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Sunday, June 1 • Waverly Dare to Share car show, Waverly High School, 9 a.m. registration; 11 a.m. show • Sundaes on Sundays at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 • Greenwood Library reading program, morning and afternoon sessions. • Story Time, Methodist Church Basement, Ashland, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 5 • Summer Reading Program, Magician Jeff Quinn, Methodist Church Basement, Ashland, 10 a.m. • First Thursday Coffee, at the Saunders County Museum in Wahoo, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. • Wine and Swine at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6 • Saunders County Relay for Life, Wahoo High School Track, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. (See Story on Page 8) Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8 • Valparaiso Days, locations throughout Valparaiso, (See Story on Page 10). • Valparaiso Community Garage Sales, throughout Valparaiso. Saturday, June 7 • Ashland Men in Mission Breakfast, Congregational Church, 6:45 a.m. • Frog Day, Wildlife Safari Park, Ashland, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Fifth Annual Wine and Howl fundraiser event at Deer Springs Winery, 162nd and Adams, Lincoln, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Valparaiso Days, Valparaiso • Mud, Sweat and Beers Trail Run, Quarry Oaks Golf Club in Ashland, 5 p.m.

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• Summer Concert Series featuring Tom & Wes, Cellar 426 Winery in Ashland, 6 to 9 p.m. • Summer Music Series at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 6 to 9 p.m. • Wauhoo Plowboys Vintage Ball team game against the Valparaiso Bulldogs, 7p.m., Valparaiso Ball Fields. • Wahoo Coin Club, Saunders County Museum, Wahoo, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8 • Valparaiso Days, Valparaiso • Brunch, Ashland American Legion, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Sundaes on Sundays at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 2 to 4 p.m. • 18th Annual All-Ford picnic, Smith Park, 235 E. Fourth Street, Wahoo, noon. Wednesday, June 11 • Greenwood Library reading program, morning and afternoon sessions. • Story Time, Methodist Church Basement, Ashland, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 12 • Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church, 9 to 11:30 a.m. • Summer Reading Program, Mrs. Science’s Science Show, Methodist Church Basement, Ashland, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 12 and Saturday, June 14 • Ashland Community Garage Sales, throughout Ashland. Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 • Testicle Festival, Round the Bend, Ashland, 5 p.m. (See Story on Page 14) Saturday, June 14 • Summer Music Series at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 15 • Starduster’s Car Club Annual Father’s Day Car Show, downtown Yutan Registration: 9 a.m. to noon. Show starts at noon. (See Story on Page 11)

• Sundaes on Sundays at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 15 through Friday, June 20 • Junior National Braunvieh Show, Saunders County Fairgrounds, Wahoo. (See Story on Page 7) Wednesday, June 18 • Greenwood Library reading program, morning and afternoon sessions. • Story Time, Methodist Church Basement, Ashland, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19 • Summer Reading Program, Wildlife Encounters, Ashland Public Library, 10 a.m. Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22 • Mead Days; activities throughout Mead. (See Story on Page 12) Saturday, June 21 • Wahoo Mason’s Pancake Breakfast, Masonic Lodge, Wahoo, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. • 20th Annual Saunders County Museum Barbeque, Saunders County Museum in Wahoo, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (See Story on Page 14) • Meadowlark Music Festival at Deer Springs Winery, 162nd and Adams, Lincoln. 5 to 9 p.m. • VFW Steak and Hamburger Fry, Ashland VFW, 5:30 to 8 p.m. • Summer Concert Series featuring Outloud, Cellar 426 Winery in Ashland, 6 to 9 p.m. • Summer Music Series at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 6 to 9 p.m. • Mead Firemen’s Dance, at the Mead Park; featuring the Jake Gill Band, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday, June 22 • Sundaes on Sundays at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 • Greenwood Library reading program,

morning and afternoon sessions. • Story Time, Methodist Church Basement, Ashland, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 26 • Summer Reading Program, Robot Craft, Methodist Church Basement, Ashland, 10 a.m. • Cigars and Port at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 through Saturday, June 28 • Third Annual Three-Day Spectacular Extravaganza: Antique Sale, Flea Market and Bake Sale, Saunders County Museum, Wahoo, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Wahoo Community Garage Sales; various times and locations throughout Wahoo. Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29 • Wahoo Country Music Show, Performances throughout the weekend, Saunders County Fairgrounds, Wahoo. (See Story on Page 7) Friday, June 27 • Weston Street Dance, time, location and band to be announced. Saturday, June 28 • Waverly Community Fun Run at Camp Creek Threshers showgrounds, 8 a.m. (See Story on Page 9) • Ceresco Days; activities throughout Ceresco. (See Story on Page 13) • Ceresco Street Dance, time, location and band to be announced. • Fifth Annual Old Settlers Days Car Show, Sixth and Maple Streets. Registration, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Rain or shine. • Summer Music Series at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 29 • Sundaes on Sundays at James Arthur Vineyard, 2001 West Raymond Road, 2 to 4 p.m.


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very weekend this summer, the roar of the engines can be heard coming from two great venues in the area. I-80 Speedway, located just one mile north of the Greenwood interstate exit, and Eagle Raceway, located two miles east of Eagle on U.S. Highway 34, offer plenty of excitement in the form of regular race nights as well as special racing events. I-80 Speedway Office Manager Lee Ackerman said that the sport isn’t as popular as it once was, but people still enjoy coming out to watch the races. “It really varies how many drivers attend each race. Dirt track racing is down so it is not like it was 20 years ago,” he said. “Many drivers don’t work on more than one car anymore so that has dropped the attendance. “However, we have a lot of special events. A lot of tracks will run 15 weeks and one or two specials. But we have multiple specials

every year and run a lot of races. Including the Silver Dollar Nationals that pays $30,000 to the winner.” Eagle Raceway owner and former driver Roger Hadan said that his track relies on both return racers and travelers to put on a good show. “We will run about 170 cars a night, generally in a three hour span,” he said. “There are always travelers that will stop in and get the experience of the track, but the majority of racers are there week in and week out.” Both I-80 Speedway and Eagle Raceway - Bethany Sedlacek feature dirt tracks. Racing fan and I-80 Speedway attendee Bethany Sedlacek said that the dirt tracks and fast action is what keeps her coming back. “If you ask me, racing is an under appreciated sport. It can be great entertainment when it is done right, and with the fast cars on

“It can be great entertainment when it’s done right, and with the fast cars on the dirt track it makes it really fun to watch.”

the dirt track it makes it really fun to watch,” Sedlacek said. The track in Eagle is one-third of a mile and Hadan said some people refer to his track as the “World’s Fastest Third Mile.” Driver Dwight Carter agreed with the title. “In my 30-year career it is my favorite track. It is extremely quick with a lot of action, which makes for some fun races,” Carter said. Haden explained that along with speed, scheduling is very important to the philosophy at Eagle Raceway. “When you go to other tracks, 99 percent of the time you are watching unorganized racing,” Hadan said “Our place we run on a tight deadline with races never lasting more than three or three and a half hours.” At I-80 Speedway, the track takes driver’s on a 4/10 mile lap, making it unique in its design. “What makes I-80 Speedway special is that the track is so wide that drivers can go four across,” Ackerman said. “Most tracks you can’t go over two wide or you see a wreck. But (continued)


