Friday, July 30, 2010

Suspect in vandalism incidents arrested

The first individual to be formally charged in connection with a rash of vehicle thefts in Clay, Adams and Webster counties was Cody Luben, 20, of Superior, a graduate of Deshler high school. Luben was charged with a misdemeanor in Clay County Court on July 27. He entered a plea of innocent. The charge involves the theft of contents from stolen vehicles and is a class one misdemeanor with a maximun penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.He was arrested in connection with the thefts earlier in July. A surety bond of $5,000 was filed for Luben on July 22. A pretrial conference is scheduled for August 17th. A jury trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. on September 28th.

Clay County Sherrif Jeff Franklin has asked for warrants to arrest other suspects in the matter.

The Nucholls Co. Sherrif's department has reportedly aided in the investigation along with the sherrif's departments in the three affected counties.

Three pickups were stolen in Clay Co., one from Glenvil and two from Trumbull. One was found at the Prarie Lake Recreation center near Juniata and had been used to ram the entranced gates, one was found in a river in Webster County and one found near Edgar. "

Four vehicles were taken in Adams County from June 30th to July 9th, a 1996 Ford pickup with trailer attached from South Marion Road, in Hastings. the trailer was later recovered on a roadway. A 2006 Dodge Ram was taken from Kenesaw and later recovere in Kearney County missing a GPS and a trailer hitch. A 2002 Ford pickup was taken from Pauline and found high centered in a field, a toro workman vehicle was taken from a storage shed on Southern Hills drive and later recovered in a field.

A combine, 2 pickups and a semi were taken in Webster county, totaled and later recovered. the Semi had been driven into a ditch, the combine had been driven into a barb wire fence and a 2002 Cheve pickup, owned by Zeb Weber of Blue Hill, was used by the thieves to have a demo with the 1996 pickup stolen in Adams County in a field south and west of Blue Hill, they were totaled and then left in the field.

In each of these incidents the keys had been left in the vehicles.

"These were stolen right out of yards next to houses." Randy Henning, Chief Webster Co. Deputy said. "It's important to remove the keys but it is hard to convience people in small towns." .

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rabid Skunk found Near Blue Hill

It has been confirmed that a rabid skunk that was found dead in a horse pen near Blue Hill was infected with rabies.
Veterinarian Pat Wahlmeier from the Animal Clinic in Hastings sent the young skunk to Kansas State University's veterinary diagnostic labortory for tests to determine whether or not the animal was in fact the first case of rabies to be confirmed in Webster County this year.
This is the 34th case of rabies to be confirmed in the State of Nebraska this year. The horse that was in the pen where the skunk was found has been vacinated. The horse may have been infected by the skunk.
Marla Augustine, with the Department of Health and Human Services, said that more than half of the state's confirmed rabies cases have involved skunks. She also said that rabies cases in the state are down from previous years.
Animal owners are encouraged to make sure their pets vacinations are up to date.
If a human is suspected of being infected by an animal bit they should very quickly wash the area with soapy hot water and rinse well. Alcohol or iodine should be used to kill germs.
Law enforcement should be contacted or if it is a wild animal, the USDA. Calling them is important so they can make sure the animal is treated for rabies.
To report a possible exposure to rabies from wildlife you can call Spencer Nelson of USDA wildlife Services in Nelson at 402 225 2253.

Daniel J. Eudy 1956-2010

Former Sutton resident Daniel Jefferson Eudy, 54, of Blue Hill, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at his home. A private celebration of his life will be Sunday at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton with Pastor Erica L. Harley officiating. Burial will follow at Grafton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Daniel was born June 12, 1956, to Monroe J. and Myrtle "Beth" Woody Eudy. DJ graduated from Sutton High School in 1974. He attended the Sutton Christian Church where he was baptized. DJ was very artistic and never gave up his passion for drawing. He enjoyed listening to music of all kinds and his head phones were never far from his side. The simple pleasure of fishing and a picnic lunch at the lake were enough to make Dan smile. Visiting with old friends and family was his greatest joy. Dan was an inspiration to all those he met and will be missed by many. Daniel is survived by ten siblings, Sandra Tulley of Crosby, Texas, Rhonda Ulmer of Grafton, Neb., Bill Eudy of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Connie Shempert of Tyronza, Ark., Lucwenia Weldon of Axtel,Neb., Gustavia Jacobsen of Colorado Springs, Colol, Dr. James Eudy of Omaha, Neb., Mary Robbins of Kearney, Neb., Jonathon Dudy of Colfax, California, and Melissa Olson of Colorado Springs, Colo; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Tommye Davis.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Kandace Jean Fisher 4-14-1970 to 7-17-2010

