October 22, 2015
Chamber Chatter
Extended Thursday Edition
Welcome New Member: Chuck & Hanks River Shack

The Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Chuck & Hanks River Shack as a new member. Chuck & Hanks River Shack is a restaurant located at 102 E Atchison St and is "a place where you can get fantastic food and have the best view of the Missouri River". Stop by and check our their menu. They are open Fridays & Saturdays from 11:00am to 10:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Welcome Chuck & Hanks River Shack!

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Welcome New Member - Snow Ball

The Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Snow Ball as a new member. Snow Ball is a restaurant with a full espresso bar, that serves deli sandwiches, ice cream, candy and more! Snow Ball is located at 111 N 8th St and is open from 7:00am to 9:00pm. Welcome Snow Ball!

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Witches Night Out

Don't miss this year's Witches Night Out on Thursday, October 22nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in Downtown Atchison. Join us for a spooktacular time in "the most haunted town in Kansas". Grab your friends, your best witches costume, and take advantage of scary good deals and a good time in Atchison. Join us at Lopez de Mexico at 8:00pm for exciting contests and prizes!

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Haunted Halloween Train

Join the Northeast Kansas Railroad Club on their Haunted Halloween Mini Train Rides! Bring your kids for the fun! Rides will be taking place on Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Call 913-367-2427 for more details.
Evah C. Cray Historical Home Museum Halloween Special Events

Come experience Victorian Halloween traditions & stories surrounded by a true Victorian-era home's splendor.

Friday, October 23rd - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Friday, October 30th - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

$5.00 Admission Fee
Children under 10 years of age- Free

Call (913) 367-3046 for more information.
Farmers' Market Wednesday

Rock and roll with the Farmers' Market this Saturday, October 24th from 8:00 am to 12:00pm.  Gary (Elvis) Meyer will be at the Market again to add rhythm and fun as you walk up and down the Market visiting our farmers/vendors.  Lots of winter squash, pumpkins, green beans, tomatoes, baked goods, jams and jellies and even doggy treats.

We are still accepting Senior Nutrition Program coupons and Market Match is still available for SNAP users (2x the buying power for what you spend).

Great Christmas gifts available.  For $10 you can purchase an Atchison Farmers' Market gift card to give to your family, friends, and/or employees. 

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Upcoming Library Events

Every Monday at 10:30am - Story Time
Every Tuesday at 6:00pm - Twisted Stitcher
Every Thursday at 10:30am - Story Time

Thursday, October 29th at 5:00pm - Page to Screen
Monday, November 2nd at 12:00pm - Monday Matinee

Events and Classes at the Artist Box

Potion Bottles
Saturday, October 24th anytime between 9:00am and 3:00pm

Clay Mugs
Tuesday November 3rd at 6:00pm: Part 1 -- Build
Tuesday November 17th at 6:00pm: Part 2 -- Glaze
Open to all over 14 years of age

Bring-A-Friend Ceramic Night
Thursday, November 5th at 6:00pm
Bring a friend and get 25% off your ceramic piece.
Must paint or glaze in the studio that night.

Decoupage' Paintings
Saturday, November 7th anytime between 9am-3pm

Paint an Ornament
Thursday, November 12th at 6:00pm $10.00
Open to all over 14 years of age

Learn to create Optical Illusion Art
Saturday, November 14th anytime between 9am-3pm

Recycled Wine Bottle Vases
Saturday, November 22nd anytime between 9:00am-3:00pm

Atchison County Historical Society Annual Meeting & Program

On Monday, October 26th, join the Atchison County Historical Society for their Annual Meeting and Program at 200 S 10th St in the Santa Fe Depot. Social Hour with refreshments will begin at 6:00pm and the meeting will begin at 7:00pm. Dr. John Laurie will present his program on "the man in stripes".

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Paolucci's Special Events

Here's whats happening at Paolucci's this month!

