The Bloomfield FCCLA chapter hosted their second annual Glow Run on June 13 2019. There were 59 people signed up and 56 participants. First place went to Dawson French and second place went to Tyler Hanson. The Bloomfield FCCLA would also like to thank anyone who participated or helped our event.
The Bloomfield High School Class of 1974 met on the evening of June 14 at the Rolling Hills Golf Course. Those attending were: (Back row L to R) Celeste Atherton Rogers, Krista Fricke Kohles, Pat Cordes-McDonald, Diane Greckel Gieselman, Georgia Koertje Jenness, Barbarb Ketelsen Kauth and Sharol Braunsroth Wilson.
(Front row L to R) Alan Buschkamp, Keith Koertje, Cindy Goeden Weiland, Pat Mathine Kauth, Joann Sonnichsen Fischer, Randy Hanson and Roger Palu.
Good Samaritan Society- Bloomfield has been recognized as a 2019 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. The program, presented by the leading association in long term and post-acute care, honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their dedication to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Administrator, Kyla Sprakel is very excited about receiving the Bronze Award, as it is a First for our Facility. Our Team worked very diligently to prepare for this Prestigious Award as you had to be a 5-star facility and sustain the rating for a certain length of time, to even apply for it. We were notified that we were eligible to apply for the Award and thus, the written process began.
The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.
The Award Program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, Good Samaritan Society- Bloomfield may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award criteria.
“I applaud Good Samaritan Society- Bloomfield for taking this important step towards quality improvement,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I encourage Good Samaritan Society- Bloomfield to continue on its path to achieving the highest of quality care.”
The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 70th Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida, October 13-16, 2019.
Joseph Maule Funeral Procession
Joseph will be departing Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home in Norfolk, Nebraska at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019.
He will process north on Highway 81 to Highway 84 to Bloomfield City Cemetery, Bloomfield, Nebraska, with approximately 50 to 100 Legion Riders paying tribute to him. The public is invited to line Main Street and welcome Joseph home at approximately 12:15 p.m.
Joseph will be escorted by Bloomfield Fire Department and will have funeral blocks by Nebraska State Patrol and County Sheriff Departments.
Graveside services for USN Seaman First Class Joseph Maule will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday June 20, 2019, at Bloomfield Cemetery in Bloomfield, Nebraska.
Military Honors will be provided by the United States Navy Funeral Honors Detail, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4996, American Legion Post 249, and American Legion Riders.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield, Nebraska is in charge pf arrangements.
Joe died on December 7, 1941, while serving his country at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Joseph Keith Maule was born in Bloomfield, Nebraska on March 20, 1923, to Anton and Ellen Maule (deceased). He had five siblings who are all deceased: Donald (Eva), Vlastimil (Ramona), Antoinette (Willard) Drobney, Bonnie (Foam) Ellis and Elizabeth (Cammy) Cull. Uncle Joe is survived by his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and even his great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Joe enlisted in the Navy in Omaha on January 6, 1941, at age 17, and reported to duty aboard the USS Oklahoma on May 8, 1941.
On December 7, 1941, the USS Oklahoma was moored in Berth F-5 in Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor Honolulu, Hawaii when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. The first torpedo hit just before 8:00 a.m. followed by multiple torpedoes which caused the USS Oklahoma to quickly capsize resulting in the deaths of its 429 Sailors and Marines. Sf1 Maule was reported “missing” and later classified at “killed in action.” The majority of the 2,408 souls lost that day were buried in mass grave sites in Hawaii. The family was told his remains were “unrecoverable.” Joe’s parents and siblings wished their entire lives that Joe could be brought back to rest in Bloomfield. That wish is finally coming true some 78 years later.
Around 2014 the Navy contacted the Maule family and collected DNA from nephew Joseph Keith Maule, niece Jane Mattern, and niece Judy Drobney-Taylor. Joe’s remains were sent to Omaha and finally identified last year.
Lucille and LaVern Kauth have always been eager to help their church. So when Lucille passed away, LaVern donated part of the memorial money to First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield for a new sound system.
“They were very involved with the church, always has been,” their daughter Melissa Erlenbusch said.
The project was also funded by the Rachel Mumm Carlow memorial and a general memorial fund the church has.
Kauth’s grandson, Alex Bartlett came from Aberdeen, SD to donate his labor to install the sound system. Bartlett works installing sound systems in Aberdeen and was more than willing to come back to Bloomfield to help install the new system.
Bartlett said his donated labor was worth roughly $1,200 and there was donated equipment on top of that.
