Category: News and Feature
Blair Show Choir Workshop
Ovation Show Choir stormed the stage at the annual Show Choir Workshop in January. Weathering Storms is the theme of this year’s show. Otte Middle School also performed their colorful monster themed show.
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 who…
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 at…
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 minute…
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 D…
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,…
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 Washington…
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.
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 has…
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.