Saturday, October 31st - Halloween Costume Party in the Lounge. Enjoy live music featuring the local band, Versatility, specialty drinks and a costume contest beginning at 11:00pm

Every first and third Saturday - Partner Pitch Tournament - sign up is at 1:00pm
Every Wednesday - Trivia Night, sign up at 7:00pm, trivia at 7:30pm
Annual Gypsy Bazaar

Mark your calendars for the Annual Gypsy Bazzar on October 31st from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Head to the 500 and 600 blocks of the Commercial Street Mall for an array of vendors, food and music!

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Trick or Treat Down the Street

All pre-school through 5th graders are invited to the Commercial Street Mall on Saturday, October 31st for Trick or Treat Down the Street. Full schedule and details below.
Trick or Treat at East Hills Mall

Visit your favorite stores and collect Halloween goodies at East Hills Mall on Saturday, October 31st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Get a list of participating retailers at Guest Services.

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Kiwanis Halloween Parade

The Kiwanis Club of Atchison celebrates the club's 96th birthday during the 2015 Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 31st. This year's theme is Halloween HOWL of Fame. The parade begins 2:00pm, starting from 10th and Commercial moving East.
The Costume Contest will be held on the Atchison Public Library Courtyard at noon.
Costume Contest Age Groups: 0 - 2; 3 - 5; 6 - 8; 9 - 12
Parade registration forms are available at the link below or at the Atchison Board Of Education (626 Commercial). Parade Registration Fee is $10.00 and supports the Atchison City Infant Toddler Program.
For more information contact David Myers at 913-367-9519 or email dmyers@usd409.net.
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2nd Annual Monk Run 

Students and friends are invited to join the monks for a morning run and more on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Check-in at 8:00am, run begins at 9:00am. $10 entry fee covers shirt, refreshments, and more. In order to receive a shirt, you must register by 12:00pm on October 26, 2015. A gathering will be held with the monks immediately following the run.

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United Way Trivia Contest

Join us for our annual United Way Trivia Contest on Friday, November 13th at 7:00pm! $10 per person gets your team a spot in the contest and free range of the many tables of food! There are a wide variety of trivia subjects with a bit more in the music category. Your team (of up to 8 people) must answer the most questions to win! You have a night of fun while making money for a great cause that stays local! 

Call Terry at United Way to register your team 367-6510 or come to the office at 625 Commercial Suite 7!
"Amorphous Perception" Open at the Muchnic Gallery

Through November 15, the Muchnic Gallery is pleased to present  its fall exhibit  "Amorphous Perception", a mixed-media photography exhibit  featuring  Maryville, Missouri, artist Jeff Foster.  The Atchison Art Association will host an Opening Reception, Friday, September 18, 5-7p.m., at the Muchnic Gallery.   This event is free and open to the public. 
Jeff Foster is an artist, poet and photographer whose works portray that which seemingly has no form or boundary; the emotional and spiritual conditions of the human experience.  "I marry poetry and imagery in a series of manipulations," says Jeff.   Using photography as a pallet, Jeff incorporates layers, textures and various medias to give viewers a solid presence of the ethereal.  Jeff's poetry has been published in many small presses and university publications, and his works of art have been featured in galleries around the Midwest.
Mo-Kan Lender Information Opportunity

How would you like to know more about the key components your lender will look at when you ask for a loan?  Starting in August, Mo-Kan will partner with the Atchison Chamber of Commerce in an effort to assist area entrepreneurs looking for financing. Mo-Kan specializes in identifying the appropriate financing that will suit the business's immediate and long-term needs.  Entrepreneurs wanting to purchase an existing business, start a new business, or expand current operations are able to meet with Mo-Kan free of charge. Mo-Kan will be available at the Chamber of Commerce on the third Thursday of the month between the hours of 1:30pm and 2:30pm.


Tuesday, November 17th from 1:30pm-2:30pm

Tuesday, December 15th from 1:30pm-2:30pm


For additional information, please contact Jon Ecker at (816) 233-3144 or jecker@mo-kan.org.  Please also visit Mo-Kan on the web, www.mo-kan.org.


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Highland Community College Nursing Program Ribbon Cutting and After Hours

You are invited to be our guest on Wednesday, November 18 from 4:30pm-6:30pm to celebrate the Open House and Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new JANEAN BOWEN SIMULATION CENTER. The celebration will be held in the Nursing Department at Highland Community College Technical Center (1501 West Riley, Atchison, KS 66002) Deckard Building F Lower Level. You will have the opportunity to tour our facility, enjoy some delicious refreshments, and congratulate Mrs. Bowen on her many achievements. Ribbon Cutting at 5:15.

