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As a Christmas present this year, Mark Thayer's children and a few family friends retrieved his first car-- a 1982 Chevrolet Camaro -- from the barn and returned it to running condition. The family was able to take it for a spin on Christmas Day. Gifts come in a variety of shapes "I drove it after we got married, missing from the garage, however, then andsizes, and sometimes a gift can be until we couldn't fit car seats in it any they had to confess they took it and i: less tangible -- like labor, love, or more," said Mark's wife, Stephanie. were using it for a"project." ~ even ti me. "It sat in our garage for about 18 yearsThanks to a mechanically inclined j Mark Thayer of rural Nelson re- until June of this year, when our son, friend and his dad (plus some time and ceived a Christmas gilt this year from Wyatt, decided he would like to fix it elbow grease), they got the muscle car his children that was a little of both-- up and get it running again for his up and running. On Christmas morn- i tangible and intangible. Mark's 1982 dad." ing, the family climbed in and took it l! ........ Chevrolet Camaro -- his first car and Stephanie said Wyatt had to"sneak" for a spin. ~ ...... hisdailytransportationthroughout high it out of the garage one evening with a "I imagine it will be out and about school--hadbeeninstorageformany trailer, hissister, Mackinley, andafew soon, after the proper licensing, of years, friends. Their dad did notice it was course," said Stephanie. lltllllltt Itlli 6 617 2 Price N National Edition 1120 Pages in Three Sections 50 Official Nuckolls County Newspaper a. _...., J. E',.IH.|~n Midlands Edition 20 Pages Three Sections ,ns Plus Supplements Our 116th Year, No. 2 Member of Nebraska Press Association ISSN 0740-0969 2015 Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Superior, Nebraska 68978 and National Newspaper Association Thursday, January 8, 2015 KarenTinkman, BrodstoneMemo- will be time consuming for both the with the staff becoming more familiar encouraging patients to sign up for rialHospitalspokesperson, advisesthe patient and the staff member, as time progresses," predicted this way to access such things as lab clinic and the hospital will be having a On Friday, Jan. 23, there will be no Tinkham. "We will make this process test results and visit history. Patients software conversion this month, computers available for the check in as pleasant as we can for our patients.' are also able to send appointment and She said, "We are asking for your process or any other area of the facil- This software update is directly re- prescription refillrequests through the patience with all staff including the ity. All records will all be done on luted to the Affordable Care Act and portal. admissions staff in the clinic area dur- paper, something that is rarely done hopefully will offer patient benefits, To enroll in the patient portal, con- ing this time of training." Tuesday any more. This will be a slow process, one of which includes the continued tact Chris Flaata at Brodstone Memo- through Thursday staff members will On Monday, Jan. 26, Brodstone use of the patient portal. The patient rial Hospital. be working in parallel. This means Hospital andSuperior and Nelson Fam- portal is a way for patients to have on that when an admission or any patient ily Medical Centers will be using the line access to some of their health record is accessed, it will be worked in newsoftware."Weexpectthefirsttwo information. The staff has been re- For national news click on the the old system and the new system. It weeks we will need the most patience questing patient email addresses and youmews link at t By Marty Pohlman tor parts distributorship. His rise tion as does their daughter. Susan, a It began innocently enough when through the ranks of Sidles took the second grade teacher at Bladen. She Lucy Richardson received a small ce- young couple to Keamey, Broken Bow and her three daughters contribute to ramic snowman as a gift one Christ- and then Centerville, Iowa. In 1962, the population. Susan was known for mas more than 50 years ago. Her ex- Richardson was transferred to Supe- prowessridingabicyclewithnohands. pression of appreciation opened the rior, 10 years after their abbreviated Clintclaimsshedidnotlearnthisfrom floodgates and more than 600 snowmen honeymoon brought them to Superior. him. Probably a secret snowperson of every size, shape and composition The couple had two children, James taught her. now occupy space in the house she and Susan, who were attending school The Richardson' s were active mem- shares with her husband, Clint. in Superior. In 1965, he was offered a bers of the Republican Valley Bird Clint and Lucy Richardson have transfer to Durango, Colo. which he Watchers for many years and enjoy been Superior residents since 1962. acceptedwithoutconsultingtherestof watching the birds from their large Lucy was born and raised in the town the family. His children were heartbro- kitchen windows. Though snowmen of Ragan She graduated from Ragan ken at the thought of moving and Lucy may seem superfluous given the cur- High School in 1946. Her father was a was not overly pleased as she held a rent weathercondition s, when the heat member of the first graduating class at teaching position at Highland school, of July rolls around, the Richardsons Ragan in 1917. After graduation, at southwest of Nelson. Because another need only look around the house for a age 17, she began teaching school, a person was headed to Superior to take feeling ofcoolnes and a reminder that profession she would practice for more his place, he tendered hisresignation - g'inter is not faroff. And, yes, thereis than 50 years in one capacity or an- rather than uproot the family, a snowman which sings "Frosty the other. Lucy earned her bachelbr's degree Snowman." He was my favorite. No, Clint Richardson was raised in from Keamey State Teachers College wait.TheHuskersnowmanwithascarf Fairbury and graduated from Fairbury and continued to teach. She taught at was my favorite. Give me while, I'!1 High School in 1945.Heenlistedinthe Cadams and Nora. After a combined get back to you on the favorite United States Navy after graduation. 