Happenings (Week of Oct. 1, 2008)


HCF still accepting grant applications

The Hillsboro Community Foundation is still accepting grant applications for the Hillsboro Area Impact Fund.

The fund will be used for charitable purposes as determined by the foundation.

Grant application will run from Sept. 15 through Nov. 14. Grants will be awarded in January.

Applications can be downloaded from the city Web site, www.cityofhillsboro.net, or from the Free Press Web site, www.hillsborofreepress.com.

Applications are also available from Jayson Hanschu at American Family Insurance, 104 E. 1st St., Suite A, Hillsboro.

For more information, contact Hanschu at 620-947-5686.


Methvin to speak at Quilt Guild?

The Country Stitchers Quilt Guild will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church.

Nancy Methvin of Lincoln?ville will speak on 100 years of Southern quilting. Those attening are asked to bring a fall fat quarter.


50th celebration set for Loewen House

An all-day celebration will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Peter Paul Loewen House moving from south of Hillsboro to the corner of Ash and D streets.

The event, scheduled for Oct. 18, will feature activities for all ages, including a vintage quilt show, guest speakers, entertainment, museum tours, P. P. Loewen family reenactment and faspa lunch.

The house-barn structure, known for many years as the Adobe House, was built in 1876 in the village of Hoffnungstal. Now part of the Mennonite Settle?ment Museum, the structure houses artifacts and others aspects of life from Mennonite immigrants in western Marion County.

The anniversary celebration is being planned by Friends of the Museums.

For more information, call 947-3775.


HES book fair to run Oct. 13-17 at library

Hillsboro Elementary School will be hosting a book fair during the week of Oct. 13-17 in the school?s library.

The book fair offers a variety of children?s books, posters, activity books, calendars, cook books and gift items, along with computer CDs.

The fair is open to the public daily from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 16, parent-teacher conference evening, the book fair hours will be extended to 8 p.m.

Profits from the fair will be used to purchase library materials, Accelerated Reader and book prizes for the school reading program.

To volunteer, call Sandy or Vickie at the school (947-3981).


Tabor Church marks 100th Oct. 10-12

Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Goessel, will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary Oct. 10-12.

On Friday, Oct. 10, James Juhnke, Bethel College history professor emeritus from Wichita, will lecture at 7:30 p.m. on the life and times of P. H. Richert, first pastor of the Tabor Church. The Brothers Four will present music, and the original pedal organ used in the Tabor Church will be played.

Saturday, family activities for young and old, including music by the Greenhorns, will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in a tent on the grounds.

All the tickets are sold for the evening presentation of an historical German meal and a drama, ?Bring Your Own Hedge Post,? written by Carol Duerksen and Doug Krehbiel.

The worship service on Sunday will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will feature former and present pastors as well as the church adult and children?s choirs. The adult choir will sing a commissioned song written by Larry Nickel for this occasion.

A potluck lunch after the service will allow time for more visiting. After the meal, the corner?stone of the church will be opened and several homing pigeons will be released as a symbol of looking to the future, signifying sharing the good news of God?s love to others.

Copies of the full-color, hard-cover Tabor centennial book will be available for purchase for $15.


Dates set for final ?Loser? weigh-ins

Participants in the current ?Biggest Loser? weight-reduction program sponsored by Greenhaw Pharmacy, Hillsboro, are asked to make appointments for their final weigh-in.

Jeanne Rizha, program director, said two days have been set aside for that purpose: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, and 8:30 a.m. until ?as long as it takes? on Thursday, Oct. 9.

The final weigh-in is required for participants competing for prizes. Appointments can be made by calling Rizha at 947-3048.


New class set for Fit ?n Fitness

Sports performance will be theme of the next Fit ?n Fitness led by Anna Woods, certified personal trainer from Hillsboro.

The class, sponsored by the Hillsboro Recreation Commission, will begin at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at Hillsboro Elementary School.

The cost for the month is $35 for Monday and Thursday nights and $20 for Monday or Thursday. nights.

