February Newsletter #2
Clearwater Communications

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A Note from the Chamber President

Save yourself some time and shop local.  The closing of 135th Street is inconvenient, and it is a good time to remember that there are many goods and services that we can get right here in Clearwater. By doing this we help ourselves and our friends and neighbors. A few of the goods and services I am referring to are: Groceries, Pharmacy, Dining, General Retail, Dry Cleaning, Gas, Tanning, Beauty/hair, Gifts, Flowers, Used Cars, Automotive Repair, Library, Health Care, Recreation and Fitness. My apologies to those I failed to mention, but I think you get the idea.
Joe Eash

Spaghetti Benefit Dinner

Karter Jay Gardenhire was born on August 16, 2011 with spina bifida. Karter has already overcome obstacles, and we know he will face many more as the years come. The Spaghetti Benefit Dinner will be Saturday, February 22nd, at 5:30 pm at the St. Joseph Hall in Conway Springs. All proceeds will go towards a Rabbit Walker for Karter. Karter is a courageous and spunky little boy! Please come out to meet him on February 22nd. We will be taking donations to help with food. If you would like to send a donation please contact Chelsea Gardenhire at 316-789-3895, or Jeannie Perkins through Facebook or 316-304-8935, or Michelle Hennes at 316-573-2033. We are also looking for people to bake desserts for the dinner. Thank you in advance for all your support. Hope to see you at the dinner. Click here for the invitation on Facebook.

Safe Driver Program

Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50-plus have never looked back since they got their first driver's license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. By taking a driver safety course you'll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. You'll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. In addition, you'll learn:
  • How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots.
  • How to maintain the proper following distance behind another car.
  • The safest ways to change lanes and make turns at busy intersections.
  • Proper use of safety belts, air bags, antilock brakes and new technology found in cars today.
  • Ways to monitor your own and others' driving skills and capabilities.
  • The effects of medications on driving.
  • The importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking and using a cellphone.
After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and a better understanding of how to avoid potential collisions and injuring yourself or others. This 2 day course will be offered at the Clearwater Senior & Community Center on Tuesday Feb 18th and Weds Feb 19th from 1pm-5pm. If you are interested please call 620-584-2332 to get registered.

New Business Ribbon Cutting

The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome another new business to the area. Please join us at noon on Monday, March 3rd, at 130 E Ross Ste 108, to a ribbon cutting for Full Code CDI; a medical coding company owned by a local resident. Feel free to join us as we welcome them to town.

New Business

On Friday, February 7th, the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce welcomed the newest business to town. Bleach and Bronze Tanning Salon is located at 505 E Ross in Clearwater. Services offered include UV Tanning Beds, and Sunless Spray Tanning. There is also hair stylists booths available for rent. If you are interested you can contact Ashley Hazelton at 316-641-2810.

Gun Auction & Raffle Benefit

Would you like to help a fellow Clearwater resident pay some medical bills? Mark Klausmeyer is a lifelong Clearwater resident. Mark has terminal cancer and needs help paying hospital bills. His friends and family are having a gun auction and raffle benefit on Saturday, March 1st. This will take place at the Gene Francis & Associates Auction House at 12410 W K42 Hwy (K42 & 119th) If you have any questions, please call Trevor at 316-210-6987.

Library Happenings

Scrabble Fun:
Tuesday, Feb 18th @ 10:30 am
Bring a friend and a Scrabble game if you have one and enjoy the laughter and fun with friends.
Sunflower eLibrary:
Thursday, Feb 20th @ 1:00 pm
Learn how to download eBooks to your device. Bring your Amazon ID for Kindles or a Barnes & Noble ID for Nooks.
Preschool Storytime:
Tuesday, Feb 25th @ 10:30 am
Questions call 620-584-6474 or visit the website by clicking

1st Annual "Kids Creations"

Join us on Monday, March 3rd, at 6:30 pm for a night of appreciation of the talents of Elementary West students.
View and bid on: Individual Student Works (Silent Auction) and Classroom Works (Live Auction).
"Kids Creations" is a school fundraiser designed to be profitable and sustainable while promoting the various talents of our students. Unlike sales based fundraising efforts where the school shares the revenue with an outside organization. Funds raised during the "Kids Creations" auction belong solely to the school. With no middleman taking a cut, you can be assured that your contribution is going directly to benefit the school and our kids.
Drinks and a light snack will be available. Donations will also be accepted without purchase of student works!

Chili & Pie Feed

Fifth Annual Chili Contest will be held Saturday, February 22nd at 5:30 pm at the Clearwater Evangelical Free Church. Prizes awarded for "Best Overall" & "Hottest Chili." Bring a pot of chili or soup and dessert to share. Drinks will be provided. Also, bring an extra pie to donate for our Third Annual Pie Auction to benefit Missions. Invite a friend. Everyone is welcome.
Clearwater Evangelical Free Church
450 N Fourth, Clearwater, KS

Crime Prevention

The Clearwater Police Department is now offering Crime Prevention Through
Environment Design (CPTED). What is CPTED? The CPTED theory is that the
physical environment around a business or a home can encourage or
discourage crime or unwelcome behavior. Basically, your property can become
defendable by the placement of certain ascetics, lighting, landscaping and
other features. These could involve anywhere from just small minor changes
to major adjustments. For more information contact the Clearwater Police Department at 620-584-2317.

Willis Family Basket Auction

Local residents have joined together to help out a local family. There will be a Basket Auction on Friday, February 21st from 4 pm until 8 pm. This will be located at the Clearwater High School. Baked goods, basket auction, face painting, raffle and more! Fundraiser to help the Willis Family with expenses for the sudden death of their wife and mother, Teresa Ussery Willis. All proceeds will be donated to the fund at Clearwater Home Bank set up for the Willis Family.If you can donate any items for the Raffle/Auction, please contact Riley Benson, Heather Cotton, Nelly Kirkwood.
Our contact information is: You may also contact anyone of our members with information. Pamela Riggs, Crystal Walters, Rachel Bell, Elaine Webb & Michelle Snell.
Don't forget you can always go to the Chambers website to check a calendar of events or by clicking here.