January 5, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
“It was the night before Christmas and all through the school, not a creature was stirring.” Well, actually it was 2 days before Christmas and there was a LOT of stirring in the Pope John building! Volunteers including 14 dads, 1 mom, 1 teacher, 1 alumni college student and 8 PJ young men were running ethernet cabling in the school. Thanks to their efforts new access points will be located in many of the PJ classrooms. This will provide greater internet connectivity throughout the building. “It was the night before Christmas and all through the school, not a creature was stirring.” Well, actually it was 2 days before Christmas and there was a LOT of stirring in the Pope John building! Volunteers including 14 dads, 1 mom, 1 teacher, 1 alumni college student and 8 PJ young men were running ethernet cabling in the school. Thanks to their efforts new access points will be located in many of the PJ classrooms. This will provide greater internet connectivity throughout the building. Photo and information submitted
Nebraska LEAD Program Group 33 members Keith Borer and Anne Meis have packed their bags and will be leaving from Omaha on Sunday for a 14-day trip, with stops in United Arab Emerites, India And Nepal. The Elgin duo are excited about the opportunity to learn about the people they will encounter.
Borer said on Monday that he looks forward to seeing the differences in cultures and societies on the trip…“such diversity, from people who live on pennies a day to some of the richest people in the world”.
Meis echoed Borer’s interest in the way of life they’ll be able to observe. “I’m excited to experience new cultures completely different from ours,” she said. “What they eat, their customs, their dress, what they produce.” Look for ongoing updates from the team at www.elginreview.com E-R photo
Four entities in Antelope County are in the process of trying to raise funds for the recruitment of a new doctor and new dentist.
Antelope Memorial Hospital, the Neligh Economic Development Office, Jensen Dentistry and the Antelope County Healthcare Foundation have joined together to form a healthcare professional “Recruitment Team”. Having contacted and received financial support from political entities like the City of Elgin, the “team” has begun to contact Antelope County stakeholders in an effort to raise funds for this purpose.
Previously, the county was designated as a healthcare professional shortage area in both dentistry and family practice physicians by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. As a result, the area has the opportunity to capitalize on a state-run program to attract healthcare professionals through the Nebraska Loan Repayment Program for Rural Health Professionals. The program offers student loan repayment to healthcare providers who work in healthcare shortage areas.
The “Team” has received a challenge grant from the Sherwood Foundation (previously the Susan A. Buffet Foundation) for every $2 raised locally, the foundation will donate $1. So far, $214,000 has been raised, leaving just $26,000 to fundraise.
“This is not only a healthcare issue but an economic development issue. Without outstanding healthcare, we will have critical problems attracting workforce to our communities. Most wouldn’t think twice about donating to a capital project like purchasing equipment or a building renovation, however, these projects are worthless without the right people to operate them. The Healthcare Professional Attraction Program will insure that Antelope County’s largest employer is in a position to succeed for decades to come,” said Greg Ptacek, Neligh Economic Development director
All donations are tax deductible and will be used solely for loan repayment assistance. Persons wishing to make a donation should contact Ptacek at (402) 887-4447 or email at Greg@neligh.org.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are teaming up to provide educational meetings about the 2014 Farm Bill. The local meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 starting at 9 a.m., and will be held at the Antelope County Fair Grounds 4-H Exhibit Building in Neligh.
All farm operators and land owners are invited to attend. FSA will inform participants about the sign-up process for the Farm Bill including the documentation needed and the deadlines for sign-up. UNL Extension will provide information about the decisions that will need to be made for base acre reallocation, yield updates, and for the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) vs. Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program selection.
It should be helpful to attend one of the meetings to get insight on the options everyone has with the 2014 Farm Bill. Farm Operators and Land Owners will have three main steps to signing up. One is to review their current base acre allocations which is occurring at this time. Secondly, a decision about re-allocation of base acres will need to be made. Finally, the program selection will involve the ARC or PLC program. ARC is the revenue safety net program similar to the recent ACRE program and PLC is the price safety net program. With ARC, the options will be an Individual ARC coverage vs. a County ARC coverage. With PLC, the available Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) will be discussed. Decisions made for this Farm Bill sometime in 2015 will be final for the duration of the Bill.
For more information or assistance contact your local FSA or UNL County Extension Office. For more information about the 2014 Farm Bill, go to www.farmbill.unl.edu or www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill
Both the boys and girls Wolfpack basketball teams won their first round Riverside Holiday Tournament games yesterday. They advance to the Championship games to be held on Friday in Cedar Rapids. The girls will take to the court at 2:30 p.m. The boys will tip-off at 4:15 p.m. Good luck to both teams!