Commentary

Wed
24
Jun

‘Early to bed’ works, only if you stay in bed

We’ve always been told that “early to bed” is a good health trait. My parents told me that from the early years and even now that I am older, doctors have chimed in with the same theory.
I’ve continued to follow through with this routine even though I’m old enough to do what I want. I struggle at my age to make it to the 10 o’clock TV newscast and the majority of the time 9 o’clock has become the time I turn to the bedroom TV and hit the sack. Simply put, a TV program is my nighttime lullaby.

Wed
24
Jun

Planting roots in a community

As a 24-year-old freshly graduated from college, newly married and starting a new career, landing in Aurora, Neb., was unexpected. After my husband, Jeremy, was offered a job at Aurora Cooperative two years ago, we took a drive through the small town, and I have to admit that I didn’t instantly fall in love (gasp!).
Growing up in a small community, I wasn’t new to the small town feel at all, but Aurora is half the size of my hometown of Gering. After getting my feet under me here at the News-Register and meeting more and more members of the community, I caught myself quickly enjoying nearly everything about this town.
My husband and I rented a small apartment for two years and during that period we both were skeptical about calling Aurora a long-time home. Despite our initial feelings, within a year, we were on the hunt for a home.

Wed
24
Jun

Welcome back

It’s time to celebrate.
Aurora will roll out the red carpet this weekend with another chapter of what has become an annual feel-good helping of hometown fun.
A’ROR’N Days is traditionally a highlight of the summer for this proud community, inviting alumni, family and friends to enjoy festivities that couldn’t be more genuine.
A core group of volunteers deserves a pat on the back for locking this weekend on the calendar each year. There is a lot of synergy now in the 26th year with other groups and organizations adding their own activities to the itinerary, but it simply wouldn’t happen without the focus and dedication of the original planners. The late Jim Schneider had a great idea back in the day and we’re glad it’s been kept alive, giving past, presents and perhaps future residents something to look forward to.

Wed
17
Jun

Clever combination gift plan hits a major snag

Best laid plans sometimes go astray. That was the recent case of a friend of ours who this year tried to wrap up Mother’s Day and birthday gifts all at one time for his wife. Since his children were out of the country when Mother’s Day came around he planned to step in with a Mother’s Day gift and then follow up a few weeks later giving her his own personal birthday gift.
He told his children since they would be absent for mom’s special day he had bought a set of earrings to represent their Mother’s Day giving and then purchased a matching necklace to present to her as his own personal gift at birthday time. A pretty good plan he thought since he had always let the kids take care of Mother’s Day and occasionally he had a tough time finding the perfect birthday gift for the wife. He successfully made the earring and matching necklace purchases and had them individually wrapped before sneaking them into the household while the wife was absent.

Wed
17
Jun

30 years and counting

Thirty years after Clay Mathile found what he was looking for in a site to manufacture pet food, the Iams Company has reason to celebrate.
The story is legendary now, how Mathile quietly came to Aurora in 1984, kicking the tires and looking beyond the logistical criteria to determine where he wanted to build a new plant. The quality of the school system, he would later explain, the area’s strong work ethic as well as the community’s progressive mindset convinced him to plant the Iams flag on a Highway 34 site three miles west of town.
That decision has proven to be monumental, both for the company and its host community. Iams became a billion dollar brand many years ago and is known as a quality product for beloved cats and dogs around the world. The Aurora plant is one of its key producers, filling bags 24/7 bound for distributors throughout the western United States.

Wed
10
Jun

Youthful insight offers optimism for the future

This past couple of weeks I’ve had a chance to read the top high school seniors’ comments taken from speeches made at their graduation ceremonies. As I scanned those comments I must say “I was impressed” and have come to the conclusion we senior citizens should be taking the contents of those speeches seriously.

Wed
10
Jun

Holy buckets!

Nebraska natives know better than to complain about the rain.
Life-giving moisture falling from the skies, or lack thereof, permeates our lives in so many waves, causing massive ripples throughout both our social calendars and the local economy. It’s a given, year in and year out, that weather -- good, bad or otherwise -- is a hot topic of conversation.
But holly cow, rain is coming down in buckets this spring and summer!
Just a year or so ago we wrote about NRD water restrictions and how perilously close the Upper Big Blue District was to hitting record low aquifer levels. Had the spring readings come in just a smidgen lower last year, area producers and communities that rely on the precious underwater reservoir would have had to deal with strict water allocations, which have been a harsh reality in western Nebraska for decades.
What a difference a year makes!

Wed
03
Jun

Bandage woes are only a ‘me problem’ it seems

As I get older my fingers don’t seem as nimble as they once were and I find myself struggling to button shirt cuffs; holding small nails without hitting my fingers with a hammer; and punching the keyboards on a cell phone or computer. However, one of my biggest problems comes from those doggone little adhesive bandages. As you probably know, I use a lot of those quick patches because many of my handyman adventures still continue to go sour.
Over the years adhesive bandage manufactures have gone from the simple plastic patch to new advanced multi-sized antibacterial coated bandages now incased in descriptive knuckle or fingertip flexible fabrics. New technology has advanced the adhesive bandage to currently tout what manufactures advertise as “superior protection, 4-sided seal, thinner, breathable and stretchable.” Why even today’s adhesive bandage has an option of antibacterial triple pad technology with a pain-free non-stick film.

Wed
03
Jun

Hornet pride. Giltner student-athletes give community reason to celebrate

“It’s just awesome to be a Hornet.”
Jared Hastings said what many of his Giltner teammates and their families were thinking last weekend during a memorable couple of days in Omaha. The Hornets did what few other teams have been able to accomplish at the Nebraska State Track Meet, winning both the boys and girls championships in the same year. That takes some doing, since the event brings the state’s best talent together for what is always an extremely competitive test of athletic ability.
The Hornets were impressive, winning seven events between the two teams and six other medals. It was a fitting end for a talented group of student-athletes who have carried the orange and black torch with pride, and in fact raised the bar of success for future generations to aspire to.

Wed
27
May

Fond childhood memories fade as town deteriorates

This past week I ventured to a small country cemetery in Kansas where my grandparents and great grandparents are buried. As I exited a busy blacktop highway and drove down those gravel country roads my mind began to wander. Memories came back to me about my grandparents and the small community in which they lived. I realized I was lucky enough to have fond childhood memories implanted by my grandpa and grandma.

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