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August Send your upcoming events to Discover Magazine, P.O. Box 147, Wahoo, NE 68066; 402-443-4162 or email Sunday, Sept. 1 • Weston American Legion 45-Mile Ride, 10 a.m. $20 Registration, noon departure, Weston. (See Story Page 9) • Deer Springs Winery Bocce and Bellini Wednesday, Sept. 4 • Valparaiso Farmer’s Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Valparaiso. Thursday, Sept. 5 • Hops, Props and Wings featuring Mr. Hand, Strategic Air and Space Museum, open until 9 p.m. • First Thursday Coffee, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saunders County Museum, Wahoo. • Wahoo Farmer’s Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saunders County Museum, Wahoo. Saturday, Sept. 7 • Sounds of Fall, Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Valparaiso Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Valparaiso. Sunday, Sept. 8 • Brunch, Ashland American Legion, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. • All U Can Eat, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Yutan Vets Club, Yutan.

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Wednesday, Sept. 11 • Valparaiso Farmer’s Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Valparaiso. Thursday, Sept. 12 • Wahoo Farmer’s Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saunders County Museum, Wahoo. Friday, Sept. 13 • Stargazing, Mahoney State Park, dusk • Wahoo All-Class Reunion, 4 p.m., Starlite Ballroom, Wahoo. • “World Famous Murder Mystery,” 6:30 p.m., James Arthur Vineyard, Raymond. Saturday, Sept. 14 • Moonshell Storytelling Festival, Mahoney State Park • Valparaiso Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Valparaiso. Sunday, Sept. 15 • Camp Creek Railroaders, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 176th and Bluff Road, Waverly (See Story Page 7) Wednesday, Sept. 18 • Valparaiso Farmer’s Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Valparaiso. Thursday, Sept. 19 • Wahoo Farmer’s Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saunders County Museum, Wahoo. • Lunch and Listen program, noon, Saunders County Museum, Wahoo. Saturday, Sept. 21 • Math Alive Exhibit opens, Strategic Air and Space Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (See Story Page 10)

• VFW Steak and Hamburger Fry, Ashland VFW, 5:30 to 8 p.m. • Valparaiso Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Valparaiso. • Wahoo Masons Pancake Breakfast, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Masonic Lodge, Wahoo. Sunday, Sept. 22 • Prague Czech Heritage Days, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Prague National Hall and Kolache Korner Cafe. (See Story Page 8) Wednesday, Sept. 25 • Valparaiso Farmer’s Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Valparaiso. • Oasis Feed the Hungry Event, 6:30 p.m. First Methodist Church of Wahoo. (See Story Page 13) Thursday, Sept. 26 • Wahoo Farmer’s Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saunders County Museum, Wahoo. Friday, Sept. 27 • Chocolate Festival, Art Chicks in Louisville • Movie and Wine Under the Stars, 9:30 p.m., James Arthur Vineyard, Raymond. Saturday, Sept. 28 • Chocolate Festival, Art Chicks in Louisville • Valparaiso Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Valparaiso. • Saunders Medical Center Walk/Run, 9 a.m., Lake Wanahoo, Wahoo. (See Story Page 11) • Meet Your Wine Maker Dinner, 6:30 p.m., James Arthur Vineyard, Raymond.

October Wednesday, Oct. 2 • Valparaiso Farmer’s Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Valparaiso. Thursday, Oct. 3 • Wahoo Farmer’s Market, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saunders County Museum, Wahoo. Saturday, Oct. 5 • Autumn Harvest Art Show, Mahoney State Park, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Valparaiso Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Valparaiso. Sunday, Oct. 6 • Autumn Harvest Art Show, Mahoney State Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 • Haunted Safari, Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 • Haunted Safari, Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 • Brunch, Ashland American Legion, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 • Ashland Fall Festival of Quilts • VFW Steak and Hamburger Fry, Ashland VFW, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 • Witches Brew Party, Art Chicks in Louisville, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Area bed and breakfasts offer one of a kind experiences By Kris Byars and Peggy Brown This dry sink dating from the 1700s has two basins and would have been used in a hotel or other large building of the era. These days, the Gould family uses it to showcase brochures at Pine Crest Farms Bed and Breakfast.


After years of watching the abandoned three-story Leavitt Home continue to fall apart, Bruce and Maureen Stahr decided it would make the perfect bed and breakfast. Their first job was to move the house from 70th and O Street in Lincoln to 2400 S 148th Street near Walton. They then spent the next few years remodeling the home turning it into Prairie Creek Inn.

t doesn’t matter if you are coming from nearby or far away, a stay in one of the area’s bed and breakfasts is sure to offer something unique. At the Pine Crest Farms Bed and Breakfast, the goal has always been to give guests something a little bit different. “We’re a little bit unique in terms of our decor and how it compares to most Nebraska inns,” said Pine Crest Co-Owner Harriet Gould. Situated at the top of a hill near Valparaiso, the bed and breakfast has been located in two houses on the Goulds’ property for the last 15 years. Originally from Pennsylvania, Gould, her husband, Jack Gould, and his brother, Don Gould, kept the colonial feel of their former home in mind when they built their homes. “For us, that was home, and we wanted to keep that with us when we moved to Nebraska,” explained Gould. “So our homes are decorated very differently from most other Nebraska bed and breakfasts. It’s that colonial style that gives people a unique experience.” A unique experience is what people can also expect when they spend a night at Prairie Creek Inn near Walton. Built in 1911 by Burt W. Leavitt, a Lincoln area farmer and teacher, the stone-face block roofed with French tile structure quickly became a landmark east of Lincoln. The Benjamin Davis family purchased the home in 1919, and lived in it until the U.S. Government bought the house and farm in 1929, and there constructed the Veterans’ Hospital. The house near 70th and O streets became home to the acting chief surgeons, but in 1980, the home was vacated and no one was allowed to occupy it. By 2002, it had been completely vandalized and only a shell remained.


