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Honor veterans by voting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 18:26

Dear Editor,

 

Palisade American Legion Auxiliary #318 is encouraging all registered voters to serve your Country as our Veterans have served.

Please take the time to get out and VOTE on November 6th!

It doesn’t matter how you vote, what matters is the fact that you do vote!

Voting shows that you are interested and care about the direction your Country is going AND you appreciate the Men and Women who have fought and are fighting for your freedom and the rights you have today – Please honor these Veterans by Voting.

 

Sincerely,

Palisade American

Legion Auxiliary #318

 

 
Blood donors improve life of area toddler PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:48

Dear Editor:

 

With a local blood drive just around the corner, now is the time to consider what a huge difference you can make in the lives of others. The American Red Cross is down over 50,000 pints of blood from the month of June, and those numbers are expected to continue throughout the summer months if more people do not consider the benefits of donating. The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types at this time.

It may be hard to believe that the blood donated can help at a local level in rural Nebraska, and many may believe that it is mostly needed in largely populated areas.

Brayden Kendall, age two, is here to prove otherwise. Brayden is the grandson of Arnold High School English teacher and librarian Debby Moninger, and the son of DyAnne Smith and Jamey Kendall. Brayden receives weekly infusions of a product made solely from the plasma that is donated through blood donations. These infusions have given Brayden the life that he has as well as the joys that all of his family members have experienced from watching, teaching, and helping Brayden through the first two years of his life.

DyAnne and Jamey were expecting twins and anxiously awaiting their arrival when DyAnne unexpectedly went into pre-term labor at 20 weeks that could not be stopped, and their twin boys, Ayden Michael and Jayden Matthew, passed away shortly after birth. The following year, DyAnne and Jamey found out they were expecting again.

The emotions and worries ran high throughout the pregnancy, and thoughts kept going back to the experience the year before. At 19 weeks when DyAnne started going into labor, the family felt they had no choice but to begin preparing for the same experience they had just endured. With the care of incredible medical staff, the labor was stopped and with extensive medical care DyAnne was able to continue her pregnancy until 34 weeks. Brayden Alexander Kendall was born Oct. 13, 2009, six weeks early and weighing four pounds 15 ounces when he left the hospital.

Brayden had a few minor struggles in the beginning, but everything was believed to be from being premature and that with time he would outgrow these complications.

As time went on, Brayden constantly continued to get sick, slept unusually large amounts of time, and began showing delays in speech and motor skills. Arnold Public School performed an Early Childhood Development evaluation to determine if a learning disability was appearing. The results came back that Brayden was behind already, but not far enough behind to qualify for any therapy.

As the parents continued to worry and question Brayden’s abnormal behaviors, they were continuously assured he would outgrow the problems and catch up when he was ready. DyAnne did not feel that she could just accept the “he will outgrow this” statement any longer, and chose to do research on physicians in Nebraska and found the Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology clinic in Omaha.

She took all of the information to the physician and asked for a referral just to “ease her mind” and assure her that everything was fine with her son. After reviewing his chart, the Omaha physician was able to quickly get an appointment for Brayden and begin testing.

Jan. 4, 2012, DyAnne and Brayden headed back to Omaha to find out the results of the tests that had been done the month earlier. There had never been a time that the statements DyAnne was about to hear had crossed the couple’s minds. The doctor explained, “Brayden has Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PIDD). His immune system is present, but it does not function and he will need to begin immediate treatments.”

Brayden was able to receive his first treatment with the hour and a half long infusion in early February of 2012. As Brayden’s weekly treatments continued, a whole new child emerged. Brayden began talking more and more, had the energy to stay awake and play, and no longer experienced the constant sickness that he previously experienced. For the first time in two years, Brayden experienced the life that all children should experience.

While there will continue to be “speed bumps” in the long road that Brayden has in front of him, his prognosis is improving more and more each day. One of the largest blessings they have, aside from the incredible support from family and friends, has been DyAnne’s job. She works for Walgreen’s Pharmacy in North Platte and is the Senior Pharmacy Technician.

Walgreens has been able to provide endless resources for Brayden’s condition, and continues to show their support and concern as the process continues. A Walgreen’s specialty pharmacy in Grand Island is able to provide the medication and supplies for the home infusions, and there is always someone available if there are any questions concerning the health and care of Brayden.

Even though he is only two, Brayden is quite the little fighter and has shown his strength. Unfortunately, the family has yet another worry. The American Red Cross is currently experiencing an extremely low number of blood donations.

We would like everyone to know how important these blood donations are and what a difference they can make to others, including those at a local level. Brayden would not have the life he has if it weren’t for those who are willing to take the time out of their day to donate blood.

Many people do not give blood simply because they were not asked or because they are not always sure of where this blood may go and why so much is needed. Patients, their families, and the American Red Cross eagerly ask each of you to please take some time out of your schedule to donate blood. The blood donated helps accident victims, cancer patients, burn patients, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and many others with various medical conditions.

