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Hope to see all of you sometime during our Groundhog celebration. It's returning to almost normal. It's always a good time!

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Unfortunately, we had a water main break. It has been repaired, but check with the Village Office to see how long you have to boil your water. Thanks to the maintenance crew, it was a cold one to work outside.



Get well wishes to everyone who's been under the weather, and there has been a bunch of you. Please take care!



 The snow and ice coating everything has made for some beautiful sunsets!

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Have you tried the Yoga classes yet?

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Don't forget the Avoca Quack Off is this coming weekend!




Mark your calendars for this event also!

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AARP Nebraska Accepting

2023 Community Challenge Grant Applications

The annual program aims to make communities in Nebraska

more livable for people of all ages


LINCOLN, NEB.—AARP Nebraska invites local eligible organizations and governments across the state to apply for the 2023 AARP Community Challenge grant program, now through March 15 at 4 p.m. CT. Grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, diversity and inclusion, and more. Now in its seventh year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for all residents, especially those age 50 and older.

“AARP Nebraska is committed to helping communities across the state become great places to live for people of all ages with an emphasis on people age 50 and older,” said Todd Stubbendieck, state director of AARP Nebraska. “The Community Challenge has proven that quick-action projects can lead to long-lasting improvements enhancing Nebraskans’ quality of life.”

Previous Community Challenge grants have led to impressive results with nearly half of grantees leveraging their projects into additional funding support from private and public sector partners and eight in 10 overcoming barriers and advancing change.

In 2023, the AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications across three different grant opportunities, two of which are new this year. All projects must be consistent with AARP’s mission to serve the needs of people 50 and older along with other eligibility criteria. AARP will prioritize proposals that are inclusive, address disparities, and directly engage volunteers age 50 and older.

  1. New this year, the program will provide capacity-building microgrants paired with additional resources, such as one-on-one coaching, webinars, cohort learning opportunities and more for improving walkability and starting or expanding a community garden.
  2. Also new this year, the Community Challenge will also offer demonstration grants. A portion will be focused on transportation improvements with funding support provided by Toyota Motor North America. Another portion of demonstration grants will focus on promoting greater awareness of the benefits of accessory dwelling units as a housing solution
  3. AARP will also offer grants under a flagship opportunity to support projects that improve public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital connections; community health and economic empowerment; and new this year community resilience; and civic engagement.

Since 2017, AARP has awarded more than $12.7 million to over 1,060 projects – including 18 in Nebraska – through the Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program provides direct support to all community types, including rural, suburban and urban communities with a special focus on the needs of those 50 and older.

The Community Challenge is open to eligible nonprofit organizations and government entities. Other types of organizations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to tens of thousands for larger projects.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. CT, March 15, 2023. All projects must be completed by November 30, 2023. To submit an application and view past grantees, visit

AARP Nebraska works in collaboration with communities across the state, bringing people together, and providing resources and expertise to help make Nebraska’s counties, towns and cities great places to live for people of all ages.





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1-25   Karla West Cross, Jeremy Wilhelm

1-26   Arlan Liesemeyer

1-27   Rose Marie Brandt

1-28   Bryce Luff

1-29   Jan Maloy




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Friday, 1-26-1922, The Otoe Union:

The state legislature was debating about purchasing Arbor Lodge and Morton Park, as a "perpetual memorial" to J. Sterling Morton. Wm. F. Edwards died and was buried at Hopewell beside his wife. He left 7 children behind. Marvin Shaffer was the minister at the Christian Church. A post office examination would be held at Nebr. City to fill the vacancy in Unadilla.



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Lost in the first round of the Sweet 16





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8-27   NE vs Northwestern @Dublin, Ireland   LOST 28 - 31

9-3   NE vs North Dakota   WON 38 - 17

9-10   NE vs Georgia Southern   LOST 42-45

9-17   NE vs Oklahoma   LOST   14-49

10-1   NE vs Indiana   WON 35-21

10-7   NE at Rutgers   WON 14-13

10-15   NE at Purdue   LOST   37-43

10-29   NE vs Illinois   LOST  9 - 26

11-5   NE vs Minnesota   LOST  13 - 20

11-12   NE at Michigan   LOST 3 - 34

11-19   NE vs Wisconsin   LOST 14 - 15

11-23   NE at Iowa   WON 24 - 17






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