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2/11/2013

Brown Bag Series session set for Tuesday

Brown Bag Series session set for Tuesday

The annual noon-hour Brown Bag Series is under way throughout February at the Finney County Historical Museum, with a different free presentation each Tuesday for the public, as well as for members of the Finney County Historical Society.

Everyone is welcome to bring their own lunch, with beverages and dessert provided. Each program runs about one hour, beginning at noon in the meeting room of the museum at 403 S. Fourth St.

Next week's presentations are "Fracking ... The Facts" presented by Mark Rude, executive director of the Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District; "The State Theater in the Round" by developer Mark Pamplin; and "Meet the Director" featuring Steve Quakenbush, who took charge Feb. 1 as executive director of the historical society.

Rude is planning to explain the implications of natural gas extraction in southwest Kansas through the process known as fracking. Pamplin will focus on plans to gut and remodel Garden City's historic State Theater as a commercial theater in the round. Quakenbush will outline his background in the Garden City area and his perspectives on the museum and historical society. He also hopes to hear ideas and suggestions from those who attend.

The Brown Bag Series began Feb. 5 with a presentation by Johnetta Hebrlee, museum education coordinator, on the popular Kindle reader devices.

Information about the series is available at 272-3664.

Local organizations get housing grant

Ten nonprofits and public housing authorities across the state will share approximately $1.2 million in Tenant Based Rental Assistance to help Kansas families obtain safe, affordable housing of their choice.

Funded through the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program and administered by the Kansas Housing Resources Corp., TBRA helps income-eligible households afford rental subsidies, utility deposits and security deposits.

Agencies in The Telegram's coverage area receiving money included:

* The Area Mental Health Center that serves Finney and Ford Counties, received $69,000 for rental assistance and security deposits.

* Harvest America, which serves Finney, Ford, Barton, Seward, Ellis, Grant, Wichita and Sherman counties, received $150,000 for rental assistance, and security and utility deposits.

* The Southwest Guidance Center, which serves Haskell, Meade, Seward and Stevens counties, received $150,000 for rental assistance and security deposits.

Awarded annually, TBRA grants are based on a community's housing needs, the number of households estimated to be served and the organization's experience in administering TBRA funding.

Public housing authorities and nonprofit organizations may apply for grants of up to $300,000.

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