December 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
In this, the season of giving, seventh grade students at Elgin Public Schools have done their part to help others. Ken Newcomb, who teaches seventh grade civics class at the school, believes that civics reach far beyond government and into what it means to be a citizen of a community. Because of that, he asked his students to complete a community service project.
“With some nudging, they decided that a diaper drive would be something they could do,” he said last week. “They chose a goal of 1,000 diapers. In several weeks, they have exceeded their goal, collecting more than 1,653 diapers and 4,582 individual baby wipes along with some lotion and an outfit.
“The kids are really excited,” Newcomb said about what the students have accomplished.
On Monday, Dec. 22, seventh graders loaded up the diapers, etc., and delivered them to Bright Horizons who serves the needs of Antelope County. “The ability to finalize the project by personally delivering them is a huge part of the process in my mind,” the instructor said.
“The kids have grown a lot this semester,” he added. “When we started this project I heard comments like, ‘Why can’t poor people just get a job?’ and ‘I want nothing to do with helping single moms, it’s their own fault.’ After some reflection time during this process I believe every student has a better feeling about helping others, regardless of who they are.
“I am proud of them and believe they have discovered a little more Christmas spirit,” Newcomb said.
December 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The CL Werner Foundation, based out of Omaha, has notified the Health Center in Albion that a portion of their CarePartners project has been funded.
The CarePartners team works with individuals, their families and caregivers who are coping with Alzheimer’s or dementia by offering therapy and treatment options.
The 2,500 dollar grant will fund three Apple IPads.
Technology and computers continue to change healthcare with patients benefitting.
CarePartners therapist will use the three IPads for digital therapy for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
While there is no cure for the disease, proper and early intervention is known to slow the process. Digital therapy shows promise for these patients and can be used at home.
“Mental stimulation is highly therapeutic for individuals with cognitive disorders, showing proven positive outcomes,” stated Valorie Slizoski, BCHC Social Worker.
The CL Werner Foundation is dedicated to helping those in need and donates to well-managed and effective non-profits organizations. The Foundation was started by Clarence L. Werner who was originally from the Petersburg area. According to a spokesperson for the Foundation, they are interested in funding areas that help women and children, human services, health services, education and religion.
December 24, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
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December 19, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
A buyer for wind energy to be produced by Prairie Breeeze II has been found.
Lincoln Electric System announced Friday morning it has finalized power purchase agreements to add 173 megawatts of wind energy and 5 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy to its power supply resource portfolio by 2016. These projects will increase the utility’s equivalent renewable generation portfolio to 48 percent of LES’ retail energy.
Mayor Chris Beutler and Kevin Wailes, administrator & CEO of Lincoln Electric System, made the announcements.
In addition to being environmentally friendly, the projects will also save customers money. “When viewed as a package, our wind and solar contracts are expected to save LES customer-owners approximately $429 million over the next 25 years,” said Wailes.
The wind additions are spread across two wind contracts secured with the same developer, Invenergy, and involve the 73 megawatt Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center, located in northeastern Nebraska, and 100 megawatt Buckeye Wind Energy Center, located in north-central Kansas. In August, LES issued a Request for Proposal for up to 200 megawatts of wind energy. LES received 15 responses encompassing a total of 105 distinct proposals. The selected projects will bring LES’ total wind portfolio to 304 MW.
Earlier this year, on October 7, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors approved a conditional use permit necessary for the construction of the wind farm to be located east of Elgin.
Construction of the wind farm could begin sometime in summer 2015, once an application to construct the wind farm is approved by the Nebraska Power Review Board.
Sara Birkett, a NPRB para-legal, told The Elgin Review earlier this year that Invenergy will need to file for a Special Generation Application for the authority to construct Prairie Breeze II.
The new wind farm, when constructed, will be 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 Oakdale Township; & sections 19-23, 25-26 in Burnett Township, Antelope County, Nebraska.
When the application is approved and construction is completed, the wind farm will consist of up to 70 wind turbines which will generate 125 MW. During the construction phase, there will be an estimated 150 jobs created.
Prairie Breeze II is expected to add seven new full-time jobs at the operations/maintenance building located on the west edge of Elgin.
“This is a very opportune time for LES to invest in more wind energy due to future uncertainties of federal Production Tax Credits for wind developers, potential additional regulations on power plant emissions, and the volatility of fossil fuel prices.” said Wailes.
December 18, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Meeting Thursday night, the District #18 Board of Education gave Superintendent Dan Polk the ‘go-ahead’ to seek bids for the replacement of the gym floor in the school’s gymnasium.
Come January or possibly February 2015, the school board will decide whether or not to pursue replacement of the gym floor.
During the superintendent’s report, Polk told board members a representative from Midwest Flooring has been to the school and examined the gym floor. He said the representative told him there is enough floor remaining that it can be sanded down one more time and treated. So, the decision before the board is whether or not to expend the funds to sand the floor, etc., or to use those funds towards the purchase of a new gym floor.
Board member Stan Heithoff said there are numerous “dead spots” in the gym floor which need to be fixed on the 40-year-old floor which was installed when the gymnasium was constructed in the 1970s. Polk said to sand and fix the dead spots could be thought of as a “bandaid”. He estimated that if the repairs are completed, the school district still has a 40-year old gym floor which will someday need to be replaced.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review