Happenings (Week of Nov. 19, 2008)

Donations still accepted for family


Donations of cash and clothing are still being welcomed for the family of Chris and Cathy Liles, whose home in Lehigh was destroyed by fire Sunday, Nov. 9.

The couple and their four children escaped unharmed, but their clothes and most of their possessions were lost in the blaze.

An assistance fund has been established in the name of the family at Hillsboro State Bank. Also, donations of clothing can be delivered to the home of Johnnie Liles, father of Chris, at 107 S. Elm in Hillsboro.

Suggested sizes for the children are as follows: for Dillon, age 15, men?s medium shirts, size 91⁄2 shoe; Jona, age 12, boys? 16 shirt, size 81⁄2 shoe; Emily, 12, women?s medium shirts, size 81⁄2 shoe; Maggie, age 10, girls? 14-16 shirts, size 6 shoe.

For Chris, jeans size 36-38 waist with 30-inch inseam, extra-large shirts and size 101⁄2 shoes; for Cathy, extra-large sweats and tops, size 9 shoe.


Hillsboro tour will feature four homes


Four homes will be featured on this year?s Hillsboro Holiday Home Tour set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

The tour, sponsored by the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Associ?ation, will include the following stops: Tim and Donna Diener, 206 S. Eisenhower; Boyd and Elaine Cargill, 514 S. Wilson; David and Brenda McGinnis, 700 S. Adams; and Steve and Virginia Stafford, 404 E. Grand.

Refreshments will be served during tour hours at Trinity Mennonite Church, where a parade of tables will be available for viewing.

Tickets for the tour are $5 and can be purchased at the front door of any of the homes during tour hours, or ahead of time at the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce office, Brenda?s Bloomers, Emprise Bank, Hills?boro State Bank or Central National Bank.


Signup deadline for JAM is Nov. 21


USD 410 parents have until Nov. 21 to sign up their first-grade through sixth-grade kids for this winter?s JAM Basketball program.

Sponsored by the Hillsboro Recreation Commission, JAM Basketball is intended to introduce basketball to any youth. Each session will stress fundamentals of the sport, and games will be played to help keep it both instructional and fun.

Darrel Knoll, Hillsboro High School boys? basketball coach, is in charge of the program again this year. The remainder of the staff will include members of local coaching staffs along with high school players.

JAM Basketball will start Saturday, Dec. 6, and run through February.

Forms are available from, and may be in turned in to, school offices or Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand. Extra forms can be printed off at www.cityofhillsboro.net/rec.html.

The fee for the program is $35 for one participant, or $70 for two or more participants. Make checks payable to HRC.

All participants will receive an official JAM T-shirt.

For more information on this program, or to receive a form by e-mail, call 620-947-3490 or e-mail hillsbororec@earthlink.net.


HHS FCCLA clothing drive under way


Members of Hillsboro High School?s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America are collecting clothing items to donate to the Salvation Army.

Ashlyn Simmons, FCCLA vice-president, is encouraging everyone to ?pitch in and pitch your clothes.?

Clothing can be brought either to the high school, 500 E. Grand Ave., or by contacting any FCCLA member.

For more information, call Simmons at 620-947-2056.


Senior center thanks donors for assistance


The Hillsboro Senior Center board and staff have expressed appreciation for the many people who came to a soup-and-pie fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 8.

The donations went above and beyond what the board and staff expected. They also are grateful for the many businesses that have made donations in the past month to help with the center?s ongoing expenses.

The board and staff say the senior center is meeting a vital need in the community and that they appreciate those who have helped support that cause.


CDDO board to meet in Newton Nov. 24


The board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County Com?munity Developmental Disability Organization will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24.

The meeting will be in the commission meeting room of the Harvey County Courthouse. The meeting will include an opportunity for public input.


?Moms Day Out? offered Dec. 6


The Hillsboro Recreation Commission and Hillsboro Public Library are sponsoring a program called Mom?s Day Out from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 in the east meeting room at city hall.

This activity is to provide an afternoon for mom and dad to go shopping without the little ones around. Two craft items are planned, plus a movie time and cookies and milk with Santa.

The cost of the program is $5, which includes the two craft items.

Deadline to sign up is Nov. 25; late registrations will not be accepted. Forms are available from, and may be turned in to, the school offices or Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand.

Extra forms can be printed off at www.cityofhillsboro.net/ rec.html.

Helping to support this propgram are Cathy Fish, the Hillsboro High School GAP Club and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, or if you would like a form e-mailed to you, call (620) 947-3490 or e-mail recreation@cityofhillsboro.net


?Wild Game Night? offered for males


Area men and boys are invited to join the annual Wild Game Night starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the 4-H Building on the county fairgrounds in Hillsboro.

The evening, sponsored by Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, features a meal of deer, fish, pheasant, turkey, dove and buffalo.

