Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year From The Dorchester Times

The staff of the Dorchester Times wishes all our friends and readers a Happy New Year! 

We wish you all the very best for 2013. 

Thank you for another year online and for allowing us to be a part of your community life. 

"Here's to the new year ... may she be a damn sight better than the old one." 
 - Colonel Sherman T. Potter

Thursday, December 27, 2012

This Sunday: Tom And Jerry Party At Fire Hall


Looking for something to do over this holiday break? Consider joining your friends and neighbors at the Dorchester Fire Hall for some warm adult beverages.
According to a Dorchester Volunteer Fire Dept. spokesman, the DVFD will again be hosting a Tom and Jerry party on Sunday, Dec. 30. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until an unspecified time.
 
According to our friends at Wikipedia, the Tom and Jerry -- now known as a traditional Christmas time cocktail -- was devised by British writer Pierce Egan in the 1820s. The egg nog-brandy-rum drink was made popular by the 19th century author'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 Jerrys at your home this holiday season, here is an easy-to-follow recipe:

Tom and Jerrys
1 oz. Dark Rum
1 oz. Brandy
1 Egg
1 tsp. Sugar
6 oz. Hot water milk, or coffee

Seperateliqour mixture. Pour into a coffee mug and top with the water, milk or coffee.

Dorchester's Francis Coffey Passes


Francis Eugene Coffey, 81, of Dorchester, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2012.

Survivors include: wife, Goldie; sons, Francis and Alan; daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Gene Brueggemann, as well as Bonnie and Glen Roebke.
 
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. this Monday, December 31, at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete.
 
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. December 30, at the Kuncl Funeral Home.
 
Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas, Dorchester!

The staff of the Dorchester Times wishes our readers and all area residents a Merry Christmas. Thank you for allowing us to come into your home and continue to be a part of the community. We are grateful for yet another wonderful year online and in Dorchester, and we celebrate this special day by sharing with you the following poem, which reminded us of our little town.
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."

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dale Hayek Is Our 'Citizen Of The Year'

 

The Dorchester area has many movers and shakers. But there can be only one individual selected for the Dorchester Times' citizen of the year.
 
Over the past 30 days, we have thought about the many people who deserve recognition for their work to improve our quality of life in this community. We have considered their contributions of time and resources -- as well as the results of their leadership.
 
In the end, the 2012 Times' Citizen of the Year award goes to Dale Hayek, chairman of the Dorchester Community Foundation.  In his professional life, Dale is grain manager for Farmers Cooperative, which is headquartered in Dorchester and has facilities in 40 other communities.
 
As reported earlier by this blog, the Dorchester Community Foundation is raising funds to finalize the town's new welcome signs. These signs will feature the community's new logo, which will also be on the village's new water tower.  The concrete and brick welcome signs will be rather substantial in size, measuring 8' tall (pillars) and 20' wide. They will stand on an elevated landing measuring 6' by 24'. Plans are to have them lighted, as well. (See our Aug. 30 story on the new signs.)

You can contribute to this project by making tax-deductible donations now.  Make your checks payable to Dorchester Community Foundation. Donations should be sent to: Dale Hayek, 652 County Road 1200, Dorchester, NE 68343.
 
One reader told us: "I’d like to nominate Dale Hayek.  The guy works hard to get 'r done.  He cares about the projects that will better the community of Dorchester. Dale provides real leadership and gets others involved to accomplish the foundation's goals. Dorchester is a better place because of his efforts and passion for our town."
 
Congratulations to Dale Hayek -- our Times' citizen of the year!
 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

REVISED: 8-9" Of Snow Predicted For Dorchester Area


UPDATE: Dorchester is in the heart of the predicted path of the season's first major snowstorm -- and the Times is predicting a whopper. 

Our staff has looked at more than half a dozen models and we predict at least 8-9" of blowing snow by late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
 
Strong winds and heavy snowfall may cause significant travel problems by late this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A mix of rain and snow may signal the start of the storm, but it's expected to quickly transition to snow by late afternoon, around 3 or 4 p.m.

