Weeping Water Nebraska

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WINTER MUSIC CONCERT

The Weeping Water Senior and Junior High school music department presented their annual winter music concert on Tuesday, March 9th in the school auditorium.  The bands and choirs performed a mix of contemporary, gospel, and classic musical selections for their friends and family.

The audience was also treated to a performance by members of the medal winning speech team who presented an "Oral Interpretation of Drama" titled "Louder I Can't Hear You!.  It was a wonderfully entertaining evening.

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Mrs. Kim Hammer, music director, introduces the Junior High Choir

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Senior High Girls' Choir

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Senior High Mixed Ensemble

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Senior High Girls' Ensemble

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Vocal Duet--Kylee Schreiner and Rebekka Hammer

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Senior High Mixed Choir

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"Oral Interpretation of Drama"

Rebekka Hammer, Joel Sahulka, Katie Vice, Alex Wessels

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Junior High Band

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Junior/Senior High Band

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ATTENTION ALL WEEPING WATER

PUBLIC SCHOOL ALUMNI!! 

The Weeping Water Alumni Association is requesting your help.  They are in the process of compiling a complete list of addresses and e-mail addresses (if possible) of every graduate of Weeping Water Public School.  So look through your phone, blackberry, planner, address book, Facebook account, or any other place that you may have information about your friends and former classmates and forward that information to Kim (Sisson) (Schreiner) Kastens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This information helps the Alumni Association contact our alumni concerning the yearly Alumni Banquet (always held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend) and other important events at the school. 

Please remember, the cost of mailing this information to our alumni has increased tremendously recently and any donations would be greatly appreciated!  If you have any questions, please e-mail Kim Kastens at the address listed above.  Thank you for your help!

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WEEPING WATER SPORTS

Weeping Water High School and Junior High Basketball is done for the year as well as Senior High Wrestling--but don't worry Junior High Wrestling, golf and track are just around the corner!  Stay tuned for upcoming reports of our school's spring teams and their accomplishments. 

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WEEPING WATER LIBRARY'S NEW WEBSITE 

The Weeping Water library has a new website!  This new site has general information for the library as well as any special activities that have been planned for the community.

Go to www.weepingwaternebraska.com  and mouse Over Community, then click on Library.

Check it out!

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Update on Recycling for Weeping Water

            The "Cass County Going Green" program continues to move forward in its recycling efforts.  As part of a recycling and litter reduction grant received, communities participating in the county wide program will be provided with recycling trailers on a scheduled basis.

            The trailer will be located in Weeping Water North Elm Street (at the end of the street between the Farmers and Merchants Bank and Meeske's Housewares store) on the following dates:

            Saturday, March 27      -Friday, April 2

            Saturday, April 17        -Friday, April 23

            Saturday, May 1           -Friday May 7

            Saturday, May 22         -Friday, May 28

            Saturday, June 12         -Friday June 18

            Saturday, July 3            -Friday July 9

            Saturday, Aug 7           -Friday Aug 13

            Saturday, Aug 28         -Friday Sept 3

            Saturday, Sept 18         -Friday, Sept 24

            Saturday, Oct 2            -Friday, Oct 8

            Saturday, Oct 23          -Friday, Oct 29

            Saturday, Nov 13         -Friday, Nov 19

            Saturday, Dec 11         -Friday, Dec 17

 

            Trailers will close at Noon on Fridays or whenever full.

            To learn more about the Cass County Recycling Program go to http://www.cassne.org/.

