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A Different Slant By Chuck Mittan These are the so-called "dog days" of summer, a term that seems to imply the weather is so hot only a dog could enjoy it. I don&apos;t know aboutother dogs, but our male cocker spaniel, Rudy, dbes not enjoy the heat very much. He also doesn't think much of cold, wind, rain, snow, leaves, bugs, mud or grass. I think cats and birds might scare him a bit, too, so I try to shield him from contact with any of those. Yes, we had him tested. He's a dog. His favorite things'include Iams puppy biscuits, my wife and not going outside. Ever. I would be willing to work with him on that last one, but it seems unlikely he'll ever be smart enough (or tall enough, for that matter) to use the toilet, like some dogs I've seen on television. I don't know yet how he knows how hot or cold it is outside on any given day from his vantage point in our climate-controlled (at least as climate-controlled as any home built in the 1880s can be) house, but he seems to. Without opposable thumbs, I'm reasonably sure he's not using my laptop to check the seven-day forecast, like I do. And so on days when it is hot, cold, windy, rainy, snowy, buggy, leafy or muddy,-ve must literally force him into the outdoors several times a day. Because we live in Nebraska, that leaves about six days per year that he will cheerfully leave the comfort of his home for the uncertainty of the back yard. It's taken him almost six years, but he finally has all four of us properly trained. Our will was strong, but he was both persistent and patient. The term "dog days" actually does refer to the hottest, mos sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere, the,. usually fall between early July and early September. In th southern hemisphere they are usually between January an( early March. It varies greatly from region to region, dependinl on both latitude and climate. Dog days can also define a tim period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by du lack of progress. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius. als called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun was respor sible for the hot weather. The Romans associated the hc weather with the star, Sirius, which they considered to be th Dog Star because it is the brightest star in the constellatior Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in ff night sky. The term dog days was also used earlier by tte Greeks. The dog days originally were the days when Sirius roseju ;t before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which s no longer true, because of the precession of the equinoxes. T e Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the dog dalrs to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the h0t,sultry weather. Dog days were popularly believed to be an evil time, when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad and all creatures became languid. He's not sure what languid means, but I think Rudy agrees. Editor's Notebook By Bill Biauvelt Earlier this week a friend sent me a copy Of an advertisement for a cement tent and suggested I consider buying one. He may be right after the recent events but that part, of the story will come later. First I want to write about the cement tents. A company is actually building and trying to sell cement tents. The manufacturer claims the tents will last 10 years or more, are waterproof, fireproof, sterile and will not be penetrated by small arms fire. They supposedly are perfect for storing material and machines. They probably don't offer much in the way of ventilation, however, on a hot summer night. The tents are shipped in airtight package and assembled in four easy steps, According to the set up instructions, after unpacking the tent, use a vehicle to pull it into position. (They appear to be heavy and certainly not the thing to carry on a hiking trip.) A fan is used to inflate the tent and pegs are used to hold it in place. Once inflated, spray the tent with water and allow 24 hours for the cement impregnated Kevlar cloth to dry and harden, The tents are advertised as a building in a bag. I thought about putting one in my back yard for use as my personal dog house but if I do, I better do it soon. An ordinance which passed the Superior City Council on second reading this week, I'm sure will ban building in a bag. The ordinance stipulates the type of building materials and designs which may be used for storage buildings. After the story I told Rita Sunday night, I'm about to need a dog house. Sunday was a real sizzler. Rick Disney reported the Superior heat index was 117 degrees that afternoon. Instead of photographing the Mutton Bustin Rodeo as we have in recent years, this yar TlExpress decided to photograph the Nuckoils