Monday, December 5, 2016

EDITORIAL: Talk Is Cheap; It's Time To Grow Dorchester



(Editor's Note: This editorial was published by the Times in December 2008.  To our knowledge, nothing has changed since.  We think this idea is worth revisiting.)

A few years ago, the Norfolk Daily News reported that four eastern Nebraska school districts -- Clarkson, Howells, Dodge and Leigh -- were contemplating a merger despite their proud histories and longtime rivalries. "At one time, it would have been difficult to consider such a proposal," according to the Daily News story. "Now in rural Nebraska, it happens all the time."

Dr. Jerry Ehlers is a retired school superintendent who conducts studies for school districts looking at merging. He has completed about 25 such studies. "Small-town, rural Nebraska is losing kids," Ehlers told the Daily News. "If there aren't jobs for parents of childbearing age, there won't be kids. Each school in small-town Nebraska faces this."

Many in Dorchester, including the staff of this Web site, have contemplated how to improve the business sector of our community. Perhaps we should devote equal time to consideration of how to grow our population.

In our first year of publishing the Dorchester Times, we suggested it was time for a "Move Back To Dorchester" campaign, to reach out to the sons and daughters who have moved away to another city or state and now have thoughts of returning to our community and the surrounding area.  It's still a good idea, but such a project would not sufficiently boost Dorchester's numbers.

While our town has escaped school consolidation for the immediate future, it is time to assemble a comprehensive plan to attract new residents and retain current ones -- including those attending classes at Dorchester Public School. To our knowledge, such a project has never been undertaken by Dorchester leaders.

Perhaps now is the time for a "Vision 2020" plan that sets a goal of doubling Dorchester's population in the next 5-7 years. It is something the new village board and other community leaders should consider.

What needs to be included in such a "Vision 2020" plan? For starters:
  • How do we keep our youth in Dorchester after high school graduation?
  • How do we convince folks to build here, or improve existing homes?
  • How do we fill vacant houses, or convince homeowners of vacant houses to see or rent?
  • How do we encourage young families to move to Dorchester?
  • How do we keep our retirees here?
  • How do we get the entire community involved in solving these issues?
Dorchester is geographically blessed. It's a relatively short drive to Lincoln, Crete, Seward and other employment hubs. Our area is fortunate to have ample access to major roadways that serve as conduits for both labor and commerce.  We also have reasonably good sized employers in town, with both the Farmers Cooperative and the K-12 school. 

We offer plentiful land; almost non-existent crime rates; quiet, peaceful surroundings; abundant, clean water; an engaged community; reasonable electric rates; low-cost living; and high-quality and safe schools.  We have health care services and treatment within a 10-minute drive.  

We should capitalize on these traits by advertising ourselves to those facing out-of-control taxes, outrageous costs of living, and radical, unpredictable social upheaval in places like California, Colorado, and both coasts.

Dorchester would be wise to start planning for the future, starting today.  We have too much potential to waste it away.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: Dec. 3 Snowfall Brings 4" To Dorchester


Dec. 3 Snow Brought More Than Predicted: Dorchester and the surrounding area received its first snow of the season most of the day on Saturday and well past 10:00 Saturday night.  In town, about 4" of snow accumulated, but it quickly started to melt.  Temperatures by noon Sunday were above 35 degrees.  From Saline Weather Services, here are snowfall totals for the county:

Friend 3.9 inches
Crete 4.0 inches
Dorchester 4.2 inches
Wilber: 4.1 inches
5 SW of Wilber: 4.5 inches
Western: 4.4 inches
Swanton: 4.3 inches
Tobias: 4.0 inches

Another cold front will move through our area Monday night into early Tuesday.  The high Tuesday is estimated to be 32 degrees, 21 degrees on Wednesday, 20 degrees on Thursday and then back up slightly to a high of 25 degrees Friday.  Little if any snow is predicted for our area this week -- except by Frankie the Canadian weatherman.

