Weeping Water Nebraska




Wednesday, November 11, 2009

1:00-6:30 p.m.

Weeping Water High School


Due to the seasonal and H1N1 flu going around the country, blood

is truly needed at this time. Please consider giving the gift of life.


For more information or to make an appointment,

please call the school office at 267-2445


Featuring Devoted Sound, for youth on November 11, from 6:30 - 8PM at the United Methodist Church in Louisville. Mark your calendars and pass the word! 




 Weeping Water Fire Department




       Saturday, November 14



5:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m.


at the Fire Barn


Pancakes / Scrambled Eggs / Bacon


Coffee / Apple & Orange Juice









 The Otoe County Genealogical Society will hold its November 12th meeting at the Morton-James Public Library. This meeting will welcome all new members into the society, and will also cover topics of interest concerning genealogical research in the Otoe County area. This meeting is open to all who are interested in joining the society, or just wish to attend to learn more about genealogical research in general.
During this meeting we will be conducting our quarterly Genealogy Internet Workshop, where we will be introducing our members to the valuable genealogical resources that are available on the Internet. This workshop is designed to assist those researchers who are unsure of how to locate their family's history online. So if you are new to the Internet and would like assistance in this area, please stop by and join us in our free workshop. Also, for those visitors that prefer to research their ancestors through more conventional means, the library's Genealogical Reference Room will be open at this time, and assistance will be provided by society members in this area as well.
Our society meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm, and our meeting location alternates every other month between the Otoe County Museum of Memories in Syracuse, and the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City. To learn more about the society, please check out our website, or contact the Morton-James Public Library for more information.










Over 130 Junior High students from around the area joined their voices together on Monday, October 26th and performed a truly wonderful concert for their families and friends at Conestoga Jr/Sr High School.  These students prepare for this honor choir weeks in advance by rehearsing the  music chosen by the participating schools' choir directors at their own schools.  They then gather at the host school and combine their voices with the guidance of the choir directors. It's amazing how students from ten schools with ten different directors can join together and sound so beautiful!!  The participating schools and their directors are listed below:

Conestoga--Dwight Rose

East Butler--Vickie Hines

Elmwood-Murdock--Betty Colbert

Johnson County Central--Cinda Goodrich

Louisville--Katie Burns

Malcolm--Michael Beach

Mead--Mistyn Kozisek

Palmyra--Beth McCreight

Weeping Water--Kim Hammer

Yutan--Michaela Babic 









The Lofte Theatre 


The Lofte takes great pride in utilizing the performing arts to give young people self-confidence and public speaking skills.  In that tradition, the Lofte is preparing to host not one, not two, but three diffferent high school one-act play competitions this fall!  In recent years, the Lofte has become a popular location for these types of competitions.  Its central location, friendly volunteers and authentic theater environment are three reasons why school administrators keep coming back. 
All competitions are open to the public.  In general, the competition days begin around 9am.  Schools will take turns performing a 30 minute piece, then there is a 15 minute break to allow for set changes and judges critique.  The competition will last all day.   Concessions will be available for purchase throughout the day with tables and seating in the lobby.  Below is a list of competition dates and the schools that will be participating.
Wednesday, November 18th - ECNC Conference
East Butler
Johnson County Central
Weeping Water
Monday, November 23rd - Capitol Conference
DC West
Fort Calhoun
Raymond Central
Wednesday, December 2nd - District C1-1
Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer
Johnson County Central
Lourdes Central Catholic
Tri County







