Thursday, April 28, 2016

Awards Keep Coming For DHS; Business Students Take Third Place At Wayne State


Dorchester High School, a Class D-2 institution, is proving itself to be one of Nebraska's top public schools based on the performance of its students.  

The school is truly producing some of Nebraska's best and brightest minds.

More proof of that came last week when DHS beat numerous larger schools and was a top three finisher at Wayne State College's annual Business Competition Day on April 21. 

More than 200 students from Nebraska and South Dakota high schools competed in multiple areas of business competitive events, including: Accounting I and II; Advertising; Business Communications; Business Comprehensive Knowledge; Business Plan; College Quiz Bowl; Computer Literacy; Datamania; Digital Citizenship; Global Business; Marketing; Keyboarding I and II Speed Timings; Personal and Financial Literacy; Sales Presentation; and Web Wizardry.

DHS finished in third place, just behind Vermillion, S.D., and Columbus Lakeview.

This news coincides with DHS' notable performances by several students at the state journalism competition earlier this week.  (See our story below.)

Our congratulations to DHS' business students.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

No Electricity In Dorchester May 11, Midnight 'Til 5 A.M.


The Village of Dorchester has issued a notice that all Dorchester residents will be without electricity on May 11, from midnight until 5 a.m.

According to the notice, Norris Public Power will be replacing an electric pole at the local substation. 

To do this, electric power will need to be shut off during the early morning hours.

Residents are urged not to call Crete dispatch, since the City of Crete now oversees Dorchester's electricity maintenance.

In case of rain, the repair will be rescheduled for May 18.

Any questions, call Village Hall at 402‐946‐3201.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DHS Students Take Home Honors After State Journalism Competition


Dorchester continues to grow its reputation for strong journalism and composition education. 

Five Dorchester students competed at the Nebraska School Activities Association's State Journalism Competition in Norfolk this week. 

DHS came home with many awards, led by:
  • Zoe McKnight, who placed fourth in Sports/Action Photography; 
  • Makenna Bird, who placed sixth in Yearbook Feature Writing and eighty in Yearbook Sports Feature Writing; 
  • Brittany Knorr, who took third place in Yearbook Theme Copy Writing and ninth in Yearbook Sports Feature Writing; 
  • Brittney Zoubek, who received second place in Yearbook Sports Feature Writing and sixth  in Yearbook Theme Copy Writing; and 
  • Marvelle Magana, who placed seventh in Yearbook Theme Copy Writing.  
The DHS journalism team of Knorr, Magana and  Zoubek placed ninth in Yearbook Theme Development.  Overall, DHS placed 11th out of 28 schools, accumulating 68 points competing at state in Class B, with schools as large as Gering, Waverly, Crete and Fairbury).  

The DHS journalists are advised by Sandy Severance.

Tuesday Brings Threats Of Tornadoes, Baseball-Sized Hail


(UPDATE: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: GAGE, JEFFERSON, JOHNSON, PAWNEE, SALINE. Stay abreast of the latest weather forecast, developments and warnings by clicking here.)

Today, the Dorchester area and the rest of southeaster Nebraska could be facing the season's first truly severe weather of the spring.

According to AccuWeather.com, Tuesday will bring a 96% chance of a severe, "damaging" t-storm late in the afternoon, along with a significant threat for tornadoes. 

Weatherbug.com reports: "Powerful thunderstorms will explode Tuesday mid-afternoon, especially from central and eastern Oklahoma through southeastern and south-central Nebraska. 

"Here, the threat for destructive thunderstorms is significant enough that the national Storm Prediction Center has issued a Moderate Risk for a severe storm outbreak on Tuesday and Tuesday night. Places like Oklahoma City, Norman, Okla., Wichita, Kan., and Hastings and Grand Island, Neb., could see damaging wind gusts topping 70 mph, hail larger than baseballs, and even a few strong and long-track tornadoes."

Tuesday evening will bring a 99% chance of thunderstorms, with some being severe, along with another significant threat for tornadic activity.

On Sunday, storms in southern Nebraska produced hail and at least one tornado. This video shows a confirmed tornado near Superior.

Stay up to date for the late weather forecast by checking the Times' forecast via AccuWeather, or by clicking here.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: DHS Golf Fundraiser; Longhorns Weber, Velder Earn Gold Medals


May 21 Golf Outing Will Raise Funds For DHS Girls Basketball: The Times has received word of the first annual Dorchester Girls Basketball Fundraiser Golf Tournament, set for May 21 at the Friend Country Club.  This golf tourney will be a two-person, 18-hole scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.  Organized by the DHS girls basketball coaching staff, the proceeds of this event will go towards purchasing a Dr. Dish Shooting Machine, team camps, and team apparel. Sign up in the school office or call Friend Country Club, 402-947-6501. If you cannot make it or would like to make a donation instead to the girls basketball program. You can send your donation to: Dorchester Public School, Attention Brandon Bruha, P.O. Box 7, Dorchester, NE 68343.  Come out and support the Lady Longhorns!

