Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dorchester Offers Affordable Options For New Year's Celebration


If you are looking to ring in the new year like a champ, you couldn't do much better than celebrating the arrival of 2017 in Dorchester.  

And it's much more affordable than the big city prices.

New Year's Eve will bring many party and dining options to Dorchester.  Here are the public celebrations we know of:
  • Big T's BBQ Pit Stop:  The east side of Dorchester's main street will be swinging on Dec. 31, that's for sure.  Big T's will be hosting Panama Road.  In addition, the restaurant will be serving a special buffet, including prime rib, BBQ meats, and seafood with the fixings.  Drink specials all day, we are told.
  • Dorchester American Legion: Dorchester's Legion Hall will be rocking -- or perhaps we should say polka-ing. The Brad Husak Combo will be playing at the Legion's New Year's Eve dance.  The Legion's doors will open at 8 p.m. and the music will go beyond midnight.  The cover is only $5.  
  • City Slickers: On the west side of main street, City Slickers will be serving prime rib; steak and shrimp; and New York Strip.  And you can add Crab Legs to any special.  Full salad bar will be available, as well as desserts and complimentary champagne.  Free pool and jukebox all night long.  The establishment is accepting reservations. Regular menu also available.
Happy New Year's Eve from the Dorchester Times.

Friday, December 30, 2016

DHS Girls Basketball Takes First Place In Holiday Tourney


Here are the scores from Dorchester's Dec. 29-30 holiday basketball tournament action at Weeping Water.  

The DHS girls' team took first place.


Girls


Round 1: DHS 41, CEDAR BLUFFS 36


Round 2 (First Place Game): DHS 47, WEEPING WATER 25


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Boys



Round 1: WEEPING WATER 55, DHS 28
Dorchester 11 --28 
Weeping Water 11 16 17 11 --55 
Dorchester--Cervantes 4, Cochnar 3, Havlat 8, Hoffman 3, Nelson 6, Vielma 2, Youngblood 4, Zahourek 2.
Weeping Water--Garner 14, A. Heath 7, M. Heath 14, May 4, Brammier 11, Smith 2, Patton 3.

Round 2: McCOOL JUNCTION 56, DORCHESTER 30


Dorchester 6 11 2 11 -- 30 

McCool Junction 19 12 12 13 -- 56 
Dorchester--Stats not available.
McCool Junction--Cogswell 23, Forman 7, Hobbs 4, Perry 12, Gonnerman 1, Green 7, Stutzman 2.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Looking Back: The Holidays In Dorchester ... 70 Years Ago

Christmas decorations on the third floor of the old school.

Seventy years ago, as World War II operations were winding down, the holidays brought lots of hustle and bustle to Dorchester.

The Dorchester Times staff examined Christmas-time issues of The Dorchester Star newspaper from 1946. Here are some of the activities on the Dorchester calendar the week before Christmas:
  • Dorchester Activities Club:  The Dorchester Activities Club, which met once a month, had 68 residents attend the December 1946 meeting to share a turkey dinner prepared by "the ladies" and then to hear from a guest speaker discuss the future of "atomic energy."
  • American Legion: On Dec. 15, 1946, the Dorchester American Legion Post 264 held a trap shoot for the public at the J. Owen Potter farm.  Pheasants were at "such a high premium" that year that it was decided shooting at clay pigeons made more sense than a hunt.  On Dec. 19, the Legion and Auxiliary held a Christmas covered dish supper for the community (just as they did in 2016).
  • Dorchester Quilting Club:  The Quilting Club enjoyed a Christmas party at the home of Mrs. Lillie Arnold.
  • Friendly Nabor Club:  The 20 members of the Friendly Nabor Project Club met at the home of Mrs. Sabina Potter on Dec. 11 for lunch and had a exchange of homemade gifts.  They announced the January meeting would be hosted by Mrs. Hans Weber and Mrs. Jay Younkin.
  • Triple A Club:  Mrs. John Freeouf was hostess of the Triple A Club.  It was reported that "Miss Myrtle Briker was high at bridge."
  • Dorchester Bridge Club:  The Bridge Club met Dec. 17, 1946, at the home of C.C. Whitcomb.
  • Dorchester School:  Dorchester's 5th and 6th graders decorated their classrooms for Christmas with posters of Christmas scenes, as well as poinsettias and candles and a Christmas tree.  Jack Bruha brought a new 1947 calendar for his classroom.  In high school, the DHS Pep Club girls decorated the hallways and student assembly, and they "dressed a tree placed in the upper hall."
  • Dorchester Library:  The Dorchester Public Library was open on Saturdays in December 1946 from 7-9 p.m. on Saturdays and from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
  • Methodist Church:  The Dorchester Methodist Church's young people went caroling around town on Dec. 21, 1946.  The "Junior Department" of the UMC Sunday School held a pageant "A Little Child" on Christmas Eve.  The adult choir practiced on Dec. 19.
  • L.M. Club:  The weekly L.M. Club (we don't know what L.M. stood for) met at the home of Mrs. William Sehnert, as Madames Earl Moser and Henry Andelt received traveling prizes.
  • Women's Club:  The Dorchester Women's Club held their weekly meeting on the afternoon of Dec. 18 at the Community Hall.
These were just some of the holiday events we found taking place in Dorchester seventy years ago.

