Newland attends  conference

Dr. Craig Newland of Eyecare Associates of Parsons was among more than 250 optometrists and 150 optometric assistants who attended the 2015 Kansas Optometric Association Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita.

Optometrists attending were able to receive 15 hours of continuing education toward the 24 hours required for relicensure. The seminar included sessions on current trends in medical management of eye disease, corneal grand rounds, uveitis, glaucoma and anterior segment. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear presentations on third-party issues, technology and practice management.


Tiki Vapes moves

Tiki Vapes has relocated to a different part of the same building.

The store that sells electronic cigarettes, e-juice and accessories, along with disc golf supplies, is now located at 2520 Main. The store had been located at 2530 Main.

The new location was better suited for a retail business.

Tiki Vapes, owned by Bryan Tieke, also expanded its disc golf offerings. In addition to discs, the store sells shirts, shorts, hats and bags.

The store advertises its business hours on its door as “9ish” to “6ish” Monday through Saturday.


Liquor store changes            ownership

The Neighbors Wine and Spirits opened Monday at the former location of Westhoff Liquor, 806 N. 16th.

Chris Wilson, Greg Hinman and Greg LaForge, all of the rural Erie area, bought the liquor store from Phyllis Pracht and Jolene Smith. Pracht said they sold the store because she wanted to retire.

Wilson said he will manage the store. The new owners plan to add a walk-in cooler on the north side of the building and plan to expand the building to the south sometime next year.

Wilson said he and Hinman had talked about opening a liquor store for a few years, and when the Westhoff store was put on the market, they and LaForge decided to make an offer. The three named the store The Neighbors Wine and Spirits because they live near each other.


Norris joins hospital staff

OSWEGO — Tammi Norris recently joined the staff of Oswego Community Hospital as the occupational therapist. Norris provides outpatient and inpatient occupational therapy services.  

A native and current resident of St. Paul, Norris completed her bachelor’s degree at Newman University in Wichita in 2003.

“Officially my job is to work with persons regardless of age and engage in meaningful activities of daily life to restore function, improve mobility and relieve pain for all types of disabilities, injuries, disorders and diseases despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning,” Norris said in a prepared statement. “Basically what that means is say for example I get a referral from a physician to work with a patient who has shoulder pain, my job is to find out why they are having that pain and treat it.”

Liz Turner, who has been going to Oswego Community Hospital for outpatient occupational therapy twice a week for the last month, had great things to say about Norris.

“I had been experiencing limited range of motion and intense pain in my left shoulder and forearm to the point that I could not sleep. What a difference therapy has made. I can use my arm freely, the pain is almost diminished, and I am able to sleep again,” Turner said in the statement.

“It’s very rewarding to know that what we are doing in therapy is working, and I want the community and surrounding communities to know these services along with physical therapy are available right here in town so they don’t have to travel,” Norris said.  

Anyone with questions about whether or not services could be beneficial can call the hospital at (620) 795-2921, ext. 220.   

Norris is married to Jerod Norris, formerly of Girard, and they have four children. Mr. Norris is the publisher of Hometown Girard newspaper and also owns Norris Outdoor Advertising.  


Silver Wheels reopens

After temporarily closing in the summer, Silver Wheels Roller Rink, 225 N. 10th, reopened last month with fall and winter hours. The hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.


Timber Creek to process deer, livestock

Timber Creek Meats, 2411 N. 16th, will begin custom-processing livestock and deer again at its old location, 1507 Flynn Drive.

Timber Creek Meats owner Cory Steves said he is buying his former building in Flynn Industrial Park from the owners of Triple B, a guns, ammunition and sporting goods store.

Steves said he will make some changes to the building and begin processing livestock and deer in about two weeks. He may process local meat for sale at his store on 16th also.

Additionally, the 16th Street Timber Creek Meats store has switched to its fall hours, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Charles and Timber Black bought the building from Steves and moved their Triple B store from rural Mound Valley in October 2013. Steves declined to comment on the store’s future, and the Blacks were unavailable for comment on Monday. Triple B is regularly closed on Mondays.

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