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Kats’ Korner: What the Prospect of a New Community Center Could Mean for the Oakland Public Library


On May 5th and 6th, there were meetings held at the Oakland City Auditorium to discuss the possibility of a new Community Center being built in Oakland. I wasn’t able to attend, but I have opinions on the subject. To those that attended, please don’t hesitate to contact me and share your views. Even if you didn’t attend, I want to hear from you!

My first concern is the library. Granted, the plans aren’t set in stone. But, all the same, as citizens of Oakland, we should all be aware of what the potential plans involve.

A few years ago, the library purchased the lot to the north of its’ location in anticipation of future expansion. If the current plans for the new Community Center come to fruition, those plans will go by the wayside.

The plans include renovating the current city auditorium, expanding to the north, which will mean the police department will also lose their building. From what I gather, they may relocate to another building.

Back to the library. If, and I mean if, this happens, the city office would move into the library. The library would move to the top floor of the city auditorium.

For one, in my opinion, the city office does not need that much space. I know for a fact that more people go into the library in one day than go to the city office in a week. The library is the leading source of information in Oakland. The library benefits our youth. They have access to hundreds of books and the computers, assisting them with their educational needs.

In my opinion, if it is moved to the top floor of the auditorium, less people will use it. Our elderly in the community can park close to the library, and within a few steps, they are in the door. There isn’t as adequate parking at the city auditorium. It is in the business district. The grocery store, Golden Oaks, a beauty shop, just to name a few, have many patrons. Parking would not be adequate.

I assume they would have to bring the city auditorium up to code, providing handicap access, thus providing an elevator to the second floor. But yet, I ask you, will you walk extra steps to get to an elevator? You may park a block or more away to go to the library.

I realize there may be a need for the community center. West Point built a new community building where many wedding receptions have been held. People from Oakland have had their receptions there due to Oakland not having an adequate building for such an occasion. Lyons also remodeled their city auditorium and many local events are also being held there too. Oakland maybe does need one, maybe. But, should it be at the expense of relocating the library? I am hoping not. As I compared Oakland to West Point and Lyons’ community centers, compare Oakland’s library to Lyons and Tekamah. They are much larger and newer. Tekamah recently built a new addition onto their existing structure. Lyons relocated their small library to a new, remodeled building, providing a much greater service to the community. Oakland’s library was looking into this before the idea of a new community center became the discussion. Now, who knows what will happen?

Yes, it is important to keep up with the times, as they say, and building a community center would do that. But, this is not keeping up with the times for the library. It is going in reverse.

If you have concerns, please make your voice heard. Each and every one of us in this community need to take responsibility for what happens in Oakland. I for one, am against moving the library. I hope other plans are considered, keeping the library where it is and allowing the library to expand, providing even greater service to the community.

That is my opinion. What is yours? Contact me and share your thoughts, but also let the city office hear from you!

 

 

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Merle Kilgore, 87, of Oakland NE


Merle Kilgore was born May 31, 1930 to William and Hazel (Raitt) Kilgore in David City, NE. He spent all of his childhood years there as an ornery brother to 3 siblings: Dolores, Kate, and Denny. After graduation from high school in 1947 he joined the army and went to Korea during the war there. He met his wife, Doris Kroft on a double date. She left her purse in the car, so he would have to bring it back to her and meet again. They married Nov. 2, 1952. They had 2 daughters, Debbie (Carl Fritsch in Minneapolis) and Sheri (Gary Duff, in Omaha).

After his time in the military, Merle worked for the Nebraska Power Company, traveling around the state, putting up power lines until he settled in Crawford, NE and lived there for 9 years. During that time, he was adventurous and started a real stagecoach in Fort Robinson with his partner, Vernon Rockey. He often took his family hiking in the Pine Ridge hills.

In 1968, he moved his family to Oakland, NE to be the superintendent there for NPPD. He was instrumental in the Four Trees and other low-rent housing developments. At times, during his life he was a volunteer for the fire department.

Merle was one of the key people involved in both the planning and construction of the New Life Assembly of God Church building. The Church owes the existence of its current building in large part to Merle’s experience, expertise and volunteered time in planning, design and construction.

Merle was always attentive to the needs of the New Life Church building. He was quick to notice any needed upkeep projects and was often first to start on them.

Because he saved well in a good time of growth, he was able to retire at the age of 60 and went on the road to volunteer for the MAPS program for 22 years. MAPS (Mission America Placement Service) is a branch of the Assembly of God church that organizes volunteers to build churches and buildings for their Teen Challenge ministry. He did this until he had a stroke in 2012, which dampened his physical abilities, but not his spirit.

He passed away after a short illness. He is survived by his wife Doris, daughters Debbie and Sheri, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Mon., May 14th at the New Life Assembly of God Church at 10:30 a.m.

 

Merle Kilgore

Tornado Warning!!


A tornado warning is in effect until 6:15 p.m. for Southcentral Burt County and Northwestern Washington County. It is located 7 miles east of Hooper moving northeast.