 

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FISH FRY

Pollock and Carp
Chicken Gizzards & Livers

Friday, March 19, 2010
5:30 p.m.
$7.00 per person

American Legion

Carryout Available

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"LIVING LAST SUPPER"

THURSDAY APRIL 1, 2010

Weeping Water First Congregational United Church of Christ 

An original "Living Last Supper" will be presented Holy Thursday, April 1, 2010, at First Congregational Church in Weeping Water at 7:30 p.m.  The original script, written by Pastor Mary McQueen, uses three readers (one you regularly see at Loft Theater productions,)  and depicts Jesus actually washing the feet of the disciples.  As each disciple enters,  the readers tell the story of their calling to be a disciple and their life after Jesus is crucified.
The script was first written by Pastor Mary when she and her husband were working in The Church Within the Walls ministry in the South Dakota High Security Men's Penitentiary.  They wanted to present the story of Jesus' last night on earth, using the inmates as the disciples.   They were allowed only one hour to enter the prison, put on the presentation, serve communion, and leave.  So Pastor Mary  (who has published several books and articles on teaching the Bible in creative ways,) wrote the script to allow for readers from the outside.  A Jesus and Judas were brought in from the "outside" as well.
Pastor Mary says,  "The first time we presented the Living Last supper, God blessed us in many ways.  We brought "Jesus" (a man named Jim) from the "outside."  The inmates volunteered anonymously.  As Jesus (Jim)waited at the front of the auditorium with his arms outstretched, welcoming the first "disciple," we all realized that the inmate playing the part of Peter was the man who had murdered Jim (Jesus) neighbor girl.  Jim said he had prayed to minister to these men, and for a second his arms faltered as he kept them open in welcome for the man.  About halfway down the center aisle, the man recognized Jim, and his steps faltered briefly, but as he saw Jim welcoming him in love, he walked on down, embraced Jesus, and sat down for Jesus to wash his feet.
"At times like these,"  Pastor Mary writes,  "we all are reminded that we are all merely sinners living in the grace of God's forgiveness.  I don't think any one of us were able to control tears for the rest of the production.   Every time we present this script, God has blessed us in many ways."
"Jesus" for this presentation is another of the Loft actors whom most will recognize.  There is no charge for the production, though persons are asked to bring a can of food to donate to needy families at Easter.  Jesus will begin Holy Week at FCCUCC on Palm Sunday, when he will lead the children into the sanctuary to the words of "The King is Coming!" as he walks down the aisle to pick up his "crown of thorns" for later in the week.  Everyone is welcome.

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Ladies~ Start your bonnets!

 

Louisville's Coop de Ville will celebrate Easter with their annual Easter

Bonnet Parade & Contest on Saturday, March 27th. Register your bonnet

between 9:00 - 10:00 AM at Louisville Art Gallery on 3rd & Main Street. 

Parade begins at 10:15.

Wear a bonnet of your own design and on the day of the Parade you'll receive

 20% off your entire purchase at Coop De Ville & Feathers.

 

First Place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate.

 

Second Place winner will receive a $75 gift certificate.

 

Third Place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate.

 

Need something to jump start your creativity?

We've posted photos of previous bonnets on our blog:

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Call 402.234.2717 with any questions

On facebook? Become a fan of coop de ville & feathers

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Are you thinking Spring? Flowers? Fresh Veggies?

Then help support the Louisville Fireman's Auxiliary raise money by attending our plant sale.

We are raising money to help with scholarships and other things we do.

Plants are locally grown in Fremont, from Janet's Jungle.

We are taking pre-orders till April 19th

You can contact for an order sheet or questions:
Candy McClun 234.4995

Teri McClun 234.4161

 

Plants will be available for pick up May 1st at the Fire Hall from 9am-3pm.

 

If you don't pre-order you can still stop by and check them out as we will have plants that day for you to purchase.

www.janetsjungle.com

 

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A Complete Count: The Importance of Census Data

 

March 12, 2010, Lincoln - The 2010 census is underway. With forms for this population count due to arrive very soon at homes throughout our state and country, it is helpful to understand why it is so important for everyone to complete and return their census forms.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a count every ten years of each citizen and non-citizen resident in the United States, its territories and Puerto Rico. The population totals from the census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, so mandatory redistricting follows the census. Individual states also use the census totals to redraw their legislative districts, and local governments use the data to redraw their political boundaries.

