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“My first pet was named Jerry dog, and my best memory was that he went everywhere with me,” said my grandmother Norma Bassett as she was baking sugar cookies. This reminded me of her pet dog Barney, a labrador who lives with her now. I never met Jerry the dog, but I sure love Barney.

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Notice is hereby given that the terms for three members of the Nebraska Corn Development, Utilization and Marketing Board (Nebraska Corn Board) will expire June 30, 2022, and Nebraska’s corn checkoff program is seeking candidates to petition for those districts. The open positions represent Districts 1, 4 and 5.

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The Farnam United Methodist Church will be holding their Christmas Program on Sunday, December 19th at the morning worship, beginning at 9:25 a.m. They are to go Caroling at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19th also with supper to follow at

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Gothenburg’s local interact program is working as elves for Santa this year. They’ve agreed to help the jolly man with letter pick up and have designated the Gothenburg Times as a drop off spot. Bring your letters to Santa down to the Times office by December 17 and the Interact kids will make sure they’re delivered to Santa, so that he can reply to them.

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You can send your Christmas cards by Pony Express. Each card will be hand-stamped with a Pony Express seal and carried on horseback from Gothenburg to Cozad by the Nebraska Division Pony Express members from the surrounding area. Cards need to be at either the Cozad or Gothenburg libraries or the Gothenburg State Bank in Brady by closing time on Friday, December 10, 2021.

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Small Town Christmas is scheduled for Friday, December 3, 2021. There will be “open house” events at the local businesses from 1-4 p.m., Bake sale at the Senior Center 3-7 p.m., Kid’s activities at the Library and Santa and Vendors at the Fire Hall with fire truck rides from 4-6 p.m., Soup supper at the Senior Center 5-7 p.m. with drawings to be held at 6 p.m. at the supper.

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The Gothenburg Community Choir will be presenting “Night of the Father’s Love” on Sunday, Dec. 5th, at 7:00. The event will be held at the American Lutheran Church. A freewill offering will be taken with the proceeds divided between the Gothenburg/Brady Ministerial Association and Gothenburg Shares. The public is cordially invited to attend.

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The YMCA at Gothenburg Health (910 20th St.) will host two fun holiday events in December, one for kids and one for adults. On Dec., 13, the Y invites anyone 50 and older to a Christmas Trivia Senior Social. The free event will be from 4-5 p.m. at the Senior Center and will include trivia, games and snacks hosted by the YMCA. Although the event is free, pre-registration is encouraged by calling the YMCA at (308) 537-4022.

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Applications are now being accepted for the Gothenburg Improvement Company (GIC) revolving loan fund in which federal grant funds and local match will be loaned for the purpose of economic development, including financial assistance to small businesses that are lacking in the area such as restaurants and retail establishments. The loans will be made primarily for fixed assets to provide opportunities for startup and existing businesses.

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