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Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 October 2010 15:09First Mennonite Church will sponsor “The Great Pumpkin Race” Saturday, Oct. 30. The event includes a 5-kilometer run/walk at 9 a.m. and a kids’ half-mile run/walk at 9:30 a.m.
Participants need to pre-register by Oct. 20 to guarantee a long-sleeved T-shirt. The cost is $20 per entrant in the 5-K and $10 in the kids’ run prior to Oct. 20. The cost on race day will be $25 and $15, respectively.
Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the best entries.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 October 2010 15:09Music lovers will have several opportunities to hear Elizabeth Busch, a classical guitarist and songwriter from California, later this month.
Busch will perform at Java Jays on the Tabor College campus at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy this afternoon performance.
At 7:30 p.m. she will do a show at Little Pleasures in downtown Hillsboro. Donations will be taken at this performance.
Copies of her latest CD recording, “Consecrated: Songs Along the Journey,” will be available for purchase at each of these venues.
A performance also is planned for Parkside Homes at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the congregate dining room.
Busch is the granddaughter of Estaline Quiring, a resident of the congregate...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 October 2010 15:04
For people who are leery of the physical demands of most exercise programs, these claims are pretty enticing.
“Say goodbye to sweating, puffing and panting. Say hello to feeling cool, calm, refreshed and energized.
“Just 30 minutes a day is your passport to better health, fitness, peace of mind and so much more, as your mind and body work in harmony for superb results.”
Those claims are being affirmed by a growing number of American seniors who are trying Tai Chi as way to improve their balance, relaxation and overall health.
That’s why Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator for the Marion County Department of Aging, is bringing the Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise to local seniors.
Ratzlaff is organizing...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 October 2010 15:03Tom Duggan of Tampa participated in the 28th annual Kansas Silver Haired Legislature as a delegate from Marion County.
The organization, established by the Kansas Legislature, consists of people 60 and older elected to develop bills and resolutions of interest to seniors and their families.
This year’s legislature considered and recommended legislation pertaining to:
• providing for courts to determine the custody of grandchildren if the child is residing with grandparents in a stable relationship and it is in the child’s best interest.
• elimination of sales tax exemptions for organizations that do not provide services or benefits on a statewide basis.
• amended the Kansas Constitution to provide for term limits for...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 28 September 2010 16:11After Marion’s Old Settlers’ Day parade ended Saturday, Wesley Regier, 90, of Hillsboro, was attempting to back out from a parking spot at Duckwall’s on Main Street when he accidentally hit a pickup truck driven by Jerald Stockdale, 83, of Marion County Lake.
Instead of braking after hitting the pickup, according to Marion Police Chief Josh Whitwell, Regier accelerated into the front store window of Bearly Makin-It Antiques across the street.
“I am happy and thankful this turned out as well as it did,” Whitwell said.
The accident happened at 11:53 a.m. and Regier was taken by Marion County Ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Stockdale was driving a white 1999 Ford Ranger. Neither he nor...
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