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stars among us. by Brian Reetz


ike typical Nebraska weather fashion, fall came in, went out again and then came back strong as we prepare for the cold winter months. A recent trip back home to Crete gave me a chance to see the changing colors of the trees along the highway and what a spectacular sight it is.

We've included some photos of artwork from the YWCA Star City Art Project on this page. I had the chance to look at each of the 128 designs that

Artful Wishes also takes place during the month of November (18-19-20). There are a lot of local talented artists that take part in that art show and sale as well and one of them is Anne Goddard, who is featured in this issue. If you are looking for some great pieces of art or maybe a gift to give someone for the holidays, be sure to come to Williamsburg Village for the show. The March of Dimes signature chefs of Lincoln auction will take place Wednesday, November 16th in the Cornhusker Ballroom. There is a silent auction and food samplings

from 5:30-7, followed by a live auction. A limited number of individual tickets are available at $50 per person. For more info, call the March of Dimes office at 488-6612 In the sporting world, the Lincoln Thunder's season will begin in November. The professional basketball team is sure to be a crowd pleaser as they plan on playing a fastpaced style. Head coach Dan Archie says they will be getting a lot of shots up, pressing and trapping. The ABA is a fun league with some great ownership so I'm sure it will be a hit. So be sure to wrap up with a warm blanket and a cup of coffee and enjoy this issue of life style. LS. The winner of our dinner at Dish is Polly Ubben of Lincoln. Dish owner and chef Travis Green shares a recipe for a desert in this issue, the first time that we've done that in the local flavor section. Be sure to enter this issue's contest by identifying the photos on pages 6-7 and emailing The winner will get dinner at Terrace Grille. LS.

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In this issue of the magazine, I was lucky enough to spend an entire day making beer. You can read about it in our brewmaster story. One of our talented writers, Jessica Rettig, wasn't sure what she was getting into when I gave her the idea to do a story on Scarab Beetles. But she ended up having a great time with people at the university who have quite a collection. But there's also rugby, dancing and even horse show stories to bring you even more of the hidden stories in Lincoln.

were up for sponsorship and these are some that already have sponsors. You need to be sure to at least take the time to view these items and they will be on public display again at the U.S. Bank Building on November 4 from 5-9 p.m. The choices vary from sculpture to photographs to mosaics and are all nicelydone. Believe me when I say I continue to be "star struck" by the talent of artists in the local area.


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his issue, we've decided to reminisce. Let's see if you can guess who's writing what.

AUSTIN OR KACI?: This is the perfect time of year to be a kid. Some would argue for Christmas and some might say that the summertime is a kid's paradise. Personally, I have to go with right about now until about early November. There are going to be some kids that disagree with me, but I think I can take 'em. Before I explain, I have to revert to when I was 8….. Wham, bam, hammer-time! Here we go.

Some will obviously disagree, but this is also a wonderful time of year because it lends itself completely to mischievous behavior. Not too hot. Not too cold. Sunset comes earlier allowing young lads the opportunity to knock on a neighbor's door, run, and hide just behind their shed, giggling…... all before the 7 or 8 o' clock curfew.

And with Halloween, I need only to use a single word to validate my argument that this is the best time of year to be a kid…….. CANDY! AUSTIN OR KACI?: I never raked big piles of leaves and jumped in them (I am an indoor kind of person) and I hated the kids who threw crab apples everywhere (what a mess!). As for back to school, well it was ok until I got sick of my "back to school clothes", then I was "back to wanting a vacation". Don't get me wrong, I loved this time of year when I was a kid too, but I loved it because it holds the best three holidays of the year. # 3 - Thanksgiving...I am a sucker for gravy, what can I say! # 2 - Christmas...Presents, lights, and more presents! # 1 - Halloween! It was my favorite holiday as a kid and it still is! It's funny, I never really liked Halloween because of the candy (my sweet tooth is not as strong as my gravy tooth). I loved it for the costumes! My mom would always make

costumes for my brother and I...and they usually were a pair. Raggedy Ann and Andy, an angel and a devil (I was the angel of course), the list goes on and on. When we got a little bit older the costumes changed, but the traditions didn't. We would carve pumpkins and then mom would roast the pumpkin seeds. I never liked the taste, but I still miss the smell! It's funny how much kids remember when free food is involved. We always knew the best places to get candy. The lady three houses down gave pennies...skip her house! The next-door neighbors always made popcorn balls...two trips please! The man in the blue house gave those generic peanut flavored taffy things with the orange and black wrappers...I'll give those to dad. We would collect for hours, then have to wait another two hours so mom and dad could "check the candy". As an adult I know that "check the candy" is code for: eat the good stuff. And then.....CANDY TIME! After about 10 pieces I was already tired of candy, but the fun was in the whole experience. Two weeks later the pumpkin has caved in, the pumpkin seeds are stale and the dog got into the candy and made herself sick. Ah, Halloween! I can't wait to do it again this year! ...Oh and Austin, stop knocking on my door and running away...It's not funny anymore. LS.


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ichelle Ashley, at the young age of 25, had dealt with depression all of her life and had hit rock bottom. But it was at that point of her life that one of the greatest things happened to her. "I had a wonderful counselor who said to get a dog," Ashley said. "I'd always had dogs growing up, was taught about dog training in 4-H at an early age, and so I thought, yes, get a dog, that makes sense. So I bought a little Westie, and when I was too depressed to get out of bed I would wake up with her hot breath in my face and she would bring me her leash to take her for a walk. So I had to care for something else other than myself. That drove me to get up and do more things." Plus the Westie was a little dog that liked to watch TV and that gave Ashley other ideas as well. "There was a show on about prisoners who trained service dogs for people with disabilities," Ashley said. "I thought, how cool is that?' It was an idea in the back of my head. I thought maybe I could raise dogs and provide them to guide dog schools. So I started raising the Westie and seeing if I could handle it and giving them up." Ashley met a lot of wonderful people and the joy that one little puppy brought to a traditional family was

really neat to her. Then she met the Mickle Middle School principal that was buying a dog for his adult son. The principal said he always wanted to have a dog at school but never had the right person to take it on. "I told him if he found the right person I would give him a dog," Ashley said. So a year later, a teacher from Mickle Middle School called and wondered if she was still willing to do it. "The thoughts were just wheeling of what you could do with a dog at school," Ashley said. "We had a lot of people that said 'bad idea' and 'it will never work.' We didn't know if it would work either, but we were willing to give it a try. But the results were phenomenal. It was a really, really magical connection that we had no idea would expand to the level that it has." And so, the first Domesti-PUPS program, Edu-PUPS, was born. Now, five years later, there are nearly a dozen Edu-PUPS in the Lincoln Public School system, four in Omaha and several more in training. There is even one in Ohio. Edu-PUPS is for educators who are looking for innovative ways to educate their students. Keota, a Schipperke, is currently an Edu-PUP at Campbell Elementary with Diane Rupnow and started coming there in 2002 while ReadingPUPS utilizes therapy dogs to assist children with speech and reading

problems as children are more at ease reading outloud to a friendly dog than a human. Maddie, a first-grader at Campbell who reads to Keota, said that he is a dog that likes to cuddle, listen and that makes you feel special. Justin, who is now a fourth grader, worked with Keota after school last year with his reading and it gave him confidence in his reading. But that isn't all that Domesti-PUPS does. "Because of our name, we are often mistaken for an animal rescue organization," Ashley said. "But we are a human service organization…we help people. The dogs are simply the tool." Other Domesti-PUPS programs include: Service-PUPS, RaisingPUPS, Petting-PUPS, PraisingPUPS, and PUPS-Teach-Us. Ashley spends much of her time educating the public on all the ways dogs can be used to help people. But you'll rarely see her alone….she is often accompanied by her sidekick, Brutus, a large black Giant Schnauzer, who assists her with fatigue and balance problems associated with Fibromyalgia. For more information or to make a donation, contact Domesti-PUPS at 402-465-4201, by email at or on the Web at LS.

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That first month of getting back to school is the best. It's like opening up a box of surprises! One of those surprises was always the new kids. Would they be friendly or mean? Nose pickers or what? New kids who came from different states were automatically fawned over for two weeks no matter their personality. New kids from California were immediately granted "cool" status. They were considered exotic.

This is the time of year that crab apples fall off trees, making themselves accessible as projectiles (trash can lids, by the way, double as Roman shields in a pinch). Piles of leaves begin to form everywhere and they make wonderful hiding places from which to emerge in such a manner as to mentally scar your younger siblings with an irrational fear of trees.



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he last time we chatted with Dish Chef Travis Green in the Winter edition of life style. he had dreams of opening his own restaurant. It didn't take long for that dream to come true and he didn't have to leave Dish to make it happen. Green bought the business just a month or so later and as the owner of Dish, Green is excited that it happened but added that it has taken a lot of work and long hours. "We've made some nice improvements," Green said. "We're continuing to improve, not only the food and the service but the restaurant itself." They are currently working on new food and wine menus as well as adding new kitchen equipment. "The new menu will still feature a lot of seafood," Green added. "We don't only want to work on what the center of the plate is but what goes with it. On the wine list, we want to bring in not only high-end wines, but highquality wines. We want to bring in wines that people are excited about."

Subscribers to Time Warner Cable's digital cable service now receive 22 Free on Demand channels, giving them the ability to watch the shows they enjoy most, whenever it's convenient for them. "Free on Demand" is a free service offered on digital cable on channels 150-173. Here's how it works.

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Plus, the city of Lincoln said they would like to see more sidewalk cafes and Green obliged there as well. He expanded the outdoor seating area and went all out with the beautiful metal designs that border the area and were created by his bartender and liquor manager Jake Balcom, who has a company called Mettle Design.

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Green added he also couldn't do it all without the help of Tyler Schmid (Sous chef) and Oscar Aguirre (daytime kitchen manager). "Tyler and I have worked together for a long time and he is very talented in the kitchen. Oscar is vital as he is way more organized than either Tyler or I."

What you do.

Hours for Dish, located at 11th and O, are Monday through Friday for lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., dinner times Monday through Thursday: 59:30 p.m., dinner on Friday and Saturday: 5-10:30 p.m. Dish is closed on Sunday. LS.

1 ½ cups cream 1 ½ cups half and half 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 8 egg yolks 2/3 cup sugar A pinch of salt 3 tbsp. sugar 5 oz. ramekins small blow torch

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pour cream and half and half in a sauce pan. Add the seeds from one vanilla bean or the vanilla extract. Heat until hot. Whisk eggs, sugar, salt until well combined. Add hot cream to egg mixture in slow stream, while whisking constantly. Strain. Pour custard into ramekins. Place ramekins in a roasting pan and pour enough water to reach halfway up side of ramekins. Bake until custard is just set. Before serving, sprinkle sugar over custard and using a blowtorch, caramelize sugar evenly. Let sugar harden before eating.

Basically, popular programming from more than 20 channels is saved on a server at Time Warner Cable's head end here in Lincoln. When someone wants to watch a show, they use their digital cable remote control to navigate to the channel and program they'd like to watch. Then, all they do is hit "select" and that program is streamed to their digital converter box and they are able to play that program. Free on Demand networks include the Golf Channel, HGTV, Food Network, BBC, Cartoon, CNN, A&E, and Tech TV. So, for instance, if you're a huge Golf Channel fan, you can turn to Golf on Demand (Channel 159) and hit select. Then, you just choose the type of programming you'd like to watch from selections such as "instruction," "original series," or "quick tips." Once you've selected the program you'd like to view, you just hit "play" on your digital remote and watch as much or as little of the program as you'd like. You're also able to stop/pause, rewind, and fast-forward whenever you want. According to Time Warner officials, there are more than 225,000 views of Free on Demand programs each month, with AOL MyMC being the most popular Free on Demand channel and garnering the most views about 135,000 a month. AOL MyMC is a channel devoted to providing the most popular music videos and live concerts, including Alternative, Pop, Latin, Country, and Rap music selections. Viewers of the channel can make selections from hundreds of titles and a variety of artists, including Missy Elliott, U2, Babyface, 3 Doors Down, Greenday, and Brooks and Dunn. "I think teenagers and young adults are very technology savvy and are instantly intrigued with the ability to

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watch what they want, when they want," said Time Warner's Justin Scheel. "For generations, music has played an important role in young peoples' lives and now, and music videos are an integral part of how music is shared and enjoyed." Scheel says the next most popular Free on Demand channels include iND Music (15,750 a month); Greatest American Country (12,600 a month); Cartoon Network (9,000 a month) and Adult Swim (9,000 a month). While the Free on Demand channels seem to be most popular with a younger audience, Scheel says more mature adults are beginning to use the channels more and more. "People are sometimes a little skeptical to try something that they're not familiar with," Scheel said. "They wonder if it's really free and aren't sure how to maneuver the remote. But be assured, it really is free and the remote is easy to use." For more information about Free on Demand, go to LS.

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He added all new Riedel wine glasses and plates from the Rococo to give him a new palette to paint his wonderful dishes on. And speaking of art,

Green added new artwork to the interior thanks to Larry Roots with Modern Arts Midwest. "We want to continue to bring local artists through here and hang some of their work."

ust when you thought nothing was free anymore, Time Warner Cable is giving its digital cable customers what they want, when they want it - for FREE.



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ake an envelope you find blowing near a street corner, a five dollar bill from your wallet, a button from your favorite shirt and a playing card. To you these items may seem unconnected, but to Lincoln artist Judith Ernst Cherry they coalesce into paintings that speak volumes about her talent and artistic vision.

zone' and other days I am like a writer staring at a blank sheet of paper." A single painting can take her months to complete. Influenced by the 19th century trompe l'oeil painters Will Harnett and John Peto, among others, Cherry arranges ephemera from her "found objects" on paper before she begins to paint. Once she has settled on a pleasing combination, she uses floodlights to cast shadows from the items. A French term meaning "trick the eye," the trompe l'oeil paintings by Cherry exude the genre's signature quality of photographic realism. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CYNTHIA ANN KLUCK

Cherry was born in Iowa and lived in Scottsbluff,

Nebraska, before moving to Lincoln when she started high school. The second oldest of five children, Cherry was always "making stuff" as a child. She received her bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana and returned to Nebraska, later to earn a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "My paintings are my own private Nebraska," Cherry says. Each painting is an intense process, Cherry explains. "My paintings take incredible patience. Some days I am 'in the





VITRUVIUS "As far as I know, I am for some reason one of the few women artists both currently and historically who paints trompe l'oeil," she adds. "I enjoy making art that is accessible. I feel that almost anyone can relate to my work on some level."

Cherry also teaches at UNL. She has taught everything from drawing, painting and graphic design to a large lecture class on modern art, covering visual arts as well as music, dance, theatre and film. Kiechel Fine Art represents Judith Ernst Cherry. A selection of her work is on display at Kiechel Fine Art, 5733 S. 34th St., Suite 300, in Williamsburg Village. Call 420-9553 or e-mail to make an appointment to view the full extent of her work. LS.

