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September Newsletter #1
Clearwater Communications

The Communications Committee is made up of 5 members within our community who have come together to make communication better in our town. We have made it our mission to make sure that information is sent out to residents in a timely manner. If you have information that you would like to have shared please email us at news.clearwater@gmail.com. All Newsletters will be sent out around the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month.  Since the Communications Committee is now a part of the Chamber of Commerce you will no longer receive a Chamber Newsletter. This will take its place. You may still email Chamber questions to chamber@sktc.net

Chamber Coffee Social

It's that time again! The social will be held on Thursday September 12th, at 9:30 am, in the Clearwater Village Retirement Community at 440 N 4th St. We will have a special speaker, Taylor Hunt with Rocketlab will be there to explain the new website and answer any questions we may have. Join us and get an update on Chamber activities.

Christmas Comes to Clearwater

The Christmas Comes to Clearwater Committee has began its planning for the upcoming event on Dec. 7th. We are looking for volunteers to help with the planning stages, and on the night of the event. If you are interested in helping, please come to our next meeting that will be held at Tee Time Cafe on Sept. 10th, at 12:00 Noon. We look forward to seeing you there. Call Elaine Webb at 620-584-2255 for more information.

Windows 8/Facebook Workshop

Do you have a new computer that runs off Windows 8? If so you can come learn some of the basics on Windows 8 and some on Facebook. There is no cost for the class and it is open to the public. The class will take place on Thursday September 12th at 9:00 am. It will take place at the Clearwater Senior & Community Center and will be led by Austin Wood from SKT. Please call 620-584-2332 to reserve your spot. 

"Back to church Sunday"

Everyone is invited to "Back To Church Sunday" on Sunday, September 15 at The River. Service begins at 10:00 a.m. and will include a special men's chorus, live band, a message called "Welcome Back", and free picnic meal after church. We will be giving away a new tablet and gift cards to first-time guests or returning attenders.
 

Biscuits & Gravy

Don't feel like making everyone breakfast on a Saturday morning? Stop by the Clearwater Senior Community Center for all you can eat Biscuits & Gravy. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for kids. It will be on Saturday September 21st from 7am - 10am

2013 Ducky Dash

A fundraiser to help support the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce who’s mission is:  Improving quality of life through business growth and prosperity.  Clearwater is a growing and thriving community because the businesses and individuals work together to make Clearwater a better place to live, work, and play. The race will take place at the Fall Fest on Saturday September 28th, at 2:00 pm. It will be at the City Park, near the shelter houses, in the creek. First place duck will win a $250, last place duck will win $25 gift card, and a random duck will be drawn, and will win a $25 gift card. Ducks may be adopted at SKT, Home Bank, Emprise Bank, City Hall, & Clearwater Family Practice. Also the Chamber of Commerce will have a booth set up at Fall Fest, and will sell ducks as well. The cost is $5 a duck, or 6 ducks for $25. For more information visit the Chamber website at www.clearwaterkschamber.com, or email at chamber@sktc.net, or call 620-584-3366.

Dunk Police Chief Garcia

Here is your chance, Police Chief Gene Garcia & Office Lee Harp will be in full uniform and challenges you to dunk him! This event will take place at Fall Fest on Saturday September 28th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Clearwater City Park. 3 balls for $5.00. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a radar speed trailer and other equipment needed to help in the increased awareness of School Zone Safety, Education and Enforcement. Donations are appreciated as well. If you have any questions you can contact the Clearwater Police Department at 620-584-2317.

Library News
Preschool Story time

Preschool Story time will take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the coming months, September 10th and 24th, at 10:30 am. Come in and enjoy some stories, rhymes, and crafts during this fun-filled half hour. Story time is geared to ages 2-5; however, everyone is welcome.  Enjoy the free educational fun with your children. If you would like to be on an email list for preschool activities please call the library and give us your email address.

Talking Books Presentation

Dana Carter from the Kansas State Library will be at the Clearwater Senior Community Center Carry-In-Luncheon on Tuesday, September 10th, at noon for a brief introduction about the Talking Book program.  She will also go into more detail that afternoon about the program at the Clearwater Public Library at 1:30 pm. Talking Books provides materials in a specialized format to eligible Kansas residents who are unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical impairment or reading disability.

Library adds Early Literacy Station to its Children's Library

Clearwater Public Library announces the acquisition of the Early Literacy Station (ELS), a comprehensive, turnkey educational solution loaded with over 60 educational software titles for kids ages 2–8. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging, and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and technology access while making learning exciting and engaging.  
 
The Early Literacy Station's educational software covers seven curricular areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference. The system is designed to attract and educate toddlers through early elementary school ages. Many of the software programs contain disguised learning activities that expand the child’s experience through games and extension activities.  
 
The Early Literacy Station has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration by readers and pre-readers alike. Since it is a self-contained computer, the need for adult intervention and technical support is greatly minimized.

AWE’s Early Literacy Station is found in over 35% of the public libraries across the United States. Visit the library to share in the fun with your child. 

Note: "Friends of the Library" Meeting will be Wednesday September 18th at 2:00 pm at the Clearwater Public Library.

Light Up The Night

Clearwater Chamber of Commerce's 5th annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday September 21st, 2013. 
4:00 PM  Sign-in time
4:30 PM Tee-Off
2 Person Scramble
 $60.00 per player
Includes 18 holes of Golf—
9 holes of regular golf, 9 holes of glow ball,
1/2 Cart, 1 Glow Ball, and Dinner!
Additional Glow Balls can be purchased
There will be cash prizes, games, giveaways and raffles.
Sign your team up today as space is limited.

Kids For Christ

You are invited! This year we offer Kids For Christ in place of Kids on the Trail. This new and exciting opportunity for kids K-5th grade uses games, puppets, music and more to learn about Jesus and the Bible!
WHEN: 6:30 pm every Wednesday night (Remember no school, no KFC) There is a meal served at 6:00 pm, donations accepted but not required.
WHERE: First Baptist Church of Clearwater.

Winner of quilt raffle

Every year the Clearwater Senior Center raffles off a handmade quilt and the winner is drawn at the annual Catfish Fry. This years winner is Laura Papish. Congratulations Laura! Thank you to all who purchased a raffle ticket. Your donations go to help support the Center and its activities. 
Our contact information is:
news.clearwater@gmail.com. You may also contact anyone of our members with information. Pamela Riggs, Crystal Walters, Rachel Bell, Elaine Webb & Michelle Snell.