Friday, May 24, 2024



Offices closed for holiday
Memorial Day is Monday, May 27.
Memorial Day is Monday, May 27.

City, county and state offices will be closed Monday, May 27, to observe Memorial Day.

The scoop on Friend's Maple Street flower baskets

Every summer, Maple Street is adorned with flower baskets thanks to Livewires 4-H Club. To learn about how they are put together and who takes care of them, check out the May 29 issue of the Friend Sentinel.

Wildwood Pool completes training for opening day, TOMORROW
Zander Baker from Wilber jumps into practice a save in the shallow end of the Wildwood Pool. This is Baker's third year lifeguarding in Crete.
Zander Baker from Wilber jumps into practice a save in the shallow end of the Wildwood Pool. This is Baker's third year lifeguarding in Crete.

Lifeguards at the Crete Wildwood Pool have bleached, cleaned and prepped the pool area to welcome the public on Saturday, May 25. In addition to the housekeeping chores the guards have practiced life saving techniques, first aid and CPR.


Pause to remember on Memorial Day - MONDAY, MAY 27

Riverside Cemetery at 11 a.m. The service is combined with the American Legion and VFW. Cody Vance will be the speaker. A covered dish dinner will follow at the VFW Club.
Oak Grove Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. The Tri County band will play. A luncheon will be held after the service at the Community Center, provided by the Cemetery Association.
Dorchester Cemetery at 10 a.m. The Dorchester High School band will play. The Junior Auxiliary will take part in the services. Lunch will be served at the American Legion after the Pleasant Hill program. Boys State representative Owen Vyhnalek will be the speaker.

Exeter Cemetery at 10 a.m. The program will include a color guard salute.
Saline County Attorney David Solheim will be the speaker at the three Memorial Day services in Friend. The American Legion will be open following the programs.
German Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.
Catholic Cemetery at 10 a.m.
Andrew Cemetery at 11 a.m.
A program will be held at 1:45 p.m. in the park. Beginning at 2 p.m. there will be a service in the auditorium.
Speaker Jon Brueggermann will give a presentation at the Plainview Cemetery at 10 a.m.
Legion Park by the Memorial at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Wilber Care Center.
American Legion Commander Lisa Shore will speak at both Wilber ceremonies.

West Blue Church celebrating 150th anniversary May 26

The West Blue Church, nestled on the loop where County Road 1900 turns into 224th on the county line between Saline and Seward counties, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary on May 26. The Sunday service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a potluck luncheon.
Although the church has not held regular services since the 1980s, it and the cemetery have been maintained by descendants of the original founders and the church is still used for weddings.


DU tennis player earns honor

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the 2024 All-American teams on Thursday, and Doane freshman Maria Purizaca Soto was among those honored. She received Second Team All-American honors, becoming the first in program history to receive an All-American nod.

DU athletes advance at NAIA nationals

Heading into the third day of competition, Doane athletes continued to perform well at the NAIA national track and field championships. In Thursday's events, Josie Garrett finished sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 40-3.5.
Advancing to today's finals were Zach Turner in the men's 110-meter hurdles, finishing with the third-best time in the prelims of 14.14 seconds. Neryah Hekl moved to the finals in the women's 100-meter dash with a time of 11.69 seconds. The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Joaquin Gutierrez, Connor Bradley, Caleb Mulder and Turner sprinted into the final with a time of 3:10.98.
Events start today at 1 p.m.