Area Bed & Breakfasts Pine Crest Farms Bed and Breakfast 2550 County Road A, Valparaiso 402-784-6461, Innkeepers: Harriet, Jack, and Don Gould

Prairie Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast 2400 S. 148th Street, Walton 402-488-8822, Innkeepers: Bruce and Maureen Stahr

Bruce and Maureen Stahr purchased the home in 2003. “Nearly 4,000 people came to watch the two-day, 11 mile journey of moving it,” Bruce Stahr said. The 406,000-pound house was set on its new foundation, and over the next four years, underwent a complete transformation before opening as Prairie Creek Inn. “And business has been good,” he said. “I would say that a third of our visitors have come from within 50 miles, another third were four or five hours away, and the last third have taken all day or flown in to stay here. “And we have half dozen or so international visitors as well. We are more than pleased.” The house has been restored with period woodwork from another home, marble, oak, walnut, and refinished original bedroom floors. Stahr said they expanded the front porch, installed a four level elevator and finished the basement. After the house was done, they took on the project of restoring the original three-story barn, which they rent out for weddings, meetings, reunions and parties. “We also have a cottage house near the bed and breakfast and the cabin is near completion,” he said. The area also includes three miles of hiking

trails, a stocked 12-acre lake, native prairie and 30 acres of trees along with 75 acres of farmland. The bed and breakfast is always open and they will provide shuttle service when prior arrangements are made. Stahr said that they envisioned a country get-away that would give guests an opportunity to make memories. “We are both lifelong Nebraskans, from farm and ranch backgrounds,” he said. “We developed a great love for the beauty of God’s creation, the serenity of nature, and the restorative value of solitude. And we not only saved the house from oblivion but restored the house to a beautiful bed and breakfast.” The Goulds have put a lot of attention to detail into their homes as well. Rooms at Pine Crest Farms are highlighted by features like exposed wooden ceiling beams, brick fireplaces and slate flagstone tiles that the Goulds brought with them with they moved from North Whales, Penn. The rooms are also filled with a wide array of antique or reproduction furnishings. Many of the inn’s furnishings come with special stories. “We’re very proud of the dry sink in our front hall, for example,” said Gould. The dry sink features two basins and dates back to the late 1700s. It would have been used in a hotel or other large establishment. Hanging in a frame on the wall in the main entryway are the indenturement papers of one of the Goulds’ ancestors. The papers specify the terms under which they agreed to work in order to pay for their journey to the new world. Upstairs in one of the bedrooms hangs a small, reproduction colonial mirror. It was made by a friend of Goulds, who also manufactures reproductions that are sold at Colonial Williamsburg. (continued)


Pine Crest Farms Bed and Breakfast is located on the crest of a hill near Valparaiso. The Gould family has operated the inn for the last 15 years.

Across from the main house, the home of Don Gould contains an antique clock from the late 1700s. The main sitting room has a seafaring theme, and features a variety of nautical antiques and antique firearms. Each of the Goulds’ six guest rooms are decorated with a different theme in mind. They bear titles such as “The Red Room,” the “Yellow Room,” and the “Franklin Suite.” While the unique Colonial-style feel is a highlight of Pine Crest Bed and Breakfast, it’s not the only attraction. During the summer, the Goulds offer guests access to their 25-foot by 50-foot in-ground swimming pool. Fresh flowers and produce from the Goulds’ raised garden beds often find their way onto the Pine Crest breakfast table, as do a variety of filling and homemade entrees. Gould said she allows guests a little leeway when it comes to when their breakfast will be served. She gets up ahead of time and prepares everything fresh for her guests. In addition to their basic nightly stays, Pine Crest Farms Bed and Breakfast also offers a variety of special packages. Gould said the most popular of these is their Husker Football Package. It’s offered each weekend on which the Nebraska Cornhuskers play at home. The Goulds offer a similar package during Husker basketball season. Another popular package is the Pine Crest Anniversary package. In addition to the stay, it includes a gift basket containing a bottle of sparkling cider on ice and a sweet treat. “It’s something kind of fun for those looking for a romantic getaway,” said Gould. While managing the bed and breakfast can be a lot of work, Gould said its something her whole family enjoys. She said the thing she likes the most about operating a bed and breakfast is the same thing that seems to draw many of their guests.

