for military names
Marge Sandwell and Joan Winter of Marion are inviting parents to submit the names of children who are serving in the military.
The two are preparing a large banner that will bear the names of military personnel from this area under the words “Support our troops.”
The banner will be hung in Marion’s Central Park at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 5. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, call Sandwell at 620-382-2121 or Winter at 620-382-2101.
MOPS scheduled to meet April 8
MOPS will meet from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.
The guest speaker will be Gina Nachtigal, who will talk about the “Friendships of Women.”
The featured craft will be to stamp friendship-themed cards.
New mothers are welcome to attend free of charge for their first visit.
Childcare is provided for mothers who attend the sessions.
City dog tags due by March 31
City dog tags are due by March 31 in Hillsboro.
Residents must bring in a proof of rabies vaccination to the city office and pick up a dog tag.
The dog license is $2 until March 31. After that, a penalty of $1 per month will apply.
Program offers help with jobs, training
Experience Works Inc. is offering community services and training opportunities for people 55 and older on a limited income.
The program is designed to help seniors with re-training in a new field, finding appropriate community-service assignments or obtaining regular employment.
Formerly Green Thumb Inc., Experience Works operates under the Senior Community Services Employment Program funded through a grant with the United States Department of Labor.
It is a national non-profit organization, and its mission is to put experience to work.
For more information, call 877-255-4123.
Quilt guild to meet April 7 in Hillsboro
The Country Stitchers Quilt Guild will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 7, at Hillsboro United Methodist Church.
Alice Jost will be teaching everyone to make tote bags that feature a mesh insert.
Members are reminded to bring sewing and craft items for the garage sale on May 3.
Visitors are welcome to attend.
Bethel announces scholarship recipient
Aislinn Conrad, a senior at Hillsboro High School, has been awarded the Outstanding Student Scholarship from Bethel College for the 2003-04 academic year.
The scholarship is valued at $16,800 over a four-year period. The scholarships is based on grade-point average and college-entrance exams.
Local couple brings grapefruit to area
Sweet red grapefruit from Texas has arrived in Hillsboro and can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, at the Marion County Fairgrounds food building in Hillsboro.
The grapefruit comes in 40-pound boxes and sells for $9 per box, tax included.
Joe and Rosalie Suderman of Pharr, Texas, and Parkside Homes in Hillsboro are selling the grapefruit they’ve transported from the Farmers’ Citrus Co-Op in Texas.
“We have done it as a community service, and we will not realize a profit,” Joe Suderman said. “I planned it that we will just break even.”
The couple brought 1,080 boxes of grapefruit and began selling them March 19. By March 28, they had 700 boxes remaining.
“They’re very sweet,” Suderman said. “They’re redder than they’ve ever been.”
The grapefruit will keep in a dark, cool basement for a month to six weeks.
The Sudermans said they are anxious to distribute the grapefruit to as many people as possible.
They are encouraging residents from the local area and surrounding counties to take advantage of an opportunity to enjoy grapefruits from Texas.
For more information, call 947-0179.
Arts & crafts sale to be held in Marion
The Marion Senior Center Arts & Crafts Sale will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at the center, located at 309 S. Third St., Marion.
Tables will be set up with ceramics, wood pieces and various craft items displayed by people from Marion, Hillsboro and Herington.
Lunch items, such as sandwiches, chips, donuts and drinks, can be purchased, and bake-sale items will be available.
All proceeds will benefit the senior center.
The public is invited.
Goessel museum to host tea May 4
The Mennonite Heritage Museum will hold a Russian Heritage Mennonite Tea on Sunday, May 4, in the preparatory school on the museum grounds in Goessel.
The tea will be held at two seatings, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person or $8 for members.
The cost of the event includes visiting the eight museum buildings. Special doll exhibits will be on display that day.
Ethnic foods will be served, such as cheese adapted from Holland, cherry mooss from West Prussia and Easter paska from Russia.
Czar Nickolas Russian Caravan tea can be sampled at the “faspa” tea and will be served from an antique samovar. Regular tea will also be served.
The entertainment will include Low German poetry and musical numbers.
Seating is limited. Reservations are required and must be made before April 28.
The public is invited.
Centre group to plan softball, baseball
The Centre Summer Softball/Baseball Association will hold its yearly organizational meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 6, at the Lincolnville Community Building.
