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EVFD Initiates Fundraising Campaign

October 17, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

This week members of the Elgin community will receive a notice in the mail from the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD).
The letter will be to thank residents for past support and ask for continued support in the future. Contributions received from the community are used to keep up on training and to update equipment with the latest in technology to keep the community safe when called upon.
During the past year, EVFD has been able to update one pumper/fast attack apparatus and a number of other pieces of equipment including personal protective equipment, hoses and nozzles. These purchases would not be possible without the financial support of the community. Some interesting facts about the past year: EVFD members provided the following services to the community:
• 15 fire/emergency calls totaling 197 hours
• 310 man-hours of training
• Storm watches — 12 hours
• Three new members taking Fire Fighter 1 Certification — 300 hours
• 39 community member volunteers ready to respond when called upon
• Assisting EMTs on ambulance calls

Supervisors Approve Prairie Breeze II Permit

October 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The meeting room of the Antelope County Board of Supervisors was full of spectators Tuesday morning. The reason was a public hearing on a conditional use permit needed for the construction of Prairie Breeze II, a wind farm to be located east of Elgin. More than 30 persons, counting those who stood in the hallway, attended the hearing.
After the hearing ,which lasted just over an hour, the supervisors present voted unanimously to approve the permit. It’s a major step in the development of the new wind farm which will consist of up to 70 wind turbines which will generate 125 MW. Each wind tower will be 80 meters high with a rotor diameter of 100 kmeters. The total height will be 130 meters, the same height as the wind towers at Prairie Breeze I.
The permit is for property located in sections 1, 12-13, 24-25, 36 in Logan Township; sections 1-36 in Cedar Township; sections 1-36 in Grant Township; sections 24-25 & 36 in Elgin Township; sections 19-36 in OakdaleTownship; & sections 19-23, 25-26 in Burnett Township, Antelope County, Nebraska.
As part of the permit, one of the conditions is that any wind turbine that is part of Prairie Breeze II must be setback a minimum of 2,000 feet from a non-participating home/landowner and 1,500 feet from a participating home/landowner unless the owner signs a waiver with Invenergy. As part of the permit, no setback can be less than 1,000 feet from a dwelling. Invenergy spokesman James Williams said during the construction phase there will be 150 jobs. When completed, Prairie Breeze II will add seven new full-time jobs at the operations/maintenance building located on the edge of Elgin. Currently, there are 14 employees at the building. Last month the Antelope County Planning Commission recommended approval of the permit following a public hearing which extended over two days.
While a number of Antelope County residents spoke up in favor of the wind farm, no one spoke in opposition and only a few raised issues while maintaining a stance of neutrality on the wind farm’s fate.

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

DHHS To Assist City With Well Liner Costs

October 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will assist the City of Elgin with trying to lower arsenic levels in a water well.
Mayor Mike Schmitt announced Monday night that DHHS will provide financial assistance to line an existing water well where high arsenic levels have been detected. This move, if successful, would mean that the city would not need to drill a new water well in the immediate future.
“We may have to pay for some testing,” Schmitt said, “but the rest of the costs would be taken care of by the state (DHHS).”
There’s no guarantee the lining of the well will work. However, in some cases, it has reduced contaminant levels by a substantial margin.
“It’s sure worth a shot,” Councilman Kenny Jochum said. Councilwoman Shirley Nissen added, “It’s worth a try.”
The work would be done sometime between now and June 15, 2015.
In addition to Elgin, three other Nebraska towns are on a list for such work to be done. They are Laurel, Humphrey and Wauneta.
Monday night’s meeting lasted less than an hour. Other highlights from the meeting were:

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

EHS Crowns Homecoming Queen, King

October 2, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ehs-homecoming_3629-2Sharla Schindler was crowned Queen and Kyle Heithoff King at last night’s coronation ceremonies for Homecoming at Elgin Public High School.  Members of the Royal Court were (not in order of photo): Tera Henkenius, Lisa Dohmen, Victoriah Fangman, Sharla Schindler, Hayley Stamp, Kelsey Shoemaker, Tanner Welding, Christopher Bush, Tyler Smith, Truman Copeland, Kyle Heithoff, Ethan Fischer and Christian Dunn. Congratulations! E-R photos

2014 Fall Festival To Be Held Saturday

October 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The 2014 Elgin Fall Festival Crafts and Products Fair will be held Saturday, October 4 at the St. Boniface Gymnasium, St. Boniface Church basement and the KC Hall.
This marks the 35th year for the craft fair, bringing together area/regional craftsmen and area/regional shoppers for one fantastic day of homemade merchandise to buy and sell.
According to Patricia Spieker, among the many crafters’ items to be sold are knitted and crocheted items including plastic bags, wood crafts, seasonal decorative wood items, jewelry items, handmade dolls, stained glass, garden ornaments and iron art. The list goes on.
There will also be many sewn items, baby needs, quilts and tied fleece blankets.
The Young N’ Lively Club will be holding a bake sale. Also, there will be vendors in the church basement and KC Hall. Some of their items, she said, are Pampered Chef, Osborne books, Mary Kay makeup, Origami jewelry, Watkins products and Scentsy products. New this year will be Jamberry nail products and Plum Nuts snacks. As in the past, the St. Boniface Altar Society will be serving soup, sandwiches and other foods at their lunch stand. Take outs are available.

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