Tony and Nicole Levander of Albion are the parents of a son, Blake Anthony, born October 28, 2014 at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.
He joins his sister Emily, age 2.
Grandparents are Paul and Deb Kyncl and Ron and Mary Levander, all of Albion.
Great-grandparents are Howard and LaVonne Mills and Lyla Levander, all of Albion.
Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.
This year, 3,765 American Degrees were awarded.
Devon Baum and Tyler Childers, members of the Elgin FFA chapter, were awarded the American FFA Degree at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky.
Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at that national convention.
Although Devon and Tyler were unable to attend due to college and work commitments their awards will be given to them by Advisor, Mrs. Schwartz.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
An audience of youths and adults, veterans who served in times of peace and times of war, gathered to observe Veterans Day Tuesday morning in Elgin.
There were few empty seats at Elgin High School gymnasium for the program. Students from all three schools in the community participated in the event either through the spoken word or in music during the nearly hour-long program.
Those veterans in attendance who served during times of war or other armed conflict were recognized by a standing ovation. Giving the Veterans Day Address was Garrett Dwyer. A 2004 graduate of Pope John, Dwyer joined the United State Marine Corps and served four years as an infantryman including a combat tour in Ramadi, Iraq in 2006-2007.
After returning home, he attended NCTA in Curtis, graduating with a degree in agriculture production. He said, “Seventeen percent of the US population lives in rural America and of that number, 40 percent of the people who serve in the military come from rural America. So, almost half of our military comes from small town America.”
He then spoke of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) and its efforts to assist veterans after returning home. The mission of FVC is not just to have veterans grow food, but to mobilize veterans to feed America. “The FVC strives to cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities,” he said.
In closing, Dwyer shared what it means to be a veteran farmer, or in his case, a veteran rancher.
“Those who have served in the military and those who have specifically served in combat know the friendship and camaraderie that develops. Even though it is a short time in your life, it can seem like eternity as you experience it. It’s hard to keep the morale up at times, it is hard to stay motivated and worse yet to become complacent. In the agriculture world it is very easy to get into a rut and to keep doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. That is the definition of insanity.
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The public is invited to attend a performace of a one-act play at Elgin High School.
“A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Fifth Period” will be performed for the community on Sunday evening, November 16. According to Amy Klein, the performance, free to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
A hot gearbox under a corn head is being blamed for a fire in a corn field farmed by Mike Zegers. The field, being combined south and west of Elgin, caught fire shortly after noon on Saturday.
According to Elgin Fire Chief Jim Kittelsen, the call was received by the department shortly before 1 p.m. By the time fire crews arrived on the scene, it had been pretty well contained with the help of a disc.
Kittelsen said approximately one quarter of an acre of standing corn was burned.