Celebrating Summertime

Usually by now I have at least one summer travel adventure to write about, but not this year.  One of these days I plan to mount my camper on my pickup truck again and head out for who-knows-where, but not just yet.  For now I will leave the national and state parks to families whoContinue reading “Celebrating Summertime”

March to March: Random thoughts on the COVID year that was.

Last Thursday was a day of personal celebration and reflection. That day, March 11, was the day I received my second virus vaccination. It also marked one year since the corona outbreak was declared a pandemic.   What I most remember about that day a year ago is that I was camping in the snow atContinue reading “March to March: Random thoughts on the COVID year that was.”

The elephant in the room

  Masked supporters and mask-less opponents filled the library conference room last Thursday for a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to require face coverings while indoors in public spaces within the city.  For nearly two hours more than two dozen people spoke for and against the proposal.  Each speaker generally respected the three minuteContinue reading “The elephant in the room”

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.  

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”

Clearing the shelves to support Blair Bakery owners

The Blair Bakery is usually busy on Saturday morning, but nothing like November 23, when cars began arriving before 4:30 and customers lining the sidewalks waiting for Connie Custard to open up so they could buy out the donuts and cookies to allow  Connie to spend time with her husband Jim. Jim, a Marine veteran hasContinue reading “Clearing the shelves to support Blair Bakery owners”