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November 29, 2017 
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Hillside Cemetery Getting New Sign After Youth Donates Time

Posted 11/29/2017

By Pilar MartinKADE McGinn, a junior at Sedgwick High School, has built a new sign for the Hillside Cemetery.KADE McGinn, a junior at Sedgwick High School, has built a new sign for the Hillside Cemetery.

SEDGWICK – The Hillside Cemetery in Sedgwick will soon be getting a new sign. The old sign was damaged several months ago. The new sign is a result of a family conversation and some hard work by a Sedgwick teen.

Susannah McGinn recalls driving past the cemetery and asking her husband Mike if the sign was going back up.  Mike thought fixing the sign would be a good community service project for their son, Kade.

Kade is a junior at Sedgwick High School and a member of the National Honor Society. NHS sponsor Beverly Lang said, “NHS membership is evaluated with scholarship, leadership, character, and service in mind. All sophomore and junior students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher in April of each school year are invited to apply for membership. Each interested student then completes an activity form to be considered further. Then all high school faculty members are asked to review the candidates in the areas of leadership, character, and service. When ratings are complete, there is a faculty council that meets and discusses the student ratings and votes on their membership.”

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Sedgwick Foam Trailer Instrumental In Co-Op Fire

Posted 11/29/2017

By Pilar MartinSEDGWICK firefighters aim foam at the blaze of the MCK Co-op building in North Newton on Nov. 16. SEDGWICK firefighters aim foam at the blaze of the MCK Co-op building in North Newton on Nov. 16.

NORTH NEWTON—When the fire broke out at the MKC Co-op property in North Newton on Nov. 16, the Sedgwick Fire Department was called in to help. And they were asked to bring their foam trailer.

Sedgwick Fire Chief Sam Enterkin said his department was called out around 7:30 p.m. that evening. Enterkin and crew took Rescue 36, the foam trailer to the site.

Enterkin said when they got to the fire he learned that every time crews on scene stopped spraying water, the fire would start back up.

“The tin building was glowing a bright orange,” Enterkin said. “The building was full, clear to the top with bales of plastics and recyclables that were stored there.”

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Halstead Community Foundation Joins Giving Tuesday Movement

Posted 11/29/2017

By Jared JanzenTHE Halstead Community Foundation had a table set up at Halstead Library on Tuesday to facilitate those who wished to donate to the organization on Giving Tuesday. THE Halstead Community Foundation had a table set up at Halstead Library on Tuesday to facilitate those who wished to donate to the organization on Giving Tuesday.

HALSTEAD—It’s the season of giving, and so perhaps it’s no surprise that the Halstead Community Foundation—which facilitates charitable giving for Halstead residents—decided to get on board with Giving Tuesday for the first time this year. 

Giving Tuesday is an international movement to promote charitable giving following the big shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

JaLayna Carmichael, executive director of the Halstead Community Foundation, was at Halstead Library on Tuesday afternoon for those wishing to donate. Several hours into the afternoon, she said the turnout had been slow but steady.

All the money raised on Giving Tuesday will go into the foundation’s Impact Fund, which supports present and future needs in the community.

Money donated through Dec. 31 will be matched by the Kansas Health Foundation.

“Anything that is unrestricted, if it goes to our Impact Fund, it’s matched 50 percent,” she said. “If they chose to give it to the restricted funds, it’s matched at 25 percent.”

The community foundation is also recollecting the coin collection jars it distributed in October. Two dozen of these jars were distributed, and Carmichael said those who didn’t have a chance to return their jars on Giving Tuesday could still do so.

Those who missed Giving Tuesday but still wish to donate may do so by visiting donate.centralkansascf.org, and under the Community Fund Catalog click on Halstead Community Foundation. They may also mail a check to the Halstead Community Foundation at PO Box 4, Halstead.

“There’s plenty of giving time left,” Carmichael said.

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