Monday, October 27, 2014

Rex Tracy Service

REX J. TRACY, 77 was born February 26, 1937, to Harvey & Martha E. (Stamm) Tracy in Wray, Colorado. He passed away October 25, 2014 in Wray, Colorado. A Memorial Services will be held at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Norman Stott officiating. A Private Family Inurnment will be held at the Armel Cemetery in Armel, Colorado. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rex Tracy

We were saddened to hear that Rex Tracy passed away. Everyone in this community has had a pleasant memory to share about him and will miss him. May he rest in peace.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Haigler hosted its 7th annual Fall Tumbleweed Festival on Saturday, October 11, and had a large crowd of attendees throughout the tri-state area, and even some travelers along Highway 34. Festival organizers were lucky once again as weather cooperated with a beautiful autumn day.

Village garage sales of 12 sites filled the morning hours. One of the sites was at the new Cornerstone Center for Community Service (former Haigler Elementary School, now owned by the Haigler Community Foundation). The Sunshine Thrift and Cornerstone Mini-Mall attracted much attention. 

By noon, people began arriving on the museum grounds; and the afternoon festivities began. 

Live music by former Haiglerite LaVoine Smith and his Garage Bunch Band of Burlington, Colorado and special guest musicians Wes White and Phalen Sanford of Benkelman, Nebraska entertained everyone throughout the afternoon. Lunch of sloppy jo sandwiches, hot dogs, relishes, chips, and drinks were served at 1 p.m., and over 30 homemade pies and icecream were served by the Haigler Golden Inn members. This year, donated dollars at the Golden Inn Senior Center will help pay for a new front door and blinds for the building. Donated dollars at the museums and food line help support the Haigler Museums.

The Haigler Museums were all open for people to tour. (One-Room Country School House 67 South, Haigler Cornerstone Museum, and Haigler Jail). Many new exhibits were on display. 

The outside stucco work on the Cornerstone Museum continues to progress—thanks to a grant from the Hansen Charitable Foundation.

Festival activities included treasure hunts, horseshoe pitching, maypole merry-go-round rides, pumpkin decorating, and ticket drawings for the many door prizes donated by area businesses. 

The annual Tumbleweed Contest brought in creatively decorated tumbleweeds tied to a fence along Porter Avenue.

The 2014 Maypole Award, given in recognition of exemplary financial support and service to the Haigler Museums and community efforts, went to all the people who have supported the Tumbleweed Festival throughout the past 7 years. A big thank you to each of you.

Plans are already underway for Festival 2015. Volunteers, ideas, and suggestions are always welcome—with the hope that the Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival will continue for many years to come.

Monday, October 06, 2014

2014 Annual Tumbleweed Festival


It’s Tumbleweed Festival time again in Haigler!  The 7th annual Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival will be Saturday, October 11 on the Haigler Museum grounds south of Golden Rod Highway 34 and Porter Avenue.  You are invited!  The tents, tables, cornstalks, pumpkins, scarecrows, food, and live music are all out awaiting your arrival.  Weather forecasters predict a beautiful fall day Saturday after rain showers on Thursday and Friday.  Event planners encourage you to bring your lawn chair for the afternoon activities. 
     Attendees are encouraged to bring a decorated tumbleweed to be displayed.  Cash prizes will be given.  The art show of the last 2 years has been moved to spring when Haigler will host a Wine and Arts Festival.  There are no admission fees for the Tumbleweed Festival—just free will donations to the Community Foundation to help support the Haigler Museums.  

Schedule of events include village wide garage sales from 9 a.m.-noon MDT. Site maps will be available at 'the station' on Hwy. 34 & Porter Ave. Jellies, jams, canned goods, fresh baked cookies, breads, and treats will be available to purchase. One of the garage sale sites will be at the new Cornerstone Center for Community Service (former Haigler Elementary School). The Sunshine Thrift is having a 50% off summer clearance and new fall merchandise is on display. The Cornerstone Center mini-mall will be open and showcasing booths with a variety of items, including party supplies.

