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Betty M. Miner, 81, of Wakefield NE


Betty M. Miner, 81, of Wakefield, Nebraska died on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield, Nebraska.

Funeral services for Betty are pending at this time with Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield.

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Eugene “Gene” Johnson, 65, of West Point NE


EUGENE “GENE” JOHNSON, 65 years, of West Point, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014, at West Point Living Center in West Point.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, September 2nd, 10:30 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland.

VISITATION: Monday, 1 – 8 p.m. with the Family receiving friends from 5 – 7 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Home in Oakland. Visitation Tuesday will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

BURIAL WITH MILITARY HONORS: Westside Cemetery, rural Oakland, Military Honors by Ryan VFW Post No. 5543 and American Legion Post no. 46

MEMORIALS: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oakland and American Cancer Society

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

Gene Johnson

Gene Johnson

Eugene “Gene” Johnson, 65, of West Point NE


EUGENE “GENE” JOHNSON, 65 years, of West Point, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014, at West Point Living Center in West Point.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services Oakland

Beautiful Flowers at Methodist Church


Just some of the beautiful flowers in front of the Methodist Church. All photo credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Just some of the beautiful flowers in front of the Methodist Church. All photo credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Time to Check For Aphids


By John Wilson, Extension Educator

It’s mid-August and time to check fields for soybean aphids if you haven’t done so already. Even if you checked your fields a week ago, check them again. This is the time of year that aphid populations can build up rapidly. It’s important to remember aphid populations vary greatly from one field to another. So don’t make an insecticide application just because your neighbor did.

I was in a couple soybean fields recently and checked them for aphids. We’ve been fortunate this year that, although there have been a few aphids around, they haven’t built up in our area. Occasionally I’d find a pocket in a field with lots of aphids, but on average, the whole field was below control thresholds. However, I’ve heard reports from other areas in northeast Nebraska that have significant soybean aphid numbers and some fields are being treated in these areas. I’d target my scouting to late planted or replanted fields. These would be the ones most likely to have an aphid problem.

The aphid is light green to pale yellow, less than 1/16th inch long, and has two black-tipped cornicles… which look like tailpipes… on the rear of the abdomen. It has piercing-sucking mouthparts and typically feeds on new tissue near the top of soybean plants on the undersides of leaves. Later in the season the aphids can be found on all parts of the plant.

The only way to know if you need to treat is to check your fields and determine how many aphids are attacking your soybeans. You need to check plants in at least five different locations in a field and determine what is the average number of aphids per plant. It’s not unusual to have a hot spot in one area and very few in another, so get counts from different areas in the field and then average them together.

The threshold for treating is if you have an average of 250 or more aphids per plant and the population is increasing on plants up to R5, or the early pod fill growth stage. You won’t have yield losses at this level, but it should give you 5 to 7 days to make an application before yield losses occur… usually around 650 aphids per plant. If it’s going to take a commercial applicator a few days to get there, continue to monitor your aphid counts. If they level off or start to drop, cancel the application. It’s not unusual for aphid populations to crash around the first of September, but sometimes earlier.

Also, as the plant matures past R5, or if you have pods filling at the top of the plant, you can have higher aphid populations, probably in the range of 400 to 500 aphids per plant, before you need to be concerned about treating. In late August, we usually start getting milder temperatures which is more favorable for aphid populations to increase. So now is the time to get out and check your fields.

A couple final thoughts when scouting for aphids…

 

  • When counting aphids, make sure you only count live aphids. As aphids grow, they shed their skins and these often are left hanging on the under sides of leaves. These are almost white in color and do not move around.
  • Look for the presence of aphid natural enemies such as lady beetles, minute pirate bugs, and other insect predators. Aphid “mummies,” or light brown, swollen aphids, indicate the presence of parasitoids. These predators parasitize aphids and may keep low or moderate populations in check.
  • Look for the presence of winged aphids. If the majority of aphids are winged or developing wings, the aphids may soon leave the field and an insecticide treatment may be unnecessary.

For more information on soybean aphid control, contact your local UNL Extension office.

