Atkin Air grounds flight training service

Published in print and online at The Lincoln News-Messenger, Sept. 16, 2009

Atkin Air grounds flight training service

Atkin Air will continue to fly you in and out of town but you’ll have to go somewhere else to learn to pilot a plane on your own.

Owners Ken and Nikki Atkin have downsized services the company offers.

“We weren’t able to keep the structure we had with the business downturn,” Ken Atkin said on Wednesday. “We’ve been hit extra hard, because the people who were using our charter and flight school services aren’t anymore. The money they use for that, it’s recreational. They’re going to pay their house payments before they go flying.”

Atkin said the company is downsizing with plans to rebuild when they have the resources. When asked if they will offer flight training again, Atkin said they will “if the money is there.”

“I really enjoyed it, I had fun with the students it brought in,” Atkin said. “Yeah, I would certainly consider opening the flight school again if we have the money.” The company is located at Lincoln Regional Airport, 1420 Flightline Drive, Suite B.

“The flight school and some of the planes are closing,” Atkin said. “We will still provide air charter service and airplane management.”

The company has several planes advertised for sale on its Web site at The company’s phone number is 645-6242

Sun City celebrates 10 years in four days

Published in print and online at The Lincoln News Messenger, Sept. 16, 2009

Sun City celebrates 10 years in four days

Sun City Lincoln Hills residents celebrated 10 years of close-knit community living with four days of festivities, beginning Saturday.

The day kicked off with a parade featuring Sun City clubs, followed by numerous activities in the two lodges. On Saturday, highlights for residents and visitors included listening to several musicians, playing table tennis or pickleball, taking a break in the beer garden, and visiting the many clubs whose members set up information tables in the lodges.

Karen Foley of the travel group was recruiting new members in the Kilaga Springs Lodge.

“The groups in Lincoln Hills are wonderful,” Foley said. She and Carol Lavender, a Sun City Lincoln Hills Community Association volunteer, both saw the fair as an opportunity to help residents become involved with one another. “People who’ve never met are getting to know one another,” Lavender said.

There’s a group for everyone at Lincoln Hills, from the belly dancers to the Rods ‘n Relics club. The latter held a car show on the celebration’s second day.

Attendees could also take advantage of opportunities for free medical testing. Tents were set up to test cholesterol balance, cardio ability and body fat throughout the four days.

Musical guests included Susan Joyce and Elaine Sanovich on vocals and piano, a barbershop quartet and the Lincoln Hills Singers.

In keeping with the fair-like atmosphere, residents and guests were invited to dunk members of the Stifel Nicolaus-sponsored softball team, with all proceeds going to the Lincoln Hills Community Association. Dick Berg volunteered to take a dip in the dunk tank, which excited several neighbors and friends.

Fellow team member Jeff McClain thought the opportunity to dunk his friend was well worth the cost.

“It’s great. There’s lots of entertainment,” McClain said.

The Landsharks, who have performed with the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet and Tom Rigney, also entertained.

Sara Lewis Cancer-Free, Thanks Community for Support

Originally published online and in print at The Lincoln News-Messenger July 30, 2009

Sara Lewis Cancer-Free, Thanks Community for Support

For the Lewis family, the past year has been a trying one.

Shortly after Sara Lewis gave birth to her son, Dale; she was diagnosed with leukemia.

Her family was faced not only with dealing with the illness, but with the financial impact of her treatment at Stanford as well.

Lewis told the Lincoln News-Messenger in November 2008 that the family appreciated the town’s support and that she had “a lot of people I want to thank, once I get home.”

Now, eight months later, the Lincoln resident is cancer-free.

She and her family are rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of her serious illness…

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