Can we wipe out poverty in Great Bend? A new group, Circles of Central Kansas, wants to teach people new skills for pulling themselves out of poverty.
“Several citizens of this area have been increasingly concerned about issues in our community,” said Becky Gillette, a member of the Circles steering committee. “Housing, transportation and adequate income are difficult for some people to obtain.”
Their search led them to Circles USA and some of its Kansas chapters.
An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, August. 13, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave.
The steering committee wants to enlist 15-20 people in poverty who are willing to go through the process to get their lives in a better position. They can enroll in a program called “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World.”
“We can’t give them money — that is not part of the program — but we can give them ideas,” Gillette said.
Other participants, people who are not in poverty, will go through a different training process, called “Bridges Out of Poverty.”
“We are looking for people who have bumped up against the issues of Great Bend and who know the pitfalls that exist here,” she said. “We invite any who are curious to come to the meeting on the 13th to look into some possibilities.”
Gillette said people have been getting together since April and there is now a seven-person steering committee for Circles of Central Kansas. Committee members are Shelly Schneider from the Barton County Health Department, Amy Boxberger from Community Corrections, Lennie Maxwell from the Ministerial Alliance, Regina Rose with Kansas Kids @ Gear Up, and Gillette and Rebecca Lewis Pancratz, who are both at the Barton County Academy/ESSDACK.
In other news: Killer bees have made it to northern Oklahoma and may soon be in Kansas. However, according to a story in The Wichita Eagle, “Kansans don’t need to panic.”
I kind of panic any time I hear a story about someone in town having to have bees removed from their home. I’m talking about good old Kansas honeybees, let alone “Africanized” honeybees. I remember writing a story in 2002 about a puppy in Albert that was stung to death by bees. A Kansas State University insect diagnostician said at the time that they appeared to be normal honeybees.
The good news is, bees won’t chase you very far, so most people can get away from an attack. But if bees come after you and you can’t run for a quarter of a mile, try to find an enclosed shelter like a car. And if you do suffer from a few stings, see a doctor as soon as possible.
Susan Thacker is news editor of the Great Bend Tribune. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.