Hillsboro Free Press- Marion County, KS
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 04 June 2013 17:12
In addition to top-rated entertainment both nights, several activities, games and events are scheduled all day Saturday, according to Mike Powers, Chingawassa Days committee chair.
“This year may be our best year ever (for entertainment),” he said. “By far the most current act we have ever had will be Friday with Joe Nichols. All of (Nichols’) hits have been in this decade.”
In addition to appearing in Marion, Nichols will also be opening for Tim McGraw next month at Kansas Star Casino in Wichita.
Powers predicted that FireHouse will appeal to a broad spectrum of contemporary music fans.
“If someone is a rock and roll fan, the group on Saturday night, FireHouse, is a ’90s band,” he said. “People my age who are rockers or classic rock fans may not have heard of FireHouse because they were coming when my children were (growing up).”
Powers said he has heard FireHouse puts on a good act, and even those who prefer classic rock will still enjoy this group.
Something that will get everyone’s blood pumping, according to Powers, is the El Dorado High School Drumline.
“They will be one of the first performing on Main Street Saturday morning,” he said. “A few years ago, we had a portion of their group here, but this year will be all of them.”
Something new this year is the Rhino Blackout, which is a take off the television show, “Total Blackout,” in which people are put in rooms in total darkness.
The object of the contest will be to reach into a container and determine by touch what is in it.
Contestants will be timed. In other words, if the “thing” in the container is a gerbil and it takes one person 15 seconds to figure it out and another 10 seconds, the winner of that round is the person with the lower time.
Committee member Clayton Garnica is sponsoring this new game. Preliminary rounds are at 11:30 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m., according to Powers.
As with all the contests, cash prizes will be given to winners.
One of the more popular contests in recent years is arm wrestling.
“We were really amazed last year and didn’t anticipate it being the hit it was,” Powers said. “It has become a prime attraction, and this year there is even a pro division with people coming in professionally,.
Another draw is the Tug-O-War tournament. Powers said the committee is encouraging people to put together a three-person team and register to see how far they can go in the competition.
Margo Yates, Marion Chamber of Commerce director and committee member, said other events making first appearances this year include Skywalkers, a Cub Scout Boat Regatta and K9 demonstrations.
Skywalkers does tumbling, gymnastics and trampoline, with the show beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, west of the main stage.
“We sure hope the weather cooperates for Skywalkers,” Yates said. “If it is at all wet in the park, Skywalkers won’t be able to perform.”
The Cub Scout Regatta use rain gutters and racing boats, according to Yates.
“It is almost like a soapbox derby, but with boats and on a smaller scale,” she said.
The community barbecue and ice cream social begins at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
Marion National Bank is sponsoring the barbecue, Yates said, and St. Luke Hospital is hosting the ice cream social.
Prior to the concert featuring Joe Nichols, Brooks & Walsh are performing at 7 p.m.
Activities begin Saturday with a Kiwanis pancake feed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Case & Son Rhino 5K and 2-mile run/walk starts at 8 a.m. with registration at Case & Son, 220 E. Main St., or at the gate prior to the event.
Other morning events include a horseshoe-pitching tournament from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Kansas Anvil Shooters at the south end of the park at 8:30 a.m., the El Dorado High School Drumline on Main Street at 9:30 a.m. and St. Luke Hospital’s Dinky Duck Race at 10 a.m.
Chainsaw artistic carving demonstrations also begin at 10 a.m. at the southwest corner of the park, and a portable pets petting zoo will be on the east side from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Eagle Communications.
Carlson’s Grocery is sponsoring a “Kid Zone,” from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with inflatables.
A mechanical bull, sponsored by the Kansas National Guard, will be available mid-morning starting at 10:30 a.m., with heads/tails at 11 a.m. and the Marion Police Department and Cross Valley K-9 demonstrations at 11:15 a.m., Yates said.
Several newer and older favorites on Saturday afternoon include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Rock/Paper/Scissors tournament, sculpting contest, Tug-o-War, texting contest, Bingo and more.
Sunday, the community church service will feature Brian Arnold at Marion Christian Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the second annual Great Kansas Antique Tractor Ride starts at the park at 2 p.m.
For more information about the festival or tickets, call 620-382-3425 or visit: chingawassadays.com.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 04 June 2013 17:06
Kapaun’s nephew, Ray, made the trip from Wichita to Pilsen to deliver the medal, which was given to the family by President Barack Obama in a ceremony April 11 at the White House.
“My dad always wanted to have the medal to bring here,” Ray said. “This is where the medal belongs.”
It was something agreed to by the entire Kapaun family.
Sharing a story about his grandmother, Ray talked about how once or twice a month his family would visit her in Pilsen. His grandfather died when he was young.
