Photo published with story: “Academy holds opening”

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The picture was published on page 9A of The Oberlin Herald‘s print edition on August 3, 2016, accompanying a story about the opening of the Northwest Kansas Gymnastics Academy (the story was not written by me).

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Couple restores former day care

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Richard and Brenda Rude returned to Oberlin in May. After three years of remodeling, they finally finished work on their house at 110 S. York Ave.

They received the house almost free from the city. It would have been more expensive for the city to tear it and a couple other houses down than to give them away, the Rudes were told.

“We just had to pay the back taxes, which were $58,” Mrs. Rude said, “and then $100 for a lawyer’s fee, and that’s it.”

The couple said they worked on the restoration on and off for three years.
“This place was a mess,” Mr. Rude said. “We did everything.”
They said they had to level the floor, which was sinking, put in new plumbing, then

clean the yard. One of the conditions of getting the house is that you have to clean up the yard and paint the outside of the house in the first year.

“We (hauled away) over 60 pickup-truck loads of branches,” Mr. Rude said.

Mrs. Rude said the house used to be a day-care center. A wall in the pantry still had the handprints and names of the little kids.

“We kept that as a history mark of the house,” she said.

They said retired contractor Wayne Goltl helped a lot in the remodeling. He hauled trash out in his truck, Mr. Rude said, and he also fixed the furnace.

Mr. Rude works part-time with Goltl Construction and also owns Sappa Valley Saw Mill on the former Elmer Zodrow property on West Commercial. He said he has built houses in the past and said he builds everything from dressers to entire houses. In his own house, he has built the television stand, kitchen cabinets, a dresser and nightstands.

“In fact, I built two brand new houses here in Oberlin years ago,” he said.
The Rudes said they lived in Oberlin from 1996 to 2003, when they moved to Denver. Many of the things Mr. Rude builds are sold through Craigslist and eBay, he said,

adding that they plan to participate in the U.S. 36 Treasure Hunt sale this fall. They hope to get the word out about his work, so that people can come to him with a project.

Mr. Rude said that he has gotten many things for free from his work remodeling houses. Instead of throwing them out, he took things he needed that could still work at home. He got the carpet and wood that are now part of his house from previous jobs, he said.

The couple said they plan to retire and settle in Oberlin for good now. “It’s peaceful and stress-free,” Mrs. Rude said. “We like it here.”


The story was published on page 9A of The Oberlin Herald‘s print edition on July 27, 2016.

American Legion salutes the fallen

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By Angie Baldelomar

The American Legion ring team stood against the wall of the east side of the Oberlin Cemetery last Wednesday, waiting on a grieving family and friends coming from Norton.

As they waited, they planned the best place to position themselves near the burial site. A few flags were brought in. Half an hour later, the American Legion Riders’ Patriot Guard appeared on the highway, forming a military escort at the front of the caravan of cars.

Sid Metcalf, the “noncomissioned officer” in charge of the rifle party, said a set protocol governs how to do funerals. They usually do a rifle salute and present the flag from the casket to the family. They don’t do more complicated services, he said, mainly because they would need more people.

The American Legion was founded in 1919, after receiving authorization from Congress, as a patriotic veterans organization. It evolved from a group of World War I veterans to an influential nonprofit group in the United States. Today, it is one of the largest veteran organizations in the country.

Legion member Jim Miesner said that the Oberlin Post started in 1920. As part of military funeral services, the Legion Riders escort the family to the graveside, he said.

On Wednesday, the riders came up one by one while the people sitting behind them held flags. They lined up next to the few flag holders. Family and friends descended from vehicles and gathered around the grave.

The squad, lined up and holding their rifles waiting on the riders and family, got into position to re a three-volley salute at the order of Mr. Metcalf. After the salute, the bugler played Taps, also known as “Butterfield’s Lullaby” for a Civil War general who arranged the music, a traditional call performed in military and police funerals as well as during flag ceremonies.


The pictures and story were published on page 1B of The Oberlin Herald‘s print edition on July 20, 2016.