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Wed
04
Feb

Old sewing skills may come in handy, or not

I was busy this past week saving a couple of bucks and reminiscing about old school days.
I was saving a couple of bucks by not buying a new pair of socks. I was reminiscing about a boys’ high school home ec. class where I learned how to darn socks by using not only a needle and thread, but also by putting a light bulb in the toe of the sock to make the stitching go much easier.
At that time I had no plans to ever sew again. However, I and about 15 other senior high school boys who had been out for fall and winter sports found that instead of enjoying a final free quarter of no spring track or studies, we were required to enroll in the new class venture called, Boys’ Home Ec. Thus was the formulation of a very limited basis of cooking, baking, ironing, table setting  . . . and sewing.

Wed
28
Jan

Thanks, coach!

You could call him Aurora’s own Tom Osborne.
Husky football has been blessed for the past 16 years to have Randy Huebert at the helm, carrying on if not raising the bar for a proud Aurora football tradition. Huebert announced last week that he is moving on next fall to roam the sidelines with the Class A Papillion-LaVista Monarchs, a challenge he and his family are excited about. We wish him well.
Much like his former mentor, Huebert instilled a sense of pride, tradition and class into Big Red football. Having played for Osborne and the Huskers himself years ago, Huebert knows the Xs and Os of the game inside and out, but like TO earned as much if not more respect inside the locker room for the way he helped turn young boys into men. He learned by positive, often soft-spoken example, and in turn taught the same effective way.

Wed
28
Jan

Going to the movies just ain’t what it used to be

The Academy Awards and the Oscars business never excited me much. Bluntly, I’m not much of a movie goer and probably wouldn’t recognize many of today’s movie stars even if they told me their names.
This year I really didn’t realize just how far I’ve fallen from the screen flick wagon until a list of potential winners appeared in a Sunday daily newspaper. I was familiar with only one nominated movie title and found recognition of one movie actor, one actress, and no recognition of supporting actors or actresses ... and that was even when the names appeared under their photos.

Wed
21
Jan

Tennis, anyone?

The first serve was a dandy.
Last week’s initial public conversation about a private/public partnership to build a new tennis court facility in Aurora sent a very positive signal that this concept is well on its way to reality. There is work to be done and money to be raised -- lots of it -- but the project looks to be off to a tremendous start.
Tennis enthusiasts have been silent for the past two years, though there had to be some frustration with the fact that there is literally no place to go play the game here in Aurora. When construction began on the new aquatic center, the first step in the process was to take out the two tennis courts that had been in Streeter Park for years. Game over, at least for a while.

Wed
21
Jan

Birthday gifts evolve with time, age and priorities

The betterhalf had a birthday the other day. Out of courtesy and fear of payback I won’t reveal her age. Let’s just say birthdays in the family have become routine and that’s good. I say routine because for the past few years the betterhalf has chosen to pick out her own gifts.
 Regularly she came home and proudly held up an item an announced, “You just bought me my birthday gift.” Now I haven’t decided if she thought I was going to forget her birthday or she didn’t appreciate my choices of previous birthday gifts.
 In my earlier years of gifting and before we were married my gifts ranged from a Black Hills sandstone necklace, a heart locket, to a nice sweater. She never complained and my confidence grew. When it was evident this looked like a long-term relationship along came the popular cedar chest and because she rose early to go to her job in Omaha, a new item called, “Mr. Coffee” with an automatic timer.

Wed
14
Jan

Transition of power

Fresh faces all around.
The new year brings with it new people in positions of authority in our local sphere, more than the normal transition of power we’re accustomed to every two to four years.
At the city, school, county, state and national level we welcome newcomers to the table, thanking them in advance for their willingness to serve. Challenges await our newly elected representatives, especially in Washington, and you have to give credit to the folks who have thrown themselves into the mix.
At City Hall, there will soon be three new faces at the city council table, and Mayor Dave Long, though a two-year veteran on the council, is adjusting to a new role. Dan Bartling and Dottie Anderson join the council as newcomers and within a month or so we can expect to see a new city administrator. That’s a significant level of change in leadership at all one time!

Wed
14
Jan

Gitmo begs question: Is this any way to run country

The recent improvement of Cuban and U.S. relations has not only brought up discussions between the two countries about tourism and trade topics, but also what to do with the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba.
It appears the United States plans to keep the base that houses the world’s most expensive prison  with 127 war-on-terror captives and run by 2000 or more temporary troops and contractors. Now a $65 million school building with classroom space for 275 kindergarten through high school students is planned. That cost figures about $236,000 per student to put under one roof all the school-age children of American sailors stationed there.

Wed
07
Jan

Healthy goals

The new year begins with a new challenge.
Fresh off a holiday season overflowing with goodwill, good memories and way too much good food, the News-Register and Memorial Community Health Inc. are teaming up once again to provide some healthy motivation. The seventh annual Hamilton County Health Challenge is a go, kicking off in March and wrapping up 100 days later with an awards ceremony during A’ROR’N Days.
Each year since this program began, coordinators have considered whether to carry on for another season, and each year the answer has been yes. It’s rewarding to hear life-changing stories from participants who have gone all in with the challenge, and then posted amazing results just 100 days later. There have been many of those feel-good testimonials since this competition began in 2009.

Wed
07
Jan

Beginning new year with no regrets on 2014

Many of us looked back on 2014 and cited accomplishments and others took a viewpoint of regrets we had about 2014. I catch myself regretting things that I did, or didn’t do. New Year resolutions are one of those lists I fail to follow too closely. In fact, I don’t even make serious resolutions anymore.
However, there’s a good piece of advice I am going to try to follow, or at least consider in 2015. It came from a man named “Ben Holden.” Now I don’t know Ben, but his advice I feel is worth repeating. His advice was made several years ago when Ben said:
“I’ve decided I’m not going to focus on regrets I might have while looking back to the past year.
While I could have been smarter about some things, used better judgment when making certain decisions or maybe even taken advantage of opportunities that would have taken my life in a different direction, I refuse to let those issues have a negative impact on my life.

Wed
31
Dec

Worthwhile program

County commissioners sent a strong message last week with a unanimous vote in favor of designating Hamilton County as a “livestock friendly” home for agribusiness.
The promotional tag makes sense for Hamilton County, and much of rural Nebraska for that matter. Agriculture is king in the Husker state, after all, driving our economy with what has become more and more of a highly sophisticated, technical, diversified, multi-billion dollar industry. Anything we can do to distinguish ourselves as ag-friendly, both as a county and as a state, is well worth the time and effort.

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