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Kats’ Korner: 2014 Blessings, Start 2015


Are you enjoying 2015 so far? I am. I consider every day a blessing, making the most of every moment from the time my eyes open until they close again for a peaceful rest.

2014 brought many blessings to our family. I am blessed to run my own business. I am happy knowing it has grown each and every day. I have made many more friends along the way, making my journey even brighter. I have also enjoyed becoming more and more involved on the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. Helping to promote the community my husband and I live in is very important to me. Oakland has been my home for a good portion of my life. We are fortunate to have many friends here. Small town life is wonderful! Oakland is a thriving community, and it continuing to do so is why I choose to help in any way I can. I want future generations to live here, enjoying the area and all it has to offer as much as I do.

I am very lucky and blessed to be married to a wonderful man. He is the best. He also works hard, but when you love your job as he does, it doesn’t seem so hard. He has always been an outdoors guy, growing up on a farm. He likes working where he feels like what he does matters and helps others. This job does just that. I am very proud of him!

The most important blessings in our family are two new granddaughters, Charli and Penelope. They are adorable. Yes, I am prejudice, but I can be! Holding them and looking into their pretty eyes is seeing the future. I wonder what they will grow up to be. I love being a grandma. I am glad they are so close so we can see them often. Every moment with them is priceless. When I leave them, I am already looking forward to seeing them again. I take many pictures so I have the memories on our wall, computer, phones, anywhere I can put a picture!

Life can be very hard. Not all of 2014 was wonderful. A good friend of mine fell ill and nearly lost her life. To see her smile now, working hard to be completely recovered, is a joy to me, and especially, to her family. We rang in the New Year together, as we always do, eating a meal together at our house, laughing and carrying on. I couldn’t imagine beginning the year any other way!

Now off to 2015! I have goals, not resolutions. I believe in goals, but a resolution to me is trivial. I am expanding my horizons, taking on a couple more challenges. I need more hours in the day! I work every day, morning to evening, sometimes late into the evening, striving to attain my goals. I get one chance at life and I intend to do my best! That is why I chose to be self-employed! I needed more of a challenge! It has definitely defined me!

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2015!

 

 

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Snow is Blowing Hard on Oakland Main Street


Strong winds blowing snow all over Oakland's Main Street. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Strong winds blowing snow all over Oakland’s Main Street. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Halloween Fun on Oakland’s Main Street


Halloween fun on Oakland's Main Street. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Halloween fun on Oakland’s Main Street. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Laurence James “Larry” Hultquist, 85, of Oakland NE


LAURENCE JAMES “LARRY” HULTQUIST, 85 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Friday, October 31, 2014, at Oakland Heights.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Oakland.

BURIAL WITH MILITARY HONORS: Oakland Cemetery, with Military Honors by Ryan VFW Post No. 5543 and American Legion Post No. 46

VISITATION: Wednesday, November 5th, 1 – 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 – 7 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Home in Oakland. Visitation Thursday will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

MEMORIALS: Oakland Heights

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.

Laurence Hultquist

Laurence Hultquist

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

4-Hers Attend Painting Workshops


It was a busy, but very fun week in the 4-H world and there is much more to come as the “season” really gets warmed up…no pun intended!

Last week we had the Patriotic t-shirt workshop presented by Jan Cline-Zimmerman at her Creative Connections Studio in Oakland. We had a short crowd for this workshop, but several others have made arrangements to attend one of her other t-shirt sessions on July 3 and 4. If you missed out and want to create a patriotic t-shirt please give Jan a call at her studio 402-685-5885 or on her cell: 402-443-7078. 4-H members may bring these shirts as a Decorate Your Duds exhibit and model them too if they wish…everyone else can just have fun making a wearing a shirt patriotic shirt!

Our annual Acrylic Painting Workshop was held in the 4-H Building in Oakland. We had a great time painting a beautiful robin in a woodland setting during the morning session in the 4-H Kitchen on Burt County Fairgrounds.

In the afternoon I accompanied our painting workshop presenter, Connie Buskohl-Barney to Oakland Heights. She demonstrated the “Art Without Boundries” Mneme Therapy to the Oakland Heights activity director, Nancy Silvey and I with the help of Oakland Heights resident, Marcella Hennig.  Connie recently completed this training and is really excited about sharing it with others. From what I saw, I believe Marcella enjoyed the opportunity to paint a pretty picture, even though she said she was no artist!

This type of therapy uses everyday pleasures including singing, movement, painting and storytelling in a unique combination to stimulate dramatic changes in the brain. Beyond the rewarding experience it provides, documented testimonies show significant improvement in some client’s verbal skills, mobility, combativeness, spatial acuity understanding instructions and much more.

Connie is also trying to figure out a way 4-H members could do a painting in the morning for themselves and then help someone else in the afternoon as part of this Mneme therapy. This would provide an outstanding win/win situation for everyone.

