Friday, June 23, 2017

Dana's Tree Service Of Dorchester Is Area Leader In Tree Services


If you own a tree -- or several -- Dana's Tree Service in Dorchester is who you call to keep them looking their best or to have them removed.  In fact, when it comes to tree services, Dana's is kind of a big deal in the Saline County region.

Owned by Adam Dana, Dana's Tree Service is committed to providing thorough and exceptional tree services for honest and reasonable prices. Dana's Tree Service guarantees the same high quality service each and every time.  

Here is what Dana's Tree Service offers:
  • Brush Removal
  • Stump Removal
  • Tree Bracing
  • Tree Health Evaluations
  • Tree Maintenance
  • Pruning Trees 
  • Tree Relocation
  • Tree Removal
  • Tree Trimming
  • Removal Of Large Limbs Over Buildings/Power Lines 
  • On-Site Cleanup
Best of all, they have experience, having been in the business for more than 10 years.  This business takes pride in being the leading source in the area for all tree services. 

With years of experience and a business built around positive referrals, you can count on Dana's Tree Service for total customer satisfaction and the most thorough job completed.  
Go to danastreeservice.com for contact information and to see Dana's equipment and services, or call 402-430-9543.  You can also contact Adam via the website by clicking here.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy 136th Birthday, Dorchester!





Tomorrow (Friday, June 23) marks the 136th anniversary of Dorchester's incorporation as a village. Happy Birthday, Dorchester!


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As Dorchester's population grew to nearly 300 by the early 1880s, it became necessary to establish a formal system of government. 

On June 23, 1881, a petition was presented to and granted by the Saline County commissioners for the incorporation of the village.


The following residents were appointed by the commissioners as village trustees: D.G. Panter, John Oberlies, N.B. Alley, Thomas Jarrett and W.H. Pallett.  At the same time, C.F. Thomas, J.H. Clark and M.O. Alley were named village clerk, treasurer and marshal, respectively.


On July 6, 1881, the first meeting of the Dorchester Village Board was held.  At this meeting, the trustees designated that the first Monday of each month would be the regular meeting time for the board, which is still adhered to today, 135 years later.


Four other ordinances were approved at this first meeting of the Dorchester village board.  


They were:

  • Ordinance 1:  Regulating the sales of intoxicating liquors in the village;
  • Ordinance 2:  Imposing a license tax on dogs in the village;
  • Ordinance 3:  Levying a five mills to the dollar valuation taxes for the year 1881; and
  • Ordinance 4:  Providing for the grading and guttering of streets and alleys, as well as construction of wooden sidewalks.
These ordinances showed the concerns of a new community that was trying to improve conditions and encourage growth of our village.

Just a little history lesson on Dorchester's 136th birthday.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pleasant Hill's Joan Cerny, Brian Mariska Pass Away


Joan Cerny of Pleasant Hill went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 17, 2017. She was 85. Joan was born on February 17, 1932 to Perry Elmer and Iva Garriott in Benton County, Indiana, one of 12 children. She was a high school graduate and worked at a livestock show place in Lafayette where she met Warren Cerny of Crete, Nebraska who raised and showed Yorkshire hogs and was a member of the Yorkshire Club. Joan and Warren were married in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, on June 14, 1958. To this union were born 4 children, Marc, Jon, Lisa, and Patrick. They lived their entire married life on a farm near Pleasant Hill. Warren passed on Nov. 29, 2010. Joan is survived by her children, Marc Cerny of Crete, Jon (Carol) Cerny of Bancroft, NE., Lisa (Lee) Krasser of Crete, Pat (Cindy) Cerny of Lincoln, 10 grandchildren and 5 siblings.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Visitation will be tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Memorials to the Dorchester United Methodist Church or the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department.  See the obituary online here.

Also passing away recently was Brian L. Mariska, a Pleasant Hill native born on June 7, 1944 to Robert L. Mariska and Leonore (Fritz) Mariska. After much suffering and pain these last few years, mostly due to multiple sclerosis, he joined his family and friends in Heaven on June 15, 2017. Brian grew up in Pleasant Hill and graduated from Wilber High School in 1962. He earned a Bachelor's degree in biosystems management in the agricultural engineering department and a Master's degree in economics from UNL and had a successful career in state government. He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Lincoln; father, Bob Mariska of Crete; and others. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 21, at Southwood Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Condolences may be left at kunclfh.com

Olson Graphix Offers High Quality Signs, Decals, Dent Repair, Tinted Windows




Want to get noticed in a big way? There's a Dorchester business that can help.

