Monday, May 30, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: Area Fishing Winners, DHS Alumna Named 'Engineer Of The Year'

Dorchester Youth Are Winner Of Fishing Contest: The 15th annual Free Family Fishing Day and Youth Fishing & Casting Derby was held May 21 at the Willard L. Meyer Recreation Area near Tobias.  According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the event was sponsored by the Lower Big Blue Natural Resources District (NRD) and area businesses.  More than 100 kids ages 1-18 participated in the Youth Fishing Derby with awards being presented for the Most Fish Caught, Biggest Fish Caught, Smallest Fish Caught, and for the Casting Contest. Prizes were awarded to all participants.  Among the top award winners in each age group were: Ages 5 and under: Most Fish-Brody Rains, Dorchester; Ages 10-12: Most Fish-Cabbott Kemerling, Dorchester; and Smallest Fish - Clayton Schnell, Dorchestester.

DHS Alumna Kristi Nohavec Awarded 'Architect of the Year' Honors: Kristi Nohavec, a 1989 graduate of Dorchester High School, is a structural engineer at Leo A Daly, an architectural and engineer firm in Omaha.  Earlier this month, Nohavec was named "Engineer of the Year" by the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers.  According to KETV, among her many other duties, Nohavec is the lead structural engineer on a project to restore Omaha's Burlington Station, a once-majestic train depot that hasn't been used since 1974.  KETV NewsWatch 7 is bringing it back to be its news station.  When she received her licence, Nohavec was only the 17th woman licensed to practice architecture in the state of Nebraska.  Our congrats to Kristi for receiving this distinguished award.

Dorchester's Flag Retirement Ceremony is June 14: The Times has learned that the Dorchester American Legion will host a flag retirement ceremony on June 14 at 6 p.m.  A covered dish dinner will follow the service. All color guards, Auxiliary units and Sons of American Legion members are welcome and urged to attend. All Dorchester area residents are invited to come early and bring your unserviceable U.S. flags. Flags can also be left with Hersh Talley at The Brand in Crete. For more information, call Larry Kaspar at (402) 946-6711 or Rich Kasl at (402) 946-7651. Please come early and bring your unserviceable flags.

No Flags On Main Street For Memorial Day?: Many town residents were extremely disappointed today to not see that row of American flags lining the main street of Dorchester.  Memorial is the one day a year we take to honor those who gave their lives for this country in times of war. Dating back to 1776, roughly 1.4 million Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice in times of battle. Surely the Village of Dorchester could have taken a couple of hours to properly honor those men (and women) who gave everything for the red, white and blue.  (One area resident in his 80s told us he couldn't remember a Memorial Day in the past 40 years when the flags weren't out on main street.)  Our thanks to the American Legion members and Sons of American Legion members, as well as other ceremony participants, who did pay tribute this morning at the Dorchester and Pleasant Hill cemeteries.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day Services 10 A.M. Dorchester, 11 A.M. Pleasant Hill

It's Memorial Day weekend -- but do not forget the reason behind the holiday.

Many of us are welcoming the unofficial start of the summer season this weekend.  Some of us choose to hit the lakes, camp, play ball, grill or just relax with friends and family.  Others are catching up on yard work or their garden.

But we should all take a significant amount of time to  pay homage to the true meaning of this holiday weekend.

The Dorchester American Legion's Veterans Memorial program is a tradition in our area we are proud to honor.  It is a heartfelt tribute to our fallen military heroes -- past and present -- who sacrificed their lives for freedom and to protect our country.

The Dorchester Legion's ceremonies will be held Monday, May 30 -- 10 a.m. at the Dorchester Cemetery, followed by an 11 a.m. service at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 

Ceremonies will be conducted by Dorchester Legion Post 264. 

Lunch follows services at Dorchester Legion Hall.

Why not attend and show your appreciation for the sacrifices that have secured your freedoms and quality of life as an American?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Farmers Market Returns To Dorchester On June 10

The Dorchester Area Farmers Market is back!

