Here are results from the KBRX area in Class D1 and Class D2 from the State Speech Meet held in Kearney on Friday.
Logan Spencer, St. Mary’s, 3rd place Entertainment Speaking
Rebecca Hiatt, West Boyd, 4th place Extemporaneous Speaking
Alex Hollman, Verdigre, 6th place Entertainment Speaking
Alex Hollman, Verdigre, 6th place Humorous Interpretation
Austin Burkhardt-Haylee Klawitter-Ian Kotrous-Madisen Randa, Verdigre, 4th place Oral Interpretation of Drama
Stuart finished in 3rd place in the Team Sweepstakes
Brittany Hanzlik, Stuart, 1st place Informative Speaking
Kelsey Kaup, Stuart, 2nd place Persuasive Speaking
Brittany Hanzlik-Hailey Paxton-Jaden Schafer-Monique Schafer, Stuart, 2nd place Oral Interpretation of Drama
Tate Schmaderer, Stuart, 4th place Extemporaneous Speaking
Jaden Schafer & Monique Schafer, Stuart, 6th place Duet Acting
Marie Meis, Pope John, 4th place Informative Speaking
Brody Hupp, Pope John, 5th place Extemporaneous Speaking
Samantha Funk, Ewing, 3rd place Humorous Interpretation
Dani Anderson, Ewing, 6th place Informative Speaking
Colin Erickson, Rock County, 1st place Extemporaneous Speaking
Quinton Shaw, Rock County, 4th place Entertainment Speaking
Emily Swan, Keya Paha County, 2nd place Humorous Interpretation
Christopher Bush-Kenneth Bush-Jamie Hoefer-Alois Warner, Elgin, 4th place Oral Interpretation of Drama
Class C2 State Speech Results West Holt, finished in 3rd place in the Team Sweepstakes McKenna Young, West Holt, 1st place Poetry Interpretation Alex Fritz, West Holt, 1st place Informative Speaking Alex Fritz, West Holt, 4th place Humorous Interpretation Josiah McAllister & McKenna Young, West Holt, 3rd place Duet Acting Chase Kallhoff, Neligh-Oakdale, 1st place Humorous Interpretation Katie Funk, Clearwater-Orchard, 3rd place Entertainment Speaking Sara Trease, Clearwater-Orchard, 5th place Poetry Interpretation Sara Smith, Creighton, 6th place Extemporaneous Speaking
Pinnacle Bank would like to announce the winners from their 3rd Quarter drawing of 2014/2015 School year.
Our winners are: Kacie Gribble from Chambers Public Schools
Gloria Turpin from O’Neill Public Schools
Peyton Thompson from St. Mary’s Elementary School
Will Atkeson from St. Mary’s High School
Ellie Atkeson from St. Mary’s Grade School
Thank you for all who participated. There will be one more drawing at the end of the 4th Quarter. Remember it does pay to get good grades!
The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is pleased to announce the student recipients of the Winter 2015 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) Academic All-State Awards. Since 2006 this NSAA Award Program has recognized students who meet the criteria for nomination by their school in the season of their activity.
Each year the NSAA and the NCPA recognize students during Fall, Winter and Spring Seasons who are nominated by their schools for their individual academic excellence, leadership and significant contributions in their NSAA activity.
Since it is a lengthy list, click the title of this article to see all of the award winners from the KBRX area schools.
NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — A county supervisor in northeast Nebraska has been convicted of theft.
Sixty-three-year-old Harlan Brandt, of Oakdale, had been charged with felony theft. Prosecutors say a State Patrol investigation found that Brandt had used a county credit card to buy gas for his personal use over an almost three-year period.
Court records say he pleaded no contest and was convicted of misdemeanor theft after a prosecutor lowered the charge. He's agreed to pay back about $2,600 to the county.
Brandt is scheduled to be sentenced on May 27.
The first day of the NSAA State Speech Championship was held on Thursday at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Classes A, B and C1 competed. Here are medal winners from the KBRX area from Thursday’s competition. Colin Wright of Plainview 2nd place in Entertainment Speaking Class C2 Nikki Mosel of Plainview 6th place in Informative Speaking Class C2 Darian Grof of Plainview 5th place in Persuasive Speaking Class C2
Saturday, March 28 There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Elgin City Park on Saturday, March 28 with registration beginning at 10:15 am and the hunt beginning at 11:00 am. There will be 4 different age groups: 2 & under, 3-4, 5-6 & 7-9.
The Creighton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 28th at 1 p.m. at the Creighton city park. Parents and grandparents who have children and grandchildren between the age of infant and 10 who would like to participate in the Easter Egg hunt should meet in the parking lot east of the swimming pool with their children. In the event of bad weather a public service announcement will be made on KBRX radio station 102.9 and posted on the City of Creighton's website and Facebook.
Friday, April 3
The Evergreen Assisted Living Center in O'Neill will be holding their Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Scramble on Friday, April 3 at 3:30 pm at the Evergreen on north Highway 281 O'Neill.
Saturday, April 4
The O'Neill Assembly of God "Great Easter Egg Hunt" will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 am at Carney Park in South O'Neill. There will be over 5000 Eggs filled with prizes and candy. Age groups are 0-2. 3-4. 5-7 and 8-10.
The Spencer Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30 pm at the Spencer Park. Children of preschool age through 6th grade are welcome to attend. All the children will receive treat bags and sign up for prize drawings. Drawings will be held for all age groups after the eggs have been found. Sponsored by Spencer Businesses and Riverview Livestock 4-H Club.
The Chambers Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Chambers Park. Registration will begin at 1:00PM with the hunt to follow at 1:30. There will be a special egg hidden in each age group. That child who finds the special egg will win a keepsake egg painted by Mary Pospichal. There will be drawings and the winners of the Easter Coloring Contest will be announced.
