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Sertoma seeking award nominees

Schuyler Sertoma Club is requesting nominations for the Service to Mankind Award, which recognizes people for their community service and volunteer work.

To submit a nomination, send a letter describing the person and their service to Schuyler Sertoma Club, P.O. Box 254, Schuyler, NE 68661 or email before Oct. 31.

A recognition luncheon will be held at noon Nov. 14 at St. Augustine’s Parish Hall. The cost is $12 per person. Call Diane Arps at 402-352-3045 (evening) or at Agri-City Insurance during the day at 402-352-2483 before Nov. 8 to make a reservation.

Help Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is sending care packages to children in war-torn nations, refugee camps, remote villages, schools and orphanages during the holiday season.

Shoe boxes to assist the project can be picked up at Schuyler First Presbyterian Church, 802 A St., from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays during October or people can use their own boxes. Fill the boxes with small toys, school supplies or hygiene items. You may choose the gender and age range (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14) of a child to help. Instructions for packing, labels and shipping costs are inside the boxes available at the church.

Return the box to First Presbyterian Church between Nov. 13-20. Hours during National Collection Week are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13-16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 18, 8-9:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. Nov. 19 and 9-11 a.m. Nov. 20.

Contact Kris Wilch at 402-352-2031 for more information.

Hospital auxiliary holding sale

CHI Memorial Hospital Auxiliary of Schuyler will host Collective Goods (formerly Books are Fun) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the lobby of CHI Health of Schuyler.

St. Benedict Center events planned

From Here to Hope: Our Mission of Mercy is a one-day retreat scheduled for Oct. 14 with Father Joseph Nassal, a Missionary of the Precious Blood from Liberty, Missouri. This retreat will explore in both practical and prophetic ways how to live God’s tender mercy in everyday lives. Program fee is $30. Lunch is available at the center for $10.50.

One-person Theater: Far as the Eye Can See is a performance scheduled for Oct. 15 celebrating Nebraska’s 150th birthday by actor Pippa White. This show tells true stories of the prairie and its people: the early pioneers who crossed it, the later pioneers who settled it, the brave people of the Dust Bowl and the Native American people who struggled to keep the prairie that once belonged only to them. White calls her productions “part theater, part storytelling, part history.” She has an extensive background in theater and television, including five years as a hostess on daily morning television at ABC in San Francisco. Advance and senior/student tickets are $7. Tickets are $9 at the door.

You are Enough! A Retreat for Women is scheduled for Oct. 21-22 with Mary Guynan, Tonya LeGrande and Vicki Pribil. This retreat is for women of all ages. The weekend will include presentations, prayer, guided meditation, shared reflection and an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Adoration and Mass.

St. Benedict Center is located 4 miles north of Schuyler on Highway 15 and a quarter-mile east.

For more information, call the St. Benedict Center at 402-352-8819, email or visit

Senior Citizen Center

Meals are served at noon, Tuesday-Friday. On Mondays, evening meals are served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. There are no noon meals on Mondays.

Meal reservations are recommended by 9 a.m. the day of the meal.

Home-delivered meals are also available by calling the senior center. Home-delivered meals go out at 11:30 a.m. weekdays and 5 p.m. Mondays. Carry-out meals and for those under age 60 are $9.

The city of Schuyler handi-van is dispatched from the senior center. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Oct. 9-13

Monday: Oven-friend chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, peach slices and bread.

Tuesday: Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, country style tomatoes and easy fruit dessert.

Wednesday: Braised beef tips, boiled potatoes, beets, mixed fruit and bread.

Thursday: Chipper fish, noodles romanoff, braised cabbage and carrots, tossed green salad, blushing pears and biscuits.

Friday: Herbed pork loin, baked sweet potato, peas, cinnamon apple slices and bread.

Milk, coffee, water and iced tea are offered with all meals.


Tuesday: Board of directors meeting, 9 a.m.; Tarok, 11:30 a.m.; Bingo and cards, 1 p.m.

Wednesday: Pitch, 12:30 p.m.

