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Good turnout reported at last weekend’s Lincoln HamFest. That’s the annual convention of the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club at the Lancaster Events Center. Workshops were led by ham radio experts Joe Eisenberg, Dave Patton, Greg Brown and John Mardock.
Grand Island’s two Skagway stores will close on May 22 and all store positions will be eliminated. The well-known discount stores were founded there in 1939. For many years there was an expansion store at 72nd and L Streets in Omaha. A precursor to today’s “super centers” such as WalMart and Target, Nebraskans might best remember the distinctive Skagway store sign with enormous red letters.
A 7-foot-high, 10,000-pound storm-chasing vehicle named “Dorothy” from the Iowa Storm Chasing Network, and the story of the 2014 Pilger twin tornadoes, will highlight a free severe weather seminar Saturday at Saline Center Hall northwest of Wilber. TV meteorologists, a free lunch, and official weather spotter training are featured. Sponsors are Saline County Emergency Management in cooperation with the National Weather Service and local businesses. Contact: (402) 821-3010 or 826-7200.
These 15 restaurants were singled out as among the best in the state of Nebraska, according to a website that ranks these sorts of things. Do you agree? Here's the list:
The Boiler Room, Omaha
Banhwich Cafe, Lincoln
Sebastian's Table, Lincoln
Honest Abe's Burgers and Freedom, Lincoln
Tacos Las Palmas, Grand Island
M's Pub, Omaha
The Grey Plume, Omaha
Korean Grill, Bellevue
The Drover, Omaha
Leo's Diner, Omaha
Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria, Omaha
Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center Main Stage in Lincoln, more than 15 choirs will unite in song for the world premiere of "Let There Be Music." It's a newly commissioned choral work by nationally recognized composer and Nebraskan, Kurt Knecht, whose work has been described as "joyous" by the Washington Post. It's part of the celebration of the Lied Center's 25th anniversary.
Fourth graders from Trumble Park Elementary School in Papillion visited the State Capitol the other day. They got a quick civics lesson from their state senator, Bill Kintner. “They were pretty sharp kids,” Sen. Kintner said. “I asked them to propose a law and they kept coming up with proposed bills that kept people from doing something. It took me four tries to get a proposed bill that kept government from doing something. When we got a proposed bill to reduce their parents’ taxes by $100, some of the parent chaperones started cheering. I figured if I was going to teach civics I might as well teach liberty at the same time.”
Charles Heinis sends this amusing photograph of the water tower in Ogallala. Longtime residents say it looked really scary lit up at night, so parents used it to threaten their kids to go to sleep or "they" would come and take you to the ship and keep you! Reportedly, so many people complained that it looked too real that they stopped lighting it at night some years ago.
Morrill County Farm Bureau President Jeff Metz was in Washington D.C. this week to testify before the U.S. Senate Ag Committee about the EPA's "Waters of the U.S." rule. Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer has criticized the proposed changes in definitions as being a nonsensical takeover attempt for power over farm ditches and residential ponds. “This proposed rule isn't about clean water,” Metz told the committee. “It's about the EPA's overreach into daily lives across the U.S."
Perhaps 20 years ago, Greg Kroeker of Omaha spotted the "eyerony" of this street sign by a specialty medical clinic near 40th and Dewey. It doesn’t appear to still be there. Looks like growth at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has taken this humorous juxtaposition out of our . . . sight.
Two events in Lincoln focus on the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. On Thursday night from 6 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a screening of the documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam” at Lincoln High School. On Friday night at the Holiday Inn downtown, there will be a dinner uniting Nebraska’s Vietnam War veterans and the Nebraska Vietnamese community. For more about commemorative events, see www.40thfos.org.
A spectacular example of multimedia environmental education, the Platte Basin Timelapse Project is documenting all kinds of influences on the 900-river-mile Platte River with 40 time-lapse camera systems along the way. Founders: photographer Mike Forsberg and NET special projects guru Michael Farrell. Since this is sandhill crane time, it’s of concern to learn that the common reed, purple loosestrife and other invasive plant species are reducing available water for the crane migration. Follow the beauty and drama on www.plattebasintimelapse.com.