Strong 40-mph wind gusts will create near white-out conditions, according to the weather service.

Motorists are advised to stay off the roads starting around 4 p.m. to allow the county and state road crews time to do their jobs.  The photo here was taken around 3:30  p.m. Wednesday near Grand Island by a Dorchester area resident.

Tomorrow morning is forecast to be cold and windy, and snow is expected to continue blowing about.

See our link to the Dorchester area's live radar by clicking here.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Spotted Around Town: Dorchester FCA Choir


Christmas spirit is in the air in Dorchester.  And it's very jolly, thanks to some good-hearted citizens with gifted voices.

Perhaps you were lucky enough to see and hear the Dorchester Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) choir on Sunday evening as they sang Christmas carols to their fellow Dorchester residents.

We thought it was a special moment and deserved some recognition. Good work, guys and girls.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dorchester Booster Club Now On Facebook


For better or worse, we live in a virtual world. 

Those who are currently enrolled at Dorchester High School, as well as parents and DHS alumni, won't be shocked to learn that even the Dorchester Booster Club is now on Facebook, and has been since Aug. 31, in fact.  (Our apologies for just now getting around to reporting this.)

The DHS Booster Club is the non-profit organization that was formed years ago to support the athletes and students of Dorchester Public School.

But now that the organization has joined Facebook, they can broaden their reach and support.

Click here if you wish to check out the Booster Club's Facebook page.  Then hit "like" to keep up to date on all the Booster news and announcements.  We did!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Can Small Towns Be Cool?


A posting on Small Biz Survival -- a blog dedicated to small and rural business interests -- recently asked the $1 million question: "Can Small Towns Be Cool?" The answer: "You bet!"

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 Government. For example, in St. Joseph, Mich., approx. 8000 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 nonprofit, business person, and teacher each quarter.

2. Local Entrepreneurial Investment. Ivan 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. Suttons

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 Youth. New 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. Can you imagine the impact this could have?

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. Brookfield gave kids a mailbox with their name on it. "Brookfield is always going to be your hometown. Go out, explore, learn, but come home."

8. Conviction That, In The Long Run, You Must Do It Yourself. Cool small towns are not waiting 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 keys to small town success? Ivan says those keys are strong leadership and standing up to the CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything).
 

After Recount, Dorchester's Ottmann Still On Top For SCC Board


The Associated Press tells us that a recount has not changed the overall result of the election for at-large seat on the Southeast Community College Board of Governors.
 
According to the State Board of Canvassers, challenger Steve Ottmann of Dorchester beat incumbent Jim Garver of Lincoln. The recount showed a victory margin of 401 votes out of more than 126,000 total votes.
 
The original difference was less than 1 percent of Ottmann’s total, which required a recount of all the votes unless the candidate in second place declined.  Votes were recounted in all 15 counties of the college district’s territory in eastern Nebraska.
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Candle Is To Blame For Friend Church Fire


The Lincoln Journal Star is reporting that a candle is to blame for the Dec. 4 fire that destroyed the United Methodist Church of Friend. 

Rev. Paixao Baptista declined comment, saying he was waiting for the written report from the state Fire Marshal's Office. Baptista said he did not know whether the church was a partial or total loss because the insurance company has not completed its investigation.

The church had just finished a $100,000 remodeling project. Firefighters from Friend, Dorchester, Exeter and Crete battled the blaze for about three hours.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dorchester-Milford Activities Merger: Where We Stand To Date


As this blog reported earlier, the Dorchester and Milford school board recenlty approved a two-year trial sports co-op that will begin next school year.

