Weeping Water Nebraska




As most of you know, the community of Weeping Water lost one of its youth in August.  Jonna Schwartz would have been a junior this year at Weeping Water High School.  A group of Weeping Water citizens have banded together to raise funds for the family to help pay for medical and funeral expenses and they are in need of much help.  Three fundraisers have been planned and they need volunteers to make them successful.

  • September 29th--during the High School volleyball triangular they will be running the concession stand and serving pizza out of the kitchen.  Volunteers to work in the concession stand or kitchen or to donate baked items would be helpful.
  • October 16th and 17th--Community-wide Garage Sale.  This sale will be held in the Multi-Purpose room of the school.  Please consider donating any items that you aren't using anymore.  A bake sale is also being planned for this day and donations of baked good would be appreciated.  Again, volunteers are needed to work at the sale.
  • December 19th--during the High School boys' and girls' basketball games with Nebraska City Lourdes they will again be running the concession stand and having a soup supper.  Volunteers are needed to work in the concession stand and the kitchen and to donate soup or baked goods.

We all need to come together to help this family in their time of need.  Let's show our children what it means to be part of a community that cares about each other and will go the extra mile to help their neighbors! 

If you are willing to help with any of the events, please contact Jodi Nash at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 867-4130, or Dawn Bickford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-5198/239-5514.



The centerpiece of Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm is the late 1800s

barn which houses a gift shop, snack counter, and party loft.


Bloom Where You're Planted

Farm & Pumpkin Patch


911-108th St., Avoca, NE  68307

Contact:    Terry or Teresa Lorensen;  home:  402-267-4104,

cell:  402-840-2207 or 402-840-2202
Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm Announces New Attractions for Fifth Season
            Guests attending the fifth-annual Pumpkin Festival at Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm, rural Avoca, NE, will be treated to some new attractions this season.  The pumpkin patch and agri-entertainment venue has been expanded for 2009 to include hay rides and the newly renovated Schoolhouse Café.  
          “For many people, when they think of the ultimate pumpkin patch experience they envision a hay ride out to the pumpkin field.  We are very excited to finally be able to offer this experience to our customers,” say farm owners Terry and Teresa Lorensen. 
A certified concession kitchen has been added to the 1890’s one-room schoolhouse which the Lorensens moved to the farm and restored last year.  Guests can order from the lunch menu which includes hot sandwiches and homemade pie, and then enjoy their meal at tables in the authentically restored classroom.
“This is a one-of-a-kind dining experience.  While we’ve been serving lunch for the past three seasons, having a certified kitchen and a building dedicated to the Café will allow us to better serve our customers, will make work easier for our employees, and should offer us new opportunities to produce our own baked goods and food mixes in the future,” Teresa Lorensen said.
          Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm’s Pumpkin Festival runs every Friday through Sunday from September 19th to November 1st.  Hours are 1:00-6:00 p.m. Fridays and 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  The farm is open at other times by appointment for field trips and parties.  The $4.00 admission charge includes access to all the attractions on the farm, including the opportunity for every visitor to take a hay ride. 
          For a complete schedule of events, which include special days such as Military Family Weekend, Doggy Day to benefit the Capital Humane Society, and Ag Day with the Conestoga High School FFA, visit the farm’s website, www.BloomPumpkinPatch.com

Additional Information
           For more information about Bloom Where You‘re Planted Farm, visit their website, www.BloomPumpkinPatch.com, or call 402-267-4104. 

The farm is located at 911 - 108th St., rural Avoca, NE;  27 miles east of Lincoln or 30 miles south of Omaha.  Take US Hwy. 34 to 108th Street, then travel ½ mile north.


A complete lunch menu is now offered in the former

Center Hill District 94/105 one-room schoolhouse.


Safe Kids Sarpy Cass is holding a child passenger safety check
up event on “National Seat Check Saturday,” on Saturday
September 12.  We appreciate your help in spreading the word!
National Seat Check Saturday tips:
  •  It’s the responsibility of every parent and caregiver to make sure their children are safely restrained – every trip, every time and at every age.
  • We are urging everyone to have their child checked to be sure they are using the right restraint—a car seat, booster seat or seat belt.  When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes.      
  •  According to a 2008 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the use of child restraints declines as children get older. 
  •  From birth to 12 months, 99 percent of children ride in a restraint. It drops to 92 percent for kids ages 1 to 3. For kids ages 4 to 7, 89 percent are restrained. But only 85 percent of kids ages 8 to 12 ride in a restraint. 
  • Parents need to set the rules and stay vigilant. Booster seats and seat belts are just as important for older kids as car seats are for younger kids.
  • Passenger safety is a lifetime commitment. It doesn’t stop when your child outgrows his or her car seat.

