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Caregiver Support Group Meeting Monday


The monthly Caregiver Support Group will meet at the Bancroft Senior Center, Monday, June 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. All caregivers are invited to come and enjoy the afternoon with us.

We share our thoughts on what we do to keep the people we are caring for comfortable and happy.

Sometimes we watch educational videos and we always have informational articles to share on different topics, that may affect the ones you care for and also how to keep the primary caregiver strong and healthy.

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News From Bancroft Senior Center


 Bancroft Senior Center News by Connie Bargmann  

*If you are 60+ and need information on programs designed to help keep you stay in your home longer or if you need legal help, contact Connie at 402-648-3387 or in the evening at 402-648-7648. There are no membership fees or attendance requirements and new faces are always welcome.

* 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 walkers. Call 402-648-3387 during office hours.

Meals on Wheels

*Would you like to get Meals on Wheels? Anyone over the age of 60 years and lives within the city limits are eligible for these meals. You may sign up anytime for the Meals on Wheels program; you can get the meals delivered however many times you want them each week. You must call 402-687-2332 before 8:30 a.m. if you want a meal that day. The suggested donation for the meal is $4.00.

 

Weekly Activities:

Wed. June 14: No chime practice today. Coffee time at 10:00 a.m. We will play bingo at 2:00 p.m.

Thurs. June 15: Tai Chi Class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time is 10:00. Sign up to play in the pinochle tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Fri. June 16: The monthly birthday/anniversary party is at 1:30 p.m. and lunch is served at 3:30 p.m. Come and enjoy the afternoon activities.

Mon. June 19: Stop in and have coffee. The caregiver support group meets at 2:00 p.m. all caregivers are invited to attend.

Tues. June 20: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time at 10:00 a.m. Sign up to play in the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Wed. June 21: No chime practice today. Coffee time is at 10:00 a.m. We will play    Skip-Bo or any other type of game you want to play at 1:30 p.m.

 

Taking Better Care of our Veterans


By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

Nebraskans know how to honor veterans. Our state’s strong commitment to the men and women who serve was on full display in May, when we came together to carry out the largest honor flight for Vietnam Veterans in history. The trip was made possible by the generosity of Nebraskans from all across our state, young and old.

 

Ensuring veterans have access to quality health care is one of the many ways we thank them for their selfless sacrifice to our nation. But for years now, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has remained clouded by controversy. Despite steps taken to address the issues at the VA, scandals continue to linger, showing our veterans are not always put first.

In the spring of 2016, Kuauhtemoc Rodriguez, the Chief of Specialty Care Clinics at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs office, made a startling confession: two years after the scandal that revealed our veterans were dying as they waited for health care, the VA hadn’t completely changed. Rodriguez told local news that schedulers were purposely deleting patient appointments and marking the changes as made by the patients, including, in some cases, making it appear as though deceased veterans had called to change appointments. This continued even after he told VA Director Deborah Amdur about the problem.

 

Enough is enough.

 

It’s time for real reform at the VA, and that’s why I recently supported Senator Marco Rubio’s Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (VAAWP). Members of the Senate can come together, and we recently passed this legislation unanimously. It builds on previous work done by Congress and ensures that those who earned health care benefits by serving our country aren’t forgotten.

 

Since the passage of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (Choice Act) in 2014, which expanded health care options for veterans and allowed VA officials to fire poor-performing employees, Congress has continued to uncover mismanagement and misconduct from VA employees. Many VA employees are excellent at their jobs, and they work tirelessly to serve our veterans. Unfortunately, today’s civil service rules still often fail to reprimand those who don’t live up to the VA’s promise of treating those who served in our armed forces with dignity and respect.

 

The VAAWP would reform our nation’s civil services system within the VA while keeping due process for workers. Personnel decisions would be accelerated by tightening up the timeline for firing processes and through the lowering of the burden of proof needed to dismiss bad actors. It would also allow the VA Secretary to reduce benefits and rescind bonuses for those who are underperforming. These reforms would apply to both senior executive positions and the rank and file.

 

The VAAWP also empowers whistleblowers, like Kuauhtemoc Rodriguez, to serve as the first line of defense against corruption by allowing them to come forward without having to fear retaliation from bureaucrats. Under this bill, the secretary would be directed to provide training on whistleblower protections and general workplace management. The secretary would also report to Congress on employee morale.

 

We must ensure that those who risked their lives defending our country have access to timely and effective health care. Last Congress, I was proud to spur change within the VA through the CHIP IN for Vets Act, which gives local communities, like Omaha, a pathway to assist with the design and construction of VA health care facilities. I will continue to work on legislation like the CHIP IN for Vets Act and the VAAWP so that our veterans are assured the quality health care they have earned.