Owned and operated by Cale Olson, Olson Graphix of Dorchester specializes in high-quality, printed or cut vinyl decals, signs and banners for homes, businesses, vehicles and more.  

We have heard many local individuals praise Olson's impressive, meticulous work.  There's a reason the business is growing!

Moreover, Olson Graphix provides paintless dent repair to repair hail damage and door dings on cars and trucks.  And Olson will work with insurance companies to reduce stress on the owners. 

In addition, Olson Graphix will soon be offering window tinting. 

In case you're wondering about the cost, Olson Graphix offers very competitive pricing and free estimates. 

Pictured below is some of Olson's recent work.

For more information on Olson Graphix or it services, call 402-826-7129 or e-mail olson_graphix@hotmail.com.  

The business is located at 508 W 8th St. in Dorchester.






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NEWS ROUNDUP: $9,000 In Delinquent Property Taxes In Dorchester Precinct


Nearly $9,000 In Delinquent Property Taxes In Dorchester Precinct:  No one likes paying property taxes, which are too high in Nebraska. But property taxes are what fund our schools, cities and counties.  When property owners are delinquent on their property tax payments, it creates an added burden for all of us.  According to the latest report from the Saline County treasurer's office, there are nearly $9,000 in delinquent property tax bills in the Dorchester precinct alone.  The owners of two Dorchester homes, one vacant lot, several main street commercial buildings, and two parcels of agricultural land had not paid their property taxes, according to the treasurer's list.  (We were unable to determine if the owners have made the payments since the list was published earlier this year, or if an investor has paid the taxes for the owners in hopes of getting first chance to own the property him/herself.)  See the entire 2017 Saline County delinquent property tax list here. (For property search and mapping, click here.)

Dorchester Preschool Hours Announced: As we reported a while ago, a Dorchester Public Schools-administered preschool is coming to town.  Mrs. Alison Nickel was hired as DPS' Preschool Teacher for the school year beginning August 2017.  School officials say she believes in creating a "caring, warm environment, where the children are exposed to play, social skills, and academic learning."  Now we know the preschool's hours as announced on the DPS website.  The 2017-2018 Dorchester Preschool hours are: AM Class (3 year-olds) will be 8:10 a.m. until 11:25 a.m. [Mondays-Thursdays]; and PM Class (4 year-olds) will be 12:15 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. [Mondays-Thursdays].  The first day for preschool is Monday, August 21.  Questions? Call 402-946-2781.

Friend Hog Farmer Elected To Lead National Pork Group:  Terry O’Neel, a pork producer from Friend, was elected as president of the National Pork Board at the organization’s June board meeting in Des Moines.  O’Neel and his wife Diane own and operate O’Neel Farms, a farrow-to-finish pig farm that markets 12,000 pigs annually. In addition to pigs, O’Neel Farms also grows corn and soybeans on 700 acres.  See more here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fireworks Go On Sale This Weekend In Dorchester


Dorchester's Independence Day is one of the very best small-town July 4th celebrations in all of Nebraska. 

It's personal. It's quaint. It's genuinely patriotic.

Dorchester's July 4th all-day celebration is an annual tradition that draws in folks from near and far, including residents from neighboring communities, friends, family and DHS alumni from across the country.  

You will find plenty of things to do in Dorchester on Independence Day, without the hurried (and sometimes rude) crowds of larger communities.

Of course, the highlight of the day comes after dark with the famous fireworks show, which has been delighting crowds for more than two decades.  


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Dorchester's 4th of July Celebration
2017 Schedule of Events


All Day (July 3 and 4) .......... Co-ed Softball Tourney (@ Nerud Field. Call Jared Jensen at 402.641.1154)

11 a.m.- 7 p.m. ..................... Sons of American Legion BBQ @ Dorchester Legion Building

11 a.m. ................................. Auxiliary/Jr. Auxiliary Pie and Ice Cream Social/Raffle @ Legion Building

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. ..................... Visit the Saline County Museum (Open to public.)

1 p.m. ................................. "Show and Shine" @ Museum along Hwy 33. (Tractors, autos, motorcycles. Any year.  Call Matt Smith at 402.826.9303 for more information.)

2 p.m. .................................. Bingo by Legion Auxiliary (Community Building)

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. .................... Kids' Games.

