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Celebrate American History at Fort Larned This Independence Day Weekend

If you’re looking for something to do this July 4th weekend Fort Larned has plenty of activities for the whole family.  Fort Larned staff and volunteers will bring the fort to life as soldiers and civilians, officers’ wives and laundress.  Come out and watch the blacksmith use fire to turn iron into everyday object, or hear the crack of rifles and the boom of the cannon.  There will be crafts for kids and the Buffalo Game, a fun way to learn about the North American bison.  Independence Day is a time to think about our history and what our country means to us.  What better place to do that than historic Fort Larned?

Here is the schedule of events for all three days, July 2, 3 & 4:

10:00 am – Anvil and Forge: the Blacksmith at Fort Larned

11:00 am – Frontier Army Weapons: Small Arms and Artillery Firing Demonstration

1:00 pm – The Buffalo Game: The North American Bison and the Plains Indians

2:00 pm – Buffalo Soldiers: An American Legend on the Western Frontier

3:00 pm – So You Want to Join the Army? The Life of a Frontier Soldier

4:30 pm – Flag Retreat: The Traditional Army Flag Lowering Ceremony

 

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences.   Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911.  There is no admission fee.

Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Member Spotlight: Pawnee County Coop

The mission of the Pawnee County Coop is to deliver value to their customers by providing agricultural marketing, technological information and services based on sound cooperative practices while operating as a profitable business. Their vision is to equip their agribusiness members with innovative, progressive ideas and information for them to make future advancements in agriculture to compete in the global market place.

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Member Spotlight: Farmers Bank and Trust

Farmers Bank and Trust, with total assets near $700 million, is a strong community bank with financial stability and capital levels over $90 million on December 31, 2013.

We provide deposits and lending services to a broad range of consumer, retail, manufacturing, agricultural, energy, real estate and commercial customers. Our community banks provide hometown service, resources and support for the seven communities we serve in central Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

The bank’s mortgage division, CapWest Mortgage, provides a variety of residential mortgage products nationwide with enhanced online capabilities. Experienced mortgage professionals serve our clients through internet channels in all 50 states.

Farmers Bank’s team of highly experienced, tenured employees delivers outstanding customer service across their diverse portfolio markets. The bank is uniquely positioned to lead the marketplace by combining key banking and mortgage operations in future opportunities.

We strive to understand our customer’s needs and provide solutions with progressive products. No matter how basic or complex your needs, we’re sure to have the products, knowledge and resources necessary for your financial success.

United Way of Central Kansas is proud to Announce Three New Board Members

With The merger of United way of Central Kansas and United Way of Hoisington UWCK felt it important to have local representative from the Hoisington community.   UWCK prides itself on a diversified Board with a voice in each community.  The two new Board members from Hoisington are Bill Lowry and Karen Van Brimmer.

Bill is the current Superintendent of USD #431.  He is a Fort Hays Graduate that is an asset to the community and school district for nine years.   Bill comes to United Way with a great track record in the school district and is well respected in the community.  The partnership with the local school districts is vital to UWCK and the districts as well. Bill shares the same vision on literacy and other UWCK programs and agencies that benefit the community.  Bill and his wife Susan have four children.

Karen Van Brimmer has been the Director of United Way of Hoisington for over five years.  When the merger was discussed between UWCK and UWOH with local representatives it was vital that Karen join the UWCK Board of Directors.  She has been a shining star, dedicating her time as a volunteer to United Way of Hoisington.  Karen is a retired Sunflower Electric employee and is currently on Hoisington City Council and working at the Hoisington Dispatch.  With her husband Tom, she has five children and 11 grandchildren.

Regan Ochs Reif is currently a 2017 Young Leader Co-Chairs for UWCK with her husband Cole. They are second year co-chairs, and have been vital in connecting the younger generation to UWCK and their mission.    Regan will be joining the Board and she is a welcome addition to the already dynamic Board of Directors.  Regan Ochs Reif is employed as the Marketing & Executive Administrator at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd. Reif is a 2013 summa cum laude graduate of Fort Hays State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. She is active in the community serving as an Ambassador of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development and as the 2016 Chairperson of the Barton County Young Professionals (BCYP) organization. She also serves as the BCYP Leadership Committee Chair. Reif is a member of the Barton Community College Business Advisory Board and serves as a Mentor in the Voss Advanced Leadership Undergraduate Experience (VALUE) program at Fort Hays State University. Originally from Hoxie, Kansas, Reif moved to Great Bend in May 2013.