How has our community changed over the years? How is it still the same? Consider sharing this with your children and asking for their opinions.

Monday, December 26, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: Three New DPS Board Members Set To Begin Terms


Here's what is trending in Dorchester right now:

  • New School Board Members Will Begin Duties In January:  At the Dorchester Board of Education Meeting held earlier this month, longtime DPS Board members were honored by Superintendent Daryl Schrunk.  Retiring school board members are Brad Havlat (20 years of service); Mark Bors (14 years of service); and Lindsey Zoubek (8 years of service).  Newly elected board members -- Neal Pavlish, Mike Hatfield and Kelli Schweitzer -- will begin their duties in January.  The Board's next meeting will be Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the DPS School Library.  It is open to all school district patrons.
  • Opponents Call DHS Administrators Regarding Longhorn Athletes: It is reported that following a December basketball game, officials from the Bruning-Davenport-Shickley School called to commend DHS girls' basketball players for their attitudes, sportsmanship and community service.  "From their smiles and greetings," to their efforts to pick up after the game, BDS told DHS administrators that they were impressed by the character of DHS' girls.
  • DHS To Buy New Wrestling "Under Mat": (Correction: A reader clarified an earlier version of this summary.) Although there are only two DHS wrestlers this season, the DPS School Board recently voted 6-0 to approve the purchase of a new mat to place under the school's wrestling mats.  The cost will be shared 50/50 with the youth wrestling programs, according to DPS Board minutes.
  • Overheard In City Slickers: Last week, we overheard a local resident talking about the Dorchester School's advertisement in The Crete News in an effort to get more option-enrollment students.  This individual suggested that instead of spending advertising money, why not offer current DPS educators a $200/month stipend to live in Dorchester -- especially those with children?  We've heard worse ideas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Note To Dorchester's Village Officials: Follow McCool's Lead


Interesting story in the Lincoln Journal Star this morning.  We hope Dorchester's elected board members, including the two newest, read it.

According to the Lincoln paper, when the Dorchester-headquartered Farmer's Cooperative put up new silos in 2012 in McCool Junction, McCool's city government "used a boost in tax increment financing revenue to give the entire village a facelift -- redoing streets and sewers, refurbishing parks, even acquiring land."

The Journal Star reports that "when a redevelopment project adds value to a 'substandard and blighted' property, TIF allows cities to capture the additional property taxes on that added value to help pay for related improvements that have some public benefit, generally using a bond that is repaid over 15 years."

Nebraska had 766 TIF projects as of last year.  That's a big number of community improvements.  Dorchester should be in that mix.  

Of course, a good attorney will be needed to walk the village board through the process. But just think of the opportunities:

  •  Maybe a new apartment or row-house building on the site of an abandoned, neglected home. (The one on 9th Street comes to mind.)
  • Perhaps a refurbished commercial building on main street.
  • Or what about the next time the Farmers' Cooperative does another major, $1-million-plus project in town, like any one of the silos that have gone up here in the past half dozen years?

You need to give people a financial incentive to spend big dollars in small communities.  And when they do, our village should be capturing those extra property tax dollars (created by increased property values) to benefit our community's quality of life.

Dorchester's elected leaders need to start getting creative.  Examining the use of TIF in Dorchester might be a good start to help improve our community's businesses, street conditions, and housing stock.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Country Star Jerrod Neiman Coming To Dorchester; Tickets Available Now


(UPDATE: Tickets for the June 3 Jerrod Neiman concert in downtown Dorchester are now available for purchase at City Slickers in Dorchester. There will be a limited number of tickets available for this event, according to organizers, so get yours soon. More information can be obtained by calling 402-946-2171.)

