Garden City residents rang in the new year in various ways Sunday night, and members of the First United Methodist Church in Garden City had a their inaugural New Year’s Eve Bash at the Garden City Family YMCA, which provided a safe and family-friendly environment.

While people of all ages took part in the various games, snacks, swimming, and other forms of fun as part of the bash, some attendees took some time to reflect on 2017 and share their New Year’s Resolutions for 2018.

Both Deb and Glen Travers attended the bash Sunday night. While 2017 had some rough patches for the married couple, there were also some highlights.

“A low point (in 2017) was employment issues and not having a paycheck for several months,” Glen Travers said. “But a high point would be I’m re-trained and have a new job now… I got my CDL Class A, so I drive a truck for Mast Trucking out of Copeland.”

Deb Travers said a highlight in her 2017 was the same as her husband’s.

“He’s gainfully employed, has a job and things things are looking better,” Deb Travers said. "2018 is looking better.”

A low point for Deb in 2017 was health issues, she said.

“A low point point was rupturing my achilles tendon and having to be in a boot and cast,” she said. “But it’s on the mend now.”

Ginny Ortiz, a teacher in Garden City, said she saw some struggles through work when reflecting on 2017, but said 2018 will bring several positives.

“A high point is that I’m close to finishing my Masters Degree in special education,” Ortiz said.

Alex Sebranek was shooting hoops in the gym of the YMCA while he reflected on the year 2017.

“I got better (as a person) and had a good year in school with good grades,” the 15-year old said. “Church was really fun too.”

When asked what his New Year’s resolution was for 2018, Sebranek said he doesn’t really have one.

“New Year’s day is just another day to me,” he said.

Glen Travers accorded.

“I never make those,” he said with a laugh.

Both Deb Travers and Ortiz had similar New Year’s resolutions for 2018. Deb Travers said she hopes to continue to be healthier and work on budgeting and financing.

“We’re putting ourselves back on a budget, because we have a couple of vacations planned,” Ortiz said.

Along with the New Year’s Eve Bash at the YMCA, Garden City saw it’s share of celebrations for the holiday. Various bars, clubs and taverns hosted an array of activities to ring in the new year. Garden Valley Church cancelled its annual New Year’s Eve celebration due to illness and the Buffalo Living Legacy Fund hosted its 2nd Annual Buffalo Ball at The Golf Club at Southwind.

The Buffalo Living Legacy Fund is a not-for-profit, tax exempt foundation that was created to provide financial assistance to graduating seniors at Garden City High School who plan to further their education at accredited institutions. Students who are selected will be awarded scholarships, based on academic achievement, as well as school and community involvement.

Last year’s event raised more than $20,000 for GCHS student scholarships.