Day: March 8, 2017

City commissioners purchase protective equipment for fire-EMS department

The City Commission of Arkansas City approved the purchase of protective equipment for the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department on March 7/Tuesday night. Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe said much of the current equipment used by the fire-EMS department is reaching its maximum life expectancy. The protective suits used by the department while fighting fires has a federal mandatory retirement age of 10 years. “It basically consists of bunker pants and bunker jackets,” Wolfe said, although the same strict standards also apply to breathing apparatus. Some of the equipment the fire-EMS department is using was purchased in 2008. Wolfe said he would like to start replacing five sets a year. “The least we can do is a five-year purchasing plan,” he said. The five sets of protective gear cost $11,217.75. The bunker gear must be washed between fires to get rid of carcinogens that are deposited while fighting a fire. This expenditure was included in ACFD’s budget for 2017, but Commissioner Jay Warren asked if the department could look into grants. Wolfe indicated the grants available for protective gear such as this are intended for equipment that has reached its expiration date. He did not want to push it that far, though, preferring instead to be more proactive in gear replacement. The gear will be purchased in different sizes and any firefighters hired after the gear has been replaced will be...

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Ark City Arts plans annual meeting, celebration March 9 at Burford Theatre

The annual meeting and celebration of the Arkansas City Area Arts Council will be at 6 p.m. March 9 at the V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre. The event will begin with cocktails and social time from 6 to 6:45 p.m., followed by the election of board members. The meeting will feature performances by the Prairie Voice choir and Burford Singers. There also will be an awards presentation. The event is a chance for people to view John and Rosemary Skinner’s art and jewelry collection, “Collaborate.” The collection, donated to the Burford Theatre, will be an interactive community collaboration in Ark City Arts’ exhibit room off the atrium of the theater. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Deadline to register to vote in April 11 special election is March 21

Voter registration for the special election scheduled for April 11 must be completed on or before March 21. This special election is to elect the Fourth Congressional District representative to the U.S. House. Mike Pompeo was re-elected to the position last November, but subsequently chosen by President Donald Trump to serve as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Republican Ron Estes, Democrat Jim Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold will compete in the special election to replace Pompeo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Check out this list of my most anticipated March 2017 releases

A new month means there are a ton of new releases being published. Here is a list of my most anticipated books being released in March. Some of these already are out, but most are being released in the upcoming weeks. Already released ‘In Farleigh Field,’ by Rhys Bowen World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is tasked covertly with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: She has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility. As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls? Bowen writes two mystery series that I love, the Molly Murphy Mysteries and Her Royal Spyness series. When I saw she had written a World War II novel, I was extremely excited. Bowen is an extremely talented novelist and her historical fiction always is well researched. Those...

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Discover NASA exhibit at Winfield Public Library to be host to free concert

WINFIELD — Students from the Community Music School will perform space music from 2 to 3 p.m. March 12 at the Winfield Public Library. The performance is in conjunction with the national traveling exhibition Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space. This concert is free and open to the public. The Winfield Public Library is the only library in Kansas, and only one of six libraries in the nation, to host the NASA exhibit. Discover NASA is an inside look at NASA, America’s space agency, and covers six key areas — human exploration, Earth science, Mars exploration, the solar system and beyond, aeronautics, and technology. Discover NASA will be on display until April 19 at the Winfield Public Library, located at 605 College St. For additional information, call the library at (620) 221-4470. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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