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Jim Cantrell Watercolor Award

Jim Cantrell has won the 1st Place in Watercolor Award for his painting "Barn near Murphy's Park" at the prestigious “First Brush of Spring” Plein Air Event in New Harmony, Indiana.  Approximately 150 artists from around the country participated in the paint-out from April 15-17th sponsored by the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.


Cantrell maintains his studio at the Bardstown Art Gallery, 214 W Stephen Foster Ave.  He has painted many local scenes in the Historic District as well as capturing numerous local people in his artworks.   His work can seen and purchased at the art gallery. 


For more information contact Jeannette Cantrell, Director, at 503-348-6488.


Image attached:  Jim Cantrell and wife Jeannette with his award winning watercolor.



Jeannette Cantrell, Director
Bardstown Art Gallery
214 W Stephen Foster Ave
Bardstown, KY  40004
Phone: 502-348-6488
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Manstedt’s influence reaches beyond his team at High Plains

General News


By Marc Zavala

Published: Friday, December 18, 2009 8:49 PM CST


Norm Manstedt has been around the sport of wrestling for a number of years.

And it doesn’t appear he isn’t going anywhere soon.

Manstedt’s High Plains wrestling team was one of 20 teams competing this weekend at the Fla*censored*er Fracas at the Heartland Events Center.

During his 41 years of coaching at Clarks and High Plains, he has produced 31 individual state champions, one team state title in Class D in 1972, and one runner up finish in Class D in 1978.

Manstedt said wrestling has always been a part of his life.

“It’s the one thing I have been successful at year after year,” Manstedt said.

A few of Manstedt’s wrestlers have taken that next step in becoming head coaches. In fact, there are two coaches competing in the Fracas that have wrestled for Manstedt. Those coaches include his son, Gothenburg coach Eric Manstedt, and Grand Island Central Catholic coach Marc Starostka.

Norm Manstedt said he’s happy to see former athletes get into coaching and making an impact on the wrestler’s lives.

“That’s really neat to see,” he said. “To know that they are trying to do the same things that I have taught them. I hope they are picking on some other things as well because I don’t have them all figured out. I know both Eric and Marc have used the same philosophy that I have.”

Eric said he owes his coaching success to his dad.

“He’s always been a big coaching influence on me in terms of my coaching style in how I talk and treat my kids,” Eric said.

Starostka, who won a state championship for Norm Manstedt in 1983, said the same thing, but also added that he also teaches kids more about life than wrestling.

“I don’t think I have time to discuss how much Norm has meant to me and what it was like wrestling for him,” Starostka said. “He’s always been a mentor of mine and I still always call him. He’s a teacher about life. He’s a believer of every kid, whether you are good or bad. He’s got the ability to make you believe in him as a coach in the lifestyle. He’s a life builder.”

Eric also said there’s been a lot of talk around the dinner table about wrestling, which is something Eric said his mom, Janet, didn’t mind.

“I think she was more of a wrestling fan than me and my brother Mitch have ever been,” Eric said. “She grew up around the sport with her brothers and nephews. She would sit front and center and scream at the top of her lungs. We are just a wrestling family.”

Norm Manstedt is involved in a areas when it comes to wrestling. He is one of the original members and president of the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association and also started the Nebraska Invitational Dual Team Championships held in Columbus every year.

“I don’t know if we would know how much impact he has made for the sport,” Eric said. “I tried to ask my dad how much of the stuff he is involved in. He hasn’t just been trying to get Clarks or High Plains better, it’s about trying to get the sport in Nebraska better for everybody. He really has influenced a lot of kids.”

Norm Manstedt hopes the wrestlers get more from the sport than wins and losses, like the lessons learned from competing in the sport.

“I hope what they get out of it is to be successful not just by winning,” he said. “The sport takes daily work. The wrestlers will face many challenges in their life and they know they will have to work hard every day to get better in practice to prove themselves. A lot of things in life might not be as difficult as what they are facing right now. The thought process is being prepared every day to go to work. Every kid I have coached have been fun to have, whether they have been good or bad.”


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address book

General News

 Lynette, I am wondering if you still have the database of addresses of alumni. 