The Stuart American Legion, Norton-Carlisle Post #115 will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt in the City Park in Stuart on Saturday, April 4th. Preschool through the 3rd grade are to meet at the Legion Post Home and they will be led to the park at 1 p.m. by Ken Mlinar.
The Page Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Page Park on Saturday, April 4th at 11 a.m. for ages preschool to 4th grade.
Butte Healthcare Center and the Butte Community Club will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Sat. April 4th at 2 pm. Butte Healthcare Auxiliary will be having a Bake Sale starting at 1:30 pm before the Hunt. The Hunt is for children 0- 10 yrs. old, with 3 prizes for each age group.Please join us in hunting for the eggs or purchasing a baked item for Easter on the 4th!
Sunday, March 29
St. John's Lutheran Church in Atkinson will have Palm Sunday Services, Sunday, March 29 at 9:00 am.
THE CROSS - a community Easter Cantata will be presented on Palm Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 pm at the Page United Methodist Church and at 7:00 pm at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Orchard. Enjoy an Easter Journey presented by members of churches from Orchard, Page and Ewing. Refreshments will follow each performance
Wednesday, April 1 First Presbyterian O'Neill & Bethany Presbyterian will have 5:30 pm soup supper, followed by 6 pm family faith & fun activities and NOOMA video, and from 7 - 7:15 pm closing prayer service.
Thursday, April 2
St. John's Lutheran Church in Atkinson will have Maundy Thursday Services on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Spencer will hold Maundy Thursday Communion Servicea at 7:00 pm.
CENTER, Neb. (AP) — A 66-year-old man has taken a plea deal and been convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife in northeast Nebraska.
Prosecutors had lowered the charge against Phillip Privett from first-degree murder. Privett also pleaded no contest to a weapons charge on Tuesday. He's scheduled to be sentenced on May 26.
Prosecutors say Privett shot to death his wife, 66-year-old Linda Privett, at their home in Verdigre (VUR'-dih-gree) on Oct. 20.
Privett's attorneys had been checking into having him plead insanity, but prosecutors say an evaluation of Privett earlier this month showed that he did not fulfill the criteria necessary for such a plea and that he would have been mentally competent to stand trial.
The 2015 ESU 8 Junior High Quiz Bowl competition took place on Wednesday, March 18th in Neligh at the American Legion Hall and the ESU 8 Main Office. Four rounds of competition took place simultaneously; one at the American Legion Hall and three at the ESU 8 Main office.
The 2015 ESU 8 Junior High Quiz Bowl Champion is O’Neill Public! Their coach is Katie Morrow. Pictured from left to right: Spencer Davis, Aaron Dewitt, Heydon Strope, Claire Morrow, Faith Walton, and Jace Stagemeyer.
Norfolk Catholic is the Runner-Up Team of the 2015 Junior High School Quiz Bowl, and their coach is Marsha Stewart. Pictured from left to right: Emily Cook, Christian Cattau, Elliot Eisenmenger, Ethan Piper, Rylan Rasmussen, Raymond Lux, Ethan Morland and Marsha Stewart.
The Third Place winner of the 2015 Junior High School Quiz Bowl is Clearwater-Orchard! Their coach is Jim Schutt. Pictured from left to right: Ashley Williams, Julia Thiele, Chris Short, Alyssa Moser, Ryan Wilhelm, Jacob Long, Clay Thiele, and James Kester.
Twenty-three (23) teams from schools in the seven counties served by ESU 8 participated in this year’s Junior High School Quiz Bowl. They included: Atkinson St. Joseph, Chambers, Clearwater/Orchard, Elgin, Elkhorn Valley, Ewing, Madison Trinity Lutheran, Neligh-Oakdale, Norfolk Catholic, Norfolk Christ Lutheran, Norfolk, Norfolk Keystone Christian Academy, Norfolk, Norfolk St. Paul’s Lutheran, O’Neill, O’Neill St. Mary’s, Pierce, Pierce Zion Lutheran, Plainview, Pope John, Stanton, West Holt, and Wheeler Central.
2015 O'Neill FFA Boosters Scholarship Recipients: (L to R) Riley Wakefield, Brandi Taylor, and Caleb Ross
The O'Neill FFA Boosters is pleased to announce their annual scholarship recipients. Recipients are: Riley Wakefield, son of Jim and Susan Wakefield; Brandi Taylor, daughter of Donnie and Sheila Taylor; and Caleb Ross, son of Mike and Shelly Ross. Each recipient receive $1,330 to continue their education. The O'Neill FFA Boosters would like to thank the community for their continued support of the Annual Labor and Pie Auction that is hosted it February each year. The proceeds from the auction make awarding scholarships to our senior FFA members possible as well as sponsoring a variety of special projects for the FFA chapter.
Logan Spencer, a senior at St. Mary's High School, was recently notified by Congressman Adrian Smith of his acceptance into the United State Air Force Academy. This notification came after months of preparation via physical testing, applications with seperate essays for each U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman and nominations by all 3 U.S. Representatives.
Acceptance rates at the U.S. Air Force Academy run from 6 to 9 % with more than 12,800 applications per year. Candidates for admission are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadersip, athletics and character. To gain admission, candidates mus also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination, and seure a nomination, which usually comes from the member of Congress in the candidate's home district.
Logan Spencer is the son of Wendell and Sharon Spencer of O'Neill, NE.
Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the fourth Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 and older as of Jan. 1) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.
As a team, youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if they increased their yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice will also be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.
Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the first, second, and third place teams. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place will receive $250. Sustainability, crop scouting and "extra mile" awards will also be given, each worth $200.
The North Central District Health Department held their annual banquet on Friday, March 20 at the O’Neill Community Center. The evening featured speaker and author Holly Hollenbeck who talked about attitude and how to bring a renewed sense of value and enthusiasm into our workplaces and relationships.
Also at the banquet the Dr. Richard Raymond Public Health Champion Award for an individual and organization were awarded.