A variety of activities are planned, including fishing stories from outdoorsman Rusty Allen, pellet-shooting contests with guns given away as prizes, casting contests with rods given away as prizes, and a laser-shot simulator.

Many door prizes will be given away, with the grand prize being a hand-held GPS unit. Participants are encouraged to bring donation dollars for drawings, too.

Tickets for the event cost $5, with boys age 13 and under paying only $3 per ticket. For the sake of planning the meal, tickets should be purchased by Wed?nesday, Nov. 19.

The tickets are available from the church and from the following Hillsboro businesses: Coop?erative Grain & Supply, Jost Fabrication (2013 Goldenrod), The Lumberyard, Rod?s Tire & Service and Hillsboro True Value.


Ministerial Alliance plans special service


The Hillsboro Area Mini?sterial Association annual community Thanksgiving service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Hillsboro High School gymnasium, 500 E. Grand.

Services will include Scrip?ture, songs and special music by Tabor Flute Ensemble, Spirit N Celebration and a marimba solo by Joel McCoy from Tabor College.

An offering will be received for the Hillsboro Area Minister?ial Association?s ministry fund and a food shower for Main Street Ministries.


Apprecation dinner for area farmers set


The Marion Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Farm/City banquet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in the Marion City Building, 208 E. Santa Fe.

Area farmers are invited to enjoy a steak dinner as a show of appreciation from area businesses.

For more information, call Margo Yates at the Marion Chamber of Commerce, 620-382-3425 or Roger Hannaford, 620-382-2130.


Alexanderwohl plans holiday worship


The Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, one mile north of Goessel on Kansas Highway 15, will observe its traditional worship service on Thanksgiving Day from 9:45 to 10 a.m.

Karen Unruh will provide an organ prelude that will includ ?Sinfonia con tromba? by Giusepe Torelli, featuring Kyle Unruh on piccolo trumpet. Evan Fast, saxophone, will play the second movement of Lawson Lunde?s ?Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano? for the offertory.

Thanksgiving hymns, a message by Pastor Linda Ewert and opportunities for expressions of gratitude will be part of the one-hour service.

The public is invited.


Prairie vignettes theme of walk


Dyck Arboretum of the Plains will host the annual luminary walk from 5: 30 ? 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 featuring the theme ?My Antonia: A Luminary Walk though Her Story.? Along the lighted pathways, visitors will enjoy vignettes of life on the prairie in the late 1800s. These will include Mrs. Shimerda?s cow and the rattlesnake in the garden.

In the Visitor Center, musical selections and a Reader?s Theater will showcase passages from the book available in the arboretum gift shop. The cost of the luminary walk is $5 for adults, $3 for college students, and $2.50 for children (ages 4 and under are free) For an additional cost of $5.99 a soup supper and dessert on Nov. 28 and 29 will be served in Willa Cather?s Kitchen with children under 4 free.

The luminary walk will continue with the same theme on Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 with music and refreshments along the path. Cookies baked by Hesston Women?s Civic Club and hot drinks will warm visitors inside the visitor center. For more information, call Julie Torseth, director, 620-327-8127.


No infant, toddler shots given Dec. 3


No infant or toddler immunizations will be given at the Marion County Health Department on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Adult immunizations will however, be given from 1:30 to 4 p.m. only.

Centre HS observes 'World Diabetes Day' ?

Centre High School students observed World Diabetes Day by participating in a Healthy Choices Jeopardy Game and raising $1,075 for the Ameri?can Diabetes Association School Walk for Diabetes campaign.

The event was part of Red Ribbon Week/Healthy Choices activities at CHS on Nov. 12. World Diabetes Day, recognized annually on Nov. 14, became a United Nations World Health Day for the first time in 2007.

The 2008 theme was ?Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.? According to the International Diabetes Federation, Type 1 diabetes is growing annually by 3 percent in children and adolescents and 5 percent among pre-school children.

Currently, an estimated 440,000 children live with Type 1 diabetes globally.

CHS Student Council members Josie Peterson and Alex Hajek hosted the Healthy Choices Jeopardy event. They were assisted by fellow council members Adam Kristek and Rustyn Kerbs, who distributed prizes to students, and Theo Kassebaum, who operated and helped create the Jeopardy PowerPoint.

Prizes received by students in the audience consisted of basketballs, World Diabetes Day plastic throwing discs and other sports equipment donated by area businesses and individuals.

Lynley Remy, Student Council sponsor, helped organize the event.

Centre Elementary and Middle School students raised $2,630 this spring in a School Walk for Diabetes.

?Events like this underscore that contributions of $1, $2 or $5 are important and that together we can make a difference,? said Jennifer Kassebaum, School Walk coordinator. ?The extraordinary effort of many Centre students, their families and friends in supporting this event is a great testimonial about the importance of service and caring for others that is a part of Centre?s emphasis on character education.?


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