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All ages welcome.  Cost for 59 and under is $4.50 and Suggested cost for 60 and up is $3.50. For reservations, call 402-367-6131 before 9 a.m. 

Feb. 12 - Cornflake Chicken, stuffing, green beans, apricots.  10:00 A.M. – Quilting & Cards.

Feb. 13Spaghetti with meat sauce, Italian vegetables, garlic bread, rosy apple sauce,  salad bar. 9:30 A.M. – Quilting & Tai Chi Van to Omaha. 6:00 PM Supper & Pitch

Feb. 1411 am FreeBlood  Blood Pressure Check Baked Fish, garden rice, California blend, cherry cheese cake. 9:30 A.M. – Frogs; Quilting & Cards

Feb. 15 - SupportGroup 1pm Salisbury Steak, hash brown casserole, Harvard beets, fruit cocktail, salad bar. 9:30 A.M. – Quilting & Tai Chi   Van to Columbus

Feb. 16 Creamed chicken or Tuna over a biscuit, peas, peaches. 10:00 A.M. – Quilting & Frogs  1:00 P.M. – Pinochle        

 


News
Kovar Brothers passion for music began young

A passion for music over four decades resulted in the Kovar Brothers’ induction into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame in late November. Tim and Mick Kovar performed at the River’s Edge Music Festival in Columbus during the induction event.

The Kovars' induction included this story: The brothers were young when they spent hours listening to and singing along with records in their David City home on First Street.

At the ages of 8 and 5, little Timmy and Micky were thrilled when they received their first guitars and began entering talent contests. strumming and singing along with the yellow, plastic 78 record, “Theme from Flipper,” their big hit. Their first paying job was singing at a wedding shower in Brainard, Nebraska, where they literally worked for peanuts; two jars, in fact. Though these budding musicians started out by singing to records and strumming their prop guitars, the two brothers were soon on their way to a lifetime of playing music.

Mick was the first one to pursue making “real” music when he started playing around and pushing the keys of a little Magnus organ. He quickly discovered that he could play songs without looking at the songbook, which really sparked his enthusiasm. Sometime later, while on a shopping trip to Columbus, Mick was intrigued by an accordion that was on display in the window of the Columbus Music store. So the family walked in to look around, and before you knew it, the salesman had strapped the instrument onto the young 6-year old, and he began playing the keyboard side and working on the in and out motion of the bellows. Even though Mick couldn’t yet play the bass side of the accordion, the sale was made.

Before long, Tim wanted to get into making music and decided that the act needed a drummer. So the group’s equipment list increased, with the purchase of a Whitehall drum set, complete with two toms and cymbals. And that is when things began to change. The boys put in countless hours of practice, learning their repertoire of polkas and waltzes. Finally, they were ready for their first public performance, playing for the Annual Feeders & Breeders Banquet, at the David City Auditorium. Bud Comte, who hired the boys to play, lent a helping hand by setting up a microphone and sound system, and a reel to reel recording machine to capture this momentous occasion. From that first job, the Kovar Boys began filling their weekends playing for many wedding dances in David City and surrounding areas. It was during this time that the boys were featured in a national publication as “Polka Teens of The Week”.

As Tim and Mick continued to grow as musicians, now adding keyboards to the mix, they began to include the popular country music songs into their playlist. Their dad, Jerome, and mom, Geraldine, supported their musical interests adding equipment as it was needed, and going along on every dance job to help set up and take down the set. Jerome began an interest in learning how to play the guitar, so after the family surprised him with an acoustic guitar for Christmas, Jerome began taking lessons. Mick listened and learned alongside his dad, and before long, decided he needed an electric guitar to add to the collection of instruments. Again, the boys began to practice for hours, increasing their song list with Top 40 Country hits as well as a few original songs.

