Welcome to the first Friday in May. We hope allergies aren't getting in the way of you enjoying the beautiful weather. Here are some stories to start your day:
Kennel Club hosts pups at fairgrounds
David Pollack of Missouri directs Macbeth, a 10-month-old Akita, through the show ring while Tabitha Dvorak of Seward, president of the Kennel Club, and Max, a 9-month-old Akita, wait their turn. Max belongs to Ashley Vadnais of Chillicothe, Missouri, and this was his first time in the ring. Akitas are originally a Japanese breed.
Partners clean up for Work Together Wednesday
Work Together Wednesday was a success April 10, when preschoolers and high school students partnered to pick up trash around Seward High.
The service project was part of National Week of the Young Child, which celebrated early learning April 8-12.
Bright Beginnings Child Development Center at the Seward United Methodist Church focused on five different themes throughout the week: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday—when families and pets visited students at the center.
Caroline Fehlhafer, a preschool teacher at the center, said she is always trying to come up with new ideas for activities. She said Work Together Wednesday served several purposes.
“This will help the high school teach compassion for younger kids, leadership and helping out the community by picking up trash,” Fehlhafer said.
She said some of the high school students hadn’t worked with young kids before, so activities like this one could help them experience something new or give them something to consider as a future career.
“And it’s nice for kids with no older siblings to see some older kids,” Fehlhafer said.
To read more about Work Together Wednesday, click here.
County quick hits - April 16
During its April 16 meeting, the Seward County Board of Commissioners:
• heard from Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Mike Janssen about various trees on county property, including some trees in the courthouse’s courtyard, which were damaged by flooding.
There are four evergreen trees on the corners of the courthouse, which Janssen said are causing some issues as they are growing over the sidewalk.
• granted two special designated liquor permits to Junto LLC for events on May 2 and 3.
• accepted the sheriff’s fee and mileage report for March, which were $1,780 and $1,151.31 respectively.
• accepted the county treasurer’s third quarter investment report.
Garage Sale-The village of Malcolm will host its community garage sales Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. Signs will be posted around town to direct shoppers.
Poppy Day Scheduled - The American Legion Auxiliary will again distribute poppies for free-will donations on Friday, May 3. Donations will help support veterans in many areas of their lives. The Auxiliary will be set up at Pac ‘N’ Save and Pizza Kitchen in Milford and some members will be visiting businesses in the Milford area.
Storytime, signing to celebrate - Celebrate Children’s Book Week with storytime and a book signing with Ruth Harper, illustrator of the classic children’s book “The Kissing Hand” and the newly released “Otters, Snails and Tadpole Tails,” on Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at Chapters Books and Gifts, 548 Seward St., Seward.
Concordia University's commencement is Saturday, May 4, starting at 10 a.m. at CU.
The Seward girls' soccer team lost to Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central 3-0 in the subdistrict final to end its season.
Concordia University softball beat Mount Marty 6-4 but lost to Morningside 9-1 in the GPAC tournament. The Bulldogs will play Mount Marty again Friday at noon.
Concordia baseball beat Doane 12-1 in the opening round of the GPAC tournament at Plum Creek Park Thursday. CU will play Dakota Wesleyan Friday at 2 p.m.
The Crete/Milford baseball team will open the day at Plum Creek Park Friday with a 9 a.m. District B4 game against Central City/Fullerton. The winner will play Seward Saturday at 1 p.m.
Branched Oak will play Ralston in the District B1 tournament Friday at 2 p.m. in Waverly.
The Seward golf team tied for third at the Central Conference tournament in Crete Thursday. Tyler Welch was the runner-up, and Ty Wehrs finished third.
The Milford golf team placed third at the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament. Bragan Meyer led the team with a fourth-place finish. Lance Haberman of Centennial placed 15th, the first CHS golfer to medal in the conference in program history.