Holden’s annual city-wide garage sale is scheduled for this Saturday. Approximately 70 residents have advertised sales in this week’s issue of the Holden Image.

Money from ad sales was used to advertise the event in area publications in addition to the local newspaper. Maps with sale listings are available at Fastop and Walker’s Variety in downtown Holden.

The HOPE Coalition Service Center will participate in the city-wide garage sale as a fund raiser for programs offered by the CSC. The Olive Street entrance of the HOPE building will be the area of the garage sale and an auction will also be held at 11 a.m. with Dennis Brown serving as auctioneer. Lunch will be available and the Community Choir will entertain at 12:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Holden Public Library will sponsor a “Summer Celebration” on Friday, June 18 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Activity Center, 100 S. Market in Holden. The celebration consists of a BBQ dinner, a concert featuring Holden’s own Amy Millstead and a program by David M. Nieves, herpetologist and author who will preset “Reptiles, Up Close and Personal”.

Tickets for the BBQ are $8 in advance, $9 at the gate and $4 for children 10 and under. There will be no charge for the reptile program although donations will be accepted and appreciated. Advance tickets can be purchased at Walker’s Variety or the Holden Public Library.

“Reptiles, Up Close and Personal” is a gun, fast-paced educational romp through the realm of reptiles. Five unusual live reptiles from around the world are brought out during the program. A rare large lizard, a strange white snake with blue eyes and even a large python or anaconda may make an appearance. the audience will learn how humans are different from reptiles, as well as the things we share with them. These amazing and often beautiful creatures help show why reptiles are an important part of the ecosystem and why they are needed.

On the musical side of the program, Amy Millstead has been singing and playing country music for over 10 years. She won the Nashville Palace Talent Contest in Nashville, TN; was a finalist in the Nashville Star Contest in Kansas City and has won several fiddle contests.

Amy has opened for Steve Holy, “Good Morning Beautiful”, entertained in New York City for the firefighters and police after 9-11, sang at Stars of Tomorrow show for two years in Branson, MO and was lead vocalist and fiddle player in a bluegrass band for four years. Her own bands plays at fairs, festivals, casinos and political rallys. Amy has just completed a CD of original songs entitled “The Shape I’m In”.

According to Shelli Tilden, Friends of the Library President, the organization is dedicated to supporting the Holden Public Library. “All donations made to FOL are tax deductible and will remain at the Holden Library Branch to fund future education programs for people of all ages and to continue to provide general support for the library.” Tilden says it is her hope that members will use their ideas and expertise to promote and support the library.

“There has been interest in forming volunteer reading or book club groups, having educational programs for folks of all ages and to continue to provide access to computers and technology in the library. Friends members can take these ideas and others and make them a reality for our local library.”
Tilden added the library is seeing tremendous growth since the new building has opened.

“Our summer reading program has begun and enrollment numbers have tripled from summer’s past thanks to the hard work of project coordinator, Kristen Spies and our librarians. The library is a great place for everyone - come check it out.”
Guest presenters are also scheduled for future appearances at the local library as part of the Western Round-Up program. These include: The Spelunking Trail on June 11 at 2 p.m. featuring Julie Dolph, Knob Noster librarian; String Around the Campfire, June 23 at 1 p.m. , featuring Debbie Kirchhoff, Concordia librarian; Happy Trails To You on July 1 at 2 p.m. featuring Linda Burkhardt and Nora Windmeyer, Waverly librarians and Armadillo Rodeo on July 16 at 2 p.m. featuring Naomi Harlow, Lexington librarian.

Officials from Orscheln Farm and Home announced plans this week to open a new store in the former Pamida location on East 58 Highway in Holden.
According to Diane Conklin, advertising manager, the company hopes to have the new store open sometime in September.

“We are re-doing the building, giving it a facelift, adding our colors, etc. as well as new fixtures,” she added.

Conklin said the company chose the new site because Holden is a growing community that fits Orscheln’s culture. “We serve small, rural communities and Holden was a good fit for us.”

Orscheln Farm and Home has been serving midwest communities for over 40 years. Their first store opened in Sedalia in 1960 and the company now owns 119 stores located in nine states including Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Kentucky and Indiana with corporate offices in Moberly, MO.

Orscheln remains a privately owned organization in its third generation as a business enterprise. Company officials says the corporate philosophy is committed to keeping rural America strong, alive and growing.

Orscheln stores sells supplies in the major categories of lawn and garden, hardware, plumbing, electrical, automotive, paint, farm supplies, pet and animal feeds and accessories and western and work clothing.

“Orscheln looks forward to serving the community of Holden,” added Conklin.

Sandy Davidson represented the Holden Lady Eagles Track team at the state track meet on May 28-29. Davidson placed 10th in the 1600m run in a time of 5:26.45 and was 15th in the 800m run in a time of 2:32.52.

“Sandy did very well running faster than last year but unfortunately the field also got faster. She is a junior and she will be back next year and hopefully she will have some additional teammates with her,” said Coach Anita Anderson.

As reported in last week’s Image, AJ Stevenson finished seventh in the 800m run in a time of 2:01.23.

“AJ achieved all-state status with his performance. Each time he runs this race, he runs it faster and smarter. This was only the fourth time to run this race.”
Anderson said she was proud of Davidson and Stevens who both worked very hard as well as displaying a positive attitude.

“They encourage others and support their teammates. We will see more exciting things from these two young athletes.”

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