Weeping Water Nebraska




Please remember to drive carefully and be

 aware of children playing and walking in the

 area.  Have a fun summer kids!



Weeping Water Community Night with the Lincoln Saltdogs!

June 12: 7:05 pm Lincoln NE

Tickets: Berm $6.00 and Upper Level $9.00

Tickets available at Tammy's Soap Shack

and Farmers and Merchants Bank.


 Become a fan of the Weeping Water Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.



The Lofte Community Theatre will begin its 34th season with Harry Segall's classic, "Heaven Can Wait."  It is the story of a loveable prize-fighter, Joe Pendleton whom is snatched into the afterlife before his time.  In an effort to rectify the situation, his guardian angel returns Joe to earth in the body of an elderly millionaire.  "Heaven Can Wait" has all of the ingredients of a lighthearted comedy while also asking important questions about life and true love.
The original stage play "Heaven Can Wait" has been made into several movie versions over the years.  The most well-known was the 1978 film starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie.  The original movie, 1941's "Here Comes Mr. Jordan"  received two Academy Awards for Original Story and Best Screenplay. 
Directed by Kevin Colbert, the production stars Jamion Biesterfeld of Louisville in the starring role of Joe Pendleton.  His well-meaning heavenly guide is played by Bob Pinkerton of Weeping Water.  Other cast members include Theresa Massoth and Mark Sievering of Murray; Mark Sheldon, Tim Sorensen and Jeff Johnston of Elmwood; Anna and Levi Stroebel and Silvia Conley of Omaha; Melinda Mead and David Willingham of Plattsmouth and Hope and Dave Hibler of Manley.
The production runs May 28-30, June 4-6 and 10-13.  Tickets are $16 and can be purchased by calling the Lofte Box Office at (402) 234-2553 or online at www.Lofte.com.  Please note that season tickets for all five of the Lofte's stage productions can still be purchased for $60 through June 13.


Bob Pinkerton of Weeping Water and Jamion Biesterfeld of Louisville

star in the Lofte's season opener, "Heaven Can Wait."


The Lofte Community Theatre is proud to announce that its 2010 Scholarship for graduating seniors has been awarded to Ross Mumford of Elmwood.  His parents are Cindy and Tony Mumford.

Mr. Mumford is not only a Lofte volunteer, but has an excellent record for his high school extracurricular activities as well.  He's active in speech, choir, Spanish Club and the Elmwood-Murdock FBLA.  During his academic career, Mumford has been a three-year All-State member, a two-year National FBLA competitor and received the Nebraska Young Artist Award.  His future plans include attending Nebraska Wesleyan and majoring in music education.
Mumford debuted on the Lofte stage at the tender age of 11.  He was cast in his first play, "Damn Yankees" in 2003 and got to utter the memorable line, "Say it ain't so, Joe!"  He's also starred in "Laughing Stock,"  last year's musical, "Crazy For You," and many others.  What keeps Ross coming back to the Lofte year after year?  "The people and the positive experience that the Lofte continually supplies.  The Lofte has also helped me improve my singing, acting and overall performance skills.  I'm also lucky to have made so many good friends and special memories during my time here."
The Lofte extends its most heartfelt congratulations to Ross and his pursuit of higher education.  Lofte President, Anne Pope said, "Ross' selfless dedication to the Lofte and outstanding academic performance were just two of the reasons that he was chosen to receive the 2010 Lofte Scholarship.  While we all hope that he continues to grace our stage with his contagious smile and quick wit, and we also wish him the best of luck on a brilliant future."


Ross Mumford is a 2010 graduate of Elmwood-Murdock High School. 

His parents are Cindy and Tony Mumford.



 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

Friday, May 21 & Saturday, May 22, 2010 - Kris' Krew is sponsoring a bake sale in conjunction with Murray Garage Sales at 301 W. Young Street. Come early and enjoy homemade cinnamon rolls, pies, cookies, brownies and many other yummy treats!

Saturday, May 22, 2010 - Thundering Herd is sponsoring a Vendor Open House from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Bellevue Lied Activity Center (2711 Arboretum Drive). Vendors will include Arbonne, At Home Entertaining, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware and more. Proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Cass County.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - Fashion Show at Chico's in Shadow Lake Town Center to benefit the Cass County Relay For Life. The show will begin at 7 PM and light snacks will be provided.
Chico's is proudly donating 10% of the stores proceeds sold between 4 PM - 9 PM on that day.

Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5, 2010 - Thundering Herd is sponsoring a garage sale (8 AM to 4 PM - both days) in Bellevue at 13412 S. 31st Circle.

