1926 — 2014
Mary Evelyn Gallishaw died peacefully at her home Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Tomball, Texas.
She was born in Madison, Nebraska to Charles and Vernocia Sprout on August 26, 1926. She moved with her family to Elgin in the spring of 1940 and graduated from Elgin High School in 1944.
Mary attended nursing school at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska and then served as an RN in the United States Air Force, where she met her future husband, Charles.
Mary loved spending time with her family, working as a nurse, traveling, fishing, beach combing, reading and playing cards. She had a great appreciation of nature and was a former member of the Texas Gulf Coast Master Naturalists.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Vernocia Sprout, husband Charles, mother and father in law Irma and Joseph Gallishaw, brothers Leland and William Sprout.
She is survived by her four children: son Joseph Gallishaw and wife Melinda of Houston, Texas, daughter Janet Buffington and husband Rick of Tomball, Texas, daughter Jeanie Ferrell and husband Johnny of San Marcos, Texas, and son John Gallishaw of Jacksonville, Florida; 10 grandchildren. Mary is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Lois Sprout and Mary Sprout, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Mary’s life will be celebrated by family at a private ceremony.
Tom and Julie Krause, Brunswick, are the parents of twin daughters born on Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.
Bethany Jean weighed four pounds. 14 ounces, and was 16 inches long and Grace Naomi weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces. and was 18 inches long.
Welcoming them home are Beau, 4 years old, and Lauryn, 18 months.
Grandparents are Ron and JoAnn Beckman, Elgin and Jim and Jan Krause, Plainview.
Great grandparents are Marcella Schiltmeyer of Elgin and Byford Metzger of Pawnee City.
Three members of the Wolfpack boys basketball team earned post-season accolades from the Niobrara Valley Conference. Senior Jake Eischeid and juniors Kyle Heithoff and Jack Borer received honorable mention when all conference teams were announced.
Earning first team honors were Trevor Mlnarik and Andy Kerkman of Clearwater/Orchard, Robert Nordby and Blake Cunningham of Ewing, Nick White and Steven LaPointe of Niobrara/Verdigre, Adam Moon of O’Neill St. Mary’s, Caleb Rihanek of Boyd County, Connor Osborne of West Holt, and Trevor Ferguson of North Central.
Second team honors went to Kyle Pardun and Matt Kelly of St. Mary’s, Ben Ramold of Ewing, Tate Schutt of Clearwater/Orchard, Tyler Knox of North Central, Tate Schmaderer of Stuart, Riley Bilstein of West Holt, Brenden Pelster of CWC, Dylan Reiman of Boyd County and Hayden Liska of Niobrara/Verdigre. Honorable mention were Joey Colfack and Drew Stahlecker of Boyd County, Jared Tomjack of St. Mary’s, Alex Kunz, Mason Dexter and Trevor Ramm of Stuart, Steven Marcellus and Chase Hoffschneider of CWC, Jaylon LaPlante of Santee, Ben Lingenfelter, Tyson Belitz and Grant White of Neligh-Oakdale, and Kendall Albin of Elkhorn Valley.
Backflow Prevention and the Customer
Helping Keep Our Water Safe!! Nebraska’s Safe Drinking Water Act requires water systems to implement an on-going cross connection control program. An important part of this program is public education. It is believed that a well-informed public will be more aware of the possibility of cross connections within their property and will take reasonable
and sensible precautions to avoid creating cross connections on their property. This brochure is intended to explain what a cross connection is, what causes it, what some of the consequences can be, and how it can be prevented.
What is cross connection?
A cross connection occurs whenever there is an actual or potential physical connection between the public drinking water system and any possible source of contamination.
Sources of contamination can include both high hazard materials, which can cause illness or death, and low or non-hazardous materials which are mainly just a nuisance and can cause the water to look, taste or smell unpleasant. Although the high hazards are the primary concern in a cross connection control program, your water utility strives to provide both safe and good quality water to its customers. Whenever there is a loss of pressure in the public water supply, these cross connections can allow unsafe substances to enter the public water supply.
