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$3,000,000

Spectacular 1.5 story backing to trees and common area. 3 story spiral staircase, radiant heat flrs in kit. & mstr bath. Control 4 throughout, infrared air purifier, new pool and waterfall. 2 covered decks, sec. cameras, lrg patio with fireplace. Wine cellar, wet bar, office, 2nd kit. for outdoor entertaining. Double oven, cabinets w/pullouts, expresso maker.

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1862 County Road 5, Yutan

$1,300,000

Susan Hancock • 402.215.7700

$825,000

Over 33 acres with a beautiful ranch home overlooking the Loess Hills - comes with a barn with stalls for your horses - This home has a beautiful kitchen, family room, formal dining room, fireplace, 22 x 17 master bedroom with cedar closets, oak ceiling & walls in living room, sauna, underground sprinklers plus a 3 car garage.

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$735,000

This impressive 1 ½ story has 2 true master suites, 2 story entry, 3 fireplaces, gorgeous wood floors & impressive designer details in every room! Enjoy the special moldings, fixtures & lightings. Amazing main floor master addition w/enclosed deck. Exercise room, sunroom, finished walkout with 2nd kitchen, theater room & rec room.

The Jansen Team • 402.330.5954   march/april • 2011

508 S. Edgerton, Exira, IA

$1,100,000

First time on the market. 71 acre crop producing farm with a total of 89 acres to include a 2 acre stocked pond. Fantastic barn with a custom built walk-out brick ranch home. The home is surrounded by trees, flowers and private views. A very special place all on hard surface roads.

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20244 Hanna Ave, Pacific Junction, IA

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$1,875,000

Approx 750 acres of unspoiled native timber & grass, deer, turkey, pheasants, and nearly every native species abound. Property includes hunting lodge home secluded on your own private road, private view of Nebraska Loess Hills & Missouri River. Stocked fishing pond. Custom designed lodge style home, bunk houses, heated garage.

Hank Stork • 402.317.9147

This 1.5 story, 5 bedroom, 5 bath home, (all beds are in suite), geothermal heating, high tech surround sound and security including camera, custom stamped concrete heated floor through main level, high end finishes, huge new out building, pool, nice large stocked ponds, beautiful views and private. Just a 15 minute drive to Omaha.

11333 N 78th Street

1860 Hwy 75, Decatur

3888 Indian Grass Circle, Blair

$625,000

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Tom Helligso • 402.740.5300

9102 N. 102 Street

$850,000

Gorgeous 4 bed, 4 bath, 1.5 story home 5 min from Lake Cunningham. In-ground pool, outbuilding for horses/storage, main floor master. Elegant high ceilings. Hearthroom kitchen with granite. Walk-in pantry, with a large island. Pastures are separated into 5 different areas. 8.5 acres of land.

13251 Eagle Run Drive

$625,000

New roof, exterior recently repainted, wonderful ceilings, extraordinary kitchen and dinette area, zoned heating and a/c, lower level has bar with refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. Private lot! You will love and appreciate this fine home. 11 Foot bar in rec room.

Mark Renner • 402.690.1687

$689,000

Very tasteful contemporary presentation of classic style. Grand ceilings with lots of architectural detail. Viking stainless appliances, Alder cabinets. Surround sound wiring. Shaded covered deck, new paver patio, stone, brick and Hardiplank siding, professional landscaping.

John Kraemer • 402.689.2233

$1,399,000

Fantastic Bennington Lake home! Scenic views with infinity pool, beach, hot tub, fire pits, covered deck, front courtyard and professional landscaping. Interior has all the upgrades w/ granite, dark & light cherry wood, high-end appliances, boxed ceilings, built-in flat panel TV’s, theater room and much more!

Rachel Tiller • 402.403.9181

Paved roads to home! Enjoy relaxing or entertaining with beautiful views on 2.3 acres. This lodge like walk-out 4 bedroom ranch home was built in 2008 and offers over 3700 sq ft. Like new - looking for separation close to interstate this is a ‘MUST BUY’.

18718 Honeysuckle Drive, Elkhorn

17610 N Reflection Circle

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22814 Hascall Street

328 Oak Ridge View, Council Bluffs

$490,000

View, woods and privacy! Great find in the city. Large lot with room for a pool. Expandable attic for a 5th bedroom or storage. Main floor den. This home has a main floor laundry and a drop zone just inside the rear door. Home offers a large designer kitchen with high end finishes.

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Editor’s letter

Change Gets a Bum Rap

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Linda Persigehl

hange can be tough. A lot of people are resistant to change, including

me. The fear of the unknown, the change in routine, and the stress that’s created during the adjustment phase of a major change can be overwhelming. Better just to stay the course, right? Then again, maybe not. As I get older, I’m realizing more and more that, though difficult, change is often necessary to growth and success. The challenges and uncertainty in taking a new path can be worth it, and often there’s a big payoff if you can make the leap. Meteorologist Jim Flowers is a prime example. After 20 years at one station in town, he’s now moved on to a new position at another. When I asked him during his photo shoot how it was going these days, he said exuberantly, “It couldn’t be better!” My guess is that nine months ago, given the option, he might have resisted change and stayed put. Change, though forced upon him, has proven to be a gift in disguise. See his story on page 44. Steve Warren, an ex-Husker and founder of D.R.E.A.M., a camp for at-risk youth, obviously believes in the power of change. Today, he’s living his passion, helping teens learn the skills they need to change their lives for the better and leading them on a new path to success (pg. 70). Our Gen O subject, Alexandra Baxter, 18, is proof that it doesn’t matter what your age— anyone can be a force for change and make the world a better place. Named Nebraska’s Top High School Volunteer 2013, Baxter has no doubt helped change for the better dozens of lives through her fundraising work with the Red Kettle Run for The Salvation Army, an effort she started in 2010 (pg. 78). Certainly our cover subject, Jean Stothert, is a symbol of change, being Omaha’s first female mayor. Stothert is all about making changes to the delivery of services and city finances in an effort to streamline government. (A big thanks to Mayor Stothert for being such an enthusiastic subject for our conceptual cover, which has a little fun with the idea of her leading in a role traditionally coveted by men.) Read her story on page 194. As it turns out, I’m heading for a big change myself. It’s with a bit of sadness and excitement both that I’m announcing I will be stepping down as managing editor of Omaha Publications this month. My decision is based on personal reasons, and my departure is fully amicable. It is my hope, however, that you will continue to see my byline sprinkled throughout our various publications, as I continue to contribute as a freelance writer.

I feel extremely proud to have been a part of the Omaha Magazine team for the past five and a half years, during which time the publication has gone through a huge expansion both in page count and reach. It has been a time of great professional growth for me as well, and I have made many friends whom I will miss greatly. My thanks go out to Todd and Sandy Lemke for bringing me on board, as well as a great editorial/art team—Chris, Bailey, Katie, Bill, Paul, Rick and David, and John, you’ve made it fun. But rest assured, readers, your city magazine is in good hands. Longtime Omaha Publications freelancer David Williams will be assuming managing editor duties, and we’ll continue to bring you wonderful stories about local events and Omahans you’ll find both interesting and inspiring. Enjoy the change of seasons over the next few weeks, as well as a new perspective from David. Happy Fall!

Linda Persigehl Omaha Publications Editor

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Contents september/october 2013 features

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Special Section: Best Doctors

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Art: Sarah Josyln

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Clarkson College

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Jim Flowers Weathers the Storm

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Omaha’s Big Give 2013

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Mayor Jean Stothert Leading in a Man’s World www.OmahaMagazine.com


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Editor’s Letter

special sections 60PLUS In Omaha

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Between the Lines

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Active Living: Iris Moreano

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For Starters

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Calendar of Events

Gwen’s Tips: Grocery Delivery

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Faces: Steven Warren

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Feature: Family Ties

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Style Shot: Sharon Hyer

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Cover Feature: Dating Over 60

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Gen O: Joe Shearer

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Feature: Affordable Care Act

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Gen O: Allie Baxter

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Health: Uterine Prolapse

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Faces: Michael Lyon

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Style: Big Names in Fashion

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Best of Omaha® Campaign 2014

gala

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Omaha Home

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Gala

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Greater Nebraska Happenings

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Cover Story: Completely KIDS

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Dining Guide

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Omaha Happy Hours

the new

david williams

assistant editor

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web content editor

bailey hemphill

assistant editor

chris wolfgang

editorial intern

peter setter (#28)

creative director

john gawley

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The Inside Scoop

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Gala Calendar

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Gala Events

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Feature: The People Behind the Curtain

director of photography

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interactive media

bill sitzmann

senior graphic designer

katie anderson

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2013 Ak-Sar-Ben Pages

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Omaha’s Big Give 2013

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2013 Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation Ball Pages

paul lukes

graphic design interns

libby schlosser (#29) carrie hausman (#30)

editorial advisors

rick carey • david scott

contributing writers

suzanne smith arney • leo adam biga kyle eustice • judy horan jasmine maharisi • melissa mcelroy susan meyers • robert nelson carol crissey nigrelli • niz proskocil chad rozniecki • kara schweiss wendy townley • mary anne vaccaro

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Omaha magazine

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the lines Before pursuing a master’s degree in education in 2012,

A look at three Omaha Magazine contributors

Robert Nelson (a graduate of

UNL) spent 20 years as a writer for newspapers in Nebraska, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. In that time, Nelson amassed more than 100 state, regional, and national writing awards, including the Thurgood Marshall Award for Print Journalism and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies national award for column writing. He was twice named a finalist for Arizona Journalist of the Year and twice received the John Kolbe Government and Politics Award. In 2006, his work was published in the HarperCollins book Best American Crime Writing. Besides

Robert Nelson Freelance Writer

working toward a teaching degree and the completion of two long-languishing books, he also is assisting in the creation and development of the Phoenix-based 501(c)(3) policy-research group, Project America. Bob lives in Millard with his wife, three sons, and a parakeet.

Jim Heitz began working part-time at Omaha Publications in 2010, fulfilling bookkeeping and accounting duties. Prior, the Bellevue University graduate and CPA spent nearly 20 years as an accountant for Central Sign Supplies in Omaha and another decade as the account manager for Brumbaugh & Quandahl law firm. Heitz and his wife, Sally, have four children and seven grandkids. In addition to fulfilling “grandpa duties,” Heitz spends his spare time bass fishing and studying American history. He’s also a supporter of the Disabled American Veterans and SANDS (Sportsmen Assisting the Nation’s Disabled Sportsmen). Among his

Jim Heitz

favorite Omaha destinations: Cabela’s and any of Omaha’s great steak houses.

Accounting

Molly Garriott grew up in Omaha’s Ponca Hills neighborhood and graduated from Marian High School. Garriott attended Creighton University, majoring in both English and history, giving her an excuse to bury her nose in colonial American history and the works of Austen and Hawthorne. She taught history and literature at Duchesne Academy before marrying fellow Bluejay Jim and moving to California, where she served as director of education for the Fresno City and County Historical Society. The siren call of Midwestern living was too much for the Garriotts, and they returned to their native Nebraska to raise their family. Today, Molly lives, writes, and gardens in the Dundee home she shares with Jim and children James, Mary Kate, and Emma. In addition to being a freelance writer, she is an adjunct

Molly Garriott Freelance Writer

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This is omaha

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OMAHA RESTAURANT WEEK Various Locations in Omaha Metro September 13-22

Grab your forks and knives and arrive with an empty stomach for Omaha Restaurant Week, a 10-day promotion celebrating the unique, exciting culinary scene in the Omaha metro. During this festival of food, participating restaurants offer an exclusive specials menu featuring multi-course dinners at a fixed price of either $20, $30, or $40 per person. Patrons can select their choice of one of three appetizers, entrées, and desserts from this menu. The restaurants also feature their regular menu. Tickets or passes are not required to enjoy the promotion; food lovers may simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they like. Omaha Restaurant Week encourages the exploration of new dining opportunities but welcomes participants to enjoy old favorites as well. Advance reservations may be made and are strongly recommended. Omaha Restaurant Week was founded in 2011 and is organized by Urban Events, Inc. and endorsed and sponsored by the Omaha Restaurant Association. The official event beneficiary is Food Bank for the Heartland, which will receive five percent of the price of each multi-course meal purchased during the week. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit the Omaha Restaurant Week website. 402-850-6776 – omaharestaurantweek.com 

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LAURITZEN GARDENS ANTIQUE & GARDEN SHOW Lauritzen Gardens September 26-29  Antiquing aficionados and gardening gurus may find a home this fall at the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show, a three-day celebration that brings renowned experts in antiques, gardening, and the various fields of design and art to Omaha. Under the leadership of honorary chairwomen Mary Seina and Cindy Bay, the show has grown in stature to become one of the region’s most anticipated events, drawing visitors from various states. This year, the Antique & Garden Show is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To commemorate, Harrison Howard, a California artist, was commissioned to provide several one-of-a-kind pieces of art for the show. His piece, Spring, is an exclusive for Lauritzen Gardens. Lecturers this year are Carolyne Roehm, Kathryn Ireland, Eddie Ross, and Danielle Rollins. The show benefits Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s Botanical Center. In the past eight years, the show has hosted more than 40,000 people and raised more than $3.8 million to benefit the garden and its educational programs.  100 Bancroft St. F-Sat/10 a.m.; Sun/11am. $15 general admission, $75 luncheon lectures, $125 preview party. 402-346-4002 – lauritzengardens.org

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THE BOOK OF MORMON

The critically acclaimed and Tony® Award-winning religious satire musical, The Book of Mormon, is coming to Omaha for a nine-day run. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century,” and Entertainment Weekly proclaims it as “the funniest musical of all time.” From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda to spread the word of Jesus Christ. As the two arrive, they discover a brutal warlord is threatening the local population, and the locals are more worried about war, famine, poverty, and AIDS than about the religion the two young missionaries are trying to preach. The show lampoons organized religion and traditional musical theatre and contains explicit content. The Book of Mormon has garnered numerous theatre awards including nine Tony® Awards. An original Broadway cast recording was released in May 2011 and became the highest-charting Broadway cast album in over four decades, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard charts. 409 S. 16th St. Tu-W/7:30 p.m.; F-Sat/8pm; Sun/1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. $50-140. 402-345-0606 – omahaperformingarts.com           

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MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS CenturyLink Center Omaha October 29  Premier hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are performing in Omaha as part of their U.S. tour. However, the two are no strangers to the Omaha area. Previously showcasing their talents at The Waiting Room and Sokol Auditorium, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are taking their music to Omaha’s main stage, CenturyLink Center Omaha. Known for their expertly crafted music and innovative music videos and media, the rapper Macklemore and music producer Ryan Lewis broke new ground by independently releasing their debut, full-length album, The Heist. This independent album shot to the No. 1 slot on iTunes, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, and was certified Gold without the support of a traditional record label. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis recently made Billboard history as the only duo to send their first two singles to No. 1 on both the Hot 100 and Top 40 Radio charts with new single “Can’t Hold Us” and breakout hit “Thrift Shop.” “Same Love,” a song and video in support of marriage equality, galvanized young fans and voters, and is certified a Gold single. 455 N. 10th St. 7:30 p.m. $29.50-82. 402-341-1500 – centurylinkcenteromaha.com

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Calendar of Events Ron Parks at the Fred Simon Gallery Through September 20 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St.  Sculptor Ron Parks showcases his craftsmanship in this exhibition of contemporary Nebraska visual artists. M-F/8am-5pm. Free admission. 402-595-2142 – nebraskaartscouncil.org

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Baseball at Boys Town Through September 30 at Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St.  Highlights the history of baseball from 1917 to today at Boys Town and features autographed baseballs and memorabilia from Hall of Fame players Babe Ruth, Ozzie Smith, and Hank Aaron. Daily/10am-4pm. Free admission. 402-498-1186 – boystown.org Featured artists Daharsh, Ocken, and Vande Voort September 3-29 at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Ltd., 405 S. 11th St.  New works by glassblower Frank Daharsh, painter Virginia Ocken, and painter Dar Vande Voort. Th/11am-5pm; F-Sat/11am-10pm; Sun/126pm. Free. 402-342-9617 – artistsco-opgallery.com Rockbrook Village® 42nd Annual Art Fair

September 7-8 at Rockbrook Village Shopping Center, 108th & W. Center Rd.  Omaha’s premier art fair since 1971. Over 160 national, regional, and local artists will display and sell their one-of-a-kind works of art. 10am-5pm. Free admission. 402-390-0890 – rockbrookvillage.com

14th Annual Art Auction and Exhibition September 21 - October 20 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.  A month-long, contemporary art exhibition kicking off the Bemis Center’s largest fundraiser of the year. Free admission. 402-341-7130 - bemiscenter.org

ART AND MUSEUM EXHIBITS A T. Rex Named Sue Through September 8 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.  Visit one of Chicago’s Field Museum’s traveling exhibitions, Sue, the largest, most complete, best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex in the world. M/10am-5pm; Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. $9 adults, $7 seniors (62+), $6 ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 402-444-5071 – durhammuseum.org

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A Bug’s World Through September 8 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.  A larger-than-life interactive exhibit that allows children to experience what it’s like to be a bug. Tu-F/10am-4pm; Sat/9am-5pm; Sun/1pm5pm. $9 adults & kids, $8 seniors, free for members and children 2 & under. 402-342-6164 – ocm.org

Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear September 28 – January 5 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.  Created by The California Science Center, Durham Museum presents the many sides of fear. Test yourself against four common fears. Observe how fear changes and learn simple ways to combat stress. Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. $9 adults, $7 seniors (62+), $6 ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 402-4445071 – durhammuseum.org

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Featured artists Johnston, Methot-Swanson, Stizman October 1-27 at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Ltd., 405 S. 11th St.  New works by painters Judith Anthony Johnston and Katrina Methot-Swanson, and sculptor Tom Sitzman. Tu-Th/11am-5pm; F-Sat/11am10pm; Sun/12-6pm. Free admission. 402-342-9617 – artistsco-opgallery.com Featured artists Akers, Fetter, Gaines October 29-November 24 at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Ltd., 405 S. 11th St.  New works by mixed media artist Sean Akers, painter Joan Fetter, and weaver Agneta Gaines. Tu-Th/11am-5pm; F-Sat/11am10pm; Sun/12-6pm. Free admission. 402-342-9617 – artistsco-opgallery.com THEATRE Other Desert Cities Through September 15 at SNAP! Productions, 3225 California St.  This Pulitzer Prize-nominated play explores the relationships of a family with differing political views and a tragic family secret that is threatened to be exposed. 402-341-2757 – snapproductions.com

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Bollywood and Beyond Through October 3 at Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St.  A comprehensive overview of India’s prolific filmmaking traditions that presents 10 classics from a given era of Bollywood—Mumbai-made, Hindi-language films. See website for showtimes and admission. 402-933-0259 – filmstreams.org

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Sirens Through September 15 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.  This play follows the story of Sam, a one-hit-wonder songwriter, whose marriage with his wife of 25 years is stifled by his obsession with finding the next big hit. When he encounters a siren from Greek mythology out at sea, she helps him realize Rose was always the love of his life. Th-Sat/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. $35 adults, $21 students. 402-553-0800 –

HITS 38th Annual Omaha Marathon September 22 at TD Ameritrade Park Stadium, 1200 Mike Fahey St.  Listen to live music as you run by the TD Ameritrade Stadium, the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and through the Old Market. 7am. $80 marathon, $65 half-marathon, $45 10K. 402-546-1800 – omahamarathon.com

Florence Mill Farmers Market Through September 29 at Florence Mill, 9102 N. 30th St.  A local farmers market featuring fresh, local produce, artisans and live music every Sunday afternoon. Sun/10am-3pm. Free admission. 402-551-1233 – historicflorence.org

omahaplayhouse.com Les Misérables September 20-October 27 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.  The world’s longest running and most loved musical. Set in 19th century France, Les Misérables is the epic tale of Jean Valjean as he breaks his parole and is pursued by Inspector Javert while caring for the young, orphaned Cosette. W-Sat/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. 402-553-0800 – omahaplayhouse.com Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show October 11 at The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA.  You haven’t indulged in the real “Rat Pack” experience until you’ve seen Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show. Chosen personally by Joey Bishop, only Sandy Hackett can bring to life the nonstop party into which everyone wanted access. 8pm. 712-388-7140 – artscenter.iwcc.ed Freud’s Last Session October 18-November 17 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.  An astute and witty conversation between scholar C.S. Lewis and Dr. Sigmund Freud shortly before Freud’s death, covering normally taboo topics, such as God, religion, sex and war. Th-Sat/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. 402-553-0800 – omahaplayhouse.com SPORTS Visit Omaha 2013 Women’s Norceca Championship September 16-21 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St.  Watch 10 teams from the North America, Central America and Caribbean region compete in this 6-day event. See the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, a 2-time Olympic silver medalist, defend their title as the current NORCECA Women’s Continental Champion. 402-934-6291 – ralstonarena.com

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River City Star Friday Evening Public Dinner Cruise Through October 4 at River City Star Riverboat, 151 Freedom Park Rd.  Spend an evening on the Missouri River while enjoying live entertainment on this 1.5 hour, two entree dinner cruise. F/6:30-8pm. $42 adults, $38 seniors (65+), $21 children 12 & under. 402-342-7827 – rivercitystar.com www.OmahaMagazine.com


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Oktoberfest September 20-21 at The German-American Society Inc., 3717 S. 120th St.  Omaha’s oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy great authentic foods, including schnitzel, German potato salad, sauerkraut, plus authentic music for dancing. F/5pm-12am; Sat/12pm-12am. $3 Saturday admission, $4 Sunday admission. 402-333-6615 – germanamericansociety.org

2013 Loess Hills Wine Festival September 21 at River’s Edge Park, Council Bluffs, IA.  A celebration of the Grape Harvest with a fun day of entertainment. Admission includes live music by Pink Kadillac, a souvenir wine glass, and five tickets that may be used for events. 3-10pm. $10-50. weigga.org

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22nd Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow September 22 at Metropolitan Community College, 5730 N. 30th St.  A traditional intertribal powwow featuring Native American music, dancing, crafts, and food. A family friendly event that explores the culture and traditions of various Native American tribes. 1-7pm. Free admission. 402-457-2253 – mccneb.edu Ak-Sar-Ben’s River City Rodeo & Stock Show September 26-29 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.  Come join in a celebration of the region’s western heritage. The various events include the Justin Boots Championships Rodeo, the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show, and the Douglas County Fair. Tu-F/10am-7pm; Sat/9am-7pm; Sun/9am-4pm. Free admission, except rodeo and selected events. 402554-9600 – rivercityrodeo.com

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Scotty McCreery September 13 at Stir Concert Cove, Harrah’s Casino, Council Bluffs, IA. Scott “Scotty” McCreery is an American country music singer from North Carolina and winner of the 10th season of American Idol. Doors open at 6pm; Show starts at 8pm. $35 general admission. 712-329-6000 – harrahscouncilbluffs.com Chris Mann September 19 at The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA.  Chris Mann is a classically trained singer-songwriter who spent years singing in clubs and auditioning for record albums before his big break on NBC’s The Voice. Since then, his star has continued to rise with the release of his debut album, Roads. 8pm. 712-388-7140 - artscenter.iwcc.edu Bret Michaels September 20 at Stir Concert Cove, Harrah’s Casino, Council Bluffs, IA.  Rock out the end of the summer with actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and reality television personality Bret Michaels, formerly of the band Poison. Doors open at 6pm; show at 8pm. $33 general admission. 712-329-6000 – harrahscouncilbluffs.com

joins forces with the two-time Grammy®-winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s. 3pm. 712-388-7140 artscenter.iwcc.edu Avenged Sevenfold w. Deftones and Ghost B.C. October 22 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.  Avenged Sevenfold, a rock band known for their diverse rock sound and dramatic imagery in album covers and t-shirts, has toured all over the United Kingdom, as well as mainland Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. 8pm. $18.50-73. 402-3411500 centurylinkcenteromaha.com FAMILY EVENTS Young Frankenstein – Forever Young Family & Children’s Film Series Through September 12 at Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St.  With support from the Lincoln Financial Foundation, Film Streams presents Forever Young Family & Children’s Film Series - Summer 2013 with Mel Brooks’ infamous Young Frankenstein. See website for showtimes. $9 general, $7 seniors, students, teachers, military, bike-friendly, $4.50 members, $2.50 12 & under. 402-933-0259 – filmstreams.org

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy October 10 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy gained national attention when “You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight)” and “Go Daddy-O” were featured in the film Swingers. Their concerts feature big horns, wild jungle-jazz rhythms, zoot suits & dancing flapper girls. 7:30pm. 402-345-0202 – omahaperformingarts.org Keith Urban – Light the Fuse Tour 2013 October 18 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.  One of the industry’s most electrifying live performers, four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban is coming back to Omaha and bringing his “Light The Fuse Tour 2013” to Omaha. Special guests include: Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. 7pm. $37-61.50. 402-341-1500 centurylinkcenteromaha.com Turtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKay October 20 at The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA.  Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay www.OmahaMagazine.com


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today—job opportunities. Originally from Vermont, they arrived here in 1880. George earned $18 per week as manager of the Western Newspaper Union (WNU); as a new century dawned, he was president of a burgeoning conglomerate. The couple moved comfortably among Omaha’s wealthy and powerful elite and made plans for their dream home, which would become the crown jewel of Omaha’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The Joslyns’ fabled life ended long ago, and no descendants live in Omaha. Still, their positive influence in our community can be felt by thousands of Omahans: by the artists who found inspiration at Joslyn Art Museum, the children who found homes through the Child Saving Institute, the students who reached their goals at UNO, the fellow church members at First Unitarian, and the strays who found some tender loving care at the Nebraska Humane Society; women and children in dire circumstances, soldiers away from home, and people old and alone—in fact, all of us have inherited the legacy of the Joslyns’ success, ideals, and vision. “The Joslyns were a power couple,” says Daniel Kiper. “Both had intellect, drive, and ability, and they shared common goals.” Kiper probably knows the Joslyns as well as anyone can who’s never met them. After serving as a docent and board member for the Friends of Joslyn Castle, the Joslyns’ majestic home, he researched and wrote The Joslyns of Lynhurst. “I visited Joslyn Art Museum often as a child,” he says. “I felt I owed a debt to Sarah, who allowed me to see beyond the world I lived in.”

