Last weekend, Fieldcrest Market threw a very eventful Fall open house. A lot of new items were available and there were sales for customers. The weather didn't feel much like fall but the decorations for sale had everyone ready for fall to be here.
Friday hosted a make and take porch pot project. Both children and adults enjoyed decorating their pot, picking out flowers and planting them. Saturday children carved and painted pumpkins for free when purchasing a pumpkin.
Make And Take Porch Pot Project
Children's Pumpking Painting and Carving
A hair dresser for four decades, Cindy Kuhl always treated her clients suffering from cancer with a special touch, especially when the dreaded moment came to shave their heads.
It wasn’t until last year — deep in her own cancer battle— that the Bloomfield woman truly understood the emotions her friends felt as they held clumps of hair from their pillows and then saw it lying on the floor after the rest was shaved.
“I’ve done that so many times, but when it’s your own, it’s different,” Kuhl said. “Now, I know how they feel.”
Thursday marked Kuhl’s first day back to work in nearly two years, and she didn’t dare attempt to hide her excitement.
“Today’s the day,” she said as a smile beamed across her face. “I still have cancer. They don’t have a cure for this one, so I’m not in remission. I’ll always have cancer, but my doctors said I can come back now.”
The Hair Hut has been an institution along Broadway Street since Kuhl returned to her hometown in 1980. But in the fall of 2016, Kuhl was forced to close her doors after she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer related to lymphoma and leukemia that starts in the bone marrow and often attacks bones.
It was October 2016 when Kuhl suffered a broken pelvis that eventually led to her diagnosis. Being stubborn, Kuhl, who lives near Santee along the Missouri River, didn’t bother going to the doctor for her injury for two weeks and wasn’t aware of the cancer until the following month.
“It was a couple weeks before the election. I remember it because my husband was going on a hunting trip to Montana,” Kuhl recalled.
She was in the pantry of her home when she pulled out the bottom shelf and grabbed a bag of flour. Kuhl shifted her weight and felt her pelvis snap. With her husband, Tom Bartak, gone, she continued taking care of the yard, animals and her shop until he returned. He was shocked she hadn’t been to the doctor yet, so the next day, she finally went.
Her suspicions were correct: It was a broken pelvis. But the X-ray showed much more than that, much more than she expected.
“They saw spots and tumors on the bone,” she said. “They could see where I’d had broken ribs, too. I had complained over the summer about it being hard to breathe, but I blamed stiff muscles. I didn’t know it was cancer.”
Kuhl said doctors found lesions down her spine and on her shoulder blades. She had nearly two dozen more down her skull, silently attacking her body.
It wasn’t long before Kuhl started radiation treatment and taking medication to strengthen her bones. Between the chemotherapy shots, steroids and medications, her body was flooded with ways to fight the cancer.
In April 2017, it was time for a bone marrow transplant. A couple of days after her cells were replaced, the sickness set in and her long, flowing hair started to fall out.
“It came out in handfuls,” said Kuhl as she ran her hands through her now short hair. “So my husband brought the clippers. He cut it and shaved it. It was probably harder on him than me.”
Kuhl said she always set private time aside for her clients when she shaved their heads and encouraged them to bring a friend or loved one. She knew it was supposed to tingle and hurt when the follicles died and warned her clients what it would feel like.
But now, she was feeling it for herself. What she didn’t know was how it would feel inside to have it shaved.
“It was actually a relief,” she said. “It did tingle and hurt, so I was glad to have it gone.”
Kuhl spent the next 18 months recovering. She said Tom was by her side for every treatment and every doctor appointment.
“He was there for everything,” she said. “I don’t know what I would have done without him.”
Kuhl was finally cleared to return to work recently, although she’ll be very careful with the flu season nearing. Although Kuhl donated much of her supplies to Bright Horizons in Norfolk when she closed her shop, she’s now restocked and back in business as of late last week.
The best medicine, she said, may actually be returning to work and seeing familiar faces.
“I missed it,” she admitted. “When you’re with people, they become family. Certain people came in for standing appointments, so those time slots are tough if they’ve passed since I was here last. I’m so glad to be back.”
Bloomfield's 2018 homecoming is themed 'we got game.' Monday night's Coronation proved to be fun filled with activities for participants. The fun auction would sell a few items then let the cheerleaders take over for a few cheers.
A new Bee mascot was introduced and games such as hungry, hungry, hippos, jenga, guess who and pie face were played before announcing that Will Fehringer and Carolyn Nagengast were crowned king and queen.
This week U.S. Cellular announced the top 50 nominees for it's Most Valuable Coaches program. Duane Wilken, Bloomfield's cross country coach, is one among three Nebraska coaches to make the list.
