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Young-N-Lively Club Shows Dedication To Youth With Donations To Pool Fund

June 30, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Young-N-Lively group in Elgin works hard to maintain the city’s park areas. The do a spring and fall park clean up, plant flowers, pick up fallen branches and more. Their love for the park and keeping it clean and safe for the community’s youth is why this group has supported the Elgin swimming pool fund.
They recently donated $5,000 to the new pool fund. This past Sunday evening’s wine tasting event, Sip & Dip, was held to help raise more funds for the pool.
Young-N-Lively President Sue Vanis said the organization supports the pool project. “Youths are important to sustaining the community. Our members have many children and grandchildren who need to have a place to go in the summertime,” she said.
Groups like the Young-N-Lively recognize the importance of keeping Elgin a vital community. Updated and attractive facilities for residents like a community swimming pool are necessary.
Others this past week who also gave to the pool fund were Jim & Betty Getzfred; Randy & Sue Vanis; Sharon V. Wilkinson; Rollie & Gladys Reicks; John & Lorene Stuhr; Malinda Buelt; Mary Shrader; St. Boniface School; Juan Hoefer in Memory of Leonard & Alvin Hoefer; Jazmine, Juliana, & Kristian McNally; Mark & Carole Tharnish in Memory of Betty Buelt; and Brian & Dodi Mack

Librarian Joyce Sullivan Announces Retirement

June 30, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

After thirteen years at the helm of the Elgin Public Library, current Library Director Joyce Sullivan is leaving her position.
“I began in July of 2003,” Sullivan told the Elgin Review last Friday. Sullivan had been an elementary teacher at Elgin Public School for a number of years when she decided to retire. Her father was nearing the end of his battle with cancer and she knew she needed to spend what time she could with him.
“I replaced Mary Miller who was librarian for some time,” she said. Miller served from 1990 until 2003. She noted that the main reason she applied at the library was the people. “I love the people, have always loved the people.” Laughing, she added “It was a way for me to get away for a while, from home, and talk to adults.”
Over the course of the past thirteen years, Sullivan has witnessed more than a few changes in the workings of the library.

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

Father Burkhalter To Remember Parishes For Their Generosity

June 23, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Six years of memories and fun mixed with hard work and some difficult decisions have been boxed up, hauled to Columbus and now await the arrival of their owner, Fr. Ross Burkhalter.
Earlier this year, Fr. Ross was notified that he was being moved to St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. Fr. Ross visited Tuesday morning with The Elgin Review, looking back on his years serving the communities of Elgin and Raeville.
“I didn’t really know much about Elgin,” Burkhalter said of when he first came to town. He did know ‘of’ Elgin which, being a self-professed ‘city boy’ he considers an accomplishment he said as he laughed.
According to Burkhalter, the combined parishes of St. Boniface and St. Bonaventure “probably tie for the smallest parish I have served.” St. Anthony’s will be bigger and is one of the two older parishes, made up predominantly of people of Polish descent. “We have a Polka Mass,” he explained. “I do know some polish - not a lot but enough to get by.”  He also mentioned that the priest from Schuyler travels to Columbus to do the Spanish Mass.
Did the size of Elgin present any particular challenges?
“The challenges were typical,” he said. He then went on to point out what he considered the more difficult projects he had to address.
“We had the moving of the two schools into one building, the demolition of the St. Boniface school building and, of course, the asbestos challenge with the gym,” he said.
Those challenges pale though when he compared them to the positives he found in the two small communities.
“The memories… I have been amazed by the generosity of the people,” Fr. Burkhalter said. “The general friendliness of the people in Elgin and Raeville. Once they (people) know you like them, they warm up to you.”
He noted that the Elgin Q125 celebration will long be remembered by him. “It’s a big deal for a community, the pride that went into that celebration.”
He also has been impressed by the determination that he has found in the small communities. “In Raeville, I was so impressed-the way they banded together to do the work on the interior of the church. It’s amazing, the generosity it took to be able to get the money, to do the window work… it looks like it did when it was built.”
Fr. Ross revisited a statement he made at his farewell gathering several weeks ago as he tried to sum up his years in the community, “This doesn’t happen everywhere,” he said.
“I’ve been blown away by how good people were - to me, to the churches, to the schools. Their faithfulness is amazing. They have a good sense of community. They are so supportive of the schools, of their teams.”
It’s been said that each priest and person in ministry brings a specific talent to the people they serve.
“Probably my ‘talent’ was being able to listen - what is our need? How do we do this? I would say that I like people to have as much ownership as possible in their churches,” he said. “I’m just there to guide them.”
Fr. Ross’s last masses will be this weekend in the two parishes.
As he prepares to head southward out of Elgin for one last time, he wants to thank the people.
“Thanks for a wonderful six years and all the memories I take with me,” he said. “Thanks for all the kindness.”

