Before addressing efficiency in agriculture, congratulations are in order for all those students who graduated this past Friday night from Barton Community College. For many this accomplishment required much more than simply attending classes and studying. Colleges such as Barton serve a diverse student population. There really isn't a typical profile for a Barton student. Many balance work, family, and other responsibilities with academics. Congratulations to them and all the area graduates from our high schools and other institutions of higher learning.
At the invitation of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Abigail Stiner and Taylor Huslig of Great Bend High School and Emily Jae Hammond of Hoisington High School were selected to attend the 33rd Annual Governor's Scholars Awards Program on May 1, in Topeka.
Eileen Phelps, Sr. vice president and chief services officer of Credit Union of America (CUA), announced this week that CUA has been approved and is ready to offer grants to first-time homebuyers through the Federal Home Loan Bank's Homeownership Set-aside Program. If ownership of the home is kept for at least five years the homeowner then has no responsibility to pay the funds back to the program. Not all financial institutions are approved for this program. Those approved, like CUA, are limited on how many grants are offered per month.
With the first 8 week session of the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy workshop in the books it is time to sign up for session number 2. I have loved every Tuesday and Thursday morning as our group of seventeen gained strength and improved balance through the one hour exercise routine. It is definitely a slow progression, with wrist and ankle weights added only after the first three weeks. Repetitions increase slowly as well so that participants feel good about their accomplishments.
The following meals will be served May 16 through May 20. The secondary schools also have available daily main dish, chef salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and fruit. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk is served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.