Congratulations are in order to the following people and organizations which appeared in The Newton Kansan last week:
The City of Newton, which announced it will collect real Christmas trees for recycling.
Larry Brozek of Hesston, who announced he will retire from Kropf Lumber following more than 20 years at the company.
Newton Medical Center, which received a grant from the Newton Substance Abuse Board.
Monica Coen, who will join Via Christi Health as senior director of development.
Jennifer Bayes, who joined Rohr Jewelry as a sales associate.
Valerie Klaassen, who recently completed Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board accreditation programs.
Bunting Magnetics Co. of Newton, which recently closed out its 2013 trade show season with three major November North American exhibitions: Process Expo and Fabtech in Chicago, and the Canadian Waste and Recycling Show in Toronto.
Penny Dugan and New Jerusalem Missions, who announced the creation of the "Loaves & Fish Café" food program in the Old Axtell Hospital.
The Harvey County Commission and administrative team, which are communicating with legislators about the possible loss of mortgage fees which make up about 1 mill of the county budget.
Friends of the Library, which donated new toys for the children's section of the library.
Gunnar Drinnen and Jace Schmidt of Newton High School, who were named student athletes of the week in December.
Dalton Haight of Halstead High School, who was named a student athlete of the week in December.
Mason Schweitzer of Hesston High School, who was named a student athlete of the week in December.
Anna and Abby Fruechting of Newton, who volunteered at a distribution center for Operation Christmas Child.
Circles of Hope of Newton, which announced an "Ally Training."
Stephanie Tellez of Newton, who graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
Dalton Haight of Halstead, who was named student athlete star of the month for December.
Makayla Ladwig, a Berean Academy grad and Hesston College sophomore who juggles school, basketball and other activities.
Gaige Llamas, Karsten Wall and Nick Treaster of the Newton Wrestling Club, who each claimed a title at the Derby Open Tournament.
Brady Moses, Lucas Kaufman and Logan Buchanan of the Newton Wrestling Club, who each claimed a title at the Derby Novice Tournament.
The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, which created the "Chamber Checks" program to replace "Chamber Buck$."
Vince Garcia of Newton, who retired following 31 years as a member of the Newton Fire/EMS department.
The Harvey County Safe House, which creates a Christmas celebration for those not spending the holiday at home.
Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts and Presbyterian Manor, which are hosting a Bal-A-Vis-X workshop at the academy.
Area students named to the 2013 Fall Dean's List and Honor Roll by Bethel College.
Emily Juhnke of Hesston and student at Washburn University, who was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Joseph Rodgers of Hesston and a student at Kansas State University, who was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Jared Langley, Heydon Mock and Raymond Gallegos of Newton High School wrestling, who each won a title at the Bishop Carroll Invitational.
The altar society at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which will host a New Year's Eve Dance.
Dyck Arboretum of Hesston, which will host "The Stray Birds."
Winners of the Newton Kansan holiday ham giveaway.
The Peabody American Legion, which will host the Callahan Band for a New Year's Eve event.
Gail Coleman, who will host a book signing at Faith and Life Bookstore.