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NDOT Holding Open House Meetings


The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) will be holding open

house meetings in communities impacted by the severe flooding that occurred earlier this month.

Representatives from the NDOT will provide updates on transportation-related response and recovery

efforts in the area and will answer questions.  All members of the public are welcome and encouraged

to attend.

 

Meeting dates/times and locations for the open houses include:

 

Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 – 11:30 am: Ponca Tribal Headquarters (2523 Woodbine Street,

Niobrara, NE 68760)

 

Friday, April 5, 10:00 – 11:30 am: Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center

(701 E Benjamin Ave, Norfolk, NE 68701)

 

#NDOT#

 

Contact:

Vicki Kramer, (402) 479-4512, vicki.kramer@nebraska.gov

 

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Consolidation Options Being Discussed


By Brandon Lavaley, Tekamah-Herman Superintendent

In March, the Board of Education hired Jerry McCall, with Education Consulting Services, and his decades of experience to assist board members in narrowing a focus to improve our facilities for our students. Through the work with Jerry, the recommendation was made to pursue a consolidated effort first and gauge the interest of other school districts, specifically Oakland-Craig and Lyons-Decatur Northeast. Since reaching out to those districts, it has been relatively quiet over the past several months. Lyons-Decatur Northeast indicated that they were not interested in further conversations at this time, stating that they had a relationship with Bancroft-Rosalie for activities with which they were pleased. Oakland-Craig expressed some interest, but felt they needed to evaluate all of their options.

Last week, committee representatives from Tekamah-Herman, Oakland-Craig, and Jerry McCall met to further discuss the potential of a consolidated effort between the two districts. The specific items discussed, in general terms, were the internal organization of grade levels in a proposed district, the potential site of a new high school, and the size of the building being to be built. These conversations are preliminary, with both Boards seeking additional definitive data from Education Consulting Services before making a commitment.

The committees asked for further clarification from Mr. McCall on potential educational programming for the proposed district and ideas of participation from Northeast Community College with career education and certification opportunities in a district of the proposed size. The committees are supportive of doing what is in the best interest of students. If education can be enhanced and facilities improved through consolidation, Tekamah-Herman representatives would certainly be interested in such an effort. The facility issues in our district are not improving and must be addressed in the near future. The Board members are attempting to make the best decision possible to address as many needs as possible.

The Board of Education at Tekamah-Herman wishes to be as transparent as possible with any potential election for the use of tax dollars. The members have spent countless hours interviewing, researching, and evaluating options. While this isn’t the only option available for the district, this is clearly the best option that must be investigated to its fullest, in the minds of the Board and representatives hired to guide the Board. Please feel free to communicate with your representatives about this and future issues.

Brandon Lavaley, Tekamah-Herman Superintendent

Brandon Lavaley, Tekamah-Herman Superintendent

Sign-up for Manufacturing Bootcamp to be Held in West Point


By Patty Plugge

Executive Director of Burt County Economic Development Corporation

Are you interested in landing a job with one of our area manufacturers? Manufacturing Bootcamp may be just the ticket. Applications are now being taken for the next session to be held April 27 – June 24, Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at theNortheast Community College Extended Campus in West Point.

 

This class provides individuals basic workforce readiness skills, tools and techniques related to the application and management of quality production, customer service, and safety. Participants will obtain the skills necessary for success in a variety of manufacturing positions in the area. Successful program participants will be prepared to earn a set of stackable certificates, nationally recognized credentials, and the foundation for more advanced technical skill training. Job interviews with area manufacturers will be held after bootcamp has ended.

 

If you are interested in registering, call 402-844-7000. Cost is $99. Or stop by the West Point Extended Campus at the Nielsen Convention Center on Tuesday, April 21st, 12 – 8 pm, to talk to a representative for more information.

Keep Looking Up!


By Gary Fugman
” Hot Topics in the Universe Revealed!”
The universe is full of mysterious objects.  These mysterious objects range from far away planets in our Solar System to forces in the center in our Milky Way and other galaxies.  Particularly in the 21st century astronomers have answered many more questions about mysteries in our universe, but with better images of the cosmos and more information gathered, more and more questions about astronomy have come to light.
Ten years ago Pastor Gary Fugman taught “Adventures in Astronomy” at Northeast Community College in West Point NE to dozens of area residents that wanted to know more about the night sky and the universe we all live in.  Now Pastor Gary and NECC-WP have once again collaborated to offer a new ground breaking, no, a sky breaking astronomy class, “Hot Topics in the Universe”.  The four session course will discuss and help you learn more about “Jupiter, King of the Planets”; Jupiter is the most influential body in the Solar System besides our Sun. “Planets around other Stars”; In recent years we know more and more about “exoplanets“.  “Sun to Die-Details Tonight at 7!”; Our Sun will not last forever.  What are the latest findings about the future of our star?  And, “The Monster at the Middle of the Milky Way!”; You are just going to have to come to this class because this is too scary for public print!
You are invited to enroll in this non-mathematical astronomy course that will keep you coming back again and again to “Hot Topics in the Universe” that we call home.  Call NECC-WP at 372-2269 or 888-749-6322 and ask to be part of “Hot Topics in the Universe” meeting in Room 207 on Mondays, March 23-April 20 (no class on April 6) at 7-8:30pm.  Included as part of the end of each class meeting will be real observations of objects in your universe with an astronomical telescope, weather permitting.  You are invited to bring your binoculars or telescope for these class observation sessions.
If you want to know more about “Hot Topics in the Universe”, this class is for you!
Photo courtesy of nenacstars.

Photo courtesy of nenacstars.

Tree Care Workshop Hosted by Nebraska Forest Service


The Nebraska Forest Service will be hosting a Tree Care Workshop in Norfolk on March 12, 2015 at the Lifelong Learning Center on the campus of Northeast Community College, 801 East Benjamin Avenue. This work-shop will focus on communities being ready for disasters such as Thousand Cankers Disease and Emerald Ash Borer and is geared towards arborists, municipal workers, and those who work with community landscapes.

The workshop is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ReTree Nebraska Ambassadors can register for a discounted fee of $20. Students, master gardeners, tree board volunteers, NSA Inc. curators, NAA, NNLA and ISA members receive a $5 discount.

Participants can earn CEUs from the International Society of Arboriculture and Nebraska Arborists Association. For more information contact Graham Herbst at 402-444-7875, gherbst2@unl.edu. The cost is $55 and includes lunch. Register online by March 1 at: nfs.unl.edu

Tree Care Workshop


The Nebraska Forest Service will be hosting a Tree Care Workshop in Norfolk on March 20, 2014 at the Lifelong Learning Center on the campus of Northeast Community College, 801 East Benjamin Avenue. This full-day work- shop covers emerging issues in tree and landscape care and is developed specifically for public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, arborists, nursery and green industry professionals and landscape enthusiasts. The workshop is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

ReTree Nebraska Ambassadors can register for a discounted fee of $15. Students, master gardeners, tree board volunteers, NSA Inc. curators, NAA, NNLA and ISA members receive a $5 discount.

 

Participants can earn CEUs from the International Society of Arboriculture and Nebraska Arborists Association. For more information contact Graham Herbst at 402-444-7875, gherbst2@unl.edu.

 

The cost is $50 and includes lunch.

Register online by March 1 at: go.unl.edu/easterntreecareworkshops

 

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