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Hazardous Waste Collections Coming This Fall

Five Rivers RC&D, in a partnership with the Nemaha NRD, was awarded a three year grant in the amount of $122, 034 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Qualitys Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants Program.

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Annual Salad Festival Successful Fundraiser

A total of $1,200 was raised during the annual salad festival of the Jefferson Community Health Center Auxiliary on May 22 in Fairbury.

A total of 230 people were served at the festival, according to Lana Likens, director of public relations, marketing and development at Jefferson Community Health Center. This years attendance was about the same as last years, Likens said.

We were very pleased, Likens said.

The salad festival is the biggest fund-raiser for the auxiliary each year, and has a long tradition in Fairbury, she said. She has recently found evidence that the Salad Festival likely began in 1965, just a few years after the hospital opened as Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in 1963.

We plan to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Salad Festival next year, Likens said.

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Pink Ribbon Honors Fellow Staff Member, Relay for Life

A pink ribbon was formed by staff members on the Jefferson Community Health Center campus in honor of a fellow staff member who battled cancer, and in recognition for the upcoming Relay for Life.

About 60 JCHC and Cedarwood staff members, Cedarwood tenants, and friends formed a human ribbon on the grassy area west of Cedarwood on May 29. Many were wearing pink shirts stating I wear Pink for Becky purchased in support of Becky McClure, who had been undergoing cancer treatment, and Relay for Life. Others joined in wearing various shades of pink. When the ribbon was formed on the ground, local pilot Randy Prellwitz provided an aerial view for Missy Klasek RN, JCHC nurse, to take photographs.

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Heritage of Fairbury Receives A Perfect Score

In the most recent survey administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Heritage of Fairbury was rated deficiency-free for the second straight year in a row! Heritage of Fairbury Rehabilitation & Care Center is proud to announce that it has received a deficiency-free result on its annual Department of Public Health Certification Survey conducted in the Summer of 2013. Long-term Care facilities are surveyed every year by a multi-disciplinary team. Surveys are always unannounced. The rigorous survey, which is conducted over several days, cover almost 200 quality, safety and performance issues such as medication management, proper skin care, assessment of residents needs, respect for residents rights and dignity, food service, environment and administration, to name only a few.

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Nitrate Levels In Fairbury On The Rise

The bad news is, there isnt a quick fix.

Little Blue Natural Resource water specialist Daryl Andersen broke the news to members of the Fairbury Board of Public Works Tuesday as he discussed ever-increasing nitrates leeching into Fairburys water supply.

Andersen said that for sometime now the NRD has been monitoring rising nitrate levels all throughout its coverage area. He said Fairbury is seeing numbers creep up to the point where local officials need to be concerned.

The NRD official stated that during one monitoring period the citys Crystal Springs well field, which provides 87% of the water for local residents, tested at 10-15 parts per million.

Im guessing that right now you probably are in the eight to nine parts per billion. range, he said.

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Fairbury Council Stands Unified With Power Board

Fresh on the heels of a meeting early Tuesday in which the Board of Public Works heard a report about the growing severity of local water quality issues members of the Fairbury City Council later in the day joined lockstep in recognizing the problem.

City leaders heard reports from councilman Roger Bailey and Mayor Homer Ward regarding the problem of rising nitrate levels and emphasized that the municipality is headed for some painful changes.

At issue is the growing nitrate levels, which when they reach 10 parts per billion, are in violation of EPA standards for acceptable quality. Years of over fertilization and improper well capping have resulted in nitrates leeching into the soil that have found their way into the City's water supply, causing the spike in levels.

"It's not a matter of if, it's when. We're going to get to the point (due to the high nitrate levels) where we will have to provide bottled water for certain people," Bailey said.

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Garage Fire Begins the Week

Photo caption: fire still being investigated. The garage fire at 1102 6th St. resulted in total loss. It has been reported that several youth or young adults were seen smoking in the garage just prior to the fire. Photo by Fred Arnold / Fairbury Journal News

Fairbury Fire Department arrived at 1102 6 th St., shortly after noon on Monday, to find a detached garage fully engulfed in flames.

Fire Chief Chris Goeking said that currently the fire is under investigation. However it was reported by two different neighbors that young people were observed sitting in the garage on couch cushions smoking. It was also reported by a third person who actually reported the fire that the couch cushions were on fire.

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Congressional Caseworker to Visit Fairbury

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith who need assistance dealing with a federal agency are invited to attend a Caseworker in Your Community event in Fairbury on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Caseworker in Your Community will be from: 9:00 11:00 a.m. Jefferson County Courthouse - Commissioners Room, 411 4th Street, Fairbury, Nebraska.

For additional information or to schedule a private appointment, contact Congressman Smiths Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.

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