The décor at Pine Crest Farms Bed and Breakfast reflects the colonial style the Goulds grew up with. They integrated many traditional colonial elements into the homes they built in Nebraska, having moved from Pennsylvania. “We always wanted to have a bed and break“The hospitality and camaraderie you find at bed and breakfasts, you just can’t find that at a fast as there aren’t that many in the county,” he generic hotel,” said Gould. “The people who said. Stahr said they had no plans for expansion. chose to stay at bed and breakfasts are looking “Except for a current update here and there, for an experience, and that’s what we try to we have no plans. We are where we want to give them.” The Prairie Creek Inn owners are also glad be,” he said. Prairie Creek Inn is located at 2400 S 148th they put the time and money into saving a house and seeing their dream of owning a bed Street near Walton. This inn has Husker game weekend specials and breakfast become a reality. “I kept driving by it every day and contin- and gift certificates available as well. For more information, call 402-488-8822 or ued to watch the house fall apart,” Stahr said. “I really don’t know when it hit me that it visit Pine Crest Farms Bed and Breakfast is would make a good bed and breakfast but all of a sudden we were working on getting the located at 2550 County Road A near Valparaiso. house moved to the acreage near Walton.” For more information, call 402-784-6461 or The former United Parcel Service driver calls the move and remodeling project a big visit project, but a successful one.


Railroaders plan September show he Camp Creek Railroaders will be running their trains Sept. 14 and 15, and they will be giving rides. Unless it rains that is, and then tracks will become too slick to run the scaled down model trains. Railroader member Ron Beckman has been busy at the showgrounds the last few weeks. He took it upon himself to see that the buildings sitting along the track had a fresh look to them. Railroad president Rick Weisgerber said that they wanted to get the buildings to look as good as the rest of the buildings on the showgrounds. Weisgerber is a member of the Camp Creek Threshers board of directors and was in on the decision to repaint and move some of the buildings. In fact, one of the buildings, a small corn


6 Story and photo by Peggy Brown bin, has been moved to sit along the track and will now be used for storage. A fresh coat of paint and a sign stating “Camp Creek Line” can be seen from the track. This year’s show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is free admission and free rides, but donations will be welcome. Money will be used for improvements to the railroad area. Members will also be selling concessions during the two days. Weisgerber said the track is 7.5 inch gauge

The Camp Creek Railroaders annual show will be held Sept. 14 and 15 at the Camp Creek Threshers showgrounds east of Waverly. Members will be giving free rides to all who come. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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with a total of about one mile of track that consist of two loops, connected by a single track mainline. The North Loop contains two sidings with access to the yards. He said that there are four-yard tracks, which are full of trains, engines and equipment during the weekend. The public is invited to see the trains up close after their ride. A 20-foot transfer table allows access to 10 20-foot steam bays and a 40-foot shipping container, serving as the engine house. The South Loop has a signal, tank, and depot. Members of the club are generally from the Omaha and Lincoln areas, but some are as far away as California. Many of the members are expert machinists and have hand built many of the locomotives. Weisgerber said that the club had a wide range of talents and skills that are a huge asset to the operation of running trains. The club meets monthly in Elkhorn but members show up on the grounds once a month, if not more often, to mow around the tracks. The third Sunday of the month is called “Run Days”. That is when members meet at the showgrounds to work on trains, the track, and to generally talk about trains, Weisgerber said. He added that most of the locomotives are steam, however two members also have electric locomotives. Of the steam locomotives, most are coal fired, but there are a couple of engines fired with propane. “We meet a lot of people those two days and they can ask us some good questions,” Weisgerber said. “Especially when it comes to the different engines. And we’ll take anyone for a ride.” The Waverly Depot will be open over the weekend. A tram will run from one depot to the other, Weisgerber said. “On an average we see about 400 people during the weekend, but a lot depends on the weather,” Weisgerber said. “We have a fun weekend playing with trains. We like to take people on rides, and we like talking about trains.”

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Prague to Celebrate Czech Heritage he celebration of Czech heritage will be on display Sept. 22 in Prague. The Nebraska Czechs of Prague will host its annual Prague Czech Heritage Day. “We’ll have a full day again,” said Nebraska Czechs of Prague President Mark Nemec. The festivities will start at the National Story by Kris Byars Hall in Prague, with the doors opening at 11:30 a.m. Entertainment will start at noon, with the official opening ceremony scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Both the United States and Czech national anthems will be sung as part of the ceremony. “We’ll honor both the Czech and American heritage,” said Nemec. Czech queens from several Nebraska communities will also be on hand for the opening ceremony, including the Prague Czech Queen Stacy Pospisil, who was also crowned the Nebraska Czech Queen in June. “We were very excited about that,” said Nemec. Entertainment will be scheduled throughout the afternoon. Food will be available at both the National Hall and the Kolache Korner Cafe. Baked goods and other Czech items will be on sale the day of the event.



Richard and Amy Hilske opened Cellar 426 just outside of Ashland in May 2012. The winery creates eight wines and a sangria.

