A Pick-Up Drive will be available on Monday, July 28, for donors who were unable to donate on July 8. For this drive on July 28, a mobile bus will be located in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Hours will be 9 am to 3 pm. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED- CROSS. Anyone is welcome to donate for this drive.
Local First Responders will be hosting a National Night Out in Fairbury on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event will be held on the west side of the Fairbury City Park, south of the pool. It is an opportunity for kids and adults to see the First responders Emergency equipment and vehicles from each department. If it rains the event will be moved to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group will be meeting on Monday, July 21 starting 6:30 pm at the Cedarwood Meeting Room 828 22nd St. (Please enter by the front doors at Cedarwood. Take a left after the lobby, and the meeting room is the first room on the right past the restrooms).
The 142nd version of the Old Settlers Picnic will be held this Saturday in Western.
The early picnics were called Old Settlers Homecoming Picnic and Fair. It was held at the edge of town in a pasture called Stevens Grove. The first picnic was held in 1897, people 80 years or older would register for prizes and awards.
The size of Western has grown and then shrunk over the years but the picnic still continues. For many people summertime is a time of picnics, family get-togethers and a time for reunions of friends, family and classes.
The 20 members of the Western Community Club feel that it really does take a whole community working together to have a picnic every year.
Photo caption: Grace Lutheran has approved plans for a $550,000 renovation which will include moving kitchen upstairs and enlarging, moving fellowship hall upstairs and centralizing all Sunday school classrooms downstairs as well providing a sprinkler system for the church. Pictured from left to right are Pastor Charles Schmidt, President Bruce Wasserman, Building Committee Representative Ted Luebbe and Finance Committee Representative Christina Haddan. Contributed photo
Ryan Bailey and Sonja Workman of Blue Valley Community Action in Fairbury earned national certification for work helping vulnerable people and communities
Ryan Bailey, Family & Community Services Manager, and Workman, Foster Grandparent Program Director were two of 76individuals who recently became Certified Community Action Professionals (CCAP). CCAP is a national credentialing program for Community Action managers and leaders who work helping low-income people achieve economic stability.
Bailey and Workman, as well as the other new CCAPs will be honored August 22 by the Community Action Partnershipadministrator of the CCAP programduring the organizations 50thanniversary Annual Convention in Washington, DC.
Photo caption: 4K FOR CANCER will be traveling over 4,000 miles on bikes. This takes a couple of vans for each team to help support the riders over the many miles. The journey is to both raise money and show support for young adults who are fighting cancer. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News
Twenty six bikers rolled into Fairbury, stopping overnight at the Grace Lutheran Church, July 1. They had begun their journey in Baltimore, Maryland and will end their trip in Portland, Oregon.
The 4K for Cancer bike ride have been making the Grace Lutheran Church a stopover for over five years. Rev. Charles Schmidt said that he had received a phone call from the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults explaining the purpose and intent of the bike ride. He spoke with the parishioners and they have been an overnight host ever since.
The first human case of West Nile Virus was reported this week. This along with an above average report of mosquitoes in our district should be a reminder that residents should take precautions to avoid mosquitoes by eliminating standing water and outside exposure at dusk and dawn. When you are out, wear long sleeves and pants and wear mosquito repellant that contains DEET.
Symptoms of West Nile virus vary from person to person but can include fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Contact your health care provider. If you have questions or need more information call PHS at 402 826 3880 or 1888-310-0565.
The Fairbury Civic Foundation has awarded $1,500 to Thayer County Community Schools for software upgrade. The money is to be used to pay for a portion of the software fees to update Adobe Suite to a cloud based subscription where software is available to all students on any machine with Internet access at Thayer Central Community Schools.
Grants are awarded annually to area schools, and are disbursed from earnings of the Foundations Sanmann Fund which was established to provide supplemental funding for arts and technology in Jefferson and Thayer county schools. Schools are encouraged to apply for the grant money to be used for extras that would not be otherwise be budgeted for.
To date more than $82,500 has been awarded to area schools from this fund. The money has been used toward projects similar to those listed above. Other projects funded in the past include distance learning and art equipment.