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Presbyterian Village Auction: One and One-Half Years Accumulation on Feb. 27

Lots of furniture will be for sale at the Presbyterian Village auction on Feb. 27 Submitted photos.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has set individuals and groups rethinking fundraising ideas.

This is true for Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, which will have its’ annual fundraising auction this Saturday, Feb. 27 at the former Gordman’s store, 2400 S. Main. The auction begins at 10 a.m.

Hand-made quilts will be auctioned at the sale. Submitted photos.

 

“Traditionally, the auction is known for a great crowd, good food, and lots of good deals,” said Executive Director Ginger Nance.  “This year, the need remains for financial support for the Good Samaritan Program and other resident-centered programs.  However, the auction looks different this year.  We will not provide food or raffles or any of the usual festivities.”

 

Cast iron and other pans will be offered at auction. Submitted photos.

The auction helps fund programs to benefit the elderly residents who live at the assisted living facility.

 

Crystal and other glassware will be offered at auction. Submitted photos.

 

“The 2021 auction benefits resident programs at Fort Scott Presbyterian Village,” Nance said. “Our mission is to provide quality senior services guided by Christian values.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had to pivot and rethink the way we serve the mission and how the community can interact with our mission.”

 

Dining tables will be auctioned. Submitted photos.

“Due to the pandemic, our campus has really limited the public’s access and even at times restricted the access of visitors and guests,” she said.  “We have to be incredibly careful in keeping our residents and staff safe.  So, the auction items moved out of our storage and to a place where folks can go.”

 

The auction has been moved to the former Gordman’s building on South Main Street, in between Hibbits and Tractor Supply stores.

Beds, dressers, chests of drawers, nightstands will be offered at auction. Submitted photos.

The auction is usually in May, but this year will be February 27.

“Everyone’s lives have changed because of the pandemic and so have schedules,” Nance said.  “The collection of items has been growing since late 2019 in preparation for the 2020 event.  Imagine our collection now…almost a year and a half later.  We are busting at the seams.  By moving the auction site, it allows all of the stored items to be removed so access to resident vehicles is easy.  As they say, the show must go on.  So February is as good of a time as any.  We just hope the weather is good and people are understanding.”

Crockery and other kitchen items will be for sale. Submitted photos.

The Village received grant funds to help with COVID-19 issues.

The facility received Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas grant money in the fall of 2020 in the amount of $84.000

 

“With the help of leadership at our home office, Fort Scott Presbyterian Village submitted an application in August of 2020 for Personal Protection Equipment, technology enhancement for screening and resident communication, staffing, and testing expenses,” Nance said. “We were also able to use the funds to facilitate safe visiting for family members, four stations have been established inside doorways of the community and set up with coffee machines, rolling carts, trash cans, and tables for visitation. There are also enhancements for the life enrichment team to have a rolling station of activities for residents.”

 

 

“The staffing dollars allocated helped us with payroll for employees that traditionally work in one department but are needed in other areas to assist,” she said.  “It also helped with payroll for employees that were exposed to COVID while working.  The SPARK money has been a blessing beyond measure!  It has allowed for PPE, testing, monitoring, infection control, and reopening supplies to be purchased and available at all times for staff and residents use to keep everyone safe to the best of our ability.”

 

 

“We are grateful to have the assistance of the PMMA organization to secure grants and other stimulus money that has helped us during such a challenging time in health care,” she said.

“It is important to recognize the amazing support from donors, volunteers, and families who have given donations to the Presbyterian Village and our system and I cannot thank those donors enough!  It truly takes a ‘village’ of people to pull together during challenging times.”

 

“We have a great community of people who have given crafts, books, hobby items and financial donations to help keep our residents engaged during what seemed like a very long year of social distancing,” she said.

“Our team’s energy and focus is committed to serving our seniors in the best possible way and without God and the assistance of our supportive community we couldn’t be successful,” Nance said.

 

 

 

 

Local Author, Brian Allen, Speaks on His New Book “Murder and Mayhem” Jan. 9

Everyone is invited to join us this Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Memorial Hall Auditorium at 10 am – 12 pm
Bourbon County Speakers
Tour presents
Murder & Mayhem
Author: Brian Allen
ORGANIZED THROUGH PARTNERSHIP OF
THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:
FORT SCOTT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOURBON COUNTY HISTORICAL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION (HPA)
OLD FORT GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (OFGS)

Art In The Park At Uniontown

UHS Music students perform, under the direction of Neva Rowland, music teacher. Submitted photos.

