A Beatrice student has been named one of the top two youth volunteers in the state for her work creating quilts for area veterans.
Jetta Harvey, 16, is a sophomore at Harvey Academy for Higher Learning. She received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for leading 30 students from her 4-H club and 10 others from a local middle school as the groups put together quilts to honor veterans in the community.
“I love to quilt,” Harvey said. “I also love my country and am very grateful for the veterans who sacrifice to keep me safe.”
The award includes a $1,000 prize, an engraved medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C., where she will join another Nebraska winner, 10-year-old Kadynce Mullins of Nebraska City, as well as the top two honorees from each state and the District of Columbia.
After learning that she was selected as a winner, Harvey said she was “elated.” She applied for the award in October, she said, but had nearly forgotten about it until she received a letter in the mail last week saying that she had won.
Now, Harvey is looking forward to her trip to Washington D.C. From April 28 through May 1, Harvey will join fellow Prudential Spirit of Community Award winners as they attend a series recognition events and sightseeing activities throughout the capital. Of all the events planned, Harvey said she is most excited to go to the Smithsonian.
Harvey was inspired to start making quilts for veterans several years ago, when a fellow 4-H member began sewing Quilts of Valor.
“It really struck me how much time and energy she put into these quilts,” Harvey said.
Harvey began learning to sew years ago, and with the help of her mother, she constructed a quilt for a fellow 4-H member's father who had served aboard a submarine off the coast of North Korea for five years.
She enjoyed sewing the quilt so much that she decided to continue making them, and eventually began teaching others to quilt. In all, Harvey has helped make five quilts for veterans in her community, and has taught more than 40 others to sew and make quilts.
“I love passing on the skills that I know, and to help younger 4-Hers,” Harvey said. “It was so rewarding to watch them gain confidence.”
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The Homestead Running Club hosted its annual Healthy Hearts Run on Saturday afternoon in Beatrice. Runners could choose between a mile-long fun run or a 5K race. Competitors and spectators braved a snow-covered trail and freezing temperatures to take part in the event. A total of 85 competitors took part in the run/walk. A portion of the event's proceeds were donated to Willow Center in Beatrice. After the event, competitors gathered at the Beatrice American Legion Club for food, hot chocolate and warmth.
Beatrice City Council member Dwight Parde has filed to seek another term on the council.
Parde, currently in his fourth term on the city council, will run again for council member for Beatrice’s Ward 3, saying there’s more work to be done.
There’s the issue of the fire station, Parde said, a conversation which started 10 or 15 years ago and is picking up steam again. The building could be completely replaced or the existing one may simply be refurbished, Parde said, either way, there’s a big push to see the project completed.
Parde also said that with the help of Abigail Stark, the city’s new legal assistant, the council is working on updating civil codes to clean up the commercial areas of town. He also sees work on the landfill becoming an issue over the course of the next four years.
Before being elected to the city council, Parde said that the city hadn’t done too much with tax increment financing, something that, in recent years, has helped to develop parts of the city.
“There's a lot of discussion whether it's good or bad, because you do postpone the taxes, but you're getting stuff built on areas that wouldn't have much at all if any taxable income,” Parde said. “So why not have something there good and have it eventually come back on the tax roll? That's a lot of the city right now, a lot of different areas we have developing.”
Parde was born in Beatrice, and outside of a few years living in DeWitt, he’s been a resident of town and has worked at the Beatrice State Developmental Center for 37 years in multiple capacities.
Being on city council has been an illuminating experience, Parde said, especially when he speaks with people on the outside of city politics and he is able to explain why certain projects are tenable or not.
“The great part is, you have a lot of support staff,” he said. “It's great working with the city administrator, the city attorney, the department heads are all real great to work with.”