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SHS music room project funded by grant

Community Chorus will perform Palm Sunday

Antique farm machinery demonstrated near Davenport

Superior revises well-head protection plan


 

SHS music room project funded by grant

U.S. Cellular funded 78 Nebraska school projects totaling $48,408 through the company's "Calling All Teachers" program.
Allison White of Superior Junior-Senior High School had a $552.14 Music Room Makeover project funded. This is U.S. Cellular's fourth time working with philanthropic website DonorsChoose.org. This year, U.S. Cellular funded $1 million worth of impactful and engaging classroom projects submitted by public school teachers.
Earlier this fall, teachers across the U.S. Cellular footprint posted classroom projects for funding consideration that covered a variety of topics, such as language and literacy, math and science, music and the arts, health and sports and special needs. Some asked for classroom reading rugs, teaching easels and books while others requested foreign language tools and tablets. A technological aspect, such as iPads and tablets, was included in 55 percent of funded Nebraska projects.

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Community Chorus will perform Palm Sunday
Arnold Miller, Carlita Price and Teresa Christensen invite area residents to join them to restart a community chorus. The first public performance is planned for Palm Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Superior.
Interested musicians can contact Christensen at 402-879-5535 so music can be ordered and ready for the first practice early in 2015.

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Antique farm machinery demonstrated near Davenport
Sunday afternoon farm equipment used in the late 1940s, through the 1950s and into the early 1960s was used to pick corn at the Phil and Deb Johnson farm approximately two miles north of Davenport on the County Line Road. Earlier this summer, Johnson and Don Betten, Hebron, demonstrated wheat harvesting equipment from the same decades.
"Harvesting wheat was a great event especially for the men who remembered using the equipment," Johnson said. "I told Don, we live in corn country, we must do it for corn."
So during the summer, Johnson purchased a single row New Idea corn picker in mint condition in Iowa.
"We invited a few friends over to help with the demonstration and they began to say, 'Well, I have this or that and I could bring it over to help.'" Thus, John Greer and Alfred Hanson each brought a wagon. Ward Aurand brought a tractor, a former employee's extended family brought a tractor and another single row corn picker and a host of neighbors pitched in to help, brought their grandsons and fathers and joined in a living history demonstration of corn picking.
Dick Johnson, Minden, worked with the Johnson family approximately 20 years ago. "I actually started with Phil's mom and dad, Elden and Edna," Dick said. "We've remained friends. Today my brother Steve and some of his family (seven members) brought a 770 Oliver tractor and a single row Continental picker."
The extended Steve Johnson family, Wilcox, restore tractors and like to use them. Their blog (johnsonfamly tractors.logspot.com) shows four generation of Oliver tractors: Oliver 70, 77, Super 77 and 770. Four generations of the family enjoy working together at plowing and corn picking events in South Central Nebraska and driving the tractors on antique tractor drives. "It's a nice way to spend an afternoon," Steve's daughter-in-law said.
Among the guests were Arnie Larson, a 103 year old man from Hebron who sold International machinery in Hebron and Art Brettman, 100, Deshler, a longtime farmer.
"These older guys hand picked corn, saw the mechanical pickers become popular then be replaced by the combine. They've seen it all," Johnson said. "This event is something I have wanted to do for them. They so enjoy it, you enjoy it too."

 

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Superior revises well-head protection plan
Water is one of our most precious and necessary commodities. The Nebraska legislature recognized this fact in the 1990s when they enacted legislation establishing wellhead protection areas. The purpose of the act was to protect groundwater used by communities as their source of potable water. Contaminants can seep into the ground and befoul the groundwater. This can occur many years after the contaminants first reached the surface soil. Major pollutants are industrial chemicals, naturally occurring materials, herbicides, pesticides and nitrates. All of these can cause health issues in humans and animals.
It can take 30 to 40 years for surface materials to percolate to the groundwater table and enter the system. The idea of the wellhead protection areas is to keep these areas contaminant free by judicious use of chemicals and fertilizer.
The improvements in application equipment have helped minimize the threat from farm chemicals. Better understanding of the effects of contaminants on the water table has led to improved methods of treating water for human and animal consumption.
Superior has a shallow and narrow groundwater lens which can leave it vulnerable to pollutants. The wellhead protection area seeks to minimize the amount of contaminants which can eventually enter the water supply. The wellhead protection plan is being revised. Input is being sought from all strata of the community. A 12 member committee of farmers, irrigators, aerial applicators and city residents is all being asked for their insight to formulate a fair and sustain able policy. Grant funds obtained by the city are being used to map the current water system. When you see blue flags sprouting from the ground, they mark the municipal water system. The current plan was drawn up in 2004. The revised plan envisions encompassing a smaller area than the 2004 plan. Grant funds can be applied for once the new plan is in place. The idea is to encourage responsible land use to protect the community water supply. The city seeks to provide a sustainable source of treatable, economical and potable water for its residents.
High nitrate levels forced the Village of Hardy to discontinue use of their wells and connect to the Superior water system.
Community input will be sought at a public town hall meeting to be held in the mid part of November. Participation in the wellhead protection land area is voluntary. Several remediation projects for groundwater contamination have been undertaken within Superior. There are three currently in progress and one has been recently completed. These projects were to remediate petroleum product which was leaking into the ground water beneath Superior. They did not impact the city's well which are in a different location.

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