For the 40th consecutive year, Auburn has been named a Tree City USA. Awards were presented Tuesday, April 5, at the Tree City USA Conference and Awards program in Lincoln. Representing the city were Pam Allison, Harry Bridgmon and Kent Reierson of the Tree Board and Denise Eggers, deputy city clerk.
By David Swanson
Monday, April 11, the Auburn Public Schools (APS) Board of Education accepted the resignation of Shannon Cole, fourth grade teacher. It is effective at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Cole was offered and has accepted a fourth grade teaching position in the Crete Public Schools. She has taught at APS for eight years while also serving as head softball coach.
The Auburn High School girls competed short-handed in the April 8 Waverly Invitational Track and Field Meet due to student/athletes participating at the FBLA State Leadership Conference and FFA State Convention. Coach Mark Oliver said, “We did not score many points, but we were able to compete against some very good competition! Ashley Teten and the girls 4×100 relay placed 5th. Ashley competed well in the cold, windy conditions on Friday. Bailey Arban, Nicole Sherman, Darcy Fender and Rachel Bohling ran a very good relay.
Coach Ideus’ Comments
Bulldog Boys Head Coach Ben Ideus said about the invitational, “April 8 was a windy day for a track meet. The Waverly meet is one of the most difficult meets we participate in all year. The 12 other schools in the meet are usually very competitive and we see some of the best athletes in the state of Nebraska. The kids know it is a difficult meet and sometimes this can affect them positively and sometimes negatively.
Christopher S. Halvorsen, 30 of Syracuse passed away on April 17, 2016 at his home. He was born on November 6, 1985 to Scott and Linda (Wyatt) Halvorsen in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris received his degree from Southeast Community College in Small Engine Repair. He worked at Ariens in Auburn as a Merchandise Handler. He also enjoyed playing pool and also fishing with his kids and nieces and nephews. Chris is survived by his daughter: Saphira age 6 and son: Jaxson age 3; Parents: Scott and Linda all of Syracuse, brother: Tom (Valerie) Emerson of Lincoln, sister: Shelly (Tim) LaPointe of Lincoln, grandparents: Larry and Rose Marie Halvorsen of Unadilla, Lyle Gartner of Lincoln, aunt: Carol Ann Gray of Davey; also numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather: Roger Wyatt, grandmother: Sue Gartner, great-grandparents: Roy and Helene Gray.
Mary Maxine Wheeler Boomer, 90, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2016, surrounded by family. Mary was born on September 9, 1925, in Auburn, Nebraska, to Ike and Gladys Wheeler. Mary graduated from Auburn High School in 1942 and attended the University of Nebraska. She was a loving and compassionate wife, mother and friend. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert, William and Kenneth Wheeler. Mary is survived by her devoted husband, George Boomer; children Roger Schmidt, Patrice Olsen, Alan Schmidt, Scott Boomer and John Boomer; brother Stuart Wheeler; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and interment will occur in Nebraska at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Bedford Cemetery at Howe, Nebraska (608 N. Main Street, Stella, NE 68442), or the charity of your choice.