January 19, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
By Kate Sullivan
District #41 State Senator
The Second Session of the 103rd Legislature was gaveled into order by Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann at 10:00 a.m. on January 6, 2014. We’re in the second year of a two-year session so this 60-day session is tentatively scheduled to adjourn in mid-April.
I will continue to chair the Education Committee and serve on the Revenue Committee, the Legislative Planning Committee, and chair the Nebraska’s Emerging Future Subcommittee.
My staff and I are located in room 1107 which is on the first floor in the west corridor of the State Capitol. Please stop by my office and say hello if you’re in Lincoln, especially over the next four months when the Legislature is in session.
As has been my practice the past five years, I write a biweekly newsletter during the legislative session. Our local newspapers are kind enough to share the newsletter with you in print form. The newsletter is also posted biweekly on my web page: http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist41/
For those area teachers who may be planning student field trips to the Capitol while the Legislature is in session, please be advised that all tours must be scheduled in advance with the Capitol Tour Office at (402) 471-0448. Please call the tour office as soon as possible to reserve your preferred date and time. Tours can’t be booked through my office nor do I have any influence in changing the Capitol Tour Office’s schedule. I strongly encourage teachers to call early and be flexible on their dates.
A toll-free hot line is available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions about bill status and fill requests for publications. The number is (800) 742-7456. The service is also available to the hearing and/or speech impaired.
The Legislature’s website is updated daily when we’re in session. Information about bills, amendments, fiscal notes, hearing schedules and other legislative business is easily accessible at: www.nebraskalegislature.gov
The Unicameral Update is a free weekly publication containing hearing dates, in-depth stories, summaries of debate and other legislative information. The Update is available online. A free printed subscription may be ordered by calling the toll-free hot line at (800) 742-7456. Subscriptions must be renewed every January.
Public hearings begin on January 21. Introduction of new bills will continue through January 22. In addition to new legislation, 2013 bills that weren’t indefinitely postponed or passed are still alive either in committee or on the legislative agenda. Floor debate on carryover legislation is scheduled to begin on January 13.
If you have questions regarding this newsletter, legislation or state issues, please call my legislative office at (402) 471-2631. There is Voicemail on my phone so if you get the recording, please leave a message and I’ll get back to you. You may also write to me c/o P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you write or email, please include your full name and mailing address.
I look forward to hearing from you AND working hard for you and the betterment of rural Nebraska in our Nebraska Legislature.
Are you wondering about recent changes in health care and how they affect you? Or how they will affect rural hospitals like ours? Tilden Community Hospital will be hosting an informational Q&A session about “Changes in Health Care” at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the Lied Auditorium at the Tilden library. Dr. Doug Dilly and Hospital Administrator Lon Knievel will be speaking and answering questions. The community is strongly encouraged to attend! Refreshments will be provided.
By Sherry Tetschner
The Biblical Bible Story of Christmas is filled with interruptions from God. Zechariah was interrupted by an angel, telling him that his barren wife Elizabeth would have a child who would prepare the way for the Messiah.
Mary and Joseph were interrupted by an angel’s message, which would forever change and bless their lives.
Our Advent Bible study asked us to list or journal some of the interruptions we experienced. We were to look at moments of grace, and ways God might use these interruptions.
Well…..Two days after Thanksgiving, as Jodi was working at We-mart, a man came in exclaiming, “ Ma’am, a dog with a collar just fell through the ice. “ Shortly after, Vicki our village clerk, fireman and EMT , came rushing to our door. “Glenn, we need your help. A dog is drowning in the lagoon! “
Glenn and Vicki left for the lagoon. I stayed at home. Later, Glenn called and asked me to bring a heater to our shop. Glenn arrived a short time later and started a fire in the shop’s wood stove. Soon the rescue team arrived with the dog, a large German Shepherd type, cold, wet, exhausted and smelling like wet chicken feathers.
