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A Different Slant I3 y Chuck Mittan Being unable to purchase the large "quick set" camping tent we planned to this spring because they have all been sent by the manufacturer to Haiti to help the earthquake victims there (and God bless them for that), Kathy and I decided we were curious enough about'the new tent technol- ogy to buy a smaller one that is available you k'now; just to play with. Last weekend, after setting up the tents we would require for sleeping at the lake. we set up the small "instant" tent. Thinking I would give it the opportunity to truly live up to its name, I held the tent in its flat round carrying case at arms' length in front of me and dropped in ceremom- ously in the grass. I don't remember precisely, but I'm sure I said "Voila!" or something similar as I dropped it. Nothing. It just dropped to the ground with a soft thud. Remembering the movie. "Gremlins," I suggested perhaps we should drizzle it with water. Not being alive yet when "Gremlins" was first released in theatres, most of my camp-mates pudding. The poignancy of the moment did not elude us as we feasted. When we finally took the new tent out of its bag and looked at the instructions, they actually proved every bit as simple as I thought they should for a product with the word "instant" in its name. The only thing required, after extract- , ing it from its cozy carrying case. was to untie two simple bows and get out of the way. I was vaguely disappointed there was no funny car- toon noise to accompany its transformation from small, flat circle tocamping tent "SPROING!" perhaps but other than that I was quite pleased with it. Positive comments about the instant tent were abundant that weekend, but I resisted the urge to heap too much praise, because'I have dealt with a great many tents in my life and know they are often difficult to put back in their' original pack- aging, or even the carrying bags provided for them. This one. I thought, would be worse than average. Opinions... From the ::The Superior l00xpre00s ] Published each Thursday by Superior Publishing Company, lnc. [at 148 East Fhird Street, P.O. Box 408, Superior, Nebraska 68978 [ Subscription rates are $24 pet year in Nebraska, ,$25.50 per year in Kansas. Other States $35 per year. files Eighty Years Ago Two new automobile service stations will be erected on Superior's Fifth street. The first on the old hospital corner, across the street east of the new hotel and the second is to be constructed on the old "Bee-Hive" corner at Fifth and National. directly behind the new hotel. Fred Kelley, a farmer living near Nora. has supplemented his already highly-modernized farm of The Superior Express with a private airplane. He will contest. use the plane when making his Seventy Years Ago cattle buying trips. The new Highway 14 south- The convention of the South west of Superior will be built di- Central Nebraska Press Associa- agonally across the Simic farm tion was held in Superior Friday. from near the river bridge into Theregisteredshootsponsored Kansas across the Kleven. by the Superior Gun Club was Blauvelt.McClure.BarryandJess successful in spite of the rainy Lyne farms and join the present weather, highway one and three-quarters Doris Chestnut was awarded miles south of the state line. third place in the humorous divi- New residents of Superior are sion at the district declamatory Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Webman. Editor's Notebook By Bill Blauvelt suggested we look at the instructions instead. Thinking the word "instant" should preclude the need for instructions. I balked, but they were quick to remind me of instant pudding ("Peel back foil top and consume. Spoon optional.") And instant coffee ("Mix with hot water to taste.") The instant pudding reference made us al'l a little peckish, so we rested for a bit and whetted our appetites with small cups of instant tapioca "Let me know when you've got it stuffed back into the little flat bag it came in." I think I said "That'll be the real test." The instant tent was the first one down and in the van on Sunday, and I was apparently busy fishing, so I asked if putting it away-was any more difficult than getting it out and setting it up. Everyone involved said it was relatively easy and trouble free. I think they were lying. The Truth, sort of By Jonnie Andersen This past weekend was of course my favorite of the year in Superior, garage sale weekend. All of that kitschy goodness together in one place at one timer I run a side business on a website called etsy. Whenever I tell people I sell via the web, they usually guess ebay, being the largest and most popular of the online sites. Etsy is a lot like it, but focuses mainly on handmade and kitschy vintage items. Fortunately, that's just my niche. While focuses on true antique items, glass- ware. etc, which have a true "value." etsy dedi- cates itself to more eclectic, maybe eccentric. taste. For example,' ebay and rubylane are the place to sell proven antiques, and etsy's the place to