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April 26, 2018
Harvey County IndependentApril 26, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Students Spend Day Serving Community

Posted 4/26/2018

By Jared JanzenALTON Speer, Kelsey Waltner, Colby Hiebert, Alexis Damm and Ye Gang Lee volunteered their time at the Neighbors Store sorting donations, dusting and helping in other ways.ALTON Speer, Kelsey Waltner, Colby Hiebert, Alexis Damm and Ye Gang Lee volunteered their time at the Neighbors Store sorting donations, dusting and helping in other ways.

HALSTEAD—Halstead High School students put down their textbooks on Friday, left their classrooms and flooded into the community intent on volunteering their time. Wherever you went in town, you were likely to spot a group of students hard at work, picking up litter, doing yard work, washing downtown busPAIGE Grow, Jerica Mueller, Sarah Koehn and Dixie Srader spent Friday raking leaves for Halstead resident Wayne Alison. PAIGE Grow, Jerica Mueller, Sarah Koehn and Dixie Srader spent Friday raking leaves for Halstead resident Wayne Alison. iness windows, or a variety of other projects.

These students were taking part in a community service day organized by the high school KAY Club. 

“It felt like a good way to spend the day,” senior Colby Hiebert said.

Hiebert led a group that split its time between the Neighbors Store—where they helped with some maintenance tasks, dusted, and sorted donations—and the Halstead Senior Center—where they did a little bit of landscaping with mulch.

Another member of that group, Alexis Damm, noted that she hopes to do the service day again next year.

“I feel like it was a good experience,” she said.

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Demolition Of Historic Building Beginning Soon

Posted 4/26/2018

REPAIRS could possibly begin soon on the building at 501 N. Commercial.REPAIRS could possibly begin soon on the building at 501 N. Commercial.By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK—It has been over two years since a crack widened on the north side of second floor of the old library building at 501 N. Commercial in February of 2016.

The city administrator at that time, Jaci Reimer, said the crack had been there for some time and the city was keeping an eye on it. Earthquakes from Oklahoma rattled buildings this far north, possibly leading to further deterioration of the building. Water was getting in the crack and causing further damage.

The building at 501 was deemed unsafe and was closed. Barricades were put out front and librarians worked in back of city hall. The library contents were moved across the street and re-opened. Since that time nothing has been done to try and repair the old library building. That is about to change.

Contractors and structural engineers have said repairs on 501 could not be completed until the adjacent building at 503 N. Commercial is torn down. Beth and Ed Kinglsey, were the most recent owners, donating the 503 building to the city for a tax write-off.

The entire west side of the 500 block of Commercial in Sedgwick is on the State Historic Register. The city had to get permission to demolish 503 N. Commercial from the state. That permission finally came a couple of weeks ago and was announced at the city council meeting.

Mayor Bryan Chapman spoke with Goering Enterprises on Monday, and they think demolition could begin by the end of this week. Watch for barricades and possibly part of Commercial to be blocked off as the demolition occurs.

Once the 503 building is down, contractors can better access the damage to the 501 building and the best way to save the structure.

The building at 503 N. Commercial building was built in 1890.  The building at 501 N. Commercial was originally built in 1900 and has been a mainstay of downtown Sedgwick.

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Halstead Resident Cooks Fine French Dinner

Posted 4/26/2018

By Pilar MartinA French dinner for six was one of the prizes from the Sacred Heart Italian Dinner raffle. Joyce Esfield cooked the dinner and served it at her home in Halstead.A French dinner for six was one of the prizes from the Sacred Heart Italian Dinner raffle. Joyce Esfield cooked the dinner and served it at her home in Halstead.

HALSTEAD—French wines, champagne and cuisine were served up in style at the home of Joyce Esfield last Saturday evening, April 21. Esfield offered the dinner at her home as one of the raffle items at February’s La Dolce Vita dinner in Halstead.

Esfield, who moved to Halstead last fall, offered the dinner hoping she would get to meet some of her neighbors.

“The winner ended up being from Wichita and she is bringing friends from Wichita,” Esfield said with a smile. Lea Ann (Wendling) Gaebbert was the winner.

Esfield has been to France six different times and is very knowledgeable about the country and cuisine. Her dinner included a geography lesson about where dishes and wines came from.

Among the dishes served were a tomato basil soup, rustic French meatloaf, caramelized roasted carrots, au gratin potatoes, red cabbage salad, rolls, cherry pie with ice cream and chocolate truffles for dessert.

The table was set with china, crystal and silver. A lighted Eiffel Tower graced the center of the table. Menus were printed in French and English. Guests were asked to wear semi-formal dress.

The French dinner will be an auction item at next year’s La Dolce Vita. The Italian dinner is held each year by the Sacred Heart Parish Center. Proceeds from the Italian dinner support charitable community and county organizations in addition to church projects.

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