4 p.m. ................................. Kiddy Tractor Pull. South of City Slickers on 7th St. (Sponsored by Farmers Co-Op. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.  * Participants must register. *)

7 p.m. ................................. Parade (Line-up begins at 6:30 p.m. at Co-Op parking lot near elevator on Depot St. Bring a description of your entry. For more, e-mail pegbergmeyer@yahoo.com)

9:30 p.m. ............................ Taekwondo Performance at football field.

10 p.m. ............................. "The Big Show" -- Fireworks at football field.  (Alternate date is July 5.)

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From June 25-July 4, firework sales will take place at the stand just south of the Dorchester Fire Hall.  All proceeds will support the Dorchester fireworks show on July 4.

Also, there will be a raffle drawing for "The Big Stuff" -- as in some of the big fireworks from the Dorchester fireworks stand.  Raffle tickets will be sold at the stand. The drawing will be held July 3 at 5 p.m.  Need not be present to win.  "Big stuff" items are being donated by: City Slickers Bar and Grill; Big T's BBQ; Saline Co. Farm Bureau; Rut Auction Service; Weber Feedyards; and Donna's Hair Creations.

Dorchester's 4th of July celebration depends on private support. Dorchester area residents and friends of Dorchester are encouraged to send their donations to: 

First State Bank
4th of July Celebration
P.O. Box 264
Dorchester, NE 68343





Free Advertising For Dorchester Area Businesses


Running a small-town business is hard work.  That's why the Times wants to help support Dorchester's local businesses of all sizes.  


For a limited time, the Dorchester Times will run free advertising for businesses with a Dorchester address.


Perhaps you have a new business and you want to spread the word. 
Maybe your established business is running a sale or a special for new customers.

Or maybe you just want to remind readers of your business and its place in our community.



If you'd like to take advantage of the Dorchester Times free advertisement offer, do the following:

  • E-mail dorchester.times@gmail.com a brief description of your Dorchester-area business.  Include contact information, such as a phone number, e-mail and website address.  
  • Tell our readers why they should do business at your business. Be sure to note any specials or new promotions.
  • Include pictures or logos with your e-mail. 

The Dorchester Times website averages approximately 20,000 hits every 30 days.  So this free advertising offer is a great opportunity to reach potential customers.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dorchester Water Park Fundraising Hits Halfway Mark At $75,000


Dorchester appears to be on its way to getting a new water park in its city park.

The Dorchester Community Foundation Fund has targeted a small-scale water park -- or splash pad -- as its next project.

A fundraising "thermometer" beneath the village's electronic marquee on main street shows the project has raised $75,000 already.  That's the halfway mark for the total $150,000 cost of the project, according to the information that has been made public.

We reported earlier this year that the Dorchester splash pad received a big boost thanks to a large donation from the Robert Havlat family. 


We've spoken to insiders who say other large donations have been made, but our sources refused to name the contributors until later.

This past spring, Dale Hayek, president of the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund, said, "The splash pad will take much community support and participation," calling the project the foundation's "largest and most challenging project" yet.

Dorchester's splash pad is expected to be a larger-scale splash pad, we are told, with the ability to expand it even more in the future.  The project is set to be located in Dorcheter's City Park and could begin construction by early next spring if fund raising is adequate. That's according to an e-mail sent to the Times.

If you would like to help speed the project along, donations are encouraged now.

Donations to the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund are accepted anytime, made payable to the Dorchester Foundation Community Fund and mailed to: 

Dorchester Community Foundation Fund
c/o Peg Bergmeyer
101 Washington Ave.
Dorchester, NE  68343.

The Dorchester Foundation is a non-profit subsidiary of the Nebraska Community Foundation, so all donations are 100% tax deductible.  For questions about the Foundation Fund, e-mail Dale Hayek at dhayek@farmersco-operative.com

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Countywide Flag Retirement Ceremony Tonight, 6 P.M. In Dorchester


Flag Day is today, June 14.  Make sure you take a moment to appreciate that you live in the world's greatest country -- and think about the sacrifice, promise and ideals represented by the American flag. (Then reflect if you're helping to contribute to those ideals.)

To mark this special day, the Dorchester American Legion, Post 264, will hold its annual Saline County flag retirement ceremony tonight, Wednesday evening.

The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., with a covered dish dinner following the services. 

All area residents are welcome and encouraged to attend this very patriotic event.

Plan on coming early and bring your unserviceable American flags.  

Hundreds of flags are expected to be retired.