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Omaha art feature Freelance writer Suzanne Smith Arney explains the legacy of Sarah Joslyn to her two granddaughters, Chloe and Kaitlin Smith. Making fine art accessible to the masses, including children, was one of Sarah’s primary goals in gifting the museum. Portrait of Mrs. Joslyn, 1941, oil on canvas, by Leopold Seyffert (American, 1887-1956)

Omaha proved to be the right place for the Joslyns, and they’d arrived just when the nascent city was ripe for opportunities. Ambitious, canny, and charming, George expanded and diversified WNU’s niche in newspapers and added properties, investments, and other ventures to his hand. Julie Reilly, executive director of Joslyn Castle Trust, describes George as “the Ted Turner of his day.” In 1893, he purchased a five-and-ahalf-acre farm at 39th and Davenport streets. Landscaping began at once, but it would be 10 years before the house was finished. And when it was, the public gave it the name it has been known by ever since: Joslyn Castle. “The Castle,” house and grounds, was lavished with luxury and reflected the Joslyns’ tastes: trees and shrubs, (many exotic, watered by underground pipes), a swimming pond, a conservatory for their orchid collection, stables for thoroughbred horses, a carriage house, and other outbuildings. The 34-room house, 24 

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designed by John McDonald in Scottish Baronial Style, cost $250,000 to build, plus $50,000 in furnishings. The house had its own conservatory, music room, gym, bowling alley, even a lavatory for their Saint Bernards’ muddy feet. Sarah’s favorite room was the morning room, with personal photographs on light blue walls and a unique flower-display window. Kiper says they certainly enjoyed themselves, indulging their interests in art and music, animals, travel, and entertaining. But they took the idea of noblesse oblige seriously: They gave to the community in both money and deed. Kiper cites numerous examples in his book, including their support of the Old People’s Home. Learning that the founder was near death and despaired of reaching her goal of new quarters, the Joslyns visited her with a property deed and $10,000. Once the new home was in operation, Sarah could be found sweeping the floors. In Joslyn Art Museum: A Building History,

former director Graham Beal includes a history of the Joslyns. “They were an extraordinary couple…who contributed so much to the early social, artistic, and intellectual life of Omaha. In my mind…[I picture Sarah as] a highly intelligent, unpretentious yet sensitive woman.” Beal describes Sarah’s charitable involvement in projects such as opening her home for fundraisers, serving on boards and commissions, and a variety of efforts during World War I. Always there was that combination of public roles and personal response; she did what needed to be done. Wanda Gottschalk, chief development officer of Child Saving Institute, describes her image of Sarah as “a very, very bright woman who was frustrated by lack of opportunities for women.” In addition to donating $25,000 for a new building, Sarah served on CSI’s board, rocked babies as a member of the Nursery Committee, and invited the children to picnics on her home’s park-like grounds. www.OmahaMagazine.com


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“It may have been one of those occasions where she met Violet,” Gottschalk says. In 1897, five-year-old Violet came to live with the Joslyns; she would become their cherished daughter and the princess of Joslyn Castle. In 1913, seven months after the horrific Easter Sunday tornado devastated Joslyn Castle, Violet was married in the renovated, flower-filled rooms. After George’s death in 1916, Sarah’s focus became a memorial that would honor her husband, represent his values, and provide a permanent home for the arts. She held fast to his idea that, as their wealth had derived from Omaha, it should, in some form, be returned to the city for the benefit of its citizens. Jack Becker, Joslyn Art Museum’s executive director and CEO, notes, “Sarah Joslyn built the museum as a memorial to her husband and gift to the people of Omaha. She was very clear from the beginning that her wish was for the museum to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, for as long as possible. Sarah lived to see the museum’s first decade, during which time an admission fee was never charged. The policy of free admission continued for another 25 years after her death in 1940, and we are proud to return to it this year.” Free general admission was reinstated in May 2013. On opening day, Nov. 29, 1931, Sarah gave us not only the Joslyn Art Museum but its future in saying: “If there is any good in it, let it go on and on.”OMAG www.OmahaMagazine.com


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s a child, I remember my

father and his eight siblings, getting together for family reunions. I enjoyed seeing my cousins, and we’ve remained friends. They continued the tradition well into their late 80s, spending several days at their different homes all over the country, catching up on each other’s lives. My sister and I are now the oldest family members, and our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended families carry on the tradition with annual events. This issue of 60 Plus includes advice on how to plan a family reunion of your own. What a great way to learn history and personal stories about your family! You also might find our story on dating of interest. We’ve given you some tips on where you can socialize, even if you’re not particularly looking for romance.

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60PLUS active living Story by Jasmine Maharisi • Photo by Keith Binder

Zumba Instructor Iris Moreano On-the-Go Dynamo

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ris Moreano just can’t seem to

sit still. The 66-year-old Zumba instructor keeps her days filled to the brim with such activities as exercising, gardening, and teaching. And she has no intention of slowing down any time soon. Moreano moved to Omaha nine years ago with her husband shortly after he was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Living in a new town coupled with the new role of caretaker left her feeling a bit stressed. Not one to sit around and wallow in despair, she joined a gym to meet new people and relieve pressure. When the gym began offering Zumba classes, a total-body workout combining Latin and international rhythms with dance moves, Moreano signed up. S4  60PLUS 

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“I’m originally from Puerto Rico, so I grew up with that type of music: salsa, merengue, and cumbia,” she says. “It was a lot of fun, and I felt good afterwards.” In 2007, Moreano became licensed to teach Zumba. While she currently teaches regular classes at Motion41 Dance studio at 125th and West Center streets, she also teaches at Curves in Elkhorn and at Fullerton Elementary School. All in all, Moreno teaches Zumba three to five days per week and substitutes when needed. But she has been known to teach six days per week with five classes each day. “I don’t think I’m ever going to retire,” she says. “My age is just a number. It’s all about how you feel and live. Zumba is good

for that because it’s like a party. I get e-mails from students saying that they can’t wait for the next class. So it feels good to help other people relieve their stress like I do mine.” Moreano is also a full-time English-asa-Second-Language (ESL) instructor at Fullerton Elementary, a position she finds “very rewarding.” In her spare time, she enjoys reading and tending to her garden. As a walking (and dancing) testament to the benefits of an active lifestyle, Moreano credits her clean bill of health to her on-the-go schedule. As for other Omaha seniors looking to become more active, Moreano has some advice: “Keep your mind busy but don’t take things too hard,” she says. “Try to stay positive. Try to exercise, whether it’s just walking. Do it for you. You’ve got to keep healthy and take care of yourself before you can help anyone else.” www.OmahaMagazine.com


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60PLUS feature Story by Carol Crissey Nigrelli • Photos by Chris Wolfgang

Top: The Killion family meets for their 2013 reunion. Bottom: Anna Killion traces the family lineage through the ages.

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Family Ties

Reunions take work but, oh, the rewards. illion family members from all over the country take turns hosting reunions

every two years, a ritual that’s been going on now for over three decades. Jim and Anna Killion of Omaha had a chance to relive shared memories with 50 of Jim’s blood relatives and their spouses, most of them elderly, when the couple hosted the gathering July 19-21 at the Marriott Regency. Advancing age and health issues have pared down participation; reunions used to draw over 100. Since 1985, the Lewandowski clan has met every three years in several different states and always over the Fourth of July weekend. Kathy Aultz of Omaha welcomed more than 250 people, including a two-week-old baby, to her home turf for this year’s reunion. The fest took place at Mahoney State Park, where families stayed in cabins or nearby hotels. A 90th birthday party for Marian Leach of Omaha, organized by her daughter, Kathy Meier Morris of Columbus, Neb., provided a much-anticipated get-together of the Meier/ Leach immediate family in early June. The last time Meier Morris, her two brothers, and their families converged on Omaha (outside of weddings and funerals) was 10 years ago for Leach’s 80th. The community room at Pacific Springs Village in West Omaha, where Leach lives independently, provided an intimate space for heartfelt congratulations. Three family social gatherings—each different in size, scope, and purpose—nevertheless S6  60PLUS 

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answer a basic need most Americans share: the need to belong. “We tell our history through stories. By gathering families together, you have the opportunity to reconnect,” muses Aultz, who, as executive director of the Douglas County Historical Society, dedicates both her personal and professional life to preserving and sharing the past. “Reunions keep us grounded.” Successful reunions have a central purpose. For Aultz and her relatives, the marriage of Anton and Sophia Lewandowski on May 6, 1919, in central Nebraska provided the reason to celebrate. Aultz’s mother, 88-yearold Esther Lewandowski Kaminski, was the first of 10 children born to the couple. “I put Grandma and Grandpa’s wedding pictures up a lot of places at the reunion because that’s when our family tree started,” says Aultz. The family tree now has 449 leaves on it and is still sprouting. Aultz contacted every family by letter over a year ago about the reunion dates and then followed up with several e-mails. A nod to the fierce pride the group feels about their Polish heritage could be found in the handouts: a cookbook with favorite Polish recipes that families e-mailed to Kathy ahead of time, and a refrigerator magnet made of cloth and shaped into a pierogi (Polish dumpling). The Lewandowski reunions include lots of games for the children, golf tournaments for adults, outings (a busload of people visited the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna), endless buffets, and socializing that lasts into the wee hours of the morning. Genealogy spurs the Killions to gather biannually. They have traced their roots to an ancestor, possibly Irish, who sailed from England and landed on the shores of North Carolina in 1755. Descendants, many of whom live in Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, spend reunion time visiting cemeteries, checking dates on gravestones, documenting family historical data, and touring places of historic significance; a passion not necessarily shared by the younger generations. “Anyone under 40 couldn’t care less about history and antiques because they haven’t reached an age where it’s important to them,” laments Killion, 73, who acts as keeper of the spreadsheet that contains 225 family names, addresses, and phone numbers. Then, with a wry smile, Killion continues, “I called Omaha Magazine to get some www.OmahaMagazine.com


handouts because it has a great events calendar, and she asked me, ‘What age group are we addressing?’ And I said, ‘Seventy and over. You know, yesterday’s teenagers!’” As reunion organizer for the past 15 years or so, Killion knows the importance of nailing down dates and hotel space at least a year in advance, no matter where the event is held. Almost 100 members of her husband’s family don’t have e-mail, forcing Killion to use the U.S. Postal Service for the initial Save the Date letter that also contains the location and registration information. She then follows up with phone calls. “One of my favorite tricks is to put the invitation on iridescent paper. That way it doesn’t get lost,” chuckles Killion, who’s been married to Jim for 48 years and together raised six children. No ‘snail mail’ for Meier Morris; she used Facebook and cell phones to gather about 30 members of her immediate family and stepsiblings to Omaha for a reunion that actually served a dual-purpose. “We had a noon baby shower for one of my daughters, who is due in September, at Upstream that Saturday,” says Meier Morris, who explains that the men played pool and ate lunch there. “Mom’s party was at 7 that evening, and we had it catered. It was easy. Our family stayed at the Embassy Suites La Vista.” “I was just thrilled to see everybody,” exclaims Marian Leach, a grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of eight (with one on the way). “I couldn’t believe they would go to that trouble and expense to be with me!” To which her family might respond, why wouldn’t they give back to a woman who continues to give so much to them? Why wouldn’t they celebrate a woman whose strength, vitality, faith, and loving nature sustained her through the heartbreaking loss of two husbands? “We all stood up and told ‘mom’ stories,” says Meier Morris. “The grandchildren talked about all the trips she took them on; trips to Cozumel, Cancun, Baja. We just wanted her to know that we love her, and we’re very proud of her.” The Killions, Lewandowskis, and the Meier/Leach families reached through time, miles, and hectic lifestyles to strengthen the ties that bind them—a legacy worth passing down to generations. www.BestOfOmaha.com

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60PLUS cover feature Story by Melissa McElroy • Photo by Bill Sitzmann Jim Hanson and Linda Knapp share a malt at Petrow’s Restaurant.

Empathize with Jim Hanson, Karen Larson, and Linda Knapp? Think the Omaha dating scene for seniors is a bit of a challenge? We’ve rounded up these sites to get you started on your own road to romance.

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Finding a Balance between Online Dating and Meetups im Hanson peruses a sea of online

profiles, hoping to find his match. What sets this self-professed Renaissance man apart from thousands of other men doing the same exact thing? His age: 65. At a time in life when most people his age are thinking of retirement and mutual funds, he is looking for love. After being happily married for 33 years, Hanson, a widower, found himself in a position understood by many of his generation: He was alone. Never one to give up, he has tirelessly searched for the right person for the last seven years. “I have met a lot of neat people in that time,” he says. “The main thing I noticed that’s different dating now than then [in his 20s] is people have twice the baggage.” He explains that there are two groups of people he has encountered on his quest: widows and divorcees. “The thing about baggage is you gotta find someone to help you unpack it.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people 65 and over make up 13.9 percent of Nebraska’s population. Many local seniors are experiencing being single again after the death or divorce of a spouse. Plenty are turning to online dating sites to meet other people. This was the case for Linda Knapp. “It is really difficult to meet people,” she admits. Despite the fact that she owns her own business and interacts with countless people both socially and professionally, the 66-year-old has not dated much in the last year and a half. “I don’t like going to bars. It’s difficult to find a venue to meet people of my generation.” Like many, she turned to online dating. After a couple of bad experiences, she decided it wasn’t for her. Karen Larson doesn’t look at seniors dating as any different from the younger generations. “No matter what age, it’s difficult to meet people.” Which is why the local 56-year-old started organizing meetup groups on Plenty of Fish, an online dating forum, to help people get out there and meet new people. “I like to host in small venues so people can www.BestOfOmaha.com

actually get a chance to talk,” she says adding, “It’s a safe environment where people can meet.” According to her, a safe environment is what women want. “Many women from my generation have never walked into a bar by themselves.” She will meet up with people and help ease their anxiety, acting as a modern-day matchmaker. “I have success stories,” she says. One woman who was nervous about attending a meet-and-greet that Karen organized found her special someone after attending the gatherings for a few months. “Everyone has baggage,” Larson says, echoing Hanson. “I don’t even like to look at it as baggage. I think of it as experiences that shape who you are. It can be positive or negative. Just like your past experiences, dating can be the same way, depending on how you look at it. It’s a scary adventure. People don’t want to be taken. There are those who play games and want to play with your heart. You have to discern the difference. One sign? Can the person describe their past without extreme emotion? Without anger or sadness? If not, they aren’t ready to date again.” “The way I see it, it’s a numbers game,” Hanson says with the zeal of a pep squad cheerleader. “You have to love without fear. It takes honesty, integrity, and a sense of humor. Yesterday is gone forever. Learn from it and move on. I lost my beautiful wife of 33 years in an instant. Nothing is a given. Embrace today. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.” After many years of dating and many more being married, he will tell you the importance of communication and making compromises. At the end of the day, he says he is looking for the same thing everyone looks for: that person who is the last person you think of at night and the first thing you think of in the morning. “It’s like that famous quote,” Hanson explains, “‘Love is like a butterfly.’ If you chase after it, it will fly away. But if you are patient and wait long enough, it will land in your hands.” september/october • 2013 

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60PLUS feature Story by Kara Schweiss • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Andrea Skolkin

The Affordable Care Act What It Means for Seniors

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he Patient Protection and

Affordable Care Act (PPACA), better known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a federal statute signed into law in 2010. The objective of the Act is to increase affordability and rate of coverage for health insurance and reduce the overall costs of health care, which will be executed through mandates, subsidies, tax credits, and other means. The ACA is divided into 10 titles with some provisions that became effective immediately, while others are phasing in over a 10-year period. But what does this mean for most seniors? S10  60PLUS 

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Individuals over 65 will likely find that not much will change as far as Medicare is concerned, says Andrea Skolkin, chief executive officer for OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. More preventive care is covered and prescription drug coverage will improve, she says, but most facets of Medicare will carry on as before. “People who have Medicare, other than the little bit of expansion in the ‘donut hole’ [Medicare Part D coverage gap between the initial coverage limit and the catastrophiccoverage threshold for prescription drugs], should be secure in their coverage,” she

explains. “The new marketplace isn’t for people who have Medicare.” Sixty-plus individuals who will definitely be affected by ACA are those seniors who haven’t reached the Medicare eligibility age of 65 and are without medical insurance. In January 2014, uninsured individuals will be required to buy health insurance, available through an exchange, or pay a penalty tax. Some people will certainly struggle to finance the premiums, but currently, seniors who don’t yet qualify for Medicare and can’t get covered through an employer are likely to take their chances and go without health insurance altogether, Skolkin says. “If you don’t have insurance between age 60 and 65, that’s a concern,” she says. “We see a lot of it—people 55 and up—who are being ‘right-sized,’ if you will, out of their jobs and are left without anything until they are eligible for Medicare. Especially at our new clinic in West Omaha, we see a lot of uninsured adults.” From a financial standpoint, it’s fair to say that ACA will not spell good news for everyone’s pocketbook, says EJ Militti, a financial advisor with The Militti Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. “[For] the wealthy and those who have properly saved for health care and other retirement costs, there is less to like and greater confusion about government-mandated health care. Moreover, those considered wealthy will be helping foot the bill of this epic legislation,” he says, explaining that a Medicare tax increase and additional taxes on taxable investment income have been instated, and other proposals are pending. “In my opinion, there is little doubt higherincome earners are going to be paying more in taxes. Higher-income earners need to be aware of future tax proposals on the table.” On the other hand, Militti points out, some Americans will clearly benefit financially from the legislation. “The poor, the lower middle class, the longterm unemployed, and those with pre-existing conditions will benefit the most, and that’s by design,” Militti says. “The entire premise for government-mandated health care is to provide taxpayer-financed subsidies for those who, otherwise, cannot provide for themselves.”

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more vaginal deliveries. The condition occurs when the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments weaken and stretch, causing the uterus to drop into the vagina, sometimes even protruding through the vagina. “Overall, we think it occurs in about half of all women; however, only about 10 percent of these women will be symptomatic,” says Dr. Woelk. Conditions such as obesity, chronic constipation, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can cause strain on the muscles and connective tissue in a woman’s pelvis

and can increase her risk of developing uterine prolapse. Other risk factors include chronic coughing, prior pelvic surgery, genetic predisposition to weakness in connective tissue, or frequent heavy lifting. “Uterine prolapse is typically not a dangerous or serious issue,” he says. “If it is not causing discomfort or other problems, you don’t have to do anything. However, for a small group of women, the problem can be very uncomfortable, and it becomes a quality of life issue.” One woman described the sensation as feeling like she was sitting on an egg, recalls Dr. Woelk. Women may also feel a sensation of heaviness or pulling in their pelvis, urine leakage or retention, and trouble having a bowel movement. The protrusion of the uterus may become worse throughout the day and will cause many of these women to limit their normal activities due to discomfort and embarrassment. The problem can become more serious if it begins to cause urinary retention. In the most serious cases, uterine prolapse can cause urinary tract infections, back pain, and injury to the kidneys. Women with uterine prolapse have two treatment options. In the outpatient setting, they can be fitted with a rubber vaginal device called a pessary that is inserted into the vagina to hold up the uterus. The pessary must be taken out each week to clean and can be reinserted into the vagina by the patient. The second option is surgery involving either a vaginal hysterectomy and attachment of the top of the vagina to the uterosacral ligaments, or an abdominal hysterectomy and supporting the vagina with graft material to other ligaments in the pelvis. These procedures are long-term solutions that are especially popular among more active women so they don’t have to deal with it anymore, notes Dr. Woelk. Unfortunately, many women who could get help are too embarrassed to discuss it with their doctors, says Dr. Woelk. “This is not something you have to live with,” he says. “Your doctor can help you live a normal life again if you bring it to their attention.” september/october • 2013 

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60PLUS style Story by Mary Anne Vaccaro • Photo by Jim Scholz

Big Names in Fashion Who Are Over 60

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hen we think of fashion,

we think of designs for the young and beautiful. However, when we hear the names of big designers, fashion editors, and stylists, we don’t think about how old they are! The reason for that is because they are, in a way, ageless. The word fashion means “of the times,” and people in fashion are of the times. Their hair may gray and their bodies might get sloppy, but fashion designers, directors, editors, stylists, and all of the creators involved tune into the times and project to the future. The older they get, the more they know, and the better they are. They work hard and very long hours. Travel for many may seem glamorous, but it’s often grueling. Here are some of fashion’s biggest names, all still working and 60-plus years old: • Giorgio Armani brought his signature Italian style of menswear to America in the ’70s. Today he oversees the design of not only his menswear collections but also collections for women, the home, hotels, and more. S14  60PLUS 

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Christian Lacroix delighted fashionistas with his couture masterpieces in the ’80s and ’90s and just created a museum collection for Schiaparelli. Vera Wang is busier than ever in a world of design far beyond bridal now. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, is the woman every designer wants to impress. Also at Vogue is Grace Coddington, who went from a ’60s and ’70s top model to a visionary as creative director of the magazine today. Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani is almost 64. Suzy Menkes, the most famous fashion reporter and journalist in the world, is almost 70. Photo journalist Bill Cunningham is 84. Donna Karan and Calvin Klein, both designers, are still active today and have expanded their empires beyond their dreams, I am sure. Tim Gunn, the guy from Project Runway and Parson’s School of Design, is “The

Word” to young designers. What he says is respected and taken as the best critique. • The Latin lady and gentleman of sophisticated American style, both years beyond 60, are Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. • Diane von Fürstenberg, famous for the wrap dress in the ’70s, has a fashion business today bigger than ever. • Ralph Lauren, a man with an eye for class and timeless elegance, is still at work after brain tumor surgery. • Tommy Hilfiger hasn’t let age stop him. His business expands every season. • Karl Lagerfeld, the designer at Chanel and Fendi and for his own collections, turned 80 this year. • Valentino Garavani claims to have made an exit from his world of couture, but all say that, at 81, he remains involved. • Max Azria is the man responsible for all the fun, young, and adorable BCBG collections, and he’s 64. • Betsey Johnson, 71, and Vivienne Westwood, 72, are still creating edgy, fun, and rock-star-wild designs. • Norma Kamali, who made high fashion of sweatpants and shirts in the ’80s, is still designing fabulous swimwear and sexy, signature dresses and sportswear. • Those beautiful Manolo Blahnik shoes we all love are designed by a man who is 71. • I adore the creative genius of Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler’s understanding of structure and construction. • I just looked through 83-year-old Sonia Rykiel’s fall collection. It’s wonderful, ageless, timeless, and personal, with qualities that speak of a designer who understands women. I welcome your feedback and invite you to send questions to sixtyplus@omahapublications. com. Mary Anne Vaccaro is a designer and image consultant to businesses and individuals. She designed clothes and products in Omaha and New York and ran a fashion advertising business in five states. She writes and speaks about image, fashion, art, and style. maryannevaccaro.com invisibleapron.com www.OmahaMagazine.com


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his trademark moustache and buttonhole flower, is a fixture in people’s lives after 31 years as an Omaha television meteorologist. This husband and father of two has invested himself in the community as a public speaker, Knights of Columbus volunteer, and churchgoer. He and his wife, Barb, are members of Mary Our Queen parish. It all made the ugly rumors that surfaced about him after WOWT did not renew his contract last December more unsettling. With Flowers suddenly off the air and no official word from station management explaining his absence (due to contractual reasons), anonymous social media speculation filled the information void. The chatter was mostly innocuous, but some alleged Flowers had been caught in a 2012 FBI sting operation targeting a local massage parlor fronting for a prostitution ring. It’s not the image a public figure like Flowers can afford, especially when looking for a new job. Flowers, who flatly denies involvement in any illegal activity, believes a parlor client used his name when procuring sexual services. Unfortunately, Flowers found his good name sullied when the sting broke. Despite the cloud, Flowers landed at KMTV. He debuted there June 3 as part of a long-term contract he reached with the station, thus making him perhaps the only on-camera talent to have worked at each of Omaha’s three major network affiliates. The Ohio native and Penn State University grad came to Omaha in 1982 to work at KETV from a TV weathercaster post in South

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Carolina. After 10 years, he moved to WOWT. He was there 20 years, the last several as chief meteorologist. He says he and his wife found Omaha to be “a great place to raise kids.” Even though their boys are now men, he says all the roots he and Barb put down here and all the relationships they built here make it a hard place to shake. But in the wake of what happened over the winter, he seriously considered moving to another market. With his exit from WOWT fueling the gossip mill, he posted Facebook and TVSpy responses that reflected his resolve to lay the tittle tattle to rest. “…I have never been involved in a massage parlor prostitution investigation. I have not been arrested, questioned, or told by the authorities that I am a suspect [a statement confirmed by Omaha Magazine with Omaha Police Department public information officer Lt. Darci Tierney]…those lies have been very hurtful to me, my wife of 34 years, and our family…I appreciate the loyalty of the many fans who have continued to support me, and I want to assure them that there is nothing behind those rumors.” He more extensively addressed the situation in June 3rd guest spots on the Todd-N-Tyler radio show and KM3’s own, The Morning Blend. “Doing that interview with Todd-N-Tyler literally put an end to it,” he says. But when the rumors were still fresh, they stung. “When this first happened, I was like my life has been an open book, people know me, who’s going to believe this stuff? Obviously, people do, and that was the surprising 46 

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part of the whole thing. Some folks want to bring people down, for whatever reason. It’s the human psyche.” His initial reaction was to get mad. “The first thing you feel is anger because you know you’re not a part of it. That’s what’s frustrating. It had an effect more on my wife and my family, especially my two boys. My two boys were angry…They wanted to find out who used my name, how the stuff got out there.” His wife has had his back the whole way. She offered this statement about the rumors: “I knew it wasn’t true. It was hurtful to me and my family to think that people would believe those rumors about Jim. I would like to thank those that supported us with positive comments.” Flowers, an outdoorsman who loves fishing, hunting, and chasing storms, isn’t the type to run scared, but there was little he could do about this. He gained insight into how his name got dragged into the mud when he contacted authorities, none of whom could speak to the specific case, then active in the judicial system. However, they did lay out a likely scenario. “I was told by the Omaha Police Department’s public information officer Lt. Darci Tierney that, in general, this is the way it works. The guys that go [to massage parlors] wind up on a list. They don’t use anything that will identify themselves. They don’t use credit cards, they don’t use checkbooks, and they don’t use their real names. She said, ‘Obviously someone decided to use your name and guess what, now you’re www.OmahaMagazine.com


Barb and Jim relaxing at home.

a part of it.’ I said, ‘Is there anything I can do?’ and she said ‘no.’” He says the local FBI office and U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp confirmed the same. Unfortunately for Flowers, someone used his familiar name. It comes with the territory of being a public figure. “Our exposure to this kind thing is not unusual, but this form and how it took off seemed to have a life of its own,” he says. “The constraints that exist for print, television, and radio don’t exist for social media. There are no checks and balances out there. So if there’s a lesson, it’s that, in social media, people can say anything about anyone they please without identifying themselves or taking responsibility. But just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s the truth.” He’s satisfied with how he’s managed the incident. “You take the high ground and have faith that things will work out. The night before I went on The Blend and Todd-N-Tyler, I told my wife, ‘I’m starting tomorrow [on KM3], and I feel really excited about it. There’s all these opportunities. But the one thing that’s still out there is this whole rumor thing. I don’t know where, I don’t when, and I don’t know how, but at some point in time this thing will be put to rest.” He says he and Barb put their “very strong faith in God” that this bad dream would disappear. “I’ve had people compliment me and say you handled it professionally.” KMTV General Manager Chris Sehring is pleased how it all worked out, too. “Jim’s a great guy, and www.BestOfOmaha.com

we are thrilled to finally have him on our KMTV Weather Alert team.” Though Sehring couldn’t comment on what steps the station took or on how much the incident played in its hiring decision, he did say, “Journal Broadcast Group is second to none in its commitment to integrity and the highest ethical standards. I still believe we live in a society where one is innocent until proven guilty…It’s truly a shame Jim and his family have had to endure these unsubstantiated rumors and malicious speculation. After all, it could happen to any of us.” Both Sehring and Flowers are focused on making KM3, currently in last place in the ratings, number one. Flowers helped bring both KETV and WOWT to the top spot and feels confident he can work magic a third time. “I’ve been down this road before. I know what it takes to win,” says Flowers. “Whoever wins weather in Omaha wins the ratings; that’s what it boils down to. You can ask every general manager, and they’ll tell you the same thing. It’s not only in Omaha; it’s in a lot of weather-sensitive markets. I didn’t decide that, the public did.” He feels his experience and attention to detail set him apart from other weathercasters in this market. So do his fishing skills. Once a competitive bass tournament champion, he takes his boat and fishing gear out these days purely for relaxation. With the rumors behind him, he’s forecasting nothing but clear skies and calm waters ahead. OMAG

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Omaha’s Best Doctors in America 2013 ®

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cians affiliated with Harvard Medical School and is today a leading global resource for patients, families, and physicians seeking expert medical information and guidance. The Omaha metropolitan area physicians listed below have not only established outstanding reputations among their patients, but have been chosen by other top physicians for the honor of being included in the elite, international Best Doctors® database. The Best Doctors® designation is based on an independent, exhaustive evaluation of the medical profession in which thousands of doctors who have been identified in previous surveys as “the best” in their specialties are asked: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, and you could not treat them yourself, to whom would

Allergy and Immunology Jaine Brownell Midwest Allergy and Asthma Clinic 16945 Frances St. Omaha, NE 68130 402-397-7400 Thomas B. Casale Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Division of Allergy and Immunology 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 3M100 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4403 Linda Ford Asthma and Allergy Center 3503 Samson Way, Ste. 108 Omaha, NE 68123 402-592-2055 Russell J. Hopp Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics 601 N. 30th St., 6th Fl., Ste. 6820 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4580

