1619743452 <![CDATA[News Entries]]> http://local.rosewoodservices.com/ en michaeld@rosewoodservices.com Copyright 2021 2021-04-29T14:28:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Rosewood AKTION Club Completes Blanket Drive with Donations to Area Organizations]]> https://rosewoodservices.com/site/ac-delivers-blankets-nr4-21 https://rosewoodservices.com/site/ac-delivers-blankets-nr4-21#When:14:28:00Z Nearly 190 Blankets Collected

Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club asked and the community answered in a generous way for its annual blanket drive, conducted during the first quarter of 2021. The community drive ended at the end of March and members of Rosewood AKTION Club got to experience the satisfaction of distributing the blankets to three organizations, headquartered in Great Bend. In early April, club representatives delivered 187 blankets to Barton County Health Department, Family Crisis Center, and Live Like Jesus Today Ministries.

“We are ecstatic about the amazing support we received from our community blanket drive this year,” said Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster. “Because of the COVID pandemic, we had to skip this event last year, so our members were eager to get back at it. The community was so helpful, that we were able to donate to three agencies this year. Not only did people donate blankets, they gave monetarily, which helped us purchase more blankets, plus we had individuals and organizations make blankets for our cause. We can’t thank everyone enough for their contributions.”

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The blankets were a welcomed donation to Family Crisis Center, 1924 Broadway Ave., as blankets are given to every child within the organization that serves a 10-county area. Donations have been slow during the past year because of the pandemic, said Executive Director Joanne Wondra. She said the Rosewood AKTION Club’s donated blankets will be divided equally between the Domestic and Sexual Violence Program, and the Child Advocacy Program.

“These are blankets that we so desperately need right now, so we are so appreciative of each person who participated.” explained Wondra. “Donations have been slow this year, so we’ve been taking money out of our budgets to get blankets. For children, blankets are comfort. It could be 110 degrees outside and they might be curled up, snuggling with their blanket in their bed or in the living room.”

The Barton County Health Department, 1300 Kansas Ave. STE B, follows Barton County mothers through their pregnancies and present parents with a blanket for their newborns. Because of their demand for blankets as gifts, those are always needed by the department, said Barton County Public Health Nurse Debra Higgins.

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“This is definitely a community partnership,” said Higgins. “These blankets are so very important to us, and also to our new moms. We are so grateful for this act of kindness that your organization and the community has shown us. When we give the homemade blankets, we tell moms that the blankets are made with love.”

Live Like Jesus Today Ministries, 5619 8th Street and 700 S. Patton Rd., opened only weeks before the COVID pandemic struck, but despite the challenges, has continued operating locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The ministry has taken mission teams to Trinidad and Tobago, and to Haiti and Jamaica, among other places. But its teams also stay regional, helping the homeless monthly in Wichita, and they help families locally within a 100-mile radius, explained Buzz Birney, executive director of Live Like Jesus Today Ministries.     

“People who have nothing come to us and we try to help them with everything, so the blankets are given in those times,” said Birney. “Single moms with three or four children and they have no beds, blankets or anything; we just help them every way we can. We want people to know that they are cared for and loved by Jesus and that they are precious and special.

To keep doing this work, it means so much to us to have the support like we’ve received by the AKTION Club. We’re a ministry that relies on partnerships to keep this going. We’re so thankful for this donation.”

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Rosewood AKTION Club is an affiliate of the national Kiwanis organization that promotes service in action for people with developmental disabilities. The area club allows Rosewood members to be actively involved in the community and to positively impact the lives of others.

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

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

April 29, 2021
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Rosewood Earth Day Celebration Scheduled April 17th]]> https://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-earth-day-celebration4-21 https://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-earth-day-celebration4-21#When:16:15:00Z {image_1}

Get ready to reduce, reuse, recycle, and celebrate like it’s Earth Day. Rosewood ECycle is hosting “Earth Day Celebration” on April 17 at its electronics recycling center, located at 2200 Main Street in Great Bend. Rosewood’s inaugural event, which is free to the public, happens a few days before the official 51st anniversary of Earth Day.  

