Fox Ridge Restaurant in Newton announces closure

Fox Ridge Restaurant, 800 S. Kansas Ave. in Newton, has announced this will be their last week of operation. They will close their doors after Sunday, March 31.

"Thank you to the regulars who appreciated fine quality food and service from an independent local business," read a statement on the organization's website.

The business' phone number is 283-7329. Hours on Saturday are 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prairie View celebrates National Social Work Month

Prairie View is excited to be one of the many organizations to say “thank you” to social workers as part of National Social Work Month.

Social workers are the most common contact for millions of people with mental illness and addictions. There are currently 6,357 licensed social workers in the state of Kansas. Prairie View employs 38 of them. Across the country, social workers are the largest group of mental health providers, employed in more than 50 different fields of practice.

“Social workers are researchers, community organizers, data analyzers and testify at public hearings. Social works’ political action committee works to improve laws and policies surrounding the health of all,” said Barbara Walker, a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical addictions counselor at Prairie View.

Social workers also meet the needs of the elderly in nursing facilities, ensuring the patient’s health-care needs are met through nutrition, as well as communicating with family and health-care professionals.

March was chosen to celebrate social work in 1984. A number of social workers throughout history were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, including Jane Addams in 1931, Mother Teresa in 1979 and Leymah Gbowe in 2011. All were recognized for their achievements of civil and human rights advances.

For more information about social workers or National Social Work Month, visit

20th anniversary for Trinity Heights Respite Care

On April 5 at 6 p.m., Trinity Heights Respite Care will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dinner fundraiser at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 1200 Boyd, Newton. For reservations, call 283-6441 by April 2 or email

The evening includes a smoked pork chop dinner, entertainment by David and Hannah Vogel, and an auction of gift items conducted by Mike Flavin. A freewill offering will be received to benefit the Respite Care program.

Since 1993, Trinity Heights Respite Care has provided subsidized childcare to families of children with special needs, either in the home or at a monthly Parents Day Out.

Kidron Bethel Village awarded innovation grant

Kidron Bethel Village, a Bluestem Community, has been awarded a $500 innovation grant from the 2013 KING (Kahsa Insurance Group) Safety Grant Program. The grant will provide funding for safety and wellness projects involving staff members at Kidron Bethel Village, a continuing care retirement community located in North Newton.

KING is a group-funded workers’ compensation pool formed in the 1980s under Kansas statute 44-581. KING insures between 65 and 70 LeadingAge Kansas retirement communities, including Kidron Bethel Village. KING members are leaders in safe working practices and receive professional loss prevention services tailored to their individual needs. Services include in-service training, accident analysis and regional safety seminars.

The Bluestem Communities of Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa of Hesston are Harvey County’s sixth-largest employer.

Newton doctor starts cooking show, promotes health

Dr. Patrick Garrett, 301 N. Main St., Suite 301, Newton, is a concierge physician specializing in functional natural medicine, clinical nutrition and food therapy.

He has launched "Cooking with Dr. Patrick Garrett" starting March 25 on KCTU 43. The show runs at 12:15 p.m. on Mondays.

Possible topics for the show include:

• Tabouli — For a healthy, delicious detox.?• Baking Jesus Bread — Cooking with ancient wheat may improve your gluten-related health issues.?• Eating your way out of diabetes.?• The gluten-free/dairy-free delicious pizza.

For more information, contact Dr. Patrick Garrett at 212-5429.