November/December 2012 Omaha Magazine

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Faces • Style • Home • Events • Art • Dining

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the effects of a traumatic brain injury since returning home—and his struggle to find peace. So often, we associate this time of year—the Linda Persigehl holiday season—with family traditions, gift-giving, happy reunions, and celebrations. We may forget that there are individuals in our community dealing with chronic illnesses, depression, family turmoil, and other crises, whose holidays may not be as joyous. In fact, the season may just magnify their suffering. At Omaha Publications, our hope is that by putting a spotlight on these social issues and individuals facing huge life challenges, our understanding of and support for them as a community will grow. For me, personally, these stories serve as a reminder that we all face personal crises at one time or another in our lives—no one is exempt, even if they hide it well—and of how truly thankful I should be for the loving family and support I have around me that will see me through whatever challenges I come across. We hope you find Jacob’s story informative and inspirational, and that you will take a few extra moments this Veteran’s Day to honor and give thanks to ALL those in our country’s military. We owe them so much; it’s beyond words.

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Contents november/december 2012 features




Iraq War Vet Jacob Hausman Battles PTSD and Finds Peace


Editor’s Letter


Between the Lines


For Starters/Calendar of Events


Greater Nebraska Happenings


Gen O: Mary Knickrehm


Style Shot: Patricia Stevens-Kopf

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Omaha Faces: Todd Schmaderer Erich Hover Jen Edney


Omaha A rt: Custom Gems


Omaha Home



Downtown Fremont, Neb.


Turkey Fest




Cover Story: Merrymakers Association


Inside Scoop


Gala Calendar


Kudos To You!


Gala Events

dining out

special sections




Leo Adam Biga Releases Book About Alexander Payne

Nebraska’s Premier Wealth Advisors


Omaha Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012


Dining Feature: Millard Roadhouse

R estaurant R eview: El Basha Mediterranean Grill


Dining Guide

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A look at three Omaha Magazine contributors

Tracy Osuna was born and raised in Omaha. She graduated from UNL with an

English degree and has been writing freelance for over a decade. After working in the corporate world for several years, Traci went back to school and earned her teaching certificate at Peru State. She has written for several national and local publications, including B2B Omaha, HerLiving, and The Encounter. She also substitute teaches at Catholic schools in the metro. The stay-at-home mom of two boys cites the Durham Museum, the Old Market, and the Central Park Mall as favorite family destinations. Sans kids, you’ll frequently find her at Jazz on the

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Green or, occasionally, Midtown Crossing for “girls’ night out.”

Vicki Voet began working at Omaha Magazine in 2006 as a Sales Representative and Assistant to Publisher Todd Lemke. Recently, she was promoted to Executive Sales Associate. Vicki says the best part of her job is getting out of the office, meeting people, and learning more about their businesses. Vicki and her husband, Perry, just celebrated 24 years together. They have a daughter, Chelsea, a senior at Missouri State University, and a son, Josh, a sophomore at UNO. The empty nesters also have a dog, Zoie, who frequently accompanies Vicki to the office. An admitted clotheshorse and accessories junkie, Vicki’s favorite leisure activity is shop-

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ping Omaha’s many boutiques. She also enjoys home design and decorating, and indulging in good food with friends at many of Omaha’s great dining spots.

Sandy Besch joined the Omaha Publications team in 2011 as a Publisher’s Assistant. In September, she added the title ‘Contributing Editor of Omaha Home magazine.’ Having worked in the home industry and marketing/advertising for the last 15 years, her new position seemed a natural fit. “I have a passion for Omaha Home, and have been told my whole life I missed my calling and should have been an interior designer,” Besch explains. “I love helping friends and family with their homes, and enjoy painting and unique home projects of all sorts.” The Iowa native is an empty nester with three children, and recently got engaged. She

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Holiday Poinsettia Show Lauritzen Gardens November 23 – January 6

Each year, Lauritzen Gardens creates a spectacular Holiday Poinsettia Show that truly makes the holidays merry and bright. Thousands of poinsettias bursting with rich, vibrant colors fill the floral display hall in a glowing tribute to the holidays. In the center of it all, a magnificent 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree— which is comprised of more than 700 poinsettia plants—stands surrounded by a cascade of twinkling white lights, glittering ornaments, and the whir and whistle of model garden trains. More than 5,000 poinsettia plants for the exhibit are received in July and nurtured by garden staff and volunteers for months in order to produce and maintain the display. Multiple varieties of poinsettias are featured, representing a diversity of color, texture, and shape. Several lines of model garden trains and a trolley are also on display and represent the nostalgia of trains whirring around a Christmas tree. They run throughout the show at different heights and are a favorite feature for children of all ages. Recurring daily. 100 Bancroft St. For more information, visit or call 402-346-4002. Christmas at Union Station Durham Museum November 23 – December 31

Experience the magic of the season during Christmas at Union Station! The famous indoor tree custom began in the 1930s when Union Pacific would decorate and display large evergreens for Union Station travelers to enjoy during the holidays. Today, the tradition continues with the region’s largest indoor Christmas tree and an exceptional line-up of family-friendly events. On Nov. 23, the season begins with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. On Nov. 30, learn how the world celebrates during the Ethnic Holiday Festival with crafts, musicians, dancers, food, and more. On Dec. 4, 11 & 18, enjoy Family Nights with Santa, where kids can share their wish lists with Santa and meet his reindeer. On Dec. 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, talented local entertainers, school musicians, and choirs perform the Holiday Concert Series. On Dec. 31, get an early jump on New Year’s Eve with the Noon Year’s Eve Celebration. $8 adults, $6 seniors 62+, $5 children ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-444-5071.


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Christmas with the Symphony is back again at the Holland Performing Arts Center! The Omaha Symphony hosts six shows this year (which is one additional from last year due to popularity!), but Christmas with the Symphony is by far a favorite. The show will feature the ever-popular dancing Santa, reindeer petting zoo, audience sing-along, and more beloved music performed by Broadway stars, violinists, local singers, dancers, and children. Media personality Dave Webber will once again be in the show. The Omaha Symphony is also participating in ConAgra’s Shine the Light on Hunger campaign, so guests to the concert are encouraged to bring a can of food or non-perishable item for the Omaha Food Pantry. Recurring daily. Tickets from $15-78. 1200 Douglas St. Th/7pm; F/8pm; Sat/2 & 8pm; Sun/2 & 8pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-342-3560.

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Billy Elliot the Musical Orpheum Theater November 27 – December 2

Presented by Omaha Performing Arts as part of its Broadway series, Billy Elliot the Musical comes to Omaha! Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling, and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has earned critical acclaim around the world. Winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and praised as Time Magazine’s “Best Musical of the Decade,” the musical is a joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows motherless 11-year-old Billy, as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class to discover a surprising passion. Tickets from $25-75. 409 S. 16th St. Tu-Th/7:30pm; F/8pm; Sat/2 & 8pm; Sun/1:30 & 7pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0606.

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ONGOING EVENTS Through 11/4: The Borrowers. The Rose Theater. Meet Arrietty, a tiny girl with huge adventures. Arrietty is part of an unusually tiny race of people known as borrowers who live behind walls and borrow to survive. See how Arrietty changes the game when she encounters a human boy. This production is best for ages eight and older. Recurring Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $18, or free with membership. 2001 Farnam St. F/7pm; Sat/2&7pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-345-4849. Through 11/7: Westroads Kids Club. Westroads Mall. The Amazing Bubble Show! As the Omaha Children’s Museum’s most popular science show, you will experience giant bubbles that float, bubbles that turn into smoke, and even bubbles you can stand in! The first 220 kids will receive an amazing bubble gift to take home to create their own science! Recurring every fourth Wednesday. Free admission. 10000 California St. 10:30am. For more information,


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visit or call 402-397-2398. Through 11/8: Tom Bartek Retrospective: Assemblages and Thomas Majeski 3-D Prints. UNO Art Gallery. From prints to 3-D masterpieces, see how two retired Omaha artists and art professors transformed their work. The Del & Lou Ann Weber Arts Building houses the gallery, which offers a unique viewing place for the 3-D pieces. Recurring Mondays through Thursdays. Free admission. 6001 Dodge St. 10am-3pm. For more information, visit or call 402-554-2796. Through 11/18: Fall Chrysanthemum Show. Lauritzen Gardens. Surround yourself with autumn colors and Japanese-inspired garden displays during this show. Recurring daily. $7 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, free for children 6 & under. 100 Bancroft St. 9am-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-346-4002. Through 11/30: Timeline to Victory: Boys Town Football

Past and Present. Boys Town. See what a winning tradition looks like and celebrate the past and present of Boys Town Football, playing games since 1929. From the first game played in Hollywood to today’s team, come see how the dedicated staff has utilized the program to help boys become dedicated young men. Recurring daily. Free admission. 14100 Crawford St. 10am-4pm. For more information, visit or call 402-498-1111. Through 12/1: River City Star Saturday Public Sightseeing Cruise. River City Star Riverboat. Spend your Saturday afternoon relaxing on the river, enjoying the sites and sounds of Omaha’s riverfront. Cruise by Freedom Park Naval Yard, under the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and passed the Omaha and Council Bluffs Riverfronts. Cash bar and concessions available. Every Saturday. $12 adults, $10 seniors 65+, $8 children 12 & under. 151 Freedom Park Rd. 1:30-2:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-342-7827. Through 12/15: Arts Pals: Jewelry and Art Boutique. Richter Real Estate Building. Lots of gorgeous handmade jewelry, Kumihimo braiding, lamp work beads, paper beads, hand-died silk scarves, stained glass windows, sun catchers & glyphs, garden art, and more. Recurring monthly on the third Saturday. Free admission. 5072 S. 135th St. 10am-3pm. For more information, visit or call 402-630-8850. Through 1/6: The American Soldier, From the Civil War to the War in Iraq: A Photographic Tribute. Durham Museum. A dramatic display of photographs, The American Soldier display features over 116 photos dating from the Civil War all the way to

the War in Iraq. Recurring daily. $8 adults, $6 seniors 62+, $5 children ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-444-5071. Through 1/6: Robots: The Interactive Exhibition. Strategic Air & Space Museum. Features characters from the popular animated film, Robots (2005), as a guide to teach guests of all ages about the amazing past and exciting future of robotics and how robots can affect our daily lives. Take an adventure through this mechanical world! Recurring daily. $12 adults, $11 seniors 65+ and active-retired military, $6 children ages 4-12, free for children 3 & under. 28210 W. Park Hwy. Sun-Sat/10am-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-944-3100. Through 2/3: Worn with Pride: Americans in Uniform. Durham Museum. Artifacts from the Civil War to present day Iraq and Afghanistan will be showcased to bring home the very personal experiences of war and how advances in technology has changed that experience over the last 150 years. Recurring daily. $8 adults, $6 seniors 62+, $5 children ages 3-12, free for member and children 2 & under. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-444-5071. Through 5/1: The Met: Live in HD. Film Streams. Opera Omaha and Film Streams have collaborated to bring the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series to Ruth Sokolof Theater with showings live on Saturday afternoon and encores on Wednesday night. Ades’ The Tempest (Nov. 10 & 14), Mozarts’ La Clemenza di Tito (Dec. 1 & 5),

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Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (Dec. 8 & 12), Verdi’s Aida (Dec. 15 & 19), Berlioz’s Les Troyens (Jan. 5 & 9), Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Jan. 19 & 23), Verdi’s Rigoletto (Feb. 16 & 20), Wagner’s Parisfal (Mar. 2 & 6), Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini (Mar. 16 & 20), and Handel’s Giulio Cesare (April 27 & May 1). $24 general admission, $20 Film Streams members and Opera Omaha subscribers, $10 full-time students with ID. 1340 Mike Fahey St. W/6pm; Sat/12pm. For more information, visit NOVEMBER EVENTS

11/1-4: Autumn Festival, An Arts & Craft Affair. CenturyLink Center Omaha. Hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters display and sell their handcrafted works. Stage entertainment, hourly gift certificate winners, food, drinks, and more! $7 adults, $6 seniors, free for children 10 & under. 455 N. 10th St. Th-F/11am-9pm; Sat/9am-7pm; Sun/10am-5pm. For more information, visit www.centurylinkcenteromaha. com or call 402-341-1500. 11/2-3: Omaha Symphony: Windborne’s Music of the Doors. Holland Performing Arts Center. Brent Havens conducts this tribute to the music of Jim Morrison and The Doors. Hear hits including “People are Strange,” “Love Me Two Times,” and “Riders on the Storm” performed by a rock band and the Omaha Symphony. Tickets from $25-70. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information visit www.omahaperformingarts. org or call 402-342-3560. 11/3: Bob Dylan in Concert. CenturyLink Center Omaha. After a wildly successful tour of Europe last year playing to standing-room-only crowds, Bob Dylan and his band will tour North America this fall with special guest Mark Knopfler. Tickets from $47.50-87.50. 455 N. 10th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-341-1500. 11/7: In the Mood: 1940s Big Band, Swing Dance Musical Revue. Orpheum Theater. In the Mood celebrates America’s greatest generation through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, and other idols of the 1940s. This brassy, upbeat 1940s

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11/1-12/31: Christmas Stamps. Boys Town. View Christmas-themed stamps and covers from around the world on display at the Leon Myers Stamp Center in the Boys Town Visitors Center. Free admission. 14100 Crawford St. M-F/8am-5pm; Sat/9am-4pm; Sun/11am4pm. For more information, visit or call 402-498-1111.














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musical revue features a company of 19 onstage: the blistering thirteenpiece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the In the Mood Singers, including a high-energy swing dance couple. Tickets from $40-59. 409 S. 16th St. 3pm & 7:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0606.

instrumentalists of his time. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets around and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis has explored a range of musical styles from classical to funk. Tickets from $19-69. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-345-0606.

11/8-10: FAME. Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College. FAME is the inspirational story of a diverse group of talented students studying at the New York School of the Performing Arts. The show explores issues as prejudice, selfworth, illiteracy, sexuality, and drug abuse. Through perseverance, determination, a love for their craft and the support of and respect for each other, the students not only grow as artists but also as people as they make their way through four years of high school and prepare for a life of hardship and, hopefully…fame! $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students. 2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, IA. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.artscenter.iwcc. edu or call 712-388-7140.

11/11: The USAF Heartland of America Band’s Brass in Blue. A pioneering symphonic brass ensemble, will present a concert honoring our veterans at 2pm at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Omaha. This concert is free and open to the public; complimentary tickets are available online at www. Tickets are also available in person at the Ticket Omaha box office, 13th & Douglas streets. A maximum of four tickets per order are available. U.S. Strategic Command will host this event. Dave Webber, television personality from WOWT Channel 6, will serve as master of ceremonies. Brass students from Papillion-La Vista South HS and Bellevue East HS will perform with Brass in Blue during the concert. More information at www.

11/9: An Evening with Branford Marsalis. Holland Performing Arts Center. NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award®-winning saxophonist and Tony Award® nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered


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11/11: Veteran’s Recognition Day. Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. In honor of those who proudly served our nation, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium will

11/13-1/4: Fine Art of Jazz. Loves Jazz & Arts Center. Inspired to capture the faces and flavor of living Kansas City jazz, Pulitzerprize-winning photographer Dan White spent almost two decades photographing renowned Kansas City jazz musicians. Photographs on display at Loves Jazz & Arts Center. $5 general admission. 2510 N. 24th St. Tu-F/11am-5pm; Sat/11am3pm. For more information, visit or call 402-502-5315. 11/15: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. CenturyLink Center Omaha. The tour closes out an 11-week European run that has included three of the longest shows of his career and garnered universal acclaim, being called “gigantic” (Rolling Stone), “thrilling” (The Atlantic) and “the stuff of legend” (Irish Independent). Tickets from $68-100. 455 N. 10th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-341-1500. 11/15-18: The Lewis & Clark Cluster All Breeds Dog Show. CenturyLink Center Omaha. Agility, obedience, and rally for mixed breeds and purebreds; conformation (the beauty pageant of the show) for purebreds. Meet and greet the breeds, children’s area with facepainting, balloon sculptures and bouncers, interactive demonstrations, vendors, and more! $7 adults, $5 seniors, free for children 12 & under. 455 N. 10th St. 8am-5pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-341-1500.

11/16-17: Omaha Symphony: Joshua Bell Plays Tchaikovsky. Holland Performing Arts Center. This all-Tchaikovsky program includes one of the most gifted violinists of our age, Joshua Bell, performing the beloved composer’s thrilling concerto. Tickets from $25-75. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information visit or call 402-342-3560. 11/16-12/23: A Christmas Carol. Omaha Community Playhouse. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with beautiful costumes, exquisite music, perfectly crafted sets, and special effects second to none. Perfect for the whole family! Recurring Thursday through Sunday. 6915 Cass St. For more information, visit or call 402-553-0800. 11/17: Open Studios. Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts. The artists will be on-hand to show you their studio, talk about their process, and even give you a sneak peek of what they’ve been working on. 724 S. 12th St. 6pm. For more information, visit www.bemiscenter. org or call 402-341-7130. 11/18: University Orchestra/ Symphonic Band Fall Concert. Lied Education Center for the Arts at Creighton University. The Creighton University Orchestra and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Frederick Hanna, will present a concert from a classical repertoire. Free with a non-perishable food donation for the Siena/ Francis House. 2500 California Plz. 7:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-280-2509. 11/21: Lighting Ceremony & Santa’s Arrival. Shadow Lake Towne Center. Welcome Santa in

on the night before Thanksgiving! Santa will arrive by horse and carriage to “flip” a giant “light switch” to illuminate the tree and center décor. Enjoy a performance by Papillion-LaVista South High School marching band and photos on the street with costumed holiday characters and carolers. Free carriage rides available after the lighting ceremony until 9:30pm Free admission. 72nd & Hwy 370. 6:30pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-537-0046. 11/22-1/14: Holiday Lights Festival. Gene Leahy Mall. Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival kicks off with the illumination of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights on Thanksgiving night. More than 40 blocks of lights will paint an impressive picture in Downtown Omaha. Bring the kids to the Family Festival, ice skate in the Old Market, enjoy live music, and view the New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Recurring daily. Free admission. For more information, visit www.holidaylightsfestival. org or call 402-345-5401. 11/23-12/16: Madeline’s Christmas. The Rose Theater. Everyone’s favorite schoolgirl in the bright yellow hat is back for some festive fun in France! Madeline, her friends, and teacher Miss Clavel are all looking forward to the holidays. But disaster strikes: everyone except Madeline gets the flu and can’t go home for Christmas! Tickets from $20-25. 2001 Farnam St. F/7pm; Sat-Sun/2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-4849.

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11/28-12/2: Vive Paris! Lied Education Center for the Arts at Creighton University. Creighton Dance Company and Department of Fine and Performing Arts present Vive Paris, a lively ballet set on the shores of the Seine River. $18 general admission, $15 seniors. 2500 California Plz. W-Sat/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-280-1448. 11/30: The Nutcracker. Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College. Ballet Nebraska’s fresh, lively, and thoroughly entertaining production of The Nutcracker is sure to become a favorite in your family. Even the youngest theatergoer will identify with the young heroine, Clara, and follow eagerly as her lively imagination leads her on a wonderful journey. Tickets from $21-47. 2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, IA. 7:30pm. For more information, visit or call 712-388-7140. DECEMBER EVENTS 12/1: Holiday in the Village. Rockbrook Village. Children can talk with Santa while riding around Rockbrook Village® in a horse-drawn carriage. Local school and church

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information, visit www.creighton. edu or call 402-280-2509. 12/7-8: NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball. CenturyLink Center Omaha. Omaha hosts the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball regionals. Top college teams from across the country battle it out to make it to the championships. Recurring daily. 455 N. 10th St. For more information, visit www. or call 402-341-1500.

groups entertain shoppers with seasonal music. Free admission. 108th & W. Center Rd. 11am-3pm. For more information, visit or call 402-391-9994. 12/1: Jingle Bell Run. Shadow Lake Towne Center. The Jingle Bell Run, a 5K fun run/walk, benefits the Papillion-La Vista Health Systems Academy and encourages costumed runners to don their running shoes for a holiday-themed winter run. $27 adults, $12 kids. 72nd & Hwy 370. 8am. For more information, visit or call 402-537-0046. 12/1-2: Holiday Happening & A Visit from Santa. Lauritzen Gardens. Share holiday wishes with Santa, engage in make-andtake activities with the family, and enjoy the holiday cheer. Standard admission, free for members. 100 Bancroft St. For more information, visit or call 402-346-4002. 12/2-1/12: Christmas at Boys Town – Historic Crèche Displays. Boys Town. See three nativity scenes. The main crèche adorns the historic Music Hall near the main entrance and can be seen for miles. The late Donia Temple, a Holocaust survivor, created this large nativity scene. Other nativities are located at Dowd Memorial


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Catholic Chapel and in front of the Village Christmas tree across from the Skip Palrang Field House. Recurring daily. Free admission. 14100 Crawford St. 8am-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-498-1111. 12/4-7: The Madrigal Christmasse Feaste. Regency Marriott Ballroom. Announced by fanfares and accompanied by music, mirth, and traditions, the multi-course feaste is designed to delight you and celebrate Christmas—Renaissance style! The jester, wench, and a cast of 35 musicians make this an enchanted evening event! $52 general admission, $49 groups of 10 or more. 10220 Regency Cir. 7pm. For more information, visit or call 402-556-1400. 12/5: Creighton’s Classical Christmas. Lied Education Center for the Arts at Creighton University. The Creighton Chamber Choir and University Chorus combine under the direction of Dr. A. Barron Breland to present a concert with the works of Hindemith, Shank, Thompson, Hill, et al with a mainly a cappella concert full of the music to the Christchild and the Virgin—perfect for the acoustics of St. John’s Church. Free with a non-perishable food donation for the Siena/Francis House. 2500 California Plz. 7:30pm. For more

12/7-9: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Orpheum Theater. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns to the Orpheum with an awe-inspiring take on a cherished holiday tradition. Children of all ages will delight in this sumptuous production with its magnificent sets, dazzling special effects, and cirquestyle aerialists. Recurring daily. Tickets from $25-59. 409 S. 16th St. F/8pm; Sat/2&8pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-345-0606. 12/7-9: Christmas at the Cathedral. St. Cecilia Cathedral. The Omaha Symphonic Chorus presents the 17th annual “Christmas at the Cathedral.” The Chorus will be accompanied by the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra and joined by the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir in a concert that offers both inspiring classics and beloved traditional carols. $18 general admission. 701 N. 40th St. F/7pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www.omahasymphonicchorus. org or call 402-398-1766. 12/8-16: Nollaig Shona Duit – Irish Christmas at Boys Town. Boys Town. The Father Flanagan House comes alive each holiday season with the sights and sounds of a traditional Irish Christmas celebration. From candles in the windows to Christmas quilts on the beds, the

house captures the spirit of an Irish Christmas based upon faith and family. Recurring daily. Free admission. 14100 Crawford St. 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-498-1111. 12/10: The Moody Blues. Orpheum Theater. Rock legends The Moody Blues bring their upcoming winter tour to the Orpheum, celebrating the 45th anniversary of their landmark album Days of Future Passed. Since their formation in 1964, The Moody Blues have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded 14 platinum and gold discs. Tickets from $49-97.50. 409 S. 16th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0606. 12/14-16: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Orpheum Theater. Based on the Academy Award®winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Recurring daily. Tickets from $30-75. 409 S. 16th St. F/8pm; Sat/2&8pm; Sun/1:30&7pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0606. 12/20: The Canadian Tenors. Holland Performing Arts Center. The Canadian Tenors’ worldrenowned music is an exciting blend of classical and contemporary pop that thrills audiences of all ages. With four incredible voices, The Tenors create rich and soulful music with powerful anthems and beautiful melodies. Tickets from $19-65. 1200 Douglas St. 7:30pm. For more information visit www. or call 402-342-3560.

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12/26-30: Ticket to Toyland. The Rose Theater. A girl and her little brother discover that one of their toys is alive when a magical elf shows up with a dire message: Santa is in trouble! The siblings and their new friends head to Toyland to save Santa and the holiday, encountering many challenges along the way. Recurring daily. Tickets are $18, or free with membership. 2001 Farnam St. W-F/2 & 7pm; Sat-Sun/2, 4:30 & 7pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-4849.

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12/23: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Orpheum Theater. The tour, now in its 27th year, is still met with sold-out audiences and was one of the top 20 concert tours in the nation last year. This year, Mannheim Steamroller’s two touring ensembles will hold over 90 performances throughout the U.S. Grammy Award®-winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce the performances, which will feature Christmas music along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects. Tickets from $37-77. 409 S. 16th St. 7pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0606.