Uniontown High School Music, Drama and Art students entertained the community from 4-6 p.m. this evening in the city’s park.

Neva Rowland is the UHS Music teacher and Rhonda Allen is the West Bourbon Elementary School Music teacher.

Allen’s 4th grade music students perform the Star Spangled Banner and 5th grade music students performed a persussion special.

Brent Shore submitted these photos he took.

Other photos of the event are invited.

Send to news@fortscott.biz

 

Fort Scott Fall Photo Contest

The Fort Scott Chamber and Co-sponsor Kenny Felt Photography
Invite you to enter into the
FALL PHOTO CONTEST!
ENTER NOW THROUGH OUR FACEBOOK PAGE,
TWO STEPS TO ENTER:
1. Share your photo to our Facebook page with the hashtag #FORTSCOTTFALL
(hashtag is required for entry)
2. Email the original file of your photo to the Chamber at adminassist@fortscott.com, with your name & location of the photo.
Show your love, share your view on what Fall looks like to you in
Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas!
We are excited to see the submissions and eager to award the winner with a Fall Fort Scott print sponsored by Kenny Felt Photography!
Please below the Rules & Submission Information!
*The sponsors reserve the right to not award the prize print if no entries,
or quality entries, are submitted.

Family of Eight Moves Into the Beaux-Arts Centre

The Bowman Family moved into the Beaux-Arts Centre. Submitted photo.
Before March 2020, the Bowman family was quite content living in North Kansas City in a wonderful neighborhood, Lorina Bowman said.  “I accidentally came across the Beaux-Arts Centre on Zillow ( a real estate website) and saw a lot of potential. “
The Beaux-Arts Centre, 102 S. National Ave, is next door to the post office.
“When my husband saw it, he was also excited,” she said.
They set up several appointments with the owners to view the property.
” We tried to talk ourselves out of it because the building needs to be updated quite a bit, but every con was able to be twisted into a pro,” she said.  They prayed and feel God led them to purchase the property.

The family plans to open a museum with interactive components and call it Exploratorium.

“It’s always been a dream of ours to open a business that would incorporate all of my family’s hobbies and talents,” Lorina said.  “The fact that my family is able to live on the top floor while we build the museum is the only way our vision is possible.”

“We will have fun, unique exhibits that all ages will enjoy, such as; Barbie, Model Trains, Lego, and more,” Lorina said. “We will have play structures and other hands-on activities. The building will also include a gift shop and eventually a snack bar. We are most excited about our classroom which is where we will host workshops and clubs to really get the community involved in teaching, learning and exploring new hobbies and talents.”

The Bowman Family is comprised of Johnathan, a computer programmer who works from home since leaving California in June 2017. “He is excited to learn new handyman skills as he tackles different projects in the building,”  Lorina said.
Lorina is a stay-at-home mom but loves to make crafts to sell at fairs and is excited to have a full-time gift shop to sell all the creations she’s made over the years, she said.
She’s also happy she can put on events to “appease her overzealous party planning passion,” she said.
Marshall is 15  years old and enjoys creating Electonic Dance Music on the computer and building weapons out of polyvinyl chloride pipe.
Vivian is 13 and loves Harry Potter, Legos, and reading.
Theodore is almost 11 and a master at creating obstacle courses and unique games for his siblings to play, Lorina said.
Lawrence is 9 and can fold origami for hours and keep his family laughing with his humor, she said.
 Adelaide is 4 and does her best to keep up with the rest of the family, she said.
The youngest is  Harriet, 2, who has the cutest smile and curls, Lorina said.
The timeline for the project is undetermined.
“The timeline really depends on the community,” Lorina said. ” My husband and my dad have been doing a lot of the projects tackled so far. If left to our own devices we could eventually open our doors to the public but it would be years in the making. Why wait that long? “
“With enough community support through funding and volunteer labor we could open as early as next spring and then ALL generations could come together to enjoy our Exploratorium,” she said.
Follow the project on Facebook @ Fort Scott Exploratorium to find out how you can help and see what they have accomplished and what currently working on.

