COME HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
What do good food, hot cider, yummy cookies, and Santa have in common? They're all part of Weeping Water's annual "Come Home for the Holidays" celebration! Saturday, December 5th was the day set aside this year for the city of Weeping Water to gather with one another to ring in the Christmas season. Businesses held open houses where they offered cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider,and coffee to those folks taking part in the festivities.
Those people with a sweet tooth were in luck--the ladies of the United Methodist Church held their annual Cookie and Candy Sale at the Fellowship Center. A delicious lunch was also offered at the Methodist Church for those who needed more than sugar in their system!
To the excitement of the children of Weeping Water, Santa once again arrived in style on the big, red firetruck. The children then lined up at the community building to tell him about the toys they've been dreaming of all year long. After visiting with Santa, they could go next door to decorate their own ornament--talk about some real artists!
And the craft show gave the adults in the crowd plenty of ideas for gifts and maybe even helped them cross some names off their shopping lists.
Thank you to all who worked so hard to organize these fun festivities for our community. We appreciate your hard work.
Marilyn Spohr dishes up some goodies at the Cookie and Candy Sale
Customers browse at the craft show.
The kids had a great time decorating their own ornaments.
Santa arrives in style.
Abby Meeske tells Santa what's on her list.
AnnaBell Murphy makes sure she didn't forget anything!
Bridgette Murdoch isn't too sure about the guy in the long, white beard.
Here are some more pictures of houses and businesses dressed up for the holidays. If you see a house that you would like to share with me and the other readers, snap a picture and e-mail it to me or let me know the address and I will take the picture myself.
I would also like to hear about special events happening in the community - food drives, caroling, Christmas parties, sledding parties, Christmas programs, coat drives, toy drives, etc. - anything that you think helps get people in the Christmas spirit.
The following pictures were taken of businesses competing in the "Come Home for the Holidays" window decorating contest. The winner of the contest will be announced in next week's newsletter.
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Weeping Water City Office
Memory Lane Museum
Memory Lane Museum
Mary's This n That
"Journey Into Christmas" Holiday Open House
A year's worth of activities celebrating A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich as the One Book One Nebraska selection for 2009 will conclude with the annual "Journey Into Christmas" Holiday Open House at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House. Located at 204 East F St., Elmwood, NE, the event runs every Saturday and Sunday in December from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Eleven rooms in the author's historic home have been dressed for the holidays. Rooms are decorated by local clubs and families, each with its own tree and unique theme. Visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cider after their tour.
Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 6-12. Visit www.BessStreeterAldrich.org for more information.
The Otoe County Genealogical Society will hold its December 10th meeting at the Talmage Public Library in Talmage, Nebraska. 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, OCGS President, Curtis Wolbert, will present a class on 'Obtaining Federal Records', covering which records the U.S. Government maintains on its citizens, and how someone can easily obtain these records through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Visitors are also encouraged to check out the library's Genealogy Reference Area, which maintains numerous genealogical records of the citizens of Talmage, and also maintains the original copies of the 'Talmage Tribune' & 'Talmage Topics' newspapers.
Our society meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm. Please check out our website, or contact the Morton-James Public Library or the Otoe County Museum of Memories for more information.
CAMP 4521, WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA
IS SPONSORING A MATCHING FUND PROJECT
FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE
WEEPING WATER COMMUNITY BUILDING
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009
DURING 4-GAME BASKETBALL NIGHT
12 NOON TO 7:00 P.M.
TO BE HELD AT
WEEPING WATER SCHOOL
WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA
WE WILL BE RUNNING THE KITCHEN!
HOMEMADE CHILI OR CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
CINNAMON ROLLS $1.50
HOT DOGS $1.50
CHILI CHEESE DOGS $2.50
SUPER NACHOS $4.00
ALL PROCEEDS RAISED FROM THIS PROJECT WILL BE MATCHED BY THE HOME OFFICE OF MODERN WOODMEN OF AMERICA UP TO $2,500. THE MONEY WILL BE DONATED TO THE WEEPING WATER COMMUNITY BUILDING FOUNDATION AND WILL BE USED TO PURCHASE NEEDED TABLES AND CHAIRS.
DIANE L. WADE, DISTRICT AGENT
SECRETARY, CAMP 4521
MODERN WOODMEN OF AMERICA
Lofte Community Theatre Receives Tree Planting Funds
Manley - The 2009 Trees for Nebraska Towns (TNT) has awarded tree planting grants to twenty-seven projects in twenty-three communities in Nebraska. The TNT community landscaping grant program is managed by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA) and funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET)
Manley is one of the communities that received landscape funds through this program. The Lofte Commuity Theatre Windbreak Project received $12,880. Anne Pope applied for the funds and will coordinate the project.
