Weeping Water Nebraska

              Future Dancers

The Weeping Water Rockettes will offer a dance clinic for girls in grades PreK-8. The girls will learn dance technique, a performance routine and have FUN!!  Best of all, the girls will support the Weeping Water Indians at a home basketball game!!

Practice dates:             Sunday, January 31 from 5:15-6:30 PM

                                 Sunday, February 7 from 5:15-6:30.

The performance will be half time of the boys BB game on February 11th.*

*Each dancer should be escorted by an adult for the performance

The cost to participate is $25 and includes instruction; dance t-shirt & snacks at the practice. 

Please contact Megan Berry Barlow at 402-267-5203 with questions or to get a sign-up sheet.


 February is Nebraska 4-H Month


MEET THE FUTURE with Nebraska 4-H Month during February. Ever wonder what the future will look like?  Just take a look at your local 4-H today.  It's where young people explore, learn and discover in a safe environment.  In 4-H, kids find their true passions, gain confidence and give back to the community. Did you know that you can become a 4-Her at any time during the year?  4-H membership is open to all youth ages 5-18.  Why not consider joining 4-H today!

Celebrate 4-H's efforts in helping today's kids become tomorrow's leaders. 4-H volunteers keep busy helping youth Meet the Future with Cass County 4-H throughout the year.  Without volunteers to present and help with 4-H events, activities, workshops and clubs, the 4-H program could not exist.  Volunteers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program and have a huge impact on youth. 

Diane Mayfield, Cass County Extension Associate, works with volunteers to plan and implement hands-on learning.  Please won't you consider sharing your time and talents to help enhance our youth?  Short and/or long term volunteerism is available!  Contact UNL Extension in Cass County for more information at 402-267-2205 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information about Cass County 4-H, visit the 4-H page of the website at www.cass.unl.edu


Deanna and Daniel Hill, members of the Weeping Water Whiz Kidz 4-H Club, helped Bloom Where You're Planted pumpkin patch attendees discover, learn and have a BLAST exploring alternative fuels through a Biofuel Blast science experiment for 4-H National Youth Science Day last fall on two separate occasions at the Avoca site.  Assisting with the science experiment were Renee Thakur, 4-H volunteer, and Jonathan Anderson, Conestoga FFA Advisor, along with fellow 4-H members and Conestoga FFA members.




Pollock and Carp
Chicken Gizzards & Livers

Friday, January 29, 2010
5:30 p.m.
$7.00 per person

American Legion

Carryout Available





Please take the time to donate blood.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

1:00-6:30 p.m.

United Methodist Church, Weeping Water

To make an appointment, please call Jean Buel at 267-7245.


For Immediate Release: A Quieter Beginning


January 19, 2010, Lincoln - The One Hundred First Legislature, Second Session began with a more moderate pace than I have previously experienced.


In the first seven days of the 2010 session, about 275 new bills were introduced. Clerk of the Legislature Patrick O'Donnell noted that 500 bills are usually proposed in a 60-day session. All new bills must be introduced by the tenth legislative day, so we probably won't reach the average bill count this year. Fewer proposals probably result from the legislature's desire to manage the state budget without spending increases.


Twice during my first three years in office, the legislative session began with the swearing in of a large class of newly elected or re-elected senators and the body's selection of members to serve in leadership positions. The only changes required for the 2010 session were actually addressed last fall during the budget-cutting special session. In November District 10 Senator Bob Krist arrived to replace former Senator Mike Friend. Senator Friend resigned his legislative seat in order to accept a gubernatorial appointment to a new state position. Senator Friend's departure also created a leadership vacancy for the Urban Affairs Committee. The Committee's Vice Chair Senator Amanda McGill from Lincoln was elected in November to chair the Committee through the 2010 legislative session.


The quieter beginning this year has allowed a little more time for me to review the vast array of information that state senators receive. Individuals and organizations in Nebraska and throughout the United States provide senators with details about specific events, as well as research and perspectives on policy issues. Here are two examples of news reports I received last week.


