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What's New

The Friend Area Fund

The Friend Area Fund is dedicated to the improvement and long-term viability of our community and the surrounding area. To learn more, just click here.


New Chamber of Commerce Web Site

The Friend Area Chamber of Commerce now has its own web site. To view it, just click here.


H.A.T.S. - WMH Auxiliary Thrift Shop - opens

H.A.T.S. - WMH Auxiliary Thrift Shop - opened on July 6, 2012 at 1002 1st Street - Old Brothers Equipment Building. H.A.T.S. is open Thursdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Donations are welcome and are tax deductible. To volunteer or donate, call (402) 947-2541.


"Our Place" opens at Warren Memorial Hospital

"Our Place" opened at Warren Memorial Hospital in June 2012. Every Monday and Thursday at 12 Noon, meals available for Citizens age 50+ & Citizens with disabilities. For menu choices and additional information, call the Hospital at (402) 947-2541 before 8:30 a.m. the day of the meal.


Gilbert Public Library updates

On May 16, 2011, Gilbert Public Library added a special link to it's Card Catalog of available books. Click here to see this new feature.


On March 22, 2011, Gilbert Public Library changed it's e-mail to gilbertlibrary@diodecom.net. Click here for more information about the Library.


Friend Historical Society/Warren Opera House update

In February 2010, updated information on the Historical Society and the Opera House. Click here to see it.


Friend Sentinel and Pioneer Publishing become two companies

In April 2009, Karen Knight, owner of both The Sentinel and Pioneer Publishing, sold The Sentinel to Timothy Linscott, who also owns the Wilber Republican and the DeWitt News. In June, The Sentinel moved to its new offices at 108 Main Street.


Local Weather

With Dr. Bill Dailey moved from Friend, it became necessary to find a new source for Local Weather. The Weather Channel once again is the source. A special thanks to Dr. Dailey for allowing us to use the results of his weather station.


Search Friend web site and the Web

Two new search features were added to the web site in February 2007. Visitors can now search the Friend web site. They can also search the Web without leaving the Friend web site. Both of the search engines are powered by Windows Live and are fast as well as powerful.

Be sure to check them out today! They are located at the top of each page.


Maps of Friend

Beginning in late February 2007, three types of online maps were added to the website. Now visitors to the site can view the following maps.

There are quite a few options for each map. Visit the new Maps Page today!


Warren Opera House

In January 2005, a group of concerned citizens formed the Friend Historical Society. Members of the Society saw the need to form a permanent organization to promote the restoration of the Warren Opera House, and have formed the Restoration Committee. The Opera House was generously donated to the Society by the Yokel family, long time purveyors of hardware and furniture in Friend.

The Warren Opera House Restoration Committee (WOHRC) has appointed officers and is proceeding with the project. We are currently working with Mike Lewis, an architect from Des Moines, IA. He assures us that the Warren Opera House is sound, after all these years, and still has a relatively good roof. Remarkably, after years of abandonment, most of the theater seats remain in place. The old stage props are still displayed behind the stage, and the curtain is rolled and stored. Most notable are the hundreds of signatures of traveling actors, local theater troupes actors and band members that still are scribed on the wardrobe room walls. The oldest dates to 1897. . . And, the opera house's winter heat source remains.

To visit the Friend Historical Society's Warren Opera House Restoration Committee website, click here.


New Weather Info Page

Thanks to Dr. Bill Dailey, the Friend website now has a new and improved Weather Info Page. This new page has functioning gauges, which are frequently updated, to show every type of weather related information that you would ever need. It requires the Macromedia Flash 6 player, which you can also download from the new page. Click here to check it out!


Andrew Cemetery Directory

The Andrew Cemetery Board has been planning the construction of a directory for the cemetery. With over 4,000 graves at the cemetery, this directory will be very useful for families, friends and genealogy researchers in locating gravesites. Memorials and/or donations are being sought for this project. If you would like to contribute, please send to Andrew Cemetery, c/o City of Friend, 235 Maple Street, Friend, NE 68359, or bring to the City Hall. If you are giving a memorial, please indicate who it is in memory of. All $100 or more donations will be listed on the directory. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated! Please help make this project something that you, your family, and your descendants can be proud of.


Translate Pages

Visitors can now translate any of the pages of this website into the following languages.

This will make the Friend, Nebraska website more friendly to all of our worldwide visitors.

Road Conditions Update

The state has changed both the telephone number and the website for obtaining up-to-date road conditions as of October 1, 2001. The new high tech weather and road condition reporting system can be reached by phone at 511. It's operational 24 hours a day, 52 weeks a year. In the future the program will also offer construction and detour sites.

The new website for the latest in travel, weather and more is located on the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) web site. You can continue access road conditions from Friend's web site on the General Information Page by clicking on Road Conditions.


Local weather now online

You can now get the local weather, including the extended forecast, right here on Friend's web site. If you want weather information for traveling, just enter the zip code in the box above the Today's Weather in Friend, NE link. To make it even easier, there are links to the weather link on every page.

The weather information is provided compliments of The Weather Channel Online.


Newly remodeled Community Center ready to rent

Thanks to all of the hard work and donations from many of our city's residents. The Community Center, formerly the Grange Hall, is looking better and better. And, you can now rent it for your next meeting or event. The rates are as follows.

Wedding Dances/ Receptions

Set up the night before

$100

$  25 additional

Auctions

Set up the day before

$125

$  50 additional

Meetings - hourly charge (up to 4 hours)

$  10

Anniversaries, Graduations & all other Events

Set up the night before

$  50

$  25 additional

A $100 deposit is required for everything.

Schedule events through the City Hall at (402) 947-2711.


Web Site Receives Award

February's City Council meeting had a special guest. Jenny Overhue, economic research analyst, representing the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) presented the City of Friend with an achievement award offically welcoming the city to the World Wide Web. Mayor Jim Vossler accepted the award on behalf of the city.

In her comments, Ms Overhue praised the city for the work and interest in the web site. She also commented on how lucky the city was having Lee De Bevoise working on the site.

After the presentation, De Bevoise announced that the Friend web site is presently getting approximately 100 "hits" each day.


To have your organization's special event featured on this page, please contact:

City of Friend 235 Maple Street Friend, Ne 68359-1351
Phone: (402) 947-2711 Fax: (402) 947-9041 E-mail: cityoffriend@windstream.net

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