Friday February 8, 2019
Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce
Be sure to contact us with your news, specials and events!
Executive Director: Hitomi Lamirande
509 5th Street, PO Box 63
Phone: (913) 755-4114 or E-Mail:
Think Local, Shop Local, Keep it Local
Please Welcome Our Newest Chamber Members!

It is with great pleasure that I welcome the following businesses to the Chamber:

Good Shepherd Hospice
Shoot House Paintball

Thank you to Sheila Wilson and Doug Petrosky for your inquiries into joining the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce! You will find that our Business Community is a FANTASTIC one to be a part of and we welcome you!

For more information regarding our newest members, please feel free to visit the Chamber's Website and click on the "Directory" link which will then allow you to find their information for further  inquiries  into their business.
And a Few Reminders For those of You who Missed This...

If you need a 2019 tile (or previous years) for your Chamber Plaque, please let me know and I can either drop one by or mail one to you!

Remember! I cannot help advertise that which I do not if you have any upcoming events you'd like me to help spread the word about, be sure to contact me via phone or e-mail!

If there are any Businesses who have employees who are not on the e-mail list (for the weekly e-mail blast) and would like to be, please feel free to contact me with that information so that I can add their name/e-mail to the list.
Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services


One day in Mid-March of last year, Railene Ahring
(the founder of Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services) was
in Coach Light buying some clothing. There were several ladies in Coach Light that day discussing the pink windows a few doors down. Apparently those pink windows were the talk of the town. As she overheard this conversation, she interrupted one of the ladies and stated they were moving into the building with the pink windows. One of the ladies said, “Oh good! What business are you putting in?” and Railene answered “Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services” The lady then asked if it has anything to do with drug/alcohol treatment of which Railene stated “Why yes it does”. The lady replied back with “Well it’s about time someone started doing something about all the drug and alcohol issues this town has”.

In April of 2018 Railene and Mike Ahring began leasing the building at 569 Main Street. After remodeling the entire building, they were finally able to move in in May of 2018.   On November 19, 2018 Railene and Mike signed the officially papers to close on the purchase of the building they had worked so diligently on remodeling. They felt that if they bought the building, rather than continuing to lease, then Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services would have a home. They felt that they would be part of the community for years to come. They also felt like businesses come and go but THEY ARE HERE TO STAY.

Railene is the founder of Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services. She is originally from LaCygne and has lived in this area for most of her life. She started on the path of Recovery in 2005 and is someone in long term recovery. She began college in 2006 to become an Addiction Counselor and in 2007 moved to Osawatomie and married shortly thereafter.

Debra McKenzie helped Railene to start Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services and is still a part of her team today. In August 2016 Michael Medina started part-time with them to help provide a more rounded treatment model. Michael works for the Johnson County Department of Corrections and is still a part of Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services today.

This facility provides Drug/Alcohol assessments for Juveniles and Adults and includes outpatient substance abuse treatment, outpatient care, intensive outpatient care, family and group counseling. They also focus on adolescent and adult counseling and are approved to provide substance abuse education and prevention courses/services.
Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services pledges to provide distinct quality and unparalleled treatment services to all rural communities surrounding this area to include Miami, Linn, Franklin and Anderson County. Their door is also always open to those who may not live in those counties. Not only do they strive to gain the respect and trust of this community, but hope to help equip adolescents and adults alike to make healthy life decisions.

The philosophy of Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services encompasses a multi-faceted approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Their incorporation of different treatment models focuses on the psycho/social/behavioral spiritual health and well-being of those individuals seeking services. 

If you or someone you know is in need of services, don’t wait. Time is not forever. Contact them today to set up an appointment.

Special for the Month: 

Sunflower Abuse Recovery Services will be hosting a coffee on Thursday, February 14th at 10:00 a.m. Please show your support by attending this coffee. This is a great way to get to know Railene and her team and to network with other businesses. Your support for their services is appreciated!
Check out some fun at the Osawatomie Public Library!

Interested in the High School or Middle School Upcoming Sports Schedules?
Adult Craft Workshop at the Osawatomie Public Library
527 Brown Avenue
Saturday, February 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 This month you can celebrate Valentine's Day by making a "Valentine's Mason Jar Light". Registration is required ($5 fee) in order to ensure they have enough supplies. The class is intended for adults (age 16+). I f you would like to sign up, or have any questions, please feel free to contact the Library at (913) 755-2136.
Sunflower Substance Abuse Re-scheduled Chamber Coffee
569 Main Street
Thursday, February 14th beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Sunflower Abuse Recovery Services will be hosting a coffee on Thursday, February 14th at 10:00 a.m. Please show your support by attending this coffee. This is a great way to get to know Railene and her team and to network with other businesses. Your support for their services is appreciated!"
4H at the Osawatomie Public Library
527 Brown Avenue
Wednesday, February 13th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This fun-filled, interactive class (presented by K-State Research & Extension) is geared for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade. The topic for this month is Forestry, where children will be playing Tree Leaf Bingo.