DHS Girls Capture 4th At Friend Invite:  The DHS girls track and field team continues to show progress.  The Lady Longhorns took the fourth place trophy at this week's Friend Invite.  Winning the long jump was DHS' Jacee Weber, with an effort of 15-9 ½; winning the triple jump was Weber, again, with a showing of 34-5 ½; and taking gold in the shot put was Bailey J. Velder.   


NSAA Honors DHS' Top-Notch Student Athletes:  The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) has recognized five Dorchester students for their athletic and academic achievements.  The following Longhorns were honored by the NSAA for having a cumulative GPA of 93% or higher, while also playing a significant role in their sport: Chris Nelson, wrestling; Avery Behrens and Jacee Weber, girls basketball; and Tim Havlat and Dustin Nelson, boys basketball.  Nice job to these 'Horns.

Are You Donating To Help Build Dorchester's Cemetery Directory?: The Dorchester Community Foundation Fund is still working on its next project -- a directory for the Dorchester Cemetery. This structure will help loved ones and friends find the burial site of those who have been laid to rest in our community's cemetery just east of the village.  To help raise the necessary funds for this important project, the Foundation is offering an engraved brick sponsorship.  Here's a link for readers to download or print if interested in contributing to the construction of Dorchester's new cemetery directory.  

Friday, April 22, 2016

Adolph Kohout Passes At 84; Services Tuesday


Adolph Joseph Kohout Jr., 84, of Dorchester passed away April 21, 2016. He was born June 18, 1931 in Monroe Precinct, Saline County, Dorchester, NE. Adolph attended Country Schools, District #94 and then #55. In 1945 he helped his dad farming.

He was a member of ZCBJ – WFLA Number 389 Saline Center and received his 75 year membership pin in 2013. At a young age, Adolph was interested in playing the accordion, maybe because his father played as well. He did get one and learned to play, Adolph was still playing but just at home for the family and other gatherings.

Adolph and Doris Hronik were married November 21, 1950 at Grace United Methodist Church in Crete and lived on the same farm where he was born. They had two children, Marilyn and Marvin. During winter months he worked away from home at Crete Mills, Alpo, Petersen Manufacturing, Biba Construction, REA near Geneva, Yankee Hill Brick Company and Wanek’s Furniture. One year Adolph and John Korinek went to put up Christmas lights in Council Bluffs for C.P. Ames Construction.

Adolph continued farming and raising cattle and pigs even after moving into Dorchester in 1977. He would go out every day until 2003 when he rented the land out and gave up his livestock. Even in his 80s, he was still going out to help at harvest time to move machinery from one place to the next.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters and brothers-in-law, Adeline (Lambert) Karpisek, Erma (Elmer) Burda and John Pavlish. Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Doris of Dorchester; daughter, Marilyn (Owen) Jensen of Mead; son, Marvin (Lorraine) Kohout of Dorchester; grandchildren, Renee (Luis) Jaime, Shaun Jensen, Jeremy (Lindsay) Kohout, Patrick Kohout; great grandchildren, Emalyn, Belanie & Mallory Jaime, Conner, Jonny & Gracie Kohout; sister, Mary Ann Pavlish of Wilber.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete with Rev. Roger Wolfe officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 5-8 PM with family greeting friends 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be in Wilber Czech Cemetery. Memorials care of the family for future designation. Condolences may be left online at kunclfh.com.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

DHS Alumni Golf Set For June 4


Proud Dorchester High School alumni will soon gather for the third annual DHS Alumni Golf Tournament. The tourney is set for June 4 at the Friend Country Club.

Four-person teams are asked to register soon.

Captains of each four-man team should contact Activities Director Brent Zoubek at: bzoubek@dorchesterschool.org or (402) 946-2781.  

Deadline to register is May 20.

This year's tourney will be only a 9-hole contest.  That way, alumni can get back to wonderful downtown Dorchester while it is still light outside to gather with friends at City Slickers or other venues.

In a nutshell, this event has become a big deal -- despite the aptitude of most alumni golfers.  The last two tournaments have attracted a wide range of DHS alumni of all ages from near and far.

Cost is $40 per player.  Alumni tourney t-shirts are available for an additional $15.  


Players must be DHS alumni. (Sorry, Tiger.)  

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ideas To Save Dorchester's Historic Buildings


(UPDATE: Shortly after running this story, the Times received an e-mail from Casteel Tree Service's Jay Casteel, who said he would be willing to donate his time and equipment to get rid of the trees around the old telephone building, to give back to that community since he is a DHS graduate.)

Last week, we were e-mailed pictures of Dorchester's historic telephone building in its current state of disrepair.

Windows shattered.  Trees growing around the foundation. Walls cracking. Roof sagging. Mice and other pests running along its base.

This once-proud building, with its unique southwestern-style architecture, is only a shadow of its former self.  

Roughly 90 years ago, the building was erected to serve as the Dorchester Telephone Building, where it housed the town's switchboard operators until the early 1950s, when dialing phones were installed.

After that, three businesses occupied the building: Guggenmos Insurance Co. (1950s and 1960s); Snip 'N Curl beauty salon (1970s); and a short-lived dime store (1980s).

Today, it is used for cheap storage.

While we realize that the old telephone building is private property -- and the current owners have every right to do with it what they please, as long as it meets village code -- owners of Dorchester's commercial buildings should know they own a special piece of the community's past.  