TNT was developed to address tree loss in Nebraska and to improve the overall health, sustainability and species diversity of Nebraska's community trees. It is coordinated by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc. and is part of ReTree Nebraska efforts to plant a million trees by 2017 (http://www.retreenebraska.edu). To help achieve these goals, the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET), a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery, is providing $1 million in grant funding to enable high-quality tree planting and associated landscaping in communities across the state. For more information about the TNT program contact NSA at (402) 472-2971.
The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum is both a non-profit horticultural organization and a program of the Nebraska Forest Service, part of the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. NSA achieves its mission of "sustainable landscapes for healthy homes and communities" through initiatives in education, community landscapes and the environment (arboretum.unl.edu).
The Lofte Theatre
The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that its holiday production of Robert Fulgham's "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" will open on Friday, December 4. Fulgham is perhaps best known for writing the humorous book, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."
Directed by Kevin Colbert, "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" weaves together a string of Christmas stories and original holiday songs. It is a charming look at the struggle to find the spirit of Christmas amid the avalanche of commercialism and chaos that descends upon us each December. Actors will be accompanied on stage by Lynnette Zimmer playing a baby grand piano onstage through much of the show.
The cast consists of Chuck Danskin of Lincoln, Virginia Kincaid of Elkhorn, Scott Pope of Eagle, Anna Strobel of Omaha and Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water. Performance dates are Dec 4-6, 11-13 and 17-20. Showtimes are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday. Tickets are $16, and reservations can be made by calling the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or purchased online at www.Lofte.com
One general admission ticket is $16. It can be redeemed for any one of our regular season plays.
Or, save 33% by purchasing a season pass! For $60 you can let your loved ones enjoy each of our five season plays.
2010 Shows: Heaven Can Wait
Guys & Dolls
Christmas at Leon's
Purchase your gift certificates today by calling our box office at 234-2553. Box Office Hours 9am-1pm Monday -Friday. If requested, we can arrange to mail the gift certificate directly to the recipient!
Opens Mahoney Winter Theatre Season
Mahoney State Park announces the opening of its winter theater season with the touching holiday story, "A Christmas Lottery" by Dave Brandl, Charles and Donna Ault. "Lottery" tells the story of George and Mary Williams, winners of a $40 million lottery prize. They host "Radio Riches," a broadcast where they receive calls and letters from people seeking assistance, and then they share the stories about the people they help. Who is the most deserving and what will they really receive for Christmas? Enjoy heartfelt examination of the value of money vs. the quality of life.
Directed by Mike Sewell the cast includes Stacy White and Shari Hoelker of Omaha, Jim Knierim of Louisville and Tom Lucas of Papillion. Performances are November 28, 29, Dec 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 26, 27-30. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Sunday, December 27th is the only exception; it will have no 2pm matinee, but an evening performance at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Mahoney State Park also offers a dinner and show package which includes a meal at Peter Kiewit Lodge. The price for the dinner/show combination is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. A Nebraska state park sticker or purchased day pass will be required to enter the park.
Those planning on attending the show are encouraged to come a little early and enjoy a cruise around the beautiful Mahoney State park scenery. The colors are beautiful this time of year!
Jim Knierim and Stacy White (sitting) struggle to fulfill the many requests they receive for assistance. Shari Hoelker and Tom Lucas (standing) bicker over who is more deserving to receive "A Christmas Lottery."
First Christian Church - Diciples of Christ
304 Main St.
PO Box 473
Louisville, NE. 68037
Phone: 402 - 234 - 2130 Pastor Cathy Stander: 402 - 677 - 9606
We are a Recovery Church
Overcomers Recovery Group meets every Thursday @ 8 - 9 PM.
This is not meant to replace CMA, NA, GA or AA, but is
a supplement and the higher power is Christ.
Sponors of Feed the Children Ministry
Child Saving Institute
Urban Plunge Inner City Ministry
Siena Francis Homeless Shelter
Letters to our Troops
(And we laugh a lot!)
We are a small but growing church with a big heart. Everyone is welcome just as you are.
Sunday Worship: 10AM with Communion and all are welcome at the table.
Adult and children's educational classes following worship.
Bible Study @ 10 AM on Tuesday
4PM on Sunday.
Potluck FEAST every 4th Sunday of the month.
Come Share in the Journey to the Manger
Advent Worship Services With United Methodist Church
each Wednesday in December @ the First Christian DOC Church in Louisville at 7 PM.
