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Center for Rural Affairs representatives and District 32 Senator Tom Brandt of Plymouth made a stop at the Geneva Public Library on June 18. Shown (above, L-R) are Legislative aide to Senator Brandt, Camdyn Kavan; Senator Brandt of Plymouth; Jordan Rasmussen; and Lauren Taylor of the Center for Rural Affairs, located in Lyons. Jordan Rasmussen told those in attendance that the Center works to ensure that rural entrepreneurs and business owners have access to what they might need to succeed. They also provide help for new farmers and ranchers to get a start, and to develop community food systems such as community gardens. Senator Brandt gave an overview of the 2019 legislative session and the bills that he introduced and that passed during the session. There were discussions on the lack of property tax relief, growing hemp in the state, broadband for rural areas and what we can expect to happen in the 2020 short legislative session.

Geneva Days set to happen July 4-6

The three-day Geneva Days celebration begins its run on Thursday, July 4, and continues on through Saturday, July 6. The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring the celebration. Details and event sign-up forms can be found at The majority of the events are kid friendly.  Plan on spending at least one day, if not all three, in Geneva.
Thursday's events start off with a pancake feed and a 5K color run.  Next up is a golf tournament at the Hidden Hills Country Club and car show at Geneva Tire.  The Geneva Sons of the American Legion Post 68 will be operating a beer garden in the city park all day on July 4 and July 6, and from 5 p.m. to close on July 5. The 4th of July Parade will start at 4 p.m. (line-up begins at 2:30 p.m., at the Fillmore Central Elementary School).  Following the parade, awards will be given out at the City Park, along with a Quilts of Valor presentation being made. The Geneva Lions Club will be serving a meal in the park beginning at 5 p.m.  Bouncy Houses will also begin at this time.  The Home by 10 Band hits the bandstand stage beginning at 8 p.m.  Geneva Fire & Rescue will be putting on a fireworks display at dusk.
Free swimming will happen at the Geneva Family Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday.  Bouncy Houses begin operating at 5 p.m., on Friday, July 5. Adult and youth kickball tournaments begin at 6 p.m., on Friday at the main softball field.  The Route Six Six Band will take the bandstand stage at 8 p.m.
Saturday's events begins with a MWBA sanctioned BBQ Cook-off challenge. Bouncy Houses will be available from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., in the city park on July 6 (hosted/monitored be FC cheer-leading).  Water gun/balloon fights will start at 11 a.m., on the softball field, followed by a noon meal provided by the Geneva Rotary Club. The Fillmore County Legion Riders will be hosting a 150-mile Poker Run starting from the Geneva VFW Club (registration 11-12) at noon.  Additional Saturday afternoon events:  face painting; the Amazing Race Geneva Edition for ages 13-18; water gun/balloon fights; free movie "The Green Berets" at the Rialto II Theatre; and talent show.  BBQ meal plates will be available beginning at approximately 5 p.m. (served by the Geneva PEO Chapter) at the city park. The adult/youth kick ball tournament resumes at 5 p.m. The Geneva American Legion Cornerstone Bank Sharks Seniors host SOS on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.  Karaoke in the Park starts at 8 p.m., on the bandstand. A kids outdoor movie will begin at 8 p.m.  A home run derby (no pre-registration needed) will take place following the conclusion of the Sharks' baseball game at the Legion Ball Field.   

Fairmont celebrates this Friday-Sunday

Fairmont celebrates its Old Setts Picnic this weekend.
Friday's events include a Fairview Manor fund-raiser at the Fairmont American Legion Club; high school student scavenger hunt and music at the Legion.  There will be free swimming all weekend at the Fairmont Village Swimming pool.
Saturday kicks-off with a Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m.  Other morning events include breakfast at the Legion; Veteran Memorial walking tour; lunch stand; vintage market and free Show & Shine.  Going on in Fairmont Saturday afternoon are a Soda Shoppe at the Fillmore County Historical Museum; kids slime shop at the Legion; Veteran Memorial program; free fire truck rides; fire department water fights and pitch tournament.  The After Midnight band will play beginning at 9 p.m., on Saturday night.
A community church service starts things off on Sunday in Fairmont at 11 a.m.  A community meal happens next; followed by the Soda Shoppe being open, Frisbee golf, a kids movie, dunk tank and a horseshoe tournament at the Village Pool Park.
The Marv Roper Memorial Parade will begin winding through the village starting at 5 p.m.  The Fillmore Central Middle School will be the starting point.  After the parade's conclusion, a community picnic will take place at the Pool Park, along with inflatables, swimming and polka music.  A community fireworks show is planned to begin at about 9:45 p.m., at the Ball Field.  Contact any Fairmont Community Club member for more information.

