Commentary

Wed
19
Apr

Signs of spring everywhere, offering optimism and energy

Hope springs eternal.
No matter how many times you’ve lived through it, spring fever and all that comes with it is such an invigorating phenomenon. It represents new life, a season of hope and a palpable explosion of energy that spreads smiles as wide as the morning horizon.
Signs of the season were everywhere this past week. The older I get, the more I notice those little seasonal mile markers, both individually and as a collective whole.
Christians marked the ultimate symbol of renewal Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Christ Jesus and the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. It is such a glorious feeling to hear the sacred story of the most holy day of the year, and this year was no exception. Christ’s resurrection represents a celebration of life, hope and purpose, putting everything else into clear perspective.

Wed
12
Apr

Answers to some little known questions

These are some of the things I wonder about. Maybe you do too, so here goes:

Why are television sets measured diagonally?  When you see a television advertised that measures 32 inch television you’d assume that would be the measurement across the top. If you actually measured a 32-inch television you’d find quite a few inches missing. Televisions are measured that way to make them seem larger to potential customers.

Why do coffeemaker manufacturers tell you to use cold water in an automatic coffeemaker? The only reason to use cold water instead of hot water is that it tastes better. Your water source’s hot water pipes tend to be more corroded than cold water pipes giving hot water an off taste. In addition, cold water tends to have more oxygen. The industry’s rule of thumb: You shouldn’t put water into a coffeemaker that you wouldn’t want to drink straight.

Wed
12
Apr

Spring brings with it start of several new, exciting projects

Planters are not yet sowing seeds in the ground, but the dirt is turning in other productive, progressive and exciting ways here in Hamilton County.
On the west edge of Aurora, huge earth-moving machines got an early jump with the warm weather, turning dirt on a multi-phase project which holds promise on several fronts. It’s the biggest project yet on the new 117-acre Streeter Subdivision, which if all goes as planned will look drastically different by the end of the year. Utility infrastructure is scheduled to start going in this week for the new 64-bed Westfield Quality Care skilled care facility, as well as the 23-lot Streeter 1st housing subdivision. Each is a big deal, and combined they represent incredible growth opportunities.

Wed
05
Apr

Men are destined to be dressed by women

While recently attending a now-rare social function that required the wearing of a suit and tie, a friend came up to me and asked if his suit looked “OK” ... and if his shirt collar was laying properly and if his tie was appropriate.
Then he cleared the air by explaining since his wife had died in the past year he had no one at home to pick out his clothes or tell him what to wear.
That’s when I realized most all old males have come full circle. We had begun life with our mom picking out our baby outfits. We were sent off to school in the fall with new school togs -- again picked out by our moms. We enjoyed a few years of independence where off to college we dressed as our mood dictated, “neat or sloppy.” Our brief carefree attitude all changed once we got married and had an inkling of what the future was about to hold.

Wed
05
Apr

AHS music department earns rave reviews for Shrek production

All who experienced the Aurora Music Department’s presentation of Shrek the Musical left the theater thoroughly impressed last week, not only with the musical talent they heard, but also the passion and shared energy these young people brought to the stage.
It was funny. It was entertaining. It was uplifting. And in a sense, art reflected life, or vice versa, as it shared messages of hope, friendship and being yourself, much like the jolly green ogre discovered on his musical journey.

Wed
29
Mar

Aurora remains worthy of home town spirit

Excuse me while I again turn to an old newspaper issue where Aurora Republican-Register columnist Joseph Alden, who in 1935 made reference to our community when in the 30’s wrote about our community of Aurora. He reminisced how his village, town-city of Aurora left him his most precious of memories. Although many of us were not born here we have established many precious memories of this community.
 Nearly 70 years ago Alden wondered how many of his readers had thought about the priceless thing called the home town spirit.

Wed
29
Mar

Penner gives Aurora front row seat to nation’s political scene

Political frustration in Washington has found its way to Aurora.
Last week’s announcement that a native son has thrown his hat in the ring for the 3rd District House seat came as somewhat of a surprise to many, though not to his wife Jennifer, who recently reminded him that he made that pledge years ago in college.
Kirk Penner is well known locally as part of a close-knit, successful family, a man who has given of his time, talent and treasure to improve his hometown community. But he is frustrated with the tone, tactics and lack of action coming out of Washington, and he’s not alone.

Wed
22
Mar

Aurora fortunate to have three Passport Program participants

Nebraska’s 150th birthday celebration is putting a spotlight on the state’s heritage this year, and so too is a unique program designed to invite folks to see all there is to see in the Cornhusker state, including its hidden gems.
The Nebraska Tourism Commission has rolled out the 2017 Nebraska Passport Program, touting 80 attractions on 10 themed tours from May 1 through Sept. 30. Aurora made the list not once, not twice, but three times, which in and of itself is a feather in our community’s collective cap.
The Edgerton Explorit Center is featured for the second time, this year as part of the “Be a Kid Again” tour. Executive director Mary Molliconi reported that the center had a 33 percent spike in visitors during the five-month Passport program in 2015, so she understandably has high expectations for this year. The Edgerton Center is clearly on a roll, having topped the list last year as the state’s outstanding tourist attraction.

Wed
22
Mar

New tricks can be difficult for old dogs

As our lifetime progresses we get indications we are being viewed as senior citizens. Lately those indications have not come from a few aching joints, but from outsiders who observe our actions or have simply seen the gray hair and conclude this guy needs some help.
More and more frequently when I enter a store and hand reaches out accompanied by a young person’s voice saying, “Sir, let me get the door for you.”  Struggling at a checkout counter the carryout person offers to carry my purchase to the car and when I decline, the question then arises, “Are you  sure?”
I must admit I am not a computer geek, or at best computer literate. That message came home loud and clear to me a month ago when I was invited to attend a state seminar to learn a lodge secretary interface because the state lodge had revamped its website and reporting procedures for local Nebraska lodge secretaries.

Wed
15
Mar

New report announces good news for mothers

A new report will be welcomed by those mothers who hate to try to keep a spotless house. According to findings in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers studied 60 children in Hutterite and Amish farm communities with similar genetic ancestry. Hutterites use modern farm machinery on large farms while Amish live on single-family farms, close to barns, with children spending more time in the barns than Hutterites.
Amish house dust was rich in bacterial debris that Hutterite dust lacked. About five percent of Amish children (ages 6-14) have asthma -- half the U.S. average and one-fourth the Hutterite average. Mothers will rejoice in the study’s conclusion that has come from the report saying barnyard dust must stimulate children’s immune systems and protects against asthma.
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