Happenings (March 11, 2009)

HHS asks for help to replace photos


The Hillsboro High School office staff is asking the public for student photos from seven graduating classes in an effort to replace photo display panels that were stolen last summer.

The missing classes are 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001 and 2002.

Donna Dalke, HHS secretary, said they would like to have wallet-size graduate photos submitted by March 13.

Replacing the missing panels isn?t of urgent importance, Dalke added, but the school would like to include every class in the display for the sake of alumni who visit the school for reunions and other gatherings.

Anyone with questions about replacement photos can contact Dalke at the HHS office: 947-3991.


Farmerettes meet Friday in Hillsboro


The Farmerettes will meet at 2 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Wilma Schmidt?s home. Gayla Ratzlaff will present a lesson on aging.

Roll call will be choice. For questions call 947-3981 or 947-5439 after 2 p.m.


Goessel Museum sets annual dinner


Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum will have its annual dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, 1304 Kansas Highway 15 in Goessel.

The dinner is an annual fundraiser event for the museum, said Marjorie J. Shoemaker, museum director.

This year?s dinner will feature a catered full-course pork chop dinner, including potato, vegetable and dessert.

Following the meal, Goessel-area native Jake Schmidt of Buhler, will present a short concert of ?country Christian? music.

He will accompany himself on the guitar, with Larry Jensen at the piano.

Ticket price is $50 per person and payment may be made at the dinner. Reservations are required by noon, Monday, March 23.

To make a reservation, call the museum at 620-367-8200.


Marion City Library plans spring event


The Marion City Library will be having its spring storytime from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays beginning March 20 and through April 10.

Stories, crafts, snacks and fun will highlight the events. Space is limited.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call 620-382-2442.


Businesswoman to speak at Kiwanis


Katherine DeFilippis, manager of The Lumberyard, will present the Kiwanis Club program at noon Tuesday, March 17 at Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand.

She plans to talk about the recent remodeling project at The Lumberyard and plans for the business still ahead.

Non-member meal arrangement can be made by calling Kirby Rector with the Kiwanis Club at 947-5437.


Quail Forever banquet March 14


The Marion County Quail Forever banquet begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at Pilsen Community Center, Pilsen.

The event will include live and silent auctions, drawings and games and lots of guns, organizers said.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Bill Shirley, 316-284-3888; Stacey Collett, 620-382-2724; Jon Hefley, 620-947-5762 or Dale Ehlers, 620-381-1096.

Legion auxiliary to meet March 17


The Hillsboro American Legion Auxiliary No. 366 will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the post home, 405 Floral Drive.

All auxiliary members are encouraged to attend so they can keep updated on fundraising, scholarships and donation of gifts to the Veteran?s Admini?stration Hospital.


USDA commodities distribution nears


USDA commodities will be available at senior centers in Marion County Thursday, March 19, said Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator with Marion County Department for Elderly.

Each senior center, she said, will distribute commodities according to their own schedule.

This month?s commodities included peaches, rolled oats, peanut butter, egg noodles, beef in natural juices, apple juice, spaghetti sauce, raisins, applesauce, and Great Northern beans.

Recipients should contact the senior center in their community to find out delivery times.


Annual quilt show begins March 16


The annual Quilt Show at Marion City Library starts Monday, March 16, and will continue through Saturday, March 28.

More than 20 quilts and wall hangings by local quilters will be on display, library officials said.

The quilts will be available for viewing during regular library hours.

For more information, call the library at 620-382-2442.


Book group will meet March 20


Hillsboro Public Library's book discussion group will not meet Friday, March 13, as originally scheduled.

The meeting has been postponed to Friday, March 20, in order to avoid conflict with those members attending Tabor College?s 60+ meeting March 13.

At the meeting, the group will be discussing two books, ?The Boy in the Striped Pajamas? by John Boyne and ?Night by Elle Weisel.