Census data are used for rural development, urban planning, health and educational services, and attracting new businesses to our state and local areas. Every year over $300 billion in funding for more than 100 federal programs is distributed to states and communities based on the latest census population count. Based on the 2000 census figures, Nebraska receives more that $3 billion in federal funds each year. The funds support familiar and much needed programs such as Medicaid, the Federal Highway Program, Head Start, Community Development Block Grants, special programs for veterans and the elderly, unemployment insurance, Title 1 Grants to local school districts, mental health services, community action programs, vocational education and rehabilitation services, cooperative extension services, community colleges, law enforcement assistance, student loans, public library construction services, highway safety, summer youth recreation programs and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

The current $3 billion funding total for Nebraska means that our state is awarded about $1700 per person from the federal programs that use census data to determine the level of support for our state. This per person figure illustrates why it is so important for all of us to participate in the 2010 census. In 2000 the average return rate in Nebraska by county was 75 percent. In Legislative District 2 Cass County had a 73 percent return rate. For Otoe County it was 76 percent, and for Sarpy County it was 79 percent. These rates are commendable, but I hope we can do even better this year.

With one of the shortest questionnaires in history, the 2010 census asks for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship and whether you own or rent your home. It is estimated that it will only take about 10 minutes for the average household to complete the questionnaire. Questions about how we live as a nation - our diversity, education, housing, jobs and more - are now covered in the American Community Survey, which is conducted every year and replaces the former long-form census questionnaire. Census information is confidential, and federal law prohibits any public or private agency from gaining access to census data.

April 1 is Census Day. May 1 is the deadline for returning questionnaires. Non-response, door-to-door follow-up will take place from May through summer. On December 31st the U.S. Census Bureau must provide population counts to the president for apportionment. The apportionment process redistributes seats in the U.S. House of Representatives following the decennial census. The delivery of data to the states is scheduled to take place in March 2011.

For the sake of our legislative district and the state of Nebraska, I urge you to participate in the 2010 census by completing and returning your questionnaire before the May 1st deadline.

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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Louisville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Fish Fry

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!!! 

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The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse

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 Schoolhouse Performance Series on April 11, at 2:30, in Avoca, Nebraska, presents a family show suitable for all ages. Greenblatt & Seay's musical presentation, "Songs of the Sea and Other Watery Tales", features  a variety of water inspired songs while accompanying themselves on penny whistles, recorders, harmonica, banjo, guitar, folk harp, musical saw, and rain stick. There are songs about oceans, rivers, a canal, a bath tub, and even a dripping faucet.

Greenblatt & Seay, Master Artists with the Nebraska Arts Council, have over 30 years of experience  performing on many different musical instruments for audiences of all ages.

The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with Debby.  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.

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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)

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    

   

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Otoe County Rural Schools Reunion

When:Saturday, April 10 2010

Where:Harmony School


6265 'Q' Road


Nebraska City, NE 68410


On April 10th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its 1st Annual Otoe County Rural Schools Reunion at Harmony School at 6265 'Q' Road, which is located 8 miles south of Nebraska City on Highway 75, and ½ mile west on ‘Q' road. Harmony School is a rural schoolhouse that was built in 1879, and was closed in 1997.  This reunion will include a coffee social and tour of the 130-year old rural schoolhouse. In addition, it will also give visitors a chance to assist our society in identifying numerous unidentified rural schoolhouse photographs from several different school districts throughout the county. The society has come into possession of these prized photographs through their Otoe County Courthouse Clean-up Project, in which these photographs were donated to the society by the Otoe County Clerk's office, and through other generous donations as well.  So please come join us at Harmony School and help us pay tribute to the outstanding contributions that these rural schoolhouses made in the education of our state's youth for the past 100 years now!

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"The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host it's quarterly Genealogy Internet Workshop at the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City on April 8th at 7:00 pm.  This workshop will cover how to utilize numerous websites on the Internet to assist you in your genealogical research.  The library has access to Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, both of which have online records of the U.S. Federal Census', and to thousands of other valuable databases as well.  So please come join us at the Morton-James Public Library, and bring along a copy of your family tree so you can fill in some of those missing gaps.
 