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reporters love to be out in the wind, showing the severity of the storm. I wanted to do that because when would I get the opportunity again. It was a thrill to cover. It was just so intense. Limbs were blowing around. Parts of buildings were blowing around. We were telling everyone to get inside and we were out in it. I did do one thing that wasn't very bright. They closed one of the beach towns down and there was a huge, narrow bridge that had water high on each side and they said don't cross this bridge. No one was to go over to that town. But we (her and a photographer) crossed the bridge to go over into this town that had been completely evacuated just so we could get the pictures and show the devastation. On the way back, the wind started blowing and our news van started shaking and we could have been blown off that bridge. It probably wasn't the brightest thing to do, but we were the only ones with the pictures.

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You've worked the morning shift, the noon shift and now the evening shift? Which one do you like better?



erese Cole, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, joined the Channel 10/11 anchor team for the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts in January 2004 after working at the station since 2001. Prior to coming to Nebraska, Cole graduated with honors from Florida A&M University as well as working in both North Carolina and her hometown.

Usually we come in around 2 p.m. Then at 2:15, we have our afternoon meeting, which consists of the anchors, the assignment manager, the news director, the producers and our nightside reporters. There we talk about the stories that we are considering for the day, how important they are to the viewer, what the top story is, who will be live and are the reporters going in the right direction. We just put our heads together and run down the shows. That meeting lasts from 15-30 minutes. After that we are busy as we do live news updates throughout the afternoon from the newsroom and on the radio. We approve all of the reporters' scripts and we write stories, too. We mainly write the world and national news, but are not limited to that. We're also constantly checking the wires and updating stories as new information comes in. From 2:30 to 6:30, it is non-stop. After the 6 o'clock news, we do post-production and record more news updates for the 10 o'clock show and the morning show and record a news update for our Web site. Around 7 we begin

What is the biggest story that you've ever covered? One of the most exciting stories that I've covered was when I was in North Carolina and I covered Hurricane Bonnie (1998). I was from the Midwest and I'd never been in a hurricane before and I didn't know what to expect. Our news director pulled us into his office, and said if there ever is a time where you don't feel safe you need to come in. That was when my alarm went off and I thought, what am I going to go through? Thankfully, there weren't a lot of lives lost but many people lost their homes. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made me think about my experience. We didn't sleep. We were up for 24 hours straight. We were at the shelters. You know

What do you like to do away from the set? What do you and your husband do for fun? I like free time. I like to read. I like to shop. I like taking walks with my husband, we do a lot of that. He works over nights so when he gets home he goes to sleep. We don't get to see a lot of each other during the week, so on the weekends we try to make every minute count. A lot of times we sit and do nothing, which is great. My husband likes to bike ride so occasionally I will ride with him. We also like to take short road trips and get away to places we've never been before. We've recently traveled to the Bahamas, Jamaica and for our anniversary we recently went to San Francisco. Just spending time together, that is the most important thing to me and it's the best part of my life.

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What is a typical day like for you when you come into work at the television station?

preparing for the 10 o'clock show. Once we've talked about the show, we take a dinner break around 7:30. I usually stay at the station and eat at my desk or in the lunchroom because there is so much going on. It's also the time that I work on my lifestyles stories... logging one day, writing the next and editing the following day. There's never really a dull moment because even when you think that is about to happen, there's breaking news, or you hear something on the scanner or a reporter is having trouble with a story and it is our job to help them. We are busy until after the ten o'clock show.

When I was in Tallahassee I was a producer and I filled in over nights. That's rough. You come in at midnight and drink all of this coffee and by 7 o'clock you are just trying to stay awake. I really didn't want By Brian Reetz to produce either so I wasn't passionate about it. As an anchor at 10/11, I worked in the mornings and the tough part was trying to get to sleep. I'm naturally a night owl so I couldn't get to sleep at 8 or 9, but still I had to be up by 3 in the morning. When I came in, I wouldn't be chatty. I would get a ½ cup of coffee. Sit quietly and do my work but by the time 5 o'clock came around I was awake and ready to go. We had a great time on that show. What I loved about the mornings was that it was so light-hearted. You can have so much fun. Working with Brad Anderson was also great. He is so funny and you never know what to expect or what is going to come out of his mouth. Once I was promoted to the evening position, I remember that I would get so sleepy about 9:30 and then I was drinking coffee to stay awake for the 10 o'clock news. It took me about a month to get adjusted to the new schedule. But I like this shift the best though because it is harder news and at a faster pace. You deal more with breaking news and you get to work more with the reporters and the entire news team. It's also nice working with a co-anchor who is just as driven as you are, that means a lot.


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spotlight biz UNION BANK MORTGAGE LOANS ANGIE SCHWARTZ b y J es s i c a P o l m a n t e e r

sizes that education and understanding your options are critical.

What is your favorite part of Lincoln? I don't have a certain part of Lincoln I like best, but I think what makes Lincoln great is the people. That's what made me feel at home right away. People here are so warm and genuine and down to earth. But I think it's just the Nebraska way. I tell everybody I meet that I came to Nebraska and fell in love with the people here. And I literally did. I fell so in love that I married a Nebraskan, I met my husband here. So I'm hooked. So who do you root for? Huskers, Tigers, TarHeels? There are two teams that I root for: the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Kansas City Chiefs. I didn't know much about Nebraska football when I moved here, I don't think anyone would be surprised about that, but I was amazed by the fans, the history of the team and at my first game I just couldn't believe how exciting it was. I feel like I've been a Husker fan all of my life. What are some of the causes or volunteer opportunities that you like to take part in? One of my favorite volunteer activities is working with the Lighthouse. Lighthouse to me is so important because between 3 and 6 p.m. is a vulnerable time for kids. We know why, they are home alone, they are home with their friends and they tend to find trouble. Lighthouse is just a simple solution. It's a safe place they can go. They can get help with their homework with tutoring. They can eat a warm meal and have fun too. Lighthouse has helped hundreds of kids graduate that might not have and they've become productive citizens. They do great work and I'm glad to be a part of it as a board member. I feel fortunate because my job allows me to meet and get involved with so many positive people and organizations in the community. 10/11 works very closely with the Child Advocacy Center, which helps children that have been abused. Every year we team up with Talent Plus for the Can Caravan. That's where we travel to different cities in the state and help collect food and money to fill the food banks for the year. Just a few weeks ago I was able to help out with the Light The Night walk for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and in just one night they raised $33,000. You get the chance to just sit and talk with people and I met this one amazing 5-year-old girl, and I just think that money is going to help her and her family and all of those folks there. So I'm grateful that I'm able to be involved. I think we were all meant to help whoever we can, however we can. LS.


xperience and a personal touch combine to set Angie Schwartz apart from your average mortgage lender.

With ten years experience in the lending and real estate fields, Schwartz will work with homebuyers to customize a mortgage loan program that fits their financial and personal needs and goals. "I just really love the mortgage business and I like helping customers find the right loan option for them based on their long-term financial goals, how long they want to be in the home, how they see the home as an investment and what phase of life they are in," Schwartz said. "It is really not just interest rates and what is my payment going to be, it really is picking the right loan program." Schwartz enjoys getting to know her clients and looks forward to working with a customer for life. "So with that first time home buyer as their family grows or their career changes and they may need to sell and move into a different home we are there for them for that next purchase," she said. She emphasized that the sooner the client starts to work with her when they think they are ready to start looking for a home the better. "It is important to come in and take a look at the price range they are thinking of, what money they have available for a down payment and what type of monthly payments they will see based on different types of loan programs," Schwartz said. The homebuyer will then leave with a certificate saying they are authorized for a loan up to a certain amount. This will then help the homebuyer be clear about where they are at financially when they start looking for a home. When choosing the right loan Schwartz empha-

When looking for a mortgage loan officer Schwartz offers these steps to find someone who you can trust: one, make sure they will look at all the options available to you; two, make sure they will take the time to get to know you and how long you will be in the home, what your career goals are and financially where you see yourself in the next five years. "You want a loan officer that is focused on you and your long-term financial goals," Schwartz said. In her 10 years of lending and real estate experience Schwartz has noticed several changes in the industry. "I have seen a lot more streamlined approach to the application and processing of the loan," Schwartz said. With their delegated underwriting system Schwartz is able to take a client's information and give them loan approval at application. A variety of loan options are available for self-employed borrowers and customers who have non-traditional forms of income. Union Bank recently introduced an exciting new Construction to Permanent financing product that offers clients the opportunity to lock-in at today's rates for their long-term financing while their home is being constructed. Union Bank is always striving to improve their services and their new Web site is a terrific resource. On it you will find financial planning tools, on-line application and loan approval options, "Rate Watch" registration and information on all types of home financing issues. Angie Schwartz's office is located at 70th and Pioneers within Union Bank in Lincoln. She can be reached at 323-1824. Her website is LS.

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emember, the old television series "Cheers", whose theme song included the words "where everybody knows your name".

Isn't that the same feeling that you would like to have when you go to your dentist? Instead of the fear and trepidation that many of us feel as we enter a medical office, just that calming feeling can help. It's an experience that you can have at Optimal Dental P.C. with Doctors James Ganser and Dustin Bailey.

"The people here are fantastic," Dr. Bailey said. "The staff has bought into the kind of work that has been going on here. They also enjoy the people that we see. There aren't many businesses or medical practices where you are going to walk in today and then five years from now see the same faces you did that first time you came in. When people come in, the front desk knows who they are and they know who they are when they call on the phone. It provides a comfort level, expertise in knowing them and their condition as well as a staff that is efficient, works well together and provides a calming environment. When you've known someone for so long, it becomes an enjoyable place to go." Dr. Ganser, who went to the College of Dentistry in Lincoln, started practicing in Lincoln 30 years ago after serving in the Navy. Dr. Bailey's relationship with Dr. Ganser began 18

Both of the doctors enjoy doing dentistry technically and feel they produce a high quality product for the patient. But more than doing the work, what they enjoy is building the relationships with the people who come to see them. "Our whole day is fun," Dr. Bailey said. "We are seeing people who we enjoy." Dr. Bailey feels that there are three things that separate them from others in the field. One is the quality of care. Not just that they do good work, but they truly care for every individual that comes in like a family member. The second thing is their commitment to technology. "There are probably few practices that have the technology with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras, the presentation systems and the CEREC machine (that makes crowns in one appointment)," Dr. Bailey said. When you look at a digital x-ray, instead of looking at a 1 by 1 1/2 inch x-ray, you look at a computer screen that is 12 inches by 12 inches (17" LCD screens are located at the base of each of the chairs) and they are more diagnostic. The intraoral camera allows the patient to see

what is happening. "If we recommend that a filling needs to be replaced, we can put the image up on the screen so they can see what is happening," Dr. Bailey said. "It improves communication. We also have a case presentation system that allows us to show video presentations on any procedure the patient has a question about that we have recommended or they are interested in. We can also send them home video clips on a DVD so they can discuss it with their family." And the final thing is their range of services. Their extensive backgrounds and commitment to high quality continuing education allows them to provide procedures many general practices typically refer out. "When you come here you get the complete package, but we also realize our limitations and when we feel someone else can do a certain procedure better we will refer them because we want the best for the patient" Dr. Bailey said. "Cosmetics is a huge thing in the industry right now. People want whiter teeth, people want straighter teeth, they want better-looking teeth and we provide all of those services as well. We want people to be happy, feel great, and feel confident when they walk out of here." For more information contact Optimal Dental P.C. (located at Plaza Mall South, 1919 S. 40th Street, Suite 218) at 489-1262 or on their Web site at




Having served more than 60,000 homes and businesses over the years, Gemini Carpet Cleaning has become a household name in Lincoln and the surrounding area. The Twins clean everything from carpet to upholstery and area rugs with 80 percent of their business in the residential market. The Twins pride themselves not only on their quality of service but also on their experience (their 11 employees combine for over 230 years experience). If you open the yellow pages each year, you'll find new companies constantly entering the market but the following year their ads are gone and so are they. But year after year, Gemini and Bryer Brothers Rug Co. show their staying power with their 20-plus years of service. Dave and Daryl's expertise doesn't stop with cleaning. The Bryer Brothers also sell and install a variety of products for the home or office - carpet, vinyl, tile, area rugs, laminate and real hardwood floors - as well as the most recent trends like cork and hand-scraped wood flooring. And to top it off, the Twins also specialize in custom-made window blinds and shutters. Although you will find several competitors who offer these same products, few match the expertise found at Bryer Brothers Rug Co. In this age of outsourcing and where chains and corporate conglomerates have taken over, it's nice to find a local, family-run business like Bryer Brothers and Gemini Carpet Cleaning where services are kept in-house, estimates are free, and the owners stand behind their products and services. Visit Bryer Brothers/Gemini Carpet Cleaning at 2344 South 13th Street in Lincoln, or contact them at 477-6868.

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Their staff boosts more than 150 years combined experience in the dental field, with 115 of those years working for the current practice.

years ago as Dr. Bailey was a good friend of Dr. Ganser's son. Dr. Bailey is also originally from Lincoln and finished at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1999. He practiced in Kansas (Manhattan) for a couple of years before heading back to Lincoln in 2001. They joined their practice together in June of 2002.

ore than 20 years ago, twin brothers Daryl and Dave Bryer founded Gemini Carpet Cleaning - a company built on the foundation of family and superior service with principles that have helped grow and sustain the Twins' tremendous reputation in the field. From that stemmed Bryer Brothers Rug Co. in 1986, a full-service flooring and window treatment provider offering high-quality products and the same personalized service the Twins have offered for years.

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ustin Ehrlich likes playing sports as much as the next 14-year-old boy. He runs track for Norris, and it's no surprise that football ranks high on his list. Yet no sport quite captures his heart like the one he's been training for most his life, the one that seems to come natural for him. In his own words, it's his thing. Just like in track, speed is the name of the game in these competitions - only, that's where Dustin has to rely on his teammate. And with a teammate named Frightening Lightening, you can guess he's got that covered. Dustin says he's been around horses since he was born and was riding almost before he was walking. By 5, he

by Angie Z ma r z ly was already competing in shows. At first, his parents, Fred and Heather, would have to stand ahead of Dustin and lead his horse through the course, pivoting around barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. But soon, Dustin was trotting through the motions on his own, and it didn't take long before it clicked. Today, Dustin regularly competes in speed events at horse shows throughout the region and occasionally out of state. Specifically, he competes in barrel racing, where riders run a triangular cloverleaf pattern around three barrels; pole bending, where riders weave through six evenly-spaced poles; and Dustin's specialty, the keyhole race, where riders run inside a keyhole shape

and make a tight 180-degree circle before returning. In each class, riders vie for the fastest time without penalties. If it sounds like a piece of cake, try doing it on the back of a horse with speeds exceeding thirty miles an hour. Dustin couldn't exactly tell you how many awards he's won over the past few years, there are just too many to keep track of. While he has enough trophies to have easily earned his bragging rights, he prefers the awards that don't gather dust - embroidered horse blankets or his cherished saddle. And then there's his twelve trophy belt buckles that sit in his room, boasting of his World Champion wins in numerous classes at the annual Pinto World Championship Horse Show in Tulsa. The challenges in horse shows are unique to most sporting competi-

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tions - namely, there is the dual-control factor. In other words, you have a partner - a nonhuman one at that. And if he doesn't look good, you don't look good. Through diligent training, you can predict and even come to depend on how your four-legged partner will perform, but you can never be sure with all certainty of where his head may be on any given night. Simple things like an indoor arena and its air conditioning can set even the most docile of creatures over the edge. And then in Dustin's case, his horse has been known for being a bit of a loose cannon at times.

