Blair Balloonist Jaworski inducted into Hall of Fame

Jaworski Hot Air Balloon

Over hill and dale. Rich Jaworski pilots his passengers above the hills north of Blair in March, 2016.

We all look up to Blair balloonist Rich Jaworski when we see his brilliant red and white striped balloon float through the skies over Washington County on a calm morning or evening. Following his induction into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame Enterprise on-line editor and reporter  Leeana Elis interviewed Jaworski, and I searched through my archive for photos I have taken over the years to accompany the article.

I have watched Jaworski and his crew prepare for take off many times, but the most memorable for me was standing in the parking lot of St.Francis Borgia  in the wee hours of a frigid morning in 2007 as the balloonist prepared for a long distance flight.

Congratulations to Rich, and thanks for the joy you provide as we view your balloon floating over the countryside. – Joe Burns

Saturday  Heritge Days

Rich Jaworski greets guests as they climb aboard for a bird’s eye view of Fort Atkinson during Heritage Days in Fort Calhoun.

St Francis Borgia Church hosts sixth annual Thanksgiving feast

Ten month old Sawyer Uphoff celebrates his first Thanksgiving at the annual Thanksgiving Turkey dinner at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. The dinner which is put on by the Washington County Ministerial Alliance and Francs Borgia Catholic Church is free and open to all. Left overs are packaged and distributed by Joseph's Coat and the Washington County Food Pantry. With him are mom and dad Mark and Hope, grand parents Allen and Margaret Stoltz and great grand dad Peter Volk.

Ten month old Sawyer Uphoff celebrates his first Thanksgiving at the annual Thanksgiving Turkey dinner at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. The dinner which is put on by the Washington County Ministerial Alliance and Francs Borgia Catholic Church is free and open to all. Left overs are packaged and distributed by Joseph’s Coat and the Washington County Food Pantry. With him are mom and dad Mark and Hope, grand parents Allen and Margaret Stoltz and great grand dad Peter Volk.

The  Washington County Ministerial Alliance and St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church served up another tasty feast to nearly 700 patrons on Thanksgiving Day.  All of the food was donated, and volunteers from area churches in Kennard, Herman, and Fort Calhoun as well as Blair joined together to organize, cook and serve the meal.

The occasion provides an opportunity for people to come together and share a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings in the true spirit of thanksgiving.

Leftovers were packaged in family sized containers and chilled and then taken to the Washington County Food Pantry.  All uncooked food was also donated to the Food Pantry.

Jaimie Anderson testes gravy prepared by Carol Hartvigsen and Shirley O'Brien. Hartvigsen is a member of First Lutheran Church and O'Brien is a member of St John the Baptist Parish in Fort Calhoun.

Jaimie Anderson testes gravy prepared by Carol Hartvigsen and Shirley O’Brien. Hartvigsen is a member of First Lutheran Church and O’Brien is a member of St John the Baptist Parish in Fort Calhoun.

Ajay Gurdev  holds a takeout  container  and Mandy Tamisea fils with turkey and all the fix in's.  In the background are Wendy Rand and James Crotty.  Rand, who  is a member of Country Bible  was one of eight chairman who help organize and [put on the dinner.  The volunteers typically serve around 200 takeout orders in addition to 500 or more who eat in.

Ajay Gurdev holds a takeout container and Mandy Tamisea fils with turkey and all the fix in’s. In the background are Wendy Rand and James Crotty. Rand, who is a member of Country Bible  Church was one of eight chairman who help organize and [put on the dinner.
The volunteers typically serve around 200 takeout orders in addition to 500 or more who eat in.

Allen and Margaret Stoltz with grandson Sawyer Uphoff.   the Uphoffs  bring Margaret's father Peter Volk to the dinner each year.  Peter who lives and Good Shepherd retirement home enjoys getting out and seeing family and friends.  This was the first Thanksgiving for grandson Sawyer.  Sawyer's parents Hope and Mark Uphoff also attended the dinner.

Allen and Margaret Stoltz with grandson Sawyer Uphoff. the Uphoffs bring Margaret’s father Peter Volk to the dinner each year. Peter who lives and Good Shepherd retirement home enjoys getting out and seeing family and friends. This was the first Thanksgiving for grandson Sawyer. Sawyer’s parents Hope and Mark Uphoff also attended the dinner.