Community Palm Sunday service set
A community Palm Sunday service for the Hillsboro-wide area will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 24, in the Hillsboro High School gymnasium.
The service is sponsored by the Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association. The evening will include singing, Scripture readings and prayers.
The Hillsboro Elementary School choir and the Tabor Women’s Chorale will perform at the service.
Please bring food donations, used to assist needy people in the area, such as the following: macaroni and cheese, fruit juice, applesauce, canned pineapple, rice, ramen noodles, spaghetti, popcorn, pancake mix, cold cereal, small bags of sugar and flour, small bottles of cooking oil, hamburger or tuna helper, peanut butter, jelly, sloppy-joe meat, Spaghetti O’s, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, soups and Kleenex.
Golden Belt Vocal Festival April 5
The 10th annual Golden Belt Vocal Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 5, at First Church of the Nazarene, 1025, South Ohio, Salina.
The program will feature classical, sacred, patriotic and contemporary choral works sung by home-school students from communities in Kansas under the direction of Glenn Litke, master choral clinician.
The public is invited, and the concert is free.
For more information, visit www.goldenbelt.org.
Florence group plans special Easter events
Special Easter services will be held March 25 through March 31 at the Christian Church of Florence.
Services are scheduled as follows:
Easter devotions-9:30 a.m., Monday through Wednesday, March 25, 26 and 27, featuring Meg Newton of Morning Star Ranch as the guest speaker;
Communion Service-7 p.m., Thursday, March 28;
Community Good Friday Service-7 p.m., March 29;
Easter-Sunrise Service 7 a.m. at the church with a breakfast to follow, Sunday School 9:30 a.m, Worship Service 10:45 a.m., April 2.
Everyone is welcome.
Centre FFA to host blood drive April 17
The Centre Future Farmers of America will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, in the new gymnasium at Centre High School.
“If you are in general good health, at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds, I hope you will consider taking time out of your busy schedule to donate blood,” said Kristin Mueller, blood-drive chair.
For more information, to volunteer or schedule an appointment, call Cary Granzow at 785-983-4321.
Public health week April 1-7 in Marion
The week of April 1 though April 7 has been declared National Public Health Week.
The Marion County Health Department has planned the following activities to promote community health awareness:
Monday, April 1-Free pregnancy, blood sugar and hemoglobin testing and blood pressure checks;
Tuesday, April 2-Free water screening for nitrates only. Bring in 8 ounces of water from private wells only;
Wednesday, April 3-Stop by and eat some low-fat nutritious snacks;
Thursday, April 4-Free infant and toddler car-seat checks;
Friday, April 5-Free hearing and distant-vision screening for all ages, given by appointment only.
Come in each day to enter for daily drawings for prizes. On Friday, all daily entries will be entered for a grand-prize drawing.
The following prizes will be awarded: Monday, infant/child safety kit; Tuesday, complete water-screening test; Wednesday, bicycle helmet; Thursday, free car seat, including one seat of each size available; Friday, smoke alarm.
For more information, call 620-382-2550, or visit the Marion County Health Department at 230 E. Main.
Solid Waste Board to meet March 27
The regular meeting of the Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority Board will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, at the Hillsboro City Hall and Community Center.
Board members representing Dickinson, Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties will be in attendance.
Agenda items include claims and invoices; Waste Recycling and Reduction Committee report; review and discussion of the solid-waste-management plan update from the planning committee; and manager’s report.
The meeting is open to the public.
Bowling tournament for BBBS a success
Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the Big Brothers Big Sisters fund-raising bowling tournament, was held March 10 in Hillsboro, Marion and Peabody.
A total of $12,615.78 was raised in pledges, and an additional $4,000 was raised in sponsorship for a total of $16,615.78.
About 200 county-wide bowlers participated in the event. Peabody bowlers raised $2,658.13, Marion raised $5,067.10 and Hillsboro raised $4,890.55.
Those earning top pledges were Jerry Schmidt with $326, Jessey Hiebert with $260 and Susan Schultz with $204.20, all of Hillsboro; and Thad Nichols of Marion with $414.
The top team-pledge earner was Marion County Peace Officers Dean Keyes, Michel Soyez, Jeff Soyez, Jessey Hiebert and Jerry Schmidt, who raised about $800.
