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Letters To The Editor

Column Makes Me Sad

To the Editor:

The editorial Governmental Terminology Cracks Me Up October 16 didnt crack me up, it made me feel sad.Sad the students who are encouraged to read newspapers through the Newspapers in Education program will read the words of the editor comparing our elected national officials to baboons.Is that the kind of civics lesson we want to put in the classroom? Would parents be proud of their child referring to Senator Johanns or Representative Smith as a baboon?I hope not.

Addressing our President as Mr. President or President Obama is a sign of respect for the office he holds.Who made up that rule?Patriots though the years whorespect our nation, our flag and our President, whoever he or she may be.

Fat elephants and messed-up donkeys, is that really the opinion the editor has of citizens who proudly participate in the political process? Name calling does nothing to encourage thoughtful citizenship.

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People are Really Difficult to Figure Out Sometimes

I like to study people, their mannerisms, what makes them tick and why they do or do not do what they do...or do not do.

But pure and simple people are tough to figure out.

Last week, I was heartbroken when I heard the news that Schroeders Family Foods would be closing. That store has been a mainstay in the Fairbury business landscape for nearly 60 years. I remember going there with my Mom when I was a boy. Then it was Safeway and was our communitys most modern store.

But time moves on. The grocery business has changed. Where Fairbury once had seven or eight grocery stores that I can recall, we are now down to one. I do not really count Wal-Mart. They are a store that sells a bunch of things not just groceries.

I have not spoken to the Schroeder family as to why they are shuttering their business. I would suspect like many business closures it all boils down to economics, too few customers and too small profit margins.

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Lack of Organized Economic Development Starting to Show

Last weeks news that Schroeders Family Foods in Fairbury will be closing is yet another blow to the several that Fairbury has suffered from a business standpoint in recent months. Schroeders joins the list of: Radio Shack, The Bonham Theatre, The Pla-Mor Lanes & restaurant, CKs Cuppy Cakes, Great Western Bankand a smattering of others that have shuttered their doors for one reason or another.

And while there may be no common denominator to point to the commonality that all can connect to is that there is no local economic development group in place to seek any sort of transition. Fairbury, and indeed all of Jefferson County, is one of the few areas in Nebraska not served by any organized group or committee seeking to foster business and industrial development.

Many will remember several years ago when the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation was disbanded our area was left with a void. Now that void is starting to show.

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Nicole Marie Phillippe-Giancana

Nicole Marie Phillippe-Giancana, 34, Topeka, KS; formerly of St. Joseph; passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at her home after a long battle with several illnesses.

Nicole was born on January 26, 1979 in St. Joseph, MO. She grew up in Missouri and Nebraska and graduated from Fairbury, Nebraska High School.

Nicole had worked as a Med Aid at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before she got sick, she was taking nursing classes and would have made an excellent nurse. She was of the Lutheran faith.

Nicole married Paul Reese, to that union, 2 children were born and they later divorced. She then married Marcus Giancana, to that union a son was born. Her children were her life and her passion, she will be dearly missed.

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Irene M. (Itzen) Husa

Irene M. (Itzen) Husa, 96, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Cedarwood Assisted Living in Fairbury, Nebraska.

She was born September 10, 1917 to Henry and Anna Itzen on the family farm near Gilead, Nebraska.She was their only child.Unfortunately, Irene lost her mother to the flu epidemic when she was just 13 months old.Irenes father later married Renste Onnen, her mothers sister, when Irene was 6.Irene remembers helping her new mother with English when she came from Germany.Irene became a big sister when three sisters and two brothers were born.

Irene first attended school northeast of Gilead, then finished grade school near Concordia, Kansas.She graduated from Concordia Public High School in 1938.After graduating from high school, Irene worked at Cook and Cook in Concordia where she did filing.