Thursday: Bridge, 11:30 a.m.; Pitch, 12:30 p.m.

Friday: Bridge, 8:30 a.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.

Area Church Schedules

First Presbyterian Church

Rev. Sarah Gengler

802 A St.

Oct. 4 -- Awana Sparks (grades K-3), 6-7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 -- Let's Get Together, 9 a.m. in church library.

Oct. 8 -- Worship service, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

St. John's

Lutheran Church

821 Denver St.

Schedule unavailable.

Christ United

Methodist Church

1922 Colfax St.

Pastor Dennis Wheeler

Oct. 8 -- Worship, 8 a.m.

Oct. 11 -- Sunday School, 6 p.m.

Oct. 12 -- United Methodist Women, 9 a.m.

Divine Mercy Parish

Fr. Gerry Gonderinger


Fr. Gregory Congote

Associate Pastor

Mass times:

St. Augustine's Church

Sixth and Banner streets

Saturdays — 5 p.m.

Sundays — 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (Spanish) and 11 a.m. (Spanish)

Mondays and Wednesdays — 7 a.m. and noon (Spanish)

St. Mary's Church

11th and Banner streets

Saturdays — 5 p.m. (Spanish)

Sundays — 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Tuesdays — 7 a.m. and noon (Spanish)

Thursdays — 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Spanish)

Young Nebraskans urged to consider manufacturing jobs

LINCOLN — A gubernatorial news conference to proclaim October as Manufacturing Month in Nebraska morphed Monday into a call for Nebraska youth to consider manufacturing and technology careers that do not require a traditional four-year journey through college.

"We need the rock stars," Scott Volk, vice president of MetalQuest, which manufactures precision-machined component parts in Hebron, said during the Capitol event.

In sharp contrast to the old image of manufacturing as a "dead-end and dirty (job) for the dumb kid," Volk said, today's manufacturing jobs engage workers with computers and robots and require science and math skills.

"You can get paid far more money and have a more challenging career (in manufacturing) without getting a four-year degree" that often comes loaded with college loans and long-term student debt, he said.

Those manufacturing jobs in Nebraska pay an average annual salary of $58,500, Joseph Young, executive vice president for the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce's Vision Nebraska program, said.

Gov. Pete Ricketts summoned the news conference to salute the manufacturing sector in Nebraska and announced he will embark on a statewide tour to celebrate the event.

Department of Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger said the governor has scheduled stops in Grand Island, Sidney, Gering, Alliance, Holdrege, Minden and Omaha.

"We grow things and we make things" in Nebraska, Ricketts said.

"And tax relief will help us spur growth," he said.

Volk, who is chair of the Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Council, said "the current tax burden does not allow us to reinvest as we would like" in equipment and higher wages.

Ricketts also called for reduced regulation and controlled government spending.

Richland News

• A group of relatives met at noon Sept. 20 and had dinner at the Golden Corral in Lincoln. Following the meal they went to the home of Merle and Arlene Rudebusch of Lincoln and the afternoon was spent playing Mexican train dominoes. Later they were served a dessert by the host couple. The birthday of Carolyn Nelson was celebrated and she was remembered with cards and gifts. Present were Clifford and Rojean Lambrecht of Columbus, Florence Stevenson of Richland and Patrick Lambrecht, Fred and Jo Lambrecht and Sheryll Roeber, all of Lincoln.

• Late-afternoon visitors Sept. 22 of Florence Stevenson and Suzanne Stevenson were Gene and Sharon Carstens of Schuyler, Brian Carstens of Florida, Denise and Emily Stevenson of Richland and Rylee Stevenson of Omaha.

• Rylee Stevenson, who attends UNO, spent a recent weekend at the home of her parents Ken and Denise Stevenson and sister Emily Stevenson of Richland.

• Florence Stevenson attended a picnic on Sept. 21 given by Audio-Logic of Columbus in celebration of the business' 25th anniversary.

• Sandi Kudron of Columbus visited her mother Evelyn Saalfeld, a resident at Columbus Care and Rehabilitation Center, during the week.

