Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB), Project Coordinator, is excited to announce the addition of a new program and partnership. KLBB is proud to announce that they are working with the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, a non-profit entity, and have set up a drop off/collection site for the Wands for Wildlife Program. To be accepted wands must be cleaned using hot soapy water and be unbroken. This program fits perfectly into KLBB’s vision of keeping unnecessary items out of the landfills and reusing them to their full potential!! In addition, the program is meeting another important piece in our environment and that is the conservation of our wildlife through good practices such as reuse and recycle via animal rehab.
The Wands for Wildlife Program was initiated from a simple Facebook post on Appalachian Wild Co-founder, Savannah Trantham, personal page in 2017. Tranthum’s post for mascara wands went viral and lead to the creation of Wands for Wildlife. Today wands are being shared with other rehab facilities and home-based rehabilitators across the nation.
Even though the Clothing Closet in Burwell was not open in February of 2017, due to a blizzard, it still managed to serve 768 family members from an average of six surrounding counties during the 2017 year. The counties commonly served are: Garfield, Loup, Valley, Wheeler, Holt, Custer and various other counties. Visitors from three states also shopped at the Clothing Closet. Over 17,500 pounds of clothing was donated to the Clothing Closet and approximately 8,448 pounds went home with shoppers. Of course, all of this does not happen without some faithful volunteers. One hundred and one volunteers donated 303 hours of service to make the Clothing Closet accessible to families.
The Clothing Closet could not function without the dedicated service from the volunteers. The First Christian Church provides the facilities for the Clothing Closet and their graciousness is appreciated by all of the volunteers and those who visit the Clothing Closet.
Ord Viaero Wireless sponsored a highly successful winter clothing drive in the Ord area to help supply clothes to the Clothing Closet located in Burwell, Nebraska. Daniela Deaver, store manager at Ord Viaero Wireless, implemented the clothing drive. The response to the drive was very positive and Viaero Wireless donated over 1000 pounds of clothing to the Clothing Closet in Burwell. Thank you to all who donated to this drive.
Because there was such a positive response to the clothing drive, Viaero Wireless is still accepting donations. These donations will then be delivered to the Clothing Closet in Burwell. Donations of clothing may be made at Viaero Wireless, 1315 N. St., Ord, NE. during business hours. If you have any questions, call the store at 308-750-9700. For more information about the Clothing Closet in Burwell, contact Kathy at 308-214-0798.
Viaero Wireless Winter Clothing Drive
Pictured are Kathleen Deaver and Cailin Benda delivering clothes to the Clothing Closet in Burwell.
Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) Project Coordinator, was invited to present to the Burwell Chapter of the TeamMates Mentoring Program on October 18, 2017 at the morning Mentor Huddle. Hughes was excited to share what KLBB stands for, what it promotes, and give ideas to those in attendance.
Mrs. Hughes began by introducing herself and explaining the, who, what, when, where and why’s of proper recycling practices. Hughes, who focuses much of her energy on education and reuse strategies, shared four hands on reuse projects and spoke on two additional ways mentors can engage mentees in doing beautiful things for their environment.
Hughes showed attendees how to reuse toilet paper and paper towel rolls and an old picture frame to create a brand new, unique piece of wall art. The creation of refrigerator magnets and table coasters out of old, unwanted CD/DVD’s was discussed and shown by Hughes. Mrs. Hughes provided tools on how to make paper beads out of old newspapers, magazines, etc. and explained the process. Even the repurposing of K-cups from Keurig coffee makers was shown and discussed by Hughes.
“E” week at Calamus Kids Pre-school in Burwell is an “E”xciting, “E”xceptional, and “E”ducational week where the classes get to learn about an important “E”nvironmental component when Amy Hughes, KLBB Project Coordinator, visits to talk about “E”ntomology!!! Mrs. Hughes spends 30 minutes with each class talking about what Entomology and/or an Entomologist is and does.
The youth get to see first-hand preserved insect specimens that Mrs. Hughes has collected over the years. Many of the youth are amazed at the number of insects and ask a ton of questions in regards to what each insect is and also comment on which ones are their favorites. The butterflies are always a hit with many youth being able to identify the Monarch butterfly right away!!!
