Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:10With the graduation season upon us, we add a word of congratulations to the high school and college students who will be receiving their diplomas and are beginning the next stage of their life journey.
We have no sage advice or insight to offer that they won’t have heard, thought or read over these next few weeks. But most of us, whether we were there 10, 30 or 50 years ago, can recall that mix of excitement and dread as one very familiar stage ends and the next one looms before us with no...
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:12“Do you smoke? ....No, but I sit.” —mt
As I clicked on my third movie of the weekend, I felt the twinge of guilt that comes at lazy times such as these. I convinced myself that days like this were actually designed for movies, blaming the cold drizzly weather, the quiet house all to myself.
But even so, a little whisper kept telling me to do, well, pretty much anything other than click “Play” (again). Wash something, fold, stack or wipe things. I beat my conscious and gave in to my lazy ways, but that doesn’t mean reality wouldn’t get back to me in a more roundabout way.
The third movie was “Love and Other Drugs.” It was set in the mid-nineties, which apparently was a prime time for drug reps to become rock...
Written by Don Schgroeder Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:32After a longer than normal break, the Kansas Legislature is back in Topeka for the wrap-up/veto session to finish the work begun in January and going through April.
We have a number of issues that may be taken up, but the only issue requiring action is the 2014 budget. Making adjustments to the tax revenues is actually optional, but the earlier we settle some of those issues the better for the state long-term.
The state budget was nearly finished before the Legislature recessed in April, but finishing touches can now be made as the revenue estimates are in and the Legislature will be deciding what to do regarding sales and income taxes.
Revenue estimates were virtually unchanged from previous estimates, so nothing of note there...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:33There is one big thing that Facebook is good for, and has changed the world for the better. That would be for sharing photos with friends and family.
The rest of it, not so much. For me, it will never be about buying or selling anything, at least that is how I think at the moment.
Nancy and her mom and I went out for Sunday brunch in Wichita for Mother’s Day. We had a great time, even though we waited for an hour to eat.
We thought that by going early we would beat the crowd, as no reservations were taken for Mother’s Day. Unknown to me was the fact that the prices were jacked up for this day, but it didn’t matter.
During our wait at the restaurant, we met some wonderful people. As we were talking with two couples...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:34Grant strengthens
The public library has launched our 6 x 6 Reading Program this week. The program introduces six different reading skills to preschoolers by the time they reach 6 years old.
We have redecorated a corner where we will offer different kits each month to parents and preschoolers to work on together, with games, books and activities to better their skills and prepare them for reading in the future.
Once again the children of our community are benefiting from the Hillsboro Community Foundation as they awarded our library with a grant to help us create these kits, supply them with appropriate materials and buy a laminating machine to protect these activities to use over and over.
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