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Bettendorf To Be Honored At Open House

September 27, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

An open house will be held Monday, September 30, at Elgin Public Library.
The open house will be in honor of assistant librarian Lois Bettendorf who has decided to retire. She has worked at the library for nearly 30 years.
The Library Board will host the event from 3-5 p.m.

Q125 Fundraiser Breakfast To Be Held Sunday

September 27, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Elgin Community Club will be holding a fundraiser Sunday morning for the upcoming Q125 celebration in 2014.
Meeting Monday night at the Steel Steed Steakhouse & Saloon, club members went over final details for the ‘pancake breakfast’ to be held Sunday morning in the cafeteria at Elgin High School.
The breakfast will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Items to be served will be pancakes, egg bake, link sausage, coffee and juice. There will be a variety of pancake toppings, according to chairperson Gwen Koinzan. She said they will be using the PJCC’s pancake grill. Sausage to be served will be from Dean’s Market. Also, Greenline Equipment is donating serviceware and the Bank of Elgin will be contributing cups and napkins.
Admission to the breakfast is a free will offering.
A special invitation has been extended to all the workers on the wind towers in connection with Prairie Breeze Wind Energy to come to the breakfast, Koinzan said.
Community Club members wishing to volunteer to help should contact Koinzan.
The Q125 celebration was also the topic of a report given to club members.

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

Blade ‘Runners’ Busy At Wind Farm

September 27, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

One can look to the west of Elgin and know efforts to develop the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm are progressing.
Walking west down Cedar Street, one could look to the horizon Saturday and see the blades of a wind turbine being raised by a crane and put into place.
Work on sites west of Highway 14 continue towards the goal of constructing 118 wind turbines. The wind farm is being built at locations in Madison, Boone and Antelope counties.
Alissa Krinsky, communications director with Invenergy, the Chicago-based corporation who owns the farm, said turbine erection “is going well with 25 WTG’s (with the base, mid, top and nacelle sections set) installed as of mid-September.”
Art Fletcher, vice president of construction, was equally optimistic about the progress being made on the wind farm.
“We’re pleased to report again that construction is going very well. And we cannot express strongly enough how much we appreciate the support and assistance from local residents and officials as the development of the wind farm continues. It is gratifying to know that the community is as excited as we are to build a new source of clean energy generation in Nebraska.”
Almost every morning, the grounds of Elgin One Stop are filled with semi-trailer trucks ready to haul blade sections to tower locations.

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

State Senators Coming To Norfolk For Tax Hearing September 26

September 19, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

State Senator Galen Hadley, Chair of the Tax Modernization Committee, has released the agenda for the public hearings to be held by the Committee during September and October.
The Committee was created during this past legislative session by Legislative Resolution 155, which requires the Committee to hold five (5) public hearings across the state on topics of tax reform. Please see the attached “Schedule of Public Hearings” for locations, dates and times.
LR155 also requires the Committee to issue a report by mid-December that makes recommendations for any changes, if necessary, to Nebraska’s tax system.
Over the past several months, the Committee has held three public Working Meetings and two Executive Working Meetings. The purpose of those meetings was to provide committee members with important background information, an overview of Nebraska’s existing tax system, and analysis of that system by national experts on tax policy, economics and tax reform initiatives.
District #41 State Senator Kate Sullivan is joined by 13 other state senators on the committee. They were able to meet with these experts and with each other to debate potential areas for further analysis.
From these discussions, the Committee has identified certain tax issues and potential options that could be used to address these issues. Please see the attached “Issues and Options List” for details.
The Committee welcomes public comment on these issues and options, and on other tax issues the public would like to include in the discussion. The issues and options are not recommendations of the Committee but are intended to generate public comment. The Committee would like to hear comments on these issues and options, but would also like to hear comments on other tax matters of importance to Nebraskans.
The issues and options are divided into three categories – property tax, individual and corporate income tax, and sales and use taxes. The hearings will be recorded and transcribed but will not be broadcast or live streamed. Please watch our website for any changes or developments. www.leg.ne.gov/tmc.
The public hearing schedule is as follows:
• Monday, September 23 – Harms Advanced Technology Center, Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, 4:00 – 7:00 pm. (Mountain Time)
• Tuesday, September 24 – Mid Plains Community College, North Platte, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
• Thursday, September 26 – Northeast Nebraska Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, 1:30 – 4:30 pm.

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

Raymond E. Havel Jr.

September 19, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Raymond E. Havel Jr.
1948 — 2013
Raymond E. “Gene” Havel Jr., 64, of Grand Island, Nebraska, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at his home with his family at his side. Services were held Monday, September 16, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bob Rhodes officiated. Burial was in the Grand Island City Cemetery, with military honors provided by the United Veterans Honor Guard, U. S. Navy Honor Team, along with Gene’s niece Jennifer Kerkman. Curran Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.
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Gene was born October 28, 1948, at Tilden, Nebraska. He was the son of Raymond J. and Irene E. (Day) Havel.
His daughter Ginger R. Griffiths preceded him in death on November 7, 2010.
Survivors of the immediate family include his wife of 41 years, Sandi Havel of Grand Island, NE; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gerrod and Brett Havel of Grand Island, NE; Garrett Havel of Grand Island, NE; His mother, Irene Havel of Bartlett, NE; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Judy Havel of Bartlett, NE; Jerry and Jackie Havel of Grand Island, NE; Three sisters and brothers-in-law, Rita and Terry Muir of Grand Island, NE; Janette and Norm Bialas of Fullerton, NE; Judy and Mike Kerkman of Elgin, NE
Others left to cherish his memory include his grandchildren, Victoria Griffiths, Wyatt Hopkins, Ashlynn and Quentin Havel, numerous nieces and nephews.
Gene grew up in Wheeler County attending Red Top Grade School and graduated from Wheeler County High School in Bartlett, NE in 1967. He attended a welding trade school in Omaha, NE before entering the U.S. Navy on March 17, 1969. He married Sandi Robinson on September 2, 1972, at Ericson, NE. They lived in National City, CA until Gene’s honorable discharge on March 2, 1973. They returned to Grand Island where Gene began his employment with Chief Automotive working as a welder and later lead man/supervisor until the plant closing in 2009.
He then worked for Rogue Manufacturing as a machinist until March 2013.
Gene enjoyed spending time with his family, shooting guns with his sons, camping, fishing, boating, hunting, traveling and woodcarving. He was the ultimate handy man, he could fix anything.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Platt-Duetsche and the VFW.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond J. Havel and daughter Ginger R. Griffiths.
Online condolences may be given at www.curranfuneralchapel.com un-der Gene’s obituary.

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