July Newsletter #1
Clearwater Communications

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Why Engage Small Businesses in Business Continuity?

Small businesses play a critical role in the local economy as they provide needed services and products to both residents and major employers. Following a major disaster, their absence is keenly felt when gas stations and groceries stay closed, local supply chains are disrupted, and residents can’t get access to needed services for their quality of life. Small businesses fail to prepare for a major disaster for three reasons:
1) they lack the financial resources, and
2) they lack the
knowledge for how to prepare, and
3) they tend to underestimate the impact
an incident will have on their business.
Impacts such as:
+ One in four small businesses do not
reopen following a large-scale disaster.
+ At least 60 percent of small
businesses fail to make preparations
before an emergency.
+ Of those businesses without a plan,
43 percent won’t re-open and 75
percent will fail within three years of a
major event.
+ Companies that aren’t able to resume
operations within ten days of event are
not likely to survive.

July Summer Reading Events

All Thursday Storytime & Craft events will take place at the Library unless otherwise noted.
  • Tuesday, July 8th @ 2:00 p.m., Crafts for 6th -12th grade
  • Wednesday, July 9th @ 10:30 a.m., Jo Ho Storyteller – Incredible Inventors, at Clearwater Middle School Theater
  • Thursday, July 10th @ 10:30 a.m., Storytime with Dr. May, & Crafts
  • Tuesday, July 15th @ 2:00 p.m., Crafts for 6th -12th grade
  • Wednesday, July 16th @ 10:30 a.m., Twisted with Chris Conner, at Clearwater Middle School Theater
  • Thursday, July 17th @ 10:30 a.m., Storytime with the Police Department and the DARE Vehicle, & Crafts
  • Wednesday, July 23rd @ 10:30 a.m., Equine Rescue Program with Amy Bayes and her horses.
  • Thursday, July 24th @ 10:30 a.m., Storytime with Jeff Fawcett from Waste Connections, & Crafts
  • Wednesday, July 30th @ 10:30 a.m., Mad Science, at Clearwater Middle School Theater
Last day to turn in your summer reading logs to obtain prizes.
  • Thursday, July 31st from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Clearwater Pool Swim Party for K-5th participants who complete their Summer Reading Program logs! 

5 Simple Ways to Save on Gas this Summer

Summer is here, which means it’s time to start thinking about summer travel. Gas prices continue to increase and that can add stress to an otherwise relaxing getaway.
Fortunately, there are easy ways to save on gas this summer. Farm Bureau Financial Services offers these simple money-saving tips to ensure smooth sailing (even if you’re not headed to the beach).
1. Save on gas by clicking on the cruise: Cruise control can improve gas mileage and boost efficient driving, as well as ensure you’re following the speed limit. To conserve gas on the highway, consider this tip from the Environmental Protection Agency: every five mph a person drives above 60 mph is like paying $0.24 more per gallon of gas. If you drive 70 mph and have a 15-gallon gas tank, that’s an extra $7.20 per fill-up. If you fill up once per week throughout the three months of summer, that’s $86.40!
2. Gauge tire pressure: Fuel efficiency increases when tires are inflated to the proper tire pressure. Keep a gauge handy, and check every month or two to ensure you’re getting the best fuel efficiency.
3. Keep it smooth: Aggressive driving affects fuel efficiency. Avoid “jerky” driving, keep stops to a minimum, and avoid bumps and potholes. Brake gradually when possible, as careful, smooth driving can help lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in town.
4. Consider alternative transportation: Consider renting a more fuel-efficient car for summer vacation travel, or consider mass transit like a train or bus. Research your destination to see whether you can rent bikes to go exploring. You’ll save on gas and see your destination in a totally different way. Try to book your hotel accommodations near the attractions you’d like to see, so that you can walk or bike.
5. Lighten the load: While you might need to carry luggage for a road trip, try to keep the load as light as possible. According to the EPA, an extra 100 pounds can decrease fuel efficiency by up to 2 percent.

Chamber Coffee Social

It is time for the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce monthly coffee social. This month we will be meeting at the Clearwater Village located at 440 N 4th, Thursday, July 10th, at 9:30 am. Join us in the conversation about what is happening with the Chamber. 
CarFit is a free, interactive, and educational program designed to improve older driver safety. Trained volunteers provide information to ensure the safest "fit" for older drivers and their vehicles. Clearwater Police will be offering this program.
Where: The Clearwater Police Department at 129 E Ross, Clearwater

When: Sunday - Saturday
By appointment

Contact: Officer Rebekah Patterson
620-584-2395 or email

VBS 2014

"Take a Walk on the Wild Side"
Clearwater Church of the Nazarene &
Clearwater United Methodist Church
July 13-17  (Sunday – Thursday)
Pre-School thru Eighth Grade (in fall)
At United Methodist Church 130 N. 1st
Snack supper at 5:30 pm
VBS from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm  (8:00 pm for Pre-School)
Call 620-584-2456 to reserve your spot!

Library Happenings

To find out what is happening at the Clearwater Public Library click here.

Local Hunters Education Course

Dates & Times: Friday, July 11th & Saturday, July 12th.
Friday- Registration begins at 6:00 pm and class will be until 9:30 pm.
Saturday - Registration begins at 7:30 am and class will be until 5:00 pm.
Place: Clearwater Senior Community Center, 921 E Janet Ave.
For more information and to register contact: Clearwater Police Department at 620-584-2317
Note: All students must be 11 years old as of 7-12-14. All sessions must be attended to receive certification.

Cooking with Diabetes Class

Denise Dias with the Sedgwick County Extention Office will be at the Clearwater Senior Community Center to lead a cooking class. She will be instructing on how to cook with Diabetes. This class will take place on Monday, July 21st, at noon at the Center. The Clearwater Senior Community Center is located at 921 E Janet Ave. Please call 620-584-2332 to reserve your spot. This class is open to all ages.
Come play BINGO at the Clearwater Senior Community Center on Friday, July 25th, at 1:00 pm. Various prices. Cost is .25 per card. This event is for Seniors over the age of 55. For more information contact the Center at 620-584-2332.
Come join our bible study every Monday morning at 9:30 am at the Clearwater Senior Community Center. This bible study is led by Pastor Wayland Whitlow from the Clearwater Church of Christ. 
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.