Weeping Water Nebraska
image001.jpgApril 30, 2009

Contact: Dianne Kelly, Director, 402-339-4334 x205; Monica Ulses, Public Health Nurse, 402-339-4334 x203; Nancy Braswell, 402-339-4334 x202
Nebraska Public Health Laboratory Reports the Second Probable Case of H1N1 Influenza.
Papillion, NE. — This morning, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported the second probable case of H1N1 influenza.

An adult female who became mildly ill with symptoms upon return from Mexico was tested for influenza at a routine medical visit. She is recovering at home, while laboratory confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is still pending
It is thought the individual was most likely exposed to the virus while on her trip to Mexico.
Public Health agencies have been working closely with the individual and have identified all close contacts of the woman.
Those who have had close contact, including the health care providers that treated her will be taking antiviral medication, and as a special precaution, have been encouraged to remain at home under a voluntary quarantine. There has been no illness identified among the close contacts or health care providers.
Dianne Kelly, Director of the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health & Wellness stresses the importance of remaining calm during this time.
“The staff of the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness is working very closely with local state and national public health agencies and local physicians to ensure we have all of the necessary information to keep the citizens of both Sarpy and Cass County healthy and well informed,” says Kelly.
Symptoms of H1N1 influenza:
    Cough or sore throat

According to CDC guidelines, persons who develop these symptoms are encouraged to stay home for 7 days after onset of illness or at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved; whichever is longer.
Persons who wish to seek medical care should contact their health care provider by phone if possible, before seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office or hospital.
Those who have been in close contact with an infected individual, but are feeling well should still take all necessary precautions, such as:

    Staying home at the earliest sign of illness
    Minimizing contact in the community to the extent possible
    Designating a single person to take care of the ill person and limit the interaction with the ill person.

Everyday Steps to Protect Your Health:
    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread this way.
    Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    DO NOT go to work or school if you are sick. The CDC recommends that you limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
    If you do not have one yet, consider developing a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of extra food, medicines, facemasks and other essential supplies.

We will update the public on a regular basis if further community involvement is necessary.
Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, will release probable H1N1 influenza numbers in a daily 9 AM news release. If any positive results come from Sarpy or Cass Counties, the SCDHW will share the information via press release or their website after 9 AM.
For more information regarding H1N1 influenza, please call the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health & Wellness at 402-339-4334, or visit our website at www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org


Honors Night was held in the Weeping Water High School gym on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.  Students in grades seven through twelve were honored for both their academic and athletic achievements throughout the school year.
Scholarships were also awarded to the senior class members that evening.  In all, more than $330,000 worth of scholarships were awarded to the 2009 graduating seniors.  Well done, Class of 2009.  We are so very proud of you and we know you will do well as you venture out into the world!!

Boys’ State Representative—Zach Barrett
Girls’ State Representative—Hannah Hartman

National Honor Society
7th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade
12th Grade

Marine “Distinguished Athletes”
Morgan Wilson
Jack Douglas

Weeping Water Municipal


The Weeping Water Municipal Pool will open for the 2009 summer season on MONDAY, MAY 25TH.

Family Season Pass--$125
Single Season Pass--$75
10 Card Punch--$35
Daily Admission--$4.00

Plans are being finalized to provide a designated time for Senior Citizen Swimming, Water Aerobics, and a Family Night.  Anyone interested in teaching Water Aerobics should contact Stacy Bickford @ 267-7385 or Linda Twomey @ 267-5179.  Salary will be negotiated based upon experience.

Hours of pool operation to be announced at a later date.  Contact the pool office at 267-7755 for pool parties, swimming lessons, and other questions.

For Immediate Release: A New Colleague’s Proposal

May 1, 2009, Lincoln— LB 396, to create the Medical Home Pilot Program Act, was introduced and designated as a priority bill by freshman Senator Mike Gloor of Grand Island. Senator Gloor is a retired hospital administrator, who serves with me on the Health and Human Services Committee. I respect my new colleague and appreciate the expertise that he brings to the Committee and the Legislature. I voted with all of the members of the Health and Human Services Committee to advance LB 396 for floor debate.

