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Editor's Notebook By Bill Blauvelt Recent days have been busy ones with many activities in the communities served by this newspaper. After leaving work Friday Rita and I stopped by the F~irmers's Market held each Friday in Superior's City Park. We left work early but 6:45 was a bit late to see the crowd and many of the vendors. We were told when the market opened at 5 p.m. there were many people waiting. By the time we arrived, many of the verniers had sold out and left. But we still had fun visiting with the vendors and shoppers and we bought a package of delicious zucchini bread. I also sampled some excellent homemade cinna- mon apricot butter and salsa ketchup. One of the vendors told me he was adding items each week and expected the market to grow. At least one of the vendors there Friday night, takes the vouchers offered senior citizens in both Kansas and Nebraska: I~ didn't realize that until the Superior market opened the closest place to redeem the Nebraska vouchers was Fairbury. One of the vendors I spoke with praised the location in Superior's City Park. On these hot evenings he appreciated the shade and grass. Saturday morning I returned to the park for the start of the Superior Swimming Pool Triathlon. I had a good time watching the competition and visiting with the spectators. If you haven't been to lhe pool this year. it ~s worth a trip. The old pool I knew as a youngster is no more (and it was less than 10 years old when I took swimming lessons there.) Improvements have changed its complexion. I don't remember the water even" being as clear as it was Saturday morning, or as warm. " When I was a youngster the Superior pool's water always felt li~ke it had passed through a chiller. I preferred playing in a pond or liver. Once the lake opened, there was no doubt in my mind which Was best. The lake trumped them all. In the 1980s funds were raised to purchase a heater but the heater worked so hard it soon wore out. Now I wonder if the cold waler was always the result of leaks. When new water was added regularly during my childhood. I thought that was normal." Now I suspcct the pool should not have required that much fresh water every day. Either thc pool had a leak or the filtration system couldn'l keep up. Last week, some swimmers were complaining the water was too hot. I understand it was testing in the 90s. I haven't been in the ncw pool yet hut one woman that has said now the water is like silk. And said to swim nn the pool last year was like swimming in mush. She said this year she slips thr(mgh the water much easien', She crcdited the changc to the improvenacnts made to the pool earlier this spring and the Father's Day tornado taMng down th~ trees that were growing on the east side of the pool. For ~'he first 30 years of the pool's existence, the Superior Chamber of Commerce claimed Superior had the seventh largest municipal swimming•pool in Nebraska. That claim may still be true but I'm not aware of the chamber making such a claim in recent years. With the cuffent heat wave. many pools in Nebraska's larger cities are quickly filling to capacity. Sunday one in Omaha admitted swimmers for less than 10 minutes before reaching capacity. Here Sunday evenmg I saw a dozen or so swimmers waiting for the pool to open but the pool never came close to reaching capacity. I suspect those swimmers just wanted to maximize their time at the pool. We are fortunate to have such a large pool in Superior. Saturday afternoon I took in some of the Lovewell Lake Fun Day activities and Saturday evening the Relay for Life. My planned time at the Relay for Life was cut short when it was discovered we had a planting of sweet corn ready for harvest. Rita and l were sitting by the garage husking sweet corn with street light I might have been tempted to say something about how difficult or miserable our conditions were but after listening to the work going on at the Methodist church• I concluded we had it pretty easy. Early Saturday morning a crew of young men began tearmg three layers of shingles from the western slopes of the church roof. In what some people would have considered blistering temperatures, they worked all day and into the night I don't have a clue how they could see what they were doing but the work continued long after dark. When we finished working, the corn about I 1:30 p.m., they were still working. The person on the ground cutting sheeting had a lighl but I didn't see any lights on the roof. I don't know how kmg they worked but when I got up Sunday morning, all the old shingles had been removed..sheet- mg placcd and lhe entire roof covered with what appears to be a plastic type replacement for tar paper. All the roofers' tools and rubbish had been picked up. Unless they looked up or someone told them. those walking to the church on Sunday morning never knew about all the work that had gone on there the day before Monday a smaller crew re:urned to start putting on Reinke shingles. 