Friday, September 21, 2018
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Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Cozad’s Banzhaf honored as Hero of the Year

COZAD—Going above and beyond the call of duty for his whole career as a firefighter and EMT, Gary Banzhaf of Cozad was recently honored by his peers with the Nebraska Emergency Medical Service Association (NEMSA) Hero of the Year accolades at the 2016 Spring Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Conference in Omaha.

Banzaf has been a member of the Cozad Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit for the past 13 years. He took on the challenge of being the best he could be as an emergency responder and fine tunes his skills. He has also been recognized along with his peers four times for CPR saves.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Arnold area to prepare for 2017 solar eclipse

ARNOLD—The community of Arnold was recently visited by Derryl Barr, astronomy enthusiast and teacher, who gave a presentation how the town should prepare for an influx of visitors on Aug. 21, 2017, when a rare total solar eclipse will take place. Many thousands of U.S. citizens and an estimated 30,000 people from around the world will travel to locations in the U.S. that are within the totality band, which includes Arnold. In fact, people are already booking camping sites in the area. Nebraska’s last total solar eclipse was in 0310, 17 centuries ago, and the next will be in 2744. Only one in 10,000 of any living person ever will see a total eclipse.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.