May Newsletter #2
Clearwater Communications

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This year the Clearwater City-Wide Garage Sales will be on Saturday, June 7th. For more information or to list your garage sale, please contact Jill McMillan at 620-545-5678.

150th Chisholm Trail Celebration

Meetings are being organized to create a statewide plan for the 150th celebration of the Chisholm Trail in 2017. The celebration will be from April through October, 2017.  Large celebrations, a cattle drive, logo’s, patches for Boy Scouts, marketing through lottery tickets, postage stamps, motor coach tours, and a bicycle tour are all items to be discussed.
Clearwater is strategically located to be an important participant in the Trails 150 year 2017 celebration.   If you have an interest in becoming involved in attending planning sessions in Kansas, please contact Lonnie Stieben at 620.584.8380.

A bit of Info about past celebrations:  During the centennial celebration of the Chisholm Trail in 1967, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas each signed a proclamation honoring the 100th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.  Santa Fe Railroad donated a train car, and the Kansas State Historical Society put together an exhibit about the Chisholm Trail.  All three states put together a booklet telling the story of the trail paid for with advertising.  Commemorative coins, pistols, and rifles were produced and sold.  Tex Ritter came to Abilene to perform for the celebration.
1997 was the 130th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.  The planning for these events began in 1994.  A brochure was developed about the communities along the Chisholm Trail.  A Chisholm Trail flag was designed, and produced and the communities involved ordered flags and flew them.  A barbecue was held in Caldwell.  Kansas Magazine printed an article on the Wild West.  Commemorative t-shirts and buttons were also sold.

Summer Farmer's Market Kick-off

The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event to "kick-off" the Summer Farmer's Market, to be held in conjunction with the Clearwater City wide Garage Sales, which will be on June 7th. The Farmers Market will be held Saturday morning, June 7th, from 7:00 am until noon in the parking lot at the City Park. The "kick-off" event will not only include typical farmer's market items, bbut your garage sale, people from the Clearwater Virtual garage sale, or flea market items can also be displayed, making it "all-encompassing." Please note that you will need to provide your own booth, display tables, portable awnings, or trailers. This is a free event, so there will be no charge to display your wares. Please note that the pavilion, gazebo, and picnic tables are not available for use at this event - it is limited to the parking lot only. Also note that the Farmers Market will move back to its regular downtown location on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month for the rest of the summer.
As an added bonus we are hoping to have some food booths open, selling cinnamon rolls, or other baked goods, along with breakfast burritos, so come hungry!
Please feel free to share the details of this event with anyone who might be interested in attending and selling items, or reserving a parking space. All inquiries should be directed to Gene Garcia (Gene Clearwater on Facebook) via personal message, or by calling him at City Hall, 620-584-2317.

Changes to lunch program

The Clearwater Senior Community Center currently offers a daily lunch program from the Red Cross to all Seniors in town who are 60 or older, and is also offered to those who are homebound. Clearwater Nursing & Rehabilitation will be providing these meals beginning on Monday, June 2nd. At that time, those aged 55 and older will be able to enjoy these home-style meals. The suggested donation of $2 will remain the same. If you are interested in joining this program, please call 620-584-2332.

Youth Entrepreneurs' Competition

On April 30, Youth Entrepreneurs’ held their annual Business Plan Competition in Wichita. Clearwater's Entrepreneurship teacher, Cheryl Meyer, attended the event with three of her students. Jacob Hobbie, classroom winner of $100, placed 3rd in our region and received $500 for his hard work. Jaden Mount received $100 for presenting his business plan at the event. Clearwater student, Nate Pogue, was awarded $50 for having the best overall showcase display. Well done!

Free Diet Seminar

Have you ever heard of a diet that not only promotes fat loss but at the same time enhances muscle tone? While some high protein diets, often high in saturated fats, can tax the liver and the kidneys, the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method provides just the right amount of the highest quality protein needed to protect and improve muscle mass and vital organs. Clearwater Family Practice is offering a free diet seminar to talk about the Ideal Protein Diet. It will take place on Monday, June 2nd. Please call 620-584-2055 for more information and to reserve a spot.

Scholarship Winner

The Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that exists for the purpose of creating a strong business environment in our community and helping our community grow and prosper.
Every year the Clearwater Chamber awards a scholarship to an outstanding student.  While the field of study is not specified, the application process is designed to be similar to applying for a job.  One of the greatest privileges of being on the Chamber board is meeting students from our community and interviewing them as part of the scholarship award process.  Congratulations to this year’s recipient, Janelle DePriest.

