July 9, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Elgin Public High School students Jamie Hoefer and Paige Nichols competed this week at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
At the state leadership conference in April, Paige and Jamie each received a silver medal in Interpersonal Communications Sr. and finished as state runners up in their division.
At the national convention this week, the duo received a Gold on their STAR project.
Congratulations to the girls and their advisor, Mrs. Barb Bode.
By Terri Seier
From the halls of Pope John Central Catholic High School to the world’s most influential newspaper. For Mark Getzfred, from here to there was a process of making the proper connections at the right time and place.
Getzfred was born and raised in Elgin by his parents, Ralph and Irene, along with his brothers, Robert, who lives in Elgin, Nebraska; Larry, who died in 9/11; Jim, who lives in Elgin; Bill, who lives in Lemoore, California; Ron, who lives in Dallas, Georgia; and Darrell, who lives in Lincoln. Together they form the Getzfred family of yesterday and today.
Where is Mark Getzfred today?
Mark Getzfred graduated from PJCC in 1975 to go on to the College of Journalism at the University Of Nebraska, Lincoln. Of course Mark’s major was journalism throughout his four years. Over the years, he has taken some post-graduate courses. So when did Mark’s journey start?
Between Mark’s junior and senior year of college he did an internship in Norfolk.
After college, he worked in Grand Island for about a year-and-a-half, and was there during the ‘Night of the Twisters!’
After working in Grand Island he went to Maverick Media in Syracuse for about six months.
“After that I wound up at ‘The Journal’ in Lincoln, he says. About a year later, in July of 1982 joined The Fort Worth Star Telegram where he worked until 1989 when he left for Waterbury, Connecticut. In Waterbury, he worked as the deputy managing editor at the Republic-American.
After working as the deputy he then worked for The Journal of Commerce. “It’s a trade publication that covers international trade and transportation.” Mark said, explaining what The Journal of Commerce’s main focus is on.
After that Mark applied for The New York Times and has been there since July of 1999. That means he’s been working with the Times for 16 years.
He never charted his path to make it to the New York Times, or created a path in general. It was all just landing jobs in the right places and applying.
“I took the job in Grand Island and then I got a job in Fort Worth because a former professor at UNL was there. Then I went to Waterbury because someone called and said that they’ve heard a lot about me.” Mark said.
He said he “oddly applied” for the Times. He was going to leave The Journal of Commerce and a friend he worked with told him to apply for the New York Times.
Mark never imagined he would receive the job, but nevertheless, he applied and here he is today working for the Times as an editor.
Even though he’s working for the New York Times, and has been for 16 years, it wasn’t very simple to succeed in attaining the position he is in now.
“First of all, every day I am working with a tremendous group of very intelligent people, some who are experts in their field.” Getzfred said.
“The main challenges are that the New York Times has very high standards in what they publish and what they try to say. Therefore, there’s a daily challenge trying to make sure that we keep that standard.” he said, noting that the New York Times tries to delve deeper than other publications so that they can keep the public better informed.
Mark has wanted to be a journalist since he was in high school. “It seemed to fit my personality.” He says. “It’s a daily adrenaline rush. I go out and cover the news and then I go home and get to do it all over again the next day.”
Even though Mark’s journey has been long, until settling down at the New York Times for a while, his family has been supporting him through it all, both his parents, brothers, and wife, Elizabeth Austin. Even though his family is spread out across the United States they always try to gather together at least twice a year.
“I especially try to see Bob (Robert), Jim and Darrell.” It’s hard, he said, to visit Bill and Ron who live in California and Georgia. However, with the help of technology they are able to keep in touch.
“Email and messaging is an incredible thing.”
Though Mark has worked for the New York Times for quite a few years it has never gotten boring. He has worked multiple jobs: copy desk, night editor, ABD digital editor for the business desk, deputy weekend editor, and finally day editor on the national desk. These are only of the few of different jobs that the New York Times has to offer.
“That’s one of the nice things about the Times. I can do a different job and don’t have to switch companies.” Mark said.
The process to make it to the New York Times was hard and long but even so Getzfred has found a job that he enjoys at the end of the day. He will never get bored, he gets to receive his daily dose of adrenaline and he has the undying support of his family.
Mark is happy where he is working and with his wife of 34 years and, just like his uncharted past, his future is just as unpredictable.
That’s the way he likes it.
The Garfield Loup Wheeler/Holt County 4-H livestock judging team recently won top honors at PASE in Lincoln. This win qualifies the team to represent Nebraska at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. The national contest is held at Louisville, Kentucky, in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in November.
