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JULY 2017 AN EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE SERVING THE RESIDENTS OF COLUMBUS

Finding Balance in Work and Play the Fremareks

• Scouting for Silver • Balancing Vacations and Exercise • CCH Butterfly Release

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A Note from your Content Coordinator...

expert contributors

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

Steve Simmons Air Comfort Heating & Cooling 402-564-2255 www.aircomfortne.com

INSURANCE

Annette Alt Annette Alt State Farm 402-564-8581 www.annettealt.com

FLOORING & HOME DECOR

Damon Vogt - Owner Dave Johnson & Craig Whitmore 402-564-5588 www.home360squarespace.com

Hello Neighbors! It is hard to believe that summer is already half over! Before we know it, school supplies will be in the stores and we will be gearing up for another school year. I am excited to introduce you all to the Fremarek family! They are striving to find a good balance between work, volunteering and family time. Home 360 opens its doors to show us the devotion to helping area homeowners find the perfect finishing touches to their homes. We are full of great expert articles, as well as updates on the many exciting things happening throughout our great community! Hoping you are all enjoying the summer!

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Columbus Physical Therapy, PC 402-564-5456 www.columbusphysicaltherapy.com

HEALTHY LIVING

Kimberly Harm, PhD, APRN-NP 402-276-0294 kim@harmonylifestylemedicine.com www.harmonylifestylemedicine.com

REAL ESTATE

HOME Real Estate 402-563-4663 www.homecolumbus.net

PLUMBING & PUMPING SERVICE

Rick Tate & Zach Tate Drain Surgeon & DS Pumping Services 402-563-2213 & 402-564-5048 drainsurg.inc@gmail.com

HOSPITAL

Columbus Community Hospital 402-564-7118 www.columbushosp.org

Andrea Kuhl, Content Coordinator akuhl@bestversionmedia.com

ASSISTED LIVING

The Heritage at Meridian Gardens Rachelle Congdon 402-564-6300 www.heritage-communities.com

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Finding Balance in Work and Play The Fremareks

By Andrea Kuhl Moving to the edge of Columbus has given the Fremarek family the perfect opportunity to balance work and family time. While they are dedicated to their business, church, and volunteering in the community, they love quiet nights watching the sunset across the lake. Jill grew up in South Dakota, graduating from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Psychology. Throughout her college career, she worked for Citibank/Citicorp. Following graduation, she went to work for her father’s electrical business, American Electric. Jill and Jeff met while he was working as a sales representative for Mid-American Research Chemical Corp in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jeff had graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor Degree in Business and a Minor in Art. He began working for MARC following graduation. The couple dated for about a year before marrying in 1999. Their daughter Madeline was born in 2002 and son Maxwell was arrived in 2004, just before family made the move to Columbus. Jeff continued to climb the corporate ladder for MidAmerica Research Chemical Corp while Jill chose to stay home and raise the kids, volunteer at their church and involve herself in the Columbus MOPS group. When Madeline started kindergarten at the

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Columbus Christian School, Jill became very involved in helping out at school. For several years, she coordinated a homemade Christmas cookie fundraiser where they would make roughly thirty-six thousand cookies, earning the school nearly $20,000 annually. Today, the fundraiser has transitioned to a homemade fudge fundraiser. This past year, they made over fourteen hundred pounds of fudge for the Christmas season, as well as smaller amounts for Valentines Day, Columbus Days and Taste of Columbus. Today, Jeff is the President of MARC, while Jill works as the Event Coordinator for MARC, as well as teaching earlymorning cycling for the YMCA. The family is incredibly busy outside of work. Jeff’s first love is golfing but also manages to find time for 4-wheeling, boating, biking, trap shooting and target practice. Jeff serves on the Board of Trustees at the Columbus First Baptist Church, as well as participating in the Wednesday night Bible study and helping with Vacation Bible School. Jeff previously served on the School Board for the Columbus Christian School, and he still stays actively involved at the school, including doing lunch duty on Thursdays with the students. He loves catching the Huskers play, as well as watching professional golf. When Jill finds time to be at home, she

loves cooking, party planning and Bunco night with her girlfriends. She is the Director of Vacation Bible School for the Columbus First Baptist Church, serves on the committee of Strategic Planning and Decorating for the church and assists with the Wednesday night 1BCKids program. She is also the head of the Development Committee for the Columbus Christian School, which oversees all school fundraising and marketing, as well as serving as the co-coordinator for the annual fudge fundraiser at the school. When Jeff and Jill aren’t busy with work and volunteering, they are often found at their kids’ numerous activities. Madeline is fifteen and stays busy playing volleyball for Lakeview, babysitting, participating in the church youth group, and helping at Vacation Bible School and in the church nursery. She loves to find time to read and work on various art projects. Maxwell is twelve and is busy playing golf, Lakeview football and Columbus Christian basketball. He loves trap shooting, video games and 4-wheeling whenever he gets the chance. While the family is incredibly busy with work, school, volunteering and sports, they love finding time to be home to balance the

pandemonium that life often brings. They enjoy time to pop some popcorn, watch some movies and play board games. Four years ago, they built a home on Lake Oconee for the chance to be in the country and enjoy the opportunities to swim, fish and boat. They love the close proximity to the river for the chance to go 4-wheeling, as well as the beautiful sunrises and sunsets the open country provides. The open landscapes also lends for the perfect opportunity to take their threeyear old Siberian Husky, Nora, for a good run. Jeff and Jill often travel for work meetings or doing site inspections for MARC. They take the kids with them whenever it is possible. They have been able to take in a good portion of the country and are looking forward to traveling to both northern corners the country for a family wedding and a work incentive trip this year. Although the family is full of activity, they strive to find balance in life with time spent at home enjoying the things they love, as well as finding the opportunity in every day to serve the Lord. • Do you know a neighbor who has a story to share? Nominate your neighbor to be featured in one of our upcoming issues! Contact us at akuhl@bestversionmedia.com.

