The Orchard Band & Choir has had a busy day competing at the District Music Contest! The following are updated results:
7-12 Band - 1
High School Choir - 1
Avery, voice - 1
Kaci, voice - 1
Taelyn, voice - 2
Larissa, voice - 2
Avery and Kaci, vocal duet - 2
Avery, flute - 2
Nalleli, flute - 2
Taelyn, clarinet - 2
Kaci, alto sax - 1
Ryan, tenor sax - 2
Avery and Kaci, woodwind duet - 1
Still left to perform - JoCee and Erin's brass duet.
Newlyweds from Orchard — who were just married hours earlier — came to the aid of an elderly couple last week, leaving them with a lasting impression of kindness.
Bernard and Carolyn Holmberg of Spencer, who will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary in August, were traveling home Wednesday night from Norfolk when they had a chance encounter with the newlyweds.
After a day of doctor’s appointments, the Holmberg’s Taurus struck a deer just west of Neligh on Highway 275 near Bomgaars. It was about 9 p.m. and Carolyn Holmberg said things had taken longer than planned, so they unexpectedly were traveling after dark.
After striking the deer, the hood of their car popped up. Their headlight was also damaged. The 81- and 75-year-old pondered what to do. That’s when a car pulled over to help, and Warren and Tammy Harvey of Orchard immediately offered assistance.
Warren Harvey said he normally takes a different route home, but after signing marriage papers and having supper at the Imperial II Steakhouse, they opted to take Highway 275 home. As it turned out, Harvey said he was glad they did.
“I could see the hood up on their windshield as we drove by. We had to turn around and go back and help them,” Harvey said. “We could tell they were really having problems.”
As Warren Harvey worked to secure the hood of the damaged car, he needed to harness the hood to the bumper. That’s when he reached for his necktie, which was the same time Carolyn Holmberg realized just how special the day was for the Harveys.
“We needed to tie down the hood, so he took his tie off to tie it down,” she said. “I asked him, ‘Did you just come from a wedding?’ That’s when he told me, ‘Yes, ours.’ ”
Harvey laughed while describing his struggle with trying to use his necktie.
“It just wasn’t enough to keep the hood down,” he said with a chuckle. “It just wouldn’t hold it. I ended up having to go get a strap in town, which was tough because almost everything was closed. I finally found one at Cubby’s, but I still kept the tie around the bumper.”
The Harvey’s act of kindness didn’t stop with the hood. Holmberg said the Orchard couple opted to escort them back to Spencer to ensure they arrived safely. Tammy Harvey drove the damaged car and the Holmbergs back to Spencer with Warren Harvey following behind in their vehicle with his flashers on. At about 50 miles per hour, they made the trek to Spencer, just to turn around and go home to Orchard.
“They are such awesome people,” Harvey said of the Holmbergs. “Their car took such a horrific hit from the deer, and we really didn’t want to leave them after the hood was tied down. Their lights weren’t the best, and we wanted to make sure they got home ok.”
During the ride back to Spencer, the Holmbergs inquired about a future wedding reception for the newlyweds and even requested an invitation since they were so impressed by their kindheartedness.
“They just went over and above everything most people would have done,” Holmberg said. “I really want people to know there are good people out there.”
The Orchard Public Library is saddened by the passing of long time Board Member, Martha Drayton. In honor of Martha’s long years of support and service to the Library we will be putting in a Makerspace in her honor. To be named “Martha’s Markerspace,” this will be a cupboard to hold games, puzzles and legos, and other educational entertainment for the patrons. If anyone wants to donate, please make your checks out to the Orchard Library Foundation, with Martha’s Makerspace in memo area.
This is a busy month for the Orchard Public Library. On the 27th and 28th, we will be participating in the Bargain-By-Way at 8 am on Friday and Saturday. We have lots of books looking for a new home, and we also have light covers for a shop light type fixture, plus other items.
The Orchard Public Library Foundation and the Town & Country Club are asking everyone to please save your UPC labels from all Best Choice Products. The money raised will go into the Orchard Library Foundation for future projects and continuing upkeep of the Orchard Public Library. UPC’s can be dropped off at the Library anytime during Library Hour. Thank you.
Lots of new books have gone on the shelf for your reading pleasure. “The Fix” & “End Game” by David Baldacci, “Deep Freeze” by John Sandford; the Games Bible by Leigh Anderson, in Juvenile we have Einstein the Class Hamster and the Very Real Game Show by Jake Tashjian and The Day The Mustache Took Over by Alan Kratz. Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackhall in easy books. And for those people that want to do some gardening, when the weather lets you, that is, we have beds and borders, design ideas for gardens large and small. Don’t forget that we have OverDrive to help those who are unable to make it down to the Library. Hoping the weather will soon improve so you can be out enjoying it.
