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October 2017 An exclusive magazine serving the residents of Columbus

Photo by Creative Images

The Unexpected Journey Bill and Char Flint

• Havoc at Lutjelusche • 7th Annual We Can Run, Walk & Roll • Being Hopeful about Breast Cancer

A Note from your Content Coordinator...

expert contributors

Happy Fall Columbus!

Heating & Air Conditioning

Steve Simmons Air Comfort Heating & Cooling 402-564-2255


Annette Alt Annette Alt State Farm 402-564-8581

Flooring & Home Decor

Damon Vogt - Owner Dave Johnson & Craig Whitmore 402-564-5588

It has finally arrived, my favorite time of year! Cooler temps are on the way…and hopefully allergy issues are close to being over! This October, I have the immense pleasure of introducing you to the Flint’s. Bill and Char have raised four beautiful daughters, worked hard throughout their careers helping others, and bravely faced off against breast cancer. Check out their amazing journey! We have great advice from our expert contributors this month, as well as an abundance of great things happening throughout our community! Wishing you a wonderful fall! Andrea Kuhl, Content Coordinator

Physical Therapy

Columbus Physical Therapy, PC 402-564-5456

Healthy Living

Kimberly Harm, PhD, APRN-NP 402-276-0294

Real Estate

HOME Real Estate 402-563-4663

Plumbing & Pumping Service

Rick Tate & Zach Tate Drain Surgeon & DS Pumping Services 402-563-2213 & 402-564-5048


Columbus Community Hospital 402-564-7118

Assisted Living

The Heritage at Meridian Gardens Rachelle Congdon 402-564-6300

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Publisher: Kelcie Keeling Content Coordinator: Andrea Kuhl Designer: Jody Zipp Contributing Photographer: Creative Images Content Contributors: Joan Keit, MD Cole Tessendorf, Alyssa Thielen, Mandy Lauck, Paige Jeffryes, Damon Vogt, Rachelle Congdon, Betsy Eckhardt and Tammy Hempstead

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couple added the final chapter to their family, their fourth daughter, Courtney. Today, Bill is the President of First National Bank and Trust Company, serving Columbus, Norfolk and David City. Char has transitioned to the Quality Department at the hospital, working as the Accreditation and Environmental Safety Coordinator. Over their thirty years in Columbus, Bill and Char have immersed themselves in their new community. For Char, moving to Columbus was like moving home again, having grown up in Nebraska. She knew this would be a wonderful community to raise their family. They joined St. Bonaventure Church, where Char served as a Parish Council member for six years. Bill and Char have also served as Chairs and CoChairs for the Scotus Gala, as well as volunteering on the solicitation committee, event meal prep and serving, as well as event clean up for the Gala. Char helps at St. Bon’s with church cleaning and funeral meals as well. Bill has been active over the years with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chairman and Past-Chairman. He is also a Past-Chairman for the United Way, and past Board Member for Real Life. As their girls were growing up, they both volunteered as AYSO coaches, and Bill also coached Club soccer for the girls.

The Unexpected Journey Bill and Char Flint

began her career in nursing, working in Yankton, South Dakota in the maternity department of Sacred Heart Hospital. The young couple was married in Broken Bow, Nebraska and began their lives together in Aberdeen, South Dakota where Bill began his career in banking, working for Dakota Bank Holding Company as an internal auditor and Char went to work on the surgical floor of St. Luke’s Hospital. While in Aberdeen, they were blessed with their first of four daughters, Jennifer. From there, the couple moved to Faulkton, South Dakota, where Michelle was born, before settling in Fairmont, Minnesota, where Bill continued his banking career at Fairmont Federal Savings and Loan, while Char worked as a nurse for Fairmont Community

By Andrea Kuhl Bill and Char Flint, along with their four daughters have lived a life full of many adventures and journey’s to new towns, but the journey they began nearly three years ago was one that they were completely blindsided by. But surrounded by friends, neighbors and family, they persevered and came out stronger than ever.

The girls attended St. Bonaventure Grade School and Scotus Central Catholic High School. They were all very involved in volleyball, basketball, track, soccer, school musicals, Mock Trial, FBLA, and numerous other clubs within the school. They all attended Lynette’s Dance Studio from grade school through high school as well. Following high school graduation, Jennifer attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and today works for Union Bank and Trust in Lincoln, She and her husband Ryan have four children, Alec, Brody, Emery, and Trinley. Michelle graduated from the University of

Bill and Char met while attending college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. Char graduated with her Associates degree in Nursing, while Bill graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting. While Bill was finishing up his Bachelor’s Degree, Char

Nebraska-Omaha and the Houston School of Optometry and works in Tuscan, Arizona as an Optometrist. Kristina graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and established K Marie Images in Omaha. She and her husband Zac are busy raising their two young daughters, Allie and Ada. Courtney is in her first year at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she is still undecided in her official collegiate major.