Judging in the intermediate division was Jace Stagemeyer of Page. Senior team members included Kodi Gehl and Neleigh Gehl of Bartlett, Casey Coburn from Atkinson, and Miles Stagemeyer of Page.
Jace Stagemeyer placed 1st in swine and 3rd in reasons for a 16th overall finish. Kodi Gehl placed 2nd in sheep, 3rd in reasons, 3rd in beef, and 28th overall. Neleigh Gehl placed 1st in swine, 2nd in reasons, and finished in 3rd place overall. Miles Stagemeyer was the 2nd high individual by placing 9th in swine, 3rd in sheep, 7th in reasons, and 4th in beef. Casey Coburn was 95th overall.
Each summer, over 500 4-H’ers convene at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus to test their skills in animal science and family and consumer sciences during PASE (Premier Animal Science Events) and Life Challenge. Teens compete in a variety of different contests including livestock judging.
By Terri Seier
The Elgin Area Community Foundation (EACF) took another step in its continuing efforts to support the community.
On Thursday, shortly after noon, members of the foundation’s board of directors met with Elgin FFA Advisor Julia Schwartz and Elgin FFA officers to present a check for $5,000 to be used for construction of a greenhouse at Elgin Public Schools. Making the presentation to Schwartz were foundation members Michael Moser, Anne Parks and Dennis Morgan.
“The Elgin Community Foundation is very excited to award this grant to the Elgin FFA Chapter. It is something that will benefit the youth of our community on many levels. Children from both schools will utilize it, and it will be able to help young people learn more about entrepreneurship,” said Foundation President Todd Heithoff. “Our hope is that through the various projects they will utilize the greenhouse for, they find that there are future opportunities that can exist in rural communities like Elgin. It’s exciting to see what the greenhouse project will become in the future.”
According to the grant application, every spring farmers go out and plant the usual corn and beans. Everywhere we look there are rows of crops growing tall, or short, and prosperous. However, in the fall the crops are harvested. There is no lab or greenhouse around the local area of Elgin to run labs and learn from once was a seedling. This is why Elgin’s Agricultural Education Classroom is building a new greenhouse.
Not only do Ag students learn and have hands on experience with the plants, so too, would members of the FFA.
Once built, they will be able to experience the plant’s reproduction, growth, and physiological processes occur first-hand with their own eyes.
Even with so many benefits being reaped from building a greenhouse there are even more advantages, Schwartz indicated.
For students from both local schools, Elgin Public, Pope John, and St. Boniface, during the school year the green house will be planting fresh lettuce and tomatoes that could be used in the school lunches, if accepted.
Since the greenhouse will be 18’x24’ it will be the perfect place for teachers to instruct labs and experiments that involve plant science and technology. This will better expand the knowledge and learning opportunities for the students at the schools.
The budget is approximately $15,000. The construction process is hoped to be finished by August 12th, 2015, with the help of FFA members, parents and others.
Earlier this year the project received a grant from Farm Credit Services of America for $2,000. Also, the FFA chapter has put forth $1,000. It came from the Nebraska “I Believe in the Future of Ag Campaign” and from the FFA’s recent plant sales.
Tickets are now on sale for the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus coming to Elgin later this month.
The circus will be in Elgin on Tuesday evening, July 28. Show times will be 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Location for the circus will be the empty lot behind Elgin Public School (weather permitting).
Sponsored by the Elgin Ko-Ed Group, Michael Moser said arrangements have been made, in case of rain, for the circus to be held at another location inside the city limits.
Advance tickets are available at the Bank of Elgin, Dean’s Market or from any EKG member.
Advance ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages two to 12. Tickets on the day of the show will be $13 for adults and $7 for children.
The public is invited to come watch the tent raising between 9:30 and 10 a.m. on July 28.
According to their website, Culpepper & Merriweather Great Combined Circus had very humble beginnings. In 1985, Robert Johnson, Jim Hebert and Curtis Cainan started a small show. The three alternated announcing, performing and selling concessions during each performance for the first year. They didn’t sell tickets, instead relying on donations received from passing a hat at the end of each show.
Culpepper & Merriweather Circus was based in Queen Creek, AZ until 2001, when new ownership moved its base of operations to Hugo, OK, deep in the beautiful Red River Valley. Hugo is known as “Circus City, USA” for a good reason. They are the 20th circus to call Hugo home since 1941, and the third active circus currently operating from the seat of Choctaw County.