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The Ledger August 17, 2017The Ledger August 17, 2017

Kids Keep Touch A Truck Busy

Posted 6/8/2017

By Randy FoggCOOPER Wiens, age 9, was among the children who got to try working a small fire hose during the Inman Public Library’s Touch A Truck event, Thursday, June 1, in the parking lot behind the library. Capt. Mike Gilzinger, with the Inman Fire Department, assists Wiens.COOPER Wiens, age 9, was among the children who got to try working a small fire hose during the Inman Public Library’s Touch A Truck event, Thursday, June 1, in the parking lot behind the library. Capt. Mike Gilzinger, with the Inman Fire Department, assists Wiens.

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – A steady stream of children and adults took part in the Inman Public Library’s Touch A Truck event, Thursday, June 1, in the parking lot behind the library.

There were 75 children and adults who came to the event, which kicked off the library’s Summer Reading Program.

Inman Library Director Donna Sallee said the event had the turnout they had hoped for.

“Our goal was to see some other kids who don’t regularly come to the library,” Sallee said.

Since families could also signup their children online, library officials did not have a total for how many had signed up for Summer Reading.

Children were able to go through a McPherson County ambulance as well as Inman police and fire vehicles and City of Inman vehicles.

Cooper Wiens and Junior Rowley were among the many children who were able to spray water out of a small fire hose.

“It’s sort of powerful,” Wiens said. “I was a little bit scared. I thought it might make me feel like I might fly back.”

Wiens noted he has many family members who volunteered for the Inman department.

“It’s pretty cool,” Wiens said of the fire equipment.

He added he like the fire trucks best.

“I got to spray the hose,” Wiens said.

Rowley, age 6, said shooting water out of the hose was “a lot of fun.” He added he liked being able to adjust the hose nozzle and change how the water came out of the hose.

He also like the fire truck best.

“It’s bigger,” Rowley added.

Capt. Mike Gilzinger, with the Inman department, showed the children the fire equipment.

Gilzinger said it benefits the department for children to see them at a community event.

“If we have to show up at their home in full gear, it might scare them a little,” Gilzinger said. “It could hurt our ability to respond.”

Julie Martens, who brought her daughter Kaylie Martens to the event, agreed it should benefit children to see firefighters and ambulance personnel in a non-threatening situation, adding it could keep them calm in an emergency.

Kaylie was given some foam hand sanitizer to rub on her hands.

“My husband (Tim Martens) is a firefighter,” Julie said. “This isn’t new to her.”

However, Kaylie said her favorite vehicle at the event was the police car. She said she liked how loud the siren was.

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Candidates File For Local City, School Offices

Posted 6/8/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

McPHERSON – There may be some new women and men serving next year in the Inman and Moundridge city offices, as well as on the boards of education for USD 423 and USD 428.

Candidates were required to file with the McPherson County Clerk’s Office for city and school offices by noon, Thursday, June 1. None of the local races will require a primary.

There will definitely be three new faces on the USD 423 Board of Education. The three board members whose seats were up – Paul Ullom-Minnich, James Ratzlaff and Ryan Durst – did not file for re-election.

Six men and women have filed for the three board seats: Craig Galle, Rebecca Setser, Jason Creed, Emilie Rains, Rick Kohl and Sonya N. Jenkins.

For the USD 448 board, David K. Balzer was the only current member to re-file for office. Kevin Honeycutt had resigned his seat on the board earlier this year and Mark Ropp decided not to seek re-election.

There are two candidates for the two remaining seats. Darren Schmidt, who had previously served on the Inman board, and newcomer Katy Reinecker filed for office.

For the city of Moundridge, three men are seeking the mayor’s post, including incumbent Gary W. Fisher. Jeremy Moore, who is currently on the Moundridge City Council, and Dwayne Willis are seeking the mayor’s position.

Four men have filed for council seats, including incumbent Kevin Schmidt. Lanny Stucky decided not to seek re-election.

The other three candidates for a council seat are Ian M. Donovan, Wayne Fisher and Kirk A. Stucky.

For Inman, incumbent James E. Toews is the only person seeking the mayor’s post.

Donald Froese was the only incumbent to re-file for a seat on the council. Ruth Sisson decided against re-filing.

The other candidates for the Inman council are Kent Sallee, Dennis W. Schroeder, Brenda K. Druecker and Nick Reinecker.

Winners in the local elections will serve four-year terms.

The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7. Those elected will take office in January 2018.

 

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Benefit To Help Purchase Winter Coats For EMS

Posted 6/8/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Even though summer is almost here, members of the Moundridge Emergency Medical Service (EMS) has started thinking about winter.

Proceeds from the 8th Annual Moundridge EMS Benefit Breakfast and Poker Run, which will be held Saturday, June 24, will be used to purchase winter coats for everyone in the department.

Sherry Jerome, an emergency medical technician with the department, said first responders at a traffic accident are required by law to wear something that will be make them visible to those driving around them.

She added the green-colored coats will have reflective stripes on the back and sleeves.

Jerome described them as having two layers. The top layer is a raincoat, while there is a heavy inside liner to keep the responders warm in winter weather, she added.

“Our goal is to buy one for all of our responders,” Jerome said.

The department has 22 volunteers on staff.

“One of the coats will be on display at the benefit for the public to see,” Jerome said.

The breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 24, at the Moundridge Senior Center, 100 N. Schmidt.

The menu for the breakfast will feature biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, coffee and orange juice. A free will donation will be accepted for the meal.

Jerome said the community has been extremely supportive of the breakfast. She added, last year they had a steady stream of people coming in to eat.

“It’s homemade biscuits and gravy,” Jerome said. “I think it makes it a big deal.”

EMS staff members will be serving and organizing the meal.

All vehicles – not just motorcycles – are encouraged to take part in the Poker Run. The event will take place rain or shine.

“We take all drivers and everybody who wants to come,” Jerome said.

Registration for the 130-mile Poker Run will begin at 9 a.m., at the senior center.

“It will be slightly different from last year,” Jerome said. “It will have the same length.”

The first group of motorcyclists will leave at 10 a.m. and the last group will depart of 11 a.m.

A first hand in the Poker Run will be $15 and a second hand will be $10. Participants will be able to get additional hands for $5.

Jerome said they were encourage everyone – Poker Run drivers and the public – to take part in the hot dog bar, which starts at 12:30 p.m., at the center.

The hot dog bar costs $4. The menu includes a hot dog, chips, drink and dessert. There will be toppings available for the hot dogs, including chili, cheese, sauerkraut, onions, pickles and jalapenos.

The fundraiser will conclude with a prize raffle, starting at around 2:30-3 p.m., depending on when the last bike comes back from the run.

The special prize will be a Daniel Boone Green Mountain Grill from Grill:30.

Other prize items include various gift cards, power tools, T-shirts, items from the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals. Weather permitting, a helicopter ride will be available.

You do not need to be present to win a prize, except for the helicopter ride.

“Local businesses have been wonderful,” Jerome said. “They have given us great prizes. They have been very generous.”

 

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