An Italian Thanksgiving proves to be more than a slight challenge
November 24, 2011 Lesley Bell   
Buongiorno!
I’m originally from Gering (as Jerry Purvis knows), but currently live in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Five years ago my mother, Janet Bell, was visiting as I awaited the birth of my first child.
My son was born on Nov. 18, 2006, and my mother stayed well after his birth to help out and enjoy being Grandma. We thought it would be fun to do “Thanksgiving” here. All of our Italian relatives had heard of Thanksgiving and had mental pictures of turkeys and trimmings from movies they’d seen.

My mother came well prepared, loading her luggage with pumpkin pie filling, cranberries, cherry pie filling and my favorite, raspberry Jello, dried raspberries and marshmallows to make one of my favorite family holiday desserts.

The tricky part to doing Thanksgiving in Italy was getting a turkey. Italians eat turkey legs and cold cut turkey breast meat but never do they cook a whole turkey. However, unlike Western Nebraska, where I found it basically impossible to find a butcher who could procure me a custom cut of meat the last time I was back, the Italian butcher “culture” is alive and well (there are many butcher shops here – you simply walk in and find a wide array of meats and cuts and order what you don’t see).

With the help of my husband, my mother managed to order a turkey for the feast...but the butcher couldn’t give any guarantees as to what size the beast might be. That should have been a warning sign!
Thanksgiving Day arrived and it was time to go and pick-up the turkey. My husband accompanied my mother to pick it up and found a massive 10 kilo (22 lb) bird waiting for them!

At the time, I had a pathetic, cramped, little gas oven, so it had been decided in advance that my sister-in-law’s house and her ample oven would be used to cook the bird. Nonetheless, even her spacious oven had difficulty accommodating such a monstrous bird!
Its legs had to be cut off just to fit it into the oven. My mother usually cooks her turkey in one of those “turkey bags” – a nice way to keep all the juices in while cooking and renders the final product moist and tasty. She had brought her “turkey bag” along in her luggage and struggled to close it around the enormous bird. She recalled that in all of her years of preparing turkeys, she had NEVER encountered one as massive as this Italian turkey.

I was at home being a new mother while my mother spent the morning cooking the bird with my sister-in-law. Not expecting anyone back before noon, I was surprised when our buzzer rang and my husband and mother rushed into our apartment, my husband collecting all of the rags he could get his hands on.

There was a turkey emergency and my sister-in-law’s kitchen was a mess. And then he was gone. My mother remained, as she had all of the trimmings to prepare. She had expected to leave the turkey to cook in peace at my sister-in-law’s and come back home and calmly prepare the rest of the meal. She explained that the turkey was so large that even with the legs cut off, the bag the turkey was in was touching the edges of the oven.

One can imagine the scene: the plastic turkey bag touching the hot metal oven wall and the bag rupturing spilling all of those turkey juices – not only inside of the oven, but overflowing out onto the kitchen floor. It was a turkey containment nightmare!

My husband worked feverishly to aid his sister in cleaning the mess while the turkey cooked on. My mother hustled to prepare the rest of our Thanksgiving staples hoping that the turkey would somehow miraculously get cooked!

Several hours later (more than anticipated), the bird was cooked and found its way back to my home to be carved. For me it was a taste of home – real comfort food as only a mother can make.
For my Italian relatives, it was a meal from the movies and experience in American culture. For everyone involved it was certainly unforgettable!
So Happy Thanksgiving to all
! Eat an extra plate of turkey with all the trimmings for me and my family. I won’t be attempting to tackle an Italian turkey this year or anytime in the near future!
Editor’s note: Lesley submitted this story as part of a Facebook solicitation by the Citizen for readers’ Thanksgiving horror stories.