Former Area resident Kandace Jean Fisher, 40, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, due to a fatal motorcycle accident south of Santa Fe N.M.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel in Hastings with Ken Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Saturday both at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Heartland Pet Connection or Ovarian/Breast Cancer Research.
Concolences may be sent to
Kandace is the daughter of Gary C. and Bonita K. Fisher of Louisburg, Kan. She was born atMather AFB in Sacramento, California on April 14, 1970. She spent the first ten years of her life as an Air Force brat. Her elementary and junior high education took place at St. Mary's in Goldsboro N.C. where she also learned how to play soccer. She moved to Sparta, N.J. in 1982 and completed junior high school and high school at Sparta High School. During her senior year, she was center forward on the girls' soccer team. Another sort in Junior high that she took on was snow skiing. She was on the Sparta Ski Racing Team all four of her high school years. This sport she continued all through life. This year she attended the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada and skied the slopes there. She lived life to the fullest, rode mountain bikes, kayaked, and ran in marathons. Two months ago she purchased a motorcycle and it truly lifted her spirit. She loved the feeling of freedom it gave her, which she craved. She lived the "Top Gun, hair on fire, lifestyle in all that she did.
Kandace was an honor student at Sparta High School in Sparta NJ and graduated in June 1988 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Where she received her Bachelor of Arts/English degree in 1992. She was a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Association. In 1995 She received her Master of Arts/English Creative Writing degree. She was on the Dean's list. She is a published poet. After College, she did her massage Therapy Course of study at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tuscon, Ariz.
In 1998/1999, she was a college English instructor at Glendale Community College, Glendale, Ariz. In 2000, she began her career in various facets of IT (information Technology) at Envision in Santa Fe, N.M. In Feb. 2004, she went to work for Davis Security Advisers in their IT Division as a systems analyst/developer until her passing.
Her grandmother, Jean Gilbert of Blue Hill preceded her in death on Feb 12, 2005; as did her grandfather, Frank C. Fisher of Fairfield on May 30, 2008. She was also preceded in death by two aunts, Kathy Gilbert of Hastings, and Diane Gilbert of Sutton, as well as her cousin and good friend, Kelly Gilbert only a year ago, July 11, 2009.
Survivors include parents Gary C. and Bonita Kay Fisher of Louisburg, Kan; brother Curtis Fisher of Oxford, N. J. ; sister Christina Fisher of Calgary, Canada; grandfather Keith B. Gilbert of Blue Hill, Nebraska, grandmother Donna R. Fisher of Harvard, Nebraska, Uncles and aunts, Dana and Terri Fisher of Fairfield, Brian and Paula Schellpeper of Overland Park, Kansas, Ross and Barbara Fisher of Fairfield, Keith and Anne Gilbert of Red Cloud, Dick and Robin Gilbert of Hastings, Doug and Nikki Terri of Columbus, Kent and Laura Gilbert of Hastings, Brad and Tonna Gilbert, and Tim and Julie Gilbert of Blue Hill as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Special Olympics Results

Jason Bostock is shown with his ribbons and medals from the Special Olympics held in Lincoln last week. Jason got two medals and two ribbons.
Robert Carper (Ayr) is pictured here with Blue Hill resident Molly Coffey in Lincoln at the World Wide Special Olympics. Carper is displaying several Medals. Carper has participated in the Olympics for many years and has a host of medals. Bobby Carper won four bronze medals.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ron Hartman Retires

After many years working for the "gas company" Ron Hartman recently retired. A party was held in his honor.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

South Dakota Fishing Trip pays off

Pictured here is Blue Hill resident Trinidad Borrego with his catch on his recent trip to South Dakota with his wife Sylvia. Looks like some good eatin".

The Facebook Addiction

Reprinted from Friday, August 28, 2009 You walk past the computer, you stop, you click your web browser, you navigate to Facebook, you log on, you’re just going to check the latest postings rom your friends and then log back off. But since you’re already logged on you might as well check your Farmtown, Farmville, Roller Coaster Kingdom, Sorority Life, Mafia Wars, play a couple quick games of Farkle and Bejeweled Blitz. Don’t forget to hit your friends with a pillow, sling some food at them, and send them a smile and a heart. How about a dancing fruit or vegetable, join a couple causes, or show support to your favorite team? And best of all, you have a new friend request. Who is this? Oh well it doesn’t matter they want to be my friend. Now I have 652 friends and counting. What was going to be just a momentary glance has now turned into 2 hours of internet time. The clock is at midnight and you’re still accepting gifts and farming. How did that happen? What is it that draws so many of us to the social networking phenomenon? An addiction? The numerous activities that have introduced themselves to us through the Facebook site has created many countless, although mindless, hours of internet enjoyment. Facebook has truly evolved into a craze with its networking and social interaction. People are connecting with current friends, reconnecting to old friends and making new friends for the future. So is this a problem to be reckoned with or just a passing fad? Some bloggers have given this and other website addiction behaviors names such as; Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD) YouTube Addiction Disorder (YAD) Twitter Addiction Disorder (TAD) Blackberry Addiction Disorder (BAD) Facebook and other social networking sites fill a need to connect that many people want. It allows for multitasking of our connection to people who are important to us. It allows the introverted to be extroverted without leaving home. Family members can stay in touch at the click of a mouse with photos, video clips and web postings. Social networking can be considered addicting when it takes priority over the goals and responsibilities of everyday life. Yet unlike other addictions, such as drug, tobacco or alcohol, it is much easier to quit, it is not directly physically harmful and will in many cases phase out in time. So while social networking provides many benefits it’s still important to remember to connect to the outside world. Take a walk, go for a bike ride in the park, read a book, turn off the electronic devices and enjoy the outside world. The internet is only one way of connecting to the world, take a moment and explore your options.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Author with Local Ties at Book Signing

Local television celebrity and childrens book author Leslie Means showed up to sign her book for fans at the Webster Co. Fair in Bladen last week.
Leslie Waechter Means, a graduate of Blue Hill high school is shown in this picture at the Kearney public library where she went for a book signing of her recently published childrens book. Ella B. Bella and the magic pink shoes was a result of inspiration Means received from her own little daughter Ella.
Leslie Means appears on NTV's The Good Life. She is presently on leave having recently given birth to her second daughter, Grace.

Supreme Champion Breeding Heifer

Jordyn Attwater shows her Supreme grand champion breeding heifer at the Webster Co. Fair in Bladen Friday.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Webster County in Weather Advisory

Fair goers take heed. A heat advisory remains in effect from noon to 7PM Saturday. Temperatures on Saturday afternoon will climb to the middle and upper 90's across South Central Nebraska and up to 105 degrees over North Central Kansas. The combination of heat and humidity will result in heat index values of 105 to 110 degrees during the afternoon and early evening. These conditions will present an elevated risk of heat related illnesses for person engaging in outdoor activities or left in unventilated areas such as automobiles, Livestock producers should be wary of such high heat index values. This heat will be dangerous to livestock if not properly watered and ventilated. Precautionary preparedness actions should be taken. A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids stay in an air-conditioned room. Stay out of the sun. And check up on relatives and neighbors.

