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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - December 20, 2007, Garden City, Kansas What's inside Suicidal soldier not taken out of Iraq. A8 IPS Picture This House Blend members joe Irsik, left, Deann Crase, Katie Hahn, Jane Jacobs and Gale Seibert perform at the Senior Center. Photo contributed by Norma Immrorh. Cimarron. THURSDAY December 20, 2007 Pistons edge Celtics. B1 THE GARDEN CITY Telegram Volume 78, No. 299 16 Pages 2 Sections 50 CENTS Lorelle Davies, former manager of Garden City's Staples, facilitates a visioning retreat for the city of Garden City Wednesday. Dream City Laurie Slsk/Telegram By GWEN TEETGEN {Ikt^cii&^cti'le^iiviuvm If there was a dream Garden City what would the community look like? Garden City commissioners and staff brainstormed that question and others Wednesday during a visioning retreat at the Community Congregational Church. A community that's doing it right, they said, would be one that has continued growth and a diverse business community It would be clean and beautiful, where residents take ownership of the city and where the basic services are taken for granted because there are few problems. Troy Unruh, with the Western Kansas Community Foundation, and Lorelle Davies, a store manager at Staples, both trained to facilitate such workshops, started out by having commissioners and city staff identify their passions and take a "learning styles inventory" to learn how they and their counterparts process information. Having people who work, think and learn in a variety of ways makes for an effective, well-rounded group, they said. See Commission, Page A5 Catholic priest, the Rev. Bahr, dies at age 73 By RACHEL DAVIS The Rev. Joseph Bahr, pastor of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Garden City, had many followers. In fact, he too was a follower - a servant of God. "He had this charisma about him, and people wanted to listen to what he had to say They wanted to hear the Word of God," said Remi Ekweariri, St. Catherine Hospital chaplain. Bahr died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at St. Catherine Hospital. He was 73. Ekweariri said Bahr had been his priest since 2002, and in that time, the two developed a relationship. "He was like a brother to me," Ekweariri said. "He was a spiritual mentor, a listening ear, and I will miss him." Sister Catherine Therese Paulie said she remembers Bahr as a Bahr man who reached out to the poor and fulfilled his vocation with love and passion. According to his obituary as a child, Father Bahr witnessed his mother feeding individuals who came knocking at the door after hopping from a nearby train. He started a food pantry to help the needy, which blossomed into the Manna House, a home that offers food, lodging and clothing to people and families in transition. The Manna House is located in Dodge City. Paulie said Bahr came to Garden City in July 1999. She said he had an eye for beauty and often decorated his home and the parish center with flowers. "He loved gardening," she said. "People knew his house because of all his flowers." Bahr established St. Dominic Charities, which supplements local charities in Garden City. The parish also established a Mission Market that helps raise money for the poor during Bahr's tenure. Bahr began his priesthood in May 1960 in Worthington, Ohio, and has served western Kansas since 1963. "He welcomed everyone and knew no stranger," Paulie said. "He knew people. He connected with them. He was a priest See Bahr, Page A5 Laurie Slsk/Telegram Seventh-grader Nick Torres and Abe Hubert Middle School technol-BlclSt Off ^ teacner lac^ 0tero launch a rocket Wednesday afternoon that Torres constructed during the semester. Students got to launch the rockets at the AHMS football field as an end-of-semester activity. Posny Officials, residents look to education of the future By EMILY BEHLMANN JOHNSON CITY - Communities need an education system that will give students the skills they need to succeed in 21st century careers, the abilities to solve real-life problems, and the motivation to succeed and carry their hometowns forward, area residents said Wednesday night. It was just the sort of feedback Sally Cauble, Kansas State Board of Education member for western Kansas, said she and Education Commissioner Alexa Posny were looking for. The two visited Stanton County High School for the last of 10 regional forums on the future of Kansas education. They met with educators, business people, public officials and other citizens from Johnson City and surrounding areas. Posny said the state board is looking to the public for guidance as it copes with a shortage of educators and looks to a challenging future. "We're preparing kids for jobs that don't yet exist, where they'll use technology that hasn't been invented to solve problems we don't even know exist," Posny said. Several business people said their industries are losing their small-town labor forces, a point Cauble underscored. "We want our youth to come back to our communities, and we want them educated so they can compete in a global society," she said. Maybe internships, school-business partnerships or field trips would help spark an interest in careers mat could be carried out locally, some suggested. And when a student develops a career interest, it could help them become more engaged in what they're doing at school, according to Mike Toole of the Sublette-based Southwest Plains Regional Service Center, which serves area educators. He encouraged the concept of "career pathways," in which students would have a career clearly in mind as early as seventh grade. See Education, Page A5 -4.1... Cauble Fort Hays State selected to house math, science academy By CHRIS GREEN TOPEKA (HNS) - A select group of high school students who excel at math and science could be furthering their talents at Fort Hays State University by the fall of 2009. The state Board of Regents on Wednesday endorsed a proposal from school officials to establish a two-year residential academy for high school juniors and seniors on the Fort Hays State campus. The program, modeled after similar academies created in at least 15 other states including Oklahoma and Missouri, still must receive funding from the Kansas Legislature to move forward. Fort Hays State University President Edward Hammond called it an honor for his institution to be selected as the site of the Kansas Mathematics and Science Academy The decision allows the institution access to $100,000 in state funds to further plan the endeavor. "Now it's up to the Kansas Legislature to make this a reality for the best and brightest of the state of Kansas," Hammond said. A steering committee made up of higher and secondary education representatives chose Fort Hays State's plan over proposals submitted by three other schools. The board announced the group's decision during its Wednesday meeting, with board President Reggie Robinson calling Fort Hays State's proposal "comprehensive." State Sen. Nick Jordan, R-Shawnee, who successfully pushed for a law allowing the creation of the academy in the 2006 Legislature, said he thought Fort Hays State a "good fit" for housing the academy. See FHSU, Page A5 Inside Annie's advice/ M Obituaries/A2 State/A3 Classified / 9&*7 Opinion / A4 TV Listings /10 Comics / A7 Sports / 1 -4 Weather / AS Check us out online at Inspiring Minds "I long ago came to the conclusion that all life is 6 to  against." - Damon Runyon, American writer (1884-1946). Friday's weather Tonight, partly cloudy, low 27. 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