July 15, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Meeting last week, the Elgin City Council approved the hiring of two people to fill the position of librarian at Elgin Public Library.
With the retirement of Joyce Sullivan to commence later this month, the council approved the hiring of Barb Bode and Dianne Gunderson to share the position. Both Bode and Gunderson recently retired as teachers at Elgin Public Schools at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.
In other action:
Agreement — The council approved an interlocal agreement for the Library and Antelope County. The agreement is renewed annually.
Papers sent on — Saying the state required more paperwork, Mayor Mike Schmitt said construction of a new well could begin at any time.
Website — City Clerk was given the go ahead to look into developing a webpage for the City of Elgin. According to resident Janet Koinzan, the website is a necessary element for Elgin to participate in a program called “Marketing Small Town America.” The program, she said, would be a way to help promote the community as a great place to live.
July 15, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Having returned home after receiving a degree in finance from Southeast Community College, Spencer Heying will be putting that knowledge to good use at Insurance Mart in Elgin.
Beginning last month, Heying has joined the business alongside Janet Koinzan and Tracey Schindler.
“I am excited to be working with Janet and Tracey,” Heying said Friday. “The knowledge that they pass on to me will allow me to serve my clients in an even larger and more efficient capacity moving forward.”
For the past three years, he has worked in Norfolk with Northwestern Mutual gaining experience in financial & estate planning, life, health, long term care, disability and annuities.
With his new position at Insurance Mart, Heying will now also be able to assist customers with commercial, personal, farm and crop insurance needs.
“I look forward to serving Elgin and Petersburg as well as all other surrounding communities.”
From rural Petersburg, Heying graduated from Pope John Central Catholic High School in 2008. He and his wife Megan have one child.
More than 70 persons attended the St. Boniface Alumni Banquet held Saturday night at the KC Hall.
Honored classes were 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966.
Fr. Ross Burkhalter was recognized and thanked for his years at St. Boniface.
A crucifix made by Dennis Wiehn from reclaimed wood from St. Boniface School was won by Sharon Lilli from Elgin.
The dinner catered by Jodine Meis.
Marilyn Sehi prepared the table decorations which she created from a potted plant her family had received at the time of her mother’s (Darlene Heithoff Schindler) death. Darlene had always enjoyed the banquets so that was such a nice memento of her.
Scholarship winners were:
• Two St. Boniface Alumni Scholarship winners: Brooklyn and Logan Starman, children of Kayla Brewer
• In memory of Lawrence Getzfred: Skyler and Brooklyn Meis, daughters of Eric and Brenda Meis
• In Memory of Mark Schindler: Anna Dworak, daughter of Ben and Amanda Dworak
• In Memory of Vet and Bernice Josten: the Josh and Tonya Kallhoff Family
• The Delbert Salber Scholarships to a 6th grader going into Pope John: Emily Mlnarik and Kaylee Ramold
At the annual meeting following dinner, the outcome was reported of a recent vote cast by the living alumni of St. Boniface High School regarding the future of the alumni banquets. There had been discussion over recent years of perhaps discontinuing the banquets due to an aging and diminishing alumni which affects numbers attending as well as finding a committee to plan and host the event.
All living alumni with addresses available at the school were sent a ballot and the result was that the traditional style of alumni banquet as we have known it will end after the last graduating class of 1967 celebrates their 50th reunion in 2017.
The remainder of the evening was spent visiting and socializing.
Independence Day will be celebrated at Park Center on Wednesday, July 6.
The annual “Fourth of July” celebration will begin with a potluck meal starting at 7 p.m. Games and fun for all ages on the playgrounds will take place after the meal. Everyone is welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring a blanket and chair.
The evening will conclude with fireworks.
The Park Center church is located 10 miles west and one-half mile south of Elgin.
Jaime Hoefer of Elgin, a student at Elgin High School, was among 21 high school students from Nebraska and Illinois who participated in the second annual UNL Media Academy June 12-15. The academy was hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalim and Mass Communications. Trina Creighton, professor of broadcasting, and Kelli Britten, advertising and public relations lecturer, led the students in sessions on journalism, broadcasting, and advertising and public relations.
The academy aimed to provide the students with opportunities and experiences that would give them a sense of what it’s like to have a career in media. “The students really enjoyed their experience at the college and on campus,” Britten said. “We had a packed schedule to expose them to all three of our majors and businesses across Lincoln that hire students with the skills they learn at the CoJMC. If these students are any indication, the future is bright for the next generation of media professionals.”
The students toured the Husker Athletic Department, State Capitol and local advertising agencies. They also had the opportunity to observe a KLKN newscast from inside the studio.
The students completed photojournalism projects, wrote blog posts, anchored broadcasts and honed their social media skills as part of the learning sessions.
Attendees stayed on campus in Neihardt Hall along with their team leaders, six College of Journalism and Mass Communications students and recent graduates who served as mentors. They also participated in a scavenger hunt around campus and downtown Lincoln and did team-building activities.
“It was such a great time to be able to share my passion for media with these students who were eager to learn more about the industry and the college itself,” said Hayley Archer, team leader. “Even in just a few days, we got to see them grow as aspiring journalists, which was really cool.”