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News From Bancroft Senior Center


Bancroft Senior Center News by Connie Bargmann   

*If you are 60+ and need information on programs designed to help keep you stay in your home longer or if you need legal help, contact Connie at 402-648-3387 or in the evening at 402-648-7648. There are no membership fees or attendance requirements and new faces are always welcome.

* 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 walkers. Call 402-648-3387 during office hours.

Meals on Wheels

*Would you like to get Meals on Wheels? 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 8:30 a.m. if you want a meal that day. The suggested donation for the meals is $4.00.

 

Weekly Activities:

Wed. Feb. 1: Chime practice is at 9:00 p.m. Coffee time at 9:00 a.m. Come and play UNO at 1:30 p.m.

Thurs. Feb. 2: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. We sever rolls and coffee from 9 – 11 a.m. Come and play golf at 1:30 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 3: Join us for coffee at 9:00 a.m. Sign up to play in the pinochle tournament at 1:30 this afternoon.

Mon. Feb. 6: We have potluck today, bring a salad or dessert, the center will furnish the baked spaghetti. Cards will be played in the afternoon.

Tues. Feb. 7: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time at 10:00 a.m. We will recycle cards at 1:30 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 1: Chime practice is at 9:00 p.m. Coffee time is at 9:00 a.m. Come and play in the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

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CIVIL WAR

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COLD WAR

1990

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CRIME

1990

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1953

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GENERAL INTEREST

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1917

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1968

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1971

Apollo 14 departs for the moon »

Oakland City Office Hours


The City Office hours are now 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Monday- Friday until April 3rd, 2017. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please remember that you can always put water payments in the drop box. Thank you!

Wind Advisory


MONONA-KNOX-CEDAR-THURSTON-ANTELOPE-PIERCE-WAYNE-MADISON-STANTON-
CUMING-BURT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ONAWA...MAPLETON...CREIGHTON...

BLOOMFIELD...CROFTON...WAUSA...VERDIGRE...NIOBRARA...HARTINGTON...

LAUREL...RANDOLPH...COLERIDGE...PENDER...MACY...WALTHILL...

WINNEBAGO...NELIGH...ELGIN...PIERCE...PLAINVIEW...OSMOND...

WAYNE...NORFOLK...STANTON...WEST POINT...WISNER...TEKAMAH...

OAKLAND...LYONS...DECATUR
410 AM CST MON JAN 30 2017

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM CST
THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM CST
THIS EVENING. 

* TIMING...NORTHWEST WINDS WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE THIS MORNING,
BECOMING MUCH STRONGER THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. THE
WINDS SHOULD DECREASE LATER THIS EVENING.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS 40 TO 50 MPH.

* IMPACTS...THE STRONG WINDS MAY MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT. SECURE
ANY ITEMS THAT MAY BE BLOWN ABOUT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS
THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH
PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

God Bless the USA


I have a degree in journalism. I know the rules on reporting. When I watch certain channels on television, I question if the reporters know the rules.

I have chosen not to watch some news channels. They show clips of events, but not the event in its’ entirety, thus not reporting but influencing viewers to see the event in a different light.

Then there is fake news. Not just on television, but everywhere on social media. Many people believe everything they read. Fake news provides untruths and inaccuracies which in turn causes those reading it to share it all over the place, causing turmoil among others.

It has been reported, truthfully or not, that the United States is deeply divided since President Trump was sworn in. Some believe this occurred before he took office.

In my opinion, the media, fake and otherwise, is not helping the situation. They are still licking their wounds from Hillary Clinton’s defeat in November.

The day before the election, one news source was declaring Hillary a winner. To me, that is influencing the people, telling us how to vote.

The media shouldn’t have that power. They should report each side of an issue fairly. When Donald Trump won the election, the looks on the reporters faces was priceless. How could the polls be so wrong? I have often wondered how accurate polls are. I now know, they aren’t. The media isn’t handling defeat well. They have chosen to report negatively about President Trump, causing more chaos.