 Over 135 4-H members, leaders, parents, guests and Cass County Extension staff celebrated “Go Green With 4-H”, recognizing outstanding accomplishments at the annual Achievement Party on Sunday, November 1, at the Cass County fairgrounds.             4-H Council members and other volunteers decorated the Expo Building for this annual event which included an afternoon hot dog roast sponsored by the Cass County Bankers Association.  Awards were sponsored by the Cass County Bankers Association, Meeske Hardware and Cass County 4-H Council. Nebraska 4-H Foundation, No Frills Supermarket and Arby’s provided partial sponsorship.            Annette Dougherty, project leader for the 4-H Western Feeders 4-H Club, was awarded the Olga Livers Outstanding Leader Award for 2009.  Receiving special recognition for years of service as leaders in the 4-H program were: John Knabe (55 years); Carleen and Lynn Dowding (35 years); Bob Vance (15 years); and Diane Bolin and Kim Volwiler (10 years). Five year pins were given for leader recognition to Brandy Ahrens, Joshua Bornemeier, Jerry Fleischman, Jennifer Hardesty, Dennis Heim, Denise Horn, Brenda Klingforth, Krystl Knabe, Karey Koehn, Rita and James Parriott, Cindy Penke, Stephanie Penke, Lynn Plucknett, Deborah Rich, Lois Sjogren, Gary Todd, Tyson Vogt, and Rhonda Woolridge. Two year ribbons were awarded to Kristin Bohling, Linda Branson, Julie Dillon, Vicki Larsen, Stacy Moxey, and Jennifer and Scott Rieflin. Leader appreciation gifts were provided by the Cass County 4-H Council to all organizational and project leaders.4-H members receiving Gold Membership (18 years old 4-H age and 12 years or more of 4-H membership):  Jennifer Allen, Laura Brown, Amelia Gredys, Whitney Heard, Marcy Heim, Dustin Knabe, Trenton Shrader, Jordan Vogt, Kalby Wehrbein. 4-H members receiving Silver Membership (twelve years of 4-H membership):  Owen Bond, Timothy Brown, Nathan Fries, Denae Martin, Cory Schlichtemeier. 4-H members receiving Bronze Membership (ten years of 4-H membership):Blake Balfour, Clint Bornemeier, Phillip Brown, Dylan Crist, Taylor Fleischman, Tyler Fleischman, Julia Freeburg, Amanda Hauschild, Nathaniel Homan, Marshall Keil, Amy Kerns, Matthew Lubben, Delayne Martin, Katelyn Pankonin, Rachel Parsons, Laurel Reiss, Olivia Rhoades, Logan Roecker, Tori Sillman, Georgia Stawniak, Samantha Thomassen, Allyssa Thorne, Ariel Thorne, Derick Vogt, Sarah Warga, Abigail Wehrbein. Clover Kids and first year members were recognized with first year pins.