The 2015 individual recipient of the Dr. Richard Raymond Public Health Champion Award is Linda Olson.
Linda Olson receives award from NCDHD Board of Health Member Kelly Kalkowski
Linda is the Executive Director for Bright Horizons. Bright Horizons is dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault through empowerment, education, social action and support services. Linda started working as a volunteer in the O’Neill Office in July of 1997. She was hired as a part-time advocate in July 1998. In January 2001 she was appointed as the Program Director, and in May of 2006 she was appointed the Interim Director. She was hired into her current position as Executive Director in July of 2006. In July 2014, Bright Horizons expanded to include three additional counties and opened a satellite office in Ainsworth, NE. Bright Horizons now covers a 10 county service area.
Linda has been a part of Family Preservation Team, Big Pal Little Pal, North Central Community Care Partnership, and West Holt Health Ministries. She is not only a member, but has served as President, Vice President, and Secretary in many of these groups.
Linda is very open-minded and has a positive personality. She is pleasant to work with, does not complain, and is well-known for doing what she says she is going to do. She just gets things done. Linda has the ability to see both sides of an issue, make a decision, and works to improve not only the lives of the people she serves but also the organizations she is a part of.
Linda lives near Atkinson with her husband, David. They have five children. The 2015 organization recipient of the Dr. Richard Raymond Public Health Champion Award goes to Revelation Wellness of O’Neill.
Trent & Tiffani Shoemaker of Reveleation Wellness receive award from NCDHD Board of Health Member Kelly Kalkowski
Trent and Tiffani Shoemaker are the founders of Revelation Wellness, a chiropractic and wellness clinic. Trent is a native of O’Neill, graduating from O’Neill High School in 1998. After graduation he attended Western States Chiropractic College and earned a doctorate degree in Chiropractic. He is a certified and licensed SHINE practitioner. SHINE is an acronym that stands for Special Help Integrating Neurological Experience developed to help adults and children with ADHD.
Trent and Tiffani were married in 2004 and have four amazing children. Since moving back to O’Neill in 2010, the Shoemakers have enthusiastically promoted public health throughout the North Central District Health Department’s service areas. They offer chiropractic adjustments, craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, nutritional detoxification, and neurologically integrated movements.
They have promoted good mental and physical health and well-being by educating the public in nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices through a weekly radio show on KBRX radio. Their goal in treating patients is to educate them on every aspect of health through workshops, fitness activities, cooking classes and much more so that they can experience what their true health potential is. The Shoemakers support many causes and donate their time and treasures to better the community. In 2013 and 2014, Trent volunteered his time to present at Bright Horizons’ Women’s Wellness Event. He is a youth leaser at Faith Community Church and in 2014 he took a group of teens to Haiti on a mission trip. On snowy mornings, you can see him cheerfully scooping the sidewalks on East Douglas Street for him and his neighbors.
Trent is a volunteer member of the O’Neill Fire and Ambulance team, a member of the O’Neill Chamber of Commerce board of directors and also a member of the O’Neill business boosters.
O’NEILL - Northeast Community College in O’Neill will offer a Nurse Aide course beginning in April.
The course (NURA 1110/15S & CRN #22789) will be offered April 8-30. Classes will meet from 4-8:15 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays, in the Northeast Extended Campus, Room 301, at 409 East Adams Street.
In this course, students will learn the basic skills needed to provide safe, effective, and caring services to the elderly or chronically ill patent of any age, in a long-term care facility.
Upon completion of this course, the student is eligible to take the state written and practical skills exam. After successfully passing this examination and completing the application procedures, the student’s name will be placed on the basic nurse aide registry at the Nebraska Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure, Credentialing Division.
It is recommended that students be 16 years old to register for the Nurse Aide Course.
Cost is $303, plus $50.82 for a textbook. Karen Hoffman is the instructor. There is an additional $40 fee if a student chooses to register to take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam at the end of the course. This $40 fee will be required at the time of the non-credit exam registration.
To register for this class, call Northeast Community College in O’Neill at (402) 336-3590
LINCOLN – Northeast Nebraska’s Niobrara State Park will become an outdoor classroom May 8 at the fourth annual Outdoor Educational Rendezvous at Niobrara State Park.
From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., school students, teachers, home-school families, parents and guardians will get an outdoor education from 40 master naturalist programs and activities such as fishing, archery, tomahawk throwing, Native American culture, mountain man programs, horseback riding, taxidermy and raptor release.
Ecologists Jasmine Cutter and Dillon Blankenship will present the program “Prairies are All Around Us” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the J. Alan Cramer Interpretive Shelter.
Those interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-857-3373. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering the park.
Keya Paha Emily Swan, 1st place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature Moriah Heerten, 1st place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature Myron Hunt, 3rd place, Oral Interpretation of Poetry Becky Chase, 3rd place, Entertainment Speaking
Rock County Colin Erickson, 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking Katie Nolles, 1st Place, Entertainment Speaking Quinton Shaw, 2nd place, Entertainment Speaking
LINCOLN, March 19, 2015 – State Conservationist Craig Derickson announced today that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Long Pine State Water Quality Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve water quality in the Long Pine Watershed, located in Brown County.
This watershed was identified by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) as having an impairment of one or more beneficial uses such as recreation or aquatic habitat. In addition, this watershed was selected to complement the ongoing effort to provide producers a wider range of options to improve water quality through the Nonpoint Source Water Quality Grants-Section 319 program activities with NDEQ, NRCS and the Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District (NRD).
Derickson said, “Through this effort, eligible producers in the Long Pine Watershed will invest in voluntary conservation practices to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities while improving the efficiency and profitability of their own farm or ranch operation.”