As official empty nesters, Bill and Char still find themselves with plenty to do outside of their careers at the bank and hospital. Bill is involved with the Columbus Area Community Foundation, as well as a Board Member for the First National Community Board. Char also runs a small in-home business called Simply Chairs, supplying white chair covers for weddings, parties, proms, etc. She loves the opportunity to take care of her grandchildren and attend their events, and is hoping to travel more and learn to quilt. Bill loves to find time to hunt, fist and golf. Four years ago, the couple jumped at the opportunity for lake living, something Bill has wanted for a long time after growing up near Gavin’s Point Dam in South Dakota. They made the hard decision to leave their beloved home and neighbors on 30th Avenue and build a home on Lake Oconee, where they could enjoy the quiet scenic views, great fishing and beautiful sunsets. It was also an opportunity for fun get-togethers for the kids and grandkids, with boating and tubing always on the agenda at grandma and grandpa’s house. As Bill and Char have journeyed through what most of us call a “normal life”, raising their four beautiful and strong daughters, working

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Hospital, Lakeview Methodist Health Care and a Home Health Agency. In 1987, the young family settled in Columbus. Bill began his work for Equitable Savings and Loan, while Char went to work for Columbus Community Hospital, in the Maternal Health Department, working evening and overnight shifts. Kristina, their third daughter, was born in 1988. As their daughters began to grow and become more involved in school activities, Char switched over to the Operating Room Department, where her schedule was more consistent throughout the daytime. Bill was also employed by RTC, which is Resolution Trust Cooperation during the savings and loan crisis from June of 1990 through December 1990. In late December of 1990, Bill went to work for First National Bank as their Chief Financial Officer. In 1999, the


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Continued from Page 5 hard at their careers, and volunteering their time, their life took and unexpected sharp turn nearly three years ago. In January of 2015, Char discovered a lump in her left breast. This discovery was made just two months after her annual mammogram came back clear. She began to tell herself that it must be something else…a cyst maybe. But Bill insisted she get it checked out just to be certain it was nothing. Working in the Surgical Center at the hospital, Char knew a great surgeon and after asking his opinion, found herself immediately in his office for a biopsy. She remembers telling him that she didn’t want to hear what he thought it might be…she just wanted the results. Because two months after a clean mammogram it couldn’t be the C word…that wasn’t possible. But, in fact, it was possible. In fact, it wasn’t just Breast Cancer, but a rapid growing type that. The Flint’s life changed rapidly as all the options for Char’s treatment options were laid upon the table. The first thing they knew they had to do was to tell their girls. It was definitely the most difficult of the entire process to look into their daughters’ eyes and tell them just how sick their spunky, vibrant mom was. Char received an abundance of support in making the treatment decision that was best for her. She opted to have a single mastectomy and after receiving the final pathology report, Char immediately reported to the Hematology/ Oncology clinic to begin her chemotherapy. After more consideration, Char decided to go back and have a mastectomy on the other side, as well as reconstructive surgery. It has been two years and seven

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Immanuel Lutheran School Extravaganza By Andrea Kuhl

months from her initial diagnosis and she is doing great. She hopes that women everywhere will hear her story and understand the vital importance of self-breast examinations and annual mammograms, because with early diagnosis and treatment you can be a survivor as well. The left turn that life made in the Flint’s journey has given them a great appreciation for everything in their lives. As they reflect on the journey life has taken them on, they are continuously grateful to be where they are because the road doesn’t curve back to the “normal” path. And while their journey was unexpected and difficult, they came out stronger on the other side. • 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

For the past one hundred and twenty-four years, Immanuel Lutheran School, located in the heart of Columbus, has been educating children from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Every fall, the school holds its annual Immanuel Lutheran School Extravaganza. This major fundraiser provides valuable assistance to the students and the overall budget for the school. This year, the event will be a ‘Super Extravaganza’, with the organizers hoping those who attend will embrace their inner Superhero and come out to support the kids. The Extravaganza Committee is busy organizing this Super-Sized event and is diligently collecting donated items for both the silent auction and the grand auction. They have some fun and exciting things on the grand auction this year, including a four-night stay at a home on Table Rock Lake in Branson, as well as two other warm-destination trips up for grabs. They will also have concert tickets and the alwayspopular Homemade Classroom Projects. There will be a hunting trip, seed corn and a golf weekend at the beautiful Arbor Links Golf Club in Nebraska City. The evening events also include two fun scrambles, one that involves a punchboard for instant fun and a cash prize for the winner, while the other scramble winner will win an iPad. The money raised at the Extravaganza in years past has helped to provide tuition reduction for the students, scholarships for families needing assistance, salaries for Para-educators, and continuing education and professional development classes for teachers and staff. And while every year, the money raised helps to keep tuition affordable for the school families, this year the money will also go to help fund technology upgrades, as it did last year when they were able to purchase two mobile classroom sets Chromebooks.

