Historical society

compiling recipe book

The Florence Historical Society is compiling a 2004 edition cookbook and is accepting recipes from cooks in the Florence, Burns and Cedar Point areas.

The deadline to submit favorite recipes is Sept. 30. Recipes may be dropped off at the Florence Market or sent to Kristal Timm, 314 W. 6th, Florence, KS 66851.

Proceeds from the cookbooks will go to the Florence Harvey House Museum.

Mohn family holds reunion in Hillsboro

The Christian Mohn family reunion was held Sept. 5 at the Hillsboro Senior Center.

Prior to the reunion, a hamburger fry was held Sept. 4, at the Oliver Mohn home, for family members arriving early.

Attending the Saturday event were Clyde and Pam Mohn, Ken and Patty Becker and Diana Becker, all of Denver; Eloise and Bob Hart of Neodesha; Jeryl and Vicki Mohn of Houston; Paul Mohn of Montclair, Va.; John, Jeannie and Johnny LoFranco of San Jose, Calif.; Bob, Karen, Ryan and Tiffany Haug of Jetmore; Russell Haug of Hesston; Gordon and Vicky Mohn and Jason, Rachel, Kyra and Karsten Mohn, all of Hillsboro.

The reunion the following day included a noon meal followed by introductions and news from family members in attendance.

In addition to those at the Mohns on Saturday, the following were present: Deana and Don Garner and Jesse and Henrietta Helzer, all of Thomas, Okla.; Melvin and Isabella Bender of Wichita; Myrtle Mohn of Hillsboro; Carolyn Webster of McPherson; and Calvin, Connie and Christopher Mohn of Burlingame.

Those arriving in the afternoon were Shawn Strunk of Hillsboro and Kara Bartell of Hesston..

The next reunion will be held the Sunday before Labor Day in 2006.

Bethel College

holds groundbreaking

The groundbreaking ceremony for a new sports complex was held Sept. 6 at Bethel College of North Newton .

The first group to break ground were students representing Bethel’s varsity athletic programs, health-management majors, student-athletic trainers, the Student Senate and the Student Alumni Association.

Each student representing athletic programs carried a symbol of their respective sport.

Following the first group, eight others broke ground in the name of the Bethel Board, the stadium campaign, Bethel donors, the Booster Club, the faculty, the athletics department, the student body and the office of institutional advancement. “This is a good day for Bethel College,” said president E. LaVerne Epp.

“We gather as a campus community to celebrate the future at this site.” The sports complex will be a place where students will “learn to compete and achieve, develop leadership characteristics, practice teamwork and play together,” Epp said.

Located north of existing campus buildings and adjacent to former residence hall Goering Hall, the $5.5 million complex will include a 2,500-seat stadium, artificial-turf football and soccer field, eight-lane equal-quadrant track, practice fields, an entry plaza and a parking area that will also serve Thresher Gymnasium and Memorial Hall.

The complex, designed by Duane Hickerson of PBA Architects in Wichita, is scheduled to be completed by August of next year.

Bethel received a $550,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and M.L. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla. To meet the challenge, Bethel must raise an additional $2.1 million by July 14 of next year.

A subsequent grant, for $80,000 from the Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park, will go toward meeting the challenge.

“We are grateful to all the donors who have made this groundbreaking possible,” said Sondra Koontz, vice president for advancement. “We trust that, once again, Bethel’s constituents will rise to a challenge and turn a dream into a reality.”

Open house for

Fern Unruh’s 90th

Fern Vogt Unruh will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, in the fellowship hall at Hillsboro United Methodist Church.

A homemaker, Unruh has lived in Hillsboro since marrying John Vogt, who passed away in 1973. She married Herbert Unruh in 1990, and he died in April.

The event is hosted by her children and their families, Jerold and Karleen Vogt of Hillsboro and Joanne and Harvey Foyle of Emporia.

Greeting cards may be sent to her at 205 S. Ash, Apt. 2, Hillsboro, KS 67063.

Family and friends are invited to the open house, and their presence is the only present she requests.

Santa Fe Trail Fest

set for Oct. 3, Tampa

The second annual Santa Fe Trail Fest will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Tampa Ball Park.

The following activities will be included in the event:

n Wiener roast by free-will donation. Bring sticks for wiener roasting and lawn chairs.

n Dutch-oven cook off. For details on registration and information, call Beth Gaines-Riffel at 785-539-7558, 785-965-7179, fax 785-539-2679 and e-mail riffel4@

n Games. Games include watermelon crawl, stick-horse rodeo, cake walk, cow-chip throw, hayrack rides and more.

n Concession stand. Concession offering popcorn, pop, water and coffee.

n Trail Fest T-shirts. T-shirts will be available.

