Weeping Water Nebraska

Weeping Water Newsletter
      The Weeping Water Music Program traveled to Auburn last week to participate in District Music Contest. Included in this week's newsletter are pictures and scores achieved at the contest. Also included are new and updated community events.

District Music Contest
      Weeping Water High School Band and Choir traveled to Auburn on Friday, April 18, 2008 to participate in their annual District Music Contest. The band and choir did a wonderful job. Ms. Kim Hammer, the director, was pleased as well. "We've worked hard for this day and I can positively say we did our best," Hammer states. Allthough they didn't achieve the score they desired, everyone was very pleased with their accomplishment in making music.
      On Saturday, April 19, 2008 seventeen high school students from Weeping Water traveled to Auburn once again for District Music contest. This group would be competing in the form of solos and small groups. Despite an early start in the morning, everyone did a great job. Congratulations on a job well done!

Superior Ratings 
Rachel Randall-Vocal Solo

Excellent Ratings 
Samantha Wessels-Vocal Solo
Hannah Moser-Vocal Solo
Katie Vice-Vocal Solo
Rebekka Hammer-Vocal Solo
Alex Abbott-Vocal Solo
Angela Danielson-Vocal Solo
Joel Sahulka-Vocal Solo
Alex Vice-Vocal Solo 
Weeping Water High School Band

Alex Vice warming up for his vocal solo with Chris Abbott, the wonderful accompanist.
Seniors Hannah Moser and Samantha Wessels waiting to peform their Duet "Homeward Bound."
Weeping Water Girls Triple Trio performing "Follow Rain and Rivers."
Weeping Water's Mixed Quartet performed "Come to Me Oh My Love."
Thoroughly Modern Millie
What: Weeping Water High School's Annual Spring Musical
When: Thursday and Friday, April 24th and 25th
Time: Curtain Rises at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Weeping Water School Auditorium
Admission: Adults-$5.00 Students-$4.00
Be sure to attend this lively and funny comedy that our community's students have worked to hard to perfect!
*Next week's newsletter will include pictures and a full cast list of the performance!*
Plastic Bag Collection Drive 
       The Sarpy/Cass County Health Department sponsored a plastic bag collection drive in recognition of Nebraska Public Health Month (topic: "Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance") and Earth Day.

      Elementary studetns from South Sarpy District 46 brought plastic bags to their classroom for eight days in the beginning of April. Plastic bags accepted included grocery bags, retail bags, bread sacks, newspaper sleeves, and dry cleaning bags.

      The plastic bags were collected and hand-counted by Health Department staff and placed into 150 gallon plastic bags. The plastic bags will be recycled by the Hy-Vee Store located at Shadow Lake Town Center during the week of April 21.

      The classroom in each school that collected the most number of bags per student will win a special party on Earth day, April 22. The Health Department will also give each student in both schools a reusable shopping bag.

      Westmont Elementary, with 252 students, collected a total of 24, 101 bags.

      Springfield Elementary, with 281 students, collected a total of 17,245 bags.

      Combined, South Sarpy District 46 elementary school students collected 41,346 bags.

      The EPA estimates that 380 million plastic bags are used annually in the United States, and an estimated 1% of all plastic bags get turned in for recycling.

**Help save the Earth, Recycle!** 

Spring Into Safety Fair
      Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional related deaths for children age 14 and under. In Nebraska, motor vehicle crashes claimed 20 lives and 2,067 children were injured in 2003 according to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety. In 2004, over 9,000 child safety seats were checked across the state and 87% of those were being used incorrectly including children under age 5 using just a seat belt.

      All states have some form of child retraint law. Nebraska requires that all children up to age six to be restrained in a child safety seat or booster. But parents and caregivers must go beyond age six. Typically, children up to about age eight and eighty pounds need a booster seat to fit properly in a lap and shoulder belt.

      Parents, grandparents, and caregivers will have the opportunity to make sure they are transporting children in their vehicles correctly. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available to answer questions and educate about correct installation.