register, and view all silent and grand auction items. They are able to start bidding on silent auction items and tagging items they want to bid on by setting minimum and maximum bids. The committee is hoping that the community will jump at the opportunity to secure their ‘must-have’ items early so they can socialize and enjoy the evening more. In addition, if someone is unable to attend the event, they are still able to register online and bid on the silent auction items up until it closes on the evening of the event and pick up their items the next day. This year the Extravaganza will be held at the RamadaRiver’s Edge Convention Center in Columbus on November 18th. The doors open and the in-person silent auction will begin at 4:30pm, with dinner being served at 7:00pm, followed by the Grand Auction. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased from the Immanuel Lutheran School Office, Immanuel Lutheran Church office, and the Peace Lutheran Church office. The last day to purchase tickets is November 10th. Come out and support this the legacy that is Immanuel Lutheran School. •

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This year, the auction will be using Qtego, which is an online auction service. Anyone is free to go online ten days prior to the event,


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October 2017

Every Saturday in October

October 7

October 9-10

Farmers Market

Columbus Classic Volleyball Tournament

2017 NSAA Class B Girls Golf Championship

@Frankfurt Square 7:30am-12:00pm

October 6 and November 6

First Fridays at Urban Farm Boutique

@Urban Farm Boutique Stop in to Urban Farm Boutique on Friday from 5:00-8:00pm and check out all the local Direct Sales Vendors and Artisans who have set up in the store! You can also shop all the great, unique items that UFB has to offer! Enjoy fresh refreshments while you shop UFB and these amazing vendors! October 6-8

Columbus Vintage Nationals @ US 30 Speedway For more information, please call 402-270-1477


Calendar of Events

@Lakeview High School Come out to Lakeview High School and cheer on your favorite local teams! Games begin at 9am.

@ Quail Run Golf Course Head on over to Quail Run and cheer on these talented ladies! October 12

October 7

We Can Run, Walk & Roll 5K & 1 Mile

@ Pawnee Park This fun event begins at 10am. For more information, please contact Doug Janssen at 402-562-3339 October 8

Taste of Columbus

@ Ramada-Columbus For Tickets call 402-564-2769

Peace Lutheran Salad Luncheon

@ Peace Lutheran Church The Peace Lutheran LWML/Women’s Guild is hosting their annual Salad Luncheon from 11am-1pm. For more information, call 402564-2098 October 19-22

“Leading Ladies”

@CCC-Columbus Campus Theatre Come out and see this wonderful production by the Platte Valley Playhouse! For ticket information call 402-564-STAR

Havoc at Lutjelusche By Alyssa Thielen Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is hosting is first stand-alone, chiptimed 5K trail run this year at the Lutjelusche cross country course just outside of Columbus. Since the organization did not do a Glow Gold run as part of their annual Glow Gold event to honor cancer families from all over the state, they decided to start an annual 5K in Columbus called ‘Havoc at Lutjelusche’. This run will directly support Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation’s mission of funding childhood cancer research. The run will be on October 21 at 10 a.m.. In addition to the chip-timed race, runners will receive a Havoc 5K long sleeved t-shirt, koozie, and after completing the race will get fruit, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink tickets, and grilled brats while enjoying a live band. Those that would like to support runners are welcome to join us as well as able to be in the ‘Havoc Hangout’ after the race. The Havoc Hangout includes, food and drink tickets along with the live band during and after the race. In years past Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation has enjoyed many people running in the Glow Run, including various childhood cancer supporters and even survivors such as Paul Hayes from Omaha, NE. After the race last year, hot, tired, and sweaty, he said if he could

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fight cancer he can run a 5k for all of the other kids out there. This year and years to come they are looking forward to seeing Sammy’s Superheroes 5K veterans but also new people from all over the state to take part in the new 5K, Havoc. Survivor, fighter or advocate, Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is so excited to see all of the runners at the Havoc 5K to help raise awareness of and funds for childhood cancer research. To register now go to www. The registration fee is $50 per runner. If you’re an alum of a Columbus, NE, or any surrounding schools, upon registering, enter which school you ran for and whichever high school with the most alumni registered gets a donation back to their alumni association. Student registration cost is $25. After October 8, tshirts will not be guaranteed with registration and registration will close October 18. Packet pick-up and other information will be emailed out to registration email as event approaches. •

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Community Happenings

Daily Routines

7th Annual

We Can Run, Walk & Roll By Mandy Lauck 5K & 1 MILE EVENT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017 Pawnee Park/Memorial Stadium, Columbus, NE With generous support over the past six years, the We Can Run, Walk & Roll event has been an inspiration to invest in wellness for all ability levels in our community. The event aims to change the perceptions of disability in the minds of all participants and spectators, and elevates the common desire to improve our health and well-being by participating in a community-wide event. The 7th Annual We Can Run, Walk & Roll 5K and 1 Mile event will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Columbus’ Pawnee Park Memorial Stadium. Once again, proceeds from this event will go toward purchasing AmTryke® tricycles for individuals in our community with disabilities. Since the first event in