Volunteers (high school students, student groups, churches…) who would like to assist with Seat Check Saturday may contact Melinda Keeling at the number or email below.

Melinda Keeling, RN, BA
Maternal Child Health/Safe Kids Coordinator
Sarpy/Cass Department of Health
701 Olson Drive Suite 101
Papillion, NE. 68046
402-339-4334 Ext. 210
Fax: 402-339-4235
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 In Concert
September 11, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Weeping Water Christian Church
306 West H St.

. The annual Weeping Water Community Boosters Volleyball Tournament was held this last Saturday, Sept. 5th at the Weeping Water school.  Six teams competed in the tournament this year.  Our Weeping Water volleyball team took 4th place.  Good job girls!
Jessie Hansen serves the ball during the first game of the day.
Weeping Water goes into action as Claudia bumps the ball.
Jessie Hansen and Jessie Randall are ready for the serve.
Kylie Schreiner goes up for the block.

The Old Avoca Schoolhouse

The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Beginning

Recorder Workshop on Saturday, September 12, from 1 PM - 3 PM, for

folks who want to learn to play the soprano recorder.   Deborah

Greenblatt, Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, and member

of the American Recorder Society, will lead the workshop.  Pre-

registration is required, and enrollment is limited.  The $30.00 fee

includes an instruction book, and a soprano recorder.



A Sightreading Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2009, from

 1 PM - 3 PM in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in picturesque Avoca,

Nebraska.  This will be a wonderful opportunity  to play with other music

 students, and sightread music that you've never seen before, and don't

 have to ever see again.  During the workshop, musicians will  be discussing

 how to negotiate new compositions with minimum stress, and maximum

music.  The beauty of this workshop is that all you have to do is show up.

  There is no preparation necessary, although pre-registration is required,

and there is a $20.00 fee. 


Greenblatt & Seay proudly announce the THIRTEENTH ANNUAL

 SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLING BEE.  This historical, hysterical event will

take place on Sunday, October 11, at 2:30 PM, in the auditorium of the Old

 Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.  In the Open Division, fiddlers will play a

hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice.  There will also be other divisions of

 competition available for the adventurous fiddlers, including a Singing

Fiddler's Contest, a Twin Fiddler's Contest, a Fee-Fi-Faux Fiddler's

Contest (fiddle tunes played on any instrument other than a fiddle), and a

Hocus-Pocus Contest (cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc.), which will

 give fiddlers an opportunity to play tunes that are usually not allowed in

any other contest.  The prizes for the winners in the Open Division are

$100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place.  Prizes will also

 be awarded for 1st place in the other contests. Registration for contestants

starts at 1:30 PM the day of the FIDDLING BEE.  Admission is $5.00 for

adults and $1.00 for children.  Fiddlers and their back-ups are admitted for


For more information, call 402-275-3221,
log on to
www.greenblattandseay.com, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


For Immediate Release: The Annual Call for Legislative Page Applications  

September 4, 2009, Lincoln—Every year the Legislature is supported by a group of bright and energetic college students. The students are hired to serve as legislative pages. Pages often have a keen interest in or curiosity about state politics. Some have gone on to become state senators, while many others continue to work in the public sector after they graduate from college.


The pages perform valuable services for the Legislature, such as helping with preparations for public hearings, assisting senators during committee meetings, and monitoring procedural issues and controlling microphones in the Chamber during floor debate. Kitty Kearns, page supervisor for over 30 years, says that pages have a great opportunity to learn about our legislative process and to get a real insider’s look at how the Nebraska Legislature conducts its business. Kitty also notes that, while performing their important duties, the pages still have a lot of fun and develop friends that last a lifetime.


The deadline for submitting page applications and letters of recommendation for the 2010 legislative session is Friday, September 25th at 5:00 p.m. The Page Selection Committee will meet in mid-October to choose individuals to fill the vacant positions. Pages work four-hour shifts and must be able to work 20 hours a week during the session. The 2010, 60-day session will begin on January 6th and continue through mid-April.  The hourly wage for first-year pages is $9.28 per hour, and returnees are paid $9.65 per hour. In many instances pages may be eligible to receive college credits hours for their legislative service.


If you are a full-time Nebraska college student with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average and would like to learn more about becoming a page for the Nebraska Legislature, please contact Kitty Kearns at (402) 471-2304 or send her an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You may also contact my office, and we will be happy to send an application form to you.


The Selection Committee chose a student page from the second legislative district in 2008 and again in 2009. I would be very proud to see another page from our district on the floor of the Legislature during the 2010 session.

 We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.