For more information, call Larry Kaspar at (402) 946-6711 or Rich Kasl (402) 946-7651.


In the meantime, please carefully read this poem.


Our Flag

by William A. Predeau

IT FLIES HIGH UP IN THE SKIES
FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE
A BEAUTIFUL SYMBOL OF THIS LAND
OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY

IT’S FLOWN FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS
ABOVE THIS WONDEROUS LAND
AND MANY A SOLDIER GAVE HIS LIFE
TO ENSURE IT CONTINUES TO STAND

WHEN FORMER P.O.W.'S WERE ASKED
WHAT HELPED TO GET THEM THROUGH
MANY SHOWED TATTERED PIECES OF CLOTH
OF THE COLORS RED, WHITE AND BLUE

SO LET US NOT FORGET THOSE
WHO FORGED THIS LAND WE LOVE
AND THE SYMBOL THEY CREATED
TO FLY THE SKIES ABOVE

REMEMBER TO HONOR THIS BEAUTIFUL FLAG
EVERY TIME IT PASSES YOU BY 
STAND AND SHOW PROPER RESPECT
AND LONG MAY IT CONTINUE TO FLY

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ALERT: Dorchester Area In Severe Weather Warning Until 1 A.M. Wednesday


UPDATE: DORCHESTER is in severe t-storm warning until 11:30 p.m. The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
Northwestern Lancaster County in southeastern Nebraska...
Seward County in southeastern Nebraska...
Northern Saline County in southeastern Nebraska...
Butler County in east central Nebraska...
Southwestern Saunders County in east central Nebraska...

* Until 1130 PM CDT

* At 1056 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from 4 miles southwest of Rising City to 3 miles
northeast of Staplehurst to near Dorchester, moving northeast at
35 mph.

HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include...
Seward, Crete, David City, Milford, Friend, Dorchester, Valparaiso,
Beaver Crossing, Rising City, Brainard, Staplehurst, Garland,
Pleasant Dale, Dwight, Bee, Ulysses, Malcolm, Goehner, Bruno and
Garrison.

This includes the following highways...
Highway 92 in Nebraska between mile markers 409 and 434.
Interstate 80 in Nebraska between mile markers 369 and 392.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.

See the latest warnings here.

It's another hot, humid and windy day in southeastern Nebraska, as highs are going top out in the lower to mid 90s.  It will feel like 97 degrees or better.

With this humid heat comes the real threat of very severe weather.

Late this afternoon, a cold front will push through helping to trigger thunderstorms that might persist into the late evening.

The best chance of severe weather will be between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. -- but it could occur anytime after 5 p.m.  

The National Weather Service says some of these storms could be severe with large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding possible. A tornado or two cannot be ruled out. 

AccuWeather -- the official weather service of the Dorchester Times -- predicts there's a 60% chance of precipitation, with a severe thunderstorm early.  Storms may bring downpours, large hail, damaging winds, and a tornado, AccuWeather says.

Keep an eye on the Dorchester area radar by clicking here.

Calm weather is expected Wednesday.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Affordable Health Exams Offered In Friend, June 21


Are you concerned about diabetes? Thyroid disorders? Or prostate issues? Do you need an overall health screening?

On June 21, Dorchester area residents can visit the Friend Community Healthcare System and be checked for one or all of these issues.  The FCHS is offering reduced-cost lab work once each quarter as part of their new "Wellness Wednesday" program.

FCHS will not collect health insurance information and no claim will be sent to insurers. Instead, patients will pay one low fee at the time of service.  This is smart healthcare.

Here are the examinations and the corresponding costs:
  • Health screening profile (includes CMP, hemogram, lipid panel, TSH): $35
  • PSA (prostate): $25
  • HA1C (diabetes): $20
  • FT4 (thyroid): $20
The screenings will be held 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the FCHS laboratory on Wednesday, June 21.  To schedule an appointment or for questions, call 402.947.2541.  Walk-ins are accepted.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Give Blood In Dorchester June 19 And You Could Win Royals Tickets


The Friend newspaper reports:  "Now is the time to be a hero in your community. Help give back to communities outside the greater Lincoln and Omaha city limits who join in the mission to help save lives."

The upcoming Hometown Heroes blood drive will be held June 19 at the Dorchester Fire Department in Dorchester, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to information provided to us.