Ray said they would come into town and his grandmother, Bessie, would stand on the porch, regardless of the weather, and be waving and happy to see them. With tears, she would wave farewell from the porch because she was sad to see them go.
“From this point on,” Ray said, “the Congressional Medal of Honor is for everyone to see, for everyone to know, and for everyone to remember what Father Emil stood for and what his life was all about.”
Sylvia Bezdek, who knew Father Kapaun during their youth, shared several lighthearted experiences.
Fathers John Hotze and Darrin May challenged the crowd to follow the example of Father Kapaun once they left the church.
Rose Mary Neuwirth was also introduced as the person who was responsible for starting Father Kapaun Day.
Others recognized were Jon Hefley, co-owner of The Lumberyard in Hillsboro, and the Marion Record for their support of the church and security for the new medal.
Father Hotze said a committee is being formed to consider how the land will be used. He recognized the 170 walkers finishing the trek from Wichita to Pilsen, which started Friday.
“It shows your devotion to Father Kapaun,” he said.
Father Kapaun was also remembered through the parish bulletin, which Father Hotze spoke about at the service. In part, he stated serving as a prisoner of war in such a demoralizing situation called for leadership and character.
“Years earlier in his boyhood diary, Kapaun had recognized the importance of setting a good example,” he said. “One of his radio broadcasts from Japan had emphasized the same ideal. Now, this was his chance to live up to his words.
“Whenever the column of POWs paused for a short rest, Kapaun hurried up and down the line, a prayer here, a smile there, exhorting the exhausted men not to give up.
“Sometimes the prisoners were too weary to help the wounded and refused officers’ orders to carry the litters. The men could not be left to die by the snowy wayside, so Kapaun and others shouldered the makeshift stretchers.
“The POWs watched the chaplain struggle to his feet, and his example eventually shamed the recalcitrants into picking up their buddies.”
The Chinese guards were not sympathetic with the POWs and kept yelling and prodding them with bayonets to move faster.
“The prisoners who survived the cruel trek,” Hotze said, “were certain that only Kapaun’s faith in God pushed him on, mile after mile.”
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 04 June 2013 16:57
Work has already begun on improvements to the women’s quad and cafeteria.
“If you’ve been walking, you’ll notice what the wall face looks like at the (women’s) dorm,” President Jules Glanzer said during a recent Chamber luncheon. “That will be all changed out to look like what it does at the men’s quad.”
That project will include replacing the two-story interior walkways as well as replumbing a total of five residence halls on the campus. A new roof is slated for California Hall, which is part of the men’s quad.
Another project already under way is to remodel and slightly expand the cafeteria.
Soon to begin is replacement of the parking lot between the men’s quad and the Campus Recreation Center off Adams Street, south of D Street.
Before the Joel H. Wiens Stadium was constructed, the CRC lot served as the primary parking area for the college’s football and track and field facility, as well as student parking near the men’s quad.
“The parking lot by the CRC is going to be put in completely new,” Glanzer said.
“If there are some funds left, C Street and Madison Street (within the campus itself) will be made into two cul-de-sacs instead of what you see right now,” Glanzer said. “What is between those then becomes green, so that will finish that portion of the campus until we build something else there.”
Glanzer said funding for these projects is the result of calling in past bonds and reissuing new ones.
He said the improvements to the campus will benefit both the college and the community as a whole.
“I think Hillsboro has a lot to offer,” he said. “Our desire at Tabor is to be park-like (in appearance) and for the community to be idyllic. I hope we all realize we are dependent on each other to be successful.”
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:18
It was all smiles Thursday as Circles of Marion County members prepared for dinner and a meeting at the Marion Presbyterian Church.
“It might seem like a loud, rowdy bunch (from the outside),” said Jackie Volbrecht, one of the original organizers. “But inside, there’s a feeling of hope with participants saying they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
“The allies are so brave and committed, and they believe in the power of friendship.”
Linda Ogden, also an original organizers, said: “It’s happening.”
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:16
Wesley Fenske leads one more rifle salute at age 95
Wesley Fenske, 95, led his last Memorial Day rifle salute at Lincolnville Cemetery Monday after volunteering for nearly two decades. A member of the Gilbert-Poppe American Legion Post 347, Fenske said he volunteered because it was something that needed to be done. In an interview last year, he said that if his health ever became an issue, he would pass it along to someone else. That time has come. Roy Houdyshell of Lincolnville, and a member of the American Legion post, said he believed Fenske was the oldest person in Marion County to lead the rifle salute at Memorial Day services. He could even be one of the oldest participants in Kansas—if not the oldest, he said.
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