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[i -- ( ( I[ q 1 r i0 ! m L! I i 1 i i i I I II Opinions II Ill I 1 Worth a try Will 1992 be the year that our government starts tying attention to the folks who pay the bills? Contrary to what some Washington politicians and tatehouse liberals believe, we are not pleading, "Spend aoney_and create programs that employ more bureau- rats[,' Instead we are asking our elected officials to ind ways to get the most out of every tax dollar. And this week it appears the locly elected school ards serving the Guide Rock and Red Cloud schools re doing just that. Meeting in special sessions Friday, he two boards agreed upon a plan to share a superin- ndent. i The superintendent's salary is a major budget item :or most rural Nebraska schools. And the ;uperiiuendent's position is one of major importance. rhe holder of that office sets the tone for the entire school system. With declining enrollments does every school dis- trict need its own superintendent? Is it possible that two or more districts can share a central administrator? Can other people and services can also be shared? We firmly believe in the importance of preserving local schools. We also acknowledge that education requires the biggest share of our local tax revenue. Ways must be found to preserve our educational sys- tem while reigning in the increasing cost of education. Both the Guide Rock and Red Cloud schools have been facing difficult times and sharing and administra- tor will not be easy. However, we want to encourage their willingness to embark on the current experiment. We believe similar ideas should be tried at all levels of government. arents role in economic development Thi00Y o00R.the.o,00 henesUy their own at- has been done one way for a neighbors and their juniors and titude. That attitude win be loog time about what can be done to F.0000?nte00th00high00ool t00ansfe0000 to child.,. 11. Subscribe to Popular er00t.strongercommunity.00 v t[_ uunrmm.m While the TV 2. Openly discuss your Science and Popular your children share your !.F!eras rec)rded, I asked, family's history. Why did your Mechanics. As a family, discuss concern about retaining and yellaivcmanyl, you will return to . grandparents, move to this the applications of the new returning them to the corn- I[ - community when you are area? What did they overcome? ideas you learn, munity, some would. Become a  nisbed with your education?" What family character traits 12. Read the biographies of communityboter, the attitude lot one hand went up! continue today? Build family those who have caused success, is contagious. 11inking they had misun. erstood, I rephrased the uestion: "How many nlan m ve this. community when ur educaon is complete?" very harm went up. They i'p adn't misunderstood. fel d asked, "Has anyone s= . You now important you to the future of this .com- iunity" No1 "What m the d , . " jUture of this community if each " class feel the same w . ;r d,,9 ..... ay fr.,, ueaa! Other questmus [srmed that a firm attitude , been developed in these l'ds,before high school. They .ld n t. hate their home town, =mey lust dido t believe there ,was a luture for them there to.:k, "How .,_.---. ,,,,u line to return to mls community if a good lob awaited you?" most would rffise their hands. But, across rural America the condition is, no faith in the future. sarly, e.oncerned citizens y lr number one problem is, "We can't retain our youth." le Yet, they have no written plan Ly  hew to retain or return their youth. Parents have also given i up ontheir community offering fUtm'e for their children. rents more often encourage er children to leave than find a way to make a good income there. More than any other group, parents develop at- titudes that have much to do .... youngsters value and .re wining to fight for. Thus, - me mture of a eom- mtmity. Whst can parents do?. 1. Parents must first deal pride and review the self- dependence that is evident anywhere in the family tree. 3. Discuss why needing to find a job has nearly replaced the drive to start your own business. 4. Discuss the global economy with your children, how America is changing economically, and why. 5. Reinforce that higher education is always good, but no longer insures a quality job. 6. Discuss strong and kveak points of major cities versus your community. The dif- ferences in cost of housing, drive time to work, air quality, crime, drugs, school system, values system, environment for their children, cost of living, divorce rate, etc., make your community look good. 7. Study state and community history. Understand its beginnings, its problems, and how citizens overcome. Develop a sense of identity, of belonging, and of home. 8. Teach a solid work ethic, the value of doing excellent work, and discuss why America's productivity is falling. 