Monday, January 22, 2018

Marva Kasl Turns 80

A lot happened in 1938.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act.

Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.

Action Comics issued the first Superman comic.

Orson Welles' radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds was broadcast, causing mass panic in the eastern United States.

Adolf Hitler was Time magazine's "Man of the Year" (as most influential during the course of the year, not as "best" man of the year).  That same year, Hitler had abolished Germany's War Ministry and took direct control of the German military. 

Japan declared war on China.

Babe Ruth was signed as a Dodger’s coach for the rest of the season.

The average cost of new house had risen to $3,900, while the average wages per year hit $1,730.  The cost of a gallon of gasoline was 10 cents, compared to the cost of a loaf of bread, which was nine cents.

The average new car price rose to $763.

And Dorchester's Marva Kasl was born.

Share your birthday wishes with Marva for her 80th birthday on January 28. 

Marva's mailing address is 110 Whitmar, Dorchester, NE 68343

Sunday, January 21, 2018

DHS Girls Advance In CRC Tourney With 'Miracle' OT Win

Photo Credit: York News-Times
UPDATE:  BJ Fictum is reporting via social media that the Crossroads Conference Basketball Tournament games on Monday, Jan. 22, will be postponed until Tuesday, with Tuesday's scheduled games to be played on Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday will play as scheduled.

The DHS girls basketball team is a squad on a mission, even when the situation looks bleak.

In the first round of action at the Crossroads Conference Basketball Tournament in York, the Dorchester Lady Longhorns pulled off a miraculous victory Saturday night by scoring eight points with just over a minute remaining in overtime.

The York newspaper reports it like this: "East Butler fans had to be feeling pretty good when Kaitlyn Hain dropped in a free throw with 1:18 to play in overtime to give the East Butler Tigers a 54-47 lead."

But "the Longhorns scored eight unanswered points and pulled off a 55-54 unlikely win to advance to the quarterfinals of the girls Crossroads Conference Tournament.

"With under 10 seconds to play, Dorchester freshman Abbey Zoubek had ice in her veins and drilled a right wing 3-pointer to tie the score at 54-54.

"On the ensuing inbounds pass by East Butler, another Zoubek, this time freshman Jacee stole the pass and was fouled as she tried to put up a shot as time expired.

"The freshman stepped to the line, sank the first free throw and the Longhorns were on their way to the quarterfinals with the 55-54 win."

Dorchester was led in scoring by Jacee Zoubek with 16, Abby Plouzek, a 6-2 sophomore added 13, and Abbey Zoubek finished with 12.

The Longhorns were 19 of 46 from the field and 9 of 26 on 3-point shots. Dorchester was 8 of 20 at the charity stripe.

The 14 3-pointers combined by both teams on Saturday tied the record set in 2000 by Dorchester and Fairmont and in 2017 by these same two teams.

Dorchester (7-9) will take on No. 3 seed BDS this week.

Friday, January 19, 2018

NEWS ROUND-UP: Another Wicked Winter Storm This Way Comes

Yet Another Winter Storm Coming Our Way: Another winter storm could bring near-blizzard conditions to parts of Nebraska this weekend, but an early look shows the Dorchester area should avoid the worst of the weather.  Eight to 10 inches of snow are expected in parts of northern and central Nebraska beginning Sunday afternoon and into Monday. The National Weather Service is forecasting just 2 to 4 inches snowfall in our area, although some models show the city receiving as much as a foot of snow.  Stay tuned to the Times' forecast page for this developing situation.

Crete Man Charged For Stealing $1.1 Million:  KWBE Radio is reporting that federal authorities have indicted a Crete man already charged with stealing more than $1.1 million from his former employer in Lincoln.  The wire fraud indictment involves Mark Ackerman, who was office manager for Vertical Horizons Contracting Inc. in Lincoln. Federal prosecutors say Ackerman used accounts designated for reimbursement fees to transfer funds to his personal account for items never purchased. It also alleges that he falsely represented legitimate business expenses and made checks payable to himself from company accounts.

Dorchester Groups Get Tourism Promotion Funds: The Wilber newspaper has a story this week that Dorchester-based organizations were on the receiving end of funding from the Saline County Tourism Advisory Committee.  More than $18,000 in funds were available for increasing tourism in the county. Grant monies are generated by the lodging tax collected in the county.  In the fund for marketing and advertising for 2018 events, the Saline County Historical Society received funding for promotional materials for the Dorchester-based museum and genealogy room, while the  Dorchester American Legion received fund for promotion of events, including Buffalo Feed, auction, and dances.  The Dorchester Festival Committee received funds for the Fourth of July activities.  From the pool of funding for improved facilities, the Dorchester American Legion received dollars for its storage shed repair, while the Saline County Historical Society received money for the museum's sidewalk construction.

