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.

Happy New Year and thank you

Bailey and Gage Hartline
Bailey and Gage Hartline, Fort Calhoun High School Commencement 2014.

 

I enjoyed reading Casey Logan’s article and viewing Greg Higgins’ photos in the OWH Living section this morning.  Higgins’ project that began on Jan 1, 2014 was to photograph daybreak each morning for an entire year.  While Higgins’ failed to complete the entire year, it was a magnificent failure.  Higgin’s photos can be seen at gthfoto.wordpress.com and gthfoto.photoshelter.com

I can identify with his obsession.  Over the past year or so, I have been sharing my images of what I see and experience as I make pictures for the Washington County Enterprise newspapers. Thanks to all who have viewed my images at washingtoncountyjournal.com and for your kind comments.

I am also grateful to the  Washington County Enterprise  Publishing Company for continuing to pay me for what I love to do, and to managing editor Katie Rohman and the editorial staff for continuing to run my photos.

And thank you to the teachers, coaches, administrators, city and county law enforcement, fire and rescue personell and city and county residents who have accepted me, and allowed me to make images.

I look forward to the year to come.

-Happy New Year

The bright red barn serves as a focal point for quilt and garden displays.
The bright red barn serves as a focal point for quilt and garden displays at the  Quilts in the Country quilt and garden show at the home of Doug and Terri Wolfe.
Mutton buster Luke Sharp, Arlington.
Mutton buster Luke Sharp, Arlington. Washington County Fair Rodeo.
Kaleb Sutherland with Zady Lambet, and Charlzie Lambert celebrates victory.
Kaleb Sutherland with Zady Lambet, and Charlzie Lambert celebrates victory following Gatewsy to the West kids waterfight contest.
Neff school house
Neff school house
Kim Szlachetka shows off her catch of the day.
Kim Szlachetka shows off her catch of the day.
Fort Calhoun teachers dressed in fishing attire find a promising "school" of students Thursday morning.
Fort Calhoun teachers dressed in fishing attire find a promising “school” of students Thursday morning.

 

Hooked on learning

Fort Calhoun teachers dressed in fishing attire find a promising "school" of students Thursday morning.
Fort Calhoun teachers dressed in fishing attire find a promising “school” of students Thursday morning.

Opening day at Fort Calhoun Elementary School is always fun. For years, Marti Leishman and Kim Szlachetka have dressed in costume to illustrate an opening day theme, and this year the entire school got into  the act. A group of third through sixth grade teachers and the PE and reading teacher arrived at school in a fishing boat looking for a promising “school” of students.  In addition to the teachers

Marti Leishman greets students as they enter the building on Thursday.
Marti Leishman greets students as they enter the building on Thursday.

wearing and carrying fishing gear, signs throughout the building carried out the  “hooked on learning:” theme.   Have a great year, Fort Calhoun!

Kim Szlachetka shows off her catch of the day.
Kim Szlachetka shows off her catch of the day.
Liz Pemberton carrying her catch accompanies students into the building on Thursday morning.
Liz Pemberton carrying her catch accompanies students into the building on Thursday morning.

Liz Pemberton

Signs on bulletin boards, walls and doors carry out the fishing -and "hooked on learning theme. "
Signs on bulletin boards, walls and doors carry out the fishing -and “hooked on learning theme. “