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Social Speaks: Labor Day!


What is everyone doing during the last long weekend of the summer?

Lyons-Decatur Football and Volleyball teams and story


LDNE football team: Front Row-Joey O'Connor, Dylan Hardeman, Jacob Whitaker, Thomas Fuston, Bren Shatto, Montana Riecken Middle Row- Taylor Fuston, Jayden Vetick, Chevy Henneman, David Bishop, Bobby Simpson, Marcus Hegy, Jaden Peeden Back Row- Charles Webb, Shane McCulloch, Dakota Riecken, Alex Brehmer, Cole Christoffersen, Jon Christiansen, Tyler Hardeman Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Kat Country Hub

LDNE football team: Front Row-Joey O’Connor, Dylan Hardeman, Jacob Whitaker, Thomas Fuston, Bren Shatto, Montana Riecken
Middle Row- Taylor Fuston, Jayden Vetick, Chevy Henneman, David Bishop, Bobby Simpson, Marcus Hegy, Jaden Peeden
Back Row- Charles Webb, Shane McCulloch, Dakota Riecken, Alex Brehmer, Cole Christoffersen, Jon Christiansen, Tyler Hardeman
Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Kat Country Hub

Story by Clare Wiltse

The fall sports season is under way as the last of the fall training camps, volleyball, got under way on the 19th; softball has its opener on August 22 at Pierce; and the boys  have just five practices left to prepare for their first game against Spalding/Spalding Academy.

Volleyball coach Candy Cronin says she expected to have 20  girls report for the first day.   Five senior:  Vanessa Peterson, Hannah Christianson, Haley Bacon, Sarah Alford, and Alexis Totten start their last campaign.

Three girls are in the co-op sport of softball.  Senior Heidi Miller is looking for a challenging season as the Wisner-Pilger/L-D/B-R  moves up to Class B.

Coach Dan Maresh starts his fourth year with a team of 20.  He has an experienced backfield, but the interior line  will call for a total make over.  All Stater Alex Brehmer heads a group of five seniors including Dakota Riecken, Bobby Simpson, Taylor Fuston, David Bishop

LDNE volleyball team.From back row left to right is Coach Bruhn, Kelly Wakeley, Brianne Haskell, Hannah Christiansen, Maddie Ronnfeldt, Vanessa Peterson, Kayci Kramer, Natalia Castle, Coach Cronin.  Middle row from left to right is Mickayla Petersen, Abby Peterson, Lexie Bacon, Darcey Simonsen, Tessie Collins, Libby Henneman.  Front row left to right is Kelsey Payton, Shyanne French, Victoria Maslonka, Sarah Alford, and Haley Bacon. Photo Credit, Denise Gilliland/Kat Country Hub

LDNE volleyball team.From back row left to right is Coach Bruhn, Kelly Wakeley, Brianne Haskell, Hannah Christiansen, Maddie Ronnfeldt, Vanessa Peterson, Kayci Kramer, Natalia Castle, Coach Cronin. Middle row from left to right is Mickayla Petersen, Abby Peterson, Lexie Bacon, Darcey Simonsen, Tessie Collins, Libby Henneman. Front row left to right is Kelsey Payton, Shyanne French, Victoria Maslonka, Sarah Alford, and Haley Bacon. Photo Credit, Denise Gilliland/Kat Country Hub

LDNE softball girls and story


The goal for the Wisner-Pilger Gator softball team early this season will be to finish off games.

The locals led in all three outings this past week, but wound up finishing just one game to sport a 1-2 record through week one of the 2013 season.

Things got underway in Pierce Thursday, with W-P staking to a 2-0 lead in the second inning as both Kayli Wheaton and Suzanne Ras had run batted in hits.

W-P saw that lead trimmed to 2-1 in the last of the second inning, then dropped to a 2-6 deficit as Pierce plated four runs in the third inning on four hits and a pair of crucial Gator errors.

Christina Sindelar reached on an error to start the fifth inning and the bases were soon loaded with one out. W-P was only able to plate one as Sindelar scored on a fielder’s choice.

The locals stranded five runners in the middle innings, while Pierce took advantage of its two scoring opportunities.

The second came for Pierce in the sixth inning with four hits and four runs to run to the final score of 10-3.

Pierce outhit the locals 10-5. The runs were split evenly at 5-5 off W-P pitchers Heidi Miller and Suzanne Ras. Miller suffered the defeat in 2 1/3 innings of work.

Saturday’s play at the Wayne Invite saw the locals come away with a split.

Wheaton, Ras, Samantha Liermann, and Kari Liermann all had three hits each to power the offense to a 15-0 win over North Bend to start the day.

Ras tossed a two-hit shutout for the mound victory.

W-P took the early lead on Twin River in the second matchup of the invite, but would not score again as the locals faced an 11-3 setback.

A 3-0 lead came on a two-out rally. Wheaton opened the rally with a double, Ras followed with an RBI single, and Lexi Knust later smacked a two-run single.

Knust led the offense with two hits. The locals had six hits total.

Ras broke even on the day, suffering the mound setback in this battle. She closed with a trio of strikeouts.

LDNE softball girls co-op and play in Winer. Pictured, from left, Heidi Miller, Blair Preston and Jesse Mutum

LDNE softball girls co-op and play in Winer. Pictured, from left, Heidi Miller, Blair Preston and Jesse Mutum

Finishing the 4-H year


Mary LoftisHow can it be September already?  My husband bemoaned the loss of July, but August disappeared just as fast!

