1565934457 <![CDATA[News Entries]]> http://local.rosewoodservices.com/ en michaeld@rosewoodservices.com Copyright 2019 2019-08-15T19:30:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Quilting Classes in Session at Rosewood Gallery]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-quilting-class8-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-quilting-class8-19#When:19:30:00Z A Stitch In Time

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Rosewood Gallery in downtown Great Bend is a place known for heirloom quality, solid-wood furniture. But it is quietly becoming a place known for quality quilting, too.

That’s because Rosewood Gallery Lead Sherri Nickelson, an expert quilter, has been teaching her love of quilting, crocheting and sewing to some of Rosewood’s clients, who have shown a desire to learn the skilled process. For more than a year, a handful of Rosewood clients have participated weekly in sewing projects that involve quilting or crocheting. 

“It started with a few of them and as others got interested, it has grown,” explained Nickelson. 
About an hour is about all that they can handle each session, so we move slow, but we are consistent with working on the projects every week. We stagger the sessions throughout the week, so that we can work with them individually.”

Nickelson teaches each client one or two days a week. The net result is a collection of baby quilts that will be donated this fall to a local organization in need of the blankets. She also has one client, Debbie Wasinger, who prefers to crochet, so Nickelson works with her to create dish cloths.

“She’s been learning to count stiches and that takes extra patience, but she’s been able to complete several dish cloths,” said Nickelson. “That’s a big accomplishment for anyone learning to crochet.”

On the other hand, quilt making is a team project, explained Nickelson. Each client does work on the same quilt until that quilt is completed. 

“For instance, Jesse (Kerns) just completed the work on the top part of the quilt we are working on; now he knows next week when he comes in to sew, he’ll work on a different quilt,” explained Nickelson. “They see the end product and know that they had an important hand in a group effort. It’s just another concept to keep clients engaged and involved who show an interest in something and want diversification in the workplace.”

Next project up for the sewing group is a patch-work quilt. Nickelson said she creates the designs each time, making them a bit different to keep the interest of her students. She is also preparing to introduce embroidery into their sewing projects. 

“We are thankful to have Sherri working with our clients,” said Tammy Hammond, Rosewood Services Executive Director. “Her ability to share her talents by patiently teaching each individual is remarkable. I enjoy seeing their progress!”

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For more information, contact Sherri Nickelson, Rosewood Furniture Gallery Lead, gallery@rosewoodservices.com, 620-793-8599.

August 15, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of public relations, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Kansas Chamber Senior Director Tours Rosewood Services]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/ks-chamber-rw-tour7-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/ks-chamber-rw-tour7-19#When:19:42:00Z {image_1}

Bryan Frye received an “eye-opening” experience when he toured Rosewood Services on July 15. The Kansas Chamber senior director of Investor Relations spent the day touring a dozen Rosewood locations with Rosewood’s Executive Director Tammy Hammond. 

“I was surprised numerous times on my tour,” said Frye, who regularly tours businesses in his role with the Kansas Chamber. “It’s amazing how that many resources are there in Great Bend, with Rosewood providing so many different services to people with developmental disabilities. It was quite an eye-opener for me.”

Frye and Hammond toured Rosewood Bargain Barn, Furniture Gallery, Wine Cellar and “Santas Around the World” in downtown Great Bend. They also toured client employment areas, including the Maintenance Building, Studio, Greenhouse, Ranch and Winery, the Rosewood Employment Network office, and a future training location, which is under construction. It made for a full day for the Kansas Chamber representative, who said he is always interested in learning how he can help and work with member businesses, like Rosewood Services.

For nearly 100 years, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce has been in existence as an advocate for businesses and chambers across the state. The mission of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, according to the organization’s website, is to continually strive to improve the economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen and to safeguard our system of free, competitive enterprise.

“We’ve got mom-and-pop operators to giant industries with thousands of employees who we represent,” said Frye. “It’s varied. I will tell you that we don’t have many like Rosewood, and so that is unique and a great benefit to the Great Bend area.”

