Thursday, May 31, 2012


Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Holidays, Watermelon and A Slice of Neapolitan Ice Cream

The best summer holiday ever "Growing Up Brittingham" was when Dad & Mom loaded all of us kids (6) up in the '53 Chrysler to go uptown to get a watermelon.
Along Austin Street (A.K.A.) HWY 54 there were Farmer's selling watermelons out of the back of their trucks. The watermelon's cost 2-2 & 1/2 cents to 3 cents per pound. There were several Farmer's lined up in parking lots and gas station lots. They were having kind of "Watermelon" wars! I remember the big hand painted signs. 
After purchasing the BIGGEST, BEST LOOKING & FINGER "THUMP-IN" GOOD watermelon we headed for Spring Street Park. No forks, napkins, plates etc just the kitchen knife that Dad brought to cut it and some newspaper to cut it on. Dad cut the watermelon in slices gave us all one and the watermelon was gone. 
We Kids really knew how to eat watermelon.  There was no concern for the juices that ran down our face, chins necks, arms and legs! Mom and Dad didn't care; we did't care that there were seeds stuck to our faces and that Mom would never be able to get the stains out of our clothes!  They were just SLOPPY, RUNNING, MESSY GOOD! It' was pure SUMMERTIME HAPPINESS! After devouring our slices Dad would dumped the rind in the trash at the park and then we played until totally worn out would head home. 
And, by the way, who's idea was it to create seedless watermelon anyway?  First of all, it's nowhere near as sweet and good as a seeded watermelon.  And, secondly, what fun is eating watermelon if there isn't the challenge of not swallowing a seed for fear you might grow a watermelon OUT YOUR EARS! 

Other hot summer days Dad would go to A&P or Piggley Wiggley and get what us kids called "ALL 3 KINDS" of ice cream in a square container. He then opened it, threw away the container, put it on a dinner platter and proceed to slice the ice cream into 8 slices (that pretty much took care of the half gallon of ice cream)!!

"Isn't that a successful business now? 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bumps, Scratches and Bruises

I have this picture set as my desktop on my home computer. While viewing it often, I noticed bumps, bruises, scrapes, scabs and scratches on our legs (the kid's not Mom) this was from playing outside sun up to sun down. Bicycle accidents, running, falling, playing tag (or car from Town or State Hospital) tag, volley ball, baseball, football, walking stills, pole vaulting, skate boards, skates,  hopscotch, chalk chase, or just in general chasing Galen's animals! 

The last metal lunchbox Rambo 1985-Parent's thought it might be used as a weapon

Metal Lunchbox History

By Mary Bellis
The first metal lunchbox produced was the Hopalong Cassidy created by the Aladdin Company of Nashville in 1950. They made a blue and a red lunchbox with a four-inch decal on the front side. The profits from the new lunchboxes enabled Aladdin to build a new lunch box manufacturing plant. Their second lunch box design was the decaled Tom Corbett Space Cadet box made in 1952. The American Thermos Company introduced the first lithographed lunchbox in 1953, it had a Roy Rogers design. The Aladdin company then changed their lunchboxes to being fully lithographed instead of using decals, in 1954.
Metal lunchboxes were banned in the early 1970s, as a result of a campaign of "concerned" Florida mothers against the steel lunchboxes. Children being children, were using the metal lunchboxes as a type of weapon, cases of permanent head injuries were being reported. The state of Florida banned the sales of metal lunchboxes in 1972, and other states soon followed in the banning. Box makers switched from metal boxes to softer plastic boxes. The last steel metal lunchbox was a Slyvester Stalone's Rambo model, produced by KST in 1985.
Further Research - Lunch Boxes Exhibit  - Land of Lunchboxes
Lunch Boxes 
Lunch Box Collectibles on the Net - written by your About guide to Collectibles, Barbara Crews.

  • Grandpa Brittingham's Brother's, Mother Mary and Sister Nora

  •  TamelaLillyadded this on 15 Mar 2010
     Krystal Wilsonoriginally submitted this to BCP on 22 Apr 2009
    Category Type: Portrait / Family Photo

    Front Row left to right, Thomas Brittingham holding Ivan, Dolla holding Ival, his mother Mary, sister Nora. Back Row left to right, his brothers Leonard, Sherman Arthur, Edward, Clarence, Nora's husband Will Carpenter

former Skelly gas station

former Skelly gas station by agilitynut
former Skelly gas station, a photo by agilitynut on Flickr.

