Spring Recital at Lyons-Decatur Northeast on Friday

On Friday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m there will be a Spring Recital in the Lyons-Decatur Northeast music room. It will feature High School District Music Contest (DMC) entries and much more.

Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy a music-filled evening.


Babysitting Clinic Being Offered

UNL Extension is offering a free Babysitting Clinic for any students in grades 3-6 across the county. This three session clinic will be held April 8, 10 and 15 in the Oakland City Auditorium in Oakland. Sessions will run from 3:45-5:00 p.m. each of the days. Participants must attend all three sessions to receive their Babysitting Clinic Certificate. All students in this age group are encouraged to attend. Call the UNL Extension Office at 402-374-2929 to pre-register by Noon, Tuesday, April 8.

Mary Loftis

Mary Loftis

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

Bancroft Senior Center News

Bancroft Senior Center News

* The senior center provides Information and Assistance to any individual who is looking for services for themselves or another person 60 years and older, the center manager and/or center participant can provide information to individuals on services available within the community. We link individuals to the services and opportunities that are available within or beyond the community itself. We will then establish adequate follow-up procedures to see that their needs were met. For more information call 402-648-3387.

*If you are 60 years and older and need information on programs designed to help keep you in your home longer or if you need legal help, contact Connie at 402-648-3387 or in the evening at 402-648-7648.

* We have the following medical equipment to loan out on an as need basis, wheel chair, bath seats, toilet seat riser and portable toilet chair, crutches or walker. Call 402-648-3387 during office hours.


Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels program started in Bancroft February 10th. Anyone over the age of 60 years and lives within the city limits are eligible for these meals. You may sign up anytime for the Meals on Wheels program; you can get the meals delivered however many times you want them each week. You must call 402-687-2332 before 8:45 if you want a meal that day.

We need more volunteers willing to deliver the meals once they get to the senior center in Bancroft. Contact the senior contact 402-648-3387 if you wish to help deliver the meals, want a meal delivered or have a question.


Weekly Activities:

Wed. April 2: No melody chimes practice today. Join us for coffee anytime during the day. Come and play Rummikub at 1:30. The foot clinic is today starting at 1:30 p.m.

Thurs.: April 3: Tai Chi class at 9:30 and the walking ex. class at 10:30. Stop in for coffee at 10:00. Sign up for the pitch tournament at 1:30. You are welcome to come at any time to work on the jigsaw puzzle.

Fri. April 4: We have a pinochle tournament at 1:30, call and sign up. St Joseph Retirement Community will bring the snack for lunch.

Sat. April 6: Music jam at 7:00 p.m. Join us for your music enjoyment. Bring a snack for lunch.

Mon. April 7: Bring a covered dish and join us for the noon meal. Cards will be played after lunch. Come and work on the jigsaw puzzle.

Tues. April 8: Tai Chi class at 9:30 and the walking ex. class at 10:30. Stop in for coffee at 10:00. Sign up to play in the pitch tournament at 1:30.

Wed. April 9: Melody chimes practice at 9:00. Will play the game of golf at 1:30, come and play, if you don’t how to play they will teach you.



Cougar Basketball Wrap-Up

By Clare Wiltse

Sports Contributor

Four years ago a new coach took over at Northeast. He inherited at team that had graduated seven seniors. There were only two players with extended varsity playing time. It was a definite rebuilding job and meant using four freshmen. The team struggled and finished with a 6-17 record.


The next season the four sophomores were joined by two more classmates and helped propel the Cougars to an 11-12 record.


The last two season the team has been a .500 team in spite of playing in one of the toughest conferences in Nebraska. The EHC Elkhorn Division has had a State Champion team in 2013 and 2014. The team did not have the physical attributes, mainly height, but made up for that with true grit. They had a 12-12 record in 2013 and finished this season with an 11-11 mark.


“We had a chance to post the first winning record since 2004,” said Coach Derek Lahm. “In the last two games we were just not ourselves. It should not take away from our season and the great effort the team gave each game.”

The seniors have put their mark on the Cougar Top Ten List. Alex Brehmer eclipsed All-Stater Bret Kroger’s records in games played and steals. He is second to Kroger in career assists with 216. His 78 assists in 2014 is tied for fourth. His 50 steals in ninth best for a season.