sell old radio parts fashioned into a robot orna- ment. I love it. I mostly find vintage fabrics to make into tote bags and purses, and plastic framed mirrors to paint and fashion into odd wall hangings. I re- cently found a market tbr my "plastic weapon collection" pieces, tiny, wildly painted frames With vintage fabric backing and tiny toy guns in 'the frames. I once heard a comedian say of television. "You could take a styrotbam cup, fas- ten a few pipe cleaners to it, sell it as awishing well and make a fbrtune." That seems pretty correct now, maybe more so for the internet. The trick. seemingly simple, is to find an audience. I thought I'd list a top-ten this week of garage sale finds. Number one is hands down my favorite. I stopped by Linda Graham's Saturday morning and low and behold tound a vintage blue Camaro jacket Several people have already wanted to argue me out ot' said jacket. Number two: Wildly patterned 508 barkcloth bed cover found at Waddle's sale. I went straight home to throw this over the bed in my step- daughter's roont, if only because it's not big enough Earlier this week a man asked. "Do you think Superior is anti- business?" Later a telephone caller asked, "Why is Superior opposed to growth?" Hopefully both were wrong. But I understand why the ques- tions were asked. And they got me to thinking.about the attitude the community projects. Thankfully, I'm not the one responsible for making the decisions. As a newspaper editor I get to be on the sidelines, ask questions and comment on the decisions that are made. The anti-business question came after a prospective new business owner was asked to pay a nearly $1,000 utility deposit. I understand why she was upset. She wanted to open a small Bill Blauvelt, Publisher Directory of Area Churches Church Of The Nazarene 740 E. Seventh Office Phone 402-879-4391 Pastor Dave Coleman Sunday Sunday School ................. 9:45 a.m, Morning Service .............. 10:45 a.m. Children's Program. Youth Group Meeting ................... 6-7 p.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Stndy ..... 6:30-7:30 p.m. Transportation and Nursery First Presbyterian Church Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 SUNDAY Fellowship coffee ............. 9:15 a.m. Worship .............................. I0 a.m. Rev. Mark Dlehl, Pastor Little Blue Christian Fellowship Old Pleasant View School (7 miles No. of Nelson) Sunday Worship Service ...... I0 a.m. : Wednesday Adult Bible Study ......... 7 p.m. Children's Bible Study 7 p.m. Pastor and Mrs. David Sellers Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Rev. Daryl Nelson PMA Connie Raess ST. PAUL LUTHERAN Hardy, Neb. Phone 402-279-3265 or 402-236-8825 Sunday School .... I0 a.m. Sunday Worship... 9 a.m. Fellowship Hour ,. I0 a.m. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 505 N. Kansas Superior, Neb. Sunday Momlng Worship .. 8:45 a.m. Sunday School ....... 9:45 a.m. First United Methodist Church 448 N. Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Rew. Dorthea Fairbanks Sunday Services Regular Worship .... 10:30 a.m. Bible Studies: Tuesday...5:30 p.m. Thursday... 10 a.m. to cover my bed Lovely! I always buy barkcloth thinking I'll make tote bags from it; but in the end, I can't cut it. I'm not sure what it is about favorite fabrics, but they seem to end up never being made into anything. Cutting them seems such a crime. There's also always the possibility that the night after cutting up a piece, you'll come up with the perfect thing you should have made from it Number three: a hot pink 50s chair found at Combs' sale. So cool. Comfortable too. Number four: A silvery chrome cannister set also found at Waddle's sale. Number five: two kitschy girl dolls (the 60s kind with the big eyes. bouffant hair and elaborate hats and dresses) found at Webber's. These are tab. but I plan to take one of them over to Linda Graham who's a bit sick at the moment. She shares a love of these types of dolls. Number six: Two silver "sno skis" fi'om the fifties at the northern-most of the three Park Street sales. These look like cake pans you're supposed to strap to your feet and chance xt on a hill. Brad took one look and said. "Looks like a broken leg waiting to happen." I don't think I'll try "era, but if I do, I'll definitely Crisco the bottoms. NU tuber seven: An ornate framed mirror from Eitzmann's sale. This one has been comlplete!y disassembled and sits in my living room waiting for a non-windy day to allow spray painting out- doors. Number eight: A Strawberry Shortcake lunehbox. I honestly have no idea what to do with this, but it holds a lot of good memories. I half ex:pectedto open it and have it smell like the dolls used to. Number nine: Two old-school jet-skis, the type you can stand up and pull up the handlebars. Okay, I didn't buy these, but without a doubt, if I were to buy a jet-ski, it would be one Living Faith Fellowship Word of Faith Church 315 N. Central Phone 402-879-3814 Sunday Worship Service .................... I0:30 a.m. Evening Stun'ice ........................... 