The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council in partnership with North Central RC&D, Wayne Green Team and the Cities of Atkinson, O’Neill, and Wayne held household hazardous waste events in April with great results.
Six ton of material was properly disposed of or recycled. One hundred and seventy-five households were served, and they came from twenty-five communities around the region.
Amounts collected include: 2820 pounds of pesticide, 7780 pounds of paint, 165 gallons of used oil, 75 gallons of antifreeze, 280 car batteries, and 510 florescent light bulbs. Besides all of that there were 1060 pounds of items that were recycled.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.
The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band’s outstanding popular music ensemble, Raptor, will present a free concert at O’Neill High School on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m.
With a wide musical variety of popular favorites ranging from rock-n-roll classics through the popular music of today, Raptor showcases the Air Force’s excellence, precision, and innovation in every performance. Highlights will include songs made famous by Janis Joplin, Journey, Keith Urban, and Justin Timberlake. The program will also include well known patriotic favorites, with a special salute to the men and women in uniform and those who have selflessly given their lives for our country.
This concert is FREE and open to the public; no advanced tickets are required. The O’Neill Friends of the Library are co-hosts for this event.
Two former O'Neill students returned to the high school to perform with their college jazz band.
Alexa Dougherty and Corbin Dean were part of the Northeast Community College Jazz Machine that put on a show in the O'Neill High School Gym on Wednesday.
The band will tour for 4 days going to Chambers, Palmer, Shelby, Elgin, Neligh, Pender, Winside, Wynot, and Gayville-Volin. They will conclude their tour in Norfolk on Sunday, April 22, with the home concert along with the swing choir.
Corbin stated, “It was fun to come back to O’Neill and play. The crowd was great!"
O'Neill has announced it's 2018 Prom King and Queen candidates.
Front Row (L-R) Gabrielle Scott, Jared Hammerlun, Julia Bauer, Mikayla Marvin, Shayne Campbell, and Payton Birkel.
Back Row (L-R) Cauy Shaw, Aurora Gutshall, Alex Thramer, Blair Langan, Ehric Strope, and Wyatt Liewer.
This year's "Enchanted Forest" Prom will be held at the O'Neill Community Center on Saturday, April 21st. The public is invited to join the festivities by attending the Grand March, followed by Coronation. Doors will open to the public after the banquet area has been cleared, at approximately 8:20PM.
A community soup supper is planned for O'Neill Care and Rehabilitation employees who lost three weeks of pay.
The soup supper will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in O’Neill. The free will donation meal will include chicken noodle soup, chili, pork sandwich, chips and cinnamon rolls. There will also be silent auction items to bid on.
Silent auction items may be dropped off at the Circle BK Office next to Chesterfields or at Pinnacle Bank. Those interested in making a donation may contact Carol Sibbel, Connie Soukup or Julie Regan at Pinnacle Bank 336-1370 or Deb Kelly at 340-6378.
Despite struggles over the past week, O’Neill Care and Rehabilitation Center has been the object of support and contributions from the O’Neill community.
As a needed service in O’Neill and the surrounding communities, CEO Stephanie Clifton wants to ensure that everyone knows they have no intent of going out of business.
“We will be keeping our doors open and continuing to provide care to our residents. We have not had one employee not show up, despite no paychecks received on March 23," she said.
Clifton is grateful for the love and support the center is being shown.
“Everyone’s thoughts and prayers for our residents and staff have sincerely been appreciated as we progress through the recent events involving the placement of O’Neill Care and Rehabilitation Center into a Receivership with the State of Nebraska,” she said.
She goes on to say, “The outpouring of support from the O’Neill community, as well as many other contributors such as Immanuel Communities has given us inspiration and confidence that our communities value what we do on a daily basis.”
Clifton’s current focus is on her staff, providing help and resources for them as they go through this difficult time, especially knowing that her staff is continuing to provide excellent care to the residents.
“Whatever company we may be under, it is the same caring staff providing cares to our residents and ensuring they have what they need. Our residents have never had to go without anything they have needed,” says Clifton.
“It has renewed each of our sense of purpose and made our family here at O’Neill Care and Rehabilitation Center stronger than ever,” Clifton spoke about the struggling times. “I can’t help but think of the verse Esther 4:14 ‘Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.’ My staff have shown that their actions were never for a company but for their residents all along.”
