VILLAGE BOARD MEETING TONIGHT
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
7:30 p.m. in the Library
Get well wishes to Ross McWilliams.
Condolences to the family and friends of Norene Kimbell Steele
on the loss of her husband Fred.
Groundhog Day started out with a wonderful breakfast at The
Bar with a large crowd attending. Unadilla Bill did NOT see his
shadow, so that means an early spring.
Bob Brandt, Unadilla Bill, Brody Brandt
Bill was feeling a little sentimental that morning and composed a
short poem read by the head of the Central Committee, Bob Brandt.
The celebration took up again that evening with a Post Kings &
Queens reception, also at The Bar. Again there was
a large crowd.
The official celebration, which was held Saturday, February 4,
was a day filled with sunshine but a brisk and chilly wind. The
gymnasium was filled with vendors; the Resource Room, History
Room, and Veterans Room had record numbers of visitors.
There was a silent auction, small barn quilts for sale, and the Better
BAC's provided lunch out of the old kitchen.
Husking hooks and other farm mementos collected by
All the children loved the trains in the History Room.
Way to go Corey Schulze!
Cindi Bassinger & family view displays in the Veterans Room.
If you won a silent auction item, please pick them up as soon as
possible. The Christian Church had lots of goodies for sale! The
library had old and new books for sale and provided children with
goodie bags until they ran out. They also had Ron Wenninghoff's
DVD playing the entire time. These can be purchased through
the Library for $5.00 each. Check in with the Village Office
about items left in the gym.
Regan Anson, Nebraska 150 Celebration Committee, spoke to 90+
visitors on the schedule of upcoming events, and was gracious
enough to answer the audiences questions afterwards. She
provided handouts, web addresses, and general Nebraska
information. Hats off to Gera Stilwell, who answered all the
questions of Nebraska trivia!
The Methodist Church also provided a noon meal, as did the
Boy Scouts at the Duncan Building.
Heartland Nuts 'N More
The nut grower's association had a booth and as usual had yummy
treats and unusual nut based items; the Girl Scouts had Groundhog
items for sale, and all this was accompanied by Nina Jean Rohlfs
on her keyboard.
Michele & Matt Capps were in charge of the soup, Spam, and jerky
contest, although the number of entries was small.
Jason Hurt, Aaron Rule, Gabe Meints
Spam Division: 1st to Nancy Gerking, and 2nd to Nina Jean Rohlfs;
Veggie Soup Division: 1st to Nina Jean Rohlfs, and 2nd to Chuck
Porter; Chili Division: 1st to Steve Cooper, and 2nd to Arlin Rohlfs,
and Jerky Division: 1st: "Hot Pepper Quinn" from Harper Wilhelm,
2nd: "Rocket Pride Claire" from Presley Wilhelm, and 3rd "Big
Red Gracie" from Reagan Wilhelm. Congratulations to all!
Raffle winners: Samantha Hoy 1st and Melissa Boldt 2nd.
Groundhog #1, Kathy Shane, Unadilla Bill, Allen Shane,
Groundhog #2, Pastor Sandy Denton
This year we had a new and wonderful treat before the parade:
Allen & Kathy Shane from Lakeland, Florida, renewed their
wedding vows on Main Street in front of the "Official" Groundhog
Falcon. Pastor Sandy Denton of the Christian Church performed
the ceremony. The couple was married 15 years ago on
Groundhog Day; they also rode in the parade.
Leading the parade was the Color Guard comprised of men from
Massie-Richards American Legion Post #100 and VFW Post #5547:
Keith Goering, Eldon Halm, Lyle Gartner, Bob Wilhelm, Jerry Goering
(photo: Amy Bryan)
Governor Pete Ricketts, Senator Dan Watermeier, and County
Commissioner Dean Speth also participated. There were 55 entries
all together. 1st place went to Syracuse Girl Scouts Troops
#20579 and #20835. and 2nd place was "Freedom - I Salute You";
a Deuce 'N Half used in Desert Storm and driven by retired
Army Command Sergeant Major Greg McBride and retired Army
Command Sergeant Major Troy Johnson. The vehicle was restored
in 2012. McBride and Johnson served overseas in Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sinai Egypt, and Afghanistan.
Another first for 2017: the parade was covered by drones!
Parade attendees were estimated from 400-500 people. Thanks
so much to Bill Farmer and Perry Stoner for their "Master of
Ceremonies" duties. And after the parade, Gov. Ricketts signed
a new proclamation declaring Unadilla the Official Groundhog
Capital of Nebraska.
2017 Royalty: Queen Carolyn Kastens & King Mike Leefers
Then it was back to The Bar for the Kinq and Queen Coronation.
As usual it was a tight race but in the end Carolyn Kastens and
Mike Leefers were crowned by last year's royal couple, Shirley
Fensler and Tom Hruby. This contest raised $3730 for the
Fire Dept., Rescue Squad, and Unadilla Area Fund. We would
like to than everyone who donated in support of this great cause.
Thanks also to Dwight Kastens and Arlin Rohlfs for cleaning up
the streets and sidewalks; and "sprucing up" in general. As I say
every year, this type of event "takes a village" and almost everyone
in our little 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 3. Please click on the "Events" tab above to see all
the photos. (There are so many, please give me a week!)
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
2-8 Nyle Bartling
2-10 Pat Lechner, Erin Brehm Steinhoff
2-14 Cooper Oelke, Jackie McWilliams Katchaturian
NEWS FROM 100 YEARS AGO
Friday, 2-9-1917, The Otoe Union:
R. Reasoner sold the Commercial Hotel to Taylor Graham.
The Village Board voted to approve the waterworks bonds and
it would be voted on by the residents in the spring election. Holly
Luff returned home after finishing at the business college in
Lincoln. Chub Shreeves, former resident, was in town
February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day
NEWS FROM OUR NEIGHBORS
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Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp
For fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele
Music from Ireland, Scotland & Wales will be featured.
Wednesday, March 15 - Friday, March 17
9 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
One day: $60.00
Two days: $110.00
Three days: $150.00
For more information go to:
Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series
features a concert of Irish Music on Sunday, March 12,
at 2:30 p.m. in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.
Students & Senior Citizens: $5.00
Seating is limited - Call 402-275-3221
4 - 1 - 2017
"Rural Route Rust"
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bloom Where You're Planted Farm
6 - 3 - 2017
Flea Market & Swap Meet
NEBRASKA FOOTBALL 2016
9-3 Fresno State @NE 43-10
9-10 Wyoming @NE 52-17
9-17 Oregon @NE 35-32
9-24 Northwestern @Evanston 24-13
10-1 Illinois @NE 31-16
10-15 Indiana @Bloomington 27 - 22
10-22 Purdue @NE 27 - 14
10-29 Wisconsin @Madison 17-23
11-5 Ohio State @Columbus 3 - 63
11-12 Minnesota @NE 24-17
11-19 Maryland @NE 28 - 7
11-25 Iowa @Iowa City 10-40
12-30 Music City Bowl
Tennessee 38 - Nebraska 24
4-15 Red/White Game
9-2 Arkansas State @NE
9-16 Northern Illinois @NE
9-23 Rutgers @NE
10-7 Wisconsin @NE
10-14 Ohio State @NE
11-4 Northwestern @NE
1-18 Penn State
11-24 Iowa @NE