Youth to benefit from Auction at Webster Co. Fair

The Webster County Youth Foundation will continue raising funds to reward 4-H and FFA breeding livestock exhibitors in conjunction with the annual livestock premium auction at the county fair here Saturday. Highlights of this year's auction include 2 tons of creep feed that is being provided by Gary Kohmetscher of Kohmetscher's Feeds and Purina Mills. Also Gottsch Feed Yards of Juniata and Red Cloud have provided a one-half of beef which weighed 360 pounds hanging. The meat is to be cut in Fairfield Monday with the winning bidder responsible for processing costs. The Youth foundation auction will be held during the portion of the premium auction, which begins 9 a.m. Saturday. Those who would like to bid but cannot attend are asked to call 402 469 0357 so bids can be entered on their behalf. Numerous other donated items will be offered on a silent auciton and will be available for bid throughout the fair. Bidding can be done at a booth in the 4-H Exhibit Hall. Bidding will close at the end of the auction Saturday. The Webster County Youth Foundation was established eight years ago to help procure funds for added purse for the production side of livestock for Webster County 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors. Again this year, champions and reserve champions in the select beef breeding classes will receive additonal premium awards of $60 and $30 respectively. Select breeding sheep and goat and breeding gilt champions and reserve champions will receive an extra $30 and $15 respectively. All in all, the foundation provides more than $800 in added purse for the breeding livestock shows each year. The Webster County Youth Foundation is part of a verified 501(c) (3) non profit organization, so contributions are tax deductible.

Intermediate Showmanship Contest Winner

Kortney Allen with her Steer after the showmanship Contest.

Alber Gets Reserve

Trevor Alber shows off his steer smokey and his reserve champion plaque at the Webster Co. Fair in Bladen Friday. Alber also go a purple ribbon in showmanship on Thursday.

Hodgdon Bound over to District Court.

The case of Jacob Lee Hodgdon, 21 year old Blue Hill man, accused of distributing methamphetamine was sent to Adams County District Court on Thursday.
Adams County Judge Jack Ott bound over the case against Hodgdon on Thursday. Hodgdon faces a charge of distributing meth stemming from an May 15th incident.
Hodgdon was released from the custody of the Nebraska Department of corrections April 19, 2009. He served a one year sentence on charges of felony burglary.
An arraignment date on a these most recent charges in district court has not yet been set. Distribution of a controlled substance (Meth) is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fun at the Webster Co. Fair.

Fair fans on the rides at the Webster Co. Fair.
The crowd watches as a young 4H er shows her steer to the Judge at the Fair.
The Little Blue 4 H club gathered together at the Webster County fair for this picture.
Rainbow Classic Kasey Meyer and Lilly
4H members wait to show their sheep at the Webster Co. Fair in Bladen.
Brent and Hannah Janda look over Trevor Alber's steer, Smokey, at the Webster Co. Fair on Wednesday after the Beef Showmanship contest.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cameron Premer to Wed

Rock and Trac Premer of Blue Hill and Jeff and Vicki Howard of Hastings have announced the engagement of their children, Cammeron Jo Premer and Austin Curtis Howard, both of Lincoln. The couple is planning a August 14th wedding at Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City. Cameron Premer is a graduate of Blue Hill High school and the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies and Social Work. She is employed by Behaven Day Center in Lincoln. Ausin Howard is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Communication with an emphasis in Music. He is employed by Bourbon Theatre and Rad Kadillac.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Numerous charges against Jeffery Kort Dropped

A 23 year old Blue Hill man was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation, a $400 fine and 60 day drivers license revocation for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest on July 26, 2009 and driving under the influence of alcohol on Oct. 24, 2009. Jeffery D. Kort pleaded no contest April 26. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped charges of (1) Driving Under the Influence, (2)trespassing, (3-4)two counts of willful reckless driving, (5)operating a vehicle to avoid arrest, (6) stopping or parking on a roadway, (7)failing to stay in the lane and (8) violating drivers license regulations. Adams County District Judge Stephen Illingworth sentenced Kort. Operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest is a class 4 felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment and $10,000 fine.

Carper Benefit Sunday

Sunday a sloppy joe lunch will be served at the Blue Hill Senior/community center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise money to assist in medical expenses for Dorwin Carper. A free will offering will be received. Carper has battled cancer since 2005. The disease, which began as colon cancer spread to his lung and then to his bones. Carper presently goes to Lincoln every two weeks for chemo therapy treatments and is unable to work. Carper and his wife Cheryl live on a farm near Ayr. They are the parents of five, who all attended school in Blue Hill, and grandparents of eight. Dorwin Carper has been a bus driver in Blue Hill school for about 20 years. The charity event has been sponsored by St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans as well as the Community of Blue Hill. For more information or to donate contact Rev. Dan Cosson at 402 890 1930.

House Moved Across Town

This is how the house looked at it's orginal location on Willson Street. (highway 281) Where it stood for many yars.
The house was moved today Friday, July 23, to its new location, onto the new foundation. It is now in place and ready for the final steps in preparing it to be habitable again. This location at 1010 W. Saline was recently purchased by Joe'l and Anita Ruybalid.
This house is now gone and has been replaced with the House below that has been moved across town to make room for a new bank building at the location on highway 281
This house was moved to a new location. South Central Bank has purchased property on the east side of highway 281 for the purpose of building a new banking facility. The house that has been there has moved to where Marion Petr's house used to be at 1010 Saline street. Blue Hill Today has no information on when construction will begin on the new bank building or what will be done with the present bank building on Blue Hill's main street.

