Dr. Kaylene Harms grew up in the small community of Dodge, Nebraska. She’s excited about being able to return to a smaller community as she has joined Dr. Liz Papineau’s York Family Dentistry practice located at 1902 North Lincoln Avenue, York.

“I was looking for a smaller town in which to practice,” said Dr. Harms who moves here from Omaha. “I knew Liz from when we were both in dental school and had heard she was looking for someone to come into the practice with her. We got together a couple of times and talked and it’s worked out.” Dr. Harms started with York Family Dentistry the first part of May and is busy taking appointments at the dental practice which is open Monday through Thursday.

Along with all the basic things you would expect a dentist to do, Dr. Harms performs root canals and also performs Botox injections which along with making wrinkles disappear can also relieve some of the symptoms of migraine headaches. She also works with the Invisalign system which helps straighten teeth. You can contact her at 402-362-1339 for more information.

As mentioned before, Dr. Harms was raised in Dodge, Nebraska where her family still lives and where her dad stills farms. She graduated from Dodge High School in 2003 and then attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she graduated with a degree in bio chemistry. She attended the UNMC dental college in Lincoln and graduated from there in 2011.

She started her dental career out west in Crawford, Nebraska and lived there for about three years when she moved to a practice in Omaha in part to be back closer to family members. She practiced there until making the move to the York office last month.

Since she grew up in a farm family she knows what she’s getting into as she was recently engaged to Troy Luebbe who farms in Utica area. She had met him back in college and reconnected several years back. She said the couple hasn’t set a firm date and that has yet to be decided.

When not in the office, she said she enjoys running and has run several marathons and half-marathons. She also likes to cook and bake and spend time with her cat Maggie.

“I also stay busy with family activities and I’m a big Husker fan,” said Dr. Harms. “I’m a huge Husker basketball fan and try to attend all the home games.” Here’s hoping she has a lot to cheer for this coming year with new Husker basketball coach Fred Hoiberg in charge.

York hotel wins the 2018 Quality Excellence Award

York’s Holiday Inn Express located at the York I-80 interchange has the received the Intercontinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) 2018 Quality Excellence Award. This is the second highest award available to any the Intercontinental Hotel Group’s 5,600 hotels found across the world. The Quality Excellence award is based on a plethora of criteria relating to guest satisfaction and an overall rating of various services the hotel offers.

The 2018 Quality Excellence Award was presented to owner Clark Anderson, general manager Tracy Travis, and district manager Roland Morgan at the IHG’s annual convention in Las Vegas in May.

Veleba named CYN executive coordinator

The Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) Fund Advisory Committee is proud to announce and welcome Rhonda Veleba of Fairmont as its new executive coordinator. Veleba will provide administrative and logistical support to the CYN Fund Advisory Committee as well as membership engagement; marketing management; and planning, programming and facilitating of the CYN Summit, a biennial gathering that attracts hundreds of young Nebraskans from across the state.

Prior to accepting the executive coordinator position, Veleba was involved and engaged with the CYN network and its mission to “empower young Nebraskans to connect, lead and shape the future of our communities and state” for three years. In 2016, she led the CYN Summit community host team in York. She has served on the CYN Fund Advisory Committee in a volunteer capacity since 2017.

Veleba will continue her work with the York Chamber of Commerce as the member services director as well as secretary/treasurer for the Fairmont Community Church. She played an instrumental role in developing the York Young Professionals and currently serves on the committee.

Veleba lives in Fairmont with her husband and two children.

She serves on the Fairmont Community Club board, York Rotary board, and is a PEO member.

She also volunteers for the American Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial.

What the Heck….

Need directions to the Lincoln or Omaha airports. I’m your man. We had everyone back this past weekend for the YCC member guest tourney and the Ohio kids have had a little trouble getting back home. I had picked them up at the Lincoln airport last Wednesday. After getting up early Sunday morning to get them to the Lincoln airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight, we got a call about 8 that morning.

Their flight was off due to a GPS problem nationwide. Back to Lincoln to get them. (Bonus: One more day with Colton and Maddie)

They had rebooked for Monday morning out of the Omaha airport. Got them there only to find out that that Delta flight was delayed also. As of this writing they had boarded an American Airlines plane about 2 p.m. on Monday and were due back in Ohio that evening. Hopefully they made it.

Not the plan you want to come up with when you are traveling with a one and two year old.

That’s why this guy likes to drive to Ohio.

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