REDUCED: Dorchester House For Sale At 404 W. 11th St.

Dorchester is one of Nebraska's best little communities under 1,000 -- and it is getting noticed for the right reasons. 

Consider what our community has to offer:
  • A newer K-12 school, built in 2008, with small class sizes and a big school budget surplus (meaning property taxes won't spike).
  • A clean, peaceful, safe community, with a new water park coming to the city park soon.
  • A new water tower and sewer infrastructure.
  • The lowest school property tax levy in Saline County.
  • Affordable living.
  • One of the largest agri-businesses headquarters (Farmers Cooperative) in the state.
  • Friendly, helpful neighbors in a closely knit community.
  • A 10-minute drive from employers in Crete, Milford and Seward. And just 25 minutes to Lincoln. Located next to two major highways and near I-80.
However, one challenge facing Dorchester is housing supply.  We've heard from readers who've said they would like to move to Dorchester, if only good homes were available.

Today, we showcase the latest Dorchester home available right now.  And it's a dandy! If you're ready to call Dorchester home, we encourage you to take a look.  Make Dorchester your home and grow with our community.

404 W 11th St.UPDATE - This home is now listed with a realtor for $145,000, considerably lower than the seller had been asking. With four bedrooms and 1 bathroom, as well as 1,380 sq. ft., this home is for sale by owner.  It's a great home for a single family and is close to the Dorchester school. Remodeled with many updates just three years ago, renovations include roof, a/c, furnace, and water heater. Nice big corner lot for kids to play and on a quiet street. Large, new shop building is included with a whopping 1125 square feet. Must be pre-approved for a walk-through.  For more details and several pictures, click here.

FLASHBACK: Saline Co. Named Among Top 75 Counties In America

In October 2008, Progressive Farmer magazine published its "Best Places to Live in Rural America" report -- and the publication named Saline County as one of its best counties in America. 

The magazine's editors compiled their list of best rural counties based on certain criteria, including home and land prices; crime rates; environment; education; economic factors; and health care access.  

Three Nebraska counties made the magazine's top 20 list of Midwest counties. Red Willow County was No. 10, Adams County was No. 12, and Wayne County was No. 18. 

Saline County was ranked No. 71.

According to the magazine's statistics, Saline County scored well for its low housing costs; low unemployment and poverty rates; student/teacher ratio; large number of college bound students; and average sales tax rate. 

The county's score was hurt by a slow job growth rate and below-average number of health care clinics and pharmacies.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Are You Ready To Sell At March 18 Saline Center Consignment Sale?

Hard to believe but some folks around these parts are already gearing up for spring.

And with the nearing of spring comes one of the biggest events in Saline County -- the annual consignment sale at Saline Center.

This year will mark the 34th consecutive year for this event, which will be held Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Saline Center.  

For those unfamiliar, Saline Center is three miles west and nine miles south of Dorchester on Highway 15.  A map of Saline Center can be found here.

If you have farm equipment, ag supplies or other items you'd like to cosign, it is time to contact organizers to let them know what you'll be placing on the auction block.

For free advertising, contact Sheldon Kohout at 402-947-2236 or e-mail at no later than February 10.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

School Soup Supper Is This Thursday, 5-9 P.M.

Just in time to beat the winter chill!

The Dorchester Elementary Parents Advisory Committee (EPAC) and Dorchester's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter will be sponsoring a free-will donation soup supper this Thursday, January 18, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. during the DHS vs. Shelby-Rising City games. 

That's right -- soup on a cold January night while you get to help the mission of Dorchester's EPAC and FBLA.  

That's called a win-win!

Supper includes: Soup, sandwich, dessert and drink.

Several parents have volunteered to help work the soup supper. Those interested should call the school at (402) 946-2781.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dorchester Hosts Teacher Development Session

Photo Credit: Friend Sentinel

The Friend newspaper has reported on a January 3 event hosted by Dorchester Public Schools that allowed 175 area school teachers to grow professionally.