 

Thank you for participating in the democratic process. I look forward to visiting with you again next week.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

Thousands fo Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled


Advance Pierre Foods, Inc., a Portland, Maine establishment, is recalling approximately 54,699 pounds of chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products could contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

 

The chicken tenders with sea salt and ground pepper and premium entrée Traditional Sage raw breaded dark meat chicken items were produced on various dates from February 14 to May 24, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

 

  • 10-lb. packages of “Chicken Tenders Sea Salt and Ground Pepper” with lot codes 0971114002 and 0971441101.

 

  • 12-lb. packages containing 4, 3-lb. bags of “Chicken Tenders Sea Salt and Ground Pepper” with lot codes 0970451101, 097801101 and 0971111101.

 

  • 9-lb. packages containing 36 pieces of “Premium Entrée Traditional Sage Raw Breaded Dark Meat Chicken with Homestyle Stuffing” with codes number 0971401101.

 

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-276” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to food service locations in California, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

 

The problem was discovered on June 6, 2017, when they company received notification from an ingredient supplier that the bread crumbs the company received and used in the recalled products potentially contained undeclared milk.

 

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

 

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Media with questions about the recall can contact Laura Phillips, at (513) 381-8347 or foodservice vendors can contact Tracy Cochran at (580) 616-4390.

 

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

Thousands of Pounds of Beef Recalled


Maid-Rite Specialty Foods, LLC., a Dunmore, Penn. establishment, is recalling approximately 174,000 pounds of various beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the products labels.

 

The raw and ready-to-eat beef items were produced between March 13, 2017 and May 26, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

 

  • 30-lb. bulk boxes of “FULLY COOKED BEEF BURGERS,” with case code 83353-52980 and lot numbers 04/04/17, 04/06/17, 04/07/17, 04/10/17, 04/18/17, 04/24/17, 04/25/17, 05/04/17, 05/08/17, 05/15/17 and 05/16/17.

 

  • 30-lb. bulk boxes of “FULLY COOKED BEEF BURGERS,” with case code 83353-52981 and lot numbers 03/31/17 and 05/08/17.

 

  • 30-lb. bulk boxes of “FULLY COOKED BEEF BURGERS,” with case code 83353-52982 and lot numbers 03/31/17, and 05/08/17.

 

  • 10-lb. bulk boxes of “FULLY COOKED AND CHARBROILED SALISBURY STEAK,” with case code 48339-44914 and lot numbers 03/31/17 and 05/08/17.

 

  • 10-lb. bulk boxes of “OUR HOMESTYLE BIG-N-BEEFY PATTIES,” with case code 70804-35001 and lot numbers 03/20/17 and 04/19/17.

 

  • 10-lb. bulk boxes of “OUR HOMESTYLE BIG-N-BEEFY PATTIES,” with case code 70804-35005 03/20/17, 03/31/17, 04/19/17, 05/02/17, 05/05/17, and 05/19/17.

 

  • 30-lb. bulk boxes of “FULLY COOKED BEEF MEATBALLS,” with case code 75156-33530with lot codes 03/13/17 and 04/28/17.

 

  • 10-lb. bulk boxes of “FULLY COOKED BEEF STEAKETTE FOR SALISBURY,” with case code 75156-34914 and lot number 04/27/17.

 

  • 10-lb. bulk boxes of “FULLY COOKED AND CHARBROILED SALISBURY STEAK,” with case code 48339-44913 and lot numbers 03/16/17, 03/28/17, 04/18/17, 05/08/17, and 05/17/17.

 

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 77” or “EST. 118” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutional locations throughout the United States and Canada.

 

The problem was discovered on June 6, 2017, when Maid-Rite Specialty Foods, LLC. received notification from one of their ingredient supplier that the bread crumbs the company received and used in the recalled products potentially contained undeclared milk.

 

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

 

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

 

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Kurt Sorensen or Deb Weber, Managers FSQA, at (570) 343-4748. Media with questions about the recall can contact Michael Bernstein, Vice President, at (570) 343-4748.

 

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

Two From Burt County to Receive Good Neighbor Award


ASKARBEN Foundation and the Omaha World-Herald have announced the 73rd annual Good Neighbor Award recipients. The Good Neighbor awards recognize Nebraskans who have performed unselfish acts of kindness.  Receiving the award this year are 13 individuals and groups representing eight Nebraska counties. Award winners will be recognized at their local county fair with a certificate and a Good Neighbor lapel pin.

