Weeping Water Nebraska

Weeping Water Sports



The Weeping Water wrestling team brought home the championship from the ECNC Conference tournament last Friday night.  Three wrestlers won first place--Tyler Blevins, Shelton Mozena, and Alex Wessels.  Three wrestlers also took second place--Hoyt Kraeger, Spencer Swanson, and Joel Sahulka.  Austin Baier placed fourth.  Congratulations guys!  All of our wrestlers are in a good position to do well in districts this week and travel to state.  Good luck! 


2010 ECNC Champions


Alex Wessels--1st Place


Shelton Mozena--1st Place


Tyler Blevins--1st Place


Joel Sahulka--2nd Place


Spencer Swanson--2nd Place


Hoyt Kraeger--2nd Place


Austin Baier--4th Place







  The Weeping Water boys basketball team completed the ECNC conference tournament on Saturday night with a second place finish after losing the championship game to Johnson County Central 64-56.  Our boys were in the lead for most of the game, but JCC outscored us in the final minutes of play.  Congratulations guys!


The Weeping Water girls basketball team finished the ECNC tournament with a win against Malcolm in the consolation game on Saturday morning.  Good job girls!    







 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




Pollock and Carp
Chicken Gizzards & Livers

Friday, February 12, 2010
5:30 p.m.
$7.00 per person

American Legion

Carryout Available



American Cancer Society Daffodil Days 2010
Please place your orders for your daffodils now - the deadline is 2/19/10 and flowers will be delivered in March. The flowers alone come in a bunch of 10 stems for $10 - the signature "Boyd's Bear" with flowers is $25 and the teal colored signature vase alone (no flowers) is $15. Availability may be limited based on response so place your orders as soon as possible.
Call the ACS Omaha Office at 402-393-5801 for ordering.
Daffodil Days supports all of the invaluable programs and services that the American Cancer Society offers Cancer Patients and their families.
Please mention the Cass County Relay For Life as your source of this information.
Thank you for your support.

Cass County Relay For Life Planning Committee 2010


 Attend one of two informative training sessions for Private Pesticide Applicator Training given in Cass County by Extension Educators Gary Lesoing and Jessica Jones.  They will be held at the Cass County Extension Office on the Cass County Fairgrounds,144th Street and Hwy 1, 3 miles north of Weeping Water.  The training sessions will be held on Thursday, February 18th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 11th from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  This is a three hour training, with the first two hours focused on agronomic issues in cropping systems and the final hour addressing pesticide safety issues, laws and regulations.  The cost of the training is $30.  Be sure to bring your bar-coded letter from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture if you are being recertified.  This training also meets the requirements for new private pesticide applicators and those that have let their licenses expire. 

Some of the issues that will be discussed include: atrazine issues in Nebraska waters, IPM (Integrated Pest Management), soybean aphids, fungicide use on corn, soybeans and wheat, SCN (Soybean Cyst Nematode), weed issues in southeast Nebraska, cover crops in cropping systems and conversion of CRP to cropland.   

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Cass County Extension Office at (402) 267-2205 or Gary Lesoing at the Nemaha County Extension Office (402) 274-4755.


Producing Small Fruits for Home Profit will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center, 5985 G Road, Nebraska City. Join Vaughn Hammond, extension technologist, to learn about growing small fruits in your backyard. He will cover the production of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and other common and not so common
small fruits. For more information contact Hammond at 402-873-3166 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


 Connecting Young Nebraskans, (CYN) is a social network of young Nebraskans who have joined together to discuss and take action to promote change in Nebraska. In past years, it seems that the voice of young Nebraskans has been missing on many important issues. In an effort to address this, the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative would like to encourage and support the formation and ongoing operation of a 'Young Nebraskans' group. This group will belong to its members so it's up to you to help shape it into something you want to be a part of. 

Our current vision is for this group to focus on socializing by exchanging ideas, supporting others interests, and learning new things; while also bringing a young viewpoint and voice to shape the future of communities, regions and the state.  Communication will be facilitated by online social networking, electronic conversations, meetings via polycom, or other technology in addition to a possible yearly face-to-face gathering. In addition to its practical uses, this group will provide a way to meet new young Nebraskans and find out about opportunities, educational resources and fun activities. 

Connecting Young Nebraskans will be coordinated by the Nebraska Rural Initiative, but the leadership structure and direction will be determined by the network (you). We believe that each young Nebraskan has something to bring to the table, whether it is policy related, social, lifestyle, or socially based, CYN can help you find others who share the same interests and concerns.

