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Neihardt Center Limerick Festival


Tickets for the 6th Annual Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival are now available. This event, held at the Historic Ferguson House (700 S. 16th St.) in Lincoln, will take place Saturday, August 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Sample craft beers and appetizers and compete in the wildest beer-related limerick contest this side of Milwaukee! For more information, please call the Neihardt Site at 402-648-3388 or email us at neihardt@gpcom.net

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4-H is a Family Affair to Amelia Schlichting


Amelia Schlichting of Lyons, NE

Amelia is preparing her delicacy of choice for the cooking category for the fair. Photo courtesy of Amelia Schlichting.

Amelia is preparing her delicacy of choice for the cooking category for the fair. Photo courtesy of Amelia Schlichting.

Amelia is sitting with the judge at the favorite foods contest a couple of years ago. Photo courtesy of Amelia Schlichting.

Amelia is sitting with the judge at the favorite foods contest a couple of years ago. Photo courtesy of Amelia Schlichting.

is no novice when it comes to 4-H. “I have been in 4-H for seven years,” Amelia stated.

Over the years, she has submitted several entries for judging at the fair. “My past exhibits have been in the categories of cooking, sewing, heritage, speeches, PSA (Public Service Announcement.), presentations, photography, child care, electricity, robots and robotics” Amelia said.

She has received many awards over the seven years she has been in 4-H. “I received awards for my speeches and PSA. My PSA went to the state level one year,” Amelia stated. “It didn’t win, but I was glad it made it that far.”

Photographs of hers also went to the state level. “I received special recognition on my photos of the Niobrara River,” Amelia said.

In other categories, she has also received many awards over the years. “I don’t remember all of the awards I have received. I have awards for cooking, sewing, heritage, speeches, presentations and PSA,” Amelia stated.

Being involved in 4-H in a family affair. “I got involved in 4-H because of my dad’s family. My grandpa was in 4-H and was also a leader. My grandma was a 4-H leader,” Amelia said. “My dad and his two sisters were in 4-H. One of my aunts works in the extension office and another aunt used to.”

Amelia also has two brothers involved in 4-H. “Caleb and Andrew are also in 4-H. This is Caleb’s first year and Andrew’s first,” Amelia stated. “They both cook, do speeches, PSA, sew, rockets and photography. I help them with their projects.”

Amelia has been working diligently on her projects for this year’s Burt County Fair. “I work on projects in the summer. I try to start in the winter or spring on my sewing. I am usually working on projects until the night before the fair,” Amelia said.

She has many entries to submit this year. “I plan to enter cooking, knitting, sewing, blooming bucket, heritage and photography,” Amelia stated. “I will be showing my rabbit this year. I did a speech PSA and presentation this year. I was also a part of robotics club. We competed and made it to the state level.”

When Amelia is deciding what to cook or sew, she calls on her grandmother. “She is the one who helps me on those projects.,” Amelia said. “When is comes to photography, I look at the photos I have taken and see what ones are the best and where I can enter them in the fair. Heritage projects just come to me when I am looking at things that my grandma has of past family members.”

Amelia has three more years to participate in 4-H, participating in every aspect of it that she enjoys the most. “I enjoy learning and meeting new people and seeing my friends. I will see them at the 4-H workshops or awards and we will all hang out and just have fun,” Amelia stated.

 

Amelia is working with her rabbit for the fair. Photo courtesy of Amelia Schlichting.

Amelia is working with her rabbit for the fair. Photo courtesy of Amelia Schlichting.

Wisner to Hold Journey2Recovery Benefit


I want to let the NCMA and NMCA members know that August 23rd will be the date when the Journey2Recovery Benefit will be held in Wisner.  The purpose of the event is to raise funds to help people in Northeast Nebraska whose homes and businesses were seriously impacted by the tornadoes and storms that tore through the region in mid June.

 

What started out as being an auction to raise some funds grew into this event that will feature food and refreshments, live music, and an auction of 100 or more items.  I am attaching a list of auction items received to date.

 

The event will begin early that afternoon and go on until roughly 11:00 PM.  6 regional bands will perform before headliner Daryle Singletary takes the stage for the main event performance.  The bands include:  Cactus Flats, Jason Earl, Badd Combination, Belles & Whistles, skreTTa eTc, and the Punching Pumpkins.  Country and rock will be the main courses, along with burgers, hot dogs, cold drinks, and some great auction items.

 

Advance tickets at $15 each will go on sale on Friday, August 1st, through www.fuseweekly.com, or you can pick them up in person currently at the Ralston Arena or at Citizens State Bank and Pinnacle Bank in Wisner.  Tickets on the day of the event will be $20.  Children 12 and under will be admitted free.  The event will be held at Wisner River Park the week after the Thunder By the River tractor pull.

 

As our Facebook page says, this is where Nebraska Rebuilds Nebraska.  I hope that many of you can join us for some or all of the day on August 23rd.

 

Thank you for allowing me to share this with each of you.