The Friend Sentinel writes: 

The Blue River Cohort offers opportunities for faculty and staff from Dorchester, Exeter-Milligan, Friend, McCool Junction and Shickley to meet twice a year for speakers, break-out sessions and time to share classroom strategies.

“We hear a lot about consolidation,” Dorchester Superintendent Daryl Schrunk said. “We all believe in our schools. This way we’re able to keep our schools but do professional development together.”

Dorchester hosted the winter meeting Jan. 3, with about 175 teachers and administrators from the five schools attending.

Schrunk said the purpose of the meeting is to provide professional development to all the staff. By combining the resources of multiple schools and Educational Service Unit 6, these workshops can offer more topics and expertise than a single school might be able to give.

According to the Sentinel, break-out session topics included new apps to be used in the classroom, Title I rubric review, using para educators and curriculum strategies. A community panel featured presenters from Striv TV, Sandhills Publishing, Farmers Coop and Hudl.

The story also sheds some light on the training techniques employed at DPS.

Superintendent Schrunk said that at Dorchester, "teachers who go to training are asked to share what they’ve learned with DPS staff when they get back. The cohort gives other schools the chance to learn those things, too."

“We feel we have a lot of experts,” he said. “Let’s use them and share their knowledge.”

Friday, January 12, 2018

Dorchester Polka Party This Sunday, Jan. 14, At Legion Hall

Are you ready for polka? It's that time again.

Back by popular demand, the Dorchester American Legion Hall will be open Sunday, January 14, 2018 to once again host a polka dance.

The Accordionettes will be providing the music, according to information seen by the Times staff on social media.  

The event will kick off at 3 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. (or later if the rowdies demand it). 

Come dance to your favorite polka; or just sit and listen to the entertainment and catch up with friends.

Only a $5 cover charge and the Legion kitchen will be open. Plan to have dinner at the Legion.

Free-will donations will be accepted. Proceeds will go to the Dorchester American Legion.

We're also told that the Dorchester Legion's famous buffalo feed is set for Sunday, January 28, so you'll want to keep the date open.

In the meantime, here's a little trivia: Polka originated as a Czech peasant dance. Historic folklore has it that a peasant girl named Anna Slezak invented the steps one day for her own amusement.  The word “pulka” is derived from the Czech phrase for “half-step,” which refers to the dance pattern of lightly stepping from one foot to the other.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winter Blast To Impact Dorchester Area Tonight, Thursday

Another round of bitter cold, ice and blowing snow is due to hit our area this evening and through Thursday afternoon.  (Be sure to catch the latest forecast and radar image by clicking here.)

Today, the Dorchester area will see temperatures drop nearly 40 degrees, from an expected high of 55 degrees to just 18 degrees late tonight.  

Winds will pick up, and a shower this evening will be followed by periods of snow, sleet, and freezing rain late.  Up to 1-3 inches of snow accumulation could occur.

By tomorrow (Thursday morning), there will be snow and blowing snow, with a storm total of 2-4 inches.  The high will only reach 24 degrees tomorrow, with a low of 2 degrees.

A report by the Nebraska Radio Network says that traffic safety officials are telling drivers, “If it’s not urgent, stay home.”  They say that blowing snow will make driving dangerous, and can make a road you drive everyday unrecognizable.

The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) also advises against driving in the worst of the weather.

Troopers say using up-to-date traffic information from Nebraska 511, online or via the mobile app, will help.  

NSP also issues the following reminders for motorists traveling in extreme weather conditions:

  • Always wear your seat belt and never drive faster than conditions allow.
  • Blowing and drifting snow can reduce visibility. Travel only when absolutely necessary.
  • If you must travel, use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Let others know where you are going, your route, and when you will arrive.
  • If you do become stranded while traveling, stay in your vehicle until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life threatening.
  • If your vehicle becomes stuck, run your motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent buildup of carbon monoxide.
  • Carry a red flag or bandana in your car and attach it to the outside to signal for help.
  • NSP suggests basic items to carry in your vehicle are: First Aid Kit, phone charger, ice scraper, shovel, small bag of sand, flashlight with extra batteries, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing and winter accessories, jumper cables, tow rope, tool kit, matches, candles, red flag or bandana, high energy or dehydrated foods, and bottled water.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dorchester's Legion Buffalo Feed Is Sunday, Jan. 28

January in Nebraska is a long month with few highlights. 

But Sunday, January 28, will bring one of those highlights to Dorchester.