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Hammond said she is grateful to Frye and to the Kansas Chamber of Commerce for taking time to get to know Rosewood Services and its business ventures, which benefit people with developmental disabilities and the Great Bend community.

“It’s easier to understand our business model, once you’ve toured our programs, employment locations, and our retail stores,” explained Hammond. “That way, you are able to see how they all interact with each other. Bryan took the time to see and experience the many facets of Rosewood Services. He is genuinely interested in helping us to move forward, and I believe our partnership with the Kansas Chamber is made stronger because of his visit.”

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Find more about Rosewood Services online, http://rosewoodservices.com


July 23, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of public relations, Rosewood Services, 620-639-0407, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Longtime Case Manager Retires from Rosewood Services]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/deb-smith-retires-6-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/deb-smith-retires-6-19#When:19:30:00Z ‘The only thing I ever really wanted to do’

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June 28th marked the end of an era for Rosewood Services.  Case manager Deb Smith retired after a 15-year career with the organization. As she walked out the door with loads of retirement gifts and cards expressing sentiments, following a late-afternoon reception on her behalf, she left a career in providing supports for people with developmental disabilities that spanned 33 years.

"I had a cousin who was born with down syndrome; that was 50 years ago," remembered Smith. "I used to take her out and we’d get in trouble together. That’s what made me want to work in this field; it’s the only thing I ever really wanted to do in my work life."

She came to Rosewood in February 2004 as a case manager, after 18 years of providing direct care service with another organization in Macksville. In her role as case manager, in a rewarding-but-challenging field that typically spans just five years, Smith proved to be a great fit for the position, said Vicki Schmitt, senior director of Rosewood Services.

“Deb is one of the good, old fashioned people who will get the job done,” said Schmitt. “She doesn’t give up easily and she always goes the extra mile for her clients. I believe it’s her tenacity, the satisfying work she’s been able to do, and the Rosewood atmosphere that has kept her with us for so long. At the end of the day, she has simply loved what she does.”

Smith said she received the most satisfaction in her job by seeing clients succeed in life, no matter their disability. Through more than three decades, she’s experienced the gamut from helping clients to learn to tie their shoe laces, to seeing them successfully budget money in an ABLE account and taking steps toward independence.  

“I had a client who worked 4 ½ months to tie his shoe and when he did, his excitement level was like he just received $1 million,” Smith remembered. “Humility is to watch them struggle to do something that is so easy for us, and to experience their satisfaction when they can successfully do the task.”

Smith had actually planned to retire a year earlier, but decided to stay with Rosewood for the extra time to ensure a smooth transition. Jericah Villalpando, who previously served in a case management support role, has been hired as her replacement. Villapando spent the month of May shadowing Smith and then they reversed roles through June with Smith shadowing Villapando.

“Transition can be a very emotional time for our clients,” said Smith. “I have one adult client who has had just two case managers her whole life. The first was Vicki Schmitt and the other is me. But I feel like our clients are in a good place; Jericah has done wonderfully in her new role.”

Smith is also having to process change. She is leaving co-workers, many of whom she has built strong friendships with over the years. She is especially appreciative of their support while she recovered many months from a serious car accident seven years ago.

"The comradery we established among the employees is what I will always remember and I will greatly miss it," said Smith. "Like when I had my wreck; the care that was offered and support I received was unbelievable. Tammy (Hammond, executive director of Rosewood Services) made sure I was taken care of, while I was in the hospital and recovering at home. You just don’t get that attention and care everywhere. I am forever grateful."

Now in retirement, Smith turns her attention to providing daycare to three great grandchildren –  twin toddlers and an infant. She’ll also continue helping Rosewood by serving as guardian to several clients, a role she has filled for the past decade. 

"Deb has been a tremendous asset and such a positive role model to Rosewood and to the people she has served as case manager over the years," said Tammy Hammond, executive director of Rosewood Services. "I commend her steadfast dedication in helping people with disabilities for more than three decades. She is the consummate professional and an excellent advocate for those we serve. While I am sad that she is retiring from Rosewood, I know that she will stay connected with our folks and our agency for many years to come."