That's right.  Dorchester's farmers market will be beginning again on Friday, June 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

According to information sent to the Times, the Dorchester Farmers Market will up and running every Friday until approximately Oct. 7. 

Organizers are planning to set up in front of community building to ensure better turnout and visibility, although we're told that organizers still need to get approval from village officials. 

This is a great event and quality of life booster for our community.  

In addition, buying from area residents helps our local economy.

Currently, the Farmers Market is looking for vendors. 

Those interested in selling produce, grafts, baked goods, art, and other items at the Dorchester Farmers Market should contact Laura Sysel as soon as possible at (402) 580-8533 or e-mail at

Happy marketing!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Living In The Heart Of Thunderstorm Alley

(UPDATE: As of 6 p.m. Thursday, Dorchester had received 2.25" of precipitation in town.) 

Southeast and south central Nebraska, including Saline County, is in a holding pattern of humid, turbulent weather that is ripe for stirring severe weather.

And it doesn't appear the pattern will break anytime too soon.

The latest forecast from Accuweather for the Dorchester area is as follows:

Thursday afternoon: A strong t-storm in spots; storms may bring downpours, large hail and damaging winds.  Chance of storms is 95%.

Thursday night and Friday early morning:  A severe thunderstorm; storms may bring downpours, large hail, damaging winds, and a tornado.  Chance of thunderstorms 100%.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports: "Pinning down the exact details is difficult, but forecasters say storms in the Lincoln area are likely to develop after 1 p.m. and the severe weather threat extends overnight. The chance of rain continues Friday and Saturday."

Catch the latest Dorchester area forecast by clicking here.  

Also recommended -- for those on Facebook -- is the Saline Weather Services feed.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Youth Football Camp Set For July 11-12

For Dorchester's future gridiron stars, it is never too early to start brushing up their skills. (This is especially important if parents want football to return to DHS and Nerud Field.)

That is why the coaches at DHS are offering young players in the Dorchester area a chance to improve their football game, or just learn the basics.

On July 11 and 12, DHS football coaches Ryan Voelker and Brent Zoubek will hold the Dorchester Area Youth Football Camp for boys entering grades 3 through 8. The camp will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. both nights at Dorchester's Nerud Field.

The camp will introduce and reinforce some of the basic fundamentals of football.  Included will be: skills development; athletic fundamentals; drill work; position education; team time; and 7-on-7 passing drills.

The cost is $15 per player (make checks payable to Dorchester School). Both payment and entry form are due no later than the day of camp. Participants will receive a Dorchester Longhorns t-shirt.

For more information or to register, contact Brent Zoubek at (402) 418-1019 or Ryan Voelker at 416-8058.

A copy of the camp entry form can found below:

-------------------------------------------- CLIP HERE ---------------------------------------------


Name: ______________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________

Phone Number: _______________________________________________

Emergency contact and phone number: _____________________________

Grade: ____

Athlete Signature: ______________________________________________

Parent Signature: ______________________________________________

*Please return a.s.a.p. to Brent Zoubek, 1111 Colfax Ave. Dorchester, NE 68343*

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Results From State Track In Omaha

Dorchester High School found itself with three state qualifiers this track and field season.

DHS sent juniors Bailey Velder (shot put), Jacee Weber (triple jump and long jump), and Maru Ruiz (100 and 200 meter dash).

The Nebraska State Track and Field Championships were held Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, at Omaha Burke Stadium.  

Here are the results from the Class D events in Omaha:
  • TRIPLE JUMP: 4th Place -- Jacee Weber (35'-0.75")
  • SHOT PUT: 5th Place -- Bailey Velder (37'-10.35")
  • LONG JUMP: 10th Place -- Jacee Weber (15'-5")
Maru Ruiz, who captured gold in both the 100 meter and 200 meter at districts, was not able to advance beyond preliminaries at the state meet.

