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Annual Elgin Scholarship Fund Drive Underway

April 3, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Donations are now being accepted for the 2014 Elgin Scholarship Drive sponsored by the Elgin Area Community Foundation.
Dollars collected during the fund drive will be used to finance scholarships for students graduating from Elgin and Pope John schools next month.
Donations raised before April 30 will be eligible for matching funds. The match is given by the Colonel Barney Oldfield and Vada Kinman Trust.
Altogether more than 90 students have received scholarships to continue their educations over the past 11 years. Last year, a total of $5,400 was awarded to three students from Elgin High (Blake Anderson, Andrew Heithoff and Angela Richart) and three from Pope John (Devon Baum, Jenny Beckman and Chelsea Mescher).
Through the years, 92 local students have been awarded more than $74,000 to continue their education after high school.
“The Elgin Community Scholarship Committee would like to recognize the Family of Gayla Fredrickson for their past and continued support of the foundation’s endeavors.
“Gayla was very active in the Foundation and instrumental in the success of past Scholarship drives. She not only was an active fundraiser but was interested in the success of each student that received the scholarship.”
In addition to the family of Gayla Fredrickson, other donors so far have been Dean’s Market, Jerry & Millie Mundorf, Phyllis Kinney, Dave & Janice Eischeid, Judy Wagner,  Charlie & Shelley Bode.
Flyers were sent out to area residents last week.
Persons wishing to make donations can do so by mailing their gift to Elgin Scholarship Drive, P.O. Box 345, Elgin, NE 68636.

Updated Q125 Schedule Announced

April 3, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

An update on the schedule of events for Elgin’s Q125 celebration was presented Sunday night.
Alan Reicks, a member of the Q125 committee, shared the updated, tentative schedule during the Elgin Community Club spaghetti feed at the KC Hall.
Here’s the schedule:
Thursday, June 19
• The Vietnam Moving Wall will arrive in Elgin and be here throughout the duration of the celebration.
Friday, June 20
• Vintage Bridal Gown Display Downtown
• Mountain Man Muzzleloaders to set up at the CVA lot. (tentative)
• 8:30 a.m. Flag dedication at the cemetery
• 9 a.m. Cemetery Walk
• 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kid’s Zone at Pope John
• 10 a.m.  Quilt Show at St. Boniface church basement
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lions Club Mobile Health Screening unit to be set up at the Jonny Dodge lot
• 12 p.m. Lunch at the KC Hall/Elgin Community Center
• 1 p.m. Vintage Clothing Style Show (all types of clothing) at EHS Gymnasium
• 2:30 p.m. Water fights sponsored by the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department
• 3:30 p.m. Air rifle shooting contest
• 4:30 p.m. Trail Riders arrive in Elgin
• 4:30 p.m. Evening meal at the KC Hall
• 5 p.m. Evening meals offered by food vendors at Vetchville
• 6:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies at Vetchville
• 8 p.m. ‘Dueling Pianos’ sponsored by the EKG organization at Vetchville
Saturday, June 21
• All Day - Mountain Men Muzzleloaders
• Vintage Bridal Gown Display Downtown
• 7 a.m. Breakfast at the Elgin United Methodist Church
• 7:30 a.m. 5K Walk/Run
• 9 a.m. Bank robbery at the bank corner
• 10 a.m. Quilt Show at St. Boniface Catholic Church basement
• 10 a.m. Kiddie Parade
• 10 a.m. Tractor drive begins at Beckman Lumber
• 11 a.m. Inflatables open at Elgin City Park
• 1 p.m. Texting competition at Elgin City Park
• 2 p.m. The Hat Tree at Elgin United Methodist Church with pie and ice cream to follow at the Elgin Community Center
• 3 p.m. “Ball Game” at the baseball field
• 5 p.m. Beer Garden opens
• 6:30 p.m. Elgin Public and St. Boniface Alumni Banquets
• 8 p.m. Street dance featuring ‘The Rude Band’
Sunday, June 22
• All Day - Mountain Men Muzzleloaders
• Vintage Bridal Gown Display Downtown
• 7 a.m. Elgin Fly-In Breakfast at Koinzan Airport
• 9:30 a.m. Celebration of Faith at Elgin City Park
• 10 a.m. Quilt Show at St. Boniface Catholic Church basement
• 11:30 a.m. Car, semi-truck & tractor show on old railroad property
• 2 p.m. Parade begins at Elgin football field and winds through town
• 4:30 p.m. Sheltered Reality show at Elgin High School
• 5 p.m. Talent/Variety Show at Elgin High School gymnasium
• 5:30 p.m. Community BBQ
• 7:30 p.m. Closing ceremonies at Vetchville
• 8 p.m. Beer garden featuring music by Dave Merkel
• 10 p.m. Fireworks

