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Mead Messenger

AUGUST 2014  Volume 10, Issue 8


Board of Trustees Meet July 8

    A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held July 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office.  Present were Chairman Guyle; Trustees Havelka, Miller, Wielage and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk Moline and Utilities/Maintenance Supt. Raver.  Guest present was Phil Dawson.

     A Public Hearing was called at 6:10 p.m. to address a zoning request at the village lagoon site from Agricultural to Light Industrial.  Action was taken to adopt Ord. No. 651, Rezone 45.72 acres of land owned by the Village of Mead where the wastewater lagoon system is located from (A) Agricultural District to (M-1) Light Industrial District.   The hearing adjourned at 6:17 p.m.

     SCHEDULED GUEST:  Phil Dawson presented information on CASA.

     REPORTS:  UTILITY/MAINTENANCE SUPT.:  Raver reported the roof has been replaced on the village office & shingles on the wellhouse; resurfacing completed at N. Third Circle; consider future maintenance of Eighth St.; and rock has been ordered for the streets.  POLICE:  The Monthly Police Report was reviewed.  CLERK: Moline reported meter maintenance needs and condition of picnic tables at the park; with approval granted to order 2-3 plastic   table tops and seats if frames are still good.  Clerk reported Accountant Schroeder was in the office this day to complete budget work.  PLANNING COMMISSION:  The minutes of the 6/23 Regular Meeting and Public Hearing and Building Permits approved were reviewed.  Permits being:  14-06, Jerry and Staci Charles – construct deck; 14-07, Leo K. Sweet – demolish deck; 14-08, Jim Halbmaier – construct deck; 14-09, Todd and Kymberly Clark – erect fence.  LIBRARY:  The minutes of the 6/18 Board Meeting were reviewed.

     Action was taken to approve removing sod to enable water flow along First St.; second reading of Ord. No. 650, Amend Chapter 3, Water and Sewer Deposit; Interlocal Agreement for lease of a Skid Loader with Mead Public Schools; and Resolution 14-10, Special Tax and Assessment on property described as W 1/2 Lot 7 and W 1/2 S 1/2 Lot 8, Block 4, Anderson and Carlson Addition for delinquent water and sewer account.  Annual review of Resolution 13-09, Americans with Disabilities Act Policy took place. 

     The board entered Executive Session at 7:43 p.m. for annual review of the Utilities/Maintenance Supt.  The board returned to Regular Session at 7:50 p.m.   A 4% wage increase was approved for the  Utilities/Maintenance Supt.

     The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.


 The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met June 19 at 6:00 p.m. in a Special Meeting held at the Village Office.  Members present were Chairman Guyle; Trustees Havelka, Miller, Wielage and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk Moline and Guest Duncan Young. 

     The board entered Executive Session at 6:01 p.m. to discuss litigation strategy with Attorney Young.  The board returned to Regular Session at 7:10 p.m.

     The meeting was adjourned at 7:11 p.m.


 Village Office Closed Monday, September 1st for LABOR DAY


MEAD LIBRARY NEWS by Nancy Black, Library Director


Mead Days was fun as usual; the weather was great for the parade.  The Mead Public Library was represented by the Director’s 1965 Ford Thunderbird, hopefully you received some of the erasers or snap bracelets that she and her husband were tossing out the windows.

Don’t forget SUMMER READING LOG SHEETS!   Log sheets can be turned in ALL SUMMER LONG!!!  Come on down and get some books, read and win PRIZES!!!!!!


