Hoehner Named New Camp Comeca Manager
Coming back to his roots of Nebraska is Kearney-native Justin Hoehner to be the new Camp Comeca Manager starting on March 27th.
Justin and his family come to the Dawson County area from being an employee at Palomar Christian Conference Center in Palomar Mountain, California since 2013.
Prior to working in California, Justin got his start in the camp journey as a counselor at Carolina Creek Christian Camp in Huntsville, Texas and that led to a full-time position in Huntsville as well. He served a vareity of camp roles with excellence. It was at this time that he met his significant other Amy, the pair got married in 2014 and have recently had an addition to their family with the birth of a little girl, Brooklyn.
Justin Hoehner is excited for the opportunity to lead Camp Comeca as the camp’s new manager.
Gothenburg To Host Community Development Banquet March 24th
The Gothenburg Community Development office will host its annual awards banquet on Friday, March 24, at the NSG Conference Center, 510 10th St.
The Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce and the Gothenburg Improvement Company, both entities under the Community Development umbrella, will present awards including Honorary Pony Express Rider Awards. Social time begins at 6 p.m. with dinner and a program to begin at 6:30 p.m. Posh Farm Catering will provide both beef and seafood options.
Spring Fling Gift Festival Will Be Held At Grand Generation Center On March 25th
The Cozad Grand Generation Center will be hosting their annual ‘Spring Fling Gift Festival’ on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.
The event will run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the center located at 410 W. 9th Street in Cozad.
A wide array of vendors and crafters will be on hand throughout the day.
A BBQ lunch will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Easter Bunny will be greeting guests at the center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
An Easter gift basket consisting of items donated by the vendors will be raffled off with the proceeds going to the Grand Generation Center.
To register for a table please contact Director Tamie Thurn at (308) 784-2747.
Dawson Public Power District Rate Increase Scheduled For April
Dawson Public Power District customers will see an average three percent increase on their May electric statements. The new rates will go into effect with April usage.
“Our goal is to make sure we provide safe, reliable and affordable power,” Kautz said. “We believe the scrutiny and changes we’ve put in place are sufficient to keep the impact to a minimum.”
Customers on the General Service Rate who use on average 1,000 kilowatt hours per billing period can expect to see their bills increase $3.80 during the summer and $3.50 in the winter. This estimate includes the distribution charge, which will increase one dollar to $28 per month. The A-Rate is used for homes, farms, stock wells and general use electric customers who do not use electricity as their primary source of heating.
Customers on the A-SH General Service Electric Heat rate who use on average 2,000 kilowatt hours per billing period can expect to see their bills increase $6.60 during the summer and $3.20 in the winter. This estimate also includes the distribution charge, which will increase one dollar to $30 per month. The A-SH Rate is used for customers who have 10 kilowatts or more of permanently installed electric heating such as baseboard heaters, an electric furnace or an electric heat pump.
“At the December board meeting, Dawson PPD board members reviewed the 2017 budget including our cash reserves and health insurance costs,” said Dawson PPD General Manager Gwen Kautz. “The directors felt that they could not ask customers for a rate increase without asking staff for cuts to the 2017 budget.”
Approximately $1.5 million was cut from the original 2017 budget. Distribution system improvement projects were evaluated and prioritized, and some were rescheduled to a later date.
As a not-for-profit utility, Dawson PPD uses bonds to finance large-scale improvements to its distribution system and ensure safe and reliable service. Dawson PPD previously used its cash reserves to pay for these expenses. By increasing its cash reserves, the District will qualify for better bond rates in the future.
In addition, Dawson PPD’s health insurance premiums rose 16 percent in 2017.
Rate information is available for customer review by visiting the Lexington, Kearney and North Platte offices, by calling 308-324-2386 or 800-752-8305, or visiting www.dawsonpower.com. Additional information is available via Dawson PPD’s monthly customer newsletter, its website and social media.
Farnam Rescue Squad Raising Funds For Battery Powered Cot
The Farnam Rescue Squad is trying to raise money to purchase a powered ambulance cot. It will cost approximately $15,000 to purchase the cot.
