Bank helps charities for the holidays

Central National Bank announced they will be helping local food banks collect canned food and nonperishable items during the month of November. Newton, Halstead and Hesston community members are welcome to drop off donations at a local branch, and Central National Bank staff will help deliver the donations to the New Jerusalem Homeless Shelter (Newton), the Neighbor’s Store Food Bank (Halstead) and the Hesston Resource Center (Hesston) at the end of the month.

NMC to host program on diabetes

Charles Wiggins will be delivering a free, one-hour educational program at Newton Medical Center to share his personal experiences with diabetes and taking insulin to help control his blood sugar.

During this presentation, Wiggins will share why insulin is not a sign of failure, but may help you achieve blood sugar control, as part of an overall diabetes treatment plan; the concerns he had about starting insulin; and misperceptions about insulin.

The program will be at 7 p.m. today at Newton Medical Center, 600 Medical Center Drive. For more information, contact Lindsey Elder or Michelle McAhren at 804-6147.

Retired School Personnel to meet

The Harvey County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Newton Recreation Commission in the Sunflower Room. After a social time, there will be a program on rural schools given by Kelley DeGraffenreid. Yearly membership dues of $24 can be given to the treasurer. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army and the scholarship fund will be accepted.

Holiday postcards and holiday trains

The public is invited to the program "Holiday Postcards" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main, Newton. The program is $5 per person or free to museum members.

Presented by board member Beth Schmucker, the program shares the holiday postcards that connected many friends and family in past times. Schmucker is a life-long collector of paper memorabilia, including postcards.

Also opening on Nov. 10 is the holiday train exhibit, featuring an operating O-gauge train and village, antique trains, trees decorated with railroad items and more. The trains will be displayed through the end of the year.

For more information, contact the Harvey County Historical Museum at 283-2221, or

Life Enrichment schedule for Nov. 13

The Life Enrichment series at Bethel College is especially for adults age 60 and older. The schedule for Nov. 13 is:

9:30 a.m. "Charles Flippin, Early Marion County Doctor," Peggy Goertzen, director of Mennonite Brethren studies, Tabor College, Hillsboro.

10:35 a.m. "Renovating Pipe Organs: Dobson Pipe Organ Builders," John Panning, company rep.

11:30 a.m. "Kansas: It's All in How You See It," Jim Griggs, photographer, McPherson.