Festival of Trees

Roscoe family "Aloha Tree". Photo Credit/Kay Steinmeyer.

Roscoe family “Aloha Tree”. Photo Credit/Kay Steinmeyer.

Kats’ Korner, Pelini and More

Bo Pelini remains head coach for the Nebraska Cornhuskers is what the Athletic Director at UNL stated today.

I have some opinions about this situation. Some may agree with me, some may not. That is the case with any opinions.

I blame the media for making a mountain out of a molehill.

The only subject on their mind was Bo possibly being fired.

I believe this had an impact on the coaches, players and the program as a whole.

I applaud Bo for being able to coach the team through such adversity. It couldn’t have been easy.

I condemn the media personnel for being so destructive. They didn’t know any more than the rest of us.

It is never good journalism to constantly report fiction. To be a good reporter, facts, accurate facts, are essential otherwise it is gossip.

In this case, very damaging gossip.

The expectation of the Husker fans is very high, causing many to throw stones. I agree Bo is very outspoken.

This isn’t news.

If he is any other way, what would the media have to report on?

We knew what we were getting.

Let’s move on. It won’t be a successful program when negativity surrounds it.

We are Husker Nation.

Hold your heads high!!!

——————————-Kats’ Korner——————————————

I finally have all of the Christmas decorations up.

I will admit, I have too much, but I love every bit of it.

I am also not a fan of the pre-lit Christmas trees.

We bought our tree four years ago. Already, two strands of lights have burned out. I think when the remainder of the lights quit working, we will take all of them off. By that time, we will have our own pre-lit tree, at quite a cost!

Our wreath that has lights didn’t light this year either. Oh for the problems with lights!

I don’t have the patience to figure out which light or fuse is causing the problem, so I threw it away.

I bought a new one at Anderson Hardware in Oakland. It is beautiful! Even prettier than the one I threw away!

Our house is now full of Christmas joy!

—————————-Kats’ Korner———————————————-

I have never shopped on Black Friday.

I would not be able to handle the crowds, pushing and shoving, to get the supposed best deal of the Christmas season.

There are always injuries, and a Walmart employee in another state was trampled and died.

That is terrible!

I don’t think a sale is worth someone’s life, do you?

Thought for the Day: Remember the reason for the season.

Enjoy each day!

Christmas Trivia

Christmas Trivia: What did Frosty The Snowman have for a nose?
Post you answers! We will have fun through Christmas Day with different questions posted each day!
The last Thanksgiving trivia question was when did the Macy’s Parade start? Answer was 1920’s. Nobody got the correct answer.

Special Program in December

“Keep Looking Up!” by Pastor Gary Fugman
“Myths of the Winter Sky…and the Star of Bethlehem”
People attending Northeast Nebraska Astronomy Club (NENAC) in Lyons and Decatur in past months have requested a special program this December.  On Friday, December 13 at 7pm at the Lyons Library and Saturday December 14 at 7pm at the Decatur Sears Center (please note date changes) Pastor Gary Fugman will lead a discussion on the myths of constellations such as Andromeda the Princess, Aries the Ram, Cassiopeia the Queen, Cepheus the King, Cetus the Whale, Gemini the Twins, Orion the Hunter, Perseus (our hero) and Taurus the Bull.  Most ancient cultures saw pictures in the stars at night.  These constellations in our night sky give us insight to to their cultures…and understanding of similarities to ours!
Also, the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem, the sight that led the wise men to the infant Jesus Christ, will be discussed at December’s NENAC.  The mystery of that star still fascinates us today!
More about constellations and the Star of Bethlehem in next week,s edition.
Mark your calendars for December 13 and 14. For more information on this and future NENAC programs call Pastor Gary Fugman at 349-1953 or google “nenacstars” and  Keep Looking Up…and Merry Christmas from your neighbors at NENAC!
Question to Consider:
Look up at a constellation this evening.  Do you think the brighter stars in the constellation are the closest stars?

Thanksgiving Trivia

The answer to yesterday’s question of the average size of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving was…..drum roll…yes 15 pounds!!! Congrats to all who got the right answer!
Today’s trivia question is: The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in:
1. The 1920’s
2. The 1940’s
3. The 1900’s
4. The 1950’s
Post your answers here!

Thanksgiving Trivia

Yesterday’s question was which state consumes the most turkey? The answer was California. Congratulations to Peggy Jensen and Dan Tierney for getting the right answer.
Today’s question is: The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is:
1. 10 pounds
2. 20 pounds
3. 5 pounds
4. 15 pounds
Post your answers here!

Adoption Awareness Month

There are 304 children in the state of Nebraska up for adoption. “We are trying to recruit adoptive and foster parents,” stated Russ Reno of the Nebraska Department for Health and Human Services.

74 of the children are between the ages of birth to five years, 86 are six to ten years old, 88 are 11-15 years of age and 57 are 16-19 years old.

They are also all wards of the state. “We do try to keep the children in their home, but sometimes, it just isn’t possible,” Russ said.

Many of them have been wards of the state for a lengthy time period. “81 of them have been wards of the state for five years or more,  40 for five years, 59 have been for four years, 62 for three years, 44 for two and 18 one year or less,” Russ stated.

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. “There is a day each year where the courts are opened on the weekend to approve adoptions of wards of the state.” There were 435 children adopted in 2012. Russ said. “A celebration follows afterwards, consisting of a meal, program and prizes for the adoptees.”

