Outreach: the act of extending services or benefits to a wider section of a population. It is providing unsolicited and pre-defined help to groups or individuals deemed to need it. Given the plunging economy outreach to each other becomes more and more important.
This past Saturday there was a different type of outreach. Benefits and services were extended but it wasn't for just people. The Nebraskans for Companion Animals came to town with two trailers of straw and a truck and SUV filled with dog and cat food. Their mission was to offer straw and food to families with outside animals who may not be able to afford the straw for winter.
Kathleen Lois Richardson was born Dec. 9, 1924, in Minot, N.D. to John T. Bailey and Julia Noakes Bailey. She died Nov. 3, 2011 in Fairbury, Neb., at the age of 86.
She grew up in Crosby, N.D., received a BA from Minot State College.
She was united in marriage to Lloyd W. Richardson on March 10, 1949.
Over the years she did volunteer work at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha. She enjoyed knitting, gardening, and being outside; had wonderful friendships with their neighbors; was known for her delicious chocolate chip cookies.
Ellen Maxine (Sokolik) Panec was born March 29, 1943 to William and Irma Laun of Tobias. She died Oct. 28, 2011 at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln at following a year-long battle with lung and brain cancer at the age of 68. Her last weeks were spent suffering multiple injuries following a serious car accident on Sept. 19, 2011 in Lincoln.
She attended Palmer country school in Saline County until the sixth grade, finishing junior high at the Tobias Public School. She entered Tobias High School in 1957 and graduating in 1961. She was an excellent student and was actively involved in many activities, student council, cheerleading and volleyball, helping her team progress to the state championships in 1959.
She was raised on farm northeast of Tobias, she loved the outdoors, favoring a pet sheep for years and riding a favorite horse belonging to her uncle.
Rose Tracy (Koch) Portwood was born March 5, 1902 to Frank and Magdelena (Hellman) Koch in a log cabin in Washington County Kansas, north of Morrowville. She was the oldest of five children. She died Nov. 2, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury, Neb., at the age of 109. She was listed as the second oldest living Nebraskan at the time of her death.
She was baptized in infancy and confirmed at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and attended the Albia Public School north of Morrowville.
When she was a small child, her family moved to Utah. They loaded their horses, cows, farm machinery and a dog in a box car. The family lived there for about two years. The horses all died but one and the crops weren't good, so they returned to their farm north of Morrowville across the road west of the former "Sunrise Station."
Three men were sentenced Nov. 3 in District Court by Judge Paul W. Korslund.
Information was originally filed on David L. Beetley, 50, of Fairbury charging him with two counts. The counts were theft by deception, value over $1,500, a Class III Felony and abuse of a vulnerable adult, a Class IIIA Felony.
The charges stem from incidents on or about Oct. 1, 2007 through April 9, 2009 when Beetley did intentionally obtain property of another of a value in excess of $1,500.
Amended information was filed on Aug. 18 charging Beetley with attempted abuse of a vulnerable adult, a Class I Misdemeanor. He pled no contest to the amended charge.
Last Thursday Judge Paul W. Korslund sentenced Beetley to 24 months probation and he was ordered to pay $9,600 in restitution.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), long name for an organization whose intent is to leave a longer impression on children's lives. This organization works with abused children that have come into the court system. CASA recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the Seward and soon to be Jefferson County court system.
Previously CASA had been in Seward county and has been able to serve 86% of the identified abused and neglected children. Their new goal is to be able to serve and assist 100% of the children in both Jefferson and Seward county. This has been made possible through monies that have been designated through the Jefferson County Commissioners and the county budget. They have also been granted what is called pass through money from their parent organization that is further assisting them in setting up in Jefferson county.
A Kansas farm. An autumn cornfield with a scarecrow. A serene forest. All these places are familiar to those who live in or travel through the Midwest. But if the farm's location changes to Over the Rainbow, the scarecrow talks and moves, and the forest is haunted, people realize they are in the Land of Oz. This weekend the Land of Oz comes to life as the Fairbury students take to the stage at the Burkley Fine Arts Center at the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School.
Whose responsibility is it? That was the question posed to the County Commissioners and Bill Hansel, Jefferson County Highway Superintendent, even before the meeting was called to order.
Keith Trimm, Fairbury resident, pulled out 8 X 10 picture glossies of the road leading to the farmsteads, and surrounding area. These homes are located south of International Mineral Technologies, LLC formerly known as Tetra Micronutrients, and the area in question is the bridge and road that lead to that area.
"Whose responsibility is this bridge?" Trimm asked.
"That bridge has never been given to the county. It is not even on the county road, it is not on a section line, through the state there is not a bridge number," replied Hansel.
"Honoring Our Military" is the theme for November at the Fairbury City Museum. A special program featuring living history demonstrations, plus flag and military uniform displays is scheduled for this Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1 - 4 p.m. Visitors to the museum will have an opportunity to learn about our country's military history, in honor of Veteran's Day.
Fairbury native and Fairbury City Museum volunteer Megan (Katz) Smallcomb will be creating displays featuring military uniforms spanning our country's military history including the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the War in Afghanistan. There will also be a display of American flags representing different periods in our Nation's history.