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Hummingbirds make fall migration through Superior

Park board looks into seeding, watering entire park

Museum booking school tours; seeking volunteers

Health district to share in pilot program for veterans


Hummingbirds make fall migration through Superior

For a month or so, ruby-throated hummingbirds have fed near Paul and Linda Hutchinson's deck. "We see three to four hummingbirds at a time," Linda said. "Some are fat and some are thin, so I suspect we are seeing some younger ones."
The Hutchinsons saw hummingbirds in the spring, but they disappeared when the weather got hot.
"We didn't have hummingbirds until we moved to town, so they are rather new for us." Linda continued. "Next year I hope to make a nesting area for them."
"When we lived in the country, we had lots of Blue birds. People tell me they migrate, but one winter we had eight pair come to our waterfall in front of the house which we kept open during the winter.
"Paul didn't like birds when I started putting things out for them, but he's finding them interesting," she said.
Besides three hummingbird stations, Linda also puts out grape jelly for the orioles. "They really go through the jelly," she said. "Both they and the hummingbirds chatter at each other. Sometimes the hummingbirds even bump into each other."
Linda expects any day now the hummingbirds will disappear.
According to internet sources, Superior lies on the western edge of the Ruby-throated hummingbird's breeding ground, that is why most local residents only see them at feeders during the spring and fall migration.
According to the Birds of Nebraska Field Guide, the Ruby-throated hummingbird is the smallest bird in Nebraska, weighing only two to three grams and measuring two and a half to three inches long.
The male is iridescent green with a black throat patch which reflects bright ruby red in sunlight. The female is the same without the black throat patch.
Hummingbirds are able to hover, fly up, down and backwards. Their wings create a humming sound as they flap 50 to 60 times per second or faster on a chase.
Hummingbird nests are constructed of plant material and spider webs with lichen glued to the outside for camouflage. Hummingbirds are attracted to red tubular flowers. They feed on nectar and insects.
Hummingbirds winter in Central America or Mexico. During migration, a hummingbird's heart beats up to 1,260 times a minute, and its wings flap 15 to 80 times a second. They fly alone just above tree tops or water which allows the birds to see, and stop at, food supplies along the way. They are also experts are using tail winds to help reach their destination faster and by consuming less energy and body fat. Research indicates a hummingbird can travel as much as 23 miles in one day.

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Park board looks into seeding, watering entire park
At present, the idea of seeding the City Park in Superior is just a dream in process. However, Scott Butler, park supervisor, has explored the idea with the park board, Levi Clark, city planner, is working on drawings and some cost analysis gathered.
Currently, a strip of grass adjacent to the City Park along Highway 14 is all the only grass that is fertilized and watered. At times during the hot summer months, it also is the only grass near the park that is green.
Butler has proposed seeding City Park with fescue and installing a watering system. Projections suggest the project will cost $18,000.
"Seeding the park will make it easier to care for," Butler said. "Plus it will be green."
Projections suggest it will cost between $2,000 and $3,000 annually to fertilize, spray and water the park to keep it in good condition.
The proposal was presented to the park board earlier this summer and will need to be approved by both the park board and the Superior City Council.

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Museum booking school tours; seeking volunteers
Currently the Nuckolls County Musuem is featuring in Pioneers Hall displays depict early life in Nuckolls County. The displays contain newspaper articles and pictures telling of what life was like a century or more ago. As not all of the people are identified in the pictures, visitors to the museum are asked to help out by identifying any people they recognize.
With cooler fall weather on the way, members of the Nuckolls County Historical Society, the operators of the museum say now is a great time to invite friends and company to join them in visiting the museum.
Throughout the summer recommendations from the Nebraska Historical Society led to increased number of musuem visitors. With all of the visitors coming from outside the county, one county resident observe, "If outsiders are interested in our museum, perhaps more local area residents should take a look and see what the museum has to offer.
There is always a need for more volunteers to maintain the museum. The musuem is more than just a collection of stuff used by early residents. It also contains reference and genealogy materials.
The museum is open Monday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. In addition volunteer workers are always working around the museum from 9:30 on Mondays as Mondays are the official "work" days.
This is the time of the year when school teachers are scheduling class visits to the museum and Beach school house. It is common for teachers to use the old school house as a class meeting room at least once a year.

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Health dirstrict to share in pilot program for veterans
The South Heartland Health District which serves Nuckolls, Webster, Clay and Adams counties is among Nebraska's Local Health Departments acknowledged for their unique position as community conveners as well as for the expertise they bring to communities across the state.
The Veterans Administration said the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD) will receive $2 million for a 2-year project. NALHD's project is one of only five pilots funded nationally. These funds will provide resources to local health departments to assure veterans returning to their homes in rural Nebraska can access the support they need to successfully reintegrate into their families and communities. Rural veterans have an array of unique needs, many tied to challenges in accessing VA services. NALHD believes many of these issues could be improved with investments in existing rural community systems that serve veterans and their families.
Local health departments have always served veterans and their families as part of a broad range of services they provide in Nebraska communities. This grant will allow South Heartland and 13 other health departments to focus on building their capacity to meet the distinctive needs of veterans. It also provides veteran-specific training and support for rural health and service providers.


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