I have lost track of Kathy Corwin Hunt and would like to know if you have an

e mail address for her? The last postal address I have is Fremont, Calif., but I

know they were moving...How is everyone handling the heat this summer?  Thinking

of getting a swimming pool for an afternoon chill out.....like Texas.......Is there any talk of another reunion

in 2013 or 2014?  I can help somehow.....

Cyndy Lammert

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Marsha L. Melnichak

Alumni Remembrance

Marsha L. Melnichak

Nov. 20, 2008

Marsha L. Melnichak, 57, of Fayetteville, Ark., a native of Sioux City and former Le Mars resident, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed on Oct. 13.Marsha was born Aug. 18, 1951, in Sioux City, the daughter of Foster and Helen (Petersen) Hebron. She graduated from East High School in 1969. She attended John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, Neb. She married Joseph M. Melnichak on Feb. 14, 1970, in Wahoo. The couple moved to Omaha, Neb., where Marsha worked at The Daily Reporter.Marsha's first job as a journalist was for the Atlantic (Iowa) News-Telegraph in 1974. She held that position until 1979, when she was named editor at the Belle Plaine (Iowa) Union. From 1986 to 1992 she served as the director of communications for Teikyo Westmar University in Le Mars. From 1994 to 1996 she was the editor of the North Sioux City Times. From 1999 to 2005, she worked at the Le Mars Daily Sentinel in several capacities, as editor, news editor, reporter and photographer. In April 2005, Marsha moved to Fayetteville to become a city government reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Times.During her career, Marsha received numerous awards from the Iowa Newspaper Association, including the Skip Weber Investigative Reporting recognition in 2004 for her reporting on the Le Mars Community Betterment Program.Marsha was a beautiful and sincere friend. She loved to spoil and spend time with her grandchildren.Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Soukup and her husband Daniel of Fayetteville, Ark.; a son, Michael and his wife Jodi of Sioux City; four grandchildren, Zivanka Melnichak, Kasimir Melnichak, Joseph Broadway and Leela Soukup; sisters, Paula Hebron of Sioux City and Marilyn Sprague of Albuquerque, N.M.; brothers, Feyber Hebron and his wife Carol of East Grand Forks, Minn., and David Hebron of Ozark, Mo.; and her partner, Sue Morris of Fayetteville.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Joseph on Aug. 14, 1996; and a brother Foster Jr.Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with the family present from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Beard's Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Services will follow the visitation at the funeral home. Fellowship will follow the services at Farmington United Methodist Church in Farmington, Ark. 

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Linda K White

Alumni Remembrance

Retired Boys and Girls Club Manager Remembered

In Loving Memory

1/10/2018, 11:45 a.m.
Family and friends are mourning the death of Linda K White; a long time child activist and a retired manager ...
Linda K. White
Family and friends are mourning the death of Linda K White; a long time child activist and a retired manager of the Blazers' Boys and Girls Club. She died peacefully at home Jan. 5, 2018 after battling complications from diabetes. 

A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Blazers' Boys and Girls Club; 5250 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Blazers Boys and Girls Club in memory of Linda K. White.


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Sithay Ann Cerv

Alumni Remembrance

Sithay Ann Cerv
October 1, 1948 - November 3, 2015

Sithay Ann Cerv, 67 of Fremont, NE, died Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. She was born October 1, 1948 in Lincoln, NE, the oldest of ten children, to Robert H. and Phyllis S. (Pelton) Cerv. Sithay graduated from Van Dorn High School in Kansas City, MO in 1966 and John F. Kennedy College in 1969. She worked as a cardiovascular technician for many years.

She is survived by husband, Abdulaziz AlThayedi; son, Sammy AlThayedi of Fremont; father, Robert H. Cerv Sr. of Blair; siblings, Sandy Harrington of Lincoln, Karen Chambers of Laguna Beach, CA, Robert Jr. (Mary) Cerv of Alliance, Joseph (Mary) Cerv of Overland Park, KS, John (Maggie) Cerv of Gladstone, MO, Phyllis Willis of Basehor, KS, Dawn (Todd) Ericson of Hawarden, IA, and Melissa (Randy) Lock of Blair; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by mother, Phyllis Cerv and sister, Denise Mahoney.

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