Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday

It is time to spring forward! Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour as daylight savings time begins this Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 a.m.

The good news is there will be more time to soak up the sunshine and warmth that is predicted for next week! Enjoy!


Happenings at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights News

By Nancy Silvey Activity Director

We have three birthday’s this week Mildred Moseman on March 2nd, Bertha Mellor, and Don Heaffner on March 6th Happy Birthday to all. Next week is a busy week on Tuesday March 10th we will be going to Golden Oaks for the noon potluck, (weather permitting), also at 2:30 pm is our Ugly Tie Contest and Root beer floats. On Thursday March 12th is the general store from 1:30 to 3:30 for the residents to come and do some shopping. On Friday March 13th is the Oakland Heights Relay for life team’s Salad Luncheon at the Rosen Room from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Also a reminder next weekend we return to daylights saving time on Sunday March 8th.

Church Service for Sunday March 8th at 2:30 pm will be given by the Salem Covenant Church with a luncheon served afterwards. On Tuesday March 10th at 9:30 am is Catholic Mass given by Father Paul.

Activities for the week of March 9th to March 14th, are as followed, Reading with Marilyn, Manicures, Reading Group, Sing a Long, Word Games, Bingo w/Evang. Free, Bible Fellowship, Reading the Local Paper, Let’s Play Ball, Friday Bingo, Saturday morning movie, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Judy Nelson, Betty Hanna, Bonnie Fleischman, Donna Baldwin, Mary Donavon, Mary Alice Pearson, Di Ruwe, Kay Swanson, Dani Moseman, and Sly Rouse.

Guest signing in last week was Kristie Peters.



4-H Week Wrap-up

By Mary Loftis

Extension Assistant

Last week was Burt County 4-H Week and several of our 4-H Clubs were spreading a little 4-H green as they promoted the good word of 4-H through various mediums and activities.

The Argo 4-H Club had their organizational meeting last Sunday. They voted to donate a scoop and push broom to the Burt County Fair Foundation Fundraiser and then went down the street and chipped out space on a dirty snow and ice pile to create a 4-H promotion sign.

The Logan Valley Clovers 4-H Club got together and created a tied fleece blanket to donate to the Fair Foundation Fundraiser as part of their 4-H week activities. They also had 18 of their 4-H club members prepare a meal for their families and then served 47 family members! Their meal consisted of Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, rolls and hot fudge sundaes. Yum! The group also decorated the windows of the Lyons Public Library and had 4-H projects on display in their display cases.

The Flying Needles were busy as usual as they mixed and baked apple and banana muffins to deliver to the Golden Living Center, the Methodist Church coffee hour and the Extension Office. They were delicious! They also donated a chocolate cake baked by Dorothy Fleischman to the Fair Foundation fundraiser.

Not to show favoritism, Grandma Dorothy Fleischman also made a pie for the Lucky 13 4-H Club to contribute to the fundraiser.

The Clover Stars 4-H Club got together Monday and Tuesday after school to mix up and bake sugar cookies…with green sprinkles of course! It was quite interesting having 9 batches of cookies being mixed at the same time by five to 16 year olds. On baking day they learned the value of a good cookie scoop in making uniform sized cookies as well as making sure the cookies had enough space to grow…otherwise they “kissed!” One seasoned 4-H member explained that using a cookie scoop is the secret to a purple ribbon at the fair!  Over 300 cookies were baked as part of the group process, or at home by members who could not attend the baking day. The 4-H club members delivered these cookies to their classes at school, the Extension office, Tekamah City Office, and their grateful families. Thanks to the creativity of Heidi and Greta Lindberg the Clover Stars 4-H Club also donated a decorative flag holder and 6 creative 4-H and county fair flags to display to the silent auction.

The Burt’s Best 4-H Club donated a bucket of show supplies to the fair fundraiser to show their support of the event.

It seemed totally appropriate to finish Burt County 4-H Week, which also coincided with National FFA Week with the Burt County Fair Foundation Fundraiser Event on Saturday evening at the Tekamah Auditorium. The event was a great success with great food, fun and fundraising! Burt County 4-H & FFA members got the chance to serve as waiters for the five reserved tables as a special opportunity this year.

It was a great Burt County 4-H Week, and the best thing about it was having several new families come into the extension office to get information on 4-H! That’s what 4-H Week is ALL about!



