Roger Saf, 68, of Lincoln NE

Roger Saf, 68 years, of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at his home in Lincoln.

Funeral Service is pending with Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln and Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland.

Happenings at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights News by Nancy Silvey

Activities going on this week Thursday March 30th is the resident general store it will be open for residents to shop from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. On Saturday April 1st we will be having the annual Prom walk through from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, we invite the Oakland Craig Juniors and Seniors and their dates to come up and walk through the Nursing home to show off their outfits, the residents really enjoy seeing all of the outfits, we also will have a drawing for one Senior boy and one Senior girl to receive $25.00 in Chamber bucks. Next week on Monday April 3rd is our monthly Volunteer Executive Meeting at 2:30 pm then on Friday April 7th we will once again have our Annual Easter Bazaar from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Come up and do a little Easter Shopping.

Church Service for Sunday April 2nd be given by the Salem Covenant Church at 2:30 pm with a luncheon following service. On Wednesday April 5th is Communion with Pastor Hoden at 1:00 pm.

Activities for the week of April 3rd to April 8th are as follows, reading with Jill, Manicures, Sing A Long, Game Day, Bingo the w/WOW, Reading Group, Bible Fellowship, Saturday Movie, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Dani Moseman, Bonnie Fleischman, Sue Beckner, Mary Alice Pearson, Pat Anderson, Mary Donavon, Judy Nelson, Betty Hanna, Anne Anderson, and Nadine Anderson.

This Day in History: President Reagan Shot

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr.
The president had just finished addressing a labor meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel and was walking with his entourage to his limousine when Hinckley, standing among a group of reporters, fired six shots at the president, hitting Reagan and three of his attendants. White House Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head and critically wounded, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy was shot in the side, and District of Columbia policeman Thomas Delahaney was shot in the neck. After firing the shots, Hinckley was overpowered and pinned against a wall, and President Reagan, apparently unaware that he’d been shot, was shoved into his limousine by a Secret Service agent and rushed to the hospital.

The president was shot in the left lung, and the .22 caliber bullet just missed his heart. In an impressive feat for a 70-year-old man with a collapsed lung, he walked into George Washington University Hospital under his own power. As he was treated and prepared for surgery, he was in good spirits and quipped to his wife, Nancy, ”Honey, I forgot to duck,” and to his surgeons, “Please tell me you’re Republicans.” Reagan’s surgery lasted two hours, and he was listed in stable and good condition afterward.

The next day, the president resumed some of his executive duties and signed a piece of legislation from his hospital bed. On April 11, he returned to the White House. Reagan’s popularity soared after the assassination attempt, and at the end of April he was given a hero’s welcome by Congress. In August, this same Congress passed his controversial economic program, with several Democrats breaking ranks to back Reagan’s plan. By this time, Reagan claimed to be fully recovered from the assassination attempt. In private, however, he would continue to feel the effects of the nearly fatal gunshot wound for years.

Of the victims of the assassination attempt, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and D.C. policeman Thomas Delahaney eventually recovered. James Brady, who nearly died after being shot in the eye, suffered permanent brain damage. He later became an advocate of gun control, and in 1993 Congress passed the “Brady Bill,” which established a five-day waiting period and background checks for prospective gun buyers. President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law.

After being arrested on March 30, 1981, 25-year-old John Hinckley was booked on federal charges of attempting to assassinate the president. He had previously been arrested in Tennessee on weapons charges. In June 1982, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. In the trial, Hinckley’s defense attorneys argued that their client was ill with narcissistic personality disorder, citing medical evidence, and had a pathological obsession with the 1976 film Taxi Driver, in which the main character attempts to assassinate a fictional senator. His lawyers claimed that Hinckley saw the movie more than a dozen times, was obsessed with the lead actress, Jodie Foster, and had attempted to reenact the events of the film in his own life. Thus the movie, not Hinckley, they argued, was the actual planning force behind the events that occurred on March 30, 1981.

The verdict of “not guilty by reason of insanity” aroused widespread public criticism, and many were shocked that a would-be presidential assassin could avoid been held accountable for his crime. However, because of his obvious threat to society, he was placed in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, a mental institution. In the late 1990s, Hinckley’s attorney began arguing that his mental illness was in remission and thus had a right to return to a normal life. Beginning in August 1999, he was allowed supervised day trips off the hospital grounds and later was allowed to visit his parents once a week unsupervised. The Secret Service voluntarily monitors him during these outings. If his mental illness remains in remission, he may one day be released.

Joan Beutler, 84, of Pender NE

Joan C. Beutler, 84, of Pender, NE died on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender, NE.

Funeral services for Joan are currently pending with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Pender.

Marvin Heise, 91, of Pender NE

Marvin Clarence Heise, 91, of Pender, NE passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Old Mill Rehab in Omaha, NE. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Pender, NE; with Father Paul Ortmeier Celebrating Mass and Father Gerald Leise Co-Celebrating Mass. Visitation will be held 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church with a Wake service starting at 5:00 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will be held in the Holy Cross Catholic Church Cemetery in Bancroft, NE. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, Nebraska.

