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Tri County High School Washington, DC Trip

Eleven recently graduated seniors and three teacher sponsors from Tri County High School toured the nation’s capital from May 26-31. The trip is an annual tradition for the school, which has sent groups there for over 40 years. Highlights of the week included visits to the U.S. Capitol, White House, National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Museums, and the Library of Congress. Student favorites included seeing a performance at the Kennedy Center, a Night Tour to view the monuments and memorials, attending the Marine Parade at Marine Barracks, and a boat excursion to Mount Vernon. Tri County students on this year’s trip were; Alexander Eriksson, Megann Freese, Tyler Haake, Brendan Hahn, Alysha Johnson, Ashley Scheele, Brayden Schultis, Chance Siebrandt, Shane Vorderstrasse, Ken Yates, and Aaron Zimmerman. Bryce Simpson, American Government teacher at Tri County planned the trip.

Wed
17
Jun

Winners of Youth Adventure Race

The 2015 Youth Adventure Race had 9 teams participating, for a total of 18 youth ages 8-18. The race was held Friday, June 5 in the Fairbury area.
Winners were:
First place: Victors, Jacob Miller and Eli Clark, 54:15; Second place: Jamacan Hopscotch Mafia, Sydney Bontrager and Katie Patton, 64:15; Third place: The Dominators, Ellie Ohdle and Malloree Biehl.
Also participating in the event were: Twisters Sisters, Celia Bontrager and Avery Saltzman, 1:25:30; Silent Men of the Dark, Nolan Miller and Braden Miller, 1:29:40; We Got the Runs, Jack Holsing and Cole Siems, 1:35:44; Agony of DeFeet, Ben Holsing and Caden Bales, 1:36:31: Chuggingtons, Beckett Chappell and Jax Biehl, 1:37:47; and Chafing the Dream, Colton Bales and Carter Siems, 1:40:06.
The Youth Adventure Race, for 2-person teams of youths ages 8 to 18, included about 4 miles of mountain biking, running, rafting and mystery events.
Wed
17
Jun

Pregnancy Hormones Are An Emotional Roller Coaster

This pregnant woman is an emotional wreck. Everything makes me cry. And it’s embarrassing. 
A few weeks ago the sermon at church was about graduation. The preacher said that children were made to let go of, not hang on to. For the next 10 minutes I was hoping nobody was staring at me wondering what my problem was. 
I already know that the day is going to come when my babies leave me, but it seemed so final and heartbreaking to hear the minister go on about how it is my duty to ready my boys to leave the nest. As other parents cried because their children were graduating, I was crying at the thought of mine graduating in about 13 years. 
Wed
17
Jun

Letters to the Editor

Reader Weighs In On Fun Park, Cemetery
 
Editor:
I always look forward to the Fairbury Journal- News, when it comes in the mail. 
Today I was wondering what is happening in Fairbury? Two articles, come to mind.
Frontier Park: Who are these trashers and vandals? Can’t people just pick up after playing at the park? What is the matter with people in Fairbury and surrounding areas or people who use the park. 
Also, Laura Bedlan, weren’t you or past city engineers aware this wood park would not last and would need repair. Why wasn’t a grant sought a longtime ago. What is the time line on the present grant? Is it possible to have children and/or adults use this as a community service, maybe a part of the school system? Give a little of their time a couple of times a week to help their community have great parks.
Wed
17
Jun

Maybe Stepping On A Bee Wouldn’t Really Be All That Bad Considering

 When I was a kid as soon as school got out for the Summer the shoes came off. My folks always bought us kids one pair of shoes before school started and we were expected to wear them from just after Labor Day right up to Memorial Day. 
  By the time school ended for the year my shoes were usually well worn out. What was left was a bit of rubber and some canvas. I didn’t get new shoes for the Summer so barefooted it was.
 As it happens my Dad’s yard usually contained a fair amount of Clover. He liked Clover and said it was good for the soil. In addition to him liking Clover, so did honey bees. 
 Romps through the yard during the summer months usually ended with me getting stung on my feet several times. Over the course of the years I just accepted this fact and tried not to step on the bees figuring they didn’t like it any more than I did.
Wed
17
Jun

Saving The Fun Park Starts Right At Home

 Since the Journal-News broke the story last week about the continuing decay of the Fairbury Frontier Fun Park in the City Park, including the possibility that it may be razed, local discussion has been rampant.
  All forms of media have been abuzz as has personal conversation on what needs to happen to save the facility. And that is good. Raising awareness of a problem and seeking out a solution is always great, especially when there is a call for action.
  Unfortunately there is also a downside to this issue. The finger pointing has begun and the blame game has started. People want to know how the Fun park has been allowed to be a target for vandalism and an alleged site for criminal activity such as drug use and the sale of narcotics during the night hours.
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17
Jun

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 to Walter and Clara Scheele.  He was raised on a farm outside of Jansen, NE.  The family later moved to Diller and then Fairbury, NE. He lost his arm when he was 8 years old. In high school, LeRoy was involved in many activities. He played varsity basketball, was a state qualifier in track, sang in boys’ glee club, and chorus.  He graduated from Diller HS in 1955.  He attended Fairbury Jr. College and Peru State Teacher’s College and graduated in 1959 with a degree in mathematics and minored in Eng. and P.E. As a young man he enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting, and trapping. He started his 37 year teaching career at Sutton HS in NE. He taught mathematics there for four years before meeting Zona Salmen in the summer while managing the Sutton pool.  They were married July 18, 1965.

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Jun

Martin

Ruth I. (Beckfeldt) Martin, 77, of Beatrice died Monday, June 15, 2015 at her home.  She was born to Henry and Myrtle (Rodaway) Beckfeldt on a farm northwest of Syracuse on November 21, 1937 and lived there most of her childhood life.  She graduated from the eighth grade at District 87, Otoe County.  In 1954, she married Harold Hermann who died in a truck-train accident in 1955.  
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Jun

Haberman

ulie Ann Haberman, 62, passed away in Dallas, TX on June 5, 2015.  She was born on July 15, 1952 in Geneva, Nebraska to John and Opal Haberman.  She spent most of her youth in Fairbury, Nebraska, where she graduated from high school and attended community college.  In 1976, Julie moved to Corpus Christi, TX, where she trained to be a nurse.  Afterward, she moved to Dallas, TX, to work as an RN at St. Paul’s Hospital.  Julie spent her career in the healthcare field, both as an RN and in management positions with various healthcare companies.  
Julie Haberman is preceded in death by her parents, John and Opal Haberman of Fairbury, NE, her grandparents, Henry and Mollie Haberman and James and Margaret Marshall, and her sister-in-law, Cindy Haberman.  
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17
Jun

Teddy D. Fleck

Teddy Don Fleck, born October 31st 1951 in Milwaukee, WI to Neil Hugh Fleck Sr. and Florence  Fleck (Kwaitkowski).  He grew up in Milwaukee and graduated high school in 1970.  In 1971 he enlisted in the Navy and was recruited from there into the Marine Corps., and was honorably discharged in 1974.
He settled in Benicia, CA, where he married Patricia Griffin on June 12, 1976.  To this union 3 daughters were born, Kimberly, Michelle and Jennifer.  After his time in the military, he took a job as a civilian at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, overhauling submarines.  After moving his family to Reynolds, NE, he took early retirement from Mare Island in 1995 and shortly thereafter began working at Endicott Clay Products in Endicott, NE. 

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