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‘Sinister Minister’ celebrates his 80th among friends

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On Saturday, retired minister and active author and humorist Dick Huser celebrated his 80th birthday with more than 70 family and friends at Kilaga Springs Lodge. Local band, Bite the Bullet (765-4345), entertained by playing Dick’s western swing, blue grass and country favorites. Guests included Estelle and Warren Holway, April and Gene Rapp, Gale Hall, Toni and John Cramsey, Frank Armienti, Jim Berry, Jensen & Smith’s partner and CPA Maggie Smith, who was taking a break from this busy tax season, plus Coldwell Banker Realtors Gail Cirata and Donna Judah. Local artist and vocalist Jody Douglas sang “Happy Birthday” in her best Marilyn Monroe style. Arlene Huser welcomed everyone and ensured that everything looked beautiful right down to the table centerpieces that she created for the party. Dick also celebrated the publication of his second book, “My Anxiety is Better Than Your Anxiety” that expands on the keen and amusing observations found in his first book, “Confessions of a Sinister Minister.” There was nothing anxious or sinister about this fun evening although, after such a party, it’s possible that confessions may be in order. And, based on what we know about Dick, he would probably be happy to hear them. Also celebrating ... At the same time, Lincoln born and lifelong downtown Lincoln resident Jessie Santini celebrated her birthday. Jessie’s daughter, Julie Schumacher, was in town from her home in southern California to share in the festivities. Julie and her brother, Primo Santini, who is well- known to us as Lincoln’s former mayor and council member, made sure that Jessie enjoyed her special day. New kid on the block Rainforest Salon and Spa (253-3824) has moved from Del Webb Boulevard to its new location at 120 F St. in downtown Lincoln. Rainforest now occupies the bungalow located diagonally across from Denzler Family Dentistry and directly behind Burger King. Owner Helen Stout reports that she now has seven hair stylists, including herself, as well as three aestheticians and one massage therapist. Stylist Debbie Ommen (formerly of Moxie’s) is also part of the team. Rainforest is open every day for business except Sunday. Potions and lotions March 17 marked the opening of a new business, The Green Goat, Ye Ole Soap Shoppe at 660 Fifth St., next door to Lovely Nails. Downtown Lincoln welcomes owner Leslie Campbell who offers a complete line of all-natural soaps, scrubs and lotions. You may remember meeting Leslie during last year’s downtown Farmers’ Market when she introduced her products to us. The Twain shall meet in Hawaii We missed Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce’s membership and event coordinator Terri Reeves at Wednesday’s monthly breakfast meeting. It’s the first monthly meeting she has ever missed. Terri is in Hawaii celebrating the marriage of her daughter, Danielle Biggers, to David Crane. The bride is a resident of Anchorage, Alaska and the groom is a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii. Danielle and David both work in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and that’s where they met. Their wedding took place on Waimanalo Beach. Congratulations. And the winner is ... Foto’s Market located at 651 5th St. (645-3561) reports that the winner of the drawing for a brand new “Pineapple Express” bicycle was Lincoln resident Mike Nelson. This is the second time that Foto’s has held a free drawing for a bicycle. Next time, sources report that it could be for a tent. Just in from Jeeves ... Buster Lucas is celebrating his third birthday on March 31. Not sure what proud owners Linda and Richard have planned for Buster but Jeeves hopes it includes biscuits, bones and fire hydrants during his customary walk around town. Today and tomorrow Have a great week, enjoy our beautiful spring weather and, in the words of Dick Huser, remember “Today a peacock - tomorrow a feather duster.” If you have an upcoming event that you, your family or neighbors are celebrating and wish to share, please contact Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660. She owns The Wardrobe and is a partner in The Place in downtown Lincoln.