Welcome back home, Kent Bedient! It’s been a long nine months to get to this point for your return back to York. Kent suffered injuries in a fall at his apartment building stairway last October, and has spent time since then with relatives in Texas, getting himself strong enough to move back to York.

Thanks to the Sisters Nordlund, Judi and Gail, a ground-floor apartment was secured at York Leisure Home, within walking distance to downtown and all the amenities he will need. Thanks to generous donors, and strong movers like Gary Pinney, Bob Roth and Craig Heskett, Kent was able to walk into his fully-furnished new residence last week. From shower curtain to sheets on his new bed and stamps in a writing-desk drawer, everything was awaiting his arrival. A loaf of his favorite bread was even resting on the counter to be toasted in his new toaster.

The first official farmers markets of the year got underway last week in Henderson and York. York’s farmers market has been moved to the grassy, shaded area south of the Kilgore Memorial Library, and what a great afternoon it turned out to be! A full crowd was eagerly snapping up the season’s first, fresh produce and baked goods. Kids ran and played in the grass, while adults visited with friends and loaded up on everything from blueberry-rhubarb jam to beets to pizza crusts.

Along with York State Bank’s hot dogs, chips and a drink for a donation, Kilgore Library got into the spirit of things by bringing out a couple of racks with sale books for perusal by the crowds. All in all, it was a very successful kick-off for the 2019 York Farmers Market.

Even though it’s a couple of months away, the Nebraska State Fair will be upon us before we know it, and it’s none too early to be making my request for volunteers to help staff some of the shifts. The Fair runs Aug. 23 - Sept. 3. New this year will be the gates opening at 10 a.m. instead of 9 a.m., as has been the case in years past. Based on vendor and guest responses, the fair will now run from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. I would like to try and keep three shifts a day, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 2-6 p.m., and 6-9 p.m., if possible, but I am willing to work with anyone interested in volunteering.

We will be in the same location as we were last year, which is in the Exposition Hall. As always, we will provide you with daily admission passes and free parking tags.

If there is a certain day and/or shift that you would like to volunteer for, please give me a call at 402-362-4575, and we’ll pencil you in on the calendar. I’ve already had several volunteers call about reserving times, so don’t hesitate too long to get your first preference to us.

Congratulations to York’s Holiday Inn Express for being the recipient of the Intercontinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) 2018 Quality Excellence Award. The Quality Excellence Award is the second highest award given out to the IGH’s 5,600 hotels worldwide, and is based on a multitude of standards produced from customer service responses and various services the hotel offers to all guests. Hats Off!

Even though it’s not in York County, our great Swedish neighbors to the north in Stromsburg will be celebrating their 67th annual Swedish Festival this weekend, June 14-16. Sixty-seven years’ worth of amazing food, music, fun and games for the entire family continues . . . come and join the fun!

It was so good to see nephew, Chris; his wife, Beth, and their son, Trey, this week for dinner before their journey back to Tucson. Trey is already looking at colleges . . . where does the time go?

No column on the 28th . . . I’ll be wandering the mountains of Peru!

For your calendars:

June 14 -- Annual York Ambassador Golf Tournament: York Country Club

June -- York Public School’s 148th Birthday (It became a district on June 14, 1871.)

June 16 -- 22nd Annual Jason Barrett Memorial Shoot Fundraiser - York Gun Club 12:30 p.m.

June 21-23 -- Annual Waco Days Celebration - Waco citywide

June 23 -- Hunger Walk - East Hill Park 1 - 3 p.m.

July 3 -- Firecracker Frenzy - York County Fairgrounds

July 9 -- Kid’s Camp: Russia to America - Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park 9 - 11 a.m.

July 12-14 -- Henderson Community Days - Citywide

July 13 -- Henderson Community Days Pancake Breakfast - Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park 6:30 - 9:30 a.m.

July 13 -- Henderson Community Days Exhibit Opening, “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War” - Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park

July 13 -- 5K Run Fur Luv - York Adopt-A-Pet Building 7:30 a.m.

July 18 -- York General Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament - York Country Club All day

July 20 -- Balloon Days - Downtown York

July 20 -- Transportation Exploration - Holthus Convention Center

July 19-20 -- Annual Bradshaw Days Celebration - Citywide

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