By Dennis L. Morgan
The Fourth of July holiday has come and gone. Across the country, friends and families gathered to celebrate by grilling burgers, drinking cold fluids of questionable composition, and burning firepower in assorted colors and sounds.
Each of us has a timeline which we adhered to on this day, each tells a particular story.
6:30 a.m. — Lynell wakes me up and asks “do you want to go with me to help with the Lions food stand or do you want me to go alone?” I said ‘no’ but it quickly became ‘yes’ because I know she does many things for me even though they may not be what she wants to do. I was in the shower moments later, dressed and ready to head out the door.
6:40 a.m. — The trip to Neligh is suddenly put on ‘hold’ when we realize Lucky Dog is loose on the streets of Elgin, having sneaked out an open door. Lynell puts on a rain poncho and I jump in the car as the search begins. Having buzzed through Lucky’s normal flight path and seeing no signs of the four-legged beast, we head east. We catch a break when we turn south and see a black and white dog just east of Tony Levander’s house. A neighbor’s dog barks and Lucky wanders over to the kennel to check out the action. With a little luck, Lynell gets Lucky back on a leash. All told, she was gone maybe 10 minutes, but Lucky has done her best to wake up the neighborhood.
7:25 a.m. — We arrive at the Leigh Lions Club building and begin serving pancakes and sausage to the hungry masses. Money raised every year on the Fourth of July goes to fund scholarships and other worthy activities of the club. Gale Mahnke is Mr. Pancake man this morning. I nickname him ‘Flipper,’ he doesn’t seem to mind sharing the name with the world’s most famous dolphin. My job is to place three little sausages on each plate of pancakes. Not a tough task, put the sausages on the plate already loaded with pancakes and say, “here you are” and “thank you.” Lynell is a member of the club and I agreed to help, believing they needed some additional help due to the shortage of people able to work early on.
10:15 a.m. — With the breakfast surge finished, I return home and Lynell stays in Neligh to help with the lunch program. Finding a spot on the leather couch, I fade in and out of consciousness over the next two hours, waiting for the call to come and get her. On the television, Rafael Nadal steam rolls a Czech nobody to win his second Wimbledon tennis title. Nadal looks nearly unbeatable. I barely remember the feeling but it didn’t come on the tennis courts or the golf course, but on the intramural fields of Kearney State College.
2:30 p.m. — The call finally comes and I load Lucky in the car and head back to Neligh. Lynell gets into the car and says the Lions had a good turnout, raising more than $1,100 serving breakfast and lunch. Lucky demands to stick her head out the window so she can enjoy Neligh through her nostrils. What is it about dogs riding in vehicles? Almost everyone who has a dog will, at one time or another, transport their pet in the backseat of a car or the rear of a pickup. One lady once said dogs are experiencing the sense of flight when going down the highway. But how can dogs do that when they’ve never known what flight is? Instead, watching most dogs enjoying the moment, I think they feel like they are “King of the World!”
5 p.m. — Back home, we watch the movie “New Moon,” part of the Twilight series. Lynell puts some steaks on the grill and we enjoy our version of a ‘Fourth of July’ feast. I’d really like to know how much propane gas and how many charcoals are used to cook food on this day. I think the number would be astronomical.
Afterwards, I take Lucky for a walk. She, like most dogs, doesn’t like fireworks. In the case of my dog, she gets ‘spooked’ every time she hears one go off. To help ease her nerves, I keep a radio on in the basement set to a classic rock station to dilute the sounds. That, and making sure she takes care of ‘business’ before the shooting begins, helps to make the week more bearable for our canine.
8 p.m. — Here comes the texts. Not having checked Facebook for most of the day, there are a ton of messages wishing everyone a happy Independence Day. Almost all include some reference to firecrackers and fuses, all of these appear to have double meanings. One particular message comes from New Zealand. Tascha writes about having celebrated yesterday (New Zealand is on the other side of the timeline; meaning while its July 4 here, its July 5 there). She pledges to celebrate again tonight and to drink a toast to her Rotary foreign exchange parents. Tascha would be best described as one-part Cameron Diaz, one-part Julia Louis-Dreyfus and two parts blonde bombshell. Yes, she was a challenge when she lived in our home, similar to what many parents go through with their teenage daughters today.
11 p.m. — For us, Independence Day comes to an end as the lights go out. Fireworks can still be heard off in the distance. It’s a great holiday to celebrate, but because of the noise involved, I am always glad to see it come to an end.
The next holiday we will be celebrating will be Labor Day which also coincides with the start of the Husker football season. Bring it on!
Six teams will be vying for the top spot in the first ever Steak B-B-Que Cook-off competition at the Bartlett Q125 Celebration. There will be a specialty chicken B-B-Que for anyone to try as well.
The event, hosted by Cornerstone Bank of Bartlett, is scheduled for Saturday, July 17, at the Wheeler County Fair Grounds in Bartlett, beginning at 4 p.m.
Cost for the meal will be $7 per plate.
The public will have a chance to vote for their favorite chef to receive the Peoples Choice Award. Celebrity judges will award cash prizes to first and second place teams.
