Congratulations are in order to the following people and organizations appearing last week in The Newton Kansan:



• Chuck Friesen of North Newton, who created a “coding camp” as part of the Kauffman Museum summer camp series.

• Volunteers who spent time working on Eby Learning Center on the EmberHope Youthville Campus to help get the school ready to open this fall.

• Steven McCloud of Newton, who spoke with The Kansan about the status of current crops after rain and flooding in May.

• The Emma Creek Quilt Guild, for announcing author and blogger Janella MacBeth as the next guest speaker for a guild meeting.

• Lylia Fernandez of Newton, whose artwork will be the subject of an exhibition at the Carriage Factory Gallery.

• Bill Mills and Joe Smiley of Newton, who will give a presentation on a railroad “mule” restored for the Harvey County Historical Museum

• The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, for announcing the upcoming Main Street Mainia Event.

• Heartland Credit Union, which will host a “Food Truck Throwdown” to close off Main Street Mainia on Saturday.

• Three Trails Taiko of Olathe, a Japanese drum group who will host Family Time Fun at Newton Public Library.

• Western District Conference, which will host its annual meetings at Bethel College.

• MCC Central States in North Newton, which will host a “mini comforter blitz.”

• East Side Methodist Church of Newton, which announced a movie night.

• Second Missionary Baptist Church, which will celebrate the congregation's 136th anniversary.

• Sarah Balzer of Inman, who became a two-time winner of Bethel College's C. Henry Smith Peace Oration contest.

• Area golfers who competed in league play.

• Area race car drivers who competed at the 81 Speedway.

• The Newton Junior Knights, who used a 12 run inning to come from behind and get a win over Emporia.

• Robb Freed of New York, who stopped in Newton during a cross-country bicycle ride to raise funds Epidermolysis Bullosa.

• Newton American Legion Wayne G. Austin Post No. 2, for celebrating the post's 100th anniversary.

• IdeaTek, for being awarded an FCC grant to improve broadband internet access in Harvey County.

• Newton Recreation Commission, for announcing a summer cornhole league.

• Neil Smucker of North Newton, who earned a “Thresher Award” from Bethel College.

• Elizabeth Ratzlaff of Moundridge, who earned a “Thresher Award” from Bethel College.

• Austin Prouty of Newton, who earned a “Thresher Award” from Bethel College.

• Alec Loganbill of Hesston, who earned a “Thresher Award” from Bethel College.

• Cassandra Voth of Littleton, Colorado, who earned a “Thresher Award” from Bethel College.

• Taylor Stahly of Newton, who was named director of women's basketball operations at Houston Baptist University.

• Area students who earned academic honors from colleges and universities.

• Deborah Divine, who hosted “Sharing Lives: Kansas Quilts” at the Halstead Public Library.

• Westar Energy and the Salvation Army, for giving box fans to those in need.

• The Newton City/County Airport, for hosting the International Cessna 170 Association Convention and fly in.

• The Mennonite Heritage Museum and Agricultural Museum of Goessel, for hosting the Father's Day weekend car show.

• First Church of God, for kicking off its summer outdoor movie series.

• Ray Olais, for hosting a presentation about the Mexican American Fast Pitch Tournament at the Newton Public Library.

• Newton Public Library, for hosting juggler Jason D'Vaude for Family Time Fun.

• The Second Century Library Foundation, for hosting the annual Garden Tour as a fundraiser for Newton Public Library.

• The Central Kansas Community Foundation, which awarded the group's first grants.

• Newton Meals on Wheels, Health Ministries, Peace Connections and EmberHope Youthville, which were each awarded grants from The Central Kansas Community Foundation.

• Tyler Swalley, who was named the first principal of Opportunity Academy, an alternative school opening at Eby Learning Center on the EmberHope Youthville campus this fall.

• Bluestem Communities, for being awarded a Telly Award for its marketing efforts.

• Bethel College, for hosting the first Kansas Six Man Football All Star Game.

• MAYB, for hosting the summer kickoff tournament.

• The Newton Junior-Senior boys MAYB basketball team, for finishing second in the A bracket of the MAYB Summer Kickoff Tournament.