While in Nebraska City recently I had dinner at the Lied Lodge. Since I just drove down after work, I still had on my UNL Extension shirt. We had barely sat down when a gentleman came over and asked if I worked with the 4-H program and extension. Of course I said yes, and he said he saw the 4-H Clover my shirt and just had to come over and tell me what an impact 4-H had on his life. He was from North Carolina and was part of a Lutheran Campus Ministry group having their national meeting at the Lied Lodge. He went on to tell me how he had won a trip to National 4-H Congress in Chicago and it had changed his life. His experiences with the 4-H program led him to this wonderful week of great speakers and activities. He made the comment to his Extension Agent that there could never be a better week than he had just experienced, to which the wise educator responded, “Yes, this has been a wonderful week, but now it’s up to you to create something even better…don’t let this be a stopping point…what are you going to do now? ”  What a wonderful and insightful challenge to place in front of a young person.

This gentleman became a minister, while his sister worked for many years in Extension in North Carolina. He shared several stories about how 4-H and the Extension program evolved through all the changes in North Carolina. Even in the 1970’s there continued to be racial desegregation as well as sexual desegregation so boys and girls of all races could compete in the same project areas.

What a fascinating chance meeting that was! He even said when they flew to Omaha a group of North Carolina 4-H members were on the plane and were flying on to Lincoln to compete in the National Shooting Sports Competition. Burt County also has a 4-H member competing in this national contest which was held in Grand Island. I’ll follow up on Thomas Hennig’s experiences at this contest next week.

You just never know where life…and 4-H will take you!

 

 

Mary Loftis,

Extension Assistant
UNL Extension – Burt County
111 North 13th Street, Suite 6
Tekamah, NE 68061
Phone: (402) 374-2929

Fax: (402) 374-2930

Internet: mloftis2@unl.edu

Elise Anderson of Lyons carefully letters her patriotic t-shirt at the 4-H workshop held at Creative Connections in Oakland. Photo Courtesy of Mary Loftis.

Elise Anderson of Lyons carefully letters her patriotic t-shirt at the 4-H workshop held at Creative Connections in Oakland. Photo Courtesy of Mary Loftis.

Painter, Connie Buskohl-Barney shares step by step instructions on using a pattern to create the robin in the woods picture while the 4-H members look at examples of the finished product. Taking part in the acrylic painting workshop were: Jayden Fleischman, Mary Tomes,  Connor Davis, Riley Davis, Miranda Bracht, Josie Richards, Alex Davis, and Anna Wakehouse.  Photo Courtesy of Mary Loftis.

Painter, Connie Buskohl-Barney shares step by step instructions on using a pattern to create the robin in the woods picture while the 4-H members look at examples of the finished product. Taking part in the acrylic painting workshop were: Jayden Fleischman, Mary Tomes, Connor Davis, Riley Davis, Miranda Bracht, Josie Richards, Alex Davis, and Anna Wakehouse.
Photo Courtesy of Mary Loftis.

Patriotic and proud are these three 4-H members as they show off the patriotic t-shirts they created at the 4-H workshop last week. Pictured are: Lacey Petersen, Ashley Bohannon and Emma Wakehouse. Photo Courtesy of Mary Loftis.

Patriotic and proud are these three 4-H members as they show off the patriotic t-shirts they created at the 4-H workshop last week. Pictured are: Lacey Petersen, Ashley Bohannon and Emma Wakehouse. Photo Courtesy of Mary Loftis.

Connie Buskohl-Barney assists Marcella Hennig with her painting stroke as part of the Mneme Therapy demonstration at Oakland Heights last week.  Photo Courtesy of Mary Loftis.

Connie Buskohl-Barney assists Marcella Hennig with her painting stroke as part of the Mneme Therapy demonstration at Oakland Heights last week.
Photo Courtesy of Mary Loftis.

Another Storm Arises


Storm clouds over Oakland in Burt County, NE. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Storm clouds over Oakland in Burt County, NE. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Work Scheduled on Highway 77


Department of Roads will begin resurfacing the existing shoulders and add shoulder rumble strips on Highway 77 between Oakland and Lyons on June 19th, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers and a pilot vehicle. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in this area. Anticipated completion is early July.

Visit the 511 webpage at http://www.511.nebraska.gov or dial 511 or 800-906-9069 to get the most current updates on highway conditions.

Tearing up Church Parking Lot in Oakland


The parking lot at the Lutheran Church in Oakland is being torn up to prepare for a new one. All Photos Credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The parking lot at the Lutheran Church in Oakland is being torn up to prepare for a new one. All Photos Credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Logan Creek is Running High


Logan Creek that runs through Oakland is running very high. The recent rains here and to the north of Oakland have built up, causing the Logan to run high, full of tree branches and other such debris. The area to walk down and sit and fish is now under water. It is to rain again today, so it is doubtful it will go down right away.

The water is now where people could walk down and fish at Logan Creek in Oakland, NE. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The water is now where people could walk down and fish at Logan Creek in Oakland, NE. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Hollis Bruce Anderson, 72 of Oakland, NE


HOLLIS BRUCE ANDERSON, 72 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014, at Oakland Mercy Hospital.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, May 23, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland.

VISITATION: Thursday, May 22nd, 4 – 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 – 7 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Home in Oakland. Visitation Friday will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

BURIAL: Salem Cemetery, rural Oakland.

MEMORIALS: To the Family

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

 

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