Some of you may recall those amazing street dances Dorchester used to have 25 or 30 years ago. Well, they're coming back -- in a big way -- in another form and fashion, and with a big headline act.

Recently, Dorchester's City Slickers restaurant announced that it will be hosting the first annual "City Lights, Country Nights" street party in downtown Dorchester, Saturday, June 3, 2017. 

City Slickers promises this will be "an amazing event" featuring country music singing star Jerrod Neiman.

Ticket information will be provided in the following weeks, according to City Slickers' Facebook posts.

For those who don't know, Niemann is a country music singer and songwriter.  He has released one single and three albums: Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury (2010), Free the Music (2012), and High Noon (2014). 

These albums have produced a combined six Top 40 entries on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, including the number 1 singles "Lover, Lover" (a cover of Sonia Dada's "You Don't Treat Me No Good") and "Drink to That All Night". 

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

Developing...

Friday, December 16, 2016

NEWS ROUNDUP: Dan Nerud Selected To Help Lead Nebraska Corn Growers


Here's what is trending in Dorchester...

* Dorchester Farmer Elected V.P. For Nebraska Corn Growers:  Dan Nerud of Dorchester has been elected the new vice president of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association.  The group, which is the premier legislative and membership advocate for Nebraska’s corn growers, made the announcement earlier this week following its annual meeting in Lincoln.

* Dustin Nelson Named To Class C1 Football Honorable Mention List:  Who says Dorchester guys can't hang with Class C1 football teams? Dorchester's Dustin Nelson, a DHS senior, has been awarded an honorable mention spot for his efforts as a starter for the Milford-Dorchester football team in 2016.  That is according to the Omaha World-Herald. Way to go, Dustin. See the full list for all classes here.

* Exeter's Town Board Considers Paving Rest Of Town's Streets:  At its board meeting earlier this month, the Exeter town board discussed a $1.4 million plan that will finish the paving of unpaved streets in that community, according to the Friend Sentinel. The Exeter board is also planning a downtown improvement project that includes LED lighting for its street lamps.

Scores From DHS' Dec. 15 Basketball Games


Here are the scores from the Dec. 15 DHS basketball games:

Boys: 

OSCEOLA 56, DORCHESTER 32
Osceola 21 16 11 --56 
Dorchester 10 --32 
Osceola--Stats not available.
Dorchester--Vielma 5, Havlat 15, Cervantes 3, Nelson 9.

Girls:

DORCHESTER 50, OSCEOLA 29
Osceola 15 --29 
Dorchester 16 11 14 --50 
Osceola--Stats not available.
Dorchester--Stats not available.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dorchester's Citizen Of The Year: Penny Keller


The Dorchester Times is proud to name Penny Keller as its "Dorchester Citizen of the Year."

Keller is receiving this honor based largely on her efforts to clean up neglected properties throughout Dorchester.  Many small towns in Nebraska -- from Wymore to Lyman -- have neglected to be proactive in this area, and it shows.

One reader told us: "I’d like to nominate Penny Keller.  She cares about the community of Dorchester.  She is a loyal and tireless citizen who wants to make our wonderful village an even a better place.  She has passion for Dorchester."

In the summer of 2016, Keller was hired by the village board as Dorchester's new nuisance abatement and code compliance officer to ensure that residents and other property owners are keeping their properties up to community standards and ordinances.  

Keller, who is working as a contract employee, started her duties in early August, according to official documents.  Her job is to help ensure the continuation of property clean-up notices and enforcement originally initiated by SENDD.

Within just weeks of Keller starting her job, residents noticed the difference. For example, one clean-up of commercial property south of the city park received rave reviews.  The Times received several e-mails and online comments praising the village for requiring action.

"It's good to see property owners willingly and promptly complying with the village requests for clean-up," we wrote in August.  "They, too, should be applauded for their efforts. Those who ignore the warnings and requests should face consequences."

Run-down, neglected, and unsafe pieces of property trample the rights of those who live nearby.  Moreover, they harm Dorchester's public image, which matters if we want to grow our village.  Approaching people to tell them it's time to clean up their mess -- whether in person, by phone or by mail -- is no easy task.  We commend Keller for the work she has done over the past several months. 

If you suspect a property in Dorchester is non-compliant with village standards, call 402-418-8670 or to i.comply@outlook.com.

Keller has also volunteered for several years by serving on the Dorchester Planning Commission.  This commission is charged with guiding village efforts to grow and improve Dorchester's quality of life.  Among the actions the commission undertakes is dealing with zoning issues.