Our congrats to all three Lady Longhorns for representing their school and community at state!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: Village Dog Catcher Wanted, Ball Schedules Now Online

Village Dogcatcher Wanted Immediately:  It looks like Fido's days of roaming Dorchester at his leisure are coming to an end.  The Village of Dorchester is looking to hire a dogcatcher to round up those stray doggies, as well as those who are allowed to run at large by careless owners.  Anyone interested in the job should apply at Village Hall or call 402‐946‐3201.

Dorchester Baseball and Softball Schedules Online:  We reported earlier on the Dorchester baseball and softball teams, whose seasons are already underway despite the recent wet weather.  For those of you who asked to see the full schedule for both teams, the Village of Dorchester has the schedules linked to its site.  Click here for the boys' schedule and click here for the girls' schedule.  For those interested in the little kids' t-ball schedule, that can be found here.

How About A 'Bike To School Week' For DPS?: The Friend Sentinel reports that Friend Elementary School students were recently encouraged to ride their bikes to school. Ride your bike to school day focused on teaching students hand signals, where to ride their bikes on the road, and how to let pedestrians cross first. Staff from the health clinic and hospital volunteered to help.  This sounds like a good idea for Dorchester.  Perhaps a "Bike to School Week"?  Nebraska ranks as having the 21st highest percent of obese and overweight children in the U.S., with 31.5% of Nebraska children measured as obese or overweight.  In a community as safe as Dorchester, with little traffic and almost no crime, it makes sense to encourage more kids to bike or walk to school.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Polka Party This Sunday At Legion Club At 4 P.M.

Are you ready to party to polka?

Back by popular demand, the Dorchester American Legion this coming Sunday, May 22, will once again host a polka dance at the Legion Hall.

According to an e-mail sent to the Times, the Little Tavern Polka Band will show you how polka was meant to be played. 

Sunday's event will kick off at 4 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. 

Only a $5 cover charge and the Dorchester Legion kitchen will be open. 

Chicken baskets will be served, so plan to have dinner at the Legion.

Free-will donations will be accepted.

Proceeds will go to the Dorchester American Legion.

And 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.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Avery Behrens Named 'Class Act' By Lincoln Newspaper

Avery Behrens, a new graduate of Dorchester High School, has been recognized by the Lincoln Journal Star as one of the paper's "class acts."

Behrens was awarded the honor because of her many accomplishments while at DHS.  Among her accomplishments were:

  • First in her class throughout high school.
  • Making the DHS honor roll for 12 consecutive semesters.
  • Being selected for the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.
  • Being an all-conference selection for basketball & volleyball.
  • Serving as class president for four years.

Behrens is headed to Northwest Missouri State University to major in animal science.

She tells the Journal Star that her favorite high school classes were anatomy and physiology.  

She says her dream job is to work as a livestock veterinarian. "It is my dream job because I grew up on a farm and always loved being around livestock as well as showing livestock," Behrens said.

Her parents are Robert and Julie (Axline) Behrens.

Friday, May 13, 2016

FLASHBACK: Fundraising Ideas For Dorchester Improvements

(The following article and comments were published in July 2008.)

Almost any Dorchester resident can name a project or two that would improve the quality of life in our community.

In a Times' poll conducted last month, 62 percent of respondents said improving Dorchester's streets is the community's most immediate need. 

Other projects cited in the Times' survey included improving the town water system; enhancing the appearance of main street; and making needed repairs and upgrades at the ball field.

The problem, of course, is how to pay for such efforts?

We are all aware of the economic downturn plaguing the United States and most of the rest of the world.  This has made some belt tightening necessary for the average American.

But does that mean we should halt all community improvement efforts? 

There are options for raising revenue. Back in March, we explored options to pay for street paving. The most viable option -- raising property taxes via bonding -- isn't appealing.

So today we are asking readers for their ideas on how best to raise the funds to pay for Dorchester's most needed improvement projects?

We, along with Dorchester's civic and government leaders, look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

DHS' Ruiz, Weber And Velder Headed To State Track And Field Championship

Photo by Friend Sentinel

Sacred Heart was the host school at this week's District D-3 Track Meet in Auburn.  