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Find more about Rosewood Services online, http://rosewoodservices.com


For more information, contact Vicki Schmitt, Rosewood Services senior director, vickis@rosewoodservices.com, 620-793-5888.

July 8, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of public relations, Rosewood Services, 620-639-0407, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Rosewood AKTION Club Members Learn Advocacy at State Conference]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-sack-conf-6-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-sack-conf-6-19#When:13:14:00Z {image_1}

Eleven members of Rosewood Services’ AKTION Club, along with three sponsors, “rolled” into Topeka last weekend for the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas Conference. This year’s theme for the annual SACK Conference was “That’s How We Roll.”

Attending the conference for Kansans with disabilities were Rosewood Miracle Worker AKTION Club members Kurtis Coleman, David Edwardson, Rae Griffin, Shae Griffin, Michael Manka, Lindsey Nondorf, Samantha Purcell, Josh Radar, Ivan Smith, Abbey Stanley, and Josh Trimmer. Also attending this year’s conference were AKTION Club sponsors Frankie Pelster, Tahcoa Strachan, and Tabitha Sanders.

The SACK Conference, held June 21-23 at the Ramada Inn, was an opportunity for people with developmental disabilities to meet, share and learn from each other and from experts in the field. Participants of this year’s annual conference had opportunity to choose from 14 workshops during four learning sessions that were held last Saturday.

“The conference is beneficial because organizers do a tremendous job of teaching our members leadership skills and how to have a voice in our community,” said AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster. Our members come back from the conference and share their experiences with others, so it has a positive effect on our whole organization. They also learn to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.”

At the start of the conference, participants heard from keynote speaker Parker Glick, a lifelong self-advocate who works for the Statewide Independent Council of Georgia in Atlanta.

Among the sessions offered, Pelster said that Basic Self Defense, parts 1 and 2, instructed by self-advocate Roger Crome, were the most popular among many of the attendees. They also participated in sessions regarding money management, trauma and abuse prevention and care, integrated work settings, grassroots advocacy, and they got to hear from “Ms. Wheelchair Kansas” and “Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas,” who talked about their respective competition journeys.

The SACK Quarterly meeting was held late Saturday afternoon with Shae Griffin representing Rosewood AKTION Club at the meeting. Saturday’s events concluded with a dinner, a dance, and an opportunity to participate in an art workshop.

“The ride home from the conference on Sunday was very quiet because most of them were sleeping,” said Pelster. “It’s a long weekend for everyone involved, but it’s worth every minute of it.”

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Find more about Rosewood Services Inc. online, http://rosewoodservices.com


For more information, contact Frankie Pelster, AKTION Club Sponsor, employmentspecialist@rosewoodservices.com, 620-603-6502.

June 25, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-639-0407, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[‘Kids Day’ at Rosewood Ranch Brings Fun and Excitement for Children]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/kids-day-ranch6-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/kids-day-ranch6-19#When:15:12:00Z {image_1}

More than 65 energetic children ventured out to enjoy the ninth annual “Kids Day at the Ranch” on June 8, presented by Rosewood Services.

Children participated in “Kids Day” activities, which included trail-pattern horse riding, horse-drawn wagon rides, cake walk, and getting to delight in the scrumptious taste of sno cones and corn dogs. Kids Day also featured fun farm chores, water games, face painting, and coloring ranch-themed pages.  {image_2}

Rosewood Ranch, located five miles north of Pawnee Rock, provides year-round therapeutic horse riding for children with developmental disabilities. The Ranch opens one day each year to its children riders and their siblings, as well as to children of Rosewood Services employees.

“Kids Day has become a special day annually for our Rosewood community,” said Tammy Hammond, executive director of Rosewood Services. “It’s an exciting day for the children, who get a fun glimpse of ranch life. It’s also a special time for families where they get to experience quality time and create memories.

“We thank everyone who participated, including all of our volunteers who made this year’s event a success.”