Elbert Traylor, Long Pine Creek Water Quality Initiative Project Manager with NDEQ said, "We are very excited to partner with NRCS in offering additional funds to the Long Pine Creek Watershed through the State Water Quality Initiative. The conservation practices installed through this program will help crop and livestock producers improve the efficiency of their operations and increase their stewardship of natural resources. We expect great strides will be made in improving water quality in the Long Pine Creek Watershed through this initiative."
Interested landowners and operators should check with the local NRCS office to see if their farm or ranch is located in the eligible area. Additional information about the State Water Quality Initiative, and a detailed map of the sign up area is available at www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov or by contacting NRCS at the Ainsworth USDA Service Center or the Middle Niobrara NRD office in Valentine.
King & Queen John & Kathy Prouty, surrounded by family.
John and Kathy Prouty of O'Neill were crowned King & Queen of the St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Saturday. The ceremony took place on the World's Largest Shamrock in downtown O'Neill.
Kathy has been the director of the O'Neill Irish Dancers for the past 20 years and has kept the tradition of the dancers dancing on the World's Largest Shamrock every year alive. John has volunteered a lot of his time and equipment for different projects in O'Neill and has always done so not wanting anything in return. Whether it's moving something or putting something up he has always been supportive in making O'Neill a better place to live.
Congratulation John & Kathy Prouty, our 2015 King and Queen.
O'Neill Junior High won the 23 team ESU Quiz Bowl for the 2nd consecutive year. The bowl was held on Wednesday March 18th in Neligh. Team members are front (l to r) Claire Morrow, Spencer Davis, Faith Walton. Back: Jace Stagemeyer, Heydon Strope, Aaron Dewitt
The O'Neill FCCLA Chapter has just received word that four members have qualified for the National STAR Competition through their on-line events. Ariel Lichty qualified in Web Page Design while Allison Becker, Allison Ludwig, and Emily Morrow qualified in Digital Stories for Change. These students entered their projects on-line in February and were selected from the other national entrants to compete In July during the FCCLA National Leadership Meeting to be held in Washington D.C.
O’Neill, NE Monday, March 23, 2015 - Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is playing at O’Neill High School on April 18-19, 2015. The 60-minute musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The O’Neill High School cast contains approximately 40 students led by Jonathan Jaques.
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. is a wonderful, heart-warming musical story of friendship, love, and self-discovery for the whole family. This show is so fun to perform!” – Jonathan Jaques
This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show.THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.
Performances of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. are open to the public at O’Neill High School on April 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm and on April 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Admission is $4 for adults and students, children 5 and under attend free. Tickets are available at the door.
The O’Neill High School drama department has been producing student-performed musicals each spring for many years. These shows have included classics like Guys and Dolls and The Wizard of Oz and new shows like Dear Edwina and Striking 12. All cast members are in grades 9-12 and all crew members are in grades 7-12. A combination of great student talent and committed staff members has made O’Neill High School’s musicals events that nobody should miss.
The C2-5 District Speech Meet was held Tuesday at Humphrey Public School and the KBRX area has more State Speech qualifiers. Here are the area schools and students that qualified for State Speech.
Team Standings 1st Place, Creighton 314 2nd Place, West Holt 300 3rd Place, Clearwater-Orchard 288
West Holt Alex Fritz, 2nd place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature Alex Fritz, 1st place, Informative Public Speaking McKenna Young, 3rd place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature McKenna Young, 3rd place, Oral Interpretation of Poetry Emma Laible, 2nd place, Persuasive Speaking Josiah McCallister, 2nd place, Entertainment Speaking McKenna Young & Josiah McCallister, 3rd place, Duet Acting
Clearwater-Orchard Mallory Cooper, 3rd place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature Sara Trease, 2nd place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature Sara Trease, 2nd place, Oral Interpretation of Poetry Katie Funk, 1st place, Entertainment Speaking Sean Krebs, 3rd place, Entertainment Speaking Hanna Cronk, 3rd place, Informative Public Speaking
Larissa Thomson, Connor Thomson, Trevor Thomson, and their coach Keith Thomson
The Thomson family had better not stand near any high-powered magnets until they take all of those medals off their necks. The three Thomsons won big at the 2015 Nebraska State 4-H BB Gun & Air Rifle Championships held in Broken Bow on March 14th and 15th.
Larissa competed in the 11-12 year old BB gun division, receiving 3 golds and one silver. In Air Rifle Larissa received a gold and bronze medals. Connor competed in the 8 year old BB Gun division receiving 4th place for his first State medal. Trevor competed in the 8-10 year old division, receiving all 5 golds in BB gun and 2 golds in Air Rifle. Larissa had the 2nd top shooting score and Trevor had 5th out of all shooters.
Congratulations to all the shooters and coaches for another great year at state!!!
Travis Halsey, of Chambers, will travel to Atlanta, Ga., with 41 Nebraska teens and participate in the 2015 National 4-H Congress November 27th – December 1st.
National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program. For over 80 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in the youth leadership development conference. The Congress provides youth, ages 15-19, a quality, educational and cross-cultural experience. It is designed to address the needs and issues of youth while helping to develop capable, competent and caring citizens.
Nebraska youth are selected for this honor based on their leadership, community service and educational activities through 4-H.
Conference attendees experience an awesome educational program during the conference including a variety of fun and exciting recreational and networking opportunities. The workshop presenters and speakers motivate as well as share the most current information. A cultural evening will exposed the youth to a variety of forms of the arts. The conference emphasizes leadership, youth empowerment, and cultural diversity. Delegates visit venues in the city including the Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Carter Presidential Center, and the Martin Luther King Center.
All youth ages 5 to 19 can explore their interests and enhance their potential through 4-H. This University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension youth development program offers projects for nearly every interest, ranging from Web design to rockets, genealogy, animals large and small, woodworking, fashion, photography, and much, much more.
