Elgin loves its soups. Residents here and in the surrounding area have for years now shown off their culinary skills at cookoffs.
They will have a chance to do it again, thanks to the Elgin Knights of Columbus.
The fraternal organization will host a chili cookoff on Saturday night, Feb. 28.
Doors will openb at 6 p.m., allowing residents to sample the “house” chili as well as approximately 20 other soups prepared by local residents.
According to Mark Dwyer, the evening will also feature entertainment which will begin to perform at 7 p.m. There is no charge for the event. Free will donations will be accepted.
The public is invited to see the newly-constructed Antelope County Law Enforcement Center as open houses will be held later this month.
The 30-bed facility, nearing completion, will be open for public tours on Saturday, Feb. 28. Tours will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again that evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Another step forward was taken in regards to the development of a new wind farm in Antelope County.
Meeting last week, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors accepted an agreement with Invenergy, owner of the new wind farm known as Prairie Breeze II, regarding county roads to be used during construction.
Invenergy, which last year completed and put into operation Prairie Breeze I wind energy farm, is expected to begin construction this spring on a wind farm north and east of Elgin which will consist of more than 40 towers.
The energy produced by the new wind farm has been purchased, as part of a 25-year agreement, by Lincoln Electric System.
As part of the agreement, Invenergy will be responsible for upkeep of the county roads and, upon conclusion of the wind farm construction, return the county roads to their existing condition prior to the start of work on the project.
Also, all road material and product brought to and or stored in Antelope County stays in Antelope County.
February 5, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Constructed in 1959, the Elgin Swimming Pool has been a place where generations have gathered to exercise, play or just to relax in its heated waters.
On Thursday night, members of the pool committee along with Mayor Mike Schmitt and the Elgin City Council heard how the pool could be renovated in the coming years.
David Burbach of Burbach Aquatics based out of Wisconsin, spoke for more than an hour on the findings of a pool study conducted after the pool was closed for the season.
Described as “Step One”, Burbach focused his remarks on the technical evaluation, taking steps to inventory the existing condition of the pool and its buildings. He then made recommendations for improvements deemed necessary to restore the pool to good repair while at the same time meeting all code requirements set forth by the Nebraska Department of Public Health and the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Burbach described the pool, having completed its 54th year of service, as currently being in “fair to good condition.” He pointed out that the structure is in good condition with the exception being the upper portion of the wall. He recommended that the upper portion could be removed and a new concrete deck be installed above the wall and utilize a gutter or skimmer system to maintain the necessary water level.
Currently, Burbach said, estimates are that the pool is losing as much as 1,000 gallons a day during the summer season.
As for the bathhouse, Burbach noted several cracks in the wall, but deemed it to be in “fair” condition. Noting how it does not meet code, his suggestion was to construct a 1,5000 square foot bathhouse.
One suggestion made by both Schmitt and the Council would be to utilize local labor to construct the bath house, as a means to lower the cost.
Burbach then shared some numbers. He estimated the cost to renovate the existing pool would be more than $1.3 million. To replace the current pool with a new pool, Burbach said the cost would be just under $2.2 million. There are a number of financial options which the City could pursue which would lessen the final cost to taxpayers. Among them would be capital campaigns, grants fundraising and the issuing of bonds.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
February 5, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The AKSARBEN Foundation, in association with the Nebraska Farm Bureau, is now accepting applications for Nebraska Pioneer and Heritage Farm Awards. Families eligible for the Pioneer Farm award must have owned land for 100 consecutive years. Heritage farm awardees must have owned land for 150 consecutive years. To date, more than 9,000 families in all 93 Nebraska counties have been honored at their respective county fairs. Each honoree receives an engraved plaque and gatepost marker as permanent recognition of this milestone.
Nomination forms can be obtained from your local County Fair Board Office or found online at www.aksarben.org. All nominations must be received by the county fair board office in which the land is found no later than April 1, 2015, with applications due into the AKSARBEN Foundation offices no later than May 1, 2015.
Also, the AKSARBEN Foundation, in association with the Omaha World-Herald, is now accepting entries for AKSARBEN Good Neighbor Awards. The program honors individuals nominated by neighbors for performing unselfish, neighborly deeds without compensation or personal gain.
Nomination forms can be obtained from your local County Fair Board Office or online at www.aksarben.org. All nominations must be received at the AKSARBEN Foundation offices no later than May 1, 2015.
Founded in 1895, the AKSARBEN Foundation is the premier philanthropic organization for the region’s top corporate and community leaders. With core values of leadership, education, agriculture and community, AKSARBEN provides over $500,000 in scholarships annually, carrying out their mission of leveraging collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland.