MCDA assisting with prescription plans
Marion County Department on Aging will assist individuals during the open enrollment season for prescription drug plans.
Gayla Ratzlaff, department coordinator, can assist in comparing plans as well as enrolling in a new plan.
“It is important to do a comparison every year since plans change premiums, their formulary and deductible,” she said.
Ratzlaff will be at Hillsboro Senior Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and Nov 30. Call Brenda Moss at 620-947-2304 to make an appointment for those Tuesdays.
24th Marion County Toy Run on Nov. 4
The 24th annual Marion County Toy Run, a major benefactor for underprivileged children in Marion county, will be Nov. 4.
Sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion No. 366, ABATE of Kansas Dist. 9 and Route 56 Classic Cruisers, each participant is asked to donate one new toy as an entry fee.
These toys, as well as donations and money raised at an auction and chili feed held after the Toy Run, are donated to community Christmas Trees, area Ministerial organizations and Marion Food Bank as well as county children’s service organizations to provide a better holiday season for many kids of the county.
Thanks to the support of the Marion County community, more than $190,000 has been raised through this event over 23 years.
The Toy Run will begin 1 p.m. at SherBowl Lanes, 131 S. Thorp, Marion. Toys will be collected for distribution at Hillsboro State Bank, followed by the auction/chili feed at Hillsboro American Legion Post No. 366. Donations may be sent to the Marion County Toy Run, c/o Hillsboro SAL No. 366, 405 S. Floral Drive, Hillsboro, KS 67063, or contact one of the sponsoring organizations.
Marion Health Fair
The Marion Health Fair is from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center, Marion.
The event will include more than 40 wellness vendors, prizes and special attractions for children.
For more information, call 620-382-2550.
TMM chicken BBQ planned for Nov. 2
The chicken barbecue put on by the Tabor Mennonite Men will be 5-7 p.m. Nov 2. Donations will go toward the “Whale” playground structure at Camp Mennoscah, and also to the Tabor church building fund.
The church is located at 891 Chisholm Trail, rural Newton.
Marion City Library to host lunch event
The Marion City Library is hosting a Lunch n’ Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. The featured guest is Elaine Morse demonstrating fun things to do and make with children for Christmas.
Lunch is $5 and reservations are needed by Friday, Nov. 3.
To make a reservation, either stop by 101 Library St., or call 620-382-2442.
Florence to mark 40 years as ‘movie set’
The Florence community will mark the 40th anniversary year of its Main Street serving as a movie set for the 1977 production of “Mary White.”
The Florence Public Library Board of Trustees and John McKay Post #308 of the American Legion will be hosting a “dinner and movie night” at the American Legion, 4th & Main streets in Florence starting a 4 p.m. Nov. 12.
Steak Diane will be served starting at 5 p.m. Following the meal, the movie will begin at about 7 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $25 each, with all net proceeds going toward the purchase of new sidewalks for the library.
The American Legion will provide a cash bar during the event. Tickets need to be purchased before Nov. 3.
Alternative Gift Market slated Nov. 4
The annual Alternative Gift Market is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Marion City Building, Third and Santa Fe streets in Marion.
Organizers said they are planning another opportunity to help relieve poverty and suffering around the world. The alternative market is a humanitarian gift given in honor of a friend or loved one.
Those making donations to a specific cause will receive a card and ornament which can be sent in honor of someone.
In addition to the many areas for charitable donations, fair trade coffee is available and FamLee Bakery will have food for sale. Live music will be played throughout the day.
For more information, call Margaret Pickering, organizer, at 620-382-5473.
arrived Oct. 25
Government surplus commodities arrived Oct 25 at senior centers in Marion County. Each site will distribute commodities according to its own schedule and may not distribute on the same day.
Lehigh residents should pick up commodities at Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro. If there are no commodities left at your site, call the Marion County Department on Aging at 620-382-3580 to find out where commodities are available.
Commodities are available to persons who are income eligible. To be eligible, a household’s total monthly income must be below: $1,307 for one person $1,760 for two persons, $2,213 for three persons, $2,665 for four persons and $3,118 for five persons.
HWC parent meeting to kick off 25th year
The Hillsboro Wrestling Club, open to kids age 5 to 18, will start its 25th season this fall.
Parents of anyone interested in joining, or wanting to learn more about the club, need to attend a parent information and sign-up meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the Technology Lecture Hall, located on the south side of the high school.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, contact Scott O’Hare, club director, at 620-947-3184 (school phone), or 785-470-1086 (cell), or by email at email@example.com to sign up and pay fees prior to the first practice, which will be Monday, Nov. 13.
HHS selling tickets
to see ‘Oklahoma’
Tickets are on sale for Hillsboro High School’s fall musical, “Oklahoma,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 11.
The cost for adults is $6 and $5 for students.
Tickets can also be reserved by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests welcomed for HHS leaf raking
Hillsboro High School Student Council will be doing its annual community service project of leaf raking Nov. 21.
For more information, contact Amanda Bartel at email@example.com or 620-947-3184. Citizens need to contact the high school by noon Nov. 13. The spots will be determined by a first-come, first-served reservation system.
Free child screening in Marion Nov. 14
Marion County Early Intervention Services is offering a free screening for children birth through 5 years old Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Marion. Appointments will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At the screening, development will be checked in the areas of cognitive, motor, speech and language, and social and emotional. Vision and hearing also will be screened. This process usually takes at least one hour for a child to complete.
All children are welcomed, but an appointment is necessary. To make one, call 620-382-2858.
Block Fest event set
for parents, children
Marion County Parents as Teachers and Marion County Head Start will have a Block Fest event from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Lincolnville Community Building or Nov. 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. or Nov. 11 from 9:30-11 a.m. in the basement of the Marion City Building.
Space is limited to 20 families per session, and RSVP is required.
The event offers children and parents to move from station-to-station playing with blocks together while building an understanding of math and science concepts.
For more information, call or text Susie Kliewer at 620-947-4041, or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.