1 suspect that work will continue for several day~, perhaps weeks. One thing is for certain, I'll regularly check on their progress. Country Roads By Gloria Garman-Schlacfli Attending a funeral Saturday to honor a woman I laad kntlwn since childhood, brought back memories of attending Oak Creek country school, a onc-room school located in Harrison Township. Jewell County. Her two daughters also attended this counlry school. Their father was our school bus drivcr. When nay sister and I attended Oak Creek. few country schools operated a school bus. Our bus was Willys Jccp. Thc Ross family lived less than a quartet" of a mile from the counlry school. If I closc nay cyes. I can still picture our bus driver, Carl Ross. walking slowly north up the country road from the school house to his home after dclivering his load safely to school, A week beforc thc funeral, I drovc past thc still standing country school. I was accontpanicd by one of my granddaughters and I pointed out the school house to her. She was amazed to learn 1 attended school there. I told her that some years. I was the only one in m) class. When she gigglcd at that slat(tacit. I told her. "D~m't knock it. as the only one in the class. I was sure to win the spelling and math contests." Oak Creek School is among only a chosen few that are still standing. We stopped ahmg the road and I showed her the location of the sch ml's playground, the area where the girl's "out housc" was located, and the place where the hand powered water pump but it held coat racks, a cupboard, and a counter where the sink was located. The pan was placed into the sink and the water from the bucket was poured into the pan to wash our hands in before lunch. One long handled metal water cup was used by all to drink out of. Today's state health department would not approve of the commu- nal water cup. Dresses were worn by the gMs in the summer, spring and tall. but trousers were allowed in the winter time. The only heat came from a stovtz situated in" thel~]ddle of the~choolhouse. The-enWy room was shut off fi'om the mazn room ofthe schoolbouse so in the winter time we never had to worry about our drinking water getting warm Often ice I'onned in the water bucket. Our lunch boxes were kept in the cold entry room during the wmter months. School was out the l'irst part of April and didn't start until aftcr Labor Day, so wc didn't have to worry about hot temperatures while attetading school There certainly was no air- conditioner in the school house, though the windows on either side of the building were often kept open to allow fresh air to come in. Teachers I remember include Mrs. Montgomery, Mrs. Lippy, Mrs. Fitz, and Mrs. O'Hara. All good teachers, some joined the pupils in the recess games. Mrs. Lippy could hit the baseball just as far as the older boys could. There were the monthly community meetings held at the schoolhouse. At these evening meetings there was a business . • . . . . ~ "• ] Subscription rates are $24 per year in Nebraska. ~,~25.50 per year in Kansas. Other States $35 per year. Superior l xpress Bill Blauvelt. Publisher E-mail tse @ su n Selected portions of the newspaper available on the web at was located. My granddaughter did not bclievc water had to be carried into the schoolhouse in a bucket in order to provide drinking water and to provide water to wash hands with. The "out house" was also of hterest m her. As I looked over the schoolhouse and yard I realized things t lat once looked so large to a child now appear much smaller. How id 10 to 12 pupils plus a tea(hen along with desks and book- ~elves; and a large upright piano, all fit into that schoolhouse? .,, i The entry rg0m3mlthc wi~st side of the main room was small Thursday, August 12,• 2010 Page 2B From the files of The Superior Express. Eighty Years Ago move to the building formerly oc- band at Ihe rodeo. Hill Super Service Station for- real opennng will be Saturday. Marita Kidd sustained a sprained wrist while crank!rig a car. L.A. Pearce. proprietor of Su- perior Hamburger Inn. is redeco- rating his place of business. Oran King, one of the manag- ers of the A.B.K. miniature golf course at Third and National. Su- perior, said the tournament is do- mg well with 40 players turning in qualifying scores. Let's have a rain--then go to the fair in Nelson, Aug. 19-22• Seventy Years Ago Three Beloit young people are hospitalized in Brodstone follow- ing a one car accident southwest of Superior. They were transport- ing a load of liquor purchased in Nebraskato Kansas to be boot- legged. Dedication of Highway 14 im- provements was held at the new bridge over Elm Creek at the south edge of Nelson. Tile ZuhmfFurniture store will cupied by the Rosenbaum ~tore at 330 Central Ave. Mr, and Mrs. Charles Crispin entertained the Walter Hutt thresh- ing crew and other helpers to an ice cream teed Monday night. Leaving this week for the Da- kotas and Minnesota where they are employed in the harvest were Ralph Edwards. Max Skinner, Marvin Thayer, Raymond and Eddie Schultz. Dr. Arnold Webman has pur- chased the Charles Ruth house at 853 Central. The Ruths are living in Mrs. Ross McKeown's apart- ment. Fifty Years Ago John Konvalin and Don Jacoby are in Ainsworth looking for a place to live. Both are employed by the Bureau of Reclamation and are being transferred. Cli fiord White underwent sur- gery in Kansas City for a serious heart aihnent he has been afflicted with for a number of years. The Superior High School Band will go to Burwell as a guest Harlan Ross, who has been an exchange student in CoSta Rica. is now recuperatmg from a serious illness contacted while in that tropical country, Forty Years Ago The Superior City Council men created an airport authority which will operate the Superior airport• An internal re-engineering project for the Superior plant of Mid-America Dairymen. Inc., has been announced by Sy Schmanski. Nant manager. Telephone cable• containing 100 line pairs, is being installed between telephone exchanges in Nelson• Ruskin and Superior. Funerals were held lbr Chester Norwood. Ben Bishop, Gladys Hamilton and Earl Tevebaugh. Thirty Years Ago Debbie Sander. a French horn player• was one of 135 musicians chosen to be a pm't of the "'America's Youth in Concert." She has z'eturned from a fonr week