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While on a trip to Mesa Verde, Colo., last week, a challenge was taken by a friend and myself to take a climbing and hiking tour to see cliff dwelling sites of Native Americans that were once in use years ago. These long-abandoned dwellings were made back into the mountain sides and were built out of mortar and stone I had been to the cliff dwellings near Colorado Springs before and there had been no problem getting to them, but this was a different story. Our husbands felt my friend and I would have no trouble taking this climbing and hiking tour, but as we approached the area, after driving up a steep mountain range, we reached the top of one of the mountains where the cliff dwellings were, I knew we were in for a challenge. My friend and I had made sure to wear practical and supportive shoes, a hat, and opted for jeans instead of our shorter trousers. We had also'covered ourselves with sun blocker2 We were determined and ready for an adventure. As we walked to our meeting point, where our guide would start the tour; we looked over the railing, way down into the valley and saw the cliff dwelling sites where we would be taking the tour. It was so far down the people taking the tour before us looked like a bunch of ants as we peered down. My friend looked at me in wonder To keep ourselves preoccupied we took photos and awaited our guide. The young guide appeared in his park ranger outfit and we noticed he was looking at the footwear and attire of the people preparing to take the tour. As'the'people were called to gather around to listen to his instructions, my friend and I noticed most of the people were younger. Then began the instructions: no flip-flops; wearing a hat is a must; be sure to take bottled water; no one with heart, knee, or hip problems should take the tour as there would be many gteep, small steps and ladders to climb. Then he warned if someone did have a health problem and could not complete the tour, he would have to send for a helicopter and the person would be air lifted out of the canyon at an expense of f'  Bill Blauvelt Publisher h Count00 Roads t-me 00upert0r 00xpress , | E-mail tsetsuperiome, om t By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli I Published each Thursday by Superior Publishing Company, Inc. Selected portions of the newspaper available 13,000. My friend gave me a look of I at 148 East Third Street, EO. Box 408, Superior, Nebraska 68978 on the web at ve get ourselves into? [ Subscription rates are $25 per year in Nebraska, .... fit the group. The guide begn signal- \\; $26.50 per year in Kansas. Other States $36 per year. . Thursday, August 25, 2011 Page 2B imb, and after taklng a deep breath, we Fr th files of Th Supe Exp s.:. n, down, down, the twists ant turns of e e rior res room for a foot, and though tried not om vn into the canyon below andI quickly El ht Years Ago hardware dealers, hosted a dinner Smith and C J Baldwin bride s home in Jewell ( e I was walking. The sun wahot with g y " " " Then we climbed up a make-hift long After having remained for 31 at the Hotel Nebraskan for dealers A.B. Neuenswander of the Mr. and Mrs. Ray Har wonder, like "what did Two ladies quickly 1, ing where to begin the cl began the journey. Dow the steps that barely had to, I managed to look do looked back to see whel temperatures in the 90s. ladder to the next level rock that provided some Native Americans of h community had their gr, as many as 2,000 peopl We stopped and rested under a large shade. Our tour guide told us about the mg ago living in communities. Each mp of dwellings in a certain area, with in one group. We marveled at tht mesas, how they had to, to work and back to th supplies up and down' the dwellings and were where they came to w people stood in the hole remained for more tha modern day homes. Ho' these people made thes only hand tools of that After viewing the t steep slopes and steps, completing the tour, t! back on level ground, t friend and I had met tl take on yet a second tot game, however. My fi comfortable tour of th ',se people who farmed above on the ',limb up and down the steep mountains, :ir home. They even had to carry their he mountains. We walked on towards shown a large, round hole in the'rock 3rship. It was hard to believe that 20 at one time. These cliff dwellings have 1,000 years and I thought about our long would they stand with time? Yet, houses out of stone and mortar, using time. weltings it was time to walk on more then climb up two more ladders. After is Kansas farm girl was thankful to be .yen though it was elevated ground. My Le challenge but we were not willing to r of more dwellings. Our husbands were iend and I opted for a more Casual and , Cliff Dwelling Gift Shop. Editor's Notebook By BiliBlauvelt .  