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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113Totally Random: Trusting the fates
113Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
112Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
112Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
112Teeing Off: The thing about state
112A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
112Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
112View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
112Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
112Website Resources
112For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
112Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
111Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
111Teen Voice: Shadow art
111Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
111Our View: Community responsible for kids
111Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
111Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
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111Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
111Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
110Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
110Teen Voice: Equality
110From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
110Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
110Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
110Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
110Teen Voice: Cyber War
110Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
109I'm falling for Tumblr?
109Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
109Teen Voice: Where is the love?
109Nature Notes: Love is in the air
109Teen Voice: Footprints
109Synchronicity:What brings me back
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
108Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
108Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
108Teen Voice: To the future
108Support emergency services personnel
108Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
108Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
108No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
107From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
107Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
107In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
107Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
106Our View: The elephant in the room
106From the Hill: More Work Ahead
106Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
106Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
106Why you should visit the zoo in February
106At the Library: March into a good book
106Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
106Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
106Their View: Goal post move unfair
105Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
105Teen Voice: Inspire me
105Religious freedom must be protected
104Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
104Teeing Off: Mind Gym
104Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
104Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
104Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
103Guest Voices…
103Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
103Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
103At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
103Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
102Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
102From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
102Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
102Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
101Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
101Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
101Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Letters to the Editor
100Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
100Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
100Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
99Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
99Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
98Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
97Greetings from the State Capitol
97Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
96Rural America and immigration reform
96Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
96Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
95Teen Voice: What is love?
95Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
95From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
92Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
88Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
80Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
80Letter to the Editor
75To The Editor
42Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
41Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
Most Read News Stories of 2012
686Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
677Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
642All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
550The Christmas Story
507Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
495To whom are we thankful?
439Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
431Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
420A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
405A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
379At the Monument: Museum collections
378Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
376A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
375Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
374Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
372Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
355The Good Life: There is good everywhere
350Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
347No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
344Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
343Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
338No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
322Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
321Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
316Support letters requested for airport
315A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
312A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
311Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
308The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
305A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
300Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
293Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
292Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
291Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
288Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
286The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
280No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
278No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
276Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
276Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
276At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
275A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
275Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
273No Till Notes:
270In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
268Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
268A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
267At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
266Observations Only: A soul’s journey
266No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
265What's the deal with organic milk?
264Letters to the Editor
263Observations Only : White water
261Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
260Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
260Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
260Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
259Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
258Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
258Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
251Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
251Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
249Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
246At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
245Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
243Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
242In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
242Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
240Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
237Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
235Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
232Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
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229Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
227Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
225At the Monument: Where are the animals?
225All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
225Jane’s Secret: The Telling
222Teen Voice: Serendipity
222Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
221Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
221A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
221A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
219At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
218No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
217At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
216Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
216Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
214Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
212Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
212Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
211Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
211Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
210Completely Different: It's all in the family
210Across the Fence: The hand dug well
209A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
209Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
209Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
208Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
207From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
207Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
207Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
207Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
207Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
207At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
206A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
206Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
206Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
204Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
202A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
202All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
201Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
201Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
200Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
199Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
199Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
198Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
198Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
198Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
198College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
197Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
197Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
195At the Monument: Living History
194The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
194Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
194Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
194Creatures of the Night
194No Till Notes: Moving Forward
193Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
193Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
193Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
192Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
192Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
192Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
192Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
192Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
191Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
191Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
191Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
187Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
187Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
187Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
187Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
186Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
186Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
186Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
185Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
185No-Till Notes: The value of water
184Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
184Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
184Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
184History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
184No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
183The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
183Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
182A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
182Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
182Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
181Totally Random: The Golden Rule
181No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
181A real leaning tree Christmas
181Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
180Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
180Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
179A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
179Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
179Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
179Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
179Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
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178Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
178A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
178A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
178A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
178 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
178Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
178 Across The Fence: County Fair
177Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
177Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
177Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
177No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
177Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
176A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
176A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
176Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
175Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
175No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
174Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
174Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
174Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
173Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
173Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
172Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
172Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
172Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
172Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
172Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
172Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
172Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
172Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
172A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
172Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
171Observations Only: Reality check
171Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
171Building Bridges: Love your enemies
171Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
170A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
170Observations Only: Temptation
169Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
169Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
169Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
169Observations Only: Indifferent love
169Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
168Observations Only: The shadow of error
168Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
168Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
168Observations Only: A sad week
168Observations Only: Gone away
168Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
168Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
168Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
167A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
167Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
167Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
167A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
167Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
167No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
167Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
167No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
167Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
166Observations Only: Divine prompts
166Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
166Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
166Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
166Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
166Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
165Observations Only: Curious things
165Observations Only: Curious things, part II
165Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
165Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
165Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
165Anno Domini: We gather together
164Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
164A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
164Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
164Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
164Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
164Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
164Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
164Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
163Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
163Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
163Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
163The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
163Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
163Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
163Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
162Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
162Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
162A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
162Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
162Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
161Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
161Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
161Observations Only: The need to understand
161Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
161Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
161Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
161Across the Fence: Amanda
161No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
160Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
160Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
160The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
160Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
160Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
160Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
160No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
159Observations Only: Beginnings
159Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
159From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
159Observations Only: A matter of matter
159Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
159A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
159Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
159Anno Domini: On this remembering day
158Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
158Observations Only: Divine spirit
158A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
158Observations Only: Off to the races
158The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
158Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
158Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
158Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
158No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
158In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
158Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
158No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
158Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
157Observations Only: A gift of serenity
157Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
157Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
157Observations Only: Saint Marge
157Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
157Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
157Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
157No-til Notes: Changing plans
157Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
156Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
156Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
156Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
156No Till Notes: Final Stop
156Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
155A Stray Moment: Without a net
155Observations Only: The vision
155Across The Fence: A day For thanks
155Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
155Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
154Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
154Observations Only: Critical thinking
154From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
154Observations Only: Going home
154Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
154Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
154Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
154Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
154Observations Only: A matter of paradox
154Observations Only: A good daughter
154Observations Only: The awful truth
154Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
154Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
153Observations Only: Uneventful flight
153Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
153Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
153Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
153No-Till Notes: Looking Back
152Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
152Observations Only: Good and evil
152A Stray Moment: God Knows
152Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
152The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
152Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
152Across The Fence: Last Christmas
152No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
152Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
152Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
151Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
151Across the Fence: Building Barns
151A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
151Observations Only: Journey's end
151Observations Only: Willfulness
151A Halloween Story: The scary dream
151 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
151Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
150Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
150Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
150From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
150Observations Only: Expect the best
150Observations Only: Choices
150Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
150Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
150Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
149Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
149Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
149Observations Only: Final moment
149Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
149At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
149Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
148Observations Only: Waiting time
148Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
148At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
147Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
147Across the Fence: On The road
147Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
147Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
147Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
147Observations Only: The visit
147Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
147At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
146Assad’s endgame
146Observations Only: Hog wash
146Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
146Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
146In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
146At the Monument: Night Sky
145Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
145Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
145Observations Only: A fine line
145Observations Only: A day in August
144Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
144SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
144No-till Notes: Moving forward
143Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
143Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
143A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
143Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
142The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
142Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
142The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
142Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
141Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
141Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
141A Small World: Special guest
141Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
140From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
140Teen Voice: My rebellion
140Totally Random: My journey, life after living
140Observations Only: The vigil
140Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
140No-Till Notes: Back in the field
140
139The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
138Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
138Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
138Observations Only: Sister lost
138From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
138The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
138Teen Voice: The need to get away
138Lyman Review: Devil calf
137Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
137The ghost of Ayn Rand
137Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
137Teeing Off: Around the Green
137Letter to the Editor
136Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
136From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
136The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
136Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
136Observations Only: One more time
136Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
136No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
135Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
135Lyman Review: The love goat
135Observations Only: The last goodbye
135At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
135Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
135No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
134Observations only : Sisters of the world
134Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
134The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
134Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
134The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
134Teen Voice: Silence
134Lyman Review: One mean chicken
134Observations Only: The last toothpick
134At the Monument: Junior Rangers
133Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
133Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
133The Good Life: The two different types of business people
133Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
133No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
132Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
132Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
132Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
132Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
132At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
131Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
131Observations Only : The orphanage
131Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
131The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
131The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
131In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
131Prairie Dogs
131Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
130Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
130Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
130Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
130Observations Only: Scourge of violence
130Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
130Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
130Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
129Observations Only: Just around the corner
129A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
129Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
129Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
129Teeing Off: Persistence
129A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
129Teen Voice: The gift of caring
129
128A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
128Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
128Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
128The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
128Teen Voice: Stress test
128Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
128At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
127Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
127Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
127Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
127Teen Voice: Being a girl
127Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
127At the Monument: Art in National Parks
127Lyman Review: Branding Time
127Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
126Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
126Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
126Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
126Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
125A last look at the Nebraska Zone
125Observations Only: A new direction
125Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
125Teen Voice: Catfished
125Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
125Be kind through communications
125Reach out for challenges
125Our View: A failure to communicate
124 Taking a big risk
124A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
124The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
124Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
124Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
124Fourth of July meetings
124Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
123Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
123Across the fence: Something worth remembering
123A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
123A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
123A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
123Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
123The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
123Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
123Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
123Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
123
123Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
122Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
122A Stray Moment: The last time
122Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
122Observations Only: Blue chip stock
122Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
122Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
121Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
121Observations Only: Giving up
121A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
121Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
121Teen Voice: Remember what you have
121Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
121Teen Voice: Self-expression
121At the Monument: That old (historic) building
120From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
120Across the Fence: The Pony Express
120Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
120Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
120Completely Different - The magic of spring
120Teen Voice: Body image
120Totally Random: Life’s ripples
120Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
120
119Age of reason
119Observations Only: Extreme measures
119Observations Only: Together again
119Observations Only: Sister odyssey
119Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
119Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
119Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
119Teen Voice: The rivalry
119Totally Random: October, the pink month
119Lyman Review: Winter's dog
119
119Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
118Time keeps flowing like a river
118From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
118Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
118A Small World: Savoring county fair days
118New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
118Linked Lives
117Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
117Observations Only: Painting a picture
117From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
117Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
117Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
117Lyman Review: Dog fun
117View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
117Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
117Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
117In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
116Observations Only: Spider adventure
116Observations Only: The meeting
116Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
116Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
116Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
116Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
116Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
116Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
116In the Hills: Explore the state parks
116What’s really going on with our water?