It is that time of year when area residents and visitors flock to Dorchester's main street to get their fill of the best buffalo served in all of Nebraska.

The Dorchester American Legion's annual January buffalo feed is a decades-long tradition.  This year, a special touch will be added as the Skalak Band will be providing entertainment.

The luncheon will begin at noon on Sunday and continue until 2 p.m. 

The evening dinner will start at 5 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m., or until supplies last. 

Meal includes buffalo roast, barbecue and meatloaf, with homemade sides, bread and beverage.

There will be multiple raffles, pickle cards and a cash bar.  

Also, lunch specials will be available Monday, Jan. 29, at the Legion if all the food isn't sold out by Sunday.

The event raises money for community projects and scholarships provided by the Legion. 

You will want to come early for this very popular event, as finding parking can be a challenge. Bring your friends!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

NEWS ROUND-UP: Blood Drive At DPS Tomorrow, Jan. 8

Here's the latest from the village and surrounding area:

Blood Drive This Monday At School:  Donating blood is one of the most selfless acts.  When you donate blood, there's no telling who you'll be helping. Maybe a mother, a father, a son or daughter. A baby. Maybe a person involved in a car accident. Perhaps one of your own loved ones or friends. Thanks to the Dorchester FBLA and Dorchester volunteer firefighters, there will be a blood drive at the Dorchester School this Monday (tomorrow, January 8) from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Those interested in donating blood can e-mail, or call the school (402-946-2781), or you can just walk in from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by checking in at the front office.

'Pack the Gym' This Tuesday for DHS Vs. Friend Basketball:  This Tuesday, January 9, the Dorchester Longhorns boys' and girls' basketball teams will host next-door rival Friend High School.  DHS is promoting that evening as "Pack the Gym" night.  The varsity girls will play at 6:00 p.m., while the varsity boys will start at 7:30 p.m.  All community residents are encouraged to show up, wear your orange and black, and pack the gym.

Dorchester Public Schools Honored For Saluting Veterans: Local schools recently received certificates from Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale for their participation in programs honoring military veterans in November.  Dorchester Public School was among 160 schools and districts across the state recognized for their efforts. “It really is heartwarming to see the efforts that teachers, staff and students put into these events,” Gale said, adding that he often hears from teachers about the appreciation and emotion expressed through these programs.  “They are very much about acknowledging the sacrifices of those who have served our nation, especially in combat,” Gale said.  See the secretary of state's full honor roll by clicking here.

Friday, January 5, 2018

NEWS ROUND-UP: DHS Girls Win Fifth Game In Last Six Contests

DHS Girls Basketball Team Continues Winning Ways:  Last night, Jan. 4, the Dorchester High School girls' basketball team notched their fifth win in six contests.  But it took overtime to get it done.  When the final buzzer sounded, Dorchester beat Sterling, 43-38.  The Lady Longhorns are now 5-5 on the season.  The Longhorn boys fell to the Jets, however, as Sterling beat the Longhorns 59-19.

Excellence Rally Is Today, 3 P.M.:  The Dorchester Elementary Excellence Rally will be later today, Friday, Jan. 5, at 3:00 p.m. This is a popular event that features a "tunnel walk" of sorts to recognize every student of Dorchester Elementary School.  It serves as an excellent morale booster that also serves as a reminder of the importance of doing well in all aspects of schooling. Parents, grandparents and members of the community are encouraged to help Dorchester's youth celebrate their scholastic achievements.

Crete Oncology Suite To Host Open Jan. 19:  The Friend newspaper is reporting that a Jan. 19 open house will celebrate the new Oncology Suite at Crete Area Medical Center and the vision and generosity of the donor who made it possible.  The public is invited to tour the new space and enjoy cookies and coffee in the chapel on Jan. 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  The Oncology Suite allows area cancer patients to receive treatments closer to home.  The donor behind the project, Lambert Zoubek of Wilber, was a caregiver for his brother, Leonard, while Leonard battled cancer. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

DHS Girls Win, Boys Fall In Tuesday Night Action

Photo Credit: Lincoln Journal Star
Both the Dorchester boys and girls basketball teams were in action last night, January 2 -- even though the Christmas and New Year's break is ongoing. 

In fast and furious hardwood action at College View Academy in Lincoln, the DHS boys fell, while the DHS girls continued to improve in a big way, racking up a lopsided 58-25 victory.

