Managing diabetes can seem over whelming at times. There are numerous tasks required to keep it under control which can vary depending on your overall health and personal circumstances.
But here is one thing everyone with diabetes needs to focus on: controlling blood glucose. When you improve your diabetes control, you win both now and in the future. With tighter control of blood sugar levels, you are likely to feel better and more energetic. But the long-term effects are even more striking. Major clinical trials have proven that good blood glucose control is the best way to prevent or delay diabetes complications. Even small reductions in blood glucose levels can improve your health.
Good control requires both diligence and willingness to try new strategies. Learn new strategies by attending “Take Control of Diabetes for Life” where the June 26 session will focus on “Avoiding Complications from Diabetes”.
Set a goal to take control of your diabetes. Aim for lower blood glucose levels to feel better now and stay healthy for years to come. Wednesday, June 26 topics that will be addressed during the two-hour program includes: “Foot Care and Controlling Neuropathic Pain”, “Heart Health, Cholesterol and Diabetes”, and “Diabetes on the Job” are the topics that will be covered during the June 26 session of “Control Diabetes for Life”.
Team-teaching the program will be Stacie Petersen, B.S.R.N. & Certified Diabetes Educator; Deborah, R.D., L.M.N.T., of Franciscan Care Services in West Point and Debra E. Schroeder, UNL Extension Educator in Cuming County.
Take Control of Diabetes will be held from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Holt County Annex in O’Neill.
“Control Diabetes for Life” is a joint project of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Franciscan Care Services of West Point and cooperating schools. The program is offered free-of-charge. “Control Diabetes for Life” will help participants learn to control diabetes and prolong the onset of complications from the disease.
Participants are asked to pre-register for “Control Your Diabetes for Life” by calling the Holt County Extension office at (402) 336-2760. Please register by Monday, June 24, so the proper number of handouts may be prepared. Nebraska School Food Service Association has approved this session for two hours of continuing education credits for food service staff for attending.
Take control of your diabetes for life! Start by attending the June 26 distance education program. Call today to register!
Chambers FFA Prepares for Annual Bullride Fundraiser
06/17/13 04:16 PM
Written by News Reporter Kami Crabtree
The Chamber FFA held their monthly meetings on May 31 and June 17, 2013. Several FFA Members were present at each meeting. Topics discussed included an overview of the summer and upcoming year’s activities, ordering of chapter t-shirts, and a focus on our most ambitious priority- the Chambers FFA Bullride to be held June 27, 2013.
As with any new program, we are expecting the second year of our activities to be even more successful than our first year and have put in the extra effort to ensure this improvement. The Chambers FFA Bullride in memory of Clint Koenig will be held at the Holt County Fairgrounds in Chambers. The evening will begin at 5:00 P.M. with a freewill donation burger bash. As the supper winds down at 6:30, another new attraction has been added for the children. Anyone between the ages of three and eight can now become part of the action by registering for the Mutton Bustin’. Others may get in on the excitement of the evening by joining the beanbag throw competition. The actual bullride is expected to begin at 7:30, with a Calcutta to precede it at 7. The Chambers FFA Members will be introduced and there will be light concessions on-site throughout the event. A free dance will follow at the Chambers Legion Hall for anyone presenting a ticket stub.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages six to twelve and children five and under are free. There is a $5 mutton busting registration fee. Tickets can be bought in advance through any Chambers FFA Member. For more information, contact our advisor Jaci Palmer at 308-201-0341, email email@example.com, or visit the official Chambers FFA website at chambersffachapter.webs.com. We greatly appreciate the support we receive and hope to see everyone at our big burger bash and bullride!
Area Schools Place in the NSAA U.S. Cellular Cup Standings
06/17/13 11:46 AM
The Nebraska School Activities Association is pleased to announce the final standings for The U.S. Cellular® Cup, the NSAA All-Activities Award for Nebraska high schools. The annual awards program, which began in 2007 to recognize the state’s most successful high school athletic and fine arts programs, is presented to the 12 Nebraska high schools which earn the most points during the school year by participating in NSAA education-based activity programs. This all-activities (fine arts and sports), all-school recognition platform recognizes the “Best of the Best” each year in NSAA programs and parallels the service objectives of the program’s sponsor.
The boys and girls competition in each class features schools earning participation and performance points from their respective activities. In the case of coed schools, the fine arts activity performance points are divided equally among a school’s boys and girls U.S. Cellular Cup totals. In the all-school division, schools receive participation points for each of its NSAA registered programs, and earn additional points for placing in NSAA championship events.
The U.S. Cellular Cup is presented to the winning schools in the four classes of the All-School Division, Girls Division and Boys Division during special ceremonies the following fall.
St. Mary’s was the All-School Division winner in Class D, with strong finishes in boys and girls events. SMH scored 315 points to finish higher than Hartington, who was runner-up with 265 points. Pope John finished in a three way tie for tenth. In Class C, a few schools just on the edge of our area placed, as Crofton was third, Norfolk Catholic fifth, Boone Central eighth, and Ord ninth. For complete results, follow this link to the NSAA webpage.
Congratulations to the students from these schools for their performance in their activities, fine arts, and sports.
Honey Hollow Holds Ribbon Cutting
06/17/13 10:58 AM
Jeremy and Mandy Steele cut the ribbon at Honey Hollow
The O'Neill Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Friday, June 14 at Honey Hollow, a new business in downtown O'Neill. Honey Hollow is owned by Jeremy and Mandy Steele and features organic foods, raw nuts, dried fruits, honey and they also have a bakery that makes delicious cinnamon rolls, muffins, bagels and breads. The are located on main street in downtown O'Neill next to Jensen's Western Wear.
Mobile Food Pantry in O'Neill on Tuesday
06/17/13 08:52 AM
The Foodbank for the Heartland Mobile Food Pantry sponsored by the O'Neill First United Methodist Church will be giving away food Tuesday evening, June 18th, at the O'Neill Community Center, beginning at 6 pm. Items include canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries and desserts. There is no income criteria, but the goal is to provide free food to families where the need is great and resources are limited. Bring your own boxes or bags. Volunteers are needed and appreciated. Come at 5 pm if you would like to help with this ministry.
Pipeline Posse Sponsoring Horseback Trail Ride
06/17/13 08:49 AM
A horseback trail ride organized by the Pipeline Posse will be held June 22nd. Experience the beautiful Niobrara River Country in the path of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. A Saturday evening meal and Sunday morning breakfast will be provided.
For Trail Ride registration, call Sue Mitchell at 402-925-5551. For those not riding horses, call Bonny Kilmurry at 402-925-5538 to reserve a seat for a guided bus tour. For cabins and camping information, call Diana Steskal at 402-924-3186.
This will be an excellent photo opportunity, a time for learning, and a chance to visit landowners directly affected by the Keystone XL's route.
Highway Commission/State Roads Program Hearing Set for Ainsworth
06/17/13 08:43 AM
The State Highway Commission and the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) have scheduled a June 28 meeting to be held in Ainsworth. On Friday, June 28, 8:30 a.m., at the City Conference Center, 606 East 4th Street, the State Highway Commission will convene their business meeting.
The State Roads Department Program Hearing for District 8 is the main item on the agenda. The Highway Construction Program and other State surface transportation issues will be addressed. This hearing is intended to provide a forum for public input. For additional information, contact your District 8 NDOR District Office in Ainsworth.
"Team Jack Blood Drives" Net 87 Donors
06/17/13 08:38 AM
The American Red Cross Blood Drives held in honor of Team Jack on June 10-11 at the KC Hall in O’Neill netted a total of 87 blood donors. The Red Cross thanks the O’Neill area for donating blood. Every day - more than 21,000 times a day - someone receives blood from a Red Cross donor. One of the 87 donors was a first time donor, and there were several who reached milestones of note. Receiving pins were Ron Anderson and Yvonne Babutzke at one gallon, James Kirkpatrick giving two gallons, Walter C. Young with four gallons, Mary Zakrewski five gallons, Dennis Lehmann has given six gallons, Sandra Gaughenbaugh and Donald Mikkalson at nine gallons, Gayle Mahood with ten gallons, and John Block reached the eleven gallon mark. The Red Cross appreciates the generosity of the donors, as well as the First United Methodist Church, McDonalds, Dairy Queen, Torpins Rodeo Market, O’Neill Super Foods, the Knights of Columbus, and KBRX. Your gift of life helps ensure blood is readily available for all throughout the area as well as through the country. The next blood drive will be Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27 2013 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in O’Neill. Please call Ellen Kay at (402) 394-1215 for an appointment, Please bring positive identification. And the winner of the KBRX contest is Torpins Rodeo Market with 3 donors, but there were also 3 from the fire department as well as many farmers, pastors, and other self-employed people. The American Red Cross, KBRX and Team Jack thanks you for your support. If you would still like to give, there are blood drives in Ewing and Stuart on June 19.
Neligh Old Mill Days Schedule
06/16/13 04:10 PM
The Neligh Old Mill Days are soon approaching, as the main celebration will be the first weekend of July. The Old Mill Days are in their 41st year. Check out the schedule by clicking on the picture to open a larger version.
Two More Team Jack Blood Drives This Week
06/16/13 09:54 AM
For those who are eligible to give blood, the Red Cross will have two more blood drives in Holt County in honor of Team Jack and all those with pediatric brain cancer. Jack and most other cancer patients have to receive multiple blood transfusions to help them fight their disease, and they can't do that without help from blood donors. Here are two more blood drives this week that are in honor of Team Jack. Please consider giving the gift of life.
- June 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stuart Auditorium, Second and Parnell in Stuart, Neb. * Blood drive in honor of Jack Hoffman
- June 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at United Methodist Presbyterian Church, 119 N. Spruce St. in Ewing, Neb. * Blood drive in honor of Jack Hoffman
Grand Opening of Buche Foods in Tripp, SD set for June 21, 2013
06/14/13 01:37 PM
Buche Foods is celebrating its Grand Opening in Tripp, SD by inviting the community to a family focused celebration. There will be free Brats and pop, give-a-way drawings and inflatables for the children followed by a Street dance featuring the local band StarFire with the beverage sale proceeds benefiting the Tripp Fire Department.
The Schedule of Events on June 21, 2013: 5pm to 8pm - Free food, give-a-ways & inflatables 8pm to Midnight - Street dance featuring StarFire
After five years on the market, Buche Foods chose to purchase the store to prevent its closure. If this store had closed, more than 600 residents of Tripp would have had to drive over 15 miles to the next closest grocery store. By renovating the store and re-opening it, Buche Foods is saving half a dozen jobs and creating at least that many more.
"We understand the importance of grocery stores and small businesses in general to our communities and want to take this opportunity to celebrate this occasion with the community of Tripp." - RF Buche
TransCanada to De-register 367 Easements
06/14/13 09:36 AM
a news release from TransCanada.
At TransCanada, we have been working closely with landowners living along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route to provide details on the project and negotiate easements. An easement consists of a limited set of rights across a piece of land. Negotiated in good faith between the landowner and the pipeline company, an easement grants us the right to construct, operate, and maintain the Keystone XL pipeline across a portion of a piece of private property. The easement specifies an area within which certain activities are restricted or prohibited, with the primary goal of keeping the pipeline safe. For example, while buildings and excavation are restricted in the right-of-way, normal farming and cultivation practices are not impacted. In this agreement, the landowner retains the ownership of the property and continues to use it.
