Two Honored As Elks Students Of The Month

The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge Number 2250 has selected Leesa Gierhan of Lexington and Eustis/Farnam’s Collin Thompson as the recipients of the Elks Teens of the Month.
The pair of students have maintained superior academic portfolios at Lexington and Eustis/Farnam throughout their high school campaigns.
Leesa is the daughter of Steve and Lori Gierhan. She maintains a 4.49 GPA as the #3 ranked student in her class GPA at Lexington High School and has been a mainstay on the Honor Roll throughout her high school years, Freshman through Senior year, while being very active in extracurricular activities.
Leesa Gierhan has been a student leader throughout her tenure at Lexington High School. Gierhan was a member of the Student Council since her freshman year and a member of the Student Wellness Committee since 2012. Leesa was inducted into the Lexington Chapter of the National Honor Society in 2013 and is currently a member of the highly-esteemed organization.
She has been a member of the L-Club and Pep Club since her sophomore year and has assumed leadership roles in both groups. Leesa was a pertinent contributor to the Lexington High School Recycling Club during the 2012 and 2013 school campaigns.
Getting her day started with extracurricular activities in the fall, Gierhan is a member of the Lexington High School Marching band and Flag Corps. This year, Leesa was the captain for the Flag Corps. She has been a four-year letterwinner in this awarding winning band program.
During the 2014 and 2015 fall sports seasons, Leesa Gierhan has been a member of the Lexington High School Cheerleading squad.
After school gets out, many students go home but that is when the fun starts for Leesa Gierhan. She has been a member of the Lexington Softball, Basketball and Track programs since her freshman year. She has earned letters in all three sports since 2012. Since 2013, she has been a member of the GNAC All-Academic Athletic squads.
“Leesa is one of the brightest and hardest working leaders that I have had the privilege of working with during my career in education,” expressed Lexington Director of Bands Chad Scharff. “She is dedicated to her family along with her school and she will be a very successful young woman in whatever she attempts.”
Collin is the son of Tucker and Melissa Thompson. He maintains a 95.27 GPA while being on the honor roll throughout his career at Eustis/Farnam High School.
Collin has been very active in extracurricular activities while excelling in the classroom. He is currently the National Honor Society President for the Eustis/Farnam chapter. Thompson has shown great responsibility in being his classes Treasurer all four years of high school.
Doing his best on the stage, Collin has been a pertinent member of the Eustis/Farnam Play Productions and Spring Plays throughout his high school years. He excelled as a member of the Mock Trial team as a lawyer.
As a member of the Eustis/Farnam FFA, Thompson has been the organizations President for the past two years and was the Treasurer as a Sophomore.
In the athletic spectrum, Collin Thompson has shown great effort and his hard work has paid off dearly in earning letterman recognition in Football, Basketball and Track. He was recognized by the NSAA with Academic All-State honors as well.
“Collin works very hard in school and is a very goal-oriented person. He works very well with groups and gets along well with people,” stated Eustis/Farnam Social Studies Instructor Lynn Young. “He has had a lot of experience as a leader and has excelled in this area at Eustis/Farnam School and in his community.”

Road Paved For Cozad Volunteer Fire Personnel To Run For City Council

Cozad Fire Department members will now have the opportunity to run for city council after an ordinance was changed after the third reading and a resolution approved by council members at their meeting on Monday, November 24th, 2014.
Orville Schmidt approached the council, handing each one of them a “Let the Ideas Begin” card that he received with his BPW monthly billing.
“The card states that we’re looking for practical and resourceful ideas about improving Cozad” Schmidt noted.  
“There’s no better way to help Cozad than by passing these resolutions tonight to allow our volunteer firefighters to run for city council,” he continued.
“I apologize if I offended anyone by gathering the 600 signatures on the petition earlier this fall. I was told that you can’t fight city hall and I’m not fighting any of you. I’m just asking that you approve these resolutions.
Gordon Lindstedt also approached the council members, sharing that he didn’t know when the present sections to the City Code had been changed.
“I served as a volunteer fireman from 1967–1993.  I also served on the city council from 1990–1994 and I didn’t witness any conflicts of interest in doing both” Lindstedt continued.
A motion was made by Councilman Brian Montgomery and seconded by Councilwoman Deb Leahy to approve amending Sections 1-107 and 3-303 of Ordinance No. 1455 in the Cozad Municipal Code.  
Voting yes were council members Montgomery and Leahy. Voting no were council members Jared Jacob and Doug Swan.
With the tie vote, Cozad Mayor Nancy Meyer was called upon for the deciding vote.
“We have spent a lot of time and energy on this issue. Cozad has been blessed to have a phenomenal fire department for 125 years, and have had a wonderful working relationship with the Cozad City Council during those years. I do know that several members of the department wish that they had been more involved in this. That being said, I cast a ‘Yes’ vote.,” said Meyer.
With Meyer’s vote the amended sections of the Cozad Municipal Code
Montgomery made a motion that was seconded by Leahy to approve Resolution 2014-8 as tabled at the October 20th, 2014, meeting Section 9.10 of the Employee Personnel Policy.
Council members Montgomery, Leahy and Swan cast affirmative votes; Jacob cast the lone negative vote so the resolution was approved.
In other business, Brad Staton of Staton Insurance Agency appeared to share compensation insurance information on City of Cozad workers.
“In the last four years the city employees have done a great job controlling injuries.” Staton said.  
The 2015 City Maintenance Agreement No 44 Renewal from the Nebraska Department of Roads was approved unanimously.  
City Attorney Scott Trusdale presented the new Electric Rate Classifications and Service Regulations as recommended by the Board of Public Works.  
Meetings including Commissioner Britt German, BPW office managers Lisa Fox and Karla Chase and NPPD representatives have taken place.
Some entities in Cozad, including the Grand Generation Center, that have been in lower classification bracket will now be asked to be more conservative and hopefully replace some outdated appliances to conserve energy.  
Trusdale explained that the rates haven’t changed as approved by the council earlier this year, but that some of the discretionary elements have been removed.
“This puts everyone on a level playing field.” explained Councilman Mike Swan.
Council members unanimously passed the Electric Rate Classifications and Service Regulations as presented.
Police Chief Randy Adams reported that they had received the three in-car cameras with the $7,000.00 grant money received from the NDOR.  
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 8th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located in the City Office Building.

