April 2017 Chase County Calendar

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  April is National Humor Month

*March 31 – April 2. MOVIE: The Shack. Rated PG-13. Drama. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445. Thanks to Duane and Beverly Dinnel, first 50 patrons each night get free admission.

  April Fool’s Day. Would you have fallen for this? The Left-Handed Burger. In 1998, Burger King tricked customers with a full-page advert in USA Today. The ad plugged its ‘left-handed Whopper’. The burger had all the condiments and rotated 180 degrees for left-handed diners. Burger King broke the news with the line: ‘Everyone knows that it takes two hands to hold a Whopper!’

April 1. Pancake Breakfast, St. Patrick Friendship Hall, 7 to 10 am. Pancakes, eggs, juice, milk, and coffee in exchange for free-will donation to the Imperial Rotary Club. Proceeds will purchase sit-to-stand lift for Imperial Manor. Phone Laura at 414-1055 or Cheryl at 883-0265 for more information.

April 1. Presentation on Islam, Zion Lutheran Church, 1305 Broadway, 1 to 4 pm. Presenter Adam Francisco teaches Islamic Studies and Christian Apologetics at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

April 2 – June 24. 14th Annual Walk to Health, sponsored by the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. To participate in 12-week program, register at walk.fitthumb.com, Pin #4563. If you’re not online, phone 308-345-4223 or drop by the Imperial office at 501 Broadway.

A priest, a rabbi, and a vicar walk into a bar. The barman says, ”Is this some kind of joke?’

 

April 4,11,18; May 2. Round table discussions to follow up on ECAP survey (go.unl.edu/imperial), 6 pm, Imperial City Gym. April 4: Eight characteristics. April 11: Discovery Tool. April 18: Setting Priorities. May 2: Action Plan. Phone Jason Tuller, Director, Imperial Community Development, 308-882-4368.

April 7. Quilt Show featuring Prior’s New Generation Fabric Store, 6-9 pm, at Meadowlark Gallery, 248 Central Avenue in Grant. See Meadowlark Gallery Facebook page.

April 7. Pancake Supper and Silent Auction, Rainbow Promise Preschool, 5 to 8 pm. Preschoolers will perform. Tickets $5 available from preschoolers or at the door.

*April 7-9. MOVIE. Beauty & the Beast. PG. Adaptation of fairy tale about monstrous-looking prince and young woman who fall in love. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

April 8. Crazy Quilt Guild meeting, 1:30 p.m., Imperial Community Center. Phone Vivian at 883-5873 or Linda at 883-1770 for details. (Every second Saturday.)

April 8. Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt, 1 pm, Imperial City Park. Storm date is April 15. Lions Club members will hide 4000 candy-filled plastic eggs, each also containing a quarter, donated by the Lions Club with local banks and credit services.

April 8. White Barn Treasures, 34764 733 Road, Wauneta. 9 am to 3 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Local vendors with handmade, repurposed and vintage items, home based businesses. Fun barn/community atmosphere.

April 9. Sunday Buffet, Imperial Community Center, 11 am to 1 pm. Adults $10; children 10 years and younger $5. Phone 882-5343.’

   I went on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Never again.

APRIL 9-15. National Library Week. Stop by the Lied Imperial Public Library and find out for yourself how “Libraries Transform” – the 2017 theme.

April 10. Diabetes Support Group, Chase County Hospital, Basement Conference Room, 6 to 7:30 pm. See chasecountyhospital.com – Upcoming Events or phone Julie at 882-7386. (Every second Monday of the month.)

April 10, 15. Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska, 112 South Tecumseh Avenue, Wauneta. Regular packaging events Monday, 6-8 pm; Saturday, 9-11 am. Phone Mary at 883-6761.

April 11. Broadway Book Bunch. Imperial Library, 7 pm. Discussion of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Ask at the library for a copy.

*April 14-16. MOVIE. Beauty & the Beast. PG. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

April 17. Cancer Support Group, Chase County Hospital, Basement Conference Room, 7 pm. Food/beverages, program, tips and advice. Meetings are confidential. For more information, phone Deb Hrcka at 882-7290 or email dhrcka@chasecountyhospital.com. (Every 3rd Monday of the month.)

