Night in the Barn set for Dec. 17, 18

Carol Duerksen and Maynard Knepp will host their annual Night in the Barn from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 on their farm near Goessel.

The public is invited to this come-and-go event that features carols around a bonfire, hot chocolate, a barn full of friendly animals and a short program.

The event’s living nativity will feature a unique donkey this year, said Doug Krehbiel, youth pastor at Tabor Mennonite Church.

“Donkey-that’s his name-has some health challenges, you might say,” Krehbiel said. “But one day we found him standing guard over a lost lamb, and that made him a hero.”

“So we decided to build our Christmas story around him.”

Krehbiel and wife Jude, who make up the musical duo Road Less Traveled, wrote original music for “Donkey’s Story,” scripted by Duerksen.

The event is put on by the youth of Tabor and Goessel Mennonite churches.

Admission is by donation.

The farm is located three miles north, four miles east and three-quarter mile north of Goessel. From Hillsboro, it is four miles south, three miles west and three-quarter mile north.

Signs will be posted on corners.

Book group to meet at Little Pleasures

Hillsboro Public Library will host its book discussion group at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Little Pleasures in Hillsboro.

The book to be discussed is “Peace Like a River” by Leif Engler.

It is not necessary to have read the book to attend the meeting. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the library.

Santa’s helper to visit Lehigh kids Dec. 17

Lehigh Park Committee is sponsoring a visit from Tomte Noel, Santa’s helper, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the city building.

Children from Lehigh and Lehigh township are invited to give Santa’s helper their Christmas list, enjoy some snacks and get their Christmas sack.

Concert to celebrate Judy Priest’s 70th

A concert to celebrate Judy Priest’s 70th birthday will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion.

Performing will be Diane Bish, organist; Susann McDonald, harpist; Rachel Priest O’Hara, lyric soprano with the Wichita Grand Opera and soloist at First United Methodist Church in Wichita; Miriam Newman, music teacher and choir director at Rose Hill United Methodist Church; and Dwight Beckham Sr., trumpeter.

Judy will also play the violin.

Stephen Priest, a host with wife Cyndi on the Do-It-Yourself national TV program featuring model railroads, will put together a video presentation.

The event for family and friends is hosted by husband Bob Priest and children Miriam, Stephen and Rachel.

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 10 in Florence

The Florence Chamber of Commerce will help kick off the holidays with its traditional Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the American Legion.

Thanks to Santa’s helpers, all children 10 and under will receive a free breakfast. Adults can also enjoy breakfast for a small fee.

The Chamber also will serve a soup supper and dessert at 5 p.m. at the Legion, followed by the traditional tree lighting and caroling at 6:30 p.m. in Veterans Park.

The third grade class at Marion Elementary has helped with the tree decorations again this year.

The public is invited to attend.

Farmerettes to meet Dec. 12 at Bartels’

The Farmerettes will meet for their annual Christmas dinner at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the home of Myrta Bartel.

Sale Barn meeting to focus on calving

Calving season will be the topic of the annual Herington Sale Barn meeting, set for 6 p.m. Dec. 13.

The meeting, open to the public, is sponsored by Dickinson, Marion and Morris counties extension councils and Western Feed Mills.

Kansas State University extension veterinarian Larry Hollis will share techniques on handling birthing difficulties through the use of a model cow. Hollis will also have a checklist of equipment needed to make a successful delivery of newborn calves.

Dave Pancaskie of Western Feed Mills will speak about the mineral needs of the cowherd.

A meal will be served. To RVSP, call the Marion County Extension Office at 620-382-2325.

Goessel library offers fine forgiveness

Patron of the Goessel Public Library have the opportunity to begin the New Year with a clean slate at the library.

During the month of December, patrons can wipe out overdue book fines with one non-perishable food item per dollar owed.

The items will be donated to the Tabor Church Food Pantry.

Winter hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Christmas concert set for Dec. 15 at GES

Goessel Elementary students will present their Christmas program at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the GES gymnasium.

Students in kindergarten through third grade, directed by Marcia Brubaker and accompanied by Mary Schmidt, will present “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Sally K. Albrecht and Jay Althouse. Narration for the musical will be the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore. Songs will feature a variety of musical styles, from classical to fanfare to rock and roll.

The fourth-to-sixth grade choir, directed by Greg Bontrager and accompanied by Brubaker, will present Christmas choral pieces. The fourth-grade recorder ensemble will also perform.

The kindergarten-to-sixth-grade choir will lead the audience in “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night.”

The public is invited to attend.

Lincolnville meeting moved to Dec. 12

The Lincolnville city council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at 218 W. Main.

The meeting is postponed from last Monday.

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