District Speech Meets got underway on Monday, March 16 and KBRX area students have qualified for the State Meet. The Top 3 places at Districts qualify for State. From the KBRX area here are State Qualifiers: B-4 District at Pierce
O’Neill Marie Sitz, 3rd place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature
D1-3 at Pierce
Team Standings 1st Wausa, 444 2nd Verdigre 262 3rd West Boyd 204 4th St. Mary’s 198
St. Mary’s Ellery Butterfield, 2nd place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature Brittany Soukup, 2nd place, Oral Interpretation of Poetry Logan Spencer, 3rd place, Entertainment Speaking Noah Johnson & Logan Spencer, 2nd place, Duet Acting
West Boyd Kristen Mohr, 3rd place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature Dempsey Tapely, 1st place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature Rebecca Hiatt, 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking Dempsey Tapely, 2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking Zachary Sextro, 3rd place, Persuasive Speaking
Verdigre Alex Hollman, 2nd place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature Alex Hollman, 1st place, Entertainment Speaking Emily Knust, 2nd place, Informative Public Speaking Ian Kotrous, Haylee Klawitter, Austin Burkhardt & Madisen Randa, 3rd place, Oral Intrepretation of Drama
On Sunday March 15, Boy Scouts Ty Sawyer and Cody Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting. During the ceremony, each boy received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Adrian Smith, a Nebraska State Legislature Letter of Recognition from Senator Tyson Larson and an Ambassador's Award and key to the city from Mayor Bill Price. Also each boy received an United States flag that flew over the Capital building in Washington, DC. Ty and Cody have gone to numerous camps and scouting events throughout the years. Each received the Order of the Arrow Award from the Scouting National Honor Society during their years of Scouting. Both boys have a very long list of achievements through Scouts. Cody Watson is the son of Alvin and Brandi Dickau and Ty Sawyer is the son of Brent and Deb Sawyer and Brenda Harrison.
(left to right) Michael Poese, Brandi Taylor & Nikki Gotschall
Michael Poese accepts a donation on behalf of the Holt County Animal Shelter. The O'Neill FFA Chapter raised funds through various activities in the school during FFA Week to give back to a charity in the O'Neill community. This year the chapter was able to raise nearly $500 to donate. The donation was presented by FFA President- Brandi Taylor and FFA Week Committee Chair- Nikki Gotschall.
KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney has announced the winners of the annual Central Nebraska History Day contest. About 200 middle school and high school students presented projects on various historical figures, which took place on campus March 11. Schools participating in the event, which is for students in grades 6-12, include Lexington Public Schools, Arapahoe, Cozad, McCook, Loup County, Faith Christian School of Kearney, Franklin, Loomis and St. Mary’s Catholic in O’Neill. The theme of this year’s competition is Leadership and Legacy in History. Students compete in individual or group competitions in their choice of five different categories: poster exhibits, performances, research papers, documentary film and website design. Students who place at the district level can compete in the Nebraska State History Day contest in Lincoln in April. Winners at state may then compete in national competition in May at the University of Maryland. History Day is a national educational program aimed at giving students the opportunity to pursue historical research on a chosen theme, and use their creativity in developing competitive projects based on their research. History Day is sponsored by the UNK Department of History, with support from the Buffalo County Historical Society and Kearney Public Library. Winners of Central Nebraska History Day representing St. Mary's School were:
Senior Group Documentary First - Fr. Flanagan - Logan Connot, Hailey Eiler, Kendra Kozisek, Caleigh Miles of St. Mary's Catholic O'Neill Senior Individual Website First - Matthew Ridgeway - Josh Cuddy of St. Mary's Catholic O'Neill Second - Warren Buffett - Tyler Regan of St. Mary's Catholic O'Neill Third - Jesse Owens - Will Atkeson of St. Mary's Catholic O'Neill
NORFOLK – A majority of Northeast Community College graduates found employment opportunities or are continuing their education, according to a new survey. Terri Heggemeyer, director of career services at Northeast, presented the 2014 Graduate ...CLICK THE RED HEADLINE ABOVE FOR COMPLETE STORY
The Holt and Boyd County 4-H Shooting Sports team traveled to Broken Bow, Nebraska, to compete at the State BB Gun and Air Rifle Competition this past Saturday and Sunday. The youth did a very good job and all of them deserve a pat on the back for trying
NORFOLK - Over 1,200 high schools students were on the Norfolk campus of Northeast Community College recent to take part in the FFA Districts 3, 4 and 10 Career Development Event – Ag Education Contest. The students came from 40 high schools...CLICK THE RED HEADLINE ABOVE FOR COMPLETE RESULTS
The 2015 ESU 8 Senior High Quiz Bowl competition took place on Wednesday, March 11th in Neligh. Again this year, it was a double-elimination competition. So four rounds of competition were taking place simultaneously. One match was being held at the American Legion Hall and three matches were being held at the ESU 8 Main office.
Twenty-one (21) High School Teams participated in this year’s Senior High Quiz Bowl. Each team was allowed to have up to six members.
The top two teams, Neligh-Oakdale and O’Neill St. Mary's will go on to represent Educational Service Unit 8 in the Nebraska State ESU Senior High Academic Quiz Bowl. It is being held on Wednesday, April 29th at the Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege.
The mobile food pantry, sponsored by We Care, Inc, will be dispersing food on Tuesday, March 17 beginning at 5:30 pm at the O'Neill Community Center. Volunteers are needed and appreciated for the food pantry from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Wear your green and be a part of something great! We will also have a direct link through Skype to Natalie, a bilingual assistant with Foodbank from the Heatland in Omaha, to help persons with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). If you have questions about your account, would like to sign up, or wonder if you qualify, come to the O’Neill Community Center from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesday, March 17. Natalie will be glad to assist you free of charge.
O’NEILL, NE (March 12, 2015) – Applications are now being accepted for the Dr. Robert Waters Memorial Scholarship.
