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Community Edward Jones Branch Office Supports School Supplies Donation Campaign

Jay Peterson, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Fairbury, is supporting a school supplies donation campaign by using his office as a drop-off location for a school supplies drive.

Local residents may help support this effort by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from Monday, July 23 to Friday, August 31.

The branch address is: 516 E St. Fairbury, NE 68352

“As our world becomes more global, competition within our younger generations continues to rise, emphasizing the importance of a quality education,” said Peterson. “I’m proud to support the academic development of young minds in this community through this school supply donation program.”

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 16,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1 trillion in assets under management. Visit the firm’s website at and its recruiting website at Member SIPC.

Edward Jones and its associates cannot accept monetary donations of any kind.

First National Bank To Become Heartland Bank

Heartland Bank announced today it has entered into an agreement to purchase First National Bank of Fairbury (FNF), Fairbury, Neb. and Jefferson County Bank (JCB), Daykin, Neb.

The purchase is subject to regulatory approvals, which are expected by the fourth quarter of 2018. When the purchase is final, both FNF and JCB will bemerged into Heartland Bank and their locations will become branches of Heartland Bank.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand our presence in Nebraska and welcome the customers, employees and communities served byFirst National Bank and Jefferson County Bank to the Heartland Bank family. We look forward to continuing our mutual commitment to relationship banking, family ownership and building strong relationships with our customers and communities,” said John Wilkins, CEO/ Chairman of HeartlandBank.

The purchase continues the tradition of serving customers with a full suite of banking services, along with new additions such as a larger lending limit, anationwide ATM network and an industry leading trust company. Heartland Bank will continue to be headquartered in Geneva, Nebraska, and John Wilkins will remain Chairman and CEO. Jerry Knispel will continue to serve as Branch President of Fairbury, and Barry Schweer will continue in his role ofBranch President in Daykin.

“The shared values of the banks, including family-ownership, customer service, community support and an emphasis on the agricultural industry makes the purchase a natural fit. They will provide a common foundation for us as we work to bring our organizations together,” said Vernon Pfaff, Chairman of FNF and JCB.

Watch The Interview With Tiffany Pfaff of First National Bank

Child Safety Seat Check Up Event Set for Aug. 9

A child safety seat check up event will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Fairbury Elks Club, 525 G St. The free event will offer child safety seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians. Child safety seat checks are free.

Checks will be offered from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please make an appointment by calling Sharon Vandegrift at 402-729-2794, and leave a message, including a number where you can be contacted.

Walk ins will be accepted the day of the event as time is available.

It is important for the child to arrive at the event in the safety seat they are using, or seat belted as they normally ride in the vehicle. The check will determine if your child is riding as safely as possible. If available, please bring your safety seat instruction book and your vehicle owner’s manual. These are not required, but are helpful.

We encourage families with children of all ages to attend. A new Nebraska law takes effect Jan. 1, 2019, which requires all children under age 8 to ride in a correctly secured federally-approved child safety seat. The law required children ages 8-18 to ride secured either in safety belt or a child safety seat (booster seat), whichever fits properly for safety.

For more information on the event, call Lana Likens at 402-729-6855.