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Find more about Rosewood Services Inc. online, http://rosewoodservices.com


For more information, contact Anna Hammond, Rosewood Services, annah@rosewoodservices.com, 620-793-5888

June 14, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of public relations, Rosewood Services, 620-639-0407, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Rosewood Coordinates Purchase of Tricycle for Teen with Disabilities]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/detello-trike-donation6-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/detello-trike-donation6-19#When:21:28:00Z Rosewood Services coordinated the purchase of a specialized tricycle for a Pawnee Rock teenager with special needs. Italia De Tello, 17, received her new trike in mid-May, two years after her previous tricycle was mangled in a tornado that swept through Pawnee Rock. The purchase of the trike was made possible by contributions of three entities: Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation, Southwest Developmental Services Inc., and Salina AMBUCS Breakfast Bandits.

“The De Tellos are such a giving family; they’ve done a wonderful job of always trying to make the world a better place,” said Vicki Schmitt, senior director of Rosewood Services. “They are very deserving of this donation.”

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The project began several months earlier with a request from Anita De Tello, mother of Italia, to Schmitt. Other needs had already been addressed for Italia in previous person center planning meetings, but Italia still needed the specialized tricycle that provides balance and coordination when she rides. The new mint-green trike with white wall wheels was finally purchased from Golden Belt Bicycle Shop in Great Bend and delivered to her.

“The bike is a miraculous blessing for us,” said Ted De Tello, who operates Praise Ranch in Pawnee Rock, along with his wife Anita.

The Ranch is a faith-based ministry, which provides emergency placement and serves as a first responder of children in need. The Praise Ranch facility suffered significant damage during the tornado, and the gymnasium took a direct hit from the storm. That’s where the children’s bicycles were parked, leaving them in a mangled heap.

“All their bikes were just one big ball from the tornado” explained Anita. “It made a sculpture of bikes.”

Operating a faith-based charity and with expensive repairs still needed for their tornado-damaged building, the couple has worked diligently to replace all of the bicycles for their children. After nearly two years, only the trike for Italia was missing because of its expense. Now, having bikes for all six of their girls is a significant event, said Ted.

“The bikes are important because they give our family an outside experience together,” he said, adding that they ride bikes twice daily, weather permitting. “This is our circle of trust with Italia; we do everything together as a family. We include her in everything because she is a key ingredient of our family. Now, she has her bike to join in once again.”

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What was Italia’s reaction when she saw her tricycle for the first time?

“She was thrilled, about like if you came out and had a Maserati sitting in your garage, or a Countach or a Porche 911,” explained Ted. “That’s how big her joy was.”

Added Anita, “Her sisters wanted to get on it and try it, but that wasn’t happening. That’s her bike!”

Anita has witnessed an additional benefit to Italia receiving her new tricycle. Living with autism, it can be difficult for Italia to express her feelings. The oldest of her siblings, the trike has now allowed Italia to outwardly express her independence, eight months after her younger sister, Isabella, began driving.

“I noticed Italia getting a bit more frustrated, a little more vocal than normal and I think it was because she saw her younger sister driving and doing these things that she’s not able to do,” explained Anita. “The bike has given her that independence. Being able to ride outside, she calls it her car. She hops on her car and now she is able to drive, too. She feels like her sister, actually able to drive something and in control of something. I think there is something to be said for special needs people and bikes.

“It’s amazing that three organizations pooled together to make this happen for her, said Anita. “We are so thankful for their donation to Italia and to our family.”

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Find more about Rosewood Services online, http://rosewoodservices.com


For more information, contact Sue Cooper, Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation Director, suec@rosewoodservices.com, 620-796-2242.

June 6, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of public relations, Rosewood Services, 620-639-0407, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Rosewood Saturdays T-Shirt Fundraiser Runs Through June for Golden Belt Humane Society]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/humane-society-fundraiser6-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/humane-society-fundraiser6-19#When:14:20:00Z Buy a pet-lover t-shirt; help rescue an animal. Golden Belt Humane Society is offering this doggone great opportunity through its “Adopt A Pet” fundraising campaign that runs through June 30.

