Cozad High Chamber Singers Chosen To Sing At Capitol


Singing loud and proud for the whole state of Nebraska to see and hear will be the Cozad High School Chamber Singers when they participate in the Music at the Capitol Series on March 3rd in Lincoln, Nebraska. 
The Cozad Chamber Singers will take to the center stage at Noon on March 3rd in the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda with the State Legislature being in attendance for the Fine Arts Showcase that kicks off Music In Our Schools Month. 
Currently there are 29 students that auditioned that make up the Cozad Chamber Singers group with all of those students being chosen from the 9th-12th grade students. 
“This is the coolest thing we’ve ever done! We have never been selected as a group by audition to perform at any event like this,” expressed Cozad High School Choir Instructor Stacie Blackmore. “The students were very excited about being selected. They are a really talented group of singers. The challenge is putting together a 30 minute program in such a short time. But, if anyone can do it, this group can!”
The build up for the upcoming performance all started back in the fall, when Choir Instructor Stacie Blackmore felt that the Cozad Chamber Singers were good enough to be considered for the elite event that is hosted by the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA). 
The Cozad group is just one of the ten schools to be chosen to participate in the prestigious event. 

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Cozad City Council Approves Splash Pad Bid for Candy Cane Park

The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, February 8th, 2016. 
A public hearing was held to consider declaring a vacancy in the office of one council member in Cozad’s East Ward held presently by Mike Swan.
According to state statute, when a council member misses more than five consecutive meetings a vacancy must be declared. Swan has been hospitalized and his seat on the council is up for re-election this year.
“As much as we would like to let this slide, we can’t do so since you need to have a minimum of three council members present to conduct a meeting” noted City Attorney Scott Trusdale.
Fellow council members expressed regret at the situation as Swan truly enjoyed serving on the council.
A vacancy was declared and the next step is to accept letters of interest for the position. The item will be placed on the February 22nd agenda.
Under Unfinished Business the ordinance pertaining to 2015 legislative updates was approved. These annual updates are mandated and need approval by the council.
Under New Business Amanda Quail’s application for membership to the Cozad Fire Department was approved.
Coni Bratton appeared to present a special designated liquor license application for B’s Bottles for the February 27th Red Day Celebration at Chipper Hall from 7-11 p.m. The request was approved.
Parks Commissioner PJ Jacobson shared the three bids he received for the splash pad to be erected at Cozad’s Centennial/Candy Cane Park with a budget of $140,000.00.
Jacobson recommended to accept the bid from Outdoor Recreation in the amount of $139,992.00 for the following reasons:
• Simpler and superior command center
• Additional valves per water effect, providing tenser pressure control for less water usage
• Wider stance on some of the water effects such as the dump bucket
• Ten year warranty on fiberglass skids and tanks
• First year winterization training
“References in Nebraska including Overton and Holdrege were ecstatic with these products and the service provided by Outdoor Recreation” Jacobson reported.
Council members approved the bid with the 11-feature splash pad to be completed by May 15th.
Under reports, Jacobson told the council that he was very proud of his guys for their efforts in snow removal following last week’s blizzard. 
Commissioner Britt German and his crew were thanked for cleaning the library’s sidewalks so that the library could be open to patrons on Wednesday.
A huge ‘Shout Out’ was given to the Cozad Rescue Squad who had fourteen volunteers respond to the missing person in Custer County during last week’s storm. Rescue Chief Marlene Williams expressed thanks to Jacobson for his assistance in coordinating the mission. 
“Randy and PJ also helped us respond to four calls on Tuesday during the blizzard,” reported Williams. “It was a great team effort between the city and the rescue squad,” she continued.
Police Chief Randy Adams reported that his department had enjoyed their participation in the Cozad High School Maker Fair that included sessions in fingerprinting, DUIs, defensive tactics and tasers.
Adams also relayed that Officer Dustin Cullen has resigned his position to return to Clay County and that Officer Brad Peltier will be attending Taser School. 
 Jacobson noted that Goodwill Industries would be bringing a trailer to Cozad February 11-29th. It will be located at the recycling center and monitored by the streets department crewmembers.
              The next regularly scheduled meeting for the council will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 27th, 2016.

