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Aliza Brugger is state runner-up in Voice of Democracy contest

February 1, 2011

Aliza Brugger
Aliza Brugger
Aliza Brugger, a senior at Boone Central High School, was Nebraska’s second place statewide winner in the annual VFW Voice of Democracy Contest.

She received a $2,000 college scholarship for her runner-up finish. Contest results were announced Friday, Jan. 28, during the VFW’s Mid-Winter Conference in Lincoln.

Aliza, daughter of Norm and Keri Brugger of Albion was the first place winner in VFW District 15. She was one of eight finalists selected to present their Voice of Democracy entries last Friday on the theme: “Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?”

Vietnam War Memorial will be at fair

January 26, 2011

A special feature of the 2011 Boone County Fair will be the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall, which will be located on the fairgrounds July 8-11.

The wall will be arriving at the fairgrounds in Albion on July 6. Set up will begin on July 7, and the wall will be ready for viewing on July 8.

The Moving Wall, completed in 1984, is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, which pays tribute to the nearly 58,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam War.

This is the same Moving Wall that was displayed in Tilden 2 1/2 years ago.

New Miss America was guest at Punkin’ Chunkin’

January 18, 2011

Miss America Teresa Scanlan
Miss America Teresa Scanlan
Newly crowned Miss America, Teresa Scanlan of Gering, NE, was in Boone County last October to attend Petersburg’s annual Punkin’ Chunkin’TM event.

Scanlan, 17, made history Saturday, Jan. 15, at the annual pageant in Las Vegas by becoming the first Nebraskan ever to wear the Miss America crown.

She had attended the Punkin’ Chunkin’TM event on Oct. 31, 2010 as Miss Nebraska. She opened the event by singing The Star Spangled Banner and addressing the crowd. She followed up by spending the afternoon signing autographs, having pictures taken with those attending, and presenting various awards. Read more

Boone Central to host 66th Choral Clinic

January 11, 2011

Boone Central High School will host its 66th annual Boone Central Choral Clinic on Jan. 17.

Fifteen schools will come together to form a mass choir of more than 450 singers. Students will rehearse throughout the day and present a public concert at 5:30 p.m. in the Boone Central Gym.

Guest clinician will be Joel Johnston of Omaha.

Community will welcome Neal Claar

December 28, 2010

A “Welcome Home” celebration will be held for Neal Claar on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 5 p.m. on Petersburg’s Main Street.

Claar, a Petersburg native, is home while recovering from wounds he sustained in the Afghanistan War.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

It’s always good to see Santa

December 21, 2010

Santa Claus had to postpone his visit with Albion area youngsters on Dec. 11 due to extreme winds, but he was back last Thursday evening, Dec. 16, to talk to children in the gazebo at the downtown mini-park.

About 50 area children turned out to see Santa on Thursday, and some stayed for rides on the horse-drawn hayrack Thursday night.

In this photo, Santa is visiting with Cami Spiegel. Santa reported the schedule has been busy, and the reindeer are rested up and ready for their long flight on Christmas Eve.

Santa’s visit, hayrack rides are Thursday

December 14, 2010

Due to severe winds and cold on Saturday, Dec. 11, the visit by Santa Claus to Albion was postponed until Thursday evening, Dec. 16.

Children can visit with Santa in the downown mini-park from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday. There will not be a children’s movie.

An extra added attraction will be old-fashioned horse-drawn hayrack rides from 6 to 8 p.m., weather permitting

Loading of the horse-drawn wagon for the hayrack rides will be held at the downtown mini-park. Apple cider and cookies will be served.

Christmas carolers are invited to sing during this time. Church choirs and interested singers should gather at 6 p.m. in the mini-park to begin caroling.

Santa’s visit, kids movie set Saturday

December 7, 2010

A free children’s movie and a visit by Santa Claus are scheduled in Albion this Saturday, Dec. 11.

The free movie begins at 2 p.m., and will be followed by visits with Santa, who will be available in the downtown mini park (weather permitting). In case of bad weather, Santa will visit with children in the Gateway Theatre lobby.

Another 12 winners in the weekly holiday drawings were announced last week by the Albion Chamber of Commerce. The second drawings were held Wednesday, Dec. 1, and the winners of $50 each are listed in an advertisement on Page 8 of this week’s Albion News.

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