Clubs recognized for Community Service and receiving medals were: 4-H Believers, Cass County Creative Cats, Cass County Lamb Kids, CC Explorers, Conestoga Clovers, Country Crickets, Fairland Giants, Kingdom Kids, Nehawka Swine, Plattsmouth Diversity, Stove Creek Rustlers, Tomorrow’s Producers, Triple B, Weeping Water Whiz  Kidz, 4-H Western Feeders. Clubs of Excellence Award winners receiving medals were as follows.  Gold:  Country Crickets and Triple B; Silver: 4-H Believers, 4-H Western Feeders, Cass County Creative Cats, Conestoga Clovers, Kingdom Kids, Nehawka Swine, Plattsmouth Diversity, Tomorrow’s Producers.  Bronze:  Fairland Giants, Stove Creek Rustlers, Weeping Water Whiz Kidz.  Honorable Mention: Bridle & Saddle, Cass County Lamb Kids, CC Explorers, Crazy Canine Critters, Creative Kids,  Dancerettes,  E.M. 4-H Shooting Sports, Greenwood Riders, Hare Raisers, Kick ‘N’ Spurs,   Manley Merry Milkers,  Pleasant Ridge 49ers, Southern Cass Sowers.Top county and state 4-H judging contest team members were recognized. Denotes top four county division judges.  * Denotes state team members.  Livestock:   Marcy Heim*,  JJ Bockman, Cory Schlichtemeier*,  Kalby Wehrbein,  Hoyt Kraeger*,  Abby Wehrbein*,  Josh Wehrbein, Katie Thoms*, Layne Lambert*,  Reed Kraeger*,  Savannah Schafer*,  Wade Sexton*, Taylor Heim, Cody Lambert, Gage Kraeger,  Matt Morton.  Horse:  Dana Hansen, Jordan West, Kara Bramhall, Jessica Branson, John Ostrander, Jordan Beck, Michaela Horn, Dylan Sohl.  Life Challenge:  Brenna Backemeyer*,  Lauren Sparks*, Elizabeth Rice*,  Jennie Allen*,  Marie Bolin*,  Sheridan Spohr*, Savannah Schafer*, Austin Hawks, Whitney Koehn, Ellen Rice, Emily Zakaras.Cass County 4-H was recognized for receiving 1st Place Small Group Dairy Herdsmanship and Large Group Reserve Champion Swine Herdsmanship at state fair. Nehawka Swine 4-H Club was recognized for celebrating 65 years as a 4-H club in 2009.High Point Award winners (General 4-H with Animals) in first place receiving trophies were Dustin Knabe (Sr), Savannah Schafer (Int), Whitney Koehn (Jr). Receiving second place silver medals were Micah Bolin (Sr), Michaela Horn (Int), Erwin Thakur (Jr). Third place bronze medal winners were Matt Griffin (Int), Noah Bolin (Jr).  Fourth place bronze medal winners were Nicolette Larsen (Int),  Jonah Bolin (Jr).High Point Award Winners (General 4-H or Animals) in first place receiving trophies were Shane Hennessy (Sr), K. Parriott (Int), Jacqueline Parriott (Jr). Receiving second place Silver Medals were Jennie Allen (Sr), Maddie Hardesty (Int), MaKayla Parriott (Jr).  Third place Bronze Medal winners were Sheridan Spohr (Int), Justin Hennessy (Jr).  Fourth place Bronze Medal winners were Kyle Bogatz (Int), Mary DeGraff (Jr.).  The overall High Point winner was Savannah Schafer with 446 points.  Non-traditional Award winners were: Camp of Choice Awards:  Delaney Bright and Autumn Hardesty;  Choice of Event Camp Awards:  K. and MaKayla Parriott.  Trophies were awarded in the following areas:   Rookie of the Year Award: Austin Hawks; 4-H Flop Award:  Josh Bogatz;  Hardship Award:  Emily Zakaras;  Most Memorable 4-H Experience Award:  Matt Griffin; Outstanding Citizenship Award: Dustin Knabe; Kid of Character Award:  Dustin Knabe; Outstanding Leadership Award: Dustin Knabe;  Outstanding Jr. 4-H Member Award:  Whitney Koehn;  Outstanding  Intermediate 4-H Member Award:  Savannah Schafer:  Outstanding Sr. 4-H Member Award:  Dustin Knabe.  Youth applying for non-traditional awards also won choice of prizes.  Diamond Clover Award Winners receiving First Level Amethyst pins:  Brenna Backemeyer, Riley Backemeyer, Adrianna Baker, Tristen Baker, Jonah Bolin, Micah Bolin, Noah Bolin, Delaney Bright, Mary DeGraff, Becca Dillon, Katie Dillon, Mitch Dillon, Sarah Dillon, Austin Hawks, Deanna Hill, Elizabeth Kolesik, Ryan Lane, Samantha Lane, Dalton Nickels, Jessica Rich, Sheridan Spohr, Rebecca Taylor, John Willey, Julie Zurek, Morgan Zurek. Receiving Second Level Aquamarine pins:  Brenna Backemeyer, Adrianna Baker, Tristen Baker, Jonah Bolin, Micah Bolin, Noah Bolin, Becca Dillon, Megan Hawks, Whitney Koehn, Samantha Lane, Sheridan Spohr, Emily Zakaras.  Receiving Third Level Ruby pins: Cheyenne Ackman, Adrianna Baker, Jonah Bolin, Micah Bolin, Noah Bolin, Matt Griffin, Daniel Hill, Whitney Koehn, Savannah Schafer, Erwin Thakur, Emily Zakaras. Receiving a Fourth Year Sapphire pin:  Micah Bolin. Receiving Fifth Year Emerald pins: Allison Harm and Dustin Knabe.  Receiving the 6th Year Diamond pin:  Jennie Allen.Current 4-H Council Members were recognized: Jennie Allen, Marcy Heim, Shane Hennessy, Dustin Knabe, Delayne Martin, Jill McLaughlin, Cory Schlichtemeier, Abby Wehrbein, Kalby Wehrbein,  Dennis Heim, Debbie Hennessy, Dave Knabe, Lynn Dowding, Kim Griffin,  Stephanie Schafer, Linda Sparks, Gary Stander, Renee Thakur.Outgoing 4-H Council Members recognized for service were:  Jennie Allen, Marcy Heim, Shane Hennessy, Dustin Knabe,  Delayne Martin, Jill McLaughlin, Cory Schlichtemeier, Abigail Wehrbein,  Kalby Wehrbein, Deb Hennessy, Linda Sparks, and Gary Stander.New 4-H Council members elected for 2010 include adult members Deb Hennessy, Linda Sparks, Gary Stander; and youth members Alex Abbott, Micah Bolin, Josh Bogatz, Jessica Branson, Allison Harm, Shane Hennessy, DeLayne Martin, Jill McLaughlin, and Lauren Sparks.Guest speaker Laura Weatherby from the Health and Human Services Department thanked Cass County 4-H members for their community service donations and shared stories of where the items go and how appreciative the recipients are to receive them.Receiving 4-H Council camp scholarships in a drawing were Alex Abbott and Whitney Koehn.

Danie Parriott was the lucky winner of the door prize for guessing closest to the number of candy bars in the prize tote bag. 


Annette Dougherty was named the 2009 Outstanding 4-H Leader


4-H leaders recognized included L to R Brenda Klingforth, James Parriott, Rita Parriott, Karey Koehn, Denise Horn... (all 5 years), John Knabe (55 years), and Lynn Dowding (35 years)


Dustin Knabe and Jennie Allen recognized for 4-H Gold Membership...18 years old 4-H age and 12 years or more of 4-H membership.