Ashland winery brings home the gold shland’s Cellar 426 won two national awards in recent competitions. 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. The Indy competition is organized by Purdue University and included more than 2,000 wines from 39 states and 14 countries. 135 wines won a double gold medal. The Mid America Competition focuses on wines from 16 Midwestern states. The winery also won a bronze medal for its Rocky’s Red wine; it’s a semisweet red made from Chambourcin grapes. Cellar 426 opened in Ashland in May 2012 and is at 1402 Dennis Dean Road. For more information, visit


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Weston Legion tour set for Sept. 1 92 tour of Saunders County’s “Bohemian Alps” will be on tap for a first time event being put on by the Weston American Legion. The Legion Post 308 will host a 45-mile ride on Sept. 1. The fundraiser for the Legion and its activities will gather together vehicles that are more than 25 years old. Any type of vehicle – tractors, motorcycles, cars, pickups, trucks – are invited to take part, according to American Legion Member Eugene Kremlacek. Registration starts at 10 a.m. The registration fee is $20. The ride will get started at noon from the American Legion Hall in Weston. Stops will be made in Brainard, Prague and Valparaiso before the convey returns to Weston. Kremlacek said all of the breaks would take place at the American Legion halls in the various communities.


Any type of vehicle – tractors, motorcycles, cars, pickups, trucks – are invited to take part in the 45-mile ride on Sept. 1

Small town tractor pulls revived at Mid-States he second annual Ashley and Grace Buller Tractor Pull revives the fun of small town tractor pulls at a site where the history of the tractor is revered. The event will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Mid-States Antique Tractor and Engine Show grounds south of Ashland in Cass County. The event is in memory of Ashley and Grace Buller, who were instrumental in the establishment of the founding of the Mid-States organization and show. In 1980, they leased a portion of their farm to the organization so the show would have a permanent location. Ashley Heitman, granddaughter of Ashley and Grace Buller, said the Mid-States organization operates tractor pulls during their annual show, which takes place at the end of July each year. They also operate tractor pulls in Cass County during the county fair and community events. But many of the smaller communities have stopped having tractor pulls in recent years. “Smaller towns are losing the funds, and a lot of times they have to scale back and the



Ashley & Grace Buller Tractor Pull 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 Registration 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mid-States Show Grounds 12601 262nd Street, Ashland tractor pull is what they scale back on,” Heitman said. To keep tractor pulls alive in Cass County, the group decided to put on their own tractor pull.

“We have the grounds, we have the facility, so we might as well do another pull,” Heitman said. Last year’s inaugural event was well-attended, Heitman said. “We had a good turn out for our first year,” she said. Tractors used in the event are antique, stock tractors. Heitman said this year they have added garden tractors to the line up as well. The event is free to the public. There is a $10 fee for tractor pull entries. Categories will be broken up according to age. Registration will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Sept. 22. The competition starts at 1 p.m. A food stand will also be at the event, with proceeds going to Special Olympics. The Mid-States show grounds is located at 12601 262nd Street, which is one mile south on Highway 63 from I-80 Exit 420, two miles east on Church Road and one mile north on 262nd Street. For more information, go to


Math’s Alive at Strategic Air and Space Museum ithout math, there would be no video games, no music, no sports, and no space travel. A new exhibit at Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland will show math’s importance to our world. MathAlive! opens Sept. 21. One of the most interactive and inspiring exhibitions exploring the world of mathematics ever to tour the nation, MathAlive! is designed to inspire, to spark the imagination and to reveal not only math at work, but also the endless possibilities of math. Primarily designed for kids in grades three to eight, the exhibition brings to life the real math behind what kids love most – video games, sports, design, music, robotics and more – and creates interactive and immersive experiences that bring to life the math at work in each, whether in design, application or use. In this 5,000-square-foot exhibition, visitors will ride snowboards in a 3-D experience, design (and play) their own video games, capture their 360-degree images in a unique interactive, jump into a binary dance party, even design a custom skateboard for “pop” – the quick, snapping motion that allows a board to do the best tricks. Through nearly 40 unique, interactive experiences, the exhibit takes math from its native form into the applied worlds of design, engineering, technology and science. Strategic Air and Space Museum guests will explore and operate simulations of NASA’s latest robotics, including the Robonaut 2 and Curiosity rover. Around a large-scale futuristic bridge they learn how engineers work to make a city hum while taking on different engineering roles to design a more sustainable infrastructure. The exhibition is designed to help answer the age-old question: “Will I ever use all this math they’re teaching us?” Guests are accompanied by fun and quirky virtual guides. Along the way they’ll meet and hear professionals, visionaries and inspiring personalities talk about math in their work across fields that kids are most interested in exploring. The exhibit addresses all math strands and subjects for upper elementary and middle school, and neatly aligns with standards


Visitors to Strategic Air and Space Museum’s Math Alive! exhibit will be able to ride a snowboard in a 3-D experience when the exhibit opens on Sept. 21.

