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Editor's Notebook

My father and grandfather were constantly on the lookout for business opportunities. Grandfather found many diverse opportunities. In his lifetime, he was an owner of dray lines, at least one cafe and hotel, three or more gasoline stations, a barber...

 

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Ocassionally we publish columns written by, award-winning, syndicated columnist, playwright, and author named Daris Howard. He sends us two columns a week with the hope our readers will enjoy them so much they will decide to order one of the books...

 

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What a spider web of interconnected events we do travel. In the newspaper business one story leads to another and another with unexpected connections along the way. While reading a daily newspaper story about the unfortunate incidents that happened...

 

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I’m responsible for monitoring a number of email accounts. At work I have one computer on my desk used exclusively for internet related tasks including monitoring email. During the work day, at least four email accounts are open, sometimes more. I...

 

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Friday morning a crew gathered in a supermarket parking lot at Plattsmouth to assemble what they hoped would be a record breaking ice cream sandwich which would weigh as much as a small automobile....

 

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In my early years at The Express, I wrote a story telling our readers about a Kansas businessman’s plans to open a Pizza Hut at the north edge of Superior. For me the story had special meaning as the location he picked for the new business was...

 

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10-14-21 Over the weekend I heard a man, who finds the current time challenging, comment he would prefer the quieter, less stressful time of the 1960s. I suspect his statement reveals his age. With the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and WWII in their...

 

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After learning two high school mates of mine observed their 54th wedding anniversary last week, I have been wondering where the years went. It shouldn’t been a shock for I walked across the Superior Auditorium stage and received my diploma 57...

 

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The woman who lives in this editor’s house is trying to tame a stray cat. When I first moved into town, a number of feral cats lived in and around a vacant and dilapidated house that was across the street and down the alley. With those cats on the...

 

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I occasionally answer questions about Bob’s Popcorn Palace as people recall buying big bags of popcorn from the stand operated by the late Bob Oglevie. After his stand closed Bob rode his bicycle from his quarters in the Good Samaritan home at the...

 

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Monday morning’s mail brought to the newspaper office a subscription renewal from Margaret Houtz of Wray, Colo. Her renewal card reminded me of a nice old gentleman who I had the privilege of servin...

 

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Editor’s Notebook A dear friend of this newspaper, Bob Oldham, was laid to rest this week in Hastings. Though he left the newspaper’s full-time employ on Dec. 31, 1971, he never stopped looking out for us. Bob began his employment with The...

 

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As summer draws to a close, a co-worker is checking things off her Summer of 2021 to do list. After vising 18 Nebraska Passport sites this past weekend, she has only 9 more to go to reach her goal of visiting all the sites on this year’s list. But...

 

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Over the years, the Superior Chamber of Commerce has coordinated a number of late summer, early fall activities. There have been parades, car shows, watermelon feeds, barbecues, free movies, both professional and amateur entertainment, dunk tanks,...

 

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In my first weeks with The Express, Howard Crilly, the retired editor and publisher, graciously accompanied me on my rounds throughout the paper’s circulation area. He introduced me to the people I needed to know and filled me on their likes and...

 

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The quick passage of the Union Pacific’s Big Boy Locomotive through Nuckolls County illustrated how times have changed. Big Boy is one of the 25 largest steam locomotives ever built and the last one in operating condition. Built to haul loads over...

 

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It took 21 years but Friday I finally made it to Deshler and the Spring Creek Model Trains store. I had planned to attend their spring toy show but a family conflict took me south to Osborne on show...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 29, 2021

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Earlier this week, while visiting with a home owner, I learned of a problem at his home he was still dealing with. A couple days before he had attempted to replace the water control parts serving a porccelain commode’s water closet. ( Since...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 22, 2021

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I’ve been told history repeats itself and this newspaper is filled with old news. At least part of the time, both are true. History does tend to repeat and this newspaper tries to report on both what is happening and what has happened. In this spac...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 15, 2021

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As a college junior, I took an advanced photojournalism course offered at Kansas State University. I made friends with a fellow photography student who apparently kept close tabs on the weekly...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 8, 2021

Editor's Notes

While looking through the archives, I found a copy of the Manhattan Mercury newspaper in which a story I wrote in November of 1965 was published. For my first college level reporting class, I wrote about a college stunt I was involved with. Unlike...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 1, 2021

Editor's Notebook

A longtime subscriber to this newspaper, Ken Torring, drove over from Deshler on Friday. He stopped at the newspaper office to ask if I might be related to Charles Blauvelt, the former editor of the...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 24, 2021

Editor's Notebook

With Father’s Day observed on Sunday, I’ve listened as a number of friends shared stories about what they learned from their fathers and what they did with their fathers. Their stories got me to thinking about the many things I did with my...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 17, 2021

Editor's notebook

Sunday afternoon, while returning from a visit with Rita’s mother at Osborne, we encountered a fireman stopping traffic on the highway south of Lebanon. Sheriff’s officers were stationed on Highway 36. Not seeing any smoke which would have...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 10, 2021

Editors Notebook

editor’s notebook 6/10/21 Sunday I was glad I wasn’t trying to ride either my pony or bicycle on Highway 14. Without a doubt, I would have been spooked by all the traffic and I suspect most if not all of the horses I have ridden would also have...

 

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