A 20-year-old Brunswick native recently received national recognition for his support of American veterans.
Corby Forbes, son of Doug and Judy Forbes, accepted the APCA Nationals Service Event of the Year honor earlier this month in Dallas.
Representing Northeast Community College, Forbes accepted the award for the college’s Student Government Association, which he serves as president.
Taking top honors this year was the Blankets for Vets project completed by Forbes and his fellow NECC students. Each year a member of the SGA is assigned a veteran from the Norfolk Veteran’s Home.
Unique blankets, designed to match the interests of the residents, are hand-crafted by the students and presented to the veterans as Christmas gifts.
"We do this because we know many of the veterans won’t receive a gift for Christmas and we feel like it would be a great way to give back considering all they have done for us,” says Forbes. “It was a very special moment, and I’ll never forget how happy they were when they received them.”
Forbes was also nominated individually for National Programmer of the Year. NECC advisor, Carissa Kollath and Erika Rupprecht, whom nominated Forbes, both traveled to the APCA Nationals thanks to special funding.
Although falling short of winning the National Programmer of the Year award, being nominated and attending the ceremony was still a huge accomplishment.
Forbes will graduate from Northeast Community College in May with an Associate of Arts in Business Administration then plans to pursue his bachelor’s or master’s degree at the University of Nebraska.
An additional 26,000 acres was added to the eligible area for local farmers to receive financial assistance installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips, terraces, no-till and other erosion control practices.
State Conservationist Craig Derickson announced that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the National Water Quality Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve water quality in two impaired watersheds - Bazile Creek in Antelope, Pierce and Knox counties and Wahoo Creek in Saunders County.
"This is the third year these watersheds were selected to participate in this program. Also, the Bazile Creek watershed eligibility area was expanded by over 26,000 acres to the south and west of Creighton," Derickson said. "This means even more landowners will have the opportunity to participate in this program."
The deadline to apply is April 1.
The targeted watersheds were identified with help from state agencies, partners, and the USDA State Technical Committee. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is working with the local Natural Resources Districts in these watersheds through the Nonpoint Source Water Quality Grants-Section 319 Program. Including these watersheds in the National Water Quality Initiative will strengthen the overall effort to improve water quality in impaired streams in Nebraska.
“Through this effort, eligible producers in the selected watersheds will invest in voluntary conservation practices to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities," Derickson said.
NRCS will provide funding and expertise to farmers and ranchers interested in installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips, terraces, no-till and other erosion control practices to improve water quality. NRCS staff will work with individual landowners to develop a conservation plan to apply practices that work best for their farming operation in each particular watershed.
Interested landowners and operators should check with the local NRCS office to see if their farm or ranch is located in one of the targeted watersheds. Additional information about the National Water Quality Initiative, and detailed maps of the sign up areas, are available HERE.
Antelope County will be part of the decision-making process for the 2016 Presidential Race next week at its democratic caucus.
Antelope County Democratic Party Chair Barbara Ross said this is essentially the primary vote.
"This is a very tight race between Hillary (Clinton) and Bernie (Sanders)," Ross said. "If someone is passionate about one or the other, this is their chance to get with other Democrats and discuss it."
The event will be held at the Neligh Senior Center on Saturday, March 5.
Ross said that because this is such a hotly contested race on both sides Nebraska could play a pivotal role in the election.
"This is a chance to have a voice and be heard," Ross said. "Every county is important."
Ross said the way a caucus works is the room is divided into sections for supporters of each candidate and a section for those undecided.
Democrats are encouraged to actively campaign for candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. They can organize, give speeches, pass out literature or anything they think might sway participants to shift their support.
Voting is done by moving to the different sections of the room. At regular intervals a participant may move to a different group and realign with a different candidate. A candidate's group must have at least 15 percent of the total participants to remain viable.
At the end of the caucus, the Caucus Chair reports the percentage support Antelope County is granting each presidential candidate.
Ross said the caucus is run very much like an election and has legal procedures to follow. Voting must be documented and submitted. Once the caucus begins, no one else can be admitted.
Ross said that the caucus system is relatively new to Nebraska and was first used during the 2008 primary battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Nebraska Democrats decided to begin using the caucus because they wanted to play a bigger role in the selection of candidates. To date, the Nebraska Republican Party has not made use of the caucus system.
Democrats who are unable to attend the caucus can complete an absentee presidential preference card request form, downloaded from www.nebraskacausus2016.com. Their vote must reach the Nebraska Democratic Party by March 1.
Observers are welcome to attend, but only registered Democratic Party participants may vote on caucus matters. Guests will be asked to sit in a separate area and must remain quiet and cannot be involved in discussions.
Mount Marty College recognized students that have received high honor scholarships for the current academic year during its annual Honors Convocation.
Marissa Frank, a Brunswick native, received the Benedictine Scholarship.
Mount Marty College, located in Yankton, South Dakota, is a Catholic, Benedictine, coeducational institute of higher learning founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Yankton, South Dakota. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of each person as a complete human being with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills, and a composite of moral, spiritual, and social values. With an enrollment of over 1,100 students at all three locations and approximately 600 students located on the Yankton campus, Mount Marty College is the region’s premier institution for higher learning.
A Brunswick youngster was recently presented a "1,000 Book Award."
Jake Zuhlke was recognized on Saturday for reading 1,000 books before entering kindergarten. The award presentation was made during story hour at the Brunswick Public Library. He is the son of Derek and Kim Zuhlke.
Many of the attendees came to the library in their Halloween costumes and celebrated October's story hour with a spooky party. The next story hour will be Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m.
There will be an ATV Poker Run in Brunswick this Sunday, Sept. 20, starting and ending at Rhonda's Bar.
Registration for the event begins at 11 a.m. and the ride will begin at noon. The last card will be given at 5 p.m.
The cost will be $5 per hand and the winner takes all. All vehicles are welcome.
Contact Rhonda's Bar for more information, 402-842-2020.
Two Brunswick students have made the Dean's List for Crown College.
Sarah Kringle and Teresa Pellatz have both earned a spot on the Dean's List for the semester at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn. To achieve this honor, students must have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average or higher for the semester.
Crown College is a fully-accredited private Christian college located just west of Minneapolis offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, counseling, criminal justice, education, leadership, ministry, nursing, and more.