Rosewood Earth Day Celebration is geared toward children, but all family members are welcome to participate. For the first 350 children who attend, they will receive a sports pack of items, including a coloring page and colors, along with a coupon from Great Bend Dairy Queen for a free kid’s cone. The come-and-go event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Besides having a great time at our event, we hope people leave Earth Day Celebration with the intention that instead of putting their throw-away electronics in the trash, they will bring them to us,” explained Rosewood ECycle Manager Duane Dipman. “By doing so collectively, not only do they drastically reduce what we are putting in area landfills, but they are helping us in building problem-solving opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.”

Dipman said the Rosewood team recycles about 3,000 pounds of goods a month. The operation has expanded over the last few years, working with local government entities and schools, and even traveling as far as Pratt Community College to pick up electronics for recycling. Part of that growth, too, has been the increase in knowledge and production by the workers in learning the task of e-cycling the varied electronics they receive.

“We’re here to teach and guide them when they have an issue taking apart the items,” Dipman said. “Their goal is to figure the work out on their own, as much as possible. Every day we focus on that, and we are seeing their problem-solving abilities increase dramatically using that model. What we see over time, they rely on us less and less.”

Some of Rosewood ECycle workers will be on site during Earth Day Celebration demonstrating how they safely take apart electronics such as wires and cords, computers, flat screen monitors and televisions, and printers. There will be e-cycle learning exhibits and fun Earth Day activities for participants. The tour will end with children having the opportunity to plant their own tomato seedling, which they can take with them to grow at home.

{image_2} Dipman added that even if people cannot attend Earth Day Celebration, they can participate in making Great Bend green by donating their e-cycle items anytime. There is a Rosewood ECycle bin for 24-hour drop-offs on the northwest corner of the building. People wanting help with their items can simply ring the bell Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the Rosewood ECycle team will unload the items for them.

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

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Access Rosewood Earth Day Celebration flier, https://rosewoodservices.com/assets/files/Earth-Day-Celebration-Flier2-24-21.pdf

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For more information, contact Duane Dipman, Rosewood ECycle Manager, duaned@rosewoodservices.com, 620-603-8348

April 6, 2021
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Rosewood AKTION Club Plans Easter Basket Workshop on March 27]]> https://rosewoodservices.com/site/ac-easter-basket-workshop3-21 https://rosewoodservices.com/site/ac-easter-basket-workshop3-21#When:22:57:00Z {image_1}

Children can experience a hippity-hopping-fun time on March 27 when Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club hosts its 5th Annual “Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rosewood Activity Center, 1607 Main Street, Great Bend, adjacent to Rosewood Gallery.

During the workshop, children can create their own Easter baskets, decorate Easter eggs, and participate in other fun activities, like coloring Easter pages. The Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance, and children can take photos with him. This year, they have the option of receiving a printed photo of them with the Easter Bunny.

There is a donation request of $5 per basket for participants, which helps cover the cost of materials for the workshop. Any other proceeds raised from the workshop go toward Rosewood AKTION Club efforts in organizing future community projects.

“This is such a fun annual event that has brought a lot of joy to children through the years,” said Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get to host this event last year, so our members are eager to bring it back better than ever. We feel giving participants a photograph of them with the Easter Bunny will be an extra special touch.”

Rosewood AKTION Club is an affiliate of the national Kiwanis organization that promotes service in action for people with developmental disabilities. The area club allows Rosewood clients to be actively involved in the community and to positively impact the lives of others.

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

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Access Rosewood AKTION Club Easter Basket Workshop Flier, https://rosewoodservices.com/assets/files/AKC_Easter_2021.pdf

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

March 3, 2021
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Last Month To Donate to Rosewood AKTION Club Blanket Drive]]> https://rosewoodservices.com/site/ac-blanket-drive-last-month3-1-21 https://rosewoodservices.com/site/ac-blanket-drive-last-month3-1-21#When:18:14:00Z Donations Benefit Community Children

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With the turning of the calendar, the Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club enters its final month of conducting a blanket drive that goes to helping area children in need. The drive began in mid-January and will conclude at the end of March.

