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he first issue of Harvey County NOW came out in June 2013. We set out to make it a publication that contains positive stories about the people, places and events in the county. We’ve brought you articles from every town in the county. There was the firefighter from Burrton, The Barn at Sedgwick, many faces and places in Newton, the Photography Club and singer April May Webb in North Newton, antique tool collector and retired educator Evan Johnson in Walton and Bonnie Bowers at Hesston College. This issue is no different. You’ll read about a new restaurant in Burrton, where writer Adam Strunk dined on chicken-fried steak, and he said, “It is so good,” a couple of football players Clint Harden wrote Wendy Nugent, Editor about who are doing quite well, a new coffee shop planned in Sedgwick written by freelancer Kelley DeGraffenreid, and some stories I had the privilege of writing. One is about the home of Pat and Pam Duffy on West Broadway in Newton, a home they remodeled back to its 1880s splendor. I also interviewed USD 373 superintendent Deborah Hamm, who was quite delightful, and she showed me some of her photos she took. One of her hobbies is photography, and if you know me, you know I love photography and chasing storms. Another article is about a young Christian rapper who calls himself Lyrical Miracle. He’s a Bethel College alum and was quite passionate about his calling. I also had the opportunity to talk to Ann and Hank Heidebrecht, who are enjoying making Christmas presents for their families. Enjoy this issue. The magazine comes out every three months. If you want to read more in between issues, check out Newton Now, our weekly newspaper. To subscribe to the paper, visit www.harveycountynow.com and click on “blog/subscribe.”

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8 Christmas Newton couple wins awards, makes holiday gifts

13 The Meeting Place

Group works to open coffee shop in Sedgwick

21 16 Duffy home

What’s old is new again

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ngelo Garibaldi is doing what the title of one of his songs, “Find a Way,” implies — he’s trying to find a way to make it in the music business and help people find Jesus. Right now, he’s quite the busy man, working at least two full-time job and two on a part-time basis. He’s employed at Super Car Guys in Wichita — yes, he knows the guy in the TV commercials — and does his music, both full time, as well as waiting tables at Cheddars’ restaurant and taking photos and videos. The 2009 Bethel College grad even has shot some weddings, and he also shoots and edits videos of outreach ministry events for church. “So, I have all that, and then I do music full time,” the Bethel College alumnus said. “(Music is) my passion.” Garibaldi, who goes by Lyrical Miracle when rapping, has been writing lyrics since he was in the seventh grade. The name is something he had on his mind for a long time. “I just wanted something that rhymed with ‘lyrical’ when I was 12,” he said. “And at that starting point of my musical dream, the only word I could come up with was ‘miracle.’ So from there, it just stuck with me.” At age 17, he recorded his first tune with a “99-cent microphone,” as he put it, and later, when attending Bethel College, he started recording there in a professional studio. “So, I guess that was the beginning of the journey,” the 28-year-old said. Garibaldi was so dedicated he also had a recording studio in his dorm room. “I put it in my closet, and it had foam around it,” he said. Now, he has a studio in the basement of his Wichita home. Lyrical Miracle writes all his own material and has his own label, IIYE Records. (IIYE stands for “invest in your eternity.”) To listen to some of his material, visit iiyerecords.com. “I like to write positive stuff—positive, uplifting, spiritually motivating,” Garibaldi said, adding he also writes about struggles people have. “We call it the nitty gritty.”

To date, he has 11 CDs with five on iTunes. Each CD usually has around 15 tracks, he said. “I have a ton of material—a ton, a ton,” he said. On his songs, he performs the rapping but hires others to do the singing. “I use singers,” he said. “I can write the singing portion, but I can’t mimic how I want it to sound.” For the most part, the songs are about Jesus, and strangely enough, he’s been played on a secular radio station but not on a Christian music station. And if doing all of this isn’t enough, Garibaldi also performs concerts. Within the past few months, he had a music ministry performance and also had a music video shoot scheduled for early September. He hadn’t been doing a lot of concerts because he was focusing on an upcoming album, which was out in midSeptember. With this album, he plans to take donations and hand it out for free. “I don’t want to deny people the music, and I don’t want to put a price on it, either, so we’ll see how that works,” Garibaldi said. They also plan to hand out religious tracts with the album. Garibaldi enjoys performing and preaching the gospel, but he does that mostly in churches other than the one he attends, which is Mending Place Ministries in Wichita. “It’s an opportunity to pour into people,” he said. “You really get to talk to people when the ministry part is done. So you just really connect with people. To see people win and to see people succeed, I’m all for it.” While attending Bethel College, Garibaldi attended All Nations Pentecostal in Newton for four years. He almost didn’t go much beyond his second semester at Bethel, where he played football and majored in business management. In college, he found he was expected to study and was ready to quit during his second semester. He called his dad, and his dad told Garibaldi he didn’t raise a family of quitters.

