Commentary

Wed
25
May

Taking a peak into the different generations

A young man was asked how old he was. He replied, “That’s hard to say. According to my latest school tests, I have a psychological age of 11 and a moral age of 10. Anatomically, I’m 7; mentally I’m 9. But I suppose you refer to my chronological age. That’s 8 – but nobody pays any attention to that nowadays.”   
We’ll, that’s the situation I’m in after reading a newspaper that said I’m classified as a member of the Silent Generation. There are about 29 million of us and we were born between 1928-1945. We’ve been tagged as “silent because of our conformist and civic instincts and are children of parents who went through the Great Depression and WWII.”
I am sure it’s hard to believe you find me being classified as a part of the “silent” generation. Put your mind at ease because basically I had qualified by falling in the middle of pack ‘cause I was born in 1938.

Wed
25
May

Giltner girls, High Plains boys share the spotlight with class

A day filled with drama ended with the classiest of gestures Saturday in Omaha, and a photo opp that speaks far more than 1,000 words.
Two teams linked to Hamilton County stood proud atop the podium at Omaha Burke Stadium having earned the titles of state track team champions. The Giltner girls brought home the trophy for the second year in a row, sending a message with a young, talented roster that the Lady Hornets may well be the team to beat next year as well. Coach Nancy Lockmon, assistant coaches and the entire team have reason to be extremely proud.

Wed
18
May

GOP uncertainty

Last week’s Nebraska primary was an exercise in futility as far as the race for the White House. Never before have so many walked out of a voting booth so thoroughly disappointed in our choices.
As a registered Republican, my options, and those of a majority of others here in Nebraska and Hamilton County, were Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio or Donald Trump. Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that there was only one man officially left in the race by the time Nebraskans weighed in, which meant our vote had no impact whatsoever.
It still mattered, however, as a personal statement of who we want to see as our next president. It’s a very big deal, in my opinion, to be part of the electoral process and to do your civic duty and vote.

Wed
18
May

Giving a shout-out to the local foundations

. . . And the beat goes on. That’s how I look at my surroundings and realize our community continues to grow through present and past generous citizens who have or are currently reinvesting in Aurora and Hamilton County.
Aurora’s numerous foundations – both community and individual -- have contributed millions of dollars to projects from which we all are able to benefit.
 What is more impressive is the fact more private foundations are being established and the granddaddy of local foundations, The Hamilton Community Foundation, continues to grow. It would be difficult for most communities the size of Aurora and Hamilton County to match our growth and the generosity of past and present citizenry.

Thu
12
May

Making hot sandwiches the perfect picnic dish

This week’s recipe is something many of you probably have already made or at least know how to make. In that case, I am really just providing you with a newspaper recipe card to cut out!
 I was inspired to try my hand at making these scrumptious little sandwiches after Nitta’s Catering served them at a couple of AACD Lunch and Learn sessions and also after watching a recent episode of The Pioneer Woman, where she did the same thing but with a slight spin.
I went back and forth on which recipe to make, the original or the Ree Drummond version, but after asking my taste tester (my husband), he opted for the original. He had never had either before so he wanted to try the original first.
As coincidence would have it, we helped some friends move a couch this weekend and what was she serving for lunch but hot Hawaiian ham and swiss sandwiches. So Jeremy got a sneak peak at the taste and was happy with his decision of choosing the original.

Thu
12
May

‘Creativity never ends’

You don’t have to look hard for creative influence at Aurora Public Schools. It is painted all over the walls, quite literally.
Last week’s debut of not one but two large, collaborative murals offered visual confirmation that the fine arts are alive and well here in Aurora. Our community has a strong and well-deserved reputation for its artistic flare, and this unique project demonstrates that the seeds of creativity are being planted and nurtured at a very young age.
Sarah Wegenast deserves best of show honors for her drive to make this mural project come to life. Wegenast, who showed why she was honored in recent years as the Nebraska art teacher of the year, had a vision three years ago to pursue this massive undertaking, then set about making it happen.

Thu
12
May

Things to keep in mind as a gardener

Not too many weeks ago people were anxious to get the mower started and do some mowing in the springtime temps. I assume by now and because of several frequent rains that have caused a speedy growth of grass the anxiousness has changed from a vision of pleasurable mowing to a chore of agony.
The same holds true for the local gardeners. Since the rainfalls gardeners finally have been able to see some of their planting work sprouting. Unfortunately, it is accompanied by those darn weeds.
We are reminded there are several things to bear in mind for what is termed as a “Green Thumb Season.” With the approach of another gardening season we have found a few quotes for that man or woman with the hoe.
One observer reported that all a gardener needs to know about radishes is that it’s a cinch to raise more than the family will eat.

Wed
11
May

Making hot sandwiches the perfect picnic dish

ing many of you probably have already made or at least know how to make. In that case, I am really just providing you with a newspaper recipe card to cut out!
 I was inspired to try my hand at making these scrumptious little sandwiches after Nitta’s Catering served them at a couple of AACD Lunch and Learn sessions and also after watching a recent episode of The Pioneer Woman, where she did the same thing but with a slight spin.
I went back and forth on which recipe to make, the original or the Ree Drummond version, but after asking my taste tester (my husband), he opted for the original. He had never had either before so he wanted to try the original first.
As coincidence would have it, we helped some friends move a couch this weekend and what was she serving for lunch but hot Hawaiian ham and swiss sandwiches. So Jeremy got a sneak peak at the taste and was happy with his decision of choosing the original.

Wed
11
May

Things to keep in mind as a gardener

Not too many weeks ago people were anxious to get the mower started and do some mowing in the springtime temps. I assume by now and because of several frequent rains that have caused a speedy growth of grass the anxiousness has changed from a vision of pleasurable mowing to a chore of agony.
The same holds true for the local gardeners. Since the rainfalls gardeners finally have been able to see some of their planting work sprouting. Unfortunately, it is accompanied by those darn weeds.
We are reminded there are several things to bear in mind for what is termed as a “Green Thumb Season.” With the approach of another gardening season we have found a few quotes for that man or woman with the hoe.
One observer reported that all a gardener needs to know about radishes is that it’s a cinch to raise more than the family will eat.

Wed
11
May

‘Creativity never ends’

You don’t have to look hard for creative influence at Aurora Public Schools. It is painted all over the walls, quite literally.
Last week’s debut of not one but two large, collaborative murals offered visual confirmation that the fine arts are alive and well here in Aurora. Our community has a strong and well-deserved reputation for its artistic flare, and this unique project demonstrates that the seeds of creativity are being planted and nurtured at a very young age.
Sarah Wegenast deserves best of show honors for her drive to make this mural project come to life. Wegenast, who showed why she was honored in recent years as the Nebraska art teacher of the year, had a vision three years ago to pursue this massive undertaking, then set about making it happen.

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