From the Department of Health and Human Services came news that the governor proclaimed January as Radon Action Month. Most people know that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, but they may not know that nonsmokers are also susceptible to the disease. Exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer, and it is the primary cause for nonsmokers. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year are due to radon exposure. Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring gas that originates in the soil and builds to dangerous levels in homes. In Nebraska 50 percent of radon tests conducted yield elevated levels of radon.   For nonsmokers, the best way to reduce risk of lung cancer is to test for radon, and if levels are high, to mitigate the home. Winter months are the best time for Nebraskans to test for radon, because homes are closed up and can trap the toxic gas, causing it to build to dangerous levels. The Nebraska Radon Program offers low-cost radon test kits to encourage people to test their homes. Most homes with high levels of radon can be successfully treated using a standard radon mitigation system. The program provides technical assistance to those who have questions about the mitigation system. A list of trained professionals is available at the Nebraska Radon Program website:  http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/radon. To purchase a short-term radon test kit for $5, send a check or money order with name and mailing address to:  Nebraska Radon Program, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509.


State Tax Commissioner Doug Ewald announced the Department of Revenue's implementation of the federal Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA). For spouses who are residents of the same state as the military servicemember, the income earned by the spouse while accompanying the servicemember to Nebraska is only taxable in the spouse's state of legal residence. This change is effective beginning with the 2009 tax year. The income earned for services performed in Nebraska by the spouse, who is a legal resident of a state other than Nebraska, is exempt from Nebraska income tax if: 1. The servicemember is present in Nebraska solely in compliance with military orders, 2. the spouse is in Nebraska solely to be with the servicemember, and 3. the spouse is a legal resident in the same state as the servicemember. All three conditions must be met to qualify for the exemption. More complete information is available on the department's web site at http://www.revenue.ne.gov/

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

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Hastings, NE - Amateur photographers are invited to learn more about their craft, network with other photographers and listen to advice from seasoned professionals at the Photograph Nebraska Symposium to be held on February 26 & 27 at Lochland Country Club in Hastings.
Nebraska photographers Joel Sartore and Michael Forsberg are keynote presenters.
The two-day event will also include workshops on: digital cameras, photographic archiving, working with publications, night sky photography, animal behavior, software and sharing, extended expeditions, digiscoping, sports photography and interpreting history through photography.
Participants may have up to three pieces of their work critiqued during the symposium. They will also have the opportunity to photograph cranes in a blind on the Platte River.
Activities on Sunday, February 28 held in conjunction with the symposium include a photographic opportunity at the Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning, a gallery walk and a showing of the NET Television film Crane Song at the Lied Super Screen Theatre at the Hastings Museum.
A registration fee of $200 includes all sessions and five meals at Lochland Country Club. Registrations are due by February 5 and can be made at www.photographnebraska.com or by calling the Adams County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) at 402-461-2370.
The event is hosted by the Adams County CVB, with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council.


The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse

 The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Twin Fiddling Workshop on Saturday, February 13, for fiddlers (or violinists or violists) who want to learn to play nicely together with their fellow-fiddlers (or violinists or violists).  Fiddlers (or violinists or violists) of any age and experience level are encouraged to enroll.  Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will share some tunes, hints about arranging for two fiddles, playing back-up, etc.  The Workshop takes place in the historic 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 Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will celebrate the seventeenth annual Play-the-Recorder Month in March by offering a Beginning Recorder Workshop on Saturday, March 13, from 1 PM - 3 PM.   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.  Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited.  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..

Founded in 1939, the American Recorder Society is celebrating 70 years of service to its members and constituents--all recorder players including amateurs to leading professionals, students to teachers.  It has some 130 chapters and consorts in the U.S. and Canada, where its membership base is over 2200, plus 130 members in 28 other countries.

Play-the-Recorder Month grew out of an event staged as part of an "ARS 50" anniversary celebration, during which members all over the world played a recorder piece simultaneously on April 1, 1989.  Play-the-Recorder Day was first officially held in 1992, and then expanded to Play-the-Recorder Month the following year.

