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SHS stage has new lighting system

Superior Pharmacy adds office space

Kirhhoff loses home, possessions in California wildfire

Greenhalgh attends grassfed conference in N.Y.


 

SHS stage has new lighting system

The stage in the Superior High School gymnasium is now home to a state-of-the-art lighting system. The system was installed September.
The upgrade was made in anticipation of Superior hosting the Southern Nebraska Conference one-act play competition on Tuesday, November 14.
The system consist of 12 lights hung on metal trusses. The lights can be programmed for an entire scene with no human intervention required,
Schools from the conference will present their plays during the day. No school is scheduled for the day.

 

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Superior Pharmacy adds office space
The southeast corner of the Superior Pharmacy building is now the site of two offices, one for Lane Hawley and one for Anna Hawley. The offices will allow the pharmacy to convert the space formerly occupied by Anna's office to be utilized as a shoe fitting space . The area will also provide a private setting for the administration of flu shots. The offices are ready for occupancy and the private space is expected to be in use this week.

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Kirhhoff loses home, possessions in California wildfire
Ed. note: The following was gleaned from an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, about the devastating wildfires in northern California. Clayton Kirchhoff is a winemaker at one of the affected vineyards. Clayton is the son of Craig and Nancy Kirchhoff, and the grandson of Verna Kirchhoff, Superior, and the late Tony Kirchhoff.
The Vandendriessche family was at home on their property off Soda Canyon Road where their estate winery, White Rock Vineyards, stands. When the fires broke out just above them, on Atlas Peak, they didn't hear about it on the news. They saw it.
Michael Vandendriessche, who manages the family's vineyards, was the first to notice the flames moving fast down the ridgeline, directly toward their property. He awoke his wife and children then ran next door to wake up his parents, Henri and Claire. Within three minutes, they were all out.
"It spread so fast, nobody could get their minds around it," said Heather Conlin, White Rock's general manager. Henri and Claire Vandendriessche founded White Rock in 1977, but the estate's history dates back to 1870, when Dr. J. Pettingill planted one of Napa Valley's earliest vineyards there. Under the stewardship of Henri and Claire ­­ and now their sons, Michael and Christopher ­­ White Rock has quietly established itself as one of Napa's greatest unsung wineries.
When the White Rock team was able to get back on the property after the fire, there was some good news: The sheep, chickens and dogs who live on the property were safe. The bad news: The Vandendriessche family homes, as well as the property's barns and sheds, were burned to the ground. And the cave where they make their wine looked ravaged from the outside, with hundreds of shattered wine bottles spilling out from its central door.
"We do bottle and barrel storage in the cave," Conlin explained, "so we carry easily two to five vintages in that cave at any time."
Clayton Kirchhoff, assistant winemaker for Hudson Vineyards, whose wines are made at White Rock, had been at his parents' house in Clarksburg. His own home is just a short distance through the hillsides from the winery. When he returned to Napa on Monday, road closures blocked him from driving through the Silverado Trail to the winery or to his home. So he walked.
"I saw a couple of the Hudson tanks that were outside (the cave), completely blackened," Kirchhoff said. "One of them had plastic that burned into it." He's not sure whether they'll be salvageable. "I tried to estimate in my mind, but those tanks have about $300,000 to $500,000 worth of wine apiece."
He got to work, quickly doing punchdowns, trying to salvage what he could of the fermentations. Kirchhoff's house, too, had burned, along with all of his possessions. With one notable exception: a classic car that he had built with his father when he was in high school. "It was a bit of a consolation that the car was missed," he said.
Assessing the total damage to the White Rock caves was difficult in the first couple of days. But while the front of the cave looked demolished, it was clear that the areas near the back of the cave, nestled into the hillside, were still intact.
Christopher Vandendriessche, Michael's brother and the White Rock winemaker, estimated that they'd lost about 15 to 20 percent of their total wine inventory.
The arrival of a generator on Thursday restored power to the winery so that Christopher could light the cave and keep the ongoing fermentations cool. "We tasted all the fermented wines today and are very excited to see they are excellent," he wrote in a text message.
The Vandendriessches are committed to getting the winery back into business as usual as soon as they can.
"The family, they've been farming up there for 40 years," said Conlin. "This is one of the rare pre-Prohibition estates in Napa. They in many ways really haven't been skipping a beat. It's 'let's get back in there, clean up, move forward.'"

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Greenhalgh attends grassfed conference in N.Y.
Ashley Greenhalgh, rural Guide Rock, recently attended the Grassfed Exchange Conference in Albany, N.Y. The conference focused on logistics and methods of growing and finishing livestock on forage. Greenhalgh was the recipient of one of the exchange's full-ride scholarships to the conference, which included airfare, lodging, meals and conference fees. She attended with her mother and grandmother.
"I learned many things, including tree management for protection without detriment to the forage, grass protection and rejuvenation and the nutritional benefits of beef. We toured multiple operations, including grazing cattle and a grazing dairy with a cow named Ashley," she said. "Our company, Ichthys Cattle Enterprise, had a booth at the conference, so I was able to talk to cattle producers from all across North America. We aim to produce cattle that do well on forage and are problem free. Our genetics include black and red Angus, Hereford and composites. We sell bulls and females in December."
While in Albany, Ashley took a trip into New York City, where she saw the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the 9-11 Memorial. She also took a cruise around the tip of Manhattan and attended a Broadway and an off-Broadway show.
"This trip is a huge highlight in my life and I'm excited to share it. I never thought buying a few cows from my dad would turn into travel across the country," she said.

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