Iran Sanctions

They say politics can make strange bedfellows. When it comes to a nuclear Iran, Congress certainly has put aside partisan politics in the interest of international safety. On June 24 the House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act by a vote of 408-8. In a day when party line votes are the norm, not the exception, such an overwhelming vote is truly remarkable - especially on such an important matter. A nuclear-armed Iran would pose a grave threat to the United States and the international community. The legislation I supported would amend the Iran Sanctions Act to impose new economic penalties aimed at forcing Iran to change its conduct, especially to end its nuclear weapons programs. Businesses affected include entities involved in refined petroleum sales to Iran; those providing support for Iran's domestic refining efforts; and banking institutions involved with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iran's illicit nuclear program, or its support for terrorism. In addition, the legislation provides a framework by which states, local governments, and other investors can divest their portfolios of foreign companies involved in Iran's energy sector and establish a mechanism to address concerns about diversion of sensitive technologies to Iran through other countries. On June 16, European Union (EU) lawmakers passed their own round of sanctions targeting assets, visas, and cargo companies owned by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, in addition to companies investing, assisting, or transferring technology to Iranian oil and gas companies sanctioned by the EU. In late June, Canada also implemented harsher Iran sanctions. By placing crippling sanctions against Iran's energy and financial sectors, democracies around the world have a chance to derail this rogue nation's rush toward nuclear weapons. The Iranian regime's obsession with possessing nuclear weapons is a nightmare scenario for the United States, Israel, and our allies in the Middle East and around the world. A nuclear Iran would cause a destabilizing arms race in the Middle East and could lead to untold conflicts. Iran's leadership has threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, and it would not hesitate to put nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists to attack America or any of her allies at will. The rulers of Iran killed their own people for protesting a fraudulent election - imagine what they would do to Tel Aviv or New York City. While this bill is a vast improvement from the rather weak resolution passed by the United Nations (which were diluted by Russia and China), the effectiveness of these sanctions depends on President Obama's willingness to vigorously implement them to the fullest extent. The Act provides a number of waivers granting the Administration some flexibility in implementing sanctions. One such waiver would give the President authorization to put aside sanctions under certain circumstances for persons under the jurisdiction of governments which are closely cooperating with the U.S. in multilateral efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring or developing weapons of mass destruction. It is essential President Obama carries out the clear Congressional intent to cripple Iran's energy and financial sectors. President Obama should not ignore any part of these sanctions. Now is the time for decisive action by America and our allies. With each passing day, the ruling regime in Iran moves one step closer to acquiring nuclear weapons. This is truly a horrifying prospect. I will continue to stand with my colleagues - Democrats and Republicans - and our allies to head off the growing Iranian threat.

New Leadership in Afghan war

Senator Ben Nelson I am as troubled as most Americans about our longest running war and want to see it brought to a successful conclusion as early as possible. I am encouraged now that a new leader is in place to take over the war effort in Afghanistan. It is only appropriate that during the week preceding America’s Independence Day that the U.S. Senate approved the appointment of General David Petraeus as the new Afghan war commander on a vote of 99 to nothing. A Well Respected General That unanimous vote shows the respect and confidence that the American people, speaking through their elected senators, have in General Petraeus. This appointment is a major part of our efforts to succeed in Afghanistan and contributes greatly toward our goal to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda. General Patreaus is the architect of the counterinsurgency strategy and now that the troop surge is nearly in place, he will have the requested resources he needs to fully execute this strategy. During questioning before the Senate Armed Services Committee, on which I serve, General Petraeus reiterated that we have hard work ahead of us in Afghanistan. We are bringing the fight to Al Qaeda and terrorist elements within Afghanistan, so that it doesn’t once again become a safe haven for them. The Goal in Afghanistan Some question how long U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan and like many I hope they won’t stay longer than needed. Our goal is for Afghanistan to secure itself. There are important benchmarks, which I helped author, that are set in place to measure progress toward those goals. I am a strong advocate and proponent of benchmarks to measure progress and will continue to press the Administration to take an honest look at results and evaluate the soundness of our approach. We know from polling that a majority of Afghans do not want the Taliban to return and believe that the government and NATO and International Security Forces are moving in the right direction. We must break the will of the Taliban and secure the support of the population. A December Review With a planned review of progress in December, General Petraeus’ assessment of conditions over the coming months will be critical to informing that review and ensuring success with meaningful progress by this time next year. General Petraeus has stated that he fully supports and agrees with the policy, based upon conditions on the ground, to begin U.S. troop reductions in Afghanistan by July 2011. He has stated that we want “Afghan ownership of Afghan problems.” That is what is known as independence. As Americans celebrate our independence there is real cause for hope that the day is nearing when the Afghan people will be celebrating their independence as well. ###

Johanns Opposes Kagan Supreme Court Nomination

July 8, 2010 WASHINGTON Sen. Mike Johanns today made the following statement announcing his opposition to Elena Kagan to be the next Supreme Court Justice: “After thoroughly reviewing her record and listening to remarks at her hearing, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot support Ms. Kagan’s nomination. Judges must adhere to the Constitution and must not interpret the law based on an activist, ideological agenda. The court is not a place to create laws, and I am not convinced Ms. Kagan understands this fundamental premise. Her long career as a political advisor and an academic insufficiently prepares her for a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court. Not only does she lack experience on the bench, but her record clearly demonstrates a proclivity towards judicial activism. “Her views and actions on abortion are particularly alarming. As an advisor to the Clinton administration, Ms. Kagan led the fight to keep partial-birth abortion legal. She even went so far as to insert her own personal beliefs in the place of science—extremely disturbing given the horrific nature of partial-birth abortion. “Ms. Kagan also has a troubling record as Dean of Harvard Law School. I'm disturbed by her decision to actively defy federal law by banning military recruiters from campus during a time of war. Furthermore, I'm concerned about her views on the second amendment. The right to bear arms is a Constitutional right that I take very seriously, and judges must seek to protect it. “Finally, Ms. Kagan appears to believe the federal government’s power over the individual rights of our citizens is virtually limitless. The Supreme Court Justices must ensure any law Congress creates does not infringe on the Constitutional rights of our country's citizens, not be a rubber stamp for unconstitutional laws that threaten an individual's personal freedoms. For these reasons, I will vote against Ms. Kagan’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.” Background: • When the Supreme Court struck down Nebraska's ban on partial-birth abortions in 2000, it backed up its decision with language from a purportedly non-partisan physicians' group. Yet it has been reported that the critical part of that statement was not written by doctors, but by Elena Kagan, who at the time was a White House policy adviser to President Clinton. This language essentially overrode scientific findings against partial-birth abortion in favor of Ms. Kagan's view. o “The documents involved date from the Clinton White House. They show Miss Kagan’s willingness to manipulate medical science to fit the Democratic party’s political agenda on the hot-button issue of abortion.” (National Review Online, “Kagan’s Abortion Distortion,” 6/29/10) • In 2003, then-Harvard Law School Dean Kagan banned military recruiters from campus because of the military’s long-standing policy, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In March 2006, the Supreme Court unanimously repudiated Kagan's position. (“Potential Court Pick Faced Dilemma At Harvard,” The New York Times, 5/7/10) • Ms. Kagan worked on numerous anti-Second Amendment initiatives as a senior advisor in the Clinton Administration. At the center of an anti-gun rights Administration, she worked to advance its policy agenda. (The Washington Post, “Papers Covering Elena Kagan’s Time As Clinton Adviser Released,” 6/5/10) o “Kagan was immersed in initiatives on gun control." (The Washington Post, “Papers Covering Elena Kagan’s Time As Clinton Adviser Released,” 6/5/10) • During Ms. Kagan’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked Kagan her views on the limits of the Commerce Clause. He asked whether a federal law requiring each individual to consume three fruits and vegetables a day would be constitutionally objectionable. Ms. Kagan ducked the question and never stated whether such a law would violate liberty or privacy protections found in the Constitution. (Transcript, Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearings, 6/30/10) o “The real question here is whether Ms. Kagan recognizes any limits on the Commerce Clause, which legislators have used as justification to regulate or mandate just about anything, and which the Obama Administration is eyeing as its golden ticket to defend ObamaCare.” (Wall Street Journal, “Kagan’s Commerce Show-and-Tell,” 7/1/10)