116Letter to the editor
115Observations Only: The joy of money
115It's no surprise
115From the Superintendent’s Desk
115Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
115Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
115Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
115Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
115Totally Random: Happy Halloween
115Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
114Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
114Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
114From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
114Teen Voice: Living within our means
114Teen Voice: The Other Side
114Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
114Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
114Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
114Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
113Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
113Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
113Observations Only: North Powder
113From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
113From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
113Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
113
113Totally Random: Trusting the fates
113Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
112Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
112Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
112Teeing Off: The thing about state
112A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
112Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
112View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
112Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
112Website Resources
112For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
112Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
111Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
111Being a Nebraskan – border to border
111Observations Only - Two ages of man
111Trash cans
111The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
111Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
111Teen Voice: Shadow art
111Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
111Our View: Community responsible for kids
111Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
111Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
111
111Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
111Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
110Completely Different: Tales from the mat
110Silence please
110Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
110Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
110Teen Voice: Equality
110From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
110Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
110Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
110Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
110Teen Voice: Cyber War
110Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
109Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
109I'm falling for Tumblr?
109Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
109Teen Voice: Where is the love?
109Nature Notes: Love is in the air
109Teen Voice: Footprints
109Synchronicity:What brings me back
108Life's curve balls
108Observations Only: Surprises
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
108Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
108Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
108Teen Voice: To the future
108Support emergency services personnel
108Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
108Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
108No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
107Observations Only: Saturday delight
107Teen Voice: Today’s television
107From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
107Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
107In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
107Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
106Observations Only: What's in a word?
106Observations Only: No thank you
106From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
106Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
106Our View: The elephant in the room
106From the Hill: More Work Ahead
106Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
106Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
106Why you should visit the zoo in February
106At the Library: March into a good book
106Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
106Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
106Their View: Goal post move unfair
105Observations Only : Mission accomplished
105The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
105Observations Only: Counting chickens
105Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
105Teen Voice: Inspire me
105Religious freedom must be protected
104Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
104Teeing Off: Mind Gym
104Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
104Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
104Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
103Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
103Guest Voices…
103Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
103Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
103At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
103Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
102Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
102From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
102Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
102From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
102Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
102Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
101The Block
101Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
101Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
101Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Letters to the Editor
100Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
100From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
100Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
100Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
100Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
99Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
99Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
98The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
98The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
98Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
97The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
97Greetings from the State Capitol
97Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
96It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
96The hills, part 1: Mustangs
96Rural America and immigration reform
96Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
96Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
95From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
95Teen Voice: What is love?
95Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
95From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
94The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
93From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
92Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
92The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
92Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
91SELL-OUT!
91Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
91Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
89Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
88My mini Pen and me
88Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
87Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
87A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
87Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
87Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
86Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
86From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
86Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
85A Small World: Time traveling
84Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
84Teen Voice: The more the merrier
84Teen Voice: Not just another ride
84Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
84Remembering When
83Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
83From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
82Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
82The zombie apocalypse and you
82Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
81Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
81Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
81Completely Different: Your local government and you
81Do You Tube?
81Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
81Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
81Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
81Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
80Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
80Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
80Letter to the Editor
79Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
79Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
79Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
79Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
78Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
78Teen Voice: The road of hatred
78Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
77Completely Different: The Quest
77Economic development update
77Teen Voice: Happy news
76Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
76Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
76From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
76Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
75LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
75To The Editor
74Timing makes perfect
74Welcome to Gering
74Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
74Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
74Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
74Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
73We need a few good people
73Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
73LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
73Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
72Letter to the Editor
72Seeing the works of the master
71Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
71Our view . . .Sports Complex
71View from the block
71Home of the Brave
71From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
71Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
68Teen Voice: March Madness
68Social time has important benefits
68Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
68From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
68Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
68From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
67Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
67Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
66Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
66Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
66From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
66My Thanksgiving prayer
65Permission to remember
65Practice safe barbecue basics
64Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
63Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
63Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
63Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
61From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
56Our View: Visionaries wanted
48Our View: Bravo OTD committee
42Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
41Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
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