I was raised to respect others, even if I didn’t particularly care for them. I have voted in every election since I was the legal age of 18. I haven’t always voted for who won, but I didn’t protest the election. I accepted the outcome and put my support behind the winner.

Some have forgotten what respect is. Some have forgotten what morals are. Some have forgotten where they live.

I haven’t forgotten. I live in the United States of America. I will always respect and support who is in office. I pray for President Trump, and all future leaders, to succeed. If they fail so do we.

God Bless the USA!

Albert E. Yanke, 72, of Tekamah NE


Albert E. Yanke, 72 years, of Tekamah, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tekamah.

VISITATION

Tuesday, January 31st

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will be receiving friends.

FUNERAL SERVICE

Wednesday, February 1st
10:30 AM
United Methodist Church, Tekamah1408 L Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. Military Honors will be conducted at the Tekamah Cemetery.

Cemetery Details

LOCATION

Tekamah Cemetery

Tekamah, Nebraska 68061

Memorial Contribution

TO THE FAMILY FOR LATER DESIGNATION.

More Effective, More Efficient Government


By Governor Pete Ricketts

More efficient.  More effective.  More customer-focused.  These are three principles that make up the heart and soul of my administration’s mission.  In the past, I have shared with you some of the ways we have been working to transform the culture of state government to better serve the taxpayer and grow Nebraska.  From launching a first-in-the-nation reemployment program to help Nebraskans get back to work more quickly to improving services at the Department of Health and Human Services, we have made tremendous progress.  But our work is not done.

 

To focus my entire team on our mission of making government more effective, efficient, and customer-focused, I launched a workforce development initiative which was completed by the beginning of this year.  Through this initiative, all 12,000 team members in my agencies learned basic process improvement skills, which will help our team at the State of Nebraska focus on streamlining and structuring state services to help grow Nebraska.  This training encourages everyone who works in my agencies to always ask the question: How do I provide a higher level of service while bringing costs down?

 

Process improvement activities have been common in the business world for decades, but Nebraska is on the cutting edge when it comes to applying them in state government.  Process improvement activities have led to shorter call wait times at ACCESSNebraska, quicker processing for developmental disabilities applications, and faster permit delivery for the Department of Environmental Quality.  In all these cases, we utilized existing resources to improve service, and are now finding ways to reinvest savings and efficiencies to provide an even higher level of service to Nebraskans.  My administration has set up the Center for Operational Excellence to lead additional process improvement activities throughout state government to make sure all the agencies in my administration are working for you.

 

In addition to initiatives led by my office, I am also working with the Legislature this session to make government more efficient and more effective.  Recently, Government Committee Chairman John Murante and I announced a merger of our Division of Veterans Homes with the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs.  A single agency will create a one-stop shop for services for Nebraska’s veterans and will forge a single, united team working for the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our state and country. 

 

Transportation Committee Chairman Curt Friesen and I are also working to merge the Department of Roads and the Department of Aeronautics into a new Department of Transportation.  A united agency will help Nebraska take a more strategic, long-term view of our state’s transportation needs.  It will also create efficiencies, which will allow us to put more money into runways and roads without sacrificing jobs. 

 

Finally, the Legislature and I are teaming up to do away with restrictive requirements for occupational licenses, so we can expand jop opportunities for Nebraskans.  Working with my agencies in preparation for the session, we were able to identify areas where Nebraska’s licensing requirements were onerous or out-of-step with other states.  Unnecessary licensing restrictions are a barrier to Nebraskans seeking careers in licensed professions, and especially to those who may be looking for a career change or upward mobility.  Eight senators and I are partnering together on proposals to get rid of unnecessary regulations to make it easier for everyone from car salespeople, barbers, and cosmetologists to audiologists and massage therapists to start working.  Thank you to Senators Albrecht, Craighead, Erdman, Geist, Larson, Lindstrom, Lowe, and Riepe for helping to cut red tape!

