The Cozad Fire & Rescue Department kept busy in October with 35 ambulance calls and two preschool tours.
 Junior Fire Patrol classes also started with 30 5th graders in attendance. The classes will continue through the month of November.
 The 12th Annual Soup, Sandwich & Dessert Supper is being planned for Monday, December 4th. The “all-you-can-eat” free will offering supper will be served from 5 – 8 p.m. in Cozad’s Chipper Hall.
 This year’s proceeds will go to Project Austin through the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center located in Omaha, NE.
 Project Austin assists children with special health care needs by educating local emergency medical systems such as fire and rescue, emergency departments and primary care providers on how to best care for these children.
Making their voice heard were the citizens of Cozad that unofficially voted in approval of the two propositions that were part of a Special Election for Cozad. The results to the Special Election will become official after they are approved by a Canvas Board at their upcoming meeting. 
I am so proud to be a part of this community!  Renewing the sales tax for economic development shows that Cozad residents are committed to growing their town and are willing to have a vested interest in their future,” expressed CDC Executive Director Jen McKeone. “The CDC Board past and present have worked hard and will continue to work hard to make sure the sales tax is invested in the best possible way to see positive results for the community.”
Voting in approval of the first proposition were 542 voters with 173 voters opposing the first proposition. The First proposition emphasized on continuing the Economic Development program by appropriating annually from a local option sales tax of one-half of one percent. The result of a yes vote has the potential to lead to new jobs and new businesses. 
The Second proposition got ‘yes’ votes from 575 voters with 187 individuals voting ‘no’. 
The second proposition centered on keeping the Local option sales tax for 20 years commencing on October 1st, 2019 and ending on October 1, 2039 in the amount of one-half of one percent upon the same transactions within the City of Cozad to assist in the stability and vitality of Cozad without creating any new taxes.  
The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met for a regular meeting at Noon on Monday, November 13th. The meeting was preceded by an 11:45 a.m. In-Service that was an audio-conference with the district’s auditor, CPA Marcy Luth from the firm Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway and Luth. Luth went over the annual audit and answered questions from the board members.
Under Reports, Superintendent Joel Applegate reported that the Curriculum Committee has met twice with its new members. It is their goal to have statements for new teachers that spell out the Scope & Sequence for their class(es). All new course selection proposals are to go through the Curriculum and Instructional Committee.
The Lunch Advisory Committee comprised of parents, students, administrators and Food Director Tom Novak meets quarterly. A current concern is the variety of meals being offered with numerous complaints being received on too many meals with chicken. Director Novak would like to add extra items to the ala carte line including a slushie machine. Applegate noted that the 90-day menu selection should almost be up and perhaps changes can be made by December. District Administrative Professional Ramona Priel explained that chicken is an easy way to meet with USDA compliance mandates.
Superintendent Applegate also reported that the elementary annex is nearing completion with two bids received for the gutters.
High School Guidance Counselor Bruce Hird presented the Haymaker Multicultural Leadership Organization (HMLO) that was formed in August 2017. ELL paraprofessional Tasia Aden serves as a co-sponsor for the organization.
There are currently more than 30 members in grades 9-12, and an expansion to middle school is possible in the near future.
Hird explained that CHS alumni and current UNK student Jose Monrroy had visited with him last February with the idea of involving Hispanic students at CHS in the USHLI program. (United States Hispanic Leadership Institute) Monrroy and his associates had just returned from Chicago where they had participated in the 2017 institute.)
Hird had two additional meetings with Monrroy, Cesar Duran, a female UNK student from Crete and several CHS students. From these meetings the group developed a vision for creating a leadership group involving multi-ethnic students.
“In my first year as high school counselor, I observed many new students struggle in their transition to our school,” stated Hird. “They struggled to connect socially and make friends,” he continued. “I wanted to do something to address this issue,” he concluded.
HMLO’s vision is to have an ethnically diverse group of students at CHS collaborate and help unify our students of all races and ethnicities, especially our new students. Core goals include:
-- Teach and provide leadership opportunities for HMLO members
-- Promote kindness and goodwill within the school
-- Welcome and support new students from all backgrounds and ethnic groups
Accomplishments thus far for the organization include birthday recognition of students and staff members with balloons and Happy Birthday posters, an HMLO website on the school’s site under links, concessions stand fundraisers, 12 students attending the UNK Multicultural Leaders Symposium in September and 14 students attending the Latino Summit in Kearney in October.
