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Mild Weather Boosts Old Settlers' Spirits

Posted 8/17/2017

By Pilar MartinHALSTEAD High School’s class of 1957 was one of a number of classes represented in this year’s parade. HALSTEAD High School’s class of 1957 was one of a number of classes represented in this year’s parade.

HALSTEAD—Oh what a weekend! Old Settlers organizers had feared canceling events because of rain in the forecast, but the rain held off except for Wednesday night and a few drops during the Grand Parade on Saturday morning. No events were canceled, and even the sidewalk chalk competition took place as it was raining Wednesday.

Awesome, incredible, so much fun, a great time, fantastic time, had a ball, THE Hot Shots show some spunk after winning first place in the Little Great Race for the second year in a row. THE Hot Shots show some spunk after winning first place in the Little Great Race for the second year in a row. perfect weather, and good times were some of the descriptions of the events on social media.

“The 130th annual Halstead Old Settlers was fantastic,” said Aurora Farmer, Old Settlers committee co-chair. “We had amazing weather, and above average turnout and we were very happy with all our events, old and new. We’ve had an outpouring of positive feedback.”

Wednesday started off with kid and family events such as a LEGO KEEGAN Albers, left, and Owen Farmer, could not get their turtles to move at all during the turtle races. The turtles remained stationary for several minutes. The pair had to retrieve their turtles and try again later.KEEGAN Albers, left, and Owen Farmer, could not get their turtles to move at all during the turtle races. The turtles remained stationary for several minutes. The pair had to retrieve their turtles and try again later.competition, sidewalk chalk art, and a movie on the lawn. Thursday morning the fish were biting at the river for the fishing derby, and the kids attended boot camp at the pool and a bike rodeo at the Learning Center.

As for the rest of the weekend, there was nearly everything imaginable: softball, mud volleyball, archery, horseshoes, food, carnival and kiddie games, a kid rodeo, cow patty bingo, mud run, car show, grand parade, food, turtle races, the great race and youth great race, food, live music, karaoke, planes flying over, fun run, free swimming, vendors, food, a musical production, community church service, yoga, clowns, a community picnic and fireworks. And there was an all-school alumni reunion with over 500 in attendance.

There was even a marriage proposal on the suspension bridge, the first on the newly renovated bridge at Riverside Park.

It was a perfect weekend. Some said the crowds for the parade were the biggest they have seen in years. Food vendors sold out. Music cranked Friday and Saturday night while revelers danced and sang. There was even karaoke before the band started to play on Saturday night.

“Thank you to our community for sponsoring, volunteering and showing up to celebrate,” Farmer said. “Planning is underway for next year.”

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75 Pounds Of Fish Prepared At Bentley Senior Center

Posted 8/17/2017

VIRGINIA Collins, left, and Starla Black prepare a plate of food at the fish fry. VIRGINIA Collins, left, and Starla Black prepare a plate of food at the fish fry. By Debbie Parks

BENTLEY—Several faithful Bentley Senior Center activity participants worked together last Saturday to prepare a delicious fish fry meal for the Bentley community.

The work to provide for the fish fry began in April this year. Virginia Collins contacted Sam Croger about doing some fishing for a fundraiser for the Bentley Senior Center.  He agreed and asked a friend, Dennis Winkler, to help him. The two friends have been fishing together for four or five years but have known each other about 39 years.

Croger and Winkler caught the fish from three public ponds in Colwich, Maize and Valley Center, fishing off the bank. Winkler likes to fish with 8-pound test line and Croger with 12-pound test line on his pole. 

The two used one of their favorite baits, stink bait, to catch the fish.  Some of the bait was purchased and some of it was homemade.  For the men’s secret recipe, you will have to talk to them. 

The two men caught about 85 pounds of channel catfish on their outings.  Seventy-five pounds of fish was prepared for the fish fry at the Bentley Senior Center.  About 10 pounds of fish are stored in Winkler’s home freezer for other upcoming meals.  They both did the catching of the fish and Croger cleaned and filleted the channel cat making it ready for frying. 

Frying the fish Saturday night were Croger and Winkler plus Suzanne Lane, Shelley Bliss and Shelly Moore. The fry crew worked outside under open brick area, which serves as the covered entrance to the senior center. The kitchen crew inside prepared the cole slaw, tater tots, Cajun rice, finger food veggies of carrots, radishes, celery boats (filled with crème cheese), and cheddar and jalapeno cheese squares.  Tatar sauce was available as a relish for the fish and potato chips were also available. 

Several individuals including Starla Black, Virginia Collins, Bessie Black, Linda Beckner, Salt Fowler, Gary Phillips, Annette Marker, Darrell Cummings and Mille Rosenberger worked together to prepare the inside food and set up the dessert table.  Rosenberger volunteered as the cashier and greeted everyone coming in wanting to eat the prepared meal.  For $10 for adults and $6 for children, people coming through the line were able to pick up a plate of two fried fish fillets, coleslaw and tater tots. Iced tea and water were available as part of the meal package. Desserts of several cakes and brownies were baked and donated by several of the senior center ladies.

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Painted Rocks Hidden In Downtown Halstead

Posted 8/17/2017

By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD—Painted rocks hidden throughout Halstead brought smiles to those who found them last Friday. A person who requested to stay annoynmous painted and hid 100 of the rocks. She said the whole idea is to make people smile.

If a rock was shaped like an animal, it was painted as such. There are chickadees, a gorilla, an owl, duck, faces, gnomes and many other special characters. Other rocks have designs or inspirational words on them. 

The artist said she gathered the rocks out on the county roads. She and her grandson painted the rocks and then she hid them in town. The rocks can be found on the street, steps, in trees, hidden in flowers or grass.

“If you finPAINTED rocks like this one popped up hidden along Halstead’s Main Street last week. PAINTED rocks like this one popped up hidden along Halstead’s Main Street last week. d a rock and feel it was meant for you keep it,” the artist said. “You can take the rock and hide it somewhere else. This is called re-rocking.”

The rocks are sealed so the paint won’t bleed. They are truly miniature works for art.

In these times of uncertainty around the world, it’s nice to find something so simple can bring joy to the finder.

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