What’s Happening in Pratt


Pratt Young Professionals – A vibrant group of Pratt’s young business people (21-40ish) who host a variety of community service, social, and philanthropic events throughout the year. Individuals passionate about their career and the Pratt Community are encouraged to join. Membership applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. A few of their upcoming events include:

  • April 24, 2014 – Monthly dinner with host Rochelle Westerhaus at the public library.
  • May 3, 2014 – Spring Community Service Projects: PYP will be out in full force this spring to help out in the community. If any individuals or groups are in need of outdoor services, please contact the Chamber of Commerce to inquire as to how PYP may assist. PYP plans to help with the Downtown Farmer’s Market and has done painting, yard and house clean-up, food drives, and adopt-a-highway for past projects, among others.
  • July 12, 2014 – Movie in the Park event. PYP will once again be showing a movie in conjunction with the downtown sidewalk sale. Movie time starts around dusk.

Quarterly Breakfast – Is your business expanding, doing new & inventive things, or you just want to have coffee with your Chamber friends?  The Chamber is looking for a host for our next Quarterly Breakfast to be held in May or June. If you are interested, please let me know.

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry April 11 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Knights of Columbus – 1223 N. Main Fish, coleslaw, potato dish, vegetable & bread

Legislative Update & Coffee with Mitch Holmes & Marshall Christmann Saturday, April 19th – 9:00 am Pratt Community College – Riney Student Center, Rooms 312-314

Ribbon Cutting – The Storm Cellar Pub & Grub
Thursday, April 24th – 12 Noon 701 E. First

South Wind Hospice Purse Auction May 17- 11:00 am
Tickets are $25 Contact Joy Schwartz at 620 672-7553

Security in the Workplace Learning Luncheon Tuesday, May 20 – 12:00 Noon Pratt Regional Medical Center – Stanion Room Chuck Clanahan, Kansas Protective Security Advisor/U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be presenting: “See Something, Say Something”, Active Shooter & Cybersecurity Please RSVP to info@prattkansas.org

Pratt Area Humane Society – 2nd Annual Color Me Fun Run Saturday, May 31 – Pratt County Lake 9:00 am www.prattareahs.org Registration is $40

BINGO at Pratt Elks Lodge #1451 – 1103 W. 5th Every Monday beginning at 7:00 pm Entry is free and open to the public.

What’s Happening @ Your Library for March (Pratt Public Library)

  • PreSchool Story Time (ages 3 – 5 years) – Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Toddler Time (ages 0 – 2 years + mom/caregiver) – Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tween Tuesdays @ Your Library - April 15 – 3:45 p.m., Watercolor/Crayon Paint
  • After Hours @ Your Library – Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. April 15 – Artist Talk with Neil Goss
  • K-4 Fun @ Your Library – Every Thursday after school from 4 – 4:45 p.m. April 17 – Tin Can Trains
  • Tech Thursdays – 5:30 pm April 17 – Windows Laptop Basic Class

Pratt Community College Join Pratt Community College “Under the Big Top” on April 25th   The carnival of excitement includes dinner, raffles, a silent auction and a live auction, as well as a thrilling performance by PCC’s own vocal ensemble, Encore! Tickets are $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. Tickets will be sold beforehand and at the door, but seating is limited. Reserve your tickets by contacting Foundation Director Ann Ruder or calling 620-450-2179.

 Patrick Jones, PCC freshman and accomplished pianist, will perform a piano concert and some of his friends will join in for a great afternoon of music!  Several different styles! Carpenter Auditorium Suggested donation  $5

PCC Women’s Softball -Tuesday, April 15 – 1:00 pm – Hesston Colllege

PCC Men’s Baseball Tuesday, April 15 – 4:00 pm – Cowley College Friday, April 18 – 2:00 pm – Butler County, Saturday, April 19 – 2:00 pm – Butler County

Rolla Rena Public Skate Sessions Be sure to register for KIDS SKATE FREE at www.kidsskatefree.com

  • New After School Skate session! Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., $5 per skater, all skaters welcome. (Kids Skate Free passes are accepted for this session.)
  • Upcoming special sessions Easter weekend!  Good Friday skate: come see the Easter Bunny, get your picture taken with him and pick a lucky prize egg from his basket!  1:00-5:00 $8.00 includes quad rental skates & free drink at snack bar. & prize egg!!
  • Friday 7:00-10:00 pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00 pm – $6.00 admission + $1.00 skate rental
  • Also open Monday, April 21st - schools out skate day. Open to all ages. 1:00 – 5:00 pm $8.00 includes quad rental skates & free drink at snack bar!!

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs



USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

Sign-Up Begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee, Fruit Grower Programs

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.

“These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I prioritized the implementation of these disaster assistance programs now that the Farm Bill has restored and strengthened them.”

