Pianists compete

in KMTA auditions

Two area piano students, taught by Sheila Schmitt, assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy at Tabor College, competed at the Kansas Music Teacher’s Association State Honor’s Auditions on Nov. 15 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Heather Stepanek, daughter of Randy and Kerry Stepanek of Hillsboro, competed in the 11th-12th grade division.

Darla Schmidt, daughter of Larry and Joyce Schmidt of Newton, competed in the 7th-8th grade division and placed second.

To be eligible for State Honor’s Auditions, students have to receive a “I” rating at the district level competition held in October.

Both students prepared two pieces from contrasting-style periods.

“I am quite proud of both Darla and Heather,” Schmitt said.

“It takes a great deal of effort and dedication on the students’ part, and they both worked diligently to raise their level of playing. The expectations at State Honor’s is quite high.”

Dates announced

for HES book fair

“Hats Off to Reading” will be the theme of this year’s Scholastic Book Fair coming Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5, and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 8 and 10, to the Wiebe Media Center at Hillsboro High School.

The hours for Dec. 4 will be 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For Dec. 5, the hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For Dec. 8-10, the hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A variety of books and educational products will be offered for sale. Although the fair is billed as a middle school fair, selections for all ages will be available. Seasonal items and cookbooks also will be included as ideas for Christmas gifts.

Patronage of the fair will also enhance the local library’s collection. The community is invited.

Donations invited

for toys project

The Technology Student Association at Hillsboro High School is inviting contributions for its “Toys for Tots” project.

TSA members built toys for the project Nov. 22. Anyone wishing to contribute money to help cover the cost of materials should contact HHS at 947-3991 and ask for the technology department.

TSA is grateful for the donations already received, according to Creigh Bell, sponsor.

Thanksgiving service

Nov. 27 in Goessel

The Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Thanksgiving Day Service will begin with a flute and organ prelude at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 27, at the church located in rural Goessel.

The prelude will be followed by a worship service at 10 a.m.

Pastor Jim Dunn will give the meditation, and the chancel and hand-bell choirs will perform.

The children’s offering will be for school kits for Iraq, a project of the Mennonite Central Committee. The adult offering will be divided between Mennonite Mission Network and Western District Conference.

The public is invited.

Arts & Crafts Fair

set for Strong City

The sixth annual Strong City Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, at St. Anthony’s Hall in Strong City.

The craft fair will be held in conjunction with the Chase County Christmas celebration and the courthouse-lighting ceremony.

Tables will not be limited to crafts, and a concession stand will be available.

For more information, call Deanna Wessel at 620-273-6459.

The public is invited.

HCMC & Emprise

sponsor angel tree

Hillsboro Community Medical Center and Emprise Bank are sponsoring the Silver Angel Tree-a gift for area senior citizens-located in the lobby of Emprise Bank.

The purpose of the program is to brighten the holidays for senior citizens who have a low income and could use a little extra help.

HCMC is working with many area agencies for the elderly and local churches to gather the names of area senior citizens who might benefit from the tree.

Individuals are contacted to see if a Silver Angel could be placed on the tree for them. Names are kept confidential.

“Anyone is welcome to suggest a name for the tree,” said Marsha Setzkorn-Meyer with HCMC.

“If someone would like to submit a name, they can call me at HCMC or visit with Dorothy Deckert or Harriet Woelk at Emprise Bank.”

The Silver Angel Tree has been “very successful,” Deckert said. “The people who fill the silver-angel wishes really enjoy doing it. It’s a win-win celebration at Christmas.”

Mid-CAP receives

grant for housing

Mid-Kansas Community Action Program Inc., based in El Dorado, has received a grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.

Mid-Kansas CAP is a non-profit agency serving income-eligible households in several counties, including Marion.

The Tenant Based Rental Assistance grant will enable Mid-CAP to partially subsidize rent payments and/or deposits for households meeting income-eligibility criteria.

Applications to participate in the TBRA program will be available at Mid-CAP regional offices and the main office beginning
Feb. 2.

For more information, call 1-800-281-6373.

Veterans’ service rep

to visit Dec. 2, 16

Richard Haywood, veterans’ service representative for the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, at the Marion County Health Department.

Any veterans, 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.

Evening MOPS

to meet Dec. 2

Evening Mothers of Preschoolers will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.

Members will share Christmas stories, including the birth of Christ, and learn about other family traditions by sharing Christmas memories and the joys of the season.

The program will also include a “MOPS Goodie Exchange.” Those participating will bring one or more disposable covered plates with 12 to 18 goodies per plate, label the items and attach a copy of the recipe.

The goodie plates will be exchanged with other members at the meeting. Participants are welcome to bring more than one plate in exchange for an equal amount of plates from others.

The craft for the evening will be a reindeer door decoration, and refreshments will be served.

New mothers are welcome to attend free of charge for their first visit. Child care is provided for mothers who attend the sessions.

