Gilliland’s Garden


First, I want to apologize for being off the radar for so long! I will just leave it at: life happens. I am going to write about various topics.

I am not sure how much of the local news I will start publishing again. I will take it one step at a time. If you have any information you would like me to share, feel free to contact me, even if it is not news. I am open to suggestions.

The topic I chose today was our garden. I know many of you also garden. If you’d like to share about your garden, I would love to hear from you.

We have always had a garden in the nearly 25 years we have lived here. For many years, it was just for us. My husband, Jeff, grew up on a farm. Living in town wasn’t a good fit for him at first. He was always so proud to farm. He felt he was helping others. He took pride in growing crops that would feed so many people. As you can imagine, our garden was huge! We could never eat it all. Yes, we froze many things, such as salsa, tomato juice, etc. for use during the winter months. I never learned how to can, so I was thrilled to discover freezing salsa, tomato juice, peppers, tomatoes and green beans worked just as well!

At least 7 or so years ago, I came up with an idea! I asked Jeff is we could make the garden even larger and have our own farmers market during the summer! He instantly said yes. We decided to set our prices low and to also donate veggies to the school and the nursing home, which we have been doing for years now. We want to help others in need. Those that may not be able to grow a garden, or don’t have the room to and we especially wanted to help the elderly. We have achieved our goals, and then some. Jeff is feeling much better about living in town again. He feels like he is still helping others. I feel the same way.

Is it a lot of work? Yes. But isn’t anything worth doing?

We grow cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, green beans, zucchini and this year we are growing cabbage. We may add more. I never know what Jeff has planned!

I put a table up and fill it with all of our goodies! I post it on facebook to get more attention. Most of the local people know about our stand and come over quite regularly. We have had people come from miles around to purchase vegetables from us. We are also certified through the state to accept coupons elderly people can obtain at their local senior center!

We also have chickens and sell fresh eggs! We sell them year round!

Please feel free to stop by our stand this summer for veggies and eggs. We are located on main street in Oakland, Nebraska. We are across the street from the Methodist church, and a bit south in a yellow ranch style house.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Gilliland’s Garden!

Happenings at Oakland Heights


Oakland Heights News by Nancy Silvey

We have a couple of residents celebrating birthdays , Lillian Mueller on January 28th and Janet Stofferahn on January 31st . Next week we have the monthly Resident Council meeting on Monday January 30th at 2:30 pm. On Tuesday January 31st is National Bubble Wrap day and we will be serving Donuts and coffee, and relieving some stress with popping of bubble wrap. We also are starting a new month and on Thursday is February 2nd, Ground Hog day we will be having some fun activities that day in observance.

Church Service for Sunday January 29th will be given by St. John Lutheran Church at 2:30 pm with a luncheon following service.

Activities for the week of Jan. 16th to Jan. 21st are as follows, reading with Jill, Manicures, Sing a Long, Game Day, Bingo the w/WOW, Reading Group, Bible Fellowship, Trivia Games,   Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Friday Bingo, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Bonnie Fleischman, Kathy Rennerfeldt, Sue Beckner, Dani Moseman, and Di Ruwe.

 

 

Winter Weather Advisory


..MIXED WINTRY PRECIPITATION FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY, THEN SHARPLY
COLDER...

.A STRONG WEATHER SYSTEM WILL BRING A MIX OF FREEZING DRIZZLE AND
SNOW TO THE AREA FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY. THEN SHARPLY COLDER
TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY. LIGHT ICING
ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED FRIDAY, ALONG WITH 1 TO 5 INCHES OF
SNOW THROUGH SATURDAY. SOME BLOWING SNOW COULD ALSO DEVELOP WITH
REDUCED VISIBILITY, THEN WIND CHILLS DROP TO 15 TO 30 BELOW ZERO
SATURDAY INTO EARLY SUNDAY.


MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-THURSTON-CUMING-BURT-PLATTE-
COLFAX-DODGE-WASHINGTON-BUTLER-SAUNDERS-DOUGLAS-SARPY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ONAWA...MAPLETON...MISSOURI VALLEY...

WOODBINE...LOGAN...DUNLAP...HARLAN...COUNCIL BLUFFS...PENDER...

