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Thanks to all who keep Heritage going PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 18:39

Thank you to the staff at Heritage, the community of Wauneta and Vetter Health Services for the years of compassion, professional care and sense of family.

Even though we have to raise money now, it is so much more than money. We are talking about “family.”

Mom and Dad, Frieda and Art Bush, were residents at Heritage and family meant the extra touch on their arm or shoulder, friends from the community stopping by to visit or, when possible, taking Dad for a ride to church or downtown or on a parts run.

I enjoyed coming home and staying with neighbors and friends while visiting Mom and Dad at Heritage. I picked up their supplies at Walgren’s, got an oil change at Harchelroad’s, went to Good Times for a burger, all the while feeling that Mom and Dad were being given the best care in their hometown. It was much easier to find a care facility where I knew the staff and staff knew my family.

Even though Mom and Dad are gone, I still enjoy coming home and visiting with friends. Thank you to all who stayed in the community to keep it thriving and for keeping it “home.”

Let’s all continue to show support and may God bless our community and those who work at Heritage.


Barb (Bush) Cooksley

Anselmo, Neb.


Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2012 18:40
Letter to the “Extended” Family PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:05

Letter to the “Extended” Family of Wauneta

Yes, “extended family” is the appropriate term at this point since this letter seeks to address the situation with Heritage of Wauneta. The number ‘60’ has been used when considering the number of residents. Here comes the “extended” reference.

Fewer than half of those 60 actually live in Wauneta. Although a majority of the 30 come from Wauneta, a sizeable number do not.

The point is, Wauneta is not in this situation alone. If you’re sitting in, say, Enders, Hamlet, Palisade, even Imperial, maybe McCook, some other Nebraska town, or even in a location in some other state, you’re part of the extended family. The plight of Heritage has an impact on you. It’s a “home” thing.

Heritage is fighting for its survival and the cause needs your help.

A tremendous amount of sweat equity has been poured into the effort to save Heritage, a fact about which we should all be very thankful.

That small cadre of folks has done a fantastic job of taking the time to put all mechanisms in line to see to it that Heritage does not leave Wauneta.

The effort has covered all bases, but has one last hurdle to clear, that being the last bit of financial help that is needed. That’s where all the members of the extended family of Wauneta can have a direct impact.

Briefly, the argument in favor of Heritage’s survival is a given. Most of the 30 residents are lifelong residents of the Wauneta area. Having to split up would sever many lifelong friendships that are still being enjoyed.

Every employee of Heritage would, of course, be thrown out of a job, but, let me assure you that those 60 are much more than a number.

I regularly visit Heritage (my mother, Lucille, is a resident) and always leave with a deeper respect and appreciation of the loving, caring, PROFESSIONAL folks employed there.

Personally, I’ve enjoyed getting somewhat acquainted with the numerous high school kids that get a job there.

And then there are more numbers, the impact Heritage has to offer, the loss of the utility income derived from the presence of Heritage.

And then there’s the issue of, “so, what do we do with an empty building up there on a hill in Wauneta?”

In last week’s issue of The Wauneta Breeze it was pointed out that no donation is too large or too small. Every little bit counts.

This is where we of the extended family can have a direct influence on the outcome of this venture.

Let me assure you, it’s worthwhile. Who knows? Wherever it is that you’re sitting while reading this, when the time comes for you or a loved one to decide where to go to spend life’s final years, Heritage should be one of those choices.

Again, since we’re all part of the extended family, it’s now up to us. It’s easy to sit back and say, “Aw, someone else’ll take care of it. This doesn’t affect me.” But it does.

It’s family. It needs our support.


A member of the family,

Lynn McBride

Shelton, Neb.


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:07
Community Shout-Out: Easter Joy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 22 December 2011 20:16

Thank you to Senior Center crew

The meal at the Senior Center Sunday was outstanding! Thanks to all who had a hand in the event.

Twilla Denker & Dorothy Gauger ­— Wauneta, Neb.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 December 2011 20:17
Terrific! Kudos to WP One-Act team PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 22:09

Community Shout-Out

Thank you, Wauneta-Palisade High School, for the tremendous one act play performance at the District Contest. You were absolutely terrific!

Thank you, Mrs. Noler, for your wonderful choice of play and outstanding casting. We appreciate your hard work, tremendous knowledge, teaching ability and creative energy.

Students, you are the best. Terrific things happen when you work hard, have a lofty goal with outstanding guidance and instruction.

Kudos also to the supporting workers, students and adults. You were extremely important to this smashing success.

Wauneta-Palisade is a terrific school.

Wauneta is the place to be.


Tony Cribelli

Wauneta, Neb.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 22:09
Children benefit from kinship care PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 22:06

We believe children ‘grow’ best in their own homes, but we also know that sometimes law enforcement must remove children from their home to keep them safe from abuse or neglect. These children are placed in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS).

Families Matter, the initiative that’s changing Nebraska’s child welfare and juvenile services system, is serving an increasing number of children through the use of kinship care. Nearly half of all Nebraska children in out-of-home placements were in kinship care with aunts, uncles, grandparents and family friends in September 2011.

“Kinship care” minimizes trauma and creates stability by placing children with people they know and have a relationship with.

Their safe transition back home when appropriate can be smoother, and the connection to the relative or friend who cared for them is likely to continue.

I’d like to thank kinship caregivers who are raising their grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or children of close family friends, when the parents cannot. Their commitment to their extended family can make a life-long positive difference to the child.

For example, “Emily’s” been in foster care for six years. Despite best efforts, no foster homes would provide a permanent home for her.

Because her caseworker searched again for people who knew Emily, she’s now living with her half-brother and his father, who’s considering guardianship for her. Stories like Emily’s are now happening for more Nebraska children.

Department staff statewide and our partners in the eastern and southeast part of the state, KVC Nebraska and Nebraska Families Collaborative, continue to focus on kinship care for children who aren’t able to live at home.

In Nebraska, Families Matter!


Kerry Winterer, CEO

Nebraska Department

of Health and Human Services

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 22:06
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