DHHS: Time to take Precautions against Mosquitoes

First Case of West Nile Reported Lincoln—The first case of West Nile virus in Nebraska this year has been reported in a woman in her forties who lives in the south central part of the state, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile have been found in Madison County. The virus is likely in other parts of the state, and people should take precautions, said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health. "People should take care to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, no matter what part of the state they live in,” she said. West Nile is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. To avoid mosquito bites, DHHS recommends: Applying mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535; Wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants and socks; Avoiding going out at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active; and Eliminating standing water to reduce mosquito breeding sites. Most people who are infected by a mosquito have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms. Less than one out of 150 people who get bitten by an infected mosquito and become infected will get seriously ill. However, people over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences. West Nile fever includes flu-like symptoms such as fever and muscle weakness. Symptoms of the more serious West Nile encephalitis include inflammation of the brain, disorientation, convulsions and paralysis. More information can be found on the DHHS Web site at

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blue Hill Open Forum

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UNL Honor Roll

Lincoln, Neb., June 28th, 2010 — Following is a list of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students named to the Deans' List/Honor Roll for the spring semester of the 2009-10 academic year from the Blue Hill area.. Qualification for the Deans' List/Honor Roll vary among the eight undergraduate colleges and the Division of General Studies. All qualifying grade-point averages are based on a minimum of 12 or more graded semester hours. An asterisk ( *) following a student's name on the Deans' List denotes a 4.0 grade-point average. Bladen: Kylie Nicole Kinley*, senior, Arts and Sciences, English. Blue Hill: Tara Jean Alber, senior, Business Administration, international business; Tessa Ann Alber*, senior, Business Administration, international business; Nicole Berns, junior, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, food science and technology; Chelsea Schuyler Eckhardt, sophomore, Education and Human Sciences, speech-language pathology; Courtney Dawn Kohmetscher, senior, Business Administration, business administration. Ayr: Tyler Scott Fraser, senior, Engineering, mechanical engineering.

Straight from the Horses Mouth

Duane A. Lienemann, UNL Extension Educator, Webster County July 9, 2010 Edition County fair time is upon us and things are even busier than usual in our office. Of course fair preparation is always taxing, but we are also working on a new look for the 4-H Exhibit Hall and the old 4-H Food Stand. I hope that people will notice the differences. You will learn more about how this all came about during the fair, so I will save that for later discussion. I am, however taking a little departure this week from my normal routine. In talking about this fair as well as other upcoming fairs and events, someone asked me about an article I wrote a couple of years ago. I actually had forgotten about it. They said they really enjoyed it and asked if I wouldn’t run it again since it is fair time. So here goes….. WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THE COUNTY FAIR? Forget Ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds and cotton candy. At the County Fair, it's all about "just bein' country." The county fair, harkens back to the good old days when fun meant family, animals and spending time outdoors. The hustle and bustle of daily life is replaced by the cacophony of bleating animals. Men in blue jeans, sweat stained hats and boots gather in the hot sun to talk crops and the bids on cattle, hogs and sheep. Youngsters lounge in the shade of the animal pens, sit on their show boxes or hang on their clipping chutes, discussing how their steers, hogs or sheep fared in the live show or showmanship events. They look forward to the rodeo or demo derby! Fairs are unique summer and harvest celebrations that have been a part of the American scene since the early 1800's. We discovered part of that history four years ago as Webster County celebrated its Centennial County Fair at Bladen. (Note: You can still find this history on the web at There are the smells of fresh-cut wheat wafting through the air, as well as the smell of kettle corn, barnyard manure, cream-can stew in the 4-H and FFA trailer lot, teenage perfume, and the sweat of laboring contestants - there's a distinct aroma that only fairs and festivals possess. And where else can you find a rodeo, beef, hogs, sheep, rabbits, chickens, and blue-ribbon pickles in one place. Fairs offer something for everyone. Some come for the yum-yums, others crave the funnel cakes or perhaps the pie at the Methodist food stand. Many come to watch the 4-H and FFA exhibitors prepare and show their projects which range from static exhibits to livestock, each as important to the exhibitor as it is to the next. Still others come for their annual pilgrimage or family vacation or just for the social networking and visiting old friends and neighbors and attend the rodeo to cheer on the cowboys or perhaps the bulls. Others come to hear the racing of engines and the crunch of metal at the demolition derby. Childhood memories lure us back to a fair each year where we admire exhibitor’s livestock, bright red tomatoes, sweet corn, cucumbers and youth artwork and pictures. We can get on a daring carnival ride; or eat cotton candy even if it sticks to our face. We can sit at the 4-H snack shack and reminisce. We can even witness the water fight between 4-H and FFA exhibitors, and even 4-H leaders and volunteers that seems to put punctuation on the final day of the fair. Fairs celebrate rural America, vegetables, farm animals, sewing and home cooking. Fairs from their earliest days have been yoked to the carnival culture with its sideshows and games of chance. There is something to be said about the smells, the lights and the sounds of a fair. We all like Fairs. They are an important part of America and Nebraska and our agricultural culture. The County fair in any part of Nebraska is hardly atypical. These ventures always revolve around agriculture and family bonding. People involved with the 4-H and FFA work really hard to maintain the old-fashioned county fair and atmosphere. There is an effort to do things that people can relate to, but we try to maintain the basics of what life was 50 years ago. The Webster County fair, now in its 104th year in Bladen, relies mostly on livestock shows, rodeo and children's contests for entertainment, not unlike many other counties across the nation. Fair Time Has Arrived, and We're All Loving It. As an old time 4-Her and FFA member, fair time is far more work than I remember as a kid. The 100° days seem hotter, and the snow cones and funnel cakes seem more expensive. The bleacher seats seem harder, and the distance between barns longer. Nonetheless, I've yet to attend any activity that boasts as much community support, creates so many hours of quality family time, and has a higher percentage of kids who understand the value of competition, sportsmanship, hard work and having fun. Fair time gives dads a chance to really connect with their kids – their efforts focused on helping them achieve their goals. I fondly remember this with my daughter. Meanwhile, the moms just continue what they do all the time -- keep the family together, and sacrifice mightily for their kids. Both sets of grandparents will be attending to make it all the more enjoyable for the kids, and probably to watch their children experience what they lived through and recapture that pride. It doesn't really matter what your goals are, or the activity you choose watch or to compete in. There's just something special about melding community, kids, animals, agriculture and fun into an annual event. I consider spending several days at a county fair or even the state fair as a right of passage, a reinforcement of what makes America unique and special. Everywhere you look at the fair you'll see proud dads, super moms, great kids, and the support network of family and community that enables those kids to have an experience of a lifetime. It is a big slice of Americana, as close to a Norman Rockwell painting as we can get. And the neatest thing of all is that it's all in our own backyard. See you at the fair! The preceding information comes from the research and personal observations of the writer which may or may not reflect the views of UNL or UNL Extension. For more further information on these or other topics contact D. A. Lienemann, UNL Extension Educator for Webster County in Red Cloud, (402) 746-3417 or email to: or go to the website at:

