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Niobrara Valley Electric Pole Testing

Niobrara Valley Electric Membership Corporation will be testing poles in an area between the communities of Spencer, Bristow, Lynch and north in the Gross area.  Crews will be working from the South Dakota state line, south to the Niobrara River.  The work will begin Tuesday, October 14th for approximately 30 days.  Personnel from S & L Pole Maintenance Company will complete the work.  Unlike the familiar yellow trucks of Niobrara Valley Electric, S & L Maintenance Co. may use a variety of vehicle colors as well as the use of 4 wheelers during this project.  Niobrara Valley appreciates your help and understanding throughout this necessary assessment.


The Village of Orchard will be chlorinating the water starting on Monday, October 20th for one week.  If you have any questions please contact Bruce or Brenda at 402-893-3811

National Friends of the Library Week October 19-25

National Friends of the Library Week is October 19-25th. As part of the week long celebration, Charlotte Endorf, a Humanities Nebraska guest speaker and author, will be giving a presentation at the Atkinson Public Library on Monday, October 20th at 1 p.m.  The program is called Nebraska Spirit: The North Platte Canteen, and tells the story of the community that turned a railroad depot into a  legend and touched the lives of more than six million soldiers form 1942 to 1946.  The program is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Atkinson Friends of the Library and the Nebraska Humanities Council.


American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Orchard on Monday, October 20th from 10:30 to 4:30 p.m. at St Peter's Lutheran Fellowship Hall.  It's never too late or too early to make blood donation a life long habit.  Please contact Amanda Shabram at 402-893-3033 to make an appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome.


The FLAME women's ministry meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 21st at Faith Community Church. The topic will be "Where is God when we're suffering? The FLAME ministry is a women's ministry for women of all ages and spiritual backgrounds. The meeting will start at 7:00 and end at 9:00 For more details: contact Pat Anson at 402-336-4524.

The mobile food pantry, sponsored by We Care, Inc., will be dispersing food on Tuesday, October 21, beginning at 5:30 pm, at the O'Neill Community Center. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and really wish to discourage people from gathering any time before 5:00.  Volunteers ARE needed and appreciated.  Churches, Youth Groups and service clubs: We can use your help!! Volunteers are asked to arrive by 5 pm or at your earliest convenience


Bake Sale and Luncheon Friday, October 24th at the Stuart Community Church.  The Bake Sale starts at 9 a.m. and the Luncheon goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  All proceeds go to the Shoe Box Postage.

The Sturdevant-McKee Museum in Atkinson will host a tailgate at the Crofton vs West Holt football game on Friday, October 24.  A delicious meal which includes a sloppy joe, chips, cookie/bar and water for $5 will be served from 5:30 until Halftime or until the food is gone.  Come out for the final regular season home football game of the season and enjoy some good food!


The Town & Country Annual Craft and Home Show will be held on Saturday, October 25th at the Orchard St. Peter's Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be vendors, food and door prizes.  No admission


St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton will be hosting it's annual Octoberfest Celebration on Sunday, October 26th.  Serving time will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Menu is Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and gravy, Corn, Salad, dessert bar and a drink. Cost is $9 for adults, $6 for children age 5 to 12 and preschool age children will eat for $2.  There will be a Silent Auction, quilt raffle, country store and bake sale, and there will be cash prize give aways.


The Evergreen Assisted Living in O'Neill will be welcoming trick-or-treaters on Halloween, October 31, from 4:00-8:00 pm.

The O'Neill Assembly of God will be hosting it's 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 31st at the church at 204 North 7th Street.  This is a fun safe environment for children to enjoy the evening.  If you are interested in decorating a vehicle or donating to the event please call Patty Durre 402-340-0678 or call the church office at 402-336-2272 by Monday, October 27th


The Immanuel Lutheran Church LWML Soup Supper and Bake Sale will be held on Thursday, November 6th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church which is located on North Highway 11 in Atkinson. They will be serving Chili, Chicken Noodle and Potato Soups, along with salads and pies.  Proceeds will support our Lutheran Women's Mission League (LWML) to fund our Misson Service Projects.


Creighton Ministerial Association is looking for people who enjoy Christian music to sing and play specials at a Gospel Sing Benefit in Creighton, Sunday, November 9th. Music will start at 2:00 p.m., with refreshments following.  The Gospel Sing will be at Faith, Hope & Love Fellowship, 504 Oak St., in Creighton.  Special musical guests include Evangelists Tom and Karen Cobb. There will be church ensembles, and other local talent.  To be placed on the program contact Pastor Casey and Jan Nelson (847-3400).  This event is open to the public. Proceeds of the freewill offering will be used for the Creighton Ministerial fund. That’s the Creighton Ministerial Association Gospel Sing, Sunday, November 9th, 2:00 PM at Faith, Hope & Love Fellowship in Creighton, NE.


