Garden tour set for Sunday afternoon

The Hillsboro Art & Crafts Association is planning its second annual home garden tour for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25.

This year’s tour, called “Backyard Inspirations,” includes three homes in the Carriage Hills housing addition: Jim and Nancy Cloutier, 1105 Parkway Court; Bob and Betty Seibel, 206 Briarwood; and Larry and Sherry Cole, 303 Briarwood Lane.

Tickets for the entire tour can be purchased for $3 at any of the three homes on the day of the event.

Library program for adults to begin

The adult summer reading program will be held from July 1 to July 28 through the Marion City Library.

Participants can come in and register on their next visit to the library.

All adults are encouraged to participate. They can read books of their choice and enter each title into a drawing to win a weekly prize.

Speaker to review ‘Dr. Brinkley’ days

Don Thomas of Wichita will describe the days of John R. Brinkley, “the goat gland doctor,” at the June 27 meeting of the Marion County Historical Society.

All residents of Marion County qualify as members of the MCHS and are invited to attend the dinner meeting. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Hub, a recently opened community center on Peabody’s historic Walnut Street.

The cantankerous Brinkley, who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Kansas three times during the 1930s, promised to rejuvenate men long before the days of Viagra, according to Marilyn Jones, Peabody historian and MCHS officer.

Brinkley once owned what was the world’s strongest radio station at Del Rio, Texas, and developed a reputation as being “one of the slickest snake-oil entrepreneurs in history.”

“His radio programs offered medical diagnoses and cures over the airwaves,” Jones said.

Thomas, husband of Jean Maples Thomas, well-known Peabody resident several years ago, has brochures and pictures from the era, including Brinkley’s medical clinic, now at the bottom of Milford Reservoir.

MCHS meets quarterly at various locations in the county to learn more history of the area. The June meeting is designated the “annual meeting” and tickets are being sold to fund the affair.

Peabody Market and Rick Turner will be catering the meal of pork chops and trimmings.

The deadline for reservations has been extended to June 24. Tickets are available from: Jones (620-983-2815), Ross Baker (620-983-2377) and the Mayesville Mercantile in Peabody; Mary Olson (620-382-3843) in Marion; and Betty Bernhardt (620-947-3743) in Hillsboro.

The Hub is located in the old pharmacy building built in 1879 by Dr. C.J. Seybold, himself a colorful character. The structure, located on the east side of Walnut Street, was declared by the local newspaper to be the most handsome building in the region.

HHS graduate joins U.S. Marine Corps

Anna Krich, a May 2006 graduate of Hillsboro High School, will be leaving July 1 for boot camp with U.S. Marine Corps.

She will be stationed at Parris Island, S.C. Her parents are
Leland and Julie Krich of Hillsboro.

Library offering movie, popcorn

The Marion City Library is sponsoring a movie and providing popcorn at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, in the Kansas Room.

The 77-minute G-rated movie is about a mutt on a mission to save the world. He and his animal friends turn into unlikely heroes as they work to keep the evil Xeebad from freezing the earth forever. Along the way, they learn that the most powerful weapon is friendship.

All ages are welcome to attend, but children age 7 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Bring pillows as seating will be on the floor.

For more information, call the library at 620-832-2442.

Marion theater sets performance dates

This year’s performance of the Children’s Summer Theatre in Marion will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25, in the Marion City Auditorium.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Children’s Summer Theatre is sponsored by the Marion Recreation Commission.

TEEN board sets June 21 meeting

Board of directors for the Technology Excellence in Education Network will meet at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Marion Central Office.

For information, call Chris Moddelmog at 947-3184.

MMS student receives award

Patrick Hodson of Marion Middle School has been named a national award winner in mathematics by the U.S. Achievement Academy.

Hodson was nominated for the award by MMS teacher Deanna Thierolf. His name will appear in the USAA official yearbook.

“Certainly, United States Achievement Academy winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement,” said George Stevens, founder of U.S. Achievement Academy.

