Weeping Water Nebraska

WEEPING WATER'S ANNUAL

EASTER EGG HUNT

Weeping Water's annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce was held on Saturday, April 3, 2010.  Dozens of excited kids ranging in age from infants to 4th grade showed up at the ballfield to battle each other for the eggs with the best prizes hidden inside.  It turned out to be a nice day--okay, maybe it was a little bit windy--for the egg hunt and the kids had a lot of fun!  Thank you members of the Chamber of Commerce for your hard work in carrying on this tradition for the children of Weeping Water. 

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The Easter Bunny (AKA Yvonne Meeske) hands out candy before the hunt begins.

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The youngest children get first shot at all the eggs.

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Elijah Stecki had a great time hunting for his share of eggs.

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Where are the eggs?

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Kurt Powles helps his children Wade and Zoe while mom Lindsey (below) works to make things run smoothly during the egg hunt.  Thanks Lindsey!

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Lindsey Powles

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These kids know how this egg hunt works!!

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The oldest group of kids have to look harder for their eggs.   This will be the last year at the Easter egg hunt for some of these children--next year they will be too old.

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Brooke Ahrens checks out her eggs.

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Sam Thomas isn't sure if she has enough eggs in her basket.

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What a fun, special day!

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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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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, 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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RECYCLING ELECTRONICS 

Do you ever wonder what to do with your old electronic equipment when you're finished with it?  The link listed below has information on disposing of these items, plus other ways you can help our environment.  Let's do our part to keep our planet clean! 

http://www.lavasoft.com/company/newsletter/2010/04/article_tips_and_tactics.php?x-source=email&x-email=news&x-news=news-2010-april-all-things-spring&x-news-2010-april-all-things-spring=article-7&tracking=yesmail

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RELAY FOR LIFE 

Please "Save The Date - June 26, 2010" and join us for The Cass County Relay For Life at Plattsmouth High School as we all join forces to walk in the fight against every form of cancer. It is our 15th birthday in Cass County and we need you to help us celebrate!
For additional information, please logon to www.relayforlife.org/casscone
or call 402-393-5801.    Thank you 

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FISH FRY

Pollock and Carp
Chicken Gizzards & Livers

Friday, April 9, 2010
5:30 p.m.
$7.00 per person

American Legion

Carryout Available

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 "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.

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Former Stander Ace Hardware owner Maureen Gulizia announced their name is now Officially "Louisville Hardware" and the sign has been changed on the front of their new building!
As part of their celebration, and in recognition of Earth Day 2010 coming up on April 22nd, Louisville hardware is giving out Free Flower Bulbs with Energy Smart CFL Lights
 

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The 2010 Consent Calendar

April 2, 2010, Lincoln- One or more times during the session, the speaker of the legislature uses a procedure known as Consent Calendar. Bills advanced by a legislative committee with no dissenting votes are eligible to be placed on the Calendar. The Calendar and the bills it contains must be announced at least twenty-four hours before debate is scheduled. A bill on Consent Calendar is assigned fifteen minutes for introduction and debate. When debate ends or the allotted time expires, a vote is taken. A bill can be removed from the Calendar by the written request of at least three senators before debate begins or during its fifteen-minute time allotment. The 2010 Consent Calendar included these bills and 25 others.

With the passage of LB 884, employers would be required to provide an employee with an itemized statement of wages and deductions, because this documentation is needed by individuals who want to qualify for loans or enter into other financial contracts. Our current law does not require employers to issue such a statement.

LB 986 by Senator Conrad of Lincoln would encourage good eating habits by allowing the use of electronic scanners or point-of-sale devices to enable Nebraskans to use federally subsidized food and nutrition program benefits at farmers markets.

The $60,000 homestead property exemption that is currently available to the "head of the family" would be allowed under LB 907 for unmarried persons who are 65 and older, but are not the "head of a family". This change in our law would allow more qualified citizens to protect their home equity in bankruptcy proceedings.

The Nebraska Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing charges fees for initial competency assessments for sign language interpreters. Although this practice is already in place, the state auditor advised that this authority should be placed in law. LB 706 would accommodate the auditor's request.

Many stores now use electronic merchandise tags to prevent shoplifting. As a result thieves have developed counter-measures to avoid detection. Some use special devices to remove sensors, while others use special metal-lined bags to avoid setting off electronic theft alarm sensors. LB 894 would make the removal or disabling of these tags, or possession of devices designed to do so, illegal. The bill would address new methods of stealing, which lead to higher prices for consumer goods and bring Nebraska in line with most of the surrounding states that have already adopted such a law.