tour of the capitol cities of Eu- rope. A Different Slant By Chuck Mittan Do you believe it's the obligation of a city council, school board or county board to always carry out the wishes of the majority of its citi- zenry'? k's a tough question. I know. Part of me does and part of me doesn't. City c6uncil members in Fremonl are strug- gling with that issue right now. along with the proposed immigration legislation that started the whole thing, which was apparently inspired by the tough immigration stance assumed by Aft- zona some lllOl'ld'ls ago, What got me thinking about this was an mter- wew 1 heard on the radio with the spokesperson of a citizens group, who said (I'm paraphrasing, but this wasthe gist): "'The voters in Fremont have spoken. Now it's the city council's job to carry out our wishes, lfthey don't do that, I guess they will have to go," For those of you who haven't been Ibllowing along in the news. the ordinance, making it unlawful io hire or rent to illegal immigrants. was approved by voters in June and set to takc effect in late July. The ordinance was immedi- .... ntel y deemed to be digerimiW, rtr~r~, and two'law- suits were flied against the_City'mt' Fremont in Federal Court one by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska and one by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educa- tional Fund. Two days bcfore the new ordinancc was sched- uled to take effect, the city council voted 8-0 in favor of suspending implementation of the ordi- nance, cmng the huge pilc of naoney it would cos1 the city as their primary rcason. Including nn- proved software and employee overtime fl)r ac- tually enforcing the ordinance, anti legal tees to fight the federal lawsuits, the city council has estimated the anmtal price tag lor the ordinance to be about $1 million. meeting conducted. Each family with students in the school took turns being in char~ eta prow'am. Each program was followed by refreshments. Some of the best remembered refi'eshments were watermelon, hon~made ice cream, and during the winter months there *as always hot cocoa made from fresh cream, ~It was a great social time for everyone. In the early 19608 the Oak Creek School closed but the building was used for several years after that as a voting location. As it hasn't been used for several years, I marvel that it's still standing today. • Area Church Directory Little Blue • Christian Fellowship Church Of "The Nazarene 740 E. SevenSh Office Phone 402-879-4391 Pastor Dave Coleman Sunday Snnday F~'hool ................. 9:45 a.m. Morning ,~rvlce .............. 10:45 a.m. Chlklren's Program. Youth Group Meeting ................... 6-7 p,m. Wednesday Adult,Bl£1e Stndy ..... 6:q0-7:30 p.m. Transportation and Nursery First Presbyterian Church Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 SUNDAY Worship ........................... 9:30 a.m. Fellowship coffee after worship service Rev. Mark Diehl, Pastor Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Evangelical Luthera~ Church in America 505 N, Kansas Superior, Neb. Old Pleasant View School (7 miles No. of Nelson) Sunday Worship Service ...... 10 a.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study ........ 7 p.m. Children's Bible Study 7 p.m. Pastor and Mrs. David Sellers EvangeUcal 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 ..... 10 a.m. Sunday Worship... 9 a.m. Fellowship Hour .. tO a.m. First United Methodist Church 448 N. Kansas Street . Superior, Neb. Rev. Jocelyn Tupper 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 First Baptist Church @~ 558 N. Commercial Superior, Neb. Rev. Floyd Richardson& 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 0 Superior i~ ~--.a ~k~,~' 423 E. Fifth Street Superior, Neb. Pastor David Johnson Office, 402-879-4126 Home, 402-879-4145 Stmday Sunday School ......... 9 a.m. Morning Worship ... I0 a.m. Prayer Time ............. 6 p.m. Affliliated with tile Evangelical Free Church of America Jewell Christian Church "A family you can belong to" 111 Main, Jewell Dan Daniels, pastor Church • 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 Methodmt Church Jl Webber, Karl. [p~" ~ Office 785-361-2664 Zes. 785-361-2070 . Sunday Worship ............. 9:30 a.m. , Pastor Roger Walls First Community Church Oak, Neb. Phone 402-225-2284. Steve Matthews, Pastor Sunday Sunday School .... 9 Mdrning Worship 10 a.m. Sunday Prayer Meeting ..... 7:00 p,m. Bible Centered Nondenominational l 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. liinlde, Minister 785-378-3938 Calvary Bible.• Evangelical Free Church ~ 99 W. Pearl,. Jewell, Kan. 785-428-3266 " EI:C.:\ Wayne Fe!gal Pastor Wednesday Prayer Meeting., ...................... 7:30 Sunday Sunday School ................. 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. I0:30 a.m. Evening Service .................... 7 p.m. Affiliated with tbe Evangelical Free Church of America First Baptist Church E. Hwy 36 Mankato 785-378-3655 Neolin Taylor, Pastor Sunday Services Sunday School ......... 10 a.m. Worship I l a.m. Bible Study ................ 6 p.m. Wednesday Discipleship Training 6 p.m. • 0 Sunday Nomlng Worship .. 8:45 a.m. Sunday School ....... 9:45 a,m. Money I'm guessing they don't have. If they're like the rest of us. So, who's right? On the one hand, the people who elected the council members apparently expect, to a large extent• for them to do what they're told. On the other hand. members of the city council are in a position to know whether or not they have the money to keep fighting this fight• I'm only guessing, but l'll bet the guy who said thc council's job is to blindly carry out the wishes tff the co,'