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Midlands Edition 20 Pages Three Sections Plus Supplements I Our 112th Year, No. 49 ]he Superior Express Official Nuckolls County Newspaper I Becky Fullerton greets visitors at Candy Cane Lane. Fullerton ts one of many volunteers who are asastmg this season by turning on the lights and greeting visitors to the popular Lincoln Park attraction. Cadams has been home for the aensens since 1958 B;Marty Pohlman Darrell Jensen didn't begin his life in Cadams but it has been his home for more than 50 years. He was born in Delphos, Kan.. but grew up on a farm m the Angus area. After graduating from high school, he volunteered for the draft and served t9 months in South Korea. His last 12 months Were in the Seoul area at an emergency power plant. depot and section house were demol- ished. The churches closed and the population dwindled. Some of the buildings were movedto Superior, The Cadams school, serving 10 grades. continued in use until the 90s. When Darrell and his wife. Donna. moved to the town in 1958 they consti- tuted a population boom, raising the total number of residents to eight. Dar- rell recalls that when he and Donna built their house in 1968, a bulldozer was needed to remove the concrete base of the old bank vault. By 1962 Jensen was the elevator quarters for Nuckolls County and por- tions of nogh central Kansas. Jensen continued to manage the el- evator and acquired shares,in the op- eration. The business was steadily growing. Storage capacity had been added in 1955 when an old lumber shed had been converted to govern- ment gram storage. By 1958. the el- evator had a 130.000 bushel capacity. When Jensen sold the business in 2002, the capacity was 750.000 bushels. The CNW was the key to moving the grain:When the bridge at Oak was washed out for the first time, the rail- managerandthoughthetownhadfallen road responded by rebuilding the on hard times, the elevator and lumber bridge. When it washed out again the business most definitely hal not. railroad did not rebuild but instead Changes were underway, in 1958. only hauled the cars up from Superior with two farm trucks had dump beds, the remainder were hoisted up. When Jensen finished his career in 2002, dump trailers and pup trailers were the norm. The hoists had gone the way of the bank. The elevator was one part of the business. The full name of the com- pany was Cadams Grain and Lumber. The lumber potion of the business sold lumber, coal, cement, feed, nuts and bolts and was the fencing supply head- their switch engine and then back to Superior for interchange with the Santa Fe. Faced with a railway commission demand that they rebuild the bridge at Oak. the CNW opted to abandon the line. In 1972. faced with the prospect of having no rail service, a group of in- vestors banded together and formed the Great Plains Railway Company to (Continued to Page 4A) Darrell and Donna Jensen have been residents of Cadams since 1958. when they raised the population from six to eight people. Introducing the people of Nuckolls County Upon his discharge, he returned to the farm in Angus and expressed a wish to get into the agriculture field. His brother advised him that "what- ever you do, don't become a farmer." Jensen heeded his advice and hired on with the South Central Public Power District. He worked there for a year and a half but the urge to be in the agricultural field was always present. Eldon Grove had acquired the el- evator in Cadams, in 1942, for his own use. He had such a good barley crop and he paid off the elevator in one harvest. He decided to open the eleva- tor to area farmers. In 1958. Grove was looking for help. Darrell learned of the opportunity and was soon employed by Grove at the elevator. He and his wife, Donna, moved to the town of Cadams. By 1958 the town was a shell of it' s once vibrant self. Cadams was named after Captain Clare Adams. a leading citizen and banker in Superior. The story goes that the name submitted to the post office department was C. Adams and it was changed to Cadams. Located on the Chicago and Northwestern Railway(CNW), Cadams was soon home to a bank, town hall, creamery, elevator and lumber yard. two churches. a hotel and other business places that made for a vibrant community of al- most 300 ciuzens. Cadams downturn was almost as rapid as it' s ascent. The advent of the automobile age led to the town's de- mise. Shoppers from outlying areas began to drive to larger towns to trade. Business slowly withered and either closed or moved to larger cities. The bank failed in 1929 and the Depression years were not kind to Cadams. The Price 50 Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association National Edition" 20 Pages in Three Sections ISSN 0740-0969 2011 Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Superior. Nebraska 68978 Thursday, December 8, 2011 Special election conducted by mail Oak voters approve gambling option Nu'ckolls County keno players will soon have another location to chose from. Residents of Oak have voted 17-4 in favor of allowing the game of chance to be played in their small community of fewer than 100 people. In preparation for a mail election, the Nuckolls County Clerk's office staff sent out 46 ballots to possible Oak residents who had registered to vote. Of this.mailing, three ballots were re- turned as undeliverable. Twenty-one were marked and returned to the clerk' s office according to election rules, Each ballot asked the question, Second Christmas Bucks drawing held; another one Monday The second of four Superior Bucks drawings planned this Christmas sea- son was held Monday at the Superior Chamber of Commerce office. The names of two winners were selected to receive 50 Superior Bucks and four names were selected to re- ceive 25 of the Superior Bucks Don McCartney and Connie Becker of Nelson and Jackie Wyatt and Michelle Peterson, both of Superioq won 25 Superior Bucks. Deb Jetensky, Nelson, and Christy