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FHS Class of 1971 Reunion

FHS Class of 1971 Reunion—The Fairbury High School class of 1971 held its 45th class reunion on July 2. Pictured, from left, back row: are Ken Steele, Pat Swett, Bob Brackle, Marcene Brackle, Matt Hansen, Kipp Starr, Ervin Sokolik, Duane Bohlmeyer, Jim Katz and Diann Jurgena; center row: Nathan Schmidt, Jay Jones, Kandy Buchli, Darlene Novotny, Lana Seeman, Sandy Zabokrtsky, JoAnn Zimmerman, Jane Loseth, Alice Fairley Kneeling; front row: Mick Hynek, Deb Simmons, Arnold Homolka, Rose Sigrist and Rex DeFrain. Not pictured are Fred Fredericks, Karen Prellwitz and Dean Fox. (contributed photo)

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Roderick Waltemath, Sr.

 
Roderick D. “Rick” Waltemath Sr., 71, of Hastings, passed away July 8, 2016, at Perkins Pavilion Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village, Hastings.
 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at First Presbyterian Church, Hastings, with Pastor Don Canady officiating. Rick would have appreciated casual attire, especially Levi’s and plaid shirts. Private family burial with military rites by Hastings Veterans Organizations will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service at the church. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
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Jul

Foundation Gives To Local Schools

The Fairbury Civic Foundation has announced the 2016 Sanmann Funds grants to the following area public schools:
• Meridian Public Schools (full funding), in the amount of $1,200, to be used toward fourth-grade HP Chromebooks.
• Bruning/Davenport Public Schools (partial funding), in the amount of $202.06, to be used toward the supporting equipment for a 256GB iPad Pro.
• Fairbury Public Schools (partial funding), in the amount of $134.94, to the Jefferson Intermediate School’s Soaring Jeffs Quiz Bowl Club and the purchase of two Officiator 10 Player Systems with hand-held Buttons.
The foundation awards grants annually to area schools. Its money comes from earnings of the Foundation’s Sanmann Fund, which was established to provide supplemental funding for arts and technology in Jefferson County and Thayer County schools. Schools apply for the grants for extra costs for which schools would not otherwise budget.
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13
Jul

Flower Show Blooms With Art

Wilma Knippelmeyer and Eileen Pearson helped judge the flower show in Plymouth on Saturday, July 9. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

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Jul

Congregation Helps Youth Group

VICTORY— race for the St. Paul’s Youth Group in Gilead. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Approximately 23 runners took part in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 5k run on Saturday, July 9. Proceeds from the event is going toward youth group mission trips and over $1,500 was raised from the run with an additional $250 raised by the women of the church with a free-will offering breakfast.
Connie Raess, pastor at St. Paul’s in Gilead, notes that the congregation is a family and the family is helping the next generation of church-goers make a difference in the world.
“The support given our youth for their mission trips has been exemplary,” Raess said. “Our congregation is a family and whenever we see a need all families work together bringing in food, coming together, with their presence so the joy of Christ is seen in their work—God’s work, our hands.”
The 5k idea stemmed from one Sunday morning in the announcement time after service, one of the church members, asked “Who will walk with me to support our youth?”    
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Jul

Bleich Family Celebrates Quilts at Reunion

Members of the Bleich family gathered at their annual summer reunion this year to celebrate one of the family matriarchs and her love of quilting.
Emma and her husband, Pete, were married in February of 1938 in Plymouth. They raised 14 children  born between 1939 and 1958: 11 boys and three girls. Those children and their descendants get together every Christmas and each summer during the second weekend in July.
Emma Kleeman Bleich had learned to sew as a child and became proficient with her skill. She helped to make 14 quilts for family members—one for each of her children and their families—before dying at age 70 in 1988 of multiple myeloma.
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Jul

Endicott Approves Water Financing

Water woes for Endicott and Steele City residents are drawing closer to an end.
The Village of Endicott approved Monday a resolution to begin the interim financing for its water project. The project will replace a water tank in Endicott and extend water to residents in Steele City.
Steele City has had ongoing water problems and needed to replace its water supply. Village chairwoman Chris Zabokrtsky said Tuesday that the new system will serve about 65-70 hookups in Endicott and about 30 in Steele City.
Those outside the village limits will not be able to tap in to the new supply, she said.
“That was a stipulation,” said Zabokrtsky, who also said that the village’s engineering firm told them they would get backflow if they connected to any adjoining farms or rural residences.
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Jul

Commissioners Discuss Ambulance Building Proposals

by Matthew Saxton
Jefferson County should have a new ambulance building by the end of 2017.
That was the word from commissioners during their regular meeting on Tuesday. The commissioners discussed proposals they had received from four companies interested in pursuing the project.
But before they decide, they want to meet with the members of those companies face-to-face.
Commissioners plan to hold a special meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 10. Each of the four companies that have submitted proposals will have 10 minutes to pitch their ideas and 10 minutes to answer questions. The board members said they then would choose a company at a later date.
The four companies that have submitted proposals for the 80- by 140-foot building are Erickson Sullivan, Davis Design and Berggren Architects, all of Lincoln; and Peters and Associates, of Omaha.
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13
Jul

Committee Approves Swine Permit

by Timothy Linscott
Another hog confinement facility in Jefferson County is one step closer to a reality.
A request for a special use permit for a 9,000 head swine confinement facility a half-mile east on the north side of the southwest quarter of the intersection of 712 Road and 576 Avenue, Pleasant Precinct was heard July 7 by the county planning and zoning committee.
The request for the permit came from Brian Genrich. However, planning and zoning board member Bruce Livingston, who is both a member of the planning and zoning board and is involved in the project, excused himself from an July 7 board meeting before speaking on behalf of Genrich.
Livingston will own the confinement facility, but it will be on Genrich’s property.
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13
Jul

WALKOUT

by Matthew Saxton
The “Showdown at the Depot” might be over, but hard feelings and questions about the future of a fractured non-profit organization remain.
“They knowingly violated open meeting laws,” said former Jefferson County Historical Society curator Denise Andersen about a meeting that ended, then continued, after board members resigned last week. “They may think they have officers, but they don’t.”
On Thursday, the regular JCHS meeting began as most have. The board approved the minutes of the previous meeting. Then its members paid its bills.
That’s when things got interesting. Roseanne Zach, now former secretary of the board, read Andersen’s letter of resignation. Andersen did not attend the meeting.

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