Until that time, Rosewood Miracle Workers are busily accepting new blankets, quilts, and homemade blankets. They are also accepting monetary donations, which are being used to purchase additional blankets.

All donated blankets and monetary donations can be delivered during regular business hours to one of two locations in downtown Great Bend: Rosewood Furniture Gallery, 1607 Main; or Rosewood Bargain Barn, 1215 Main.

Once the drive is completed, Rosewood AKTION Club members will deliver donations to two area agencies: Family Crisis Center, and the Barton County Health Department.

“We’ve had a good turn-out so far with donations, but it’s important for us to finish on a strong note.” explained Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster. “From previous years of helping both of these local agencies, I know they will use every donated blanket we can provide to them. I also know that the community support we receive means a great deal to Rosewood AKTION Club members as well as to representatives at Family Crisis Center at the Barton County Health Department. Thank you to everyone who has donated to our cause, so far.”

Rosewood AKTION Club is an affiliate of the national Kiwanis organization that promotes service in action for people with developmental disabilities. The area club allows Rosewood members to be actively involved in the community and to positively impact the lives of others.

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

Follow us at facebook.com/RosewoodServices

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Access Rosewood AKTION Club Blanket Drive Flier at https://rosewoodservices.com/assets/files/AKTION-Blanket-Drive1-21.pdf


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

March 1, 2021
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[16 Rosewood Employees Awarded for Combined 155 Years of Service]]> https://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-service-awards1-21 https://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-service-awards1-21#When:18:54:00Z {image_1}

Sixteen Rosewood Services employees achieved milestone work anniversaries in 2020 and they were recognized at the end of the year. They represent a total of 155 years of service.

Rosewood Services case manager Vickie Booze achieved 20 years of service. Reaching 15 years of service were Kathy Delimont, Kenneth Kowalsky, and Mary Mull from Residential Department, along with Amanda Hammond, Rosewood’s Director of Services. Achieving 10-year awards were Lori Brainerd and James Underwood from Residential Department, along with Juan Bodine and Cynthia Levingston from Day Services. Five-year employees recognized were Residential employees Sharon Bautista, Caroline Muiruri, Brianne Saunders and Martesia Tyus, Day Service employees Lita Schultz and Brian Vsetecka, and Wine Cellar Manager Dana Turner.   

“I am thankful for these long-term employees; they are so important to the ongoing growth and quality of our agency,” said Rosewood Services Executive Director Tammy Hammond. “Each one of these valued employees represents a unique and daily connection to the people with developmental disabilities, we are privileged to serve. These employees have displayed ongoing professionalism and dedication, and have successfully met many challenges through the years, especially this past year in dealing with a pandemic. I’m honored that they continue to be an important part of our Rosewood team.”

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For more information, contact Michael Dawes, Rosewood director of public relations, michaeld@rosewoodservices.com, 620-792-2536

January 14, 2021
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Story by: Michael Dawes, Rosewood PR Director, 620-792-2536
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<![CDATA[Rosewood AKTION Club Seeking Blankets Through March 31]]> https://rosewoodservices.com/site/aktion-club-blanket-drive1-21 https://rosewoodservices.com/site/aktion-club-blanket-drive1-21#When:17:55:00Z Donations benefit community children 

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Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club is conducting a blanket drive as a way to help children in need. Now through March 31, Rosewood Miracle Workers are accepting new blankets, quilts, and homemade blankets. They are also accepting monetary donations, which will be used to purchase additional blankets.

Once the drive is completed, Rosewood AKTION Club members will deliver donations to two area agencies: Family Crisis Center, and the Barton County Health Department.