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129A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
123No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
118Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
116A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
112Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
111
107
107Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
105
102Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
99At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
98Reach out for challenges
85At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
82Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
67Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
39In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
30Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17901Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5095We need a few good people
3236What's the deal with organic milk?
2869Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2662Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2658Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2313Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2262Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2259The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2255Completely Different: It's all in the family
2114Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2102Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2087Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
2013Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1968Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1966Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1964Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1963Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1920The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1899Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1882A Small World: Time traveling
1872Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1864Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1856Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1856Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1833Time keeps flowing like a river
1803A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1790Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1788Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1786Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1779Letter to the Editor
1765Observations Only : The orphanage
1753My mini Pen and me
1737Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1726Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1725Teen Voice: March Madness
1722Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1722From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1721Our view . . .Sports Complex
1707Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1705Completely Different: Your local government and you
1702Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1695Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1695Remembering When
1688Observations only : Sisters of the world
1685Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1684Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1677Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1677Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1676Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1675Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1668Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1664Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1653Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1639From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1638Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1632It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1613Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1597Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1576Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1534Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1517Observations Only: Reality check
1494SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1487Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1477Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1463Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1449Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1448Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1371Completely Different: The Quest
1351Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1348Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1316Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1308Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1298Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1286Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1283Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1277Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1272Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1265From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1258The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1254Across the Fence: Building Barns
1251Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1249Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1244Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1242Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1241Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1235Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1232Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1217From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1217No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1214From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1214Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1210Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1201Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1195From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1194From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1193Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1184Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1180Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1174Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1166Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1166The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1161A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1156Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1152Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1149Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1147Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1146A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1139Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1137Across the Fence: On The road
1137Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1133Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1131From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1120Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1117Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1117Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1113A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1112From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1111The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1111Assad’s endgame
1107Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1092Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1092Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1092Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1091Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1085From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1083Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1083Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1083From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1075A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1072Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1071Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1066Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1064Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1061Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1054Observations Only - Two ages of man
1045Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1043The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1042Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1042Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1039Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1035A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
1029Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
1026From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1022Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
1019A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
1018Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
1015Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
1013 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
1007Observations Only: Painting a picture
999Teen Voice: Today’s television
998Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
997Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
994Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
992Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
992Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
990Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
990Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
987Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
984Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
983Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
983Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
982From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
981From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
977Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
975From the Superintendent’s Desk
972Across The Fence: A day For thanks
969From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
968From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
967Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
966From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
964Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
964Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
962Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
959Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
958Observations Only: A new direction
957Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
955Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
948Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
942From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
941Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
939Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
935The zombie apocalypse and you
935Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
935A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
927Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
927Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
922Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
920Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
919Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
918Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
916From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
914Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
913Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
911From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
909From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
902Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
899A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
899The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
897Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
896Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
896Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
895Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
895Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
890Trash cans
890Observations Only: Giving up
890Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
884A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
884The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
881The hills, part 1: Mustangs
881Observations Only: Curious things
879Across the Fence: The hand dug well
878A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
876Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
876Teen Voice: Catfished
875From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
875Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
874Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
872Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
872Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
870Teen Voice: The road of hatred
870Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
867Observations Only: The joy of money
864Teen Voice: The more the merrier
862The Block
862Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
