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YEAR AGO Nov. 4, 2010: West Nile victim doing better – Terry “Skip” Laird said he’s “counting his blessings.” That’s because Laird, 63, was hospitalized for three weeks in September after he contracted the West Nile Virus. The Lincoln resident said he was bitten by a West Nile-carrying mosquito in Roseville, Wheatland or Lincoln. “I’m working on the house all of the time so I’m outside and get bit all of the time. It’s no big thing for me to have mosquitoes buzzing around me all of the time,” Laird said “What is very interesting to me is I was a strong, healthy man and just like that, a mosquito took me down.” 10 YEARS AGO Nov. 1, 2001: Woman’s Club building is officially on historic register – A bronze plaque was unveiled next to the front door of the Woman’s Club building located at the corner of Fifth and E streets. The plaque reads, “This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.” This designated the building as a cultural resource worthy of preservation and gives it certain tax advantages. It may still continue to be used as before with no restrictions. 20 YEARS AGO Oct. 31, 1991: Mosquito committee addresses complaints – A mosquito abatement committee consisting of two Lincoln City Council members is seeking to end problems caused by the flying pests. The city is considering an eradication program after receiving dozens of complaints from local residents. City council members Carl Marlotte and Roberta Babcock formulated questions to ask residents in the city’s recently-mailed newsletter “Lincoln Express,” if there is a problem and whether Lincoln needs a mosquito control program. 50 YEARS AGO Nov. 2, 1961: Fortunate Infant Has 10 Grandparents – One might consider that Ricky Dean Hedges, born Oct. 29 at the Roseville hospital, is a very fortunate child. Ricky, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hedges, formerly of Lincoln, is the proud possessor of 10 grandparents. Residing in the area are Ricky’s maternal and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lewis and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Hedges. Also residing in Lincoln is the child’s paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Van Hedges, with another paternal grandmother, Mrs. Rilds Johnson living in Pawnee, Okla. Ricky’s maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Owens and great-grandmother Mrs. May Parks reside in Missouri. 75 YEARS AGO Nov. 5, 1936: Schoolmates Meet After 63 Years – John Cirby, prominent rancher and cattleman of Roseville and Peter Conley, local citizen, met here the other day for the first time in sixty-three years – though they have lived within fifteen miles of each other all the time. They were boys of nine and ten years when they attended school in Roseville which was only a “wide place” in the road – a whistling post on S.P. railroad. They reminisced for more than an hour – relating the many pranks they played – such as rocking the Chinese section house and a lot of things boys do when they have nothing worth-while to do. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.