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Villa Days Draws Hundreds OfHesstonians

Posted 9/17/2015

By Jackie Nelson

This past weekend, Schowalter Villa and the Dyck Arboretum were alive with activity during the annual Villa Days celebration.

The event raised $18,775, according to Fund Advancement Director Ariana Kauffman.  This year’s Villa Days had a new pace, with event dates and locations being moved.

“There were quite a few changes in the event schedule this year. Even with the changes, we experienced a great amount of excitement. We were thankful for the understanding and willingness of the community to try new things,” she said.

Hundreds of residents and community members turned out for the Friday night supper, ice cream and live music by Book of Jebb at The Waters Edge.

Diners Allen Hahn and Rollin and Janice Camp came out for the evening of entertainment.

“It was here, and they were willing to pack up a dinner for my wife at home,” said Hahn. 

In  the Garden Room, several Hesston College students volunteered to help serve ice cream for music lovers to enjoy on the patio.

“It’s most gratifying to witness different generations connecting, from young famlies who were attending to Hesston College volunteers helping serve ice cream and show ietms during the auction,” she said.

Kauffman added volunteers were the backbone of Villa Days, ensuring events ran smoothly.

“Another highlight was the support from numerous volunteers from the Hesston community and Villa campus. Their enthusiasm for the cause contributes to the success of the event. We are grateful they chose to share their Friday night and Saturday morning with us,” she said. 

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Arboretum Flush With New Visitors For Plant Sale

Posted 9/17/2015

By Jackie Nelson

This weekend the Dyck Arboretum held its annual Fall Plant Sale in cooperation with Schowalter Villa’s Villa Days events.

Office Manager Janelle Flory Schrock said the timing of the plant sale to coordinate with Villa Days was a success.

“We surpassed last fall’s plant sale slightly and sold well over 4,000 plants. We heard all positive comments from those who attended the auction and breakfast,” she said.

Revenue generated from the sale supports the Arboretum’s maintenance, operations and educational programming.

Sunny skies and cool temperatures made the plant sale a pleasant experience for shoppers and staff.

“[It was] a great experience with customers on Thursday through Sunday while working the greenhouse on a beautiful weekend,” said Prairie Restoration Specialist Brad Gurh

“Other than having a great experience with customers on Thursday through Sunday while working the greenhouse on a beautiful weekend,” said Brad Guhr.

Flory Schrock said education on the needs of native insects is starting to take hold.

“We continue to see increased demand for all varieties of milkweed as more and more people become aware of the decline of the monarch population,” she said.

She added the sale was also successful in selling trees and shrubs, which are well-suited for fall planting. 

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Council Approves New Trash, Recycling Provider

Posted 9/17/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston City Council approved a contract with Nisly Brothers, a refuse and recycling company out of Hutchinson and to end the city’s current contract with Waste Connections.

According to City Administrator Gary Emry, the City will realize significant annual savings changing trash and recycling providers.

“In the first year, we will save about $13,500 by switching,” he said.

Emry added Nisly Brothers provides services not currently offered by Waste Connections and Nisly Brothers is a local, family-owned business.

“My recommendation is to accept the proposal and enter into the transition and put a plan in place to make that happen without too many bumps,” he said.

Councilman Brad Unurh said homeowners should see no disruption in services and pickup will remain on Wednesdays.

Steve Ellingboe with Nisly Brothers said residents will have the same size trash and recycling carts.

“They are probably made by the same company. Ours are just a different color,” he said.

City Clerk Jason Thrasher said the only potential for confusion will be during the transition when people have two sets of bins for trash and recycling.

City Attorney J.T. Klauss said Waste Connections will probably respond to the termination of the contract.

“I want the council to be prepared for them not to be happy about that,” he said.

Klauss added Waste Connections will most likely offer a counter-offer at a reduced rate.

“My suspicion is they may try to charge some kind of cart pick-up fee. I don’t recall that being provided for,” he said. 

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Hesston College Ringing In Fall Sept. 25

Posted 9/17/2015

By Rachel McMaster

 The sounds of students across campus will soon not be the only sounds heard coming from Hesston College. The pleasant chiming of bells and music will join the college’s repertoire as campus anticipates the addition of a carillon system to enhance the auditory and spiritual atmosphere on campus and throughout the surrounding community. 

The carillon system designed by Schumerich Carillon Co. in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, is a digitalized system of regular clock chimes that will be used throughout the day, along with a music selection each day and ending at the close of the evening. The exact campus location is yet to be decided by a small representative campus group. 

"The alumni relations department is pleased to be able to add this significant and quality auditory instrument to campus as part of the recent campus transformation, and for the Hesston community's enjoyment as well,” said Dallas Stutzman, director of Alumni and Church Relations. 

The idea for a carillon system has been a topic of discussion since the college’s Centennial celebration in 2009. With the development of the north campus entrance, the college decided it seemed appropriate to give the campus a symbolic auditory element to the visual change of the new north entrance.

Stutzman says the carillon selections will be able to be heard at some distance and a pleasant addition a few times a day for those within reach.

The college’s celebration of the new campus entry at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 25, will include the first official chiming of the new alumni carillon bells. 

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