Senator Dave Pankonin           

State Capitol           

PO Box 94604           

 Lincoln, NE 68509           

(402) 471-2613           

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7th Annual

September 12th & 13th

All proceeds benefit the
Kyle Sorensen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Reserve your tee time soon!



"Over The River" at The Lofte Theatre

The Lofte Community Theatre announces that its next season installment,  "Over the River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro opens on Friday, August 28th.  The comedy revolves around young Nick and his extended Italian-American family.  
Nick's mom and dad have retired and have moved to Florida, but both sets of grandparents are still very much involved in his life.  Nick gets a chance to pursue his dream job, but threatens to move him far away from New Jersey and his grandparents.  Soon the loving, but meddlesome grannies decide that they must take evasive action.  They decide to find a nice girl for Nick so that he'll settle down and stay on the east coast!   This is a wonderful family comedy filled with laughs and heartfelt situations about growing up, growing older, and the things we lose and gain along the way.
Performing in their first Lofte production is Jason Weixelman and Chuck Danskin, both of Lincoln.   Both Mr. Weixelman and Mr. Danskin have an extensive history with the Lincoln Community Playhouse.  Also starring in the production are Mary Ann Stohlmann of Murdock, real-life husband and wife Bob and Margie Pinkerton of Weeping Water, and Allie Nielsen of Omaha.
Performances run August 28-30, September 4-6 and 10-13.  Curtain times Thursday-Saturday are 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Those interested in tickets, driving directions or other information about the theater may call the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or visit their website,


Pictured:  Getting the "once over."  From L-R, Mary Ann Stohlmann, Chuck Danskin, Margie Pinkerton and Bob Pinkerton give their smiling nods of approval to their grandson's prospective girlfriend, Allie Nielsen.







Get Ready for Weeping Water's










 Wed., Sept. 9:

  • Girls JV Softball @ Waverly @ 5:00 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 10:

  • Girls JV & Varsity Softball vs. Yutan @ Home @ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 11:

  • Varsity/Jr. High Cross Country--Bergan Invitational @ 4:30 p.m. 
  • Boys Football vs. Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer  AWAY  @ 7:00 p.m.
  • "Full Life Trio" @ Weeping Water Christian Church @ 7:00 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 12:      

  • Girls Varsity Softball--Falls City Tourney @ 9:00 a.m.
  •  National Seat Check Saturday
  • "Beginning Recorder Worshop" @ Old Avoca Schoolhouse 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Kyle Sorensen Memorial Golf Tournament @ Grandpa's Woods

 Sun., Sept. 13:

  • Kyle Sorensen Memorial Golf Tournament @ Grandpa's Woods

 Mon., Sept. 14:

  • Girls JV & Varsity Softball @ Fort Calhoun @ 5:00 & 6:30 p.m.
  • Girls JH Volleyball vs. Malcolm @ Home @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys JH Football vs. Malcolm @ Home @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys JV Football vs. Malcolm @ Home @ 6:45 p.m.
  • Varsity/JH Cross Country--Yutan Invitational @ 4:30 & 5:30 p.m.

 Tues., Sept. 15:

  • Girls Varsity & JV Softball @ South Sioux City @ 4:00 & 5:30 p.m. 
  • Girls JH Volleyball @ Murray @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls Varsity & JV Volleyball vs. Brownell Talbot @ Home @ 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.

 Thurs., Sept. 17:

  • Varsity/JH Cross Country--Bennington Invite @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Varsity Softball--WW Triangular vs. Wilber Clatonia/Friend @ Home @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls JH Volleyball vs. Fort Calhoun @ Home @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls C, JV, & Varsity Volleyball @ Conestoga @ 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.

 Fri., Sept. 18:

  • Boys Football vs. Scribner-Snyder @ Home @ 7:00 p.m.

 Sat., Sept. 19:

  • Girls Varsity Softball--Arlington Tourney @ 9:00 a.m. 
  • First day of the season for "Bloom Where You're Planted"
  • Annual Manley Games

 Mon., Sept. 21:

  • Girls JH Volleyball vs. Louisville @ Home @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys JH Football vs. Palmyra @ Home @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls JV & Varsity Softball vs. Ashland Greenwood @ Home @ 5:00  & 6:30 p.m.
  • Boys JV Football vs. Palmyra @ Home @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Girls C & JV Volleyball vs. Louisville @ Home @ 6:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 22:

  • Varsity/JH Cross Country--Malcolm Invitational @ 4:30 & 5:00 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 26:

  • Weeping Water Fall Festival


Please let me know if you have any news that you would like to be featured in the weekly newsletter.  I would love to include any events, news, and/or pictures for the community to enjoy. 

Dawn Randall
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