The county fair and state fairs are all in the rearview mirror. (Although State Fair exhibits still need to be picked up from the Extension Office!)  Looking ahead some of our 4-H families will continue their livestock showing at the Norfolk Beef Expo in Norfolk next Sunday and a few more will be heading to Ak-Sar-Ben later this month to round out their year. Otherwise, 4-H is pretty much in “remission” during the fall season, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

4-H members are encouraged to truly finish out their 4-H year by completing the 4-H Career Portfolio. This is a way to keep track of all your 4-H, community and school activities. It provides an opportunity to apply for special awards ranging from achievement certificates and pins to activity vouchers and possibly trips to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA or even National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C.!  Don’t sell yourself short and bypass this opportunity to really finish the 4-H year by taking credit for all you experienced and learned.

This type of record becomes a diary of sorts…you refer back to it countless times to settle family disputes (“Yes, Brownie had a heifer calf 3 years ago…) to completing (and winning) college and community scholarship applications easily! When all the information is in one place it’s amazing how often you use it! And the 4-H Career Portfolio was never easier than now to complete as you can fill it out on your computer, save it there and add on to it the next year! Of course you need to print it out to submit it for 4-H awards, but it is designed so well, if you forgot to include something last year you can add it at any time to make your record more complete for this year.

To get started on the 4-H Career Portfolio go to http://4h.unl.edu/careerportfolio and download the five different 4-H Career Portfolio sections. The information on how to fill out the Portfolio is also helpful. Then you can take off filling in the information and save it to your computer. If you have never started this process, there’s no better time than the present. Just put the first year you (or your child) was in 4-H listed first and then keep adding on to the record. There is an example page in every section to help you decide where to enter each type of information. The copy and paste feature on the computer works great for a lot of activities that are repeated year after year! With a right click of your mouse you can insert more rows to your form and keep on keeping on!

When my children did record books I sat at the computer and asked them questions to help fill in the blanks. It kept them involved and speeded up the process for me.

If you’d like to have a little help, I will offer workshops to help you get started on Wednesday, September 25 at the UNL Extension Office at 6:30 p.m. If you have a laptop computer bring it along and we’ll get you going. If you’d like some help with this for your 4-H club please give me a call at 402-374-2929 and we’ll make sure you get the help you need to get started.

Also, make sure you fill out the Awards Application Sheet to put in the front of the 4-H Career Portfolio. This lets us know what awards you want to apply for. They will be available in the Extension Office very soon.

Since my world fills up with Medicare Open Enrollment activities October 15-December 7 I am setting the deadline to submit the completed 4-H Career Portfolios for Monday, December 9th. The 4-H Celebration will be held early next year to present the awards.

Don’t let your 4-H year fade into a distant and fuzzy memory, complete your 4-H Career Portfolio to keep those memories sharp so they can pay off for you now and in the future.

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

Internet: mloftis2@unl.edu

Help wanted


Help Wanted: Full-time police officer in Lyons, NE.

The Lyons Police Department is taking applications for a full time police officer until September 20th 2013.

Please call Police Chief Jim Buck at 402-870-0310 or the Lyons City Office at 402-687-2485 for further details.

 

 

Building deteriorating on Oakland’s Main Street


The condition of the Alpha Land Surveying on Main Street in Oakland, NE is deteriorating. “It has been getting worse for the past seven years,” stated Kathy Sonnenfelt, owner of Nifty Thrifty in Oakland, NE. Nifty Thrifty is right next to Alpha Land Surveying, to the south.

The condition

All pictures are the back of Alpha Land Surveying in Oakland. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Kat Country Hub

All pictures are the back of Alpha Land Surveying in Oakland. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Kat Country Hub

DSC01518 DSC01519 DSC01520 DSC01521 DSC01523 of the building has gotten worse over the years. “The roof is collapsing, landing on the floor inside of the building. The gutters aren’t up and when it rains, the rain seeps into our store,” Kathy said.

She has made contact with the owner of the building, Fred Franklin, who had his business there previously. “He hasn’t worked there in a long time. When I bring up the situation, he doesn’t do anything about it,” Kathy stated.

There are other issues Kathy is very concerned about. “Over the last couple of months, his building is pulling bricks out of my building,” Kathy said. That isn’t all.

“There are beehives to the north side. They seem to be congregating. The hive is about six feet long, a foot wide and three inches thick. I would advise people not to get out of their vehicles in back of the building,” Kathy stated. “There are also birds, cats and other critters that go in and out of the building.”

The imminent threat was a fire as the gas was still on to the building. “The gas company came and shut the gas off, taking the meter too.” Kathy said. “The windows have been open for a long time and the air conditioner is always running. On the roof, there is an extension cord laying in water that is plugged in to an outlet.”

Kathy has issued a written complaint to the Oakland City Council. “This could take time as they have a process to go through to get anything done,” Kathy stated.

When Fred Franklin was contacted to comment on his building and his intentions toward resolving the situation, he had this to say: “I have been dealing with my insurance company for the last five months. I finally got a check. I have hired a contractor out of Scribner to take care of the situation.”

Watch for updates on the situation in Kat Country Hub.

 

Social Speaks: Labor Day


How is everyone spending the long Labor Day weekend?

2013 LDNE graduate Jacob Maslonka


Jacob is the fourth installment of what 2013 graduates are doing now, and how things are going for them.

 

This summer was probably one of my best summers. I worked part time at the Branding Iron and spent a lot of time with friends and family. It will be different not seeing them all the time, especially when I leave for college. My future plans are to graduate from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in the field of Biological Sciences with a career goal that I am still unsure of. Growing up in a town like Lyons was beneficial to me in every way. We have a great school with faculty that cares about the students and a great community to live in. It helped me grow into the person I am today.

Jacob Maslonka

Jacob Maslonka

Cute kids pictures


Kat Country Hub invites you to share pictures of your children and grandchildren! Please email pictures to katcountryhub@gmail.com by Fri., Sept. 6th. Include name, age, parents, grandparents and where they live. Let’s show off the children we are blessed with!

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