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Hardy hosts community Memorial Day service

Superior earns certification in DED leadership program

Bad Rooster open for business in Superior

Area communities hold Memorial Day Services


 

Hardy hosts community Memorial Day service

As is the long standing custom at Hardy, two Memorial Day Services were held. While youngsters played outside on the park equipment, adults began gathring in the near century-old Community Hall to remember the sacrifices community residents had given to preserve the nation.
Members of the village's American Legion Post formed a color guard near the entrance of the building and advanced the colors to where they were posted near the stage. Jony Dahl played The United States Armed Forces Medley as the service began.
Dan Pedersen was the first to speak. Howard Miller gave the invocation followed by a Salute to America by the Harmonettes, a choir with a 70 year history in the Hardy Community.
Richard Binder, the American Legion's District 10 commander, delivered the patriotic address speaking about freedom, liberty and patriotism . Since the Revolutionary War, more than a million Americans have died while serving their country. He said there is a story to tell about each for they were real people with real families and loved ones and not a statistic. He then shared several stories about those who gave their lives in service to their country.
Howard Miller gave the tribute to all the veterans and those in attendance joined in singing the national anthem.
Following the benediction, the colors were retired and the focus moved to the Hardy Cemetery. There the clouds parted and the sun shone brightly while a wreath was placed at the foot of the veterans monument and a gun salute was offered. The service concluded with taps.
The list of fallen members of the Hardy American Legion Post includes Ralph J. Hull, Moses Smith, Herbert Jensen, Dale Larsen, Orval Larson, Darrel Rhoades, Einer Hansen, Joseph Calder, Charles Goolsby, Leslie Leonard, Herbert Czirr, Olaf Hansen, Martin Trautman, Clyde Washington, Harry L. Sorensen, Edward McKinney, Hubert Breault, B.F. Hill, Ann Hill, Earl Newell, Vernon Runyan,
Robert Edwards, Delbert Leo Fuller, Eric Hansen, Jack McCorkle, Clare Osborn, Delbert Roper, William Persinger, Lloyd Olsen, James Calder, JohnJensen, Kenneth Pedersen, James Newell, William Windover, Willard McCutcheon, Bonnie Fuller, Jimmy D. Healey, Erwin Sweet, Gene Pedersen, Jesse H. Jensen, Conley R. Cleveland, Leon Simonsen, Dale O. Talent and Donald Edwards.
Following the service JoAnne Edwards, director of the Harmonettes, shared the choir's story.
When organized in 1945, the Harmonettes was one of four choirs associated with the Union Church of Hardy. Organized by Mildred Leigh, the choir was more than a musical group, it was also a social group for many of the community's young women. Practices often included meals.
JoAnne first started directing the choir while a college student. Mrs. Leigh was the director during the fall, winter and spring but she took summers off to attend summer school. JoAnne was attending the fall and spring college semesters and would serve as the choir's summer director.
Current membes include (listed in the order they were standing in on Monday) Marj Renz, Loetta Pedersen, Cindy Kirchhoff, Joan Edwards, Joany Dahl, Nicki Kirchhoff, Allison White, Evin Miller, Donna Miller and Elaine Miller, Heather Dahl is accompanist.