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Enrollment also begins on April 15 for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).

LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible livestock includes beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, poultry, sheep, swine, horses, and other livestock as determined by the Secretary.

LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire on publicly managed land. An eligible livestock producer must own, cash lease, or be a contract grower of eligible livestock during the 60 calendar days before the beginning date of the qualifying drought or fire in a county that is rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as D2, D3, or D4.

ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) employees have worked exceptionally hard over the past two months to ensure eligible farmers and ranchers would be able to enroll to receive disaster relief on April 15.

To expedite applications, all producers who experienced losses are encouraged to collect records documenting these losses in preparation for the enrollment in these disaster assistance programs. Information on the types of records necessary can be provided by local FSA county offices. Producers also are encouraged to contact their county office ahead of time to schedule an appointment.

For more information, producers may review the 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet, ELAP and TAP fact sheets online, or visit any local FSA office or USDA Service Center.


Sen. Moran to Host National Institutes of Health Director in Kansas

230px-Jerry_Moran,_official_portrait,_112th_CongressSen. Moran to Host National Institutes of Health Director in Kansas
Visit includes meeting with university researchers across the state, Sen. Moran recognition by the Science Coalition, and research update at the University of Kansas Medical Center


What:      U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will host National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins in Kansas on Monday, April 14, 2014, to highlight biomedicine and bioscience initiatives in the state. NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, supporting thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across the country. More than 80 percent of the NIH’s budget goes to more than 300,000 research personnel at over 2,500 universities and research institutions.

As NIH Director, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world. He is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. Dr. Collins served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH from 1993-2008.  He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009.

Who:                           U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, University of Kansas
Douglas Girod, M.D., University of Kansas Medical Center Executive Vice Chancellor

Notes:  *Media are invited to attend the Champion of Science Award Presentation and the press availabilities. Questions may be directed to Katie Niederee.

When/Where:            8-9:15 a.m.
Kansas Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program Presentation
Sen. Moran and KU Chancellor Gray-Little will host Dr. Collins at a presentation of Kansas’ NIH IDeA program. The IDeA program broadens the geographic distribution of NIH support for biomedical research by fostering research at institutions located in states that have historically been underrepresented in NIH research participation. The following Kansas universities were invited to participate in this presentation: the University of Kansas, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Wichita State University and Washburn University.

*9:30-10:40 a.m.
The Science Coalition “Champion of Science” Award Presentation

Sen. Moran will receive the Champion of Science Award from the Science Coalition, a nonprofit organization of more than 50 of the nation’s top research universities, including KU. The award recognizes members of Congress for their support of science research conducted at universities and national labs across the country. The award will be presented by KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on behalf of the Science Coalition. Dr. Collins will deliver keynote remarks at the event.

*10:45-11 a.m.
Press Availability with Sen. Moran, Dr. Collins and Chancellor Gray-Little University of Kansas Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics — Hansen Hall 2350 Petefish Drive; Lawrence, KS 66045

Noon-1:25 p.m.
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Update and Tour
Sen. Moran and Dr. Collins will meet with University of Kansas Medical Center researchers to discuss current research initiatives, including the Kansas Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research CenterFrontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation.

*1:30-2 p.m.
Press Availability with Sen. Moran, Dr. Collins and Dr. Girod

University of Kansas Medical Center
Robert Hemenway Life Sciences Innovation Center — Beller Conference Room
3901 Rainbow Blvd.; Kansas City, KS 66160



Bread of Life Hunger Run/Walk


5K and 1 Mile loop

Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00am

Lemon Park

The mission of Bread of Life Community Kitchen, Inc. is hunger relief.  Our goal is to serve nutritious meals, provide for emergency food needs, deliver meals to the elderly and/or ill who are homebound, and especially feed our children. This 5K Run is a fundraiser to help us meet our Mission and Goals.    

Registration forms can be picked up at:

Hibbett Sports 2020 E 1st St, Pratt (please ask the staff for a registration form) or
Hope Center 314 S Main M-F, 1-5pm

Pre-register by April 19th for $25 and a guaranteed race shirt or

On race day from 8:15-8:45am for $35 with no guarantee.

For more information call Shannen Berens at 620-388-5716 or Lynette Freeman at 620-546-5276


Pilot Club of Pratt will be serving Chicken & Noodles

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The Pilot Club of Pratt will be serving Chicken & Noodles on March 31, 2014 at the Municipal Building from 5 to 7 p.m.  Ticket can be purchased at the door $6.00 for adult and $4.00 for 12 and under.  Extra Noodles will be available to purchase to take home for $5.00 a container.  This fundraiser supports many community projects and the Pilot Express in 6th St Park.  Please help us make this a great fundraiser for our community projects.