County Fair's exhibit check in. Sunday afternoon, Rita and I discussed how we were to handle the event. Since I'm allergic to straw dust, Rita said she would go to the fair and suggested I take the water resistant camera to Loveweil Lake and look for a picture of people coping with the heat. That sounded like an assignment I would like and quickly agreed. While Rita headed to Nelson, I drove to the lake, with a lounge chair, several magazines to read and the camera. I positioned the Chair in the shade at the water's edge, hung the camera over the back of the chair and settled into to read. LOVEWELL LAKE WORSHIP SERVICES Every, Sunday at 9:30 a.m. through Labor Day 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. Yoath Group Meeting ................... 6-7 p.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study ..... 6:30-7:30 p.m. Transportatloa and Nursery www.superiornazarene.org , ,., First Presbyterian Church Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 suNDAY Sunday School .......... 9:15 a.m. Fellowship ............... 9:30 a.m. Worship ................. 10:30 a.m. Up the way I saw a family walk down to the water's edge. Father and the youngsters went straight into the water and began to splash one another. Mother stood at water's edge and watched. From where I was sitting I didn't recog- nized them and continued reading. Later, I saw the person I as- sumed to be the mother was back- ing away from the water, then I observed the father was talking to her and wading toward shore, He continued to pursue her up the bank. As I watched, he began to encourage her toward the water. She wasn't resisting much but she was hesitating. As they neared the water I saw she was tossing things like her sunglasses onto the bank. She must have known what was coming, Soon he grabbed her, pulled her into the lake and dunked her. I suspect the water was refreshing and the family played together for most of the afternoon. When they drove away in a pickup with Jewell County license plates, I wished I had taken a picture of her being thrqwn in. Had I gotten out of my chair when I first had a clue as to vhat was happening, I would have had time to take the picture. I Another time three women were playing with their yoqag- sters only a few feet from where I was sitting. Nothing particOlar new or different about that until one of their husbands appareatly came to the water's edge for a conversation. Instead of reacfiing for my camera, I went back to reading and nearly missed the action. One of the women apparently left the water, cirbled around to the man's back and tackled him, Man and woman went sprawling into the water. He apparently didn't find the water as refreshing a the woman mentioned earlier and soon perched himself in a bach chair to dry. Later I was watching as a young woman dressed in a fowing white dress, walked onto the jetty and towar the courtesy boat dock. High water earlier in the season washed away some of the planks in the walk way from the jetty tb the dock. It's now a bit difficult to navigate but most adults spyead their legs and inch along the angle irons which support the walkway. Frorm where I was sitting, the dress could have been a wedding dress, but her associates did not appear to be dwssed for a. wedding. I thought about taking my camera and running for a picture but I decided the action would be over before I got there. I stayed in my chair and watched as her friends helped her make her way onto the dock and into a waiting boat. With that dress it was much more difficult than it is in the more normal lake attire of shorts or swimming suit. By now ! should have learned to not tell Rita about everything I saw and opportunities passed up when Rita came home from the fair, nearly melted to a grease spot. When asked how my afternoon had gone, I told her I had a relaxing time. I read, soaked in the lake. watched some entertaining happenings and returned home without taking a single photo. It was the bit about not taking a photo that got me in trouble. Just in case of a water fight at the conclusion of 4-H night, I now know I'll take the water resistant camera with me When I go to the fair to cover that night's activities. If I get a good picture of the youngsters playing in the water, Rita will forgive my Sunday afternoon laziness. If not, I'll continue being in the doghouse. From The Files and Letters to the Editor will be found this week in Section A of this newspaper Rev. Mark Dlehl, Pastor Formoso Community Church NondenorninatTbnal Bible Teachin9 Pastor Gene Little Sunday School ........... 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ...... 10:30 a.m. Weekly Home Bible Studies 203 Balch Street, ! Formoso, Kan. 785-794-2490 _ _ , , .., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Rev. Daryl Nelson PMA Connie Raess ST. PAUL LUTHERAN Hardy, Neb. Phone 402-279-3205 or 402-236-8825 Sunday School .... I0 a.m. Sunday Worship... 