Breakfast in Pilsen
set for March 14
The Annual Catholic Workmen Breakfast will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, March 14, in the dining room at St. John Nepomucene Church of Holy Family Parish, Pilsen.
The menu will include biscuits-and-sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee.
Free-will donations will be accepted, and matching funds will come from the National Catholic Workmen organization. A silent auction will also be held.
Money raised will be used toward the renovation of the Pilsen church basement.
The location for the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus area rehearsals has been changed due to the recent fire at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.
Rehearsals will be held at at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 15, and Tuesday, March 23, at Trinity Mennonite Church, 211 S. Elm St., Hillsboro.
Veterans’ service rep
to visit March 16
Richard Haywood, veterans’ service representative for the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 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.
James May wins
with Kansas Lottery
James May, 57, of Hillsboro recently won the top prize of $10,000 on a $2 Kansas Lottery Beef ‘N’ Bucks ticket.
May’s winning ticket was purchased at the Marion Ampride store.
“When I first saw that I won $10,000, everyone in the store was excited,” May said. “I could hardly believe that I had won, and it is still taking a while to sink in.”
County farm bureau
The Marion County Farm Bureau Association has two $500 scholarships available to be awarded to 2003-04 high-school graduates.
Applicants must be Farm Bureau members but do not need to enter an agriculture-related field of study to qualify.
Applications are available through high-school counselors or at the bureau office in Marion. Completed applications must be returned to the bureau by April 23.
The Marion County Farm Bureau is located at 1122 E. Main, Marion. For more information, call the office at 620-382-2972.
Card shower request
for Zelda Hiebert
A card shower is requested for Zelda Hiebert of Newton to honor her 90th birthday.
She was born March 20, 1914, in Marion County. She graduated from Peabody High School in 1932.
She has two step-grandchildren, John Woicikowski and Sally Bailey, both of Lubbock, Texas.
Cards may be sent to her at 720 N. Spencer Rd., Newton, KS 67114.
Screening set for
Marion Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten screening evaluation will take place Wednesday through Friday, March 17 through March 19, at the Presbyterian Church, located at 610 Lawrence St., Marion.
Children must be 5 by Aug. 31 to enroll in the Marion-Florence Unified School District 408 kindergarten program.
Parents who wish to enroll kindergartners in the fall must call MES at 620-382-3771 or 800-498-2014 to set up an appointment for the screening.
hosts benefit dinner
Hillsboro Historical Society will sponsor its annual fund-raising dinner at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 20, at the Activity Center at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, 610 S. Main St.
The program will feature Brian Stucky, author of “Hallowed Hardwood: Vintage Basketball Gyms in Kansas.” Stucky’s book tells the story of Kansas gyms and includes the smallest, the oldest and those where basketball legends played.
The menu for the fund-raising event includes German sausage, a potato dish, green beans, salad and dessert.
Businesses and organizations can host a table of eight for $70 or a half table of four for $35. Individual tickets are available for $10 per person.
For ticket reservations or more information, contact Stan R. Harder, director of museums, at 947-3775.
Local families host
Two Hillsboro families will host students in the SHARE! High School Exchange Program.
The Carol Duerksen and Maynard Knepp family will host Shuk-Fong Tang from Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Their student will arrive in August and attend Goessel High School for the 2004-05 school year. The exchange is coordinated by Doris Unruh.
The Steve and Lou Greenhaw family will host Francesca Bona from Torino, Italy. She is scheduled to arrive in August and attend Hillsboro High School for the 2004-05 school year. The exchange is under the direction of Duerksen and Knepp.
“Now, more than ever, people need to promote world peace and understanding,” said Mari Karlsson, Central States director for the SHARE! program. “I don’t know of a better way than to bring students from other countries into our communities. These teenagers are young adults who are impressionable and eager to learn more about America first hand-they are tomorrow’s leaders.”
The SHARE! program has several exchange students needing host families for the upcoming school year. The students are 15 to 18 years old, speak English, have their own spending money and medical insurance.
The SHARE! program is sponsored by the Educational Resource Development Trust, a nonprofit educational foundation.
For more information, call Doris Unruh at 620-983-2844, the regional office at 800-715-3738, or visit the Web Site www.erdt
Knights of Columbus
aid Gerard House
The Father Emil Kapaun Council of the Knights of Columbus held a successful two-day baby shower, Jan. 17 and 18, to help residents of the Gerard House in Wichita.
Donated cash and related baby-care items totaled $580. Donated items included such baby needs as cloth diapers, blankets and crib sheets. The Knights set up collection points at weekend Masses in Holy Family Parish.