Legion And Legion Auxiliary Christmas Party/Dinner Is Today:  This evening, Sunday, Dec. 4., the Dorchester Legion and Legion Auxiliary will host their Christmas program and supper.  This popular event begins at 5:30 p.m. and the entire community is invited.

Ryan Keller Wins Over $700 In Dorchester KENO:  Big T's BBQ Pit Stop reports that Ryan Keller of Crete this weekend won $705 in KENO.  Both of Dorchester's dining establishments offer KENO and both have been seeing more sizable winnings as of late, it appears.  Must be the Christmas season.

Time To Repeal Tax Giveaways For Newspapers?:  There has been a lot of talk about the leftward bias in news coverage during and after the presidential election.  Of course, anyone with a functioning brain cell recognizes this.  It's been there since Kennedy took the White House.  That leads us to wonder why Nebraska newspapers (or their subscribers, we should say) are allowed to pay no sales tax. Nebraska's Legislature gave newspapers (publishing at least once a week) this tax break 50 years ago, back in 1967, according to the revenue department. It costs the state about $3.1 million a year.  And for what? A bunch of leftist blather or 24-hour-old news? Heck, this blog gives you that -- and it costs taxpayers absolutely noting.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Scores From Season's First DHS Basketball Games



Here are the box scores from last night's Dorchester boys' and girls' basketball games.

Girls:


MERIDIAN 57, DORCHESTER 31
Meridian 11 23 10 13 --57 
Dorchester 11 --31 
Meridian--Schafer 1, Pribyl 4, Beals 2, Miller 6, Johnson 18, Klipp 11, Sobotka 11, Kort 4.
Dorchester--Ruiz 2, Plouzek 2, Kotas 2, Weber 8, Velder 6, Eberhardt 1, Zoubek 10.
Boys:
MERIDIAN 43, DORCHESTER 41
Meridian 21 --43 
Dorchester 13 12 --41 
Meridian--NA.
Dorchester--Vielma 3, Havlat 25, Cervantes 4, Youngblood 3, Nelson 6.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Prediction: Massive Blizzard, 12" Of Snow On Dec. 7


You have likely heard about or seen Frankie the Weather Guy, the YouTube sensation from Canada.  

Last winter, he made extremely accurate weather predictions about Nebraska blizzards.  (Remember, he called this one.)


Now he is calling for a massive snow storm to hit eastern Nebraska -- especially the Lincoln and Omaha areas -- Wednesday, Dec. 7.


"Be warned, Nebraska!" Frankie exclaims. "Be prepared! ... Don't even try to go outside." 


See Frankie's video forecast here.

Here's what Frankie says:  "Massive blizzard is on its way for Nebraska on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 and it will bring (30+ cm or nearly 12 inches) of snow and the winds will be very strong causing blowing and drifting snow -- especially in Omaha and Lincoln."

According to Frankie, the snow storm "will cause whiteout conditions and blowing and drifting snow ... and driving will be treacherous and dangerous."

Frankie continues:  "People in Nebraska, be prepared! Have your winter boots, winter jackets, hats, gloves, scarfs and ski pants ready. Order your pizzas and chinese food and buy cases of pepsi and coke. Do your grocery shopping.  Don't wait until the last minute -- do it right now."  

Stay tuned to the Dorchester Times and our AccuWeather updates on this weather system.


DEVELOPING...


$50 Reward For Lost Black And White Cat


The Times has learned of a lost cat and a Dorchester family is now asking for help to get it back to its owner.

Jerry Pierce e-mailed the Times to say that his son's cat got away last Friday evening.

Accord to the description we received, the cat is a black and white, male adult.  

Because the cat is frightened and in unfamiliar territory, he will probably be hiding.  So Dorchester residents are asked to check their yards in places he might hide.  

The Pierces are offering a $50 reward for information that leads them to getting the cat back.  