2011, over 35 AmTrykes have been given to individuals and families. The event has also supported fundraising for The Lost Creek Inclusive Playground in our community that allows children with disabilities to access every part of the playground along with their friends. This race is for everyone from beginners to competitive runners, joggers and walkers. It includes the opportunity for individuals using wheelchairs to compete individually or with the assistance of a team of up to three pushers during the race. Participants can choose between 1-mile and 5K (3.1-mile) routes. We invite you and your friends to participate in this inspiring event brought to you by CCH’s Rehabilitative Services and Wiggles & Giggles Therapy for Kids™ at the Columbus Wellness Center. We challenge everyone to do something healthy and fun! For more information, go to •

By Rachelle Congdon, The Heritage at Meridian Gardens “I_t_’s_ _t_h_e_ _E_n_d_ _o_f_ _t_h_e_ _W_o_r_l_d_ _a_s_ _W_e_ _K_n_o_w_ _I_t_” _ The 1987 REM song of the same title will be stuck in your head now – you’re welcome. But honestly, if the end of the world is near it might be my fault. I was in such a rush the other day, I left the house without making my bed. GASP! Say it isn’t so!!!! No, no; it’s true, I did. Feel reassured I had a pretty lousy day following the unmade bed deed; so I’ve resumed my bed making ritual. Hopefully I have averted Armageddon. Many of us (please tell me I’m not alone in my quirky habits) follow a routine & when that routine is interrupted, we get out of sorts. Although perhaps it isn’t the ‘fault’ of our messed up schedule, we do have a tendency to blame the rest of the day’s missteps on that ‘one thing’ that we neglected to do. You might find it interesting: researchers encourage changing up your daily routine to give your brain a challenge. This might cause all sorts of panic for us OCDers. According to Dr. Michael Roizen on keeping the same routine day in, day out does not stimulate the hippocampus – the part of your brain responsible for memory. At the very least, he suggests switching up the order in which you perform your daily ritual to help keep the brain sharp. HelpScout has a list of suggestions to help you get out of the routine rut. They include embracing an improvisational mindset to roll with what comes. Be willing to make more mistakes as often real learning and transformation comes after messing up. Looking for the unfamiliar will help to break up the routine; perhaps open up some creativity too. They also suggest giving up control as a way to uncover new ideas and possibly a better way. I don’t know about you – but nearly all these suggestions give me anxiety. Our life and society are better with order and discipline, aren’t they? Yes and No. This is not an endorsement for radicalism. I’m not saying stop paying your taxes when due, or not stop at stop signs, or


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never making your bed. This routine break can be as simple as taking an alternative route to work, or stirring your coffee with your less dominate hand, or exploring a new area in town. We have a neighbor who walks his dog at the same time every night. I know this because I’m on my porch at nearly that same time – a switch up in this routine wouldn’t hurt me. On Sunday, we sit in nearly the same spot at church, will God still love me in the opposite pew? I think, yes. Familiarity is comforting; so many situations in life call for routine & consistency. The idea I’m proposing is to give your brain a workout from time to time. Challenge it to find new ways of approaching the day to day. According to experts, the benefits can help keep your brain healthy. A three part series on PsychCentral states: “When you modify an existing behavior, internally, your brain adapts to the adjustment by growing new synaptic terminals. This rewiring allows the neurons associated with the behavior to connect in different ways, adding new connecting pathways between neurons, while also strengthening some of the existing neural connections.” Translated, changing up routine and learning new ways helps your brain grow. Brain growth contributes to brain health & a healthy brain is as important as a healthy body. Dementia, which is a syndrome of brain illnesses, is not a normal part of ageing. One common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s. According to the World Health Organization the number of people living with dementia is estimated at 47 million and is projected to increase to 75 million by 2030. By 2050 they are thinking the number of cases of dementia will nearly triple. In 33 short years, it boggles the mind to think about how many millions that could be. The WHO has made dementia a public health priority. We all should. Making a commitment to keep our bodies and brains as healthy as possible is one way to do that. Even small changes to our day-to-day can help keep our brain sharp and growing. I’ll likely not tempt the zombie apocalypse by letting my bed go unmade every day (I’m not superstitious but, come on now!) However my brain is worth changing other routine tasks, taking on new challenges and learning new skills. And I’ll feel fine. •

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Columbus Monument

Making Lasting Memories

Business Profile

By Andrea Kuhl Columbus Monument has been a part of the Columbus community for over seventy-five years. It is a calling that Steve and Jackie Marker take very seriously. While they often are helping a grieving family choose a fitting memorial for their loved ones, they have served the community in a vast number of other ways. They have been involved in the Higgins Memorial Project, since its inception, engraving the bricks for the project. They have made the granite markers going in and out of Monroe along the highway, as well as the stone signs that mark the entrances of Lake Oconee and Clear Lake. They are involved with the North Bend Memorial Project, as well as several others. Steve also participated in the repair of the memorial in Frankfurt Square after a storm destroyed the monument. While helping a grieving family find a fitting memorial is heartbreaking, Steve enjoys helping each family find something that will honor their loved one. Each customer has a different story to share and helping him or her to tell that story about their loved one is vital in the design of their monument. As he visits with each customer, Steve helps them to recall memories of their loved ones and encourages them to bring photos or mementos that reflect their family members life. Steve’s own aunt and uncle loved to dance, so etching a picture of them dancing on their stone, brought joy to his family. And while designing his own father’s monument was difficult for Steve, he took comfort in including an etching of his dad’s beloved belt buckle into the monument. These individualized touches are what give Steve and Jackie a great sense of pride in the work they provide for the community. Steve is self-taught in his craft and enjoys the work. He is very passionate about what he does, striving to get things just right for each customer. Steve spent several years working for Gerhold Precast, before taking a job at Columbus Monument when they were in need of someone who had concrete experience. That was thirty-two years ago. Steve