5 p.m. {excel)t 4th and 5th Smldays) Wednesday Christian Development Night: AdnRs and Children .................... 7 p.m. Rock Solid Youth Group .............. 7 p.m. Radio Program. KRFS AM Sunday Moming ..................... 8:30 a.m. Patsy Busey. Pastor Catholic Church Services St. Joseph's Church Superior, Neb. 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. Father Brad Zitek business and probably anticipated the monthly utility bill would be a fraction of $1.000. Superior needs new businesses and if success- ful the proposed business would be a nice addition to the commu- nity. I also understand why the utility company wanted a large deposit. A number of similar businesses have failed leaving the utility with large unpaid bills. As a ratepayer. I don't want to pay another person' s utility bill. Monday evening members of the Superior City Council were asked to consider a zomng change. The requested change was the first step in a series of changes required before the owners of approximately four acres of land located along Lost Creek will be able to build their retirement dream home and miniature farm. The land is special to them. it is has been in their family for nearly a century. Most of it is in a flood plain and has a history of agricultural use. But in 2004. a zoning change transferred it from agricultural to residential. The owners said they weren't aware of the change and would have opposed it. For the building project to go forward, the land must be returned to an agricultural class and city ordinances changed to allow the keeping of animals within the city limits. Superior. like most midwestern communities, has a long history of allowing animals. But in recent years, local leaders have banned animals. Chickens. for instance, can be kept in New York City and London but they can't be kept within the city limits of Superior. When Superior was founded, it was anticipated homeowners would graze milk cows on what is now City Park. much like the village commons found in the original colonies. Before we were married. Rita lived m McPberson, Kan., and raised rabbits in her back yard. She couldn't do that in Superior. And she has told me. "I I was retired that restriction is enough to make me consider moving." When I was a youngster, I enjoyed playing in my uncle's barn only a few blocks from downtown Lincoln. Neb.. and the state capitol. My father talks about keeping animals with in the confines of Superior in the 1920s. Can't do that now. I understand why some are reluctant to allow animal s within the city limits. With animals comes a potential for problems, I've not always been happy with the pets in my neighborhood, but having animals is part of the charm of living in a rural community. We will never have the Metropolitian Opera in Superior. Neb,. but Salem Lutheran Church IELCAI Highway 14 North, Superior, Neb. 402-225-4207 Sunday Wohip .................... i .......... 9 a.m. Sunday Fontm and Sunday School ............. 10:15 a.m. Communion ....... 1st & 3rd Sunday Pastor Scot McCluskey Day 1 Radio Program KRFS Sunday 8 a. rrL Grace Community Evangelical Free Church of I Superior l--mM l,p, 423 E. Fifth Street Superior, Neb. Pastor David Johnson Office, 402-879-4126 Home, 402-879-4145 Sunday , Sunday School ......... 9 a.m. Morning Worship ... tO a.m. Prayer Time ............. .6 p.m. Mfiillated with the Evangelical Free Church of America Jewell Christian Church "A family you can belong to v 111 Main, Jewell Dan Daniels, pastor Church * 785-428-3657 Parsonage * 785-428-3323 Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Worship Service 1.0:30 a.m. Kids for Christ & Jr, High Youth Groups Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. First Community Church" Oak, Neb. Phone 402-225-2284 Steve Matthews, Pastor Sunday Sunday School .... 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m. Sunday Prayer Meeting ..... 7:00 p.m. Bible Centered Nondenominational Christian Church of Mankato 118 S. Commercial Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3707 Sunday School ...... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Thaddeus J. Hinkle, Minister 785-378-3938 Calvary Bible E-mail tse@ Selected portions of the newspaper available on the web at Thursday, April 29. 2010 Page 2B Dr. Webman will practlce medi- cine in association with Dr. C.G. McMahon. A 14-town invitational track meet was held in Superior Thurs- day. Superior claimed top honors. Nelson was second. A pole vault record, 10 feet and eight and one- quarter inches, was set by Meyer from Superior. Fifty Years Ago Jim Kaat pitched for the Wash- ington Senators and beat the New we should be able to have a few animals. Also on the agenda Monday evening for council consider- anon. was a revised schedule of fees for the issuance of building permits. I've been told the fees are needed to fund the operation of the zoning enforcement office. But charging a fee for a building permit discourages building. The multi-page document even includes fees for such things as fences, lot splits, temporary structures like the Ideal Market's plant shelter, building removal and building moves. I believe having to pay a fee before I can improve my property is wrong and double taxation. Whenever improvements are made. the assessor raises the property's assessed valuation with the result the taxes go up. Building tees only add to the pain. A few years ago I had a long visit with a Superior property owner. 