The Dorchester Fire Dept. is partnering with the Nebraska Community Blood Bank for its Hometown Heroes Blood Drive. If the fire department reaches its goal, the fire department will be awarded monetary funds to help modernize DVFD equipment.  If you are interested in donating blood at the Dorchester blood drive on June 19, call Tim Stehlik at 402-641-8544 as soon as possible.  He will call back later for exact times closer to the donation date.

As the newspaper story points out, "through the month of June, Nebraska Community Blood Bank is offering all presenting donors the chance to win one of eight pairs of Kansas City Royals baseball tickets. Winners will be drawn weekly.

"Donate blood at an upcoming Hometown Heroes blood drive or join the Hometown Heroes blood drive campaign by sponsoring a blood drive. The summer program, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, awards communities that pull together for the cause of blood donation with monetary funds for a community or organizational project. 

"For more information about the Hometown Heroes program visit www.NCBB.org/heroes."

Monday, June 5, 2017

BREAKING: Dorchester Receives $132,000 Grant For New Ambulance


Here is big news for the community of Dorchester and area residents who depend on the village's first responders.

This morning, it was announced that four southeast Nebraska communities will be awarded USDA Rural Development funds totaling $1,650,500.

Among the recipients is the Village of Dorchester.

According to information obtained by the Times, Dorchester's village government will receive $132,000 from USDA, leveraged with $100,000 from the village, to purchase a new 2017 ambulance.

The upgraded ambulance will provide a significant boost to the rescue team's capabilities, according to insiders.

Developing...

Sunday, June 4, 2017

OUR OPINION: Students Need To Prepare For Jobs That Actually Exist


Today's post isn't just for Dorchester or Saline County readers.

It's for all our readers to ponder -- specifically students, parents, school counselors and educators.

Student load debt in America now exceeds $1 trillion. (That's not a typo.)

For the first time in history, as many members of the up-and-coming generation -- the millennials -- live with mom and dad as live on their own. 

Recently, we were e-mailed a link that alerted us to a posting from actor and pitchman Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" fame.  It seems Rowe cut a short video providing his take on how best to close America's skills gap.  (That's the phrase invented to describe the fact there are millions of jobs available right now in America, but not enough people willing or able to fill them.)

"I can think of nine magazines off the top of my head that rank the top colleges," Rowe says. "None of them ever include a trade school."  Yet trade jobs account for more than half of the labor market, according to the video.  

Over the next 10 years, there will be more than 3.5 million job openings in America's manufacturing sector alone -- but roughly 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled due to the skills gap.  This could mean robotics, welding, engineering, design, drafting, etc.

Rowe concludes: "The jobs that exist right now don't require massive amounts of debt.  They don't require four years of liberals arts study.  They require the willingness to learn a skill that is actually in demand."   

See the video by clicking here.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Gates Open At 5 P.M. Tonight For Jerrod Niemann Concert


Tonight, June 3, big time country artist Jerrod Niemann will play a concert on Dorchester's main street.


Gates will open at 5 p.m. tonight, the Times has been told.  Niemann won't take the stage until around 8:00 or 9:00, but a live music will be provided by a warm-up band.

Tonight's concert is part of City Slickers' first annual "City Lights, Country Nights" street party. 

For those who don't know, Niemann is a top-ten country music singer and songwriter who hails from Liberal, Kansas, but has gone on to become a Nashville celebrity.  

Niemann's debut single "Lover, Lover", was released in early 2010. In March 2010, "Lover, Lover" became Niemann's first Top 40 single on the country music charts and in August hit number 1. The song is included on his first major-label album, Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury.  The album's second single, "What Do You Want", debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in October. In May 2011, "What Do You Want" peaked at number 4. The album's third single, "One More Drinkin' Song", reached number 13 in December 2011.

Niemann released his fourth Arista single, "Shinin' on Me", on April 9, 2012. His second Arista album, Free the Music, was released on October 2, 2012. The album's second single, "Only God Could Love You More", was released to country radio on October 29, 2012.

"Drink to That All Night" was released in late 2013 as a single for his third album for Arista. The album, High Noon, was released in March 2014, and in April "Drink to That All Night" became his second number 1 single.

In March 2017, Niemann released the single "God Made A Woman," a song he called "my favorite song I’ve ever recorded."


He has also co-written three singles for Garth Brooks: the Chris LeDoux tribute "Good Ride Cowboy", as well as "That Girl Is a Cowboy" and "Midnight Sun". Jamey Johnson, Neal McCoy, Julie Roberts, Flynnville Train, and Zona Jones have also recorded Niemann's songs.

