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Member Spotlight: Bert and Wetta Sales

Bert & Wetta Sales, Inc is committed to producing the finest quality dehydrated alfalfa. All production aspects of US Alfalfa are controlled by an experienced, family-owned, and operated manufacturing business. Bert & Wetta Sales, Inc has been producing quality alfalfa products since 1946.

For more information, you may also visit their Directory Listing.

Central Kansas Respiratory Services is Hiring!

Central Kansas Respiratory Services is seeking a part-time employee. Individual will need to have computer knowledge and will also need people skills. This job requires individual to rotate being on call with other employees. All interested applicants can pick up an application at 902 Broadway in Larned.

Fort Larned Christmas Past

Exciting rides in a horse-drawn buggy and pictures with Santa will surely become one of your top holiday memories!  Fort Larned National Historic Site is hosting a Christmas Past celebration on Saturday, December 10, from 12 to 4:30 pm.

Santa Claus will be in the North Officers’ quarters, desserts and soups from the 1860s in the Mess Hall, and Christmas crafts for our young visitors in the post hospital.  For those who love traditional Christmas songs you are invited to sing with the Fort Larned Christmas carolers. That’s not the only music planned.  At 2:00 p.m. Katie Sperry, Band Director from the Larned High School, will have a small group of students playing a National Park Service Centennial piece called the Children’s Earth Anthem.

Christmas is a special time of year when we celebrate with family and friends, and it was no different for the soldiers, officers, and civilians living at Fort Larned in the 1860s.  We’ll be recreating the look, feel and tastes of Christmas at an Indian Wars era frontier post with baked goods that an officer’s wife, laundress or even servants might have made for their families, or for the soldiers in the enlisted barracks.

Santa Claus has kindly agreed to come out and pose for pictures with the kids.  The picture is yours for free!  Bring the kids out for a picture with Santa in a historic setting and stay for the food, music, and fun.  The kids can also make their own Christmas ornament to take home with them.  As always, everything is free to the public. Help us celebrate our last event of the National Park Service Centennial.  2016 has been a great year for the fort and community to come together.

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, or by calling 620-285-6911.  There is no admission fee.

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Member Spotlight: Wendy’s

The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 franchise and Company restaurants in the U.S. and 29 other countries and U.S. territories worldwide.

– Old Fashioned Hamburgers
– Chicken & Wraps
– Fresh-Made Salads
– Right Price Right Size Menu
– Fries & Sides
– Beverages
– Wendy’s Kids’ Meal
– Frosty

For more information, you may also visit their Directory Listing.

Member Spotlight: Golden Belt Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Golden Belt Community Foundation exists to provide non-profit organizations in central Kansas with a permanent source of support and to serve as a “vehicle” for charitable giving for donors.

The mission of the Golden Belt Community Foundation is to plan, work, and invest today for a more secure, improved, and better tomorrow.

The Golden Belt Community Foundation serves the counties of Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford and believes the strength of our communities is the same today as it was in the early years. That strength is exemplified in neighbors giving to neighbors to enhance the quality of life of the communities in which we live. The Golden Belt Community Foundation provides the opportunity to build on that strength.

For more information, you may also visit their Directory Listing.

Everything $6.00 Sale at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital on November 28th

Visit Pawnee Valley Community Hospital on Monday, November 28th between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for the Everything $6.00 sale plus show specials priced as marked. There will be top quality, trendy and traditional products priced up to 80% below retail. Select from a vast array of necklaces, purses, watches, bracelets, rings, sunglasses, belts, totes, earrings, ties, wallets, reading glasses and so much more. They will also have a limited quantity of Lavish Linens available. The sales go to benefit United Way.

Local Shopping Matters: From a Business Owner Perspective

Why Buying Local is worth every cent!!!

I buy local when I possibly can to keep my money in our community. We all have some items that we may not be able to purchase locally. But statistics show that when you shop local, if you spend $100.00 then approximately $68.00 of that will stay local.

Where you shop this Holiday Season could make a huge impact on your community. This is the season for the big box retailers and e-commerce giants. As you decide where to shop for gifts for friends and family this season, remember that when you shop locally you are helping to sustain your community.

Even if every family decided that they were going to spend 50% more of their shopping dollars locally, imagine the impact that could have on our local economy.

Sometimes we forget; that if we really look at the big picture of what does it cost to run to Great Bend , Dodge City , Hays, Hutch or Wichita? If we look at the cost of fuel, time and the effect of the economy, we are supporting their city not our own.

When small business are utilized this allows them to give back to the community through donations and supporting local sports and schools. It also gives them the opportunity to possibly expand and look for more ways to keep locals shopping local. We are always looking for ideas of new inventory to keep our community shopping local. The more the local businesses are used; the more they will look to help in any way possible to keep you coming back for more.

