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August 4, 2013

Andra Bryan Stefanoni: Pittsburg gears up for ribbon-cuttings, groundbreaking

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce officials and business owners are sharpening scissors and shovels in anticipation of several ribbon-cuttings and a groundbreaking slated this month.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, a ribbon-cutting at Celebrations by Lori, 602 N. Broadway, will celebrate the opening of a new party supply section of the store. Owner Lori Horton will serve refreshments, and those who attend will be entered in a drawing for two dozen business logo-themed cookies.

Horton opened in her first location in late summer of 2000 a block off Broadway on West Fourth Street. She quickly outgrew the building and moved to her current location. But she said she’s not finished growing, and she has recently added new product lines, ice cream cakes and birthday parties in which party-goers may decorate their own cakes.

After the recent closing of the town’s only party supply store, Horton wanted to fill a void. If her new section continues to grow, she plans to move the party goods to their own location.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, SKIL will be the host for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its new combined office location with KSEK radio at 1403 N. Broadway.

SKIL is an independent living resource center that began supplying services to Kansans in June 1992. Two sisters, Jeanette Pruitt and Marty Wooten, petitioned the state and began assisting people mainly in the Southeast Kansas area. Today, the agency provides services to more than 6,000 people each year.

SKIL purchased KSEK radio in 2004, and this summer it combined the office and station — previously at Meadowbrook Mall — into one location in the north half of Pitt Realty.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will be on hand for the groundbreaking for a $5.2 million expansion at Pinamonti Physical Therapy and Wellness Center at 1014 Mount Carmel Place.

According to owner Brian Pinamonti, the 29,000-square-foot expansion will be a state-of-the-art building. It will feature an aquatics therapy pool, an indoor walking track, massage therapy suites and a pediatric treatment room.

The expansion will create at least 29 new jobs as well as access to services for which patients currently travel to Galena and Joplin, Mo.

When not in use by patients, the aquatics therapy pool will allow for osteoporosis classes, balance classes for the geriatric population, and sports training and recovery classes. The walking track will be open to patients served by local cardiologists for cardiac rehabilitation, the general public, and community walking and running groups.

At 3 p.m. that day, Brownback and chamber officials will move across the street to the Via Christi Hospital Women’s Center for a dedication ceremony of the center on the third floor.

The $8.2 million center expanded women’s services from three labor rooms to five and from eight postpartum rooms to 13, and gives the department two triage rooms it did not have before. It also includes central fetal monitoring for the safety of babies and mothers, and an enhanced infant security system.

Hospital spokesman Michael Hayslip said the ceremony for the center, which opened to its first patients in 2012, will give hospital administrators a chance to name the center.

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