“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; does not it spring forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a pathway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 from the Holy Bible.
This is the key verse that members of Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene (FSCN) chose to begin a new ministry.
The ministry is called Pathways and it is a partnership with other churches and individuals within Bourbon County to reach those who want out of self-destructive life choices.
It started when FSCN members Mike Watson and Jimmie Jones were conversing about the Celebrate Recovery, a group that meets at the church.
“We get these folks in jail, some are ready for something else,” David Goodyear, coordinator of Pathways said. “We’ve tried to help them but they get out unannounced and go back to where they came from. We felt like we were letting them go through the gaps.”
That’s when Pathways was birthed.
“We started last fall…with a vision statement,” Goodyear said. “The church board endorsed it. I became the coordinator.”
The Pathways ministry collaborates with Next Steps, a Local Connections to Success Program that is facilitated weekly by community volunteers, that meets on Monday evenings at the First United Methodist Church.
One of the strategies of Pathways is a work program called AgPath. AgPath is an agricultural project where participants will plant, grow, harvest and market vegetables. It is being developed to help hone teamwork skills and provide some earnings for participants.
They had the vision, they needed the means.
Then God stepped in.
“I went to Jody (Hoener) to ask her to help us write a grant for the program,” Goodyear said. “She said there was a grant out there waiting for an idea. She had us apply. (Then) I went to the committee meeting of the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team.”
The Pathways AgPath group received $20,000 to help the program get started.
“We got a new All Terrain Vehicle, planter, tiller, spreader, fertilizer, seed, irrigation equipment and still got a few more (items)to get,” Goodyear said.
“The profit will be shared with others,” Goodyear said. “The Beacon and Feeding Families In His Name.”
Goodyear has started the planting of the acreage, located just off Hwy. 54 near the KOA Campground, with the help of a part-time employee, Malachi Schmidt, Deerfield, Mo.
Corn has been planted on the donated acreage on Hwy. 54. Next will be tomatoes, peppers, green beans and squash, he said.
Two to four people from the Next Steps program will help in the process along with volunteers from the community comprised of William James and Francy Schafer, Kevin and Kerry Wunderly, and Gretchen and David Goodyear.
“We want to work into their lives, to develop kinship,” Goodyear said. “The whole point is to build community.”
As one drives by the house on South National Avenue, several dumpsters sit in the driveway, and a new banister on the front porch indicate there is construction going on.
The house at 1311 S. National was purchased by the local Youth Activities Team to be rehabilitated, then it will be sold as a fundraiser to help provide a multi-sensory playground for the community at Ellis Park.
Work has been ongoing since last year when the house was purchased.
Diana Mitchell is spearheading this Youth Activities Team (YAT) project.
“We are still tearing down some ceilings, and rearranging some rooms,” Tom Robertson, a member of the YAT said. “We have contractors lined up for when demolition is done.”
“It’s taking longer than we thought,” Robertson said.
Anyone wanting to volunteer to help with this project may contact Mitchell at 620-224-3633 or Robertson at 620-224-7707.
The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee is hosted by members at a different location each week of the year, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This week it was held at the Woodland Hills Golf Course on South Horton Street, hosted by the City of Fort Scott, who is the owner of the course.
At Chamber coffees, members may tell of events in their respective businesses and organizations and share a cup of coffee beforehand.
The host of the coffee then tells about the business/organization.
The highlights of this week’s coffee:
Lead Bourbon County, a leadership exploration and development program, finished the nine-month-long classes Thursday, Deb Needleman, co-facilitator said. The class project is creating modules for mentors to use with high school students in time together. A new class will be starting in September and runs until May. Contact Needleman or Robert Uhler for more information.
This Saturday, May 12, the U.S. Post Office employees are initiating a food drive with residents leaving bags of non-perishable food by their mailboxes, according to Sue Emmons. Emmons is director of The Beacon, a helping agency, and recipient of the food drive. Fort Scott FFA and Michele Lyon are helping with the drive, she said.
Next week is National Nursing Home Week and Medicalodge Fort Scott will celebrate with residents, Lynnette Emmerson said. They will be celebrating the 1920s on Monday, 30s on Tuesday, 40s on Wednesday, 50s on Thursday and 60s on Friday, she said.
