Open house set for

Helen Seibel’s 100th

The family of Helen Seibel will celebrate her 100th birthday with an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, in the fellowship hall of Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church in rural Hillsboro.

She was born Jan. 23, 1904 to D.A. and Helena Eitzen in rural Hillsboro.

The open house will be hosted by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Friends and family are invited, and the family requests no gifts.

Cards may be sent to her at Parkside Homes, 200 Willow St., Hillsboro, KS 67063.

Home educators

plan spelling bee

Marion County Home Educators will hold a spelling bee at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.

Organizers encourage all fourth-grade through eighth-grade home educators to participate.

Penner, Wattson

on KWU honor roll

Tania Penner of Hillsboro and Rachel Wattson of Peabody have been named to the fall semester Kansas Wesleyan University Dean’s Honor Roll.

To be named to the honor roll, students must have a grade-point average of 3.25 to 3.74 and no incompletes.

County extension

to host conference

The Marion County Extension Council will host an agriculture-profitability conference scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Tri County Free Fair Activity Center in Herington.

The day-long conference will feature five speakers addressing farm management issues. Topics will be land values and leasing rates, livestock outlook, cow/calf and feeder cattle economics, grain marketing and hunting leases. The program will also cover bringing the next generation into farming, managing for farm survival, farming in the near future and handling farm finances during drought years.

The registration fee is $10 and will include lunch.

To register or for more information, call the Marion County Extension Office at 620-382-2325.

Card shower request

for Mary Thiessen

A card shower is requested for Mary Thiessen to honor her 95th birthday.

Thiessen was born Jan. 21, 1909, to Gerhard M. and Helena Warkentin in Lehigh.

She was married to Jake Thiessen, who passed away in 1998. The couple operated a dairy farm in the Hillsboro area for many years before retiring in 1966 and moving to Hillsboro. Mary worked as a nurse aide at Salem Hospital in Hillsboro for 12 years.

She has two sons, James Thiessen and wife Joyce and Linden Thiessen and wife Dorene, all of Hillsboro; two daughters, Enid Cady and husband Jerry of Marion and the late Rosemary Thiessen; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Cards may be sent to her at 303 Willow Rd., Hillsboro, KS 67063.

Lion’s Club to hold

pancake feed Jan. 17

Hillsboro Lion’s Club will host its annual pancake feed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Hillsboro Senior Center.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, German country sausage, coffee and orange juice.

The cost is $4 per person, and children under 5 eat free.

The public is invited.

Goessel church

offers two services

Goessel Mennonite Church is now offering a choice of two Sunday worship services-traditional and contemporary.

The traditional service begins at 9:30 a.m. and features organ music, hymns, scripture, reading, prayer and a message.

Fellowship and announcements follow at 10:30 a.m.

The contemporary service begins at 10:45 a.m. and includes a praise band, scripture, prayer, meditation and sharing.

For more information, call pastor Kevin Goertzen at 620-367-2446.

MCSEC board

to meet Jan. 19

The Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board of Directors will meet for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19, in the MCSEC conference room at 302 W. Eighth in Florence.

Wheat-weaving art featured at Hesston

“Golden Weaves of Grain: The Art of Wheat Weaving” is on display at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston from Jan. 12 through Feb. 27.

The exhibit can be viewed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Special appointments can be arranged by calling 620-327-8127.

Wheat weaving is an art form that spans thousands of years and is found all over the globe. In ancient China and Egypt, wheat plaits were pressed into pottery before firing to make designs. In Britain and Europe, “corn dollies” were made at harvest time. Their designs were associated with fertility and were symbols of good luck and blessing.

Wheat weaving as an art was rediscovered by Alex Coker in England in the 1950s. Using examples from museums, he taught himself how to plait and then taught others.

In 1974, Coker visited the United States, including Hutchinson, and held workshops for those anxious to learn. The National Association of Wheat Weavers now has more than 300 members.

“Golden Weaves of Grain” was organized by the Kansas Association of Straw Artists. The exhibition has been touring across the state since 2000.

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains is located at 177 West Hickory.

KMDS to meet

Jan. 18 in Hillsboro

Kansas Mennonite Disaster Service will hold its annual meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Reports will be given on 2003 MDS activities.

