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Baristas attend CoffeeFest 2014

Baristas attend CoffeeFest 2014

Three baristas from Garden City were among those attending CoffeeFest 2014 in St. Louis Missouri recently, an event jam-packed with training and classes in all things coffee.

Cassandra Gonzales, Mia Michalek and Jessica Alvarado of Patrick Dugan's attended the three-day event in hopes of expanding coffee culture in Garden City.

Among the headlining events was a Latte Art competition, which Gonzales said she wants Patrick Dugan's to compete in next year. It will be among many new changes the three hope to bring to Garden City's coffee culture.

Chamber events coming up

The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce has several activities coming up in the month of June. On Wednesday, the monthly chamber breakfast will be at 7 a.m. at The Golf Club at Southwind. The Business After Hours networking event is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at High Plains Public Radio, 1202 W. Kansas Ave. And the annual Chamber Golf Tournament is set for noon to 6 p.m. Friday. This is a four-person scramble. Tournament fees are $85 for each player, or $325 for a four-person team. Fee includes 18 holes, golf cart, registration gifts, awards and dinner. Register online at the chamber's website,

Farm-to-Fork meeting soon

There will be a Farm-to-Fork summit from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 24 in Concordia at the American Legion, 506 Washington St. and June 25 in Colby at the Colby Community Building basement, 285 E. Fifth St.

The public is invited to attend the summits, which finish up a four-art series of meetings across the state to provide information and gather feedback on policies that could help shape the future of increased healthy food production and access in Kansas.

To attend, register online at

The summits in Concordia and Colby are an opportunity to network with others who share similar interests or concerns for their farms and communities, learn about local and state policy and advocacy for community food and health, and share and take back ideas for their own communities.

Clinical Excellence in Nursing given

Toni Martin and Michael Simon were recently presented with the Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award at the annual St. Catherine Hospital nurses reception held in conjunction with National Nurses Week.

The other finalists were Stacy Jo Tancayo, Annie Tesch, Laurie Bailey and Kimberly Sherwood.

Twenty-three nurses throughout the hospital and clinics were nominated to receive the Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award.

The winners were selected by their peers to receive the award, each receiving a plaque, chamber gift certificate, and their names embroidered on a nursing cape — a longtime hospital tradition.

The award has been in existence now for 28 years. The first was given to Shirley Spangler and Rita Retherford and was presented by the 1988 Ms. America, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko.

Martin, RN, has worked for SCH for almost 14 years. She graduated from Garden City Community College and works in the Nephrology Department at Siena Medical.

She and her husband, Preston, have been married 22 years and have two children, Matt and Trevor; a daughter-in-law, Brooke, and a grandson, Quinten.

Simon, RN, was born to a military family and has traveled the world, but decided to stay in Garden City. He graduated from Garden City Community College with his RN, and works in the Emergency Department.

He is married to Louise Simon and they have a daughter and a son, Lynsi and Jeremy plus their spouses, Danny and Nicole, as well as five grandchildren, Haley, Kalyn, Jordan, Keller and Tyler.

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