Here's the DHS girls' box score by period:

Dorchester 20 16 11 11 -- 58 
College View 4 7 7 7 -- 25 

Scoring last night for the Lady Longhorns were: Zahourek 3, Creamer 1, A. Zoubek 16, Bird 17, Plouzek 10, J. Zoubek 7, Eberhardt 4.

Last night's win marked the fourth win in five contests for the DHS girls, who are now 4-5 on the season.

The very young DHS boys' squad fell to 0-8, but not due to a lack of effort.  In fact, the Longhorn boys were leading after the conclusion of the first period, and were tied up with the Eagles after the end of the third period.

Here's the DHS boys' box score by period:

Dorchester 11 3 17 6 -- 37 
College View 8 12 11 15 -- 46 

Scoring for DHS were: Zahourek 2, Brummett 2, Tyser 2, Youngblood 2, Cochner 6, Hoffman 23.

See the Lincoln Journal Star's photos of both the boys' and girls' games against College View by clicking here.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Dorchester's Citizen Of The Year: Peg Bergmeyer

The Dorchester Times is proud to name Peg Bergmeyer as its "Dorchester Citizen of 2017."

Peg is receiving this honor based largely on her volunteer efforts with the Dorchester Community Foundation, as well as her solo efforts to improve her community.

Our decision was made this past autumn, when Peg was seen working hard in hot temperatures to groom Dorchester's main street median.  

In decades gone by, main street's flowers and trees were tended to by a cadre of green thumbs, typically retirees who formed groups such as Dorchester's "Green Thumbs."  

Nowadays, Bergmeyer and a handful of others -- such as Carol Olsen -- are seen working on the medians, which are a unique and highly visible feature of our community.  (For example, in 2016 we reported that  Julie Holly, owner of The Well in Dorchester, reported that her out-of-town customers who attend The Well's yoga classes commented on the beauty of our main street and the flowering trees on Dorchester's median.)

Peg has been a key leader for the Dorchester Community Foundation, which is currently working to raise funds for Dorchester forthcoming water park or splash pad.  Whenever Dorchester area residents or alumni received fundraising requests and updates from the Foundation, Peg's name is prominently mentioned.

Established over a decade ago, the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund is guided by one central mission:  To raise funds for worthy projects that will enhance Dorchester and our quality of life.  Contributions to the Foundation are deductible for income and estate tax purposes.  

Peg and the other members of the Foundation have been instrumental in various projects and activities.  These include the city park's new playground equipment and shelter; annual scholarships; the Charlie Havlat Memorial; the village welcome signs; the new cemetery directory; and the annual steak and chicken feeds.

Our previous Citizen of the Year winners include Penny KellerCarol OlsonDale Hayek, and Bill Velder

Honorable mentions submitted to the Times ( over the years include (in no particular order): Amanda Cerny, Tom Cerny, Larry Kaspar, Lyle Weber, Greg Tyser, Todd Axline, all members of the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue, 
Jason and Kathy Duhrkop, Mike Pracheil, Tim Vejraska, Ben Haufle, Brent Zoubek, Kyleigh Jo Lewis, Phil Weber, Steve Ottmann, Scott Pohl, Eric Stehlik, Joyce Karl, Adam Briggs, Rob "Bert" Parks, John Bruha, Mark Bors, Tom Cerny, Amanda Cerny, Julie and Joe Holly of "The Well", LJ Barley, Bob and Marva Kasl, Dan Nerud, Mike Nohavec, Ryan Voelker.

Congratulations to Peg Bergmeyer, our Times' Citizen of 2017!

STORY OF 2017: Signs Everywhere Of Dorchester's Positive Momentum

Several improvements positively affecting Dorchester are collectively the Dorchester Times "Story of the 2017."

Among the positive developments have been:

  • A significant renovation of Dorchester's main street buildings.
  • Further success of Dorchester's two restaurants on main street, both considered tops in our region.
  • Expansion of existing businesses.
  • New lights at Dorchester's Nerud Field, replacing the original lights from the 1950s.
  • A town-sponsored crackdown on negligent property owners resulting in cleanups and reinvestment.
  • A new research building and several repainted buildings adorn the grounds of the Saline County Museum.
  • A new superintendent who is taking Dorchester Public Schools to the next level.
  • Homes for sale that sell within days, if not hours.
  • The announced return of Dorchester Football in 2018.
  • Larger participation numbers in elementary-aged activities.
  • A planned water park, as well as other new projects in town.
  • A resurgence of young couples and young families moving to town and the nearby countryside.
Yes, there have been plenty of positive developments in Dorchester.  