862At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
860The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
857Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
856Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
855A Stray Moment: Without a net
852Observations Only: Saturday delight
852A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
850Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
847Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
847A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
842Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
838Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
838Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
835Life's curve balls
835Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
835A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
835Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
830 Taking a big risk
830Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
830A Stray Moment: God Knows
829A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
829The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
826From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
826Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
826A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
826Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
825Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
822Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
820A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
819Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
817Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
816Teen Voice: Not just another ride
815Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
814Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
813Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
813Observations Only: Scourge of violence
813The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
813Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
811Seeing the works of the master
811The ghost of Ayn Rand
811From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
811Observations Only: Going home
808Observations Only: Extreme measures
806A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
805A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
805Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
805The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
803Timing makes perfect
803Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
802Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
801Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
801A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
801The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
799Observations Only: Counting chickens
799The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
798Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
797Observations Only: Just around the corner
796Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
796A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
795Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
794Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
793View from the block
793Teen Voice: Body image
793The Good Life: The two different types of business people
790Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
789SELL-OUT!
789Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
788Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
787Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
784Observations Only: Uneventful flight
784Totally Random: My journey, life after living
783A Stray Moment: The last time
783Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
783The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
779It's no surprise
775Teen Voice: Living within our means
775A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
771Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
771Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
770Observations Only: A gift of serenity
770Rural America and immigration reform
769Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
769Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
769Observations Only: Surprises
768Welcome to Gering
767Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
767Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
766Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
766Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
766Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
765Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
765Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
764Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
764Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
763A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
762Silence please
762Observations Only: Journey's end
761Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
760Age of reason
760From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
760Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
760Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
758Observations Only: No thank you
757Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
757Teen Voice: Shadow art
757Observations Only: The awful truth
753Observations Only: Critical thinking
753Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
752Do You Tube?
749Observations Only: What's in a word?
749Teen Voice: Serendipity
749Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
749Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
747Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
747Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
746A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
745LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
744Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
743Economic development update
743Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
741Observations Only: North Powder
739Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
738Observations Only: Together again
738Observations Only: Curious things, part II
737Observations Only: Sister odyssey
737Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
737A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
736Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
735Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
734Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
731From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
731Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
730Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
728Observations Only: Spider adventure
728Observations Only: Sister lost
728Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
728Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
726Observations Only: Blue chip stock
726Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
725The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
724From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
720Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
719Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
715Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
714Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
714I'm falling for Tumblr?
714Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
710Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
709Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
709Guest Voices…
708Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
708A real leaning tree Christmas
705Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
705Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
700From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
699From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
699Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
698A Small World: Special guest
697Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
697The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
696Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
696Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
696The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
695Observations Only : White water
694Teen Voice: Being a girl
693The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
692Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
692Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
692Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
691A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
690Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
688Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
686Permission to remember
686Observations Only: The meeting
686Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
684My Thanksgiving prayer
684Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
683Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
683The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
683Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
677Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
676Our View: The elephant in the room
673Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
673Observations Only: A matter of matter
673A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
672Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
671Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
670The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
669Social time has important benefits
669The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
668Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
667Home of the Brave
665Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
663The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
662Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
662Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
662Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
660Observations Only: Good and evil
660Observations Only: Indifferent love
660Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
659The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
658Teeing Off: Around the Green
657Practice safe barbecue basics
657Teen Voice: Happy news
656Observations Only: The shadow of error
655Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
655Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
654Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
652LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
652Observations Only: Expect the best
651Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
647Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
645Observations Only: A fine line
644Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
644The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
643Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
643Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
642Observations Only: Beginnings
642The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
636Observations Only: Divine spirit
634Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
633Anno Domini: We gather together
625Our View: Bravo OTD committee
625Observations Only: A matter of paradox
624Teen Voice: Equality
624Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
622Observations Only: Divine prompts
618Observations Only: Choices
618Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
614Observations Only: A sad week
614Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
612Completely Different - The magic of spring
612A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
611Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
608Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
607Teen Voice: Silence
605A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
604A Halloween Story: The scary dream
602Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
601Building Bridges: Love your enemies
600Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
599Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
599Totally Random: Life’s ripples
598Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
598Totally Random: October, the pink month
596Observations Only: Temptation
596Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
596Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
594Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
591Observations Only: Off to the races
591Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
589Lyman Review: Devil calf
587Observations Only: The vision
581Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
579Observations Only: Willfulness
578Teen Voice: The need to get away
576Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
576Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
569Observations Only: The need to understand
569Observations Only: A good daughter
563Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
561Teen Voice: Stress test
561Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
557Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
