Dr. Van Vahle, our family physician for a number of years has announced his retirement. Along with being our Doctor, he is also a very good friend. He not only treated us like family but that was his standard for treating all his patients. He is 68 years old and has practiced in Seward since 1971. In 2009 he was recognize as the Nebraska Family Physician of the Year and has received many honors for his work. With our age difference, I always think of him as a young man. In addition to spending more time with family, he also is considering Doctors Without Borders, and other activities that may utilize his many talents. We wish him well and know that he and his wife will enjoy a more relaxed life style, but we will miss him very much. It's one thing to change Financial Advisor, Dentist, Lawyer, or even Minister, but something quite different to change Family Physician.