Bicycles collected from environmentally conscious and generous area individuals made their way to Lincoln, NE, on Sunday, October 15, 2017. A total of 11 bicycles were loaded into the back of a pickup, secured down, and endured the bumpy three hour ride to the home of Gary Hughes of Lincoln. Upon arrival the bicycles were unloaded, evaluated, and Gary’s hands began performing their magic.
Monday afternoon nine of the bikes were ready for new owners and were taken to First Presbyterian Church. Within 30 minutes three bikes found new owners. Some of the bikes were rode to their new homes while others were placed lovingly into a vehicle for transport. The new recipients were very thankful for such a wonderful gift.
The Bicycle Recycle and Safety Program, which the bicycles are being collected for, is entering into its second month of existence and has already prevented over 40 bicycles from entering area landfills and rather entering the hearts and homes of new owners after some simple tender, love and care. Anyone interested in donating a bicycle for recycle/reuse/refurbishment purposes is invited to drop them off 24/7 at the Loup Basin RC&D Office at 330 South Hwy 11, Burwell, NE 68823. The Bicycle Recycle & Safety Program is a continual program meaning bicycles are welcome at any time!!!
Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) was chosen, out of many applicants, to be a recipient of plants by Dickinson’s Witchhazel and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) for National Planting Day. National Planting Day was officially September 9, 2017, however, planting events are welcome to be held throughout the month of September. KLBB was notified September 5, 2017 that their pollinator garden plants were being shipped for the event!!
The Bud’s and Blooms Garden Club met September 12, 2017 and volunteered to plant the four plant species (Hamamelis virginiana, Viburnum dentatum, Asclepias tuberosa, and Phlox maculata) at the Loup River Scenic Byway Interpretive Center. Club members present included Sonja Wagner, Jessica Petersen and Amy Hughes. KLBB extends a big THANK YOU to Dickinson Witchhazel and Keep America Beautiful for choosing KLBB as a recipient of these wonderful plants and to those volunteers that helped get the awarded plants into the ground. These plants are all extremely pollinator friendly and will be a great addition to the already established pollinator garden at the Interpretive Center.
Old, broken, unwanted bicycles are receiving a new chance at life through the Bicycle Recycle & Safety Program offered by Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB). Bicycles donated or rescued for the program get a face lift thanks to Gary Hughes of Lincoln, NE.
Mr. Hughes and wife, Lynne, visit Burwell regularly to visit family, Ben, Amy & Breon Hughes and the bicycles collected in between visits travel back to Lincoln with them. It is in Mr. Hughes’ “workshop” where he performs his magic, making them ride-able again. Mr. Hughes takes parts from bicycles that are unfixable and uses them to refurbish those that just need some T.L.C. “Some bicycles do not need much of anything other than cleaned up” states Mr. Hughes. Following their time with Mr. Hughes the bicycles travel to the First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln where any youth who would like a bike, but cannot afford one, are offered the opportunity to call one their own.
Hey coffee drinkers!!! Ever wonder what other use the Keurig cups (K-cups) possibly have? Well Amy Hughes, Project Coordinator with Keep Loup Basin Beautiful has found some and is excited to share one of them with everyone on August 30, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Loup River Scenic Byway Interpretive Center.
Adults and youth are all invited to the rescheduled K-Cup Reuse Workshop!!! At the workshop participants will learn how to create their own bouquet of forever flowers out of K-cups, paint, straws and construction paper. A $5.00 donation made payable to the Loup Basin RC&D Council is suggested for supplies as all supplies will be provided!!!
Participants will also receive the new 2017 Recycle Guide and be provided the opportunity to view the recycling trailers and semi-trailer and have any questions answered.
The Clothing Closet served 555 people in 2016. Seven thousand pounds of clothing was donated, nine counties were served, and adult and youth volunteers gave of their time 112 times.
Clothing that is not used, is donated to the Burwell Assembly of God Youth Ministries project “Toss Box”. Pastor, Dave Busch and his family pick up the unused clothing and transport it to Grand Island where it is collected by the semi-load and delivered to the People’s City Mission recycling center in Lincoln and it is separated into three categories. The best clothes and shoes are made available to the homeless, the next cut goes to third world countries and the least usable go to industrial firms where they are processed into other products. The products going to the industrial markets are sold with the funds going to the church’s mission projects. Each semi trailer load usually brings in about $3,000.00.