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Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street, 68978 A fe of The Su Christmas often difficult for f,,,00ter children regions. Saint Francis Community Ser- vices provides Christmas gifts for all the children in its care. Serving 75 percent of the counties in Kansas (in DCF's West and Wichita regions), they use a variety ofoppoaunities for people to contribute to making Christmas a joy for children. "Children in foster care may be struggling right now, and it's impor- tant we do what we can as a community to let them know they are important and deserve a bright future," DCF sec- retary Phyllis Gilmore said. There are more than 6,000 children in foster care. Approximately 350 age out of the system every year. For these children and young adults, the efforts of Christmas can be a difficult time for children in foster care and the young adults who have aged out of the state' s care. The Kansas Department for Chil- dren and Families (DCF) is working with its foster care contractors, KVC and Saint Francis Community Services, to bring Christmas cheer to children in foster care and aged out youths through a wide range of events this month. Monday morning KVC held a gift collection and sorting event to ensure that children in foster care have a present to open on Christmas. Each year KVC coordinates a gift drive to brighten the holidays for more than 3,000 children in foster care. KVC serves the East and Kansas City DCF Santa to visit Esbon If your child has not visited with Santa, they have one more chance here in Jewell County. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Santa will be in Esbon at the Village Cafe. Besides Santa's arrival, there will be drawings for prizes with cook- ies and coffee being served to all in attendance. The Community Alliance of Esbon is the sponsor of this event. KVC, Saint Francis and DCF are espe- cially uplifting during the holidays. Jewell County is considered the west region and is with St. Francis care. There are presently 1,562 foster chil- dren living in the west region and of these three are located in Jewell County. Contact person for St. Francis in Jewell County is Brenna Talley, Salina. KVC continues to take donations. To give a gift as an individual or orga- nization, visit http://kansas.kvc.org or contact Jackie Harwig at jharwig@kvc.org. Saint Francis provides an opportu- nity for online giving through www.ChdstmasforKids.com and www.st-francis.org. It also organizes "adoptions" of each child in care through Christmas ornaments printed with a child' s wishes of what they truly want under the tree. Saint Francis also provides gift cards for each family to provide the holiday meals. For youths who have aged out of foster care, DCF can offer hope through services and support throughout the year to help them with the next step of their lives. This year, 55 of these young people have been given gifts to make the holiday more special. For more information on how you can help youth who have aged out of foster care, con- tact Independent Living Outreach Co- ordinator Bubba Dowling at Bubba.Dowling@ dcf.ks.gov. Mankato City Council discusses street closure for new buiiding Thursday, December 18, 2014 i Price 50ii Entered into the mail at Mankato, Kansas, and Superior, NebraSka" The Mankato City Council met for Ed Hood was present to discuss a approved. their regularly scheduled monthly utility lien on the property at 407 E. An executive session was held un- meeting Dec. 2 with Don Koester, South St. Discussion was held. The der exception 1 of the KOMA(person- mayor, presiding. Council members city administrator was instructed to nel exception). A session was held for Commodities will be present were Dave Warne, Lyle work with the city attorney for a reso- 30 minutes. In open session, the city Dauner, Mac McCammon and Neil lution, administrator presented proposed sal- distributed Saturday Becker. EarlBnckleywiththeJewellCounty aryadjustmentsforfulltimestaffposi- Longtime Max kate Fire Chief;!: U.S. Government food commodi- Correspondence from Carol Historical Society was present to dis- tions. The council approved staffsal- I ties will be distributed Saturday from 9 Torkelson from the North Central Re- cuss the vacation of Madison St. be- ary adjustments as presented. ' .. gional Planning Commission was read, updating the CDBG housing rehabili- tation grant and advised that bid pack- ets were being sent out for two addi- tional demolition projects. Correspondence from fire chief Lloyd Johnson was read. Johnson no- tiffed the Council that he will be retir- ing after 41 years of service, 26 of which was served as chief. Jenny Russell with Jewell County Community Development was intro- duced. The council held an executive session under exception No. 6 of the KOMA (land acquisition) with no ac- tion resulting after returning to open session. tween McRoberts and Walnut for the construction of a metal building. Dis- cussion was held. The city administra- tor was instructed to verify the location of sewer lines at the location. Council considered a building