Clean up continues in Verdigre on Saturday. Here's what's planned for those wanting to help the community.
Verdigre Public Library is hiring two interns, college or high school youth. The first internship will be May-August 2019 for Summer Reading Program. The second internship will be May 2019 through Feb 2020 for Innovation Studios.
Pick up an application at Library or Village office. Apps due to Library March 31.
Contact Katie Hollmann at library for more information. 402-668-2677, email@example.com
Visit the Verdigre Library Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11:00 a.m. for a free screening of the brand new episodes of Pinkalicious and Peterrific. It is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day with friends.
Boys and girls of all ages will explore arts and creativity with the hit PBS KIDS show based on the bestselling book series by Victoria Kann.
It was a hectic night in the Yankton emergency room on January 26. With a life-threatening situation in another room, the Verdigre EMTs sensed the crisis.
Even though Avera Sacred Heart had already officially received the patient, Verdigre Rescue Captain Mitch Mastlair chose to stay and care for their patient. That willingness to go the extra mile struck a chord with Avera RN Celeste Elwood.
“I will always remember their familiar faces and warm, caring smiles and their willingness to stay,” she said. “They gave up an extra hour of their Saturday and I could sense their dedication and applaud all they do as life-saving EMTs.”
Mastlair was proud to hear Elwood’s compliment about his team. But at the same time, it did not surprise him because of the effort he continuously sees from the local EMTs.
“In this business, it’s far in between thank yous, so it means a lot to hear that,” he said.
EMTs are not required to stay once the patient has been transferred to the hospital, but Mastlair said his team always stays to make sure the patient is cared for and nurses have taken control.
“Most of our patients are local residents, people we know, so we always stay,” he explained.
Elwood agreed with him.
“They often offer to call family for them or do something they need done at home, and the patients are so grateful that they're not only in good hands, but familiar hands,” she said.
Mastlair said the EMTs understand many hospitals can be short staffed, so it’s important to stick around and make sure the patient is cared for.
The rescue captain credits his crew’s experience for knowing to stay with their patient in Yankton on January 26. He has been an EMT for 40 years and has been the captain for most of that time. Mastlair said in years past, the crew had about 30 members but has now dwindled to 19.
“It is hard to find volunteers, but right now we have a good crew. They are veterans and know what they are doing,” he said. “I feel very proud of this squad. Even though our numbers are down I am glad I have who I have.”
Dwindling EMT numbers is a obstacle many rural communities are battling. Although it may seem a thankless job at times, Elwood said the first responders are vital to their communities and added that she sees lots of grateful patients and families.
“The patients thank the squad, calling them all by name,” she said. “You can see and feel their gratitude and families that then arrive express the same appreciation.”
Elwood said she hopes that the EMTs know the emergency room nurses appreciate them just as much as the patients and their families.
“Over the years, I've developed an increasing respect for those who respond to the scene in whatever conditions they might have to face: freezing cold, fog, tragedy, danger, wreckage, any age group, any illness,” she said.
Elwood said it takes a team in emergency situations, especially those responding to the scene first.
“What the local volunteers do is nothing short of courageous,” she said.
Rachel Dather, outdoor education major from Verdigre, Neb., is one of this year’s recipients of the Make a Difference Scholarship at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
Rachel received a $3,000 scholarship from the James Hess endowment fund along with $2,000 to plan and implement a community project.
“My project for the Make a Difference Initiative was to create a sustainable hunting club at BHSU called Prairie to Plate. We take people hunting if they’ve never hunted before and are able to provide resources to those with hunting experience who haven’t had the means to hunt recently,” Rachel says.
Read more: http://www.bhsu.edu/About-BHSU/News-Events/bhsu-student-earns-scholarship-and-community-service-funds-for-a-sustainable-hunting-club
There are many events going on at the Verdigre Public Library this holiday season.
On 11-05-2018 at about 9:42 a.m., the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the Alpine Village Care Center in Verdigre, NE about a resident at the care center receiving a threat. The Alpine Village stated that as a precaution the facility was placed on lock down. The Knox County Dispatch notified Verdigre Police, Verdigre Fire and Rescue as well as the Verdigre Public Schools.
Upon the Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigating the threat, it was discovered that a resident had received numerous phone calls from the same number over the weekend. The suspect again called three times on Monday (11-05-2018) morning. The first time the Alpine Village resident answered. The resident then asked an employee to block the number as she did not want anymore calls from the suspect. The second time the suspect called an employee answered and asked that the number be placed on a do not call list. The suspect hung up and then immediately called back. The employee answered the third call and was asked by the suspect if she watches the news, at which she replied yes. The suspect then stated that he was going to bomb the residence. A Knox County Deputy called the suspects number at which the suspect admitted to making the threatening statements. The suspect also asked the deputy not to call his number anymore or he would send the deputy a bomb as well. The suspect is not from the area and it is believed to be a scammer trying to get information to scam the victim out of money. A report will be sent to the FBI for further investigation.