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November/December november events 11/1-22: celebrate a Platte river christmas – springfield, neb. Springfield Artworks. See artists at work and unique pieces on display. Special exhibits each weekend. Free admission. 183 Main St. Tu-F/1-5pm; Sat/11am-4:30pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-301-9162. 11/3: Downtown antique stores’ christmas celebration – grand island, neb. Downtown. Eight shops representing more than 200 vendors celebrate the Christmas season. Free admission. 6-9pm. For more information, visit or call 308-384-6018. 11/3-4: cowboy christmas craft show – north Platte, neb. D&N Event Center. Unique Christmas gifts, crafts, concert, children’s rodeo, and other scheduled activities. 501 E. Walker Rd. For more information, visit or 308-530-4396. 11/8-10: christmas express shopping adventure – Fremont, neb. Main Street. Start your holiday planning and make this a Christmas to remember! Discover holiday decorating ideas, party-planning tips, and gift-giving ideas throughout Downtown Fremont! $10. For more information, call 402-721-2264. 11/10: Holiday splendor craft and trade show – Kearney, neb. Buffalo Country Fairgrounds. Crafters, home-based businesses, and trades—your one-stop-shop for the holidays! Free admission. 9am-4pm. For more information,

visit www.communityactionmidne. com or call 308-440-0153. 11/10: Holidays with the merrills – linwood, neb. Moses Merrill Camp. Holiday festival with storytelling, music, crafters, food, and more. Free admission. 2849 Rd. 31. 10am-4pm. For more information, visit or call 402-666-5639. 11/14-15: mccook Farm and ranch expo – mccook, neb. Red Willow County Fairgrounds. More than 350 vendors from 20 states and Canada display the latest in agriculture and livestock equipment. Free admission. W/9am-7pm; Th /9am-4pm. For more information, visit or call 735-426-2092. 11/15: sugar Plum Festival – blair, neb. Downtown. Kick off the holidays with the Sugar Plum Walk, chili feed, and hayrack rides. For more information, visit www.blairchamber. org or call 402-533-4455. 11/20-12/19: brownville old time christmas – brownville, neb. City-wide. Open houses, holiday lights, and concerts. Free admission. 8am-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-825-3982. 11/22-12/31: Hemingford community christmas – Hemingford, neb. City-wide. Drive through the life-sized holiday scenes. Christmas music plays from 4-9pm, scenes are illuminated until midnight. For more information, visit or call 308-487-1176. 11/23: old-Fashioned christmas and lamplight tours – sidney, neb. Hickory Street

Veteran’s Day Parade. Celebrate past and current military with the Veteran’s Day Parade in Bellevue on November 10. This great family event is free, fun for all ages, and includes a fly-over from Off utt Air Force Base. The parade starts at 10am on Mission Avenue at Jackson Street and continues to Franklin Street, ending at Washington Park. For more information, visit or call 402-898-3000. Sarpy County Holiday Shopping and Events. Don’t forget about the great holiday shopping and events going on in Sarpy County! On November 21 at 6:30pm, Santa will arrive by horse and carriage in Shadow Lake Towne Center to flip the giant light switch to illuminate the tree and center décor. Enjoy a performance by Papillion-LaVista South High School marching band, photos on the street with costumed holiday characters and carolers, free carriage rides, and—of course—great holiday shopping. If you’re looking for more unique gift offerings, check out boutiques in Downtown Papillion, like Kajoma’s Fashion Boutique, or Antiques on Franklin in Olde Towne Bellevue.

Square and Fort Sidney Museum. Visits from Santa, hayrack rides, hot chocolate, music, and lamplight tours of the museum’s decorated buildings. For more information, visit www.cheyennecountychamber. com or call 308-254-5851. 11/23-12/30: Fantasy of trees – grand island, neb. Stuhr Museum. Nearly 100 lavishly decorated trees are on display. $6-8. 3133 W. Hwy 34. M-Sat/9am-5pm. For more information, visit or call 308-385-5316. 11/23-12/31: winter Festival of Prairie cultures – beatrice, neb. Homestead National Monument of America. Special exhibits for many of the ethnic groups who settled the Great Plains. Special programs on Nov. 25, Dec.

2 & 9 begin at 2pm. Free admission. 8523 W. Hwy 4. 9am-5pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-223-3514. December events 12/1: christmas open House – chambers, neb. City-wide. Large craft show, visit from Santa, horse-drawn hayrack rides, and more. For more information, visit or call 402-336-1504. 12/1: Historical christmas Dinner and lighting of the Fort – crawford, neb. Fort Robinson State Park. Family-style meal and the lighting of holiday lights. 3200 Hwy 20. For more information, visit or call 308-665-2900. november/december •  2012


Greater nebraska happenings 12/1: christmas at the bowring – merriman, neb. Bowring Ranch State Historical Park. Enjoy a tasty meal and evening entertainment. Meal ticket and park permit required. 5-8pm. For more information, visit or call 308-684-3428. 12/1: christmas Festival – niobrara, neb. WFLA Hall. Craft show, children’s games, visit from Nebraska, giveaways, and more. Free admission. 9am4pm. For more information, visit or call 402-857-3838. 12/1: Downtown christmas and Parade of trees – schuyler, neb. Downtown. Santa arrives by fire truck, story time at the library, games, crafts, photo opportunities, carriage rides, and goodies for the kiddies. Free admission. 10am-12pm. For more information, visit or call 402-352-5472. 12/1, 7-9: christmas Past and Present – grand island, neb. Stuhr Museum. Beautiful lamp lit tours of Railroad Town, cooking, crafts, decorations, live music, and the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas. $6-8. 3133 W. Hwy 34. Dec. 1, 7-8/6-9pm; Dec. 9/25pm. For more information, visit or call 308-385-5316. 12/1-2, 8-9: 25th annual christmas tree walk – Kearney, neb. Trails & Rails Museum. Stroll through the buildings filled to the brim with Christmas joy, enjoy old-fashioned holiday music, and taste some homemade goodies. $2-5. 710 W. 11th St. 1-5pm. For more information, visit or call 308-234-3041. 12/2: christmas on the square – auburn, neb. Nemaha Valley Museum. Santa visits, crafts, cookies, and hot chocolate. Free admission. 1423 19th St & Courthouse Square. 1-4pm.


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12/2: christmas in madison – madison, neb. Downtown and Madison County Museum. Visits from Santa Claus, craft show, caroling, tour of homes, and more. For more information, visit www. or call 402-454-3733. 12/8: christmas in calhoun – Fort calhoun, neb. Washington County Museum. Holiday displays and cultural events follow the theme of “Let It Snow.” 9am7pm. For more information, visit or call 402-468-5740. 12/8-23: christmas on the Farm – york, neb. Wessels Living History Farm. Experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the 1920s. Modern-lighted village and refreshments. $2-5. 1 mi. S. of I-80 Exit 353. 1-4pm. For more information, visit or call 402-710-0682.

ROBOTS: The Interactive Exhibition. The wit, excitement, and imagination of 20th Century Fox's animated film Robots combine a fun, educational experience that the whole family will enjoy in ROBOTS: The Interactive Exhibition, which will be on view at the Strategic Air & Space Museum until January 6, 2013.

12/14: annual christmas bird count at Ponca state Park – Ponca, neb. Amateur and expert bird watchers can compare notes and enjoy a free chili feed. 88090 Spur 26E. For more information, visit w w or 402-755-2284.

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28210 W. Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003 I-80 Exit 426 An educational, fun and exciting exhibit featuring the characters of the movie Robots. Take an adventure through this mechanical world. See how robots can better our lives today and in the future. Sponsored locally by: Robert H. Storz Foundation U.S. Bank Embassy Suites Omaha-LaVista/Hotel & Conference Center Jetton Charitable Fund Ellison Technologies Automation In partnership with UNO, UNL, UNMC and NASA Nebraska Space Grant This exhibition was produced by GES under license by Twentieth Century Fox.

ROBOTS™ characters, names, and all related indicia are trademarks of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation ©2012. Global Experience Specialists is an authorized licensee.

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munity of just over 26,000 nestled in the plain between the Platte and Elkhorn rivers 35 miles northwest of Omaha—might be surprised to discover what a vibrant downtown area the city has. Customers pop in and out of storefronts at a steady clip, business owners regularly stop over to visit with their neighbors, and cars pull in and out of parking stalls, which are snapped up quickly. The area is a buzz with activity—a claim many downtown areas, which have succumbed to urban sprawl, decay, and crime, would love to boast, but cannot. Fremont businesses, many of them long-term tenants and family-operated, are immensely proud of their downtown business district, which spans Main Street and a few blocks beyond, and are happy to see a growing number of customers from outside city limits discovering what Fremont has to offer. At the same time, they’re working hard to retain the area’s small-town sense of community and quaint charm. >> Continued on page 33

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<< One of the longest-running businesses in Fremont’s downtown is Sampter’s, a men’s and women’s apparel and formals rental store on Main Street that dates back to 1890, when Nathan Sampter opened his doors. The founder’s great grandson, Bob Missel, who’s run the business since 1984, is a big proponent of Downtown Fremont. “I refer to our location in all my advertising as ‘historic Downtown Fremont,’” he said. “I love being downtown…the history, the people, a sense of place. We’ve been at the same location since 1925, so people know where to find us.” • Free Hot Breakfast Another longtime tenant is Park Avenue with Eggs, Sausage and Pancakes Antiques, owned by Duane and Nan Baker • Free Reception [Mon-Thu] and John Wolfe. The shop specializes in pine with Beer, Wine and Snacks and oak antique furniture and sells furni• Free High-Speed Wireless Internet ture made from recycled lumber from old • Microwaves & Refrigerators in All barns, crafted by Duane’s two sons. Shoppers Rooms can also find gifts and home décor items in 450 East 23rd Street • Fremont, NE 68025 • 42” HDTV with Blu-Ray Player (402) 721-1610 • their adjoining gift store, Country Choice. • Meeting Space for 30 People “Fremont is a short distance from Omaha • Heated Indoor Pool and Whirlpool and a great little town with several stores with Children’s Water Slides to shop at, reminisce at, and make a day of it,” said Wolfe. “Our business has been here 19 years.” Welcome to FREMONT USA! overL&L Gifts & Engraving, on historic Highway 30 on the east edge of town, has Welcome USA! Welcome to FREMONTUSA! USA! Welcometo toFREMONT FREMONT been in business for 31 years, said owners Lucinda and Leonard Brester. The store carries something for everyone, Lucinda said. “Precious Moments are still our top-sellers. But we also are a toy store, boutique, kitchen Charlie Diers Diers Annual JohnJohn Fremont DaysParade Parade Days Parade Charlie Diers of ofFord-Lincoln Diers Ford-Lincoln Ford-Lincolnin inthe the 2011 John C.C.Fremont Days Charlie Diers of Diers in the 2011 C. Fremont Charlie Diers of Diers Ford-Lincoln in the 2011 John C. Fremont Days Parade store, sell memorial items, Terry Redlin prints, Charlie Diers of Diers Ford-Lincoln in the 2011 John C. Fremont Days Parade 2445 N. Broad, Fremont special occasion gifts...Customers come from 402-721-1471 2445 N. Broad, Fremont 2445 N. Broad, Fremont Outstanding and Service Since 1938 402-721-1471 2445Sales N. Broad, Fremont a 75-mile radius to shop here. [Fremont] offers 402-721-1471 2415 N Lincoln Avenue 402-721-1471 Outstanding Sales and Service Since 1938 a wide variety of specialty shops…and it’s laid Outstanding Service Since Fremont, NE 68025 OutstandingSales Sales and and Service Since 19381938 out [so well], it’s easy to find streets.” Buck’s Shoes just celebrated its 90th year. The Fremont shop is the last remaining of what was once a 30-plus chain throughout Custom Dessert Catering the Midwest. “We have a large inventory of for Weddings, Corporate name-brand shoes, boots, and accessories Events and Parties. for both men and women,” said owner Kirk Call Today for your event needs! Brown. “Our niches include sizes and widths, We Deliver: 402.721.9400 especially narrows. We see customers from Chef Michelle Kaiser 40 states.” Brown credits the store’s survival in part to a very supportive business community. “There are many business owners and downtown employees who have worked diligently over the years…to keep downtown alive and thriving. And Buck’s has always been a member of Main Street Fremont and a supporter of its projects, including tions, physical improvements, and beautification projects.” >>

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Omaha feature << The Main Street Fremont group to which Brown refers is an independent business organization for Main Street businesses based downtown, headed by Director Sheryl Brown. The group and Sheryl Brown are credited by many as being key to downtown’s success. Lisa Lamb, owner of My Blue Whimsy, a new bridal and special events studio carrying couture bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, children’s gowns, and more, is a big advocate as well. “I’ve recently become a member of Main Street Fremont, which is always developing ideas…to beautify, market, and mentor new businesses on Main Street,” she said. “[Brown] has been a great asset to all the great change…I see the excitement in everyone downtown as they work together and see the changes and improvements being made. And I see the traffic flow building and curiosity peeking from other areas of Nebraska with new businesses coming in.” Michelle Kaiser is also a newer business owner in Fremont, having opened Alotta Brownies Bakery on Main Street three years ago. The gourmet bakery and café is known for their wedding and specialty cakes and dessert bar buffets, but also sells bread, sandwiches, and other treats. Kaiser also has kudos for Brown, and others. “We have seen many changes in our Main Street with grants to better our downtown community…new street lights, sidewalks, plants, trees, benches. I credit Director Brown and all the business owners who put so much into helping the events 34

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become successful. Our Conventions and Visitors Bureau and Shannon Mollen have also helped drive business to Fremont, while our Chamber helps us educate residents about what we have to offer…Many people don’t realize what’s in their own backyard, our downtown.” Nancy Hosher and Sue Harr, owners of Nancy’s Boutique and The Studio, not only support one another; they share space on Main Street. Cooperatively they provide select women’s accessories and apparel and custom jewelry design and repair. While trunk shows and open houses for new merchandise generate interest and traffic, Harr and Hosher say they enthusiastically participate in Main Street Fremont promotional events throughout the year also. Two of those events— Christmas Express, where businesses host seminars and demonstrations for guests and in-store specials (Nov. 8-10), and Christmas Walk, a downtown parade, which attracts hundreds of potential shoppers to the area (Nov.23)—are on the horizon. Jenefer Backhaus, owner of In Bloom, a full-service flower shop and gift store on Main Street offering quality artificial arrangements for home and holiday, will also be taking part in these Main Street Fremont holiday events. Backhaus, who’s owned the store for four years, said she’d like to see even more new businesses open downtown to enhance the shopping experience and boost traffic. Fremont’s Main Street businesses are also benefiting

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from area attractions and entities growing in popularity, said Jen Struebing, general manager of Holiday Inn Express, off Highway 77 in Fremont. Among them, Midland University, Fremont Area Medical Center, Fremont Splash Station water park, and Fremont State Recreation Area. Omaha attractions and events mean spillover business for the hotel as well. “Summer months are always our busiest, especially June with the College World Series. We offer the smalltown hospitality with the convenience of a big city nearby.” Many business owners feel there’s even more that should be done to boost downtown traffic and sales. Fremont native Meldene Cushman with Interiors Plus, a home interiors showroom on 6th Street just two blocks off Main Street, now in its 31st year, would like to see more storefront improvements being initiated. She cited the downtown business district of Sioux Falls, S.D., as a model for Fremont businesses to follow. Another proposal: “Have businesses adjust their hours so they stay open later, and put a park or some type of attraction in to draw families or people traveling through,” said Bryson of Bryson’s Airboat Tours, which hosts team-building events, corporate outings, and private groups for rides via airboat down the Platte River. Ron Tillery, executive director for the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce, said a rebranding initiative launched by the chamber in 2012 will further enhance Fremont’s appeal to prospective homebuyers, business owners, and shoppers. The “Fremont, Nebraska Pathfinders” campaign promotes the community as “[a city] that’s transforming…a place to thrive…where opportunities are made. “The campaign is already utilizing print and outdoor advertising, and we plan to roll out additional radio and TV ads in coming months to reinforce that general theme,” Tillery said. “In 2013, they’re run in regional markets, including Omaha. “We want to promote Fremont as a great stand-alone community, close enough that residents can enjoy amenities and attractions in Metro Omaha, and well positioned for families and businesses,” Tillery added. To learn more about Fremont business community, visit and

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or a man who never thought he’d be a police officer, Todd Schmaderer’s career in law enforcement certainly has seen a meteoric rise. Omaha’s once interim police chief was selected from four applicants for the Chief of Police position this past August. As the new commander, he leads a force of 796 sworn officers and just over 1,000 employees total, oversees a budget of $119 million, and is responsible for the safety of the citizens living in the city’s 114 square miles. It is a job he performs with pride. Chief Schmaderer is Omaha born and bred. A 1990 graduate of Roncalli Catholic High School, he attended Wayne State College in northeast Nebraska on a football scholarship his freshman year. He then transferred to the University of Nebraska-Omaha to prepare for a potential career in business. But while at UNO, he shifted academic gears and sought a degree in criminal justice with the original intention of pursuing the enforcement side of the IRS. However, the allure of immediate job placement upon graduation was too enticing to pass up, and Schmaderer joined the Omaha Police Department. That was 18 years ago. Today, the man who once “walked the beat” is reaching out to community groups, other law enforcement agencies, and social services to build on the police department’s commitment to service. One of his top priorities is a reduction in violent crime. Schmaderer seeks to emulate metro areas that have successfully addressed this pressing issue: “Police tactics need to be reflective of practices that work with other cities with similar problems.” But, he continues, Omaha’s solution cannot be an exact replica of Cincinnati’s or Boston’s approach, either; “We must tweak it to fit Omaha’s unique situation.” He also believes that establishing a solid communitypolicing program will help


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address crime. Gone are the days of “an officer on every corner,” Schmaderer acknowledges. Social media, such as the police department’s Facebook page, can be instrumental in the exchange of information between the police and the community. Communication with the city’s various neighborhood associations will also help Omaha police streamline its approach to crime prevention by allowing police to tailor its presence to a neighborhood’s particular need. Graffiti might be a primary concern for one neighborhood, whereas car break-ins might be uppermost on another area’s mind. Community groups are stakeholders in the problem, he asserts, and can play an integral role in crime reduction by identifying ways the police can serve them. “It’s a large city and large engine, and we need to break it down into its parts to create a working plan,” asserts Schmaderer. Reducing crime is also a shared responsibility with other city departments, law enforcement agencies, and nonprofit and civic social

service agencies. Poverty and lack of employment are two of the root causes of crime, he firmly maintains. Social services can play

“It’s a large city and large engine, and we need to break it down into its parts to create a working plan.” -Schmaderer a significant role in crime prevention by intervening in potential offenders’ lives before they turn to crime as “a fix” for their problems. Schmaderer takes the helm of the police department at a time when Omaha is

experiencing great growth. He believes that “long-term planning is so important to keep up with this growth” so that expansion of the police department is commensurate with city expansion. He plans to increase staffing in the department’s gang and homicide units. He also will augment personnel in the cold case squad, an indication of his commitment to “never forgetting the victim.” As Chief, Schmaderer may not have time to teach criminal justice classes at Bellevue University as he has done since 2010. Nor will he be able to coach his two children’s athletic teams. But he will continue to etch out opportunities to go for a run, spend time with his children, and enjoy free moments with his girlfriend, a sergeant with Omaha’s police force and whom Schmaderer describes as “my best friend and strongest supporter.” Time-consuming and complex as his job is, this is where he wants to be. “At the end of the day, I am glad if I made a difference in the community and the people who work with me.”

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transparency, which are vital to the long-term success of the investing public. “We’re not just counting assets under management,” says King. “We’re interested in the processes used. And we don’t just take anybody. This is not a pay-to-play Organization. I’m a big believer in free markets. And what makes free markets work is information, not a lot of regulations. The more perfect the information, the more perfect the regulation.” metHoDology. The primary focus of NABCAP is to serve the needs of the investing public by helping identify top wealth managers. NABCAP and its board of directors created an unaffiliated evaluation process in which 20 categories of practice management are assessed. Advisors are invited and/ or nominated to participate by submitting an online questionnaire. The multi-step verification process utilizes independent resources to assess the accuracy and truthfulness of the information submitted by participating advisory practices. NABCAP’s methodology is unique in deciphering advisors because it is primarily objective, not subjective, and helps add transparency for the investor’s benefit. Continued on page 40

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Wealth management NABCAP’s methodology is unique in deciphering advisors

Advisor by NABCAP in the future.

interviews with investors and advisors. One of NABCAP’s

because it is primarily objective, not subjective, and helps add

[c] Th e inclusion of a financial advisory practice on the

main objectives is to hold the investment advising community

transparency for the investor’s benefit. NABCAP takes pride

NABCAP Premier Advisor’s list should not be construed as an

to a higher standard, said Chuck King, NABCAP board vice

that its list of Premier Advisors is not merely defi ned by Assets

endorsement of the financial advisory practice by NABCAP or

president and dean emeritus of the School of Business and

Under Management (A.U.M.), revenues produced or even worse,

Omaha Magazine, Ltd.

Leadership at Colorado Christian University. To ensure the

popularity. Alternatively, NABCAP attempts to identify top

[d] Although NABCAP invites all advisors in a market to

best interest of the investing public, NABCAP does not accept

participate, the final decision lies with the advisor and as such

financial support from advisory practices, financial institutions,

consumer use. Even though NABCAP’s vetting

there may be advisors who would qualify but do not appear on the

or the media in exchange for beneficial reviews, rankings or

process is comprehensive in evaluating advisors, every single

list as they chose not to participate and if they were included some

industry insights. “Th is isn’t a money-driven effort,” said King.

practice on the list most likely will not fit you the investor. The

advisors on this list would not have been included.

“It’s designed purely to provide information to investors and not

advisors regardless of size, fi rm or affi liation.

list of advisory practices is in alphabetical order; NABCAP

[e] NABCAP screens candidates for regulatory compliance

to line someone’s pocket. Until financial advisors and banks and

believes there is not one perfect practice for every investor out

issues: checks and balances are imposed to limit the inclusion of

everyone else begins to police themselves we’re going to have

there. The fi rst step recommended by NABCAP is to narrow

an advisor with a negative regulatory history or multiple client

problems. It’s essential that markets are operating properly for

down the list of practices by average client size. It is recom-

complaints. These checks and balances include:

a free enterprise system to work.”

mended you select practices that have an average client size of

(i) NABCAP requires financial advisors to be registered/licensed

The nonprofit organization is achieving its overarching goal

½ - ¼ the size client you would estimate yourself, family or

financial advisors in good standing with state and federal regula-

of empowering the investing community by adding transpar-

business to be. For example, if you have approximately $2 mil-

tory bodies. In addition NABCAP requires financial advisors to

ency to financial services industry. NABCAP Premier Advisors

lion of investable assets then identify practices with an average

be in compliance with their respective broker/dealer or affiliated

lists are a powerful reference for investors to identify the top

client size of $500K- 1million. Th is way, you fall within the top


wealth managers in their local market. Each market varies in

20% of a practice’s entire clientele. Th is increases the probability

(ii) NABCAP reviews each financial advisor and support staff ’s

size and is based on participation. Neither advisors nor firms pay

you receive the practice’s top shelf service, care and attention.

U-4 or ADV to verify their employment and compliance record.

to participate. With over 400,000 registered investment profes-

In addition to narrowing down the field of practices by average

(iii) If an advisory practice makes the list with a settlement on

sionals nationally NABCAP has their work cut out for them. The

size client, it is recommended you also reference the practice’s

their record we recommend that investors inquire with the advisory

nonprofit plans to expand it’s footprint to even more US markets

top 5 specialties and designations to assure they are equipped

practice as well with their supervisor for the nature of the settlement.

in the immediate future. Below is a chart of the current markets

and focused on handling your individual needs. Try to select at

[f] The supervisor survey is structured to make it equally easy

open to participation for advisors, and investors, you the reader,

least 3 practices to interview for different personalities, service

for a respondent to give negative or positive responses and the

to utilize the research for better informative decisions towards

models and practice methodologies.

method of calculating results incorporates both negative and posi-

personal financial needs. To learn more about NABCAP please

tive survey responses

visit or email

eXemPlary aDvisor eXPlanation. NABCAP’s objective questionnaire assesses 20 categories of practice manage-

[g] NABCAP does not perform subjective analysis of the survey

ment of all participating advisors and while all the practices on

results but assigns numerical ratings based on questionnaire and

the list this year met NABCAP’s minimum objective criteria, the

survey responses, as well as third party verification.

following practices achieved exemplary scores in their respective

[h] 1,600+ direct contacts were made via email and mail in

categories. The highlighted categories were selected through

Omaha, NE and 36,000 indirect to subscribers for participation/

NABCAP’s independent investor research which concluded these

nomination of participants. Premier Advisors list will not exceed

three areas of practice management were the highest influencers

3.5% of each market’s financial advisory practices

in choosing a financial advisor: 1) Client Education & Customer

[i] NABCAP created the methodology and process. Rank

Service Model- This category reflects the actual service model the

Premier Advisors is contracted to administer the evaluation process.

practice employs and whether they incorporate any education of

[j] All advertisements in the special advertising section were

investments and/or markets to the client 2) Financial Planning-

sold exclusively by Omaha Magazine, Ltd. and not endorsed in

this category reflects what level the practice/advisor implements

any way by NABCAP.

financial planning when servicing clientele 3) Risk Management

nabcaP viewPoint:As impossible as it may seem,

- this category measures what systems and policies are utilized

the U.S. population has experienced some slight growth on

to potentially help mitigate and manage the risk of the markets.

the heels of the second worst recession this country has ever

NABCAP’s focus is to provide objective diff erentiation between

experienced. According to CapGemini’s World Wealth Report

financial advisory practices and through their evaluation process

2011, the population of High Net-worth Individuals in North

to help add transparency to the Financial Services Industry. Even

America has risen 25% since 2008. Even considering this slight

though the NABCAP Premier Advisors’ list is comprehensive it

incline in personal wealth, the fundamentals on the current

should not be considered exhaustive and the following disclaimers

US economy are still in an unstable state with talks of possibly

should be considered:

entering another recessionary period. It remains critical that

[a] To ensure the best interests of the investing public, NABCAP

investors are able to identify quality wealth managers to assist

does not accept financial support from advisory practices, financial

them in weathering these challenging market environments.

institutions or the media in exchange for beneficial reviews, rank-

NABCAP’s objective research has proven to identify quality

ings or industry insight. NABCAP is not affiliated with any advisor

practitioners in over 35+ US markets since the recession.

or financial institution participating in the survey.

