Weeping Water Nebraska


It's hard to believe but the 2009-2010 school year is almost over!  The last day of school for K-8 is May 18th and the 9-12 graders will be finished on May 19th.  Graduation will be held at 4:00 p.m. on May 7th in the high school gymnasium.  This was another great year for the Weeping Water Public School and I'm sure everyone would agree that the teachers, administrators, and staff all did a wonderful job with our children.  We appreciate their hard work and dedication to our future generations. 




"A Night to Honor our Students On Their Achievements"

The 7-12 grade students of Weeping Water High School were honored for their academics and athletics on Monday, May 3rd in the school auditorium.  Many, many scholarships were awarded to this year's seniors and all the students in each class were awarded certificates, pins, medals, and letters for their efforts in their classes and extra-curricular activities. 

Congratulations to all the students of WWPS for their hard work and dedication while striving to reach their goals.  Good luck next year and congratulations on a job well done!




SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010 


Before I was a Mom

Before I was a Mom -
I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Mom -
I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never been puked on - Pooped on - Spit on - Chewed on, or Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and My thoughts. I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom -
I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests...or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom -
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom -
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known The warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

--Author Unknown





Along with City Hall to



(the newly remodeled Community Building)


And Election Day is Tuesday May 11, 2010. 

Polls are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.


Dr. James McReynolds, pastor, First Christian Church, will be continuing his series "God's Medicine for Hurting Families" at 10:30 a.m. on May 9 with a message on "The Important, Impossible, and the Imperative in Marriage."
First Christian Church begins intensive prayer to find God's will for the congregation.  On Pentecost Sunday, May 30, the church will have groups of three persons praying for 100 days, 100 minutes each prayer session, with up to 100 praying and listening for what God wants. 
Pastor McReynolds has given books from his library to raise the $1,500 needed for a pastor-coach to help in the Strategic Spiritual Journey, meetings of the core journey team in Lincoln, and materials.
First Christian Church offers extensive outreach ministries. They are a center for gospel music concerts offering some of the outstanding groups from throughout the nation.


 The Lofte Community Theatre

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that it will be holding auditions for their summer musical, "Guys & Dolls" on May 9 and 10 at 7pm.  There are several parts available including featured parts and ensemble.  Men and women ages 16 and up are welcome.  Those planning to audition should bring a prepared piece of music.  An accompanist is provided.  Readings will consist of cuttings from the show's script.
Performance dates are July 16-18, 22-25, 29-31 and August 1.  There are two performances on July 18 and 25.  Director for the production is Kevin Colbert.  Musical Director is Betty Colbert.  Complete details can be found on the Lofte's website, www.Lofte.com.  Questions may be addressed to Kevin Colbert by calling the Lofte's Box Office at (402) 234-2553.  




 2010  Relay For Life Of Cass County

Please join us for twelve hours of activity when we walk the track to honor those we have lost to Cancer and celebrate the lives of those who are surviving. This is the 15th year of the Relay For Life of Cass County and the 26th Anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. It is a wonderful event that a lot of thought and hard work is put into by the ACS staff and a small volunteer committee. There is nothing in the world that would give us more satisfaction than having every one of you (adults, children, family and friends) join us to Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back and bring us all Hope for a better, brighter day.

Date:  Saturday, June 26, 2010

Time: 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Place: Plattsmouth High School Football Field Track

Rain or Shine - if necessary the walk will be moved into the high school

There will be music and games for even the smallest - a bounce house too!

Bring your tents and sleeping bags and camp out with us under the stars! A night you're sure to remember.

For additional information:  www.relayforlife.org/casscone or 402-393-5801

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ........ Your 2010 Relay Committee      


Upcoming 2010 ACS Cass County Relay For Life Fund Raisers

   Car Wash - Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 to 4:00 at Plattsmouth Keno. Free-will donation. Sponsored by Survivors R Us.

   Vendor Open House - Saturday, May 22 from 10:00 to 2:00 at Bellevue Lied Activity Center (2711 Arboretum Dr.). Vendors include At Home Entertaining, Tupperware, Arbonne, Tastefully Simple, and more. Sponsored by Thundering Herd.

   Garage Sale - Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5 from 8:00 to 4:00 on both days at 13412 S. 31st Circle, Bellevue. Sponsored by Thundering Herd.

   Rock-n-Race for a Cure - Saturday, June 5 at Rolling Thunder Drag Strip. Admission $10. Gates open at 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by LD's Warriors.
   Craft Booth - Friday, June 11; Saturday, June 12; & Sunday, June 13 at Springfield Days (Friday 5:00 to 10:00, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 to 4:00). Sponsored by Thundering Herd.

   Blackjack Run - Saturday, June 19, starting at Plattsmouth Keno. Sign up from 11:30 to 1:30. Motorcycles and classic cars welcome. Cost is $10/hand. Sponsored by Carol's Crusaders.







Contact:          Mary Ann Holland

                        Extension Educator

                        Cass County Extension office

                        8400 144th Street, Ste. 100

                        Weeping Water, NE 68463


For Immediate Release

Composting Workshop


Cass County Extension office will host a Composting Workshop.  Vaughn Hammond, Extension Technologist from the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City will present a Home Composting workshop on Thursday, May 27th from 10:00-11:30. 

Compost is every gardener¹s best friend.  We will teach you how to make compost using either the hot or cold approach as well as cover several different types of composters available.  We will also construct a compost bin that is easy to build and affordable.  To top the morning off we will also cover vermiculture or the process of composting with worms.  

