Happenings (Sept. 2, 2009)

Deadline Sept. 5 for hunter class


A hunter safety course is planned for noon to 6 p.m. Satur?day and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, at Marion Senior Center, 309 S. Third St.

Registrations are due by Saturday, Sept. 5; at least 40 are needed to offer the class.

The course is sponsored by the Marion County Chapter of Quail Forever.

For more information, call Tim Garth at 620-381-0191 or Ty Waner at 620-381-1199.


Ford, Booster Club plan fundraiser


Hillsboro Ford and Ford Motor Company is again sponsoring the ?Drive 4UR School,? fund-raising event from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at 202 S. Main St.

The fund-raising event will be similar to the one held in early April with all proceeds going to help the Hillsboro Booster Club.

By test driving a Ford, organizers said, Hillsboro Ford and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the club, said Rod Hamm, president of the HHS Booster Club. Everyone is encouraged to test drive a new Ford and help the Booster Club at the same time.


Midway Motors sponsors tailgate


Midway Motors SuperCenter is sponsoring a tailgate party starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in the parking lot of Joel Wiens Stadium as Hillsboro High School takes on Sacred Heart High School of Salina in its opening game of the season.

In addition, Midway Motors donated a flat screen television, which will be awarded at halftime. All proceeds from the drawing will go to the Hillsboro High School Booster Club.


Big Truck Night planned Sept. 10


The annual Big Truck Night for all Marion County children ages birth to 5 years is planned for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thurs?day, Sept. 10, at the Hillsboro Police Station, 414 N. Ash.

?Bring the whole family to experience the wonder of trucks, learn about vehicle safety, receive free carseat checks, participate in the Ident-a-Kid program, eat free popcorn and obtain several big-truck goodies for your kids,? said Lori Soo Hoo, one of the co-coordinators.

This event is jointly sponsored by Marion County Parents as Teachers, Marion County Head Start, Communities in Schools and Safe Kids.


Goessel Library plans story time


The Goessel City Library, 101 S. Cedar, will begin its preschool story time for children ages 3-6 at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, and continuing through April 30.

Storytime will not meet on days when USD 411-Goessel is closed for holidays or weather.

?We will introduce parents and preschoolers to quality stories and fun activities with a different theme each week,? said Laura Daily, library director.

Registration is not required, but for more information, call 620-367-8440.


Free classes offered on Medicare, more


A free three-class series about Social Security and Medicare 101 is being offered to help participants gain the knowledge needed to make informed decisions on the subject.

All groups will meet in the west room of Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand Ave.

The first class, Social Secur?ity/Medicare Maze, will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21. Infor?ma?tion will include the basics of Social Security and Medicare Part A & B, along with an explanation of the enrollment process.

The second class, Supple?mental Insurance Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage, will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. The focus will be on Medicare evolving and what choices are best for individuals.

Medicare Part D will be the focus of the third class at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. This session will help participants find out what they need to consider when choosing a prescription drug plan. Medicare prescription drug coverage has been available to beneficiaries since 2006.

Those turning 65 in the next six months to a year, or who are confused about Medicare and the options available, can benefit from these classes.

Although the classes are free, registration is still needed. For more information or to sign up, call 620-382-3580.


Children?s ministry begins in Burns


The Live B.I.G. children?s ministry has started for another year in Burns. The first event was from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 2 for children from kindergarten through sith grade.

Everyone is invited to come to participate. This is a free ministry for any child in the area and meets every Wednesday at the Burns United Methodist Church, 108 N. Washington.

The evenings include Bible stories, crafts, games, songs and fun. For more information call 620-726-5545.


American Legion to sponsor dance


Peabody?s American Legion Post 95, 108 N. Walnut, is sponsoring a dance from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, featuring DJ Michael B.

The event is open to everyone with a cover charge of $5 per person at the door. All proceeds will go toward American Legion projects and improvements.


Church to address health-care issues


?Health Care Initiatives and Challenges? is the theme Sunday morning, Sept. 6, at First Menno?nite Church in the 9:30 Sunday school and 10:35 worship hours.

The topic will continue as the focus at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings, Sept. 16 and 23, for sessions of information and conversation.

Keith Harder will provide primary input and facilitation for these times. Harder serves on a Mennonite Central Committee health-care reform task force and is leading an effort to develop a health-care plan for pastors and workers of Mennonite Church USA.

