Weeping Water Nebraska




April 3, 2010

11:00 a.m.


Weeping Water Football Field

For Children thru 4th grade


Sponsored by the Weeping Water Chamber of Commerce

Advertising paid for in part with funds from a Cass County tourism grant




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!



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. 




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/.






Pollock and Carp
Chicken Gizzards & Livers

Friday, March 26, 2010
5:30 p.m.
$7.00 per person

American Legion

Carryout Available




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.


Dr, James McReynolds will preach the resurrection Sunday sermon at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Weeping Water.
Lataunya Riley, alcohol and drug counselor for Valley Hope and spiritual singer will sing.
Easter Sunday Sunrise services will againl be held on the north area of Weeping Water Ballfield Stadium at sunrise.  Michelle Daniels will lead the worship.  Breakfast at the church will follow. 
On Sunday night at 7:00 p.m., Easter day, "One Voice" will give the church's first Community Gospel Concert.  See First Christian Church's website www.forministry.com/USNEUMETCVFJVF  for sermons, profile of the church, information on the pastor and the many outreach ministries.




 "Having A Wonderful Time"

at Mahoney State Park 

Spring is in the air!  The roads are clear, the birds are singing and there's a new wild comedy opening at Mahoney State Park.  "Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Her," is a wild bedroom comedy by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Millmore.  These playwrights have given us such favorites "Love, Sex and the I.R.S," "Suitehearts," and "Lie, Cheat and Genuflect." 
Directed by Kevin Colbert, "Having a Wonderful Time," is filled with double standards, midnight rendezvous and a hungry bear. Danny and Kathy halt their night of passion when Kathy reveals she is dating another man. Paul and Jennifer are frustrated because she is reluctant to cheat on her husband.  Danny and Paul are best friends and soon both the confusion and hilarity ensue.  If you don't like to laugh, you'd better stay away from this one.  We suggest PG13 for some adult situations.
Performance dates are March 13-14, 19-21, 26-28, April 3, 9-11 and 16-18.  Curtain times on Fridays and Saturdays is 7:30pm; Sundays are 2pm matinees.  Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for children twelve and under.  Dinner theater packages are available.  Reservations can be made by calling the park office at (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.  A state sticker or day pass is required to enter the park.



Survivors R Us Team is sponsoring a

Pancake Breakfast at Plattsmouth Keno

on Sunday, March 28, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Minimum $5.00 per person donation is requested for all you can

eat pancakes, sausage, juice & coffee
Proceeds to benefit the Cass County Relay For Life 

for the American Cancer Society. 

Please join us - mark your calendars -

Relay is Saturday, June 26, 2010

visit our web site www.relayforlife.org/casscone  or call 402-393-5801 for more information. 



Auditions at Lofte Community Theatre
The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley will be holding auditions for "Heaven Can Wait" on April 5 and 6 at 7pm.  There are seven principal character parts available for men and women ages 20 and up.  Eleven minor parts are available for men and women ages 18 and up.  Everyone, including those with little or no theater experience, are encouraged to participate.
"Heaven Can Wait" revolves around the young boxer-in-training, Joe Pendleton who refuses to admit that he is dead.  After checking the records, his escort Mr. Jordan discovers that Joe is right.  He's not supposed to arrive for 60 more years.  After his manager cremates his body, Joe's spirit is forced to find a home within the wealthy Jonathan Farnsworth who is about to be murdered by his wife.  Several good parts available.   
Lofte Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert states that auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  No advance preparation is necessary.  Performance dates are May 28-30, June 4-6 and 10-13.  More details in regards to the show and the cast list can be found on the Lofte's website, www.Lofte.com .


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:



Call 402.234.2717 with any questions

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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.





Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation's 2010 Spring Banquet

 Sat. April 10th -- 6:00 p.m.
Elmwood School, 400 West F St.
Enjoy a delicious catered meal followed by an entertaining program.
Admission is $10.00. 
Take a nostalgic step back in time at this year's "County Fair"-themed event!  Speaker Mary Johnson will present, "A Harvest of Quilts".  She'll display part of her antique quilt collection and tell about the history and origins of the collection. 
RSVP to 994-3855 by April 5.


Interesting Opportunities for High School Students

March 19, 2010, Lincoln- High school students are invited to take on the role of state senators at the Unicameral Youth Legislature June 13-16 at the State Capitol Building in Lincoln.  This is an annual event, during which student senators sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation's only unicameral legislature.

The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students, who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking. Students learn about the inner workings of the legislature directly from staff and senators. State senators often address the students at this conference. I have participated twice. I really enjoyed the experiences, because the young people who attended the event were so willing to learn and discuss new ideas.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Extension 4-H Youth Development Office coordinates housing and recreational activities for the Unicameral Youth Legislature as part of the Big Red Summer Camps program. The Legislature's web site provides information and a video about the youth legislature at www.nebraskalegislature.gov/education/unicamyouth.php If you have questions about the program, please contact the Unicameral Information Office at 402-471-2788 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The registration deadline for the 2010 Unicameral Youth Legislature is May 1.

The Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI) is celebrating its 39th anniversary in 2010. Every year the NAYI offers high school students an opportunity to learn about the agricultural industry, develop leadership skills, and practice critical thinking and decision-making at a summer program in Lincoln. This year the dates for the Institute are July 6-10.

The NAYI is coordinated and conducted by the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC). The Council includes 16 college-age men and women, who are selected to educate high school students in Nebraska about the importance of the agricultural industry to our state. I was pleased to learn that two of this year's Council members are from Legislative District 2. They are Melissa Keyes from Springfield and Kalby Wehrbein from Plattsmouth.

