Hardware Store for sale
Small town hardware store for sale! Continuously operated for over 100 years. One person operation. Complete inventory, land, building, fixtures, equipment. 3700 sf store 3000 sf backroom. Ornate tin ceiling.. Willing to stay on to train. Pipe threader, glass cutter, chainsaw sharpener, tire changer, compressor, chain cutter, screen and window tools, paint shaker. Business has been owned 23 years. Please contact Haven Economic Development: 620-664-8298
City of Haven is accepting applications for Pool Manager and lifeguards until April 3, 2015, 5:00 pm. Application forms available at the City Office, 120 S. Kansas Avenue, at www.havencityhall.org, or call (620) 465-3618.
Sponsored by: Haven Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Haven High School Auditorium
3 Haven City Council Candidates
2 Haven Mayoral Candidates
Candidates will be asked about topics to help you decide who to vote for in April.
National History Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) announced this morning the 24 teachers selected as Behring Teacher Ambassadors for the 2015–2016 academic year. Haven High and Haven Middle School Gifted Teacher Mrs. Vicki Galloway was selected to represent Kansas. Congratulations to Mrs. Galloway!
Winter Eye Care Tips
Ways to avoid dangerous foggy conditions
(Family Features) When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems – especially for individuals who wear glasses.
Having a prescription that addresses vision issues is critical, but equally important are the glasses you wear to correct those problems. Without properly considering how certain lenses will perform as you go about your daily activities, you may encounter new vision challenges that are bothersome and sometimes even hazardous.
Activities as ordinary as entering warm to cold environments or simply experiencing the winter weather outside can fog up your lenses. Foggy glasses are more than a simple annoyance – they cause temporary blindness and can lead to truly dangerous situations.
Beyond the exposure to cool winter temperatures, there are many other everyday situations during which fog can be annoying or even dangerous, such as:
- Walking or running outdoors
- Getting out of the shower or bath
- Preparing food over the stove
- Walking down the stairs
- Playing sports or exercising
Keep your lenses free of fog
You don’t have to avoid your daily activities to fend off fog from your lenses. Here are three ways to minimize or avoid the fog this winter:
- Dress less. While outdoors, be careful not to overdress. Wearing too many layers of clothing can cause your body to overheat and sweat more, creating fog on your lenses as your body heat rises.
- Talk to your eye doctor. Ask about lenses specially designed to protect against fog, such as Optifog lenses, which have patented fog repellant properties on both the front and back side of the lens. Simply cleaning Optifog lenses with the Optifog Activator Cloth provides long-lasting protection against fog.
- Wear a headband. When involved in physical activity, condensation can build up on your lenses. Wear a headband to absorb any sweat produced by your body to potentially help reduce fog.
The problem of fog can be minimized or even eliminated by choosing lenses that are specially designed to correct common problems and can help your vision regardless of the season. Learn more about how to protect your eyes and eyewear from fog and other annoyances at optifogusa.com.
Haven to vote on tax for ambulance building
HAVEN – A proposed new building for Haven Community Emergency Medical Service has prompted a 0.5 percent city sales tax question in the April 7 election.
Haven does not have a city sales tax. Shoppers currently pay state and county sales taxes amounting to a combined 7.65 percent. If the ballot passes, the overall sales tax rate on purchases in Haven would climb to 8.15 percent, starting Oct. 1. The city sales tax would sunset in 10 years or earlier, depending on the cost of the project.
The communities in Reno County that already impose a city sales are Hutchinson, South Hutchinson and Nickerson.
The Haven-area operation is a two-ambulance volunteer service based in a former gas station building at the corner of Main Street and Kansas Avenue in downtown Haven. The ambulance service covers a 1,250-square-mile territory. Haven, Sumner and Yoder townships also financially support the service, along with the city of Haven and Reno County.
Tony Troyer, a paramedic for Reno County’s ambulance service, is director of the Haven-area ambulance operation. He said he’s been trying to find better quarters for the Haven operation since 1998.
The city owns a vacant lot at 120 N. Kansas, across from the public library and close to the current ambulance service site. If voters OK the sales tax ballot, the new ambulance station would be built there.
The estimated cost for the project is $450,000, although City Administrator and Public Works Director Allen Blake said the actual cost could be less.
Blake said the supporting townships have signed preliminary agreements to support the new building by the same percentages which they contribute to the operation: Haven Township, 25 percent; Sumner Township, 12.5 percent; Yoder Township, 12.5 percent. That would leave the city of Haven to finance half the expense.
Fundraising for the ambulance building dates back to at least to 2013 and has generated about $23,224 to date in donations, according to City Clerk Leslie Atherton. A 2014 turkey dinner sponsored by Journey church in Yoder generated nearly half of the donations raised. In addition, the city of Haven has about $63,000 earmarked for the project in its capital improvements fund.
The current building provides 1,400 square feet of space and has what Troyer called an “all-purpose room,” used for training, office work, and sleeping and eating quarters. Some volunteers live outside Haven, and when they are on-call, they come to the station and may sleep in a recliner chair. There is one restroom for the building, off the ambulance garage. A shower is also located off the garage.
“Storage areas are virtually nonexistent with supplies and equipment being stored wherever possible and often times in areas that are not appropriate,” stated a preliminary architectural report by Putnam Architecture LLC, Hutchinson, prepared for the city of Haven.
The Haven service’s newer ambulance “barely fits in the door,” Blake said, and they can’t open all the side doors once it is in the bay, he said.
Upgrades to the current location would be difficult and adjacent property is not available, according to a city information sheet about the project.
There was talk of co-locating the ambulance service with Reno County Fire District No. 9 when the fire station was built on Kansas Avenue, but that didn’t happen. An inquiry into grant funding revealed the area did not have a low-enough income level to qualify.
Preliminary plans call for an approximately 5,000 square-feet facility. It would contain a meeting/training room, two bedrooms, office space, separate restrooms, a day room, kitchen, storage spaces, and three vehicle bays.
The ambulance service has about 10 volunteers and the service makes between 150 and 200 runs a year, Troyer said.
“I think most people feel this is a very important part of our community,” Blake said.
“I know the community is in support of the ambulance service,” Troyer said. He doesn’t know, though, if everybody supports the sales tax question.
The alternative, according to city officials, is raising the money through property taxes.