The main items on the agenda include electing officers, setting fees for the summer ball program and establishing the registration deadline for playing summer softball/baseball.
For more information, call Scott Gutsch at 620-924-5278.
Toy show scheduled April 12 in Abilene
The Dickinson County Historical Society will host its seventh annual Heritage Toy Show from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at Sterl Hall in Eisenhower Park, Abilene.
The cost is $1.50 per person, and children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Vendors from across the Midwest will exhibit old toys, new toys, toy parts, dolls and other collectibles.
Participants are invited to browse, buy or trade at the event.
Lunch will be available.
For more information, call the Heritage Center at 785-263-2681.
Veterans’ service rep sets visit for April 15
Richard Haywood, veterans’ service representative for the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at the Marion County Health Department.
Any veteran, their dependents or survivors, who have received an Eligibility-Verification Report form or any inquiry from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, should contact Haywood for assistance.
If possible, those seeking an appointment should call the Emporia office at 620-342-3347 ahead of time so all files will be available.
KVC motorcycle ride to be held in Marion
KVC Behavioral HealthCare will sponsor KVC Motorcycle for Kids on Saturday, April 26, at Marion City Park.
Registration for the motorcycle ride will begin at 9 a.m., a barbecue will be available at 11 a.m., and an auction and drawing will be held at 1 p.m.
KVC Behavioral HealthCare, formerly Kaw Valley Center, is a private behavioral healthcare organization that provides programs for at-risk children, adolescents and their families.
The purpose of the motorcycle ride is to raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes for Kansas children and to encourage support of foster children and foster parents.
A fee of $20 includes the ride, a meal, patch and one ticket for the drawing. A meal-only cost is $5.
For more information about the ride or KVC, call 316-322-9000.
Free foster-care class to be offered in area
Family Ties Foster Care will offer a free training class in the Marion County area for people who are interested in becoming foster parents.
The foster-care organization serves children from across the state.
Organizers ask interested people to “open your heart and your home to Kansas foster children.”
For more information, call Family Ties at 620-793-5232 or 785-820-9215.
Friends announces scholarship winners
Friends University of Wichita announces the following Marion County students as recipients of the 2003 Freshman Presidential Scholarships: Jerod Metcalf of Lehigh, Mallory Whitney of Peabody and Krista Zogelman of Florence.
While maintaining a 3.6 grade-point average, each recipient will receive an annual $6,000 for a total of $24,000 during the next four years.
To be selected, students with a 3.8 or above GPA and/or a 28 or higher on their ACT submitted an essay, sent in recommendations and were interviewed.
Prairie View Inc. offers summer camp
Prairie View Inc. of Marion County will offer its fourth annual summer day camp called Summer Expedition 2003.
The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 10 to July 24, at Hillsboro Elementary School.
The summer camp is designed for children with diverse special needs who can benefit from the opportunity for a structured environment from one school year to another.
Activities range from crafts to adventure-based games and special group outings. Various guest speakers will meet with the group once a week to discuss issues relative to the children’s lives.
Prairie View is a non-profit community mental-health facility.
The agency has set a goal of raising $2,000 to help purchase equipment and fund field trips for the summer program, and are asking local businesses to make donations to support its cause.
All donations are welcome. Those businesses donating $50 or more will have their names imprinted on all staff shirts.
Donations are requested by April 19 and may be sent to Marion Prairie View, 504 S. Roosevelt, Marion, KS 66861.
For more information, call 620-382-3701.
Kapaun program to be aired April 17
The story of Father Emil Kapaun, a Catholic priest from Pilsen, will be aired at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, on “Sunflower Journeys,” a KTPS-TV program on Channel 8.
Titled “In Times of War,” the program will feature three stories of past wars, including the story of Kapaun. The Pilsen native, who was a chaplain in the Korean War, was captured and later died in a prisoner-of-war camp.
The program will offer information on the steps being taken to elevate him to sainthood and the ways he is being remembered in his hometown.
To honor the former chaplain, the Pilsen parish organizers have scheduled Father Kapaun Day beginning at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 1, at Holy Family Parish St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen.
Memorial service set for April 27
Central Homecare & Hospice will hold its annual memorial service for Marion, Harvey and McPherson counties at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at Goessel Mennonite Church, 109 S. Church.
“Please join us for a time of healing and hope as we remember those whom we have cared for and who have passed away,” organizers said. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 316-283-8220 or 800-301-9499.