Fleharty cuts it for 40 years

By Dianne Girmus
The Nebraska Signal

When Larry Fleharty was 14, he told his barber, Rusty Robbins, that he was thinking about going to barber college and Robbins thought that was a great idea.
After Fleharty graduated from Fairmont High School in 1969, he attended Lincoln Barber College (College of Hair Design today) for nine and a half months.  After graduation, he then cut hair in Lincoln for two years, Grand Island five years, where he met and married his wife, Deb, and Hastings three years.  With his mother and sister still residing in Fairmont, Fleharty came home for a visit in June of 1979 and also stopped in at the local barber shop, “Tom’s Barber Shop” owned by Tom Hassler, for a visit.
Fleharty was looking to purchase a small-town barber shop and, during the conversation, mentioned this to Hassler.
Hassler replied, “Why not buy my shop?”
Fleharty said, “I was really surprised and very happy, for it fit right in with the plan.”
Before opening his new business, Fleharty had the building remodeled with new floors, walls and a lowered ceiling, which took about a month.  He also changed the name of the business to the “Head Shed.”  Fleharty opened his business on June 30, 1979, and today is now celebrating 40 years of business in his boyhood shop that was then called “Rusty’s Barber Shop.”
Fleharty, who’s been cutting hair for 50 years, said he became a barber because he’s a “people person.”
“I love interacting with people...


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Shickley Longhorn Days this weekend

By Lisa Hendrickson
Shickley Correspondent

Excitement is building as the "Big Little Town" of Shickley prepares to host a stampede of an event, Longhorn Days; the biggest community shindig since the Q-125 that was celebrated in 2013.  The Shickley Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron No. 164  is partnering up with the Big Little Town (BLT) Revitalization Club to provide activities and enjoyment for all ages on Saturday, June 22.
"We just want to have an event, a celebration.  We haven't done one for years," says Brock Domeier, BLT Club member. "It works to piggyback with the Legion in their efforts to maximize the event.  It will be a fun filled day for everyone."
Step up to the starting line-up for a 5K/10K Fun Run, followed by a Co-ed Softball Tournament.  If you would rather cool off, dig into the fun with Mud Volleyball.  Stroll through Shickley history at the Virgil Biegert Library Museum and take a look at the Show and Shine Car/ Tractor show on main street.  Get your number called to win a prize at the Bingo tables sponsored by the Shickley Legion Auxiliary Post  No. 164. A meal will be served in the community building.
Kids will love the events for the day.  They can sing along with the String Beans, jump their jiggles out in a bounce house and get all warm and fuzzy at the petting zoo.  Splash in the swimming pool.  Admission is free.
The SAL events include the Midwest BBQ Association-sanctioned Rib Cook-off going on all day.  A meal will be served. In the evening, Nebraska's Emmitt Bower Band will take the stage at 8:30 p.m., with its rocking country sound that is known nation-wide.                                                                                                                          
"The SAL is hoping that proceeds from the day will give us enough funds to start construction on the 50 Flags Veteran's Memorial.  We have currently raised over $315,000 for the project. " SAL member Wade Walters said. See advertisement inside detailing the special gun raffle and auction being sponsored by the Shickley SAL.
 But the fun doesn't stop there.  On Sunday, June 23, an 18 Hole, four-man scramble will be held at Hidden Hills Golf Course in rural Geneva.   For details and registration information, check out and click on the "Events" tab.  Round 'em up and enjoy the day with your friends and family, celebrating summer and Shickley at Longhorn Days!