|6||The Bunker Conceal Carry Class, 8 am, $75 fee|
|6||Boiler Room Brewhaus Grand Opening, 11 am, 102 S. National Ave., music, food & craft beer|
|8||Informational Breakfast: Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Strength Training Class for Older Adults, Buck Run|
Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet, Papa Don’s, 10 N. Main St., 8:30 am
|10||Breakfast Bingo at Buck Run Community Center 9 -10 am|
|11||Chamber Coffee, Mercy Health for Life 8 am|
|11||Biggest Loser Competition Begins at Buck Run, $15|
|11||Thursdays Card Players at Buck Run Community Center 6-9 pm|
|12-13||Livestock Sale, Fort Scott Livestock Market, 2131 Maple Rd., 10 am|
|12||Theology on Tap, Papa Don’s Pizza, 10 N. Main St., 7 pm|
|13-14||Youth Basketball Tournament- hosted by FSHS Booster Club. Start early Saturday morning through 5-6pm Sunday evening|
For the second year in a row, volunteers from Mercy locations in southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri gathered to assemble blessing bags for the local homeless population.
Mercy co-workers started this project last year as they saw an increased need within the community due to higher numbers of homeless patients seeking medical attention. Deeply touched by the plight of this group, they wanted to find a way to provide much-needed help and shine the light of kindness and hope in their lives.
Last year, co-workers were able to put together 250 blessing bags, containing items such as personal care, laundry soap, and snacks that were donated to six area shelters. This year, the program was expanded. Overall, 650 blessing bags were created, allowing co-workers to make donations to 12 different shelters. Additionally, several toys were donated to provide help and brighten Christmas for several struggling families.
Donations were made to the following locations:
- The Beacon, Fort Scott
- Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries & Outreach Center, Fort Scott
- Salvation Army, Springfield
- Rare Breed, Springfield
- Hearts for the Homeless, Springfield
- Harmony House, Springfield
- Soul’s Harbor, Joplin
- Watered Gardens, Joplin
- Salvation Army, Joplin
- Ministers of Fire, Lebanon
- Pregnancy Support Center, Lebanon
- COPE house, Lebanon
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
When opportunity knocks, listen.
For David Shank, DPT, the chance to use his physical therapy expertise to help patients near his hometown came sooner than expected. But, he knew the opportunity was something he couldn’t let slip by.
The community where he spent many years as a young adult had an appeal he couldn’t resist.
“I feel Fort Scott is a gem and I like the small-town atmosphere,” said Shank.
“I had been working as a traveling physical therapist since graduating from Kansas University Medical School in May 2017. My plan was to continue this for a few years. When the job opportunity came available at Mercy Health for Life, my plans were put on fast forward.”
Shank, a 2009 Uniontown High School graduate, attended Fort Scott Community College where he played football for two years. He then transferred to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology in 2013. He began doctorate work in physical therapy later that year.
Life experiences have helped Shank appreciate and understand the importance of physical therapy. From personal football injuries to the physically demanding work as a welder, Shank has lived it.
“My interest in rehabilitating an injury progressed more as I dove deeper into the profession. I learned that physical therapy is about more that the human body; it’s about the whole person – physical, mental, spiritual – and helping to make a positive impact on someone’s life.”
“I know I’ve made the right career choice when my patients are able to walk again, say they are able to get out of bed without pain or they’ve been able to avoid surgery and yet feel 100 percent.”
Shank will care for physical therapy patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as the occupational health environment.
“I hope to be a good resource for companies in our area because not only do I have the medical training in worksite occupational health, but I have the personal experience that can be beneficial in treatment, too.”
Shank joins a veteran Mercy Health for Life therapy team that includes physical therapists Denny Gillard and Janet Smith; occupational therapist Hugo Dahlstrom; speech therapist Afton Hyer; and physical therapy assistants Lisa Proctor and Rebecca Zimmerman.
For more information about Mercy Therapy Services, call 620-223-7073.
Fort Scott Community College will hold the next orientation for the Adult Education and GED Program on Wednesday, January 10. The program is eight weeks long, and students may choose from three sessions: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 to 4 p.m., or 4 to 7 p.m.
