Caregiver support group to meet April 11

A caregiver support group, led by Joan Brubacher, a licensed clinical social worker with Prairie View, will meet Thursday, April 11, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This month's meeting will discuss "Helpful Strategies for Caregivers.” It will be held in Prairie View's Osage Room at 1901 E. First, Newton.

This group offers an opportunity for education, mutual support and problem-solving with others who are dealing with similar situations. This includes caregivers whose care receiver has any illness, including dementia.

For more information about this group or any caregiving needs, call Brubacher at 284-6400 or (800) 362-0180.

Betsy Robb named Horizon Award recipient

Betsy Robb was recently notified by Dr. Diane DeBaker, Kansas Department of Education commissioner, of her selection as a Horizon Award recipient.

Robb, a 2006 Newton High School graduate, teaches sixth grade math at Maize South Middle School. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas.

Horizon Award recipients are selected based on their outstanding performance in their first year of teaching. Robb works to make learning fun for her students in order to help them learn better.

“In creating my lesson plans, I strive for the students to build connections with the materials and each other through interactions with technology, games and activities,” she said. “Each day I ask myself, ‘How can I make math fun?' I want my kids to like learning about math a little more than they did the day before. To be in the same category as some of my previous teachers who are Horizon Award recipients is truly an honor.”

She is the daughter of Joe and Joy Robb.

Nickel attends 'We Kan!' conference

Prairie Harvest co-owner, Becky Nickel, attended the We Kan! Conference held March 13 in Salina.

With the theme being "Collective Brilliance," rural leaders, doers and advocates from across the state were all encouraged to lend their voice throughout the conference.

The all-day session included breakout sessions about a "buy local" campaign, housing, community energy, community kitchens, Constant Contact, and regional collaboration. Attendees also had the opportunity to choose five of 27 speed learning sessions for shorter and more personal contact with the presenter.

Other highlights were the "Local Price is Always Right" game show and an inspiring Kansas slide show put to music.

Nickel said, "Networking with folks from across Kansas is inspiring! It also reminded me that Newton has many assets like the Fox Theatre, the stores in the 600 block, and our annual events like the Chili Cook-off and Taste of Newton."

The conference also introduced KanStarter, an online service designed to match community projects with those who want to help. The project is a collaboration of the Kansas Sampler Foundation and the Reflective Group of Baldwin City.

Marci Penner, foundation director said, "Though it will take several months for KanStarter to be ready to go, the potential to make an incredible impact in rural communities is there."

Newton Sears Hometown Store receives honor

The Sears Hometown Store of Newton has been named a 2013 Sears Hometown Premier Store. This award recognizes Sears Hometown Stores across the country that consistently offer the highest levels of customer service, outstanding store performance and standards. At the end of last year, the Newton store was one of only 293 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recognition.

“To be honored as a Premier Store is a great achievement not only for our store, but also for the community we strive to serve every day,” said Stan Downey, owner of the Sears Hometown Store in Newton. “We could not have earned this without the support of our community, and we want to thank our customers for shopping with us throughout the year.”

Only 32 percent of Sears Hometown Stores receive this prestigious award, and this year, each store receiving Premier Store status will be given the opportunity to participate in special events along with?other Premier Stores.

“We are thrilled to designate Stan and the Sears Hometown Store of Newton as a Premier Store, as a testament to the hard work and dedication shown each and every day to support the community,” said Will Powell, senior vice president/COO of Sears Hometown Stores and Outlet Stores Inc.

Sears Hometown Stores offer an assortment of appliances, tools, mattresses, fitness equipment and lawn and garden merchandise. In addition, associates can order anything from the entire selection of merchandise offered by Sears Holdings, including apparel, footwear, jewelry and more for the customer, much with free shipping.

To learn more about Sears Hometown Stores, visit the Sears Hometown Store of Newton, at 505 N. Poplar, or