Book discussion group set for Sept. 9

The Hillsboro Public Library book discussion group will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

The group will discuss the book “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel.

Copies may be reserved by calling the library at 947-3827.

It is not necessary to read the book in advance. The public is invited to attend the meeting.

A list of possible book titles for the coming year’s discussion is available at the library. A summary of each book is included. Patrons are asked to vote for their choices.

Reception Sept. 4 for Goertzen’s 80th

Elaine Goertzen of Goessel will celebrate her 80th birthday with a reception for family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, in the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church fellowship hall in rural Goessel.

She was born Sept. 13, 1925.

The celebration is hosted by her children and their spouses: Dick and Arylis Goertzen of Beatrice, Neb.; Keith and Cynde Goertzen of Hutchinson; Nancy and Bob Becker of Galva; Arlen and Anita Goertzen of Goessel; Brad and Ruth Goertzen of Goshen, Ind.; and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cards may be sent to Goertzen at P.O. Box 406, Goessel, KS 67053.

Family party held for Hiebert’s 90th

A 90th birthday celebration for Martha (Hubin) Hiebert was held Aug. 14 at the Goessel Civic Center.

A family dinner was held at 5 p.m., followed by cake and ice cream for extended family and friends.

Hiebert was born Aug. 16, 1915, to Henry and Matilda Hubin in rural Buhler. On Sept. 17, 1934, she was married to Robert Vogt, who died in 1982. On Sept. 11, 1983, she was married to Paul Hiebert.

Hosting the occasion were Hiebert’s step-children and their spouses: Don and June Hiebert, Norman and Marcia Hiebert, Mary and Larry Lindeman, John and Bertha Hiebert and Bonnie and Sidney Ratzlaff, all of the Goessel area.

Hiebert and her husband live at 412 E. Marion, Goessel.

Chat and Dine set for Sept. 3

Marion County Lake residents and guests will meet for Chat and Dine at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the South Lake Hall.

Following the covered-dish dinner, Betty and Don Fruechting will present a program about the work of the Recreational Vehicle Volunteers In Ministry outreach program. Paying their own expenses, RV VIM participants travel and live in their RVs to render aid and service to diverse groups throughout the United States. The Fruechtings will provide a visual capsule of their experiences with this program.

A drawing for an afghan made and donated by Alberta Pritz will be held to raise funds for the hall rent.

Hosts for the evening are the Fruechtings, Marg and Dick Schwartz and Judy and Wayne Reno.

Veterans’ rep to visit Marion Sept. 6, 20

Richard Haywood, Veterans’ Service Representative for the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs, will be in Marion from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the 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 him for assistance.

If possible, contact the Emporia office at 620-342-3347 prior to Haywood’s visits so all files will be available.

Trail rides Sept. 17

at Maxwell refuge

Guided horseback rides will be offered Sept. 17, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, located six miles north of Canton of five miles south of Roxbury.

Trail riders must bring their own horses. A buffalo lunch is included.

For cost information or to request a registration form, call 620-628-4455.

Women’s Bible study to begin Sept. 7

Explorer’s Bible Study, a nondenominational Bible study open to all Marion County women, will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Wednesday morning starting Sept. 7 at Trinity Mennonite Church, 221 S. Elm, Hillsboro.

A study of Paul’s epistles will be led by Malinda Nikkel, a Bible scholar with years of teaching experience. Time will be spent sharing, learning, listening and applying the lessons.

Cost is $20 for the lessons.

For more information call 620-947-2795, 947-3437 or 947-5983.

Karen Miles honored

at CM convention

Karen Miles of Hillsboro was honored as a top Creative Memories consultant at CM’s 2005 National Convention Aug. 14 to 17 in Minneapolis, Minn., with more than 7,000 consultants attending.

Miles was one of a few consultants nationwide to reach the top unit in recruiting. Her unit was No. 8 at the director level.

Founded in 1987, Creative Memories is at the forefront of the keepsake-album-making industry with 90,000 consultants worldwide.

To learn more about album-making events and products, contact Miles at 947-5795 or at karen4cm@dtnspeed.net.

