Joel B. Penny of Decatur, NE

Joel B. Penny of Decatur, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Visitation is Monday, September 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah. Family will be receiving friends.

The Funeral Service is Tuesday, September 5th at 10:30 a.m. at the Decatur Fire Hall.

Burial is in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Decatur, NE.

Memorials are suggest to the family for future designation.

Joel Penny

The Devastation of Hurricane Harvey

As I watched the news earlier this morning, catching up on Hurricane Harvey, my heart was broken. 

Hurricane Harvey is causing massive destruction, to say the least. The flooding it has caused due to the huge amount of rainfall, currently over 50 inches in Houston, is a record in the United States. This isn’t the kind of record people want to see broken at all. I can’t imagine how long it will take for people to recover from the hurricane, if they ever do. Many, many people have lost their home, all of their belongings and don’t have a job to support their families, much less the means to get to their job if they could go.

There are people that need medications. How will they get them? What about people on oxygen? There are pregnant women giving birth during this and the hospitals are low on supplies. I saw a report of a woman whom gave birth while waiting for emergency responders to arrive. Luckily, they arrived right after she gave birth.

What about those expecting their social security checks? For many, that is their only means of support. We all know the saying about mail being delivered no matter what the weather conditions. I doubt whoever made up the saying counted on a record breaking hurricane to stop the mail from being delivered.

There are many blessings to consider as well. People are going to Texas, not just from all over the state, but from all over the country, to help rescue those stranded in their homes, on roofs or floating in the water and take them to safety. They are showing the entire country that people need to come together, unify as one, to help and do what true Americans do, help those in time of need. There is one local gal in Texas doing all she can to help. Susan Seery is on the scene. She is on the Oakland Fire Department. She is also a member of the Red Cross, serving as a supervisor and in part of the DAT-Disaster Action Team. God Bless her for all she is doing, helping those that are displaced by Harvey. 

This country is not a country full of hate, as some media sights claim. Take a look at Texas and you will see, this country is full of love for one another. 

God Bless Texas!


Family Camp Set for Sept. 23-24 at Ashland

Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for a Becoming an Outdoors-Family Camp at Ashland’s Camp Carol Joy Holling Sept. 23-24.

The camp is designed for families that are new and novice campers who are looking to get started camping but need a bit of encouragement. Families will enjoy the outdoors while fishing, hiking, bird watching, cooking outdoors, shooting, kayaking and much more. They will learn about nature, wildlife, aquatic life and the flora and fauna of the Platte Valley.

For more information and to register, visit

DiLuigi Foods Inc., Recalls Chicken Sausage Products

DiLuigi Foods Inc., a Danvers, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,448 pounds of chicken breakfast sausage products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains soy lecithin, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The chicken breakfast sausage items were produced and packaged from Aug. 10, 2017 to Aug. 24, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

• 1-lb. vacuum-sealed packages containing 5 pieces of “TRADER JOE’S CHICKEN BREAKFAST SAUSAGE.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-4398” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to Trader Joe’s retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS label verification activities.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact John Carroll, QA Manager, at (978) 750-9700 ext. 5805. Media with questions about the recall can contact Bill Morris, VP of Operations, at (978) 750-9700 ext. 5764.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

Happenings at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights News by Nancy Silvey

On Thursday August 31st, we will have a Movie Matinee starting at 2:00 pm serving popcorn and pop. And on Friday it is the first of September and it’s the start of Labor Day weekend, on Saturday it is the first Nebraska game we will be showing the game at 7:00 pm. Next week on Thursday September 7th we will be having a 30-year Staff Anniversary party for Judy Schernikau at 2:30 pm. Then on Saturday September 9th it’s another Nebraska game at 3:30 pm. Our resident June Schold will celebrating her birthday on September 4th.

Church Service for Sunday September 3rd will be given by the Salem Covenant Church at 2:30 pm with a luncheon following service. On Wednesday September 6th is communion by the Salem Covenant Church.

Activities for the week of September 4th to September 9th   are as follows, No Monday Activities (Labor Day), Sing A Long, Bingo the w/WOW, Mike Barger, Reading Group, Bible Fellowship, Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Bingo. Saturday Video, Nebraska Football, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Suzanne Sanderson, Cover McCauley, Bonnie Fleischman, Nadine Anderson, Kristin and Monroe Johnson,  Di Ruwe, Judy Nelson, Dani Moseman, Betty Hanna, Anne Anderson, Patty Miller, Shirley Olson, and Makayla Johnson.