Now is the time to join the CYN Network and start asking those critical questions that will affect your lifestyle in Nebraska! If you know someone who may be interested or who can benefit from CYN, please email Kayla at 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to add them to the email list. Keep in mind that any successful group takes time to mature and grow, so be patient throughout this development process, and make suggestions about how the future of our state will look for you.


Museum Exhibits

Cass County Museum opened two new temporary exhibits during January.  The  annual Valentine exhibit contains 132 Valentines ranging in date from the 1880s to the 1950s.  Many are on view for the first time, having been donated in the past year by Neil Lancaster and FloraBelle Wehrbein.

"Strike up the Band", an exhibit of Cass County Bands from 1883 to 1910, is also on display.  The photographs include bands from the MWA, Burlington shops, Wabash, Plattsmouth, and Murdock.

Both exhibits run through March 6.

The museum's Brown Bag series begins Tuesday, February 9, with a program by Dan Reis on Photo Conservation.

Cass County Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. For additional  information, call the museum 296-4770.

Contact:  H. Margo Prentiss, Curator





Louisville Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Fish Fry
February 26th and March 26th
Louisville Fire Hall
5pm to 8pm

Suggested Donations:

All You Can Eat: $8
Single Serve: $6
Children 12 and under: $5

***Plate Includes: Fish or Hot Dog, Fries, Coleslaw, Desert and Drink***

All proceeds go towards the purchase of equipment for the department!!! 



 Making a Positive Difference

February 5, 2010, Lincoln –In 2007 I introduced LB 425 toadopt the Nebraska Operational Assistance Act (Act). The bill proposed tomaintain an economic development program that began in 2002 and was renewed in2005. LB 425 appropriated funds to the Nebraska Department of EconomicDevelopment (DED). DED then awarded the funds to a private, nonprofitorganization to operate the program. The Act required the nonprofitorganization to provide technical assistance to individuals and companies thatlack the components to achieve their growth potential. The individuals andcompanies were then to be matched with people who were willing and able to make investments, in order to potentially realizeprofits in the future. The provisions of the Act, and the state funds that supportedit, were expected to sustain the existing groundwork, from which new ideascould be launched to create high-paying jobs, import dollars to our state andexpand our tax base. 

I selected LB 425 as my priority bill in 2007. The billpassed with strong support from the body. The adoption of the NebraskaOperational Assistance Act continued an existing economic development tool tosupport the efforts of individuals and organizations in Nebraska, who needassistance to transform ideas into commercially successful projects. I waspleased to introduce and successfully managed a bill to maintain the strengthof Nebraska’s economic development portfolio.

Last week I learned that two Nebraska programs designed tohelp rural businesses will receive federal stimulus money. Invest NebraskaCorporation (Corporation), the nonprofit organization to which DED awarded thefunding that resulted from the passage of LB 425, will be given $200,000 forbusiness loans in 35 rural counties. The Corporation held five regional newventure competitions in 2009. The southeast Nebraska competition took place inPeru. Monson Family Foods in Nebraska City was the winner of a $25,000 equityprize. Because this regional competition took place in Otoe County, the countywill be one of the 35 counties to receive a portion of the federal stimulusfunds.

The Invest Nebraska Corporation promotes capital formationfor and provides operating assistance to entrepreneurs and investors inNebraska. It is a resource for start-up and emerging companies that have thepotential to become high-growth businesses capable of attracting investmentcapital. 

In addition to its five regional new venture competitions,the Corporation sponsors several other programs. Local Venture Symposiums are offeredto educate Nebraska entrepreneurs about the various levels of capital fundingand to give accredited investors the opportunity to connect with potentialangel (high net worth) investment opportunities. The Corporation organizeslocal high school competitions. These events take place on the same day and inthe same location as the New Venture Competitions. The high school competitionsare held to identify and recognize students, who are interested in startingtheir own business some day. The competition is a starting point for studentsto share their ideas, organize concepts and compete against each other for acash prize. The Operational Assistance Program is a source of funding forcompanies with the potential to attract angel individuals or venture capital.To qualify for the Operational Assistance Program a company must: (a) be basedin or be willing to locate in Nebraska, (b) demonstrate potential to becomebacked by angel or venture capital investors and (c) be positioned so thatoperational assistance from Invest Nebraska can significantly impact theprobability of securing funding from angel or venture capital investors.

It was great to learn that something I played a role induring my first year as a state senator is continuing to make a positivedifference for our state.