TRIBUNE’S Annual Jackpot Drawing On December 24th

Seven prizes will be awarded in the TRIBUNE’S annual Christmas Jackpot drawing Wednesday, December 24th, at 2 p.m.

Winners will receive $75 (1st), $45 (2nd), $30 (3rd), $20 (4th), $15 (5th), $10 (6th) and $5 (7th).

No purchase is necessary to be eligible for the drawings.

Registration may be completed at The TRIBUNE office in Cozad.

Area residents are reminded that The TRIBUNE would be a perfect gift for a friend or relative.

An Evening At The Henri Will Be Held December 5th In Cozad

An Evening At The Henri will be held Friday, December 5th, 2014. This event kicks off the celebration ‘One Book One Cozad’ for the year-long commemoration for the 150th birthday of Robert Henri. The Henri Museum, Wilson Public Library and the Cozad Area Arts Council committee have worked together planning for this year-long event.
Friday evening, December 5th, tour the following homes from 6-8 p.m. then join us at the museum from 7-9 p.m. to enjoy wine and hors d’ oeuvres, $12 per ticket.
Homes on the tour include: Levi and Bobbi Jo Messersmith, 76607 Rd 422; Paul and Lori McGinnis, 28 McCormick Drive; and Brandon and Heather Schultz, 76450 Rd 422.
On Saturday, December 6th, 2014, enjoy “Holidays At The Henri”. Tour the above homes from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., come to the Henri Museum for an open house to enjoy refreshments and view the holiday decor at the museum, decorated by Cozad businesses, friends of the Henri and the museum Board of Directors as hosts for the two-day event.
Tickets are $8 and are available at Cozad gift shops, Cozad Chamber of Commerce and the Henri Museum the evening and day of the event.
Please support the museum and attend these fundraising events.

Ready For The Season:

 

COZAD MUNICIPAL worker Josh Smith installs Christmas decorations throughout the downtown district recently. Crews took advantage of warm temperatures to adorn the streets with festive flair.

Plum Creek Medical Group Resigns Privileges At Lexington Regional Health Center

Lexington Regional Health Center (LRHC) Administration learned that the Plum Creek Medical Group (PCMG) providers have decided to voluntarily resign their clinical privileges and medical staff membership at the Health Center. The hand-delivered letter of resignation was addressed to LRHC CEO Leslie Marsh and was received early the afternoon of November 21st, 2014. The letter dated November 13th, 2014, was individually signed by all of the physicians and the physician assistants at Plum Creek Medical Group.
The letter stated that their resignation of medical staff membership and clinical privileges at the Health Center would be effective at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014. In the meantime, for any patients currently in LRHC under the care of a PCMG provider, the letter stated that PCMG providers will appropriately transition those patients’ care to other providers on the LRHC medical staff.
“While we were surprised by their letter and very much regret the action they have taken, we certainly respect their decision.” said Ms. Marsh.
“Area residents should not worry about where they can receive care if they need it. Our Emergency Department is staffed by a physician 24/7. Our doors are open and we’ll continue providing great patient care as we have always done. Dr. Carlson and our other providers in our family medical clinic and in the urgent care will be able to care for anyone who wants to receive it at LRHC, your community hospital. We will move forward. I trust in the good work of our staff and other medical staff members. I know they will continue to do their best to deliver first rate care here in Lexington.”
The letter of resignation was received as the LRHC Board was providing its response to the mediator, Sam Mazzuca of Mazzuca & Associates.
We had hoped it would still be possible to work with PCMG going forward for the sake of local, high quality health care. Having a strong, local health care system is critical to economic development in rural areas such as ours. Being able to choose your own provider and obtain hospital care or specialty services within five minutes of home makes a difference for patients, their family members, and potential employers.
said Kerry Teetor, LRHC Board Chair. “I am sorry that they took this step, but we understand and will move forward. If PCMG providers wanted to reconsider their decision, we would be open to visiting with them about it,” he said.
Amber Ackerson, LRHC Board Vice-Chair said she was “totally surprised and really disappointed” to receive the news of the PCMG providers’ resignation.
“The timing of the resignation is disappointing. Understanding this news could be shocking and confusing to shared patients, it is important that we are clear that we at the Health Center will continue our commitment to furnishing high quality health care in an ethical and professional way. We value patient choice and would not do anything that would jeopardize that. We remain willing to work with the providers at PCMG. The door is open to them to visit with us about how we can work together for the good of our community and the area.”
“The door is still open to them to visit with us about how we can work together for the good of our community and the area,” Ms. Ackerson noted.

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