Pawnee Mental Health Services therapist receives clinical licensure

Eric Martin, LSCSW, LCAC, a substance use and mental health therapist, received his clinical licensure. This involves 4,000 post graduate hours of service and months of study prior to testing.

Martin has been with Pawnee since 2016. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from North Park University in Chicago and a Masters degree in Social Work from Washburn University in Topeka.

Eric is active locally, serving on the boards for both the Riley County Council for Social Service Agencies and the Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition.

Pawnee Mental Health Services receives Deihl

Community grant

Deihl Community Grants Program awarded a grant of $8,592 to Pawnee Mental Health Services. The award will provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training and certification for all Pawnee therapists provided psychotherapy treatment in Manhattan and Riley County.

Administered by the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, the Deihl Community Grants program was established by Lincoln and Dorothy Deihl. The program has three funding priorities: basic human needs, youth and the arts and humanities in the Manhattan community.

TF-CBT is a nationally recognized treatment approach for children, adolescents and adults in overcoming trauma caused by sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic loss and other traumatic events. TF-CBT draws from multiple therapies such as cognitive, behavioral and family therapy as well as emphasizing attachment theory and developmental neurobiology elements. TF-CBT has been established as an effective therapy that can be performed in a variety of settings with individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Kansas Learning Center for Health, Inc. receives grant

Humanities Kansas recently awarded $2,000 to the Kansas Learning Center for Health, Inc. in support of Microbes in Manhattan: Fighting Flu and Polio in Manhattan, exhibit and public programs at the Flint Hills Discovery Center (FHDC) in Manhattan. Roy Garrett, FHDC exhibits/operations manager, serves as project director.

Microbes in Manhattan: Fighting Flu and Polio in Manhattan will be on exhibit at the FHDC through January 12, 2020. In the exhibit, one can follow two pivotal storylines to uncover the local history surrounding two of the most concerning epidemics during the early part of the last century.

Visitors can see artifacts from the time period and an iron lung that traveled from Halstead to be on display throughout the duration of the exhibit.

“Humanities Kansas supports projects that encourage fresh ideas,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of Humanities Kansas. “This exhibit examines how health care has changed in Kansas since the early 20th century and asks us to consider how we respond to social and ecological forces that can drive that change.”

Three lectures will take place diving deeper into the topics covered within the exhibit. The following lectures will be held at the FHDC and are free and open to the public:

  • 1918: The Great War and the Terrible Flu: Tuesday, September 24 from 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Dr. Hertzler: The Horse & Buggy Doctor: Tuesday, October 15 from 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Prairie: Tuesday, November 19 from 6:30-7:30 PM

CivicPlus giving away free websites

CivicPlus, the nation’s leader in integrated technology for local government, will give away 50 free websites to small-sized water and sewer districts. The websites will be built using CivicPlus’ proprietary, Drupal-based CivicCMS content management system (CMS).

According to CivicPlus CEO Brian Rempe, the promotion is part of CivicPlus’ commitment to helping often underserved water and sewer districts that are without readily available funds to obtain a modern, easy-to-manage website.

“We designed CivicCMS to be an ideal website solution for smaller municipalities and special districts that may not have robust website design and maintenance capabilities in-house,” Rempe said. “We are running this limited-time promotion to help as many water and sewer districts as we can to improve their online presence.”

The contest is open to water and sewer districts with less than 10,000 water and/or sewer connections. Winners will be drawn at random from a pool of entrants. Winners can choose from one of CivicCMS’ “Best Practices” designs, which are optimized for mobile devices.

“We are excited and fortunate to be able to give away fifty easy-to-update and beautifully designed websites,” Rempe said. “This promotion not only helps us to give back to the community, but it also inspires our staff to support the people who support our communities.”

To enter, qualifying special districts should complete the website giveaway form by Nov. 1. Winners will be selected and announced on Nov. 15. Learn more at

KS StateBank


commercial lenders

As KS StateBank celebrates its 50th anniversary, the bank is introducing the next generation of commercial lenders. M.L. Latimore and Cody Blake have been with the bank for several years and are now part of the commercial lending team. Latimore and Blake bring several years of Commercial Banking experience to the team and will serve commercial clients in the Manhattan region.

C&C announces grand re-opening

Mother-daughter team Thelma Lane and Dawn Prather are hosting a ribbon cutting event Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. for the grand re-opening of Confetti and Cashmere. A party is planned for Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well.

The duo purchased the shop from Jill Mason in January.

Trust Company

announces new hires

The Trust Company announced two recent additions to its Manhattan home office staff. Mackenzie Blakeslee joined the Financial Planning team as a Paraplanner, and Cole Bachamp is Associate Trust Officer on the company’s Advisory team.

Blakeslee earned her B.S. in Family Studies and Human Services from K-State in 2013. Her professional experience includes operations management in the Academic Success Center of the Kansas State University Department of Engineering, and overseeing hundreds of residential units as a property manager. Currently a master’s student in Personal Financial Planning at K-State, she plans to sit for the CFP® exam in the fall of 2020.

Before joining The Trust Company, Bachamp spent over seven years at Briggs Auto Group in Manhattan as the Finance and General Sales Manager. Cole graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. He also was a student-athlete on the football team, where he played wide receiver and special teams. He is excited to work alongside Trust Company’s senior advisors to serve personal trust, investment management and institutional clients.

Sink, Gordon

& Associates



Local accounting firm Sink, Gordon & Associates, LLP promoted Laurene Pageler, CPA to Senior Manager/Managing Director.

Pageler joined the firm in 1994 and has 35 years of experience in the accounting industry. She is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and specializes in tax preparation, tax planning, financial statement compilations, payroll preparation, and consulting.

Professionally, Pageler is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an emphasis in accounting.

Outside of work, Pageler is a dedicated volunteer in the Wamego community. She currently serves on the Wamego High School and St. Bernard Catholic Church councils and previously served as treasurer for the Wamego Athletic Booster Club.

Sink, Gordon & Associates determines promotions based on a number of factors, including technical ability, quality of work, leadership, supervision, new client acquisition and productivity.

American Pest


celebrates 40 years

American Pest Management Inc. celebrated 40 years of business and received special recognition from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce President Jason Smith during a luncheon at their Manhattan office on Sept. 6.

More than 100 guests attended, some of whom have been customers since the start of the company in 1979.

“We are so very thankful to the communities we serve that have allowed us to run a successful business for the past 40 years. Our goal is to continue to help keep your home and business healthy and protected for the next 40 years,” said American Pest Management Inc. President Ravi Sachdeva.

American Pest Management Inc. is a local pest control company, started by Ravi’s parents, Avtar and Sudarshan “Sue” Sachdeva.

Today, the company employs more than 30 people in the greater Manhattan area and is involved with the community.

“We take pride in the communities we serve because they are also the communities our employees live, work and grow up in. One of our proudest moments was providing free pest control services to 42 homes in need through our ‘Not a Creature was Stirring’ holiday giveaway last year,” said Vice President Travis Aggson.

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