The Dr. Waters Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance for educational opportunities to students who are pursuing a course of study in the medical or allied health fields. Students must be already accepted in a medical program. All such students are encouraged to apply prior to May 22, 2015.
Applications may be obtained by contacting Deb Frederick in the administrative offices of Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital at (402) 336-5131 or emailing her at email@example.com.
These 4 stones grace each corner of 4th & Douglas in downtown O'Neill
Text of speech recognizing honorees,presented by Scott Poese, Master of Ceremonies In 1961 Peter Matthews and his good friend Joe Cavanaugh decided their Irish roots needed to be celebrated. With a white horse named Green Smoke and all the green food coloring they could find the green horse and a red convertible was our first parade and they continued it every year.
Peter Matthews Family
The first official St. Patrick’s Day celebration sponsored by the O’Neill Jaycees was on March 17, 1967. Events included a kangaroo court. Beard contest parade and banquet for Notre Dame coach, Frank Leahy. The Jaycees went a step further in their promotion of the city’s Irish ancestry, in August of 1967, 76 members of the chapter became Fenians and invaded Winnipeg, Canada in a re-enactment of General John O’Neill’s invasion.
Joe Cavanaugh Family
On St. Patrick’s Day of 1969, Governor Norbert Tiemann officially proclaimed O’Neill “The Irish Capital of Nebraska”. Governor J. James Exon dedicated a historical marker at the 1972 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, proclaiming the city “The Irish Capital of Nebraska” as a follow-up to his predecessor’s proclamation. On March 17, 1977, the Nebraska Unicameral passed a resolution stating that O’Neill was the Official Irish Capital of Nebraska. Each year since the official St. Patrick’s Day Celebration began members of the Jaycees and later the O’Neill Men’s Club painted the World’s Largest Shamrock in the middle of the intersection where Highways 275/20/281 cross in downtown O’Neill. Famous Irish residents included famous Notre Dame Football Coach Frank Leahy born in O’Neill and Boys Town Founder Father Flanagan whose first parish assignment was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill The most notable Irish though are the ones that live or have lived here and have helped make O’Neill a great place to live! Throughout the years our Irish Heritage lives on thanks to those being honored today and their foresight to keep O’Neill Green & Growing!
Allen Reynoldson & Family
If you mention the World’s Largest Shamrock or the World Famous Green Horse, anywhere you go, people know you’re talking about O’Neill, Nebraska. And the 4 who are honored today were the driving force behind the Green Horse and the World’s Largest Shamrock! Joe Cavanaugh and Pete Matthews liked to have fun and they were true Irishmen. So when they teamed up to put a parade together in 1961 it was the start of a yearly event. And the legend was born!! Along with being in all the parades Pete and Gladys were King & Queen in 1996. Joe Cavanaugh along with being a world class rodeo announcer was also the emcee of our yearly parade until he retired in 1991. In 1969, he along with Katie Matthews were crowned King & Queen. Joe was helpful in getting the State unicameral to proclaim O’Neill the Irish Capital.
Ron Smith & Family Members
How good are you at sidewalk chalk art? The next two guys are really good. Just give Al Reynoldson and Ronnie Smith a big ball of string and chalk and see what they can do. And in 1966 the painted the world’s largest Shamrock for the first time and it’s been done ever since. That’s how they did it back in the good ole days. Back then it was a handful of Jaycees that got the job done. But today all ages have a hand in painting the Shamrock and visitors that come for the weekend even have it on their bucket list to help paint the street green! Al and Ronnie were also a big part in putting the permanent Shamrock in the street when we had our fund raiser on the radio and raised $25,000 in about a half day. These two went to Canada for the reenactment of the invasion of Canada and were also members of the Booster Band who has been in the parade for 54 years running. So today we honor 4 individuals who had a part in making sure we don’t forget that we are the Irish Capital of Nebraska and that we let everyone know that we always will be. Congratulations to the families of Peter Matthews and Joe Cavanaugh. And congratulations to Ronnie Smith and Allen Reynoldson here with us today!
MARCH 11, 2015 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $50,000 in Community Development Assistance Act (CDAA) tax credits to support a multipurpose pool project in Chadron, and construction of a new library in Plainview.
Chadron will use $25,000 in tax credits to renovate and repurpose its municipal pool as a year-round multifunctional health and wellness center. The City, Chadron State College, and Chadron Community Hospital are partners in the project. Not only will the pool be fully enclosed, but upgrades will provide for zero-depth entry, lap lanes for swim teams, water aerobics classes, instructional lessons, and other organized events. A separate therapy pool, restroom and shower area will provide added privacy and built-in safety features apart from the main pool. An indoor track has been proposed for installation along the facility’s external wall. Other additions will include a multipurpose meeting room with kitchenette, and parking lot enhancements.
The aquatic health and wellness center will be open to the general public and stakeholders including Pine Ridge Job Corp, Chadron Public Schools and After School Program, Chadron Sharks Swim Team, and the local Special Olympics chapter.
Plainview will use $25,000 in tax credits to replace its existing library, built in 1916, with a new American with Disabilities Act compliant 7,000 sq. ft. facility that includes an expanded children’s section, a designated computer area, and a community room for meetings, conferences and training.
Recent planning efforts identified the need for a new library and residents played an active role in its design. Last November the City passed a $500,000 bond to help pay for the new facility, estimated at $1,194,144. Construction is slated to begin May 2015 and completed September 2016. Local businesses have verbally committed to financially support the project once construction commences.
The CDAA program awards tax credits to donors, thereby encouraging private investors to financially support their local nonprofit community betterment organizations’ efforts to undertake more community service and development projects.
The credits represent 40 percent of each contribution, and reduce a contributor’s state income tax burdens. Every dollar contributed to a project results in a $0.40 tax credit return. Donations may be in the form of cash, services, or materials. The minimum eligible contribution for a tax credit is $50.
