Walking into The Uptown in downtown Stanton, something is clearly missing. More specifically, someone.
With Rosaline “Roz” Lamson’s sudden death last month, speculation grew on whether Adam Staib would close the doors of their restaurant. Instead, he’s doing the opposite and pouring his heart and soul into building it even bigger — in honor of his wife.
“It’s her legacy,” said Staib, choking back tears. “No, we’re not closing. We’re going to showcase a legend.”
Staib readily admits he’s heartbroken and angry that his partner of 44 years was taken so quickly from him. But just the mention of their love story immediately changes the tone of his voice and brings a smile to his lips.
“We were opposites,” he said proudly. “I could never have done any of this without her. She brought so much out in me.”
The “Roz and Adam” love story began in the 1970s when she was working at the Villa Inn. She fell in love with the restaurant business and him as well. Their idea was unlike anything in Norfolk. They wanted to prepare meals from organic, locally sourced ingredients.
“I knew how to make it successful. She was the face of it. No one could resist her,” Staib said with a sheepish grin.
Together they opened The Uptown Restaurant in Norfolk in September 1981. Staib said his wife enhanced downtown Norfolk’s appreciation of fine wines, music, and art, including the artwork of John Lennon, and Claude Monet.
Staib said her Normandy Tomato Bisque was world famous with the recipe desired by more than he can name.
In 2001, the pair moved The Uptown to Stanton, where they continued providing fine dining and unique dishes.
Working exhausting hours, Staib said The Uptown may be as busy now as it’s ever been. For him, it’s a much-needed distraction.
Another way to deal with his grief, Staib said, is by working on several projects to ensure his wife’s legacy, beginning with offering new items.
Staib said they decided months ago they would start serving Hong Kong Ball Pancakes. They never wanted to serve salsa and chips, but the idea of serving the pancakes with glaze intrigued them both.
“It packs so much flavor and leaves so many things we can do in terms of catering,” he said. “This is something Roz wanted to do, so we’re going to.”
He’s also working on other new baked items, not to mention a cookbook full of her favorite recipes.
While he’s heard many people say some of their favorite dishes are gone, Staib said that’s absolutely not so.
“She had every recipe written down,” he said. “Her legacy lives here in the book.”
A few minutes with Staib talking about his late wife quickly can turn into hours. He has nearly five decades of stories to share from how she started working for him after leaving a difficult work environment to her befriending celebrities, such as Johnny Carson, Doc Severson, Arlo Guthrie, Alexander Payne, and the cast and crew of the film Nebraska, which filmed four days at The Uptown.
Some of Staib’s favorite memories include that of her father, a war hero he had much in common with. That’s another legacy Staib hopes to share with people. But most of all, he wants to create a way to continue talking about his late wife for years to come.
“I cry myself to sleep, but I’ll never forget. Our 44 years were absolutely wonderful,” Staib said. “I’m doing everything I can to keep her legacy going.”
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At about 6:35 a.m. on Wednesday morning the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two vehicle traffic accident on Hwy 24 about three miles West of Stanton, that sent one driver to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
The accident occurred when an eastbound straight truck driven by Gregory Anderson, 54, of Norfolk was turning into a driveway off Hwy 24 and was struck in the rear by an eastbound car driven by Chelsea Musquiz, 24, of Stanton as she went to pass. Musquiz was taken to FRHS by ambulance and Anderson was not injured.
The accident blocked Hwy 24 for more than an hour as the scene was cleared and traffic rerouted. Seatbelts were not in use by Musquiz and airbags did deploy preventing more serious injuries. The Musquiz vehicle was a total loss. Stanton Fire and Rescue and Stanton County Emergency Management also responded to the scene.
Seatbelts are being credited for saving the life of a 37-year-old Stanton woman.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office, Adriana Pinkston was westbound in a pickup on Highway 32 early Tuesday morning when she crossed the eastbound lane and entered the south ditch, rolled the pickup onto its top in a deep ravine.
Pinkston was later transported to FRHS by ambulance. The pickup is a total loss.
The Madison County Sheriff’s office also responded to the accident scene about 7 ½ miles East of Madison.