Several readers have sent us e-mails inquiring what are the latest developments on the situation.  Here is a roundup of what we know:
  • The Milford-Dorchester junior high football merger will begin next season.
  • The schools' varsity wrestling co-op will begin next school year, as well.
  • A two-year varsity football co-op begins with the 2014-2015 season -- as long as projected combined enrollment numbers fall in the Class C-1 range. If the move would take the DHS-MHS squad into Class B, the co-op would be ended.
  • Junior high wrestling will be combined for 2013-14 and 2014-15.
  • The two schools already coop in other activities -- and not just athletics.  Activities already merged include Future Business Leaders of America activities.
If readers, including school administration officials or school board members, see any incorrect information or if we have failed to mention important details, please let us know in the "comments" section of this story.
 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Our Opinion: Give DHS Athletes Extra Credit -- In The Classroom


The winter sports season in underway at Dorchester High School and all across our great state.
 
Last night, the new-and-improved Dorchester Longhorns boys team lost their season opener at home -- in The Corral -- falling to a solid Diller-Odell squad by 47-35.  The Lady Longhorns lost to Diller-Odell 49-21.  We were very impressed by the loud DHS crowd at both games last night, as well as the efforts put forth by the student athletes. 
 
We see much brighter days ahead for the Dorchester athletic programs and we tip our black-and-orange hats to those students (and coaches and parents) who are giving their all to represent their school.  In a few more years, with hard work and dedication, DHS may very well be one of the better sports programs around, especially with added competition with Milford students.
 
But for now, it's time we give credit where credit is due.  It's time to reward our student athletes.

Consider that compared to 20 years ago in Nebraska...

* about 2200 fewer boys participate in high school football.
* more than 2000 fewer girls play volleyball in high school.
* more than 800 fewer girls go out for high school basketball.
* more than 1100 fewer boys go out for high school basketball.

This information was provided to the Times by the Nebraska School Activities Association. 
 
The decline in athletic participants comes despite the fact that  Nebraska's high school enrollment is higher that it was two decades ago.

Here is why we care: Athletics prepare students for the real world by teaching them to balance work and other obligations. Participating in sports teaches kids how to handle success -- and failure -- in life. Athletics help instill leadership qualities that simply can't be taught in the classroom. Sports teach kids about the pride that comes with representing your school and community.

It is time to give students who participate in athletics and other school-sponsored activities a half-grade of extra credit per semester for every course.  For example, a student who earned a B in algebra would get a B+ that semester due to his/her heavier-than-normal workload.

The divide between those who "do" and those who "do not" is growing wider -- not only in our community and state, but across the nation. 

We hope the Dorchester School Board will give this idea some thought. 


If we truly believe in local control in education, let's set a model by showing we want to recognize those young people who choose not to just sit on the sidelines.  Let's reward those who choose to be involved and who do their best to represent our community.
 

Monday, December 3, 2012

LOOKING BACK: The Earliest Comments On Our Blog


Five and a half years ago this month, we unveiled the Dorchester Times. You know what they say: Time does fly.

We have enjoyed bringing you the latest from our town, Dorchester. And we look forward to posting many more stories in the months and years ahead. But even more, we look forward to hearing from you. After all, the success of this publication will be determined by our readers. (You can always leave a message by just clicking on the “comments” link after each story. Readers are still encouraged to use a user name instead of signing with “anonymous.”)

For those of you who may have not been readers in our early days, we looked back at some of the more notable comments left by readers in that first month of publication. Some comments made us laugh, others made us cry, and still others made us red in the face.  But we published them all and tried to keep our opinion out of the mix.  Years later, you will see some of the issues were addressed; others are still a focal point of our community discussions.

As you read them, ask yourself: Have my opinions changed? Have I become more informed? Have I done anything to remedy a bad situation? Or am I still just leaving gripes online and with my little circle of friends?

Without further adieu, here are some of the more memorable reader comments from this blog's first month, May 2007:

On Dorchester and the Dorchester Times Blog…

"This is a great start to promote a nice community. Dorchester is almost like 'Cheers', in that 'everyone knows your name' (if you grew up there)."

"Dorchester is the bomb digitity…"


On Downtown Dorchester…

"WILL SOMEONE PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TEAR DOWN THE OLD CONNER'S GIFT SHOP & ROOFING BUILDING? AFTER 25 YEARS, IT AIN'T COMING BACK!"