Our previous Citizen of the Year winners include Carol Olson, Dale Hayek, and Bill Velder

Honorable mentions submitted to the Times (Dorchester.Times@gmail.com) this year and in years past include:  Peg Bergmeyer, Lyle Weber, Greg Tyser, Todd Axline, all members of the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue, Ben Haufle, Brent Zoubek, Kyleigh Jo Lewis, Phil Weber, Steve Ottmann, Scott Pohl, Eric Stehlik, Joyce Karl, Adam Briggs, Rob "Bert" Parks, John Bruha, Mark Bors, Tom Cerny, Amanda Cerny, Julie and Joe Holly of "The Well", LJ Barley, Bob and Marva Kasl, and Ryan Voelker.

Congratulations to Penny Keller, our Times' Citizen of 2016!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Scores From Dec. 13 DHS Basketball Games


Here are the scores from the Dec. 13 Dorchester basketball games:
Boys:
HARVARD 42, DORCHESTER 24
Dorchester 10 --24 
Harvard 15 10 --42 
Dorchester--Stats not available.
Harvard--Brand 1, Scott 1, Nieman 12, Alvarez 11, Callahan 7, Marshall 8, Wilkerson 2.
Girls:
Dorchester 39, Harvard 30

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tragic Case In Crete: Woman And Her Three Kids Living In Storage Unit, Car


The story from York earlier this week (see below) was evidence that the world has changed in recent years, and not necessarily for the better.  

More proof of that fact came from Crete yesterday, when news broke that a woman arrested in town had been living with her children in a storage unit and out of a car.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, when Crete police arrested the 29-year-old mother last week on a Lancaster County warrant, officers found her three youngest children -- ages 5, 3 and 2 -- "in the back of an SUV, filthy, half-clothed and each holding a stolen boxer puppy."

From what we can gather, all the children had different fathers.  (Yes, it matters, which is why we've included that in this post.)

The Journal Star's updated story reports: "The Crete woman arrested last week has five children according to court records. Her oldest daughter, 12, lived with her father at the time. The woman is not named here to protect the identity of her kids.  Her second oldest, a 9-year-old boy, has missed school for days or weeks and bounced between Crete and Lincoln school districts seven times since 2013, according to court records."

According to the Lincoln newspaper, "School officials said his mother appeared intoxicated and unable to follow conversations. ...  The boy spent days in intensive care this summer after he nearly lost his left arm when it became badly infected, and court records indicate his mother neglected to take him to follow-up medical appointments after doctors put pins in his arm to fix a broken bone.

"Crete police caught up with her Thursday as she dropped her 9-year-old son off at school after he'd been truant for days. In the back seat of her trash-filled SUV, officers found her youngest three children holding puppies.  The 5- and 3-year-old girls each had one bare foot and the 2-year-old girl was naked from the waist down and wrapped in a blanket, according to court documents. ... Police arrested the woman on a misdemeanor warrant for pawning property by a convicted person and cited her for possession of stolen property, theft and child abuse.

"The children have been placed with their fathers. Their mother was in Saline County jail Monday evening."

Monday, December 12, 2016

Dorchester Man Killed In Single-Car Accident Near Wilber


The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 30-year-old Dorchester man was killed in a Dec. 7 accident 2½ miles west of Wilber. 

Joshua Ostrander died in the single-car wreck on County Road 5, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. 

The Saline County sheriff did not return calls asking for details on the accident, the Journal Star reports.

Ostrander was a dog lover and outdoorsman who marched to the beat of his own drum, his obituary said.

A private memorial service is set for tomorrow in Seward. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Planning A Home Improvement? You Need A Building Permit


So you are a Dorchester resident -- or nearby resident -- who's planning a home improvement or change to your property soon.

Well, you'll likely need to notify the Village of Dorchester and get a permit.

According to Dorchester's Comprehensive Plan for Zoning and Subdivision Regulations, a building permit is absolutely necessary for properties within a one-mile radius of the village's limits.

Applications are required for:

* New construction.
* Additions.
* Fences.
* Basements.
* Replaced structures.

Permits are needed before work begins.  

Permit applications are reviewed for approval at the village board meeting held at the first of each month, so you should apply for your permit several weeks before starting your project.

When in doubt, always contact the village office first.  Or call 402-946-3201.

Also if you're going to dig, you need to call 811 at least two days before the digging takes place.

Friday, December 9, 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...