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Non-Profit Spotlight

Involvement in 4-H Can Help Foster

Success in Youth

By Jill A. Goedeken, Extension Educator, 4-H and Youth Development “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four H’s of the 4-H program that youth utilize in the 4-H program. Using their heads, they learn to manage many different things in their 4-H projects and life. Through their heart, they learn to relate to others and be caring to those around them and their projects. With their hands, 4-Hers are able to work on various projects. By living healthy, they practice caring for self and others. If your child is turns 6 -8 years old this calendar year, there is the Clover Kids level of 4-H membership for them! Clover Kids can do special projects designed for their age and skill level. Clover Kids may also exhibit projects and participate in contests at the county fair, receive comments and encouragement on their exhibits and a special Clover Kid ribbon. The traditional 4-H program is designed for children 8-18 as of January 1st of the current year. 4-H members at this level can choose from hundreds of projects and investigate careers and interests to see if it is really something they want to do. If they try a project and decide they don’t like doing something, you might have just saved thousands of dollars in college tuition!

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4-H uses a “Learning by Doing” approach so both children and adults learn through the program. There are a number of ways to be involved in 4-H. Traditional 4-H clubs are the life-blood of the program with 4-H members learning with their friends while parents and other caring adults guide them as 4-H Leaders in the projects and activities. There are also camps, afterschool activities, school enrichment, and programs/ events to help youth across the county and state become involved with the 4-H Program. 4-H youth and their family members are encouraged to attend meetings together. Work on projects can take place at home – in the yard or around the

kitchen table – with guidance from Mom or Dad, an older brother or sister, a neighbor, friend, or other adult. 4-H members need support and encouragement of their families. Growing together through 4-H enhances family strengths. How can being involved in 4-H foster youth success? In 2002, the 4-H longitudinal Study of Positive Youth Development began and was then repeated annually for eight years. There were more than 7,000 adolescents from across 42 states in the United States that were part of the study. The Tufts Research Team examined how structured outof-school learning time, leadership experiences, and adult mentoring through 4-H, plays a role in helping them achieve success.

traditional club experience. In 2017, there are 450 youth involved in 4-H through a club program and over 100 volunteers who serve in a variety of roles to support them. Volunteers are essential to the 4-H program in Platte county and nationwide! The Platte County 4-H staff invites everyone to the biggest 4-H event each year, the Platte County Fair. The annual county fair is the highlight for many 4-H members as they display their skill development and learning they have done with their projects. It is also a highlight of many of the volunteers who are instrumental in making sure the week comes off without a hitch. Join us July 5th-9th at Ag Park in Columbus to experience first-hand 4-H in action! For information on how you can be involved in 4-H, contact the Nebraska Extension – Platte County office at 402-563-4901 or platte.unl.edu. •

4-Hers practice responsibility by being involved in a variety of different 4-H projects offered through the program. The project areas are Animal Science; Communication and Expressive Arts; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Education and Earth Sciences; Family and Consumer Sciences; Healthy Lifestyle Education; Leadership and Citizenship; Plant Science; and Science, Engineering, and Technology. If a youth chooses to participate in a Healthy Lifestyle Education project, they may learn the skill of meal planning for themselves and their family. This skill could lead to them actually planning out healthy meals for themselves and their family members and may even include keeping a food budget for their family. In Platte County, 80% of youth ages 5-18 were reached through the 4-H program in 2016, either through clubs, school enrichment or after school programs. Traditionally, 4-H is most often viewed through the

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July 2017

Calendar of Events

Every Thursday In July

Auto Racing

@US 30 Speedway 8:00pm Call 402-270-1477 for more information Every Thursday In July

Lawnchairs on the Square @ Frankfurt Square 7:00pm

Every Saturday in July

Farmers Market @Frankfurt Square 7:30am-12:00pm July 6-9

Platte County Fair

@Ag Park Call 402-564-0133 for more information on our fair! July 8

Crochet Classes

@ Columbus Public Library 2:00pm Bring your yarn and crochet hooks and learn new stitches! Crochet teachers will be on hand to show what can be made with crochet and then demonstrate the stitches. It helps if you have a basic understanding of crochet, can do the chain stitch, and single crochet for learning these new stitches. Beginners are welcome and extra teachers will be on hand to get you started. Crochet hooks and yarn will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring them.

July 17

Missoula Children’s Theatre Auditions

@Federated Church Gymnasium 9:00am-12:00pm Youth wishing to audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre must arrive by 10:00am, as late arrivals will not be admitted to the auditions. Plan to stay for the entire two hour audition. Some cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal following the audition. There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the performance. Auditions, intensive rehearsals, workshops, and finished performances for the public are all part of the residency. A participation fee of $45.00 for those cast in the production covers the entire week’s residency, the theater workshops, and two adult tickets for the public performance. July 21

25th Annual Kid’s Run

@ Pawnee Park 7:30pm For more information on this fun event, call 402-276-1162. July 22

African-American Cowboys of Nebraska

@Columbus Library 2:00pm Contact the Columbus Library for more information regarding this interesting part of our state’s history.