Cinderella?s Closet set for March 21


Cinderella?s Closet, a resource for prom dresses for girls in Marion County, will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Hillsboro Menno?nite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

Any girl in the county who is attending a prom this year may choose a gently-used prom dress at no cost.

Cinderella?s Closet is accepting donations of gently-used prom dresses from the community to add to the selection. If you have a prom dress to donate, call 620-947-3583.


Ethiopian to speak at Hillsboro church


The First Mennonite Church will feature Tigist Tesfaye from Ethiopia, according to pastor Randy Smith. She will speak about the work of Mennonite World Conference and the upcoming MWC assembly in Paraguay in July.

She is serving with the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Liaison Office and as an intern with MWC.

?Come for the meal at 6:15 p.m. and the discussion at 7 p.m.,? Smith said.


Hillsboro man to celebrate 80th


The family of Harold Pankratz is requesting a card shower for his 80th birthday celebration Monday, March 16.

Cards may reach him at: 205 S. Ash St., Apt. 8, Hillsboro, KS 67063.


Tractor safety class planned in March


A tractor safety class for youth between ages 13 and 16 is being planned from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, March 24 and 26, at Marion High School Ag Shop.

The class is a joint venture between Marion County Extension and Marion FFA, said Ricky Roberts, extension agent.

?If you are 14-15 years of age and want to work on a farm for a non-family member, then you need to take this class and pass the exam,? Roberts said.

For more information or to register, call Roberts by Monday, March 16, at 620-382-2325.


Dementia group to meet March 17


The Marion County Dementia Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the chapel at Salem Home in Hillsboro.

Facilitators for the evening are Esther Pankratz and Sharon Ressler. The group will view a DVD called ?Understanding Alzheimer?s with Leeza Gibbons,? whose 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.


Heritage Museum changes its name


Mennonite Heritage Museum in Goessel has a new name. The new name, said Marjorie J. Shoemaker, director, encompasses a second aspect of its mission, that of honoring the people who helped make Kansas into the ?breadbasket of the world.?

The name, Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, she said, was approved by a majority of board members at the museum?s annual meeting.


Special education meeting March 12


The Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at 302 W. Eighth St. in Florence.


Kindergarten screenings planned


Three school districts have planned kindergarten screenings in the next few weeks.

Parents with a preschooler eligible for kindergarten in the 2009-10 school year are asked to call either the Goessel, Marion or Hillsboro elementary school offices.

Children need to be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 to be eligible for kindergarten.

In Goessel, the screenings will be held Friday, March 27, at Goessel Mennonite Church. Parents are asked to call 367-8118 to schedule an appointment.

For parents in USD 408 Marion-Florence, call Deb Shipman at 620-382-3771 or 800-498-2014 to set up an appointment for the evaluation on March 23.

Hillsboro Elementary School has planned its round-up for April 2-3 at the school.

To set up an appointment, call 947-3981.


Smoke detectors available at station


Members of the Hillsboro Fire Department are offering a program to supply free battery-operated smoke detectors to anyone who lives in Hillsboro?s fire protection area, according to Ben Steketee, fire chief.

The program is made possible by the Pete Koslowsky Memorial Fund and will end when the funds are depleted.

?Pete Koslowsky was a firefighter with the Hillsboro Fire Department for 28 years,? he said.

The program is for residential use only and to qualify a person must live in the city of Hillsboro, the townships of Risley, Lehigh, Liberty and the portion of Menno Township that is protected by the Hillsboro Fire Department.

Registration forms are available at the Hillsboro city office.

Once approved, he said, smoke detectors will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Steketee also provided a list of requirements to determine if someone needs a smoke detector.

(1) Smoke detectors 10 years or older need to be replace.

(2) Every bedroom needs a smoke detector.

(3) A smoke detector needs to be in the hallway outside the bedrooms in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.

(4) Each additional story of a house, including basements, needs a smoke detector. (This does not include crawl spaces or uninhabitable attics.)

For more information, call Steketee, 620-947-3556.

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