Perhaps among the most exciting of this year's developments is the face-lift given to main street over the summer and fall, starting with the exterior improvements made to the cornerstone city-owned building that houses City Hall and Donna's Hair Creations.  This building is a key focal point of our downtown, so residents were glad to see the village leadership make the investment.

Soon after, the owners of City Slickers made exterior improvements to their very popular eating/drinking establishment, as well as the two buildings to the north.  It was like a breath of fresh air had swept through Dorchester's main street, giving the business district a new pulse.  This was followed by very noticeable improvements made to the former grocery store, which now serves as a community gathering center and place of worship.

All of this proves that positive momentum breeds positive momentum in a community.

Speaker Tony Robbins once wrote the following:

Have you ever noticed that depressed people tend to get more depressed? Passionate people tend to get more excited? Successful people tend to breed further success? This is called the power of momentum.
It starts by creating a map from where you are to where you want to be. You need to gain clarity about where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you want to go so that you can create lasting change in every area of your life. Everyone has some part of their life they want to improve -- “gaps” that exist between who they are and what they want to be.  You need to develop a step-by-step process and a plan to close this gap now. 
Communities are like people.  You're either getting better or you aren't.  You're either part of the positive change or you aren't.

We are glad to report that Dorchester continues moving in the right direction.  The community needs to maintain the positive momentum in 2018.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Year's Eve: Windchill Could Hit 40 Degrees BELOW Zero

"And now for some bad news. The lowest wind chills for Sunday night into Monday could dip between -30 to -40 below zero. If you have any outdoor plans New Years Eve or New Years Day, please be prepared for extremely dangerous cold temperatures."

In a word: Brrrrr!

That's the latest report from the National Weather Service out of Valley, Nebraska.

The high temperature for Sunday is expected to be -1, according to AccuWeather services. 

Actual air temperatures on Sunday night and Monday morning could drop to -20 degrees, with windchill hovering around -25 degrees.

The Dorchester forecast for New Year's Eve day and night says: "Clear and frigid; extreme cold can be dangerous for outdoor activities."

The high on Monday will be around 3 degrees, forecasters say.

Temperatures will not again hit the lower 30s until the weekend of January 6-7.

According to the long range forecast, the next true warm-up won't come until January 15, when temps could top 40 degrees.

The next chance of snow comes soon after, January 16-20.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Shirley Veprovsky Passes At 79 Years Old

Shirley Ann Veprovsky passed on Saturday, Dec. 23, after an unexpected illness.

She was born April 11, 1938 to James and Hattie (Kliment) Eret, on the old homestead four miles North of Wilber by the Blue River. She attended Bower Country School and then Fairbury High School graduating in May of 1956. Shirley continued her education at Fairbury College and became a school teacher. She taught elementary school for several years until she married. 

Shirley met Emil Veprovsky at a the Sunset Dance Hall in Emerald. They were married June 5, 1960 and lived 1/2 mile south of Pleasant Hill for 5 years. They then moved to their permanent home in 1966 south of Dorchester. To this union three children were born. 

As a mother of three, a homemaker and farm wife, she had more than a full-time job providing for her family’s needs. She made sure her children were well rounded by having them learn music, swimming, gardening, cooking, etc. 

She was very involved in community activities, including the Dorchester Band Mothers and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a 50-year member at the WFLA Lodge Tabor Hall and spent a lot of evenings at the hall working the many wedding dances. She held the office of Secretary for the Lodge for many years. 

 Later in life she continued to enjoy her family and her hobbies. She loved to bake and was a longtime vendor at several of the local Farmer’s markets. Her kolaces, pies, cakes, fresh eggs, and fresh produce were always in demand and she enjoyed meeting and visiting with the many people who attended the markets.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 57 years Emil Veprovsky of Dorchester, son Gary (Penny) Veprovsky of Dorchester, daughter Karen (Tim) Chadwick of Vermillion, Kan., and son Kevin ( Lisa ) Veprovsky of Dorchester.  Brothers Charles (Bonnie) and Frank (Judy) Eret, Sister Vicki (Richard) Kuzelka. Sister in law Jarmila (Arnest) Dvorak. Grandchildren Joshua, Melanie and Shelby. Four step-grandchildren and four  great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Shirley is proceeded in death by her parents, sister-in-law Rosie & (Orin) Duchek. 