66 Story by Suzi Nelson for educator planning. “This innovative exhibit responds to the national movement toward greater focus on STEM development and STEM career awareness,” said Scott Tarry, president and CEO of the Strategic Air and Space Museum. “By engaging kids in fun, math-based activities, the content can inspire students to make math a priority, reaching them in that window of vulnerability when math gets more challenging and kids begin to lose interest. I’m confident that the exhibit and related hands-on activities developed will ignite the thrill of innovation

and discovery for all those who visit the museum. This truly is fun for the entire family, the young as well as the young at heart. I know people will be impressed and learn something new as they interact with math coming to life right in front of them.” The museum is also working in collaboration with the math and education departments at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to develop additional programming for field trips, scout overnights, and teacher workshops to extend the impact of the exhibit further into the community. The exhibit was developed in collaboration with NASA, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Society of Professional Engineers, MATHCOUNTS, the Socity of Women Engineers and MathMovesU. The Math Alive! exhibit will be on display at Strategic Air and Space Museum until Jan. 5, 2014.

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SMC Walk/Run ready to roll he annual Saunders Medical Center Walk/Run is scheduled to take place on Sep. 28 at Lake Wanahoo. Registration will begin between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. with the walk/run starting at 9 a.m. According to SMC Marketing and Community Outreach Manager Candi Johnston, last year was the first time the funds generated from the event were earmarked for healthcare scholarships. This year will be the same. Although the money from last year has not been given to any students yet, Johnston said it has been placed in a fund for that purpose. “We have that money set aside for high school and college students,” said Johnston. The money from this year’s event will be added to that. They are hoping to be able to give out the scholarship money soon.


109 Story by Kelsi Martin “We think this school year we will be able to do that,” she said. She added that the scholarship is for students who wish to pursue a career in the medical field. Johnston said that the Walk/Run is a 5k race. “We go almost all the way around the lake,” she noted. “The actual 5k ends three quarters of the way across the bridge.” However, walkers and runners are welcome to go shorter or longer distances. Markers

along the trail will indicate where to turn around for other distances. Johnston stated that participants can be timed. “We do not have any prizes,” she said. “We did recognize our top three men and women.” Johnston stated that the day was strategically chosen. “That is National Family Health and Fitness day,” she said. “We’re trying to promote family health and fitness.” The cost to run or walk at the event is $10 per person or $25 per family. Participants will also receive a t-shirt with their registration. For more information or to register, contact Johnston at 402-443-1427.

Participants in last year’s Saunders Medical Center Walk/Run dash down the trail at Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area in Wahoo.

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Sweet Pea Market brings staples back to Ceresco auline Mac and Wayne Ambrosius are now grocery store owners. The Valparaiso couple has reopened the former Corner Market grocery store at the intersection of Second and Elm streets in Ceresco. The store is named Sweet Pea Market. “It’s because she’s my sweet pea,” explained Ambrosius. The couple previously lived in Phoenix, Ariz. Mac said the previous owners are friends of her family. When they heard that the community had been without a local grocery store, they decided to look into the possibility of opening a small store. It wasn’t an easy decision to make. The couple drove to Nebraska twice to look at the building. “It was snowing both times,” said Mac. Ambrosius’ background is in manufacturing and inventory, and he has previously worked for a manufacturer as a logistics manager. Mac has also worked in manufacturing and is also a certified sonogram technician. After talking it over, however, they both decided they were ready to take on the adventure of going into business for themselves. Although Sweet Pea Market only opened on July 25, Mac and Ambrosius have already learned a number of things. “Most of all, we learned what it takes to fix up an old building,” said Ambrosius. “With a structure this old, there’s nothing that’s square or level, and you have to work around that.” However, the couple both agreed the hard work was worth it. When they opened their doors last Thursday, they had fully stocked shelves in place and a deli bar that will serve


Story and photo by Kris Byars lunch and breakfast specials. “We just noticed there wasn’t really a lot of fast, quick service food here in town,” said Ambrosius. “So hopefully we’ll be able to meet some of that need.” Mac said the community has been very welcoming to them. “Everyone has been so supportive,” she said. “The community has just been very welcoming,” said Ambrosius. Initially, the store will provide essential groceries, such as milk, bread, eggs, cereals and home supplies, among others. Eventually, Ambrosius said they’d like to expand into offering fresh cut meat. “We’d also like to hear suggestions from the community about the different brands and products they’d like us to carry,” said Ambrosius. “We really want to meet the community’s needs.” Sweet Pea Market is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. “We’ll see how those hours work, and we can adjust from there,” said Ambrosius. Sweet Pea Market has a facebook page and may also be reached by calling 402-665-2447.

Pauline Mac and Wayne Ambrosius recently opened Sweet Pea Market in Ceresco. The couple moved to the area from Arizona, after learning about the business opportunity from relatives.

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OASIS becomes monthly event program that started last November has turned into a monthly event with lots of participation. The Wahoo First United Methodist Church hosts the Outreach and Support Intervention Services (OASIS) and Feed the Hungry on the last Wednesday of every month. This month’s event will be on Sep. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Event coordinator Sheila Dokulil stated that OASIS was started as a music concert ministry. “It’s about 30 minutes long and gives people an opportunity to take a break and come hear some music and go home lifted up,” she said. A 30-minute Christian music concert performed by the New Beginnings Praise Band takes place, as well as a short performance by the Friends in Faith, a group of children from several denominations that meet every Wednesday after school. The meal will be served after the music concludes. This month’s menu consists


77 Story and Photo by Kelsi Martin of pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, coleslaw, fresh vegetables and fruit and dessert bars. The food is donated and prepared by members of the Wahoo First United Methodist Church. Dokulil added that there is no need to call in advance. Natausha Veskrna of Wahoo assists Dokulil and several other volunteers from the church. “We want to help the community through helping the needy,” said Veskrna. She is the chairperson of the church’s service committee and used to be in charge of taking food up to the mission in Fremont.