“Our AKTION Club members always look forward to our annual blanket drive; they take great pride in conducting it,” explained Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster. “That’s because they know how much the gift of warmth and comfort means to the children who receive blankets. They hear from representatives of both agencies about what the donations mean to the children and their families who receive them. And each year, there is such a great need for more blankets. We are so appreciative of anyone who can help us with our worthy cause.”

All donated blankets and monetary donations can be delivered during regular business hours to one of two locations in downtown Great Bend: Rosewood Furniture Gallery, 1607 Main; or Rosewood Bargain Barn, 1215 Main.

Rosewood AKTION Club is an affiliate of the national Kiwanis organization that promotes service in action for people with developmental disabilities. The area club allows Rosewood members to be actively involved in the community and to positively impact the lives of others.

Find more about Rosewood Services online, http://rosewoodservices.com
Follow us at facebook.com/RosewoodServices

Access Rosewood AKTION Club Blanket Drive Flier at https://rosewoodservices.com/assets/files/AKTION-Blanket-Drive1-21.pdf

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

January 11, 2021
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[A Christmas Message]]> https://rosewoodservices.com/site/tammy-christmas-message12-23-20 https://rosewoodservices.com/site/tammy-christmas-message12-23-20#When:17:22:00Z from Rosewood Services Executive Director Tammy Hammond - December 23, 2020


Merry Christmas!

{image_1}Yes,  unbelievably its Christmas…already…this year has been uncertain to say the least, and when you factor in the newly demanded awareness we need to live with everyday,  I would suggest it has also been the most exhausting year most of us have ever spent…then here comes Christmas with its expected hustle and bustle to add to a tired family, or maybe a worn out business, or whatever each personal situation may be.  

The stress of 2020 presents the possibility of stealing the joy we once hoped for, and expected from, the Christmas holiday we have been accustomed to for years…suddenly it is families not gathering, meals not shared together, laughter and cheers not enjoyed…

Because of all of this,  I want to share something that recently touched my heart,  and maybe brought a bit of perspective to the moment for me.  I encourage you to spend a few minutes to watch the video I will attach at the end.

In this video,  you will see a 10 year old boy stand on stage and sing.  His youthful talent is possibly even more incredible due to his autism and blindness,  but it is the message of hope he holds out in his song that I found so touching… The wisdom to recognize hope despite circumstances or situation.

As I listened to him ask “Open the eyes of my heart Lord,” it reminded me that eyesight can be so deceiving, that circumstances are not always as we see them to be… The sight that is truly important is the eyesight of our hearts…we instinctively feel in our hearts what is right,  what is good…it is with the eyes of our heart that we recognize the blessings we are surrounded with…when we focus on those rather than the turmoil surrounding us,  we can find and feel the calmness that seems so elusive right now.

I hope you will take a moment to watch this young man,  I hope it brings the same feeling of calmness and peace to your heart that it does to mine….as I realize the real answer to 2020 is timeless…the hope for the future is not political,  or scientific,  but is truly about the message of Hope that Christmas Celebrates...and the Joy we can chose to feel as we share this season with one another…

Merry Christmas

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<![CDATA[Trolley Donation A Longtime Dream of Benefactor to Community]]> https://rosewoodservices.com/site/dolly-trolley-donation-nr12-22-20 https://rosewoodservices.com/site/dolly-trolley-donation-nr12-22-20#When:20:05:00Z Hello, Dolly!

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Chances are that you have seen the “Dolly Trolley Company” vehicle motoring around Great Bend this holiday season. The trolley is a gift donated to Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation by benefactor Sheryl Cheely, in an effort to bring a new experience to the community.

Since last week, hourlong holiday lights tours have been offered during the evening, scheduled through RePerks Coffee Shop at 1216 Main Street in downtown Great Bend. Those tours will continue through the end of the year, with the exception of Sundays and holidays.

For Cheely, bringing a community trolley to Great Bend is a 15-year dream come true. She saw that the city of McPherson used its trolley to the point of now needing a replacement. She wanted the same community experience available to Great Bend.