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A large crowd packs Eagle Speedway for DIRTy Divas night on Saturday, May 10. Races are held almost every week throughout the summer at Eagle Raceway, attracting a number of passionate fans. (Photo Jay Omar)

our corners are over 100 feet wide and drivers can run three or four wide and not have to worry about a crash.” The track sees a variety of different races and drivers, including super late models, A-Mods, B-Mods, Pro-Ams, Hornets and Nascar Grand Nationals. Carter, who also drives at I-80 Speedway, said it is an interesting track to compete on. “It is a little bit more forgiving than other tracks since it is so wide at the turns. It makes it a bit easier to navigate through traffic and get to high speeds. However, you still have all of the challenges and excitement you would expect from a large dirt track,” he said. I-80 Speedway is in its 21st year of activity, and has a rich history in motor sports. “Rich Bellino built the track in 1994, and it was originally created for sprint car racing,” Akerman explained. “In the early days of the track, they leased it to do large sprint car races and ran them on a weekly basis. Than over time, the speedway was bought by different people until it was turned into the great venue it is now.” The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series kicked off at the speedway in early May and continues most Friday evenings through Aug. 22. Special races in June include the Friday, June 6 SLS Promotions World of Outlaw WOO Springs and Super Late Models Series and the Friday, June 27 Alphabet Soup Race, featuring Super Late Models, Non-Sanctioned Pro-Ams/Stock Cars, Hornets and

Nebraska 360 Sprints. The Silver Dollar Nationals take place July 17 through the 19. I-80 Speedway sees a constant display of competitive driving, and so far in 2014, the trend has held true. In super late model racing, LaVista native Bill Leighton started out as the point leader in May, but it was only a slim lead over Ben Schaller from Omaha. Other drivers to watch and the point leaders in May were Mark Leiting in the A-Mods, Cody Olsen in the B-Mods, and Brad Derry in the Pro-Am. Eagle Raceway opened its gates for the season in April with open house practices and several special events. Regular Saturday night racing continues through Aug. 30. Hadan said his racetrack provides more than just racing, but brings viewers constant entertainment. “Eagle Raceway is not just a racetrack. We are an entertainment venue,” he said. “Racing is a major part of the show, but there is always other things going on. You will see racing, but there is always fireworks, kids activities, school bus races, figure eights, and a ton of other activities.” Events are seen at the track roughly 22 nights during the season. Haden said some of their popular races are the June 28 “Freedom Fest” and July 12 “Eat My Dirt.” Another popular race is “DIRTy Divas

Eagle Raceway is located at 617 238th St. in Eagle. It boasts a one-third mile dirt track with Saturday night races from April to September. Classes include IMCA Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Sport Modifieds, Hobbys and Sport Compacts. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. and mini E races begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, 402238-2595; 402-781-2243 or visit Saturday, June 7 DIRT Break Out, hot laps, 5:30 p.m.; racing, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14 NE Lottery presents Dad’s DIRT Mania! Father’s Day Tribute, hot laps, 5:30 p.m.; racing, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21 Colby’s Candy presents Diggin’ in the DIRT! Kid’s Money Grab, hot laps, 5:30 p.m.; racing, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28 Mud in America presents Freedom Fest, hot laps, 5:30 p.m.; racing, 6:30 p.m.


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6 Night,” which is held as a Mother’s Day tribute. Eagle Raceway was also witnessing a tight points race in early May in the IMCA Hobby Stock. John Cain Jason Kohl and Roy Armstrong were among the top drivers. In the IMCA Modified division, Shane Hiatt Johnny Saathoff and Mike Densberger were the drivers who were getting the checkered flag in May. Races this season will again draw drivers with IMCA Sprints, Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Sport Modifieds and Sport Compacts. Eagle Raceway Driver Jene Auckland said that he likes the track because it is local and provides different challenges on a weekly basis. “I race this track a lot since it is local, but I couldn’t ask for a better track nearby,” he said. “It is constantly changing, which you get a lot with dirt racing, making it difficult to predict what is going to happen. People dart in and out at high speeds, and the quick turns make for a lot of action.” Eagle Raceway enters the 2014 season after celebrating its 50th anniversary last year. Originally built by local residents Dale Halvorsen and Harvey Kropp, the racetrack bounced around from owner until Hadan purchased the track in 2006. “The track was built in 1963 and has had five different owners,” Hadan said. “It was closed once for six years, as it had become stagnant. It was only racing, when we came along eight years ago, but we have tried to change that. We want to make sure the fan leaves with more to talk about than just the race.” The Mini E Raceway opened in 2011. This track inside the highbanked bullring of Eagle Raceway is hosting Friday night go-kart racing. The race season will conclude Sunday, Sept. 7 with the Nebraska Lottery and Hoosier Tire Nebraska Cup. Complete schedules and ticket information for both racetracks are available on their websites. More information can be found at or

A race car is examined in the pits of Eagle Raceway on Saturday, May 10. A number of racers showed up to DIRTy Divas night to celebrate Mother’s Day. (Photo Jay Omar)

A tight line is formed as a group of racers come around a corner at Eagle Speedway on Saturday, May 10. Races began at roughly 7 p.m. and ran until after 10 p.m.

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raditional Country Music in all its glory and variety will be the highlight of the 17th annual Wahoo Country Music

Show. The annual music festival will take place June 26 through 29 at the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo. “We’ve got another great event planned,” said show director Sharon Kenaston. “We’ll have over 250 talented performers, both national and regional.” The festivities will officially kick off with the Thursday Night Main Stage Show, which will start at 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds’ open air pavilion. Along with the Kenaston Family Band, other performers will include The Green River Band, The Midnight Riders and others. “And we’re going to have multiple performances going on on multiple stages throughout the weekend,” said Kenaston. There will also be plenty of space for informal jam sessions, so musicians are encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in the musical fun. Other event highlights will include two sessions of “The Danciest Dance of the West,” on Friday and Saturday nights. The event will again wrap up with the traditional gospel music show on Sunday morning. “This is the biggest show of it’s kind in Nebraska,” said Kenaston. “We’d love for people to come out, have a good time and enjoy the music.”

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A performer shares a song on the second stage of the 2013 Wahoo Country Music Show. This year’s show promises to offer performances from a wide range of traditional country musicians and bands.


national event will be coming to the Saunders County Fairground in Wahoo. The 2014 Braunvieh Junior National Show will take place June 15 through 20. Saunders County Agricultural Society President Kurt Ohnoutka said the show’s arrival in Wahoo is an exciting event. “We are thrilled to be able to host a national event like this one,” he said. “With our new beef barn, our facilities offer many more opportunities for shows like this, and we hope more people will take advantage of that.” The show will include divisions for Braunvieh heifers, steers and pairs, plus a bred and owned show. In addition to the show itself, a variety of other activities will take place throughout the weeklong event. According to the National Braunvieh Association website, these activities will include Barnyard Olympics; poster, writing and photo contests; a showmanship competition, a fitting competition; salesmanship and the presentation of scholarships.

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urvivors, their caregivers and other supporters will be taking steps June 6 in the fight against cancer. The Saunders County Relay for Life will be held at the Wahoo High School Track from 6 p.m. until Midnight. This year’s goal is to raise $56,000. The money is used by the American Cancer Society for research, education and patient programs. More than a dozen teams have signed up for the evening and have already started raising dollars towards their goal. Team members will be walking the track during the entire Relay. The public is welcome to attend the activities on June 6. The opening ceremony will start at 7 p.m. The relay around the track will begin with the survivor’s lap at 7:15 p.m.. During the Survivors Lap, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track. Relay

77 Story by Lisa Bricacek For Life events also recognize and celebrate caregivers, who give time, love, and support to their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers facing cancer. This is the first year that the Saunders County Relay will be a six-hour event instead of a 12-hour event. Saunders County Relay Coordinator Grant Anderson said the committee opted to go with the change this year because there are a lot of participants who could not make the overnight commitment. He said that is understandable, given busy lifestyles and schedules. “This allows for all of the participants to

be a part of the whole event without having to stay out for the 12-hours,” he said. The entire Relay experience includes two special ceremonies. “Many people don’t realize we have two very important ceremonies, the fight back ceremony and the closing ceremony,” Anderson added. Although the time for the Relay will be cut in half, Anderson did not expect that any of the activities that have been so popular in past years would be impacted. He said there would still be plenty of time for such activities as the Miss Relay contest, the silent and live auctions and the individual team fundraisers that take place during the evening hours. The traditional luminary lighting ceremony at 10 p.m. is also on the schedule. More information about Saunders County Relay for Life can be found at www.relayforlife. org/saunderscone or on the committee’s Facebook page.

