Happenings (Week of Feb. 4, 2009)


GHS ensemble to sing valentines


The Goessel High School Elbiata Singers, a 20-member ensemble directed by Greg Bontrager, will be performing ?Singing Valentines? as their fundraiser in the surrounding area from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.

?For a small fee, the select mixed ensemble will go just about anywhere and sing two or three songs for your special person,? Bontrager said.

Because reservations fill up fast, Bontrager encourages those interested in ordering a singing valentine to call 620-367-2242 as soon as possible.


Meeting planned in Marion Feb. 12


The Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization is hosting two open meetings for persons served, parents and guardians. Anyone wanting to provide input and feedback on service area policies and procedures is invited.

The first meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Newton at the Harvey County Courthouse, basement Community Room, east side.

The second meeting will the same times Thursday, Feb. 12 in Marion at the Marion County Courthouse, County Commission Room. To request copies of service area policies and procedures to review in advance, call 283-7997 or e-mail: elizabeths@harveymarioncddo.com.


Canton American Legion plans meal


The Canton American Legion Auxiliary #192 is sponsoring a spaggetti supper from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Legion Auxiliary officials said they will offer spagetti, salad, bread and drink. Cost for adults is $5 and children $3 with all proceeds going to to help purchase a Post Home outdoor sign. For more information, call 620-628-4784 .


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The family of Phyllis Jean Ratzloff is hosting an 80th birthday party in her honor from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Canton Senior Center.

Cards and well wishes may be sent to her at P.O. Box 422, Canton, KS 67428.


Polio survivors meeting Saturday


The guest speaker for the Central Kansas Polio Survivors Support Group meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, is Linda Harrison, chief executive officer with Promise Regional Medical Center.



Chili supper Feb. 7 to help local family


A chili supper is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Trinity Mennonite Church, 211 S. Elm, Hillsboro to help defray expenses resulting from the untimely death of David Unruh.

The Trinity Men?s Group, Route 66 Car Club and Cooperative Grain and Supply are sponsoring the event.


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The public is invited to hear Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, speak on ?Building Bridges to the Emerging Generation? at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.

The presentation is intended to help adults grow in their understanding of how today?s youth express their faith as followers of Jesus.

A time for questions will follow Glanzer?s presentation



FAFSA focus of financial aid night


A ?Financial Aid Night? is planned for high school seniors and parents/guardians at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Centre High School, room 9.

Diana VanDyke, director of financial aid from Butler Community College-Andover, will be the presenter, and will focus on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. There will also be time for questions regarding the FAFSA.

For additional information, call Lacy Wallace, 785-983-4321, or e-mail lacy@usd397.com.

Elbiata singers plan fundraiser


The Goessel High School Elbiata Singers, directed by Greg Bontrager, will be performing Singing Valentine?s as their fundraiser in the surrounding area from 7:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.

?For a small fee, the select mixed ensemble will go just about anywhere and sing two or three songs for your special person,? Bontrager said. ?Surprise them with a group of 20 young and energetic singers ready and willing to spread the Valentine?s cheer through their music.?

To make reservations, call 620-367-2242.


Lions Clubs to hold soup/pie supper

The Hillsboro Noon and Evening Lions Clubs will serve a soup and pie supper Feb. 10 in the Hillsboro High School Commons during the Hillsboro/Haven basketball game. Service will begin at 5 p.m.

The menu includes noodle soup, chili, pie and bread. Proceeds from the event will go to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Mich., and KSDS, Inc in Washington. Both facilities provide guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired at no cost to the recipient. KSDS also provides service dogs to assist the physically handicapped.

Goessel High alum to be featured at Newton symphony concert


A Goessel High School alum will be one of two young soloists featured at the Newton Mid Kansas Sym?phony Orchestra Winter Classics Concert Sunday, Feb. 8.

Trumpeter Kyle Unruh, a Goessel native now attending Bethel College, and celloist Laurel Woodward, a Newton High School senior, were the winners of symphony?s first ?Young Soloist Competition.?

Auditions for high school and college soloists took place in November at Bethel College.

The winner in the college division, Unruh will play the ?Sinfonia con tromba, G-8? by Giuseppe Torelli.

Unruh developed his musical experience in high school, including trumpet lessons with Jerry Toews.

At Bethel, Unruh performs with the jazz band, wind ensemble, concert choir and the men?s octet Open Road. He has also played in the trumpet section with the Newton symphony.

Unruh has participated in master classes with trumpeters Alan Hood and Allen Vizzutti, as well as the Boston Brass. While at Bethel was a protege of Richard Tirk and currently studies with Robert McCurdy.

Woodward, the high school division winner, will play the first movement of Haydn?s ?Cello Concerto in C Major.? She studies cello with Susan Mayo of Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts.

Throughout high school, Woodward has participated in the Wichita Youth Symphony program and has played in the Newton symphony?s cello section. She has also performed with the Kansas Music Educators Association state honors orchestra.

Next year, she plans to continue studying music as she attends Goshen (Ind.) College.

Maestro Diego Sanchez Haase returns for the Sunday concert that begins at 4 p.m. at the Newton High School auditorium.

The concert also includes Mendelssohn?s Symphony No. 4, ?Italian? and Overture to Nabucco by Verdi.

Tickets for the NMKSO Winter Classics Concert are $12 for adults ($10 in advance) and $6 for children ($5 in advance). Children under 12 will be admitted free with an adult.

Tickets are available at Ten Thousand Villages, 625 N. Main, Newton and at the door the day of the concert.

For more information call 316-283-0814 or info@nmkso.org.

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