Vote for GCHS Ag and Science Programs PDF Print E-mail

The Ag and Science programs at the high school are trying to develop a outdoor classroom/learning space next to the greenhouse. Please go to Enter our zip code - 69154 - or garden name - Garden County Schools - to vote. You can only vote once a day but we need to be in the top 50 in order to move onto the next round so vote everyday. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you want and please vote EVERYDAY!!!

VOA Annual Tea & Style Show ~ April 6th PDF Print E-mail

alt The afternoon of Sunday, April 6 will be filled with many wonderful treats at the annual Tea & Style Show preschool fundraiser. There will be quilts, food, great company, and beautifully arranged tables. Volunteers of America – Western Nebraska hosts this event in efforts to raise funds for the Garden County Preschool that serves our future students. The preschool students are getting involved by creating ‘words of wisdom’ cards for the silent auction!

We are excited to present a quilting theme for this year’s show. Many community residents have shared special quilts for viewing. In addition, the Historical Society of Garden County has lent pieces that have been around since the early 1900s, including the quilt that visited The Smithsonian.

So, ladies put Sunday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. on your calendar, tell your friends, and plan to attend this entertaining event at the Oshkosh City Auditorium. You will have great time and be supporting a wonderful cause! Please contact the Volunteers of America – Western Nebraska Office for more information at (308) 778 – 5548.  

Pictured above is a table decorated by Stacey Dymak. "The tea is great time, there are lots of fun dishes and it allows people to come together for a great cause; raising awareness about VOA & the preschool."

WIN FREE BLOOD DRAW MARCH 28TH - Blood work Available PDF Print E-mail

   Everyone who calls for an appointment for an early blood draw on Friday, March 28th (from 5:30 am/10:30 am at Garden County Health Services) will be entered into a drawing to win a free blood draw.  Two free blood draws for the 29-Component Blood Chemistry will be awarded (a 9Health Fair value of $30).

  The vouchers are complimentary from 9Health Fair.  Co-sponsors of the 9Health Fair (at Oshkosh Elementary School on April 26th from 7:00 am to 11:00 am) and the early blood draw are Garden County Health Services and Volunteers of America – Western Nebraska.

 -Rose Brassfield

-Volunteers of America – Western Nebraska



   Lab work will be available at both the early blood draw and 9Health Fair.  There is a choice of 5 different lab tests available.  Drinking extra water in the 24 hours before the blood draw makes drawing the blood easier.  Twelve hours of fasting is recommended.  Coffee/tea is permitted before the blood draw.  However, do not use sugar or cream.

  1)     The 29-Component Blood Chemistry is designed to provide information concerning:

  • Muscle and bone function (magnesium, calcium and phosphate)
  • Thyroid function (TSH)
  • Gout (uric acid)
  • Diabetes (glucose)
  • Heart health risk factors (cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and cholesterol/HDL ratio)
  • Liver and kidney function (ALT, AST, GGT, bilirubin, BUN, creatinine and eGFR)
  • Red blood cell function (iron)
  • Electrolytes (sodium, potassium, and chloride).

   2)     The blood count is used to provide an overall picture of a person’s health.  It includes the white blood count, hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit value and platelet count.  It is the most commonly ordered blood screening.

    3)     The A1c test measures your average blood sugar control for the past 2-3 months.  The results tell you how well your diabetes plan is working or whether or not you are at risk for diabetes.  The A1c is like a baseball player’s season batting average; it reveals the overall success.  Volunteers of America – Western Nebraska offers the National Diabetes Prevention program for those who wish to lower their A1c.  

The Windmill Project PDF Print E-mail

   Lauren Olson has a vision for Oshkosh. Beautiful murals and colorful windmills dotting the landscape. Lauren, raised in Garden County has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education/Teaching from the University of Nebraska. She is working for Garden County Schools. She is the daughter of Steve Olson and Cara Olson of Oshkosh and has a younger sister, Chloe.           

   I asked Lauren what the goal was for this Windmill Project and she said the goal is “to spur economic growth by getting traffic off the highway and have them not only view the art, but have them explore what Oshkosh has to offer.”    
   Her first project was a small-scale windmill donated by the Campione family. This windmill originally belonged to Lauren’s grandparents, Doug and Helen Olson.           
   Lauren is looking for a full-scale windmills and windmill parts.  She is also looking for a place to weld on and paint her windmills.    


   The windmills will become what an artist would describe as a “kinetic sculpture”.  Lauren added that it is a “cool way to make art that everyone can enjoy and also connect to the Sandhills.”        
   Each windmill will have a plaque stating where the windmill came from.         
   If you would like to donate a windmill for this project please contact Lauren at 308-778-7034. You may also visit her website at  On this website you may check out Lauren’s art projects and also donate to the completion of the community art projects.  If you would like to send a donation you can do so through the website or send it to Garden County News, Lauren Olson, PO Box 290, Oshkosh NE 69154.          
   Let’s help out this local artist beautiful our community!


Helen Robinson’s Recollections Online PDF Print E-mail

   Helen Robinson’s Recollections manuscript is now available for viewing online.  Thanks to the coordination and encouragement of the Oshkosh Public Library,
Grow Garden County and the Historical Society this historical recollection is now available for everyone at

   There are also some CDs available for a small fee to cover the cost of the CD.  If anyone is interested, please contact Paula Sissel at 308-874-4459 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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