9. Teach the value of money, the danger of debt, and the merit of savings. I0. Help your children explore possible futures early. Encourage lemonade stands, paper routs, and sales jobs. Stimulate creativity and reward initiative. Develop entrepreneurism. Opportunity lies wherever there is a long- standing problem or something and reinforce that persistence in the secret of success. Teach that to fail does not mean you are a failure, it only brings you one step closer to success. 13. Start with simple tasks, applaud success, and build your children's confidence. 14. Let your children see your concern for your community, and your involvement. An at- titude of citizenship comes from parents. Teach responsibility for more than your sell reestablish a meaning of commonwealth. 16. Show any successes in the community to your children. 17. Bring your children to leadership meetings, encourage discussion and involvement. With parents involved in these ways, a percentage of children will want to prepare to return to their community. Children that are prepared attitudinally and educationally, can succeed anywhere financially with a continuous injection of "new blood," your community will have a future, and new parents to encourage their children to 15. Encourage discussion with participate, too! i i n i I ii ii Reflections 1 I by Donna M. Chrlstenscn Our weather has been such a blessing lately, h's hard to believe we are in one of the months that is usually the coldest and the tempera- tures are warm enough for us to receive rain instead of the inconve- niences caused by piles of snow. Because of the mildness of the season, I have been getting up early most mornings to take a walk. For me, it's a lovely way to begin each day. The time of my walk precedes dawn enough so I can view the stars when the sky is clear and I noticed how brightly they shine while the sky is still dark. I would miss their beauty ifI only looked at the pathway and never raised my head toward the sky. Life is like ttmt, too. Quite often our skies become black and we are so intent on the pathway we forget to look up and behold the beauty of God's promises. He has promised He'll never leave us .... He has promised to strengthen us for every trial... He has promised love and eternal security to those who serve Him. And the time when these promises shine the brightest in our darkened lives is when the skies are so black we have difficulty finding our way. What an encouragement it has been for me to see the glistening promises from God's Word when I lift my head and voice to Him in prayer in my difficult times. What a marvelous way to begin a new year.., by looking up for beauty prepared for us to enjoy in times of hardship. Editor's Notebook 1 by Bill Blauvelt The new year of 1992 is hardly more than a week old but already it is a memorable one. I t wash t even here when the year's first memories were being made. I joined with fellow members of the Olive Hill Church to welcome the year in with a special watch night party. The evening began with a Mexican-style supper and after various games, video tapes and food ended with a candlelight service gathered around the church altar. It was fun being part of a game playing group with an age span of more than 80 years. Seldom does our society participate in such intergenerational .activities but I believe we miss lots of good times by not entering rote activities with people of different ages and backgrounds. Though I have been a part of many candlelight services I always find them inspirational The religious story is more man- ingful as the light from theingie altar candle is multiplied with the !ighting of our individual edles and then concludes after the story s told and darkness returns as the candles are turned out. The New Year's Eve rain is also one to be remembered. Snow storms are to be expected this time of year but not rain. Though we need every drop of moisture that has fallen and many more, coping withthe mud is proving to be quite a challenge for those who must travel the rural byways and livestock lots. A Lincoln area friend called this