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This Week's Issue:August 18, 2016 August 18, 2016


Guys Gone Fishing for H.A.S.

Posted 7/16/2013

By Jacki Nelson

Three Hesston fishermen have been very busy this past year in preparation for the Hesston Area Senior Center’s Annual Fish Fry.

The Fish Fry will take place Friday, July 26 at the Senior Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The cost of the meal is a free-will offering. Funds will be used for the maintenance of the Senior Center.

The menu for the Fish Fry will include fried potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, drinks, and –of course – lots of fish.

The men in charge of hauling in the main dish are Ray Peirce, Joe Hershberger and Kerry Krehbiel

The fishermen hit the water the week after the Fish Fry to begin preparation for the next year’s event.

“We wait about a week, then August 5, we will be back out every Tuesday again,” said Peirce.

For the average Fish Fry, the men bring in a half-ton of fish.

“This year we brought in 820 fish,” said Krehbiel.

“We have to have 60 cartons, enough to feed about 500 people,” said Hershberger.

When preparing the fish for the freezer, Hershberger said, after cleaning, there is not much left.

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Dated Waste Water Treatment Plant In Need Of Updates

Posted 7/16/2013

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston City Council is working with the City Utility Department to undertake a major overhaul of the wastewater treatment plant.

Utility Supervisor Scott Roberton said the plant was in need of an upgrade.

“We have two lift stations that were put in in 1968 and 1970.  The plant is 30 to 35-years-old and not much ahs been done. And, like anything, it wears out,” he said.

Robertson said the replacement of two lift stations will prevent sewer water from backing up into lines.

“The lift stations are just where we pump water that comes in a wetwell. The headworks and sewer plant removes things which can’t be broken down biologically.

Robertson said the current plant simply is not meeting the demands of the community.

“Right now, headworks are non-existent,” he said.

Even if the plant had a headworks system, Robertson said the areas for biodegrading of toxins is no longer sufficient.

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Youth Lovin On Hesston

Posted 7/16/2013

By Jacki Nelson

The week of July 15, 15 Hesston youth got to know their community in a whole new light through the Lovin’ The Real H-Town camp.

Camp coordinator Susan Lamb said the camp is more than a simple day-camp for youth, it is a way to connect Hesston's future leaders with their community.

"I am pretty certain an "alum" from "Lovin' the Real H-Town" will be a Hesston mayor one day, so that is one impact.  The kids who participate in the camp really learn to understand and appreciate Hesston. 

“I can't predict the future for them individually, but collectively I see this type of student as a leader and someone who will make a difference and a positive impact in many places and in many lives.  Look for our camp kids at the Lions Club Pancake Feed, speaking at community events and just doing good things around Hesston.  This town is full of wonderful kids.  I have just been privileged to spend a week with 15 of them," she said.

Lamb said, despite being faced with the challenge of inclement weather, youth involved in the camp had the opportunity to see Hesston shine.

“One challenge this year was a quick rainstorm that came through on Thursday.  We were really unprepared for it, but the good folks at Hesston College delivered umbrellas for the kids to share, and it seemed to solve itself very easily,” she said.

Despite the brief break in the weather, Lamb said the camp went very smoothly.

“I think the real highlight this year was having a group of 15 kids work together and become a cohesive unit in such a short amount of time.  I had to bike to a few locations post-ACL repair, but with the capable team work of Megan Klassen and Kaeli Ellison, the kids were wonderfully cooperative,” she said. 

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Representative For Country Village Addresses Council For First Time

Posted 7/16/2013

By Jacki Nelson

Bob Tonge, co-owner of Country Village Mobile Home Park, owned by Presswick Investments LLC, addressed the City Council for the first time during his tenure as a park owner on July 8.

Tonge gave a brief history of his involvement with the park, as well as the state of the mobile home market.

“We bought the park in 1997 and we’ve seen the market change considerably over time. You’ve seen where the park developed and where it is today. We’ve seen things over the years. What we’ve seen in the industry in Kansas, manufactured houses delivered to Kansas from 1997 to now, it is a downward spiral. 

“There were 4,000 homes delivered in Kansas the year we purchased the park. This year less than 400 were delivered. When you look and pout the nation as a whole you see the same thing, and the occupancy of the park it will follow closely. That is the economy we are dealing with in the industry.

“I read an article, I know John after the last council meeting said I should introduce myself, having never been to a council meeting,” said Tonge.

Tonge said he has had a working relationship with City Administrator John Carder to address issues within the park.

“I’ve had a good relationship with John and I can’t remember one thing we haven’t done that we were asked to do. We do things like, two years ago, John mentioned you were having trouble collecting sewer bills. I don’t know if I volunteered or John volunteered collecting from the tenants. And I shouldn’t have to collect the money, it’s something he asked and I did. I think we have that relationship.

“On the south end of the park we had trouble with roads and we got some concrete in there. Whenever issues are brought up… The six units that were abandon were owned by people that were there. They were there too long.  John told us there were four of five homes without skirting. There was talk of storm shelters, there was an inspection by the fire marshal. His report was we needed lighting. Those lights bought and installed.

“This isn’t just because I’m there. It’s how our relationship worked the last 15 years. I’m very approachable. You can pick up the phone and call,” he said.

Tonge said money is being invested in the park, not being taken out or being allocated toward other venues. 

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