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ABOVE: Angelo “Lyrical Miracle” Garibaldi does his rapping in the basement of his home. INSET: One of Angelo Garibaldi’s CD covers. Courtesy photo.

“I said, ‘Daddy, help me,’ and he was not going to save the day,” Garibaldi said. “That was not an option.” Garibaldi’s father doesn’t seem to have raised a quitter, because Garibaldi is going hard at his passion. “My ultimate goal is to be a studio engineer full time and songwriter,” he said, adding there are a great deal of setbacks and challenges. “You have to figure out what you

want and go for it.” Garibaldi said his music influences have been in hip hop. “Just hip hop in general,” he said. “When you study hip hop / rap and the power that it has—the power of freedom of speech along with just putting instruments behind what you’re saying, it just changes the environment. Just hip hop in general—just anybody who’s done hip hop before.”

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friendship with neighbors in Missouri led to enjoyable hobbies for Newton residents Ann and Hank Heidebrecht. The Heidebrechts lived near Russ and Gay Hewitt in Springfield, Missouri, for a time, with Ann learning Swedish weaving from Gay, and Hank being taught wood gouging and bending techniques from the husband. With those hobbies, the two won awards in the 2015 Art is Ageless contest through Presbyterian Manors. The Heidebrechts have resided at the local Manor about one and a half years after being in Missouri for 15. However, Ann said they’re from the area, having raised their children in Inman. “I like to quilt, and I like to do this Swedish weaving,” Ann said. “She’s been working at this stuff here since we’ve been over here,” Hank said. She does the Swedish weaving in intricate designs on cloth the size of a lap blanket, and one done mostly in greens took a first-place award in the Art is Ageless contest. Ann does the weaving on monk’s cloth, she said, and has made one for each of her seven grandchildren for their high school graduations. Now, she’s on her last one. All of their children, Connie Regier of North Newton, Anita Fenwick of Newton, John Heidebrecht of Minnesota and Bill Heidebrecht of Texas, have received one each, too. Her hobby’s beginnings were simple, ignited by a small spark. In Springfield, Ann was over at the Hewitts’ house and saw Gay doing the Swedish weaving. “I said I haven’t seen anything like this,” Ann said she told Gay, adding she also told her she liked it and it was so nice. After they went out for lunch together, Ann returned home, and Gay later went to Ann’s house with some monk’s cloth and other items to do the weaving. “She said, ‘You can do this,’” Ann said. “I really enjoy doing this. You can pick it up anytime.” Hank even has one of his own. “You’re not going to give that one to anybody,” Ann said Hank told her one time she was creating a

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weaving. “That one is mine.” “Takes her a year to make one,” Hank said. “It’s fun,” Ann added. “I enjoy it. It’s a good pastime.” This isn’t the only kind of blanket Ann makes. She also quilts, piecing the tops and doing the hand-quilting herself. She’s also tied some, and one of her neighbors in the Presbyterian Manor apartments taught her how to hand-quilt. “She got me on that,” Ann said. “I kinda like that.” Ann said she thinks a lot of people don’t do that anymore, paying others to machine-quilt their bed or lap coverings for them. She seems to like to keep her grandchildren warm, as she’s also made jean quilts for them. “They’d always save me their jeans,” Ann said, laughing. “Something to keep your hands busy.” She and others in a craft class at the Manor apartments are making lap quilts for other residents. “We’re trying to get some done now for Christmas,” Ann said. “Hopefully, we’ll get them done by then. I’m not sure. This year, we’re trying to piece them making them out of flannel.” That class also made Christmas sacks for the 48 children in the Manor’s preschool, and to put in the sacks, they created little teddy bears while Hank made wooden cars. In fact, Hank has a plastic bin full of painted cars he made from wood scraps. Last year, the group gave the kids a car, candy and an orange. This year, they’ll also get a teddy bear. “So we work on that just about all year,” Ann said. The couple’s first-place winning entries—Ann’s “Swedish Weaving” and Hank’s “Eska Box”—will appear in the 2016 Art is Ageless calendar. Hank was quick to show a purple ribbon. His “Eska Box” is a Scandinavian box. “The bottom is held together with toothpicks,” the woodworker said. “This wood is bent. Had to soak the wood in water.” He put the bent wood in a vice to bend it and cut the lid from a band saw. Such boxes were made


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to carry things, he said, and he used gouging tools to make the designs. “He learned that in Missouri, too,” Ann said about the technique. In fact, their neighbor, Russ, invented the gouging technique, and Hank helped start classes on that skill in Missouri. Not only are the Heidebrecht grandchildren being kept warm by Ann, they also have a place to store their blankets, as Hank fashioned a steamer trunk for each upon their graduation from high school. “That’s kind of a major project,” said Hank, who has a woodworking shop at one of his daughter’s houses. In addition to Ann, Hank also has been busy making things for Christmas, like crosses for their children. Hank enjoys creating different things from wood. “I try to not make things twice,” he said, sitting in a Manor apartment lounge area. In addition to steamer trunks, his projects range from frames to puzzles, hall trees and “all kinda toys,” Hank said. He’s also creating a sign for the Manor chapel, he said. “Keeps me from going crazy,” he said. He makes pictures using a scroll saw, such as one he did of Jesus. “I make Christmas ornaments by the hundreds,” he said. “I’m kinda getting a late start this year.” About his wood shop, Hank said. “I’ve got a lot of machines in there. I can make anything I wanna make.” Even though the couple create many things, they have never sold anything. “We make Christmas gifts—for our kids, our grandkids,” Ann said.