High Point winners recognized include (L to R, front) Shane Hennessy, Kyle Bogatz, Matt Griffin, Jacqueline' Parriott, Michaela Horn; (L to R, back) Dustin Knabe, Jennie Allen, Justin Hennessy, MaKayla Parriott, Maddie Hardesty, K. Parriott, Whitney Koehn.


Non-traditional award winners recognized include (L to R, front) Matt Griffin, Whitney Koehn, Austin Hawks, Delaney Bright, Autumn Hardesty; (L to R, back) Dustin Knabe, Josh Bogatz, K. Parriott, MaKayla Parriott, Emily Zakaras.


Diamond Clover award winners recognized include (L to R, front) Mary DeGraff, Dalton Nickels, Austin Hawks, Riley Backemeyer, Delaney Bright; (L to R, middle) Elizabeth Kolesik, Matt Griffin, Brenna Backemeyer, John Willey, Megan Hawks, Whitney Koehn; (L to R, back) Jennie Allen, Dustin Knabe, Allison Harm, Noah Bolin, Jonah Bolin, Micah Bolin, Emily Zakaras.


In conjunction with the annual Cass County 4-H Achievement Party, Jennie Allen, member of the Country Crickets 4-H Club, was recognized and honored for receiving the highest level 4-H Diamond Clover Award with a Diamond pin, award plaque and $100 in award money sponsored
by the Cass County 4-H Council.  Jennie achieved the required 8 out of 14 accomplishments and conducted a Service-Learning Project equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Scout Award. Her project involved re-designing the Louisville Riverview Cemetery Flag Pole Garden and received final approval from the local county review committee and state Nebraska 4-H Program Administrator. Jennie is one of the first recipients of this award in the state.  Following awards, she presented a power point presentation of her project.  Jennie is the daughter of Doug and Linda Allen of Louisville.


L to R - Clete Petrazelka, Louisville City Council member;  Jennie Allen, 4-H Diamond Clover Award recipient;  Don Gray, 4-H Diamond Clover Review Committee member.




2010 will be bringing about some significant changes to permitting.  All of the common hunt/fish type permits will be issued through the electronic system, even at external vendor locations. Some permit fee changes in summary:
The Habitat Stamp for 2010 will be $20.00 (a $4.00 increase). This also means the Lifetime Habitat Stamp will go from $320 to $400 January 1, 2010.
The Aquatic Habitat Stamp for 2010 will be $10.00 (a 2.50 increase)….note this adds to the cost of Fishing permits (except the 1-day).  So while no increase to the Fishing permit fees were made, their costs will increase due to the increase in the incorporated Aquatic Habitat Stamp. 
Nonresident Paddlefish Permits will increase $20 to the 2010 rate of $40.00
A Nonresident Combination Hunt and Fish permit was created for a fee of $120.00  (add the required $10.00 aquatic stamp and necessary $20.00 habitat stamp and the cost will be $150 plus the issue fee ($1.00 from NPC or $2.00 from external agent).
Resident Lifetime Furharvest permits were established with similar cost and age breaks as the resident lifetime hunt permit.
Perhaps one of the more dramatic and unprecedented moves was the creation of youth deer, antelope and turkey permits at record low price of $5.00.  This price is for either resident or nonresident participants age 15 and below.  The goal is to increase interest and participation by young hunters. 
Changes involving nonrefundable application fees for our new ‘lottery’ type permit offerings.  These new offerings that will become available next year, might include such things as a ‘statewide’ elk permit or a multispecies permit that would allow the harvest of a deer, 2 turkeys, an antelope and perhaps in some cases an elk.  The actual offerings will be determined in wildlife regulations.  These permits would be offered in a similar fashion as the Bighorn Sheep permit, where an individual can apply and be put in a drawing. 




Fall sports are done for the

Weeping Water Indians, but the

 students have already begun

 practicing for basketball and

 wrestling.  Once things get under

 way, I will have lots of news and

 pictures of sports and other school

 events for the newsletter. 

Stay tuned . . .




Wed., Nov. 11:

  • Veteran's Day
  • Blood Drive at the Weeping Water Public School @1:00-6:30 p.m.
  • "Devoted Sound" concert at the Louisville United Methodist Church  6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Steak and Pork Chop Dinner at the Congregational Church  5:00-8:00 p.m.\

Thurs., Nov. 12:

  • H1N1 Flu Vaccinations at the Weeping Water Public School @ 3:00 p.m. for those in the targeted groups in the community.

Sat., Nov. 14:

  • Hunter's Breakfast at the Weeping Water Firebarn 5:00-11:00 a.m.

Wed., Nov. 18:

  • One-Act Play Competition at The Lofte Theatre



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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