Fred and Heather came across Lightning when they were shopping for a show horse after Dustin outgrew his pony. Dustin specifically requested a Pinto horse. "It has to have a spot on it," he told them. Frightening Lightening wasn't your classic polka-dotted Pinto though. His only spot was on his back, his rump to be exact, and interestingly enough, it resembled a lightning bolt. Still, this single marking was enough to qualify him as a Pinto. Lightning is a small horse - even sometimes classified as a pony, depending on what competition he's in. But his small frame lends perfectly to competitions that require not just speed but the agility to make fast sharp turns. When Fred first took him out for a stroll, Lightning immediately started "crow-hopping," which a horseman will tell you is a lower-impact bucking motion - not exactly the quality you'd want in a show horse. Though Lightening indeed had a wild side, Fred recognized the horse could spin around quickly and for that he was worth a shot.

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For anyone who secretly relishes in a classic underdog tale that involves a horse, similar to, say, Seabiscuit, Frightening Lightning's story is up your alley. Though Frightening Lightening wasn't about to be turned out to pasture nor was he on his way to a glue factory, he did have a rather unappealing rebellious edge to him, to the extent that many prospective buyers could've thought twice.



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Back in the 1950s, children everywhere were playing Wild West with their lassos and cap guns, watching "Gunsmoke", "Wagon Train" and "Have Gun Will Travel" on their television sets, and all the while dreaming at night of meeting Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and even Howdy Doody. But out in this neck of the woods, even the so-called city kids were able to make those dreams a reality, riding horses like real cowboys at the Salt Creek Wranglers arena in Lincoln. It was back in 1955 that the Salt Creek Wranglers Saddle Club got its start and this October they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. Open to young and old, intergenerational competitions bridge the age gaps that sometimes span several decades among its members. Club President Coleen Warner says the shows allow youth and adults to learn from one another. "Our adult members are very willing to help the youth get started and really enjoy sharing their talents with them," she said.

Club Secretary Susan Seacrest points out that, as the Wranglers continue to flourish in membership, by and large, most community-led Saddle Clubs in the country have become an endangered species. "It's a challenge to keep them running and takes a lot of work that's done by volunteers." She adds that these types of clubs are important as they nourish the social aspects of horse riding. Susan knows this firsthand as it was her desire for horse riding camaraderie that brought her to the club. Without this common interest among her friends and family, she looked for a place she could meet other riders. Just two years ago, after wanting to ride horses all her life, she gave herself riding lessons as a birthday present and she has since bought her own horse. "Riding was like my mid-life crisis," she says. As a beginning rider, she was drawn to the friendly, supportive club members. Today, the Club serves families across the southeast region of the state, and even members as far away as Council Bluffs. Annual individual memberships can be purchased for adults or youth and some even opt for lifetime memberships. But most of their members join through family memberships, demonstrating just what a family affair it has remained over the years and the close-knit, community atmosphere it continues to provide.

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For more information on the Salt Creek Wranglers Saddle Club, visit their Web site at

"Every horse isn't the same," Fred says. "It's not like riding a car. You need to get used to each other." "But they really just clicked right away," Heather says. "They kind of have personalities that are alike." Now he's definitely a keeper, she says, and a lot of hopeful people ask when they'll sell him. "When he goes into the arena now he'll still hop around a bit, but once he starts, it's pretty much all business," Fred says. "He's got personality," says Heather. From May through October, the Ehrlich family weekends are filled with horse shows. Competitions are put on regionally by the Nebraska Horse Clubs Association, the Midwest Barrel Racing Association, the Salt Creek Wranglers and the State and County Fairs. The last three years, Dustin has competed at the Pinto World Championship Horse Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the annual 10-day event. And these aren't your average pony rides. The competition is fierce. Last year, over 15,000 class entries were judged and exhibitors hailed from 45 different states and three Canadian provinces, all vying to be called "World Champion" in their classes. Dustin can claim this for, not just one, but four classes this year - he placed first in each. When asked what he loves most about the

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For both the serious and recreational competitors, the Club's judged entries, or "classes," run the gamut from English and Western pleasure riding, showmanship and horsemanship to speed classes that include barrel racing and pole bending. Fun events like an annual Halloween costume night and potluck celebrations add to the Wranglers' traditional down-home appeal.

Lightning's previous owner even told them, in Heather's words, "An adult needs to ride that horse." Dustin jokes, that they obviously got him anyway and didn't hesitate putting their 8-year-old son on him. Although in his parents' defense, at just 8, Dustin was already an experienced rider. He'd need to be able to take on Lightning. And beyond Lightning's sparkplug disposition, he presented yet another challenge - he had never competed before. This meant Dustin had to train him from scratch. So he did. Hours and hours, night after night, he spent training Lightning throughout that summer. When Dustin rode him at his first show, "he was a handful" and bucked around the arena. But by August, he had already won the County Fair's keyhole event.



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competitions, he says it's the adrenaline rush he gets. And lots of winning probably doesn't hurt. His high scores and consistent wins have earned him some notoriety around the horse club groups. In the summer, you'll often find him at the Salt Creek Wranglers' grounds in Lincoln for their Friday speed competitions. Coleen Warner, Club President, says that when Dustin is up, people drop everything to watch him. But Fred points out, it's not all about winning for the kids. "They like to compete, but I think a lot of it is the friendships." This year marks the Salt Creek Wranglers' 50th anniversary, and Fred has his own fond memories of being in the Wranglers back when he a kid. Like many of the horse show venues, it's come to represent a community where competitors grow-up together and get to know each others friends and family. Often families will camp out for out-oftown shows or share barbecues with the others who are away from home. Fred adds, "The kids have the responsibility of taking care of their horse, too. There's a fair amount of work involved with that and it's kind of shared with the whole family. We help out and do what we can. It's a lot of fun. You look forward to going." LS.

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t's been a wild ride in the life of Rich Chapin, but I'm sure you'd love to have his current job title.

After graduating from Lincoln Southeast (with dreams of working in forestry), then earning a business major from UNL, one would expect his career path to take off.

But this title he currently holds is totally different than you would expect. Brewmaster -- it has a ring to it doesn't it. OK. So officially it's Head Brewer but I'm sure that you are asking, where did that come from? I admit that I skipped over a crucial part of his work history. Between college and the job as a stockbroker, Rich found his way overseas to Germany. You know the place that most people consider the home of beer. According to, beer's history dates back to prehistoric ancient times when the Sumarians discovered the fermentation process (about 6,000 years

"It was one of the best experiences even though I wasn't brewing," Rich said. "I was cleaning under the tanks but it gave me an association with brewing and I learned the process." Rich has been involved with home brewing for quite some time as in the late 1970s, he and a group of friends started a home brew club that led to taking part in national events with the American Home Brewing Association as well as the Great American Beer Festival. It was then that he won a national award for home brewing as he entered three different categories: the classic, the barley and the wheat. He ended up winning in the barley category and he still remembers certain components that made up this winning beer. The club did a number of different things though including trying each other's beers as well as taking a tour through the Falstaff brewery.

Then in the early 80s, he looked into opening a brewpub so he could make and sell beer on the premises but Nebraska laws didn't allow it so he eventually opened the bike shop instead. But it was thanks to the bike shop that he became brewmaster. It was there that he got an offer from the owner of Lazlo's to come on board and he didn't hesitate as he had a passion for beer and it rekindled the old fire. But I'm sure you want to hear about the brewing process. First off, remember that I'm a journalism major and definitely not a chemist. So in regards to that, much of what Rich talked about was in the science realm and pretty much over my head, but the great part was that I was able to be part of the process. In an area, he called "Home Sweet Home" the process begins. The area is actually larger than I imagined and much larger than a place Rich called the "closet" before Lazlo's was renovated in the summer/fall of 2001. The new area used to be an antique store that has since moved across the street. There are two rooms in

The beer that we made during the process of the brewmaster story was created by Jon Zvolanek of Lincoln. It's the second time that Zvolanek has won the Empyrean Brewing Company contest. Contestants submit approximately five gallons of home brewed beer to two judged contests. One is conducted by Head Brewer Rich Chapin and designated judges to choose 10 finalists. The second judging takes place at a pre-sold, public-tasting event where the grand prize winner is chosen by the attendees. "It's not flashy but it is a good beer. My question is always, 'would you have another glass'. It's a light beer and is something like a Boulevard or a Sunshine Wheat," Rich said. "I think I have a fairly good feel for the Lincoln market." You probably also are wondering if I got to taste any of the beer during the course of the day. In about the middle of the process we were able to taste this beer as a previous batch was made back in August. I thought that beer was great. As Rich says, it was something I would have again. "He'll be happy with that," Rich said of Zvolanek's beer as just two batches are made and on tap at Lazlo's and Fireworks. The winner gets on the "Wall of Foam" cask board in the Empyrean Brew House as well as most important thing -- bragging rights.

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Stockbroker. Yes, but that's not it. He was one for a short time but with high blood pressure running in his family it was a job that didn't last long. State worker. Yes, but with party affiliations key in that field that didn't last long either. UPS driver. Yes, it was another job for about five years. Bike Shop owner. Yes, now we are talking. It was part of a lifestyle he enjoys but he doesn't own it anymore.

ago). Babylonians and Egyptians developed the art of brewing beer, and passed it to Romans who considered it to be a barbarian drink. The Teutons, the ancient Germans, regarded beer as a sacrifice to the gods. They started producing the first proof beer in the early Hallstatt Period (about 800 B.C.). Rich spent around six months in Augsburg working in a place that made wheat beers.

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He took it easy on me this day as well as we started at 7 a.m. compared to his normal early, early morning hours, sometimes as early as 2 or 3 a.m. Cargill malts the barley for them so that helps in the milling process. I tasted it and it had a good taste. The recipe called for 50 percent two-row, 45 percent wheat and 5 carapills. The carapills will "blast you", according to Rich. I tried a handful of them as well and when you bite into them they explode in your mouth and have a good taste. I lifted and helped pour some of the product into the hopper in the mashing room. After that a push of a button moved the product into the mash mixer. There is a controller and a walking area up a set of seven stairs. The controllers control the valves and the temperatures of the vessels. The product was mixed with hot water to make something Rich described like a "big bowl of oat-

meal." When it was in the first vessel it was a constant changing of turning speed and temperatures. After mashing for 20 minutes, it sits for an hour. That's when a ph test is taken across the alley to another building next door to what appears to be a doctor's lab. This gave us a chance to talk about how the first Monday of each month they feature a tasting night where people can come in and try each of the brews. Rich has been able to get more involved in these functions as in the past people thought he was just a myth. Rich keeps it interesting with topics of tours including beer trivia, glassware and style of beers. Many of the people that partake with share their beer knowledge with him as well as trying to soak in some of Rich's past. After the next hour, he had me take over the controller. He said I was supposed to wait until the temperature reached 76.6 degrees Celsius, turn this one knob to the right and then when the mash mixer was at 76.4 degrees Celsius punch the V1 button and turn the mash pump left to about 12.

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this area, one that holds the grains and where they are mashed up. Tubing leads it into an adjoining room, where there are six stainless steel vessels. The tanks are made by NSI Newlands, who are old friends of Rich's from British Columbia.


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OK. So I did get a little nervous thinking as he left the room that I could easily screw up a batch of beer. But I didn't. I stepped up to the task and in just minutes it moved into the Lauter Tun.

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After the process gets done in "Home Sweet Home" it will travel underground to a building across the street to the North and will be in tank FV8. So we had to clean that tank out so it was ready to go. We kept checking on the mixture in Lauter Tun and doing a check for the sugar level using a refracometer. A rake stirs the grain while the liquid is pulled through a screen in the bottom of the tank and then sprayed back over the top. Then close to 1 p.m., it measured a 3 on the refracometer so it was good to go. It was then moved into the beer kettle to boil at temperatures of 99.1 degrees Celsius. We poured in hops about 15 minutes later and watched



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from copper tubing and placed into the beer kettle. We added it at ten minutes till two and let it boil in the mixture for 15 minutes. Just minutes after 2 p.m., we got the whirlpool going and then the transfer began. The process allows for any of the hop or grains to be taken out. Then close to 3 p.m., it's making its way underground to the other building. Then it was time to add the yeast to the tanks. First we had to take a cell count by looking under a microscope (more science over my head) to determine how much you need to add to the liquid in the tanks. So we starting putting the yeast into FV8, its home for the next two weeks during the fermenting process. The last process, that I didn't get to take part in, is to filter it where then it is ready to be packaged.

over the mixture closely to make sure it wouldn't boil over. If you didn't add hops the beer would be nothing but sweet and not have the bitter taste. The recipe calls for 25 IBUs (International Bittering Units) so it will be fairly bitter. If you have tried their ESB brew it has 31

IBUs. The Third Stone Brown, which is 60 percent of their market, has just 13. The smell at this stage was great. My next step as brewmaster was cutting up oranges and then just the peels from that were added with coriander seeds and placed in a sack that was hung

In the bottling process, they can fill four bottles of beer at a time and 40 cases an hour where the bigger companies will do up to 200 bottles a minute. Their bottle labeler was previously used at the Dorothy Lynch salad dressing company in Columbus. They don't bottle the stout beer, it is only on tap. I learned one thing for sure during the course of this story - that one thing is that I'm not cut out to hold the title of brewmaster. First of all, the early morning thing isn't good for me. When we talked about lining up the story times, the times mentioned included 2:30 - in the morning. In a previous job, that is when I would normally just be arriving home. As for Rich, he normally is in bed by 8:30 p.m. because as he says, "you can't stay up too late on a school night." Chemistry is also not a strong suit of mine. I'm also probably not in the best of shape that I could be and with all of the running around during the course of a day that Rich does - the slender 50-year-old brewmaster checks in at 160 pounds. "I'm just very appreciative of the way that they've treated me here."

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But the final thing you probably want to know is what is Rich's favorite beer? Collapsar, the Oatmeal Stout, is it. But what makes a good beer? "If it is well-balanced," Rich said. "It's not what I like, but it's what you like. I've noticed people watching to see what I drink. But that is just one man's opinion. The single most enjoyable part of making beer is turning people onto it." LS.



