Workshop to focus

on domestic violence

Domestic violence is the subject of a free public workshop that is being offered by Mid Kansas Community Action Program Inc.

The workshop will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 6, at the Mid-Cap office located at 104 N. Fifth Street, Marion.

Topics covered will be:

— myths about domestic violence.

— the role of power and control in abusive relationships.

— how to survive when involved in a violent relationship.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information and to register call 1-888-877-5948.

Maxwell announces

music for Prairie Days

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge has announced the entertainment scheduled for Prairie Days in June at the refuge located north of Canton.

The CrawDaddys, a multi-instrumental group playing country and Cajun music, will be featured from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 5.

Band member Jeff Prichard is a champion fiddler. He will perform with Jake Tanner, 12, who began fiddling at age 6.

In recent years, Tanner received a standing ovation when he opened for Marty Stuart.

The Walnut River String Band from Winfield will be featured from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 6. Playing bluegrass, western and folk music, the band combines historic with humorous and traditional music.

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

Second-half taxes

due by May 10

The Marion County Treasurer reminds property owners that second-half taxes are due by May 10.

Athletic Banquet

set for May 6 at CHS

The Centre High School Athletic Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6, at the school.

The banquet allows the coaching staff to recognize the accomplishments of the student athletes during the 2003-04 school year.

For the potluck supper, those attending with last names beginning with A-M are asked to bring a meat dish and salad. Those persons with last names beginning with N-Z should bring a meat dish and dessert.

The guest speaker will be David Rziha, a former outstanding athlete at CHS. Rziha is scheduled to open a pharmacy in Council Grove in May.

For more information, call 785-983-4321.

Florence Pride group

holds meeting

The Florence Pride Committee held an informational meeting on April 14.

A power-point slide presentation offered ideas for creating goals and action plans for community improvement. The process of filing quarterly reports and year-end evaluations was given by special guests Bev Wilhelm, state Pride co-chair, and Dan Kahl of Kansas State University Research Development.

Committee members in attendance were chair Sue Klassen; treasurer Judy Mills; secretary Mary Jane Grimmett; city councilmen Dan Ludwig and Ed Robinson, Burns Pride chair and mayor Mary Glenn; Neva Robinson, Twilah Williams, John Dauber, Bert Zogelman, Alice Hayes, Sarah Cope and Scott Zogelman.

Kliewer to sing at

Bethel concert

Jonah Kliewer of Hillsboro will be one of two soloists performing in the May Concert presented by Bethel College Oratorio Chorus and Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 2, in Memorial Hall at Bethel College in North Newton.

Kliewer, a baritone, is professor emeritus of music at Tabor College. Michelle Roth Pankratz, a soprano from Wichita, will be the other featured soloist.

The program includes the cantata “Dona Nobis Pacem” by 20th-century British composer Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Singers in the Oratorio Chorus are 95 members of Bethel College choral groups as well as 62 singers from area communities.

The 65-piece Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra is made up of professionals, Bethel College students, and community and area musicians.

The conductor is William Eash, director of choirs at Bethel College.

For tickets to the May Concert, call 316-284-5281. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, $5 for ages 3 to 12. All seats are general admission.

Quilt guild to meet

May 3 in Hillsboro

The Country Stitchers Quilt Guild will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 3, at Hillsboro United Methodist Church.

Guest speaker will be Janeen Miller from Sunflower Quilts in Derby. Miller will present the program “I Just Knew I Really Wanted to do This!” She will discuss how she became interested in quilting and owning a quilt shop. She will also profile various fabric designers, lines and companies.

Visitors are welcome. The fee for non-guild members is $2.

Fund-raiser set for

Drew Knolla, Marion

Marion Elementary School Spring Concert will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 29, at the MES gymnasium.

The fourth-grade fund-raiser will raise money to help off-set medical costs for MES student Drew Knolla, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

A dessert bar will be available after the concert, and free-will donations will be accepted. Following the dessert bar, MES students will present a jump-rope demonstration and perform Bal-A-Vis-X.

The public is invited.

Parkview MB Church

resumes hours

Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church of Hillsboro will resume regular hours of worship at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and Sunday School at 9:45 a. m.

The church also announces a benefit concert, “Instrument of Praise,” 7 p.m., Sunday, May 2, at Hillsboro High School auditorium.

