Helping hands at harvest

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN PHOTO BY DON RATZLAFF
Four area farmers, all members of the Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro, teamed up Friday to cut the 85-acre wheat crop of fellow church member Norman Epp, who is recovering from recent cancer surgery. Epp, Gilbert Bartel and young Seth Bartel watch the combines roll across the fields northwest of Hillsboro. Also providing combines were Paul Penner, Steve Bartel and Gerald Kessler. Others helping were David Penner, Joyce Thiessen and Joyce Kessler. Helping to organize the event were Marilyn Flaming, Betty Seibel and others from Parkview. Cooperative Grain & Supply supplied free fuel for the trucks and combines. “It did my heart good to see things come together the way they did,” Epp said. He added that he always enjoyed participating in similar projects when other farmers were in need, but it was much harder to be on the receiving end of kindness. “This is what makes it so great to live in a community like this,” he said.

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