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H E A R T H S H O P P E by Brian Re e tz


oug Gates and Martin Meister of Douglas Hearth Shoppe are masters in their field. With Doug, known as the "Fireplace Guy" and Martin, known as the "Grill Guy", they pride themselves on their willingness to go the extra distance, total customer service and customer satisfaction. "What it takes to make them happy is what we will do," Doug said. Douglas Hearth Shoppe has been in business since February, 2001, but Doug and Martin have known each other for 15 years. They met through different homebuilders as Doug used to sell lumber and Martin used to draw floorplans. They would socialize together at times then they ended up working together with National Insulation, running the Hearth and Home division. Doug was selling fireplaces, while Marty was hired in 1997 to increase the retail arm of the division. They brought in gas grills as part of the product line. But in late 2000, the business sold to a larger company in New Jersey that said they knew just insulation and nothing about fireplaces and grills. So the two decided to venture out on their own and they currently have a staff of seven. They started with the grills, fireplaces and accessories but soon after they got into patio produts because it falls in with all of the hearth products. "We knew we were space challenged, but we do a lot with special orders," Martin said of the location. "We show what we can and obviously during the season we do more. We've increased our product lines over the

past few years offering more accessories. We've gone into stoves, gas, wood and pellet. Our fireplaces, we've gone to gas, wood and electric. As the market expands on both the retail arm and the construction arm, more products are available. Our sales have kept increasing." As the weather turns colder, those fireplaces take center stage. They are still a big focal point of someone's home. With the new technology available to their manufacturer, HeatN-Glo, they are taking that focal point to different rooms. It doesn't necessarily have to be in your family room. "With the gas prices taking the hit that they are right now, we are seeing a resurgence in pellet and alternate fuel sources," Doug said. "The wood stove that fell to the wayside in the mid-90s and late 90s is now starting to spawn some interest again.� In regards to customer satisfaction, Martin said they are seeing many repeat customers. These are the customers they may have sold a fireplace to four or five years ago but they moved or they are building a new house again and are coming back for the same product and service and that makes Douglas Hearth happy. It probably helps as well that they aren't high-pressured sales people. Customers can come in and know that someone can spend 30 to 45 minutes with them without interruptions. Because if they are making a purchase that is going to be in this price range, the customer is going to want to spend some time asking questions, knowing what they can expect out of the performance.

LINCOLN JEWELRY COMPANY b y J es s i c a P o l m a n t e e r

The Castile Classic Quadra-Fire Design offers all the technological superiority Quadra-Fire is famous for - patented automatic ignition and jam-free feed systems, an exclusive aluminum heat exchanger and a revolutionary easy clean firepot. The highly efficient combustion design delivers enough warmth to heat a 1,500 square foot home, while reducing emissions to an amazingly low 0.7 grams/hour. The body panels of the Castile begin life in Europe where they are cast with precision and care using premium quality iron, each produced with an eye for functional and decorative detail.

"Being small allows us to do that and I think that people feel comfortable," Martin said. Doug said they also have a reputation of being easy to work with. "Customers come back and don't feel intimidated and they really feel like they can work with us and we are willing to work with them." Plus the ability to take the process from start to finish separates them from their competitors as well as servicing all of the different lines of products. "We can come into a person's home, design the location, work with the existing layout, design the fireplace, draft it in place, get them a picture of what is going on and then step in and build it for them," Doug said. For more information, contact Douglas Hearth Shoppe in the Alamo Plaza (5601 So. 56th), 421-8500 or on the Web at LS.


Proffitt also keeps a close eye on the new trends in the jewelry market and shared a few of his thoughts on what would be popular this holiday season. The newest ring design is called the 5-stone ring. This ring is made up of five diamonds all consisting of the same size diamond mounted along side each other. The newest feature in diamond necklaces is called the "O" necklace. The necklace features a circle of diamonds in the shape of an "O" on a chain. Always a safe bet for holiday gift giving are the must have staple pieces to any jewelry collection: diamond earrings, diamond pendant, anniversary band and a diamond bracelet.

hen Dick Proffitt opened Lincoln Jewelry Company in downtown Lincoln he knew he wanted to create a niche in the Lincoln market that catered to those who wanted high quality pieces of jewelry that couldn't be found in just any jewelry store. He quickly found his niche by specializing in working with his clients to create custom designed jewelry. Since opening its doors in 1987, there have been several changes in the custom jewelry business that make the design process exciting and easy. The development of new technology, for one, has greatly enhanced the custom jewelry process. "We are now able to make a ring from a picture or sketch by using a computer to put the design in three dimensions, and then a CAD Cam is used to mill out the design," Proffitt said. With all of the new technology, creating custom jewelry has become a quicker process with as little as a two-week turnaround from creating the design to wearing the piece of jewelry. It is important to remember the sooner you start the custom design process the better especially around the holidays. Depending on if the customer has a specific idea in mind or whether they are staring from scratch, Proffitt will work with them to create the perfect piece of jewelry. "I have customers come in with pictures of rings they like but want to change

a little bit," Proffitt said. "Other customers come in and we sit and talk about the goals they have for this specific piece of jewelry and design a piece that is unique and works with their lifestyle." Along with utilizing the new technology, another added benefit to creating a custom piece of jewelry is the ability to pick out the perfect gemstones to accentuate the design. Every custom jewelry design, no matter how big or small, is important to Proffitt. "I really stress quality and we are trying to stay away from 'cookie cutter' rings so many places sell," Proffitt said. "Where we come in is for people who want their jewelry designed for their individual taste." Proffitt is a firm believer in the old expression "service after the sale" and takes pride in having one-onone customer service. He feels the jewelry buying experience should consist of the complete package and he doesn't charge for the cleaning and some of the repairs on the jewelry you purchase from him, unlike other stores. "We have been in business long enough that I am starting to see a lot of people that have originally bought from me have their children come in here and it is nice to see we have built up that trust," he said. Lincoln Jewelry Company is located at 101 N. 14th Street, Suite 5 in Lincoln. Their phone number is 476-6226. LS.

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"Once you get it in your blood, its there," Williams said. The sport is a cross between soccer and football that tends to appeal to the irreverent, he said. Perhaps the folklore of rugby's invention lends itself to such comparisons. As the story goes, young William Webb Ellis was a public school student in Rugby, England, in 1823 when he got tired of a game of soccer he was playing in and


"in fine disregard for the rules" picked up the ball and ran with it.

"Soccer is a gentleman's game played by hooligans. Rugby is a hooligan's game played by gentlemen."

Another version of the story is that the public school in Rugby was already playing a modified version of soccer, or football as it is known everywhere but in the United States. Around 1830, Rugby School was already running with the ball, it had extended its goal posts and modified rules to make scoring easier.

Boehm agrees. "When I started in the 60s, I liked that it wasn't mainstream," he said. There may be a reason rugby appeals to a unique crowd, just look at some of the terminology. · There are no rules in rugby, just laws.

The truth may be somewhere in between the two stories, and probably not nearly as interesting as the folklore. Explaining what rugby is can take a while. It's almost easier to explain what rugby isn't. It isn't soccer and it isn’t football. A quotation long associated with the sport is attributed to "anonymous."

· Scrum - When people think of rugby, they probably think of the scrum, a mass of players pushing against each other and trying to kick, or "hook" the ball. · Maul - If a teammate is held up by an opponent, members of his team can run in and support him from behind to keep him off the ground, thereby protecting the ball and possession of the ball.

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nce you get a taste of rugby, it gets in your blood. Gary Williams and John Boehm, two long-time members of the Lincoln City Rugby Football Club, have been playing rugby for around 30 years. Not even the creaking joints that come with turning 40 (or even 50) seems to stop these guys.

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路 Try - When a player grounds the ball in the opponent's end zone (try zone), it is called a try. The ball must be actually touched down on the ground to count.

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路 The field is called the pitch and, at least to the uninitiated, watching a game might appear to be like watching organized chaos. The rules are different too. 路 Players do not block for the ball carrier and any player can run with the ball. Opponents can tackle the ball carrier at any time and passes must be lateral or backward -forward passes are against the laws. In a town like Lincoln, where Husker football is the topic of conversation more often that the weather, rugby can also have a certain appeal to those who are looking for other outlets. Brian Boone, the team's scheduler, finds the hospitality of the sport as endearing as the competition. "If you meet a rugby player, you have a friend for life," he said. And when traveling, you can jump in and play wherever you happen to be. "There's a real camaraderie with this game that I've never experienced with any other sport," Williams said. "With many games there is a hate attitude associated with it. In rugby, that's there on the pitch but then it's over and you look forward to the next game when you can see each other."

One thing that builds that fellowship is the diversity of the team.

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The camaraderie is tradition. Protocol calls for the home team of any match to host a party after the game, where players recall the day's game and, often times, lie about their endeavors on the pitch.


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The team, called the Lincoln RFC (which stands for Rugby Football Club), has an international flavor. Niko Waqalavi, the team's current coach, is from Fiji; Fotu Taua is Samoan and Falo Faali is Samoan Hawaiian. The team has also had a variety of international players over the years, including a Russian pole vaulter from the university as well as players from Australia, Japan and Ireland. The team is also diverse in other ways - players range in age from 18 to 44. Williams, at 52 years old,

is one of the long-timers on the team. The other is Boehm who, at age 57, helped get Lincoln's team started.

likes of his younger teammates. In September he played in an Over 45 and an Over 50 tournament in Aspen, Colo.

For more than 25 years the team has played its games at Standing Bear Park near Van Dorn Street and Park Boulevard. The mismatched yellow goal posts, donated by a former team member, were installed in 1977 under Boehm's watchful eye.

"It's a slower pace but it's still intense," he said. "Staying around rugby at this point helps me stay young." He and Williams play touch rugby, a vigorous but safer version of tackle rugby, in the summer.

Boehm still plays competitively, but not with the

Williams, a vice-principal at Lincoln East High School,

coaches the teen team, a conglomeration of athletes from various Lincoln high schools, with Boehm. With more than 20 athletes participating, he hopes to soon have two youth teams. The combined high school team has had the most success of any of the Lincoln teams. "Three of the last five years our teen team has been champion of the Great Plains Rugby Football Union, a group consisting of teams from Millard, Omaha and Sioux Falls, S.D.," Williams said.

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Teens pick the game up quickly, he said, but not before relearning what they know about field sports. "Kids often play football and soccer," Williams said. "They have understood that in football you fight for extra yardage. In rugby, you'll give up yardage to keep the ball. Possession of the ball is the single most important thing in rugby."

team continues to improve and gain awareness. "This is a wonderful place for athletes," Williams said. "We just think many people simply haven't discovered rugby yet. As appealing as it is to us, we still run into people who don't know we have a team." For more information and their schedule, visit the team's

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While the teen team has had much success, the adult



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test drive HUBER


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hy not make a smaller one?"

One of the biggest questions I had going in was how it would handle. I've seen Hummers on the road and I always thought from a distance that it would be a rough ride and tough to navigate. But driving the H3, I found it to be just the opposite. It handled well in tight spaces and it flowed through traffic well. What separates the vehicle from others in its class is that the H3 serves two functions. It can serve as both a luxury vehicle as well as a tremendous off-road vehicle. Can you imagine your SUV serving as an out-on-the-town vehicle one minute and then on the weekend taking it off road through the rocks and muddy fields of Nebraska?

Hummers," Huber Sales Executive Chuck Ellis said. "They wanted to make it distinctively Hummer. It has the same heritage of the other ones." The H3 has stabilitrak so it will automatically transfer the power from the wheel that is slipping to the wheel that grips. So you can have up to three different wheels spinning but as long as you have one wheel it will transfer the power to that one wheel and allow you to get over a 10 degree incline. Most 4 wheel drives don't have that kind of system.

Just as in the H2, in the H3 you have three different packages: the base series, the adventure series and the luxury series. The luxury package has the 4-high, the 4high lock and the 4-low lock. The 4-low lock is what you would put it in for extreme driving conditions such as climbing over rocks and in mud.

The H3 is in the largest segment of the auto industry right now so there is a lot of competition including the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Nissan Pathfinder. But Hummer leads all of the GM franchises in conquest, meaning they have more people trading non-GM vehicles for it than any other. The base price for an H3 is $29,500. As for mileage, the H3 gets around 16-20 miles per gallon. It also comes standard with aluminum wheels but you can upgrade to a chrome (what I drove had the chrome) and has a chrome appearance package that includes the mirrors and the handles.

"They wanted to make it look and feel like the other

"You can outfit it and customize it to however you want

it to look," Ellis said. Probably the best part of the test drive came at the end when we put it to the real test. There is an obstacle course set up right next to the dealership that shows just what the H3 can do. The first test is on rollers that show the traction control. The next test shows that the H3 can propel itself up a 10 percent grade using just one tire. It has 9.3 inches of ground clearance compared to the 16 inches of the H1. Then it climbs a 16-inch vertical wall. The next test has it going over a series of rock boulders that display both the ground clearance and the ability of the wheel and tire to kind of bend. You then can go down into an angled ditch without scraping the nose. Then you go on a 45 percent side slope that is impressive. It's crazy and it doesn't tip. "It's a true off-road vehicle made for a civilian purpose," Ellis said. Huber originally purchased the franchise in May of 2002 and the grand opening was in August of 2005. It's a brand, new facility located at 11102 West Dodge Road in Omaha and is in a 10,000 square foot building. They can be reached at 496-0220 or on the Web at LS.

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Most commercials on television don't catch my eye. Usually I'll just fast forward through them with my DVR but I remember the first time I saw the ad about the H3 Hummer. It's the ad with all of the tall people and then the one short guy walks into the room and makes the above suggestion. I'm sure it turned the heads of a lot of other people as well as the vehicle itself did to me when I test drove one from Huber Hummer for a day.

Here are the features about it that jumped out at me: I really liked the big sunroof. It was larger than in any vehicle I've driven for a test drive feature so far. The large exterior mirrors helped with the visibility. OnStar is part of the package and I liked the XM satellite system and my kids did as well. They were especially fond of the Disney Channel. It has a Monsoon sound system with tweeters in the front and subwoofers in the back and seven speakers throughout the vehicle. You can have either a 6-disc changer or an MP3 player with a single CD player. "We have a very diverse clientele," Bret Huber said. "A lot of your Internet people are highly specific so we have a whole new customer on H3. Most of the Internet customers want the MP3 player." The controls for those features are oversized so they are easy to maneuver.



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test drive APACHE


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've never been much for the camping lifestyle as I've always felt that I was a little more fast-paced than that. Plus, The comforts of home from a nice cushioned bed to a TV and a leather chair to sit in have always appealed to me, but I'm starting to have my mind swayed.

It's an upper-end unit (priced at $72,000) with everything you can imagine. From a television in both the main area and another one in the bedroom, it features hard-surface countertops, a leather chair, a 10 cubic foot refrigerator, surround sound, central vacuum, washer/dryer, ceiling fans and the list of convenient items goes on and on. But probably one of the most important features was the wall thickness. With a 3 Âź-inch thickness (others in the business use a 2-inch wall in thickness), it keeps the inte-

ready to camp in less than five minutes. I remember back in my camping days as a child that it seemed like forever to get a camper or tent set up.

