Happenings (May 13, 2009)

Biggest loser results announced


The results of the biggest loser contest in Marion County have been announced, said Jeanne Rziha, coordinator.

The first week of January, she said, 75 people weighed in at the Greenhaw Wellness office.

?This past week, 22 women and seven men weighed back in for the finals,? she said. ?The contest was based on the fit factor number.?

To get this number, the percent of weight lost was added to the percent of body fat lost.

The results in the women?s division are: Lori Tachjman of Marion, 23.9; Vicki Jirak of Ramona, 21.1; Angie Rosario of Hillsboro, 15.9; and Bertha Hiebert of Hillsboro, 14.8.

In the men?s group, the results were: Joe Wuest of Goessel, 25.9; Kevin Kalua of Hillsboro, 21.2; Chad Nowak of Hillsboro, 14.8; and Dale Mayfield of Hillsboro, 14.3.

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for both categories: first places, $400; second places, $200; third places, $100; fourth places, $50.


HHS graduation will be at 2 p.m


The ceremonies for Hillsboro High School?s 102nd graduating class will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, in the Robert C. Brown Gymnasium.


USDA commodities will arrive May 14


USDA commodities will be available at all Marion County senior centers beginning Thursday, May 14, according to Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator of the Marion County Department for Elderly.

This month?s commodities include beef stew, cherry apple juice, whole kernel corn, sweet potatoes, grapefruit juice, mixed fruit, potato flakes and carrots.

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

For more information, call 620-382-3580.


Dementia support meeting May 19


The Marion County Dementia Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in the chapel at Salem Home in Hills?boro.

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 interaction will be offered at the end of the meeting.

The support group is for families and caregivers of dementia patients. For more information contact Hillsboro Community Hospital, 620-947-3114.


Lehigh?s engine show cancelled


The annual Lehigh Engine Show has been cancelled for the 2009 year. The event was held Memorial Day weekend until this year, a spokesperson said.


MCSEC plans monthly meeting


The Marion County Special Education Cooperative board of directors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, in the conference room, 302 W. Eighth, Florence.


TEEN meeting planned May 20

The monthly meeting of TEEN (Technology Excellence in Education Network) is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, via idl network, said Brandi Hendrix, executive director.

The meeting will be in the Marion High School studio at 701 E. Main. For more information, call Hendrix, at 620-382-2168 or e-mail: brandi@usd408.com.


Burns VBS begins June 1; open to all


Burns Community Vacation Bible School will meet from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, June 1-5, at the Burns United Methodist Church.

Children age 4 through sixth-grade are invited to attend and learn about the North and South poles with the theme ?Polar Extremes: All of Me, All Out for God.?

?Participants will learn about the gift God has for them and about the animals and people that live in these snowbound regions,? a spokesperson said.

A free picnic is planned for 6 p.m. Friday, June 5, on the church lawn. The public everyone is invited. A brief program at 7 p.m. will follow the picnic.

Burns VBS is sponsored by the Burns United Methodist and First Mennonite churches.

For more information, call Nancy Davis at 620-726-5545.


Hillsboro Library displays artwork



Work from local artists is on display at the Hillsboro Public Library, 120 E. Grand, through the month of May.

The artists are from Letty Enns?s painting group and the artwork is in the medium of pencil, oil and watercolors.

Artists featured include Geneva Becker, Delores Funk, Nancy Kaufman, Doris Guhr, Shirley Reusser, Billy Kueser, Mary Summers, Jackie Kent, Regina Ogle and Letty Enns.

For more information, call the library at 947-3827.

TC graduation set for May 23 a.m.

James Wiebe, a businessman from Wichita, will address the 125-member graduating class during Tabor College?s 99th commencement ceremony, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, in the campus gymnasium.

Ninety-four bachelor?s degrees and two associate degrees will be conferred on students from the Hillsboro campus. Thirty BS and BSN degrees will be given to students from the School of Adult and Graduate Studies in Wichita.

A bachelor?s degree also will be awarded posthumously to the late Marcus Manny of Dallas, Texas, a popular student-athlete who died in an automobile accident Feb. 22, during the final semester of his senior year.

Wiebe, a Hillsboro High School alum and a 1979 graduate of Tabor College, is the son of professor emeritus Katie Funk Wiebe, a Mennonite Brethren author who taught English at Tabor for 24 years and was named as one of the 20 most influential Mennonites of the 20th century by The Mennonite magazine.

James, along with wife Kathy, formed WiebeTech in 2000, which became a major supplier of digital forensic equipment to the law enforcement market, with customers such as the Secret Service and the FBI. The company was sold to CRU-DataPort in Vancouver, Wash., in 2008.

James Wiebe continues as a consultant to WiebeTech and is starting another endeavor in the field of aerospace composites and aircraft.

He is a trustee at Northridge Friends Church in Wichita, and treasurer of the Kansas Aviation Museum. He is an avid pilot and enjoys wilderness camping, fly fishing and travel.

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