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Sending Songs Of Love

Posted 2/6/2014

Record Staff

 Serenading your sweetheart has long been a lover’s tradition.  However, if you are not musically inclined, the Hesston High Singers can deliver a Singing Valentines on Feb. 13 to your sweetheart.

 According to Choir Director Jessica Harrison, Signing Valentines can be ordered for $20 through the Hesston Activities Office (620-327-7122).

Lovebirds must order the crooning crew soon, as the deadline is Feb. 12, or until slots are filled. 

“The money goes toward our Kansas City trip,” said Harrison.

This year Harrison said the Singers can deliver about two-dozen Singing Valentines.

“I think we deliver around 25 or so. It all depends on how much driving is involved. We can fit in more if there are several in the same building,” she said.

Harrison said recipients will be in for a surprise, as the Singers will be choosing songs to perform this year.

“ I would rather not put out a song list.  I let the students pick which song we sing for each person. Often at least one student has a connection to who we are singing to. So they pick the song they think that person would enjoy the most,” she said.

Harrison said with many talented vocalists, some will have solo parts in different pieces of their repertoire. 

“Several students will be featured as soloists throughout the day, so if we are singing to a relative of that student we sing the song they are featured in.”

The Singing Valentines will travel to locations in Hesston and Newton for delivery. 

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Pancake Feed Far From A Flop

Posted 2/6/2014

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Lions Club had a highly successful Pancake Feed on Saturday, Jan. 25. 

According to Lions Club member John Buller, the event grossed over $8,000

“I think we raised a little over $8,000.  We really have had great support from the community public ad business community,” said Buller.

Funds from the Pancake Feed will benefit the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains trail restoration project.

“We were thrilled with the turnout and the response that people gave about the project it felt like a worthy cause. It was an affirmation of what we are doing,” said Arboretum Directory Scott Vogt.

Buller said the Lions had an exceptional volunteer crew.

“We had a lot of volunteers this year. We had kids from the Lovin’ The Real H-Town camp, folks from the Arboretum, Lions Club members – it was really good,” he said.

Buller said in addition to volunteers hundreds of pounds of food are needed to make the breakfast a success.

“We went through 110 pounds of pancake mix, 38 bottles of syrup, 700 cups of coffee, 94 dozen eggs, 16 pounds of butter and we grilled 190 pounds of sausage,” he said.

Buller added the Lions extended a special thank you to The Water’s Edge and Chef Tom Basore.

“We really want to thank Tom at The Water’s Edge for his assistance in helping us grill the sausage,” he said.

Buller said the Pancake Feed is an important event for the Lions.

“This is our major fundraiser for the year to fund the things we do in the community,” he said.

Buller said the Lions are an extremely active organization in Hesston, supporting many events and organizations.

“We have many, many different programs we support.  People who see the placemats see how many projects are supported by the Lions,” he said. 

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Pinewood Derby Dash

Posted 2/6/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Cars whizzed down the track in excess of 250 miles per hour at the annual Scout Pinewood Derby on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The winning car, built by scout Keagan Shelite, scorched down the track with an average speed of 264.5 miles-per-hour and took first place in the Grand Finals. 

The cars, built to 1/30 scale, were timed to scale, allowing Scouts to earn bragging rights on top speeds.

For the LeFevre family this year’s derby was a battle of the siblings. Don LeFevre’s three children, Meredith, Colin and Noah, all had cars in this year’s derby.  Youngsters Meredith and Colin were entered into the Outlaw class, for non-Scouts, and Noah, a member of the Scouts raced with his pack.

For Meridith, this year was her first Derby car. 

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New Chamber Board Members Add Diversity

Posted 2/6/2014

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Chamber of Commerce recently elected three new Chamber Board members representing a wide range of Chamber member businesses and organizations. The three new members, Paul Becker, Diane Bonczyk and Bart Kellum, began their tenure on the Hesston Chamber of Commerce Board on Jan. 9. 

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Hesston Community Foundation Can Triple Giving After Outstanding 2013

Posted 2/6/2014

Record Staff

 The Hesston Community Foundation reached its goal in 2013, bringing in $261,476.01 according to Director Susan Lamb.

Lamb said the incredible success of 2013 means the community will benefit even more in 2014.

“The biggest impact is we can almost triple our grant-making,” she said.

Lamb highlighted the return on investments the Community Foundation is currently receiving.

Lamb said the Hesston Community Foundation’s total holdings are now up to $485,188.74,

 “Our investments are currently making 14 percent, on average,” she said.

For 2014, the Hesston Community Foundation will kick off their grant cycle on Feb. 1.

“We’ll do a competitive grant cycle and our board may choose the option of holding funds and making them available as needs arise.  For example, if there is a major fire and a church takes the initiative to assist, we can get funds to the church,” she said.

The competitive grant cycle will begin in early February and be open for one month.

“We are going to open for submission on Feb. 10 and close March 10.  Any local non-profit is eligible,” she said. 

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