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Brett Kettelhut Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates 2808 S. 80th Ave., Ste. 210 Omaha, NE 68124 402-391-1800 Roger H. Kobayashi Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates 2808 S. 80th Ave., Ste. 210 Omaha, NE 68124 402-391-1800 Kevin R. Murphy Boys Town National Research Hospital Boys Town Medical Campus - Pacific Street Pediatric Clinic 14080 Hospital Rd. Boys Town, NE 68010 402-778-6900 Jeffrey S. Nelson Midwest Allergy and Asthma Clinic 16945 Frances St. Omaha, NE 68130 402-397-7400 Thomas C. Nilsson Midwest Allergy and Asthma Clinic 16945 Frances St. Omaha, NE 68130 402-397-7400

you refer them?” Gallup® has audited and certified Best Doctors, Inc.’s database of physicians, and its companion The Best Doctors in America® List, as using the highest industry standards survey methodology and processes. These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in America® 2013 database, which includes over 45,000 U.S. doctors in more than 40 medical specialties and 400 subspecialties. The Best Doctors in America® database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. For more information, visit www.bestdoctors.com, or contact Best Doctors by telephone at 800-675-1199 or by email at research@ bestdoctors.com. Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors web site. Jill Adair Poole UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 James M. Tracy Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates 2808 S. 80th Ave., Ste. 210 Omaha, NE 68124 402-391-1800 Mark C. Wilson Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Sleep Medicine 8200 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-5570 George Zieg Midwest Allergy and Asthma Clinic 16945 Frances St. Omaha, NE 68130 402-397-7400

AneSthesiology Mark L. D’Agostino Methodist Hospital Department of Anesthesiology 8303 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-4000 Barbara J. Hurlbert The Nebraska Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5782 Kent Hutton Anesthesia West 7822 Davenport St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-4855

Cardiovascular Disease Kelly J. Airey Alegent Creighton Cardiac Center 3006 Webster St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4852

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Michael G. DelCore Alegent Creighton Cardiac Center 3006 Webster St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4566 Arthur R. Easley UNMC Physicians Heart Center Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St., Ste. 2310 Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8888 Dennis J. Esterbrooks Alegent Creighton Cardiac Center 3006 Webster St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4566 Thomas J. Lanspa Alegent Creighton Cardiac Center 3006 Webster St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4566 Syed Maqdoom Mohiuddin Alegent Creighton Cardiac Center 3006 Webster St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4566

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Aryan N. V. Mooss Alegent Creighton Cardiac Center 3006 Webster St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4566

Garnet J. Blatchford Colon and Rectal Surgery 9850 Nicholas St., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68114 402-343-1122

Thomas R. Porter UNMC Physicians Heart Center Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St., Ste. 2310 Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8888

Maniamparampil Shashidharan Colon and Rectal Surgery 9850 Nicholas St., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68114 402-343-1122

John Windle UNMC Physicians Heart Center Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St., Ste. 2310 Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8888

Colon and Rectal Surgery Jennifer Beaty Colon and Rectal Surgery 9850 Nicholas St., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68114 402-343-1122

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Charles A. Ternent Colon and Rectal Surgery 9850 Nicholas St., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68114 402-343-1122 Alan G. Thorson Colon and Rectal Surgery 9850 Nicholas St., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68114 402-343-1122

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Kristina L. Bailey University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care 985910 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 Bernard Timothy Baxter UNMC Physicians Vascular Surgery Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7300 Steven Jay Lisco University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4081

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Lee Morrow Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 3820 Omaha, NE 68131 402-449-4486 Craig Arnold Piquette UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 Debra J. Romberger University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 985300 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-943-5515 Joseph H. Sisson UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6241 Susanna Gertrude Von Essen UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 Tammy Oleskevich Wichman Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 3820 Omaha, NE 68131 402-449-4486

Dermatology John J. Ferguson Methodist Physicians Clinic Department of Dermatology 10060 Regency Cir., 3rd Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-1315 Jill S. Nelson Dermatology Specialists of Omaha 909 N. 96th St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-330-4555

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Joel Schlessinger Skin Specialists 2802 Oak View Dr., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68144 402-334-7546

Emergency Medicine Robert Muelleman University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4020 Michael Wadman University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine 981150 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6948 Richard A. Walker University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4000

Endocrinology and Metabolism Robert J. Anderson Alegent Creighton Clinic Department of Endocrinology 5002 Underwood Ave. Omaha, NE 68132 402-280-1185 Claire Baker Diabetes and Endocrine Associates 7831 Chicago Ct. Omaha, NE 68114 402-561-2740 Brian Boerner The Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Center Specialty Services Pavilion, 1st Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8700 Cyrus Victor DeSouza Omaha Division - VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism 4101 Woolworth Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-346-8800

Andjela T. Drincic University of Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Center 4355 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-559-8700

Family Medicine Greg J. Babbe UNMC Physicians Family Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7200

Whitney Sears Goldner The Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Center Specialty Services Pavilion, 1st Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8700

Robert A. Beer West Omaha Family Physicians 17030 Lakeside Hills Plz., Ste. 130 Omaha, NE 68130 402-758-5150

Sarah B. Konigsberg Diabetes and Endocrine Associates 7831 Chicago Ct. Omaha, NE 68114 402-561-2740

William P. Fitzgibbons Skyline Medical Center Department of Family Medicine 1908 N. 203rd St., Ste. 2 Elkhorn, NE 68022 402-289-4031

Jennifer L. Larsen University of Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Center Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8700

Dennis P. Goeschel UNMC Physicians Clarkson West Clinic Department of Family Medicine 2727 S. 144th St., Ste. 140 Omaha, NE 68144 402-778-5677

Lynn R. Mack The Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Center Specialty Services Pavilion, 1st Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8700

Mark D. Goodman Alegent Creighton Clinic 1319 Leavenworth St., Ste. 101 Omaha, NE 68102 402-280-5500

Amy S. Neumeister The Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Center Specialty Services Pavilion, 1st Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8700 Robert R. Recker Alegent Creighton Osteoporosis 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 4820 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4470 Vijay Shivaswamy The Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Center Specialty Services Pavilion, 1st Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8700 Timothy O. Wahl Diabetes and Endocrine Associates 7831 Chicago Ct. Omaha, NE 68114 402-561-2740

Norman L. Grosbach Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest Department of Family Medicine 16120 W. Dodge Rd Omaha, NE 68118 402-354-0610 David Harnisch Clarkson Family Medicine 4200 Douglas St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-552-3222 Jeffrey Harrison University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Family Medicine 2510 Bellevue Medical Dr., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68123 402-595-2275 Kimberly Jean Jarzynka UNMC Physicians Family Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7200

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Monty S. Mathews UNMC Physicians Family Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7200

Paul M. Paulman UNMC Physicians Family Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7200

Douglas H. Wheatley UNMC Physicians Family Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7200

Paul H. Meissner Arbor Heights Family Practice 8720 Frederick St., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-0700

Michael A. Sitorius UNMC Physicians Family Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7200

Gastroenterology

Debra E. Mostek University of Nebraska Medical Center Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology 986155 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-9600 Paul J. Nelson Family Health Care 10105 Maple St. Omaha, NE 68134 402-572-3140

John Lloyd Smith UNMC Physicians Family Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7200 Charles H. Stoner Omaha Family Physicians 17841 Pierce Plaza Omaha, NE 68130 402-991-7000

Audrey Paulman UNMC Physicians Family Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7200

Edward Vandenberg UNMC Physicians Geriatrics Home Instead Center for Successful Aging 730 S. 38th Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-559-9600

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Michael Jones Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates 8901 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-7057

Daniel F. Schafer UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015

Stephen Lanspa Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Department of Gastroenterology 601 N 30th St., Ste. 5730 Omaha, NE 68131 402-449-4692 Mark E. Mailliard University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine 45th and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-599-6040

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John Charles Mitchell II Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates 8901 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-7057 Savio Charan Reddymasu Alegent Creighton Clinic Division of Gastroenterology 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 5730 Omaha, NE 68131 402-449-4692

Bob T. Kizer Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Division of Gastroenterology 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 5730 Omaha, NE 68131 402-449-4692

Alegent Creighton Health Cancer Center - Bergan (402) 393-3110 Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center (402) 354-8124 Midwest Cancer Center Papillion (402) 593-3141

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Timothy M. McCashland UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Hepatology and Gastroenterology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015

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Michael Schafer Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates 8901 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-7057

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Renee L. Young UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015

Edward Vandenberg UNMC Physicians Geriatrics Home Instead Center for Successful Aging 730 S. 38th Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-559-9600

Geriatric Medicine Brenda Keller UNMC Physicians Geriatrics Home Instead Center for Successful Aging 730 S. 38th Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-559-9600 William L. Lyons UNMC Physicians Geriatrics Home Instead Center for Successful Aging 730 S. 38th Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-559-9600

Hand Surgery Robert M. Cochran Arthritis and Orthopaedic Surgeons 11819 Miracle Hills Dr., Ste. 203 Omaha, NE 68154 402-492-9922 Ian D. Crabb OrthoWest 2725 S. 144th St., Ste. 212 Omaha, NE 68144 402-637-0800 John A. (Jack) McCarthy GIKK Ortho Specialists 17030 Lakeside Hills Plaza, Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68130 402-399-8550

Timothy Raymond Malloy UNMC Physicians Family Medicine Geriatric Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8814

Richard Murphy Omaha Orthopedic Clinic and Sports Medicine 11704 W. Center Rd., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68144 402-691-0500

James V. Ortman Bergan Medical Bldg., Ste. 301 7710 Mercy Rd. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-7040

M. Andrew Thompson OrthoWest Oakview Medical Bldg., Ste. 212 2725 S. 144th St. Omaha, NE 68144 402-637-0800

Jane F. Potter UNMC Physicians Geriatrics Home Instead Center for Successful Aging 730 S. 38th Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-559-9600 Rebecca L. Reilly Methodist Hospital Geriatric Clinic 8303 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-3152

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Jeffrey Tiedeman GIKK Ortho Specialists 17030 Lakeside Hills Plaza, Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68130 402-399-8550

Hepatology Mark E. Mailliard University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine 45th and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-599-6040

Timothy M. McCashland UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Hepatology and Gastroenterology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015

Gary L. Gorby Omaha Division - VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System Division of Infectious Disease 4101 Woolworth Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-280-4210

Sandeep Mukherjee UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015

Angela Hewlett UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Infectious Disease Durham Outpatient Center, 5th Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8650

Daniel F. Schafer UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 Michael F. Sorrell University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 983285 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015

Infectious Disease Marvin J. Bittner Omaha Division - VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System Division of Infectious Disease 4101 Woolworth Ave., Ste. 111 Omaha, NE 68105 402-346-8800 Bradley Edward Britigan University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine 985520 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4204 Diana F. Florescu UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Infectious Disease Durham Outpatient Center, 5th Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8650

Edward A. Horowitz Alegent Creighton Clinic Division of General Internal Medicine 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 5800 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-2010 Andre Kalil University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Disease 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8650 Laurel C. Preheim Omaha Division - VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System Division of Infectious Disease 4101 Woolworth Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-280-4210 Mark E. Rupp UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Infectious Disease Durham Outpatient Center, 5th Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 Philip W. Smith University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Disease 42nd and Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8650 Susan Swindells The Specialty Clinic Department of Infectious Diseases 804 S. 52nd St. Omaha, NE 68106 402-559-2666

Alison Gail Freifeld UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Infectious Disease Durham Outpatient Center, 5th Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8650 www.OmahaMagazine.com


Internal Medicine

Michael Domalakes Methodist Physicians Clinic Department of Internal Medicine 10060 Regency Cir., 3rd Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-1378

Bruce L. Houghton Alegent Creighton Clinic Division of General Internal Medicine 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 5800 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-2010

David V. O’Dell University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine 983331 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015

Joel Bessmer 105 S. 90th St., Ste. 201 Omaha, NE 68114 402-779-8400

Devin J. Fox Alegent Creighton Clinic Department of Internal Medicine 5002 Underwood Ave. Omaha, NE 68132 402-280-1185

Anna L. Lavedan Family Health Care 10105 Maple St. Omaha, NE 68134 402-572-3140

Mark E. Oberlies Internal Medicine Physicians 17030 Lakeside Hills Plz., Ste. 102 Omaha, NE 68130 402-758-5800

Terence Michael Cooney Methodist Physicians Clinic Indian Hills Internal Medicine 8901 W. Dodge Rd., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-8600

Rebecca Herink Fremont Internal Medicine 680 E. Fremont Medical Park Dr., Ste. 100 Fremont, NE 68025 402-727-5200

Anna Maio Alegent Creighton Clinic Division of General Internal Medicine 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 5800 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-2010

Mark D. Omar Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest Department of Internal Medicine 16120 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE 68118 402-354-0550

J. Scott Neumeister UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015

James V. Ortman Bergan Medical Bldg., Ste. 301 7710 Mercy Rd. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-7040

Steven T. Bailey Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest Department of Internal Medicine 16120 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE 68118 402-354-0550

Michael H. Davidian Alegent Creighton Clinic Division of General Internal Medicine 5002 Underwood Ave. Omaha, NE 68132 402-280-2010

T. J. Holmes 4239 Farnam St., Ste. 301 Omaha, NE 68131 402-552-3040

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Richard K. Osterholm Westroads Medical Group 10170 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-3800 Jennifer Parker Baker Place Clinic Department of Internal Medicine 5050 Ames Ave. Omaha, NE 68104 402-595-2280

David P. Stearnes Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest Department of Internal Medicine 16120 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE 68118 402-354-0550 Thomas Gerald Tape UNMC Physicians Midtown Clinic Department of Internal Medicine 139 S. 40th St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-595-3939

Joann L. Porter Omaha Division - VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System Department of Internal Medicine 4101 Woolworth Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-346-8800

Edward J. Taylor Methodist Physicians Clinic Indian Hills Internal Medicine 8901 W. Dodge Rd., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-8600

Susan G. Scholer Omaha Internal Medicine 1805 N. 145th St. Omaha, NE 68154 402-393-1000

Chad W. Vokoun UNMC Physicians Midtown Clinic Department of Internal Medicine 139 S. 40th St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-595-3939

Robert J. Schwab Boys Town National Research Hospital Boys Town Medical Campus Department of Internal Medicine 14080 Hospital Rd. Boys Town, NE 68010 402-778-6960 Lynn Scott Methodist Physicians Clinic Department of Internal Medicine 10060 Regency Cir. Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-1378 Joseph F. Shehan Westroads Medical Group 10170 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-3800 Matthew Alexander Shehan Physicians of Internal Medicine 7710 Mercy Rd., Ste. 601 Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-5236 William A. Shiffermiller Methodist. Physicians Clinic HealthWest Department of Internal Medicine 16120 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE 68118 402-354-0550

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John Arnold Woodruff Physicians of Internal Medicine 7710 Mercy Rd., Ste. 601 Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-6009

Internal Medicine/ Hospital Medicine Eric C. Rice Lakeside Hospital Department of Internal Medicine 16901 Lakeside Hill Ct. Omaha, NE 68114 402-717-8000 Kendra E. Swanson Methodist Hospital Department of Internal Medicine 8303 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-2360

Medical Genetics Julia A. Bridge University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pathology and Microbiology 983135 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7212

Bruce A. Buehler University of Nebraska Medical Center Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation 412 S. Saddle Creek Rd. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6418

Medical Oncology and Hematology James O. Armitage University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Hematology and Oncology Lied Transplant Center 987680 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5600

Robert M. Langdon, Jr. Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Nebraska Cancer Specialists 8303 Dodge St., Ste. 250 Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-8124 Abraham Philip Mathews Hematology and Oncology Consultants 6901 N. 72nd St., Ste. 2244 Omaha, NE 68122 402-572-3535 Elizabeth C. Reed The Nebraska Medical Center Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center The Lied Transplant Center Bldg., 3rd Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5600

Philip J. Bierman The Nebraska Medical Center Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center Lied Transplant Center Bldg., 3rd Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5600

Inaganti Mastan Shah Hematology and Oncology Consultants 6901 N. 72nd St., Ste. 2244 Omaha, NE 68122 402-572-3535

Margaret Block Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Nebraska Cancer Specialists 8303 Dodge St., Ste. 250 Omaha, NE 68124 402-354-8124

Peter Silberstein Alegent Creighton Clinic Division of Hematology and Oncology 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 2565 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4364

James Richard Commers Hematology and Oncology Consultants 6901 N. 72nd St., Ste. 2244 Omaha, NE 68122 402-572-3535

Stefano R. Tarantolo Nebraska Cancer Specialists Midwest Cancer Center – Legacy 17201 Wright St., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68130 402-334-4773

Kenneth H. Cowan University of Nebraska Medical Center Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center Lied Transplant Center 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4238 Ralph Joseph Hauke Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Nebraska Cancer Specialists 8303 Dodge St., Ste. 250 Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-8124 Margaret Anne Kessinger The Nebraska Medical Center Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center Lied Transplant Center Bldg., 3rd Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5600

Joseph Daniel Verdirame Hematology and Oncology Consultants 6901 N. 72nd St., Ste. 2244 Omaha, NE 68122 402-572-3535 Julie M. Vose The Nebraska Medical Center Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center The Lied Transplant Center Bldg., 3rd Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5600

Nephrology Khalid Bashir Alegent Creighton Nephrology 3316 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68131 402-341-3141

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Robert W. Dunlay Alegent Creighton Nephrology 3316 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68131 402-341-3141 Muhammad Firoz Alegent Creighton Nephrology 3316 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68131 402-341-3141 Richard J. Lund Alegent Creighton Nephrology 3316 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68131 402-341-3141

Neurological Surgery Kenneth A. Follett The Nebraska Medical Center Neurological Sciences Clinic Clarkson Doctors Office North Bldg., Ste. 650 4242 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8600 George Greene Neurosurgical Associates 4242 Farnam St., Ste. 363 Omaha, NE 68131 402-552-2929

Peter J. Lennarson The Nebraska Medical Center Neurological Sciences Clinic Clarkson Doctors Office North Bldg., Ste. 650 4242 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8600

Pierre B. Fayad The Nebraska Medical Center Neurological Sciences Clinic Clarkson Doctors Office North Bldg., Ste. 650 4242 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8600

Douglas J. Long Midwest Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists 8005 Farnam Dr., Ste. 305 Omaha, NE 68114 402-398-9243

Harris A. Frankel The Nebraska Medical Center Neurological Sciences Clinic Clarkson Doctors Office North Bldg., Ste. 650 4242 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8600

William E. Thorell The Nebraska Medical Center Neurological Sciences Clinic Clarkson Doctors Office North Bldg., Ste. 650 4242 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8600

Neurology John M. Bertoni The Nebraska Medical Center Neurological Sciences Clinic Clarkson Doctors Office North Bldg., Ste. 650 4242 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8600

Sanjay P. Singh Alegent Creighton Neurology 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 5300 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4686

Obstetrics and Gynecology Craig Alan Bassett Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center 717 N. 192nd Plz., Ste. 1100 Omaha, NE 68002 402-815-1700 Teresa Grace Berg Olson Center for Women’s Health at UNMC Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4500

Paige Berryman Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center 717 N. 190th Plz., Ste. 1500 Omaha, NE 68022 402-815-1995 Robert G. Bonebrake Methodist Perinatal Center 717 N. 190th Plz., Ste. 2400 Omaha, NE 68022 402-815-1970 David Crotzer Midwest GYN Oncology 8303 Dodge St., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-5250 Carolyn Doherty Reproductive Health Specialist 717 N. 190th Plz., Ste. 2500 Omaha, NE 68022 402-815-1915 Kristen L. Hoffman Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center 717 N. 190th Plz., Ste. 1100 Omaha, NE 68022 402-815-1991 Carolee Jones Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center 717 N. 190th Plz., Ste. 1500 Omaha, NE 68022 402-815-1995

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Thomas E. Martin Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center 717 N. 190th Plz. Omaha, NE 68022 402-354-1700 Nancy B. Mathews Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center 717 N. 190th Plz., Ste. 1300 Omaha, NE 68022 402-815-1993 Rebecca McCrery Adult and Pediatric Urology and Urogynecology 7710 Mercy Rd., Ste. 406 Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-7989 Peter C. Morris Midwest GYN Oncology 8303 Dodge St., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-5250 Andrew Robertson Methodist Perinatal Center 717 N. 190th Plz., Ste. 2400 Omaha, NE 68022 402-815-1970 Kerry J. Rodabaugh University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 983255 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5068 Kent H. Siemers Mid-City Ob-Gyn 7205 W. Center Rd., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-6600 Ann Meissner Sjulin Mid-City Ob-Gyn 7205 W. Center Rd., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-6600 Carl V. Smith University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 983255 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6150

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Tifany Somer-Shely Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center 717 N. 190th Plz., Ste. 1100 Omaha, NE 68022 402-815-1991

Ophthalmology James Gigantelli University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology 40th and Dewey Ave. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-2020

Orthopaedic Surgery David E. Brown OrthoWest Oakview Medical Bldg., Ste. 212 2725 S. 144th St. Omaha, NE 68144 402-637-0800 Charles Burt Nebraska Orthopaedic Associates 2725 S. 144th St., Ste. 110 Omaha, NE 68144 402-637-0400 Ian D. Crabb OrthoWest 2725 S. 144th St., Ste. 212 Omaha, NE 68144 402-637-0800 Timothy C. Fitzgibbons GIKK Ortho Specialists 17030 Lakeside Hills Plz. Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68130 402-399-8550 Kevin L. Garvin University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation 989265 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8000 Mark E. Goebel Nebraska Orthopaedic Associates 2725 S. 144th St., Ste. 110 Omaha, NE 68144 402-637-0400 Steven Xavier Goebel Nebraska Orthopaedic Associates 2725 S. 144th St., Ste. 110 Omaha, NE 68144 402-637-0400

R. Michael Gross GIKK Ortho Specialists 17030 Lakeside Hills Plz., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68130 402-399-8550 Kirk S. Hutton OrthoWest Oakview Medical Bldg., Ste. 212 2725 S. 144th St. Omaha, NE 68144 402-637-0800 David J. Inda GIKK Ortho Specialists 17030 Lakeside Hills Plz., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68130 402-399-8550 John A. (Jack) McCarthy GIKK Ortho Specialists 17030 Lakeside Hills Plz., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68130 402-399-8550 Scott T. McMullen GIKK Ortho Specialists 17030 Lakeside Hills Plz., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68130 402-399-8550 Matthew A. Mormino University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation 981080 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8000 Randall D. Neumann OrthoWest Oakview Medical Bldg., Ste. 212 2725 S. 144th St. Omaha, NE 68144 402-637-0800 Samuel P. Phillips GIKK Ortho Specialists Bergan Mercy Professional Bldg., Ste. 224 7710 Mercy Rd. Omaha, NE 68124 402-399-8550

Otolaryngology Rodney P. Lusk Boys Town National Research Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic 555 N. 30th St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-498-6540

Daniel D. Lydiatt Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Head and Neck Surgical Oncology 8303 Dodge St., Ste. 304 Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-5048 William M. Lydiatt University of Nebraska Medical Center Head and Neck Cancer Center 981225 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-1700 Oleg N. Militsakh University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery University Tower Rm. 981225 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6500 Russell B. Smith University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology 981225 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6500 Britt A. Thedinger Ear Specialists of Omaha 9202 W. Dodge Rd., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68114 402-933-3277 Anthony J. Yonkers UNMC Physicians ENT Clinic and Audiology 44th and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5208

Pathology Julia A. Bridge University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pathology and Microbiology 983135 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7212 Wing C. (John) Chan UNMC Physicians Pathology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4186

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Timothy Greiner University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pathology and Microbiology 983135 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8707

Subodh M. Lele University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pathology and Microbiology 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4186

Christine P. Hans Methodist Hospital The Pathology Center 8303 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-4540

Rodney D. McComb UNMC Physicians Pathology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4186

Steven H. Hinrichs University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pathology and Microbiology 985900 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7203

Samuel Pirruccello University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pathology and Microbiology 983135 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7707

Sonny L. Johansson UNMC Physicians Pathology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4186

Stanley J. Radio UNMC Physicians Pathology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4186

Audrey Lazenby UNMC Physicians Pathology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4186

Phyllis I. Warkentin University of Nebraska Medical Center Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics 983135 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7257

William W. West UNMC Physicians Pathology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4186 James L. Wisecarver UNMC Physicians Pathology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4186

George Zieg Midwest Allergy and Asthma Clinic 16945 Frances St. Omaha, NE 68130 402-397-7400

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Jaine Brownell Midwest Allergy and Asthma Clinic 16945 Frances St. Omaha, NE 68130 402-397-7400 Russell J. Hopp Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics 601 N. 30th St., 6th Fl., Ste. 6820 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4580 Roger H. Kobayashi Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates 2808 S. 80th Ave., Ste. 210 Omaha, NE 68124 402-391-1800

The doctors and staff at OrthoWest congratulate this year’s “Best Doctors” for the quality care they provide to all their patients.  Whatever your injury – at work, play or just daily life – OrthoWest will get you back in the game for every season! And now OrthoWest’s best is getting better as we welcome Benjamin Young, M.D.

