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It’s that time of the year where giving is on almost everyone’s minds. This year, local businesses are doing what they can to spread Christmas cheer. There’s been a lot of talk about inventory shortages, the rise in shipping prices, and the need to shop local. Hicken Lumber and Home Center have taken these needs to heart.

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Santa Claus is coming to town and he’ll be riding on a firetruck. The Gothenburg Fire Department is hosting their annual Project Santa to bring Christmas to families that are suffering hardships. This year the Chamber of Commerce and two local firemen have teamed up to support the fire department’s mission.

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Gothenburg Public Library will be hosting its fifteenth gingerbread celebration. If you have a gingerbread house or other gingerbread creation you would like to share with the public, we invite you to bring it to the library by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7th. Entries may be made from gingerbread or other materials (crackers, Styrofoam, wood, cardboard, ect.) -- let your imagination be your guide.

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The following passages come from copies of previous publications of the Gothenburg Times, they have been summarized by Ashley Mohler. Each passage has its source and is cited at the end of the passages.

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Q: My dear father passed away a few months ago. He was always the center of family gatherings, so as Christmas approaches we’re all starting to deal with the fact that he won’t be there. This is so much harder than I expected; do you have any advice for getting through this season?

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“I remember my teen years when I worked detasseling corn,” said my grandpa, Dick Schwanz, while he sipped on his Coke. I always worked so hard all through my teens just so I could buy myself a car,” said Schwanz while he rocked in his chair. This made me laugh because I already knew he was a firm believer in working hard.

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Thursday, Dec. 2 - Roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, carrots, plums, rolls and milk.

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Thanksgiving comes early for expectant rural couple stranded on roadside; Timely training pays off as EMT crew delivers baby -Hildreth Fire & Rescue crew had undergone simulated emergency obstetrics training through UNMC program less than 48 hours before.

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