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Enjoy The Trees You Plant For Years To Come

The last Friday in April is Arbor Day. This year that holiday falls on April 29th. In support of this holiday we should all go out and plant a tree or more than one if you desire, or support an organization that does plant trees if you have no need or space for extra trees in your yard.

Arbor Day is a state holiday in Nebraska and many other states throughout the United States. In Nebraska, it is celebrated on the last Friday in April. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, in other states Arbor Day is celebrated in different months so that it is celebrated at the best time of the year to plant a tree. In the south it is celebrated in January and February and in the north it is celebrated in May. Arbor Day was originally started to get more trees throughout Nebraska for windbreaks, erosion control, and for shade. Today we celebrate the holiday to keep adding more trees to our otherwise prairie state.

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Blue River Inn Holds Last Hurrah

Bob and Catherine Shelburne opened the door of the Blue River Inn one final time last Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to the Shelburnes, after 41 years in business, regretfully due to health reasons, it was time to call it quits. The long time Endicott couple said it has been one heck of a run and a lot of fun, but all good things must come to an end. They have appreciated all the support given to them over the years and everyone has become more than a customer to them. Some made them smile when they walked in the door and some when they walked out, but all the memories are worthwhile to the Shelburnes. The camaraderie of a small town bar is priceless. The bar, located six miles southeast of Fairbury in Endicott along Hwy. 8, was known for their extremely reasonable and delicious lunches, a small monkey named George (a few years back), a two-headed calf which has been on display for numerous years and a great spot for morning coffee.

Wed
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Apr
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Blue River Inn Holds Last Hurrah

Bob and Catherine Shelburne opened the door of the Blue River Inn one final time last Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to the Shelburnes, after 41 years in business, regretfully due to health reasons, it was time to call it quits. The long time Endicott couple said it has been one heck of a run and a lot of fun, but all good things must come to an end. They have appreciated all the support given to them over the years and everyone has become more than a customer to them. Some made them smile when they walked in the door and some when they walked out, but all the memories are worthwhile to the Shelburnes. The camaraderie of a small town bar is priceless. The bar, located six miles southeast of Fairbury in Endicott along Hwy. 8, was known for their extremely reasonable and delicious lunches, a small monkey named George (a few years back), a two-headed calf which has been on display for numerous years and a great spot for morning coffee.

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Apr
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Teammate Matches Participate In "Teammate Olympics"

Members of the Fairbury Teammates program participated in "Teammate Olympics" on Sunday, April 10. Present were 13 mentees, 14 mentors and 8 board members.

Those present were paired up into 13 pairs - either with their "match" or with another if theirs was not present. They participated in the following events:

- Teammate Scrabble - coming up with as many words from the word "teammates" as possible in 2 minutes

- Puzzle race - how long does it take to put together a 60 piece puzzle

- Cup Stacking - each member was timed in the 3 by 3 cup stacking and times were combined

- Exercise Ball Shuffle - tossing the ball back and forth the length of the gym (timed)

- Hool-a-Hoop Toss - who can make the most out of 10 "shots" with a hool-la-loop at the target

Wed
20
Apr
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Teammate Matches Participate In "Teammate Olympics"

Members of the Fairbury Teammates program participated in "Teammate Olympics" on Sunday, April 10. Present were 13 mentees, 14 mentors and 8 board members.

Those present were paired up into 13 pairs - either with their "match" or with another if theirs was not present. They participated in the following events:

- Teammate Scrabble - coming up with as many words from the word "teammates" as possible in 2 minutes

- Puzzle race - how long does it take to put together a 60 piece puzzle

- Cup Stacking - each member was timed in the 3 by 3 cup stacking and times were combined

- Exercise Ball Shuffle - tossing the ball back and forth the length of the gym (timed)

- Hool-a-Hoop Toss - who can make the most out of 10 "shots" with a hool-la-loop at the target

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Apr
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Chamber Pork 'N' Pints Event Well Received Plans In The Works For Next Year

The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce held their First Annual Pork 'N' Pints event last Saturday night at the Fairbury VFW.

The night included a micro beer tasting of 20 beers, a pork meal and live DJ entertainment.

The event was well received and all 150 mugs that were included with the tickets were sold out.

"We estimated that we had over 200 people attend," Sharon Priefert, Fairbury Chamber director said. "Some came for the beer tasting and others showed up later just for the music entertainment."

When planning a first-year event, it is hard to guess the public response and attendance.

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What's For Lunch?

Fairbury Jefferson and Central Elementary Schools

Thursday, April 21: Turkey tetrazzini, corn, strawberries/bananas, brownies. PBJ sandwich pack. Ham chef salad pack.

Friday, April 22: No School. Spring break.

Monday, April 25: No School. Spring break.

Tuesday, April 26: Jeff rib on bun, baked beans. Turkey sandwich pack. Yogurt/cheese pack.

Wednesday, April 27: Turkey/veggie wrap, broccoli with cheese. Ham sandwich pack. Yogurt/cheese pack.

High School

Thursday, April 21: Turkey tetrazzini, corn.

Friday, April 22: No School. Spring break.

Monday, April 25: No School. Spring break.

Tuesday, April 26: Jeff rib on bun, baked beans.

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Hynek's Flock Raises Money For Relay For Life

Several people attended a Relay for Life fundraiser last Friday night at the Jefferson County fairgrounds building. Relay for Life team, Hynek's Flock, held a freewill pancake supper and auction to raise money for cancer research. Shown are Steve Kettelhut who auctioned off the items (along with Scott McGee, not pictured) and Darcy (Hynek) Bear who helped organize the benefit along with other family members and friends. She holds one of the more popular items on the auction, homemade cinnamon rolls baked by her grandmother, Pauline Hynek. Darcy's father, Mick Hynek, is a cancer survivor. (Journal-News photos by Vicki Check)

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Just Around The Corner

Relay For Life

Relay For Life, Jefferson County Team Captain and Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 28, 5:30 p.m. at the Burkley Family Center, 509 E St., Fairbury. Bring your team rosters or sign up on-line, www.relayforlife.org/jeffersoncone. Wear teal or peach for cervical, ovarian, uterine cancer. For more information contact, Brenda Riggle, 402-239-4928 or Krystal Schroeder, 402-587-0387.

Barbecue Chicken Fund-raiser

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Free Fishing Clinic Planned At Alexandria State Recreation Area

Like to fish?

A Kid's Fishing Clinic and Family Day is planned for Saturday May 21 at 9:30 am. at Alexandria State Recreation Area. It is located at 560 Ave. and 718 Road on the border of the Thayer/ Jefferson county line about eight miles west and seven miles north of Fairbury.

"This is our 11th year running," Rick Ball, Grounds keeper at Alexandria, said. "We have had about 200 participants on the average over the last five years for our event."

According to Ball the event is free to all. The door prizes are for kids 16 and younger. There will be fishing poles and bait provided for those in need.

There also will be a free hotdog cookout for all.

"We have three grand prizes; one for the biggest fish, the biggest crappie, and the biggest Bluegill," Ball said. "There are many other door prizes available at the 3 p.m. drawings."

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