"A trolley is different and fun for the community," explained Cheely. "It's fun to ride for the local people, as well as visitors to our area. McPherson has definitely used their trolley, and I know we will do the same. I see a lot of uses for it. There could be big uses for economic development, leadership groups, businesses, and events happening in the area. The trolley is an excellent way to have them see our city and show them what we have. It provides a better experience than simply putting them in a car and taking them around.”

Cheely was in search of a trolley for several years before she was alerted about one for sale at a small resort in the northern part of the United States. She made the purchase and the trolley was driven to Great Bend by resort staff.  It arrived in mid-August needing repairs. Not to worry, however. Restoring the vehicle into Dolly Trolley became the responsibility of Rosewood Services’ automotive expert Gerald Hickman. He had it road ready in time for its holiday debut.

"The day that it arrived at the Rosewood Maintenance Building, I came by and looked at it," Cheely remembered. "I didn't introduce myself and I should have. I just walked around it a couple of times, probably with a really silly grin on my face. ...  I actually met Gerald the other night when we took the first trolley ride and I thanked him for the opportunity. It was an exciting moment for me."

Cheely and several members of the ‘Santas Around The World’ committee took the trolley's first ride in the evening on Nov. 28. Cheely was originally scheduled to ride the trolley that evening as Grand Marshal during the ‘Home For The Holidays Parade,’ but the parade was canceled. Even without the excitement of a parade, her first trolley ride was a cherished experience.

"I'm feeling very, very happy right now," said Cheely as the trolley drove through downtown Great Bend with the city's illuminated store windows glowing in Christmas cheer. "I’m ecstatic; I feel just like a little kid at Christmastime."

That moment served as an emotional and personal experience for Cheely. Even the name, Dolly Trolley Company, bears the name of her mother, Dolly Aumiller. The trolley name also is fitting because Dolly is the nickname of Sheza Lady Principle, one of Rosewood Ranch's beloved therapy horses, who passed away more than a year ago.

"My mother was called Dolly her whole life from the time she was born," said Cheely. "She meant a lot to me and she would have loved something like this. It turns out that (Rosewood Services Executive Director) Tammy Hammond had one of her favorite horses that she nicknamed Dolly, so it became the Dolly Trolley."

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Dolly Trolley rides quickly filled up for the holiday season when they were announced last week. People can still check availability for trolley rides daily on the RePerks Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/perkscoffeegb, in case of cancellations. Planning for Dolly Trolley rides in 2021 is in progress and opportunities will be announced to the public when they are finalized. Cheely said she is overjoyed about the community's response with the roll-out of the new trolley.

"It’s an exciting time in Great Bend,” said Cheely. “I have to thank Tammy (Hammond) to start with for accepting the trolley and working with me to get it ready. I think that the Roots & Wings Foundation will be a great place for it. Gerald has been absolutely wonderful doing the work on it. Everything about the trolley works great and it looks amazing."

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For more information, contact Michael Dawes, Rosewood Services Director of Public Relations, michaeld@rosewoodservices.com, 620-792-2536.

December 22, 2020
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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[Window Decorating Contest Transforms Downtown Great Bend into Holiday Showcase]]> https://rosewoodservices.com/site/window-decorating-post-nr12-20 https://rosewoodservices.com/site/window-decorating-post-nr12-20#When:17:25:00Z {image_1}

Drive through downtown Great Bend at night during this holiday season and you will marvel at the festively creative storefronts that light the way. While Christmas window decorating is a normal occurrence each holiday, this year’s window decorations are extraordinary due to the inaugural Christmas Window Decorating Contest, which included an incentive of $3,000 in prize money that was provided by an anonymous donor.

The results of the incentive-laden donation are unmistakable as 42 decorated windows were included in the inaugural “Best Christmas Window” contest. Winners were announced on Dec. 2.  Cornerstone Interiors Team took the Grand Champion award and were provided $1,500 for having the winning window at 1405 Main, which was titled “Candy Land.” Yours Truly Gift & Flower Shoppe, 2017 Lakin, was named Reserve Grand Champion and was awarded $1,000 for its theme of “Elf’n Around the Christmas Tree.” Third place and $500 went to Loretta Miller at 2021 Forest for her theme of “Believe in the Magic.”