..................................................................... RIGHT: Hank Heidebrecht shows one of the crosses he made for one of his children for Christmas. INSET: Hank Heidebrecht made these wooden cars for children at the Manor’s preschool.

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.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Ann Heidebrecht took a first-place award in the Presbyterian Manor Art is Ageless 2015 contest. It’s a Swedish weaving, which takes her about a year to complete.

And the family doesn’t want them to stop anytime soon. Last year, Hank announced that was the final year he’d make Christmas ornaments. “And, oh, there was an uproar,”

Ann said. “He said, ‘I guess I’m not going to give that up.’” Hank has enjoyed woodworking since high school, although he hasn’t been crafting wooden items continuously since

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Group working to open coffee shop in Sedgwick

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here is a dream about to be realized in the small town of Sedgwick. Sometimes when people of like minds meet and start talking, big things happen. Damon Young and his wife Kate moved to Sedgwick a few years ago to raise their growing family. They loved the quiet little town, but at the same time they felt something was missing. Jeff DeGraffenreid grew up in Sedgwick and moved back after getting married in the late ‘90s. The couple stuck around to raise their sons in a small-town environment. Late one evening during a week at Quivira Scout Ranch with their sons, Damon and Jeff struck up a conversation. The two soon discovered they had similar visions about how things “might be” in Sedgwick. Damon had dreamed of a “third space” coffee shop where

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young people could congregate in a safe environment. Jeff and his wife had talked often about their hopes of someday being able to open up a coffee shop, bookshop or maybe even an art gallery in Sedgwick. Damon and Kate were good friends with Paul and Angie Nicholson, who also had a similar dream. The Nicholsons had even looked into purchasing a space to open a bakery/deli in Sedgwick at one time. The Nicholsons and their four daughters have a real heart for ministry. Momentum was gathering, but more people would be needed to make this dream a reality. The paperwork was filed to create “The Meeting House” a 501(c)(3) organization. The Meeting House is set up as a non-profit “religious organization,” but Damon Young emphasizes this was “not because we wanted to be a church, but because we wanted to connect people inside and outside of the four walls of the church together under the notion that it is a joyful thing to express love for God by expressing unconditional love toward our neighbors.” A board of directors was formed that included members from several different local churches. Paul Nicholson assumed the role of board president, and the real work began. A place for youth Carolyn Bebermeyer was one of the first to sign on as a board member. She has been working with young people in the Sedgwick community for many years, sponsoring the Legit group at the high school and organizing “Overtime” nights for high school students after home football and basketball games. “My heart for The Meeting House is a place to invest in kids in our community,” she said. “I love being a

part of something that empowers kids to realize they have a voice and can make a difference. When kids are surrounded by others who are investing in them, then they can catch the vision to do the same.” A few weeks ago, the youth of the community were invited to a special open house at the space that will soon be “The Meeting House.” Several dozen young people came to the open house where they saw the very rough space. The youth were asked what they were looking forward to the most. Renny Story, a Sedgwick high school senior, excitedly said, “A place to hang out—other than the park.” The kids loved the idea of having nights for different activities, like a game night or even the possibility of having an ACT prep course in the space. Bebermeyer believes in the power of community. “The Meeting House will play an important role in being a safe gathering place for our kids,” she said. “A lot of good can happen through this structure; it has been evident that God is stirring hearts to make this happen.” Damon Young also feels strongly about how this space will impact the community’s youth. “We want every young person in our community to know that they are valued and that any struggle they are going through can be tackled. We want to be a resource of help and fun.” Another important mission of The Meeting House is to become a clearinghouse for needs in the community. Kate Young envisions meeting peoples’ needs. She asked the question “What if we provided for people’s needs, in our community, physical, spiritual and mental, by linking community members with time and resources with others who are in need?”


