Hiebert passes

licensure exam

Jodie Nichole Hiebert recently completed and passed the National Council Licensure Examination for licensed practical nurses.

She is now certified to practice in the state of Kansas.

Hiebert, daughter of Bob and Brenda Hiebert of Hillsboro, completed the practical nursing program at Hutchinson Community College in May. Her pinning ceremony was May 12 and her graduation was May 13.

A 2003 graduate of Hillsboro High School, Hiebert is employed as a licensed practical nurse at Sandpiper Bay Heath and Retirement Center Inc. in Wichita, where she resides with fiance Tony Huff and son, Connor.

Ice cream social

to raise money

The Burns United Methodist Church is sponsoring an Ice Cream Social to benefit the Burns Library/City Hall Building Fund at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at the church.

A drawing will be held for two items-an original quilted wall-hanging by award-winning quilter Sandy Heyman and a 14-karat white-gold necklace with an opal and a peridot, an original design made and designed by award-winning jeweler Darryl Alexander of Alexander Jewelers, Phoenix, Az.

Tickets for each of these are $1 each or six for $5, and are available from the Burns merchants or from Barb Stuhlsatz or Sandy Heyman.

For more information regarding the building fund or about contributions, contact Barb Stuhlsatz at 620-726-5603 or e-mail .

Bloomin’ Good Tour set for Aug. 3

Maxwell Wild Life refuge and Three Sisters Victorian Tea & Treasures of Canton are teaming up for a “Bloomin’ Good Tour'” at 10 a.m. Aug. 3.

Participants can board a tram for a guided tour of the smoky hill prairie dotted with wildflowers and buffalo, and then head for Three Sisters for an old fashioned roast beef dinner and Victorian language of the flowers display.

Both attractions have gift shops. Tickets are $17 per person.

For reservations, call 620-628-4455 or 620-628-4484. Tours may be scheduled throughout the year for groups.

Financial seminar

for women July 21

“Family, Life and Money: An Introduction to Financial Management for Women” will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Activity/Wellness Center at Memorial Home in Moundridge.

The seminar will be presented by Sandra Fruit, vice president of advancement for Prairie View Inc.

At some point in their lives, 90 percent of all U.S. women will be on their own, either single, widowed or divorced.

Participants can find out what they need to know about money management and basic estate planning as well as learn how to choose advisers, how to talk to their children about money, and how to create a family legacy.

A light supper prepared by Memorial Home Food Services is free to participants, underwritten by the Ken Stucky Agency, independent agent in Moundridge.

RSVP by Monday, July 18, by calling 620-345-2901 or e-mailing .

Goessel community to hold blood drive

The Goessel Community blood drive will be held Monday, July 25, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Mennonite Church at 109 S. Church.

The event is being held in response to an urgent appeal by the American Red Cross for blood donations.

Everyone who comes in to donate will receive a free American Red Cross T-shirt.

According to the Red Cross, national blood inventory levels have dropped well below a safe and adequate supply.

“Right now, patients in hospitals across the country need you to roll up your sleeve and give the gift of lifesaving blood,” said Jerry Squires, chief medical officer, American Red Cross Biomedical Services.

The Red Cross is appealing to all eligible people to donate blood now and is particularly interested in collecting Type O, the blood type currently suffering the greatest shortage.

“Blood must be available at a moment’s notice to help patients in need,” Squires said. “We have reached an emergency situation.”

For more information, call Norma Dixon at 316-268-0836.

Harry Potter fans

to gather at library

Celebrate the sixth Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince” from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, July 18, at the Marion City Library.

Suggested age for the party is 6 to 12 but older fans are welcome.

Come for an evening of magical proportions and enter contests, play games, do activities, win prizes and enjoy refreshments of stars and chocolate frogs.

Come dressed as a favorite Harry Potter character or as a wizard, witch or magical creature.

Pre-registration is suggested but not necessary.

For more information, contact the Marion City Library at 620-382-2442.

VBS at Emmanuel begins July 18

Emmanuel Baptist Church will hold its Vacation Bible School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 18 to 22 at the church, located in Marion.

The theme is “Good News Clues-Searching for New Life in Jesus.” Children will learn to be Jesus’ disciples and to look forward to their home in heaven as they solve the mystery during the week.

An offering will be taken each evening toward the project Share God’s Treasure, which provides Bibles to children around the world. Each $5 given will provide a New Testament Picture Bible to four children.

For more information, contact the Christian Church at 620-382-3122.

Gracia Burnham to speak at rally Aug. 7

Gracia Burnham will speak at 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church on East Main Street in Marion.

Burnham is the widow of Martin Burnham and the mother of Jeff, Mindy and Zach.

In May 2001, the Burnham couple was kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf Group, Muslim militants in the Philippines, where the Burnhams had served with New Tribes Missions for 17 years.

On June 7, 2002, in a firefight between the Philippine military and the Abu Sayyaf Group, Martin was killed, and Gracia was wounded but was freed.

Since that time, she has authored two books, “In the Presence of my Enemies” and “To Fly Again.”

A reception and book signing will be held in the Wesley Family Center at Eastmoor following her address.

Tampa community plans mini-fair

The Tampa Triple Ts 4-H club, Tampa Community Association and Prairie Pals will be hosting a mini-fair starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at the Tampa Senior Center.

Participants can browse through exhibits being prepared by members of the Tampa Triple Ts 4-H club and then enjoy a hot dog meal and old-fashioned ice-cream social available by donation.

Fun water games are planned for the younger set as well as a weight-guessing contest of a market steer.

For more information contact Beth Riffel at 785 965-7179 or 785 366-3637.

Local physician receives degrees

Physician Michael F. Reeh recently received degrees of fellow from both the American Academy of Specialists in Family Practice and the American Association of Physician Specialists Inc.

Reeh was awarded the degrees at the AAPS annual meeting in Naples, Fla., last month.

The degree of fellow is awarded to those members who have demonstrated leadership and participation within the academy and who meet specific criteria.

An AAPS member since 1997, Reeh has served on both academy boards as a member and as an officer. He is certified by AAPS in both family practice and geriatric medicine.

AAPS is a national, not-for-profit organization representing thousands of physicians in many specialities and types of medical practices throughout the United States.

Training session open to volunteers

Participants can still register for Central Homecare & Hospice’s summer volunteer training session scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

The session will be held at the Hillsboro Civic Center. There is no cost or obligation to attend the training.

To register, call Donna Becker, volunteer coordinator at (316)283-8220.

MCSE co-op board

to meet July 18

The Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board of Directors will meet for their monthly meeting 7 p.m. Monday, July 18..

The meeting will be held in the Marion County Special Education Cooperative Conference Room at 302 W. Eight in Florence.

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