Daily Life (January 10, 2018)

Marion library starts reading program

Marion City Library is starting its new reading challenge this month for children birth to age 6.

“The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program is a nationwide effort in which many libraries are participating. Studies show that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help strengthen language skills, build vocabulary and strengthen the parent-child relationship.

Parents are encouraged to register their children age 5 and below. Parents will receive a reading chart for the first 100 books. Once the books have been read, parents can turn in the chart to receive a prize and the next reading chart.

For more information, stop by the library or call 620-382-2442.

MCDA offering help for financial forms

Marion County Depart­ment on Aging is available to help individuals and families in Marion County apply for Homestead, Low Income Energy Program and file federal and state returns.

To qualify, the person must be a Kansas resident, living in Kansas the entire year. Total household income must be $34,450 or less.

The person must also meet one of the following requirements: born before Jan. 1, 1962, or be totally and permanently disabled or blind during the entire year, regardless of age; or have had a dependent child living with them all of last year who was born before Jan. 1, 2017, and was under age 18 the entire year.

This is program does not apply to renters. You can file Homestead from now until April 16.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time per year benefit.

The 2018 LIEAP application period will open Jan. 16 and runs through March 31.

In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following requirements:

(1) An adult living at the address must be personally responsible for paying the heating costs incurred at the current residence, payable either to the landlord or the fuel vendor;

(2) Applicants must demonstrate a recent history of payments toward purchase of the primary heating energy. Gross monthly income guidelines are: household sizes, 1-$1,307; 2-$1,760; 3-$2,213 and 4-$2,665.

MCDA will help any individual in the county to apply for this program starting Jan. 16.

MCDA also will help individuals and families file federal and state income taxes beginning Feb 5.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

Call 620-382-3580 to set up an appointment after Feb. 5.

MCDA staff will be available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon­day through Friday to assist individuals and families. They will be at Peabody Senior Center (620-983-2226) Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 and at Hillsboro Senior Center (620-947-2304) Jan. 30. Call for an appointment.

FFA meal to raise funds for fire depts.

The Marion-Florence FFA Chapter is planning a chili meal fundraiser for the Marion and Florence fire departments starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the Sports and Aquatic Center, before and during the Ben­nington home basketball games.

The $5 meal includes a bowl of chili, cinnamon roll and a drink.

HRC offering clinic for cheerleading

The Hillsboro Recreation Commission will be sponsoring a youth cheerleading clinic for boys and girls in grades K-6.

The Hillsboro High School cheerleading squad will be leading the class. Participants will learn cheerleading basics.

The clinic will be at the Hills­boro Elementary School gymna­sium on Monday Jan. 29, Wednesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, Feb. 1.

Participants will perform at halftime of the Hillsboro High School boys’ basketball game versus Pratt on Feb.2, at Brown Gymnasium.

Each participant will receive a clinic T-shirt. The cost for the program is $15; the deadline to sign up is 5 p.m., Jan. 26.

For more information call Doug Sisk, HRC director, at 620-947-3490.

TEEN will meet in Marion Jan. 17

Technology Excellence in Education Network will have its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the USD 408 district office at 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.

For more information, call Lena Kleiner at 620-877-0237.

Class will focus on

fermented foods

The Hillsboro Recreation Commission and Amelia Breugem are hosting a “Make and Take Kefir, Kom­bucha and Cultured Vege­tables” (fermented foods) class from 7-8:30 p.m. starting either Jan. 20 or Feb. 17 in the east room at Hillsboro City Hall.

Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and trendy drinks like Kobucha tea, are gaining popularity as the new “super food.”

Breugem has been using recipes from Donna Schwenk’s book, “Cultured Food for Life.” She will be offering a sampling of recipes and introducing the 21-day plan for beginners.

The cost is $30 per class and the deadline is Jan. 15 or Feb. 12, respectively.

Registration will be taken at the Hillsboro City Hall.

For more information call Doug Sisk, HRC director, at 620-947-3490.

Perfectionism topic of library gathering

Marion City Library will host a book-signing and program for “Grace’s Mirror: Healing for Perfectionists,” a book by Dan E. Ferguson at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Santa Fe Room.

The author, pastor of the Douglass United Methodist Church since July 2015, will offer biblical and psychological advice to heal perfectionist tendencies.

The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call the library at 620-382-2442.

County Bible study resumes Jan. 11

Marion County Com­munity Bible Study will resume at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 11 in the Hearth Room of Hills­boro Mennonite Breth­ren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

Everyone is welcome to join the 10-week study, “Believing God,” by Beth Moore.