The powered cot utilizes a battery-powered hydraulic system that effectively raises and lowers the cot at the touch of a button. Due to a shortage of EMTs and the chance of injury to personnel in lifting the cot we feel that the cot would be a great help to the squad. About a third of the money has been donated already.
The Farnam Lions Club is having a Pancake Feed Sunday, March 26th at the Farnam Senior Center with all proceeds to go to the purchase of the Ambulance Cot.
If you are interested in donating, contact any Farnam EMT or take the money to the First State Bank in Farnam.
Thank you for your Support of the Farnam Rescue Unit.
Cozad's Gosinski To Decorate Table At Lied Center Hosting Table Inspirations 2017
Amidst the variable choices of spring greens, surrounded by chrome and crystal, the “Entertaining Southern Style Table” will be presented by Tom Gosinski, Cozad designer extraordinaire, owner of Dawsonhome.
Hosted by Friends of Lied, Lincoln, the showcase will open Tuesday, March 21st with a Cocktail Party, at 6:00 p.m., highlighted by Emmy winner musician Dr. Rex. Caldawallader. Guests will have the opportunity to view the unique table setting.
On Wednesday, March 22nd, the Table Viewing will open at 10:00 a.m. Ty Leslie, renowned designer, Charleston, South Carolina, will by the keynote at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Luncheon.
“My table will encomposs a complete table setting, enhanced by exotic florals, hightlighted by fruits and vegetables, representative of the contemporary greens,” Tom said.
“I am honored to be chosen to be part of this important event, noting that the Lied Center provides funding for quality performing arts and educational programs in Nebraska.”
Thirty-five designers have been chosen for the 2017 showing, with the ambiance of one envisioning the elegant tree-lined lanes in the South, leading to the beautiful Plantation homes. One can imagine that Southern Belles, wearing treasured gowns, are offering the greeting, if one were to step into the loveliness of the part of America.
For this particular event, the tables, the designers and the hosts will provide the setting of Southern hospitality for a stroll through the showing.
“I am honored to be chosen, ” Tom said. “I look forward to seeing my friends and family members at this gala.”
Tickets for the Cocktail Party are $75. The Luncheon ticket is available for $90, at which time the Best of the Show Awards will be presented. The event will be held at the Lied Center, 302 North 12th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Spring Clean-Up In Cozad
Franzen Benefit To Be Held March 19th
The American Lutheran Church and friends are sponsoring a benefit for Cozad resident Gloria Franzen on Sunday, March 19th. Gloria has been diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer.
The benefit will be held at the Grand Generation Center in Cozad from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The meal includes a pulled beef/pork sandwich, chips, baked beans and a dessert. Take out trays will be available.
Persons wishing to assist at the benefit may contact Kay Grinde at 308-784-4409.
A silent auction will also take place during the benefit starting at 11 a.m. and closing at 1 p.m. Followed by a live auction.
If you wish to donate items for the auction, please contact Deb Leahy at 308-746-3514 or 308-784-4405.
Cozad's Comprehensive Development Plan Awarded 2017 Burnham Award
Cozad’s Comprehensive Development Plan has been awarded the 2017 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan Award by the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association
The city of Cozad has had, in recent years, what some communities would consider devastating economic news. In 2008, the community heard Tenneco, one of the community's largest employers would be shutting down their Cozad plant. Instead of lying down, the city became more aggressive towards their economic development efforts. Part of this effort was to update their nearly 20-year-old comprehensive plan and to include a great of deal of focus on economic development opportunities.
Besides the normal items the new comprehensive plan would need to include short- and long-term economic development strategies and policies for all aspects of the community. The new plan also included past economic development studies and strategies for the downtown area: while, updating portions of the downtown strategies toward new housing concepts to put more people immediately adjacent to the downtown businesses.
The comprehensive plan also incorporated key concepts and strategies found in a newly completed master plan for a new industrial/ commercial park near Interstate 80. The comprehensive plan also developed, in conjunction with the zoning regulations, strategies for continued and strategic development along Nebraska Highway 21 which runs through the community and is the main connection to Interstate 80.
Big Night In Cozad on Saturday
Nisley's Spotlighted As Farm Family Of The Year By Lexington Area Chamber Of Commerce
The Lexington Chamber of Commerce honored the Fred and Andrea Nisley family Friday night as the 2017 Farm Family of the Year during their annual banquet.
