• Lawrence and Marilyn Kasik of Richland hosted a Thanksgiving Day dinner at their home for family members. Present were Janis Kasik of Schuyler; Chelsea Kasik and Bill and Bonnie McPhillips of Columbus; Justin, Katie, Shane and Liam McPhillips of Humphrey; John and Lawren Kasik of Richland; Steve Kasik of Uehling; Tom Kasik of Leigh; Julie Spellerberg of Blair; Jenna Spellerberg of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Katie McPhillips and daughter Maria of Ceresco.
• Tim and Susan Rickert of Richland hosted a family Thanksgiving Day dinner at their home. Present were Jim and Mildred Rickert, Terry Rickert, Staci and Jaelyn Rickert and Kaylee Rickert and friend Yost, all of Columbus; LeAnne Johnston of Scottsdale, Arizona; Stuart and Susan Krejci of Wahoo; Jon Krejci of Lincoln; Kyle and Kristen Asche of Omaha; Steve, Amanda, Austin and MacKenzie Sandman of Gardner, Kansas; and Jeff, Jenna, Braylon and Brock Rickert of Omaha.
• Nathan, Tori, J.R., Kipton and Elli Oehlrich of Richland joined the Bierman family members for Thanksgiving Day dinner at St. Anthony School in Columbus. Later they went to Schuyler to visit Mike and Joe Simon.
• Nathan, Tori, J.R., Kipton and Elli Oehlrich were Nov. 24 afternoon visitors at the home of Skip and Lorene Oehlrich. Also present was Ashley Oehlrich of Elkhorn.
• Nathan Stevenson, a senior at UNK, spent Thanksgiving vacation at the home of his parents Dan and Suzanne Stevenson of Columbus.
• Rylee Stevenson, a student at UNO, spent Thanksgiving vacation at the home of her parents Ken and Denise Stevenson and sister Emily Stevenson of Richland.
• Ken and Denise Stevenson and daughters Rylee and Emily of Richland spent Thanksgiving Day in Lincoln at the Greg Carstens home.
• Nov. 24 dinner guests of Florence Stevenson were Ken, Denise, Rylee and Emily Stevenson and Dan, Suzanne and Nathan Stevenson of Columbus.
• Thanksgiving Day dinner guest at the home of Lloyd, Margaret and Ryan Stevenson was Roy Stevenson of Columbus.
• Lloyd and Margaret Stevenson hosted a family Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 25 at their home. Present were Aaron, Courtny and Nnash Stevenson of Schuyler and Chris, Nicki, Lauren and Cameron Houfek of Columbus.
• Bob and Kathy Leimser of Richland hosted a family Thanksgiving dinner at their home on Nov. 25. Present were Pam Wachal and Mike, Dawn and Jonathan Heese, all of Omaha; and Jesse, Courtney, Owyn and Delylah Gunderson and Brent, Natasha and Khole Van Diest, all of Columbus. Don Gunderson of Duncan was an afternoon visitor.
• Thanksgiving Day dinner and supper guests at the home of Florence Stevenson of Richland were Tom, Julie, Zach, Jordan and Maddie Stevenson of Aurora; Dan and Suzanne Stevenson of Columbus; Nick Stevenson of Norfolk; Nathan Stevenson of Kearney; and Elaine Abraham of Schuyler.
• Thanksgiving Day dinner guests at the home of Norma Hemmer were Francis and Marvin Hemmer of Humphrey; Jeff and Monica Kavan and their children Cory and Kelly of Blair; Greg and Sharon Klug of Columbus; and Ryan and Alicia and children Kasen and Kennedy Klug of Lincoln.
• Jerel and Carol Engel of Richland attended the Podolak cousins reunion with a potluck dinner on Thanksgiving Day at the American Legion Hall in Denton.
• Jerel and Carol Engel and their granddaughter BreAnne Thege of Columbus were among other guests at a 5 p.m. Nov. 24 supper at the home of Hugh and Terri Robertson of Omaha.