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The search for a space The community has had a pretty big hand in the planning process for this space. Throughout the spring and summer, five “Tour Stops” were held, three at Sedgwick churches, one at the Barn at Sedgwick and the finale at the Sedgwick City Park. At these tour stops, the community was asked for input about The Meeting House. But a space was still needed. The group had talked to the city of Sedgwick about the possibility of leasing the cityowned property at 507 N. Commercial Ave. The square footage was adequate, but the space did not mesh with the vision those involved had for the project. Low-hanging drop-ceilings were not the look the design committee had envisioned, especially when considering the historical status of the property. The 500 block of Commercial is on the Kansas Register of Historic Places and as it stood, the interior looked nothing like a building built in the late 1800s. A local supporter negotiated with the city to purchase the property, which now has been leased to The Meeting House organization. Remodeling began in late summer and as is typical the demolition process revealed surprises. While removing plaster from the north wall, contractor James Sharbutt uncovered the original brick wall from the late 1800s. The brick was something those on the design committee had hoped for, and when it was uncovered, they were thrilled.

...................................................................................................................................................................... Kate and Damon Young along with their daughter Anne discuss design ideas for The Meeting Place.

Pieces of the original tin ceiling covered up for decades also were removed, and some will be reincorporated into the design. A place for the arts From the beginning, it was apparent that organizers wanted The Meeting House to also be a place for the arts in Sedgwick. When finished, the space will include a stage where talents can be showcased and young people can express themselves. Plans are for the south of The Meeting House to be a gallery where local artists can showcase their work. Still work to do While the dream is much closer to becoming

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reality, there is still a great deal of work left to do. Renovating the space is no small task. It is something organizers want to do the right way. “We are doing our best to not rush the remodel and make the space first class and also to collect as much input from the community members as we can,” Damon Young said. “Above all, we want folks to make it ‘their space.’” There is also the matter of figuring out everything that goes into running a coffee house, something those involved do not have a great deal of experience with. But by working together and seeking out the advice of those who have been down this road before, the supporters of The Meeting House plan to open doors to the Sedgwick community sometime in 2016.



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SPREAD: Pam and Pat Duffy have owned this house on West Broadway since 2002. TOP: The ceilings on the first floor are made tin with period light fixtures. MIDDLE: Pat Duffy restored and/or built these windows in their kitchen. BOTTOM: The front parlor has a painting of David Kellogg Cartter. 16 | HarveyCountyNOW.com Winter 2015


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at Duffy was going to build a new “old” reproduction house with his bare hands several years ago because he and wife Pam were not able to find a historic house they liked. “I’ve been looking for years for the right old house and just couldn’t find it,” Pat said. He had planned to construct a new house using all old/vintage salvaged materials, he said. However, he’d had his eye on a certain Italianate Victorian home on West Broadway, formerly owned by Lloyd Smith, for a while, and one day, he saw a “for sale” sign in the yard. The next day, he and Pam looked at it and put in an offer two days later. The couple has renovated most of the home since closing on it in March 2002. “We’ve been working on it ever since,” Pat said. “We’ve done a complete restoration to the house.” All of the light fixtures are not original to the home but are true to the time period in which the home was built, which was 1884. It appears all the rooms on the first floor have tin ceilings, which Pat ordered from a company in Nevada, Mo., that still has the tinstamping molds from the 1800s. All of the ceilings have the same tin-stamped pattern arranged in a different way. “I installed all of it,” Pat said. In addition, the light fixtures are where the original fixtures were because, Pat said, “I found the original gas lines.” “And, of course, we did all the wallpaper, too,” Pam said. Since the house was built, all the walls never have been painted, Pat said. “Pam always says I was born in the wrong century,” Pat said. “I am fascinated with old houses, furniture, old clocks, old paintings, old

cars. I like the historical aspect of those things.” He said he gets satisfaction from restoring those thing to what they used to look like. “I’ve done it all my life,” Pat said, adding he even did that as a boy. “I help you a lot with things that you need,” Pam said to her husband, who said they do everything together. “She really is a partner and a go-getter,” Pat said. The home isn’t the only antique on the property. “All the furniture in the house dates from 1760 to 1810,” Pat said, adding he’s collected Colonial-period furniture all his life. “I really enjoy the collecting part.” “It finally gave Pam and I a place to house our collection,” Pat said. Their collection includes at least a couple of tall case clocks (known as grandfather clocks today) from the 1790s; a banjo clock from 1810; a mohogany lady secretary made in the Boston/Salem area in 1790-1810; oil paintings; and folk art paintings. “Been collecting all our lives,” Pat said. “It’s kind of a passion.” The home, which Pat estimated to be around 2,400 square feet, has four floors, including the basement. It houses a parlor, library, formal dining room and kitchen on the first floor. The kitchen had sliding glass doors, which, of course, weren’t original to the house. So, Pat put stained-glass windows there. “They’re not original to the house, but they’re all restored,” he said. “Those are killer windows.” Pat made one of the four windows. “This kitchen was not very well designed when we moved in,” Pat said, adding they couldn’t make it bigger. But they could make the kitchen look more 19th century. Pat, a retired Hesston Elementary School principal, built the cabinets out of Hesston Middle School bleachers. The type of yellow pine in the