The Nisleys trace their roots to his great-grandparents, John and Sarah (Johnson) Nisley, who moved to then Plum Creek, Neb., from Steelton, Penn. They established their homestead south of Lexington on 80 acres of land purchased for $8 an acre. They built an 8-by-12 foot sod house and lived there for six years. In 1886 they bought more land across the road and built a new home where they lived until they moved to town.
Along with farming and transporting, Nisley was a stonecutter by trade and cut stone for buildings in Lexington such as the Cornland Hotel and First National Bank. He also carved stone and created the statue on top of the Dawson County Courthouse, along with cemetery monuments and stones, many of which are still standing in area cemeteries today.
Sarah and John were the parents of 10 children and their son, Samuel Ira Nisley, and his wife, Ethel (nee Harrow), farmed the half section around the homestead. They had three children and Fred’s father was their son, Samuel Harrow Nisley.
Sam married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Wallace on Feb. 7, 1942. Sam served in the U.S. Army from August 1942 to November 1945 and when he returned from the service he and his brother, Rex, continued to farm the homestead and other land south of Lexington.
Over the years the Nisleys were able to grow their operation and in 1958 Sam and Ruth sold a quarter of land near what is now Tyson and purchased ground 12 miles south of Lexington, where Fred and Andrea Nisley currently live. Sam and Ruth were the parents of three children: Margaret (Margie), Frederick (Fred) and Robert (Bob).
Fred Nisley attended Morton Elementary School in Lexington from kindergarten through third grade and from fourth to eighth grade went to District 4, south of Lexington. Growing up he was involved in 4-H. He was a 1966 graduate of Lexington High School where he was active in FFA.
Nisley then attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., where he graduated in 1970 with an agri-business degree. One of the draws to the Colorado school, explained Fred, was the fact it was on a quarter system and during the spring and summer; students were able to participate in internships.
His first internship was with Sun Basin Growers, a branch of Pacific Cooperative in Quincy, Wash. Other internships were three months with Simplot Soil Builders in Walden, Colo., Encampment, Wyo., and Johnstown, Colo. After graduation he went back to Quincy, Wash., to work until 1972.
But notes Nisley, “The only thing I ever wanted to do was farm,” and so he did just that. “The good Lord and a lot of other people helped me do it,” he added.
In 1975 he bought his first land, an 80-acre piece from his uncle, Rex Nisley. About the same time Clyde Wallace asked him to rent his ground and this gave Nisley the opportunity to get into farming. The rental agreement lasted 40 years until Clyde’s children sold the ground.
Nisley notes he has had many wonderful landlords through the years. At his peak, Nisley farmed around 2,500 acres, most of which were rented. He continued to acquire land and in 2012 purchased the family farm from his brother and sister.
Our farmer met Andrea Timm from Eustis, a 10-year 4-H member and a 1970 graduate of Eustis High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1974 and her master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1978 in textiles, clothing and design. The couple was married on Aug. 13, 1977, in Eustis.
Andrea has been an Extension Educator with the University of Nebraska Extension in Dawson County since 1979. Given the ups and downs in farming, Fred notes he is grateful Andrea has the job she has. “It certainly has helped,” he said.
Fred and Andrea are the parents of two children, Erica and Clay. Both attended District 4 School like their father, and both were 10-year 4-H members. Life on the farm meant working with corn, soybeans and alfalfa, along with helping out with the cow-calf operation and backgrounding calves. Both have some favorite memories of growing up on the farm.
“The farm was the perfect playground for a youngster,” recalls Clay. “I would pretend that I was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for hours. Just fighting off all of the evil nemesis’s, which in reality meant I would go find the machetes my parents hid from me or use broom handles and terrorize things. I would leave large notches on trees; destroy my mom’s rhubarb and squash, even poke very large holes in the black tarp that cover the silage pit. But hey, someone had to save the planet, right?”
