December 11, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Could the inside of Elgin Public Schools’ gymnasium undergo a major change in the months ahead?
When the District #18 Board of Education meet Thursday night, Dec. 11, they are expected to hear a report from Superintendent Dan Polk regarding just how much it might cost to replace the gym floor.
The building was constructed back in the 1970s, and the original gym floor remains inside the structure. The floor has been refurbished numerous times since being installed and may have reached a point where it may need to be replaced.
At the November meeting, the school board instructed Polk to explore options for the gym floor and to get some figures to review. Polk’s report is not listed as an “action” item, meaning no action would be taken at the December meeting. However, depending on the information presented, it’s possible the board could act on the matter sometime in 2015. Were a decision to be made to replace the floor, it would have to work around several dates, one being the annual alumni banquet, and the other being the start of school in August 2015.
The gym floor is just one item which Polk is to report on. Others are:
• Discussion of a board replacement for the seat currently occupied by Ryan Reestman. He did not seek re-election to the board and the December meeting would be his last before stepping down.
• Calendar clarification around Christmas break and the next in-service.
• Building safety discussion among staff administration, experts, etc.
There are just three action items on the agenda. They are:
• Uniform replacement program review and approve the purchase for this year (golf).
• Set a January date for a board retreat.
• Approve a super-intendent’s contract.
Thursday night’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
December 11, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Throughout the Elgin community, on businesses and residences, colored lights signify the Christmas season.
As has been the case in recent years,the Elgin Community Club (ECC) would like to recognize the best lighting displays put up by local residents.
It’s known as a Christmas lighting contest. They take place in communities across the state and country.
The community club will enlist a number of volunteers to go out next week to view lights and Christmas decorations and determine winners.
All lights to be judged must be in place by Sunday, Dec. 14.
There will be three categories for judges to decide on. They are religious, business and residential. Winners in each category will receive Elgin Bucks.
The winners will be announced in the December 24 edition of The Elgin Review.
Good luck and Merry Christmas!
From the first meal to the last meal served, none went away hungry at the 90th annual St. Boniface Thanksgiving Bazaar.
Temperatures may have been cold outside, but few stood in the cold once the serving line opened at 11 a.m.
According to Michele Reicks, 1,128 dinners were served and another 100 meals were prepared for carry-out, making for a total of 1,228 noon meals. The number, she said, is 86 less than last year.
She said a couple unique things happened during the course of the day which touched everyone.
“The ladies in charge of the meal were approached by a larger family with ties to the area who said they wanted to ‘pay it forward’ and come back and help next year,” Reicks said.
“Someone else with a ‘giving spirit’ anonymously donated 50 dinner tickets to be given to individuals or families who might enjoy having a thanksgiving meal and might not otherwise be able to attend.”
Food Chairperson Sandy Kallhoff shared some interesting facts about the event.
In regards to food solicited for the bazaar:
• 42 turkeys
• 565 pounds of sausage
• 27 gallons of kraut
• 14 batches of dressing
• 50 gallons of corn
• 16 gallons of cranberries
• 1,584 pieces of dessert
• 1,400 dinner rolls
The first setting of about 370 people occurred within 40 minutes of when the serving line opened. Food was continually served until approximately 2:30 p.m.
Grand Prize raffle winner of the Traeger Grill was Gary Hoefer. The 32” Television was won by Betty Moser.
And, the St. Boniface Quilter’s quilt was won by Jennifer (Selting) Troester of O’Neill.
(York, NE) - The Member-Owners of Central Valley Ag Cooperative (CVA) had their
first Annual Meeting as a newly merged Cooperative on November 24, 2014. Over
200 Member-Owners traveled to the Veterans for Foreign Wars facility in Columbus,
NE to attend the meeting. Central Valley Ag, having recently merged with United
Farmers Cooperative provided statistics on just how beneficial the recent merger
has proven to be for it’s member-owners, reporting a combined $21.5 Million in
Local Net Profit, $17.3 Million Cash Returned to Member-Owners and $38 Million
Re-invested in assets for the Member-Owners.
“These kind of results only happen by having great people,” said Carl Dickinson, CEO
of Central Valley Ag. Carl went on to congratulate the attendees on forming what he
believes to be the strongest local farmer-owned Cooperative ever. Dave Beckman,
CVA’s Chairman on their Board of Directors couldn’t agree more. Dave spoke highly
of his peers saying, “I want to thank the board of directors for your vision for the
future, and fulfilling your responsibility as a board member to the Cooperative, to
position CVA to give our members the best possible service and access to world
markets for generations to come.”
The Board of Directors of Central Valley Ag Cooperative (CVA) and United Farmers
Cooperative (UFC) met July 1 to ratify the votes casted by their respective Member-Owners
approving the merger of the two companies, which became effective September 1, 2014.
Central Valley Ag is a leading Cooperative providing Agronomy, Grain, Feed and
Energy products and services from its 66locations in Nebraska and Kansas. To find
out more about Central Valley Ag, please visit www.cvacoop.com
The first Monday of the month won’t be free for Duane Miller anytime soon.
On Monday night he was sworn in as the new City Councilman for Ward 1 at Elgin City Hall. He replaces Shirley Nissen on the council. He and Mayor Mike Schmitt took the oath of office together. Schmitt was re-elected to a four-year term as mayor.
A vacancy remains on the city council. With Kenny Jochum not seeking re-election and no one filing for the position, Schmitt declared a vacancy in Ward 2 and encouraged anyone interested to contact him, any council member or city hall. He said he hopes to find a person to serve Ward 2 and fill the position at the January meeting. The term will be for four years.
Due to the vacancy, the council decided to wait until the spot is filled before electing a council president.
In other action, some members of the Elgin community will be seeing some extra “green” this month. City Clerk Vicki Miller will, at the direction of the council, be returning water deposits to a few individuals. Where possible, she will apply the deposits to active accounts in the community. For others who no longer live in Elgin, that she has addresses for, checks will be issued. The remainder, for which she has no forwarding information, the money will be turned over to the Nebraska Department of Revenue for unclaimed property. This all came about as part of her efforts to update the water deposit list.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review