The Health and Human Services Department has one goal in mind at all times for the children. “Our number one priority is keeping the kids safe,” Russ stated.

Teresa Drelicharz is a therapist and also does home studies for private adoptions in the state of Nebraska. “Adoption home studies are only one of the many services provided. We don’t do any placements of children or work with birth parents as other larger agencies do,” Teresa said.

She is also one of many that raise awareness about adoption in the state. “We do this through advertising, electronic billboards and the website (adoptionnebraska.com),” Teresa stated.

Children up for adoption come from various backgrounds. “Some of them have been abused and some have been dropped off at hospitals,” Teresa said.

If you wish to adopt a child, there are ways to do so. “Research quality child-placing agencies and find one that feels like a good fit. A place to start is the Nebraska Adoption Agencies Coalition website or go to adoptionnebraska.com,” Teresa stated.

Every child deserves a safe and loving home. If you have one to offer a child in need, please contact an adoption agency near you.


Thanksgiving Thoughts

Mary Loftis

Mary Loftis

Thanksgiving has to be my favorite holiday. Food, family and fun is how I look at it. No presents to buy, only grocery ads to consider and real quality time to anticipate…well, after the preparations are done. As I look back at the Thanksgivings I’ve enjoyed, I know I never gave a thought to the herculean efforts the women (mostly) in my family made to make the holiday seem so perfect.

I grew up in a pretty small family. Just my brother and I and our holidays were mainly spent with my Mom’s side of the family at Grandma’s house which gave us two cousins to play with. Ten people total for the holiday. After I married into a larger family with four children, which has become larger and larger over the years, the total we now host, as we live on the family farm, varies from an anticipated 26 this year to 37 last year!

As you can guess we have a LOT to be thankful for and getting this group together is just part of it. With everyone volunteering to help round out the menu we have plenty of food. (Last year we had three nieces all volunteer to bring the green bean casserole!) We did negotiate to add a little more variety to the table.

I can handle cooking the 23 pound turkey…even though it seems like I need to be an All Star Wrestler to get it cleaned and in the roaster, but my least favorite part of the holiday is cleaning. And honestly, it’s not the cleaning that bothers me…it’s the clutter I have to “rearrange” in order to be able to clean. As I was rushing around last weekend trying to do my half day cleaning in 30 minutes, I was considering ways to make the BIG CLEAN before the holiday easier.

Here I am, dusting the surfaces I can see (see above note about clutter) and thinking to myself “You won’t need to dust the high places because the “tall family members” can’t make it this year.”

Now do I call that a “short cut” or what? Of course I’ll probably have all of the shorter family members standing on chairs to check now that I wrote about it!

My husband Steve would add having to clean the machine shed is also in his bottom list of preferred duties. Since many of our activities over the years have included using the shed he has had numerous occasions to dislike this cleaning activity as well.

Rearranging the dining room to get as many, if not all the family in the same room also comes into the preparations. The tall family members need to watch their heads as the light and ceiling fan don’t have a table under them with this arrangement. We always hope the skinny people sit at the big table, as they can’t get out once they get in unless EVERYONE moves! The kids table and little chairs are brought up from the basement to help out with the arrangement too.

After the Thanksgiving prayer there is a Loftis house traffic control method used to get your food. You pick up a plate, come to the kitchen, circle around the counter filling your plate and then head out the back door to go around outside and come in the front door to the dining room.

The post meal festivities are truly the highlight of the holiday. When our kids were little, the guys went out and played football. As the family grew in size and stature, the football field shrank, so we went to other Thanksgiving activities that were safer than running into the big propane tank. We’ve done scavenger hunts, including one using GPS units and lots of clues. A variety of games have been used including Minute to Win It games and last year we even had a Family Talent Show. We are probably looking for an inside activity this year with the colder weather forecast, but it is sure to include fun and laughter.

No matter what the cleaning, re-cleaning, cooking and reheating, Thanksgiving Day comes down to enjoying some special time with our family and truly giving thanks for all the blessings we have received.

I hope your Thanksgiving is also full of genuine thanks giving as well!


Mary Loftis,

Extension Assistant
UNL Extension – Burt County
111 North 13th Street, Suite 6
Tekamah, NE 68061
Phone: (402) 374-2929

Fax: (402) 374-2930

Internet: mloftis2@unl.edu

Festival of Trees at Lyons Library

Ashley Watson Day Care "Turkey's". Photo Credit/Kay Steinmeyer.

Ashley Watson Day Care “Turkey’s”. Photo Credit/Kay Steinmeyer.

Kids 4 Christ "God Keeps His Promise". Photo Credit/Kay Steinmeyer.

Kids 4 Christ “God Keeps His Promise”. Photo Credit/Kay Steinmeyer.

Spanish Class "Feliz Navidad". Photo Credit/Kay Steinmeyer.

Spanish Class “Feliz Navidad”. Photo Credit/Kay Steinmeyer.

Snowman at Library

Summer Reading Program Snowman ” He is wearing one of our t shirts that the Friends of the Library gave each child that attended the Summer Reading Program”

Summer Reading Program Snowman. Photo Credit/Kay Steinmeyer.

Summer Reading Program Snowman. Photo Credit/Kay Steinmeyer.

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