For information about the CDAA program, contact Jenny B. Mason, CDAA Coordinator, at 402-471-6280, or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Holt County Public Speaking Contest will be held: Friday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Holt County Annex. The evening will kick off with speeches given by 4-Hers from four age divisions. Clover Kids (ages 5-7 by January 1) are eligible to participate by reciting a poem or short story. The Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions must recite an original speech relating to 4-H. The Junior division is for youth ages 8-11, Intermediate ages 11-13 and Senior division ages 14 and older. The Public Service Announcement (PSA) theme for 2015 is “4-H Grows….”. Radio PSA’s must be submitted on a CD. Please use .wav or .mp3 audio formats when recording your PSA. PSA’s must also be turned in by April 1 to the Holt County Extension Office. For rules and regulations visit: http://holt-boyd.unl.edu/HoltCounty4-HForms Please register for the contest by April 10. 4-H members can register by calling: 402-336-2760 or e-mail email@example.com with the name of the 4-H youth, division, and title of the speech. PSA’s must be submitted by April 10 on CD with an outline.
On Monday, March 9th, 21 members of the O'Neill High School Band traveled to Wayne State College to participate and perform in the 2015 Midstate Conference Honor Bands. "A fun productive day of making music moments with fellow Midstate band members" commented band director Mr. Dean.
The 9/10 Band was under the direction of Mr. Brad Weber, director of percussion at WSC. O'Neill 9th & 10th graders were: Allison Ludwig, Alexa Dougherty, Emma Krysl, Gabbie Scott, Caliegh Miles, Corbin Dean, Nathanial Jennings, Lauren Osborne, & Kendra Kozisek. Sydney Zahm was also chosen, but unable to attend.
The 11/12 Band was under the direction of Dr. Michelle Bluford, director of bands at Elkhorn High School. O'Neill 11th & 12 graders were: James Walton, Vionne Trizila, Jon Marvin, Logan Spencer, Miles Stagemeyer, Rahtaya Young, Allison Beckwith, Sarah Devall, Marie Sitz, Bailee Dougherty, Brittany Soukup, & Alex Strampher.
The 3rd Public Input meeting was held for the City of Atkinson’s Comprehensive Plan and Housing Study project. Approximately 15 people were in attendance at Tuesday night’s meeting where many different topics were discussed including data review of school enrollment figures and housing affordability as well as redevelopment goals for the Downtown District and future land use planning for the entire City. Redevelopment goals for the Downtown District included the demolition of old, dilapidated structures, improved sidewalks and ADA accessibility, and increased number of stores and restaurants. There was about a 27 percent return rate for the Community Needs Assessment Survey that was mailed out in January, which is a fairly typical return rate for mail-out surveys. Approximately 80 percent of the survey respondents were over 45 years old. A few of results include a high rating for Fire protection and EMS services in Atkinson, and an average rating for public infrastructure. Housing for purchase and affordable rental housing were both rated as low in Atkinson which matches many of the discussion held during the public input sessions. Mill Race Park was listed as the number one tourist attraction in Atkinson. The top 5 strengths in Atkinson were ranked as the Library and School System (tied at number one), the Fire Department was ranked third, and medical facilities and the Community Center were ranked as fourth and fifth, respectively. More of the Community Needs Assessment Survey results will be used throughout the Comprehensive Plan and Housing Study. School enrollment figures have fluctuated slightly over the past ten years, but the 2014-2015 school year shows the high total enrollment numbers for West Holt Schools in the past ten years. The largest Kindergarten class in the past decade was for the 2014-2015 school year with 34 reported students in Kindergarten. Housing affordability was discussed, and meeting attendees shared their thoughts on the overall housing market in the community. Residents discussed their concerns with the lack of quality rental and availability of affordable housing in general in Atkinson. A future land use planning exercise was completed allowing meeting attendees to determine a goal for population growth over the next ten to fifteen years. Meeting attendees set a goal of growing one-half percent each year until 2025 and then were split into two different groups. Each group was given a large aerial map of the community as well as five different color sets of Legos. Each Lego block represented one acre of needed development in and around the community to fill the needs of a growing population (yellow=single-family residential; orange=multi-family residential; red=commercial; grey=light industrial; and green=recreational). Each table worked together to create a plan by placing and moving the colored Legos around on the map to determine where each type of new development would best fit for the community. These maps will then be used to create a formal Future Land Use Plan that will be included in the City’s final Comprehensive Plan. The fourth public input session, which is the last of these types of meetings, will be scheduled in April. Please watch for future announcements about the date and time of the next public input meeting. This Comprehensive Plan is beneficial for the City of Atkinson and will be used as a guide for the next ten years to help City Officials with planning, growth, and development.
ATKINSON —West Holt Medical Services applauds individuals who are dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. WHMS is now accepting scholarship applications for its annual awards.
To be considered for the West Holt Medical Services’ scholarship, the applicant must meet the following criteria: · A graduating senior from Stuart Public Schools or West Holt Public Schools · Will be attending post-secondary education in a healthcare related field
In addition to submitting an application, candidates must submit one letter of reference.
Applications are available in the student’s high school guidance office. All completed applications must be returned to the student’s guidance office by April 11, 2015.
Find us online at www.westholtmed.org, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. The mission of the West Holt Medical Services Foundation is to obtain, invest, and distribute funds which will help advance and improve the quality of care in North Central Nebraska provided by West Holt Medical Services.