The ARS office in St. Louis, Mo, may be contacted at 314966-4082, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or through the ARS web site, www.AmericanRecorder.org  


Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 14, at 2:30 PM.   Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and banjo. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago.  Their performance on March 8 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers.  Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.  Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.


 The Lofte Theatre


Let's face it, sometimes we need a little help in the romance department.  Well, the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley has taken steps to create an enjoyable evening for singles, sweethearts and even old married folks!  
On Saturday, February 13th, the Lofte is holding a special Sweetheart Event to celebrate Valentine's Day.  The doors will open at 6:30pm.  Wine tastings will be provided by Slattery Vintage Estates
of Nehawka.  You can purchase a tasting, a glass, or buy a bottle of your favorite to share with friends!  A variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres will be on-hand and later, the instrumental group, "Skylark" will take the stage.  New this year, Krambeck Photography will be present for professional photo opportunities.  Wine, appetizers, dancing, photo opps; the only ingredients missing are you and your date! 
Tickets to this event are $20 per person.  Due to liquor license requirements, wine tastings will be priced separately at the door.   Advanced reservations are not required, but are strongly suggested.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Lofte Box Office at (402) 234-2553.  You may also visit their website www.Lofte.com.



"Marriage is Murder" at the Mahoney State Park
Ashland, NE [January 11, 2010]-  KBC Productions announces that their winter theater season continues at Mahoney State Park with the Nick Hall's romantic comedy, "Marriage is Murder."  Directed by Kathryn Cover, the story revolves around a divorced couple who write murder mysteries together.  Paul and Polly Butler act out the crimes in Paul's apartment; complete with poisoned chocolates, lethal martinis and daggers.  Nobody gets hurt, but their egos take some hits as each attempts to outdo the other. 
Starring in the show are Noelle Bohaty and Kyle Rolenze of Lincoln.  Both actors are currently employed in Lincoln at the Community Playhouse. 
Performance dates are January 23-24, 29-31, February 5-7, 11-14 and 19-21.  Showtimes are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Adult tickets are $8.  Admission for children 12 and under is $6.  Special promotions for this event include a dinner theater package ($20 for adults, $10 for children), and a Valentine's Day Package.  From February 11-14 you can get special rates that include lodging, meal and complimentary gift package. 
Mahoney State Park is located between Omaha and Lincoln on the interstate.  Please call the Mahoney State Park reservation desk for tickets and package details, (402) 944-2523 ext. 7330.  A state park entry permit is required to attend all shows.


Noelle Bohaty and Kyle Lorenze star in

KBC Productions "Marriage is Murder" at Mahoney State Park

"The Otoe County Genealogical Society will hold its February 11th meeting at 7:00 pm at the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City. 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 our guest speaker will be Dean Podoll, who will give us his presentation on the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry's Role during the Civil War. Dean is an expert on the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry, and has studied and documented their history over the past several years.
Our society meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm, and our meeting location alternates every other month between the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City, and the Syracuse United Methodist Church in Syracuse. To learn more about the society, please check out our website, or contact the Morton-James Library for more information."



Thurs., Jan. 28:

  •  Boys & Girls JV/V Basketball @ Yutan @ 4:00/5:00/6:15/8:00 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 29:

  • Boys Wrestling @ Greely Invite @ 2:00 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 30:

  • JH Girls Basketball-JCC Invitational @ Tecumseh @ 8:30 a.m.
  • Girls & Boys "C" Team Basketball @ Home vs. NC Lourdes @ 9:00/11:00 a.m.
  • Boys & Girls V Basketball-ECNC Tournament TBA

Tues., Feb. 2:

  • JH Girls Basketball @ Malcolm @ 4:00 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 4:

  • JH Girls Basketball @ Murray Conestoga @ 6:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 5:

  • Boys Wrestling ECNC Tournament @ Louisville @ 3:00 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 6:

  • JH Girls Basketball--WW Booster Tournament @ Home @ 8:00 a.m. 
  • Boys & Girls Basketball ECNC Finals TBA


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

Dawn Randall