1 was trying to encourage the owner to paint and generally clean-up his property. He countered that all the paint and work I proposed would result in a higher tax bill. He said. "I'll never do anything to my property that will raise my taxes." And he never di d. A new owner spent thousands improving the property and now pays more each year in taxes. With regard to the land along North Park Street, the city has two choices. If the council pleases those who oppose the keeping of animals within the city and leaves the area zoned residential. the land will remain undeveloped. Little tax money will be collected and the area will be overgrown and unsightly. Or the council can work with the property owner and encourage the land's development as a productive agricultural area. If that happens, the property value will climb and more tax money will be received. We are told zoning is a good thing and all communities need zoning. Perhaps that is true. I can name communities without zoning that are filled wRh trash and neglected property. But in the 40 years Superior has had zoning, many proposed projects had problems with zoning regulations and were never built. Two years ago the owner of a building constructed as a gram storage building sought to make mprovements to the property. He was told he not only couldn't improve the property but neithei':could'he again use it for its intended use as a grain storage building. Just like the land on North Park Street. the 2004 zoning ctiange had changed the property's classification. The owner chose not to fight the zoning rules, but he did remove the building. The result, several hundred dollars a year in tax revenue was lost. According to the rules adopted Monday night, he would now have to pay a fee to the city before he could remove the building. It isn't easy to govern a community. There are no easy answers. Citizens just like you and me are doing their best and sometimes they make mistakes. Hopefully. in the future months we can find ways to ease some of the negativism and offer more encouragement to those wanting to build Superior. Centennial Lutheran Church (Missonrl Synod) 855 N. Dakota Street, Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3137 Saturday Worship ...... 6:30 p.m, Sunday Worship Service 9 a.m. Sunday School-Bible Class .......... 10 a.m. Pastor Brian Earl Worship with us via live broadcast each Sunday on KRFS Radio Please coJl for additional worship and Bible shady opporhmities. First Baptist Church Webber United Methodist Church 7 Webber, Nan. Office 785-361-2664 Res. 785-361-2070 Sunday Worship ............. 9:30 a.m. Olive Hill Church {} 558 N. Commercial k/ Superior, Neb. Rev. Floyd Richardson& Church 402-879-3534 Sunday Worship .............. I0:45 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study ................ 4 p.m. Jewell Trinity United Methodist Montrose United Methodist Jim Rice, pastor Jewell Trinity Sunday School ............... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship ....... 10:30 a.m. Kids for Christ- Wednesday ................... 3:45 p.m. ' : Montrose MorninWorhip .............. 9 a.m. Fellowship Hour .............. 10 a.m. Pastor Roger Walls Evangelical Free Church +. 99 W. Pearl, Jewell, Kan. 785-428-3268 EI:(:A Wayne Fetgal, Pastor Wednesday Prayer Meeting ........................ 7:30 Sunday .Sunday School ................. 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. 10:30 a.m. Evening Service .................... 7 p.m. 4Uiiliated with the Evanoelical 'ree Church of America First Baptist Church E. Hwy 36 Mankato 785-378-3655 Neolin Taylor, Pastor Sunday Services Sunday School ......... l0 a.m. Worship ................... 11 a.m. Bible Study ................ 6 p.m. Wednesday Discipleship Training 6 p.m. David Watters Sunday Sunday School... 9:30 a.m. Worship ....... 10:30 a.m. Located five miles south and two miles west of Superior Proclaiming Christ Since 1876 Formoso Community Church NondenominaHonal Bible Teachin 9 Pastor Gene Little Sunday School ........... 9:30 a.m, Worship Service ...... 10:30 a.m, Weekly Home Bible Studies 203 Balch Street, Formoso, Nan. 785-794-2490 United Methodist Churches Schedules for Sunday Schools and Worship Service Mankato Harmony ... Worship, l 1 ann. Sun. Sch., 9:45 a.m. Ionia ......................... Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. Sch., 10:30 a.m. Esbon ....................... Worship 8:15 a.m, Burr Oak ................. Worship, 9:30 aan. Evangelical Lutheran Church . : 201 South Center ........ Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3308 Pastor Katharine Redpath Sunday Worship ............. 9:00 a.m. Sunday School .. 