 

While merging state agencies and breaking down barriers to good-paying jobs may sound like common sense steps, special interests are already assembling to oppose some of these measures.  Throughout the legislative session, I encourage you to stay in touch with your state senator—they want to hear directly from you.  You can find all their contact information by visiting www.NebraskaLegislature.gov.  Additionally, if you have thoughts or concerns you would like to share with my office, I hope you will contact me at pete.ricketts@nebraska.gov or 402-471-2244.

Governor Pete Ricketts

Governor Pete Ricketts

Social Speaks: Snow Days


Let’s have some fun. When you were a kid, what did you do on a snow day? I used to go sledding with all the neighbor kids! We had a blast! How about you??

Connie VonSeggern Build snow forts with my sibblings…

Susan Reynolds-Seery Our school had a huge lot and would plow all the snow to the fence. The snow piles would be huge. Which was right behind my house. When my dad was actually home, we would make tunnels through the piles. It was one of the happiest and bestest moments ever. Then school would resume and all the kids would come and play in them too. I miss those days.
Leann Canarsky Jorgensen We would play outside all day in the snow! Go sledding, make snow angels…I can barely get my kids out the door!
Mike Gunderson Dad would pile the snow so high on the farm, I would dig tunnels.
Fay Schinck We would sled down Cemetery hill, and the pump house hill. Lol. We use to make snow angels, snowball fights…and on snow days we would bake also with mom.
Dee Johnson Sledding on the country roads.
Peggy Robinson Peterson Made hot chocolate scooped snow for the neighbors
Cindy Schorn Sledding and also baking and homemade hot chocolate
Patricia Lucero Depened the snow amount .. I remember a year we could make snow forts…. Going to Oakland Heights hill and sleigh or golf course hill… Times Penny Metheny would be on her horse and pulling me on the sled…. There are so many memories good old days
Cindy Schorn I also remember when really young getting snowed in at my grandparents in the country and being pulled around on an old car hood by the tractor and then having to try and get back to town through the single lanes with snow taller than the cars
Connie Larson The kids used to go to the Heights….its off limits now
Kathy Peterson Depended on the snow amount….we sledded and skiied through the orchard….until we were little frosty the snow people….then we could go in and melt…..with some hot chocolate….. those were the days…..fresh air and healthy exercise….frozen fingers and toes and the warmth inside the house…snuggled under blankets….
Suzanna Boyle Anderson Went sledding down the nursing home hill. Built a snowman. Drank hot cocoa and watched TV
David Mallette I remember not liking snow days….on the farm it meant more work outside. Scooping feed bunks too feed cattle, scraping the hog platform several times, etc. Just meant a lot of work….but I would rather do that than spend 2 to 3 hours in the car to go 20 miles to work like I’ve done a couple of times the last 2 weeks…

Governor Ricketts Signs Death Penalty Protocol


Governor Pete Ricketts signed the protocol for carrying out death penalty sentences in Nebraska and delivered it to Secretary of State John Gale. 

 

“The Department of Corrections was responsive to feedback provided in the public hearing,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Finalizing the protocol will help carry out the will of the people of Nebraska in regards to the death penalty.”

 

A copy of the final protocol will be available on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ne.gov.

This Day in History


AMERICAN REVOLUTION

1785

Georgia incorporates the first state university »

AUTOMOTIVE

1965

Shelby GT 350 debuts »

CIVIL WAR

1862

Lincoln orders armies to advance »

COLD WAR

1973

U.S. officially ends participation in a Cold War conflict »

CRIME

1978

The so-called Dracula killer »

DISASTER

2002

Explosions trigger deadly panic in Nigeria »

GENERAL INTEREST

1926

Baird demonstrates TV »

1967

Astronauts die in launch pad fire »

1975

Senate investigation of FBI and CIA activities begins »

1991

Somali dictator flees »

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