Author: Andy Vipond

Friday English language class filled with fun and food

By Andy Vipond Two women with elegant flowing dresses and hijabs make their way into the classroom, where the whiteboard at the front of the room still has yesterday’s English lesson written on it. They greet each other in Arabic and take a seat at one of three tables. As the clock nears, 11 a.m., other women soon rush in and take their seats. ¬†They talk with one another in Arabic and English. They laugh and smile, chatting about their plans for the day. Everyone falls silent when the teacher enters the room. ¬†Their attention is focused on the...

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A family history rooted in Millard

By Andy Vipond My ancestors have left many marks in Nebraska. The land that is now Millard, Nebraska, was once owned by my ancestors. A general store in Clarkson, Nebraska, that opened in the 1900s is still being operated today by descendants. My ancestors immigrated from most of Europe, but also descended from colonial times in Massachusetts. My family line of immigration extends from Norway, Belgium, England, Denmark, Czechoslovakia and Bohemia. Wesley Moore, my great-great-great-grandparents, lived as a baby in a sod dugout on the Nebraska prairie. His parents, Thomas and Harriet immigrated from Czechoslovakia and started an orchard...

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