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Quick Quips

• Having a child with Autism means facing challenges every single day. Interruptions in schedules are particularly sticky situations for my son. As he gets into a groove, and then something changes, which throws his world off kilter and it takes a few weeks to get back to normal.
Having recently moved, he is not familiar with the environment. His night time ritual is interrupted and he does not sleep well anyway, so to throw his mental and physical cycles off with sleep is a nightmare, pardon the pun.
Elijah sleeps close to seven hours a night, but not in a row. He will generally sleep for three to four hours and then get up and will go from his bed to the couch or the recliner to the couch or just be awake for a while.
I hope in a few weeks he will get into a rhythm with the house and start sleeping more. He gets my wife up nightly when he can’t sleep, therefore she doesn’t sleep. We all need a good rest.
Wed
20
Jan

Live Free...Or DIE!

I couldn’t resist giving the slogan found on New Hampshire’s license plate George Carlin’s inflection in my title for this week’s column.
Carlin has taught me a lot about life and the way it’s lived here in the United States. People may find this surprising, but comedians hold a lot of wisdom, though it’s often shrouded in crude humor. Look to the plays of Shakespeare and one will often find that the character of the jester, or the clown offers some of the most thought-provoking lines.
The thing attracts me most to Carlin’s work is his unabashed way of saying things that most people don’t want to hear. He used his freedom of speech to the best of his ability to combat censorship and corruption, and to offer his assessment of the state of the world in which we live. Another comedian, Bill Hicks, used his speech in the same way.
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Jan

Business is Business

Walmart. The mere mention of the mega retail giant conjures up different images for different people. For some it is an image of stifling corporate greed. Yet, for others it has the connotation of low-brow American commonality that oozes with what some may call WTS (White Trash Syndrome). Still others see it as a bastion for convenience and reasonable prices.
I rallied against Walmart in my youth. I wrote stories and opinion pieces against the retail behemoth and refused to go into a Walmart, getting enraged when I found out my wife would, on occasion, go into one to grab a few items. 
I have softened in my years on Walmart. I try to shop at all local businesses, including Walmart, depending on the item. My family tries to spread things out in a practical sense as much as possible to include all businesses. When you shop local, you keep money local.
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Jan

Housing, Open Jobs And Unemployment Go Hand In Hand

Last week I attended a meeting sponsored by the City of Fairbury. A ‘by invite only,’ the meeting was designed to get the thoughts and opinions of some of the major employers in Fairbury. The results were astounding to say the least. 
Right now there are approximately 100 open positions in Fairbury. This does not count the plethora of part-time jobs that are available. These are bona fide full time 40 hour a week jobs. 
And keep in mind these open jobs are only from the employers who attended last Thursday’s meeting. It does not include business and industry people who were not in attendance. That number could be easily double. Right here in Fairbury.
A lot of reasons were kicked around for why there are so many open positions. Chief among them is people who don’t work, won’t work or can’t work. This is not my usual diatribe ranting against a liberal social services sector. I am not passing judgment.
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Jan

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Repair Housing in Rural Nebraska Communities

 Nebraska USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul announces that USDA is seeking applications for grants to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents. The grants are being provided through USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant program.

“USDA provides grants to qualified organizations so they can help rural homeowners and rental housing owners make needed repairs and improvements to their community’s housing infrastructure,” said Moul.  “These grants help families with limited incomes preserve their housing and improve their living conditions.  Grants can be used for a variety of needs, such as repairs to resolve health or safety issues or for energy-efficiency improvements to reduce utility costs.”

 

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Jan

Jase Monroe Queen-Cooley

Jase Monroe
 Queen-Cooley
Jase Monroe Queen-Cooley was born on Sept. 29, 2013. He passed away Jan. 13, 2016.
Jase Queen-Cooley, age two, met the eyes of Jesus. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends who he touched with his shining personality. 
Jase, better known by his loved ones as ‘Red’ or ‘Beaker’ because of his red hair and his priceless Beaker impersonations from Sesame Street was a kind soul who never cried and enjoyed his short life to the fullest. 
Jase’s favorite things to do were playing with his siblings, jumping in his bouncer, snuggling with his Daddy, and watching Sesame Street. Jase’s smile and personality quickly stole the hearts of everyone who met him. 
He was easy to fall in love with and everyone will hold a dear place in their hearts forever of the sweetest little red-haired boy who was always happy.
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Jan

Ronald Schopp

Ronald Schopp
Ronald Kent Schopp, 77, of Lincoln, died on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. He was born on Nov. 30, 1938 in Beatrice to Ivan and Mabel (Pimper) Schopp.
Ron is survived by his wife, Linda of Lincoln; children (spouses), R. Todd (Kristi) Schopp of Lincoln and Lori (Kevin) Wittler of Fairbury; grandchildren, Kaden and Tannah Schopp and Justin and J’Nan Wittler; mother-in-law, Jean Roesler of Lincoln, brother-in-law/sisters-in-law, John and Shelly Roesler of Oakland, Calif. and Pat Roesler of Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in law (Arnold) and brother-in-law (Jerry).
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at Southgate United Methodist Church, 3500 Pioneers Blvd. Lincoln. 
Memorials to the family for future designation
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Jan

LeRoy Richards

LeRoy Richards, 80 years old, of Fairbury, passed away in Fairbury on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. He was born on April 2, 1935 in LaSalle, Ill., to Thomas and Carolina (Mochnik) Richards. He married Janice Gill on April 7, 1954 and they had two children.
 He had several jobs in his lifetime but especially enjoyed his work as a police officer and an AAL representative. LeRoy enjoyed karate, church, politics, fixing things around the house and spending time with friends over coffee.
Survivors include his wife, Janice (Gill) Richards; daughter Pam and husband Cliff Burgess; son Daniel Richards; three grandchildren, Meghan (Klark) Knipe, Jordan (Molly) Burgess, and Jillian (Cody) Colgrove, and six great-grandchildren, Will, Hadley, Leeta, Noelle, Daniel and Shaden.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Carolina Richards and his sister Adrienne Richards.
    
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Delaine Kugel

Delaine Kugel
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Jerry Achtemeier

Jerry Achtemeier, of Fairbury, passed away Jan. 19, 2016.  Services are pending at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury. www.gerdesmeyer@diodecom.net.

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