per- mit application for a garage addition at 201 N. Center St. and it was ap- proved. Council considered a building per- mit for a house addition at 348 S. Clinton St. and the building permit was approved. A cereal malt beverage licence ap- plication was received for Bob's Inn, Buffalo Roam, Mankato Express and Mac' s Kwikstop. All applications were Another executive session was held for 15 minute under exception 1 of the KOMA (personnel exception). No ac- tion resulted following the session. The upcoming April 7, 2015, elec- tion was discussed. Filing deadline is noon on Jan. 28. Positions up for elec- tion are mayor, currently held by Donald Koester; council member po- sitions, currently held by Neil Becker and Harold McCammon. The council reviewed a price quote of $2,730 from Johlin Measurement for a coin operated bulk water dis- penser. Discussion was held and the council approved purchasing the equip- ment. Jewell City Council sells former school playground equipment The Jewell City Council met for their regular monthly meeting Dec. 1 at city hall with Bill Loomis, mayor, presiding. Attending the meeting were council members Bruce Barrett, Darrell Bohnert, Max Burks, John Stoeber, Kris Williams; and Amy Arasmith, city clerk. Use of the former day care space was discussed. Sealed bids for the playground equipment located at the former el- ementary school were opened. After reviewing the bids, the council ac - cepted the highest bid on each piece of equipment. Beer license applications were ap- proved for the Delaware St. Pub and Jewell Grocery. A retirement reception on Dec. 11 for Don Snyder, Jewell County emer- gency preparedness director and 911 coordinator, was discussed. The council decided not to partici- pate in the Kansas Municipal list ser- vice at this time. New carpetwill be installed in three of the motel rooms later in December or January. Wages and bonuses were discussed. Following the council meeting, the Jewell Apartment board of directors met. The following were in attendance: Bruce Barrett, Darrell Bohnert, Max Burks, John Stoeber, Kris Williams, Bill Loomis, Cindy Barrett and Amy Arasmith. Approval was given to pur- chase a flat screen television for the activity room. Mankato Chamber of Commerce holds regular December meeting Mankato Chamber of Commerce met for their regular meeting Dec. 10 with I ! members and one guest present. Jason Ortman called the meeting to order. Minutes of last month's meeting were read and approved. Plans for the upcoming visit from Santa were discussed. The event will be held at the Community Center tbl- lowing the free movie at the Ute The- ater. We will make 75 treat bags and give any that are left over to the Senior Center. Popcorn and hot chocolate will also be offered. Tom Roane will be taking pictures of the children on Santa's lapand printing offa copy for them to tale home. The Chamber Bucks Giveaway winners will be drawn dur- ing the visit also. The annual meeting will be held Jan. 7 at a local restaurant. Jason will check in to the entertainment for the evening. Picking the band for the Threshing Bee was tabled until the next meeting. Doyle McKinney, Jewell County Hospital administrator, talked to the group about tax credits. Winners of the Chamber Bucks Giveaway were Jeanie Blair, Delores Angleton, Martha Herrmann and Carol Wakefield. Set to retire next month, Lloyd Johnson (right), Mankato Fire Chief, was honored at the department's annal Christmas party for his 40 years of service with the department, the last 25 as chief. set to retire nq.00,xt month years; Don Nevins, 10 years; Brian Firemen and their wives attending Shulda, 15 years; Neil Becket, 20 years; James Berry, 30 years; Forrest Dewey, 35 years; and Kenneth Lynch, 45 years. In recognition of his pending Jan. 10, 2015, retirement as Mankato fire chief, the firemen "roasted" Chief Lloyd Johnson before presenting him with a plaque acknowledging his 40 years of service. 25 years as chief. Neil Becker. assistant chief, served as em- cee for the program and presentation. included Dave Warne and Deb; Ramon Alvarez and Dena; Matt Becker and Houston; Rick Gardner; Brian Badger and Kristi; David Reiter and Sara; Carl Waugh and Carla; James Berry; Nell Becker and Marilou; Brian Shulda and Jessica; Adam Badger and Megn; Kenneth Lynch and Marilyn: Justin Scarrow and Jenny; Don Nevins: An- thony Kennedy; Lloyd Johnson and Donna. Members of the Mankato Volun- teerFire Department treated their wives to a steak dinner at their annual Christmas party Dec. 4 at a local res- taurant. Special guests included Don Snyder, former fire chief, and wife, Barbara; Tom Roane, Mankato city administrator; and Don Koester, Mankato mayor. Several firemen received pins for their years of service to the depart- ment. including Justin Scarrow. five Second annual Jewell Christmas Sampler draws a large crowd decorated. The youth group teatured a lighted merry-go-round and Christmas decorations centered other tables. Jewell Grocery had a long sub as its centerpiece and helium balloons. At 3 p.m., children dashed to the door when they heard and saw the flashing lights of the fire truck bring- ing Santa. Santa took time to hold each child on his lap, visit with him or her before they received a treat bag from Santa's helper, Jada Eitert. She was. festively dressed in a red-fur trimmed hat and jaunty red apron. Lots of pho- tos were snapped by parents and friends. The afternoon climax was a draw-: ing as each one present got to choose a gift from a giant array of donated items.: Gaye Daniels announced the names as each was drawn. This event was spon- sored by the Jewell Chamber of Com merce. 