An Oakland man was arrested Thursday on drug charges
At about 11 p.m. Thursday, the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 40 year old Oakland man of numerous drug charges following a traffic stop near the Hwy 15 and Hwy 32 junction. Joshua Miller was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine, Hashish, Marijauna and Drug Paraphernalia.
Miller was booked on the charges and released after posting a $1,000 cash bond.
Gannon Tighe, a 2017 graduate of Stanton Community School, was officially sworn in as a new Stanton County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Tighe will began his career next week when he begins 16 weeks of law enforcement training at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island.
Gannon is a graduate of Northeast Community College and follows a family tradition, as his father is a Norfolk Police Sergeant and his mother and step father are employed by the Nebraska State Patrol.
On Wednesday morning, just after 9:30 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a one vehicle accident that sent the lone driver to the hospital. Elijah Schoonover, 21, of Omaha was westbound on U.S. Hwy 275 about seven miles East of Norfolk when he lost control of his straight truck and it rolled into the median.
Schoonover was transported to FRHS by ambulance for treatment. Traffic in the area was affected for over an hour as the scene and wreckage was cleared. Stanton Fire/Rescue and Norfolk Fire/Rescue also responded to the scene as did Stanton County Emergency Management. The truck and its contents were a total loss.
Just after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night the Stanton County Sheriff’s office was dispatched to a physical disturbance at a residence in the Country Village trailer court near Woodland Park. Deputies arrived within minutes and found that an adult female had been stabbed in her upper left chest. A 16 year old female was taken into custody after initially being combative.
It was found that she had allegedly stabbed her mother with a pair of scissors during a physical confrontation inside the residence The victim was treated at the scene by Woodland Park rescue and declined medical transport. The juvenile female was booked into the Northeast Nebraska Juvenile Detention Center on felony charges of 2nd Degree Assault, Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony and Terroristic Threats.
On Thursday afternoon at about 5:30 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two vehicle that sent one Norfolk man to the hospital for treatment of internal injuries.
The accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 275 and 561st Avenue about three miles East of Norfolk, when a pickup driven by Douglas Risinger, 60, of rural Norfolk turned south off Hwy 275 into the path of an eastbound SUV, driven by Kurt Hansen, 56, of West Point. Risinger was transported to FRHS from the scene by Norfolk Fire and Rescue and Hansen was treated at the scene and declined medical transport.
The Hansen vehicle started on fire and the front end was completely engulfed in fire on arrival of the first Sheriff’s unit. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and airbags deployed in both vehicles lessening more serious injuries. The eastbound lanes of Hwy 275 were blocked for over an hour as traffic was rerouted.
Stanton County Emergency Management also assisted at the scene. Both vehicles are a total loss.
The execution of a search warrant in Stanton late Saturday night led to two arrests.
Just after 10 p.m., the Stanton County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at a residence on 10th Street in Stanton. As a result of that warrant service, two Stanton men were arrested on drug related charges.
Jesse Weis, 30, was also arrested on a felony charge of Unlawful Intrusion, for secretly videotaping a female acquaintance while she was undressed using a hidden camera. Weis was also charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug paraphernalia.
Joshua Deiterman, 31, was arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Manufacture and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A Marijuana grow operation was found in a room in the basement of the residence that Deiterman took responsibility for implementing.
Deiterman was booked on the felony charge and later released after posting a bond. Weis was jailed pending an initial court appearance. Both men are employed at the Norfolk Regional Center Sex Offender’s unit as Security Specialist.
A Texas man was arrested early Sunday morning on a felony arrest warrant from Texas.
On Sunday morning at about 3 a.m., the Stanton County Sheriff’s office stopped a vehicle acting suspicious in the area of the Little Store in Woodland Park. The male driver and female passenger attempted to switch driving positions when contacted.
The male driver, Kalin Bennett, 18, of Fort Worth, Texas was found to have a felony arrest warrant out of Tarrant County, Texas for Escape from custody. Bennett was taken into custody on the warrant and jailed pending an extradition hearing. He was also cited for not having a valid operator’s license. The female passenger was released from the scene.