Please consider donating during the Wauneta blood drive and show that our community can make a difference in the lives of others. Always remember, blood donors do not mean the world to people like Brayden and his family, they mean their life.

 

Sincerely,

Brayden Kendall, DyAnne Smith and Jamey Kendall

 

 
Thanks for memories for a lifetime PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 19 July 2012 20:23

A big “pat on the back” goes out to local and area businesses, family and friends who supported Jonee on her trip to Australia and Hawaii.

Her trip could not have been possible without your donations. Our home town community gave her memories for a lifetime.

Also, congrats to Jonee on bringing home a second place medal in the high jump at the National Track and Field Competitions in Brisbane, Australia. We are very proud of you!

 

Thanks again to all!

Joe and Rene Maris

 
Nebraska Community Foundation does admirable work in Nebraska PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 19 July 2012 20:22

Dear Editor:

Upon my retirement from leading the Asia Foundation last year I was pleased to be asked to join the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF). I have long admired the mission and way the Foundation innovatively and expertly helped so many of the state’s communities marshal their resources to build a better future for their citizens through local philanthropy.

Through a leadership role I had on a national board representing America’s various types of foundations, I was able to hear invited presentations by NCF’s President & CEO, Jeff Yost.

Those presentations, along with the high regard in which NCF was so obviously held, only further confirmed my view that the “Nebraska approach” was a uniquely successful effort because it focused on community development through local leadership and philanthropy under a statewide nonprofit “umbrella” foundation.

Early in June, the NCF Board held its quarterly meeting in Burwell and Ord. I had the opportunity to witness firsthand how two small communities have harnessed the power of philanthropy and the expertise of the Nebraska Community Foundation to transform their hometowns.

Both of these communities have leveraged local charitable dollars with public and private funding to revitalize their economies and enhance their quality of life.

Before I was elected to serve in the U.S. Congress from Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District (1979-2004), I used my professional training in community planning to earn a living, in part, by helping communities and counties of all sizes in Nebraska and surrounding states with their planning and development activities.

I saw that many communities, like the one in which I grew up, were small and usually lacked the organizational structure and financial and legal knowledge to form successful community foundations or launch ongoing development programs.

Even those that had the necessary elements of progressive leadership often lacked the know-how and the igniting spark for promoting philanthropic investment in their own community or county.

Therefore, in many cases, when the older residents passed away, even a modest but important generational transfer of wealth all went elsewhere by default–out of the community, out of the state, and in some cases even out of the country, instead of back into the community where lives were lived and resources were earned over a lifetime. I saw it happening again and again because there was no ready, organized way to keep some of that wealth acquired over a lifetime in the hometown area.

So, it seems to me that the Nebraska Community Foundation model certainly is an excellent way to provide the professional expertise and organizational home for our state’s generous communities and rural areas. NCF is there to serve as a partner, a mentor and the legal entity for people who are enthusiastic about putting philanthropy to work in their hometowns. This work is being done in 235 communities in 79 of Nebraska’s counties.

That is why I think the Nebraska Community Foundation is so important to the state’s communities and our future.

Doug Bereuter

Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska

 

 
The Gazebo is not a playground PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 21 June 2012 16:03

Dear Editor,

 

Once again our gazebo area is being targeted as a play area and source of entertainment. The main attraction this time is the big beautiful tree in the far west end.

The tree is now taller than the two buildings it sits between. Not only does the tree provide wonderful shade, but when it is in bloom, the fragrance carries throughout the garden area. The tree is now at risk of losing many branches if not the life of the whole tree.

We suspect kids have taken to stripping the bark from the branches and carving “W” into the tree. Several months ago it was noticed that kids were marring up the tree, so some of the lower branches were removed to keep the kids from climbing up in the tree.

Over the past weekend and again today (Tuesday, June 12), kids have stripped a pile of bark from several more branches.

It is not known if one group of kids or several are to blame. Kids from the age of five to 13 years have been told to stay out of the tree as well as not to destroy the flowers by several business owners.

The many peony bushes as well, had all the buds pulled off so the kids could enjoy a game of tag.

Parents would you let your kids do this at home in your own yards as well? Don’t you care what your own plants and trees look like? We do care and we do want to keep downtown Wauneta looking nice.

The gazebo is owned by the city for the enjoyment of the town.

It did not get there by itself. It does not water itself or weed itself. It took a lot of people with a lot of hard work to get it to where it is today and to continue to keep it up.

Trees do not grow overnight. Flowers do not continually bloom. Once you damage a tree or a flower you have to start all over again.

It is not a bike path or playground, but a beautification to our town to be walked through or to sit a while.

Many have used the area as a backdrop for family pictures and senior pictures. We would hate to lose this because parents are unmindful of their children’s activities and their lack of respect for other people’s property.

Parents be advised–We have now placed a barbed wire fence around the tree to hopefully give the tree a chance to heal. There is yellow fire tape to warn children not to get near the tree.

 

Thank you,

Concerned citizens

 


 
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