The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) recently sent out a news release seeking grant proposals from organizations or groups of individuals interested in enhancing the competitiveness of the state's specialty crop industry. If you are aware of any organization interested in applying, please send them the link listed in the below paragraph. Specialty crops are defined by USDA as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture.
Everyone has heard of pins and needles, but how about Pins and Noodles? This is what will be happening here in Fairbury, April 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pla Mor Lanes.
Jefferson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in conjunction with Pla Mor Lanes is inviting everyone to come and bowl with them and enjoy some delicious noodles. They will be serving all you can eat pasta, salad, bread and butter and drinks throughout the day.
The month of April was chosen for a very special reason, it is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. CASA's whole purpose is to speak in the courts for the safety and well being of abused and neglected children. They are hoping that this event will raise the community's awareness not only about child abuse but to make people aware that there is a Jefferson County CASA, ready and willing to help.
The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce and area chamber businesses will be sponsoring the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7, 2 p.m. on the Jefferson County Courthouse lawn, for ages 0-10. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Special appearance by the Easter Bunny.
Fairbury Assembly of God invites all kids ages 11 and under to their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7, 4 p.m. at 23rd and J streets in Fairbury. Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. Over 5,000 eggs; five age groups with grand prizes. For more information contact Troy or Paula at 402-729-5020.
Gilead Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Friday, April 6, 2 p.m. Meet at Pioneers Inn.
Unusually warm weather seems to bring out Spring Fever in some very surprising ways. While most farmers are heading to their fields with their massive equipment ready to plow anywhere from 16 to 32 rows at a time there are a few farmers who still believe in the "good old days."
That is exactly what happened this past Sunday just southeast of Roode's Feedlot. Farmers came from all around just for the chance to practice farming like their ancestors did. Plow Day was deemed a success by co-organizer, Kenny Dodge.
"This is the best turn-out we have ever had," Dodge said. "Usually we are lucky to get six or eight but I estimate we have at least 15 tractors here."
Probably the oldest method displayed was a two-mule hitch pulling a one row plow. The rows were straight but the going was slow.
Jefferson County has had the imagery capabilities that has allowed officials to do a variety of tasks. This includes pulling up 3-D maps, locating well heads for different communities, as well as mapping out different properties, to name a few. Throughout the county the program is accessed on a daily basis.
The county's subscription to the company that is hosting this site expired the first of March. Although the county will not lose existing pictures, it does mean that data will not be updated. This places a potentially big handicap on Jefferson County officials.
In some years the annual auditor's report for the City of Fairbury reflected the bad news of of a dire economy. Spiralling expenses and a dwindling cash balance left council members to discuss for hours how to make ends meet.
Not this year.
Tuesday's report given by Pam Busboom of Blobaum & Busboom was quick, easy on the ears and yielded good news.
"Overall the City has a healthy cash position and not a concern in the growth of expenditures," Busboom said.
She reported to council members that while the City's cash position dropped from $2.2 million to $2 million, there is in effect a net increase of $36,000 from the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011.
Who would want to winter in Fairbury, Neb? No one; people usually go south for the warmer weather. Well there is one circus that called Fairbury their home from 1885-1913 during the winter months, The Campbell Brothers Circus.
During the month of April the Fairbury City Museum will be highlighting their Campbell Brothers Circus memorabilia and artifacts. There are photos, programs and interesting pieces of information for the history buff to peruse.
Campbell Brother's Circus was started by four brothers, Al, Ed, Charlie (Doc) and Virgil, as well as a nephew, Fred Hatfield and a brother in law, Lee Greer. As youngsters they had trained with professional circus performers but they had returned home to work on the family farm in Haddam, Kan. However after several hard years of farming and a drought in 1889 the boys staged a small circus to help out the family.
Last year a Fairbury physician, Dr. Ted Tucker, went on a mission trip to Vietnam and plans to return this July for another.
He found last year he would have been better able to provide treatment for more patients for a longer period of time if he had more medication. To help assist in the efforts to provide needed medicine and treatment, there will be a fund raising effort on April 15th at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury. This event will feature a slide presentation and commentary by Dr. Tucker of his 2011 trip. Following the presentation an auction will be held to raise money for the mission trip in order to purchase medication for patients in need in Vietnam.