However, the church has now refocused on feeding the hungry in Wahoo and the surrounding areas. “We wanted to keep it local,” said Veskrna. “We would like to feed people who are hungry for food, spirituality or fellowship,” said Dokulil, “It doesn’t matter what your hunger is.” She added that they want people to come no matter their economic status. “Whatever their need is, our goal is to feed that need,” she stated. Dokulil said that her long-term goal for this project is to see other churches in Wahoo hosting a similar event during different weeks. “We would have a meal for whoever needs it once a week instead of our church doing once a month,” she said, “The other churches would fill the other weeks of the month.” The music and meal are provided free of charge to all who attend.

Children in the Friends in Faith program sing a song during the OASIS event at First United Methodist Church in Wahoo.

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Family friendly fall melodrama antics return to Mahoney State Park T he students and faculty of good ol’ Watertable State College of Unapplied Science bring the hysterically funny family friendly melodrama “The Dean’s Deception” to life at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park for the fall melodrama season. The production that started in August and runs through Oct. 27 is written by Fred Gartner. Things are not as they seem at Watertable State. The college is overseen by the conniving and devious Dean Dean Mean, played by D. Chapelle, who will do anything at any cost to make his fortune and escape the shackles of the academic world. His primary means of escape is a marriage to the lovely, and rich, Professor Antoinette Antonym, played by Casandra Rhoads. Much to his chagrin Dean Mean discovers that Antoinette’s heart belongs to dashing anthropologist Associate Professor Bartholomew Craterdigger, played by Lucas Sevedge who does double duty as the director of The Dean’s Deception. When Dean Mean discovers that Craterdigger has discovered the lost continent of Atlantis it becomes clear that he must steal the discovery for his own and force Professor Antonym to be his wife. Will Babs, the ghostly soccer mom from Atlantis (played by Stefanie Geist) be able to show Dean Mean the evil of his ways? Can Associate Professor Craterdigger be able to save himself and the girl he loves? Will school janitor Otis Carbuncle (played by Mark J. Geist) be able to take the rotten Dean out with the rest of the trash? Everything will be answered during “The Dean’s Deception,” which opened on Aug. 23. The show will run on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee through Oct. 27 at Mallory Kountze Memorial Theater at the park. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children

Lucas Sevedge as Bartholomew Craterdigger, Casandra Rhoads as Antoinette Antonym and D. Chapelle as Dean Mean perform in “The Dean’s Deception” at Mahoney State Park. The melodrama runs through Oct. 27.

under 12, with family packages available for two adults and two children for $20. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-402-944-2523 extension 7122. Present theatre tickets the day of the show at The Mahoney Grille to be eligible for a 10 percent discount on an entree. The Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Memorial Theatre is located centrally in the park approximately 1/8th of a mile from the

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main lodge. The facility is an indoor, climate controlled, state-of-the-art theatre seating 165 audience members comfortably. There is a fully stocked and staffed concession stand and the building is handicapped accessible. Since 1993 melodramas have been performed at the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. There are three plays produced in repertory during the summer months and one play produced in the fall.

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Au finds home in Ashland r. Thomas Au’s background was not one that would naturally lead him to become a priest. He was born in Hong Kong, living there until he left for college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study computer science. There are predominantly Buddhists and Taoists in Hong Kong, a city of 7 million, although there are nearly half a million Christians. The country is heavily influenced by western society, Au said. Au’s family was not particularly religious, he said. His father had renounced religion after he had gone to local churches to receive aid for his young family as they struggled to survive in Hong Kong during World War II. Red Cross aid was distributed by churches. They asked recipients if they were a member of the church. When his father answered honestly that he was not, they denied him the aid. After that, his father renounced all organized religions. “He sees religion as phony,” said Au. Au first came to know about Catholicism when he had a girlfriend who was Catholic, he said. During college, he got more involved in the Catholic church at the Newman Center at UNL. He continued his studies in computer science, but somewhere in the back of his mind, the idea of becoming a priest was there. “There was a stirring,” he said. After finishing his undergraduate degree at UNL, he attended seminary at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. His father was not opposed to Au becoming a Catholic priest, he said, as much as he saw it as a waste of his education. “Within the Chinese family, it is totally out of their realm of imagination that I would do that,” he said. Despite being in the United States for his entire adult life, Au stays connected to his Chinese roots. Most of Au’s immediate family members have moved to Canada, but he goes


Story and photo by Suzi Nelson

“There is a simpler lifestyle and along with it, an openness in the people.” Fr. Thomas Au