Newman. Courtland, each won 50 Su- perior Bucks, Another drawing is planned for Monday. Entry boxes are Stationed at pamci- pating Superior stores. Pregnancy center plans open house Hope Pregnancy Center will hold an open house, which the public is invited to attend, from 1 to 3 p,m. on ,Sunday. This will be an opportunity to tour the Hope Pregnancy Center's new facilities.' "Our clients, parents and parents in waiting, come to us because we listen, we care and they know that we are here for them," said the pregnancy center representatives. "It is.significant that the sign by our door tells visitors that 'You have found Hope.' We are settled in. but always in transition." The Hope Pregnancy Center moved in August to a larger building; a house. The three bedrooms became the mentormg rooms and the lower level and garage allowed more space to or- gamze and display incentives for the "Earn While You Learn" program. The new facilities and location of the up- coming open house is 1109 Washing- ton Street in Superior. Kitty Rose now a main street store After opening for business in early 2011 in the former Alexander Motors Buick and Pontiac showroom at Third and Commercial, Kitty Rose has moved to a larger main street location. The store which specializes in yarn, knitting supplies and custom embroi- dery s now located in the main street building which for many years held a succession of drug stores including those operated by Ed Chard and Mel Menke. The 25-foot front store has been empty much of the time after Menke moved,his drug store next door to the much larger former variety store building. For a time it was home to a combination variety and fabric store Kitty Rose owner Barb Woerner, said the location which she purchased from Debra Kilroy came with an ex- tensive selection of display fixtures. Though the inventory has been in- creased only slightly, the display fix- tures make it appear like the store has a much larger inventory. Toys for Tots boxes out until Tuesday The Superior Lions Club is once again sponsoring the annual Toys tbr Tots program. Donation boxes have" placed at Scott's TV and Appliances and Ace Hardware. The boxes will be picked up on Dec. 13. New or gently used toys are the greatest need. Coats and hats are also needed. The gifts will be distributed with the gift boxes from the Giving Tree. Weather Lynn Wilton NOAA, Observer Superior Tuesday Morning, Dec. 6, 2011 Temperature High for week .............................. 57 Low for week ................................. -1 Precipitation This week ................................... 0.60 December ................................... 0,60 Year-to-date ............................. 26.81 Average through December ..2.27.20 Snow this week ............................ 2.6 Burr Oak, Larry Gillette, NOAA Observer Precipitation this week ............. 0.54 Snow ............................................ 3.5 Nelson This week ................................... 0.29 Snowfall ....................................... 2.4 "Shall the Village of Oak, Nebraska, establish and conduct a lottery as per- mitted under the Nebraska County and City Lottery Act for the purpose of cornmumty betterment as defined in the act?" Proceeds from the game will be divided among the state, the host busi- ness, the Village of Oak and the play- ers. Oak's share of the revenue gener- ated by the game will be used to im- prove village streets. The game isn't expected to be a windfall for Oak, but the Oak village board isn't used to having large sums of money to work with. With about $15,000 in state aid, the village annu- ally has about $25,000 to work with and state aid is declining. The Sand Bar Saloon Is one of the few businesses left it Oak and it has had new owners since March 23. Tim Glass and his mother, Peggy, bought the Oak bar from the Cormans and changed the name to the Sand Bar. It previously was known simply as The Saloon. Tim Glass said, "Dad worked at Hastings Keno and we wanted to bring more money to Oak. Thus Glass fam- ily proposed the village offer a keno game at the Sand Bar. Now that the voters have autho- rized keno, the kind of game must be selected and other work done before the first game is played. That first game may come yet this year. Tom Jensen, village clerk, said the board hopes keno will add about the same amount to the village budget as does local property taxes, between three and four thousand dollars a year. The City of Superior has offered keno for about 20 years. It was popular in the first few years but people seem to have tired of the game and revenue has declined.. The games are designed in such a way that over the long run substan- tially less'is paid out in winnings than is collected. However, the sponsoring community, must stand willing to'make up a difference between the income and the amount paid out in wmnings. The City ofS uperio[ has experienced a number of months where the payout exceeded the income by thousands of dollars. Commissioners voice approval for law enforcement contract with Nelson The commissioners at Monday's . regular county board meeting voiced approval of a law enforcement con- tract with the City of Nelson. Nelson officials last year negoti- ated a decrease for the current calendar year -- from $21,600 to $18,000 -- with Sheriff Jim Marr. The current proposal is a two-year contract; $18,000 for 2012 and $18,270 for 2013. an increase of 1.5 percent for the second year. There were a few minor changes in the contract, and the commissioners will wait for approval by the Nelson City Council before taking formal ac- tion on it. Ken Himmelberg, the county' s rep- resentative on the Trailblazer RC&D board, met with the commissioners. Himmelberg said even though they have lost federal funding, the board is trying to keep the organization active at some level. He asked for an increase in the membership fee for the county from $100 per year to $200, to help pay for a secretary to help with grant writ- lng. Himmelberg said