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Hillsboro Farmers? Market attracting more vendors
Hillsboro Farmers? Market attracting more vendors

Hillsboro Farmers? Market attracting more vendors

During May through September, the front yard of the historic William F. Schaeffler House transforms itself into the Hillsboro Farmers? Market, where patrons meander among vendors who sell such items as fresh produce, baked goods, grass-fed beef, free-range eggs and potted plants.

?We love to see the community come together every Thursday evening and visit over supper, which has been provided as a fundraiser by some local group or organization,? said Joni Calam, who founded the market with her sister, Sheryl Lehr, in 2006.

This season features new market vendors along with those from past years who display their goods from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the northwest corner of Grand and Jefferson.

?Our vendors have done a great job in providing good products, which in turn make them successful and encourages our local economy,? Calam said. ?They have also done a good job in promoting their product by sharing ideas and recipes for using vegetables that may be unfamiliar to our patrons.?

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New Kansas traffic laws in effect as of July 1

Several new laws went into effect for Kansas drivers last week, and two laws that were effective last July with a one-year warning period become enforceable with a citation, according to the Kansas High Patrol.

Kansas? new primary seat-belt law has been effective since June 10. Beginning June 30, drivers and passengers could be cited for violation of the law.

This law changes Kansas? seat-belt requirements from a secondary violation to a primary violation, making it possible for law enforcement officers to conduct a traffic stop if the driver or front seat passenger is not wearing their seat belt.

A requirement has been added requiring adult passengers in the rear seats of a vehicle to wear their seat belts.

Effective June 30, citations can be issued for violation of this law, with a $5 citation being issued for the first year, and a $10 citation being issued on and after June 30, 2011.

There are no court costs associated with this violation.

The safety-belt laws for those under the age of 18, and the child restraint law have not changed.

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Rain dampens July 4 festivities
Rain dampens July 4 festivities

Rain dampens July 4 festivities

The Fourth of July weekend was more wet than wild across Marion County and most of central Kansas.

Most Independence Day festivities took a soaking as 3 to 5 inches of rain fell on the area Sunday. Rain continued on Monday.

Peabody?s 89th annual July 4 Celebration was rained out and rescheduled for dusk Saturday, July 10. Ramona?s ?Redneck Fourth of July? also was canceled.

In Hillsboro, the Fourth of July Eve gathering on Saturday evening at the William F. Schaeffler went on despite occasional misty showers.

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Changes likely for Ash Street project

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Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine received informal direction from the city council during a work session last Tuesday to begin planning for a major change in the Ash Street renovation project.

The primary purpose of the work session was talk about the 2011 budget. But Paine started the meeting with a request for feedback about the street project.

Paine reported that a federal project inspector had been on site and expressed his dissatisfaction with the project design. Specifically, he said it was not wise to replace the old concrete in some portions of the old concrete street between First and Third streets, and cover the remaining sections with a 3-inch asphalt overlay, according to Paine.

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Problem-solving an art form for Florence kids
Problem-solving an art form for Florence kids

Problem-solving an art form for Florence kids

Three young artists completed the second session of Youth Creating Art Together Monday in Florence.

Using recycled materials, they designed and built miniature entertainment parks, said YCAT teacher Lydia Gates.

Ezra Darnall, 11, designed a sports complex, assembling a Ferris Wheel, batting cages, sculptures, ticket booth, restrooms and trash cans from bottle caps, cardboard spools and other paper products.

Each part of his design was built from scratch, Gates said.

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Newell house becomes a home
Newell house becomes a home

Newell house becomes a home

It was a tearful moment for Army Sgt. Ryan Newell, 25, and his family when they accepted the keys to their new home Saturday, which was built by Homes For Our Troops, the community of Marion and others from around the state.

?Welcome home,? said Larry Gill, veteran?s liaison with Homes for Our Troops, as he handed Newell the keys to his home and embraced him as an expression of gratitude for his sacrifices.

?You fought on our behalf for freedom and independence and now it?s our turn to give back to you,? he said to Newell.

?This new home will give you complete accessibility and freedom.?

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Dulcimer duo to entertain at July 3 event

The Hieberts Dulcimers Etc. will be the featured entertainment at the annual Fourth of July Eve Celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the William F. Schaeffler Museum grounds at Grand Avenue and Jefferson Street in Hillsboro.

Eddie and Robert Hiebert, a wife and husband musical duo from Abilene, will perform a mix of musical selections on varying combinations of dulcimer, guitar and autoharp with vocal harmonies sprinkled in.

The group?s name originates from the fact that most of their music features the hammered dulcimer, an ancient instrument with many strings that are struck with two small hammers, one in each hand.

The Hieberts have appeared in concert more than 1,500 times, playing for festivals, art galleries, museums, clubs, camp sites, churches and other groups.

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Volunteers key to recycling effort
Volunteers key to recycling effort

Volunteers key to recycling effort

Volunteers Tim and Mindy Richmond of rural Hillsboro and their children are helping to support free recycling as an option for Hillsboro residents.

?My main thing is that (the recycling center) stays,? said Tim, assistant professor of chemistry at Tabor College. ?I really want there to be a free way for us to recycle in Hillsboro.

?I don?t want to have to pay my waste haulers to take my recycling away. I know things are being recycled, and I like to volunteer so it will still be there.?

Every third Saturday of the month, the Richmonds, along with Pat Bartel, work from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Hillsboro concert will showcase native?s Nashville dream
Hillsboro concert will showcase native?s Nashville dream

Hillsboro concert will showcase native?s Nashville dream

Mandy Ratzloff isn?t where she aspired to be professionally when she left her Lehigh home four years ago to pursue a country-music career in Nashville, Tenn.

But that doesn?t mean she isn?t happy where her life has taken her to this point.

?It?s great where we are now,? Ratzloff said last week as she and her three-member band, Third Wheel Tuesday, anticipates a homecoming concert at Little Pleasures Coffeehouse in Hillsboro Thursday evening (July 1).

?We really just want to pay the bills with music one day?and not ever have to work again,? Ratzloff said with a laugh. ?Being famous would be great, but we really just want to get our music out to a large audience and have everybody hear what we have to say.?

And word is spreading. Third Wheel Tuesday, which includes close friends Sarah Fleener and Miles Bosworth, has been posting recorded songs on Reverb?Nation, a Web site launched in 2006 that focuses on the independent music industry. It aims to provide a central site for music?ians, producers and venues to collaborate and communicate.

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Fancy times
Fancy times

Fancy times

About 30 children turned out for a ?Fancy Nancy Tea Party? hosted June 15 by the Hillsboro Public Library. The event, part of the summer reading program, was based on the ?Fancy Nancy? book series written by Jane O?Conner. Photos clockwise from the top: ? Delora Kaufman (left), children?s librarian, and helper Brittany Schale, pour punch for the guests. ? […]

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