Four Nebraska Unified-Clearwater/Orchard students have qualified National SkillsUSA after winning their events last week.
Clearwater seniors Andrew Steskal, Liam Odell, and Travis Rudloff took home first place in crime scene investigation and earned a spot at the National Conference. Orchard 8th grader, Madison Melcher qualified for Nationals after winning job skills demonstration - middle school.
The National Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky.
Orchard school board members met for another monthly meeting, with much of the meeting focusing on school updates.
Getting a head start on the 2018 summer projects, Principal Cathy Cooper brought to the board several proposals on updates the school hopes to accomplish before the next year. Discussion of these projects were the focus of the meeting, as board members considered the importance of each. Among the projects, new carpeting, bathroom updates, new door installations, and more were approved to be finished this summer.
Along with building improvements, board president Candice Hoke brought concerns to the board regarding security cameras. She explained that the amount of liability in this day and age concerns her, and that many area schools have benefitted from cameras. All board members agreed that it would be something to seriously look into.
“The thing is, we’re so small now that I can’t say this year there have been times that I would have gone to a camera. But, in years past, I would have. But, right now, we are pretty small,” Cooper stated.
The board requested Cooper look into different options, and that a decision could be made at a different time.
Along with other approvals, a motion was made from DeAnna Clifton and a second from Kristi Schutt to approve the 2018-19 school calendar. Important dates on the calendar are the first school day beginning August 15, Christmas break from December 20 to January 4, graduation on May 11, and the last day on May 17.
The next board meeting is set for May 7 at 5 p.m.
The Aspiring Young Authors Festival was held Saturday, April 7 at Wayne State College. Sixty students attended from thirteen schools. Schools in attendance were Ewing, Grant Elementary in Norfolk, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Lincoln Montessori in Norfolk, Norfolk Catholic, Orchard, O’Neill, Randolph, Verdigre, Wayne, Wheeler Central, Winside, and Woodland Park in Norfolk.
Eight students from Orchard attended: Carter Bergman, Sam Cheatum, Preston Hoke, Owen Jeffords. Carlee Livingston, Omar Mejia Moncado, Ruger Switzer, and Connor Thomson.
Mary Meinking-Chambers and Kristin Ganoung were the featured authors. All students met the authors and participated in break-out sessions with the authors as well as sharing a manuscript they had written themselves.
At the closing ceremony, all students were recognized for their writing talent with a special certificate.
This was the 26th annual Aspiring Young Authors Festival. The goal is to continue bringing nationally known authors and Nebraska authors to our corner of Nebraska to encourage our youth to write for life.
It's not every day Cathy Cooper hears that an entire beef has been donated to her students at Orchard Public School.
But the recent phone call from Bob Ickes is one she would to repeat again. Ickes, along with his wife Shari, children Matt, Adam, Rachael, the late Rebecca and their spouses donated a beef for slaughter for the school.
"I'm so grateful to the Ickes family for the generosity and the support of our school," Cooper said. "Our community has really been supportive of our Beef in the Schools program."
Ickes said he received a letter about the program and immediately felt like "it was the right thing to do" and his family agreed. In fact, he never had to ask. They each asked to be a part to make it a family effort.
"Shari and I went to school in Orchard and our four children went there and enjoyed their time," Ickes said. "Orchard included us and were good to our children. It seemed like something I would be excited to be a part of."
Cooper said because of the donations - from cash to the beef - the school will be able to provide the students and staff home-raised, local beef while getting an educational experience.
"Some of our kids don't ever get true, home-raised Nebraska beef and so, that's exciting. But also, it's educational," Cooper said.
For Ickes, he said it's not just exciting for the school or the students. He said he feels the same way about the program. His beef will be ready for slaughter in late spring and will be ready for lunches in the fall.
"I'm just really excited to be a part of this," he said. "I think this is a great program. To make sure good, local beef is served is really a great thing for Orchard."
If you are interested in donating toward the implementation of the new program, please contact Cathy Cooper via phone at (402)-893-3215 or via email at email@example.com.
Contributors to the Been in the Schools program include: Bank of Orchard, Ben Clifton - $250; Butch's Body Shop, Butch and Terri Hergert - $250; Mitties Gravel, Curt and Connie Mitties - $250; Cooper Farms, Jim and Yvonne Cooper - $250; B&C Ranches, Matt and Tamara Cooper - $150; Jim and Kristi Schutt - $100; anonymous - $100; Mark and Cathy Cooper - $100 and transportation of beef to and from locker; and Bob and Shari, Matt and Lori, and Adam and Lindsay on behalf of the Ickes family - Nebraska-raised beef for slaughter.
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