"The grocery is a must have for every community. Thank you for keeping the store open."

"I would be ashamed to send friends to our downtown area in the shape it is in. Look how many people come to our July 4th celebration; it is just as good if not better than most community events around here. However, what does the appearance of the buildings say about us?"


On Proposed Improvements…

"We certainly could make a long list of improvements that need to be made. At the top of the list should be those that will attract younger families and secure a future for Dorchester."

“The new sign (town marquee) is a great improvement over the last one. In fact, in my lifetime, I would say that the sign is the biggest improvement in town.”

"Improvements are NICE but where will the money come from?"

"If a swimming pool is needed, dig a big hole in someone's front yard."


On Paved Streets…

“If you had a curb on the streets, people would be less likely to drive onto their lawn so they could stagger three less steps into their front door.”"Do I remember the picketers? NO! However, I do remember today, driving down muddy streets, dodging mud holes. I do remember never being able to open a window in my house because the dust from the gravel streets gets everywhere."

“I hope our leadership has realized that pavement is not a flash in the pan idea, just look and ANY of our neighboring communities.”

"Come on people, we had more growth back in the days, and they didn’t have paved streets. Paving is not going to bring new growth. Fix downtown and talk about streets later."


"Do I dare to ask what we accomplished by not paving? We kept our community stagnate..... No incentive for commercial or residential development. …The cost to our community has been greater by not paving."

On Dorchester Public School…

"Consolidate with Friend? And inherit their $500,000 debt? Not in this lifetime."

"Build the new school and watch a rebirth of the town's pride."

"I have strong feelings...we don't need a new school...we need to take care of the one we have."

"Without the Dorchester school system, the community will fall apart. Families will leave and the town will probably become very poor."

"The future of District #44 depends on planning for the future, growing not just surviving."


General Comments…

"Our appearance needs to be as great as the people in Dorchester. Let's work on an environment that will allow us to keep our young people and possibly invite ones that have left back."

"Sticks in the mud make lousy pathways to the future."

"Time for leadership in the Village, not just nay saying!"

"Small town life is like wearing a dirty diaper: You can sit in your own stink and blame others or you can get up and change yourself."


And finally, our favorite comment came from 'Crete Guy' on the first story we ever posted…

“I didn't know there was enough news to report in Dorchester.”

Sunday, December 2, 2012

AmeriCorps Grant Opportunity For Area Groups


Do you know of a Dorchester area organization that is doing tremendous good for our community? If so, it may be eligible for a sizable grant.

ServeNebraska has announced the 2013-2014 Competitive AmeriCorps State grant opportunity.  Competitive AmeriCorps State grants are awarded to Nebraska organizations to implement projects that utilize AmeriCorps members to impact community problems through an evidence-based approach. Projects funded tend to be sophisticated in program design and experienced in delivering high quality impactful initiatives. A subsequent AmeriCorps funding opportunity for smaller scale or newer initiatives is projected for Spring 2013

For 2013-2014 investment of funds will prioritize programs working in the focus areas of Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans & Military Families. Programs funded will begin September 1, 2013.

Eligible applicants include Nebraska public or private non-profit organizations; faith-based and other community organizations; and institutions of higher education.ServeNebraska is eager to assist communities and their leaders in designing and implementing services benefiting area residents. If you would like to learn more about how AmeriCorps may be able to benefit your organization and how ServeNebraska may be able to help you implementing new AmeriCorps programs or creating partnerships with existing programs, contact:

Greg Donovan (with ServeNebraska)                                                
(402) 471-6249                                                
                            

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Ad Recruits Student Athletes To DHS



Attention Area Student Athletes

(Grades 7-11)

 Do You Want To:


ü Play at the Varsity Level During Your High School Career?

ü Get Noticed on the Field or Court – and in the Classroom?

ü Play Multiple Sports?

ü Get a Top-Notch Education?
 
 
We Want You To Come To Dorchester Schools!
 

