Monday, April 30, 2012

Kiowa County / Greensburg April 29 - May 5, 2012

Public Information Update
Sunday, April 29 – Saturday, May 5, 2012

Community Photo
On May 5th at 9:00 a.m. in the 100 block of Main Street, Larry Schwarm will be here to take a community photograph.  This will be a panoramic - just like they did in the old days - and we want everyone to get in the picture!

If you have trouble standing for long periods of time bring a folding chair.  The first block of  Main will be closed to traffic until the photo session is complete.  Those of you that bring chairs will set up in the street at ground level others will be on the sidewalk and on the concrete benches on the east side of Main.  Help spread the word so everyone can be a part of this memorable photograph!  If you have any questions contact Erica Goodman at 723.1112.

A chronological account of public events in the last 5 years

The book will be available for purchase at the Kiowa County Commons Building, 320 S. Main Street, Greensburg, on Friday, May 4th from 12 - 2 p.m.  and Saturday, May 5th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost of the book is $5.00 donation.

A portion of the timeline of events will be on display in the lobby of the Commons Building at this time.  The remainder of the timeline will be at the Kiowa County Memorial Hospital.

All proceeds will go to the Twilight Theatre construction. 

To order in advance, contact Judy Kirk at 620.255.3759.

Tragedy to Triumph...5 years later
Schedule of Events for May 4 - 6, 2012                                

Friday May 4th
*Post Office Special Stamp Cancellation 1p.m - 4p.m.
*Pre Release of Keepsake Calendar & Journal 12-2p.m. at Kiowa County Commons
*Welcome Back Ice Cream Social 8p.m. 300 block South Main
*Memorial Service 9:30p.m at the Big Well block

Saturday May 5th
*First Baptist Church 5K Fun Run/Walk Registration 8a.m. Start 8:30
*Community Photo 9:00a.m. 100 block of
South Main
*Norman Rockwell American Family Exhibit
10a.m.-4p.m. at 5.4.7 Arts Center
*Larry Schwarm - Post Tornado Photo Art Walk around
*2nd Annual Spring Auction  11 a.m. at Brown Auction
*Salvation Army Canteen & HAM Radio Operators South Main Street
*Live Music - Aaron Traffas Band
1-3p.m.* Jason Boyd Band 4-6p.m. * Chris Aarons Band  8-10p.m.
*Meteorologist Mike Smith Presentation10:30 a.m. Miracle at
Greensburg at the Kiowa County Senior Center, 431 S. Main
*Bob Fraga  Book Launch
1:00p.m. meet the Author/book signing -  The Greening of OZ   at the Kiowa County Senior Center
*Senior Center Open House
*New York Says Thank You film on view through out the day at the
Kiowa County Senior Center
*GreenTown Tours
10-11:30a.m. & 1:30-3:00p.m.
*Kite Festival 
12:00-3:00 p.m. at the KCS Football Field
*Meadow Lark Under Construction Tour
May 4, 2007 - May 4, 2008 Time Line at Kiowa County Memorial Hospital
Greensburg Quilt Display at Kiowa County Memorial Hospital
Kiowa County Museum 9:00a.m. free admission all weekend - Troy Dilport photos
*Tornado Alley book signing
1:00p.m. at the Kiowa County Commons
*Preserving the Future Keepsake Calendar & Greensburg Journal available in foyer of the Kiowa County Commons
*Documentary “Building of the Commons” viewing in the Kiowa County Commons Conference Room
10:00a.m. shown every half hour.
*Rooted:  The
Greensburg Odyssey Concert Performance 7:00-9:00 at First United Methodist Church

Sunday May 6th
*Community Worship Service 
10 a.m.  300 block of South Main
*Community Meal
*Norman Rockwell Exhibit
1p.m. - 4p.m. at the 5.4.7 Arts Center
*Cannonball Golf Tournament
9:00a.m. tee off
*2nd Annual Brown Auction
9:30a.m. at Brown Auction

Visit for more information.

The 2012 Kiowa County Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, May 26th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., downtown main street, Greensburg.

To register a booth, contact

Come check out the arts, crafts, food and fun while enjoying your friends and family!

The Kiowa County Extension Office in collaboration with the Kiowa County Health Department has scheduled the 2012 Babysitting Clinic for May 24th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kiowa County Commons, 320 S. Main St., Greensburg.  The clinic is open to all 5th and 6th grade youth in Kiowa County.

A $10 fee will cover the materials for the clinic.  Call the Extension Office, 620-723-2156, to register by May 18th!

 The Greensburg Post Office will be holding a special Pictorial Cancellation in conjunction with Greensburg's five year anniversary of re-building following the tornado of May 4th, 2007.  The cancellation will be held at the Post Office, 139 N. Main Street, from 1PM to 4PM on Friday, May 4, 2012.  The cancellation will consist of a symbol resembling a tornado funnel, with the wording:  "EF-5 Tornado 5-4-7, "struck down but not destroyed", Greensburg KS  67054, Anniversary Station, May 04, 2012".  The Post Office will have on hand an assortment of First Class stamps, special one-time-only stamped post cards with images of Greensburg, as well as Go-Green retail products.

