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Monday, April 30, 2012

Hanlon's Return for a Visit

Friday, May 4              The Miracle Cafe
Bill Hanlon (cello) and Bill Ihling (guitar) plus friends will be serenading everyone from the front porch!
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the evening!  Paula will be socializing and covorting, I'm sure.

Dinner special will be Mexican feast.  Beer and wine coolers available.

May City Council Meeting

Thursday, May 3                7pm
City Hall

Book Club

Wednesday, May 2          9:30am
The Miracle Cafe

Discuss -- have a little faith by mitch albom
New book for May will be announced.

Public Square Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 2            7pm
Reading Baptist Church

All members of the Public Square Steering Committee need to be present.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Friday, April 6

Good Friday Service - UMethodist Church
7 - 7:30pm

Harveyville Street Dance -- $5 donation to rebuilding fund
8:30 pm

April City Council Meeting

Thursday, April 5
7pm    City Hall

Park plan update.  Discussion on civic building plans.  You need to be there.

Please Read This

For those who are un-insured, or under-insured, we’ll give them a free Intake session, followed by two or three free treatment sessions. After that, we’ll do all we can to set a fee that they can live with.  If they have insurance or Medicaid, then that will pay. 

Mental Health Center in Emporia

Please do not let anyone in your family be afraid of storms now.  There is
free help available.  Call them today.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Please Remember

Hate to do this, but here goes.  Reading United Methodist Church has always opened its doors to anyone needing help.  Luckily, many people escaped real tragedy on May 21 last year.  This week the building was opened again for all seeking shelter from the storm.

The basement had been scrubbed and set up for a shower on Saturday.  A large number of people went to the basement....even taking their animals!  Someone took down the chairs and laid them on the floor, got out and moved tables under windows, etc, etc.  When the all clear was given, everyone left the building and left an absolute mess for someone else to deal with!

I am not involved in this activity in any way, but the shower hostess has had to go back in this afternoon and spend a couple hours cleaning up after you all.

Please remember, if YOU make the mess, YOU clean it up.  Doesn't that seem fair?  Do you want 50 people and their animals invading your cleaned home, moving furniture, dragging in dirt, etc and then just walking out and leaving you with the mess?

Okay, be mad at me.....but I felt it needed to be said.  No, the church has said is just me.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Concert

Thursday, March 29
First United Methodist Church of Emporia
$10 donation -- tickets available at The Miracle Cafe
                          or at the door the night of the concert

Community Bingo Party

Saturday, March 31
7 to 8:30pm
Reading School gymnasium

After the tornado Readingites asked for the chance to just get together and
enjoy the community and each other.  The Communication team has put
together a family fun evening and are looking forward to seeing you there.

Friday, March 16, 2012

April 13 and 14

Reading to Serve as Teaching Ground for Disaster Coordinator Class
On April 13 and 14, Reading will serve as ground zero for a Disaster Coordinator Training Class through
Ottawa University. Students in the class and their teachers will be in Reading to do mock damage
assessment, communication, survivor search and rescue, etc. Both the United Methodist Church and
Reading School will be hosting the events for the students.

NEW Applications for Habitat for Humanity Homes

Reading Habitat for Humanity
Work has begun on the first Habitat for Humanity home in Reading. There’s a possibility that there
could be another one. New applications are now being taken and are available at Citizen’s State
Bank. Applicants must have been living in Reading at the time of the tornado, be able to secure a
small mortgage and complete a Housing and Credit Counseling course. The housing sub-committee of
Reading Long Term Recovery Committee will assess the applications and make a recommendation to the
committee. Applications must be received by April 10, 2012. All applicants will be contacted after the

Tornado Damage Financial Assistance

Long Term Recovery
This committee will continue taking applications for tornado damage relief through May 1, 2012. If you
have a case that has not yet been heard, or if you have newly revealed damage, please consider making
application for assistance. Note the following:
• The damage must be storm related
• If the damage was to a person’s home, it must be his/her main home (not rental) and applicants
should have been living there at the time of the tornado
• If the damage was to a person’s vehicle it must be his/her main vehicle (not business)
• You must provide documentation of insurance settlements
• You must provide documentation of the costs of repair if already completed
• You must provide estimates of repairs if the work is not already completed
To apply: Contact Marion Jones, 699-3471 or Jami Reever, United Way of the Flint Hills, 620-342-7564

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday, March 13

RCD will meet tonight at 7pm at The Miracle Cafe.
Need a car removed?  They will give you $50 to get
it out of your yard.   Have property you would like
to sell?  Let them know.

Be a part of the solution!