In 1977, realizing they wanted a bigger sound than what just two could provide, the Kovar boys decided to ask their parents to join the band. After some convincing, the idea went into action. Jerome picked up the bass guitar, and Geraldine learned how to chord on the keyboard. Little sister, Cindy, even joined in on the vocals by adding a few country female hits to the song mix. Her big hit with the crowds was I’m Not Lisa. Eventually, cousin Cliff Kovar joined the group, adding some vocals and playing rhythm guitar. The Kovar Family band was well known throughout eastern Nebraska, staying busy with playing for wedding dances, parties, and dance clubs including the Moose Lodge, Eagles Club, VFW Club, Starlight, Flying V, and Johnny’s, to name a few. Mick began broadening his experience in the music field working for a single company in Lincoln. During this time, he wrote the song American Farmer, a regional radio hit that was broadcast on radio stations across the Midwest. He and Tim also worked for Renee Sound Studio as studio musicians on countless albums.

Around 1989, Tim and Mick became interested in taking the band in a new direction. The technology of midi systems and playing live along with tracks Mick created gave them a wider variety of sounds and music styles. So Jerome and Geraldine retired from the roles of band members but continued their roles in promoting and supporting the new sound of their boys’ music. Joni Kerns, a Grammy-nominated singer, who worked with Mick at the jingle company, joined Tim and Mick on stage. With the addition of Joni’s unmatched vocals and stage presence, the new group, Kovar & Kerns captivated audiences wherever they went.

Years later when Joni moved to Florida to pursue a solo career, the female vocals position was taken over by Darci Hatfield-Fuller, a long-time friend, and fellow musician, and the band became known as Bordertown.  Bordertown continued to play together, entertaining crowds well into the millennium. As the first decade of 2000 was drawing nearer, Tim and Mick decided to slow things down to spend more time with family and continue just playing themselves for a few more years, until their last gig at the Lincoln Eagles Club in 2013. After 47 years of sharing music together, the Kovar Brothers closed the door on the duo. Tim continued sitting in with bands for years and Mick turned his music interests to his recording studio and d.j. services.

Both continue to support the music of others and feel very humbled by the honor of being inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame. They would like to thank the many musician friends they have made along the way, as well as all the people who kept them in the business for so many years by coming out to support their music. And, thank you to their parents Jerome and Geraldine, for starting them on this path, their wives, Joan and Renee, and children, Nicole, Michaela, Megan, and Adam, who sacrificed so many nights without them so they could follow their passion of music.


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Rethink drinking as you celebrate

We all want to celebrate during the holidays. Do you enjoy a drink now and then? Many of us do, often when spending time with friends and family. People are more likely to drink past their limits during this season than at any other time of year.

Alcohol’s effects begin quickly.

At first, alcohol makes you feel upbeat and excited. Soon the alcohol begins to affect your judgment, awareness, and ability to make good decisions. All of these skills are very important while you are driving. As you keep drinking more alcohol, your behavior may become harder to control, and you may become more aggressive. Next your speech may become slurred and it will become harder to keep your balance. Then you will begin to feel sleepy and in some cases pass out. It can cause black outs where you may not remember what happened.

Even when you stop drinking, you will still feel the effects.

It is not easy to know how long the alcohol’s effects will last. You may believe you have sobered up enough to drive. Alcohol can affect the brain and body long after your last sip. Alcohol can still be in your stomach and can enter your bloodstream, affecting your judgment and abilities, for many hours.

Plan ahead before celebrating.

If you are hosting a holiday get-together, here are some tips to keep in mind:

* Have a variety of non-alcoholic drinks available—water, juice, sparkling sodas, coffee, tea, etc. Non-alcoholic drinks help keep you hydrated and lessen the peak alcohol level in your blood.

* Have a variety of healthy snacks available. Food slows down alcohol absorption and can reduce the peak alcohol level in blood. It also helps keep your stomach and digestive issues from the alcohol.

* Help your guests get home safely. Have phone numbers for taxis or other ways to get home, or have designated drivers available. Anyone who will be driving should not drink any alcohol.

* Understand underage drinking laws and set a good example.

Here are some common misconceptions about drinking and driving:

* You can drive as long as your speech is not slurred or showing other signs of intoxication. Your coordination is affected long before your body shows signs of intoxication. Your reaction time is also slowed. You also will feel drowsier after drinking, and risk falling asleep while driving.

* Drinking coffee or caffeine will sober you up. Caffeine may help to keep you more awake, but cannot help your coordination or decision-making. Also, once the caffeine wears off, you will feel the post-caffeine drowsiness. Only giving your body time to break down alcohol before it returns to normal will help.

