Child Aquatic program available at HFAC
Hillsboro Recreation Commission will offer The American Red Cross Parent & Child Aquatic Program for children ages 6 months to 36 months. This class is designed to familiarize children with the water, teach swimming readiness skills, provides parents with safety information, and teaches parents techniques they can use to help orient their children to the water.
Two classes will be taught at the Hillsboro pool July 16 through 19, and July 22 & 23. Time choices are 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. The cost is $50 for the session. A parent/adult is required to be in the water with the child.
Becki Yoder will be instructing the classes and can be reached at 316-772-2314. Yoder is an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer and has been teaching swimming and water safety for 41 years. Private and small group lessons are available by arrangement for older children.
Sign up on the HRC RecDesk website at https://hillsboroks.recdesk.com/Community/Home by noon on Monday, July 15.
For additional information or a sample copy, contact Doug Sisk at the Hillsboro Recreation Commission at 620-947-3490, email, or visit the Hillsboro Recreation Commission Facebook page.
TEEN to hold monthly meeting on July 17
The Technology Excellence in Education Network (TEEN) will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17.
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.
City of Hillsboro Seeking Volunteers
As part of the East Grand Street project, the City of Hillsboro is looking for community members to volunteer to lay the bricks in the street.
The dates and times scheduled so far are:
July 15 – 7:30 -10:30 a.m.
July 17 – 7:30 -10:30 a.m.
July 18 – 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Meet in front of Hillsboro HS/MS at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, July 15.
We realize that not everyone will be able to be there the entire time, so we encourage you to come at any time that we have scheduled.
City staff will be on site to supervise and help the volunteers with the bricks. This portion of Grand Street is the only area of brick street left in Hillsboro, because of the historical significance of the Schaeffler House and Hillsboro High School/Middle School.
2S2S to serve multiple communities this week
Second Saturday to Serve originally planned to make cookies on Saturday for the local summer lunch program. However plans have changed due to the flooding in Durham.
People are still encouraged to bake cookies this week for the summer lunch program. The cookies can be delivered to either Trinity Mennonite Church or Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.
In addition to making cookies, all are encouraged to show up on Saturday morning in Durham to help out with the community. The details are still being worked out so check out the Free Press website, 2S2S facebook page or call Krista Heinrichs (620-877-0638) later in the week.
Monetary donations for the cookies or flood assistance are also being accepted.
Biking for Babies hold cycling fundraiser
Biking for Babies is a national, pro-life, non-profit organization that was founded in 2009.
This summer from July 7 to July 13, Biking for Babies missionaries will depart as teams from four locations on their long-distance bike ride: Green Bay, WI; Columbus, OH; Tylertown, MS; and Holly, CO. Each route will cover 600-800 miles during the week and converge in St. Louis, MO for a Celebration of Life event on July 13 (https://www.bikingforbabies.com/celebration-of-life/).
The team of 6 bikers and 2 support crew will bike into Marion, KS on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 9th.
Please attend the parish potluck that evening at 6 p.m. at the Activity Center of Holy Family Parish at 415 N. Cedar, Marion to meet the missionaries.
Bring your friends to eat and visit with the team to hear more about rebuilding a Culture of Life with Biking for Babies!
NRCS to offer a special for farmers
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up for farmers in Governor-declared counties in Kansas who could not plant their crops because of flooded or wet fields. This sign-up provides technical and financial assistance to help farmers plant cover crops, an alternative to letting fields go fallow and uncovered. The deadline to apply is July 26, 2019.
Excessive moisture and flooding in 2019 have prevented or delayed planting on many farms across the country. Many producers are unable to plant crops by a final planting date or have experienced significant delays in planting.
To apply for this special EQIP funding, contact your local NRCS office.
There are also other USDA Programs available. For example, farmers with prevented planting coverage through USDA-administered crop insurance can hay, graze, or chop a cover crop. USDA’s Risk Management Agency adjusted the final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting or delayed in planting due to flooding and excessive rainfall.
USDA offers a disaster assistance discovery tool that walks producers through five questions to help them identify personalized results of what USDA disaster assistance programs meet their needs.
For more information on disaster assistance programs, contact your local USDA service center or farmers.gov/prevented-planting.