This afternoon, Lynae Stelling and Shelly Strope welcomed dozens of people from the community to enjoy a free-will donation lunch.
Stelling and Strope have recently taken over the society taking their first step into leadership with the luncheon. Community members spent the afternoon enjoying a homemade meal and catching a glimpse of the historical society's future.
As Thanksgiving season rolls around, elementary students at the Orchard school have been brainstorming ways to give back to their community.
The 1st and 2nd grade class will be holding a food drive this upcoming Monday, November 20th. Students are asking all staff members, students, and those from the community to bring a food item to Motivational Monday.
Example items include Ravioli, spaghettios, mac and cheese, juice, cereal, pop tarts, chips, pasta sauce, taco shells, salsa, canned foods, and crackers. All donations are appreciated.
Help the school reach a goal of 125 items that will be donated to community members in need. They hope this be a perfect opportunity to also teach students the importance of giving back.
Clearwater-Orchard, Elkhorn Valley, Elgin Public, Pope John and Neligh-Oakdale represented Antelope County as part of the eight schools competing.
Clearwater-Orchard earned sixth place for “10 Ways To Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.”
A number of actors came home with outstanding performance awards. Clearwater-Orchard’s Allison Kerkman, Erin Schwager, Nalleli Zermeno, Ira Lampert and Tommie Peed were all honored for their showings.
Going through Grandma’s basement was like going through a museum and appreciating a simpler time. In the corner was a 1940s Zenith radio that hummed for 30 seconds when you plugged it in. Once it warmed up, you could adjust the amplitude and listen to at least one of five radio stations within 30 miles. Along another wall stood a 1960s Curtis Mathis console television that looked like a buffet table. Using a remote that ran on a nine-volt battery, you could turn it on and see the tubes in the back of the set glow and emit a black-and-white picture in the front. These were Grandma’s connections to the outside world. A little trickle of electricity was all she needed.
According to the World Bank, in 1966, the average American household used about 5,590 kilowatt-hours every year. As of 2013, that number shot up to about 12,985 kilowatt-hours annually. While it seems we still only need a little tickle of electricity to keep us connected today, our “plug-ins” consume much more electricity each year than Grandma’s radio and TV ever used in their lifetimes.
Today, the vast majority of home electronics energy use — up to 90 percent by some estimates — is consumed by home entertainment systems and home office equipment. The remaining 10 percent consists of many small energy users, including portable devices with battery chargers. Although each of these products uses a relatively small amount of electricity on an individual basis, they continue to proliferate rapidly and represent an opportunity to keep overall electronics energy use in check.
Did you know the Xbox 360 uses 187 watts of electricity? If you have active gamers in your home, this could add up to more than $100 a year to operate. But, wait! You have a television connected to the Xbox, too. Add another 20 to 100 percent to the first total, and you start to appreciate the cost of connectivity.
While the most energy-efficient HDTV costs around $30 a year to power, most power-hungry models can add more than $160 to the electric bill each year. Then, consider you probably have a computer, laptop and/or notepad. Any cell phones? Other remotes? Security systems? A lot of little devices that keep us connected add up to significant energy use. Here are some ideas on how to manage them all:
A cable box can draw 28 watts when it’s recording a show, and 26 watts when off. Even if the TV is never on, the box will consume more than 225 kilowatt-hours annually. That potentially translates to more than $25. Put your set (or entertainment center) on a power strip with a master switch if you don’t use it much. Power everything down until the next time you need it.
Unplug chargers and power supplies you typically leave plugged in. Leaving a laptop computer plugged in, even when it’s fully charged, can use 4.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity in a week, or about 235 kilowatt-hours a year.
Don’t use a gaming console to stream movies. They can use 45 times more power than streaming consoles, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
If your television ispre-2000, know that new set technology can be more than five times more efficient for the same size of screen. Many hours of use can add up!
Power down computers and office equipment at the end of the day. Contrary to what some think, powering electronics “up” and “down” does not impact the overall life of today’s electronics and does, indeed, save energy!
When shopping for new electronics, look for the ENERGY STAR label. This assures you are getting a minimum level of energy efficiency and quality.
For additional ideas on how you can save a little more with your electronics, contact North Central Public Power District or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.ncppd.com" www.ncppd.com. You may even find you are eligible for incentives for helping with the cost of other energy-saving home improvements.
The St. Peter Lutheran Church will be hosting their fall soup supper Sunday, November 19 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
During the supper, a silent auction and raffle will take place. The items being raffled are a Savage 308 Rifle, a quilt and quilted cross wall hanging. The rifle raffle tickets can be purchased individually for $10 or for a deal of 3 tickets for $25. The quilted raffle tickets can be purchased individually for $2 or in a package of 3 for $5. The quilt will be on display in the Orchard Bank.
If you are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket, please contact any church member or head to the bank of Orchard. Contact Desirae Schwager if you are interested in making a donation towards to silent auction.
The supper will offer a variety of soups, sandwiches, bars, and pie. Come and enjoy an evening of food and fun.
A small town Nebraska girl is finding her success as a lawyer, but she hasn’t forgotten what shaped her to what she is today — her farming roots.
Ally Von Seggern, a Creighton Community School graduate, has found the perfect balance in continuing her passion for her Native American heritage in her law career.
