Tuesday, March 31, 2015

One of the really fun times in my childhood came at Easter. Long descended from pagan times of antiquity to celebrate the passing of the hard times of Winter into a refreshing warmth of Spring Christians adopted the rite and called it Easter. The blooming of Easter Lilies and the egg as a symbol of new life has become tradition.

It was the tradition of our family to dye several dozen fresh eggs, easy to come by as mom kept a farm flock of chickens. Easter morning we kids awoke excited because our parents (the Easter bunny?) had hidden those eggs all over the farm yard. We kept track of the number found and often came up short. One of dad's clever hiding places was inside the seed box on the lister. When those were found several weeks later they had become a tad stale and were only good for throwing.

Easter Sunday always meant church, actually a weekly occurrence at our house. Easter church was always crowded and a special celebration in remembrance of Christ arising from the tomb and ascending to heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. Years later I've tickled at the people who only attend at Christmas and Easter complaining that church goers only sing two songs "Silent Night" and "Up From the Grave He Arose."

Back home from church our mom prepared an Easter feast centered on a large ham, salads, mashed potatoes, corn and real gravy. Homemade pie for desert even though we children's appetites were a mite dulled from consuming many of our newly found hard cooked colored eggs. Wonderful memories.

Married with children, Grannie and I continued our childhood Easter celebrations. Supervising our children on the night we colored eggs was sometimes a challenge with spilled dye and typical kid's messes but that too makes for fond recollection. As they grew older our children learned to mix the dyes to make additional colors to what came from the package. Then too they learned to make designs with Crayola's which added to the fun. With the last eggs they would mix all the dyes together to come up with an unappetizing black.

Grannie found that on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where the preference was for brown eggs in the grocery store and she had to buy white eggs early to get the dozen or so we needed. Somehow brown eggs just don't dye satisfactorily.

Our family tradition was to hide the eggs after the children went to bed. One year while living in Ohio we had taken in a 4-year-old boy for a couple of months while his mom was hospitalized in Texas. His dad too was away. Easter morning came and Bret was really excited to hunt eggs with our children who were a few years older. It was so much fun that he insisted on hiding his eyes while our children hid that eggs again and again and again. They about wore those eggs out--cracked and broken some weren't even fit to eat. A new tradition was born. Fun memories.

Living in Northern Michigan it was necessary to hide all the eggs inside the house as usually there was still about three feet of snow covering the yard that early in Spring.

Now we have no children at home and the grands are too far away to participate. I guess this old sentimental old guy will just have to go buy a dozen white eggs and some dye pellets to keep the tradition alive. Suppose Grannie will hide them for me?

For sure we will join Norris Avenue Chapel's sunrise service on the north lakeshore of Trenton Lake. Then to a crowded Easter church service before the cousin's family feast. I sure hope ham is on the menu.

There is another tradition celebrated last week that doesn't make this old pundit so happy. Right there on the front page of the Gazette was a photo op of ground breaking for the new Clary Addition. Looking closely I could not find the face of a single local contractor. Seems to be the tradition in McCook that for any major construction the powers that be insist on using outside contractors. Seems odd that we collect sales tax locally but don't allow our local building firms to participate.

Evidently the MEDC, robust from receiving lots of sales tax revenue, is going to manage the new Clary Village. It will be a new venture for them. Good luck. Yet the McCook Housing Authority is experienced and staffed to manage just that kind of property and have done it well for years is left out in the cold.

Where is the loyalty?

That is the way I saw it.

Dick Trail

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  • The outside contractors approached the city and MEDC with the project and funding plans. They may use local subcontractors. The Housing Authority was given the first bite on the project but they had just finished the huge East Ward development and we're not quite ready for another large project so it was tossed to the MEDC. That is the way I heard it from the sources in question. Please feel free to verify with them. To all have a Blessed Easter.

    -- Posted by dennis on Tue, Mar 31, 2015, at 3:30 PM
  • I am sorry for you that your negative stance on McCook's sales tax to continue as it has been for years has got your undies in a twist and grumpier on every article you write anymore.

    I think McCook city voters are smarter than you give them credit for and will easily continue the policy of no free rides or passes using city service for nothing and sales tax is only way to collect from them period. All visitors use city services such as water/sewer, lights, parking, and using streets to attend schools, church, movies, restaurants, entertainment and using parks and ball fields.

    Sorry Dick you wrong supporting giving away all city services and sticking the bill to city folks who only live in the city limits vs all other who choose the country lifestyle.

    I hope all vote yes on sales tax spread out cost of running a city in todays world and not just on the backs of city dwellers.

    -- Posted by Corn Whisperer on Tue, Mar 31, 2015, at 9:34 PM
  • There isn't a local contractor who can bond such a large project, that is why all the big projects in town involve an out of town general contractor. Every effort has been made to make the sub contracts available to locals, and several are participating.

    -- Posted by MCCOOK ECONOMIC DEVEL on Wed, Apr 1, 2015, at 11:27 AM
  • Happy Easter, to you and Granny, Dick, plus any and all who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, so our Sin is and stays hung on the Cross.

    Don't forget, folks, Saturday, the 4th, is Passover.

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Wed, Apr 1, 2015, at 5:13 PM
  • Corn Whisperer you forget that your streets, parks, walking path are paid for us country dwellers through our taxes. Grants are there because of taxpayers, as well as gas taxes which are paid by all of us. I'm more sorry for Dennis and your selfish needs for everyone else to pay your property taxes and your way. You complain that you pay county taxes, so do we, as well as the people in Bartley, Indianola, the places on the Beaver Valley. Nor do we hear the bulling, whining from those towns. I'm surprised McCook hasn't put up toll booths at every road coming into McCook because of some of your egos and need to have your way paid by everyone else.

    Also the use of facilities at business places are paid for, provide for by the business owners, as well as the customer is buying their products or goods. We pay our own property tax on our country residents. Dennis remark he pays county taxes, he sure does not pay my property taxes. I've known who Dennis is for years and you can bet he is going to be on a committee to raise taxes. I hope the people in McCook are smart enough not to put themselves in deeper debt for a few that have big egos.

    -- Posted by S&P1958 on Wed, Apr 1, 2015, at 6:48 PM
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    S&P, wrong oh......

    I have not heard anyone complaining about paying county taxes of late. Perhaps years ago, or when the county wanted to butt in on the sales tax last time, but not lately.

    I say pass the sales tax, if we do not, watch out on the property tax increase, who will pay for all the street repairs, sewer line repairs/replacements, water line repair/replacements? The property owners in McCook will be the ones paying the majority of it. You say you help pay through the grants received, well I help pay for those too, so why should I be double taxed since I live within the city limits?

    But of course you out of towners can always drive to North Platte or Kearney or somewhere else that also has the same sales tax as McCook, and while you are at it, help to pay into that gas tax you are complaining about. Heck even Cambridge has got into the sales tax bandwagon!

    -- Posted by fit2btied on Wed, Apr 8, 2015, at 11:03 PM
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