Blood drive coming up

This time of the year is busy for everyone and many of us know the need for blood is constant. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed daily in the United States as well as nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma. The Hemingford Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) is doing their part by hosting the third Blood Drive in 2019 on August 14th from 07:20 to 12:30 at the Hemingford Fire Hall. The West Nebraska Blood Center (WNBC) will doing the blood collection and the units collected will stay in this area. If you are feeling well, weigh at least 115 pounds and are 17 years of age or older (16 with parental consent), please consider donating blood to restock the local supply.

You may go online to to reserve a time for your donation. If you do not have access to an electronic device, you may call Jim at 308-760-4503 or Barb at 308-760-0804 to assist you in this process. The early time slots fill quickly so make your reservation now; walk-ins are always welcome but you may have to wait a bit for the scheduled ones to be completed. The roster will be sent to WNBC on August 12th.

Old timers picnic

The Joseph & Sheryl Applegarth Band will provide musical entertainment during the Old Timers Picnic on Friday, Aug. 9th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Hall at the Fair Grounds.

Support local

Don’t forget to stop by the Diorama Food Booth, 4-H booth, Legion Trailer out at the Fair Grounds during the Box Butte County Fair.

NebMTA Music Festival

Congratulations to Anjelina Soto of Hemingford and Ella Schalke, Lucy Schlake, and Kooper Knispel of Ogallala for each receiving a medal for a “1” rating for their piano performances at the 2019 Nebraska Music Teacher’s Association Western District Festival. They will soon have the opportunity to attempt another “1” rating and potentially receive a trophy at the 2019 NebMTA State Festival in Omaha on October 19th and 20th - Good luck everyone! Next year’s 2020 NebMTA Western District Festival will take place the afternoon of Sunday, May 3rd at Alliance High School. Please contact Sarah Arneson at or 402-730-5784 for more information. Concert Band and piano instruments will be accepted as entries for the 2020 festival. Entry Deadline will be March 31, 2020.

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