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Garden of gratitude
Garden of gratitude

Garden of gratitude

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Karen Benbrook (left) and Ann Slocombe huddle around Marilyn Jones in the newly renovated garden behind the historic Morgan House in Peabody. The two women invested ?mind-boggling? energy into the project, Jones said, which required more than two weeks of hard labor.
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Marilyn Jones kneels beside the planter made from an aged wooden box and repainted with designs from Mrs. Morgan?s own quilts.

An attempt by two Peabody women to express their gratitude to local volunteers has resulted in a bevy of thank-yous being directed right back at them.

Neighbors and good friends Karen Ben?brook and Ann Slocombe were on one of their walks around town when they hatched the idea of saying thanks to the Peabody Historical Society board members by offering to fix up the backyard garden at the 1881 Morgan House.

The offer was accepted, and after some three weeks of creative design and hard work, visitors to the historic Queen Anne cottage built by W.H. Morgan, first editor of the Peabody Gazette, can now enjoy a garden worthy of a magazine layout?with a Victorian bent.

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HVI seen as extension of HDC vision
HVI seen as extension of HDC vision

HVI seen as extension of HDC vision

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Darrell Driggers (left) and Clint Seibel say the start of Hillsboro Ventures Inc. is an extension of the vision for economic development shared by the founders of its parent organization, Hillsboro Development Corp. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.

The recent launch of a local initiative in economic development is intended to broaden the vision that was cast some 40 years ago, not replace it.

That?s how the newly appointed executive director and a member of its board of directors characterize Hillsboro Ventures Inc., the new non-profit subsidiary of the for-profit Hillsboro Development Corp.

?Basically, we?re moving on the groundwork that has already been laid,? said Clint Seibel, who began working July 1 as the full-time executive director for both HVI and HDC.

?We want to be very appreciative of people in the past,? he added. ?They were visionary beyond their time, and we want to be visionary as well.?

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Thirty years in, thrift store doing its best at doing good
Thirty years in, thrift store doing its best at doing good

Thirty years in, thrift store doing its best at doing good

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Carol Abrahams has used her gifts for display and marketing to help double sales at the Hillsboro Et Cetera Shop through the first six months of 2007. The store, which uses proceeds to help support the worldwide relief and development efforts of Mennonite Central Committee, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary Saturday with refreshments and a 30 percent discount off store items. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge

On the eve of its 30th anniversary, a Hillsboro business that has done so much good over the years has never done better than it is right now.

Since its founding in July 1977, The Et Cetera Shop has been collecting and reselling used clothing and other items to raise money for Menno?nite Central Committee, an international relief and development agency jointly sponsored by various Mennonite denominations across North America.

In recent years, the store?s board of directors, comprised of appointed representatives from six area Mennonite congregations, has added Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro as a recipient of its proceeds to the tune of $2,000 to $2,500 a year.

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Dog deaths at local reservoirmay be linked to algae toxins

Safety of drinking water for Hillsboro, Peabody and Marion not an issue, officials say.

The death of three dogs possibly linked to the blue-green algae bloom at Marion Reservoir should not alarm residents of Marion County?s three largest cities about the safety of their drinking water, according to county officials.

Bobbi Strait, director of sanitation and environmental health for Marion County, told the Board of Commissioners Mon day that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment had recommended that Hillsboro and Marion water-treatment plants use additional carbon to process water after four dogs became ill at Marion Reservoir over the weekend.

Strait said the Hillsboro plant had already increased its use of carbon after earlier detecting an odor in the water, and Marion?s plant would make needed adjustments that morning.

Marion veterinarian Jessica Laurin, who also attended the meeting, said three dogs apparently died from internal bleeding after exposure to water at
the reservoir.

Laurin said the fourth dog survived, but was hospitalized after being taken to Wichita. All of the dogs suffered similar symptoms, which included bleeding confined to the gastrointestinal tract.

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HVI to locate new office in city hall

The Hillsboro City Council agreed at its July 2 special meeting to participate in a plan to remodel unused space in city hall to locate an office for the newly appointed director of Hillsboro Ventures Inc.

Clint Seibel, who has been working in fund-raising for Tabor College for the past 12 years, met with the council on his official first day on the job with HVI, which is a business recruitment and incubation initiative of the Hillsboro Development Corp.

He and Darrell Driggers, a member of the HDC board, met with the council Tuesday to ask permission to remodel an unoccupied portion of city hall and to ask the city to pay for the replacement of two sets of windows that face toward Grand Avenue.

Beyond the cost of the windows, HVI would pay for and direct the entire remodeling effort, Driggers said.

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Fired up for Fourth of July fun
Fired up for Fourth of July fun

Fired up for Fourth of July fun

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Team of four to provide interim road supervision

Four of the most experienced road and bridge employees were given pay raises during Friday?s payday meeting by the Marion County Board of Commissioners to compensate them for service as an interim advisory group to the commissioners.

The foursome also will act as public liaisons until a new road and bridge director is named to succeed the departing Jim Herzet. In the absence of a director, residents having road issues will need to contact one of the four advisers, Commissioner Dan Holub said.

The four are Dennis Maggard, Tom Holub, Bev Cooper and Gary Williams.

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Day of Dedication and open doors?
Day of Dedication and open doors?

Day of Dedication and open doors?

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AMPI bids will be refigured

The Hillsboro City Council agreed at its June 19 meeting that before it takes action on bids to repair fire damage at the former AMPI building, that all bidders are submitting estimates on the same project specs.

Two representatives from Jantz Construction of Tampa, one of the companies that has submitted a bid to repair the city-owned building, asked for clarity at the meeting.

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Humble harvest-2007 crop appears to match farmers? low expectations
Humble harvest-2007 crop appears to match farmers? low expectations

Humble harvest-2007 crop appears to match farmers? low expectations

CalJostHarvestP6252276.JPG Click image to enlarge. Like most Marion County farmers who started cutting wheat toward the end of last week, Cal Jost was making rapid progress Monday afternoon on this field a mile east of Hillsboro. Modern machines help speed the harvest along, but low bushel yields as the result of hard freezes in late spring has kept yields significantly […]

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