Jerry Witt, with the Riverfront Authority Board, said there will be a ribbon cutting for the new pavilion May 17 following the Chamber coffee at 8:45 a.m. At 6 p.m. that evening there will be free hot dogs, chips, dessert, and watermelon, Allen Warren, another member of the authority, said. At 6:30 Jason Richison and Kinley Rice and a country-western band from Oklahoma will perform. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to Memorial Hall.
Warren also told the group that Friday and Saturday the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta is having a swap meet at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds. There will be concessions available.
Maps are available for the town-wide garage sale this weekend from the Chamber website, Executive Director Lindsay Madison said.
Briggs Auto has a car sale going on and has positions open as well, Carol Lydic said.
Jackie Warren, co-superintendent of the open class at the Bourbon County Fair, said there will once again be a hay bale contest and King Arthur Baking contest and two new categories in the quilt department: a coaster and “quilt on a stick.”
On May 18 the Carson Barnes Circus will have two shows, one at 4:30 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds, Madison said. The event is sponsored by the Chamber. At 11 a.m. there will be an educational session about the circus and 3 p.m. there will be an elephant wash with the Fort Scott Fire Department performing the duties. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber for $14 adults, $6 child. At the door, the costs are $20 adult and $12 child.
Bill Drury’s A Passion For Service Seminar will be offered May 22 in the a.m. and p.m. at the Empress Event Center, Madison said.
City Manager Dave Martin gave a background of Woodland Hills Golf Course: The city bought the property in 2011 “at a good price”, hired Jon Kindelsparger, took five years to see a difference in the course, (but) revenues have steadily increased.
Clubhouse manager for three years, Shannon O’Neil, said he is “continuing our forward progress, and currently there is a golf course cart building under construction.” He said last year 10,000 people played golf at the course, and “interest is continuing to grow.”
Upcoming events at the course:
Kiwanis Tournament, May 18, to raise money for scholarships; Memorial Day weekend, there will be a three-man scramble; June 9 at Mercy Hospital Scramble to buy new equipment for the hospital.
Julie McClellan joined forces with her son Josh McClellan in 2000 to open a retail shop in Fort Scott.
The shop has moved from 8 N. Main to National Avenue across from the post office then to 24 N. Main. It was at this location they renamed the shop from Spice of Life to Main Street Gallery and Gifts.
“After 10 years at this location, we outgrew the space and bought the old J.C.Penney building at 23 S. Main,” Julie said.
Through the years they added more offerings for their customers.
Today they have gifts, home decor, custom and antique furniture, gluten-free products, a homebrew supply shop, herbs, essential oils and supplements in addition to an upholstery shop, picture frame and mat shop and additionally they rent out space to the Spoiled Brat Salon next door at 19 S. Main.
In the lower level of Main Street Gallery and Gifts is a flea market with many vendors.
“Josh’s wife, Rechelle, and my husband, Gene, and granddaughter Shelby help out in this multifaceted business,” Julie said.
Thinking of activities for the kids to do this summer?
The first of May marked the first day of registration for all summer programs at Buck Run Community Center.
“Parents, don’t wait to sign up,” Tom Robertson, director of the center, said. “We do have limits on some programs.”
Programs such as youth baseball/softball, adult slow-pitch softball, adult racquetball, pickleball, and co-ed kickball are offered.
In addition, cooking and craft classes for youth, cheerleading, dance, basic tumbling, youth fitness, Little Athletics Camp, Sports Camp, Tot Lot Day Camp and Adventure Class require pre-registration beginning May 1.
Also offered are basketball camp, drama performance camp, volleyball camp and football camp, junior golf camp, youth tennis program and swim lessons.
At the aquatic center at 7th and Main streets- infant aquatics, water fitness, and swim teacher certification are taught. The center opens May 28, Memorial Day.
The Fort Scott Hurricanes is a competitive swim team open to swimmers 18 years old and younger, who can swim at least one length of the pool.
Adults are not left out of activities.
For adults there are fitness classes, dance lessons and Tae Kwon Do classes.
Shelter house rentals and camping sites are available in Gunn Park on Park Avenue.
