Volume 7 | May 2022
May Chamber News
Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement: 
“To improve business opportunity and build a better community”
Las Catrinas Ribbon Cutting
Las Catrinas is a family owned restaurant that opened in Wellsville on Tuesday, March 30th. The three owners have been in the restaurant industry for several years and finally found a space they can call their own!

Las Catrinas offers a full Tex-Mex menu with a variety of entrees as well as a full bar with options such as margaritas, micheladas, beer, and premium cocktails. They are looking forward to accommodating the Tex-Mex needs of Wellsville and become a part of our historic downtown.

Wellsville Days Updates

The 2022 Theme has been announced! It's a Pirate's Life for Me!

The 2022 Booth application is now live! Please submit your registration through our website (www.wellsvilledaysKS.com/booths/). Everyone will need to submit an application, even main street businesses.

(Deadline to order is June 8th, pick up is June 11th)

ATTENTION: Tentative Date for Cornhole Tournament: July 30th @ Chili Jack's. More details to come!

We appreciate all of our sponsors so very much. We could not do this event without you! If you're interested in sponsoring, please visit our website (www.wellsvilledaysKS.com/sponsorships/).
Business Spotlight
Dental Elements
Our eighteenth spotlight for the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce is Dental Elements of Wellsville (616 Main Street, Wellsville). Pam Borchers, the Operations Manager, co-operates the business with Dr. Jake Meggison, DDS. 

Dental Elements of Wellsville understands the importance of embracing technology when practicing dentistry in developing procedures that are best for their clients. While using this philosophy, they strive to provide dental services that make their patients feel comfortable and reduce the anxiety that affects some people when considering dental services.
Dr. Meggison moved from Berryton and has always been attracted to small towns. Borchers had visited Wellsville multiple times and had enjoyed the community, as well. With the community in mind, Borchers and Dr. Meggison began the operations of Dental Elements of Wellsville in 2012.

Although there is not a set routine each day, they enjoy seeing patients daily and assisting with all their dental needs. Their hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. With a vision of uncompromising excellence in dentistry, the Wellsville location specializes in teeth cleaning, whitening options, dental crowns, and dental implants, braces (clear/Invisalign).
Our nineteenth Chamber of Commerce Spotlight is Simplot Grower Solutions, which is based out of Boise, Idaho, and now has a location at 616 Locust Street, Wellsville. In 2019, Simplot Grower Solutions, an agricultural retail business that sells seeds and other farm products to farmers, purchased Wellsville’s Pinnacle Agriculture, which used to be East Kansas Chemical that had been established in the late 1970s.
Simplot Grower Solutions is extremely successful in the customer service arena. They pride themselves on their customer loyalty, which has built strong bonds over 50 years for some businesses and individuals. Although many customers have come to depend upon their products, it has been difficult to obtain some of their supplies due to shortages that have developed because of Covid-19 and the recent trucking and shipping issues that have created havoc for many businesses across the country. However, Simplot prides itself on doing everything possible to meet the needs of their customers.

Wellsville Animal Hospital
Our twentieth Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Spotlight is on the Wellsville Animal Hospital, which is operated by Dr. Kelly Hoyt. She purchased the Wellsville Veterinary and Animal Chiropractic Clinic from Dr. Drew Spisak, DVM on September 1, 2020, and has been able to build the clientele ever since.
After graduating from the University of Missouri-College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Hoyt began practicing in mixed animal practices caring for mainly horses, dogs, and cats. She established her first successful veterinary practice in Olathe (Heritage Animal Hospital) in 2015. However, Dr Kelly Hoyt worked for a time at the Wellsville Clinic after she graduated veterinary school. She felt a bit of nostalgia for the clinic and decided to purchase it from Dr. Spisak, who had already established a strong clientele. Hoyt loves Wellsville because of its “small town feel” and down to earth people within the community. Although both practices keep her busy, she wouldn’t change a thing. Hoyt loves what she does and believes in her capabilities to help improve the lives of animals.
Although Wellsville Animal Hospital is currently located at 614 Main Street in Wellsville, Hoyt’s goal within the next year is to move to a larger facility within the Wellsville community at 403 Main Street. She also plans to hire an additional veterinarian.
Their hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 8:00 am to 5 pm. If you are interested in learning more about the Wellsville Animal Hospital or Dr. Kelly Hoyt, feel free to view their Facebook at Wellsville Animal Hospital or call (785) 883-4774.

