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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1836Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1805Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1803Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1790Time keeps flowing like a river
1768Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1760A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1753Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1752Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1752Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1743Letter to the Editor
1717My mini Pen and me
1716Observations Only : The orphanage
1701Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1698Teen Voice: March Madness
1683Our view . . .Sports Complex
1676Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1666Completely Different: Your local government and you
1660From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1657Observations only : Sisters of the world
1654Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1653Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1645Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1643Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1642Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1641Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1639Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1629Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1623Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1616Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1590It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1589Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1581Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1576Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1567Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1559Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1550Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1550From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1512Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1463Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1448Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1429Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1425Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1392Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1334Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1326Completely Different: The Quest
1321Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1258Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1242Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1240Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1221Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1215The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1208Across the Fence: Building Barns
1203Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1198Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1192Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1188From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1185Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1178Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1172Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1172Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1168Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1164From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1156Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1156Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1154No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1143Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1130Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1125Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1122From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1109Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1108From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1108Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1108Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1099The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1098Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1097Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1092From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1086A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1085Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1082Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1080Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1079Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1072Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1066Across the Fence: On The road
1065A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1062Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1059Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1056Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1055From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1054Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1052From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1043Assad’s endgame
1042Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1041The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1039Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1037Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1032Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1026A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1020Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1020Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1019Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1017Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1013A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1011Observations Only - Two ages of man
1007Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1007Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1003The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1000Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1000From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
994Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
989From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
988Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
976Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
972A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
972Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
966Observations Only: Painting a picture
960Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
958Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
955Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
954Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
953Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
947Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
945Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
945From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
944Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
936A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
935Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
934Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
934Teen Voice: Today’s television
933Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
933Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
932Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
928Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
925Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
924Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
924Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
922Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
919Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
913Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
911Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
908Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
907Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
905Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
903Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
903From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
902Observations Only: A new direction
902From the Superintendent’s Desk
901From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
899From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
899From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
896 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
896Across The Fence: A day For thanks
891The zombie apocalypse and you
889Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
889From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
887Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
884Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
883Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
875Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
874Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
873Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
870Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
868Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
866From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
866Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
863Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
861A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
858Observations Only: Giving up
856Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
854Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
851Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
850Trash cans
850Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
847Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
845From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
842Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
841From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
840A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
839From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
838A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
838The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
835From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
835The hills, part 1: Mustangs
835A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
835Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
834Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
834Teen Voice: The road of hatred
833The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
833Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
830Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
829Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
828Teen Voice: The more the merrier
827Observations Only: The joy of money
823The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
823Teen Voice: Catfished
819Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
817Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
816Observations Only: Saturday delight
815The Block
815Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
815At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
812Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
811A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
811Observations Only: Curious things
811Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
809Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
808Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
806Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
802A Stray Moment: God Knows
801Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
800Across the Fence: The hand dug well
799Life's curve balls
797Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
795Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
791A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
791Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
790From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
789Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
788 Taking a big risk
787Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
787A Stray Moment: Without a net
785A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
784A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
781A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
781The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
781The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
778Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
777Teen Voice: Not just another ride
777Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
776A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
776The ghost of Ayn Rand
775Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
773Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
772From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
770Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
769Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
769Observations Only: Counting chickens
768Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
766Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
766Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
766Observations Only: Scourge of violence
766A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
764Observations Only: Extreme measures
763Timing makes perfect
763Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
762Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
762The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
761Seeing the works of the master
759Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
758View from the block
757Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
756Observations Only: Going home
752Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
751Observations Only: Just around the corner
751The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
750Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
748Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
747Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
746Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
745SELL-OUT!
745A Stray Moment: The last time
744Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
743Observations Only: Uneventful flight
742A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
741Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
739The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
738It's no surprise
738Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
736Teen Voice: Body image
735A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
735Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
734Welcome to Gering
734Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
734A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
732Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
731Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
731Rural America and immigration reform
730Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
729Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
727Silence please
727The Good Life: The two different types of business people
726Observations Only: Surprises
725Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
723Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
721Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
720Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
720Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
719Age of reason
719Observations Only: No thank you
719Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
718Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
717Observations Only: What's in a word?
717A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
717Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
717Observations Only: A gift of serenity
716Observations Only: The awful truth
715Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
715Observations Only: Journey's end
715Teen Voice: Living within our means
714Do You Tube?
713From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
713The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
711Observations Only: Critical thinking
709Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
708Economic development update
708Teen Voice: Serendipity
708Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
708Teen Voice: Shadow art
705LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
704Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
703Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
702Observations Only: Together again
701Observations Only: North Powder
701Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
701Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
701Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
701A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
700From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
700A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
699Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
698Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
696Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
696Totally Random: My journey, life after living
695Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
695Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
695Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
693Observations Only: Sister odyssey
693A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
692From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
691Observations Only: Blue chip stock
691Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
690The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
688Observations Only: Curious things, part II
687Observations Only: Spider adventure
687Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
684Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
683Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
681Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
679Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
679Observations Only: Sister lost
678Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
675Guest Voices…
674Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
671Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
671Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
669Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
666Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
663I'm falling for Tumblr?
662Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
661Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
658From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
658From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
658Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
657A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
657Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
655Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
654Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
654Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
653The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
652Permission to remember
651Teen Voice: Being a girl
650A real leaning tree Christmas
649Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
647Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
645The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
644My Thanksgiving prayer
644Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
643Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
643The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
642Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
640Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
639Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
639Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
639Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
637Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
635A Small World: Special guest
634Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
633Social time has important benefits
633Observations Only : White water
633Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
632Observations Only: The meeting
632Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
631Home of the Brave
631Our View: The elephant in the room
629The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
629Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
626Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
626Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
625Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
622Practice safe barbecue basics
622LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
622Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
621Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
621A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
620Observations Only: Good and evil
620Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
619The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
619The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
617Teen Voice: Happy news
616Remembering When
614Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
612Observations Only: Expect the best
612Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
611Observations Only: A fine line
610Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
610The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
610Teeing Off: Around the Green
608Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
607Our View: Bravo OTD committee
607Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
607The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
605Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
604Observations Only: The shadow of error
604Observations Only: A matter of matter
600Observations Only: Beginnings
600The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
596Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
594Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
593Observations Only: Indifferent love
590Observations Only: Divine spirit
586Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
584Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
584Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
583Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
582Teen Voice: Equality
582Observations Only: A matter of paradox
581Anno Domini: We gather together
580Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
579Observations Only: Choices
577A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
575Completely Different - The magic of spring
573Observations Only: Divine prompts
568Teen Voice: Silence
565Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
565Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
563Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
559Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
558Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
555A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
554Observations Only: Temptation
554Totally Random: Life’s ripples
551Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
550Observations Only: Off to the races
550Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
547Observations Only: The vision
546Observations Only: A sad week
545Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
543Observations Only: Willfulness
543Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
542Teen Voice: The need to get away
537Our View: Visionaries wanted
537Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
535Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
535Lyman Review: Devil calf
533Totally Random: October, the pink month
530Observations Only: The need to understand
528Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
527Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
526Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
525Building Bridges: Love your enemies
524Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
523Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
521A Halloween Story: The scary dream
517Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
516Teeing Off: Persistence
515Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
509Teen Voice: Stress test
508Observations Only: A good daughter
506Teeing Off: Mind Gym
504Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
503The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
502Across the Fence: The Pony Express
500Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
500Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
500Teen Voice: Footprints
499Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
494Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
493Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
491Teen Voice: The rivalry
486Observations Only: Waiting time
485Teen Voice: Remember what you have
484Observations Only: Saint Marge
484Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
482Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
481Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
480Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
476Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
475Teeing Off: The thing about state
471Teen Voice: The Other Side
470Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
468Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
464Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
462Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
462Lyman Review: The love goat
455Anno Domini: On this remembering day
454Observations Only: Reality check
452Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
452Teen Voice: What is love?
450Totally Random: Happy Halloween
448Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
447Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
447Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
446Observations Only: Gone away
446Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
445Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
442Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
442Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
442Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
441Teen Voice: My rebellion
434Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
434No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
433Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
431Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
427Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
424Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
424Teen Voice: Self-expression
421Observations Only: Hog wash
419Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
417Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
417Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
415 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
415Why you should visit the zoo in February
409Lyman Review: One mean chicken
406Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
404Observations Only: The visit
404Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
404Teen Voice: Cyber War
403
399From the Hill: More Work Ahead
393At the Library: March into a good book
389Observations Only: A day in August
389SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
384Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
384Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
381Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
379Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
379Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
378What’s really going on with our water?
371No-Till Notes: Looking Back
370Observations Only: The last goodbye
367Observations Only: Final moment
367Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
366Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
363Observations Only: One more time
362Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
362For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
358Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
357Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
356Teen Voice: The gift of caring
356Teen Voice: To the future
355No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
353Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
352Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
351Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
351Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
349Lyman Review: Branding Time
348Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
345Across The Fence: Last Christmas
344Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
343Teen Voice: Where is the love?
342Our View: Community responsible for kids
342Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
342View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
342Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
342In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
341Totally Random: Where does it go?
340Observations Only: The last toothpick
339Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
339At the Monument: Junior Rangers
335Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
335Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
334Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
334Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
333Their View: Goal post move unfair
330Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
329Nature Notes: Love is in the air
327Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
326Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
325Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
324Totally Random: Trusting the fates
318Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
317Observations Only: The vigil
317Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
317In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
315Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
315Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
314Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
311Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
311Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
310Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
307Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
303Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
301Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
298Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
297In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
296Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
296Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
295Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
294Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
291Support emergency services personnel
290Linked Lives
287Religious freedom must be protected
287Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
285Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
284At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
281History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
279Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
279At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
279Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
278In the Hills: Explore the state parks
277Lyman Review: Winter's dog
277At the Monument: That old (historic) building
277Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
273Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
271College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
269Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
268From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
268Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
267Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
267Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
265Website Resources
265Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
264Across the Fence: Amanda
264Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
260Lyman Review: Dog fun
258Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
257Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
257Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
257No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
255At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
254Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
254Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
254Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
254Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
253Teen Voice: Inspire me
253Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
252Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
249No-till Notes: Moving forward
249At the Monument: Where are the animals?
247Greetings from the State Capitol
244New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
243Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
240Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
240Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
239No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
228Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
227No-til Notes: Changing plans
227Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
225No-Till Notes: Back in the field
225Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
223Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
223No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
221Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
213Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
212At the Monument: Art in National Parks
208Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
208View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
195Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
194Synchronicity:What brings me back
192Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
192Be kind through communications
189No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
189Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
186Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
184Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
179Letter to the editor
173Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
169No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
164Letters to the Editor
157Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
150Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
146In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
137A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
131Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
129Fourth of July meetings
107Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
106Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
91No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
88Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
83Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
82A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
81Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
78Prairie Dogs
75Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
71Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
53No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
48Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
42In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
40 Across The Fence: County Fair
32Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
24Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
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