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[b] Selecting a NABCAP Premier Advisor is no guarantee as

Practices (NABCAP) was created in 2008 by it’s board of

to future investment success nor is there any guarantee that the

directors — representing industry insiders, investors and non-

selected financial advisory practice will be designated as a Premier

industry professionals — with over four years of research and


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Credentials Index: CEP- Certified Estate Planner CFA- Chartered Financial Analyst CFP- Certified Financial Planner CIMA- Certified Investment Management Analyst CAIA- Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst CPWA- Certified Private Wealth Advisor CHFC- Chartered Financial Consultant CRPS- Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist CLU- Chartered Life Underwriter MCEP- Master Certified Estate Planner CPA- Certified Public Accountant AIF- Accredited Investment Fiduciary Specialties Index: RP: Retirement Planning FP: Financial Planning EP: Estate Planning SP: Special Needs Planning PP: Philanthropic Planning BP: Business Planning WP: Wealth Preservation/Insurance CP: Capital Preservation CM: Comprehensive Wealth Management AM: Asset Allocation Management PM: Portfolio Management IM: Investment Management RM: Risk Management LM: Liability Management RS: Retirement Services CS: Corporate Services FS: Family Office Services ES: Executive Services PA: Professional Athletes HP: High Profiled Individuals LC: Low Cost Provider SA: Separately Managed Accounts


wealthmanagement WINNERS

the militti group at morgan Stanley

What are you doing differently to provide your clients with added value? Early this year we made it a priority to meet with our clients to discuss favorable gift and estate laws which could expire at the end of 2012; the impetus being the host of uncertainties coming from the presidential election. Our mission was to help our clients be in line early with their estate attorney and CPA so we would have a plan in place should there be a need to act. We proactively accomplished this by introducing our select clientele to our firm’s Wealth Planning Center – here services are available to clients and prospective clients with a minimum of $5 million investible assets or $10 million net-worth. Working alongside the Wealth Planning Center we were able to bring a breadth of perspective to help develop highly sophisticated solutions. The Wealth Planning Center is not intended to replace a client’s attorney or CPA; rather work in concert with these key relationships to help achieve smarter results. The Militti Group works with the Wealth Planning Center to help our clientele make difficult estate planning decisions so our clients can make meaningful differences in the lives of others. How is your team different? Our team is a family practice -- father, daughter, and son -- so we focus our efforts on families and family businesses to help identify particular multigenerational wealth planning needs. We take a very holistic approach to portfolio and risk management; which means we dig deep to focus on what is meaningful in a client’s life and develop strategies to help achieve their goals. How we do this is by utilizing wealth planning tools developed to help determine and measure client needs, wants, wishes and risk tolerance. These tools help us deliver tailored, risk-based portfolio strategies which are aligned with each client’s goals.

e.J. militti, Jr. Financial advisor

Importantly, we firmly believe a solid wealth and risk-management strategy is one that incorporates both sides of a client’s balance sheet. This means we can assist you with portfolio management, insurances and other wealth planning solutions through our access to private banking and lending services.

This material does not provide individually tailored investment advice. Any information presented is general in nature and is not intended to provide individually tailored investment advice. The strategies and/or investments referenced may not be suitable for all investors as the appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives. Investing involves risks and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest. Morgan Stanley, its affiliates and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors or Private Wealth Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice. This material was not intended or written to be used for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. Clients should consult their tax advisor for matters involving taxation and tax planning and their attorney for matters involving trust and estate planning and other legal matters. The investments listed may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a financial advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment will depend upon an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives. Life insurance, disability income insurance, and long-term care insurance are offered through Morgan Stanley licensed insurance agency affiliates. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC. Member SIPC.

E.J. Militti, Jr. Financial Advisor E.J. helps develop financial plans and investment policy statements for affluent clients and institutions, with a focus on business owners and corporate executives. Particular areas of interests: portfolio risk assessment, retirement planning, estate planning, business succession, endowments, foundations, family special needs planning, structured settlements, charitable remainder trusts, philanthropies and non-profit entities. Education: MBA from Creighton University; undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Edward J. Militti, Sr. Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor (not pictured)

Carroll Militti-Hacker Financial Advisor (not pictured)

13625 California Street, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68154 402-399-1513 november/december  •  2012



wealthmanagement WINNERS

Vintage Financial group

What is the process you take each customer through? During each client’s individual process, we first lead them through a series of questions which most people have never put into words. Questions like: what do you want to achieve for yourself, who is relying on you, what would you like to provide for them, how do you want to protect your family or employees, and what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? Before we can help someone achieve their personal best, many times we have to help them unravel and create their future. Our monetary fears can sometimes inhibit us from dreaming in a way that ultimately inspires the most creative and effective plans.

Risk Manageme


Describe your practice’s risk management philosophy. It’s first based on protection of assets. We perform an analysis to determine the need to shift responsibility from the client and a self insure option to an insurance company to protect those assets. We may utilize life insurance, disability insurance, or long term care insurance. We believe it may be suitable for our clients to take a small risk by paying premiums to avoid a catastrophic risk that would devastate their plan and ability to leave a legacy

Patrick m. ricketts mindy S. helfrich

Insurance products from the Principal Financial Group® are issued by Principal National Life Insurance Company (except in New York), Principal Life Insurance Company and the companies available through the Preferred Product Network, Inc. Securities and advisory products offered through Princor Financial Services Corporation, 800/247-1737, member SIPC. Principal National, Principal Life, the Preferred Product Network, and Princor® are members of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. Bradford R. Burwell, Kirstin J. Ricketts, Mindy S. Helfrich and Patrick M. Ricketts, Principal National and Principal Life Financial Representatives, Princor Registered Representatives and Financial Advisors. Vintage Financial Group, LLC. is not an affiliate of any company of the Principal Financial Group.

Kirstin J. ricketts, CFP®

Bradford r. Burwell Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP® Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.


wealthmanagement WINNERS What is the process you take each customer through? We use the financial planning process which begins with a personal interview to understand our clients’ goals and objectives. Several subsequent meetings are conducted as we educate our clients through all aspects of financial planning while we develop a customized financial plan tailored to our clients’ specific goals and objectives. Our exemplary client relationship model includes quarterly reviews, goal management and tracking progress towards our clients’ dreams after the financial plan is complete. Describe your practice’s investment policy. Our objective is to empower clients with solid financial plans tailored to their goal of an active and successful retirement. We put our knowledge to work for them by developing investment, retirement income, tax management and estate planning strategies – all aimed at maintaining clients’ lifestyles and financial independence. Our clients have worked hard. Now, as retirement approaches, it’s their turn to redefine the next phase of their lives. The NABCAP Premier Advisor (“Program”) research was conducted from May through July 2012 survey. Fewer than three and a half percent of financial advisors in the area received the recognition. Advisors were evaluated based on twenty categories, including customer service model, experience, credentials, compliance record and other criteria. A financial advisor’s final ranking may not represent a particular client experience. The National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices, manages the Program, but does not endorse listed financial advisors. Working with this financial advisor is not a guarantee of future financial success. Investors should conduct their own evaluation of financial professional. For details go to:


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michael Calgaard, Financial advisor, MBA

14217 Dayton Circle, Suite #3 Omaha, NE 68137 402-932-7233

ameriprise Financial Services, inc. #1 Client Education & Customer S ervice Model

gabriel Kerlik, mark D. Smith, Financial advisor, Financial advisor, CFP®, CrPC®, mBa aamS® Steve Sadler, Joanie leBaron, Financial advisor, Financial advisor, CFP®, CrPC® CrPC®

Kerlik, Sadler, Smith & Associates

A financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

1111 N 102nd Ct, Ste 320 Omaha, NE 68114 402-334-7265


wealthmanagement WINNERS

ethen Bagley group of merrill lynch

What is your philosophy on what it means to be a financial advisory practice? Our team’s focus is to help simplify our clients’ lives in an increasingly complex world. We offer wisdom, as well as information, so that our clients can make informed decisions regarding their financial affairs. We consider it a privilege to serve as trusted advisors and to provide quality, unbiased information and assistance.

we follow-up with an on-boarding meeting where we explain how to read the statements, log in to the on-line account access, and help them organize all of their financial affairs. Finally, we schedule periodic face-to-face account reviews, which for most clients is semi-annually. In between meetings, clients can expect monthly calls, monthly newsletters, and periodic client educational events throughout the year.

What is the process you take each customer through? Each prospective client is taken through a series of meetings. The first is a discovery meeting where we gather information and gain an understanding of their goals, timeframes, and risk tolerance. This is followed up by an Investment Proposal and Financial Plan meeting. When the client indicates they are ready to proceed, we schedule a mutual commitment meeting where we complete all paperwork and agree to each party’s roles and responsibilities. Once accounts have transferred in,

In your own words describe your practice’s financial planning process: Our financial planning process is designed to provide specific advice and investment strategies. Clients have a detailed Net Worth, Asset Allocation and Retirement Analysis prepared. Other analyses, depending on need, include Education Planning, Cash Management, Liability Management, and Stock Option analysis. For clients with more sophisticated needs, we also offer a Risk Allocation Statement which allows us to categorize all assets and liabilities into specific risk and objective categories.

Stephen C. Ethen, CFP® Steve received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. After serving as a U.S. Army Captain and helicopter pilot, Steve joined Merrill Lynch in 1993. He is a Certified Financial Planner® certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He also holds the CRPC (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) designation. Steve has been recognized for his commitment to his profession and clients with a seat on Merrill Lynch’s prestigious Advisory Council to Management. In this role, he works with senior managers of the firm to provide feedback on issues faced by both clients and fellow financial advisors. Steve is married to Teresa Ethen. They have two young daughters, Caroline and Isabel. In addition to their children, Steve and Teresa are in their third year of hosting a foreign exchange student. In his leisure, Steve enjoys waterskiing and wakeboarding. Michael J. Bagley, CFP® Mike is a veteran of the financial services industry. He began his career in 1998 as a compliance examiner, and then as an internal wholesaler for large securities firms before joining Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2003. Mike is committed to providing the highest possible level of client service. He uses his knowledge and experience to build investment and retirement strategies designed to help people achieve their short- and longterm goals and objectives. Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and is a Certified Financial Planner® certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He is actively involved in the Omaha Hockey Club and the Gretna Soccer Club, serving as a volunteer coach. Mike, his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Landon and Reid, reside in Gretna, NE.

Describe your practice’s investment philosophy: We are long-term investors and work hard to educate our clients as to exactly what they own and why they own it. We require all portfolios to be well diversified in order to eliminate unnecessary risk. All portfolios are global in nature and contain assets that are not highly correlated in price movements. We begin with the determination of the allocation between stocks, bonds, cash and alternative investments. Our portfolios are well diversified across several sectors of the economy and multiple business groups within each sector. The sector weights vary amongst our different model portfolios and are dependent on each portfolio’s stated goal.

michael J. Bagley, CFP®

Stephen C. ethen, CFP®

1044 N. 115th Street Omaha, NE 68154 402-496-5193 november/december  •  2012  43


wealthmanagement WINNERS Our philosophy of acting as a Financial Advisor: We are an Independent Financial Planning firm. We strongly believe that maintaining our independence allows us to minimize any conflicts of interest and always put the well-being of the client first. As Financial Planners, we are committed to solving financial problems through an inclusive approach that allows us to review multiple aspects of a client’s financial life and form a comprehensive plan to help enable the achievement of their life goals. Our advisors follow a client focused approach where they become advocates for each client. Their main goal is to help every client steer a sensible course not only during good economic times, but more importantly, during the bad economic times.

Curnes Financial group

Describe your practice’s investment philosophy: We follow a fully diversified portfolio strategy. We work with each client to establish a Strategic Asset allocation that helps increase exposure to various investment categories. Secondly, we tactically weigh the portfolio based on our views of the current economic trends and select the best individual investments within each specific asset category in accordance to the client’s goals. Lastly, we monitor and periodically rebalance each portfolio to ensure client satisfaction and continued market compatibility.

l -r: Christopher Forcade, Ken Stevens, Paula harris, rick Blunk, Carol anderson, mike Sieler, terry Curnes, nancy Bertacini, ryan Palmquist, Barbara Cook, matthew guynan, Kyle miller


wealthmanagement WINNERS

Securities and investment advisory services offered through Financial Network Investment Corporation, Member FINRA/SIPC. Curnes Financial Group and Financial Network are not affiliated.

9900 Nicholas Street #360 • Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 397-5440 •

Craig D. Korkow, CFP®, CrPC® of merrill lynch

What is your philosophy on what it means to be a financial advisory practice: Our guiding principle and mission is over 95 years old—“client first”—as stated by Charles E. Merrill himself. The foundation of which begins by listening. Only then can we garner the necessary understanding to help the individual or organizational client successfully identify the respective financial goal. We can then work to develop the potential solutions with our vast access to resources for goal accomplishment. Define the added value of your services in relationship to your fees: Our value-add is in providing a holistic approach to financial planning. Leaving nothing uncovered. To truly become a family or organizational adjunct chief financial officer, it requires the specialist resources of which our firm has access, and the knowledge of how to put those resources to work. It is exemplified in our industry leading and unwavering commitment to continuing education and training.

Craig D. Korkow, CFP®, CRPC® Craig D. Korkow is principle of the Korkow Group and is a First Vice President-Wealth Management with Merrill Lynch, Omaha, NE. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in Economics from South Dakota State University and leaving the US Army as a Captain, he joined Merrill Lynch in 2000. Craig specializes in retirement planning for organizations and individuals. Craig is a Teammates mentor, member of the Knights of Aksarben RCR board, and Founder of the Rough N’ Ready Challenge Rodeo for Children with Special Needs


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1044 N. 115th Street, Suite 500 Omaha, NE 68154 402-496-5127


wealthmanagement WINNERS What is your philosophy on what It means to be a financial advisory practice? The Slatterys/ Hruby Group provides wealth management services to affluent families and trusts. We help clients articulate their goals, then guide them with appropriate strategies for investments, lending, wealth transfer, and philanthropy with particular emphasis on tax minimization and wealth preservation. By formally reviewing and understanding a client’s total assets and liabilities, we are able to develop customized solutions to address their unique needs and challenges. For clients, we seek to have a profound impact on both their financial and personal lives. Our ultimate responsibility is to help clients achieve their aspirations for themselves, future generations and their communities. Within that effort, we provide the personal attention and high level of service that significant wealth warrants.

Slatterys/hruby group of merrill lynch

Describe your practices’ investment philosophy: We apply a comprehensive wealth allocation framework to a client’s balance sheet. In the simplest form you could state it as Risk Allocation precedes Asset Allocation. The framework process enables clients to construct appropriate portfolios allocating all their assets, featuring the home, mortgage, and market investments. The resulting frameworks are designed to meet client needs and preferences. The framework brings together Portfolio theory with aspects of Behavioral Finance to overlay a client’s risk exposures on to their balance sheet. The application of our investment philosophy is typically executed within an Advisory relationship.

What is the process you take each customer through? We use a comprehensive, values based financial planning process. Our process starts with our initial Discovery meeting, where we take the time to learn about the individuals values, interests, past experience and goals. Extensive analysis is done by our staff Certified Financial Planning (CFP®) practitioner to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the current situation. From there we develop investment and advanced planning strategies specific to their goals and needs. Once a relationship is engaged, we meet on a quarterly basis to review advanced planning topics and investment performance. The analysis that was done initially is updated on at least an annual basis or as life changes warrant. l -r: timothy Slattery, Jr., Peggy Fehncke, Stephen hruby, Cima®, Kandis Schissel, CFP®, Daniel Slattery


wealthmanagement WINNERS

1044 N. 115th Street Omaha, NE 68154 402-496-5152

Kelley investment team of rBC Wealth management

How do you define your business model? Our mission is to provide solutions and counsel to select individuals and their families. We advise, guide, and motivate our clients to implement strategies that help simplify their lives, as well as grow and preserve their capital. Our team works in concert with our clients’ other advisors, such as Certified Public Accountants and attorneys to formulate customized and comprehensive strategic life solutions. Describe your practice’s investment philosophy: Investing is a means to an end. We work to best align clients’ portfolios with their specific needs to achieve long term goals. We use a variety of financial assets/instruments to build out a client’s portfolios which may include a combination of individual stocks, corporate and municipal bonds, mutual funds, ETF’s, annuities and insurance products.

l -r: margie Carstens, roJeanne tamborini, Dick Kelley, Cindi Olsen, rick Kelley

1120 S 101st St # 300 Omaha, NE 68124 402-392-6114 november/december  •  2012  45


wealthmanagement WINNERS This year marks the 25th anniversary of Feltz WealthPLAN. This significant milestone is an accomplishment to be celebrated. Among other things, it’s a testament to our team’s ability to successfully assist clients with their financial planning and wealth management needs. Just as our firm has changed in the past 25 years, so have the needs of our clients and, most certainly, so has the economic climate, especially in the past five years. As anyone who watches the markets knows, volatility has become the new norm. That’s why now, perhaps more than ever, the counsel of an experienced team of financial planners, such as the ones we’ve assembled at Feltz WealthPLAN, is vital to growing and protecting our client’s future. Our wealth advisors have consistently been rated among the best in the country, including Feltz WealthPLAN President Todd Feltz being named one of America’s Top 1000 Financial Advisors by Barron’s Magazine in 2012. (America’s Top 1000 Financial Advisors is based on assets managed, revenue, and quality of practice.) Our anniversary year makes this a time to celebrate and reflect, but it’s also a time of transition – for our firm and our clients. Last fall, Feltz WealthPLAN became its own Registered Investment Advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Feltz WealthPLAN A Registered Investment Advisor Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC

What is your philosophy on what it means to be a financial advisory practice? Financial Planning, or Return-on-Life, is the heart and soul of Feltz WealthPLAN. The opportunity to guide our clients throughout each phase of their life, helping them prepare for the future provides our greatest satisfaction. What is your practice’s customer service model? Feltz WealthPLAN’s customer service model consists of three distinct teams: Financial Planning, Investment, and Support. Each team specializes in a particular area to ensure clients receive the attention to detail they deserve. Our Financial Planning team is the forefront of customer service; meeting with clients to define their goals and implementing a comprehensive financial plan for their future. The Investment team handles the research, implements the investment models, and monitors the market and economy. Our Support team assists clients through coordination of Vision1* data entry, ongoing transaction coordination, and is a daily resource for clients who have questions or concerns. What is the process your practice takes each client through? Our Vison1 program provides the framework for the Financial Planning process. As we work with clients to gather and enter their current financial information, Vision1 prepares clear, concise reports: • Balance Sheet – Summary of all assets and liabilities • Cash Flow – High level view of cash inflow and outflow • Stress Test – Monte Carlo simulation provides the probability of the plan’s success

Front row, left to right: Jamie O’Brien, Dan Feltz, todd Feltz, Kevin O’mara Back row, left to right: Brent O’mara, Wade Behlen, ryan Feltz


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Feltz WealthPlan

Over 25 years of Excellence

• • •

Withdrawals & Planned Distributions – Gives an indication of portfolio longevity Education Planning – Provides options for meeting educational expenses Estate Planning –Asset distribution and possible tax consequences

As each report is reviewed, it becomes clear as to which areas need attention and which areas are already on track with the client’s goals. Focusing on specific action items makes the financial planning process less daunting and clients are encouraged as appropriate changes are put in place. During appointments, the advisor will review current models and their importance to the client’s overall investment strategy. Our advisors also update their clients on the market outlook and discuss the implications this may have on their financial planning. *Vision1 is a comprehensive system that combines our client’s entire financial information (investments, loans, mortgage, insurance, etc.) into one secure location to enhance their financial planning experience. Vision1 also contains an online vault that stores and protects valuable documents such as wills, trusts, deeds, and passports in a secure electronic format.

101 S. 108th Ave, 2nd Floor Omaha, NE 68154 402-333-5448


wealthmanagement WINNERS

Williams Quinn heimrod & associates of ameriprise Financial

We are fortunate to work with a small but select group of families; helping them handle the unique challenges of financial success and privilege. We help our clients prioritize, organize and simplify their financial matters to take care of the people they love and the charities that are important to them. Our mission is to help our clients reach their financial goals through a personal relationship based on personalized, knowledgeable advice. As Ameriprise financial advisors, we believe success should be measured not just by one’s financial well-being, but by how confident one feels about their financial future. Whether saving for retirement, college or other needs, you may be unsure about what to do next, or whether you can do anything at all. That’s where we can help. We ask the right questions and listen closely to your answers so you can feel confident that the advice we provide reflects your personal dreams and goals. Working together, we strive to find investing opportunities in today’s uncertain market that are aligned with your financial goals. We look at your comprehensive financial picture, including cash reserves and debt management, investments, protection and taxes. Together, we can bring your dreams more within reach.

michael Quinn Vice President Financial advisor

rodney Williams Vice President Financial advisor

Frederick heimrod Financial advisor

13305 Birch Drive, Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68164 402-391-5400 (office) 800-932-8600 (toll free) 402-391-7399 (fax)

Williams, Quinn, Heimrod & Associates; A financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC.


wealthmanagement WINNERS

the Welsh group at morgan Stanley

What is your philosophy on what it means to be a financial advisory practice: We Believe..... -Clear and consistent communication is paramount -Our word is our bond -In transparency -Investments should not be driven by emotion -CNBC will not change our plan -Process and procedure are cornerstone -In managing debt as well as equity -Diversification is a key to reducing risk. What is the process you take each customer through? We take each client through the 13 Wealth Management Issues. 1.Investment Issues 2.Insurance Issues 3.Liability Issues 4.Qualified Retirment Plan Issues 5.Stock Option Issues 6.Business Succession Issues 7.Durable Power of Attorney/Will 8.Gifting to Children/Descendant Issues 9.Charitable Gifting Before and After Death 10.Title of Assets Issues 11.Executor Trustee Issues 12.Distrabution of Wealth to Spouse/ Decedent 13. Charitable Inclinations at Death. In your own words describe your practice’s financial planning process: The Welsh Group has a defined financial planning process. We start with the 13 Wealth Management Issues. After discovering clients current and long term needs and positions, we drill down on areas that need work and then provide solutions for those issues. After implementation, we continually monitor plans to make sure we are on track to achieve goals and expectations. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Patrick a. Friesen, CFP® Financial advisor

Kevin m. Welsh Senior Vice President Wealth advisor

Dawn l. Bonacci Senior registered Client Service associate

13625 California St., Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68154 402-399-1541 november/december  •  2012  47

Omaha faces Story by Kara Schweiss • Photos by Bill Sitzmann and provided by Erich Hover


Erich Hover

rich Hover still speaks of his father, Ed, in a tone

of respect, describing him as a “big, strong, tall, handsome, six-foot-two guy” who liked to fish and hunt, play racquetball, and work in his garden. “My dad was always strong for us…he always wanted to provide for us…he never wanted us to think that there was anything wrong with him,” Hover says. But the younger Hover, an actor and producer, will be telling a different story about his father on the big screen. At 62, Ed Hover is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease only four years after his initial symptoms and diagnosis, typifying the early-onset form of the disease (his son prefers the term “younger-onset”) as being particularly aggressive and swift. Erich Hover is currently in pre-production for a feature film, that will be based on his family’s experience. “We want to shed some light on Alzheimer’s disease, and we also want to portray a family that’s sticking together through a very difficult situation. We want to tell an uplifting story... it’s important to me for it not to have to be a downer,” Hover says. Hover, who graduated from Omaha Benson High School in 1998, launched his acting career eight years ago, appearing in local commercials for Horseshoe Casino, Regency Court, and the Iowa Lottery (he is still remembered for bursting out of a bucket, doused in black oil). In 2006, he left his full-time real estate position and relocated to Los Angeles. Among other films, he’s appeared in 2009’s For the Love of Amy (beloved Omaha actor John Beasley was a lead), and he also had a small role in 2011’s Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt. The feature film will be his first

The Omaha native and Hollywood actor delves into producing with his first feature film. project serving as a producer, and Hover credits his education over his acting experience with getting him there. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2002 with a degree in organizational communication and a minor in marketing. “Communications and marketing is kind of what this business is. A film never gets seen unless you find ways of marketing it,” he explains. “It absolutely helped me having that degree. It gave me the confidence that I can go out and produce something, create something.” Hover, who already visits Omaha frequently to see family, says he made a deliberate choice to film in the area, with shooting likely to begin next spring, if not this fall. Local actors will be included in the cast, and he’s also partnering with some of the same Omahans “in the business” who helped him along in his acting career, including filmmaker Derek Baker, Manya Nogg of Actors Etc., and businessman/executive producer Jeff Burton. The three will share producing credits with him. “[Omaha’s] where I was born, and raised, and it’s important to me to be able to bring a project back here. And it’s a personal story about me and my family, so I want to keep it as close to home as possible,” he says.

