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Aug

Health Care Renovations Spotlighted At Open House

On Saturday, Aug. 22, Jefferson Community Health Center will host an open house to showcase its recently completed renovations. 
  This renovation project started in 2012 with the addition of eight units to Cedarwood Assisted Living. After this project was completed, the focus shifted to updating the layout and equipment at the hospital. Lana Likens, Director of Public Relations at JCHC, explained the need for the changes.
  “The biggest goal of the project was to have private patient rooms,” said Likens, “because we knew that is really what was needed to really move forward and to offer people what they needed. If you’re sick, if you’re in the hospital, do you really want to share a room? Probably not.”
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12
Aug

Nearly 100 Attend Farm Safety Day


SAFETY DAY at the Fairbury Fairgrounds on August 4, the children each got to take turns feeling what happens to your lungs after years of smoking. The lungs turned black and very stiff. (Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)
The Jefferson County Progressive Agriculture Safety Day was successful, say organizers for the local chapter of Jefferson County Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. A total of 84 children participated in the 18th annual Safety Day held Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
This year’s safety sessions include: beekeeping by Bill Glenn; hearing safety by Nebraska Medicine; Don’t Smoke, by Sarah Lee, a medical student from the University of Nebraska Medical Center; digging safety by Digger’s Hotline; seatbelt safety by Safe Kids/Public Health Solutions; lifting safety by JCHC Rehab and Sports Clinic; grain safety by Farmers Cooperative; and fire safety by the Nebraska State Fire Marshall’s office. A safety puppet show by the Fairbury FFA opened the day’s activities. A lunch program on weather safety was presented by Channel 10/11 weather department, and a mock accident, coordinated by the Jefferson County Ambulance department closed the day.
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12
Aug

School lunch menu 8-12-15

Fairbury Jefferson and Central Elementary Schools
Monday  August 17: CRISPY CHICKEN ON BUN; ham/cheese flatbread, chef salad croutons.
Tuesday August 18: MANDARIN CHICKEN W/WG RICE & HMD WG BREAD; tuna salad on bun. 
Wednesday August 20: MACHO NACHOS; PBJ sandwich.
Thursday August 21: BREADED PORK ON BUN; Chicken salad on bun.
Friday August 22: CHEESE STUFFED STICKS; turkey sandwich.
High School
Monday  August 17:CRISPY CHICKEN ON BUN; jeff rib on bun. 
Tuesday August 18: MANDARIN CHICKEN W/WG RICE & HMD WG BREAD; ham/cheese flatbread.
Wednesday August 20: MACHO NACHOS; Chicken/cheese wrap. 
Thursday August 21: BREADED PORK ON BUN; hamburger on bun. 
Friday August 22: CHEESE STUFFED STICKS; roasted chicken on bun. 
Wed
12
Aug

Back To School Night


Back to School night was Tuesday, August 11, from 5-7pm. This time gives students and parents an opportunity to meet the teachers and see their classrooms before the school year starts.(Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
12
Aug

“Sister’s” To Open In Downtown Fairbury


Jolene Siemson of “Sister’s” Store, opening up downtown on the north side of the square features books, crafts, home decor. (Contributed Photo)
A new shop called Sister's will be opening in the historic downtown area of Fairbury. Jolene Siemson and her sister Alanna are working together to create a business that provides materials and books that may not be found in an average store.
There will be an assortment of books available to purchase such as, fiction, dramas, non-fiction, documentaries and more. Sister's will also have materials like yarn in a craft section and décor.
“I have a lot of products that have accumulated over the years and I was looking forward to sharing it with the community once I retired,” Siemson said.
According to Siemson both her and her sister had collected items throughout the years and needed a way to relieve some of the clutter. The building was offered to Siemson by David Lang who owned the building and she jumped on the opportunity.
Wed
12
Aug

Community Takes First Steps to Repair Fun Park

On Sunday, over 60 people donated their time to restoring the Frontier Fun Park as well as strengthening the sense of community in Fairbury. 
  The community was united in its efforts to bring back a key feature of the Fairbury City Park. Cody Moyer of Fairbury, was one of the volunteers at Sunday’s event. He explained that he volunteered because it is such a great cause.
  “There is so much good in this community,” said Moyer. “There’s just a certain amount of coercion people need to come and take part in a cause like this. I can’t think of a better day than Sunday. It’s a day when most people are spending time with their families and that’s what this whole thing’s about.”
  Moyer, along with others in the community, saw that the Fun Park was in need of repair and decided to make a difference by taking action. The group of people worked to pull weeds, to replace boards and to make some of the chain structures safer.
Wed
12
Aug