week to comment about the article and picture published in the Sunday Joumal-Star and shared some of her problems caring for her horses. Last night she made a hurried trip to check her horses and didn't take time to put on her knee boots. The muck almost ran over the top of her mid-calf boots. But even if it had, it wouldn't have been as bad as the time she got stuck while checking on her horse. Midway across a lot her boots sunk deep into the muck. She c ouldn tmove forward. Shecouldn't move backward. She cried for Not another person came to help. Slruggling to wiggle free, fell not once but twice. Soon the muck of the horse lot covered her from hea to toe. Finally, helped arrived on four feet. Probably curious as to what his master was doing, her horse came to investigate. Pleased to have the assistance of any living thing, even a horse, Vonnie threw her arms around his neck and commanded him to walk. Slowly the horse pulled her free. Once safely back to the barn,she turned on the hose and washed off. The water was mighty cold but she knew of no other way to clean up prior to making the drive from the stable back to her t.mcoln apartment This year is being memorable in another way. Thursday morning Robyn Tysver, a reporter for the Lincoln newspapers, scheduled an interview with this editor for early Friday morning. From her conversation, I gathered she wanted a quick story for the Sunday paper. Her plan was to arrive in Superior about 8:30, do a quick interview and be back in Lincoln before noon. At 11:30 she was still here pouring through the Country Connections' testimonials file. I don' t know when she finally got the story written but I suspect it was sometime late Friday evening. When I last spoke with her, she said, "You'll like the story. It's a good one." And like it we do. The story was published Sunday and disti'ibuted on the Asso- ciated Press newswire. Before Monday was out, this editor had been interviewed by one radio network, three radio stations and one daily newspaper. Information about the newsletter had been shipped via Federal Express to Life magazine and the New York producers of a television talk show. Additional information had been sent via a fax machine to another television reporter. Tuesday morning three more radio sttions called for interviews and Harper's Magazine asked information about the newsletter be shipped to New York. After seeing the article in the upper left comer of the front page of the Salina newspaper, a Kansas City resident drove to Superior for additional information about the newsletter. We were so busy in the Superior Publishing Company office wedidn't listen to the radio but we understand the ABC radio network was reporting on the newsletter early Monday morning, Paul Harvey talked about us at noon and other radio mention was made throughout the day. All Superior Publishirg Company telephone lines were busy Monday and several calls were received at the editor's house. Among the callers were a number of people interested in subscribing to the newsletter. Time will tell how many new sub- scribers the publicity will generate. Monday many of the callers were like the young woman I spoke with from Wisconsin. She seemed really excited and quite interested but concluded the conversation by saying, "Please mail me some information, I'm afraid to take the plunge tonight." I advised her a Country Connections subscription plunge would be a lot more fun than the plunge associated with joining a polar bear club. Her comment reminded me of the picture of the young woman inductee into a Colorado polar bear club published in Thursday's Hastings Tribune? The caption read, "Deb Jones joins 127 new members of the Polar Bear Club at Boulder (Colo.) Reservoir Wedhesday. To become a member, a person must stay ih the 33-degree water for 30 seconds." The picture of the obviously soaked lady with arms held above her head in victory and smile spread from ear to ear did not make me want to join in such an adventure. Illlll II I III I I I II III II II lull IIII III ql 111 Thursday, January 9, 1992 The 00uperior EXPRE PubUshed Wekly By Suorior Publlshtn9 Company. Inc. 148 East Thlra Street, Steor. Nsska 8975 ISSN 0740-0 Send to P.O.Box 408, Superior, NE IF/ Ksas Stcdt wdte to P.O. Box 258. Weeper, KarB  PRIZE WINNING NEWSPAPER 1991 ll'll  Subscription rates: $12 pe year or three yeats for $33 payable In sdvm Nbr&ska and Kansas, els4w'gtere $16 pe ye or throe ymn kx I. i iii i i ii i i i NATICAL