The Awana Club in Bloomfield, sponsored by Community Bible Church, has been meeting at the Bloomfield Elementary School for five years now. Awana is a great group of kids starting with Cubbies ages 3&4, Sparks for grades K-2, and Truth and Training (T&T) for grades 3-6 who spend each Wednesday evening during the school year memorizing Scripture, enjoying games with friends, listening to a variety of speakers, singing songs and growing closer to God each week.
Every year the Bloomfield Awana Club adopts a mission and raises money to donate to at the end of Awana. The kids bring in a mission offering each week and are excited to help others. In past years the kids’ mission offerings have gone to buy livestock for a village in Africa, “Treasures” that are mp3 players with an audio Bible on it (CBC was able to purchase several in a variety of languages), and digging a well for a church planting missionary in Paraguay.
This year the Awana Club decided to make it their goal to help out Glad Tidings Bible Camp. The mission project was to raise money to help purchase a Lily Pad for the camp to put in “Lake Bob”, the pond that is on the camp’s property. Glad Tidings Bible Camp is a local camp here in Knox County. Awana kids earn shares during the year which they can use to go to camp there.
With the Awana year coming to an end on April 24, Pastor Mark McClintick and the Awana kids were able to present Glad Tiding’s camp director Gil Kimmons a check for $250 to buy a Lily Pad for “Lake Bob.”
This project would not be possible with out the generous Awana members that contributed and all the leaders and helpers that stepped forward to work with these kids who are so excited to learn about God.
The final night on April 24 will be an awards ceremony where all the hard work the kids have put in this year will be recognized.
For those who would like to be part of the fun or have children that would like to come, there is a picnic and registration at the city park each fall. The church office can be reached for those interested in more information. Stay updated by visiting the Awana website and Facebook page.
The American Legion Pavilion in Bloomfield has been remodeling the kitchen for the past few weeks, and thanks to local volunteers, the remodel is now complete. Post 249 Commander, Bryan Young said he has been blown away by all the volunteer help that showed up during work nights to help.
New cabinets and sinks were installed, new flooring put down, a fresh paint job, new lighting as well as some old stories told of past pavilion memories.
It was a large group effort as many people stepped up to help with the remodel.
Nick and Rayde Nipp donated an electric stove and refrigerator. Alan Jeannoutot also donated all the plumbing materials and labor to install the plumbing. Scott Ober and Eric Miller played a large roll with their expertise in installing cabinets. Rick Kuchar did the electrical work and Hefner Ace Hardware donated a used furnace and Derek Thiele installed it.
“Many volunteers were essential to the project, including: Ben Lauck, Jennifer Lauck, Todd Sauser, Minnie Sauser, Kristi Wagner, Greg Wagner, Denise Koertje, Jeff Abbenhaus, Kasi Abbenhaus, Jim Cripe, Mark Fehringer, Eric Miller, Scott Ober, Todd Edwards, Alan Jeannoutot, Gabe Lauck, Tyson Sauser. I apologize if I forgot anyone,” Young said.
Funds are still needed to finish paying the remodel bills, those feeling generous can donate by sending checks to Ray Lamb Post 249 PO Box 165, Bloomfield, NE 68718-0165.
After interviewing high school juniors for the American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ State program, Post 249 announced that they will be sending Logan Johnson and Braden Eisenhauer from Bloomfield to the event.
Johnson is the son of Chris and Shannon Johnson and Eisenhauer is the son of Gary and Janel Eisenhauer. The duo were chosen to join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska.
They will head to Lincoln in early June and spend seven days at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on the downtown campus.
According to Legion Post 249 members, the program is designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate.
To be chosen for the honor of attending Boys’ State, the boys were tested on their knowledge of government. The Auxiliary will not be sending any participants to Girls’ State for the second year in a row, due to the lack of applicants.
A semi hauling nearly 40 head of cattle was involved in an accident Sunday afternoon north of Elgin on Highway 14.
According to law enforcement, the front right tire of the truck slipped off the highway. With the ground being soft due to a recent blizzard, the cattle shifted up front and forced the trailer into the ditch as the driver attempted to correct.
The driver was driving a truck from Mark Miller LLC in Bloomfield and was not injured in the accident. The Elgin Fire Department and other volunteers assisted with freeing the cattle from the trailer. The Antelope County Sheriff's Department, Neligh Police Department, Nebraska Department of Transportation and Nebraska State Patrol all responded to the scene.
The accident is being investigated by the Antelope County Sheriff's Department.
Bloomfield Prom had a great turn out last night. Homecoming King and Queen Will Fehringer and Carolyn Nagengast helped crown prom's new king and queen, Mitchell Mackeprang and Adrianna Raygoza.
During the flood in March, many people in Bloomfield tried helplessly to keep their basements dry and sandbag businesses down Broadway Street. The relentless water rose so quickly, no one was prepared for it. The Knox County fairgrounds were no exception as the entire area was flooded.
Jolene Greckle stared in shock outside Harm and Tulleys event center. The water was easily knee deep and the doors wouldn’t open against the weight of all the water.
