Herndon Clinic to offer summer camps

The Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at Fort Hays State University is currently accepting enrollment for its summer camps for toddlers through middle schoolers who need assistance with communication and social skills.

The camps will run from June 10 through July 11. Two levels of camps are available for school-age children—those who require a high level of support to interact or communicate, and those who are at the conversational level and need support for social skills.

Cost is $150. The priority deadline is Wednesday, May 1. Registration and additional information are available by calling (785) 628-5366. The clinic is located in Albertson Hall 131.

The clinic is also accepting registrations for its Spelling Camp for 4th through 12th graders, which will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon July 15-19.

According to a news release, “This one-week intensive camp will teach participants evidence-based strategies to improve their word reading and spelling.” All participants will be pre-assessed following their registration. The priority registration for this camp is June 1.

After the pre-assessment, “a report providing a detailed spelling error analysis will be used to construct a targeted plan. Participants will work in focused small groups to learn systematic and structured word study strategies designed to enhance reading and spelling,” the news release stated.

The Spelling Camp cost is $100. Registration is available at the number listed above.


Victoria students organize fundraiser

VICTORIA -- Students at Victoria Junior-Senior High School are sponsoring a 5K charity run/walk on Saturday, May 4, to benefit the emergency fund at the Basilica of St. Fidelis.

Registration is $30. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the school, 1105 10th St. The race will begin there at 8 a.m. and end at the same location around 10 a.m. Participants are asked to bring a can of food to the race for donation to a food pantry.

The event is being organized by the Junior High Leadership Class and the High School’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Carolyn Nelson, one of the students’ sponsors, said this is the first year the event has been held. “We were awarded a mini-service grant from the Global Youth Service as part of Global Youth Service Day,” she said.

“The St. Fidelis Emergency Fund helps travelers who get stranded and need a little assistance. It is also used to help community members in Victoria and neighboring small towns. The fund benefits anyone; it is not restricted based on religion,” Nelson said.

Registration is available by contacting Christie Sander, a teacher and counselor at the school, at (785) 735-9211 or christies@ruraltel.net.


Methodist Church slates guest speaker May 5

The Rev. Shelly Cox Petz will be speaking at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 5, as part of United Methodist Women’s Sunday.

Service times are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 305 W. Seventh.


ECMA sets monthly meeting

The Ellis County Ministerial Alliance (ECMA) Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, May 8, at Hays Medical Center. The full board will meet at 10 a.m. The ONE Magazine Advisory Board will meet at 11:45 a.m.

Presentations to the board must be scheduled in advance with the ECMA president at president@ourecma.com.


Hays High baccalaureate planned

The baccalaureate service for Hays High School graduating seniors will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the 12th Street Auditorium.

Jeremy McGuire, children’s minister at Westview Church, will be delivering the message.


Bethesda Place event is May 11

Bethesda Place invites the community to its 7th Annual Garden Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11. The free event will include live music, a picnic lunch, scavenger hunt, creation stations and farm tours.

Handmade items and homegrown plants will be available for purchase. The event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Bethesda Place is located at 1571 - 220 Ave. (one-quarter mile west of the Ellis County Fairgrounds, then one-quarter mile south on Fairground Road.)

More information about Bethesda Place is available at www.bethesda.place, (785) 625-6220, or bethesdaplaceinc@gmail.com.


Salvation Army gearing up for summer camp

The Salvation Army is accepting registrations for its summer camp through Saturday, May 11.

The camp, for youngsters ages 8 through 12, will take place Tuesday, June 25, through Friday, June 28, at Three Trails Camp in Kansas City, Mo. The 40-acre camp will offer activities involving arts and crafts, nature, the Bible and recreation.

“All activities are Christian centered,” said Julie Smith, the Salvation Army’s Ellis County coordinator.

Cost of the camp is $20, which includes round-trip transportation, lodging, activities and meals for all four days, Smith said. Scholarships are available. More information about the camp is available at https://threetrailscamp.org/.

Registration is available by contacting her at (785) 621-2794 or Julie_smith@usc.salvationarmy.org.


ARC of Central Plains head to speak at dinner program

Kathy McAdoo, executive director of The ARC of Central Plains, will offer the Hays After 5 Christian women’s group an inside look at “Happenings at the ARC” at their meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13.