These buildings embody our town's yesteryear, as well as the memories of loved ones who called Dorchester home.

As this building deteriorates, so does a key piece of Dorchester's proud history.

This week, the Times staff asked a handful of residents what they would do to save this building and other commercial buildings like it.  Here are some of the edited e-mailed responses we received:
  • "Such a neat building! Crying shame what is happening to it. This is why we need a group of town residents to focus on Dorchester's main street and its buildings. A project like this is too much for one owner or one family, but a group of citizens could pool resources, raise funds for preservation, reclamation and reuse.  Maybe the FBLA and the new superintendent could spearhead a long-term project to work on this building that could house a student-led business. What a great way to give back."
  • "First, the board really needs to condemn the building. Can you imagine being a homeowner who lives next to it? (That's not fair to the person keeping up his property.) Second, Nebraska offers a 20% state tax credit for eligible expenditures made to rehabilitate, restore or preserve historic buildings.  If someone or group could buy the building, that credit would go a long way on such a small property. Go to http://www.nebraskahistory.org/histpres/nhtc.htm for more information."
  • "I've heard 8 to 10 town people tell me they would pitch in with money to help buy this building in an attempt to save it.  We need help from the town board.  Why don't they discuss a blight tax as you folks mention on the Times blog?  I've never once heard them bring that up.  I don't even know who owns the property.  You never see anyone working on it.  It would make such a nice coffee shop, convenience store or other small business."

Sunday, April 17, 2016

July 4th Planning Committee Meets This Wednesday


It's no secret that Dorchester has one of the very best July Fourth celebrations in southeast Nebraska. 

It's an annual tradition that draws folks from near and far, including alumni, former residents, friends and family from across the country.

Now you can be a part of the planning process and help make this year's Independence Day celebration the best one yet. 


At 7 p.m. this Wednesday, April 20, at the Community Hall, the Dorchester Fourth of July Planning Committee will hold a public meeting to begin planning this year's July Fourth celebration.

Bring your ideas. Offer to lend a hand.  

Whether you're a Dorchester student, young adult, a parent or a senior citizen, your input and help is needed for our town's Independence Day extravaganza. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: Mollie B Coming To Saline County; Duane Pavlish Passes


Mollie B From RFD TV Coming To Wilber: The Times has been informed that this May, the Wilber Fire and Rescue Department will be hosting Mollie B from the "Mollie B Polka Party" on RFD-TV in May. For those who don't know, Mollie Busta is a popular performer from the Jim Busta Band and Squeezebox; she's also host of her own weekly one-hour TV program, which features the nation's top polka bands and a wide-variety of ethnic styles produced on location at music festivals from around the country. Mollie B will be in Wilber on May 7 (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and May 8 (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) at Sokol Hall.  Tickets are $20 a piece.  Call Frank's Smokehouse (402.821.2647) or Tonja (402.821.3519) for more information.  Tickets are at Farmers and Merchants Bank, and First State Bank, both in Wilber.

Dorchester's Beautiful Main Street Median Draws Compliments:  Julie Holly, owner of The Well in Dorchester, reports that her out-of-town customers who attend The Well's recent yoga classes have commented on the beauty of our main street and the flowering trees on Dorchester's median.  Holly writes: "Thanks to those who planted the trees how ever many years ago."  We echo her sentiments and hope Dorchester will continue to preserve and enhance its special main street median.

Local Police And Fire Scanner Online:  Remember the days when many used to listen to the analog police and fire scanner to hear the emergency calls in their community? It's still possible today, even in the age of digital radio.  Click here to hear the broadcast fire and EMS calls dispatch to the Dorchester Fire/Rescue, as well as Crete Fire and Rescue Dept; Friend Fire/Rescue; Tobias Fire; Western Fire/Rescue; Swanton Fire; Dewitt Fire/Rescue and Wilber Fire/Rescue.  Also hear Saline County Sheriff and Fire, Crete Police, as well as the Friend and Wilber Police.  Listen for an hour or two each night and you'll be even more appreciative of our first responders.

DHS Graduate Duane Pavlish Passes At 62:  Duane E. Pavlish, 62, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, passed away on March 20, 2016. He was born on July 29, 1953, in Crete to Edward and Mildred (Koll) Pavlish. Duane was the oldest of six children. He was baptized and confirmed at the Dorchester Methodist Church. He attended Evergreen Country School District 25 through the 8th grade near the farm home southeast of Dorchester. Duane graduated from Dorchester High School in May 1971.  Duane spent several years farming, was a Cargill Seed Salesman, and spent his time building many small farm buildings as well as remodeling the farm home. He is survived by his children, Chris Pavlish and his fiancee, Deanne of Lincoln, Ryan and Erin Pavlish of Waco, Rene and Casey Taft of Lincoln; grandchildren, Jacob Pavlish, Henry Pavlish, Audrey and Zoey Taft; Special Friend, Marlene McWilliams; brother, Neal and Carolyn Pavlish of Crete; sister, Marlene and Scott Lentfer of Kearney; mother of Duane's children, Carol Pavlish; many nieces and nephews. The funeral was held March 24, 2016 at Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete with the Rev. Roger Wolfe officiating. Condolences may be left here.