• Sept. 23 lunch guests at the home of Bob and Kathy Leimser in Richland were Pam Wachal and Dawn Heese of Omaha and Brent, Natasha and Khole Van Diest and Emma Hoeppner of Columbus.

• Jerel and Carol Engel of Richland attended the Friends of Music program on Sept. 24 at Nantkes Performing Arts Center in Columbus. The program was the Dave Osborn Trio.

• Harley and Janet Loseke of Richland attended the Knights of Columbus football party held Sept. 23 at St. Mary’s Social Hall in Schuyler.

• Patrick Wolles of Lincoln and his friend Allison of Omaha were Sept. 23 visitors at the home of Charlene Klug of Columbus.

• Nathan and Tori Oehlrich and their children J.R., Kipton and Eli of Richland spent Sept. 24 visiting Ashley Oehlrich of Elkhorn.

• Jacob Plugge is selling popcorn for Boy Scout Troop 211.

• Domonic Fischer, son of Tim and Susan Fischer, was honored for his 5th birthday at the home of his parents on Sept. 23. His special cake was a Paw Patrol cake. He was remembered with cards and gifts. The "Happy Birthday" song was sung. Among the family members attending the party were his grandparents Russ and Linda Forney of Richland and brother Emerson.

Youth Digests

Indra graduates from St. Mary

OMAHA -- College of Saint Mary awarded degrees to 115 students from the summer graduating class.

These students were able to walk at the May 21 commencement.

Paige Indra of Howells graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Wayne State crowning royalty

WAYNE -- Wayne State College will crown its homecoming royalty 8:30 p.m. Friday at Ramsey Theatre.

Erika Rupprecht of Clarkson (Lambda Phi Eta) and Amanda Hartman of Schuyler (Drama Club) are queen candidates.


Birthday Club

Members of the Birthday Club met at noon Sept. 20 and had dinner at the home of Charlene Klug of Columbus.

Following the meal, the group played pitch with Marie Klug winning high and Marilyn Lusche was low. Others present were Carylyn Runge, JoAnn Siefken, Joyce Runge, Marilyn Klug and Lois Rodehorst.

Schuyler Historical Society

The Schuyler Historical Society met Sept. 11 at the Museum Annex. The meeting was called to order by President Jim Viglicky. The Pledge was recited by 14 members present.

The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting. A correction to minutes: Ruth Payzant was the artist of the charcoal pictures left at the museum. The minutes were approved as corrected. The treasurer read the financial report.

Lloyd Brichacek presented a report on the cost of insurance for the museum and annex. He put new filters in the furnace at the museum. Francis Svoboda brought pictures of the open house at the annex. In August, several members worked 10-hour days to get ready for the open houses over Labor Day weekend.

Curator Judy Brezina gave a report on activity at the museum the past month. A trunk was brought in by Marcella Johannes and Donna Kunkle. The trunk, which belonged to their father Elmore Kunkle, contained a World War I uniform, underwear, jacket and cap. She reported there was good attendance on Labor Day weekend.

Under old business: The president thanked all volunteers who helped with the Labor Day float, provided ideas and donated supplies. He thanked volunteers who took shifts on Sunday and Labor Day at both locations. Riding the float were Linda Forney and Theresa Shonka. Members were asked for comments and/or changes for next year.

Brought up for discussion was the No Bake Bake Sale. Betty and Eleanor will get the letters printed and sent out.

Under new business: Signup sheets were passed around for hours to work the last half of September and part of October. Willard Horak brought in a Common School Diploma dated May 28, 1901, which was brought in by Ron Taylor of Canon City, Colorado. The certificate was issued to Olive Crawshaw and signed by Frank J. Henry, county superintendent. The certificate is on display at the museum.

The next meeting will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Museum Annex located at 1112 C St. in Schuyler. Anyone with an interest in the museum and annex is welcome to attend the meetings of the historical society.

Memorial for August are:

For Marie Kracl, from Lloyd and Betty Brichacek.

For Jack Pokorny, from Annette Votova, Paul and Luann Vavricek and Lloyd and Betty Brichacek.