MACY...WALTHILL...WINNEBAGO...WEST POINT...WISNER...TEKAMAH...

OAKLAND...LYONS...DECATUR...COLUMBUS...SCHUYLER...FREMONT...

BLAIR...DAVID CITY...WAHOO...ASHLAND...YUTAN...OMAHA...BELLEVUE...

PAPILLION...LA VISTA
346 PM CST THU DEC 15 2016

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM FRIDAY TO NOON CST
SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING DRIZZLE AND SNOW...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM 9 AM FRIDAY TO NOON CST SATURDAY.

* TIMING...DRIZZLE DEVELOPS FRIDAY MORNING AND CONTINUES THROUGH
FRIDAY EVENING. SOME SLEET COULD ALSO OCCUR. DRIZZLE CHANGES
OVER TO SNOW LATE FRIDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUES THROUGH MIDDAY
SATURDAY.

* MAIN IMPACT...SURFACE TEMPERATURES WILL BE BELOW FREEZING, THUS
LIGHT ICING ACCUMULATIONS CAN BE EXPECTED. WHEN SNOW DEVELOPS,
NORTHWEST WINDS INCREASING TO 15 TO 30 MPH COULD CREATE AREAS OF
BLOWING SNOW. 

* OTHER IMPACTS...UNTREATED ROADS, SIDEWALKS, PARKING LOTS,
BRIDGES, AND OVERPASSES WILL BECOME ICY WITH A THIN GLAZE.

TRAVEL MAY BE IMPACTED. WIND CHILLS DROP TO 15 TO 20 BELOW LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW, SLEET, OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

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. Dec. 14: No melody chimes practice. Coffee time at 9:00 a.m. We will play

Christmas bingo at 2:00 p.m.

Thurs. Dec. 15: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. serving rolls and coffee from 9 – 11 a.m.

Walking ex. at 10:30 a.m. FROG ex. that will help improve your balance 1:00 p.m. Sign

up to play in the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Fri. Dec. 16: Join us for coffee at 9:00 a.m. The legal aid attorney will be at the center at

1:00 p,m, to help you with any legal questions you might be having. She will give a short

presentation at 1:30 p.m. before the birthday party begins.

Mon. Dec.19: The caregiver support group will meet at 12:30 for lunch and then proceed

with rest of the activities; all caregivers are invited to come, call and let the manager

know that you are planning to participate.

Tues. Dec. 20: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time at 10:00 a.m. and walking exercises

at 10:30 p.m. Sign up to play in the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 21: No chime practice today. Coffee time at 9:00 a.m. The Christmas party

will be today at 2:00 p.m.

News From Bancroft Senior Center


By Connie Bargmann

Bancroft Senior Center News

*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. Nov. 16: Melody chimers will practice at 9:00 a.m. Coffee time 10:15 a.m. FROG ex. at 1:30 p.m. Come and play bingo with us at 2:00 p.m.

Thurs. Nov. 17: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. and walking club at 10:40 a.m. Rolls and coffee from 9-11 a.m. If you would like to play 5-handed pinochle today at 1:30 p.m., please sign up.

Fri. Nov.18: Monthly birthday party is today at 1:30 p.m. Lunch is served at about 3:30 p.m. All our friends are invited to the party.

Mon. November 21: The caregiver support group meets today at 2:00 p.m. Our guest speaker is Barb Fancher from the Area Agency on Aging. We welcome you to attend.

Tues. Nov. 22: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time at 10:00 a.m. and walking exercises at 10:30 p.m. Free blood pressure clinic starts at 11:40. Make your reservations to eat with us today; we will be serving a roast beef dinner. Cards will be played after lunch.

Wed. Nov. 23: Melody chimers will practice at 9:00 p.m. Coffee times at 10:15 a.m. FROG ex. at 1:00 p.m. Come and play Skip-Bo at 1:30 p.m.

Thurs. Nov. 24: Happy Thanksgiving. The center is closed today.

 

Dale Oscar Johnson, 88, of Oakland NE


Dale Oscar Johnson was born to Oscar and Frieda (Prawitz) Johnson in Oakland, Nebraska on September 24, 1928. He passed away November 13, 2016 at Premier Estates of Fremont in Fremont, Nebraska, at the age of 88 years.