New students at CHS are intentionally paired with current students to help them transition to the high school.
Challenges faced by the organization include finding a good time to conduct meetings when all the members can participate, being patient with the “building leaders” process and motivating the officers to take the lead and hopefully sending students to the 2018 USHLI Conference.
“We have an ethnically and culturally diverse group of students involved in HMLO and have communication with all members,” Hird noted. 
Classified resignations have been received from Bill Andres, a member of the custodial and transportation staff and from Deb McArdle, elementary paraprofessional.
Cassandra Martinez has been hired as a paraprofessional for the AfterZone program.
Board President John Peden distributed superintendent evaluation forms to members. The evaluation is due by the December 18th board meeting.
The Negotiations Committee will be meeting on Monday, November 27th.
The Finance Committee meeting was set for Wednesday, November 29th. 
The Policy Update Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, December 6th.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 18th beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Give BIG Lexington (GBL) is set for Thursday, November 16th (Today). The 24-hour day of giving is hosted by the Lexington Community Foundation (LCF) and is an event that makes giving easy for donors and fundraising simple for nonprofits. GBL benefits nonprofits of all sizes in our area.
The Foundation’s Give BIG Lexington initiative began in 2011 and was the first giving day hosted in Nebraska. It remains one of the biggest giving days in the area. November 16th will be the seventh Give BIG Lexington event.
It’s easy to get lost in the numbers, yet the numbers are a means by which the phenomenal impact the giving day has had in supporting the services that are important to our community can best be illustrated. In its first six events, GBL has distributed $2.6M, to 101 organizations. We have had an average of 1900 donors participate each year and 102 have participated in each of the six giving day events. Last year, GBL had 355 new donors give. Support for Give BIG Lexington has been widespread and has generated donations from 32 different states and one foreign country. This single-day drive has become an enormous focus for charitable fundraising in the Lexington area.
Expect greater things this year.
One of the appealing aspects of Give BIG Lexington to both donors and nonprofits is that donations made during Give BIG Lexington have the potential to grow through proportional share match dollars and random “Golden Ticket” prize drawings. A total of $55,000 in match and prizes will be added to the amount raised through donations.
Another is that 100 percent of donations made through Give BIG Lexington ‘17 will go to the participating organization. All platform and processing fees will be covered by the Lexington Community Foundation again this year. This is a benefit for participating organizations, and donors will appreciate knowing that LCF is committed to making sure every dollar counts.
Give BIG Lexington is powered by Razoo, a year-round online giving website, which will feature more than 75 local and Lexington area nonprofits. The site for Give BIG Lexington launched on September 15th and can be accessed by going to: The site contains complete giving day information and rules, including a listing of the participating organizations and their causes. On Thursday, November 16th, the front page of the site will be live with leaderboards and media posts.
GBL ’17 is made possible because of the support and trust of generous people who work with the Foundation to achieve goals. 2017 Foundation Premiere Event Sponsors: Central Valley Irrigation, KRVN AM/FM, Lexington Family Dentistry and Lexington Regional Health Center.
We are truly fortunate to live in a region where so many people care. Imagine how much more impact can be realized with even greater participation in Give BIG Lexington this year. Envision what the next great achievement in Lexington will be.
Give BIG Lexington will be held for 24 hours - from 12:00 a.m. until midnight on Thursday, November 16th and is presented by the Lexington Community Foundation.
The Engine Mobile and Hydraulic platform of Parker’s Filtration Group today announced a manufacturing realignment plan, which will result in the closure of its facility located at 300 West 1st Street, Gothenburg, NE and the transfer of production to the existing Parker facility in Kearney, Nebraska.
The step-by-step process of closing manufacturing operations in Gothenburg will begin immediately and is targeted to be completed by the end of October 2018.  The affected operation manufactures filtration products primarily for transportation and off-highway markets. and employs approximately 140 people.
With Parker’s acquisition of CLARCOR, which was completed on February 28, 2017, there is excess manufacturing capacity and redundant capability across both businesses. This realignment will allow for greater focus and scale in the remaining facilities, and will ensure higher quality and shorter lead times for customers through the deployment of lean manufacturing principles.
This plan to close manufacturing in Gothenburg in no way reflects the performance of our dedicated employees there. We are committed to easing the transition for all our employees including severance pay, re-employment opportunities and outplacement support.  We very much appreciate the support we have received from the Gothenburg, Nebraska community over the years.