Area digests: Knights of Columbus hosts awards banquet

March 15, 2018 GMT

Nebraska AG holds local office hours

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson will host mobile office hours from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 14 at the Colfax County Senior Center, 124 E 12th St.

Several members of his staff will be available, and the Attorney General will be at the center from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. During mobile office hours, representatives from both the Consumer Protection Division and Constituent Services will be on hand to personally meet citizens interested in submitting concerns to the Attorney General’s Office. Citizens will also have the opportunity to learn how to protect themselves from identity theft, guard against scams and rid themselves of unwanted calls. Many educational resources will be made available to interested constituents.

Lower Platte North host meeting on groundwater research

The Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (NRD) is hosting a public meeting to share information about data collected during the 2016 Airborne Electromagnetic Survey (AEM) helicopter flights. The presentation is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Columbus Ag Park. LPNNRD Water Department staff will be joined by James Cannia, Aqua Geo Frameworks Senior Geologist, to discuss the results of the AEM flights. This special meeting meets the qualifications for producer certification from the LPNNRD Nitrogen & Water Management Certification Classes.For more information please contact the NRD office at (402) 443-4675.

Knights of Columbus hosts awards banquet

SCHUYLER -- The Knights of Columbus Annual Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, March 17, in St Mary’s Hall. The social will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the meal at 6:45 p.m. The Tom and Ann Vrbicky family will be honored as the 2018 Family of the Year. The Knight of the Year, Lady Knight of the Year and 25 year and 50 year, Honorary and Honorary Life Member awards will also be presented. All officers and directors are asked to attend. Admission is $12.50 with reservations due by March 12. Call for reservations to Tom Healy at 402-615-2797 or Tom Bayer at 402-352-5818.

WinnaVegas trip supports senior center

SCHUYLER -- The Colfax County Senior Center is sponsoring a fundraiser casino bus trip on March 19. The cost is $10 per person, with pickup locations in Columbus, North Bend, Schuyler and Fremont. Reservations are required by March 16. For more information, reservations or cancellations, call 402-615-0857 or 402-615-0353.

Soup cook-off fundraiser

SCHUYLER -- Schuyler Habitat for Humanity will sponsor a Top Chef Soup Cook-off from 5-7 p.m. March 22 at First Presbyterian Church, 802 A St. Attendees can vote for their favorite soup, made by local leaders. The 2018 Golden Ladle award will go to the one garnering the most votes, and there will also be an award for best table presentation. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and $1 for kids five and under. All proceeds will help build the Habitat for Humanity house.

Historical Society holds banquet

SCHUYLER -- The Schuyler Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and banquet April 9 at the Eagle’s Club, 322 East 11th St. Cost is $15 per person, which includes a chicken fried steak dinner. The keynote speaker will be Sandy Bourn, talking about the history of the Oak Ballroom. The event will also include a Chinese auction and live auction. For reservations or donations call 402-615-0857 by April 2.

CCC offers scholarship

Juniors and seniors who attend high school within Central Community College’s 25-county service area can apply for up to $150 in scholarship assistance to take classes from CCC this summer. Deadline for application is April 15, but early planning is recommended. Students must include Accuplacer, ACT, COMPASS or ASSET scores to apply for the scholarship. An application review process will be used to select scholarship recipients. Applications for this award are available from high school counselors as well as the admissions offices at CCC, from all learning center locations, and on the college website at www.cccneb.edu/Summer$.

Betty’s Convention

COLUMBUS -- The 22nd annual Betty’s of Nebraska Convention will be held starting at 9 a.m. April 28 at Wunderlich’s Catering. All Bettys are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register call 402-564-4703 or 402-615-0857.

Stroke Association seeks nominations

LINCOLN -- The Nebraska State Stroke Association is seeking nominations for its Stephanie Wever Courage Award, which honors a Nebraska stroke survivor who exemplifies courage in overcoming the effects of stroke. The deadline for nominations is March 30. Nomination forms are available at https://nebraskastroke.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Stephanie-Wever-Award-Nomination-Form-2018.pdf. Stephanie Wever, a stroke survivor and former NSSA board member, died Dec. 25, 2015, at age 32. She was dedicated to raising awareness of strokes and her rare gene defect. The award will be presented in May during Stroke Awareness Month. For more information, contact NSSA at 402-484-8131 or hello@nebraskastroke.org.

Feedback sought on Richland Preschool

RICHLAND -- Richland School would like to have a preschool class for the next academic year. At this time, community interest is being evaluated. The preschool would be offered daily from 8:10-11:15 a.m. for children who turn four years old by July 31, 2018. Cost will be $100 for the year, and parents can earn credits toward that cost by attending school sponsored events such as conferences, home visits, and sports events. Preregistration is required by May 1. Anyone interested is asked to call Mrs. Benck, Mrs. Stevenson or Mrs. Stuehmer at 402-564-6900. Tours of the school can be scheduled.

St. Benedict hosting events

A weekend retreat, Return of the Prodigal Son, March 9–11 with Father Ken VanHaverbeke from Wichita, and Teresa Monaghen, AO. The retreat will combine art, scripture, theology, and self-reflection in a journey to healing: of memories, of emotions, of lives. It is designed to help a person respond to a merciful Father who waits for us and runs to meet us wherever we are The retreat begins at 7:30 p.m. March 9 and ends after lunch on March 11.

Astronomer Father Christoph Gerhard, OSB, from Germany, will lead a retreat March 17 at St. Benedict Center. Relating science and faith to each other will lead to a stimulating conversation about God and God’s fascinating world. If the sky allows it, in the evening we will observe the beauty of the starry sky with and without a telescope. Program fee is $30, with lunch available at the center for $10.50.

For more information on these events, call 402-352-8819 or visit www.christthekingpriory.com.

Nebraska Archaeological Society meets in Grand Island

The Nebraska Archaeological Society (NAS) will hold its next meeting on Saturday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. at Edith Abbott Memorial Library, 211 North Washington Street in Grand Island, Nebraska. The NAS has members from all areas of Nebraska and several surrounding states and welcomes all interested persons to attend this meeting. Come

see what the NAS has to offer and share your ideas to make the Nebraska Archaeological Society more relevant to you. The society will host a “show and tell” after the meeting. This is a great opportunity for members and non-members to bring in their artifacts or fossils for possible identification by members of the society.

Archaeology students can pick up application forms for the Dana Deger Memorial Scholarship and Leroy Follis Memorial Scholarship at the meeting. Details can be found on our website: https://sites.google.com/site/webnas/home/scholarship-application The Nebraska Archaeological Society endeavors to develop and maintain a better understanding among students and collectors of archaeological material, and professional archaeologists, as well as museums and institutions of learning. More information on the Nebraska Archaeological Society can be found on their web site: https://sites.google.com/site/webnas/home. The Nebraska Archaeological Society is a member of the Central States Archaeological Society and further information is available at their web site: http://www.csasi.org/index.htm.

For more information, please contact NAS President Tom Bryan tkbryan@live.com, please put “NAS” in subject line or call 402-564-4572.