The public will vote for their favorite coach now through Oct. 8. U.S. Cellular will donate $5,000 to the schools of the final 15 coaches who earn the most votes. The top 15 will be announced on Oct. 11. U.S. Cellular, in partnership with Samsung, will then award $10,000 to the third place winner's school and $20,000 to the second place winner's school. The grand prize winner of Most Valuable Coach will receive a $50,000 school grant and a Samsung prize package for their school.
To vote for Coach Duane Wilken click the link below.
Bloomfield Fire and Rescue responded to a vehicle fire on Tuesday morning southeast of town.
A Ford Bronco driven by Donald Gilsdorf of Bloomfield caught fire around 10:45 a.m. at one mile east and a half-mile south of Highway 84. According to family, Gilsdorf exited the vehicle without injury.
Firefighters from Bloomfield extinguished the fire within minutes. No other information is available at this time.
The 2018 Homecoming Royalty has been crowned at Bloomfield High School's coronation ceremony Monday night. Will Fehringer and Carolyn Nagengast were named this year's King and Queen.
The homecoming court and candidates included Alexandra Eisenhauer, Kate Bruns, Anna Reynolds, Carolyn Nagengast, Michaela Johnson, Marissa Dahlberg, Will Fehringer, Trenton Holz, Mitchell Mackeprang, Logan Johnson, Evan Haverkamp and Dalton Gieselman
Farmers & Merchants State Bank believes in the future of Knox County and the agriculture industry that is fueled by the youth of Knox County. The purpose of these shows is to allow the best of both the 4-H and FFA shows to compete together and select the overall top animals at the Fair.
Farmers and Merchants State Bank has proudly sponsored the Steer/Barrow Bonanza and the Heifer/Gilt Classic for over 20 years at the Knox County Fair. They would like to once again congratulate the participants for all of their hard work and dedication in hopes to inspire them to pursue careers in the livestock industry in Knox County.
Farm Credit Services of America presented FFA Handbooks and Manuals to Bloomfield FFA of Bloomfield High School for the 2018-2019 school year. The FFA Chapter is led by agriculture instructor, Kaydee Alexander.
The student handbooks are information-packed and provide necessary background information on FFA activities, benefits and opportunities for FFA students. The handbooks are designed specifically grades 7 through 10 and contain information about FFA in a fun, easy-to-follow format.
“Farm Credit Services of America is pleased to make this investment in our local community high schools,” said Wes Chambers, Regional Vice President, of the FCSAmerica office in Yankton, SD. “Providing educational support to our future producers and agribusiness leaders is one of the many ways we support rural America.”
Insurance Officer, Elly Daisy of Farm Credit Services of America was on hand to present five FFA Handbooks and 10 Manuals. FCSAmerica has been providing FFA handbooks and manuals to local high schools for more than 18 years.
According to Bloomfield city worker Bret Gieselman, sewer services will be coming to town sometime during next week. In order to prepare for this, some of the manholes have been busted open to free the asphalt from them. Orange circles have been sprayed around the manholes so drivers can avoid them.
The sewers are being repaired and ‘foamed’ to run smoother. Somewhere some axcess debris is entering the sewers. Mike Doering pointed out during the meeting it may be coming from the lagoons. Gieselman stated the foaming the sewer lines helps rid the area of roots and if needed they would reseal and repair the sewer, which has not been needed so far.
He believes that this process, along with checking the lagoons, will fix all the problems and leave the sewer running smoothly.
City Administrator Colette Panning stated that we are in the second of a four year plan to fix the sewers for the whole town.
Gieselman is to schedule a time to meet with Peterson’s to take samples and depths of the lagoons. Samples and depths will show how the sediment levels are in the lagoons.
Doering suggested closing one or two cells off so nothing can drain into it, then use a pump to empty a cell and see what is in there. The valve would then be opened to equalize it. Doering noted how there is currently a mound somewhere in one of the cells, he thinks it is essential to find it and get rid of it.
Ray Lush asked about a time table concerning a manhole on north 1st street. Gieselman and Doering agreed that it would hopefully they could start tearing that road up yet this week.
Panning worked alongside Joe Hunhoff on the city budget and it hasn’t changed much from last year’s budget. Panning noted there is only about a $600 increase over the previous budget.
New Lindy EMS
The council approved Mike Schainost’s request to add Redina Redwing to Lindy’s EMS crew. Schainost noted that there are three other EMS who report to Lindy for emergencies, four including himself. The council agreed Redwing would be a nice addition to the crew.
The Bloomfield homecoming candidates have been announced. The school will vote on its 2018 homecoming king and queen this Thursday.
The nominated king and queen will join the court for coronation on Monday evening at the high school auditorium.
Next week will be homecoming week for Bloomfield students.