Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) welcomed students from Clearwater Public School, Orchard Public School, and Verdigre Public School to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday during their visit to Washington, D.C., as part of the Close Up D.C. program.
When Alpine Village Retirement Center opened its doors in 1972 it became home to many people. Over the next 47 years it became home to approximately 1,135 people – some with only one stay and many with multiple stays.
If the walls of Alpine Village could talk, they’d tell stories of the personalities, the triumphs and the heartbreaks that have taken place; the countless laughs, games, and meals served; the local folks and all those who became locals after adopting Alpine Village as their home. Yet Alpine has been home to a lot more than the 1,135+ who have resided here – it’s been home to countless staff who have worked day in, day out, holiday after holiday, weekend after weekend, year after year taking care of our elderly population. If Main Street declares a “snow day” and stores are closed, the staff at Alpine Village still report to work – come rain or shine – ice or snow.
The Board of Directors at Alpine Village wishes to acknowledge the many loyal people who have been employed 10 years or more. The memories and experiences that each one of these staff members have are unique – just like the residents they serve. The sign on the corner of the grocery store reads – The Future of Verdigre Depends on You – and these men and women proudly demonstrate their dedication to Verdigre.
Back row, left to right: Julie Dvorak, Dolores Novacek, Carolyn Vech, Joan Vakoc, Susan Frank, Michelle Douglas, Jeanne Wagner, Christine Cook, Terri Vesely, Irene Wavrunek, Jean Dather, Sheryl Burkhardt, Jim Bartels. Second row: Diane Pospisil, Bonita Kopejtka, Theresa Horstmann, Heidi Ruzicka, Chris Vakoc, Barb Bauer, Rita Wickett, Nathan Wesche. Front row: Penny Walton, Phyllis Douglas, Deb Kucera. Not pictured: Fran Blessen, Jenny Pavlik, Erin Bauer, Virginia Ickler, Traci Folck. Submitted Photo
Upcoming Events that don't involve mud or shovels!
The North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to open a mobile water lab in three Nebraska communities. Free water testing for private well owners will be offered.
Recent flood conditions can pose threats to the quality of private water supplies. Flooded private water wells or wells suspected of being impacted by flooding may need to be tested to ensure that they are safe. Cloudiness or a change in taste or smell are signs of possible contamination. However, if there is any indication that the water supply has been breached by flood waters, even without noticeable changes in taste or smell, residents are encouraged to test their well water.
The mobile lab will be available in:
Verdigre - Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 - 301 South Main St.
March 23 - 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
March 24 - 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Other locations are also available in Spencer and O'Neill.
Here’s how it works:
• Pick up a free testing kit
• Get a water sample from the private well.
• Ensure your water sample is at the EPA mobile lab located at the Village Office in Verdigre (301 South Main St) no later than 11:30am on Sunday, March 24th
There will be a Community Flood Support Gathering in Verdigre. It will be an informal gathering for the community and/or neighboring communities to come together and support each other during this difficult time. It will begin with a welcoming prayer and everyone can share their stories, vent their anger, their grief or just come to be part of our community to offer support, hugs, or just to let everyone know that we are all in this together. Please attend, bring your neighbor or friend—PLEASE help spread the word! Gathering will be Tuesday March 26 -7:15 pm at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church Auditorium.
Clean up continues in Verdigre on Saturday. Here's what's planned for those wanting to help the community.