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Historical Society plans home tour

The Hillsboro Historical Society and Museum Board is sponsoring its first Spring Historic Home Tour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 4.

Four homes in Hillsboro, each built in the early 1900s, will be featured on the tour.

Peggy Goertzen, local historian and long-time board member, is piecing together stories about the houses. She has interviewed the current homeowners and is researching additional history.

“I see this as a way of valuing and honoring our local history and the people who committed themselves to living here,” Goertzen said.

Amy Jordan, a graphic design major at Tabor College, is drawing sketches of each house, which will be included in a brochure that will be distributed on the tour.

The tour will include the following houses: Benjamin Bekker house, also known as Carousel Bed & Breakfast, at 312 E. A St., home of Betty Price; Peter W. Funk house at 310 S. Main, home of Mildred Harding; C.N. Hiebert house at 214 S. Adams, home of Rob & Theresa Freeman; and the William F. Schaeffler house at 312 E. Grand.

Refreshments will be served at the Schaeffler House. Cost is a $5 donation per person.

The public is welcome. For more information, call 947-3691.

American Legion to set grave markers

The Hillsboro American Legion Post 366 will be placing veterans’ grave markers in the bases of monuments at local cemeteries.

If any relatives have objections to this project, they should contact the American Legion located at 405 S. Floral Drive, Hillsboro, KS 67063 or call 947-3624.

USD 410 banquet to honor students

An All-Activities Banquet honoring Unified School District 410 high school students will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, May 5, at the Tabor College cafeteria.

The banquet will honor students participating in all activities, and HHS coaches and directors.

The event is sponsored by the Hillsboro and Durham Lions clubs, and the Hillsboro Kiwanis Club.

The cost of the banquet is $7.50 per person.

Tickets are available at Central National Bank, Emprise Bank, Hillsboro State Bank, G & R Implement Co. in Durham, the HHS office and from Lynn Penner at 947-3310.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and the deadline is Wednesday, April 30.

The public is invited.

Water-project funding available

The first year of the Marion Reservoir Water Quality Protection Project, Phase II, will end June 30, and funds are still available for those who qualify for 70 percent cost-share money.

“Twenty-five best-management practices have been planned and established soil within the reservoir watershed during this first year,” said Peggy Blackman, water quality and buffer coordinator.

About $27,000 of the grant funds have paid up to 70 percent of the out-of-pocket costs to producers who established the practices. And $10,000 remains in the first year to apply erosion and water-quality practice within the watershed.

The second year of the water-quality project will begin July 1, and an additional $30,000 will be available to landowners, land users and residents.

“This is an excellent time to look at placing buffer strips, grass water ways, terraces or filter strips on eligible acres; turning that marginal field into pasture; or signing up for the Conservation Reserve Program,” Blackman said.

For more information, call Blackman at 620-382-3520 or 620-382-3714.

Marion golf tourney slated for May 3

Marion County Ducks Unlimited will sponsor a four-person-scramble golf tournament with a burger fry at 11 a.m. and shotgun-start tee time beginning at noon, Saturday, May 3, at the Marion Country Club.

The event is open to men and women, entry fee is $50 per golfer, and advance registration is required.

Registration deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, April 28.

Raffles will be available, and prizes will be given away for the longest drive, longest putt, closest to the pin and closest to the line.

The event will also include hole-in-one contests for non-professional golfers on holes three, nine, 12 and 18.

For $20, those participants can vie for a Sony camcorder, two round-trip airline tickets, $20,000 toward a car/truck and Calaway irons.

For more information, call Bill Keith at 620-382-2524.

City of Burns to hold garage sale April 26

The Burns community will hold a city-wide garage sale on Saturday, April 26.

The Burns PRIDE committee will have a garage sale in the city park that day or at the community center if it rains.

Maps will be available at the Burns Cafe, the post office and the city park.

Mentor Study Club to meet April 28

The Mentor Study Club will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 28, at the home of Edie Rempel.

Chairperson is Marilyn Jost, who will also co-host with Anne Driver.

HHS musical groups attend festival

Hillsboro High School choir and band members attended the Large Group State Music Festival April 16 in Ellsworth.

Concert choir received a “I,” and mixed chorus garnered a “II.”

“Boy, our kids sang well,” said choral director David Clark.

Band, directed by Gregg Walker, earned a “II” at the festival.

Memorial service to be held April 27

Central Homecare & Hospice of Newton will hold its annual memorial service for Marion, Harvey and McPherson counties at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at Goessel Mennonite 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,” said Leslie Allaby, bereavement coordinator.

Those planning to attend should notify memorial-service organizers by calling 316-283-8220 or 800-301-9499.

County health fair set for April 26

The Marion County Health Fair-On Target to Good Health- is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Tabor College Recreation Center.

The fair is co-sponsored by Hillsboro Community Medical Center and St. Luke Hospital, Marion.

Departments from both facilities, other businesses and organizations will staff more than 25 booths. Each booth will offer free or reduced-price services and items, and health and wellness information.

Among the services offered will be the following screenings:

Cholesterol and triglyceride for coronary-artery disease.

Glucose for diabetes.

Blood Urea Nitrogen and creatinine for kidney function.

Calcium for general nutrition, bone and thyroid testing.

The public is invited.

Friends of Kasper hold benefit dinner

Friends of Becky Kasper will hold a benefit spaghetti dinner as a come and go from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at Koerner Heights Church in Newton.

