The 2018 Appreciation Dayz has come to end. The evening ended with Capital Nine closing out the street dance on Broadway.
The alumni banquet started the evening off at the high school along with the DJ Casey Rossiter. Thecalcutta auction was held to sell off the top 30 ducks for the races with the money raised going towards the Bloomfield Community Club.
Following the auction, a lip sync battle took place prior to Capital Nine taking the stage. Amanda Hanson took the win.
Several classes held reunions around the area as well.
Mud volleyball kicks off Saturday's events at Appreciation Dayz in Bloomfield.
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By Trisha Zach
The City of Bloomfield and Bloomfield Community Schools are working to improve student safety by creating a one-way street during school months.
Shane Alexander, superintendent of Bloomfield Community Schools, brought after-school traffic to the Bloomfield City Council’s attention during last week’s meeting.
“We have had people drive around buses, on curbs, on the grass to go around the bus with the arm out,” Alexander said.
Alexander and other school faculty think making McNamara Street a one-way will put a stop to drivers breaking rules and endangering children.
The part of McNamara stretching form Ciro Street to Elm Street is the area pointed out by Alexander. This section from the track to the bottom of the elementary school parking lot is already a one-way while the buses are loading, but faculty would like it to become a one way permanently, he said.
The council had concerns that during the slippery winter months this section of McNamara Street is needed as some people cannot make it up the steep streets elsewhere.
The council agreed that the children are at risk, and said there needs to be improvements to ensure their safety.
After some deliberation, the council agreed that McNamara becoming a one-way during school months from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. would be an appropriate solution.
The city will have a resolution written up to be approved at the next council meeting in July.
Dog and Cat Ordinance Changes
The council also approved changes to the city dog and cat ordinance. Definitions were put into the ordinance to make wording a little more clear.
A “kennel” is now defined as any maintenance of four or more dogs or cats in excess of six months of age, per family or residence. “At large” is now intended to mean the dog or cat is off of the property of its owner, keeper or harborer.
The ordinance for acquiring a license for your pet has changed from 30 days to 10 days after acquiring the dog or cat.
Added to the ordinance is a portion stating that any dog or cat suspected of having rabies or not vaccinated which bites and breaks the skin of any person will be impounded under the supervision of the Board of Health for a period of at least 10 days.
If the dog or cat who has bitten a person is licensed and is deemed fit for release, the pet may be released to the owners. If the pet is not deemed fit or not licensed they will be disposed of.
Uncollared pets and pets at large are considered a public nuisance and will be impounded and a police officer may issue a citation.
Police also have the right to destroy any dog or cat that shows vicious tendencies. It is unlawful to kill, poison, injure or maim any animal, whether it belongs to you or not.
Citations will be given to dog owners who fail to silence or restrain a pet who barks, howls or yelps loudly and disturbs the neighborhood.
It is unlawful to allow your pet to destroy any personal property belonging to another person. It becomes the owners liability.
Any dog or cat owner must pick up after their pet. They must remove feces from public and private properties, citations will be given to all violators.
Stingers One Stop is now open and the council approved a class B liquor license. This license is for beer only, for consumption off the premises.
Well 2003, which had a clay valve has now been approved for a soft start. Parts have been ordered and the well will be back up and running soon.
The council was still waiting for all the Stand Pipe Hill bids to come in, but decided to go with the cheapest one once all bids had been received.
The council decided to help with the city’s Flower Barrel Project. Ray Lush motioned to donate $250 to the project and the rest of the council agreed.
Paramedics added Jared Allen to the fire department.
Lush mentioned resigning due to his medical conditions if the council appointed Mike Doering in his place. The City will look into rules about city council members living within city limits. The council then expressed how much Lush would be missed.
July’s council meeting has been moved from July 2 to July 9.
The 7th annual Bull-A-Rama was held in Elgin on June 8.
Dalton Cunningham of Bloomfield found his way to the top spot with eight-second rides in both the long and short round.
With a win, Cunningham also received spurs from prize sponsor Ted Baum of Elgin Livestock Sales, LLC in Elgin.
Last night, the festivities got underway in Bloomfield at the Knox County Fairgrounds for the annual Appreciation Dayz.
The evening started with the Appreciation Dayz Supper along with bouncy houses for the kids. A cornhole tournament along with a 5k glow run took place. The youth cheerleaders put on a performance for the crowd as well.
The evening came to a close with fireworks at 10 p.m. and the inaugural lighting of the sports field. With the new lighting in place, the community was given its first look at the field lighting.
Sounds Unlimited kept the night going with entertainment.
