Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. Have a blessed day with your loved ones. I thought I would share some tips I received from someone on how to celebrate Thanksgiving. Interesting and fun.

  1. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, no matter how old you are.
  2. Don’t try to clean the turkey with utensils alone — it just doesn’t work.
  3. Continue old traditions, but also add new ones.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen — always.
  5. Wear stretch pants. Enough said.
  6. Remember that peppermint soothes the digestive system after overeating.
  7. Reflect on the things for which you’re grateful.
  8. Make naps mandatory after dinner.
  9. Start searching for food container lids early. They deliberately hide themselves.
  10. Embrace the quirks of family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from Kat Country Hub.Thanksgiving

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Happenings From the Heights

Oakland Height News by Jill Brink

Byron Steele Morrow, 53, of Tekamah NE

BYRON STEELE MORROW, 53 years of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away November 24, 2014, at his home in Tekamah.

Byron was born to Walter and Elizabeth (Mahon) Morrow June 1, 1961 in San Bernardino, California.
During high school, he moved with his family to the Decatur area, and he graduated from Lyons High School in 1979.

Byron spent much of his working life driving truck for various employers in the area. He was an avid fisherman, spending two weeks a year in Canada.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Morrow.

Survivors include his three daughters and two granddaughters, Heather Morrow and Ryann Rodriguez, Amber Morrow, Ashley Stevens and Melody Capalite all of Tekamah; his father and stepmother, Walt and Patty Morrow of Lyons; two brothers, Tony Morrow of Seattle, WA and Tom Morrow of Phoenix, AZ; and one niece, Sarah Morrow of Seattle, WA.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:30 a.m., at Pelan Funeral Home in Tekamah

BURIAL: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur, Nebraska

MEMORIALS: To the Family

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.



A Minute With the Mayor

Happy Thanksgiving! As we gather together with family and friends to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings we have been given this past year, I wanted to say thanks to all of you for making Lyons such a great place to live. I am so blessed to be mayor of this wonderful little community. It is hard to count all the wonderful things this past year we have accomplished. All of it made possible because of your belief in the fact that all things are possible when we put our collective minds to it!

One of those many wonderful things I’m thankful for is the remodeling of the auditorium. I know many of you are curious about the progress being made. Unlike the pool where progress was visible out in the open, the auditorium is not transforming before our eyes because it is all in-doors. I can tell you it is transforming. The floor of the old fire hall has been removed and is being prepped for a new flat one. The men’s and handicap bathrooms are gone. Even a large portion of the central wall has been torn down to open up the space between the two rooms. When the new floor to ceiling windows go in where the bay garage doors are now is when things will really start to look good. So we are making progress.

We had the election. It looks like we will have a new council member for the first time in eight years. Congratulations to Kyle Brink who will be taking over for Roger Anderson. I think Kyle will make a fine addition to the council. I’m excited to get to work with him. I do however want to give a big “thank you” to Roger for all his years of service to the City of Lyons. Lyons is a better place because of Roger’s commitment to the future of this community. He has been a constant source of knowledge and level headedness. He has given selflessly of his time and energy all in the name of community improvement. I’m a better mayor thanks in part to Roger’s wisdom and counsel. It takes a special type of person to be a city council person. Roger has proven to be a very special person in my book. Roger’s last council meeting as a councilman is December’s. Please take the time when you see him to thank him for his service to Lyons. He deserves a big pat on the back!

As we move forward towards the next four years, part of me hopes we are as busy as or busier than we have been the last four years. The other part of me hopes it is a lot less! I feel good about the direction the city moving. Like I said, we have lots of things to be thankful for. I hope you all feel the same way.   Enjoy your holiday. Good luck with your power shopping on Friday! Take care, be safe and we’ll talk to you soon.


Mayor Andy Fuston

Mayor Andy Fuston

Byron Morrow, 53, of Tekamah NE

BYRON STEELE MORROW, 53 years of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away November 24, 2014, at his home in Tekamah.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:30 a.m., at Pelan Funeral Home in Tekamah

BURIAL: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur, Nebraska

MEMORIALS: To the Family

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.


Roundabout Project at Highway 77/32 Junction Delayed Until Spring

Work has been suspended on the roundabout project at highway 77/32 junction until next spring.

“The reason for the delay is weather,” said Jeff Francis, the highway project manager. “We were hoping to be further along than what we are.”

The roads department has completed grading and culverts. Temporary roads are not quite ready for travel. “The roads need surfaced yet. The weather ran out on us. Asphalting can’t be started and stopped,” Jeff stated. “We didn’t want traffic on the temporary roads until we could surface them.”

The project is set to start again next spring, weather permitting. “We then will surface the temporary roads and redirect the traffic to them while completing the project,” Jeff said.

More information will be available when the project begins again in the spring.

Giving Thanks for Unexpected Things

By John Crabtree, johnc@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs

Thanksgiving is when, as a nation, we give thanks for the important blessings in our lives. For many, that likely includes family, good health, a decent job, and the like. And we should be thankful if we enjoy any or all of those things.