"It's definitely a four-seasons unit," Apache's Craig Allerheiligen said of the Mobile Suite that has been on the market for four years. "It's whole intent was to be a well-insulated, well-built unit. It's not just your average fifth wheel built unit. You get someone in here and you get 'oohs' and 'aahs' and that's what it is all about."

"Anybody can use it on any given weekend but it is based on the full-timer, from the ground up, with the way that it is constructed," Allerheiligen said. "Most people plan on doing quite a bit of traveling in it. You are seeing them more on the road and at the local lakes. It's not just people taking them down South. Go to an area lake and you will see a Mobile Suites sitting there."

Allerheiligen drove the vehicle out to the Wagon Train Recreation Area near Hickman as I was little leery of driving such a big unit hooked to the truck. At the minimum you will want a heavy-duty ž ton truck because of the size of the unit. Most of the people coming in and looking at the unit already have the truck or know what they are going to have to get. He added that you can pull a fifth-wheel with a short box truck. He backed it into a stall and we put all of the jacks down (electronically), put out the slides and even the awning and we were

We headed back to Apache and I decided to step up and drive it home. Having never driven anything like this, I wasn't sure what to expect but you didn't even notice that it was hooked up behind you. I know that is strange to say but I figured the wind would cause me some problems, but it didn't. I gave it a little more time when I was coming to a stop and I could feel it slowing down. I also took the turns a little wider than I should have but what I had hooked up back there was very valuable.

"We've been very, very happy with them," Allerheiligen said, who has been working for Apache, a family business since 1967, for six years. He's camped since he was about two years old and has always had the bug so he definitely knew what he was talking about during this test drive. "The only way you are going to learn how to do it is to hitch up and go. I can't teach you how to do it but I sure can give you a few ideas. They do pull extremely nice. You've got the weight up in the back of your truck. It is a very well balanced unit." For me, the ease of the unit is probably what impressed me the most. From the minimal amount of time to get it set up to the comfort in the driving it could even make me what to find more campgrounds around the area to pull it to and enjoy on a weekend. The Apache Camper Center is located at Highway 77 and Saltillo Road in Lincoln, 423-3218 or on the Web at LS.

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Thanks to the Apache Camper Center, we set out for a camping area in a fifth wheel like none other, a 2005 Mobile Suites (Model 32 TK3).

rior very quiet (with a high-quality insulation) and that is needed at a campground site. That also allows for oak trim around the windows.


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by Angie Zma r z ly

s children, we delight in the discovery of nature. We poke around in mud puddles, pick wildflowers and gaze in awe at the iridescent sheen of a dragonfly. At some point as we get older, such things become ordinary, uninteresting and, worse, insignificant. Our lives speed up and in the process much of this wide-eyed wonderment for nature is left behind.

Along with this passion for discovery, he is led by an understanding of nature's vulnerability and a sense of purpose to care for it. He knows the power a picture holds, the way it moves people. He puts it simply, "If you love something, you'll want to protect it." And this notion provides much of the motivation behind Forsberg's work. As a wildlife photographer who focuses almost exclusively on Nebraska and the Great Plains region, he faces the challenge of getting others to love what he loves and find beauty in what lies beneath.

Whether a Nebraska native or I-80 tourist, too many never know the Nebraska that Forsberg knows. But then, those people probably haven't seen Nebraska through his lens. The Nebraska in Forsberg's photography doesn't have to defend its beauty. His Nebraska is one filled with spirit and life, brilliant color and abundant charm. You might be shocked to see the prairie suddenly show charisma. That, just as Dorothy and Toto discovered, it was right in your backyard all along. But this is no trick photography or slick enhancement techniques at work rather, it's the payoff on a lifelong investment of patience, vigorous research and the countless hours Forsberg has spent soaking up the land. It's through this very slow-paced process that he has earned the trust of the habitat, allowing him into its guarded world.

"(The animals) that evolved on the prairie have great eyesight - they run fast, they live in holes in the ground and they're hunted. So it's not like driving down the road in Yellowstone National Park and rolling down the windows. It's just not that way in the Great Plains. You don't see a lot of photographers out there because it takes a tremendous amount of time." Living in the most urban pocket of the state, it's often difficult to list even a handful of the state's wildlife creatures beyond the downtown pigeons and park-dwelling squirrels. But Forsberg has photographed plenty of creatures that've never set foot - or paw, wing or hoof for that matter - inside suburbia. From bobcats to badgers, ferrets to foxes, coyotes to cranes, if they dwell on the open plains, most likely he's crossed paths with them. He's got the stories and photos to prove it. Forsberg relies on the use of camouflaged blinds to get him up-close and personal with some of the plains' most private critters. He might spend several days lying in a blind just to get that one perfect shot. On his Web site, Forsberg describes his techniques and includes several photos of his blinds, which provide eye-opening insight into the level of commitment and patience it takes to do what he does. But don't try this at home. Experiencing an occasional, yet inevitable, brush with a predator is part of the territory. "I once had a rattlesnake crawl through a blind I was in. It crawled right in front of my face. The blind was just big enough for me to lie in and you can't get in or out of blinds very easily." Then there was the time he narrowly escaped a grizzly bear while in Yellowstone. "That just about turned out really bad. That was literally a month before my

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Lincoln photographer Michael Forsberg has been captivated by the natural world around him as far back as he can remember. For him, this childlike curiosity remains and serves to inspire his work as a wildlife photographer. "To be a good photographer or journalist, you have to be curious about the world. You have to want to tell those stories," he says.

He acknowledges that Nebraska and beauty don't commonly find themselves in the same sentence - colorless, flat, lifeless, but not likely beautiful. "(Its beauty) doesn't knock you in the teeth - it's not drop-dead gorgeous at a glance like the Tetons or the Oregon coastline. You have to really linger in this habitat. You have to get off the Interstate, get into the back roads and spend hours, days, weeks, months, seasons and years. It's just like the longer you've known a friend, the more you peel back the layers and the more beautiful they become."



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wife and I got married. I didn't tell her until afterwards." Far and wide, the Lincoln native's work continues to generate popularity and demand. This October marks the 4th anniversary of the Forsberg Gallery in the Haymarket, which he owns and operates with his wife, Patty. With an impressive portfolio of awards, critical acclaim and clients that include National Geographic Society, Smithsonian and the U.S. Postal Service (his October 1996 photo of Lincoln's Nine-Mile Prairie was

featured on an international stamp in 2001), an outsider might speculate success has come easy for Forsberg. He can assure you otherwise. Beyond the wearisome, timeconsuming nature of his work, he can speak of days living hand to mouth, doing odd jobs to pay bills and even living out of the back of his truck at one point (fortunately before being married with two daughters). "It might look sexy and cool, but it's terribly hard work harder work than I could've even dreamed. And we

struggle just like any business - some months we don't know if we're going to make rent or not and other times it's really great. We're like ranchers in that sense. We're not in it for the money. " It's no wonder Forsberg has formed such a kinship with the plains. Friendly, laid back, and unassuming - spend a few minutes with Forsberg and you'll find he exudes much of the same spirit as the Great Plains. Though he recognizes he has a gift, he is still quite modest about his work.

"I never took a photography class, a writing class, a speaking class or a business class and yet that's what I do today. So I probably have an inferiority complex about all of those things," he says. But he's in good company. Other self-taught shutterbugs include Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon and Anne Geddes. Labeled as "outsider art," the work of self-taught artists is sometimes more revered within art circles for being a raw and truer form of expression, driven solely by instinct, passion and talent rather than formal instruction. "It's probably good in

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some ways because it doesn't hold you back - you don't know what 'the box' is. You have to rely a lot on common sense and gut," he says. Nature photographer Ansel Adams once said it wasn't his intention to take up photography - he just wanted to share beautiful scenery with everyone else. Similar to

this is Forsberg's own career path. "I didn't have any idea of what I wanted to do, but I was always interested in nature and curious about the world. Not just where things are and how they're made but how they're connected." While studying geography, he joined the UNL Outdoor Adventure program. As a trip leader for the recreational program, he led student

groups on forty-some trips across the country where they hiked, canoed, white water rafted and biked the coastline. Wanting to share his sightseeing with others, he began using a camera to recount his stories from the road. Soon he discovered he had a real knack for wildlife photography and then it became all he wanted to do.

Forsberg's first and recently published book, On Ancient Wings, was five years in the making and is a love letter to the Sandhill Cranes. It serves as a fantastic visual journal of Forsberg's cross-continental trip spent following the cranes through their migration, as far north as Alaska and as far south as Cuba. Audubon magazine wrote, "The intimate, at times stunning, photographs of these

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striking gray birds present a rich natural history of one of the world's oldest avian species." To complement the book's photography, it includes his written sentiments of the journey, which help establish a wonderful sense of place. He describes "eavesdropping on conversations" of the cranes in Nebraska, watching juvenile cranes loaf around in a Florida town "like a group of teenagers," and a remarkable

moment while crane-watching in Alaska when he observed a bear and her cub interacting with a pack of wolves. Forsberg is now beginning his next book, with an anticipated December 2009 release. This time he's focusing on the Great Plains and is currently preparing for this next assignment that will send him out well beyond the state borders, even up

through Canada. "Back in my geography days you could ask 40 different geographers where the Great Plains is located and they'd each show you a map. But if you'd overlay all those maps, there was never a clear-cut boundary line. The thing about the Great Plains though is you know it when you're in it because you can feel it in your bones - that sense of spirit that's there - and that's what we're after in this book."

As urban sprawl continues its unavoidable march, Forsberg's photography weighs a bit heavy on the conscience of the viewer, offering understanding of both the power of Nebraska's natural habitat and its fragility. For more information or samples of Michael Forsberg's photography, visit His gallery is located at 100 North 8th Street, Suite 150, in downtown Lincoln, 477-5030. LS.

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local living


s I put on my socks and laced up my tennis shoes, my mind focused in on a day of walking. I've heard a lot about the walking path at Fallbrook so I decided to give it a try myself, with a few walking companions from the neighborhood, as well as people I would come across on the path.

We walked down her street (NW 6th) and then turned right to the walking path. We stepped onto the path that is made of crushed limestone and compacted, unlike the paths in the majority of Lincoln that are concrete. The path itself isn't flat either. It winds and has dips and small hills. The scenery is beautiful as much of the path is surrounded on the sides by many different kinds of trees and other vegetation. As we walked and talked we saw all kinds of wildlife, including ducks. "We loved our old neighborhood but my husband and I grew up in small towns and we wanted a safe place like that for our kids to grow up in," Mikkelsen said, whose family moved into Fallbrook around a year and a half ago. "Walking has been a way for us to get to know our neighbors very well."

Her daughter is a big nature/science girl so she enjoys parts around the path where she can find reptiles, frogs and bugs. Mikkelsen added that the kids are as active as the adults as there isn't a lot of time spent in front of screens (computers, TVs). Many of them are into riding their bikes on the path or building forts. "We are mostly pickup walkers," Mikkelsen said. "Someone will come out of their house and say 'Hey, let's go for a walk after dinner'.� Amy Shanahan, Health and Wellness Director at the Cooper YMCA, said walking is one of the simplest things that people can do to stay in shape. "There's not a lot of equipment involved, just nice walking shoes and loose fitting clothing." Just walking 20 to 60 minutes a day, five times a week can aid in weight loss, stress reduction, rehabbing injuries, strengthen your muscles, joints and bones and help with a healthy heart, she added. And like the people at Fallbrook, Shanahan said that walking is a social thing for a lot of people. "It's a huge motivator. It can have an effect on your community and neighborhood." The path opened in May and was created by NEBCO, the developer of Fallbrook, for the homeowners and workers in the businesses located there as well. The res-

idents of Fallbrook assisted with the design and now they are currently in the stage of building a park for families at 8th and Aster. It will be developed and built thanks to NEBCO as well but the City of Lincoln will maintain it. With a school, a YMCA and the Village Center in the future, walking will pick up even more in the area. We walked the length of the path back to her house, which took around an hour. Mikkelsen walks around 2 1/2 miles each morning and night. "It just starts the day off so well," she said. And it did for me as well. I went back out around 11:30 to do some more walking and chatting on the path. The clouds had moved away but it was still rather cool. I walked from one end of the path to the other and covered it in 20 minutes so it would be a great area to walk over lunch. It was during that lunch walk that I came across Jill Eberspacher, who works for Farm Credit Services of America, located in Fallbrook. She said she walks the path once or twice a week but will use it a lot more when it is cooler. She also tries to get others from her office to walk too. "If we had an office downtown, the walking just wouldn't be the same," she said. The walk, over her lunch hour, normally takes her 30-35 minutes roundtrip. Steve Christophersen walks to his job at Ameritas in Fallbrook three days a week, the other two days are a 20-

minute commute to the Ameritas location at Cotner and O. It's a three-minute commute/walk from his house in Fallbrook that we would all love to have. Imagine the savings in fuel costs. Christophersen was one of the first to move into Fallbrook two and half years ago and feels fortunate that he has the opportunity. I returned to that path around 6:30 at night with my son Bret. My son loved the path as he wanted me to time him running to a certain area. Who would have thought that a path would bring that out in him when usually he is glued to his PlayStation 2? During that time we came across Sara and Travis Morris, who were out for their nightly walk. The two, who moved into the neighborhood about a year and a half ago, enjoy taking the hour-long walk during cooler night weather. Previously I mentioned seeing some wildlife on the path and that's something they've experienced as well. Just last week, the two saw 44 geese, 5 turkeys and a pheasant. In all, it was a great day of walking in Fallbrook as the nearly full moon came up after a beautiful sunset around 8 p.m. For more information, contact Fallbrook at 434-7444. It's located just north of downtown Lincoln off of Hwy 34. Take I-180 to Fletcher and take a right. Fallbrook's entrance is on the left. LS.

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On this brisk morning in September, I met up at 7:30 a.m. with Jennifer Mikkelsen, a teacher and married mother of three, who enjoys walking in the morning and at night. It was just 49 degrees so it was jacket weather and the partly cloudy sky made for a nice sunrise.

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ne, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four‌" Elizabeth Govaerts Maude, a founding member of the Lincoln Contemporary Dance Project (LCDP), claps the count to the dancers as they move fluidly, powerfully, across the floor. No music plays. Only the sound of this simple rhythm rings through the room, emphasizing the beauty and precision of the complicated movements. The diverse members of the LCDP have come together, as they do twice per week, for practice, camaraderie and creativity centered on a love of dance. It almost defies logic that this group of semi-professional dancers from all over the world, with impressive resumes, have converged in Lincoln and managed to find each other and share their experience and expertise in contemporary dance. Each member of the group has his or her own story to tell. Monya DeBoer and Liezel Barbuto are two members who shared their insights into their lives and into how they became part of the LCDP.



At the tender age of three, Monya DeBoer began her dancing career in San Diego, California where she lived with her mother, father and brother. "I always knew I wanted to be a dancer," DeBoer said. Her determination to accomplish this goal manifested itself at an early age. DeBoer said she focused on dance by attending a high school with a dance department and by attending a classical ballet school in San Diego, under the tutelage of Margaret Neuman, who danced in the famed Warsaw Ballet. There, DeBoer danced an additional four hours a day, three or four days per week.


