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Home health service relocates office

Mother's Club sponsors free movie matinee

Nelson hosts fifth annual craft fair

County Court dates will change March 1


Home health service relocates office

By Sandra Foote
There are so many types of home health conditions and health care options it is difficult to keep them clear in our minds. When we think of "Good Samaritan" we may think of the parable in the Bible or a nursing home. But the name has other applications including a home health care service now operating in Superior.
When it comes to health care, there seems to be a shift in what seniors now want compared to their wants in years past.
Rather than moving to a retirement home, many older people now want to live in their own homes as long as possible. This can be because of several reasons. Perhaps they don't want to leave their home and the memories it holds. They may want to keep living with a pet. Their grown children may not want to lose their sense of "coming home" when they visit their parents. If the parent moves to an assisted living environment or nursing complex often times the adult children believe their home is gone.
As a person grows older, it is normal for their health to decline. This is when the Good Samaritan Home Health service may be of assistance. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, home health aide and Homemaker (chores and light housekeeping services). These services may be needed after a hospital stay, or change in condition like weakness, falls, and decreased mobility causing a decrease in functional independence, or surgery and are available for people of all ages.
When patient no longer qualifies for a hospital stay or a nursing home is not an option, Home Health services may be of assistance.. GSS Home Health has a dual license which allows for the provision of both skilled and non-skilled assistance. Non-skilled home health can assist anytime. Clients do not have to have had a qualifying pre-hospital or nursing home stay. Services often can be paid for with insurance, Medicare and Medicaid as well as veterans qualified.
If the patient finds it difficult to leave home and requires the help of someone else, they may qualify for Good Samaritan Home Health Services.
Services may include various kinds of lifelines. There is even a type with a GPS location system.
Carla Ost, RN, is the Superior case manager and the needs facilitator. She can assist in assessing the needs the changes required to improve safety conditions in the home. After visiting with the patient and seeing the patient's home, she prepares a plan of care. Patient education is often the key to the success of program. GSS Home Health offers Telehealth Monitoring in the home. A device that records blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, and weight then transmits that information to a computer for nurses to assess daily.
Staff members working from the Superior office include Carla Ost, RN, and Sara Mertens, LPN. Sara visits with the patients and helps them with their daily needs as well as oversees the medication schedule.
Carla is a longtime resident of Jewell and Nuckolls counties and has been a nurse since 1982. Sara moved to Superior after her father retired in 1998. She is a Superior High School graduate of 2003. She is married to John and has two children, Kylie and Grady.
Good Samaritan Home Health is not affiliated with the Good Samaritan Society nursing homes but is a branch of the Good Samaritan Society. The Superior office is an extension of the Hastings Home Health Campus. The service recently relocated to 356 E. Third Street. This location provides an independent space to access the equipment needed. From this office patients in Nuckolls, Webster, Thayer and Clay counties are served.

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Mother's Club sponsors free movie matinee
The last hayrack rides through Candy Cane Lane for this season are scheduled to depart Lincoln Park's Scout Cabin between the hours of 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday. While earlier in the season the hayrack was pulled by horses, this week an antique tractor will be used.
Chili soup, hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows hot dogs and cider will be available in the scout cabin.
Candy Cane Lane is open from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening through Jan. 1. Now in its 14th year, Candy Cane Lane continues to grow each year.
The Lions Club is accepting donations for the Toys for Tots program through Tuesday. Donations of new and gently used toys, new gloves, hats and coats are being collected at Scott TV & Appliance and Ace Hardware.
The annual Once Upon a Christmas event will be held in downtown Superior between 5 and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. For this year's event, the TBT Octet will be performing at the Waves Beauty Salon between 5 and 7. A speaker system will broadcast their music onto the street. Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance and many stores will offer refreshments and other activities.
The deadline for participating in the Giving Tree sponsored by Nuckolls County Human Interagencey Services is Saturday. Gifts for that program are to be left at Superior Pharmacy and Dollar General in Superior, the Nelson Post Office, or Farmers & Merchants Bank in Lawrence.
This year the Giving Tree expects to provide 100 families with food and other gifts.
The Christmas Bucks give-away sponsored by the Superior Chamber of Commerce continues through Dec. 19. The last drawing will be held that morning. Winners of this week's drawing include Doris Davidsen  Guide Rock, Susie Lowery and June Wyatt, both of Superior. Each received 50 of the bucks which may be spent like cash at a participating Superior business.
The Superior Junior High and High School Winter Concert will be held one week from today (Thursday) at 7 p.m.
The Superior Mothers Club is sponsoring the 2 p.m. Sunday showing of "Elf" at the Crest Theatre. No admission will be charged.

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Nelson hosts fifth annual craft fair
By Sandra Foote
The fifth annual Nelson Craft Fair was held Saturday at the community's auditorium and community center. The weather outside was frightful with snow showers and slushy roads, but the craft fair was delightful with more than 35 venders and crafters displaying their goods.
When I walked into the community center, I was greeted by Bobbie Peters of Nelson with her table full of pine wreaths and a pine basket display. Some of the wreaths were designed specifically for the Christmas holiday but there were others suited for other winter displays. There were many colors and styles to choose from. Bobbie said she likes to try new styles of wreaths with all sorts of colors for all occasions.
Sara Skinner of Edgar was displaying items she had created from old wood fence panels or barn wood. Some even featured photographs to show buyers potential uses for the "old western" panels.
Jeanette Wolfe of Fairfield had used bottles of various types to create lamps. The bottles may have originally been made to serve as containers for soda pop, wine or another beverage. The bottle colors varied as well. Among the display were black, brown and clear bottles. Some were tall, fat, short or skinny. As a result, they made for a large variety of lamps. The style of the lamp shades ranged from contemporary to rustic. Jeanette's craft began as a winter project that turned into a hobby with a practical and stylish use. She said the lamps make great gifts for all occasions. The first bottle lamp she saw was made from a Crown bottle. The lamp first observed many years ago sparked ideas and the many lamps which have been made from those ideas.
Rachel Reinke of Edgar makes soaps, scrubs and lip balms. Her selection was also large and varied in fragrances. Her products were beautifully wrapped and displayed to tantalize the fair visitors. Among her items were sugar scrubs and whipped body butter. The favorite fragrances were mint, sugar plum fairy and lavender. A new scent this year is retro raspberry.
Delores Friberg of Nelson displayed items made from patterns that were printed on cloth. There were cloth baby books with nursery rhymes and Bible stories, perfect for any baby. There were pot holders, tea towels and hot pads. The variety of items and colors and patterns was astonishing.
Delores also displayed aprons and casserole carriers her mother, (the late Fern Peters) made years ago. Delores was a Title 1 reading teacher in the Ransom, Kan., area before retiring to Nelson. She has been sewing and going to craft shows for more than 30 years. For a time she was an exhibitor in approximately 24 shows. More recently she has participated in eight shows a year.
Shanel Rempe has been crafting for about 15 years. She began as a stay at home Mom with a love of art she developed while attending Superior High School. Her first projects were washcloth roses. The roses were made of wash clothes folded to look like a rose with a painted wooden dowel to make a bouquet. Today she uses many items that are repurposed into lamps and corner decorations. Saturday she only displayed Christmas and seasonal items. Shanel said she likes variety and can not stick with the same project for long. She said her customers like the variety as much as she does.
While a college student, Pam Corman studied art history as her major with an art minor in college. She is interested in various art forms and has been crafting for more than 42 years. She shares her craft activities with her grandchildren. Her display Saturday was extensive with many forms of artistic items. Her main focus for this show was the Christmas holiday season. She was selling hand painted items like Christmas trees bulbs and windows.
Linda Reed of Nelson had a mishap last year and broke her leg while playing with her grandchildren. She was laid up for 4 months and really felt the need to be busy. Her creative talent was evident at the fair. She made interesting art with poles that were either varnished, painted or left natural for the rustic look. The pole items were varied. Some were Husker related and others had the country touch with a practical use, such as a holder to hang your keys on when you come into your house.
Though she insisted she is not creative in any way, Dawn Myers helps organize the show each year. She has developed a list of 92 venders who participate on a rotation basis in the Nelson fair. Some may participate only once every 3 years. Others participate every other year and some every year. Thus the show has a different mix of produces each year.
The first fair started off slowly with only around 20 participants. This year was there were more than 35 who reserved space. When all spaces were spoken for, some requests had to be turned away.
The Nelson Volunteer Fire Department served chicken noodle soup, chili, sandwiches, desserts and drinks with proceeds going toward the purchase of a new truck for the department.




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County Court dates will change March 1
Hopefully this change will not involve most of our readers but dates for county court in Nuckolls County will change effective March 1.
The judges who serve the Nuckolls County court are moving court dates from Tuesdays to the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month.
Arraignments for adults will remain at 10 a.m. For citations written to juveniles, first appearance time will be at 1 p.m.

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