Summer snapshots, Washington County 2017

Enterprise Publishing earns awards at NE Press Convention

Omaha Triathlon

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!


Adventure Awaits at Fort Calhoun Elementary School

The Advnture Awaits, FC School first day
Adventure Awaits as Kim Szlachetka and Marti Leishman dressed as characters from the movie Up pass in front of Fort Calhoun Elementary School on the first day of school  for students  on Monday morning August 15.

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! ”

The Advnture Awaits, FC School first day
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.

State Wrestling Tournament

State Wresting finals
Sophomore Walker Moore works for points against Gretna’s Trevor Fauver in the class B 106 pound state championship match at CenturyLink Center in Omaha

A total of 18 Washington Count wrestlers – ten from Blair, four from Fort Calhoun and four from Arlington took part in the state tournament at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.




Fort Calhoun fish fry

January in the mirror

A handful of photos from Washington County events in January 2016

Holiday Musical Feast

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.