Guest signing the guest book last week was; Mary Stuenkel and Brain Goracke to see Jene Hightree. Tom and Mary Plageman to see Dorothy Larson.



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 meal is $4.00.

Weekly Activities:

Wed. Aug.30: Chime practice at 9:00 a.m. Coffee time at 10:00 a.m.  Skip Bo is on the schedule at 1:30 p.m.

Thurs. Aug. 31: Tai Chi Class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time is at 10:00 a.m. Sign up to play in the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 1: Come in for coffee. Sign up to play either in the pinochle tournament or the hand and foot tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Mon. Sept. 4: Center is closed for Labor Day.

Tues. Sept. 5: Tai Chi Class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time is at 10:00 p.m. Come and play in the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Wed. Sept. 6: Chime practice 9:00 a.m. Coffee time is at 10:00 a.m. We will be playing golf at 1:30 p.m.

Meals on Wheels

Getting tired of cooking for one person and then have left over’s that you will be eating for the next couple of days? Why don’t you consider getting meals on wheels; the meals are very nutritious and provide you with the protein, fruits and vegetables needed for a well balanced meal. Contact the manager at the Bancroft Senior Center if have more questions or want to sign up; the number is 402-648-3387

City of Oakland Flushing Hydrants

Be Mindful of Safety as Hunting Season Opens

With several hunting seasons opening in September, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters to be safe in the field.

Nebraska’s archery season for deer, and small game seasons for rabbits, doves, snipe, rail and grouse open Sept. 1. Teal season opens Sept. 2 and fall turkey season begins Sept. 15.

Follows these suggestions to help make a hunting trip safer:

— Always tell someone where you are going to hunt and when you expect to be back.

— Never draw and point a bow or crossbow and never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.

— Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.

— Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it; never shoot at sounds our shadows.

— Never touch the trigger of a firearm or release an arrow from a bow or crossbow until you are sure of your target and ready to shoot; once released, you cannot take back the shot.

— Use a fall arrest system if hunting from a tree stand.

— Wearing hunter orange is strongly encouraged; in some cases, it is required.

For more information about hunting safety or the Nebraska Hunter Education Program, visit

Michael “Mic” Clark, 68, of Louisville KY, Formerly of Tekamah NE

Michael “Mic” Clark, age 68, of Louisville, Kentucky formerly of Tekamah, Nebraska passed away Friday, August 18, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky.  Memorial service with full Military Honors provided by Tekamah area veterans will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Chatt Center in Tekamah.

Michael was born January 29, 1948 in Blair, Nebraska, the son of Herbert & Eva (Magill) Clark.  He attended Arizona District #3 school and graduated from Tekamah High School.

After graduation Mic joined the Army, spending his service time in Germany and Vietnam.  He then attended Wayne State College where he met his future wife, Gloria Heskens.  Mic & Gloria were married in Tekamah on August 7, 1971.

Mic’s main life’s work was in architectural facades. He was very much involved in the design and construction of the Mutual of Omaha dome.   Formglas Company of San Jose, California was very impressed with his work on the dome. The company hired him as general manager and moved him to California.  Later Mic and two friends purchased the company.  The company name was changed to ‘Intex’ and Mic was the CEO.

Mic’s main past times were: restoration of old cars (which he loved); old TV programs and cartoons; a good cold beer & football.  His main love, above all, was being with his grandchildren & attending their activities.

Mic is survived by his mother, Eva Clark McCluskey of Tekamah; wife, Gloria, of Louisville, KY, daughter, Kimberly (Clark) Spier of Omaha; son, Brian Clark and wife, Yuki, of Louisville, KY; grandchildren, Max & Alexis Spier, Noah, Barak, Grace & Titus Clark, and J.T. Whaley; brothers, Herbert Clark and wife, Pat, of Tekamah; John Clark and wife, Cathy, of Yakima, Washington; Kent McCluskey of Tekamah; sister, Karen Dickinson and husband, Dave, of Lincoln; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mic was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Clark; stepfather, Marion McCluskey; daughter, Jenny Whaley; granddaughter, Jasmine Whaley.

Michael “Mic” Clark

Ron W. Badje, 74, of Oakland NE

Ron W. Badje, 74 years, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away August 28, 2017 at the Hooper Care Center in Hooper, Nebraska.


Thursday August 31st
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church201 North Davis Avenue
Oakland, Nebraska 68045


Thursday August 31
1:00 PM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church201 North Davis Avenue
Oakland, Nebraska 68045

Burial is in the Oakland Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Pelan Funeral Services of Oakland is in charge of arrangements.


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