Parents are not required to attend the class with the children, but do need to pick them up when the library closes at 5:30 pm. Children could ride the shuttle bus over to the middle school and then walk the one block west to the library.  If you  have any questions, please feel free to contact the Library at (913) 755-2136.
Escape Room at the Osawatomie Public Library
527 Brown Avenue
Friday, February 22nd at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 23rd at
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.,1:00 p.m., 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Join the Library for an adventure game in which a team of players must unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the room in order to…ESCAPE. Players are given 45 minutes to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Teams will consist of 6 players. Smaller groups and individuals may sign up and be combined to make up a team of six. Players are restricted to ages 12+. This activity has limited enrollment and each team will be assigned a specific start time, so REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. If you would like to register or  have any questions, please feel free to contact the Library at (913) 755-2136.
Osawatomie Legislative Breakfast
1200 Trojan Drive (OHS Cafeteria)
February 23rd from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Join us on Saturday, February 23rd for the 2019 Legislative Breakfast. Senator Molly Baumgardner, Senator Caryn Tyson, Representative Mark Samsel and Representative Jene Vickrey will be in attendance and you will have the opportunity to hear from them and to submit your own questions all while enjoying a free buffet style breakfast. This event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Chamber Office at (913) 755-4114.
Osawatomie Elks #921 Fundraiser
422 Main Street
Drawing is on Wednesday, February 27th
Purchase a $20 ticket for a chance to win a in February. The drawing for February will be on February 27th. If your name is drawn it goes back in the pot for another chance to win! They have had multiple winners the last two years. For tickets contact the Elks Lodge at (913) 755-2334 or Tom Troutman at (913) 909-0700. The Lodge is closed on Mondays and Thursdays and open Tuesday - Friday at 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday's and Sunday's at 12:00 p.m.
Miami County Tourism Networking Dinner
Timbercreek Restaurant (12 East Amity, Lousiburg)
Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m.

This is a networking dinner for tourism related businesses and organizations. All Miami County businesses affected by tourism are invited to attend. You must have reservations to attend. The is $20.00 per person. If you have any questions, please See Flyer or feel free to contact Janet McRae at (913) 294-4045.

Adult Pickleball at the Ozone
300 11th Street
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sundays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This is a GREAT way to get active while having fun! This is open to players of all levels and is FREE for Ozone Members. The Ozone offers a $3 program pass and $6 full use of facilities pass. For more information, please feel free to contact Kelly Farr at (913) 755-3622.
April 20th: Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce Home & Business Expo
June 1st: Osawatomie Soap Box Derby Race
June 8th: Osawatomie City Wide Garage Sale
June 15th: Osawatomie City Wide Pickup
June 29th: Lights on the Lake Festival
Lakemary: Job training experience wanted for transitional students from Lakemary to enhance and generalize the learned vocational skills and behaviors of the Building Essentials for a Successful Transition class. These jobs are for training purposes only - so NO pay required. Students will be accompanied and supervised by Lakemary Center Staff. Job training can include:

Clerical Work (stuffing envelopes, mailings, collating programs, etc)
Packaging Items
Laundry Services
Animal Care (walking, feeding and cleaning animal cages)

If you are interested, or have questions, please feel free to contact Donnia Hinrichs at (913) 557-4000 ext 1130.
JK Custom Communicatons: is running Valentine's specials through the 14th! Beginning February 4th through February 8th they will be offering 14% off all your shipping needs!

Miami County Republic/Read It Free: is having a Winter Special! 50% a regularly priced ad for January and February. Please feel free to call Jessica Best at (913) 294-2311 for your advertising needs!

Barden Dentistry: Has the perfect practical gift for you. Come by the office to purchase a gift certificate for the amount of your choosing. These can be redeemed throughout the year for dental services, whitening products or products offered in office. Please feel free to call (913) 755-3014 with any questions. They are open Tuesday through Friday!

CHRIS' CAFE - 537 Main Street - (913) 256-6012
Monday, February 11th: Tuna Casserole
Tuesday, February 12th: Fish Tacos
Wednesday, February 13th: Tuscan Chicken
Thursday, February 14th: Meatball Sub
Friday, February 15th: Lasagna

COOKIE'S LONG SHOTS - 607 Kelly Avenue - (913) 755-2126

Every Thursday at Cookie's is Ladies night! Come on in and enjoy some of their Thursday Specials! $6.00 Large 1 Topping Pizza, 3 for $3.00 Tacos or 6 for $5.00, $2.00 Long Island Ice Tea's or Bahama Mama's! Ladies receive $1.00 off all domestic beers and well drinks and FREE Pool is offered with any food purchase - so be sure to come on down!

GRANDSTAND BURGERS - 812 South Silver, Paola - (913) 594-4258
Enjoy February's "Burger of the Month". The Burger of the Month is the Muenster Cheeseburger. Sriracha Sauce, Mayo and Tomato Top this Burger! They will gladly add or subtract any toppings making it the way you want it! Stop in for a bite or call ahead with your order!
The Loft on Sixth: They are able to host events of all sizes at their beautiful facility to include weddings, showers, anniversaries, reunions, memorials, small business events and larger corporate events!

Hanes Florist for Any Occasion: They are a locally florist that has proudly served the area for over 40 years with a lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. Give them a call for your floral needs!

Country Vintage Inn: Do you have guests coming to town? Consider having them stay at this quaint little themed motel for their visit.
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