If you’ve never heard of the singer Tom Jones, you won’t get this one: 
“Doc, I can’t stop singing the ‘Green, Green Grass of Home.'”
Doc says, “That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome.”
“Is it common?” I ask.
“It’s not unusual,” he replies.    

April 19. Imperial Chamber Meeting, Community Center, Noon. Phone Center at 882-5343 before 9 a.m. to reserve lunch, $8.

April 20. Freedoms Foundation students will present a program about their trip to Valley Forge, PA. Lied Imperial Public Library, 6:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend.

Did you know that the Chase County chapter is one of only two Freedoms Foundation chapters in the state of Nebraska?

*April 21-23. MOVIE. Going in Style. Rated PG13. Three lifelong pals risk it all in a daring bid to knock off a bank that absconded with their money. Stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer.

*April 21-23. MOVIE. Power Rangers. rated PG13. Five teens learn the world is about to be obliterated by an alien threat. They’re the only ones who can save the planet. Wauneta Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

April 22. Pancake Breakfast, St. Patrick Friendship Hall, 7:30 to 10:30 am. Pancakes, eggs, juice, milk, and coffee in exchange for free-will donation to the Imperial Rotary Club. Proceeds will purchase sit-to-stand lift for Imperial Manor. Phone Laura at 414-1055 or Cheryl at 883-0265 for more information.

April 24-25. Stop Human Trafficking. April 24, 7-9, Lied Imperial Public Library. Free, open to the public. No children, please. April 25, 9-10 am, Chase County Schools, Open to the public. Presenter Glen Parks is a prosecutor with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and Coordinator of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force. Phone Mid-Plains Community College, 308-882-5972. VIDEO: “What is Human Trafficking?”

April 25. Lion’s Club, 6 pm, M&M’s Natural Jaz. Cost: Pay for supper. President, Jayne Henry, 308-882-4095 or email jhenry@gpcom.net.

  “I told my doctor that I broke my arm in two places. He told me to stop going to those places.”

*April 28-30. MOVIE. The Boss Baby. Rated PG. Suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

April 30-May 1. The Lion King Jr, Chase County Schools Spring Musical, 7:30 pm. Co-directed by Randy Hayes and Jill Bauerle.

*Movie titles are subject to change. Phone 882-4368 or 394-5445 to verify.

Weekly Events

Imperial Community Center, 882-5343: Free Exercise Classes for Men and Women, 10 am, Monday and Wednesday; Women’s Coffee, MWF, 9 am; Men’s Coffee, M-F, 8 am; Bingo, Tues, 1 pm; Lunch, M-F, Noon, $6 under 60, $5 above. Please phone by 9.

Tuesday, Noon— Rotary Club at M&M Jaz. Laura Gaschler, 414-1055. See Facebook page for updates.

Wednesday, 3 pm—Bingo at Parkview Heights. Phone 882-5333.

Thursday, 9 am—TOPS at Imperial Community Center. Lorna, 883-5304.

 

April Celebrations – 2017

April 13, 1915 The birthday of Robert S. “Bob” Devaney, who served as head football coach at the University of Nebraska from 1962 to 1972, with a career college football record of 136-30-7. His Cornhuskers won consecutive national championships in 1970 and 1971 and three consecutive Orange Bowls.

Devaney served as the athletic director at Nebraska from 1967 to 1993, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981. He died of a heart attack on May 9, 1997, and is buried at Lincoln Memorial Park in Lincoln.

April 6 Centennial of the U.S. Entry into World War I – April 6, 1917

April 7 National No Housework Day. No sweeping, dusting, laundry, or dishes. Have coffee with friends, read a book, take a leisurely walk — anything but housework!

April 23National Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Celebrate the bard’s birthday by substituting you (singular) with thou and thee, and y’all (plural) with ye.

April 28National Arbor Day, established first in Nebraska in 1872.

April is…

 MONTH.

Adopt a highway, clean up the yard, plant flowers, put a fresh coat of paint on your deck.

National Autism Month. Learn more from the Organization for Autism Research at ResearchAutism.org.

 

March 2017 Chase County Calendar

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MARCH is National Reading Month. Read aloud 15 minutes. Every child. Every parent. Every day. Get Read Aloud Tips at readaloud.org/15_Read_Aloud_Tips.pdf.

March 1. Nebraska Statehood Day. Lots going on in Lincoln today on the 150th anniversary of Nebraska’s statehood.