July 22

32nd Annual Downtown Runaround @ Downtown Columbus 8:000am For more information regarding this annual Columbus event, call 402-276-1162

Summer Safety Tips By State Farm Staff Writer

MONITOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS

Summer is a time for enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. But it’s important to keep in mind that hot weather can be dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken.

• Check regularly on high-risk people. Keep an eye out for infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, the mentally or physically ill, the overweight, and those who overexert during work or exercise. They are especially vulnerable in extreme heat.

According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities each year in the United States, resulting in hundreds of deaths. That’s why it’s important to take precautionary measures and use good judgment to help protect you and your family for a safe, happy summer. STAY COOL AT HOME

July 22

Citywide Sidewalk Sales

Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information on the great sales happening around town! Call 402-564-2769 July 27

Cruise Night

@The American Legion 6:00pm-9:00pm For event information call 402-564-7560 July 29

4th Annual Butterfly Release

@Frankfort Square 10:30am For event information or to buy butterflies, please call 402-562-3365 or email adramaeker@columbushosp.org August 4-6

Power and Progress Festival @Camp Pawnee August 4-6

Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing

@Ag Park Post Times: Friday and Saturday 6:30pm and Sunday and Labor Day 2:00pm

Expert Contributor

• Check air conditioning. Make sure it is properly working and insulated. Installing weather-stripping on doors and windowsills as part of your summer home maintenance will help keep cool air in and hot air out. • Cover windows. Use drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers for any windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. This can reduce the heat entering your home by up to 80 percent. • Use fans strategically. Ceiling fans should run counter-clockwise to force room air down and make you feel cooler. Water from a spray bottle can help cool you down dramatically—as it evaporates off your skin, your body sheds heat.

• Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car. They can succumb to heat exposure very quickly. Also be careful when entering a car in hot weather. Temperatures inside can reach 140°F to 190°F within 30 minutes on a hot, sunny day. • Animals need shade and water. Pets can dehydrate quickly, so make sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water and a shady place to get out of the sun. Moderate their exercise and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot. • Stay in cool areas. The best place to be is inside with air conditioning. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, many public places, such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theatres, are air-conditioned. Don’t be afraid to get out and enjoy the summer sunshine with your friends and family. Just be sure to be prepared, use common sense, and know when it’s time to take a rest. • Disclosures - State Farm™ (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates) is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites hyperlinked from this page. State Farm has no discretion to alter, update, or control the content on the hyperlinked, third party site. Access to third party sites is at the user’s own risk, is being provided for informational purposes only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any of the products which may be referenced on such third party sites.

• Cook with small appliances. Slow cookers and tabletop grills are good options over traditional ovens and stovetops to minimize heat. EATING, DRINKING, AND SCHEDULING EXERCISE • Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Don’t wait to rehydrate until you’re thirsty. Adults should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day and may need more on hot and humid days. • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. These can lead to dehydration and increase the effects of heat illness. • Eat meals that are well-balanced and light. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat and can add to water loss. • Reschedule exercise. Avoid working out during the hottest part of the day. Check the weather forecast; if there’s a heat advisory you may want to move your workout indoors. BEWARE OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS • Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion. Watch for breathing that is shallow and fast, headaches, dry mouth, pale or clammy skin, muscle cramps, tiredness, disorientation, sweating, passing out, nausea, and vomiting. Seek immediate medical attention. • Know the warning signs of heat stroke. Symptoms include dizziness, a high body temperature (above 103°F), red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating), unconsciousness, nausea, confusion, rapid, strong pulse, and throbbing headache. Seek immediate medical attention. • Be informed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information on heat-related illnesses and first aid.

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Business Profile

Home 360 By Andrea Kuhl This month, Home 360 will celebrate its fourth anniversary here in Columbus and are humbled by the support of family, friends, and the community for helping their business to grow in the area. Over the past twenty years, the Vogt family has lived, worked and raised their family in Columbus and are honored to be apart of helping homeowners rejuvenate their homes or add the finishing touches to their new construction.

partial remodeling services. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or want to come home to a brand-new finished look, they have you covered. Damon and Stacey Vogt met while attending college at Midland University in 1993 and were married in 1997. They moved to Columbus at that time, when they both began working for the Columbus Telegram. In 2002, Damon became the General Sales Manager for Three Eagles Communication, while Stacey began working for Marathon Press in Norfolk, before accepting a position with Creston Fertilizer, where she still works today. From 2005 through 2010, Damon traveled the country as a basketball instructor and select team coach for college-bound athletes. He also hosted numerous clinics, camps and tournaments across the country. During this time, he also served as an Event Coordinator and financial partner with HyVee Food Stores in the popular “Rockin’ on the Runway” and “Rockin’ on the Racetrack” concert events in Columbus, with over 20,000

Home 360 Flooring and Home Décor was founded in July of 2013 and serves the Columbus area as a one-stop-shop for all things home. The in-house team consists of owner Damon Vogt, Project Manager Craig Whitmore, Flooring Manager Dave Johnson, Cabinet Specialist and Designer Gary Oakeson and In-House Installer Melvin Padilla. The business sells and installs all types of flooring, including several name-brand carpets, a large selection of wood flooring, ceramic and porcelain tile, luxury vinyl time and plank. They also offer a full line of quality Starmark Cabinetry as well as laminate, granite and quartz countertops with under-mount sinks. They are one of the areas only Onyx retailers as well. Craig Whitmore directs the contractor services department and gives Home 360 the opportunity to offer full and