The easements that the Keystone XL pipeline will cross fall along a specific path that ensures the safest and most environmentally-friendly pipeline route possible. When TransCanada first proposed the idea of building the Keystone XL pipeline, the original route passed through the Nebraska Sandhills area and near the Clarks and Western wellhead protection areas. Due to public feedback, we re-routed the Keystone XL pipeline to avoid these sensitive areas. Since then, the re-route was approved by Governor Dave Heineman, meaning that easements acquired for the original Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska will no longer be needed. Now, at TransCanada, we are in the processes of de-registering certain easements that we acquired for the original Keystone XL pipeline route.
In total, the easements that will be de-registered involve 288 landowners who controlled 367 properties and 58 temporary work space agreements. Our representatives will de-register easement agreements on properties in the following counties: Boone, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Keya Paha, Rock and Wheeler.
“As we go through the process of releasing these easement agreements, our land agents are also working towards obtaining easements for the new (and approved) Keystone XL Pipeline route in Nebraska. We will keep working with landowners who live along the route in an open and transparent manner, and we look forward to continuing to earn the trust of the people whose land our pipeline will cross,” concluded Goulet.
Once documents are completed by TransCanada’s land team, each release will be filed in its respective courthouse. Once the release has been recorded, TransCanada will send copies to the respective landowner(s).
For more information, please contact Andrew Craig, Land Manager for Keystone Projects at 402.492.7468 or Denisha Cummings, Nebraska Land Supervisor, at 402.379.6205.
Judge Allows Keystone XL Lawsuit to Proceed
06/13/13 08:04 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge has ruled that opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska can proceed with their legal challenge to a state law that paved the way for a new project route.
Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy on Tuesday rejected a motion by Nebraska state officials to dismiss the lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed by three Nebraska landowners asserts that Gov. Dave Heineman's decision to approve a new pipeline route was rooted in an unconstitutional state law. The law was passed during a special legislative session in 2011 as a way to reroute the pipeline away from Nebraska's environmentally sensitive Sandhills.
Stacy did not rule on the merits of the case, but said opponents should be allowed to present their evidence and arguments.
DHHS Helps Nebraskans Cool Down With Fans, Bill Payment Assistance
06/12/13 05:08 PM
Lincoln – Nebraskans with little cooling this summer can be helped with their bills or the availability of fans if they meet the qualifications for two Department of Health and Human Services programs, according to Thomas Pristow, director of Children and Family Services.
DHHS has partnered with 63 organizations in 38 Nebraska communities to distribute fans to citizens. The recipients of the fans are determined by the organizations that distribute them, Pristow said. Anyone seeking a fan should call the telephone number of the organization nearest them for more information. The organizations in our areas can be found below.
The fans were purchased with funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services administers the funds, he said.
“We expect hundreds of fans will be provided across the state to help individuals and families who are most likely to be affected by the hot weather,” Pristow said. “This is just one of many programs at DHHS that help people live better lives.”
Funds also are available through the DHHS cooling program to assist low-income individuals and families with bill payments, Pristow said. Applications can be requested online at http://www.ACCESSNebraska.ne.gov, or by calling 1-800-383-4278, or any local DHHS office, he said.
To be eligible for funds, a person 70 years of age or older, or a person who is more susceptible to heat because of their medical condition, must live in the household. The limit of a household’s financial resources to qualify for the cooling program is $5,000, and the annual income limits are:
Community Agency Albion Boone County Health Center
723 W. Fairview 402-395-5165 Creighton Northeast Nebraska Community Action
808 Chase Ave. 402-358-5297 O’Neill Central Nebraska Community Services
202 S. 10th St. 402-336-4298
Fischer Supports Multi-Year Farm Bill
06/11/13 08:44 AM
Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today released the following statement upon voting in favor of the multi-year Farm Bill, S. 954:
“The multi-year farm bill I supported goes a long way in providing certainty for Nebraska’s farmers so they can continue to produce healthy, safe products to feed the Nation and the world. Failure to pass this legislation would cause America’s agriculture policies to revert back to those of the World War II era – an untenable position for hardworking Nebraskans competing in a competitive global market. The farm bill also maintains and strengthens the crop insurance program – an essential risk management tool for farmers – and it bolsters conservation and disaster-related programs.