“Through the program, students will work to complete GED modules including math, reading, science, and social studies,” said Aubrey Duft, FSCC Adult Basic Education Instructor. “The classes also focus on college readiness, career readiness, and technology.”
Adult education classes are open to students ages 16 and older. Students who are under 18 must have a Parental Waiver for Compulsory Attendance to attend class; the form can be obtained from the last school district the student attended.
The cost for the class is $30 and includes the ACCUPLACER college entrance exam, Northstar Digital Literacy Certification, WorkKeys Employment Skills Test, TABE assessment, and one GED Ready Practice Test. GED testing fees are not included.
The classes will take place in the FSCC Student Success Center, located in Bailey Hall, 2108 South Horton, Fort Scott. To enroll, please contact Aubrey Duft, FSCC Adult Basic Education Instructor, at 620-223-2700, ext. 4400.
Mercy Convenient Care at 1624 S. National in Fort Scott will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24, and remain closed on Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day.
Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 26.
For emergencies on the holiday, please visit Mercy Emergency Department located in Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.
Mercy Clinic Fort Scott, Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Arma and Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Linn County will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day. All locations will resume regular hours on Tuesday, Dec. 26.
The physicians and staff at Mercy Clinic wish you a safe a happy holiday.
FRI & SAT—10:00AM—5:00PM—Livestock Sale—Fort Scott Livestock Market 2131 Maple Rd.—Friday: Cows, Pairs & Big Bulls. Saturday: Stocker & Feeder Cattle
Dec. 14—23—Dolly Hollyday Christmas Light Trolley Tours 231 E. Wall St.—Enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes & glow necklaces! Then climb aboard Dolly the Trolley! Sing Christmas carols with Santa’s elves & enjoy all the beautiful Christmas lights around Fort Scott on this 50-minute tour! Call for reservations, 620-223-3566, $8 for Adults, $5 for Kids (12 & under) $125 for entire trolley.
11:30AM—1:00PM—Friendship Soup Lunch hosted by First United Methodist Church 301 S. National Ave—The Faith Builders Sunday School class is sponsoring this event. The menu will include chili, a variety of soups, desserts, and a drink. Free will donations will be accepted.
6:00-8:00PM—Showing of the film “Home on the Range” – Beaux Arts Centre 102 S. National Ave.— 60-minute film with a Q&A session after the movie with Ken Spurgeon, $5 admission fee.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
Kansas Crossing Casino Fort Scott Day—Kansas Crossing Casino Fort Scott residents will receive $10 Crossing Cash. A Fort Scott Only promotion will give 1 slot player $100 in Crossing Cash every half hour from 3-8pm. KCC will match the Crossing Cash prizes won from the Fort Scott Only promo with a cash donation to Bourbon County CASA.
11:00AM—National Wreaths Across America Day—FS National Cemetery #1 900 E. National Ave.— Ceremony begins at 11 am with laying of the wreaths.
9:00PM-1:00AM—Brian Lumley and the Red Dirt Underground band—Sharky’s 16 N. National Ave.—$3 Miller Lite/Coors Lite Aluminum Pints
3:00-7:00PM—Horse Drawn Carriage Rides—Downtown Fort Scott City Parking Lot across from Cheney Witt located at 3rd & Main. $3 for adults, $1 for kids. The 4-H Junior Leaders will be offering hot chocolate for a free-will donation.
5:00-8:00PM—Oh’ Local Night Shopping Event Many stores around Fort Scott will stay open late, giving you a little extra time to do some holiday shopping. Christmas Carolers will be out during this time visiting stores with some holiday cheer.
Schedule of Special Events in Fort Scott, Kansas Dec. 15-17 Visit the Chamber & Tourism Center for more attractions & activities! M – F 8am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm
Tell your friends you’re here! Check in on Facebook! @ Visit Fort Scott KS @ Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce 800-245-FORT (3678) * www.fortscott.com
Dolly Hollyday Trolley Tour Christmas Lights Trolley Tours Dec 14-23 * Tours at 6:30 & 7:30 PM Nightly $8 for adults, $5 for kids, $125 for the trolley (seats 22) @ The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce FREE hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes & glow necklaces! Call for reservations 620-223-3566