Please welcome these new Board Members along with the current Board Members.

Desa Marmie Behr-President

Mark Mingenback-Vice President

John Cross-Treasurer

Erika Brining-Secretary

Dianne Call

Carol Dema

Tatum Dunekack

Jane Fox- Larned

Tama Hanson-Larned

Becca Maxwell-Ellinwood

Leslie Mingenback

Laura Smith-Larned

Ron Smith

Kevyn Soupiset-Larned

United Way of Central Kansas supports over 20 Community Partners and programs.  Go to uwck.org for more information or to become involved.

Fort Larned Welcomes New Citizens on June 24th

 

Fort Larned National Historic Site, along with the U.S. District Court in Wichita, cordially invites the public to help approximately 75 prospective U.S. citizens celebrate a milestone in their lives.  The fort will be hosting a naturalization ceremony on June 24th from 1 to 2 pm.  With Independence Day following shortly afterwards, it’s an occasion for us to remember what our country means to us.

The Honorable J. Thomas Martin, Chief U.S. District Court Judge, will preside over the ceremony, which will also feature music from Prairie Larkspur, a welcome from Larned Mayor William Nusser, and an address by local Larned attorney Ron Smith, of Smith and Burnett Law Firm.  The Fort Larned Post Color Guard will present the colors.

The ceremony will take place in the Quartermaster Warehouse starting at 1:00 pm.  To mark this important event in the civil life of our country the warehouse will be decorated with typical 19th century patriotic decorations, including bunting and a large 36 star flag on display.  There will be cake and cold drinks after the ceremony to congratulate the new citizens.

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences.   Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911.  There is no admission fee.

Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Stars & Stripes United Way Forever

Purchase your tickets today for the United Way of Central Kansas event on August 13th! Tickets are $50 each or you can purchase a table of 8 for $400.00. The event will take place at the Knights of Columbus, 723 Main in Great Bend. Social Hour will begin at 6 pm with dinner beginning at 7 pm. Entertainment will follow.

Proceeds from the 2017 United Way of Central Kansas Fundraiser co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, support education, income and health while advancing the common good of our communities.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Julie Bugner-Smith at 620-792-2403 or unitedwaycentralks@hotmail.com or visit Events at uwck.org.

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Member Spotlight: Sweet Traditions

Sweet Traditions is a catering company located in Rozel, KS. They provide delicious meals for a variety of events. To find out more, you may give them a call at 620-527-4363 or email them at grandygr@gbta.net.
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Two Centennial-Saturday Programs at Fort Larned for Kids

Be an Artist Correspondent

Fort Larned National Historic Site invites kids interested in art and history to a 90 minute art program entitled Artist Correspondents on Saturday, June 11 at 2 p.m.  Carson Norton, artist and park ranger at the fort, will take your student on an art history journey much like the artists of the mid-nineteenth century when exploring the West.  An artist correspondent described to citizens of the east what this untamed land offered through art sketches and written captions. Young artists will learn to sketch their surroundings using their creative imagination.  Centennial booklets and badges will be given to participants.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to get a free art lesson from a professional artist!

 

Visit the Post Garden, Cook & Bake

Visit Fort Larned on Saturday, June 18, and stop by our kitchen on Officers’ Row. We will be making and baking bread, picking vegetables from the post garden, preparing them for dinner, and cooking and baking using our wood stove.  All this work will take us several hours, so this will be a “come and go” program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We would enjoy showing you our kitchen and explaining the way dinner was prepared in 1869. No microwaves, refrigerators, indoor plumbing, and other modern conveniences that we take for granted!  Ladies of that era needed help in the kitchen! You will enjoy picking vegetables for the Captain’s dinner!

 

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences.   Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911.  There is no admission fee.

Learn more at www.nps.gov.