And when the dust settled, Dorchester High School found itself with three state qualifiers:

  • Bailey Velder (1st Place, Girls Shot Put)
  • Jacee Weber (2nd Place, Girls Triple Jump), (2nd Place, Girls Long Jump)
  • Maru Ruiz (1st Place, Girls 100 Meter Dash), (1st Place, Girls 200 Meter Dash)

All three DHS track and field standouts are juniors.

Bailey Velder has captured first place at every meet this year in the girls shot put.  Also, Jacee Weber is the Class D leader in the triple jump.

The Nebraska State Track and Field Championships will be held Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, at Omaha Burke Stadium.  See the line-up of events here.

The success of the DHS track and field program has prompted calls from some parents and school district taxpayers for a track around the currently unused football field.  One e-mail to the Times even suggested that 11th Street be closed north of the football field to provide more room for a track, which "could also be used for residents to get their daily walks," according to the e-mail.

One comment on our "Vil Dweller" Facebook account reads: "I would love to see the school make better usage of our vacant football field. With so many of our track and field athletes making it to state every year, it would be awesome to have access to a real training facility. Of course, it would be on a smaller scale, but just imagine what they could accomplish if they were given better training opportunities."

Our congratulations to the DHS state qualifiers. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Election Day Results: Trump, Kohout, Karpisek Take Saline County Races

It's Primary Election Day in Nebraska. (UPDATED at 11 p.m.)

In the contest for president, Donald J. Trump has run away in Nebraska's Republican contest for president. Trump has picked up all 36 delegates available in Nebraska's Republican presidential primary, giving him 89% of the delegates needed to win the GOP's nomination for president.

Democrats in Nebraska choose Bernie Sanders as their candidate back in February as part of that party's caucus, so we will not report on the Democrat presidential race since it means nothing.

Polls in Nebraska closed at 8 p.m. Central Time.

In Saline County, here are the results for the Republican presidential race:

           Ben Carson .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      5.60%
           Ted Cruz.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      18.97%
           John R. Kasich.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    10.99%
           Marco Rubio.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      2.48%
           Donald J. Trump  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   60.56%

An interesting note: In Saline County, Donald Trump accumulated only around 120 fewer votes than Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton -- combined -- despite facing five other competitors on the Republican ballot.

Here are results for some key Saline County races:

Commissioner District 3
           Marvin A. Kohout .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  56.64%
           Dennis D Oliva.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    43.36%
Commissioner District 4
           Tim McDermott .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     47.24%
           Russ Karpisek .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        52.76%

REMINDER: No Electricity In Dorchester Tues. Morning From 12-5 A.M.

UPDATE, 5/10: We do not have any word if the work will go on despite forecasts for thunderstorms after midnight.  The official village website is:

The Village of Dorchester has issued a notice that all Dorchester residents will be without electricity this morning May 11, from midnight until 5 a.m.

According to the notice, Norris Public Power will be replacing an electric pole at the local substation. 

To do this, electric power will need to be shut off during the early morning hours.

Residents are urged not to call Crete dispatch, since the City of Crete now oversees Dorchester's electricity maintenance.

In case of rain, the repair will be rescheduled for May 18.  

Any questions, call Village Hall at 402‐946‐3201.

NEWS ROUNDUP: Spanyers, Havlat Awarded Degrees; New Dorchester Business Formed

This May 9 photo is courtesy of Sandy Rains.

DHS Alums Havlat, Spanyers Receive Degrees From UNMC: Last weekend, more than 2,800 degrees were awarded during commencement exercises for the University of Nebraska, a proud Big Ten institution. Receiving her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene was Dorchester's Erica Spanyers. Receiving her degree from the College of Nursing Lincoln Division was Dorchester's Malinda Havlat.  Both degrees were bestowed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).  Our congratulations to these young professionals who are rising stars in their respective fields.

