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.
*Commissioner Marvin Yost reported that he attended the LB1 Keystone Pipeline meeting in Lincoln. He stated that he was surprised to find out how many defunct oil wells were in the sand hills area.
*Travis Arnold, county maintenance, alerted the Commissioners that the statute on the west side of the court house appears to be starting to deteriorate on the top of its' head. Commissioners authorized him to investigate on warranty as well as cost of repair.
*Arnold is still in process of getting bids for the flooring in the basement. He is to ask county attorney if bonding is required.
*Jonathan Jank, Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) gave report on establishing a CASA advocacy group in Jefferson county.
Today we enjoy the benefits of trees planted by generations before us. ReTree Nebraska urges Nebraskans to plant it forward this Fall and plant a tree-or trees-in celebration of ReTree Week, which was Oct. 31-Nov 5.
"Fairbury's beautiful parks are full of a diverse variety of trees and we are continually striving to maintain that diversity by planting new trees whenever we can," Laura Bedlan, Fairbury's Assistant Street Superintendant, said.
"In the last 30 years, we've lost nearly half our state's community forest resources," Jessica Kelling, ReTree Nebraska Coordinator )said. "With the simple act of planting a tree or trees, we have the ability to do something great for future generations."
Kelling says that fall is a great time to plant trees in Nebraska because there are fewer demands on the roots, allowing trees to establish their root systems and get a jump start on spring growth.
The family of Lawrence and Verda Cacak would like to honor them with a card shower for their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 22, 1946 in Mahaska, Kan.
Their family includes daughter, Carol Allen and husband, Jay of Broken Bow, son, Harold Cacak and wife, Jan, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. The also have two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Cards may be sent to 1421 G St., Fairbury, NE 68352.