The dinner will help with medical expenses for Kasper, who lost an arm due to an auto accident.

A free-will donation will be taken.

Instrumental music will be provided by Bob Delk and the Boys.

For more information, call Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church at 947-2338.

Maxwell refuge receives high rating

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, located north of Canton, has been rated in the top 30 most-visited attractions in Kansas.

The nature-based refuge had a total of 74,000 visitors last year.

Tourism statistics were compiled by the Travel and Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing.

For more information about the wildlife refuge, call 620-628-4455.

KVC motorcycle ride to be held in Marion

KVC Behavioral HealthCare will sponsor the KVC Motorcycle Ride 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 funds for the KVC Children’s Activity fund and raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes for Kansas children.

A fee of $20 includes the ride, a meal, patch and one ticket for the drawing. The cost for a meal-only is $5.

KVC is also soliciting donations of money and in-kind items for the event.

For more information about the motorcycle ride or KVC, call 316-322-9000.

GES spring program to be held May 1

Goessel Elementary School students in kindergarten through third grade will present their spring program at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday, May 1, at the school.

The program will be directed by Marcia Brubaker and student teacher Karenza Kroeker.

The children will perform “Eloise Who Lived in a Shoe.” Third-grade students will be featured as main characters, ensemble members and soloists.

Ann Hiebert, second-grade teacher, will narrate the program as Mother Goose.

Fifth and sixth graders will provide the accompaniment.

The public is invited.

Baltzer featured at Bethany art exhibit

The art work of Michael Baltzer of Lehigh was on display April 10 through April 22 at the annual juried Messiah Student Art Exhibition sponsored by the art department at Bethany College in Lindsborg.

Baltzer, a junior at Bethany, was awarded best piece by a junior/senior for “Seated Woman II,” a merit award for drawing, best of painting for “Roll-top Desk and Chair,” and a merit award for printmaking with “Lighting the Lamp.”

He is the son of Doug and Shirley Baltzer of Lehigh.

K.J. Ward garners science-fair awards

K.J. Ward was a finalist at the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo.

The young scientist is an eighth-grade student at Genoa-Hugo Middle School in Hugo, Colo.

K.J. is the son of Mark and Deb Ward of Colorado and the grandson of John and Helen McMinn of Hillsboro.

He earned second place in the chemistry division, a silver medal, a certificate and a cash award. His topic was the carbonization of different soda pops.

He also received the Discovery Network Science Service Award.

Community supper to be held in Burns

Burns Methodist Church will host a community supper at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, April 27.

Free-will donations will be taken.

The public is invited.

Derek Belton given education award

Derek Belton, a senior at Centre High School, has received the Dale Dennis Excellence in Education award sponsored by United School Administrators and Jostens of Kansas.

Belton is the son of Gwenn and Ed Belton of Tampa.

Award winners throughout Kansas high schools are individuals who have displayed citizenship, community and school service, and scholarship and common-sense characteristics, according to Neal Weltha, CHS principal.

The annual award is given in honor of Dale M. Dennis, deputy commissioner of the Kansas State Department of Education.

Morford is a winner with duck-stamp art

Lindsey Morford received second place in the Group IV division-grades 10 through 12- of the Junior Duck Stamp Contest sponsored by Kansas Wildlife and Parks.

Lindsey, a junior, is home schooled. Her parents are Shari and Quentin Morford of Hillsboro.

The young artist’s winning entry was a colored-pencil drawing titled “A Greater White-Fronted Goose.”

Gospel concert set in Cedar Point

The Cedar Point Community Church will sponsor a gospel-music concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at the church.

The concert will feature vocal and instrumental gospel music presented by The Haskell Cooley Family of Wichita. Their program is titled “A Time For Refreshing.”

Most of the songs sung by Haskell and JoLee Cooley are written by the couple and are played on national radio stations. The duo has received awards from the Great Plains Gospel Singing Association.

The public is invited.

Deputy Schmidt attends workshop

Rollin Schmidt, deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, participated in a domestic-violence workshop in Salina.

The workshop was hosted by the Regional Community Policing Training Institute of Wichita State University.

The course was designed to provide an understanding of factors contributing to domestic violence and the skills to identify types of physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse.

Open house set for Al & Susie Schmidt

In honor of the 90th birthdays of Al and Susie Schmidt of Goessel, their family is hosting an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at the Goessel Senior AGAPE Center.

Susie was born Feb. 5, 1913, and Al was born June 17, 1913, in the Goessel area.

Their children are Jan and Bud Sivertson of Grand Marais, Minn., Bob and Sylvia Schmidt of Wichita and Larry and Anita Schmidt of Hutchinson.

Friends and family are invited, and the couple requests no gifts.

Wegerer accepts award at K-State

Andrea Wegerer received the Outstanding Horticultural Therapy Student of the Year Award at an annual awards assembly, April 13, at Kansas State University.

Andrea, a junior at K-State, is the daughter of Lou and Judy Wegerer of Marion.

The faculty-chosen award was based on academic performance and campus involvement.

Andrea is president of the Horticultural Therapy Chapter and traveled with the Horticulture and Landscape Design Tour Group to the Netherlands last summer.

Richard Mattson, professor in horticulture therapy, said it was “exceptional” for a junior to receive this award.

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