In addition there is Lake Fort Scott located off Indian Road, south of the city, Lincoln School Walking Trail located at West 18th Street, the Betty Run Willard Fields/Ty Cullor Field located at 2108 S. Horton, Ellis Park located at 12the and Williams streets, Third Street Park located at Third and Hill streets, Nelson Park located at the corner of Grant and Elm streets, Woodland Hills Golf Course at 2414 S. Horton and the James Tedesco Memorial Skate Park at Fourth and Scott streets.
For more information contact Buck Run Community Center at 620-223-0386, check out its Facebook page or click here
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Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area awarded the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes an Interpretive Grant in the amount of $2145 for the project honoring Unsung Hero Mary Bickerdyke.
On May 7, visitors learned more about Unsung Hero Mother Mary Bickerdyke because of that grant.
Bickerdyke was a Civil War nurse who built 300 field hospitals with the help of the U.S. Sanitary Commission and created new standards in soldier care. Her zeal in her profession earned her the name “Cyclone In Calico.”
The Lowell Milken Center collaborated with the Fort Scott National Historic site in presenting the story to over 140 students from Fort Scott.
Tiffiny Durham, FSNHS Museum Technician interpreted Bickerdyke to the visitors at the center, while Mason Lumpkin, Excelsior Springs, Mo. interpreted Dr. Ben Thayer for the group.
The group consisted of the fifth-grade students at Eugene Ware Elementary School and first and second-grade students at Christian Learning Center.
The presentation not only taught each attendee about the past but information about the Red Cross, local blood drives and ways to volunteer was included.
About Freedom’s Frontier
The Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant program was started in 2012, according to information provided.
Since then, more than 97 projects have been awarded grant funding, according to information provided. Grant projects have been completed on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas border, in the 41-county region that comprises the heritage area.
Projects awarded grant funding must interpret local history, and connect to one or more of the three major themes of the heritage area: the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom.
Grants range in amount from under $1,500 to $5,000. All awards over $1,500 require that the grant recipient show a local match of half the amount of the award. This match can be in the form of cash, or in-kind donations and staff and volunteer time.
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area is one of 49 heritage areas in the U.S. Heritage areas are nonprofit affiliates of the National Park Service (NPS). They act as coordinating entities between the local organizations telling nationally significant stories and the NPS.
Freedom’s Frontier was established as a heritage area on October 12, 2006, when signed into law by President George Bush. The heritage area’s management plan was approved by the Department of the
Small shifts in spending habits can have big results on a community’s economy.
So said Live Local Bourbon County member and spokesman Bryan Holt to attendees of Thursday evening’s Buy and Eat/Meet and Greet public meeting at Memorial Hall.
The event was sponsored by Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Pathways to Healthy Kansas.
“A 10 percent shift in spending at local restaurants would mean an additional $400,000 plus to our local economy on an annual basis,” Holt said. “If I spend $200 eating out every month and say I took $20 of that and moved it from Taco Bell to Papa Don’s or Sharkey’s or LaHacienda that’s going to make a big impact in our economy.”
“When you do business locally…it also helps to strengthen the social fabric of our community,” Holt said.
An example Holt gave was Norris Heating and Air Conditioning.
“They are in their third generation of local ownership,” Holt said. “Every year they do a very large donation to The Sharing Bucket, a locally owned business who is supporting cancer (survivors).”
Making purposeful efforts will stimulate our economy and its social fabric, Holt said.
Nat Bjerke-Harvey, a first generation young farmer was another guest speaker at the meet and greet.
Harvey started an approximately one-acre farm outside Manhattan five years ago with his wife and has started a wholesale business working with local retailers and restaurants off of his farm, he said.
“After two to three years of production, we decided we were going to add another farmers market or diversify into a (selling produce to a) restaurant (business), Harvey said.
They chose the restaurant route and worked out a plan.
Each week Harvey sends out emails to restaurants telling them of the food products that are available from his farm.
Harvey then takes orders from the restaurants on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday he harvests the produce and delivers it on Thursdays. On Fridays, he harvests for the Downtown Manhattan Farmers Market.
“I think there is a great opportunity in Kansas for growing synergy (collaboration)between farmers and restaurants,” he said.
Demand for local food and food safety and liability issues were part of a panel discussion involving Harvey, Kathy McEwan, Krista Harding and Ann Stark.
