SE Nebraskans Invited to Celebrate Peru State’s 94th Annual Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 4; Free Food, Entertainment and Prizes
Peru State College President Dan Hanson invites southeast Nebraskans to campus for the college’s 94th annual homecoming celebration, Blue Magic, Saturday, Oct. 4. President Hanson said, “Homecoming is an opportunity for us to celebrate the beginning of another successful year and to thank southeast Nebraska for the unwavering support of our institution and our students. There’s an even higher level of excitement for this year’s event as it marks the first homecoming game in the new and improved Oak Bowl. We invite all of our friends and neighbors to come to campus, meet our students and staff, and have some fun!”
NADAA Coalition Receives Five-Year, $625,000 Federal Grant; Officials Plan To Hire Two Full-Time Staff Members
By David Swanson
Building a sustainable coalition over the next five years will be the theme of the Nemaha Advocates Drug & Alcohol Awareness (NADAA) Coalition, who received a $625,000 Drug Free Coalition award Friday, Sept. 19, noted Kristiaan Rawlings, coalition chair. The grant will cover the next five years at $125,000 annually. Funding will start Wednesday, Oct. 1, coinciding with the federal fiscal year.
A strong performance against one of the top-ranked volleyball teams in the NAIA landed Bobcat Lea Boras on the Avila University All-Tournament Team. The team was selected by a vote of the coaches of each team with the top ten players receiving the highest amount of votes being honored.
Auburn High School Cross Country runners competed in the Sept. 11 Pius X Invitational. Coach Mark Oliver said the Bulldog harriers had a great day on the course at Pioneers Park in Lincoln. The cool weather and rain did not seem to bother the runners as all but one of them ran a personal best for the course.
Donna Jean Duerfeldt Pryor was born November 2, 1922 to Clyde and Gladys Knapp Duerfeldt on a farm southwest of Nemaha, Nebraska. She attended Larkin Country School, Nemaha High School and Peru State College, majoring in elementary education and music. Donna taught in Elkhorn, Neb. for two years, and two years in Tecumseh, Neb., followed by ten months as a weather observer for the National Weather Service at the Airport in Omaha, Neb. She was baptized at the Nemaha Christian Church in 1936 and served as the church pianist, organist, choir director, Sunday School teacher and an active Kensington member as health permitted. On June 9, 1946 she married Wyman Pryor. They lived on farms southwest of Nemaha where they raised their family. Donna was always active in school and community activities, including 4-H leader for 22 years, Farm Bureau, Extension Club, Gideons, Good Samaritan Board, Nemaha County Health Board, and school parent’s organizations. Donna gave piano lessons to local children, with many serving as pianists in area churches and schools. For many years, she kept the U.S. financial records for Precious Jewels Ministry in the Philippines, as well as for the Bonhotel Family Corporation. The Pryor family was named the Farm Family of the Week in 1957. She was named Nebraska Merit Mother in 1997. Donna passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Papillion Manor in Papillion, Neb. She had reached the age of 91 years, 10 months, and 17 days, and was preceded in death by her husband, Wyman, her parents, sister Ellen Clements, and brother, Dean Duerfeldt. Surviving are her children and their spouses Larry and Dianna Pryor of Papillion; Sharon Pryor of Meridian, Idaho; Sara and Dennis Stiers of Shubert; Randy and Michelle Pryor of Wilber; Alan and Diane Pryor of Lincoln; grandchildren and their spouses Jeremy and Carrie Pryor, Angela and Ben Ashby, Joshua Pryor, Amanda Pryor, Dana and James Berger, Aaron and Katie Pryor, Ryan Pryor, Andrew Pryor, Ally Pryor, and Eric Pryor; 10 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law Carol and Ken Whitcomb of Fort Collins, Colo.; brother-in-law Art Clements of Bolivar, Missouri; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be Friday, September 26, 10:30 a.m. at the Nemaha Christian Church. Burial will follow in the Nemaha Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with family greeting friends 6 to 9 p.m. Memorials are suggested to family choice. Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.