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The home’s library has wallpaper true to the period of the home.

like the radio and TV. “(The) second floor is what’s left to restore.” He hopes to have that done in six to seven months. The Duffys purchased the home from Lloyd and Jacqueline Smith. Pat said Lloyd Smith saved the Old Mill in Newton and was an entrepreneur. “And Lloyd Smith saved this house,” Pat said. Before he died, Lloyd gave Pat a photo of him and his young family moving into the home from years ago, and came back and visited when most of the Duffy’s work was done. Pat said Smith was happy with the work. And even though it’s not true to the home’s period, Pat decided to leave the metal spiral staircase in the kitchen because Smith installed it. “I wanted to leave something here from his legacy,” Pat said. “He designed this, and I thought I’m going to leave it.” The staircase was installed in 1963. A few things that used to be there, however, aren’t anymore. The Duffys have photos of their home taken around the 1890s, they believe, which were found at the Harvey County Historical Museum

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bleachers matched the pine in the Duffy home. “I built the cabinets to make ’em look like they would’ve built ’em like that,” Pat said. “It’s old school.” It was funny seeing messages that had been written by students during the years, Pat said, and he’d see them as he was running the pine through the surface planer. “Not all of the messages were nice, but some of them were,” Pat said. Ever the hard worker and resourceful person, Pat made the kitchen’s backsplash out of leftover tin, and acquired the cabinet glass from an old house in Wamego. “The thing about restoring an old house, you can’t go to the lumber yard and buy stuff for an 1884 house,” Pat said, adding a person has to get creative in his or her solutions and that it’s a slow process one must be willing to pursue. The kitchen had some water damage that needed repair, too. The home has three bedrooms and five bathrooms, although they all aren’t full baths. “The third floor is where we have modern conveniences,” Pat said,

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and Archives. The photos show a front porch, which is no longer there, and ironwork on the top of the house. Pat plans to refabricate the ironwork and put up a new porch. One of the items in the house as an indirect connection to Abraham Lincoln. It’s a painting Pat found in Kechi of David Kellogg Cartter, who was appointed by Lincoln to be the first chief justice on the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Lincoln scratched Cartter’s back later after Cartter scratched Lincoln’s by changing his vote for the Republican presidential nominee during the Republican convention in Chicago from William Seward to Lincoln. Cartter’s vote was the last, and it was the deciding vote, Pat said. Cartter also was a close associate to Edwin Stanton, then secretary of war. When Lincoln was assassinated, Cartter and Stanton led the

pursuit of John Wilkes Booth and interviewed witnesses “on that terrible night,” Pat said. Lincoln was moved across the street into the Petersen house, Pat said. “The country wanted to see his body and what the room looked like,” Pat added, saying Cartter was in the room with Lincoln’s body, as were others. “But you didn’t know that when you bought the portrait,” Pam said.

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n the night of Nov. 25 in 2012, 50 firefighters struggled in vain to save Burrton's only restaurant. The story of how Burrton community members raised The Barn from those ashes, in a sense, begins that night. But it takes a jump forward with tears and a Burrton preschool classroom the next year. When teacher Shelly Findley heard from her classroom aid Leslie Matlack that she planned to leave, Findley began to cry. The two formed a close bond during the years, working together. They were friends. They leaned on each other. “I said I can't teach without you,” Findley said. “Well she said, 'I can't make this happen without you there'.” Matlack had decided to leave education to pursue bringing a restaurant back to Burrton, and she wanted Findley to join her on the pursuit.

On a blustery November two years later, Findley and Matlack flitted around The Barn, the restaurant Matlack now co-owns with husband Karl and Findley manages. They've made it past the afternoon rush, sold out of the day's special of pork chops, and are now chatting with vendors as well as wait staff. Natural lighting fills the large wood-paneled interior which has a total capacity of 200, counting the event room. Charlie Pride plays in the background as an older man sits at a bar fashioned from a massive grain bin drinking a Bud Light from a mason jar. The décor looks like what would happen if you turned an entire farm shed over to Pinterest experts. Rustic-chic perhaps. Washtubs make for light fixtures. Old hand drills become door handles. Rusted metal signs create wall art. Matlack checked the front to see if its busy before finally sitting down with Findley.

.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Lesley Matlack, right, and Shelly Findley lean back stand behind the bar at The Barn in Burrton. The bar was fashioned out of a grain silo from the farm Matlack grew up on. Findley had the idea of installing the cooler and everything the bar needed in the silo. HarveyCountyNOW.com | 21


“This is exactly what I have going on in my head,” Matlack she said motioning to the decorations. Karl and Leslie got the idea to do a rustic barn theme because both grew up on farms. Most of the interior decorations in the building come from either Leslie's family farm around Great Bend or the Matlack family farm south of Burrton. “I just love how everything in here is sentimental,” she said. “I love walking in and seeing my dad in here. I used to park my truck next that grain bin every day.” *** The restaurant has been open all of 14 days. And bluntly put, it's been more than the two were prepared for. People have come from Hutchinson, Newton, Halstead, Mount Hope and, of course, Burrton. And they've been coming in droves. “We are so packed now,” Matlack said. “We're like why is it so overwhelming? The first night we couldn't even look at each other. ” Its first day, The Barn filled and ran out of food. It's second day, it filled and ran out of food. The two have scrambled to find more employees to work, serve and cook. “We've had to add and add and add,” Matlack said. “Honestly, we didn't expect it to be that big of a deal.” The restaurant is up to 35 employees now counting part-timers.

