Daily Life New Briefs 12-11

The Marion Co Dept on Aging has two opportunities for services to our county. We need volunteer drivers and volunteers to help us distribute commodities. Drivers use Dept on Aging van to transport individuals 60+ to appointments in county and out of the county. The commodity volunteers help us load cases of food, boxes of fruit and boxes of frozen meat into vehicles every other month on the third Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. at the Marion Senior center parking lot. The next commodity distribution is Wednesday, Dec. 18. You can contact the department at 620-382-3580 if you are interested in finding out more about these volunteer opportunities.


The Hillsboro Outdoor Christmas Lights Contest continues this year, but with a different spin on how winners are chosen. New this year, winners will be chosen by the public through Facebook votes (likes) on the photo entries on the Hillsboro Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook site. Residents are encouraged to vote and share the link with family and friends to show the amazing displays of lights and decor in Hillsboro. Votes will only be counted on the original Facebook posting on the HCVB page, voting occurs between December 7 and 15. The top 5 residential winners will receive one night in Country Haven Inn’s Guest Suite which Includes hot tub and continental breakfast. The top nonprofit will win $100 cash for their organization’s use. Be on the lookout also for the Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt information in the coming week.

The Technology Excellence in Education Network (TEEN) will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec 18. The meeting will be held at the USD 410 District Office at 416 S. Date, Hillsboro, KS 67063. For questions or more information, please call Lena Kleiner at 620-877-0237.

The government surplus commodities will arrive at senior centers in Marion County on Wednesday, Dec. 18. 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:

Size Maximum                    Income

1                                        $1,354

2                                       $1,832

3                                       $2,311

4                                       $2,790

5                                       $3,269

For each additional family member, add $479.


The Hillsboro Middle/High School will be presenting their Christmas Concerts on Monday, Dec. 16 in the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts on the campus of Tabor College. The 6-8th bands and choirs will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be a short intermission before the high school band and choirs perform at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.


The Goessel High School Choir & Band will give their Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec 17 in the high school auditorium. The choir will feature special bluegrass instrumentalists, seasonal songs in various styles, and a community sing-along of Handel’s Messiah Chorus. The band repertoire will include arrangements of well-known holiday favorites. The concert is free and open to the public.

2S2S to host a free breakfast on Dec. 14 Second Saturday to Serve (2S2S) is serving FREE pancakes and Dale’s Sausage to everyone at Hillsboro Elementary School! Please come to eat and sit a spell or just catch a quick bite. It’s an opportunity to visit with our neighbors. If you can smile and flip a few pancakes, we’d love YOU to help us serve! Your help and donations are welcome. Please message us on Facebook if you’re interested!

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