Farewell to one of McCook's most beloved citizens

Thursday, August 4, 2005

McCook said good-bye Wednesday to one of the community's most beloved citizens, Frannie Weiland. He was laid to rest during mid-morning graveside services at Calvary Cemetery.

Frannie became a familiar figure in downtown McCook during a long and faithful career as a window-washer. He always wore a necktie and welcomed everyone he met with a smile and kind words.

Frannie lived simply and saved his money, making it possible for him to pay cash for the new cars he purchased. He was a loyal member of the Kiwanis Club and was devoted to the community that was his home throughout the majority of his life. Frannie inspired us. We will remember him fondly, and be uplifted by his example of good humor and friendliness.

Congratulations to Dave and Andela Taylor and the Red Willow County Commissioners. The Taylors demonstrated great initiative by coming up with the idea for the Hilton Farm Eco-Retreat, and the commissioners showed vision by encouraging the project.

The emphasis on "eco" -- meaning ecological -- is a new concept for this region. It is an effort to promote tourism by showcasing rural settings.

The historic Hilton Farm is in eastern Red Willow County, southwest of Cambridge. After developing the retreat, the Taylors hope to welcome 2,500 or more visitors per year.

In combination with vineyards -- being developed in McCook and Parks -- the eco-retreat opens up new tourism opportunities for Southwest Nebraska.

Additional potential exists for tourism development in the Golden Plains region. This area has much to offer visitors though opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, golfing, sight-seeing and rural living. The Taylors are taking a bold step forward with their project and, hopefully, their efforts will encourage other tourism ventures in the years to come.

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