Today Damon and Stacey are busy raising their four children: Jordan, Landon, Madison and Grayson. Jordan is nineteen and attended

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retired. While in college at Midland, Damon worked for Stacey’s uncle, Carl Jarosz, owner of Jarosz Construction. Educated and inspired by the work ethic, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurial spirit of both the Goering family and Carl Jarosz, Damon found a niche in the construction world allowing Home 360 to serve the community. They love that their team at Home 360, including partners Steve and Kristy Lloyd, managers Craig Whitmore, Dave Johnson, Melvin Padilla, and Gary Oakeson, along with staff Ron Prokopec, Micah Jennings, Pat Kudron, Brad Sliva, Travis Brewer, Chase Geilenkerken and countless

Stacey’s family owned and operated Goering Construction in Platte Center for nearly 30 years and had built and remolded more than one hundred homes before closing in 1990 when Grandpa Dean

people attending the events over the four-year span. He coached 2 seasons as an assistant at Humphrey St. Francis when they were the 2005 State Runner-Up and 2006 State Champions for Class D1. From 2006-2011, Damon was the head Men’s Basketball Coach for Central Community College, where three times he was named Region 9 Coach of the Year and a National Tournament Qualifier in his last season before retiring from full-time coaching to support his own children in their activities. He settled into the Home Improvement Business in 2010 and founded Home 360 in 2013.

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Northeast Community College last year where she played volleyball and helped lead the Hawks to the National Tournament for the first time in forty years. She has been accepted into the Bryan College of Health Sciences where she will pursue a degree in nursing. Landon is seventeen and will be a senior at Lakeview High School in the fall. He is active in the Robotics program and was a three-time state qualifier in cross-country. He also plays basketball and runs track, in addition to being a self-taught guitarist and magician. He plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering in college. Madison is thirteen and will be an eighth grader at Lakeview Junior High. She is a three-sport athlete and for the past two years was selected to play on the Future Stars Columbus-area volleyball team, as well as playing basketball with the Columbus Swish and Navigator Select basketball teams. Grayson will be a fourth grader at St. John’s Lutheran. He loves playing football, basketball and baseball, as well as hanging out at the pool with friends. He has a special love for singing, which he enjoys doing both at church and school, and is also learning to play the guitar. They love attending the children’s various activities. Damon enjoys coaching in the Lakeview Blue Hoops program, a summer select program for Lakeview Varsity basketball players. They love to find time to golf and enjoy tackling projects in their yard and garden. They are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Columbus where Stacey volunteers in fundraising for the school Scrip program. The family enjoys hunting and fishing and spending time in the Sandhills with family and friends. Each summer they take a trip to Colorado to visit family and spend time hiking and relaxing in the mountains.

subcontractors make their business dream a reality. They have also opened a second store on Lincoln avenue in York a year ago. The store has become an overnight success under the management of Rod and Holly Woods. It features a 4000 square foot showroom and everything that the Columbus store offers. They know the success of Home 360 is because of the great team they have and are grateful for their hard work and dedication. • Photo by Tannon Asche Photography

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Local Contributor

Making Direct Sales Work! By Nicole Lindhorst Just Crazy!!! That’s what I tell people every time they ask why I do what I do. But in all honestly it’s because I love it! It all started 15 years ago when I was first introduced to a direct selling company, Home Interior’s and said YES to joining. I loved holding in-home parties & the reward of a happy customer. But most of all the new friends I made! I quickly learned it was also a great way to make an extra income! My husband & I were recently married & starting our family. And any new parents out there know babies cost a lot of money & need a lot of stuff! So I held parties 3-4 nights per week and quickly earned enough to pay for a lot of those “needed” items. Because I understood direct sales & loved the free product I earned, I always supported my friends and family by hosting parties for them as they too realized how fun it could be. And through the years I have found other products I love & have decided to start promoting those as well. Most recently, I decided to open BeYOUtiful Boutique & Gifts in my home to offer many of my favorite direct sales items along with boutique clothing! This has allowed me to put everything I love under one roof instead of traveling during the week hosting parties so I would be home with my family while working! It’s been a great learning opportunity for my 3 children, ages 12, 10 & 8 to see that money doesn’t just appear in

your checking account! (I still haven’t figured out where to buy money tree seeds!!) So I have them help me with inventory, sorting & folding clothing and counting my deposits for the weekly drop. Since my situation is a little different given the fact that I also work full-time along-side my husband at our family business, I haven’t done what most people in my position would do, which is do direct sales full-time. The freedom direct sales offer is amazing! Its work and it can be hard but it is definitely rewarding. With the right amount of determination and drive, many women have changed not only their lives but the lives of many others. 85% of the women in the US who make 6 figure incomes are in direct sales! That’s Just Crazy! So if you are new to the area looking to make new contacts, or a mom wanting to find the freedom to stay home with your kiddos or if you need to pay for braces for all 3 of your club sport playing, Catholic educated, thinking about needing to pay for 3 cars someday kiddos, think direct sales! Who cares who thinks you’re crazy... •

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Celebrating Independence By Paige Jeffryes Boom! Boom! Fireworks explode to the left and to the right in celebration of July 4th. What are we celebrating with our elaborate shows, barbecues, and waving around red, white, and blue? Independence Day, or the 4th of July, celebrates the day back in 1776 when the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England. But did you also know that it is important for us as individuals to be more independent? This fall, I will be a junior at Columbus High School. One of the things that I have noticed is that as I get older, I try to do things more independently whether it be in school, socially, or financially. First, I started driving a little over 3 months ago. This really has made me a more responsible young adult by becoming more attentive and observant. Driving also requires gas which can sometimes be hard for teens to buy. I have also become more independent by providing my own income. By getting a job, I no longer completely rely on my parents for things like money and transportation. Having a job has made me more independent by teaching me money management and all about saving. By having additional spending money, I can go and do more things with friends without having to ask my parents for money.