The focus of these meetings will be on understanding the reasons for reform and the legislation before the U. S. Congress.

This topic of national and personal concern carries broad and diverse impact for our personal lives, public policy and faithful stewardship.

All are welcome to these events. First Mennonite Church is located at the corner of Ash and Grand, Hillsboro.


Vigil planned for health-care reform


As Congress wraps up its August recess on Wednesday, Sept. 2, residents will hold a vigil at 7:30 p.m. in Marion Central Park to ?honor those who are suffering under the current health care system and show that Kansas cannot afford to wait for health care reform with a real public health insurance option,? according to organizers.

The vigils are organized by members of MoveOn.org Political Action, along with the Center for Community Change, Democracy for America, Doctors for America, Health Care for American Now, and TrueMajority.

?Health-care reform with a strong public health insurance option will help lower skyrocketing health care costs and expand coverage to millions of Ameri?cans,? according to a statement from organizers.

Nearly 300 vigils will be held nationwide on the same day. The vigils will include a memorial to Sen. Edward Kennedy, who viewed fighting for universal health care as the ?cause of his life.?

Organizers said vigil participants will light candles, hold pictures and share the names and stories of those suffering under the current health-care system to show the desperate need for a real public health insurance option.

?A R.E.A.L. public health insurance option must be: Ready right away, part of a plan to cover Everyone, Accountable to the public and Large enough to contain costs,? the statement asserted.


USDA Commodities to arrive Sept. 10


USDA commodities will be available at senior centers in Marion County Thursday, Sept. 10, according to Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator of the Marion County Department for Elderly.

Commodities include egg mix, tuna, canned chicken, orange juice, applesauce, peanut butter, instant non-fat dry milk, peas and mixed fruit.

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

For more information, call specific senior centers or Ratzlaff at 620-382-3580.


Goessel boosters to serve tailgate


The Goessel Booster Club will serve a tailgate meal before the first home football game against Centre High School, starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

The menu will be pizza, fruit, cookies, and water. Cost is $5 per plate.


HMS kicks off annual fund-raiser


Hillsboro Middle School students will continue selling items from now until Sept. 15 to help raise money for annual memory books and field trips, said Patti Funk, HMS secretary.

The fundraiser is sponsored by Site Based Council, a committee of parents linking parents, students, teachers, community and administrators.

The fundraiser, she said, has two goals to include reducing the number of times parents are asked to send money to the school for items such as field trips and make sure money benefits the majority of students and teachers.

?Students will not only earn money for the middle school,? she stated, ?but also will become eligible for many prizes.?

An example being that if a student sells five items from one of the three magazines offering candles, flower bulbs, holiday keepsakes and other gifts, they are treated to a ?Big Bash? party. Other smallertake-home prizes are also available.

For more information, call Funk at 947-3297.


HCH seeks 15 for Sept. 23 health class


The Marion County Department for Elderly, in partnership with Central Homecare and Hillsboro Community Hospital, is offering a health education class, once a week, for six weeks from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the HCH conference/board room, 701 S. Main, Hillsboro.

The class, ?Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,? was developed by Stanford University to help people improve their quality of life by learning techniques to cope with the symptoms and frustrations of living with a chronic condition.

The class is open to anyone suffering from chronic states such as diabetes, pain, lung disease, heart disease and arthritis.

In addition,the class is open to family, friends, or caregivers of people with chronic conditions.

The cost is $20 and covers books, snacks and other health promotion items, but no one will be denied due to inability to pay.

Registration is required and class size is limited to 15 participants. Deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 18.

For more information, call the Department for Elderly at 620-383-3580.


Farmerettes meet Sept. 5 in Durham


The Farmerettes will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Main Street Cafe in Durham.

Irma Koop is the hostess and roll call will be ?choice.?

Goessel garden club to begin fall season


The Town and Country Garden Club in Goessel will begin its fall season Thursday, Sept. 24.

Anyone interested in gardening in and outside of the Goessel area is welcome to attend, but organizers would like to know who might be coming so they can plan for refreshments.

The group was founded in 1965 for people interested in gardening. It has continued to meet the fourth Thursday of each month from September through May.

For more information, call Darlene Schroeder, 620-367-2676 or Jane Hiebert, 620-367-2639.

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