Voting open for local FSA committee
Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to submit their votes in the Farm Service Agency County Committee election. Ballots were being mailed out this week and must be returned to local FSA offices by Dec. 3. Eligible voters who do not receive ballots can obtain them from their local USDA Service Center.
To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, also may be eligible to vote.
Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2013. FSA county committees make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms.
For more information on county committees, such as the new 2012 fact sheet and brochures, visit www.fsa.usda.gov\elections.
Big Pool helps set new Guinness World Record
Garden City's Big Pool has been enshrined for being part of setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swim lesson along with 15 different countries around the world.
On June 14, about 57 locals took part in a free swim lesson at the Big Pool, hosted by the Garden City Recreation Commission, part of a World's Largest Swim Lesson event. Simultaneously, another 24,873 people in 15 countries also had a swim lesson, which broke the 2011 record by 30 percent.
The Big Pool hopes to help set a new record next summer with another swim lesson event on June 18, 2013. More information will be available in May from the GCRC.
BJES video in top 10 for health grant
Buffalo Jones Elementary School has earned enough votes to rank fourth out of 300 schools competing for the Healthy School Makeover Competition. The top 10 videos, which were determined by the greatest number of votes, will be selected to go through to the next phase, which is a judging process that will take place from Nov. 14 to Dec. 10.
The school is in the running for a $45,000 Healthy School Makeover Grant. The online voting ran from the first part of November to the 14th of the month. People had the opportunity to vote once a day online at the Healthy School Makeover website, www.healthyschoolmakeover.com.
Third-grade teacher Kerri Steelman put together a video and submitted it to the 2012 Healthy School Makeover Contest, in which the $45,000 prize will translate into fitness programming and equipment for the school. Steelman put the video together after hearing about the nationwide contest.
Steelman also is a part of the Wellness Champion Group at Buffalo Jones, along with fellow third-grade teachers Diane Smith and Dawn Graham.