I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to representDistrict 2 in the Nebraska Legislature.

We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.

Senator Dave Pankonin


POBox 94604


Lincoln,NE 68509


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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.


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, April 3, 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.. 


Registration is now open for the 2010 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska.  Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler.  The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

Fiddle Camp for Beginners is Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 18.  This camp includes some of the basics and fun of fiddling, such as performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, and jamming.  Fiddling styles include bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Klezmer, old-time, and newly composed tunes by the campers.  Movement and singing are included in the experience.

Fiddle Camp for Intermediate/Advanced Fiddlers is Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16, 2010.  Campers will discuss picking tunes for contests, performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, playing for dancers, back-up fiddling, arranging twin fiddle pieces , and jamming.  Many fiddling styles will be represented, including original compositions by the campers.

Each day is scheduled from 9 AM - 1 PM.  Registration is available on line at http://www.greenblattandseay.com/.

For more information, contact Deborah Greenblatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 



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."


Community Lenten and Holy Week Services
The 1rst Christian Disciples of Christ and the United Methodist Churches of Louisville are holding their second anual Community Lenten and Holy Week Services. As we enter the time of Lent, we are mindful of the economic hardships many are going through as well as the new threat of terrorism striking within the United States. People are searching for meaning in life as well as hope and comfort and you are invited to join us as we follow Jesus to the cross. Jesus lived in difficult times while He was on earth. he understands our struggles, but brings us hope in the Gospel message. Each Service begins at 7PM
Here are the dates and places:
February 17th: 1rst Christian Church (Ash Wednesday)
February 24th : United Methosist Church
March 3rd : 1rst Christian Church
March 10: United Methodist Church
March 17: 1rst Christian Church
March 24: Untied Methodist Church
Holy Week:
April 1: United Methodist Church: Seder Meal with Communion
April 2: Good Friday (Meet outside Fire Station for the Cross Walk.) If unable to walk, wait @ Christian Church)


 Cass County Clergy  Potato Project
Six Middle cass County Churches have joined together and formed an association to pool resources and talents to help our community and neighbors. Lest year 200 pounds of seed potatoes were purchased and planted for give away. From that we harvested over two tons of potatoes. (We give God the credit.)
This year we are looking for volunteers to get on board and help with the planting, weeding and harvesting as well as give away. We are also looking for enough land to plant 200 pounds of seed potatoes.
If anyone is interested, please contact, Pastor Cathy Stander at 402- 677 - 9606.



First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ

304 Main St. PO Box 473 Louisville, NE. 68037  

Phone: 402 - 234 - 2130   Pastor Cathy Stander: 402 - 677 - 9606    



  Sunday Worship: 10AM with Communion and all are welcome at the table.  

Everyone is welcome just as you are.  

Adult and children's educational classes following worship.  

Faith Lessons @ 10 AM on Tuesday 4PM on Sunday.  

Newly Forming Women's Group: 1rst & 4th Tuesdays @ 6:30 PM     

Recovery Group meets every Thursday @ 7 PM.


This is not meant to replace CMA, NA, GA or AA, but is a supplement and

the higher power is Christ who sets us free from being slaves to alcohol and drugs.

Led by recovering addicts.  


We are a small but growing church with a big heart for Jesus and you.

We proclaim the Lord is about to do something great in Louisville.    

Many opportunities for outreach in Jesus' Name.





Wed., Feb. 10:

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

Thurs., Feb. 11:

  • JH Girls Basketball @ Johnson County Central @ 4:00 p.m. 
  • Boys & Girls JV/V Basketball @ home vs. Louisville @ 4:15/5:00/6:15/7:30 p.m. (Parents' night and Dance Camp performance)

Fri., Feb. 12:

  • Boys Wrestling District Tournament @ Louisville
  • Fish Fry @ WW Legion Club @ 5:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 13:

  • Boys Wrestling District Tournament @ Louisville
  • Boys Basketball @ Heartland Events Center in Grand Island vs. Ravenna @ 11:15 a.m.
  • Sweetheart Event at The Lofte Theatre @ 6:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 14:

  • Valentine's Banquet @ St. Paul United Methodist Church in Elmwood 11:30-1:00 p.m.
  • Valentine's Day Soup Supper @ Union United Methodist Church 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 15:

  • Girls Basketball District Tournament

Tues., Feb. 16:

  • Girls Basketball District Tournament
  • JH Girls Basketball @ home vs. Louisville @ 4:00 p.m.


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