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Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce News
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Legislative Update & Coffee with Mitch Holmes & Marshall Christmann
Saturday, April 19th – 9:00 am
Pratt Community College – Riney Student Center, Rooms 312-314
Coffee, juice and cinnamon rolls will be served.

Ribbon Cutting – The Storm Cellar Pub & Grub
Thursday, April 24th – 12 Noon
701 E. First

Sacred Heart School Boosters - Annual Wine Tasting.
April 27th 3:00-6:00 p.m. @ the Pribil’s Home 20391 S. 281, Pratt
Must be 21 – Wines & Gourmet hor d’oeuvres
Tickets are $60 with a maximum of 70 tasters
Contacts: Bekki Pribil 388-0577 bekkipribil@gmail.com or Vicky Maetchlen 770-0259

Pratt Adventure – presented by The Pratt Health Foundation & Pratt Health Coalition
Saturday, May 17th – 9:00 am
Lemons Park
FREE COMMUNITY EVENT!! There will be a 5K competitive run, a 5K bicycle adventure, a 3K run adventure and a 1K walk adventure. Adventure participants will collect adventure numbers and the participant with the highest score will win $100 in each category.
Preregister to: adventure@prmc.org before May 9th for a $25 drawing
Questions? Call (620) 672-6411

South Wind Hospice Purse Auction
Saturday, May 17- 11:00 am
Tickets are $25
Contact Joy Schwartz at 620 672-7553

Security in the Workplace Learning Luncheon
Tuesday, May 20 – 12:00 Noon
Pratt Regional Medical Center – Stanion Room
Chuck Clanahan, Kansas Protective Security Advisor/U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be presenting:
“See Something, Say Something”, Active Shooter & Cybersecurity
Please RSVP to info@prattkansas.org

Pratt Community Concert Association presents John Davidson
Thursday, May 22 – 7:00 pm
Pratt Community College – Carpenter Auditorium http://www.johndavidson.com/main.html

Pratt Area Humane Society – 2nd Annual Color Me Fun Run
Saturday, May 31 – Pratt County Lake 9:00 am
www.prattareahs.org
Registration is $40

BINGO at Pratt Elks Lodge #1451 - 1103 W. 5th
Every Monday beginning at 7:00 pm
Entry is free and open to the public.

Prairie Independent Living Center, Inc.
400 South Main (large conference room)
Living Well Series 1:30 – 3:00 pm
ADHD – First Tuesday of Every Month
Diabetes – Third Tuesday of Every Month

What’s Happening @ Your Library for March (Pratt Public Library)
* PreSchool Story Time (ages 3 – 5 years) – Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
* Toddler Time (ages 0 – 2 years + mom/caregiver) – Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
* Tween Tuesdays @ Your Library - April 22 – 3:45 p.m. Movie – Bridge to Terabithia (96 minutes)
* After Hours @ Your Library – Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. - April 22 – Places & choices book discussion – “The Wind is Not A River” by Brian Payton
* K-4 Fun @ Your Library - Every Thursday after school from 4 – 4:45 p.m. - April 24 – Learn about Vermi composting
* Tech Thursdays – 5:30 pm - April 24 – Mac Laptop Basic Class

Pratt Community College

* Beaver Building Day
Wednesday, April 23 - 11:15 am - 1:30 p.m.
Fall registration, pre-enrollment, advising, financial aid, campus tours.

* Join Pratt Community College “Under the Big Top” on April 25th at 6:00 pm at the Pratt 4-H Center for this annual fundraiser supporting the scholarship fund for PCC students. The carnival of excitement includes dinner, raffles, a silent auction and a live auction, as well as a thrilling performance by PCC’s own vocal ensemble, Encore! Tickets are $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. Tickets will be sold beforehand and at the door, but seating is limited. Reserve your tickets by contacting Foundation Director Ann Ruder or calling 620-450-2179.

* Tractor safety for 14, 15 year olds by Pratt Community College, along with K-State Research and Extension
Saturday, April 26 - 7:30 am – 6:00 pm – Cost is $40.00 (covers lunch and workbook)
Ag Power Technology Building on PCC's campus
"This course certifies 14 and 15 year-olds to drive ag equipment for others families, which is required by the state," said Rod Stewart, instructor. "On top of that, it doesn't hurt anyone to have this training. It is good for all students that age."
For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact the Pratt County extension office at 620.672.6121.

