Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Balloon released at Cozad travels to Canada
COZAD—Adventure Club, for children ages 3 through 5th grade, kicked off their year on Oct. 5 at the Cozad Bible Church with a balloon release. Each balloon had a note tied to it asking if someone found it to call the church. To the surprise of all, the owner of a sheep and goat farm in Manitoba, Canada, called. The balloon had traveled over 850 miles nearly directly north. Program directors sent the family in Canada a card and picture of Adventure Club members in thanks for calling after finding the balloon.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Area youths team with mentors while hunting
BROKEN BOW—The Pheasants Forever and Nebraska Games & Parks Commission organizations teamed to create a program called the Youth Mentor Hunt for kids 12 to 15 to experience hunting and related activities. Youth, who would otherwise have limited opportunities, were provided the chance to learn a variety of outdoor sporting activities at the Nebraska One Box Complex near Broken Bow. Each participant was teamed with their own mentor throughout the event to help kids interested in the sports.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Honor guard members honor fallen firefighters
OGALLALA—Two members of the Ogallala Honor Guard, an arm of the Ogallala Volunteer Fire Department, traveled to Washington, D.C., recently during the National Fallen Firefighters memorial service for events at Arlington National Cemetery with the firefighters wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Rick Bourque, commander of the local Honor Guard, and Casey Pascale, vice-president commander, participated in four days of various duties to honor families and the memories of those firefighters who died in the line of duty.—reported in the Keith County News.
Record number on trail rides despite rains
CURTIS—Despite recent rainy weather, 175 people turned out for the 13th annual Halsey Trail Ride, the largest group ever gathered for the ride. Also, there were more youth that participated this year then ever before. Besides the four horse rides, other activities included crafts, cookouts and entertainment as well as a silent auction. Some 230 people attended the steak dinner the following day with guest speaker Dave Thorell.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
‘Pumpkin Chuckin’ over Middle Loup River
ARNOLD—A “Pumpkin Chuckin” event, hosted by Joe and Judy Shown, recently took place at Beford Falls near Halsey. Sandhills Open Road Challenge drivers and board of directors were among those present. A trebuchet device, built by Hughes Manufacturing, was used to hurl pumpkins across the Middle Loup River. The trebuchet is a device similar to a catapult except it utilizes counterweight to hurl its object instead of tension from wound rope. The machine used a 2,400 counterweight with a 30-foot arm of pressure treated Douglas fir and threw a 20-pound pumpkin over 200 yards.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Students present foods at international forum
CALLAWAY—Distance learning recently brought the world to Callaway Family and Consumer Science students who were able to see the world—in food. Schools from around the nation and the world connected with live-streaming audio and video to talk about their native foods during a symposium entitled, “Food Price and Native Foods.” The Callaway students presented their recipe for chili Frito pie to countries such as Taiwan and Guatemala.—reported in the Callaway Courier.