Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area news columns.
Operation Bear teaches students even more
COZAD—Students at Lexington Middle School began making Teddy bears for deployed soldier’s families in the fall of 2009. They used donated uniforms to get their fabric with uniforms dating from World War I to the present and represented all branches of the service. When finished, they had made a bear for every modern American war or military action. In addition, one large bear was made with a vest displaying patches removed from the uniforms. Some bears were sent to families and some went on a tour to Nebraska’s Veterans homes, but are now on permanent display at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
New elevator, shuttle train facility approved
BROKEN BOW—Anderson, Inc. is planning to build an elevator and a 124-car shuttle train loading facility off State Highway 2 east of Anselmo on the BNSF line. The company received its approval for a zoning variance by members of Custer County Zoning Commission. The proposed facility will have storage for 3.5 million bushels of grain with an annual volume of 13-20 million bushels, and an anticipation of hiring up to 10 full-time employees. The project start date is planned for this fall to be up and running in time for the fall 2012 harvest.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Habitat for Humanity’s new project of kindness
OGALLALA—Volunteers recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity Brush with Kindness project, the first performed in Ogallala. Brush with Kindness is a housing repair program where volunteers helped a resident paint their home and clean up the yard by trimming trees and bushes. Nina Jorgensen was the recipient of the first Ogallala project as she was unable to do the work herself. Volunteers scraped, painted, sealed windows, hung gutters and more. Eligibility includes owning the home, income and the ability to pay back a no-interest loan for materials, which then is used for the next project.—reported in the Keith County News.
37 years of service gets recognized and awarded
CURTIS—Local resident Doris Thompson was recently honored for her 37 years of meritorious service as a National Weather Service Cooperative Weather Observer. In addition, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 20, 2011, Doris Thompson Day across the State of Nebraska. During a ceremony at Stockville, Thompson was also presented with the John Campanius Holm Award, named for a Lutheran minister who was the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American Colonies.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
‘Read Aloud Nebraska’
ARNOLD—“Read Aloud Nebraska,” a program that Arnold Public School media teacher Debbie Moninger and Finch Library director Darlene Rimpley are promoting as a team. The project promotes reading aloud to children of all ages including older people who might have trouble reading due to failing eyesight or those unable to hold reading material. Among several programs planned, a special read aloud session will take place at the Rialto Theatre to hear a story read, then watch the movie made from the book.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
CVFD demonstrates new equipment
CALLAWAY—Donations and funds raised over recent years has enabled the Callaway Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad to replace aging equipment and add some new as well. The new equipment was on display at the annual Firemen’s Barbecue at the Callaway Community Center. A demonstration included the lifting capacity of special pneumatic “pillows” designed to lift heavy objects pinning victims. The department’s new ambulance and gurney were purchased using 45-percent donations from area citizens.—reported in the Callaway Courier.