- Fr. Thomas Au

back to Hong Kong often to visit other family members, including a 94-year-old aunt. “It’s always good to go back and spend time,” he said. Language is not an issue in Hong Kong or the U.S., as Au remains fluent in his native tongue and has an excellent command of the English language. In Hong Kong, all students learn English starting in second grade, he said. But his English improved after he came to Nebraska. “I contribute my conversational English to my roommate and neighbor from Omaha,” he said. Au remained in Nebraska after college and has worked in various parts of the state in the 34 years since he was ordained as a priest. Much of his time has been in farming communities such as Hastings, Syracuse and Plattsmouth. “I fell in love with the open country and the slower pace,” he said. “There is a simpler lifestyle and along with it, an openness in the

people.” He has also enjoyed spending time in the state’s small cities and tiny villages, which are much different than the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. “The friendliness of the people would not be found in the big city,” he said. Au has spent quite a bit of time in Saunders and Cass counties. Before coming to Ashland and Greenwood, he spent two years at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Plattsmouth, where he was an administrator at St. John the Baptist School. Earlier in his career, he spent time in Wahoo and Weston churches and taught at Bishop Neumann High School. In addition to his duties as priest for the St. Mary and St. Joseph parishes, Au will return to Neumann this fall to teach religion to 11th graders who may possibly be the children of his former students. “It was 27 years ago when I left Neumann, so I would imagine some of the kids I taught, their kids are just coming up,” he said. Au has been an educator throughout his 34 years as a priest. He has been both a teacher and school administrator. But he prefers teaching, especially at the high school level. “I am comfortable and seem to fit well with those upper grade high school students,” he said. Au also has quickly become comfortable in his new position as the pastor at St. Mary and St. Joseph parishes. He compared the arrival of a new priest to that of a father-in-law. “He is in some ways an authority figure, but in some ways you don’t choose him,” he said. He is coming to know his new congregations since moving to Ashland on June 19. “I want to come in and say, ‘What is this community, what is this family like?’” he said. Whenever Au arrives at a new congregation or school, there are some bittersweet feelings. “I never want to leave a place because every place has been a gift to me,” he said. “I have to wait and see what Ashland’s gift is to me.”

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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 Worship 10 a.m. Sunday

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 Childrens Church 9:15 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

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.

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. Paul United Methodist Church 400 West G St., Elmwood, 402-994-6735 Sunday School, 9:15 a.m. Sunday 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 11 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, 6:30 p.m. Sunday

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

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

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

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




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.

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

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.



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

Church of Christ Christian Church Pastor Tom Ohm Sundays: Sunday school 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.

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.

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

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.

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

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


Specialty Shops A Little Rustic

Found & Flora

The Olde Farmhouse

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

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

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, specialty food items

Baker’s Candies

The Gift Niche

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, specialty food items

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

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, 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, specialty food 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.

Lil’ Miss Muffins 403 N. Broadway., Wahoo 402-416-0466 Hours: Wed. thru Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cupcakes, Sweetrolls, Muffins & Much More

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

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

Attractions Ashland Area Ashland Public Library Library hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.

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

Waverly Area

Greenwood Public Library

Waverly Public Library

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

Greenwood Depot/Museum Summer hours: call 402-430-0238

Wahoo Area Howard Hanson House 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.

Wahoo Public Library 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

11120 No. 141st Street Library Hours: Monday, 12:30 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Summer Reading Program: Thursdays, 10 a.m. Summer Science Club: Mondays, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Summer Teen Night: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

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


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, Innkeepers: Harriet, Jack, and Don Gould

Prairie Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast 2400 S. 148th Street, Walton 402-488-8822, Innkeepers: Bruce and Maureen Stahr

State Parks Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area

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 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.

Campgrounds Open to the Public 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,

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), 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, ice-cream socials, games, award-winning barbecue and buffet breakfast from Mother’s Day through Labor Day.


Art Galleries

Antique Stores Diana’s Antiques & Gifts

Cooper Studio and Gallery

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

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, Lee Kallstrom. Framing services available

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 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 to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 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 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

Willow Point Gallery 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

Raceways Eagle Raceway

I-80 Speedway

Eagle Raceway is located at 617 238th St. in Eagle. It boasts a onethird 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, 402-238-2595; 402-781-2243 or visit

I-80 Speedway at Nebraska Raceway Park is located at 13909 238th St. northeast of Greenwood. Accessible from Interstate 80 at exit 420. The speedway features a 4/10 mile semibanked oval track. For more information, call 402-342-3453 on non-race days. Track phone, (402) 659-3301

Eagle Raceway Schedule Sunday, Sept. 1 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Super Nationals Day 2, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 Mini Nebraska Cup-Season Finale, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 Nebraska Cup-Miss Nebraska Cup Contest-ASCS Sprints, late models, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 1 Allstar Championship Sunday,day, NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, Plus SLMR and Nebraska 360 Sprints, 5:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 Midwest Fall Brawl, ASCS Midwest Sprints, Non-sanctioned B Mods, Grand Nationals, 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21 Midwest Fall Brawl, ASCS Midwest Sprints, SLMR and GOTRA, 7:15 p.m. October Friday, Oct. 11 Cornhusker Classic, Non-sanctioned complete show with features, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 Cornhusker Classic, SLMR, Non-sanctioned complete show with features, 5:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 Cornhusker Classic, SLMR, Non-sanctioned complete show with features, 5:55 p.m.