Burt County

Jeannine Batie Nelsen, Lyons, NE

At her own expense, Jeannine created 25 full size personalized quilts for the veterans who graduated from Lexington and St. Ann’s 1966 class. The surprise quilts were distributed at the 50-year reunion. Jeannine personally delivered to those who were unable to attend the reunion.

Mary Alice Pearson, Oakland, NE

Mary Alice Pearson is an active hospice volunteer who works countless hours helping those in need at a very difficult time. She spends hours visiting nursing home residents.  Mary Alice volunteers at the Burt County Fair, is involved with the school mentoring program, drives people to church, doctor appointments, and wherever they need a ride.

Village of Decatur Meeting Agenda


VILLAGE OF DECATUR

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

AGENDA

JUNE 8TH , 2017 @ 4:30 PM

 

NOTE: Everyone must use the microphones at the table.  The audience must be quiet during the meeting.  If you want to ask a question and you are not on the Agenda, you must raise your hand, get permission from the Chairman, and come to the microphone before speaking.  If you are on the Agenda the same rule applies.

 

THE VILLAGE BOARD HAS THE RIGHT TO MODIFY THE AGENDA AT THE REGULAR MEETING WHEN CONVENED.  MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. A COPY OF THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT IS LOCATED ON THE NORTH WALL.

 

1)       REGULAR MEETING CALLED TO ORDER BY CHAIRMAN SIECKE

 

Roll Call Gatewood-___, Kellogg-____, Siecke-_____, Troutman-_______, Warren_______

 

Quorum Present? ______

 

2)         EXCUSE BOARD MEMBERS NOT ATTENDING THE MEETING:

 

Roll Call: Gatewood-___, Kellogg-____, Siecke-_____, Troutman-_______,Warren_______

 

3)              AGENDA AND MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MONTH’S MEETING RECEIVED:

Roll Call: Gatewood-___, Kellogg-____, Siecke-_____, Troutman-_______, Warren_______

 

4)         APPROVAL AND/OR CORRECTION AND SUSPENDED READING OF THE PREVIOUS MONTH         MINUTES.

 

Roll Call: Gatewood-___, Kellogg-____, Siecke-_____, Troutman-_______,  Warren_______

 

5)         REPORTS OF OFFICERS, BOARDS AND OR COMMITTEES:

 

1)         Police: Monthly Report-

2)         Lights: Monthly Report-

 

3)         Water & Sewer: Monthly Report-

 

4)         Parks: Monthly Report- April $6689.89

  • Park Monthly Camping Rates
  • Trash cans- Out Houses

 

5)         Streets: Monthly Report- February’s city sales tax $4203.44

 

6)         Sears Center-

 

6)        OLD BUSINESS

 

  • Seasonal Help

 

 

 

 

7)        NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. Cleanup day
  2. Able Employees 55+
  3. Cemetery Board Donations
  4. Property Issues
  5. Cell Phone
  6. Employee Hours
  7. Trees in the right of way

 

 

 

8)         CORRESPONDENCE

Museum Ad for Book

9)         ANNOUNCEMENTS

Curb appeal will start street cleaning on Monday June 12th.

Bug Spraying is continuing on Wednesday nights.

 

Next Regular Board meeting will be on July 13th, 2017 at 4:30 here at City Hall

 

10)       APPROPRIATIONS AND CONSIDERATION OF THE CLAIMS:

 

1) Claims preapproved by Gatewood and Troutman

 

2) Motion to Approve the Claims as submitted

 

Roll Call: Gatewood_____, Kellogg_____, Siecke ______, Troutman-_______,Warren ________

 

Are there any questions from the audience?

 

11)       MOTION TO ADJOURN THE REGULAR MEETING

 

                                     2nd________________         Adjournment Time:         ________________

The Heat is on!


By Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub

Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Whew! Summer has arrived! Some people enjoy hot weather more than others.

I am one that loves it! There is one draw back as of today. Our pool isn’t up! We have been so busy with the arrival of a new grandson. Rowen was born May 16th! We are such proud grandparents! It is wonderful being a grandparent. Each one brings us such joy. We are truly blessed.

A week later on May 23rd, our granddaughter Penelope had her adenoids removed and new tubes placed in her ears. She has endured many ear infections and sinus problems, so surgery became a necessity to hopefully relieve her pain. So far, so good! It was difficult to know at the young age of 2 1/2 she would receive an anesthesia. We were all worried, but so relieved, that she didn’t have a reaction and surgery went well.