10:30 a.m. Northbranch Friends Church Phone 785-647-8841 "" Located eight miles  north of Burr Oak and two miles west. Sunday -- Sunday School ........... 10 a.m. Worship ...................... 11 a.m. Kenneth Smith, Pastor "Where The Son Always Shines" Jewell County Catholic Churches Winter Hours (Nov.-Apr.) St. Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 Sunday ................................ 8 a,m. Sacred Heart, Esbon Sunday .............................. 10 a.m. Father George Chalbhagam, CMI Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street, Superior, Neb. 402-879-4067 Jim Stark, minister Wednesday Evening FBI: Ages 3 thi-ough Grade 6 (Faithful Bible Investigators] ..7 p.m. Thursday Evening Adult Bible Study ................ 7 p.m Sunday {no evening services) Worship Service ........ 9 a.m. Sunday School ............ 10:30 a.m. Youth Meeting .................... 5 p.m. Youth & Bible study & small groups Call church for information York Yankees, 5-4. Four years ago Jim was pitching for tbe Supe- rior Senators. Highway 3-S is no more. It was changed to Number 8. Highway 3 was changed a few months ago to Highway 136. A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Swanstrom and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Abelbeck. New officers for the Superior FFA Chapter are Roger Roe, Ronnie Hofts, Lee Grove, Lee Schriever, Roger Wilton, Kenneth Schuster, Virgil Uhrmacher and Steve Thayer. Forty Years Ago Warrant Officer First Class Dean Harig, a helicopter pilot in Vi emam. has been reported miss- ing in action according to word received by his wife, Rose Mary, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Harig. Nine young women of the Superior area were selected to compete in the Miss Superior Pageant to be held May 9 at the Superior City Auditorium. Thirty Years Ago An early morning explosion and fire destroyed the Hideaway Club in downtown Mankato. Members of Salem Lutheran Church will meet Friday to inter- view David Miller a graduate Of Wartburg College. Airman Janice Mickelsen was crowned base sweetheart at the Columbus Air Force Base. Co- lumbus. Miss. Sixty-nine couples attended the spring square dance sponsored by the Wagon)Wheelers Square Dance Club at Btlrr Oak Twentv Years Ago New members of the Superior Voltmteer Fire Department in- clude Lonnie Lemke, Vaughn Bargen, Greg Young, Brian Bouray and Scott McKee. Funerals were held for Eloise Baild, Stella Roland, who died on her 101 st birthday and Gladys Farver. The Future Homemakers of America plan an over 55 prom following the annual junior-se- nior high school banquet and prom at Superior High School. It will allow the people of the corn: mumty an opportunity to enjoy the decorations. Ten Years Ago Members of tlie Church of Christ in Superior are welcoming , Ron Johnson as their new,pastor. SuPerior water rates are going up $4 per month with,, tfie' June bills. Two new things added to the Lady Vestey Victorian Festival for children this year are face painting and story telling by Laurie Corman. Levi Delka has been awarded an athletic scholarship for toot- ball by Concordia University, Seward. Five Years Ago A building constructed on Highway 14 and the truck route. has been painted green and yel- loW and will house a new busi- ness. Taco Jills. The Adella Gebers estate home in Nora was sold at auction to Lance and Tamsel Sharp, the GrOve Farm. 160 acres near Ruskin sold to S&S Hay and the Michael Sirois house on National Street in Superior sold to John Disney all at auction. Funerals were held for Katherine Dixonand Roy Langer One Year Ago Carie Meyers, director of sur- gical services at Brodstone Me- morial Hospital, said new proce- dures added since the renovation include bronchoscopy and total knee replacement. Reflections By Donna Christensen The last week of October I experienced artial fibrilation, which is a condition where the heart is out of rythm. I was hospi- talized and gi yen an IV with medi- canon to get my heart back into proper rythm. It was a traumatic. but enlightening experience. My doctor diagnosed the problem as an insufficient amount of potas- sium in my diet. Since then l I have been careful to include fresh fr0it in my daily routine, to cor- rect this lack. It seems this same problem occurs in the spiritual realm, also. If we liken the potassium to Bible reading and prayer, our spirit man may become low on the intake of thege necessary items. It could cauge a condition much like my physical condition was. The spirit wotllld be out ofrythm with God's plan and promises. However, the physical lack produced a prO- found reaction, impossible to ig, nore. which the spiritual man may not experience for a length of time. When the spiritual diet lacks the necessary time with the Cre- ator. the system does not respond to life in the way God has in- tended it to behave, caused by an imbalance in proper nutrients in the believer's life. Just as adjustmen.ts to our physical diet can produce healthier activity, so also, the proper daily nutrients in our spin- tualt life will assure us of peace