Daryl Hermsmeier Horseshoe Tourney


3rd annual Daryl Hermsmeier Doubles Horseshoe Tournament in Jansen on Aug. 1. Winners are l to r: 1st place, Dale Caldwell and Larry Wise; Back (L to R): 2nd place, Robert Eyer and Mike Bock; 3rd place, Tony Stotler and Chester Stotler. (Contributed Photo)
Wed
12
Aug

All-Star BB Camp


BASKETBALL CAMP ALL-STARS Jordan Ruhnke and Sydney Miller, both student-athletes at Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School, attended the Mid-America Basketball Camp held July 26-29 at Grand Island Central Catholic High School. Miller was a nightly rebound leader award winner in the Girls Major League. Both Miller and Ruhnke were selected All-Stars in the Girls Major League at the camp. Front (l-r) Jordan Ruhnke and Sydney Miller. Back (l-r) Coaches Estaben Lopez, Larry Ribble, Mike Trader, and Bill Gavers. (Contributed Photo)
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Aug

Area Residents Place At State Games


Many competitors from Jefferson County, who sought to test their skills at the State Games of America in Lincoln, brought home medals as a sign of their talents. Jonathan Fletcher of Fairbury was awarded a gold medal in three events associated with wrestling: takedown, advantage and freestyle. Fletcher explained that this was his first year wrestling at the State Games. “I went up there, for the first time, actually,” said Fletcher. “It's always something I've wanted to do, but haven't found the time to do it. So, I made it happen this year. I ended up winning all three events. I wrestled six different matches.” Fletcher explained that he is grateful for the support of his parents and his coaches. Eighteen people represented Jefferson County. Based on the results published, at least 11 of these people received medals at the State Games of America. Among the recipients were Adam Parker, Jacob and Korey Nippert, Veronica Rivera, Kody Rumbaugh, Nick Kincaid and Megan Butler. Fletcher believes it is great that so many people from Jefferson County participated in this competition. He plans to compete in the State Games next year. He also encourages other people to compete in the various events. “Hopefully I'll be able to make it up again next year,” Fletcher said. “I plan on competing in all six of the [wrestling] events. Give it a try! You're not going to get anything just not doing anything. Go up and give it a shot. It's a lot of fun!”
 Many competitors from Jefferson County, who sought to test their skills at the State Games of America in Lincoln, brought home medals as a sign of their talents.
 Jonathan Fletcher of Fairbury was awarded a gold medal in three events associated with wrestling: takedown, advantage and freestyle. Fletcher explained that this was his first year wrestling at the State Games.
  “I went up there, for the first time, actually,” said Fletcher. “It's always something I've wanted to do, but haven't found the time to do it. So, I made it happen this year. I ended up winning all three events. I wrestled six different matches.”
 Fletcher explained that he is grateful for the support of his parents and his coaches. 
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12
Aug

Brouse Reunion

Brouse
The 60th  Brouse reunion was held in Mahaska, Kan. August 2, 2015.  Attendance 57 cousins descending from  8 of the 12 Brouse children were represented.   We had the meal started with a blessing from Rod Murray.  After the meal the siblings’ names were called and the relatives would stand and introduce themselves and their families.  Then family pictures were taken.  Honored at the meal was Ethel Peters,96, Mary Frances Kenny, 91,  and Peggy Carlson.  Mary Frances Kenny gave a slide show of her trip to France and described her visit there.  It was decided that we would meet again the first Sunday of August in 2016.  Attending the reunion were descendents of:
Jessie Brouse Quinn:  Carlton & Marlee Kenny Hunt, Ehren, Jess, and Quinn Hunt, Mary Frances Quinn Kenny and Jane Lewis , Mike Kenny, Tamah, Colin and Tabitha Vest. 
Mabel Brouse Kennedy:  Pat and Sue Kennedy, Peggy Carlson.

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