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Elgin Cleanup Day to be May 7

April 28, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The annual Elgin Community Cleanup Day will be held Saturday, May 7. Organized by the Elgin Community Club with assistance from the City of Elgin, a commercial dumpster will be located north of the Elgin Livestock sale barn and be accessible throughout the weekend.

On May 7, volunteers wishing to help out should meet at Elgin One Stop by 8:30 a.m. They will be available to lend assistance to those in need.

K-12 students from Elgin Public Schools will be assisting in cleanup efforts around town on Thursday, May 5, as part of The Great American Cleanup campaign.

It’s important for persons who need assistance to call The Elgin Review (843-5500) no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, to schedule a pickup.

It will be the property owner’s responsibility to haul items to the curb where they will be picked up. No volunteers will enter any homes to remove items.

Items must be placed by the curb by 8 a.m. to be hauled away by volunteers. Items which can be placed in the dumpsters include TVs, computers, mattresses and old furniture. Computers and TVs must be kept separate.

No tree branches or grass clippings will be hauled away by volunteers. The city dump, located west of town, will be open Saturday for persons to haul out tree limbs and grass clippings. Tree limbs must be separate from grass clippings and disposed of in the proper place.

No hazardous materials will be accepted as part of the community cleanup, nor will any tires, liquids, paints or batteries.

BCHC Announces Plan to Build New Elgin Clinic

April 28, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Soon, very soon, work will begin to tear down the Elgin Veteran’s Club building. Gone will be one of Elgin’s landmarks. But something, new, even better, will be constructed in its place.

On Monday, Boone County Health Center (BCHC) received the necessary paperwork to proceed with construction of a new clinic at the current location.

Earlier in the week, BCHC CEO Victor Lee, while awaiting final confirmation, explained plans for the new clinic. He, Public Relations/Grant Coordinator J. Cockerill and Elgin Clinic Office Manager Bonnie Kosch addressed key issues which all patients of the clinic need to know. They are:

• The new clinic is being built on the existing site.

• Plans are being fine tuned so the clinic will have exam rooms, a front lobby, accessible restrooms, doctor’s office and office space. There will be three exam rooms and one treatment room. Also, the lab at the clinic will be larger than the present lab.

• Construction is scheduled to begin on June 1.

“My goal is to start construction June 1,” Lee said. Noting that the goal had originally been to have work get underway on May 1, he said every step will be taken to give local contractors the opportunity to bid on work projects associated with construction of the new clinic.

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Spinning Tales — Easter Dinner and the Running of the Bares

April 28, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

By Dennis L. Morgan


Holidays are all about family, spending time with family, dining with family, retelling the stories which make up your family’s history both good and bad.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are the big three ‘family’ events. Toss in a wedding or two during the summer and, as a rule, those are sure to be the dates on the calendar when families get together.

From my perspective, families don’t get together nearly as much as they used to when I was a child. Back then, when there was no Facebook, no Internet, just three or four channels on the TV and long distance calls were something you did sparingly, Sunday was family day. After church, we would go out for Sunday dinner, then on to see one or both of my sisters. One lived in Lincoln and the other in Seward. Hours would be spent visiting, or helping out with jobs which could be done in a day. There would always be plenty of food. In the summertime, there would be watermelon or homemade pie and ice cream served before the end of the day.

Those were the days. Forgive me for being nostalgic, but those days are long gone for my side of the family, but they still exist for Lynell’s family.

So, early on Easter morning, we headed up to see Lynell’s mom, her brother and one of her sisters and their families. Some of the nieces were there with their families so, as you can imagine, the house was full of children, very young children. Just how young? There was the child who would walk by and soon you’d hear someone say, “Check out the Pampers, I think this one is done!”

Oliver, nearing age five now, was the talk of first hour. He had the misfortune(?) of being the first child in the family to put a Wi control handset into his dad’s 60-inch plasma TV, rendering it finished after two months of operation. His father said the insurance company would replace the TV and his insurance rate wouldn’t rise? I thought, maybe not rise now but down the road, look out.

Now, it’s customary when I visit my in-law’s house, there’s a spot on the couch which is mine. It’s been mine since 1985 and there’s no reason to think it won’t be mine until such time when it’s replaced.

So, I’m minding my own business, like every son in-law does prior to dinner time, when the first of two barely clad children fly by. Running Bare and Running Barer, having come all the way from Sturgis, had begun their own version of NASCAR, circling the room on an ever-frequent basis. Their names popped into my head, an homage to balladeer Sonny James, and seemed altogether fitting for the moment.

Which brings to mind a question — Why do some parents allow their children to run around nearly naked around family? Maybe, if it’s the middle of summer and the temperature is in triple-digits? But, when the temperature is 50 degrees outside and its Easter on the calendar, surely there must be some Romper Room law against such behavior?

Each time the children passed the couch, the counter in my mind kept going up. I was starting to get dizzy, thinking they would have to take a ‘pit stop’ soon. After all this was the only race of its kind in my sights on this day.