The Santa Fe Trail Fest is sponsored by the Tampa Community Association. Craft vendors are welcome.

For more information, call Carla Hajek at 785-965-7269.

The public is invited.

Shoe-box project

helps needy children

National collection week for Operation Christmas Child is Monday, Nov. 15 through Monday, Nov. 22 at Rosebank Church in Hope, the local shoe-box drop-off site.

Operation Christmas Child is a kids-helping-kids project. An estimated 7 million shoe-box gifts will be distributed to needy children in more than 120 countries, including children in the Darfur region of western Sudan and in war-torn Iraq.

“This year, the goal is even higher, and the need is even greater,” said Dorothy Broce, local Operation Christmas Child volunteer.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international-relief organization coordinated by Franklin Graham.

For instructions on filling a shoe box or more information about the project, call Broce at 785-965-7174, 785-983-4373.

Canton church holds

mission fest Sept. 19

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Canton will celebrate a Mission Festival on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the church located seven miles south and one mile west of Canton.

The Mission Festival will focus on the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod World Mission Festival, especially in the Ivory Coast.

The adult Bible class starts at 9:30 a.m., and the morning worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a pot-luck meal following the service.

The guest speaker during the festival activities will be associate pastor Daniel Ramsey with Zion Lutheran Church of Chanute.

Ramsey and wife Suzanne formerly served as missionaries in French speaking Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, from 1995 to 2002. He continues to be involved in missions-travelling back to Africa to provide teaching in various settings.

“I am thankful for these opportunities to serve in Africa and to directly involve the church in eastern Kansas in any ways that I can,” Ramsey said.

Guests are invited to attend the festival.

Bishop to preach

at Marion church

Pastor Scott J. Jones, who will be the newly installed bishop of the Kansas Area of the United Methodist Church, will preach at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, at Marion Eastmoor United Methodist Church as part of its 125th anniversary celebration.

Jones will be installed the day before at the Salina Bicentennial Center. He has pastored four congregations in Texas and recently served as associate professor of evangelism and church history at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

He graduated from the University of Kansas and was ordained a deacon in Kansas East Conference in 1978. His family includes wife Mary Lou Reece and three children.

The public is invited.

Red Cross blood drive set for Sept. 24

The American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at United Methodist Church, 905 E. D St., Hillsboro.

Blood donors must be a least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Most medications do not prevent people from donating blood.

The need for blood in the American Red Cross Central Plains Region has increased 11 percent since 1999, due partly to advances in medical treatments and longer life spans.

Donating blood takes about an hour, with the actual donation taking about seven minutes.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543.

Bethel fall festival

set for Oct. 7-10

The 34th annual Bethel College Fall Festival will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 10, with old favorites and new features.

The kickoff event is the 18th annual Taste of Newton from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, in downtown Newton. The event will feature food booths and entertainment.

The majority of additional events are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, on the college campus in North Newton.

Entertainment includes Larry Temple, ventriloquist and Bethel alumnus; Brent Dellinger, high school student and national yo-yo champion from Salina; the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers joining the Newton Community Children’s Choir and Suzuki string players from the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts; and the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers.

Among a variety of other festival opportunities are the following:

n Children’s music and art workshops.

n The opportunity to view the historic reconstruction landscaping at Goerz House and fountain dedication.

n A pickup game of Ultimate Frisbee open to all ages.

n A limited-edition Lithuanian candle-house miniature of the administration building for sale.

n The reception for Duane Friesen, professor of Bible and religion, retiring in 2005 after 35 years of teaching at the college.

n The Fall Festival play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” performed four times.

n The Bethel College Athletic Hall of Fame reception followed by an alumni recognition ceremony.

For more information, call 316-284-5251 or visit the Web site www.

High school students and their parents are invited for a campus visit, Oct. 8 through Oct. 9, coinciding with the Fall Festival.

For more information or reservations regarding student visitation, call 316-284-5230; 800-522-1877, ext. 230; or e-mail admissions@

Marion church serves potluck meal

A potluck meal was served Sept. 12, after the church service, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Marion with about 76 members and guests attending.

Following the meal, several members read poems in honor of Grandparents Day.

A list of upcoming activities includes the next potluck and the Kings Daughters meeting as follows:

n The next potluck will be Sunday, Oct. 10. Members and guests are invited to bring a favorite dish to share.

n Kings Daughters will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the new addition. Jean Bailey will be the host, and Cara Stockdale will bring the lesson. Those planning to attend are reminded to bring their shoebox item.

MCSEC board

to meet Sept. 20

The Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board of directors will meet for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, in the MCSEC conference room at 302 W. Eighth in Florence.

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