If you have information on this lost black and white cat, call the Pierces at (402) 946-2164.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Gatherings Start Early This Year In Dorchester


Dorchester has some serious Christmas spirit.

The village has its Christmas lights up.  Nearly a quarter of the homes in Dorchester already have Christmas decorations displayed.  And there are many Christmas gatherings planned for the first 10 days of December.

The first is Thursday night's (Dec. 1) Dorchester Elementary School concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the school.  This is always a seasonal favorite in the community.

On Sunday, Dec. 4., the Dorchester Legion and Legion Auxiliary will host their Christmas program and supper.  This popular event begins at 5:30 p.m. and the entire community is invited.

And don't forget that Dorchester's "Morning with Santa" is set for Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Dorchester Community Building.  There is no charge for this special event, which is sponsored by the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DHS Girls Basketball Team Shooting For Even More Success In 2016-17


Dorchester's Lady Longhorn basketball team is entering a new season with big expectations.

Last year, DHS went 12-10 to wrap up the year with a winning season.  The Lady Longhorns want to improve on that foundation this season.

Under now-veteran coach and DHS alum Brandon Bruha, the Dorchester girls will return some key players, including seniors Jacee Weber and Bailey Velder, as well as junior Makenna Bird.

DHS will also be introducing some younger talent into this year's lineup, insiders say.

(UPDATE 12/1: The DHS girls' basketball team made the contenders list for the preseason Class D2 rankings by the Lincoln Journal Star.  Click here to see the rankings.  In Class D1, Friend is No. 2.  In Class B, Crete is a contender.)

The team will tip off at 6 p.m. this Friday at home against Meridian to open the 2016-2017 campaign. 

Dorchester Girls 2016-2017 Basketball

12/02/16  Meridian  
12/06/16  Diller-Odell  
12/08/16  Exeter-Milligan
12/09/16  @ BDS
12/13/16  @ Harvard
12/15/16  Osceola
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) Weeping Water Holiday Tournament Weeping Water
01/03/17  College View Academy
01/05/17  Sterling
01/10/17  @ Friend
01/12/17  @ East Butler
01/13/17  @ High Plains Community  
01/17/17  Cross County
01/20/17  @ Shelby-Rising City
01/21-01/27 (To Be Determined) Crossroads Conference Tournament @ York
01/31/17  Parkview Christian
02/02/17  @ Nebraska Lutheran
02/03/17  Giltner
02/07/17  @ Hampton
02/10/17  @ McCool Junction

Monday, November 28, 2016

SPORTS ROUNDUP: DHS Volleyballers Get Recognized By Lincoln Newspaper


Here's what's trending at the Times:
  • Jacee Weber Earns Spot on LJS All-State Team:  DHS senior Jacee Weber was named to the Lincoln Journal Star's second team for Class D2.  Weber has committed to playing volleyball next season for Division II Wayne State.  Weber was also named to the first team of the Crossroads Conference, while DHS senior Maru Ruiz earned honorable mention all conference.  DHS freshman Abby Plouzek received honorable mention from the LJS for her volleyball efforts.
  • Dustin Nelson Named First Team For District:  Milford-Dorchester's Dustin Nelson was named first team all district for his play on the gridiron this season, showing that Dorchester students can indeed play Class C1 football.
  • Tim Havlat, Ridge Hoffan Receive One-Act Play Honors:  Tim Havlat and Ridge Hoffman put the spotlight on DHS' drama program recently when they received superior ratings at the Crossroads Conference one-act performance.  (We know this isn't necessary a sporting activity, but we wanted to recognize DHS' budding talent on the stage.)  For more, see the Friend Sentinel's stand-alone photo with caption by clicking here.
  • Junior High Basketball Tourney Is Dec. 3:  This Saturday, Dec. 3, Dorchester will host a junior high boys and girls basketball tournament.  The public is encouraged to attend this special event and cheer on the up-and-coming Longhorn athletes.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

DHS Boys Basketball Team Tips Off Friday Night


Basketball season begins this week.  The Dorchester boys team will tip off for the first time this season on Friday night, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at home against the Meridian Mustangs.