Welcome Home EHS, St. Boniface Alumni!

June 23, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The last weekend in June is always one of anticipation in Elgin. Simply put — It’s “Alumni Weekend.”
Elgin High School and St. Boniface High School will hold separate alumni banquets.
For St. Boniface alumni, they will gather at the Knights of Columbus Hall. It will mark the 73rd annual banquet. The evening will begin with Mass at St. Boniface Catholic Church at 5:30 p.m. Social hour will start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to follow. No tickets will be sold at the door. Honored classes are 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961 and 1966.
The public school’s alumni banquet will be held in the air-conditioned Elgin High School gymnasium. An open house will be held at the school from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. EHS alumni are invited to join St. Boniface alumni for social hour prior to the evening banquet.
The EHS banquet will begin promptly at 7 p.m in the school gymnasium. Honored classes will be 1936, 1946, 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006 and 2016.
Each event promises to be a time to exchange warm embraces and share memories of another time, not that long ago, when they walked the halls of their respective schools.
Welcome Home Alumni!

Elgin Vetch Days Activities Begin Saturday

June 23, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Long anticipated and never duplicated, the annual Elgin Vetch Days celebration is just days away. Activities begin Saturday and will conclude Wednesday night. Some events will be new, some are favorites from past years. All will provide entertainment for all ages.
A new event to be held in conjunction with Vetch Days will be the first ever Elgin T-N-T (Treasures-N-Trunk) on Saturday, June 25. To be held at the Elgin United Methodist Church south parking lot, it will be similar to a flea market with items, vendors and more. It will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garage sales begin at the end of this week (Friday and Saturday in most cases). The annual community-wide garage sales are held on St. Boniface/Elgin High School alumni weekend.
The official Vetch Days activities begin on Sunday.
Rise and shine early on Sunday to take part in the Ron Wilkinson Benefit Breakfast. Beginning at 8 am at the EPS gymnasium, organizers will be serving a breakfast fit for kings. Proceeds at the free will offering breakfast will help offset medical costs for the Wilkinsons.
An Antique Tractor Pull & Northeast Nebraska Pullers will be competing Sunday afternoon in Elgin.
Being held at 405 Myrtle Street, behind the Steepleview apartments, at least four bounce houses will also be set up at 11 am with all day (until 5 pm) wristbands available for $5.
Antique tractors will pull the Little Red Sled at noon. Following that, around 3 p.m., the Northeast Nebraska Pullers will compete, pulling the Big Red Sled.
During the afternoon, also for children, there will be a kids train as well as a kids pedal pull. The Kiddie Pedal Pull is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. A food stand will be on site for those wanting a delicious lunch.
Another activity during the afternoon, Boomerang’s will host a co-ed sand volleyball tournament at Elgin City Park. Competition begins at 2:30 p.m. The volleyball court has been a popular spot during Vetch Days in past years and will be again this year.
Sunday evening activities will take place at the Elgin KC Hall. Members of the Young-N-Lively organization will be hosting a wine tasting benefit for the Elgin Swimming Pool. Tickets are nearly sold out for the event which is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m. Jim’s Fine Wines of Norfolk will be serving up and discussing wines for the event from which all profits will go to the Elgin Swimming Pool Fund which, to this date, has risen more than $1.2 million for a new pool.

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

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