Webster County Fair Activities

Activities *Free with Nightly Purchase of Rodeo Ticket *July 10: New Event – 4-H Working Ranch Horse Competition 7:00 pm - Saturday night – Officially kicks off the 2009 Fair *July 10-17: 4-H & FFA Exhibits and Events (more info) *July 16: Queen Crowning Thursday @ 7:00 just before the rodeo. *July 16, 17, & 18: Webster County Rodeo (more info) Thursday, Friday & Saturday Evenings at Webster County Fair Rodeo Grounds Rodeo starts at 7:30 pm each night Pioneer Family Awards Ceremony 7:00 pm on Friday Evening Friday Night is "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" Rodeo Event Portion of proceeds will go to the Morrison Cancer Care of Hastings, Ne Bicycles and Webster County Fair Belt Buckle given away Saturday night. *July 15, 16, & 17: Beer and other drinks available all 3 nights on rodeo grounds only. No carry-ins allowed. *July 16: Open Class Entries *July 15 and 16: Webster County Fair BBQ Free with purchase of Rodeo ticket. Served 5:00 - 8:00 pm Thursday - Beef BBQ Friday - Pork BBQ *July 16 and 17: Webster County Fair Dance Friday & Saturday Night After Rodeo Dance to One Horse Town *July 17: Demolition Derby (No Imperials) Starts Saturday at 4:00 pm, check-in 1:00-3:30 pm, $30 Entry Fee $1200 guaranteed for 1st place finish - Plus Added Purse 2007 Unified Demo Rules in force. Click Here for 2007 demo Rules Further info – Contact: Doug Fisher 402-756-1551 Brian Fisher 402-519-0509 Dave Fisher 402-756-5509 Justin Soucek 402-984-2389 *July 17: 4-H & FFA Livestock Premium Auction, 9:00 am - Saturday morning. *July 17: South Central Cattlemen Steak Feed – 4:00 pm--until they run out!