I’m not a parent so I don’t have insights into children’s behavior. Heck, the actions of adults still surprise me from time to time. But shouldn’t parents be responsible for keeping clothes on their kids? I’ve seen moms and dads with five or six children, sometimes more, have better control than others have with two or three?

That ‘pit stop’ finally came when dinner was served. Turkey, pork roast and all the fix-ins, salads galore and homemade crescent rolls, all fit for a king. But, you guessed it, Running Bare and Running Barer weren’t hungry and were back on the lead lap in short time. Toddlers act up, but maybe these two wouldn’t have had their mom and dad been there to watch them. But they’re separated. So grandma appears to be in charge and she had her hands full in another area of the house. As a result, Running Bare and Running Barer were left to their own devices.

By late afternoon we were back home. Both of us were physically and mentally worn out. We just don’t have the necessary patience or stamina to deal with a household full of children firing on all cylinders.

We’ve had many great times as a family. Still, the years have taken its toll. Not everyone we started out with is with us anymore. The house is eerily not the same anymore as the patriarch of the family no longer sits at the head of the table.

As families evolve from one generation to the next, it’s the children who allow them to continue. After all, where would we be without children? Thank God for kids!


Speaking of children, what’s going on with names? Long gone are the days when parents named their children Tom or Jane or Fred. Years ago, simple names made it easier for publishers to get them right.

That’s no longer the case. There’s seldom a week that goes by that a new way of spelling a name appears. Or, penmanship makes the name hard to read.

Perfect example was last week’s senior questionnaire which appeared in the paper. We print the full name with the student’s responses to different questions. In one instance, specifically the name of Zachary was misspelled. His grandmother, Jacqueline Baker, pointed it out to us last week. She’s very proud of her grandson.

I’ve seen Zachary spelled Zachory before and how it was printed when he submitted it to us made it hard to read.

Sorry about the misspelling Zachary!


It’s Royal Wedding Week. Our coverage of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton begins at 3 a.m. Friday, April 29. That is, we’ll be heading over ‘the pond’ when Buckingham Palace sends our press credentials. NOT!

Raymond H. Josten

April 28, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Raymond H. Josten

1924 - 2011

Raymond H. Josten, age 87 of Sidney, NE  passed away Tuesday evening, April 19, 2011 at the Memorial Health Center Extended Care in Sidney.

Ray, the son of Joe and Anna (Penne) Josten was born on January 25, 1924 at Elgin, NE.

Ray along with four brothers and two sisters was raised on the family farm, attended and graduated from St. Boniface School at Elgin in 1942.  In July 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the Destroyer USS Zellers as a signalman in the Pacific and Atlantic Theatres.  Following his discharge in July 1946 Ray attended the Grand Island Business College.  On October 11, 1948 he was united in marriage to Darlene Ridder and are the parents of four children:  David, Nancy and twins Dean and Diane.

Ray spent his entire lifetime connected to the lumber and building business.  He was employed as assistant manager to the Elgin Lumber Co. and Albion Elevator & Lumber Co.  In September of 1953, he moved with his family to Sidney when he joined Neil D. Hughes and purchased the former Moore Lumber Co. at 15th and Quince Streets.  He and Neil operated the Hughes-Josten Lumber Co. at that location until 1960 when the business was purchased by Foster Lumber Co.  At this time, he and wife Darlene formed the Josten Construction Co and operated this business until 1982.  Ray and Darlene have resided at their present home at 1714 15th Avenue since 1958.

Ray was an avid golfer, loved boating, fishing, hunting and playing cards.  He and Darlene have been loyal followers of their children and grandchildren in sports.  He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, served on the original St. Pat’s School Board during the construction of the St. Pat’s High School, and served on the building committee during the construction of the present St. Patrick’s Parish Center.  Ray is a Past Commander of the American Legion in Elgin, Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus of Sidney and 4th Degree Member.  He was a life-member  of the Knights of Columbus, V.F.W. as well as the Sidney Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife:  Darlene of Sidney; sons:  David (Lisa) and family of North Platte, NE and Dean (Rhonda) and family of Omaha; daughters:  Nancy O’Connell (John) and family of Sidney and Diane Watson and family of Lincoln; (10) grandchildren; (4) great-grandchildren; (1) brother:  Clarence and wife Clem of Powell Butte, OR; (2) sisters-in-law:  Berniece Josten of McCook and Mary Ann Olson of Sidney and many extended family members and friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, (3) brothers:  Lawrence and wife Betty, Sylvester and Alfred; (1) brother-in-law:  Harold Olson; (4) brothers-in-law:  Frank, Joe, Herman and Lawrence “Pete” Ridder and (3) sisters-in-law:  Cathrine, Bernadine and Cecilia.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 23, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Art Faesser officiating.

Military Graveside Honors were conducted at Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s name to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or Memorial Health Center Hospice.

Arbor Day Proclamation

April 28, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 


Elgin mayor Mike Schmitt signs a proclamation declaring Friday, April 29th as Arbor Day in the City of Elgin. Members of the Young N Lively Club, plus kindergarteners from Elgin Public and St. Boniface schools, will plant a tree in the City Park in observance of the holiday. ER Photo.

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