Auburn Board of Public Works (BPW) customers will have the option of paperless billing sometime during 2015. Thursday, Dec. 11, the utility’s board approved the option which will be available to all residential and commercial accounts. Wende Bergmeier, accounting and finance manager and Dave Hunter, general manager, have been working on the issue. Bergmeier noted the systems are in place to offer paperless billing but time is needed to inform customers the option will be available. Hunter believed paperless billing is a good deal, BPW has offered electronic funds transfer for a long time. The utility currently has 714 such customers and it is anticipated most will likely enroll to go paperless.
A 2.2 percent electrical rate increase in 2015 was approved Thursday night, Dec. 11, by the Auburn Board of Public Works (BPW). Dave Hunter, BPW general manager, recalled the board did not increase rates for 2014. While no one likes rate increases, he indicated because costs are continuing to rise, the utility needs to cover them. As an example, wholesale power costs this year increased 4.4 percent.
The Auburn Bulldogs opened last week winning 52-43 at Weeping Water for their first win of the season. The Auburn boys lost two games at home over the weekend, 45-61 to Falls City and 47-53 to Elmwood-Murdock. The Bulldogs took a 1-4 record to Louisville Tuesday, Dec. 16.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Friday that 455 volleyball student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Four Bobcats were named to the list. Seniors Carrie Lierz (Holton, Kan.), Hope Harsh (Cassoday, Kan.), and Mallory Hull (Morse Bluff), are joined by junior Lindsey Nelson (Granite City, Calif.) on the list.
Margaret Elizabeth (Wheeler) Engles was born October 16, 1921, to Bartlett and Anna (Gritz) Wheeler on the family farm five miles south and three-fourth mile west of Auburn, Nebraska. She attended Rosemont School District #40 and graduated from Auburn High School in 1938. She then attended Peru State College to attain her teaching certificate. She taught at North Star School in Richardson County and Rosemont and Bedford School in Nemaha County. On May 8, 1943, she married Frank Engles in Starkville, Mississippi, where Frank was stationed while attending Officer Candidate School. While Frank was serving during WWII in the European Theater, Marge taught at Muddy School District 41. Four children, were born to this marriage: Ann, Bert, Bob and Pat. While raising her family Marge took a leave of teaching but continued to maintain her role as bookkeeper of the family business, Engles Oil Co. As the children grew, Marge once again returned to the classroom. Marge had a great love and passion for teaching children in one-room schools. She finished her teaching career at Cochran and Linden school districts. Marge lived most of her adult life in the Engles’ family home until moving across the street into a smaller house. Marge was a noted story teller of the place and times in which she lived. Dozens of people would seek her out to clarify or verify facts of the area. Ten years ago, Marge compiled her memories in book form, which family members cherish. Marge was past President of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Nemaha County Extension Clubs, Daughters of the American Revolution, and St. Joseph’s Tabernacle Society. She held offices in the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and was a member of St. Ann’s Prayer Group. Marge’s Catholic faith was the most important foundation upon which she lived her life. Whenever physically able to do so, she attended daily Mass. Once a friend asked her why she went to Mass every day. Her response, “Because I get to witness a miracle every time I attend Mass.” Marge never minded waiting for an appointment because she always carried her rosary. Most people knew if Marge said she would pray for them, she really did pray for them. In her later years Marge was afflicted with severe Macular Degeneration which prohibited her from driving a car. She didn’t let that stop her from maintaining an active lifestyle as she walked almost daily to either business district pulling a cart to carry her purchases. She was most grateful to her many friends who gave her rides to her meetings and events. Marge passed away Saturday December 13, 2014 at her Auburn home at the age of 93. Marge was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Frank; her brothers, Ivan and wife Ada, Archie and wife Catherine, Verne and wife Faye, and her sister Helen and husband Church. She is survived by daughter Ann of Chicago, sons Bert (Virginia) of Omaha, Bob (Wendy) of Auburn, Patrick (Jeanne) of Auburn, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Marge was very fond of her nieces and nephews. A vigil and rosary was given Monday, December 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with family greeting friends after at the Halligan Center. A funeral mass for Marge Engles was held Tuesday, December 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Auburn. Burial followed at the Holy Cross Cemetery south of Auburn. Hall Funeral Chapel of Auburn was in charge of arrangements for Marge E. Engles.
Clay Ware Kennedy son of George Cassius Kennedy and Ruth Anna (Courtright) Kennedy was born on November 24, 1928 in Auburn, NE. He was one of three children born to this union. Clay grew up in the Auburn area, and lived here most of his life. He graduated from Peru Prep in 1945, attended Peru State College for one year before going to UNL where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and was a member of the AGR Fraternity. In 1950 Clay taught at the Farm for Veterans Training School in Johnson County until 1954. He was united in marriage to Barbara J. Flor on September 6, 1953 in Valley, NE. To this union there were four children. Clay farmed all his life and lived on a apple orchard northeast of Auburn, NE. He was very active in both community and farming. Clay and Barbara were also life long members of the Peru Community Church. Over the years Clay was Peru Kiwanis and Lt. Governor of Kiwanis, member of Eastern Star # 263, Masonic Lodge # 4 at Brownville, Brownville Historical Society, Sesostris Shrine in Lincoln and the Shrine Roadrunners unit, Curator of Meriwether-Lewis, Nebraska Crop Improvement Association President, Meriwether Dredge Museum and Foundation, Ag Builders Association, Missouri River Rat Reunion Hall of Famer, Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement, Rural Water District Nemaha County #1, International Gideon, Nebraska Navy Admiral of Nebraska, Treasurer of Little Red School House, founding member and President of NC+ Hybrid, Pioneer Farm award and outstanding young farmer in 1964, Appointed to Ag Council and U.S. Ag Department Representative and went to Washington on farm policy. Clay due to ongoing illness passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at his home. He had reached the age of 86 years and 16 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Cassius Bond Kennedy, sister Betty Marsh Leads, and son Ralph Antholz Kennedy. He is survived by his wife Barbara Kennedy, children Nancy Wheeler (Steven) of Brownville, NE; Linda Lueders (Ken) of Albuquerque, NM; Stephen Kennedy (Christina) of Brownville, NE; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Masonic services were Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Peru Community Church with Pastors Ray and Becky Girard officiating. Interment of ashes followed at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Brownville following the service. Memorials are suggested to Peru Community Church or Sesostris Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund. Arrangements were by Hall Funeral Chapel, Auburn.