Thank you Cairo Nebraska Easter Egg Hunt Sponsors

Back Pack Program Receives Generous Donations

Bill and Marcia McDonald have taken on a much-needed labor of love.  Bill and Marcia volunteer and coordinate the Backpack Program at Centura Public Schools.  The program provides much needed kid friendly food to elementary age students.  Each week Bill and Marcia purchase nutritious, kid friendly food, pack it in plastic bags and send the food packs to Centura.  School volunteers place these food packs into backpacks, anonymously, so children who are food insecure will have food over the weekend.  Food packs are provided during the traditional school year and summer school.

Food insecurity affects more than the stomach.  Children who are hungry or worrying about food are less focused on learning.  The simple act of providing food is monumental to a child’s success.

The backpack program started providing food five years ago.  A little over thirty food packs are sent to the school weekly.  Marcia stated that most people are shocked to discover such a need in our community.   Marcia has learned that it isn’t necessarily a lack of funds that leaves a child food insecure, sometimes it just that the child needs food that they can prepare themselves.  The packs contain easily prepared food that doesn’t require much cooking.

The program costs approximately $6,000 per year. The program is funded by private donations.  The Centura Education Foundation has provided grant funds for this program throughout the years.

Upon learning of the Backpack Program at Centura, Tara Janda, Farm Credit Services of America of employee encouraged Bill and Marcia to apply for the Farm Credit Services of America Working Here Grant.  The grant was approved and the backpack program received $1,000 towards the continuation to this very important program. The United Way also provided $1000 in funding for this program. The volunteers of the Backpack Program are grateful for these generous donations.  If a group or individuals are interested in donating, please contact Bill or Marcia, as there is always a need.

Senator Halloran Invites you to a Meet and Greet Hour at Centura Hills

“Please join Senator Steve Halloran for a Happy Hour Meet and Greet at Centura Hills Golf Club on Saturday February 25th, from 5:00PM to 6:00PM, at 312 Centura Hills Dr., Cairo, NE 68824. The forum will offer constituents an opportunity to hear from their District 33 State Senator and to ask questions about proceedings in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. The event will occur just before the monthly meal that Centura Hills Golf Club regularly hosts. If you are interested in staying for the meal, please contact Garrett Rathke at Please feel free to contact Senator Halloran’s office with any questions: (402) 471-2712.”


Steve Oseka, Fire Chief for the Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department, has won the prestigious Bill Behrens Instructor of the Year award given by the Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors.  It is an award open to anyone, Volunteer, or Career, who is involved in Fire Fighting or Emergency Medical Services Instruction.

This award can only be earned as a result of nominations from one’s peers—an indication of high respect.  Those providing formal nominations were:  Charles H. Hoffman, NE State Fire Marshall Training Division, (Director, Retired), and Chief of the Grand Island Rural Fire Department; Todd Brehm, NE Deputy State Fire Marshall; and Scott Kuehl, President, Loup City Fire Department.

Steve has been an instructor for the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division for over twenty-five years.  He has held classes on an average monthly basis and has provided his professional instruction whenever and wherever needed.  For example, he has traveled all over the state, including locations as distant as Chadron, NE.

Steve is a well-respected and highly recognized participant in the field of Fire Fighting instruction.  In addition to his classroom work and on-scene guidance, he is an instructor at the NE State Fire School, held in Grand Island every May.  He also is very active as a “train the trainer” of the local Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department.

Cairo and Nebraska citizens are blessed to have this hard-working and dedicated Professional Firefighter and Instructor…always on duty, on our behalf.

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Cairo QRT Thanks You

The Cairo QRT would like to thank all that bought tickets, attended our fundraiser with the Midwest Dueling Pianos on Feb. 4, as well as those that donated money or volunteered. We live in a great community surrounded by people who we care about that we want to help out in their time of need.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Aurora Co-op, Pathway Bank, Astro Building, U-Betcha Auto, Crop Production Services, Bosselman Enterprises, Roger Hanousek Family, Baasch & Sons, and Herman Plumbing. We appreciate all of your support.

We also would like to recognize Deb Obermiller who retired from our QRT squad after volunteering for 27 years. If you see her in the community, make sure to thank her for her service.

Thank you again! Cairo Quick Response Team.