MHS grad to seek

state senate seat

James Meier of Emporia recently announced his candidacy for state senator in District 17. He will face incumbent James Barnett in the Aug. 3 Republican primary election.

Meier, a Marion High School graduate, is pursuing a degree in economics and French from Emporia State University and will graduate in December. He studied in France for two semesters and is fluent in French.

Meier said he was prompted to run for state office because “it is time that a government created by the people and for the people be representative of the people.

“There is a silent majority in this state who disagree with the current trend of our government. I am running for office to give those people a voice.”

In addition to being a student, Meier works full time at Newman Regional Health in Emporia as a ward clerk and has been working in health care for several years.

Meier said a government of the people will address issues such as the current large tax burden, traditional family values, and a quality education for all children in Kansas.

Hillsboro block party

to celebrate July 4

As part of a “Fourth of July Eve Celebration,” the Hillsboro Museums will host a community block party beginning at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 3, at the William F. Schaeffler House.

The community is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets, children and pets. The evening celebration will take place on the east lawn of the house grounds, along North Jefferson Street.

The house will be decorated with a patriotic theme, and Uncle Sam will make a special trip to Hillsboro to join in the fun.

Children are invited to participate in a “Red, White & Blue” parade and are encouraged to decorate bicycles, strollers, pets and wagons.

Following the parade, a band will perform patriotic music on the Schaeffler House front porch. A variety of activities are planned for the entire family. Grilled hot dogs and homemade ice cream will be for sale on the back porch of the home

For more information, call Stan Harder, director of museums, at 947-3775.

Houdyshell & Sayers

compete in Nashville

Sara Houdyshell and Sheila Sayers participated in the Delta Epsilon Chi International Career Development Conference on April 14-17 in Nashville.

Houdyshell is the daughter of Roy and Judy Houdyshell of Lincolnville and is employed at Butler County Community College in the marketing department. Sayers is a member of the Bruce Sayers family of Florence.

Delta Epsilon Chi is the association for students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

Contestants competed with a written test and management-simulation experience at regional and national levels.

Competing in advertising design, Houdyshell finished in the overall top 10. Participating in marketing management, Sayers was an event finalist.

Adviser was Jared McGinley.

Card shower request

to honor Backhus

A card shower is requested for Herbert Backhus to celebrate his 80th birthday on June 25.

He was born June 25, 1924, to John and Helene Backhus of Tampa and is retired from the Marion County Co-op. His wife was the late Ida (Schmidt) Backhus.

Cards may be sent to him at Box 13, Tampa, KS 67483.

Dana Maxfield wins

Museums’ contest

Dana Maxfield of Hillsboro is the winner of a drawing held by the Hillsboro Museums.

A “Tour to Win” contest was held during the Hillsboro Family Folk Festival. To be eligible, contestants were required to have their visits validated at each of the museums major attractions-the Friesen Windmill, the William F. Schaeffler House, the Kreutziger School and the Peter Paul Loewen House.

“We wanted people attending the folk festival to have a chance to experience what the museums have to offer the community,” said Stan Harder, director of museums.

The prize was a Sunday buffet for four, donated by Linden Thiessen of Olde Towne Restaurant & Bakery in Hillsboro.

“I enjoyed the event because it was an event for all ages,” Maxfield said. “My 6-year-old daughter especially enjoyed the guided tour through the Loewen house. She was very interested in how the house was furnished and how the kitchen operated.”

Hillsboro family

hosts Prague student

The Carol and Maynard Duerksen/Knepp family of Hillsboro will host Matyas Maly from Prague, Czech Republic, when the student arrives in August and attends Goessel High School.

The hosting program is assisted by Educational Resource Development Trust/SHARE!

The SHARE! program is a non-profit educational foundation and has students needing host families for the upcoming school year.

For more information about hosting an exchange student, call Doris Unruh at 620-983-2844, visit the Web site www.erdtcentral.
org or call the ERDT/SHARE! regional office at 800-715-3738.

Summer reading

at Marion library

The theme for the Summer Reading Program at the Marion City Library is “Discover new Trails…Read!.”

The program begins July 1 and ends July 30. It will focus on the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s 200th anniversary and will allow children to follow the trail and learn about the historical event.

The summer reading program is appropriate for children who have completed grades kindergarten through eight. Prizes will be awarded as books or pages are read by participants.

High school students interested in participating may contact library staff for more information.

Summer Storytimes for children ages 3 to 6 will be held on two optional sessions-Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.-beginning July 2 through July 30. Register in advance because space is limited to 10 children.

Summer reading helps students of all ability levels keep their skills sharp so they are prepared when school beings in the fall, organizers said.

Children may register at the library any time.

For more information, call the library at 620-382-2442.

Marion VFW Post

holds steak supper

The Marion Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 6958 will hold a steak supper from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 27, at the Marion post home.