New Materials June/July

“Cosmos, A Spacetime Odyssey” (DVD); “First Sight” by Danielle Steel (donation by ESL); “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green; “Middle School: My Brother is a Big Fat Liar” by James Patterson; “Game” by Barry Lyga; “Top Secret Twenty One” by Janet Evanovich; “Grudge Match” (DVD); “Captain Phillips” (DVD); “Shark Tale” (DVD); “Daughter of the Gods” by Stephanie Thornton; “The Kingmaker’s Daughter” by Philippa Gregory; “Sniper Elite: One-way Trip” by Scott McEwen (donation); “Dark Watch” and “Devil’s Gate” by Clive Cussler (donations); “Never Go Back”, “Persuader” and “Tripwire” by Lee Child (donations); “Smash Cut” by Sandra Brown (donation); “Gone” by James Patterson (donation); “Lady Killer” by Lisa Scottoline (donation); “King and Maxwell” by David Baldacci (donation); “RIO” (DVD); “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” (DVD); “Webster’s Spanish-English Dictionary” (donation); “The Teen Study Bible” (donation); “Gun A Visual History” by Discover (donation); “Webster’s 4th Ed. College Dictionary” (donation); “Space”, “Planets” and “Human Body” by Time Life (donations); “A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home” by Sue Halpern (donation); “Victoria Victorious” and “Mary Queen of France” by Jean Plaidy; “The Spymasters” by W.E.B Griffin; “Lighthouse Bay” and “Wildflower Hill” by Kimberly Freeman (donations); “Concealed in Death” by J.D. Robb (donation); “The Hunter” by John Lescroart (donation); “A Dance with Dragons” by George R. R. Martin (donation); “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson (donation); “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell (donation); “The Dead” by Charlie Higson (donation)


 A Special Thank-you to Marilyn Jensen for maintaining the median once again this summer.  The median looks wonderful and Marilyn’s work is to be commended!  Thank-you!



Village Board:  Tuesday, August 12, 6:00pm

Planning Commission: Monday, August 25, 7:30pm

Library Board:  Wednesday, August 20, 6:30pm

Fire & Rescue:  Monday, August 11, 7:30pm


The Village Board & Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library and Fire & Rescue at the Fire Station.



312 S. Vine St., Box 46

Mead, NE  68041-0046
Telephone 402-624-2495
Fax 402-624-2024


Gary Guyle, Chairman

Shawn Havelka, Trustee

Adam Miller, Trustee

Richard Wielage, Trustee

Rod Wimer, Trustee


June Moline, Clerk/Treasurer  402-624-2495

Nick Raver, Ut/Mnt. Supt.  402-443-9688

Jerry Carlson, Police Chief  402-443-6846

Nancy Black, Library Director  402-624-6605

Nick Raver, Fire Chief  402-443-9688


 Community Church Services

EVANGELICAL COVENANT  1540 Co Rd 10 / 402-624-6125


9:00 am – Coffee & Visiting

10:00 am – Worship Service (grade school age children dismissed for Kids Alive @ 10:30, nursery available during the service)


ST. JAMES CATHOLIC  213 E. Eighth St. / 402-624-3555


5:30 pm – Saturday Vigil

9:00 am – Sunday Mass


Weekly Schedule

7:00 am – Daily Mass – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

8:00 am – Daily Mass – Saturday, when scheduled


ALMA LUTHERAN  219 W. Fifth St. / 402-624-3015


8:30 am – Worship – First Sunday of the month

10:30 am – Worship – All other Sundays



SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 10-11 a.m. in the church basement



To support the Mission Team to Spirit Lake Indian Reservation



Saturday, July 26

At Lake Wanahoo

Registration begins at 7:30, with 8:00 start

(Please enter at the Day Use entrance

on the east side of the lake off of Highway 109)


Entry Fee:  $25.00

Free t-shirt with pre-registration


To register: or (click on Spirit Run logo)


Saunders County CASA


Every year, more than three million children nationally are reported abused or neglected.  Despite the states’ attempts to help, many of these kids become trapped in the court and child welfare maze and can spend their childhood moving from one temporary shelter to another.


This is where a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer steps in.  CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interest of children in the court system.  The ultimate goal is to help ensure that every one of these kids can live in a safe, permanent home.


CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.


