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State Trap Winner


A total of 235 people were served at the festival, according to Lana Likens, director of public relations, marketing and development at Jefferson Community Health Center. This year’s attendance was slightly higher as last year’s, Likens said. “We were very pleased,” Likens said. The salad festival is the biggest fund-raiser for the auxiliary each year, and has a long tradition in Fairbury, she said. This was celebrated as the 50th anniversary of the Salad Festival, which was first held in April 1965. A commemorative cookbook – including history of the auxiliary and salad festival, and recipes from auxiliary members past and present – was produced and is available for purchase. The auxiliary provides scholarships to students entering medical fields, provides baby spoons for newborns at JCHC, and provides Christmas gifts for JCHC’s nursing home residents, in addition to providing volunteer support for JCHC in a variety of ways. The salad festival itself takes much volunteer time and effort, Likens said. More than 35 individuals volunteer their time to help during the day and more than 85 items of food are donated. “It takes a group effort to make this annual event successful,” Likens said. This year, Gardenside decorated tables with fresh flowers from their courtyards.
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Annual Salad Festival Attendance Is Up From Previous Year


More than $1,000 was raised during the annual salad festival of the Jefferson Community Health Center Auxiliary on May 21 held at the Elks Lodge in Fairbury. (Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)
A total of 235 people were served at the festival, according to Lana Likens, director of public relations, marketing and development at Jefferson Community Health Center. This year’s attendance was slightly higher as last year’s, Likens said.
 “We were very pleased,” Likens said.
 The salad festival is the biggest fund-raiser for the auxiliary each year, and has a long tradition in Fairbury, she said. This was celebrated as the 50th anniversary of the Salad Festival, which was first held in April 1965. A commemorative cookbook – including history of the auxiliary and salad festival, and recipes from auxiliary members past and present – was produced and is available for purchase.
The auxiliary provides scholarships to students entering medical fields, provides baby spoons for newborns at JCHC, and provides Christmas gifts for JCHC’s nursing home residents, in addition to providing volunteer support for JCHC in a variety of ways.
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Jun

Fairbury Elks Lodge Area High School Honors Night

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Letters to the Editor

Veto Override
 
Editor:
The correspondence from constituents in District 32 reflects the divide on the issue of the death penalty, and proves that good people can disagree on this issue. This is a tough subject and I respect those who don’t see this issue the way that I do. I did vote yes on repeal of the death penalty (LB268), and on the override of the Governor’s veto. I did not make that decision lightly. Here is some of the reasoning for my vote.
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03
Jun

Some Days I Yearn To Be Feller Again

 The other day Fairbury businessman Dennis Brown hollered across the street as I entered the post office “Hey Feller.” The hair on the back of my neck bristled. That’s a name I’ve not heard in some 17 years.
  Feller.
 It was my nickname. It was given to me by Fairbury physician Dr. Roscoe Luce on Oct. 16, 1961. When I was born he told my mother “He’s the cutest little feller.” From then on I was known to my mother as Feller. Never Fred. Not Frederick. Nor even Freddie, as my son is known. But Feller. My Dad never called me Feller, always my mom.
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Jun

Is It Too Much To Take a Little Pride In How You Look?

  It is no secret that we have never been shy in speaking out about how people appear when going out in public. Certainly it is the God-given right to look how we want when we go where we want. Freedom of expression is the best defense that can be mounted.
  But pure and simple it is nothing less than stunning (and not in a good way) to see how some people take so little care in their appearance when they go out in public. You see them at the store. You see them walking down the street. In the public utility, at the car wash or even at school functions like parent teacher conferences, sporting events and graduation. For lack of a better term, they are wearing pajamas.
   We call them “jammie pants people.”
   Do they not know they look like they just crawled out of bed? Do they not care? Do their mothers know they go out in public looking like this?
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Junior Schweitzer

Junior (Jay) Schweitzer was born to Ezra and Gertrude (Bender) Schweitzer in Nebraska on May 10, 1923. He passed away at Whispering Pines Assisted Living in Plover, WI on May 23, 2015 at the age of 92.  
Junior was born near Milford, NE. The family later moved to a farm near Swanton, NE. In 1944, he joined the Army and served in France during WWII. After retiring from the farm in 1966, Junior and his brother-in-law, Robert Allen, purchased the Chief Motel in Colby, Kansas. They owned and operated motels in Colby, KS, Julesburg and Greeley, CO, prior to retiring in 1977. 
In 1950 he married Verda Schwisow. They had 4 children, Janice, Doug, Judy and Jeff. They later divorced. In 1974, He married Lelah Hawks, who preceded him in death in 2005. 
In 2008, he moved to Custer, WI to be closer to his son Doug and family.
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Robert Brown

Robert M. Brown passed away May 20, 2015 at Jefferson County Health Care.  He was born in Western, July 14, 1933 to Murray and Eva (Wanek) Brown.  The village was his home (and favorite place) his entire life except for serving his country (4 years in the Air Force) and after retiring, working for his son-in-law in Colorado Springs for 5 years.
He married Janet Ross, December 22, 1953.  They shared service life in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  They had three children:  Robert Jr, Sheri and Jeffrey.  After returning to Western he joined his father in the grocery business.  When his father passed away in 1958, he purchased the business and ran it for 42 years.  His theory was, "If you loved the job, it wasn't work," and he did enjoy the store and all the friends he made over the years.
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Dennis Bartels

Dennis D. Bartels, was born October 1, 1955, to Bernard and Deloras (Schwisow) Bartels in Fairbury, Nebraska. He died in rural Tobias on May 29, 2015, at the age of 59 years, seven months, and twenty-nine days. We will dearly miss our husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
Dennis was baptized October 16, 1955 and was confirmed March 30, 1969 in the Zion Lutheran Church near Tobias. He attended Zion Lutheran Grade School through the eighth grade.  Dennis graduated from Meridian High School in 1973 and from the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis in 1975.  On June 27, 1997, he married Janet Vavra at the St. Wenceslaus Church in Milligan and they resided in Milligan. 
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Jun

Fishing At The Dam


Sam Duke recently caught a gar right next to the Fairbury Dam and when he held up the fish it still touched the ground. According to Duke the fish weighed between 25-35 pounds. “You can see tons of fish at the bottom of the Dam, but I got lucky and snagged this big guy, he said.”

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