What causes cross connections?
Cross connections can be caused by both permanent and temporary “piping”. An example of a cross connection being permanently piped in is the drain on a water softener. Many times these discharge lines are connected directly to the sewer line without any type of protection. Hot tub and whirlpool fill pipes and swimming pool and broiler make-up lines are other examples of permanently piped cross connections.
The most common example of a temporary piped cross connection is the common garden hose. It is estimated that 90% of all cross connections are caused by the inappropriate use of garden hoses. Garden hoses are frequently used to apply fertilizer and pesticides to lawns and gardens. They are also used to fill swimming pools, wash cars, and in rural areas, they are often used to fill stock tanks for watering cattle, horses, and other livestock.
Other temporary piping cross connections occur when hoses are used to fill waterbeds or are connected to utility sinks to fill wash tubs or mop buckets.
What are the consequences of cross connections?
The consequences of cross connections can range from something as simple as “dirty water” to something as severe as serious illness or even death. There are many recorded instances of non-hazardous contamination of public water supplies caused by cross connections. In one case, a line used for cleaning a distilling vat in a wine bottling company was left open, and an entire vat of wine flowed back into the public water system. Although this was not a health hazard, and most of the customers liked the water they drank, this cross connection could have had far deadlier results if it had been something other than wine in the vat.
There are many instances recorded where people have been made seriously ill or even died due to cross connections. There have been cases where dysentery diarrhea, hepatitis and even polio have been contracted as a direct result of a cross connection.
How can cross connections be prevented?
The best way to prevent cross connections is for each customer to examine the plumbing on their premises and look for any permanent or temporary piped cross connections. Any time there is the possibility of a cross connection between the water supply and any hazardous or unknown substance, there should be an air gap between the faucet and the questionable use.
In cases where this is not possible, as with a garden hose, a proper backflow prevention device or assembly should be installed on the supply faucet. This will protect both the public water supply and the inhabitants of the building from contamination.
In situations where extremely high hazards exist in a building or location, it is sometimes necessary to contain that entire system from the public water supply with a backflow preventer to protect the public water supply from the substances being used on that site.
What you can do to prevent cross connections and keep your drinking water safe?
1. Check your faucets to be sure that all faucet endpoints are above the flood level of the sink, tub, basin, or other apparatus they supply.
2. Protect faucet extensions by installing proper backflow prevention devices (i.e. hose bib vacuum breakers) on all faucets capable of having a hose or other extension attached.
3. Check drain lines (refrigerator drink dispensers, water softeners, heat exchangers, etc.) to be sure there is an adequate air gap between the drain line and the floor drain or sewer line into which they discharge.
4. Never use unprotected faucets to fill non-drinking water containers (i.e. water beds, wading pools, stock tanks, hot tubs, etc.)
Following these guide lines and using common sense will help to eliminate the possibility of you contaminating your drinking water, your neighbor’s drinking water and your community’s drinking water. This not only affects the residents of your community, but their visitors and those people who are passing through.
PUBLISH: March 19, 2014
ELGIN PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD
Distance Learning Room, EPS
March 13, 2014, 7:30 PM
President Waterbury called the regular March Meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Board members present were Stan Heithoff, Steve Heithoff, Bob Hoefer, Laurie Waterbury, and Steve Busteed. Also present were Superintendent Dan Polk, Principal Greg Wemhoff, Paula Jensen, Dennis Morgan, Ken Newcomb, Barb Bode, and Allison Dolezal.
President Waterbury led the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Waterbury reminded everyone that a copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Law was posted in the meeting room.
School board meeting notice complied with Meeting Notice Policy #204.07.
Stan Heithoff motioned and Steve Heithoff second to approve the Consent Agenda: #5- Minutes of Previous Meeting, #6- Adopt the Agenda, #7- Financial Report, #8- Board Bills. Motion carried, vote 5-0.