“I grew up in Bloomfield and wanted to help my grandpa’s church,” he said. “I wanted to make sure everything was done right while installing the sound system the first time.”
The new system includes better microphones, a new mixer and there will also be a link to the fellowship hall. This way, when someone needs to excuse themselves because of a child or any other reason, they can still hear the sermon.
“It was a nice upgrade, it’s putting us in the right direction,” Reverend Jacob Bobby said.
On Saturday, the Harm and Tulley Event Center hosted the series finale of the belt buckle series shows.
Exhibitors from around the region competed in April, May and June shows compiling their points for the Grand prize in each age division for the custom buckles. These young competitors had a challenge before them, with over 580 entries and 100 exhibitors, only one in each age division could be named Grand Champion.
Contestants had a wide variety to earn their points by entering in halter classes to English pleasure to the timed events such as barrel racing. The top Point earners for the show series in the 16 and over age division Buckle Sponsored by Brunswick State Bank was Taylor Bolling of Clearwater, 11 to 15 age division Buckle Sponsored by Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Emily Ahlers of Clearwater, 10 and under Buckle Sponsored by Knox County Farm Bureau Federation, Maggie Robinson of Norfolk.
Sponsors for the Reserve Champion Awards are Bank of Hartington, Jerry’s Service, Farmers and Merchants Insurance, Commancheros 4-H Club and Greckel Farms.
Reserve Champion 16 over, Sadie Smutny of Meadow Grove. Reserve Champion 11 to 15, Jenna McDonald of Randolph. Reserve Champion 10 and under Ellie Foxhoven of Crofton.
These talent filled shows bring in competitors both locally and from around the region making the Buckle series one of the highest competitive levels found in an Open Class Horse Show in the area. With generous sponsorship from local individuals and businesses in the area we are able to bring in top-caliber judges certified some in AQHA and NRHA events to better serve the level of performance buy these young exhibitors.
These shows not only serve as a showcase for young professionals to display their hard work with their horse project but as a practice event for the Nebraska 4-H Horse Expo. We have created a new class The District Challenge, never before seen in a show specifically designed to help these exhibitors at districts so that they may advance on to state.
Due to the popularity of the district challenge, a new show has been added to the schedule on June 29. A pre-state show specifically centered around enhancing the performance of the exhibitors who will be going to Fonner Park to compete for the state title. Generous Sponsorship, Top-level Judges and many hours from Harm and Tulley Volunteers combined together in these series shows provide for an exceptional learning environment as well as recreation for these young Showman.
Before any of these young showman get to roll into Fonner Park for the State Finals they must first qualify in their respective events and or pass a Level 2 or higher exam. The district or qualifying show will be held in Bloomfield on June 10 at the Harm and Tulley event center and will start at 9:00 a.m. Classes such as Horsemanship and Pleasure classes both English and Western discipline will be showcased, so be sure to stop by this free to spectators event and see some of these best riders Nebraska has to offer.
After 78 years, a Bloomfield sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor is coming home.
Navy Seaman 1st Class Joseph K. Maule will be buried in Bloomfield on Thursday, June 20, surrounded by family, Navy officers, veterans, honor guard, American Legion Riders and many from the community. Maule, son of Anton and Ellen Maule, was just 18 years and had served in the Navy less than a year when he perished in the attack on Dec. 7, 1941.
After extensive DNA testing, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Aug. 8, 2018 that Maule’s remains were positively identified.
Cindy Maule, who is married to Joseph’s nephew Joe Maule, said it’s a dream come true to bring Joseph’s remains back to his hometown for his burial.
“This has been a dream of my husband’s, as well as his aunts and uncles. They’ve all passed, and the nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews have all shared this same dream,” she said. “Joseph is finally coming home to Bloomfield.”
Cindy Maule said Legion Riders will escort the remains from Omaha Thursday morning. The service at the Bloomfield Cemetery will begin at 1 p.m. Joshua Maule — Joseph Maule's great-nephew — will give the eulogy. The Maule Sisters will perform three songs a cappella — “Amazing Grace,” “Anchor’s Away” and “America The Beautiful.”
The public is encouraged to not only attend the memorial service, but to also line the streets with flags to pay respect to Maule as he is escorted into Bloomfield. The route and time will be announced at a later date.
“We hope to see many people from Bloomfield and the area honoring Joseph,” Cindy Maule said. “It’s such a wonderful thing for Joseph to be coming home to Bloomfield.”
Maule was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Maule.
From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.
In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks.
The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Maule.
Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.
To identify Maule’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.