J Monday evening a majority of the Superior City Council doesn't seem like the ime to incur those costs. But the cost to failedtobuyintothemostrecentproposalfortherenovationofthe continue to ignore it is also staggering. The building won't Superior City Auditorium. easily fade away. If w., continue to ignore, someday somebody The 4-2 vote was only the latest nay vote cast by Superior leaders asked to defend the auditorium. I don't understand why the building generates such negative feelings. From reading this newspaper's reports of the planning and construction of the building it apparently received much commu- nity support in the initial years but that soon changed. Without doubt .the auditorium is among Superior's four best built commercial buildings, They are City Auditorium. Mullet Building, Vesty Center and South Ward School. The Vestey Center and the Mullet Building were constructed in the 1920s, the audito- rium and school about 10 years later With proper care, the four will stand for decades. But many residents of our community fail to appreciate the value of the great buildings and refuse to acknowl- edge the economy of preserving what we have instead of always tearing down and replacing with lower quality but new structures. The auditorium was hardly 20 years old before some Superior residents began to clamor for its replacement. Many of ose asking t0r a new building were unhappy over the auditorium s less than regulation-size basketball court. I understand why they were un- happy. When designed the planners didn't expect the auditorium to house a basketball couffor basketball games were played in the school gym located in an approximately 15-year-old junior high school building. Just as the auditorium has been caught by changing regula- 'tions, the school's gym fell into the crosshairs of state regulators and was closed soon after the auditorium opened. Though not designed for basketball, school activities moved to the auditorium As new school buildings were constructed, school activities were relocated. In the 1950s musical and dramatic activities moved to the North Ward Activity Room. In the 1960s sports moved to the new high school gym. I remember writing an editorial encouraging better care be given to City Auditorium. A community resident who was to serve on the Superior school board came calling. He wanted me to lay off the auditorium and said, "We don't want that building improved, leave it like it is." I was surprised by his comments. But I think I now understand his reasoning. He wanted the community to become increasingly dissatisfied with the building and thus more willing to support the school district bond issues. Since his visit to the newspaper office, the voters have approved constructing two school gyms, one for the junior high and one for the elementary school. Beginning with the construction Of the present high school, city council after city council has elected to defer maintenance on City Auditorium. The building shows that neglect but considering how little has been spent on it, it is in surprisingly good condition: The current cost to renovate the auditorium is staggering and now 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 Study ..... 6:30-7:30 p.m. Transportation and Nursery Formoso Community Church Nondenomthattbnal Bible Teaching 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 u  J Evangelical Lutheran Church Lr 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' .. I0 a.m. First United Methodist Church 448 N. Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Rev. Jocelyn Tupper Sunday Services Worship .... 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. Bible Study Thursday...9 a.m. will spend a large sum be deemed a public he is thought to about ec COSt. I understand wh' undertake renovation nomic picture but the auditorium's finances We can't contin 9f money to clear away what by then will alth hazard. The current demolition cost ual the proposed first phase renovation members of the council are eluctant to it this time, Not just the Nebraska eco- torld's economic picture is bleak and the are certainly muddled. ae to ignore the building. The roof is beginning to leak and the gutters are plugged and falling off. Whether we are using it or not, we must soon decide to either make repairs or tear i At the council Superior doesn't need for not all communitie Ruskin, Red Cloud, G Deweese are among have invested in comJ of those communities Another person serve a 70-year-old b As Nuckols Ct support a courthouse l standard as some wal had outlived its usefu has long been a mone investing $200,000 iI of the county board s roof leaks and found thousands are regula be in need of someth Had county go Samaritan Home the relocation expense. But I don't heat down. Either will be costly. meeting Monday evening, it was said. a community center. Perhap that is true