For some in our society, however, working hard doesn’t always produce enough income to make ends meet. And many rural and small town Americans depend on something that the rest of us don’t likely think about that often, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), to help get through some of the tough times.


The EITC is a credit against federal personal income taxes for working people who have low to moderate income, particularly those with children. The Census Bureau estimates that in 2012 the EITC kept an additional 5.4 million Americans, including 3 million children, above the official poverty line.


A recent Center for Rural Affairs report (http://www.cfra.org/news/141107/impact-earned-income-tax-credit-rural-people) found that the EITC has become a rural program, vital to rural people and their well-being and important to the economies of the small towns they live in. Over one in five rural Americans claimed the ETIC, a greater percentage than among our urban neighbors.
Being thankful for the EITC may seem odd to those who have never used it, but to one out of every five of my rural and small town neighbors, it has made all the difference, and for that I am truly thankful.


Burt County Brass Quintet to Play at Neihardt Center in Bancroft

Get into the holiday spirit by attending the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site’s December “Sunday Afternoon at the Museum” program.  Mark your calendar for December 14 at 2:00 p.m., and don’t’ forget to bring your family, friends, and even your Grinch-y neighbor to Bancroft to rejoice at the holiday music of the Burt County Brass Quintet and the Bancroft Melody Chimers.

The quintet features Gary Fugman (Decatur) and Jim Groth (Oakland) on trumpet; Brenner Beavers (Tekamah) playing the French horn; Jeff Watson (Lyons) playing trombone; and Viktor Sundleaf (Bancroft) playing tuba.

Enjoy sweet treats, holiday décor, and good company after the program.  You may even find a unique gift in our selection of books, CDs, and beaded jewelry.  The Neihardt State Historic Site is located at 306 W. Elm St., Bancroft, Neb.

Burt County Brass Quintet SAM Program PosterBoth the program and reception are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 1-888-777-4667 or contact us through email at Neihardt @gpcom.net.  “Like” us on Facebook at John G. Neihardt State Historic Site to stay informed about programming.

Darrel Lee Druhe, 67, of Craig NE

DARREL LEE DRUHE was born June 20, 1947, in Oakland, Nebraska, to Donald and Mary Lou (Weeces) Druhe. He passed away at his home in Craig, Nebraska, at the age of 67 years.

Darrell graduated from Craig High School in 1965.

Darrell owned Woodcraft Cabinet Shop in Omaha for many years and was an expert craftsman. He also worked construction and was a truck driver. Darrel spent many years drag racing at Flightland Raceway in Omaha and Thunder Valley Speedway in Marian South Dakota. He spent many enjoyable hours at Roger’s Pumpkin Patch and Rog & Sue’s Retreat in Craig.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his two sisters, Linda Wickstrom, Kristie (Tom) Jensen all of Craig; brother-in-law, Marvin Wickstrom of Tekamah, NE; nephews and nieces, Brian (Linda) Wickstrom of Omaha, Michelle (Mitch) Case of Oakland, Dylan Jensen of Uehling, Hannah Jensen of Craig; great nephews and –nieces, Mason and Regan Wickstrom of Omaha and Braeden & Kyler Case of Oakland.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Darrel Druhe

Darrel Druhe

Darlene Rose Mavis, 85, of Wakefield NE

Darlene Rose Mavis, 85, of Wakefield, Nebraska passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Nebraska. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church in Wakefield, Nebraska; with Pastor Charity Potter officiating. Visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, Nebraska. Burial will be in the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield, Nebraska. Memorials may be given to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, Nebraska.

Darlene was born April 23, 1929 in Lincoln, NE to Jerald and Lucille (Janousek) Hausner. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1947. She married Robert E. Mavis on May 23, 1948 in Lincoln, NE. Darlene worked at Elgin Watch Company for many years, the Corner Café and enjoyed selling antiques and collectibles. Darlene was a faithful member of the Wakefield Presbyterian Church, where she was an elder, and a member of the Women’s Group. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid Nebraska Football fan. She enjoyed exercising, shopping for collectables, and square dancing. Darlene liked filling out crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble. In the summer, Darlene loved to travel and go camping. Darlene loved this time of the year, especially when she spent it with her family.

Darlene is survived by her daughter, Vicki (Harlan) Waak of Lincoln, NE, Julie (Dale) Paulsen of Norfolk, NE; son, Robert (Linda) Mavis of Oakland, NE; sister; Sheryl (Jerry) Karst of LaGrange, IN; grandchildren, Jeremy Waak, Nathan Waak, Stuart Waak, Nolan Waak, Matthew Paulsen, Christopher Paulsen, Robert Mavis, Steven Mavis, Gwyn Lockett, great granddaughters, Abigail Paulsen, and Lyra Michelle Mavis.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert, parents, sister, Geraldine (Dwayne) Carman, and brother, Bobby Hausner.

Darlene Mavis

Darlene Mavis


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