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Jeffrey R. Stokes Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Division of Allergy and Immunology 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 3M100 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4403

Pediatric Anesthesiology Denise Marie Drvol Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4385 Jane Kugler Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-5400 Rachel A. Spitznagel Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4385

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Kim F. Duncan Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4360 James Martin Hammel Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4360

Pediatric Cardiology David A. Danford Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pediatric Cardiology 8200 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4339 Jeffrey W. Delaney Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pediatric Cardiology 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4339 Christopher C. Erickson Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Cardiology 8200 Dodge St., 4th Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4350 Scott Fletcher Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pediatric Cardiology 8200 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4339 Carl H. Gumbiner Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Cardiology 8200 Dodge St., 4th Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4350 John Dale Kugler Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pediatric Cardiology 8200 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4339 Robert L. Spicer Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pediatric Cardiology 8200 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4339

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Pediatric Clinical Genetics Ann Haskins Olney University of Nebraska Medical Center Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation 412 S. Saddle Creek Rd. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6418

Pediatric Critical Care Carl H. Gumbiner Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Cardiology 8200 Dodge St., 4th Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4350 Mohan R. Mysore Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Division of Critical Care Medicine 8200 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4200

Pediatric Dermatology Jill S. Nelson Dermatology Specialists of Omaha 909 N. 96th St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-330-4555 Joel Schlessinger Skin Specialists 2802 Oak View Dr., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68144 402-334-7546

Pediatric Emergency Medicine David M. Tolo Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-5150

Pediatric Endocrinology Kevin P. Corley Children’s Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-3871

Pediatric Gastroenterology Dean L. Antonson University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology 982161 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6766 Ruben E. Quiros University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology 985160 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-955-5700 Jon A. Vanderhoof Boys Town National Research Hospital Boys Town Medical Campus - Pacific Street Pediatric Clinic 14080 Hospital Rd. Boys Town, NE 68010 402-778-6820

Pediatric General Hepatology Ruben E. Quiros University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology 985160 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-955-5700

Pediatric HematologyOncology Peter F. Coccia University of Nebraska Medical Center Section of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 982168 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7257 Bruce Gordon UNMC Physicians Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7257 Phyllis I. Warkentin University of Nebraska Medical Center Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics 983135 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7257

Pediatric Infectious Disease H. Dele Davies The Children’s Specialty Pediatrics Center Division of Infectious Disease 84th St. and W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4005 Stephen K. Obaro UNMC Physicians Specialty Care Center Pediatric Infectious Disease 804 S. 52nd St. Omaha, NE 68106 402-559-8854 Kari A. Simonsen University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease 982162 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-955-4005

Pediatric Neurological Surgery Mark J. Puccioni Midwest Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists 8005 Farnam Dr., Ste. 305 Omaha, NE 68114 402-398-9243

Pediatric Nutrition Patricia Seivert Children’s Physicians at UNMC Section of General Pediatrics Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-955-8125

Pediatric Ophthalmology Robert Troia Pediatric Ophthalmology Associates 515 N. 98th St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-399-9400 Sebastian Troia Pediatric Ophthalmology Associates 515 N. 98th St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-399-9400

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Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Paul Esposito Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Children’s Specialty Center 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-6300 Brian Hasley Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Children’s Specialty Center 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-6300 Susan A. Scherl Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Children’s Specialty Center 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-6300

Pediatric Otolaryngology Dwight Jones UNMC Physicians ENT Clinic and Audiology 44th and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5208

D. Richard Kang Boys Town National Research Hospital 555 N. 30th St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-498-6540 Rodney P. Lusk Boys Town National Research Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic 555 N. 30th St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-498-6540

Pediatric Pulmonology John L. Colombo Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Sleep Medicine 8200 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-6404 Jeffrey S. Nelson Midwest Allergy and Asthma Clinic 16945 Frances St. Omaha, NE 68130 402-397-7400 Paul H. Sammut Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Sleep Medicine 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-955-6404

Mark C. Wilson Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Sleep Medicine 8200 Dodge St., 2nd Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-5570

Pediatric Specialist/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Shashi K. Bhatia Alegent Creighton Psychiatry 3528 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-345-7100 Christopher J. Kratochvil The Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry Poynter Hall Bldg., 3rd Fl. 42nd and Dewey Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-552-6006 Jamie Snyder Alegent Creighton Psychiatry 3528 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-345-7100

Pediatric Specialist/ NeonatalPerinatal Medicine John Wesley Sparks The Nebraska Medical Center Division of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6400 Zahi E. Zeidan Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-6140

Pediatric Specialist/ Neurology, General Paul D. Larsen UNMC Physicians Pediatrics Pediatric Neurology Durham Outpatient Center, 1st. Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-9539

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Pediatric Specialist/ Pediatric Metabolic Diseases William Bradley Rizzo University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pediatrics 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-2550

Pediatric Surgery Kenneth S. Azarow Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Pediatric Surgery Associates 8200 Dodge St., 4th Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-7400 Robert A. Cusick Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Pediatric Surgery Associates 8200 Dodge St., 4th Fl. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-7400 Stephen C. Raynor Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Pediatric Surgery Associates 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68135 402-955-7400

Pediatrics/ General John Andresen Children’s Physicians - Val Verde 9801 Giles Rd., Ste. 1 La Vista, NE 68128 402-955-8400 Katherine Anglim Children’s Physicians - Eagle Run 13808 W. Maple Rd., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68164 402-955-3000 Larry L. Brown Alegent Creighton Clinic Primary Care Bellevue 3308 Samson Way, Ste. 101 Omaha, NE 68123 402-827-1577 Alka Desai Children’s Physicians - Eagle Run 13808 W. Maple Rd., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68164 402-955-3000

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Mark J. Domet Boys Town National Research Hospital Boys Town Medical Campus - Pacific Street Pediatric Clinic 14080 Hospital Rd. Boys Town, NE 68010 402-778-6900 David Finken University of Nebraska Medical Center Section of General Pediatrics 989400 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-955-8125 Dawn Gary Children’s Physicians - Embassy Park 9202 W. Dodge Rd., Ste. 101 Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-7500 Francis J. Harrison Children’s Physicians - Val Verde 9801 Giles Rd., Ste. 1 La Vista, NE 68128 402-955-8400 Rebecca Herink Fremont Internal Medicine 680 E. Fremont Medical Park Dr., Ste. 100 Fremont, NE 68025 402-727-5200 David Kaufman Children’s Physicians - Eagle Run 13808 W. Maple Rd., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68164 402-955-3000 David M. Keller Alegent Creighton Clinic Department of Pediatrics 16909 Lakeside Hills Ct., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68130 402-758-5400 Jillyn Kratochvil Children’s Physicians - Dundee 4825 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68132 402-955-7676 Kari A. Krenzer Children’s Physicians West Village Pointe 110 N. 175th St., Ste. 1000 Omaha, NE 68118 402-955-5437

Kent Kronberg Children’s Physicians - Eagle Run 13808 W. Maple Rd., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68164 402-955-3000 Anna L. Lavedan Family Health Care 10105 Maple St. Omaha, NE 68134 402-572-3140 Gary Stephen Lerner Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Children’s Developmental Clinic 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4160 Mary Jane Fitzgibbons Mikuls Children’s Physicians West Village Pointe 110 N. 175th St., Ste. 1000 Omaha, NE 68118 402-955-5437 John C. Moore Children’s Physicians West Village Pointe 110 N. 175th St., Ste. 1000 Omaha, NE 68118 402-955-5437 Michael J. Moore Children’s Physicians - Dundee 4825 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68132 402-955-7676 Paul J. Nelson Family Health Care 10105 Maple St. Omaha, NE 68134 402-572-3140 Rosann C. Nichols Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest Department of Pediatrics 16120 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE 68118 402-354-0620 Laura Nielsen Children’s Physicians West Village Pointe 110 N. 175th St., Ste. 1000 Omaha, NE 68118 402-955-5437

Jennifer Parker Baker Place Clinic Department of Internal Medicine 5050 Ames Ave. Omaha, NE 68104 402-595-2280 Sheryl L. Pitner Children’s Physicians at UNMC Section of General Pediatrics Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-955-8125 Patricia Seivert Children’s Physicians at UNMC Section of General Pediatrics Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-955-8125 Gregory C. Severson Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest Department of Pediatrics 16120 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE 68118 402-354-0620 Charles J. Sprague Boys Town Pediatrics Lakeside Pediatric Clinic, Ste. 101 16929 Frances St. Omaha, NE 68130 402-758-5125 Betsy Stephenson Children’s Physicians at Mission Village 16909 Q St. Omaha, NE 68135 402-955-7575 Joseph Straley Children’s Physicians - Eagle Run 13808 W. Maple Rd., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68164 402-955-3000 Nancy L. VanderSluis Boys Town National Research Hospital Boys Town Medical Campus - Pacific Street Pediatric Clinic 14080 Hospital Rd. Boys Town, NE 68010 402-778-6900 John N. Walburn Children’s Physicians at UNMC Section of General Pediatrics Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-955-8125 www.OmahaMagazine.com


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Robert D. Woodford Methodist Physicians Clinic Department of Pediatrics 10060 Regency Cir., 2nd Fl Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-1325

Pediatrics/ Hospital Medicine Joseph T. Snow Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Hospitalist Service 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-5400 Sheilah J. Snyder Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Hospitalist Service 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-5400 Sharon R. Stoolman Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Hospitalist Service 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4496 Cassandra Susman Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Hospitalist Service 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-5400

Christopher W. Anderson Alegent Creighton Back and Spine Institute 16940 Lakeside Hills Plz., Ste. 103 Omaha, NE 68130 402-717-2225

Plastic Surgery Steven M. Denenberg 7640 Pacific St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-7640 John J. Edney Aesthetic Surgical Images 8900 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE 68114 402-390-0100 Jason J. Miller Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery 17617 Burke St. Omaha, NE 68118 402-596-4000 R. Coleen Stice Metropolitan Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 17030 Lakeside Hills Plaza, Ste. 214 Omaha, NE 68130 402-758-5500

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Psychiatry Shashi K. Bhatia Alegent Creighton Psychiatry 3528 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-345-7100 Subhash C. Bhatia Omaha Division - VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Science 4101 Woolworth Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-280-5550 William J. Burke University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry 986150 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-552-6007 Chung-Chou Chu Alegent Creighton Psychiatry 3528 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-345-7100 Thomas M. Magnuson University of Nebraska Medical Center Home Instead Center for Successful Aging 730 S. 38th Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-552-6007

PaulaJo Malin Alegent Creighton Psychiatry 3528 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-345-7100 William A. Marcil Alegent Creighton Psychiatry 3528 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-345-7100 Sriram Ramaswamy Omaha Division - VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System Mental Health Clinic 4101 Woolworth Ave., Rm. 116A Omaha, NE 68105 402-995-4344 William H. Roccaforte University of Nebraska Medical Center Home Instead Center for Successful Aging 730 S. 38th Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-552-6007 Arun Sharma Alegent Creighton Psychiatric Associates 7101 Newport Ave., Ste. 301 Omaha, NE 68152 402-572-2111

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Ashish Sharma University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry 985579 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-552-6007 Steven Wengel University of Nebraska Medical Center Home Instead Center for Successful Aging 730 S. 38th Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402-552-6007

Pulmonary Medicine Kristina L. Bailey University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care 985910 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 Lee Morrow Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 3820 Omaha, NE 68131 402-449-4486 Peter James Murphy UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Pulmonary Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-9101 Craig Arnold Piquette UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 Stephen I. Rennard UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015

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Debra J. Romberger University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 985300 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-943-5515 Joseph H. Sisson UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6241 Austin B. Thompson University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 Susanna Gertrude Von Essen UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 Tammy Oleskevich Wichman Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 3820 Omaha, NE 68131 402-449-4486

Radiation Oncology Charles A. Enke University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology 987521 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-552-3844 Weining (Ken) Zhen University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology 987521 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-552-3844

Radiology Joseph C. Anderson University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Radiology 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-1010 Kimberly Ann Apker University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Radiology 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-1010 Bruce Baron Alegent Creighton Immanuel Medical Center Department of Radiology 6901 N. 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68122 402-572-2324 Derek Burdeny Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital Oakview Medical Bldg., Ste. 118 2725 S. 144th St. Omaha, NE 68144 402-609-1800 Richard A. Kutilek Methodist Hospital Department of Radiology 8303 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-4344 Angel Mironov Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Department of Radiology 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 3665 Omaha, NE 68131 402-449-4530 Kevin L. Nelson Methodist Hospital Department of Radiology 8303 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-4344 Matthew F. Omojola University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Radiology 42nd and Emile Sts. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-1010 Craig W. Walker University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Radiology 981045 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-1010

Rheumatology Alan R. Erickson UNMC Physicians - Brentwood 8021 S. 84th St. La Vista, NE 68128 402-595-1227 John Hurley Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Division of Rheumatology 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 5700 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-5600 Jay Kenik Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Division of Rheumatology 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 5700 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-5600 Lynell W. Klassen UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Rheumatology and Immunology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 Kristin Lake Westroads Medical Group 10170 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-3800 Ted Mikuls UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Rheumatology and Immunology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 James R. O’Dell UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Rheumatology and Immunology Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015 William R. Palmer Westroads Medical Group 10170 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-3800

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Sleep Medicine Teri Jo Barkoukis UNMC Physicians Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4015

Surgery Gary J. Anthone Methodist Physicians Clinic Bariatric Surgery Unit 8111 Dodge St., Ste. 220 Omaha, NE 68114 402-354-1320 Bernard Timothy Baxter UNMC Physicians Vascular Surgery Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7300 Samuel Cemaj The Nebraska Medical Center Division of Trauma Surgery 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8884 Robert J. Fitzgibbons, Jr. Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Department of Surgery 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 3700 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4503 Timothy K. Kingston Surgical Services of the Great Plains 4242 Farnam St., Ste. 490 Omaha, NE 68131 402-552-2222 Alan N. Langnas University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Surgery 600 S. 42nd St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8390 Sumeet Mittal Alegent Creighton Clinic Division of General Surgery 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 3700 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-4161

Surgical Oncology

Aaron R. Sasson University of Nebraska Medical Center Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center The Lied Transplant Center Bldg., 3rd Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5600

Chandrakanth Are The Nebraska Medical Center Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center The Lied Transplant Center Bldg., 3rd Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5600

Byers W. Shaw, Jr. The Nebraska Medical Center Department of Surgery 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-8272

James Edney The Nebraska Medical Center Olson Center for Women’s Health Durham Outpatient Center, 4th Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7825

Russell B. Smith University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology 981225 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-6500

Brian W. Loggie Alegent Creighton Clinic Creighton Cancer Center 601 N. 30th St., Ste. 2803 Omaha, NE 68131 402-280-5200

Aaron R. Sasson University of Nebraska Medical Center Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center The Lied Transplant Center Bldg., 3rd Fl. 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-5600 Edibaldo Silva-Lopez The Nebraska Medical Center Olson Center for Women’s Health Olson Comprehensive Breast Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68105 402-559-9196 Alan G. Thorson Colon and Rectal Surgery 9850 Nicholas St., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68114 402-343-1122

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James Martin Hammel Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery 8200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-955-4360

Rudy Paul Lackner University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery 600 S. 42nd St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-4389

Bernard Timothy Baxter UNMC Physicians Vascular Surgery Durham Outpatient Center 4400 Emile St. Omaha, NE 68198 402-559-7300

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Omaha feature Story by Judy Horan • Photos by provided by Clarkson College and Bill Sitzmann

Clarkson College Expanded offerings and high placement success help enrollment grow.

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ravel for students was

by horse and buggy when Clarkson opened in 1888. Now, students travel the web. When the “new” Bishop Clarkson Memorial School of Nursing graduated its first class in 1890, there were only two students picking up diplomas.

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The two women—men didn’t enroll until 1969—wouldn’t recognize their alma mater today. The school was then located in Omaha’s Good Samaritan Hospital. Today, its buildings sit on a midtown campus near The Nebraska Medical Center, its teaching hospital. And today it’s called Clarkson College. The college opened as a two-year school of nursing and nursing students still make up half of Clarkson’s enrollment. But the college has grown into a broader, four-year liberal arts college that offers bachelor’s degrees as well as six programs for master’s degrees. About 113 students out of a total enrollment of 1,011 graduated this summer. “We annually graduate the largest single campus classes in nursing and in physical therapist assistant and radiologic technology programs in Nebraska,” says Clarkson College President Dr. Louis Burgher. “We have waiting lists in every program.” Clarkson’s rate of students who pass board exams, an important measure of quality, are among the highest in the nation at more than 95 percent.

Online Students Are Almost Half of Enrollment

In 1888, nursing students would have been astonished by the idea of a machine that could link them to classes from their living rooms. Today, 46 percent of current enrollment for programs is online. Master’s programs are entirely held online. Thirty-six percent of students are completely enrolled online. Eightyfour percent take at least one online class. “We’re one of the largest programs in the country for health care colleges,” says Burgher. Clarkson went online with programs in 1998. Previously, the school worked with NETV on distance learning. Online students are taking Clarkson classes 68 

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in 35 states. “Some students from Rochester, Minn., chose our program over their nearby Mayo Clinic program,” Burgher says. “We have a map with pins where everybody’s from. They are heavily concentrated in a four-state region: Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri.” The online students from around the country come to Omaha on at least two or three weekends during a typical two-year master’s program, including the Capstone weekend where they present their graduate thesis. For two years in a row, 2012 and 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Clarkson College in the top five in the category of Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. In 2013, Clarkson was ranked No. 4 out of 101 eligible institutions. So why do students who have access to www.OmahaMagazine.com


Coming This Fall: Doctorate Programs

schools around the country pick Clarkson? It’s for the jobs, says Burgher. “We have a 92 percent placement and that word gets around. Plus we’re sitting here on the largest medical center campus in the state.” Students also recognize a good deal when they spot it. “During the last six years, our annual tuition and fees have increased less than two percent each year. Statewide, we rank 13th out of 14 private colleges in the cost of going to school,” Burgher says. “My message and mantra is that the best scholarship we can give students is to hold costs down.” And there’s another reason for students enrolling, Burgher adds: “After 125 years, people decide you must be doing something right.” www.BestOfOmaha.com

Several urgent needs in health care influenced the introduction of two new doctoral programs at Clarkson College this fall: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor in Health Care Education and Leadership (Ed.D.). A shortage nationally and in Nebraska of nursing faculty led Clarkson College to decide to grow its own by introducing the educational doctorate program (Ed.D.) online. A future shortage of 160,000 physicians (according to the American Medical Association) and of 500,000 nurses (according to nursing leadership bodies) was another factor in introducing doctorate degrees. “There is no way we can meet that demand nationally, particularly at the physician level,” says Burgher. Nurses will need to take on more leadership positions in health care that are typically carried out by physicians. DNP nurse practitioners go to work in hospitals and physician’s offices. The doctorate programs are being launched conservatively with five students in each program. They will be offered only online. For Burgher, Clarkson College is a family in more ways than one. His wife graduated from the college. So did his daughter, who is now assistant director of undergraduate nursing at Clarkson. His son-in-law was part of the first graduating class in December in the new nurse anesthesia program. Burgher says during his 40 years of involvement with Clarkson College—six as president— the focus of the college has not changed. “We’ve always been focused on the patient. That is our philosophy.” OMAG

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Warren (96) delivers a bone-crushing hit back in his playing days for Big Red.

Former Cornhusker Steven Warren

Becomes Mentor and Coach

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hat former Nebraska Cornhusker Steven Warren

remembers most from his days playing football is not a particular game or plays, but rather the camaraderie among his teammates—along with key tenants such as persistence, integrity, and trustworthiness. These were experiences and traits that would serve Warren well later in life. Recruited out of Springfield, Mo., he recalls Nebraska Head Coach Tom Osborne paying Warren and his family a visit in their living room the same week Big Red won the 1995 national championship. Warren accepted a UNL football scholarship and packed his bags for Lincoln. “Nebraska football was No. 1; it was everywhere,” Warren recalls. “And being a part of it was like being a part of The Beatles.” Freshman year was both a culture shock and an athletic shock for Warren: rigorous practices alongside the fame of being a Cornhusker. “There was so much temptation because of what you were part of. But you also had to learn time management,” he adds. While playing for Nebraska, Warren found himself developing close friendships with other players and families in and around Lincoln. Oftentimes, parents would seek Warren out to speak with their children

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about setting goals, planning for the future, and living one’s dream. Warren left Nebraska as a 3rd round pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 2000 NFL Draft. Thirteen weeks into his rookie year, Warren was sidelined with an injury and told he would miss the remainder of the season. He stayed in Green Bay, undergoing rigorous rehabilitation and training. He returned to the Packers for one more season before moving to the AFL, first playing for the San Jose Sabercats and, later, the Arizona Rattlers. At each of his AFL stints, Warren suffered separate injuries. “That’s when I realized my body was trying to tell me something,” he recals. Warren returned to University of Nebraska-Lincoln and finished his sociology degree in 2004. After graduation, he had a decision to make. His wife, Heidi, is from Columbus, so staying in Nebraska certainly seemed like an option. And being a Nebraska alumni opened many doors for Warren. Former Huskers often pursued successful careers after leaving the field. But a sales job or related opportunities just didn’t feel right. “I always liked helping others, and I worked with mentors while at Nebraska,” Warren shares. At his 2013  •  september/october 71


Omaha faces Lincoln home near 30th and Y streets, some of Warren’s fondest memories were sitting on his porch and talking with children and teens who lived in the neighborhood. That feeling never left him, which is why today he is president and founder of D.R.E.A.M. (Developing Relationships through Education, Athletics, Mentoring). It’s an Omaha-based nonprofit mentoring organization that reaches out to young men enrolled in middle school. “Seven years ago, everything for D.R.E.A.M. just fell into place: the pieces, the people. It was meant to be,” Warren says. D.R.E.A.M. began in 2006 as an afterschool program at Walnut Hill Elementary School at 43rd and Charles streets. Five volunteers met regularly with 20 at-risk students. Today, the program has expanded to several Omaha schools and added a chapter in Springfield, Mo., Warren’s hometown. In all, the program serves about 300 boys. D.R.E.A.M. finds its success from 40 volunteers who spend three to five hours each week at an assigned school throughout the academic year. The theme is simple: becoming a man. “Our volunteers work with seventh- and eighth-grade students each school year teaching them the positive attributes of being a man: respect, responsibility, relationship building, establishing rapport,” Warren says. “All of these lessons I learned from football at Nebraska and our peer counseling.” D.R.E.A.M. teaches young men that it’s okay (even encouraged) to be successful in school. College-age mentors serve as living, breathing examples of the success that comes with hard work, dedication, and diligence. Teena Foster, an Omaha Public Schools site director at McMillan Magnet Center Middle School, has worked alongside Warren and his college-age volunteers since last fall. Foster says she continues to see growth in the seventh- and eighth-grade students who participate in D.R.E.A.M. each week. And she knows Warren is the driving force. “Steve is dedicated to mentoring these young students,” Foster explains. “He’s always smiling, is always pleasant. So are his volunteers. They build great relationships with our students. Mentors are extremely important in these young lives.” Warren’s belief in mentorship yielded a second program that also occupies much of his time. From his experiences as a student 72 

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athlete, Warren launched Warren Academy in 2010. It’s designed to provide students (from elementary and middle school to high school and college) with leadership skills and character-building through athletics. Warren Academy, however, isn’t just for students. Coaches and other leaders also participate to improve and refine a variety of leadership skills, both on and off of the field. Warren Academy programs include training sessions, camps, coaching clinics, nutritional counseling, education assistance, and mentoring. The athletic training component

features speed, strength, and agility training programs. Warren says that once the organization has its own facility, Warren Academy’s offerings will expand to include fitness for adults and children of all ages. “Our goal is to become the primary training resource for field sports,” Warren adds. “That includes baseball, football, track, soccer, and lacrosse.” Seems Warren’s best playing position is that of teacher. And he’s loving every minute of it. OMAG www.OmahaMagazine.com


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work attire, Sharon Hyer is strictly business. But in no way does this mean the 20-year financial services veteran is ‘bearish’ on style. “My office style is traditional,” says Hyer, vice president of Great Western Investment Center at Great Western Bank. “My goal is to keep my wardrobe simple and classic. Varieties of navy, gray, and black suits are my preference.” Von Maur is one of her favorite destinations for her high-end, elegant suits. “I am not comfortable with ‘business casual.’ I don’t think I have ever worn short sleeves to the office,” says Hyer. “My customers expect me to be at the top of my game all the time. And I have found that if I stay polished in appearance, my mind stays sharp.” Hyer does dress down on weekends, however. Though like her business attire, her casualwear is also well-coordinated with accessories. Form-fitting knits show off her great figure. Hyer admits she requires a bit of mentoring when it comes to putting together fashion ensembles. “I have found a great little boutique called SKYZ [at The Shops of Legacy], where the owner actually helps me choose a modern blouse and jewelry to make my look polished. She can help me transform a classic day ensemble into a stylish outfit for an evening charity event (of which Hyer attends many). “We all have areas in which we excel. I’ll stick with making money grow, and Shelley at SKYZ can keep me looking great!” Hyer jokes. The borderline workaholic—“My family has threatened to conduct a work www.OmahaMagazine.com


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‘intervention’”—and self-professed financial news junkie says her passion is building relationships with clients and helping them achieve their financial goals. Taking good care of herself is one way she’s able to keep up her frenetic pace and her look so fresh. “At my age, it’s essential my daily beauty routine revolves around moisturizing.” In addition to cleansing with Cetaphil and daily use of Estée Lauder moisturizer, she runs a cool-mist humidifier in her bedroom at night. “I always wear sun protector, but I do get a spray tan once in a while. And I get my nails done professionally, probably because it is the only time I sit and do absolutely nothing.” She also eats extremely healthy—“no fried foods, and I bring an apple or orange to work and eat a hard-boiled egg and peanut butter toast every morning…yes, every single day!” To stay fit, Hyer also walks a lot, does some weight-training at home, and enjoys doing yard work for exercise. “I’m blessed genetically…I’ve been the same size as long as I can remember. But make no mistake, if my clothes fit tight, I hit the gym. I invest money in quality suits and have no intention of going up a size.” Hyer’s got ’em both—beauty and brains. And that’s a big part of her appeal. “When I go to the office, I pop up the hair for a look of elegance and sophistication. I don’t believe it’s wrong to want to look both pretty and smart.” OMAG 76 

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photographer Joe Shearer declares. “I hope we can all get along. I’m pretty open-minded, but I’m going to blindly put my bias towards Canon because that’s all I’ve ever known.” Shearer, 27, laughs easily, but at the core he’s extremely serious about his job. As photo editor of the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Gateway newspaper since 2010, he knows the meaning of hard work. He graduated from Gross Catholic High School in 2002 and went to UNO the following semester. He wasn’t sure what he really wanted to do, but he knew from his experience in yearbook class that he liked photography. “It all started in my sophomore year of high school,” he explains. “I didn’t really have any extracurricular activities or athletics I was into at the time, but yearbook stood out. I did design, writing, and photography and ended up enjoying photography the most.” Armed with his first professional camera, the Canon 10D (of course), Shearer started snapping photos of concerts he attended, sporting events, and everyday life. Then he hit a few bumps in the road. “Life is weird sometimes. I was out of school for a couple years,” he says. “I just worked and traveled while learning life lessons

and seeing the real world on my own. The whole time I did continue shooting photography. I did a few things for The Reader and Gateway before I went back to school. I never stopped shooting photos. I was just trying to grow up.” Once back in school as photo editor, Shearer forged ahead with his career. For the past three years, he’s won several first place trophies at Omaha Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Awards. This year, he won Best Feature Story (video), Best Feature Story (print), Best Sports Photo, and Best Feature Photo in the student category, as well as the Best Photo Essay award in the professional category. He also landed an internship at KETV News, where he’s preparing for a career in photojournalism. His dream job would have something to do with ESPN, music, or traveling, although he insists he’s “not a sports nerd.” “Whatever I contribute and turn in, I don’t want it to be sloppily put together,” he says. “It should be award-winning journalism every day. There are a lot of talented journalists and artists in the Omaha area. We have a lot of incredible television, radio, and print. It’s a very creative city. If I could be associated with all of the greats in town, that would great.” OMAG 2013  •  september/october 77


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people there. And I thought to myself with that many people, you can really spread a message to lots of different people but also bring in lots of money and food,” Baxter says. The 5K run takes place at Lake Zorinsky and asks that participants pay a $10 or 10-food-item entrance fee. This year’s run will take place on Oct. 12. While the format of the run has not changed in its three years, fund- and food-raising efforts have skyrocketed. The first year brought in 16,000 food items for The Salvation Army, while last year garnered 45,000 items. “Since we do a low-cost, high-benefit event, where we put in as little as we can to get the most out of it, whatever we bring in goes straight to the pantries and is immediately helpful,” Baxter says. “There seems to be an increasing need every year with the financial situations as they are. More people need the help and they all need it at the same time,

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especially going into the winter season.” Omaha is not the only city where Baxter’s influence runs deep. The Salvation Army has started Red Kettle 5K Runs in major cities like Chicago and St. Louis. “We’re trying to maintain a blueprint for the event. In Des Moines, they don’t need food because someone else helps them, so they bring in toiletry items. It adapts to what you need, and that’s what’s great about it,” she says. For her efforts, Baxter received The Prudential Spirit of Community Award this past spring. The award, created in 1995, recognizes young people for their outstanding volunteer service. Baxter traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive her award, meeting Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey along the way. “[The recipients] were put into groups, and we all were able to present our projects and www.OmahaMagazine.com


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hear what other people thought of them. I like hearing feedback from other people and learning how I can improve what I’ve started,” Baxter says. Baxter is uncertain what her future holds for her at Northwestern, but she admits that through working with The Salvation Army, the business world has piqued her interest. Whatever she decides to do, she wants to continue working with The Salvation Army in Chicago and help combat hunger. “There is this divide where people don’t realize there is a need, that there are people going hungry, there are people without homes. There’s a nonattachment between teens and what’s actually happening,” Baxter explains. “Hunger and homelessness are issues that are tough to fix. And when they are hard to fix, it makes people give up trying.” Allie Baxter is one person who refuses to give up. OMAG www.BestOfOmaha.com

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Michael Lyon Omaha’s Go-To Tenor

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little son opened his mouth and made a beautiful sound, the only nurturing of his talent came from the school choir…until he got kicked out at age 10 for “goofing around.” Lyon eventually channeled his feistiness into a single-mindedness that paved the way for his future. When he was about 20, he listened to a recording of an Italian opera “and I knew down to my very toes that I had to sing opera.” And so he did. With newfound purpose, Lyon won a position with the Bristol Opera Company. Within a year and still without vocal training, he secured the lead in a production—as a baritone. “I then decided that I had to study seriously, which I did, and won several competitions,” explains Lyon. Flush with confidence in his talent, Lyon emigrated in 1981 to Los Angeles, where he continued his vocal studies. He credits opera star Baldo dal Ponte for “giving me my high notes” and transforming him into a tenor. In 1984, Lyon met his future wife at an opera workshop. He and Kristin, an Omaha native, spent the next decade and a half performing in L.A.’s numerous opera and music theater venues. They were at home on the stage and in demand, but singing didn’t pay the rent. The bottom fell out when both lost their day jobs within a month of each other. Michael, Kristin, and son Max relocated to Omaha in 2000. With limited opportunities to pursue opera here, Michael and Kristin began a successful real estate career. Michael also teamed up with KIOS-FM as the local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” from 5-10 a.m. But Lyon, who retains only a tinge of an accent from his native England, knew his whole identity was wrapped up in singing. After an eight-year hiatus, he bought a sound system and remade himself into “a hip guy.” Word-of-mouth brought success quickly. “An events planner at Stokes (Grill & Bar) told me about Michael,” says Chris Blumkin, a management consultant and wife of Ron Blumkin, the president of the Nebraska Furniture Mart. “We went to hear him at the Zin Room downtown. He has a genuine, warm way about him. We’ve hired him five times for corporate and family events.” Lyon has never lost sight of who he is. That’s why sideways compliments from customers don’t faze him. “A guy was leaving Ryan’s and said, ‘You’re so great. How come you’re not somebody?’ And I said, ‘I am somebody, just not necessarily the somebody you want me to be.’” OMAG www.OmahaMagazine.com


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appy, colorful leaves and pumpkin spice. Fuzzy sweaters and

hearty, slow-cooked stews on chilly nights. Family gatherings, apple picking, hayrack rides, and that one neighbor that turns his front yard into a cemetery for Halloween. For many here in Nebraska, fall also means FOOTBALL! Whatever the upcoming season means to you, it’s right around the corner. And fall can be fleeting, so take it all in while you can! This issue of Omaha Home presents a cornucopia of ideas for your home. I share an easy decor makeover idea for old window shutters; there’s a helpful how-to on transferring your herb garden indoors; we give you a tour of one of Omaha’s grandest and most entertaining homes, this one in the Gold Coast; and we share some unique, seasonal home décor items in our Hot Products section. We also highlight home professionals, shopping, upcoming home events, and more. On a sad note, Omaha Magazine would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of David Rice, who passed away in July. David was influential in the Omaha interior design community, as well as president of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in 1973. Two lasting pieces of his legacy are left to us in the forms of a scholarship for design students at University of Nebraska-Omaha and the David Rice-Ephraim Marks Scholarship for LGBT students at Metropolitan Community College. David, you will be missed.

