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Rev. Bill Cremers

Cremers poses for a photo inside St. Anthony's Catholic Church on Thursday. Cremers grew up as a parishioner and grade school student at St. Anthony's. In July he will make the transition to full-time priest at St. Patrick's in Fremont.

Did you not have time to read The Columbus Telegram recently due to a busy weekend? That's OK, we've got you covered. 

1. “Olmer resigns as longtime election commissioner” (June 8)

Platte County will have a new election commissioner for the first time in 23 years starting July 1.

Diane Olmer, who has been in the position since April 1, 1996, and with the county for 32 years, recently announced her plans to retire at the end of this month. She’s currently training her successor, Connie Sebourn.

“Being the Platte County election commissioner has been a privilege and an adventure. This job has really made me appreciate the country I live in and the great privilege of being a voting citizen,” Olmer told The Columbus Telegram. “I wish to thank Platte County for this job, the citizens for their cooperation, the many loyal poll workers and office workers through the years that helped make Platte County elections efficient and smooth.”

Read the full story: https://bit.ly/2Ia3Ow9

2. “Cornerstone seniors salvage win in final tourney game at Gross” (June 10)

Columbus Cornerstone Insurance dropped the first three games of its weekend tournament in Omaha and was staring a four-game losing streak in the face before the bats woke up on Sunday.

After losses to Millard North, Hastings and tournament hosts Omaha Gross, The Senior Blues pounded out four doubles behind a complete-game effort from Alex Ritzdorf and defeated Papillion-La Vista South 7-2.

Read the full story: https://bit.ly/2WC46V9

3. “Fulfilling her dream: Local business owner finds home with support” (June 8)

When Hollie Olk first met Yara Ramos Hernandez, Yara was just about to start her own graphic design business with help from Central Community College-Columbus’ Entrepreneurship Center.

She was experienced and skilled, but with a young daughter and an aging mother to take care of, she needed a place to call her own that would allow for better amenities and care.

“She called me to talk about financing a house,” said Olk, vice president at Pinnacle Bank who manages the mortgage department. “I sat down with her (and) she had lots of questions. That’s what Yara does. She researches intensely to make sure it was a good idea because she wasn’t sure (that) she wanted to buy a house.”

Read the full story: https://bit.ly/2WzlSIH

4. “Father Bill Cremers: 'Lining up as part of God's plan'” (June 7)

The Rev. Bill Cremers said his first mass ever as an ordained priest on Sunday at St. Anthony's. Just a day after receiving the sacrament of Holy Orders, as administered by Archbishop George J. Lucas in Omaha, he took the lectern to deliver his first homily.

While addressing a packed house full of parishioners, a Knights of Columbus Honor Guard and 16 fellow priests, Cremers shared a story that made it clear to everyone in attendance who was at work in his life.

Just a few months back, while on the phone with his mother, she expressed her excitement that the new missalettes had arrived at church. With great anticipation, she wondered what the gospel reading was for Sunday, June 2; the day her son was set to say his first mass.

Read the full story: https://bit.ly/2R5ajmK

5. “'This is home': Olk takes pride in helping hometown” (Community Champions | Profile #10) (June 8)

On a late April 1996 morning, several members of the noon Kiwanis Club of Columbus were making their way down the ditch along U.S. Highway 30, west of town, picking up trash as part of their community service work.

Admittedly, it wasn’t anyone’s favorite particular task. But leave it to Columbus native Hollie Olk to find a way to make picking up garbage along the road fun and a way for those there to bond.

Read the full story: https://bit.ly/2I5czYa

BONUS! From Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley: https://bit.ly/31mIdIj

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