Tickets are $11 in advance. For advance tickets, call 620-382-2931 or 620-732-2481.

Tickets at the door will be $12.

The program will feature Bill Meyer and Bill Holderman, World War II veterans of the Marion VFW, who will share highlights of their trip to Washington D.C for the dedication of the new World War II Memorial.

Main Street Ministries opens food bank

Main Street Ministries announces the food bank is open 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturdays, at 415 S. Main, Hillsboro.

For more information, 947-3393.

Ramona announces

July Fourth events

The city of Ramona will celebrate “Round Up In Ramona” on Sunday, July 4.

The following is a schedule of the day’s events:

– 11 a.m.-2 p.m.-Ramona Café will offer a traditional Sunday dinner.

– 1:30 p.m.-A treasure hunt sponsored by Weber Trucking will begin at Cheers II.

– 3 p.m.-6 p.m.-A tractor show sponsored by Weber Trucking will be held at Cheers II. Trophies will be awarded for People’s Choice, Best Restored, Oldest of Show, Best Unrestored and Best Decorated.

– 3 p.m.-9 p.m.-Food will be available at Connie’s Cook Shack of Newton. The menu will include tacos, burgers, hot dogs, sodas and snow cones.

– 3 p.m.-5 p.m.-A Kid’s Carnival sponsored by Weber Trucking will be held at Cheers II. Games will include darts, ring toss, fishing, duck pond, tire hoop and bean-bag toss.

– 6 p.m.-Parade registration will be held at the old Ramona barbershop.

– 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.-Bob and the Boys of Newton will offer musical entertainment sponsored by The California Sisters, the Ramona Café and Tatge Manufacturing.

– 6:30 p.m.-Parade participants will line up along North D Street, near the high school. Tooltime Tim Steinborn will manage the line-up.

– 7 p.m.-Bring lawn chairs to Main Street to enjoy the Fourth of July Parade. The parade route will continue south on D Street.

– 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.-Bob and the Boys continue to entertain the crowd; games will be held at Cheers II; and the Dirt Gambler’s Museum will open at the old bank building.

– 8:45 p.m.-Parade prizes will be awarded by Mayor Pat Wick.

– Dark-Fireworks will be held at Freedom’s Field. Fireworks are sponsored by Tampa State Bank and DC Trucking. Ramona citizens may bring their personal fireworks to Freedom’s Field.

For parade and event information, call Jessica Gilbert at 785-965-7110. For tractor information, call Jeannie Weber at 785-965-7297 or 785-366-0931.

Scott M. Proffitt

receives assignment

Trooper Scott M. Proffitt received his assignment from Col. William Seck, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Upon completion of field training, Proffitt will assume patrol duties in Marion County.

Proffitt received the assignment following completion of a 22-week basic law-enforcement course at the Patrol’s Training Academy in Salina.

His field duties were supervised by Trooper Michael Ottensmeier.

Campaign finance seminars offered

The staff of the Governmental Ethics Commission will be conducting a series of informational campaign-finance seminars in July.

These seminars are designed to acquaint candidates for state and local office, treasurers and representative of party committees and political-action committees with the reporting requirements of the Campaign Finance Act.

Particular attention will be devoted to the campaign-finance reports required to be filed throughout the election year.

Under the Campaign Finance Act, candidates for state and local offices, party committees and political-action committees must disclose their campaign contributions and expenditures at various times throughout the election cycle.

As the primary draws near, the commission is aware of its responsibility to disseminate accurate and timely information and answer questions that arise in campaign situations.

Organizers said it was especially important that campaign treasurers and others active in political campaigns attend.

Time at the end of the session will be provided for questions and answers.

Two sessions close to Marion County are at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 7, at the Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita and 7 p.m., Thursday, July 8, at the City/County Government Building in Salina.

For more information or other locations and dates, call 785-296-4219 or write to the Governmental Ethics Commission, 109 W. Ninth, Suite 504, Topeka, KS 66612.

Sunday-night service

June 27 in Goessel

A special worship service with featured speakers will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, June 27, at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church near Goessel.

Dennis and Norma Duerksen and Irvin and Susan Voth will talk about their recent trip to Israel.

The public is invited.

Lake residents plan July Chat and Dine

Marion County Lake residents will meet for a Chat and Dine Potluck Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 3, in the South Lake Hall.

Families and their guests are encouraged to join other lake residents for dining, visiting, playing trivia and sharing decorations from the wedding of Sue Smith and Willis Peterson.

Hosts for the evening will be Grace and John Yoder and Bob Journagen.

Canton library offers

reading program

Canton Township Library will kick off its “Discover New Trails” Summer Reading Program from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 29, at the library.

The morning will include a special presentation from the “Wala Traveling” group of Wichita. The group will present a small variety skit.

The summer-reading program will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., every Tuesday in July, for children age 4 to those who will begin first grade in the fall.

For more information, call 620-628-4572.

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