Mary Loftis,

Extension Assistant
UNL Extension – Burt County
111 North 13th Street, Suite 6
Tekamah, NE 68061
Phone: (402) 374-2929

Fax: (402) 374-2930


Spring Landscape Projects

By John Wilson

Extension Educator

Even though it’s still covered with ice, the Canada geese have been checking out the nesting boxes on my pond. This is usually a good indication that, if not here, spring is just around the corner. Warmer days this weekend will gave you an opportunity to get outside and do some things in the yard.

You need to wait on several of those such as core aerating, power raking or fertilizing your lawn, or applying crabgrass preventer. I’ll talk more about those in the weeks ahead. But there are several things that you can start to do now.

First, it’s time to give a lot of your perennials a “haircut.” Mid-march into early April, once temperatures begin to warm, is a good time to remove the old tops of ornamental grasses, herbaceous perennials and asparagus. If the tops of these plants were left in place this past winter, last years’ growth needs to be removed before new growth begins this spring.

Ornamental grasses, herbaceous perennials like peonies, and asparagus begin new growth from the plant base or roots, and last years’ growth, which is now dead and will not green up again. The old growth needs to be removed to make room for the new growth. Removing last years’ top growth also reduces potential problems from overwintering insects and diseases.

To remove old top growth, use pruning shears and the rake to clean up plant debris and leaves that might have blown in over winter. For ornamental grasses, cut off last years’ growth to about four to six inches above ground.


Another good spring project is to replenish the mulch in flower beds and around trees and bushes. Mulch is beneficial and its use is highly recommended. I talked about this last week so I won’t go into all of those benefits again. When selecting a mulch, organic mulches like wood chips are better for the soil and for plants.

When you use organic mulch, like wood chips, in the landscape, the mulch will decompose and planting beds may become low on mulch. It’s been several years since I’ve added new mulch so this is the year I’ll add it around trees and in my flowerbeds before plants start to emerge and I get busy with other spring chores.


If you are tempted to add a deeper layer of mulch to reduce how often you need to replenish it, keep in mind that a mulch layer too deep is not healthy for plants. After mulch has settled, it should be two to four inches deep. If mulch is too deep, plant roots will grow in the mulch rather than the soil, increasing the likelihood of heat stress and drought injury later in the summer. Too much mulch also  reduces oxygen entering the soil and soils may remain too wet too long.

Inorganic mulches like gravel, lava or white rock are not good for the soil or plants. They do not release nutrients to the soil as they break down and they reflect more heat up on the plant in the summer as well as retain more heat and can injure where they come in contact with the plants. So use an organic mulch, but do use it correctly.

Finally, if you didn’t do this last fall, now is a good time to sharpen lawn mower blades, change the oil, and perform any other routine maintenance and repairs on mowers, tillers and edgers. This can save time and frustration later this spring when we need to mow the lawn or till the garden. So plan ahead and take care of these things now. It’s going to be a great weekend to be outside, so get out and enjoy it while taking care of some of these lawn and garden chores.

For more information on spring lawn and garden projects, contact your local Nebraska Extension office.


Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series

The Nebraska Extension’s Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series will conduct an April session on preparing for the upcoming cattle breeding season at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center (1071 County Road G, Ithaca) near Mead.

The session will draw on the expertise of Dr. Richard Randle, DVM and UNL Extension Beef Veterinarian, discussing breeding soundness exams and Trich testing for bulls; Dr. Kate Brooks, UNL Extension Livestock Economist, discussing economic decisions to keep vs cull – late calf heifers, no calf, or last calf cows; and Allan Vyhnalek, UNL Extension Educator – Platte County, discussing pasture leasing provisions.

The session will be Thursday, April 2, with registration at 11:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10 by March 27, or $15 at the door (make checks available to University of Nebraska-Lincoln). Lunch and hand-outs provided.

To register or obtain more information, contact: Lindsay Chichester, Saunders County, 402.624.8030; Steve Tonn, Washington County, 402.426.9455; or Monte Stauffer, Douglas/Sarpy Counties, 402.444.7804.