Cozad Community Foundation Set To Host 2016 Kickoff Event

The community of Cozad will be abuzz on February 27th with the RedDay Celebration to be held at Chipper Hall. Citizens of the 100th Meridian City will have the chance to reinvest, engage and donate during this jouyous event. 
The activities will start at 7 p.m. and continue until after 11 p.m.  A wine/ microbrew tasting will be accompanied by a food pairing demonstration by Shaw Engberg. There will be silent and live auction items also available at Chipper Hall with live entertainment to follow.  The go kart raffle will be drawn this evening also, tickets are still available and you need not be present to win. 
Online donations will be accepted at via PayPal. 

Cozad Volunteer Fire Department Makes Generous Donation To Kids

For the last ten years, members of Cozad Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit have made a difference in the lives of pediatric patients. This year was no exception. On Friday, February 5th, they donated four motorized fire trucks, two red wagons, books and $5,000; all benefiting pediatric patients at Nebraska Medicine. This was made possible thanks to donations from the community of Cozad, Neb., which held a soup supper in December, feeding over 700 people.
  "We have a soft spot for kids," says Marlene Williams, rescue chief for Cozad Fire and Rescue. "When you transport a child for treatment, you'll do anything to take away the hurt. Giving back to our kids is what life is all about." 
  The donation will be used to help pediatric patients staying in Nebraska Medicine's Burn Unit, Oncology Hematology Special Care Unit (OHSCU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and General Pediatrics. It will also provide funding for the hospital’s Patient Assistance Fund, which helps pediatric families with food, travel and lodging expenses. 
  "Many of our patients are from out of town, and stay here for weeks to months," says Debbie Barrier, child life specialist at Nebraska Medicine. "This $5,000 donation will help us provide essential needs for our pediatric families."

Primary Ballot Filings Deadline Fast Approaching

Filing deadlines for May’s primary ballot are February 16th for incumbents and March 1st for challengers.
   Three seats are up for election or re-election on the Cozad School Board. Incumbents include Ann Burkholder, Jeremy Geiger and Dennis Worrell.
   Two seats are open on the Cozad Airport Authority. 
  Cozad West Ward Councilman Charlie Block has filed for an additional term. Cozad East Ward has a vacancy. 
In Gothenburg, Randall Waskowiak (East Ward) and Jeffrey Kennedy (West Ward) are filed candidates for City Council. 
Linda Miller, Dora Vivas and Jeremy Roberts have all filed for City Council of Lexington openings. 
  Linda Benjamin and Matt Burkholder have both filed for re-election to the Cozad Community Hospital Board. 
Lexington Regional Health Center has seen great interest with six people filing that include: Dave Irwin, Tucker Case, Tara Naprstek, Paul Homan, Kerry Teetor and Rob Anderson. 
In Cozad, Miranda Cook has filed for one of the Cozad School Board openings. 
Jeremey Sitorius, Kyle Fornoff and Becky Jobman have filed for Gothenburg School Board openings. 
Larry Steinberger, Al Copper and Cindy Benjamin have filed for openings on the Lexington School Board.  
Craig Bartruff has filed as a candidate for Gothenburg Airport Authority. 
Openings on the Lexington Airport Authority have led to David Smith and Virgil Coryell filing as candidates. 
   On the county level the three incumbents have filed for the open Dawson County Commissioner seats. Seeking re-election are Dean Kugler of Gothenburg (District One), Cozad’s P.J. Jacobson (District Four) and Lexington’s Butch Hagan (District Five). Rod Reynolds of Lexington is a filed candidate for the District Five opening. 
   To file, incumbents and challengers need to fill out an application and file with at the county clerk’s office located in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington.
   Parties interested in running for the Cozad School Board may also fill out an application at the District Office located at 1910 Meridian in Cozad.

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Dawson County 'Paw Prints' Food Drive To Be Held February 13th

   Paw Prints in Dawson County will be accepting donations of dog and cat food February 13th, 2016 at Peterson's Market 409 9th Street Gothenburg, NE between the hours of 3:30 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. We will also accept any cash donations at that time. 
   We at Paw Prints would like to extend our gratitude for the community support and donations you have so generously made. We wouldn't be able to help the families and their beloved pets without YOU! Looking forward to seeing and visiting with all of you.

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