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he buttery smell of popcorn hits the same time a wave of warm air does. Coaches, players, and spectators shuffle down tiled stairs to the semi-subterranean gym. It’s the same oversized subway tile that lines the wall and floors of most schools built earlier in the last century. A few worn bills are exchanged for entrance into the gym. Pony-tailed girls in (often ill-fitted) basketball uniforms shout and shoot hoops, laughing and screeching to their teammates. Volunteers troll the bleachers selling raffle tickets for the “Shoot for the Loot” halftime free throw contest. Younger siblings hover around the makeshift snack bar, like bees to honey, while Aretha Franklin’s “RESPECT” blares over the P.A. system. It’s the annual Holy Cross Girls Basketball Tournament in all its glory—an ongoing tradition steeped in history. Just like its neighborhood. Holy Cross Catholic Church and school, along with Mercy High School, Beals Elementary, and Bethel Lutheran Church, are anchors of the Morton Meadows neighborhood. These strong neighborhood institutions, along with its housing stock, are what drew Amy Haase, her husband, Dan, and their two children to the area. Haase, who serves as the neighborhood association’s president, says that Morton Meadows’ tree-lined streets, >>

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Omaha Home: neighborhood profile

<<wide boulevards, and varied architectural styles imbue the area with old-time charm. The neighborhood was founded in the 1920s as a “western suburb” by Robert Messersmith with development beginning in 1922 and ending in 1945. Thoroughfares 42nd Street and 48th Street serve as its eastern and western borders, respectively, and it extends to Leavenworth Street to the north and Center Street to the south. Morton Meadows was fashioned according to the garden city movement of urban development. Originating in Great Britain in 1898, garden city developments were communities H14 

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incorporating “greenbelts,” or tracks of land designated as wilderness areas. These tended to be linear in nature and essentially served as mini-wildlife sanctuaries in otherwise urban areas. Following the heels of the Industrial Revolution, disciples of the garden city movement sought to infuse a little bucolic bliss into the lives of city dwellers, improving air quality in urban areas and affording residents access to nature. That was Messersmith’s intent nearly 100 years ago. Flash-forward to today, and the greenbelts are still one of Morton Meadows’ most attractive features. Three separate

gardens areas add color and charm along Twinridge Boulevard. Barb Wilson, a Morton Meadows resident since 1982, volunteers with the neighborhood association’s beautification committee. The committee maintains these Twinridge gardens. Volunteers plant annuals every spring at the Identity Garden at 44th and Woolworth Avenue. Several years ago, grant monies funded the planter containing perennials situated at Twinridge and Pine. Neighbors wishing to spruce up the island at 45th and Center donated several bushes, perennials, and grasses. This level of involvement is typical of >> www.OmahaMagazine.com


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<< Morton Meadows residents, says Wilson. “We know our neighbors and watch out for each other. Whenever there is a storm that leaves tree debris in our streets and yards, everyone comes out to help with the cleanup. The same with large snowstorms. Neighbors help neighbors get the driveways and sidewalks cleared,” Wilson attests. Morton Meadows is “small-town” living in the city, or as Haase puts it, Morton Meadows has “a Norman Rockwell sense to it.” New neighbors are greeted with plates of chocolate chip cookies and loaves of pumpkin bread. Buckets of tomatoes and zucchini from kitchen gardens are shared during the summer months. Retired neighbors are surrogate grandparents to children across the street, offering baskets of goodies at Easter and specially reserved treats at Halloween. “I think a good descriptor of our neighborhood is its friendliness,” and sense of community, says Haase. Individually, blocks host their own parties, closing off streets and stoking up grills for a night of barbeque. Residents along Morton Avenue host a small 4th of July parade. But Morton Meadows’ big blowout is its annual picnic. Originally held in the summer, last year www.OmahaMagazine.com


the Boulevard Bash was moved to the more temperate September to accommodate older neighbors who remained at home because of the heat. It featured live music along with picnic fare and family-friendly fun. Morton Meadows’ prime midtown location is attractive to home buyers, says Suzan Downing, an agent with Keller Williams Real Estate. And so are the homes’ architectural styles, which range from Tudor Revival, bungalow, and Colonial Revival. Home values have remained strong in the recently depreciated market. The average square footage www.BestOfOmaha.com

of Morton Meadows homes is 1,850 square feet. Twenty-nine homes have sold in the neighborhood since January of this year, with the average price at $152,010 (as of mid-July). “In Morton Meadows, you can really appreciate the scenery, especially from the half-story window as you look out over the multitude of age-old trees rustling in the wind,” adds Downing. Morton Meadows’ beauty caught Patrick and Megan Falke’s attention when they were looking for a home in Midtown a year ago. “We weren’t terribly familiar with the

neighborhood but immediately appreciated the personal feel of the area, punctuated by green space, active neighbors, and lots of small touches like the classic-style street lights,” states Patrick Falke. This “personal feel” stems from committed neighbors. “They are actively involved in making the neighborhood glow,” Falke has observed. “When you have actively engaged members of a community neighborhood, it becomes contagious.”

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Omaha Home: new on the block Story by Peter Setter • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Antiques at Revival Hutch 4541 Leavenworth St. 402.315.9761 antiquesatrevival.com

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artners Joe and Amanda Johnson are committed to reviving history. Through their new antique shop, Antiques at Revival, they are attempting to do just that, one piece at a time. In June, they opened their business on Leavenworth Street with the goal of giving the Omaha community not just a run-of-the-mill antique shop but one that provides knowledge, advice, and lessons to its customers. “In January of this year, I accidentally found myself without a job,” Amanda remembers. “We’ve always had dreams of opening an antique shop, so Joe says to me, ‘You can either go get a job, or we can create one for you.’ The rest is history.” The shop carries a large variety of furniture, home décor pieces, and other odds and ends. Items so odd, in fact, that you can find air plants, terrariums, and even farm-fresh eggs. The couple continuously hunt for items all over the country to bring back pieces that customers might not usually see in this region. Those that ultimately end up in the shop date from around the 1790s to the 1970s. In addition to selling items, Amanda says Antiques at Revival is the only antique shop in Omaha that offers interior design and furniture repair and refurbishing classes. “We do our best to specialize in high-quality, well-preserved merchandise,” Amanda explains. “Some of our pieces need a little TLC, and we put in the time, effort, and skill that it takes to bring them up to par. The craftsmanship that is put into antique pieces isn't something you come across today.  It is truly amazing to look at a piece and see the detail, history, and pride that went into making it.” With their shop, the Johnsons strive to be involved with the Douglas County Historical Society to help support their efforts of preserving Omaha’s history. Each month, Antiques at Revival donates a portion of their profits to the DCHS. “We truly believe in the efforts of the historical society and all they do for Omaha and Douglas County. Without the historical society, a lot of Omaha’s history may have been lost forever,” Amanda says. These monthly contributions are just one way this eclectic antique shop is striving to keep history, particularly Omaha’s, alive.

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From the moment Nick Huff and Brandon Beed traveled to Lincoln to retrieve the cabinet furniture piece, they knew that the thrill of finding the hutch would ignite a passion for preserving and selling Mid-Century furniture. Shortly after that trip, they transformed that passion into Hutch, Inc., an antique and vintage furniture shop with Huff and Beed both serving as president. Hutch, Inc., specializes in “high-end, Mid-Century furniture finds.” Anything from lamps, coffee tables, and couches to record players and dishware can be found at Hutch, but each item must fall into the Mid-Century style—something modern with a Danish influence. “We define Mid-Century to be 1950s to early 1970s. Now, not all pieces during this time are what we want. We specifically focus on the modern, bright color, pointy leg with beautiful, clean wood pieces,” Huff explains. “We have rummaged the Midwest to bring Omaha the finest Mid-Century furniture under one roof.” What makes Hutch different from other antique shops is that Huff and Beed preserve the furniture themselves. Whereas similar shops may paint or distress the furnishings, Hutch focuses on making the original character of the furniture shine. “The furniture is so iconic and beautiful as it is that the only thing we try to do is make it look like you went back in time and were buying these pieces new,” Huff says. In July, Hutch moved from a shared basement retail space in the Old Market to their own shop in Midtown Crossing. Huff says that the reaction from the Omaha community was humbling, and they hope to continue that success at the new location. “We always thought Hutch would be a hobby—something we do just for fun,” Huff says. “We thought we would sell a few pieces online here and there, and always keep our finger on the pulse of Mid-Century furniture. We couldn’t be more excited.”

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of Oz said, “There’s no place like home.” For most of us, our house is our most expensive investment, as well as our pride and joy. Therefore, when choosing a contractor to remove and replace your roof, it's essential to do some research first. Following the Omaha hailstorm on April 9 this year, many of us were barraged with phone calls, doorknockers, and direct mailers from roofing companies. It can be overwhelming. Here are a few pieces of good advice to follow when selecting a roofing company for repairs: • Take your time and try not to feel pressured into making a rash decision. Remember, you are the customer, and you pay your insurance premiums. • Check the yellow pages. Many contractors (sometimes known as storm chasers) come from various places (Texas or Colorado, for example) to set up shop temporarily to get your business. They create a phone number with the local area code, and they would NOT be in the Yellow Pages. • Ask lots of questions. Where are they from? Where is their office located? • Ask your insurance adjuster, friends, family, and neighbors who they recommend. There are advantages of using a local roofing company, such as creating relationships among neighbors to help build the community. By using local products, local companies do their part to build the local economy. • Most importantly, a roofer is not going to guarantee another roofer’s craftsmanship. By having a local roofer, not only will you be supporting your local community, you will save time, money, and headaches if something was done wrong and/or needs to be repaired. The level of customer service is at a much higher standard because of proximity. For more information or an estimate, visit SosMyRoof.com or call 402-830-0449. www.BestOfOmaha.com

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Omaha Home: design q&a Story by Linda Persigehl • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Q&A: Valeria Orlandini

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a career of preserving works on paper and photographic materials, many of which are proudly displayed in fine homes and museums worldwide. Ensuring that the rich stories, family memories, and important lessons they convey live on for future generations is a job she takes very seriously.

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Q: Tell us about your work as a preservation specialist. Who are your clients? A: Orlandini Art Conservation was estab-

lished in 2004 to provide the highest quality conservation treatment and preservation services for a broad range of paper-based objects: historic manuscripts, prints, printed documents, watercolors, drawings, paintings in all media, collages, contemporary works, pastels, and posters, as well as parchment, ivory, and photographic materials. Regardless of whether you’re a discerning collector or a family seeking to preserve precious documents, my goal is to provide all clients with the same exacting standards required by major art and archival institutions. My clients are mid- to highend collectors and custodians of artistic and valuable and irreplaceable historic materials from holdings in museums, archives, libraries, private owners, and corporate businesses. I work in a wide range of projects and budgets.

Q: Where did you receive your education and training in art and art conservation? A: I hold a B.F.A. from the National School

of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires; a M.F.A. from the National School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires; and graduated in 2002 with a M.S. and a Certificate in Art Conservation in Paper and Library Science at the University of Delaware/ Winterthur Museum Art Conservation Program in Newark, Del. Q: When did you first discover your love of history? Why are you so passionate about preserving it? A: I have always been an art and history

geek! I grew up with artists in my family, and as a child I would dig for old artifacts at my grandparents' homes. I think that from that very early age, I became aware of how real history can be. Also, I come from a family of collectors and art and architecture lovers. Just about every member of my family collects www.OmahaMagazine.com


old artifacts and memorabilia of previous generations. I grew up with a real sense of the importance of the past. Every day, the vision of artists, the identity of people, and the very evidence of history all threaten to disappear. Left alone, old buildings will crumble, the Declaration of Independence will disintegrate, and the photographed faces of battle-weary Civil War soldiers will fade away, among other artifacts. The cultural patrimony, so painstakingly created over thousands of years, is surprisingly ephemeral with the ravages of time and the indifference of a disposable modern culture www.BestOfOmaha.com

its biggest enemies. Q: How does your work interplay with home interiors and historic home preservation? A: As a collections conservator, I work

very closely with interior designers, architects, engineers, and maintenance personnel to secure the building envelope where we protect objects from extremes and fluctuations in exterior temperature and moisture as well as light, dust, and gaseous contaminants. We frequently assess and measure temperature and relative humidity characteristics of air

surrounding collections, as well as patterns of use and handling protocols. The conservation mission recognizes the need to preserve the unique character of both historic structures and artifacts. No two collections are identical. Q: What have been some of your most interesting past projects? A: While working in a number of studios

and labs, I've had the privilege to treat an array of fascinating objects: Old Master paintings; Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo Period; ancient Korean rubbings and manuscripts; original newsprints from various >>

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<< American cities upon Abraham Lincoln's assassination from April 1865; John James Audubon's "Birds of America" folios; original documents of the Founding Fathers; and many others. Most notably in 2010-11, I participated in the conservation treatment of the Thomas Jefferson Bible Project at the National Museum of American History, at the Smithsonian Institution. I worked with a team of conservators and scientists, conducting materials analysis, assessing aqueous stabilization treatment options, considering appropriate micro- and macro-environmental conditions, and a variety of other tests to help preserve this national treasure. Q: What projects have you worked with since moving here? A: I have treated several objects from the

Durham Museum. This museum stands as a magnificent reminder of a bygone era and allows generations to come together to learn, to share, and to remember. Also, a very rewarding project that I carried out last fall was the treatment of an original Wright Brothers Patent Document [No. 821,393] for the “flying machine,” circa 1903-06 that was brought to my care from a private collector in Iowa. This was a really interesting study piece about the history of aviation and contains five original signatures hand-inscribed in iron gall ink by the Wright Brothers: Orville (1871-1948) and Wilbur (1867-1912), witnesses, and attorney. Q: What advice would you give those looking to preserve family heirlooms? A: The American Institute of Conservation

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Omaha Home: feature Story by Traci Osuna • Photo by Bill Sitzmann (L-R) Deb Trowbridge/ Studioviews, Michele Minnick/ The Garden Gallery, Leona Anderson/ Little Scandinavia, Karly Van Wie-Olson/ Karly & Company, Kristi Keith/ Red Door Accents, Andrea Ramsey/ Andrea's Designs, Kelli  Fuglsang / This & That & Other Stuff, Laurie Owens/ The Whistle Stop Country Store.

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Female business owners join forces to promote small-town Nebraska.

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imply limits, not too much to offer, even boring. But to others who know better, the term small town suggests friendly people, strong values, and off-the-beatenpath variety. The merchants of Olde Towne Elkhorn are working together to promote the latter identity and are slowly but surely being discovered. Just a few blocks west of the busy highway that is 204th Street, you’ll find a quiet street lined with plenty of unique spots that bring about a shopping experience that will satisfy and surprise those not already familiar with Olde Towne. www.BestOfOmaha.com

“We’re still kind of a secret, but I think it’s growing more and more,” says Andrea Ramsey, owner of Andrea’s Designs. It’s a unique combination of women-owned businesses, as well as the camaraderie that these women share, that has helped this small business district become a welcoming and fun place to spend an afternoon. The shops range from home furnishings and décor, to clothing and jewelry, to a haven for local artists and those with a green thumb. And while the shopping will satisfy a variety of styles and tastes, the owners of these businesses have one goal in mind…to support one another.

Andrea’s Designs specializes in traditional home décor and furniture. Ramsey is an interior decorator and works with fresh flowers as well. Leona Anderson, owner of Little Scandinavia, has had her shop for seven years. This little haven of all things Scandinavian has more than the customary moose and Viking-related items. It also offers sweaters made of Norwegian wool, Danish jewelry, and a small section devoted to food and drink favorites from the region. The store is welcoming and cozy, especially when Anderson greets you with a cup of coffee and homebaked goodies. >> september/october • 2013   H23


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Omaha Home: feature “It’s phenomenal. I’m so happy to tell anybody that comes in about any of the shops." -Kelli Fuglsang, This & That & Other Stuff << Anderson has seen the community grow in recent years. “Each one of these women brings something unique and fun to our downtown,” she says. “We have a good time when we get together.” Studioviews, owned by Deb Trowbridge, had its grand opening last April. The studio offers lessons in working with clay and slab pottery, as well as original works. Trowbridge and her partner, Colleen Riordan, also do commission work such as custom mosaic countertops and backsplashes. Across the street, Karly Van Wie-Olson opened Karly & Company last November. While she specializes in home décor and gifts, Van Wie-Olson describes her style as more rustic with a mix of contemporary. She is also an interior designer for both residential and commercial spaces. She says that her experience with Olde Towne has been wonderful. “It’s really charming and has a lot of character. I think people miss that.” She also appreciates the way the women all support one another and work so well together. “I love the people here.” One way the Olde Towne group has found success in promoting each other’s businesses is in starting “Second Saturdays.” The promotion, which includes several but not all of the 21 downtown shops and eateries, allows customers to earn one “Olde Towne Buck” for every $20 they spend at participating shops on the second Saturday of every month. The shopkeepers will hold an annual auction in which customers can bid on items donated by participating stores. This free event includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. An old church houses Kelli Fuglsang’s shop, This & That & Other Stuff. Since moving in last October, Fuglsang has enjoyed working with the other ladies along Main Street. “I didn’t know what to expect being down here…we’re kind of off the beaten path.” She adds that they all look out for each other. “It’s phenomenal. I’m so happy to tell anybody that comes in about any of the shops…how

to get to them, what they have...” Using the shortcut that Fuglsang tells her customers about, you can find The Garden Gallery. At first glance, it appears to be the yard of a busy gardener; you soon discover that this is not the run-of-the-mill flower garden. “I specialize in really unusual annuals, perennials, and tropicals,” says owner Michele Minnick. Open year round, she also works with mums, poinsettias, and bulbs. Visitors will also find fun potting containers and garden art and accessories to help create your own “Fairy Garden.” “They’re one of the biggest trends,” says Minnick. Legend says that these miniature gardens and their fairies will watch over your own garden and can include anything from tiny bridges, trees, ponds, pathways, and birds and nests. Inside the Garden Gallery house, shoppers will find more unique pieces for, well…inside the house. The rooms of the old home have been converted to showrooms filled with fun clothing, jewelry, home décor, and art, much of which is supplied by as many as 25 to 30 local artists, including Minnick herself. “I do more whimsical paintings,” she says as she points to the brightly colored canvases. Minnick’s been in Olde Towne for several years and says that she loves the community of which she has become a part. “It’s neat, because all of us are different.” The neighborly atmosphere cannot be missed. “If somebody’s running late, we’ll go stick a note up on the door or we’ll go in and help them out in their shop,” she says. “It’s just really supportive…It’s good.” If you’re looking for a fun, friendly, and unique shopping excursion, Olde Towne Elkhorn will not disappoint. Bring your friends—and make new ones—in Olde Towne. Be sure to check out Olde Towne Elkhorn’s blog at www.oldetowneelkhorn.blogspot.com and stop out for the next Ladies Day Out, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.OmahaMagazine.com


Omaha Home: feature Story by Chris Wolfgang • Photo by Bill Sitzmann

Preparing to Overwinter Your Herbs

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ing months for a gardener. Plants are fully grown and pumping out as many fruits as they can before the first frost. It’s like they know their time is up. But it doesn’t have to be the end for some plants if you know how to help them out, according to Tony Cirian of Cirian’s Farmers Market on 50th and Leavenworth. Most herbs, for example, are as simple to grow indoors as they are outside. So if you’ve developed a taste for fresh basil on your tomatoes or tarragon in your scrambled eggs, don’t despair the coming winter. These tips will keep you in fresh herbs no matter the cold: • Let annuals go to seed. Annuals, such as basil, cilantro, chervil, borage, and dill, are going to seed by now (and probably have been ever since temperatures started soaring). Collect the seeds and plant them in pots right away. Set the pots inside under a grow lamp or in a very warm windowsill. Keep them just moist until you start to see shoots. • Salvage smaller mature annuals. Dill, cilantro, and chervil are too tall to transplant easily and probably don’t have many useable leaves left anyway. Cirian says that you can pot up smaller annuals such as basil and parsley (actually a biennial) if they still have leaves to harvest; they’ll last a bit longer if you bring them inside, but >>

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Home: feature << they will die eventually. “You might get an extra month or so out of them,” he says. But by that time, the seeds you planted will have germinated. You’ll only have a small gap, if any, without fresh herbs. Know the needs of your perennials. Perennials are essential additions to an herb garden, but they can vary in their care: • Rosemary, for example, is technically a tender perennial but isn’t usually hardy enough to endure our Zone 5 winters, according to Cirian. You can attempt to pot up the entire plant and bring it inside. Cirian does warn that the plant will get a bit woody and lanky over the winter. “It’s just not getting the sunshine and warmth to be really vibrant.” • Tarragon is another perennial that benefits from potting up over the winter for extra protection. It can be handy to divide a root clump, leave a few plants outdoors, and just bring one inside. (Note that Russian tarragon is unfortunately more commonly sold, though it tastes more like a weed than the licorice flavor of French tarragon.) • Other perennials, such as chives, common thyme (thymus vulgaris), sage, oregano, and lavender, are easily left in place throughout the winter and will come back nicely next spring. To enjoy them inside as well, root thyme, sage, oregano, and lavender cuttings in pots. Keep the cuttings moist until you see new growth. You can add chives to your winter kitchen by digging up a clump and dividing into pots. • Some perennial herbs can be invasive and so should only ever be grown in pots. A large pot of mint or lemon balm adds a fresh smell to your patio and can easily be moved inside before the first frost. To make the most of your indoor herb garden, use potting soil (never garden dirt) and only water once a week. “You don’t want that root system to rot,” Cirian says. He adds that there’s not much need to fertilize over the winter, as “potting soil already has a slow-release food.” Just make sure light and warmth are in good supply, and that’s all it takes to keep yourself in fresh herbs all winter long. www.OmahaMagazine.com


Omaha Home: home décor makeover Story by Sandy Besch Matson • Photo by Bill Sitzmann

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Take an old window shutter and wash away any dirt or debris from the surface, using tap water and a sponge. Let the shutter dry completely. Then, using fine sandpaper, sand away any remaining debris (though don’t sand smooth—a rough surface adds to the rustic charm). Paint the shutter with the type of paint made best for your shutter finish. Some paints are made for metal, others for plastic or fiberglass. I used a paint ideal for wood surfaces. For more interest, use a different color paint for a second coat. I used a second paint with a metallic finish, applying with a rubber stamp for a unique, subtle design. (When selecting paint color and stamp design, consider other colors and patterns used in the room’s décor to tie the look together.) For a more finished look, apply a clear coat of sealant and let dry overnight. If desired, mount a decorative piece of hardware or home décor item directly to the shutter. I used a small iron sconce, then added a candle. Be creative! Finally, mount the shutter to the wall securely. Two shutters hung side by side or “bookending” a piece of art or furniture also make a unique display. september/october • 2013   H27


Omaha Home: d•i•y project Story by Linda Persigehl • Photos by Bill Sitzmann and provided by Jeremy Glasser

Concrete Countertops

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countertops of his Morton Meadows home had been on Jeremy Glasser's to-do list since moving into the house in 2008. When a break between jobs afforded him a bit of time to tackle the project, Glasser went to work creating new concrete counters, which offer an earthy look and tactile feel while also being extremely durable and resistant to heat and scratches. Glasser did not go this DIY entirely alone, seeking expert advice and step-bystep instruction from the www.OmahaMagazine.com


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after book Concrete Countertops Made Simple by Fu-Tung Cheng. The how-to book also comes with a helpful DVD. First, Glasser measured the counter space and drew templates for the countertops on 1”-thick melamine board. Then, using the melamine and silicone, he created the forms in which to pour the concrete to set. (Glasser says plexiglass can also be placed inside the forms to offer a smoother concrete finish.) Reinforcing rebar was laid inside the forms to help strengthen the heavy cement counters. Second, Glasser hand-mixed 10 bags of countertop concrete mix and poured the wet cement into the forms. "If I were to do it again, I'd rent a cement mixer, though," he shares. "One dry/unmixed patch did make it through to the finished product." Though casual observers might not notice. Next came settling the concrete. Though www.BestOfOmaha.com

Cheng's book recommends using a stick vibrator to help level out the poured concrete, Glasser employed his “inner MacGyver” ingenuity and rigged up an old motor from an off-balance washing machine to the bottom of the form's table. The gadget shook out the concrete and eliminated all but the smallest bubbles quite well. Once the cement had cured (this took about a week), he used a file to sand down the unfinished edges “because they can be quite sharp,” he adds. Then came sanding. The process took three passes: first with 320-grit sandpaper, then 800, and lastly 1500, using an orbital sander hooked up to an air compressor. Finding the right paper proved to be a bit of a chore. Glasser was able to procure his supplies at an auto body shop, "though [the paper] was fairly expensive—$40 a box."