“At the same time, over 80 percent of funding in this bill goes toward the nutrition title, which received only a fraction of cuts compared to the overall hit taken by agriculture. I supported a number of amendments to achieve further savings in the nutrition title by eliminating loopholes and duplicative programs. While these amendments did not prevail, I will continue to support efforts to eliminate unnecessary spending as Congress continues the legislative conference process.”
NECC Hosting Community Meeting for Keya Paha, Rock and Brown Counties
06/11/13 08:41 AM
AINSWORTH – The North Central Development Center has invited Northeast Community College to a special community meeting this month for residents of Keya Paha, Rock, and Brown counties.
The “Strengthening Our Communities” discussion will be held on Thursday, June 20th, from 5-7 p.m. in the Ainsworth Conference Center. The conversation will focus on ways in which Northeast might provide more educational opportunities and better serve the area.
Northeast President Dr. Michael Chipps said the College plans to provide more educational opportunities in the region, especially in the Ainsworth area. “The College’s Center for Enterprise can offer customized training opportunities to businesses and industry in the region. Not only will that help those organizations grow, it will further stimulate the economy in North Central Nebraska.”
Training opportunities range from technical skills such as welding, blueprint reading, and forklift operations, to soft skills such as computers, supervision, and customer service. “Northeast is interested in learning more about the needs of the community and how we can help the Ainsworth area grow and prosper,” Chipps said.
In addition to conducting a needs assessment, the College is also planning a new extended campus facility in O’Neill to better serve the nine-county north central service region. Northeast will continue to solicit feedback on the proposed facility and the services that will be provided there.
More than 2,300 Northeast Community College graduates live and work in the north central region of Nebraska. Over the past five years, 254 new Northeast graduates have obtained employment in that area; while 22-percent of North Central Nebraska’s 2012 high school graduates have chosen to attend Northeast.
Give at the Stuart Bloodmobile on June 19th
06/10/13 04:05 PM
Upcoming blood drive:Stuart Auditorium Wednesday, June 19th 11:00-5:00
Make an Appointment to Donate Blood - Contact Abby Wondercheck at 924-3041 or Donna Malone at 924-3469. To schedule online please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
When eligible donors give blood or platelets through the American Red Cross this summer, they can give patients time to make their own stories — like watching fireworks, having a picnic and rooting for their hometown team.
The Red Cross needs to collect 17,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the county.
Summer is a challenging time to collect enough blood donations to meet patient needs. If at least two more donors give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — it will help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available. During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. Summer activities and vacations conflict with blood donation appointments for many regular donors.
This is also one of the Blood Drives in honor of Jack Hoffman and all those with pediatric brain cancer, who need the gift of blood.
See you at the bloodmobile on Wednesday, June 19, 2013! Walk-ins are always welcome!
Firefighters, EMTs Honored During Banquet
06/10/13 01:55 PM
The firefighters and EMTs that serve O'Neill were recognized during their annual banquet on Saturday, June 8. Several individuals were honored for their many years of service, while four new people were recognized for their first year of service.
Terry Miles (left) was given the honors of EMT of the Year, while Ron Schmit (left) was Firefighter of the Year.
Bob McKenny celebrated 15 years of service to the department, while Don Baker was given a plaque to commemorate his 30 years of serving the area.
New personnel on the O'Neill staff pictured here include: Steph Trimble, Trent Shoemaker, Amos Mosel and Tim Cahoy.
ATKINSON — Windy conditions didn’t stop 109 runners and walkers from lacing up their sneakers and competing in the 1st Annual Atkinson Festival of Races on May 26. Athletes from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Wyoming were represented at the festival.