Hover is also excited to have others he’s grown to respect attached to his project. “Jay Giannone, who has acted in such movies as Gone Baby Gone, The Departed, the recently released Safe, and the upcoming The Iceman, will act in the film, produce with me, and write the screenplay with Eric Watson based on my story,” he said. “Eric will write and direct the film. His credits include Pi (which won The Sundance Film Festival), Requiem for a Dream, and The Fountain.” His movie, in which Hover plays the lead character, is close to home in other ways, too. The film is filled with personal references, from a 1950s pickup truck that refuses to start to dogs with the names of real Hover family pets. “The people in the film are parallel to my family, and the major elements are actual reallife occurrences my family has gone through,” Hover says. “Even the dialog—the conversations between me and my father—are from things my dad and I have actually said to each other in real life.” Ironically, Ed Hover watched his mother, now 93, struggle with Alzheimer’s before his own diagnosis. His son says he is acutely aware that the odds of being a third-generation sufferer are significant.

hover, on right, with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on the set of Moneyball.

“I don’t want to live my life in fear, so I want to create something that can help find a cure,” he says. “I don’t have millions that I can donate to research, I’m not a doctor who can be in a lab finding a cure...I’m an actor and a producer, and if I can put something up on the screen that can reach a large audience, well, then, that can increase awareness and hopefully motivate people to take action with their time and their donations to research.” His family, who is depicted in the movie, has been behind him from the beginning, Hover says. “I really couldn’t have done this without my parents’ and brothers’ blessing. I mean, we’re talking about something that’s happening with our family, with our father,” Hover says. “My father’s in a place where I don’t know if he’s really exactly aware of what we’re doing, but he has always been supportive of my career...If my dad would have said ‘No, don’t do this movie about me,’ I would not have done it; I would have respected his wishes. “The fact that he’s in this place where [Alzheimer’s disease] has been so aggressive and he’s so far along with it, I feel like I have to do this for him to honor him and to help other people, including my own family.”

The hover family at Erich’s brother’s wedding, summer 2011. november/december  •  2012  49

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Turkey Fest


or many, the very mention of the holiday season brings about fond memories and anticipation. But for those without close family and friends, the holidays can be a very lonely time. This is exactly why D.D. Launderville is so passionate about her work as Director of Omaha’s Senior Services Department of The Salvation Army. For the past 16 years, Launderville has headed up The Salvation Army’s annual Turkey Fest, an event which provides and delivers hot, homemade Thanksgiving meals for those 60 years of age and older, as well as the handicapped, regardless of income. “It’s for people who are alone or lonely and can’t cook anymore,” explains Launderville. “This ensures that they get a really good, healthy, hot meal on Thanksgiving Day. That’s tradition…it’s our holiday and we can’t ignore that.” The meal is a traditional one, consisting of turkey, potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberries, a roll, a banana, topped off with a homemade cookie. This year, the meals are being provided by the Knights of Columbus. “We get a lot of Thank You cards and, of all things, it’s the cookie…it’s that homemade cookie, that [people respond to the most],” says Launderville. “You wouldn’t think it would be something like that, but this holiday is so tied into ritual and …brings up a lot of memories.” She says that the gratitude shown for the meal, as well as the personal delivery, touches her heart on many levels. “It lets me know that we do this right.” Launderville says she is thankful for everyone that contributes their time and energy to the Turkey Fest: drivers, cooks, and those who assemble the dinners. The event, which has been serving Thanksgiving meals for nearly 20 years, is a joint effort between The Salvation Army, The Telephone Pioneers of Omaha, and the Knights of Columbus, as well as many other


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Providing Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of seniors and shut-ins. supporters throughout the community. “We get a lot of discounts [for the food]…community support is very strong.” She adds that several Boy Scout troops will help assemble the meals as well. “There are a lot of different people working as a team.” Launderville credits the dedication of the volunteers to how smoothly the program runs. The meals are assembled at The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center on 27th and Y streets. Preparation begins Wednesday evening and starts up again at 6am on Thanksgiving morning. “We should be done by noon… delivery and everything.” “What’s so neat is that volunteer drivers can take a few meals to the older people, then go home and enjoy their own meal [with their family],” she says. “I know a lot of people with young kids enjoy doing this.” Though The Salvation Army will take reservations for meals through November 19 (the Monday before Thanksgiving), the actual

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planning for the event began back in August. Launderville explains that those seniors who will be alone for the holiday can just call in to reserve a meal. “If they have a care-aid or a child that comes and checks on them, I’ll feed them too,” she says with a smile. The first year of the Turkey Fest, Launderville says 300 meals were served; last year, 1,429 people received meals on Thanksgiving. This year, the group anticipates feeding about 1,500. “Omaha has a growing older population, and I think that every year, we see an increase.” In 2011, several hundred people volunteered to prepare and deliver the meals. They estimate similar numbers this year. Turkey Fest meals can be reserved by calling 402-898-6023 beginning October 31. Those interested in volunteering to help deliver meals can contact Kay Weinstein, Metro Volunteer Director of The Salvation Army, at 402-898-6000.

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ost of us are familiar with the actors who’ve come from here,” said Leo Biga, local journalist, author, blogger, and Omaha Publications freelancer. “Fred Astaire, Robert Taylor, Montgomery Clift. There are very few non-actors in the film industry from Nebraska. There’s Darryl Zanuck. Harold Lloyd. Then there’s a long pause, and we get Joan Micklin Silver. And now there’s Alexander Payne.” Biga’s newly released book, Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film – A Reporter’s


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Perspective 1998-2012, is a compilation of the journalist’s many articles about the filmmaker from Omaha. “This is not a biography at all,” Biga said of the first book written about the famous director. “I almost never intrude on his life. There are tidbits there, but mostly it shows the arc of his film career.” A native Omahan and movie buff himself, with years of film programming under his belt, Biga was intrigued by Payne from the first he’d heard of him. “I read an article about this young filmmaker who’d done something called The Passion of Martin,” Biga recalled. The

loca l jou rna list observed the director as he rose in the industry, finally calling on him in 1997 as Payne prepared to shoot his second feature, Election, in Omaha. “We met at McFoster’s Natural Kind Café,” Biga said. “We talked about his creative process, the characters, the settings, the editing. Everything.” When 2003 rolled

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magine twin waterfalls, tall and narrow, magically frozen in freefall. The

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Brothers Tim, left, and Kevin Kautsch stand in front of a spectacular “Amethyst Cathedral.” A white-as-snow quartz cluster is seen at the right atop the case.

imagination: delicate, one-of-a-kind necklaces, a tray of sapphires in every possible shade of blue (and some that aren’t blue!), carvings, and fossils. Kids of all ages scoop gleaming tumbled stones—8 for a dollar!— from an always-full bin. Practitioners of holistic therapies choose gems for their healing properties; DIY’ers finger strings of beads; and rock hounds pick up tools, magazines, and even the rough stones that eluded them in the wild. You might visit Custom Gems just to see the beautiful amethyst waterfall. While I’ve imagined tumbling water, others experience a sense of sacred space, like the gem-encrusted walls of some medieval churches. “They’re often called ‘amethyst

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cathedrals,’” explains Tim Kautsch, owner of Custom Gems. The height, twinning, and deep color of this pair enhance their allure and their value. Nearby is another natural crystal formation, a wedge of clear quartz with a cluster of the icy crystals at its centerpoint. (The word “crystal” comes from the early Greek word for frost. Snow is another crystalline structure.) Color is determined by mineral makeup, and each mineral has its own crystal shape. The clear rods clustered at the center are long hexagons ending in pyramidal points, looking just like ice. Quartz is the most commonly used mineral in jewelry, but all minerals are, in their rough state, just rocks. Compare that tray of sparkling sapphires to their rugged counterpart, corundum. Fine jewelry calls for precious stones that are carefully cut and polished. Tim is a gemologist certified by the Gemological Institute of America. The degree gives him an edge in gem identification and grading. He began to work here while still in high school and became owner in 2009. Soon, his brother, Kevin, joined him. “It’s a good fit,” he said. “Kevin is great at work requiring precision, such as designing and repairing fine jewelry.” Custom Gems offers jewelry in a range of choices—you can buy an irresistible finished piece; select a setting, then choose just the right stone; or refit a piece of your own with new

stones. Some customers have jewelry with sentimental value recast into a more personalized or modern style. The brothers value the importance of getting to know their patrons, many of them repeat customers. They especially enjoy creating a unique design that best expresses the customer’s intention and the stone’s special features. Kevin showed me one of his designs, an amethyst in a sterling silver pendant that echoed and emphasized the stone’s unusual shape. Fossils are another form of rock. In the case of ammonites, the sea creatures’ buried remains were transformed by the pressure of sand and mud. Their typical spiral shell identifies them easily, but patterns on the shell show great variety. On display is an ammonite which has been split into two perfect halves. Its creamy beige, brown, and white coloring is subtly dabbed with touches of pale melon, mauve, and green, the delicacy of its coiled chambers preserved in stone. Occasionally, ammonite’s external shell wall is thick enough to be removed. Coupled with the shell’s pearl-like iridescence, it offers a prized jewel, ammolite, to the designer. “It’s my favorite stone,” says Kevin. He displays several, each a different color. Vibrant red/ green or blue/violet hues dominate, but all colors are possible. Red and green flicker across one piece, the surface crazed with a pattern called “dragon skin.” Besides jewelry and gems, the shop has accoutrements for home and office—tiny carved animals (the perfect pet, in my opinion), spheres, elegant serving plates of fossilized limestone, and Chinese jade work. For impact, Shona sculptures from Zimbabwe combine primitive and modernist style. And for fun, there’s the rock bin. On a fall day, 9-year-old Natasha chose stones with the painstaking care of a collector. “This place is awesome!” she said. Christy Hamilton came in to replace a stone she’d lost from a pendant and couldn’t help smiling. “I’ve come here forever,” she said. “Tim does beautiful work. And whenever I had my grandchildren, I’d bring them here and let them choose a rock.” Custom Gems is a wonderful source for shoppers, hobbyists, and daydreamers. Custom Gems Inc 8487 Frederick Street, Omaha, 402-397-9606 november/december  •  2012  55

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<< afford themselves, but donations in excess of $120,000 have purchased them. Subcontractors and suppliers have given time and materials. Consolidated Kitchens and Fireplaces owner Sam Marchese donated all the cabinets and countertops. He also co-signed Porter’s home loan and hosted an August 15 fundraiser. Steve Reeder gifted the lot. Accepting help doesn’t come easily for Porter, who hails from a long line of orchard and farm owners. They’re a tough, independent lot. His father and grandfather both played at Nebraska. When Budge and brother Scott carried on the football legacy there, the school had its first and only three-generation athletic family. “He feels somewhat embarrassed and undeserving,” says Brown, “because he’s always made it on his own. I told him, ‘This is a hand-up, not a hand-out, and it’s something these guys are tickled to give back.’ It makes us all feel so good.” To customize the home to Budge’s specific needs, Brown had to ask personal questions and view Budge in intimate situations. Diane says Kent Pavelka’s public relations company made a video documenting what

Diane and Budge oversee work on his home therapy pool.

Budge contends with daily. “I looked at Kent and Sam and Brad, and they were all crying,” says Diane. “They didn’t realize what the simple act of getting in and out of bed is for Budge. He’s so good about downplaying all the stuff that goes with his injury, and he doesn’t want people feeling

sorry for him. But I’ve often said if people really knew what it takes to be him every day, it’d be very hard to keep positive because it’s exhausting. A lesser man would not handle it as well as he has.” The experience gave Brown a deeper appreciation for Budge’s “courage” and bonded the two men even more. “We were really good friends, but we’re definitely brothers now,” says Budge. The Porters have always managed dealing with the challenges of paralysis, but then Budge lost big in the 2000 stock market crash, which also cost him many clients similarly hard-hit. Osteoporosis forced him to retire in his mid-50s and go on disability. A stretch of the Papio Creek behind the family’s previous home eroded, causing such severe damage to the property the home’s value plummeted. Health scares resulted in long, expensive hospitalizations. Finally, Budge swallowed his pride and filed for bankruptcy. The family gave up their home.

Getting a loan and finding a new place to live proved daunting. It seemed like more than one family could bear. “I don’t like to make excuses,” Budge says. He’s heartened by how others have responded to their plight. “We’ll never be able to repay all these people other than just to tell them we’re forever grateful. We’re rich beyond compare with friends. We intend to be good stewards of these benefits.” Budge views the home as “a legacy” for Diane and the kids when he’s gone. He hopes to inspire and assist others through the Budge Porter Project. “I would love to see us form a foundation to raise future monies to help others in need along these same lines. There’s a lot of people far worse off than us, and we feel for them and pray for them and we just hope they’re as fortunate someday to have the type of friends we’re blessed with to give them a hand.” Donations are still being accepted and may be made at Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s work at

Brown reviews architectural drawings with the Porters.

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'Tis the season to be organized!


he keys to a stress-free holiday season are planning and delegation. Here are a few tips to help you focus on family, friends, and fun! Start with a plan (or a Holiday To-Do list) of all the things that are important for you to accomplish during the holiday season. Now go through the list again and cross off anything that does not bring you joy. If you put up lights on your house, throw a party, or send out cards just because you think you should and not because you truly enjoy it, cross it off your list! Schedule time for the items on your list, i.e. decorating, baking, shopping, etc. If you block out time to do the tasks you really want to do, you will not feel rushed to fit them in at the last minute. Delegate tasks to all members of the household. Working together can also make it more fun. Swap tasks with a friend. For example, help them decorate and then have them help you bake. Store all seasonal decorations in one place in your home. If you don’t have enough room in one space, it’s time to downsize your decorations. Take a picture of all decorations in storage and on display. This will help you remember where to put them away and how to put them up the following year. If you do not put a decoration up, donate it before the holiday when it will be easier for the charity to sell. There’s no reason to store something that you don’t use. Make your holiday memories last. After each holiday activity, spend a few minutes transferring all your pictures to your computer and erase your memory card. You don’t want to be in the middle of your child’s solo performance and get a “full” message. Happy Holidays! For more ideas, please visit www. or HOPEorganizing


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fessional designers of the Nebraska-Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) did during their annual Celebration of Design Dinner, held Sept. 27th at the Shadow Ridge Country Club. The Chapter recognized 35 members for outstanding design in categories ranging from Residential–Singular Space to Corporate–Hospitality, from Furniture, Product or Design Detail to Residential–Over 3500 sq. ft. Projects were judged by the Michigan ASID Chapter based on 10 criteria, including scale and proportion, effective use of materials, and overall design. The projects shown are residential winners from the Omaha area. They exemplify the wide scope of ways design can be used to enhance people’s quality of life and redefine beauty through innovation and creativity. Look for the Omaha area commercial project winners in the Winter 2013 issue of B2B Omaha magazine. Residential under 3,500 sq ft

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Omaha Home: 2012 asid awards residential under 3,500 sq ft

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Lisa McCoid, ASID, Julie Odermatt, ASID, Brianne Wilhelm, Allied ASID, Michele Hybner, Member ASID D3 Interiors 3918 N. 138th St. Omaha, NE 68164 402-502-7309

This condo at the riverfront was a completed with a very different finish palette. The interior finishes and concept were adjusted to coordinate. In partnership with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts an open, relaxing, engaging and unique space was created.

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Kris Patton, ASID, Diane Gernstein, Allied ASID Interiors Joan & Associates 13130 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE 68154 402-330-0685

This project's design stems from the clients eclectic taste and their collections of art and glass. They wanted a retreat that would display their treasured pieces and be comfortable.

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Omaha Home: 2012 asid awards singular space

Dana CarltonFlint, ASID Design With You In Mind, LLC 980 S. 72nd St. (inside Oriental Rug Palace) Omaha, NE 68114 402-672-8903

This client wanted “wow” in this small hall powder room. The client’s art was the focal point of this space. Handmade paper added an element of intrigue.

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Pam Stanek, ASID The Interior Design Firm 17110 Lakeside Hills Plaza Omaha, NE 68130 402-334-8800

This condo is an escape from the ordinary. The modern design was created for both entertainment and personal solitude in mind.

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Omaha Home: 2012 asid awards Singular space

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This practical yet alluring space was transformed out of an outdated 1970s bathroom. Adding storage, lighting, and a new shower makes this bathroom functional and beautiful.

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Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID, Michele Hybner, Allied ASID Falcone Homes/ D3 Interiors PO Box 541055 Omaha, NE 68154 402-510-9802

Moving closer to work and school, the owners wanted a classic design for their kitchen and a design that was open and inviting to family and friends.

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Richard White, ASID David M Rice, Inc. 12324 Charles St. Omaha, NE 68154 402-894-5803

The owners wanted to feature their love of the outdoors on the interior of their home, which resulted in the unique brickwork in the silo and in itself became art.


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A Field Club Carol

Mike and Annika Phillips' Classical Holidays on Hanscom Park

ometimes I think it would be fun to do something completely different, maybe Egyptian Revival,” Annika Phillips jokes of her Field Club home. “But I don’t think we’re actually going to do that.” It would indeed be a shame, given that Annika, a Laura Linney lookalike whose fair complexion and russet hair make her seem plucked from Central Casting as the lady of a stately Neoclassical home, and her husband, Mike, have amassed an impressive collection of period antiques. The family, which includes children Jake, 20 and Emelia, 18, relocated to Omaha from the Chicago area 16 years ago with Mike’s job. Having lived in a Prairie School home previously, they knew they wanted an older >>

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<< house. Although the 17-room estate, built in 1901, was not on the market at the time, their Realtor correctly followed a hunch that the previous owners would be willing to sell. “When we brought the kids here for the first time, they were 1 and 3 years old,” Annika recalls. “My daughter came right over to the fireplace and, looking up at the capitals, she turned around slowly saying, ‘My castle, my castle.” From that moment on, the Phillips children loved growing up in their enchanted home, even if they did eventually complain that there was no garbage disposal. “The house had never really been messed with. The light fixtures have been here forever. Everything original, we’ve kept,” Annika confirms. “We did take out some carpet and wallpaper and put in things truer to the period.” After all, with a great home comes great responsibility. When a leaking pipe damaged the kitchen wallpaper, the Phillips' home became the first project for the Gerald Ford Conservation Center, whose nationally recognized conservator, Julie Riley, painstakingly replaced the paper with tweezers. When Annika suspected that the paint on the mantle in the master bedroom was concealing something amazing, the couple spent an entire winter chipping away at it with dental tools until the quarter sawn oak underneath was revealed. For the storm windows on the sleeping porch, they commissioned a Lincoln glassmaker who specializes in reproducing the exact windows they needed. The furniture and appointments for the home are also carefully chosen to be faithful to the architecture, including a Stickley lamp that Mike picked up in an antique shop in a Chicago suburb for a song and which he later had appraised on the television show Antiques Roadshow. The third-floor pool table belonged to the previous owner who declined the Phillips’ original offer to purchase it because he had promised it to his son. When the son was ready to sell it, back it came—all three pieces of slate. “All the heavy pieces in the house are on the third floor,” Mike points out with bemused good humor. The couple’s magpie instinct is clearly wellhoned. “When we were first married, Mike was in law school. We found we could get good quality, old pieces for less than newer pieces that weren’t so well made,” Annika >> november/december  •  2012   H25

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<< explains. “And once you start collecting, it’s like a disease.” Not to say the family didn’t make some concessions to the modern age. “We figured out how to hide a dishwasher,” Annika laughs. They also added electrical outlets to the kitchen and the third floor, which had none. “It’s nice to have electricity.” For the holidays, the glow of candlelight and the fire that crackles behind a peacock blue ceramic heart, (an English Arts and Crafts piece that Annika found on eBay), fills the home with the nostalgic warmth of the season, and provides just the right ambience for the family’s annual holiday party. “Field Club is a social neighborhood. Everyone’s got a front porch, and in the warm weather, we take turns going over to each other’s houses,” Annika says of their approach to entertaining. “In the winter, the Christmas party breaks that cycle of not seeing your neighbors for a few months. Everyone winds up at our house after the Field Club Christmas party. We just make sure there are plenty of glasses, plenty of wine.” The Phillips keep their holiday décor just as fuss-free with Swedish touches, like Dala horses on the mantle, in honor of Annika’s heritage. For this story, Jenefer Backhaus from In Bloom in Fremont complemented the grandeur of the house with understated sprays of evergreen and seasonal fruits. The rich reds and golds of the house and the ornate woodwork are already yule perfect. Or, as Annika puts it, “It just takes a little bit to make this house look like Christmas.” 8.

Ornate wood gargoyle-like posts flank the master bedroom fireplace.


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Omaha Home: feature Story by Linda Persigehl & Sallie Elliott • Photos by John Gawley and Katie Anderson

We shared our passion for design and attention to detail that has been a lost art. -Sallie Elliott


Street of Dreams Home Offers Nostalgic Look at Omaha n September 2011, Sallie Elliott, Allied ASID, an interior designer and Realtor with Prudential Ambassador Real Estate, and Scott Warren, a homebuilder and owner of Absolute Customs, Inc., teamed up to plan a home design/build/decor project for >>

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mortgage can be one of the best things you can do for your household budget. Before taking the refinance step, there are two main factors you will need to consider. First, there is a cost to refinancing your mortgage, so you need to determine how long it will take to recuperate the cost of completing a refinance. Depending on your situation, the timeline will vary. While your mortgage payment will often be lower after a refinance, it typically will take 24-36 months of lower payments to recover the costs. Knowing there is an expense, determine how long you will be living in the home making the restructured payments. If you plan on staying for months or years longer than it will take to recoup the cost, refinancing makes good sense. The second thing you need to consider is the total value of your home. Over the past several years, home assessments and values in certain areas have weakened; it’s important to know if your home’s value may have be affected. If the home appraisal is below your expectations, it may require you to have mortgage insurance (PMI) because the loanto-value on the new loan now might be above 80 percent. With the added expense of mortgage insurance, refinancing may not reduce your mortgage payment as much as you had hoped or be your best option. Interest rates are still near historical lows and we may never see rates this low again in our lifetime. This is a great time to consider refinancing your current home to help you save money. Visit with a qualified mortgage banker, who will provide support and direction to assist you in deciding if there’s a benefit for you to refinance. To visit with Bank of the West about refinancing your home, call 402-918-2607 or visit www.

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Omaha Home: feature 4.

The original aged-green railing from the Omaha Stockyards was used as inspiration for the home's exterior deck railing.


Original Cudahey Packing Company box found at an antique store in Downtown Omaha adds storage in one of the three bedrooms on the main level.


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The wine cellar behind the basement bar features a mural inspired by the Old Market Passageway.


Bar stools around the basement bar are originally from the French Café.

<< an ‘Ode to Omaha’ theme and Scott loved it!” Elliott said. “So we went on the hunt for pieces and toured Downtown Omaha and historical landmarks. Our first find was the corbels that flank the fireplace that were from the City Hall interim building from 1920. Then our ‘picking’ found a piece of the original Stockyards rail, original columns from the French Café building, designs from the Joslyn Castle, etc. We could have built the entire house with reclaimed artifacts but knew H30

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we just needed a ‘touch’ to make a statement.” Many of the artifacts were gathered from Omahan Frank Horeji’s architectural salvage business, local antique stores, and inspirations from historical photos, Elliott said. Elliott and Warren also commissioned local artists through Pearson & Co. in the Shops of Legacy to create tribute art of Omaha for fans to purchase. Warren credits Elliott with doing most of the legwork in tracking down the vintage

items. “Sallie was the great ‘huntress,’ and she did an amazing job! She really nailed it, in putting together those final details! My favorite items that Sallie found are the two concrete corbels from City Hall. And then how we used them turned out magnificent. They are the center point of the great room fireplace; and the legs to the massive custom-built Venetian plaster fireplace surround.”