Waverlyfest to kick off with street dance


his year’s Waverlyfest will kick off with a street dance on Thursday, July 3 sponsored by the Waverly Community Foundation. The dance will be held in the Waverly Plaza parking lot, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. On July 4, the day will begin with a pancake feed held at the First United Methodist Church and sponsored by the Waverly Area Kiwanis and United Methodist Men. At 8:30 Story by Peggy Brown a.m. a kid’s parade, sponsored by the Waverly Area Kiwanis, will be held in front of the Waverly Care Center. An adult parade will take place at 11 a.m. beginning at the Waverly Intermediate School and ending at Hamlow Elementary School. The Waverly Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring the parade. Peace Lutheran Church will hold a noon barbecue complete with games and music. There will be free swimming at the pool during the afternoon, and the Jaycees will hold a money dive. And the evening will end with a fireworks display.


The Waverly Area Kiwanis will again be sponsoring the children’s parade during Waverly’s 4th of July celebration. The event will be held in front of the Waverly Care Center, which will give the residents the opportunity to watch the parade.

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his will be the fourth year that a handful of runners will be sponsoring a run in Waverly. o This year’s race will be held Saturday, June e 28 at the Camp Creek showgrounds, located t two miles east of the Waverly Intermediate ” School. Money raised will be donated to the Waverly Park and Recreation. The Camp Creek 5k and 1 mile will be a

road/off-road course. Sign-up will start at 7 a.m., the 5k at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile at 9 a.m. The race will be followed by refreshments, awards, and door prizes. All proceeds will benefit the Waverly Library and Waverly Parks and Recreation. For more information about the run, contact Jason Babcock at 402-786-3396.

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Mud, Sweat and Beer set for June 7

G A young participant in the Valparaiso Days festivities gets a high five from a clown who was on hand for the children’s activities.

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he community of Valparaiso is again planning a celebration to kick off summer. Valparaiso Days is scheduled for June 6, 7 and 8. The weekend’s festivities will start on June 6 at 6 p.m. with the annual Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Street Dance. Committee member Jim Rezac said the dance was moved to Friday night in 2013 to see if it would work better, and it did. The dance will start at 7:30 p.m. and will go until 12:30 a.m. On Saturday, a barbeque contest will start at 8 a.m. The contest will be judged with help from the public in the evening. Saturday evening will also include a vintage baseball game, which will be played in accordance with rules from the 1890s. The evening’s festivities will wrap up with the annual fireworks display. On Sunday, the traditional Jaternice breakfast will get things started from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Val Tavern. Sunday’s annual Valparaiso Day Parade will take place at 2 p.m. A horseshoe tournament, fire truck rides, track and field events and children’s activities will round out the schedule of events.

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et ready for the ultimate beer run on Saturday, June 7, at Quarry Oaks Golf Club outside Ashland. The Mud, Sweat and Beer 7k trail run is comprised of rugged, off road trail with multiple creek crossings. The race will begin at 5 p.m. All participants must be 21 years of age or older. Organizers ask that all registrants be at the site no later than 4:15 p.m. the day of the race. Registration through May 15 is $49 and includes race entry, t-shirt, chip timed race, admission to the after party and two drink tickets to the after party. After May 15, registration goes to $55. The event will take place rain or shine. If adverse weather conditions pose a risk to participants, emails will be sent the day of the race. There will be no refunds and participants may not transfer bibs to other runners. Expect to get wet as the course winds through rolling hills and rocky terrain. There will be plenty of creek crossings and mud. Please note that showers are not available. Walkers, joggers and sprinters are all welcome as long as they are age 21 or older. Clothing is required and costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to those who dress up.


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ather’s Day is right around the corner, and the Star Dusters Car Club will be celebrating in style. They will be hosting the annual Star Dusters Car Show in Yutan on June 15. Star Dusters Car Club member Chuck Policky said they have decided to dedicate the day to some of their deceased members. “Unfortunately, we lost two of our members this year,” he stated. Both of them were military veterans, that the car club wishes to honor. Policky said that proceeds from the show would be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project in honor of fallen and wounded American soldiers. Registration for the show will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue until noon. The cost is $15 the day of the show.

92 Story by Kelsi Martin “Anything with wheels, we’ll find a category for it,” said Star Dusters Car Club member Dennis Witthuhn. Judging will begin at noon, and awards will be given at 3:30 p.m. There will be 30 different classes, with three trophies for each class. Other specialty awards will also be given. “We’re giving three trophies to each class,”


said Witthuhn. But the fun goes beyond a car show, according to Policky. Free popcorn will be available for everyone, and several activities for children will be available. A silent and live auction will also take place. “It’s really more of a family fun day,” said Policky. Policky said that there were about 150 entries in last year’s show, and they are hoping for 200 this year. “Sixty or 70 percent just come to look at the cars,” he stated. For more information, contact Policky at 402-625-2344 or Tracy Voegeli at 402-6812464.


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Full schedule planned for Mead Days A 92 wide range of fun activities for all ages is planned for this year’s Mead Days. “There’s going to be a little something for everyone,” said Mead Days Coordinator Dalene Selko. This year’s event will take place June 20 through 22. The fun will start at 6 p.m. on Friday evening with Polka music and Dancing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mead Park. For those who want to cool off, the water balloon slingshot will be set up nearby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The annual Mead Days Beer Pong tournament is scheduled to start at 8 p.m., and the annual fireworks extravaganza will light the skies at 10 p.m. at the Mead Football Field. Other Friday evening highlights include the beer garden and food stand. “That’s a pretty typical Friday night line-up for us,” said Selko. Saturday, the festivities will start up again bright and early with the “Up with the Sun Fun Run.” Registration for this 5K walk/run will start at 7:30 a.m., with runners stepping off the starting line at 8 a.m. Selko said this is an event people need to plan on signing up for ahead of time. “Registration is due by June 16,” she said. “It’s a $10 entry fee, and they are going to have first place prizes in eight different divisions.” The annual Mead Days Parade will step off at 12 p.m. from the Mead High School parking lot. The popular Mead Days Bingo Games will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. under the pavillion at the Mead Park. Children’s activities, including blow-up water slides, a bounce house, log rides, face painting and kiddie games will start at 1 p.m. and last until 5 p.m. A children’s petting zoo and pony rides will also be available during that time, as will a dunk tank. A free family-oriented magic show will start at 5 p.m. A four-on-four co-ed sand volleyball

Story by Kris Byars tournament, a double elimination horseshoe tournament, an antique tractor show, fire truck rides, a Chinese Horseshoe tournament and a raffle drawing are also set for Saturday. “We’ll also have some activities specifically for the youth,” said Selko. “Those activities are sponsored by the Mead Community Group.” Those activities include a movie at 7 p.m. at the Mead Elementary School. A youth dodge ball tournament will take place at 9 p.m. in the Mead Elementary School Gym.