John Wilson

John Wilson

Nebraska Medicaid Losses Top $400 Million

Since Jan 1, 2014, Nebraska has been forfeiting $930,096 per day in federal funds that could provide health insurance for over 54,000 low-income, working Nebraska families and individuals. OnMarch 6th, the amount of forfeited federal funds will top $400 million.
“It is fiscally and morally bankrupt to continue to allow so many working families to struggle to find ways to afford the health care coverage they need,” said John Crabtree of the Center for Rural Affairs. “With the Unicameral’s Health and Human Services Committee prepared for their final consideration of LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, it is worthy of note that Nebraska has already forfeited $400 million in federal Medicaid funds – tax dollars, paid in part by Nebraskans, that could have been used to provide affordable health care options for 54,000 working Nebraska families, but were turned away.”
This loss has been a real economic blow to Nebraska’s economy, Crabtree continued. But the most dire consequences of our state’s inaction are felt by low-income, working families across Nebraska, and in rural and small town Nebraska in particular. Impacting those who can least afford to have their economic and health care needs ignored.
“Every man, woman, and child in a small town loses when the hospital shuts down. Every Nebraska taxpayer loses when our state turns away $400 million that could be used to care for people, and build up our healthcare system. It’s time to act for Nebraska’s future by passing LB 472.”
John Crabtree, Center for Rural Affairs
National Rural Health Association research indicates that about 300 rural hospitals across the US are on the verge of closing due to financial issues, with a lack of access to the new Medicaid program as one major cause. In addition to compromising the health of rural people, a hospital closure causes job losses, lost economic activity, and lost community vibrancy in rural communities. A small town hospital closure costs about $1,000 in per capita income.
Moreover, hospitals and other providers are left with significant uncompensated care for the uninsured. The University of Nebraska Medical Center estimates through 2019 Nebraska will have more than $1 billion in uncompensated care without Medicaid redesign. And increased premiums for those with insurance are sure to follow that level of uncompensated care, Crabtree explained.
“Nebraska cannot afford to let over 50,000 of our friends, family members and neighbors fall into this health care coverage gap,” added Crabtree. “A gap where they make too little – yes, too little – to participate in the new healthcare marketplace and receive tax credits to make premiums affordable, but where they make too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid coverage.”
Crabtree urged Nebraskans to monitor to keep an eye on how much Nebraska is losing every day, and how some other non-expansion states compare.

Getting to Know You With Brooke Peterson

Occupation: I graduated from Creighton University in 2007 and have been employed at Methodist Hospital in Omaha as a Cardiac Nurse ever since. I am fortunate to work 2- 12 hour days a week with great co-workers and patients. The other 5 days of my week I am blessed to stay home with our two little girls!

Family: I am married to Clint Peterson and we have 2 daughters; Paisley (4 years old) and Hadley (17 months).

If you had three wishes, what would they be? My first wish would be for every child to grow up in a loving home with a happy childhood. Second, I would love to be able to “wish away” cancer. Third, I would wish for acceptance of all regardless of sex, religion, race, etc…

If you were President, what would your first act be? I have little to no desire to be president, so I would ask my VP to take over… in all honesty, I would do what I could to make all parties work together to get something done… that would need to happen foremost before anything additional could get done. 

What was your favorite food as a child? Ice Cream. Always has been, always will be!

If you won the lottery, what would be your first purchase? Depending on the size of my winnings, I would probably book a family vacation… after that the options are endless!

What is your favorite book? I love an easy read book as well as a good mystery. With toddlers at home my reading is quite limited, so the last good book I read was a Nicholas Sparks novel…and I cannot even remember the name!

What is one of your favorite quotes? I probably am a true believer in the saying “Kill Them With Kindness”… this is easy to forget at times too.

What is one of your pet peeves? Chewing with your mouth open. Or biting your silverware.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Ironing, I can wash, fold,  & put away, but I hate to iron.

What is your favorite time of the year? I love all of the seasons. As crazy as it sounds being married and growing up with a farmer, but I love Fall. Harvest time is crazy, but I love the colors, sounds, smells, and feeling that Autumn gives you!

When you have 30 minutes of free time, what do you do? Shower. Isn’t that what all mother’s of toddlers would answer?

What is your favorite song? I love “It’s a Wonderful World”.

Pictured are Clint and Brooke Peterson with their daughters Paisley and Hadley. Photo courtesy of Brooke Peterson.

Pictured are Clint and Brooke Peterson with their daughters Paisley and Hadley. Photo courtesy of Brooke Peterson.

Fire Erupts at Northeast Tractor Salvage in Lyons NE

Fire departments from Lyons, Oakland, Bancroft, Decatur, Craig and Tekamah responded to a fire at Northeast Tractor Salvage in Lyons this afternoon. Photo Credit/Pauline Marr

Fire departments from Lyons, Oakland, Bancroft, Decatur, Craig and Tekamah responded to a fire at Northeast Tractor Salvage in Lyons this afternoon. Photo Credit/Pauline Marr

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