Propane Emergency Class Cairo, Nebraska #firefightertrainingcaironebraska

propane class trainingOver fifty Volunteer Firefighters representing nine Fire Departments attended the Propane Emergency Class at the Cairo Community Center on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  The Departments included Alda, Ashton, Boelus, Dannebrog, Elba, Loup City, Rockville, St. Paul, Loup City, and Cairo.

Brian Busse, instructor for the NE State Fire Marshall Training Division, presented a four-hour class for the Firefighters regarding the safe and effective methods to combat a propane emergency.  The class was presented in cooperation with the National Propane Gas Association.

In order to actively combat the actual fire or “hot spot emergency,” attendance was required.  The actual ‘hands-on’ fire emergency event will take place at the Cairo Community Center parking lot on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.


The class began with the general discussion of safety issues for everyone involved (Firefighters, Law Enforcement, HAZMAT people, EMT’s spectators, etc).  The focus then centered on the following eight-step process:

  • Site Management and Control (How to secure and control the hot, warm, and cold zones)
  • Identifying the Problem (Recognizing the gases, types of containers, terrain, winds, etc)
  • Evaluating the Hazards and Risks (Types of gas behavior, weather conditions, available resources and water capacity for cooling containers, safety considerations)
  • Selecting Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Managing Information and Coordinating Resources (Organizations include the Fire Department, law enforcement, industry response teams, and others such as the highway department, vehicle recovery services, and salvage companies.)
  • Implementing Response Objectives (Understanding and choosing an offensive strategy, defensive strategy, or non-intervention strategy)
  • Decontamination, if necessary (Detox, formal cleaning procedures)
  • Terminating the Incident (Accounting for all personnel’s health and safety, tools and machinery, and the neutrality of the site itself.  De-briefing. Documentation of the event.)


Time was also given to combustion ratios, carbon monoxide hazards, and toxic conditions that cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, and other noticeable physical changes.  Procedures were discussed for handling such emergencies.


“The turn-out was really great tonight.  There was a lot to learn and, whether we’re operating as individual departments, or together as mutual aid, this class really helped us all.  I look forward to our ‘burn’ next week when we will apply what we’ve learned.”     Chief Steve Oseka, Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department.


P.S.  Please mark your calendars for the Annual Smorgasbord, March 14th.  Cairo


C-2 High Kick Division State Champions #centurapride

2015 centura state dance team

Here are your 2015  C-2 High Kick Division State Champions

Bottom Row (L to R): Lindsay Wetzel (Junior); Jordyn Grabowski (Junior); Emily Wells (Senior); Abby Hadenfeldt (Freshman)
Top Row (L to R): Brynn Korinek (Freshman); Bailey Vieth (Sophomore); Rachel Baustert (Freshman); Kiley Ruhl (Junior)
Coach (not pictured): Coach Courtney Baker

The Centura Dance Team competed in the 2015 Nebraska State Cheer & Dance Championships held February 21, 2015 at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island.  The Centura Dance received 1st place in the Class C2 High Kick Division.

Choose ACE, Choose Nebraska

Choose ACE, Choose Nebraska
Choice Gas selection period April 10-23
The 2015 Choice Gas program selection period begins April 10 and runs through April 23. ACE is the only community-owned, not-for-profit supplier in the Choice Gas program. It is owned by 72 member communities in Nebraska, including Cairo, and participates in the Choice Gas program to provide competition for the benefit of all natural gas customers.
As a not-for-profit gas supplier, ACE can return excess revenue above the cost of operating the organization to its member communities, keeping money in Nebraska. ACE has returned more than $1,600 to Cairo. ACE distribution funds are used in various ways for each community.
      As an ACE member community, local residents benefit from a community-owned, not-for-profit supplier providing competition in the Choice Gas program.
ACE offers several pricing options, including ACE WeatherShield, a fixed level monthly bill option (which covers all commodity and distribution charges, taxes and fees) along with fixed and market rate options.
For more on ACE and its pricing options, go to or call the city office.

