Saturday, October 31, proved to be a beautiful day for trick-or-treaters and kids young and old who dressed in costumes for the Halloween celebrations around Bridgeport. With twenty BOOths set up in the East City Park for the 5th annual trick or treat safety event, City Park After Dark, dozens of children made their way to the area to enjoy daylight candy hunting, and relatively warm weather.
The winner of this year’s Bridgeport High School Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizens award is Cole Faessler. This honor is given to one senior student every year at each participating school and is sponsored in our area by the Katahdin Chapter. The faculty at Bridgeport chooses a senior who has demonstrated the qualities of a good citizen including dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Each DAR winner receives a Good Citizen pin and certificate of recognition and is then eligible to enter a two-part scholarship contest. Part one is a written description of how they act as a good citizen, along with grade transcripts and letters of recommendation. The second part is a two-hour timed essay. Cole is the son of Kurt and Shauna Faessler, is a member of the football, basketball and golf teams at Bridgeport and is yet undecided on his choice of college or university.
Jim Vassos was 19 years old in 1960 when he first began announcing football games for the Bridgeport Bulldogs, the year after he graduated high school himself. Players on the field that year consisted of boys like Dave Magdeleno, Dale Donnelly, LeRoy Weitzel, Ron Claspell, Barry Smith, Jim Woznick, and Gary Blakesley. The coach was Dick Sterup and the Bulldogs were still in the North Platte Valley Conference race that year into late fall. They dropped their last game on October 21st to the Mitchell Tigers, who knocked them out after a runaway win 40-19, advancing to the finals and sending the Dawgs back home with long faces. They ended that year 4-2 in the conference.
The orange leaves were still on the trees at the State Lakes when Winter fell into Fall over the weekend, with 11” of snow reported around Bridgeport on Monday morning. Snow shovels found their way out of sheds and into the hands of the able-bodied, while children were seen sledding in the streets and throwing snow at the local parks. With the first late start of the school season on Monday out of the way, sunny skies are expected the rest of the week, with no snow forecasted until at least after Halloween.
LINCOLN—The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) has recognized 75 Nebraska member hospital employees for their excellence in service by bestowing them with the organization’s prestigious The Caring Kind award.