Classic Car Tour Rolls Through Dorchester Today At Noon


As if an alumni golf tournament and one of Nashville's hottest artists playing a concert in Dorchester wasn't enough for one Saturday.  

In addition, hundreds of classic automobiles will be rolling through Dorchester around noon today, June 3.

Dorchester is on the route of the Nebraska Rod and Custom Association's (NRCA) "Tour Nebraska" -- a unique driving event covering 600 miles in two days. 

The tour is open to all four-wheel vehicles that are 30 years old or older.  

The event has been held for 25 years and the record for participants stands at 424 in 2015 when the group started in Lincoln.  Tour Nebraska is a NRCA members only event, however, non-members are encouraged to join the association and participate.

This year's theme is "The Fifties" so grease em up and poodle down, say the event organizers.

(UPDATE: With Dorchester's main street closed for tonight's Jerrod Neimann concert, we are fairly certain the tour will pass through on Hwy. 33.  Spectators can watch from the grounds of the Saline County Museum.)

For more on the NRCA group, click here.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Superintendent: Dorchester Needs Housing, Economic Development Now


Today, we feature another editorial from Daryl Schrunk, who gives our readers his thoughts on Dorchester and its school after a year on the job.  Mr. Schrunk took over as superintendent of Dorchester's K-12 school at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

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At last month's Village of Dorchester Board meeting, I had an opportunity to visit with the village's elected representatives.  

First of all, I would like to thank the board for allowing me the time.  

My “talking points” to the board focused on my concerns regarding the school's enrollment. Key points I discussed were:
  • The need to attract more families with school-aged children to Dorchester;
  • The need for more economic development to create more economic opportunity;
  • The need to recruit potential businesses to town; and
  • The need for housing development.
I started by telling the village board members that Dorchester Public School is not closing its doors anytime soon.  However, I have a real concern with our enrollment.  

I'd like to do some joint “marketing” with others in the community to attract families (especially Dorchester alumni back) to the community.  I envision an advertisement that says: “Dorchester -- a small community with lots to offer. Great school system.  Affordable housing available..."  

However, the fact is Dorchester does not have houses available.

Our community needs economic development in recruiting both housing and potential businesses.  

I have spoken to many alumni especially between the ages of 25-35 who desire to move back to Dorchester.  I believe that available housing brings people (which brings families, which equals kids).  

With our location -- and our proximity to Lincoln, Seward, Crete, Wilber and Friend -- Dorchester alumni could come back to enjoying the safe, small town life, yet not need to travel far to work. 

As for local employment, there are many agriculture-related opportunities that could bring young people back to Dorchester, as well.  

Perhaps our town leaders can think of new financial incentives to encourage young couples to buy a house to remodel or build new.  Perhaps there could there be incentives for potential businesses to build/relocate in Dorchester?

Again, I want to thank the Village Board for allowing me to share my ideas and concerns.  I am certainly not an expert in economic development, but I am willing to be part of the solution.    



Daryl Schrunk
Superintendent
(402) 946-2781
Dorchester offers a quality education, supportive staff, new facilities, advanced technology and many opportunities for students in grades pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.  At Dorchester, every student truly matters.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Available In Our Area


Need a job? Know someone looking for a job?  

The Dorchester Times is the place to look.  


We want to help current and potential future residents find a career that allows them to help Dorchester grow and prosper.

The Times has scoured all our sources to ensure that Dorchester area residents who want to work can work. 

Here is what we've found in the current job market:

  • Dorchester School:  Dorchester Public School is looking for dynamic, energetic, hard-working individuals to fill the following positions for the upcoming school year: Food Service Supervisor (head cook) and Preschool Para (assists students under the direction of a teacher).  If you or someone you know is interested, contact Daryl Schrunk, DPS Superintendent, at (402) 946-2781.  Applications can be picked up at the school office or at DorchesterSchool.org.
  • Indeed.com:  Check out this site for current, full-time openings within 15 miles from the Dorchester area paying at least $25,000 a year in salary or wages.
  • NE Works:  This website, run by the Nebraska Labor Department, shows more than 100 job opportunities within 10 minutes of Dorchester, including many in Crete and Milford.
  • Farmers Cooperative:  Farmers Cooperative, headquartered in Dorchester, currently has multiple job openings, including the position of elevator operator in Dorchester. Nearby openings include Hallam, Daykin, Cordova and Exeter.  Click here to see the openings.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Not Too Late To Give To Dorchester Alumni Association


The Dorchester Alumni Banquet was held this past Saturday, drawing more than 100 people from all across the country.