The dinner program will take place at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall, 2350 E. Eighth. McAdoo will discuss The ARC’s programs, volunteer opportunities, donation opportunities and the plans for an accessible recreation complex in Hays.

According to its website, The ARC “is committed to bringing enrichment and purpose to the lives of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through participation in activities, education and lifelong inclusion in every aspect of community life.”

The ARC’s Thrift Store at 600 Main sells gently used clothing, household items, furniture, appliances, and other items. One of The ARC’s projects each year is supporting Special Olympics athletes.

Women who volunteer in the community will be recognized at the After 5 meeting.

Also on the program agenda will be inspirational speaker Judy Beck of Salina. Beck, a nurse, volunteers at the Pregnancy Service Center and often talks to middle school students about sexually transmitted diseases.

In her talk, titled “Filling the Hole,” Beck will share “how to obtain a purposeful life in this ever changing world.”

The cost for the program is $12.50. Reservations are due by Thursday, May 9, to (785) 202-1036 or to daisymae0917@yahoo.com. Hays After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministry of Overland Park.


‘Project Suitcase’ seeking donations for foster kids

The Salvation Army is asking Ellis County residents to donate items for “Project Suitcase,” which helps foster children in the community.

Julie Smith, Ellis County Salvation Army coordinator, said, “We rely on donations only—basically what we get through the red kettles at Christmas time. All the funds we get in Ellis County stay in Ellis County,” she said, adding, “Donations were way down this year.”

That means Project Suitcase, along with the Salvation Army’s other services in the county, are suffering.

Each month, Smith said, she likes to give eight suitcases each to the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, 135 W. Eighth, and the KVC Wheatland Hospital in the Hadley Center.

Each of these suitcases is stuffed full of hygiene items, school supplies, clothing, and toys for the children in these agencies’ care.

Haley Rutherford, child and family advocate for WKCAC, said often when children are removed from their homes by authorities, the children are able to take few, if any, of their personal belongings with them.

The suitcases the children receive through the Salvation Army change all that. The bags provide the children with the basics, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and socks, as well as small games and coloring books.

The children take these bags of items with them when they leave WKCAC. It serves children ages 2 through 18, who are suspected victims of abuse.

Smith said placing the items in a small suitcase or backpack is much preferable over the children having to carry their items in a trash bag.

“We try to give the child some dignity, so they don’t have to carry their items in a trash bag.”

The problem is more people are using debit cards instead of cash to make their holiday purchases, Smith said. So the cash that went into the red kettles in Ellis County this year was way below the normal amount.

That is why Smith is appealing for donations now. Items needed for Project Suitcase are 22-inch sports duffle bags, backpacks, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, hair brushes, combs, hair ties, crayons, markers, pencils, coloring books, playing cards, small games, lap blankets, socks, and twin size blankets. Gently used bags and backpacks are acceptable, Smith said.

In addition to this project, the Salvation Army assists with rent, utility bills, clothing, prescriptions, school supplies, and transportation to individuals, based on need. The agency also partners with the Lions Club for vision screenings for children and adults, again based on need.

Individuals may drop off any of the items listed above at the Salvation Army office, 203 E. Seventh, but Smith asks that donors call (785) 621-2794 first to make sure someone is available to accept delivery.

Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated Smith said. She may be reached at Julie_smith@usc.salvationarmy.org.


FHSU to offer class on World Religions

The Department of Philosophy at Fort Hays State University will be offering a class on World Religions in the fall.

The on-campus class, Phil 179, will focus on Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. It will meet from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday, Aug. 20, and running through Thursday, Dec. 12.

Rob Byer, assistant professor, will be the instructor. He said the class will focus on such topics as: What is a religion? What are different religious doctrines, and what are the historical beginnings of religion?

The class may be taken for three hours of college credit, at a cost of around $515. Or, Byer said, he is willing to allow people to audit the class for free.

“If someone is interested in attending, doing the reading, and joining in on the discussion, but doesn't need or want credit and doesn't need or want to do assessments related to the course, then auditing would be a fine option,” he said. Cost of the book is around $15.

Registration deadline is Aug. 7. More information is available by contacting Byer at srbyer@fhsu.edu or (785) 628-4727.