June 28, 2019

Latest events, news and specials in North Central Kansas!

OCCK Transportation is pleased to announce a ribbon cutting for KANcycle, bike sharing for rural Kansas, will take place Friday, June 28 at 10:00 am at Thierolf Park, north of 2nd street and Hersey in Beloit.

KANcycle, a program of OCCK, Inc. Transportation, and Zagster, Inc. will be launching a new bike-share program for eight communities in North Central Kansas that will provide everyone with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is sponsoring a first of its kind regional rural bike share program for the following communities: Belleville, Beloit, Concordia, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Mankato, Minneapolis and Salina.
“OCCK Transportation is excited to bring an additional transportation option, a way to help promote healthier communities, and an enjoyable recreational activity,” says Claire Mullen, Director of Mobility Management.  “We are thrilled to bring something new to North Central Kansas like bike sharing.  It is such a unique program that we are very proud of.”
Starting the middle of June, 80 bikes with 17 stations will be strategically distributed between the eight communities to use for on-demand, local trips. Riders join the program by signing up for annual memberships or pay-as-you-go.  Annual memberships will be $30 with trips under 1 hour being free, student annual memberships will be $20 with trips under 1 hour being free, and pay-as-you-go will be $1.50 every 30 minutes.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the state’s largest health insurer, is making an initial contribution of $160,000 to provide bikes and marketing support for the first year of the KANcycle program, with the intention of helping the program grow in coming years.
For over 75 years, we’ve made helping Kansans lead healthier lives one of our top priorities,” said Virginia Barnes, Director, Blue Health Initiatives. “Bike share encourages both active living and provides a means for community members to access resources they need to stay healthy. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is proud to serve as primary sponsor for KANcycle and we look forward to helping grow the program in the next few years. ”
Zagster manages all aspects of its bike-share programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and fleet rebalancing. Riding KANcycle bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com.  Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to unlock the bike.  After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.
For additional information on the program visit our website www.kancycle.org, our Facebook page KANcycle or contact Claire Mullen at (785) 826-1583.
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting and open house for Down Under Brewery’s Re-branding! We will gather for this event Friday after 5:00 pm. See you there!

Kettle Specials and Events:

Grilled Cheese of the week: “Hop n’ Hog” IPA beer braised pork with white cheddar

Drink: Samuel Adams Porch Rocker Radler, $4


KVSV AM 1190 AND STEREO 102.9 The Mix is your radio home for Kansas City 
Royals Baseball in North Central Kansas and South Central Nebraska…..

Friday June 28th…………at Toronto…….5:30pm
Saturday June 29………..at Toronto…….2:30pm
Sunday June 30th………at Toronto…….11:30am

We are currently looking for superintendents to help with open class at the 2019 Mitchell County Fair. 

What does a superintendent do? 

Superintendents help with check in of exhibits, set up of exhibits and assist the judge as needed. 

What is the time commitment? 

Wednesday July 24th 6-8pm and Thursday 8am- Until judging is complete 

What classes still need a superintendent? 

Garden Vegetables and Horticulture 

Textiles (sewing projects) 

Crafts (legos, sculptures) 

Fine Arts (drawings/paintings)

If you or someone you know would be interested please have them reach out! 

Kendall 308.390.2607 


Kansas Volunteer Commission announces funding to leverage additional volunteers

The Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is announcing funding of up to $100,000 for eligible entities to develop and/or support community-based organizations to recruit, manage and support volunteers.

The funds are made available through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to expand the capacity of volunteer programs in hopes to increase volunteerism in Kansas.

Any Kansas public or private nonprofit organizations, public or private schools, institutions of higher education and governments operating in the state of Kansas are invited to apply. Organizations must have a paid staff member dedicated to supporting volunteers for at least 50% of their job.

Funds may be used to purchase volunteer software, enhance volunteer recruitment strategies, supplement staff time, create volunteer training curriculum or provide quality trainings to staff and volunteers.

All project activities must take place Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 20, 2020. The KVC will select recipients based on the quality of the application, the need and impact of the proposed activities, and the organization’s demonstrated readiness to implement the proposed project.

KVC expects to make awards of up to $15,000 per organization with a dollar-for-dollar match requirement. This is a cost-reimbursement grant funding opportunity.


  • July 1, 2019: Applications due by 4 p.m.
  • Sept. 13, 2019: Official notification of awards.

For the complete application guidelines, blank application and W-9 form, visit www.kanserve.org or contact Jamie Crispin at (785)-296-5712 or at jcrispin@ksde.org

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Calender of Events

  • Friday, June 28 – Ribbon Cutting, KanCycle at Thierolf Park, 10 am
  • Friday, June 28 – Last Friday, First Drink @Wholesale Liquor
  • Friday, June 28 – Ribbon Cutting @ 5-6 pm at Down Under Brewery
  • Saturday, June 29 – Goat Yoga, Pet Connection & LaLa Lotus
  • Saturday, July 6 – LakeFest at Glen Elder State Park, 785-545-3345 to sign up for activities and for more information.
  • Friday, July 19 – Downtown Block Party, 4 – 8 pm, more details to come.
  • July 25 – 27 – Mitchell County Fair, see event flyer
  • Saturday, September 7 – Millapalooza, Downtown Beloit, 785-738-2717 for more information or how to sign up for events.

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