Of special note, two $500 scholarships were awarded to recent Longhorn graduates as they prepare for their future.

The Times was sent a list of individuals making recent donations to the DHS Alumni Association and/or the Alumni Scholarship Fund.  We are reprinting those names here on the Times today:

* Lois Nichols Jergens (Class of 1949, in memory of Alice Nichols);

* Gerald Boden (Class of 1955, in memory of Albert & Dorothy Boden);

* Marcia Boden (Class of 1956, in memory of Albert & Dorothy Boden);

* Jane Sehnert Hopper (Class of 1959, in memory of Al Krivohlavek);

* Sheila Krivohlavek (Class of 1960);

* Shelly & Rose Bruha (Class of 1961);

* Clarice Pisar Sabata (Class of 1961);

* Judy Bruha Daniels (Class of 1964);

* Marla Jean Novak Ritter (Class of 1965, in memory of Adolph & Evelyn Novak);

* Loren Vyhnalek (Class of 1967);

* Gerald Zajicek (Class of 1967);

* Kirk Beekley (Class of 1972); 

* Bob Sandburn (Class of 1972);

* Steve & Vicky Parks (Class of 1973 & 1974); 

* Roger Wolfe, Jr. (Class of 1974);

* Roger & Mary Slepicka (Class of 1976 & 1983);

* Jean Kasl Essman (Class of 1979, in memory of Bobby & Brad Kasl);

* Sheldon Bruha (Class of 1986);

* Matt Bergmeyer (Class of 1987);

* Jamie Karl (Class of 1992);

* Dan Rezac (Class of 1997); and

* Chris Williams (Class of 1997).

We are told there were some late registrations who donated who were not on this list.  We are also told that the donations from the Bodens were especially generous.

It's not too late to donate to the Dorchester Alumni Association.  Just send your check -- big or small -- to: 

Dorchester Alumni Association
P.O. Box 7
Dorchester, NE  68343

Sunday, May 28, 2017

News Roundup: Memorial Day Services At 10 A.M. Monday At Dorchester Cemetery


Memorial Day Services at Dorchester Cemetery 10 A.M., Pleasant Hill 11 A.M.:  On Memorial Day, do not forget the reason behind the holiday. The Dorchester American Legion's Veterans Memorial Day program is a tradition in our area we are proud to honor.  It is a heartfelt tribute to our fallen military heroes -- past and present -- who sacrificed their lives for freedom and to protect our country.  The Dorchester Legion's ceremonies will be held Monday, May 29 -- 10 a.m. at the Dorchester Cemetery, followed by an 11 a.m. service at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Ceremonies will be conducted by Dorchester Legion Post 264.  Lunch follows services at Dorchester Legion Hall.

DHS Alumni Association Scholarships Go To Velder, Ruiz:  The Times has learned that Bailey Velder and Maru Ruiz, both members of the DHS Class of 2017, were the winners of $500 scholarships provided by the Dorchester Alumni Association at Saturday's banquet held at the DHS gymnasium. The scholarship money was made available through the generous donations of DHS alumni.  To see the DHS Alumni Association's Facebook page, click here.

Jacee Weber, Brittney Zoubek Named 'Class Acts' by Lincoln Newspaper: 2017 graduates Jacee Weber and Brittney Jean Zoubek have been named 'Class Acts' by the Lincoln Journal Star.  The newspaper noted that among Weber's honors were National Honor Society; NCPA Academic All-State, 2015-17; KLKN Runza Student Athlete of the Month; 2016 State Track Triple Jump; and Student Council president  Weber is headed to Wayne State College to study biology (pre-med).  Zoubek's honors include DHS honor roll, all semesters; State Journalism medalist, five times; 4.0 GPA; Youth sports coach; and Academic All-State Basketball.  She is going to Southeast Community College for business administration.

Friend Newspaper Runs Story on Dorchester's June 3 Concert:  Dorchester will hold a major street dance this coming Saturday, June 3 -- and the Friend Sentinel has published a story on it.  As the paper writes, "Platinum-selling country artist Jerrod Niemann is bringing his live show to City Slickers Country Nights Street Party in Dorchester at City Slicker’s Bar and Grill, 703 Washington Ave., Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m." Click here to read the story.