Is every Dad a great Dad?
With a rare exception here and there, I’m sure we all say “I love my Dad” and “he’s the greatest ever”. Because he is/was half of a pair of people that we learned our life lessons from and we knew he had our best interests in his heart.
My dad wasn’t perfect. As I have written before - when comedian Robin Williams took his own life - my dad struggled with depression. If you weren’t a family member you likely didn’t know it. When he was down there was nothing Mom or any of us five kids could do to make him feel worthwhile and loved. He saw no hope on the bad days.
I knew the only thing I could do to get on his good side when he was down was to cook for him. I can make wonderful tapioca pudding and raisin cream pie (his favorites) courtesy of Dad’s bad days.
We treasured the good days — he loved to play pranks on us like taking all our food if we left the table to get something, taught us how to play baseball, when we were outside on a hot day we would get sprayed by the garden hose when we least expected it. Turn around — bam! “Right in the kisser” as he would say. As we got older and hit the “teenage” years we didn’t show as much appreciation of his pranks. Sorry about those moody days Dad.
Hormones hit and, with four of the five of us kids being girls, it wasn’t pretty. We couldn’t do a lot with our friends because we had chores to do morning and night. In the summer, we spent longs days out in the hot sun doing field work - stacking hay, baling hay (small square ones), baling straw then stacking it in the awful hot barn loft, walking corn and bean fields for weeds. Forget sports or anything extra at school — again, those pesky chores got in the way. Cattle, hogs, chickens, fixing fence, working on buildings, cleaning out hog pens …… We complained, cried, fought, got “snotty” with him, gave him the silent treatment — you name it. Why did we have to do things? In our young minds, it wasn’t fair.
We didn’t have much money growing up but not many farmers did back then. We made do with what we had.
We five girls didn’t understand what the whole women’s rights/equality fuss in the late 60s/70s was about — it affected my oldest sister, the oldest of the kids, the most. We already had equal rights on our farm and it wasn’t very fun most days.
Thanks Dad for not trying to make everything fair. Thanks for being tough on us. Thanks for teaching us how to play baseball. Thanks for making me a pretty decent cook. As a farmer, you taught us that while most animals were raised for food, you should always treat them well and never let them go hungry. You even shed tears over animals.
You’re gone but never forgotten. Its been a little over five years now, I hope you found out how loved you truly were and still are. Keep looking out for us, okay?
Happy Father’s Day.
June 20, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
By Terri Seier
“Hey batter batter, swing batter batter!”
These are the shouts that will be heard in the bleachers of Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska. This Father’s Day, June 21, priests of the Lincoln and Omaha diocese are going head to head in a softball game at five o’ clock in the evening.
The fun will begin with tailgating at 3:30 PM. Make sure to show up early to join in on the fun and cheer for your favorite diocese. Our local priest, Father Ross Burkhalter of St. Boniface in Elgin and St. Bonaventure in Raeville, will even be participating. Look for him on the field wearing the famous Babe Ruth’s number, 3. Is he ready for the big Father’s Day matchup?
“I think the game is great. It’s for a great cause for the vocation life of the priesthood and I’m surprised we haven’t thought of it before, and I’m happy to be a part of it.” Father Burkhalter told The Elgin Review Friday morning.
So is Father ready to live up to his jersey’s, number, 3, good name? “It surprised me that I was able to get Babe Ruth’s number but it’s really cool wearing it. However, don’t expect any home runs out of me.”
Several other priests from around the Elgin area are participating in the I-80 Collar Series also. Members on the roster of the Omaha Diocese are:
Father Frank Baumert from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Father Mark Beran from St. Mary in Wayne, Father Ben Boyd from St. Patrick in Fremont, Father John Brancich from Immaculate Conception, Father Damien Cook from St. Peter in Omaha, Father Michael Eckley from St. Pius in Omaha, Paul Hoesing which is the Vocations Director, Father Dave Korth from St. Augustine in Winnebago, Father Ryan Lewis from St. Thomas More, Father Oscar Perez from St. Peter in Omaha, Father John Pietramale from Our Lady of Lourdes, Father Andy Roza from St. Robert, Father Joe Taphorn from St. Margaret Mary, Father Kevin Vogel from St. Columbkille in Papillion, Father Michael Vaithofer from St. James, Father Damien Wee from St. Rose in Hooper/St. Lawrence in Scribner, and Father Weeder from St. Margaret Mary.
The opposing team has just as threatening a team:
Father Patrick Barvick from Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, Father Ken Borowiak from St. Michael in Lincoln, Father Eric Clark from St. Michael in Lincoln, Father Mark Cyza from St. Benedict in Nebraska City, Father Craig Doty from St. Wenceslaus in Wilber, Father Jeffrey Eickhoff from St. Gregory the Great Seminary, Father Matthew Eickhoff from Holy Trinity in Brainard, Father Jon Haschke from St. Joseph in Lincoln, Father Jeremy Hazuka from St. George in Morse Bluff, Father Brendan Kelly from St. Wenceslaus in Bee, Father Bernard Kimminau from St. Mary in David City, Father Nicholas Kipper from St. Patrick in Lincoln, Father Jim Meysenburg from Pius X High School, Father Steve Mills from Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, Father Daniel Rayer from Chancery in Lincoln, Father Tom Schultes from St. Patrick in McCook, Father Leo Seiker from St. James in Cortland, Father Mark Seiker from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in North Platte, Father Michael Ventre from St. Mary in Nebraska City, and Father Michael Zimmer from Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln.
The two teams participants look tough and are ready to battle for a win. Which one will take the gold? Take a trip to Papillion, Nebraska and watch the action. Ticket prices are Free for Priests, Religious, and Children Ages 3 and Under; $10 for a Single Ticket; and $30 for Family Pack (Two Adults=Children Under 18). If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, they are available at the gate..