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Superior earns certification in DED leadership program
Superior has earned certification in the Nebraska Department of Economic Development's certified leadership community program. It is the sixth community to earn certification, joining Tecumseh, Madison, Central City, Neligh and Cambridge.
"As an industrial town, we are well aware of the importance of a strong and growing labor market. We take advantage of funding opportunities to support expansions, having used community development block grant funds for storm water projects, federal and state energy grants to replace street lights with LED, and TIF funding," said Superior Mayor Sonia Schmidt. "We are always willing to work with incoming companies to find innovative solutions to make expansions possible."
Highlights for the City of Superior include:
· For the past four years, the city has partnered with South Central Economic Development District on a nuisance abatement program that identifies health and safety nuisances, and works with property owners to remove or mitigate them. The program identified many dilapidated homes that are vacant and/or no longer suited for occupancy. Property owners are either required to rehabilitate or remove the structures. So far the city has removed 10 dilapidated homes and financially leveraged the removal of four more.
· Two TIF funding projects took place last year. One was a new $28 million grain facility. Aurora Cooperative, one of Nebraska's largest cooperatives, partnered with CHS Inc., a global business to form Superior East, LLC, and build a new high-speed shuttle loading facility on the east edge of the city. The second project, set to open in the next few weeks is the $2 million 17-unit assisted living facility, Kingswood Court.
· Two existing businesses built new stores at Superior's busiest intersection, highways 8 and 14. Dollar General removed a vacant building and replaced it with a 9,500 sq. ft. retail store, and Casey's General Store bought land contiguous to its current store, demolished the existing facility and other dilapidated structures, and built a new retail space, expanding fueling stations in the process.
· A large storm water project in downtown Superior was recently completed and partially funded by CDBG funding.
· During the past six years, two community needs assessment surveys have been completed. In the past three years, the city adopted a new comprehensive plan with CDBG funds, a zoning ordinance and a wellhead protection plan with CDBG funds.
· The city is currently completing a community housing study with funds from the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority and accepting proposals for a comprehensive community solid waste management action plan using CDBG funds.
"There are only a handful of leadership certified communities within the South Central Economic Development District, so this is a real accomplishment," said Sharon Hueftle, executive director of SCEDD. "The leadership in Superior ­­ the city, economic development, business owners and volunteers ­­ work well together and are great to work with. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Superior."
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development created the program in 2011 with the purpose of helping smaller Nebraska communities deal head-on with challenges and change. Communities must demonstrate having a solid planning and implementation process in place. Communities also must actively take advantage of technology, or be willing to learn to meet program objectives.
Applicant communities are evaluated on community involvement, strategic planning, community planning and zoning, business and technology development and incentives and implementation.

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Bad Rooster open for business in Superior
The Bad Rooster has arrived and is adding another breakfast option for Superior residents. The eatery, located at the corner of East Third and Commercial Streets, opened its doors, last Tuesday.
Wendy Charbonneau and Mark DuBose, the creative husband and wife team behind the business, were relieved to get the doors open and start serving.
The couple began to think about opening a business shortly after their July, 2014 wedding. They examined different options. Wendy, the daughter of Gary and Lyndell Charbonneau, had extensive experience in the breakfast side of the menu at the Lovewell marina, which Gary and Lyndell operated for the past several years. The couple decided an establishment which focused on a breakfast menu, but served through the dinner hour, would satisfy a clientele which was not being served. And the Bad Rooster breakfast cafe was on the way to becoming a reality.
They refined their business plan and began the process of selecting a site. The former Alexander Buick-Pontiac showroom was available. The pair signed a lease and the real work of transforming their dream into reality came to fruition The building was renovated to meet code standards. A fire retardant wall was installed. Extensive plumbing and electrical work was undertaken. A fire suppression system was installed for the grill. Several appliances and other pieces of equipment were obtained at an auction in Salina.
Wendy wanted the dining area to evoke the 1950s so they searched for formica topped kitchen tables and chairs. An extremely large metal rooster stands inside the door. A smaller counterpart graces the south window. Wall decorations were obtained from different sources. Mark installed a computer projector system and vintage black and white Westerns are shown on the east wall. Sunday morning they show cartoons on the wall. Period music plays on the sound system. Salt and pepper shakers, sugar servers and napkin dispensers which recall an earlier era adorn the table tops. Only thing missing is the juke box
The menu features pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sticky buns and breakfast biscuits with sausage or bacon, egg and cheese. They plan to expand the menu as they become familiarized with their operation. At this point, they feature a different menu each day. Future plans call for expanding into non-breakfast items at the lunch hour such as salads and sandwiches. They also plan to adjust their lunch specials as the seasons change. Their eggs are sourced from an area farm. The beans for their coffee are ground on the premises and all food is prepared fresh daily.
The Bad Rooster offers additional seating outdoors and Wi-fi is available. Frequent guests are invited to leave their favorite coffee mug at the restaurant. Other plans call for the Bad Rooster to be open on Wednesday afternoons and evenings for students to enjoy when school is in session. The boot scraper by the entrance has been well-used during the recent wet weather.
As to the name of the cafe? The couple had three different names rejected by the Nebraska Secretary of State because they were already in use. While visiting a friend's house, they noticed a sign on their porch announcing bad roosters. The name stuck and was modified to the Bad Rooster. The sign is hanging on the rooster.
Mark and Wendy, with the assistance of Wendy's children, Zoe, Max and Rion, staff the restaurant along with Michelle Unruh and Caren Kennedy-Musser. Gary and Lyndell jump in and offer their assistance and expertise when needed. The couple were encouraged by the reception of the community and look forward to serving the community for a long time.

