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Pool Has Special Memories For Staff Members; Opens May 30

May 26, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The memories of summer days in the Elgin swimming pool are being shared around town as fundraising continues for the Elgin swimming pool renovation project.
Longtime pool manager Sue Vanis and some of her current pool staff talked about what the pool has meant to them over the years. “I started working at the pool when I was 16,” said Vanis. She continued with “I learned to swim in this pool….Connie Seier and Mary Harsin taught me. I have wonderful memories of the pool.”
Lifeguards Katie Polk, Christian Lundgren and Lydia Behnk echoed Vanis’ sentiments about the pool.
“I always grew up around a pool, always loved it,” said Polk. “The pool, working with the lifeguards, has been fulfilling to my summer. It gives me kinda like a getaway from camps (track) and all that.” She especially likes working lessons (Red Cross, Petersburg) with the younger kids.
“I kinda grew up at this pool,” Lundgren says. Noting that Vanis was his swimming instructor, his hours spent learning to swim are some of his best memories. “It was probably harder to get me out of the pool than getting me into the pool. I never want to wanted to stop swimming.”
Behnk has grown up with the pool basically in her back yard. “One o’clock, every day like clockwork, I would come here and live here basically during the summertime,” she said. She especially loved learning “chicken, airplane, rocket” (elementary backstroke) from Vanis. At this point, Vanis, Lundgren and Behnk gave a demonstration of “chicken, airplane, rocket” in unison. As a high schooler, she continues to take time almost daily to enjoy the swimming pool.
As of Monday, the pool fund has received 102 donations of various amounts. The community and former residents continue to be supportive of the pool renovation project! Among donors are the Bank of Elgin, John and Jeanne Knievel, Gladys Bennett-in memory of Leonard Bennett, Don and LeeAnn Skillstad, Steve and Barb Finn, Greg and Deb Tharnish and Jim and Mary Baum.
Only a few of the tax credits available through the City of Elgin remain available. With a donation of $2,500 or more made to the City of Elgin, donors can receive a $1,000 tax credit to the State of Nebraska. This credit must be used within the next five years and will result in a 40 percent return on your investment.

Story Time Begins June 1 At Library

May 26, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

By Joyce Sullivan
Librarian
Story time for 3-6 year olds will start on Wednesday, June 1 at 10 a.m. and last about 45 minutes. There will be a story time each Monday and Wednesday until July 13.
On June 2 at 1 p.m. we will have the first activity time. Activity time is for 1-5th grade will be held in conjunction with the County Extension office. Each week’s activity will be different, but will fit well with the “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read” theme. This group will meet each Thursday afternoon from 1-2 p.m. until July 14.
We are excited the NEST 529 contest continues for this year’s summer reading program. It is the opportunity for children and teens, ages 3-18, to have their names entered into a drawing for a $529 scholarship. Fifteen names will be drawn, five each from our three Congressional Districts.  In order to be included in the drawing, children and teens need to complete their library’s summer reading program, as determined by each individual public library.
Additionally, each winner’s home library will receive $250. Come in to see how you can sign your child up for a chance to win this scholarship!

More Parking Possible On East Side Of EHS Gym

May 19, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Persons coming to Elgin High School on a Friday night and finding no place to park may one day see that problem fade away.
No action was taken last week, but the District #18 Board of Education discussed the possibility of developing a 60’ by 200’ parking lot which would be located on the east side of the school’s gymnasium.
Superintendent Dan Polk said he has had preliminary discussions with Bygland’s about what it would take, in terms of moving dirt, to build up that area for a parking lot. Preliminary estimates, he said, for the dirt work were between $1,000 to $1,500. However, as discussion continued, there would be some additional costs such as building underground drainage as well as putting rock in the parking area.
Polk told the board he would attempt to get more information for them to consider at an upcoming meeting.

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

Legion, VFW Make Large Donations To Pool Renovation Fund

May 19, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

“It’s another draw to our community”.  “(We’ve) always been a supporter of family, children and youth programs.”
Those words, spoken by American Legion Post 229 Commander Gary Hoefer and VFW Post 5816 Commander LeRoy Kerkman, sum up the sentiments of each organization’s membership. Both posts made significant donations to the Elgin Swimming Pool Renovation Project recently. Each receives memorials over the years which they use to benefit the organization and the community as a whole. The pool donations were made from various funds received by the posts. Combined, $25,000 was donated.
“It’s one way to bring people here,” said Hoefer about the pool. Both men continued on to reminisce about their younger years spent at the city pool.

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

Reception To Be Friday For EPS Retiring Staff Members

May 12, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Elgin Public School will hold a reception next week to honor six retiring staff members. The event will be held in the school’s lunchroom, beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 20.
Retiring staff members are Shirley Thorberg, Jeane Johnson, Brenda Siems, Dianne Gunderson, Barb Bode and non-certified staff member Karla VonBonn.
The reception is open to the public.

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