Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:03pm
Robert and Jane Bakewell
The family of Robert and Jane (Fairchild) Bakewell is hosting an open house for friends and family at the couple’s rural Endicott home from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 10. The event will be a combined celebration for their 65th wedding anniversary and their 90th birthdays.
Robert and Jane were married June 3, 1951, at the Endicott United Methodist Church. Robert celebrated his birthday June 23, and Jane will celebrate her birthday Aug. 7.
The couple has two sons. Jeff’s family includes his wife Marcy and their sons and daughters – in-law Jared and Leigh Bakewell and Jason and Christina Bakewell, all of Omaha. Greg and his wife Karen, also of Omaha, have two daughters, Christianne Bakewell of New Brunswick, NJ and Melissa Bakewell of Minneapolis, MN.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:01pm
• We had a pinata for my son’s birthday last week. I never realized how dangerous of an activity this is as my son was blindfolded with a bat. As soon as candy flew out of the demolished cardboard Spiderman, my daughters rushed to grab candy and were almost smacked by the blinded birthday boy.
Thankfully, no one was hurt, except Spidey, who was smashed up pretty good.
Incidentally, it takes less than eight seconds for an eight-year-old boy to lose a remote control helicopter on the roof and an additional two seconds for the vein in my eye to begin twitching.
• My family and I are pretty jazzed for the opening of the Bonham Theater.
The real hard questions my kids have are: Will there be a kids pack option (small pop, small popcorn and a candy)? Will the movies be awesome? Will the pop have crushed ice or cubed ice? And finally, the one they worry about the most: will there be extra butter available for the popcorn?
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:01pm
By Gordon Hopkins
Previously in these pages, I have written about racism, immigration, gun control, Cuba, pollution and the death penalty. Finally, I have decided it is time to tackle a truly controversial subject. Yes, I’m talking about Ghostbusters.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:59pm
A few weeks back I had the chance to talk with a life-long Fairbury resident about the state of the city. Being humble, they did not want to discuss certain situations with their name attached, but the conversation led to discussing what is on the horizon for Fairbury.
One word kept creeping into our conversation and that was pride. Pride. Pride for the community, pride for the heritage of the town, pride for the future.
I have heard time and time again that the thing that killed the pride this town had was when the railroad closed down. Fairbury was thriving. Fairbury was a mecca for the surrounding communities and had things going on, a plan for the future and a bustling retail market.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:59pm
This Monday’s “official” groundbreaking ceremony for The Bonham Theater in Fairbury left me feeling very good...again. The event was staged as the kick off to start renovations for the long dormant theater.
With popcorn, Junior Mints and shovels a crowd estimated between 50 and 60 people smiled, cheered and applauded as members of the Bonham Theater Project, along with local and area dignitaries reveled in a celebratory atmosphere proudly lauding that “movies are coming back to Fairbury.”
And that’s a good thing.
Local residents and especially those who are really wanting to get out and promote Fairbury as a great, progressive community need to hear some good news on the Bonham. This project has taken a really long time to get to Monday’s event, so long that doubt was beginning to be cast by citizens that it ever would open.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:58pm
Joyce Marie Callan, 93, of Beatrice, passed away on June 27, 2016, at Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice.
Graveside services are pending in Odell.
She is survived by her son, John P. Callan (Jane), of Sudbury Ontario, Canada; daughter Catherine (Jamie) Renshaw, of Odell; grandchildren Brenda (Len) Gionet, of Sudbury Ontario,Canada; Greg (Julia) Callan, of Burlington Ontario Canada; Dr. Preston (Nicole) Renshaw, of Sioux Fall South Dakota; Dr. Amanda (Patrick) McKinney, of Beatrice and Drs. Alex and Jenna Renshaw, of Columbus Ohio; 15 great-grandchildren; Simon and Serafina Gionet, Nicolas, Lucy and Felix Callan, Zachary, Jaime, Benjamin and Thomas Renshaw, Meghan, Hannah, Callan and Aidan McKinney, Brinn and Reese Renshaw; and nieces and nephews Sara (James) Volker, of Des Moines; Patricia (Don) South, of Hastings; Dave (Carol) Callan, of Boulder Colo.; Scott (Myra) Callan, of Prescott Arizona and Becky (Bruce) Gamble, of Boulder Colo.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:56pm
Despite the announcement last week of the impending resignation of the curator, the Jefferson County Historical Society is moving forward. Board member Phyllis McCown says there is a lot of work to do.
“We are planning on getting fliers out at the Fairbury Flea Market on July 4th,” McCown said. “We want to let vendors know that we would like them to attend the Steele City Flea Market in September.”
Several questions will need answers at the July meeting.
Last week Denise Andersen, curator for the JCHS, announced that she, and possibly one or more board members will be resigning at the July 7 meeting.