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Lighting up the stage with their voices and choreography were the over 90 youngsters that “Let their Light SHINE” during the Kids of the Kingdom Christimas Program at the Cozad United Methodist Church on Wednesday evening.
Directing the production were Co-Directors Tammy Paulsen and Cheryl Nemeth. The show highlighted the work and efforts of over 90 participants ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade. 
Prior to the Kids of the Kingdom performance, the Little Disciples Preschool performed. The Preschool students sang songs and played bells to everyone’s delight. Directing the Little Disciples performance was Mandy Nelsen and CeCe Rutkowski. 
Kimberly Bartruff RN, BSN, WCC of the Cozad Community Health System has recently passed her board certification testing for wound care. Bartruff attended Mid-Plains Community College and received her Associate Degree in Nursing  (ADN) in 2013. In 2016 she attended Bryan College of Health Sciences and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). 
Bartruff has always had an interest in wounds; she especially likes seeing wounds heal allowing her patients to go back to their normal daily routines and lives. She        attended wound care training in Denver, CO in October this year. Bartruff learned a wide variety at her training. She learned about the different types of dressings and what each is best used for on certain wounds, as well as how to distinguish different types of wounds. 
Bartruff passed the national exam to become a Board Certified Wound Care Specialist the end of October through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. She joins colleagues Jillian Reynolds, RN, WCC, DWC; Robert Dyer, PT, DPT, OCS, WCC and Amanda Standage, RN, BSN, WCC all of the Cozad Community Health System. Bartruff and Reynolds both visit homebound wound care patients through Central Plains Home Health and Hospice. 
Cozad Community Health System is proud to have four Board Certified Wound Care Specialists. 

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Climbing to the top of the mountain and claiming the crown at the B-5 District Play Production competition were the Haymakers of Cozad in earning the district championship hardware along with punching their ticket to the 2017 Class B State Play Production Championships that will be held in Norfolk on Friday (Tomorrow). 
The Haymakers put their best foot forward and shined in the limelight with their rendition of ‘Chasing Fogg’ with two out of three judges ranking the Cozad contingency as first in the competition and the third judge a very close second placing by just one point. 
Members of the Cozad State qualifying Play Production on stage team are: Melissa Estrada, Abby Worrell, Omar Carlos, Garrett Savick, Misty Waltermire, Aaliyah Wilkins, Carrie Osborn, Katelyn Calhoun, Isabel Schaefer, Trevor Linn, Skylar Rogers, Riley Tilson, Emily Siebenhor, Kaden Garcia, Natalie Engel, Landry Geiger, Jadyn Hardee, Becca Shaffer, Alaine Canas, Grace Cargill, Haley Cargill, Chloe Donahey, Belle Hagan, Mariana Hermosillo, Sarai Hermosillo, Alex Huertas, Jakob Kostman, Claire Kostrunek, Hunter Kussman, Cassie Martinez, Biz Tvrdy and Morgan Wenburg. 
Behind the scenes as members of the Stage Crew for Cozad’s production were: Jennifer Rodriguez, Megan Burkholder, Anna McCracken, Nick Meredith, Kelly Mohler, Trey Mundell, Sage Eckard, Tre Sumrall, Quinn Salleng, Liz Demilt and Taylor Hoff. 
Defending their own stage, the Swedes Play Production contingency shined with their rendition of ‘Treasure Island’ to finish as the B-6 District Runner-Up during the competition held in Gothenburg. 
The Lexington Play Production team competed in the A-1 District that was held in York. The Minutemen performed masterfully, their own rendition of ‘65 Mustang’ to finish eighth overall. 
Performing the ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow,’ the Eustis/Farnam actors and actresses finished eighth overall in the D1-5 District Play Production competition that was held at the Tassel in Holdrege. 
The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Lexington on September 6 at Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.  The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Veterans   Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in our nation’s capital, with more than 5.3 million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the organization that built The Wall in 1982, wants to give all veterans and their family members across America an opportunity to see the Memorial. 
 “VVMF is pleased to bring The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit to Lexington to allow local veterans and their family members a chance to visit The Wall and honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. “We hope it provides an opportunity for healing and an educational experience for the whole community on the impact of the Vietnam War on America.”
More than 250,000 people visited The Wall That Heals in 2016. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 500 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day experience that includes an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall. The exhibit includes The Wall replica and a mobile Education Center comprised of:  digital displays of photos of service members whose names are on The Wall; letters and memorabilia representative of items left¬ at The Wall in D.C.; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War. The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.
VVMF coordinates local stops of The Wall That Heals and the accompanying mobile Education Center. The current schedule and more information can be found at:  The 2018 national The Wall That Heals tour is hauled through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the trucking industry and generously sponsored by USAA. Local sponsors are the Dawson County Veteran Organizations 
About the half-scale replica 
The replica Wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.
The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict are joined at the center, signifying an epoch in American history. 
The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community by a trailer with cases built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history. 
About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF is dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of service in America and educating all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies and education materials.
  Three decades after building The Wall, the mission continues as VVMF raises funds to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Center will be an interactive learning facility on the National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America's Legacy of Service, including those serving in our nation's Armed Forces today. Time Warner is the Lead Gift Benefactor in the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. To learn more about VVMF and the future Education Center at The Wall, visit or call 202-393-0090.
The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, December 4th. Steve Andersen, representing the Presbyterian Church delivered the invocation following the Pledge of Allegiance.
The November 20th meeting minutes were approved.
Approved on the Third Reading was the ordinance extending the franchise agreement for cable television services with Charter Communication. There had been one typographical error in the ordinance on the Second Reading requiring that it be moved to the Third Reading.
All claims excluding none were approved.
Under Reports, Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported there was once again water in the canal under Hwy 30. 
“The Union Pacific Railroad calls every week on this as they want to abandon their well when the city can get them hooked up on our new line,” Nichols explained. “Our high water table and saturation in the ditch canal make this difficult,” he continued.
“We are boring it 250 yards to the well from the east to the west and are presently waiting on a man from Norfolk who only works on weekends to come and do his part,” Nichols added. 
Lights Commissioner Britt German reported that his department is keeping busy setting poles. Between Christmas and New Year’s they will be working on a substation located at Nebraska Plastics.
German also announced that CHS senior Zach Beckenhauer, who worked as an intern with his department this past summer, has agreed to go to school to become a linesman. In return for him committing to work for the City of Cozad for three years following graduation the city will be paying for half of his education. The lineman school is about two years with several ‘hands-on’ training interspersed with classroom learning.
“We were very pleased with Zach’s performance this past summer and it will be good to have one of our own high school graduates return to work for us,” German noted.
Mayor Nancy Meyer reported that the library is experiencing difficulty getting new ballasts for their lights. City employee Mike Steinwart is checking on LED lighting as a replacement. Estimated cost for all of the lights to be replaced with LED lighting is $11,000, and will most likely be done in stages.
Council member Brian Montgomery asked if thank you letters could be sent to those residents who have either renovated their own property and home or have purchased a home and renovated it. 
“There are several around town that look so much better, and I think it would be a great idea to express our appreciation to them,” Montgomery commented. City Clerk Kloepping asked for the addresses and will get the letters sent out.
The next regular meeting for the council is scheduled for Monday, December 18th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Office Building.