Nevada Missouri The historic building, which served as United States Post Office for more than 50 years and the Vernon County Sheriff's Office and jail for more than 45 years, will be sold at an absolute auction next week on Thursday, May 31 2012

Old jail, other property set to be auctioned off

Saturday, May 26, 2012
This view of the old Nevada, Mo., post office/county jail was taken from Cherry Street looking to the northeast. It shows the arched windows and ornate stonework on the exterior of the building. The historic building, which served as United States Post Office for more than 50 years and the Vernon County Sheriff's Office and jail for more than 45 years, will be sold at an absolute auction next week on Thursday, May 31.[Order this photo]
NEVADA, Mo. -- One of the most distinct and architecturally ornate buildings in Nevada will fall under the auctioneer's gavel on Thursday, May 31. The old U.S. Post Office/Vernon County Jail at 230 W. Cherry St. just west of the Nevada Square will be sold along with other county owned items during a surplus property sale held at that location.Auctioneer Jim Earnest said the sale will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the historic building and 134-by-140-foot corner lot it has been on for more than 100 years will sell promptly at 6 p.m. The building and everything else in the sale will be sold at an absolute auction, with no minimums and no reserves and taken "as is," Vernon County Southern Commissioner Kennon Shaw said.
Originally built as a United States Post Office, the Cherry Street building was completed in 1910. Demand for postal services dictated a new building, and in 1963, the Postal Service moved to its current location on East Cherry Street. The county purchased the building, which served as the jail and sheriff's offices until new facilities were completed in May 2009
Three years of vacancy have not been kind to the structure. The roof leaks and some of the outer brick walls are crumbling under the roof rafters. Paint is peeling off in segments as big as a man's hand and there is much mold throughout the building. The cell doors and bunks are rusted and the ceilings are coming down in some places. Pigeons have been accessing the building through broken windows and using it for a roost. In some places, the pigeon waste is more than an inch deep.
Feathers are scattered from the attic to the basement. Stainless steel toilet fixtures in the cells are the only things still shining in the dank, powerless building.
There are more jagged edges and rough spots in the old structure, but the glory of a once grand building can still be seen in the interior details and exterior design. Many of the original walls are lined with marble.
A marble staircase to the second floor has a graceful bannister with intricate wrought iron lattice instead of spindles.
The glass of the arched windows is a quarter of an inch thick and the windows are topped with elaborate and decorative external stonework.
The building retains hints of its past in other ways as well. The old coal chute and storage room are still there and so is the duct work. The attic still has some old files lying around.
The kitchen still has the cabinets. Improvements have been made over the decades. The new owner will get it all, whether they pay $1 or $1 million.
Some would like to see the old building saved and restored. Although he knows it's not really feasible, Shaw said he'd like to see that happen. And so would Dale Eshelman of Nevada.
New to the area, Eshelman said he "would like to see it on the National Register of Historic Places." Eshelman said he has begun the application process to do that, but found out about the sale too late to accomplish the task.
Eshelman was one of many people who toured the edifice during an open house held Thursday.
Earnest said a man from Lamar arranged to see it that evening. He estimated 25 to 30 people also had toured the building during the first open house, held last week, some of whom seemed interested.
Shaw said some people had been to the commission's office in the past several months and were interested in purchasing the building, but Northern Commissioner Neal Gerster said, "the only way we can sell it is to offer it to the public."
Hence the public auction of the structure and a variety of other county surplus items.
The county sells its surplus vehicles, building materials and equipment "anytime we have a significant amount," said Gerster.
"It's been couple of years or three," since we've had one, Gerster said. Everything in the jail goes with it, including some old desks, trash cans and all the junk and mess. And the county has other items that will be sold.
Gerster said there are some warped but otherwise new bridge planks in the sale and some concrete culverts of varying size. Several trucks and cars will also be sold to the highest bidder.
A welder, a compressor and many other pieces of power equipment and several electronic items like monitors, keyboards and printers will also be sold.
For a complete listing of sale items and more details, see the ad in the Wednesday, May 23, edition of the Nevada News or call the Town and Country Auction Service at (417) 684-7797 or (417) 448-9540.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Who is this guy?