Do you really know what each business has to offer? Make it a point to go to the local businesses and to look around and see what they have. You will be shocked at the stock and variety of the local stores. How many people think B&B has only meats? Their store is like a mini super market. They have some very unique and wonderful products.  How many people have been in Country Seasons lately? Their store is like a mini mall in one small building. We have added so much stock since we purchased the lumber yard that people come in and are amazed at the variety and added items in the store. So take some time and go check out the businesses. It does not cost anything to go look and who knows you might find something you really could use and also learn what is available locally.  Shopping Local really does make a difference on our economy. Do your part. Shop local.

~ Kathy Weaver
Larned Area Chamber of Commerce, President
Central Kansas Respiratory Services, Owner
Pawnee Valley Lumber, Owner

Fort Larned National Historic Site Receives Field Trip Grant from the National Park Foundation

This current school year Fort Larned National Historic Site has received a grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to support the Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) program. The fort staff invites all fourth graders to enjoy their national park here in the heart of Kansas at this captivating historic place.  The grant funds will help pay for most, or possibly all, the fuel costs for the buses that transport students. Fourth graders, in addition to other grades, will experience a unique education program that combines nature and history for a plethora of hands-on opportunities.

The original fort consists of nine original sandstone buildings surrounding a parade ground. Students will emerge themselves in the lifestyle of the 1860’s military when going inside the buildings.  Park rangers will facilitate exploration of the different cultures that interacted upon the Santa Fe Trail and at the fort.  The buildings are not the only resources that are protected and preserved.  Besides the bank of the Pawnee River with woodlands the national park acreage includes the prairie and an oxbow which will be part of a nature program presented in the spring to the students. This spring field trip season at the fort will be packed with opportunities for learning and having fun.

“There’s so much to discover at Fort Larned NHS, and we’re excited to welcome fourth graders and teachers to participate in the hands-on learning activities. We hope that our young visitors can develop a lifelong connection to our nation’s history and natural resources,” says Superintendent Betty Boyko.

The Fort Larned NHS education staff prepares for most classes visiting in the spring, but every day is a good day to visit the fort – we even have rainy day activities. We encourage teachers and principals to make reservations soon.  Private and parochial schools are invited to take advantage of the transportation grant provided they are utilizing buses.  The grant is part of the Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program.  Fort Larned is a fee-free site, but the EKIP program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters.  Visit to download the pass and obtain more information.

“These grants are planting the seeds for lifelong relationships with national parks and their programs,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “By providing access to transformative experiences like listening to the sound of birds chirping, walking the halls of a school that tell a civil rights story, looking up at a dark night sky, or pitching a tent with a friend for the first time, these children are forever impacted. We appreciate the power of national parks and, through our support, the National Park Foundation hopes to share them with as many kids as possible.”

The newly expanded Every Kid in a Park website has links to educational activities, trip planning, field trip options, the downloadable pass, and additional information in both English and Spanish. After completing a fun educational activity, the child can download and print a pass. The paper pass can be traded for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide.

Every Kid in a Park is part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them. The program, now entering its second year, is a call to action for children to experience America’s spectacular outdoors, rich history and culture.

Every Kid in a Park is a crucial component of a multi-pronged approach to inspire the next generation to discover all that our nation’s public lands and waters have to offer, including opportunities to be active, spend time with friends and family, and serve as living classrooms to build critical skills.

The Every Kid in a Park program is an Administration-wide effort between the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Army, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The program continues each year with the then-current group of fourth graders. After 12 years, every school-age child in America will have had an opportunity to visit their public land and waters for free, inspiring the next generation to be stewards of our nation’s shared natural and cultural heritage.

For more information, please visit and follow the program on Twitter @everykidinapark, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. For additional information about Fort Larned National Historic Site please visit:

Simmons & Simmons is Hiring a Full-Time Seasonal Receptionist

Local Accounting Firm, Simmons & Simmons, is looking for someone to fill a full-time Seasonal Receptionist position starting first of year, January 2nd ending at the end of tax season, April 15th.  Position manages appointments, phone calls, clients, & messages with Microsoft Outlook. Computer skills a must. Stop by office at 529 Broadway, Larned, KS to fill out an application.

 Equal Opportunity Employer

Love Local: Shopko

Love Local is a specific day each month set aside to show some local love. The concept of Love Local is simple. Let’s take time to visit our businesses, show them they matter to us, learn more about what they do and spend some dollars there if possible. This is a great way to support our community and our local businesses. We challenge the community to share this event and get as many friends to participate as you can! Let’s spread the local love!

The first Love Local day is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th at Shopko. There is no time-frame, however their business hours are from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.