Schedule for Webster Co. Fair. 4H Activities

Friday, July 9 9:00am Fair Clean-up Day, Fairgrounds 1:00pm Ice Cream Roll, Fairgrounds Saturday, July 10 6:00pm Working Ranch Horse Competition, Fairgrounds Sunday, July 11 9:00am 4-H/FFA Horse Show Monday, July 12 N/A Move Office to Fairgrounds 7:00pm Music contest & Public Fashion Show, Blue Hill High School Gym Tuesday, July 13 8:00am All rabbits and poultry must be on fairgrounds 8:00 - 10:00am Entry of home environment, miscellaneous ag, foods, horticulture, misc. home economics exhibits, decorate booth 8:30am 4-H/FFA Rabbit & Poultry Show (Poultry Show immediately following Rabbit Show) 10:00am Judging of all exhibits in home economics building (Exhibit building will be closed to public until judging is completed) 10:00am All swine must be on fairgrounds. Begin weighing swine. 11:00am All sheep and goats must be on fairgrounds. Begin weighing market lambs and goats. Check in breeding sheep. 6:00pm All market and breeding beef must be on fairgrounds 6:00 - 7:00pm Check in breeding beef, check papers with tattoos Note: Registration papers are to be sent in with final entries by June 25 7:00 - 9:00pm Weigh Market Beef Wednesday, July 14 8:30am 4-H/FFA Swine Show 1:00pm 4-H/FFA Beef Showmanship Cake Auction to follow Beef Showmanship 4:00pm 4-H/FFA Dog Show 7:00pm 4-H/FFA Exotic & Small Animal Show Thursday, July 15 7:30-11:00am Open Class Entries Accepted 8:00am First year Bucket Calves on fairgrounds, Turn in Record Books, Weigh in 1st Year Bucket Calves & select interview time. 8:30am 4-H/FFA Sheep Show Followed 2 hrs by the 4-H/FFA Market Goat Show 10:00 - 12:00am Bucket Calf Interviews 1:00pm Bucket Calf Show 2:30pm Round Robin Showmanship Event 4:00pm Team Beef Fitting Contest 5:00-8:00pm Free Beef BBQ with purchase of Thursday night Rodeo Ticket 6:30pm Rodeo Queen and Princess Crowning 7:30pm Night #1/3 Webster County Rodeo Friday, July 16 8:00am All feeder calves on fairgrounds 8:30am Beef Showmanship Finals 9:00am 4-H/FFA Market Beef Show 12:00 noon All State Fair & Ak-Sar-Ben Market Livestock Entries due in fair office 1:00pm 4-H/FFA Breeding Beef Show 5:00-8:00pm Free Pork BBQ with purchase of Friday night Rodeo Ticket 7:00pm Pioneer Families Awards Ceremony (before Rodeo) 7:30pm Night #2/3 Webster County Rodeo "Tough Enough To Wear Pink" Night Portion of proceeds go to Morrison Cancer Care of Hastings Dance free to the One Horse TownFollowing the Rodeo Saturday, July 17 8:00am Webster County Fair 5k Run 9:00am Livestock Premium Auction 12:30pm Rainbow Classic 1:00pm Sign-in for Demolition Derby Starts 2:30pm Alumni Showmanship 4:00pm Demolition Derby Starts 4:00pm South Central Cattlemen Steak Feed 4pm til they run out. 6:00pm Champions under the Lights (Top Livestock Exhibits in Show Arena) 7:30pm Night #3/3 Webster County Rodeo Dance free to the One Horse TownFollowing the Rodeo 8:00pm Open Class Entries Released Sunday, July 18 TBA Load livestock out 9:00am Release all remaining exhibits, clean up stalls & fairgrounds!

Craigs List Poster asks for Help

This was spotted on Craigs list and in view of the recent activities in the Blue Hill area Blue Hill Today thought it was interesting so we put it here. We can't stress enough the need to be cautious and remove keys from cars trucks, tractors combines and other motor vehicles. My 1994 chevy z71 was stolen the early morning of Tuesday July 6. They took the stereo, amp and speakers, tractor supply dual winged tool box , the chrome exhaust tips and the dick cepek wheels DC-1 BLACK and the mickey thompson BAJA MTZ tires 33"12.50/15.Then they set it on fire near the Hall-Howard County line near the intersection of Loup River RD and Friend in a pasture . If u have any info please call the GIPD or Howard County Sheriff or my cell 390-2355. I have a good clue to who did this but not much proof. I'm turning to the people out there; people talk and someone knows something. The dumb asses responsible for the destroying of my truck hurt my 2 year old son the most. He loved to ride in dads big truck and when he turned 16 it would have been his truck.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July Birthdays

Happy Birthday to these Blue Hill area residents, both present and former!!!! July 1 Tom Johnson July 1 Carrie Kort July 1 Ardyce Burge July 2 Joni Mack Dnville July 2 Shirley Kort July 2 Teresa Hafer July 2 Alan Jordening (1953) July 2 Connie Meyer (1957) July 2 Glenda Shaw July 3 Keith Waechter July 3 Rita Grigg July 3 Dakota Jameson July 4 Rae Wormuth July 4 Travis James July 5 Cal Burge July 5 Jolene Hafer July 6 Tracy Premer July 7 Mike Dack July 7 Kevin Willems July 7 Rosella Harrifeld July 7 Keri Schunk July 7 James A. Buschow (1967) July 8 Marilyn Hubl July 9 Matt Thramer July 10 Addie Long July 11 Kelly Skrdlant July 12 Shirley Wademan July 14 Evelyn Rose July 14 Dale Myers (1948) July 14 Matt Moorman (1973) July 15 Sam James July 16 Ken Peil July 16 Abbey Meents Lienemann July 17 Brittanie Berns July 18 Irene Ensign July 18 Patricia A. Kranau (1943) July 19 Rick Myers July 19 Steve Hubl July 20 Jason Bostock July 20 William Bostock July 20 Mark Berns July 22 Norman Jordening July 22 Mike Kort July22 Gary Schmidt July 22 Cissy Boutin July 23 Amber Wengler (1981) July 23 Andrew S. Piel (1986) July 23 Janice L. Krueger (1935) July 24 Adam Kearney July 24 Tara Alber July 24 Tessa Alber July 24 Doris Hartman July 24 Brenda Cook (1963) July 24 Chyanna Sharp (1994) July 25 Deana GRoves (1960) July 25 Victoria Schwab July 25 Leland L. Ostdiek (1935) July 25 Sarah Lynn July 25 John Weddingfeld July 25 Charissa Willicot July 26 Joyce Lampman (1948) July 26 Dale Kuhn (1937) July 26 Tylynn Dodson (1994) July 31 Sara Alber July 31 Mike Karr July 31 Illa Mae McConkey

Blue Hill Softball girls headed to State Tournament

c This group of girls and their coaches have had a great season and will be playing in the state tournament saturday. Go Girls!!! Chyanna Sharp and Tylynn Dodson show off the plaque won by the Blue Hill girls softball team at the District tournament. Tylynn is safe in the game in Hastings Saturday!!