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The t-shirts are created by Rosewood Saturdays T-Shirts, a t-shirt line offered through Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation as an initiative designed to support charitable causes and to create opportunities for people with disabilities. Up to 40 percent of each sale made through the Humane Society’s campaign will be donated to the local animal shelter.

“We’ve done t-shirt fundraisers before, but we have never really pushed for online sales in this capacity through Facebook. We are very interested to see how this develops and to see how much of an impact social media plays for this kind of fundraiser,” said Heather Acheson, director of Golden Belt Humane Society.

{image_2} People have the option to purchase t-shirts for the fundraiser by going to Rosewood Bargain Barn, 1215 Main Street, Great Bend. They can also order online at rwsaturdaystshirts.com. People can also link up to the campaign on Facebook through Golden Belt Humane Society facebook.com/gbhumanesociety, or through Rosewood Bargain Barn, facebook.com/rwbargainbarn.

The Golden Belt Humane Society is an organization dedicated to animal welfare that provides temporary housing and medical care to unwanted and stray animals. The organization’s mission includes the placement of animals by adoption or by networking with rescues.

The fundraising campaign began last Friday and included a promotion last Saturday at Rosewood Bargain Barn. Shirts were also sold last Saturday during June Jaunt at Kilby Square in downtown Great Bend. In conjunction to the event, the shirts were promoted during the June Jaunt Fashion Show, which took place at the band shell in Kilby Square. Now, the fundraiser carries forward at the Bargain Barn and online.

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Find more about Rosewood Services online, http://rosewoodservices.com


For more information, contact Sue Cooper, Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation Director, suec@rosewoodservices.com, 620-796-2242.

June 5, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of public relations, Rosewood Services, 620-639-0407, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Cooper Named Roots & Wings Foundation Director for Rosewood Services]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-foundation-cooper12-18 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-foundation-cooper12-18#When:12:02:00Z {image_1}

Sue Cooper is spreading her wings by taking over a program that is based on helping people with developmental disabilities to spread their wings. She started her new role as director of Roots & Wings Foundation for Rosewood Services on Dec. 17, after serving for more than six years as program officer for Golden Belt Community Foundation.

{image_2}“Rosewood Services is progressive and innovative in how it serves people with disabilities and the community,” said Cooper. “Roots & Wings is an open book for me. It allows me to put the leadership skills I’ve developed into action and facilitate goals to see what will develop from them. In a sense, it is me spreading my wings for this amazing cause.”

Roots & Wings Foundation was founded in 1998 to help advance the physical and mental needs of individuals with disabilities. It funds educational, instructional, therapeutic and recreational opportunities by providing wheelchairs, technical and assistive equipment, dental and medical care and legal assistance. It also strives to enrich the life experiences of disabled individuals by funding trips to museums, concerts and other activities.

“Sue is the perfect person to lead Roots & Wings because of her experience with community leadership, foundations and fundraising,” said Rosewood Services founder and executive director Tammy Hammond. “We are excited to have her on board and we look forward to her leading our foundation in its role of advancing possibilities for people with disabilities, as well as advancing opportunities within our community.”

Beyond her experience with Golden Belt Community Foundation, Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational & Leadership Management from Friends University.  She brings a wealth of knowledge with more than 12 years of experience working with both federal and local grants. Over the past several years, she has served on committees and boards for the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, 100 People Who Care Barton County, and Prince and Peace Parish in Great Bend.

“It’s always hard to move on to a new adventure,” exclaimed Cooper. “I have a heavy heart because (Golden Belt Community Foundation) was my home and I took my role there very seriously. But I’ll still be working with the same community stakeholders, just in a different position. Part of my new role is to be out of the office more than it is to be in the office, telling the Rosewood story. I’m looking forward to getting started.”  