Lastly, Glasser applied a top coat of penetrating sealant and later, a coat of auto wax to the cement for a smooth finish. “You want carnauba wax or something that is going to be food-safe,” he says. In all, the project took approximately $300 and about three weeks' time. Asked what challenges the countertops project offered, Glasser says creating the forms, which required great care and patience so as to not create wrinkles in the forms, which can transfer to the cement. Also, moving the cured cement pieces from the forms into place. "That concrete was horrendously heavy. You have to have good, strong help to move it into place." The natural cement countertops that Glasser and wife Chris now adore in their updated kitchen were well worth the effort. september/october • 2013   H29


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Omaha Home: landscaping feature

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Omaha Home: landscaping feature << back yard. Guests to the remodeled home might never suspect what the place looked like just a few months earlier. Ostblom explains that the homeowners wanted a lawn that matched their refinished house’s new capabilities: to blend in with the rest of the stately neighborhood and to provide a perfect space to entertain family members and close friends. “Other than that,” he says, “they didn’t have too many particulars.” So Ostblom let his creativity loose, beginning the design process in March and construction in May. The entire project was completed by June 15. The first order of business was to redesign an unsightly retaining wall that led around the north of the house to the back yard. Originally made of concrete block, the five-foot wall created a tight alley between the house and a small mountain of unusable back yard. Its considerable height so close to the back of the house blocked off half of the dining and living room windows. A cramped patio made a stab at bringing hospitality to the space. To simultaneously create a much less imposing wall while also making the yard itself usable, Ostblom removed tons of dirt to create tiers of lawn that allowed him to install a limestone wall less than two feet tall. The limestone complements colors in the house and can actually be found in the landscaping of nearby homes, bringing the property more into the neighborhood’s fold. Large blocks of the limestone accent the front and back yard, “giving the grandkids something to climb around on,” Ostblom points out. Thanks to the greatly shortened wall, guests in the dining and living rooms can enjoy a panorama of seasonal annuals (“One of the owners just loves lots of color,” Ostblom says), a rose cutting garden, and mature evergreens. “They wanted everything to look like it’d been there for years,” Ostblom says, so Lanoha Nurseries set field-grown spruce and conifers in place with machinery. “That’s a one-time deal,” he explains. “If the trees don’t take to this well, we can’t get the equipment back in here to put in more of that size.” So he’s monitoring their progress closely, already eyeing some barely noticeable brown needles on a spruce. “That one might be under stress from over watering.” Frequent entertainment of friends and family meant the homeowners needed a large, welcoming space. In particular, they wanted a gas fire pit large enough where several >> H32 

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over the seasons. Most of the yard is in at least partial shade, particularly in the front yard and to the north. To the northeast and east, the yard transitions into full sun. To cope with the variety of landscape elements (varying light, drainage, and plants with differing needs), Ostblom says he redesigned the home’s irrigation entirely. “They have turf, trees, annuals...it all requires different watering.” To facilitate easy maintenance by Lanoha Nurseries without disturbing the

homeowners, Ostblom had the irrigation clock moved from inside the garage to just inside the gate in the backyard. “I visit about once a month,” he says, though he admits he makes the rounds in the neighborhood frequently, checking in on this and other landscaping projects for any signs of trouble. “Communication. That’s the biggest part in making sure it all looks amazing.”

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Omaha Home: at home Story by David Williams • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

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Will Perkins (left) and Avery Loschen with their Old English Sheepdog, Bridget.

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work done to the stately property at 38th and California streets also happens to be among its oldest—in more ways than one. “Walking into that home again all these years later,” says Joe Barmettler, “was just pure magic.” The retired attorney was recently feted on the occasion of his 80th birthday in the home built in 1917 for his grandfather, bakery magnate Otto Barmettler. “They did a beautiful job with the house,” Barmettler adds. “I was flabbergasted at every turn.” “They” refers to Avery Loschen and Will Perkins, the current owners who have spent the last few years meticulously restoring the once-faded Gold Coast beauty. >>

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Omaha Home: at home The homeowners' passion for antiques is everywhere to be found.

As many as 200 guests have been ushered through the home's grand foyer.

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The couple often "winters" in the cozy library.

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Omaha Home: at home The South Solarium, aglow in morning light.

<< Girded by towering pines on its perch atop a hillock, the home has a breathtaking view of the Downtown Omaha skyline. And how did the Barmettler clan wrangle an invitation from all-but-perfect strangers? “It all just kind of came together,” says Loschen with a chuckle. “We love to entertain. Our goal here with this house can be described as ‘social, social, social.’ We want to use the house for entertaining and hosting fundraisers.” Loschen, a real-estate investor, had previously spent nearly two decades at the H42 

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helm of an Oregon-based nonprofit. Since the home is still what the owners call “a work in progress,” the pair has a long list of projects slated for the property. Loschen and Perkins currently use a third-floor ballroom as storage while it awaits new life, and the three-bedroom caretaker’s house will become the studio for Perkins’ interior design practice. Designed by famed architect F.A. Henninger, the 10,000-square-foot Second Renaissance Revival home features Doric columns framing pavilions of multi-paned,

floor-to-ceiling windows. Also among Henninger’s lasting contributions to the Omaha landscape, several of which are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, are the Havens-Page House on the northeast corner of 39th and Dodge streets, the Jewell Building (once the site of the legendary Dreamland Ballroom and now the home of Love’s Jazz and Arts Center), and the everpopular Elmwood Park Pavilion. Peeling away layers of history revealed more than a few surprises. Among the pair’s www.OmahaMagazine.com


Iten's cracker tins discovered in the remodeling process.

archeological finds were richly patinaed cookie tins bearing the logo of the ItenBarmettler Biscuit Company. Also unearthed was a long-forgotten, boarded-up bathroom. In addition, Loschen and Perkins discovered hand-painted Arts and Crafts wallpaper borders that will be recreated in their original positions throughout the home. And ranking highest on the serendipity scale? That would be the story of the rather circuitous route traveled by the home’s roofing material. www.BestOfOmaha.com

A lone candle tops Joe Barmettler's 80th birthday cake.

“The company we hired to do the roof,” Loschen says, “stumbled upon the original Spanish tile in a salvage yard, and we were able to buy it all back. Better yet, the manufacturer is still in business and had the original molds, so we were able to fill in here and there where needed.” Like a pair of Canada geese, Perkins and Loschen tend to migrate through their home with the changing of the seasons. The sundrenched South Solarium is a favorite for morning coffee during spring and summer.

The warm hues of the mahogany-clad library, complete with one of the home’s several fireplaces, offers a cozy respite from winter’s chill. The space is decorated in an eclectic mix of antique furnishings and art, including a work by David Stirling (1887-1971). The Corydon, Iowa-born landscape painter worked in Estes Park and throughout the Rocky Mountains for 50 years in the early part of the 20th century. “It’s a deliberate blend of styles to emulate a historic look without being stiff or stuffy,” >> september/october • 2013   H43


Omaha Home: at home The Second Renaissance Revival home overlooks the Duchesne campus.

<< Perkins explains, defining his home’s feel. “It’s all about comfort, both for us and our guests.” The “comfort” theme continues in the kitchen, which itself delivers a lesson in history. “A kitchen in a house like this,” Perkins explains, “would have never been seen by guests. All of the floors in the service areas are in maple and the public part of the house is in oak. We wanted to keep that theme of simplicity in all aspects of the kitchen, so we kept the maple.” “Only after we found it four layers down,” Loschen quips. A space once invisible to all but servants now bustles with conversation whenever guests arrive in the home. Quite a change from its middle-aged, frumpier years when the home served as a dormitory for the adjacent Duchesne Academy. Whether in the most intimate of gatherings or, as in the case of a holiday party that found over 200 people circulating with ease through the cavernous home, Loschen and Perkins have created a “social, social, social” space for entertaining. Loschen sums up the couple’s philosophy with yet another riff on the theme of hospitable yet sophisticated simplicity. “Why have a home like this,” he muses, “unless you want to share it?” H44 

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Omaha Home: transformations Story by Ellen Pandorf, Allied ASID • Photos by Lisa Louise Photography

Casual Contemporary Home & Lifestyle

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young family called the

design firm, Ellen Pandorf Interior Design, to help design and furnish their new home in a western development. They wanted something elegant and ideal for entertaining friends and family, yet accomodating for their casual lifestyle with their two young children. They were leaning toward a casual, contemporary style. Ellen Pandorf Design helped them soften the look to work with the home's stone and stucco architectural style and create a more transitional look. In the entry, an elegant marble mosaic tile medallion with a sweeping iron stairway leads to an open walkway between >> www.OmahaMagazine.com


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Upcoming events regarding all things pertaining to the home.

9th Annual Restoration and Preservation Tour October 6 Deer Park Neighborhood

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newest upscale homes, built by five of the best custom builders in the region at the Street of Dreams, now in its 29th year. The event will be hosted in The Deer Creek Highlands subdivision, 120th & Deer Creek Drive. The neighborhood provides scenic views of The Players Club at Deer Creek country club and golf course. The tour, produced by Build Omaha and MUD, includes seven one-of-a-kind, highend custom homes built specifically for this event. The homes showcase the latest trends in new home construction, interior design colors and décor, landscape design, and state-of-the art home technology. Builders participating this year include: Absolute Customs (with two homes), Nathan Homes, Falcone Homes, Advantage Development, and Platinum Builders. Cost is $10 adults, $5 children. Event runs Wednesday thru Friday, 12-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more info visit Omaha Street of Dreams’ Facebook page or buildomaha.org H50 

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of Omaha’s early 20th century-era homes and buildings in the Deer Park neighborhood. The area is bounded by I-480, the Missouri River, Martha Street, and Spring Lake Park. The neighborhood features a mix of brick, bungalow, and cottage-style homes, many built to accommodate immigrants working in South Omaha’s packing houses, plus a 125-year-old commercial district on Vinton Street. The tour is sponsored by AIA (American Institute of Architects) Omaha and presented by Restoration Exchange. The Exchange teaches and motivates the public to restore and preserve older properties through education, advocacy, and invigoration. “With its close proximity to the Interstate and downtown, along with a nice variety of older, affordable properties, it is a great place to live, work and shop,” said Restoration Exchange Executive Director Kristine Gerber. Tickets can be purchased in advance at restorationexchange.org or the day of the tour. $10 each or $15 for two. All proceeds support restoration and preservation educational efforts in the metro area.

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consumer show devoted to building, remodeling, home decorating, landscaping, and other home services returns this October for its 25th year. The Omaha Fall Home & Garden Expo sponsors are the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Greater Omaha Chapter, Cox Communications, and the Woodhouse Auto Family. The event is produced by Mid-America Expositions, Inc. Expo guests can look forward to the following: cooking demos and tasty samples prepared by Omaha chefs; holiday décor, gifts, and fashions; quilting demonstrations; “Ask the Master Gardener” segments by the UN Extension Services, the Ultimate Garage exhibit, the NARI Room Design Gallery, arts & crafts displays, and eco-friendly products and ideas for the home. Patrons can also register to win multiple prizes, including a $25,000 kitchen or bath makeover. Exhibits are open Friday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discount tickets are available at Old Chicago restaurants. For more on the event, visit showofficeonline.com.

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<< This is the life of many children in the lowincome neighborhoods of the Omaha community. But it doesn’t have to be. Completely KIDS is determined to make sure it isn’t. Enriching activities, help with homework, nutritious snacks, and people to talk to for guidance—these are all things the nonprofit organization offers to youth and families through after-school and family strengthening programs. The organization was formerly Camp Fire USA Midlands Council, a nonprofit founded in 1920 as a club for girls and young women. In the 1970s and ’80s, the program admitted boys and young men, reaching out to the needs of the underserved through after-school activities in North and South Omaha. Now, Completely KIDS—which disaffiliated from the national Camp Fire organization in 2011 to keep its funds within the Omaha community—serves more than 2,000 youth from pre-kindergarten through high school, as well as their families. Penny Parker, executive director of Completely KIDS, has devoted her professional career to serving children and families. Previously, she worked with American Red Cross, the Nebraska Department of Social Services, Child Saving Institute, and Douglas County Social Services. “My prior employment focused on working with children who were already involved in the child welfare system, and I wanted to work at an agency where I could work with children to keep them out of the system,” she explains. That’s why she applied for the position with Completely KIDS, which she’s occupied for 22 years now. Parker believes Omaha needs Completely KIDS because it offers out-of-school programming and family outreach services in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the community. “We provide opportunities for children and families that they would not otherwise experience, [as well as] programming to children who reside in homeless shelters. We [also] provide 385 weekend backpacks of food for children in our programs who may have little or no food to eat on the weekend.” Making a difference in the lives of youth and families is what Parker thinks is the most important aspect of the organization’s work. If you ask her what her favorite memory of working with Completely KIDS is, she can list several: “The children who tell me that participating in one

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Greg and Kathy Boulay, 2013 Chairpersons, Archbishop George J. Lucas, and Julie and Steve Kenney, 2013 Co-Chairpersons. Photo provided by the Archdiocese of Omaha.

36th Annual Archbishop’s Dinner for Education Embassy Suites La Vista September 12 Each year, the Archdiocese of Omaha holds a dinner recognizing outstanding teachers and administrators throughout the Catholic school system, thanking Nebraska businesses and community leaders who support Catholic schools, and raising scholarship funds for low-income students to attend Catholic schools. This year’s honorees include:

Cruisin’ for a Cure Omaha is a nonprofit event featuring a car show of custom cars, antique cars, rat rods, hot rods, classic cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, and car clubs. The event is meant to be a different approach to prostate cancer awareness, as the show also includes free PSA tests and speeches from doctors about the symptoms and treatments of prostate cancer. “Everywhere you go, you see pink ribbons for breast cancer. You never see blue ribbons for prostate cancer,” says Harold Pharoah, organizer of Cruisin’ for a Cure Omaha and prostate cancer survivor. “I want to take prostate cancer out of the shadows and make it something men will openly talk about and understand. At last year’s event, 142 men received free PSA tests, 14 of whom had early detection of prostate cancer and were recommended to consult physicians. The goal for this year’s event is to test over 200 men. The 2013 Cruisin’ for a Cure Omaha will also feature barbecue from Billy Buck’s Smokehouse and guest speaker Charles A. Enke, M.D. of UNMC’s radiation oncology department, who will conduct a seminar on prostate cancer, as well as a Q&A session afterward. Proceeds from the event benefit The Estabrook Cancer Center at Methodist Hospital. 8601 W. Dodge Rd. For more information, visit cruisinforacure.com.

Administrators of the Year Stacy Uttecht, St. Wenceslaus, Dodge Dr. Laura Hickman, Duchesne Academy, Omaha Educators of the Year – Secondary Mary Bartak, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School, Elgin Rev. Steven Emanuel, Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue Educators of the Year – Elementary Barbara Stansbury, St. Michael, South Sioux City Michael Hartigan, Christ the King, Omaha Educators of the Year – Special Education and Inner City (Funded by the Maginn Family Foundation) Katie Barmettler, Sacred Heart, Omaha Nancy Gillpatrick, St. Bernard, Omaha Proceeds from the dinner are used to provide a $5,000 gift to each honoree and to fund scholarships for families in need. Scholarship dollars raised are matched by the Children’s Scholarship Fund of New York at 33 cents for every $1 raised. Chairpersons for this year’s dinner are Kathy and Greg Boulay; Co-chairpersons are Julie and Steve Kenney. Tickets are $125. 12520 Westport Pkwy. 6pm. For more information, visit archomaha.org or call 402-827-3757.

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Harold Pharoah with the winners of the 2012 People’s Choice Award, Ron and Wanda Halvorson of Gretna, Neb. Photo provided by Cruisin’ for a Cure.

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The 2012 Race for the Cure Nebraska. Photo provided by Susan G. Komen Foundation Nebraska.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Nebraska CenturyLink Center Omaha October 6

The Ranch Run/Walk and Cowpoke Kids Run event—one of Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA)’s annual fundraisers— was previously known as the St. Auggies/HETRA Ranch Run. This year’s event is a trail run around the Skyline Ranches neighborhood just south of Elkhorn, Neb. The neighborhood has over 22 miles of horse trails weaving throughout the area. This is also the only time the Skyline Ranches trails are open to the public. “St. Augustine and HETRA are excited to offer various distances to include walkers and runners of all ages. Awards will be distributed during a Chili Feed following the races. The community will also have an opportunity to meet the miniature horses in HETRA’s herd,” says Dusten Crichton, event chairman. The race begins and ends in the park near St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Elkhorn. There are awards for the Cowpoke Kids runners, and there will be overall age and gender awards for the 5K and 10K runs after the race. Proceeds from the run benefit both St. Augustine and HETRA. 285 S. 208th St. 1pm. For more information, visit hetra.org or call 402-359-8830.

In what’s stacking up to be a remarkable 20th year impacting breast cancer research and Nebraska breast health programs, Susan G. Komen Nebraska is gearing up for the 2013 Race for the Cure, which will take place October 6 at CenturyLink Center Omaha. Komen is proud to have Leonard and Kate Sommer as the honorary chairs for the Race for the Cure. This is especially poignant, as Kate Sommer was involved with planning the first Race for the Cure in Omaha in 1994 as a Junior League project and was recently honored as the 2013 national Volunteer of the Year at the annual Susan G. Komen Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. “Last year, we had nearly 16,000 participants in Omaha and over 1,300 in Kearney,” said Karen Daneu, executive director of Komen Nebraska. “This year is our 20th year in Nebraska, and we expect another big turnout at our events.” Registration is open to anyone interested in helping in the fight against breast cancer. Participants can join in a 5K run, 5K walk, or 1-mile family fun walk. Participants do not have to be breast cancer survivors, and registration is available for individuals and teams. Online registration closes Oct. 2. $30 adults, $10 ages 3-12, free for children under 3 (with parent participation). 455 N. 10th St. 7:30am. For more information, visit komennebraska.org or call 402-502-2979.

Kim, Ethan, and Andrew Falk at last year’s event. Photo provided by HETRA.

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a two-month look at upcoming fundraisers and other charitable events September 7 Zoofari 2013 Who: Supports Omaha Zoo Foundation What: Trunk show, dinner, live and silent auctions Where: Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. For more information, visit omahazoofoundation.org or call 402-738-2073. Touch a Truck Who: Supports Child Saving Institute What: Free family event with trucks, police cars, firetrucks, and more Where: First Data, 6855 Pacific St. When: 11am For more information, visit childsaving.org or call 402-504-3664. September 12 7th Annual Brew HaHa Who: Supports Omaha Habitat for Humanity What: Beer and food sampling, live music, and more Where: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 2285 S. 67th St. When: 5pm For more information, visit habitatomaha.org or call 402-884-4370. 6th Annual Wine and Beer Event Who: Supports ALS in the Heartland What: Drink, stroll, and shop Where: The Shops of Legacy, 168th & Center sts. When: 6pm For more information, visit alsintheheartland.org or call 402-592-2374. September 15 Global Voices: Faith in Action Who: Supports Lutheran Family Services What: Event recognizing faithbased community leaders Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. For more information, visit lfsneb. com or call 402-978-5646. September 20 Big Red Tailgate Who: Supports Completely KIDS What: Cocktails, silent auction, dinner Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. When: 5:30pm For more information, visit completelykids.org or call 402-397-5809. September 21 Spotlight Gala Who: Supports Voices for Children What: Annual fundraiser with cocktails, food, and more Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. When: 5:30pm For more information, visit voicesforchildren.com or call 402-597-3100.

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September 26 Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 2013 Who: Supports Project Harmony What: Fundraising event with live Irish music, prizes, and more Where: Anthony’s Steakhouse Ballroom & Patio, 7220 F St. For more information, visit projectharmony.com or call 402-595-1326. Omaha Signature Chefs Auction Who: Supports March of Dimes Nebraska What: Signature dishes by 20 chefs, raffle, and live auction Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. When: 5:30pm For more information, visit marchofdimes.com or call 402-496-7111. Restoring Hearts with Bike Parts Event Who: Supports Omaha Home for Boys What: Special guest Marlee Matlin and motorcycle raffle Where: Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass St. When: 5:30pm For more information, visit omahahomeforboys.org or call 402-457-7000. September 28 Jewels of Autumn Who: Supports Alegent Creighton Health What: Annual fundraiser with food, drinks, and auctions Where: Alegent Creighton Health Lakeside Hospital, 16901 Lakeside Hills Ct. When: 6pm For more information, visit alegentcreighton.com or call 402-717-8182. September 29 Walk for the Animals 2013 Who: Supports Nebraska Humane Society What: Fundraising walk with pets Where: Nebraska Humane Society, 8929 Fort St. When: 8:30am For more information, visit nehumanesociety.org or call 402-444-7800. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2013 Who: Supports Alzheimer’s Association What: Fundraising walk Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3220 Farnam St. When: 12pm For more information, visit alz. org or call 402-502-4301. September 30 43rd Annual Boy Scout Golf Invitational Who: Supports Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council What: Golf fundraising event Where: Shadow Ridge Country Club, 1501 S. 188th Plz. When: 11am For more information, visit macbsa.org or call 402-514-3011.

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October 4 50th Anniversary Celebration Who: Supports Legal Aid of Nebraska What: Inaugural fundraising event Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. When: 5:30pm For more information, visit legalaidofnebraska.com or call 402-348-1069.

October 19 117th Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation & Scholarship Ball Who: Supports Knights of Aksarben Foundation What: Scholarship ball Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. For more information, visit aksarben.org or call 402-554-9600.

Holy Name Harvest Who: Supports Holy Name School What: Dinner, raffle, silent and live auctions Where: Holy Name School, 2901 Fontenelle Blvd. When: 5:30pm For more information, visit holynameschoolomaha.org or call 402-451-6622.

October 20 Ladle of Love Festival Who: Supports Open Door Mission What: Soups and baked good served by local chefs Where: Open Door Mission’s Garland Thompson Men’s Center, 2705 N. 20th St. When: 1pm For more information, visit opendoormission.org or call 402-829-1508.

Expressions of Hope Gala Who: Supports Hope Center for Kids What: Dinner, youth program, silent and live auctions Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. For more information, visit hopecenterforkids.com or call 402-341-4673. October 10 Good Apple Awards Who: Supports Nebraska Appleseed What: Live music, cocktails, and community justice awards Where: Historic Livestock Exchange Building, 4920 S. 30th St. When: 6pm For more information, visit neappleseed.com or call 402-438-8853. HomeGrown Who: Supports Nebraska Children’s Home Society What: Local wine and beer tasting, food, and more Where: Brix at Village Pointe, 225 N. 170th St. When: 4pm For more information, visit nchs. org or call 402-451-0787. October 11 Hops & Grapes Fall Festival Who: Supports Partnership 4 Kids What: Wine and beer tasting, live music, auction, and more Where: Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave. When: 7pm For more information, visit p4k. org or call 402-930-3002. October 13 7th Annual Comfort Food Classic Who: Supports Ted E. Bear Hollow What: Chef competition Where: Ramada Omaha, 3321 S. 72nd St. When: 5pm For more information, visit tedebearhollow.org or call 402-502-2773.

October 22 Scholarship Luncheon Who: Supports Phoenix Academy What: Luncheon with guest speaker former First Lady Laura Bush Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. When: 11:30am For more information, visit phoenixacademyomaha.org or call 402-390-0556. October 24 6th Annual Monster Bash for Brain Cancer Who: Supports Leap-for-a-Cure What: Live music, kids activities, food, and more Where: Georgetowne Club, 2440 S. 141st Cir. When: 6:30pm For more information, visit leapforacure.org or call 402-333-9370. Fall Luncheon 2013 Who: Supports Women’s Fund of Omaha What: Keynote speaker Betsy Myers Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. When: 11:30am For more information, visit omahawomensfund.org or call 402-827-9280. Centennial Gala Who: Supports MOSAIC What: Keynote speaker Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D. Where: Mutual of Omaha Dome, 3300 Dodge St. When: 6pm For more information, visit mosaicinfo.org or call 402-896-9988.

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Nate Driml, Mile Waskiewicz, Brad Burks, Bob O’Keefe of sponsor O’Keefe Elevator’s Team. Photo provided by Hope Center for Kids.

Sarah and Vincent Carlson-Brown, Brittany Proia, Anthony and Kimberly Clark-Kazmerick, Richard Marlott. Photo by Dorothy Tuma.

11th Annual Golf Classic

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ope Center for Kids hosted their 11th Annual Golf Classic at Champions Run in June. The event was Hope Center for Kids’ most successful golf tournament yet, with 151 attendees raising nearly $80,000 for Hope Center for Kids’ programs. Thirty-eight teams participated in the golf classic, representing local businesses, organizations, and friends of Hope Center for Kids. The day also included a silent auction, dinner, and program featuring Hope Employment and Learning Academy student Tyrus, who shared the impact Hope Center has had on his life.

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ebraska Shakespeare hosted its annual fundraiser in June, treating more than 200 guests to a sneak peek behind the scenes. The evening featured professional cast members performing two-minute versions of five of Shakespeare’s plays. As preview of the 2013 Shakespeare On The Green seasons, Twelfth Night and Titus Andronicus were included in the fast-paced performances. This original, comedic production entertained guests with its shenanigans and witticisms. Proceeds raised through Backstage Bash make it possible for Nebraska Shakespeare to continue staging admission-free Shakespeare On The Green productions.

Dr. Chuck Tomek, Dr. Allen Thomsen, and John T. Reed. Photo by Mark Holiday Photography.

JAMA Co-Chair Anne Nelson, Joslyn Executive Director & CEO Jack Becker, JAMA Co-Chair Susan Cutler. Photo by Jim Williams.

2013 Father of the Year Awards Gala

2013 Joslyn Art Museum Gala

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hree exemplary dads were honored as Nebraska and Western Iowa’s 2013 Fathers of the Year in June: John T. Reed of Reed Capital Partners; Dr. Allen Thomsen of Thomsen Dental Group; and Dr. Charles “Chuck” Tomek of Bryan Health. These fathers were selected based on their ability to balance their personal and professional lives and serve as role models for their children while making a positive difference in their communities. Nearly $130,000 was raised at this year’s gala. Proceeds from the event support the American Diabetes Association.

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oslyn Art Museum executive Director Jack Becker hosted the annual Joslyn Art Museum Gala in June. The event drew 340 people and raised $183,000 for the museum. The evening included cocktails followed by an exclusive VIP tour of the museum’s vault, an auction, and a dinner in the museum’s galleries provided by executive chef John Benker. Chairs were Anne Nelson and Susan Cutler; Honorary chairs were Dan and Shirley Neary.

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Participants in the 2013 Omaha Kidney Walk. Photo provided by National Kidney Foundation.

Left: Blind Golf Academy second-place winner Camille O’Neill. Right: ONI associate and winner of the blind putting contest James Harvey. Photos provided by ONI.

2013 Omaha Kidney Walk

10th Annual Golf Tournament Courtesy of Outlook Nebraska, Inc.

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ore than 300 people took up the fight against kidney disease by taking part in the National Kidney Foundation’s inaugural Omaha Kidney Walk at Lake Zorinsky in West Omaha. The event raised more than $10,000 to help fund the fight against kidney disease through prevention, advocacy and education. Walkers also helped get the word out about the importance of detecting kidney disease in its early stages, especially for those who have high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of kidney disease.

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n June, Outlook Nebraska, Inc. held their 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Indian Creek Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament will help support the ongoing funding needs of Camp Abilities Nebraska, a week-long sports camp developed to help blind children grow their selfconfidence and independence. The tournament’s activities included a shotgun start, a blind putting contest, and the first-ever Blind Golf Academy, which allowed blind and visually impaired youth and adults the opportunity to learn some putting, chipping, and general golf rules. There were approximately 180 golfers and six individuals who participated in the blind golf academy.

NCHS’ 120th Anniversary sculpture. Photo provided by NCHS.

Joe Chiodo, Dah Lar Nart, Ross Jernstrom, Rusty Lord, Jim Siedlecki, Florinda Lopez. Photo provided by Partnership 4 Kids.

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Swing 4 Kids

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ebraska Children’s Home Society’s Sand in the City event in June brought together 20 corporate and community teams who worked with 11 master sand sculptors and local architects and engineers to build 15-ton sand sculptures at CenturyLink Center Omaha. More than 200 volunteers ensured families enjoyed a weekend filled with fun, childfriendly activities. Spectators watched as master sand sculptors carved a 60-ton “NCHS’s 120th Anniversary” birthday cake sculpture, complete with images representing the joys of a child. The event raised over $100,000 for children and families served through NCHS.

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artnership 4 Kids Charity golf event, Swing 4 Kids, was held in July at Field Club of Omaha, benefitting nearly 5,000 Omaha Public Schools students. The fundraiser was able to raise more than $45,000. All proceeds from the event will go directly toward funding the agency’s student programs. Approximately 200 participants played in the two-round shotgun scramble. In addition to many corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations, Jim Siedlecki, Rusty Lord, and Dave Webber from WOWT Channel 6, served as the event’s media chairmen.