9 a.m. Fellowship Hour .. I0 a.m. ,, , . . ,, .......... , ,,, Our Redeemer First United Lutheran Church Methodist Church Evangelical Lutheran 448 N. Kansas Street Church in America  Superior, Neb. 505N. Kansas -- v -o I -- Ke o ce yn /'upper Superior, Neb. a do., Sunday Services ..... J Worship .... 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship .. 8:45 a.m. Bible Study Sunday School ....... 9:45 a.m. Thursday...9 a.m. 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. Ne|son Sunday ......... 10 a.m. Father Brad Zitek First Baptist Church [[/,_,_. 558 N. Commercial  .;=Jfi Superior, Neb. Rev. Floyd Richardson (K Church 402-879-3534 Sunday Worship .............. 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study ................ 4 p.m. Jewell Trinity United Methodist. Jim Rice, pastor Sunday Sunday School ........... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship ... 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Kids for Christ ............. 3:45 p.m. Grace Community Evangelical Free Church of At. Superior mmR 423 E. Fifth Street 'P Superior, Neb. Pastor David Johnson Office, 402-879-41261 Home, 402-879-4145 i Sunday ! 1 Sunday School ......... 9 a.. Morning Worship ... 10 a.. Prayer Time ....... 6 p m AIIIIIiated vAth the Evangelical / Free Church of America ] Jewell Christian Church! "A family you can belong to" 111 Main, Jewell. Dan Daniels, pastor Church i 785-428-3657 Parsonage * 785-428-3323 Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Kids for Christ & Jr. High Youth Groups Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Kan. [ --Office 785-361-2664 Res. 785-361-2070 Sunday Worship ............. 9:30 a.m. i Pastor Roger Walls (The Superior Express Published each Thursday by Superior Publishing Company, Inc. I at 148 East Third Street, EO. Box 408, Superior, Nebraska 68978 [ Subscription rates are $25 per year in Nebraska, ,, $26.50 per year in Kansas. Other States $36 per year. Bill Blauvelt, lublisher E-mail tse @su,,riome.com Selected portions of the newspaper available on the web at superiome.com Thursday, July 14, 2011 Page 2B Country Roads By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli It's the dog days of summer[ July has always been a favorite month of mine, but the only thing I don't like about it is the heat! But, then again, what would a Kansas July be without heat? For me, July is filled with celebrations as in this month there are a numerous amount of birthdays. There is the birthday of our country that kicks things off. Then there is my birthday, my dad's birthday, and several other of my relatives' birthdays also fall duirng this month. The end of wheat harvest is also a time to celebrate in July. The vegetable garden is beginning to yield its rewards for all the hard work, and the flowers are showing their 'best. Early mornings are spent out.on the patio where the birds can be watched coming back and forth from the feeders and getting their baths in the water that I keep in their bird bath. Thankfully, the rains have kept the yard looking fresh and green. It's hard to believe that just west and south west of here they are experiencing severe drought. Keeping cool during the heat of the day brings most people inside where the air-conditioing is. What did we do before we had air-conditioning in our houses, tractors, combines, cars and pick- ups? As a child, like most, we didn't have air-conditioning at our country home. It was, and still is, a two-story house with most of the bedrooms upstairs. In the hot weather months, Mother believed in keeping the windows all open until about 10:30 a.m. and then closing them. As the evening arrived, the windows were opened, hopefully allowing the cooler breezes to come in. This worked when there were breezes, but when there were not, my sister and I would compete to see which one got to sleep on the side of the bed that was closest to the window. During the summer months, we didn't want to sleep close to each other, but it was a different story during the winter months. Words would be exchanged such as, "Don't touch me. Your foot is too close to me." Sometimes, when the heat would not allow us to fall to sleep right away, we would look out the window and watch the fireflies darting around in the dark. Sometimes we would make imaginary patterns out of the stars, or we would listen to the owl making its haunting sounds. This would also be a good time to tell a ghost story, which made it even harder to get to sleep; Sometimes, we would try to control ourselves, but giggles would often break out and dad and morn would quickly tell us to "quiet down and go to sleep." There were the family and friends' picnics