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October 2006

Excellence in arts award given to Omaha school

St. Cecilia School in Omaha recently received The Creative Ticket School of Excellence Award, given by Nebraskans for the Arts.

Presented to schools that make the arts an essential part of education, the award was given to St. Cecilia School at an all-school presentation of the Xalapa dancers Sept. 29 and at a reception at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln Oct. 5. Sally Ganem, the first lady of Nebraska, made the presentation.

Nebraskans for the Arts plans to nominate St. Cecilia School for the national Creative Ticket Schools of Excellence Awards.

CSM presents five awards to alumni

College of Saint Mary awarded its highest alumnae honors at the Celebrating Excellence Dinner Oct. 7 to five alumnae, including three from the Omaha area.

The five recipients were Nancy Lander Abboud, Sofia Grochala Kock, Wendy Kasner Haggin, Genevieve Nachtman and Gerry Sue Siebert Rinella.

Abboud, Kock and Haggin were each given the Alumna Achievement Award, which recognizes alumnae who have contributed significantly to their communities or professions and who have demonstrated exemplary professional and career achievements.

Students purchase animals for disadvantaged around world

Mary Our Queen students, from left, Patrick Brookhouser, Megan Brookhouser and Taylor Beargeon count the thousands of pennies donated to Cows for Peace Sept. 22 following a school Penny War. Since the founding of Cows for Peace four years ago, the group has raised $7,763.56 to purchase animals through a non-profit organization which sends the animals to poor people around the world. The money raised was over the group's goal of $5,000 and the Noah's Ark, two of 15 different animals, was purchased to be sent around the world.

Retreat house reopens for business in Lynch

Niobrara Valley House of Renewal in Lynch has reopened its doors to offer people of all faiths an opportunity to experience a peaceful haven away from the hectic pace of a busy world.

Father Doug Scheinost, pastor of St. William Parish in Niobrara and St. Wenceslaus Parish in Verdigre, is the director and treasurer of the center.

Parishioners from both, Assumption Parish in Lynch and St. Mary Parish in Spencer, make up the board of directors.

Numerous retreats are available, including one focused on Mary and the saints Nov. 10 and 11.

Archdiocesan retired priests honored

The Serra Club of Omaha honored retired priests of the archdiocese at a recent luncheon and presented each priest with a green sweater as a token of gratitude. Msgr. Francis Kubart is presented with his sweater by, from left, Jeanne Gatz, Ron Bobka and Kathy d'Ercole, who also chaired the event. Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, who attended the luncheon, thanked the retired priests for their service. "We're grateful for your years of service," he said. "What a value retired priests are to the archdiocese."

Fund-raiser planned for Prep student

An Italian dinner fund-raiser is planned for a Creighton prep student battling Leukemia.

The Nov. 12, 3-7 p.m. event at Creighton Prep High School will benefit Alex Stowe, a Creighton Prep senior, was diagnosed with the disease in July and most of his time has been spent in the hospital.

Silent and live auctions are planned as well as a raffle and entertainment. The live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and a free will offering is the price of admission.

Stowe is the son of Lu Anne Pane-Stowe of Omaha and David Stowe of Columbus.

Internet is filled with child predators

Teenagers have established a significant presence on social networking Web sites, oftentimes sharing personal information online and putting themselves in potentially harmful situations.

However, the best way to protect children from the dangers of the world of advanced communication technology is for parents to go back to the most basic form of communication and talk with them face-to-face.

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