In what seems like an entirely different life, what I did when I lived in Wyoming still affects me today but in a good way.
Life in Wyoming was grand as the mountains often called my photographic soul into the back country. I took some of the best images of my life while living in Wyoming.
During my travels I often stopped by local junk and antiques stores in my quest for old cameras and photographs. Some call me The Camera Picker.
One day, I was travelling through Sheridan, Wyo. and located a small antique store that was about to close for the night. I had a total of seven minutes to look through the store before the impatient owner threw me out on that dark winters day.
I didnt find anything in a quick walk through and was headed out the door. I thanked the man who owned the store for letting me in and I suddenly looked at the floor behind him.
Anyone who knows me very well knows that I have an affinity for drinking Alka-Seltzer.
Maybe its my natural tendencies toward stress or perhaps its the nervous stomach that goes along with those stresses.
Whatever the reason I can sit and sip a glass of Alka-Seltzer on a whim. While others may have a glass of ice tea at the water cooler, a cup of coffee for break or a can of pop at their desk, I similarly can sip a glass of the fizzy bubbly stuff.
Some people look at me funny. The girls at the office accept it for what it is. I think it may be a little like drinking beer; its an acquired taste.
Journal-News reporter Sandy Zab gave me an Internet listing last week of something I didnt know about Alka-Setlzer.
Other than being a treatment for indigestion and (in my case) a somewhat recreational beverage, it has other uses. In fact she provided me a list of varying things the stuff can be used for.
First of all, thank you for making the time to seek elected office.
The commitment you are willing to make whether you are seeking a national, statewide or local/area position is not to be taken lightly. The fact that you have signed your name as a candidate shows you are willing to make at least a certain level of sacrifice.
On the local/area level a big heartfelt thank you for keeping it positive or at the very least not heading down the path of negativity. You have conducted your campaigns with a fair nature. Whether incumbent or challenger you have not bashed those running against you.
We need more people like you and more choices like you at the ballot box. It is too bad however there arent more of you. Far too many races are uncontested and the voters should always have a choice of candidate A or candidate B.
Photo caption: Contributed PhotoHillary Christ, of Threes Pieces, presents a check for $250 to Mrs. Shinns 3rd grade students at Jefferson Intermediate. The donation will cover the cost of building a Buddy Bench for the playground.)
Gary L. Traeger, 64, of Fairbury, passed away April 27, 2014. He was born April 5, 1950 in Fairbury, to Deyo and Velma (Mooren) Traeger.
He graduated from Fairbury High School in 1968 and from UNL in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. He was a member of the Farmers Co-op Elevator Board, the Extension Board, and the 4-H Council. He was an FFA American Farmer, and Nebraska S. E. District Holstein Officer as well as State FFA Vice President.
Survivors are son, Dana Traeger of Gilead, Neb.; brother, Dennis Traeger of Fairbury. Preceded by his parents.
Services were held Friday May 2, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Gail Cross officiating. Burial was at the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury. Memorials to The Presbyterian Church.
Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Wilma Anna Bertha (Hueske) Schmidt was called to her heavenly home early on April 6, 2014 and the Beatrice Good Samaritan Center at the age of 89 years. She was born near DeWitt, NE on August 11, 1924 to Agatha (Grabowski) and August Hueske. She was a lifelong member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Plymouth. She married Elton Schmidt on April 17, 1949. The couple began the family farm south of Plymouth for many years until Wilma suffered a stroke in 1993. Wilmas retirement consisted of time spent with her grandchildren. They then retired to a home in Beatrice until Eltons death in 2006 when she became a resident of the Beatrice Good Samaritan Center. She treasured the moments spent with her special caregivers over her 8 year stay.
Before her marriage, she was a nurse at the former Lutheran Hospital in Beatrice. She was a loving mother, an avid gardener, a devoted farm wife, and loved spending time with her 6 children and 11 grandchildren.
Loleta Nolte, died at the age of 90, April 24, 2014. Loleta Hummel Nolte, the oldest daughter of Erwin and Wilma Ruhnke Hummel, was born August 29, 1923 near Fairbury, NE. She was baptized on September 23, 1923 by Rev. A. G. Guelker, and confirmed by Rev. O.R. Heinitz on June 21, 1936 at Immanuel Lutheran, Daykin, Nebraska. She attended country school in Jefferson County and graduated from Fairbury High School with the class of 1940. Before her marriage she worked for the Fairbury Journal and Dr. Ed Ackerman.
Cora Bethel Gwendolyn (Mann) Krebs, 97, passed away May 3, 2014, in Carlisle, Pa. She was born November 27, 1917 to Clarence and Cora (Gaisford) Mann. She grew up on a farm near Ellis, Nebraska, attended country school, three years at Diller High School and graduated from Beatrice High School in 1935.
She taught country school, grades 1-8 for four years. In 1939, she married Elmer H. Krebs. They lived in Jansen for three years and then moved to a farm in Jefferson County where they lived until 1970. They moved to Lincoln where she worked for the state in Social Services until 1982. She was active in the Vine Congregational UCC Church that they joined in 1970. Bethel enjoyed sewing, crafts and piecing quilts. She and Elmer enjoyed many trips during their 70 years of marriage. For the past year and a half she lived in Carlisle.
Verneal D. Barber, 88, of Fairbury, formerly Diller, Neb., passed away April 23, 2014 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury. She was born January 19, 1926 at rural Harbine, Neb. to Oscar and Ida (Engelman) Schnuelle.
Survivors are her husband, Charles Barber of Fairbury; son, Charles Barber and wife, Ardith of Diller; grandchildren, Marcy Barber of Lincoln, Neb.; Angie Clifford and husband Chris of Diller; Jeff Barber and significant other, Sandi of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Cale and Samantha Clifford of Diller; sisters, Elaine Patras and husband, John of Elkhorn, Neb.; Joyce Neuman of DeWitt, Neb.; Janet Lawrence and husband Conrad of Henderson, Nev.; brother, Richard Schnuelle and wife, Jean of Jansen, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Arlene Wolter of Columbus; Loretta Barber of Beatrice; Carol Barber of Calif.; many nieces & nephews.