Watching her rehearse with members of the LCDP, it becomes clear that all DeBoer's hard work has paid off. In a black and purple leotard, she powers gracefully through move after move-obviously relishing every moment of it. Now 27, DeBoer has grown up on many levels since her earliest days dancing. She has learned, traveled, faced adversity and overcome it. Despite her love of dance, it was difficult to persuade her family that her focus on dance was a wise life choice. DeBoer struggled to help her parents understand that there were many outlets for her pas-

Her journey to Lincoln and to the LCDP began when she decided to attend the University of Nebraska to study dance. Though her first love was ballet, it was her coursework that introduced her to modern dance. Modern dance, which developed in the early 1900s, rebelled against the traditional, rigid rules of ballet, and infused a new freedom into movement, choreography and costumes. Modern dancers eschew the shoes of the ballet dancer entirely, and dance barefoot. Contemporary dance incorporates postmodern ideas as well, mainly, that everyday movement can be dance. DeBoer also pointed out contemporary dance emphasizes the strength of all of the dancers and does not place males or females in a specific role according to gender. "Women lift women, and men lift men," DeBoer said. In her final semester of dance studies at the university, DeBoer found out that the tiredness she had felt for some time and discounted as a side effect of her demanding dance schedule, was much more serious than she had suspected - it was cancer. After three surgeries and two rounds of chemo treatment, DeBoer fought and won the battle against cancer. She has been healthy for a year now, and she has danced with the LCDP ever since. What DeBoer missed during her ordeal was dancing, and she found the Lincoln Contemporary Dance Project just when she needed it. "I wanted to get back to dance and have that piece of my life back, after battling cancer and sitting around for so long," DeBoer said. After graduating from UNL with her dance degree, instead of leaving for New York or San Francisco to audition for dance companies there as she had planned, DeBoer stumbled upon a contact, which told her about the company in Lincoln, and how to contact Elizabeth Govaerts Maude. DeBoer did, and now she brightens up LCDP dance rehearsals with her own brand of powerful, controlled dancing, bobbing blonde hair and beautiful smile. Each member of the LCDP contributes to the group in different ways. Considering the members' diverse backgrounds, home countries, and even languages, it is amazing to watch how well they gel together and cooperate to create and communicate new choreography. Those differences keep the group fresh, DeBoer said. "All of us bring our individual experiences, which come out in choreographic expression." Members take turns choreographing pieces for the LCDP. DeBoer's personal approach to choreography is unique both because of her personal experiences and her method. Her travels in and around Barcelona, Spain, beginning when she was 16, were a strong influence. DeBoer did a sort

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sion, and to convince them that her future was not relegated to "the poor dancer living in poverty like everyone thinks," she said. Although, it doesn't seem it would bother her, just as long as she could dance, DeBoer has managed to become successful and to make dance her career.



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into a career and will soon begin teaching modern, ballet and choreography composition at the new Five Willows Dance School in Lincoln. When asked what was next for her in dance, or if she was content, DeBoer said cancer changed her perspective. "For the first time ever, I don't have a specific plan about my career. I have all these options in front of me," she said. "All of the sudden I had to focus on living and not dying. Right now, this is the best feeling I've ever had." of "exchange" after her family hosted a dance student (Irene) from Spain in their home. DeBoer traveled with Irene's dance company, learned new dance techniques and choreographic styles, and picked up Spanish along the way. This comes in handy as some members of the LCPD frequently break into Spanish during practice. To an untrained dancer, DeBoer's creative method seems counterintuitive. "I choose my movement first as my main source of expression and then I choose the music to complement that," DeBoer said. It obviously serves her well. DeBoer has proved that her parent's worries about her future were wrong. She has parlayed her love of dance

LIEZEL BARBUTO There is not just one thing a person notices about Liezel Barbuto upon meeting her for the first time. You notice her alluring accent, her disarming personality and her burgeoning belly-she's six months pregnant. You also notice her skill at choreography and dance. All of the things one notices are facets of herself, and help explain Barbuto's winding path to the Lincoln Contemporary Dance Project and to her life as it is now. Dancing while pregnant, Barbuto admits, is more diffi-

The Lincoln Contemporary Dance Project was officially founded in 2003 when founding members Elizabeth Govaerts Maude, Maribel Cruz, Sandra Halpern and Paula Reed Gardner realized constantly commuting to Omaha to dance with a now defunct group centered there did not make sense any longer. They wanted to begin a Lincolnbased contemporary dance company. They did, and the group grew, performed to rave reviews, and now consistently performs in Lincoln and around the state. With its impressive roster of dancers, all with extensive dance education and experience performing at premier venues all over the world, it is easy to see why the Lincoln Contemporary Dance Project has enjoyed success since its inception. Its members hail from Germany, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, New York, California, Oklahoma and even Lincoln. "Generally speaking, this is a totally international group," said founding member Elizabeth Govaerts Maude. The members contribute time, talent and their own money to create an entertaining, Nebraska-friendly approach to modern dance that will be accessible to all audiences, focusing on music people like and easy to watch choreography. "A lot of times people have an idea of dance as inaccessible, weird, stark and disturbing," Govaerts Maude said. "We're trying to make things Nebraska audiences will like to watch. We keep it really pretty, or funny, or entertaining," she said. Govaerts Maude said the dancers have interesting personal stories aside from their stellar dancing resumes. Each member has another job or career and still manages to find time to dance. Govaerts Maude herself is an attorney in Lincoln, but she identifies herself first as a dancer. Watching the members of the LCDP perform shows the dedication of each dancer. Their lives have brought them to Lincoln in different ways and their careers have taken them in new directions, but their love of dance and of dance shines through. in style. | LS. FALL 2005 | 65

The Lincoln Contemporary Dance Project puts on annual concerts in Lincoln's Haymarket Theater. The next one will take place in May 2006. Tickets may be purchased at the Haymarket Theater Box Office by calling 402-477-2600. For more information contact Elizabeth Govaerts Maude at 402-474-8000 or by email at



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cult. Finding her center of balance, or rather, not finding it has been one of the main challenges for her, she said. There are others as well. "I couldn't eat breakfast this morning," Barbuto said. Already a mother of two, a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, at least Barbuto has experienced this before.

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Her accent, hard to place, turns out to be South African. Barbuto, like DeBoer, began dancing at age 3, and went on to study ballet in South Africa under award winning dancer Eileen Keegan. Now 34, her dancing experience has spanned years, countries, and over 750 regional and national performances, but Barbuto's story is not without setbacks or disappointments. Some of her most unexpected happiness has stemmed from her most difficult times. Barbuto's dream was to become a prima ballerina, and her dream was nearly a reality when she was accepted to the Laine Theatre Arts School in Sussex, London. Just after arriving in London full of excitement, her world shattered and circumstances spun her dancing future out of her control. "Nelson Mandela was released from prison that weekend," Barbuto said. "Eighty percent of travelers from South Africa were deported." Barbuto was one of them. "That was when my fate changed," she said. Back in her native South Africa, Barbuto struggled to continue dancing and doing part time work. She also struggled with depression and suffered a relapse of anorexia. Soon, Barbuto realized she wanted to reorient away from dance and pursue something else. She attributes her lack of a dance degree to this negative period, and the way it shaped her opinion of dance. For seven years, dancing was dead in her life, though new seeds of passion took hold and flourished from the ashes. With her body conditioned from dancing, she made a smooth transition into a world-ranked rock climber at Rhodes University, and gained academic success as well. In 1996 when she was asked to travel to a conference in

Boston to present a paper she had written, Barbuto met her husband of seven years, Jay. "He was there presenting his doctoral stuff," she said. "We only met for one day, really." One day was enough. They corresponded for two years after that, and met again on the very same day at the very same conference two years later. They made a commitment to each other and soon were married. It was Jay's first faculty placement at the University of Nebraska that brought the couple to Lincoln. Barbuto loves her own career. She practices industrial psychology for a large online brokerage firm, and helps coach business leaders and executives and in turn, helps the organization to be as successful as possible. What brought Barbuto back to dance after a seven-year hiatus and many changes? The Lincoln Contemporary Dance Project got a hold of her. Two-and-a-half years ago Elizabeth Govaerts Maude approached her and asked her to come to a rehearsal. Although intimidated after her long absence from dancing, Barbuto said she rediscovered how much dance meant to her. "This is part of who I am," she said. "I need this‌I won't ever give up dance again." Barbuto lauds the high level of talent and the relaxed, low-pressure atmosphere the members of the LCDP create. It is very different from the hectic, cutthroat world of professional dance she has personally experienced. Going through movements for a new piece may not be perfect, but this leads only to practices punctuated with laughter and friendly banter and then another attempt.

Although Barbuto does not consider herself the strongest dancer in the bunch, she feels she brings her own strengths to the company -- mainly in the areas of choreography and leadership. "I constantly try to go against the grain," Barbuto said of her choreography. Currently choreographing and teaching three very different pieces for the LCPD, Barbuto clearly has a passion she has harbored since childhood for creating and conveying emotions through dance. She truly savors the creative process. Barbuto likes to both challenge and highlight her fellow dancers' strengths, often creating pieces specifically around a certain dancer, she said. Her husband also gets into the process by helping Barbuto choose music for her pieces. The couple frequently has "DJ nights" where she tells Jay what she wants to do, and then, they sit and listen to all kinds of music. He puts their selections on a CD for her to listen to as she commutes to and from work. "He really pushes me in terms of my music," Barbuto said. She tends toward classical music because of her background, but listening to the interesting selections at practice, Jay's influence was obvious. Although Barbuto will miss the LCDP's next performance because of her pregnancy, she clearly remains an integral part of the group. Because she and Jay are so far from their families, Barbuto says, the members of the LCDP have become not only friends, but family. This seems just another serendipitous reason why Barbuto found her way back to dance -- or maybe dance found her. LS.

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f you are starting to think about the holidays (and who isn't with the great fall weather), be sure to keep the Yankee Hill Landscaping Company in mind for your lighting and interior decorating needs.

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Todd and Tammy Magee were looking for something to supplement their landscaping business over the winter and that's when they started doing holiday lighting around four years ago. "I really liked doing it and thought it was cool and it just kind of took off from there," Todd said, who has a background in electrical work. "I was always thinking that if we went out on our own doing landscaping that I would have all of the knowledge that I would need to do lighting." The idea came about when the two went to a show where a business was selling a franchise to do Christmas lighting but they thought why do it through a franchise when they could do it themselves. The first year they did a few homes and then word spread and it's turned into a very good business. Besides numerous homes and offices, they did the Saltdogs' stadium for their Christmas in July a few years ago and last year on Christmas Eve Day, they lighted a tree at the bank in Hallam after they had just reopened after the tornado. Yankee Hill started scheduling in July for this season. "It's never too early to start thinking about holiday lighting," Tammy said. This year, they are also working with interior designers to spruce up the inside of your home or office for the holidays as well.

For more information and to schedule your Christmas lighting now, contact the Yankee Hill Landscaping Company at 416-2611.

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The backbone of the company started about six years ago as Yankee Hill Landscaping Company was doing actual landscape installations. But they got out of the installations and found out they could still sell landscape materials and Todd could still drive his truck (something he has done for more than 20 years) and do deliveries. They do a lot of their own driving so that cuts down on the price a little bit as it cuts out the middle man.



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beauty guide

It is a thickening spray that is formulated with chamomile, rosemary, comfrey root extracts, fortified with Pro-Vitamin B5 and natural plant proteins. Bodifier improves the look and feel of fine limp hair as it provides lift and separation, body and manageability, improved thickness to each strand and thermal styling protection. $11.99 Available at Douglas Baehr Salon (423-6800), 1600 Normandy Court, Ste. 104, Lincoln.

J BEVERLY HILLS ADDBODY SHAMPOO Formulated with carrot seed and almond extracts, it utilizes energizing proteins and Pro-Vitamin B5 to plump up the individual hair strands. This gentle cleansing shampoo is ideal for hair needing a lift as it revives fine or limp hair, adds fullness and body, renews strength and provides shine and luster. $11.99 Available at Douglas Baehr Salon (423-6800), 1600 Normandy Court, Ste. 104, Lincoln.

PUREOLOGY SERIOUS COLOUR CARE HYDRATE SHAMPOO Colour treated hair demands special care, so unlike other shampoos there are no harsh colour stripping sulfates or salts in this colour-preserving, moisturizing formula. Our potent AntiFadeComplex protects against colour fade. Your hair never looked and felt so healthy. $21 Available at Beauty First (421-1901), 2940 Pine Lake Road, Suite T, Lincoln and (483-4720) 6911 O Street, Lincoln.


It is a defrizzer and tamer that has a scientific blend of ingredients that silkifies, softens and fights humidity. $27.95

Combat visible lines around the eye and mouth area with this powerful firming complex. Vitamins A, C and E, plus organic silicones, help shield against the environment, promote elasticity and improve smoothness. $44.50

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Protects and hydrates overstressed eye area by protecting skin from aging UVA/UVB rays and smoothing the appearance of lines and increasing elasticity. $55

A special vitamin c and e super antiaging and hydrating serum formulated for ultra nutrition for the skin. May be used with all IMAGE products as a booster for super nutrition and moisture. $49.90

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IMAGE VITAL C HYDRATING ANTI-AGING SERUM A daily hydrating, anti-aging serum that immediately nourishes dry/dehydrated skin. Tightens, lightens and brightens with one application. $45.50 Available at Skin By Design (484-5660), 4740 A Street, Suite 200, located within Northrup Internal Medicine, Lincoln LS.

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b y Ka the r ine Br o c k ma n

Before her calling came, Anne's math minded world kept her from taking any creative courses during her first college career. In fact, she hadn't stepped foot into

the artistic realm since a woodworking class she completed in high school. She was working as a marketing analyst, analyzing the most effective zip codes for mail out marketing. Anne married and her new love required a new location. A job for her husband called for relocation from Duluth to Burlington, North Carolina. Burlington just so happens to be quite a hub for artistic avenues. Lots of interior and textile design is created in North Carolina and Anne began to take notice of the more creative side of life. She decided a math career just wasn't the right equation for her and once again returned to school this time attending Meredith College, an all women, "so southern" Baptist institution. She decided to take a drawing class and step one of her journey into the other side of her brain was completed. "The instructor

was phenomenal," Anne gleamed "and I loved the class." Anne began to feel the creative juices flow through her veins. Slowly but surely she began to live a more artistic lifestyle through courses, events and showings on campus. She happened upon an enameling exhibit at school one day. Lightning struck again. Examining the tiny sculptures on display full of such intricate detail, intense color and amazing design, Anne experienced an epiphany. "That's it!" her inner self yelled loud and clear, "That's what I want to do!" Anne found the perfect artistic venue. She began to study her art form of choice, namely, creating enameled jewelry and metalsmithing. The exactness of the art catered to the math lover in Anne, just as with her former interest, she explained, "you're constantly solving problems." She reveled in the time consuming intricacies, the tiny, bit by bit details that came with the trade. "Very few jewelers do enameling because of the time involved," Anne admitted, "but that's one of the things I love about it." She discovered her perfect

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ho says people don't use both sides of their brains? Anne Goddard, a present day creator of wearable art, would beg to differ. As a bright eyed, future forward college student, Anne earned her first degree in mathematics from the University of Minnesota at Duluth. She followed that up by a few years of graduate school with her eye on a specialization in statistics. But as Anne herself so eloquently put it, "I was bored. It was such a non artistic environment." Creativity called, and Anne felt she had no choice but to answer. Her journey from logistic to downright artistic is nothing short of inspirational. Get ready to follow a dream.