An image of the postmark may be viewed in the Post Office lobby during regular business hours.

Later requests (for up to 30 days following the event) may be made by mail only, accompanied by your envelope or postcard bearing First Class postage.  A self-addressed, postage-paid, envelope must accompany all requests for purposes of returning your cancellation.

For more information, please visit the Greensburg Post Office at
139 N. Main St., Greensburg.

Calendar Release:
Greensburg: Preserving the Future calendar release will be Friday, May 4th from 12p.m. - 2 p.m. in the Commons foyer.  Be one of the first to own this limited edition calendar featuring Greensburg children born after May 4, 2007.
All proceeds to benefit the Twilight Theatre rebuilding project.

Households interested in being part of the county-wide garage sale on June 9th should contact Haley Kern at (785) 259-1681 or  The deadline to sign up is May 11th.

The second tree give away for residents of Kiowa County who were affected by the tornados of May 4th, 2007, is taking orders.  The trees are being provided through a grant from the U. S. Forest Service and being distributed by the Kansas Forest Service and Kiowa County Extension.

The trees will be given away on a first come first serve basis.  There is a 5 tree limit per person. 
Trees available are:  Persimon, Paw Paw, American Hornbeam, Ginkgo, Bur Oak.

A pile of bulk mulch is also available at the fairgrounds to both groups of tree give away recipients.  The mulch is free.
Call the Extension Office, 620-723-2156, to register for trees.

·    Bethel Mennonite Church is located 3 miles south and 1 mile west of the highway 183/54 interchange.  Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. Morning worship starts at 11 a.m.  Evening worship begins at 7 p.m.  Contact Mark Dirks at 620-723-2941 for more information.
·    Bible Baptist Church is meeting at 605 S. Elm Dr, Greensburg. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. and Church begins at 11 a.m.  For more information, Wesley Carlton at 620-723-2834.
·    Faith Tabernacle is located at 611 W. Illinois St., Greensburg.  Service begins at 10 a.m.  Call Rev. Willard Olinger at 723-2745 for more details.
·    First Baptist Church is located at 200 W. Kansas, Greensburg.  Church begins at 10:50 a.m.  For more information, call Pastor Marvin George at 723-2747.
·    First United Methodist Church is located at 600 W. Lincoln, Greensburg.  Worship at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday School at 10:45 a.m.  Contact Pastor Mayhew at 620-723-3338 with questions or concerns.
·    Friends Church is located at 205 N. Kingman, Haviland.   Sunday School and Adult classes 9:30am; Congregational Worship 10:30am; Wednesday 5:30pm Community meal; 6pm Faith Weaver Friends (K-5), Jr. High Youth Group; 8pm High School Youth Group
·    Greensburg Christian Church is located at 1210 S. Main St.  Service begins at 10:30 a.m.  Call T.J. Lawson for more information at 620-770-6026.
·    Greensburg Mennonite Church is located at 310 West Pennsylvania.  Sunday School begins at 9:30, ages nursery to senior adults.  Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.  Call Pastor Jeff Blackburn at 620-723-2620 for more information.
·    Lighthouse Worship Center is located at 804 W. Wisconsin, Greensburg.  Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m.  Worship and Children’s Church starts at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study begins at 7 p.m.  LWC youth group on Sunday nights from 6:00 - 7:00 at the parsonage.  Contact Pastor Christa Zapfe at 620-723-3028 for more information.
·    Mullinville United Methodist Church is located at 220 N. Locust.  Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m., Worship Service at 11 a.m.  A Fellowship Meal is held every 2nd Sunday.  Youth Group is Sunday evening from 6:30 – 8 p.m.  Call Pastor Scott rose for more information.
·    Peace Lutheran Church is located at 321 S. Walnut, Greensburg.  Worship begins at 11 a.m.  For more information, call Pastor Merlyn Lohkre, 620-298-2762.
·    St. Joseph Catholic Church is located at 820 S. Walnut, Greensburg.  Services are held on the first and third weekends of the month at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.  On the 2nd, 4th, and 5th weekends, Mass is at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  Contact Ellen Peters, Parish Life Coordinator at 620-255-3636 with questions and concerns.
·    Wellsford Community Church is located in Wellsford.  Service begins at 11 a.m. with Pastor Steve Patterson presiding.

·    The Kiowa County Council on Aging meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 3 pm at the Senior Center (431 S. Main) in Greensburg. 
·    The Kiowa County Historical Society meetings are held on the 4th Thursdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Kiowa County Commons Conference Room.
·    The Kiowa County Kansas Media Center Foundation board meetings are held on the 1st Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Media Center, located in the Commons Building.  Please contact Jan West at 723-1117 for more information.
·   The Kiowa County Library board meets the first Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Kiowa County Commons Conference room or on the following Tuesday if the first Monday is a county holiday.
·    The Iroquois Center for Human Development board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 pm in their office (610 E. Grant). Please call 723-2272 for more information.


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