After the dog was made comfortable, the rescuers began to unfold the story;
The rescue crew consisted of Adrian, Doug, Riley,Vicki and Glenn. Their mission ; to rescue a dog who had fallen through thin ice in the village sewer lagoon.
From the shore the rescuers could see the dog with front paws on the ice, struggling and exhausted, looking at them as if to say, ”Please help me!” Knowing they had to save the dog, Doug and Riley quickly found Riley’s two man pond hopper boat,and added a sledge hammer and a flat bottomed shovel to the two oars that were already in the boat.
Once the boat was placed on the lagoon they used the hammer and shovel to chop the ice, clearing a channel to get to the dog.
As the ice splashed all over them, Doug kept telling himself,” This is only ice, this is only ice!” (Remember this is a sewer lagoon they are traveling through.)
As they continued to chop ice, the top of the sledge hammer fell into the water. Then Doug began to notice that the inner lining of the boat was developing a crack. With each blow of the hammer he noticed the crack opening a little further.
But Doug’s and Riley’s thoughts remained on saving the dog , not on their safety. As they got nearer to the dog they made plans on how to get the dog into the boat, without capsizing it.
Doug sat at the back of the boat as Riley grabbed the dog’s collar and rolled him into the boat.
Had they tipped the boat over, the team on shore was not prepared for another lagoon mission.
After getting the dog into the boat they headed back to shore.They chipped their way through the channel they had made previously, with the water line growing higher at the edge of the boat. When they got to the bank,with the assistance of rescuers, they were helped out of the boat . The dog lay on the shore weak and exhausted. The rescuers watched and waited……then they saw a spark of energy. The dog got onto his feet. Huge smiles covered the rescuer’s faces. Then…..the dog shook lagoon water all over them.
As the rescuers exchanged and shared thoughts about the late afternoon events, as they showed the dog love and attention, a warm glow filled the room.
Coincidence perhaps, but I believe that the grace the dog received was no coincidence, but an interruption in the villagers life. God’s interruption.
God’s blessings to each of you. P.S. Glenn helped with writing this story.
Yesterday I received a letter
From a person not to blame
Who was so ashamed of his heritage
He wouldn’t even sign his name.
What would cause this hateful feeling
I don’t know where to start
Is it because he’s full of jealousy
Or just meanness in his heart.
I want to thank him for his compliment
I have nothing to atone
He must have thought my poems were good
To have stole them for my own.
The poem that you sent me
You must have thought quite fine
But it let me know one thing for sure
Your morals aren’t as good as mine.
Your poem was appreciated
Your wit was at least half
I got quite a kick out of it
It gave me quite a laugh.
To say I got my poems from “E” Mail
You just let me stand alone
I have no connection with a computer
And I have none in my home.
I just finished this little poem
It has me on the run
I can’t remember who I stole it from
It’s been a lot of fun.
Feel free to write me any time
Now take care of yourself
They say any time that one can laugh
It is good for your health.
By Harold Miller
January 13, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The Antelope County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, Jan. 14, beginning at 8 a.m. at the courthouse in Neligh.
Items on the agenda include:
• Elect Chairman and Vice Chairman for 2014
Set committee’s and holidays for 2014
• 9:30 AM — Sue Warne Blue Cross Blue Shield updates
• Approve county depositories for 2014/Brunswick State Bank, Bank of Elgin, Bank of Orchard, The Tilden Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Heritage Bank
• Authorize treasurer to invest funds
Sign authorization for clerk to transfer funds
• Re-appoint or appoint Veteran Service Officer, Weed Control Superintendent, Zoning Administrator & County Surveyor
• 10:30 AM — Invenergy/James Williams Prairie Breeze update
• Wellness Partners Program agreement
• Clerk of the district court December fee report
• December miscellaneous fee report
• December treasurers fund balance report
At 10 a.m., the board will act as the County Board of Equalization to consider permissive exemptions for Antelope Memorial Hospital and Neligh Senior Citizens Center and tax list corrections.
The meeting is open to the public.