The Holt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle accident on Saturday, March 7 west of Inman at 498th Avenue on Highway 20/275. The 2001 Pontiac Bonneville was driven by Debra Christensen, age 56, of O’Neill who was traveling west on Highway 20/275. Christensen stated she was tired and the vehicle crossed the center line and ran off the road on the south side of Highway 20. Christensen came back in to the east bound lane and then overcorrected and entered the south ditch sideways. The vehicle ramped off the south embankment of the first ditch and then hit the embankment near the cowboy trail. The vehicle rolled two and a half times coming to rest on the top facing north. Christensen was ejected from the vehicle. Christensen was transported to Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill where she was later flown out due to her injuries. Deb Christensen passed away as a result of her injuries on Sunday afternoon, March 8 at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
The O'Neill Fire Department was called to a grass fire Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015, in a ditch located three miles north of O'Neill. The fire was quickly extinguished. The cause of the fire is undetermined. Individuals are asked to use caution due to the dry conditions.
The O’Neill Community Foundation Fund aims to assist various projects and organizations in the community. All of them are worthy, but some help our area address really tough issues, which is important to creating a thriving community. One of those organizations is BRAVO, a group established within Bright Horizons. Since 2006, the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund has given BRAVO $1,500.00 to address bullying and teen violence. Some of this funding helped establish the group, but it has also enabled them to educate teens all across the state on issues such as dating violence, sexual assault and bullying. Their great efforts have not only raised awareness in our area and state, but they have also been recognized by the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence as a best practice for other programs. We applaud BRAVO and their efforts to put an end to such activities in our area and state. If you’re interested in learning more about BRAVO and the great work they do, please contact Bright Horizons at (402) 336-1774. BRAVO will also be hosting their annual Dodgeball Tournament on March 13 in conjunction with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in town. Support a great cause by registering a team or showing up to watch. Registration packets are available at Finish Line Chiropractic and Bright Horizons.
National FFA Week was February 22-28 this year. The O'Neill FFA Chapter kicked off the eventful week with the FFA Boosters Annual Labor and Pie Auction on Sunday, February 22. Proceeds from the auction will be used to help members in various ways such as purchasing FFA Jackets, sponsoring National Convention expenses, sponsoring Washington Leadership Conference as well as assist in funding a future greenhouse for the agriculture department and FFA Chapter at O'Neill High School. Throughout the week FFA trivia was held at the high school as well as on KBRX. The chapter had a Penny War for the Kiss a Goat Contest. Participating teachers had a cup in their classroom for the students and fellow teachers to contribute. Coins were counted as positive points while paper money was counted as negative points. The teachers with the most points at the end of the week had to kiss a goat at the pep rally on Friday. Winners of the contest were Ms. Vanderbeek in first place, Mrs. Hostert in second place, and Mrs. Vosler in third place. The penny war raised nearly $500, which was donated to the Holt County Humane Society. Tuesday morning the FFA Chapter sponsored a student breakfast. On Wednesday, student dress-up day was to dress like a farmer and drive a tractor or ag implement to school. A dirtiest vehicle contest was held on Friday. Winners of the contest were Caleb Ross and Mr. Spangler, who both received a free car wash from O’Neill Car Wash as their prize. The week ended with Brandi Taylor, Amanda Pischel, Bailee Dougherty, Tejlor Strope, Tayte Jussel, and Mrs. Knabe attending the leadership workshops Activate and Leverage in Kearney.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate has failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The 62-37 vote Wednesday was the latest chapter in the fight between the GOP-led Congress and the White House over energy policy. It was the first of many possible veto showdowns to come in Obama's final term.
Proponents of the bill have said since its introduction that they didn't have the vote of two-thirds of the Senate needed to override Obama's veto.
The $8-billion pipeline would transport oil harvested from Canada's tar sands to pipelines linked to Gulf Coast refineries. Obama said that the bill circumvented the well-established process for approving cross-border pipelines, which must be determined to be in the national interest.
O'Neill Girl Scout Troop 181 is pleased to announce that through the generosity of the community they have collected a sufficient number of blue jeans to begin making quilts for the O'Neill Fire Department. They wish to extend their heartfe
Four members of the Chambers Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently attended the annual State FCCLA Peer Retreat held in Kearney, Nebraska on Monday, February 23. Attending from Chambers were Chyenne Burrell, Nicole Beed, Jolly Lambert, and Jacie Laetsch. There were over 300 FCCLA members and advisers from over 40 chapters across the state in attendance. The theme for the retreat was “Soar Up with Peer Education.” The day began with introductions of the current Peer Officer Teams giving a brief overview of each National Program they represent. Finalists for the 2015-2016 peer teams were recognized. These students will be vying for the three State Peer Officer Teams at the State Leadership Conference in Lincoln April 12-14. The keynote address was presented by fitness expert, Dr. Joanne Owens Nauslar. Dr. Nauslar left the attendees with many important thoughts about how to be successful. She stressed the importance of education with the quote “the more you learn, the more you earn.” She also emphasized the importance of being early for work with the quote, “early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.” Other sessions were presented by debt counselor Sally Bernard, a martial arts team, and the current SPOT members. The day concluded with door prizes. The service project for the retreat was gifts for the Royal Kids project. Over 1,000 items were collected for this cause.
ATKINSON — Since 1988 West Holt Medical Services Foundation has awarded scholarships to area residents. The purpose of the scholarship awards is to provide financial assistance and educational opportunities to students who are pursuing a course of study in the medical or allied-health field and, further, to encourage students to return to West Holt Medical Services upon completion of studies to work.
The Foundation is in the process of accepting and evaluating scholarship applications for our spring awards. Foundation Director, Monique Johnson, said “The Board of Directors is committed to helping North Central Nebraska students pursue their education in the medical field. Each scholarship awarded in the spring will be $500.” Students of any age enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a school or program which provides a course of study leading to a degree or a certificate in the areas of study in the medical or allied health field are invited to apply. Primary consideration will be given to individuals that express interest in obtaining employment in their chosen medical field at West Holt Medical Services.
Applications are available on our website www.westholtmed.org. Please click on the Foundation tab and then on the Scholarship link to download the application or you may call the Foundation office at 402-925-1956 to request one. Applications are accepted by the Foundation at any time. All applications must be postmarked on or before April 15 to be considered for the spring awards