July 16, 2014 By Karpf
By Cindy Spencer
Janet (Lind) Kindred Ewald was born to Reuben and Maribelle Lind, a farm family living in the Mitchell-Morrill area. Janet graduated from Mitchell High School. She was separated from the Morrill School District by the width of the road. Her side went to Mitchell, the other side of the road went to Morrill High School. Janet worked at the Morrill A & W Drive-in from 8th grade until she left for college. She has been a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church her entire life and serves as their organist and pianist.
Janet married Gene Kindred and they raised two children, Michelle (Dave) Hill and Mike (Jessica) Kindred. Gene was a Manager for Simplot when he died in 2000. They were married for 30 years.
In 2003, Janet and Dallas Ewald were married and she welcomed TJ (Tashia) Ewald and Mika Ewald into her family. Dallas and Janet have six grandchildren. Dallas is the biggest supporter of Janet’s leadership roles in the community and the church. Together they enjoy cruising their classic cars around the country. They are members of the High Plains Auto Club in Scottsbluff, NE.
Janet was there in June of 1990 when Dr. Ed Nelson from Chadron State College gave a Leadership Seminar, suggesting that in order to promote and enhance the Morrill Community, interested participants should start the” Friday Morning Breakfast Group”. That group was organized on July 13, 1990 and still meets early every Friday morning. Janet has retained the office of Secretary for the group during this entire time.
From that initial group came the creation of Morrill Appreciation Days, in June of 1992. The name was changed in 1998. The name was selected by public input and Peggy Fulk of Morrill was selected as the winner with her suggestion of “Horse Creek Rendezvous”. The date was also changed to July 18, 1998 and it continues to be celebrated today on the third Saturday in July.
Janet was also involved on the “ground floor” of the organization of the Morrill/Lyman/Henry Foundation (MLH) in 1990. The goal of MLH was to establish and promote businesses in the Morrill/Lyman/Henry area. Janet has served as the Secretary/Treasurer since the inception of MLH and also has served as a director. She is the Horizon West Medical Group/Morrill Clinic Community Representative and the Treasurer of the Forest Lawn Cemetery Board.
Janet is still heading up the Rendezvous Day committee and conducts the Friday Morning Breakfast group weekly. Janet works full time for Platte Valley Financial Service, Inc. Her titles there are Senior Vice President and Corporate Internal Auditor/BSA Officer – Nebraska Banks. Her office is in the Platte Valley Bank in Morrill, NE. She was awarded “Member of the Year” by the National Association of Bank Women – Western Nebraska Group in 1988.
Janet is going to retire from her leadership role in the Friday morning breakfast group, now called the Morrill Community Development Group or MCD. She has served her community well, but feels it is time for younger members of the community to step up and continue the Horse Creek Rendezvous. The event is entirely planned by the Friday morning breakfast group. The group is seeking younger members and their input to continue this great community tradition. If new members are not forthcoming, Ewald feels this could be the last year for the event in Morrill.
We sincerely thank Janet Ewald for her dedication to the Morrill Community. Her tireless efforts to promote community activities and improvements are deeply appreciated. Congratulations to Janet as the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Horse Creek Rendezvous.
Shown here with her 8 year old son Zavior Castillo, is the Mitchell Area Foundation and Pinnacle Bank Artist of the Month, Ashley Castillo. She enjoys working in many mediums and has presented us with a very colorful and interesting display for the month. Her work will be in the bank until August 6. Stop in and take a look, we are sure you will appreciate this sampling of her work.
Mitchell Area Foundation and Pinnacle Bank
Artist of the Month – Ashley Castillo
“Art can be described in many ways by artists, each with their own technique and with a different opinion-when in all actuality there is no wrong way to create art nor is there an exact definition for what art is and can be.”
Ashley’s compositions are forms of free expression and are a way to escape everyday life. Most of her paintings are realism, however, she wouldn’t classify them as traditional, but instead these pieces would be best described as impressionism with some abstract, and a binding sense of surrealism. She displays a broad range of mediums in this exhibit. She feels compelled to search, to find the beauty in everything, and to look beyond just seeing.
Ashley R. (Neu) Castillo, was born and raised in the panhandle of Nebraska, where she lived a majority of her life in Morrill. Her parents, Gerald and Teri Neu, raised her with a strong love for the arts. Her mother instilled a love of drawing at a young age, while her father encouraged her to pursue music. She enjoyed drawing and painting until she discovered her “eye” for photography.
In 2003, she married her childhood sweetheart and has three boys with him: Seth, Zavior and Aiden. In 2005, she and her family moved to northern Alabama, where she attended Calhoun Community College. She obtained an Associate in Photography and Film Communications degree. After graduation in 2011, Ashley went on to major in Studio Art. During her time at Athens State University, Ashley played the role of Vice President for the Art Club and was honored to be the official photographer for the 150th Anniversary of the Madame Childs Celebration. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude in 2013 with a Bachelor of Art (Studio) and a minor in Art History degree. She’s earned several honorable mentions and has won countless contests in photography and in fine art.
She currently resides in Mitchell. Her future plans include finishing her MFA and one day, she hopes to open a little gallery/studio, where she can teach art to all those intrigued enough to learn.