Many awards and prizes were given out among the different classes of runners. To check out the winners of each age group, race results and more, click the red title to open up the full story and results. You will also find links to pictures and more info, as well as a thank you to the people who were involved in making the event possible.
The event will get biger and better next year, with the 2nd annual Festival of Races scheduled for Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Area Students Learn at the 21st Annual UNMC Science Meet
06/10/13 09:42 AM
Sarah Hawk and Ann Marie Nordby of Ewing were two of the 59 eighth grade science students to attend the science meet.
Fifty-nine eighth-grade students from 24 schools across Nebraska attended UNMC's 21st annual State Science Meet June 6-8, for an educational and fun experience.
The goal of the meet is to inspire students, especially those from rural communities, to pursue careers in health care. The students qualify for the meet by submitting science projects in one of seven regional science meets sponsored by the Nebraska Area Health Education Centers across the state earlier in the year.
While on campus students were exposed to the health professions, medical research and patient care. Events included hands-on science activities such as:
· Presentations about a variety of health science disciplines
· Tours of UNMC
· A team science competition
Below is a list of participants listed alphabetically by town where the school is located. If the student lives in a different town, the name of that town appears in parenthesis behind the student’s name.
Ainsworth -- Ainsworth Middle School
First-year medical student and chaperon, Kyle Kammer of Ainsworth and eighth grade students, Jack Arens, Brittani Beegle, and Emma Good (Johnstown).
Elgin Public Schools
Zoey Bergman, Kenny Bush, Jaime Hoefer, and Taylor Sehi
Pope John XXIII Central Catholic
Gracie Bullock (Neligh), and Shantel Preister (Petersburg)
Ewing -- Ewing Public Schools
Sarah Hawk and Ann Marie Nordby
Kids Brave the Rain for a Chance at the Big One
06/10/13 09:11 AM
Forty excited young fisherman braved the showers Saturday morning at the annual Ambassadors' Kids' Fishing Tournament. In spite of the rain the fish were biting. They get bigger and more abundant every year. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who brought them. A special thank you to O'Neill Superfoods, Torpins Rodeo Market, McIntosh Jewelry, and Dairy Queen for supplying the refreshments.
Winner of the drawing for a 25 punch pool pass at the O'Neill Swimming Pool was Isaiah Davis of O'Neill.
Elley Engelhaupt and her big catch at the Ambassadors' Kids' Fishing Tournament.
Lady Wolfpack Glow Night Has Over 230 Entrants
06/10/13 08:16 AM
Lady Wolfpack Basketball Team Members Hosted Glow Night
Jared Seier (left) and Joseph Bailey (right) were the first to cross the finish line.
The EPPJ Lady Wolfpack Basketball Team held a Glow Night 2 Mile Walk/Run on Sunday night in Elgin. Over 230 entrants particpated in this fun event. The money raised will be used for camps and also uniform warm ups. Here is a video of the start of the Glow Night!
06/06/13 12:01 PM
NCDHD Prepares For West Nile Season
06/06/13 11:46 AM
The West Nile Virus season has arrived, and North Central District Health Department will be following any developments in their nine counties. NCDHD will be providing surveillance throughtout their district, taking reports of dead birds and collecting birds for testing.
NCDHD has already begun their efforts in curbing West Nile this season, which started June 1st and will end July 31st. This year they will be collecting all species of birds in order to detect the presence of the West Nile Virus sooner.
The health department is asking for help from the public in their district to report any sick, dying or dead birds they happen to see in their area by contacting the department at 1-877-336-2406. The counties that North Central District Health Department covers are: Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce and Rock.
Grin 'N Bear It
06/05/13 04:07 PM
The Shriner's Circus in Atkinson provided much entertainment during its stay, but a bear sitting there to pose for pictures sure isn't something you see everyday.