The evening will wrap up with the Mead Firemen’s Street Dance from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Jake Gill Band will be providing the entertainment. Selko said the “Get Sauced” BBQ Contest will be one of the big features for Sunday. Check-in for contestants will be at 7 a.m. at the Mead Park. Judging for the various dishes and side dishes will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Judging by the public for the “People’s Choice” award will start at 3:30 p.m. Those wishing to judge may purchase tickets for $1 apiece, with a $5 minimum. Another Sunday highlight will be the yard game Olympics, which are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There’s a $10 entry fee for twoperson teams. Entrants must be 21 years of age and must register by June 16.

Players check their cards as the numbers are called during the annual Mead Days bingo games. The games will once again be played in the Mead Park pavilion.

78th Annual Sarpy County Fair & Rodeo al Carnidv.

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Wednesday, July 30 thru Sunday, August 3 Springfield, NE • 5 miles south of I-80 and Hwy. 50


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Thursday, July 31 Open Tractor & Pick-up Pull

Mid-States Rodeo Sunday, Aug. 3 Demolition Derby

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Muddy Heroes Run set for June 14

T Cars line the street for the annual Ceresco Days Car Show. The car show has been a part of the event festivities for a number of years.

Ceresco plans to celebrate on June 28


ERESCO – Ceresco plans to celebrate on June 28. The annual Ceresco Days will be taking place that day. Ceresco Village Clerk Sheri Henderson stated that there will be lots of activities for old and young. In the park, several different competitions will be taking place. One of the biggest will probably be the kickball competition, she said. “There will be a car show in the park,” she added. That will start at 4 p.m. and will continue until dusk. “It’s open to cars, trucks and motorcycles,” said Henderson. All makes and models welcome. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. “Over the years, the parade is always a big draw,” Henderson stated. The other big attraction tends to be the fireworks. The fireworks will begin at dusk. A street dance will kick off down town between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. “Usually after the parade, people funnel up that direction,” said Henderson. “You can see the fireworks from there, too.” A beer garden will also be available for those over age 21. For more information, contact the Ceresco Village Office at 402-665-2391.

Two floors full of specialty gifts and handcrafted items. Open Mon.-Sat. 10:00-5:00

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he 2014 Muddy Heroes Run, a fun and challenging three-kilometer run through the mud, water, dirt and 20 obstacles will be Saturday, June 14, beginning at 10 a.m. at the I-80 Speedway, 13903 238th Street, Greenwood. Registration was online only and the deadline was May 31. The Muddy Heroes Run is for children ages 5 to 16 and benefits Completely KIDS, according to organizer Jeff Muhlecke.  The 2013 Muddy Heroes run attracted nearly 1,000 runners who don’t mind going home covered in mud. “Last year the kids told us they wanted more obstacles, so we doubled them from 10 to 20. Half of the obstacles will be water and mudbased,” Muhlecke said. Groups of runners are sent through the course in 20-minute intervals.  The last wave will start at 2:40 p.m. Volunteers will be available to help the runners. Parents of young children are invited to run along to help with the obstacles, take pictures and videos. For more information, visit www.

Frog Day scheduled


ildlife Safari Park near Ashland will offer an opportunity to learn about the amazing world of amphibians. Frog Day will be Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can participate in froggy crafts and other educational activities. You can also sign up to be a Frog Watch volunteer and learn how to test for chytrid fungus, identify frog calls and all things that make frogs go A player runs to catch the ball during the “ribbit.” Annual Ceresco Days Co-ed Kickball Event activities are free to Wildlife Safari Tournament. Park members or with paid Park admission.

Great Gifts for DaD! New Yard Decor, Books, Golf Items, Picture Frames Collectibles: John Deere, Coca Cola

The Gift Niche Downtown Ashland 402-944-2182


21st Annual Testicle Festival scheduled


he 21st Annual Testicle Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14 at Round the Bend Steakhouse south of Ashland. The Testicle Festival is held annually on the Friday and Saturday nights of Father’s Day weekend. The party goes on in the 10,000 square foot Reception Hall and an outside beer garden is set up with stools so there’s plenty of room for everyone. This year’s entertainment for Friday night

66 Story by Teresa Livers is Walker McGuire from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the McKenzie River Band will play from 8

p.m. to midnight. Walker McGuire will return Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. followed by the Dylan Bloom Band from 8 p.m. to midnight. Gates open at 5 p.m. both nights. Military men and women get in free with identification. Everyone should bring their appetites for beef and turkey fries. After indulging, join in the fun of adult tricycle races.

Saunders County Museum barbeque to raise funds, fun


or the 20th year in a row, the Saunders County Museum Barbeque will provide patrons with a good time while also raising funds. This year’s barbeque will take place June 21 on the grounds of the Saunders County Museum, located at 240 North Walnut Street in Wahoo. Saunders County Museum Curator Erin Hauser said the annual barbeque has become a highlight of the museum’s summer season. “It’s a tradition, and people seem to enjoy

77 Story by Kris Byars it,” she said. This year’s menu will include pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, a brownie and a drink.

“We’ll also have entertainment from the North Bend Area Community Band,” said Hauser. Advance tickets are available at the museum. However, Hauser said people will also be able to purchase them at the event itself. “And there won’t be any difference in price,” said Hauser. Tickets cost $10 per adult and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

60th Annual PRCA


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Ashland Family Clinic

705 N. 17th Avenue Ashland, NE 402.944.2201

Welcome New Patients

The Ashland Family Clinic can schedule transportation to Saunders Medical Center if additional medical care is needed. M-F 8:00-5:00

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Baker's Candies Factory Outlet Store

Featuring Chocolate Meltaways Also: Nut Clusters, Potato Chip Clusters, Jellies, Caramels & Other Candies, Gift Boxes, Baskets & Tins Hours: Mon. & Tues. 8am - 5pm; Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 8am - 5:30pm; Sat. 9am - 5pm; Sun. 11am-5pm 402-789-2700 Just 5 Miles From Ashland • 831 S. Bakers St. - Greenwood, NE

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Attractions Ashland Area Ashland Public Library

Library hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium Indoor Education Center

Summer hours for the education center are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, closed holidays. Open seven days a week 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for permit sales.

Strategic Air and Space Museum

Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Wildlife Safari Park

Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Greenwood Area

Wahoo Public Library

Greenwood Public Library

(Temporarily in Veteran’s Building)

Library hours are Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Greenwood Depot/Museum

637 N. Maple

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Summer hours: call 402-430-0238

Waverly Area

Wahoo Area Howard Hanson House

Waverly Public Library

12th and Linden streetts Call 402-443-3090 to schedule tour.

Saunders County Museum

240 N. Walnut Summer hours are 10 am. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

11120 No. 141st Street Library Hours: Monday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday Story Time: 10 a.m.

Lincoln City Bookmobile

Alternates between two locations in Waverly during the summer: Hamlow Elementary School parking lot, Fridays, 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Waverly Plaza parking lot, Saturdays, 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Specialty Shops A Little Rustic

125 E. Fifth St., Valparaiso 402-890.0740/402-890.7195 Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Baker’s Candies

831 South Baker St., Greenwood 402-789-2700 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Factory outlet store for Nebraska’s largest and most awarded chocolate candy manufacturer selling candies, gift items and specialty food items.

Blooms Floral and Gifts

1402 Silver St., Ashland 402-944-9498 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Fresh and silk flowers, jewelry, gifts, tutus and headbands, holidays and everyday, plants, angels and baby items.

Brooks Books & Gifts

412 N. Linden St., Wahoo 402-443-1888 Religious books, gifts and other items.

Cheri O’s

1404 Silver St., Ashland 402-944-9499 Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Gift shop features coffee related items, candies and specialty food items.

Found & Flora

543 N. Linden, Wahoo 402-443-1117 Fresh flower studio and a mix of vintage and handmade items.

Heartland Nuts ‘N More

206 W. Second St., Valparaiso 402-784-6887 35-member co-op owned by nut growers in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri that produces, processes and markets Midwest-grown black walnuts and pecans.