Softball team will hold tryouts

The Chase County Explosion 12-&-under softball team will be holding tryouts at 3 p.m. Oct. 4, at Kaltenbacher Field in Cotton?wood Falls.

If interested in playing on the 2009 team, contact Brian Potter at 620-273-6902 or Ron Kelsheimer at 620-273-8215.


Ratzlaff to speak at Kiwanis Club

Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator for the Marion County Depart?ment for Elderly, will present the program at the Tuesday, Oct. 7 meeting of the Hillsboro Kiwanis Club.

Vogt?s Hometown Market will provide a $7 lunch prior to the program, which will be in city hall.

Anyone interested in attending but is not a Kiwanis member should call Kirby Rector at 620-947-5437 so arrangements can be made.


CVBC hosting Bible conference Oct. 6-10

Cottonwood Valley Baptist Church is inviting the public to a Bible conference at 7 p.m. each night, Oct. 6-10.

Farrell Shepherd from North Wilkesboro, N.C., will be the visiting speaker. He has pastored Vision Baptist Church in Millers Creek, N.C., for nearly 20 years.

He also will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. His family will provide music during the meeting.

The church also will host an open house at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and will dedicate their newly renovated building at 6 p.m. The building is located at 315 S. Main.


Santa Fe Trail Fest to be held Oct. 12

The Santa Fe Trail Fest at Tampa, sponsored by the Tampa Community Association, will be Sunday, October 12.

Activities will start at 3 p.m. with a Medallion Hunt. Cash prizes will be awarded in two age groups: 12 years old and up; 11 years old and under. Other activities include karaoke, cake walk, games, hayrack rides and a pie sale. Musical entertainment will be provided by Maurice Pritz and Friends. A free will donation will be taken for the hot dog roast.


Seniors invited to meet Oct. 16

The Senior Citizens of Marion County Inc. and the Marion County Department for Elderly will hold the 48th annual meeting of the organizations Oct. 16 at the Hillsboro Senior Center, 212 N. Main.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m., Friendship Meal at noon and a program at 1 p.m.

Chair Estelle McCarty will emcee the meeting. Enter?tainment will be provided by Mark IV Quartet of Hillsboro.

Sandra Fruit, director of Greater Newton Community Foundation, will be the guest speaker.

Julie Govert Walter, executive director of the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency of Aging will bring greetings. A short business meeting will include election of board members.

Tickets are $4.50 and can be reserved by calling your local senior center or the Marion County Department for the Elderly (620-382-3580) by Oct. 9.

Pioneer Bluffs to hold hog roast?

The Pioneer Bluffs Foundation announces a community event to be held from 3 p.m. to dark Saturday, Oct. 11 at Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green.

The first Pioneer Bluffs Hog Roast will be ?A Celebration of Community and Local Foods.? Everyone is invited to attend. Pioneer Bluffs will provide the meat, table service, iced tea and lemonade. Music will be provided by The Dean Boys and Carol.

Community members should bring a covered dish and lawn chairs. A scavenger hunt for the whole family will be at 3:30 p.m. Dinner will begin about 5 p.m.

Locally grown foods are encouraged for this fall festival and will include pulled pork and vegetables raised organically at Pioneer Bluffs.

This is a free event to celebrate the Flint Hills community and accomplishments of the past year.

Donations to support the mission of Pioneer Bluffs Foundation will be accepted.

Volunteer co-chairs of the Hog Roast are Floyd Beck of Wichita, Kathy Dean and Julia McBride of Matfield Green, and Karl Rohlich of Wauwatosa, Wis. For questions or more information, contact Lynn Smith, executive director, at lynn@pioneerbluffs.org or 620-753-3484.

Mellott to mark 90th birthday?

Elda-Mellott.jpg Elda Mellott of Peabody will celebrate her 90th birthday with a week-end in Salina with her family.

Her children are Joan and Jerry Jost of Hillsboro, Richard and Vickie Mellott and Esther and Jon Brooks, all of Peabody. She has nine married grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Friends can send cards to her at 1450 Hwy 50, Peabody, KS 66866.

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