Service honors “Best of America”
Punctually at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, a well-attended Memorial Day ceremony began in the Aurora Cemetery, surrounded by American flags and led by the familiar face Al Vetter.
“On behalf of American Legion Post 42 and VFW Post 4993, thank you for inviting us to attend this memorial service,” he began.
The colors were then promoted by the local Boy Scouts and Rev. Karl Larson presented the invocation.
“Please pray with me. Almighty God, we are gathered here on sacred ground for a solemn purpose, ”Larson began as the congregation bowed their heads together in prayer. “We are gathered here today to remember the many people who have valiantly and honorably served our country and who now rest in this holy place. Our call today is to remember in a certain way. It is our reputation to remember you with gratitude. “
Noyes follows Girl Scouts to Zoom with VP Harris
Journey Noyes started Girl Scouts in kindergarten with no real intention of having fun, friends, and eventually some cookie sales.
But what started as a small thing grew into an incredible leadership experience with her and a Zoom call with Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris.
“I went with a company that I (belonged to),” began Noyes. “I kind of fell out during my brownie years, but I got back in in fifth grade and have been an important part of Girl Scouts ever since.”
Nachtigal reaches top 20 position in the state
Tate Nachtigal surprised everyone by qualifying for the state class B golf tournament, apparently out of nowhere.
Last week he proved that his qualification wasn’t a coincidence. In fact, he almost walked away with some hardware.
The Aurora Junior carded rounds of 84 and 82 for a total of 166 and finished 19th in the state B class golf tournament played at Elks CC in Columbus.
In the end, Nachtigal fell three strokes behind a possible medal score, and that fact alone made Nachtigal and his coach Craig Badura smile.
However, if someone had asked Badura two months ago if his number 5 golfer would make the state’s top 20, he would have been way off the mark.
Changes, new events for the A’ROR’N Days
There will be plenty of opportunities for Aurora alumni and community members to get their sporty whistle done during the A’ROR’N Days weekend.
Several activities are planned, including the annual MCHI fun run, Street Vault, and several new events like a tennis tournament and pickleball class.
The MCHI Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday morning but will have a few different protocols to keep everyone safe.
According to Brad Bangs, Director of MCHI PT, there will be no registration or t-shirts for the event this year as the big changes are big for the event, but a lot remains the same.
PPRI’s mission was shared with Conservation NE
Many people in Hamilton County know the Prairie Plains Resource Institute (PPRI), but Sarah Bailey, Greenhouse Manager / Naturalist, shared her ongoing mission of restoring the Great Plains Prairie in a webinar on Conservation Nebraska.
“Most of you probably know that grasslands are some of the least protected ecosystems in the world,” she began. “We made it our mission in Prairie Plains to work to restore and protect these wild places.”
PPRI has eight different educational countries in the state of Nebraska. She noted that there are prairie sanctuaries that have paved the way for high diversity, local eco-prairie and wetland restoration work.
The group also specializes in grassland management and natural history education through its network of prairie reserves across the state.
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