Happenings (Jan. 20, 2010)

New BBBS calendar fetes local heroes

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County is selling a 20-month calendar featuring local emergency responders from the county as a way to raise money for the student-mentoring organization.

The calendars, which cost $10, feature firefighters, law enforcement officers and medical technicians at the city and county levels.

Featured are: the county sheriff?s department; police departments from Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody and Florence; the Kansas Highway Patrol; fire departments from Forence, Peabody, Lehigh, Burns, Hillsboro, Lost Springs, Marion, Tampa and Goessel; and emergency medical crews from Goessel, Hillsboro, Marion, Florence and Peabody.

The calendar begins with January 2010 and runs through August 2011.

To purchase a calendar, call Jackie Rice, director of BBBS in Marion County, at 620-382-3800.

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Harvey-Marion CDDO meeting set

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The Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization board of directors will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25.

The meeting will be in the commission room at the Harvey County Courthouse, 800 N. Main St., Newton.

For more information, call Elizabeth Schmidt, executive director of Harvey-Marion County CDDO, at 316-283-7997.

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Inter-church hymn sing set for Jan. 24

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An inter-church hymn sing is planned for 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Hearth Room of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

The evening will include singing, Scripture reading and a time of prayer. The leader will be Steve Vincent, accompanist for the Kansas Mennonite Men?s Chorus.

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Libraries plan joint story time activity

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Marion County Parents as Teachers and Marion County public libraries are inviting families with children ages birth to 3 to join them for a one-hour joint story time.

?Your baby, toddler or preschooler will hear the story, ?The Mitten,? and then experience the story through activities,? said Lori Soo Hoo, director of Parents as Teachers.

The board book, ?The Mitten,? by Jan Brett, will be given away as a door prize in each location.

At the Marion Public Library, the event is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 21.

Goessel Public Library will sponsor the event at 10:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 22. Hillsboro Public Library has scheduled the story time at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, and Centre Elementary School in Lost Springs will have their story time at 9:45 a.m.

The fifth location is at the Florence Ambulance Building beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.

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Blood drive set for Jan. 26 in Hillsboro

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The Hillsboro High School FFA is sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the school, 500 E. Grand.

?Holidays, inclement weather and illness are a few reasons the blood supply often drops to low levels during the winter months,? said Bev Kerbs, donor recruitment representative with the American Red Cross in Emporia. ?But a stable supply is necessary to ensure blood is available when patients need it most.?

People interested in donating blood are asked to call 1-800-448-3543 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. All blood types are needed.

Those giving blood will be asked to show their blood donor card, a driver?s license or two other forms of identification at check-in. Donors must also be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with a completed parental consent form).

For more information about restrictions, visit bloodisneeded.org.

For general information, call Kerbs at 620-342-2557 or e-mail redcrossblood.org.

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SNC Night set for Tuesday, Jan. 26

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The public is invited to the Hillsboro High School select vocal ensemble Spirit-N-Celebration program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the high school auditorium.

SNC Night will feature students performing solos and duets of their choice. Songs range from the humorous to the romantic.

?The community is used to hearing these students sing together as a group,? said director Lynn Just. ?This is a very talented group of soloists also.?

SNC will be having a fundraiser Valentines Dessert Banquet on Feb. 15. Details will be announced alter.

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KDWP urges safety when ice fishing

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Ice fishing is in full swing and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is encouraging fishermen to review a few safety tips before venturing out on the ice.

?Ice fishing accidents can and do occur each year,? said Marvin Peterson, natural resource officer with KDWP in Marion.

Kansas is unpredictable and many factors figure in on whether ice is safe or not,? he said.

Some precautions anglers should take include asking local authorities and other anglers about ice conditions; checking weather reports; fishing with a partner and not going out alone; pull a small boat out on the ice with you (if possible); add a pair of ice awls to gear and carry them around your neck; carry a length of rope for emergencies; use caution drilling ice holes and observe all fishing rules and regulations on lakes.

Specific to Marion Reservoir, Peterson said, no off road vehicles or vehicles are allowed on the reservoir.

?Check with local authorities before driving any vehicle on ice,? he said.

For more information, call 620-672-5911.

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Assistance offered for LIEAP signup

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The Marion County Depart?ment on Aging (formerly Depart?ment for Elderly) is offering to assist individuals wanting to sign up for Low Income Energy Assistance Programs, Home?stead and food sales tax returns after Jan. 19.

Anyone who filled out a LIEAP application or Homestead and food sales tax return last year will receive one in the mail. Staff will be available by appointment to help individuals apply for the assistance or tax-refund programs.

Watch the Free Press for the dates when the staff will be coming to your community. You can contact the Marion County Department on Aging from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 620-382-3580.

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Spanish courses offered in February

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Marion County Cultural Arts & Learning Center will be offering Spanish courses in Burns and Marion next month.

The classes will begin Monday, Feb. 1, and end Thursday, Feb. 25. Classes will be offered in the morning or afternoon in both communities and evening classes are available in Burns.

Class time and location will be determined by the interest in each community. Each class will be one hour in length and will meet Monday through Thursday.

Cost of the course is $120 in Burns and $160 in Marion. The textbook, ?Dos Mundos,? will cost $10. The instructor is Nedy Grimwood, Burns, and the classes will be taught in her home.

The location for the classes in Marion is yet to be determined.

To enroll for the course, contact Nedy at 620-726-5691.

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