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Find more about Rosewood Services online, http://rosewoodservices.com


For more information, contact Anna Hammond, Rosewood Services, 620-793-5888

Dec. 26, 2018
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Story by: Michael Dawes, 785-577-8348, michaeld@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Great Bend Cookie Contest Proceeds Net $800 for County Food Bank]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/gb-holiday-cookie-contest12-18 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/gb-holiday-cookie-contest12-18#When:04:13:00Z ​{image_1}

Pleasant weather and the delectable taste of sweet treats brought large numbers of judging participants to this year’s annual holiday cookie contest in downtown Great Bend that raises money to help people in need. On Nov. 24, during Small Business Saturday, 150 people participated in the 10th Annual Great Bend Cookie Contest. Proceeds from the contest, totaling $800, were recently donated to the Food Bank of Barton County. In addition to monetary donations, some canned food items were also donated to the Food Bank where volunteers were busily restocking shelves to meet the needs of the community during the holiday season.

“The people and businesses of Barton County have always been generous, and this year has proven to be no different,” said Dan Haselhorst, vice president of the Food Bank Board. “The Barton County Food Bank is able to provide a much-needed service to families and individuals who are going through rough times in their lives. Because of donations such as this, we are able to offer a wider variety of food and supplies throughout the year. The Food Bank Board would like to express a special thank you to all the people who have made this donation possible. Your generosity is very much appreciated.”

Nineteen stores participated in this year’s Great Bend Cookie Contest.  They were Rosewood Furniture Gallery (Cookie Headquarters), A440 Musical Instruments, Beautiful Beginnings, Bling, Brown’s Shoe Store, Buckle, Defy Expectations, Dilly & Doc, Forever Young, Great Bend Coffee, Kustom Floor Designs, Perks Coffee Shop, Office Products Inc., Rana Luna, Renue Salon & Spa, Rosewood Bargain Barn, Rosewood Wine Cellar, That Hipster Place, The Wright Place Flea Market.

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As part of the festivities, cookie contest businesses also donated prizes, which were given to cookie contest participants during a drawing that took place following the evening’s Home For The Holidays Parade.

Once contest votes were tallied, A440 Musical Instruments won “Best Great Bend Cookie,” with its White Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookie. It was the third consecutive year that the music store struck the right note with cookie contest voters.   

“Congratulations to A440 for repeating as this year’s cookie contest winner,” said Great Bend Cookie Contest organizer Anna Hammond. “Thank you to all the businesses for taking the time to bake and serve holiday cookies and also for donating a gift for the drawing. This event has become a fun community tradition that involves food, family, friends, shopping, and best of all, giving to a very worthy cause.”

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Find more about Rosewood Services online, http://rosewoodservices.com


For more information, contact Anna Hammond, annah@rosewoodservices.com, 620-793-5888.

December 12, 2018
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Story by: Michael Dawes, 785-577-8348, michaeld@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[‘Santas Around The World’ Exhibit Open Through December 23 in Great Bend]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/santas-exhibit-great-bend-12-18 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/santas-exhibit-great-bend-12-18#When:11:28:00Z Twenty-three life sized Santas, representing countries and regions from around the world, are basking in the ambience of a winter wonderland of lighted artificial fir trees and festive holiday décor. People can learn about and experience Santa traditions from across the globe by touring the exhibit, now open to the public at 1223 Main Street. The multi-cultural Santas are a collection that span five years of work and artistry by Great Bend artist Loretta Miller.

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The public can visit the international Santa display from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. People can schedule appointments outside of those hours by calling Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation Office at 620-796-2242. The Santa exhibit will be on display through Dec. 23.

There is a $2 charge per person to visit the exhibit; children 8 and younger are admitted free, when accompanied by an adult. Admission proceeds go to Volunteers In Action (RSVP), or to Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation.

Additionally, Santa Claus is present at the location to visit with children during regular hours that the “Santas” exhibit is open this season.

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Find out more about Rosewood Services online, http://rosewoodservices.com

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December 11, 2018

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Story by: Michael Dawes, 785-577-8348, michaeld@rosewoodservices.com

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