Unauthorized Demo Derby Leaves Two Pickup Trucks Total Trash

Local residents are reminded to lock their vehicles and remove the keys when a 2002 Cheve pickup truck belonging to Zeb Webber was taken from in front of his residence on Pine Street in Blue Hill Monday evening. Webber's truck was located Tuesday morning in a ditch south and west of Blue Hill. It had been part of a private "demolition derby" in fields belonging to Dan VanBoening. Crops in the area were also destroyed. Another pickup truck belonging to John Coats of Hastings was also located in the same ditch. Both trucks sustained considerable damage and had to be towed from the scene. Coats said his truck was smashed on all four sides. He believes that his truck was taken between 2 and 5 am. Webber said he considered his truck a total loss as he looked over the damage after the truck was towed to R P's body shop. The truck taken from Hastings had been attatched to trailer which was disconnected and abandoned before reaching Webster Co. There have been 13 thefts in the last ten days. The thieves are still out there, so residents need to careful about leaving keys in any motor vehicle. Monday nights incident comes after several other recent episodes of destruction of personal property and vehicles around the area. A semi belongng to Mike Karr was taken and damaged. A combine and tractor with grain cart that had been left in a wheat field by area farmer Dan Hubl were the target of vandals. A pickup truck belonging to CPI was also driven off a bank and damaged. Damage estimates for these resent crimes is in the tens of thousands of dollars. Area residents are urged to take all precautions available to protect their property as law enforcement personel attempt to apprehended those responsible for these sense less and costly crimes.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Rain dampens Independence Day Plans

As the 4th of July began a dismal rainy day many communities in Nebraska made the decision to postpone the Independence Day festivities. However Blue Hill was able to hold nearly every planned event as the early morning rains cleared into a lovely summer day. The soft ball tournament had to be cancelled due to the field being too soggy but dispite the mositure most outdoor events went ahead as planned. The water subsided enough from the golf course to allow the golfers to play around the water hazards, volleyballl, kids games, parade and fireworks all were able to proceed. the indoor events, bingo and barbecue were also enjoyed as planned. Rumors early in the day were that the fireworks were going to be postponed but as the weather cleared it was decided to proceed. Hundreds of residents gathered at the golf course, ball field and in yards about town to take in the booms and burst of light of the annual fire works display. In nearby Hastings the scheduled fire works were postponed a day to July 5th and as far away as Lincoln the display also took place a day late.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Nebraska Governor Honors America"s Service Members By Joining the Education Center at the Wall Leadership Team

Hamilton County Troop 28 Boy Scouts Trevor Alber, 12, and Nathan Olsufka, 12, hoist one of many flags at Hall County Veterans Park in Grand Island Thursday morning in preparation for this weekend's events. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be on display throughout the weekend at the park ############### Washington, D.C. – Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a West Point graduate who served in the United States Army, has joined the leadership team for the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall, announced Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the group that is leading the drive to build the Education Center. The Education Center is an underground facility being built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., that will put faces to the more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Center will tell the stories of those who served in Vietnam and recognize the values common to all service members. “As a West Point graduate, Gov. Heineman understands that ‘duty, honor, country’ are not just words, but a way of living. Values such as these will be explored and celebrated in the Education Center, and we are honored to have Gov. Heineman as part of the team,” said Scruggs. Gov. Heineman is already active in remembering those who serve our country. On July 2, he will visit the Traveling Wall when it stops at Grand Island, Neb., and offer remarks of remembrance and tribute to the Nebraskans whose names are on The Wall. The Traveling Wall is one of several scaled-down replicas of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that travel the country bringing the healing message of The Wall to local communities. A native Nebraskan, Gov. Heineman graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1970 and served five years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of captain. He is also a graduate of the Army’s Airborne and Ranger schools. “It is imperative that Nebraskans and all Americans always remember the sacrifices our service members make for us,” said Gov. Heineman. “The Education Center is a fitting way to honor all who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, and I am proud to join the leadership team to help make it a reality.” Gov. Heineman joins 21 other governors on the leadership team for the Center. Members of the leadership team provide ideas, recruit supporters and lead grassroots efforts to raise awareness and gather photos of the individuals from their states whose names are on The Wall. As a member of the leadership team, Gov. Heineman will help VVMF gather photos of the 396 individuals from Nebraska whose names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The images being collected will be included on a Wall of Faces that will show, on their birthdays, photos of those who died or remain missing from the Vietnam War. Other exhibits planned for the Education Center will include a display showcasing some of the more than 100,000 items that have been left in tribute at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a timeline of events during the Vietnam War and a history of the creation of The Wall. As governor, Dave Heineman has been steadfast in promoting his four priorities for the state of Nebraska: education, economic vitality, efficiency in government and protecting families. Since he assumed the office in 2005, his economic achievements include working with the state legislature to pass the largest tax relief package in the history of the state and spearheading the most comprehensive revision of Nebraska’s economic development incentives in decades. A strong proponent of local control of schools and quality education for all children, Gov. Heineman supports high academic standards and increased parental involvement in education. The governor has worked to help the state’s agriculture industry, securing several foreign trade agreements and opening the state’s first-ever international trade office abroad. By joining the leadership team, Gov. Heineman is helping future generations learn about an important time in our nation’s history. Currently, nearly $25 million has been raised, including the lead gift of $10 million from Time Warner. VVMF has received donations from corporations, organizations, veterans groups and individuals. For more information on the Center, visit Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. Authorized by Congress, its most recent initiative is building The Education Center at The Wall, an underground facility near the Memorial that is designed to add faces to all the names on The Wall and tell their stories. Other Memorial Fund initiatives include educational programs for students and teachers, a traveling Wall replica that honors our nation's veterans and a humanitarian and mine-action program in Vietnam.

Float from July 4th Parade 2009

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Blue Hill to Celebrate Independence Day

A full day of activities is planned for Sunday for Blue Hill's community celebration of Independence Day. Concessions will be available all day at the city ball park. A list of the days events is below. At 7:45 A.M. There will be a community church service at the Blue Hill Community Center. 8 A.M. Shot start/golf tournament 8 A.M. Softball tournament. (Call Brenda Trumble 756 2750 to register) 1 to 2 P.M. Kids games at the City Swimming Pool. 1 to 4 P.M. Bingo at the Community Center 2 to 4:30 car/pickup and antique tractor show at the city ball field. 3 to 4 p.m. Kids games at the city park 5 to 7 P.M. Barbecue at the Community Center 7:30 P.m. Line up for parade 8 P. m. Parade on Blue Hill's main street with the theme "American Farmer Past and Present." 8 P.M. Volleyball 9 P.M. or dusk Fireworks.