Friday, June 4 (8 AM to 5 PM) & Saturday, June 5, 2010 (8 AM to 1 PM) - Kris' Krew is sponsoring a garage sale at 10186 Sydney Lane in Lakeview Estates (North of Beaver Lake). They will have a $3 Bag Sale from 1 PM to 2 PM on Saturday, June 5th.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 - LD's Warriors is sponsoring "Rock-N-Race For A Cure" at Rolling Thunder Drag Strip. Gates open at 1 PM and admission is $10 per person.

Friday, June 11, Saturday, June 12 & Sunday, June 13, 2010 - Thundering Herd is sponsoring a craft booth at Springfield Days. Hours: Friday - 5 PM to 10 PM - Saturday & Sunday - 8 AM to 4 PM.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 - Carol's Crusaders is sponsoring their annual Blackjack Run. Sign up is from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Plattsmouth Keno and the cost is $10 per hand. Motorcycles and classic cars welcome

For information about fund raisers, dates and particulars, visit www.relayforlife.org/casscone.










Wednesday June 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm


















Contact: Mary Ann Holland

Extension Educator

Cass County Extension office

8400 144th Street, Ste. 100

Weeping Water, NE 68463


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.


Master Gardener Available at Cass County Extension

                Make plans now to visit the Cass County Extension office, located on the Cass County Fairgrounds three miles north of Weeping Water, to get answers to your gardening and landscape questions from a Master Gardener on the following dates:  

Wednesday, May 26       9:00 a.m. to Noon

Wednesday, June 2        9:00 a.m. to Noon

                Walk-ins are welcome; phone calls should be directed to 267-2205.



A Local Issue Prompts a New State Policy - Part II

May 14, 2010, Lincoln -As promised, when the 2009 legislative session ended, the Lower Platte South NRD and the Cass County Board continued discussions about an alternate route for the MoPac Trail extension, and the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee and my staff studied issues such as NRD trail development procedures, the role of affected governmental subdivisions, information contained in Nebraska's state trails plan, and policies and laws for recreational trail land acquisition in other states.

The Committee traveled to District 2 in September 2009 for a hearing, at which testimony was provided about this issue by landowners, representatives from county government and NRDs, and special interest groups like the Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Trails Council.

Guided by what we learned from the introduction of LB 134 in 2009, research data from all 50 states and Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts, the state trail plan and testimony at the September hearing, the Committee's staff and my staff outlined several proposals to modify the existing law that allowed NRDs to use eminent domain to take private land for trail development. District 21 Senator Ken Haar, who serves on the Natural Resources Committee and offered suggestions for modifying LB 134 last year, developed a fourth plan to assist affected landowners indirectly by addressing trail development disputes between NRDs and county boards.

When the 2010 session opened, three proposals were introduced. Senator Haar's plan was offered in LB 1019, and I proposed LBs 1010 and 1011. LB 1011 and LB 134 from 2009 both proposed to eliminate the use of eminent domain by NRDs for optional recreational trails projects while maintaining the power for necessary flood control structures. The difference between the bills was that LB 134 was the sole vehicle, through which to address the issue last year, while LB1011 was introduced this year to serve as a strong alternative to the more moderate approach contained in LB 1010.

One of the strengths of LB 1010 was the statutory precedent on which it was based. The bill was modeled on a 2002 law, which created a process for resolving a similar problem. That is, the ability of a governmental subdivision to use the power of eminent domain to take land from a person or organization which, in turn, has no right to stop the action or ensure that it is used in a fair and just manner. Under LB 1010 NRDs would retain their power of eminent domain for trail development, but be required to do so through a structured process that would guarantee public notification and input, proof of a need not just a desire to use the power, some liability protection for landowners, a formal agreement of rights and obligations between an NRD and an affected landowner, and the right of a landowner to appeal the decision to use the power to a district court.

The response to the moderate solution proposed in LB 1010 was much more favorable among senators and other interested parties than the more extreme approach proposed by LB 134 in 2009. The position of LB 1010 was also strengthened by research data, which showed Nebraska to be one of only eight states that allowed unrestricted use of eminent domain to take private property for trails.

The move from one end of a range of options to the middle garnered stronger backing from the Natural Resources Committee, a genuine willingness to negotiation and compromise from the strongest opponents of LB 134 in 2009 and statements of support from senators, who in 2009 were unwilling to vote for the more extreme policy change. Even Senator Haar, who opposed LB 134 and introduced his own plan this year, decided that LB 1010 offered the best solution to this policy issue and gave his support to the bill.

LB 1010 moved easily through the three rounds of floor debate. Several senators commented that they supported the bill, in part, because the development of LB 1010 represented the best way to create new policy for our state. As I have said several times in the past few weeks, lawmaking happens through the interaction of people, processes, policies and politics. This was certainly true of the passage of LB 1010, and the legislature's commitment to protect the rights of private landowners in Nebraska.