where the cold homemade ice cream was a dessert treat. The homemade Kool-Aid frozen treats also helped out as snacks on a hot day. If getting to the swimming pool was a problem, the garden hose was hooked up and a bucket filled with cool water. The sprinkler added summer fun. Having tea parties with my youngest grandaughter, Dariyn, age two, is a special time for us both. While arranging a visit to my son and daughter-in-law's last Saturday, over the phone, I also talked with the grandaughter and told that her about the planned visit to her house the next day, Her response was quick and excited, "Grandma, can we have a tea party?" Of course my reply was instant: "Yes, we can have our tea party." She was so anxious when granddad and I arrived, I quickly was escorted to her room, where her little table was all set for the tea party. She showed me where to sit, and then she sat on a little red stool with her legs crossed. She gently took hold of the tea pot and asked me if I'd like my tea now. She pretended to pour the tea. I asked her what kind of tea she had fixed for me today, and she replied, "Raspberry tea, grandma." She also served her pretend sugar cookies, She gently picked up a tea cup and took a sip of the tea and warned me that it may be hot. We carried on as most would at a tea party but also sharing our tea party tables were other invited guests. Most little girls would have their doflies gathered around the table but not Dariyn, she invited some of her dinosaurs, She knows the identification of most of her dinosaurs and will correct you if you don't call them the correct one. She poured the dinosaurs some tea, too, as she continued to chat. After the tea party she requested that we have a story time and books were pulled off her shelves to read. She read to me and then I read to her. It was a special time that grandmothers look forward to. Paddocks running around here at the ranch. And nationwide Prozac dispersal? Whoever thouglt of that was a genius! I daresay the Prozac breeze is not working on my husband. That man wakes up grumblier than a grizzly. Maybe they should consider putting it in the water, like they do everything else, or so I am told. Also. not to be hyper-critical, but this new government method of population control is not really working. I know several people who could use an extra dose! I suspect that prior to perfecting the current chemical make- up of the chemtrail, there were some failures, known to cause mutations such as excessive hair growth. That would explain Bigfoot. Though I did live in the Pacific-Northwest for more than five years, I never had the pleasure of encountering the freakishly tall mutant man in need of a smooth Gillette shave. I am at a loss to explain how Bigfoot's alternatively hairless mutant canine companion, El, Chupacabra, ended up so far away near Texas and Mexico. Really, all I do know is that the government has way too much time on its hands to be creating and then strategically denying f, airytales of giant hairy people, scary hairless dog creatures, airborne mind-control and short gray men that reside at some top-secret location in a hostile desert region. It is as if Alice in Wonderland's Lewis Carroll was moonlighting for the public affairs section of the national defense department. The government's main target, of course, would be the sci- fi gullible 20th Century nerds, like my husband, who believe far more from the nuts that seem to ooze from the woodwork than they do of their rational, albeit cynical and well-grounded, significant others, such as me. Christian Church of Mankato I 18 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 Evangelical Free Church 99 W. Pearl, Jewen, Kan. o 785-428-3266 Wayne Fegal, Pastor EFCA Wednesday Prayer Meeting ........................ 7:30 Sunday Sunday School ................. 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. I0:30 a.m. Evening Service .......... .......... 7 p.m. Affiiliated with the Evardelicdl I, Yee Chttrch of America First Community Church Oak, Neb. Phone 402-225-2284 Sunday Sunday School .... 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m. Sunday Prayer , Meeting ..... 7:00 p.m. Bible Centered Nondenominational Evangelical Lutheran Chm'ch ,. ., s::201 South Center '"i'<" ........ Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3308 Pastor Katharine Redpath Sunday Worship .......... 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Northbranch Friends Church ]Phone 785-847-8841 ff'l". Located eight miles ']- north of Burr Oak two mil% d we st. Sunday Sunday School ........... 10 a.m. WOrship ...................... 11 a.m. Kenneth Smith, Pastor "Where The Son Always Shines" Jewell County Cathohc Churches Summer (May-Oct.) St. Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 Saturday ....................... 