loves the work that he does and decided to buy the business three years ago. He takes great pride and dedication in the service that he provides helping the community and families. Steve and Jackie met twenty-four years ago through mutual friends and married five years later. Steve has two grown children and Jackie also has two grown children. They are fortunate that all of their children, along with their ten grandchildren live in the Columbus area, making sporting events, school activities, and family time easier to coordinate. They are members of the Federated Church and have both lived in Columbus for most of their lives, with Steve being a Lakeview graduate and Jackie a Columbus High graduate. Aside from working alongside Steve at Columbus Monument, Jackie has also worked for Wal-Mart for the past thirty-two years. When free time allows, Steve and Jackie love taking Steve’s 1967 Chevelle for a spin and taking in car shows. They also enjoy watching the Huskers play football. Columbus Monument has been an intimate part of the lives of those in the Columbus community, as well as the greater surrounding area. Steve and Jackie Marker together, are “Making Lasting Memories” and take great pride in helping to tell the stories of those who have lost a loved one. •

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Made in America

By Damon Vogt, Home 360 Walking down the vast corridor at the International Flooring Show in Las Vegas last January you could hear a faint but distinct echo resonating from a crowd that had gathered around the US Floors booth. USA! USA! USA! As we neared the crowd it became clear. It wasn’t a soccer game, The Ryder Cup or the Olympics…not at all. It was a zealous crowd of employees, salespeople and industry professionals celebrating the creation of a revolutionary product line of luxury vinyl tile and plank that is truly waterproof. We’ve sold so many of them at Home 360 it’s hard to remember a time when they didn’t exist. What did we do without them?

point of pridefully announcing their latest sale but failing to let the consumer know that its cheap because they bought an entire container ship full of it fresh from China. It does say it in tiny writing on the back of the package so that seemingly makes it ok. Imports have their place, as do exports and we would be foolish to think that everything we need to live full and productive lives and run efficient businesses can be picked up from a local dock manufactured and sold by our neighbors. Competition is key. Total imports have declined over the past 5 years in the floor covering industry as more manufacturing is taking place at home. Solid hardwood and engineered wood floors garnered nationwide attention as issues erupted into national news. Thousands of feet of products, manufactured off U.S. soil were recalled for formaldehyde content exceeding U.S. standards. It gave big box stores a black eye and cost millions in lost revenues. Even more far reaching are the aftershocks, which are still being echoed in consumer confidence. What am I being sold? And where did it come from?

It is fair to say that the technology used to develop such an innovative product here in the US was not the sole property of the good ole’ Red, White and Blue – but a bi-product of influences from other countries technologies and products. We were just the first to get it to market in its current form. So, the chant rang out ……. USA! USA! USA!

Engineered hardwoods and laminate floors manufactured in China dominated the U.S. market for years. Giant retailers that exist right here in your home town pushed price and mass production to the


Diabetes Awareness Day By Mandy Lauck The 14th Annual Diabetes Awareness Day will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Columbus Wellness Center. Area residents can learn more about Diabetes and its risk factors by attending an event that will provide education, resources and fun for all ages. The 14th Annual Diabetes Awareness Day will be held on Tuesday, October 10th, from 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Wellness Center. Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus Lion’s Club and Columbus Community Hospital’s Occupational Health Services will provide free health screenings including: • Blood sugar • Blood pressure • Vision • Hearing • Bone density • Foot checks Flu shots will also be offered for $21 and fingerstick cholesterol screenings for $8. In addition to health screenings, there will be numerous booths providing information about diabetes, exercise and topics related to the disease. Programs for the event will include:

U.S. Floors combed the world to develop the technology that changed the game in vinyl flooring, bringing waterproofing to the forefront. Many companies, including the aptly named U.S Floors, have made a push over the past few years to stop outsourcing and start manufacturing at home. Millions of dollars have been invested on U.S. soil to solidify this country as a global player in the flooring game. From Tennessee thru the Carolinas massive production factories have sprung up providing jobs and ultimately lowering the cost to the end user. It’s not necessarily about what’s better, but it is about what’s right. There are many companies who have paid royalties to U.S. Floors for their new-fangled technology and are producing their own products in the LVT and LVP categories. Mannington’s Adura, All-Tile’s Moduleo, Metro Floors and Mohawk all have hit homeruns with their similar products. The key is buying those products made in the U.S.A.