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Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation Ball, 2012

The People Behind the Curtain The Ak-Sar-Ben Ball’s production team keeps the coronation on track.

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onsidering that the theme of this year’s Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball is “On the Golden Road,” a nod to The Wizard of Oz, perhaps it’s time we did pay attention to that man behind the curtain. Or, rather, the people behind the curtain. In fact, six volunteers work together on the ball’s production team for nearly the entire year to make certain that the music, the set, the lights, and the words all meld into one seamless production.

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n M. Michele Phillips’ case, she has several: “Sometimes I’m acting, sometimes I’m teaching, sometimes I’m writing, sometimes I’m the wine steward at the bistro at Fort Omaha.” As the team’s scriptwriter, it’s up to Phillips to keep track of the massive script, 45 pages that detail the ball’s many players and their movements. >> GALA   2013 • september/october 153


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Tom Ware, M. Michele Phillips, Chuck Penington, Stephanie Anderson, and Jim Othuse manage to grab a quick break together in front of First Christian Church (unaffiliated with the Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation Ball), where Penington was rehearsing. Not everyone had time to smile for the camera, but absentee Patrick Roddy is absolutely part of the team.

<< “It’s such a behemoth!” she says. “There are songs that unify the theme; there are quotes that unify it. Sometimes there are procedural things that change, so you can’t even count on the way things have been done in the past.” Phillips adds that the chairperson of the coronation can have a hundred million ideas or none. “So you kind of have to help them, guide them along. Sometimes their ideas are impossible to execute, and sometimes they’re not thinking as big as they could be.”

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hen those big ideas do come out, Phillips remarks how Jim Othuse, as set and lighting designer for the ball, is always budget conscious but “always comes up with something really spectacular.” Othuse, scenic and lighting designer at the Omaha Community Playhouse, states that designing the ball’s huge set does get easier over the years; after all, he’s been doing it since 1979. “That was the year the theme was ‘One Thousand and One Knights’,” he recalls. “I was a little unsure as to

“I was a little unsure as to whether I could handle such a big project; in those days we had lots of scenic elements, far more than we do now.” - Jim Othuse

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t’s a sentiment he shares with Patrick Roddy, who by day is a dance instructor at Creighton University. As the ball’s choreographer, Roddy’s had to come up with some creative solutions each year, particularly for corralling 50 youngsters during the Page run. “Getting them to stay in their lines or do it any sort of order is… interesting,” he says with a laugh. “Last year, we decided to get them out onto the runway, which is about 300 feet long. All the pages were bumblebees, and we played ‘Flight of the Bumblebees.’ I gave them some cues for when they should start a big circle. Everybody had not much faith that I could do it. It’s a huge room, there’s so much stimuli, but, by gosh, they did it. They found

“Getting [the little kids] to stay in their lines or do it any sort of order is…interesting.” - Patrick Roddy whether I could handle such a big project; in those days we had lots of scenic elements, far more than we do now.” Thirty-four years later, his favorite part of the job is still figuring out how to fit in each year’s new pieces.

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and Heartland princesses and pages and governors and councilors and court of honor and performers and orchestra…” Anderson, a veteran actordirector, pauses. “It’s got to be between 100 and 150 people.” And the majority of the people who will be on stage aren’t used to performing in front of huge crowds, she adds. “You cannot expect that they’ll remember how to hit marks when they’re facing 2,500 people. Suddenly, the lights are on, and it’s deer in the headlights. It’s very unpredictable, and there’s very little you can do about it.” That can just be part of the appeal of the evening. Anderson states that the young pages are adorable because of their unpredictability. Still, it’s a good thing Roddy plans to give them great musical cues again

their little music cues, they found their spots to spread out.”

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erding people is a task near and dear to the heart of Stephanie Anderson, the stage director. “Let me think, we’ve got princesses

this year, this time with “Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are” from The Wizard of Oz and “Ease on Down the Road” from The Wiz.

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ut if we’re talking about music, well, now we’re getting into Chuck Penington’s domain. It’s his life, after all. He’s a professional bass player, as well as president of PANDA Productions, a music production company in Omaha. As the team’s music director, he recalls that his first association with the coronation was in 1974. “At the time, the music director was a guy named Richard Hayman,” Penington says. “He was the orchestrator for Boston Pops Orchestra.” He recalls that, at the time, the Ak-Sar-Ben Ball

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5 YEARS IN A ROW! “Suddenly the lights are on, and it’s deer in the headlights. It’s very unpredictable.” - Stephanie Anderson committee had found an old piece called “The Ak-Sar-Ben March,” a commemoration scored for piano, and they wanted to employ Hayman to orchestrate it. “He said he would do it, but he needed a copyist,” Penington remembers. “So I had a great week with Richard Hayman, copying the parts with him. I got to study his scores close up. It was a very nice opportunity for me.”

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ound designer Tom Ware has his own memories of celebrities he’s met thanks to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Stadium where the ball used to be held…specifically the show where Yanni, performing with Chameleon, winked at Ware’s girlfriend. “I made his monitor feedback,” he says a touch proudly. Even though the story showcases his abilities as the typical sound guy twiddling knobs on a board, Ware (owner of Ware House Productions, Inc.) says there’s a bit more to his job for the ball than that. “I personally do the mix for the whole room, but, wow, getting to that point and figuring out what the show needs with regard to the sound, the acoustics? Are there theatrics and extra sounds that need to go along with that? It’s a mix of music and production.” With such a job description, Ware obviously works closely with Penington and Othuse, and well, everyone else on the team. “We all get along so great,” he says. “There’s no egos, no drama involved. We take it seriously, but we have a good time. It’s great to see it all culminate in this show. The individuals are greater than the sum of the parts.” gala

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Mayor Jean Stothert

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Leading in a Man’s World

the Omaha mayor’s office serves as a gallery for a long line of portraits of the city’s past mayors. It is a wall-to-wall boy’s club. This day, the portrait of the city’s newest mayor is off at a photography studio waiting to be framed. But once it arrives, it will be an image long overdue on this wall. It’s the first picture of a woman in the hallway on the third floor of the Civic Center. “It was not an issue in the campaign, and it was not something I thought about,” says Mayor Jean Stothert as she sits at the conference table in her new office. “But yes, there’s no question I’m proud to be the first female mayor of Omaha. “Some of my biggest influences are those strong, pioneering women who broke 194 

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new ground. I love Margaret Thatcher. I would love if someone called me The Iron Lady.” So be it. Jean Stothert—The Iron Lady. It’s a name both friend and foe are likely to find fitting. Conservative, like Thatcher. Driven. A homemaker from humble beginnings turned successful political figure. A tough, sometimes

The specs of her childhood home roll quickly off her tongue. “Tiny house—living room, kitchen, four kids, one bathroom,” Stothert shares. She’s clearly said this many times before. It is a counterpoint raised often in political spheres when people note that she lives with her surgeon husband in often-assumedto-be-more-affluent-than-it-is Millard.

You get pretty sick of the ‘*-word.’ -Stothert

She walked to school, had a job, did volunteer work. She wanted to be a nurse “because it seemed like a good way to give back to the community.” While many of her friends chose to work in hospitals in more affluent parts of St. Louis, she chose to “be where I was most needed”—with the Trauma Center at St. Louis University Hospital in the heart of the city. You have to become an Iron Lady to be a nurse in an inner-city trauma center. “You see it all,” she says. “I’ve done CPR on hundreds of patients. I’ve opened people’s chests and done internal heart massage. I’ve wrapped up bodies and taken them to the morgue over and over again. That’s just how it is. “I like the challenge of making a critically ill patient well. But sometimes, I’m not going to make that patient well. They’re going to die. The thing is, I never want to get that hard edge. You can do tough work without losing your humanity and compassion doing it.”

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rom Homemaker to politician

It was in this environment that she met trauma surgeon Joe Stothert. After five years of dating, they married. In time, the couple moved to Seattle with his job. Then to Galveston, Texas, where the couple’s

polarizing figure. A woman who can shrug off, and move on from, the sometimes vile comments only female political figures have to face. “You get pretty sick of the ‘c-word,’” she says. It isn’t unusual for women in politics to be pushed to prove their “toughness.” So where is the “Iron” in the “Lady?” In Stothert’s case, not only did politics help galvanize her; so, too, did her years as an ICU nurse.

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Stothert grew up in Wood River, Ill., outside St. Louis, “a refinery town where my dad worked at the refinery.” He was not in a union, if you were wondering. Like Thatcher, Stothert—as she has proven already with the firefighter’s union— stands in vocal and firm opposition to some union interests. 196 

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Omaha cover feature daughter, Elizabeth, and son, Andrew, were born. Then to Omaha, Neb., “in good part for the better schools,” Joe notes. With two young children and a husband with a job that took him away at all hours, Jean decided she would stay home with her children. In little time, being an at-home mom entailed diving into work with her local parent-teacher organization. Joe says it was a natural fit for her. “She has always been strong-willed but wonderful at listening to others and working together with people to get things done,” he says. “Then, as an ICU nurse, she was working with an immense amount of sophisticated mechanisms. She enjoyed that. I think she was quickly interested in the mechanisms of government.”

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Three years after the family arrived in Millard, three positions opened on the Millard

School Board. “There were 13 people running. A full field,” Stothert says. “I didn’t have much money, so I figured we’d have to hit the streets and knock on as many doors as we could. We won by a good bit. We learned right then how important it is to get out and talk to everyone you can.”

She has always been strong-willed but wonderful at listening to others and working together with people to get things done.

-Joe Stothert

That shoe-leather, door-to-door campaigning with her and her supportive family at its core has been the key to her continued success. She served two more terms on the Millard School Board before her election to the Omaha City Council, which, she says, was a logical step. “School boards are very much like city councils,” Stothert says. “You manage multimillion-dollar budgets, you have labor negotiations. It wasn’t much of a leap at all.” During her time on the school board, she suffered her only loss so far in politics: a 2006 www.BestOfOmaha.com

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Omaha cover feature bid for the state legislature against Democrat Steve Lathrop. It was one of the closest races in state history. Initially, it appeared Stothert had won by only a few votes. She celebrated with a small vacation with her husband. When she returned, she found out that after absentee votes were counted, she had lost by 14 votes. Stothert said the final margin—after some votes were contested—was five votes. “So maybe you should have picked up 10 of your friends and driven [them] to the polls,” she recalls having wondered to herself. “Yes, I thought about it. But I truly believe we did the best we could. I think I learned more in losing than I did in winning. I also truly believe that things happen for a reason.” She then turned her eye toward the Omaha City Council. She asked Joe if she should run. “I said ‘no,’” he says. “She ran anyway.”

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She had no plans to run for mayor when she won her seat on the council, but, in time, she says, she “decided that we needed a change.” In her race for mayor, her calls for smaller, more streamlined government resonated with voters. Her ground game grew considerably.

At its core was a relentless door-to-door campaign by the entire Stothert family. Joe took 10 vacation days prior to both the primary and the general election. Her son, who is pursuing an advanced degree at the University of South Florida, and her daughter, who works at Union Pacific, also joined in. Stothert proudly showed off a framed photo of her and her husband in the middle of a residential street during one of the weekend campaign blitzes. The city was socked in by a blizzard that weekend. The Stotherts are wrapped in wet winterwear. Part of Jean’s hair is frozen and cocked sideways. Joe’s right thumb is protruding from a hole in his glove.

It’s a picture of resolve. They knocked on 15,000 doors. She says Joe helped push her on when she grew tired on the campaign trail. Joe insists, “She never would have gone on if she didn’t want to.” It’s also a picture, she jokes, of the Stotherts on a date. “We really have enjoyed those times together,” the mayor says.

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he ugly side of politics

At times, the war of words during the campaign got brutal. Stothert, often characterized as a hardline conservative, can throw fire as well as she receives it. But particularly in the modern world of blogs, tweets, and every sort of website, the personal stabs at those in the public arena are often relentless and outrageous. Stothert admits that, during the campaign, she failed to heed advice that she avoid reading all the attacks on her on the internet. Also, some of the nastiest—and most sexist—of 200 

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the insults blew up into campaign issues she then had to address. She boldly repeats two comments about her—one, a joke essentially about her being gang raped, and another about her being a stripper—that one would not expect to hear verbatim in an interview with the mayor. But there is often a flipside to such outlandish attacks. People get angry. In this election, Stothert admits, polls showed that a substantial number of women responded to the sexist attacks by moving into her camp. Stothert says she’s not afraid of criticism. She invites it, as long as it’s civilized. But she knows now to avoid the constant barrage in cyberspace. “It’s just not good for your mental health,” she says. “It wouldn’t be good for anyone’s health.” Her husband, as you might imagine, hasn’t handled some of the nastier or more personal criticisms with such a thick skin. “I don’t forgive and forget as easily,” Joe says. “She’s the one who can do that. Early on, she www.BestOfOmaha.com

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had it pegged. She told me the jabs were going to hurt me more than they would hurt her.”

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ackling tough issues

The criticism is not going to ebb. She will continue to grapple with the powerful and vocal firefighter’s union. While sitting at her office’s conference table, she points to her desk. The gritty specifics of her proposed budget to streamline government “are sitting right over there,” she says. She promises to cut government and cut taxes while improving government services. There are few political figures who have not claimed they could accomplish this feat. There are few who have.“We are going to succeed,” she says. “I have no doubt about that.” If anyone can pull off this trick, it might be Stothert. State Sen. Brad Ashford, who ran against Stothert for mayor while also working with her on several issues on the state government level, says Stothert, while always civilized, is a tough and driven negotiator. “She would get pretty stern. She would challenge me, I would challenge her,” Ashford says. “There’s nothing wrong with that. In the 202 

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end, that’s how you make good policy.” In Ashford’s mind, Stothert’s best chance to save money while improving services will come “if she’s committed to consolidating” many services that both the county and city provide.

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inding Equilibrium

To keep a sense of balance, Stothert says, she knows she has to guard her personal time. She has a life outside the demands of the mayor’s office. “I love my home,” she says. “I’m pretty good at getting there, calming down, and shutting things off for awhile.” Her day is fairly regimented, as you might expect. She’s up at 5 a.m. After a usually healthy breakfast, she walks for 30 minutes on her treadmill, then takes her Australian Shepard, Ozzie (named after St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith), for a one-mile walk. Back at home, she watches little television beyond the news. Instead, she relaxes by reading “a lot of fiction.” Her favorite books: one from her childhood, To Kill a Mockingbird, and comedian Tina Fey’s Bossypants (the cover of which inspired our magazine cover concept

and, yes, the mayor enthusiastically “suited up” for the photo shoot). If she has the time, she loves to get in the kitchen. “My friends and I used to get Bon Appétit magazine and try things all the time,” she says. “I would consider myself a gourmet cook now. I enjoy any time I can cook something myself.” If she can’t, she’s also a fan of numerous Omaha restaurants. One stands out though, she says, perhaps because she fell in love with the fresh fish dinners she ate during the family’s time living in Seattle. “The Twisted Cork has wonderful halibut and salmon,” she says. “I just love the food of the Pacific Northwest when it is done well.” Then it’s five hours or so of sleep, the morning exercise, and off to another day as The Iron Lady. “I’m a very black-and-white person,” she says. “I’m a very determined person.” Meaning? “We will achieve better services for less money,” she says. “We are not reducing city service, and we are going to balance the budget. This is what the people of this city have asked me to do, so that is what we’re going to get done.” OMAG www.OmahaMagazine.com


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September/October

september events run With it september 1-30 at prairie Winds art center

Featuring works by Donna Ryan, Karen Neppl, and Fran Upp. Reception September 6, 5:30-8pm. Free admission. 308-381-4001 – prairiewindsart.com – grand island, neb.

school days, school days, good old-fashioned school days september 1-30 at madison county

School exhibits dating back to the 1860s with histories of schools throughout the century. 402992-1221 – madisoncountyhistory.org museum – madison, neb.

miles of memories county musicfest september 5-7 at adams county fair-

A three day celebration of traditional country music. Concerts, theme shows, barn dances, and learning sessions. 10am-11pm. $10-45. 903-467-9545 – texandmary.com grounds – hastings, neb.

Watermelon days

Citywide event featuring street dance, movie in the park, vendors, parade, watermelon feed, mud drags, and more. watermelondays.com september 6-8 at thurston, neb.

polishfest 2013 september 8 at st. francis church parish

Traditional food and fun. Polka mass, tours, buffet of Polish foods, live music, dancing, and more. 10am-5pm. $10. 402-6319660 – polishheritagecenter.com hall and museum – ashton, neb.

husker harvest days september 10-12 at 9000 W. husker hwy –

World’s largest totally irrigated working farm show. More than 80 acres of exhibits, field demonstrations, seminars, crafts, artwork, and more. TuW/8am-5pm; Thu/8am-4pm. $5-10. 866-264-7469 – huskerharvestdays.com grand island, neb.

3rd annual patriots’ day run 2013 september 14 at veterans post home – syra-

Run 10K and 5K loop courses with hills. Features chip timing and various awards and brackets. 8am. 402-2693531 – vfwpost5547midcountypost.com cuse, neb.

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45th annual applejack festival

13th annual lincoln arts festival

lancaster antique show and sale

september 20 -22 at nebraska city,

september 28-29 at southpointe pavilions

october 12-13 at lancaster event center

City-wide festival with historical reenactments, street concerts, quilt show, classic car show, huge parade, AppleJam Fest, Tree Adventure activities, u-pick opportunities, wine tastings, and so much more. 402-873-6654 – nebraskacity.com

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More than 90 fine artists from the region with paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and more. 402-434-2787 – artscene.org

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Hilarious comedy abut two Shakespearean actor down on their luck. F-Sat/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. $1015. 308-379-2015 – githeatre.org – grand island, neb.

Historic demonstrations from apple cider pressing to vintage sausage making. 1pm. Park permit required plus admission $2-5. 402-873-7222 – outdoornebraska. ne.gov october events

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Railroad Town is the site for this celebration of all things Harvest! Decorate a pumpkin, listen to live music, bake with apples, see a farm machinery parade, and more. 10am-4pm. $6-8. 308385-5316 – stuhrmuseum.org

october 1-31 at prairie Winds art center

greeley irish festival

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island, neb.

september 21 at sacred heart church

A celebration of live Irish music, dancing, bag pipers, storytellers, and culture displays. 11am11pm. $15-20. 308-428-5595 – greeleyirishfestival.com grounds – greeley, neb.

9th annual missouri river outdoor expo at ponca state park september 21-22 at ponca state park –

More than 80 hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, vendors, and all day entertainment. 9am-5pm. Free admission. 402-755-2284 – missouririverexp.com ponca, neb.

Jk’s pumpkin patch – fall family fun september 21-october 28 at Jk’s pumpkin

Enjoy the farm setting and attractions including hayrack rides, corn maze, barnyard, concessions, and more. 10am-7pm. $6. 402-430-9135 – jkspumpkinpatch.com patch – lincoln, neb.

riverpoint arts festival september 28 at Johnson’s park – norfolk,

Artists, vendors, live music from local bands, clowns, children’s activities, and more. 402-379-0611. neb.

Featuring works by Dee Spencer Rodgers, Jean Cook, and Nancy Fairbanks. Reception October 4, 5:30pm. 308-381-4001 – prairiewindsart.com – grand island, neb.

Established show of 30 years featuring quality antiques, including books, country primitives, furniture, glassware, pottery, folk art, early Americana and more. Sat/9am-5pm; Sun/10am4pm. $4. 402-432-1451 – lancastereventcenter.com taxi driver – rock and country covers october 19 at red cloud opera house –

A six-piece cover band playing music from the 1950s to today including oldies, classic rock, country, dance, and more. 7pm. $25. 402-7462653 – willacather.org red cloud, neb.

night of the great pumpkin october 24 at downtown beatrice – bea-

Treats, pony rides, scream contest, haunted houses, and more. 5-7pm. 402-223-3244 – mainstreetbeatrice.org trice, neb.

savin’ sokol halloween festival october 25-27 at sokol hall – crete,

ponca state park october 5 at ponca state park – ponca,

Celebrate all things homemade and homegrown. Featuring demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, games, and more. 402-755-2284 – outdoornebraska.ne.gov. neb.

Haunted houses and fun for the entire family. Costume contests, games, food, music, hayrack rides, 5K run, and more. 402-890-4836 – nebraskahaunts.org neb.

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Great event for families featuring storytellers, a prairie walk, folk music, crafts, and more. The first 100 kids to visit get a free pumpkin. 6-9pm. Free admission. 402-223-3514 – nps.gov/home nebraska.

threads across nebraska october 11-12 at fairgrounds – kearney, neb. Featuring quilts from guilds across the state, presentations, and various vendors. F/9am-6pm; Sat/9am-4pm. $3-6. 308-440-8867 – nsqg.org

arbor day farm pumpkin party october 26 at arbor day farm – nebraska

hallowfest at ponca state park october 12, 19 at ponca state park – ponca,

Haunted hayrack rides, contests, and much more. 402-755-2284 – outdoornebraska.ne.gov neb.

A no-scare family fun time in the forest. Decorate pumpkins, hike the trails, climb the 50-foot tree house and more. 9am-5pm. $4.50-6.50. 402-8738717 – arbordayfarm.org city, neb.

nebraska spartan spring october 12-13 at abbott sports complex –

Obstacle racing at its toughest! Chip timing, international rankings, insane obstacles, live music, food, and more. spartanrace.com lincoln, neb.

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Omaha beer & food Story by Chad Rozniecki, owner and operator, The Lauter Tun – Fine Ales and Spirits • Photo by Bill Sitzmann

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visits to your local grocery store, liquor store, or pub, you may have noticed a change to some of your favorite products. Shelves once lined so perfectly with that beautiful bottled nectar we call beer have started to deviate from their normal lineup and now include a plethora of various containers—most notably, cans. From some of the largest breweries to the mom-and-pop brewpub down the street, cans are popping up everywhere. But why on earth would a brewery put their product, their labor of love, in a vessel so “low class,” so “cheap,” so…aluminum? The answer is simple—because it tastes better! Through my years in the beer industry, I have witnessed that look of confusion, doubt, and utter disgust when a guest is informed that their favorite lager is not available in their preferred container. “But we do have it in cans,” a staff member may explain. “Uh…no, thank you. I’ll just have something else,” they state with a sense of superiority, visibly repulsed at the notion.  It’s no wonder that many consumers turn their noses up at the thought of drinking canned beer. For decades, most beers that could be found in cans were mass-produced, mass-marketed, often watered-down domestic beers. In the even more distant past, cans did not contain the proper inner lining to protect the beer. In fact, tin cans were the norm, and lead—yes, lead—was used in the seams of these cans. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. Though I don’t often tip my hat to the macrobreweries of this country, some of the “big guys” figured out long ago that cans are far superior to bottles. Cans are more recyclable than their glass counterparts, they weigh less and therefore require less fuel to ship, and are typically more portable than bottles. (Go Green!) And while bottles are often not allowed at pools, parks, or concerts

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for fear of breakage, cans are generally more acceptable.   In addition, have you ever popped open a bottle, especially an import, and it tasted a bit like cardboard or wet paper? This is called oxidation. It occurs when oxygen comes in contact with finished beer. Bottles, especially those with twist-off caps, are more prone to oxidation, whereas cans have less air in the container, which helps to prevent this type of spoilage. While all of these aforementioned statements are valid arguments in favor of the can, there is one solid fact that cannot be refuted—cans block out light.  It’s a very common, albeit terribly unfortunate, assumption that imported green- and clear-bottled beers are supposed to have a unique ‘twang’ to them. That funky odor that stings the nostrils upon first inhale is more commonly known as a "skunked" beer. Do not be fooled. Your beer is NOT supposed to smell or taste like that. Green and clear bottles are the worst possible container for your beer, as they allow light to penetrate the container, which interacts with the acids in the hops, creating a sulfur smell—a reaction known as "light-struck." Even artificial light sources can skunk a beer. Needless to say, cans, on the other hand, do not allow any light to come in contact with the precious liquid they protect inside. Still don’t believe me? I challenge you to buy a 6-pack of green- or clear-glass bottles that have been sitting under your local grocery store’s fluorescent lights, and then grab a 4-pack of the same beer sold in cans. Pour each one into a glass, take a sip, and be amazed at the difference.  Next time you find yourself shopping for your favorite brew, whether import, domestic, or craft, don’t ignore the cans. They’re good for the environment, easier to store, safer, and prevent you from getting “skunked.” Here’s to drinking good, unadulterated beer! Na zdrowie! OMAG 2013  •  september/october 207


Omaha restaurant review Story by Mystery Reviewer • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Indian Oven

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n the heart of the Old Market on

Howard Street, the Indian Oven has been serving its family recipes for over 25 years. Second-generation owner Binoy Fernandez is now running the show and just completed an extensive remodel in late 2012. The new look is spectacular! The restaurant now features a beautiful, new bar that occupies a large portion of the first floor and has a much more modern feel, yet still works well with the Old Market styling cues. Along with the new bar, the restaurant now features an expanded menu of classic and craft cocktails. Craft cocktails are a booming trend, and the Indian Oven has an exhaustive list of about 25 of these creations. On a recent visit, I sampled one called The South Side ($7). This gin-based cocktail with soda, bitters, and a hint of mint was extremely refreshing on a hot summer day. My dining partner had the Tamarind Margarita ($8), made with Reposado Tequila, Orange Curaçao, fresh lime, and a tamarind infusion. This one was also outstanding. I should also mention that the new bar boasts a well-stocked beer selection and wine list. The food at the Indian Oven has always been great, and I am glad to report that is 208 

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still the case. The flavors of the traditional Indian cuisine are something that everyone should make a point of experiencing on a regular basis. My dining partner and I started the evening with a plate of Masala Sliders ($8) and some Barta Ganouj ($8). The Masala Sliders are three tasty, little burgers that are filled with Indian seasoning, topped with caramelized onions, and served on a fresh roll spread with cilantro pesto. The Barta Ganouj is a Fernandez family recipe of spiced eggplant and tomato dip, served fresh with pita wedges. I will never tire of this dish. For entrées, I had the Rogan Gosht ($15), which is a traditional north Indian lamb curry. The lamb literally melted in my mouth, and the spices were perfect. My partner tried the Chicken Tikke ($13.50). Chicken Tikke is chunks of chicken breast meat marinated in a lemon, yogurt, ginger, and garlic marinade and then skewered and grilled. I have always felt the IO version of this dish was the best I have ever had. The portions are appropriate, and all the entrées are served with their traditional Indian rice. For dessert, we shared the Kulfi ($4), which is an Indian ice cream. Their version is flavored with pistachio and mango. The service at the Indian Oven is casual, warm, and friendly. Our server seemed to know the menu well and made some great cocktail recommendations. That, combined with new, great looks, craft cocktails, and consistently good food, make checking out the Indian Oven a no-brainer. If you have never been there before or have not been for a while, you need to make a point to check it out. Personally, I am already looking forward to my next IO meal. OMAG

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Owners Matt (Left) and Scott Egermayer

Two Guys Serving Up Pies and Fries

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passion for pizza, Omaha brothers Scott and Matt Egermayer are carving out their own slice of the pie at Lighthouse Pizza. When the two Westside High School graduates decided to open a pizza shop together, they wanted to put their own twist on this classic, universally loved dish and set their independent business apart from other spots in the city’s ever-growing pizza scene. “There’s a hundred pizza places in Omaha alone. That’s something we’re mindful of,” Matt says. “We want to show people how unique we can be.” Embracing a concept that goes beyond the whole-pie-only, sit-down pizza joint, the siblings opened Lighthouse Pizza in April 2012 at 74th and Pacific streets. It’s geared toward pizza lovers who want to customize their slices and have it piping-hot and ready in minutes without leaving their car. “The whole idea of drivethru pizza by the slice— we didn’t understand why no one had done it,” Matt, 30, said. T h e fast-

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casual restaurant attracts a diverse lunch, dinner, and late-night crowd of employees from nearby offices, college students, and families from the neighborhood. It’s also popular with the post-bar crowd and other night owls on the weekend when it stays open until 3 a.m. “It’s been an extremely positive experience for both of us,” Matt says, “and it’s been a fun process for us to problem-solve.” Among the problems they encountered in the first six months of business: inconsistent slices that were burned or undercooked, and customer dissatisfaction with pizza ingredients. The Egermayers installed a new pizza oven and changed their sauce, cheese, and other toppings. The adjustments, Matt says, have resulted in pizza he’s proud to serve and one that customers enjoy. In addition to pizza (whole or by the slice), Lighthouse serves wings, salads, and French fries. Offered with a variety of toppings, the fries are part of the restaurant’s new “Pies and Fries” concept, which the Egermayers introduced in mid-July. Thick, natural-cut fries are topped with a variety of ingredients, including pulled pork, blue cheese crumbles, truffle oil, roast chicken, coleslaw, beef brisket, and assorted sauces.

