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VSO starting pantry

The Dawes County Veterans Service Office is starting a pantry to aid area veterans in need. Donations of a variety of personal items (dish and laundry soap, cleaning supplies, paper towels, blankets, coats, deodorant, shampoo, razors, toothbrushes, pet food, etc.) can be dropped off at the Dawes County VSO at 342 Main Street or at Paris Fisher Auto Sales. For more information, contact Martha at 432-0119. 

Hay Springs hosting veteran program

The Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Partner committee invites the public to attend a program honoring our Vietnam veterans and all other veterans in attendance. The program will be Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., at the United Methodist Church, 340 North Miller St, Hay Springs. Featured guest speakers are Eldon Terrell (a Vietnam veteran formerly of Hay Springs), and COL David Wills, Offutt Air Force Base, who will talk about the history of Offutt AFB and what its mission is today. The program will also include musical entertainment, video tributes to Vietnam veterans, and refreshments for attendees following the program.

Colonel (COL) David Wills, U.S. Army, is assigned as the Deputy Director/Chief of Staff for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Systems, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). The USSTRATCOM mission requires a range of C4 systems to support national-level decision making and to conduct nuclear, global strike, space, and cyberspace operations. Past assignments have taken COL Wills and his family across the globe during both peace and war.

Department of Insurance visiting Chadron

The Nebraska Department of Insurance is coming to Chadron to discuss insurance issues with people in a town hall forum Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m.at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. They will be available to discuss the following topics:

• The current status of the Affordable Care Act and other health care options

• The health insurance market and 2018 premiums

• Changes to Medicare that are coming in 2020

• Preventative care coverage

• Mental Health Parity

• Property and Casualty Insurance

• The appeals process for denied health claims and external review

ALA meeting slated

The Bill Dowling American Legion Auxiliary Unit 12 meets at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Chadron American Legion, 123 Bordeaux Street in Chadron.  Upcoming items to discuss include County Government Day, the Veteran’s Day luncheon, Cookies For Teachers and the upcoming District 1 meeting Nov.30, 2018. “Ditty bags” (bags with small gifts for VA Veterans at Hot Springs) and cookies will be delivered to the VA Dec. 1.  Please consider donating 10 identical items (playing cards, notepads, soap, small flashlights, hand sanitizer, etc.) to be included in the ditty bags.  Also please consider making cookies (bagged one to two dozen per bag) for the veterans as well.  Cookies and ditty bag items can be dropped off at the Legion Hall throughout the month of November. These items are the only Christmas presents some of the veterans receive.  All persons interesting in possibly joining the Auxiliary (as well as current members) are encouraged to attend.  For more information, please call Auxiliary President Vicki Kotschwar at 308-432-3615.

Grant applications due soon

The C.A. Story Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 grant cycle. The foundation was funded by C.A. Story, a former insurance and real estate businessman in Sidney.

Those applying for the grants must qualify as a benevolent non-profit organization organized under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must provide a Federal Identification number, plus proof of eligibility under the code. Entities applying must be located in one of the following counties: Deuel, Cheyenne, Kimball, Banner, Morrill, Garden, Scotts Bluff, Box Butte, Sioux, Dawes and Sheridan.

Distribution of funds will be made in late December. The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 15. Application forms are available through the foundation’s secretary, Marilyn Moncrief, P.O. Box 351, Sidney.

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