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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

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Marion hero was nation?s ?most deserving? in 1952
Marion hero was nation?s ?most deserving? in 1952

Marion hero was nation?s ?most deserving? in 1952

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Max Dunn of Marion holds a copy of the souvenir program that was issued when his brother Donald and family received their free Farm-In-A-Day near Moses Lake, Wash., in 1952. Donald Dunn was chosen as the most deserving veteran with a farming background by a panel of national ag leaders.
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This was the photo of the Dunn family used in the 1952 souvenir program. Pictured with Vernetta and Donald are daughters Deanna and Sally. Vernetta was about nine months pregnant with the family?s third child at the time. Eventually, eight children grew up in their family, which returned to the Midwest after four years in Washington State.

Few of the countless heroes who have gone to war to fight for American independence and freedom receive a reward adequate for their selfless service.

Fifty-five years ago, Marion native Donald D. Dunn may have came as close as any U.S. military veteran has to receiving proper compensation when he and his family were selected as the winners of a $50,000 farm set up in the Columbia River basin of Washington following a nationwide search conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The contest to find ?the most deserving World War II veteran with a farm background? was the idea of the Columbia-basin residents to celebrate the irrigation of 67,000 acres of semi-arid land through the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River.

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FindingHarmony in the Flint Hills
FindingHarmony in the Flint Hills

FindingHarmony in the Flint Hills

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A member of the event staff (wearing identifying vest) describes the plants and wildflowers that are native to the Flint Hills. In the background, a covered wagon filled with riders rolls along the trail near the top of the hill. Attenders of Symphony in the Flint Hills could choose from a variety of educational or entertaining presentations offered in an effort to raise awareness of Kansas?s natural treasure.

Could there be a more perfect ending to a June day in Kansas? The sun slipping slowly toward the horizon with increasingly fiery hues. Some 6,500 people, accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony, uniting voices for four stanzas ?Home on the Range? in a concert hall unmatched in the world for its expanse and majesty.

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