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

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

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

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

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.

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


20% OFF Nebraska Football Items Two floors full of specialty gifts and handcrafted items. Open Mon.-Sat. 10:00-5:00

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

Come Check Out What’s New for Fall ◆ Melissa & Doug® Educational Toys ◆ Candles, Balloons ◆ Unique Gifts, Jewelry, Home Decor

The Gift Niche

Downtown Ashland 402-944-2182

Serving the Community Since 1883 24-Hour ATM located in the bank lobby. Drive Thru ATM located in the former Barnes Oil Co. Station at 504 Hwy. 6.

Farmers & Merchants Bank of Ashland 1501 Silver Street 402-944-3316

Ashland Member FDIC


Wineries Cellar 426 1402 Dennis Dean Road, Ashland 402-944-8109,, Open: Friday 1 p.m. to 7 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 last May. The winery sits high on the hill and invites guests to cross cultures while tasting Nebraska-crafted wines in a beautiful tasting room designed with the comfort and warmth of a modern lodge. The winery’s terrace overlooks the wooded hillsides and on clear days the State Capitol in Lincoln is in view. Special wine dinners, tastings featuring cheese or chocolates paired with their wines are frequently on the Cellar 426 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.

Deer Springs Winery 16255 Adams, Lincoln 402-327-8738 Open: Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 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.

Glacial Till Vineyard and Winery Tasting Room and Art Gallery 1419 Silver Street, Ashland 402-944-2546 Open: Wednesday and Thursday 2 to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 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 threedimensional art from regional artists. Special events include wine tastings, live music and wine classes.

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 here. Tapas Saturdays every Saturday evening through end of April from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Makovicka Winery 2091 31st Road, Brainard 402-545-2173 Open: Friday through Saturday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Sundays 1 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 to 9 a.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.

Coffee Shops C&C Caffe 450 N. Chestnut, Wahoo 404-443-3443 Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Coffee Shop, breakfast and lunch offerings, wi-fi, ice cream and cookies

Cheri O’s 1404 Silver Street, 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, specialty food items

Mocha K’s 824 N. Chestnut, Wahoo 402-443-3311 Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday Coffee kiosk, lunch offerings


Lakes and Recreation Areas mouth 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 – 21-inch minimum length and live baitfish cannot be used or possessed anywhere at Lake Wanahoo.

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.

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.

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 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

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, large-

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.


Tesinsky to be featured on ‘Redneck Summer’ reativity is an art of the mind and one Weston resident has a lot of it. Vince Tesinsky, owner of VT Fabrications, began a project a few years ago that he never imagined would take the turn it did this summer. About five years ago, Tesinsky began to wonder what he could do with all the extra metal generated by his business. An idea formed to make a unique ride that people wouldn’t forget. Over the next few years, he built his “Power Chariot” and “Skid Steer Go-cart”. He stated that owning his own equipment for the business comes in handy. “It gives me the chance to make these unique rides that are fun,” he said. According to Tesinsky, the “Power Chariot” has some unique features. “It’s front wheel drive,” he said. “It goes about 20 miles per hour.” The front handlebars can turn a complete 360 degrees, giving the chariot maximum maneuverability. Tesinsky put the small engine in himself. “It’s got some salvaged parts from cars,” he said. Tesinsky stated that his idea for the skid steer go-cart came about when he realized how interesting it would be to have a go-cart that operated like one of his skid loaders. However, he said he had to find something lighter to construct it. “I used playground equipment,” he said. He explained that, at the time, his dad was working at a school in Millard and was given some old playground equipment. The go-cart also moves at about 20 miles per hour. It is built with wheels on the back that allow the cart to do wheelies without tipping back too far. “You can be going 20 miles per hour, spin a cookie and keep going without slowing down,” Tesinsky added. Then, a couple of years ago, Tesinsky built his best creation: a 360 swing. The swing is built to allow a person to stand on the platform and wear a harness. The person then works the swing back and forth with body motions. Tesinsky stated that, with enough force, the swing goes in a complete circle. The idea came from Myth Busters. He explained that he had been watching them explain why a normal park swing cannot


Story and photos by Kelsi Martin swing in a complete circle and decided he would build one that could. Tesinsky placed videos of his work on YouTube. The videos received multiple hits, but his biggest surprise came with a phone call in May from Destination America, a nationally televised show. “They called me and said they were putting a show together,” said Tesinsky. The show is called “Redneck Summer” and showcases several unique creations across the country. On June 26, five men with cameras showed up to film Tesinsky with his work. All of the filming took close to 12 hours, he said. Several of his friends joined him for the day to show how the rides were used. According to Tesinsky, “Redneck Summer” will be aired as a three part special, but the time has not been announced.

Vince Tesinsky explains how the steering mechanism works on a skid steer go-cart he constructed out of old playground equipment.

Vince Tesinsky shows off his 360 swing. The swing goes around in a complete circle and is equipped with a safety harness.

Vince Tesinsky takes a ride on his “Power Chariot”. The bike has optimum maneuverability and he and his friends often enjoy a great ride.




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