I ran into this really "HOT" guy yesterday in KC driving around in a sports car!


  by dmhergert
, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Sue Ann Hergert Confirmation

Hergert Dry Cleaning Shop

Hergert Dry Cleaning Shop by dmhergert
Hergert Dry Cleaning Shop, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Elearnor Stephan and Leon Hergert Wedding

Hergert Family 1984

Hergert Family 1984 by dmhergert
Hergert Family 1984, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.
Grandma's Eulogy by Marty 5/23/2012

We are here today to honor the life and memory of a special woman. As a sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend she touched all of our lives in many ways. She gave us life, nurtured us, celebrated in our successes and comforted us in failure. She was our support and a constant presence in our lives. She was the pillar of our family.

As I contemplated the words that I would say today, I heard my grandmother's voice and I heard her say "God give me strength." And that's what I said to myself. God give me strength to bear witness to her life and capture in a brief moment what she meant to us, how she lived her life, and what was important to her.

Grandma was a very private person. She lived in a present. When I started to research our family history, I sent her a letter asking about her childhood. I wanted to know what it was like to grow up during the depression. I asked about where she went to school and what life was like in a small town. I asked about her father. I got back a note with her children's names and birth dates along with some other family members to contact. She was quiet about her past.

Eleanor Nadine Stephan was born Dec. 6, 1924 in Arcadia, Kansas, the first child of Dessie Fern Smith and Cecil Corder Stepan. Dessie or Fern (who most of us know as Grandma Jenkins) was just 16 years old when Eleanor was born. Cecil was a steam shovel operator for a coal mine. Cecil and Dessie had another daughter Eva Frances Stephan three years later. The girls were very young when Cecil was killed by a boiler explosion of the steam shovel in 1935. Fern was remarried to Vernal Jenkins, a widower from Garland, Kansas. Eleanor's family grew when Grandma Jenkins had Kay, Sonny, and Joe. New brothers and sisters that I know she cared dearly for and remained close to all her life.

My grandfather Leon was among the servicemen returning from the pacific in 1946. Eleanor met him in Kansas City and they were married on June 22, 1947 in Great Bend, Kansas at 22 years old. They lived in Ellinwood, Kansas where Stephan, David, and Sue Ann were born. They eventually moved to Nevada where Karen, Phil, and Mark were born. Grandma worked at Edmunston's in Nevada. She was the young, blue-eyed and dark haired beauty who used to dress the mannequins in the display windows.

She was blessed with many grandchildren. My grandmother was just 45 years old when I was born. She was like another mother to me. Mark and Phil were like my older brothers. From an early age, I remember how we used to visit her at Mattingly's when we would come to Nevada. I'd walk the aisles until I found her and then across to give her a hug. She cherished all of the ten grand kids -- Jeremy, Derek, Andrew, Keenan, Matthew, Lisa, A.J., Zach, and Brandon.

I used to stay with her during the summer or when my parents were traveling. I recall picking Mark up from work at the White Grill when he was 15. Grandma would pull over near Nevada Hospital to let Mark drive the rest of the way. Once she was trying to find a parking spot just off the square in downtown Nevada. She hesitated to park in a parallel spot. And I being all of eight years old told her, you just turn the wheels and reverse into the spot. She laughed and said, "That's right you tell you grandma how it's done."

She went back to school at 73 years old when she was laid off from Place's. She got computer training and learned accounting. I was fond of telling people that my grandmother had gone back to school and back to work well beyond retirement age. She was dedicated and hard working. She thrived on being part of the community -- via work, the church, or volunteering.

She was humble and hardworking. She cherished her family. I called grandma when Flora was born to share the news of her first great grandchild and to revel in the remarkable fact that the Hergert line could produce more than one girl. She told me later she was "tickled" by my phone call. Six months later when she was able to see and hold Flora and her second great-grandchild Kloey, she was all smiles.

Since the stroke in 2007, she lived at Christian Healthcare center in Nevada. The family is forever greatful to the care she received there. The heart warming stories she told us about the CHC staff let us know that each and everyone cared for her. Lou Jenkins visited grandma daily at CHC. She often timed her visits so they could watch General Hospital and Jeopardy together.