For more information, call Sherry Soyez at 620-382-2861.

Tree of Life lighting

to take place Dec. 1

Central Homecare & Hospice of Newton and Friends of Hospice will hold a Tree of Life lighting ceremony at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, at Marion Central Park.

The site serves as a place to remember deceased loved ones and honor living friends and relatives. Following the brief ceremony, refreshments will be served at a nearby host church.

The project raises needed funds for the non-profit hospice. For more information about making a donation, call 800-301-9499 and ask for a flyer.

The flyer includes a tear-off portion to send a $20 donation and have a loved one’s name listed in the bookstand by the tree. Additional names can be added for $10 each.

With a $50 donation, the donor also receives a limited-edition porcelain-angel ornament, designed and created by Judy Murphree. Each angel is handmade in a fine white clay, tied with a bow and stamped with a name, number and the artist’s stamp.

The trees will be lighted throughout the holidays, and additional names will be added to the list through weekly updates.

A list of the thirteen participating businesses supporting the project is on the back of the flyer. Due to the generosity of these corporate sponsors covering expenses, donated dollars will be used for patient care and support for families.

County ornaments

available in Marion

The third in a series of Marion County Christmas ornaments is available for $5 at the Marion City Library, Central National Bank and Marion Pharmacy.

The Marion County Courthouse ornaments are gold plated with intricate three-dimensional details, and supplies are limited.

A limited supply of past ornaments is available, too. The first in the series was the Marion Library/Depot logo, and the second depicted the 1912 Santa Fe Depot.

For more information, call Janet Marler at 620-382-2442.

Quilt guild to meet

Dec. 1 in Hillsboro

The Country Stitchers Quilt Guild will meet for its annual Christmas party at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, at Hillsboro United Methodist Church.

All members are asked to bring a plate of goodies and a wrapped gift exchange of notions, patterns or fat quarters valuing about $5.

Members are also asked to bring their completed president’s block to the meeting.

Holiday open house

Dec. 5, 6 at Schale’s

Schale Company will host a Christmas Open House from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at the home of Arlene Schale, U.S. Highway 56 and Falcon, 3 miles west of Hillsboro.

Among the items for sale will be ceramic kitchenware, baked goods, and miscellaneous items. Gift items available to be personalized will be Christmas ornaments, pig banks and door-knob hangers.

For more information, call Schale at 947-5930.

GED FastTrack class

begins Jan. 27

GED FastTrack, sponsored by Butler County Community College Adult Education, will hold class registration and orientation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Butler of Marion, with classes continuing through March 11.

The program is designed for people who are ready to take the General Educational Development tests and feel they need a review.

The cost is $25 per person for materials, and participants must provide photo identification at the time of enrollment.

Anyone 16 to 18 must bring an attendance disclaimer, and a parent or guardian must sign orientation and testing forms.

As part of the FastTrack program, official practice tests and GED tests are scheduled at Butler of Marion on March 12, 17 and 18. The cost for the official practice is $25, and a $15 discount will be given to those who attend the FastTrack class. The official GED test costs $65.

Students successfully completing the official GED test are awarded a Kansas State High School diploma.

For more information about FastTrack classes and GED testing, call 620-382-2183, or inquire in person at the Butler of Marion office, 412 N. 2nd St., Marion.

Santa Spindles Etc.

to host open house

Santa Spindles Etc. will hold a holiday open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, at the home of Elaine Ewert, 816 E. Main, in Marion.

Hand-painted Christmas gift items will be on display for sale.

For more information, call Ewert at 620-382-3498.

Goessel alumni

to play basketbal

Goessel alumni are invited to an alumni basketball game at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, at Goessel High School. The game is open to men and women, and the cost of the event is $15 per person. Alumni will be able to participate in 3-point and free-throw contests.

For more information, call Justin Coup at 620-367-2242.

Public invited to Christmas program

The Central Heights Mennonite Church will host a Christmas program at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, at the church located northwest of Durham.

“Bob & the Boys” will offer an evening of instrumental music followed by a time of fellowship.

The public is invited.

HHS students build shed for purchase

The students of the vocational work-study classes at Hillsboro High School are building a storage shed which can be purchased by the public when it is completed in December.

The building is 8 feet by 16 feet with a barn-style double door. The building will be sold for the cost of materials.

Anyone interested in buying the shed can contact Norman Winter at 947-3991 or 947-1712.

HHS FFA to host

blood drive Dec. 8

The Hillsboro High School FFA will host an American Red Cross blood drive to be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, in the gymnasium at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.

For more information, call Tim Kilgore at 947-3991.

Arboretum plans

Dec. 6 open house

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains Christmas Open House is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6., in Hesston.

This year’s open house will feature local artist in the “Parade of Home for Our Feathered Friends,” a show and sale of birdhouses and feeders.

Santa will visit the arboretum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and live deer will be available to pet and feed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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