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Ambassador Apartments Renovation Authentic Details Make Building a Dundee Gem


undee is one neighborhood in Omaha trying to continue

an historic, authentic feel. One Dundee building in particular, brimming with charm and grandeur of old, has succeeded in that effort—the Ambassador Apartments. The 20-unit Spanish Revival building, which sits just south of Dodge Street on 49th, has undergone serious renovations over the past three years. The Ambassador was recently recognized by a regional chapter of Commercial Real Estate Workshop, CREW Midwest, as the 2012 Renovation of the Year. The project was the result of the vision and work of local business people Randy Wheeler, Bob Sadler, Neil Willer, and Carol Jones, who combined their individual expertise to restore the Ambassador Apartments. >>

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Omaha Home: feature << The parties are equal owners of the property and each add a unique talent. Wheeler’s experience is in landscaping, while Willer is a building engineer, Sadler is an electrician, and Jones’ experience is in real estate. The renovations were unique in that they kept many of the aspects of the 84-year-old building while incorporating several new, modern upgrades. Each unit contains modern conveniences, such as a washer/dryer, air conditioning, and modern kitchen appliances. Yet what make this property such a Dundee gem is the Spanish tile roofing, scrolled ironwork, original tile, lighting fixtures, doors and hardware, and parquet floors, in addition to the spectacular entry ways and barrel ceilings. Walking into one of the spacious units you will feel, if for only a quick moment, like you’ve stepped back in time in many ways. “We wanted to maintain the flavor of 1928, in addition to having all of today’s modern conveniences, while creating a beautiful place where people can live,” Wheeler said. During the renovations, the group combined their efforts with local architects from Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture. “They were a big help in how to configure and arrange the apartments, specifically in the kitchens and how we could modernize

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The Art of Giving them and still maintain the historic aspects,” Wheeler explained. Christina Jansen, who is a project designer with Alley Poyner Macchietto, served as a historic consultant on the renovations and said it was a great experience to work with such a rare property. The group also worked with the Omaha Historical Society in its efforts to preserve historical details. “The building is very unique and any opportunity to preserve historic fabric is great,” Jansen said. “We focused on the historic aspects of the building with the goal of salvaging as many of them as possible.” Alley Poyner Macchietto also assisted the group with paperwork for tax credits and financing, which were extremely beneficial to the project, according to Wheeler. The group was drawn to the property largely because of its architectural beauty, as they all share a passion—as do many in Dundee—to maintain an historic feel. “It’s a great location in a great neighborhood and we are very proud and excited for the future of this property,” Wheeler said. “We all had worked on remodeling projects in the past, just nothing on this scale. You definitely had to have faith and a vision with something like this. I’m glad we were able to salvage the building and make the [new residents] living here happy.”

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ft. West Omaha showroom offers all the inspiration you’ll need to design and build the deck of your dreams. The company sells Trex, Timbertech, AZEK, and several other manufacturers’ lines. “In the last [few] years, the [decking products] market has evolved and each vendor now has three to five lines, and within each line, five or six color options,” said owner Charles Graziano. “Deck railings are also available in virtually an unlimited number of options today. We saw a lot of value in being able to have a showroom to display 20 to 30 options.” Deck Pros uses advanced integrated design software, Graziano said. “We can model the customer’s home, model a proposed deck, even animate the scene and add landscaping, a firepit, and other details. They get to see how the design will translate to the finished product.” The Altech location has served the decking firm well, Graziano said. “We wanted to be somewhat centrally located and convenient for our customers. Where we are now, shoppers are able to stop over on their way home from work or after picking up kids…They’re able to come in to browse without having to go far out of their way. And our hours are convenient too. We take evening appointments during the week, and we’re open on Saturdays.” M-F/10-7pm; Sat/9am-1pm 402-690-2195 H34

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NJ&Co 17650 Wright St., Suite #4 Legacy West


ith f u r n is h i n g s , frocks, and finds, NJ&Co

is for everyone and every space. NJ&Co can best be described as an upscale chic shopping experience where customers can shop several small boutiques in one location. This “boutique within a boutique” approach is part of the local attitude that owner-operators Jane White and Nicole Leathers desired for their store. “We offer a shop-local mentality, in which we will partner with local artists, designers, and entrepreneurs to open small boutiques within the larger space,” says Leathers. White and Leathers are actually a mother/ daughter team with an eye for business and a love for unique designs. White had been in retail sales for 30 years, successfully owning and operating five Hallmark stores and two furniture and home accessory stores in Wisconsin. Leathers spent her years after college working in international transportation and logistics as a regional human resources manager for Mervyn’s California stores. When both mother and daughter came to Omaha, they decided that it was time to fulfill the dream they had always had—partnering to open an upscale boutique. And in August 2012, they opened NJ&Co in Legacy West. M-Sat/10am-6pm; Sun/12-4pm 402-502-1962

The Pot & Ladle 8264 Hascall St. Omaha, NE


maha’s only consignment store for those who

love to cook or entertain.” This is how owner MJ Zaremba bills her kitchen store, The Pot & Ladle, which opened in late August. The store carries previously owned quality pots and pans, casual entertaining wear, cutlery, fine china, baking dishes, cookbooks, wall art, and more. Zaremba said her store serves two different customers. “There’s a generation of people now downsizing, and many of them have such nice stuff. People kind of light up when they realize selling it on consignment is an option. It’s easier to let go, knowing [their nice things] will go to someone who will really enjoy and use it. There’s also a lot of younger people who love to cook or entertain. They might want to upgrade from beginner pieces they started with, but they can’t afford buying new at high-end stores. Here, they’ll find really good quality things at wonderful prices.” Zaremba features consigned items for 60 days, then splits the sale price 50/50 with consignors. “If items don’t sell, the consignor has five days to pick them up. If they choose to leave them, the items will be sold at two annual clearance sales. The first is planned for this spring.” Half the money raised will be donated to Youth Emergency Services in Omaha. Tu-F/10am-5:30pm; Sat/10-3pm 402-932-8040

Hockney, right, with Snyder

Spruce Interiors & Gifts 5022 Leavenworth St. Omaha, NE


hen Iowa native Amy

Sporrer moved back to the Midwest, she saw a niche in Omaha’s home décor market. “I owned my own home décor store in Connecticut for 10 years and I couldn’t finding many East Coast products locally,” she said. She opened Spruce Interiors & Gifts on Labor Day weekend. Spruce offers home décor items, from small furniture, lamps and accessories to gifts, frames, and stationary to scarves, jewelry and handbags. “Most items are from East Coast companies that were previously only available online,” Sporrer said. Tori Burch bags, John Robshaw pillows and totes, Nest candles, and Ben’s Garden découpage, to name a few." Sporrer also saw a need for affordable home décor consulting, “I used to do a lot of renovating and flipping houses...redo them and then stage them to sell. I’ve just always had an artistic eye.” Sporrer says she’s available for hire for $45/hr. (one-hour min.) to consult homeowners in need of a little help “sprucing up” their living spaces. Another service Sporrer offers is a gift registry. She's happy to help shoppers choose items from the list or will gladly take orders by phone, and have items wrapped. “I want to make gift-buying as easy as possible, while still keeping it personal." M-F/10am-6pm; Sat/10am-5pm 402-952-4480 www.facebook/pages/Spruce

The Style Bar 8420 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE


SID-certified interior designer Julie Hockney, hair

stylist Lindsey Snyder, and jewelry consultant Georgy Collier have joined forces to offer all three professional services under one roof at The Style Bar, which opened in August. The businesses operate as Julie Hockney Design, Lindsey Snyder Hair Stylist, and GC Gems. “Combining our businesses in one space really just made sense,” Hockney said. “We share the same demographics and rooming together allows us to make referrals to each other in-store.” Customers seem to think The Style Bar makes sense, too, Hockney added. “Visitors often comment, ‘I can’t believe this is all here…This really does work!'" Hockney’s interior design work runs the gamut, from corporate spaces to residential work. Visitors to The Style Bar may stop in for quick tips on décor, or book an appointment for a home interiors consultation. “Once in the store, that customer might decide to book a hair cut and style they’ve been needing with Lindsey, or they may visit with Georgy about how to repurpose a piece of antique jewelry. Mostly, people are just catching word of us,” Hockey said. “People love the energy here and supporting three creative women business owners.” By Appointment 402-490-8995

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Omaha Home: neighborhood profile Story by Molly Garriott • Photos by Jess Ewald -

Country Club The historic neighborhood, tucked between Dundee and Benson, offers quaint charm, convenience, and affordable living.


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rick-laid streets that have resisted asphalt resurfacing.

Old-time globe street lights in lieu of goose-necked halogen lights. All-brick Tudors, with a few stray colonials thrown in for good measure. Meandering roads that invite leisurely drives. These are the hallmarks of the Country Club neighborhood tucked between artsy Benson and traditional Dundee. Country Club’s boundaries technically extend from 52nd to 56th streets and from Blondo to Corby streets, says Matt Herzog, president of the Country Club Community Council. But generally speaking, Country Club connotes a larger area, encompassing homes between Maple and Hamilton streets and 48th to 56th streets. Once outside >>

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Omaha Home: neighborhood profile << of these perimeters, the all-brick houses decrease and rental properties increase. Country Club is popular with homeowners looking for an established neighborhood with charm at a reasonable price point. Peter Manhart, part of the Manhart husband and wife realtor team at CBS/Home, says Country Club offers a good “bang for the buck.” All-brick homes, a rarity in most areas and cost-prohibitive for new construction, abound here. Single-family dwellings with virtually no rental properties are another draw. And Country Club fits the real estate mantra, “Location, location, location” to a T. With its close proximity to downtown, the city’s universities, and thriving arts and entertainment districts like Benson, Dundee, Aksarben, and Midtown Crossing, Country Club is alluring. So are the home prices that run between $130,000 and $275,000. Country Club has a history as old as our city. Once 161.2 acres of John A. Creighton’s farm, it was sold to Omaha Country Club in 1889 for development into a premier golf course. For nearly 35 years, it catered to citizens wishing to escape the bustle of city life


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on the greens of a golf course. However, the city was growing west. So in 1924, OCC sought refuge from an ever-encroaching city by moving to its existing location in the rolling hills north of Immanuel Hospital and selling its land for $150,000. Theodore Metcalfe’s developing company then used the existing slopes of the former golf course to construct affordable homes for Omaha’s growing population. Streets and avenues were wide and lined with ornamental lighting. Despite the Great Depression’s economic woes and World War II, development continued until completion in the late 1940s. What is old now was at one time suburbia. However, Metcalfe strove for diversity of design, shunning cookie-cutter construction typical of developments. Most homes were built in the Tudor style but varied in flavor. There are examples of twin-gabled Tudors as well as French-inspired Tudors with turrets. The all-brick English L-shaped home was also popular. Metcalfe mixed brick with stone for added effect, and slate roofs offered additional architectural character. Today, gracious living abounds in the >>

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Home: maintenance

Omaha Home: neighborhood profile

By Ruth Smith, President, Norm's Door Service

Is it time for a new garage door? Do you have rain, snow, or wind leaking into your garage? Do you have deteriorating or dented sections or feel that the living area above your garage is too cold in the winter? It may be time to consider garage door replacement. A new energy-efficient garage door will not only save you money on heating and cooling costs, but it will add beauty to the overall look of your home. Many garage doors look the same from the outside-however it's the inside construction that counts. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a new garage door: • Be sure to check out the specs of the product, the gauge of the steel, type of insulation and thickness are all factors that contribute to the "R" factor or heat retention of the product. • The "R" factors range from about 3.5R to 18R. The higher the number the better the insulation value. • Windows or glass in the top section can be upgraded to insulated glass rather than single pane to maintain the door's R factor. • The outside perimeter trim is also an important element of the garage door and working with the bottom seal will keep your garage warm and dry and should be part of your door replacement. • Finally, make certain the company you select to do business with is reputable. Check with your local BBB to make sure that you are using a company that will back their products and services. To visit with a Norm's Door Service representative, call 402-331-8920. H40

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Country Club's Metcalfe Park, named for developer Theodore Metcalfe, saw many improvements in 2011.

<< area still. Its strong neighborhood association is in large part responsible. The Country Club Community Council’s mission is “to promote, preserve, and enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood.” Herzog selected Country Club as his neighborhood of choice when he and his wife moved to Omaha from Washington, D.C., with their children because of its innate charm and kid-friendly atmosphere. “Country Club has a great, active vibe despite its age,” asserts Sarah Kaseforth, who has served as CCCC Secretary for over a year. Like the Herzog family, Kaseforth and her husband are transplants, coming to Omaha from Chicago. “Country Club was a standout for us due to the Tudor-style homes, well-maintained yards and streets, and young families seen out walking along the neighborhood streets.” It’s these same young families that make the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Metcalfe Park one of the most popular CCCC-sponsored events. Picture pastel-clad preschoolers searching for spring-hued eggs among the daffodils and sprouting grass while their parents look on, catching up with neighbors after a long winter. Other year-round gatherings further foster this community feel. Every summer, the neighborhood sponsors a community garage sale with unsold items being donated to the Stephen’s Center and the Benson Refugee Task Force. The highlight of the summer, however, is the Labor Day Picnic. It’s like a block party on steroids with bounce houses, face painting, balloon hats, and plenty of food and drink. But perhaps the most beloved tradition, says Herzog, is the Winter Luminary Event. Residents place luminaries along their walkways and neighborhood sidewalks, effectively lighting up some the longest, darkest nights of the year with the soft glow of candlelight. Complimentary trolley rides for both residents and the general public tour the avenues during this festive time. It’s like traveling back in time to when the neighborhood was first established. An anchor of the area is Metcalfe Park, which underwent a much-needed renovation in 2011. On any given day, you can walk by the park and see young girls in hijabs swinging with recent refugees from Africa and Myanmar, a testament to the area’s melting pot character. Perhaps what encapsulates the spirit of the neighborhood is this simple story of kindness. After the birth of their first child this past summer, Kaseforth and her husband were overwhelmed by the generosity of their neighbors, even those with whom they just shared a wave and passing “hello.” Cards and gifts poured in as soon as young Trent was born. Says Kaseforth: “It is a great feeling to know that my neighbors care about my family. Coming from a large city, this type of gesture is unheard of!” (402) 709-0970

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Home: d•i•y project Story by Michelle Rice • Photos by Scott Drickey

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d•i•y Pool Table Restoration


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ith a standard-size pool table in his Bennington

home basement, Steve Persigehl is known to enjoy a few games of nine-ball with friends on a Friday night. And though his stick skills might not wow guests (he admittedly is no pool shark), the antique table and the story behind it quite often impress.




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Steve’s great grandfather, a Danish immigrant farmer who settled in Wayne County, Neb., purchased the 4x8-ft. Brunswick table second-hand in the 1920s as a gift to his teenage son, Bill. The table sat in the family’s farmhouse basement for years until Bill married and moved it to his first house just outside of Pilger, Neb., in the ‘30s. From there, the table meandered through the family, spending time at several relatives' homes, including a time in the ‘80s in Steve’s own childhood home on an acreage in Stanton, Neb. Upon buying his own first home in Omaha in ‘96, Steve began asking around to find the pool table’s whereabouts. He found it—“in pieces, covered in dust and cobwebs, leaning against the wall of a barn”—at his uncle’s place in Wayne County, where it had sat for a decade. The table’s heavy wood base and side rails were beat up, its black veneer stripped off in many spots. Its leather pockets were weathered beyond repair. The felt was filthy and holey, having served as a nesting ground for countless mice. But the three heavy slate slabs that formed the table bed were in decent shape, Steve said, and there appeared to be hope for a restoration. Steve got to work reassembling and repainting the table base a flat black, stripping and restaining the rails, and filling the chipped slate with rock-hard water putty. “Assembling the slabs—a couple hundred pounds each—and leveling the table were probably the hardest parts,” he said. He found “vintage-looking” pockets and new felt at Alkar Billiards, and re-felted the table himself. Some sweat, a few weekends, and about $350 later, he had himself a working table. Today, Steve’s kids are the fifth generation to enjoy playing on the family heirloom. Though the table has many imperfections (including a missing Brunswick brass nameplate), this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, he said. “It has a dead spot in one of the cushions on the rail. And there’s a little bit of a table roll in one corner. But I know where they are… and it gives me a bit of an advantage,” he jokes. The best thing about the table? “It belonged to my grandpa, one of my favorite people,” Steve said.

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hen you find a home with a fabulous foot-

print, in a great neighborhood, with an excellent view—but the style just doesn’t match your taste—take heart, all is not lost…a redesign is in order! And that is precisely what our clients did. After meeting years ago through friends, our client and Beth Settles, Allied Member ASID, and professional interior designer with Interiors Joan and Associates, reconnected with a mission. Stage by stage, space by space, the home with a fabulous footprint underwent a redesign, and upon its recent completion…there is no doubt that it is now oozing with style! Beginning in the kitchen, then installing wall coverings and window treatments, little projects here and there were completed one at a time until the entire home boasted a new look. The laundry room was gutted completely, but otherwise refinishing and refurnishing proved to be the necessary steps to set the backdrop for a modern, glitzy style as opposed to a drippy, traditional one. Never losing sight of the focus, to create a sophisticated, comfortable modern design, the traditional home was slowly transformed to more accurately reflect our clients’ taste and lifestyle. Replacing the dated, traditional feel in the home with a darker, glitzier, more opulent style without truly moving walls, proves that homes can be renovated without the stress and hassle of demolition and reconstruction. The home’s hearth room features a dramatic coffered ceiling detail, completed with a glass shard paint treatment. The cherry built-in cabinets were glazed over with a custom metallic finish, and the bricks were also faux finished, instead of ripping them >>

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Transformations is a regular feature of Omaha Home that spotlights a recent project by a local ASID interior designer. The copy and photos are provided by the designer. Homeowners’ names may be withheld for privacy. 1.


A plush tonal animal skin velvet sectional and stylish chairs provide maximum seating in this smaller space. The lower level comes alive with a color palette of chocolate, pumpkin, and citrus green.

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Omaha Home: transformations << out and replacing them. This color palette of platinum, charcoal, graphite, and citrine encompasses the space, providing a sleek, modern design. Wall covering and a custom plush pile rug complete the striking space. The kitchen’s existing cabinets were white, until Settles and her team applied an olive green glaze, highlighted with metallic bronze. Custom glasswork in the two cabinet doors flanking the cooktop adds an artistic element, and a black and silver metallic tile backsplash all complement the home’s original dark granites. A bar nearby was also refinished in silver leaf to meld with the home’s new look. A den, cocooned in cherry wood, was given a lesson in contrast. The wood, including built-in cabinetry, paneling and a coffered detail ceiling, was all glazed with a custom espresso finish. Grass cloth was applied to the walls and the ceiling, creating a pleasing contrast between light and dark. Pops of pomegranate were incorporated in the upholstered seating and custom draperies. A hair-on-hide and leather desk chair and sculptural accessories complete the stately space. The room’s entire palette was designed around our clients’ own artwork. Dove gray, platinum, eggplant, lime, and accents of bronze play well together, creating an opulent color palette in the master suite. A glass shard ceiling treatment emulates a starry sky above the suite’s glamorous furnishings. Mirrored accents on the nightstands and lamps enhance the room’s glitzy feel. An adjacent sitting area is perfectly appointed with posh chaise lounges, luxurious window treatments and a ritzy, glittering see-through fireplace. The magnificent master bath taps into the latest in plumbing technology. Digital plumbing fixtures by MOEN were specified in the shower to eliminate a visual tangle of faucets and handles. A simple digital control pad controls the on/off, body sprays, heads, and handheld. These settings for temperature and water pressure can apply to a combination of the spray options, or an independent water feature…and the control pad can be programmed with the preferences for multiple users. The ultimate in a “his and hers” bath. The same fixtures are repeated for the air tub’s spout and handheld. When asked what set this project apart, Settles replied that the pace at which the project was completed, one space at a time over a period of a few years and allowing H46

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Chaise lounges upholstered in eggplant and lime provide the perfect spot to curl up and enjoy the glittering seethrough fireplace.


Refinished built-in cabinetry and the glazed brick fireplace completely transform this hearth room. A custom area








A glass shard ceiling sparkles like the night sky above this master suite.

The perfectly

appointed bed features custom bedding with platinum accents on the bedding banding and euro shams.

our clients to complete each space in its entirety, was literally a refreshing “change of pace” from the typical project that rockets into overdrive to be completed as soon as possible. “Our clients were interested and invested in making their home spectacular… and their trust in my design concepts allowed us to take this project beyond the finish line. The end result is fabulous, functional and wholly completed from floor to ceiling,” Settles said. In the end, it was all worth the wait. 5.

This master bath features digital plumbing fixtures, glittering glass tiles, black galaxy granites, and a silver wall covering with a linear glass bead design.


Perfect for entertaining, this gaming area welcomes guests with an elegant billiards table, plush seating and a custom wall mural, depicting meaningful scenes for our clients and their family.


Existing white cabinets were glazed with an olive green and bronze finish, instantly injecting opulence into the space. Art glass gives the cabinets flanking the cooktop an interesting design detail.


A silver leaf finish elevates this bar’s style, giving the cabinetry a glamorous, modern look.





grass cloth wall covering, pomegranate upholstery, and sculptural accessories give this den a stately elegance.

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Omaha Home: hot products Photos by John Gawley

Tabletop Treasures for the Holidays Artland Brocade Amber glassware. High ball glass, $11.95; Tumbler,

$11.49; Martini glass, $13.49; Wine glass, $13.49; Goblet, $13.49; Shaker, $22.49. Available at Parmida Home, Midtown Crossing, 32nd & Farnam.

S ilve r le a f pl ace ca r d holders , set of

Holi day bread loaves. Challah bread,

four $24.95. Available at Tweed Couch, Rockbrook Village, 108th & W. Center Rd.

upon request, and Christmas bread, in-store $2, make beautiful, edible table centerpieces. Available at Rotella's Italian Bakery, 6949 S. 108th St., La Vista.

Shiny zinc ball ornament, large $10; 6" Glacia net ball, $20; Essaim antique silver ornament, $22; Jingle bell burlap ribbon, $24; Balon glass bowl, $153. Available at Pearson & Co., The Shops of Legacy, 168th & W. Center Rd.


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Traditional evergreen bough

with holiday accents, $60. Available at Taylor's Flower Shop and Greenhouse, 12330 K Plz., Ste. 113. Cathedral silver candlesticks

with hurricane glass, 30" $164.95, 34" $194.95. Available at Tweed Couch, Rockbrook Village, 108th & W. Center Rd.

Casafina stoneware plate

in "Merdain," $16.99; GC Chargers, set of four $181.49; Blossom cloth napkin, $9.99; Napkin ring by Bodrum, $9.99. Available at Parmida Home, Midtown Crossing, 32nd & Farnam.

Pinecone tealight holders , $11.75 each; Reindeer Moss

accent, $13.50 Available at Voila! Blooms and Decor in Dundee, 4922 Dodge St.

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Guitarist “Hillbilly Hal” Cottrell performs for a group of seniors at Corrigan Heights senior apartments in Omaha.

