January 2016 …

CH-F introduces- Senior Life Solutions
Aging brings many joys–grandchildren, more free time in retirement, and wisdom gained over the decades. But, at the same time, our older years can also bring the loss of loved ones, stresses of age-related health concerns, or diminished self-esteem. Community Hospital-Fairfax’s Senior Life Solutions program, an intensive group counseling program for individuals over age 65, aims to provide assistance to people who are dealing with emotional or behavioral issues often related to aging. If you or someone you know suffers from any of the following, this program might be right for you: crying, hopelessness, loneliness, restlessness, sadness, coping with loss, decreased energy, difficulty sleeping and low self-confidence.

New Gymnasium dedication- On Friday night before the girls basketball game against South Holt, the Rock Port R-II School District held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new competition gymnasium. Superintendent Craig Walker gave the opening remarks thanking the tax payers of the district and school board members both past and present for their vision and dedication to see the project through. The new competition gym is a welcomed addition to the school district. Mr. Wayne Moore was the guest speaker for the evening. He gave a very heartfelt speech and touched on the many memories he has had over his 42 years of teaching at Rock Port and how proud he was to be a Blue Jay. The stands were full for the inaugural game against South Holt, seating capacity is 1,000 and it was almost there on Friday night. Cutting the ribbon were the elementary student council members: Third grade – Jaymes Herron and Avery Meyerkorth; Fourth grade – Chaney Vogler and Dylan Kemerling; Fifth grade – Riley Walker and Brecken Kelly; Sixth – grade Erika Elam and Tayleigh Huntley.

Rosenbohm serves Atchison County Library for 30 years- Janice Rosenbohm has been employed by the Atchison County Library for 30 years. As a graduate from Tarkio College, Janice holds a B.A. degree in English and Secondary Education. After becoming both inspired and challenged by the fact that she was a single mother of two boys, Janice started her work at the library on January 6th, 1986. She was first hired to be the children’s librarian before taking her current position in 1987 as library director.

Active 911 for Rock Port Fire- The Rock Port Fire Department, with the help of a generous donation made by the family of Larry Abbott, is the first in the county to use iPads in two of their fire trucks. Having the iPads mounted in the trucks brings along information they need before they leave the firehouse. With an App called “Active 911” the firemen will be able to see the information given not only on their smart phone, but they will also receive the same information on the iPad. This information includes fire call destination, who is responding and what the nature of the fire call is. The iPads are also useful on scene, especially when working truck and car fires that take place on the interstate. Each truck that is hauling hazardous material must have a placard to identify what they are hauling, which makes it easier for the fireman to look up the chemical’s information on the iPads. The app also shows a map of the exact location of the fire, and the latitude and longitude of where you are located. As the electronic era moves forward faster and faster, this is one more tool available to help our firemen. By allowing them to have as much information as possible, as fast as possible, when time could be everything.

Community Hospital-Fairfax’s New Year Baby!- On January 9, 2016, Keri Garst and family welcomed a precious bundle of joy and Community Hospital-Fairfax’s New Year Baby! Emma Grace Ann came into the world at 11:34 a.m. weighing 6 lbs. and 2 oz. Emma Grace Ann is welcomed home by siblings, Jaylynn and Morgan, and grandparents Patrick and Liz Garst, Charles and Connie Garst and Marie Watson.