Letters (Feb. 17, 2010)


Groups grateful for Impact Fund grants

 

The Hillsboro Senior Center would like to thank the Hillsboro Community Foundation for its generous gift of $2,500 through the Impact Fund grants.

The center serves dinner to about 30 to 40 people every day. This gives them a good, hot meal and an opportunity to socialize.

The center also delivers 10 to 15 meals to shut-ins. This helps them to live independently and be able to stay in their homes longer.

Raymond Matz, chair

 

Hillsboro Senior Center

• The Hillsboro Elementary After School Program is very appreciative of receiving a grant from the Hillsboro Community Foundation.

This will be the third year the foundation has chosen to help fund our program. All the money in the After School Program is obtained locally. There are no federal, state or school district monies coming into our program. The foundation, local service clubs, church groups and individuals have helped us continue our program.

The money from the After School Program goes to many different and diverse areas that help enrich the lives of our elementary students. The fund helps pay enrollment fees for some students to be in recreation commission activities.

This money will also help fund several students to be in gymnastics, pays for a Chess Club sponsor, a Spanish Club teacher, a craft club teacher and supplies for these clubs.

In the past, this program has helped pay for repairs to bikes, summer swim passes, entries into area runs, book bags and school supplies, shoes and enrollment into Scouts.

Mike Moran

Hillsboro Elementary School counselor and director

of after-school programs

 

Common sense took a hit at county lake

 

The slurry seal on Marion County Lake’s Lakeshore Drive was a fantasy to compensate for poor workmanship, and a waste of taxpayers’ money by the thousands. No holes were filled, no sweeping prep. The slurry was laid down over debris and existing potholes.

Common sense says that doesn’t work—and it didn’t. The slurry was so thin it didn’t even cover in many spots. The chalk-like rock overlay was a huge dust problem.

We who live in the Flint Hills of Kansas know what the best choice of durable chat is. The integrity of work ethics was completely ignored. All those involved should have to amend the entire project.

The latest county road project ended in pulverization of parts of Lakeshore Drive and 170th. In a Green Planet Generation, where we try to avoid harm to Planet Earth, the commissioners OK’d destroying all the trees and shrubs on the south side of the roads. Decades of nature’s growth of Kansas’s designated state tree were abysmally bypassed.

Perfectly healthy trees are now gone while bare ugly stumps at ground level testify their once magnificent glory. The bald eagles have used them as perches. The colorful Baltimore orioles had many of their crafty hanging nests built in them—I had counted five in one tree, testifying to constant usage.

When walking around the lake, people appreciated the shade provided by these many resplendent Cottonwood trees. You could hear a mockingbird singing from the uppermost branch in the spring. I am appalled at the total devastation of wildlife habitat.

The heavy machinery also tore up several square feet of the roads in many areas. The soil, pulverized as it is, will now wash down and pollute the water flowing into Marion County Lake.

I am very disillusioned with any person that had an intrinsic hand in these thoughtless, unprofessional decisions. The trees and shrubs are now in huge burn piles, or ashes, when the state is considering the pollution caused by burning pastures? Why not offered for firewood and benefit someone?

What’s wrong with this picture?

Shirley Moore

Marion County Lake


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