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Will Vraspir Awaiting ‘VII’ with patience of Jedi master

The date has been set and I’m among the millions who can’t wait for Dec. 18, 2015 — the day “Star Wars VII” is scheduled to be released. But I’m starting to realize that I might not be a die-hard fan.

Sure, I enjoy watching the movies, even the prequels that some fans mocked. I have my favorite lines memorized. My ears perk up every time “star” and “wars” are used in the same sentence.

Patrick White Documentary tells movie critic’s story

A voice is a terrible thing to lose. Roger Ebert was diagnosed and treated for cancer and lost his physical voice in the process. Never, however, did it negate his ability to speak to a wide audience through technology, a tool Ebert grasped onto much earlier than other movie critics.

Ebert, a fighter until the end of his battle with cancer, blogged consistently about movies seen and observations had during the finality of his life. This, the power of the human spirit and our ability to speak in a variety of ways is the focus of director Steve James’ documentary about the life of the greatest movie critic.

Robin Stroot With county fair over, it’s time to think State Fair

We had a great week for the Adams County Fair, which wrapped up with the 4-H livestock auction on Monday. My main area of work at the fair is being the superintendent of the open class exhibits.

One misconception I heard several times this year regarding the open class — not 4-H entries — is that you have to earn a purple ribbon to take the item to the Nebraska State Fair. Not true. Think of your county fair. Usually, you have to be a resident of that particular county to enter items in open class. In Adams County, you can also be a member of the Adams County Family, Community, Education clubs (formerly known as extension clubs) to enter items in the Adams County Fair open class. Your county’s premium book will give you the specifics for that county’s open class entry requirements.

Joyce OreIf only I’d known that years ago …

Things that my mother and others never told me and if they have, I’ve probably forgotten: When we were first married, someone should have told us to invest in gold instead of baby shoes. The babies are grown and the shoes are in a drawer waiting to be bronzed, while people who invested in gold are buying cabin cruisers and putting their names on a list to travel in space.

My mother did a lot to further my education in a number of areas, but she never told me that those two words “I do,” gave me a life sentence to refilling the empty roll of bathroom tissue and answering the landline telephone.

Russ Batenhorst Two big events that defined a generation

So, is anything really exciting going to happen in, oh, let’s say the next three weeks? By that, I mean anything that we’ll still be talking about in 45 years, or at least those that come after us. And one more caveat — something positive.

There are plenty of negative things that could happen; the current world situation sees to that. Right now, there are hot spots in the Ukraine and the Middle East getting most of our attention and pushing aside the conflicts that were big news two weeks ago. So, yeah, they could supply or touch off monumental events, but I want the positive. Are there occurrences upon us that will still ring noteworthy in 45 years?

Tamera Schlueter Leaky-eyed wedding brings new beginnings

The groom was misty-eyed. That’s the first thing that will come to mind when I think about Magnet and Fireball’s wedding. He got pretty emotional when he saw his bride for the first time on their wedding day.

She was resplendent on the arm of her father, and beaming like the sun as they approached the altar. Every eye was on her and rightly so. Every eye, that is, except mine.

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  Deb Fischer, U.S. Senate
  383 Russell Senate Office Building
  Washington, D.C. 20510
  (202) 224-6551 • senator@bennelson.senate.gov

  Mike Johanns, U.S. Senate
  404 Russell Senate Office Building
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  Adrian Smith, U.S. House
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  Area Nebraska senators

  Russ Karpisek, Wilber • District 32
  Room 1015, State Capitol
  Lincoln, NE 68509
  (402) 471-2711• rkarpisek@leg.ne.gov

  Les Seiler, Hastings • District 33
  Room 1523, State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68509
  (402) 471-2712 • lseiler@leg.ne.gov

  Annette Dubas, Fullerton • District 34
  Room 1018, State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68509
  (402) 471-2630 • adubas@leg.ne.gov

  Tom Carlson, Holdrege • District 38
  Room 1022, State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68509
  (402) 471-2732 • tcarlson@leg.ne.gov

  Dave Heineman, Governor
  Office of the Governor
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  (402) 471-2244 • www.governor.nebraska.gov

 Hastings City Council
Ward 1
  Everett Goebel
  402-463-4063 • egoebel@cityofhastings.org
  Ginny Skutnik

  Ward 2

  Sarah T. Hoops
  402-519-5040 • sarkatra@yahoo.com
  Michael Krings
  402-463-3130 • mkrings@cityofhastings.org

  Ward 3

  John Harrington
  402-462-8897 • jharrington@cityofhastings.org
  Kathy Peterson
  402-463-2756 • kpeterson@cityofhastings.org

Ward 4
  Chuck Niemeyer
  402-463-5179 • cniemeyer@cityofhastings.org
  Phil Odom
  402-463-4909 • podom@cityofhastings.org

 ADAMS COUNTY bRD. of supervisors
  District 1
  Lee Saathoff, Hastings • (402) 463-8151

  District 2

  Mike Weeks, Hastings • (402) 751-2546

  District 3

  Jack Hynes, Holstein • (402) 756-5023

  District 4

  Scott Thomsen, Hastings • (402) 463-9485

  District 5

  Dale Curtis, Hastings • (402) 463-3778

  District 6

  Chuck Neumann, Hastings • (402) 463-5471

  District 7

  Eldon Orthmann, Hastings • (402) 462-9846

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