 

Al Vacanti

City of Wisner

(308) 430-3904 – cell phone

JOURNEY2RECOVERY BENEFIT AUCTION ITEMS

Dinner for 8 with Governor Dave Heineman and First Lady Sally Ganem at the Governor’s Mansion

2-night stay at Wisner Haus (Courtesy of Dave and Cindy Goeller)

Limited edition pencil sketches signed by George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush and artist Michael Reagan

Abby Jensen framed photograph

Amber Shane 20”x24” framed metal print

“Big Macs” – open edition print from Greg Garrett

“Prairie Rockets” – limited edition print from Greg Garrett

“The Great Escape” – limited edition print from Greg Garrett

Jason Jilg photograph

“Wheel of Fortune” package – Pat & Vanna signed photos, signed wedge, t-shirt & passes for 4 to taping

“Dennis the Menace” original illustration from Ron Ferdinand

“Miranda Lambert Platinum” CD autographed by Miranda Lambert

“Kansas” package – photo and “Dust In the Wind” commemorative book signed by band + cap & CD

Box of 14 Amber Shane photo greeting cards

“Memnoch the Devil” – signed by Anne Rice

“Interview With the Vampire” – signed by Anne Rice

“The Wolves of Midwinter” – signed by Anne Rice

“Your Heart Belongs to Me” – signed by Dean Koontz

Clayton Anderson (“Nebraska’s Astronaut”) – 2 signed photos

Gary Sinise autographed photo

Tim Allen autographed photo and “Last Man Standing” script

2 t-shirts & CDs from Billy McGuigan

Sports Items

Golf for 4 + carts at Dismal River Golf Club (good through October, 2015)

4 tickets, parking passes to Kansas Speedway in October

2 Club Level tickets – Nebraska vs. Illinois on September 27th – (Courtesy 1st National Bank)

2 tickets to September 12th Ameritas Challenge NU Volleyball game (Courtesy Ameritas)

2 tickets NU Basketball – Big 10 game t/b/d (Courtesy Ameritas)

4 tickets to Tri-City Storm USHL hockey game + 2 rooms at Microtel Kearney

Golf for 4 + carts at Omaha Country Club

Golf for 4 + carts at Indian Trails – Beemer

Bo Pelini autographed poster

Fishing trip for 1 to …

I day fish/hunt package to western Nebraska (Courtesy Andy Elder)

Eric Crouch signed “Go Big Red” wood plaque (Courtesy Bill Dunn)

“Hurry Hurry Omaha” t-shirt signed by Peyton Manning

Huskers Legends autographed football (40-50 signatures) (Courtesy Jerry Murtaugh)

Huskers football signed by Jeff Kinney & Jerry Tagge (Courtesy Al & Anne Vacanti)

Huskers mini-helmet signed by Jeff Kinney & Jerry Tagge (Courtesy Al & Anne Vacanti)

Jose Canseco autographed bat (Courtesy Sports For Kids Foundation)

Andre Dawson autographed baseball (Courtesy Sports For Kids Foundation)

Tony Perez autographed baseball (Courtesy Sports For Kids Foundation)

Warren Spahn autographed framed photo (Courtesy Al & Anne Vacanti)

Franco Harris autographed framed photo (Courtesy Al & Anne Vacanti)

Bob Feller autographed framed photo (Courtesy Al & Anne Vacanti)

Billy Williams autographed framed photo (Courtesy Al & Anne Vacanti)

Commemorative 1970 National Champions poster (Courtesy Jerry Murtaugh)

2 pair Adidas golf shoes (Courtesy Omaha Country Club)

TaylorMade driver (Courtesy Omaha Country Club)

Tony Oliva autographed Minnesota Twins legends photo

John Calipari autographed photo

“Getting a W in the Game of Life” – book signed by Dick Vitale

“Fabulous 50 Players and Moments in College Basketball” – signed by Dick Vitale

Work is Underway Preparing for the Burt County Fair


Preparations are underway for the beginning of the Burt County Fair on Aug. 1-5. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Preparations are underway for the beginning of the Burt County Fair on Aug. 1-5. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Leadership Burt County Taking Applications


Are you interested in sharpening your leadership skills? Would you like to know how to work with different personality types, and learn more about what makes our economy tick? Applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming year’s Leadership Burt County Class. The nine-month class begins on Oct. 7th, and is held the first Tuesday of each month through May, from 9am – 3:30pm. Locations for class vary throughout the county each month.

 

This will be the fifth year of Leadership Burt County, which is sponsored by UNL Extension and Burt County Economic Development Corporation. To apply, or to recommend someone, please contact Burt County EDC at burtcoedec@abbnebraska.com. Maximum class size is twelve, so get your applications in early!

 

Making Pies for the Fair


Molly Willing and Susan Skinner roll pie dough at the 4-H pie day. Photo Credit/Mary Loftis.

Molly Willing and Susan Skinner roll pie dough at the 4-H pie day. Photo Credit/Mary Loftis.

4-H Pie Chair, Linda Bisanz gets help from 4-H Mom, Kylie Hansen as they work on apples during Pie Day I in Tekamah last week.  Photo Credit/Mary Loftis.