Growing up, Von Seggern was never really exposed to her Native American culture inherited by her mother, Yvonne Von Seggern. Yvonne grew up in Wisconsin as a descendant of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin and is currently enrolled in the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. At a young age, Von Seggern noticed some minor differences but was never able to grasp why her mom looked different from the other moms.
“I remember watching ‘Pocahontas,’ and it just clicked. And I was just like, ‘Mom. Umm, I think I might be Pocahontas.’ And she was just like, ‘Well, um, she’s definitely from a different tribe. But, I mean yeah, sure, you could be related.’ So, that’s just kind of where my fascination started,” she said laughing.
Along with her curiosity for the Native American culture, Von Seggern found her inspiration to become a lawyer from watching Judge Judy on TV as a child. She explained that at the age of eight, she had gotten a briefcase from her grandmother Virginia Von Seggern.
Within the briefcase, she made sure to keep a legal notepad where she wrote all of her eight-year-old thoughts about the cases she had watched.
Virginia explained, “Ally, from the time she was probably about 8 years old, used to play with Judge Judy. She always said she was going to be a lawyer. Well, we all kind of put that aside. But, Ally was always the kind of girl that if she made up her mind to do something, she would do it. And she will do it well. She was going to get the job done.”
As she finished up her fourth year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying history and ethnic studies, a Native American legal studies professor encouraged Von Seggern to look into going into law school. From there, she continued her education to the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at the Arizona State University (ASU).
Being just a small-town girl, Von Seggern faced many difficult obstacles in her first year of law school. Finding her place in a new world, grasping new concepts, and remembering her self-worth were some adversities Von Seggern faced every day, but none of them could keep her from her lifelong dream.
“It took a lot of self-confidence because I went into law school thinking that I don’t really belong here. But, I had to continue to remind myself how hard I worked to get here. I knew that everyone else probably had better opportunities in education, better schools, and whatever,” said Von Seggern. “But, they also didn’t have what I could offer, what I had experienced. I know how to work hard, so I had that in my back pocket. I know that I will work harder because I’ve had to work hard.”
Graduating in May of 2017, Von Seggern turn her focus on studying to the Bar exam. Investing not only financially but mentally, she found herself studying countless hours. After two months, the week of the test arrived with Von Seggern’s nerves at an all-time high. She explained the bar is over two days with 6 hours each day; the first day consisted of the completion of six essays, as well as MPT’s. The second day showed to be the biggest obstacle in the test with the completion of 200 multiple choice questions.
Von Seggern received her results 3 months after the test, securing her new title as a lawyer. She is now developing and defending complex economic development diversification project by utilizing Tribal sovereignty at the Rosette, LLP, one of the only two national Indian law firms. Everyday, she is thankful for where she is today and where she came from.
She said, “I remind myself everyday that I am very lucky to be here and very lucky to be doing this because deep down I am still just a Nebraska girl from a small-town farm. I know I still have a lot to learn, and I know the only thing that separates people from people that they perceive to be the top lawyers is hard work. In reality, it’s just hard work and how hard you are willing to work And I do think it’s because I grew up on a farm and you have to work hard. You learn the value of hard work at a very young age.”
During this month’s meeting, the Orchard Advisory Board received a presentation from guidance counselor Tammy Cheatum on how the school is improving the ACT and MAP Summative as well as discussion on the renewing of the junior high sports co-op with Clearwater and Ewing.
Cheatum discussed the number one priority in improvement is knowing the numbers. Throughout the last 4 years, results from the ACT have varied; however, because they are hard to compare to current numbers, the school is taking an approach to better students in the upper, middle, and lower levels of learning.
A lot of time has been put into finding several instructional strategies to cover the wide range of student compatibility. Among those found was the marzano training for teachers, ReadWorks, John Baylor, ACT online prep, EdReady, and so much more.
Cooper and Cheatum both hope to implement these strategies into a weekly intervention time. During this time, students will be able to find their benchmark and take units on their own based on their personalized study gap. Cheatum stressed the importance of not only trying to challenge the struggling students, but to continue to push higher level students as well.
“Mrs. Cooper and I have really been working on trying to get some resources for the intervention time, because this is where we can utilize what we know about our kids and how we can take them to that next step,” said Cheatum. “And it’s for all kids, because sometimes I feel like we don’t always challenge our upper kids enough. Everybody would have an instructional goal of some kind.”
Along with academic improvement, the board discussed the renewing of junior high athletics with Clearwater and Ewing. All members agreed that the co-op has been very successful and there was no negative input on the matter. With a motion from Candice Hoke and a second from DeAnna Clifton, the motion was passed for the continuing of the co-op in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 sports year.
A Clearwater-Orchard graduate is shining in drama at Morningside College.
Alona Zermeno, daughter of Alonso and Felicia Zermeno of Orchard, is on the crew for the Morningside College production of “The Princess and the Pea” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the Klinger-Neal Theatre.
Zermeno is a 2017 graduate of Clearwater Orchard High School.
In “The Princess and the Pea,” the queen will only allow her son, Prince John, to marry a young lady if she is a princess through and through. When the storm-tossed girl of his dreams shows up at the castle door, no one believes she is of royal blood. In order for Hannah to prove her worthiness, she must pass a nobility test.
Seats are $5 general admission for adults and kids and can be purchased at the door using cash or check only. You can call the theatre box office for more details at 712-274-5702