Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

Centre, Goessel, Marion welcome new teachers

Centre, Goessel, Marion welcome new teachers

by Susan Mueller & Aleen Ratzlaff The start of a new school year usually means new teachers taking charge in their classrooms. This article, first in a series, will introduce the teachers for USD 397-Centre, USD 411-Goessel and USD-408-Marion. USD 397-Centre Four teachers will begin their first year of classroom teaching at USD 397-Centre. Sherri Hudson Sherri Hudson is teaching […]

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Abrahams steps in to pursue grandfather’s vision

Abrahams steps in to pursue grandfather’s vision

Optometrist Mark Abrahams is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Norman E. Abrahams, who practiced for more than 40 years in Hillsboro. Abrahams sees patients at Mid Kansas Eye Care’s Hillsboro office two days a week. “It was always my intention to work here in town.” Norman E. Abrahams founded his optometric office in Hillsboro in 1949, where he […]

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Head Start: Foundation for successful education

Head Start: Foundation for successful education

Marion County’s Head Start preschool programs help children get ready for kindergarten. Lesli Beery, Marion’s Head Start teacher, emphasizes the importance of teaching social-emotional along with academic skills. “They need a good, solid social-emotional foundation before those academic skills can even be learned,” Beery said. “It’s like a pyramid. If you don’t have those foundational social-emotional skills, those academic skills […]

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Early intervention key for children with disabilities

Early childhood professionals can intervene and give needed expertise and support for young children who have disabilities and delays in developmental skills and their families. That’s the mission of the team at Marion County Early Intervention Services, which targets children from birth through age 5. “We not only support the children,” said Shawna Hake, early childhood educator and a family […]

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PARENTS AS TEACHERS: Read books to your youngsters

PARENTS AS TEACHERS: Read books to your youngsters

Made from recycled materials, “Chips in a Can” helps children ages 14 to 24 months practice motor skills and eye-hand coordination by dropping small metal lids in the container. They can also develop language skills by identifying the sticker images. “Kids love this game,” said Susie Kliewer, Parents as Teachers coordinator. “Parents get tired of the sound, but it just […]

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County votes to form ‘road study committee’

Marion County commissioners addressed the ongoing concerns for county roads at their regular Mon­day meeting. County residents Linda Peters and Max Hayden, former county appraiser, asked the commissioners to give their support in creating a “fact-finding” road committee. Peters said she views the committee’s role as gathering information that can help decide priorities for maintaining the roads. That fact finding, […]

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USD 410 board approves fees for new school year

USD 410 Board of Education approved meal prices, student fees and pay rates for 2017-18 at its July 10 meeting.<p>The board voted for a 5-cent increase for prekindergarten through grade 12 breakfasts and lunches and a 10-cent increase for adult staff meals. Adult breakfast, adult non-staff, child visitor and a-la-carte items also increased by 5 cents.<p>Reduced price rates for breakfast […]

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A boost for young families

A boost for young families

The Sorensen family of Hillsboro—parents Tania and Wade, and children Aaliyah, 5, Lucas, 8, and Sam, 11—have benefitted from early children programs available in Marion County, including Parents as Teachers, Early Intervention Services and Head Start. “Especially with your first child, you don’t know all the milestones they should be reaching, and they help you with that,” Tania said about […]

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County hears about dusty truck traffic

Marion County commissioners addressed the concern about heavy traffic that’s raising a lot of dust for residents living along one county road. Commissioner Diane Novak had received a call because up to 50 to 70 trucks per day are driving along 220th Street from U.S. Highway 77. The trucks are transporting quarry rocks to a construction site. Jesse Hamm, Road […]

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Eclectic items offered for sale at The Shops at Kessler’s

Three afternoons a week, plus every fourth Saturday, local and visiting shoppers can explore the diverse merchandise for sale at The Shops at Kessler’s in Hills­boro. “The Shops at Kessler’s has an eclectic mix of vintage, home decor, antiques, books, farm and garden, as well as Watkins products and more,” said Joni Calam, who manages the consignment booths at 112 […]

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