By Marie Meis
The 2016-2017 school year marks the return of Pope John foreign exchange student, Wenting Yu. It’s rare for an exchange student to return to the same school for a second year, but Wenting is excited to be back after a summer of traveling to places like Australia with her family. Last year, she spent the year with Paul and Diane Dicke but this year she is staying with Steve and Becky Kerkman.
There are multiple reasons for Wenting’s return, but she says she just really likes Pope John. When asked to describe the school she said, “Fantastic, that’s a new word I just learned!” This year will be a lot easier of a transition than last year, as she said the different language was hard at first.
Wenting has made quite an impact in the school, as she went out for many school activities such as one act, speech, musical and choir. She was recognized by all the judges in Pope John’s one act competitions, which was quite a feat. She also received 5th place at district speech for her poetry piece written by Doctor Suess.
Not only is Wenting excited to come back, but Pope John is excited to have her back. She has achieved a lot academically and in extracurriculars.
As she said, “Pope John is a nice choice for a school.”
The Elgin Swimming Pool may have closed for the season Sunday afternoon, but there’s still one more opportunity to make a big splash in its’ light blue waters.
“The Last Splash” for the pool before it is torn down and replaced with a new pool, will be held Saturday, August 20.
There will be free swimming at the pool from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. During that time, drawings will be held for prizes for those splashing in the water.
Free will donations will be accepted with all proceeds going to the pool fund.
The festivities won’t end at 9 p.m. Instead, they will shift over to the adjacent tennis courts where children and adults alike will be treated to an outdoor movie. People are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to get comfortable in as they enjoy the movie “Zootopia.”According to Pool Manager Sue Vanis, snacks will be provided for a movie night under the stars. No alcohol is permitted at the movie, she said. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in the Elgin Public School gymnasium. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with the movie to start at 8 p.m.
District #41 State Senator Kate Sullivan received one of the highest awards from the Nebraska Press Association during a presentation Saturday night at the Wheeler County Fair.
With Governor Pete Ricketts assisting, 2015/16 NPA President Dennis Morgan presented Senator Sullivan with the 2016 President’s Award prior to the start of the rodeo.
“From time to time, the Nebraska Press Association selects an individual or organization to receive the President’s Award which demonstrates protection of the First Amendment/Free Speech; and open meetings and open records laws to make sure citizens have a direct pathway to participation in government,” Morgan said. “She has steadfastly fought for transparency in government and has always defended the First Amendment.”
For the past eight years, Senator Sullivan, from Cedar Rapids, has served in the legislature, most recently serving on the education committee.
Ricketts praised Sullivan for her service to Nebraskans.
“I had the honor and privilege of working with Senator Sullivan this past year on property tax bill LB959 and I can tell you it was absolutely a pleasure to be able to work with her. She is somebody who is incredibly intelligent, passionate about Nebraska, worked with grace and dignity through some very tough negotiations … She has done a wonderful job of representing you in the Nebraska Legislature.”
After accepting the award, Senator Sullivan shared some thoughts. “The First Amendment has always been important to me. This award is very meaningful,” she said.
“This also gives me a chance to say farewell as your state senator. This is probably the last county fair in District #41 that I will be attending as a state senator. I assure you it won’t be the last time I come to the Wheeler County Fair,” she said.
“It has been such a pleasure and an honor to serve all of you. I hope I have served you with dignity and certainly respect for all of you hard-working citizens in District #41 … This will always be home to me, I grew up about 25 miles from here. It’s still my home, it’s still in my heart and there is nothing better than the people from Nebraska and the heart of the Sandhills. Thank you very much!”
Bids were opened at 2 pm on Wednesday, August 17 for the Elgin Swimming Pool construction project.
Three bids were received for the project slated to begin later this year. Bids for Contract 1 and its alternates deal with the actual pool and general construction (pool vessel, decking, bathhouse, shade structures and more). Bids for Contract 2 deal with the pool mechanical construction (Sub-Base material, water features, below & above ground piping and more).
Businesses submitting bids and their figures are:
Mechanical Incorporated of Freeport, IL submitted a bid for Pool Mechanical Construction-Contract #2 only. Their base bid-lump sum submitted was $375,000. Bid Alternate #2-1: Granular Material-Type D (dealing with the Sub-Base material) was add $50 and deduct $25 per cubic yard. Bid Alternate #2-2 (water feature/toddler slide) was $49,600.
Ricchio Inc. of Gurney, IL submitted a combination bid for both Contract 1 and Contract 2. On Contract 1, the base bid-lump sum was $1,649,000. Bid Alternate #1-1 Deck, was $6 per square foot. Bid Alternate #1-2 Granular Material-Type D was $60 total. Bid Alternate #1-3 Bathhouse lump sum bid of $497,700. Bid Alternate #1-4 Shade Structures lump sum bid of $16,500.
Their figures for Contract 2 were Bid Alternate #2-1 Granular Material-Type D was $60 per cubic yard. Bid Alternate #2-2 (water feature/toddler slide) was $16,000. Ricchio also included a list of previous projects they worked on.
Christiansen Construction Co., LLC of Pender, NE submitted a bid for Contract 1 only. Their base bid-lump sum was $1,176,000. Bid Alternate #1-1 was $6.05 per square foot. Bid Alternate #1-2 was an add of $53.26 per cubic yard and a subtract of $39.71 per cubic yard. Bid Alternate #1-3 Bathhouse lump sum bid of $352,973. Bid Alternate #1-4 Shade Structure lump sum bid of $18,367. Christiansen also included a list of previous projects they worked on.
Previously, the Council had planned to review and make a decision on the bids the next day (Thursday). The project engineer will now review the bids and make a recommendation to the Council at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 6. Plans are for the Council to award bids that evening.
Be sure to look through the FULL COLOR Antelope County 4-H results insert also in this week’s issue!