The Gerard House is a Catholic support home for unwed mothers, ages twelve and over. Owned and operated by Via Christy Regional Medical Center, the home was gutted by a fire last year in January and re-opened in February.
For more information or to make a contribution to Gerard House, call Patty Gnefkow, advocate coordinator, at 316-832-0777.
gathers for services
Congregation from Eastmoor United Methodist Church of Marion gathered Feb. 29 to worship and witness the burning of the church-mortgage note.
The worship service included a sermon by Max Clayton, Salina district superintendent.
During the service, leaders in the church burned a facsimile of the paid mortgage note. Participating in the mortgage-burning ceremony were Bettie Batt, Eugene Enos, Marion Nickelson, David Richmond, Greg Bowers, pastor John Goering, reverend Clayton and retired-pastor Bob Priest.
Later in the worship hour, the new and remodeled facilities were dedicated in a litany led by Goering.
Following the worship service, the congregation enjoyed a dinner served by the Eastmoor Junior High Youth Group.
in Pilsen, March 21
The Pilsen Community Center will host a dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, March 21, in Pilsen.
The meal will include roast beef or ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn or green beans, rolls, assorted desserts, coffee or tea.
Money raised will be used to remodel the center’s restrooms so they are handicapped assessable.
A stockholders’ meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., following the dinner.
MHS spring play
set for March 19, 20
Marion High School will present its spring play, “It’s Greek to Me,” on Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, at the city auditorium.
The Friday performance is a dinner theater, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Serving will begin at 7 p.m., and the play begins at 8 p.m. Dinner and reserved seats are $10 per person, reserved seating is $3 per person, and general-admission tickets are $2 each.
The Saturday performance begins at 8 p.m. Reserved seats are $3, and general-admission tickets are $2. Tickets for both nights can be purchased from Quick Flick in Marion.
The new old-fashioned melodrama is under the direction of Janet Killough.
Cast members include Justin Brookens as Plebius, Whitney Wear as Purina, Trevor Jones as Cronie Obsesso, Joe Svitak as Captain, Briana Vogel as Lilly, Jordan Timm as King Generus, Sarah Davidson as Afrodite, Michael Brookens as Glutius, Tim Schuler as Maximus and Nikki Moody as Calypso.
Additional cast members include Isaac Guettersloh as Zeus, Chelsea Arnhold as Hera, Derek Vetter as Hermes, Jeremy Gillen as Hades, Lee Ownbey as Dionysus, Torey Hett as Apollo, Michelle Miesse as Persephone, Luke Bowers as Poseidon and Rachel Davidson as Athena.
The cast list concludes with Megan Whitaker and Hannah Eis as Gem and I; Eric Steiner as Atlas; Ben Leppke, Brandon Watson, Josh Shanklin and Luke Bowers as guards; Ben Leppke as Bill; and Lena O’Connor, Nicole Nelson, Tedra Eis, Allison Meador and Katie Whitaker as Prosperians.
There will be a bake sale in the lobby both nights to fund a New York City theater trip.
begin March 18
A series of investment-education seminars will begin with “Basics of Investing” scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, March 18, at the Hillsboro Community Medical Center Long Term Care Unit Chapel.
The series is sponsored by HCMC and Security Benefit Funds Group, the HCMC retirement-plan group.
Two scheduled speakers at the first seminar will be Diane Claassen, of Claassen Financial Services, and an associate with Security Benefit Funds Group. They will discuss the rewards and risks of three basic investment types-cash, income and equities.
The seminars are free, and the public is invited.
Centre FFA Chapter
to hold auction/meal
The Centre FFA Chapter will hold its 24th annual work auction and meal beginning at 6 p.m., Monday, March 15, at Centre High School in Lost Springs.
FFA members will be auctioned off to local community members to raise funds to support the FFA program.
The Centre FFA alumni will also hold a silent auction. Alumni members have solicited and made several items for the silent auction. These items include a Kansas State University flag, a barb-wire wall hanging and two Centre Cougar limestone rock carvings.
The silent auction will help fund the activities that the alumni chapter conducts during the year. Alumni will meet when the work-auction concludes.
set for March 14
A Christian Endeavor program will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 14, at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church in rural Hillsboro.
The program will include a children’s choir, vocal solo, flute ensemble, piano solo and other musical presentations.
plans quilt display
The Marion City Library will have more than 20 quilts on display during regular library hours beginning Monday, March 15 and continuing through Wednesday, March 31, in the Kansas Room.
The quilts are created or owned by residents.
The library will also have quilting books available to check out and a collection of children’s antique sewing machines, sewing baskets, patterns, books and other sewing items.