14th Annual

Community Happenings

• 4:15 p.m. – “Fiber and Protein in Your Diet” by Susan Olmer, RD, LMNT – Columbus Community Hospital • 5:00 p.m. – “Healthy Cooking Demonstration” by Chef Nader Farabod – Billy’s Restaurant-Lincoln and sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers • 5:45 p.m. – “Foot Care with Diabetes” by Brandon Borer, DPM – Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic • 6:30 p.m. – “Take Control of Your Diabetes” – Diabetes panel of experts to answer questions. • Brandon Borer, DPM – Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic • Joseph Citta, MD – Columbus Family Practice • Jennifer Swantek, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC – Columbus Community Hospital • Alicia Mueller, BSN, RN – Columbus Community Hospital • Jay Pelan, PT, DPT – Premier Physical Therapy • Josh Jaeger, PharmD – Columbus Community Hospital Diabetes Awareness Day is sponsored by Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus Family YMCA, Columbus Lions Club and the Columbus Telegram. For more information, please contact Columbus Community Hospital’s Diabetes Education Department at 402-562-4462. •

Local shops like Home 360 take pride in our products and in the knowledge of where they come from and how they are produced. Many local flooring stores offer products proudly Made in the USA and more and more are coming available. For fear of monopolization, it is important that imported products remain a viable option But for those who take pride in knowing where things come from and who is making those products we recommend a quick glance at the label and a local purchase of products Made in the USA! •

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By State Farm Staff Writer

Volunteering Can Be a Family Affair

In a new survey conducted by State Farm, parents say lack of time is one of the biggest barriers to volunteering. Knowing that spending time with family and friends often takes precedence, State Farm wants to help parents see they can easily do both. The State Farm Volunteerism Survey sought to understand how and why U.S. residents volunteer and the role it plays in communities across the country. The data indicated people want to volunteer with people they know (77 percent) and close to home (33 percent for a neighbor and 21 percent in the local community). Additionally, the survey revealed people still want to get involved they just need a few suggestions to get started. With these key findings, State Farm wants to provide families with ideas that can be quick, easy, and include everyone.

Here are some tips to get families volunteering in their neighborhood: • Make it creative: Tap into your kids’ creativity by drawing pictures and writing cards to send to veterans. • Meet your elders: Grab a family board game and sign up to visit a nursing home or assisted living facility. Often residents look forward to sharing their stories and making new memories. • Make a healing meal: Through online services, it’s easier than ever to sign up to help a family or friend after illness, injury or even birth. Sign up to make dinner and ask your kids to help make the menu and meal. • Get active: Sign up to volunteer as a family for a charity walk or run, kids can hand out water or snacks and cheer on participants. • Invite others to the party: When planning birthday or block parties, ask for donations instead of a gift, to fill a care package and give to a local shelter or other person in need. • Go outside: Find a local park or beach that needs to be cleaned up. Kids can wear protective gloves to pick up trash and feel great about making an immediate difference. Parents can find summer volunteer opportunities by searching related to all the tips above and more. •

Adjusting to Change By Paige Jeffryes Change can be hard. Going through multiple changes at the same time can be even more difficult. After almost 4 months of summer vacation, going back to school was very difficult for me. I had to get used to waking up earlier, make sure all my homework is done, and get everything ready for practice the next day. If I have a game, all homework needs to be done in advance before the activity takes place. Adding onto that, Columbus High School enacted a new schedule this year. I now have 7 classes longer classes with no study hall, instead of 6 classes with time set aside for study hall. That caused a real problem for me because now I have an extra class and no study hall to complete my homework, just another change to get used to. Although adapting to change is very difficult, there are some ways to help adapt faster. Stress is a hard thing to handle, especially when you are constantly busy and don’t really have time to stress. I get stressed all the time. Whenever I feel like I have too much on my plate I get overly stressed; when I have a lot of homework, when a big game is coming up, when I have tests and quizzes that I need to study for, or even pressure from my parents to do well in my classes. Fortunately for all of us who stress, there are ways to help deal with stress. One way to help with change, is to talk to other people about the change and how you feel about it. Don’t bottle up all of your feelings or eventually you’ll feel like exploding. Take responsibility about how


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you deal with changes in your life. American psychologist, Dr. Albert Ellis, once said, “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” You are responsible for the choices that you make, but you don’t have to make the choices alone. You can talk to friends, family, adults in your life, or even guidance counselors. No matter how you feel about change you aren’t alone in feeling that way. Another way to deal with change is to start small. You probably won’t like the change at first because it’s different from what you are used to. People just don’t like change, they genuinely believe that if it has been done a certain way for a long time then it is better. In a November 2010 study, it proved that people have a reliable preference to things that have been around longer. In one study, people who were told that acupuncture had been in existence for 2,000 years expressed more favorable attitudes toward it than those who were told it existed for 250 years. Chances are that if you wait for the motivation to do something about the change then, you won’t ever adjust to the change. Motivation will follow our behavior. When we see ourselves doing things, we feel more confident that we can really do new thing. All in all, change can be a difficult thing to adapt to. Learning how to stress less, talk to people about the change you’re going through and being able to start with small steps to adapt to the change can overall help you figure out a good way for you to deal with change. •