are alike but Mankato, Jewe[l, Burr Oak, Jide Rock, Nelson, Davenpor I, Hardy and tearby communities Who in recent years nunity centers. Apparently, the residents 9elieve community centers are important. questioned the Wisdom of trying to pre- filding. runty residents, we are paying taxes to uilt in the 19th century. If held to the same Lt to hold City Auditorium, that building ness before City Auditorium i was built. It r pit. Last week the county board discussed t an elevator system. This week a member id he went to the attic Friday qight to count more than he could count. Though tens of ly spent on the building it seems to always ing. ernment been moved to the closed Good money saved would soon have paid the anyone talking about that. Instead we are talking about investiJ lg another quarter million or so in the old courthouse while we ignore City Auditorium. The proposal tu[ned down isn't the first one rejected by the council. Once a college class developed plans for the auditorium but the council declined to take action. A few years ago the Superior Community Corporation offered to rennovate and operate the buildingprovided the city would give it to the corporation. That time members of the councilindicated the property was too valuable to give away Now th council has said it is too costly :o rennovate. If non-council members are unable to develop a suitable plan, perhaps it is time for the council to become rr ore actively involved in developing a plan to utilize the building and stop deferring the question to comittees. Catholi Church Ser St. Joseph's CI Superior, Ne Rectory Phone 402-8' Mass Schedu Daily Masses 7:3 Saturday ......... Sunday ........... Nelson Sunday ......... l Father Brad Z First Baptist 558 N. Con Superio Rev. Floyd Richaz Church 402-87! Sunday Worship ............. 1 Wednesd Bble Study ............ Jewell Tri United Metl # c vices urch b. '9-3735 Ie 0 am, p.m. a.m. a.m. ek urch Lmereial r, Neb. ttson & 1-3534 1:45 a.m. ... 4 p.m. airy mdist Jim Rice, pa ffor Sunday Sunday School .......... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship ... [0:30 a.m. Wednesd Kids for Christ ........... 3:45 p.m. Grace Community Evangelical Free Church of j, Sqperior almmU - 423 E. Fifth Street w- Superlor,I Neb Pastor David Johnson Office, 402-879-4126 Home, 402-879-4145 Sundy Sunday School ........ 9 a.m. Morning Worship ... 10 a,m. Prayer Time .............  6 p,m. Alflflialcd with th Evangelical Free Cimrch ol Arncrlca Jewell Christian Church ,, "A family you an belong to 111 Maiit, 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.fligh Youth Groups Wednesday at 4:15 Webbe00 U00ited MethodiSt Church Webber, Ka. Office 785-361-2664 Res. 785-361-2070 Worship ........... 9:30 a.>. P,tr3{OF [-,ger Walls 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. ounty. mlthave and half years under the continu- from surrounding towns. Northwestern Railroad, has been purchased the restaurant in Supe- It will be ous ownership o fits founder, C.E. Dedrick, The Superior Express was sold last week to W.W. Driggs, A newspaper publisher of Bern, Kan. J.A. Minger, Salina, will become editor. The Express was founded in 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Long, local Many farmers along the Re- publican Valley were interested in the sectional movement for ir- rigation through the storage of flood waters. Among the progres- sive farmers employing pump ir- rigation with excellent success are Dorcey Worden, Dee Shank, T.B. appointed agent in charge of the northwestern and Santa Fe Depot here, succeeding Joseph Clyde who went to Kansas City. Seventy Years Ago At four o'clock Wednesday, Norma Graham and Glenn Ridle were united m marriage at the A Different Slant By Chuck There will be no "Different Slant" column the weeks of Sept. 22 and 29 because I will be here in town at Lew Hunter's Indian Summer Screenwriting Colony. I'll move into my dwell- mg for two weeks the spectacularly furnished and decorated Day House in Superior  on Sept. 17 and stay until Sept. 30. I attended the Septerber colony in 2007, where I wrote the initial pages of what became my first script. So still fired up was I when the colony ended that I finished that script by Dec. 1. So motivated was I to have actually finished something anything that I wrote my second script in its entirety the following summer. That second script, a period thriller that takes place entirely in Nuckolls and Webster counties around 1900, is the reason I'm going back to the colony. As soon as Lew announced (last fall) that this would likely be the last year for the colonies, I began to labor with deciding whether or not I thought I could afford to go again. I knew I wanted to, and I knew the benefits for me far outweighed the expense, but with two girls in high school this year and the cost of everything Mittan