Do you have questions about the Nebraska sales tax exemption on agricultural repair and replacement parts?  Effective October 1, 2014, sales of all repair and replacement parts used to repair agricultural machinery and equipment used in commercial agriculture are exempt from sales and use taxes.  The Nebraska Department of Revenue is offering 1-hour seminars on this major legislative change The seminar in O’Neill will be on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Shamrock Livestock Café from 9 – 10 a.m..


The Naper Craft Fair will be held Saturday, November 15th at the Naper Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

General Announcements

The Atkinson Hay Days Committee meets every 3rd Wednesday from April through September at 7 p.m. at the Sandhills Guesthouse in Atkinson.

The Women of Cancer meets on Monday evenings at O'Neill Avera St. Anthony's Chemotherapy Room from 7 to 8 p.m.  Upcoming meeting dates are February 3rd, April 7th and June 2nd.  This is a women's support group for all cancer types.  Sharing hope and help to other women in our area. For more information contact Terry at 402-340-0371

The O'Neill Simonson American Legion Post #93 meets the second Tuesday of each month.  Please call 402-336-1200 for further information.

In fulfilling its responsibility to optimize the health and healing of every Veteran, VA is currently embracing the opportunity to moving away from a problem-based disease healthcare approach to a patient centered focus.  To accomplish this, VHA created the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.  During the month of October, the O'Neill Outreach Clinic will be supporting the Veterans Affairs efforts in Patient Centered Care.  This new office became operational at the end of 2010.  It is charged with making sure VA tranforms from physician-centered care to personalized, proactive, patient centered care based on relationships--relationships built on trust and committed to positive results over the Veteran's lifetime.  Veterans are encouraged to stop by the clinic to learn about the services offered at the O'Neill Outreach Clinic and to share feedback with VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System's leadership about their health care experiences.

The Atkinson/Stuart Food Pantry will be open on the first Monday of every month.  It will be open at the new West Holt Ministry building 108 West State Street from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and also at the Stuart Community Church from 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Nebraska Troop Support has been ask to make ZIP LOCK CARE PACKAGES, these will keep everything they need together when showers are available:
2 wash clothes ---not knitted or crocheted ( these do not hold up in the laundry)
Soap plus (plastic bag for wet soap)
tooth brush
Q tips
disposable razor
Shaving soap --(not aerosol)
Hand Sanitizer
They can be left at Tia Zia or Tielke's --there is no limit on number donated

Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the decay of radium in the soil. Since radon is a gas, it is able to move through the soil and enter the air or your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who have never smoked. It is important to test your home for the presence of radon. Testing your home is simple. North Central District Health Department has free test kits available. Please call Kelly Lynne or Peggy at 1-877-336-2406 if you have any questions or to request a test kit for your home North Central District Health Department covers Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce and Rock counties. This Public Service Announcement is being brought to you by the friendly people at North Central District Health Department and this radio station.

Flu activity has been rapidly increasing in Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services has reported two flu related deaths so far & an increase in the number of hospitalizations for people with influenza-like illnesses.  The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get a flu shot.  It is not too late to get a flu shot if you have not already received one.  Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older.  Some people are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu, such as young children, older people, people with chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic conditions, and certain other long term health conditions & pregnant women.  After you receive a flu shot it takes about 2 weeks for your body to build immunity so get your flu shot as soon as possible.  This public service announcement is brought to you by the friendly people at North Central District Health Department and this radio station.
The O'Neill Police Department has partnered with North Central District Health Department to bring a resource to the community. The citizens of Holt County and the surrounding areas have a new resource for the disposal of unused, expired and unwanted medications. A MedReturn unit is a permanent receptacle for disposal of medicines. Prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines can be brought to the O'Neill Police Department at 317 South 4th St, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm for disposal.  The MedReturn unit will not accept needles, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, medication from businesses or clinics, ointments, lotions, or liquids.  The permanent disposal site makes it easy for people to dispose of their unwanted medications without waiting for a Drug Take Back Day. It is a safe, simple, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless information is provided specifically instructing you to do so. Do not give your medicine to friends. Doctors prescribe medications based on a person's specific symptoms and medical history. A medicine that works for you could be dangerous for someone else. This resource is funded through a grant from Region 4 Behavioral Health Systems. For information you can contact the O'Neill Police Department at (402) 336-1313, or North Central District Health Department at (402) 336-2406.If you have questions and suggestions, please contact me at: or phone at: 402-336-2406.

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