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Leslie Les Jochens

Leslie W. Les Jochens, 91, passed away May 18, 2014 in Colo.

Survivors are wife, Harriet; daughter, Ann & husband, Hans; son, Bob & wife, Carol; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Private family Burial Service will be held. Memorials to The Bird House at the Denver Zoo.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.

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A Festival of Music! The Monumental Fiddling Championship at Homestead National Monument of America

A festival of music, The Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest will be held on Saturday, May 24, at Homestead National Monument of Americas Education Center.

A fiddling workshop will be held at10 a.m.and competition will begin at12 noon.

There are three divisions for fiddling: Junior Division (less than five years experience), Senior Division (five years of experience or more), and Legends Division (past 1stplace winners of the Senior Division). There will also be an acoustic band competition. Admission to this event is free; as well there are no participant or registration fees.

This popular event celebrates music from the homesteading period and has traditionally drawn competitors from throughout the Midwest. Music was a common thread among pioneers of all ages.

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The Redbird, Endicott, Nebraska October 13, 1937, Volume IV, Number 1

Visit #33 - The Redbird

by Mitch Zabokrtsky

WIN ONE, LOSE ONE, WITH PLYMOUTH. In weather more suitable for football than softball, the Redbirds met the Plymouth Pilgrims here Thursday afternoon.

Our boys had a bad first inning allowing 6 runs. After that the boys played good ball, but the lead could not be overcome Plymouth winning 8 to 1.

The girls played a typical big league "three-up and three-down" game. The Redbirds scored in the first inning on a walk, stolen base, and two sacrifices. The girls played faultless ball in the pinches and deserved to win, 1 to 0. The girls have won 5 out of 7 games played.

SELECT STUDENTS FOR YOUNG CITIZENS CONTEST. The American Legion and The Omaha World Herald are again sponsoring a contest to select the best young citizens. Each school is permitted to send two boys and twogirls to a County Contest. The selections is based upon three tests: intelligence, citizenship, and medical.

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This is why I dont drive manual transmissions

I tried driving a pickup with a manual transmission last weekend. The driving went fine, but the stopping was the problem.

Driving a stick shift is stressful for me, and Im okay with never learning how to drive one. But this weekend I needed to take some small lambs to the Salina area, so I borrowed my brothers small pickup to get better mileage. The pickup is a manual, so I stole Michael away from his valuable farm work to drive me and the lambs.

Michael gets sleepy when he drives, so I volunteered to drive when we had gotten past Concordia so he wouldnt wreck. While I drove, he shifted the gears and told me when to push in and release the clutch. Once we got going down the interstate, he took a nap and I cruised along. We switched again at the edge of Salina.

Things went well as long as I had someone to run that blasted sticks grid pattern and instruct me on how much gas to give the truck while letting out the clutch.

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White Privilege A Thing of the Past?

Editor,

From May 12 thru May 16, 2014 in Madison Wis., educators from across the country met in a conference to discuss and learn about something called white privilege and how to combat it. To summarize white privilege, it is the notion that all white people are inherently racist and have rigged the system to keep other races down.

In Bolshevik, Russia, property owners were considered a privileged class who had rigged the system to keep the workers down, and it was off to the camps with them where they died by the millions.

In Nazi Germany, the Jewish people were considered a privileged class of rich bankers and con artists who rigged the system to keep other Germans down. And it was off to the camps with them where millions of them died.

Do not delude yourselves into thinking America is so morally pristine that such horrors cannot happen here. Indeed, we are dangerously close to seeing it become a reality.

Mark Scheetz

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This Newspaper man Could Learn A Thing Or Two From The Radio Guy

I've been covering elections for a long time. My first stint at getting totals from local election headquarters (always the county courthouse) was back when Ronald Reagan was running for his second term. It's been a while.

Over the course of heading to the courthouse every two years, my routine has always been the same. 1. I plan for a late night. 2. I bring extra paper. 3. I bring extra pens. When the precincts start reporting in I grab the new totals, log them in a notebook, add the new numbers to the previous ones and update my totals. I do this time and again as I wade through absentee votes and the accompanying 10 county precincts.

It really is time consuming.

Accuracy is key. One wrong slip in my cyphering and someone has more or less votes in the paper than they should (It happens. It happened in last week's paper in fact.)

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Its Time To Hang Out The Welcome Sign

As a community we always should put our best foot forward. Whether it's keeping the lawn clipped, saying "hello" to a stranger on the street or simply waiving to a passerby, as Fairbury residents we always need to welcome people into our community.

Next week we have a great opportunity to do just that. The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Memorial Weekend Girls' Softball Tournament Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25 at the Cloverleaf Complex in City Park.

As of press time there are approximately 20 teams with 12 girls per team. If you do the math factoring in coaches, players, parents and perhaps a few other guests we could very easily see an additional 500 people coming to Fairbury.

This is a very important opportunity. Some of the benefits to this influx of people are obvious. Each of these people will be wanting to eat, shop (during their off time) buy gas, snacks and everything that goes along with such an outing.

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Sue Snell Jeffcoat

Betty Snell Butler received word her sister, Sue Snell Jeffcoat passed away in Davis, California.

Sue was born in Fairbury on Dec. 30, 1938, went through school here.

Private services were held in Davis, California with burial in Military Cemetery. She was in the Marines.

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Nellie Beth Harms

Nellie Beth Harms 91, of Fairbury, passed away May 14, 2014 at Heritage Care Center.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Nancy, of Fairbury; son-in-law Jerry Knoche of Lincoln; five granddaughters, Heidi and husband, Jerry Miller of Fairbury; Holly and husband, Jack Wardell of Carroll, Iowa; Heather and husband, Clifton Jackman of Augusta, Ga; Lisa Knovhe and boyfriend, Christ Lutz and Lori Knoche of Lincoln; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jansen, Neb. Burial was at the Fairbury Cemetery. Memorials will go to the Nebraska Community Blood Bank and Team Mates.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of the arrangements.

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Civil War Reenactment Volunteers

Photo caption: CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT held on May 19 by Meridian fourth through sixth grade students. Photos by Fred Arnold, Fairbury Journal-News, to see more photos go to www.fairburyjournalnews.com

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