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marriage of left and right brain.


All the while Anne was on the quest for her artistic knowledge; her husband was on the education track as well. He was earning his PhD and on the evening he defended his thesis, Anne went into labor with their first child. "Six weeks later, we moved to Lincoln," she explained. Upon moving to Lincoln, her husband secured a job at UNL teaching Computer Science and Anne decided she wanted to stay home with her newborn. "That lasted for about two weeks," she laughed. Anne knew she had to continue with her calling and created a small studio in her basement. From that basement studio, Anne began sending her work to jewelry exhibitions and participating in art shows. A few years down the road a studio opening became available in the well-known Haymarket artists' community, The Burkholder Project. Ever at the most opportune of moments, it was the evening she found out she was pregnant with her third child that Anne and her husband decided she would take the studio at Burkholder. In her newly acquired space, Anne began to teach metalsmithing. She continued teach-

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It was the artist at that life changing enameling show who became Anne's mentor -- her name, Sydney Scherr, a well-known, well-respected name in the enameling world. After obtaining her second major in Fine Art, Anne apprenticed for Sydney's mother, MaryAnn, a world-renowned creative jeweler. She worked as a bench jeweler for MaryAnn as she and her daughter taught Anne more and more about this most technical of artistic trades. Ever on the quest to learn more, Anne spent six weeks in Italy honing her artistic skills. She also took courses at Duke University, Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Crafts (which she likened to "art camp").



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ing for three years while she created more and more innovative, artistic jewelry pieces. "It paid the bills and got my name and my work out there," Anne stated. She adored her new home at The Burkholder Project. She felt safer with her kids away from the chemicals and gas involved in the jewelry making process. She also discovered in her new digs an extended family of artists -- those with which she could share ideas, support and laughter. Anne referred to her studio as a retreat from her wifely and motherly duties. "It's about as social as I can get with three kids."

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The Burkholder Project remains home to Anne and her one-of-a-kind jewelry designs. It is here where she shows and sells her work, well, some of her work. "Some pieces I sell and some I'm not ready to let go of," she admitted, "most any artist will say the same thing." Purveying the pieces strewn across her studio, this sentiment is easy to understand. The almost water-like flow to the colors and metal work, the depth and gradation of colors I can liken only to that of a cat's eye, the pure poetry of rhythm and line. It's easy to see




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why parting ways with pieces obviously so close to Anne's soul would be difficult. Outside the studio, Anne markets her creations in many different ways. She showed me a catalog that sells her work and that of other talented artists. She also participates in art shows in Nebraska as well as in other locales including Baltimore, Des Moines, Minneapolis and Kansas. The day Anne and I met, she had just received a call to possibly partake in a show in Dallas and was in the midst of contemplating the idea. "I'm pretty picky about the shows I do," she explained. She prefers shows in which like-minded jewelers are present, those that prefer quality to quantity. And the quality of Anne's work is apparent in the two enameling techniques she performs. The more traditional technique of the two, Cloisonne', is a highly labor intensive form of enameling. It requires 18 to 22 layers of enamel with gold or silver wires emblazoned within. A piece formed with this technique may take 15 hours or more to complete and creates a depth of color so intense it enraptures the senses. Champleve', Anne's second technique of choice, consists of a layer of enamel followed by a layer of fine silver foil and then two to four top layers of enamel. The process is much less time consuming, taking only two to eight hours to complete, but the results are still quite breathtaking.


Anne Goddard is part of a group of artists called Artful Wishes that will be having its 2nd annual art show and sale Nov. 18-20 in Williamsburg Village, 6041 Village Drive, Suite #100, located south of the Hy-Vee store. Artful Wishes is a show that donates a percentage of its sales to a local charity each year while providing new and established artists a venue to sell their work during the holiday season. This year, Mosaic, whose local chapter provides support and a voice of advocacy for people who have developmental disabilities, will receive the donation. The fun-filled Friday sneak peek (6-9 p.m.) features an artfilled silent auction, wine and hors d'oeuvres. The show continues Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and closes on Sunday (Noon to 5 p.m.).

Owned and operated by Anita Bride, a Licensed Esthetician of the State of Nebraska, Skin By Design specializes in the treatment of skin conditions as well as general skin care and aging prevention and treatment. Bride opened her business two years ago and continually attends classes to stay up-to-date with the newest techniques, equipment and procedures. Bride understands how important it is to use and sell the best and most effective products that are available and stresses how important it is to be knowledgeable about the products, know what's available and know if they are effective. The two product lines available at Skin by Design (IS Clinical and Image), Bride tested on herself for a long time to make sure they were effective and that people would see a difference in their skin by using it. Some of the skin treatments Skin by Design specializes in are: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, microdermabrasion, dermal fillers, Botox, chemical peels and acne treatment. "The IPL is the number one treatment that patients want," Bride said. The IPL system is very diverse and advanced in treating several different skin problems. The IPL is used for hair removal, removing age spots and freckles, revitalizing sun-damaged skin, eliminating pigmentation and removing superficial veins. IPL treatments also tone skin and stimulate collegian production. "A lot of people have been really pleased with it (IPL treatments). It can be combined with Botox and dermal fillers so you can get a totally new look with no surgery," Bride said. "It usually takes at least a couple of treatments, but the best part is that there is no patient down time." Dermal fillers are injected underneath the skin and fill out wrinkles instantly and can be injected into lips to give them a fuller appearance. Botox is also injected but relaxes the muscle instead of filling them out. With the advanced training achieved by the employees of Skin by Design they can use Botox to lift eyebrows and give eyes a more open and alert look. Along with her female clients, Bride is starting to see more and more men coming in for skin treatments and hair removal. While the treatments you receive at Skin by Design leave you looking and feeling wonderful, it is important to maintain a consistent at home skin care regi-


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men. "Home care is almost as important as the treatment itself," Bride said. "If you come in here and have a treatment you are spending your time and money to have it done, and if you go home and don't cleanse your face or go to bed with make-up on or don't use products that are effective for your skin type they won't help correct your particular skin issues and you are wasting your time." On a recent visit to Skin by Design, Bride gave me a microdermabrasion treatment. It was one of the most relaxing experiences I have had in a long time, right down to the soothing music. Immediately after the treatment I noticed a significant reduction in the size of my pores. Over the next few days I noticed that my face had a nice smooth texture and seemed to have a glow to it. I would recommend a microdermabrasion treatment to anyone looking to improve the skin on their face. Along with skin treatments and products Skin by Design also specializes in semi-permanent lip treatment that stays on all day, Illuminare Liquid Mineral Make-up and eyelash extensions. Skin by Design is located at 4740 A Street, Suite 200, within Northrup Internal Medicine in Lincoln. To schedule a consultation call 484-5660. LS.

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Although the techniques involved in creating Anne's pieces are quite intriguing in and of themselves, it is the reason behind her artistic endeavors that are awe inspiring. Her "artist's statement" says it best, "If you want to know who I am, listen, not to what I say, but to what I make. For it is in metal that I express what words do not." Anne says her pieces invoke a sense of peace and calm. Although she admits this serenity is not at all her personality, it is what she wishes to see. "Our world is so complicated, I want to look at something and find peace." LS.


veryone wants healthy, clear skin with a natural radiant glow, but achieving that goal used to be almost impossible. Now with all of the latest advancements in skin care and treatment achieving that goal is as easy as a couple of visits to Skin by Design.



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fashion guide

Women love all kinds of Brighton products and the only store in Lincoln that carries a full line is Rachel's Boutique in Williamsburg Village. The store opened in 2001 and they carry many unique, mainly sterling silver, one-of-a-kind jewelry items including items from several local artists. Besides Brighton, they carry many other lines including fun jackets, scarves, other handbags and a full line of Vera Bradley products. They also carry Pandora, Trollbeads and Italian Link bracelets, which are all build your own jewelry lines. They always gift wrap and pride themselves on excellent personal service after the sale. They HAVE WHAT WOMEN WANT.

POST AND NICKEL The Post and Nickel has brands you can't find anywhere else in the Midwest, so you don't need to travel to the big cities to find the hot styles. With fashion consultants that travel the world, it's the closest you

Available at Rachel's Boutique, 3600 Village Dr., (34th and Old Cheney), Suite 130, Lincoln, 402-420-3040.

can get to the runway shows in Milan, Paris and New York.

Peggy is wearing: Jackets Galore evening jacket by Julia Farah $130 / "Zurich" heels by Brighton $155 / Brighton Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet/watch $50 / "Twilight" jewelry collection by Brighton necklace $50 / "Twilight" jewelry collection by Brighton bracelet $44 / "Twilight" jewelry collection by Brighton earring $30 / "Twilight" jewelry collection by Brighton keyfob $22 / "Princessa" handbag by Brighton $180

Available at The Post and Nickel, 14th and P in downtown Lincoln (476-3432); Omaha at 132nd and Center (333-5206).

Nate is wearing: "Mafi" velvet sport coat in black by Calvin Klein $295 / "Parson" long sleeve stripe/print in purple by Ted Baker $195 / Tank tee by Hugo Boss $18 / Boxer Brief by Hugo Boss $20 / "720" bootcut jean wash #43 by Jet Lag $225 / Socks by Cole Haan $10 / "Cigar Club" boot in stone suede by Kenneth Cole $215 / "Birthday" watch by Kenneth Cole $135 / Heavy three hole ring in silver by Wild Things $45 / Wire wrap chain bracelet in silver by Wild Things $60 / Jean-Paul Gaultier "Le Male" eau de toilette spray $60


FOR MEN OF STATURE Murray’s Big and Tall has changed its name to Murray’s for Men of Stature. The longtime men’s clothier has added a full stock of regular-sized tailored clothing, sportswear, furnishings and neckwear, as well as women’s suits and women’s outerwear, tuxedo rental and corporate logo sportswear. These new offerings complement Murray’s continued commitment to quality fit and fashion for big and tall men, a commitment backed up by the skill and experience of their in-house tailor, who’s available six days a week for a quick, perfect fit. Murray’s for Men of Stature has been named the official business clothier for the University of Nebraska Athletic department. As such, Murray’s will be the designated source of business clothing for all Husker coaches, athletes and staff members. Available at Murray’s for Men of Stature in Lincoln, Meridian Park, 6900 “O” St., Suite 116, 466-6798, Kevin is wearing: Gray herringbone Millenium Collection 100% wool topcoat $350 / Charcoal pinstripe H. Freeman vested 100% wool suit $895 / All-cotton gray tattersall French cuff shirt by Measure Up $125 / Pink, silver and navy stripe silk tie by J.Z. Richards Gallery Collection $75 / Navy sodalite wrap cufflinks by Status $45 / Pocket silk by Arden $10 / Split-toe oxford shoes by Johnston & Murphy $200 / Croc print calfskin belt by Arden Belts $60 / Gray fur felt Fedora by Scala $85 / Hosiery by JMI $15 / Cologne by Bellagio $40

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Natalie is wearing: "Beyonce" jacket in Scottish plaid by Twill 22 $285 / Crew long sleeve in white shine by Michael Stars $48 / Camisole by Michael Stars $28 / Boy shorts by Michael Stars $21/ "Del Mar" trouser jean by Citizens of Humanity $205 / Socks by Lacoste $10 / "Theme" boot in forest by Pazzo $65 / Watch by Kenneth Cole $95 / Three ring gold earrings by Gorjana $100 / Ball bangle bracelets by Gorjana $172.50 / Dolce & Gabbana "light blue" eau de toilette $62


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by Je ssic a Re ttig


woke up to a roach in my kitchen this morning. I screamed bloody murder. So loudly, in fact, that my husband came running in to make sure that I hadn't accidentally dumped our pot of freshly brewed coffee down my pants. When he discovered all the fuss was over a little brown insect, he…well, he didn't scream, but he definitely jumped. I ran out of the room, leaving him to squirm uncomfortably while pondering his next move.

I know what Dr. Brett Ratcliffe, professor of Entomology and curator in the University of Nebraska State Museum, would have done. Sitting in his office the week before, surrounded by cases of insects that, fully preserved and therefore incapable of climbing out of my box of Cheerios, looked pretty cool. What, I asked, do you do when an insect scurries up your bedroom wall? "If you find an insect in your house, it's simply lost," he gently replied. "Take it outside, don't kill it." It was easy to sit there and nod in agreement that afternoon, but I know I didn't feel like scooping up that roach and whispering anything HONDURAS warm and fuzzy to it while I showed it to the door. Honestly, I'm not sure how things played out this morning. But I heard a flip-flop smack hard against the counter, so I have a feeling my husband didn't place him on a dewy leaf in the backyard.


We are taught as children to fear insects. Our moms tell us not to play with the ants on the sidewalk. Our dads pluck spiders from the shower drain and flush them down the toilet. Our teachers warn us of the dangers of disease. But according to Ratcliffe, there's very little to fear. "We're one hundred times bigBUENOS AIRES ger than they are - what are we scared of? And 99 percent of them are completely harmless. But we've been taught from a young age that insects are something to be scared of, so we are."



While Ratcliffe's love of insect collection didn't lead him to endorsement deals or signing bonuses, it did lead him to one of the bestknown teams in the entomology world. "Team Scarab" at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the research group that explores, discovers, analyzes, interprets, disseminates and preserves the fourth largest collection of Scarab Beetles in the world, including a third of a million insects that the Smithsonian has entrusted to their care. Along with Research Associate Professor in the University of Nebraska State Museum, Mary Liz Jameson, and a few dedicated graduate students, Ratcliffe has taken on the gargantuan task of studying an order of insects that total more than all other kinds of animals put together. Yes, you read that right. One out of every four living things on earth is a beetle. There are 35,000 species of Scarab Beetles, but only 4,500 species of mammals. We're outnumbered, people - big time.

And it's for a good reason. In reality, insects are more helpful than harmful and, if they didn't exist in massive quantities, we would have to learn to live without fish or birds (who depend on insects for nourishment) in ever-growing amounts of human waste and livestock feces (scavenger insects recycle these materials). There would be no honey or silk. Certain types of flowers would die out. These are things that people are completely unaware of when they pull out that fly swatter or the can of Raid. It's the desire to educate these folks that drives Ratcliffe and his crew to, without exaggeration, risk life and limb in the name of science.

