Saners plan party to say ‘thanks’

Stan and Karen Saner, along with their children, invite the public to attend an appreciation luncheon to express thanks for community support during Stan’s illness.

The open house will be from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Burns Community Center, 301 N. Washington.

The couple will also celebrate their 40th anniversary at that time. They request no gifts.

Riann Woods earns master’s at Baker U

Riann (Hill) Woods graduated May 21 with a master’s degree in education from Baker University.

Woods, a graduate of Hillsboro High School and Bethel College, teaches science and coaches volleyball, basketball and track at Oxford Middle School in the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park.

She and husband Joe, also formerly of Hillsboro, live in Prairie Village.

Photos on display of 1906 tornado

Photos of the 1906 tornado that hit Goessel at 6 p.m. June 6 are now on display at the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Goessel.

A short entry dated June 6, 1906, in The Annals of Kansas 1886-1925 states, “Goessel, 14 miles northeast of Newton, was wrecked by a tornado.”

The Newton Evening Kansan-Republican newspaper carried an account of the event in the next day’s edition under the headline, “Goessel Badly Wrecked by a Tornado.”

The article states, “The big black clouds that gathered in the north last evening and caused so much fear among the timid people of Newton, threatening a tornado at any moment, wrought their fury on the little town of Goessel fourteen miles northeast of town….”

The tornado apparently formed about one mile west of Goessel. It moved directly eastward, laying waste a strip 200 yards wide. Not many houses lay in its path west of Goessel, but several barns were wrecked.

The tornado traveled through town, damaging the stores and houses of the village clustered on either side of the section line. Hardly any escaped damage.

Although many buildings were damaged, including the new Preparatory School that had to be rebuilt, no lives were lost.

A Bethesda resident who was paralyzed by a stroke was driven along the hall in his wheelchair by the strong wind.

Six doctors from neighboring communities came to Goessel to aid the injured.

The Mennonite Heritage Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Prairie Days at Maxwell June 3-4

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge will host its 18th annual Prairie Days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4.

The refuge is located six miles north of Canton.

The event allows visitors to step back to the 1800s. It includes buffalo tours every hour, baby calves at their mother’s side, stage-coach rides, mountain men campers and traders, early-day-Kansas demonstrations, wildflower and bird walks and arts and crafts.

Concessions include buffalo burgers.

This year’s musical entertainment includes the following:

10 a.m. Saturday, Tall Grass Express string band;

12:30 p.m., Saturday, Thad Beach;

noon, Sunday, Sons of Konza Prairie.

Gate admission is $2 per person, under age 4 free; buffalo tours are $5 per person and stage coach rides are $3 per person. All musical entertainment and demonstrations are free.

For more information, including exhibitor space, call 520-628-4455. Tour reservations can be made for groups.

Signup starts for reading program

Signup begins June 1 for “Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales,” the summer reading program at Hillsboro Public Library for children age 3 through fifth grade.

Classes begin June 28 and end Aug. 3. Classes for 3- and 4-year-olds will be from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m and pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes are from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

First- and second-graders will meet from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and third- through fifth-graders from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30p.m. Wednesdays.

A $3 registration fee will pay for crafts, snacks, games and other activities that will accompany reading during the classes.

Awards will be given for reaching reading goals during the six weeks.

An independent reading program is also available at a $1 registration fee for those who cannot attend the classes.

For more information or to sign up, call Delora Kaufman or Sherry Bosworth at 947-3214.

Meeting set about Goessel addition

An informational meeting about the Harvest Meadows Housing Addition is planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the Goessel Elementary School.

Harvest Meadow LLC will have a copy of the final plat and be available to answer any questions about the development.

Marion County commissioner Randy Dallke will be present to answer questions about the county’s neighborhood revitalization program.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 620-367-8111.

Burns churches plan VBS June 5-9

Burns United Methodist Church, together with Burns Mennonite Church, will be offering vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., June 5-9.

The theme is “Set Sail on a High Seas Adventure with the Apostle Paul.” The activities include Bible lessons, crafts, snacks, games, skits, singing and prizes.

Children age 4 years through sixth grade are invited to participate. A public program with family and friends is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, June 9.

For more information call Nancy Davis at 726-5545.

Local book club seeks members

A Hillsboro-area book club is looking for additional participants.

The group meets monthly and will meet for the third time at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21. The featured book is “My Sister’s Keeper.”

Normally, the group meets every third Thursday of every month at a member’s home. The group has scheduled to discuss a variety of mainstream novels and non-fiction.

For more information contact Shelley Plett at 947-3967 or at bookclubbers@earthlink.net.

CROP to raise money for 2006

Plans are underway for 2006 Marion County CROP Canvass events, beginning with the kickoff meeting June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, near Goessel.

The evening’s program, titled “A Tradition of Help, A legacy of Hope,” will focus on CROP’s 60th anniversary.

The rally will feature Joe Hendrixson, Topeka, director of the Great Plains office of CROP/Church World Service. Pictures from CROP efforts over six decades will be shown. Canvass materials to be used by the churches will be reviewed.

On June 25, area congregations will observe CROP Sunday.

The Canvass Committee has set 2006 goals of $9,500 in cash and 1,000 bushels of grain, such as wheat, corn, milo and beans.

The canvass, held each year, raises money to confront hunger around the world and in Marion County. Some 2,000 other events throughout the United States together will raise more than $15 million this year.

CROP is a program of Church World Service, an ecumenical ministry that works in partnership with indigenous organizations in some 80 countries.

For more information, call local chair David Esau at 620-367-2358 or visit www.churchworldservice.org.

Brain Train to offer tutoring services

Elementary students ages 5 to 10 can enroll in summer tutoring sessions that will be held June 28 through Aug. 10 at the Tabor College Library.

The 45-minute sessions, led by JoAnn Wall, are available to students who have finished kindergarten through grade four.

Sessions will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Students can choose from the eight sessions that best fit their summer schedule.

Sessions will be offered at the following times:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday-8:35 a.m. to 9:20 a.m., 9:35 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., 10:35 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. and 11:35 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday-12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m to 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.

To register, call 620-947-3287 and leave a phone number to return your call. Limited scholarships are available.

Teacher to attend “Monster Storms”

A fifth-grade teacher from Peabody-Burns Elementary School has been selected to attend a training on teaching “Monster Storms” from the JASON project in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Wichita State University awarded this scholarship to Kathy Preheim, along with three other teachers from Kansas.

For three days, Preheim will explore teaching and training strategies, discover easy-to-integrate technologies, obtain new standards-based content, gain leadership skills and network with educators and scientists from across the country.

JASON’s new Monster Storms curriculum will allow students to journey through the eye of a hurricane, chase a tornado and harness a bolt of lightning.

The JASON Project’s mission is to inspire in students a life-long passion for learning in science, math and technology through hands-on, real-world scientific discovery.

June 8 reception to honor Millers

An appreciation reception to honor Ivan and Floris Miller will be held Thursday, June 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at the Goessel City Building.

The event will celebrate 50 years of service by the Millers to the communities of Goessel and Hesston.

“Please join me in pay our respects to these fine friends,” said Larry Timm of Miller Funeral Home.

The casual gathering will include refreshments as well as a place to put notes of thanks and appreciation to the Millers.

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