Good News and Views… Tuesday 8-11-20

RECENT UPDATES AS OF 8-11-20 . . .

Hastings Kiwanis is installing outdoor musical playgrounds at eight area schools.  They started the $80,000 project to celebrate its 100th anniversary and give back to the community.  Most ensembles include seven tall tubular bells, a large babel drum and colorful rainbow sambas.

Community members can get medication lockboxes and gunlocks free of charge thanks to funding from the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition and donations from the Nebraska Veteran’s Affairs.  According to the Buffalo County Community Partners (BCCP), the lockboxes and gunlocks are available by calling Richard Young Hospital at 308-865-2000.

The 2020 Nebraska Hand Cornhusking and Fall Festival will be taking place October 3rd at Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege.  Visit their Facebook page for more information.

The Hall County Historical Society is re-creating a historic fountain Grand Island lost many years ago.  The original fountain dates back to the Women’s Club in 1907.  To make a donation, contact the Hall County Historical Society.

A few months ago, Paul Homan of Lexington started a new tradition of displaying a flag on his property.  Every night at sundown he takes down the flag, and every morning he puts it back up while saying the Pledge of Allegiance followed by singing the National Anthem and God Bless America.  Recently, children from a nearby daycare noticed Homan’s new tradition and are now participating in the routine.

The Nebraska State Fair, which is August 28th to September 7th, will be “a celebration of Nebraska 4-H and FFA youth.”  The 4-H events will take place the first weekend of the fair and the FFA will happen the second weekend.  Ten food vendors and 20 commercial vendors will be on hand.  Unfortunately, there will be no concerts inside the Heartland Events Center, but there will be shows outdoors at night.  Admission to the 2020 Nebraska State Fair will be free.

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