January 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
As the winds continue to blow across Antelope County, resumption of construction of wind turbines for the Prairie Breeze Wind farm is anyone’s guess.
Invenergy spokesman James Williams briefed the Antelope County Board of Supervisors about the status of the wind farm during last week’s meeting.
There was much to discuss between Williams and the supervisors in a free-flowing presentation which occurred near the end of the meeting.
Williams said 98 wind turbines have been constructed and 20 more remain. Of those which have been put up a number will need to be replaced.
Last month, Invenergy (owner of the wind farm) and General Electric acknowledged to The Elgin Review that a blade manufacturing defect had been detected on a number of blades.
General Electric, sometime this spring, will be replacing “a limited number” of turbine blades.
The blades’ anomaly has pushed back the date for completion of the wind farm which was supposed to have been completed in the first quarter of 2014.
To date, replacement wind turbine blades from General Electric have yet to arrive in Elgin.
The high winds being experienced in Antelope County this winter have hampered progress on the wind farm. Williams said when wind speeds are 20-25 miles per hour or higher, workers “don’t fly the rotary assembly.”
Still, Williams said the good news regarding blade replacement is that there are still cranes on site which will be used to take down, replace and raise the new blades into place when conditions are favorable. He said all the wind turbines should be in place and ready to produce energy by the summer months.
When completed, Williams said, Prairie Breeze will be the largest wind farm in the state.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
January 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Widely regarded as the Elgin community’s ‘gala’ event of the season, the 14th annual ‘Evening With Friends’ will be held Sunday evening, Jan. 26.
More than 250 ‘friends’ of Catholic education in the community will gather at the Knights of Columbus Hall for an evening of celebration and support for Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School.
Festivities will get underway at 5 p.m. when the doors open. Social hour will run til 6 p.m. when guests will be seated and dinner will be served. The menu will consist of prime rib or crunchy parmesan chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans, garden salad, dinner rolls, and for dessert, assorted cheesecakes. The entire evening is being catered by Jodine Meis.
Elgin’s own Gary Hoefer, along with Dave Amick will serve as emcees for the evening’s festivities.
Occupying the V.I.P. tables this year will be the Bank of Elgin, Central Valley Ag, Clearwater Feed & Grain, Insurance Mart — Janet Koinzan, and Dr. Doug & Shawn Dilly.
Throughout dinner and leading to the ‘live’ auction, there will be numerous games played for some very special prizes.
Beginning at 8 p.m. will be the ‘live’ auction. Serving as auctioneer will be Ted Baum of Elgin.
Among the many items to be auctioned off during the evening will be a steak cookout and prime rib dinners.
In the past, some of these items have raised thousands of dollars to benefit the school.
Also to be auctioned off will be sports entertainment packages which include tickets, lodging and so much more.
In addition to the live auction items, there will be a wide assortment of items on display as part of a silent auction.
‘Evening With Friends’ Committee co-chairs are Tom & Bonnie Hoefer, Dave & Sharon Gossman.
Committee members are Dave & Gwen Beckman, Mike & Connie Dvorak, Jim & Bev Funk, Jeff & Kellie Gossman, Jerry & Jan Heithoff, Brian & Sue Henn, Dave & Tracy Hoefer, Paul & Brenda Kuhlman, Dennis & Lynell Morgan, Ben & Anna Meis, Ed & Anne Parks, Jake & Kari Schindler,
Give a man a mission and ask him to put that mission into words. The end result can be pretty darn amazing.
Elgin’s Greg Tharnish found a mission when he took on the challenge of entering the Norfolk Daily New’s (NDN) essay contest “272: The Power of Words”. The contest asked entrants to write about their passion. To honor the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, that essay needed to consist of 272 words - the precise length of the historically inspiring yet brief speech at one of (if not THE) most famous battle grounds from the Civil War.
Out of the 30 entries received, Tharnish’s was chosen the winner.
What was the subject of this award-winning essay? Two simple words: Our Father. He decided to mix two of his passions - writing and religion - and came up with a winning recipe. “I guess my inspiration was, people tend to thank God daily for our gifts when terrible things happen, like 9/11 when people flocked to church. Or when good things happen,” Tharnish said. “And I thought, what about days just like today? The “ordinariness” of life, we need thank God for those days too.”
A prize of $500 is to be paid to the charity of the winner’s choice. Given his choice of the subject matter, no one in Elgin should be surprised at his choice of charity. The NDN will be dividing the prize check for $500 five ways as he asked that the prize be divided among Elgin’s four churches (his parish of St. Boniface Catholic, Trinity Lutheran, United Methodist and Park Center Congregationl/UCC) and St. Bonaventure Catholic in neighboring Raeville.
Here’s the essay:
Before the four winds blew and the seven wonders of the natural world were still just an idea, Our Father lived. His Son gave us the words of praise to Him, beginning with those two words that speak volumes: “Our Father.” When recited, we should know that, first of all, “our” indicates that we are one human family. There is no distinction between race, religion, sex, or nationality. “Father” insists that we are His children. We may be a ninety-year old or a nine-year-old, but when we say “Our Father” we are speaking as children in His eyes.
Let’s not forget, less we go astray, the greatness of what Our Father has given us. Let’s not forget to share these great gifts with those brothers and sisters of ours that God loves as much as us; brothers and sisters who’ve suffered from war, disease, and natural disasters; brothers and sisters who may have never heard of Our Father except through our words and, more importantly, our deeds.
As we grow older, our days may seem long while our years may seem short. May we live not marking the years, but marking each day as a gift. Not just when times are good or bad, but every day when we wake, let us praise and glorify Our Father who’s given us the greatest of gifts: our freedom of will. Our freedom to worship or not worship. Our freedom to create or destroy. Our freedom to love or live in fear. It is an awesome responsibility, this freedom, but one we must embrace. It is one we must choose. And finally, one we must share.
Last month, the Elgin Community Foundation (ECF) began their annual fund drive.
An affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation the ECF is working to help prepare the community for a future of prosperity by preserving our wealth, investing in our people now and building resources for tomorrow’s opportunities.
So far, more than $2,500 has been received.
Donations received so far from the Elgin area are:
Wilfred & Evelyn Arehart; Marilyn Clark; Dean’s Market; Calvin & Pam Heithoff; Gerald & Jan Heithoff; Robert & Karen Koenig; Phil & Kris Starman; Sharon Wilkinson; Jerry & Millie Mundorf; Richard & Jane Schuchardt; Don & Leeann Skillstad; Mardelle Blair; and The Bank of Elgin.
Also contributing to the fund was Harold Grosskopf of Council Bluffs, Iowa, who made a donation in memory of Herman Grosskopf, Hilde Grosskopf, Robert Grosskopf, Judy (Grosskopf) Brehm and Myrna (Steinke) Grosskopf.