Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Cozad’s Peterson honored as longtime pilot

COZAD—Dick Peterson of Cozad was honored as a pilot during a recent celebration at the Fremont Airport. Peterson began taking flying lessons when he was in high school using the dirt landing strip near Hayes Center. In 1966, he resumed lessons in Fremont with his first solo on Sept. 26. His Tri-Placer plane provided many hours of flying for business, athletic events, family gatherings, visiting friends and a cup of coffee at the Omaha airport. He was an officer in the Civil Air Patrol, going out on search and rescue missions. He also taught the youth of the patrol and advocated professional training. Peterson was recognized with 32 pilots during festivities that took place at a memorial site with a stone marker memorializing pilots. The marker reads, “Gone West with a tailwind.”—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Bow receives new top-notch ambulance

BROKEN BOW—Residents of Broken Bow are seeing and hearing a large red, white and blue vehicle coming down the road as the city’s new ambulance has arrived. The new ride is loaded with features for safety and comfort of crew and patients. At a cost of $193,026, the vehicle is top of the line. The 2016 F450 four-wheel drive Horton emergency vehicle was delivered May 18, and just after noon it went out on its first call. A few features include a built-in GPS, three levels of ride for different conditions, a howler siren, air bags in the box to protect medics and much more.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Ogallala grad designs Kingsley Dam logo

OGALLALA—In preparation for the 75th anniversary of the completion of construction on Kingsley Dam, Ogallala High School art students were asked to design a logo to be used for the anniversary. The winning logo was created by Devin Brixius, recent Ogallala High School graduate. Her design features an image of Kingsley Dam and the Morning Glory spillway and will be featured on advertising, specifically for hats and T-shirts, as well as other items during the festivities.—reported in the Keith County News.

Vet Tech Connelly is NCTA Aggie of the Year

CURTIS—Michelle Connelly has been named Aggie of the Year at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. The selection was announced May 4 by dean Ron Rosati. Connelly graduated magna cum laude with a GPA of 3.75-3.99. Connelly was preparing to graduate in biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney when she made a career move to animal health and pet care, eventually becoming a veterinary tech at NCTA. While at NCTA, she also served as vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, secretary of the Student Technicians of Veterinary Medicine Association and participated in club activities such as Pet Spa Days.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

New Arnold Cemetery website goes live

ARNOLD—Creating a cemetery website like no other seemed like an impossible task. However, the Arnold Cemetery website has now gone live. Each person buried at the cemetery has his or her own page with detailed information and photos, the brainchild of Kristi Dvorak. Hundreds of hours of work were spent at the cemetery and at the computer as well as fundraisers, donations and grants, all of which helped the professional site get off the ground. The site provides easy access to information and will be a permanent place for the public to submit condolences and stories.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Website brings museum into the tech age

CALLAWAY—The historical society recently launched a museum website for the Seven Valley Museum in Callaway at to get its message out and visitors though the door of its local antiquities with a modern reach to the world. The mission has been to reach people and share the history of Seven Valleys and Callaway since the early days of settlement. Society members and project chair Jo Chesley has been the driving force behind getting the new website ready. It is funded with part of a Custer County Tourism grant. The site contains an overview of the facilities and its contents, as well as summaries of each of the buildings and their historical context.—reported in the Callaway Courier.