Happenings (Week of Oct. 8, 2008)


Franz to celebrate 102nd birthday

FranzMary-B-day.jpg Mary Franz will be celebrating her 102nd birthday with family members, other relatives, and Park Village residents Friday, Oct. 10, at Park Village.

She was born Oct. 10, 1906, to Susie and Klaas Wiens of Henderson, Neb. In 1928, she married George Franz who predeceased her in 1980 after 52 years of marriage.

She has three sons, Robert and Darlene of Hillsboro; Roger and LaWanda of Sanger, Calif. and George and Judy of Fresno, Calif., seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


?Scouting for Food? drive is Saturday

The ?Scouting for Food? drive to benefit the Marion County Food Bank is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 11. Organizers ask that residents put nonperishable food items in bags and place them on front porches by 9 a.m. All food donations will be picked up by Boy Scouts by 11 a.m.

Food bank officials said food items most needed include macaroni and cheese, pork and beans, crackers, corn, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce and toothpaste.

For questions prior to the event or if food bags are not picked up, call Jackie Palic, 620-382-3757 or David Richmond, 620-382-2763.


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.

Chairwoman 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 at 620-382-3580 by Oct. 9.


Agape Senior Center plans fundraiser


The Agape Senior Center in Goessel is serving a breakfast of juice, pancakes, sausage, eggs and coffee from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. This is a fund?raising event. Cost is by donation.

For more information, call Erma Pankratz, 620-382-4146.


Book discussion set for Friday, Oct. 10


Hillsboro Public Library book discussion group will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the library. The group will discuss the book "All Over But the Shoutin'" by Rick Bragg.


Hillsboro library receives 71 books


Hillsboro Public Library recently received 71 books from The Libri Foundation in Eugene, Ore. This was made possible with a 2-to-1 matching funds grant.

Funds were raised with the help of the community of Hillsboro at recent fundraisers, including a potato bar, book sale and farmer?s market meal.

The Libri Foundation was established in 1989 for the purpose of helping rural libraries acquire new, quality, hardcover children?s books they could not otherwise afford to buy.

Since October 1990, the foundation has donated more than $3.5 million worth of new children?s books to more than 2,600 libraries in 49 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The new books are on display in the library. Some of the books will be featured in upcoming story-times and programs with the Hillsboro Recreation Commission.


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).

As an additional project, HES students will be contributing their loose change from Oct. 8 through Oct. 16. The money will be given to Chapman Elementary School to purchase books at the HES book fair.

Chapman lost its library in a tornado this summer. The age-level at HES that contributes the most money during the drive will receive an extra hour of recess. If students as a whole raise $500 or more, an additional ?secret? prize will be awarded.

County 4H-ers to host state dog show

4-H members from around the state will be at the Marion County Fairgrounds Satur?day to demonstrate their dog training and showmanship skills.

The Marion County 4-H dog group is hosting the first-ever fall invitational. The show will begin at 9 a.m. with showmanship classes. Obedience and agility classes will follow.

There is no admission fee and the public is welcome to observe as these teams compete for prizes. Teams earning purple ribbons will be qualified for the 2009 Kansas State Fair.

For more information, contact Melody Peugh, county dog projects leader at (620) 983-9001.

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.

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