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Friday, 05 August 2011 21:33

Kirsten Boos, pictured at far right, rides along with friends and family in her first place-winning float during last Saturday’s Harvest Fest parade. Boos is the owner of Little Hands and Big Hearts Daycare, which took first place in the business division of the parade. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

By Josh Sumner

The Wauneta Breeze

 

No matter where you looked during Harvest Fest weekend in Wauneta, the motif of “Heritage” was inescapable.

Maybe you saw it on a float sign donning the parade’s theme, “Celebrating our heritage: 125 years.” Or perhaps you bumped into one of the many residents or employees of Heritage of Wauneta, who served as the parade’s grand marshals.

Regardless, as Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home enters a period of uncertainty, the timing of its recognition could not have been better.

Edna Christensen and Bud Einspahr represented residents and staff of Heritage of Wauneta, who were grand marshals in Saturday’s parade. (Russ Pankonin | Johnson Publications)

 

Readers of The Breeze should be well aware of the current stark situation facing Heritage of Wauneta and the community it serves. Its corporate owners, Vetter Health Services, are prepared to close the facility within the next year.

Upon hearing the announcement from Vetters early last month, most everyone in Wauneta has taken notice, and several people have taken action.

The cohesiveness of the Wauneta community has been personified by those working to keep the 40-year-old nursing home alive. It will take determination from all those involved, but as has been attested in the past, the fighting spirit of the people in this corner of southwest Nebraska can never be dismissed.

Dominic Harris, 2, of Wauneta, makes his best toss during the softball throw at this year’s mini field day. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

This togetherness — this community cohesiveness — is what’s heartwarming about small town Nebraska living. People in this town answer the call when their neighbor needs their help, and that spirit will continue until a solution for saving Heritage of Wauneta is found.

And in the unlikely, worst-case scenario that Heritage of Wauneta cannot be saved, the people of this good town won’t go down without swinging.

It was this way 125 years ago, when this town was founded, and it remains this way today. Hopefully, it will be the same way 125 years from now.

Perhaps Heritage of Wauneta Administrator Lisa Kisinger said it best: “Wauneta has the pride, passion and the drive to save their nursing home once again. I believe that with all my soul. From the very bottom of my heart, thank you all for believing in and supporting us.”

Actors took the stage in the return of the Harvest Fest community melodrama. Pictured from left is Tyler Crowell, Aaron Behrends, Clint Majors, Liz Noler, Keri Sutherland and Kelsie Skelton. A lively crowd of about 200 people filled the Chateau Theatre, and was encouraged to “boo” and “cheer” during this year’s performance of the play, “The Ballad of Gopher Gap.” (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

No rain on this Harvest Fest parade

There were 28 entries in this year’s parade, a decrease from last year’s total of 33, and a dramatic dip from 2009’s total of 45.

René Maris, Renelle Mooney, Kobe Maris and Karen Christner wave “hello” while they cruise the parade in the last Sophie Nordhausen’s 1956 Ford Fairlane. Kobe’s brother Braxton also rode along. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

Caid Doetker, at far right, fires a water balloon into the crowd from atop his steed, while friends Tucker Boos and Haylee Sandman ride along. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

The men of the American Legion of Wauneta stand tall during the opening of Saturday’s Harvest Fest parade, while Sara Behrends and Dawn Doetker, at far right, open the event with the national anthem. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

Parade Results

Youth

• 1st place Doetker, Sandman and Boos famliy horses

 

Business

• 1st place Little Hands and Big Hearts Daycare

• 2nd place Chase County Clinic & Hospital

• 3rd place Valley Bank and Trust

 

Organization

• 1st place Chase County Fair Expo

 

Open

• 1st place Sophie Nordhausen 1956 Ford Fairlane

• 2nd place Glen Yoder 1935 Chevy

• 3rd place Merrill Maris 1952 Crosley

 

Heritage of Wauneta employees Lisa Kisinger, Sam Sutherland and Robin Brown were busy serving snow cones last Friday evening, as part of the Harvest Fest fun at the  Wauneta Municipal Park. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

Maycee Wheeler, Alexa Sandman, Haylee Sandman and Olivia Behrends cooled off and had a blast at this year’s pool olympics, last Friday afternoon. The paddle boat races are quickly becoming a favorite event among participants and crowd goers at the annual pool contests. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

Mikey Lovell, Abigail Gentry and Holly Gentry smile for the camera, as they watch the floats go by in Saturday’s annual Harvest Fest parade. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

Chad DeWester, Derek Sandman and Kyle Kitt hoist a hose above their heads and attack the barrel during water fights. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

Kerry Hamilton, Randy Raile, Jo Arenz and Brenda Anderson are just a few of the people who work hard at making Harvest Fest a success every year. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

Shanel Barnard, CeAnna Jahn, Cheyenne Cavanaugh and Bethany Long enjoy ice pops while they hang out on the railing outside the Wauneta Post Office during the Harvest Fest parade. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

Sonya Behrends darts toward the parade’s candy tossers with hopes of making her sweets bag more plump. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)

 

Maycee Wheeler, Alexa Sandman, Haylee Sandman and Olivia Behrends cooled off and had a blast at this year’s pool olympics, last Friday afternoon. The paddle boat races are quickly becoming a favorite event among participants and crowd goers at the annual pool contests.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 August 2011 21:56