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 United Methodist Church in Syracuse. To learn more about the society, please check out our website, or contact the Morton-James Public Library for more information."

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For the second year, Heritage Nebraska is recognizing the Fading Places and Hidden Treasures that have created the unique tapestry of our built environment, culture and landscapes. Heritage Nebraska needs your help to identify Fading Places and Hidden Treasures 2010 and make everyone aware of the dangers of losing some of these well-known places as well as the opportunities for sharing the lesser-known.  This is your chance to help Nebraska celebrate its rich history.     FADING PLACES 2010
Nebraska's endangered heritage.
They dot the Nebraska landscape. They are the abandoned or vacant barns, churches, schools, commercial buildings and other significant historic places. They are fading places, faced with demolition or continued neglect. They deserve a second chance, a shot at being preserved for future generations or saved through creative re-use. But it's more than places. It's Nebraska's irreplaceable cultural and natural heritage. Awareness and recognition of these fading places, histories and traditions may be our last best hope. Join Heritage Nebraska in sounding the alarm to galvanize preservation efforts and rally resources to save these one-of-a-kind threads in our historic tapestry.
 HIIDEN TREASURES 2010
 Worth seeing, doing and saving. 
You know they're out there. The destinations that don't always show up on the websites or in the brochure racks, but are worthy of a visit: The events that tell the story of who we are; The celebration of our heritage; Places and things that offer an authentic experience celebrating dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, historic architecture, unusual landscapes and a strong commitment to preservation and restoration of Nebraska's treasures.  
 HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP
 Nomination forms below
 Please take the time to fill one out. Answer the questions. Give as much information as you can. Pictures are helpful.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING IS APRIL 1, 2010
Mail, FAX or e-mail to the nomination forms to:
HERITAGE NEBRASKA  PO BOX 22608 Lincoln, NE 68542-2608 | FAX 402-323-7349 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
FADING PLACES Nomination Form [Deadline to submit April 1 ]
 
1.       Name of  Property:                                                                                                                                                      
2.       Property Address:       Street #:                                 Street:                                                                    
City:                                                                State:                                      Zip Code:                                              
3.       Type of ownership:    [  ] Public              [  ] Private
4.       Owner of Property:                                                                                                                                                    
5.       Owner's Address:        Street #:                                 Street:                                                                    
City:                                                                State:                                      Zip Code:                                              
6.       Name of  Nominator:                                                                                                                                                 
7.       Nominator's Address:                Street #:                                 Street:                                                                    
City:                                                                State:                                      Zip Code:                                              
       Phone #:                                             Email address:                                                                                                    
8.       Approximate Date property was constructed:                                                         
9.       Property Status:   [  ] Occupied     [  ] Vacant   [  ] Listed on the National Register 
[  ] Local Historic Designation (state or city)
10.    Condition of Property:                                                                                                                                              
11.    Why is this property historically significant?                                                                                                                                     _______                                                                                                                                             What is threatening this property? [  ] Change of Ownership and Use   [  ] Neglect
        [  ] Inappropriate Use [  ] Expansion of adjacent Development            [  ] Other                                              
                                                                                                                                    _______
12.    How can the threat be eliminated?                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                             13.    Has the Owner of the property been contacted about this nomination?         [  ] yes      [  ] no
14.    Is there any known opposition to the preservation of this property?             [  ] yes       [  ] no
15.    Please enclose any additional information that may support this nomination:                                                           Enclosed:        [  ] photographs   [  ] articles    [  ] other
Signature of Nominator:                                                                                                           
Date:                                                                              

Mail or FAX to Heritage Nebraska PO Box 22608 Lincoln 68542-2608 or 402-323-7349
or e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.          
 
