October 22, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Could the number of students participating in ag classes at School District #18 grow in the coming year?
As reported last week in The Neligh News & Leader, at their October meeting, the Neligh/Oakdale Board of Education earlier this month, directed school officials to discuss with Elgin or any other neighboring school district, options for N/O students “to co-op” agricultural classes and/or FFA. The school board unanimously approved going forward with the inquiries.
On Tuesday morning, School District #18 Superintendent Dan Polk said the school has been contacted. Discussion is in the “early stages.” Were such an arrangement to come to fruition, it wouldn’t happen until the start of the 2016/2017 school year, Polk added.
October 22, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The Petersburg Community Club is planning to host their 12th annual Punkin’ Chunkin’TM event on Sunday, Oct. 25, starting at 1 p.m.
This date is still tentative, depending on weather, harvest and field conditions. Those interested in coming should check the Petersburg Community Club’s Facebook page, www.albion-newsonline.com or Nebraska Tourism website for information, or call 402-843-0102 or 402-843-8658 for updates on the event. In case the event is postponed, the date will be the following Sunday, Nov. 1.
Petersburg Community Club’s Punkin’ Chunkin’TM is held in conjunction with the World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’TM Association. Punkin’ shooter winners in the local contest are eligible to compete in the national competition.
Machines can shoot, launch, throw or fling a 6-12 lb. pumpkin. Community volunteers or club members drive four wheelers through the corn or soybean fields and measure distance shot by a Global Positioning System (GPS). The longest distance shot so far is 3,930 feet.
Participants can use an air gun, trebuchet, catapult or slingshot to shoot pumpkins. A chance to win up to $500 for accuracy is donated by the Great Plains State Bank (formerly Petersburg State Bank). Participants are reminded that there is no entry fee, but explosives are prohibited.
Highlighting the event will be the fourth annual outhouse races. There will be a new course and new challenges. Winner is eligible to participate in the international championship.
Watch for signs showing location.
Miss Nebraska Alyssa Howell will be signing autographs from 1 to 3 p.m.
There is free admission and many kids activities (petting zoo, launching contest, treasure hunt and obstacle course) and other events to entertain all ages during the afternoon.
From The Albion News
Pope John will be presenting their annual Fall Concert on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Boniface Gym.
Performing in the concert will be the High School Choir, Junior High Choir, Junior High Band, and numerous small groups and solos.
Several of the seniors will be featured in the traditional “senior solos,” their opportunity to choose a solo of their choice.
The students are looking forward to sharing some of their favorite selections such as River of Dreams, Rock N’ Roll Party, Everything is Awesome, and songs from the musicals “Grease,” “Wicked,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Come and enjoy a diverse arrangement of musical styles and songs!
Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Open Enrollment begins October 15 and runs through December 7.
Drug plans may change premiums, deductibles, the medications they cover and their cost every year.
Plans are required to notify their beneficiaries of these changes, and all seniors should have received their annual notice of change (ANOC) from their plans recently.
Elgin Housing Authority/The Homestead is again offering free, unbiased and confidential counseling on Medicare drug plans, as well as other Medicare issues, to area seniors.
Connie Dvorak is a SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) counselor and receives training through the Nebraska Department of Insurance and Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging. For an appointment call Connie Dvorak at (402) 843-2280.
The search for a new site for a water well for the City of Elgin appears to be over.
At the October meeting of the Elgin City Council, held Oct. 5, the council approved the purchase of property from JSMM Farms, LLC at a cost of $25,250, to be the site for a new water well.
Earlier this year, a test well was drilled at the location and water samples showed the location to be a good source for water for the community. The search for a new well, initiated more than a year ago, was necessary due to arsenic levels in excess of acceptable levels.
The new water well will be drilled in the coming months.