Habitat Begins

Dwight Adams, Osage City, is a member of Long Term Recovery for Reading. He serves through United Methodist Disaster Relief. Dr. Adams has already arranged for Caravaners to come from Minnesota, Illinois, Arkansas, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Kansas to work on the Habitat for Humanity home! Wow!

The pad and cement work need to be completed, then Dwight and Steve Burnett's skilled volunteers will begin
descending and creating.  It is amazing!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Do Not Call List for Cell Phones

  REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go
Public this month.
REMINDER.....  all cell phone numbers
are being released to telemarketing
companies and you will start to receive
sales calls.
   To prevent this, call the following number
from your cell phone:        888-382-1222.
It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only
take a minute of your time.. It blocks your
number for five (5) years. You must call
from the cell phone number you want to
have blocked. You cannot call from a    
different phone number.
www.donotcall.govM a r c h 2 , 2 0 1 2 The Lebo Light

Friday, March 2, 2012

City Council Meeting Notes 3/1

Present:  Ed Sapp, Todd Hensley, Bill Paige, Heather Jones, Jenifer
Hanneman, Mayor Kevin Sorensen
         City Employee -- Carol Ann Higgins, Tom Coerping, and Joyce Wilson.

CGB reported that the lagoon cleaning is going well.

The only thing left on the RV sites is grading and gravel.  They should be
ready for the Habitat start date of Mar 19.

Kevin and our KDEM helpers have been meeting with the KS Mitigatoin group
about the specifics on the safe room...still going to be at the civic
buliding just working out details on size need for our current population.

An architect with CGB talked about working with us on the community
building project.  The city has also been contacted by other interested

JT updated us on the ball field.  There will be volunteer groups in town
on April 14 and 21 to set posts and put up the fence and back stops.

The park committee is going to be presenting a formal request with
estimates and building plans to some funders in April for playground
equipment and the community center.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kids Kaleidoscope for Spring Break

Thursday, March 22
1pm -- (Kdg, 1st and 2nd graders)  Story, coloring, science experiment, treat
2pm -- (3rd, 4th, and 5th graders) Story, science, word game, treat

Come have some fun at The Miracle Cafe with Barbara and Dr. Davies!
It's free -- and you Mom's and Grandma's can have a visiting time, too.

Park Tree Fundraiser

Scentsy Open House
Saturday, March 10
2 - 4pm  at The Miracle
Deanna Buss, consultant, and Vicky Tabor will host this event.
10% of all sales will go to the Reading Park Fund.

A new line of Scentsy and the Spring items will be featured.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sunday, February 26

Imagine being served a complete home-cooked roast beef dinner for only $6.  Seriously???
Yes!  Reading UMethodist Church wants to be sure that the students of Reading have all of their school
supplies next fall so we are starting now to be prepared.

Dinner will be served shortly after the end of service at 11:30am until it is gone (or we're tired, haha)
Roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, homemade rolls, dessert, tea/coffee for on $6 for adults and $3 for kids under 10.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

CITY COUNCIL MEETING Notes on civic building

There is to be a basement safe room.  FEMA 75%, state 10%, Reading 15%
There was much discussion about the size, moving city hall to the building, other parts, etc.
Motion made (Jen/Heather) to move city hall to the civic building when complete.
         Approved 4 yea  /  1 abstain
There are several funders waiting on plans and numbers to help.  City council members were
         asked by the Mayor to draw up plans of what they would like to see for a floor plan.  They hope to have
         a solid "general" idea at next weeks meeting so that a volunteer KSU architect instructor can draw them
         up and figures can be gathered to present to funders.  The funders are just waiting on concrete figures.



Present:  Ed Sapp, Todd Hensley, Bill Paige, Heather Jones, Jenifer Hanneman, Mayor Kevin Sorensen
              City Employee -- Carol Ann Higgins
7:05pm -- meeting called to order by Mayor
                presentation of lagoon project bids on $200,000 grant from KS Dept of Commerce
                Bid awarded to King Construction for $122,363   Sub-contractors Midland Fence, TWS out
                    of Lebo and Mayer Specialties from Goddard
                Additional funds that will be available after ALL add-ons are paid are targeted for replacement
                    of deteriorated/damaged piping and to replace/place rock rip-rap.
7:30pm -- completed lagoon contracts
                Richard Heathman asked to have a water meter run on the Hoop House lot.  He will pay for
                   the water.
                Old cement restrooms in park have been taken down.  City was informed they would lose $5,000
                    in FEMA money.  The city is filing a change of use of money from the restrooms to
                   office equipment: computer, copier, Jayhawk update, etc. up to $5,000.


Reminder --   SPECIAL  city council meeting tonight at 7pm to start getting suggestions, ideas and reactions to a new Civic Building.  This is your chance to share and listen.