March 3-4. National Unplugging Day, Sundown to Sundown : “Unplug” from technology: tv, mobile devices, social media, etc. Download my “8 Easy Ways to Unplug.”

*March 3-5. MOVIE: The Lego Batman Movie. Rated PG. Computer-animated action-comedy superhero film. Bruce Wayne must deal with the criminals of Gotham City and the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 2D/3D, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

March 7. Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) Symphonic Band, 7 pm, Chase County High School, performing variety of music styles. Kicks off CCS’s own Simply Jazz band and concert band.

March 9: 6th Annual Chili Imperial Chamber Cook-off Contest, Imperial City Gym. Open to public, 6 pm. Winners receive Chamber bucks. To register, phone Chairman Jack Schneider, 882-4363.

*March 10-12. MOVIE: The Space Between Us, rated PG13. First human born on Mars travels to Earth, embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer.

*March 10-12. MOVIE: A Dog’s Purpose. Rated PG. A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Stars Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

March 11:  Craft Fair hosted by Southwest Crafters and Entrepreneurs (SWNE), City Gym, 9 am to 2 pm. Lunch served by Cindy Lou. Janette Carmin, jayceedten@gmail.com.

March 11. Bell Choir Festival, 6:30 pm, St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. Phone Zion Lutheran Church at 882-5655 for more details.

March 12. Sunday Buffet, Imperial Community Center, 11 am to 1 pm. Adults $10; children 10 years and younger $5. Phone 882-5343.

March 13. Diabetes Support Group, Chase County Hospital, Basement Conference Room, 6 to 7:30 pm. See chasecountyhospital.com – Upcoming Events or phone Julie at 882-7386. (Every second Monday of the month.)

March 13-17. Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart, hosted by Chase County Schools to support American Heart Association and Society of Health and Physical Educators. Please support students in their fundraising efforts. See heart.org/jump or heart.org/hoops.

March 13, 18. Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska, 112 South Tecumseh Avenue, Wauneta. Regular packaging events Monday, 6-8 pm; Saturday, 9-11 am. Phone Mary at 883-6761 or see mercymealsofsouthwestnebraska.org.

March 14. Broadway Book Bunch. Imperial Library, 7 pm. Discussion of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Ask at the library for a copy.

March 15. Imperial Chamber Meeting, Community Center, Noon. Phone Center at 882-5343 before 9 a.m. to reserve lunch, $8.

*March 17-19. MOVIE: Rock Dog. Rated PG. Animated. After finding a radio that has fallen from the sky, Tibetan mastiff Bodi decides he want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer.

*March 17-19. MOVIE: John Wick, Chapter 2. Rated R. Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Stars Keanu Reeves. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

March 20. Cancer Support Group, Chase County Hospital, Basement Conference Room, 7 pm. Food/beverages, program, tips and advice. Meetings are confidential. For more information, phone Deb Hrcka at 882-7290 or email dhrcka@chasecountyhospital.com. (Every 3rd Monday of the month.)

*March 24-26. MOVIE: Kong: Skull Island. Rated PG-13. Fantasy/Science fiction. Explores the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as explorers venture deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson,  John Goodman. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 2D/3D, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

March 31: LIVE PLAY: Murder at the Juice Joint, 7 pm, Lied Public Library in Imperial. Ad-libbed roaring 20’s murder mystery. Only pre-event tickets available, $5. Ask at the library.

*March 31 – April 2. MOVIE: The Shack. Rated PG-13. Drama. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips receives a mysterious letter urging him to go to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer.

*March 31 – April 2. MOVIE: Logan. Rated R.  Science fiction/drama. Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. His attempts to hide and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces. Stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

*Movie titles are subject to change. Phone 882-4368 or 394-5445 to verify.

Weekly Events

Imperial Community Center, 882-5343: Women’s Coffee, MWF, 9 am; Men’s Coffee, M-F, 8 am; Bingo, Tues, 1 pm; Lunch, M-F, Noon, $6 under 60, $5 above. Please phone by 9.

Tuesday, Noon—Imperial Rotary Club at M&M Jaz. President, Laura Gaschler.

Wednesday, 3 pm—Bingo at Parkview Heights. Phone 882-5333.

Thursday, 9 am—TOPS at Imperial Community Center. Leader, Lorna.

