Online Ellis County tool matches volunteers to needed help

Funded by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Logan, the United Way of Ellis County has established a website for community members from Northwest Kansas to sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Once registered, the volunteer can see the volunteer opportunities available in their community. Volunteers can adjust their profile to fit the volunteer’s interest, time availability, and talents to be linked with an organization that is needing volunteer assistance.

There is no cost to register as a volunteer.

Non-profit organizations, government entities, faith-based organizations, licensed health-care facilities, schools and civic organizations are able to register their organization and events, requesting volunteer assistance.

There is an annual registration fee of $120 for approved organizations with unlimited event announcements. Once an organization is registered, organizers can post their volunteer opportunities to their page. This opportunity is for all organizations, as previously listed, and volunteers in Northwest Kansas.

To learn more about the website and how to register, The United Way of Ellis County will have a public informational meeting at 4 p.m., May 16 in the first floor conference room of the Hadley Center, 205 E. 7th St.

For more information, see or call the United Way of Ellis County at (785) 628-8281, or on Facebook at United Way of Ellis County for a direct link.


NCK Tech – Hays Campus Commencement and Nursing Pinning

Commencement for NCK Tech’s Hays Campus will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The ceremony will take place at the Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the campus of Fort Hays State University.

Preceding the commencement, Nursing Pinning will take place at 9:30 a.m. The doors will open for Pinning at 8:30 a.m.

Guests for the commencement ceremony will be able to enter at 10:30 a.m. There are no tickets required for either event; however, seats are available on a first come basis.

NCK Tech – Hays Campus will confer approximately 110 certificates along with more than 60 Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Nearly 70 nurses will receive recognition and pins during the pinning ceremony.

The public is invited to attend.


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 its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

The dinner program is at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall, 2350 E. 8th Street. 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 Street 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 to (785) 202-1036 or to Hays After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministry of Overland Park.


Registration May 17 for FHSU science, math summer camps

Deadline is May 17 to sign up for the 2019 summer camps at the Science and Mathematics Education Institute at Fort Hays State University.

The Institute is offering the Robo Challenge Camp and the Adventures in Science Space Camp. Both camps are for students entering grades 6 through 8 in the fall, and each camp costs $55 per camper. Both camps will be held in Custer Hall on the Fort Hays State campus.

The Robo Challenge camp runs from 1-4 p.m. June 3-6. It’s for students interested in robotics, who want to challenge their problem-solving and programming skills. Students will face a variety of challenges where creativity and critical thinking will allow them to build a custom robot that can operate in real world situations. Space is limited to the first 24 participants.

For information see or

Science Space Camp will explore a day on the Mars Rover and learn about scale models. Campers will explore many different areas of space as the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Space is limited to the first 24 participants. The camp runs from 1-4 p.m. June 10-13.

For more information see or


Kansas Mesonet launches Cattle Comfort Index

MANHATTAN — The harsh conditions in Kansas this past winter have prompted one of the state’s leading weather agencies to develop a tool that will help cattle producers in the future.

Officials with the Kansas Mesonet, a Kansas State University-based network of weather monitoring stations across the state, has announced the release of the Cattle Comfort Index, a tool that they say will help cattle producers better monitor the needs of their herds during normal and extreme weather conditions.

The tool is available at

“We’ve already had a lot of negative impacts on the cattle industry because of the cold temperatures this winter,” said Mary Knapp, the assistant state climatologist with Kansas Mesonet. “This tool will also look at extreme high temperatures.”

The Cattle Comfort Index compiles such climatological factors as weather, humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and more to help producers determine the level of stress their animals may be experiencing at any given time.

“The index is driven by our five-minute data that is available from Kansas Mesonet,” Knapp said. “It will be calculated real-time and updated on a regular basis so that producers can see how that will change during the day.”

The climate information is gathered from each of the Mesonet’s 61 reporting stations in Kansas. For each, the system reports the perceived comfort level of cattle in that area, from no stress, to mild, moderate and severe.

The tool was developed from research conducted at the University of Nebraska. The Kansas Mesonet website includes a map that shows conditions across the state and how that might play into risk for cattle.

For more information, see the Kansas Mesonet website, or call (785) 532-7019.