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Kats’ Korner


I am sitting at my office, wondering if the government is going to shut down in the next 10 hours.

I am not an expert on how a government works and what the effect of it shutting down will have, but I do know this is not good.

I am very disappointed in our elected leaders. I am to the point that whomever I voted for will not get my vote again. I am so ashamed of all of them. They seem to be willing to sacrifice people, this country, because they have an agenda.

October 17 is also a critical day. If things don’t change, we won’t be able to borrow money after that day.

I don’t believe anyone in the congress, senate, or the president, should receive a paycheck since they are going to be hurting others. They don’t deserve to be paid for doing a lousy job.

I hope the next president can fix this mess. I hope we also have many new congressmen and senators next election.

Kats’ Korner

I had the flu, combination cold, last week. I couldn’t sleep at night and was tired all day.

What a miserable week. Now I am fighting allergies. That is normal for me though. I don’t like having a cold.

I didn’t lose my appetite though. I ate soup and drank lots of water and juice. I ate plenty of fruit too.

I am just glad that is over. I hear there is a lot going around. Please be cautious, wash you hands often and get the flu shot!

                                                                 Kats’ Korner

There is a nice place in Oakland that I have enjoyed many times over the years. It is the Troll Stroll on the east end of town.

When my kids and my sister, Angie’s kids were little, we use to take them through it quite often.

Lawrence Faudel was quite a gifted artist. He painted many of the trolls over the years. Unfortunately, there are always those who have to do harm to something beautiful. The park was vandalized many times over the years, causing damage to the trolls.

Things are improving now, thanks to the city of Oakland employees and past Oakland seniors who would do community service one day towards the end of the school year all over Oakland and Craig, including the Troll Stroll. Many dead trees were cut down and taken out of the park. New bridges have been replaced old ones. Other new items have been placed in the park too.

My husband proposed to me on one of the bridges nearly 18 years ago. It has since been replaced, but is in the same location.

It is a nice place to walk through and visit. It is very beautiful!

Thought for the Day: Fall is here. Let’s enjoy the changing colors of the season!

Have a great week, until we meet again!

The bridge (newer now) where Jeff proposed to me. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The bridge (newer now) where Jeff proposed to me. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

 

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Another bridge and some concrete animals at the Troll Stroll. Photo Credit, Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Another bridge and some concrete animals at the Troll Stroll. Photo Credit, Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Child Care Conference


News Release

Mary Loftis

UNL Extension Assistant

September 25, 2013

 

Child Care Conference

Registrations are now being taken for the annual Fremont Child Care Conference in Fremont, Nebraska.  The theme this year is “Lighting the Spark for Hope in Child Care:  Strategies for Success for Child Care Educators.”

Louann Pepper of the Applebaum Institute will motivate you and your team for a fun day of learning together. Louann is full of energy and has a really fun motivational personality. In addition to her degree she has over 15 years of very successful teaching experience working with children of all ages.  Louann understands what child care providers need to foster a child’s successful development.  She knows what tips and tricks make teaching easier and she shares information, strategies, and solutions along with personal stories of children she has taught.  She will touch your life and inspire you to go to work more excited and filled with strategies to make your job easier and better.  You will enjoy her sincerity, enthusiasm, humor, and knowledge.  You will leave the workshop armed with information to use the very next day.

The Applebaum Training Institute is the largest training organization in the United States for those who teach children.  Established in 1989, the Applebaum training Institute has trained hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in other countries of the world   Children are the future of the world.  Their mission is to ensure that those who care for children are knowledgeable in techniques to guide children to be all they can be.  Their seminars are exciting, informative, and motivating.  They cover topics that relate to children and building a brighter future for them through you.

The child care conference will be held Saturday, October 12 in the Fremont Public Schools Administration Building at 130 East 9th Street Fremont, Nebraska.  The fun starts at 8:00 am and lasts until 3:00 pm.  Each participant will receive 6 hours of continuing education for the $25 registration fee which includes lunch and make & takes.

Conference highlights include:

  • Clap, Tap Rap & Wave a hat – Fun Songs and Finger Plays that Teach
  • Say Less and Get More “COOPERATION!”
  • 10 Things Every Child Care Worker Needs to Know: Treasure Trove of Secrets
  • Sing, Dance, & Play Problems Away
  • FUN Must-Knows for Curriculum Success
  • “Sense-ational” Curriculum  Ideas

Registrations are being taken NOW.  For a program flier you can call the Dodge County Extension Office at 402-727-2775 or visit their website at: http://dodge.unl.edu/web/dodge/childcareprovider

 

Mary Loftis

Mary Loftis

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

 

Birth announcement


Jesse and Tiffany Raabe of Lyons are the parents of a daughter, Kayelee Ann, born Sept. 24th 2013 at 10:12 a.m. She weighed seven pounds, four ounces and was nineteen and one-fourth inches long. Grandparents are Steven and Deanna Peterson of Bancroft and Brian and Cara Raabe of Lyons.

Kayelee Raabe. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Raabe.

Kayelee Raabe. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Raabe.