What: Family Safety Fair
When: Saturday, April 26, 2008
Time: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Where: Shadow Lake Town Center
72nd & Hwy 370
Papillion, NE

      The State of Nebraska recommends the following tips for riding safety in the car:
  • Restrain all children in their appropriate car seat, booster seat, or seat belt on every trip and all adults should buckle up as well.
  • Place children between approximately 40 and 80 pounds in a booster seat.
  • Never put shoulder belts under children's arms or behind their backs. This could result in serious injuries in the event of a crash.
  • Never boost children with pillows, books, or towels. These won't keep children safe in a crash.
  • If your car's seat is lower than the child's ear, use the high back booster seat. If your car's seat is higher than the child's ears, use the no back booster.
  • Put children in the back seat. Children are 36% less likely to die in a crash when restrained in the back.
For more information on the Spring Into Safety Fair, please visit the website at www.springintosafety.com  

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet
Who: The Blackwood Brothers Quartet
What: Gospel Concert
When: Sunday, April 27, 2008
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Lofte Community Theatre
Cost: $10.00 per ticket
*General Admission Seating*
The origional Blackwood Brothers from Choctaw County, Mississippi that Elvis Presley loved is coming to our community! The Blackwood Brothers have recorded over 200 albums and toured 7 countries! Don't miss this great chance to see a historically great Gospel Group.
*Tickets are going fast!*
To purchase tickets contact:
The Lofte Community Theatre
Manly, NE

Bloom Where You're Planted 
What: Kid's Day
When: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This is a unique opportunity to learn about agriculture while enjoying the great outdoors! See a cow being milked, pet a baby calf, and sample locally-produced Legacy Milk! Take a guided tour of the 127-year-old farm where you'll learn about farming practices 100 years ago, 50 years ago, and today. Reservations are now being accepted for groups of 10 or more people. Children of all ages are welcome and we will customize you tour to suit the age level of your group. The cost is $3.00 per person. Children ages 2 & under and paid staff members are free with a minimum of 10 paying guests. We'll provide every group with a packet of farm-related coloring and activity pages so you can continue your learning experience after you leave the farm. SPECIAL VALUE: Add lunch to your tour for just $2.00 more! Lunch includes hot dogs, chips, carrots/celery, and Legacy Milk or bottled water.
Morning and afternoon time slots are available.
Call 402-267-4104 or E-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now to make a reservation.
Bloom Where You're Planted Farm is at 911-108th St. rural Avoca, NE
Visit their website at www.bloompumpkinpatch.com for a map and directions.

Community Garage Sales 
When: Saturday, May 3, 2008
Janelle Gegg had graciously offered her time to the organization of this year's Weeping Water Community Garage Sales. Thanks Janelle!
To be listed in the garage sale map please include the following:
*The address of your sale
*Dates and times of sale
*A brief description of items
*$7.00 feeto cover advertising costs
(Make checks payable to Janelle Gegg)
Maps: Maps will be available at Stop N Shop, Express Lane, and The City Office. An add will also run in Cassgram, the Weeping Water Community Website, and the local newsletter.

Golf Scramble 
Cass County Lodge #20
What: 1st Annual Scramble
When: Friday, May 9, 2008
Time: 12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Where: Bay Hills Golf Course
Cost: $200 per team
Four person best ball, flighted
Flag Prizes and Other Raffle Prizes
Win a vehicle for a hole-in-one!
Golfer's Dinner will be Provided
*Cowboy Up will perform for a concert and dance afterwards!*
Weeping Water Youth Volleyball Camp
Who: Next years 4th-8th Graders
When: May 28-30
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m. 
Where: Weeping Water High School Gym
Why: To develop skilld and a passion for the sport of volleyball
Fee: $40 (Includes 7.5 hours of instruction, t-shirt, prizes, and loads of fun!) Sign-Up sheets are available at Weeping Water School. Complete the sheet by Tuesday, May 6th and return it to Mrs. Mozena.  

