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Long-Time Educator Taking H.E.S. Principalship

Posted 7/10/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Alisa Krehbiel, a 25-year veteran in education and 18-year member of USD 460 staff, will be stepping in as the new Hesston Elementary School Principal in the fall of 2014.

As the new administrator, Krehbiel brings with her over two decades of classroom experience.

“I have taught in various grades throughout the years. I have taught grades Kindergarten through second grade, as well as seventh and eighth grades,” she said.

Within USD 460, Krehbiel has served primarily at Hesston Middle School.

“ My first two years in the district, I was a teacher assistant in sixth grade and in the extended learning program.  Then I transitioned to a teaching position as a seventh grade language arts teacher, eventually moving to the 8th grade language arts position where I have been the last eight years,” she said.  

During her time at USD 460, Krehbiel has established herself as a professional willing to go above and beyond classroom duties.

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Leaving After A Lifetime At Kropf Lumber

Posted 7/10/2014

For The Record

Mel Diller is retiring as Vice-President of Kropf Lumber after nearly a lifetime of service to the business.

To honor his decades of work, Kropf Lumber is hosting a retirement celebration Friday, July 11 from noon to 4 p.m.

Diller has worked in a variety of capacities at Kropf Lumber over his 44 years with the company and additionally helped out part-time during his growing up years. Mel has been a real asset to Kropf Lumber over the years and his years of experience and knowledge of the industry will be greatly missed by customers and fellow employees. 

 Mel’s Retirement Story

Mel Diller is retiring from his position as Vice-President of Kropf Lumber in Hesston after working full time since 1970. 

Diller was born a few months after his father, Bob Diller, was asked to manage the lumberyard while the new owner, Ivan Kropf, remained at his home in Oregon. 

It was 1948 Ivan Kropf purchased the lumberyard in Hesston, the year that Bob Diller was hired as the first manager at Kropf Lumber and the year that Mel Diller was born. For all Mel Diller knows, 1948 was also the year that his career at Kropf Lumber began. Since his father was the first manager at Kropf Lumber, Diller literally grew up with the business.

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On The Hunt For Family's Heritage

Posted 7/10/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Bobbie Barber is on a family quest. The Hesston resident has undertaken a journey that has taken her hundreds of years into the past and thousands of miles across the world.

Barber, after exploring as much of her American history as possible is now on a two-month tour of the United Kingdom to track down even deeper roots of her family tree.

“To a certain extent, we are who we are as a result of the choices and sacrifices our ancestors made,” she said.

Barber, in exploring her history and the choices that led , found a deeper connection to her family’s complex lineage.  

“A nonchalant attitude about our ancestors seems somewhat irreverent to me.  When you really stop to think about it, every person that came before us was created with the same needs, the same desires, the same feelings and the same hopes we have,” she said. 

Barber said her ancestor’s hopes and dreams were not always to stay connected to the family heritage, but to live successful lives in spite of their lineage.

“My father's paternal great-grandmother was full blooded American Indian, married to an Irishman. The social stigma in the U.S., borne by both nationalities in the late 1800's and early 1900's, precluded announcing that heritage to the world,” she said.

While the concealment of Barber’s family’s past improved their lives, Barber said it created challenges for her as she began mapping her ancestry.

“Because of the persecution and forced relocation endured by the Irish, Scottish and American Indian, records are more sparse and incomplete.  I have been able to trace back to the early 1600's in Scotland and Ireland, which is 12 generations,” she said.

While records are available in the United Kingdom, Barber said she is relying heavily on modern science to track down her heritage with little written bloodline documentation.

“The American Indian ancestry is still a work in progress...I have only documented four generations.  I am hopeful the DNA test I recently submitted will give me more insight on where to go with that one,” she said. 

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Breaking Stereotypes And Building Bonds

Posted 7/10/2014

By Record Staff

Schowalter Villa is getting an infusion of young blood this summer through the Junior Volunteer program.  Nearly two-dozen middle-school-age young adults are volunteering hours of their week to spending time with residents at Schowalter Villa.

“These kids are giving up time they could be doing anything else – they could be at the pool, in bed, working jobs – but they choose to come here and do something for another generation.  It really says a lot about their character,” said volunteer coordinator Megan Kelley.

For junior volunteers were helping serve ice cream to residents on the Schowalter Villa Main Street. 

“I’ve been volunteering all my life.  I like to make time to help. It’s fun,” said volunteer Elie Silks.

Seasoned volunteer Simon Krehbiel has dedicated a significant part of his summers to Schowalter Villa. 

“This is my second year. It sounded fun to help and it sounded like a new experience I could try,” he said. 

For two volunteers, family prompted them to get out and find new ways to spend their summer free time.

“My dad told me about it and thought I should try it,” said volunteer Jacob Penner.

“This is my first year.  I wanted to get away from babysitting my brother,” said volunteer Jessica


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