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or many elderly citizens, living in

a retirement community or a nursing home can be a lonely existence, what with being cut off from family, old friends, and—what sometimes seems like—the outside world. Several factors can keep someone from being able to leave the senior facility, whether it be physical immobility or mental functioning, which can often inhibit residents from

being able to enjoy the leisure activities they used to—going to movies, visiting with people in the community, or watching musical performances. But one nonprofit organization is dedicated to brightening the lives of those very seniors by bringing the music and laughter to them. Merrymakers Association began serving seniors in nursing homes in 1986 after a local entertainer met

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with a group of Omaha businessmen to form the organization. Slowly but surely, this effort to provide the elderly with live, musical entertainment grew. Today, Merrymakers serves more than 40,000 seniors with free, musical entertainment annually. In 2012 alone, more than 100 facilities received Merrymakers musical programming. Most senior facilities have a limited budget for activities for their residents; the cost of providing entertainment can use up most of the activities budget. In addition, many facilities have seen a dramatic decline in the number of musicians available to provide free or affordable entertainment for their residents. This is why Merrymakers never charges for their performances, and instead relies on donations from the community. Merrymakers is all about fun in Executive Director Tricia Cottrell’s view. “While there are many wonderful and caring individuals and groups, who are willing to give their time and talent at senior-serving entities by volunteering to perform, we ‘take it up a notch’ by making sure our entertainers are trained professionals, who are in demand in the community at large,” she says. “We make a specific effort to provide the seniors with the music of their youth—to bring back the memories of that first dance at their wedding, the song they heard at their senior prom, or the one they sang to the children.” Cottrell has been leading Merrymakers for the last two-and-a-half years. After a long career in business, she made the switch to nonprofit work. “I am a musician myself— third generation of the now five generation of musicians in my family…I love working with creative people and have a strong interest in seniors and their well-being. [Merrymakers] was a perfect fit for me…I have jokingly said I intend to still be leading the organization when I am living at one of the facilities we service.” Cottrell’s very first “mission moment” occurred when a resident’s daughter thanked Merrymakers for the performance of WWII songs. “Her mother had severe dementia and had become disconnected from much of what was happening, but she sang all the words

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to the songs of her youth. Our performance allowed this daughter to have her mother present in the moment for the entire hour, and that is a gift I would gladly give anyone.” Like many in Merrymakers, Cottrell knows that music is often used with the elderly to increase levels of physical, emotional, and mental functioning. The sensory and intellectual stimulation of the music can help maintain or improve a person’s quality of life. “How a community treats their elders is an indicator of the health of the community as a whole. If we warehouse people and treat them as useless, we make a statement about what we value,” asserts Cottrell. “While the arts may not be as critical as health care, housing, or food, we truly believe that we provide sustenance for the mind and for the soul of these seniors and that their feelings of joy are just as critical to their well-being.” Merrymakers is home to 14 professional entertainers of all ages and backgrounds with their own unique styles of performance. Two such performers include vocalist and guitarist Kim Eames and vocalist Physha. Kim Eames has been with Merrymakers for eight years now. She got involved after another entertainer, Joe Taylor (a.k.a. “Mr. Memories”), who has been there for 18 years, had her audition. “I was the only female at that time,” she says. “They had four men, and they were looking to gather up some female entertainers.” Born and raised in Omaha, Eames has been performing for 40 years. After getting her first guitar at age 11, Eames threw herself into the musical world, playing weddings, private parties, lounges, and even heading out on the road. Since then, she has gained a performance reputation in Omaha after having performed at La Festa Italiana, Taste of Omaha, and other shows for businesses and corporations. Eames likes to play different kinds of music. “My music usually spans from the 1920s to early 2000s, which allows me to play so many different things. I don’t call myself a country singer or a ‘50s singer. I try not to pinpoint any genre.” Eames says that because an audience is always filled with different

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people, a performer can’t play one kind of music because it will only hit a few people. During her time with Merrymakers, Eames has heard her fair share of good memories from audience members. “I love hearing about their lives—what they did and who they are. A guy I met played in the brass section for Dinah Shore, and a woman I met danced for USO shows and knew Bob Hope personally… I love these unique stories. It’s amazing what you hear. I always come home with a lot more than I left with.” Like Eames, vocalist Physha loves hearing stories and getting to meet the residents in her audience. “[A few months ago], I sang for a lady named Mary, who was 105 years old,” she says. “She said to me that those were tunes she hadn’t gotten to hear in some time. To see someone who has lived their life—who has paved the way from their time—respond like that…just the effect of music bringing them back to that time is an indescribable feeling.” Physha has been with Merrymakers for a little more than two years. “I started a


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business called Classic Impressions Musical Entertainment a couple years ago, and I had been going to retirement communities to perform. Tricia Cottrell happened to be visiting the retirement community where I was performing one night. She saw my show and asked if I’d want to be a Merrymaker.” Although she has only been performing for two years with Merrymakers, Physha is no stranger to the entertainment industry. After having been a model from a young age, she performed in musicals and with bands all over the Midwest. “I was born and raised here, so I’ve always come back to my stomping grounds.” Physha likes to engage her audience during her performances. “I make sure they’re having a good time with me, so I’ll bring hand instruments like tambourines to get them involved.” As for her music, she generally performs songs from any genre between the 1920s and current time, but she bases her performances around her audience. “Ninety-five percent of

my audience is in retirement communities, so my music is really about what they want to hear. I love seeing them smile as they tap their toes and sing along. To see that in the height of Alzheimer’s and dementia is truly amazing.” Physha believes music is a universal language that brings people together and always has. “Everyone can relate to music,” she adds. Merrymakers hold performances yearround at many different locations. They will also hold their Annual Roast on Nov. 8 with Sid Dinsdale, President and Chairman of Pinnacle Bank, as the guest of honor. Some of the past honorees at the Annual Roast include Governor Ben Nelson, Mayor Mike Fahey, Mary Maxwell, Bruce Lauritzen, and Walter Scott. The event will take place at Embassy Suites La Vista from 6-9pm, and all proceeds will go to help Merrymakers Association’s mission.

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64th Annual Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Gala CenturyLink Center Omaha November 3 Children’s Hospital & Medical Center presents their 64th Annual Gala, themed “Miracles Come in All Sizes,” in November at the CenturyLink Center. The evening will include cocktails, a silent auction, raffle winners, dinner, a live auction, and live entertainment. “[The Children’s Gala] gives us a unique opportunity not only to raise significant funds to support the needs of our patients and their families, but also to showcase the leading edge pediatric care that Children’s provides,” said Roger Lewis, Executive Director of the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation. New this year is the availability of text bidding, which will allow guests to bid on auction items from their phones throughout the night. This year’s entertainer is Nathan Pacheco. Touted as the “voice of the century” by Yanni, Nathan blends an operatic voice with crossover pop in the mode of Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. Honorary Chairs are Michael and Shelley Homa; and Co-Chairs are Kathy Beck and Mary Wilson. The Friends Board President is Christine Nikunen. All proceeds from the event benefit the Fetal Care Center at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in affiliation with Alegent Creighton Health. $2,700 patron table (10 seats), $1,700 friend table (10 seats), $270 patron individual, $170 friend individual. 455 N. 10th St. 6pm. For more information, visit or call 402-955-6851.

The 2011 Milagro Winners from left to right - Dr. Greg Babbe, Dr. David R. Crotzer, John Cavanaugh, Dr. Robert Fitzgibbons, and Beth Llewellyn

2012 Milagro Dinner Historic Livestock Exchange Building November 8 The 2012 OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. annual Milagro fundraising dinner will take place in November at the Historic Livestock Exchange in the 10th floor ballroom. The evening will begin at 6pm with a social hour. Dinner will follow at 7pm with keynote speaker Dr. Virginia Moon speaking shortly thereafter. Each year the Milagro (the Spanish word for “miracle”) dinner recognizes the significance of contributions made by volunteers and partnering organizations. This year’s award recipients include: Advanced Radiology, Dr. David Chait, Dr. David Williams, Dr. Thomas Lanspa, Kathy Gorss, and Kellie Harry, JD. Special Honorees will include Senators Gwen Howard, Bob Krist, Steve Lathrop, Heath Mello, and Jeremy Nordquist for their work on passing LB599, which restored prenatal care for all Nebraska women. Established in 1970, OneWorld Community Health Centers provides culturally respectful, quality health care with special attention to the underserved. OneWorld is a federally qualified community health center (FQHC) and provides comprehensive primary health care, dental, and mental health/ substance abuse services to persons in all stages of the life cycle. 4920 S. 30th St. 6pm. For more information, visit www.oneworldomaha. org or call 402-502-8854.

Top: A record crowd of 1,050 attended the 2011 Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Gala. Bottom: Grammy Award-winning artist Kenny Loggins entertained at the 2011 Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Gala.


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Heartland Family Service’s Salute to Families – Nebraska Happy Hollow Club November 15 Heartland Family Service, a nonprofit that aims to strengthen families in the community, sponsors Family Week of Iowa and Nebraska, proclaimed annually by the State’s governors during Thanksgiving Week. This year, Family Week is celebrated Nov. 18-24. The Salute to Families Celebration is the annual Heartland Family Service Family Week event. Local families will be honored for their strong family life, community service, and leadership. This year, all past Leadership Honorees will be recognized for their significant contributions to the community, as well as the Kelli and Jerry Joseph family, the Betty and Bob Dorr family, the Pat Borrink family, and Bob Rogers, Jr. The Heartland Family Service Salute to Families award program was established in 1982 to provide a positive message about family life. The general public submits nominations for Salute to Families awards. To nominate, persons need only call for a nomination form, write a simple paragraph, and mail it to Heartland Family Service. $40 adults, $15 children. Happy Hollow Club, 1701 S. 105th St. 6pm. For more information, visit or call 402-552-7447.

Top: Guests shop boutique items at the 2011 HoliDazzle Bottom: Meteorologist Melissa Hoeman, Anchor-Reporter Melisa Fry, and Reporter-Producer Ann McIntire model fashions at the 2011 HoliDazzle

2012 HoliDazzle Omaha Marriott November 15

Top: Borrink Family Middle: Dorr Family Bottom: Joseph Family

The Nebraska Children’s Home Society Family Guild presents HoliDazzle 2012 this November at the Omaha Marriott. The evening features fabulous boutique shopping, holiday-inspired festivities, and a Younkers’ Fashion Show, featuring Miss Nebraska Mariah Cook and other local celebrities! Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a complimentary drink. “NCHS’ HoliDazzle will most certainly be an extraordinary event that you won’t want to miss this year,” says Beth Pantano, who will co-chair the event with Marilyn Chollett. “Like last year, we are featuring a wide array of vendors, a fabulous silent auction, and a fashion show that will appeal to all that attend. This year, we have a special treat, as a renowned young vocalist will be performing a selection of winter-themed songs during the affair. Please join us for an evening you will not soon forget!” The 2012 HoliDazzle supports Nebraska Children’s Home Society, which provides statewide pregnancy, parenting, adoption, post-adoption, foster care, early childhood, and community outreach services. NCHS’ mission is to provide safe and loving care to children of all ages. $40 in advance, $45 at the door. 10220 Regency Cir. 6-9pm. For more information, visit or call 402-451-0787. november/december  •  2012


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Wicker & Wine Basket Auction 2012 Who: Supports Lutheran Family Services What: Cocktails, appetizers, and auction Where: Mid-America Center – Council Bluffs, 1 Arena Way When: 5-7:30pm

For more information, visit www. or call 402-978-5654.

November 1-2 Santa’s Preview

Who: Supports Clarkson Service League What: Cocktail reception and holiday shopping Where: UNMC Clarkson Tower in the Storz Pavilion When: Th/7am-4pm; F/7am-3pm.

For more information, call 402-559-4197.

November 2

2012 Fall Festivity Who: Supports Angels Among Us What: Silent auction, dinner, and music Where: Harrah’s – Council Bluffs, 1 Harrah’s Blvd. When: 5:30

When: W/5-7pm; Th/10am-8pm

For more information, visit www.omaha.assistanceleague. org or call 402-342-3113.

November 8

4th Annual Raise the Roof Gala Who: Supports Habitat for Humanity Omaha What: Honoring individuals who have helped Habitat Omaha Where: Harper Ballroom, Creighton University campus When: 10am-1pm

For more information, visit or call 402-457-5657.

November 8-9

13th Annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference Who: Supports Latino/Hispanic community and scholarships What: Community Service Awards and keynote speakers Where: Omaha Hilton, 1001 Cass St. When: Th/12pm-8pm; F/7:30am-11pm

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7th Annual PHenomenal Hope for a Cure Who: Supports Pulmonary Hypertension Association What: Brunch and auction Where: DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Dr. When: 10am-1pm

For more information, call 402-212-1904.

November 7

Purses 4 Paws Who: Supports Nebraska Humane Society What: Wine and hor d’oeuvres, silent auction Where: The Market Basket, 911 S. 87th Ave. When: 5:30-7:30pm

2012 TeamMates Tailgate Who: Supports TeamMates What: Annual fundraiser Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy When: 6-9pm

For more information, visit www. or call 402-323-6252.

November 9-11

3rd Annual Quilt & Fiber Art Exhibit

Who: Supports Lauritzen Gardens Guild What: Quilt and fiber art show Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. When: 9am-5pm

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For more information, visit or call 402-346-4002.

November 7-8

Merrymakers Annual Roast Who: Supports Merrymakers Association

39th Annual Christmas Caravan Who: Supports Assistance League of Omaha What: Tour of four Skyline Ranches private homes, decorated for the holidays


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What: Roast of Sid Dinsdale, President and Chairman of Pinnacle Bank Where: Embassy Suites La Vista,

12520 Westport Pkwy When: 6-9pm

For more information, visit or call 402-697-0205. Salute to Families–Iowa Who: Supports Heartland Family Service What: Honors eight local families Where: Mid-America Center – Council Bluffs, 1 Arena Way When: 6pm

For more information, visit www.heartlandfamilyservice. org or call 712-435-5350.

November 15

Creating Futures Scholarship Dinner Who: Supports Omaha Christian Academy What: Dinner and keynote speaker Where: DoubleTree Downtown Omaha, 1616 Dodge St. When: 6:30pm

For more information, visit www.

December 1

Night of a Thousand Stars 2012

Who: Supports Nebraska AIDS Project What: Celebrating 20 years of Stars and recognizing World Aids Day Where: Magnolia Hotel, 1615 Howard St. When: 9pm-12am

For more information, visit or call 402-552-9260.

December 13

2012 PRSA Nebraska Awards Gala

Who: Supports PRSA Nebraska Chapter What: Celebrating the “Mad Hatters” of PR Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy When: 6-9pm

For more information, visit or call 402-651-3078.

December 27

Debutante Ball for the Omaha Symphony Who: Supports Omaha Symphony Guild What: Honoring young men and women for their volunteerism Where: Embassy Suites LaVista, 12520 Westport Pkwy

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Paula Kuebler, Connie Cavel, Archbishop George J. Lucas, Sandra Suiter, Mary Lynn Bennett, Jane Knobbe, Mary Mimick, Marsha Stewart, and Cheryl Zoucha

Catholic School Educators Honored at Archbishop’s Dinner for Education


he Archdiocese of Omaha honored eight outstanding educators in September at the 35th Annual Archbishop’s Dinner for Education, which was held at the Embassy Suites La Vista. A crowd of more than 900 celebrated Catholic education while paying tribute to eight of the Archdiocese’s finest educators. Catholic schools (K-12) located within the Archdiocese of Omaha educate more than 20,000 students each year in 17 high schools and 56 elementary schools and require an annual budget of $110 million to operate the 73 schools. In January of each year, schools and parishes throughout the archdiocese submit nominations for Educator of the Year Awards. Nominations are reviewed by an Honoree Selection Committee, which selects eight teachers and administrators, who demonstrate a strong personal commitment to Catholic education and give service above and beyond the ordinary. The eight selected educators are then honored at the Archbishop’s Dinner for Education the following fall and receive a $5,000 award. This year’s honorees have a combined experience that totals more than 186 years of dedication to educational excellence. They embody the service, dedication, and professionalism of so many educators who give so much to the youth they educate. “I appreciate all the honorees, event organizers, and dinner supporters for their commitment to Catholic education,” said Archbishop George Lucas. Administrators of the Year Cheryl Zoucha, St. Bonaventure, Columbus Sandra Suiter, St. Robert Bellarmine, Omaha

Educators of the Year – Elementary Jane Knobbe, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, West Point Mary Mimick, St. Wenceslaus, Omaha

Educators of the Year – Secondary Marsha Stewart, Norfolk Catholic, Norfolk Connie Cavel, Marian High School, Omaha

Educators of the Year – Special Education and Inner City Paula Kuebler, St. Augustine Indian Mission, Winnebago Mary Lynn Bennett, Madonna School, Omaha

Chairpersons for the 2012 Archbishop’s Dinner for Education were Katie and Sean Mullen. Proceeds from the event are used to provide scholarships for families in need and are matched by the Children’s Scholarship Fund of New York.

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ADA supporters participate in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes 2012

One of the many classic cars registered for Cruise for the Kids

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes 2012

2nd Annual Cruise for the Kids

Courtesy of American Diabetes Association


round 250 Nebraska and western Iowa residents joined the movement to Stop Diabetes by participating in the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. More than $60,000 was raised and will be used to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. “Thanks to the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment of our walkers, volunteers, and sponsors, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes was a resounding success,” said Aaron Dauel, Step Out Manager. “The money raised will help change the future of diabetes.”

Courtesy of Assistance League of Omaha


he Assistance League of Omaha (ALO) hosted its 2nd Annual “Cruise for the Kids” classic car parade down Dodge Street in August. Omaha police escorted over 70 cars as they started at Burke High School and rendezvoused at Rick’s Café Boatyard for live music, food, and fun. This year’s parade included a 1938 Ford Packard, a ’66 Pontiac GTO, a 1991 Mercedes Benz, and a 1934 Ford Pickup. Omaha Rock Company provided free, live music for the public to enjoy while admiring the classics. All proceeds funded ALO’s program “Operation School Bell,” which will clothe more than 3,600 Omaha schoolchildren this year.

Completely KIDS Board President Mary Johnson, Honorary Chairs Bruce and Deb Grewcock, Executive Director Penny Parker, General Co-Chairs Catherine Mahoney and Anne Medlock, and Completely KIDS Guild President Brenda Christensen

Harold Pharoah, with People’s Choice Award winners Ron and Wanda Halvorson

Big Red Tailgate

Cruisin’ for a Cure 2012

Courtesy of Completely KIDS Guild


he Completely KIDS Guild held their annual Big Red Tailgate in September at the Ramada Omaha. The event raised more than $275,000 for Completely KIDS, an Omaha nonprofit that addresses the needs of the child through youth development, nutrition, academic, and family programs. More than 360 Husker fans and Completely KIDS supporters enjoyed a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, and live auction with emcee Travis Justice. Special guests included former Huskers Rik Bonness, Steve Knapp, Zach Wiegert, Jon Zatechka, and Rob Zatechka. Honorary Chairs were Deb and Bruce Grewcock.


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he 2nd Annual Cruisin’ for a Cure Omaha, partnered with Methodist Hospital Foundation, drew hundreds for prostate cancer awareness. During this year’s show, 90 cars were on display and over 150 free PSA tests were given. Media personality Dave Webber sung the National Anthem and was this year’s event announcer. The winner of the People’s Choice Award was Ron & Wanda Halvorson of Gretna, Neb. Their Buick Woody Station Wagon was awarded the favorite car of the 2012 Cruisin’ for a Cure Omaha car show. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.


Brew HaHA Co-Chairs Erin Swanson & Joel Russell. Photo by Images by TLC, Terry L. Cue

Brew HaHA Co-Chairs Franny High & Bill Wardell. Photo by Images by TLC, Terry L. Cue

Lt. Gen. Leo W. Smith, Christi Janssen, Kyle Robino, Phyllis Choat, and VADM C.R. “Bob” Bell

On Track Guild Luncheon

6th Annual Brew HaHa

Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Omaha


abitat for Humanity Omaha’s 6th Annual Brew HaHa, organized by Habitat Omaha’s Young Professionals Group (HOYP), drew over 1,000 attendees to Stinson Park at Aksarben Village in September. The event showcased craft and locally brewed beer, as well as food from area restaurants Taste and Greenbelly. Over $75,000 was raised to support Habitat Omaha and HOYP’s goal of raising $100,000 in 2012. Event Chairs were Franny and Bill Wardell, Erin Swanson, and Joel Russell; Honorary Brewmasters were Amber and Brian Fahey and Haley and Jamie Walker.

Courtesy of Durham Museum


ver 325 guests attended the Durham Museum’s On Track Guild Luncheon—themed “Brass, Boots, Buttons & Braids, An American Soldier”—and raised over $60,000 for the museum. The morning started with a tour of the Worn with Pride: Americans in Uniform exhibit. General Chair Kyle Robino opened the luncheon with the Pledge of Allegiance. Following the lunch, Honorary Chairs VADM C. R. “Bob” Bell and Lt. Gen. Leo W. Smith II spoke about some of the highlights and experiences of their former military careers. Bell graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and Smith from United States Military Academy.

Mogens and Cindy Bay, Joan Squires, Denise Bartels, Michelle and Ryan Clark

Abi Fallah, Rod Laible, and Machelle Kenton

Broadway Ball 2012

An Evening at the Fair

Courtesy of Omaha Performing Arts


he 2012 Broadway Ball themed “Together We Shine” was a success in September at the Holland Performing Arts Center, raising $450,000 for Omaha Performing Arts’ Education and Community Involvement Programs. Nearly 400 people attended the benefit to hear Nebraska native Tanner Pflueger—a former Billy Elliot in both London’s West End and on Broadway—talk about OPA’s education opportunities, as well as watch a special performance by Tony Award®-winner Sutton Foster. Honorary Chairs for the event were Cindy and Mogens Bay, and Event Chairs were Michelle and Ryan Clark.

Courtesy of Quality Living Inc.


LI’s “An Evening at the Fair” welcomed a crowd of 700+ to the CenturyLink Center in September. Unlike any other fundraiser in the metro, the county fair-themed event drew rave reviews from returning and new fairgoers for its creativity, fun, laid-back atmosphere, and overall theme. No tables were assigned, and fairgoers came and went as they pleased while enjoying live entertainment, a large array of fair-themed games and activities, and fun food. There were no speakers, no silent auctions, and no suits and ties. Honorary Chairs were Lori and David Scott; Chairs were Carly and Jessica Turner; and Co-Chair was Jami Heideman. november/december  •  2012


Omaha cover feature Story by Leo Adam Biga • Photos by Scott Drickey and Bill Sitzmann, and provided by Jacob Hausman

Iraq War Vet

Jacob Hausman One battles PTSD And Man’s Finds Peace Journey home to help others


rowing up in Beatrice,

Neb., Jacob “Jake” Hausman harbored a childhood dream of serving in the U.S. military. Both his grandfathers and an uncle served. He volunteered for the Army in 2002 and upon completing the rite of passage known as basic training, he finally realized his long-held dream. He made it as an infantryman, too, meaning he’d joined the “hardcore” ranks of the all-gutsand-no-glory grunts who do the dirty work of war on the ground. >> november/december  •  2012


Omaha cover feature Jacob, age 7, playing soldier at his childhood home in Beatrice, Neb., 1991.

<< By the time his enlistment ended three years later, Hausman earned a combat service badge during a year’s deployment in Iraq. He participated in scores of successful missions targeting enemy forces. He saw comrades in arms, some of them close friends, die or incur lifethreatening wounds. He survived, but there were things he saw and did he couldn’t get out of his mind. Physical and emotional battle scars began negatively impacting his quality of life back home. Headaches. Ringing in the ears. Dizziness. Nightmares. Panic attacks. Irritability. Depression. Anxiety. Certain sounds bothered him. He felt perpetually on edge and on high alert, as if still patrolling the hostile streets of Mosul or Fallujah. With his fight-or-flight response system stuck in overdrive, he slept only fitfully. A relationship he started with a woman ended badly. Jacob, age 20, ready for action in Fallujah, Iraq, 2004. He lived in his parents’ basement, unemployed, isolating himself except Stryker combat vehicle he was in absorbed an for beer-soaked nights out that saw him drink IED (improvised explosive device) blast that to oblivion in order to escape or numb the knocked him unconscious. Studies confirm anguish he felt inside. No one but his fellow ever-stronger charges like that one caused vets knew the full extent of his misery. many more such injuries as the Iraq and With things careening out of control, Afghanistan conflicts wore on. Injuries Hausman sought professional help. Hardly to of this type often went undetected or his own surprise, he was diagnosed with Post unreported in the past. Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Anyone It was because of these diagnoses that who’s endured trauma is prone to develop it. Hausman became a casualty among returnSustained exposure to combat makes soldiers ing veterans. Some estimates put their numparticularly vulnerable. Not all combat vetbers with PTSD and/or TBI at a quarter of erans are diagnosed with PTSD, but nearly a million. Statistics alone don’t tell the story. a one-third are. In each case, an individual experiences disWhat did surprise Hausman was learnruptive symptoms that make adjusting to ing he’d suffered a traumatic brain injury civilian life difficult. The suicide rate among (TBI). In retrospect, it made sense because the this group is high.


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I craved being a part of something bigger than what I was, and [the infantry] really gave it to me. . Jacob The scope of this health care crisis has strained U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ resources. In some locales, benefit claims are months behind schedule. Nebraska’s VA system has largely kept pace with demand. Hausman’s own claim was expedited quickly. He was found to be 90 percent disabled. Six years after starting a VA treatment regimen of counseling and medication to address his PTSD issues, along with physical therapy to mitigate his TBI symptoms, his life has turned around. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bellevue University. He’s gainfully employed today as a veterans service representative at the Lincoln VA. He also does outreach work with vets. He recently married the former Kendra Koch of Beatrice, and the couple reside in a home in Papillion. They adopted a Lab-Golden Retriever mix dog, Lucy, from a rescue animal shelter. Kendra’s an animal lover like Jacob, who with his mother, Gayla Hausman, and his friend, Matthew Brase, own and operate the foundation Voice for Companion Animals.

Throughout his active duty Army tenure, Jake carried inside his Kevlar helmet a photo of his favorite adolescent companion, a Chihuahua named Pepe. Not long after Jake’s return from Iraq, the dog took sick and had to be put down. Jacob and Kendra are seriously considering starting a family. Emotional and physical challenges persist for him, but he now has tools to manage them. No longer stuck in the past, he lives one day at a time to the fullest and looks ahead to realizing some dreams. Contentment seemed impossible when he was in the depths of his malaise. His is only one man’s story, but his recovery illustrates PTSD and TBI need not permanently debilitate someone. He’s certainly not the same Jake Hausman who joined the Army a decade ago. “I came back a completely different person. I had so much life experience,” he says. Good and bad. If nothing else, it matured him. His views on the military and war have changed. He’s not bitter, but he is wizened beyond his 28 years, and he wants people to know just how personal and final the cost of waging war is. He also wants fellow vets to know the VA is their friend.