Zika-Infected Mosquitos May Be A Huge Threat To Our Health:  We hope the boys at the village shop have the mosquito fogger ready to go.  It could be a long spring, summer and fall if (perhaps when) the mosquito-borne Zika virus comes to Nebraska.  Reports are that scientists in Brazil have uncovered a new brain disorder associated with Zika infections in adults: an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Zika has already been linked with the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, which attacks peripheral nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, causing temporary paralysis that can in some cases require patients to rely on respirators for breathing. The new discovery now shows Zika may provoke an immune attack on the central nervous system, as well. This is in addition to the birth defects Zika causes, including the unusually small heads of babies seen on news reports. See the CDC's website on Zika and tips to prevent getting it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Farmers Cooperative Continues Its Growth


It's hard to believe that Dorchester's Farmers Cooperative was once just another small grain elevator on a line of the Burlington Rail Road.

The Times has learned that Farmers Cooperative -- which has blossomed into a full service organization with products and services offered in energy, grain, feed, and agronomy -- is about to get a little bigger.

Beattie Farmers Union Cooperative of Beattie, Kansas, saw its stockholders vote last week to merge with Farmers' Cooperative.  While headquartered in Dorchester, Farmers Cooperative now owns more than 50 other facilities in eastern and central Nebraska, as well as northern Kansas.

At last check, Farmers Cooperative was one of nine Nebraska cooperatives that were ranked among the 100 largest in the country, according to a report by National Cooperative Bank.  Last fall, the NCB list ranked Dorchester-based Farmers Cooperative at No. 75 based on revenue in 2014.  It is the fourth largest ag-based co-op in Nebraska, just behind Aurora Co-op.

A story in the Marysville (Kansas) Advocate reports on the latest merger.

“I think it’s a pretty positive thing,” said Ron Velder, Farmers Cooperative CEO. Velder said the turnout likely reflected concern among stockholders about the farm economy, currently mired in low commodity prices.

A total 464 votes were cast, with 78 percent in favor, said Luin Berger, chairman of the Beattie Co-op board of directors.  

Moving Beattie Co-op into the Farmers Co-op fold will give area farmers access to better services and improved facilities, Berger said.

“Hopefully we’ll improve services and get an agronomist out here to help farmers on crop input costs, chemicals, seed and variable planting rates,” Berger said. “Those are people we desperately need.”

OUR OPINION: On Remittance Issue, Trump Is Right


Last week, presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed a plan to stop all remittances to Mexico from illegal immigrants.  That would mean that those residing in this country who are not legal citizens would be prohibited from wiring money to Mexico unless Mexico agrees to help fund a wall at America's southern border.

Trump is on the correct track.

A 2008 study found remittances from the U.S. to Latin America were costing the U.S. nearly $70 billion. That's right: $70 billion funneled out of the U.S. economy every year.  

Newer data show that Mexico collects around $25 billion in remittances annually from the U.S. -- a bigger contributor to the Mexican economy than either oil or tourism.  So it would make financial sense for Mexican leaders to pony up  a one-time expense of $10 billion for a wall versus forfeiting $25 billion each year in remittances from immigrants working in the U.S.

Over the past decade, Crete and other nearby communities with a sizable immigrant communities have been significantly harmed by money being sent out country.  

In generations past, that money was recycled many times over at area businesses.  It was spent locally to improve homes and neighborhoods, which meant higher home values, which led to more property tax collections for better schools, streets and infrastructure.

Not only are we now losing those dollars to money transfers going south of the border, U.S. taxpayers are left with higher bills to pay for:
  • Free K-12 education for the children of immigrants (including government funded breakfasts and lunches);
  • Law enforcement and prisons needed to address higher crime rates and gang activity;
  • Health care costs, including emergency room visits;
  • Expanded social welfare programs; and
  • Identity theft that comes with stolen social security numbers and other information needed to circumvent background check systems.
The mere mention of these facts will surely infuriate some readers.  This is proof that many Americans have been conditioned -- through schools or mass media -- to disrespect or disregard their own culture, traditions and history.  

We are thankful at least one candidate has the guts to "go there" and address the issues contributing to the deterioration of America's quality of life.  It beats turning a blind eye to our problems while continuing to promise rainbows, unicorns and utopia by stealing more from American taxpayers.

Eventually, reality will force lawmakers to take action, whether prompted by another major terrorist attack or a revolt at the ballot box.  While we wait for the politicians to figure it out, let's keep pressuring those who are being paid with tax dollars to protect us.

If you know of illegal aliens residing in the United States, call the detention and removal offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The number is 952-853-2550 and press “0.”

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Former DPS Superintendent Brian Redinger Charged With Felonies


We are saddened to report that former Dorchester Superintendent and current Shelton Superintendent Brian Redinger has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor as a result of a domestic assault that law enforcement officials say occurred on Sunday.

A story sent to us by a reader discloses the accusations that have been made by Redinger's wife, Kelleene Redinger.

The story from the Grand Island Independent was updated this morning and may be read here.

Redinger served as Dorchester's superintendent from 2008 through 2011.  Prior to that, he served as principal of DPS.

