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Food Pantry Receives Early Christmas Present

Photo caption: Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal NewsFarmers Cooperative has donated $1,400 to the Blue Valley Community Action food pantry Monday. The Cooperative donation is matched by the Land OLakes Foundations, one of the agricultural suppliers for the Farmers Cooperative, which will bring final total donation to $2,900. Above is Dennis Kenning, Sales and Marketing Manager (left), Ryan Bailey, Family and Community Services Manager with BVCA, and Eric Bartels, Fairburys Tire Branch Manager.

Christmas comes to Blue Valley Community Action (BVCA) food pantry early this year with a donation that will ultimately amount to $1,400 from Farmers Cooperative. There will be an additional $1,500 in matching funds arriving soon from the Land OLakes Foundation with $100 of the money from Farm Credit Services.

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Letter to the Editor:Geeze Fred, Use a Camera

Geeze Fred,

Use a Camera

To the Editor:

In the paper, Fred Arnold was fuming about somebody using his dumpster. Why didnt he keep his mouth shut put up a game camera print the interesting pictures on the front page of his newspaper?

There shouldnt be a law against putting pictures of your own property in the paper. Do you remember when they put a camera on the gas barrel at the cemetery?

Henry Klee

Endicott

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Letter to the Editor:Price Fixing and Consumer Gouging

Price Fixing and

Consumer Gouging

To the Editor,

I am writing in response to your editorial published on March 13 in the Fairbury Journal, more specifically in response to your statement regarding price fixing and consumer gouging.

While I cannot speak to why the owner of the Fairbury Journal decided to no longer provide health insurance coverage to you and the other newspaper employees, I can speak on behalf of the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) and its 90 member hospitals when I say hospitals are NOT in cahoots with each other nor with the insurance companies to gouge patients for the care they receive. Your assertion is not only unfounded, it is irresponsible to make such an outrageous contention. Additionally, as a resident of Fairbury, I am offended by your intent to mislead your readers.

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Some New Words in my Vo-Cab

Apparently, I am dating a Cackalacky and didnt even know it.

Recently, I attended a live musical performance and the musician on stage said that he was Cackalacky and he went on to explain what he meant.

Cackalacky is slang to describe people from Carolina, North and South.

My lovely girlfriend Robin is from North Carolina, so she is North Cackalacky, right? WRONG!

Robin is West Cackalacky, as she is from the western side of North Carolina.

Thanks to WordDetective.com I have an insight into this interesting designation for the people of Carolina.

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A Lot of Things Happened During The Year 1892

The year of 1892 held many events of significance.

Nationwide: Ellis Island opened for immigrants; rules for basketball were published and the first game played; corked bottle caps were invented; the General Electric corporation was formed; Grover Cleveland was elected President.

In Nebraska: the Populist Party held their first national convention in Omaha; the Nebraska Bugeaters were representative of the University of Nebraska, playing at Lincoln Park; a Willa Cather Center was planned for Red Cloud; Western movie actor Hoot Gibson was born in Tekamah; Buffalo Bill promoted a race between bicycles and horses as part of his Wild West Show.

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County Employees RunningFor Office May Be A Conflict

Jefferson County is in a unique and somewhat rare circumstance.

Two of its employees, Delayne Pfingsten and Matt McCord, are both seeking office and both are county motor grader operators and employees of Jefferson County.

Pfingsten is seeking to unseat incumbent Michael Dux in the Third District. McCord is trying to oust incumbent Art Craig in the First District.

What makes this an unusual situation is that only a very small handful of counties in Nebraska have employees as commissioners. Whether by county law or professional courtesy by and large it just isnt done.

Locally Jefferson County currently does not have a law on the books stating that a county commissioner cannot be an employee of Jefferson County, but one might be able to make a case for just such a law.

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SCC releases Deans List

Southeast Community College in Nebraska has released its Deans List for the quarter recently completed on the Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford campuses.

To be recognized on SCCs Deans List, a student must complete at least six quarter credit hours of the term with a minimum grade-point average of 3.5. Classes with a grade of P (Pass) do not count toward the six-hour minimum.

Following is a list of students who requested that a release be sent to your newspaper. Students are listed in alphabetical order by hometown.

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April is National Volunteer Month

Photo caption: Contributed Photo Volunteering is important and often the only recognition that can be given is a thank you and a nice dinner. Above is the recognition dinner for BVCA volunteers who do so much to help keep the programs rolling.

Its National Volunteer Month!

A time when you have the opportunity to assist your community by volunteering.

Become a Friend of Blue Valley by donating your time, talent and treasure! YOU can make a DIFFERENCE.

Friends of Blue Valley offers a variety of volunteer opportunities with BVCA Partnerships offices, as well as other with other local organizations.

Pictured is the Volunteer Recognition held April, 2013 at the VFW Club in Fairbury honoring our volunteers from Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer Counties.

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James Dean Weiner

James Dean Weiner

James (Jim) Dean Weiner, 57, of Bend, Ore., beloved husband, father and son, went to be with his Lord at home on Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014. Following a month of at-home care by his wife, his Lord rescued and healed him from a rare and aggressive cancer. He was born on July 24, 1956, to Dean and Wanda Weiner and graduated from high school in Odell in 1974.

He married Sandy Brown on July 28, 1979 in Beatrice. Their daughter, Julie was born in 1980 and son, Mike in 1983. Through his life, Jim and Sandy lived in Diller, Brownlee, Fremont, Gering, Columbus and Lincoln, before moving to Bend, Ore. in 2007 to be with their two children.

Jim was employed with Pacific Source Health Plans in the facilities department for the past seven years. He previously worked as a church building superintendent, county road maintenance heavy equipment operator, truck driver and grain elevator laborer.

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Patricia (Stettenbenz) Peterson

Patricia (Stettenbenz) Peterson

Patricia (Stettenbenz) Peterson, 73, passed away on Mar. 26, 2014 at the Gold Crest Retirement Center in Adams, Neb. She was born to Joseph and Jessie (Spradley) Stettenbenz in Tecumseh, Neb. on July 11, 1940. She was baptized at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tecumseh. She grew up in Tecumseh and attended Tecumseh Public Schools, graduating with the Class of 1958.

She met the love of her life, Dale Peterson, while he was working construction in Tecumseh. They were married two weeks later on Oct. 27, 1962. They spent the early years of their marriage traveling for Dales job. They settled in Fairbury in 1965, where they resided for 42 years. Dale and Patricia moved to Cortland, where they lived the past seven years. Dale passed away July 7, 2010.

She was a cook at SCC in Fairbury, at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury and after moving to Cortland, worked at Walmart in Beatrice.

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