Last season, a very young DHS team concluded its campaign with only a handful of wins, as DHS boys athletics continued to suffer from low participation numbers and small class sizes.


This year's Longhorns boys squad looks to build a strong foundation for the future, according to insiders.

Stay tuned all season long to get the latest Dorchester sports news.  


And be sure to support the Longhorns!


DORCHESTER BOYS 2016-17 BASKETBALL

12/02/16 Meridian
12/06/16 Diller-Odell
12/09/16 @ BDS 
12/13/16 @ Harvard
12/15/16 Osceola
12/29-12/30  (To Be Determined)  Weeping Water Holiday Tournament
01/03/17 College View Academy
01/05/17 Sterling
01/10/17 @ Friend
01/12/17 @ East Butler
01/13/17 @ High Plains Community
01/17/17 Cross County
01/20/17 @ Shelby-Rising City
01/21-01/27   (To Be Determined)   Crossroads Conference Tournament @York
02/02/17 @ Nebraska Lutheran
02/03/17 Giltner
02/07/17 @ Hampton
02/10/17 @ McCool Junction
02/17/17 Exeter-Milligan

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sunday Shopping Spree Awaits At Dorchester FBLA's Holiday Vendor Gathering




Dorchester's Future Business Leaders of America chapter will be hosting a Holiday Vendor Extravaganza at the Dorchester School Gymnasium this Sunday, Nov. 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

The event is intended to raise money for Longhorn students who attend the National FBLA Conference. 

There will be dozens of vendors at this huge event, making it the perfect venue to find high quality and unique Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones.

For those who are unfamiliar, the FBLA is a nationwide career and technical student organization.  Established in 1940, FBLA is non-profit organization of high school ("FBLA"), middle school ("Middle Level"), and even college ("PBL") students, as well as professional members ("Professional Division"), who primarily help students transition to the business world. 

FBLA is the largest student-run organization in the United States.  It is also one of the top 10 organizations listed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Dorchester's FBLA charter has been active for 25 years.  While participation numbers in some other DHS activities have declined, DHS' FBLA membership today claims around three dozen students -- impressive for a Class D school.

Over the years, Dorchester has become a force to be reckoned within the FBLA universe and its statewide competitions. Last year, Dorchester took second place at the Nebraska FBLA competition for the Market Share Award, for example.

In the 2010-11 school year, Dorchester's Jessica Hansen was elected as Nebraska's FBLA state secretary.  Other Dorchester alumni have served as state FBLA officers over the years.

The Dorchester community can be proud of its FBLA chapter and should support its FBLA members by attending this Sunday's Holiday Vendor Extravaganza at the Dorchester School.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Santa To Visit Dorchester On Morning Of Dec. 10



Hey, kids.  The big guy -- Santa Claus -- is coming to town.

Dorchester's "Morning with Santa" is set for Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Dorchester Community Building.

There is no charge for this special event.  And it's sponsored by the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department.

In years gone by -- when the event was sponsored by DACA, before a lawsuit brought an end to the organization -- "Morning With Santa" featured activities organized by Dorchester's FBLA students, such as crafts, decorating of sugar cookies, making bead bracelets and bookmarks, making picture frames and more. Also, the Dorchester Legion was known to serve a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and toast.

A decade ago, more than 65 area children attended this event.  Will 2016 break that record?

We hear extra special activities are planned this year, but we've promised Santa we would not disclose the details.

Developing...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving From The Dorchester Times


A few years ago, the Times received an e-mail that we felt compelled to share with all of our readers.  


Today, it is reprinted here with the permission of the author. 

From all the staff of the Times, Happy Thanksgiving!



*****


Sweet home Dorchester! Oh sweet Nebraska! On this Thanksgiving we have so many things to be grateful for.