on the rise, I wasn' t sure it was the smartest thing to do. But I also knew I wouldn't have to decide right away. I finally entered my first script in a few screenplay contests in 2009 and in February 20101 was notified I had made the finals in the contest held in conjunction with the Omaha Film Festival (OFF). I attended the festival, made a lot of new friends and saw a lot of independent films; but on Sunday night at the awards presen- tation my first script came up short. For my first script, though, I really was excited just to have made the finals. I sent my second script to the same contest in the fall of 2010 and from this year' s Omaha Film Festival in March I brought home the "Best Nebraska Screenplay" award. The prize pack- age for that honor includes full tuition to Lew's colony in S uperior, a donation he has made to the Omaha Film Festival since its inception seven years ago. Lew has also given a scholarship each year to the winner of a screenwriting contest held in conjunction with the Sacramento, Calif., Film Festival. Thanks, Lew. Thanks, OFF. Rev. Mark Diehl. Pastor Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 505 N. Kansas Superior, Neb. Still, Back at the Ranch By Tonya R. Paddock Sunday Morning Worship . 8:45 a.m. ,% mdmz ,bc,] ..... 9:45 a.m, And so it begins... We are winding down to good-bye as my daughter begins her final and senior year of high ' school. In the same amount of time (nine months) that it took for us to welcome our second and last child into the world, we will prepare to sencl her out into a world where dreams are often crushed by the reality of life. I would try to be more cheerful and less depressing, but I simply do not have it in me this week. It does not bode Well thavI am only a few days into the first semester of the 201 1-2012 school year and I am ready to cry, scream, throw up my hands and throw in the proverbial towel. I de- mand a restart! Speaking of "restart." I have done this to my computers more times than my non-math genius brain can count because one little flash of light- ning from the recent band of storms and my computer runs for cover like my husband's Chi- huahua, and dumps my internet connection. No internet means no work and no school for me. By the thousandth time fixing my internet router here at home, I began sobbing and issued a public proclamation of futility, stating that l had given up and was off to join an Amish community while coworkers poked fun at the idea of me getting to work in a black, horse- drawn carriage; like. I'm not always late enough as it is. But with my daughter, while she dances with glee as her senior year unfoKls, I am at home pulling my hair out trying to assure that it all comes together, while also working on my own school, being somewhere in the middle of trying to obtain a degree in sociology. For what purpose am I seeking my degree you may ask? At this mint in time, I have no idea what I am doing or 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 Evangelical Free Church 99 w. Pearl, Jewen, Kan @ 785-428-3266 Wayne Feigal, Pastor lil:(:, Wednesday Prayer Meeting ...................... 7:30 Sunday Sunday School ................ 9:15 a.m Sunday Worship Service. 10:30 a.m. Evening Service .................... 7 p.m. Affiiliated with the Evargqelica! Free Church of Americo s Commmty Church Oak, Neh. Phone 402-225-2284 Sunday Sunday School .... 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m. Stmday Prayer Meetiug .... 7:00 p.m. why and there are forces working against me in my struggles. Currently, those forces are named "Mandy" and "Sadie." Or, as I generally refer to our hyper yellow Lab and the other one, a mixed breed of unknown origin: "You Are So Dead!" and "Scram !" As I am a distance-learning student with Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., classes officially started Monday for me. but on Friday I already had a valid excuse as to why my assignments would not be turned in on time. Aside from the internet problem -- my dogs ate my homework. Unbeknownst to me, my school package with available course materials had arrived, left by the nice delivery man on our front porch. My daughter approached me with a shredded enve- lope, "Hey Mom, did you order a package with DVDs in it?" It seems You Are So Dead and Scram thought they would be nice and open the package for me, before I even knew it existed. Luckily I was able to somehow recover the pieces they had strewn all over our yard, panicking that perhaps they had eaten my Spanish, only to learn from the slobbery packing slip that, thankfully, it was on backorder. Dead and Scram were put into their kennel before I lost my temper and turnedthem both into fuzzy dead dog rugs. Yes, to the crazy animal rights people out there who are now shuddering in horror, this is why we kennel train dogs to keep me from turning them into rugs when they eat my home- work! And if you are one of those CARPs (crazy animal rights people), please come get Dead and Scram and"rescue" them from me. I give it a few days before you are a born-again animal abuser and briag them back to me. Bible Centered Evangelical Lutheran Church a, :O1 South Center ,.,!,. - Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3308 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 .......... I0 a.m. Worship ...................... l 1 a.m. Kenneth Smith, Pastor "Where The Son Alvays Shines" Jewell County Catholic Churches Summer (May-Oct.) St. Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 Saturday ....................... 6:30 p.m; Sacred HearL Esbon Sunday ................................ 8 a.m. Father Gc'r Chalbbagam, CM] Living Faith Fellowship Word of Faith Church 315 N. Central Phone 402-879-3814 Sunday Worship Service .............. : ..... 10:30 a.m. Evening Service ........................... 5 p.m. [except 4th and 5th Sundays) Wednesday Christian Development Night: Adults and Children .................... 7 p.m. Rock Solid Youth Gronp .............. 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 Service Mankato Harmony ,.. Worship, 11 a.m, Sun. Sch., 9:45 a.m. Ionia .. ........................ Worship, 9:30 a m. Sun. Sch., 10:30 a,m, Esbon ....................... Worship, 8:15 a.m. BurrOak ................. Worship, 9:30 a.m Churchhrist 564 E. Fourth 'eet, Supefier. Reb. 402-879-4067 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 rio OU6H[II(] services Sunday School ................ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ............ 10:30 a.rn. Youlh Meeting: .................... 4 p.m. YOt/tl/ &, ibh? stttdu {, smnll grottps " "' "[N'Ft']I )Y il c()iIIlatiOll rior known as Al's Cafe. called Harbolt' s Cafe. will have charge of the di will serve light lunches Charles Gibson has livering his mail with t' mobiles since the Bost bridge was damaged in flood. He leaves one 1: the other side and wal the stream with his mai Fancy Elberta peact Harbolt er. They been de- vo auto- ,ick river the June arked on s across es, $1.59 a bushel, cantaloupes a..e 5 cents each at the Dollar Supe: Market. Fifty Years A o Larry McCord, crac]: lineman l and Superior' s Represe itative on the south team in the SI ineBowl football classic at Lira oln "came through the event w:th flying color. McCord and Gale Sayers, Omaha, werenamed th outstand- ing players in the gam Victor Springer, s(n of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Sprin ;er, Supe- rior, recently was promc ted to spe- cialist fourth class. He is in Ger- many serving with the Third Ar- mored Division. Mr. and Mrs. LeRo' Baringer, Webber-Lovewell i rea farm couple, were honored t a recep- tionheldat theLadyVe ;teyRoom at the Hotel Dudley to mark their 40th wedding anniven ary. Arabelle Hanna is lelieved to have achieved anotter "first" when appointed by th board of county commisskners as Nuckolls County Civil Defense Director. Forty Yem s Ago The Security Natio lal Bank of Superior will hold an c pen house, Saturday, tO introduce the newly remodeled bank and lew drive- in-window. Edward Soucek and Mary Dolnicek were crowned king and queen at the Nuckolls County fair. Nancy Jensby was crowned rodeo queen. Mr. and Mrs. Jame Fitzgerald received word their nephew, PFC. Buddy Bales, 21, was killed in Germany. Funerals were heldlfor George Drew, M.J. Stineman, Mrs. Will- iam Kuhlmann and Mrs. Harlan Attwater. ] Mr. and Mrs.. Alien Sander, Terry and Debra, mo ed to Supe- rior from BeloitMr. ander Was transferred here by th, Reclamation. Thirty Years Edna Sperry me daughter-in-law and grandchildren and th for the first time, Satl Sperry family reunio ; Bureau of Ago , her step- four step- ,ir spouses '.rday at the a. Her late husband had two sons by a previ- ous marriage but, she had never seen or heard of them I. Inspectors orderea the Nuckolls County jall closed. It has housed county prisoners since 1878. LOVEWELL LAKE WORSHIP SRVlCES Every Sunday at 9i30 a.m. throug Labor Day Sale m Lutheran Church {ELCAI Highway 14 North, Superior, Neb. 402-225-407 Sunday Worship ................... L. ......... 9 a.. Sunday Forum and Sunday Sebool ............. 11:15 a.m. Communion ....... ist & 3rd Sun0ay Don & Margar, t Olson Interim pa Day 1 Radio i KR AM 1600 * Su Olive I Chur00 David Wat Sunday tors rogram lday * 8 a.m. till ;h :ers 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 Centennial Luthers00oansChurch ( U yhod} 855 N, Dakota Street, Superior, Neb. Phone 402-87 b3137 Satt 'day Worship ...... 6:30 p.m. Sun lay Worship Servic 9 a.m. Sunday School Bible Class .......... 10 a.m. Pastor Brian Earl Worship with s via ive broadcast each Sunday on I! RFS Radio Please call for additior l worship and Bible study opp( rtmlities.