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May 11, 2017
Harvey County IndependentMay 11, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Halstead Council Approves Repair, Commits To Community Center

Posted 5/11/2017

By Robb Reeves

HALSTEAD – It appears as though the city of Halstead plans on keeping the church building it bought last year to use as a community center.

The building was part of a lengthy discussion Monday night during a council meeting. On the agenda was approving funds to fix a leak in the building that was once the Presbyterian Church, and that discussion led to what the future of the building might be. The city purchased the building for $1.

Council was asked by city administrator Ethan Reimer to consider a repair to the building’s steps. The steps are allowing water to pass through and leak into the basement. The repair estimate, provided by Mid-Continental Restoration, was for $10,952.

Council member George Torres questioned the city’s long-term plan for the building, fearing pouring money into something that might one day be torn down.

“It would make me nuts to spend this kind of money and then do something else with this building,” Torres said. “We need to know what it will cost. It is unwise to spend $10,000 at this point until we know what we are going to do.”

Council member Sam Farmer said it was a matter of protecting an asset. If water was allowed to continue to pour into the building, repair bills will be much larger, he said.

Torres urged council to visit the site and put together a list of repairs needed so the city would know what it would have to invest into the structure.

“We need to put a dollar amount to all of this,” he said.

Farmer said the first step was to stop the water from coming in. Council member Dennis Travis agreed. “Right now we own the facility and it will take 10,000 to protect our asset,” he said.

After listening for a while, Mayor Bill Ewert weighed in and said demolition of the building shouldn’t be in the plans. He said he had talked to people in town and they want the building renovated.

“I appreciate your comments,” Ewert said. “I can tell you there are people in town, that if that building gets torn down, that have said I will need to leave town.”

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Students Bag Meals For Hunger Relief

Posted 5/11/2017

BURRTON High School’s old gym was the site for a food-packaging event on Wednesday, May 3. This was only one half of the gym in production.BURRTON High School’s old gym was the site for a food-packaging event on Wednesday, May 3. This was only one half of the gym in production.By Pilar Martin

BURRTON – Donned with plastic caps, aprons, and gloves, 200 students and staff from Burrton High School, plus 20 students from Halstead High School, spent the afternoon bagging meals for relief organization Numana.

Tables were set up in the old gym, and each table had a team of workers. Workers had to measure and pour into bags specific amounts of dried pinto beans, soy flour, and rice. Other workers would add a vitamin packet and then heat-seal the bags.

Competition ran fierce among the teams, and whoops and hollers would be heard when a team finished a case of food packets.

Thirty meals are packed into a bag, and then 20 bags are packed into each case.

Burrton students have participated in the food packaging at other locations, and asked if they could host an event. They had to raise $6,000 for ingredients. They had matching donations if they could raise $3,000.

Burrton reached out to Halstead High School to see if they would be interested in helping. The HHS National Honor Society members stepped up and raised $1,500. The other half came from Burrton High School.

The 20 members of HHS National Honor Society, joined the National Honor Society at Burrton High, and many other students and staff to get all of the packaging done in a two-hour period.

Music boomed over loud speakers, as students competed to get the most meals packaged. There was dancing, laughing, whoops, and a lot of smiles and chatter in the gym, all in the spirit of giving.

The goal was to make 20,000 meals, which roughly cost 30 cents each. The group surpassed the goal, packaging 23,000 individual meals.

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Sedgwick Science Fair Projects Involve Toothpaste, Candy

Posted 5/11/2017

COLTON Longstaff  shows the result of his science fair project with toothpaste. Longstaff, and his partner Micah Hansen, placed second in fourth grade class. COLTON Longstaff shows the result of his science fair project with toothpaste. Longstaff, and his partner Micah Hansen, placed second in fourth grade class. By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – Students in the fourth through eighth grades have been working on science projects for the annual Science fair.

Science teacher Ed Kingsley said, “Some of the students had been working for months, others not so long.”

Students could work alone or in pairs, and most chose the two-man approach. “Slime was big this year,” said Principal Pat Breckunitch.

Each student or team of students had to identify a question, come up with factors and develop a hypothesis on what their project would reveal.

Some of the projects were what liquid makes plants grow taller, which toothpaste removes stains better, what brand of bottled water has the lowest PH, and which kind of carbonated soda makes a bigger explosion with Mentos mints.

The students had to set up a presentation board, showing their experiment and results. The projects were on display for the public, Monday evening, May 8.

Fourth grader Colton Longstaff explained that he and partner Micah Hansen tried four different types of toothpaste on spaghetti sauce stains. The toothpastes tested were Crest for  kids, Crest Pro-health Advanced, Colgate Enamel Health, and Colgate kids.

The boys put spaghetti sauce stains on a t-shirt, let it dry, then scrubbed with a toothbrush and toothpaste to see which brand and type were more effective. Longstaff said he and Hansen were surprised with the results. “We thought it would be the Crest Pro-Health, but the Crest Kids did the best job,” Longstaff said.

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