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‘Polar Bear Dip’ set Saturday at Cedar Rapids

February 19, 2013

Cedar Rapids will host the annual Polar Bear Dip this Saturday afternoon, Feb. 23, at Mel’s Landing north of town.
The bonfire begins at 2 p.m. and the “Polar Bears” start jumping into the Cedar River at 3 p.m. Spectators are welcome.
The event is a fundraiser for Cedar Cares for Kids, a local organization that helps children who have experienced tragedies or hardships.

BCHC Foundation Gala set Feb. 23

February 12, 2013

Boone County Health Center Foundation’s 2013 Gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, featuring “176 Keys Fun Pianos” and their interactive dueling pianos show.
The Gala will be held at the Boone County Event Center. The social hour with silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the meal, live auction and the show at 7 p.m.
This year’s special project is “Cancer Care . . . Navigating Your Journey,” a comprehensive program to prevent, manage and heal the physical and psychosocial conditions that arise with any cancer diagnosis.
For tickets, contact Aprill Murphy at BCHC, 402-395-3252.

Hedlund wins County Spelling Contest

February 5, 2013

SPELLING FINALISTS -- Students competing in the final oral rounds of the Boone County Spelling Contest last Wednesday were (front, l. to r.) Tessa Hedlund, first place; Arizona Hager, second; and Trey Zoucha and Jaclyn Frey, who tied for third place. Back row: McKenna Book, fourth place; Olivia Groeteke, fifth, and Scott Wright, sixth.
SPELLING FINALISTS -- Students competing in the final oral rounds of the Boone County Spelling Contest last Wednesday were (front, l. to r.) Tessa Hedlund, first place; Arizona Hager, second; and Trey Zoucha and Jaclyn Frey, who tied for third place. Back row: McKenna Book, fourth place; Olivia Groeteke, fifth, and Scott Wright, sixth.
Tessa Hedlund, eighth grader at St. Michael’s School in Albion, won first place in the annual Boone County Spelling Bee held last Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the band room of Boone Central Public School.
This year’s county contest featured 38 participants representing Boone Central Elementary, Boone Central Middle School, St. Michael’s School, Cedar Rapids Public School and St. Edward Public School. Cheryl Kuehner and Connie Sugden served as officials for the contest.

Benefit set for Becky Peterson

February 5, 2013

Friends of Becky (Reigle) Peterson are planning a benefit to help Becky in her fight against cancer.
The benefit will be held this Sunday, Feb. 10, starting at 11 a.m. in the Boone County Event Center on the fairgrounds.

Mable Ragan, oldest Nebraskan, to mark her 112th birthday

January 29, 2013

Mable Steiner Ragan, Nebraska’s oldest living resident, will reach another milestone this Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, when she celebrates her 112th birthday at Good Samaritan Society Wolf Home in Albion.
A celebration in Mabel’s honor will be held at Wolf Home this Friday, Feb. 1, at 2:30 p.m. However, due to the prevalence of flu this year, the nursing home is not open to the public.
Mrs. Ragan was born Feb. 1, 1901 at Lindsay in Platte County, Nebraska.
Details in the Jan. 30 Albion News Print & Electronic Editions.

Entertainment highlight

January 29, 2013

Toni Rasmussen
Toni Rasmussen
Boone Central speech team member Toni Rasmussen (above) entertained the crowd with her speech on “Driving in Really Bad Weather” during the Albion Chamber/AEDC annual dinner last Sunday evening, Jan. 27, at the Albion Country Club.

Wesleyan Choir performs here

January 22, 2013

Wesleyan Choir soloist
Wesleyan Choir soloist
An Albion audience was treated to a wide variety of choral music when the Nebraska Wesleyan Universtiy Choir performed in concert last Friday evening, Jan. 18, at St. Michael’s Church in Albion under the direction of William Wyman.
This was the choir’s fifth performance in Albion under sponsorship of the Albion Area Arts Council. About 75 people attended the concert, which was followed by a reception for the choir and audience in the church basement. Albion was the 10th stop on the choir’s regional tour, which included performances in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Kansas and Nebraska.

BCHC Foundation plans annual Gala Feb. 23

January 22, 2013

Boone County Health Center Foundation’s 2013 Gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, featuring “176 Keys Fun Pianos” and their interactive dueling pianos show.
The Gala will be held at the Boone County Event Center, with social hour with silent auction starting at 6 p.m., followed by the meal, live auction, and the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Attire will be casual.
This event is held every other year, with all funds designated to support an areawide healthcare project. This year’s project is “Cancer Care….Navigating Your Journey,” a comprehensive program to prevent, manage and heal the physical and psychosocial conditions that arise with any cancer diagnosis. The BCHC program was created to give cancer survivors a healthier future through rehabilitation.

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