New Dorchester Business Entity:  The Times has been notified by e-mail that a new limited liability company has been formed in Dorchester. The name of the business is 4 Star Pallet, LLC, registered at 906 Stephens Street in Dorchester.  The initial registered agent is Leo Lindner.  The management of the company is vested in Lindner and Byron Lyman.  

Worst Of Monday's Storm Misses Dorchester:  Dorchester missed much of the severe weather that pounded our area last night, with the village seeing only around 0.30" of rain.  Meanwhile, hail as large as the size of a grapefruit fell in southeast Lincoln, as parts of the Capital City saw 6" to 8" in just a couple of hours.  Golf-ball sized hail was also reported at Wilber.  Five miles southwest of Wilber, quarter-sized hail fell along with just over three inches of rain, according to B.J. Fictum of Saline Weather Services.  There is another chance for thunderstorms across the region late tonight, with a possibility that a few storms could be on the strong to severe side, with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall being the primary concerns. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

SPORTS BRIEFS: All Three Dorchester Baseball Teams Back In Action; Wrestling Returns To DHS

Dorchester Baseball Season Begins:  Play ball! Dorchester's baseball season begins this week, with opening day set for Tuesday. It appears that Dorchester's baseball program will have all three age divisions represented on the diamond this year.  Dorchester has been without an older boys' team (15 and under), according to our records, since 2010, when Dorchester's National League team won the SFS League championship.  It's understandable if the rest of the league is a bit nervous.  After all, Dorchester was a dominant force in the SFS League's National League in the 1990s, '80s, '70s, '60s, and '50s -- the decade the league began. Weather permitting, Tuesday will see the Dorchester Pee Wee team travel to Exeter-Milligan (south), a bye for the American League team, and the National League team at DeWitt/Plymouth.  All three Dorchester teams will take on Wilber (white) in Wilber on Thursday.  And the home opener for all three Dorchester teams will be Tuesday, May 17.  Game times are 5:50 p.m. for Pee Wees; 7:00 p.m. for American; and 8:30 p.m. for National.

Dorchester Softball Opens May 16: Next week, on May 16, Dorchester's softball program will begin what many are saying will be a special season for all three teams.  The 8-and-under and the 10-and-under squads will host next-door Friend for both team's first game of the year. The 14-and-under team will host Meridian.  On Wednesday, May 18, all three Dorchester teams will be in Wilber.  Game times vary based on the number of games at a particular location.

Wresting Returns To DHS In 2016-2017 School Year:  After a three year hiatus, Dorchester High School will once again have its own wrestling team.  The Orange and Black Attack has been consolidating with Milford for the past three seasons.  But next school year -- the 2016-17 season -- Dorchester will field both junior high and high school wrestling squads. Ricky Lewis has been named as the new wrestling coach for both the junior high and high school levels. That leaves football as the only major sport currently not represented at DHS.

Elementary Field Day Is May 16:  Next Monday, May 16, is the annual Elementary Field Day.  Events begin at 9 a.m., weather permitting.  In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Tuesday, May 17.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

DHS Set To Graduate 17 This Saturday, 3:30 P.M.

On May 14, Dorchester High School will hold graduation ceremonies for 17 Longhorn seniors.

This Saturday's graduation ceremonies begin at 3:30 p.m. at the DHS gym.

Here are the members of DHS' Class of 2016 and their post-graduation plans:
  • Avery Ann Behrens: Northwest Missouri State University; Animal Science.
  • Isabell Blechner: Return to Germany to finish her formal education.
  • Anthony Taylor Bonilla:  SCC.
  • Clarissa Rose Kasl Bors: Doane University; Exercise Science.
  • Audra Rae Bulin: Bryan College of Health Sciences; Nursing.
  • Anthony Abel Calderon Cardona: Concordia University.
  • Marcelina Diaz: Joseph's College of Beauty and CCC; Mortuary Science.
  • Georg Jartveit: Return to Norway to finish formal education.
  • Jessica Lynne Kalkwarf: SCC; Business.
  • Jordan Christine Keller: SCC; Business Administration.
  • Brittany Clair Knorr: SCC; Early Childhood Education.
  • Marivelle Lorena Magana: Peru State College; English.
  • Christopher Dean Nelson: Doane College; Exercise Science.
  • Mario Augustine Perez: SCC; Fashion Merchandising.
  • Bryce Alan Rockenbach: SCC; Auto Body and Collision Repair.
  • Thomas Frank Vavra: Enter the workforce.
  • Lydia Kay Wells: SCC; Early Childhood Education.
Our heartiest of congratulations to these fine Longhorns in the Class of 2016!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: DHS Shines At CRC Track And Field Meet

