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March 22, 2018
Harvey County IndependentMarch 22, 2018 Harvey County Independent

300+ Pounds Of Pop-Tabs Amassed By Middle-Schoolers

Posted 3/22/2018

By Pilar MartinHALSTEAD Middle School students collected 322.97 pounds of pull-tabs in the past few months, which will be given to Ronald McDonald House Charities to help families in need.HALSTEAD Middle School students collected 322.97 pounds of pull-tabs in the past few months, which will be given to Ronald McDonald House Charities to help families in need.

HALSTEAD—Halstead Middle School teacher Ward Willis challenged his sixth grade classes to collect pull-tabs from aluminum cans earlier this school year. The idea was to give the pull-tabs to the Ronald McDonald House.

When the challenge began, only sixth-graders brought in the tabs. Then the sixth-graders decided to challenge all the other middle school classes, fourth through eighth grades.

Principal Ron Berry purchased a wading pool to hold all of the pull-tabs donated.

“When I saw the size of the pool, I thought we would never fill it, but we almost did,” Willis said.

Students reached our to family and friends and brought in some really big donations of the pull-tabs. The tabs filled the pool to the first line on the side, then it went higher, and then higher.

The challenge ended last Thursday, March 15. All the pull-tabs were weighed as they came in and donations were recorded by grade level. The class that had the most pull-tabs donated won a pizza party.

That winning class was the fifth grade with 4,136.64 ounces, or 258.54 pounds. The entire middle school collected 322.97 pounds, which equates to a monetary value of approximately $2,260.79.

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Sedgwick Depot Gets Green Light For New Home

Posted 3/22/2018

By Pilar MartinTHE historic Sedgwick Depot will be moving to its new permanent home in the coming months.THE historic Sedgwick Depot will be moving to its new permanent home in the coming months.

SEDGWICK—Sedgwick’s Historical Society received some good news at Monday night’s regular council meeting. City Attorney Brad Jantz presented a copy of a letter from AT&T stating the Historical Society would be given easement to part of the property, allowing them to move the Sedgwick Depot from the corner of 4th and Jefferson to behind the current museum on Commercial Street.

“There were some discussions we did not know about,” Jantz said

Monty Leonard representing the Historical Society said he had heard the easement was awarded for a sidewalk to be put in. “This is not what we wanted at all,” Leonard said.

“As a standardized easement, this works,” Jantz added. Jantz said he felt it was necessary to contact the AT&T representative to make a couple of clarifications, but he would ask for minimal changes.

Leonard said they had people in place to build the permanent base, to move the depot, and to get it set in place. “This was all we needed to go forward. You will own the building and be responsible for future costs incurred,” Leonard added.

Leonard then told the council about a fundraising project the Historical Society wanted to pursue. “We will sell bricks for a $100 donation. The bricks will be engraved with the giver’s name. When we get enough bricks we would like to replace the sidewalk in front of the museum with the bricks,” Leonard said. Council agreed that would be acceptable.

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Bentley Native Giving Back To Community In New Role

Posted 3/22/2018

BRAEDEN Odendahl began working for the city of Bentley last week as a new maintenance department employee.BRAEDEN Odendahl began working for the city of Bentley last week as a new maintenance department employee.By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—The city of Bentley’s newest employee says he is loving the opportunity to help others and give back to his hometown. Braeden Odendahl started as the city’s new maintenance department employee last week Monday and said he’d been keeping busy his first week.

“There’s never a dull moment, really,” he said. “I’ve always got something to do.”

Some of those things keeping him busy so far include checking chlorine levels of the city’s drinking water every day, making sure the sewage doesn’t get backed up, mowing and vehicle maintenance.

“Just keep the town nice,” he said, summing up his duties. “I’ll do whatever needs to be done to help the town. It changes on an everyday basis.”

He added that he’s still learning a lot as he goes.

His past job experience includes working at a grocery store, mowing a golf course and testing microchips, so a career in city maintenance is bringing a lot of new experiences for him.

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