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What To Plant, Where It Can Be Planted

It's Springtime in Nebraska; the home of Arbor Day. Nebraskans are no strangers when it comes to planting trees.

But according to Laura Bedlan, assistant street and alley superintendent for the City of Fairbury, local residents need to be aware that even when it comes to planting trees there are certain guidelines which need to be met.

"We do have rules about what can be planted and where it can be planted," she explained. "There are a lot of great tree varieties out there but because of their size they may not be best suited for certain areas and certain types may not be best suited for certain areas."

The following are guidelines accepted by the City of Fairbury.

Small Trees

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Arbor Day Observed By Planting A Tree

McNish Park will be home to a new tree this Friday.

"It is that time of year again and we are preparing to celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree," Laura Bedlan, assistant street and alley superintendent for the City of Fairbury, said. "At 9:00 a.m. on Friday the 29th of April at McNish Park, Black Hills Energy is supplying the City with a Lacebark Pine to plant at the north end of the park symbolizing the importance of trees in our community and recognizing that they are a vital component to our cities infrastructure."

Bedlan appreciates the generosity of Black Hills Energy.

"The city would like to thank its Tree Board members and Black Hills Energy for their tireless efforts overseeing the needs of our community's trees and for helping us to be recognized as a Tree City USA Community again this year."

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Stable Tax Rate? Not In Jefferson County

Last week the Nebraska State Department of Revenue released their findings for property values in 2010. The official stance from the State was that "property values are stable."

Not in Jefferson County.

Locally commercial and industrial land value rose a whopping 20.97%. This compares to a statewide average increase of 4.23%. Ag land value in Jefferson County rose 10.50%. This compares to an average increase statewide of 11.23%.

Jefferson County taxpayers also saw higher valuation changes in residential property and real property than the Nebraska average. In residential property local taxpayers saw valuation hikes of approximately 1.60%, compared to 1.50 percent on the state average. Real property for county taxpayers increased in valuations 8.41%, compared to 4.88% on the Nebraska average.

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Living History In Steele City This Weekend

Area residents will recreate the past this weekend at the first of three living history weekends to be held in historic Steele City as they pick up tools and work as the pioneers did over 100 years ago.

Blacksmithing, wheelwrighting and a variety of domestic skills such as weaving and soap making will be demonstrated to the public on Saturday and Sunday at the historic buildings in Steele City, including the blacksmith shop, bank, and livery barn. In addition, the historic Baptist church and the museum at the former high school building will be open for touring.

"Our volunteers take off from their regular jobs and become craftsmen from the past," said Jefferson County Historical Society Curator Denise Andersen. "All we want is for others to enjoy the weekend and maybe learn something in the process."

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Arbor Day Foundation Names Fairbury Tree City USA Community

Fairbury has been recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.

Fairbury has earned this national designation for 24 years.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Fairbury has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

"We commend Fairbury's elected officials, volunteers and its citizen for providing vital care for its urban forest," John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.

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City Council OK's Use Of Park Facilities

The City Park on Fairbury's west end will get a little busier than usual this coming Summer.

Last week members of the Fairbury City Council gave a unanimous stamp of approval, which will allow use of the park and its facilities for upcoming events.

City leaders authorized a measure which would allow camping in the park during Memorial Day weekend for a girls' softball tournament. The council also approved allowing use of the shower facilities in the Community Building and at the swimming pool on June 24th in conjunction with the 24th Tour de Nebraska bike ride.

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Fairbury Prom This Saturday

Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School prom candidates have been announced and the royal couple will be crowned this weekend. Candidates include, back row, left to right, king candidates, Richard Rhoden, Kylon Fett, Brandon Katz, Trenton McCown and Tanner Stenson. Front row, left to right, queen candidates include, Kalee Cromer, Naomi Lutze, Hannah Bauer and Sydney Schroeder. Not pictured, Meggie Ehle. The Prom Dance is from 8 p.m.-midnight at the '47 gym and students may enter from 8-9 p.m. Saturday night. Doors will re-open for the public at 11:15 for the crowning at 11:30. Post prom will follow at the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School. (Journal-News photo by Vicki Check)

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U.S. Treasury to "Retire" Paper Check For New Recipients of Social Security and Other Federal Benefits, Saving Taxpayers $1 Billion

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is retiring the paper Social Security check for millions of baby boomers and others applying for federal benefits, a move that will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years. Beginning May 1, 2011, anyone newly applying for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits will need to choose an electronic payment method - paper checks will no longer be an option. People currently receiving their federal benefits by paper check must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.

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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

Approximately 1,200 delegates from 102 chapters attended the Nebraska Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference April 3-5 in Lincoln.

FCCLA is an organization of Family and Consumer Sciences students and it is the only youth lead organization with the family as its focus.

The theme of the 2011 Conference was "FCCLA: Play Up Your Possibilities". The following students from Fairbury attended the event: Cierra Beranek, Shelby Maschmann, Chelsea Sasse, Bryce Taylor, Kara Riggle, Rachel Bender, Grayson Vaughn, Michaela Barber, Christine Welsch, Taylor Hill, Brittany Ward, and Nicole Graham,. They were accompanied by advisor Kay Onnen and parent sponsors Martha Welsch and Jennifer Barber.

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Fairbury FBLA Attends State Leadership Conference

Competition, leadership training, networking, and fun! These words describe the thoughts of 20 Fairbury FBLA members who qualified for the 2011 FBLA State Leadership Conference held April 7-9 in Omaha. Over 2150 Nebraska members and advisers gathered for the three-day conference to name the top winners in 55 competitive events, to elect next year's State Officer Team, and to determine who will represent Nebraska at this year's National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The Opening General Session featured keynote speaker Grant Baldwin. His message titled "No More Excuses" motivated students to take responsibility for their own lives through a blend of comedy, storytelling, authentic transparency, and true inspiration.

He challenged members to apply action to decisions in order to be successful. He reminded members that even though you cannot always control your circumstances, you can always control your response.

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