May Newsletter #2
Clearwater Communications

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Pictures from Oath of Office

Service recognition for leaving Council man and Mayor. Pictured left to right, Jim Whitney, Laura Papish, and Mike York.

City Clerk Courtney Meyers swearing in Mayor, Burt Ussery.

City Clerk Courtney Meyers swearing in council members Laura Papish and Austin Wood.
Photos courtesy of Times Sentinel News.

Crop Insurance

With the prominent role that agriculture plays in our local, state and national economies, it’s easy to see the importance of protecting farmers.  Drought and disease are only some of the threats that producers face, and often times, such losses can lead to crop and revenue shortages.  To help offset such threats, Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) is offered to producers.  Administered by the Risk Management Agency, MPCI is a federally subsidized program, making premiums affordable for farmers.  Since the program’s inception, RMA has placed strict guidelines on the program, while regulating insurance rates and premiums.  This price control leaves insurance companies focused on acquiring customers strictly by offering excellent customer service and timely claims processing.
Most common crops such as wheat, corn and grain sorghum are insurable under the program, while Canola is one of the newest insurable crops to be eligible in certain counties.  These commodities carry different premium rates due to grain prices, varying drought tolerances, and so forth.  Additionally, there are varying calendar dates (final plant date, acreage reporting, production reporting, etc.) in the program that are dictated by the growing seasons.  Non-compliance with these deadlines can lead to insurability penalties and reductions in coverage.
The program offers various coverage options, such as coverage level selection and unit structuring, while continually offering new options such as yield adjustment and yield exclusion.
MPCI will go through perpetual program changes, and with the passage of the recent Farm Bill, the federal program is now linked to FSA and NRCS regarding conservation practices.  With continuous modifications and regulatory changes, producers and insurance agents work to navigate the program to make informed management decisions for farming operations.
For more information on Crop Insurance contact The Bennett Agency by calling 620-456-2247.

Order School Supplies

Clearwater USD 264 offers the EduKit program as a convenient option for busy families to order school supply kits for the 2015/2016 year. EduKits are custom made for our school and contain exactly what students need to start the year off right.
Order by June 1 for the BEST pricing and FREE shipping. Your child’s EduKit will be in the classroom on the first day of school. To order, there are two simple options.
1. Pay online through EduKit’s secure website. A confirmation will be emailed to you after your order has been placed.

2. Download the order form below and return it to the school with a check made payable to Clearwater PTO.

Extended online ordering is available through EduKit’s Last Chance program until July 15. Last Chance orders are subject to an additional fee and will be delivered to your home shortly before school begins.

Memorial Day Service

Clearwater American Legion Ernest Gordon Post #93 will conduct a memorial service honoring all Veterans on Monday May 25th at the Clearwater Cemetary Memorial Circle. This will start at 10:00 am. The program will last approximately 30 minutes. Some seatin will be provided on a first come first serve basis. The Clearwater Area public is invited to participate in this observance honoring all our Veterans. The Avenue of Flags will be flown only on May 25th due to the possibility of thunderstorms. If case of inclement weather the program will be cancelled.

2nd Annual Event

Please join us in our fight against cancer & honoring Mark Klausmeyer by attending the 2nd annual "Cause for Klaus" fundraiser on Saturday, June 27th. Each year the "Cause for Klaus" benefit committee picks two local people to help financially & emotionally with their battle against cancer by hosting a bbq & skeet shoot along with a silent & live auction. All the proceeds raised from this years fundraiser will go to help the two selected participants: Shari Berry & Gale Chinn. 

Shari was diagnosed last fall 2014 with squamous cell carcinoma and is currently having chemo treatments every 3 weeks at the Chicago Cancer Treatment Center. The cancer has metastasized and is stage IV.

Gale was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic colon cancer in last fall 2014.

I'd like to give a BIG "shout out" to Chris Klausmeyer, Jenny Wilcoxen and their crew for continuing to host this amazing benefit honoring Mark Klausmeyer by reaching out to help others with their battle against cancer.

Cause For Klaus 2nd Annual Fundraiser. Skeet Shoot from 1pm until 5pm. BBQ from 5pm until 7pm. Auction and Raffle from 6pm until 10pm. All proceeds raised benefit Gale Chinn and Shari Lee Berry, two local people fighting cancer. For more information please visit the Facebook event page by clicking here.

Free Hearing Evaluation

EarCare offers hearing evaluations completely FREE of charge, and with no obligation.
The hearing evaluation begins with a complete hearing health history which will include your consultant
answering any questions that you might have.
After performing an evaluation of your ear canal your consultant will perform a complete hearing evaluation. This evaluation consists of a series of tests to determine if hearing loss is present, the severity of the loss, and if hearing amplification is needed.
Your consultant will explain the test results to you in a manner that is easy to understand.
Your consultant will answer all your questions so you can make an informed decision about your hearing health care needs.
When: Friday, May 29th, at 1:00 pm
Where: Clearwater Community Center
             921 Janet Ave.
Call 620-584-2332 to reserve your spot today.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity for this summer? Are you entering 7th - 12th grade? Then we have the job for you!  If interested, drop by the Clearwater Public Library to pick up a VolunTEEN application. 

Container Gardening

Sedgwick County Master Gardener will be here to talk to us and demonstrate how to grow container gardens. They will focus on the selection of containers, soil, plants, watering, and other tips. This will be a hands on activity.
When: Tuesday, May 26th, at 1:00 pm
Where: Clearwater Community Center
Cost: Free of charge and open to all!
Call to sign up for the class. 620-584-2332

Clearwater Aquatics Schedule

May 23 through May 31
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Monday - Sunday
Beginning June 1
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
*Twilight swim
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
Last day pool is open - August 16
Daily admission -- $3.25
Ages 2 and under -- Free
*Twilight swim (between ages of 6-61) -- $1.50
*Twilight swim (under 6 years old and over 61 years old) -- $1.00
Punch card (12 punches) -- $35.00
Single -- $50.00
Family 4 pass -- $150.00
Each additional family member -- $35.00
Tuesdays & Thursdays (7:00pm - 8:30pm) -- $150.00
Saturdays & Sundays (6:00pm - 7:30pm and 7:30pm -9:00pm) -- $200
Over 100 people, each additional person -- $2.00
Click here for more information.

Summer Reading Program has started!

The Clearwater Public Library presents the 2015 Summer Reading Program.
Registration began May 13th. 
For Children entering K-6th grade
Teens 7th-12th grade
and Adults

Memorial Day Special

The Clearwater CO-OP Memorial Day Special!
Grill Bottle Fill $5.00 plus tax
May 22nd 8am to 5pm
May 23rd 8am to 12pm
9700 S 135th St Clearwater, KS

Email Training

SKT recently launched a brand new email platform—Zimbra for all email users. Zimbra offers great features and functionality, including user friendly email, calendars, tasks, speed test, Spam and virus protection, as well as convienient access to local weather, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest If you are interested in receiving Zimbra training, please join SKT for a free training session on GreyMail and Spam filters. Don’t forget to bring a laptop, tablet, or mobile devices. Monday, June 1st at 9:00 am at the Clearwater Community Center. Email or call 620-584-2332 to reserve your spot.
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.