 

 

 

Needing Information on Chase County Veterans. Can you help?

Dawna Schmidt, who works at VFW Post #4688 in Imperial, has taken on the task of collecting names of veterans for a future Chase County Veterans Memorial Wall.

She is soliciting the help of county residents who can give her the names of anyone they know who is or was a veteran and who lived in Chase County at any time in their lives, dating back to the Civil War.

Please phone Dawna at 882-5083 with names and any other details you might have about the veteran’s service. You can also give your info to Jana Pribbeno at the Republican, or send it to me at Cheryl@cherylsdesk.com, and I’ll pass it on. Thank you!

 

William Jennings Bryan 1860 – 1925

Born in March, Statesman from Nebraska

Born in Salem, Illinois in 1860, William Jennings Bryan was renowned as a gifted debater. He was elected to the U.S. Congress to represent Nebraska in 1890 but was defeated for the U.S. Senate in 1894. The next two years, he served as editor of the Omaha World-Herald.

Bryan ran for president in 1896, traveling more than 18,000 miles through 27 states, but he lost to William McKinley. He lost to McKinley again in 1900 and to William Howard Taft in 1908. In 1912, President Woodrow Wilson appointed him Secretary of State.

With his deep, commanding voice and wide travels, he was perhaps the best-known orator and lecturer of the era. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was called “The Great Commoner.” He supported Prohibition and attacked Darwinism and evolution, most famously at the Scopes Trial in 1925 in Tennessee. On July 26, 1925, five days after the Scopes case ended, Bryan died in his sleep in Dayton, Tennessee. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

 

 

February 2017 Chase County Calendar

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February 3: Chase County Hospital Foundation Gala, 6 pm social, 6:30 dinner. Expo Building. Proceeds will fund new mammography machine. Unable to attend the gala? Donate online at chasecountyhospital.com/foundation/donate.html.

February 3: National Wear Red Day. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. Know your risks. See GoRedForWomen.org to find out more.

*February 3-5. MOVIE: Hidden Figures. Rated PG. Biographical drama. Team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. Stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Moráe. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer.

February 4. Soup & Pie Supper, 5-7 pm, Champion Community Center, hosted by Champion Jr. Women’s Club. Free-will donation. Live music. Funds will support community projects.

February 5. Valentine Dessert Bar, 2 pm, Crossroads Wesleyan Church, 220 E. 17th, Imperial. Freewill fundraiser to help with medical expenses for Jim Sims, CCHS student. 9th Street Singers and Jazz Band will entertain. Phone 308-882-5010 for more information.

February 9. A Chocolate Affair, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, St. Patrick Friendship Hall, 724 Broadway, Imperial. Homemade chocolate dessert samples, silent auction for desserts. Door prizes. Tickets $10. Funds benefit local youth projects. Phone Cheryl at 883-0265 for more information or tickets.

*February 10-12. MOVIE: A Dog’s Purpose. Rated PG. A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Stars Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer.

*February 10-12. MOVIE: Hidden Figures, Rated PG. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445. See February 3-5, Imperial, for summary.

February 11. Crazy Quilt Guild meeting, 1:30 p.m., Imperial Community Center. Phone Vivian at 883-5873 or Linda at 883-1770 for details. (Every second Saturday.)

February 11. Imperial Bible Church Ladies Retreat, 8 am to 3:30 pm, 800 W. 11th. Featured Speaker: Karre Ann Wakefield, “Finding the Hidden Treasure.” Send name, address, and $15 fee to Amanda Clay, PO Box 516, by Friday, February 3. Lunch and dessert provided.

February 12. Sunday Buffet, Imperial Community Center, 11 am to 1 pm. Adults $10; children 10 years and younger $5. Phone 882-5343.

February 13. Diabetes Support Group, Chase County Hospital, Basement Conference Room, 6 to 7:30 pm, with Julie Levy, Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator. See chasecountyhospital.com – Upcoming Events or phone Julie at 882-7386. (Every second Monday of the month.)

February 13, 18. Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska, 112 South Tecumseh Avenue, Wauneta. Regular packaging events Monday, February 13, 6-8 pm, and Saturday, February 18, 9-11 a.m. Phone Mary at 883-6761 or see mercymealsofsouthwestnebraska.org.

February 14. Broadway Book Bunch. Imperial Library, 7 pm. Discussion of The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride. Ask at the library for a copy or phone 882-4754.

