Hillsboro Industries in Chamber spotlight

“Hillsboro Industries: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” will be the focus of the next Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Hillsboro City Building.

The public is invited to attend.

Co-owners Phil Wyssenbach, Merle Friesen and Mike Gerken of Flint Hills Industries Inc., doing business as Hillsboro Industries, will review the past few years at the company, the changes that have been made this past year and project where the firm is headed in the future.

For more information, contact the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce office at 947-3506.

Veterans should see service rep in Marion

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, Dec. 6, and Tuesday, Dec. 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.

Quilt guild to hold Christmas party Dec. 5

Country Stitchers Quilt Guild will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church.

In lieu of a program, the guild will be having its annual Christmas party. Each member is asked to bring a snack and a UFO or gift for the exchange.

Parkview MB to host Christmas music time

An evening celebrating “The Timelessness of Christmas” will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the historic church on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church will lead the time of Christmas and worship music.

Christmas party set for Dec. 4 in Tampa

A Christmas party and silent auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Tampa Senior Center.

The event will include caroling, bingo and visit from Santa’s helper.

Each family should bring a snack. The Lions club will provide candy bags for children.

Anyone can bid as well as donate items that evening for the silent auction to benefit the city park. Thrivent will provide matching funds.

The public is invited to attend.

Christian Endeavor to host event Dec. 11

A Christmas Christian Endeavor program will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, 1498 Kanza Road.

The event will include singing of Christmas carols and songs by the children. Christmas traditions will be shared by different age groups and a presentation of Christmas traditions in the Middle East will be given by Jeannie Larson and husband Wayne.

The public is invited to attend.

Parents to remember with candle lighting

Marion County Compassionate Friends will hold a candle-light remembrance ceremony at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in Marion’s Central Park.

The Compassionate Friends is an international support group for families following the death of a child. The candle lighting is an act of loving remembrance with the theme, “That their light may always shine.”

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting is an annual event held the second Sunday in December, which is National Children’s Memorial Day.

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. Each candle-lighting can take place in an individual home or in organized ceremonies.

The Marion County observance will include readings, music and the candle lighting, with 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 382-3492, Linda Carlson at 382-2228 or Chris and Melissa Stuchlik at 924-5793.

HHS students attend FACS Career Day

Local Hillsboro High School students attended a Career Day Nov. 21 at Pittsburg State University.

Stephanie Abbot, Whitney Allen and Kayla Letterman entered events in a Family and Consumer Science contest. Letterman took first in her display on Reading to Preschoolers, and Abbot took second in the same event. Allen received an honorable mention for her quilt display.

Students explored career opportunities and areas of study in FACS-related fields, including early childhood development, fashion merchandising, interior design, youth and adolescent development, FACS teacher education and individual and family management.

Students who attended were Stephanie Abbot, Whitney Allen, Viktoria Bichet, Jayme Claassen, Brittany Davis, Evana Holtsclaw, Tasha Hoffner and Becky Steketee. Sponsor Monica Leihy accompanied the group.

Marion youth to host parents’ night out

A Girl Scout junior troop, an Eastmoor United Methodist Church mission team and a senior-high youth group are joining together to serve their community by providing babysitting for parents from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Eastmoor Church in Marion.

They will be providing games, snacks and supper for all the kids.

A free will donation will be taken for Girl Scouts in Mississippi who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Call 382-3121 to make reservations as soon as possible.

Soup supper set for Dec. 3 in Canton

A soup supper will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Canton Senior Center.

Chili and vegetable soups will be served with pie, coffee and tea.

A freewill donation will be taken.

Christmas parade set for Dec. 2 in Burns

A Christmas parade will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. in Burns.

Following the parade, Santa will be in the Prairie Arts building, an arts-and-crafts co-op.

Former Burns resident Bess Templeton of El Dorado will display her paintings.

Burns invites visitors to take a tour of the town and find roosters to get a free keychain or view the mural at the main intersection to find the mystery objects.

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