You never really know how amazing something or someplace or someone is until you no longer have it or them in your daily life.  I lived away from here for several years and during that time I reminded myself almost daily of the things and the people I missed.

On this Thanksgiving, I will once again take time to give thanks for those things that make life worth living. They are:

1.) The fall harvest.

2.) My small town and the feeling of community.

3.) A main street I can walk with little noise and no fear of violence.

4.) Mom 'n pop businesses and no big box stores.

5.) Our Dorchester school and the wonderful students and teachers.

6.) Small town chatter, even the gossip.

7.) Farmers, hunters, people of commerce, and our community elders (the producers and providers).

8.) Not being honked at in your car or truck when you're at the one and only red light.

9.) The smell of a wood burning stove or fireplace.

10.) Pumpkin pie, homemade jelly and all the great local baking.

This is a good start.  Oh yes, I am also thankful for my great-grandparents who came to Dorchester to start their families.  It is because of them that Dorchester is my home.

Sincerely,

Name Withheld

Mother, Wife and Farmer

Monday, November 21, 2016

Well-Paying Jobs Now Available In Dorchester


Need a job? 

Know someone who's looking for a job? We have good news.

One of Nebraska's largest ag cooperatives, Farmers Cooperative currently has three open positions right here in Dorchester. (Farmers Cooperative has over 40 locations across southeast Nebraska and Kansas.)

Benefits include but are not limited to health care, retirement, paid vacation, clothing allowance, personal time off and an annual discretionary bonus plan.

One full-time position at Farmers Cooperative in Dorchester is the position of accounts payable/accounts receivable (accounting degree preferred).


Other full-time openings in Dorchester include agronomy billing/accounting, as well a scale operator.  

Click here for information on these full-time Dorchester jobs.


All applications should be sent to Taylor in Dorchester by e-mailing Taylor at Tcollins@farmersco-operative.com.


If you want to find work outside of Dorchester, you'll be glad to know there are more than 300 available jobs currently listed in the Saline County.  That is according to our search on NEWorks, a jobs listing site maintained by the Nebraska Department of Labor.  


Click here to see a list of available career opportunities in Saline County right now.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Looking Back: Dorchester's Early Churches


Today we look back at some of the early churches of the Dorchester area community.

Accordi
ng to the 1981 Dorchester Centennial history book, religion played a vital role in the lives of the people who settled Nebraska, just as it does today.

In the early 1870s, a small group of German immigrants who settled northeast of Dorchester formed the first organized church, an Evangelical congregation. Soon after, other rural churches appeared in the Dorchester area countryside, including churches of Methodist, Christian and Congregational denominations.

In the fall of 1872, Rev. W.D. Gage moved to Dorchester from Nebraska City. He conducted services in the old frame school house, which was the only public building in town. Meanwhile, in the West Blue Area northeast of town, a growing Evangelical congregation attended services in a log home until 1875, when a small church was erected for $450.

The first church building located in Dorchester limits was built in 1879 with the construction of the Congregational Church.  It stood one block north and one block west of the present-day post office.

In 1880, the Methodist Church building came to Dorchester after town residents went to Pleasant Hill and tore down the structure and hauled it back by wagon.  

The Dorchester Methodist minister at that time, Rev. John Armstrong, was "a spirited man" according to accounts and did not mind controversy. In fact, he was also an attorney whose clients included two saloon keepers in Dorchester, considered by some to be a "city of rum."

As Dorchester's population increased in the 1880s, more rural churches appeared in the area, including two churches southwest of town (both United Brethren) and one northwest of town (Evangelical).

Another local denomination was the "Dunkards," who apparently had no permanent house of worship. According to The Dorchester Star, the Dunkards baptized converts in Turkey Creek.

By 1884, an area Baptist group had formed and they went on to build the First Baptist Church of Dorchester (pictured).