“I did not necessarily understand until I moved from home that things like endless miles of dirt roads, country school, garden fresh produce, cattle tanks for swimming pools and driving legally at the age of 14 were not common experiences for all kids,” says Erica. “I’m very fortunate for the childhood I had. “
Irrigating was a common chore both recalled. “I don't believe anyone gets giddy about waking up early to go set irrigation water,” said Clay. “But in my teens there would be those days where the summer sun felt just right in the early morning. The sound of the wind blowing through the cornfield and the cool water running through the aluminum irrigation pipe underneath my hands. Miles from nowhere. That awesome sense of serenity, where it is just you and the land.”
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Additions To Meadowlark Pointe Are Coming Soon
Meadowlark Pointe, the assisted living located on the northwest side of Cozad, plans to make an addition. The Cozad Community Hospital Foundation hosted an informational meeting Wednesday evening for the leasers in the community to hear about the upcoming plans for the addition to Meadowlark Pointe.
26 rooms will be added onto the east end of Meadowlark Pointe. Of those 26 rooms, 12 will be assisted and 14 will be memory care. Along with adding rooms, there will be a new Chapel and an enlarged commercial kitchen. This addition will not only create more rooms, but will also create more jobs for our community as we continue to grow. Meadowlark Pointe is in high demand and we continue to provide excellent care to our current residents. Lyle Davis, Administrator of the Cozad Community Health System, explained how important it is for our community to step up and be a part of this expansion and how this will benefit our community.
There is a growing need for memory care in not only Cozad, but in the area. Numbers for memory care needs are expected to double by 2050. “This addition to Meadowlark Pointe will allow Cozad to meet the needs of the population,” Davis stated.
Cozad's Kris Riley Returns From Mission Trip To India
Kris Riley was part of a mission team that traveled to the Gilgal Gospel Mission in Chennai, India February 19 – 26.
Riley went with a mission team led by her son, Dirk Riley through his home church Wheaton Bible Church in West Chicago. Riley and his wife, Lanay had previously taken trips to Chennai in January 2014 and January 2015, but this time he was the mission team leader and his wife stayed back with their infant son, Stone.
Several projects were planned and completed while there with the largest project being the funding of materials and hiring of local carpenters to assist in completing the roof over the damaged seminary building. The team also assisted with the installation of a large reservoir to supply the entire school campus with fresh water and constructed a utility building on the property of the orphanage to store and secure the children’s bicycles and other property. The mission team raised $15,000 locally prior to their departure to fund their trip and projects and was also able to take a four-month supply of vitamins for the children and school supplies who reside in the Children’s Home at the mission.
Money was sent ahead for food and bottled water to be consumed by the mission team prior to their departure. “You cannot drink the tap water there or even get it in your mouth or eyes when you shower,” noted Riley.
According to Kris, the president of the mission, Christobel and her husband Chelliah started the mission 30 years ago. The mission was based on Isaiah 60:22 “The least of them shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the Lord; in its time I will accomplish it quickly.” The mission and others started by Christobel and Chelliah are located in or close to Hindu villages. Chelliah died in 2009 so Christobel and two other women continue to run the Children’s Home, the church plants, the Bible College Seminary and the church school that is located in the very worst part of the slums. All are funded by gifts.
“The most remarkable part of my trip was meeting and being around Christobel,” commented Riley. “At the age of 63 she doesn’t know how she’ll pay her monthly bills and totally lives dependent on God. She also cares for her 95-year-old dad who isn’t well,” she continued.
“Christobel’s day starts at 4 a.m. for hours of prayers. The students in the children’s home awaken and being praying at 6 a.m.,” Riley explained. The children aren’t orphans but are poor or are in a bad situation such as a broken family or severe illness in their family. Some were living in the streets prior to entering the children’s home in Chennai
“Although Indian women do not receive the same respect as American women, but as president of this organization she is respected by men and women alike,” Riley said. “She leads everything and works with professors and everyone else in Chennai; her accomplishments are a testament to her faith and she is looked up to for her perseverance,” Riley went on to say.
“When you visit with her about obstacles and stories of starting new missions and schools it made me so sad that I cried,” Riley shared.
There are good schools for the children to attend dependent on their age. All but four of the children presently have a sponsor. Christobel gives guidance to the students and insists that they learn English so as to get better jobs.
“Most of the male students are younger and are handsome little stinkers,” Riley quipped. Several of the female students are older,” she continued.
