Museum offers program on Airbase

The Finney County Historical Museum will continue its annual Brown Bag Lunch Series Tuesday with a presentation entitled "The Airbase. Everyone is welcome to bring their own lunch, with beverages. Home-made dessert provided. Each program runs approximately one hour, beginning at noon in the meeting room of the museum at 403 S. Fourth St. in Finnup Park.

"The Airbase" session will be presented by museum education coordinator Johnetta Hebrlee, showing how the U.S. Army Air Corps base in Finney County, established during World War II, trained bomber pilots for the Allied war effort and later evolved into the Garden City Regional Airport.

Previous segments have included "The Fleagle Gang," Feb. 4; "Footsteps to Finney County," Feb. 11; and "War Birds," Feb. 18. A repeat presentation of the Fleagle Gang is scheduled March 5.

Musical variety show set for Monday

A musical variety program featuring vocalist and guitarist Al Miller will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Garden Valley Retirement Village, 1505 E. Spruce St.

The public is encouraged to attend at no charge. For more information, call 275-5036.

Register now for Big Rural Brainstorm

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is accepting registrations for the second Big Rural Brainstorm scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 14 at the Merdian Event Center in Newton.

People from every aspect of rural life are encouraged to attend, from the health care field and service sectors to those in education and business.

For more information or to register, visit The cost of the event is $45, which includes a noon meal. The deadline to register is March 7, with a limit of 200 participants.

Caldwell Public Library gets $1000

Caldwell Public Library has received a $1,000 grant from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund, managed by the Scott Community Foundation. The money will be used for an ongoing remodeling project to create a youth services area for children's programming. Phase one of the estimated three-year project includes framing, electrical, lighting and drywall. The project has not yet begun.

The library received the same amount for the youth services area from the Sharing Success Fund last year.

The library moved to its current location three years ago with help from a Community Development Block Grant and a 0 percent loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Two-thirds of the building was remodeled at the time. The library's small annual budget is ear-marked for items such as books, payroll and utilities. Additional projects, such as the youth services area, depend upon outside sources, such as the grant from Sharing Success.

Scott Community Foundation began accepting applications for grants from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund in 2012. Wheatland Electric and CoBank each contributed an additional $5,000 to the fund in 2013. The program will continue until funds are exhausted. Non-profit groups interested in receiving the funds should contact the Scott Community Foundation at (620) 872-3790 for further details.