By the turn of the 20th century, local churches had becoming stronger and more organized due to more population stability and financial prosperity. In 1904, a new Methodist Church was built (pictured at top right). The building would serve the needs of the community until the turn of the next century, when the current Dorchester Methodist Church was built in the 1990s.

Also in 1904, a new parsonage was erected for the West Blue Church northeast of town (pictured). In 1908, the Christian congregation also built a new church in town (pictured). It included a tank behind the alter, since the members of the Christian Church practiced total immersion for baptism. Previously, baptism had been held at Turkey Creek or the Blue River.

By the late 1910s and early 1920s, the rural churches found it difficult to keep their doors open, as people were no longer isolated within their own small rural neighborhoods, thanks to automobiles and better roads.

Looking back more than a century ago, examining Dorchester's earliest years, it becomes clear that while many of the area's first settlers had few possessions, they carried a devout faith. Such spirituality not only provided comfort and hope in uncertain times, it served as a unifying force that solidified the bond between neighbors, in town and country.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Can Small Towns Be Cool?


A few years ago, a posting on Small Biz Survival -- a blog dedicated to small and rural business interests -- asked the $1 million question: "Can Small Towns Be Cool?" 

The answer: "You bet! Small towns can be cool."

According Dave Ivan of Michigan State University Extension, small towns can be cool if they are willing to follow some common success themes.  Here they are:

1. Strong Engagement Between Citizens, Community Organizations And Local GovernmentFor example, in St. Joseph, Mich., approx. 8,000 pop, city leaders hold neighborhood town hall gatherings in backyards all across town. They also produce a unified community calendar and hand-deliver it to residents. Coopersville, Mich., uses their town entry sign to salute a different non-profit, business person, and teacher each quarter.

2. Local Entrepreneurial InvestmentIvan said this is often initiated by a local entrepreneur and then served as a tipping point to get others to invest. In New Carlisle, Indiana, Bill Owens expanded a floral shop into gifts, a furniture store, and transformed the community into a regional destination. This can also be a community initiative, such as economic gardening to grow entrepreneurs, where you may have village staff used to make things work for business. In Ord, Neb., they developed a wealth transfer plan to strategically fund their community economic development initiatives. By asking people to give 5% of their estate back to the community, they now have $8.5 million in hand or in pledges.

3. Willingness To Change. This may be the hardest part for many towns. These new opportunities may require changes in all sorts of local laws, including zoning. 

4. Actively Pursues Cultural Elements To Economic Development. The most common cultural elements include the arts. In Three Oaks, Mich., the creatives are working to integrate with the existing parades and local celebrations. So it can work.

5. Cultural Efforts Reach Out To Community YouthNew York Mills, Minn., established a cultural center that capitalizes on the natural amenities. 

6. A Deliberate Effort To Engage Youth. There is a continuum of efforts to involve youth. You can do things to youth, or do for youth, or do with youth, Ivan said. It can be tough to get a town moved along the continuum. One idea was to provide disposable cameras to young leaders. Ask them to take pictures of what they like and dislike about the town, and have them present it at a future meeting. 

7. Retaining Youth And Attracting Families. Create economic choices that are appealing to youth. Ord, Neb., for example, has a youth entrepreneurship program starting in grade schools. Anoter town gave kids a mailbox with their name on it, saying: "Brookfield is always going to be your hometown."

8. Conviction That, In The Long Run, You Must Do It Yourself.  Cool small towns cannot wait for an outside savior. Argonia, Kan., lost their grocery store. But they built a community convenience and grocery store. They are now doing spec houses to sell at cost to new families. And if you enroll kids in the school, Argonia will even cover your closing costs. 
The real key to small town success, Ivan says, is strong leadership that is willing to stand up to the CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Looking Back: Freshman Initiation At DHS


To any high school freshman who may be reading this, you might think you have it a little rough right now.  After all, new routines, new classes, a faster pace of life, and those mean upperclassmen.  

A freshman's life can be tough.