The mission team stayed in the children’s home in Chennai where there was electricity but it was dim. The home presently has 24 children but has had up to 30 at one time. According the Christobel, over 100 children have been raised at the home. “Even the five-year-old are responsible for their own laundry which they do using a washing stone,” Riley explained.
Most of the meals were cooked over wood fires, as kitchens are nothing in the villages. Bread is used instead of silverware in the children’s home to ‘scoop up’ food.
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Two Honored As Elks Students Of The Month
The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge, Number 2250 has selected Cozad’s Abbi Etherton and Landon Mader of Lexington as the recipients of the Feburary Elks Students of the Month.
The pair of students have maintained superior academic portfolios at Cozad and Lexington throughout their high school years.
Abbi is the daughter of Clay and Robin Etherton. Etherton maintains a 4.12 GPA at Cozad High School. She has been on the High Honor Roll and All A’s Honor Roll throughout her four year tenure at Cozad High School.
Abbi Etherton has been very involved in many activities and organizations while maining an elite level of excellence in the classroom at Cozad. Abbi has earned CCSA Awards in Language Arts as well as Science during her tenure. She was named as a student of the month as a Sophomore. Abbi was also selected to attend the Math Competition Day this year.
She has been involved in the Cozad High School Pep Club for the past four years, earning letterwinner status each campaign. While being a Haymaker cheerleader, Abbi has been a part multiple State Championship winning squads in the Class C Non-Tumbling division. In the offseason, Etherton has earned the Gatorade Leadership award the past couple of Summers along with being named an All-American Cheerleader this past Summer. She has earned letter winner status all four years and is currently a captain of the squad.
As a member of the Cozad FBLA Chapter, Abbi has excelled in numerous leadership roles. She was the Historian this past year and is currently the groups President. She earned the Community Service Award, the Outstanding Class Member, Going Green Award, the Achievement Award and the Service Award this past year.
Abbi Etherton was a letterwinner in volleyball as a sophomore and junior while attending Cozad and being a starter and solid contributor for the Lady Haymakers net squad.
Stepping into the spotlight, Abbi was the local winner in the Voice of Democracy Speech contest as a Junior. She received third place honors at Districts.
As a result of all of her efforts in the extracurricular activities and student organizations, Abbi was inducted into the Cozad High School National Honor Society this past year and is currently the organization’s Secretary.
“Abbi exhibits a number of qualities which make her an exemplary leader. She definitely lends credence to the old axiom of ‘leading by example’,” expressed Dr. Paul McGinnis. I have watched her perform at a very high level and she does so with a delightful attitude. I believe she possesses the innate attributes which will serve her well in any endeavors she pursues in the future.”
Landon Mader is the son of Cristal Huegel. Huegel maintains a 4.22 GPA at Lexington High School and has the top GPA of her class. He has been a mainstay on the honor roll throughout his tenure at Lexington.
Being active in the fine arts along with being a notable student in the classroom has been Landon Mader while attending Lexington High School.
As a member of the Lexington Band program, Mader has been in the Marching Band, part of the drumline as well as in the concert band. The past two years, Mader has been a Drumline captain. This past year he was a member of the Leadership Team for the Marching Band in Lexington.
He was a member of the Student Council as a Sophomore and then served as a Class President his Junior year.
Landon is very knowledgeable about a wide variety of topics that has helped him be a valuable member of the Quiz bowl team since he was a Freshman. As a Sophomore and Junior, Mader was involved in the FBLA program.
As a result of his wide variety involvement in a plethora of activities and organizations, Mader was inducted into the National Honor Society as a Junior and continues to exceed the elite standards to be active in the organization.
“Landon has always strived for excellence with his grades, maintaining high honor roll status throughout his high school career,” stated Hershey Mathmatics instructor Dorinda Allen. “I know that he will continue to strive for excellence in his college career.”
Holbein Reaches Milestone Mark As Firefighter
Lexington Area Chamber Of Commerce Hosts Annual Banquet
After a year where the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) board of directors saw three executive directors come and go, outgoing president Barry McFarland vowed after 75 years the Chamber ship wasn’t going down on his watch.
Friday night there was plenty to celebrate as nearly 250 Chamber members and guests gathered at the Holiday Inn Express Convention Center to celebrate a new leadership team and new quarter century of chamber work.