The Gift Niche

1414 Silver St., Ashland 402-944-2182 Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday Gifts, jewelry, candles, scarves, holiday, baby, greeting cards, balloons, garden flags, home décor, books, educational toys, specialty food items, Ashland-Greenwood and Husker apparel.

Lucille’s Gift Shop

165 E. Fifth St., Wahoo 402-443-3452 Gifts, greetings cards, candy, candles, glassware, religious items and specialty items.

The Olde Farmhouse

1428 Silver St., Ashland 402-944-2620 Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday Gifts, home décor, jewelry, scarves, purses, garden flags and specialty food items.

Our Corner Cottage Gifts

1265 County Road 20, Wahoo 402-443-3345 Peaceful countryside shop with gifts, home decor, gourmet foods, candles, rugs, Americana, quilts and more.

Painted Cupboard Primitives and Antiques

15801 N. First St., Raymond 402-770-1189 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Shop features repurposed items, wall decor, bread boxes, furniture & more.

Reid’s Variety

1401 Silver St., Ashland 402-944-3335 Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Gifts, greeting cards, Peggy Karr glass and candy.

Wahoo Pharmacy and Gifts

526 N. Linden, Wahoo 402-443-4167 Hours: 8 a.m. 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Pharmacy with gift items, candy and more.

The Window Box

450 N. Chestnut St., Wahoo 402-443-1922 Fresh flowers by the stem or arranged and blooming and green plants.


Wineries Cellar 426

1402 Dennis Dean Road, Ashland 402-944-8109,, Open: Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Richard and Amy Hilske opened Cellar 426 just outside of Ashland in 2013. Special wine dinners, tastings featuring cheese or chocolates paired with their wines are frequently on the schedule, along with and live music events. Wines include Linoma Lighthouse, a wine crafted from a blend of Edelwiess and LaCrosse grapes. Other wines include Lacrosse, Rocky’s Red, Frontenac Gris, Treno and Sunset Red. The winery’s Uplifting Wine, a lightly sweet white made from Traminette grapes, won a double gold medal at the Indy International Wine Competition and a gold medal at the Mid America Wine Competition in 2013.

Deer Springs Winery

16255 Adams, Lincoln 402-327-8738 Open: Wednesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Deer Springs Winery is the dream of Jim Partington, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and strike fighter pilot. certification, signed by Ulysses S. Grant on August 15, 1874, is on display at the winery. Now a family operation, the winery offers a tasting room and meeting facilities. The winery’s red and white selections have won several awards.

James Arthur Vineyards

2001 West Raymond Road, Raymond 402-783-5255 Open: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Award winning wines are produced here at Nebraska’s largest winery. James Arthur Vineyards estate currently covers 20 acres on nearly 12,000 grape vines. Activities incldue wine tasting, tours, indoor and outdoor seating and a meeting room. Many Nebraska-made foods are also available. Tapas Saturdays every Saturday evening through end of April from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Glacial Till Vineyard and Winery Tasting Room and Art Gallery

1419 Silver Street, Ashland 402-944-2546, www. Open: Wednesday and Thursday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Family owned and operated vineyard and winery opened in Palmyra in 2003 and added the tasting room and art gallery in Ashland in 2010. Serving several styles of wine from sweet dessert to dry made at their vineyard/winery in Palmyra. Awards include bronze medals for 2008 Chambourcin, 2009 La Crosse and 2009 Vignoles at the Mid-America Wine Competition in Iowa; gold medal for 2009 Edelweiss and silver for 2009 La Crosse at International Cold Climate Wine Competition in Minnesota. Glacial Till’s Chambourcin 2011 won gold at the Florida International Wine

Competition, where the winery also received bronze medals for their Prairie Fire and Edelweiss wines. An art gallery features paintings, photographs and three-dimensional art from regional artists. Special events include wine tastings, live music and wine classes.

Makovicka Winery

2091 31st Road, Brainard 402-545-2173 Open: Friday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment A family owned and operated winery and tasting room nestled in the rolling hills amongst meandering creeks in Butler County opened in 2010. Visitors may taste current wine releases with a complimentary glass. Guests can relax on the deck and watch the sunset with some wine or surround themselves with grape vines in the picnic area. Red, white and fruit wines in stock. Gift items and baskets also available.

Windcrest Winery

3110 West Branched Oak Road, Raymond 402-783-2875, Open: Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Red, white and fruit wines produced on nearly five acres of French hybrid grapes growing on a rolling northward slope. Grape production started in 1998, with the winery opening in 2007. Tasting room and party room available.

Golf Courses Ashland Golf Club

Hilltop Country Club

White Tail Run Golf Course

16119 Highway 6, Ashland 402-944-3388 Golf Pro: Paul Hyde Semi-private 18-hole course that is open to the public. Clubhouse with pro shop, snack bar, patio, banquet room, bar, swimming pool.

1740 County Road J, Wahoo 402-443-3338 Semi-private course with 9 holes and 3,104 yards set on 36-acres of rolling hills. Par 36. Established in 1950. Clubhouse offers beverages and meeting room.

2725 Reed Lane, Fremont (northeast of County Roads Y and 13 in Saunders County) 402-727-4403 Public 9-hole course with 2,461 yards of golfing. Par 34. Driving range available.

Country Drive Golf Course

Iron Horse Golf Course

1126 County Road X, Fremont 402-721-7772 Public 18-hole course with 5,220 yards of golf available. Par 71, 16 tees driving range.

951 County Road 4, Ashland 402-944-2333 Owner/Manager: Jim Wagner Public nine-hole course with driving range Clubhouse with Bar.

Grandpa’s Woods Golf Course 5505 310th Street, Murdock 402-994-2100 Owner/Manager: Rex and Donna Clements Public executive nine-hole course. Clubhouse offers beverages and snacks and the party room.

900 Clubhouse Drive, Ashland, (Iron Horse subdivision) 402-944-9800 General Manager/Golf Pro: Brian Kuta Public 18-hole course built around a former rock quarry. Clubhouse with snack bar, bar, event room.

Quarry Oaks Golf Club

16600 Quarry Oaks Drive, Ashland 402-944-6000 Golf Pro: Joe Sutter 18-hole course with two practice greens and practice hitting area. Clubhouse available for meetings, banquets, weddings and parties.

Valley View Golf Course

Crooked Creek Golf Course 333 So. 134th Street, Lincoln 402-489-7899 Par 71, 18-hole, 6,697 yards; driving range, putting green.

Woodland Hills Golf Course

600 Woodland Hills Drive, Eagle 402-475-4653 Par 72, 18-hole course. from 4,945 to 6,600 yards.


Art Galleries

Antique Stores

Cooper Studio and Gallery

Diana’s Antiques & Gifts

1526 Silver Street, Ashland 402-944-2022 Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring work of owner and awardwinning artist Kim Cooper as well as John Dennison, Naomi Keller, Diane Mattern, Sue Pickering and Lee Kallstrom. Framing services available.

98 E. Main Street, Ceresco 402-665-2498, Diana Swanson, proprietor Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and by appointment. Usables and collectibles, antiques, small furniture; small town souvenir items.

Love It Again Antiques & More

964 N. Laurel, Wahoo 402-443-1774 Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Antiques, collectibles, books, unique items.

Glacial Till Vineyard and Winery Tasting Room and Art Gallery

1419 Silver Street, Ashland 402-944-2546 Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Artists from Ashland, Lincoln, Omaha featured on rotating basis.

