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Fall 2017 Show Premieres

It is that time again, when we introduce ourselves to new friends, enemies, and even galaxies. Fall show premieres are kicking off and Great Plains Communications has picked some we think you won’t want to miss.

The Orville – September 10 on FOX

As an homage to Star Trek, Seth MacFarlane takes us on a journey through a sci-fi dramedy aboard an exploratory interstellar vessel called Orville.

 

The Deuce – September 10 on HBO

We step back in time with The Deuce, to the porn industry of New York City in the late 1970s and are welcomed by some familiar chart topping faces.

 

The Brave – September 25 on NBC

The Brave is a tense war drama, highlighting an elite group of undercover Special Ops troops as they carry out a complicated rescue mission.

 

Young Sheldon – September 25 on CBS

We have watched as fan favorite The Big Bang Theory climbed to the top of the most watched list and Jim Parson’s character Sheldon has been right there with it. Young Sheldon looks back at where Sheldon Cooper began.

 

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Looking Back at Past Eclipses

Did you know that scientists believe they have evidence of a total solar eclipse dated as far back as November 30, 3340 B.C.? According to our cable channel, History, “A series of circular and spiral-shaped petroglyphs at the Loughcrew Megalithic Monument in County Meath, Ireland, are believed to correspond to a total solar eclipse visible in the region on that date.”

Since then, documents around the world have recorded findings of a solar eclipse, from the Shu Ching (an ancient Chinese book of documents), to ancient Greek historian, Herodotus. In 585 B.C., Herodotus recorded that the total solar eclipse, “brought about an unexpected ceasefire between two warring nations, the Lydians and the Medes, who had been fighting for control of Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) for five years.” Find more about historic eclipses here on the History channel’s website.

Just as these were recorded, the eclipse on August 21, 2017 will go down in history. Please be sure to view the natural phenomenon safely. If you question the authenticity of your solar glasses, check out our blog for a checklist given by NASA.

Solar Eclipse Safety Tips from NASA

The total solar eclipse is less than a week away. By this time, people have picked out their camping spots and are quickly making sure they have enough solar glasses to go around. Great Plains Communications is excited that we in Nebraska will have a prime view, but also want to caution viewers about some solar eclipse safety reminders.

While it is common sense not to stare at the sun on a normal day, this is the same advice given for a partially eclipsed sun. However, with the special protection of the solar filters in something like solar glasses or solar binoculars, you and your loved ones can safely view the sun. Be sure to keep your glasses on throughout the entire eclipse transition, as even just a sliver of the sun can damage vision to a naked eye.

Want to make sure your glasses meet NASA’s safety criteria? Below we have listed the checklist provided on NASA’s website.

  • Have certified information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
  • Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product
  • Should NOT be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses
  • Do NOT use homemade filters
  • Ordinary sunglasses – even very dark ones – should NOT be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers

While this is a very exciting event, we hope everyone stays safe and enjoys this rare and beautiful natural phenomenon.

2017 Summer Events

Each summer,  Great Plains Communications employees enjoy getting involved in the different communities around Nebraska through parades and events and we are excited for another season of fun. Be sure to watch for us, as we will be handing out free t-shirts along with other goodies in the events listed below:

 

Saturday, June 24: Pioneer Picnic Parade in Callaway, NE

Thursday, June 29: Elgin Local Celebration in Elgin, NE

Saturday, July 1: Crofton Q125 Parade in Crofton, NE

Saturday, July 8: Fur Trade Days in Chadron, NE

Thursday, July 19: Thayer County Fair in Deshler, NE

Monday, July 31: Custer County Bull Riding Classic in Broken Bow, NE

Saturday, August 5: Street Car Days in Red Cloud, NE

Sunday, August 6: Dodge County Fair in Dodge, NE

Thursday, August 10: Knox County Fair Bull-A-Rama in Bloomfield, NE

Saturday August 12: Old Settlers Day in Indianola, NE

Friday and Saturday, August 18 & 19: Chase County Fair in Imperial, NE

Saturday, August 26: Friendly Festival in Hay Springs, NE

2017 Winter Show Premieres

As the temperatures and snow continue to fall this winter, cable television is gearing up some big winter show premieres to enjoy from the warmth of your couch. Great Plains Communications has picked a few of our favorites full of action, depth and intriguing story lines. We have included the trailers below for your viewing pleasure.

 

24: Legacy – FOX Premiering Sunday, Feb. 5 after the Super Bowl; moving to Mondays at 8/7c on Feb. 6

 

APB – FOX Premiering Monday, Feb. 6 at 9/8c

 

Emerald City – NBC Premiered January 6 at 9/8c

 

Big Little Lies – HBO Premiering Sunday, Feb. 19 at 9/8c

 

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Don’t Miss Our Scholarship Deadline!

As the kids head into the second semester of school, the thought of graduation planning quickly becomes a reality. Continuing on after high school will bring new experiences, exciting information and also expenses. No matter if it is a big university or a two year program at a tech school, the price of college continues to rise. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring numbers by offering scholarships.

The February 1, 2017 application deadline is rapidly approaching. Don’t miss out on this financial opportunity. You can find more information and a full listing of our scholarships on our web page or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483. The deadline will be here before you know it, so be sure to get your application in soon.

If you have received a scholarship from Great Plains Communications and are currently in school, we would love to hear from you! Let us know how it made a difference in the comment section on our Facebook page.

New Year’s Eve Recipes with Food Network

The year 2016 is coming to an end. As January 1, 2017 approaches, we reflect on where the past year has taken us and where we want to go in the year to come. Great Plains Communications has picked some of our favorite recipes from our cable channel, Food Network to help bring in the New Year.

 

Tortellini Skewers – Ree Drummond

This make-ahead dish is simple yet delicious. The tomato and mozzarella cheese pair nicely with the spinach tortellini and the pesto sauce pulls everything together for a light bite.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops – Giada De Laurentiis

This dish combines the fruitiness of sun dried tomatoes with the saltiness of prosciutto to accompany the delicate flavor of sea scallops. As Giada says in the video clip below, they are elegant enough for a dinner party and easy enough for just yourself.

How to Open a Champagne Bottle – Ted Allen

Always nervous to open the bottle of Champagne? With these tips from Ted Allen, you will be sure to have it chilled to the correct temperature to lower the pressure and keep control of the cork.

 

Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful New Year!