February 15. Imperial Chamber Meeting, Community Center, Noon. Phone Center at 882-5343 before 9 a.m. to reserve lunch, $8.

*February 17-19. MOVIE: Split – M. Night Shyamalan Movie. Rated: PG13. Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th. Stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Haley Lu Richardson. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer.

*February 17-19. MOVIE: Patriots Day, Rated R. Drama-thriller about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent terrorist manhunt. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

February 20. President’s Day and National Cherry Pie Day! Maybe Washington didn’t chop down the cherry tree when he was a boy, but cherries were one of his favorite foods! Find out more from The Food Historian.

February 20. Cancer Support Group, Chase County Hospital, Basement Conference Room, 7 pm. Food/beverages, program, tips and advice. Meetings are confidential. For more information, phone Deb Hrcka at 882-7290 or email dhrcka@chasecountyhospital.com. (Every 3rd Monday of the month.)

*February 24-26. MOVIE: La La Land. Rated PG13. Romantic musical comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. Imperial Theatre, Friday-Saturday, 7:30. Sunday, 7 pm. Phone 882-4368 to volunteer.

*February 24-26. MOVIE: The Space Between Us, rated PG13. First human born on Mars travels to Earth, embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

*Movie titles are subject to change.

COMING IN MARCH

*March 3-5. MOVIE: The Lego Batman Movie. Rated PG. 3D computer-animated action-comedy superhero film. Bruce Wayne must deal with the criminals of Gotham City and the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted. Wauneta Chateau Theatre, 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Phone 394-5445.

March 9: 6th Annual Chili Cook-off. Chairman, Jack Schneider, 882-4363

March 11: Craft Fair hosted by Southwest Crafters and Entrepreneurs (SWNE), City Gym, 9 am to 2 pm. Lunch served by Cindy Lou.

March 31: LIVE PLAY: Murder at the Juice Joint, 7 pm, Lied Public Library in Imperial. Adlibbed roaring 20’s murder mystery. Looking for players: No lines to learn! Phone Jan Graham at 883-1198.

Weekly Events

Imperial Community Center, 882-5343: Women’s Coffee, MWF, 9 am; Men’s Coffee, M-F, 8 am; Bingo, Tues, 1 pm; Lunch, M-F, Noon, $6 under 60, $5 above age 60. Please phone by 9.

Tuesday, NoonRotary Club at M&M Jaz. Laura Gaschler, 414-1055.

Wednesday, 3 pmBingo at Parkview Heights. Phone 882-5333.

Thursday, 9 amTOPS at Imperial Community Center. Lorna, 883-5304.

 

 

Thomas William Osborne – born February 23, 1937

 

Tom Osborne – former Cornhuskers football coach, U.S. Representative, and UNL Athletics Administrator, and one of the most admired men in Nebraska – was born in Hastings. Considered a star athlete at Hastings High School, he excelled in basketball and football and earned the Omaha World Herald’s “Athlete of the Year” title.

Here are some other facts you may or may not know about Osborne:

  • Like his father and grandfather before him, he attended Hastings College, earning a B.A. in history in 1959.
  • Osborne achieved an M.A. in educational psychology from Nebraska (1963) and a doctorate in educational psychology (1965). He also served in the Nebraska Army National Guard from 1960 to 1966.
  • His tenure as head football coach at the University of Nebraska, from 1973 to 1997, is the longest in school history. Under his guidance, the Cornhuskers had a 255-49-3 record – the sixth-most all-time among major college football coaches with a winning percentage ranking fifth all-time.
  • Osborne was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1999) and received the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award (2000). ESPN honored him as the coach of the decade for the 90s (1999).
  • He and Nancy will celebrate their 55th anniversary this year. In 1991, they founded the TeamMates program to encourage school-aged youth to graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education.
  • In 1999, the playing surface at Memorial Stadium was renamed Tom Osborne Field, but Osborne asked that his name be removed from the field because he didn’t think it was fair to his successor, Frank Solich. His name was replaced in 2013 when the university installed its new FieldTurf.  

John Milton Thayer: 1820-1906

Born in January, Governed Nebraska

Young Lawyer: John Milton Thayer was born in Bellingham, Massachusetts, graduating with a law degree from Brown University in 1847. He was soon admitted to the bar and practiced law in Worcester, Massachusetts, for seven years.