As defined in LB 396, a medical home is a location, usually a clinic or physician’s office, where a patient can build a relationship with a primary care provider, who uses a holistic approach to coordinating health care for the patient. This approach is expected to include guidance and education to enable the patient to manage some of their health care needs. LB 396 creates a pilot program using family physicians as medical homes for Medicaid patients. This model has saved money, and provided better and more accessible health care in similar programs across the country. Medical home doctors are likely to provide care that our parents or grandparents would have recognized. For example, they may call patients to remind them to take medication or perform routine health tests at home. They may have flexible office hours, and they might make house calls.

LB 396 requires the state’s Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care to design and implement a medical home pilot program in one or more geographic regions of the state by January 1, 2012. The Division must establish reimbursement policies and use incentives to encourage both physicians and patients to participate in the new program. By June 1, 2014, the Division will evaluate the success of the pilot program, and report the results to the governor and the Health and Human Services Committee. The report must include an evaluation of health care outcomes and cost savings, and recommendations for improving, continuing, expanding or ending the program.

The Medical Home Pilot Program Act includes the creation of an advisory council to be appointed by the governor. The council will have seven voting members, and the chairman or another member of the Health and Human Services Committee will serve as a nonvoting member of the council. The voting members will include doctors who are family practice physicians, pediatricians, and internists, and a representative from a licensed hospital in Nebraska. The advisory council will guide and assist the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care in the design and implementation of the pilot program, and promote the use of the best health care practices to ensure that eligible patients can access medical homes under this program.

During its public hearing, LB 396 received strong support from doctors, and hospital and pharmaceutical representatives. A proponent from Nebraska Advocacy Services pointed out that establishing medical homes for Medicaid recipients and using a comprehensive care approach have been shown, in other states, to lower costs by increasing the use of preventative care, especially for people with chronic health conditions, while also improving the quality of their care.

Last month LB 396 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. It will become law in September.

I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature.
We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.
Senator Dave Pankonin
    State Capitol
    PO Box 94604
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    (402) 471-2613
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This new Gershwin extravaganza is filled with song and dance, and hilarious dialogue. Here is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930's playboy, who's dream in life is to dance. And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his dream! Memorable Gershwin tunes include Bidin' My Time, I Got Rhythm, They Can't Take That Away from Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and Someone to Watch Over Me. It's a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.


Auditions for the musical “Crazy for You” will be held on May 10th and 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Lofte Theater by Manley, Nebraska. 

The performance dates are July 17th through Aug. 2nd.

For more information about the auditions or the Lofte Theater, please e-mail Kevin Colbert, Artistic Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saturday, May 16
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Old Avoca Schoolhouse
Avoca, NE

The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Contest Fiddling Workshop for fiddlers (or violinists or violists) who want to learn some of the do's and dont's when playing in a fiddle contest.   Fiddlers (or violinists or violists) of any age and experience level are encouraged to enroll. 
Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will explain some of the rules (if any) that fiddlers are likely to see.  Tune choices and performance customs will be discussed as well.  The Workshop will be particularly helpful for those folks planning on entering the Monumental Fiddling Championship in Beatrice on Saturday, May 23. 
The Schoolhouse Contest Fiddling Workshop takes place on Saturday, May 16, 1 PM - 3 PM, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska.  Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited.  The fee is $20.00 per fiddler.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Weeping Water Public Library now has wireless internet service for community use.  Please stop in and check out this new service.


Thursday, May 7:
  • Golf @ JCC Invitational @ 9:00 a.m.

Friday, May 8:
  • Track Meet—JCC Invitational @ 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 9:
  • Weeping Water High School Graduation @ 4:00 p.m.