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Calling All Lifesavers Give Blood April 25 At JCHC Drive

As April showers bring May flowers, blood donors have the opportunity to provide renewed hope for many in the coming weeks. Regular, volunteer blood donations are the key to saving millions of lives each year. The Jefferson Community Health Center (JCHC) will be hosting a community blood drive with the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) on Monday, April 25 from 10:00 am - 2:00 p m. Current and new donors are encouraged to give an hour of time to make a life-saving difference in their community.

"Every day countless patients depend on the caring generosity of the volunteer blood donor," said Kelly Gillaspie, NCBB Recruitment Director. "Nebraska Community Blood Bank donors are some of the best in the nation, helping supply as many as 1,000 units of blood each week to area hospitals. Still, new donors are always needed."

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Fairbury Students Of The Month

Fairbury Jr. High students of the month are, left to right, eighth graders, Avery Joe, son of Randy and Bonnie Joe and Shelby Pollman, daughter of Roger and Pam Pollman. Seventh graders include, Bladen Ahl, son of Dennis and Janet Ahl and Anna Schouboe daughter of Barry and Connie Schouboe. (Contributed photo)

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CRP General Sign-up Ends April 15

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Jefferson Executive Director Raela Brandt reminds landowners and producers that the general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ends April 15, 2011.

"Farm Service Agency is celebrating the 25th year of the Conservation Reserve Program," said Brandt. "For more than two decades, CRP has been tremendously successful in improving wildlife habitat as well as the environmental quality of our land, air and water resources and subsequently improving the quality of life for many rural Americans," she said.

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2011 Global Youth Service Day Mini-Grant Awards

The mini-grant project goal is to engage Nebraska youths in service to their local communities in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), April 15-17, 2011; the largest service event in the world celebrating the contributions youth make to their communities 365 days of the year. A successfully funded project is to be a one-day or continuous service project with a service-learning component. Funding is from the State Farm Foundation GYSD Grant ($2,000) and resulted in eleven projects being funded. The ServeNebraska Corporation for National Community Service Disability Grant ($1,900) funded 7 projects.

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Marlin Turman

Marlin L. Turman, 67, of Fairbury, Neb., died April 12, 2011 at Thayer County Hospital in Hebron.

Survivors include his daughters, Diane Terwilliger and fiancé, Sam Howard of Fairbury, Kristy LoCicero and husband, Jack of Methuen, Mass.; seven grandchildren; brother, Fred Turman and wife, Deb of Wilber; sisters, Marlene Lewis, Maylinda Ray and Myra Struchtemeyer, of Missouri.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury.

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Robert Alexander

Robert T. Alexander, 76, of Fairbury, Neb., died April 12, 2011 in Fairbury.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; daughters, Trisia Alexander of Houston, Texas, Jeannie Windstead of Redding, Calif., Lorraine Novotny and husband, Brian "Bruno" of Fairbury, Bonnie Joe and Mark Roever of Hanover, Kan.; son, Jeff Alexander and wife, Angie of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Pat Chronister and husband, Darrell of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; son-in-law, Randy Joe of Thompson; half brother, James Alexander and wife, Irene of Owensboro, Ky.; half sister, Elsetta Torres and husband, Win of Northridge, Calif.

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Judith Moerer

Judith B. (Judy) Moerer, 69, died at her home in Lincoln, Neb. on April 6, 2011.

She was born Jan. 18, 1942 at Graceville, Minn., to Richard and Ida (Bohling) Moerer.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

After graduating from high school at Auburn, Neb., and from Concordia University at Seward, she taught in Lutheran elementary schools in Sidney, Omaha, Lincoln and in Winfield, Kan.

She also worked for Boys Club of Omaha, as a medical transcriptionist in Omaha and Council Bluffs and at social service agencies in Auburn, Tecumseh and Lincoln.

She was a cook at Good Samaritan in Auburn, F Street Community Center and Gateway Manor in Lincoln.

She loved to play the piano and organ, work puzzles and share funny stories and jokes.

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Man's Challenges Himself To Walk Across The Country

A small shop located on the west side of the downtown square in Fairbury had a special visitor last Wednesday. Bill Fairbanks, who is in his 70s, began walking across the country July 2, 2009, starting in Los Osos, Calif. and recently dropped in at Kapke's Collage and Coffee shop and shared his story.

In 2007, Fairbanks retired after 41 years as an anthropology teacher at Cuesta Community College in California. He began his journey two years into his retirement. His wife Carole travels the many miles with him as she drops him off each morning and picks him up each evening.

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2011 DARE Graduating Class

On March 30, graduation ceremonies were held for the 2011 DARE class of fifth grade students.

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Fun Night

Several Fairbury children and families attended this year's PTA Fun Night celebration last Friday evening from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the '47 Gym. Games, food, drinks and dessert were available for those in attendance. Above, Central Elementary School Principal Jeremy Christiansen, left, and Jefferson Intermediate School Principal Jason Hippen, stayed busy making and bagging up various flavors of cotton candy for the evening. Right, one of the popular games was the duck pond. Below, Barb Bedlan assists youngsters with a game Friday evening. (Journal-News photos by Vicki Check)

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