555Our View: Visionaries wanted
555Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
554Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
551Across the Fence: The Pony Express
551Teeing Off: Persistence
550Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
547Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
546Teeing Off: Mind Gym
542Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
537Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
536Teen Voice: Remember what you have
534Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
532Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
532Teen Voice: Footprints
531Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
531Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
526Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
526Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
523Anno Domini: On this remembering day
522Teen Voice: The rivalry
522Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
520Observations Only: Saint Marge
520Lyman Review: The love goat
519Teeing Off: The thing about state
518Observations Only: Waiting time
518Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
518Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
514Teen Voice: The Other Side
514Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
514Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
513Totally Random: Happy Halloween
511Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
510Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
508Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
507Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
504Teen Voice: My rebellion
503Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
503No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
501Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
496Observations Only: Gone away
489Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
487Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
486Teen Voice: What is love?
481Teen Voice: Self-expression
479Observations Only: Hog wash
478Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
477Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
476Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
471Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
471 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
471A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
468Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
463Why you should visit the zoo in February
460Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
460Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
459No Till Notes: Final Stop
453Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
452Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
451Observations Only: The visit
451From the Hill: More Work Ahead
450Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
447
445For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
443Lyman Review: One mean chicken
443Observations Only: A day in August
442Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
440Teen Voice: Cyber War
438Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
433At the Library: March into a good book
428Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
424Observations Only: One more time
424Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
419Observations Only: The last goodbye
418What’s really going on with our water?
418In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
411Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
408Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
405Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
402Teen Voice: The gift of caring
400Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
400Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
400Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
400No-Till Notes: Looking Back
399Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
397Their View: Goal post move unfair
396Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
394Observations Only: Final moment
394Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
393Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
393At the Monument: Junior Rangers
392Teen Voice: To the future
390No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
388Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
387Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
386Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
384Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
383Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
381Lyman Review: Branding Time
379Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
378In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
377Across The Fence: Last Christmas
376View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
374Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
373Observations Only: The last toothpick
373Teen Voice: Where is the love?
371Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
370Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
369Nature Notes: Love is in the air
368No-till Notes: Moving forward
367Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
364Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
363Our View: Community responsible for kids
363Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
363Totally Random: Where does it go?
362Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
362Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
360Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
359Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
357Totally Random: Trusting the fates
357In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
354Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
353Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
349Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
346Observations Only: The vigil
346Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
346Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
346Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
345Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
345No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
344Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
344Linked Lives
343At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
341Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
339History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
336Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
335Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
331Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
331Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
330Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
330Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
327Support emergency services personnel
326Religious freedom must be protected
326At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
322Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
318Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
318Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
316College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
315Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
314Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
313Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
312In the Hills: Explore the state parks
312Website Resources
311At the Monument: That old (historic) building
310Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
309Lyman Review: Winter's dog
307Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
307No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
306Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
306Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
304Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
303From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
301Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
300No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
300Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
299Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
299Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
298Across the Fence: Amanda
297Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
295Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
295Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
295Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
293Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
289Lyman Review: Dog fun
287New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
284At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
284Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
283Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
281At the Monument: Where are the animals?
280Teen Voice: Inspire me
279Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
278No-til Notes: Changing plans
276Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
274Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
272Greetings from the State Capitol
270Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
268No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
258No-Till Notes: Back in the field
254Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
252Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
251Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
250Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
248At the Monument: Art in National Parks
246Be kind through communications
239Synchronicity:What brings me back
237View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
236Letter to the editor
234Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
231Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
230No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
229Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
228Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
223Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
223Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
221Letters to the Editor
212A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
209Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
208In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
201A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
192Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
191Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
181Fourth of July meetings
179A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
177Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
174Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
172Prairie Dogs
172Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
164Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
164No-Till Notes: The value of water
163Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
162Creatures of the Night
160Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
158 Across The Fence: County Fair
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156Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
155Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
153At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
153Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
150No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
150Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
148Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
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142Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
141Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
137At the Monument: Night Sky
135No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
134No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
134No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
134A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
133Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
132Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
130Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
129In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
129A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
123No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
118Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
116A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
112Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
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107Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
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102Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
99At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
98Reach out for challenges
85At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
82Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
67Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
39In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
30Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
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