6:30 p.m. Sacred Heart, Esbon I Sunday ................................ 8 a.m. Father George Chalbhagam, CMI Living Faith Fellowshxp Word of Faith Church 315N. Central Phone 402-879-3814 Sunday Worship Service .................... l 0:.'10 a.m. Evening Scrvlce ........................... 5 p.m. }except 4th and 5th Sundays} Wednesday Christian Development Night: Adults and Children ...... : ............. 7 p.m. Rock Solid Youth Group .............. 7 p.m. Radio Program. KRFS AM Sunday Morning ..................... 8:30 a.m. Patsy Busey. Pastor United Methodist Churches Schedules for Sunday Schools and Worship Sewice Mankato Harmony ... Worship, 11 a.m. Sun. Sch., 9:45 a.m. Ionia ......................... Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. Sch., lO:30a.m. Esbon ....................... Worship, 8:15 a.m Burr Oak ................ . Worship, 9:30 a.m. Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street, Superior, Neb. 402-8794067 superJorchurchofchrist.org Jim Stark, minister Wednesday Evening FBI: Ages 3 through Grade 6 (Faithful Bible Investigators],.7 p.m. Thursday Evening Adult Bible Study ........ . ....... 7 p.m. Sunday [no evening services) Sunday School ................ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ............ 10:30 a.m. Youth Meeting ...................... 4 p.m. Youth & Bible study & small groups Call church for irormation Salem Lutheran Church (ELCA} Highway 14 North, Superior, Neb. 402-225-4207 Sunday Worship ............................... 9 a,m. Sunday Forum and Sunday School 11:15 a.m. Communion ....... 1st & 3rd Sunday Don & Margaret Olson interlm pastors Day 1 Radio Program KRFS AM 1600 Sttnday 8 a.m. Olive Hill Church 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 S/nee 1876 Centennial Lutheran Church (Missouri 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 .......... I0 a.m. Pastor Brian Earl Worship with us via llve broadcast each Sunday on  Radio Please call for additional worship atld Bible study opportuaities. Area 51, chemtrails and Bigfoot, oh my! According to the husband, my writing lacks coverage on these vitally important issues. So, just for him, we will nowl discuss Area 51, chemtrails .. ,;,)- ,: G,: ; . . and Bgf0ot. I am adding El CbqpacabrDecause t pretty much fits in with the whole "'you're nuts. there's no such thing" category! Let us start with Area 51 For those of you who do not watch every crackpot television documentary regarding alien, conspira- cies. or those who prefer music to radio talk shows with some guest- star nut-job who has been repeatedly abducted and probed by aliens from the planet xenon, Area 51 is...non-existent! Or that is what the government, say some like my husband, would like us to think. The alternative .explanation of Area 51 is that it is a military installation near Las Vegas, Nev., where the government likes to store alien relics, top-secret alien technology, aircraft or, I would imagine, excess alien bodies such as those retrieved from Roswell, N.M., back in the 50s. Does it bother anyone other than me that we choose to welcome foreigners to this land by stuffing them in some hangar near the city of sin? No wonder aliens are deemed hostile! That is like dangling the proverbial forbidden fruit in front of the new guy and then telling him he can't have it! And what about those chemtrails? These I only learned about recently, compliments of my husband's droning rhetoric of yet more governmental conspiracy. As far as I understand, those contrail jet-stream looking things trailing across an otherwise clear blue sky are actually remnants of chemical substances dispersed from government aircraft to keep the population mentally and reproductively under control. Call me crazy and bitter, but I really do not have a problem with airborne birth control! The last things I need are more little Mr. J There were the summer walks we took in the pastures, and the special mud pies we made in the dirt. There were the weekly trips to the nearest swimming pools We would either take friends with us, or we would meet them there. Some July evenings were spent at the ballfields where we would watch my sister pitch on the girls softball team. July also brought county fairs and carnivals for area towns. As a young mother with two boys, July meant taking car loads of baseball players to games, trips to the swimming pool and weekends camping at the area lakes. It also was a time of neighbor boys coming to our farmhouse to play and my sons going to their house to play. Later, when the boys got old enough to help out with farming duties, July became busier and busier, helping them move from field to field and providing lunches on the go. Those were fun unforgettable times, though. Still, Back at the Ranch By Tonya R, Paddock