Small Business Saturday

This year, Small Business Saturday is scheduled for November 28th. Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local--like our stores here in Atchison! Mark your calendar for this wonderful annual event. More information to come. 

Mistletoe Market Holiday Fair

The Atchison Middle School Parent Club is excited to announce the 2015 Mistletoe Market Holiday Fair. This holiday fair will feature vendors of every kind including bake sale, crafts, jewelry, candles, soaps, books, toys, purses, kitchenware, etc! The fair will be held Saturday, December 5th from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Atchison Middle School Commons Area (301 N 5th St). If you are interested in reserving a booth space, download the PDF in the "Read More" link. 

Atchison County Logo Contest

Create the new Atchison County Logo and win. The County of Atchison and the Atchison Art Association are sponsoring a contest to find the new Atchison County logo. You could win $250. The contest is free to enter. There is no age limit to participate. Participants do not need to live in the Atchison community. The contest is open to all individuals in all geographical locations. Official rules and information at https://www.atchisonart.org/county-logo-contest.html

 Deadline: November 15, 2016

Business Recognition

With today's rapid changes in technology and sweeping market changes, maintaining success in the business world is no small feat. Maintaining that success for any length of time is an achievement. If your business is celebrating an anniversary, 5 year, 10 year, etc, the Chamber wants to celebrate! Call us at 913-367-2427 and tell us when your business was established and YOU could be invited to be recognized at our Special Business Recognition Luncheon.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing

For over 100 years, the Salvation Army around the world has been linked to the Christmas season and to compassion for the needy. The Salvation Army Service Unit in Atchison County is dedicated to meeting the needs of the residents in our county throughout the entire year. Join us in an effort to ensure that the disadvantaged of our community receive the assistance they need. The money raised through the programs described in the PDF found in the "Read More" link will help local residents, in our community by providing emergency assistance with utilities, rent, food and clothing. You will also see our Red Kettles in the Community this Christmas season, we hope you will support our bell ringers.

Heritage Tractor October Specials

Head down to Heritage Tractor for great October Specials! Heritage Tractor is located at  17526 286th Rd. This month:
-Buy any two tow-behind implements and receive 10% off
-Receive 10% off and John Deere Ripper points
-Take advantage of Winter Service Specials.
Hurry in today!
Hilligoss Shoes 84th Anniversary Sale

Hilligoss Shoes is ready to celebrate their 84th Anniversary with a huge shoe sale! Head down to 515 Commercial for store-wide savings! Enter to win 1 of 84 gift certificates AND enter to win a free pair of New Balance shoes! The savings have started, head down to Hilligoss today!

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No Social Security COLA

Each year, Social Security calculates the automatic cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), if any, that our program beneficiaries will receive the following year. For years when there is a Social Security COLA, this adjustment is intended to keep inflation from eroding the purchasing power of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits.
The law does not provide for a Social Security COLA for 2016. The Social Security Act requires us to base this calculation on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, known as the CPI-W. Because the CPI-W has not increased, there will be no COLA for 2016.

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Thank You -- Workforce Development Council Career Fair

The Workforce Development Council would like to thank the following businesses, organization and individuals for their contributions to the Career Fair. The event was a great success thanks to the following:

Angie Judd
Atchison Animal Clinic
Atchison Fire Department
Atchison High School
Atchison Hospital
Atchison Police Department
Benedictine College
The Boy Scouts of America/Venturing's Dennis Draper and Jared Lee
Casey's General Store
Cash Saver
City of Atchison Public Works/Utilities
Exchange Bank
Heritage Tractor
Highland Community College
Inclusion Technologies, LLC
MPG Ingredients
Mr. G's
Missouri Job Center
MO-KAN Development Center
RPS, Inc.
SERC Physical Therapy
State Farm
Thrivent Financial
US Airforce
US Army
Vatterott College

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200 S. 10th Street
Atchison, KS 66002


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