4-H Pie Chair, Linda Bisanz gets help from 4-H Mom, Kylie Hansen as they work on apples during Pie Day I in Tekamah.
Photo Credit/Mary Loftis.

Happenings at Oakland Heights


Oakland Heights News

By Nancy Silvey Activity Director

I would like to thank all of the volunteers for their help last Friday, and also those who donated pies for the Ice Cream Social, it was a good turnout. It is nice to have such a supportive community as we do here in Oakland.

We have two residents celebrating a Birthday’s this week and next. Joan Price on July 31st and Ann Gahan on August 6th.

Next week on August 4th at 9:15 am we will be going down to the Fair Grounds for pie, coffee and go through the Exhibit buildings also at 2:30 pm is our monthly Volunteer Executive meeting. And on Thursday August 7th is Lori Peterson will be having her 5 year Anniversary party at 2:30 pm.

Church Service for Sunday August 3rd at 2:30 pm will be given by the First Methodist Church with refreshments served afterwards. On Wednesday August 6th at 1:00 pm is Communion with Pastor Steve Hoden.

Activities for the week of August 4th to August 8th are as followed, Sing a Long, Game Day, Bingo w/WOW, Reading Group, Bible Fellowship,   Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Friday Bingo, Saturday morning movie, and Lawrence Welk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Judy Nelson, Mary Donovan, Seth Anderson, Dani Moseman, Anne Anderson, Patty Miller, Marge Maller, Di Ruwe, Bonnie Fleischman, Pat Anderson, Sly Rouse, and Mary Alice Pearson.

Guest’s signing the Guest book this past week was:   Mary Plageman to see Dorothy Larson.

 

 

 

 

EPA Carbon Rule Vital to Rural America


Denver, Colorado – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold public hearing in four locations across the country this week, including a hearing in Denver. The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to provide their hopes for and concerns about EPA’s proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

“Every day our work gives us a seat at the table in small towns across America. This is where we hear the good and the bad, the stories about hope, and triumph, and taking a stand,” said Brian Depew, Center for Rural Affairs Executive Director. “We hear from the leaders that make our communities strong. And we hear from those who are too busy and working too hard to take credit for any of that.”


That’s why I traveled here today from Lyons, Nebraska, a town of 850 people in northeast Nebraska, to offer my support for your agency’s action to address climate change, Depew continued.


To view or download a copy of Depew’s testimony go to:

http://www.cfra.org/clean-power-plan-testimony


According to Depew, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and the other Midwest and Plains states that make up the Western Corn Belt, include more than 520,000 farms producing crops valued at $136 billion annually. These states account for 65% of national production of corn and soybeans. And if nothing changes, climate change will drive many of these Midwest farmers out of business.


“That includes farmers like Matt Russell, a 5th generation farmer from Iowa who feels he is already experiencing the effects of climate change,” said Depew. “He’s worried that we won’t be able to meet the needs of a growing population if the agricultural systems we have in place now are no longer viable with a climate that has changed.”


Harley Buys, a conventional corn grower from Minnesota has also decided to buck convention and now farms with carbon sequestration on his mind. He knows it’s his job, as a good steward, to leave the land better than when he started, added Depew.

Depew explained further that it’s not just farmers who are concerned. In the past few weeks more than 60 community leaders have added their names to a sign-on letter drafted by the Center for Rural Affairs, including rural leaders in Colorado. The letter will be delivered to Senators in Washington, Senators who represent the signers as well as rural and small town residents across the region.


“Moreover, nearly 600 rural and small town folks and friends of rural America have signed our petition in support of the carbon pollution standards being discussed in Denver today. We don’t claim to speak for everybody, but the relationships we’ve built over the past four decades remind us that stewardship is still strong in rural America,” concluded Depew.

 

2013 Burt County Fair Flashback


So much fun at the 2013 Burt County Fair. The 2014 Burt County Fair will be just as much fun, if not more! All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

So much fun at the 2013 Burt County Fair. The 2014 Burt County Fair will be just as much fun, if not more! All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Hassebrook Calls for Special Counsel to Investigate Sentencing Failures


Omaha, Neb. — Today Chuck Hassebrook called on Attorney General Jon Bruning to appoint an outside special counsel to examine systemic failures in the Department of Corrections.

Hassebrook cited Department failures to properly implement state sentencing laws, comply with Supreme Court rulings, and use existing statutory authority to take “good time” away from prisoners for flagrant misconduct, such as attacking prison guards. He said the outside special counsel should be charged with determining what led to the failures in the Department and oversight of it by the Office of Governor, recommending corrective action, and identifying any civil or criminal violations by state officials.

 

In his letter to Bruning Hassebrook wrote, “I believe an outside special counsel is warranted because of the appearance of a potential conflict of interest for your office in its capacity as legal counsel to the Department of Corrections.”

 

The failures of the Department of Corrections include the premature release of Nikko Jenkins for so-called “good time” even after he had attacked prison guards, as well as the defiance of Nebraska Supreme Court rulings that direct the Department to require prisoners to fully serve mandatory minimum sentences.

Chuck Hassebrook

Chuck Hassebrook

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