Without her we are ships that have lost our port. We are cast adrift. Grandma didn't talk about how to live or how to lead a fulfilling life. The way she lived is testament to what she believed. She believed in us being together, gathering as family to support each other. She took time to celebrate our progress through life. Each and every one of my birthdays, a card from grandma was in the mail. Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving were meant for family. As we set a new course without her, we must remember the lessons she taught through her actions -- that love for your family and devotion to cherishing and supporting those around you should drives us forward. That light should be a beacon to us in this dark time. And her words should always be with us "God give us strength." Strength to understand as we lay her body to rest in the earth and strength to help lift her spirit to the sky. And strength to ourselves as we continue on. God give us all strength.

Thursday, May 24, 2012



No, this does not have any of the six Brittingham kids in it. 
This was posted on the group website
Barbara and Marty went to Franklin School through 6th grade. Marilyn went through 4th and I went through 2nd. Franklin School in now being turned into apartments but construction is at a stand still as of today. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Grandpa Brittingham's Military Registration Card

Marty found this on Very interesting! Dad's Father's registration card Sept 12 1918. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May Events-WOW! Here we go!

Andrew is buying a house! FIRST TIME HOME BUYER!

Boston trip May 5th to the 7th-Marty graduates MBA

May 10th decorated the cemetery for Memorial Day

Attended History of The Nevada Police Department at Cottey College

Mother's Day May 13th Powell Gardens

May 16th 2012 Symphony Designer's Show House Tour and Lunch at Cheese Cake Factory 

May 16th Mrs. Hergert sadly passes away.

Eleanor N. HergertMay 16, 2012
Services Information

Eleanor N. Hergert

     Eleanor N. Hergert, 87, Nevada, MO, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Christian Health Care in Nevadafollowing a lengthy illness.  She was born December 6, 1924 inArcadiaKS, to Steven Corder Stephan and Dessie Fern Smith Stephan.  She married Leon E. Hergert in 1947 in Great Bend,KS, and he preceded her in death in 1988.

     Eleanor was raised in Kansas in the Arcadia area.  She came to Nevada in 1956.  Eleanor was a member of the TrinityLutheran Church and served as church secretary for a number of years.  She was also a member of the BPW in Nevada. Eleanor worked at Mattingly’s (now known as Family Dollar) inNevada for 25 years and at Nevada News for several years until her retirement in 2008.

     Survivors include her six children, Steve Hergert and his wife Gail, Orange, TX, David Hergert and his wife Vicki, Lee’s Summit, MO, Sue Ann Moore and her husband Kirk, Spring, TX, Karen Bowles and her husband James, Great Falls, VA, Phillip Hergert and his wife Gaye, Joplin, MO, and Mark Hergert, Kansas City, MO, 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Jenkins, Nevada and Kay Barclay, Chanute, KS; one brother, Red Jenkins, Nevada, and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Joe Jenkins.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran ChurchNevada, with Pastor Johannes Brann officiating.  Interment will follow in El DoradoSprings City CemeteryEl Dorado SpringsMO.  Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.  The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, May 22, 2012 from 7-8:00 p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO.

May 17th Bill and I went to Jersey Boys Musical
A stunning musical biography of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the hit musical Jersey Boys is returning to The Music Hall Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri and tickets for all shows are now available! This incredible show has been thrilling critics and audiences alike for more than six years, and as the 2006 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Jersey Boys is an audience pleasing night of unforgettable classic hits like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” 

May 17th Nicholas was hospitalized for ruptured appendix

May 2012 Oh What A Month! 

And stay tuned for more May events- 

GRADUATIONS! Kelsey, Connor, Alex! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Andrew's face when he saw his Grandma Hergert

A picture says a thousand words. 

Mrs. Hergert "as my family and I always called her" with respect

My Son's Grandmother passed away this afternoon peacefully. She was a remarkable women who I admired from afar. She was very beautiful inside and out, intelligent, caring, giving and the best Grandmother you could ask for. She admired Marty and Andrew, the sun rose and set on them. Marty was her first grandchild and the whole town knew about his ever move! And Andrew, oh my! He was her life!
She worked very hard all her life, lived simple and all she asked for was the happiness of her children and grand children. Grandma Hergert and Andrew were a team when he was small. She worked at a dime store in Nevada called Mattingly's. We would arrive in town stop by the store unexpected and when she saw Andrew and he saw her, Andrew would run to her arms and she would lift him and swing him around. The happiest times ever and a loving memory to cherish. Andrew and Marty I am sad for your loss but happy her spirit is free to fly. Love Mom

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Nevada NRTC Bringing Home the Gold from Salt Lake City

May 2
Awesome Granddaughter....Alexa and her teammates did very well!!!!!