So, we have been on the go. Jeff had to work two weekends in a row, then when he was off last weekend, we were busy. So, the pool isn’t up yet. This weekend is supposed to be hot and I really wish it was up! But, there will be another day to get it done!

We don’t even have the window air conditioners in yet. That project will be completed tonight. We don’t have a furnace. We have baseboard heat. Window air conditioners are just fine for our house. We put one in the living room and one in the bedroom. We stay cool and that is what counts!

I tend to turn the air conditioners up while we are gone during the day. I am home before Jeff, so I turn them down so the house is cool when Jeff gets home. He is outside most of the day at his job, so he needs to cool off!

My worry is the electric bill. We are on the budget and so far, have a credit. I want to keep it that way! It is tough but I am going to do the best I can to keep the bill down!

I hope all of you stay cool! Most importantly, stay hydrated!

Have a great day and enjoy the heat this weekend, in air conditioning or in a pool!!

Mosquitos Suck!


By John Wilson, Extension Educator

Many people consider Memorial Day weekend as the official beginning of the outdoor summer season with barbecues, boating, fishing and ball games… or just mowing your lawn or working in your garden. Nothing spoils these outdoor activities quicker than being swarmed by mosquitos. Rains this spring have provided moisture we will need later this summer, but they also can cause problems for anyone working outside. Rain creates ideal sites with standing water for mosquitoes to develop.

To reduce this problem, eliminate mosquito breeding areas that catch and hold water. Check for leaf-clogged gutters, puddles, bird baths, old tires, cans, bottles, lagoons, and children’s wading pools. Drain water from these when practical. Rinse out your bird bath weekly.

Still water in birdbaths, ponds or lagoons may also be treated with Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, in the form of biscuits, available at some garden and hardware stores. The sustained release of the active ingredients of these products may provide up to 30 days control of mosquito larvae. These products specifically attack mosquito larvae and will not harm fish… or birds or other wildlife that drink the water.

Only female mosquitoes possess piercing-sucking mouthparts and require a blood meal to produce viable eggs. Eggs are laid in batches between blood meals. A single female may deposit several hundred eggs in her lifetime. Under favorable conditions, a new generation of mosquitoes can be completed in less than a week.

To keep mosquitoes out of your home, check all doors, windows and window screens, to make sure these are tight and in good repair. Screens should be 1/16th-inch mesh or smaller to prevent mosquito entry into the home. Keep porch lights off as much as possible in the evening. Or, replace traditional white light bulbs with yellow ones to help reduce the attractiveness of your home to mosquitoes and other night-flying insects.

To prevent mosquito bites when working outside, wear long-sleeved shirts and full length pants. Two layers of clothing are more difficult to penetrate by biting mosquitoes. Wearing light-colored clothes will reduce your attractiveness. Work outdoors when it is cooler, or when there is a brisk air movement or strong sunlight. Different species of mosquitoes have specific feeding periods, but many are most active in the early evening hours, generally from 5 to 9 p.m.

But, because female mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide that we exhale, using an insect repellent while outdoors may be the most important method to prevent mosquito bites. You can use repellents containing DEET. These come under numerous brand labels and many formulations such as lotions, gels, aerosols, creams, and sticks.

Mosquitoes are always a nuisance, but they can also pose a health risk because of their potential to transmit West Nile Virus (WNV). In humans, WNV causes flu-like symptoms such as fever and muscle weakness. WNV can also cause encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain), disorientation, convulsions and paralysis. People over 50 and those with weak immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and should take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

For more information on mosquito control, contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

 

 

Governor Ricketts Proclaims June 19-25 Nebraska Pollinator Week


Gov. Pete Ricketts has proclaimed that June 19-25 is Nebraska Pollinator Week. This special designation reminds Nebraskans of the importance of pollination to ecosystems, businesses, and people’s lives, while acknowledging the creatures that pollinate.

In Nebraska, pollination from the animal kingdom can be credited to species of hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, bees, beetles and flies.

Lt. Gov. Mike Foley presented the signed proclamation to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission biologist Melissa Panella on June 7 in a ceremony at the Nebraska Capitol.

“Pollination is critical to our way of life,” Panella said. “Globally, about 1,000 different kinds of plants that humans use for items such as food, spices, medicines and fabrics are pollinated by animals. We can thank pollinators for approximately a third of every bite of food we take because of their role in enabling fertilization of fruits and vegetables. Pollinators also contribute around $20 billion worth of products to the U.S. economy annually. ”

In Nebraska, at least 18 insect pollinator species are identified as at-risk, including the iconic monarch butterfly. Learn more about these species and what you can do to help at outdoornebraska.gov/monarch.

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