A benefit for and Elgin man battling cancer will take place this Saturday.
The Elgin Knights of Columbus will play host to a benefit for Ryan Hemenway, or rural Elgin, on Saturday, January 20. Dinner will be served starting at 4 p.m. and will feature homemade chili and chicken noodle soups as well as sides, desserts and refreshments.
Hemenway is a 2004 graduate of Elgin High School. He is the son of Alan and Deb Hemenway of Elgin.
In September, Hemenway was diagnosed with stage 2 Bulky Hodgkin's Lymphoma when an x-ray revealed a coconut-sized mass behind his sternum. Since then, he has undergone multiple chemo treatments, with recent scans showing that the tumor has shrunk.
Along with the meal, there will silent and live auctions at the benefit. There have also been accounts set up for donations at the Bank of Elgin and Pinnacle Bank.
The Elgin FFA program was able to find success in their 2018 District competition on Wednesday, January 10 at West Holt Public Schools.
The participants competed in the District X LDE’s which consisted of a 15 school district with about 450 overall FFA members competing. Among those 450 competitors, several Elgin members were able to make finals and even qualify for state by placing in the top two.
Schools attending the District X competition included Ainsworth, Boyd County, Burwell, Chambers, Elgin, Keya Paha County, Loup County, Neligh - Oakdale, O'Neill, Ord, Sargent, Stuart, West Holt, and Wheeler Central. Overall Stuart won the sweepstakes title followed by West Holt in Runner-Up. Elgin finished 3rd place in the sweepstakes competition.
In the chapter conduct of meeting, Elgin’s team members made finals while finishing 4th out of 15 teams. Team members include Marissa Preister, Ally Selting, Theanna Dunn, Joey Getzfred, Matthew Starman, Harlie Bode, and Kirsten Krebs. The team is alternates for state.
In job interviews, Cole Preister and Lydia Behnk made finals with Behnk winning the event, earning her a spot at state. Preister finished 4th out of 27 individuals with Calli Krebs following earning a blue ribbon.
In senior public speaking, Marie Meis and Ally Wemhoff both qualified for finals. Taking home 2nd, Meis secured her place at state. Wemhoff finished in 5th out of 17 individuals while earning a purple ribbon.
For ag demonstration, Kira Widger and Lauren Seier placed 2nd overall, qualifying them for state with a demonstration of administering a vaccination to an adult Canine. The canine used in the demonstration was Seier’s own dog, Buddy. The team of Meis and Behnk placed 5th overall, earning a purple ribbon out of 22 teams. Their demonstration displayed how moisture sensing probes can better help farmers determine water needs of field crops.
Hunter Reestman was the lone competitor for Elgin in cooperative speaking, placing 4th overall and earning a purple ribbon out of 11 competitors.
Nicki Payne and Taralyn Baum represented Elgin in natural resource speaking with Payne making finals and finishing in 4th while earning a purple ribbon. Baum received a blue ribbon.
In junior public speaking, Adam Dreger and Olivia Lindgren represented Elgin. Lindgren finished with a blue ribbon with Dreger receiving a red ribbon.
To wrap up the team, Theanna Dunn and Ally Selting represented Elgin in creed speaking. Dun finished with a blue ribbon and Selting earning a red in a field of 35.
The Elgin FFA state qualifiers will compete in Lincoln on April 4th to the 6th.
A benefit will be held Saturday, January 20, for Ryan Hemenway of rural Elgin.
Hemenway was diagnosed with Stage 2 Bulky Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The soup benefit at the Elgin Knights of Columbus Hall will begin at 4 p.m. The night will feature silent and live auctions.
Accounts for those unable to attend but still wishing to help the family have been set up at the Bank of Elgin and Pinnacle Bank (any branch).
The Committee for the Continuation of Pope John is hosting breakfast in Elgin this weekend.
The CCPJ Breakfast will be held on Sunday, January 14 from 9 a.m. to noon in the St. Boniface Gym.
They will serve eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, rolls, fruit, juice and coffee. A free will donation will be collected.
A fundraising page has been set up to help an Elgin woman who lost her home and all of her possessions in a house fire on Saturday.
Alice Johnston was trying to thaw frozen pipes beneath her home when it caught fire and quickly became engulfed in flames.
