Solar energy is becoming more utilized as a source of space heating and electricity for home and business.
To introduce this energy source, a free, one-day seminar covering solar air, water and electric systems will be presented at Southeast Community College. The seminar will be on Friday, March 2, 2012, at: the Milford Nebraska Campus; 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; the Dunlap Center, Room A, 600 State Street. For those who cannot attend during the day, there will be a business after hours from 4 to 5 p.m. following the seminar.
The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation and the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers announced today that nominations for the 58th annual Pioneer Farm Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Farm Bureau are now being accepted. The program honors farm families in Nebraska whose land has been owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more.
To date, more than 8,000 families in all 93 Nebraska counties have been honored at various county fairs. Each honoree receives an engraved plaque and gatepost marker as permanent recognition of this milestone.
Nomination forms can be obtained from the local County Fair Board Office or by writing the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Farm Awards, 8707 West Center Road, Suite 101, Omaha, NE 68124, or online at www.aksarben.org. All nominations must be received by the county fair board office in which the land is found no later than May 1, 2012.
The pace of our committee work picked up this week as we selected our personal and committee priority bills for the session. Priority bills enjoy an earlier placement on the legislative agenda, which is especially valuable in a short session.
My personal priority bill is LB1067, which allows cities, counties or villages to choose a time between 3 and 5 minutes that must elapse between keno games in their jurisdiction. Originally, the bill opened up the options to between one and 5 minutes, but the committee chose to raise the minimum to 3 minutes. This will give local governing authorities the option to reduce the time between keno games and increase keno revenue to their communities.
The west Gardenside entrance will be closed and some existing parking will not be available because of a renovation/repair project starting soon at Jefferson Community Health Center.
The replacement of an air handling unit will begin on Monday, Feb. 27.
The project will require equipment in the west parking of JCHC, on the far north and part of the far west side. This will mean the north row of parking and a portion of the west row of parking will not be available during the project, anticipated to be complete in early July.
During the project, the west entrance to Gardenside will not be open to the public. Gardenside visitors will need to use the main entrance of Jefferson Community Health Center or the main entrance of Cedarwood assisted living to access Gardenside until the project is completed.
The Jefferson County Relay For Life Kick Off will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. at the '47 Gym. Featured speaker will be Michelle, 2012 Hero of Hope. The Relay For Life will be held Friday, June 15 - Saturday, June 16, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the Fairbury City Park.
All kids are invited to attend a special showing of Veggie Tales Robbin Good and his Not-So-Merry Men on Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fairbury Assembly of God Church, 11th and D streets. There will be games and snacks along with the movie. For more information contact Paula at 402-587-1716 or the church at 402-729-3207.
VFW District 6 meeting will be held at Pawnee City on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. Meeting will be held at the Legion Hall.
Filing dates for many of the elected positions is fast approaching. Deadline for non-incumbents is March 1.
Voter registration, party change, address change and name change can be completed in the County Clerk's office until May 4, at 6:00 p.m. If you are completing this by mail or agent the deadline is April 27, and received in the County Clerk's office by April 30.
Below is a list of filings as of Feb. 22. (I)-Incumbent
The following need to file with the Secretary of State.
Evelyn Wiedel was born on Jan. 31, 1926 in Burke, S.D. and was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Gorgen of Central City, Neb., on Dec. 14, 1932. She died Feb. 18, 2012 at Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home in Hebron at the age of 86.
She graduated from Central City High School in 1944 and from St. Francis School of Nursing in Grand Island in 1947. In October 1948, she moved to Hebron to work at the Hebron Hospital.
She met Henry Wiedel and they were married on Oct. 19, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hebron. They lived their entire life in Hebron.
She retired from the hospital in 1987 after almost 40 years of service.
Lydia Schanze Dragoo was born March 19, 1920 on the family farm east of Fairbury, Neb. to Fred and Louise (Becker) Schanze. She died Feb. 4, 2012 at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 15 days.
She was united in marriage to Charles Elwin "Tuffy" Dragoo of Mahaska, Kan.
After working at Junker Grocery, J C Penney and Montgomery Wards, she made her career as a dental assistant with Dr. Miles Banks of Fairbury. She worked for Dr. Banks for 28 years before retiring.
She was a member of the Mahaska Presbyterian Church, where she served twice as an Elder. She was also a city councilwomen for the City of Mahaska.
She loved the outdoors, which was seen in her yard, flowers and garden. When she couldn't go outside she loved to work word search puzzles.
June C. Malloy, the daughter of Lewis Grant Cormack and Margaret Campbell (Cruickshank) Cormack, was born Sept. 27, 1937 at Aberdeen, Scotland. She died Feb. 16, 2012 at the Elk Ridge Village, Elkhorn, Neb., at the age of 74 years, 4 months, and 19 days.
She attended and graduated from Old Aberdeen Jr. Secondary and attended Webster's College at Aberdeen. She immigrated to Canada in 1958 to Toronto, Canada until 1968 when she returned to Aberdeen.
She worked at the Pirie Appleton & Company Papermill. In 1972, she met Tom Malloy and later was united in marriage on Nov. 7, 1977. Their travels took them to Las Pamas-Canary Islands, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Louisiana, and then Hubbell.