In support of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, the concert is sponsored by the Hillsboro Ministerial Association, and free-will offerings will be taken.

Local groups to play at Newton festival

Apple Blossom Festival 2004 will bring the generations together to celebrate spring from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 30, at Newton Presbyterian Manor, 1200 E. Seventh.

The festival pig roast will include potato salad, baked beans, garlic bread and apple pie. Hot dogs and hamburgers will also be available. About 1,400 meals were served last year.

Live entertainment begins at 5 p.m. with the following acts:

–5 p.m.: Schniggle Fritz German Band;

— 5:30 p.m.: Apple-a-Day Preschool;

— 5:50 p.m.: Gospel Men’s Ensemble from Koerner Heights Church;

— 6:20 p.m.: Boeing Jazz Band;

— 7:00 p.m.: Azteca Dancers;

–7:30 p.m.: Acrosstic playing favorites from the Beatles to today.

KidFest, a festival favorite, will include special activities and fun for children of all ages.

Crafters and local vendors will be selling gifts, jewelry and home decor. A baked-goods booth will sell homemade treats as well as Presbyterian Manor’s popular apple dumplings.

Festival tickets are $6 in advance for adults and $7 on site. Children younger than 10 years are $2.50 in advance and $3 the evening of the festival. Group rates for 10 or more adults are $5. Tickets are available at the Manor.

All proceeds of the festival will benefit the Good Samaritan Fund, which provides financial assistance for Manor residents who have outlived their personal resources. Last year’s event raised more than $14,000.

Marion church social

offers fellowship

Members of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Marion met April 24 at Sher Bowl Lanes.

An evening of food, bowling and fellowship was enjoyed by about 35 members. The event was planned by the women of the social committee.

Goessel VBS set for

June 7-11

Goessel Community Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 7 through June 11, at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Brethren Church in rural Goessel.

The VBS program this year will feature jump ropes and weights with an emphasis on exercising the inner person and “becoming a true powerhouse for Jesus,” according to organizers.

Registrations forms are available and can be returned at the church offices of Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church or Goessel Mennonite Church.

Registration deadline is Friday, May 14.

For more information, call the churches at 620-367-8192 or 620-367-2446.

Veterans’ service rep

to visit May 4, 18

Richard Haywood, veterans’ service representative for the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 4 and May 18, 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.

Office hours set for

Moran’s staff member

A member of Congressman Jerry Moran’s staff will hold office hours from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, in the east meeting room at Hillsboro City Hall.

Mike Zamrzla, constituent-services representative for the 1st Congressional District, will address questions and concerns of Marion County residents.

Individuals who have questions about the federal government; are experiencing difficulties with Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ affairs or other issues; or wish to voice their opinions are encouraged to attend.

For more information or to speak with a constituent-services representative, contact Zamrzla or Crystal Emel at 620-665-6138.

Sampler Festival

celebrates Kansas

The Kansas Sampler Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 2, at Athletic Park in Newton.

The purpose of the festival is to give Kansas enterprises an opportunity to showcase their services and educate the public about what there is to experience, purchase and enjoy in Kansas.

Local exhibitors are Everything Hillsboro, Hillsboro Municipal Golf, Country Haven Inn, Hillsboro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hillsboro Museums, Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Association, Hillsboro High School Jazz Band and Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

The list also includes The Schniggle Fritz German Band, King Concessions, Willow Spring Downs and Emma Creek Publishing, and Olde Towne Restaurant and Bakery.

The sampler festival is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, and the community of Newton.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 7 to 14, and children under 7 are admitted free.

For more information, visit the Web site www.kansassamplerfestival.com or call the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau at 800-899-0455.

Marion library

receives state honor

The Kansas Preservation Alliance Inc. announces that the Marion City Library, Santa Fe Depot, is among the recipients of the Awards for Excellence recognizing outstanding preservation efforts and illustrating the diversity of preservation activity in Kansas.

The award will be presented during the 2004 Kansas Preservation Conference on April 29 in Wichita.

The 1912 Santa Fe Depot is the new home of the library-preserving the history and architecture of the structure.

Architect for the project was Pettijohn & Kinney Architects of Overland Park, and general contractor was Sunflower Builders of Manhattan. The historic-preservation project was cited for preserving an important representative of Marion’s history to be enjoyed by the community.

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