The Cass County Extension office is located at 8400 144th Street, three miles north of Weeping Water on the Cass County Fairgrounds.  The workshop is offered free to anyone who is interested; no need to pre-register. 



Clayton Ehlers and Susan Anderson of Weeping Water were married

April 3, 2010 at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, NV.

Tom and Patty Sorensen of Louisville were the couple's Best Man and Matron of Honor. 



People, Process & Policy in the 2010 Legislative Session

April 30, 2010, Lincoln - Recently, I talked about four elements that are often present in the complex work of our state legislature. Three of the elements - people, process and policy - came to mind when I thought about noteworthy events in the 2010 session.

People were the keys to compromises on issues that divided citizens, organizations and senators alike. Negotiations led by Education Committee Chairman Greg Adams, Judiciary Committee Chairman Brad Ashford and Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood were instrumental in potentially ending a two-year disagreement among the state's six community colleges. We hear a lot about state aid for K-12 education, but the aid formula for community colleges is seldom mentioned. The disagreement in question began last year when officials from Metropolitan Community College (Metro) complained that revisions in the formula reduced their funding so much that they were forced to raise property taxes. Tensions increased when the other five colleges ousted Metro from their state association. A lawsuit filed by Metro against the other colleges caused state lawmakers to discuss the possible need for legislative action to resolve the dispute. Thanks to the efforts of Senators Adams, Ashford and Flood, the colleges agreed to accept a temporary aid formula and work together on a permanent one for the future, and Metro dismissed its lawsuit.

Another dispute involved a proposal to create a two-year freeze on construction of new physician-owned hospitals. The proposal was offered because the impact of such construction on health care costs has not been reviewed, since Nebraska became one of 14 states that does not require a certificate of need to justify new facilities more than ten years ago. The proposal prompted strong disagreements among citizens in and around the Kearney area, where a new physician-owned hospital was already under construction. It appeared that floor debate on this proposal might be lengthy and possibly contentious, so lawmakers, including Speaker Flood and Lincoln Senator Kathy Campbell who introduced the proposal, worked with interested constituent groups to negotiate a compromise. The study, which will look at the viability of competing hospitals, will be conducted but will not affect decisions about the Kearney project that is already underway.

The crucial role of committees in Nebraska's one-house legislature is evident in the workings of the Appropriations Committee. The budget-writing responsibility of this Committee is a great example of our legislative process at its best. In challenging economic times, we hear stories about other states that struggle for months to pass their budgets. In Nebraska the legislature can move the budget through three stages of debate in a matter of days. Why does the process here work so efficiently? It is because the months of work required to build the state budget are performed first by the nine senators who serve on the Appropriations Committee. This Committee meets five days a week, with additional meetings, as needed. The budget-writing senators represent Nebraska's diversity in age, interests, occupations, policy positions and place of residence. When the Committee delivers the budget to the full legislature, there are opportunities for questions, debate and changes, but most of the work is already finished. The legislature is required to create and pass a balanced budget every year. Our process supports this requirement in the best way possible.

A restructuring of state law to allow for the private development of wind farms was probably the most significant new public policy enacted during the 2010 legislative session. The drafting, writing, introduction and passage of LB 1048 took more than a year. Wind developers, representatives from Nebraska's public utilities and members of the Natural Resources Committee held countless meetings and hearings to discuss policy compromises, before the entire legislature even saw the bill.

LB 1048 was introduced to remove barriers to privately generated electricity that have been in place since the 1930s, when Nebraska became this country's only public power state. Our public power policies have limited development of wind energy, because public utilities do not qualify for federal incentives that have made wind energy production so attractive in other states. LB 1048 will allow private developers to generate wind power in Nebraska and export it to other states. In ways too numerous to describe here, this new policy will serve individuals and businesses in our state and protect our low energy costs, as well.

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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The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host it's 2nd annual 'Walk Through Wyuka' tour at the Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City on May 13th at 7:00 pm.  Wyuka Cemetery historian, Don Hegr, will be our tour guide and will guide us through the many historical internments in Nebraska's oldest public cemetery.  Don's tour will cover the history of the cemetery, and will also showcase numerous graves of Nebraska City's prominent (and sometimes not so prominent) people that are buried within the cemetery.  If you would like to join us on this tour, please meet at the maintenance shed inside the cemetery at 7:00 pm.  There will be someone at the main entrance of the cemetery to guide you once you arrive, and parking will be on the south side of the maintenance shed.



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/.

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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.


A Sightreading Workshop is scheduled for beginners and intermediate players on Monday evenings, from May 17 - June 7,  from 6:30 PM - 8 PM, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in picturesque Avoca, Nebraska.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for beginners and intermediate players of all ages  to  sightread music that you've never seen before, and don't have to ever see again.  During the workshop, led by Deborah Greenblatt, discover how to negotiate new compositions with minimum stress, and maximum music.  The beauty of this workshop is that all you have to do is show up.  There is no preparation necessary, although pre-registration is required.  The fee for the Sightreading Workshop is $80.00 per person.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




Fri., May 7:

  • Girls & Boys Track @ Tecumseh @ 9:00 a.m.

Sat., May 8:

  • High School Graduation @ 4:00 p.m. at WWPS

Sun., May 9:

  • "The Lofte" auditions @ 7:00 p.m.

Tues., May 11:

  • Election day 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Wed.,May 12:

  • Golf @ Lincoln Christian Invite @ 9:00 a.m.
  • JH ECNC Track Meet @ 10:00 a.m.
  • "The Lofte" auditions @ 7:00 p.m.

Thurs., May 13:

  • Girls & Boys Track Districts


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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