Pickin' In The Park 
      Pickin' in the Park will be a day of great country and bluegrass music for the whole family. Bring a covered dish and lawn chairs. This will be a one day event. Dinner will be served from 5:00-6:30 p.m. If you are a band or want to perform on stage, plase call the number below to get a set time for a performance. Each band will get an hour and a half on stage. Any jamming is welcome! This event is for the whole family! Be sure to come out and enjoy great music, food, and friends!
When: Saturday, June 7, 2008
Time: Noon-10:00 p.m.
Where: Avoca City Park
Avoca, NE
For more information, contact: 402-325-9481

Weeping Water Basketball Camp
When: Monday-Thursday, June 16, 17, 18, and 19
Times: 6th-9th Boys and Girls-9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
2nd-5th Boys and Girls-12:00-1:15 p.m.
(Grades entering in 2008-2009 School Year)
Cost: $35.00 per camper (Includes camp t-shirt)
Focus of Camp: Fundamentals and basketball instruction will be the main focus at the camp. Shooting, dribbling, defense, 1 on 1 skills, and passing are main areas we look to build upon. Our goal is to help develop a more well-rounded basketball player by teaching the correct fundamentals and rules of the game. We also want to help show each camper ways they can improve their game to help them become the best player they can be.
"Great Players are MADE in the OFF-SEASON"
Awards and Competitions: *Hot Shot *Knock-out *Dribbling Competition *Free Throws *1 on 1
If you plan to attend there are registration sheets at the school. Fill out and send the sheet along with registration cost to: BJ Blase, 804 Eldora Avenue, Weeping Water, NE 68463 or bring to the school before May 21
Any questions, call: 402-267-2445 or 308-940-1040

Cass County Relay for Life 
      The 2008 Relay for Life of Cass County will celebrate cancer survivors remember those lost to cancer and inspire our community to fight back against cancer!
When: Saturday, June 21-Sunday, June 22
Time: 7:00 p.m. Saturday-7:00 a.m. Sunday
Where: Plattsmouth High School Track
For more information, contact: Debbi Stander at 402-267-5556
or Julie Jacobs at 402-235-3354
*There are currently donation jars around town!*
CELEBRATE the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight. REMEMBER loved ones lost to the disease. At relay, people who walk alongside those battling cancer can grieve and find healing. FIGHT BACK...we relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease. make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight!
Online resource is available at http://event.cancer.org/relcassne
**The money raised goes to help Cass County**

Winter Story Hour
Who: Preschoolers and their parents
What: Winter Story Hour
When: Every Monday Morning
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Weeping Water Public Library
Why: To provide entertainment and bonding opportunities for children and their parents.
Activities: Movies, snacks, a story, and a coloring page

Community News

The annual Avoca Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Avoca Town Hall. The Avoca Town Hall Committee is serving the meal and part of the program will be a slide presentation of the history of the town over the last 125 years. Presented by Wendy and Jason Boitnott.
Be sure to get your tickets! Anyone who has gone to the Avoca School or is interested in the school is welcome to attend. Call Jim Meyer at 275-3349 by April 19th to make your reservation.

Summer Tumbling Camp
Who: Boys and girls ages 5-12 years
What: The perfect formula of tumbling, swimming, friendship, and most of all FUN-ATHLETIC-SKILL-TRAINING (F.A.S.T.)
"Home of the F.A.S.T. Athlete"
When: July 7-11, July 14-18, 2008
Where: Platte Valley Tumbling Club
Contact: Amy Snodgrass @ Platte Valley Tumbling for more information. 402-234-2218
Space is limited!

The date for the groundbreaking for the new construction on both the elementary and junior/senior high is Monday, May 19th. 10:30 a.m. at Elmwood and 1:00 p.m. at Murdock.

The Cass County Museum will be hosting their Annual May Basket workshop for children ages 5 to 10 on Saturday, April 26th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The event is open for the public and the cost is $1.00 per child.

May 7-6:30 p.m. Mother/Daughter Banquet at United Methodist Church. "Remember the 1950's" For reservations and to sign up to sing Karoke, call the church office at 253-2270 or Joanne Latham at 253-2708. Adults $6.00, children 3-10 yrs. $3.00. Children 3 & under FREE.


Wednesday, April 23: High School Golf Meet @ Palmyra @ 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 24: Junior High Track Meet @ Tecumseh @ 4:00 p.m. Thoroughly Modern Millie performance @ Weeping Water School @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 25: Thoroghly Modern Millie performance @ Weeping Water School @7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 26: High School Track ECNC Meet @ Yutan
Sunday, April 27: Blackwood Brothers Quartet @ The Lofte Community Theatre @ 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29: High School Golf Meet @ Elmwood-Murdock @ 1:00 p.m. Junior High Track Meet @ Yutan @ 1:30 p.m. Bloom Where You're Planted Kids Day