Severe Weather Awareness Week

This week, March 27-31, is Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week. I think it is interesting that we have a whole week designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week, but only one day in November designated as Winter Weather Awareness Day. We are fortunate that we have not experienced any severe weather this spring… yet, but it can happen at any time and often with little warning.
Since we are just entering the severe weather season, I thought this would be a good time to review terminology used with severe weather and the appropriate actions required with each. In general, watches indicate conditions are favorable for the development of certain weather conditions. Usually these cover a large area and don’t require immediate action, but let people know they should keep advised of developing weather conditions.
On the other hand, warnings indicate that the weather condition is occurring, is imminent, or has been indicated by radar or confirmed by a trained weather spotter. In the case or a warning, you should take immediate action to protect yourself, your property, and others.
A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. When a watch is issued, you can go about your normal activities, but keep an eye to the sky and an ear to a weather radio or your local radio and television stations for further updates and possible warnings.
A severe thunderstorm warning, on the other hand, means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent, based on doppler radar or weather spotter information. You should move indoors to a place of safety. The term severe refers to hail that is quarter size, 1.0 inch in diameter, or larger and/or wind gusts of 58 m.p.h. or more. If golf ball size hail, about 1.6 inches in diameter, or larger is falling, it indicates that a storm is very well organized and likely has a rotating updraft. Any storm producing hail this large should be closely monitored for the potential of a tornado developing.
Although lightning can be deadly, it is not a criterion the National Weather Service uses to define a storm as severe since any ordinary thunderstorm can produce lots of lightning. Also, excessive rainfall may lead to flash flooding, but heavy rain is not a criterion for classifying a storm as severe. Severe strictly refers to hail at least one inch in diameter or wind gusts of at least 58 m.p.h.
A tornado watch, like a severe thunderstorm watch, means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to form, but it also means that a few storms may be capable of producing a tornado. A tornado warning is the ultimate in severe warnings, it means that a tornado is either occurring or imminent based on radar or a weather observer. You should take cover immediately.
A flash flood watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding in flood-prone areas, usually when the soil is already saturated from recent rains or snow melt, or when upcoming heavy rains will have the potential to cause a flash flood.
A flash flood warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring in the warned area. A flash flood is a sudden, violent flood after a heavy rain, especially when runoff is channeled through narrow valleys or ditches. Rainfall intensity and duration, topography, soil conditions, and ground cover all contribute to flash flooding.
For more information on weather watches and warnings, visit the National Weather Service website at or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, website at

Keep Looking Up!

By Gary Fugman

How Do You Say Xi Camelopardalis?”
Did you know that every star you can see with the unaided eye has a name? Some names are interesting: Polaris, Vega, Betelgeuse, Rigel…Others less so: Beta Cancri, Kappa Librae, or Xi Camelopardalis. How do you say those, anyway? This month’s Northeast Nebraska Astronomy Club (NENAC) meeting will explore the names of stars and their pronunciations. We’ll also talk a little bit about who named these stars and the constellations in which they reside. The meetings are Friday, March 31st at 8pm at the Lyons Library and Saturday, April 1st at 8pm at the Decatur Sears Center. Then at 9pm, weather permitting, Friday we will go to Cory and Tracie Martins’ south of Lyons and Saturday to Fugman Observatory on the south side of Decatur to observe the night sky through large astronomical telescopes. You are invited to bring your binoculars or telescope as well.
For more information on this and future NENAC presentations, please call Cory Martin at 687-2631, and Keep Looking Up!

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. March 29: Chime practice at 9:00 a.m. Coffee time at 10:00 a.m. Fitness chair exercises at 1:00 p.m. Caroline Zuhlke will talk and show slides of her trip to Mexico at 2:00 p.m.
Thurs. March 30: Tai Chi Class at 9:30 a.m. We serve rolls/coffee from 9 – 11 a.m. Please sign up for the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.
Fri. March 31: Join us for coffee at 9:00 a.m. If you would like to play 5-handed pinochle at 1:30 p.m.: please remember to sign up.
Sat. April 1: Join us at the music jam at 7:00 p.m.
Mon. April 3: Bring a covered dish and join us for potluck dinner at noon. Cards will be played in the afternoon.
Tues. April 4: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time at 10:00 a.m. Sign up to play in the pitch tournament this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
Wed. March 29: Chime practice at 9:00 a.m. Coffee time is at 10:00 a.m. Fitness Chair Ex. at 1:00 p.m. If you would like to play Skip-Bo it will start at 1:45 p.m.

Kevin Hayes, 49, of Lyons NE

Kevin Hayes, 49 years, of Lyons, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his residence in Lyons.

Tornadoes Devastate Nebraska

A horrible month for weather-related disasters in the United States culminates with a devastating tornado ripping through Nebraska, near Omaha, on this day in 1913. It was the worst of five twisters that struck that day in Nebraska and Iowa, killing 115 people in total.

The week prior to this disaster saw all types of calamitous weather strike throughout the country. Blizzards hit the Northeast while hurricane-strength winds were battering Alabama and Georgia. In Florida, a late freeze devastated much of the citrus crop. But the worst weather came in Nebraska on the afternoon of March 23.

Rain began falling at 5 p.m., southwest of Omaha. Twenty minutes later, the first tornado touched down in Craig, Nebraska. At 5:30, another twister hit the town of Ithaca and began a 70-mile run through the countryside. In Yutan, a woman was reported to have been carried a full quarter-mile in her home before coming down unharmed.

It was the third tornado that did the most damage. It began near Ashland, 65 miles from Omaha. The people of Omaha believed that due to the location of the city, separated from the flatlands of the Nebraska plains, they were protected from tornadoes. On March 23, this belief was proven to be mistaken. The tornado roared and cut through the city for 12 minutes. Witnesses reported seeing houses explode or collapse in seconds. Seven people at the Idlewild Pool Hall were killed when they were struck by a pool table thrown violently into the air. Fires broke out all over the city, forcing the delivery of electricity to be discontinued. Lanterns were needed to guide rescue workers. Fortunately, the heavy rains put out most of the fires.

Meanwhile, another twister traveled from Berlin, Nebraska, into Iowa, killing 26 people total in both states. Within two days, heavy snow hit the area, complicating clean-up efforts. Overall, 115 people were killed, hundreds of homes were demolished and millions of dollars in damages were incurred by the tornadoes. The next deadly tornado in Omaha did not strike until 1975.

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