Sunday, January 31, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: Blizzard Watch, Buffalo Feed Attendance

Here is some of the latest news from Dorchester and the surrounding area:

URGENT -- Tuesday's Blizzard Watch:  Dorchester and the surrounding area are under a blizzard watch, which is in effect from Monday, 6 p.m. until  midnight Wednesday.  The National Weather Service is saying a mix of rain and snow will begin Monday afternoon before tuning to all snow by Monday evening.  Winds will be blow from the northeast up to 30 mph, with gusts of 40 mph, before dying down Tuesday night.  Visibility could be less than a quarter of a mile.  Snow accumulations: 8 inches or more.  See the latest forecast and radar images here. (UPDATE: The NWS has issued a winter storm warning for our area.  It now appears 6-10 inches will mix with 35 mph wind gusts from late tonight through early Wednesday morning.)

Nearly 400 Attend Dorchester Legion's Buffalo Feed:  Anyone passing through on Dorchester's main street Sunday would have been hard pressed to find a parking spot.  We are told via e-mail that around 400 people showed up at the Dorchester Legion's annual buffalo. Undoubtedly, this is one of the biggest and best winter events in Saline County -- made even better when the thermometer hits 50 degrees on a Sunday in late January. The Dorchester Legion, Auxiliary, Sons of American Legion and their volunteers make us proud to be from Dorchester.

Weber Feed Yards Spotlighted In AP Story: A story running on the Associated Press news wire, which covers the state and nation, talks about farmers increasingly driving heavy, large newer equipment on Nebraska's highways.  The AP reports that a bill at the Legislature has been introduced to exempt several types of farm equipment from the weight and load restrictions. County governments oppose the bill and blame the heavy machines for damaging their roads, especially "around feedlots."  The article quotes cattle producers and feedlot owners, including Dorchester's own Joel Weber, who gives the feeders' side of the story.

DeWitt's 'Operation BridgeSit' A Success:  Did you hear about the DeWitt residents who, on behalf of the DeWitt Area Recovery Team -- DART, for short -- sat in chairs above a Turkey Creek bridge to raise awareness and money for unmet needs in DeWitt following last spring's flood damage? Their bold tactics worked.  The two men raised about $6,000 over the weekend, with more money likely from a PayPal account.  Why tell you about this? Because this is the essence of small-town spirit and civic mindedness. To donate, send checks to Blue Valley Community Action, 620 Fifth St., Fairbury, NE 68352 (refer to DART in subject line).

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