The cash bar was turned into free drinks for the night which was made possible with donations by the Bloomfield Community Club and anonymous donors, Farmers & Merchants Insurance Agency, Central Valley Ag, Farmers & Merchants State Bank and Scott Ober Construction.
The National FFA Organization awarded a $2000.00 WIX Filters scholarship to Reece McFarland of the Bloomfield High School. The scholarship is sponsored by WIX Filters . McFarland plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
This scholarship is one of 1,829 awarded through the National FFA Organization's scholarship program this year. Currently 114 sponsors contribute more than $2.5 million to support scholarships for students.
For 34 years, scholarships have been made available through funding secured by the National FFA Foundation. This generous funding comes from individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors to encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals.
The 2018 scholarship recipients were selected from 8,831 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant's leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.
More than six decades of fun and activities continues to be key in the lives of youth with Camp Glad Tidings.
The Bloomfield-based camp was established in 1956 and remains the region’s bible camp. Camp Director Eric "Gil" Kimmons said the goal remains to keep the kids engaged during their time at the camp.
“Especially the younger kids, we over plan because they might have shorter attention spans. The activities tend to be bigger as the age gets older,” Kimmons said. Kids can take away many different lessons from summer camps, especially bible camps. Kimmons has a very specific lessons to be taken away with the children.
“We want to clearly present the gospel plan of salvation. We want them to hear that and understand what that means. We want to provide them opportunities to respond to the gospel message,” Kimmons said.
He went on to explain how one of their goals is to get the kids to not only open up to the Bible but to become interested in reading it themselves.
“We don't want to stand up in front of them and tell them this is what you are to believe, we want them to open it up and say we believe what the Bible says is true,” Kimmons said.
Kimmons, who has been the camp director for 5 years and replaced Mike and Vita Chase of Bloomfield, said camp staff want the children to come out and have a good time, adding “We want them to have a positive and encouraging time so that they know that there is that potential to have agood time in a positive environment.”
The children learn a lot and hopefully take an interest in the Bible but will also learn life skills such as building relationships, he said. They focus a lot on relationships. Since they are a smaller camp, Kimmons said they can build closer relationships.
Kimmons spent many summers as a camper and staff at Timberlake Camp by Central City. He worked at several other camps, including Camp Oasis south of Lincoln.
Kimmons received his degree in business management, and then found the camp director opening five years ago. He said it was the perfect opportunity for him.
“We run four camps of our own on site and one wilderness camp where we go to the black hills. We also have two rental groups that come in and run their own camps. They bring their own staff and their own campers. I consider them more of the South Dakota wing of our camp. They have ownership of the place. But we have activity going on all summer,” Kimmons said.
Most of the children attending Glad Tidings live within a one hundred-mile radius of the camp. About 70 to 80 percent come from the Bloomfield, Hartington, Crofton and Yankton areas.
This summer’s camp theme is Superheros.The kids will participate in a superhero photo shoot. So they have various stations where they get to pose as a superhero for a photograph. The photos will be used to make a video with superhero music.
“God wants ordinary people to do super things for him. Our speakers are speaking on that loosely. What is in our superhero toolbox. Like batman has his belt. God has given us superhero tools and why would he do that if he doesn't want us to do super things for him. This is just one idea of what we may talk about through the week,” Kimmons explained.
Guest speaker Marlowe Carlson said they are taking contemporary superheroes and talking about what makes them a superhero. Then they compare them to biblical superheroes and determine what the traits of every superhero are.
“Hopefully at the end of the day, they will remember something. The most important thing to remember is that you can be a superhero and you can do things, it's not about what you do but who you are. Who you are makes you a superhero, not what you do,” Carlson said.
The senior high group will start out their week with well-known Christian rock band Remedy Drive. The free concert will be followed by outdoor activities such as archery, crafts, music and camp fires.
Kimmons said after five years as director, he is experienced enough to know what kind of changes need made and has a long list of ideas to implement to develop the camp even further.
For more information on Camp Glad Tidings go to www.gladtidingsbiblecamp.org/about.
Reading over the summer is incredibly important for students and their academic achievement. Here’s why: Children who don’t read over the summer experience summer learning loss.
The Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read whatever they want, which helps instill a love of reading for recreation.
Bloomfield’s Elementary will be offering a summer reading program to any kid currently enrolled in k-5.
The first session started May 29 and will go to June 29 and is held in the Elementary School computer lab 9 a.m -11 a.m.
The next session will be from July 2 to July 31 in the high school music room, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The elementary and high school library will be closed. Books may be checked out from the Public Library or books can be brought from home.
Prizes are awarded for the points accumulated from passed tests taken during the summer reading program. Use this website to check if the book is AR testable: www.arbookfind.com/UserType.aspx.