Saunders County CASA is looking for a volunteer from Mead to serve these needs.  If you are interested in volunteering, donating or getting involved in any way, please contact Susan Gottschalk, Program Director at 402-443-6545 or  The office is located at 433 North Chestnut, Suite 301, P.O. Box 344, Wahoo, NE  68066.  Website information available at


 Mead Community Group Healthy Family Tip of the Month


Prevent Bullying at School by Preventing It at Home

Build Your Child’s Confidence

The better your child feels about himself, the less likely the bullyingwill affect his self-esteem. Encourage hobbies, extracurricular activities, and social situations that bring out the best in your child. Solid friendships and allies can help your child bear the brunt of a bully as well. Assertive skills and experience with talking about feelings can further enhance self-esteem as children become more comfortable expressing their needs. Tell your child the unique qualities you love about him and reinforce positive behaviors that you’d like to see more. “As parents, we have a tendency to focus on negative situations, but kids actually listen better when their good behaviors are reinforced,” Dr. Pastyrnak says. Honoring kids’ strengths and encouraging healthy connections with others can affect self-esteem, increase your kids’ long-term confidence, and prevent any potential bullying situations.

Teach Coping Skills

If your child is being bullied, remind her that it’s not her fault, she is not alone, and you are there to help. It’s important for kids to identify their feelings so they can communicate what’s going on; therefore, parents should talk about their own feelings. What parents shouldn’t do, no matter the child’s age, is assume that this is normal peer stuff that will work itself out. “Work with children to give them coping skills,” Dr. Pastyrnak says. “Talking and getting things off their chests can be very cathartic. Parents can then help problem-solve how to avoid interactions with somebody or how to be assertive.” Try role-playing scenarios that your child may encounter and practice ways to react. Teach her to be a good communicator and make eye contact. “Build emotional intelligence skills and teach the difference between being assertive and aggressive, strong versus mean. Teach kids how to stand up for themselves and how to use ‘I’ messages such as, ‘I don’t like it when you do this because it makes me feel sad and I want you to stop,'” Kaplan advises. “It should never be accepted that a child is being picked on or teased.” Helping your child deal with a bully will build confidence and prevent a difficult situation from escalating.

Prevent Bullying at Home

Bullying is often an attempt to feel powerful. “If a child has older siblings and has a tendency to be teased at home, there’s a higher likelihood that she’ll redirect those feelings of aggression and powerlessness at school, toward somebody she perceives as weaker or easily dominated,” Dr. Pastyrnak says. “A misconception is that the bully is emotionally disturbed or has problems, but that’s not always the case. There are lots of cases where well-adjusted, typical kids wind up in situations where they’re treating others inappropriately.” It’s important to understand why the child is acting in a certain way and what’s causing her to feel the need to bully others. Children may resort to bullying when they don’t have much choice or control in their lives. Parents should make sure bullying isn’t tolerated at home and also let little ones make decisions. If there’s a bedtime routine, kids can decide what gets done first and last: reading a book, taking a bath, and brushing teeth. “In school, there’s a schedule and kids have to do what the teacher says. At home, it can be difficult for them to be on more schedules. So it’s very helpful if a parent gives kids some control over things,” Kaplan suggests.

Partner With the School

Communicate with your child’s school and report bullying incidences. “You can’t expect the school staff to know everything that’s going on. Make them aware of any situations,” Kaplan says. Though more schools are implementing bullying prevention programs, many still do not have enough support or resources. “Parents and teachers need to be aware and get involved so that they can monitor it appropriately,” Dr. Pastyrnak says. “Plus, as more and more young kids have smartphones or social media accounts, cyberbullying increases. Kids are more willing to say awful things when they have anonymity and what they say can be more dramatic than what is typically said face to face at school.” Learn how to start anti-bullying and anti-violence programs within the school curriculum.

Copyright © 2012 Meredith

Corinne Schuman is a mother and licensed mental health counselor in Washington, DC.