HIDDEN TREASURES Nomination Form [Deadline to submit April 1 ]
 
1. Name of Property:                                                                                                                                                         
2. Property Address:           Street #:                                 Street:                                                                    
City:                                                        State:                                      Zip Code:                                              
3.       Type of ownership:    [  ] Public      [  ] Private
Owner of Property:                                                                                                                                                            
Owner's Address:                Street #:                                 Street:                                                                    
City:                                                        State:                                      Zip Code:                                              
Name of  Nominator:                                                                                                                                                         
Nominator's Address:        Street #:                                 Street:                                                                    
City:                                                        State:                                      Zip Code:                                              
       Phone #:                                             Email address:                                                                                                    
Approximate Date property was constructed:                                                                 
Property Status:   [  ] Occupied     [  ] Vacant   [  ] Listed on the National Register 
[  ] Local Historic Designation (state or city)
Why is this property historically significant? _______________________________________
What sets it apart from similar properties? ________________________________________
Has the Owner of the property been contacted about this nomination? [  ] yes      [  ] no
Is there any known opposition to the nomination of this property?       [  ] yes       [  ] no
Please enclose any additional information that may support this nomination:  
Enclosed:                [  ] photographs   [  ] articles    [  ] other
Signature of Nominator:                                                                                                   
Date:                                                      
Comments:

Mail or FAX to Heritage Nebraska PO Box 22608 Lincoln 68542-2608 or 402-323-7349     
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2009 Hidden Treasures:


Downtown Fremont : There has been a Main Street Program in this National Historic Register District downtown since 1994. The downtown has finally come of age as a unique blend of historic buildings and modern businesses and entertainment.

Faling House, Cambridge B&B:   Constructed from 1907 to 1910, the 10,000 square-foot house  built by William Faling in Cambridge is now used as a bed-n-breakfast. The neoclassic -style house has been on the National Register since 199.

Hamilton Avenue  Church in Hastings : A rare example of a church built [in 1904] by African-Americans in outstate Nebraska, still standing with minor alterations and still serving a Black congregation. Set apart by its historical significance.

Joslyn Castle in Omaha: George and Sarah Joslyn constructed one of Nebraska's greatest homes-a 35-room Scottish Baronial mansion atop a hill on Omaha's outskirts - in 1903.
The four-story house was completed at a cost of $250,000 in 11 months.

Olde Main Street Inn in Chadron :  Built by the O'Hanlon family in 1890, the elegant Chadron House was adorned with Brussels and marble washstands in each room and has been run by three generations of innkeepers for more than 100 years

Neihardt State Historic Site in Bancroft :  The house, built in 1880, was the boyhood home of Nebraska Poet Laureate John G. Neihardt from 1900-1921. The Neihardt Center is presently owned by the Nebraska State Historical Society. 

Nicholas Street Historic District:  This National Register District on the edge of North Downtown Omaha represents one of three patterns of industrial development along railroad lines and is home to Omaha's Hot Shops, 50 art studios, four art galleries and many exhibition spaces.

Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor Agricultural Learning: This farm [1894] near Hastings was once part of   the state mental hospital. The barn, built around 1931, is now being used to teach agriculture appreciation, outdoor education, cultural traditions and natural resources. 

 Prospect Hill Cemetery and Caretaker Residence: Some of the most prominent people in the development of Omaha are buried among the 15,000 graves dating back to 1858. The caretaker's residence [1918] and surrounding land is a prominent part of Nebraska heritage.
 2009 Fading Places: (12) 

Archeological sites statewide :  There are a number statewide and they are being threatened by unwise stewardship and downright deliberate acts of vandalism, neglect, inappropriate use and ignorance.

Aurora Apothecary and Knights of Pythias Hall: Another important building endangered in this Hamilton County seat community that has lost others to demolition and arson. The collapse of part of the roof of the Aurora Apothecary building has set back plans for the sale and rehab.

Boot Hill Cemetery and Camp Lookout in Sidney:  Between 1868 and 1889, the cemetery played a significant role in the history of the "Old West" when Sidney was a major outpost for the U.S. Army and part of the Black Hills Gold Rush. Camp Lookout is definitely the oldest building in Sidney and perhaps the entire Panhandle.

