Haysville To Name Park After Public Works Director

Randy Dorner
Randy Dorner
After a recommendation from the Haysville Park Board, Haysville City Council approved a park naming application for the 79th Street Park during their meeting on Monday, December 12th. The park will bear the moniker “Randal L. Dorner Park” in honor of Public Works Director Randy Dorner, who passed unexpectedly on November 23rd. Randy worked for the city for more than 26 years, the last 20 as Public Works Director.

In the application, Recreation Director Georgie Carter explains that “during his time with the City, (Randy) worked countless hours making Haysville a better place to live.” It seems particularly fitting to name the 79th Street complex after Randy. Many who knew him recall that when feeling stressed, or when simply yearning for a bit of relief from the rigors of office work, Randy would seek solace in a piece of heavy equipment, working dirt around the complex as a way to relax. A footbridge that was recently installed for easy access to the park from the South Brooke Addition was the last project Randy completed before his passing.

The Park Naming Nomination Form goes on to list some of the projects Randy and his crew brought to fruition over his 26 years at the City. Many projects throughout town bear his stamp, including expansions to our park system (such as a splash pad, ADA accessible fishing docks, two disc golf courses and numerous playground upgrades) and hike/bike paths, the daunting task of cleaning up after the ’99 tornado, the East Grand Reconstruction Project, the Plagens–Carpenter Sports Complex and, most recently, the PRIDE Park fountain, new
Haysville Activity Center and the 79th Street Recreation Complex.

Haysville Marco’s Pizza And Family Video Kick Off Summer With Aniversary Celebration

HAYSVILLE, KS – After almost two years of proudly serving the Haysville community, Marco’s Pizza is inviting residents to its Anniversary Celebration THIS Sunday, June 26th. Festivities begin at 1:00 PM at 521 W. Grand Avenue, next Family Video. The event will feature music, food and activities including Slip & Slide races, Balloon Tosses, Face Painting, and Balloon Animals.

Community outreach is at the core of Marco’s Pizza’s business and sets them apart. The Haysville location has participated in numerous fundraisers, collecting over $1500 for local charities. Their efforts also support Round It Up for Lymphoma. This annual cancer research fundraiser has raised over $5.85 million in the past five years. In conjunction with Family Video, students and teachers are awarded FREE pizza during the annual Report Card A program. Employees have also dedicated time outside the workplace for volunteering.

“Family Video & Marco’s Pizza are proud to be a part of the Haysville community,” said Family Video & Marco’s Pizza District Manager, Rebecca Willis. “Our Anniversary Celebration is the opportunity to welcome back our oldest customers and introduce new ones to our delicious food. This weekend is the perfect kick-off to summer and Family Video and Marco’s Pizza look forward to continuing this tasty partnership in Haysville.”

Hoogland Foods, dba Marco’s Pizza is owned by Highland Ventures Ltd, parent company to Family Video. This location is one of over 130 locations open next to a Family Video since June of 2012 – making it the largest franchisee of Marco’s Pizza. The company plans to welcome another 50 locations nationwide in the next 4-8 months.

Marco’s Pizza offers both carryout and delivery services. The proximity to the Family Video store gives customers the unique ability to pick up their movies and dinner without having to make multiple stops. The authentic Italian pizza chain has an order window inside most Family Video locations for easy carryout service. Families can also order a movie for delivery with their pizza, by going on-line at marcos.com and placing their order for both pizza and a movie.

Family Video and Marco’s Pizza both pride themselves on the exceptional experiences and value offered to their customers. Marco’s Pizza’s menu features the company’s Ah!thentic Italian pizza, Cheezybread, chicken wings, fresh-baked subs, meatballs, handmade salads, soft drinks and more. Marco’s was founded in 1978 by Italian born, Pasquale (“Pat”) Giammarco and is committed to making Italian Pizza with fresh, never frozen cheese or dough.

“This exciting partnership has transformed Family Video into a ‘one-stop shop’ for dinner and entertainment, while maximizing the potential of our locations” said Keith Hoogland, President of Highland Ventures, Ltd. “Reaching this milestone signifies a bright future as we continue to revolutionize the movie rental industry with the backing of the nation’s fastest growing pizza franchise.”

About Highland Ventures, Ltd..
Highland Ventures, Ltd. is parent company to five national brands including; Family Video (769 locations), Marco’s Pizza (130 locations), Stay Fit 24 (11 locations), Digital Doc (33 locations), Highland Pure Water & Ice (3 locations) and Legacy Commercial Properties. Highland Ventures Ltd.’s vision is to grow and leverage our national portfolio of premium commercial properties. Mr. Hoogland stated “at Highland Ventures Ltd. it is always about our people. We are committed to hiring people who share our core values and who will thrive in our entrepreneurial system. Fun, friendly, motivated people who provide exceptional customer service are the foundation of all our successful businesses.

