Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 23 June 2009 09:40It was a great Father’s Day with calls from my children, a very mild and restful day with just a little work and a terrific meal just the way I ordered it.
Here is my idea of the perfect dad’s day meal—which is exactly what I got: Ribeye steak on the grill and cooked medium rare, baked potato with sour cream, garlic bread, salad with banana peppers, garbanzo beans, olives and balsamic dressing, plus my favorite beverage and ending with a small dish of Tin Roof Sundae ice cream.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 30 June 2009 14:13The celebration this past weekend for Hillsboro’s 125th anniversary and the 100th birthday of the Wm. F. Schaeffler House was a great event for those who appreciate history and the pilgrimage of a hometown. It was less compelling for those who like to celebrate within a “party environment”—modern music, creative contests and lots of laughs. These preferences generally fall along generational lines, but not always.
One approach is not inherently better than the other, and the above comment is not a criticism of what transpired. The planning committee did a great job of giving this milestone the public attention it deserved. Still we wonder: Can we make history more dynamic for the younger generations —or infuse more...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 24 October 2007 10:52Kansas leads the way to protect air quality
The Friday, Oct. 19, issue of the Washington Post had a front page story titled, “Power Plant Rejected Over Carbon Dioxide For First Time.”
The story detailed the Thursday announcement by Kansas Department of Health and Environment denying the air permit for Sunflower Electric Power to construct two 700-megawatt coal plants at Holcomb.
KDHE became the first government agency in the United States to cite carbon dioxide emissions as the reason for rejecting an air permit for a proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant, saying that the greenhouse gas threatens public health and the environment.
With this decision, Kansas has become a leader in recognizing and acting on the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 22 July 2008 14:14Hillsboro residents who want to see live trees in front of Emprise Bank when the downtown street renovation project is over earned a split decision at the July 13 city council. Live will trees will be growing in front of the bank, but they won’t be the two golden rain trees that have been there for more than a decade. Officials concluded that the root system of the golden rain trees was to shallow to survive the engineering requirements of the street project.
Getting that first driver’s license will be little pricier for Hillsboro High School students after the USD 410 Board of Education decided July 15 to begin charging a $75 fee for driver’s education. The decision came as part of the board’s effort to meet the proposed...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 17 June 2009 06:58It’s a whole different world out in Southern California. We flew here last Wednesday to take in our niece Whitney’s graduation from UCLA during the weekend and catch up with her parents and other relatives in town for the big event.
On the shuttle to the airport, we came across a young family from Colwich who were also headed to L.A. to see relatives and go to Disneyland.
They had four children ranging from toddler to about 9, and they were all wearing orange shirts. The mom said that was so she could keep track of them.
I’ve been following the car trade-in bill and it appears to be a lemon. It’s the one where you may receive as much as $4,500 to buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle than your present one.
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