The keynote speaker will be Martin Fast from Frazer, Mont. In August, 38,000 acres of rugged ranch land burned as a result of lightning strikes near Big Timber, Mont. In October, Fast provided leadership for the volunteers who helped rebuild fences. Fast made daily phone calls to the ranchers to organize the work and provided inspirational devotionals to motivate the volunteers.

The public is invited.

Life Line Screening

in Hillsboro, Marion

Life Line Screening will be available in Hillsboro and Marion in February.

The screening will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Hillsboro Senior Center. It will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, at Good News Christian Fellowship Church in Marion.

Ultrasound tests screen for stroke/carotid artery, abdominal-aortic aneurysm, peripheral-arterial disease and osteoporosis. Lab tests include heart-risk panel, thyroid-health screen and prostate-specific antigen. A variety of screening and lab-test packages will also be offered.

Pre-registration is required.

To register and for more information about costs and tests, call 800-407-4557. Information can also be obtained at the Web Site www.

Lincolnville meeting

set for Jan. 22

An informational meeting concerning the Kan-Step Grant to build a new community building in Lincolnville will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Lincolnville Community Building.

Prior to the meeting, a free supper will be served at 6 p.m. During the meeting, the featured speaker will be Marilyn Graham from the State of Kansas.

Volunteers are welcome, and all are encouraged to offer ideas, submit questions and discuss their concerns.

For more information, call Jane Pigorsch at 620-924-5746 or Dave Schneider at 620-924-5755.

Frank Heath

to celebrate 90th

A card shower is requested for Frank Heath, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on Jan. 19.

Heath is a farmer and retired carpenter from the Burns area.

Celebrating his birthday are wife Rosalie Heath; children Linda Willbrand and husband Jay of St. Charles, Mo., Larry Heath and wife JoAnn of North Plains, Ore., and Sandra Heyman and husband J.C. of Burns; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Cards may be sent to him at 355 N. Arrow Rd., Burns, KS 66840.

Goessel FFA hosts

chili supper/auction

Goessel FFA will host its annual chili supper and work auction on Thursday, Jan. 15.

The chili supper will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Goessel High School commons. The menu includes chili, toppings, carrots and soft-serve ice cream.

The auction will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Van Schmidt will be in charge of the auction and entertainment. All FFA members will be sold to the highest bidder for four hours of work. Members will be able to help with a variety of activities, such as spring cleaning, cutting firewood and mending fences.

The auction raises money for the FFA mentoring program, national and state conventions and all chapter activities.

For more information or to make absentee bids, call Justin Schrag, FFA advisor, at 620-367-2319.

Author Raney

to speak at retreat

Deborah Raney, award-winning author, will be the guest speaker at a Women’s Winter Retreat scheduled for two days at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Session I will begin at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, with a dinner followed by worship and the program. Sessions II and III will start at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, with breakfast rolls, fellowship, worship and the two sessions to follow. The event will conclude with a luncheon at 11:45 a.m.

The program is sponsored by the Women’s Ministries at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, and all community women are invited to attend.

Raney will share her faith journey and encourage women to evaluate where they are in their lives-physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Raney’s first novel, “A Vow to Cherish,” chronicled a family dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. It was the inspiration for a film of the same name. She has written eight more novels, including “A Nest of Sparrows” due in June.

The author attended Emporia State University and Kansas State University. She writes from her home in Hesston.

The cost of the retreat includes the meals. A single day is $15 per person, or the cost for two days is $22. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 23.

For more information or to register, call Thee Bookstore at 947-3969 or the church at 947-3144.

Alpha Omega group

meets in Hillsboro

The Alpha Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International met Dec. 3 at the Wiebe Media Center on the campus of Hillsboro High School.

A lunch was served by hostesses Mary Regier, Carol Duerksen and Mary Olson; the meeting was chaired by Mildred Karnowski, president; and devotions were led by Donna Bagley.

The program, “Dress for Success,” was presented by Regier and assisted by Sonja Koslowsky.

Tampa association

to meet Jan. 20

The Tampa Community Association will meet at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Tampa Senior Center.

The meeting will include election of officers, a discussion about funds for community projects and plans for the year.

“The Last Gladiator”

set for Feb. 7, 8

“The Last Gladiator” will be performed by more than 15 adults and high school students in cooperation with the Marion Rec Commission.

The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Marion Auditorium.

Written by Martin Follose, the play involves two Roman peasants, who want to get close to a beautiful princess. But a devious senator wants her married and out of the way so he can run the Roman Empire.

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