October 31, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The Homestead Service Coordinator’s Office is again offering free assistance to area seniors comparing Medicare’s Prescription Drug Plans.
There are a total of 29 stand-alone drug plans available in our area, all with different premiums, deductibles and co-pays.
Beneficiaries are encouraged to compare their current coverage with available options. Even though a plan met their needs in 2013, it may not be the best choice for them in 2014.
Seniors should have recently received an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) packet from their drug plans, and it is very important that they read and understand these notices.
Assistance is also offered for seniors having difficulty affording their medications.
The Social Security Low Income Subsidy or pharmaceutical companies’ Patient Assistance Programs may be available.
Free, unbiased, confidential information to aid beneficiaries in choosing the best plan for their circumstances is offered. Appointments may be made by calling Connie Dvorak, SHIIP counselor, at 843-2280.
The Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program may also be contacted at (800) 234-7119.
The 2014 open enrollment period began October 15, and continues through December 7.
October 31, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
To put it in proper persecutive, less than eight months OR less than 34 weeks OR less than 238 days remain before Elgin becomes the center of the universe when the community celebrates its Quasquicentennial.
The Q125 Committee continues to meet and preparations continue to be made for the celebration which will be held June 20-22.
Family histories and photographs have been submitted for a Q125 History Book which will be printed in the very near future.
A deadline for submitting histories has passed and committee members are in the process of scanning photos and typing out histories for the history book.
Some men in the community, but not all, have begun to grow their Q125 beards.
For those men not wishing to look like their pioneer ancestors who settled the area, they may purchase ‘shaving permits’.
Seldom does a day go by at the newspaper office when a call or e-mail doesn’t come in from someone having a question regarding the celebration. In particular, when an event might be taking place.
With that in mind, here’s a tentative schedule for the celebration from information previously made public by the committee.
Friday, June 20
8:30 a.m. — Dedication/welcome heroes program at the cemetery north of Elgin
9 a.m. — A cemetery walk featuring presentations on some of Elgin’s historical figures
9:30 a.m. — Science and crafts projects at PJCC school building
10 a.m. — Set up for a three-day stint will be a Black Powder group on the CVA field near North Street
11 a.m. — Quilt display and art show at St. Boniface Catholic Church
11:30 a.m. — Old-time bank robbery
Noon — (Tentative) Trail ride coming from Neligh to arrive in Elgin
Noon — Lunch at the KC Hall
1 p.m. — Wedding dress style show in the air-conditioned EHS gymnasium
2 p.m. — Teenage Quiz Bowl at the ‘Q’ Center (between the Elgin Medical Clinic and CVA Hardware)
2:30 p.m. — Water fights
4 p.m. — ‘Around the World’ Food Court at the Q Center
6:30 p.m. — Official ‘Opening Ceremonies’ at the Q Center. Adjacent to the Q Center will be a beer garden for persons to enjoy. Later in the evening a free show featuring ‘Dueling Pianos’ sponsored by the Elgin Ko-ed Group (EKG). Also, the Elgin Community Club will be sponsoring the Richards Amusements carnival for all three nights of the celebration.
Saturday, June 21
7 a.m. — 5K Run/Walk.
10 a.m. — Kiddie Parade at the Elgin City Park
10 a.m. — Agriculture Celebration — Tractor Drive
11 a.m. — Young N’ Lively to sponsor inflatables at the park
Noon — Civil War Re-Enactment at Elgin City Park
1 p.m. — Texting competition for youth at the park. Later in the afternoon there will be kids races
1:30 p.m. — Live entertainment/pie social at the Community Center
3 p.m. — ‘Ball game’ featuring Elgin, Petersburg and Neligh town teams
7 p.m. — Elgin High School and St. Boniface High School alumni banquets
8 p.m. — Street dance featuring ‘The Dweebs’ sponsored by EKG
Sunday, June 22
7 a.m. — Annual Fly-In Breakfast at Koinzan Airport
9 a.m. — Community Worship Service
11 a.m. — Q125 Car Show/tractor show/semi-truck show
3 p.m. — Q125 Parade. Registration will begin at 1 p.m.
4:30 p.m. — ‘Sheltered Reality’ drum group to perform at Elgin City Park
5: 30 p.m. — Variety show at Elgin High School gymnasium (Time is tentative)
6 p.m. — Community BBQ
7:30 p.m. — Closing ceremonies
Dusk — EVFD fireworks display
Meeting Wednesday night, the District #18 Board of Education ratified an agreement for salaries for certified staff for the next two school years.
Superintendent Dan Polk said the board voted 5-0 (board member Steve Heithoff was absent) to approve a two-year agreement with the Elgin Education Association (EAA). He said Monday the EAA has yet to ratify the agreement, but seemed optimistic it wouldn’t be long before members approved it.
The agreement calls for a base salary of $31,500 for the 2014/2015 school year with insurance through Blue Cross/Blue Shield with a $750 deductible. For the 2015/2016 school year, the base salary would increase to $32,500, Polk said.
Included in the agreement is a clause whereby if insurance costs rise by 10 percent or more in either year, the EAA can reopen negotiations.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
Meeting Oct. 1, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 3 to accept the ‘Base Bid Construction Cost’ in the amount of $5,026,724.57 with the addition of three alternate projects making a total construction cost of $5,075,148. Voting to accept the bid were Supervisors’ Charlie Henery, LeRoy Kerkman, Larry Baker and Chairman Jerald Schwager. Voting ‘no’ were Supervisors’ Merlin Bolling, Harlan Brandt and Neil Williby.
The three ‘Alternate Projects’ approved were:
• A full build-out of storage/future dormitories 149 and 150 ($28,946.80)
• Laminate epoxy floor system to rooms noted on plan ($42,386.57)
• Clad new entrance canopy with vestibule #100 “cloud” assembly with specified metal plate panel system in lieu of aluminum composite panel (ACM) deduct (-$22,909.66)
Present to discuss the construction costs were Prochaska & Associaties representatives Steve Riley and Curt Fields along with RaDec representatives Kelly Lehr, Doug Moser and Ed Bottolfsen.
On Sept. 19, RaDec Construction accepted bids on behalf of Antelope County for the new law enforcement facility.
The ‘base bid’ of $5,026,724.57 broke down this way:
• Bid Package ‘B’ $4,343,255.10
• Amendment #1 (Earthwork & Rebar) $121,798.61
• Amendment #2 (Flat and Structural Concrete) $361,670.86
Supervisors approved construction of a new law enforcement center last fall.
Tilden Community Hospital will host their annual health fair Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Elkhorn Valley School gym. They will be offering lab tests for $30, PSA tests for $30 and flu shots for $15.
Faith Regional’s CardioVascular Institute will also be there offering pulmonary function testing, electrocardiogram tests, ankle-brachial index tests and vein screens – all at no charge. You should fast 10 to 12 hours prior to blood being drawn for the most accurate results. Results will be mailed out one to two weeks later.
PLEASE NOTE: Health fair services will not be submitted to insurance. TCH will collect payment at the time of service. If you want these covered under preventative care insurance, you will need to see a doctor and have him or her order the service at a different time.