Platte Valley Antique Mall

Greenwood Interchange (I-80 Exit 420) 402-944-2949 Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; 150 dealers feature merchandise in 10x10 booths. Also includes café and pub featuring home-style cooking and tourist information center.

Majeski Art Studio

1315 Silver Street, Ashland 402-944-3225 Featuring work of Thomas Majeski, former chairman of the art department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Simons Says Antiques

441 N. Linden Street, Wahoo 402-607-0038, Jim Simons, proprietor Antiques, collectibles, furniture, unique items.

Wahoo Mercantile

Willow Point Gallery

455 Commercial Park Road, Wahoo 402-443-4305, Kelly Devlin, proprietor Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Furniture, collectibles, pottery, primitives, chandeliers, kerosene lamps.

1431 Silver Street, Ashland 402-944-3613, 1-800-861-4260 Featuring work of owner Gene Roncka. Known as “Home of the Bear” as host of the Archie Hightshoe Big Game Collection. Framing services available.

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From Wahoo: Hwy. 92 West 3 miles to Co. Rd. 20 & go 1-1/4 mile south

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Places to Stay Motels Chief Motel

419 West First St., Wahoo 402-443-3157

Wahoo Heritage Inn

950 North Chestnut St., Wahoo 402-443-1288

Bed and Breakfast Pine Crest Farms Bed and Breakfast

2550 County Road A, Valparaiso 402-784-6461, pinecrest Innkeepers: Harriet, Jack, and Don Gould

bath. Sixteen have sleeping lofts, and all but 16 rooms have walkout decks that overlook the park or the Platte River. Lodge rooms have two queen beds each and the loft lodge rooms have two queen beds and a queen size sofa sleeper. Cabins: 54 modern housekeeping cabins available throughout the year. Linens, tableware, basic cookware provided. Air conditioned and heated, with fireplace, TV, refrigerator, range, outdoor deck and grill. Available with two, three, four and six bedrooms. Some cabins are ADA accessible.

Memphis Lake State Recreation Area

Prairie Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast

7 miles north of Ashland on Highway 66 at Memphis 402-432-4695 Campsite: 150 nonpad sites, many along water’s edge. Playground for kids. Pit toilet facilities. Cabin rental available.

State Parks

Campgrounds Open to the Public

2400 S. 148th Street, Walton 402-488-8822, Innkeepers: Bruce and Maureen Stahr

Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area

Czechland Lake

12000 West Branched Oak Road, Raymond, 402-783-3400 Campsite: 338 pad sites, 287 with electrical capability; Full hookups (water, sewer, electric) are available on 12 camping sites.The campgrounds have restrooms, showers, drinking water, and four dump stations.

Highway 79, one mile north of Prague Maintained by Lower Platte North Natural Resource District 402-443-4675 RV and tent camping, Electrical hookup pads available.

Lake Wanahoo SRA Campgrounds

First & Pine Streets, Wahoo 402-443-3157

Highways 109, 77 and 92 intersection, north of Wahoo Camping sites for RVs, campers and tents are available on a first-come, first served basis. Nebraska State Park Entry Pass is required.

Mahoney State Park

28500 West Park Highway, Ashland Peter Kiewit Lodge: 40 guest rooms, each with AC and heat, wireless Internet, telephone, TV and a private

Saunders County Fairgrounds camp site Pine Grove RV Park and Campground

23403 Mynard Road, Greenwood 402-944-3550 RV Sites: 86 lots (average lot is 75 by 40 ft.), most lots are pull-through; 30/50 amp service, full hookups. Tent Sites: 100 in primitive area. Amenities: Swimming pool, playground, restrooms/showers, laundry, exercise room, convenience store,

ASHLAND AUTO SUPPLY HOURS: Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday 8:00 am - Noon

1437 Silver Street Ashland, NE 68003

(402) 944-3421

snack bar, lounge with big screen TV, patio, pet area, wireless Internet, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, planned activities.

Riverside RV Park

1215 East Highway 6, Ashland 402-201-4888, 402-944-2029 Open April 13 to Oct. 20 (full for 2013) RV Sites: 56 lots (18 along river), average 35 by 50 ft., water, 30/50 amp service, dump station. Amenities: Secure gated camp, swimming pool, bathhouse, playground, basketball court, horseshoe pit, fishing, restrooms/showers, walking trails, laundry available, WiFi, movies shown on weekend nights.

West Omaha KOA

14601 Highway 6, Gretna 1-800-562-1632 (reserve), 402-3323010 (information), westomahakoa@ Open all year RV Sites: 80 ft., pull-through with full hookup, 50 amp service; air-conditioned one- and two-room cabins, Kamping Kottages, Kamping Lodges; scenic tent sites. Amenities: Swimming pool, miniature golf, playground, shuffleboard, horseshoes, bicycle rental, pedal cars and banana bikes, badminton, basketball, sand volleyball, jumping pillow, pavilion/meeting rooms, free wireless Internet, cable TV, motorcycle clubs, planned activities, K-9 park, Kornhusker Kafe, pizza delivered to campsite. Memorial and Labor Day weekend activities include hayrides, movies, barbecue, happy hour, breakfast campfire, Color-a-T-Shirt souvenir. Weekend activities feature evening hayrides, entertainment, icecream socials, games, award-winning barbecue and buffet breakfast from Mother’s Day through Labor Day.


Area Church Services Alvo

Immanuel Lutheran 216 W. Main, Ceresco Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship service 10:15 a.m. Sunday

United Methodist 4712 214th St., Alvo Worship, 9 a.m. Sunday Sunday School, 11:15 a.m. Sunday


Ashland Ashland Baptist Church 562 1/2 Ashland Road, Ashland 402-944-3414 (Rides available on request by calling 402-944-7674) Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Riverview Community Church 324 N. 32nd St., Ashland, 402-944-6134 Sunday Worship: 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church 17360 N. 3rd St., Davey Sunday Mass, 8 and 10 a.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church 17770 3rd St., Davey Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; Worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Eagle Immanuel Lutheran Church 1009 G St., Eagle Worship, 9 a.m. Sunday Sunday school, youth, and adult Bible class, 10:15 a.m.

Contact your local ad representative to include a photo of your church along with listing. Call 402-443-4162 or 402-944-3397

American Lutheran Church 1941 Silver, Ashland, 402-944-3535 Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Sunday Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Sunday Weekly Prayer Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday

First Christian Church 1702 Boyd, Ashland, 402-944-7070 Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday Adult Sunday School, 9 a.m. Sunday

Word of Hope Lutheran Church 157 S. 22nd Street, 402-521-0046 Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Sunday LCMC Congregation

United Methodist Church 705 S 4th St., Eagle, 402-781-2233 Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday Youth Fellowship, 6 p.m. Sunday

Elmwood Elmwood Christian Church 311 N. Fifth St., Elmwood, 402-994-2355 Sunday School, 9 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10 a.m. Sunday

St. Mary Catholic Church 1625 Adams, Ashland, 402-944-3554 Mass Monday-Saturday 9 a.m., Saturday Confessions 4 p.m., Mass 5 p.m. Sunday Confessions 8 a.m., Mass 8:30 a.m.

