Crete Mayor presents Cornerstone Award to Belohlvay couple at Crete Chamber of Commerce banquet

Crete Mayor presents Cornerstone Award to Belohlvay couple at Crete Chamber of Commerce banquet
Crete Mayor Roger Foster (left) presents the Cornerstone Award to Janice Belohlvay (right) at the Crete Chamber of Commerce banquet on Jan. 24. Photo via City of Crete website.

CRETE, NE – Crete Mayor Roger Foster recently presented the Cornerstone Award to Janice and the late Roger Belohlvay in honor of their commitment to Crete and the business community.

“The importance of it is to give the award to an individual or to a business that is doing the things that are needed in the community,” Foster said.

Foster made the presentation at the annual Crete Chamber of Commerce banquet on Jan. 24 at the Perry Campus Center on the Doane University campus.

The Cornerstone award from the the mayor and City of Crete recognizes individuals and businesses for their efforts and commitment to community betterment.

The Belohlavys owned and operated Turkey Creek Furs in Crete for almost 30 years, occupying a commercial spot just off of West Highway 33. Turkey Creek Furs was a place for buying furs and deer hides, retail sales of cellphones, livestock feed, hunting supplies, and bait and tackle.

The business also served as a U-haul rental location and recycling spot for aluminum cans and batteries.

The couple operated Turkey Creek Realty from their Main Street office beginning in 2014. Roger Belohlavy also maintained his family farm, which surpassed 100 years of family ownership.

“I think being in the businesses they were in, they saw the need for so many years,” Foster said. “They really were instigators in making sure those needs were fulfilled.”

The Belohlavys began pursuing opportunities for their property on Crete’s west edge a couple of years ago, working with city officials in the process. After Roger Belohlavy died in June 2018, Janice continued those efforts.

Foster said he received a letter from the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority on Dec. 17, notifying the city that it has issued a conditional reservation of tax credits for Belohlavy Estates in Crete, an advantage for developers involved.

“This award is typically given to people that are not in the business of looking for awards,” Foster said. “They do things in the interests of everyone else.”

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