“I took my niece and nephew and my great niece downtown the night before Thanksgiving and I had to pull over a couple of times because I was impeding traffic,” said the window contest donor. “Just wow and super impressive. There were more decorated windows than I thought there would be. I find all of them joyful. I'm just glad that I didn't have to choose the winners.”

The difficult task of choosing winners went to a team of professional artists and interior designers. Judges for this year were Criss Palacioz, retired interior designer from Hutchinson; Teresa Hartman, crafter and decorator from Salina; and the team of Shafer Art Gallery directors from Barton Community College, Dave Barnes and Scott Beahm. They utilized a judge’s score card based on four criteria, which were General Presentation, Workmanship, Lights, and Originality.

The event was organized by the Rosewood Roots & Wings Santa Committee that also is associated with ‘Santas Around The World,’ the multicultural holiday exhibit, which is currently open for the season in downtown Great Bend. Boundaries for the window-decorating contest covered 10th to 18th Streets, and from Williams to Kansas Streets in Great Bend. There were no fees to enter, but participants were responsible for the cost of decorations. Applicants who did not have a store window to decorate were assigned a vacant window in downtown based on availability. Participants submitted their applications by Nov. 9 and judging for the window decorations took place from Nov. 21 – 25.

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The window that the Cornerstone Interiors Team decorated was the one that business owner Debbie Deutsch decorated each Christmas for 25 years before moving her business to a rural location in Barton County a few years ago. Coming up with a new design was an easy task, but getting the window done in a period of two weeks was the hard part. She needed the work of her team to help pull it together.

“It's not difficult to come up with ideas because my brain never shuts off,”  explained Deutsch. “I knew instantly what theme I wanted to do, I just had to find all of the elements. I used (granddaughter) Harper's play house, although it turned into a different color for the display. My other inspiration was my grandchild, Raymond. When I go to Kansas City, I play Candyland with him all the time.”

For the “Yours Truly Elves,” they started meeting and planning their Christmas window in late August, as soon as they learned about the contest. It turned into a group effort, led by store employees Katie Stansfield and Kaitlyn Robl, but also involved the complete Yours Truly team, including owner Amy Habiger.

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“Our theme fell together slowly and in pieces,” explained Stansfield. “We incorporated what we do in the business into our window design: Gift wrapping, flowers, and wreaths. We also included our signage.”

 “We spent a lot of time on our windows,” added Robl. “We were very nervous about the contest and were hoping we would win. We are proud of the way our  display turned out, but we knew there are a lot of really good windows out there.”

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The Gallery Boutique hasn’t been open for several years, but former owner Loretta Miller still holds art classes at the location. As such, she had a lot of holiday decorations readily available to achieve her goal. Once she got started, the finished product didn’t take long, she said.

“It took about three days to complete the windows,” explained Miller. “I knew I wanted to use my vintage Mr and Mrs Claus because they are so fun. I didn't want to move my French doors so I had to incorporate them into my design. Everyone did such a great job putting this contest on. I appreciate the money. I’m going to spend it on more lights for next year.”

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Regarding next year, the donor has already committed to the second annual Christmas Window Decorating Contest. After such a stellar showing this year, however, the question becomes: What will window decorators do for an encore?

Those interested in seeing this year’s contest windows can view photos at santasaroundtheworld.com/window-contests-displays, or access the images at facebook.com/SantasAroundTheWorld.

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

December 16, 2020
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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[Near Perfect Frequency ~ A440 Wins Cookie Contest Again]]> https://rosewoodservices.com/site/a440-wins-cookie-contest12-20 https://rosewoodservices.com/site/a440-wins-cookie-contest12-20#When:20:36:00Z Record Amount Raised for Food Bank

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For expert musical instrument advice, you would do well to check with A440 in downtown Great Bend. You also would do well to check with A440 for expert cookie recipe advice.

