Dr. Wade Herley, dean of business and technology at Northeast Community College, presented Kira Widger of Elgin Public School, and Kason Cline, of Walthill Public Schools, $1,000 tuition waivers following a Media Arts Career Day at the college recently.
Their names were drawn from among the 30 students from 12 schools who participated in the annual event. During the career day, the students had opportunities to participate in sessions in the College’s audio recording technology, broadcasting, digital cinema and media, and graphic design programs.
Long lines of people looped back and forth throughout the auditorium, extending through the doors outside and down the sidewalk.
It was St. Boniface Church’s biggest event of the year—the 94th Annual Thanksgiving Bazaar.
Four serving lines offered a buffet-style meal of traditional Thanksgiving fare and more. The meal included turkey and dressing, original special recipe sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut and ribs, cranberries, gelatin salad, corn, dinner roll and homemade pies and desserts.
The amount of food cooked and served for this year’s bazaar was astounding: 53 turkeys; 59 gallons of home-grown corn; 30 gallons of sauerkraut; 130 pounds of rib meat; 12 gallons of cranberries; four double-batches of Jell-O salad; 500 pounds of potatoes and enough gravy to accompany them; 14 batches of dressing; 588 pounds of ring sausage; 1,500 dinner buns and 1,500 pieces of dessert.
There were six varieties of pies—apple, cherry, peach, sour cream raisin, pecan and pumpkin—and numerous soft desserts.
“We need all our parish members to pull this type of an event off,” Sandy Kallhoff said.
The bazaar committee typically consists of the parish council, altar society president and vice president and a food committee.
“We have a committee meeting in late July and make final plans,” Kallhoff said. “We actually start to place orders for inventory in August, like placemats, and any supplies we need to replace, like roasters, coffee pots and silverware.”
She said the group places a grocery order with Dean’s Market on November 1 for their food supplies.
“We make the Jell-O salad and prepare the bread for the dressing on Wednesday morning,” Kallhoff said. “A shift starts Thursday morning at 5 a.m. to cook the ring sausage. Then we start preparing the food, so it is all prepared by 10:30 a.m.”
Workers are assigned to different areas and given shifts. Serving begins by 11 a.m.
“I have already seen three generations working side-by-side in the kitchen area,” she said. “We serve a buffet-style meal and we involve our students, who pour water and coffee and clear the tables.”
Spanning six generations of parishioners, the annual event has been serving the Elgin community and beyond since 1925.
“They decided to do a fundraiser for the church members,” Kallhoff said of the inaugural event. “The farmers butchered the first hogs on a farm southeast of Elgin. The farm was owned by Frederick Kerkman. I was told it turned out so well that the town wanted to attend so they opened it to the public.”
A few changes have been made through the years, including the number of meals served on Thanksgiving Day.
“Prior to 2012, we served a noon meal as well as a supper meal,” she said. “Due to a lack of workers and an aging parish, we only serve a noon meal now.”
The parish set a record in 1997 with two meals, serving 1,956 people. Since switching to just one meal, the largest number of people served was 1,555.
Between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., volunteers served Thanksgiving meals to a whopping 1,325 guests this year.
That is a lot to be thankful for.
Elgin will host its annual youth shopping and Santa visit on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 4 - 8 p.m.
Kid's shopping vendors include: Dean's Market, Elgin Pharmacy, Avon-Barb Mahnke, Hometown Station, Dollar Store & More, Avon-Karen Koenig and Elgin Bargain Box.
Santa will arrive at 5:00 p.m. via the EVFD.
A soup, sandwich and bars food stand will be put on by the women of Park Center Church from 4 - 7:30 p.m.
The Elgin Pope John and Elgin Public one act teams took to the stage on Tuesday for districts.
Both teams traveled to Central Community College in Columbus for the D2-4 District contest. Pope John earned third place with their performance of "Frankenstein Slept Here" and Elgin Public took fourth with "Squad Goals."
Thirteen district acting awards were awarded to Pope John and Elgin cast members:
Hayley Zegers, Maddie Schrage, Luke Henn, Brynn Dilly, Skylar Reestman, Emily Mlnarik, Natalie Riecks and Allie Selting.
