January 14, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
LEAD Group 34 International Study/Travel Seminar
Hungary / Moldova / Romania
The current LEAD Group 34 is busy touring eastern Europe. Among the group is Elgin natives Todd Heithoff and Clayton Hensley. This tour is a two week international study/travel seminar. The Nebraska LEAD Program is operated by the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council in cooperation with the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL. A total of 30 Fellows are taking part in this tour.
Here is an audio clip of Heithoff while in Hungary.
January 8, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Pope John students recently participated in the 31st American Mathematics Competitions 8. Ten 7th and 8th graders competed for local and national student and school awards.
The contest, which covers middle school mathematics, is given at participating schools. Its purpose is to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through the excitement of friendly competition at problem solving in a timed format.
Certificates were awarded to the school’s winners: Faith Kinney (first place), Allyssa Burenheide and Hunter Charf (tied for second), and Marissa Preister (third place). Photo and information submitted.
The following information was provided by St. Boniface Catholic Church. Church leadership recently recognized two choir members, Rosie Schueths and Shirley Meis, following their “retirement” from their choir roles as director and organists.
Rosie began playing the organ for St. Boniface in 8th Grade!! Rosie and Pat Selting would trade off for the summer masses, after learning how to play from the nuns. In 1967, Rosie took over as choir director after the current director, Barbara Ann Ziegler, went to work at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School when it opened. A highlight (from Rosie’s tenure) was when the choir was professionally recorded live, in 2001, prior to the Parish Centennial. Rosie recently retired as choir director, after nearly 50 years, but agreed to still play the organ once a month, and for funerals.
Shirley began playing the organ when she was 15 years old!! The church she attended in Albion paid for a year of lessons, so she could learn on the pipe organ, and then later, the electric organ. She joined the Catholic Church, and in 1967, under the direction of Rosie Schueths, Shirley began playing the organ for Monsignor Buelt at the 8:00 a.m. Masses. This is something she did faithfully for many, many years. Shirley recently retired from weekend Masses, but will still play for funerals.
As we go forward we are blessed to say that two parishioners have stepped forward to provide leadership for our Music Ministry: Rachel Becker and Mark Dwyer. We have “big shoes” to fill as a parish, but together, with all ages willing to share their talents, we can continue our tradition of having music that is second to none in our Archdiocese!!
Thank you Rosie and Shirley for sharing your talents for over 100 years combined!
Photo by Amy Selting
On Tuesday morning, Park Center Daycare opened its door for a new month with a new director while retaining the same quality service to the community.
Chelsi Mescher has taken over duties as director of the business which provides daycare to boys and girls six weeks to 13 years of age.
A 2013 graduate of Pope John, Mescher obtained her associate’s degree in early childhood from Northeast Community College in Spring 2015.
Prior to joining Park Center Daycare, she worked for the Neligh/Oakdale School District.
“This is what I’ve always wanted to do,” Miss Mescher said about the daycare.
Since graduating from high school, she has worked at Park Center during the summer months.
Her assistant will be Kayla Coover who has worked at Park Center for over a year.
Others who help out are Kayla Pelster and, when not in school, Whitney Walker. New, as an assistant, is Marin Heithoff.
Park Center is licensed to handle up to 26 children and openings currently exist. Business hours are 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Anyone interested in having their child at the daycare should contact Mescher.
One new feature for the daycare, Clark said, is bus service. Several times each day an Elgin Public Schools school bus drops off and picks up school-age students. He said he’s grateful for the school district’s cooperation with the bus service.
Attention Antelope County residents! If you like those red lights blinking in the night sky, you’ll love this news.
There may soon be more filling the night sky, a lot more.
The Antelope County Planning Commission has set the date for a public hearing to review a conditional use permit being sought by Invenergy for a fourth wind farm here in Antelope County. The hearing will be held at the Antelope County Courthouse on Tuesday, Jan. 19, beginning at 1 p.m.
According to documents obtained from the Antelope County Clerk’s office Monday morning, the Upstream Wind Energy LLC project would consist of up to 350 MW of capacity and be located within a boundary of approximately 70,000 acres mostly in north central Antelope County and possibly a small area in Pierce County. The Project will include up to 168 wind turbines wired within the boundaries. Energy produced from the wind farm would be delivered to the Upstream Collector Substation before delivery to NPPD’s Antelope County Substation.
Once construction would begin, the project is expected to create approximately 390 full and part-time jobs during the approximately 12 to 18 month construction timeframe of the project.
Already, a large number of landowners within the project area have entered into land leases with Invenergy whereby the landowner grants and conveys to Upstream an easement and lease to convert, maintain and capture the flow of wind and wind resources. Final siting and design have yet to be determined, however all wind turbines will be located within 900 feet of the locations proposed on the adjacent map.
The project area is as follows:
• Blaine Township 26N 7W Sections 8-18, 20-29, 35-36 ALL
• Custer Township 26N 6W Sections 7S2, 18-36 ALL
• Neligh Township 25N 6W Sections 1-6, 10-13, 24-25 ALL
• Elm Township 25N 5W Sections 1-30 ALL, 31 N2; SE4, 32-36 ALL
• Willow Township 26N 5W Sections 16-17 ALL, 18 E2, 19-21 ALL, 22 S2, 27-36 ALL
The nameplate generating capacity of each wind turbine will likely be between 1.7 MW - 2.3 MW for a total of up to 350 MW of capacity in Antelope County. The typical GE tower height is 80-meters with a rotor diameter of up to 116-meters. The total height of the wind turbines will be approximately 138-meters (when top blade is directly above and parallel to the tower).
At the present time the location of an operations and maintenance building for Upstream has yet to be determined.
A typical wind turbine and its accessory facilities removes approximately one-third to one-half acre of land from production.
Invenergy currently operates the 310 MW Prairie Breeze Project located near Elgin. It consists of 179 turbines in three phases and represents an investment in excess of $500 million to the participating counties and State of Nebraska. According to documents at the courthouse, Prairie Breeze has 19 full-time employees that operate and maintain the project. Prairie Beeze is expected to contribute over $82 million in economic development including tax payments, employment, landowner payments and local spending over a 25-year period.
If approved, Upstream would result in an annual economic development comparable to Prairie Breeze and would result in the hiring of up to 12 full-time employees.
Following the public hearing, the planning commission will make a recommendation to the Antelope County Board of Supervisors whether or not to approve the conditional use permit. If the supervisors then approve the conditional use permit, as was the case with Prairie Breeze I, II and III, the next step would be approval from the Nebraska Power Review Board before construction could begin.