It's time to get caught up with the latest news from Dorchester and the surrounding area.  Here's what's trending:

DHS Shines At CRC: At this week's Crossroads Conference track and field competition, the Dorchester girls finished fourth out of the 13 teams competing.  Leading the way were Maru Ruiz who took second place in the 100 meters with a time of 13:20; Lydia Wells who took second in the discus with a throw of 98-2; Bailey Velder who won the shot put with a toss of 38-3 1/2, followed by third-place finisher Avery Behrens who had a toss of 35-0; and Jacee Weber who won the long jump with a finish of 16-4, and won the triple jump with a mark of 36-7 3/4.  Impressive performance ladies. Now if you can just convince more DHS boys to go out for more sports.

Legion Club To Open On Sundays?: At this point it is still hearsay, but the Times has received word from a reliable source that the Dorchester American Legion, along with the Sons of the American Legion, is looking at opening the Legion club on Sundays to serve beverages and food since City Slickers is closed that day of the week.  According to the reports we've received, there have been discussions of the idea at recent Legion board meetings and there appears to be support among the members since opening the Legion club on Sundays wouldn't hurt City Slickers financially.

Crime Stoppers Signs Go Up:  The Saline County C/URB Coalition unveiled new county Crime Stoppers signs at their regular meeting in April.  You may have seen the new sign on the Dorchester population sign on Highway 33.  These signs are part of the group’s latest project to raise awareness of safety and the prevention of underage risky behaviors.  Crime Stoppers county number is 1-800-345-3361. The signs were delivered to the Nebraska Department of Roads shop in Dorchester for placement.  If community members wish to become involved with this group, or simply wish to be added to the “C/URB” mailing list, please contact the coalition through its chairperson, Tim McDermott, Saline County Commissioner, District 4, at 402-821-3581, or via email,

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Our Endorsement: Trump For President

Donald Trump for president. That is the consensus of the authors of this blog.

We also agree this election is important enough to Dorchester and all of Nebraska that we are endorsing candidate Trump well before the the Nebraska primary election next Tuesday.  (We have read that Trump is currently leading in the Nebraska polls.)

Is Trump the perfect candidate? Far from it. But he brings a certain brand of pragmatic populism that has not been attached to America's conservative politics since Ronald Reagan was in the Oval Office.