Dakota Riecken, an undersized post player, did not let size deter him. His 62.4% shooting is second to 6′ 7″ Brett Sailors’s 67%. For his career he converted 57.9%, again second to Sailors. His 78 and 173 free throws is fourth best for season and fifth best for career at NHS. He is tied for third in career offensive rebounds (173) and ninth in total rebounds (395).

Bobby Simpson put his name on the list as a three point shooter. He had 42 which places him in sixth place. His career total of 101 is fourth best. He is eighth in free throw percentage for a season at 78.1%.

Junior Chevy Henneman broke into the top ten with 35 three pointers this season. He is tied with Derek Haskell.

The class of 2014 has three 500 career point players. Dakota Riecken finished with 571 points. Bobby Simpson score 519 points and Alex Brehmer had 510.

Taylor Fuston had career marks of 43 points, 42 rebound and 19 steals to go with 16 assists. He was on varsity for three seasons.

David Bishop scored 77 points and grabbed 77 rebounds in this three seasons. He also had 26 steals and 12 assists.

The 2014th season saw the Cougars finish in a tie for fourth in the Elkhorn Division with a 3-4 record. The co-champions Bancroft-Rosalie won State and Dodge-Howells took third in Lincoln.

Despite their .500record the Cougars won all the statistical categories exception rebounding. Their tough man-to-man defense held opponents to 49.2 point per contest and forced 356 turnovers. They had 213 steals. The opposition had a 35 rebound advantage in rebound.

Northeast will have four returning players with experience on the varsity level. Chevy Henneman will be the top returning scorer with an 8.7 average. Sophomore Marcus Hegy averaged 7.2 ppg and was third best in rebounding with 92. Sophomore Alec Anderson was a valuable reserve with a 1.6 ppg average. His season was cut short by a hand injury.

Freshman Montana Riecken gained varsity experience in 2014. He will have the tough job of replacing Alex Brehmer at point guard next year.



Edith (Lyght) Rich, 95 of Lyons, NE

Edith Nancy Rich was born September 25, 1918 to Charles Edward and Jessie (Blue) Lyght on a farm near Decatur, Nebraska. She passed away March 29, 2014, at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender, Nebraska, at the age of 95 years.

She graduated from Decatur High School, valedictorian of her class in 1935. She took a business course from Commercial Extension of Omaha, Nebraska, and later received two diplomas from the International Bible Institute of St. Louis, Missouri.

Edith married Elmer Rich in December of 1939, and became a farmer’s wife. God blessed this union with five children: Mina, Margaret, Shirley, and twins Lorena and LeRoy.

Edith (Lyght) Rich

Edith (Lyght) Rich

They left farming and moved to South Sioux City, Nebraska, then to Lyons because of the Missouri River flood of 1952. The family grew up in Lyons and they were active in the Assembly of God Church.

Edith worked in the food industry and army ammunition plant during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. She was a hard worker and thought a job worth doing was a job worth doing well.

The greatest thing about our mother was her relationship with God and her love for other people. She excelled as a mother, leaning on the Lord, her maker, for direction throughout life’s trials. She loved music and enjoyed singing and playing old hymns. One favorite was “I’ll Meet You in the Morning”.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; her oldest daughter, Mina Farber; three sisters, Eva Davis, Doris Martin and Lillian Lyght; and three grandchildren.

Survivors include her four children, Margaret (Loyd) Orr of Bellevue, NE, Shirley Jacobsen of Clever, MO, Lorena Halte of Griffin, GA, LeRoy (Sue) Rich of Bonner Springs, KS; 10 grandchildren, Denise, Mike, Debbie, Lonnie, David, John, Shane, Brandon, Mindy and Mary; great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Robert W. Morris, 77 of Wayne, NE

Robert W. Morris, 77, of Wayne, Nebraska died on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska. Funeral services for Bob will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne; Pastor Sylvia Karlsson will be officiating. A visitation with the family present will be held on Thursday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Burial with military honors will be in the Greenwood Cemetery of Wayne. Memorials may be directed to Bob’s family for later designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield.

