Shelby Seeley, age 5, is the picture of sweetness as she returns her $10 prize that she won in the balloon-popping fun at First Baptist Church’s fundraiser for Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department on the Fourth of July. Those assisting with the balloon-popping activity are Scholl family members, pictured from left, Margaret, Laurie, James and Arlan. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Lee and Bev Struckmeyer, along with their children, are pictured in front of Lee’s tractor and the metal Struckmeyer name plate that hangs at the entrance to their farm. Their grandson, Sidney Struckmeyer, crafted the sign. Bev and Lee are pictured in front, with family in back, from left, Jennifer and Del Struckmeyer, Pam and Damon Struckmeyer, Kipp and Summer Struckmeyer, Cindy Stewart and Cindy’s friend, Richard Ontiveros.

Family meals, like the one enjoyed by father and son Cory and Gabriel Marner at the 2010 Phillips County Fair, are regularly served up at the Methodist fair stand during fair week. — The Holyoke Enterprise File Photo | Johnson Publications

Alvin Schumann pitches horseshoes at the Phillips County Fair in 2010. Schumann, who is organizing this year’s horseshoe pitch, said the game has been part of the fair for at least 50 years. — The Holyoke Enterprise File Photo | Johnson Publications

Fourth of July fundraising provides food, fun and more as kids attending the First Baptist Church fund­raiser for Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department listen to the names drawn for chances to pop a balloon to see what level of cash might be theirs. Enjoying the activity are kids pictured from left, front row, Olivia Conde, Lucas Jordan and Connor Martchenke of Broomfield (visiting Abby Einspahr); and back row, Elizabeth Horsley, Emy Goldenstein, Rebekah Krieger and John Krieger. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Lightning sprints take off in heat No. 1 at Phillips County Raceway on the Fourth of July. A total of 15 lightning sprints turned out for the evening’s racing. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Local

    On top of the brilliant display of fireworks put on by Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department, nature put its own twist on a Fourth of July night show.

    Simply bringing it up as “food for thought,” Holyoke City Council member Gene Bittner mentioned swimming pool funding concerns to the rest of the council at the July 2 meeting.

    On July 7, after joint investigation and operation by the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office and the Haxtun Police Department, Michael Scott Bretz, 44, of Sterling was contacted after he agreed t

Sports

Alvin Schumann pitches horseshoes at the Phillips County Fair in 2010. Schumann, who is organizing this year’s horseshoe pitch, said the game has been part of the fair for at least 50 years. — The Holyoke Enterprise File Photo | Johnson Publications

    Phillips County’s 2019 fair promises to be a ringer with a horseshoe pitching contest set to run Friday and Saturday, July 26-27, at 1 p.m.

Holyoke swimmers winning high point trophies for the 2019 season are pictured from left, front row, Molly Kropp, Braylin Herman, Ridley Brinkema, Alex Brinkema, Rebekah Krieger and Brandon Adler; second row, coach Brenda Krueger, Carter Van Overbeke, Teagan Martin, Tayla Martin, Haley Van Overbeke and Lali Marquez; and back row, coach Emily Krogmeier, Traeli Hutches, Ethan Schneller, Rylee Schneller, Keegan Shaw, coach Amy Krogmeier and coach Aly Brinkema. — Samantha Krieger

    The July 5-6 league meet for the Northwest Kansas Swim League was fraught with emotion.

    Competition, exercise, supporting community projects — whatever their motivation, locals of all ages are encouraged to participate in Holyoke’s mini triathlon Saturday, July 13.

Ag & Business

Lee and Bev Struckmeyer, along with their children, are pictured in front of Lee’s tractor and the metal Struckmeyer name plate that hangs at the entrance to their farm. Their grandson, Sidney Struckmeyer, crafted the sign. Bev and Lee are pictured in front, with family in back, from left, Jennifer and Del Struckmeyer, Pam and Damon Struckmeyer, Kipp and Summer Struckmeyer, Cindy Stewart and Cindy’s friend, Richard Ontiveros.

    Despite their surprise at being selected, Lee and Bev Struckmeyer seem the perfect couple to lead the Phillips County Fair Parade as its grand marshals when the parade travels down Holyoke’s In

    While 4-H projects and livestock show may be at the center of the Phillips County Fair, there are countless opportunities for other people of all ages to get involved Tuesday-Sunday, July 23-28

    The Colorado Division of Insurance, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, has selected 19 individuals from across the state to participate in the Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborat

School

Holyoke FBLA members who attended the national conference in San Antonio, Texas, are pictured from left, front row, Josie Herman, Emily Jelden, Makenzie Martin, Jackie Valenzuela and adviser Lori Nelson; and back row, Joe Beckner, Victor Baeza, Kaylee Camblin, Lauren Herman, Lali Marquez and chaperone Marla Camblin. Not pictured is Shianne Willmon.

    Ten students from Holyoke High School’s FBLA chapter earned the right to attend the national conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 28-July 4.

Holyoke attendees at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, are pictured from left, front row, Ashlyn Marcum, Lauren Bergner, Tayler Hale and Anna Chaney; and back row, Kassidy Porter, Brenna Gatton, Kyleigh Jaeger and adviser Karen Ortner.

    Holyoke High School FCCLA chapter sent seven members to join 8,700 others at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, June 29-July 5.

    Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded seven scholarships for the 2019-20 school year.

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