High scores for each session were earned by the following:
Marion Alley-Greg Wyatt of Lost Springs and Gary Hett of Marion;
Hillsboro Bowling Alley-Karen Binda and Brad Radar, both of Hillsboro;
Peabody Alley- Kenny Mayfield and Bryan Swenson, both of Peabody.
Bluegrass concert to be held March 24
A Bluegrass Gospel Concert will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at Strassburg Baptist Church in Marion.
The concert will feature the band Brothers and Sisters.
The public is welcome.
Mentor Study Club to meet March 25
The Mentor Study Club will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 25, at the Hillsboro Senior Center.
The program will be “Unique Antiques,” by Sharon Klein of Molly’s on Main Street.
Chair is Connee Willis and hostesses are Marilyn Jost and Evelyn Schmidt.
Roll call asks “bring a favorite antique, other than yourself.”
Toal represents CVB
at Topeka meeting
Rhonda Toal represented the Convention and Tourism Committee of Hillsboro at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism held March 14 in Topeka.
Gov. Bill Graves was the keynote speaker. The purpose of the conference was to enhance and strengthen the partnership between the travel industry and state government while continuing to promote Kansas as a travel destination.
Christian band FFH to perform in Salina
Christian radio station KJRL will host the a cappella group FFH at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 22, in Sams Chapel at Kansas Weslyan University in Salina.
Tickets are $14 per person or $12 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets can be purchased by calling the toll-free number 877-813-5366.
Lions and Bethesda to hold benefit
The Goessel Lions Club and Bethesda Home will co-sponsor a benefit meal and talent show beginning with the meal from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Goessel Junior/Senior High School.
The meal will be followed by a sports-card-collection auction at 6:45 p.m. Traditional borscht, sandwich-spread sandwiches, barbecue pork-sausage sandwiches, chips, cookies and pie will be served.
The talent show will begin at 7 p.m. with Van Schmidt as master of ceremonies.
Donations will be accepted to support the Goessel Lions Club’s project of a new maintenance shop for Bethesda Home.
The evening will conclude with the announcement of the winner of a queen-size quilt, which was quilted by Alice Funk of Goessel and pieced by Frances Rogers of McPherson.
Kansas! magazine features local sites
The Pioneer Mennonite Adobe House Museum and the Schaeffler House will be featured in the spring issue of Kansas! magazine.
Kansas! is a quarterly periodical published as the official state magazine by the Division of Travel and Tourism Development of the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing.
The information and photographs in the article depict what life was like in the average home on the prairie compared to the grand home in the city.
Tri-County Jamboree set for Herington
The Tri-County Art Association in Herington will sponsor the tri-county Jamboree from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Hilltop Auditorium in Herington.
The evening will feature Gail Burns of BJ-4 Band on bass; Duane Pollard on lead guitar, Bob Edwards on fiddle, Todd Anderson on drums, Kurt Graber on steel guitar, Bill Cunningham on saxophone, and Sonja Maddox and Burns performming vocals.
Special guest artist will be Chuck Cowan of the Mapleton/Kansas City area.
Admission is $7 for advance tickets and $9 at the door.
For advance tickets, call the Herington Chamber office at 785-258-2115 or Carol Burns at 785-466-2285.
Marion firefighters attend classes
Firefighters from Marion County Fire District 5 attended the State Capital Area Firefighters Association annual spring school on March 7 in Topeka.
The school, located at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Topeka, offers 19 courses for firefighters from across Kansas.
Classes were completed by the following firefighters:
Connie Gage-firefighter essentials;
Jackie Gage-firefighter essentials;
Joe Vinduska-firefighter health and safety; first response to methamphetamine laboratories; and small community and rural fire department operations, strategies and tactics;
Lester Kaiser-firefighter health and safety; developing and implementing standard operating procedures and standard operating guidelines; and small-community and rural fire-department operations, strategies and tactics.
GES to present musical March 25
The Goessel Elementary School choir, representing the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, will present the musical “Dig It! A Musical Tale of Ancient Civilizations,” at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday, March 25, at the elementary school.
The musical travels to the past to discover the ancient civilizations of Ethiopia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Asia, Greece and Rome.