Learn how to watch for a new invasive pest that has recently been found in Omaha. Nicole Stoner from Nebraska Extension in Gage County is putting on an Emerald Ash Borer Awareness seminar on Wednesday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H Building on the Nemaha County Fairgrounds in Auburn. The seminar will cover identification of Emerald Ash Borer, signs of infestation on your ash trees, what to do now that the EAB has come to Nebraska, and control measures. Pre-registration with the Nemaha County Extension Office is encouraged so they can plan for materials. If you would like to be a part of this seminar contact the office by July 5th at (402)274-4755
July 4 Fireworks Show in Auburn Starting 10 p.m.; Mo and T Disc Jockey Services Will Provide Music Monday
The United States’ 240th birthday will be celebrated with fireworks in Auburn. The display is scheduled Monday, July 4, at 10 p.m. Seating will be available at Irvin Park and Auburn High School. Auburn Eagles Aerie No. 3767 and the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department are sponsoring the show. Music will be furnished by Mo and T disc jockey services.
Holloway, Ritchie, Reznicek Named World-Herald NAIA All-Nebraska Honorable Mention for 2016 Softball
Three Peru State softball players earned honorable mention recognition in the Omaha World-Herald’s (OWH) annual All-Nebraska NAIA Softball Team honors. OWH sportswriter Marjie Ducey compiles the list which recognizes the best of the softball players in the NAIA across the state of Nebraska. Halle Holloway (Waco), Morgan Ritchie (Lincoln), and Nicole Reznicek (Omaha) were the three Bobcats recognized.
While not all of the team’s goals were met, the Peru State women’s golf team concluded their season with a decent amount of success throughout the 2015-16 year. The team knew their mission would be tougher this year with the addition of several top teams to the conference. As a team, the Bobcats had two second-place finishes in the fall. They took second out of seven teams in the Graceland University Tournament and then followed with a second place finish in the Nebraska Wesleyan “Pink” Classic. In the spring, Peru State’s best finish came at the Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Invitational where they finished third out of six teams.
Richard Dean Johnson was born June 24, 1940 to Ralph and Nellie (Colson) Johnson, Sr. in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He lived with his family on the farm near Elk Creek, Nebraska. He attended Elk Creek Public School, graduating with the Class of 1958. He was united in marriage to Darlene M. Grove on November 15, 1959 at the Pawnee County Courthouse. To this union three children were born. They lived near Elk Creek until moving to Tecumseh in the 1970’s. After their marriage, Richard worked for D & M Feed in Auburn, Tecumseh Rendering Plant, Campbell Soup Company, OK Tire, and Auburn Consolidated Industries in Auburn. He also farmed near Auburn and worked for several farmers. He retired from ACI as a Maintenance Technician after 24 years. Richard was a very hard worker and enjoyed helping his kids with their houses. He loved going to auctions, playing cards, reading books, doing puzzles, fishing, gardening, watching things grow, wiring houses and watching westerns, wrestling and cooking shows on t.v. Richard would help anyone who needed assistance and never complained. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and he passed away on June 26, 2016, one day after his 76th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Tecumseh; children, Dale Johnson of Tecumseh, Ken Johnson and wife DeAnn of Unadilla and Brenda Laflin Johnson of Tecumseh; many grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Schuetz and husband Carl of Humboldt and Joan Sullwold and husband Hank of Stella; numerous nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law, Ramona Johnson of Table Rock. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ralph Johnson, Jr. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh with Chaplain Sharon Schuster officiating. Special music included “Angels Among Us”, “Amazing Grace”, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “I’ll Fly Away” by Chaplain Sharon Schuster. Pallbearers were Dale Johnson, Sr., Ken Johnson, Dale Johnson, Jr., Hank Sullwold, Tim Laflin, Dan Laflin and Ryan Laflin. Honorary pallbearers were Kyle Johnson, Crystal Johnson, Carl Johnson, Dale Laflin, Dominic Johnson, Dillon Johnson and Joseph Johnson. Interment was in the Tecumseh Cemetery near Tecumseh. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.
Harmony Louise Pitts Ford, age 93, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, died Thursday, May 12, 2016 at her home. Harmony was born April 8, 1923 in Anderson, Missouri, the daughter of Dewey and Helen (Chamberlain) Cole. She married Ervin R. Pitts August 1, 1943 in Anderson, Mo., while he was serving in the US Navy during WWII. After the war they made their home in many cities as he coached high school and college football teams. They both continued their educations—he completed his doctorate in education from the University of Missouri and she received her master in elementary education from the University of Nebraska. They finally settled in Peru, Nebraska in 1964. Harmony taught in Nebraska City for a few years. She began teaching in the elementary school at Peru, Neb., teaching mostly first grade, retiring in 1982 after many years of service. Harmony and Erv retired to Bella Vista, Ark., enjoying golf, bowling, bridge, dance club, monitoring bluebird nesting and many friends old and new. They were members of the First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, baking (especially delicious pies), church, service clubs and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Erv died on January 17, 1999. On December 20, 2003 she married John H. Ford. He died on December 9, 2009. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Trent, her husband of 55 years, Ervin and her second husband John. Survivors include a sister Beatrice “B” Kamp of Kansas City Mo.; two sons, Dr. Terry Pitts and wife Dr. Carol Pitts of Bennet, Neb., and Dr. Tom Pitts and wife Margaret of Brookfield Mo.; four grandsons, Dr. Eric Pitts and wife Dr. Cassie Pitts of Athens, Georgia, Dr. Nathan Pitts and wife Lisa of Elkhorn, Neb., Dr. Ryan Pitts and wife Kelly of Wildwood, Mo., and Kevin Pitts JD and wife Jessi of Sanford, Florida, and 14 great grandchildren. Memorial services are pending in Bella Vista, Ark. Because she loved her elementary students, memorials may be made to the Auburn Public School Foundation, 1713 J St., Auburn, NE 68305.