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Throughout high school, I have found myself slowly decreasing the dependence on my parents. I have become more independent and have found something new everyday; something I can do to better myself and something I can do to prepare for my future. Just like I have become more independent, so have tons of other high schoolers and young adults. We are preparing for our futures more and more everyday. Plus with some of the extra money I have, maybe I will go buy some fireworks to celebrate our Nation’s Independence Day. •

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Recipe Corner

Couscous Garden Salad with Green Goddess dressing

By Adam Roberts The heat is on, and as the temperature goes up, our appetites generally go down. This phenomenon is because the body does not require as many calories to burn trying to stay warm, although, that does not mean we have to sacrifice eating good tasting meals. Mid-summer is the best time to fully enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables as they peak in quality. Whether it is from the backyard, Saturday Farmer’s Market, or grocery produce section, there is a bounty of freshness, ripe with flavor. Combining fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and pastas, with grains like basmati or brown rice, and legumes like black beans or baby garbanzos, make blends that are healthy, flavorful, and ready to be served right from the refrigerator. • STEP 1. Couscous, so good they named it twice. These little balls of pasta cook in about 5 minutes and the general rule is 1 cup of couscous to 1 cup of lightly salted water or stock to make about 4 servings. Bring the liquid to a boil, stir in couscous, and remove from heat and let cool to room temp. • STEP 2. Before Ranch there was Green Goddess, a mayonnaise based dressing blended with delicate flavored fresh herbs (French cookbooks refer to some as “fines herbs”) which give the finished product a light green appearance. There are many variations for this simple dressing, but the best ones don’t over complicate.

Combine with a blender: Juice from one lemon, a pinch of garlic salt, and in any combination, a handful of subtle flavored fresh herbs (i.e. parsley, chive, tarragon, chervil, dill, and cilantro). Then add 1 cup each mayo and buttermilk (or milk) and pulse to blend. Salt and pepper to taste, and refrigerate to cool. • STEP 3. Assemble a combination that appeals to you. Celery, green onion, radish, sunflower seed, raisins, peas, walnuts, cucumber, tomato, black beans, etc.; dice what needs it and use a little olive oil and a fork to toss it with your couscous. • STEP 4. On a bed of lettuce, place a helping of your couscous mixture and drizzle the fresh herb Green Goddess over the top, sit back and enjoy. On a side note, I chose to be vague with this recipe because, I believe, the important parts are the ingredients, and not some complicated procedure. My personal version of this salad involves a kitchen sink type approach of what I can gather, what is on sale, and what I am hungry for. Then, topped with some sautéed Portobello mushrooms or a chicken breast, maybe grilled shrimp or steak; and definitely a big slice of garlic bread. Alright, my version is not so light, but it sure is tasty, and thank goodness for air conditioning. •

Photography Tips and Tricks By Susanna Poeffel With the arrival of warm weather, many families are beginning to plan the perfect family portrait session. The soft shimmery hues of summer and the vibrant tones of fall make both seasons wonderful times to be photographed. If checking off “family pictures” is on your to-do list this year, here are some tips to keep in mind. TAKE TIME TO PLAN YOUR LOOK IN ADVANCE. Nothing adds to the pre-session jitters like realizing a few days before your session that you have no idea what everyone will be wearing. Planning in advance is key. While many factors go into the making of a great family image, choosing the right outfits is near the top of the list. Start by choosing 3-4 specific colors that coordinate well together, and limit everyone in the portrait to those colors. Not sure which colors look nicest together? Pinterest is a wonderful resource. Search for “what to wear” and you will find a variety of pleasing color palettes. Choose outfits and colors that you feel good in and that are easy to sit and move in. Neutrals can be nice, as long as you add a pop of color. Fun shoes, jewelry, hair accessories, belts, scarves, or jackets can give that extra shine to an image and tie everything together. Solids and tops with sleeves often look best. If anyone needs a haircut, do so at least a week in advance, giving time for hair to grow back, just in case the scissors go amiss! Another key factor to consider is the intended use of the images. If you are ordering a wall portrait, consider the decor and colors of the room where it will hang. If the room is modern or elegant, you may want a more formal look. If your home has a rustic or cottage feel, perhaps casual attire will suit you best. Considering your home, your personal style and the color palettes that you are drawn to will help you love the final results. CONSIDER WHERE THE SESSION WILL TAKE PLACE. Will you go to a studio? A local park? A good photographer will help you with these decisions, but you’ll want to brainstorm in advance and give personal input. If your home is scenic or if there is another place that is sentimental to your family, you may need to look no further. PREP THE FAMILY. First, calm your own nerves. Being relaxed will help your children feel at ease as well. Build up the session as a time of family togetherness and as a gift for your family’s future. Include one another in the planning process to pump up the excitement. It can be good to

