Senior Living

BILL PAY... MAKES PAYING ANYONE A BREEZE! Bill Pay... designed for you! Now you can electronically pay your bills without the hassle of sorting through statements, writing checks and paying for postage. After a few quick set- up steps you’ll have full access to your biller list, payment history, pending payments and bill reminders. It also assures you your bills will be paid on the date they give to you! It’s Fast With Bill Pay you can set up recurring payments and receive eBills as soon as they are posted. It’s Easy Pay a bill by selecting your biller, entering an amount and selecting a payment date. It’s that easy! It’s Secure Paying bills online is more secure than mailing paper checks, helping to reduce your risk of fraud and identity theft. If you’re already signed up for online banking you can log-on and click the bill pay tab, sign up for Bill Pay and begin entering your billers to pay your bills. It’s easy and fast! To sign up for Online Banking call Customer Service at 308-384-4323 or stop in any branch and a customer service or new accounts representative will help you. It’s easy and you’ll love the results. Enroll Today!!! For more information or to make reservations in Grand Island, call Deb at 308-389-8760. Open a Golden Club Account and experience the best full featured checking account in Nebraska and it’s Free! January 3 - 25, 2019 Discover the land down under with the No. 1 North American cruise line in Australia. Spend three days exploring the Melborne area including the famous “March of the Penquins”. From there we will fly to Sydney, where we will spend 3 days to enjoy the area including a Sunset Dinner Cruise. Following our exciting land tour of Australia, we will enbark on a wonderful 12 day cruise that will circle New Zealand with great stops to enjoy the beauty and history of this interesting country. Limited space is available, so sign up soon! Please note that a passport book and Visa are required for this tour. Reservations as space is available. A USTRALIA O UTBACK A DVENTURE AND N EW Z EALAND C RUISE T OUR (7 NIGHT AUSTRALIAN LAND TOUR AND 12 NIGHT NEW ZEALAND CRUISE ON THE MAJESTIC PRINCESS) 2015 N. Broadwell Avenue 3111 West Stolley Park Road 2009 N. Diers Avenue 518 N. Eddy Street 308-384-5350 www.theindependent.com The Grand Island Independent THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 6A SENIOR LIVING A (leather) labor of love By James L. Dean For The Independent L illian Cronin loves leather and sewing and browsing thrift stores and garage sales. She saw many leather coats and vests for sale and wondered if she could sew supple, recycled hides into something new. When she started to experiment, she learned the leather was workable. That soon led to making purses and a stronger sewing machine. The various types of leather and finishes — from smooth to embossed to sueded, plus exotics like reptile skin — in- trigue her. She also snaps up tapestry fabric and denim. At first, she said, she had no idea what to do with her creations. “I made them for myself, and I still wear them,” she said. “For two years I donated purses every month to Hope Harbor.” Then an area fitness center asked their clients to donate used purses, resulting in a large donation to Hope Harbor. “So, I thought, ‘Time for me to take a breather,’” Cronin said of her donations. But her production continued. In addition to purses, her basement “junk room” and upstairs “playroom” deliver a steady stream of leather items and pressed flowers combined with handmade paper to create note cards and bookmarks. Her leather manufacturing now includes comb holders, eyeglass holders, notebooks, toolkits, pencil stands and even a flask holder. H er talents have been officially recognized at the Nebraska State Fair. er 11 entries last year received 10 blue ribbons. Cronin also received a medallion and a $20 prize for being the oldest entrant. Many of the smaller items are decorated with intricate patterns burned into the leather with a stamping tool. Birthday party Lillian Cronin — aided by her son and his wife, Michael and Jeanne Cronin — will host a party celebrating her 92nd birthday. Guests will be able to enjoy refreshments and browse through her many unique creations. TIME & DATE — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, May 18-19 PLACE — 1803 S. Arthur in Grand Island. Grand Island’s Lillian Cronin (above) creates purses (left) and other leather items from repurposed vests and jackets. She also works with denim, tapestry fabrics, pressed flowers and handmade paper. For The Independent/ James L. Dean Lillian Cronin, 92, remains energetic in creating unique purses, note cards and other items Continued on the next page

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