Community News Briefs

Government Commodities

Government surplus commodities will arrive at senior centers in Marion County on Wednesday, Oct 16.

Each site will distribute them according to their own schedule and may not distribute on the same day. Check with your local site for distribution schedule.

Lehigh residents pick up commodities at Main St. Ministries in Hillsboro. Durham residents pick up commodities at Marion Senior Center. If there are no commodities left at your site please call the Marion County Dept. on Aging 620-382-3580 to find out where commodities are available.

The commodities are available to persons who are income eligible and should be picked up from your local distribution site. This institution is an equal opportunity program.

To be eligible for commodities, your household’s total monthly income must be below: Household Size Max. Income

1 $1,354

2 $1,832

3 $2,311

4 $2,790

5 $3,269

For each additional family member add $479.

Blood Drive in Hillsboro on Oct 16

There will be a Red Cross blood drive at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church from 1-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 22 from 1pm to 6pm.

Appointments can be made online at and walk-ins are welcome, with last appointments welcome to start up

to 6pm. Rapid Pass registration can be completed in advance through the Red Cross Blood Donor App within 24 hours of appointment time, or done on location.

Prescription drug enrollment

The Marion Co Dept. on Aging is providing assistance to older adults in comparing and enrolling in 202020 Medicare Prescription Drug plans. Open enrollment begins Oct15, 2019-Dec 7, 2019.

The Dept can help you compare and/or enroll you in a new plan for 2020. Gayla Ratzlaff, Dept Coordinator will be available in the Marion department office to take appointments Mon-Friday 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. except for the following dates:

Gayla Ratzlaff will be in Hillsboro Oct 22, Nov 7 and Nov 26. Call Brenda at 620-947-2304 to set up an appointment.

She will be in Peabody on Oct 25 and Nov 13. Call LouAnn at 620-983-2226 for an appointment.

Gayla will be in Goessel at Bethesda Home on Oct 31 and Nov. 19. Call the Marion office to make an appointment 620-382-3580.

Hillsboro Bible Study starts Oct 24

A ladies community Bible study will begin a new study at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct 24. It is the Mysteries of Heaven by David Jeremiah. Plan to join in the Hearth Room at 300 Prairie Point, Hillsboro.

­HRC offers pumpkin carving class

The Hillsboro Recreation Commission is offering a Pumpkin Carving Class from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 26. Each participant will receive a pumpkin carving kit along with several patterns to work with and a pumpkin to carve.

Helpful hints will be given on ways of carving and preserving your pumpkins along with recipes to be given if you would like to make homemade pumpkin seeds.

This class is limited to the first 20 3rd- 6th graders signed up. The registration deadline for this class is Oct 23. Parents are encouraged to stay and help if they would like.

You will be able to register for this activity, and all of the HRC programs, on any computer, tablet or smart phone as long as you have a credit card or check card.

For additional information contact Doug Sisk at the Hillsboro Recreation Commission at 620-947-3490, email, or visit the Hillsboro Recreation Commission Facebook page.

Marion Co. Democrats host public forum

The public is invited to an upcoming meeting of the Marion County Democrats to learn more about the effort to expand eligibility for the Kansas Medicaid program, known as KanCare.

The meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. On Saturday, Oct 26 at the Marion Community Center at 203N. Third St. in Marion.

Sheldon Weisgrau, Senior Policy Adviser at the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, will give an overview of Medicaid expansion and share information about pending expansion legislation in Kansas.

Kansas has the opportunity to expand eligibility for KanCare and provide affordable health care options for about 150,000 Kansans who currently don’t qualify for Medicaid but earn too much to receive subsidies to purchase private insurance.

Expanding eligibility for KanCare will greatly increase the number of Kansans with insurance coverage, spur economic development and new jobs, provide financial stability to low-income families and enhance the viability of hospitals and other health care providers. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia expanded their Medicaid programs.

HRC offers Chopped Jr class

The Hillsboro Recreation Commission is sponsoring a new class called Chopped Jr! What dish would you create out of apples, rotisserie chicken, fresh parsley, and eggs? The various combinations from our student chefs are always surprising and delicious!

Chopped Jr. is the opportunity for your child chef to prepare a dish out of four required ingredients as well as a pantry of other options. Their dishes are then judged on taste, presentation, and creativity. While no one will be “chopped”, they WILL have the opportunity to learn basic cooking techniques, to practice knife skills, and to try new food combinations.

The class will be led by HMS teachers Anne Janzen and Tamara Cassidy. Chopped Jr. will be held in the FACS (hospitality room) at the school on Saturday, Oct 26, 9-11 a.m. for 5th and 6th graders; and 1-3 p.m. for 7th and 8th graders.

Sign up for this class any of our HRC programs online at Home on any computer, tablet or smart phone as long as you have a credit card or check card.

Fall Scholastic Book Fair Oct 25-31

The Hillsboro Middle/High School WMC Media Center will host its Fall Scholastic Book Fair in the WMC Media Center beginning Friday, Oct 25 through Thursday, Oct 31. The Book Fair will be open before and after school from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

For shopping convenience, extended hours will be added during Parent Teacher Conferences (Mon, Oct 28 and Tues, Oct 29) until 7:30 p.m. each PT Conference evening.

Middle School students will have the chance to win daily prizes playing the popular “Sucker Pull” .25 cent game of chance to win free books, pencils, bookmarks, and other fun prizes. Contest money will be used to purchase new books for the library.

The WMC Media Center invites patrons to visit the Book Fair or use the popular WMC online book fair. Connect online using the link on the USD410 webpage. All proceeds benefit the library.

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