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Saturday, December 10, 2011


Monday, December 12
Christmas Program
Reading Elementary School
Followed by a visit from Santa

Friday, December 9, 2011


Sunday, December 11
      10:30 am -- worship at both churches
      Noon -- Christmas turkey dinner for all.......bring a vegetable or salad dish
             Drawing for the UMW quilt that rode out the tornado in The Miracle Cafe -- Marion Jones
             Kids Activities -- Amber Atchison and Ashley Barrett
             Decorating Town Tree -- Amber and Ashley
      Distribution of Christmas Decorations -- Barbara Schlobohm, Pam Barrett and Marion Jones

This is a day of celebration with your fellow Readingites.  Come, relax and renew your spirits!

HCCI Saturday

Credit Counseling has been arranged for all in Reading who chose to take advantage of the free offer.  Saturday, December 10, there will be four counselors coming from Topeka to work with
10 participants.  They will receive a $50 WalMart card at the end of tomorrow's initial work session.  When they complete the "homework" and phone conversation they will receive another
$50 card.

There is a possibility that this can be arranged for the month of January for those who did not get to participate this time around.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


What a wonderful adventure into possibilities Reading experienced last night!
Thank you to all of the KSU students and staff for their efforts to Redesign Reading
and upgrade our daily lives.

A huge thank you to USD 251 for the use of the building, RCD for purchasing the
chili ingredients, Virginia Barger for preparing the chili, Charles Schlobohm for
donating the bowls, napkins, spoons and crackers, Rosalee Voorhees for washing
all the dishes and cleaning the kitchen and J T Crawford for serving and cleaning
up afterward. 

It does take a village!

ps -- For transparency, I sent half of the extra chili and crackers with the students.
The other half was placed in the freezer at the UMethodist Church for RCD to use
at their discretion.


Last night The Miracle Cafe hosted it's first event in the new facility.
Thank you to the Lyon County Extension Council for honoring Reta's Return.

Opening for all on Monday, December 12, at 9 am!


Citizens State Bank and Trust
9am to Noon
1pm to 3pm          Wednesdays, 1pm to 6pm

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

More Great Publicity

Working hard at this time of year to keep our wonderful little town
in the front of people's minds.  My goodness, we've been on all the
Topeka stations, radio stations and even a KC station along with the
Emporia Gazette.


Of the Reading families that completed the application process for the Rehab Grants of up to $25,000
on their homes, nine have cleared the "financial" level and their applications are moving forward.

If you live in or within 2 miles of Reading in Lyon County, you can contact Jeff Lynch in the Grant Writing Office of the city of Emporia for a form and help completing it.  We have $250,000 in grant money available to residents.

Jeff said he will continue taking applications until all of the money is committed, so don't wait too long!


Tonight        6pm -- chili        6:30 -- presentations & questions   Reading School

Thursday night       7pm         Reading School

Sunday -- Worship at 10:30 am (both churches)
                  Turkey dinner at NOON -- UMethodist Church--bring a side dish or dessert
                  Kids Activity -- Amber
                  Drawing for Quilt -- Marion
                  Christmas bags -- about 2pm at the school

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Wednesday, December 7 (tomorrow)
6pm -- light chili supper
6:30pm -- presentations begin
Reading School

The K-State Architecture and Architectural Landscaping students will
present their plans to Readingites that are interested in seeing possibilities
for the new civic building and the new park facilities.

You will want to see this.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Here's a Golden Opportunity

The Reading Long-Term Recovery Committee is pleased to offer one-on-one financial counseling for Reading residents on Saturday, December 10, at the Reading Elementary School.

We know that recovering from the tornado has taken a toll on your financial well being, and we want to help you with your financial recovery.  We have contacted Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI) to send certified financial counselors to Reading to meet with those interested in developing a budget, receiving credit counseling and developing a plan to pay off debt.  This counseling session is being offered free of charge and will take one hour for the initial meeting with some additional on-line and telephone follow up over the following weeks.  A description of the types of counseling offered by HCCI are below.

To sign up for an appointment, please contact HCCI at 1-800-383-0217 and inform them that you’d like to make an appointment in Reading on December 10.  It is very important that you reference Reading immediately in your conversation. When you contact them, they can provide you with additional information about your appointment and what you will need to bring. Your appointment will take place in a classroom with just you and your financial counselor and is completely confidential. No information will be shared with members of the LTRC.

This counseling is available to all residents of Reading. For those who participate, the LTRC will provide a $50 Wal-Mart gift card to those who attend a counseling session on December 10 (one per household) and an additional $50 Wal-Mart gift card once you have successfully completed the follow up steps as directed by HCCI (one per household). 

The types of counseling available are:

Financial Counseling assists and educates clients in personal financial management such as setting goals, paying themselves first, tracking spending, completing paycheck-to-paycheck plans, identifying non-monthly expenses, prioritizing expenses, calculating general percentages of income spending, increasing income, and reducing expenses.  Financial counseling is used in all types of counsel and can include tracking property maintenance and/or rental expenses as well as personal budget expenditures.  Financial counseling includes identifying debt-repayment options available to them.

Credit Building Counseling educates clients regarding the importance of knowing what is on each of their 3 different credit reports, how to access their credit reports, how to read and understand them, how to dispute errors, how positive and negative credit affects them, and how to begin rebuilding credit for the future.

Bankruptcy - Pre-Bankruptcy Counseling and/or Education provides clients considering filing bankruptcy with budgeting information, a brief description of Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, other options and alternatives to repay debt, how each option affects credit, timeframes involved, and a review of the major changes in bankruptcy law.

Foreclosure Prevention, Mortgage Default, Loss Mitigation, and Rental Delinquency Counseling assists clients whose housing is at risk and may be facing eviction, mortgage default and foreclosure.  Counselors provide options for mortgage default, foreclosure and delinquency resolution. Counseling may include restructuring debt, arrangement of reinstatement plans, loan forbearance, and other loss mitigation tools.