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Storm Clouds Building East of Oakland


The clouds were building to the east of Oakland, most likely into Iowa last evening. It was a beautiful sight to watch! Hopefully, it wasn’t a bad storm!

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

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

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Suddenly It’s Summer


The heat, the humidity, the kids out of school and wondering what to do?
Check out these great ideas to get the kids out and about having fun and actively learning this summer! 4-H teens can volunteer to help out at any of these activities to make their summer full of leadership experiences…and fun too of course!

 

Aquaculture & Fishing Workshop – June 16 – Fremont

Are you curious about aquaculture? Love fishing? Then the Aquaculture & Fishing Workshop is for you!

This workshop will be led by Dodge County 4-H’er Jessica Shonka and is part of the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience – Fish Farm Challenge, presented by Monsanto, which aims to make agriscience relevant and fun for youth ages eight to 18. The workshop will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office in Dodge County (1206 W. 23rd Street, Fremont, NE) on Monday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Registration forms and a $10 participant fee (covering lunch and refreshments) are due by Wednesday, June 11. Participants will learn the importance of aquaculture and how it is a way to feed the people of the world. They will also work on a 4-H project focusing on the life cycles of different fish. Participants enrolled in 4-H within their perspective counties will be able to exhibit the 4-H project in Conservation/Wildlife – Class 3, Fish Display OR Class 5, Wildlife Connections. To register contact the UNL Extension Office in Dodge County at 402-727-2275 or in Burt County at 402-374-2929.

 

Experiment with Color Composition Workshop- Tuesday, June 17 – Oakland

Artist and former art teacher, Jan Cline-Zimmerman of Creative Connections in Oakland has agreed to share her skills with our 4-H members. We discussed several REALLY COOL ideas for the workshop and she is working out the details. Whatever we do, you won’t be disappointed in your finished product! The workshop will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 at her studio on Main Street in Oakland. The regular cost of the session is $14.00, including a mat for the picture, but Burt County 4-H members can attend for $7.00 thanks to the Burt County 4-H Council’s support. Call the UNL Extension Office at 402-374-2929 to register. Don’t wait…there is only room for 15 or so for this workshop! Registration deadline is June 11.

 

 

Making Money Camp – Thursday & Friday, June 19-20 – Oakland

Learn what it takes to create products and services to start and run your own business. Youth, ages 10-14 will learn entrepreneurial thinking and skills using business and marketing principles. Camp fee is $25, but only $12.50 for Burt County 4-H members thanks to the 4-H Council’s support. Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 11.

 

Patriotic T-Shirt Workshop – Tuesday, June 24 – Oakland

Bring a pre-washed t-shirt and go home with a patriotic masterpiece you can wear on the 4th of July and exhibit at the fair! 4-H members of any age can take this opportunity to create a unique and beautiful T-shirt during this workshop. The workshop fee is $5.00, but Burt County 4-H members may attend for only $2.50 thanks to the 4-H Council. Jan Cline-Zimmerman of Creative Connections in Oakland is presenting this workshop. She is also offering a $3.00 smoothie special for the day! So bring a little extra cash in case you get thirsty! The workshop will be held at Creative Connections on the South end of Main Street in Oakland from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and bring a shirt! Registration deadline is June 19. Call 402-374-2929 to sign up.

 

Acrylic Painting Workshop with ”Let’s Paint Run Aways” – Thursday, June 26

Don’t miss out on this great acrylic painting workshop! We’ve had this group help us step by step through the painting process for 10 years. Connie has promised new ideas for her painting ideas, so be prepared to get excited! The workshop will be held in the

4-H Kitchen on the Fairgrounds in Oakland from 9:00-Noon on Thursday, June 26. The workshop cost will be $28/painter or $35 with a frame. However Burt County 4-H members may attend for half price in the Burt County location. If they choose to attend one of the other county sessions they will need to pay that county’s full price. Registration deadline is June 19.

Other dates and locations are:

*Cuming County – Tuesday, June 24 – 9:00 a.m.

*Colfax County – Tuesday, June 24 – 2:00 p.m.

*Saunders County – Wednesday, June 25 – 9:00 a.m.

*Washington County – Wednesday, June 25 – 1:30

 

4-H Clover Kid Camp (ages 5-7) – Tuesday, July 1

Camp will become real to our youngest 4-H members at the 2nd Annual Clover Kid Camp! This fun morning or afternoon will be filled with activities, games and projects! Campers may choose from the morning session which runs from 9:00-Noon or the afternoon session from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Activities will be the same at both sessions. The 4-H Clover Kid Camp will be held on the Burt County Fairgrounds in Oakland, mainly centered in the 4-H Building. Camp registration is $20 (Only $10.00 since the 4-H Council will cover the other half of your registration.) Activities will include tin punch, no-sew pillow, nutritious snacks and much more still in the planning!  Registrations are due June 25. Teen counselors are also needed for this fun day so call in and volunteer and make some great young friends!

 

 

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

Stormy Weather


A brief storm rolled through Northeast Nebraska on Memorial Day. This storm was located just south and west of Uehling.IMG_7468 IMG_7469 IMG_7470 IMG_7471

All Photos Credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

All Photos Credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Peggy Ann Davis, 68 of Decatur, NE


PEGGY ANN DAVIS, 68 years, of Decatur, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Logan Valley Manor in Lyons, Nebraska

FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, June 2, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Decatur.

VISITATION: The Family will receive friends Sunday, June 1st from 4 – 6 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Home in Tekamah, Nebraska. Visitation will also be held Monday at the church one hour prior to the service.