 

DORCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL – HOME OF THE LONGHORNS

Dorchester Public Schools is a K-12 facility that offers:

 
§  Small classes with great teachers.

§  A friendly, comfortable, modern setting to meet the needs of individual students.

§  Great opportunities to participate in team sports and other extra-curricular activities.

 

Option Enrollment deadline for students wanting to play sports next fall is March 14.

For more information, call Dorchester School at (402) 946-2781.

Dorchester is located 25 minutes southwest of Lincoln in northern Saline County.  Transfer/Option-Enrollment students are welcome.  DHS athletic teams compete in Class D, but will soon be co-oping with Milford High School to play Class C in football and perhaps other sports.  Quality coaches for every sport.  A new $4.1 million school building (built in 2008) offers a large weight room, two gyms and a new wrestling room.  Our facilities also feature new classrooms, a first-class theater, band room and large computer labs.


To play sports next season, you have only until March 15 to sign up for option enrollment.
 

This ad was neither produced nor paid for by Dorchester Public Schools, but by private citizens.  Inquiries about Dorchester Schools and its athletic programs should be directed to school officials at 402-946-2781.
 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dorchester Community Foundation Update On 'Welcome' Signs


The Dorchester Community Foundation (DCF) would like to thank everyone that came to the foundation's chicken supper earlier this month and who gave or sent donations for the community's new "welcome" signs.

According to inside sources with the DCF's board, there were some farmers who donated grain, as well as people who donated time and/or supplies. The foundation heard from many alumni, as well. 

Without such generous community support, and support from Dorchester natives across the country, the project could have never become a reality, said one board member.  "It would still be a dream," the DCF board member said.  "Instead, we have almost reached our goal and wanted to thank you all for supporting Dorchester." 

Some of the Dorchester High School alumni that sent donations also included some of their Dorchester history, according to the DCF, which will be sharing these notes throughout the month of December. 

Here is one from Lois Nichols Jurgens, DHS Class of 1949:

Dear Dorchester Community Foundation:

Thank you for the information about the Dorchester Community Foundation fund. I am proud to say Dorchester is my hometown.

My grandparents, Orton and Mary Nickols, were pioneers to the area.  My grandfather came to Nebraska in a covered wagon from Illinois.  My grandmother was born in a sod house by the Big Blue River.  By trade, my grandfather was a painter and carpenter.  He was also a sexton of the Dorchester Cemetery for many years. He helped dig graves.  The summers were spent mowing the cemetery -- with a push mower.

My mother, Alice Nichols, was a telephone operator and Avon sales agent.  She was a graduated of the then-"new" school (1927 DPS building). I graduated in 1949. After working at Pospisil's Grocery and Citizens State Bank, I attended Doane College. From there, I went to North Platte and onto Colorado.  But I always remember my roots and the town that shaped my values. 

Please keep me informed on the foundation.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Lois (Nickols) Jurgens
Estes Park, Colorado

As reported earlier, the Dorchester Community Foundation is raising funds to finalize the town's new welcome signs. These signs will feature the community's new logo, which will also be on the village's new water tower -- to be completed yet this year or early 2013.

The concrete and brick welcome signs will be rather substantial in size, measuring 8' tall (pillars) and 20' wide. They will stand on an elevated landing measuring 6' by 24'. Plans are to have them lighted, as well. (See our Aug. 30 story on the new signs.)

You can contribute to this project by making checks payable to Dorchester Community Foundation Fund.

Donations should be sent to:

Mr. Dale Hayek
652 County Road 1200
Dorchester, NE 68343

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

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Business Spotlight: Kohout's Christmas Trees

With Christmas only a 30 days away, we wanted to recognize Kohout's Christmas and Landscape Trees, which has served the Dorchester area for several years.

The Kohout tree farm opens the right after Thanksgiving. Business days are during the weekends, 9 a.m. until dark. Some of the customer perks include: hay rack rides to and from the field; complimentary hot chocolate, popcorn and cookies; and free coloring books for kids. Christmas tree varieties include Scotch Pine and White Pine.
 