Due to the sensitive nature of this story, and out of respect for the Redinger children who attended DPS, comments on this story will not be published by the Times.

Developing...

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pork Feed, Elementary Concert Is Saturday At DPS


On Saturday. April 16, the Dorchester Public School elementary music program will be hosting its first ever Longhorn elementary music festival. 

The event will feature students from East Butler and McCool Junction joining Dorchester student to assemble an elementary honor choir.  The group will spend the day learning music together and end the day with a concert. 

There will be a pork feed -- made possible by donations from music parents and Farmers Co-op -- beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The concert itself will start at 5:00 p.m. 

In addition, there will be raffles and other prizes. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students; children under 5 are free. 

The pork feed will be a free-will donation. All proceeds will go to the 2017 junior high/ high school Kansas City trip.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: HR Job Opening, Keller Places At State FBLA Conference



Photo courtesy of Penny Nichols Keller
HR Job Opening In Dorchester:  Our Google alert caught this -- an opening for a human relations generalist.  We don't know the name of the entity with the opening since it is being conducted through a search firm.  The job requirements are a bachelor's degree in HR management or similar field or five years experience as HR generalist. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel also required.  Click here for the job ad.

DHS' Keller Takes 8th At Statewide FBLA Contest:  Congratulations to DHS Senior Jordan Keller for receiving 8th place in the most prestigious event at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference on Saturday in Omaha.  Keller captured her award in the Future Business Leader competition. This continues to add to the prestige of Dorchester's FBLA program.

Dorchester Foundation Still Raising Funds For Cemetery Directory: The Dorchester Community Foundation Fund is still working on its next project -- a directory for the Dorchester Cemetery. This structure will help loved ones and friends find the burial site of those who have been laid to rest in our community's cemetery just east of the village.  To help raise the necessary funds for this important project, the Foundation is offering an engraved brick sponsorship.  Here's a link for readers to download or print if interested in contributing to the construction of Dorchester's new cemetery directory.  

An Idea For Village Leaders:  We see the Village of Dorchester is still looking for someone to sit at the dump to observe folks to make sure they're only dumping grass clippings, branches and leaves.  (Call 402.946.3201 if you're interested.)  We aren't the sharpest tools in the shed -- we just run a blog, after all.  But $9 an hour at 10 hours a week over roughly 24 weeks equals around $1,300 (not including employer payroll taxes, etc.).  That money could buy a surveillance camera or two to do the same job for the next several mowing seasons.  There would even be money left over to place cameras in the park and at key intersections with stop signs that are often ignored, especially at night.  Cameras make a lot of sense in a community with no full-time law enforcement.  Just our thoughts. 


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dorchester's Olga Bruha Passes At 98; Services Wednesday


Olga Bruha, age 98, of Dorchester passed away peacefully with family by her side on April 6, 2016. She was born August 5, 1917 to Louis and Mary (Kotil) Nejdl, the second of six children, on a farm near Western, Neb. in Saline County. She attended rural school, District #52, and attended Friend High School through the 9th grade.

At the age of 11, she lost her mother to scarlet fever. Her grandparents moved to the farm for two years to take care of the family. At this time, she was taught how to cook, clean, and take over the family duties at the young age of 13.

On April 20, 1937, she married Emil R. Bruha, Jr., from Dorchester. They met at a polka dance at Tabor Hall. After marriage, they farmed for 18 years southwest of Dorchester and later moved into town with their three daughters, Jeanette, Joan and Judy.

She loved flowers, especially red tulips and roses, and over the years in the spring and summer many bloomed in her back yard. While living on the farm, she worked very hard, milking cows, raising chickens and geese to put food on the table. She always had fruit trees and a huge garden which included lots of canning. Cooking and baking kolaches was a specialty of hers. She was a 4-H leader for several years teaching girls the charm of homemaking. Losing her mother early in life made her the best mother ever to her three daughters.

Olga was employed by Formfit Rogers in Crete as a machine operator for 25 and 1/2 years. She received her gold watch from the company, of which she was very proud of. She also was a member of WFLA Lodge #74 (Tabor Hall) and held an office and helped with activities for 20 years. She received her 75 year pin in 2012 and received her certificate of Honorary Member at the age of 96.

After she retired from Formfit, she loved to travel and visit relation. She visited many states including several states on the west coast and one highlight of her life was taking a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and seeing the great Hoover Dam. Another fun trip was visiting New York state where her oldest daughter lived at the time, touring the Niagara Falls and Letchworth Park that the WPA built. 

Preceded in death by her parents, husband; Emil, parents-in-law; Joe and Blanche Bruha, brothers; Louis, Milo and Emil Nejdl, sister; Irene Wagner, sisters-in-law; Libby Beelar and Evelyn Jirsa.