OCC volunteers

prep for collection

Operation Christmas Child volunteers are already making preparations for the annual shoe box gift collection set for Nov. 14 to 21.

Rosebank Church of Hope will serve as an official collection point for the boxes, which will be sent to children in need all over the world.

A project of Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child sent 7.4 million shoe box gifts last year to children in more than 90 countries.

For more information, call 1-800-353-5949 or Dorothy Broce at 785-983-4373.

Adult contest next

at Goessel library

With the kids off to school, it’s time for an adult reading contest, to be held Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 at Goessel Public Library.

Drawings will held Oct 1 and Nov. 1 for five Newton Palace Theater tickets.

Any library patron or volunteer age 18 or over with no outstanding fines or overdue books is eligible to participate. For each book more then 175 pages long that is read or listened to, participants may fill out tickets with their names and contact information.

Story time Sept. 2

at Goessel library

Preschool story time begins at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 2 at Goessel Public Library.

Storytimes are about 30 minutes in length depending on the activities. A craft or activity time will follow that will relate to the stories or topic.

There is no fee for storytime or any library programs. For more information, call Laura Dailey at 620-367-8440.

4-H fund announces fair drawing winners

Mike Vondenkamp of Marion and Kendra Harms Peabody were the winners of one-half processed hog in the Marion County 4-H Development Fund’s hog drawing during the Marion County Fair.

Winners of two tickets to a Kansas State University football game were Laura Legg, Rich Nickel, Roger Hannaford, Janet Meisinger, Beth Riffel and Gene Winkler.

Thanks and recognition go to Goertzen Farms of Goessel, Citizen State Bank of Goessel and Peabody Sausage House and Locker for donating and processing the hog for the drawing.

Priel graduates from

AmeriCorp program

David Priel, son of Warren and Rosann Priel of Hillsboro, has completed two years of service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.

A graduation ceremony was held July 21 on the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

During his second year of service, Priel was team leader and served with his team in various locations throughout the eastern states.

Projects included building homes for Habitat for Humanity, controlling erosion and conducting prescribed burns in wilderness areas, restoring trails in national parks and tutoring in a charter school in the inner city of Washington, D.C.

Priel plans to continue residency in the Washington, D.C. area and is on staff at the AmeriCorps Capital Campus as a member support specialist.

Legion auxiliary

to meet Sept. 1

Hillsboro Legion Auxiliary will meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at the legion.

Sharon Spiker of Topeka will be the featured speaker.

87th Hett reunion held at lake hall

The 87th annual Hett reunion was held Aug. 14 at the Marion County Lake Hall.

More than 64 family members and guests attended the pot luck, with the addition of freshly fried fish offered by President Jack Hett.

Officers elected for 2006 were Jerod Hett, president; Dwight Nelson, vice president; Wendy Hett, secretary, Evelyn Hett, treasurer.

The 88th annual reunion will be held the second Sunday of August 2006 at Marion County lake Hall.

Centre FFA to serve Labor Day meal

The Centre FFA chapter will be serving the annual Burdick labor Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 5

The $5 meal consists of pork sandwiches, baked beans, chips, cookies and a drink.

Burdick Labor Day events Sept. 3 to 5

The 33rd annual Burdick Labor Day weekend “Show Your Family Pride” celebration will be held Sept 3 to 5.

The weekend will kick off with a softball tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday at the ball diamond.

A 9 a.m. community church service will be held Sunday at the tennis courts with a message by pastor John Gerry. A concert by Mike Gustason of White City will be held at 7:30 p.m.

An 8 a.m. fun run/walk will start the Monday events, followed by free kids crafts, games and activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Legion grounds. A parade will take place at 2 p.m., followed by a pedal-power contest at 3 p.m. on the tennis courts. A horseshoe contest and other adult outdoor games will be held at the tennis courts and horseshoe pits.

For more information, contact Nancy Riggin about arts and crafts at 785-983-4493, Linda Peterson about the parade at 983-4353, Jim Peterson about the fun run at 983-4844, David Johnson about the softball tournament at 983-4459 and Glenn Carlson about the horseshoe contest at 983-4426.

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