Hastings Junior High School and endangered schools statewide:  The facility [1917] was designed by Hastings architect C.W. Way and is one of five remaining structures of that type.   Several elementary schools in the community are endangered as well. The story is repeated time and again across Nebraska as a tear-down mentality prevails.

Metz Hall in Elkhorn: Located on the "upper" Main Street, the wood building features a dance floor in a room highlighted by an inlaid wood ceiling. This turn-of-the Century structure reflects the grand era of brewing in Omaha when Metz, Krug, Willow Springs and Storz were the big four names in breweries. Metz Brewery closed because of the Prohibition in 1920.  

Naval Ammunition Depot:  The 48,000 acre Navy facility [1942 - 1966] located in Adams and Clay County was the largest in the US during World War II and produced a significant amount of ammunition for the armed forces. There were:  1,800 buildings and 1,500 concrete and earthen storage magazines, 200 permanent  and numerous temporary buildings and barracks on site.  

Oregon Trail Statewide: During the 1840s, travelers on their way west from Independence, Missouri, knew that the Oregon Trail provided the smoothest and most direct route to Independence Pass at the southern end of the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming. It followed the natural drainage systems of six rivers to reach the easiest crossing of the Continental Divide.   

 Pershing Auditorium West Wall Mural in Lincoln : The 140 ft by 38 ft mural designed by Omaha artists Leonard Thiessen and William Hammon is in need of repair. More than 763,000 pieces of tile, each cut one inch square and assembled in one foot by two foot sections in Cincinnati, Ohio, was assembled and installed based on numbers on the backs of each piece.  

Rural schools statewide such as the Logan Valley District 16 School of Cedar County.   The school north of Laurel was built in 1929-1930. The wooden building  is one of many that dot the rural landscape of Nebraska and sit in various stages of neglect. Restoration is essential to keep this part of rural heritage alive.

Starke Round Barn: This unique property [1902-03] located near Red Cloud is the state's largest and one of the largest in the nation. The building is in fair condition but can only be maintained on a minimal basis due to lack of funds. The remote location and small population base make it essential to find a viable use for this and other oft-neglected barns. 

Thorndike Hall in Cambridge: Thorndike Hall [1907-08] features an elaborately painted ceiling by Hansen and Willer. This is the place where Glen Miller played trombone [1924] for Cambridge native  Tommy Watkins and his orchestra. Miller eventually broke off and started his own band and moved to California.

Webster Telephone Exchange Building: Safety engineers have said the old telephone building, one of the area's oldest landmarks, is in danger of collapsing. A lack of funding to maintain and upgrade the building which was designed by prominent architect Thomas Kimball is the biggest threat.  A stabilization plan and an adaptive re-use plan for the facility have been done. 

SAVED:  Three Fading Places have either found new life or a reprieve since being listed in May 2009. They are:

 Aurora Apothecary and Knights of Pythias Hall:  The roof and the rear wall have been reconstructed. With the building stabilized, development plans can proceed when ready.

Boot Hill Cemetery and Camp Lookout in Sidney:  The city has purchased Camp Lookout and cleanup of the property, a necessary first-step for stabilization, has begun.

Hastings Junior High School and endangered schools statewide:  A Hastings contractor has purchased the building and is in the process of creating office space, meeting rooms and luxury condominiums while retaining the classic architecture of the outside of the building.

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Wed., Mar. 17:

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

Fri., Mar. 19:

  • Fish Fry at the Legion Club @ 5:30 p.m.

Tues., Mar. 23:

  • Sr. High Track Meet @ Conestoga @ 2:00 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 24:

  • Boys & Girls V/JV Golf @ Elmwood-Murdock @ 4:00 p.m.

 


 

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you would like to feature in the weekly

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events, news, and/or pictures for the

community to enjoy. Thank you.

 

 

Dawn Randall


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