Area News Digest
One Book, One Cozad selects Nebraska author
COZAD—One Book, One Cozad launches their third program with the selection of “Pioneer Girl: A true story of growing up on the prairie” by Andrea Warren. Pioneer Girl is a story of Grace McCance Snyder based upon her memoir, “No Time on my Hands” as well as additional information gathered by the author. The author, Warren, grew up in Newman Grove and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a master’s degree in British literature and taught high school English and history in Hastings before moving to Kansas as a newspaper reporter/writer. The notion of a One Book, One City/State was started by a Seattle librarian in 1998 as a way to promote great literature.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Hotels filling up now for celestial event in August
BROKEN BOW—August of 2017 might seem like a long time from now, but preparations are already being made for a very special event taking place at the end of that month. What has been dubbed as the “Great American Eclipse” will occur Aug. 21. The full eclipse, where the moon will almost entirely cover the sun, has not been seen in the U.S. since 1979, and the first time since 1776 that a total eclipse path was located in just one country. The Sandhills region of Nebraska is predicted to be a prime location for viewing, and Broken Bow is where it can be viewed for two minutes and 36 seconds. Already, a number of people from across the country and outside of the U.S. have booked rooms in Broken Bow, taking bookings for month, with only about half a dozen rooms left. Communities are also working to make a weekend-long festival to commemorate the once in a lifetime occurrence.—reported in the Custer County Chief.Grant provides hands-on wildlife education
OGALLALA—Ogallala High School agriculture students will have more hands-on opportunities after receiving funds from the Ogallala Public Schools Foundation. The grant money, totaling $1,200, was used to purchase three sets of replica wildlife tracks, one set of replica wildlife scat, one worm composting kit and a wildlife identification techniques DVD. Some of the replica animal tracks are from otters, weasels, coyotes, black bears, timber wolves and cougars. The purpose of the project is to provide students authentic experiences in identifying wildlife of North America based on their tracks and other identifiable characteristics. The importance of the program engages today’s youth in nature and helping them develop an appreciation for the natural resources surrounding Ogallala.—reported in the Keith County News.
Ag students experience the legislative process
CURTIS—Four students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and their professor, Mary Rittenhouse, spent a day in Lincoln where they toured the State Capitol, met with Lt. Gov. Mike Foley and stopped by to chat with five state senators. The agribusiness management students were given the opportunity to learn more about the Nebraska Legislature, watched a committee hearing and visited with each of the senators including Sen. Dan Hughes. The students were able to experience what goes on with legislation and the work that senators do, all in preparation for a career in agribusiness after graduating.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Arnold story featured on website and NTV
ARNOLD—The Arnold Cemetery Wreath project was recently featured in December’s Nebraska Rural Living, an online resource for stories about the reality of life in rural Nebraska versus the picture presented by the media. Kristi Dvorak, who is the creator of the Arnold Cemetery website and wreath program, presented the story for their “Rural Success Stories” section, which was posted on NebraskaRuralLiving.com, and was featured in their monthly email to their subscribers. Shortly after, the story was picked up by NTV for Good Morning Nebraska. It is a delightful story that inspires more to love towns under 10,000 in Nebraska, and anyone may subscribe to the monthly email. Additional stories in the Arnold area are planned for 2017.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
American Legion Hall receiving upgrades
CALLAWAY—It started with a $20,000 donation to the Callaway American Legion Post 59 to renovate the aged digs its members have called home for over 40 years. Founded on Sept. 20, 1919, by Dr. Roy Bryson, the veterans service organization will have a greatly improved meeting place in the next month or so as volunteers work to finish a complete renovation started two years ago come April. Renovations began with electrical wiring, then interior walls, ceiling and lights, speakers, windows and bathrooms are also being completely redone. The project has been all volunteer labor. The organization will be celebrating its 100th year next September and will have a new facility to celebrate the occasion.—reported in the Callaway Courier.