Click here for her Go Fund Me page.
According to her Go Fund Me page, Johnston "lost everything, an entire lifetime of possessions," but, fortunately, she and her son Mike made it out safely.
"Alice had just retired as a CNA at the age of 77, and was looking forward to enjoying life on the farm," the fundraising page stated. "To add to the burden, Alice had just recently undergone major heart surgery."
"Alice is a selfless woman who has done so much for others and has never asked for anything in return. She enjoys gardening, coffee at all hours of the day and spending time with her children and grandchildren," it states.
Her family is hoping to rebuild her home.
"We are blessed enough to have carpenters and a mason in our family who are more than willing to donate their time to create a forever home for Alice. We are in need of funds to purchase materials to build the structure, donations of building materials or household items to help us in completion of the home. We are hoping to start construction by Spring 2018."
The Pope John Choir will help viewers across Nebraska get into the Christmas spirit during a Christmas Eve special on KMTV-Omaha.
The special, which will air on Sunday night, features six different schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha singing pieces of their choices.
Rachel Becker, the music teacher at Pope John, said that the station sent out an email asking for schools to participate.
"I received an email that had been passed along by Mrs. Getzfred about the station searching for music groups in the Archdiocese of Omaha to participate. I submitted our name, and our school, along with five others, were chosen from a drawing to participate."
Because of the distance away from the station, the group was unable to go into the studio to record. Becker said that the station let them record themselves and submit their video. The Pope John Broadcasting students Nicki Payne, Marie Meis and Ashton Krebs filmed and edited the video of the choir and submitted it to the station.
The Christmas Eve special will air at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night on KMTV-Omaha and can also be viewed online at www.3newsnow.com.
Kayce Kallhoff, a sophomore at Pope John, earned first place in the Nebraska Association of Resource Districts poster contest for the 10-12 grade division and has advanced to the national contest.
Her poster “Healthy soil, healthy trees, healthy life,” won the Upper Elkhorn Natural Resource District’s contest before advancing to the state level.
She is the daughter of Brent and Susan Kallhoff of Elgin.
From ice skating on Christmas Eve to making gingerbread houses, everybody has their personal tradition they hold dear. To Peggy Hanlin, sharing her family tradition is one of her most cherished memories as she opens her arms to foreign exchange students each year.
Starting in 2007, Hanlin did not know her decision would bring so many memories and lessons into her home. Inspired by another couple in a dance class, Hanlin and her husband, Curt, decided it would be a fun experience to have a foreign exchange student.
Having children out of the house and raising families of their own, they stepped out of their comfort zone to find something that would soon become anything but familiar. Their first student, Dominique, was from Hungary, and she was nothing short of their expectations. From then on, the Hanlin’s not only continued to host students but they doubled them, taking in two each year.
A tradition started with Dominique, as the Hanlin’s hosted years of girls. Breaking that tradition this year, the couple took in two boys, Oliver Kuhn from Germany and Juan Lopez from Spain.
From moving to small-town Elgin to sharing Christmas traditions, the Hanlin family gets to see the wide-eyes of several students as they adjust to a different way of living. Peggy explained that the first step of transitioning can be the hardest for most of them but before you know it, Elgin becomes their second home.
Peggy looks forward to sharing her Christmas tradition with Kuhn and Lopez this year, with the gathering of her big family. Six families coming together can be overwhelming for the students, but the families take each in like they were their own. From a delicious meal to gift giving, each branch of the Hanlin family take the students in like they were their own.
Comparing Christmases, Kuhn and Lopez said that their are not huge differences in their celebrations. But little changes have stood out to them.
“I’m excited but it’s different because like the 24th is a bigger deal in Germany than it is here. Still Christmas, but the 24th we have the big Christmas dinner and we go to church. Here, it is mostly the 25th,” said Kuhn. “Usually, Santa Claus in Germany is just Christmas man. He doesn’t really have a name. People know him as Santa Claus because of TV shows and stuff like that.”
Looking forward to Christmas and the rest of their experience, the two boys have cherished their new family and everything they have done. As the Christmas season rolls around, the Hanlin family looks forward to extending their family tradition.
“They are kind of overwhelmed with all of the people that come. But, it’s a lot of fun. It’s experience that everyone should try... At least once.”