Summer Reading Program at the Library

Signups for the Clearwater Public Library Summer Reading Program begin on May 15th.  There is a children’s program (K-5th), a teen’s program (6th-12th), and an adult’s program.  Many sponsors have generously donated coupons or prizes for those who finish the Summer Reading Program.  In addition, there will also be Grand Prize Drawings for finishers on July 31st.  The last day to turn in Reading Logs to qualify for prizes is July 30th.  Watch for more information on program requirements and the sponsor list on the Clearwater Public Library Facebook page in the Program Album in the coming weeks.  Completed Reading Logs may be turned in for prizes beginning July 8. Finisher coupons are available while supplies last. For a complete list of prizes click here.

Robocalls are illegal

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, along with state and local law enforcement agencies, and consumer organizations across the country, are getting complaints from consumers about unsolicited robocalls. At the same time, individuals and businesses that have nothing to do with blasting the illegal robocalls are being blamed for these calls because their phone numbers are being misused by unscrupulous telemarketers.

Robocalls are prerecorded telephone calls. Robocalls pitching goods or services are illegal unless you’ve given express permission to call you. And, says the FTC, in addition to the phone calls being illegal, most likely, their pitch is a scam. In fact, the FTC is cracking down on illegal robocalls offering fraudulent credit card services, and so-called auto warranty protection, home security systems, and grant procurement programs.

Fraudulent telemarketers often manipulate Called ID information to hide their identity. In some cases, the fraudulent telemarketer may want you to think the call is from your bank, or another entity you’ve done business with. Sometimes, the telephone number many show up as “unknown” or “123456789.” Other times, the number is a real one belonging to someone who has no idea his or her number is being misused.

If you have Caller ID, you can choose not to answer calls from numbers you don’t recognize. Should
you answer the phone and find yourself listening to an illegal robocalls, HANG UP. Get the Caller ID
information if you can, and file a complaint immediately with:
-Federal Trade Commission @ or call toll-free, 1-877-382-4357
- your state Attorney General
Thank you to Kay Sands at Farm Bureau for this information.

Vacation Bible School

Shine VBS is coming up!
Location: Clearwater E-Free Church, 450 N. 4th Clearwater, KS
When: June 16th-18th (partnering with First Baptist Church)
Time: 9:00 am-11:30 am
For: Children going into grades K-5th.
More info: Call Shari Mills 584-6952
Lets allow our lights to "shine" for Jesus!
Come join the fun!

Senior & Caregiver Health Fair

Come join us for a Health fair centered around Seniors and their caregivers. There will be prizes and freebies along with a free lunch at noon.
Where: Clearwater Senior Community Center
When: Friday, June 6th
Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
More info: Call 620-584-2332
Cheney 5-29, 30, 31
Burrton 5-31
Andover 6-1
Garden Plain 6-5, 6, 7
Clearwater 6-7
Halstead 6-7
Park City 6-7
Bel Aire 6-12, 13, 14
Potwin 6-13, 14
Whitewater 6-13, 14
Hesston 6-14
Kechi 6-14
Douglass 6-14
Augusta 6-20, 21
Haysville 8-9, 10
Park City 9-27
Haven 10-4

Aztec Sun Art on Display

Clearwater Middle School art students created art inspired by the Aztec Sun Calendar Stone from 1479. Seventh and Eighth grade students created a unique printmaking stamp.
They carved the sun design into a soft rubber material and then created prints on red, orange and yellow paper. The Aztec Suns art display is located in the front windows of Clearwater City Hall at 129 East Ross Avenue.

Kay Club Hosts First Annual "Kay Olympics"

On February 21, Clearwater High School KAY Club hosted the KAY Olympics to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Events included cross country skiing, hockey, bobsled racing and ice skating. Teams were represented by students from each grade level and led by one of the teacher volunteers - Abbi Huber, Jason Crist, Dirk Ankerholz and Chelsea McNeil. After each event, scores were tallied and McNeil won the trophy. $180 was raised and presented to the ACS. KAY Club hopes to make this an annual event to raise money for worthy causes. Thank you to Dale Lukert and Linda Stearns for helping to make this event a success!

Free Foot Scans

May Chiropractic is offering free foot scans to see if custom made shoe orthotics would benefit individuals who suffer from the following:
  • foot, hip, leg and low back pain including sciatica
  • plantar fasciitis
  • heel spurs
  • flat feet
This is a free service offered to the entire public and is not limited to patients of May Chiropractic.
Please call Lindy at May Chiropractic 620-584-4777 with any questions.
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.