Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:13
National Yellow Dot program kits free
The Hillsboro Lions Club is providing free Yellow Dot kits at its pancake feed from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26.
The program is designed to provide first responders with information critical to treatment in the event someone is incoherent or unresponsive following an automobile accident or other medical emergency.
The critical “Golden Hour” following an accident is where essential medical information is required for appropriate and safe treatment.
The National Yellow Dot program can save lives with participants displaying the yellow dot sticker on their vehicle’s rear window, which will direct first responders to look for the yellow envelope in the glove box.
The information sheet will minimize adverse drug reactions which cause people to die every year.
The Marion County EMS, police and sheriff’s departments support the program.
In addition to kits being available at the pancake feed, the yellow dot kits can also be picked up on a table in the lobby of the Hillsboro City Building, 118 E. Grand.
Deadline near for Hillsboro city filings
Two Hillsboro City Council seats and the mayor’s position are up for election.
Anyone interested in filing for these positions must do so by noon Jan. 22. Individuals will also need to fill out a Candidate’s Declaration of Intention form, available at the Hillsboro City office, along with a $5 filing fee. That fee can be waived if the candidate submits a Kansas Non-Partisan City/School Nomination Petition with the required amount of signatures.
The mayor’s position is currently held by Delores Dalke. Marlene Fast holds the council seat in East Ward 2 and Robert Watson has the seat in West Ward 1.
If a primary election is necessary, it will be Feb. 26. The general election will be April 2.
Threshing stone is program topic
Glen Ediger, author of “Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned,” will be the presenter at Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum’s annual meeting at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Goessel Mennonite Church, 109 S. Church.
The agenda will begin with a brief business meeting followed by Ediger’s presentation. It will end with a light traditional Low German meal.
Ediger, a resident of North Newton, is an authority on the threshing stone, a primitive farming tool used for a short time by Mennonites in Kansas following their immigration from Russia in the mid-1870s. His research led to his writing a book with information and photographs.
The book will be available for sale and Ediger’s autograph before and after the meeting.
The event is free and open to interested persons.
USDA commodities arrive in county
USDA commodities arrived at senior centers in Marion County Jan. 10. Each site will distribute items according to their own schedule and might not distribute on the same day.
Those eligible should check with their local site for distribution information. If there are no commodities left at their site, they should call the Marion County Department on Aging to find out where commodities are available.
For those unsure if they qualify for commodities, the following guidelines should help.
For a household size of one person, the maximum monthly gross income cannot exceed $1,211. For two people, $1,640; three people, $2,069; four people, $2,498, and for each additional family member, add $429.
For more information or to find out where commodities are available, call 620-382-3580.
Community hymn sing set for Jan. 20
A community hymn sing is planned for 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.
The theme will be, “Be Careful to Whom You Listen,” and will include singing, scripture reading and prayer. Participants will have the opportunity to select favorite hymns.
Steve Vincent is coordinating the event and Paul Epp will be trumpet soloist.
Marion library has puzzle exchange
Puzzle exchange is a new free service at the Marion City Library.
Anyone interested is asked to bring in one or more of their complete puzzles and take a different one home to keep for as long as they need.
When done, bring that puzzle in and get another one.
If someone doesn’t have a puzzle to exchange, the library has some available.
For more information call the Marion City Library, 620-382-2442.
Tax help available for senior citizens
The Marion County Department on Aging will be offering assistance to individuals in the county to file taxes and Low Income Energy Assistance Program applications.
Gayla Ratzlaff, department coordinator, will be available Monday through Friday in Marion to help individuals file for Homestead and Food Sales tax refunds, plus LIEAP assistance applications.
To make an appointment, call 620-382-3580.
Barb Smith will be helping individuals file Kansas and federal returns in Marion. For an appointment call 620-382-3580
Ratzlaff will be at the Hillsboro Senior Center starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 6. For an appointment in Hillsboro, call Brenda Moss at 620-947-2304.
Bereavement group to start in Peabody
Harden Hospice Kansas is having a grief encouragement group from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Peabody Christian Church, at East Division Avenue and North Sycamore streets.
Anyone who has experienced a loss is invited to attend. Meetings will be the fourth Tuesday of every month.
For more information, call Amy Claassen, chaplain and bereavement coordinator at 316-283-2116.