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Being Hopeful About Breast Cancer By Joan Keit MD, Medical Director of Columbus Cancer Care In 2017 there will be more than 250,000 new invasive breast cancers diagnosed, and an additional 63,000 non-invasive breast cancers. 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in her lifetime. But the prognosis is improving, and there are reasons to be hopeful. We know more about the causes of breast cancer than ever. The BRCA genes are well known, but there is an explosion of genetics research to identify the many other genes involved. Of course, we cannot change our genes, but we can change environmental causes of breast cancer: Lifestyle choices have been identified that alter one’s cancer risk. Smoking causes breast cancer. Drinking 2 glasses of alcohol daily doubles your risk. A high fat/low fiber diet is linked to several cancers, including breast cancer. Plastics, pesticides, and processed foods are also linked to breast cancer. However, exercise is known to be preventative. So is maintaining a healthy weight. Moderate exercise for 30 minutes 5 times weekly can decrease breast cancer risk by 18%.

during the normal breathing cycle. It allows adjustment for “hitting a moving target” so that during treatment the radiation can track the tumor while a woman breathes normally. Screening for early breast cancer is improving, with technology such as 3D mammography with tomosynthesis. Breast MRI is available for screening women who fall into high-risk categories. However, screening recommendations from different organizations vary, causing confusion on what is the best. My recommendation is that

Prevention is actively studied. In addition to lifestyle choices, some medications can be used. A drug called Tamoxifen reduces risk of getting breast cancer by about ½ in high risk women. There are suggestions that other drugs may be helpful, such as retinoids and aromatase inhibitors. If high risk women are identified there is hope that there may be prevention less life changing than bilateral mastectomies. Another active area of development is genetic testing of tumor cells to better identify which women with breast cancer need aggressive treatment such as chemotherapy. Oncotype was the first commercially available test to stratify women based on cancer genetics. There are others on the forefront to help personalize each individual’s treatment so that we spare those with indolent cancers from toxic treatment, and give patients with more aggressive cancers the most effective medicines. Individualized treatments are just getting started. Targeted therapies like Herceptin and Afinitor are used for specific genetic abnormalities in certain breast cancers. Immunotherapy is developing rapidly. As we identify the specific genetic abnormalities that various breast cancers have, we are expecting that drugs can target those abnormalities in was that are more specific, less toxic, and more effective. In the field of Radiation Oncology, the advances in computerization and robotic technology have progressed rapidly, and led to cancer treatment technology developments—particularly with the ability to target tumor areas and spare normal tissues. One of the most important is the advent of IMRT and particularly of Tomotherapy, which allows radiation to be delivered in very homogeneous ways through a tumor to decrease side effects such as breast swelling and redness. Most importantly for woman with left breast cancers that abut the heart, Tomotherapy allows the radiation dose to be shaped around the heart to maximally spare a woman from potential damaging radiation exposure to the heart. Another technology that is important for breast cancer patients is known as 4-dimenesional planning or “gating” which allows accurate targeting of a breast cancer


every woman should be screened YEARLY with a mammogram from age 40 and for as long as she is healthy. There is no set age at which a woman should stop screening, but the recommendation should be based on the woman’s overall health. For example, a healthy independent 78-year-old should be screened, but a terminally ill 40-year-old woman should not. Know how to do a breast selfexamination, and try to do it monthly to be familiar with the normal texture of your breast. For women that are diagnosed with breast cancer because of a lump, over 80% find the lump themselves. I also recommend that every woman over 40 should have a health provider perform a clinical breast physical exam once per year. Support services are available for people with breast cancer through the Columbus Cancer Care Foundation. Newly diagnosed patients can find a “Cancer Buddy” who has gone through similar experiences to be a source of encouragement. Support Group is available monthly. Free wigs, hats, assistance with mastectomy supplies, and transportation are also available. There are many reasons to be hopeful: New treatments in medical and radiation oncology are available. Research on risk factors, personalized treatments, more effective and less toxic treatments are on the horizon. We can choose healthy lifestyles to minimize risk of getting cancer. Advances in screening and early detection are available. And of course, please remember to encourage the women in your lives get screened for breast cancer, because early detection truly saves lives. •

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Craft Corner

By Tammy Hempstead MATERIALS NEEDED: • Full rolls of toilet paper (one for each pumpkin you wish to make). However, you can use partial rolls to create skinnier pumpkins. • Empty toilet paper tubes (cut in half ) to use as stems for your pumpkins • Scissors • Scraps of cotton fabric (I used fat quarter scraps purchased at Sew What located in the Westgate Center, Columbus, NE) Approximately ¼ of a yard for each pumpkin • Black cardstock or other black paper to cut into Jack-O-Lantern facial features • Double-sided tape or Scotch tape

Toilet Paper Pumpkins / Jack-O-Lanterns

DIRECTIONS: Make initial cuts along one edge of the fabric of your choosing. Each cut should be approximately 2 to 2 ½ inches apart and about an inch deep. Once that is completed pull each side of the fabric of each cut apart from each other to create torn strips of your fabric. Remove any excess dangling threads and you are ready to create your pumpkin. Using one strip at a time, insert approximately 2 inches of the first strip into the center of your toilet paper roll with the remainder of the strip on the outside of the roll. Bring the bottom half of the strip up through the center of the roll and overlap ½ of the first insert to hold it in place. Continue with this process strip after strip, continuously overlapping until you have completely covered the roll of toilet paper with strips of fabric. Set your covered rolls aside and next make your stems.


