Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:48am
What’s That Smell?--At least seven people throughout Fairbury reported a pungent odor that was determined to be mercaptan, the chemical added to natural gas to make it easier to identify. However, there was not a gas leak and no one was in danger, according to officials from Black Hills Energy. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, several people throughout the east side of Fairbury reported that they detected a strong odor, mercaptan, which is used to make natural gas easier to identify, and feared that there was a gas leak.
Although the odor lingered in the area, as Nick Gardner, director of operations at Black Hills Energy, explained, this occurrence was not a gas leak. Instead, it was only an odorant leak. He emphasized the fact that people were not in any danger because mercaptan is harmless.
“Natural gas,” said Gardner, “when it comes naturally out of the ground, and before it reaches our system, is colorless and odorless. In order to put that rotten-egg smell in the natural gas that we’re all probably familiar with, we do inject a chemical into it called mercaptan. It’s a harmless chemical and it makes it so it’s easier to detect and, therefore safer when it comes to the distribution of natural gas to our customers.”
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:48am
PREP WORK--Brian Smith, left, and Leslie Kaas prepare a display for the sale at Scherbarth’s this week. Many retailers are preparing for the largest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, to start the holiday shopping season. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
While consumers check online ads weeks before the big day and buy the insert-stuffed newspaper right before, preparing for Black Friday shopping for retailers is a much more elongated and elaborate process.
The most notable Black Friday destination in Fairbury is Walmart. Fairbury Walmart manager Ron Hilligas noted that his store begins preparing for the largest retail sale day of the year in June.
“It is just preparation for what to do with all of the freight when it comes in. The buyers have already purchased items, they buy items at least nine months in advance,” Hilligas said.
For Hilligas, personally, Black Friday is a very long day. He will work 18 hours straight and last year he noted he arrived at the store at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Thanksgiving, and went home Friday morning.
“I will come in Thanksgiving morning and put in an 18-hour day, at the least,” Hilligas said.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:47am
The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of two 2016 Chevrolet Tahoes to serve as patrol units for the Sheriff’s Office at their meeting on Tuesday.
Sheriff Nels Sorensen explained at the meeting that $77,000 had been set aside by the Sheriff’s Office for the purchase of patrol units. Commissioner Mark Schoenrock asked Sorensen if there were any major differences between the Tahoe and the Ford Expedition and if an Expedition would suit the needs of the Sheriff’s Office.
“The GM is actually rated a police package,” said Sorensen. “The Ford Expedition is a special service vehicle, so it’s not what you would call a pursuit vehicle. We don’t do that much chasing, but, you know, on occasion, you have to kick it in gear and go.”
Commissioner Michael Dux explained that since Sorensen has budgeted for the vehicles, his coming to the board of commissioners was merely a formality
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:38am
By Gordon Hopkins, Fairbury
I first heard the term “xenophobia” as a kid, watching an imported British science fiction television program called Doctor Who. In the show, there is a race of angry mutants encased in a metal shell called Daleks. Like any alien menace in a science fiction show, they need a motivation. Why do they do what they do? Why do they want to invade the Earth and destroy humanity? Answer: xenophobia. In Doctor Who, xenophobia was defined as “a dislike for the unlike.” In other words, Daleks don’t like humans because humans aren’t Daleks. Xenophobia is a major theme in Doctor Who.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:32am
There is something to be said for staying home. The holiday shopping season will begin in a mere matter of hours of this paper hitting the newsstands. While there will be plenty of shoppers from many different sources, those sources can all be found locally.
Logistics has a part in staying home to shop. There isn’t as high of a population base here, therefore going out to “fight the crowds” has a new meaning here. The hoards of shoppers in Fairbury won’t be near the volume of Lincoln or even Beatrice.
Early in our marriage my wife went to Lincoln to shop on Black Friday. The shear volume of people scared the daylights out of her and the folks were less than friendly to her. She was able to snag an item for our oldest daughter, an infant at the time, and was heading to the check-out counter when a woman approached her cart and reached in and grabbed the item. My wife protested and was met with less than neighborly verbiage.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:28am
Last week I was railing to one of my friends about the desire of President Obama to open our shores to Syrian refugees. I was regaling how our governor, Pete Ricketts, spoke out against this coupled with Congress’ vote to turn the President’s wants down.
My friend, who is a Presbyterian lay minister in Kansas responded by saying, “That’s not what Jesus would do.” Ugh. There it was, the Jesus card. I felt very small for thinking the way I do. The predominant thought in my mind was that of a picture of a smiling Jesus, with a lamb, surrounded by small children, The photo hung in the hallway of St. Michael’s Catholic School in Fairbury where I went to grade school.
WWJD? There it was again. Of course I know what Jesus would do. He would open his arms to the refugees and forgive those who would prosecute others. It’s not that simple for me.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:27am
William (Bill) A. Muller, 85, of Fairbury, passed away Nov. 1, 2015. He was born June 25, 1930 in rural Fairbury, to John and Agnes Scheer Muller.
Bill attended school at District 29 and graduated from Fairbury High in 1947.
Bill married Lois Klotz on Jan. 17, 1955 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church and to this union four children were born. Bill was a lifetime member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fairbury. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends.
Bill was a farmer for several years near Gladstone, then he gained employment at the Fairbury Farmers Union creamery as truck route driver and later as a field agent. In 1968, he began work for the Fairbury Co-op, elevator where he was employed as a grain and feed manager and chemical specialist.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:24am
Rodney R. Sperling, 80, of Fairbury, formerly of the North Loup, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.
A Celebration of Life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel in Ord, Nebraska. Pastor Peter Hiett officiated. Inurnment and Military Honors will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Rodney was born in Ord on April 22, 1935, to Ralph and Ivy (Ingraham) Sperling. He attended school in Burwell, before moving to Scotia, where he graduated in 1952. Rodney then served in the United States Army until 1958, on active duty in Panama.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:23am
Marjory A. Schoen, 84, of Fairbury, passed away Nov. 5, 2015 in Fairbury.
She was born Nov. 8, 1930 in Fairbury to Alvin and Ona (Miller) McCord.
Survivors are husband: Marvin Schoen of Fairbury; sons: Dennis (Cindy) Buchmeier of Fairbury, Doyle Buchmeier of Fairbury; daughters: Debra (Dan) Hose of Lincoln, Linda (Edward) Earhart of Beatrice; 13 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren; step-sons: Gary (Kathy) Schoen of Omaha, Jeff Schoen of Lincoln; step-daughter: Cheryl (Jim) Swartz of Lincoln; brother: Francis (Wilma) McCord of Fairbury; sister: Kay (Dave) Reininger of Leigh, Neb.; sister-in-law: Delores Lowe of Lincoln.
Marjory loved being in the country as a child, growing up riding horses and taking care of animals.
At the age of 17 she married Darrel Buchmeier and to this union five children were born.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:16am
Arthur “Art” Roskilly of Fairbury, NE. passed away November 25, 2015 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury. He was born April 16, 1933. Survivors are Wife: June Roskilly of Fairbury, Son: Chris (Matasha) Roskilly of Morrowville, KS., Daughter: Theresa Grover of Salina, KS., 5 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, Sisters; June Nutsch, Vola Prellwitz, & Zona (Clinton) Quintana all of Fairbury.