Finney County Transit is pleased to announce that it will become the ticketing agency and bus terminal for Beeline Express beginning Monday. This service connects to the national Greyhound Bus Lines and runs daily between Pueblo, Colo., and Wichita, offering both passenger and same-day freight service. These brand new, state-of-the-art busses are equipped with TV, Wi-Fi and leather seating.

To kick off the new bus station, Finney County Transit will be offering free rides that day on all of the City Link and Mini Buses. Additionally, Beeline Express will be on hand to show off its new bus and provide hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks beginning at 11 a.m. until gone.

Severe weather tips

It's the time of year when we are plagued with troublesome weather. Tornado season has already begun. Severe weather in some southern states should remind the rest of us of the importance of having a tornado preparedness plan at work and at home.

In addition to knowing where to go for protection and how to get there, a tornado preparedness plan should designate a tornado shelter. Your shelter should have a safety and survival kit that includes at least one or more flashlights, emergency cash, a battery-operated radio and extra batteries, emergency food and water and a first aid kit.

When a tornado approaches, there is just a short amount of time to make life-or-death decisions. Planning and quick response are keys to survival. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.

A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when tornadoes are predicted in your area. Remain alert. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. When a tornado warning is issued, take shelter in a building with a strong foundation; move to an interior room such as a bathroom or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture. Stay away from windows. If shelter is not available, lie in a ditch or low-lying area a safe distance away from structures.

Mobile homes and travel trailers, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned. These homes can overturn quite easily, therefore these residents should plan to seek shelter in nearby buildings. Reminder: Plan ahead.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the RSVP volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 8:30 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The computer class begins at 3:45 p.m. Yoga starts at 6:30 p.m.

Friday has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. Nutrition Committee will meet at 1 p.m.

Saturday has Prairie Land Food pick-up from 7 to 8 a.m. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday is the Beeline Kick-off with free rides on Transit buses. Join us for a tour of the Beeline 44-passenger bus, hot dogs and chips. The Walking Club meets at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has USDA commodities at 10 a.m. Be sure to bring your 2012 commodities card and a box. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

March 28 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Finney County Public Library outreach is at 11 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing is at 1 p.m. The Inez Wasinger Free Dance is at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the Ortiz Band. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Roast beef, potatoes and gravy, Italian vegetables, wheat roll, angel food cake with strawberries.

Friday: Baked fish or goulash, Corn O'Brien, coleslaw, wheat bread, rosy applesauce.

Monday: Chicken tetrazzini, creamed corn, oriental vegetables, wheat roll, mandarin oranges.

Tuesday: Baked ham, sweet potatoes, Capri vegetables, wheat roll, fruit cocktail with strawberries.

March 28: Baked fish, creamed peas, carrots, wheat bread, citrus fruit.

Note: Fish is available on Fridays in Lent. Call 272-3620 to order by Wednesday.

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