“The game is definetly worth going to. It’s a great time in a beautiful venue for a great cause.” Father Burkhalter finishes. So everyone go put on your baseball caps and go to Papillion to go cheer for your favorite team!
“Hit, Run, Score!”
June 19, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
See the complete story in this week’s Elgin Review print edition
Young Breanna Carr experienced the thrill of her lifetime (so far) last month when she competed in the National America Miss, 2015 Miss Nebraska Junior Teen Pageant state finals.
Held in Omaha at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center/CoCo Key Water Resort on May 9 and 10, the junior teen division brought nearly 80 girls together to compete in categories such as interviewing, formal wear and introduction.
“We went to Omaha on Friday (the 8th) for the workshop and Get Acquainted party,” Breanna said about the beginning of her weekend. That evening, she was able to mingle and began to meet girls in her age group (13 to 15) from all across the state. Some of her favorites, during the course of the weekend, were girls from Mullen, Dix, Hickman and Lincoln. Also competing in her division was Alexis Jensen of Neligh.
Breanna’s family joined her for the weekend events. She is the daughter of Brian and Jennifer Carr of Oakdale. Her brother Geoffrey served as her escort during part of the competition.
After a busy Satuday of rehearsals, the day ended with the formal wear competition.
Sunday found the girls rehearsing and eventually presenting their production number.
“The production number was my favorite part of the weekend,” Breanna said. “I got to do something that I love to do — dance. It was awesome!” During the Final Show, awards were given and Breanna was awarded her State Finalist trophy.
“I plan on competing again next year,” Breanna said.
According to Carr, two other Elgin youth were competing in two other divisions. Samantha Durre was slated to compete in the Junior Pre Teen division (ages 7-9) and Ruby Durre was listed in the Princess Division (ages 4-6).
June 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
By Lynell Morgan, Co-Publisher
See full story in this week’s print copy of The Elgin Review
Elgin’s Cedar Creek 4H club really knows how to “produce” when it comes to vegetable gardens.
Five years ago, the 4H club was presented with a great opportunity. A plot of land was made available to them to use as a garden project. Five year’s later, what a garden it is becoming.
According to club member parents Lori Beckman, Diane Nelson, Anne Meis and Sandi Henn, it is a group project with the main purpose to provide vegetables for members to enter in the Antelope County Fair but it helps in more ways. The garden also provides produce for club members, their families and the community.
Last week, while members were busy hoeing, tilling, watering and using the old-fashioned method of getting down on their knees and pulling weeds, they took a break from work to share their experience of the garden.
“We’ve donated (produce) to the schools (St. Boniface Elementary School and Pope John XXIII Central Catholic) and the senior center,” explained Sandi Henn. In past year’s they have had an abundance of zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes. Henn went on to explain that they try to work the garden about two hours a week, tilling and hoeing, trying to keep the weeds down and the plants well watered. For Henn, the garden is a looked-forward-to job. “I love it,” she said about working the garden.
This well-groomed garden had a rocky start this year. Anne Meis says that the potatoes were planted - on time - on Good Friday. They then were kind of ignored for a while.
“The first day out, I just — I said ‘I give up!’”, said Meis. Members Grace Henn, Amy Nelson and Erin Beckman shared their likes, and one common dislike, about the club project.
Grace names the variety in the garden as her favorite thing. “I like the different colored things,” she said, giving the example of the multi-colored carrots planted (orange, purple, yellow and white). “I also like taking the produce to the fair and just eating it.”
Amy also likes showing the produce at the fair plus, “I like taking some of it home. I like the different variety of things we plant”.
Along with the unique plants that the club has put in the garden - “I like the weird vegetables like kohlrabi”, Erin has a special connection to the garden. It is located on her late grandparent’s farm (Jerome Roth) and a section of it is her grandmother’s old garden area. “I thought, it’s like she’s still alive,” Erin said when heard of the plans to plant a garden in her grandmother’s old garden.
Onions, kale, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, carrots, dill, rhubarb, beans, mini pumpkins, potatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers — and that’s just some of what they have growing in their little piece of heaven.
With that list, you can imagine it takes quite a few hands to make this garden a success.
The club has members ranging in age from five to eighteen. While some club members don’t have time to help with the garden, when everyone who can help does help, things running quickly and smoothly. Club members currently involved with the garden project are Grace Henn, Amy Nelson, Erin Beckman, Landyn Veik, Michael Selting, Allison Selting, Elizabeth Selting, Jon Meis and Marie Meis.
Produce Available For The Public
As long as the weather continues to cooperate, the Cedar Creek club plans on having extra produce to share. If you are interested in some items out of their garden, please contact parents Anne Meis (402-843-2285) or Lori Beckman (402-843-0436). They will let you know what is currently available and make arrangements for pickup. Any monies donated to the club in return will be used for additional and/or replacement tools and items needed at the garden.
June 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
A little information from his bio…
Fax Gilbert is a performance artist and educator who uses mime, masks, magic, physical comedy and audience interaction to create programs that connect with his audience.
Fax began performing with the National Mime Theater Company in Boston following his graduation from Brandeis University. He then created his own interactive program using his mime training as base and adding physical comedy, magic, masks, and even some puppetry to increase his ability to connect with any audience. He has since brought his programs to 42 states and a dozen foreign countries.
During the past 23 years Fax has presented over 5,000 school assembly programs, residencies, teacher-in-services, community concerts, library programs, corporate functions, and keynoted many regional educational events. He is represented on the Arts Councils of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and travels the Midwest full time delivering a range of educational programs from Character Development, to State History Plays, to Health and Wellness Programs, to Creative Dramatics Residencies.
In 1990 Fax and his wife, Sharon, moved to Iowa, where he created Fax Gilbert Programs