What’s Happening in Fort Scott Oct. 16 Edition

UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS
2020 GORDON PARKS PHOTO CONTEST Sponsored by Merl Humphrey. The Theme “Social Justice, Diversity and Equity” for any amateur photographer. Deadline EXTENDED to 10/26/2020, send submission to gordonparksphotocontest@fortscott.edu.
GUIDED TOURS OF THE FORT DAILY, 10AM &1PMThe Fort Scott National Historic Site is open daily 8am-5pm for touring on your own, but arrive at 10am or 1pm on any day and take advantage of a guided tour with a park ranger! Guided tour lasts approx. 1 hour.
10/16-10/22 –FORT CINEMA Heaven, Nightmare Before Christmas, Honest Thief,
10/16 – The FSHS Tigers Football game on the Big Screen! Free – Reserve your seats to watch the game!
10/16 & 10/17 – CLARK STREET LIGHTS, HALLOWEEN THEME & SCREAM!
$1 entry from 7 pm -10 pm
10/16 –BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS!  – Come in and drink and sing Karaoke night!
10/16 & 10/17- FORT SCOTT LIVESTOCK
Sale starts as 10am – Sale Barn and Sat. at 7 am
10/16 – FORT SCOTT FARMERS’ MARKET– At Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort, 8am to noon. American Legion serving Breakfast on the Bricks starting at 8am.
10/16, 17 & 18th – KANSAS ROCKS WEEKEND Our C-19 Camp -N- Crawl a 3-day event. One price for the entire weekend, Collecting toys for the Christmas Season.
10/17 –CRUISE NIGHT – Cruise night for the season! 6 pm -10 pm, route of 6th St. to 18th!
10/17 & 18 –MIDWEST NATIONAL BASEBALL AT LAROCHE COMPLEX. Click HERE for more full Bracket & schedule.
10/17 –THE LAVENDER PATCH FARM – Open Sat. from 9 am -2 pm., 2396 Locust Rd.
10/17 –FSCC – HEAD BASKETBALL COACH “COOK’S CLINIC” – Open Sat. from 10 am – 1 pm., Arnold Arena. Coach Cook and other area coaches will present various drills and areas on emphasis. $20 per person .620.223.2700 # 7280
10/17- BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS!Live Music featuring Damaris hosted by the Boiler Room Brewhaus! 7:30 – 9:30 PM
10/17- FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH ~”America in the End Times’ with Gary Kah, 6-8 pm. 1818 S. Main St.
10/18 – BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS! Brings back Trivia night for teams of 2 to 6 people, $5 entry
per team, 5-7 pm
SAVE THE DATE!
10/21 ~BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS! Brings in the Ghetto Taco Truck from 4 pm – 8 pm. Authentic Street Tacos, Come in for a Drink!
10/21 ~WARD KRAFT JOB FAIR ~ Hiring Office, Sales and Production Members. Apply from 10 am -2 pm and again from 4 to 6 pm. Hall, Meet & Greet at 5:30 pm, and Forum starts at 6 pm
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
620-223-3566
In This Issue
Gordon Parks Photo Contest
Clark Street Lights-Halloween
Cruise Night
The Boiler Room Brewhaus – Karaoke Night, Live Music
Fort Scott Livestock Sale
Kansas Rocks
Midwest National Baseball
The Lavender Patch Farm
FSCC – Cook Basketball Clinic
Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber? Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.
REGISTER FOR KANSASWORKS VIRTUAL JOB FAIR – NO COST TO EMPLOYERS!
THANK YOU TO OUR BOOSTER MEMBERS!

Tiger Spirit Decorating Contest

The Fort Scott High School Booster Club Announces a
Tiger Spirit Decorating Contest!
“Paint the Town Red”
REGISTER BY EMAIL:chasingkids101@gmail.com
  • Business Name
  • Address
  • Contact person and phone number
Join the fun by showing your town pride and Tiger spirit and decorate your store front for the October 23rd home game!
Please register your business by
5 pm on Friday October 17th

