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Don't miss the upcoming Painting Class.  It will be held on Saturday, February 20th, @9:00 in the Community Center.  Instructor:   Sharon Demaree.  Cost:  $25.  All supplies are furnished.  Refreshments will be served.  Come let your creative side show.  If interested, stop in to the library to sign up or call Sue Saathoff at (402) 828-4455.)




Retitirement party

Who: Jan Maloy

When: February 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: FSA Office in Syracuse

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We had some great weather for the Groundhog Celebration again

this year. There were new vendors at the gym and a nice crowd.

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New vendor "Hearts United for Animals" (no kill shelter in Auburn

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What can be better than Groundhog cupcakes and visiting with old friends?

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Donna Duerksen came from Kansas to find family descendants

of S.T. Lyon & I.P. Taylor

110-120 people attended the presentation "Dust Bowl Descent"

 given by Bill Ganzel. We had lots of good feedback from those

in the audience; we are so lucky to receive funding from the

Nebraska Humanities Council and the Unadilla Area Fund

for these annual presentations.

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Bill Ganzel

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Listening to Bill Ganzel

Corey Schulze manned the "trains" all morning in the History 

 Room and the Veteran's Room also had a lot of traffic.

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History Room


Christie & Milan Brehm created another wonderful display 

of quilts this year. The stories are almost as amazing as the

quilts themselves!

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The Library giveaway was a huge hit with the children. Thanks to

Peggy Leefers, Sharon Demaree, Glenda Willnerd, Sue Saathoff,

Larry Larson, Maureen Vogt, Donna Crownover, & Corinne Zahn

 and all their helpers for the wonderful jobs they did at the

Community Center and the Duncan Building. If you won a Silent

Auction item, please pick them up as soon as possible. A special

thanks to the Christian Church Circle for providing lunch

at the gym.

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Judges Jason Hurt, Gabe Meints, Aaron Rule

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Judge Cory Hanke and Matt Capps

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Judge Todd Kirshenbaum

Soup, Jerky, and "Best Use of Spam" entries were checked in at the

Duncan Building. Winner of the Chili Soup Division: Steve Cooper;

Veggie Soup Division: Nina Jean Rohlfs; and "Other" Soup Division:

Arlin Rohlfs. Junior Groteian placed first in the Homemade Jerky

Contest, and Beaux Howard got second. In the coveted "Best Use

of Spam" entries there were some unique and surprisingly tasty

entries. First place went to Kevin Rohlfs for "Spam Ruebens" and 

second place went to Adam Bassinger for "All Wrapped Up", which

was bacon wrapped Spam in a tasty sauce. What fun these

contests are! Thanks to Aaron Rule, Jason Hurt, Gabe Meints,

Cory Hanke, and Todd Kirshenbaum for judging these. And thanks

to Matt & Michele Capps for organizing this event.

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Also at the Duncan Building, the Girl Scouts were selling Groundhog

items, the Nebraska Nut Growers Association had lots of their

products and donated some of them for contest prizes, and the 

Boy Scouts provided lunch there. Once again, Nina Rohlfs provided

the lovely music. Bev Wilhelm won the grill and M.K. Meats package,

Denise Moerer won the M.K. Meats gift certificate, and Dave Hall

won the scratch tickets from Nebraska Lottery.

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Eldon Halm, Gerald Neemann, Gov. Ricketts, Keith Goering, Bob Wilhelm

It was around 45 degrees at parade time, and 41 entries, which we

believe is an all time high! There were 400+ in the crowd and it was

spread from Dan's Tire all the way west to the curve. Continuing a

long tradition, the joint American Legion and VFW Color Guard

led the way.

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Governor Ricketts and Dan Watermeier joined in the fun and

walked in the parade. There was a 3-way tie for the winner: Girl Scout

Troops 20579 & 21; Cub Scout Pack 337, and the vintage cars of

John Moss & Jason Newby. Thanks to Perry Stoner and Bill Farmer

for their "Master of Ceremonies" duties and to the organizers down

by Dan's Tire for lining everyone up in the right place.

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Andrew Kimbell salutes Unadilla Bill 

After the parade, the King & Queen coronation was held at The Bar.

It was a tight race among the candidates, but in the end Shirley

Stubbendeck Fensler and Tom Hruby were crowned the new

King & Queen by last year's royal couple, Michele Capps and Kevin

Randall. This contest raised over $2900 for the Fire Dept., Rescue

Squad, and Unadilla Area Fund. We would like to thank everyone 

who donated in support of this great cause.

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King Tom Hruby & Queen Shirley Stubbendeck Fensler

Thanks also to Dwight Kastens and Arlin Rohlfs for cleaning up the

streets and sidewalks, and "sprucing up" in general. Thanks to our

head groundhog, Bob Brandt, and his many helpers. Thanks also

to Bob Wilhelm, Mary Hanke, and Mark Czapla for the photos. If

I've missed anyone, I'm truly sorry. As I say every year, this type of

event "takes a village" and almost everyone in our village 

participates in one way or another. Thank you seems hardly

enough, but thank you anyway. We had a great time and we hope

to see you next year on Saturday, February 4. Please click on 

the "Events" tab above to see all the photos that will come in

 over the next week.

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2-10   Pat Lechner, Erin Brehm Velazco

2-14   Cooper Oelke, Jackie Katchaturian


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Friday, 2-11-1916, The Otoe Union:

Isaac Sanford Darling died and was buried at Unadilla. Laura

Black died and was buried at Hopewell. Prof. Wilkins of Fairfield,

NE, came to finish the school year started by Prof. Morris. A 

daughter was born to Sumner Farnsworths'. From the editor:

"And soon, now, the long haired, spindle shanked, short 

trousered, eye glassed city youth will be out on the farm again

telling dad how to make a million out of a penny."

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The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp", for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured.  The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt.  Each participant will receive a copy of Deborah's latest publication, the Celtic Fiddler's Song Book.

The camp will be on Wednesday, March 9  - Friday, March 11, from 9 AM to 1 PM.  You can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.

On Wednesday, participants will be mostly reading tunes, using sheet music in standard notation.  We'll be learning melodies, harmonies, and chords.  You will be improving your sight reading, and experiencing fiddling fun.

On Thursday, we will be mostly playing tunes by ear, so feel free to bring your recording gadgets.  Sheet music versions of the tunes will be provided for you by the end of the day, just in case your ears need the help.

On Friday, we will be mostly jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, and playing fiddle related instruments.

One day:                $60.00
Two days:               $110.00 ($55 per day)
Three days:     $150.00 fee for 3 days. ($50 per day)

For more information, and to register, click on the following link:

Enrollment for the "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp" is limited. E-mail Deborah  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you have any questions.


Irish Music Concert

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Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 PM, in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.   Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, folk harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and recorders. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago.  Their performance on March 13 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be downstairs, and  followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers.  Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children. Seating is limited.For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.  Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.



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