Former mayors to be feted June 26
Over Hillsboro?s 125-year history, 25 individuals have served as mayor. These individuals will be honored at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, as part of the community?s 125-year anniversary of its incorporation in 1884.
The celebration will be downtown with birthday cake and ice cream for all.
Peggy Goertzen, director of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, will present a roll call of our past and present mayors, introducing a descendant or representative of each.
?We have a unique opportunity to give honor to those who have been willing to serve Hillsboro in this way,? Goertzen said. ?We are pleased with the response. Some of those coming to represent the mayors are traveling from as far away as Arizona and Florida.?
List of individuals who have served as mayor since 1884 includes: John J. Funk, John G. Hill, Lewis Weidlein, J.F. Hey, John J. Kizler, H.H. Friesen, Brown Corby, Hiram Beck, J.J. Entz, William F. Schaeffler, Peter A. Hiebert, Conrad Hett, Henry Brunig, Fred Maas, Peter F. Friesen, J.D. Wiebe, Abraham L. Schellenberg, Robert F. Schaeffler, Jacob V. Friesen, Levi T. Buller, Arnold F. Vogt, Charles Thresher, Harold Wiebe, Robert Hein, Delores Dalke.
Dementia group will meet June 16
The Marion County Dementia Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, in the chapel at Salem Home in Hillsboro.
Facilitators for the evening are Esther Pankratz and Sharon Ressler. The group will view another DVD in a series called ?Understanding Alzheimer?s with Leeza Gibbons.? Gibbons? mother had Alzheimer?s disease. Time for sharing will be available at the end of the meeting for those who wish to participate.
The support group is for families and caregivers of dementia patients. For more information contact Hillsboro Community Hospital, 620-947-3114.
CROP canvass kick-off set June 10
The 2009 CROP canvass kick-off meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. The meeting will be held at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe in Hillsboro.
The canvass, held each year, raises money to confront hunger around the world. Contributions of cash or grain from all Marion county congregations are welcome.
For more information, call local chairperson David Esau at 620-367-2358.
Goessel schedules city-wide cleanup
Goessel residents can dispose of trash and miscellaneous materials during the city-wide cleanup from noon Friday, June 19 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at 101 S. Cedar.
Designated materials can be deposited in one of two Dump?sters that will be located south of the city building. Large appliances should be placed outside the Dumpsters.
On Saturday, the Marion County household hazardous waste trailer will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and the recycling trailers will be there from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
MCSEC board to meet June 15
The Marion County Special Education Cooperative board of directors will meet for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 15, in the conference room at 302 Eighth in Florence.
For more information call 620-878-4720.
Model aircraft event set June 19
Father?s Day weekend June 19, 20, 21, Marion will be the host city for a nationally rated and recognized model aviation event, said Doug Kjellin, Marion economic development director.
?The Heart of America Free Flight Association will hold a contest for model aircraft from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Marion Municipal Airport,? he said.
Participants for this event will come from across the U.S. and will include some of the great names in the sport.
?Since these models are not controlled in any way from the ground, don?t be too surprised to see one flying anywhere,? Kjellin said.
Everyone is invited to watch the show and the event is free.
For more information, call local enthusiast Kjellin at 620-382-3703; Paul Thomas at 620-382-3206 or Mike Basta, contest director at 913-492-4830.
Museum plans June 21 car show
Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum will host its second annual antique and classic car show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 21, in the museum?s main parking lot.
This show requires no entry fee and no registration. Cars, trucks and motorcycles?in any condition?through the 1970s are welcome.
General admission to the show and the museum is $2; there is no admission fee for show car owners (one person per car).
The show also will feature games for everyone and recognition for ?Best Car? and ?People?s Choice? entries.
A special feature of the show will be a silent auction of a wheat marquetry piece created by Marie and Martha Voth, North Newton. The picture is of physician Charles H. Kaiser?s 1907 Maxwell RL parked in front of his house and what is believed to be his attached office. Kaiser practiced in Goessel from 1905 to 1922.
U.S. flags to be disposed June 14
Hillsboro American Legion Post No. 366 will dispose of unserviceable American flags at 2 p.m. June 14 at 405 Floral Drive.
This event will be on the north parking lot of the Legion building.
The public is invited to attend and bring its unserviceable flags for proper disposal.
CDDO board plans June 15 meeting
The board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County Com?munity Developmental Disability Organization will have its regular meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, June 15.
The meeting will be in the Harvey County Courthouse commission room at 800 N. Main St. in Newton.
The agenda includes a public forum.
For more information, call Elizabeth Schmidt, executive director of Harvey-Marion County CDDO at 316-283-7997.
Volunteer training set for June 27
The Make-A-Wish Founda?tion of Kansas is offering a training session for wish-granting volunteers Saturday, June 27, in Salina.
The session will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and finish no later than 2:30 p.m.
Volunteers are needed in cental and northcentral Kansas to grant wishes for area children who suffer from life-threatening illness.
To receive more information or to pre-register, call or e-mail Ashley Scheideman, director of Program Services, by noon Thursday, June 25 at 800-566-9474 or e-mail: email@example.com. org.
Sign up at library for summer classes
Signup has begun for this year?s summer reading program ?Be Creative!? at the Hillsboro Public Library.
