The World-Herald asked readers to tell us about their community pride to win tickets to an early performance of “The Lion King,” which runs through April 7 at the Orpheum Theater. Francine K. McPhaull won the contest in a random drawing. Visit www.ticketomaha.com or call 402-345-0606 to purchase tickets. Here’s a sampling of the submissions.
In my community of Bennington, I am most proud of the way people look out for each other. I live alone and my neighbors are always taking care of me. One plows my drive, one works on my equipment when necessary, one works on my car, one helps with my garden and they are always calling when there is a storm to see if I am OK. I can’t imagine ever living anywhere else. I, in turn, will help run kids, watch pets and share my garden goodies, fresh and canned. I feel comfortable that I can call anyone at any time for help.
— Sally McElroy, Bennington
For me as a non-native, it is the friendliness of the Nebraskans!
— Jens Stottmann, Omaha
I am proud of the supportive community that we live in. There are still some good-hearted people out there. Not all of Omaha, and the surrounding areas, are violent places. I have lived here all of my life, and I will always call it home!
— Dyan Frank, La Vista
I am most proud of the youth activities within Omaha. We are a military family and having a youth sports program to enroll my kids into made the transition so much easier when we moved to Omaha. They found activities that were encouraging, built self-esteem and created friendships. What an honor it has been to now call Omaha our hometown after serving 21 years in the Army.
— Jamie Ingraham, Bellevue
I was born and raised in South Omaha, and I currently live and work in South Omaha. You could say that I’m South Omaha proud. South Omaha is such a dynamic place because of the blending of cultures that you can find there. I can stop at the Lithuanian Bakery on my way home from work, or grab some tacos at any number of restaurants. The Vinton Street corridor is becoming a hip new home for fine art, and South 24th Street is on fire with fantastic Mexican folk art. Nowhere else in Omaha is it possible to have such a blending of cultures that produces such a dynamic effect. I love South Omaha!
— Laura Snyder, Omaha
I’ve only lived in Omaha for a few years, but I have come to take such pride in where I live! It is beautiful here, and I have never met better people. So glad that this unexpected future came to be!
— Tamra Butler, Papillion
I’m proud to live in York for many reasons. The schools are superior, providing academic opportunities and also many activities too. The website of York Public Schools keeps grandparents and others up to date. You can even watch the sports games and music programs on the website if you are not able to attend. This allows extended family members who don’t live in York to enjoy the activities too. The community watches out for each other, which means so much. Geographically, we are on Interstate 80 and close enough to visit Lincoln and Omaha often. How much better can it get?
— Lynda Zieg, York, Neb.
I am most proud of Auburn’s Legion Memorial Park. During federal holidays, the Avenue of Flags is displayed. The Avenue of Flags is more than 800 American flags displayed in and around Legion Park. Each flag represents a deceased American veteran. In most cases, the displayed flag is the burial flag of that veteran. We also have a new veterans memorial with names of veterans and military scenes engraved in stone. Legion Park includes a band shell, a WWII era tank, playground equipment, a gazebo and picnic facilities. Veterans Day and Memorial Day programs are held in the park. The park is located along Highway 75 so people traveling through Auburn have easy access.
— John Collins, Auburn, Neb.
When I was about 5 years old, we came to Omaha for a family reunion. My parents took me to the zoo, which consisted of a few small cages at the bottom of a hill. The animals, monkeys, tiger, bear, etc. were side by side in their shaded cages. Dr. Lee Simmons was our zoo director with a dream. We now have the Lied Jungle, the Desert Dome, the aquarium and the aviary, all in a beautiful setting that my children and grandchildren and friends have enjoyed. We are so proud of the best zoo in America thanks to now-retired Dr. Lee Simmons. We visit often.
— Betty Kvetensky, Omaha