“There is a trend towards people who want to know who is growing their food and food that provides the most nutrient load,” McEwan, a K-State Extension Family, and Consumer Science Agent said.
Krista Harding, K-State Extension Horticulture Agent said: “It’s our responsibility to grow food safely.”
To have a plan for the safety of food produced locally, Harding recommended Food Safety Training classes in Olathe May 17 and May 23 which are $20 per person.
The 2015 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will have an impact on food production in the near future, McEwan said.
If a food producer makes $25,000 or less on his produce per year there is an exemption in FSMA, McEwan said.
Stark, a local insurance agent recommended talking to one’s property insurance agent to add an incidental insurance policy “so you can be covered correctly.”
“The cost will vary, some are based on gross receipts,” Stark said.
David Goodyear, representing Pathways AgPath, was presented a check for $20,000, for purchasing equipment to help at-risk individuals in the community to produce food together.
“Each year we have a community project,”Hoener said. “This year our focus is on healthy food. The Pathway AgPath (Goodyear is a coordinator for) was a perfect fit with our focus to promote locally produced food in the community. There is a natural connection between it and Common Ground, but David is also seeking out connections with G&W food and the Beacon.”
The names are confusing because the giver of the grant is Pathways to a Healthy Kansas and the recipient is PathwayAgPath, a piece of a local ministry of Pathway.
Pathway is a ministry of the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene with a board that is multi-denominational and collaborates with Next Steps, a program to combat cycles of poverty in Fort Scott.
A future feature will tell the story behind this ministry and what they are doing in the community.
The National Day of Prayer Breakfast drew a crowd Thursday morning at the Ellis Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College.
“The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman,” according to its website. “In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.”
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The Good Ol Days Parade is just one month away, so speak to your employees, organizations or friends to put on “thinking caps” for a creative entry in it.
The parade theme this year is “Fins, Feathers, & Furs” Celebrating the Great Outdoors. Categories are float, golf cart, foot unit, horse unit, classic car, antique car, tractor and other (no prize is awarded for this).
The parade will be Friday, June 1, at 6 p.m. beginning at 7th and Main.
Entries without registration entry form completed will not be allowed in the parade.
The place registration number must be attached to the right side of the parade entry.
Information on placement in the parade will be available prior to the line-up at 5 p.m. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 321 E. Wall.
Absolutely NO candy, gum or goodies can be thrown to the crowd from your float. For the safety of children, it must be handed out by someone on foot.
The deadline to enter is Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
Deliver or mail entry to Chamber of Commerce, 231 E Wall, Fort Scott, KS 66701
OR fax entry to (620) 223.3574, or email to email@example.com
First place prizes will be awarded and mailed to the winners in each category.
Bike Share is coming soon to Fort Scott, in fact, the bikes are here!
“It all started with a group of us visiting Thrive Allen County’s Bike Share program and deciding the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce would take it on under their wing,” Jody Hoener, Mercy Hospital Clinic Quality and Community Benefit Liaison, said.
” Lindsay Madison (Executive Director of the Chamber) has done an exceptional job coordinating it all.”
The bikes are made possible through a grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield Kansas Insurance.
For more information about this $500,000 grant awarded to the Bourbon County Action Team click here:
The bikes in Fort Scott will be available at spots around the city.
The bike pick-up spots will be the Chamber office, 321 E. Wall and Peerless Products Inc., 2403 S. Main.
“Then we need to decide the other spots,” Hoener said. “There were several community members who are also part of Gunn Park Volunteers who joined us originally.”
Frank Halsey, who has spearheaded creating new bike trails in the community with others in the Gunn Park Volunteers, has been a part of the effort.
Hoener, Madison, and Halsey picked up the bikes May 1 from Velo+ Bicycle Shop in Iola.
“The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team participated in bringing the bike share program here and paid for 10 bikes,” Hoener said. “Peerless is going to take two of them at that end of town!”
Members of the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team are:
Reta Baker, Sherise Beckham, Craig Campbell, Alice Maffet, Rachel Pruitt, David Martin, Alysia Johnston, Madison, Joy Miller, Kathy McEwan, Mark McCoy, Rhonda Hoener, Pam Brown, Janet Braun, Rhonda Dunn, Dr. Randy Nichols, and Hoener.