But here's a look back in time to remind you and your contemporaries that you don't have it so bad -- not compared to the Dorchester High School freshmen who came before you decades ago.

We searched through the old yearbooks and found this excerpt written by the DHS Class of 1947.  Read it with a smile on your face.

DHS Freshman Initiation

When we, the seniors of 1947, were mere freshmen, we were subjected to the trickery and pranks of the seniors of 1943 in the form of Freshman Initiation.  After preparing us for weeks in advance by telling us weird tales of the fate that awaited us on our initiation, the seniors finally announced the day.  We were instructed to wear all our clothes backwards, our hair uncombed or unbraided.  The girls could wear no makeup and the boys were forced to wear makeup, with ribbons in their hair and donning aprons.  

At school, we were expected to salute the seniors and carry their books from class to class. The seniors lined us up in front of the student body and painted green "F's" on our foreheads.

In the evening, the seniors made us do humorous tasks.  Some of us had to measure the stage with wieners, while others were forced to drink milk from baby bottles or throw tomatoes at one another.  At the end of the night, ice cream was served to everyone.

The Class of 1947 got the chance to show their senior power on the 27th of September, 1946.  When we initiated the freshmen class, they were ordered to come to school dressed in the fashion of Mother Goose characters.  Every hour, they were to bow down and say a prayer suitable to the occasion.  

At noon, the seniors marched the freshmen through main street.  In the evening, a final ceremony was held with various stunts played on the freshmen.  A watermelon feed followed the activities.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Election Results From Last Tuesday


It's been a week since the general election of 2016, and local voters still don't know the full results of the race for Dorchester School Board.

The reason? Write-in votes take longer to certify.

Readers will recall that the school board has three seats open -- those of retiring board members Lindsey Zoubek, Mark Bors and Brad Havlat.  

The two candidates who filed in time appeared on the ballot: Neal Pavlish and Mike Hatfield.  Both Pavlish and Hatfield will be on the school board in 2017.

Two others, Donald B. Hoffman and Kelli Schweitzer, were write-in candidates.  Combined, Hoffman and Schweitzer garnered 197 votes.

Here is a look at the results:

Dorchester School Board - Dist. #44

 Mike Hatfield .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       300    (36.06%)             
 Neal Pavlish  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        335    (40.26%)          
 WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       197    (23.68%)           

It is unknown when the official results of the write-in contest will be announced.  

The Times' unofficial sampling of more than 50 district voters shows Schweitzer with a considerable lead, but we have no way of knowing the accuracy of our survey.

Meanwhile, Dorchester's village board had two of its five seats up for election.  One seat is that of retiring board member Lyle Weber, while the other is that of Matthew Hoffman, appointed to the board last year following the resignation of Brandon Koll.  

Hoffman and newcomer Andrea Pracheil appeared on the ballot and were virtual shoo-in's.  Here's a look at the final results:

Dorchester Village Board Member

 Andrea Pracheil  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        155   (45.06%)
 Matthew Hoffman  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     178   (51.74%)
 WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         11      (3.20%)

Our thanks to all who had the guts to put their name on the ballot and the willingness to serve. 

NEWS ROUNDUP: Jacee Weber Commits To Wayne State For Volleyball


DHS' Jacee Weber Signs With Wayne State:  It appears Dorchester will soon have another Division II athlete in its ranks.  DHS senior Jacee Weber signed last week to play volleyball for the Wayne State Wildcats.  Meanwhile, Logan Hayek of Wilber-Clatonia committed to Division I Augustana for women's track and field.  To our knowledge, those were the only Saline County Division I or II signings for 2016.

Dorchester Community Foundation Serves Around 250:  We are told that around 250 attended the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund's popular grilled chicken luncheon and hamburger feed this past Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Dorchester Legion and Community Hall.  Funds raised by the Foundation will go to a new splash pad planned for the city park.  Unfortunately, we have no details on the splash pad project or its timeline.  However, we do know that donations may be sent to the DCFF at anytime, made payable to the Dorchester Foundation and mailed to: Peg Bergmeyer, 101 Washington Ave., Dorchester, NE 68343; or Dale Hayek, 652 County Road 1200, Dorchester, NE 68343. Donations are tax deductible.

