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MHS Class frames a new beginning in construction trade
MHS Class frames a new beginning in construction trade

MHS Class frames a new beginning in construction trade

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Members of the afternoon session of the first Construction Technology class stand in the basement of the house they and fellow students are building at the corner of Hudson and Roosevelt in Marion. Pictured are: back row Hector Cardenas (junior), Jake Bredemeier (senior); front, Andy Kelsey (junior), Lanna Carroll (senior), Dillon Wildin (sophomore) and instructor Lucas King. Don Ratzlaff

Whether you do it for a living or as a weekend do-it-yourselfer, house construction is always a learning experience.

Marion High School has formalized the learning process somewhat with the start of its Construction Technology program this fall.

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Healthy Geezer- ‘Liver spots’ a catchall for a lot of skin growths

Q Do liver spots have anything at all to do with the liver?

 

A No. This is a common question and a great starting point for a column about all those doohickeys that grow on our skin as we age.

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Healthy Geezer- Hearing loss can be aided

Q I?m 67 and have always had very good hearing. Lately, I?ve noticed that I can?t pick up some things my granddaughter says. Is this significant?

 

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Community investment prime desire for couple
Community investment prime desire for couple

Community investment prime desire for couple

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James and Gayle Voth recently completed renovating the Ratzlaff Building on East Main Street in Goessel with hope for a better economic future for their hometown in mind. ?We like to hope it helps Goessel in general,? James said. The downtown office building has opened with full occupancy. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press<p>

Not every real-estate development is motivated primarily by prospect of short-term financial gain.

James and Gayle Voth say family history and a better economic future for their hometown were the two key factors that prompted them to transform an old family-owned structure into Goessel?s first downtown office building.

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Healthy Geezer- Mixing grapefruit with meds unsafe

Q: My daughter heard grapefruit juice can be toxic for some people. Is that true?

 

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1 of 20 people have irreversible vision loss

Q: At the recreation center in my development, I overheard some women talking about ?low vision.? Is that something like being near-sighted?

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Databases provide useful resources for family research
Databases provide useful resources for family research

Databases provide useful resources for family research

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Art Crocker uses his laptop to research his family?s genealogy. ?It?s interesting, the different little pieces you come up with,? Crocker said. ?It?s like playing detective in a sense.? Malinda Just / Free Press.?

The story is straight out of Art Crocker?s family history. Crocker, Hillsboro, a hobbiest of genealogy research has discovered interesting pieces of information about his family since beginning his research in 1999.

?It?s interesting, the different little pieces you come up with,? he said. ?It?s like playing detective in a sense.?

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Local houses for sale make for buyer’s market

If it seems an inordinate number of houses are for sale in Hillsboro these days, you?re right. A street-by-street survey of the community last week revealed 50 yard signs around town.

Local real-estate agents agree the number is unusually high.

?When we moved to town nine or 10 years ago, we had, for the size of house we needed, three or four to choose from,? said Becky Nuss of Real Estate Specialists.

?This year, if someone moves to town, you have five houses to look at just at the $120,000 to $145,000 range. You have so much more selection.?

Houses for sale in Hillsboro range in price from $15,000 to a high of $340,000. The listings and the asking price can be viewed on the Web at realtor.com.

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Historic hotel will once again bring in business
Historic hotel will once again bring in business

Historic hotel will once again bring in business

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Laura Campbell / Free Press<p>Jim
Cloutier, owner of Shawmar Oil Co. of Marion and Cardie Oil Co. of
Tampa, has purchased the historic Elgin Hotel building in Marion and
plans to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, restaurant and conference
center. ?This is going to have to be a destination place?we?re going to
have bring people from all around,? he said. Click image to enlarge.

Jim Cloutier of Hillsboro has more square feet to renovate than he ever expected?15,000 of them, actually.

What?s more, they make up the historic Elgin Hotel that some may never have expected to be used once again for its original purpose?bringing in out-of-towners for a luxurious stay in downtown Marion.

Cloutier hopes to perform the unexpected, he said, by reopening the three-story hotel as a bed-and-breakfast, restaurant and conference center by the 2008 Old Settler?s Day weekend next September.

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New elderly director excited to serve area seniors
New elderly director excited to serve area seniors

New elderly director excited to serve area seniors

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Jayne Gottschalk is excited to succeed Noreen Weems as Marion County?s elderly director and to live as a new resident of Lehigh. ?Every day here is such a warm experience,? she said. ?There is always a senior citizen who stops to share blessings or needs.? Jerry Engler / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.

 

Jayne Gottschalk grew up playing cards, dominoes and Scrabble with senior citizens in her parents? cafe in Geneseo.

She said her folks, Elden and Irene Prester, owned several businesses in the town where she spent all 12 years of grade school and high school. She remembers getting up to open the cafe at 3 a.m. during wheat harvest to feed grain cutters early breakfast.

Gottschalk never lost her affinities for the elderly and small towns. She smiles with the pleasure it is bringing her to succeed Noreen Weems as Marion County?s elderly director, and to live as a new resident of Lehigh.

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