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    Oh, the places you'll go

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on April 3, 2015

    Did you miss me? I've been away from my blog for a few months and when I think back to what I have been doing and where I've been, I have one song that comes to mind…. "I've been everywhere, man. I've been everywhere, man. Crossed the desert's bare, man. I've breathed the mountain air, man. Of travel I've had my share, man. I've been everywhere." New York Farm Show This year started for me with the New York Farm Show in February. I left the…

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    Service built on integrity

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on January 26, 2015

    This Thursday will be my 4th class of the Urbandale (Iowa) Community Police Academy being offered once a year to Urbandale residents. No, this doesn't mean a career change for me - however the thought had briefly crossed my mind. Back in November, a friend of mine told me about this amazing opportunity to get involved with the community and to give back. By joining the CPA class, it also allows me to understand the way our police department works and to be a little more informed. There…

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    Happy birthday: 100 years and counting!

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on January 8, 2015

    I'm sure you've heard the expression, "If these walls could talk….." I've often wondered that about many things, but lately it would be about the old barn that's on the family farm. It has been 100 years ago (and now going on 6 plus days) that the barn on my parent's farm was built. Over the years I've been acquiring old photos of the farm making copies for each family to have and pass on to the next generation. Most recent, I came across old photos of…

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    12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on December 30, 2014

    The time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas is by far, spiritually, my favorite time of the year. It's that time of the year that you finally get a chance, albeit short and small chance, to slow down and really appreciate the year that is coming to a close. Okay, I should back up a month - it starts in September for me. The sun is warm and shinning, a slight breeze and the temperature is around 75. The colors around you are bright and peaceful, the leaves are falling and it is…

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    Unclaimed FFA Scholarships Seek Recipients

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on November 25, 2014

    Last night I came across this news article in my Facebook newsfeed regarding unclaimed FFA scholarship recipients. A friend and colleague had posted it and I feel obligated to share it. As of this morning, 60 scholarships worth nearly $70,000 are unclaimed. I spent many hours my junior and senior year of high school, researching and filling out scholarship forms to help pay for college. It was time consuming, and downright boring. So when I read this article, I felt obligated to reach out and…

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    A Season For Harvest, Marching Bands

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on October 14, 2014

    This time of the year is always my favorite. For some it may seem cold and drab and just down right gloomy and depressing. Yes, there are those days. But if you look past those days, and take a moment to be still, you can almost see the trees turning beautiful colors right in front of you. Feel the magic in actually seeing the leaves gently fall to the ground. For me, fall signifies not only my birthday month (end of September), but it holds two big annual events that I hold near and dear to…

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    A Farm Show In Nebraska? Be Ready For Anything

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on September 18, 2014

    This past week I ventured out to Nebraska for the 2014 Husker Harvest Days farm show. I say venture - because you never know what you are going to get when you travel with me. It's always an exciting adventure. This year's farm show was no different. I could almost call it a reunion of sorts. I was able to leave fairly early for my road trip to Grand Island, Nebraska on Monday. I was very optimistic about the week - mostly about the weather. The weather forecast to be cooler with…

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    Ah, So That's How They Do It

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on August 11, 2014

    This time of year is always exciting for me. It might be the winding down of summer and the coming of fall which means yet another birthday to celebrate. Maybe it's volleyball season kicking in and time to dust off the gym shoes. But for the next two months, the excitement mix with a little chaos, is the preparation of the upcoming Farm Progress Show. For almost a month now, I have paid a visit once-a-week to the show site to capture the setup of tents and buildings, landscaping and well…

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    Skills Your Grandparents Had

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on July 9, 2014

    I saw a Facebook post on my news feed the other day that was called, "7 Skills Your Grandparents Had That You Don't." This got me thinking. There are a few things that I do in my day-to-day life that I learned from my grandmothers when I was younger, and have kept with me (I omit my grandfathers because both had passed away before I was born). There are even more things that I have picked up along the way from numerous family friends, my parents and even strangers of the like. I…

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    A World-Wide Family Treasure Hunt

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on July 2, 2014

    I have always been interested in family history. I think it is wonderful that I am 100% Czech so I try to keep the family traditions alive. I was never good at math, but if I am counting right, I am the 3rd generation American-born Czech in my family, but the 5th generation Czech in my family. Our family story starts with Jan (John) who came over from the Old Country of Czechoslovakia about 1893. We had stories handed down from relatives, but they were just that - stories. I was, and still am…

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    Reliving Memories From 25 Years Ago

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on June 2, 2014

    On a trip I took not too long ago, I brought along a book to read while I was on the plane to my destination. Little did I know it would hit close to home. I boarded the plane and settled down into my seat and broke open my newly purchased book, 'Heaven Is For Real.' You see, a month earlier I was at home on the farm and was planning on going to see the move by the same name - but before my friend and I made it out the door, he told me his local church was reading the book and were…

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    'No problem! I got this'

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on May 16, 2014

    Every year I sign up for the annual Bee Buzz Run. It's an annual fundrasing race to help renovate the Bee States Ballroom in Bee, Nebraska. You have the option to run one mile - or four miles. I tried the one mile last year. It was fun and it was short. I thought I had time to stretch and prep but I lost track of time. I thought I had time to head to the restroom and to do some final wardrobe adjustments. I heard the announcer shoot the starting gun, and I quickly made a detour from the…

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    Family Traditions - One Dish At A Time

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on April 28, 2014

    Some people have the runner's high, the book worm bug, the junk jaunt jives or the garage sailing - antique hunting fever. Lately, I have the baking fever. And not just any kind of baking, good ole family tradition recipes or dishes like kolaches, rolhliky, apple strudel, rosettes, and cherry pie. Okay, the cherry pie was more for a birthday present for my dad and the rosettes aren't really baking, but I will include ithem. Next on the list will be Stollen. I know it is considered a…

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