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Autumn: A time to chill

Autumn: A time to chill
Autumn: A time to chill

Our fall family get together was also the first time in an incredibly long time when all of my first cousins (the ones I grew up with and consider more as siblings than cousins) were together. Pictured, from left, is Calvin, Cammy, me, Loetta, Hannah, and Michael. In all, there’s seven first cousins and four second cousins, and I’m the oldest of them all.

Life has been busy and challenging, as it typically is, because who takes on life hoping it’ll be smooth sailing?

Back in August I decided the family needed to get together as a sort of reunion. To get a few hours break from life and just enjoy one another’s company. Besides, the last time we were all together was my grandpa’s funeral two years ago.

I know it may seem a bit silly to plan something a month in advance, especially something as small as this, but when you start making plans so early in advance, it gives everyone plenty of time to take off work.

I notified everyone in my south family—my dad’s side—about what I deemed the Fall Family Get Together, and set about making plans.

It would be a potluck, with yard games and a photo booth, and would be set in Hebron at the main city park—Loetta and I traveled the furtherest, as everyone else lived in or around Hebron.

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Clay Center’s UCC collection spot for Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Want to be part of the world’s largest child evangelism effort? Operation Christmas Child, under the direction of Samaritan’s Purse, is a fun and easy project that anyone can get involved in. Operation Christmas Child brings good news and great joy to children all over the world through simple gifts.

Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship—transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ. Churches hand out shoeboxes at festive outreach events where the Good News is clearly presented. Children then have the opportunity to enroll in a 12-lesson follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey.

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Kinnaman earns NASN award

Annually, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) recognizes school nurses who have demonstrated excellence in School Nursing Practice and leadership in School.

Jo De Kinnaman, BA, RN, NCSN, of Edgar, was recognized by the Nebraska State School Nurses Association in 2018 for this leadership award.

She was recognized by the National Association during their 51st Annual Conference award celebration at the Gaylord Rockies Hotel in Denver, June 28, 2019.

In attendance during the award reception were family members including her husband, Kent; children, Gavin and Austin, grandchild; Karson; and mother; DeLores Wilson.

Kinnaman was originally nominated by Tonna Gilbert, QA Specialist and Deb Ross, Executive Director of the Head Start Child and Family Development Program, Inc., of Hastings, Nebraska. JoDe is the full-time Health Coordinator for Head Start, Early Head Start, Early Development Network, Sixpence and the Migrant Education Program.

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Grandparents day full of music, laughs

Grandparents day full of music, laughs

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Grandparents day full of music, laughs

ABOVE: Everett Yost plays a game of chess with Bruce Hiebner during grandparent’s day. RIGHT: The theme of the annual program was “Kid Flix,” which took grandparents and special friends on a tour through several youth movies, including “If I Didn’t Have You,” from Monsters, Inc, as sung by the third graders shown here. Other songs included “Try Everything,” from Zootopia; “Spirit of the Season,” from The Polar Express; “We Know the Way,” from Moana; “Better When I’m Dancin’” from The Peanuts Movie; and finally, the theme song from Spider Man. Following the program in the theatre, students and their visitors enjoyed lunch, games, and projects.

Grandparents day full of music, laughs

Sutton Elementary hosted its annual grandparent’s day Friday, Sept. 27. Here, Grethe Andersen does a project with grandparents Ronda and Larry HIxon.

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Ong family credits Shickley School for helping son with autism

Ong family credits Shickley School for helping son with autism

RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Michelle stands with her son, JoJo, who has autism. Michelle is an advocate for autism support.

April may be half a year away, but it’s never too early for Michelle Weese to advocate for autism support.

This spring, she and her husband Grover replaced their porch light with a blue bulb—the official color for autism awareness. Next spring, she hopes Shickley Public School will join in on the April 2 international observance in wearing blue in support of her sixth-grade son, JoJo.

“Here, the teachers, you can tell they care about the kids,” Michelle said.

Hers is a story of change and triumph, beginning and ending in the small community of Ong.

A Utah native, Michelle moved to Ong as a teen. After a few years, she graduated high school and moved to New Orleans, LA, for college.

JoJo was born in New Orleans, and that’s where his father resides. JoJo visits him every summer.

Eventually, Michelle and JoJo moved back to Utah where she grew up and where her mother returned after living in Nebraska.

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National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week
National 4-H Week

VIEWS FROM VANDEWALLE

The anticipation is building for National 4-H Week which will start Oct. 6-12, 2019, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating everything Nebraska 4-H by observing National 4-H Week.

This year, by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, National 4-H Week will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do, which highlights how 4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement.

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You know you’re 55 when...

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Monday marked the 55th year since I was brought into this world on Sept. 30, 1964. And in so many ways, I’ve been truly blessed! A family that loves me and cares, both my “blood family” and the family of readers and supporters of the Clay County News.

From the day I can remember standing on the steps of my dad’s 1955 international light blue pickup, to basically being thrown into writing sports when I was in my freshman year of high school, there’s probably nobody that has formulated my life more than my parents. So as I started my 55th year of life Monday, I look back at some amazing highlights, and, of course, a few moments in life that weren’t the best.

But you have all heard plenty about my parents over the past 10 and 1/2 years.

You know you’re 55 when...You’ve outlived both your parents.

You know you’re 55 when you’ve seen Husker football go through the glory years and the tough years, and I’m so thankful that I’m here for the tough years.

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Weed superintendent IDs viney weed growing in county

Weed superintendent IDs viney weed growing in county

There is a viney weed crawling up trees and windbreaks around the county that some have mistaken for a far more invasive species—the kudzu.

“It’s called the weed that ate the South,” Bruce Rumsey, Clay County weed superintendent, said about kudzu during the Clay County Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting on Sept. 24, at the courthouse in Clay Center.

But kudzu is not found in Clay County nor much of Nebraska. Only the southeast corner of the state has so far been affected by this noxious weed, Rumsey explained.

Instead, he identified the viney weed growing in Clay County as the burcucumber.

“The wild burcucumber is doing quite well this year,” Rumsey said.

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Fairfield receives USDA funding for street projects

Fairfield receives USDA funding for street projects

Street work in Fairfield is ongoing, with many of the streets closed for construction.

LINCOLN—USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Karl Elmshaeuser announced that $100,000 will be used for street replacement in the City of Fairfield.

“Today’s funding will replace the street infrastructure and the city’s sewer line that was impacted,” Elmshaeuser said. “Transportation is important to rural towns. Once the street project is completed, Fairfield will have a long-lasting sewer line and updated streets.”

The streets will be gravel surfaced in preparation for concrete and asphalt paving. After completion of the project, the streets will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and feature detectable warning panels on all corners.

Elmshaeuser’s announcement is in coordination with USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy’s announcement that USDA is investing $139 million in 56 projects to improve community facilities and provide essential services for 3.3 million rural residents in 23 states.

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County OKs purchase of new EM mobile command center

Clay County Emergency Management is getting a new mobile command center, big enough to qualify as a Class A motor home, but at a relatively small price tag.

Emergency Manager Tim Lewis first approached the Clay County Board of Supervisors about the vehicle, offered to him by the U.S. Forest Service, during the board’s regular meeting on Sept. 17, at the courthouse in Clay Center.

“It gives us a place to work from during an incident,” Lewis said.

The 2012 Freightliner is fitted with four workstations, a conference room, and a restroom—offering a significant upgrade from the county’s current, much smaller EM communications van, he explained.

“This way, you can bring an internal office to the scene,” Lewis said, with the capability of giving multiple EM leaders office space during a severe, widespread, or multi-day disaster event.

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