According to her, flooding of the fairgrounds is nothing new, but the most recent flood was a different category.
With the first horse show in the buckle series coming up, there is much work to be done.
“We pumped 15,000 gallons of water out of there and scraped all the muck out,” Greckle said.
The water left a mess everywhere, the main area as well as kitchen and bathrooms.
“I had to use a mop and bucket to clean it up, I couldn’t just spray it with a hose or I would have just added to the water,” said Greckle.
All of the sand needs to be replaced before the upcoming event. There are some things that will not be fixed in time for the show, like a sprung door but Greckle is confident they can get the arena in good shape before the horse show.
“Some areas need more TLC than others, but we plan to make a list for FEMA and hopefully we get some help,” she said.
The horse show of the buckle series is scheduled for April 20 at 10 a.m. This show usually has a good turnout. People come from Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa to show. It is important to Greckle to make sure everything is in order.
“Some of them are showing for the very first time, we want to treat them like they are special,” she said. “We don’t like to disappoint.”
March "Artists of the Month"
- lower elem., Gavin Chambers, 1st grade, "Color, Collage, & Chameleons"
- upper elem., Kaden Haverkamp, 4th grade, "Warm/Cool Diptych"
- junior high, Tristan Dahlberg, 7th grade, "Martian Landscapes"
- high school, Selma Pena, 9th grade, Acrylic paint
On March 18, Bloomfield’s elementary challenged the high school to a penny war where all proceeds would be donated to their sister school of Niobrara. The goal for each school was to reach $1,000 before April 1.
The high school almost reached their goal, with their change totaling $920.71, while the elementary blew their goal out of the water by earning $2,282.72. The total amount of $3,203.50 was brought to Niobrara school by the elementary student council on April 1.
All of the Bloomfield students were blown away by the amount accumulated just by collecting coins in their classrooms.
The Elementary Student Council is especially thankful to their families, friends, neighbors and everyone who helped raise the money.
Fieldcrest Market and Greenhouse hosted an herbs class and workshop during the weekend. The class was taught by Christina Blume an herbalist who taught at Denver Botanic Gardens for 25 years.
Blume is mother-in-law to Fieldcrest owner Amber Endres. Both Endres and Blume were showered with compliments on the workshop from participants.
The workshop started with participants identifying various herbs by smelling and tasting them. Chives, cilantro, parsley and basil were all laid out on a table and the participants identified each one correctly.
Blume began discussing many different kinds of herbs and educated participants on their various culinary and medicinal uses. Blume went into detail about growing, harvesting and preserving.
She also taught the class how to make their own herb-infused cooking oil and they made French Boursin which is an herb-infused cream cheese spread.
All attendants were given a herb growing kit which they planted while at the workshop.
Nine people participated in the event and all are looking forward to another possible herbs workshop.
“Everyone enjoyed it, they wanted to come back to learn more,” Endres said.
Because of the great feedback, Endres plans to bring Blume back for more classes and workshops.
“There is a lot of interest in a medicinal workshop and a craft workshop,” Endres said.
The medicinal course would include how to make balms and salves. The craft class would consist of creating soaps, lotions and creams.
Endres plans to do these workshops with Blume sometime yet this year, although it hasn’t been decided yet when, Blume hopes to do one in fall. Endres hopes to keep introducing new workshops and classes of all kinds.
“I have so many ideas, but I don’t know quite which ones people would be most interested in,” she said.
It is hard to believe Endres hasn’t owned her location on Broadway Street in Bloomfield a year yet, as she has done so much with her new business.
As her farmers markets last fall and classes throughout the year have gained traction, her excitement for the upcoming planting season is growing.
She is planning on doing a pot painting class in late April, around the same time that she plans to opens the doors of the greenhouse for her inaugural season.
Other ideas for classes including planting classes or fairy garden classes for children and even a Mother’s Day event have been bouncing around in her head. Endres hopes to receive some feedback from the community on what kind of classes they would enjoy going to.
She also plans to team up with Amanda Hanson who sells Thirty-One bags for a ladies night where women can splurge on bags and plants.
Fieldcrest Market and Greenhouse will be open full-time for about six weeks starting sometime in late April or early May. Endres thinks it would be nice to have some sort of class every weekend during the six week period.
Last Wednesday, the Bloomfield Fire Department gathered for practice and announced that Brandon Rosberg was named 2018's Firefighter of the Year.
Rosberg doesn't only devote much of his time to as geting to as many fire calls as he can, but he also is present at every meeting and practice.
"His perfect attendance to meetings and practices played an instrumental roll in him earning this award," Fire Chief Steve True said.
Many citizens may also recognize him from the many events that the Bloomfield Fire Department puts on, as Rosberg is always present.
It doesn't matter if it is a large gathering like a firemans dance or a small bingo gathering at the fire hall, Rosberg is probably devoting his time to the event.
Reed Eckmann and Ralph Jessen were also recognized for their 20 years of dedication to the Bloomfield Fire Department at the meeting.