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March 30, 2017
Harvey County IndependentMarch 30, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Dave's Tacos Always A Hit In Bentley

Posted 3/30/2017

DAVID Luna fries up a batch of his much-loved tacos outside Bentley Eagle Senior Center last Saturday. DAVID Luna fries up a batch of his much-loved tacos outside Bentley Eagle Senior Center last Saturday. By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—Residents of Bentley flocked to the senior center last Saturday to feast on Dave’s tacos. The locally renowned tacos are the specialty of Bentley resident David Luna, who regularly cooks them at the senior center.

The last time Luna made tacos for the center he prepared 70, and they were sold out in just 30 minutes. This time Luna prepared 96 tacos, and all were sold by the end of the night.

Luna said he has fun making tacos.

“It keeps me busy,” he said.

Preparing the tacos was an all-day project for Luna, who sported an apron and a hat that says “Dave’s Tacos—I’m Dave,” The hat was embroidered for him by Bentley resident Linda Becker and also has a picture of a taco on it.

In the morning, Luna scooped meat into tortillas and secured them shut with toothpicks so they wouldn’t spill while in the fryer. He said he used about 12 or 13 pounds of meat. He had several of the ladies at the senior center help toothpick them.

Luna uses his own recipe that includes potatoes, peas, garlic and onions in addition to the traditional meat, cheese and lettuce. He also brought homemade salsa and beans to serve alongside the tacos.

Luna fried the tacos right outside the senior center so they were hot and fresh to eat. Servers pulled out the toothpicks to add the cheese and lettuce. 

Luna said he’s been serving tacos at the senior center for as long as it’s been around. He used to do it every other month, but now he’s slowed down to just twice a year. In the past he also made tacos for Sedgwick’s senior center and American Legion.

Keep posted with the senior center for the next time Dave’s tacos will be served later this year.

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Family Fun Night Set For April 14

Posted 3/30/2017

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Everyone in the community is invited to come out to Halstead Middle School from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14 for a community family fun night that will feature a wide variety of fun activities.

The event is free for all ages, but donations are welcome. Proceeds go toward the Dragon Kids summer program.

Kid should sign in to receive a wristband, which will allow them to take part in all the activities.

Kids will have many fun activities to choose from, such as face painting, a bouncy obstacle course, contests in coloring, free throw shooting, long jump and Legos, a bike rodeo (bring your own bike), touch-a-truck and a smoke house by Halstead Fire Department.

The Harvey County Health Department is donating bike helmets and locks to kids who take part in the bike rodeo.

Other activities for all ages are a silent auction that will feature Dragon sports memorabilia and clothing, various gift certificates and a piece of art by high school art instructor James Caldwell and much more.

There will also be a bake sale, ice cream, sno cones and an appearance by Newton’s K-9 unit. BBQ pulled pork meals will be sold for $6 and nacho meals for $5.

This is the fundraiser’s first year, but Mary Wilson, who leads the Dragon Kids program, said she expects it to become an annual occurrence.

“It started out as a real small project, and it just blossomed,” Wilson said. The fundraiser idea originated among the parents of kids who take part in the Dragon Kids program.

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Penny Campaign Totals Over $100

Posted 3/30/2017

By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD—The grand total raised in the Halstead Pennies campaign was $109.37. Businesses around town had collection boxes out throughout February for residents to donate their loose change to United Way.

“We sincerely appreciate the many contributions made by Halstead residents in both the penny drive and the numerous other direct gifts from businesses and private donors,” said Harvey County United Way Director Tina Payne. “All of those donations stay in the Halstead community.” 

This will benefit an estimated 165 residents through agencies receiving Harvey County United Way funds. The largest provider of services to Halstead residents was Health Ministries Clinic. Others include: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Circle of Hope, Grand Central, Heart to Heart, Infant Toddler Program, Safehope, St. Matthew's Representative Payee Program, Offender Victims Ministries, United Cerebral Palsy and USD 373 Latchkey.

About 50 Halstead children enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program sponsored by Harvey County United Way. Children receive a book in the mailbox monthly from birth to the fifth birthday at no charge to the family. Donations to Harvey County United Way cover the shipping cost of approx $2.10/month/child.

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