Robert W. Morris

Robert W. Morris

Bob was born on June 7, 1936 in Carroll, NE, the son of John and Sophia (Stahl) Morris. He was baptized and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayne. In 1954, Bob graduated from Wayne High School. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force; working as a crypto operator while serving in Alaska and Maryland from 1954 until 1958. After his service, Bob returned to Wayne and was united in marriage to Betty Longe on May 29, 1959 at Redeemer Lutheran Church. To this union two children were born: Jere and Jeanne. For a short time, he worked as a milk hauler from farm places to the dairy. He later worked for Wayne State College as a heating and cooling engineer in the campus energy plant. Bob retired in 2008. One of the greatest gifts Bob gave his family was being grandpa to Jeremy. Bob was always there for Jeremy and his parents. A majority of Bob’s free time was spent attending area sporting events, particularly Legion baseball. Bob was an avid reader of newspapers and books. He enjoyed having coffee with his friends, and loved the time spent with the children his wife Betty cared for in their home.

Bob is survived by his wife Betty of Wayne, NE, son Jere Morris of Omaha, NE, daughter Jeanne (John) Vezner of Papillion, NE, a grandson Jeremy Vezner, sisters Maxine Trautman of Longmont, CO, Arline Lurz of Beemer, NE, Jannabelle (Lynn) Gamble of Wayne, NE a brother Dennis (Kaye) Morris of Wayne, NE and a brother-in-law Glenn “Ole” (Alice) Longe of Whittier, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Sophia, in-laws Bill and Eva (Flynn) Longe, and brothers-in-law Don Longe, Garry Trautman and Lawrence Lurz.

Kenneth Groskurth, 77 of South Sioux City, formerly Pender, NE

Kenneth Groskurth, 77, of South Sioux City, NE formerly of Pender, NE passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

Services for Kenneth are pending with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Keep Looking Up

By Gary Fugman

People are going crazy over questions about our Moon! Why do different full moons have different names, like frost moon, worm moon and blood moon? What is earth shine and why do we see it on the moon? Can you please again explain why the Moon goes through phases? And, can being tidally locked hurt my mental state?
For answers to these and other questions about our Moon, all are invited to Northeast Nebraska Astronomy Club (NENAC) Friday, April 4 at 8pm at the Lyons Library and Saturday, April 5 at 8pm at the Decatur Sears Center. There Pastor Gary Fugman will discuss many cultural and scientific aspects of our nearest neighbor in space, our Moon. Please bring your own questions to discuss as well. Free star charts will then be given and the constellations of spring will be displayed by computer.

Gary and Bill at the Hedges Lost in Space Observatory. Photo courtesy of Nenacstars.

Gary and Bill at the Hedges Lost in Space Observatory. Photo courtesy of Nenacstars.

Then, weather permitting at 9pm we will view constellations, the Moon, Jupiter, Mars and deep sky objects Friday from Bill Hedges’ Lost in Space Observatory in Lyons and Saturday from Fugman Observatory in Decatur. Please bring your telescope or binoculars to learn to observe these objects from your home. For more information on this and future NENAC presentations, call Pastor Gary Fugman at 349-1953 or google “nenacstars” and Keep Looking Up!

Robert W. Morris, 77 of Wayne, NE

Robert W. Morris, 77, of Wayne, Nebraska died on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE.

Funeral services for Bob are pending at this time with Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield.

Fake IRS Scam Sweeping the Nation

A fast moving phone scam called the largest of its kind is targeting taxpayers across the country. Victims have reported threats of arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

What makes this timely scam so tricky? The scammers impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and demand payment for taxes owed, and often:
know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number;
make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling;
send follow-up bogus IRS emails to support their scam; and
call a second time claiming to be the police or Department of Motor Vehicles, and caller ID again supports their claim.

The IRS usually contacts people by mail not by phone about unpaid taxes.
The IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, nor will they involve law enforcement or immigration agencies.

If you or a family member receives one of these calls, your best bet is to hang up. But if you do get into a conversation, do not give anyone money or credit card information over the phone and don’t trust callers who use threats or insults to bully you.

Mary Loftis

Mary Loftis

Report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at http://www.ftc.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

If you owe or think you owe federal taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to verify information. For more information, visit http://www.irs.gov.

Please help spread the word about this tax season scam by sharing this information with your friends and family.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of identity theft or fraud, contact the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Center at 1-800-646-2283.

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

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