Christmas Eve Candelight Service at 9PM. Come as you are.
Watch for 2010 Contemporary Worship Service During the Week!
SHORT STORY CONTEST
Original short stories by Nebraska authors are currently being accepted for the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation's 2010 short story contest.
A new division for Intermediate School Students, Grades 3-5, is being added this year.
Story length should be 1,000-2,000 words (there is no minimum word requirement for the Intermediate category) and submissions should be written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works. No essays, please. Books by the author that writers can read to get ideas about content and style are:
Short Works 1907-1919 Mother Mason
Short Works 1920-1954 The Rim of the Prairie
The Cutters A Lantern in her Hand
Spring Came on Forever A White Bird Flying
Miss Bishop Song of Years
The Lieutenant's Lady Journey into Christmas
The Drum Goes Dead The Man who Caught the Weather
Prizes will be awarded at the annual Spring Banquet of the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation.
Cash prize amounts are:
Adult: 1st Prize $100.00, 2nd Prize $50.00, 3rd Prize $25.00.
High School (grades 9-12) and Middle School (grades 6-8): 1st Prize $50.00,
2nd Prize $25.00, 3rd Prize $15.00.
Intermediate School: 1st Prize $25.00, 2nd Prize $15.00, 3rd Prize $10.00.
Writers, please send a cover sheet with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, title of story, and two copies of your story, one with your name and one without. Include a line telling how you learned about the contest. For students, add age, grade, school, and teacher's name to the cover sheet. Please enclose a SASE for return of contest results. Stories will not be returned. Families of Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Board Members are not eligible.
The due date for submissions is the author's birthday, February 17, 2010 (postmark date). Send submissions to: Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation, P.O. Box 167, Elmwood, NE 68349. A complete list of rules can be found at http://www.bessstreeteraldrich.org
Eighth Annual Nebraska American String Teachers Association
Fiddle Tune Contest
1st PLACE: $100.00 2nd PLACE: $50.00 3rd PLACE: $25.00
This event inspires fiddlers to compose their own tunes, and supports the cause of string education throughout the great state of Nebraska.
The winners will be announced on May 29, 2010, during the Monumental Fiddling Championship held at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. The winning compositions will be performed at the Monumental Fiddling Championship, and printed in Stringing Along, the journal of the Nebraska Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
Direct your questions to:
The Old Schoolhouse,
PO Box 671,
Avoca, Nebraska, 68307-0671,
The 2010 Contest Rules and Guidelines:
1. Each submission should be an original composition which must be unpublished and composed after March 31, 2009.
2. Composers may submit more than one tune, but only one prize will be awarded to any one composer.
3. Four copies of the music must be submitted via computer generated sheet music, or hand-written sheet music.
4. The composer should include their name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and the title of the piece.
5. The entry fee of $20.00 should be sent in at the time of submission. Checks should be payable to Nebraska ASTA.
6. If you wish to receive written evaluation of your tune by the judges, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your entry.
7. Nebraska ASTA assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to works submitted.
8. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2010.
9. Send your entry to Deborah Greenblatt, The Old Schoolhouse, PO Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska,68307-0671. The composer is responsible for keeping a copy of their work, as well as for copyrighting their tune.
10. The composer understands that if their tune is one of the winners, Nebraska ASTA has permission to have the piece performed on May 29, 2010, in Beatrice, Nebraska, as well as permission to reprint the tune in Stringing Along, the newsletter of Nebraska ASTA.
Greenblatt & Seay Publications, in Avoca, Nebraska is a proud Sponsor of the Nebraska ASTA Fiddle Tune Composition Contest.
For more information about the Nebraska American String Teachers Association, log on to the web site at www.neasta.org
Thurs., Dec. 10:
- Boys & Girls C-Team Basketball @ home vs. Johnson County Central 5:00/6:15 p.m.
- Boys Wrestling @ Fort Calhoun @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 11:
- Boys Wrestling @ home vs. Lincoln Christian High @ 6:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 12:
- Boys Wrestling @ Raymond Central (Duel) @ 9:00 a.m.
- Boys JH Basketball Booster Tournament @ home @ 8:00 a.m.
- Boys JV Basketball @ Elmwood/Murdoch @ 11:00 a.m.
- Boys & Girls JV/V Basketball @ Omaha Christian Academy 4:30/5:30/6:30/7:45 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 14:
Boys JH Basketball @ Home vs. Palmyra @ 4:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 15:
- Boys & Girls JV/V Basketball @ Elmwood/Murdoch @ 4:45/4:45/6:15/8:00 p.m.
- Boys Wrestling @ home Cass County Quad @ 5:30 p.m.