Medicare open enrollment comparison time


Mary Loftis

UNL Extension Assistant and SHIIP Volunteer

September 30, 2013

 

It’s Medicare Open Enrollment Comparison time for all Medicare recipients October 15-December 7. Don’t pay any more for your Medicare or prescription plan coverage in 2014 than absolutely necessary. Compare your prescriptions to ALL the plans available to get what you need for the least cost at one of these free Medicare Open Enrollment Comparison Sessions. Mary Loftis and other SHIIP volunteers are offering sessions in Burt, Dodge and Washington County locations. For an appointment in Burt County call the UNL Extension Office at 402-374-2929.

 

 

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

 

Mary Loftis

Mary Loftis

Bancroft Senior Center News


8ancroft Senior Center News

* The senior center provides Information and Assistance to any individual who is looking for services for themselves or another person 60 years and older, the center manager and/or center participant can provide information to individuals on services available within the community. We link individuals to the services and opportunities that are available within or beyond the community itself. We will then establish adequate follow-up procedures to see that their needs were met. For more information call 402-648-3387.

*If you are 60 years and older and need information on programs designed to help keep you in your home longer or if you need legal help, contact Connie at 402-648-3387 or in the evening at 402-648-7648.

* We have the following medical equipment to loan out on an as need basis, wheel chair, bath seats, toilet seat riser and portable toilet chair, crutches or walker. Call 402-648-3387 during office hours.

Farmers Market will be Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00, across the street from the senior center, in front of the Village Community Bulletin Board.

Weekly Activities:

Wed. Oct. 2:   Melody chimes practice at 9:00.  Join us for coffee at 10:00. Would you like to play UNO or Skip-Bo at 1:30?

Thurs. Oct. 3: Pool at 9:20. Tai Chi class at 9:30, walking ex. at 10:15 and coffee at 10:00. Dominoes are scheduled for 1:30.

Fri. Oct. 4: Farmers Market from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. located across the street by the Village Community Bulletin Board. Chair & Frog ex. class at 9:30 and walking ex.at 10:15 a.m. There will be a pinochle tournament at 1:30; remember to sign up to play. St Joseph Retirement Community will furnish the lunch snack.

Mon. Oct. 7: Bring a covered dish or two and join us for dinner. Play cards in the afternoon or work on the puzzle.

Tues. Oct. 8: Pool at 9:20.  Walking ex. class at 10:15.  Pitch tournament at 1:30.

Wed. Oct. 9: Melody chimes practice at 9:00.  Join us for coffee at 10:00. The foot clinic will start at 1:30, call and make your appointment. Cards will be played at 1:30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Speaks: Government shutdown


The deadline is looming! In less than 15 hours, the government could be shut-down. What will be the repercussions if it does shut down? What are your concerns?

Nebraska State 4-H Trail Ride


Mary Loftis

Mary Loftis

Nebraska State 4-H Camp Trail Ride

There is still time to get signed up for the Nebraska State 4-H Camp Trail ride set for October

11 – 13 in the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey, NE. Come for an enjoyable, guided trail ride in the scenic Sandhills of Nebraska. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while riding trails in the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey. Enjoy delicious meals, family activities and great entertainment at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp.

Here is the schedule of events:

Friday, October 11

Bring your horses and settle in!

4:00 p.m. Panel Party to set up corrals

Twilight — Campfire (hot dogs and s’mores, free-will offering)

AQHA Trail Challenge Clinic before campfire.

Saturday, October 12

8:00 am Registration

9:30 am Trail Ride (2.5 hrs.)

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Trail Ride (3.5 hrs.) Trail

6:00 pm Steak Fry

7:00 pm Crafts,Silent Auction and Live Auction

Entertainment – “Goose Creek Band” will play before and

after the Auction.

AQHA Trail Challenge Clinics 10:00 am & 2:30 pm.

Sunday, October 13

7:30 am Breakfast & Inspirational Time

10:00 am Trail Ride (2 hrs.)

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Trail Ride (Optional)

AQAH Trail Challenge Clinic at 10:30 am

 

When you register you will be asked to rank the clinic sessions and times you would like to take part in from 1 – 4 on the registration form. Trail Challenge Clinics will be limited to 20 – 25 per clinic.

For more information on lodging, pens and meals for man and horse as well as registration forms please go to:

http://centralsandhills.unl.edu/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=63b2d056-b97d-480e-bc96-25b12448efcd&groupId=134905&.pdf or call (308) 533-2224.

 

 

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

Fall decorating


Here is my small fall decorating outside. I don’t do quite as much decorating as I used to. Do you decorate outside/inside for fall? Send in your pictures to show everyone!

Fall decorations. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Fall decorations. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Two Praying Mantis in our garden


Praying mantis. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Praying mantis. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D


The Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D Council utilizes a survey to receive input from residents regarding the needs and opportunities in our area and uses that information to develop long-range priorities for the next 5 years. We are interested in hearing about area resource issues and needs in Burt, Cuming, Dakota, Dodge, Thurston & Washington counties so that we can develop projects to address these issues & needs. Be sure to visit our website: http://www.nlhrcd.org next month and complete a short 5 year planning survey.

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