There have been many books donated during the past several months. There are new books on the shelf every week.
The Family Involvement Program will continue for another year. Participants need to check the mail for your invitation. If you are not signed up, stop by the library to do so. The October winners were the Barry Weichel family. The Fairbury Journal-News has been donated for another year. If you don not subscribe to it, stop at the library to read it.
The concrete has been poured for the new gazebo.
Bob Pearson will be stepping down from the library board. If you are interested, call the library at 402-656-4335.
Mike and Joyce Medina, representing Post and Aux 3113 delivered presents to Veterans at local nursing homes for Christmas. Veteran Frank Phelps is shown receiving one of the presents. (Contributed photo)
The Grone family Christmas dinner was held Dec. 10, at the Steele City Church fellowship hall. Those attending were Karen Lichty Biegert of Shickley, Bob and Diane Sanner of Grand Island, Robert Sanner of York, Gayle Farber, Anthony and Stacy Farber, Amanda Rihanek, Ken, Alexis and Kayden of Lincoln, Dennis Swett of Fairbury, Dan and Jenny Swett of Endicott, Michael Newman of Sutton, Dean and Marjorie Grone, Dee and Marilyn Swett, Darin and Michelle Doeschot, Darrick and Taylon of Steele City.
Scott and Lorna Cassell, Kaitie and Josh of Bellevue were Christmas weekend guests of Scott's parents, Vern and Dorothy Cassell.
Residents of Nebraska can ring in the New Year by receiving 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2012.
By becoming a member of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, you will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two goldenraintrees.
"These beautiful trees will give your home in Nebraska lovely flowers with pink, yellow and white colors," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "These trees are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds."
The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign.
January is a slow time of the year for plants. We can't go outside and do very much for our plants this time of year, at least not in Nebraska because nothing is actively growing outside during the winter. However, things that we do outside this time of year can have effects on our plants when they start to grow again in the spring. We can also take this time of the year to care for our houseplants and plan our gardens for next spring.
Deicers can be harmful not only to our concrete but also to our landscapes. Too much salt placed on trees, shrubs, and other perennials can cause severe damage to these plants. Typical plant symptoms of salt damage include desiccation (drying out), stunting, dieback, and leaf margin and tip damage that looks as though the leaves were burned by a chemical.
Guests of Marvin and Donna Shoemaker over the Christmas weekend were: Abe and Janet Fisher, Caleb, Connor and Creighton of Brookfield, Wis.; Mark and Laura Fincham, Jaxon and Afton, Ankeny, Iowa; Sgt Rex and Kaitlyn Shoemaker, Aaron and Mashea of Ft. Polk, La.; and Frank and Lynette Shoemaker, Marysville.
"Twisted Border", David Vail of Narka, Randy and Jessie Durflinger of Alexander, James Mumby and Vicky Taylor of Fairbury, hosted a New Year's Eve party at Denton Hall Saturday night.
Southeast Community College has released its Dean's List for the quarter recently completed on the Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford campuses.
To be recognized on SCC's Dean's List, a student must complete at least six quarter credit hours of the term with a minimum grade-point average of 3.5. Classes with a grade of "P" (Pass) do not count toward the six-hour minimum.
One of the incorporators of the Fairbury Electric Light Co., organized in Omaha, was R.B. Howell, later a US senator.
Jefferson County Clerk John Converse was arranging to ship a carload of local corn to Russia for the starving people there. Tsars, Communism or common wealth, food is often scarce for the hungry in that country.
McLucas Bros. bought and shipped two carloads of hogs to market, 53 bought from George Cox, 68 from Jack Hughes, 60 from Dolph Bosley, 72 from Hon Burkhart and 30 from Will Holmes.