Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Wilson Library part of NASA @ My Library

COZAD—Wilson Public Library has been selected through a competitive application process to be part of NASA @ My Library, an initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. More than 500 libraries applied to participate and Wilson is one of just 75 chosen to be part of this initiative. As a NASA @ My Library partner, the library will host public programs for various age groups that explore NASA science and technology between now and October 2018. The library received several benefits as part of the project including two NASA STEM facilitation kits, a tablet computer, a $500 grant, inclusion in a two-day NASA workshop in Denver and more.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

A lot is happening at the fairgrounds

BROKEN BOW—As Custer County Ag Society members continue to discuss plans for future improvements to be made to the fairgrounds, Great Plains Communications has begun to provide free internet for fairgrounds personnel with possible WiFi hot spots for certain areas. Money was donated towards making the north central door of the indoor arena more handicap accessible. A new crows nest that will be a “mirror image” of the one currently on the Burwell Rodeo Grounds is in the works with $20,000 being donated towards the project. Dirt work south of the indoor arena has been approved as well as drainage work. The RV hookups, planting and seeding have also been underway with hopes to have the park ready before the Custer County Fair this year.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Lake Mac walleye are biggest in state

OGALLALA—In 2016, 14 of the largest 20 Master Angler (MA) walleyes reported to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission were caught at Lake McConaughy. In total, just 78 Master Angler walleye were reported by anglers fishing Nebraska lakes. Lake Mac continues its dominance in producing the highest percentage of MA fish, this year finishing with 37 percent of the MA walleyes. Robert Joedeman of Gurley caught the largest MA walleye at Lake Mac in 2016, landing a 13-pound, 5 ounce fish.—reported in the Keith County News.

NCTA is where colts go to college

CURTIS—One of the unique equine courses offered through the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis is for beginners. For NCTA students, the Colt Starting class at the campus is a double dose for the price of one as students are trained, who then train their young steeds. The class is instructed by Steven Mueller of rural Cambridge, a veteran horseman, who refines a solid and safe program for teaching new colts so their trainers can be in the saddle within eight weeks. The program offers students a solid foundation in which to continue their goals.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

APS discusses adding Ag in classrooms

ARNOLD—The possibility of adding ag education classes or FFA to next year’s curriculum was on the agenda at a recent Arnold School Board meeting. Several organizations were on hand to encourage the board to add ag education as Arnold is the only school in the area currently not offering anything in the related field. According to board president, the subject was brought up three to five years ago and a poll was conducted among students as to whether they would be interested in FFA. However, the poll was split and the feeling was mutual that students didn’t understand what FFA was all about at that time. Board members seemed interested in further discussion of adding agriculture courses at a future meeting.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Donation helps to ‘Find magic in a book’

CALLAWAY—Dr. Seuss wrote, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” The Callaway American Legion Auxiliary donated $200 to Callaway Public Schools reading program. The money will be used to buy books for K-6 students. Each classroom offers individual reading goals for students to achieve and earn Accelerated Reader points. Each time a student reaches a 100 point reading goal, they have the opportunity to select a book title from Scholastic or Amazon, which is then purchased to inspire additional.