BURIAL: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur

MEMORIALS: To the Family

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

 

Beware of Online Summer Vacation Rental Scams


By Mary Loftis, Extension Assistant

Mary Loftis

Mary Loftis

Planning you summer vacation? The internet is a budget conscious planner’s best friend, but watch out for these typical rental scams.

Craigslist Cons:

Con artists will lift a legitimate ad from Craigslist or another website, attract attention by adding a bargain-basement rental price, including a fake email address, and then ask prospective renters to wire money or send a prepaid debit card for a security deposit.

 

Only in Your Dreams:

With budget rates attached to a too-good-to-be-true listing, scammers try to get your money before you find out the property just doesn’t exist.

 

Full Service Fraud:

In more advanced scams, scammers create entire websites highlighting a variety of rental properties around the world at attractive prices. The sites come complete with detailed photos and descriptions of the properties, information on local attractions, renter testimonials, and currency exchange calculators.

What to Do:

  • Use a reputable website, travel agency, or online broker to find your rental.
  • Do your research and check that the person offering the rental is the actual owner, and verify that the address is real.  For example, use Google image search to see if the photos in the listing are actually duplicates, and search for the actual street address to see what comes up.
  • Never wire money; paying with PayPal or a credit card can offer some extra security.
  • Beware of below-market rate rental offers. Understandably, consumers will be tempted to act quickly to take advantage of a “great” deal. Con artists depend on that.
  • Be wary when a property owner claims to be outside of the United States.
  • Try to get referrals from friends who might have some vacation properties they can recommend and are familiar with.

Never respond to an email offering vacation rentals to avoid common phishing schemes.

If you’ve been scammed, notify local law enforcement and your Attorney General. Go here to find out where to report fraud and be sure to warn others by telling your story on our Fraud Watch map.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of identity theft or fraud, contact the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Center at 877-908-3360 or the Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at 1-800-234-7119.

 

 

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

Pearson Demonstrates Robot


Miles Pearson of Oakland proudly demonstrated his robot as it follows the black tape line and parks in the “garage” just like he programmed it to do during the Razzle Dazzle Robotics Camp last week. The robotics workshop was conducted by UNL Extension Educator, Carroll Welte assisted by summer intern, Nick Bohannon.

Miles Pearson of Oakland proudly demonstrated his robot as it follows the black tape line and parks in the “garage” just like he programmed it to do during the Razzle Dazzle Robotics Camp last week. The robotics workshop was conducted by UNL Extension Educator, Carroll Welte assisted by summer intern, Nick Bohannon.

The Beauty of the Mighty Mo


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We visited Decatur over Memorial Day weekend and had to take pictures of the Missouri River. It is beautiful, but be cautious while boating, etc. It can be dangerous! All Photos Credit of/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

We visited Decatur over Memorial Day weekend and had to take pictures of the Missouri River. It is beautiful, but be cautious while boating, etc. It can be dangerous! All Photos Credit of/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Social Speaks: The Veteran’s Hospital Issue


What are your thoughts on the Veteran’s Hospital issue? The waiting list, those that presumably died while waiting, and how it has been handled?

  • Jeannene Schutt I wonder where Nebraska VA hospital fall in all of this. Tim’s dad always used them and never had a bad experience. They went above and beyond IMO.
  • Mona Tanksley I always think if the military wants the best care for the Vets they would allow them to have treatment in their local facilities to eliminate the delay and the travel which for some can be a real problem.
  •  Kay Gibbs Kommers I agree it’s a mess. My veteran has never been able to get any care or help. They said his records burned up in a fire years ago. Even tho he has his discharge papers etc etc. he gets Nothing. He was in the Vietnam War. So extremely sad for the ones in life threatening situations!!
  •  Helen Taylor Murray That is so messed up Kay! I’d keep pursuing it. I also know there is inconsistency in VA hospitals in different states. My Dad has had ok treatment in Omaha, but like Mona said, Why do they have to go so far for a doctor. They should be able to get treatment anywhere. Brittany’s Grandpa Sznajder needed heart surgery in Florida and they had him on hold. His wife whipped him out of there so fast and got him into another hospital for the surgery. He would have died before his time if she hadn’t acted on her own. Our veterans and military deserve way better than they get!Vicki Miller Gilliland Sounds like Obama Care to me. Waiting lists????

  • Teresa Tobin Well if the 41 Republicans that filibustered the bill last year would have voted yes to adding 26 more VA facilities and increasing availability of care maybe we wouldn’t be in this mess now! Just my 2 cents!

Weitzenkamp and Ruwe Sort Through Robot Pieces


Trevor Weitzenkamp of Oakland and Isaac Ruwe of Tekamah sort through hundreds of little Lego pieces to correctly assemble their NXT Mindstorm robot at the UNL Extension sponsored robotics camp held last week in Tekamah. Photo Credit/Mary Loftis, Extension Assistant.

Trevor Weitzenkamp of Oakland and Isaac Ruwe of Tekamah sort through hundreds of little Lego pieces to correctly assemble their NXT Mindstorm robot at the UNL Extension sponsored robotics camp held last week in Tekamah. Photo Credit/Mary Loftis, Extension Assistant.

Wallerstedt and Richards Assemble Robot


River Wallerstedt and Luke Richards both of Oakland, work together to correctly assemble this NXT robot at the Razzle Dazzle Robotics Camp last week in the Tekamah Auditorium. Photo Credit/Mary Loftis

River Wallerstedt and Luke Richards both of Oakland, work together to correctly assemble this NXT robot at the Razzle Dazzle Robotics Camp last week in the Tekamah Auditorium. Photo Credit/Mary Loftis

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