LB 713 would allow school districts to perform health inspections at any time during the school year, instead of during the first quarter of the year as is currently required. The health inspections are performed in order to determine if a child suffers from defective sight or hearing, dental defects or other conditions that are specified by the Department of Health and Human Services. LB 713 would require schools to confirm such inspections for students entering during the school year, rather than performing them immediately upon the student's entrance in the new school. The Health and Human Services Committee amended the bill to allow an exception for a child, whose parent or guardian provides a statement from a health professional to verify that the child has had a similar inspection within the past six months. The Committee also granted school boards the ability to employ physicians to perform the health inspections in lieu of such procedures being conducted by the district.

Currently, a towing company is required to notify a lien holder, whose name appears on the certificate of title of a motor vehicle within 30 days of towing the vehicle. LB 1065 would reduce this time frame to 5 business days.

The jurisdictional amount for Small Claims Court is $2700. Our law now requires the Supreme Court to adjust the amount every five years by using an unadjusted Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. LB 695, as amended by the Judiciary Committee, would make a one-time adjustment from the current amount to $3500. The Court would then use $3500 as the basis for future five-year adjustments. This change would make the jurisdictional amount for Small Claims more consistent with amounts that are sent in other Midwestern states.

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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OPPD (In-Lieu-of) Tax Bill for 2009 Makes a Huge Leap
       

 The (in-lieu-of) tax bill for the Omaha Public Power District jumped by more than $2.5 million for calendar year 2009. OPPD today issued checks totaling a record of almost $24 million to the counties in OPPD's service territory. That compares to last year's amount of almost $21.3 million.
        OPPD's payment to Cass County increased by almost $38,000 from last year, a nearly 23 percent increase.
        OPPD Director Fred Ulrich represents Cass County on the Board. He presented a check for $203,870.17 today to the Cass County Treasurer's Office.
        "The amount of OPPD's payment represents a significant increase from last year and shows how much we contribute to the treasuries of the counties, cities and school districts we serve," said Director Ulrich.
        The money takes the place of property and other taxes. Like other businesses, however, OPPD pays sales tax, wheel and gasoline taxes, motor vehicle license fees, and permit fees.
         The eleven counties that received payments today and the amounts received are as follows:
 
                      Douglas   $19,677,071.64
                Sarpy   $3,048,063.86
                Washington      $ 514,092.64
                Saunders        $ 223,966.66
                Cass    $203,870.17
                Dodge.  $104,191.33
                Nemaha  $ 31,680.57
                Johnson $ 12,126.44
                Richardson      $ 11,944.97
                Otoe    $ 4,240.58
                Colfax  $ 4,090.96
                Total   $ 23,835,339.82
        County treasurers will distribute the funds to the various taxing bodies in each county.

For Additional Information: Mike Jones, 402-636-3749; Jeff Hanson, 402-636-3755

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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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In the early spring, the new generation of bagworms will emerge from the silk sack prepared the season before. For information on control, visit the Cass County Extension website at:

http://cass.unl.edu/acreage

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THE OLD AVOCA SCHOOLHOUSE

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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Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series on Sunday, May 9, at 2:30 PM, features Deborah Greenblatt & Friends in "The Feminist Manifesto".  Through the songs and writings of heroic women (and some liberated men) through the centuries, issues of civil rights and stereotypes will be explored.

Championship fiddler, Greenblatt, will be joined by her husband, David Seay, and a small ensemble of Schoolhouse Music Students.  The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and 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.

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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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Wed., Apr. 7:

  • Steak & Pork Chop Dinner @ WW Congregational Church 5-8 p.m.
  • Boys Varsity Golf @ Lewiston @ 9:00 a.m.

Thurs., Apr. 8:

  • Weeping Water High School Musical "Cinderella" @ 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 9:

  • Weeping Water High School Musical "Cinderella" @ 7:30 p.m.

Mon., Apr. 12:

  • Boys & Girls Golf--Ashland-Greenwood Invite @ 9:00 a.m.

Tues., Apr. 13:

  • Girls & Boys Track @ Yutan Invitational @ 1:00 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 14:

  • Steak & Pork Chop Dinner @ WW Congregational Church 5-8 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Golf @ Milford Invite @ 9:30 a.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. Thank you.

 

 

Dawn Randall


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