NE ASSOCIATION i, Big story of the year While the editor of this newspaper was responding to a Washington, D. C., radio interview Monday morn- ing, he was asked, "What is the big news story in Superior." The editor thought for a moment and replied, "Prepa- rations for the first annual Lady Vestey Festival." The capitol city radio personality was suprised to learn the big story in Superior was not the national recession, the soaring crime wave, national politics or the glaring national deficit. And so we briefly told the Lady Vestey story and invited everyone listening to that radio program to come to Superior and participate in the festival. We sincerely believe the Lady Vestey Festival and the activities associated with it to be one of the most important things to happen to Superior in a long time. It isn't the people who will come to Superior for the festival or the dollars it will bring to Superior that make us excited. We are excited about the renewed local interest in our community being generated by the festi- val and related activities. In this issue of The Express Gary Rutherford, shares his belief in the importance of family committment to the survival of our rural American lifestyle. We share Mr. Rutherford's finn committment to preserving the unique opportunties for personal devel- opment found only in rural America. We believe there is a future for our young people in rural America provided we are willing to work to- gether. Projects. like the Lady Vestey Festival are bringing : us together and focusing our efforts on projects which will benefit our community. If you haven't signed on as a festival supporter, we encourage you to do so today. If you aren't as excited about the prospects for rural America as we are, become a regular reader of the Rutherford Report. We believe he will soon make you a convert. iiiii in iiii i ilI ii ii iliiin[ Letters To The Editor i Editor: In the last issue of The Express there was an article about Gov. Nelson still needing help in making a decision with regard to the amount of water to be released to the irrigators from Harlan County Reservoir. Recently I attended a meeting on this same question at Red Cloud. The meeting didn't receive much advance notice. I tried to persaude some people to attend. I called the chamber of commerce but they were busy. I called you but you were also busy and unable to attend. I called some farmers and asked them to attend. Ibelieve eight farmers attended the meeting. Alma had five representatives on the committee. Those interested in recreation are working hard to hold the water in the reservoir. Those favoring recreation are pointing to studies showing the number of visitors to Harlan County Reservoir. In 1985 they claim the reservoir had 928,000 visitor days. I find that hard to believe. If divided equally, that would be more than 2,500 visitors per day. But I suspect most of the visitation is concentrated in a 90- day period. If so, that would be nearly 10,000 people per day. The method of tallying visitor days has changed since 1985. But last year they still claimed the reservoirrecorded 378,500 visitor days. That's an average of more than 1,000 per day for the year or 4,000 per day for the 90-day summer season. With those numbers, those favoring tourism and recreation are predicting large economic losses if the water is released. But agriculture and our entire valley economy will suffer if the water is not released. If only Six inches of irrigation water are available and corn sells for $2.02 per bushel and soybeans $4.96, government studies predict a lost to the economy of $30,213,896. If only 10 inches of water are available, the loss is projected to be $14,555,416. We can't afford this kind of loss. An effort must be made to insure the release of our water. Another meeting has been scheduled for Friday morning in ; theLady Vesty Room of the Hotel Leslie. We need a large turnout to show we are concerned about our water and the economic future of the Republican River valley, Floyd Butler Editor: Could you make a correction. in last week's courthouse news? It should have been Charles Persinger Jr. It was just Charles Persinger. People think it was me. Thanks Chuck Persinger Junction City, Ken. Area Church Directory i ii Catholic Church Services St. Joeph'I Church Superior, Neb. Father Frank Machovee Rectory Phone 402-879-3735 Mass Schedule Daily Masses ....... 7:30 am. Saturday ................. 6 p.m. Sunday ................... 