AMH, Transportation, $90.00; Beckman Lumber, Instru Expense, $45.50; Cash-Wa Distributing, Maintenance, $724.83; Central NE Rehab, SpEd Expense, $570.32; Central Valley Ag, Instru Expense, $106.60, Maintenance, $86.94; Corner Service and Tire, Transportation, $532.54; Dean’s Market, Maintenance, $117.37, Instru Expense, $53.56; Eakes, Instru Expense, $281.98; ESU #8, $164.75; Elgin One Stop, Transportation, $2,834.48; Elgin Pharmacy, Maintenance, $3.24; Elgin Review, Business Expense, $458.00, Board Expense, $63.88; Elite Office Products, Business Expense, $375.07; ERPPD, Maintenance, $157.73; Flenniken Plmbg & Htg, Maintenance, $126.00; Flinn Scientific, Instru Expense, $77.35; Follett Library Resources, Instru Expense, $891.90; GP Comm, Business Expense, $465.64; Hadley, Maintenance, $243.70; Harding & Schultz, Board Expense, $156.00; HireRight, Transportation, $129.00; Iburg, Sherri, SpEd Expense, $53.76; Island Supply, Instru Expense, $1,516.57; Jonny Dodge, Transportation, $1,538.89; Kallhoff Electric, Maintenance, $1,761.44; Kittelson, Jim, Maintenance, $297.50; MARC, Maintenance, $150.35; MSM Enterprises, SpEd Expense, $1,048.24; NASSP, Instru Expense, $542.00; NE Safety Center, Transportation, $150.00; Overland Rehab, SpEd Expense, $240.60; Protex, Maintenance, $2,935.00, Maintenance, $275.73; Reimbursement, $1,573.36; Schumacher Exterm., Maintenance, $75.00; The Station, Transportation, $567.28; Thompson Co., Maintenance, $270.76; Verizon Business, Business Expense, $82.01; Verizon Wireless, Business Expense, $481.80; Volkman Plmbg & Htg, Maintenance, $250.25
Total Board Bills: $22,566.92
March Payroll: $186,013.06
Total Board Bills/ Payroll: $208,579.98
President Waterbury recognized visitors and asked if the patrons had any comments.
There was no correspondence.
In Committee Reports, President Waterbury asked about any changes to the board goals and the members accepted them as previously stated. Building & Grounds committee reported on summer repair and maintenance needing to be completed.
In the Principal’s report, Mr. Wemhoff asked Mr. Ken Newcomb to demonstrate the ALEK program that he uses in his JH math classes. Mr. Wemhoff reported on the MAPS testing that is underway. He reported good turnout for the elementary reading night and the science fair. The class schedule for 2014-15 will have few changes from the current one. He read the AD report prepared by Mr. Becker with a wrap-up of winter sports. He gave a projection of costs for textbook and technology purchases for next year.
In the Supt. Report, Mr. Polk reported on the building improvement projects for the coming summer.
In action items, Stan Heithoff motioned, Steve Busteed second to excuse Ryan Reestman from the meeting. All voted aye, motion carried.
Bob Hoefer motioned, Steve Heithoff second to approve the estimate of Kallhoff Electric in the amount of $3,200 for electrical service at the football field subject to meeting requirements of Midwest Electric for field lighting. Vote 5-0, motion carried.
Steve Heithoff motioned, Stan Heithoff second to approve purchase of power floor scrubber for approximately $4800. Vote 5-0, motion carried.
Steve Heithoff motioned, Busteed second to approve purchase of ADA ramp for football field bleachers in the amount of $6612. Vote 5-0, motion carried.
Stan Heithoff motioned, Hoefer second to approve offering teacher contracts to all certified staff. Vote 5-0, motion carried.
Hoefer motioned, Steve Heithoff second to approve second reading of Board Policy Section 600. All voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Busteed, second by Bob Hoefer to adjourn the meeting. All voted aye. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m.
The next meeting will held on April 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Distance Learning Room at Elgin Public School
Ryan Reestman, Secretary
Paula Jensen, Recorder
-This is a draft copy and does not become official Elgin Public Board minutes until approved at the next regular or advertised meeting.
PUBLISH: March 19, 2014