Family will be receiving visitors at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete from 5-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, December 27). Funeral services to be held Thursday, December 28 at 2 p.m. at Kuncl Funeral Home, Crete, Nebraska. Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Crete. 

Leave your condolences for the family here.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tom & Jerry Party Set For Dec. 31 At Fire Hall

Looking for something to do on New Year's Eve morning and early afternoon?

Dorchester has several options.  One of them will be at the Dorchester Fire Hall.

Consider joining your friends at the Dorchester Fire Hall for Tom and Jerry's this Sunday, Dec. 31, when the members of the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a Tom and Jerry party.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until around 1 p.m. 

According to our in-depth and extensive research, the Tom and Jerry -- now known as a traditional Christmas time cocktail -- was devised by sports writer Pierce Egan in the 1820's. The eggnog-brandy-rum drink is a reference in Egan's book "Life in London." 

To publicize the book, Egan introduced a variation of eggnog by adding ½ fl. oz. of brandy, calling it a "Tom and Jerry."  

The additional fortification helped popularize the drink.

To try Tom and Jerry's at your home this holiday season, here is our recipe:


Boiling water
1 tbsp Tom And Jerry Batter*
1 oz Cognac
1 oz Dark rum
Whole milk, hot

Garnish: Nutmeg, clove and allspice
Glass: Coffee mug or Tom and Jerry cup


*Tom And Jerry Batter

12 Eggs, separated
1 tsp Cream of tartar
2 lb Sugar
2 oz Dark Jamaican-style rum
1 tsp Vanilla extract (optional)
In a nonreactive bowl, whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until they form stiff peaks.  In a separate bowl, beat the yolks with the sugar, rum and vanilla (if using). When the mixture is completely liquid, fold it into the whites.


How to make the Tom And Jerry Cocktail

Rinse a small coffee mug (or, indeed, a white ceramic Tom & Jerry cup) with boiling water to warm it and discard the water. Add the batter, cognac and rum to the cup and fill with hot milk. Garnish with a mixture of 2 parts freshly grated nutmeg to 1 part each ground clove and ground all spice.

NEWS ROUNDUP: DHS Football Division Is Set For 2018

Stock Photo - Not Necessarily DHS' Helmet.

Here is what's happening in Dorchester right now...

2018-19 Football Division Announced:  As reported previously, the upcoming 2018 football season will bring the return of high school football to Dorchester on Friday nights.  This Dorchester Public School board recently voted to bring back football after more than 20 DHS students committed to playing.  Due to small numbers in junior high, DHS football will return in the six-man form.  This version of the game is gaining popular support statewide, with more than 40 Nebraska high schools expected to be play six-man ball next season.  Now we receive word that DHS has its sub-district assignment for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.  Included in the new District D6-2 will be: Deshler, Dorchester, Lewiston, McCool Junction and Sterling.

'Pack the Gym' Jan. 9 for DHS Vs. Friend Games:  On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Dorchester Longhorns basketball teams will host next-door rival Friend High School.  DHS is promoting that evening as "Pack the Gym" night.  The varsity girls will play at 6:00 p.m., while the varsity boys will start at 7:30 p.m.

School Website Gets Overhaul:  The website for Dorchester Public Schools has gotten a makeover.   Viewers may still access it at  The site even includes a string of the school's latest Twitter messages, so all parents and patrons can stay updated as breaking school news occurs.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas, Dorchester!

The Dorchester Times wishes our readers and all area residents a Merry Christmas. 

Thank you for allowing us to come into your homes and continue to be a part of our community and a part of your daily life. 

We are grateful for yet another wonderful year online and in Dorchester.  

As we celebrate this special time, we want to share with you the following poem, which reminded us of our community and so many special communities across Nebraska.
by Linda Watson Owen

At last! Tomorrow is the day
When our little church has its Christmas play.
Girls and boys, men, women, too,
Will deliver lines in quaint costumes. 

Shepherds and wisemen will walk the aisle
To center front then stop and smile.
'The King is born!' will be the story
Of the infant Babe Who came from glory. 

Tiny tots with fluffy stuff
Will be the lambs and sweet cherubs.
A star will shine and candles glow
When we perform our Christmas show.

Grandmas will "Ooh!" and gramps will grin
To see their grandkids marching in.
"Away in a Manger" was never so good
As it will be tomorrow in our neighborhood.

