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Coming Home Hesston

Posted 10/2/2014

For The Record

   With so many small towns seeing their fairs, festivals and community events dwindling away every year, Hesston has an enviable community support that comes out in full force during its Coming Home celebration.

    Having just started with the Hesston Chamber just months before this event last year, I did not know what to expect.  But what I found was a community that truly celebrates its hometown and where everyone is proud to be called a “Hesstonian”.  And I found out, in short order that people here are glad to make you feel like one as well whether you live here or not.

     Parades have become a thing of the past for many, yet on Thursday night, Ridge Road will be lined with children, adults and students supporting their hometown teams, organizations and businesses.  It brings back the nostalgic feel of when parades were something everyone looked forward to, families arrived early so their children could get the best spots for candy catching and float watching.

     Hesston has really grown over the years however it has managed to keep its traditions intact.  The bonfire following the parade is something most of us remember growing up – the cheering, the pep talks by the coaches and players, the band playing the school songs, the little kids seeing their “athlete heroes” up close and personal.  The sense of pride and spirit takes us all back to a simpler time and place.

     Maybe that is why Hesston continues to grow….our school district and industries are forward thinking and progressive however our community is one that still enjoys a slower pace, where neighbors know and look out for each other, kids meet at the local ice cream shop and home coming football games are a social event to enjoy with the entire family.

     I hope you will come out this week and show your hometown pride.  Whether you are a parade watching, hamburger eating, football fanatic, firework observer or a weekend 5k runner or walker, Hesston’s Coming Home celebration is for you!  

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Be The Match For Bone Marrow

Posted 10/2/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Rayce getting out of isolation for the first time after another round of chemo.

Instead of hopping in the car and cruising around enjoying the fall, a different kind of Sunday drive is coming to Hesston.
Team Be the Match is coming to the Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with the hopes of registering people to be included in a national bone marrow database. This event is being held in honor of Rayce Mowry of Team Rayce.
Mowry, 10, is the son of Brian and Kelli Mowry (’97 Hesston High), and the grandson of longtime Hesston residents Vonnie and Gerry Sieber. Mowry was diagnosed with Leukemia in June 2014 and is currently being treated in the oncology unit of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. 

An avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, Mowry will need several rounds of chemotherapy treatments and a bone marrow transplant.  His siblings were not a match for the bone marrow transplant so the family is relying on the national bone marrow registry to find his match.

The goal of the event is to have people ages 18-44 register for the national bone marrow database or raise funds by donation for patients in need of transplants. Registration is simple while being non-invasive as it takes just a swab of the inside of the cheek. Samples are typed and entered into the national database. 

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HES Swarming With Visitors For Bug Museum

Posted 10/2/2014

By Record Staff

Hesston Elementary School was crawling with science on Friday afternoon as the second grade class hosted a Bug Museum for parents. Kids brought their creepy-crawly critters to school to study insects and prepare speeches on their science and learning about the lifecycle of insects. 

Second grade teacher Brenda Jaso said students dedicated three weeks to their insect investigation. 

During that time, we also took a field trip to Botanica Gardens in Wichita to visit their Monarch Days exhibit to learn about the remarkable Monarch Butterfly,” said Jaso. 

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Pumpkin Fest At Dyck Arboretum

Posted 10/2/2014

By Jackie Neslon

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains is hosting its 3rd Annual Prairie Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. until dusk.  This event combines a family-friendly pumpkin patch atmosphere with hands-on learning experiences around an old-time harvest celebration theme.

"We're hoping for fantastic weather again, which made for an excellent turn-out last year," said Arboretum Director Scott Vogt. "This event is a great opportunity to have some educational activities like the cider press and rope-making alongside fun fall games like the hedge apple launcher and pumpkin decorating."

The festival will feature various fall-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, food vendors, a pumpkin decoration contest, and a favorite from last year, the hedge apple launcher.  

Kids will enjoy barrel train and hayrack rides, a petting zoo, face painting and duck racing. 

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