All Aboard, The 2016 United Way Drive
The Cozad United Way 2016 Drive is welcoming all to come aboard as they gain steam and power full speed ahead under the leadership of Campaign Chairman Pam Reicks with a goal of exceeding $77,550 for the drive. The mission of the Cozad United Way under the direction of Executive Director Barb Fink is to unite people and resources to build a stronger, healthier and more compassionate community.
The support of the United Way Drive can be done quite easily as there are monthly automatic deductions available at each bank in the 100th Meridian City. You are also able to designate which organization that you choose your donation to be directed towards. To earn the recognized level of giving of being a Friend is $150-299; Honor Roll $300-699; Bronze $700-1,199; Silver $1,200-2,999; and Gold $3,000 and above.
There are 19 Partner Agencies that look to benefit greatly from the funds raised during the 2016 United Way drive. Included in those agencies are: Area Wide Lifeline, Central Plains Home Health, Community Action Commodities, Cozad AfterZone, Cozad Cancer Fund, Cozad Child Care, Cozad Emergency Action, Grand Generation Center, L2 for Kids, Cozad Head Start, Cozad Heart fund, Cozad Kidney fund, Cozad Youth Recreation, Dawson County CASA, Crime Stoppers, Family Advocacy Networks, Maternal Health Center and Parent Child Center.
Along with Reicks, members of the Campaign Committee are: Thea Cole, John Grinde, Tom Kjar, Peggy Maack, Bob Marshall, Mike Millican, Ann Seaman, Carolyn Sharp and Dreu Young.
Board of Director members that assist greatly with the smooth running of the United Way events include the campaign committee members along with: Joel Applegate, Shelly Arndt, Nadine Berke, Judy Cumming, Shirley Harkness, PJ Jacobson, Susan Kloepping, Jan Nichols, Vickie Prillaman, Carolyn Weatherly, Tonya Weatherly, Bill Wilkins and Bill Wilkinson.
Dawson County Shop Repairs Discussed At Commissioners Meeting
The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Friday, November 13, 2015.
Officials Receipts were filed as follows: $1,079.55 County Clerk; $22,667.12 Register of Deeds; $15,260.05 Clerk of District Court and $3,827.05 County Surveyor.
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $458,197.00 and claims in the amount of $343,558.65 were approved.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that Dave Muirhead, Dave Jewett and Barb Easterday had been elected to the Ag Society Board on Monday, November 9, 2015.
Hagan also reported that the landfill is going well and that a possible expansion may be forthcoming.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber presented the October 2015 crime report. “Our average daily population was down slightly for the month at 93.7 per day. Of these, 50.8 were contract inmates,” Reiber noted.
Total services during the month numbered 982 with 1,659 LEC dispatch calls for service made. 171 inmates were booked during October.
Dawson County Treasurer Sharon Wood appeared concerning the tax sales certificates. After soliciting advice from Deputy County Attorney Kate Gatewood, the previous resolution was rescinded and the resolution amended regarding the certificates.
Wood also presented the Distress Warrant Report.
Discussion was held in regards to the replacement of doors at the county shop in Gothenburg.
Commissioner Dean Kugler and Commissioner Hagan have been working on this project.
Two doors are need on each end of the east building and two are needed on the south side of the west building.
Bids had been received from Axxent Building, LLC and Weathercraft.
A motion was made and seconded to approve the proposal for the two doors on the west building from low bidder Axxent Building, LLC.
Deputy County Attorney Gatewood advised the commissioners to get three bids for such projects even if this involved going out of the county or area.
After additional discussion, the motion was withdrawn and the item was tabled until the December 1st meeting.
The next regularly scheduled meeting for the commissioners will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2016 in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.
Winter Wonderland Parade Set At Cozad December 7th
The traditional ‘Winter Wonderland Parade,’ will be held at Cozad Monday, December 7th.
The parade will move westward on 8th Street starting at 6:30 p.m.
Lighted floats, including school, church, organization and other units will be spotlighted during the evening. Live animals, favorites of the holiday season, are also expected too.
Frost Finds Uncashed 4-H Premium Check From Four Decades Ago
Just like it was yesterday, former Dawson County Extension Agent Dave Stenberg remembers the Frost family and their participation in the Dawson County Fair.
Recently, former Overton resident Ron Frost, now of Ellijay, Georgia came upon one of his 4-H Premium checks uncashed that was issued by Cozad State Bank and Trust along with the original 4-H Market Hog Carcass Contest certificate and the results pamphlet from 1974. The original check was for $2.50 and in this day and age with inflation figured in, the check is approximately worth 45-50 dollars.
Speaking to the officials at the Homestead Bank, that currently was known as Cozad State Bank and Trust, they are planning to honor the uncashed check that was issued to Ron Frost.
When speaking with former Extension Agent, Dave Stenberg; he recalled that there were many former 4-H participants that saved their first premium checks and did not cash them. “This was a interesting keepsake considering it wasn’t Frost’s first Premium Check,” stated Stenberg.
Pannell Keynote Highlights The Sacrifices of Veterans
Allen Pannell, the Administrator of the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery in Alliance, delivered the keynote address during the Cozad Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday.
Pannell served in the United States Army as a Surgical Technician. He served for five years as a Surgical Technician and received a honorable discharge and continued working in the medical field for six more years.
Allen Pannell spoke of the great value to remember Veterans as well as celebrate their lives whether living or deceased. Pannell gave many examples that he cherishes from his experiences with military ceremonies.
The program, which attracted a large audience, also featured the presentation of winning Voice of Democracy Contest speeches. The theme for this year’s essay was, “My Vision For America”
Abigail Etherton was the first place contest winner. Alyssa Schneider placed second. The contest was sponsored by the Cozad VFW Post No. 890 and Auxiliary.
Scott Schmidt, VFW Post #890 Adjutant, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Colors were presented by the Cozad Honor Guard.
Special entertainment was presented by Mrs. Patty Fenstermacher with a patriotic rendition of ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’.
The Invocation and Benediction were presented by Pastor John States of the Cozad Christian Church.
Selections were also featured by the CHS Band, under the direction of Mr. Mark Messner, including “The National Anthem” and a military medley, “Salute to America’s Finest”.
The Cozad High School Chamber Singers and Bel Canto Choir, directed by Stacie Blackmore, performed “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep”. Taps were played by Kolton Morse
Monday evening, the annual Veterans Day Supper was held at the Elks Club. Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest winners that were chosen from a large group of writers that best wrote, “What Freedom Means To Me,” were formally announced and presented their contest entries . Winners of the contest were Carly Jensen, first place; Trinity Peltier, second place; and