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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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Parkside invites public to Safety & Wellness week, fair

Parkside Homes Inc. is hosting a Summer Safety & Wellness Week June 11-15, followed by a Summer Safety & Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 16.

After focusing on weight loss, exercising and eating right for the past few months, Parkside residents and staff are learning that the ?wellness? concept covers so much more.

Topics such as identity fraud awareness, wearing a scatbelt, eating breakfast, putting on sunscreen, handling grief and handling foods safely all affect one’s wellness. Parkside wants the community to join them as they learn about these topics and more.

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Healthy Geezer- Losing balance is common but dangerous issue

Q: I?m not sure what?s going on, but, once in a while, I find myself losing my balance. Is this just an aging thing or what?

A: About one in 10 people over 65 experience difficulty with balance. More than 40 percent of Americans will go to a doctor complaining of dizziness. Getting older is only part of the problem.

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Healthy Geezer- Sleepytime tips for seniors

Q. Do older people need more sleep?

A. Seniors need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults?seven to nine hours a night.

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Construction underway at Washington, Grand
Construction underway at Washington, Grand

Construction underway at Washington, Grand

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An $800,000 housing project is being built at Washington and Grand, site of the former Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, which burned in 2004. Plans call for 10 units?two four-plex units and one duplex. The first phase?constructing one of the four-plexes?is under way and scheduled for completion in September. Click photo to enlarge
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Workers level concrete for the first four-plex structure to be constructed at Washington and Grand. Martin Rhodes, building inspector for Hillsboro, is project manager for the construction. Rhodes is under contract with Solomon Langley of San Francisco, Calif., who is financing the $800,000 project. Ron Dirksen of Dirksen Construction, Goessel, is the general contractor, and most of the materials for the project have been purchased locally or in the immediate area, Rhodes said. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click photo to enlarge.

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Healthy Geezer- Be prepared to handle your grandkids? germs

Q Do grandparents get more colds than seniors without grandchildren?

A: I was unable to find any specific data on grandparents and colds. However, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports that, in families with children in school, the number of colds per child can be as high as 12 a year. NIAID also reports that all people older than 60 average fewer than one cold a year.

Put those over-60s in those homes with school children and it doesn?t take a mathematician to figure out that the number of colds in grandparents will jump significantly.

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