North Bend Eagle



Old Settlers give opprotunity for fun, funds

by Mary Le Arneal
posted 6/24/08

Old Settlers is a time to celebrate community and “The Good Life” that Nebraska advertises to the world. The Chamber of Commerce plans the weekend to give a variety of opportunities for residents, friends, family and visitors to have fun and celebrate what North Bend has to offer.

There are several organizations that use Old Settlers as an opportunity to raise funds to support worth while projects in the community, giving residents and visitors a chance to get together and support good things in their hometown.

On Friday evening the Friends of the Library are sponsoring the Old Settlers Smoke-Off to raise funds for a new library in North Bend. The smoke-off is held on the lot south of the old popcorn plant, at 13th and Main.
Bill Granger, Doug Hoops, and Roch and Drew Emanuel will prepare barbecue ribs and pork with the cost of meals set at $8 and $6. All proceeds will go to the North Bend Library Foundation.

Mariann von Rein, president of the library foundation, said that they are a quarter of the way to the fund raising goal for the new library. There is not a specific monetary goal at this time and there won’t be until final plans are drawn.

On Saturday the North Bend Booster Club is sponsoring their 13th annual Alumni Golf Tournament.

Pete Belerud, head pro at the North Bend Golf Course, said there will be four separate small tournaments going on at one time, using the front and back nine with 8 a.m. and noon starts.

The Booster Club supports athletic, academic and other projects at the high school to promote school/community pride and recognize students’ accomplishments. The funds from the golf tournament are used to support the activities of the club throughout the school year

The golf tournament has become more popular through the years with alumni reserving their spots a year ahead.

“It’s a great thing that invites people to come back and get together,” Linda Emanuel said. She is vice-president of the Booster Club. “For many it has become an annual tradition with new graduates looking forward to being able to golf with the alumni.”

Dave and Sheila Hull are outgoing presidents of the Booster Club and are chairing the tournament.

“Because of the success of the golf tournament,” Sheila said, “we are able to keep our membership dues down and do more for the students.”

The North Bend Central High School cheerleaders will be having a car wash on Saturday at Poppe Construction building, (the old Farmers Co-op building) on Highway 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is not a set price for the car wash, but donations will be accepted.

The cheerleaders are also raffling a quilt make by sponsor Carol Murray. The “Dish Rag Soup” quilt is the size of a double bed and made in neutral colors. Tickets are $1 each or 3 for $2 and will be on sale in the park Saturday and Sunday. The drawing will be held after the parade Sunday. The funds raised by the cheerleaders are used to help pay for camps for the girls and their activities through the school year.

On Sunday the Eastern Star and Masons will sponsor the Waffle Man at the Masonic Lodge, 11th and Locust, serving breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cost for all-you-can-eat waffles is $6, with children under four free.

Peterson said that the funds are used to support the academic and band scholarships Eastern Star and the Masons give each year. The groups give scholarships to local students attending the Masonic Band camp.

“We were looking for something to do special for the sesquicentennial in 2006,” Chris Peterson, chairman of the event, said. “We saw this time niche was open and wanted to do something for the community. It worked out so well fun, we’ve kept doing it.” This is the third year the Masonic group has sponsored the event. Doug McCallum, from Eagle, comes each year with his 15-20 waffle irons. Volunteers help McCallum mix the batter, heat up the sausage and serve drinks. Peterson said they have served around 400 people each year.

“It’s a fun way to do something as a group,” Peterson said, “and be involved in Old Settlers.”

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