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Learning And Sharing Market Organizers Want ‘Friendly Environment”

Posted 8/26/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Linda Goering, one of the organizers of the Moundridge Farmers Market, said they want to develop a “friendly environment where people are learning and sharing.”

The market is taking place twice a week, from 5-7 p.m., on Tuesdays and from 8-11 a.m., on Saturdays, at the Moundridge Historical Association’s museum complex on west Cole.

Goering said vendors are happy to talk to customers about their produce and how they can use it in the kitchen.

She said she was pleased to hear the Moundridge Public Library has a program in place where residents could get seeds to plant in their own garden.

“It’s another educational piece for the community,” Goering said.

At the farmers market, vendor Sarah Henry has been selling eggs – from both chickens and ducks.

“She was giving people ideas on ways to use duck eggs,” Goering said.

As a way to help customers, Goering said she was selling a cookbook, “Simply in Season.”

Judy Guyer of Moundridge was at the market, Saturday, Aug. 20, to get tomatoes.

“I love the fresh tomatoes and cucumbers,” Guyer said. “Sometimes I find things that are new to me. I like it.”

Christine Stehman of rural Goessel came to the Moundridge market for the first time last weekend. Stehman said she was looking for red beets.

“I do garden,” Stehman said. “My garden is slow this year.”

She noted she usually goes to the farmers market in Newton.

“I’m not an every weeker,” Steham said. “They have them all around me.”

The Moundridge market is in the midst of its sixth year. Goering said the museum complex has been a good location for them.

Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed August as Farmers Market Month.

The number of farmers markets in Kansas has grown from 26 in 1987 to more than 70 registered farmers markets in 2016. Julie Roller, agriculture marketing specialist at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, said farmers markets are a vibrant part of many Kansas communities and contribute to the health, well-being and quality of life for many Kansans.

Jay Goering, Linda’s husband, said the local market has been averaging eight vendors each time it is open. They have had as many as 13 vendors at one time.

“We’ve had a variety of things available,” Jay Goering said.

Linda Goering noted they have attracted people from Inman, Goessel and Hesston to come to the market.

“We’ve had several vendors come from the Inman area,” she added.

She said vendors were offering homespun wool yarn this year as well as homemade soap.

The vendors with baked goods are bringing more than cookies and cinnamon rolls, Linda Goering said.

Another vendor has regularly brought honey.

Linda Goering noted fall crops – such as pumpkins, sweet potatoes and melons – will soon be available.

The Goerings have been accepting vouchers from the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program, which was started to help seniors with getting fresh produce for a local farmers market.

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Belcher Tells Businesses How EMPAC Can Help Their Employees

Posted 8/26/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Heath Bechler, chief executive officer for Employee Assistance Consultants (EMPAC), said the non-profit agency provides assistance for any problem that impacts an employee’s life – work, family, finances or legal matters.

Bechler has been with the company for 10 years, he said to members of the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber luncheon Thursday, Aug. 18, at Quincy’s Bar and Grill in Moundridge.

He explained three companies started EMPAC – Beech Aircraft, Gates Learjet and Pizza Hut in Wichita.

EMPAC will not only assist employees, but their family members as well, Bechler said.

EMPAC charges a business for its services based on the number of employees the business has.

He noted they provide confidential, one-on-one counseling to help people with a wide range of issues – drug and alcohol abuse, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, stress and depression, school concerns and divorce recovery.

“We see a lot of marriage and family stuff,” Bechler said.

He added the agency has access to financial specialists with a wide range of experience in personal financial service.

The organization can also help with dependent care referrals to help with little children as well as elderly parents.

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USD 448 Board Approves Retention Bonus For Employees

Posted 8/26/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Employees of USD 448 will be receiving $500 retention bonus.

The USD 448 Board of Education approved a motion to offer the bonus during the board’s regular meeting Monday, Aug. 15, at the USD 448 Central Office.

Board member Dave Balzer made the motion to direct Superintendent Scott Friesen to offer the bonus to district employees following a 15-minute executive session to discuss negotiations. Balzer’s motion was unanimously approved.

Friesen said certified and classified employees of the district would be eligible to get the bonus.

“When we finished closing the books for the last fiscal year, it was something we could offer the staff,” Friesen said. “I think the Board of Education wanted to show appreciation to our employees for the amount of work they do for the district.”

After Balzer made the motion, board members did not have additional discussion on the proposal.

Since the bonus created a change in the district’s negotiated agreement with the local teacher’s union, union members voted on accepting the bonus.

Friesen said he presented the proposal to the teachers Tuesday, Aug. 16. Union members approved it.

“There seemed to be a lot of smiles on people’s faces (after the vote),” Friesen said.

Board members also unanimously approved a motion to offer a 2.4 percent pay raise to classified staff for the upcoming school year.

Earlier in the summer, the board approved offering a similar pay increase to certified staff members for the 2015-16 school year, Friesen said.

Also during the meeting, board members directed Friesen to talk with Landmark Architects of Hutchinson about a site survey of Inman Junior/Senior High School and the surrounding area.

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