35 years of teaching in various loca- snowman. It could take a year or two. He was in basic training at the Great tions in Nebraska, Lucy semi-retired Lakes Naval training Center in Chi- to substitute teach. She subbed for 25 Editor'sNote:Theabovestorywas cagowhenthewarcametoanendwith years, retiring at age 81, with more printed because a reader called the the surrender of Japan. He remained in than 60 years in the field of teaching to newspaper office last week and sug- the navy, stationed in Chicago, until her credit, gested it. If you know of someone his discharge in 1946. His skill as a Clint went to work with Keith with an interesting story for us to tell, typist had him assigned to an office Eickmann selling and servicing water please call the newspaper office. We job. He returned to Fairbury to attend softeners. He served 10 years on the are always looking for news and fea- Fairbury Junior College courtesy of Superior city council, ture story. This is but one of three the G I Bill. He attended the school for As to the snowmen. What began as stories on this page that came to be two years before accepting a job with an innocent gift turned into a home because of a reader tip. Montgomery Ward. He then took a invasion.Whenthisreporterquestioned position with the City of Fairbury light her as to the number of snowmen figu- and power department. An acquain- rines in the home, she replied"maybe Work scheduledto tance recommended him for a position 50 or 60." To this untrained snowman with Bill Anderson Plumbing in counter's eyes, I could count at least begin oil, I"I Holdrege. He accepted the job and, that many on one shelf alone. Clint south of Red Cloud unknown to him. life was about to allowed that the last time he had done undergo a major change, a rough count it was more than 600. Weather permitting, construction Lucy was teaching in Atlanta, Neb., The collection has been growing work was scheduled to begin this week and boarding in Holdrege. One of her over a 50 year period. There are large on US-281, from the Kansas-Nebraska relaxing pastimes was bowling. A cer- snowmen. There are diminutive state line to the intersection of US-281 tain young man from Fairbury also snowmen, There are dancing, singing and 1st Avenue in Red Cloud, accord- enjoyed bowling and the two became snowmen. There are at least l 00 Husker ing to the Nebraska Department of acquainted.Clintthenwenttoworkfor snowmen in various locations about Roads. the Ford dealership in Holdrege when the home. Snowmen pillows abound Van Kirk Sand and Gravel, Inc., of Bill Anderson encountered health is- and Christmas would not be complete Sutton will do culvert work prior to the sues and was no longer able to con- without a snowman tree. There is a bridgerepairandasphaltoverlaywork, tinue his business. The two courted special snowman in the lavatory. He which are scheduled to begin in April. and were married in 1952. They were greets you with phrases.such as "you WernerConstruction,LLC,ofHastings traveling to Kansas City for their hen- looked flushed" and "if you need to has the $3.3 million contract for the eymoon when they encountered a sever wrap gifts, there's plenty of paper in entire project. winter storm near Nelson. They made here." Traffic will be maintained with lane it to Superior and spent their wedding Snowmen areeverywhere and Lucy closures at the bridge that will be con- night at the Hotel Dudley. They never enjoys their whimsical appearance, trolled with signing or temporary traf- made it to Kansas City. Little did they Clint has long been inured to there fic control signs. There will be a 10- know their first visit to Superior was a presence and adds to the population foot width restriction for driving lanes portent of future events, when he sees a likely candidate for on the bridge during the project. Work The couple settled into housekeep- adoption, is anticipated to continue for the next ing in Holdrege. Clint was offered a Their son, James, a New Bern, N. several months leading up to the April position with Sidles Auto Parts, a me- C., resident, contributes to the collec- 20 starting date of the project. Lucy (left) and Clint Richardson are surrounded by some of the more than 600 snowmen figures gathered in 50 years of collecting. Lucy began her collection shortly after the couple moved to Superior in 1962. This hasn't been a good week to play in the mud and water but members of the Superior Water Department were at work Tuesday morning preparing a water main break east of the Fourth and Bloom Street intersection. Water lines are most likely to fail during periods of cold weather when freezing and thawing puts additional stress on the pipes. Larry Wilhelms, a city employee is picture clearing the muck away from the break. Nebraskans in areas with highperson than their urban counterparts- has created problems regarding fiscal amounts of agricultural land (rural ar- - a difference of nearly 40 percent, issues like school funding, Fry said, eas) paid more property and state in- "Many believe that Nebraska farm- notingthatagriculturalproducershave come taxes in recent