For more information on celebrating your holidays safely, and tips for cutting back on alcohol, contact Four Corners Health Department at (877) 337-3573 or info@fourcorners.ne.gov. You can also find more tips and information about Rethinking Drinking at https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/.

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: The Truth About Holiday Spirits How to Celebrate Safely This Season.


Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events

MEETINGS/EVENTS

County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. First and third Mondays, courthouse.

City Council: Regular meeting, second Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Committee of the Whole, fourth Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Court 25¢ Community Bingo, Last Monday of the month.

Blue Valley Community Action Advisory Board Meeting, 416 E St., 4th Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. at Store. Public welcome.

Community Coffee, Rolls, Free, 9:30 a.m., david place, first Wednesday.

Ag Expo, Monday, March 13, Butler County Event Center, BC Chamber 402-367-4238


Births
Births

David Raymond Hernbloom

Kaitlyn Eller and Jacob Hernbloom are the parents of a baby boy, David Raymond Hernbloom, born December 16, 2017. David weighed eight pounds, two ounces.

Grandparents are Sara and Tony Hernbloom of Shelby, and Terry and Brenda Eller. Great grandparents are Sue and Leon Eller of Shelby and Erwin Zach of Lindsay .


Front Page Files

100 years ago (1917)

There are 3,000 automobiles in Butler County, according to County Treasurer P.A. Tomek. He added there are more cars per capita in Butler County than in any other county in Nebraska. There is one auto for every five persons in the county.

Ice cutting began at Surprise on Monday. W.F. McCoy is in charge of the work and is using a gasoline saw for cutting the ice. It is being cut into cakes 15-by-30 inches in size.

75 years ago (1942)

Rev. Benedict Bauer, OSB, pastor of Assumption Catholic Parish at Dwight since 1931, has been transferred to Hangen, Wis., and departed Monday for his new duties. Rev. Alphonse Biskup, OSB, of Hangen, will replace Bauer as pastor at Assumption and will arrive this week.

News of local men in service that appears in the Butler County Press without mentioning their address and unit is done in compliance with the National Office of Censorship. Friends and relatives who want to write to men in service must get addresses from the parents. This must be done so as not to give the enemy any information that may lengthen the war.

50 years ago (1967)

Fire stuck a disheartening blow in David City on New Year’s Eve when the Knights of Columbus building, located on D Street between Third and Fourth Streets, was gutted in a fire that caused $80,000 in property loss. The ground floor was occupied by the Stockade Lounge and Cafe, and the offices of Dr. L.L. Forester, optometrist. The second floor housed the KC hall.

Anthony Aeschliman is the winner of the 1968 First Baby of the Year Contest at the David City Hospital. The seven-pound, eight-ounce son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Aeschliman of Rt. 2, David City, arrived at 6:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day via the stork express.

25 years ago (1992)

After 16 years, Tom Birkel attended his last meeting as a City Councilman on Dec. 9. According to city records, no person has served longer on the Council from the same ward. Birkel began serving the Second Ward just five years after his family moved to David City.

A theme has been chosen for the drive to raise money to construct a new David City library building. The fund goal is $1 million, with $800,000 earmarked for construction and $200,000 for an endowment fund to help operate the new facility.

10 years ago (2007)

Phillip Kozisek from Octavia was home for Christmas this year. He hadn’t been home for the holiday since he joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1999. Kozisek graduated from Aquinas High School in 1996.

Vintage World War II aircraft flew a missing man formation over Presentation Catholic Church following the recent funeral of, and in honor of, the late Leo Adamy, 87. He had served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II as the tail gunner on a B-24 plane. His plane was shot down over Bulgaria in 1944 and he became a POW for several months.

5 years ago (2012)

Dr. Kylee Stanley is nearing the end of her medical residency in David City by wrapping up a month working with Dr. Jo Witter at Witter Family Medicine. The 27-year-old native of Alliance also did some of her student training at the same clinic in 2010.

One of David City’s newest and more unique businesses is Gene’s Hubcaps, Antiques and Collectibles located at 315 S. Fourth Street. Gary and Mary Lou Null purchased the property from the city in June. In addition to antiques, the business sells all kinds of used auto hubcaps.

Compiled by Jim Reisdorff, historian for the Butler County Historical Society.