they hope to keep some of the important functions of the RC&D going, particularly the recy- cling collection events for both tires and household hazardous waste. through the use 0f grants. The commis- sioners said they supported the RC&D and approved the increase. In other business: Gary Warren. county highway superintendent, reported on the require- ment for his department to inspect the condition of all county-owned road signs, primarily for night visibility. Among the options for the inspection are the use of a device called a reflec- tometer and a visual night inspection. Warren said the only purchase highly- reflective signs, Mark Mainelli, the county's engineering consultant, said the county should establish a standard and policy for the sign inspection, and also keep a current inventory of all county-owned signs. The commissioners approved a water line and electrical line easement request from Kelly Ficken in Hammond Precinct. The contract between the county and Sequoia Consulting Group for the indirect cost allocation plan was ap- proved. Superior senior services office serves all of Nuckolls County Nuckolls County Senior Services is located on the ground floor of the Vestey'Center. Jalonda Bouray, who has been the director for almost five years, oversees a number of programs aimed at easing the lives of Nuckolls Count seniors. The Senior Volunteer Companion Progam enlists the help of persons 60 years of age and over who are willing to give one to three hours of their time a week. Those eligible for the program must be 60 years of age or over. have health limitations and need a friend to share and visit. The goals of the program are to encourage social interaction, give one- on-one support, provide companion- ship and be there to listen. Activities could include shopping, visiting, tak- ing a walk, transportation, socializa- tion, assistance in the home and escort- ing to community activities. Volun- teers are always in demand. The Nebraska Senior Health Insur- ance Information Program (SHIP) pro- vides free information and counseling to older Nebraskans and persons with disabilities regarding Medicare. Med- icaid and health insurance. Christmas concert Saturday at Hardy Community Hall Area musicians are collaborating to offer the concert, "A Family Christ- mas in Song," on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Hardy Community Hall. Music will be provided by "Chords, Strings and Keys," also known as Ali- cia Reed, Ivan Miller. Kenny Jones and Howard Reed. A free will offering will be ac- cepted. Some services are provided at the Vestey Center. Meals are served at the Vestey Center at noon Monday through Friday. Reservations should be made a day in advance. There is a suggested donation of $3.50 per meai, Home delivere meals are also served five to seven days a week de- pending on the community. Suggested donations also vary by community. In Superior, the meals are prepared at the Vestey Center.Dick's Place provide's meals in the Lawrence area, Tucker's serves Nelson and the Do Drop pro- vides meals for the Hardy area Homemaker services are available countywide Services include, but are not limited to, general cleaning, laun- dry and meal preparation. Personal care. activities are also available Respite services are available through the homemaker program. The caregiver support group is currently inactive. Each fall and spring an Attorney is available to Nuckolls County seniors to aid with minor legal issues, such as a will. power of attorney or a simple estate. This program is in conjunction with the Midland Area Agency on Aging. The attorney is available at other locations throughout the year A toenail clipping clinic is held every other month. Clinics are usually held the third Wednesday of even num- bered months, but one should call for dates and times. Blood pressure testing is also available once a month.. A tai-chi class is planned for Nelson. Cards are played two days a week and bingo is called monthly. Pop corn is served every Tuesday at the Vestey Center. A big part of the program is trans- portation. Public transportation is avail- able in Superior five days a week. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to i2 and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. There is no service on holidays. The bus is also available for trips to Hastings on the first Wednesday and second Friday of the month. At least three passengers are needed and the fare i"s $5 each way. Local trips are 50 cents per boarding or a $10 ticket good for 25 rides is also available Please call /'or appointments and rules and regula- tions. The fleet consists of a passenger van and a handicapped van. The phone number for van service is 402-879- 4679. The programs are funded from a variety of sources, inclUd!ng federal, state, county and local sources. Fees help to offset some costs in some pro- grams while others have a suggested donation for services. To access services a client intake form must be filled out. This may be done at the office, 447 N, Central Ave., Superior, or someone will come to an applicants home. Call 402-879-4691. Walk-ins are welcome. There are no income guidelines with:, any of these programs but one mustbe at least 60 years of age or disabled. In/brmation and referral are als0 available. Bouray and herstaffwill do their best to find the answers and pro- grams for you, Bouray is assisted in the office by Melissa Jensen and AmyMorrisdfives the vans. Markets Superior Grain Market Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 Today's Price New Crop Corn .............................. 5.85 5.11 Milo .: ............................ 5.75 4.96 Wheat ............................ 6.61 6.33 Soybeans ....................... 7.10 10.65 The Nuckolls County Senior Services provides services to seniors throughout the county. Pictured from left are Amy Morris, Melissa Jensen and Jolanda Bou ray. They work for the agency out of an office in the Vestey Center in Superior.