years than people ers and ranchers pay little or no state in areas that have the least agricultural income taxes and that balances out the land (urban areas), an analysis by fact that they pay more in property 'rr e el' e$ OpenSky Policy Institute shows, taxes." Fry said. "'But this analysis The analysis shows Nebraskans in shows an imbalance that has rural Ne- 1OO count fltJn e$ rural areas pay more income and prop- braskans paying moretaxesthan urban Nuckolls County Human Inter- erty taxes both on a per-capita basis residents in recent years." agency Services team reports the 2014 and as a share of income than do those The skyrocketing value of Giving Tree program was again a suc- in more urban parts of the state. Nebraska's farm and ranch land has cess. Words cannot express enough "Although income taxes paid in contdbutedtothisgrowinginabalance., gratitude for the tremendous Dona- rural areas are lower, property taxes the analysis shows, as from 2003 to tions of money, food, time and space there are higher so that rural residents 2012, agricultural land in Nebraska from businesses, churches, groups, pay more when both taxes are corn- saw a 116 percent increase in value for organizations and individuals made it bined," said Renee Fry, executive di- tax purposes, while commercial and possible to provide 100 families and rector of OpenSky Policy Institute. residential property each increased 45 more than 220 individuals across It was once true that urban Nebras- percent. Nuckolls County with Christmas gifts kans generally paid slightly more per The analysis also noted that efforts and food. person than rural Nebraskans. but the to relieve pressure on agricultural land The Giving Tree recipients ex- OpenSky analysis shows this situation owners-- such as reducing the valua- pressedtheirthanksforhelpingto make reversed around 2(107. tion of agricultural hind for tax pur- their Christmas season a joyous time By 2012. the last year for which posesto75percent--havenotbeenas with gifts and food they otherwise such data are available, rural Nebras- effective as intended, would not have been able to provide kans paid more than $1,000 more per Nebraska's tax imbalance already for their families. Tuesday afternoon Becca Hed-received your flu vaccine, consider strom, infection prevention nurse at getting one. This year's flu vaccine Brodstone Memorial Hospital, reported does not cover all strains; however to The Express "Influenza has arrived those that have had the shot have less in our community. At this time we are severe symptoms than those who did encouraging anyone with flu-like not get the shot. Use cough etiquette. symptoms not to visit a patient at the Cover your mouth and nose with a hospital. If you enter our facility (hos- tissue when you cough or sneeze. If pital or clinic) and do have flu-like .youdon'thaveatissue, coughorsneeze symptoms, please wear a mask." into your upper sleeve or elbow, not on At this time Brodstoneisnot screen- your hands. "Wash your hands frequently, for ing at the door, but may have to with an at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer increased number of infected commu- if water is not available. Keep your nity members, hands away from your face. Most im- In response to the question "What portantly, stay home if you are sick. can I do to combat the spread of influ- The most contagious time is at the first enza," Hedstrom said, "If you have not sign of symptoms." Weather Superior Observations As of Tuesday Morning Lynn Wilton, NOAA Observer Temperature High for the week ......................... 41 Low for the week ............................ 5 Precipitation This week ................................... 0.18 Total for 2014 .......................... 25.52 Average through December ..... 27.20 Snowfall this week ...................... 2.1 Markets Superior Grain Market Tuesday Close Current Price L&st Week Corn ................................ 3.90 3.83 Miio ................................. 4.70 4.57 Wheat ............................... 6.11 6.06 Soybeans .......................... 9.95 9.74 cousins seen their share of our K-12 bill in- crease along with the rise in their prop- erty taxes. "If Nebraska heeds the calls of some and cuts income taxes, these fis Sal issues and rural-urban tax dispa/ities are likely to be exacerbated "she said. , : .,? Utility scares haven't gone away in the new year Unfortunately, utility scams tend to increase during the holidays. How- ever, a scum is capable of happening anytime, anywhere. That's why Salt River Project (SRP), one of Arizona's largest electric and water utilities, chose to alert the public to the growing wave of utility scums in the event a scammer came into contact with one of their' customers. ' ':, ." Nebraska Public Power District employees found information located on SRP's website to be helpful in not only identifying potential scammers by way of various modes ofcom'muni- cation, but also by learning what ac- tions to take if you become a target. The website even has a recording with which you can listen to a phoa scum in person. "Last week, a scammer called an NPPD board member and stated if pay- ment was not made, his electricity would be disconnected," said. Robyn Tweedy, Norfolk customer care busi- ness manager. "I called back the num- ber and asked about disconnection. The person asked for my business phone information so she could pull up my account and see what was due. When I told them I was with the billing department at the utility, she hung up the phone. Although I passed the infor- mation over to our security team and all went well, this is an FYI that these types of scums continue with our m- tomers." t