What’s Happening In Fort Scott

UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS
2020 GORDON PARKS PHOTO CONTEST Sponsored by Merl Humphrey. The Theme “Social Justice, Diversity and Equity” for any amateur photographer. Deadline EXTENDED to 10/26/2020, send submission to gordonparksphotocontest@fortscott.edu.
GUIDED TOURS OF THE FORT DAILY, 10AM &1PMThe Fort Scott National Historic Site is open daily 8am-5pm for touring on your own, but arrive at 10am or 1pm on any day and take advantage of a guided tour with a park ranger! Guided tour lasts approx. 1 hour.
10/9 – Rotary Krispy Kreme Doughnut pickup! Memorial Hall from 6 to 10am, if you ordered Doughnuts for Dictionaries!
10/9-10/15 –FORT CINEMA Hocus Pocus, Heaven & COCO.
10/9 thru 10/11 – CLARK STREET LIGHTS, HALLOWEEN THEME & SCREAM!
$1 entry from 7 pm -10 pm
10/9 –BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS!  – Come in and drink and sing Karaoke night!
10/9 & 10/10- FORT SCOTT LIVESTOCK
Sale starts as 10am – Sale Barn and Sat. at 7 am
10/10 – FORT SCOTT FARMERS’ MARKET– At Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort, 8am to noon. American Legion serving Breakfast on the Bricks starting at 8am.
10/10 –CRUISE NIGHT – last cruise night for the season! 6 pm -10 pm, route of 6th St. to 18th!
10/10 –CHC/SEK DRIVE THRU FLU SHOT CLINIC 401 Woodland Hills Blvd. 9 am – 3 pm
10/10 – E3 11U Baseball Tryouts, 11am, Fisher Park, click here for info.
10/10 –BOURBON COUNTY STRONG 4-PERSON SCRAMBLE 401 Woodland Hills Blvd. 9 am – 3 pm. Contact Kayla Stewart – fortscottgc@gmail.com
10/10-11 – EKTEC Rodeo, Saturday & Sunday, Bourbon County Fairgrounds, click here for more info.
10/10 – FSHS CLASS OF 2019- HONOR RAYMOND HARPER – 1 -2 pm, Balloon release memorial for classmate Raymond @ FSHS Football Stadium.
10/10- BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS!  Brews & Brushes! 1 – 4 pm. We will be creating a painting that can last through the fall with those gorgeous trees we all love and a cute truck.
10/11 – BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS! Brings back Trivia night for teams of 2 to 6 people, $5 entry
per team, 5-7 pm
SAVE THE DATE!
10/13 ~ PITTSBURG REGIONAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK CONFERENCE ~ PSU, Overman Student Center, 1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 10:30 am – 2 pm. Price $105.
10/15 ~ GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE FORUM. ~ Memorial Hall, Meet & Greet at 5:30 pm, and Forum starts at 6 pm
10/15 & 10/16 ~ BLOOD DRIVE – BRCC ~ Buck Run Community Center – Give life! 10/15 from 1-7pm & 10/16 from 9 am -1 pm.
10/16 ~ FREE GOSPEL FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT First United Methodist Church. 7-9 pm. Blackwood Brothers in Concert singing Southern Gospel. This is a FREE concert!
10/17 FSCC HOSTS COOK’S CLINIC – Head Basketball Coach. Starts at 10 am to 1 pm. Michael Cook and other area High School & college coaches doing various drills and areas on emphasis. Arnold Arena at Fort Scott Community College.Day. $20 per person. Zoom Stream link of Cook’s Clinic available for $15 per viewer.
10/17 THE BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS! Live Music with Damaris at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
620-223-3566
In This Issue
FSNHS Guided Tours
Gordon Parks Photo Contest
Clark Street Lights-Halloween
Cruise Night
CHC/SEK Drive Thru Flu Shot
The Boiler Room Brewhaus – Karaoke Night, Live Music
Fort Scott Livestock Sale
Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber? Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.
REGISTER FOR KANSASWORKS VIRTUAL JOB FAIR – NO COST TO EMPLOYERS!
COLOR GUARD NEEDED
Your Fort Scott American Legion Post 25 is being asked to provide funeral honors for more and more Veterans who are being interred not only in the Fort Scott National Cemetery but also in cemeteries in the local area.
As a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion you are invited to join American Legion Post 25 Color Guard. Attendance at Legion meetings is not required to participate with the Color Guard. Some time, though, is needed to practice flag folding and presentation and other the other rituals performed by the Color.
As a Color Guard member, you would be contacted to assist in providing funeral honors for an area Veteran. If you are not available, then other Color Guard members would be contacted to assist with the flag presentation.
Sseveral photos are attached to show our Post Color Guard participating in flag presentations for recent funerals.
Remember, any current member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion can join the Post 25 Color Guard.
If you would like additional information about joining the Post 25 Color Guard, please call Color Guard Commander Darrell Spencer at 620.224.6720 or email carljowers@gmail.com.
Any area resident who may be eligible to join the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion, should contact Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers at 620.215.1688 for more information. Once you join the American Legion family, you can then join the Fort Scott American Legion Post 25 Color Guard.
Carl Jowers. Post 25 Commander.
THANK YOU TO OUR BOOSTER MEMBERS!