Quarter Mania-Homeless No More Cat Rescue

It’s time to find all your loose change. Start digging in your couch, laundry area, car, and purse. You’ll need the loot to be able to win prizes, especially if you want to attend Quarter Mania on Sunday, Aug. 12. Scheduled to run as a Ladies’ Sunday Funday (though men are welcome, too) at the Fairbury Elks with doors opening at 1:30 p.m., the local event will feature several activities to support Homeless No More Cat Rescue. It is being billed as the last big summer blast by its promoters.
According to co-organizer Diane Schutt, over 10 area vendors will host an open house at the Elks from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Shoppers and residents will be able to purchase products directly from companies like Tupperware, LuLaRoe, Scentsy, Lip Sense and many more. Vendors are also available to sell product ready to take home the day of the event or to place orders for desired items, schedule demonstrations, fundraisers, and shows. Additionally, some local crafters and artisans will also be on hand to offer unique, one-of-a-kind creations from woodwork to home décor. But the real fun begins at 3 p.m. with the Quarter Mania Auction.
What is Quarter Mania? It’s a cross between an auction and a raffle where guests “bid” quarters to win a prize of goods. When a shopper registers on auction day, she will receive a paddle with a number that is used for her individual bidding on the items she wants to win. The auctioneer begins by holding up a product and provides details about the item along with the bid amount. Bids range from 1 to 4 quarters per paddle. If a shopper wants to bid on an item, she puts the corresponding number of quarters in the collection container at her table. Bidders then hold up their paddle(s)and wait for the numbers to be called. If a shopper has a winning number and has placed a bid, she wins the item! Quarters are picked up after each vendor has finished her auction turn, co-organizer Nels Sorensen said.
Shoppers will pay $5 for a bidding paddle with an assigned number. They can also buy additional paddles for $1 each.
The auctioneer uses a random number phone app that correlates to the number of paddles purchased at the event to generate the winner. Winning numbers are displayed on the phone for the audience to see as she announces it, too. Every item put up for a bid at Quarter Mania will have a winner. Paddle numbers will stay in the system, too, so one person can win more than one item. Bidders do not get eliminated once they win that afternoon, Schutt explained.
“For instance, if I had bid on the LuLaRoe fashion ensemble and my paddle number 57 came up on the random number app, I would be the prize winner. I may have used one paddle for a quarter or maybe I put up five paddles for $1.25, but I spent very little to win. When you try to explain how this works to people, many think it is complicated, but it isn’t and once you see it, you get hooked. It moves fast and is a lot of fun,” Schutt said.
Historically, quarter auctions have been popular on the East Coast, but are gaining popularity now in other regions in the United States, Sorensen added.
Besides vendor products, several themed baskets and other crafts will be auctioned off during the event. Shoppers can also eat, drink and be merry. The Elks will offer a cash bar and snacks and hors d’oeurves will be available in the afternoon for a freewill donation. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout event so there are many chances to win something.
“I attended my first quarter auction in the spring in Elmwood, Nebraska and it was a great time. I can see why people enjoy them,” Schutt said.
Advance paddle tickets can be purchased for $5 from any vendor participating in the event. (Check the HNM Facebook event for updates on this). Tickets will also be available from the Chamber of Commerce office and Homeless No More Cat Rescue volunteers.
Don’t worry if you run out of change that night. An on-site bank will help bidders get the quarters they need to win, Sorensen said.
So, think a quarter won’t get you very much. It might get you a lot more than you think.

JeffCo On the Move Seeks Community Support for Historic Walk

Historic Walk Will Encourage Activity, and Share Community Historic Sites

JeffCo On the Move is seeking community support to help a historic walk become a reality in Fairbury. The concept of the historic walk is simple: provide information at various historic sites around the community, and let walkers know where other signs are, and how far it is from place to place.

“The goal is to encourage healthy activity in our community,” said Chad Jurgens, Jefferson Community Health & Life CEO and member of the JeffCo on the Move committee. “We want to encourage walking, biking, and connecting our community.”

Sites included on the Fairbury Historic Trail Walk are: Rock Island Railroad Depot Museum, Fairbury Public Library; McNish Park; Fairbury City Museum; Fairbury City Park; and Jefferson County Courthouse/Historic Downtown Fairbury. Each sign will include a brief history of the location, photos, a map of the community with other Historic Trail Walk locations marked, and distances to the other locations on the trail.

The mounted signs will cost approximately $1,300 each. JeffCo on the Move is inviting area businesses and/or individuals to donate toward the signs. If a business or individual donates enough for a complete sign, recognition of the donor can be included on the sign.

The goal of JeffCo on the Move is to encourage and facilitate healthy lifestyles.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Fairbury Historic Trail project or having a program for a business or organization may contact Lana Likens at 402-729-6855.

Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit JCH&L

The 22nd annual golf tournament to benefit Jefferson Community Health & Life has been set for Friday, Aug. 10, at the Fairbury Country Club.


The three-person scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. The 18-hole tournament will feature cash prizes along with pin prizes.


The entry fee is $225 per team. The field is limited to a maximum of 32 teams. Each golfer will receive continental breakfast (available at 7:45 a.m.), lunch, a gift, mulligans, and the opportunity for pin prizes. A raffle will also be available for those who choose to donate.


Hole sponsorships are also available. Sponsorship is $475 and entitles the sponsor to recognition at the hole sponsored and on the tournament program, and one team entry.


Tournament proceeds are not designated to specific projects, and have been used for a variety of projects at Jefferson Community Health & Life over the years. Most recently, nearly $50,000 in undesignated funds were used for new weight equipment in JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center, and more than $200,000 in undesignated funds were used to help purchase a new X-ray machine which is safer, faster, more efficient and more comfortable for patients.