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practice smiles with little ones in advance and let them know what to expect. But, watch out for too much pressure. Capturing a beautiful image is ideal, but blending in your child’s personality and a bit of real life adds endearment. A little silliness is always okay. Timing meals and nap schedules can make or break a session, so make sure everyone is well rested and fed. Bringing snacks for little ones is a plus. Just make sure to keep them a secret and avoid foods that stain. Going out for a special treat afterwards to reward good behavior can also work magic. HAVE FUN AND BE YOURSELF. Don’t be afraid to show your photographer who you really are, so he or she can capture a true representation of the love you share. Smile genuinely, hug, laugh, kiss, embrace, play. Swing your children in the air, whisper your love to your spouse or tickle your child. This can result in a display of true emotion that is sweet, endearing and beautiful, all caught through the lens of a camera. Other ideas: Bring an activity that you enjoy, like a book, game or picnic basket. Make a prop together that you can incorporate into the session, like a sign with your last name. Include the family pet. All of these ideas can help loosen the anxiety and create a memorable session. CHOOSE A PHOTOGRAPHER CAREFULLY. Photographers have different styles, and one may suit your family better than another. Take time to view a photographer’s work, which should be visible on their website and Facebook page. Talk to friends who have had pictures recently done about the service they experienced. Consider what type of product you’ll want when the session is over. It’s fun to be able to share images on Facebook, but a wall portrait in the family room or an heirloom album on the coffee table can brings rewards that will bless your family for decades. Which photographers offer products that you like? Consider your budget and what is important to you. Remember this is an investment in your memories. Experienced photographers are often more skilled at posing, lighting and retouching, which are vital to making you look your best, but they are usually more expensive. Be very sure to book early. Many studios fill up several months in advance during the busiest seasons. Once a studio is chosen, communicate with your photographer the images that are most important to you and any concerns you have, no matter how silly they seem at the time. If it has been a few years since you’ve had your family pictures taken, it’s definitely time to take on the challenge. Don’t let concerns about your personal appearance or the busyness of life keep you from capturing beautiful and memorable images of how your family looks today. As the years fly by, you’ll treasure these photographs, and they will be a blessing to future generations. •

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Glass Yard Art By Tammy Hempstead MATERIALS NEEDED: • Any variety of thicker glass or ceramic pieces from sources such as Dollar Tree, Goodwill, yard sales, etc. • Glue such as E6000 or Loctite Stik’n Seal • Glass beads, stones, and wire for accessories • Scotch tape DIRECTIONS: Decide the pattern you would like to create in your sculpture using plates, bowls, tumblers, etc. Glue your selected items in order from the base up. Glue pieces together in a WELL VENTILATED area such as a garage or on your back patio. If indoors, open windows as these types of glues give off strong fumes. Do not smoke or use these glues near an open flame. Give each piece glued 24hours drying time before moving or gluing to another item. *Hint gluing works best if only two items are glued together (think paired items), allowed to dry 24 hours and then those paired items can be glued together and dried another 24 hours.

Continue this process until you have your desired sculpture. Whenever gluing glass beads etc. onto items; hold in place until dry using scotch tape. Wire accessories can be added last and twisted into place or glued as needed. To watch a how-to video of this project, check out our website: accentfloralandgalleria.com or watch the same video on our YouTube channel, Accent Floral and Galleria. •

Don’t Let Your Vacation Get in the Wayof your exercise routine!

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By Jen Brownlow I leave for vacation very shortly with my family and so I wondered if it would be helpful to you the reader, if I gave you some tips for making sure you keep moving while you are on vacation. Don’t let your vacation have you taking a “vacation” from staying active! 1. Check out where you are staying. Look online or call and find out if there is a pool, fitness area, stairs, local gym, trails, etc. Remember 150 minutes a week of cardio training and 2 days of strength training are recommended for health benefits by the CDC. 2. Try tracking your steps. Pedometers, Fitbits, your phone or whatever device you use are great at tracking your daily steps. Aim for 10,000 steps a day. Most of us go site seeing on vacation. Use that to your advantage to stay active. 3. Plan exercise with your family. You are on vacation with your family so plan things together such as, hiking, biking, swimming, etc. 4. Pack a Resistance Band in your suitcase. All strength exercises can be done using a band. Squats, lunges, shoulder presses, bicep curls and tricep extensions can all be done using the band. It is a wonderful piece of equipment and very inexpensive. Exercises like pushups, squats, lunges, crunches, tricep dips can be done with your own body weight and provide a great strength workout as well.

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5. Try something new. We all get used to our workouts and don’t know what to do when we are away from our element. You never know, you might find something you really enjoy. 6. Reset your expectations. You may not get to do the same workout you are used to at home, but by doing something most days you are away, you will be accomplishing plenty. As summer ends and we get ready for another school year, remember to take vacations when you get the chance. Vacations can be very good for your health! If you have any questions about the article, please don’t hesitate to call the YMCA. 402-564-9477 •

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A Gift By Rachelle Congdon Her voice was calm and gentle, “You’ll have time to clean when they’re older; today is the present.” The first time I heard my mother say those words regarding my boisterous youngsters, I remember thinking “where was that philosophy when I was growing up?” Throughout my childhood, Saturday was reserved for cleaning—and cleaning wasn’t cleaning unless it was thorough! Dusting and polishing and scrubbing and organizing. I’m an expert at it—at least I have no excuse not to be with that weekly experience and excellent tutelage. Of course, as with most words of wisdom from my mamma, she was bulls-eye accurate; my “first group” of children grew quickly and before I knew it—I was grasping at the last bits of their childhood like trying to capture dandelion seeds in a gusty wind. Mindful of this sage advice, I promised myself I’d appreciate all the joys of childhood more as I got a “second” chance at motherhood with SURPRISE baby #4 when my then-youngest was twelve. Yes, I have been much more relaxed with her. “Spoiled rotten” as her siblings like to tease. Suffice it to say—she is being raised as an only child—her siblings are adults with their own lives now. However, she too is rushing quickly to the edge of childhood like water down a hill.