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“Can you cook weekends?” Matlack asks with a smile. “We ask everybody that question, just so you know.” *** When the Matlacks first pursued their restaurant plan, they thought about doing something small, such as a bakery. Matlack, a mother of five, had always loved baking and sold the desserts she made to Paradise Grill. Burrton needed food, and they wanted to serve the need. But after looking at downtown properties and the demolition and construction costs, the couple decided a downtown location was too expensive. So they began looking at the property that once held Paradise Grill. “It has just all fallen into place,” Matlack said. “It was meant to be.” Matlack said she didn't think the property's owner wanted to sell it, but she was wrong, and he did. She then thought building the restaurant they wanted was too expensive, but those they knew at Regier Construction did what they could to make the building project happen. To raise the funds for the restaurant, the Matlacks went to the community. Leslie said Karl, also president of Stinger Limited, began what amounted to a kick-starter campaign in the area. Financial supporters of the restaurant became members of its foundation, which offers cheaper deals on meals and drinks. Leslie said around 20 people, many local, stepped forward


eventually with sizable donations. Neighbors and friends helped them clear trees from the lot, and eventually helped them move items and do interior work in the building once it was erected. *** From when Leslie and Findley resigned from the grade school to when the restaurant got off the ground took 16 months. The inbetween time left plenty of opportunity to doubt the decision, Leslie said. Findley said she enjoyed her grandchildren in what ............................................................................................................................................................ amounted to a retirement after The bar at The Barn in Burrton features an old silo. The place has been quite popular since 39 years of teaching. After that recently opening. period, she's finding herself back in the swing of things. While being a teacher, she also Matlack has five children, ages 3-14, ones she said she hasn't been tended bar in Emporia and her home town of Elbing. able to spend as much time with as she'd like, but is confident she'll “Of course, you needed the extra money when you were find the time once the business calms down a bit. teaching,” she said. Matlack said the restaurant decision has been one of the scariest Findley said working the restaurant has made for a learning curve. and most intense choices she's made in her life. It's one thing to manage a classroom of kids. It's another thing to But through the process, she has had her husband and Findley to manage adults and please customers. Running out of food or room lean on as, well as the community they live in. hasn't been a favorite experience of hers when people get unhappy. “We're blessed,” Matlack said of the continued community “We're both people-pleasers,” she said. “We just want to please support. “That's what kept me going. I didn't grow up wanting to run everyone.” a restaurant, but I love doing it.”

Crispy and good... The Barn, 307 Dean St. in Burrton, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. The restaurant specializes in home-cooked meals: steaks, burgers, chicken-fried steak and chicken, as well as daily specials, which often are Matlack family recipes. Most lunches run at less than $10 while most dinners run a bit more. At the time of the interview, The Barn had sold out of its $5 pork chop dinner, so we went with the chicken fried steak, which the server said was one of The Barn's top sellers. The meal featured a thicker-than-usual cut of meat, hand breaded, covered in gravy. We chose fries and a salad as our sides. The breading stayed crispy—even covered in gravy—and the steak tasted fresh and like real beef as opposed to sometimes frozen thin pre-made offerings that pop up on many restaurant menus. The meal also included a

homemade roll. The meal cost $12.99. The restaurant features a dinning section that holds 70, a bar area that holds 50, along with a well-stocked bar in a 100-year-old grain silo. Boulevard, Tallgrass, Shocktop were on tap, along with the usual suspects of Bud Light and Coors Light. The bar also had a tap of hard

root beer. All drinks are served in mason jars or mugs. In addition to the main rooms, the restaurant also features an 80-person capacity room that can be rented and opened up for special occasions, such as the Karaoke night it had planned for Nov. 21. HarveyCountyNOW.com | 23


Article and photos • Clint Harden

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Newton’s Remsberg has banner year

