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Good Old Days 04-17-15


Compiled By Delaney uhrig

These stories from the past first appeared in The Sidney Telegraph. Original writing is preserved, though some stories were shortened for space reasons.


'Switch To Central Time Is Proposed For Summer To Match Colorado Schedule'

April 16, 1965

Representatives of several Western Nebraska communities will meet at Grant tonight (Friday) to consider a proposal that this section of the state adopt a Daylight Savings time schedule to match the time change which becomes effective by law in Colorado on April 25 and continues until Oct. 30.

The Sidney Chamber of Commerce has been conducting a telephone poll for the past two days to determine local sentiment on the time change idea. Incomplete results this morning seemed overwhelmingly in favor of the change, although no one seems to know just how it can be done, or who would have or take the authority to implement the change.

Chamber Manager Jack Laimer said 29 of the first 30 calls showed favorably for Daylight Savings. However, a much more comprehensive sampling was planned before the Chamber of Commerce sends its findings to the grant meeting tonight. Mr. Laimer said he did not know whether anyone from Sidney plans to attend the meeting.

It is understood that Ogallala and other communities in that part of wester Nebraska have taken official action through their city councils and the Chamber of Commerce recommending that the time change be made. Actually, the change would be putting this part of the state on a Central Time Zone schedule which starts at North Platte. Such a move might be in conflict with existing state law, some legal experts speculated today, as the idea appeared to be snowballing toward a decision this evening.

When Colorado change to Daylight Savings later this month it will affect all radio and the programming coming into Sidney and adjacent areas.

Mr. Laimer said the Chamber of Commerce made calls to people in several surrounding towns and the sentiment seemed heavily in favor of changing the time to match Colorado's schedule. However, he said there still remains the question of who is to order the change, and by what authority.

The proposal was discussed yesterday noon at the regular luncheon of the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Council Committee at the Ft. Sidney Motor Hotel. It resulted in a lot of conversation but no official action, mainly because no one knew what would constitute an official action.


'Jaycees elect first woman head'

April 17, 1990

The Sidney Jaycees have elected a woman president for the first time in the organization's more than 40 years existence. Glenda Ferguson was elected the chapter's 44th president last week. She has been a member of the Sidney Jaycees for six years, serving as director, treasurer, community development vice president, and this past year, administrative vice president.

She assumes office May 1.

Other new offices include Mike Neal, management development vice president;Allen Aurich, individual development vice president; Steve Miller, treasurer; Time Miller, secretary; Mark Smith, state director. There were also 19 members elected to the local chapter's board of directors.

Ferguson is employed by Dr. William Printz, D.D.S. She is married to Marlin Ferguson, who was president of the Sidney Jaycees in 1986-87. They are parents of two children, Travis and Tara.


'Salvation Army on the March'

April 20, 2005

The local Salvation Army Thrift Store and Food Bank is relocating – a move that will mean more room for donations for neighbors in need.

"This will give us more room," said Von Martin, manager of the Salvation Army. "We're so cramped where we are now and the new site will give more space to spread out and more room for donations ... which will be wonderful." The Salvation Army is currently located at 921 Hickory and has been since it opened in October in 2000.

Construction is underway at the new location, 932 10th Ave. – the old Fish Haven building.

The new site is being remodeled and compared to the old location, has a basement and an elevator for greater accessibility and that will accommodate larger donations such as furniture and appliances. Prior to finding the new location, the Salvation Army has had to store such donated items at Cash-Wa Distributing down the street.

The Salvation Army plans to move into its new home around the first of May. The Thrift store and food bank will remain closed for at least a week to get things in order and will reopen to the public the middle of the next month.


'Special Kennel Permit Denied'

April 21, 2010

A Sidney woman must now find homes for five of her eight dogs in order to comply with city law after her request kennel was denied by the City of Sidney Planning Commission on Monday.

Mary A. Chilewski requested the permit for her 1243 Forrest St. home at the commission's regular meeting Monday evening. During a public hearing for the permit, Chilewski informed the board that she had no intention of running a kennel; she simply wanted keep the dogs she currently has.

"I have eight dogs and in order to comply with the law, I would have to have a kennel permit to keep them," Chilewski said. "They're all little tiny dogs. Most people don't know I have that many."

Chilewski told the board the oldest dog was 15 years old and the youngest was 2. The dogs have been in the family since they were puppies. Chilewski also said all her dogs were neutered or spayed, and all were licensed prior to the December 2008 pet limiting ordinance passage, that reduced the number of dogs on a single property to three.

Some of the dogs moved with Chilewski's daughter, who has returned home and brought the dogs back. Chilewski learned she was out of compliance with city law when she attempted to license them again.

Several of Chilewski's neighbors attended the meeting and spoke on the resident's behalf. All neighbors said they didn't realize how many dogs the family possessed.


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