Weeping Water Nebraska




Weeping Water's Fall Festival was a success again this year.  All the activities, including Pickin' in the Park, the Chili Cookoff, craft show, car show, silent basket auction, and the great food all provided plenty of entertainment for those who attended.  Here are a few pictures of this fun-filled day.


Christian Music Group "Devoted Sound"


Silent Basket Auction


A full house at the city lakes!


Vendors set up at the shelter in the park.

The following pictures were taken at the car show.














B-Team (3rd-4th graders) play at 2pm. 

A-Team (5th & 6th graders) play right after them around 3pm
10/4 @ Weeping Water vs Syracuse
10/11 @ Elmwood/Murdock









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.

  • 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. 


For Immediate Release: Developing Student Leaders  


September 24, 2009 – Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is seeking members for his Youth Advisory Council (AGYAC). This is the annual call for high school students, who are interested in learning more about our state government.


AGYAC is composed of high school students, who are selected each year to represent schools and communities from across the state. The opportunity to participate is available to high school juniors and seniors. AGYAC members learn about state government and criminal justice issues at a one-day conference in Lincoln. The daylong event features tours of the Capitol and Penitentiary and includes discussion forums with some of Nebraska's top elected officials.


AGYAC membership offers an excellent chance for students from District 2 to learn about our government and criminal justice system, fine-tune their leadership skills and enjoy the rewards that are derived from civic involvement.  Students who have participated in AGYAC in the past report that it was a valuable learning experience. This year the invitation is also being extended to parents of the members, as well as to educators. During the conference, lunch will be provided for students. However, a small fee will be charged for parents and educators.


Members of AGYAC can be nominated by educators or their state senator. If you are a high school junior or senior who attends a public or private school in District 2, and would like for me to recommend you for membership on the Attorney General's Youth Advisory Council, please send me your resume and a brief statement that explains why you would be a good candidate to represent District 2 on the AGYAC.


Applications for AGYAC membership are due to Attorney General Bruning’s office by Friday, October 16, 2009. All of the application forms can be mailed from my legislative office or downloaded from the Attorney General’s web site at www.ago.state.ne.us 

 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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The Lofte Community Theatre

proudly presents 


"Lie, Cheat and Genuflect" 

Grandpa's passed away and it's time to read the will!  The Lofte Community Theatre opens the hilarious comedy, "Lie, Cheat and Genuflect" on October 9. 
The fast-paced farce, written by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore revolves around the two "black sheep" of the wealthy Buckle family.  Two bumbling brothers  fell out of their grandfather's favor several years ago, and know they don't have a chance at receiving any money.  But, due to a string of unfortunate bets at the track, they're in debt to a low-rent loan shark.  In their desperation, the brothers cook up a scheme to have one of them pose as their grandfather's favorite, a female cousin who happens to be a nun!  A cast of colorful characters including a wine-swilling maid and a rookie lawyer add to the mayhem.  Director Kevin Colbert suggests a PG-13 rating for the production, and advises that some situations may not be suitable for very young children. 
Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water plays the scheming brother, Tom, who has all the answers.  Have you ever seen a nun with five o'clock shadow?  A Lofte favorite, Jamion Biesterfeld of Louisville will spend half his time as brother Billy and the other half as the fictitious "Sister Fernando."  Other cast members include Anne Pope and Christina Tipken of Eagle, Shari Hoelker of Omaha, Dave Hibler and Kevin Holdorf of Manley.


Kevin Colbert and Jamion Biesterfeld will "Lie, Cheat and Genuflect" to get their Grandfather's fortune!
Performance dates are Oct 9-11, 16-18 and 22-25.  Curtain times are Thursday-Sautrday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Tickets are $16 and may be purchased by calling the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or online at www.Lofte.com.  

The Old Avoca Schoolhouse

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
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Debby Greenblatt, championship fiddler and fiddle book author, will be giving

 a  “Fiddle Master Class” on Saturday, October 24, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  This

informative, entertaining event is sponsored by the Big Muddy Fiddle Club.

  Participants may either play a tune they are working on for the group and get

 some coaching from Debby or ask a question about style, technique, or

fiddle music in general.  Master classes give every one a chance to get some

 help and support in their fiddling, while the whole group benefits from the

teaching.  Any skill level may participate.  Not brave enough to perform in

front of the group? Listeners may also register to sit in on the session and

pick up some tips.  The workshop will be held at the home of Jim Harvey, 518

 S 88th St, Omaha, Nebraska.  Seating is limited, register early!  Jamming

will follow from 4:00—6:00 p.m. free of charge!  Coffee and snacks will be

provided.  Questions?  Contact Mary Pat Kleven, 402-490-6710,

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(Participant fee: $15 (member) $25 (non-member);

Listener fee $8 (member) $10 (non-member).

Make checks payable to “Big Muddy Fiddle Club” and mail to treasurer

Dan Kane, 14518 Oak Street, Omaha, NE 68144)


"Fiddle Workshop for Folks Who Have Never Fiddled" 

For folks who have never played a fiddle or violin, and are brave enough to try, come to the

 Schoolhouse Fiddle Workshop for Folks Who Have Never Fiddled.  Championship fiddler and

fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt, will share some hints about beginning fiddling, shopping

 for a fiddle, reading music, playing by ear, etc.  Fiddles will be available for participants to play,

 and source lists and advice for further study will be provided.  The Workshop takes place on

Saturday, November 7, 2009, 1 PM - 3 PM, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska. 

Pre-registration is required, enrollement is limted, and there is a $20.00 fee.  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..










12:00-3:00 P.M.



