Mitten tree set up

The annual Mitten Tree is currently available at Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services. The tree provides those in need some warmth during the chilly winter months, through the donation of gloves, mittens scarves and hats.

Those wishing to donate can stop by the tree, located in the hospital across from Admissions, with their newly purchased items and drape them on the tree. Donations should be madeby Dec. 10 to allow time for distribution. The hospital works with different community organizations to donate the clothing to those in need.

Tree of Love at Bank of the West

Tootsie rolls, jigsaw puzzles, and a bird feeder...just a few of the simple wishes you will find on the Tree of Love ornaments. Please stop by the Bank of the West in Chadron and pick a tag with gift suggestions off the tree then purchase a gift to let our local Crestview Care Center residents know they are remembered this Christmas. Please return your wrapped gift to the Bank of the West by Dec. 18th. Thank you!

This event is sponsored by the Dawes & Sioux County Retired & Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP). Senior Corps RSVP volunteers are dedicated to making a difference in their community every day.

NDOT announces new roadside memorial policy

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) has announced their new roadside memorial policy aimed at allowing immediate family members to memorialize deaths which occurred as the result of a vehicular crash on the State Highway system.

Immediate family members can now apply for the erection of an NDOT-produced sign in a requested location in the State Right of Way as a memorial for two years after installation. The department will make every effort to place the sign as close to the requested location as possible.

“The Department believes this new policy appropriately allows families to honor their loved ones while keeping the State Highway System free of various memorials and hazards which may be a distraction to motorists. We want to recognize grieving families while balancing our responsibility of increasing safety on Nebraska’s highway system,” said Director Kyle Schneweis.

As part of the transition, NDOT will continue to work with family members who currently have private memorials on the State Highway System. Family members who currently have private memorials on the highway system are encouraged to contact their local NDOT office to discuss the disposition of their memorial and get information regarding installation of the new memorial sign. The NDOT District 5 office can be contacted at 308-436-6587.

Family members wishing to install a new memorial will be asked to submit an application for the customized sign.

Each memorial sign will include a safety message chosen by the family from five available options: “Please Dive Safely”, “Seat Belts Save Lives”, “Don’t Drink and Drive”, “Don’t Text and Drive” and “Don’t Drive Impaired”. The signs will also display the name of the individual being memorialized.

The application, as well as guidance material for a memorial can be found at dot.nebraska.gov/safety. Applications can be completed electronically, or printed and filed with the Nebraska Department of Transportation, Communications and Public Policy Division. The application fee is $50 and will go to the cost of production of the customized sign.

Feed a Hungry Senior Tree at Farmers State Bank

Every day in Chadron there are seniors who go hungry. The reasons are many, but the bottom line is that they are falling through gaps in available funding and can't afford the meals on their own. These are so much more than meals. Meals on Wheels and the Senior Center meals are a critical social network and daily safety check for this vulnerable population. You can help by making a financial donation to sponsor meals. Stop by Farmers State Bank and pick a stocking off the tree. Put your donation inside and return it to a teller, or mail a donation to Feed a Hungry Senior, c/o Chadron Senior Center, 251 Pine Street, Chadron, NE 69337.

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