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ike a lot of young people, Hausman had a romantic view of soldiering. He saw it as a ticket out of his small town to find thrills and see the world. “People live in Beatrice for a 100 years. It’s like my grandpa lived here, my mom lived here, and I’m going to live here, and I didn’t want that for myself. I struggled at school, I didn’t succeed, I was in trouble with the law, I didn’t have a bright future. And the Army at least promised adventure, intrigue. I just thought, Gosh, I want to be part of a story that can be told from generation to generation. I want to be part of something greater than myself. “I didn’t feel connected [before]. I >>

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Omaha cover feature Jacob, right, receiving his Combat Infantry Badge from Lieutenant Blanton in Mosul, Iraq, 2004.

<< mean, I was social, I had friends and so forth, but I didn’t feel I belonged anywhere and I really craved that. I craved being a part of something bigger than what I was, and [the infantry] really gave it to me.” You might assume the catalyst for his enlistment was the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but you’d be wrong. Long before then he’d made up his mind, he would enlist as soon as he could. He wanted it so badly that he was only 17 when the Army took him with his parents’ written consent. He completed high school early. “Since I was like 5 years old, I wanted to be a part of the infantry. My mom’s father was in the infantry during the Korean War, and that’s why I ultimately joined. So I was always allured by the infantry because they’re the hardest, the best, the whole thing. I was beyond motivated. “The struggle, the fight, well, that’s all true. You actually get to experience those things, and it’s not pretty and glorified. What I always tell people is that in combat and war, no one’s playing music in the background. It’s not passionate; it’s pure survival instincts. And when you’re in those situations, you’re not doing it for the flag. You’re doing it for your friend to the left and right of you.” He couldn’t know the hard realities of war before experiencing it. He only thought about the excitement, the camaraderie, the tradition. “Well, I got all those things, and I got a little bit more than I bargained for.”

my ass.” Mental and physical toughness are required of infantrymen, and he had no choice but to steel himself for its rigors. “You adapt fast or you suffer,” he says, “and I was one who adapted fast. The infantry is so hard. There’s a lot of hazing. It’s survival of the fittest.” Hazing and all, he says, “I thought basic training was the best thing I’ve ever done. The reason why it was powerful for me is that it was all about the mission. There was no individualism; we were all a team. I really loved that. “My master’s is in leadership, where the focus is what can you do for . Jacob on the team, and that’s what the infantry is. No matter if you show up with a shaved head or dreadlocks, you get your head shaved. No matter if you’re clean-shaven or you have a beard, you get your face shaved. It’s just part of it. They strip you down to your very bare minimum, and it’s all about coming together as a team, being a man, learning how to get along with others, and learning different cultures. “You’re talking about someone who, as a kid, had one black person in his class and now I had blacks, Hispanics, [and] Jamaicans in my barracks. I’d never dealt with that. I learned so much from other people; it was fantastic. They treated me like everyone else, I treated them like everyone else.” Infantry training is largely about endurance. “The whole infantry thing is walking and running while carrying a 50- to 75-pound rucksack,” he says. “Can you walk a long ways with all that weight?” Before making it into the infantry, one must pass a final crucible. Hausman recalls it this way: “They have this legendary walk >>

You really felt a part of the team; you bonded. I mean, you just had a lot of brothers.

You’re in the Army Now


is service almost got

shelved before getting started. Weeks before leaving for basic

training, he and some friends were out cruising Beatrice in his car. Open alcohol containers were within plain view when they got pulled over by local police. Jake was behind the wheel. Already on probation for underage-drinking violations, Hausman “freaked out” and fled the scene. He later turned himself in. Authorities could have used the pending charges to prevent him from going into the Army. A probation officer became his advocate. “She went above and beyond for me,” he says. “She saw something in me and just really pushed for me and got it dropped. Two weeks later, I left [for basic]. About three years later when I came back, I told her what that meant to me and who I am now because of it. If it wasn’t for her, this story would have never happened.” So off he went for the adventure of his life. Rude awakenings came early and often at Fort Benning, Ga., for this “spoiled only-child” who’d never done his own laundry. “You grow into a man really fast. It kicked

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Omaha cover feature I turned the corner at a T-intersection, and there were muzzle flashes from windows. There were four of us versus about six muzzle flashes. It was just who could kill who fastest.

<< that’s like 25 miles of water, hills, and so forth. It’s like your final capstone test at the very end. You know you’re an infantryman if you pass this thing. It’s hell on earth. I had to duct tape my thighs so they wouldn’t rub together. You walk through a river and your feet are wet. One entire foot was rubbed raw. I mean, it was the most painful thing I’ve ever done. “It’s just a whole mental thing—Can you get through the pain? It was so great getting that done. I was so proud.” He then joined his unit in Fort Lewis, Wash., to await deployment. He says everything there was even more intense than at Fort Benning—the training, the hazing, the brotherhood, the partying. He felt he’d truly found his calling. “I became very good at being an infantryman. You really felt a part of the team; you bonded. I mean, you just had a lot of brothers.” He says the drills he and his mates did in the field, including playing realistic war games, made them into a cohesive fighting force. “We were a killing machine.”

Desert War


downside to barracks life, he says, is all the alcohol

consumption. “Drinking is the culture—I’m talking excessively. In the military, you’re drinking hard liquor, and you’re just drinking till you curl up. That’s the path that started going bad for me there.” But a substance abuse problem was the least of his worries once in Iraq in 2003. His company was assigned to the new Stryker Brigade, which took its name from the 8-wheel Stryker combat vehicle. “Something


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inbetween a Humvee and a tank,” Hausman describes it. “After Somalia, our brass decided we needed a vehicle that could put infantry in the city, let us do our thing, and get us out fast.” It carried a crew of six. “We built cages [of slat armor] on the outside to stop RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades).” The cages proved quite effective. However, Strykers had a problem with rollovers, a defect Hausman would soon experience to his horror. “We had a lot of good intelligence from special forces initially. Every day, we would kick someone’s door down and take out a terrorist. We’d either arrest him, kill him, do whatever. We killed a lot of bad guys. “Once the intelligence stopped, we kind of ran out of operations to do.” Then his squad’s duty consisted of doing presence patrols. “It basically was to show the Iraqis we were around, but in all reality, it was walk around until we got shot at so we could kill [the shooters].” Draw fire, identify target, engage. Hausman was a specialist as the squad’s designated marksman. “I had an extra weapon— a snipe rifle. I’d go out with the snipers, and we’d do recon on special missions,” he

explains. “We’d take fire here and there, but we’d maybe only get in a firefight every three weeks.” He was part of a Quick Reaction Force unit that responded within minutes to crises in the field. That sometimes meant coming back from a long operation only to have to go right back out without any sleep. “Once, we got into an 18-hour firefight when we were called to secure two HET (Heavy Equipment JACOB Transporters) vehicles hit by RPGs and abandoned by their transportation team. It was a residential district in Mosul. We got there and RPGs start blasting and IEDs started popping. It was just an ambush. The enemy had us surrounded 360 degrees. We were pinned down taking gunfire. This was life or death. At a certain point, you’re not thinking; it’s pure survival animal instinct. “I turned the corner at a T-intersection, and there were muzzle flashes from windows. There were four of us versus about six muzzle flashes. It was just who could kill who fastest. A guy came across the roof, and I fired my 203 grenade launcher, BOOM, dead. A squad member got shot and paralyzed. Another got wounded by an RPG, his intestines spilling out. He was EVAC’d out.” He says in situations like these you confront the question: “Are you really committed to killing another human being? And I have killed another person.” Despite today’s automatic weapons, he says, “You’re still seeing a human being face-to-face; you’re still pulling a trigger on someone; you still have that you’re-dead-or-I’m-dead reality. You cannot shake that experience.” In the aftermath of such intense action, he says, “You’re hiked up; you can’t sleep.” Indeed, he “couldn’t let down” for his entire nine months in Iraq. “You just can’t let your

From left, Specialist Mower, Specialist Crumpacker, and Specialist Hausman, 19, in Samarra, Iraq, December 2003. The photo was taken the day after the horrific Stryker accident that killed three soldiers. The servicemen went about their routine, despite being shaken by the tragedy.

guard down.” Even on leave back home, he was so conditioned by threats that “driving back from the airport,” he recalls, “I was looking for IEDs on the road, scanning the roofs for snipers.” When he could finally release the pent-up stress, he slept three straight days.

A Tragic Accident


s bad as firefights got,

Hausman says, “The worst thing I’ve experienced in my life occurred about a month after I got to Iraq.” It didn’t involve a single gunshot or explosion either. It was his turn operating the Stryker. His team, followed by another in a second Stryker, were on a muddy backroad near Samarra heading to do recon. A ravine on their side of the road led to a canal. Suddenly, the road gave way and both Strykers overturned into the canal. The ensuing struggle haunts him still. “We’re upside down, water starts running in, it’s miserable cold. I’m thinking, ‘Oh no, it’s over.’” He recalls hearing his father’s voice telling him not to panic. “I don’t know how I got the hatch open, I just muscled it, and the water rushed in. I

took a deep breath and went down in it. My body got pinned between the ground and the vehicle. I’m struggling, I’m drowning. I thought, ‘Is this how I’m going to die?’ “I escaped from the bottom somehow and got on the side,”…only to find himself trapped again. He began swallowing water. “I looked up and I could kind of see the moon. I started clawing, clawing, clawing, and gasping for air. I made it. I gathered my thoughts, climbed on the vehicle, and saw one of my buddies had gotten flung out. We went to the back,” where they found their mates trapped below, desperate for escape. “We were all fighting to get the hatch open. It was just terrible. We get the hatch open, and everyone’s there.” A roll call accounted for all hands. Except in the rush to get out, a team member got

“trampled over” and drowned. “We got his body out and did CPR, but it was five minutes too late.” Hausman was “really good friends” with the lost squad member, Joseph Blickenstaff. The driver and the squad leader in the second vehicle also died. Hausman was friends with the driver, J. Riverea Wesley. Staff Sergeant Steven H. Bridges was the squad leader lost that day. Assessing what happened, Hausman says, “It was chaos; it was tragedy. That really shattered me for a while. I won’t let it ruin my life—I’ll go swimming and stuff—but it was just traumatic. It is hard to deal with—getting over it. There’s some parts of it I will never get over.” >> Continued on page 130

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Omaha cover feature Omaha VA Social Worker Heather Bojanski

[Some veterans] Continued from page 129

don’t want to come

The Aftermath Comes Home


ar being war, there’s

no time or support for processing tragedy and trauma. “It was shove everything inside, shut up, move forward,” says Jake. Those unresolved feelings came tumbling out like an “avalanche” when he got back home in 2004. “I was just a train wreck. I was miserable, destroyed. My emotions ran wild. I couldn’t sleep. I was just so anxious. I couldn’t take deep breaths, I would sniff, just like a dog panting. Like a 24-hour panic attack. You’re uncomfortable being you every second of the day. You’re not in control, and that’s what you’re afraid of. Just freaking out about stuff. I was so afraid at night I would get up nine or 10 times and check the lock on my door. The nightmares are incredible.” Excessive drinking became his coping mechanism. The more he drank, the more he needed to drink to keep his demons at bay. “You’re in a vicious cycle, and you can’t get out of it,” he says. “At one point, I contemplated suicide because I was like, ‘What is the point of living when I am this bad, this miserable? Is it ever going to get better than this?’” His family saw him unraveling. “Mom and Dad were worried, deathly worried, but they didn’t know how to handle it. They didn’t know if it was a stage or my turning 21. They didn’t know what to do with me.” “Usually in this population, patients turn to drinking or to other substance abuse and the number one reason they tell me they do it is because they can’t sleep or to fight off nightmares,” says Omaha VA social worker Heather Bojanski. “They don’t want to come in for help, they don’t want medication, and drugs and alcohol are easy to get a hold of. They’d rather try to cope themselves before they come in for help or actually have to face


in for help, they don’t

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want medication, and



alcohol are easy to get a hold of. They’d [that] there is a problem.” Jim Rose, a mental health physician’s assistant with the Lincoln VA, says recovery has to start with someone recognizing they have a problem and wanting to deal with it. “If they’re still reluctant to accept that as a problem, then it makes it very difficult. Help’s out there, but it is difficult with this group who by nature tend to be more self-reliant and have the world by the shoulders, and then to have something like this happen kind of turns things upside down.” There’s no set timetable for when PTSD might present in someone. “They’re all on a continuum,” says Bojanski. “Two veterans can come back who have seen and been through the same exact thing, and one will seem perfectly fine and the other may immediately start struggling. That all depends on a few things—what was going on in their life when they came back, and how much family support they have. It’s all going to depend on them and their family and what’s going on and how honest they are with themselves.

rather try to cope

themselves before they

come in for help or actually have to face [that] there is a problem.


There’s usually one or two people in your life that know you. Robert Engel is probably my best friend...He recognizes when I’m down; I recognize when he’s down. We kind of pick each other up. “If they come back and they have great family support and their family’s in tune and really watching them, then they’ll do well. But if nobody’s really paying attention and they’re just doing their own thing and they start isolating and drinking, then those are big issues to look at and people really need to encourage them to come in.” Hausman says, “There’s a threshold of stress. It’s going to come out eventually if you don’t take care of it. For me, it came out real early. I was a boy; I was not equipped for getting used up in the war machine.” Rose says PTSD tends to be suppressed among active duty military because they’re in


a protective environment around people with similar experiences. But once separated from the military, it becomes a different matter. “They feel isolated, and the symptoms will probably intensify,” he says. “It’s usually a couple years after discharge people reach a point where they just can’t cope with it anymore and something’s going to happen— they’re going to get in trouble or they’re going to ask for help, and that’s when we see them.” That’s how it was for Hausman, who concealed the extent of his problems from family and friends and tried coping alone. “I didn’t want to burden them with that… My friends, they thought it was just old Jake because I’m a partier, I’m gregarious, so they enjoyed it. But they didn’t see the dark side of it. They didn’t understand the mega-depression and anxiety. When I was drunk, I could shield it. “But there’s usually one or two people in your life that know you. Robert Engel is probably my best friend to this today. He was in my unit. He lives in Kansas City, Mo. He recognizes when I’m down; I recognize when he’s down. We kind of pick each other up. He’s seen me at my lowest point but he accepts me for who I am, and I accept him for who he is, and we sincerely care about each other.”

Getting Help


hen I decided I wasn’t

going to kill myself, I resolved to figure this out,” says Jake. “I started reading spirituality, I started studying psychology.” Most importantly, he sought help from the Veterans Administration. He and a fellow vet in Lincoln, Mike Krause, talked straight about what he needed to do. Like any vet seeking services, Hausman underwent screenings. He had all the classic symptoms of PTSD. The intake process works the same for all vets. Bojanski says, “We sit down with each of them individually and decide what level of care they need.” In the case of Hausman, she says, “He came to the VA, and we started to treat him. Then when he started to take medication, he stopped drinking, and it was like an eye-opening experience to him that, ‘Oh my God, I’ve been suffering all this time.’ He started to go to groups, he talked to other people and realized, ‘Wow, I’m not the only one suffering.’ Other people he knew from his unit were going.” Rose says the medications commonly prescribed for PTSD are “a mixed bag” in terms of effectiveness. He emphasizes, “There is no medication that cures these symptoms, but we have got things that can help people lead better lives, including anti-depressants and anti-psychotics.” To supplement the meds, he says, “We try to steer people to cognitivetherapy counseling.” A holistic mind-body-spirit approach has worked for Hausman. “That’s why exercise is important, counseling is important, and you have to >>

Hausman at the VA offices in Omaha.

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Omaha cover feature I’ve learned—you have to ask for help, you have to be willing to get help. The VA is there to help people. They’ve helped me so many times.


Jacob and Kendra Hausman with their Lab mix, Lucy.

He easily could have succumbed to all those issues...but I’m so proud of him for moving forward. He’s very determined. Once he puts his mind to doing something, he’ll get it done no matter what. 132

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<< supplement it with medication,” he says. “It’s not just a one trick pony. You can’t just throw some meds at someone and expect them to get better, you have to do all those things.” Rose salutes Hausman and anyone who embraces recovery. “It’s a fairly lengthy process, and it involves commitment. It’s not a passive act. Jake’s a testament to people that, if you really want to get through it you can.” Lincoln VA substance abuse counselor Mary Ann Thompson admires him for getting sober and “remaining clean and sober and productive.” Bojanski sees a new Jake, saying, “He has a much better outlook on life. He’s very proactive.” More than most, Kendra Hausman appreciates how far her husband’s come: “I’ve seen a lot less anxiety. Overall, he’s more calm, more level-headed, he’s able to handle situations better. He doesn’t get as angry or as worked up about small things like he used to. He easily could have succumbed to all those issues and who knows where he’d be at now, but I’m so proud of him for moving forward. He’s very determined. Once he puts his mind to doing something, he’ll get it done no matter what. He’ll figure out what he needs to do, just like he did with his school and career.” Jacob, himself, says, “I’ve come a long ways. Life is so much better.” What he’s realized, he says, is “There are just some things you cannot [do with] will power; you just have to get help from people. I’ve had a lot of good people in my life that have helped me. And that’s what I’ve learned—you have to ask for help, you have to be willing to get help. The VA is there to help people. They’ve helped me so many times.” Bojanski says the VA’s more responsive to veterans’ needs today. “The VA realized we did a lousy job welcoming Vietnam veterans back home, so when this war started, we wanted to be proactive and make sure we welcomed our veterans home. We didn’t want them to have a stigma with mental health, we wanted to make sure everything was in place. So we created these

They believe in me because I’ve seen it, I’ve done it, I’m working for the VA. I’m 90 percent serviceconnected; I’ve got a combat infantry badge. Seeing them is like seeing

The Hausmans take Lucy for a walk on a fall afternoon. Jacob; “I’ve come a long ways. Life is so much better.”

my reflection. . JACOB

clinics (OEF or Operation Enduring Freedom and OIF or Operation Iraqi Freedom), where we work very hard with veterans. It’s very confidential, so not everybody in their unit is going to find out. We have an ER open 24 hours a day. “It’s not like it used to be when you just had to soldier on, or if you reached out for help it wasn’t confidential.” She says there isn’t as much stigma now about seeking mental health care. “It’s getting better; we’re still not where we need to be, but I will say the armed forces, the Department of Defense, and our population in general are changing their views about that. We also do a lot of outreach, a lot of speaking to communities to make sure people are aware it’s okay to get help.” Hausman does outreach himself as a way of giving back. He says when he addresses audiences of freshly returned vets, he commands their attention. “They believe in me because I’ve seen it, I’ve done it, and I’m working for the VA. I’m 90 percent service-connected; I’ve got a combat infantry badge. Seeing them is like seeing my reflection. I’m motivated to get them right before they take the wrong path. Someone got me over the hump, and I want to get them to that point, >>

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is PTSD still flare-ups

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Omaha faces Story by Molly Garriott • Photos by Jen Edney, Jon Nash Photography, and Bill Sitzmann

Jen Edney Have Camera, Will Travel


en Edney’s motto, Have Camera, Will Travel has led her to

such places as Fiji, Suriname, Australia, and Cape Town. She estimates that 10 months of the year is spent traveling with her lens focused on the people of the world. “My camera and my subject have served as my compass,” explains Edney, “leading me around the world, observing and documenting incredible people with even more incredible stories.” And though she has been to over 30 countries in the past three years, her favorite spot on earth is a little closer to home: her 144

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grandmother’s cabin on a lake in Minnesota. “It’s the one place in my life I can truly relax and enjoy time with my family,” she owns. Edney grew up in Omaha, the daughter of John and Pat Edney and sister to two brothers, Chris and Matt, also her twin. She attended Marian High School and then pursued a degree in Graphic Design and Visual Journalism at Creighton University. Her introduction to photography came at her father’s side on a family trip. He taught her exposure and the rule of thirds—eschewing the urge to center your subject—amidst Ireland’s verdant

rolling hills and ancient stone walls. After an internship with renowned nature photographer Tom Mangelsen (also from Omaha) in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Edney attended the Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, Calif. She worked at the Ventura County Star while in school. It was an assignment for the newspaper that ironically led to her current career as a freelance photojournalist. Edney was photographing a 16-year-old who set out to be the youngest person to sail around the world. The assignment turned into a school project, which prompted Edney’s

Left, photo by Edney of Team JP Morgan BAR racing during the America's Cup World Series event in San Francisco, Calif. in Fall 2012. Right, photo by Nash taken of Edney at work.

instructor to urge her to leave school to focus on the story. Thus, her life as a freelancer began. She recalls her dad’s advice to “never leave home without duct tape, a knife, or a flashlight,” when she heads out to parts unknown, unfazed by how often his advice has served her well. After all, Edney is not in a climatecontrolled portrait studio, photographing high school seniors in their band and cheerleading uniforms. More often than not, she is aboard a sailing vessel capturing captain

and crew struggling with masts or treading against the current in an effort to get a waterlevel shot of a boat in action. Recently, Edney was in Newport, R.I., shooting the America’s Cup Series Event. She had the notion of photographing a boat from a fish’s point of view and convinced the skipper of Energy Team France to sail over her while she captured an AC45’s underside on film. “No problem! We sail over you!” skipper Loick Peyron gamely agreed. It was the first time Edney had butterflies before a shoot.

“Keep calm and carry on? No thanks, I’d rather raise hell and change the world,” asserts Edney. It’s this throw-caution-to-the-wind attitude that has earned Edney the nickname “Shark Bait,” and allowed her to build a body of work that has graced the pages of the LA Times, Coastal Living, and YACHT Magazine, as well as the small screen on ESPN, ABC’s Primetime, and CBS Sports. “I don’t consider it a good day at the office unless I get wet, dirty, or almost run over by a boat!” november/december  •  2012


Omaha food dining feature Story by Wendy Townley • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Millard Roadhouse


Makes Customers Feel at Home with Comfort Food f homemade comfort food

is what you crave—think golden fried chicken, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, and pork tenderloin—look no further than a historic eatery in southwest Omaha. Grab a friend or two (or more, there’s plenty of seating) and head to the Millard Roadhouse. Just a stone’s throw from 132nd and L streets, the Millard Roadhouse has been serving up stick-to-your-ribs lunches, dinners, and Sunday brunches since its owner, Mark J. Kitson, opened the restaurant in 1997. With more than 20 years experience working in the dining industry, Kitson says the Millard Roadhouse personally provides him with the perfect professional balance: great food with the opportunity to continually meet new people and routinely see familiar faces. 146

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On a steamy Friday afternoon in early summer, Kitson chatted with a handful of regulars who have found a home at the Millard Roadhouse. The menu, along with the relaxed atmosphere, keep patrons coming back each week, Kitson says. A spacious restaurant with room to hold upward of 350 guests (children eat free on Monday nights), the Millard Roadhouse’s signature red-checkered tablecloths and Americana décor can make any party, large or small, feel right at home. Its signature Husker Room is a popular pick for larger parties, especially during football season. Kitson adds that the Millard Roadhouse often hosts pre-nuptial dinners and other family celebrations. The reason? “We are very accommodating,” he says. “We see family dinners of 20, 30 people. Sports teams, too. We can make our layout work, hosting parties of up to 70 people. When a big group arrives, we make it work—even if they don’t have reservations.” And while the space provides a relaxed and casual dining atmosphere, it’s the food that keeps Millard Roadhouse fans hungry for more, meal after tasty meal. A quick scan of the menu will leave anyone with taste buds salivating for what’s sure to be a memorable meal. “Everything here is homemade,” Kitson says. “It’s all from scratch…our homestyle breading, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. We even have fresh-baked cookies.” The onion rings are a popular appetizer, fried perfectly golden and served piping hot.

Owner Mark Kitson

During the summer months, fresh-baked pies are a signature dessert; apple and strawberry rhubarb are among the most-often ordered. Another decadent favorite is a dense (and delicious) chocolate and peanut butter pie, served atop thin ribbons of caramel with a pretty strawberry garnish. Although the Millard Roadhouse’s broasted chicken dinner is a fan favorite, Kitson says his variety of steaks are always ordered, too: roasted prime rib, New York strips, and T-bones by Omaha Steaks, to name a few. The lunch buffet is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday; and the popular Sunday brunch menu (featuring both breakfast and lunch favorites) is also served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tradition is a big part of the Millard Roadhouse history. Kitson says that today’s regular customers started dining at the restaurant as children with their parents. Today, the children are all grown up, bringing in their own children for lunch and dinner. They stop by, too, for happy hour during the workweek, ordering up a variety of cocktail specials. The building itself is historic, as well. At more than 100 years old, the Millard Roadhouse space is actually a combination of three adjoining buildings. At various points during the past 100 years, the buildings housed a number of local businesses: a post office, another restaurant, a barber shop, café, even a hotel and speakeasy. And part of Millard’s surrounding brick streets remain intact, giving the neighborhood a small town feel. “We are Millard,” Kitson says of his restaurant. “We’re in the hub of Millard. I love that we support our heritage and our roots here in Omaha.”