Olga will be greatly missed by her daughters and families. Surviors include: Daughters; Jeanette Roat and Ron Labenze of Shickley, Joan and Dale Frahm of Dorchester, and Judy and Jack Daniel of rural Denton. Grandchildren and spouses; Steve and Caryn Roat of Stanley, New York; Lynn and Jay Slover of Conesus, New York; Dave Frahm and Nancy Brandt of Seward; Lisa and Ed Moore of Milford; Doug and Kathy Frahm of Elmwood; Jason and Kristin Daniel of Gretna; and Justin Daniel of rural Pleasant Dale; 15 Great-Grandchildren will always remember and miss their dear great-grandmother; sister and brother-in-law; Bertha and Leonard Musilek of Prague, Neb., sisters-in-law; Olga Nejdl of Crete, and Lois Nejdl of Idaho; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. with family greeting friends 5-6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment at Dorchester Cemetery. Memorials care of the family for future designation. Condolences may be left here.

What's Up With Those Hazy Skies Over Dorchester?


The wind has whipped Dorchester and the rest of southeast Nebraska over the past week, with gusts of 35-50 mph.  

The only change has been the direction of those howling winds.  

Saturday's winds blew hard from the southeast, bringing with it smoke and haze from Kansas and Oklahoma wildfires.

Currently, more than 20 wildfires are active in Kansas and Oklahoma.  See the active fire map here.

Toward evening on Saturday, the haze over Dorchester was very apparent.  

In Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin a few days ago declared a state of emergency in 10 new counties due wildfires.

Meanwhile, Kansas authorities say wildfires in several Kansas counties have been largely contained, but they continue to smolder.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

COMMENTARY: Separating The In's From The Out's


Every community in America has them: leaders; movers and shakers; people who make things happen.

And every community has those on the other end of the spectrum: the nay-sayers; the sticks in the mud; those would would rather complain than work to better their own corner of the world.

With this in mind, we share with our readers an article published in the North Platte Telegraph a decade ago. Written by former Telegraph reporter Mary Ann Koch, the piece concludes that residents in any community belong to one of two groups -- the "Ins" and the "Outs."

Read this short piece and let's all ask ourselves: To which group do I belong?


Separating the Ins from the Outs

There is an easy way to tell the “Ins” from the “Outs” in a community -- any community.

The Ins are the people who spend long, hard hours working for community improvement. The Outs are the people who spend their time and energy being critical.

The Ins invest hours in meetings, organizing programs and weighing alternatives. They are usually generous in their opinions of others, knowing that anything to be done must be done with the help of others. 

The Outs invest in gossip, repeating rumors without regard for truth, and spreading resentment and frustration.

The Ins see a need in the community and try to do something constructive to meet that need. The Outs complain about everything the community lacks and find fault with everyone who tries to do anything about it.

The Ins get their names in the news because they are news makers. The Outs don’t get involved.

The Ins look for the best in people and believe that people do the very best they can in a given situation. The Outs are sure that everyone in the public eye is crooked and has a selfish motive for everything.

The Ins believe a person who has accumulated material wealth has worked hard and deserves that wealth. The Outs believe a wealthy person got that way in some dishonest manner or simply inherited it all.

The Ins are doers. The Outs are talkers.

The Ins are positive. The Outs are negative.

Which one are you?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

County Needs More In-Home Care To Retain Senior Residents


We were saddened to learn last month of the decision to close the Friend Manor.  This loss is not only a blow to Friend Community Healthcare System; it is a blow to Saline County's elderly.

Dorchester and other Saline County communities need to explore all options to retain more of our older residents -- especially those elderly residents who physically and mentally able to live at home with just a little help.

Over the past few months, Dorchester has lost some of its valued, longtime residents who have been moved to long-term care facilities in other communities and other counties.

It would be ideal to see Dorchester attract senior housing, like the apartment-style senior apartments in Crete and Friend.

A short-term fix is to attract more in-home care services for our senior citizens.  This way, more of Dorchester's elderly residents can stay in their homes and in the community they love.

Home Instead senior care services -- a franchise business with its roots in Nebraska -- currently has a job opening for a caregiver serving clients in Saline County.

According to the job ad, this position will not only allow you to earn a good income, but will also provide a chance to make a meaningful difference in the lives of clients and their families.  No experience or medical skills necessary.  Flexible scheduling with overnight hours available Caregivers provide a variety of non-medical services that allow seniors to remain in their homes. These services generally fall under three categories: companionship; home helper; and personal care.

For job related questions, call the franchise office at (402) 423-8119 or click here.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Just Listed: Acreage And South Side Brick Home


(UPDATE: We are told by inside sources that the home at 107 Whitmar St. has been sold, just a couple days after it went up for sale.  This is strong evidence there's a good market for higher end homes in Dorchester.) 

Dorchester has a lot going for it -- especially if you prefer living in a safe, friendly and affordable community that has much potential for the future. Consider what Dorchester has to offer:
  • TOP-NOTCH SCHOOL: A new K-12 school with some of the state's best educators. The lowest school tax levy in the county -- and one of the lower property rates in southeast Nebraska.
  • SAFE COMMUNITY:  With a new water system and sewer system.
  • LOWER COSTS: Affordable cost of living.
  • KEY BUSINESS: Headquarters for one of the state's largest agri-businesses (Farmers' Cooperative) and is situated on the thriving Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line.
  • GEOGRAPHIC ADVANTAGE: A quick drive from many employers in Crete and Seward, and only 30 minutes to Lincoln, Dorchester is located next to two major highways and just 10 minutes from Interstate 80.  Yet all the advantages of a rural small town.
However, one challenge facing Dorchester is available housing.  We often hear from many readers who say they would like to move to Dorchester, if only homes were available.

