News & Events 

This page is your one-stop shop to read up on all that is happening at the Bluestem Community of Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton, KS. The three graphics below offer links to our monthly newsletter (Village Voice), our monthly event calendars, and our annual magazine (The Bluestem Experience). Below that are excerpts and links to recent news stories.


Village Voice graphic          Calendar          The Bluestem Experience

Tonya Keim

Tonya Keim of Hesston joined Bluestem Communities' executive team on March 21. Keim is serving as the Executive Assistant to Bluestem Communities President/CEO James Krehbiel.

"Our Bluestem Executive team is excited to welcome Tonya to our staff," Krehbiel said. "She will be a wonderful addition... [click here to read more]

NNWC Grand Reopening

The North Newton Wellness Center, a service of Bluestem Communities, hosted a Grand Reopening event for the public on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.

The event showcased the center’s recent remodel. Refreshments were served, the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony and free day passes were given to attendees... [click here to read more]


Heritage Cooking School

Like a visit to Grandma's kitchen, where fun is the main ingredient, Heritage Cooking School classes celebrate cultural heritage and long-held cooking methods. As the instructors share their recipes and life wisdom, you'll learn much more than made-from-scratch techniques using locally sourced ingredients. Helpful tips, recipes, and sampling sessions add to the richness of the Heritage Cooking School experience... [click here for Spring 2016 information]

Fund Advancement Staff UpdateBluestem Communities is proud to announce Kris White has been selected as the new Fund Advancement Associate to Kidron Bethel Village. In this position, White will be responsible for raising funds for Kidron Bethel Village's Health Care Benevolent Fund, which provides financial assistance to residents who are unable to cover the cost of their care.

“Kris comes with experience in the areas of... [click here to read more]


Lucy and Harry Pritchett celebrating 75 years

Harry and Lucy Pritchett started their married life 75 years ago, with a $3 honeymoon and a wedding dress flying out their car window. They’ll be celebrating their long and adventurous life together at an anniversary party from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Community Room at Kidron Bethel Village retirement community in North Newton.

Harry met the former Lucy Campbell in their hometown... [click here to read more]


Osher Fall Classes

The Bluestem Communities of Kidron Bethel Village of North Newton and Schowalter Villa of Hesston, recently announced the fall course schedule for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Kansas University.

The Osher Institute offers courses that stress the joy of learning for participants 50 and older and welcomes lifelong learners of all ages. Instructors are... [click here to read more]


Marvin Ewert

The late Marvin Ewert, formerly of Newton and North Newton, is the recipient of the LeadingAge Kansas 2015 Chair’s Citation Award. LeadingAge Kansas is a statewide association of not-for-profit aging services providers.

Ewert, who died in March, shortly after his 90th birthday, was an early champion for holistic, person-centered care for the elderly. He was a visionary leader... [click here to read more]


Excellence in Innovation Award

Bluestem Communities will receive the LeadingAge Kansas 2015 Excellence in Innovation Award for developing and implementing an innovative Transition Support management service.

Patients frequently are transferred from a hospital to a skilled-nursing rehabilitation unit to their homes. Each transfer can have pitfalls, with the latter being the most risky, as patients often are assuming responsibility for their own care at a time when... [click here to read more]


KBV Baseball Dream

Monday night, August 10, the Wichita Wingnuts baseball team will help fulfill a lifelong dream for a 90-year-old American hero, now a resident of Schowalter Villa and formerly of Kidron Bethel Village.

In his youth, Loyd Brewer dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. He enlisted in the Marines in 1943, during World War II, when he was 18 years old and immediately was called to serve. 236 men in the 27th Marines I Company saw battle... [click here to read more]


Innovations in Living with Dementia 2015

Bluestem Communities presents its second annual community forum, “Innovations in Living with Dementia 2015,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, at Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston.

“It seems dementia touches each of us in some way, as we encounter family members, friends or neighbors who are struggling with difficulty thinking,” says Treva Greaser, executive director of Schowalter Villa, a Bluestem Community located in Hesston... [click here to read more]


Peace Garden

The newest addition to the Kidron Bethel Village campus is that of the Peace Garden. The Peace Garden is located on the west side of Ivy Drive, north of Bluestem Street in North Newton. 

At the request of Kidron Bethel residents, Grounds Supervisor Brad Burch designed the Peace Garden as an intergenerational, educational and entertaining oasis. Funding was provided by community residents, and included proceeds from the Vincent Hill... [click here to read more]


US News World Report 5 star rating

For the third consecutive year, the Bluestem Communities of Kidron Bethel Village, North Newton, and Schowalter Villa, Hesston, earned 5-star ratings in US News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes list. About 21 percent of Kansas nursing homes earned an overall 5-star rating. The high rankings are based on data provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which sets and enforces standards for nursing homes... [click here to read more]


living thoughtfully dying well graphic

The Bluestem Communities of Kidron Bethel Village of North Newton and Schowalter Villa of Hesston are pleased to host local presentations by Glen E. Miller, MD, author of Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well: A doctor explains how to make death a natural part of life. The public is invited to attend, and offerings will be taken at each gathering... [click here to read more]



I'll Be Me banner

“I’ll Be Me,” the film about American music legend Glen Campbell and his 2011 diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, is making its one-night premiere showing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway in Wichita.

Local sponsors of the presentation are the Bluestem Communities of Kidron Bethel Village of North Newton and Schowalter Villa of Hesston... [click here to read more]


Sharing the Vision

Bluestem Communities, led by President and CEO James Krehbiel, recognized its major donors at a March 3 Bluestem Visionaries dinner at Water’s Edge Restaurant in Hesston. “Your gifts’ most meaningful impact goes beyond Bluestem Communities – to our residents – and to the broader community,” Chief Philanthropy Officer Yvonne Sieber told the audience of more than 160 people. The primary programs that 2014 gifts helped fund include the new Bluestem PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) to help... [click here to read more]

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