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

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its June 10th meeting at the Otoe County Museum of Memories at 366 Poplar Street in Syracuse, Nebraska, at 7:00 pm.  The society will have a short meeting, and will then be sorting and cataloging hundreds of 150 year-old criminal and civil case files from the Otoe County District Courthouse and establishing a searchable database for future research.  The museum's genealogical reference area will also be open to anyone who wishes to research his or her family history.



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..


Greenblatt & Seay, Master Artists with the Nebraska Arts Council, will be offering a  free fiddling workshop on Saturday, May 29, from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  This event will take place at the Homestead Education Center, at the Homestead National Monument of America.  The National Monument is located 4 miles west of Beatrice on Nebraska Highway 4. During this fiddle workshop, Greenblatt & Seay will help fiddlers of all ages and abilities gain new skills and refine their current tunes.

Following the morning workshop, fiddlers are encouraged to linger, and participate in the afternoon Monumental Fiddling Championships.  The one rule that makes this competition unique is that all songs must have been written before 1936, when Homestead National Monument of America was established.

For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 402-275-3221.


UNL Extension to Offer Beef Value Cuts Program in TecumsehUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Beef Values Cuts programs will be offered May 26 in Tecumseh.

The program, designed for producers, locker owners, grocers and consumers, will help participants learn more about the value cuts that come from the chuck of a beef carcass.

Beef Value Cuts will be offered at 6 p.m. at the Johnson County 4-H Building in Tecumseh.

There will be a live cutting demonstration from the chuck roll and participants will get to sample the cuts and learn about recipes and resources.

In addition, Lisa Shaneman Brass of the Nebraska Beef Council will discuss advocacy in the beef industry, explaining why it is important for producers to share their story.

Cost for the program is $5 per person, which will cover the cost of materials and the meal.

To ensure an accurate meal count, pre-registration is required and is limited to 40 individuals per workshop date.

To pre-register for the workshop call the Johnson County Extension Office by May 24 at (402) 335-3669.

The workshops are sponsored by UNL Extension in Saunders and Johnson counties and the Nebraska Beef Council.






For all the people who continued to follow our quest for the top spot in the Animal Rescue Site/Pet Finder Shelter Challenge. THANK YOU for voting for the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter every day.
The contest has ended but we were at #14 in the State of Nebraska (last time I checked) so we may have finished higher.We didn't win anything this time but it was fantastic that we had so many people voting and rooting for us! The challenges run for 19 weeks.
Here's the really good news .............
The new shelter challenge begins on Monday, May 17, 2010 and will continue through Sunday, August 22, 2010. Many grants will be awarded over 19 weeks and we're hoping you'll help us win some of them. Please, will you tell all your relatives, friends, co-workers,email buddies from anywhere and maybe strangers on the street? Here are the very detailed and easy to follow instructions. By the way - it's an awesome web site with a great online store!
Go to www.amimalrescuesite.com and click on the button on the right "Click Here To Give - It's Free" - at this point you are giving free food to animals at many shelters.
Now you'll get a message "Thank you your click has been counted!"
On the top of the screen - "Help your favorite animal shelter win a prize!"
Click the "Vote Today" Button
The first time you vote you will need to enter all the information -
Shelter name: Plattsmouth Animal Shelter
Country: USA
State: Nebraska
City: Plattsmouth
Click on "search"
It will locate the shelter and display the name and location - when it does click "VOTE"
One more step ...... Confirm your vote (name the animal) and you're done.
After you do this the first time, you can save it in your favorites (it will retain all the shelter info) and the voting is much quicker the next time!
IMPORTANT: Please remember to vote every day and help us gain on the leaders - thanks!
The other fund raiser (also a type of contest) involves "Pet Enthusiast" Magazine. Happy Paws is selling subscriptions to the magazine and for every paid subscription we will get a portion which will help us support the shelter by providing for all the daily needs of our shelter pets. It also offers the financial support for Vet care for sick or injured pets and without it the shelter would not survive. Every single donation is very important to Happy Paws and the shelter. Without the support of many concerned citizens, the shelter would be "out of business" and the animals would go to the Nebraska Humane Society, where depending on their space availability,the animals future could end in euthanasia.
Here's the information:
We are offering subscriptions to this magazine for $24.99 a year. Of that $24.99, we will get $5.00. It will add up! It really is a great magazine!
Ordering is simple, you can go to their web site at www.PE-magazine.com and then click on the banner at the top that says "Subscription Fundraiser" -  it's fast and easy to do.  Be sure to click on the down arrow to highlight Plattsmouth Animal Shelter when ordering so we get credit for your order.
Thank you for your support.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST .............
Please visit the shelter web site often and do stop in to say "hello" during shelter hours. The animals love the attention!
The web site is www.plattsmouthanimalshelter.com - check out everything on the shelter and then click on the green "Happy Paws" tab - read about us and make a donation if you wish.



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

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Community Sustaining Sponsors 2010


2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor

2010 Community Sustaining Sponsor