Lunch begins at 1 p.m. with sloppy jo barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, pickles, chips, and drinks. Slices of homemade pies topped with scoops of ice cream will be served at the Golden Inn Senior Center across the street from the museum grounds.

Throughout the afternoon, live music will be performed by former Haiglerite LaVoine Smith and The Garage Bunch Band from Burlington, Colorado. Special guest musicians Wes White and guitarist/songwriter Phalen Sanford of Benkelman, Nebraska will also be performing. Afternoon activities include treasure hunts, games, horseshoe pitching, maypole merry-go-round rides, pumpkin decorating, and ticket drawings for many great prizes donated by community businesses and individuals throughout the tri-state area. The annual Maypole Award will also be presented.

At 3:30 p.m. the traditional Tumbleweed/Spook Parade for kids of all ages (including adults) will begin in front of the Country Schoolhouse Museum. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Alice Gregory's 100th Birthday

The Gregory / Fisher families invite you to attend Alice Gregory's 100th Birthday Party in Tucson on November 29, 2014.

Friday, September 19, 2014

HAIGLER HAPPENINGS - September 19, 2014

The summer has been a busy one in the village of Haigler.  An update on happenings and planned events for fall follows:

     The St. Francis Mercantile Equity Exchange (Haigler branch) has been working for many months on the new Highway 34 frontage for gas pumps.  They are in, lights are on, and ready for your business.  Everything is 'state of the art' and a great business addition for Haigler.

     The Village of Haigler's installation of POU reverse osmosis water systems for all residents and businesses is almost completed.  The well re-linings and the water tower work are completed.  New water main improvements on Porter Avenue are in progress.

     The Cornerstone Museum along Highway 34 is beginning to have a new color and look with the stucco work being done.  Plans are also underway for The Station work to begin---becoming a possible tourist stop in the future.  Thanks to matching grant monies from the Hansen Foundation for these projects.

     The Cornerstone Center for Community Services (former Haigler Elementary School) is now owned by the Haigler Community Foundation.  Major events have included the grand opening activities May 24; the 4th of July weekend celebration; and the Labor Day weekend homemade icecream social.  The Haigler Improvement Committee hosted the 13th annual summer BlueGrass Festival in August.  Many thanks to all in our communities who have supported these events. 

     Services continue to grow at the Cornerstone Center for the communities in and near Haigler.  Open on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. are the Sunshine Thrift (summer clearance now in progress) and the Haigler Depot Library.  Working with the Dundy County Library in Benkelman; the Haigler branch offers many new DVD's and books--free to check out as well as being a Wi-Fi Hot Spot.   Just opened last week is the new mini-mall in Suite 1 where you can purchase used books for only 50 cents; and visit vendor sites for jams, jellies, baked & canned goodies, Avon, Creations by Sabrina, Classy Collections of dishes, glassware, furniture, and miscellaneous.  Come visit and see the offerings.

     Upcoming events at the Cornerstone Center include a wellness and open recreation program.  Beginning Saturday, October 4,  basketball, volleyball, table tennis, exercise equipment, and indoor walking space are available.  For only $10, you will be able to purchase an activity card that will offer you 20 visits for any of these activities.  Center your activities at the Cornerstone!  

     For the weekend of November 1 and 2, plans are underway for the Center to host a regional Gun Show.  Watch for further announcements.

     Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 11 for the 7th annual Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival held on the Country Schoolhouse Museum Grounds.  Watch for details in fliers and ads coming out soon.

     Haigler is a partner with our other Dundy County communities in the Southwest NE Tourism Coalition.  With a matching grant from the Nebraska State Tourism Commission; this coalition is working on a tourism marketing plan for our region.  This will include a web site and brochures.

     Small communities can make a difference.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cornerstone Center has space to rent

Cornerstone Center (owned now by the Haigler Community Foundation) has space available for rent:

    • office space
    • conference meeting room
    • mini mall vendors
    • gymnasium
We can accommodate family reunions and events.  

For information contact LaNeta Carlock at 308-297-3226 or email

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