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Harvard Veterans Memorial Car Show set for next Saturday

Harvard’s 14th annual Veterans Memorial Car Show has been set for Saturday, July 27.

The car show portion of the day will go from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the City Park (505 East Walnut), with registration from 10 a.m.-noon; entry fee is $15.

Trophies will be presented at 3 p.m.; there will be prize drawings throughout the car show. All proceeds will go to the Harvard Veterans Memorial Wall, and food onsite will be sponsored by the United Church of Christ.

Additional activities Saturday will include the UCC 5k/one mile run/walk, which starts at the city park at 8 a.m.; entry fee is $10 and all proceeds will go to the People Project.

The 11th annual horse shoe tournament will be hosted east of the car show. Sign-up is 10 to 11 a.m. and cost is $10 per person, with a top four payout.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m.; all participants should start lining up at the school by 9 a.m. Call Bonnie at 402-984-6540 for any questions.

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Hanging with the cows

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

ABOVE: Connor Hinrichs helps Porter Jones feed a cow at the Clay County Fair. BELOW: With an arm resting over its back, Bristol Jasnoch watches the ranch rodeo with a calf, Thursday, July 11.

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4-H a tradition for Griess family

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

FROM LEFT: Brayden waits for his turn to move around the arena during the Bucket Calf

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The Griess family, from left, Craig, Katelyn (in front at left), Nathan, Dana, and Brayden.

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Show. Katelyn looks toward the judge during the Clover Kids turn at the Bucket Calf Show.

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Nathan, right, helps Jason Brockman clean the ears of their cow during the Beef Fitting Contest.

For the Griess family, 4-H appears more like a lifestyle.

Craig and Dana Griess began 4-H when they were 8 years old. Craig joined the Saronville Stockman, showing pigs and crops, while Dana joined the Little Blue Valley Club (Jefferson County), showing pigs, sewing, home environment, and photography.

Today, although the two have outgrown showing in 4-H, Craig serves on the Clay County Fair Board and is the Swine Superintendent. For Dana, her official title around fair time is 4-H mom, and she can always be seen cheering their children on as they show in an event or helping them prepare their animal for the next event.

Their three children, Nathan,10, Brayden, 8, and Katelyn, 6, are also diving head first into 4-H projects each year, and are a part of the Eastside Livestock Club.

Passing on the tradition of 4-H to their children was a no brainer for the couple.

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Allegro Wolf Productions awarded Arts Learning Project Grant

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The Nebraska Arts Council has awarded an Arts Learning Project Grant of $3,451 to Sutton Allegro Wolf Productions, Inc.

Nebraska Arts Council Executive Director Suzanne Wise commented, “Allegro Wolf contributes a great deal to the advancement of the arts in Sutton, and the State of Nebraska. We commend the work being done by organizations, such as Allegro, because the arts are important to the education and quality of life for all Nebraskans.”

The mission of Allegro Wolf is to educate, create, and inspire, and the academy certainly fulfills these goals. This is the seventh session of the academy and 39 students are enrolled, which is the most there has ever been. It has meant more food and housing, but it’s a good problem to have.

For more information about the staff and student performances, please visit their website at allegrowolf.org, like them on Facebook, or contact Pat Majors at 402-469-4740.

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Osterhaus finds success through early college courses

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What started out as an interest has turned into a major and a step forward toward a future career.

Abby Osterhaus, a 2019 Sutton graduate, began taking criminal justice classes online the fall semester of her senior year (August 2018).

With the help of Sutton Public School’s Guidance Counselor Sharon Zoucha, Osterhaus signed up for Introduction to Criminal Justice and Introduction to Probation and Parole, through Central Community College, both of which were good classes, she said.

Osterhaus explained she didn’t take the Internship classes through the Career Pathways Program at SPS, as there were only so many options in the area for criminal justice internships. She added that she was not interested in becoming a police officer or lawyer, but instead was more focused on the criminology aspect of the field.

On her own, Osterhaus signed up for a Criminology class this summer, and so far it’s been her favorite course of the three she’s taken.

