Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:22pm
The Plymouth Chicken BBQ and Dance kicked off at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15 with the fourth annual fun run, which boasted 130 people who registered to run.
Wendi Strein, of Plymouth, who organized the fun run, explained that the event has helped to raise a great amount of money for the community over the course of its existence. These funds have been used for various projects in the community.
“Each year the proceeds from the run are donated back to the community,” said Strein. “This year it went to the Plymouth lighting project. I don’t have the exact dollar yet, but it’ll probably be around $3,500 that’ll be donated to the lighting project.”
Strein is glad to see that the event had such a high turnout of people. She explained that the number of people who attend this event has increased in recent years. While this is an important way to highlight what Plymouth has to offer, it also provides another great opportunity.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:21pm
Building Assets--American National Bank Donated $7,500 to BVCA for the Individual Development program, which is designed to help those in need to attend college, buy a home or to start a small business. In this photo are (l-r) Gary Muell, Rick Nation and Kim Robbins.(Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/Fairbury Journal-News)
On Monday, Aug. 10 American National Bank donated $7,500 to a new program at Blue Valley Community Action called Individual Development Accounts, which will help some people to start or expand a small business, buy a house or to pay for college.
This program, which has also been funded by Union Pacific, will help the community because of the investment that these people will make. It also serves as a way to reduce poverty and its effects.
Rick Nation, CEO of Blue Valley explained that this program is designed to help people to obtain assets. By helping people to attain assets, it gives them something that can help them in case a personal crisis occurs.
“The program is a federal program to develop assets for individuals,” said Nation. “One of the things that was found in research was that for people in poverty, it's not just a question of income; it's a question of assets. Rarely do they have assets to fall back on.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:20pm
Jefferson Community Health Center held its 19th annual Charity Golf tournament at the Fairbury County Club on Friday, Aug. 14. A total of 28 teams golfed, and 14 hole sponsors and numerous contributing sponsors and prize donors made the day possible. Tournament Director Lana Likens said it was a successful day, JCHC had great support of this annual event, which typically raises about $10,000.(Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/Fairbury Journal-News)
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:18pm
Foreign exchange student organizations are searching for volunteer host families in Jefferson County. Programs such as Ayusa and the International Student Exchange, Great Plains Region work with various families, who are interested in hosting an exchange student.
“Participating in an exchange student program opens so many doors, it's an amazing experience that allows a family to learn about another culture and gain lifelong friendships,” Michaela Call, Jefferson County exchange student representative and past host parent said.
Hosting an exchange student can be rewarding for people of all ages. Families with children, military families, retirees and single people are all welcome to participate in the program. For young children in a family they'll gain an older sibling and teens will benefit from having a new friend/sibling that they can learn from.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:46pm
I’ve been counting down to my late-September due date since my nausea began in week three clear back in late January.
For more than four months I lived with nausea nearly every waking moment, and it was during the peak of that nausea that I told Michael we were absolutely, positively finished having children after this one.
Funny thing about it, though, is that now that the nausea is gone, I see all of these cute, tiny babies and think, “Maybe, in three or four years, I will have the courage to do it again.”
Four kids would be a lot, though, but I’ve now gone from absolutely being finished with this third little edition to being open to the possibility of a fourth one, one day.
It’s like the old saying that you forget how terrible the labor is once you hold the baby, only in my case, I forget how horrible the nausea is when it finally passes somewhere after 20 weeks.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:45pm
There Is No Easy Ride Withy Marxism
Marxist Theory 101 Revisited: Karl Marx envisioned a time when the state would own all means of production. To most this seemed to imply state ownership of the mines, mills, factories, assembly lines, farms and all business’ normally owned privately.
But a closer look will reveal to the mind that those things just mentioned are not the means of production, but rather the places where things are produced. The true means of production are the people that work and operate those places. So in the truest sense the state owns the people and regards people as property.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:19pm
A new family relocating to Fairbury stopped by the Journal-News office to find out more about our community. Among the questions asked was “What kind of town festival do you have here?” An uncomfortable “none” was the answer. “You’d think a town this big would have something like that,” was the response.
Yes, you’d think.
As we look at communities all around Fairbury, larger and smaller, it is obvious that most of them have some sort of town celebration. A parade. A car show. A street dance. Something. And while Fairbury does have a smattering of each of these through separate activities and events throughout the year put on by various groups, it is painfully obvious that we as a community are lacking in ‘a day,’ an event that brings people to town and hold their attention all day long.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:18pm
Okay, so it’s early in the 2016 bid for The White House. Way early. In fact it’s so early I think we all will be sick of (Insert name) For President by the time another calendar year rolls around.
But so far to date what are we seeing and hearing on the presidential stage? I am frankly sick of whether Hillary conducted government business by sending e-mails from her personal phone. And I don’t find it the least bit newsworthy that Donald Trump was photographed wearing a red hat and eating a pork chop on a stick at the Iowa Caucuses. And whether Rick Santorum will again break out the 2012 ‘red sweater’ has nothing to do with him as a candidate.