We could write a lengthy thesis on why Trump is the right person for president in 2016, but we will let real-world numbers make the case:
  • At last check, the U.S. was running a trade deficit of $539 billion in goods and services.  For the politicians reading this, that is $539,000,000,000 -- in the red. How long can a nation and an economy survive this much bleeding?
  • From 2000 to 2014, the U.S. lost more than 5 million well-paying manufacturing jobs.  From the politicians, nary a word.  All we get are proposals for "free college tuition" or another free trade deal to benefit a select few.
  • Meanwhile, as real jobs disappear and wages are stagnant, our nation now has a permanent welfare class, from free school lunches to food stamps, from cell phones to housing vouchers.  This year, the U.S. government (we the taxpayers) will spend an estimated $1.1 trillion on welfare -- federal, state and local.  
  • Since 2005, the most conservative estimates say there have been around 11 million illegal immigrants roaming inside our nation.  Other estimates put the number near 18-20 million.  This despite the disappearing blue-collar jobs that once blessed America with a surging middle class.  Sadly, neither political party has had the guts to do anything about the illegal immigration crisis.
  • From 2009 to 2014, under the Obama administration, more than 7.4 million work permits were issued to aliens, far exceeding the immigration limits set by Congress. The huge number of work permits has severely limited job opportunities for American citizens.
  • While immigrants generally help our economy, many today send their paychecks back home to Mexico or other Latin America countries -- up to $70 billion in 2008.  That export of dollars is crippling Nebraska communities, which must still pay to educate the children of immigrants whether they're legal or not.  In generations past, that money was recycled many times over at local businesses to improve homes and neighborhoods, which in turn created more property taxes for schools and infrastructure.
  • We particularly like candidate Trump's "America First" theme.  Why is the U.S. the only nation contributing significant resources and lives in the fight against radical Islam?  Why, 70 years after the end of WWII, is the U.S. is still footing the bill to defend Japan and other nations?
  • From 2003-2010, the U.S. spent more than $1.1 trillion on the Iraq War, a blunder that was supported by both parties. Today, the Middle East -- the Iraqi region specifically -- is a complete mess, fueling the flames of Islamic fanaticism more than ever before.
  • Last presidential cycle, in 2012, more than $2 billion went to the political parties.  Is it any wonder that the average Joe or Jane no longer has a voice at the federal level, where the most important decisions are made?
Something has to change.  

Over the last two decades, America's political class -- the "establishment" -- has ignored some of America's toughest challenges, like our disappearing industries and jobs.  They've side-stepped issues like illegal immigration, and made many matters worse than ever, like radical Islam in the Middle East and America's growing welfare state.

Trump has noted he will lead the charge to reverse all of the trends mentioned above.

Moreover, Trump has proved he's good at running multi-billion dollar companies; the other candidates have proved they're good only at running their mouths.

It is time for a new boss, one who is not beholden to contributions or crazy activist groups; one who isn't worried about offending a small segment in order to achieve the greater good over the long term.

It's time for President Trump.

Dorchester Alumni Banquet Set For May 28

The 2016 Dorchester Alumni Banquet is set for Saturday night, May 28. 

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the banquet will start at 6 p.m.  
Classes ending in "6" will be honored.

On the agenda for this year's banquet is the roast beef dinner as prepared by the Dorchester American Legion Auxiliary.

This year's guest speaker will be Delores Feeken-Schmidt, mother of Mike Feeken from the DHS Class of 1996.

A special tribute will be paid to the Class of 1996, as well as the Class of 1966.

All new alums from the Class of 2016 who attend will get a free iTunes gift card.

Reservations should be sent by May 14.  

Those who wish to attend should send their reservations to: 

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

Use the following form:

                            DORCHESTER ALUMNI BANQUET - 6 P.M., MAY 28, 2016

Please reserve ___ seats at $20 each ........................................ $_____________
Donation to Dorchester Alumni Association ................................. $_____________
Donation to Dorchester Alumni Scholarship Fund .......................... $_____________
 (Optional: In Memory of ______________________)

                                                                                              TOTAL $______________

Name: __________________________ Class of _________  E-Mail___________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________

City:______________________________ State: _______ Zip:_______________________

Phone: ____________________________

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

LOOKING BACK: Dorchester's Main Street 55 Years Ago

It's 1961.  Your car needs an oil change or a mechanical fix. What do you do? 

Well, 55 years ago, you had several options in Dorchester.  You could take your car to the new Farmers Co-op service station, or to one of two garages in town -- Sehnert's Ford Dealership and Garage or Joe Wagner's Mobil Filling Station and Garage across the street.

Derek Filipi of Wilber -- Joe's grandson -- sent us this were photograph through our Dorchester Times Facebook account. (Click on the photo for a better view.)

Wagner's filling station and garage operated at the present site of Barley's Specialties.  

The building that housed Joe Wagner's business was later sold to the Danielson family. During the 1980s, it was briefly home to Zabka's Phillips 66 station and convenience store.

In the 1950s, it was Arnold's Mobil, as longtime resident Arnold Bobolz owned it for several years.