3; A large crowd filled the Jewell Community Center for the second an- nual Christmas Sampler. Treats for tasting were provided by Guaranty State Bank, cookies; Jewell junior and senior youth group, flavored popcorn; CWF, dips with chips, bread sticks or cubes of bread; Trinity UMW. candy and coffee, hot cider, strawberry punch; tea by J-Janes: sandwiches by Jewell Grocery. Each table was colorfully to 10 a.m. at the Mankato Christian Church. Youths donate money to Burr Oak Library fund During this time of year, when so many children are dreaming of what they will be "getting" for Christmas, five kids are setting a great example of the joy of giving. Sam, Jacob and Aaron Underwood, sons of Ervin and Kristen Underwood; Hannah Simmelink, daughter of Chad and Jennifer Simmelink; and Miley Havens, daugh- ter of Julie McEntee and Larry Ha- vens, have shown truly generous hearts with their donations to the Burr Oak Community Library building fund. Together, these youths gave $290, which was matched with the current Thanksgiving Challenge for a total donation' of $580! Sam, 12, Jacob, 10, and Aaron, 8, earned money for the library by selling plates of cookies and muffins during the farmers' market held in Mankato this past fall. They themed their booth on the children's books, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, and collected free will donations to earn a large contribu- tion for the library. Hannah Simmelink, 9, saved al- lowance and birthday money to give to the library. Hannah is truly showing the gift of sacrificial giving when it would have been so much more attrac- tive to spend that money on something for herself. Miley Havens, 6, cooperated with her grandmother to give a jar full of change to the library instead of putting it into her savings account. It's amaz- ing how many dollars worth of coins a mayonnaise jar can hold! When asked why they decided to give their donations to the library, Sam answered, "We have been going here as long as I can remember, checking out books and playing around, and I would hate to see this place go." The library is proud of these five young patrons. Their names will be part of the "Save Our Library Walt of Fame" at the new library. They are great role models for all of us! The temporary Burr Oak Community Library is located in downtown Burr Oak. Above, from left, Miley Havens, Hannah Simmelink, Jacob Underwood, Sam Underwood and Aaron Underwood pose by the facilities challenge poster. Kevin Thompson arranges a giant sub sandwich with the assistance of his niece, Heather Thompson. The sandwich was part of their Jewell Christma Sampler table. ;,, Book signing held at Jewell Library Friday afternoon at the Jeweil Li- brary, Erin Burks held a book signing for her now published book, 'q'wice the Blessing." Her book is a faith based journey of parenthood. "I was inspired to write the book initially to capture the story of what the family went through to give to my children," said Erin. Several individuals read what she had put together and encouraged Erin to have the book published. The book tells of the journey through the miscarriage of their first child; the premature birth of their twins; their daughter's homegoing to Heaven and their son's miraculous coming to their home. "Throughout our journey we real- ized that faith is not understanding the choices God makes for our children but accepting them. We try to be thank- ful for each of God's blessings. Every day is a gift! God blessed me with a calling upon my heart to write 'Twice the Blessing.' I believe we went through this journey so we could inspire and give a light of hope to others. I pray we are serving a purpose far larger than we will ever know," said Erin. Erin and husband. Josh, live in Jewell with their two sons, Jacob, 12, the serviving twin who is a seventh grader at Beloit Junior High. and Caleb, 10, a fifth grader at Beloit Elementary. Erin was raised in the Linn area, at- tended and graduated from Cloud County Community College with an associate's degree in administrative assistance. The family moved to Jewell in 2005 where Josh became a part of the family business and Erin became a stay at home mom. Erin is now em- ployed at Guaranty State Bank, Jeweli. Proceeds from the book will be donated to the Ronaid McDonald House and Stormont-Vail NICU, which were both importants part of their jour- ney as the twins were born at Stormont- Vail, and other charities. Erin Burks receives a congratulatory hug from Susan Flinn during the book s,gning party held Friday afternoon of Burks published book "Twice the Blessing".