The program is offered for children who are age 3 by July 1 through those who just finished fifth grade.
Classes begin July 1 or 2 and end July 22 or 23. A $4 registration fee helps pay for the crafts and prizes.
The 3- to 4-year-olds will meet at 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wed?nes?day or Thursday.
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes are 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday or Thursday.
Children who have just finished first and second grades are scheduled for 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Third through fifth grade can come at 2:45 pm. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
In these sessions, participants will read books, play games, do activities, have snacks and make crafts.
?Awards are given for goals of reading a certain number of books during the program,? said Delora Kaufman, children?s librarian, who directs the program. She is assisted by Tena Loewen and Amy Bartel.
An independent reading program is also available at a charge of $1 for those who can?t attend classes.
Young teens will have their own independent program, seting their reading goals that will coincide with the above dates. Their theme is ?Express Yourself @ Your Library.?
Prizes will be awarded for reaching goals. Girls and boys sixth grade through high school are eligible and may sign up at the library.
Goessel plans swim party June 14
Goessel Recreation Com?mission is sponsoring a free swim party for residents from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at the Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center, 600 W. D St.
?All Goessel community members are invited for summer fun and fellowship,? said Dale Wiens, recreation director.
Those planning to come can bring lawn chairs, dessert, fruit tray or other snacks to share.
?About 220 people attended the swim party last year,? Wiens said, ?and because there was such good feedback, we are trying it again.?
To check for cancellation online go to usd411.org and click on the GRC link.
For more information, call Wiens at 620-367-2540.
Bookless will speak at Kiwanis June 16
Lillian Bookless of Main Street Ministries will be the speaker for the next Kiwanis Club at noon June 16 at City Hall.
Bookless will share about the future and health of Main Street Ministries.
Non-members can make meal arrangements by calling Kirby Rector at 947-5437.
Schwab earns degree from NCCU
Sheri Schwab received her juris doctor degree May 16 from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C.
Schwab, a 1989 graduate of Marion High School, is serving as acting dean for personnel in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.
Bob and Karen Ehrlich of Marion, Julie Sellmeyer of Vinita, Okla., and Lorie Scott of Olathe attended the ceremony and visited Sheri Brady Schwab at their home in Durham.
MHS grad receives PEO scholarship
Camille Christensen, a recent graduate of Hillsboro High School, received a $500 scholarship given by Chapter DB of Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood.
In fall, Christensen will attend Cloud County Com?munity College in Concordia where she will major in pre-physical therapy and run cross country and track.
A scholarship recipient is selected each year from MHS senior girls who apply. It has been awarded since 1987.
PEO is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing increased opportunities for higher education for women.
Hanschu earns honors from AFI
Agent Jason Hanschu of Hillsboro has been named an All-American Agent by Ameri?can Family Insurance Group.
Hanschu has been an agent for American Family since September 1998. His office is at 104 E. First St., Suite A.
Commemorative 125th mugs on sale
The planning committee for Hillsboro?s 125th Anniversary celebration has selected businesses to make commemorative mugs, medallions and T-shirts.
These items have all been designed with the round 1884-2009 logo featuring the Funk Building, better known as Olde Towne, surrounded by the words ?Hillsboro, Ks 125th Anniver?sary.?
Paula Heyen was chosen to make the hand-thrown mugs using her Flinthills glazing pattern depicting earth and sky with the logo stamped on the front.
Other pottery can be seen at her shop, ClayWorks, 1111⁄2 E. Grand, Hillsboro.
For more information on prices, or to buy memorabilia, visit the Museum Visitor Center, 501 S. Ash, Hillsboro; Quilt and QuiltRacks, 130 N. Main St.; Hillsboro city office, 118 E. Grand Ave., or Hillsboro Furniture, 112 S. Main.
Fund-raiser June 11 to help 4-H group
Members of the Marion County 4-H Horse Project, a countywide organization, is sponsoring a car wash from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, across from the Farmer?s Market at the corner of Jefferson and Grand in Hillsboro.
For more information, call 924-5254 or 947-0200.
Reading program, crafts start June 15
The Marion City Library will offer creative craft classes from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday afternoons beginning June 15 and continuing until July 6.
The crafts are designed for children ages 8 through 12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, a library official said.
Craft classes offered include painting a wooden peg coat rack June 15; making clay pinch pots with Shawn Voth, June 22; making a scrapbook page with Karen Miles, June 29 and tie-dyed T-shirts, July 6.
In addition, the Summer Reading Program begins June 15 through July 10.
Students will be able to keep track of their reading activities on their ?Be Creative @ Your Library Reading Record.?
For more information about the reading program, craft classes or how to register, call 620-382-2442.
Maxwell Wildlife offers June events
Officials with the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge near Canton recently announced two June activities.
Hours for the Spring Wildflower tour are being extended to include a tour starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13.
?We invite guests to board the tram for a guided tour in search of wildflowers,? according to a spokesperson with Friends of Maxwell in Canton.
?People will see the buffalo with their baby calves on this tour.?
For prices, or to make a lunch reservation, call 620-628-4484.
For Sunday, June 7, a horseback trail ride is planned, but guests must bring their own horses.
Those interested are asked to call 620-628-4455 for a reservation.