Shriner Jeff Enbody of Atkinson poses at left, while kids could get pictures beside the bear too.
NECC in O'Neill to Host Annual Health Conference
06/05/13 08:58 AM
O’NEILL – A host of sessions will be held at the 2013 O’Neill Health Conference, sponsored by Northeast Community College Extended Campus – O’Neill. Participants will learn strategies to address obesity and related health concerns to improve patient outcomes.
The conference will be held Tuesday, June 25 from 7:15 a.m-4 p.m. in the O’Neill Community Center.
Following a registration, breakfast, welcome and announcements, Cathy Newton, BS, will open the conference at 8 a.m. with a presentation on “Wellness in Full Swing.” Newton will teach participants to effectively understand “the wellness problem and why smart people take dumb health risks.” She will discuss how to create powerful wellness intentions to empower a commitment to health and wellness.
Michelle Brtek Zwiener, DNP, APRN-FNP,BC-ADM, will present a program on “Diabetes and Obesity.” Participants will learn about the prevalence of patients with diabetes and obesity, and review the trends over the past decade. Brtek-Zwiener will talk about understanding diagnoses and approaches to diabetes for children and adults. She will also examine the connection between maintaining positive energy and the ability to create balance in work and personal life to prevent obesity.
Thomas R. Brandt, MD, FACC, will present “Cardiac System and Weight Related Concerns.” Participants will learn the definition and demographics of obesity, as well as its effects on the cardiovascular system. They will learn how to determine the diagnosis and treatment of obesity from a cardiovascular perspective.
Rachel Anthony, APRN, NP, will discuss “Childhood Obesity.” Participants will learn to identify how to measure an obese child’s progress and how to measure success. Identify comorbidities associated with obesity and identify treatment options. Participants will also be able to discuss what the future holds for these patients.
Newton will return for the last session of the day, “Balancing Life and Work in a Crazy…Connected World.” This session will address the balance/positive energy connection and learn how to identify practical and meaningful strategies to restore positive energy and sharpen focus, tap creativity and practice relaxation. Newton will examine the connection between maintaining positive energy and the ability to create balance in work and personal life.
Blood sugar and blood pressure screenings will be also available during the conference. Those planning to take advantage of the blood sugar screening should fast for ten hours prior to the screening.
The O’Neill Health Conference is a workshop to provide members of the public or professionals in healthcare and social services with knowledge and understanding of the general and unique health care needs of the public.
The conference has been submitted to the Washington State Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval and Recognition Program (CEARP) for 6.75 nurse contact hours of continuing education. Cost of the conference is $75 for those earning contact hours for professional certification. Those guests are asked to register with course number HLTH 0500 and CRN #60082. Attendance for the entire day and an evaluation at the workshop conclusion is required for contact hours.
Conference cost for those not interested in contact hours is $40 and those individuals should register with course number HLTH 0500 and CRN #60081.
For further information and a schedule of the conference, contact Merri Schneider at 402-336-3590.
One Vehicle Rollover Causes Fatality
06/04/13 01:41 PM
On Monday, June 3rd, the Holt County Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle rollover near Amelia at 3:49 p.m. The rollover was approximately one-half mile west of 478th Avenue on 856th road west of Amelia. The accident involved a cement truck belonging to Stuart Concrete, which was driven by Rollin Kramer of Atkinson. The cement truck was east bound on 856th Road when the vehicle drove into the south ditch, causing it to roll onto its top. The driver was pinned in the truck and was extricated from the vehicle by Chambers Fire and Rescue. Kramer was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputy Wanamaker investigated the accident.
WHMS Getting Ready for 6th Annual Summer Social
05/31/13 09:30 AM
ATKINSON — Summer days are filled with many social events, but the West Holt Medical Services Foundation’s Summer Social is the one to attend. On Saturday, June 22 players will tee off or start a card or board game at the Atkinson-Stuart Country Club and compete for prize money and bragging rights amongst their friends and family. Net proceeds from the event will go to the Foundation’s Scholarship and Staff Education Fund.
