Ollenburger finishes Army basic training

U.S. Army Private First Class Neil W. Ollenburger, son of Gerald Ollenburger and the late Suzanne Ollenburger of Hillsboro, graduated Sept. 8 from Basic Infantry Training and Oct. 5 from Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga.

He is now stationed with the 172 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1-17 Infantry Unit in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

He is the grandson of Wayne and Carol Ollenburger, Sarah Penner and the late Charles Penner, all of Hillsboro.

Area males invited to ‘Wild Game Night’

Men and boys from Hillsboro and the surrounding area are invited to participate in an expanded version of “Wild Game Night” sponsored Dec. 1 by the Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.

The event, launched several years ago by former pastor Tim Sullivan, featured a meal of wild game and a program.

Expanded this year by current pastors Steve Schroeder and Stephen Humber, the evening also will include an array of activities, including contests for BB-gun shooting and rod-and-reel casting, plus a laser-hunting simulator provided by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

Interspersed between those activities will be giveaways, door prizes and an opportunity to bid on outdoor items provided by Gander Mountain, Sportmen’s Warehouse and a variety of local businesses.

“We’re encouraging people to bring a few extra dollars-we call them ‘fund-raising dollars,'” Schroeder said. “It’s money that goes back into men’s ministries at Parkview-for events like this.

“They’ll get a ticket for each dollar and they can put their tickets into a bucket in front of an item they might want to take home. Then we’ll draw a winning ticket from each of those buckets.

“If there’s something they’d really like, they can stuff 10 tickets in one bucket and their odds go up.”

With all the giveaways and prizes provided, Schroeder said he is hopeful that at least each boy who attends can take home at least one item.

“I think it’s a healthy way to promote relationships between men and boys-and I’m not necessarily talking about dads and sons,” Schroeder said of the event. “Just guys who need to rub shoulders in a clean and healthy environment.”

Sullivan, now a district minister with the denomination, will return to tell hunting stories and show some video footage he and others created from their outdoor adventures.

“It’s not a heavy program,” Schroeder said. “It’s designed to be a fun evening.”

Activities and contests will begin around 6 p.m. in the 4-H Building on the Marion County Fairgrounds.

The meal will again feature the staples of local wild game-deer, pheasant, dove, turkey-plus salmon and halibut Schroeder, Humber and others caught in Alaska.

Schroeder said there are no age limits for participants.

“I don’t know how young a boy can be to enjoy a night like this, but it’s boys through grandpas,” he said.

Tickets are $3 for men and $2 for boys to help cover the expenses of the full meal. The tickets, which will be used to award door prizes, should be purchased by Monday, Nov. 27, at the church or the following Hillsboro businesses: Rod’s Tire & Service, Cooperative Grain & Supply, Hillsboro Hardware and Jost Fabricating.

St. Nikolaus to visit Schaeffler House

An “Old-Fashioned Christmas” event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26 at the Schaeffler House Museum in Hillsboro, hosted by the Friends of the Hillsboro Museums.

Children 12 and under are invited to bring their family to meet St. Nikolaus and see a traditional Christmas tree adorned with Victorian ornaments and candles at the Schaeffler House. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Cost will be 50 cents per person; children preschool-age and younger will be admitted free.

Tree lighting Nov. 26 at Central Park

The Marion community is invited to the annual Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at Central Park.

The program will include carol singing at the manger, the Christmas story told by pastor Mike Eurit and the tree lighting with “Silent Night” being sung and candles glowing.

Hot cocoa will be served at the gazebo following the program.

Harry Hynes to host Tree of Life event

Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice will hold its annual Tree of Life lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at Central Park in Marion.

Marion High School singers will provide music. Refresh-ments will follow the ceremony at Marion Christian Church.

Donations can be made in advance to honor a loved one or in memory of a loved one who has died. A $20 donation is honored with a light on the tree and a $100 donor receives a light and a collectable recycled glass ornament. A $150 donation receives both of these benefits and a listing of the honoree on the permanent Roll of Remembrance at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.

In acknowledgement of their gifts, all donors receive a paper ornament that may be passed on to an honoree or kept as a memento.

Funds from Tree of Life help cover the costs of caring for uninsured or underinsured patients and of bereavement and volunteer programs.

For more information or to reserve a light on the tree, call 1-800-767-4965.

The public is invited to attend the lighting.

Advent hymn sing planned for Nov. 26

An advent community hymn sing will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on Tabor College campus.

Jonah Kliewer will lead singing.

The public is invited to attend.

Peabody-Burns kids to give concert

Peabody-Burns Elementary School will give its annual Christmas program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Brown Building Concert Hall.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will present holidays songs from around the world. The PBES sixth-grade class will also perform at the program.

The public is invited to attend.

Registration open for Peabody parade

Organizations in Marion County are invited to participate in a “Western Wonderland” parade, planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, on Peabody Main Street.

The event is planned by the Peabody Prairie Christmas Committee, a division of the Peabody Main Street Association.

Lineup for the parade begins at 3 p.m. Participants should incorporate the western theme in their entries.

Prizes will be awarded for the top entries: $75 in Peabody Bucks for the first-place winner, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Winners will be contacted by Kristen Hooper using information provided on the registration form, which can be found online at www.peabodyks.com. Complete and mail registration forms by Nov. 27 to Peabody Main Street Association, 300 N. Walnut, Peabody KS 66866, or email to pmsa@peabodyks.com.

For more information, call Hooper at 620-983-2174.

Ehrhardt to observe 90th birthday Dec. 2

Martha L. Ehrhardt of Ramona will celebrate her 90th birthday Dec. 2.

All friends and relatives are invited send cards to her at 502 D Street, Ramona, KS 67475.

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