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snow covered trees and shrubs

October Snow

When ever there is a change in the weather I head out to Black Elk-Neihardt Park in Blair. When the wind comes up, snow falls, leaves change color I’m like a kid at Christmas -I know there will be something spectacular to photograph at my favorite park.

Trail opens acres of park land to view

New vistas are open to view at  Black Elk Neihardt Park in Blair thanks to volunteers who have carved out a new mountain bike  and multi-use trail at the western edge of the park.  The trail opens up acres of park property that have been nearly inaccessible due to dense trees, grass and brush.

Hello Autumn 2020

Tuesday afternoon  I grabbed a lens that I haven’t used in awhile and headed down to California Bend to commemorate the first day of autumn 2020.

Looking for landmarks

Chimney Rock near Bayard, Nebraska is the signature landmark on the Oregon Trail.  The stone column rises nearly 300 feet above the North Platte river valley.  The national historical site  and visitors center is maintained and operated by History Nebraska. The museum inside the center has been expanded and updated. The exhibits are interesting andContinue reading “Looking for landmarks”

Preparation Canyon

Preparation Canyon State Park in Iowa’s Loess Hills is remote, heavily wooded and particularly beautiful in September and October.  

Blair Graduation Scrap book

Blair Class of 2020 graduates finally were able to savor success and gain a sense of closure during commencement exercises held at Krantz field on August 1.  Classroom learning and school sports, activities and events including graduation were all postponed or suspended during the final quarter of the school year. In his commencement address, PrincipalContinue reading “Blair Graduation Scrap book”

2020 Washington County Fair keeps it simple

While many summer activities and events have been canceled due to covid  pandemic concerns, the 2020 Washington County Fair was held pretty much as scheduled.  Featured events included a rodeo, 4H shows, mud volleyball, tractor pulls and a livestock auction. Fair Board President Jason Cloudt said the 2020 fair was successful considering the circumstances.  

Embarrassment of riches

This summer reminds me of the first time I retired many years ago. After a satisfying 32 years of teaching I was looking forward to new opportunities.  Like  most retirees I had a long list of things I was going to “get around to” after I retired.  A good share of those things are stillContinue reading “Embarrassment of riches”

Enterprise Media earns NPA awards

The Nebraska Press Association released the results of the 2019 annual Better Newspaper contest on June 30.  The Washington County Enterprise, Pilot-Tribune and Arlington Citizen earned 24 first-place awards. The Citizen and Pilot-Tribune were both awarded First Place General Excellence in their circulation divisions. Personally, I was pleased to earn the First Place Class DContinue reading “Enterprise Media earns NPA awards”

News Photographer recollects Dana Closing

Ten years ago this week on June 30, 2010 the Dana Board of Regents and Dana Corporation abruptly announced that the 126 year old Lutheran institution would permanently close. As photographer for the Enterprise newspaper I had regularly visited the campus to photograph the annual Sights and Sounds of Christmas, picturesque seasonal campus landscapes, and occasional sports,Continue reading “News Photographer recollects Dana Closing”

May Cruise Night in Blair

If you can drive it, you probably could find it on the streets in downtown Blair on Cruise Night in May.  Another cruise night is planned for July 4 before the fireworks show. The event, organized by Blair resident Matt Saunders, drew hundreds of cars — both classic and modern — that cruised along WashingtonContinue reading “May Cruise Night in Blair”

Niobrara river at Smith Falls SP

Ready to wander

The plastic tiara I am wearing in a photo taken by my daughter announces that I am, “Officially Retired.”  And I am.  -Well sort of.  The tiara was a gag gift from my kids when they unexpectedly showed up at my house to give me a surprise retirement party. For more than seventeen years IContinue reading “Ready to wander”

Trees covered with snow

April snowfall creates silver-white wonderland

  A six inch snow fall late Thursday and early Friday morning created a silver white wonderland in Washington County and the Omaha Metro area.  Early morning light and clearing skies made for a picture perfect walk along paths at Black  Elk – Neihardt Park and Arbor Park Arboretum in Blair.

Winter Band Concert

Blair High School bands presented their annual winter concert in the Lela Neve Auditorium.

Holiday Cheer

The Blair Area Community Band and the Blair Community Choir performed their annual holiday concert  for an appreciative audience in the Lela Neve Auditorium at Blair High school.

Christmas for the Coat

The yearly fundraiser for Joseph’s Coat and the Washington County Food Pantry netted around $34,000.  The Washington County Food Pantry serves 143 families, 366 individual and 12 new families in an average month.

Reindeer Snowman elves in costume

Annual Blair Sugar Plum Festival

Families again filled the sidewalks along Washington Street to take part in the 18th annual sugar Plum Festival in downtown Blair last week.  Highlights included photos with Santa, hayrack rides pulled by horse and tractors, lots of free treats and other goodies, and seasonal music music by local bands and carolers.

cross at twilight

Dana Cross

The setting sun highlights the Dana Cross high above Blair at twilight.

First snow of the year

Photos of light snow icing on trees and playground equipment Wednesday Morning, Nov. 6 at Stemmermann Park and Lions Park Trail at Arbor Park.    

Washington County Strong

Floodwaters inundated the Arlington fair grounds in March, but thanks to the determination of the The Washington County Fair Board and hours and hours of hard work by more than 100 volunteers, the Washington County Fair was held as scheduled July 26-31. I enjoy everything about the fair, but the most memorable event for meContinue reading “Washington County Strong”

Ocean in view!

“Ocian in view!  O! the joy,”  were the words ( and spelling) that Clark penned in his journal on November 7, 1805. He was a bit premature – what he had seen was the Columbia River estuary – not the ocean. Never-the-less he was near the end of his trek to reach the Pacific Ocean. IContinue reading “Ocean in view!”

Blair High School Class of 2019

Family and friends filled the Blair High School gymnasium Sunday, May 19 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Blair High School Class of 2019. Blair Community Schools Superintendant Randall Gilson commended the class members for their many accomplishments in academics, athletics fine arts and extra -curricular activities.  He then told the graduates thatContinue reading “Blair High School Class of 2019”

Washington County athletes compete in State Track and Field Championships

Blair, Fort Calhoun and Arlington track teams qualified 27 athletes for State Track and Field Championship competition at Omaha Burke Stadium on Friday and Saturday, May  17 and 18.  Fort Calhoun runners Zack Marshall and Taya Skelton earned state track gold.  Arlington freshman Kailynn Gubbels and junior Milee Young each took home two state medals.

Fort Atkinson Living History Days

On the first weekend of each month from May until October, visitors to Fort Atkinson Historical Park near Fort Calhoun can experience how life might have been lived at the first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River. The fort was established in 1820 and was active until 1827.  

Fort Calhoun graduates ready to pursue success

During her commencement address, salutatorian Avery McKennan told her classmates,  “ The real world is ahead of us, but I know that our class is full of individuals ready to pursue their own successful futures.”  Congratulations to the Fort Calhoun class of 2019 and best wishes in your pursuit of success.    


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