Loess Hills Free Scrap Tire Collection


The Nebraska Loess Hills Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council’s FREE scrap tire collection is Friday, September 5thfrom 8:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. at the Cuming County Fairgrounds in West Point.

The collection is a joint effort between Cuming County, the RC&D Council, the Papio Missouri River NRD, City of West Point, Cuming County Extension, the Lower Elkhorn NRD, and the Cuming County Fair Board. This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of old tires at no charge. The collection will accept tires of any size but will NOT accept any rims.

There is a 100 tire limit per vehicle. Tires will not be accepted from tire dealers or resellers. No semi-truckloads of tires, please. This collection is possible through funding from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. Collection day support is being provided by the following West Point businesses: Pizza Ranch, Subway, Graybeal Foods, Lincoln Street Market and Casey’s General Store. For more information please contact the Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D Council at (402)685-4020 or the Papio-Missiouri NRD at (402) 374-1920 ext. 101.

 

News From Golden Oaks Senior Center


Golden Oaks News

                                                                        By Jami Method

Thanks to all who supported our fundraiser. We appreciate all the volunteers who help make it a success and those that came to eat with us.

Our monthly caregivers support group will meet on Aug. 25th at 11:30 a.m., dinner will be provided.

The book club will also meet on Aug. 25th at 1:30 and they will be discussing”Aprons” this month. Please join the group.

Foot clinic will be on Aug. 27th at 1:00 .Hearing clinic on the 28th at 1:00 and the Home Health nurses will be here for blood pressure at 1:30 on the 28th . Birthday party will follow.

Happy birthday wishes this week go out to Charles Frahm on the 20th,Clara Frahm on the 24th,Leona Anderson and Vincent Lindstrom on the 26th and Ron Lewis on the 27th.

Praying Mantis in Garden


We discovered this brown praying mantis in our garden on a pepper. Photo credit for both/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

We discovered this brown praying mantis in our garden on a pepper. Photo credit for both/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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New Dala Horse Signs in Oakland


City of Oakland employee Bryan Johnson is putting up new Swedish signs in Oakland. Mike Francis (not visible) another city employee, is guiding and driving the vehicle. The signs were the result of a FOOF grant (Friends of Oakland Foundations) and were made at CBS Signs Inc. out of Lincoln. Former Oaklander, Don Denton, is the manager of CBS Signs and delivered them to Oakland. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

City of Oakland employee Bryan Johnson is putting up new Swedish signs in Oakland. Mike Francis (not visible) another city employee, is guiding and driving the vehicle. The signs were the result of a FOOF grant (Friends of Oakland Foundations) and were made at CBS Signs Inc. out of Lincoln. Former Oaklander, Don Denton, is the manager of CBS Signs and delivered them to Oakland. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Keep Looking Up


“Monster in the Middle of the Milky Way”
By Pastor Gary Fugman
We look into the evening sky in late summer and see the marvelous Milky Way Galaxy that we live in arcing overhead.  Even with the unaided eye, here in eastern Nebraska we can tell that our galaxy is a combination of stars, bright material and dark material.  What do we know about the structure of our home galaxy?  What do we know about what holds our home galaxy together?  And, what about the evidence of a monstrous black hole residing in the middle of our Milky Way?
This Friday, August 29 at 8pm at the Lyons Library and Saturday, August 30 at 8pm at the Decatur Sears Center, Pastor Gary Fugman will lead a discussion on the galaxy we call home.  Images of giant stars zooming around the center of the galaxy indicating the presence of a monstrous black hole will also be seen.  Star charts will be given and the August-September night sky will be displayed.  We offer to those who desire to officially join Northeast Nebraska Astronomy Club (NENAC) and the Astronomical League with observing programs, newsletters and book discount benefits, the opportunity to bring a check made out to the Astronomical League for $12.50 annual dues.
Then, weather permitting, Friday 3 miles south of Lyons at the Cory and Tracie Martin residence and Saturday on the south side of Decatur at Fugman Observatory, we will observe deep sky objects that define the center on our Milky Way Galaxy.  You are encouraged to bring your binoculars or telescope to observe this fascinating part of the sky as well.
For more information on this and future NENAC meetings, google “nenacstars” or call 349-1953, and Keep Looking Up!
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