The Torn Edge
The twenty-first spotlight for the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce is The Torn Edge, owned and operated by Michelle Douglas Gressel. Her one-of-a-kind pieces of heART are handcrafted for her custom heARTwork clients and her gift line pieces seen in her shop. They hold a special meaning to those that purchase them as a gift, those that receive them as a gift, or to those that choose to commission her for something that may be a legacy piece. Michelle gathers and assembles items that most would see as only one functional use or may possibly be considered trash. She then rearranges them to capture the essence of HOPE and LOVE. Many of her customers have a distinct story to tell, so they often bring items with special meaning so she can create original pieces of work for her customers.

There is no such thing as a typical day for Michelle. Although she strives to meet some parameters each day, much of her daily assignments are based off the heART work she is commissioned to create. Her time, designs and skills set are dependent upon her customer’s needs and wishes. Her mission is to provide a one-of-a-kind custom designed and hand-crafted heART that inspires, rebuilds hope, and tells the story of her client’s life journey by joining the torn edges of their life into a beautiful reminder of LOVE and HOPE.

What she values most about the Wellsville Community is the support and friendliness the people provide local businesses and each other. When asked about how the community could help The Torn Edge grow to new heights, she simply replied, “Let’s continue to bring the outside in and show other communities how special Wellsville really is! Let’s keep promoting The Torn Edge and other businesses on social media.”
To learn more about The Torn Edge and the amazing pieces of heART Michelle Gressel creates, check out www.thetornedge.com, her facebook page—The Torn Edge, or Instagram @thetornedge. She can also be reached at (913) 938-6489. You can even purchase an e-gift card for a friend, as well.

Charitable Organization Spotlight
Wellsville Friends Foundation
In 2009 when Lesley Breithaupt was diagnosed with breast cancer for the 2nd time, a group of friends got together and hosted the 1st Annual Lesley Breithaupt Golf Benefit, to help with financial costs for Lesley & her family to travel to MD Anderson in Texas, for her cancer treatments.

After the experience, everyone involved decided to keep “Paying It Forward” and they formed The Wellsville Friends Foundation. They are a foundation of 12 board members and this foundation is a very large part of their lives. They meet many times throughout the year to plan events, discuss applications that have been submitted and open the discussion for any new ideas. They are very passionate about what they do. 

The Wellsville Friends Foundation may be a small foundation in a small community, but their hearts souls are big. They believe every small step they take, eventually leads to some very big possibilities for those in need.

The WFF is beyond blessed to have helped many families and lessen their financial burden, which is the ultimate goal. In the last 14 years, the Wellsville Friends Foundation has been able to help 80 families for a total of $305,684 in donations! This is all thanks to our sponsors and the community, without them we would not be able to do what we do.

You can find more information about The Wellsville Friends Foundation at www.wellsvillefriendsfoundation.org. Their largest fundraiser is coming up in August, which is their annual golf benefit. They look forward to working toward another amazing, successful benefit this year, helping the WFF continue paying It forward to those in need.

City Council Member Spotlight
Meet our City Council member
Scott Hutchinson is a life-long resident of Wellsville, graduating in 1998 from Wellsville High School. Scott is married to his wife, Michelle. They are a blended family with 4 kids: Jacob (18), Alexandra (13), Addison (11), and Maverick (10). Scott has coached youth sports for the past 25 years. He jhas also served on the Wellsville Joint Recreation Board for 6 years, only stepping down when he was elected to City Council this year.

Scott firmly believes that in order to be a meaningful part of a community, you have to take an active role, whether that be serving on City Council, being involved in various other committees, coaching youth sports, or just being a good neighbor.

Scott has seen Wellsville grow, and he knows it will continue to grow. The future is exciting for our small town!

Wellsville Police Officer Spotlight
Meet Our Wellsville Police Officer
Officer Garcia began his career with Wellsville PD March 30th, 2021. He has approximately 23 years of service in Kansas Law Enforcement. Prior to working with the WPD, he was an officer for the Roeland Park Police Department in Roeland Park, KS.