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As life goes, I find myself repeating the wisdom of my mamma to my son regarding his children. My grandbabies. Time gets away…slippery little sucker that it is. It melts like ice on a scorching hot summer day, and the things we think are important are quickly forgotten, and we often regret wasting so much effort on them. Not to say it’s not with the best of intention we spent all those hours, blood, sweat, tears, and likely money to reach that goal, complete that task, finish that race and check off that to-do!

Butterfly Release

By Angie Ramaekers The volunteers at Columbus Community Hospital dedicate valuable time to fulfill the needs of our organization and community. We are happy, once again, to extend an invitation to the public to share in the Butterfly Release at the 32nd Annual Extravaganza held at 10:30 a.m. on July 29 in Frankfort Square. The volunteers are proud that their many successful fundraising efforts have provided great benefit to Columbus Community Hospital, including the purchase of patient beds and an infant warmer for Maternal Child Health, a LiteGait pediatric support harness for Wiggles & Giggles Therapy for Kids™, and others over the past years. This year, funds raised will be used to purchase an EZ Out Vehicle Extraction Lift for the CCH Emergency Department, which can easily transfer a patient from a vehicle to a wheelchair or gurney. However, what makes the Butterfly Release matter is the celebration of life. Butterflies can be dedicated in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special event. It is wonderful to see the faces of our community members each year as they watch the butterflies come to life and fly. Reliving some old memories, knowing that their

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donation can help make a difference. At the event, a “butterfly banner” is displayed to pay tribute to those people and events for which the butterflies have been purchased. There will also be a raffle for a handmade butterfly quilt that was donated by Myrna Meyer and Kim Meyer. Tickets can be purchased in the CCH Unique Discoveries Gift Shop for $1 each or six tickets for $5. Anyone wishing to take part in this event can purchase butterflies by mailing in or returning the order form; cash or check are both accepted. Butterflies are $15 for the first purchase and $10 for each additional butterfly before the Friday, July 21 deadline.

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my house to pass some nonexistent inspection? Or heading back to the office to meet the deadline? Staying late, or going in early? Did the present pass me by…? So. What I’ve figured out, for my part: is not to wait! For the right time, the right amount of money, the house to be clean enough, health to be cooperative enough, work to be balanced enough. The time is now. Today. Like mamma said, you’ll have “time to clean when they are older” and perhaps by then you’ll figure out (insert your own timesucker here) isn’t the important part of this journey. It’s the journey, it’s today, right now. It’s a gift. Very often I speak with folks and families who are waiting until the right time; preparing and planning to make “the move”. I understand it. I’ve been in a similar situation with my parents. Sometimes a decision is so difficult you feel as if you’ve defeated the Jabberwocky if you’ve decided “Okay, we’re are going to do something, someday, when the time is right! Whew! Made that decision. Now, who wants cake?” And we move off to the next task blissfully, and perhaps a bit ignorantly, thinking we don’t have to act until we’re done preparing and the “time is right”. I often ask, “What are you really waiting for?” There are many folks who were in a similar situation that will tell you “don’t wait.” Don’t let fear of an unknown hold you back. Reach for your happiness now because you can have it today. Like my mamma was trying to get through to me, “today is your present.” It will pass you be otherwise. Today is the gift and that is why we call it the present. •

The drive to accomplish, acquire, and conquer are part of our human spirit, our nature. I for one, am glad of that trait. I consider determination to be one of my greatest assets, a skill even. Believe me, I’m skilled at it. Ask my husband when he’s trying to best me at, well…. anything. But. Did I miss something along the way? Did I rush past the rose, not stopping to inhale that sweet, silky scent? Did the stunning sunset in red, gold and purple slide to the rearview as I was busy navigating the next stop? Did my child’s simple smile of wonder and admiration miss my gaze because I was running from activity A to event B? Or cleaning

It is our passion to help our community with events like these. Our volunteers have a long tradition of going above and beyond any expectations and providing truly important contributions to Columbus Community Hospital. Through their commitment, we hope to instill the same level of affection for improving Columbus in our community. For more information, contact Angie Ramaekers, Volunteer Services Director, at 402-562-3365 or email adramaeker@columbushosp.org. •

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Wellness Garden By Betsey Eckhardt The Wellness Garden at the Columbus Wellness Center is off to a great start! We have all the plants in the ground and are now watching the produce grow. We have put all of our herbs and flowers in the raised beds on the east side of the building. Some of our Wiggles and Giggles kids were able to help in that process. We also planted our entire garden on the north east side of the property. We have everything from beans to cucumbers, from tomatoes to peppers, and even kale! We also decided to try our hand at growing some melon’s this year. We also are going to plant some lilies on the border of our garden. We have set a watering schedule and are getting a weeding schedule defined.