Need Christmas Gifts? Dorchester FBLA Vendor Gathering Is Nov. 27: Dorchester's Future Business Leaders of America chapter will be hosting a Holiday Vendor Extravaganza in the high school gyms on Nov. 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The event is intended to raise money for Longhorn students who attend the National FBLA Conference. If you know of vendors, craft booths, or businesses that would like to advertise for the holiday season, please have them contact the school at 402-946-2781. The word is there are already many, many vendors for this huge event.  To purchase a booth space for your business, organization or craft, e-mail Mrs. Lewis at klewis@dorchesterschool.org.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Today Is Dorchester Community Foundation Splash Pad Fundraiser Lunch


The Friend newspaper reports that the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund (DCFF) is planning its popular grilled chicken luncheon and hamburger feed for today, Nov. 13, at the Dorchester Legion and Community Hall from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  
The story points out that "with the cemetery directory and Dorchester welcome sign projects so close to completion, the foundation has targeted a splash pad as the next project. A splash pad is a small scale water park without a pool, but includes several water fountain or spray type features to help cool anyone off on those hot summer days. There are no lifeguard expenses, and it shuts off automatically when there is no activity. Splash pads are a popular, less expensive way for adding summer fun."
  
"With the lingering harvest, the dinners can be prepared to go so the field crew can keep working. Delivery will also be offered in town to those that may not be able to make it downtown. The grilled chicken dinner includes your choice of mashed potatoes and gravy, potato salad or chips; dinner salad; baked beans; roll; and drink. The hamburger dinner will include the same options, and a hamburger and chips are also available for youth or those with smaller appetites. All meals are available with a free-will donation."

"Donations for the current and future improvements by the DCFF are accepted anytime, made payable to the Dorchester Foundation and mailed to: Peg Bergmeyer, 101 Washington Ave., Dorchester, NE 68343; or Dale Hayek, 652 County Road 1200, Dorchester, NE 68343."

The DCFF is a non-profit subsidiary of the Nebraska Community Foundation so all donations are tax deductible.

Friday, November 11, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: Lincoln Paper Spotlights Crete Vet's Patriotic 1946 Chevy


Here's what is trending in the Dorchester area...

Lincoln Paper Spotlights Crete Veteran And His 1946 Autographed Chevy:  Lincoln Journal Star has featured a Crete veteran,  Sam Aughe, and his unique, patriotic 1946 Chevy Delivery Sedan, covered in some 1,300 autographs by area veterans.  See the story here

Community Foundation Chicken/Burger Dinner This Sunday:  The Dorchester Community Foundation Fund (DCFF) is planning its popular grilled chicken dinner and hamburger feed for this Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Dorchester Legion and Community Hall from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Profits raised from the dinner will go to a splash pad at the Dorchester City Park.  Donations will be accepted anytime, made payable to the Dorchester Foundation and mailed to: Peg Bergmeyer, 101 Washington Ave., Dorchester, NE 68343; or Dale Hayek, 652 County Road 1200, Dorchester, NE 68343.

DHS Greek Mythology Play Will Be Nov. 19, 20:  It appears Dorchester High School's full play will take place Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. on the DHS stage.  The play will be "The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza" by Don Zolidis.

Trump Will End Up With More Than 300 Electoral Votes: Whenever Michigan gets around to confirming its presidential election results, President-Elect Donald Trump will end up with more than 300 electoral votes.  The final tally will be Trump with 306 electoral votes compared to Hillary Clinton's 228.  Not the close election or Clinton blowout the Washington media predicted. By the way, President-Elect Trump won handily in Saline County, beating Clinton 58.5% to 33.5%.  Statewide, Trump easily won 60.3% to 33.9%.