Today, we are showcasing the latest Dorchester homes available right now.

If you're ready to call Dorchester home, we encourage you to take a look and make an offer.  Make Dorchester your home and enjoy a great small-town way of life.

108 WHITMAR STREET:  Located on the south side of town in a nice neighborhood, this recently built brick home is for sale by owner. An e-mail we received said those interested should (402) 617-5089.

1631 COUNTY ROAD EA slice of heaven on 8.75 acres. Nestled in a park like setting this 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home has been meticulously updated and maintained. Family owned for 38 yrs and they spared no expense on updating and the 2700 sq ft OUTBUILDING -- a must see, well-powered man cave including a bathroom! Large trees enclose this private family property perfect for family gatherings and entertaining. Home has a new 10' covered wrap around porch, new cedar siding and roof in 2012, updated appliances in 2011, updated bathrooms, Colorado style master bedroom, and laundry on first floor. Upstairs offers privacy with 4 large bedrooms, bathroom and a walk out to 370 sq ft deck. Basement also has ample storage. Five additional outbuildings are also included on the property. If you are looking for a lovely updated home, acreage and AMAZING outbuildings with a little bit of country, you will find it here.  Click here for more details.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Saline County Museum Opens For Season This Sunday


We have received notification on Facebook that the Saline County Museum will open for the season this Sunday, April 3.  All individuals and families are strongly encouraged to visit and get in touch with this area's unique and special history.  

For those who don't know, the museum's roots can be traced back to the 1950's, when Dorchester's own Rosa Dusanek had a dream of building a Saline County museum to house the history of our area's people. 

By 1957, the Saline County Historical Society was established.  In 1960, the Saline County commissioners gave the society a one-tenth mill levy.

The museum's first building -- the teal colored structure you see from Hwy. 33 -- was built in 1964. Today there are eleven buildings.

The Chapel contains “In Loving Memory” funeral displays, an altar and wedding dresses and suits. A nearby memorial pays tribute to Dorchester's Charlie Havat, the last American killed in WWII's European Theater.

The Memorial Building has an 1800’s bedroom, a parlor and a kitchen. There is a textile room, dentist office, doctor’s office and a beauty shop.

There is a section for all organizations of Saline County. The Museum will take organizational minutes and scrapbooks from disbanded organizations.

The Weidner Building which houses the fire truck, wagons, photography, and electrical displays.

The Machinery Building has implements from the past centuries.

The Voting Building is original. This building was only used for voting.

The Buckingham School is a one room country school from 1871. It is a building where present day children can go to school to see how their great grandparents were educated.

The Burden Home belonged to the first black homesteader in Saline County. Seven children were born and raised in this two room home, dated 1868.

The Cizek log cabin, which dates back to 1866, is in the yellow building, along with a large collection of barbed wire and other items.

The Dorchester Depot Building houses fascinating railroad memorabilia.

And the Plato Post Office building is a traveling post office -- a tiny building that moved from farm to farm.

The Saline County Museum is operated strictly by volunteers. The Saline County Historical Society Board consists of ten individuals who meet quarterly.

There is no admission fee, although donations are welcome.

The Saline County Museum is now open for the season -- Sunday afternoons from 2-5 p.m.  

Museum contacts are: 
Judy - (402) 243-2356 
Mary Anne - (402) 448-5265

The museum volunteers tell the Times that they are working on new displays.  If you haven't been to the museum in a few years, you really need to stop by and seen the many changes.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nebraska Named A Top 10 State For Retirement


Forget retirement in Florida.  A new study by financial website Bankrate.com finds that Nebraska is a top 10 state for retirees.  

Bankrate examined all 50 states, looking at a variety of factors that are important to seniors.  Fox Business noted that, surprisingly, most of the best states for retirement were those in the Midwest and West.  

Ranked No. 10 overall, Nebraska boasts a low cost-of-living and strong health care system, according to the Bankrate study.  

Nebraska posted high scores in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index, which measures residents' happiness and satisfaction with their surroundings in five areas: sense of purpose, feelings about their community, as well as social, financial and physical well-being.  

Despite its reputation for snow, Bankrate said Nebraska's weather was 21st best in the country, with abundant sunshine and relatively mild summers.  

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

NEWS BRIEFS: DHS Journalists Compete; Weber And Behrens Named Academic All-Staters


