The Good Life: We have much to be grateful for
July 21, 2011 Lisa Betz   
Every year the Panhandle community comes together to celebrate our shared heritage at Oregon Trail Days. Now in its 90th year, Gering’s Oregon Trail Days is the oldest festival of its kind in the State of Nebraska. Now that is something to be proud of.
I wonder about those Old Settlers who have passed on from this earth. Do they join us each year and smile upon us as we honor our roots, the ones they planted here, that sprouted in their lifetime and thrived with the tending of generations that followed?
Every year on the Gering Citizen Facebook page, I put up photos of the OTD events. It is a big undertaking to do but each year many former residents thank us for making it possible for them to be at Oregon Trail Days in spirit, even though they couldn’t make it home this time.
What astounds me most about the interactions we see on our Facebook page are the complaints, the criticisms and the fault-finding. Somebody thought it was sad that Miss America received more applause than the National Guard. Somebody else was angry that the Color Guard presenting the American flag didn’t stop and fire their guns in salute.
What is it about people today that finding something good to say, something joyful and grateful and positive to say is so difficult? Why do we expect everything to be perfect?
I don’t have an answer but I will say that when Miss America Teresa Scanlan rode by on her float looking beautiful, I felt hopeful and grateful and a feeling of pride swelled in my heart. This young woman has done so much to represent our corner of the world in such a positive way. God bless her in the pursuit her dreams. She also holds ours.
When the flag went by and I saw the Scottsbluff Firefighters Local 1454 Honor Guard looking crisp in their Class A dress uniforms, I felt a lump in my throat. I felt pride and joy in our community.
When the Old Settlers president, Don Parmenter went by and waved to me, I thought of my dear grandfather, Cleo Gering, who loved this place with such a heart full of pride. I thought of my great-grandmother Pansy Gering, who was the loveliest soul I ever knew, who had once been honored as a vice president of the Old Settler’s Club.
These are the experiences that Oregon Trail Days is all about. It is a time for us to feel connections to our roots and those ancestors who built this community out of nothing, with very little to start with.
It doesn’t even matter when your ancestors landed here or even if you are the first of your line to join us in this great creative project that is the Valley. We are all building together.
We have so much to be thankful for and proud of here. While things are never perfect, life is so much better when we focus on the good things and honor the efforts made by everyone around us who contributes to our beloved Valley.
Thank you to the committee members of Oregon Trail Days: Chuck Cowan, Bill Schlaepfer, Vera Dulaney, Mike Minzey, Gail Ellison, Bill Peters, John Ewing, Jodi Ruzicka, Joan Fisher, Rebecca Shields and Lillis Grassmick. Having a hand in the Gering Arts Festival myself, which is just a one-day event in Legion Park; I understand what an incredible undertaking Oregon Trail Days must be. It boggles my mind that you good people, with the help of many more volunteers, do this year after year after year. I am thankful for each of you and grateful that you continue to help Gering and the entire Valley shine on this weekend.
Thank you for reminding me of my roots, for giving me a chance to honor today’s pioneers like Teresa Scanlan, who is trailblazing a positive path for young girls, like Old Settlers President Don Parmenter who has lived the good life in our Valley, and like our brave local armed forces. I think my ancestors and yours are looking down upon us, and their hearts are swelling with pride.

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22Greetings from the State Capitol
22No-Till Notes: Back in the field
22Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
22College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
21Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
21Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
21Rural America and immigration reform
21Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
21Lyman Review: One mean chicken
21Lyman Review: Winter's dog
21Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
21At the Library: March into a good book
21From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
21Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
21Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
20I'm falling for Tumblr?
20Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
20Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
20No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
19Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
19The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
19Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
16Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
9A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
9Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
Most Read News Stories of 2012
361All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
347Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
322Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
199Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
167Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
148Support letters requested for airport
142A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
141At the Monument: Museum collections
137A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
135Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
132A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
130Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
126Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
124Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
124In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
124No Till Notes:
123At the Monument: Where are the animals?
123Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
122No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
115At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
113Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
110Letters to the Editor
105No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
87Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
86Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
83Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
81
81At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
80No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
77Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
72Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
67What's the deal with organic milk?
63Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
62Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
60In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
54Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
50Observations Only: A soul’s journey
50Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
49Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
49Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
48Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
48Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
48Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
48The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
47Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
46Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
46Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
46Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
46Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
45Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
45Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
45Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
45Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
45Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
45Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
44Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
44Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
43Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
43Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
43Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
41Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
41From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
41Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
41Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
41At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
40Completely Different: It's all in the family
40From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
40Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
40Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
40A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
40Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
39A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
39From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
39Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
39Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
39Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
38Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
38Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
38Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
38Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
38From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
38Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
38Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
38Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
37Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
37Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
37Totally Random: The Golden Rule
37Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
37Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
37The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
37Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
37Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
37Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
36Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
36Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
36Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
36Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
36Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
36The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
36Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
36Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
36Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
36A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
36 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
36Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
36Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
36Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
36Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
36Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
36Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
36No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
35Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
35The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
35Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
35Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
35From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
35Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
35Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
35Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
35Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
35In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
35 Across The Fence: County Fair
35Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
35Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
35Reach out for challenges
34Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
34From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
34From the Superintendent’s Desk
34From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
34Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
34Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
34Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
34A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
34Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
34Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
34Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
34Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
34Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
34Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
34Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
34Totally Random: My journey, life after living
34Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
34In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
34Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
34Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
34No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
34A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
34Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
34
33Completely Different: Your local government and you
33Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
33Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
33From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
33Across the Fence: On The road
33Across the Fence: Building Barns
33Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
33Observations Only : White water
33From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
33Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
33Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
33A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
33Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
33Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
33Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
33Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
33Teen Voice: Silence
33The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
33Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
33Anno Domini: We gather together
33Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
33Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
33Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
33Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
33Creatures of the Night
32Assad’s endgame
32Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
32Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
32Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
32Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
32Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
32Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
32From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
32Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
32Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
32Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
32A Stray Moment: Without a net
32Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
32Lyman Review: Devil calf
32Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
32Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
32Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
32Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
32Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
32Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
32Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
32No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
32Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
32Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
32A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
32A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
31Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
31Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
31Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
31From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
31Teen Voice: Today’s television
31Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
31Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
31From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
31Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
31Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
31Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
31Observations Only: Temptation
31Across the Fence: The hand dug well
31A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
31Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
31Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
31Observations Only: Reality check
31Across The Fence: Last Christmas
31Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
31Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
31At the Monument: Art in National Parks
31Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
31Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
31A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
31
31At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
30Across the fence: Something worth remembering
30Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
30A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
30Observations Only: Painting a picture
30Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
30Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
30Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
30From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
30Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
30Observations Only: Critical thinking
30Observations Only: Curious things
30Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
30Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
30Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
30Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
30A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
30Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
30Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
30Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
30Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
30A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
30Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
30Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
30The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
30The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
30Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
30Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
30Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
30Across The Fence: A day For thanks
30Observations Only: Gone away
30Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
30Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
30Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
30At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
30Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
30Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
30Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
30Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
30At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
30Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
30Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
30Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
30Prairie Dogs
30Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
30In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
30
30No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
29Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
29A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
29From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
29A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
29Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
29A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
29Observations Only: Curious things, part II
29Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
29Observations Only: Journey's end
29Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
29Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
29Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
29Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
29Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
29From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
29Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
29From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
29Teen Voice: Shadow art
29Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
29A Small World: Savoring county fair days
29Observations Only: Saint Marge
29Teen Voice: The rivalry
29Totally Random: October, the pink month
29Observations Only: A sad week
29Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
29No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
29Teen Voice: Self-expression
29 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
29Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
29Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
29Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
29At the Monument: That old (historic) building
29Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
29Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
29Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
29Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
29Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
29No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
29History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
29At the Monument: Night Sky
29No-Till Notes: The value of water
29Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
28Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
28Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
28Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
28A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
28Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
28Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
28Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
28Observations Only: Divine spirit
28Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
28The Good Life: The two different types of business people
28A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
28Teeing Off: Around the Green
28Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
28Totally Random: Life’s ripples
28Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
28Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
28Teen Voice: Stress test
28Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
28Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
28Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
28Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
28A real leaning tree Christmas
28Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
28Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
28Building Bridges: Love your enemies
28Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
28Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
28In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
28Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
28Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
28Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
28Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
28No-til Notes: Changing plans
28Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
28Synchronicity:What brings me back
28Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
28Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
28No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
28
28Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
27Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
27Observations Only : The orphanage
27Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
27Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
27Observations Only - Two ages of man
27The zombie apocalypse and you
27Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
27Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
27Observations Only: A new direction
27Observations Only: Just around the corner
27Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
27Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
27Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
27From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
27Observations Only: Uneventful flight
27A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
27Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
27A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
27Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
27Teen Voice: Living within our means
27A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
27Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
27Teen Voice: Being a girl
27Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
27Observations Only: A gift of serenity
27Observations Only: A matter of matter
27Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
27Teen Voice: Remember what you have
27Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
27Observations Only: Indifferent love
27Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
27Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
27Lyman Review: The love goat
27Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
27Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
27A Halloween Story: The scary dream
27Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
27Teen Voice: My rebellion
27Teen Voice: What is love?
27Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
27Teen Voice: Cyber War
27Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
27Teen Voice: Footprints
27Linked Lives
27Their View: Goal post move unfair
27In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
27Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
27Be kind through communications
27No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
27
26Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
26Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
26Being a Nebraskan – border to border
26SELL-OUT!
26Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
26A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
26Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
26Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
26Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
26Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
26The ghost of Ayn Rand
26Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
26Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
26Observations Only: Sister odyssey
26From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
26From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
26Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
26Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
26Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
26Teen Voice: Happy news
26Teen Voice: Catfished
26Teen Voice: Serendipity
26Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
26Observations Only: Sister lost
26Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
26The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
26Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
26Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
26Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
26Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
26A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
26Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
26Observations Only: Good and evil
26Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
26Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
26Observations Only: A fine line
26Teen Voice: The need to get away
26Observations Only: Choices
26The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
26Teen Voice: Body image
26Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
26Teeing Off: Persistence
26The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
26Observations Only: A good daughter
26Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
26Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
26The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
26Observations Only: The visit
26Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
26Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
26Observations Only: The last goodbye
26Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
26Observations Only: The last toothpick
26Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
26Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
26Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
26Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
26No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
26Teen Voice: Where is the love?
26Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
26Across the Fence: Amanda
26No-Till Notes: Looking Back
26Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
26Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
26No-till Notes: Moving forward
26Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
26New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
26For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
26Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
26Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
26Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
26Letter to the editor
26Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
26Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
25Completely Different: Tales from the mat
25Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
25Completely Different: The Quest
25Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
25Do You Tube?
25Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
25Home of the Brave
25Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
25Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
25A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
25Observations Only: Extreme measures
25From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
25Remembering When
25From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
25A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
25Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
25Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
25Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
25Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
25Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
25Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
25Completely Different - The magic of spring
25Observations Only: The need to understand
25Teeing Off: The thing about state
25Observations Only: The vision
25Observations Only: A day in August
25Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
25Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
25Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
25Our View: Community responsible for kids
25Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
25Observations Only: Final moment
25Teen Voice: The gift of caring
25No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
25Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
25Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
25Totally Random: Trusting the fates
25Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
25Why you should visit the zoo in February
25SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
25Lyman Review: Dog fun
25Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
25Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
25Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
25Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
25In the Hills: Explore the state parks
25Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
25Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
25At the Monument: Junior Rangers
25A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
25Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
25No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
24Observations only : Sisters of the world
24Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
24Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
24Teen Voice: March Madness
24Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
24From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
24Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
24Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
24It's no surprise
24Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
24The hills, part 1: Mustangs
24Observations Only: Giving up
24From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
24Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
24Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
24LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
24Observations Only: North Powder
24Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
24Observations Only: Blue chip stock
24Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
24Observations Only: Scourge of violence
24The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
24A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
24Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
24Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
24From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
24Observations Only: Expect the best
24Observations Only: Beginnings
24A Stray Moment: God Knows
24Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
24The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
24The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
24Observations Only: The shadow of error
24Observations Only: Divine prompts
24Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
24Observations Only: A matter of paradox
24Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
24Teeing Off: Mind Gym
24Observations Only: Off to the races
24Observations Only: The awful truth
24Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
24A Small World: Special guest
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24Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
24Observations Only: Waiting time
24A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
24Observations Only: Hog wash
24From the Hill: More Work Ahead
24Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
24Totally Random: Happy Halloween
24Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
24Anno Domini: On this remembering day
24Observations Only: One more time
24Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
24Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
24The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
24Observations Only: The vigil
24Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
24Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
24Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
24Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
24Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
24Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
24Nature Notes: Love is in the air
24Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
24Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
24View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
24Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
24At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
24Support emergency services personnel
24What’s really going on with our water?
24Lyman Review: Branding Time
24Website Resources
24Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
24At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
24No Till Notes: Final Stop
23We need a few good people
23A last look at the Nebraska Zone
23Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
23Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
23Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
23Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
23Trash cans
23Observations Only: The joy of money
23Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
23Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
23Life's curve balls
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
23Practice safe barbecue basics
23Observations Only: Saturday delight
23Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
23Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
23Observations Only: What's in a word?
23Teen Voice: Not just another ride
23Silence please
23Observations Only: Counting chickens
23Teen Voice: The road of hatred
23LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
23Observations Only: Spider adventure
23A Stray Moment: The last time
23Observations Only: The meeting
23Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
23Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
23Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
23Observations Only: Going home
23Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
23Our View: The elephant in the room
23Teen Voice: Equality
23Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
23From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
23Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
23The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
23Guest Voices…
23Observations Only: Willfulness
23Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
23A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
23Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
23Teen Voice: The Other Side
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
23Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
23The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
23Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
23The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
23Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
23Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
23Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
23Teen Voice: To the future
23Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
23Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
23Teen Voice: Inspire me
23Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
23Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
23Religious freedom must be protected
23Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
23No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
23Letters to the Editor
23Fourth of July meetings
22Time keeps flowing like a river
22My mini Pen and me
22Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
22View from the block
22 Taking a big risk
22Teen Voice: The more the merrier
22From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
22Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
22The Block
22Observations Only: No thank you
22Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
22Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
22Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
22Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
22From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
22Across the Fence: The Pony Express
22Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
22Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
22A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
22A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
22Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
22Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
22Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
22Totally Random: Where does it go?
22Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
22Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
22Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
22Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
22View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
22Greetings from the State Capitol
22No-Till Notes: Back in the field
22Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
22College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
21Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
21It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
21Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
21A Small World: Time traveling
21Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
21Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
21Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
21Our view . . .Sports Complex
21The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
21Permission to remember
21Economic development update
21The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
21Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
21Observations Only: Together again
21The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
21Observations Only: Surprises
21Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
21Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
21Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
21Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
21Rural America and immigration reform
21Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
21Lyman Review: One mean chicken
21Lyman Review: Winter's dog
21Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
21At the Library: March into a good book
21From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
21Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
21Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
20Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
20Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
20Observations Only : Mission accomplished
20Letter to the Editor
20Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
20Social time has important benefits
20Age of reason
20Timing makes perfect
20Welcome to Gering
20The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
20The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
20Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
20Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
20I'm falling for Tumblr?
20Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
20Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
20No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
19Seeing the works of the master
19Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
19A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
19From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
19Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
19The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
19Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
19The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
19Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
18Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
18Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
18Our View: Visionaries wanted
18From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
18The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
17My Thanksgiving prayer
16Our View: Bravo OTD committee
16Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
9A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
9Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
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