Girls Basketball Score: Dec. 8


Here is the score from Dorchester's Dec. 8 girls basketball game.  There was no boys game.

Girls:

EXETER-MILLIGAN 51, DORCHESTER 18
Exeter-Milligan 15 12 16 --51 
Dorchester--18 

Exeter-Milligan--Hall 13, Jansky 10, Beethe 8, Horne 8, White 7, Sluka 3.
Dorchester--Velder 5, Ruiz 4, Zoubek 4, Bird 2, Weber 2, Plouzek 1.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dorchester's Lloyd Kahle Passes At 81


Lloyd Adam Kahle, 81, of rural Dorchester, passed away on Dec. 5, 2016, at home. Lloyd was born on Nov. 30, 1935, to Adam and Elvia (Friendt) Kahle. He was baptized on Jan 5, 1936, by Rev. A.F. Schrein at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete and confirmed there on May 29, 1949. He attended District 17 through 8th grade. He decided not to attend high school, but to farm with his dad. He contracted polio at the age of 16 which affected his swallowing. He died from the effect of post-polio syndrome.

He married Lois (Beck) Kahle on December 8, 1957. Four children were born to this union: Linda, Ronnie, Donna and Connie Jo. Lloyd was a life time member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He loved farming and he was proud to farm with his dad and son. Lloyd grew grain, had a cow-calf herd and raised sheep. He also enjoyed working with horses and taking his horse and buggy through parades. He was known by his signature bib overalls and polka dot hat.

He is survived by his daughters and spouses: Linda (Roger) Woolsey of Friend; Donna (Brad) Havlat of Crete; Connie (Chris) Hiegel of Grand Island, and daughter-in-law, Joyce Kahle of Dorchester.

Grandchildren: Josh (Becky) June of Milford; Sarah (Mark) Andersen of Palmyra; Spencer (BJ) June of Dorchester; Ryan Kahle of Alexandria, Va.; Crystal (Aaron) Rasmussen of Dannebrog; Adam Kahle of Omaha; Lydia Kahle of Wayne; Ross (Carol) Havlat of Crete; Brian (Katie) Havlat and John (Jill) Havlat, both of Lincoln; Sr. Amy Marie Havlat of Waverly; Malinda Havlat of Lincoln and her fiance, John Wehrs; Tim Havlat of Crete; Courtney Hiegel of Seward; Carter Hiegel, Claire Hiegel and Calie Hiegel all of Grand Island.

Also 14 great-grandchildren and two more on the way. Brother, Larry (Jean) Kahle of Dorchester. Sisters: Bonnie (Ken) George of Omaha; Carol Smejdir and Janet Smejdir, both of Lincoln.

Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois (2011); son, Ron (2013); grandson, Jared Havlat; brother, Roger Kahle; and sister, Eileen Nerud.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, December 9) at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete. Viewing beginning at 2 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5 - 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete. Interment in Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are designated to Lambs of Christ Preschool-Crete, Heartland Lutheran High School or Trinity Lutheran School, both of Grand Island.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Scores From Dorchester's Dec. 6 Basketball Games


Here are the scores from Dorchester's Dec. 6 basketball games:

Boys

DILLER-ODELL 60, DORCHESTER 19
Diller-Odell21151410--60
Dorchester 3808--19
Diller-Odell -- Stats not available.
Dorchester--Vielma 3, Havlat 5, Nelson 11.
Girls

DILLER-ODELL 60, DORCHESTER 33

Box score not available.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Experts: Frankie Way Off On His Dec. 7 Snow Prediction But Colder Temps Coming


We love him.  He's passionate about his profession.  But Frankie the Canadian weather guy got this one wrong, it appears.

Unless the earth gets tipped off its orbital pattern, there will not be a major snowstorm tomorrow, Dec. 7.

Last week, Frankie predicted "a massive blizzard" for Nebraska on Wednesday.  Frankie said the storm would bring up to 12 inches of blowing and drifting snow -- "especially in Omaha and Lincoln."

Now the experts say there's a 50% chance of only "a couple of flurries in the morning."

While there won't be much snow tomorrow, there will be some very cold temperatures.

According to media reports, there'll be a second surge of cold air, an arctic cold front, that will roll in Wednesday morning.  Wednesday afternoon highs are expected to stay in the low to mid-20s, followed by overnight lows dipping into the single digits and teens for both Thursday and Friday, which are forecast to be dry, with highs in the low to mid-20s.

High temperatures are expected to rise into the 30s by the weekend.

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 three 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 sell 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.