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Helping Families in Need! By Betsy Eckhardt

Stems are made by cutting the empty toilet paper tubes in half and creating two smaller tubes. Both smaller tubes then get cut in half by length which will allow you to roll them out into two curvy rectangles. Each rectangle is then places on a rectangular piece of fabric that is precut to be approximately 1 inch larger on each edge of the cardboard rectangles you’ve created.

It has been a few months since we have touched base on the Wellness Garden. Since we are a new garden we have had our challenges. Our beautiful garden boxes got blown away in a storm and our plants were just having a rough time producing. Being a newbie to gardening, I was feeling defeated for a few weeks, as well as a lot of the group helping with this. We changed our water timer, we increased it, we weeded and yet there was still not a lot to been seen of the garden. We were getting some produce here and there. We had a few peppers and kale that our partners in the CHIP Program could use for demonstrations. Then in the later weeks of August we were finally getting some goods.

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In one day of picking, we got zucchini, roma tomatoes, grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and beets. This is where our mission can come into play. As part of the YMCA and the YMCA Togetherhood group we are invested in giving back to the community that we are a part of. Having all this extra produce was great. We gave it to a member of our Togetherhood Committee. He is a pastor at a local church here in Columbus and works with a lot of families in need. He was able to donate our entire day’s picking to two low income families in need. This is our mission at work. Two families were able to have a little extra on their plates thanks to the Wellness Garden and the groups of people helping keep it alive. •

You will place each cardboard rectangle on its’ own piece of fabric (good side of fabric facing down) and fold the fabric edges that border the cardboard around the cardboard and roll the cardboard up (now fabric covered) into a coil that will fit inside the center of your fabric covered toilet paper pumpkin. Each pumpkin gets its’ own fabric covered stem inserted into its’ middle which will hold the wrapped fabric in place. If you wish to make your pumpkin a Jack-O-Lantern just cut out eyes, noses, mouths, etc. and attach using double sided or rolled Scotch tape. You can remove these features and use you pumpkins all through Thanksgiving. Enjoy! To see a how-to video of this activity, visit our website: or watch this same video on our YouTube channel, Accent Floral and Galleria. •

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Raising Good Men

By Cole Tessendorf Hi everybody, my name is Cole Tessendorf and I have been in Revolution for 4 years. Yes, my mom is Abbie, an employee at the Center for Survivors and coordinator Revolution for the past several years. My parents and I are close, almost too close. So it isn’t hard to believe that I’ve lived a pretty sheltered life. I was never really exposed to anything except healthy relationships. Growing up, I had never felt “unsafe.”

don’t turn it into actions. If I see something, hear something, I need to do something. I need to take action. And this leads me into this poem called Action. This year in speech when I was asked to do a program, I decided to make my theme about what being a man is really about. The poem, called Action by Evan Guante, was one of them. It had an intense impact on me and what it means to ‘be a man’. It taught me that in our culture we often stand by and say nothing. When we see something, partake in ‘guy talk’, laugh at the joke, or believe everything we see in the movies, we condone the behavior. But Action reminds to do something…say something…to be a man.

Being a young man in an ever-evolving world has been difficult. I graduated from Lakeview, so I’m already kind of out of the loop because I don’t have a pair of cowboy boots! But after going through the extensive summer training for Revolution four years ago, I learned what it really meant to be a man today. We had to do an exercise where we wrote down characteristics of a man. We wrote down things like strong, brave, providers, and leaders. Leaders. Well, I know Revolution kids are chosen because of their leadership skills, but what does that really mean? The definition of a leader is: one who takes control of a group or situation and gains the trust of his followers. And now it makes sense. Domestic Violence is in most times seen as a woman’s issues. The girl went out with a bad guy and should have known he was trouble. Guys are just senseless balls of testosterone that can’t control themselves when they see a pretty girl, sometimes even hitting her on “accident.” No. Wrong. Those are BAD guys. Good guys, unfortunately, are the men who sit back and watch this happen. The most important thing I took from Revolution is the difference between a good guy and a good man. I have always been a good guy with morals and have been able to recognize when a relationship was bad. But a good man is a leader who steps in and makes that difference. I’ve found in my own life that being a good guy really only benefits me. All of this training I’ve gone through means nothing if I


So what can we do? Tomorrow when you are with your family, have the conversations with your daughter about safety, self-respect, and choosing a good partner. But you also need to have a conversation with your son. There are so many more good guys than there are bad guys. But raising good guys is not enough, we need to raise good men. •

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