For the fourth time in five years, A440 Musical Instruments has taken the crown as the Great Bend Cookie Contest champion. The 12th Annual Great Bend Cookie Contest was held Nov. 28, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. Twenty-one Great Bend businesses participated in the event, which saw a record turn out of 250 cookie judges, who were also potential customers visiting Great Bend stores.

A440’s first win happened in 2016 when it tied with Renue Salon for the cookie crown. Then it rattled off two more consecutive victories in 2017 and 2018, before being unseated by Sweet Dreams Candy Shop last year. This year, A440 finished with 16 votes more than Sweet Dreams and Forever Young Kids Resale, which both tied for second place.

A440 won this year’s contest by serving a double chocolate crinkle cookie with salted caramel. Many know that A440 co-owner Kim Heath bakes excellent cookies, but A440 manager Lyle Jones said that is only part of the reason for the store’s winning success.

“Mrs. Heath makes amazing cookies, but the secret is that (the Heath’s) youngest son picks out the cookies for each competition,” divulged Jones. “Kids pick out better cookie recipes than adults do. He's been picking them out ever since we started entering the contest. If you look around, you see a lot of sophisticated cookies, chosen by adults. Go for something simple. Our cookie this year might not sound simple, but it is really a simple cookie to bake, but also so delicious.”

{image_1}The cookie contest has become a post-Thanksgiving tradition for families and friends, and it has helped to draw extra traffic into Great Bend stores during Small Business Saturday. For the third straight year, the event sold out, even after increasing the number of cookie bracelets and boxes to 250, which is 80 more than the previous year. A donation of $5 was suggested for all participating judges, with all of the collected proceeds going to the Community Food Bank of Barton County to help feed those in need during the holiday season and beyond. The record number of participants also meant a record amount of $1,330 was donated to the Food Bank. That surpassed last year’s record by $465.

As a precautionary measure for safety, this year’s cookies were required to be wrapped in separate cookie sleeves, and/or served individually with tongs by a store representative. Jones said he preferred the method of placing the cookies in sleeves and setting them aside for contest participants because it was easy to keep track of how many cookie judges came through. He reported that all 250 cookies were given out at his store. Among those numbers were potential new customers to A440.

“We generally get a couple of customers a week who say they had no idea we have a music store in Great Bend,” said Jones. “On cookie contest day, we can count on five or six people who didn't know about our store, but now do. We do have people throughout the year who mention the cookie contest, so the event definitely gets the word about us across to people.”

Businesses participating in this year’s Great Bend Cookie Contest were Rosewood Furniture Gallery (Cookie Headquarters), 10th Avenue Boutique, A440 Musical Instruments, Bling, Buckle, Dilly & Doc Creative Studio, Doan’s Outdoor Store, Forever Young (Kids Resale), Great Bend Coffee, Heart of Kansas/Ms. Pretty Pickles, Kustom Floor Designs, Poppy Petals Boutique, Perfectly Paisley Boutique, Rana Luna Boutique, Renue Salon and Spa, RePerks Coffee Shop, Rosewood Bargain Barn, Rosewood Wine Cellar, Sweet Dreams Candy Shop, That Hipster Place/BBE Signs, and The Wright Place Downtown Flea Market.

As part of the festivities, cookie contest businesses also donated prizes, which were awarded to cookie contest participants, following the contest. Those were drawn and announced via Facebook Live this year. 

“In a year of challenges, I’m amazed at the continued enthusiasm and support for this community event that benefits small businesses and our local food bank,” said Great Bend Cookie Contest organizer and Rosewood Business Development Director Anna Hammond. “The popularity of this event continues to grow by leaps and bounds and we are committed to improving upon it each year. Thank you to participating businesses and to cookie judge participants for your impressive contributions made to our community food bank.”

-RW-

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