 

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Area communities hold Memorial Day services
Nuckolls County residents gave pause on Monday to remember those who have fallen in the service of this nation. Memorial Day began as a tribute to the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. The day was observed on different dates in the north and south. The first observance was in May of 1865 when widows and family members placed flowers on the graves of soldiers who fell in fighting for the North. The South imitated the observance though the dates varied state by state in the former Confederacy. Some states used the date of Stonewall Jackson's death, the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Courthouse or Jefferson Davis's birthday.
The North favored spring days when there fresh flowers available for wreaths and sprays. In 1868, General John Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic issued a general order naming May 30 as a day to mound the graves of the war dead with "the choicest of flowers." The South continued with observing the occasion on different dates.
At the conclusion of the Spanish-American War in 1898, President William McKinley traveled to Atlanta to promote sectional reconciliation. "Every soldier's grave made during our unfortunate Civil War is a tribute to American valor," he said. Recognition of different days of memorial continued.
It took the conflict of WW I to bring the two sides together in memory of their war dead. The holiday expanded to commemorate all those who paid the ultimate price in our nation's wars.
The horrific inferno of WW II further diminished the Civil War origins of Decoration Day in the collective national memory. Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1967 and Decoration Day was recognized as Memorial Day and set as the last Monday in May.
There is another tradition associated with Memorial Day. Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion sell poppies. A young lady, working in the Young Men's Christian Association Overseas Division in New York City, purchased poppies and handed them to the staff to wear. The poppy was closely associated with the poem "In Flanders Fields," written by Canadian poet and physician John McCrae. The custom caught hold and the poppy became the official memorial flower of the American Legion. Proceeds from the poppy sales went to American Legion programs assisting veterans.
In Nuckolls County, numerous programs marked the day. At the east section of Superior's Evergreen Cemetery, Gale Mikkelsen welcomed the attendees. Dave Johnson, pastor of Superior's Grace Community Evangelical Free Church, gave the invocation. Trent Morris recited Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Pastor Johnson presented the memorial address acknowledging the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women and their families over the course of our nation's history. He recounted the struggles and triumphs of WW II. He admonished those present to remember that freedom isn't free and that so many had paid the ultimate price to preserve our way of life.
Judy Meyer presented a salute to those who gave their lives in the Revolutionary War and laid a wreath at the war memorial. Dixie Whitney paid tribute to those who died in the Civil War and laid a wreath. Kay Elledge honored those who perished in the Spanish-American War. Joline Allington saluted those who paid the ultimate price in World Wars I and II. Maxine Rempe paid homage to those who sacrificed their lives in all of our wars.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars firing squad fired three volleys in a salute to the dead as the American Legion Honor Guard stood at attention.. Mattison Sullivan played 'Taps". Neah McMeen sang the National Anthem. The assemblage then marched across Highway 14 to the west section of the cemetery for another ceremony. The service was little changed from the previous one. There was no memorial address and wreathes were laid in memory of those from WW I and II, Korea and Viet Nam. The somehow appropriate sound of a mourning dove was heard throughout the program and added to solemnity of the occasion.
Lawrence American Legion Post No. 45 held services at the Sacred Heart, St. Stephen, Evergreen, Rosemont and Oak Creek cemeteries. The services at Sacred Heart featured an address by the post commander, a prayer by the chaplain. Soldier's graves were decorated, the firing squad gave a salute to the dead and the bugler sounded 'Taps.' A covered dish meal was held after the services.
The Nelson observance began at the Nora cemetery and then at the Nelson cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Stephen Barry, Nelson Community Church of Christ, was the keynote speaker. Stephanie Thayer provided a musical salute. Dale Uhrmacher was the master of ceremonies. Wreaths were placed by members of the American leg ion auxiliary. A firing squad presented the salute to the dead. A dinner was served at the Legion banquet hall following the services.
Volunteers placed flags at veteran's gravesites at the Guide Rock Cemetery. The Cowles Honor Guard participated in the program.
The Ruskin program included a meal and service at the community building and a service at Spring Creek Cemetery.

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