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There’s also a version of poutine, a FrenchCanadian snack of fries, cheese curds, and gravy. Opening a restaurant together was an idea that Matt and Scott had talked about for several years. They sought advice from a cousin who works as a chef consultant and decided to give it a go. Working in a family business has been extremely rewarding for the pair. The two have always been close, and they work great as a team, Scott says. “It’s nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of.” Each brother has a different role in the business. Scott, 25, oversees the kitchen, while Matt handles the financial side and customer service. Before opening Lighthouse Pizza, Scott was an architecture student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Matt worked as an attorney in Hawaii. “We both love pizza a lot,” says Matt. “You want to get into something you love.” OMAG

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Comfort food done with flair. For breakfast: all your favorites, including Omaha’s finest eggs Benedict—six varieties (with crepes, too) topped with Hollandaise and made fresh every day. Come try the best bacon you will ever eat! Breakfast served all day. And when was the last time you had really good egg salad or chicken salad? Treat yourself to some of Omaha’s finest salads, soups, and sandwiches, plus chicken-fried steak, fresh Angus burgers, and Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Open seven days a week, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

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DiningGuide Depot Lounge & Eatery 402.779.4110 310 3rd St., Waterloo, NE

Serving excellent, homemade food daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Specialties include turkey fries, 45cent jumbo wings on Wednesday, and Friday night fish fries. Lowest lounge prices in the county! Keno, pool table, and darts. Open 365 days a year, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Accepts MasterCard, Visa, Amex. Reservations accepted.

DJ’s Dugout 636 N 114th St. (402.498.8855) 1003 Capitol Ave. (402.763.9974) 10308 S 23rd St. (402.292.9096) 2102 S 67th St. (402.933.3533)

Meet me on the

patio.

View our full menu, happy hours and more at

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Old Market 11th & Jackson 402.344.0200

Catch all of the action at four Omaha locations. Featuring burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, appetizers, and an impressive drink menu along with HD TVs and projectors. Home to Blazin’ Pianos, Omaha’s only dueling piano concept. djsdugout.com

West Omaha 171st & W. Center 402.778.0100

Dolce 402.964.2212 12317 W Maple Rd.

Sip. Savor. Be Social.

Chef Benjamin Maides and owner Gina Sterns are making food news in Northwest Omaha! Ranked No. 1 in Fine Dining on Urban Spoon, this 50-seat restaurant has become the talk of the restaurant industry. Best food in Omaha, an urbane wine menu, authentic hospitality— what’s not to love? Tues-Sat., 5 p.m.- close. Reservations recommended. Dolceomaha.com

Dundee Dell 402.553.9501 5007 Underwood Ave.

Famous for fish ‘n’ chips since 1934. Single malt and scotch tastings open to the public four times a month. Private tastings also available. We serve food from 11 a.m. to midnight Sun.-Thurs., and from 11 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. Fri. and Sat. We also serve a fantastic Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Jams 402.399.8300 7814 Dodge St.

Welcome to the home of independent food. Jams is a popular, locally owned restaurant for a wonderful dinner or even just a glass of wine and appetizers. An American grill, Jams has a menu that offers refined twists on old classics. From the Jumbo Crab Cake Burger to Midtown Meatloaf, Jams can please any palate. www.jamseats.com

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LEGENDARY PIZZA & PASTA SINCE 1953

From your

morning pick-me-up

to your favorite

Happier

HOURS.

nightcap…

45th & Leavenworth • 402-556-6464 Closed Monday

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VOTED BEST BREAKFAST IN TOWN! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR BREAKFAST & LUNCH

TAPAS SERVED WEEKENDS UNTIL 12AM

120th & Pacific • 402-932-5577 Baileys is open Saturdays and Sundays inside Shucks Downtown at 1911 Leavenworth St

Sophisticated American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Classy, but unpretentious. Creative, but approachable. Lunch, dinner, fresh daily specials, Sunday brunch and late night tapas. Open 11AM Tuesday-Saturday [Closed Monday] Brunch 10AM-2PM Sunday Sunday full menu after 2PM Happy Hour 4PM-6PM Tuesday-Friday & 10PM-12AM Friday-Saturday

SERVIN’ OMAHA’S FRESHEST SEAFOOD! 1218 South 119th Street • 402-827-4376 168th & Center • 402-763-1860 1911 Leavenworth St • 402-614-5544 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR LUNCH & DINNER HAPPY HOUR 7 DAYS A WEEK 2-6pm

2202 South 20th Street – Omaha

Family Restaurant • Fine Steaks Chicken • Seafood Party Rooms Available

342-9038 • 346-2865

From our Fish House... to your House!

Full service catering available! Call us for details at 402-827-4376

1125 Jackson St. | Old Market, Omaha, NE | 402.991.5637 JacksonStreetTavern.com

business. entertainment. family. food & drink. health. home. lifestyle. style.

the new

402.502.4400

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DiningGuide Lenny’s Sub Shop 402.218.1745 3201 Farnam St.

Omaha’s Only Authentic German Restaurant Locally Owned Since 1976

Lenny’s Sub Shop at Midtown Crossing features awesome half-pound subs with premium meats sliced to order. Try our authentic Philly cheesesteaks served hot off the grill or our new low-calorie menu. Don’t forget, we cater! Mon.Fri., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Prime Steak Fine Wine Premium Service

Quaker Steak and Lube 712.322.0101 3320 Mid America Dr., Council Bluffs, IA.

”The Lube” serves over 70 million wings annually, has bottled sauces for retail, and has won the title of Best Wings USA. Mondays are Kids Eat Free from 5-9 p.m., and Tuesdays are All You Can Eat Wings for $12.99 all day. The Metro’s only Quaker Steak and Lube also offers great steaks, ribs, and burgers. Live music again this fall on Friday nights. www.quakersteakandlube.com

Railcar Modern American Kitchen 402.493.4743 1814 N 144th St.

Prime rib dinner Fri. and Sat. nights. Happy hour 3:306:30 p.m. every day. Reverse happy hour 9 p.m.-midnight. Open Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sat. 11:30 a.m.-midnight, and Sun. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday Brunch! Casual dining. All credit cards accepted. www.railcaromaha.com

Rock Bottom Brewery 402.614.9333 1101 Harney St.

Authentic German Dining

Sauerbraten, Schnitzel, Pan-Fried Chicken, Full Bakery, German Beer Cakes for any occasion

OKTOBERFEST September 6 & 7 5180 Leavenworth 402-553-6774

www.gerdasgermanrestaurant.com 10 minutes from downtown Omaha

Private party rooms available for 6 to 40 people.

We’re serious about our food, crazy about our beer. rockbottom.com

Upstream Brewing Company 514 S 11th St. (402.344.0200) 17070 Wright Plz. (402.778.0100)

Upstream features an extensive menu of new American pub fare including appetizers, thin-crust pizzas, superb steaks featuring Omaha Steaks, fresh fish, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and a great children’s menu. Fresh, handcrafted beer and root beer on tap. Extensive wine list. Call ahead for group reservations or to be placed on our waiting list. Visit our classic, upscale poolroom located on the second level.

BBQ Famous Dave’s 12020 Anne St. (402.829.1616) 13015 Birch Dr. (402.779.8600)

Famous Dave’s has been voted Omaha’s favorite barbeque by Omaha Magazine’s readers and the Reader’s Choice. Real hickory-smoked ribs, brisket, pork, and a great selection of made-from-scratch recipes. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Take out and catering available.

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Made-from-scratch food at a fair price.

12th & Jackson, Sun through Thurs, 10pm-2:30am Fri & Sat: 10pm-3:00am Every Sat @ The Downtown Farmer’s Market: 8am-12:30pm

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13665 California Street Omaha, Nebraska 402.445.4380 www.mahoganyprime.com

Best Greek

Family Owned Since 1983

Catering ~ Party Room Available Homemade, Fresh Food ~ Always 3821 Center St. 402/346-1528

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DiningGuide ICE CREAM Ted and Wally’s 402.341.5827 1120 Jackson St.

Come experience the true taste of homemade ice cream in the Old Market. Since 1986, we’ve created gourmet ice cream flavors in small batches using rock salt and ice. We offer your favorites plus unique flavors like margarita, green tea, Guinness, and French toast. Special orders available.

Best pub in Omaha!

ITALIAN Don Carmelo’s Pizzeria 402.933.3190 10821 Prairie Brook Rd.

Over 750 Single Malts, 230 Beers, & Awesome Food! 50 0 7 U nde r woo d • 4 0 2 - 5 5 3 - 9 5 0 1 • dU n d e e d e l l @ dUnde e de l l .c om

Thanks to our customers for voting us the “Best Burger in Omaha”

Stella’s Bar and Grill “Serving World Famous Hamburgers since 1936” 106 Galvin Rd • Bellevue, NE • 402-291-6088 • Open Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm omaha’s original steakhouse

Omaha’s first and finest New York-style pizza, stromboli, calzones, oven-toasted hoagies, Philly cheesesteaks, pasta, salads, beer, and wine. We also feature take-out and delivery and can cater your special event, large or small. Stop in for daily lunch specials 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 402.345.5656 3001 S 32nd Ave.

Located in the middle of a neighborhood, surrounded by charming homes. At the table, everyone is greeted with homemade bread, a bowl of fresh tomatoes and basil, a bowl of oven-roasted garlic cloves, special-seasoned olive oil, and at night, a jug of Chianti! The menu includes a large variety of pasta, chicken, veal, seafood, and even a delicious New York steak. Traditional dishes such as lasagna, tortellini, and eggplant parmigiana are also available. Lunch also offers panini, salads, and one of the best pizzas in town. Patio seating, full bar, and a great wine list complete the atmosphere. No reservations, except for private rooms.

Nicola’s 402.345.8466 521 S 13th St.

We offer a distinctive, tempting menu of upscale Italian dishes, including lobster ravioli, classic carbonara, and a Mediterranean lasagna in an alluring environment. Enjoy an extensive wine list and full bar on our outdoor garden patio while you dine. Nicola’s also offers catering and desserts to go for your private party or business gathering.

Pasta Amore 402.391.2585 11027 Prairie Brook Rd.

• Proudly serving visitor & locals for 90 years. • Less than 10 minutes from Downtown. • Featured in Midwest Living Best of the Midwest 2011. • Serving hand cut steaks, aged on premise and slow roasted prime rib with pride. 402-731-4774 27th & ‘L’ St., Kennedy Frwy, ‘L’ St. Exit 8 Minutes from Downtown Omaha.

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Where good food and good service never go out of style.

Pastas are made fresh daily, including tortellini, fettuccine, and capellini. Daily specials and menu items include a variety of fresh seafood and regional Italian dishes, such as linguini amore and calamari steak, penne Florentine, gnocchi, spaghetti puttanesca, and ossobuco. Filet mignon is also offered for those who appreciate nationally renowned Nebraska beef. To complement your dining experience, the restaurant offers a full bar and extensive wine list. Be sure to leave room for homemade desserts, like the tiramisu and cannoli. Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: 4:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. MasterCard, Visa, Amex.

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DiningGuide

OMAHA’S #1

MEXICAN RESTAURANT

10 YEARS

Spezia 402.391.2950 3125 S72nd St.

IN A ROW!

Choose Spezia for lunch or dinner, where you’ll find a casual elegance that’s perfect for business, guests, gettogethers, or any special occasion. Exceptional food, wine, and service, with a delectable menu: fresh seafood, Angus steaks, innovative pasta, risotto, gnocchi, cioppino, lamb, entrée salads, Mediterranean chicken, flatbreads, and fresh salmon daily. Enjoy a full bar, Italian and California wines, Anniversary Lovers Booth (call to reserve), private dining rooms, and wood-fired grill. Open Mon.-Sat. Cocktail hour: 4-6 p.m., when all cocktails, glass wine, and beers are half price. Evening reservations recommended.

Villagio Pizzeria 402.502.4400 6922 N. 102nd Cir.

Dine in, carry out, patio, and party room available at this family-owned pizzeria. We make our dough daily for a great thin-crust pizza. In addition to pizza, we offer pastas, sandwiches, salads, and a great selection of appetizers.

Zio’s Pizzeria 7834 Dodge St. (402.391.1881) 12997 W Center Rd. (402.330.1444) 1109 Howard St. (402.344.2222)

@lamesaomaha /LaMesaMexicanRestaurant

la-mesa.com BELLEVUE FT. CROOK RD & 370

OMAHA 110TH & MAPLE

OMAHA 156TH & Q

PAPILLION 84TH & TARA PLZ

COUNCIL BLUFFS LAKE MANAWA EXIT

Delivery, dine in, and carry out. Serving New York style pizza by the slice or whole pies, calzones, hoagies, pastas, salads, and garlic breads. Our pies are hand-stretched and baked in old-world ovens. We offer 35 of the freshest toppings; taste the freshest pizza at Zio’s! Family dining, open seven days a week. Lunch specials and beer and wine available.

MEXICAN Cantina Laredo 402.345.6000 120 S. 31st Ave.

We serve modern Mexican food in a sophisticated, vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy our signature margarita, the Casa Rita, made from fresh lime juice and the finest tequila, while savoring guacamole made fresh at your table. Visit Cantina Laredo at Omaha’s Midtown Crossing for lunch, dinner, drinks, and Sunday brunch.

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Speciality Cakes & Cupcakes Fruit-Filled•Vegan•Sugar-Free•Gluten-Free

Cilantro’s Mexican Bar & Grill 402.895.0384 14440 F. St.

Greek and American Cuisine Homemade Greek Pastries Takeout & Catering Beer-Wine-Cocktails

1314 S. 119th St • 402-334-6800 www.CupcakeIsland.com

119 S 40th St • Omaha, NE (40th & Dodge) 402-558-5623 • KatiesGreek.com

La Mesa 11002 Emmet St., No. 112 (402.496.1101) 5055 S 155th St. (402.763.2555)

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Fernando’s 7555 Pacific St. (402.339.8006) 380 N. 114th St. (402.330.5707)

Featuring Sonoran-style cooking made fresh daily. Catering and party rooms also available. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m.-9 p.m. MasterCard, Visa, Amex.

402.345.8466 13th & Jackson St

Thank You Omaha for our 10 Year Anniversar y!

Great Mexican food every day of the week. Great for group lunches, and we have outdoor seating. Take out available. We always have daily specials and an extensive menu that has several selections to please all diners along with our top- notch margaritas. Check us out on Facebook! Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Come enjoy an authentic Mexican taste experience at La Mesa! From mouthwatering enchiladas to fabulous fajitas, La Mesa has something for every connoisseur of Mexican fare to savor. Top it off with one of La Mesa’s famous margaritas. So kick back in our fun-friendly atmosphere and you’ll see why La Mesa has been voted Omaha’s No. 1 Mexican Restaurant ten years in a row.

Sonoran Style Cooking Made Fresh Daily. Catering and Party Rooms Also Available. 7555 Pacific St. 399–8006 380 N.114 St. 330–5707 Omaha, Nebraska

SEAFOOD Charlie’s on the Lake 402.894.9411 4150 S 144th St.

Thanks for Voting Us #1 Breakfast 5 Years in a Row!

O’Connor’s Irish Pub 1217 Howard St. • Omaha, NE 68102 402-934-9790 • oconnorsomaha.com

177th & Center • 934-9914 156th & Dodge • 408-1728 120th & Blondo • 991-8222

Drive-Thru Open (Center St. Only) • Open Daily 6:30am-2:00pm

Serving Breakfast & Lunch All Day!

Charlie’s is the only fresh-fish-daily seafood restaurant in Omaha. Features a relaxed yet contemporary atmosphere that is fun for all ages. Besides fresh seafood, Charlie’s is the home of the James Bond-style martini (shaken, not stirred) in over 20 varieties in addition to over 60 wines. Lunch: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-Thu., 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Shuck’s 16901 Wright Plaza, No. 198 (402.763.1860) 1218 S 119th St. (402.827.4376) 1911 Leavenworth St. (402.614.5544)

PREMIUM HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

Celebrating 25 Years!

Come in for a taste of one of our amazing specials!

Find Us On Facebook

1120 Jackson Street (402) 341-5827 tedandwallys.com

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402.391.5047

7425 Dodge St. | Omaha | www.sushiomaha.com

Have you ever been to a fish shack on the coast? You’ll like this! Shrimp or oyster po’ boys, fried clam strips, shrimp, walleye, calamari, and oysters (all VERY lightly breaded), crab cakes, clam chowder, gumbo, salads, and daily fresh fish specials. Featuring a large variety of oysters on the half shell, shucked right in front of you. Killer happy hour 2-6 p.m. every day. Open seven days a week.

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DiningGuide SPECIAL DINING Crescent Moon Ale House 402.345.1708 3578 Farnam St.

TasTe The modern side of mexican cuisine Sip the finest margarita

Founded in 1996, we’ve grown into Beer Corner USA with the additions of The Huber Haus German Beer Hall, Max and Joe’s Belgian Beer Tavern, and Beertopia, Omaha’s Ultimate Beer Store. With more than 60 beers on tap and Omaha’s best reuben sandwich, we are a midtown beer lover’s destination. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Kitchen hours: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight. Closed Sun. www.beercornerusa.com.

Taste guacamole made fresh at your table Savor fresh seafood and steaks with authentic sauces

Cupcake Island 402.334.6800 1314 S. 119th St.

For six years, Cupcake Island has been delightfully serving Omaha brides with their wedding cakes and cupcakes. We offer a variety of cake choices, including but not limited to vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free, in additional to traditional wedding cake flavors. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gerda’s German Restaurant and Bakery 402.553.6774 5188 Leavenworth St.

Omaha’s only authentic German restaurant; a little piece of Germany in Omaha. Gerda herself makes homemade spaetzle, schnitzels, and rouladen Fresh-made soups, red cabbage, sauerkraut, and dumplings are a few other treats. Stay for a dessert of Black Forest cake or grab fresh bakery for breakfast on your way out. Open Mon.-Tues., 6 a.m.-3 p.m. and Wed.-Sat., 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Greek Islands 402.346.1528 3821 Center St.

Greek cuisine with specials every day at reasonable prices. Well known for our gyro sandwiches and salads. We cater and can accommodate a party for 65 guests. Carryout and delivery available. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Discover, MasterCard, Visa, Amex.

Horsemen’s Park 402.731.2900 6303 Q St.

One-dollar pints, $1.75 domestic bottles, and $2 well drinks for our happy hour Mon.-Wed., 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays are 25-cent wings from 3-8 p.m., Wednesdays are Steak Night after 5 p.m., Thursdays are 75-cent tacos and $1.75 margaritas after 5 p.m., and Fridays are Prime Rib Dinner after 5 p.m. Daily specials seven days a week. Open at 10 a.m. www.horsemenspark.com

midTown crossing

plan your holiday parTy

120 s. 31st ave 402.345.6000 cantinalaredo.com

private event space & catering

The Original Whiskey Steak

Jaipur Brewing Company 402.392.7331 10922 Elm St.

A casual restaurant in a relaxed atmosphere. Dinner entrees include fresh vegetables, grilled Colorado lamb sirloin, sushi-grade Ahi, tandoori marinated grilled salmon, and tandoori grilled beef tenderloin to name a few. A wide selection of wines and liquor, as well as on-site brewed beer. Lunch: Thurs. and Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Sun.-Thurs., 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri and Sat., 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

2121 S. 73 St. Just ½ block South of Doubletree

www.BestOfOmaha.com

Open Monday-Friday 11am-2pm Dinner nightly from 5pm DroverRestaurant.com

Reservations Accepted (402) 391-7440

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rotellasbakery.com

A Family Tradition Since 1921

With the most delectable contemporary american cuisine in the Old Market, V.Mertz has something for everyone.

$35, Three-Course Prix Fixe Menu, Tues. - Fri. Artisan Cheese • Award Winning Wine List Old Market Passageway • 1022 Howard St. Reservations Recommended Call 402.345.8980 Reservations Online www.vmertz.com executive chef Jon Seymour sous chef Jacob Newton sommeliers David Eckler, Chris Walter proprietor David Hayes general manager/wine director Matthew Brown

Stop by for authentic, cooked-to-order Philly Cheesesteaks and sliced-to-order cold subs.

NOW OPEN AT MIDTOWN CROSSING!

402.218.1745

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DiningGuide Katie’s Greek Restaurant & Taverna 402.558.5623 119 S 40th St.

We’re a family-run establishment, and we value giving great food at a great price. Omaha agrees! Want to eat light? Try our fine vegetarian cuisine. Have a heartier appetite? How about a nice, juicy souvlakia and gyros? If you have a diner who might not feel adventurous enough for Greek food, we have a nice selection of American items as well. We also have a full bar. We can cater private parties—hold it at your location or ours! Give us a call or find us on Facebook for special offers.

Pasta amore A C L A S S I C S P OT Thank you Omaha for voting us Best Family Restaurant!

KONA GRILL 402.779.2900 295 N 170th St,

Come join us in Village Pointe Shopping Center for a quick lunch, a romantic dinner date, or to enjoy our unique happy hour. From our award-winning sushi to our modern American cuisine, there is something for everyone.

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant 402.991.5662 4422 Cass St.

Conveniently located in midtown, we boast authentic Ethiopian food. If you’ve never tried this ethnic gem, sampler platters offer a bit of every taste. Enjoy authentic dishes or try an old favorite with an Ethiopian twist. Customer reviews rave about the great service. Gluten-free options. Hours: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Closed Mon. Accepts all credit cards.

Nosh Wine Lounge 402.614.2121 1006 Dodge Street.

lunch Mon-Fri: 11AM-2PM Dinner Mon-Sat:4:30PM-Close

“Serving The Best Chicken in Town Since 1997”

Private Party Rooms Business Luncheons Catering Rockbrook Village • (108th & Center) (402) 391-2585 • Fax: 391-0910

www.pastaamore.net

13325 Millard Ave. • 402-891-9292 www.millardroadhouse.com

REMARKABLE HOSPITALITY. INCREDIBLE CUISINE. LOCAL PASSION.

We have a diverse, boutique wine list from around the world, culinary delights using locally grown, organic produce, and an impressive drinks menu. We are the place for friends to gather, relax, and celebrate good times. Located in the capitol district in Downtown Omaha. noshwine.com

O’Connor’s Irish Pub 402.934.9790 1217 Howard St.

Comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Great before and after games. We offer pub style food—burgers, reubens, daily specials, and homemade soups—as well as all the traditional Irish favorite libations: Guinness, Harp, and Irish whiskey. Grill hours: Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

P R I VAT E D I N I N G A C C O M M O D AT I O N S F O R U P T O 7 0 L U N C H & D I N N E R • H A P P Y H O U R • L I V E M U S I C N I G H T LY HAND-CUT AGED STEAKS • FRESH SEAFOOD

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The Old Market’s

BEST PATIO Serious about our Food. Crazy about our Beer.

Reservations Recommended Open 5pm Monday-Saturday 4pm Sunday Party Room available

www.omaha-prime.com

11th & HARNEY OLD MARKET

DEPOT THE

Lounge & Eatery

Best homemade food around! Keno

Just 20 Minutes West of Omaha!

402.779.4110

310 3rd Street Downtown Waterloo, NE

Try Omaha’s Favorite Reuben! Omaha’s largest selection of crafts beers. 3578 Farnam St • 402-345-1708 www.beercornerusa.com 222 

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DiningGuide STEAKHOUSES 801 Chophouse 402.341.1222 1403 Farnam St.

Always a Large Selection of Fresh Fish

Designed with a 1920s-era New York chophouse in mind, 801 is the epitome of elegance. You will not forget the crisp-white-tablecloth, fine-dining experience. From our USDA prime-grade beef and jet-fresh seafood from all over the world, we are truly the best Omaha has to offer. Open seven nights a week.

The Drover Restaurant & Lounge 402.391.7440 2121 S. 73rd St.

4150 south 144th street • omaha • 894-9411

Fresh • Local • Flavor Famous for the original whiskey steak, we are truly a one-of-a-kind Midwestern experience. Excellent food, wine, service, and value. Reservations accepted. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Cocktail hour: 3-6 p.m. Dinner nightly at 5 p.m. Reservations accepted. Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and Amex.

Johnny's Café 402.731.4774 4702 S 27th St.

Years of quality dining and hospitality make Johnny's Café a restaurant to remember. We serve only the finest beef the Midwest has to offer. Aged steaks and prime rib are the specialties, with homemade bread and pies to complete a meal. An excellent wine list adds to the enjoyment at one of Omaha's original restaurants. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. MasterCard, Visa, and Amex.

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse 402.445.4380 13665 California St.

7814 Dodge St. 402.399.8300 • jamseats.com

CILANTRO’S MEXICAN BAR & GRILL

A wide array of Mexican and American Classics to satisfy your tastebuds! 402.895.0384 14440 F STREET | OMAHA, NE

RAILCAR MODERN AMERICAN KITCHEN This is a restaurant where steak is the star, using customaged, U.S. prime Midwestern beef known for its excellence in marbling, texture, and flavor. We serve it sizzling on a heated plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. Amazing service in a less-intimidating, fine-dining atmosphere.

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We take you back to the classic American dining experience: Food that blends flavors from so many cultures, from all corners of the melting pot that is the United States.

(402) 493-4743 | www.railcaromaha.com 1814 N 144th St. | Omaha, NE 68154

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Thanks for voting us “Best of Omaha ” Organic Dining! ®

Open 5pm-close, Tuesday-Saturday Reservations Recommended

DiningGuide Omaha Prime 402.341.7040 415 S. 11th St.

12317 West Maple Road Omaha, NE www.dolceomaha.com 402.964.2212

restaurant Omaha’s only restaurant featuring complete prime beef. Open six days a week, Mon.-Sat. from 5 p.m.-close. omaha-prime.com

Piccolo’s Restaurant 402.342.9038 2202 S. 20th St.

Race cars and Motorcycles hanging from the ceiling! Corvettes in the dining room! Over 30 T.V.s to watch your favorite games. We have a full menu with Ribs, Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches and of course Steak! We feature Jumbo size Chicken Wings with 18 different types of Award-Winning sauces. Our Atomic hot sauce is so hot that you have to sign a waiver to eat them!

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801 CHOPHOUSE

One of Omaha’s finest traditions, this is where quality steaks are served at low prices. Especially designed for a family outing or a business social. The specialty is tasty prime rib, served for the last 60 years under the crystal ball. Lunch: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-Thu., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Daily and nightly specials.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse 402.342.0077 222 S. 15th St.

Serving only USDA Prime Beef

Sullivan’s is a vibrant, neighborhood steakhouse featuring hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, and an award-winning wine list, all served up with unparalleled hospitality. We are located just blocks away from Omaha’s Old Market. The restaurant features a lively bar, intimate dining room, and open patio where guests can enjoy live jazz nightly. The beautiful wine cellar is the perfect setting for private dinners and business presentations.

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Rock Bottom has the best patio in the Old Market. Great happy hour specials Mon.-Thurs., 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Reverse happy hours Mon.-Thurs., 9 p.m.-close; Fri. and Sat., 10 p.m.-close, and all day Sunday! “We’re serious about our food, crazy about our beer.”

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