 

Bust of Thayer in the Vicksburg National Military Park

Civil War Soldier: Shortly after the Nebraska territory was created in 1854, he and his family moved to Omaha, where because of previous experience and interests, he was appointed to head the territorial militia. In Nebraska, he led two expeditions against the Pawnee. In 1861, responding to President Lincoln’s call for volunteer soldiers, Thayer recruited a thousand men and served as colonel of the First Regiment of Nebraska volunteers, which fought in the battles at Fort Donelson and Shiloh. As a Brigadier General, he served with Grant at Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Read a description of “Thayer’s Approach” at nps.gov/vick.)

First Senator: Following the Civil War, Thayer was actively involved in securing Nebraska’s admission into the union. When Nebraska became the 37th state, he became one of its first two United States Senators, serving from 1867 to 1871. In 1875, President Grant appointed him governor of the Wyoming territory, a post he held until 1878, after which he returned to Nebraska to resume his law practice.

Seventh Governor: In 1885, at the age of 65, he was elected Governor on the Republican ticket – the oldest Governor in Nebraska history – and served two full terms from 1886 to 1888 and a partial third term in 1891-92. He died in Lincoln and is buried there in Wyuka Cemetery. Thayer County in southeast Nebraska is named for him.

 

 

 

 

December, The Giving Month: Remember the Pantry

While some of us groan and complain about how much we overate on Thanksgiving, others in our community couldn’t buy enough food to last the month. That’s why the Chase County Pantry is such an important service.

The Chase County Pantry Service began decades ago through the efforts of Monsignor Jerome Murray of St. Patrick’s Church and Pastor Bob Call of the First Methodist Church in Imperial. It is now a cooperative effort of volunteers and the City of Imperial, who provides the facilities and overhead expenses.

chase-co-pantry-nancy-terryberry
Nancy on Duty at the Pantry

According to Nancy Terryberry, president of Chase County Pantry Services since 1996, about 20 volunteers work in pairs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. in a room behind the old gym. They receive donations, make grocery runs, stock shelves, and serve those who come in for help.

Everything in the pantry comes through food drives and monetary donations from churches, schools, local organizations, and individuals. It is usually well-stocked during the holidays, but supplies can get low in the summertime.

What kind of donations are best for the holidays? Since the pantry has three freezers, they can take small turkeys and other kinds of meat. Other suggestions: Fruit juice, canned fruit and vegetables (no more green beans, please!), dried beans, popcorn, stuffing mix, and cranberry sauce.

If you’d like to donate funds – any time of the year – mail your check to the Chase County Pantry, c/o Nancy Terryberry, PO Box 4, Imperial. To volunteer or for more information, phone Nancy at 882-5136.

Willa Cather: 1873-1947

Born in December,
Raised in Nebraska

catherYou probably recognize the name of Willa Cather, author of My Ántonia , O Pioneers!, and The Song of the Lark and consider her one of ours. You may know that many of her best known books were influenced by her childhood in Red Cloud, Nebraska (population 987); the house where she lived there is a state historic site.

Here are 7 things you may not know:

  1. She lived in Nebraska only 13 years, from 1883 to 1896. Born in Virginia as Wilella Cather on December 7, 1873, her family moved to Nebraska when she was nine.
  2. Though some of her novels are set in Nebraska, others are set in New York, San Francisco, New Mexico, Quebec, and France; her last novel, Sapphira and the Slave Girl, was set in her birthplace of Virginia.
  3. She moved to Lincoln in 1890 to study at the University of Nebraska, intending to study science and medicine. After a Lincoln newspaper published an essay her English professor submitted, her name in print had an “hypnotic effect” on her, and she decided to become a writer.
  4. She is the only American woman writer included in the Encyclopedia Britannica’s list of “Great Books of the Western World” (1990).
  5. Before she was a novelist, she was a journalist. Beginning as an editor, in Pittsburgh, she eventually became managing editor of McClure’s Magazine in New York City.
  6. Her most famous book, My Ántonia , was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize but didn’t win it. That honor came with her book set in World War I, One of Ours.
  7. Cather died in her home in New York on April 24, 1947, of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 73 years old.

Sources: PublishersWeekly.com; University of Nebraska at Lincoln