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Chamber Seeks Community Service Award Nominations

The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for Community Service Award to be awarded at the Fairbury Chamber Banquet on Friday, Feb. 7.

If you know of someone who has contributed to the betterment of the community over a period of time they may be eligible for the community service award.

The nominee should be a member of the community who has devoted a considerable amount of their own time and effort to the betterment of community and/or surrounding area.

This should be done on a volunteer basis over a number of years. The services include but are not limited to educational, recreational or cultural activities. Active membership in service clubs, fraternal groups and religious or church organizations should be given consideration in addition to individual activities. Each elected and appointed positions on governmental bodies are also indicators of community services.

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Fire Marshal Needs to Purchase a Kite,Go Fly It

I am growing very tired of the Nebraska State Fire Marshals Office.

For some reason, they have a burr under their saddle to destroy (or at least disfigure) the most important landmark in Jefferson County, our beloved county courthouse.

Bob Slight, from the Fire Marshals Office, was recently knocking on doors inside the courthouse wondering what the county is going to do about the number of violations his office wrote them up for a in March.

I have never had to close down a court house before, he said in an effort to strong arm our public officials.

The Jefferson County Courthouse has stood proudly and safely since 1891. It was built in the days before fire suppression systems and is even on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The State Fire Marshals need to go find a real problem and leave our county alone.

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Promote Living Wage and Minimum Wage Increases

By Richard Nation, CEO Blue Valley Community Action Partnership

In January of 2013, the Blue Valley Community Action Partnership Board endorsed promoting increases in the minimum wage as one of its advocacy priorities. The current $7.25 per hour rate is below the poverty rate ($15,080 annual gross minimum wage versus $15,510 poverty rate for two person family). The tip minimum wage is even less at $2.13 per hour and has been at that rate for a dozen years without any increases.

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Thanksgiving: History Got It All Wrong

Picture this: the annual Thanksgiving play at school. Kids in construction paper hats wearing cardboard belt buckles colored in black with crayons. Indians in similar designed construction paper outfits with bright feathers. They all sit down become friends and eat a great turkey dinner. Thats what were taught, right?

While this is a very Norman Rockwell-esque picture and it does generate those warm fuzzy feelings that we all like, the truth is well the truth is its not the truth.

Following are some popular myths associated with Thanksgiving.

1. Pilgrims held the first Thanksgiving. False. Spaniard Pedro Mendez de Aviles conducted a mass in 1565 of thanksgiving with the native tribes in St. Augustine, pre-dating the whole Plymouth Rock thing by almost 65 years.

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Take the Fairbury Challenge This Christmas

Shopping locally and spending dollars at home for Christmas certainly isnt a new idea. For years, decades, even generations there have been those of us in the newspaper business that annually get on our soapbox and wax poetic about the importance of buying from local merchants.

But this year there is a new wrinkle of sorts out there. Its called The Fairbury Challenge. And its a darned good idea that promotes the very thing that we are hoping locals will do each and every Christmas season.

A couple of weeks ago Fairbury resident Chris Goeking challenged everyone he knew and didnt know but hoped to reach through social media that when Christmas shopping this year to buy at least one gift from a local merchant or vendor. Doing so will have a huge economic impact on the local economy.

Lets consider a few numbers.

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Jefferson Community Health Center Seeks Funds for Lifts

Eachyear Jefferson Community Health Center asks the communitys help in completing a special project for our patients, residents and visitors.

This year, JCHC is asking for the communitys help once again for two special projects to give its patients, residents and community alift!This years projects include the a new pool lift for the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center pool, at an estimated cost of $6,000; and three lift chairs for the acute care patient rooms, at an estimated cost of $4,000 each. We have a goal of raising $18,000 for this years project.

The swimming pool at the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center is a great asset to the community. The pool liftwhich allows accessibility for those who have difficulty with steps or are wheelchair bound makes entering and leaving the water easier for some. The current lift, which was purchased in early 2002 with donations from JCHCs Christmas project that year, is in need of replacement.

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Charlene Janice Zabel

Charlene Janice Zabel, 82, passed away at Bryan LGH East Hospital in Lincoln on Nov. 11, 2013.

He was a happy uplifting person with an instant smile. She was active in the communities of Western and Fairbury and was a member of the Nebraska State Grange and Pork Producers and other organizations.

He was a integral part of the United Methodist Churches in Western and Fairbury, where she shared her gift of music by singing and playing the piano and organ. She had a beautiful and inspirational voice to the very end.

She is survived by husband, of 51 years, Howard; sons, Lynn Zabel and wife, Becky of Lincoln; Dean Zabel and wife, Jean of King George, Va., Bruce Zabel and wife, Brenda of Omaha; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Elaine Hennerberg and husband, Alvin of Fairbury.

She was preceded by parents; brothers, Arnold and Virgil.

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Betty Ann (Ruble) Tedrow

Betty Ann (Ruble) Tedrow, 89, passed away Nov. 9, 2013 at Gardenside LTC in Fairbury.

She was born Oct. 2, 1924 at Fairbury to Duncan and Evelyn (Steele) Ruble.

She married Norman Tedrow on May 2, 1942 and to this union two daughters were born.

Betty and Norman celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary last May. She worked as a sales clerk at J.C. Penny, Hesteds, and Montgomery Wards in Fairbury. She held different positions in TOPS Club and was in the Oregon Trail Campers Club with her husband. She enjoyed embroidery, quilt making, camping, and traveling with her husband. She is preceded by Parents, 3 Brothers Duncan Ruble, Jr., Donald Ruble, and Jack Ruble.

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Maxine M. Mannschreck

Maxine M. Mannschreck, 93, of Fairbury, passed away Nov. 11, 2013 at PEO home in Beatrice.

She was born to August and Mary (Seeba) Weber on June 25, 1920, in Cook, Neb.

She was baptized on July 10, 1920, and later confirmed at Osage Church in Cook, Neb. She graduate from Cook High School as Valedictorian in 1937. She attended Peru State College and went on to teach in Dunbar Public School for two years and then in Otoe County rural school after her marriage.

She was married to Robert C. Mannschreck on Aug. 24, 1941, in the Osage Church. To this union three children were born, Howard, Cheryl, and Doyle.

Maxine and Robert owned and operated the John Deere dealership in Cook before purchasing the dealership in Fairbury. After her husbands death she and her two sons maintained the business. She worked in the dealership business for 52 years, retiring in 1998.

She was a member of PEO Chapter AO and past member of the First Methodist Church.

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Frank Eugene Henderson

Frank Eugene Henderson, 88, of Linn, Kan., and formerly of Fairbury, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at the Linn Community Nursing Home.

He was born May 28, 1925, at Hollenberg, Kan., son of Harry and Marvel (Hoxie) Henderson. He graduated from Hollenberg High School and at the age of seventeen enlisted in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard. In 1945, he was honorably discharged.

On Dec. 15, 1945, he was united in marriage to Helen Flora at Fairbury. He worked fifty years as a brick layer. The First National Bank in Washington was one of the last projects he helped build before retiring. Frank also built several brick murals through the years.

He was a member of the 1st Baptist Church in Fairbury, belonged to Brick Layer Union No. 3, and was a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge, Elks, VFW and the American Legion in Fairbury. He was an outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. Frank was an avid Nebraska fan and liked watching their games.

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