At Kohout's, wreaths, swags, tree stands, bags and other Christmas items are also for sale. Trees will be shook and netted for free.

Located at 1214 State Highway 15, just southwest of Dorchester, the Kohout tree farm may be contacted by phone at (402) 946-6531 or by e-mail at makohout@hotmail.com.
 
On a sad note, Marvin Kohout, owner of Kohout's Christmas Trees, tells the Lincoln newspaper that the drought wreaked havoc on his trees this year.  He had 1,500 trees in containers this year and about 50 survived.  "It's kind of discouraging," said Kohout, who has been in the Christmas tree business since 1984.

Kohout has about 300 field trees of all shapes and sizes. He might try to raise some more trees in containers next year, but this could be his last year in the family business, which he has been scaling down the past 10 years.
 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dorchester Artwork Now Online

The Friend Sentinel recently published a news story about the new ability of Dorchester students and their parents to view student artwork on a free, online gallery called Artsonia.

"I recently sent home the permission slips to all of the parents to have some of the student’s artwork displayed online," Stacy Lutjemeyer, the K-12 art teacher at Dorchester, said.  Lutjemeyer has been the art teacher at Dorchester for the last 13 years.

She was told about this online art gallery by a co-worker and has been working with it since the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.  “I posted a few of my art projects from the summer to see how it worked. I have recently uploaded a few projects of the students to the website,” Lutjemeyer said. “My goal is  to have artwork for everyone K-12.”

The Dorchester Times found that more than 270 pieces of art by DPS students have been posted online since late September.

In order to protect the privacy of each student, their artwork is posted by a screen name that consists of their first name and a number. Their last name is never posted to the website, according to the Artsonia website.

Parents can find their child’s artwork by entering their screen name in the “find artist section” of the homepage. A general search can also by done by the name of the school.  “I really like that parents can buy a mug, bag or coaster among other things with their child’s artwork on it,” Lutjemeyer said. “That would be a great gift for grandparents.” 

Whenever you place an order with Artsonia, 20% of the order is donated back to the school arts program. Not only are you receiving a high-quality keepsake with your child’s artwork, but you are also helping the art teacher purchase additional art supplies and other needs for their arts program, according to the Artsonia website.
The Dorchester student’s artwork can be found here. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

McCool Junction Sets Standard For Smaller Schools


"We are one big family."

That's the secret behind a thriving Class D school in McCool Junction, according to a new report by 10/11 News. 

The story offers key insight to how the rural school in York County is beating the odds.  In a time of shrinking student bodies in Nebraska's rural towns, the McCool Mustangs are growing in enrollment and school spirit.

This story could have very well been shot in Dorchester, another school that is thriving due in large part to our new facilities approved by the district voters five years ago. 

But we would ask the students, teachers and administrators to watch the 10/11 story and emulate the philosphy used in McCool: "We are family."

When going to school, representing your school, teaching students and ensuring the success of your school becomes more than just a job -- more than just routine -- that's when you know you're on track for long-term success.

You can view the 10/11 News story by clicking here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Weber, Koll Re-Elected; Bors, Havlat, Zoubek Get Another Term

 
More than a week has passed since Election Day, and we had hoped to report the official results from Dorchester's Village Board and Dorchester School Board races much sooner.  However, the Saline County Election Commissioner has still not posted the official vote counts. 

That said, we can safely report that Brandon Koll and Lyle Weber have both easily won re-election to the village board. 

And Lindsey Zoubek, Mark Bors and Brad Havlat all won their bids to serve another term on the school board. 

We appreciate these volunteers and their willingness to serve.  We understand they have a mostly thankless job, but our town and school could not function without their public service.

Here are the unofficial returns from last week:

Dorchester Village Board Member
Vote for 2

Brandon A. Koll............142
Lyle Weber.................120
WRITE-IN....................63

Dorchester School Board Dist. #44
Vote for 3

Lindsey Zoubek............346
Mark Bors...................371
Brad Havlat.................335
WRITE-IN....................14