What he like about the City of Wellsville is the consistent positive support and appreciation from the citizens and the community. Some hobbies he enjoys are fishing, traveling, riding horses, going to theme parks and spending time with his friends and family.

Here are few of his qualifications:
-       Graduated KLETC in 1999
-       Graduated from Spring Hill high School, Ft. Scott Community College and Kansas State University
-       Received MADD Awards, Officer Commendation Awards, Officer of the Year Awards and Life Saving Awards

We are honored Officer Garcia chose to make his next chapter in law enforcement here with us in Wellsville.

City of Wellsville Info
Wellsville City-wide Garage Sales - June 10 and 11
Franklin County Development Council Info
April Report -

Wellsville continues to be active. We continue to work with developers, both commercial and residential. The construction on highway 33 however is very slow and this is dampening activity while it is under construction. We hope KDOT will get moving on this project soon.
FCDC Wellsville Member Feature -
Franklin County Optimist Club
The Franklin County Optimist Club is pleased to recognize as a Student of the Month the following students from Wellsville Middle School:

April -
  • 6th grade Kailynn Rice
  • 7th grade Pete Dorsey
  • 8th grade Aisen Fletcher

May -
  • 6th grade Jennings Dole
  • 7th grade Alana Green
  • 8th grade Olive Dubois

Each student receives a certificate from the Franklin County Optimist Club and a gift card from Hot Off the Press.

The Franklin County Optimist Club will have a meeting in Wellsville, at the Library, at 6 pm on May 16. Harry and Juanita will report on their trip to the Panama Canal. Then the Club will discuss the Rubber Duck Race fund raiser to be held at the Ottawa City Park on June 4. There will also be a discussion of the Optimist Golf Tournament to be held in October. The Optimist Junior Golf Program will start June 6 at the Great Life Golf in Ottawa for those youngsters who are registered.

Email jharry@pleasantridge.com if you have kids would like to participate.

Duck Race Update -
  • Activities start at 10 am with barrel train rides, corn hole boards, Jenga blocks and making boats for the boat race
  • Race will take place at 11:45
  • Duck race at noon
  • Following the Duck Race there will be a door prize drawing.
  • Tickets for the drawing will be for sale through the morning. 

USD #289 Info
Wellsville School District Projects -
Bond Project Update

The USD 289 bond project has been underway for several weeks. Demolition work has begun in the middle school office, old middle school library, and some restrooms. In addition, the equipment for the new wrestling room and weight room was approved at the board meeting this month (see pictures below).

Community Chamber Events
Chamber Monthly Meeting - June 14th at noon at Wellsville City Library
Annual Chamber Wine/Brew/Spirits Fest -

The Chamber has requested and been granted a permit from the City and is planning on the date of Saturday, July 16. Stay tuned for exciting information about this new, fun event guaranteed to bring in people from all around!

This will be an opportunity for the downtown businesses to showcase themselves and for all our Wellsville businesses to benefit. Let us know if you'd like to be part of the planning process!
Community WJRC Events
Check out all the Wellsville Recreation Commission has planned for our community seniors this month!

Wellsville Days Bierocks Fundraiser 6/10/22
Wellsville Days Annual Bierocks Fundraiser will be June 10-11, with pick up on the 11th. They will begin taking orders on May 1st.

Bierocks Volunteers Needed! June 10-11! We will begin taking orders on May 1st, however, we need to ensure that we will have enough volunteers to help make the bierocks first.

Would you be willing to commit to two hours? Don't worry, you don't need any baking experience! We will teach you! Please consider signing up to help and please help us spread the word! Thank you!

Community Library Events
Library Updates -
The Wellsville City Library is looking for a new board member that resides within the city limits.
If you are interested please call the library at 785-883-2870.

The Wellsville City Library is excited to announce that they are moving forward with the building project.
The architect, Emig & Hauff Associates Architects, and contractor will be going over the plans and then they will be looking for subcontract workers.

Storytime -
  • Every Wednesday @ 10am when school is in session.