Scouting for Silver

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The Wellness Garden at the Columbus Wellness Center is off to a great start. If you are interested in its progress or even volunteering to help on this project, please contact Betsy Eckhardt at 402-564-9477 to opportunities. •

The members of Girl Scout Troop 50331 were walking across the Castner’s Crossing Bridge just north of Columbus last summer. They were pondering ideas for Silver Award projects when something caught their attention. A sign on the map at the Castner Crossing Kiosk identified the area as “Girl Scout Park”. “The Girl Scouts didn’t even know this place existed,” said leader Melodee Pedersen. “It was called that a long time ago

is unclear when the area became widely used by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Over the years, the groups used the area less often and many forgot its history. Troop 50331 realized they had an opportunity to revive the park for the Scouts as well as the general public. Members began planning last year. Leader Sarah Davidchik said the seventh and eighth grade girls discussed their wish list. They met with Loup Power Hydro Superintendent Brad Morton, who was supportive of their efforts. “Its an improvement that everybody can use,” he said.

SILVER AWARD STEPS: 1. Identify an issue you care about. 2. Build your Girl Scout Silver Award Team 3. Explore your community. 4. Pick your Silver Award project. 5. Develop your project. 6. Make a plan and put it into motion. 7. Reflect, share your story, and celebrate

The Scouts called contractors and retailers for estimates on concrete, trees, picnic tables and other supplies. They prepared and presented their project to the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council, which awarded them a $1,000 grant. They also received a $250 grant from Thrivent Financial.

and people have forgotten.” As the girls surveyed the area, they noted the area could use some improvements. They thought a table would be great for picnics. A fire pit would be a nice addition for summer nights. Together they realized adding these improvements to the park would be a great opportunity to earn their Silver Award – the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. The unofficial “Girl Scout Park” is located in Loup Power District’s Loup Park on the corner of Lakeview Road and 48th Avenue. Just to the south is an area owned by Loup known as “Boy Scout Island.” It

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After months of preparation, the troop spent a weekend in April putting their plan into action with the help of parents, Morton and Canal Foreman, John Czarnick. The group used sustainable materials wherever possible. For example, the eight0foot picnic table is made of recycled tires. “When we planned this project, we picked materials that would last a long time and wouldn’t need to be replaced soon,” said Scout Elizabeth Svatora. They paid for much of the project with their grant funding. Gerhold Concrete donated the cement. The troop held a ribbon cutting and pinning ceremony on May 25th to celebrate their achievement. The troop hopes the public will enjoy the improved park space. Troop Members include Cassie Campbell, Julia Davidchik, Anna Lindahl, Sarah Massman, Tessa Pedersen, Jessica Reiff, and Liz Svatora •

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Common Selling Mistakes

By Don Dreeson

MISTAKE #3—OVER-SHARING WITH BUYERS

So you’ve decided to sell your home and naturally you want to sell it quickly, profitably, and smoothly. To maximize your success, here are five common and costly mistakes to avoid when selling your home.

Another costly mistake is having too much communication with potential buyers. You don’t want to give away too much information to potential buyers, which could be used later during a sale negotiation. Either make yourself scarce during showings or think carefully about what you disclose to buyers.

MISTAKE #1—OVERLOOKING REPAIRS

MISTAKE #4—POOR STAGING

Making repairs before selling your home is a must. These include electrical issues, water damages, rotten siding, chipping paint, and bad shingles. Landscaping should be cleaned to, trim tress and shrubs. Consider getting a pre-inspection to uncover repairs that might spook buyers and cause them to lower their offer or back out of the deal. MISTAKE #2—OVERPRICING YOUR HOME Buyers are going to compare a sale price to other homes in the area, so your home should be priced competitively. Make sure your REALTOR provides a comparative market analysis to help establish a competitive price and has their own system for helping you price your home.

Both a cluttered home and an empty home will be unappealing to buyers, so proper staging and curb appeal are important. A majority of buyers are shopping for homes online these days, so consider bringing in professional staging and photography services. MISTAKE #5—THE WRONG ATTITUDE This includes both patience and setting expectations too high. Not every prospective buyer will submit a bid—some are just window-shopping or are not interested in your home. Remembering that browsers are part of the home-selling process will help keep disappointment at bay. Buying or selling a home can seem like an overwhelming task, but the right REALTOR with years of experience and success will help you make smart decisions in a fast-paced, complex and competitive marketplace. •

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Taking Care of Your Vehicles By Samantha Salinas Kids, animals, busy schedule, and farm life are just a few things that will make it hard to keep your car clean and organized. A great detail is always such a relief and the most convenient way to refresh your vehicle. But like most things in life, time just seems to get away from us and money isn’t always at hand. So there are few things you can do to keep up with your car’s physical maintenance between details. Frequent car washes are the best way to go when it comes to taking care of the exterior and paint of your car. During winter months in the north, we often warn about the harsh conditions the de-icing salt puts our paint through; but in the summer most people don’t realize the toll the bugs and dirt do as well. It’s always a great idea to remove bugs

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and dirt from your vehicle frequently as they also can cause paint to chip and rust to begin. A tip we often give our customers is creating new habits. Try always having a bag available for trash, so it doesn’t add up on the floor of your car (or tempt you to litter). Limiting habits of eating in the car can help significantly as well; crumbs add up and collect in cracks of the car. But even with good habits spills, appear; try to absorb stains quickly with a rag after they happen to keep them from staining. Keeping on your car’s physical maintenance is also key to keeping its value! A full detail is recommended 1-2 times a year to help hold value, but if you don’t do maintenance between details the dollar value is much less. •

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