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Wed
24
Jun

People Lose Focus Quickly, Fun Park Fervor Has Dwindled

 
   Do you remember a long time ago when it was announced  that the Fairbury Frontier Fun Park was in danger? Maybe it would be closed? Maybe it would be razed? There were no funds for repairs and parks of the playground were broken and in disrepair.
  The community rose up like a sleeping giant and demanded, “something must be done in order to save our precious playground.” Can you remember that far back? 
  That was just last week. The cries of indignation, call to arms and a rally of support had faded quickly. Even by Fairbury standards. What was a hot bed of controversy last week has been replaced by this week’s social injustice, whatever that may be.
Wed
24
Jun

Eating Breakfast For Supper Even Before It Was Chic

Things just seem to have a way of appearing on my desk. I can be in the office all day and if I momentarily step out, something usually arrives.
That something might be good, sometimes in the form of cookies that someone dropped off as a token of thanks for something I either did or didn’t do. That something might be bad, sometimes in the form of an unsigned letter to the editor taking me to task again, for something I either did or didn’t. Or that something might be indifferent. 
  Last week it was in the indifferent category.
 Someone had dropped off a lapel button. On it was the picture of an egg sunnyside up reading ‘Go Breakfastarian...see the light eat breakfast at night.’
Wed
24
Jun

Roker

Scott Alan Roker was born on December 4, 1973 to Henry and Susan (Craig) Roker in Fairbury, Nebraska.  He died on June 16, 2015 at Endicott in a work related accident at the age of 41 years, 6 months and 12 days. 
Scott was baptized at First Baptist Church in Fairbury.  He attended Fairbury Public Elementary School, and the Christian School in Beatrice, and completed his high school coursework in 1992, being taught by his parents through their Son Light Hill home school program.
He was employed by Ray’s Supermarket working with the dairy products, a clerk at Maatsch’s Food Shop, Agrium where he worked making micronutrient fertilizer, and most recently in the maintenance department at Endicott Clay.
Wed
24
Jun

Moser

Esther L. Moser 91 of Fairbury, NE died June 23, 2015 in Fairbury.  She was born December 23, 1923 in Garden City, KS.
 Survivors are son James Moser of Fairbury and daughter Sharon Moser of Lincoln, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
 Services will be Friday, June 26, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Ken Hart officiating.   Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Tue
23
Jun

Carlson

Frances Bradshaw Carlson passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014, in Columbus, Nebraska, ending a 93-year career as a gifted cantankerous curmudgeon.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 10:00 A.M. at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Nebraska.
She was the youngest of five siblings all under age 14, left to fend for themselves when their father died. She had two dresses – one to wear and one to wash. Her mother and siblings fought for survival, as they grew up in Fairbury, Nebraska. The family motto was “all for one and one for all”. 
Tue
23
Jun

Aasen

As autumn gave way to the chill of early winter, a baby girl came into this world. On December 2, 1929, Frances Elizabeth Summers was born to Inez and Will Summers. She finished her earthly journey on June 7, 2015. Born at home on the family farm near Alexandria, NE, she and her older brother, Sam, grew up during the great depression. Life was not easy in what was known as “The Great Depression”: tough times, with the fall of the stock market, terrible droughts, dust storms and swarms of crop-destroying locusts. Tough times, but tough people, too.
Frances was one of the tough ones. Always a survivor, she managed to overcome health issues and operations, and grew to womanhood. She married Ralph C. Hoge and moved to a farm east of Powell, NE. While living there, they were blessed with four strong, good-hearted sons: Charles, Kenneth, Harold, and Roger.
Tue
23
Jun

Walrath

Charles E. Walrath 81 of Narka, KS passed away June 20, 2015 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury. He was born November 25, 1933 at Bedford, Iowa. He was a Korean War Army Veteran. Survivors are Wife: Viola Walrath, Daughters: Kelley Edwards & Husband Jim of Narka,  Jolleen Kuhl & Husband Randy of Lincoln, Michelle Eastman of Lincoln, Bridget Eastman of Narka, Penny Walrath of Ada, SD, Sons: Eddie Walrath, Spike Walrath of Oklahoma City, OK., Jan-Michael Walrath of Lincoln, 14 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. No services at this time. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements
 
Tue
23
Jun

LeRoy Scheele

LeRoy Louis Scheele, 79, of Las Vegas, NV, passed away on June 8, 2015, in Carson City, NV. He was born on April 12, 1936, in Atkinson, NE

A viewing will be held at Palm Northwest Mortuary 6701 N. Jones Blvd. on Thurs., June 25, 2015 from 4-7 P.M.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on Fri., June 26, 2015 at 1 P.M. at Christ Lutheran Church, 111 N. Torrey Pines Drive, LV, NV  89102 with a reception immediately following.  LeRoy will be interred at the Christ Lutheran Church Prayer Garden Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Christ Lutheran Church for Lutheran Social Services of Nevada or to a scholarship fund in LeRoy Scheele’s memory at Bonanza High School.  Checks for the scholarship can be made out to Public Education Foundation (LeRoy Scheele scholarship) located at 4350 S. Maryland Pkwy LV, NV 89119.          

Tue
23
Jun

Frances Bradshaw Carlson

Frances Bradshaw Carlson passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014, in Columbus, Nebraska, ending a 93-year career as a gifted cantankerous curmudgeon.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 10:00 A.M. at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Nebraska.
 
Tue
23
Jun

Keep Your Children Safe in the Heat

Safe Kids, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer Coalition and Public Health Solutions are urging all families to make sure their children are not left in a car.  Currently, there have been 8 reported fatalities, across the United States, in 2015. Six of those deaths have occurred in June and three deaths this week alone.  “We certainly do not want any parent or loved one to experience that situation in our community,” expressed Sharon Vandegrift, Safe Kids Coalition member in Jefferson County.

Unfortunately, no community is immune to this kind of tragedy. Parents and caregivers can cut down the number of deaths and near misses by remembering to ACT.

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