Benches And Picnic Tables To Become ‘Art’ For Elgin Q125

March 28, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Elgin’s Young ‘N Lively (YNL) club, in conjunction with the City of Elgin, is inviting groups, businesses and individuals in the community to “express themselves” for the Elgin Q125 celebration this June. The YNL will be hosting a park bench and picnic table decorating contest beginning now until approximately June 6th. The city has identified thirteen benches and sixteen picnic tables that they will donate towards the contest. According to YNL member and committee chair Bethany Miller, there are few limitations of what can be done to the benches and tables.
“They can modify them and paint them however they like”, said Miller. Aside from ensuring that the benches and/or tables are suitable for public viewing, there are no restrictions on the theme that can be submitted.
“We plan on having all of the finished benches and tables downtown and on public property for people to enjoy during the Q125 celebration,” Miller added. The hope is that the majority of these will stay in public view long after the celebration.
Businesses, individuals and groups (school groups, 4-H clubs, civic organizations & more) can contact Miller at 402-992-1532 on where to pick up their bench and/or table. She will have a list of suggestions on how the benches should be prepped to help their piece of art last as long as possible. Members of the YNL will be applying a topcoat of an outdoor weather sealant to help preserve the artwork.
The YNL group will judge the pieces submitted. They will be awarding a first place in the following categories: Business, Individual, Youth, Civic Groups. The winners will receive a cash-value award and they can keep their winning piece and place it where they choose to have it displayed.

Heithoff, Meis Chosen To Attend Boys State

March 28, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Representatives of Elgin High and Pope John Central Catholic will join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska participating in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys State, June 1-7.
American Legion Post #229 Commander Gary Hoefer announced that Jon Meis and Kyle Heithoff have been chosen to attend Boys State. Meis, the son of Jim and Anne Meis, is a junior at Pope John Central Catholic High School. He is being sponsored by the Elgin Community Club.
Heithoff, the son of Dorothy and Stan Heithoff, is a junior at Elgin High School. He is being sponsored by Legion Post #229.
To be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln downtown campus, the annual citizenship program is sponsored by the Nebraska American Legion. It is designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate. Each boy is sponsored locally in cooperation with the local American Legion Post.
American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ State is set up as a functional “51st” state and each boy learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job.
Participants will campaign for offices, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics, and be involved in other varied activities as part of the citizenship training program.
Each attendee will set up their own state government and draft bills.Special lectures and addresses will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders including Gov. Dave Heineman and Supreme Court Chief Justice John M. Gerrard. National acclaimed motivational speaker JoAnne Owens-Nauslar is also scheduled to address the group.

Assessor To Hold Informational Meeting on Determining Valuation of Ag Land

March 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

An informational meeting will be held next week to explain the process used by Nebraska Department of Revenue and the Antelope County Assessor’s office to determine valuation of agricultural land.
Antelope County Assessor, Heather McWhorter said all interested taxpayers are invited to attend the meeting which will be held Tuesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in the basement meeting room of the Antelope County Courthouse in Neligh.
Among the items to be discussed will be sales qualification, the steps in the valuation process, and the statutes and directives used to value property in Nebraska.
The meeting is open to the public.

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