Bill and Karen are one, if not the only people who engrave bricks and other monuments on site.  The Veterans Committee has been working with Bill and Karen for the last several months planning for the new veterans memorial brick orders.  

Bill and Karen expected to receive orders for 10 to 15 bricks.  They were a little overwhelmed when an order for 54 new bricks arrived.  

Bill states that engraving the bricks on site is pretty tough.  It takes a lot of equipment and physical strength.  In addition, the weather needs to be cool but not too cool to keep the machine operating.

The process begins with creating a rubberized template with veteran’s information.  That template adheres to the wall,  a water jet is used to engrave the brick, then the engraving is painted.  

They plan to engrave 3 to 4 bricks each time they visit.  They also do gravestones all over the state so they are juggling quite a bit at the moment.  

After receiving such a large order they don’ think they can get all the bricks engraved by the park’s dedication on September 11th but they are going to do as many as possible.


Things are heating up for the calendar raffle ticket buyers.  Two months of drawings down, ten more chances to win.  You can still buy calendars from Barb Knopik or Tara Janda.  Calendar purchases benefit the new bathroom build project.  

The February draw was sponsored by Astro Buildings, Village Fitness, and Troy’s Automotive. This month’s winner was Junior Shuneman.  Junior can choose the gun of the month or $500 cash.

The next drawing is 7:00 pm, March 3rd at Cairo Bowl and Watering Hole.  Watch the drawing in person or view it on Facebook.  Purchase calendars raffle tickets right up to the drawing.

Your chance to win the gun of the month or $500 in cash is coming up soon.  If you purchased a calendar you have a 11 more chance to win the drawing.   You can still purchase a calendar from Barb Knopik or Tara Janda.  The next drawing is on February 11th at 7:00 pm during the Building Improvements meeting.  The drawing is also streamed to the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook page.

If you have a  vision of what the North Ballfield area can be please plan on attending the visioning meeting on February 11th, at 7:00 pm at Centura Hills.   There is a plan to build a new building to house bathrooms.  What that building looks like is still a mystery.  A discussion on future use and need will take place at this meeting.  

CDC guidelines will be followed.  

The Committee to build new bathrooms at the North Ballfield live-streamed its January raffle drawing.  Raffle sponsors, Mark Johnson representing AG Consulting Group and Cory and Kate Bohling representing Bohling Detasseling attended.

Matt Bellamy from Astro Buildings won January’s drawing.  Matt wins January’s gun, a Wetherby Riffle, or the option of $500.  

Mark Johnson, Tara Janda, Cory Bohling, Barb Knopik, Kate Bohling

Calendar raffle tickets are still available. 

Your $50 raffle ticket supports the new bathroom build project and gives you 11 chances to win the gun of the month or $500 in cash.  Contact Barb Knopik or Tara Janda to purchase your raffle ticket.


The next drawing is live-streamed on the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook page on February 11th at 7:00 pm.  February’s drawing takes place during the Bathroom Build visioning meeting hosted by committee leaders at Centura Hills on February 11th at 7:00 pm.  If you have ideas for the new bathroom build and what other uses could be built into the project please attend this meeting.


The Committee Building New Bathrooms at the North Ballfield is drawing its January Calendar Raffle Winner on January 17th at 1 pm on Facebook Live.

There is still an opportunity to purchase a calendar to help fund the new bathroom build.  Each calendar purchased includes an opportunity to win a gun per month.  A drawing for a different gun is offered monthly.  Buy your calendar before January 17th and have 12 chances to win.  Every month you wait to purchase your calendar you lose one chance to win.  

Drawings are held monthly.

To purchase your calendar/raffle contact Tara Janda, or Barb Knopik, or stop by the Village Office.  Calendars are $50 each.

Bohling Detasseling and Land View Storage are January Calendar Raffle Sponsors.

To watch the raffle live visit the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook page.  The event is hosted live on January 17th at 1 pm.  

The Cairo Community Foundation received a grant of $10,780 from the Harold Dunlap fund managed by the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation.  This grant allows the Veterans Committee to order the materials for the granite mural.  Ordering now locks in 2020 pricing.  

This gift combined with brick orders, donations, and additional grant funds is making the Veterans Memorial park a reality.


Volunteers created the New Bathroom Build Project as a way to enhance the amenities offered in the Village of Cairo.    The Cairo Community Foundation completed a grant application to fund this project.  The application was reviewed by the team at Aurora Cooperative and submitted to the Land O’Lakes Foundation for matching funds. Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company and Land O’Lakes Foundation deemed the project a quality of life enhancer.

The New Bathroom Project received $2000 towards its New Bathroom Build Project.

The Cairo Community Foundation and the New Bathroom Committee are grateful for the gifts from Aurora Cooperative and the Land O’Lakes Foundation.  This gift moves the financial needle closer to completing the $60,000 improvement for the Cairo Community.

BR: Barb Knopik, Tara Janda, Kristi Klein, Traci Menke, Todd Nitsch FR: Sloane McDonald, Marissa Janda

The Cairo Veterans Memorial Park Committee would like to invite the community to watch the inaugural flag raising at the Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, November 8th, at 2:00 pm.  

This is an outdoor event expected to last 30 minutes.  This event will take place rain or shine.  People are welcome to park and watch from their cars or watch from the shelter of the fire hall across the street.

This event is broadcasted live on the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook Page.  The video will be published on the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook page.

You can continue to purchase veteran memorial bricks.  An engraver will come to the park periodically to engrave new names on the wall.  To be part of the next engraving order your bricks by November 15th, 2020.  You may download an order form from the website or stop by the Village of Cairo Office for a order form.

We have started our capital campaign for new North Field Bathrooms and Concessions. We have had a few small fundraisers so far this year and have a great opportunity for our families to help continue to raise funds. 

The North Ball Field Committee has created  2021 calendars to sell for $50 a calendar. Each month a lucky winner (someone who bought a calendar)  will have the opportunity to win a new gun or $500 cash. 

If you would like a calendar or know of any one who would like one, please contact Barb Knopik or Tara Janda to buy one. They can also be purchased at the Village Office.

Hurry Fast because we only have 300 calendars!!!  -Tara & Barb, committee chairs


Barb Knopik 308-391-1176

Tara Janda 402-853-1701

A group of volunteers, led by Gordy Sorensen are installing sprinklers at the Cairo Veteran Memorial Park on Saturday, September 26th starting at 9 am.  Pulling the pipe and installing the sprinklers requires a little bit of elbow grease.  If you have any to lend or better yet you have teenagers with a little elbow grease to spare please contact Charity Adams at 308-390-9119.  Walk-ons are welcome too.