New Severe Thunderstorm Warning


A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Burt County, Northwestern Washington County and Northeastern Dodge County until 6:15 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning


A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southwestern Burt County, southeastern Cuming County and northwestern Dodge County until 5;30 p.m.

Tornado Watch


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 59 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN IOWA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 4 COUNTIES IN SOUTHWEST IOWA HARRISON POTTAWATTAMIE SHELBY IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA MONONA IN NEBRASKA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 20 COUNTIES IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA BURT BUTLER DODGE DOUGLAS SARPY SAUNDERS WASHINGTON IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA COLFAX CUMING PLATTE THURSTON IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA CASS GAGE JEFFERSON JOHNSON LANCASTER OTOE PAWNEE SALINE SEWARD THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ASHLAND, BEATRICE, BELLEVUE, BLAIR, COLUMBUS, COUNCIL BLUFFS, CRETE, DAVID CITY, DECATUR, DUNLAP, FAIRBURY, FREMONT, HARLAN, LA VISTA, LINCOLN, LOGAN, LYONS, MACY, MAPLETON, MILFORD, MISSOURI VALLEY, NEBRASKA CITY, OAKLAND, OMAHA, ONAWA, PAPILLION, PAWNEE CITY, PENDER, PLATTSMOUTH, SCHUYLER, SEWARD, STERLING, TABLE ROCK, TECUMSEH, TEKAMAH, WAHOO, WALTHILL, WEST POINT, WILBER, WINNEBAGO, WISNER, WOODBINE, AND YUTAN.

Janice J. Schroeder, 86, of Lincoln Ne, Formerly of Oakland and Lyons NE


Janice J. Schroeder, age 86, of Lincoln, Nebraska, formerly of both Lyons and Oakland, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018 at The Legacy in Lincoln.  Celebration of Life will be on Friday, April 27, 2018, 10:30 am, at the First United Methodist Church in Oakland with burial in the Lyons Cemetery, Lyons, Nebraska.  There is no visitation.  Memorials to the family for later designation.  Pelan Funeral Service in Oakland in charge of arrangements.

Janice Joan Schroeder was born June 30, 1931 west of Oakland, Nebraska to Ellory and Gladys (Johnson) Rennerfeldt. She passed away April 21, 2018, with her family by her side, at The Legacy in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the age of 86.

Janice started school in rural Craig, where the family had moved. Before the year of 1936 was over, the bad farming years of the 30s caused the family to move into Oakland. Janice continued her education in town, graduating in 1948. She worked in cafes during the summers and after school. She started when she was 11 years old, earning 10 cents an hour.

After graduation, she worked at the local Farmers and Merchants National Bank until she married Howard E. Anderson in 1950. They had three children – Rhonda, Roxie and Jeffrey. They had several happy years in the farm east of Lyons. They became members of the Presbyterian Church at Divide Center, where Janice served several years as Treasurer. Their children attended Divide Center School. She was also a “stay at home” Mom and how she loved that!

She went back to work at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Oakland after the kids had graduated from Lyons High School, and worked for 20 years, retiring as Assistant Cashier. She married Jack Schroeder in 1985 and moved to Oakland in 1986.

Janice moved to The Legacy in Lincoln in February 15, 2015. She loved being able to spend more time with her family. She made new friends, played lots of bingo and enjoyed attending activities.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Jack Schroeder and Howard E. Anderson; granddaughter, Amy Anderson; sisters, Shirley Smith, Beverly Lemke Broekemeier, Yvonne Michelsen Magill; brother, Harley Rennerfeldt.

She is survived by her daughters, Rhonda (Gary) Thies and Roxie Anderson (Clement “Kim” Soucie) all of Lincoln; son, Jeffrey (Denise) Anderson of Lyons; grandchildren, Melanie Anderson of Lincoln, Tyler (Jessica) Thies of Gretna, NE, Tatum (Tom) Casart of Lincoln; seven great grandchildren; special niece, Carla Hart; aunt, Nona Newman; many more wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jimmy Blevins, 63, of Oakland NE


Jimmy Blevins, age 63, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away Monday, April 23, 2018, at his home in Oakland.  Funeral services will be on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 10:30 am at Evangelical Free Church in Oakland with burial in the Westside Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, 5-8 pm with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland.  Memorials to the family for later designation. Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland in charge of arrangements.

Here We Go Again! Winter Weather Advisory!


WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 1 PM CDT WEDNESDAY… * WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected. * WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Nebraska and west central Iowa. * WHEN…From 1 AM to 1 PM CDT Wednesday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Expect reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. 

Winter Storm Watch


.WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING… * WHAT…Near blizzard conditions possible. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph could cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is also possible. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with localized amounts up to 5 inches, and ice accumulations are possible. * WHERE…Portions of east central, northeast and southeast Nebraska. * WHEN…From late Friday night through Saturday evening. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Damage to trees and power lines is likely. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Watch for blizzard conditions means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities. This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous. &&
…BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
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