Lehigh youth ranks in top 15 at state

Alex Jirgens, rural Lehigh, was among the top 15 finishers in the state geography bee March 31 in Abilene.

Jirgens, son of Matt and Melissa Jirgens, is a seventh-grader at McPherson Middle School, where his father is a teacher.

About 5 million children participated in the geography competition nationwide. Only about 1,000 of them qualified to compete in their respective state contests.

Stress is theme for ‘Food for Thought’

“Facing Our Fate Without Flinching” will be the theme of the Prairie View’s Food for Thought presentation for April.

The session in Marion County is planned for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, at the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus.

The speaker will be Francis L. Battisti, chief executive officer of Battisti Network, an international consulting firm specializing in individual and organizational transformation.

His presentation is designed to offer practical ideas on how to handle the stressors of work and replace them with pillars of hope, joy and a renewed sense of purpose and meaning.

A meal will be served during the first half-hour with the one-hour presentation following.

Reservations are due at Prairie View by Friday noon, April 21. A fee of $15 includes the meal. The fee is refundable only if the reservation is canceled at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Button designs wanted by May 1

Peabody’s July Fourth Celebration Society has announced that entries for the annual button contest must be submitted by May 1.

The contest is open to everyone. The button design must be hand drawn-no clip art-and fit into a 21/4-inch circle.

It must include three colors: red, blue and black and must contain the words “Peabody,” “2006” and “4th Fest” or “4th of July.”

The designer of the winning entry will receive $25.

Designs must be submitted by the deadline to Peabody July 4th Celebration Society, P. O. Box 74, Peabody, KS 66866. On the back of the design, entrants should include their name and phone number.

For more information call Kristi at 620-983-2589.

KAC offers contest for young writers

The Kansas Author’s Club is offering its Writing and Artwork Contest for Youth.

Kansas students in grades one through 12 may submit one entry in each of five categories. Entrants are grouped according to grade, with different word limits for poetry (any subject), prose (any subject), theme poetry, theme prose and artwork.

This year’s theme is “Paint Your Canvas With Words.” Criteria for themed entries include a strong sense of place created by words that convey rich visual detail, in addition to taste, touch, sound and smell about any location in any genre.

The contest has no entry fee. Postmark deadline is June 17.

The Kansas Author’s Club is a statewide organization for anyone interested in writing. Winners will be announced Sept. 29 at the Kansas Authors Club convention in Junction City.

For complete rules visit www.skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/kac/youthrules.html. For more information, contact Mary-Lane Kamberg at MLKwriter@yahoo. com, 913-764-4950.

AGAPE fund-raiser set for April 21

The Wedel Brothers, Rodney Loucks and Goldie McMurray will present the program at the annual fund-raiser for Goessel’s AGAPE Senior Center on Friday, April 21.

The meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will follow at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the meal.

Reservations should be made by April 17 by calling 367-2275. The center is located at at 101 N. Wheat St. in Goessel.

No Easter Bunny Day at Lincolnville

Due to an unexpected development, Lincolnville has canceled its citywide event Easter Bunny Day that was planned for Saturday.

Card shower asked for Hillsboroan

Friends of Mary Jane Funk invite the public to contribute to a card shower for Funk, who recently was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The mailing address is 316 S. Ash, Hillsboro, KS 67063.

Museum plans tea to mark 100 years

The Mennonite Heritage Museum in Goessel is offering a 100th Birthday Celebration Spring Tea at the preparatory school on the museum grounds at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

Entertainment will be provided by the Elbiata Singers of Goessel High School.

The tea marks the 100th anniversary of the decision by Mennonites in the Alexanderwohl (Goessel) community to educate the young people above 14 years old.

A board of directors was elected May 26 and construction of a building began. On the fateful day of June 6, 1906, a tornado hit Goessel and the unfinished preparatory school was severely damaged.

The church voted to rebuild and gathered the money to complete the building so that the first six-month school year began in October 1906.

Everyone is invited to the tea, but reservations are required. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members; they can be purchased at the museum store before April 18.

For more information, call 620-367-8200 or stop in at 200 N. Poplar, Goessel

Friends choir plans to sing at Parkview

The Friends University Concert Choir will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, in the Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.

