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April 19, 2018
Harvey County IndependentApril 19, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Lions Learn About Emergency Extraction

Posted 4/18/2018

By Pilar MartinDR. Colin Bailey, who donated the funds to Halstead Fire Department purchase the extraction equipment, holds one of the new battery-operated extractors.DR. Colin Bailey, who donated the funds to Halstead Fire Department purchase the extraction equipment, holds one of the new battery-operated extractors.

HALSTEAD—Halstead Lions Club had a rather unusual meeting Monday in Halstead. One of its members, Dr. Colin Bailey, had donated some money recently to Fire Department. Fire Chief Jim VanSchaick used part of the funds to purchase some TNT extraction tools, and he invited the Lions Club to watch a demonstration of the tools in use.

VanSchaick and about half of his department were on-hand to show the Lions Club members how they use tools to extract patients from vehicles.

“We had about 15 from the department there,” VanSchaick said. “Some were new recruits learning the process as the more skilled firefighters demonstrated.”

The department already had extraction tools, but the new versions are battery operated. “These are more portable and allow us to extract without using power from other needed sources,” VanSchaick added.

Lions Club member Galen Buller said he was impressed by the demonstration.

“It was quite something to watch,” Buller said. “They cut a car apart right in front of us.”

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Vacant Building Blocked Off In Burrton

Posted 4/18/2018

THE property at 120 N. Burrton Ave. has been cordoned off the past few weeks due to the building’s instability.THE property at 120 N. Burrton Ave. has been cordoned off the past few weeks due to the building’s instability.By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—Orange cones and yellow tape have been blocking off the sidewalk in front of 120 N. Burrton Ave. for the past few weeks.

Mayor Rodney Redinger said the city cordoned off the area to limit the public’s exposure to the building because it is falling in.

“It’s embarrassing as a city to have that on your main street,” he admitted about the caution tape.

Redinger said he thought the property at 120 N. Burrton Ave. had been vacant at least 15 years, adding that he remembers it used to be an antique store.

“We’re going to have to do something,” he said. “We can’t just let it fall down.”

City Clerk Kim Ryan noted that it has been two or three years since a building inspector has looked at the building.

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Family Fun Night Draws Big Crowd

Posted 4/18/2018

THE Sedgwick County Zoo brought a few Madagascar hissing cockroaches for people to touch, as well as a few animal pelts.THE Sedgwick County Zoo brought a few Madagascar hissing cockroaches for people to touch, as well as a few animal pelts.By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Halstead Middle School was the place to be last Friday night for those looking for a fun evening. This was the scene of the second-annual Small Town Family Fun Night, a kid-friendly event with a wide range of activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Organizer Mary Wilson said she was very pleased with how the night went. She estimated 600-700 people had attended, a definite increase over last year.

Among the activities were a petting zoo, a bouncy obstacle course, face painting, a cake walk, fossils, robots, science experiments, a drone demonstration and much, much more. The touch-a-truck event filled most of the middle school parking lot with police cars, ambulances, racecars and a variety of other vehicles. Lifeteam even brought its helicopter out for an hour, allowing kids to sit inside the cockpit.

Almost everything during the evening was free, but proceeds from food trucks and a silent auction will benefit the Dragon Kids Explorer after-school and summer program, which serves about 100 students in the school district.

Wilson said that Twisted Joes on the Go had completely sold out of food and drinks by the time the night was over, and she had also heard from other food vendors that they want to return next year.

She added she is looking for other ways to improve the family fun night next year. She said she’s open to new ideas and expects to change some of the indoor events.

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