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Boone County Fair Headliners Announced

January 21, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ALBION — The Boone County Fair/Ag Society is excited to announce their 2016 fair entertainment. Taking the stage on Saturday July 9th, 2016 starting at 7 pm will be Jon Pardi with special guest Mo Pitney.
A natural storyteller, Jon Pardi writes what he knows, spinning tales born of his dues-paying days in the area around his native Dixon, California, and bringing it all together into a strong, cohesive musical statement. Between the heartfelt opener “Fightin’ the Fool” and the breakneck rocker “Drinkin’ With Me,” which closes the CD, he lays out a scenario of youth, music, love and loss that is as compelling as it is raucous. “Chasin’ Them Better Days” and “Write You A Song” capture all the adventure and uncertainty of life on the road; “Happens All The Time” brings attraction, flirtation and love’s possibilities, good and bad, to the table; from there, “Up All Night” celebrates love, “Missin’ You Crazy” showcases the yin-yang pull of relationships and the road, “Love You From Here” is a surprisingly upbeat farewell to a departed love, and “Empty Beer Cans” and “Rainy Night Song” show both sides of the coin when it comes to heartache.
Joining Jon Pardi is country music up-and-comer, Mo Pitney. When Mo Pitney sings “let me tell you about country” in his debut single, he’s doing more than telling. He’s showing. Appropriately titled, the song “Country” is as much positioning statement as introduction. In three minutes and 16 seconds, it is almost precisely who he is in word and deed. The vocal delivery, storytelling, musicianship and reflections of his outdoor lifestyle – as well as faith, family and patriotism – offer a spot-on portrayal. Joined by early fan favorites “Clean Up On Aisle Five” and “Come Do A Little Life,” the song carves an unmistakably country yet completely fresh groove for the genre. In short, it sounds like nothing else, but absolutely belongs.
Tickets will go on sale Feb 22 and will be available for purchase at www.boonecountyfair.com/ticketsales.

Siems, Bode & Johnson To Take EPS Early Retirement Offer

January 21, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

When the 2015-2016 school comes to an end at Elgin Public School, three long-time teachers will wrap up their teaching careers.
At Thursday night’s meeting, the District #18 Board of Education accepted three applications for early retirement from guidance counselor/FCCLA advisor Barb Bode, math instructor Jeane Johnson and kindergarten teacher Brenda Siems. The three have a combined 110 years of service to EPS, said Superintendent Dan Polk at the meeting.
According to the school’s website, Siems has taught kindergarten for close to 40 years. Johnson began her teaching duties in Elgin in the Fall of 1978. After two previous stints at EPS, Bode has been a fixture in the school since 1990.
Polk said the trio were among the top five in terms of years of service among active teachers at the school.
“I know they are very appreciative of the opportunity for early retirement,” he told the board.
Board member Laurie Waterbury said it’s hard to lose three quality teachers such as Bode, Johnson and Siems.
Just how much will the early retirement cost the school district? Polk said the cost of the early retirement incentive package, combined for the three, will be approximately $90,000 to be distributed in two separate payments per the stipulations approved by the board in 2015.
Before the board accepted the applications, they modified the incentive policy to include the following wording “Employees who have a break in service prior to the 2016-17 school year shall be allowed to count all actual years of service prior to the 2016-17 school year, regardless of the break in service. Any employee who has a break in service after the 2016-17 school year may not count the years of service prior to the break toward eligibility or payment under this policy.”
Aware that the school might have some teaching position openings due to the applications, Polk told the board the school district has already begun advertising openings for the next school year.
The only other “action” item on the board’s agenda during the nearly-hour long meeting involved more dollars and cents.
Having approved an extension of the superintendent’s contract during the December meeting, the board settled on a salary for Polk. The board approved a two percent increase raise for Polk for the 2016-17 contract. District patrons can view the contract on the school’s website www.elgineagles.org.

For Schmitt, Blacksnake Taxidermy Began As A Hobby

January 14, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

What first began as an interest and then escalated into a hobby has now become a business for Elgin’s Mark Schmitt.
Blacksnake Taxidermy is a seasonal business which offers a way for Schmitt to enjoy satisfaction for a job well done in an activity which he can do in his garage at home.
Taxidermy is a term used to describe the methods of reproducing a life-like three-dimensional representation of an animal for permanent display. Visit any deer hunter’s home and you’ll like see a wall adorned with the heads of deer. Some, you might be surprised to know, have been created by Schmitt.
On Sunday night, Schmitt, 59, shared how his hobby has grown into a business. He said it all started just a few years ago.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

2016 Vetch Days’ Dates Set

January 7, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The date for the 2016 Vetch Days celebration has been announced. According to Elgin Community Club member Dean Schrage, the club is signing a contract with Richard’s Amusements for June 27, 28 & 29 the last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of June. With a date now known, the club will be discussing different events to be held during the three day celebration. Expect to see a few go away and a few new ones be incorporated.

Pope John Paper Drive Is Saturday

January 7, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Pope John students will hold a paper drive on Saturday, January 9.
Those in the Isidore and Gonzaga Houses are in charge of the project.  The following are contact persons:
Clearwater and rural St. John and Ewing — Trey Baum (402) 843-6683
Neligh — Chad Bode (402) 843-6293
Petersburg and Raeville — Seth Schumacher (402) 843-6106 or (402) 386-5719
Elgin — Austin Meis (402) 843-6604 or Sister Pat (402) 843-5461
Items to be collected are newspapers, phonebooks, paperbacks and shredded paper, magazines, slick papers and mailings along with flattened cereal boxes, etc. (of that quality).
Please note: If at all possible, please have papers bagged (brown bags or plastic ones), but not put in cardboard boxes.
Items not to be collected are corrugated cardboard boxes, hard covered books, unless the covers are removed, spiral notebooks, calendars, manuals, etc.
Please have the materials at the pick-up locations by 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, or placed in the protected area in front of the St. Boniface Gym no sooner than Friday, Jan. 8, but no later than 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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