Summer Reading -
  • Will run May 25-June 29th
  • Events are 10-11am on Wednesdays
Community Church Events
Family Church
Sunday Service -
  • Three identical in-person services at 8:00AM, 9:30AM, and 11AM
  • Live online service at 9:15AM

Vacation Bible School -
  • Two Sessions to choose from:
  • June 14-16
  • June 21-23
Learn more about Family Church
GriefShare -
  • A faith-based, friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
  • How GriefShare works: Support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help.
  • You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you cope with your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life. Grieving is a process and not meant to last forever.
  • Mondays at 7pm at Family Church
  • For more info contact Debra McCullough (913) 206-5372
Celebrate Recovery
  • A 12-step program to help you find freedom and healing from hurts, habits, and hang-ups
  • Meets weekly at Family Church on Thursday's at 7PM
  • For more info contact Mike Holtwick 913-710-6255
Wellsville Baptist Church
Sunday Service -
  • One in-person service 9AM
  • Sunday School for all ages at 10:30AM

Men's Smoke Out BBQ Competition -
  • Saturday, May 28
  • 8AM-3PM
  • Each entry will prepare their own pork butt for smoking
  • There will be lots of fun activities while meats are cooking

Community Memorial Day Party -
  • Sunday, May 29
  • 11:30AM-1PM
  • Pulled pork lunch, bounce house, cotton candy, snow cones and more!

Vacation Bible School -
  • July 25-29
  • 6PM-8PM
  • Proof Pirates theme
Ladies Craft Nights -
  • Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 6-8PM
  • Women are invited to gather and bring any craft project they are working on
  • Once each quarter we’ll do a guided group activity such as making a painting, ornament, or decoration for the home

Bible Study -
  • Every Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:30AM
  • No matter how little or how much you know about the Bible, we guarantee you’ll learn something new at this study
  • All are welcome to join us for an hour of study followed by a visit to Hot Off the Press for snacks

Pioneer Club -
  • Every Wednesday evening (Sept-April) from 6:30-8PM
  • Club will be canceled if there is no public school that day
  • PC is essentially Christian scouting
  • Kids between the ages of 3-18 are invited to join in learning more about God while simultaneously engaging in practical life skills and hobbies

Play Group -
  • Every Thursday from 9:30-11:30AM
  • Moms and kids of all ages are invited to play in the WBC gym
  • Kids can bring skates, bikes, scooters, or any other toys they’d like
  • A great way for kids to get their energy out, while the mom’s can sit and chat

Men’s Breakfast -
  • Every Saturday morning from 8-10AM
  • Don’t worry about bringing anything other than your appetite
  • Breakfast and fellowship are both provided

Wellsville Methodist Church
Sunday Service -
  •  In person worship and Church@Home - 10:45AM

AED Training -
  • May 15th at 1PM
  • Please call the offce ASAP to register.

Shared Experiences Bereavement Group -
  • First and third Tuesdays at 10AM
  • A place where those who have suffered a loss can come together.
  • Open to anyone
  • A safe place to talk and find solace with those who understand what you're going through.
  • Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided

Zoom Tuesdays -
  • Bible study each Tuesday evening at 6:30
  • March 1 we will begin a Lenten study until Easter using the book A Time to Grow by Kara Eidson. 
  • Normally runs just over an hour.
  • Participants will need a Zoom invitation; they just need to email the Church
Job Opportunities
KANSASWORKS Virtual Statewide Job Fair 

The next KANSASWORKS Virtual Statewide Job Fair is scheduled for May 18-19, 2022 beginning at 8am on the 18th and ending at 5pm on the 19th

Additional trainings with new enhancements are available within your booth. A live virtual training will take place 2-3 weeks before the event. Upcoming dates planned are below, but are subject to change if needed.
July 20-21
Sept. 21-22
Nov. 16-17


For more information, please call the office at 785-594-6822 or Mike Reitcheck's cell at 913-708-0711.


Employment applications for Wellsville School District are managed electronically. Please go to:


Apply in person at Bert's:

  • Truck wash - Mon-Fri full-time and part-time
  •  Second shift cashiers 2P-10P or 4P-12 A - full and part time
  • Overnight Cashiers - full-time and part-time
  • Kitchen - full-time and part-time closers

JOB TITLE:  Public Works Laborer II

  • Under the direction of the City Superintendent, performs a variety of skilled and unskilled duties associated with the maintenance of city streets, city cemeteries, city buildings and properties, wastewater treatment plant and collection lines, water towers, water tanks and distribution lines, operation of heavy and medium duty equipment and trucks, performs on-call duties, (monthly or as necessary). 