STORIES FROM THE FIELD "Hopefully I say this without too much of a chip on my shoulder, but we do consider ourselves to be the 'Indiana Joneses' of the insect world." If Ratcliffe is indeed like Indiana Jones, then it was in Japan that his real-life screenplay took a comedic turn. Out searching for insects one day, Ratcliffe found himself knee deep in a "honey bucket," one of the straw-covered ground holes containing human waste that farmers use as fertilizer. As he sank further and further into the quick…well, not sand, but it does begin with an "s"….a resourceful companion held out a butterfly net and carefully pulled Ratcliffe from the muck. Sticky and yucky, Ratcliffe figured things couldn't get any worse. "I walked all the way home in boots filled with that sludge," remembers Ratcliffe, "only to be told to strip naked before coming into the house." For a 15year-old boy, it was the ultimate injustice.

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Ratcliffe became interested in insects at an early age and

engrossed himself as deeply in collecting them as most boys do in football or soccer. "My father was in the Air Force and we lived in Japan when I was a kid. For PANAMA Japanese children, going outside to collect insects is a huge part of their culture. Imagine walking into a Wal-Mart and instead of having a sports department, there's a department with products for capturing insects. It's just what they do."





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While standing on the front porch in your underwear is more anti-hero than action hero, Ratcliffe would have plenty of intense moments ahead in which to redeem himself. During his 38-year tenure at the University of Nebraska, he has ventured into regions largely unexplored by "outsiders." Land is land, no matter where you travel, and there are backwoods areas even in a rainforest. If you venture onto somebody else's property -- even if it isn't really theirs, even if you didn't mean to -- there will be trouble. It's this Hatfield and McCoy-type clash that has proven more dangerous to Ratcliffe and his research team than any run-in with wildlife. "You are never alone," says Jameson. "Even if you think you are, you're not. There are always people watching you."

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"Here we are, with our noses to the ground, looking at insects, and there's a guy standing over us keeping an eye out for leopards," laughs Ratcliffe.

"People tend to be more of a problem than animals do," remarks Ratcliffe.

This severe degree of single-mindedness is what allows the team to explore, discover, and identify in areas that, as Jameson says, are "fraught with hazards." On a trip to Panama, they traveled down miserable, no-maintenance roads through never-ending rain in a Land Cruiser with a broken axle held together only by, Ratcliffe jokingly recalls, "chewing gum and BAND-AIDS." But when nightfall came, it was all business. They placed two sheets amidst the plants and trees - one on the ground, the other hung up on sticks at a ninety degree angle - turned on their lights, and waited for the insects to gather. The misery of the trip faded when they saw the fruits of their labor. "We ended up having quite a collection," Jameson remembers proudly.

Still, there are animals around - big animals with big teeth and big feet.

When they return to the University after a trip, Ratcliffe and his team set to analyzing, identifying and preserving their new additions. Once this is completed,


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Sometimes, those prying eyes are just curious. Sometimes they belong to a group of drunk and rowdy Indians who think you're trespassing. And sometimes they belong to robbers, as a colleague of Ratcliffe and Jameson found out on a research trip.

Ratcliffe and his cohorts have stayed in huts surrounded by electrical fencing, a precaution designed to trip up any wayward elephants. They've conducted research in the area of their living quarters while under the protection of an armed guard, whose sole purpose was to kill the leopards who'd been leaving tracks near the compound.



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though, there's the task of releasing any newfound information to the rest of the world. "My two rushes in life are collecting insects and publishing," states Ratcliffe. "After all, what good is all of this information if you can't share it with other people? That's why publishing is so important to me. It allows me to get the information out to the rest of the field." And occasionally the field brings information to him. One phone conversation can signal a new discovery, as it did when a colleague of Ratcliffe's on a paleo dig in Oregon phoned to say they'd found something interesting. It turned out to be the largest Scarab fossil ever uncovered, a 40-million-year-old treasure. living. | LS. FALL 2005 | 86

In the area of research and discovery, being in the right place at the right time is essential. Some of it is skill. Some of it is luck. Some of it is simply picking up the phone when it rings. It's a big world and there are innumerable areas to search - like so many other great scientific discoveries, many of the team's finds occur completely by accident. "It's serendipity, definitely," Jameson said.


But Ratcliffe and Jameson both understand that the harder you work, the luckier you get. They've paid the price



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for their level of success in stacks of travel itineraries and seemingly endless hours in the lab; still, it's hardly seemed like work. "I'm very lucky in that the state essentially pays me to go play," says Ratcliffe. "Every week, I can't wait to go to work and every night I'm reluctant to go home. This is my passion, it's not a job." It's this enthusiasm, based on their graduate students' level of productivity, Ratcliffe and Jameson have managed to pass on to the next generation of researchers. Students like Matt Paulson, who discovered the first new species of the Stag Beetle in the sand dunes of Texas. "Our graduate students are highly regarded," says Ratcliffe, "and they understand that success breeds success."


They also understand that having fun is essential. Because the department is so productive, they routinely have the opportunity to name their new discoveries. In a world that is very cut and dried, this gives the researcher an opportunity to be creative.


Researcher and curators in sparsely funded areas frantically apply for grants and wait nervously for a response. Every answer in the affirmative brings them one step closer to a new scientific discovery; every negative answer brings them one step closer to packing up their microscopes and heading home. "The battle for grants is very competitive and we rely on several to properly conduct our research," says Ratcliffe. However, what they treasure more than money, more than publishing, more than prolific graduate students, is the preservation of their research areas across the world. Where Ratcliffe and his team look upon a rainforest and see as a terrific home for perhaps thousand of unidentified insects, locals see a pasture in which to raise the cattle they sell to American fast-food companies. "It's all about survival and people will do whatever it takes to make a buck," says Ratcliffe, emphatically. "Unfortunately, American consumers help perpetuate the cycle. We eat fast food and those companies lead us to believe that we're eating American-bred beef. But we're really eating meat that was sold to the U.S. from overseas, then sold again to the fast-food restaurants." Ratcliffe hopes to infiltrate the minds of the foreign cattle rancher by working with graduate students from those countries. His goal is that they'll grasp the importance of research and conservation, then take those ideas back to their countries in the hope that they'll impart their knowledge and help prevent further destruction of what used to be pristine research areas. Instead of training the American child to save that spider rather than step on it, he's training the foreign student to, essentially, save an unthinkable number of known and unknown insects. Next to Ratcliffe's door hangs a large black and white photo of two little kids, smiling, with large beetles crawling on their arms. Their "Indy's" kids, now grown, captured playing during their dad's stint at the National Institute for Amazonian Research. Looking at that picture, you can tell that's his hope for the future, his dream. That in a perfect world, everyone would walk into the Amazon and quietly search for a beetle, then pick it up, place it on their skin, and stare at it in wonderment. LS.

In the hallway outside Ratcliffe's office hangs an insect that, even motionless and encased in plastic, still looks particularly frightening. Next to it is a letter from a man in Nebraska who sent the creature in for analysis. In it, he requests that, should it be a new species, it be named after his ex-wife. Unfortunately, the intimidating and homely creature had already been identified.

FUNDING FOR THE RESEARCH While Ratcliffe and his team try not to take themselves too seriously, one thing they can't afford to joke around about is money. Their funding was almost cut in 2003, a budgeting move that would have severely crippled their research "We survived because of the recognized importance of our


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"The National Science Foundation frowns upon using humor to name insects, but‌" Ratcliffe shrugs as he opens another drawer filled with perfectly preserved beetles. "‌I don't see anything wrong with having some fun with it." For instance, an insect with long mandibles, or "chompers," was christened Strategus longichomperus, while an insect found way out in the jungle was dubbed Amblyoproctus boondockisus.

work and the fact that we are very productive." It's easy to see why publishing is Ratcliffe's passion - it helps preserve his other passion, research.



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e are not alone.

Have you ever spun around, sure that somebody just whispered your name, only to discover there's no one within earshot? Have you ever felt a hand gently touch your shoulder when you know you are the only person in the room? Sure, these things could be chalked up to an over active imagination, but there could be more to it than that. Dale Bacon believes there are places in Lincoln where there is definitely more than meets the eye. Bacon is Lincoln’s go-to guy when it comes to the unexplained.

He knows the ghost stories of Lincoln like the back of his hand; combine that with his skills as a story teller and you have a very compelling argument for leaving all the lights on when you’re home alone with just your thoughts. “I’m a collector of stories,” Bacon says. He could talk about ghosts all night, in fact he has. For years he has provided tours and told stories about unexplained encounters people in Lincoln have experienced. One of Bacon’s favorite stories involves a place that seems to generate a lot of ghost stories, the Temple

Theater at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s city campus. “Back in 1987 there was a guy named Chuck Bell who was a grad student there at the university,” Bacon begins. “Bell was rehearsing a tap dance routine on the Temple stage but he just couldn't get the routine down. Reaching the limits of his patience, he decided to give up for the night. As he was about to get off the stage and leave the building, he heard someone clapping up in the balcony. This was kind of unusual because he was by himself in the theater.” The solitary clapping was coming from a dark spot in the balcony, just to the right of the engineer’s booth. Thinking it was good-natured ribbing from a friend, he went up to the balcony to see who was there. The balcony was empty. While standing in the balcony trying to sort out what just hap-

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of space. It doesn't surprise me at all that there are places that are haunted.”

“At this point I’m sure he was probably thinking that he was tired,” Bacon said. “You know you start to hear things. So he was going to leave again, but this last time before he took off he had that feeling that you get sometimes, the idea of, ‘Oh why don’t you just try it one more time - just one last try.’ So he did.”

Not surprising, in part, because Bacon has some personal experience with the unexplained. Bacon became interested in ghost stories after having an encounter of his own more than 30 years ago. It was in December of 1973 and he was visiting some friends from high school and they decided to drive around and talk. “We weren't into the drinking scene so we weren't interested in going to the bars or anything,” Bacon said.

This time Bell performed the routine flawlessly. As soon as the last tap of his routine finished echoing off the walls in the empty auditorium, off to the right side of the engineer’s booth, there began the sound of solitary clapping.

Dale and his friends, Jon and Chuck, were driving around and talking. Around 11 or 11:30 p.m. they decided that they were burning up too much of Jon’s fuel, so they stopped at Jon’s grandparents’ place - a farm outside of the rural Iowa town where they grew up.

Bacon believes some places like the Temple building have more unexplained activity than others because of the energy at the place. “I’m of the belief that a place becomes haunted due to the energy levels,” he says. “What energy you put into a place is the energy you get back from it. If you have a location that has a high concentration of energy, like a theater where a whole bunch of people are energetically involved in the activities, there’s a lot of activity pumped into a very small amount

Sitting in the living room talking with his friends, Dale had a clear view of his friends to his right side and into the kitchen to his left. “At some point I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye,” Bacon said. “I turned my head and was surprised to see a woman standing in the kitchen.” Sensing something was wrong, Bacon’s friend Jon asked

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pened, he heard the sound of his tap dance routine being performed down on the stage where he had just been but there was nobody on the stage. He went back down to the stage and checked the nooks and crannies of the building but he couldn't find anyone.



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if he was all right. “I said, 'There's a woman in the kitchen.' Without even batting an eye, Jon asked me what she looked like.” So Bacon described the woman. She was older with white hair pulled back into a bun. She wore a long dress with a high collar and the sleeves billowed and came together at the wrist. “I was sitting there describing what I was seeing in the kitchen and at the same time I was thinking, 'For heaven’s sake, I’m a college student, I shouldn't be having junior high hallucinations.’ That was when I made a conscious decision to identify something about this woman. If indeed I’m seeing her, we could use it to find out who it is.

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“That’s when I noticed her hands. To me they looked like claws and that’s how I described them to Jon. When I said that, Jon emitted a resounding gasp on the other side of the room. I blinked and she was gone.” “Jon said to me, 'You have just given an incredibly accurate description of my grandmother, the woman who used to live here.’” The description was accurate, right down to the crippling arthritis in her hands. Their friend Chuck, who was sitting on the couch, couldn't vouch for the vision, but he and Jon both noticed an inexplicable aroma of chocolate cookies. The experience is as vivid to Bacon today as it was 30 years ago. “That’s what got me started on this and I've been doing it ever since,” he said.

A story that is a staple in his ghost tours is a sighting that took place in Antelope Park. “As one story goes, there was a woman who was murdered there,” Bacon said. “The murder was unsolved for a time before an arrest was made. Unfortunately, he didn't do it.” While the murder was unsolved, people reported seeing a floating apparition moving through the tree line in the park. The woman, who wore a scarf, appeared to be running, yet she always remained just above the ground. Eventually the person who actually committed the murder confessed to the crime. Since the innocent man has been released from prison, the sightings have stopped. “When you have a haunting, whenever there’s a piece of unfinished business, the apparition usually ends when the unfinished business is resolved,” Bacon said. Bacon has given ghost tours in Lincoln for about 14 years, accumulating quite a portfolio of stories along the way. Another ghost story at UNL took place at Raymond Hall in the Selleck quadrangle. In the 1980s, a Lincoln man was installing cable for the local cable television company in a commons area of the hall. He kept catching sight of something out of the corner of his eye. About the fourth time he looked up, he saw the pale image of a girl staring at him. She smiled and then she disappeared. “He put his equipment down and ran down the hallway



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screaming at the top of his lungs, scared to death,” said Bacon. “The guy refused to go back to work. He wouldn't go back in the building.” Bacon later had that story confirmed after he spoke at a local Rotary meeting attended by one of the man’s coworkers. Raymond Hall was a women’s dormitory for some time and stories Bacon has heard indicate a student died in the dormitory. “There was apparently some kind of - I've heard everything from a flu epidemic to a polio outbreak,” Bacon said. “A girl contracted some kind of illness and she died.” Students began reporting strange things soon after the girl’s death. “After she died, students who were assigned to stay there complained about movement,” Bacon said. “They would wake up and they would see the curtains moving when the windows were closed. So many students complained that they knocked down a wall and turned the room and the one next to it into a commons area - the commons area where the cable installer saw something around 1987.”

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While most of Bacon’s stories recount visual encounters people have had, he said these types of encounters are rare. “Usually it’s not vision that’s affected, it’s one of your other senses,” he said. “People might smell something or hear something; creaking stairs, the smell of a

cigar or perfume. The majority of people will just say that they feel something, like a prickling on the back of your neck or somebody putting a hand on your shoulder.” Stories like these and others that Bacon recounts take an open mind to believe and are often met with a healthy dose of skepticism. “I tell people, 'Don't believe it just because I say it, go out and find out on your own.” “You do that by finding out what it isn't first. Once you've discounted all the possibilities, then you might have something that is impossible.” Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary investigations and the nature of Bacon’s hobby means it is impossible to prove because the stories are about things that can’t be proven. That's why he doesn't take things too seriously. “I do this for education and entertainment,” Bacon said. His credo is: It’s good to be open minded, but not so open-minded that your brains fall out. Bacon and his story telling skills are available for small groups and parties, speaking engagements and bus tours and as long as people have a good ghost story to tell, he’s likely to hang around. For more information, contact Bacon at (402) 475-7685 or email at LS.



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