No dust is settling on Lindsborg on this Kansas Day 2018...
• Liz Lahodny of Lindsborg Realty, Kimi Stolzenburg of Hairymolarys, and Debbie Jacobson of Bank of Tescott will explore metal designs for moveable-yet-durable benches that can be purchased for business districts. We hope to be able to talk details in a few weeks. Meanwhile, we encourage everyone to create, if possible, outdoor seating on their properties now before spring is upon us. Even if a location is not serving food or making retail sales, outdoor seating is a sure and lively symbol of community welcome and ease. (If in the downtown area, please consult with City Hall about ordinances that describe acceptable seating placements and weights.) In addition, Ad Hoc is expressing interest in working with the City of Lindsborg in revamping Lucia Park seating and making the parking lot on the 100 block of South Main St. more flexible/useful during festivals, special events, and other community building celebrations. Funding could be sought in grants, memorial donations and crowdfunding. Discussions continue; however, pressure is being felt to arrive at a consensus plan with appropriate details attached.
• CVB director Holly Lofton and Mike Dreier of Fuqua Insurance have teamed to send a virtual can of Lindsborg-brand Elbow Grease to television host Mike Rowe, known for his love of rolling up his sleeves and doing jobs, sometimes kinda odd and icky jobs. Mr. Rowe has a new cable television show that highlights volunteers, and Holly thought our distinctive Lindsborg award might well be of interest to him. Why a “virtual” can and not the real thing? Mike Rowe is an email-only kind of guy; there seems to be no physical address. Thus, we’re sending the photo shown below. Maybe Mike will come to collect a non-virtual can himself some day? Thanks, Holly and Mike.
• The popular Chocolate Lovers Affair is on again for this year. That's 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the J.O. Sundstrom Center. The Lindsborg Arts Council presents this evening for enjoying chocolate creations, lively friends new and old, and an art auction — as well as the naming of an Artist of the Year. Tickets at the door for $20, with LAC members receiving a complimentary refreshment. Would you or your business like to join in? Please consider buying a table or making a cash donation to help LAC assemble “Lindsborg Experiences” for auction. Anyone may donate a piece of art for auction. Anyone may be a creator of chocolate centerpieces. Drop off donations at Vision_Tek downtown with Amy Dreier. Also contact writer Ann Parr or Tayla Mace at The White Peacock with questions or donations.
• Lindsborg *does* love a groundbreaking. On April 2, Lindsborg Community Hospital is tentatively scheduled to start construction on patient-centered building improvements. Now included in the plan is an addition to expand the number of clinic exam rooms for existing health care providers, as well for as a new physician scheduled to begin work in 2018. The hospital also will, as long planned, remodel and repurpose the space vacated by Auburn Pharmacies, as well as move laboratory services closer to the main entry for patient ease. There’s much more to the plan, of course. The hospital’s Betty Nelson will provide more information to the community over the next few weeks about these plans as well as entry and service locations through the construction period. The expansion/improvement is made possible by a major gift from the late David J. Nutt, who remembered Lindsborg’s many kindnesses to him and his family during his growing-up years here. Mr. Nutt recently gave gifts to LCH, Bethany College, other institutions, and the community-at-large totaling an amazing $15 million. The Nutt Trust is being administered by the McPherson County Community Foundation.
• Makers Street Art Walks, scheduled the second Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m., continue to gain traction. We thank everyone who has helped. Scheduling note: Be prepared for an especially juicy version of Makers Street on Friday, Feb. 9. It’s Heart Art night. See new paintings by Lindsborg’s Mike Hartung displayed at Collections and Essentials. Make a heart sachet at The Ivory Thimble. Participate in making a Lindsborg community heart at Small World Gallery. And much more. It’s a perfect evening to dine, relax with a cuppa, and rove with friends.
• The Lindsborg Sesquicentennial Committee is way into party planning for the 150th year. Among the dates to save: Dec. 31, 2018, for a special event at the J.O. Sundstrom, and Feb. 20, 2019, the anniversary of the day that Lindsborg was named. Around the July 4th holiday, plan to be here for four days worth of savory and colorful celebrations that build on the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July that Molly Johnson and friends have organized in Swensson Park over the last few years. Plus, there’ll be dedications of art throughout the year. PS: Did *you* remember to contribute 150 words on some of the many people, places and things that have made Lindsborg what it is? Get the deets and please make contributions of 150 words here: http://www.lindsborg150th.com/150project.html
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Three cheers went out during our Monday morning huddle for:
• photographer Jim Turner and his more than 40 years of service thus far to the community, Bethany College and beyond. Jim’s business enterprises continue, as well as his work with Bethany. However, Jim has decided to sell the 129 N. Main St. location. We’ll look forward to seeing you, Jim, in new places — including with your drone and GoPro cameras.
• GO McPherson. This economic development organization recently featured a Facebook promotion about Lindsborg as a place of culture and for visitors. Thanks, Kasi Morales and GO McPherson, for your partnership with Lindsborg.
• Bethany College. It just finished choral education for a breathtaking 900+ middle and high school men, then launched into rehearsals for this year’s productions of Handel’s Messiah. Hats off to Dr. Mark Lucas, the Bethany Music Department, and the entire college community of faculty, staff, students and volunteers.
• Circles of Lindsborg, which received the kind donation of an automobile for a Circles participant who has been walking seven miles to and seven miles from work each day. A game-changing gift, yes? That’s the way Circles works: making connections to social capital and education with families to help them put poverty in their rear view mirror.
• Lindsborg advertisements are now popping up in booklets placed in the hands of all those attending performances at McCain Auditorium at K-State and the Lied Center at KU. Thank you, Lindsborg CVB and City of Lindsborg, for helping us reach new and compatible peeps. (One-time visits often turn into return visits, college decisions, retirement decisions, life decisions.)