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August 23, 2018
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Sedgwick Man's Sculpture To Be Featured At National Festival

Posted 8/23/2018

By Jared JanzenBRUCE Mosiman of Sedgwick crafted this 7-foot wooden sculpture using a chain saw. Next week it will be incinerated as one of the featured pieces at the Burning Man festival in Nevada. BRUCE Mosiman of Sedgwick crafted this 7-foot wooden sculpture using a chain saw. Next week it will be incinerated as one of the featured pieces at the Burning Man festival in Nevada.

SEDGWICK—Bruce Mosiman’s labor of love never had a very long life expectancy. The Sedgwick man recently completed a 7-foot part-human, part-animal, part-robot sculpture, but the work of art was destined to burn.

Mosiman was selected in June to create the statue for the Burning Man festival, a 12-day event in the desert outside of Reno, Nevada that attracts a global audience of around 70,000 people.

His sculpture is one of 12 that will be on display throughout the festival and burned right before the climax: the incineration of a roughly 75-foot tall manlike statue from which the event takes its name.

Burning Man begins this Sunday and wraps up Tuesday, Sept. 4. The sculptures will be burned Sept. 1.

Mosiman’s sculpture is named Wendigo after a legendary creature of that name with a similar appearance.

“It’s like a Native American mythological creature that eats humans, and it’s never satisfied, so it represents greed and excess,” he said.

Mosiman’s design didn’t take direct inspiration from the creature. He actually came up with the idea of sculpting a man-like creature with a deer-skull head on his own while he was sitting in his office looking at a skull mounted on the wall. He learned later of the similar-looking legendary creature and decided to use its name.

“What we read about (the wendigo) is that the only way to kill it is with fire, so that’s pretty appropriate,” he said.

Mosiman learned in June that the festival was seeking sculptures to burn. He sent in a sketch of his idea drawn by son-in-law Derek Schmidt of Wichita and was surprised in early July when he was chosen. This gave him six weeks to complete the project.

“I was just ecstatic over it, but then I was freaking out because this thing has happened so fast,” he said.

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Blanchette Marks Decade As Halstead Pastor

Posted 8/23/2018

ED Blanchette, Jr., is celebrating his 10-year milestone as pastor of Halstead Baptist Church this month.ED Blanchette, Jr., is celebrating his 10-year milestone as pastor of Halstead Baptist Church this month.By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—The past 10 years have flown by, according to Ed Blanchette, Jr. Blanchette will be celebrating a full decade of being pastor at Halstead Baptist Church next week on Aug. 29.

Blanchette said his goal and desire since first taking the position was to be here long-term. He hopes to someday reach the 30-year mark if that’s what God’s plan for him is, he said.

“My wife’s heart and my heart has always been that these folks deserve a pastor, and as God allows we just want to be their pastor and be a blessing to our community and be used of the Lord to influence and impact our community for good,” he said. “If we could be here indefinitely that’s our desire.”

Blanchette believes he is the longest-serving pastor currently serving in Halstead.

Originally from Rhode Island, Blanchette attended Heartland Bible Baptist College in Oklahoma City. During his time there, he felt led to a career in ministry after discovering a personal relationship with Christ in college.

After completing his graduate degree, he was considering a pastoral role in Montana when he was contacted by Halstead Baptist Church.

“They just said, ‘Hey, we’re without a pastor right now. Would you pray about coming up and preaching for us?’ and I said I’d be delighted to,” Blanchette said.

He preached one Sunday in mid-July of 2008, and the congregation then asked him if he’d be interested in being a candidate for a long-term position with their church.

“It was kind of one of those things where you have a mindset of how you think God is going to work, and then when God begins to open doors you’re like, ‘OK, wow,” he said.

Blanchette had just turned 27 when he became Halstead Baptist’s pastor.

“It was a lot of responsibility for a young man, and I tell you, God’s grace has been sufficient in helping me to grow,” he said. “I certainly have a lot of room yet to grow, and I know that, but I just think about how the Lord has kind of grown us along.”

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Burrton Trying New Educational Approach

Posted 8/23/2018

By Blake Spurney

BURRTON—USD 369 district in Burrton is taking a new look at how it is meeting the needs of students.

Superintendent Joan Simoneau said every staff member was on board with her suggestion to sign on for the Gemini I redesign project even though it will require more work. The Kansas State Department of Education solicited districts to be part of the pilot project, and Burrton is one of 21 districts in Gemini I.

“I was lucky because every single member of my staff said if this is something that could be better for kids, I’m all in,” Simoneau said.

As part of the redesign process, school will start later at 9:30 a.m. the last Wednesday of every month beginning Aug. 29 to allow staff to discuss changes. Breakfast will not be served on late start days.

The redesign project means that every aspect of education will get reviewed, from curriculum, classroom setup or even how the school day is divided up.

Simoneau said Burrton had the option of instituting changes this year or next, and she opted for next year. That’s not to say some of changes won’t be made this year.

“There’s a lot of freedom to do what you think you need to do,” she said.

Burrton already has created an outdoor classroom with $6,0000 in grant money it received from the Newton and South Hutchinson Rotary Clubs. Teachers will be able to check out the outdoor classroom similar to booking time in the conference room or library.

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