Ethan Stecki, son of Laura and Pat Stecki, is a 10-year-old boy from Weeping Water who has suffered from heart disease since birth.  Ethan is unable to do many of the simple things that normal little boys do such as going to school, playing sports, and anything else that causes too much stress on the heart.  He's a kind little boy with a gentle soul. 

Ethan has endured many heart surgeries in his short life and he will be undergoing another surgery on September 25th with the goal of giving him a better quality of life. 

As you can imagine the medical bills for his health care are staggering and the family could use some help with this burden.

If you would like to donate money or items for the silent auction please contact either Kristi Barber at 402-297-0518 or Michelle Daniels at 402-297-1600.  Kristi and Michelle would also be glad to pick up your items for the auction.  Any help would be appreciated.

Please join together as a community to help this family in need!




Our Seward County Fall Festival is fast approaching and one of our catapults has fallen apart (literally).  Does anyone out there know of someone who might have one that would like to join in our festivities?  Thanks.

Pat Coldiron
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Seward Area Chamber of Commerce 




Speaking of Tourism

Inspiring speakers at Nebraska’s Travel and Tourism Conference, Oct 20-22

LINCOLN, NEB. (Sept. 24, 2009)—Listening to speakers is a huge part of any professional development conference, and the 2009 Nebraska Travel and Tourism conference, hosted by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division is no exception. This year’s slate of speakers should prove to be, interesting, pertinent, and timely.
Roger Brooks, a founding member of Destination Development, Inc., will give the keynote speech Wednesday, Oct. 21. His talk, “The New Age of Tourism: Is it working for you?” will give delegates a chance to hear from one of the country’s most recognized experts in tourism, consumer trends, marketing and project development.  Brooks has worked in tourism and economic development for more than 25 years, and co-authored the book “Your Town a Destination – The 25 Immutable Rules of Successful Tourism.” His dynamic approach and tell-it-like-it-is style have made him a very popular public speaker, and he’s well known for his step by step instruction in helping communities make something happen. He has recruited more than $2.8 billion in new tourism development projects to rural communities and resorts.
Other speakers that day include Pamela Lainer, of Lainer Publishing, who will speak on “Passionate Marketing”; Jeanne Baer, of Creative Training Solutions, who will speak on “The Good, the Mad and the Ugly: Tough Customers”; and Rene Welti, of America Live Ads and ECHO Encounters, who will speak on “Turning Green into Nebraska Gold.” Delegates will have the chance to hear two of these three speakers during concurrent breakout sessions.
On Thursday, Oct.22, the focus changes to hospitality, service and social media. A meet the media panel will include Omaha World-Herald reporter David Hendee, Kansas City-based freelance travel writer Diana Lambdin-Meyer and Nebraska TV producer Brandy Klingelhoefer, from Kearney. Connie Francis, extension educator from the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative will speak about “Red Carpet Service Online,” and Steve Schmader, of the International Festivals and Events Association, will speak on “The Making of a Festival.” A social media panel will include Caleb Pollard, executive director at Valley County Economic Development Board/Ord Area Chamber of Commerce; Steph Romanski from the Grand Island Independent; and Dawn Ream from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.
Whether your customer is a Nebraska resident looking for a fun, affordable vacation destination close to home, or an international traveler wanting to live the Nebraska cowboy life for a few days, there is something for you – something worth learning – at the Nebraska Travel & Tourism Conference.  Online registration and a full schedule of events are available now at www.visitnebraska.org/industry under the “conferences” tab.  

Ann Bierbower at 800-228-4307, 402-471-3791, or email:

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Sarah Baker Hansen at 800-228-4307, 402-471-3797, or email:

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We still have about 100 activity calendars

 left.  You can pick one up at the library,

 school, Express Lane and Stop-n-Shop.


Weeping Water PTO 


          The Weeping Water PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) is


 selling stadium chairs again in order to earn money to purchase


 items for the elementary school.  The PTO has purchased many


 items for the school over the years such as new playground


equipment and many classroom supplies.  The stadium chairs cost


 $40 for one and $75 for two.  They hold up to 350 lbs and are


 very good quality.  What a great idea for Christmas gifts!  If you


are interested in purchasing some chairs, please call Brandy


Ahrens, PTO president, at 297-0876.  Thank you for your support.





Thurs., Oct. 1:

  • Girls JV/Varsity Softball @ Raymond Central @ 5:00 & 6:00 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 3:

  • Sightreading Workshop at the Old Avoca Schoolhouse 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 5:

  • Boys JV Football @ Nebraska City Lourdes @ 6:30 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 6:

  • Boys & Girls JH/Varsity ECNC Meet @ TBA
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball--WW-E. Butler Malcolm Triangular @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls JH Volleyball vs. Palmyra @ Home @ 5:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 7:

  • Steak and Pork Chop Dinner @ Congregational Church 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 8:

  • Girls Varsity Softball Sub-districts

Fri., Oct. 9:

  • Girls Varsity Softball Sub-districts 
  • Boys Football vs. Louisville @ Home (Homecoming) @ 7:00 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 10:

  • Girls JH Volleyball Booster Tournament in Weeping Water @ 8:00 a.m.

Sun., Oct. 11:

  • Fiddling Bee at Old Avoca Schoolhouse @ 2:30 p.m.
  • Fundraiser for Ethan Stecki @ 12:00-3:00 p.m. at the Weeping Water School
  • The Waffleman at Elmwood Fire Station 9:00-Noon  

Mon., Oct. 12:

  • Boys JH Football @ Louisville @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls C/JV Volleyball vs. Syracuse @ home @ 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.
  • Boys JV Football @ Louisville @ 6:30 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 13:

  • Girls JH Volleyball @ Elmwood/Murdock @ 4:30 p.m.


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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