Judges for the event are Scott Poese, “Top Dog in Country KBRX: general manager and partyline host; Kate Sullivan, State Senator of the 41st Nebraska Legislative District; Dick Turpin, host of “Turpin Time” from Lincoln; and Ken Boughton, chief forecaster at NTV Channel 13 at Kearney.
Plan to attend this fun event and vote for hyour favorite grill master. Be sure to buy tickets before July 10 so you are eligible to have your name in the drawing for a 32” television donated by Sapp Brothers Petroleum of Elgin.
Tickets may be purchased from the following businesses in Bartlett: Cornerstone Bank WE Mart, Bibs-and Boots; in Elgin: Sapp Brothers Petroleum and Dean’s Market; and in Ericson at the Ericson State Bank, Ranch Café and the M&M One Stop.
Country music and an interesting time with a hypnotist will round ont the evening’s entertainment.
The event is being sponsored by Cornerstone Bank of Bartlett.
Jacob and Katie Sladky of Neligh, NE are the parents of a 7 pound, 8 ounce daughter named Emma Grace, born June 14, at Antelope Memorial Hospital.
Grandparents are Mark and Theresa Ingram of Columbus, NE, and Ron and Cathy Sladky of Wahoo, NE.
Great grandparents include Miriam Ingram of Columbus, Gerald and LaVetta Janicek of Bellwood, Bernie and Emily Sladky of Wahoo and Alda Haugaard of Fremont.
Father Paul J. Fangman
1922 - 2010
Fr. Paul J. Fangman, 87 of Albion, NE passed away Thursday, July 1, 2010 at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 8, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Wednesday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, and after 6:30 p.m. at the church, with a 7:30 p.m. wake service.
Paul J. Fangman was born on Oct. 25, 1922 in New York State. He came by orphan train to Nebraska in 1923 and was adopted at nine months of age by Andrew and Anna (Halbur) Fangman. He attended grade school and high school at St. John Berchmans in Raeville, NE and graduated in 1940. He attended St. Lawrence College at Mt. Calvary, WI for three years, studied his philosophy requirements at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary in St. Louis, MO, and completed his thological course at Kenrich Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
Fr. Paul was ordained on April 25, 1949 at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha, NE, by Archbishop Gerald T. Bergan D.D. He celebrated his first Solemn High Mass at St. Bonaventure’s Church on Monday, May 2, 1949 at Raeville, NE.
On May 12, 1949, Fr. Paul began his first assignment as Assistant Pastor at St. Frances Church in Randolph, NE. He also served as Assistant Pastor at St. Wenceslaus Church and Assumption Church in Omaha, NE (1952-1953). He served as Pastor at St. Anthony’s and St. John’s churches in Platte County, NE (1953-1963), St. Mary’s Church in Primrose, NE (1963-1984), St. Peter’s Church in Clarks, NE (1984-1991), St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Butte, NE (1991-1993).
On Oct. 29, 1993, Fr. Paul retired to Platte County, NE. He moved to Lindsay, NE and lived at the rectory of Holy Family Church with Fr. Novotny until moving to the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, NE on Jan. 11, 2007.
Fr. Paul was a very learned man; in both religion and worldly news. He was deeply involved with the Orphan Train and attended many conventions on its behalf.
He also mastered the art of “Junk” collecting; acquiring a substantial collection over the years.
He is survived by cousins, other relatives, former parishioners and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Fr. Paul was great at counseling people in their troubled times. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Condolences may be sent to www.huffmanlevander.com.
Louise C. Medcalf
1923 - 2010
Louise Charlotte Medcalf, daughter of Lewis and Minnie (Jahn) Sargent was born June 10, 1923 at Sioux City, IA. She attended elementary school at Moville, IA and graduated from Moville High School with the class of 1940.
On August 27, 1944, she was united in marriage with Lyle LeRoy Medcalf at Sioux City, IA.
The couple lived and farmed all of their married life northeast of Clearwater, NE. Louise was a homemaker and a wonderful mother to her three children.
After the death of her husband in 1992, she moved to Pioneer Homes in Neligh, NE. She later moved into the Willows Assisted Living in Neligh, NE and moved to The Chateau Assisted Living in Norfolk, NE in 2008.
Louise enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, playing cards and playing bingo. She was a 4-H leader, County Fair Judge for many years, a member of the Elkhorn Valley Extension Club and a member of the United Methodist Church in Clearwater, NE.
Louise, 87 of Norfolk, NE passed away Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, NE.
Louise is survived by three children: Bob Medcalf and special friend Myrna Mosel of Neligh,NE; Louanne Higgins and husband Mike of Caballo, NM; Linda Morrison and husband Don of Broken Arrow, OK; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother: George Sargent of Anthon, IA; two sisters: Clara Rumohr of Kingsley, IA; Mary Lou Tabke of Moville, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lyle; one son Ronnie Ray; one daughter-in-law Mary Kay Medcalf; one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law.
Funeral services were Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at the United Methodist Church in Clearwater, NE. Officiating was Rev. Carroll Plisek. Pallbearers were Brian Medcalf, Tyler Hardy, Dennis Desy, Hank Hardy, Travis Hardy and Martin Thorberg.
Interment will follow at the Clearwater Cemetery
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.