·       Serve as crew member for providing assistance in Utilities operations.
·       Repair and operate water distribution mains, ground storage and elevated water towers, wastewater piping, manholes, sanitary sewer lift stations, booster stations, and storm water systems.
·       Service and repair pumps, motors, hydrants and meters.
·       Assist with snow removal in inclement weather.
·       Assist other City departments as assigned.
·       Follow department safety procedures and practices along with department policies and procedures.
·       Ability to follow written and oral instruction.
·       Ability to work independently with limited or infrequent supervision.
·       On-call and overtime as assigned.


  • Must possess a high school diploma, or equivalent and one year of experience in the field of Municipal Maintenance.

  • Must possess a valid Kansas driver’s license and class B with air CDL or the ability to obtain such within 6 months of employment.

  • KDHE Certification as Class I water certification and/or Class 2 Wastewater treatment facility operator or be able to obtain within 2 years of employment.

  • KPERS, sick pay, vacation pay, Insurance, 12 paid holidays

  • Applications available at City Hall, 411 Main Street, Wellsville, KS PH (785-883-2296)
 or Email a resume to: cityclerk@cityofwellsvilleks.com


JOB TITLE: Part-Time Librarian’s Assistant

SUPERVISED BY: The Library Director, the Librarian’s Assistant, as well as the Library Board, will supervise the Part-Time Librarian’s Assistant.

OVERVIEW OF JOB: The Part-Time Librarian’s Assistant is responsible for carrying out the policies of the Library Board, general library operations, and service to the public. The Part-Time Librarian’s Assistant shall be defacto library manager in the absence of the Library Director and Librarian’s Assistant.

JOB TITLE: Substitute Librarian’s Assistant

SUPERVISED BY: The Library Director, the Librarian’s Assistant, as well as the Library Board, will supervise the Substitute Librarian’s Assistant.

OVERVIEW OF JOB: The Substitute Librarian’s Assistant is responsible for carrying out the policies of the Library Board, general library operations, and service to the public. The Substitute Librarian’s Assistant shall be defacto library manager in the absence of the Library Director and Librarian’s Assistant.

If interested, stop by and pick up an application at the Library, or go to the library’s website under the About tab and click the Board, Staff, Policies, Employment to download an application and job description. The library will accept applications until the positions are filled.
2021/2022 Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Officers
Wellsville Chamber President
Susan Stueve
Sales Associate
Farm Bureau Financial Services 
Vice President
Nicole Vlcek
Wellsville Chiropractic
Susan Larsen - Driskell
Simplot Grower Solution Location Manager
Ken Larsen
CFO - Retired
Desoto School District
Wellsville Chamber and Health Coalition Partnership Description
Many interested parties have asked for clarification regarding the relationship/partnership between the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce and the Wellsville Health Coalition. In 2021, the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce (WCC) and Wellsville Health Coalition (WHC) embarked on a collaboration to share resources where appropriate in order to boost both organizations’ efforts in areas of overlapping interest. The organizations are separate entities, but they often meet concurrently and share in other ways. The mission of the Chamber of Commerce remains "“To improve business opportunity and build a better community.” The Chamber exists to serve and build business in our community. The Wellsville Health Coalition exists to serve as a local health policy coalition that connects people working on such shared goals, facilitates cooperative and streamlined efforts as appropriate, and ultimately improves all aspects of health, civic engagement, community partnerships, and overall resident and community wellbeing. To accomplish this, the coalition seeks to monitor community-specific data, help prioritize ideas, share resources, promote activities, seek funding, and make a greater impact together. Additionally, the WHC aims to prepare the community for healthy growth through attention to social factors affecting health, to serve as an example for other rural communities, and to coordinate with the Franklin County Health Department on community health assessment and planning.

As always, if you have events or job postings you'd like included, please send the information and any fliers or pictures to wellsvillechamberofcommerce@hotmail.com prior to the beginning of the month of your event. We welcome any feedback and suggestions about what to include and the layout. It's a creative process together. We wish you and your family an amazing 2022!