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Gifts Galore At H.A.S. Holiday Marketplace

Posted 11/5/2015

By Jackie Nelson

With the holiday shopping season nearly here, Hesston Area Seniors (H.A.S.) is hosting its third annual Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Marla Sharp, H.A.S. Director, said the Holiday Marketplace is an opportunity for residents to visit with local vendors and discover local in-home businesses.

Tracy Thiesen, a 31 Bags vendor, said this is her third year at the Holiday Marketplace.

“It’s a way to get your name and product out there. At these events, you don’t plan on making a lot of money, but you get the contacts.  It’s good business and it’s good for the community, too,” she said.

Fellow vendor Elsbeth Kuhn is bringing a new product to the Market Place.

“It was an exciting opportunity to get my product out there. That’s the first time Usborne Books is in the area. We offer children’s books and activity books,” she said.

Sharp said this year’s 31 vendors will represent a wide variety of local and out-of-town sellers.

“The first year, we just had people bringing us cards or referrals of vendors they knew of. This year and last year, we get contacted starting in about July. We’re always looking for new vendors,” she said.

Sharp added this year all vendors, as well as the H.A.S. bake sale, will have receipts that are eligible for the Hesston Chamber Save Your Receipts program (See related story).

“It’s the opportunity to have a look at what’s out there, and get some Christmas shopping done. And, you’re supporting those of us in the community and local,” said Kuhn.

Thiesen said money spent at the Holiday Marketplace largely stays local.

“Them buying their Christmas gifts here helps me buy my kids’ Christmas gifts,” she said. 

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Chamber Kicks Off Annual Save Your Receipts For 2015

Posted 11/5/2015

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Chamber of Commerce has kicked off its annual Save Your Receipts program beginning Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. 

According to Becky Galloway, last year’s Save Your Receipts totaled over $40,000. 

“Receipts for goods, services, doctor visits, donations and now the Holiday Marketplace at H.A.S. will all be eligible,” she said.

Galloway said she has worked to expand the Save Your Receipts program for the last two years.

“We added non-profits last year, and we had people come in who were not part of Save Your Receipts before. With including the Holiday Marketplace, we are hoping to get even more.  The Senior Center is part of our organization.  I’ve been working with Director Marla Sharp and trying to get people out to that and motivate people to get out and shop,” she said.

Galloway said her goal again for the 2015 Save Your Receipts is to once again surpass $40,000.

“I really enjoy all the people coming in and bringing the tickets. There are people that come in regularly, once a week. There are other people that save them up for two months and bring them in.

“I see a lot of spouses bringing in receipts. It’s their job to bring them in. That part I really enjoy. It’s fun,” she said.

Galloway said this year’s grand prize is once again $250 Chamber Bucks. Two second place winners will receive $50 Chamber Bucks and two third place winners will receive $25 Chamber Bucks.

“They can be used at ay business that is a member. We do break them up. I give them in increments of $25, so you don’t have to spend them all in one place, since you don’t get Chamber Bucks back,” she said.

One chance drawing ticket is given for every $20 in pre-tax receipts.  Receipts can be added together to reach the $20 ticket.  Recepts can be turned in to Galloway at the Chamber Office, located in City Hall, during business hours Monday through Friday.

Receitps must be dated Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. The prize drawing will take place at the Jan. Chamber Luncheon. 

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Schowalter Villa Earns Sixth PEAK Award

Posted 11/5/2015

 By Jackie Nelson

Last week, Schowalter Villa was awarded with its sixth PEAK Award.  PEAK - Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas - is an organization centered around retirement communities committed to changing medical model retirement living to more individual-focused care and attention. 

“Many positive things have occurred over the years as a result of our focus on the four PEAK domains: resident choice, staff empowerment, home environment and meaningful life,” said Treva Greaser, Schowalter Villa Executive Director. 

Greaser said in the 12 years Schowalter Villa has been part of PEAK, there have been radical changes in resident life.

“It’s hard to believe we used to do some things that were standard practice and may still be in some places.  So many things have changed. 

“One example of significant change is discontinuing the practice of going down the hall and waking everyone up at 5 a.m. so they could all be ready for breakfast at 7.  Over the past several years, our culture has developed into one in which all long term residents have the ability to choose when they get up in the morning or go to bed in the evening.

“There is a hot and cold food menu available from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. so if a person misses a meal time, they can still eat food of their choice.  If a C.N.A. knows that a person would really rather have a burger for dinner, they will get a burger for the resident,” she said.

The 2015 PEAK Award, Greaser said, is in part due to additional attention to dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease care. 

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