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Old Market 402-991-0917 1202 Howard St.

Shadow Lake 402-592-9713 7775 Olson Dr., Papillion

Omaha food restaurant review Story by Mystery Reviewer • Photo by Bill Sitzmann

El Basha Mediterranean Grill


he Mediterranean Coast and the Islands of the Mediterranean

Sea are by all reports some of the most beautiful places in the world. I have never really had the opportunity to visit this part of the world, but it’s something that’s high up on my bucket list. For now, I will have to make do with reading, looking at pictures, and eating the incredible cuisine from this area. The latter I can do right here in Omaha at El Basha Mediterranean Grill. On the end of a modest strip mall on the corner of South 75th and Pacific streets is where you will find some of the best Mediterranean food in the area. The small restaurant is not the most attractive place in the world, but they have done a nice job with the space they have to work with. The tables are draped with white tableclothes, then topped with glass, and the chairs are comfortable and sturdy with leather backs. The patio is particularly lovely with many beautiful flowering plants and several attractive tables. The service at El Basha is semi self-service, meaning you go up to the counter to order your food and beverage and then they bring it to your table. The system worked flawlessly, and the food comes out of the kitchen quite

quickly. The young lady who took our order and brought us our food was very nice, and she was also able to answer several questions about the menu. Unfortunately, they do not have a license to sell spirits; on the positive side, they do allow you to bring your own wine and do not charge a corkage fee. It’s also quite fortunate that a gourmet deli and liquor store, Spirit World, is located in the same strip mall. Specialty wines and beers are just a few steps away. The food at El Basha is the best part of the experience. On a recent visit, my dining partner and I tried the Meza Plate ($9.99) for an appetizer. This dish is a sampling of their most popular appetizers, including the best Hummus in Omaha, Baba Guanuje, Falafels, Taboule Salad, and a basket of fresh pita bread. All these tasted incredible and had the desired effect of really whetting our appetite. Next, for entrees I had the El Basha Special Platter ($12.99) and my dining partner had the Chicken Shawarma Wrap ($6.99). The Special Platter is a mixed plate that includes Shish Kabob, Shish Tawok, Grilled Kafta with three sauces, and grilled vegetables, all served over Middle Eastern-style rice. This sampling was attractively presented and delicious. The

unique flavors, spices, and aromas that come from this trio of Lebanese-style dishes are something that you will need to experience for yourself to fully appreciate. As if that was not enough, this dish also came with a choice of soup or salad. I chose the soup and was blown away by one of the best Lentil Curry soups I have ever tried. The fresh-roasted coriander seed and lemon squeeze really set it off. My dining partner’s wrap was filled with the same chicken as I had with the Shish Tawok, which is essentially a curried, grilled chicken skewer. The wrap was also loaded with fresh tomatoes, onion, and a yogurt-based garlic sauce, which resulted in a very tasty wrap. It was served with a vinaigrette-style cold potato salad that was also very good and like nothing I have ever had before. Even though we didn't need it, we finished our dinner off with some of their incredible Baklava ($3) for dessert. Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at El Basha and plan to go back and eat my way through the rest of the menu, all the while pretending that I’m traveling in the countries around the Mediterranean Sea. If you’re like me and enjoy eating foods from exotic locations almost as much as going there in person, then you will just love El Basha. Cheers!

El Basha Mediterranean Grill 7503 Pacific St. 402-934-6266 Food & Beverage *** Service ** Ambiance ** Price Inexpensive Overall **1/2 5 Stars Possible

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Bailey’s breakfast and lunch

402-932-5577 1259 S. 120TH St. Comfort food done with flair. For breakfast; all your favorites, featuring Omaha’s finest Eggs Benedict – 6 varieties, (and Crepes, too) topped with Hollandaise made fresh every day. Come try the best bacon you will ever eat! Breakfast served all day. And treat yourself to some of Omaha’s finest Salads, Soups, and Sandwiches, plus Chicken Fried Steak, fresh Angus burgers, and Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. When is the last time you had really good Egg Salad or Chicken Salad??? Open 7 days a week 7:00 – 2:00.

Get a Little Saucy.

brewsky’s food & spirits, two omaha locations


SATURDAY LUNCH [11am–4 pm]




402-614-2739 153rd & Q Sts.; 201-2739, 84th & Park Drive; Brewsky’s Food & Spirits opened its first restaurant/bar in Lincoln, NE in 1990. Brewsky’s now boasts six restaurants in Lincoln and Omaha. Our menu (created by Certified Executive Chef Ed Janousek) surprises people that are expecting the normal “bar food” found at most sports bars. The menu consists of steaks, burgers, chicken, wraps and about everything in between. We offer all the sports packages on our banks of TVs as well. The atmosphere created, the quality of the food served and the modest prices charged define Brewsky’s. We’ve been voted Best Sports Bar in Omaha for five consecutive years (Omaha Magazine). Come let us WOW you!

DJ’s Dugout Sports Bar 402-763-9974

1003 Capitol Avenue. Catch all of the action at 3 Omaha locations. Featuring burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, appetizers and an impressive drink menu along with HD TV’s and projectors and home to Blazin’ Piano’s, Omaha’s only dueling piano concept . 114th & Dodge, 10th & Capitol and 23th & Cornhusker in Bellevue.



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Dundee Dell 402-553-4010 (Omaha)

5007 Underwood. 11 AM until 1 AM every day, MondaySunday. Famous for Fish n’ Chips since 1934. Single malt & scotch tastings open to the public four times a month. Private tastings also available. We serve food from 11 AM to Midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 11AM to 12:45 AM Friday and Saturday. We also serve a fantastic Sunday brunch from 11AM–2 PM on Sundays. $

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Quaker Steak and Lube 712-322-0101 (Council Bluffs, IA)

3320 Mid America Dr. Council Bluffs, IA.”The Lube” serves over 70 million wings annually, has bottled sauces for retail sale and has won the title of “Best Wings USA” Mondays are kids eat free from 5 to 9pm 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

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PepperJax Grill is known for its famous award winning Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches packed full of seasoned sirloin steak on an authentic Philadelphia hearth-baked roll. Grilled Steak, Chicken and Shrimp Gourmet Rice Bowls, Giant Wraps, and Fresh Salads are also very popular. PepperJax Grill has 7 Omaha locations, www.




Upstream Brewing Company two omaha locations

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 and 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.

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For banquets, parties, and meetings call 330-1444. Full Service Mon.-Fri. Nights & Sat.-Sun. All Day Self-Service Lunch Mon.-Fri.

We deliver downtown!


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EAT What You CRAVE! Open for lunch & dinner ( CLOSED MONDAYS )

Take-out & catering Pizzas shipped nationwide ( ORDER ONLINE )

45th & Leavenworth


Cafe L 402-201-3386 4741 S 96th St. Cafe L offers dishes made from scratch and all natural ingredients. From the gravy made with onion, carrots and celery to the spice pork chili, you can tell these flavors didn't come from a box. Friday's feature smoked Duroc pork raised in Iowa, steroid and antibiotic free, this is the Black Angus of pork. Visit us online for daily specials


OLD MARKET - 13th & Howard 8 Omaha Area Locations

Try Our Famous Plus 20 Exciting Polynesian Cocktails and Delicious Cantonese Appetizers

Open 5PM Mon-Sat Closed Sun.

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 made-from-scratch recipes. Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Six Omaha-Metro area locations: Bellevue–21st & Cornhusker, Benson–71st & Ames, Eagle Run–130th & Maple, Lakeside–173rd &Center, Millard–120th & L, and Council Bluffs by the MAC. Take out and catering available.


OMAHA’S FIRST JAPANESE RESTAURANT Sukiyaki • Shrimp Tempura Teriyaki Steak • Cantonese Dinners Family Style for Two or More Intimate Tea Rooms Available Reservations Preferred in Tea Rooms

Famous Dave’s Barbeque 402-829-1616 (Omaha)

TAI 7215 BLONDO, OMAHA | 397-5049 | MAI LOUNGE OPEN 4:30 PM

2056 N. 117th Ave. We are open Sun-Thurs: 11-9 and Fri & Sat's 11-10pm. We are offer 6 smoked meats as well as "HUGE" Turkey Legs and Big Ribs. We also offer 14 different homemade sides- everything from cheesy potatoes to apple cobbler to roasted red potatoes to mac&cheese We have catered for up to 750 people. Let us help you with your catering needs for the office and holiday parties as well. Check out our website at www.eatredzonebbq. com or find us Facebook as well.

ITALIAN don carmelo’s 2 locations (Omaha)

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 Family Owned & Operated Authentic Italian Cuisine Party Rooms Available Carry Out Available

Tradition–Excellence–Value! Two locations: Rockbrook Village (402-933-3190) and 204th & Dodge (402-2899800) Omaha’s First and Finest NY Style Pizza, Stromboli, Calzone, Oven-Toasted Hoagies, Philly Cheese Steaks, Pasta, Salads, Beer & Wine. We also feature take-out and delivery and can cater your special event large or small. Stop in for daily lunch specials 11am -2 pm!

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 402-345-5656 (Omaha)

3001 So. 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 & basil, a bowl of oven roasted garlic cloves, special seasoned olive oil, & at night, a jug of Chianti! Large variety of pasta, chicken, veal, seafood, & even a delicious New York steak. Traditional dishes such as lasagna, tortellini, & eggplant parmigiana are also available. Lunch also offers panini, salads & one of the best pizza in town. Patio seating, full bar, & a great wine list complete this. No reservations, except for private rooms.

Serving Lunch & Dinner

2202 South 20th Street – Omaha


Family Restaurant • Fine Steaks Chicken • Seafood Party Rooms Available

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Nicola’s 402-345-8466 (Omaha)

Prime Steak Fine Wine Premium Service

13th & Jackson. Nicola’s offers a distinctive, tempting menu of upscale Italian dishes, including Lobster Ravioli, Classic Carbonara & Mediterranean Lasagna in an alluring environment. Also enjoy an Extensive Wine List & Full Bar on our Outdoor Garden Patio while you dine. Nicola’s also offers Catering & Desserts To Go for your private party or business gathering.

Biaggi's 402-965-9800 (Omaha)

108th & West Center road (Rockbrook Village). 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 Osso Bucco. Filet mignon 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 cannolis. Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: 4:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. AE-MC-V. $$

Spezia 402-391-2950 (Omaha)

“The food is out of this world and the house-brewed root beer is the best.”

“The New York strip was awesome and cooked to perfection!” “Best brewery we’ve experienced.”

“I got the shrimp white pizza. I could have licked the plate it was so good!”

13665 California Street Omaha, Nebraska 402.445.4380 Private party rooms available for 6 to 40 people.

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3125 South 72nd Street (3 blocks north of the I-80 interchange). Choose Spezia for lunch or dinner, where you’ll find a casual elegance that’s perfect for business, guests, get-togethers, 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, fresh salmon daily. Enjoy a full bar, Italian & California wines, Anniversary Lovers Booth (call to reserve), private dining rooms, and wood-fired grill. Open Mon-Sat. Cocktail hour: 4-6 pm-all cocktails, glass wine and beers half price. Evening reservations recommended. Call (402)391-2950.

“The artichoke dip is a must have.”






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13655 California Street. Biaggi's is a casual Italian restaurant offering an extensive selection of pastas, soups & salads, pizza, seafood, steaks and desserts. Enjoy large portions of affordably-priced menu selections prepared with the freshest ingredients available. Our private event room and wine room are perfect for making any gathering an event to remember.



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Zio’s Pizzeria Several Omaha Locations

Three locations: 7834 Dodge St. (402-391-1881), 12997 W. Center Rd. (402-330-1444), and 1109 Howard St. in the Old Market (402-344-2222). DELIVERY, DINE-IN, and CARRY-OUT. Serving New York style pizza by slice or whole pies, calzones, hoagies, pastas, salads and garlic breads. Zio’s pies are hand-stretched and baked in oldworld ovens. Zio’s offers 35 of the freshest toppings. Taste the freshest pizza at Zio’s. Family dining – open seven days a week. Lunch special and beer and wine available. $

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

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

Omaha, Nebraska

402.345.8466 13th & Jackson St


119 S 40th St • Omaha, NE (40th & Dodge) 402-558-5623 • Visit us at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha & CenturyLink Center Omaha follow us

omaha’s original steakhouse

•  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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13110 Birch Dr, Ste 100 (132nd & Maple) Innovative Italian cuisine courtesy of Chef Enzo Zurlo is an Omaha treasure not to be missed. Friendly staff serves everything from hot brick oven pizzas to sumptuous pasta dishes to homemade desserts. Live music, outdoor patio and a price point for every budget make the modern bistro a perfect place to relax with friends.


O’Connor’s Irish Pub & Grille 402-934-9790 (Omaha)

1217 Howard St. Comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Great before and after games. O’Connor’s offers pub style food: burgers, reubens, daily specials and homemade soups. The pub offers 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. $

Best Of Omaha 6Years Running

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

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Cantina Laredo 402-345-6000


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

120 S. 31st Ave. Cantina Laredo serves gourmet Mexican food in a sophisticated, vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy the 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.

Fernando’s Two Omaha Locations

Two locations: 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. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. AE-MC-V. $

Mt. Fuji Inn 402-397-5049 (Omaha)

1314 S. 119th St • 402-334-6800

Asian Best Greek

7215 Blondo St. For Japanese dining in the traditional atmosphere, take time to visit Mt. Fuji Inn. Specialties include fresh Sushi and Sashimi, Sukiyaki and Shrimp Tempura. Also featuring Cantonese Chinese dinners and appetizers. Dining in individual tea rooms is available by reservation. Enjoy one’s favorite beverages in the Mai Tai Lounge. Open Mon.-Sat. @ 4:30p.m. Dining room open Mon-Sat 5p.m. Closed Sun. & holidays. AE-MC-V. $$


120th & Pacific • 402-932-5577

Family Owned Since 1983

Catering ~ Party Room Available Call to Plan your Holiday Event 3821 Center St. 402/346-1528

Omaha’s Only Authentic German Restaurant Wave Bistro asian fusion cuisine 402-496-8812 (Omaha)

1218 So. 119 St. • 402-827-4376 168th & Center (S.W. Corner) 402-763-1860 1911 Leavenworth St. • 402-614-5544


Locally Owned Since 1976

4002 N 144th St (One Blk N. of Maple St&West Side of 144th St) Step into a world where green waves suspend in the air, an intimate interior as mouth watering aromas waft thru the air. Wave Bistro presents the best Asian Cuisine in Omaha with a European twist. One of a kind dishes from scratch such as Cashew Crusted Salmon to Tea Smoked Duck-a balance between contemporary & traditional food. Full service bar. Mon-Thurs 11:00AM-9:00PM,Fri-Sat 11:00AM-10:00PM. All Credit Cards Accepted.

Call Early to Order

Homemade Christmas Stollen Holiday Dessert Trays Pan Fried Chicken Wednesdays All Occasions Cakes, Pies, Strudel

1218 So. 119 St. • 402-827-4376


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Charlie’s on the Lake (Omaha)

RED MANGO name, design and related marks are trade of Red Mango, Inc. © 2011 Red Mango, Inc. All rights reserved.

144th and F streets (402-894-9411). Charlie’s is the only fresh-fish daily seafood restaurant in Omaha. Featuring 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. $

shucks fish house & oyster bar 402-827-4376 (S. 119 St.) 402-763-1860 (168th & Center)

Over 750 Single Malts 500 Kinds of Liquor • 230 Kinds of Beer Omaha’s Best Fish & Chips

lunch Mon-Fri: 11AM-2PM Dinner Mon-Sat:4:30PM-Close Private Party Rooms Business Luncheons Catering Rockbrook Village • (108th & Center) (402) 391-2585 • Fax: 391-0910



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SPECIAL DINING Casablanca Moroccan Cafe 402.884.3382



5007 Underwood • Omaha, NE 68132 • (402) 553-9501 •

1218 S. 119th St, and also in the Shops of Legacy, SW corner of 168th & Center (just north of Lifetime Fitness). Open 7 days a week. Have you ever been to a fish shack on the coast? You’ll like this! Open 7 days a week. Shrimp or Oyster Po’ Boys, Fried Clam Strips, Shrimp, Walleye, Calamari and Oysters (all VERY lightly breaded). Plus 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, every day.

3025 Farnam St./Midtown Crossing. The Chef Hamid has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. He enjoys making delicious dishes for every occasion. Great Hummus! Open M-Th 11a.m.-11p.m., Fri-Sat 11a.m.-12a.m., Sun 11a.m.-12a.m.

Thank you Omaha for voting us Best Family Restaurant!

“Serving The Best Chicken in Town Since 1997”

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. They offer a variety of cake choices, including but not limited to: vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free, in additional to traditional wedding cake flavors. Monday-Friday 8-5 and Saturday 8-4.

Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery 402-553-6774 (Omaha)

13325 Millard Ave. • 402-891-9292

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 dessert of black forest cake or grab fresh bakery for breakfast on your way out. Open Monday-Tuesday 6 a.m.-3 p.m. and Wednesday-Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m. 156

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Greek Islands 402-346-1528 (Omaha)

3821 Center St. Greek cuisine with specials every day at reasonable prices. Well known for our Gyro sandwiches and salads. We do catering 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. AE-DC-MC-V. $

Horsemen’s Park 402-731-2900 (Omaha)

Horsemen’s Park located at 6303 Q Street. Happy Hour Mon-Wed from 5-9 p.m.–$1 pints, $1.75 domestic bottles and $2 well drinks. Tuesday–25¢ wings from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday–$5.95 Steak Night after 5:00 p.m. Thursday–75¢ tacos and $1.75 margaritas after 5:00 p.m. Friday – $7.95 Prime Rib Dinner after 5:00 p.m. Daily specials 7 days a week. Open daily at 10:00 a.m. Check out our website at

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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Jaipur Brewing Company 402-392-7331 (OMAHA)

10922 Elm St. Rockbrook Village. A casual restaurant in a ralaxed atmosphere. Lunch; Chicken Tikki Naan with Chutney; Tandoori Chicken & Muligatanny soup. Dinner entrees include fresh vegetables dishes, grilled colorado lamb sirloin, Sushi grade Ahi, Tandoori marinated grilled salmon, Tandoor grilled beef tenderloin, to name a few. Wide selection of wines & liquor, on site brewed beer. Lunch: Thurs. & Fr. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Sun.-Thurs. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat. 5p.m.-10:30 p.m.

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Katie's Greek Restaurant 402.558.5623

Business Catering

119 S 40th St. Katies Greek Restaurant & Taverna is 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! If you have a diner who might not feel adventurous enough for Greek food, we also have a nice selection of American items as well. We also have a full bar with all your favorites, including our specialty martinis. We can cater private parties hold it at your location or at ours! Give us a call or find us on facebook for special offers.

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Nosh Wine Lounge 402-614-2121

1006 Dodge Street. A diverse boutique wine list from around the world, culinary delights using locally grown organic produce and impressive drink menu. Nosh is the place for friends to gather, relax and celebrate good times. Located in The Capitol District in Downtown Omaha.

Red Mango (402) 933-8815 (13th & Cuming) (402) 884-3795 (103rd & Pacific) (402) 334-4774 (168th & Center)

Red Mango combines its refreshingly tangy frozen yogurt with fresh and exciting toppings to create a nutritious dessert that can be enjoyed guilt free all day. Red Mango Frozen yogurt is all-natural, nonfat, gluten-free, and kosher most importantly it taste great! Locations at 13th & Cuming, 103rd & Pacific and 168th & W. Center.

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

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

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TED & WALLY’S ICE CREAM 402-341-5827

Come experience the true taste of homemade ice cream at 12th & Jackson in the Old Market. Since 1986, we’ve created gourmet ice cream flavors in small batches using rock salt & ice. We offer your favorites plus unique flavors like Margarita, Green Tea, Guinness, and French Toast. Special orders available.


801 Chopouse at the Paxton 402-341-1222

1403 Farnam St. Designed with a 1920’s era New York Chophouse in mind, 801 is the epitome of elegance. You will not forget the crisp white tablecloth fine dining experience. From their USDA prime grade beef and jetfresh seafood from all over the world, 801 Chophouse is truly the best Omaha has to offer. Open 7 nights a week.

Father & son in front of Rotella’s Bakery on 24th street in 1979.

As my father would proudly say, “We wish you the very best from the Rotella family”.

Cascio’s Steak House 402-345-8313

Since 1946, Cascio’s Steak House has been Omaha’s #1 steakhouse. The Cascio family established high standards of top quality food which is carefully prepared and promptly served by the friendly staff. Minutes south of the old market. The perfect place to hold your entire banquet and party needs Cascio’s has 7 party rooms handling groups of 10-400 people.

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

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The Drover 402-391-7440

2121 S. 73rd Street (just 1/2 block of Doubletree) Famous for the original Whiskey Steak. Truly a one of a kind Midwestern experience. Excellent food, wine, service and value. Rare……..and very well done. Reservations accepted. Lunch: Mon–Fri 11am – 2pm. Cocktail Hour 3-6pm Dinner nightly at 5pm. Reservations accepted. AE,Dc-MC-V $$$

1120 Jackson Street (402) 341-5827

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Johnny’s Café – Since 1922 402-731-4774 (Omaha)

27th and L streets. Years of quality dining and hospitality make Johnny’s Café a restaurant to remember. Serving only the finest corn-fed beef the Midwest has to offer. Aged steaks and prime rib are the specialties, with homemade bread and pies to complete one’s 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 5:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. AE-MC-V. $$

PITCH PERFECT ROCKSTAR FOOD! Mahogany Prime Steakhouse 402.445.4380

13665 California St. This is a restaurant where steak is the star, using custom aged 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. With amazing service in a less intimidating fine dining atmosphere.



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Omaha Prime 402-341-7040 (Omaha)

415 S. 11th St. (Old Market). Only restaurant featuring complete Prime beef. Open six days a week, Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m.-close. $$-$$$

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Piccolo’s Restaurant 402-342-9038 (Omaha)

2202 S. 20th St. One of Omaha’s finest traditions, 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. Daily lunches: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-Thu. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 4:30 p.m.110:30 p.m. Daily and night specials.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse 342-0077 (Omaha)

2222 S. 15th St. 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. Sullivan’s is located just blocks away from Omaha’s Old Market District. 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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Omaha wine & food Story by John Fischer • International Wine & Food Society, Omaha Branch, Member & Past President


Wines for Holiday Fare here are a wide variety of dishes

prepared to celebrate the holiday season, and many of these reflect back to culture and ethnicity. However, I would suspect that the three classic dishes for holiday fare are turkey, ham, and crown roast of beef. The type of wines for each of these varies somewhat, depending on the accompaniments and method of preparation, but the core philosophy for wine-food pairings remains fairly straightforward. Let us discuss the wine matches for each of these three dishes. Matching the weight of a dish with that of the wine is the starting point for marrying a wine with food. Turkey is a medium-weight dish that will work best with a mediumweight wine—red or white—depending on the ancillary ingredients. For example, if the bird is stuffed with a standard giblet-based dressing, you could choose either wine style. My choice would be a Pinot Noir or red Burgundy. On the other hand, if an oyster 162

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stuffing was used, a crisp white wine would be the better choice. The flavor in oysters (and most seafood) is enhanced by the crisp acidity found in many white wines. This is the reason that a squeeze of lemon is frequently served with seafood. With the oyster stuffing, my personal favorite wine would be a white Burgundy. For ham, the same principle applies— match the weight of the food to that of the wine. There are two issues to consider with ham. First of all, it’s a salty food, and salty foods call for tart wines. Second, the sweetness of the dish must be considered. In a simple, unadorned presentation, ham has no sweetness. A Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc would both be good choices. However, if the ham is cured with maple sugar or is glazed with a sweet, fruity glaze, you must bring sweetness into the equation. My mother always basted her ham with a brown-sugarfruity glaze, and prior to baking decorated it with fresh pineapple chunks and red cherries.

With this combination, we have a sweet, salty product that calls for a sweet, tart wine. There is no better wine with these credentials than a quality German Riesling. My choice would be a Riesling Spätlese from the Mosel Valley. This brings us to the stuffed crown roast of beef. The choice is simple here. This is a big, hearty dish that calls for a big, hearty wine. There is no white wine that can stand up to the majesty and gusto of a crown roast of beef. It doesn’t matter what dressing you stuff in the roast; the sheer volume of the dish dictates the wine style. A full-bodied Cabernet or high-quality red Bordeaux will make the perfect match. I hope that you can see how the ancillary ingredients and method of preparation can tip your hand from one wine style to another. Remember, a correct wine-food pairing can elevate a dish from simple to sublime. Happy Holidays!

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