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Good Morning Nevada!

In 2002 Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics where men and women from all over the world competed.

Over the past few days this venue hosted another event that in my opinion may be even more important than the Olympics because its about high school marketing students here to compete academically on a world stage.

Last night at approximately 11:30 CDT while most of you were probably tucked away in bed three students from NRTC’s DECA Chapter captured a first place trophy at the International Career Development Conference held in Salt Lake City, UT.   The Financial Literacy Promotion Project team of Taylor Norcross, Dominic Puller and Alexa Cubbage made the final round of 15 finalists out of 190 teams Tuesday morning and went on to capture the Gold in their division and will be headed home as champions.  (SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS).
A total of nine Nevada students competed at this international business and marketing competition of nearly 15,000 young men and women from around the world.   Bailey Harbit received a Certificate of Excellence in the Sports & Entertainment Marketing event,Megan Harper and Hali Durnell competed in Buying & Merchandising Operations Research, Myra Ornelas, Morgan Turner & Devin Miller competed in the Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research event. All represented Nevada well.

For many reasons this trip personally was very special.  The obvious ones are from a Dad and a husband standpoint I’m especially proud of my daughter and my wife as an instructor.  But I’m also proud as a Nevada R5 patron and board member.  In my opinion there are too few events like this that truly celebrate the academic excellence these nine students from Nevada R5 achieved.

The first place Financial Literacy team will present their promotion project during the EverFi certification ceremony to be held Tuesday, May 8th at 6:00pm in the NHS auditorium.  Students who have completed the EverFi curriculum in the marketing classes will be recognized by representatives of Heritage State Bank, the Missouri Bankers Association and EverFi.  Everyone is invited to attend this ceremony on Tuesday and also congratulate this championship team.

So after we take our trip to Disney World this group will be back in Nevada!  (Just kidding – but I thought that’s what you’re supposed to do if you win it all).  Get some rest because I can tell you that we sure didn’t but that’s okay because it was worth it.

Thank you all of you for the support.

Steve Cubbage

And the winner is! Andrew's Choice

Catching Up

In April Andrew was searching the Waldo area for a house. We looked at 13 houses. In this 1940's 1 & 1/2 story house in the 2nd floor bedroom we notice speaker's built into a wall of drawers and shelf's. Andrew opened the drawer,  low and behold there was an old record player! The 45 record on was "Tearin Up The Country" Creedence Clearwater Revival! This was COOL! VERY COOL!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

History of Nevada Mo Police Department

Katherine Kerbs

Back Row-2nd from left (Dad)

Front row: Butterfield, Fred, Preston Dixon, City Manager Mr. Wilson, Sterling James, Stanley Brittingham, ? (Dad)
Back row: ?, ?, Woodfill, ? Katherine Holmes, ?