Events include the traditional 9-hole golf scramble tournament and, for the second year in a row, a 10 pt pitch tournament. New this year is GAMES GALORE with four additional card and board game tournaments to chose from – bridge, Yahtzee, Words with Friends (Scrabble) and Mexican Train Dominos. A post-tournament dinner will be held at 6pm with the awards ceremony at 7pm.
Even if you do not want to partake in one of the tournaments, the public is invited to attend the dinner and possibly take home one of the door prizes. New this year, is a dinner choice of prime rib or hamburger ($25-$35). All tournament entry fees include a tournament, prizes, and dinner ($45-$55). In order to have a prime rib dinner, you must register by June 10.
Get ready to win some big money! The golf tournament has two new contests this year. A Hole-in-One contest will be held on all 3 par holes and hole-in-one golfers could take home $10,000, a Kindle Fire or a $500 gift card. Golfers and non-golfers can enter the Putting Contest and the winner will receive a trip to Hawaii. To qualify for the Putting Contest, there will be a qualifying contest held during lunch (free-will-offering) from 12:00 – 1:30 pm and the finals will be held following the awards ceremony which starts at 7:00 pm.
Check-in time for the golf tournament is between noon and 1:30 pm with a shotgun start at 1:30 pm. Check-in time for the Games Galore tournament begins at 1:30 pm with a start time of 2:30 pm. Advanced registration for tournaments and dinner is preferred.
This Summer Social event’s 2012 net income was over $8,000 due to our many golfers, card players and sponsors. To become a sponsor, to view the sponsor list, to register for a tournament or dinner, please visit our website www.westholtmed.org and click on the “Foundation” tab and click on the “Events” link or call the Foundation office at 402-925-1956.
Team Jack Encourages Donors to Participate in Holt County Blood Drives
05/29/13 02:14 PM
OMAHA, Neb. – Seven-year-old Jack Hoffman is well known for his strength while fighting brain cancer; his quest to increase awareness and funding for pediatric brain cancer; and his 69-yard run for a touchdown during the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ spring football game. In June, Team Jack is lending its support to help other cancer patients by encouraging donors in Holt County, Nebraska, Jack’s home county, to turn out and give blood.
In honor of Jack, the Red Cross has tagged the June Holt County blood drives the “Team Jack Blood Drives.”
Team Jack Blood Drive dates
Wednesday, June 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Atkinson Community Center, 206 W. Fifth St., Atkinson
To make an appointment, please call Gaylene at (402) 925-5934 or visit redcrossblood.org.
Monday, June 10 from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
O’Neill Knights of Columbus. 410 W. Douglas St., O’Neill
To make an appointment, please call Ellen at (402) 394-1215 or visit redcrossblood.org.
Wednesday, June 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Stuart City Auditorium, 204 Parnell St., Suart
To make an appointment, please call Abby at (402) 924-3041 or Donna at (402) 924-3469 or visit redcrossblood.org.
The Team Jack Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Jim Oetken (middle back row in denim jacket) and members of J & M Display's
& Big Bang Boom were honored at fundraiser Sunday night.
Molly’s Miracle Makers CureSearch Fundraiser was held Sunday at the Holt County Fairgrounds in Chambers. A pork bbq, raffles, auction, the Red Rooters Band and a Firework’s display were held and they got all the events in before the storm moved into the area Sunday night.
That evening Molly Lambert made a special presentation to Jim Oetken of J & M Displays for his many years of donating the fireworks for the spectacular show. He was presented with a metal fabricated sign. Also special awards were presented to Ted Kallhoff of J & M Display’s and Paint The Sky Productions and to Don Wiznieski of Big Bang Boom of Norfolk.
The fundraiser raised close to $25,000 this year. A big thanks to all the sponsors, donors and those that attended the event that made this years event another success.