St. Paul United Methodist Church 400 West G St., Elmwood, 402-994-6735 Worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Greenwood Greenwood Christian Church 447 Elm St., Greenwood, 402-786-3645 Sunday school, 9 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10 a.m. Sunday Youth Group, 6 p.m. Sunday Cedar Hill United Methodist 23001 N. 162nd St., Greenwood, 402-944-2848 Worship, 10:45 a.m. Sunday Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Sunday

First Congregational Church 1542 Boyd St., Ashland, 402-944-7121 Worship Service 9 a.m. Sunday Children’s Church, 9:20 a.m. Sunday Jehovah’s Witnesses 1717 Euclid, Ashland Ministry School, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Service Meeting, 8:20 p.m. Tuesday Public Meeting 10 a.m. Sunday Watchtower Studies 10:40 a.m. Sunday

United Methodist Church 1442 Adams, Ashland, 402-944-7135 Worship 9:15 a.m. Sunday Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Sunday Youth Group, 7 p.m. Sunday

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church First and Oak St., Greenwood, 402-944-3554 Confessions, 10 a.m. Sunday Mass, 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, 6:30 p.m. Thursday



United Methodist 421 N. Second St., Ceresco Worship service 11 a.m. Sunday

Zion Lutheran Church 402-665-2270 Worship, 8:30 a.m. Sunday

Evangelical Covenant 2nd & Pine St., Ceresco Sundays: Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday Coffee and fellowship 10:30 a.m. Sunday Sunday school: 10:45 a.m.

Louisville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 304 Main St., Louisville 402-234-2130 Worship, 10 a.m. Sunday




Edensburg Lutheran Church 247 Rutland Avenue, Malmo 402-642-5842 First Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. All other Sundays 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school 9:15 a.m.

United Methodist Church 14750 N. 3rd Street, Raymond Sunday school and worship, 10:30 a.m.

Mead Alma Lutheran 219 W. Fifth St., Mead 402-624-3015 First Sunday Service 8:30 a.m. All other Sundays 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Mead Covenant 1540 County Road 10, Mead 402-624-6125 Coffee and visiting 9 a.m. Sunday Worship services 10 a.m. Sunday Kids Alive 10:30 a.m. Sunday St. James Catholic 213 E. 8th St., Mead Mass 5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass 9 a.m. Sunday

Murdock Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday School and Bible Class, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Divine Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday Ebenezer United Methodist Church 402-867-3191 Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Sunday

Prague St. John the Baptist Catholic 122 Center St., Prague Mass 8 a.m. Weekdays Mass 5 p.m. Saturday Sunday Mass 8 a.m. on the first, third and fifth Sundays; Mass 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Sundays.

Wahoo Community Church 458 Elm Street, Wahoo Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship service 10:45 a.m. Sunday

Swedeburg Swedeburg Covenant Church 402-443-5443 Sunday School and Fellowship Hour, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Valparaiso Church of Christ Christian Church Pastor Tom Ohm Sundays: Sunday school 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m. Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church 637 Iver St., Valparaiso Daily Mass Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday at 7:40 p.m., Saturday at 8 a.m., Mass 4 p.m. Mass Masses 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday Valparaiso United Methodist 4th & Pine Sts., Valparaiso Sundays: Worship 8:30 a.m.

Wahoo Bethlehem Lutheran 504 W. 8th St., Wahoo 402-443-3160 Traditional worship 9 a.m. Sunday Praise worship 11 a.m. Sunday Calvary 558 W. 16th St., Wahoo Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 754 W. 9th, Wahoo, 402-810-7695 Sunday Sacrament meeting 10 a.m. Sunday school 11 a.m.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 16th and Adams, is an example of Gothic Revival architecture. Board and batten construction adds to its individuality. It was built in 1872, with only minor alterations since that time. It is the oldest building in Saunders County and the only Episcopal church in Saunders County. While no longer active as a church, the site is used for historical tours and concerts sponsored by the Ashland Arts Council.

Cornerstone Baptist Church 616 N. Chestnut St., Wahoo 402-443-1611 Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Sunday Afternoon service 2 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Wednesday Destiny Church 1319 N. Sycamore St., Wahoo Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Sunday First Congregational 764 N. Linden, Wahoo Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday First Presbyterian 981 W. 15th St., Wahoo Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday Sunday night celebration 6 p.m. First United Methodist Church 714 N. Beech, Wahoo Praise service 9:15 a.m. Sunday Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Traditional service 10:30 a.m. Sunday Life Song Church 1201 N. Chestnut St., Wahoo Worship services, 10 a.m. Sunday New Hope Bible Church 450 N. Chestnut St., Wahoo 402-443-4300 Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday Our Redeemer Lutheran Missouri Synod 1245 N. Locust, Wahoo Sunday school and Bible class 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m. Sunday

St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church 211 E. Second, Wahoo Sacrament of Reconciliation 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Evening Mass 5:30 p.m. Saturday Sunday Masses 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Waverly Bethlehem Covenant Church 18841 N. 998th Street, Waverly Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m., Sunday Peace Lutheran Church 9831 N. 145th Street, Waverly Majestic Praise worship, 8 a.m. Sunday; Sunday school, youth and adult Bible study, 9:15 a.m.; Hearts Rejoicing worship, 10:30 a.m., Sunday First United Methodist Church 14410 Folkestone, Waverly Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Sunday

Weston St. John Nepomucene Catholic 450 School St., Weston Saturdays: Mass 5:30 p.m. Mass 8 a.m. on the first and third Sundays; Mass 10 a.m. on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays.

Yutan St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, ELCA 1007 2nd St., Yutan 402-625-2656 Sunday church school 8:45 a.m. Sunday Worship service 10 a.m. with fellowship following service St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Fourth & Oak Sts., Yutan Worship service 9:30 a.m. Sunday with fellowship following service




Dokulil finds hobby in furniture

ndy Dokulil has discovered a hobby that changed his life. The Wahoo resident began making furniture two years ago after watching home improvement shows. Up to this point, Dokulil had never taken an interest in any woodworking skills or construction work. He had no experience with any kind of remodeling or woodworking project. In fact, when a piece of trim came loose in his house, he didn’t even know how to fix it. “I had to have my father-in-law put a nail in it,” he said. But, as he continued watching the television shows, he decided to give it a try. “I made a mirror,” he said. While it was a simple project, it introduced him to the concept of working with wood. Dokulil said he took a simple mirror and bordered it with pieces of old wood for an antique look. He went from simple to complex. “I decided to remodel our kitchen,” he stated. “I did it from scratch. It was a big undertaking.” Dokulil said that he took a small cabinetry class before the project. While the class didn’t go in depth about much woodworking, it did give him a few pointers. The remodeling project helped him gain some hands on learning about carpentry work. “It was stressful, but fun,” he stated. Next, he began making different pieces of furniture for family members, and he discovered he liked that much better. Dokulil has made several different pieces over two years. He likes to take old items and repurpose them into something completely different. “Most of the time, I’ll go look at

Story by Kelsi Martin salvage yards or antique shows,” he said. Dokulil added that he has purchased several items, like old sewing machines, carpenter’s clamps, clocks, feeding troughs and other items. He doesn’t always know what they will turn into. “I buy them, and at some point, I’ll figure out what to do,” he stated. The internet site Pinterest came in handy when he first started. He used the carpenter’s clamps as legs for a small table. With old planks of wood, he fashioned a tabletop.

With an old sewing machine, he created another table. The sewing machine top was taken off and replaced with planks of wood. But he left the treadle for an antique look. Another sewing machine treadle was used as the bottom half of a chair. A very large clock became a top for an end table. The feeding trough was turned on end and made into a shelf. “I cut out boards for the middle and inserted them,” said Dokulil. Dokulil has also found several old milk crates at a salvage yard and an antique auction. The idea to turn them into a shelving unit came from his wife. He screwed the metal and wooden crates together into several different patterns. Dokulil said that the pieces can easily be stacked together to form different sized shelves. “You can mix and match them,” he said. The wagon wheel he purchased became his favorite project so far. Dokulil said he spent a lot of time thinking about what to do with it, and eventually, an idea surfaced. He cut out the spokes from the center, leaving the round rim. Then, he cut planks of wood to fit inside the circle, forming a tabletop. That was placed on top of a metal stand. Dokulil said that, after the planks had been sanded down and a finish was applied, he was pleased with his completed product. He has also made a wine cart out of salvaged wood. With an antique receipt (continued)

Andy Dokulil puts the finishing touches on a coffee table.