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hile the Newton Railers didn’t have much success between the lines in 2015, one running back has officially made a name for

himself. Kade Remsberg just finished his junior season, and what a year it was. He said before the season started he wanted to rush for 1,000 yards on the year, a number that pops eyes and only a handful of backs reach each year. Going into week nine against Salina Central, Newton’s final game of the year, he was about 15 yards short of his goal. A few carries later, Remsberg had his thousand yards. He finished the season with 164 carries and accounted for 1,212 yards of his team’s 1,916 rushing yards. His average yards per carry was a nice 7.4. It was a banner year for the back, despite the team finishing 1-8 on the year and missing the Newtonplayoffs for the second straight season. Remsberg is well on his way to a division one school on a football scholarship, as he picked up an offer from Kansas head coach David Beaty himself before the season even started. Beaty extended the offer in front of Remsberg’s father, Tad, and his grandfather, Dale. Tad, an assistant football coach at Newton and head track coach, played football at Emporia State, and Dale played at Kansas. “My dad played in the late '50s, and he was with us on the trip,” Tad said. “Coach Beaty had my dad address the team before the scrimmage, and right after he talked to them, Beaty came right over and offered Kade a scholarship.” Tad said the moment sent chills down his spine just talking about it. The group then

drove around campus and saw the places Kade’s grandfather, Dale, used to frequent when he was in school. “It was a really special day,” Tad said. “It was a fun day.” After the offer, the speedster visited Kansas State, Kansas again, the University of Iowa, Notre Dame and Alabama. Yes, that Notre Dame, and that Alabama. He tweets very little about his trips and keeps his Twitter account on lockdown, only posting about football. Remsberg will occasionally post a link to his highlight reel or retweet something someone said about him. It’s all football this time of the year, and rightfully so. “Once I get in open field, it’s hard to catch me,” Remsberg said. He’s right. When he turns the corner and gets a step on a defender, forget about it. He’s gone. Remsberg’s running motion is smooth, fast and effortless. When he takes off on a 75-yard touchdown run, he looks back, but it’s usually just out of courtesy so he doesn’t make the defense feel too bad for itself. “He has improved as a running back,” said head coach Nate Wollenberg. “His vision has improved, he’s able to make cuts going forward, his hands are getting better all the time. He’s done a much better job of catching the ball, so it’s exciting for us to have that coming back.” He finished 2015 with 78 yards on four catches, an average of 19.5 yards per catch. Remsberg scored 11 touchdowns on the year. Everyone else for Newton scored 14 touchdowns combined. When Remsberg entered high school football, he was described as a sprinter

........................................................................................................................................................................................ Newton’s Kade Remsberg eludes a Valley Center defender midway through the 2015 season. Remsberg has taken trips to numerous division one schools to see their football programs.

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carrying a football. Now, his football carrying abilities appear as second nature. That was a fair assessment of the back, as he won two state championships in sprints last spring. He won the 100and 200-meter sprints. Opposing teams virtually completely avoided Remsberg on kickoffs after the first few weeks of the season because he could return any ball for a score. But now he’s looking forward to what the winter season holds. “I’m going to try to get better this offseason,” Remsberg said. “I’m going to try to get bigger, faster. I’ve got some combines I’m going to, to try and put up some stats there. It’s get better time.” More eyes will be on him for his senior year, so don’t expect any drop off in effort or quality from class 5A’s fastest man. He knows more and more people will look at what he can do, and more and more offers will come his way.

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All in a day’s work Newton superintendent enjoys teaching, serving local district

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eborah Hamm liked everything about teaching youngsters, from the smell of the room to dealing with the students. “I liked their orneriness, pens, stamps, stickers, curriculum and learning new things, reaching a student who seemed unreachable,” Hamm said. “Most everything you think about, I really liked.” This also included grading papers and figuring out why kids missed problems. “I loved being in the classroom,” said Hamm, who now is superintendent of USD 373 in Newton. “I still love teaching adults.” Before teaching, Hamm’s career was headed in another direction—that of business—when a good friend, Jean Weber, a teacher herself, suggested Hamm consider working in that field. Hamm had earned a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in business from Hutchinson Community College in 1986. At that point, she said she was trying to decide if she really wanted to be in business.

“I just really fell in love with it,” she said about teaching. “I had the good fortune to be placed in Kent Rychener’s fourth-grade class.” Hamm was placed there as part of an introduction to education class. From there, she quit working and attended Wichita State University full time, graduating in December 1988 with an elementary education degree. Then she was a substitute teacher for a semester and was hired to instruct fifth grade at Santa Fe Middle School for the 1989-90 academic year. From there, she taught at Sunset Elementary School for a couple years, followed by team teaching with her friend Weber. Between them, they had 50 students. Three years later, she instructed fifth grade at SFMS while getting her administration degree and then was hired as assistant principal at Chisholm Middle School. Her extensive administrative resume includes being middle school principal in Cheney from 1998-2001, principal at Lincoln Elementary School in

