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.
The search for a new water well to serve Elgin residents moved forward Monday night.
At the monthly Elgin City Council meeting, City Engineer John Zwingman said preliminary tests show water from the test well with nitrate and arsenic levels falling within acceptable levels as determined by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. Like many city wells across Nebraska, he said the water hardness scale level is between 175 and 180. “We always like to see less than 200,” he said.
At this time, he estimated that the well will pump between 200 to 400 gallons per minute.
“These were the critical water tests,” Zwingman said about initial tests. The next step is to send water samples to Bilfinger Water Technologies in New Brighton, Minn. for a full scan. The cost will be between $6,000 to $7,000. The scan is required to develop a municipal well.
“My personal opinion, I’d have a hard time turning it down and punching more holes,” Zwingman said.
Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore unveiled the logo and brand that will be used by a coalition of individuals planning events for Nebraska’s sesquicentennial anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2017 in Elgin, Antelope County and across the state.
Creative inspiration for the design comes from the Nebraska State Capitol and other iconic Nebraska images such as the state flower, flag, and even nature. Key themes in the logo include:
· The use of maize recognizes our state’s past and our reputation as the Cornhusker State
· The kernels symbolize the seeds of prosperity and agriculture, the backbone of our state
· The corn icon resembles an office building as a nod to the business community
· The logo is based on decorative elements used throughout the State Capitol
· The color is derived from the state flower, the goldenrod
“In less than two years, Nebraska will celebrate the 150th anniversary of our statehood,” said Governor Pete Ricketts “This will be a great opportunity to highlight how much Nebraska has grown over the last one and one-half centuries. From the early days of our state when Native Americans roamed the plains and the pioneers broke the prairie sod to the farmers, ranchers, and entrepreneurs who continue to make our state the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family, we have a rich heritage to celebrate.”
“It is a privilege to be a part of planning for our state’s 150th anniversary, and to create a way for Nebraskans to come together and celebrate,” said First Lady Susanne Shore. “As we talked about how to brand the sesquicentennial celebration, the design team looked to key elements of our state’s culture and heritage. The final logo truly encapsulates our state’s spirit with its traditional look as well as its recognition of our agricultural legacy and our strong business culture.”
The logo and brand were developed with the assistance of Bailey Lauerman, a Nebraska-based marketing and advertising agency.
The Governor and First Lady also said that additional announcements about celebration activities will be made in the future.