• Please drop 40 (and 40 only) of your organization’s promotional items at Lindsborg Community Hospital as soon as possible. Place them to the attention of Betty Nelson or Cynthia Woodard. The items are for new resident welcome bags, which are kindly distributed by City Hall when people new to the community open utility accounts. LCH hosts the bag stuffing parties. We all win. Deadline to receive your items: Friday, Sept. 1. Please don’t make us beg, y'all. Thanks so much.
• An easy, fun way to connect with Bethany College’s new energy? Be a host family for a football player. See life through the eyes of a young man and cheer him on to good things…. and get a good reason to cheer from the stands at Swede home games. Host families do simple stuff -- invitations to dinner, notes of encouragement and so forth. Questions? Contact Erica Kruckenberg at the college, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Lindsborg has recycled 94.57 tons of single-stream materials so far in 2017. That’s more than four tons more than 2016 at this time. If you have questions about improving recycling rates in your home or business, contact the McPherson County Solid Waste Utility for tips. Details here: http://www.maswu.org/recycling.html
• More property tax comparisons, as some have requested…. Among eight incorporated cities in McPherson County, Lindsborg has the second lowest municipal levy and lowest total mill levy. Range of total mill levies: Lindsborg at 121.427 mills to Inman’s 164.636 mills. The mill levy is the tax rate applied to the *assessed* value of a property. One mill represents $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.
• At Ad Hoc gatherings, we often talk about the importance of websites — mobile friendliness, ease of on-line purchasing and contact options, and the fact that even the most humble business needs an online presence, even if its website is more billboard than interactive. Take a moment, if you have it, to see how historic redeveloper Jim Prugh has repackaged his vacation rental properties into one website, http://www.lindsborgvacationrentals.com. Notice how the website promotes other businesses and Bethany College, as well as local events. Inquires also are made easy.
• Notes from the land of on-line shopping that will change our world. (We read this article as encouraging for the unusual and highly personalized retail experience.) Hat tip to Holly Lofton of the Lindsborg CVB.
BERKELEY, Calif (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is rolling out U.S. pickup points where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes in its latest move into brick-and-mortar retail. The world’s largest online retail has launched “Instant Pickup” points around five college campuses such as the University of California at Berkeley, it said on Tuesday. Amazon plans to add the program to more sites by the end of the year. Shoppers on Amazon’s mobile app can select from hundreds of fast-selling items at each location, from snacks and drinks to phone chargers. Amazon employees in a back room then load orders into lockers within two minutes and customers receive bar codes to access them.
More here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-pickup-idUSKCN1AV1EF