Blair Otte Middle School, Gateway to the West parade.
Blair High School band, Gateway to the West parade
Jenson Shires Emily and Destiny in front and June and Ebony pull wagon driven by Dean Jensen and Megan Degons. Gateway to the West parade
Kids race to the finish line at the Kids Triathlon
Blair Kids Triathlon
Jim and Judy Pounds in their Model T Roadster.
Rachel Vogt answer questions from beef judge Mike Pallas. Round Robin Competition
Cowboy 5K, Washington County Fair
Kids play in the spray at Christmas in July i Lions Park.
Members of the Sixth Infantry and the 1st Rifle Regiment march in formation during the Independence Day celebration Saturday. Fort Atkinson Living History July 1
Chris Hagemann reads the Declaration of Independence Saturdayn during the Independence Day celebration at Fort Atkinson Living History July 1
Dr. Oxygen, far right, entertains kids with giant soap bubbles at the Blair Library Reading party. A free picnic lunch followed the awards presentation and Dr. Oxygen science show.
Springer Spaniel Clyde springs into the pool during the doggie splash.
Christina Bowser holding moon and Tess Rutledge with the sun and FC elementary teachers arrive at school dressed in costume and ready to celebrate space, the eclipse and launch an exciting new school year.
Kids build sand castles and search for treasure in a gigantic sand pile at the FC Parking lot party Saturday.
Brothers and Fort Calhoun elementary teachers PJ and Michael Mallete help launch a new school year Friday morning.
My co-workers at the Enterprise Publishing Company brought home a load of awards and honors at last week’s Nebraska Press Association Convention in Lincoln. In addition to the sixty-four awards from the Better Newspaper Contest, the Washington County Pilot-Tribune received the World Herald Service to Agriculture and Community Service awards in its circulation category.
I was also pleased to learn that I received the “Sports Photo of the Year” for my photo of USA Triathlon cyclists as they passed through southern Washington County last summer. I also received first, second and third place news photo awards in Class D – which is the class for weekly newspapers in our circulation category.
The majority of the 60 plus honors were awarded to “staff ” – the talented team effort by writers, photographers, editors and visual artists. Well done!
The Adventure Awaits. On opening day, third grade teachers Kim Szlachetka Teachers and Marti Leishman drive past the entrance to Fort Calhoun Grade School ready for new adventures.
Blair Volunteer Fire Department practice burn at 17th and Colfax in Blair
Girl Scouts circle the Christmas tree and sing carols during the Fort Calhoun Christmas Tree Lighting in Market Square.
Fort Calhoun Elementary School teachers arrived at school dressed as characters from the movie UP and as real life and fiction adventurers to the delight of students waiting for the first day of the school year to begin. First instigated by third grade teachers Marti Leishman and Kim Szlachetka years ago, the themed costumes and lessons plans have become a school wide activity.
Fourth grade teacher Liz Pemberton dressed as Meriwether Lewis and Allie Schleifer dressed as Sacagawea with her little boy Jet as Sacagawea’s son Pomp. Allie said that Jet really did enjoy it. “He giggled and cooed the whole time. ”
Allie said, “It’s all these teachers here, one comes up with an idea and the rest of us just roll with it! ”
Teachers arrive o a flatbed float dressed as real and fictional adventurers.
Kim Szlachetka with students as the Adventure Awaits.
Kim Szlachetka greets a student on the first day of school in Fort Calhoun.
Marit Leishman in costume greets students on the opening morning of Fort Calhoun Elementary School.
The Adventure Awaits. Teachers dressed in colorful costumes greet Fort Calhoun Elementary students on the first day of the school year August 15, 2016.
Marti Leishman in costume greets students on the opening morning of Fort Calhoun Elementary School.
Liz Pemberton as Meriwether Lewis and Allie Schleiffer as Sacagawea with Allie’s little boy Jett acting as “Pomp. which was the name of Sacagawea’s son. Sacagawea traveled with Lewis and Clark. “Liz Pemberton was dressed as Lewis so I went as Sacagawea with the baby. He really did enjoy it, giggled and cooed the whole time. It’s all these teachers here, one comes up with an idea and the rest of us just roll with it! ” – Allie Schliefer.
Adventure Awaits, Kim and Marti dressed as characters from the movie Up pass in front of Fort Calhoun Elementary School on the first day for students Monday morning August 15.
Principal Drew Wagner wearing The Adventure Awaits tee shirt greets students on the opening day of school.
Parents and grand parents filled Washington County Bank on Monday morning to hear Blair Community Schools kindergarten students sing holiday favorites.
North School kindergarten singing at Washington County Bank
Fort Calhoun K through 3 winter concert
Otte Jazz band at Good Shepherd Retirement Center.
Otte Jazz Band at Good Shepherd. From left: Kellen Hartzell (tenor saxophone), Shania Stahlnecker (trombone), Benjamin Brunick-Clark (bass clarinet), McKenzi Duncan (euphonium), Max Horak (alto saxophone)
Fort Calhoun winter concert
Fort Calhoun winter music concert
Blair Community Chorus
Fort Calhoun grade school winter concert
Fort Calhoun junior and senior high show choir members sang Christmas Carols during the annual tree lighting celebration in Market Square Saturday evening.
Current and former choir members and friends sing the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah by G.F. Handel.
From left: Brian Sandall, Caleb Sandall, Ian Fowler, Eric Curry, Jake Curry, Corbin Patrick, Justus Kucera and many more current and former choir members sing the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah by G.F. Handel.
Blair Area Community Concert
Joe Chapman plays saxophone with the Blair Area Community Concert
BHS Band Concert
Fort Calhoun Holiday Vocal Music Concert, Phenomenon Show Choir
BHS Band Concert
Guest conductor, Arbor Park music teacher and Blair Alum Kay Dickenson conducted the combined choirs, alumni and friends in a the Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah. The combined performance has been a Blair tradition for more than 50 years.
Christmas, winter, and holiday music filled my December calendar. Here are just a few of the many images that helped to make my season bright.