The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 27, 1980 · 12
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 12

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Saturday, September 27, 1980
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Page 12 The Lincoln Star Saturday, 92780 Church to celebrate survival, 1 00th birthday Public employees union "cnticfzes DPI director's reaction to resignation By Dave Sittler Outstate Nebraska Bureau TARNOV - The population of this Tlatte County village will swell to at least 20 times its normal size this weekend to celebrate a 100th birthday and a survival. The honored guests at both occasions will be St. Michael's Archangel Church and its 230 members, who refused to let their century-old church die. More than 1,200 guests, including former church members from New York to California, are expected to flock to the massive church, which sits on a hill, protectively overlooking the 63 residents of Tarnov. The tiny town is nestled in a valley 17 miles north and 2 miles west of Columbus. Tarish members who have w orked on the bevv of Saturday and Sunday birth day festivities for two years also plan to use the party as a time for rejoicing and thanksgiving over recent news that a second century of worship at St Michael's now appears to be a reality. "It indeed will be a double celebration," said the Rev. Leonard Flcenec, who led the fight to save St Michael's, which he has served for 16 years. The church appeared headed for extinction four years ago, when the Senate Priests of the Omaha Diocese recommended the doors of the elegant Gothic church be permanently closed. In its study of the future of small parishes, the diocese proposed the church be merged with St. Joseph's Church in nearby Platte Center, because of St. Michael's financial difficulties and the increasing shortage of priests. But the 120 families of the church McElvaney to speak at Douglas program DolCI.AS - Dr. William K. McKlva-ney, president of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo., will be Ihe honored speaker Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as the Douglas United Methodist Church celebrates its 100th annii ersary. The Rev. Charles Lcypoldc, present pastor at United Methodist, said it Is hoped several of the church's former pastors will attend the celebration and speak at an afternoon progam. A history of the church will be presented at the program and several church members will be honored. The first service of United Methodist was held in 1880 in a schoolhouse south of Douglas. Ground was broken for the present church in November 1970. refused to accept that recommendation and vowed to fight for St. Michael's survival Ficenec carried their plea to Archbishop Daniel J. Sheehan in Omaha. Their determined efforts were rewarded last month when Sheehan Informed Ficenec that St. Michael's would remain open. "I think maybe he (Sheehan) used the recommendation to close the church as a challenge to see what we would do," Ficenec said. "And the people of this church accepted the challenge." The first thing parish members did was secure a $20,000 loan to renovate the structure. The present church was built in 1900, replacing the first building, which was crudely constructed by Polish immigrants. Ficenec said his parish members spent every free moment working on the church. They paneled the sacristy and vestibule, carpeted the social hail and installed new glass doors. Work also was done on the brickwork, and new power lines were strung. "I can't find the words to describe the work these people have done," Ficenec said. "You can't match them. They fought for their very existence and won." The church's first century has provided a rich history, recently recorded by officials of the Nebraska Historical Society, who visited the complex to take several pictures. Started as a Franciscan parish by the Polish immigrants, a large school with classrooms and living quarters for boarders was built adjacent to the church. At one time more that 50 boarders lived at the school along with several nuns. The school, which closed in 1901, is still in immaculate condition, according to Ficenec, who said he would like to see it transformed Into a retirement home. Assigned to St Michael's when the church switched from a Franciscan to an archdiocean parish, Ficenec has provided the parish with its inspiration to survive. Left with only 10 percent of his hearing because of a deteriorating nerve disorder, Ficenec has not let the handicap deter him from serving his congregation. A self-taught lip-reader, he dismisses the hearing problem as "my cross to bear. A very small one." This weekend's celebration will kick-off Saturday with craft booths, skillet throw, Frisbee and pie eating contests, trap shooting, barbecue, beer garden and street dance. Mass will be at 10 a.m.. Sunday, with a ham and Polish sausage dinner highlighting the day's activities. NORFOLK (AP) - An association representing Norfolk Regional Center employees criticized the Nebraska Department of Public Institutions director for his ruction to the retirement of a psychiatrist at the 95-year-old facility. -' Dr. WUlard Brinegar, 67, said health plans played a part in his decision to retire at the end of October. He said he notified DPI's central office three months ago of his decision. However, W. Ralph Mlchener, department director from Lincoln, said he was surprised at the development and said he was not aware of Brinegar's "pressing" health problem. . "It's hard to believe that the DPI director, Ralph Michener, could have been 'surprised' at the resignation," Bill Arfmann, president of the Nebraska Association of Public Employees, said Thursday. Arfmann said Michener "should have been a bit more consistently in touch with such a vital staff person." iwhiairidd thrnushout the state believe Mi chener has not taken the Initiative to deal with the psychiatrist shortage at Norfolk, Arfmann said. , . "It is essential that Ralph Michener explore every possible alternative in recruiting and filling needed psychiatric services at the Norfolk facility until the Legislature makes its decision." Arfmann said, referring to the legislative judgment on whether the regional center should remain open. A hearing is scheduled Oct 7 in Lancaster County District Court on an injunction to reinstate 21 Norfolk Regional Center employees who have been laid off by the department. NAPE Is representing employees in the lawsuit The one full-time psychiatrist remaining at the regional center is