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Andy Dokulil pulls out some wine from one of his recent creations, a wine cart. Dokulil repurposes old wood into useful household furniture.


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register, Dokulil fashioned a photo hanger. Dokulil said that he has added to his once sparse collection of tools. He now has a table saw, chop saw and even a planer. He stated that this makes the sanding jobs much easier. “I got a sense of how to use the tools,” he stated. Once he realized that this was a hobby he wanted to get serious about, he closed off part of his garage to make a woodworking shop. While some of the pieces he creates require sanding and finishing, Dokulil said he likes to keep the wood as original as possible. “When you work with old stuff, it’s so cool as it is,” he stated. Dokulil said he makes sure to keep a good selection of different items, metal and old wood planks of all shapes and sizes to work with when an idea forms in his mind. And sometimes, he still goes back to the internet for ideas. But Dokulil said he no longer has to search how to do things. “I used to look all the time,” he said. “Now, it’s not so much the how, it’s the what.” The best part about the hobby is being able to do it at home near his family, he said. And while he doesn’t intend to make it a career, he is hoping to sell some pieces on the side. He decided to call his side business Re-hab, which signifies his desire to take old things and repurpose them into something useful for other people. Dokulil said that he takes pleasure in seeing people’s faces when they see the furniture.

om and Paula Peterson will do just about anything to promote farming, and that includes bringing people to their farm for a one-on-one tour. That is one reason that they said yes when asked by the Farm Service Agency to host U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden. The rural Waverly couple gave her a tour of their cow/cattle operation in April. Harden was in Nebraska attending Story and Photo meetings with producers to promote the 2014 Farm Bill. That bill allows farmers and ranchers, who were hurt financially over the last three years from drought and blizzard, to get disaster assistance from the government. Harden said the program would allow farmers and ranchers to stay on the farm. She said producers will use the money to pay off loans and rebuild their herds, which she said in the long run could temper the record-high beef prices consumers are seeing at supermarkets. Although the Petersons didn’t lose any livestock from blizzards, the drought has forced them to use their supply of extra hay. “Some other guys were not as fortunate,” Tom Peterson said, pointing out that ranchers in western Nebraska had to cull thousands of cattle from their herds because drought dried up pastureland and made it too expensive to feed the cattle.

Harden called the losses “horrific” but said the USDA does not have an estimate of how much money might flow to Nebraska through the benefit programs. Assistance is based on location, intensity of drought, and number of livestock affected, and will be limited to a cumulative $125,000 per person per year. “We will not know until producers come into our offices,” she said. “We hope to have checks out to producers within weeks, not months.” by Peggy Brown She and other USDA officials said that unlike with row crop insurance, there are few insurance products available that would cover these types of losses. The programs cover loss of grazing forage, as well as loss of livestock due to blizzard and extreme heat, said Doug Klein, a Farm Service Agency program chief in Lincoln. He said producers in every Nebraska county will be eligible for at least some benefit. “The drought was very widespread,” he said. Producers have through January 2015 to apply, he said, and can visit FSA offices statewide to complete the application work. Harden said that it was families like Petersons that keeps the country going. “People like them are the heart and soul of the country,” she said.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden visits with Paula and Tom Peterson during her recent tour of the Peterson’s cow/calf operation north of Waverly.


Time capsule brings out questions W averly Intermediate School students took a step back in time last month. The school opened a time capsule before the end of the school year that was buried on the west end of the football field. Staff discovered the cement slab a few years ago and noticed that it said Time Capsule 2014 on it. This spring, the school started out on a quest to find out just who buried the time capsule and why. A post on The News’ Facebook page brought several comments with the majority of them suggesting to look through yearbooks possibly in the 1980s. But James Dobbins thinks the time capsule was buried before the 1980s. “I thought it was buried in 1959 because my mom was born in 1958, a year before. Also I thought it was suppose to be opened in 1999 because we were over at the new high school. It was buried by the old victory bell. It had a plaque I thought. Maybe it was when they built the new high school at the time. So maybe 1964. I’m just making guesses now. Find out where that victory bell is and I’d bet you’d get the right answer.” Lea Ann Ford Smith wrote: “It was buried in 1976 as part of the bicentennial. There is a

Story and Photo by Peggy Brown

Students at Waverly Intermediate School will be opening a time capsule that has been buried for 30 years before the last day of school. The time capsule was buried on the west end of the football field.

yearbook in there and a Hi Spot and a few other treasures. I was standing by the bell before it was put in place over the time capsule. The bell and time capsule were both at the west end of the track/football field on Heywood. If and/or when it got moved, I do not know... but that is when it was buried.” Alan Reed commented: “After talking to my dad who was on the school board during the sixties, he is pretty sure it was 1959, the year they passed the bond issue for the first new edition.” But a search through yearbooks showed that the time capsule was buried at 11:15 a.m. on June 1, 1984, the last day of school and was marked to be opened in 30 years. The project was done by the History Club who found a white, heavy plastic cylinder, four feet long and about six inches in diameter. Donated by Waverly Plumbing and Well Company, the capsule was placed two to three feet below the surface. A marker was place on top with the year 2014 marked on it. Jim Norsworthy was club advisor at that time. If anyone has more information about the time capsule, or how to contact a member of the History Club, they are encouraged to call The News at 402-786-2344.

Lakes and Recreation Areas Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area

12000 West Branched Oak Road, Raymond, 402-783-3400 Features: Branched Oak Lake Recreation Area encompasses 5,595 acres with 1,800 acres of water. The swimming beaches are unsupervised. Full hookups (water, sewer, electric) are available on 12 camping sites. The campgrounds have restrooms, showers, drinking water, and four dump stations. There are 338 pad sites, 287 with electrical capability.

Czechland Lake

1 mile north of Prague on Highway 79 Owned and operated by Lower Platte North NRD. No park permit needed. Features: Concrete boat ramp, boats restricted to 5 mph (no wake), wheelchair-accessible fishing pier. Owned by the Lower Platte North NRD, 402-4434675

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park 3 miles east of Ashland on Highway 66, 402-944-2523

Features: Year round camping and recreation activities. Peter Kiewit Lodge features full-service restaurant and 40 guest rooms. Zero-depth swimming and wave pool and 200 foot of curling water slides. Horseback rides, mini golf, melodramas, playground, observation tower, activity center, craft center, paddle boats, snack bar.

Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area

1 mile north of Wahoo on Highways 77, 92 and 109 Owned by Lower Platte North NRD, operated by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Park permit needed. Features: a 662 surface-acre lake stocked full with black crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, blue catfish, walleye and northern pike; triple boat concrete ramp with floating docks; camping area, hiking/biking trail and day use area with picnic shelters. Boats are restricted to 5 mph (no wake). Regulations: Northern pike are catch and release only, largemouth bass are a 21-inch minimum length

and live baitfish cannot be used or possessed anywhere at Lake Wanahoo.

Memphis Lake State Recreation Area

7 miles north of Ashland on Highway 66 at Memphis 402-432-4695 Features: The Memphis Lake State Recreation Area offers 163 acres of recreation area and 48 acres of lake. Camping, picnicking, boating and fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Privately run concessions/restaurant. Cabin rental available.

Red Cedar Lake

6 miles north, 2 mile west of Valparaiso, off of Highway 79 Owned and operated by Lower Platte South Natural Resources District 402-476-2729 Features: The 175-acre property and 51-acre lake offers fishing for bass bluegill, channel and flathead catfish.

Discover Magazine June 2014  
Discover Magazine June 2014