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April 19, 2018 The Hesston RecordApril 19, 2018 The Hesston Record

Weaver Grocers Closing

Posted 4/19/2018

By Robb Reeves

Hesston Record Staff

Hesston will soon become the largest town in Harvey County without a grocery store.

Weaver Grocers owners Tim and Marguerite Weaver will close their store Saturday, April 21.

The Weavers cite declining sales and old equipment as the driving factors to close. The Weavers purchased the store in the summer of 2014 from Pat Schill. Marguerite said sales climbed at first, after they made upgrades, but revenue has slumped the last couple of years.

“When the factories started struggling, we started struggling,” she said.

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Don’t Be ‘Board’ Thanks To Hesston Public Library

Posted 4/19/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffPHOTOS PROVIDED BY J. NELSON
HESSTON Public Library now offers dozens of board games for all ages, including a game based on the city of Hesston. All of the games are available for checkout with more being added to the collection regularly. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY J. NELSON HESSTON Public Library now offers dozens of board games for all ages, including a game based on the city of Hesston. All of the games are available for checkout with more being added to the collection regularly.

Hesston Public Library is now carrying an assortment of board games for patrons to check out for a week. 

“As a library, we’ve seen the popularity of some of our non-book collections - from DVDs, which are a staple now, to fishing poles and pickleball.  We’ve also seen that over the years the puzzles we have here to check out are very popular and come in and out quite a bit,” said Libby Albers, Hesston Public Library Director. 

Albers said after the success of a Family Game Night event and the popularity of The Villlage Geek’s games at HPL ComiCons, it was time to invest in games. 

“We have a few games that we keep in the teen room that have been super-popular in the last six months,” said Albers. 

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Prairie Blooms In Time For Plant Sale

Posted 4/19/2018

By Janelle Flory Schrock

Special To The RecordPHOTO PROVIDED BY DYCK ARBORETUM 
DYCK Arboretum’s greenhouse is in full bloom, just in time for the semi-annual FloraKansas Plant Sale. PHOTO PROVIDED BY DYCK ARBORETUM DYCK Arboretum’s greenhouse is in full bloom, just in time for the semi-annual FloraKansas Plant Sale.

Over the past 20 years, the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains has hosted FloraKansas, the largest sale of native plants in the state, twice a year as a fundraiser to help support the operations and maintenance of the Arboretum.  From a few native plants under a tent in the parking lot to thousands of plants sold from the Arboretum greenhouse, the event has been growing and expanding. 

This spring FloraKansas will take place from April 26-30 and will be upgraded to a Native Plant Festival. In addition to purchasing native plants that are drought tolerant and attractive to pollinators, attendees will be able to enjoy mini outdoor classes led by plant experts and activities for the kids, all free of charge. 

"With a growing interest in gardening with native plants throughout the state, we felt that FloraKansas needed to grow into a different kind of event," said Arboretum Office Manager, Janelle Flory Schrock. "This event has become so much more than an opportunity to purchase plants. Our return attendees have become a networked community of native plants experts in our area. We want to maximize the opportunity for that networking and sharing of information to happen at FloraKansas."

The FloraKansas Native Plant Festival will begin on Thursday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with an early sale for Dyck Arboretum members, who receive a 10 percent discount on all plants, as well as many other benefits throughout the year.  Memberships can be purchased on the day of the sale, in order to participate in the early sale.

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Roth Hosting Opera Performance Sunday

Posted 4/19/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffROTH ROTH

Jordan Roth, a 2017 Hesston High grad, will be retuning to his home church, Whitestone Mennonite Church, this Sunday to host a performance at 1:30 p.m. to raise funds to take part in the prestigious Druid City Opera Workshop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the University of Alabama.  

“Applications and auditions from all over the U.S. are submitted and they offer about 20 positions, by auditions, and I was one of the lucky ones that got chosen for that,” said Roth. 

Roth, a Tabor College student, will be performing his freshman repertoire - including music in German, English and Italian. 

“It was interesting, we had to put together on short notice. For a recital of this length, you have most of your school year. This one I put together in about three weeks. It was pretty last-minute notice,” he said. 

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Date Set For Community Meeting On Mobile Home Park Development

Posted 4/19/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record Staff

The city of Hesston will host a public meeting to discuss the development of the former Country Village Mobile Home Park on Thursday, May 3, at King Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

City Administrator Gary Emry said, “All citizens interested in learning about this and providing input should plan to attend. There will be a brief presentation on the background and status of work to date, with a question and answer period following.” 

At the April City Council meeting, Emry said he would like residents to have the opportunity to learn more about Prairie Fire, as well as plans to develop the park. 

“I think there may be misunderstanding what Prairie Fire is about, in particular. I heard from a guy that he thought the whole park was going to be a Prairie Fire expansion. That would be a four- to five-acre component of the residential piece.  It’s a good opportunity to get accurate information in the minds of the community and lay to rest uneasiness in regards to that,” he said. 

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