Hodson is the son of Don and Tonya Hodson of Marion. Grandparents are Sam Johnson of Marion, Paula Edwards of Halstead and the late Orville and Martha Hodson.

Red, white & blue celebration July 3

The Friends of the Hillsboro Museums will host a “Fourth of July Eve” celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 3 at the Schaeffler House Museum.

Adults and children can join in the celebration on the east lawn of the Schaeffler House grounds along North Jefferson Street for an evening of patriotic fun.

Children are invited to parti-cipate in a “Red, White & Blue” parade with their decorated bicycles, tricycles, scooters, doll buggies and wagons.

The Hillsboro Fire Department will be on hand to help the children light sparklers. Games and contests will be available for children to win prizes and have fun.

Area political personalities will give speeches. Bob Delk and the Boys, the Hillsboro Men’s Choir, the Schnigglefritz Polka Band and Jodie Stutzman and Jesse Warkentin will perform patriotic music from the east porch of the Schaeffler House.

Grilled hot dogs and homemade ice cream will be available for sale on the back porch of the house.

The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy an evening of activities for the whole family.

For more information, call Stan Harder at 947-3775.

Chat & Dine plans cookout for July 1

The Chat and Dine cookout for seasonal and full-time Lake residents will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1 at the East Shelter House at Marion County Lake.

Any previous Lake residents are included in Chat and Dine activities.

Organizers, who will prepare brauts and burgers, request that those attending bring table service, a side dish or dessert and lawn chairs as well as the whole family and guests. Drinks will be furnished.

Hosting this month’s event are Nadine and Delmar Iseli, Carol and Don Kirchmer, and Rachel and Marion Toland.

Post office to offer Web site seminars

Free USPS.com seminars are being offered from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 27 at the Hillsboro Public Library.

Each session lasts 11⁄2 hours, but only five seats are available per session.

In the Click-N-Ship and NetPost portion of the demonstration, participants will sign-up and use the on-line services. They will send a free personally designed premium post card to a friend, relative, business associate or themselves.

Learn how to order stamps and free supplies, place mail on hold and submit a change of address.

To register, call the Hillsboro Post Office at 620-947-3631.

Gospel concert delayed to June 25

Because of a power outage caused by a car accident on Sunday, the concert by baritone Earnest Alexander has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church.

The church is located at 1498 Kanza Road near Hillsboro.

The concert is free to the public. An offering will be taken to benefit “Youth Horizons,” a non-profit ministry that targets troubled and at-risk youth in the Wichita area.

Call 620-382-7701 for directions to the church.

Tampa meeting set for June 24

The Tampa Community Association will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at Granny’s Little Grill in Tampa.

The agenda includes discussing summer projects and making plans for Santa Fe Trail Fest, scheduled for Oct. 8.

For more information, call 785-965-2639.

Children can watch Friday matinee

Hillsboro Public Library will show Friday afternoon matinee from June 23 through Aug. 4 as part of its summer reading programming.

Each week a G-rated movie will be shown at 2 p.m. in the children’s area. Most movies will run from 90 minutes to two hours and will have an animal theme.

Parents of children less than age 7 are asked to stay with their child during the movie.

To see what movie is playing each week, patrons may stop by the library. For more information, call 947-3827.

McFarland earns doctorate at UT

Tracy McFarland recently received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Texas in Austin.

Her area of study dealt with comparative politics and international relations with a focus on studies of South Africa.

McFarland did research in South Africa for two summers for her dissertation.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and is presently teaching government and coaching debate in Dallas.

She is the daughter of Carolan McFarland of Marion.

Thiezsen to give report on Mexico

Former pastor Harold Thiezsen, North Newton, chairman of the Support Committee for Low German Mennonites from Mexico, will give an illustrated report of the work done with Mennonites of Mexico at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25, in the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, near Goessel.

An offering will be taken to purchase Bible commentaires for the Bible school in Mexico.

Everyone is cordially invited and welcome.

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