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Water Line Break Leads To Manor Evacuation

Posted 4/27/2017

By Randy FoggWORKERS with ServiceMaster clean up hall one at Moundridge Manor Wednesday, April. 19, in Moundridge. A water line break near the Manor late Tuesday, April 18, caused water to come into the building. All residents of the Manor were evacuated and moved to elder care facilities in nearby communities.WORKERS with ServiceMaster clean up hall one at Moundridge Manor Wednesday, April. 19, in Moundridge. A water line break near the Manor late Tuesday, April 18, caused water to come into the building. All residents of the Manor were evacuated and moved to elder care facilities in nearby communities.

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – A water line break near the Moundridge Manor building at 11:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, caused water to flood into hall one at the intermediate elder care facility, located at 710 N. Christian, in Moundridge.

All the residents of the facility were evacuated.

“They’re all safe and secured,” Manor Administrator Kevin Unruh said. “They are in nursing homes in surrounding towns.”

Charles Dyck, a member of the Manor’s Board of Directors, said they were meeting with ServiceMaster representatives Monday, April 24, to discuss progress on cleaning the building.

“When it first happened, our focus was on caring for our residents,” Dyck said. “Now our focus is on getting up and running.”

Dyck said all residents were out of the facility by 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 19. He noted they went to facilities within a 30-mile radius of Moundridge. He added 75 residents were evacuated.

“The city was very helpful,” Dyck said.

He noted the Moundridge Emergency Medical Service was extremely helpful.

“We want to thank the community for their help,” Dyck said.

Moundridge City Administrator Randy Frazer said Moundridge Fire Department personnel also assisted with the evacuation.

Frazer said the city’s transportation bus was used to help move the residents.

“I think the community pulled together pretty well,” Frazer said.

He noted Pine Village Administrator Shelby Shaw came out and assisted the Manor.

“From my perspective, it seemed like the community worked together well,” Frazer said.

While causing some water problems at the Manor, the line break resulted in a loss of pressure in the Moundridge water system.

“With the pressure drop, you could get some siphoning affect,” Frazer said, adding some water could go back into the system with a possibility of bacterial contamination.

The loss of pressure led the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to issue a boil water advisory for the City of Moundridge public water supply. The advisory took effect Wednesday, April 19.

With the boil water advisory, the Moundridge School District cancelled all classes for April 19. USD 423 was back in session Thursday, April 20.

Frazer said the city took water samples to a certified laboratory for testing. The results were sent to the KDHE, which decided whether the advisory should be rescinded or continued.

KDHE announced the advisory was lifted late in the afternoon of April 20.

Dyck said he did not think the water main problems were going to impact the Manor in the future.

“As soon as we can get our residents back in, everything will get back to normal,” Dyck said.

He praised the efforts of the Manor’s staff.

“They have been tremendous,” Dyck said. “They’ve been working around the clock.”

 

 

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Inman Car Show: ‘It’s Always Good’

Posted 4/27/2017

By Randy FoggLARRY Siemens, of Buhler, looks at one of the vehicles entered in the Inman 27th Annual Classic Car Show, Saturday, April 22, in downtown Inman. Siemens brought his own 1964 Ford Fairlane sports coupe to the event.LARRY Siemens, of Buhler, looks at one of the vehicles entered in the Inman 27th Annual Classic Car Show, Saturday, April 22, in downtown Inman. Siemens brought his own 1964 Ford Fairlane sports coupe to the event.

The Ledger Staff

INMAN –Despite overcast skies and cooler temperatures, vehicles and people still flocked to the Inman 27th Annual Classic Car Show, Saturday, April 22, in downtown Inman.

There were a total of 124 vehicles entered in the show, just eight vehicles short of last year’s record turnout of 132.

“With the weather conditions, I was completely happy with the turnout,” Lori Kearns, car show coordinator, said.

The Inman Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event.

Visitors looked forward to viewing the vehicles.

“It’s always good,” said Inman resident Dale Ensz, who was just beginning to view the many entries.

Duane Scardina was awarded the Best of Show award for his 1967 Camaro. Gary McArdle received the People’s Choice award for his 1970 Chevelle.

The best tractor award went to Lynn Wilson for his 1956 Oliver Super Diesel. The best motorcycle honors was given to Bob Sheerer for 2002 Custom Soft Tail

The 1967 Plymouth Barracuda was the vehicle honored at this year’s show. The “Baddest of the Barracudas” Award went to Mark McVicker.

Larry Siemens, of Buhler, said he was impressed with a couple of Ford Falcons he saw at the show. He brought his own 1964 Ford Fairlane sports coupe to the show.

He said when he decided to restore his Fairlane, he wanted “to fix it up like a Thunderbird.”

Siemens put a smaller engine block – 302 – into the Fairlane.

The Fairlane was not in good shape when he first found it.

“It had just been sitting there for a number of years,” Siemens said.

He bought in 1993. He started renovating the vehicle and overhauled the engine. He got it finished in 1999.

“It takes a while to fix everything,” Siemens said.

Siemens said he has attended the car show every year.

“I love car shows,” Siemens said. “I love to see cars. I like the older cars the best. There’s a camaraderie of talking to different people who come to the show.

A crew from “Street Rodding American Style,” which can be seen locally on KPTS, did some filming at the show.

Kearns said the show interviewed four vehicle owners, as well as the judges, who are part of the automotive restoration program at McPherson College.

 

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Stern Says Registered Users Increasing At Library

Posted 4/27/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – More and more people are signing up for a card with the Moundridge Public Library.

Jill Stern became director at the Moundridge Public Library last October and she gave members of the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce an update on what has been happening at the library during the Chamber meeting Thursday, April 20, at Quincy’s Bar and Grill.

In reviewing 2016, Stern said there were 1,636 registered users for the library. That number has risen to 1,939.

“I was really surprised by that number,” Stern said. “It’s a substantial increase for a small community.”

She added the library attracts patrons from Goessel and Hillsboro.

“It want it to be an awesome library,” Stern said. “There’s something for everyone in the library.”

In 2016, there were 33,816 items circulated, with a monthly average of 3,606. It breaks down to 140 items each day.

“That’s really wonderful,” Stern said.

In addition, library patrons requested 704 items through the inter-library loan program and other Kansas library patrons asked to borrow 541 items.

Last summer, Moundridge had 197 children enrolled in its Summer Reading Program.

“It’s a huge part of what we do every summer,” Stern said. “We do a slew of activities.

“We are in the process of planning for this summer’s program,” she added

Stern noted the members of the library board directed her to increase the programs offered.

“It’s incredibly important to the library to get patrons involved,” Stern said.

The library has scheduled a special program for each month. Local resident Paul Strausz will have Moundridge Car Talk Monday, May 15.

Other program will look at preserving family heirlooms, flower arranging, traveling, recipes and family fun nights.

For this summer, the topic for the children’s program is “Build a Better World,” Stern said.

She noted the benefits of the program include giving young children self-confidence and a love for reading.

Stern said she was exploring partnerships with local businesses and organizations. She added children from Cradle to Crayons Childcare Center were coming for story time.

With Partners in Family Care, parents who take their young children in for a healthy child update get a voucher to take the library for an age-appropriate book.

“We are very busy,” Stern said. “We want to have you visit as well.”

The next Chamber meeting will be at noon, Thursday, May 18, at Quincy’s.

 

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