  • DHS Journalists Compete Against Class A Schools: Continuing its long run of excellence in journalism, Dorchester High School recently sent some of its students to compete in the Journalism Education Association Winter High School Journalism Competition. Around two dozen schools competed in the even. Most of the schools were from Omaha or other Class A schools, while Dorchester was the smallest school represented. Brittney Zoubek received an "excellent" for her Yearbook Theme Copy Writing; Zoe McKnight received an honorable mention for in the category of Sports/Action Photography; Makenna Bird received an honorable mention for Yearbook Layout and an honorable mention for Yearbook Sports Feature; Marivelle Magana received an honorable mention for Yearbook Theme Copy Writing, and the team of Brittany Knorr, Marivelle Magana, and Brittney Zoubek received an honorable mention for Yearbook Theme Development. These Longhorns are advised by Mrs. Sandy Severance. 
  • Dorchester Girls Place 4th At Turkey Creek Track And Field: The DHS girls took fourth place yesterday at the Turkey Creek Track And Field Invitational in Friend, outscoring both Exeter-Milligan and the Bulldogs.  The Lady Longhorns placed first in the triple jump, shot put and discus events.  Word has it that the future for Dorchester's female athletics is bright, as a crop of talented junior high athletes are also making their presence known.
  • DHS Girls Named Academic All-Staters: Dorchester's Jacee Weber and Avery Behrens excelled on the court and in the classroom this year.  As a result, the Lincoln Journal Star has named the duo to its Class D2 Academic All-State Honorable Mention rolls for girls basketball.  Congrats to Jacee and Avery.
  • The Fiscal Insanity Of Gravel Streets: The minutes from the Dorchester Village Board's March meeting report that board members recently heard from an Olsson Associates representative, who made recommendations for street improvements.  Those recommendations dealt with intersections, as well as resurfacing existing paved streets, we have learned, but they were rejected "due to lack of available funds."  Meanwhile, the Village is currently accepting bids for delivery and spread of 480 tons of gravel -- for the latest round of gravel coating on those unpaved streets.  Consider that it will likely cost the Village at least $30 a ton (a conservative estimate) to bring the gravel and drop it on the streets.  This will cost around $15,000, plus the cost of labor for its employees to spread and maintain.  This gets to be an expensive annual habit and is proof that over the decades, gravel streets are quite expensive, too.  We say, "Stop the madness," and instead put some momentum into long-term street planning.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Dorchester Foundation Raising Funds For Cemetery Directory


The Dorchester Community Foundation Fund is working on its next project -- a directory for the Dorchester Cemetery.

This structure will help loved ones and friends find the burial site of those who have been laid to rest in our community's cemetery just east of the village.

To help raise the necessary funds for this important project, the Foundation is offering an engraved brick sponsorship, according to an e-mail we received.

Personalized engraved bricks will be used in the construction of the cemetery directory.  

  • The price for a 4” x 8” brick with one or two 16 character lines (spaces are counted) is $100 or 3 lines for $125.
  • An 8” x 8” brick with one to six lines is $200; or adding a logo with print on the 8” x 8” brick is $250.
  • This sponsorship is similar to the Park Shelter brick wall. 
  • DEADLINE TO PLACE ORDERS IS JUNE 15, 2016.

To download and print a contribution form, click here.

Established over a decade ago, the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund is guided by one central mission:  To raise funds for worthy projects that will enhance Dorchester and our quality of life.  Contributions to the Foundation are deductible for income and estate tax purposes.  You may consider giving cash, outright gifts (including bushels of grain), memorial gifts, deferred gifts (trusts-life insurance policies etc.), gift annuity or real estate.

A non-profit affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, the Dorchester Community Foundation has been instrumental in various projects and activities.  These include the city park's new playground equipment and shelter; annual scholarships; the Charlie Havlat Memorial; the village welcome signs; and the steak and chicken feeds.

See the contribution form for more details.  Make checks payable to: Dorchester Community Foundation Fund, c/o Peg Bergmeyer,101 Washington Ave., Dorchester, NE 68343.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: Road Construction, Nice Homes For Sale


Road Construction Coming Soon:  With spring comes barricades, delayed traffic and all the other joys that come with road construction and repair.  It appears the Nebraska Dept. of Roads plans to be working in our area sometime in 2016 as Highway 6 between Friend and Dorchester will be resurfaced to repair damage from weather and heavy trucks and farm equipment.  Those traveling between Friend and Dorchester should plan accordingly.  We've also heard the spur on the west side of Dorchester may be getting resurfaced, complete with shoulders.  This is long overdue, but we won't hold our breath.

Do You Have News Or Announcements For The Times?: The Dorchester Times tries hard to be your community news source. We rely on information provided by area residents, community leaders, school officials, students and alumni. If you know of a Dorchester-area event or story, send your stories to Dorchester.Times@gmail.com.  Or message us on our Facebook 'Vil Dweller' account. Photos are also welcome.

Nice Homes Coming Up For Sale Soon In Dorchester: We been told by reliable sources that at least three upper-end homes will soon be for sale in Dorchester.  If you're looking for a nicer home in Dorchester, we expect the announcements to be made in the next few days or weeks.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Dorchester Easter Egg Hunt Is Saturday; Egg Coloring Tonight


Hey, kids! 

The Easter Bunny is planning to drop by Dorchester. 

So mark your calendars and practice your egg hunting skills.  

The Dorchester Easter Egg Hunt will take place this Saturday, March 26. 

The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the high school football field.

All children in preschool through fourth grade are invited to take part and be part of this special holiday tradition in our community.

The hunt is sponsored by the DVFD and the Dorchester American Legion Post 264.

For those kids who want to have fun getting Easter eggs ready for the big hunt, all children are invited to help color the eggs on Friday evening, March 25, at 7 p.m. at the Dorchester Fire Hall.