a peach pie for a church dinner Sunday so she wouldn’t have to bake one.

Donna Becker, with Grand Central, formerly the Newton Area Senior Center, was selling soup and hot cocoa mixes. She recommended them as Christmas gifts for Sunday school teachers, neighbors and grandchildren.

"These are great for people who don't necessarily do a lot of their own shopping or a lot of their own cooking," she said.

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Community Calendar

Posted 11/25/2015


• 10 a.m. Hesston Public Library Story Time

• Hesston Public LIbrary youth volunteer day

• H.A.S. Medicare Part D Appointments

• USD 460 No School


• Noon Community Thanksgiving at H.A.S. CANCELLED

• Hesston Wellness Center Closed

• Hesston Public Library closed



• USD 460 No School

• Hesston Public Library closed

• Hesston Wellness Center Closed

• 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dyck Arboretum Luminary

• 6 p.m. Hesston College Women’s Basketball at Yost Center

• 8 p.m. Hesston College Men’s Basketball at Yost Center


• 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Prairie Land Food Distribution at H.A.S.

• 2 p.m. Lark Womens Basketball at Yost Center

• 4 p.m. Lark Mens Basketball at Yost Center

• 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dyck Arboretum Luminary



• 5:15 to 6 p.m. Cardio Xtraining at Hesston Wellness Center Garden Room

• 6:30 p.m. Meet The Swathers at Hesston Hight

• 6:30 p.m. Swather Power Club Christmas Sale


• Hesston Wellness Center $2 Tuesday

• Hesston Community Foundation Giving Tuesday at Hesston Public Library

• 5:30 to 6:15 Cardio Kickboxing at hesston Wellness Center garden room

• 7 p.m. Hesston Middle School concert at Hesston High Main Gym


• Hesston High Singers Caroling

• 10 a.m. Hesston Public Library Story Time


• 4:30 p.m. Hesston Middle School Basketball V. Hillsboro at Hesston Middle School (girls) and Hesston High School (boys)

• 7 p.m. Hesston Elementary School Winter Concert at Hesston High School Main Gym

• 7 to 8 p.m. Cardio Dance at Hesston Elementary School


• 6 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball V. Buhler at Hesston High School

7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball V. Buhler at Hesston High School 

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Hesston College Gearing Up For Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

Posted 11/25/2015

For The Record

Hesston College will host its 48th annual Thanksgiving Weekend celebration Nov. 26 to 28. The public is invited to attend several events for all ages that have become Hesston College traditions.

Hesston’s Thanksgiving Weekend allows students’ families and prospective students a glimpse of the Hesston Experience and community. Prospective students are welcome for a full campus visit weekend, including an academic and Student Development open house on Friday, Nov. 27, campus tour and spending the night in the dorms. Siblings of current students are especially invited to attend.

A complete weekend schedule and registration information can be found on the Hesston College website at or by calling the Special Events office at 866-437-7866 or the Admissions Office at 800-995-2757.

 Weekend event highlights include

• The annual Thanksgiving evening Masterworks concert will feature the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers, Chorale and Chamber Orchestra for Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26, in the Hesston Mennonite Church Sanctuary on the Hesston College campus.

The 75-minute concert tells the Genesis story with featured soloists Holly Swartzendruber, soprano; Matthew Schloneger, tenor; Doyle Preheim, bass; along with an orchestra and an 85-voice chorus of students and community members.

The concert is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for Hesston College students. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Hesston College Bookstore, 620-327-8104. 

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