Six local/area individuals have been nominated for three year terms on the board of directors for The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce. The six will vie for three open positions.
Nominated are: Mike Blobaum of Blobaum & Busboom, PC; Jill Davis representing Fairbury Public Schools; Michele Hill of Livingston Enterprises; Beth Kenney of Union Bank & Trust; Justin Schultis of Schultis & Son and Brooke Schwab of Starr-Buckow Insurance. The nominees will replace outgoing board members: Ron Hilligas of Wal-Mart; Christy Haddan of Schultz & Associates and Linda Harris of MH Paint & Body.
Other candidates may be nominated for the board by petition. Details can be obtained from the Chamber office. The election of board members will be conducted in November.
Earlier this year one of things that all Midwestern citizens were keeping a close eye on was the way the river was rising. Around here it is common during the spring especially to go to the dam just to see what the river is doing. The National Weather Service relies on the readings from a flood gauge that they have mounted along the river to detect the height of the river.
Locally John McKee, Jefferson County Emergency Management Director, then goes and reads the gauge and reports to the National Weather Service. The original gauges were mounted in a location that could only be viewed from an unsafe location. Consequently the gauges had been moved.
McKee reported to the Jefferson County Commissioners this past Tuesday that it has been discovered that the second location of the gauges are giving an inaccurate reading of the river height.
Termites can be very scary to homeowners. I have just completed a two-day, hands on training on termites and their control. I am not licensed to apply these chemicals to people's homes. However, I now have much more knowledge on the subject matter so that I can better serve you.
It was released this week that Beatrice State Development Center is once again conducting an internal investigation. This investigation stems from serious abuse allegations that were levelled against several employees who were currently working at the living unit, 106 Kennedy.
Trouble initially began during the 2006-2007 time period when the Department of Justice investigation for abuse allegations were originally charged. Their findings stated then that the center had a "cultural undercurrent that betrays human decency at the most fundamental level."
In 2009 the Center for Medicaid Services ripped funding from this troubled facility. The $25 million funding was then picked up by the Nebraska government, who has been completely footing the bill until just recently.
On September 28, the Tri County FBLA officers along with four underclassman attended that Nebraska Fall Leadership Conference. The conference was held in Omaha, at the Ramada Inn. While at the conference, the officers and underclassman learned more about their position in leadership by listening to speakers and attending various workshops.
Starting off the day with a bang, keynote speaker, Eddie Slowikowski, gave a brief run through of his life through dancing and acting. Not entirely understanding at first, but participating anyways, the group soon learned that Eddie was just telling us that we need to have a vision in life, and to succeed we need to use our natural born talents and imagination. Eddie then continued to tell the message that EVERYBODY has greatness within, and EVERYBODY will end up succeeding somewhere in life.
Regular mammograms are just one way for women to take care of themselves - but it is an important part of breast health. During October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jefferson Community Health Center encourages women to follow their doctors' recommendations for breast cancer screening.
Mammography is typically recommended in combination with monthly self breast exam and regular examination by a physician. The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 or older have a mammogram every one to two years . Women are encouraged to ask their doctor about mammography recommendations specific to their needs, risks and health history.
Many insurance companies pay for screening mammograms. The Every Woman Matters program is also available to assist women with the cost of regular mammograms, and other routine health screenings.
Volunteerism is the act of people working on behalf of others without payment for their time or service. Here in Fairbury we have a variety of volunteers that are responsible for the smooth operation of our community.
Some of those volunteers require nothing more than a willing spirit, eager hands and creative brain. Then there is a more specialized type of volunteerism, the type that requires skill and training. Luckily we have a variety of those also. However, recently a need has developed for a very special volunteer.
Benjamin Franklin was the first one to form one of these back in 1736. Fairbury only has one paid employee and relies totally on their volunteers to support their department. Have you figured out what type of volunteer is being looked for?
Fairbury Fire Department is looking for volunteer firemen.
Fairbury.com, a website that showcases the positive aspects of the Fairbury community, announces its Community Partnership Grant Program. The Fairbury.com Community Partnership Grant is a free program for non-profit organizations in and around the Fairbury area, who are working to better the community. Under the program, non-profit organizations receive a free, customized page on Fairbury.com and free promotion of events in exchange for positive, public acknowledgement of Fairbury.com.
According to Julie Katz, grant administrator and owner of Main Street Consulting Group, "The Community Partner Grant is one component of Fairbury.com's commitment to the long-term success of the social and economic well-being of our community. By offering non-profit organizations this opportunity for exposure online at no cost, we hope to better inform the public about how they are working to improve the quality of life of for all of us in the Fairbury area."
Area residents will have a chance to find out whether their children are as safe as possible in their child safety seats during a FREE check up event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Safety Seat Check will be held at Wal-Mart parking lot, north Highway 15, Fairbury.
Walk-ins are welcome, and will be checked as time allows. Appointments are available by calling Sharon Vandegrift at Jefferson Community Health Center at (402) 729-3351.
"It is very important that all children under the age of 13 be checked to make sure they are riding as safe as possible in their vehicle," said Sharon Vandegrift, certified safety seat technician and JCHC employee. "We especially want to encourage those with children who are ages 8 to 13 to come and learn whether their children would be safer with a booster seat."
If you hear a knock at your door and wonder who it is...it may be a local Girl Scout.
The girls are selling an assortment of candy and nuts as a fund-raiser. They have until Oct. 20 to take orders and the products will be delivered in the latter part of November. The nuts and candy products would make excellent stocking stuffers or Christmas gifts. If you would like to order, but have not been contacted by a Girl Scout contact troop leader Kim Bush at 402-729-2410.