• Glenn Kasik of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, was a Nov. 22 visitor at the home of his parents Lawrence and Marilyn Kasik of Richland.
• Nov. 24 morning visitors of Marilyn Kasik were Mark Kasik of Columbus and Eric and Amanda Kasik and their children Eli and Emmie of Lincoln.
• Ashley Oehlrich of Elkhorn was a Thanksgiving Day dinner guest at the home of her parents Skip and Lorene Oehlrich. In the evening, guests were Jamie and Jenny Rinehart and children Kayla and Maggie of Kearney, Missouri. The Rinehart family remained as overnight guests.
• On Nov. 25 the Faltys family held their Christmas get-together from 4-9 p.m. at Schuyler Middle School. A pizza supper and side dishes were served. Santa came to visit with the children. Among those in attendance were Skip and Lorene Oehlrich; Nathan, Tori, J.R. and Kipton Oehlrich of Richland; Ashley Oehlrich of Elkhorn; David and Deb Faltys of Kearney, Missouri; and Deb’s mother Marlene Zima of Schuyler.
• Harley and Janet Loseke of Richland attended Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Creston City Hall hosted by Dave and Joan Hollatz. Among those attending were Sean and Mindy Loseke of Omaha and Eric, Darcy, Cody and Emma Loseke of Laramie, Wyoming. The two Loseke families were overnight guests of Harley and Janet, returning home on Nov. 24.
• Quient Schaffer and grandson Louie Williams spent Thanksgiving Day in Lincoln as dinner guests of Brad, Misha and Josie Walker. Also present were Larry and Carol Walker of Benedict.
• Russ and Linda Forney of Richland hosted a Thanksgiving Day dinner at their home. Present were Michael, Sarah, Lola, Zoe, Briggs and McCoy Doerneman, Jeanne Werner and Tarah and Marietta Werner, all of Columbus; Tim, Susan, Domonic and Emerson Fischer of Schuyler; and Pam, Kevin, Chase and Brayden Gronenthal of Platte Center.
• Shirley Engel and her daughter Lisa had dinner guests at their home on Thanksgiving Day. Present were Kelly Case of Richland and Felicia Case and friend Dusten and Felicia’s daughter Della and Megan Case and friend David Lupin, all of Columbus.
It’s holiday time again.
Are you coming to the Downtown Christmas events on Friday and Saturday? Your library is joining in the holiday fun along with all the other downtown businesses. Stop by the library on Friday and make a sparkly snowflake ornament in our kids’ room. Who doesn’t like glitter glue? And on Saturday morning at 11, there will be a special Christmas story time. We hope to see you there.
Not only do we have family gatherings, special meals and presents to look forward to, but hopefully time on the couch, or soaking in the tub, or even riding in the car to the grandfolks’ house to enjoy some holiday-themed reading.
Better Homes and Gardens, Campbell’s and that domestic goddess Betty Crocker all have Christmas cookbooks books to help you with that huge family feast. Cookie swap at work? Potluck at church? There’s a book for that! Plus, you can always read “The RBG Workout” by Bryant Johnson afterward to help work off any extra cookie calories. He’s the personal trainer for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg.
Not only do we have a ton of Christmas-focused cookbooks, we also have craft and decorating books to help turn your home into a winter wonderland. We’ve used some of these books’ ideas and our handy AccuCut machine to decorate our front window for the holiday window decorating contest and the library’s Christmas tree for the annual Parade of Trees. We can show you how to make some cute, easy decorations for your own celebration.
And some of our favorite authors have given us their annual Christmas offerings, as well. Debbie Macomber and Linda Lael Miller are known for their charming holiday-themed titles. Take a look at Macomber’s “Merry & Bright,” as well as Miller’s “Snow County Christmas” and Sarah Morgan’s “Miracle on 5th Avenue,” among others.
We’ll see you at your library!