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October 4, 2018
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Lions Club donation improves picnicking experience

Posted 10/4/2018

Last week the Halstead Lions Club presented the City of Halstead with a donation to help fund the purchase of 11 new picnic tables for Scout Park. Seated at one of these new tables are, from left, secretary/treasurer Ron Auernheimer, vice president Sam Griffin, Halstead Parks and Rec Director Grant Williams and President Roger Crawford.Last week the Halstead Lions Club presented the City of Halstead with a donation to help fund the purchase of 11 new picnic tables for Scout Park. Seated at one of these new tables are, from left, secretary/treasurer Ron Auernheimer, vice president Sam Griffin, Halstead Parks and Rec Director Grant Williams and President Roger Crawford.By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD–Scout Park has long been a beneficiary of donations from the Halstead Lions Club, and another was added to that list recently as the club donated $5,000 to the city to purchase 11 new picnic tables.

Sam Griffin, who is vice president for the Lions, served as project chairman. He said club members noticed that the old picnic tables at Scout Park were getting run down.

“So we decided that we would buy all new, nice metal tables for up here,” Griffin said

The Lions Club donation covers the majority of the cost for the new tables, about 95 percent according to Griffin.

These new tables will be spread throughout the park. Most will be located in the gazebo, while three square ones will replace the those north of Scout Cabin. The concrete tables near the play equipment will also be replaced.

These two concrete tables will be relocated to Riverside Park, according to Halstead Parks and Recreation Director Grant Williams.

“Because we know they won’t ever float away,” he said.

Of the old wooden tables, those in good condition will be stored at the city’s wastewater treatment plant and will be brought out for use during future Old Settlers Festivals, Williams added.

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Meeting House wants to turn empty lot into park

Posted 10/4/2018

By Bill Bush

SEDGWICK–Ann Young, volunteer from The Meeting House, presented the Sedgwick City Council with a packet of information at Monday night's meeting to begin a discussion on the empty lot between the old library building and the police station.

Young stated The Meeting House would like to see Sedgwick grow its appeal and believes a pop-up park in this space would be a benefit to the city. Her proposal is to level out the space and add picnic tables. Young believes that high school students and other local organizations like the boy scouts as well as those involved with The Meeting House would volunteer to help develop the park area.

Council Member Miranda Tolin asked Young who would be responsible for maintenance and upkeep. Young answered, “I think The Meeting House is willing to do that.”

Council Member Richard Ludowese said, “I’d like to see us finish the library first.”

The council suggested that, with potential renovations on the library building over the winter, especially with the need to work on the outside wall adjacent to the open area, it would be best to wait. Young said that they are willing to wait until spring.

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Encouraging murals adorn Sedgwick Elementary

Posted 10/4/2018

“Awesomeness happens here” is displayed high on the wall to be easily seen upon entering R.L. Wright Elementary School.“Awesomeness happens here” is displayed high on the wall to be easily seen upon entering R.L. Wright Elementary School.By Bill Bush

SEDGWICK—Among the new things at R.L. Wright Elementary School this year, one of the first to be noticed are the words painted high on the wall, “Awesomeness happens here.” Yellow bubbles lead the observer around the corner to reveal the rest of the mural—a tree with various sized bubbles and birds perched on branches.

The mural is one of the two painted during the summer by retired art teacher Nancy Todhunter.

Todhunter taught art in Sedgwick for 31 years and did a lot of projects.

“I painted a school bus one time,” she said. “I painted the doors on one of our school’s pickup trucks. I’ve worked on set designs, painted handicap parking spots, I mean you name it. In 31 years time, there was a lot.”

She even designed the mascot on the Sedgwick water tower.

But this was her first time to paint a mural.

“Julie [new Principal Julie Scott] asked who could help with the murals, and several of the teachers recommended me,” Todhunter said.

So the two of them put their heads together.

“I wanted something in the entryway that was positive,” Scott said.

“As far as designs, I went with what Julie had in mind,” Todhunter said. “She had a rough idea of what she wanted.”

The second mural, located in one of the hallways, in large letters says, “In a world where you can be anything, be Kind.”

“She took my idea and brought it to life,” Scott said of the process.

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