“We started 2016 by developing a strategic plan and overhauled the Chamber structure,” said McFarland. “This really brought the board of directors together, as we took it for granted that others always did things for us.”
Then they hired the “Dynamic Duo,” executive director Christy Werger and administrative assistant Sara Neben, and “we were grateful they stuck with us, even after we said when we hired them ‘by the way, next week we have a rodeo,’ “ said McFarland.
“The future is exciting and tonight is an example of that,” he said, explaining that the board decided to combine the regular banquet and Farmer-Rancher banquet into one. “Our ag family needs to see what our businesses are doing and our businesses need to see what our ag community is doing.”
Award presentations began with those related to the farming and ranching community. Dustin O’Hanlon of O’Hanlon Seed and Shamrock Ag received the 2017 Agri-Service Award. A native of southwest Kansas, O’Hanlon received an agronomy degree from Kansas State University and moved to Nebraska as an agronomist at Lexington Fertilizer. He then became an associate with Pioneer dealer Jim Lundgren in 2005-06.
He started Greenfield Agronomy in 2006, later turning that over to Mark Allen and started Shamrock Ag Consulting. He became a Pioneer representative in 2008-09 and over the last eight years has expanded customer services to include agronomy, drilling, strip tilling, Arrow Seed sales, soil health, an IT division and started a drone sales and service. He currently has 10 employees.
The Agriculture Employee of the Year honor went to Steve Gierhan, who works for Denker, Inc. Noted his employer Mike Denker, “He is a Jack of All Trades. He does everything from spotting sick cattle, is an on-farm electrician, resident welder, out-back mechanic and operates any machine on the farm. Not only has he been an outstanding worker, he has been a great teacher and mentor to his co-workers, especially our two sons.”
Gierhan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in agriculture and is involved in Trinity Lutheran Church and the community and finds time to sing with a local Barbershop quartet, The Chordhuskers.
Named the 2017 Farm Family of the Year was the Fred and Andrea Nisley family and their story appears elsewhere in this edition of the Trib.
Presidential Ambassadors for both 2015 and 2016 were announced at this year’s banquet based on the number of points accumulated for appearing at ribbon cuttings, open houses and coffees and assisting with other Chamber activities.
The 2015 winners were Jennifer Shubert and Natalie Rickel. Rickel repeated for 2016 and was joined by Heather Heinemann. Rickel also received the LeRoy Jordening Memorial Ambassador of the Year Award, which was voted on by her fellow Ambassadors.
Receiving the Friend of Tourism Award was the Dawson County Museum. During the past year the museum has undergone a pick up, paint up, spruce up campaign and the results both on the museum’s exterior, as well as the interior, have resulted in an increase in visitors. The museum has also introduced new programming, hosted special events and re-established a schedule of rotating exhibits in the art gallery.
The Presidential Award for extraordinary leadership went to Michele McKeone for her efforts on behalf of the Majestic Theatre project. She worked with Lexington Middle School students from the time they launched the project in 2012 through the grand re-opening of the theater in May of 2015, when the original students were high school seniors.
A surprised and nearly speechless Pat Samway received the Jim Kelly Memorial Award for her tireless promotion of Lexington. “She is a true ambassador for the community,” noted presenter Barry McFarland.
Business of the Year honors went to Reynolds-Love Funeral Home. Founder Marlin Reynolds moved his family to Lexington from Seward in 1962 and for the past 55 years they have provided special services for the Lexington community through resident’s hardest times, said McFarland. Carrying on the family tradition are Nick, John and Tami Reynolds, along with numerous, caring employees.
Following the awards the passing of the gavel from outgoing president McFarland to incoming president Erin Heinemann took place. Heinemann then presented McFarland with the Past President’s Award for his service through what had been a challenging year.
Members of the LACC board of directors for 2017 will be: Heinemann, president; Derek Haines, president-elect; Garth Mins, vice president; McFarland, past president; Tara Naprstek, executive officer; Christy Werger, executive director; Sarah Neben, administrative assistant/event coordinator; Crystal Werger, Linda Saiz, Heather Heinemann, Jessica Fagot, Darin Buescher, Scott Haskell, Riley Gruntorad, and Dennis Burnside, ex officio.