Cottey student finishes history of NPD

Friday, May 11, 2012
By Rusty MurryNevada Daily Mail
As the spring semester draws to an end at Cottey College, so does Katherine Kerbs' directed study course, which was to research and write a history of the Nevada Police Department. Kerbs was intimidated in the beginning, but spent about 3 1/2 working on the project which "went really well" before she finished.
Kerbs started her project with very little actual material. She had an old ledger, some crime scene photos, a scrapbook and a couple of physical artifacts, but once the word got out that she was doing the project, Kerbs said she "received a lot of support," and "everything she got was useful."
Kerbs said that even though she found quite a bit of information, she had "just scratched the surface," of the material that's out there. Kerbs said she got a lot of good information from Kaye Brittingham-Murry of Kansas City, Mo., whose father Stanley Brittingham served on the Nevada Police Department for many years. Brittingham served as a patrolman, sergeant and lieutenant. He was appointed chief of police in 1960 and served in that capacity until 1964. Brittingham died in Nevada in April of 2008, but Brittingham-Murry was able to give Kerbs a lot of information including some photographs.
Kerbs said the information she found on the department kind of took its own direction and she ended up focusing her work on the technology they used. She said her final "paper has a technology focus" and shows that "the dedication and compassion of our officers has been instrumental in our police department."
Digging deeper into her material, Kerbs found out that the Nevada Police Department was started in 1890 with five officers and a chief, and she found a photo from 1900 of three officers and a chief. Kerbs said she didn't find "a ton" of material to "work with, but I was able to make good use of what I had." Old city directories were a good source for her as were issues of the Nevada Daily Mail she found on "Google News."
Kerbs also found out that women were important to the police force. There were no early female officers but they worked in dispatching, she said. She mentioned two in particular. Esther Chester and Katherine Holmes were good examples of the dedication and compassion of the department. Kerbs related a story about a young woman who was accused of stealing and arrested. She had a young son that had nowhere to go and Holmes took the boy in until the matter was resolved.
Kerbs also mentioned the police department's willingness to listen to the public. A "wave of crime" in early 1964 created a public outcry. The public clamoring for action led to a meeting in which it was determined that the downtown area was unprotected. The decision was made for an officer to "walk the beat" in that area. The crime stopped and a suspect was eventually apprehended.
Kerbs said her research project has "been a really wonderful experience." She said it has taught her perseverance and given her appreciation for the community and the number of people who were willing to help her. Kerbs said that she was required to put eight hours a week into the project but she put in much more than that.
She also said "I'm excited to see what becomes of my project." Her instructor at Cottey, Angela Firkus, is going to try and find another student who is willing to continue the research, so the history will be more comprehensive.
Kerbs presented her findings in a public presentation in room 109 of the Rubie Burton Academic Center on the Cottey College campus on Thursday, May 10. The 20-minute presentation included the contents of the 10 page paper as well as a slide show.
Kerbs, the salutatorian of the Bronaugh High School Class of 2010, plans to attend William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., after receiving her associate degree from Cottey College. She wants to major in English and minor in history. Her long-term plans are to become a lawyer.
Police History Photo Gallery

Police History Photo Gallery

History Photos of the 1950′s and 1960′s. We have very little photo’s of the Nevada Police Department and need the public to help. How you can help: Help us find these historical pictures of our past. If you have any information on photo’s or have any photo’s of the Nevada Police Department we would Love to obtain a copy of those photo’s of our great history. Every photo of the Nevada police department will be hung up in the hall way for inspiration for the officers and on the website. Please help us make our history alive again threw your generosity.

Police History Photo Gallery 2

Police History Photo Gallery 2

As promised, we have posted the photos that you have given us of our fine police department from 1909 to the 1950s and 1960s. Many photos from our departments past have never been seen because it was never thought to keep them at the department for our records. Now that’s why we need you to help us Rediscover, Recover, and Bring New Life to our history’s department. Call the Nevada Police Department today and find out how you can help us Recover our history. Nevada Police Department (417) 448-5100

National Police Day May 15th

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.
The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others that share a common brotherhood. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.

Honoring Officers

Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice and Those Who Continue to Serve

Today in the United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.
That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 160 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, over 19,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring all of America’s law enforcement heroes – those who have died in the line of duty and those who continue to serve and protect. That mission is accomplished through the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, as well as programs such as Officer of the Month, Officer Roll Call and others.
We invite you to learn more about the heroes of American law enforcement and join us in respecting, honoring and remembering them.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


May Day Baskets

While growing up on Main Street, my best friend Debbie and I were in the 3rd grade. We learned about May Day in school. So early May Day morning, before school  Debbie and I would deliver hand picked flower hanging baskets to the neighbors doors. We ran though the neighborhood the evening before and picked baskets of flowers. We handmade the baskets from rolled up newspaper and taped a construction paper handle on. The baskets were all prepared with bouquets the night before.

Here is what we had learned at school about May Day-

May Day was also celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. May baskets were made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone's doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away. The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver. If they catch the person, a kiss is exchanged.

We loved sneaking up on the porches of our neighbors houses, hang the basket and then ring the doorbell and ran away as fast as we could., usually hiding behind a bush and watching the neighbor quizzically look around to see who had left the basket. Not seeing us we would giggle and move on to the next house. 

Article in Jack and Jill Magazine 1960
"The job now in hand was May baskets, for it was the custom of the children to hang them on the doors of their friends the night before May-day; and the girls had agreed to supply baskets if the boys would hunt for flowers, much the harder task of the two. Jill had more leisure as well as taste and skill than the other girls, so she amused herself with making a goodly store of pretty baskets of all shapes, sizes, and colors, quite confident that they would be filled, though not a flower had shown its head except a few hardy dandelions, and here and there a small cluster of saxifrage." (a type of herb called Greater Burnet).

Charming May Day Baskets