* Financial Aid Education Night
Tuesday, April 29 - 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Information about financial aid, grants, scholarships, and loans, question and answer panel with students, and assistance filing FAFSA with financial aid staff members.

* Academic Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 1 - 7 - 8:30 p.m.
This ceremony acknowledges faculty-recommended students for their academic achievements. A reception will be held in the Upper Commons following the ceremony.

* Men’s Baseball
Friday, April 18 – 2:00 pm – Butler County
Saturday, April 19 – 2:00 pm – Butler County
Tuesday, April 29 – 4:00 pm – Hutchinson Community

Rolla Rena Public Skate Sessions
Be sure to register for KIDS SKATE FREE at www.kidsskatefree.com
* New After School Skate session! Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., $5 per skater, all skaters welcome. (Kids Skate Free passes are accepted for this session.)
* Upcoming special sessions Easter weekend! Good Friday skate: come see the Easter Bunny, get your picture taken with him and pick a lucky prize egg from his basket! 1:00-5:00 $8.00 includes quad rental skates & free drink at snack bar. & prize egg!!
- Friday 7:00-10:00 pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00 pm - $6.00 admission + $1.00 skate rental
- Also open Monday, April 21st - schools out skate day. Open to all ages. 1:00 - 5:00 pm $8.00 includes quad rental skates & free drink at snack bar!!


The Chamber will be putting together 88 Welcome Bags for the Miss Kansas contestants, mothers/pageant directors and Miss Teen Kansas contestants. Please help me extend them a very warm welcome to our beautiful city. If you would like to make a contribution to the welcome bags or need some ideas, please let me know. We will need your submissions by May 21st.

Pratt Young Professionals – A vibrant group of Pratt's young business people (21-40ish) who host a variety of community service, social, and philanthropic events throughout the year. Individuals passionate about their career and the Pratt Community are encouraged to join. Membership applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. A few of their upcoming events include:
• April 24, 2014 – Monthly dinner with host Rochelle Westerhaus at the public library.
• May 3, 2014 - Spring Community Service Projects: PYP will be out in full force this spring to help out in the community. If any individuals or groups are in need of outdoor services, please contact the Chamber of Commerce to inquire as to how PYP may assist. PYP plans to help with the Downtown Farmer's Market and has done painting, yard and house clean-up, food drives, and adopt-a-highway for past projects, among others.
• July 12, 2014 - Movie in the Park event. PYP will once again be showing a movie in conjunction with the downtown sidewalk sale. Movie time starts around dusk.

Quarterly Breakfast – Is your business expanding, doing new & inventive things, or you just want to have coffee with your Chamber friends? The Chamber is looking for a host for our next Quarterly Breakfast to be held in May or June. If you are interested, please let me know.

 
 

 

History of Pratt, Kansas

Click here for information about the Pratt County Historical Museum.

Pratt was named after Caleb Pratt, a young Civil War officer from the KS Infantry, who was killed in the Battle of Wilson Creek near Springfield Mo. He had probably never been to Pratt.

In addition to the rich prairie history , which included the typical "town seat" wars of that time, Pratt has an abundance of other history as well.

Pratt is located just north of Medicine Lodge, where the great council of the Kiowa, Comanche, Arapahoe, Apache and Cheyenne Indians relinquished their claims to their hunting grounds in Kansas. It was not until after that agreement that any White Man ever entered Pratt County to homestead and claim a right to the soil.

Trapper Skunk Johnson is a legend in the area. The story goes that he hunted and trapped, but because of the Indians, lived in a cave, which was easier to conceal. A successful trapper, and after two years of being in the area, he had his first encounter with the Indians. To avoid discovery, he knew his only safe place would be in his cave where he hid, which he did. The Indians, however, did discover his hiding place, but not before he had managed to tunnel back farther out of sight and was able to fend off the Indians. After exhausting his supply of food he kept alive by consuming the skunk oil he had rendered from the animals he caught during the winter. He left the country shortly after this.

The railroad was a great contributor to the economy of Pratt and the area and still remains a major economic force. WWII brought a tremendous amount of change to the area with the Army Airfield Base located at what is now the Pratt Airport Industrial Park. Playing a major role in the war, B-29's trained in Pratt and many WWII notables trained at this base including those men on the Enola Gay. The airfield began in September of 1942 and was closed in 1946 but the history still remains.

Agriculture has been and still remains the mainstay of the economy. Having seen many changes over the years, crops have changed to include irrigation and a larger variety of crops along with raising cattle.

 

   
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