Adam Dreger, Kira Widger, Hunter Reestman, Corey Romej, Kaylee Martinsen
1. St. Edward
2. Lindsay Holy Family
3. Pope John
4. Elgin Public
6. Wheeler Central
7. Spalding Academy
The Elgin Veterans of Foreign Wars Sharkey-Reuss Auxiliary #5816 is hosting a Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday, December 9. The tours will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. that day. This event is a fundraiser for the VFW Auxiliary and is sponsored in part by the Antelope County Visitors Promotion Fund.
Twelve residences will be decorated for the Christmas season. The public is invited to view the homes of Heidi Rethmeier and Jennifer and Dane Nielsen in Neligh. Elgin locations include Jodine & Marvin Meis, Rosie Schueths, Diane & Bernie Kluthe, Yoli & Larry Anderson, Betty & Jim Getzfred, Tina & Blaine Blecher, Jayne & Gary Arehart, Julie Jochum, Jessica & Luke Hinkle, and the public area of Steeple View Apartments.
Tickets will be on sale the day of the tour at the Elgin Community Center. While purchasing tickets and before and after viewing homes, free refreshments will be served.
The VFW Auxiliary is a membership association whose objects are to assist members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and to promote patriotism.
Although they remain open to other ideas, the Elgin Public School board members decided further consolidation talks with Clearwater “would not be substantially beneficial” at this time.
This decision came after the subcommittee report at the regular EPS board meeting last Wednesday.
Superintendent Dan Polk said the general thoughts of the board were that the cons currently outweigh the pros.
“Concerns as to the original district maintaining control, a possible small tax increase, possible loss of jobs and some challenging logistics of what’s been discussed, don’t currently offset the positives of a gain In student numbers and possible gain in class offerings,” he said.
Polk said if the school wanted more offerings, they “could just hire staff and make that happen.” He also said their high school student numbers are expected to grow in three to four years, eliminating concern over student numbers.
“(The board) is still very open to ideas and talking,” Polk said.
Elgin Public earned nine outstanding actor awards, including the best overall male actor, at the Niobrara Valley Conference East One Act Tournament at Elgin Public on Tuesday. Adam Dreger was named the overall outstanding male actor in the conference.
Outstanding actor awards were presented to:
Player 1- Kaylee Martinsen
Player 5 - Theanna Dunn
Student Manager - Jessica Getzfred
Watkins/Blake - Ally Wemhoff
Coach Weebly - Kira Widger
Thompson/Miley - Grace Rittscher
Coach Morrison - Adam Dreger
Player 2 - Cory Romej
Player 4 - Hunter Reestman
The cast performed "Squad Goals," under the direction of Amy Klein and Kerri Drueke, for a fourth place finish.
Pope John High School won top honors in the Niobrara Valley Conference East One Act Tournament at Elgin Public on Tuesday.
The champion cast, under the direction of Karmen Sauser, performed "Frankenstein Slept Here" by Tim Kelly.
Pope John earned eight outstanding actor awards as well:
Baroness - Haley Zegers
Igor - Maddie Schrage
Hanna Hoople - Allyson Selting
Werewolf - Harlie Bode
Medusa - Lauren Seier
Vampira - Breanna Bartak
Phantom Bride - Brynn Dilly
The Invisible Man - Luke Henn
Elgin honored its military men and women at its annual Veterans Day Program in the Elgin Public Gym on Monday morning.
The program began with members of the VFW and American Legion advancing the colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and "Star Spangled Banner."
Elgin seniors Hunter Reestman and Allyson Wemhoff gave the welcome address, and then the Elgin Public band played "With Uncommon Valor" by Todd Stalter.
Pope John seniors R.J. Lierman and Lauren Seier presented a patriotic reading before Elgin Principal Greg Wemhoff recognized the veterans. Rita Wagner of the Elgin Unit 229 American Legion Auxiliary gave the address. Elgin seniors Kira Widger and Kaylee Martinsen followed up the address with a second patriotic reading.
A combined choir of Elgin Public and Pope John singers performed "Tribute to the Armed Services" by Lloyd Larson. The Elgin VFW Auxiliary presented flags to one senior student at each Elgin school.
Allyson Wemhoff and Olivia Lindgren played "Taps" before the colors were retired at the conclusion of the program.
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