8 a.m, Nelson-Sunday ...... 10 a.m. I II I First Baptist Church 558 N Commercial Superior, Neb. Rev. Cindl Lane Prather and Rev, Norman T. Prather Church 402-879-3534 Sunday Church at Study. 9:30 a.m. Worship ................. 11 a.m. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Phone 402-279-3205 fir. PAUL LUTIIERAN Hardy, Neb. Walter Laughlin, pastor Sunday Worship ........... 9 a.m. Sunday School and Fellowship Hour ...... I0 a.rr Little Blue Christian Fellowship OM Pleasant View School at the Junction of Highways No. 14 and No. 4 Pastor and Mrs. David Sellers Worship Service, SundaylOa.rn- i Eady Prayer, Monday. 6:30 a.m. Bible Study, Wednesday ........... .......................... 7:30 p.m. Children's Bible Study, Wednesday ........ 7:30 p.m. , i i i i nl Ii i, r, L ' " Centennial Lutheran Church (Missouri Synodl Ninth and N Dakota Streets Pastor Paul Albrecht Phone 402-879-3137 Sunday Worship Service ....... 9 a.m. Sunday School ........ ] 0 a.m. Bible Class .............. l 0 a,m. Worship with us via live broadcast each Sunday on KRF'S Radio i i ill First Presbyterian Church Sixth and N Central Phone 402-879-3733 Rev. Jerry Dean, pastor Sunday Sunday School ..... 9:30 a.m. Worship .................. 11 a.m. ' Reformed " Presbyterian Church Fiilh and N Bloom Ralph E. Joseph, pastor Phone 402-879-3167 Office 402-879-3628 Sunday Sunday School .......... 9:30 a.m. Worship ................... 10:30 a.n Visitors Always Welcome Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 505 N Kansas Superior, Neb. Steven TJarks, pastor Phone 402.225-4207 Sunday Morning Worship .. 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ..... 9:45 a.m. i ii i ii iiii ii i i Church of Christ Church Of East Fourth Street Phone 402-879.4067 Ken. Falrbrother, mlnlster Wednesday Night Youth and Adult Bible Study ..... 7:30 Sunday Worship Service ......... 9:30 a.m. Sunday School .............. 11 a.m. Evening Service .......... 6:30 p.m. The road to success is nlwos under constmctkn. First Community Church Oak, Neb. Dale BuHLnger, Interim pastor Phone 402-279-3495 Sunday Sunday School ........ I0:I0 a.rr Morning Worship ............ 9 a.m. Wednesday Bible Club ................ 5:15' p,m. Midweek Bible Studies Bible Centered , ,Nondenominational, Salem Lutheran Church Phone 402-225-4207 Highway 14 North Superior, Neb. Steven TJarks, pastor Sunday Sunday School ..... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............. 10:45 a.m. i i ii t Living Faith Fellowship Word of Faith Church 311 N Central Patsy Busey, Istor Phone 402-879.3814 Sunday Adult Worship ................ I30 a.m. Children's Church .......... 10:.30 a.m. Adult Worship ....................... 5 p.m. Children's Church ................. 5 p.m. Wednesday Youth Rap ............................. 7 p.m. Adult Bible Study .................. 7 p.m. Children's Bible Study ........... 7 p.m. i i i i i Union Church of Hardy Hardy, Neb. Pastor Dale Buasinger Phone 402-279-3495 Wednesday Ladies' Bible Study .,9 a.m. Joy Club .................. 4 p.m. Sunday Sunday School .... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............ 10:30 a.m. The Nazarene 740 Et 7th Rev. Lland Smith Offlcs Phone 402-879.4391 Sunday Sunday School ......... 9:45 a.m. Morning Scrvlce ..... ] 0:45 a,n Evening Service ............ 6 p. m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study and Kids Under Construction .... 7:00 p.m. Transpotat|on and Nursery l i H i ii New Hope Wesleyan Fellowship 346 N Dakota Street Superior, Neb. Rev,/rry Pitlford, pastor Church Phone 402-879-4623 Sunday Sunday School ......... 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship .... 10:45 a.m. Evening Worship ...... 6:30 p.m. i , Ul i i i Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Ken. Rev. Blll/e Manning Office 913-361-2664 Sunday Worship ................... 9:30 a.m. Sunday School ....... 10:30 a.m. First and Third Wednesday Of Each Month Men's Bealdast Second Saturday of the Month i iii Olive Hill Church Pastor Lester Snyder Phone 402-879-4480 Sunday Sunday School .... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............ 10:30 a.m. Located five miles south and two miles west of Superior Prolalmln Chrt Ince 1878 it IIIl l l United Methodist Church 448 N Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Rev. Jerry Heydenberk Sunday Scrvie Church School ..... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............. 10.'45 a,m. i,, l i i i l l