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Gloria J. (Miller) Poteet

Gloria J. (Miller) Poteet, 84, Fairbury, NE, died on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury, NE. She was born on December 11, 1928, in Diller, NE, to Scott and Dora (Willems) Miller. She was one of four children. She was raised in Diller and graduated from Diller High School. She attended UNL and graduated from Doane College with a Bachelors Degree. In 1950 she was united in marriage to John Charles Aasen in Diller. To this union 1 son, Jon, was born. She worked for Region V, loved a good joke, and had a big heart. She enjoyed traveling, dancing, writing childrens stories. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Fairbury where she enjoyed singing in the church choir. Later in life she was united in marriage to Marcus Poteet.

She is survived by her son, Jon Aasen and wife, Robin, of Arvada, CO; 1 grandson, Jonathan Aasen of Arvada, CO; sister, Marilyn Frey, of Sun City, AZ; nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.

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Betty Jane (Tinkham) Root

Betty Jane (Tinkham) Root, 92, formerly of Beatrice, died in Milwaukee, WI, August 25, 2013. She was the last descendent of Beatrice pioneers A.L. (Loomis) and Sarah Tinkham to live in the Beatrice area.

Betty was born March 23, 1921, near Helvey, NE, in Jefferson County. She lived in rural Powell until 1943 when she moved to Beatrice. She worked at Store Kraft during their war contract with Boeing Aircraft. There, she sustained the injury to her auditory nerve that would slowly destroy her hearing. After leaving Store Kraft, she earned her cosmetology license and worked at the Beatrice Beauty Academy until opening Bettys Beauty Salon in rural Holmesville following her marriage in 1955 to Marion Root. In 1982, after Marions death in 1978, she moved again to Beatrice. In 2011, she left the Beatrice area to join her children and grandchildren in Wisconsin.

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Shirley M. Germer

Shirley M. Germer, 74, of Jansen, NE., passed away October 20, 2013. She was born February 26, 1939 at Odell, NE. to Walter & Mary (Fredde) Stelling. Survivors are Sons: Harold Germer, Jr. of Endicott, David Germer & Wife Darla of Loveland, CO., Cheryl Marsh & Husband Bob of Belvidere, NE. Grandchildren: Dakota Germer & Kaley Germer of Loveland, CO., Michaela Marsh of Lincoln, Jared Marsh of Belvidere, Step Grandchildren: Rob Marsh & Wife Natalie of Belvidere, Cathy Muir & Alan Garner of Loveland, CO., 6 Great Grandchildren. Preceded by Parents, Husband Harold, Brother Donald Stelling, Sister Bonnie Vorderstrasse. Services are at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday October 23, 2013 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury with Brooks Bryan officiating. The family will greet friends on Tuesday Oct. 22nd from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home in Fairbury. Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery Fairbury, NE. Memorials to the Familys Choice.

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Joanne M. Ellis

Joanne M. Ellis, 89, of Fairbury, NE., passed away October 18, 2013 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury. She was born August 16, 1924 at Stockholm, NE. to William & Bertha (Wenzlaff) Engelhardt. Survivors are Daughter: Peggy Palmerton of Fairbury, Daughter-in-law: Donna Ellis of Auburn, NE., Grandchildren: Angela Keim of Lincoln, Michelle Decker & Husband Kirk of Lincoln, Zachary Palmerton of Lincoln, 11 Great Grandchildren. Memorial services were Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Warren Schoming officiating. Burial of cremains at Fairbury Cemetery. Memorials to the Familys Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home In Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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TCEDA Hosts Quarterly Meeting

The Thayer County Economic Development Alliance, Inc. (TCEDA) will host the Quarterly Southeast Nebraska Resource Network (SERN) Meeting on Nov. 6. Area community and business stakeholders are invited to attend the SERN Business meeting, lunch, and a Feature Presentation in Hubbell at the Acerage Steakhouse.

The meeting agenda includes special presentations from the Nebraska Main Street Network, Inc., The Arts Council of Thayer County and the Thayer County Economic Development Alliance.

After lunch, Harold Stone will present information from the Stones Thoreau Chronicles, an effort to bring economic and social self-reliance to communities in rural Nebraska. Beginning from the ground up both literally and figuratively, Mr. Stone will share with participants the latest details on how Stones Thoreau has used the production, processing, consuming and distribution of local, healthy food as the vehicle for efforts in rural economic revitalization.

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