Dr. Roger Cutshall. He is aided by a part-time psychiatrist, Dr. Daryl Stephenson from Yankton, S.D, who has said he is willing to work full time, though negotiations continue with DPI for his employment. Worker dies from fall at power plant GRAND ISLAND (UPI) - Clyde Sherwood, 53, of Colon was fatally injured Friday In a six-story fall from the scaffold he was working on at the Platte Generating Station, Grand Island's lOO megawatt, $80 million coal-fired power plant scheduled to be on line next spring. A- co-worker, John MacKlnley, 33, of rural Grand Island also fell from the scaffold, but police said he caught himself on some cables and was in satisfactory condition at St Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Police said Sherwood was talking while awaiting an ambulance, but died on the way to St. Francis. rolice said the left side of the scaffold gave way, throwing the two men off the platform on the southside of the building near a smokestack. Senate OKs Backhaus for U.S. marshal post After four years of controversy, Mack Backhaus of Lincoln was confirmed as U.S. marshal for Nebraska in a Senate vote that took about SO seconds late Friday, a spokesman for Sen. J. James Exon said. The end of what Exon called "a long and difficult, if not treacherous road that took help from both sides of the Senate aisle." came about after the Judiciary Committee Wednesday pulled members and found no objection. That enabled the committee to bypass a formal hearing. Backhaus. w ho operates a police supply store in Lincoln, was chairman of the Nebraska delegation to the 1976 Democratic National Convention and a former state highway safety coordinator. He takes over for Ron Romans, a Republican who has retained the job through President Carter's term of office. Democrat ('live Short, a marshal during Lyndon Johnson's presidency, was earlier blocked m his nomination for the job by former Sen. Carl Curtis, R-Neb. The U S marshal is paid $27,000 annually. The job's responsibilities include transporting federal prisoners, controlling disturbances on federal property and disposing of property under lederal court order Greens want to avoid jail, return to Massachusetts BOSTON (AP) - The parents of Chad Green, the victim of leukemia who died nearly one year ago, want to return to Massachusetts. They also want assurance they will not be jailed for contempt of court. Gerald and Diana Green defied a court order to have their son continue chemotherapy treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital, fleeing to Mexico so Chad could continue getting the controversial drug Laetrille. ( had died last let. 12, three months before his -1th birthday, in Mexico. The exact cause of death was not determined. The Boston Herald American reported Friday it received copies of letters the Greens, now living in Hastings, Neb., sent to Gov Edward J. King, Attorney General Francis X. Bellotti, District Court Judge Guv Volterra and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, 1) Mass. Volterra. then sitting in Plymouth Superior Court, cited the Greens for civil contempt of court after they went to Mexico and issued warrants for their arrests for a hearing to determine if they should be held in criminal contempt. The Greens letter to King said: "We appeal to you again as a human being to at least give your positive recommendations for the warrants against us to be canceled " King said he did not have the power to act on the warrants. Volterra, usually Taunton District Court judge, told the newspaper he is not sitting in superior court, and the case is not in his jurisdiction Bellotti's office said it had not received the letter. Cooper Foundation OKs $70,000 Malone grant The ( ooper Foundation F riday approved a $70,000 grant, to be paid over the next seven years, to assist in construction of a new Malone Community Center Earlier lbs week, the Lincoln Foundation pledged $36,000 to the il million building fund. That body previously had committed a $:i5.fKH) grant to the project. The city has pledged $230,000 for the new Malone Center and United Way has added another $71,000. Two other private, unnamed contributors are considering commitments to the project, according to Lincoln Foundation President John Frey, who is spearheading the fund raising campaign. The Cooper Foundation board also approved 13 other grants totaling $63,H02: J25.0G0 to Creishton University In Omaha to the Father Reinert Alumni Memorial Librory tund 110.000 to the University ot Nebrasko Foundotion tor the second year ot a special English Department proiect tor seminars tn hiP r,:8n school teacher s more effectively teach composition. The foundotion previously approved a Brant to inaugurate a similar proiect tor teaching literature. 110,000 to the Grand Island y WCA-YWCA to help write off construction deots 13 .840 to the governor s task force for improvement of state government to provide a staff internship. $3,000 to tne NeCrosko Chamber O'chestra for concerts in Lincoln and throughout the state. 12 . to the Lincoln YWCA tor a counseling program for NU students and teen-age girls. 12.500 for the History of Rural Amenco photographic display. 11.043 to the NU Foundotion to Partially fmonce a program to encourage native American college graduates to return to their reservations to work with high school students and to help resolve reservation proMems 12,000 to Hastings College for scholarships. II .000 to tne Vid America Arts Alliance towards the cost of touring programs in Nebraska and surrounding stotes. Three smoll grants of less than 1500 each were ooproved for progroms in Colorado. Exon gets 'Watchdog' award WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. J. James Exon, D Neb, is one of 35 members of the Senate named recipients of this year's National .Associated Businessmen Incorporated "Watchdog of the Treasury" award. The organization said the awards have been presented since 19M to members of Congress who vote for economy, to end inflation, promote a stable dollar and increase productivity. The awards will be presented at the Capitol Oct. 1. FCC OKs permit for Falls City station WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it had granted a construction permit for a new FM station in Falls City, Neb , to the Southeast Nebraska Broadcasting Co. Inc. COLOR liWs mmsmismtB yea cm tetli m i. ; V' 7 JMJ mi Jfii i: wm wrs&j l jn n7 i -m tkmmum t frfHitIT'""l i n iiin i i i mi I It certainly is! It's Instabank automatic teller service. 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