Graduation set for

Andrew Waldbauer

Andrew Waldbauer, son of Joy Waldbauer of Hillsboro, will graduate from the U.S. Army Chemical One Station Unit Training program at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, in the Cunningham Gym at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Waldbauer has successfully completed 19 weeks of training. Prior to graduation, parents will attend a briefing on Dec. 14, and soldiers will be allowed to go on pass in the local area.

A 2004 graduate of Hillsboro High School, Waldbauer plans to begin airborne training in Georgia the first of the year.

Friends and family are invited to attend and honor him at the graduation.

Candle ceremony

planned for Dec. 12

The Marion County Compassionate Friends will hold a candle-light remembrance ceremony at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, in the courtyard of Marion Presbyterian Church.

The church is located at Lawrence and Elm streets, one block north of Central Park.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting is an annual event, held the second Sunday in December. It is an international support group for families who have experienced the death of a child.

The candle lighting is an act of remembrance with the theme “That Their Light May Always Shine.”

To honor children who have died, candles are lit for one hour at 7 p.m. local time, starting in New Zealand and continuing around the world.

While this is a global event, candle-lighting may take place in an individual home or in organized ceremonies.

The Marion County observance will include readings, music, candle lighting and a reading of remembered children’s names.

All who want to honor a deceased child of any age are welcome to participate.

For more information, or to have a child’s name read if the family is unable to attend, contact Thad and Janie Meierhoff at 620-382-3492, Linda Carlson at 620-382-2228, Chris and Melissa Stuchlik at 620-924-5793 or e-mail Debbi Darrow at weeb@southwind.net.

GHS holiday program set for Dec. 20

The Goessel High School Music Department will present its Christmas Concert at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20, in the high school auditorium.

The 58-member Bluebird Band will perform under the direction of Bud Meisel and Brian Leischer, student teacher.

The will perform a variety of musical selections, such as “Christmas Variants,” Brazilian Sleigh Bells” and “A Fresh Aire Christmas.”

Following the band performance, the 56-member Concert Choir will perform such pieces as “Mid Winter, “African Noel” and “Chiribim Chiribom” under the direction of Greg Bontrager and Leischer.

The Elbiata Singers will also be featured during the evening performance.

At the close of the concert, the audience will be invited to join the choir on stage to sing “The Hallelujah Chorus.”

GES students present Christmas program

The students of Goessel Elementary School will present a Christmas program at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, in the Goessel High School Auditorium.

Students in kindergarten through third grade will present “Our House is a Holiday House,” by Roger Emerson.

Third grade students will be featured as narrators and will play instruments under the direction of Marcia Brubaker and accompanied by Mary Schmidt.

Choral students in the fourth through sixth grade and the fourth-grade recorder ensemble will offer musical pieces, such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Praise to the Lord of Hosts.” They will be accompanied by Brubaker and Michelle Unruh student accompanist.

The public is invited.

Preservation group

meets in Lincolnville

The “Preserve the Heartland” coordination board met Nov. 14 at the home of Marcus Carlson in Lincolnville.

Board members present were Nancy Groneman, Eileen Seiger, Bill Kassebaum, Dennis Krause, Phil Smith, Jack Methvin, Marcus Carlson and Jackie Hett.

“‘Preserve the Heartland’ strongly opposed” an expansion of 100,000 acres in the area proposed by officials at Fort Riley, according to Hett. The group held an organizational meeting in 1990 to discuss the situation.

At a meeting in 1992, the group was informed by officials from the Pentagon that Fort Riley would not pursue the land expansion, and the group became inactive.

The group recently learned Fort Riley officials have been discussing the possibility of increasing the size of Fort Riley from 10,000 personnel to 20,000 by 2006.

“It would be an economic boost to the towns around Fort Riley, but devastating to the farmers and ranchers in the area if land expansion is pursued,” Hett said. “We, as an organization, are not anti-military.”

Should land expansion be proposed by Fort Riley, Hett said, “Preserve the Heartland” would become active again.

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