Palmyra Community News

By Jackie Thomson-Bremer (402) 432-1410 - October 12, 2017

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My cousin in western Nebraska says they are getting snow.  Comments are made on Facebook about how soon until Christmas (11 weeks from Monday, Oct. 9). First we must get through October with Trunk or Treat and Halloween, then November and Thanksgiving. If nothing else, it’s time to prepare for what weather lies ahead.


Congratulations to the Palmyra Jr./Sr. High School Band for their Superior rating at the Harvest of Harmony Band Competition. Good luck at the Oxbow Marching Band Competition this Saturday!


Good luck to Mikayla Roeder at State Girls Golf. Congratulations!

Good luck to the volleyball team at the ECNC tournaments.

Good luck to the cross country team at the District meet.

Good luck varsity football with Freeman.




By Jackie Thomson-Bremer

The CROP Walk was held on Oct.8 starting at the Douglas United Methodist Church for a walk on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The donations will still be collected by Jill Jones through the end of October.


Nebraska Family and Community Education Conference

By Jackie Thomson-Bremer,

East District Director

The 2017 Nebraska Family and Community Education Conference was held in Hastings with several members attending. The conference started with tours on Thursday, Sept. 28, which included the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot, and lunch at the Hastings College. The group split into two separate tours, one tour stayed at the college and was given information and a walking tour of the Japanese Friendship Garden, the Rain Garden, a tour of the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center, and ending with a demonstration in the glass blowing area – which was amazing. The second split of the tour went to the Prairie Loft Barn and the Hastings Museum/Planetarium. Hastings has a lot of very interesting history.

Mayor Stutte welcomed the ladies to Hastings. The annual business meeting was held. Several lessons were given throughout the conference. Guests included Nebraska State Patrol Investigator Tony Kavan speaking on Human Trafficking in Nebraska, Hastings Boy Scout Troop 200 presented the flags for the Pledge of Allegiance, Chorus of the Plains Barbershop Quartet performed, Julie Ochsner of Julie’s Xpressions spoke on different topics about jewelry and taught the ladies how to make a bracelet and Susie Brown of Calico Cottage gave a talk on the fabric market. As always, excellent food was catered in to the conference.


The youth contests and Heritage Skills entries were judged and presented with their certificates and awards.  The second grade Environmental Poster “How Does Recycling Help Our Environment?” winners were: 1st place – Kelsey Bunn, Dodge County; second place – Garett Tollman, Dawes County; third place – Yolanda Dominguez Gallegos, Adams County; with participation by Aaron Hall, Blaine County; Courtney Krueger, Keya Paha County; Ember Lee, Otoe County; and Abagale Kerwood, Saline County.


The third grade Environmental Essay “What are uses of farm crops?” winners were: first place – Karlene Kepler, Keya Paha County; second place – Alex McDonald, Dodge County; third place – Jaci Flores, Saline County; with participation by Alexander Werner, Hooker County; and Emmett Parker, Otoe County.


The fourth grade Character Counts! “Caring” winners were: first place (also submitted to the National FCE Contest) – Cameron Steinblock, Otoe County; second place – Rebecca Smoots, Douglas/Sarpy Counties; with participation by Emily Chavez, Blaine/Thomas Counties; Brenna Caulfield, Keya Paha County; and Lindsey Emanuel, Dodge County.

The fifth grade Essay “My Favorite Nebraska Historical Site” winners were: first place – Courtney McCarthy, Keya Paha County; second place – Lainey Benson, Adams County; and third place – Jonathan Kruse, Cheyenne County.


The Heritage Skills Fiber Arts winner was Leona Swinney, Rock County; participants were Linda Paxton, McPherson County; Shirley Saner, Blaine County; Rosalene Tollman, Dawes County; Jolene Walters, Brown County; Sherri Adams, Douglas/Sarpy Counties; and Virginia Hopper, Lincoln County.


Photography winner of category and viewer’s choice Jane Mehaffey, Dodge County; participants were Rosalene Tollman, Dawes County; Gretchen Swinney, Rock County; Pam Bauer, Brown County; Gloria Robinson, Lincoln County; Gayle Neal, McPherson County; Phyllis Hronik, Seward County; and Jackie Thomson-Bremer,  Otoe County.

Sculpture winner as Pam Bauer, Brown County; and participant was Lorna Dobbins, McPherson County.


Quilting winner was Jan Maloy, Otoe County; participants were Arlene Ries, Brown County; Lorna Dobbins, McPherson County; and Phyllis Hronik, Seward County.

Scrapbook winner was Michelle Huber, Otoe County.


The Heart of FCE Award was presented to Carol Beukenhorst. Congratulations! The Homemakers Scholarship was awarded to Patricia Fear, and Jackie Thomson-Bremer for attending the 2017 National FCE Conference in Omaha in July, and fulfilling the requirements at the 2017 Nebraska State FCE Conference.


Saturday morning, Sept. 30, a Memorial Service was held honoring members that have passed in the last year.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and club members of Mary Ann White, Douglas/Sarpy counties; Betty Markt, Douglas/Sarpy counties; Norma Miska, Valley County; Marion Isom, Hooker County; and Phyllis Dockweiler, Dodge County.

Otoe County President Peggy Leefers invited the members to the 2018 Nebraska State FCE Conference to be held Sept. 27-29 in Unadilla. Hope to see everyone there!






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