Tomorrow is it. All the practice is done.
The music will rise as the story is sung.
And somewhere far deep in the depths of our souls,
The glory of Christmas rises. It flows. 

Amid all the flurry of costume and pageant,
A holiness greater than we can imagine,
Will visit our church, settle into our hearts
For that is where Christmas, God's Gift, truly starts.

The love Jesus brought, the joy that He brings,
Is the melody every heart here truly sings.
Yes, tomorrow our evening of pageant will say,
"It's Christmas again in Small Town USA."

Looking Back: The Record-Setting Christmas Blizzard Of 2009

The blizzard of Christmas 2009 was one for the record books. Not even Bing Crosby would have been too happy.

Climatologists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln confirm that year's snowfall was the most snow ever recorded in the Dorchester area on Christmas.

Eight years ago this month, the news wires were abuzz, reporting that most eastern Nebraska residents had lost electricity during the storm. 

Most highways were closed.  Rural residents were literally trapped in their homes as country roads were drifted shut.

The Christmas blizzard of 2009 brought an estimated 11 inches of snow to Dorchester. 

The Lincoln Journal Star reported that December 2009 was the Lincoln area's snowiest December ever, with a total 23 inches on average.

The following pictures were taken in Dorchester in late December 2009, sent to us by Times readers. 

While many of you want a white Christmas, let's hope we don't see a repeat of Christmas 2009 in the near future.

See the Dorchester forecast here.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Get Last Minute Christmas Gifts In Dorchester

With Christmas almost here, why not get your last minute gifts in Dorchester?

Gifts from Dorchester? 


Here are some options to consider:

  • Gift certificates from City Slickers, Big T's BBQ Pit Stop, Donna's Hair Creations, The Well, Barley Specialties, Farmers Cooperative gas station and garage (new tires, anyone?), Tyser's Repair and Auto Sales, and other Dorchester area businesses.
  • Unique items from local vendors such as Dorchester's Deb Nerud Vernon's home-based business with SeneGence International, or Monat products sold by Dorchester's Penny Keller, or Cale Olson's Olson Graphix of Dorchester, which specializes in high-quality, printed or cut vinyl decals, signs and banners for homes, businesses, vehicles and more.  
  • Antiques from Hedgehog and Hubbies Antique Shop on the west edge of town. The antique shop has a number of Dorchester and DHS vintage items. 
  • A savings account for a child or grandchild at First State Bank.  
As one reader e-mailed us recently, it just makes sense to buy Christmas gifts locally instead of purchasing "the cheap, imported Chinese products that add to America's trade deficit."  We just want to avoid the crowds and online scams.

Finally, during this time of giving and goodwill towards others, don't forget the importance of contributing to area philanthropies and charitable groups, or volunteering to help with local projects and organizations. 

Consider sending some well-deserved funds to the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund. As we've reported, the Foundation's next project on the list is a splash pad for the Dorchester City Park. Your donations to the the Foundation are tax deductible. Make checks payable to: Dorchester Community Foundation Fund, c/o Peg Bergmeyer, 101 Washington, Dorchester, NE 68343.  

Also, think about sending monthly donation to the Dorchester Methodist Church.  Or perhaps the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department.  

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Top 10 List: Best Decorated Christmas Homes In Dorchester

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Dorchester, with so many outdoor displays of holiday cheer.

With the warmer weather this month, it seems there are more outdoor lights this Christmas season than usual. From one end of the village to the other, Christmas lights and holiday displays went up quickly.

The Times staff members are happy to see the lights greeting residents and out-of-towners alike.  They add a special warmth to the village.

Based on no criteria other than what most caught our eye, we have crafted our own Top 10 list for Dorchester's best decorated homes for Christmas.

If you think we left out a deserving home, be sure to tell us in the "comments section" of this post.

Now, without further ado, here is our top 10. 

Honorable Mentions: 801 Sumner Ave. and 408 W. 11th St.

NUMBER 10: 107 Whitmar St.

NUMBER 9: 105 Whitmar St.

NUMBER 8: 505 W. 9th St.

NUMBER 7: 609 Fulton Ave.

NUMBER 6: 1112 Colfax Ave.

NUMBER 5: 806 Stephens Ave.

NUMBER 4: 106 W. 11th St.

NUMBER 3: 307 E. 10th St.

NUMBER 2: 805 Jefferson Ave.

NUMBER 1: 813 Stephens Ave.