Dale was raised in Oakland, and graduated from Oakland High School, where he was a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball.

He married Jeanette Carson on October 12, 1950. Together they raised four daughters; Kristie, Janelle, Marla and Lynnette. Dale and Jeanette were long-time members of First United Methodist Church in Oakland. They were active members of Golden Oaks Senior Center in Oakland.

Dale made his career as a linotype and printing press operator, working in Oakland, Lyons, West Point and Walthill for many years. Following his retirement, he was co-owner of Dime Store Days antique mall in Fremont until 2012.

Dale was an extraordinary gardener, perennially winning blue ribbons for his vegetables and flowers. It will be difficult to find a warmer, more genuine and friendly man, and he will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gene; sister, Betty and son-in-law, James Peterson.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeanette; brother, James (Joanne) Johnson of Lyons; sister-in-law, Bonnie (Morris) Fleischman of Oakland; daughters, Kristie (Patrick) Peters of Crystal, MN, Janelle (Tom) VanScoy, Marla Peterson and Lynnette (Curt) Goracke all of Fremont; granddaughters, Heather (Bob) Batt, Brooke (Chris) Goracke, Haley (Tom) Fruen, Emily Perina, Celia (Jakob) Peters; grandsons, Jason (Darcy) Martin, Seth Perina, Andrew (Brittney) Perina, Spencer (Jodee) Goracke, Joseph Peters; eleven great grandchildren, Gabi, Josh, Devin, Ellis, Carter, Reese, Cain, James, Drew, Addison, Rayne, Mason; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The Funeral Service is Thurs., Nov. 17th at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Oakland NE.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Burial is in the Oakland Cemetery.

Memorial Contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska, 11711 Arbor Street, Suite 110, Omaha NE 68144.

Dale Johnson

Dale Johnson

A Minute With The Mayor, Andy Fuston — Kat Country Hub


By Lyons Mayor, Andy Fuston Football and volleyball season is finally here! Nebraska is off to a great start. What a win Saturday against Oregon! The Wolverines hard work isn’t necessarily reflected in the win/loss column but it takes time to get use to integrating two teams under one scheme and then playing in a […]

via A Minute With The Mayor, Andy Fuston — Kat Country Hub

The Beauty of Water, Land and Sky


dsc08388A view from our boat at Summit Lake near Tekamah, NE. The beauty of the water, land and sky all in on picture! Photo Credit/ Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Caregiver and Support Group to Meet


The monthly Caregiver Support Group will meet at the Bancroft Senior Center, Monday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. We discuss a variety of topics at these meetings. The personal information shared by the caregivers, during the meeting, is kept confidential. All caregivers are invited to attend.

 

Happenings at Oakland Heights


Oakland Heights News by Nancy Silvey

We had a nice Grandparents Day potluck this past Sunday it was nice to see everyone here. Residents are looking forward to the Waffle Supper that is coming up on Thursday September 15th at 5:30 pm. Kick off time for Saturday September 17th Nebraska Football game is at 11:30 am on ABC. Next week we are celebrating fall with a Apple Jack Party on Thursday September 22nd at 2:30 pm. We have several residents celebrating birthdays this week and next, Jene Hightree on Sept. 16, Lorna Olson celebrates her 101st Birthday on September 19th and Dale Johnson on Sept. 24th.

Church Service for Sunday September 18th will be given by Craig/Alder Grove Church at 2:30 pm with a luncheon following. On Monday September 19th at 2:30 pm is Communion with First Lutheran Church.

Activities for the week of Sept 19th to Sept 24 th are as follows, Reading with Jill, Manicures, Sing a Long, Game Day, Bingo the w/Salem, Reading Group, Bible Fellowship,   Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Friday Bingo, Saturday morning video, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Judy Nelson, Betty Hanna, Mary Donavan, Anne Anderson, Marge Maller, Bonnie Fleischman, Di Ruwe, Dani Moseman, Nadine Anderson, Sly Rouse, and Pat Anderson.

 

 

 

 

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