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May

Seeds of Hope

Dakota Mason, right, hands Holly Workman a handful of seeds for the FYI Center community garden. Last week approximately 16 local youth came to the garden site, next to PlaMor Cafe in Fairbury and planted strawberries, snap peas, dill, peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, gourds, pumpkins, beans and several other fruit and vegetable varieties. The seeds for the garden were procured by a garden from the Fairbury Elks Lodge and Lloyd Garber of Fairbury donated use of the lot. Students from grades kindergarten through 12th participated in the planting of the garden, which will be worked in at least three times a week by local youth. Mason, an Americorp volunteer, wants the garden to be a fun learning lesson for the youth. “I hope they learn gardening techniques and healthy eating habits from this project,” Mason said. (Photo by Fred Arnold/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
25
May

County Board Seeks Bids For Armor Coating Roads

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility of armor coating for Jefferson County's blacktop roads during their meeting on Tuesday. The Commissioners debated whether to use county resources or to contract the job out.
“I don't know how the rest of the board feels but my thought is even though it's going to be more expensive we let it out.” Commissioner Mark Schoenrock stated. “I don't see how we can do that plus try to keep up with all of our other roads.”
The board passed a motion to advertise for bids on the project. 
For those concerned about the cost, Commissioner Michael Dux pointed out, “If we don't get competitive bids, we can always reject it.” At that point, the Board of  Commissioners will revisit the possibility of using county resources. 
Wed
25
May

Bringing Light To The Darkness

At times it is difficult to talk about topics like suicide; however, Lana Grammer believes it is one of the most important things a person can do.
Grammer, who has been affected by suicide, has helped to organize an event to discuss suicide and the ways in which the community can join together to prevent suicide and to give hope to those who have seen the loss.
“We have had so many completed suicides in Jefferson County in the last three years,” said Grammer. “Since 2013, we’ve had eight in Jefferson County. There have been at least 18 attempts since 2013. One is way, way too many. If you take into account that our population of Jefferson County is less than 8,000 altogether, that’s a horrible statistic.”
Wed
25
May

Duck And Run

Rick Nation and Kelly Davis of Blue Valley Community Action sort through ducks for the annual BVCA Duck and Run event, held May 21 at Crystal Springs. There was a 10K run as well as a 2 mile run/walk also featured was rubber duck race.  A total of 65 runners participated in the event. (Photo by Fred Arnold/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
25
May

Saying Goodbye To Friends

Last Thursday a retirement party was hosted in the District Courtroom to celebrate District Court Judge Paul Korslund’s many years of service to the judicial system. Korslund’s last day serving as a judge will be on May 31. The vacancy left by Korslund will be filled in the coming months after a new judge is selected. Korslund hopes to spend time with his family and to continue staying involved in his community through volunteer work. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
25
May

Gone Fishin’

The Fairbury Optimist Club annual Tom Wright Family Fishing Clinic was held on Saturday, May 21 at Crystal Springs with 56 children in attendance. Organizers noted that 40 kids is average and the possibility of having a bounce house and other activities at Crystal Springs for the Duck and Run event may have bolstered attendance. Plans for next year have already started for the event. (Photo by Fred Arnold/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
25
May

Am. Legion Needs Volunteers

The Fairbury American Legion requires volunteers to help put flags on veterans’ graves to honor all veterans on Memorial Day. If interested, meet at the flag pole in the Fairbury Cemetery on Friday, May 27, at 1 p.m. The flags will be taken down on Tuesday, May 31 at 1 p.m. Also needed are volunteers to help roll up these flags afterwards at the VFW Hall. Contact person: Commander Bruce Junker 402-230-9008.

Date: 
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 1:00pm
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25
May

Fireworks Donations

The VFW is now accepting donations for the annual fireworks display. Send donations to VFW at 2337 North K, Fairbury or the Chamber of Commerce. Call 402-587-0045 for information.

Date: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 8:30am
Wed
25
May

Derek’s Story June 4

Lighting Up the Darkness: from Hell to Heaven: Derek’s Story of Addiction and Suicide through the Eyes of Mom. Guest speaker Julie (Grammer) Siefers PA-C. 7 p.m.. Saturday, June 4 at Jefferson Community Health Center Conference Room, 2200 H St., Fairbury. Event is free and open to anyone interested. No registration required. Refreshments provided. Silent auction will include many handcrafted items, with proceeds benefiting: Out of the Darkness, Norton Valley Hope Treatment Center.

Date: 
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 7:00pm
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25
May

Community Band Getting Back Together

On June 6 the Fairbury Community Band will resume rehearsals Monday evenings 7-8 p.m. at the Train Depot. All musicians welcome. Will be performing in July. For more information call 402-239-8986.

Date: 
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 7:00pm

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