Bethesda awarded grant

GOESSEL — Bethesda Home recently received $900 from the Goessel Community Foundation Community Senior Endowed Fund an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation. These funds are used for the Bethesda Home Friendship Meal Program.

The Bethesda Home Friendship Meal program does not receive any state or federal funding and provided an average of 243 meals per month in 2018 (a high of 302 in one month) to community residents with limitations. These meals are delivered to their homes by a cadre of approximately 20 volunteers coordinated by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance.

The primary source of funding for this program is the participation from recipients of the meals who contribute an affordable amount per meal. Additionally, donors are encouraged to make up the approximately $6,000 annual shortfall. This year Bethesda also received grants from Kroger Foundation and the Walmart Foundation.

The Goessel Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation in Newton, was founded in 2010 by a group to assist in providing resources for a broad range of existing and future charitable needs in the Goessel area. The mission of the Goessel Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of education, cultural, civic and economic life in Goessel today and in the future.


Cooper Infant Toddler Program announces staff changes

Longtime Cooper Early Education Center Infant Toddler Program Teacher Marcia Friesen will be retiring Aug. 1. Friesen began working at USD 373 as a paraeducator at South Breeze. She was also a classroom special education teacher at Rainbows United in Wichita. She’s spent the last 27 years in the Infant Toddler Program.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to have spent a lot of years doing what I love - talking, making connections, and having fun,” Friesen said. My job with infant toddler services has given me the opportunity to interact and to forge friendships with parents as I worked alongside them to support their child’s development.”

Cooper’s Infant Toddler Program provides support and resources to families and caregivers about a child’s development. The program encourages families to improve their children’s learning and development through everyday opportunities. The services in the Infant Toddler program are offered to children ages birth to three with developmental delays or disabilities at no cost.

Jonni Brown is the second teacher in the program. She has 29 years of experience in teaching. She will be joined by Ashley Snodgrass who is currently an early childhood special education teacher at Cooper. She’s been at Cooper for three years teaching preschool.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to make a change but still be in the building I love with the people I love,” Snodgrass said. “I’m excited to do early childhood special education with an even younger population. Early intervention is extremely important.”

Cooper Early Education Center also has preschool services which include Head Start and Parents as Teachers (PAT). Parents as Teachers is a free, voluntary program designed to assist parents in getting the best possible start in life for their children. For more information about any of the programs, contact Cooper Early Education Center at 284-6510.




Cook joins APT

Ryan Cook has joined Advanced Physical Therapy as a physical therapist.

Ryan Cook grew up in Hutchinson, where  he attended Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Community College before moving to Wichita to pursue his degree in Physical Therapy. He is a 2011 graduate of the Wichita State Physical Therapy Department.



AGCO reports first quarter results


AGCO a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions with a facility in Hesston, reported net sales of approximately $2.0 billion for the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of approximately 0.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Reported net income was $0.84 per share for the first quarter of 2019, and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, was $0.86 per share. These results compare to a reported net income of $0.30 per share and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, of $0.35 per share for the first quarter of 2018. Excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts of approximately 7.1 percent, net sales in the first quarter of 2019 increased approximately 6.5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2018.



Ryan Fitzgibbons joins YMCA

The Newton YMCA recently announced the addition of the a new branch director, Ryan Fitzgibbons.

Fitzgibbons relocated to Newton with his wife and two boys from Hanover, Pennsylvania. He was with the Hanover Area YMCA beginning in June 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his YMCA experience, he worked for over 10 years in the hospitality industry with a variety of hotels on the east coast.