The public is invited to attend. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Ramona spring tea set for May 13

“Hen House Tea” is the theme for the 2006 spring tea in Ramona at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Trinity Lutheran Parish Hall.

This annual event for “hens and chicks”-women, young and older’was created five years ago by the California Sisters, Jessica Gilbert and Pat Wick of Ramona.

The menu includes tea sandwiches, croissants and crackers heaped with morsels, scones with lemon curd and clotted cream, cheesecakes, chocolate delicacies, fresh strawberries-all presented with a selection of teas and other surprises.

The food is prepared by the sisters and served by the youth of Ramona.

In the past, the Ramona Spring Tea has sold out weeks in advance. Invitations giving complete details of the event are sent only to those who have made reservations by phone.

To reserve a place or a table, call the California Sisters at 785-965-7110. Tickets are $15 and must be paid in advance of the event.

MCSEC directors will meet April 17

The Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board of Directors will gather for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the MCSEC conference room at 302 W. Eighth in Florence.

Public invited to Ebenfeld services

Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, rural Hillsboro, invites the public to several special services during Easter week.

A Maundy Thursday service is planned for 6:30 p.m. Following a fellowship time with cheese, crackers and grapes, footwashing and observance of the Lord’s Supper will follow.

At 6 p.m. on Good Friday, the Women’s Ministry organization will have its annual missions dinner.

Easter observances will begin with an informal sunrise service at 7 a.m. at the old Gnadenau Village meadow located 1 mile east of Hillsboro on 190th to Kanza, south 11/2 miles to 175th, then west one-half mile.

The Easter worship will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. At 7 p.m., the church will have a Christian Endeavor program.

Ebenfeld MB plans evening program

A Christian Endeavor program will be held Sunday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church at 1498 Kanza Road.

Lynn Jost and family will present a pictorial Easter message focusing on the Menoniten Brethren Chruch of India from their recent trip to Inda.

Musical numbers will be given by the children and the Light House quartet.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Poster entries due for farmer’s market

Hillsboro children in grades one through six are asked to design posters showing what they think a farmer’s market looks like.

The theme for the market is “Homegrown and Homemade,” so children need to keep that idea in mind, organizers said. A prize will be given to the winner from each grade.

Entries are due to the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce office at 109 S. Main St. by April 20.

Include your name, phone number and grade on the back of the poster.

For more information, contact Joni Calam at 947-0270 or Sheryl Lehr at 947-0225.

Interest meeting for farmer’s market

A meeting was held Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Hillsboro City Hall for all persons interested in more information about the Hillsboro Farmer’s Market.

For more information, contact Joni Calam at 947-0270 or Sheryl Lehr at 947-0225.

St. Luke institutes tobacco-free policy

St. Luke & Living Center, Marion County Home Care is going tobacco-free June 1.

As of that date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted-inside or outside-on hospital property.

This initiative also will include the elimination of designated areas outside of St. Luke Hospital where employees, patients and visitors currently use tobacco products.

St. Luke Hospital has joined hospitals across Kansas in an effort to become tobacco-free, officials said, adding that as a health-care organization, the hospital is committed to the healing and safety of its employees and patients because tobacco use in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors.

HUMC to present ‘The Cross’ cantata

The public is invited to the Hillsboro United Methodist Church choir presentation “The Cross” planned for the 10:30 a.m. Easter worship service.

The arrangement of the cantata, directed by Allen Ediger, features songs and narration about the cross and its relevance for today.

Disaster trailer at Eastmoor Church

The disaster trailer from the Hutchinson District of the United Methodist Church will be parked at the Eastmoor United Methodist Church at Marion until April 25.

The trailer is available for use whenever there is a disaster in Kansas or elsewhere. It is fully equipped and has a second trailer with a generator, tables, chairs, water tanks and other back-up needs.

“Open trailer” tours and a sloppy joe lunch will be served Sunday, April 23, from 11:45 a.m. and following. Donations for missions and the meal will be accepted.

Following the lunch, a disaster response training class will be help from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The class will be led by Butch and Nancy Profitt, who are the Disaster REsponse coordinators for the Hutchinson district.

Area churches are invited to view the trailer, to share the meal and to take part in the training.

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