Local Photo Contest Extended

The 2020 Gordon Parks Museum Photo Contest Deadline Is Extended

Fort Scott-The photo entry deadline has been extended to Monday, October 26, 2020 for The Gordon Parks Museum featured photo contest at Fort Scott Community College sponsored by Merl Humphrey Photography.

The photo contest is inspired by Gordon Parks, who was a champion in the fight for social justice and racial equity. His weapon of choice was a camera to fight against racism, discrimination and poverty.

The theme of the contest, “Social Justice, Diversity and Equity” is for any amateur photographer. Photographers are invited to capture the essence of one of the concepts and share one or two sentences on what inspired the photo.

 

Non-professional photographers of any age and skill level are invited to take pictures for the project and may enter up to two photos in jpeg format with less than2MB. There will be a first place ($100), second place ($75) and third place ($50) prize and up to five honorable mentions. All photos submitted will be on exhibit at The Gordon Parks Museum and in the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center Nov. 2 – 13, 2020. All photos will also be posted on the Gordon Parks Museum website and Facebook page.

Photographs must be submitted via e-mail to gordonparksphotocontest@fortscott.edu. All photos must be attached in JPEG format and limit file size to less than 2 MB. All entries will be confirmed via email. Photographers should submit (in their email) a title, along with their name, address, email, phone number and share a one or two sentence on what inspired the photo. If under 10 years old please include parent’s information. Photos should be received via email by the new extended deadline date: Monday, October 26, 2020 at the latest.

For more information email gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu or by phone call 223-2700, ext. 5850.

 

Iola’s Bowlus Center Features Smithsonian Institute Museum Until Oct. 10

The Bowlus Fine Arts Center announced today, that they will be the first stop in Kansas
for the “Smithsonian Crossroads: Change in Rural America Exhibit.” The “Crossroads” Kansas tour is
sponsored by Humanities Kansas in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street
program.

The Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit will be housed in the Large Rehearsal Hall from August 29-October 10, 2020. Admission is free.

“Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the
changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what
happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects
that occurred.

The exhibit covers themes such as: Identity, Land, Community, Persistence and Managing
Change with photographs, hands-on activities, and audio and video clips provided by the Smithsonian in the
“Crossroads” exhibition to tell the history and culture of local rural life in Kansas and spark conversations about
our state’s future.

“Through a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program, Humanities Kansas
is able to bring the resources of the nation’s premier cultural institution to Kansas,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive
director of Humanities Kansas. “The six communities were selected because of the inspired plans provided by
local organizations to use the national exhibition as a springboard to explore local stories of innovation and
adaptation.”

As a requirement for selection, a local companion exhibit was to be established. “Allen County: From Trails
to Rails to Highway and Back,” will take you on a journey with a fictitious family who found their way into the
South East Kansas territory in 1856. The historical fiction is told by way of the diary writings of Jerimiah Wilson
and his subsequent children in the later years. Working with the local newspaper and the writings of local
historian, Larry Manes, this diary will be printed in the format of a special newspaper section in the proceeding weeks of the exhibit opening, along with extra prints to be available at the exhibition. The exhibition layout will bein the chronological order of the diary. Certain passages highlighted in the printing will be displayed on the walls with surrounding supportive photographs, articles, and artifacts. The diary writings take patrons through the
many crossroads experienced throughout Allen County’s history and will invite the viewing patron to imagine
what will be the next chapter for the Wilson family as the next generations come to their crossroads.

The Allen County Historical Society (ACHS) and the Bowlus Fine Arts Center submitted a joint proposal in
April 2019 to Humanities Kansas to be considered for selection as one of six Kansas communities to host
the nation-wide exhibit. With 32 communities from across Kansas submitting proposals, our proposal was
selected, as were five other Kansas communities: Alma; Independence; Greensburg; North Newton; and
Norton.

In addition to the six sites hosting the Smithsonian, ten communities will create their own exhibitions and
programming to explore what it means to live rural in the 21 st century, the relationship between rural, suburban,
and urban, and the progress and persistence needed by communities of all sizes to thrive. Participating
communities include Colby, Council Grove, Dodge City, El Dorado, Ellinwood, Hays, Lebanon, Olathe, Onaga,
and Satanta.

Humanities Kansas sponsors the “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” initiative in partnership with the
Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program, a one-of-a-kind cultural project that serves small
towns and residents of rural communities. To learn more about the “Crossroads” statewide tour visit
humanitieskansas.org.
For more information about “Crossroads” at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center visit www.bowluscenter.org or call
620.365.4765.

ABOUT HUMANITIES KANSAS
Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of
Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants,
and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights.