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Summer concert series starts July 1

Pony Express re-ride visits Oak Friday

Superior native wins award for 'pro bono' legal work

Cather Foundation offering free events Saturday


 

Summer concert series starts July 1

Crazy Woman Lodge presents the first of their summer concert series Friday, July 1, at the Superior City Park Bandshell. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Doug Rees, a singer-songwriter, from Jackson, Mo., is the performer opening the series. Rees cites Willie Nelson as his biggest musical influence. Rees has been playing guitar and performing since the age of 13, describes his performances this way: "People say one of the best parts of my show is that it is like sitting around a campfire with old friends. I enjoy meeting new folks and sharing my songs. My songs are about real life and real people. You will know these people for they have been a part of your life too. They may have different names but the relationship will be the same." Rees plays an acoustic Martin Guitar.
Concert goers are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. Free will donations are welcomed.

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Pony Express re-ride visits Oak Friday
Visitors to Oak, Friday, will step back in time as the National Pony Express Association relays mail from Sacramento, Calif.,to St. Joseph, Mo., over the Pony Express Trail. Relay riders meet and pass the mochila ( a leather square with four pockets containing the mail) to the next rider in the relay. Rider and mochila are scheduled to arrive in Oak at 9:45 a.m., Friday, and depart eastward 15 minutes later. The public is invited to attend the handoff.

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Superior native wins award for 'pro bono' legal work
Phillip Menke, originally from Superior, was awarded the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award from the Prince William County (Virginia) Bar Association (PWCBA). Menke graduated from Superior High School in 1997 and is the son of Mel and Marie Menke of Superior.
The PWCBA established the award to recognize attorneys for their dedication to the development and delivery of pro bono (free) legal services to those in need. The attorney honored with this award may have helped to organize a program through which pro bono legal representation on behalf of the poor. The PWCBA's pro bono committee conducts the nomination and selection process for this award. It is given at the annual "bench bar dinner dance."
In November 2015, Menke assisted in the creation and execution of a new "Wills for Veterans" pro bono program of the bar association, which was a success. He held a training seminar for local volunteer attorneys to assist them with preparing end of life planning documents for local veterans. He and the other volunteer attorneys prepared wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives for 66 veterans and their spouses.
In March 2015, he was co-chair of the Wills for Heroes Program in Prince William County. He and other volunteers from the PWCBA, with the help of other Virginia bar associations, hosted a program that provided free wills, powers of attorney and advanced medical directives to area first responders. First responders were matched with a volunteer attorney to create and sign their documents during two Saturdays. Phillip held a training seminar for local volunteer attorneys to prepare them for the signing sessions. More than 200 police officers, fire and rescue workers and their spouses received free assistance through the program.
Prince William County has a total population of approximately 423,874. There are more than 450 lawyers and judges who are members of the PWCBA.


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Cather Foundation offering free events Saturday
On Saturday, the Willa Cather Foundation will host a prairie photo walk, artist reception and book talk. Photographer Shane Booth will complete an artist's residency in Red Cloud during the week, culminating with a lecture and photo walk. Author Alan Wilkinson will join on Saturday for a book talk. Times for these free events are: 9:30 a.m. - prairie photo walk at the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie with Shane Booth. 4-6 p.m. - artist reception for Shane Booth and Alan Wilkinson. 5 p.m. - remarks and reading.
Booth is a photographer who uses an 1867 8x10 studio camera and Voightlander lens to make his photographs. His work evokes a feeling of nostalgia that asks the viewer to consider the history of the state over the past 150 years. A native of Nebraska, he is an associate professor of visual arts at Fayetteville State University. He earned  an MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a BA in art from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  His work can be found in several publications and in galleries all over the United States.
Wilkinson has written for TV and radio, been a writer in residence with the Kerouac Project and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and worked as a reader of nonfiction for Britain's foremost literary consultancy, TLC. In 2011, he was awarded a Wingate Scholarship and stayed six months alone on a cattle ranch in far western Nebraska considering the landscape and the life of one of the region's greatest writers, Mari Sandoz. The blog of that time formed the basis of the book, The Red House on the Niobrara.

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