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This Week's Issue:June 16, 2016 June 16, 2016

 

Piecing Together A Legacy

Posted 6/24/2016

By Jackie Nelson

At nearly 90-years old, artist Ethel Abrahams has completed over 200 hand-made works of art made of fabric and fiber. The seamstress said she grew up under her mother’s quilting rack, threading needles for her mother before she could go outside and play. A professional quilter, Ethel’s mother, Helena, introduced her daughter to the world of creating with needle and thread. Ethel moved out of the family home, married and had children. When her children entered school, she decided to pursue a higher education, earning a bachelors of arts degree from Bethel College and a master’s degree in art from Wichita State University. “She did this all while raising us kids,” said Ethel’s daughter, Nadine Abrahams. “I never missed a beat. I was always home when they got home,” said Ethel. After earning her degrees, Ethel continued to raise her family and encouraged her children to explore art and music. She said she was sure to reward their efforts, and provided an example of how to practice one’s craft. “My husband and I were determined the children would read music and took piano lessons. When they went to practice, I would work on a sweater that I knitted. This girl [Nadine] has the most sweaters,” she said. On road trips, Nadine said her mother would stop along the way at antique stores and quilt shops, searching for fabrics. “My husband was a good sport about that. He would take golf clubs and a portable bicycle. He would meet someone else in the same situation and they would play golf together,” said Ethel. As her children grew and left home, Ethel continued to look for ways to put her talents to work. However, she had not quilted for quite some time, saying she was not confident in her abilities, after growing up with a professional quilter. At age 65, she began quilting again. “I had an art degree and quilting seemed the logical thing, and I loved fibers and different colors,” she said. Nadine, a school librarian, was a source of inspiration for some of Ethel’s most unique creations. “Every year we had a different academic theme. She would take off from there with her own ideas and how to interpret the theme,” she said. Ethel then presented the children with an artistic quilt-size wall hanging that adorned the library throughout the school year. “They were all my own designs. They just told me what the theme would be,” she said. From hot air balloons and butterflies to deep-sea visions, Ethel’s pieces became more and more complex and detailed. Ethel said creativity came naturally. “Traditional quilts, I thought, were boring. I’ve made over 200 quilts, including wall hangings. And, I don’t like to repeat myself,” she said. The results of not repeating traditional patterns led Ethel to delve into adding three dimensional elements to her quilts and wall hangings. 

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Hesstonian Smith Named To WBJ Top 40 Under 40

Posted 6/24/2016

Record Staff

Hesston resident Matt Smith was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 in the Wichita Business Journal. Smith is one of four partners owning and operating Central Mechanical Wichita, a full-service mechanical shop serving HVac, plumbing and has a service department. With 89 employees, Smith said residents can see the company’s work at the Newton YMCA, the Airbus facility at Wichita State, Schofield Honda and the new elementary, middle and high schools in Bel Plain. “We do healthcare, schools, churches, all different kinds of projects. We try to diversify,” Smith said. Central Mechanical has been in business since 1990, with Smith recently joining the ownership team. “For me, personally, it’s a perfect fit. It is utilizing my engineering skills, and my background in construction. It’s a lot of fun,” he said. With that fun come challenges, particularly with managing nearly 100 employees. “It’s making sure you’re taking care of your employees. People, every day, are the biggest curveball. You can figure out jobs, but you never know every day what will happen with your employees,” he said.

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City Supplies 126 Pages Of Emails In KORA Requests

Posted 6/24/2016

Record Staff

On Monday morning, the City of Hesston released 126 pages of documents requested by the Hesston Record in four Kansas Open Records Act requests submitted on May 26. The pages are email correspondence among City Administrator Gary Emry and City Council members Larry Fuqua, Jason Jones, Brad Unruh, Clare Moore and Gary Pauls as well as Mayor Dave Kauffman discussing the purchase of the Country Village mobile home park. Issues discussed in the emails date back to the fall of 2015, with a discussion on possible uses for the property. There is also a never-submitted and unpublished letter to the editor from Kauffman regarding the proposed purchase.

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