McPherson for the next four years and then assistant professor at WSU. “I did that for a year, and I really missed public school,” Hamm said, adding there’s just a different feel at a university. “The hustle and bustle of a public school—I really missed being around the kids.” Then at USD 358, Oxford, Hamm was superintendent for five years. At that point, the school district was making so many cuts, she felt the next round would be high school administration positions, and Hamm believed more duties would fall to her. “I loved Oxford,” she said. “It’s really a nice community.” At that point, a friend asked Hamm if she’d be interested in an assistant superintendent job in Augusta. So there, she was in charge of curriculum and instruction. From 2003-11, Hamm also was an adjunct professor at WSU, teaching master’s level courses. Then in July 2012, she started her superintendent position in Newton. At first, she didn’t apply but decided to later, since there was a real draw for her to Newton, as the family of her husband, Joe Hamm, is from Newton, and her younger son was moving back to town. Joe and Deborah’s three children, Jennifer, born in 1976; Robert, 1979; and Matthew, 1981, graduated from Newton High School, as did Joe and his mother. In fact, the family tradition of attending Newton schools is continuing through her youngest son’s twin daughters, who are in first grade at South Breeze Elementary School, where he also had attended school. “It was something that was very appealing, and thought I had some things I could offer the school district,” Hamm said. Hamm said she was glad she was hired— “good things happen in our schools every day.” Hamm’s duties vary. “It changes every day,” Hamm said, adding she oversees every department, building and program in the district, and district youth range in ages from ages 0 through high school.

.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Newton USD 373 Superintendent Deborah Hamm, left, talks to Russell Miller, assistant superintendent for human and fiscal services with the Newton school district, in his office. 28 | HarveyCountyNOW.com Winter 2015


Deborah Hamm, superintendent of USD 373 Newton, addresses the Newton board of education during an Oct. 26 meeting.

“I feel like the most important thing to me about what I do is making a difference, like feeling like there’s a purpose beyond me,” Hamm said. “It’s about the kids and what we provide for the students and hopefully give support to people who teach.” Although, she said, it doesn’t feel that way because of the state budget cuts. “I really feel like public education is something we need to continue to lift up and support and acknowledge its importance to the continuation of democracy because it’s that important,” Hamm said. Other things are important to Hamm, too, such as the way she lives her life. “My philosophy of life has changed over time as I’ve changed and had new experiences,” she said. These include being grateful more than ungrateful and recognizing the diversity in our society and schools. She likes to accept people who think differently than she does because it challenges her to think. “Things are not always black and white—there are huge shades of gray,” Hamm said, adding she likes to look at people without using the always/never mindset. Another philosophy she has is trying to be more positive than not and learning from mistakes. “Failure is not necessarily a bad thing,” she said. “Repeating the same failure is not necessarily a good thing.” Some of the good things in her life have been her mentors, such as Weber, who talked her into becoming an educator, and Fred Saab, who was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for USD 373 at one time. “He was such an encourager and helped to guide me in understanding what it was I wanted to do and saw potential in me,” Hamm said about Saab.

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esston native Ryan Schadler didn’t have the easiest go of it on the track team at Wichita State, but appears to have found his stride as a Jayhawk. Schadler brought home two gold medals, a silver and a bronze medal his senior year as a Swather after missing out on a medal his first three years. The performance helped land him a spot on the Wichita State track team. After just one semester as a Shocker, Schadler decided to transfer about two hours north to Lawrence and walk on for The University of Kansas football team. His speed turned out to be a huge asset to the Jayhawks. When Kansas opened the season at Memorial Stadium against South Dakota State, he took a kickoff 91 yards for the season’s first touchdown. Schadler has been a bright spot for Kansas this season, as he has found a home on the special teams unit. He’s seen limited time on the offense, with just 16 carries and 92 yards rushing. Schadler’s best offensive game came in week two against Memphis when he ran the ball six times for 28 yards. Special teams, on the other hand, is a place where Schadler excels.

He’s returned 19 kicks through nine weeks in 2015 for a total of 466 yards. His longest was the 91-yard touchdown, his first return of the year. Since then, Schadler’s biggest game was against Texas Tech, a fivereturn day for 115 yards with a long of 32 yards. He’s also turned in returns of 36, and 43 yards. Schadler’s average is 24.5 yards per return. At Hesston, he re-wrote the school record books. Schadler broke six Hesston High School records and was named as an All-State First-Team running back twice. He was also named to the first team at defensive back his senior year. Schadler won the Barry Sanders High School Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2013 when he ran for 2,541 yards and 42 touchdowns. He continued to rake in the honors when he was named the Class 4A Football Player of the Year. Schadler helped the Swathers to a basketball state championship, as well. Last spring at Kansas, he earned a spot on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll as

well as the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. The Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Athletic Director’s Honor Roll holds the same standard.

........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Hesston native Ryan Schadler returns a kick off 91 yards for a touchdown against South Dakota State. It was the first score of the season for Kansas, and the only kick return touchdown for Schadler so far in 2015. INSET: Ryan Schadler (33) celebrates with teammate Taylor Martin after a big play. Photos courtesy Kansas Athletics 30 | HarveyCountyNOW.com Winter 2015


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