Jefferson Community Health & Life includes a family medicine clinic, a  17-bed Critical Access Hospital, a 40-bed long-term care, and a community fitness center, in addition to a broad range of services and educational opportunities. Our mission is to inspire healthy living by providing exceptional health and life services for every person, every time.


Entry forms are available by contacting Lana Likens at 402-729-6855, or Pre-registration deadline is July 27.

Progressive Ag Safety Day Planned for July 24

Registration forms are now available for the 21st annual Progressive Ag Safety Day in Jefferson County, set for Tuesday, July 24. The mission of Safety Day is to provide education, training and resources to make life safer and healthier for children and their communities.


It’s not only for “farm kids,” said coordinator Lana Likens.

Sessions include both agricultural-related safety sessions—such as grain safety or equipment safety; and non-agricultural-related safety session—such as lawn mower safety, and nutrition.

“Each year we try to have a few agriculture-related topics and many topics appropriate for all children,” Likens said. “We rotate topics from year to year and demonstrate them in different ways so if children participate year after year they can learn about many different topics, and some of the same topics in new and different ways.”

Many businesses and organizations have supported Progressive Ag Safety Day in the past 20 years.

The local committee gives parents this important message: We cannot accident-proof any child, but we certainly hope the lessons learned at Progressive Ag Safety Day provide a great foundation to making wise decisions and good choices.”

Registration forms will be available soon, at Jefferson Community Health & Life and the Jefferson County Extension office.

For more information contact Lana Likens at 402-729-6855, or the Jefferson County Extension Office at 402-729-3487.

JCH&L Gardenside Earns 5 Star Rating Again

Jefferson Community Health & Life Gardenside has once again received a 5 Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Gardenside has been a 5-star facility since the program began.

Nursing Home Compare and the star rating system allow consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality of care and staffing information for all 15,000 plus Medicare- and Medicaid-participating nursing homes. Facilities are assigned star ratings from a high of 5 stars to a low of 1 star based on health inspection surveys, staffing information and quality of care measures. The ratings are publicly available on the agency’s Nursing Home Compare website at In May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the new data.

“We are pleased to remain a 5-Star facility, even though we know it has become more difficult to receive the top rating,” said Deb Sutton RN, administrator of JCH&L Gardenside. “All of our staff members work very hard to provide the best quality of care for our residents. We are pleased to know that our care for our residents is reflected in our ratings through Nursing Home Compare.”

For this reporting period, JCH&L Gardenside is 5 Star five strong, Sutton said, meaning ratings in all four areas measured were five stars, in addition to the overall rating being five start.


JCH&L Gardenside has been providing long-term care to area residents since 1963. Currently, Gardenside is licensed for 40 beds, and has one Hospice room available. Gardenside has a resident dog, Tia; an aviary; and a variety of activities in which residents can participate including organized activities in the evenings and on weekends.

Gardenside prides itself on having a homelike environment, and being a small, family-oriented care facility. Three enclosed courtyards provide outdoor space for residents and their families to enjoy. Family members are invited to take part in activities, and special celebrations are planned periodically which include family members.

“What really sets us apart and makes our facility special is our wonderful staff,” Sutton said. “Their hard work, dedication and care for our residents truly makes us a five-star facility.”

The Nursing Home Compare statistics can be accessed by going to and selecting Gardenside LTC-JCHC.

June Health Today: Focus on Men’s Health

 The June Health Today Program will be “Focus On Men’s Health” by Tyler Maguire, PA-C, of JCH&L Fairbury Clinic. The session will be held at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, in the Conference Rooms at Jefferson Community Health & Life.

June is Men’s Health Month. As we Focus on Men’s Health, we encourage men to take an active role in their health. The Men’s Health Research Center says that on average men are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than women. Learn how men can live a healthier life. This program is for men – and the women who care about them.

Health Today is a free monthly health education session offered by Jefferson Community Health & Life in a lunch-time session. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, or are welcome to purchase lunch in the JCH&L cafeteria, which is located near the Conference Rooms.

JCH&L works with a wide variety of professionals who bring educational programs on health-related topics each month.

Reservations are not required. The program is FREE. The only cost for participants would be lunch, if they choose to purchase it. Participants are also welcome to carry in their lunch. Anyone who would like to be on a mailing list to directly receive notices about the monthly sessions or anyone with questions about the program should contact Likens at (402) 729-6855.