We will continue to own and operate retail oriented businesses and offer prime retail space to hundreds of other tenants. This strategy allows for the acquisition of additional commercial properties and enables the expansion of innovative retail, restaurant, and service operations.” To learn more about Highland Ventures LTD. visit our website www.highlandventuresltd.com

Riding With The Mayor

This past Tuesday 60 + people along with Mayor Armstrong took to Haysville’s bike path for a leisurely ride. Following the ride a bicycle and many prizes were given away.

Some of the attendees at the meet-up location
Some of the attendees at the meet-up location
On the newest section of path in town.
On the newest section of path in town.
The Mayor and the winner of the bike.
The Mayor and the winner of the bike.
The bike and prize winners.
The bike and prize winners.

Haysville Recognized for 16 years as Tree City USA

Pictured: Park Board Committee with the special flag they received from the NADF commemorating this accomplishment.  From left, those members are:  Park Board Chair Russ Kessler, Rich Meyer, Kelly Sullivan, Tom Coleman and Ken Bell.
Pictured: Park Board Committee with the special flag they received from the NADF commemorating this accomplishment. From left, those members are: Park Board Chair Russ Kessler, Rich Meyer, Kelly Sullivan, Tom Coleman and Ken Bell.
Haysville has been recognized for 16 years of participation in the Tree City USA program. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters and encourages cities to make the planting and care of trees a priority. Approximately 100 cities in Kansas participate in the program.
Haysville achieves Tree City USA recognition each year by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
As part of the recognition program, the Haysville Park Board received a special flag commemorating 16 years of participation. It flies below the Kansas state flag at PRIDE Park.
Although Arbor Day is nationally recognized on the last Friday in April, Haysville’s Arbor Day ceremonies occur on or around May 3rd, in honor of the anniversary of the 1999 tornado that devastated the city. The Haysville Park Board has planted 21 trees during Arbor Day ceremonies over the last 15 years.
This year’s Arbor Day celebration will take place at the W. W. Hays Historic Village, where three trees will be planted on Tuesday, May 3rd at 5:15 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Haysville Police Department to Initiate “Safe Spot”

Haysville, KS (March 4, 2016) The Haysville Police Department has developed a “Safe Spot”, where citizens can conduct a variety of “exchanges” in a safe, secure, well-lit environment. Two parking stalls in front of the Haysville Police Department have had signage installed, designating them as the “Safe Spot.” They are available for use by citizens 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“The two parking stalls we’ve selected were chosen because they are thoroughly lighted and easily visible on our security cameras. This makes them safe both day and night,” explains Haysville’s Police Chief, Jeff Whitfield. “Odds are, if someone is unwilling to meet in a public place, they probably don’t have the best of intentions.”
Creating a safe place for people to conduct online want ad transactions is an idea taking hold in communities across the country. Police departments in Boca Raton, Florida, East Chicago, Illinois and everywhere in between are taking steps to prevent the victimization of citizens during these exchanges by creating this type of safe zone. One of the more well-known online want ad sights, Craigslist.com, suggests public exchanges – especially with high value items – to reduce the odds of becoming victimized.
The Haysville Safe Spot’s purpose extends beyond sale transactions, though. “Not only can people exchange goods and cash in a secure manner,” says Whitfield, “they can use the Safe Spot for child custody swaps as well.” Many family law practitioners suggest using a public place for child custody swaps in order to reduce the chances of a dispute.
Haysville’s Safe Spot became operational on March 3, 2016.

Julie Dombo Recovery And Rehab Fund

Julie is a former counselor in the Haysville school district.

On August 11th, Julie Dombo was injured by gunshots at an AT&T Wireless store in Derby, Kansas during an attempted robbery. As a school counselor for many years, Julie had been victim to the very type of person she had always strived to reach and help. As she fights for her life at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS (under the very best care possible) – we are anticipating the resources required for her forthcoming recovery and would ask your help in offsetting those costs.

Click here to donate.

Haysville Youth Take First in AYSO Tournament

Pictured from right to left: Cole Kingsley, Daine Crum, Owen Lien, Cory Caulkins, Tucker Klingenberg, Trenton Goodman, Coach Brooks Howard
Pictured from right to left: Cole Kingsley, Daine Crum, Owen Lien, Cory Caulkins, Tucker Klingenberg, Trenton Goodman, Coach Brooks Howard

On July 18, 2015, six young men were rewarded for a lot of hard work. Persevering through 90 degree heat and 107 degree heat index, this group took first place in the under 14 boys division at the Sporting Kansas City 3v3 Tournament held in Shawnee, Kansas. The team came from the local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) branch at 47th Street South and Meridian. The open tournament included some of the best players from multiple states. Needing four wins to become champions, they succeeded with victories of 7 – 4, 6 – 5 (winning goal scored with two seconds left), 9 – 5, and 7 – 4.