Cairo Volunteer Fire Department Annual Smorgasbord

The Cairo fire department will have their annual smorgasbord on Saturday March 14 from 4:30-8:00 pm at the Cairo Community Center.  Prices are $8/Adults and $5/Kids (12 yrs & under).  You can purchase tickets at the door or at Cairo Pathway Bank, Cairo Pathway Insurance and the Cairo Village Hall. 
The CVFD is also accepting donations.  We rely on donations from members of the community as a source of income. Your donation goes directly to provide services throughout Hall, Howard & Buffalo counties.  It also provides for their training, equipment and emergency vehicles.  All donations are tax deductible.  Please mail donations to Cairo Volunteer Fire Dept  PO Box 456  Cairo NE  68824
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Christ Lutheran Church to hold 3rd annual Easter Basket Auction


Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo will be holding the 3rd annual Easter basket auction to benefit the Moses Comfort Dog ministry, and the community is welcome to participate in this unique fundraiser.    If you would like to donate a basket, please contact the church or e-mail    Some of the baskets will be on display at the Pathway Bank from March 30 through April 1, and the silent auction will end on Easter morning, April 5, at the church.    As always – the Moses Comfort Dog team appreciates the support of the community!

Village Needs a Volunteer to help with Cornstalk Fun run #cornstalkfunrun


village FitnessQuinn and Randi need your help. Village Fitness will still be sponsoring the Cairo Cornstalk Festival Fun run this year but we will not be able to be there the day of the race. We are looking for a few volunteers that could help the morning of the race, June 20th. Volunteers would get a free T-shirt.  Visit their Facebook page or leave a comment below to help out a business that has done so much for the community.

New Hope Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser. #spaghettifornewhope

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Spaghetti Feed raising money to fund New Hope Christian School.

Some of the Silent Auction items include:

  • Beef bundles
  • Hog
  • Restaurant Gift Cards
  • Quilts
  • Framed Pictures
  • Jewelry
  • Trips
  • Kids Items
  • Husker Tickets
  • and much more.

Pictures of a few of the silent auction items.

Visit New Hope on Facebook for more listings



Centura Dance Team Send Off #centuradanceteamstatecompetition

Centura Dance team state send off 2015

You’re invited to send the Centura Dance Team to State.

When:  Saturday February 21st, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm

Where:  Cairo Main Street

Help us cheer on the team as they travel to Grand Island to compete in the Nebraska Dance Championships!  Please bring signs to support the team!

The girls will compete in the High Kick Division at 8:57 pm at the Heartland events Center in grand Island on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  For more information, see the official website,


Centura Booster Club Basketball Tournament

The Centura Booster Club hosted a Youth Club Basketball Tournament on Saturday, February 7th and Sunday, February 8th. There were 46 teams ranging from grades fourth through eighth with boys playing on Saturday and girls playing on Sunday. The Centura High School girls and boys basketball teams volunteered their time by running the game clock, keeping score, working concession stands, and taking gate money. The Centura elementary and junior high teams did a great job, with 6th grade girls and 7th grade boys getting runner up and 4th, 6th, and 8th grade boys winning their championship game. Sandra Krolikowski, a member of Centura’s Booster Club had this to say about the tournament, “The tournament was a very successful fundraiser for the Centura Boosters.  In turn, the funds raised will be used to help benefit the Centura students and student related programs.” They plan on organizing another youth tournament next year.Basketball

Centura High School Student Council Pizza Night

Centura students Paige Reimers and Jane Zimmerman attended the District 3 Nebraska Student Council Convention with Mrs. Carpenter, Student Council Advisor, on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Grand Island Senior High. They attended mini-sessions, listened to guest speakers, and did activities with other students. Thirteen schools with 205 students and advisors attended the convention.


Later that day, the Centura Student Council met for a pizza party, sponsored by the Teens in the Driver Seat Program, for their efforts in promoting seatbelt usage. The student council recently presented a program on Driver Distractions during student prep, and displayed signs throughout the building on texting while driving. They also conducted a field observation of students driving while texting, listening to music, or talking on their phone leaving the parking lot at school. Surprisingly the results were 19% of the students used an electronic device while driving, and 81% did not.Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 9.19.46 AM