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Thoughts to ponder for your senior year

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Tory Duncan

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While I know that I’ve reached my “senior” level of life, the headline this week has nothing to do with me reaching my early senior years. I’ve been told over the last couple of years that I could actually play on the senior golf circuit, not THAT circuit, but the Nebraska tour, and I may just do that.

But, that’s not my point this week. It has to do with being a senior in high school.

I’ve been out of school for over 35 years. I’ve lost touch with many classmates, but I still communicate with a few. This week, my thoughts revert to making sure that the senior class of 2019-20 pay attention to what’s going on around them.

Not just in athletics, or extra-curricular activities. The senior year of high school is a one-time shot. It’s here and it’s gone.

Many have been through 13 years with many of the same kids. Friendships are developed, and unfortunately lost as well.

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Sutton American Legion celebrates 100 years July 13

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Carol Van Kirk, the American Legion Auxiliary Past National President, speaks to nearly 100 guests gathered at the Sutton American Legion Saturday, July 13, to celebrate the American Legion’s 100th anniversary.

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Gary Wooten, the newly elected American Legion Department Commander from Wilber spoke to the large crowd Saturday.

Sutton’s Mayor Todd Mau praised the veterans service organization, the largest in the nation, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary through Veterans Day.

The American Legion has built a legacy of dedicated service to veterans, the military, families and communities since its founding in March 1919. The national organization was formally chartered by Congress on Sept. 16, 1919.

The Legion family’s legacy of community volunteerism and the organization’s significant national role in everything from development of U.S. Flag Code, passage of the GI Bill and acceptance of Agent Orange exposure a cause for adverse health effects among veterans of the Vietnam War, to support for our nation’s troops in the Global War on Terrorism.

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AW Broadway Academy performances set for July 20-21

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Students attending this year’s Allegro Wolf Broadway Academy rehearse during one of the first days of camp.

Allegro Wolf Art Center’s Board welcomed 39 students for this year’s Broadway Academy, themed “I Got You.” Students will work with directors throughout the week, before performing two shows on July 20-21, in Sutton. Back again this year will be the staff show and auction, set to begin at 6 p.m., Friday, July 19, at the Sutton Community Center (200 S. Saunders Ave).There is a $30 recommended donation. Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, students will perform their own show at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, at the Sutton Public School, in the theatre (1107 N Saunders Ave). Please enter through the elementary doors. There is a recommended $10 donation for the shows. This year’s objective, as in years past, is to inspire confidence. As stated on the Allegro Wolf Broadway Academy website: “This year, however, we will be focusing on the kind of confidence that isn’t threatened by other’s strengths and abilities.

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Sutton School Board approves project change order, handbooks

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Sutton School Board members and administrators tour parts of the high school, looking at construction updates of the Energy Efficiency Project, during Monday night’s meeting.

A few change orders were approved for the Energy Efficiency Project at Sutton Public School during the board’s meeting Monday night.

Totaling $13,319, the change orders are:

• $2,940—Clean up data conduit below ceiling.

• $4,414—add to relocate gas line around mechanical room No. 2.

• $5,965—add indoor unit, duct, and accessories for a/c in the commons room 137.

The board unanimously approved the change order for the project.

A tour around the high school portion of SPS showed improvements, including brighter lights in the gymnasium and an updated girls locker room, to name a couple of items.

All handbooks for the school were approved, with some minor changes. In the Student/Parent Handbook on the elementary side, Principal Shawn Carlson said a change occurring this year will have all students going to recess before lunch.

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County Board approves housing vouchers for Harvard

Harvard is on its way to expanding its housing options.

Jeanne Leick, executive director of Hastings Housing Authority, met with the Clay County Board of Supervisors during its regular meeting July 16 at the courthouse in Clay Center.

She explained that the Harvard Housing Authority had approached her agency about being able to offer Housing Choice Vouchers to interested, income-qualifying renters.

“There is no cost to the county,” Leick said. “HUD requires that I have the county’s permission to use the vouchers, hen I would go from community to community.”

Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this rental assistance program is the federal government’s major program for low-income people seeking housing in the private renters’ market.

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