Last year approximately 140 delegates attended the Institute. Knowledgeable speakers motivated the delegates by discussing current agricultural issues and describing the many opportunities the industry has to offer at the local, state, national and international levels.

If you are a high school junior or senior this year, the NAYI can provide you with an opportunity to make a difference in agriculture. If you would like to be among the young leaders chosen to attend the 2010 Institute, applications are now available on-line at http://www.agr.ne.gov/ You can also request an application form or more information about this program by calling 402-471-6864 or by writing to Cody Dvorak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The registration deadline for the 2010 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute is April 15.

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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Gov. Heineman Announces 2010 Tourism Marketing Grants
(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today announced tourism marketing grants totaling nearly $125,000 for 36 entities across the state. Grants are used to promote a wide variety of attractions and events in Nebraska.
"The funding provided through this program helps promote local events and regional attractions across our state," Gov. Heineman said. "These grants help spread the word on places to visit and things to do in Nebraska. Travel and tourism opportunities continue to grow, particularly in our most rural areas, and provide income and employment opportunities for local residents."
Funding for tourism marketing grants comes from revenue generated by the state lodging tax. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) administers the program, which includes the promotion of an event or a region of the state and general marketing activities. Applicants included 90 proposals requesting nearly $580,000 in grants.
DED Director Richard Baier said, "These marketing grants help communities respond to potential travelers. They also help communities take pride in what they have to offer and make the best of otherwise untapped potential."
Grant recipients include:
The Bloom Where You're Planted Farm and Pumpkin Patch in Avoca receives $2,299 for magazine and newspaper advertising, brochures, and website enhancement.
Cherry County Tourism receives $3,271 for sports and travel show booth backdrops and show registrations.
Columbus Days Festival receives $3,850 for billboard advertising and newspaper and radio advertising.
Columbus/Platte County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) receives $4,000 for website development.
Cuming County Visitors Bureau receives $4,000 for website development and visitors guide.
Chadron Fur Trade Days receives $2,339 for rack cards, brochures and magazine advertising.
Fremont/Dodge County CVB receives $2,000 for creation of a meeting planner guide.
Gage County Tourism receives $3,443 for brochure creation.
Garden County Tourism Committee receives $2,600 for brochures, posters, and magazine and direct mail advertising.
The Grand Island Little Theatre receives $3,000 for website development.
The Great Platte River Road Archway Authentic Native American Experience in Kearney receives $2,859 for direct mail and newspaper advertising.
Hall County CVB receives $5,000 for website development.
Harold Warp Pioneer Village Invention Expo in Minden receives $4,469 for TV and magazine advertisements, posters, and direct mail advertising.
The Heart of Nebraska Wine Trail in central Nebraska receives $2,654 for rack cards, banners, and trade show registration.
Kearney Visitors Bureau received $4,750 for billboard advertising.
Kool-Aid Days/Adams County CVB receives $4,700 for billboard advertising.
The Lincoln Arts Council receives $2,490 for Internet advertising and printed promotional pieces.
The Lincoln CVB receives $3,000 for magazine advertising. 
The Lincoln Highway Scenic and Historic Byway receives $4,715 for magazine advertising.
The Miles of Memories Country MusicFest in Hastings receives $4,000 for television advertising.
The Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney receives $2,250 for television advertising.
The North Platte/Lincoln County CVB receives $5,000 for website enhancement.
The Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway receives $4,014 for magazine and newspaper advertising, brochure creation and website enhancement.
The Platte Valley Antique Machinery Association's Antique and Collector's Show in Hastings receives $5,788 for newspaper, magazine and radio advertising.
The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway receives $5,000 for website development.
The Scenic Weeping Water Valley Association receives $4,480 for magazine and newspaper advertising, brochure creation and rack cards.
The Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair receives $2,250 for newspaper advertising.
Seward Area Chamber of Commerce receives $2,063 for creation of a promotional booklet. 
Slattery Vintage Estates in Nehawka receives $2,443 for magazine and newspaper advertising.
Southeast Nebraska Tourism Council receives $3,926 for magazine advertising.
Springfield Artworks receives $2,144 for magazine advertising.
The State Hand Corn Husking Contest and Fall Festival in Central City receives $2,167 for rack cards and radio advertising.
The Stuhr Museum's Memorial Day Celebration in Grand Island receives $4,450 for newspaper advertising.
The Sumtur Amphitheater in Papillion receives $4,500 for website development.
Thurston Watermelon Days receives $2,290 for website development and radio and magazine advertising.
The Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud receives $2,750 for direct mail advertising.



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!!! 




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.


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: United 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    



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!


"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."






Wed., Mar. 24:

  • Steak & Pork Chop Dinner @ WW Congregational Church 5:00-8:00 p.m. 
  • Boys & Girls V/JV Golf @ Elmwood-Murdock @ 4:00 p.m.

Fri., Mar. 26:

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

Mon., Mar. 29:

  • Boys & Girls V/JV Golf @ Auburn @ 9:00 a.m.

Thurs., Apr. 1

  • Boys & Girls Sr. High Track @ Platteview @ 2:30 p.m.
  • "Living Last Supper" at the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Weeping Water @ 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 3:

  • Easter Egg Hunt in Weeping Water @ 11:00 p.m. at the ballfield

Sun. Apr. 4:

  • Easter Sunday



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Dawn Randall

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