Klaasmeyer & Associates took over March 23 as managers from the New Jersey-based Cottonwood Healthcare L.L.C. also known as Skyline. They are now overseeing the facilities and communicating with DHHS on a daily basis.
Ken and Linda Klaasmeyer have been in the healthcare business since 1972. George said she met with them on March 27 to receive initial direction in proceeding forward and “returned to our community with a renewed spirit.”
“People should feel better today than last week,” Ken Klaasmeyer said. “There’s more oversight now than they every had before. We’re checking in with the state daily, as well as the facilities and making sure there is staff and food available.”
Clifton is confident in the placement, saying “This firm has extended operational experience in working with nursing facilities/assisted living in our state. The State of Nebraska has entrusted the care of our facilities - residents and staff - to them.”
An O'Neill Native is among those in the cast and crew of Don Nigro's "Cinderella Waltz" being put on by Central Community College-Columbus. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. April 5-7 and at 2 p.m. on April 8 in the Fine Arts Theater.
Moira Mangiameli is the director and Levi Howe is the technical director of the play, which is a hilarious, delightful satire of the Cinderella story, complete with wicked stepmother and ugly stepsisters, a handsome prince and a fairy godmother. Be prepared, though, for a lot of surprising twists and turns in this sometimes silly, sometimes poignant fairy tale for grownups.
Tickets will be sold at the door and are $7 for general admission. Reservations are not required.
Cast and crew members are: Sierra Foged, Aurora (Mrs. Snow); Sara Fritson, Axtell (Assistant Stage Manager); Paige Reimers, Boelus (Ensemble/Box Office); Hunter Derochie (Set Construction), Bethany Ernst (Regan), and Taylor Nelson (Costume Crew Head), all of Columbus; Chynna Buesing, Cozad (Lighting Design Assistant/Light Board); Jake Kucera (Musician) and Matthew Lunde (Head Ensemble), both of David City; Katie Skinner, Exeter (Musician); Amber Foland, Fullerton (Props Head); Sydnee Craig, Giltner (Mother Magee); Christopher Hemmer, Grand Island (Mr. Snow); William Morales-Guerra, Lexington (Ensemble); Jaden Miller, Loup City (Goneril); Mathew Becker (Troll) and Justyce Galvan (Makeup Crew Head), both of Minden; Ashley Archer, Morse Bluff (Props Assistant); Sara Pedersen, Norfolk (Assistant Stage Manager); Veronica Velder, O'Neill (Stage Manager); Sharon Koenig, Osceola (Ensemble/Box Office); Chase Davis, Scotia (Prince Alf).
The Northeast Nebraska RC&D in conjunction with the North Central RC&D, the Wayne Green Team and the Cities of Atkinson, O’Neill, and Wayne will be holding two Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. One event will be held at the Wayne Transfer Station on Friday, April 13th from 2pm to 4pm. The second event will be held at Carney Park in O’Neill on Saturday, April 14th from 8am to 10am.
Household quantities of the following items will be accepted: paint (latex and oil base), pesticides, herbicides, oil, cleaning chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, yard and garden chemicals, anti-freeze, car batteries, and mercury & mercury containing devices including compact fluorescent bulbs.
The following items will NOT be accepted: tires, electronic equipment, appliances, PCB’s, picric acid, science lab materials, radioactive materials, or biological hazards.
There will be a $10 per vehicle fee to assist with the cost of the collection.
This event is funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.
After an emotional weekend at O'Neill Care & Rehabilitation Center, the local business community wrapped its arms around employees on Wednesday morning.
O'Neill Chamber members were on hand delivering donuts and kind words of support to employees.
On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services was alerted that Cottonwood Healthcare, the company that owns the O'Neill Care & Rehabilitation Center and 20 others, would be unable to pay its employees. Court documents were filed to place it into receivership.
O'Neill Care & Rehab will, at this time, be overseen and managed by Klaasmeyer & Associates, a company owned and based out of Omaha.
The St. Mary's Quiz Bowl team competed at NVC Quiz Bowl in Keya Paha today.
The team came away from the day with a 1st place plaque. Finishing behind St. Mary's was Stuart in 2nd, Elgin in 3rd, and Clearwater in 4th.