Adopt the pace of nature - her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(American poet, 1803-1882)
COUGAR SPRING SPORTS
Middle School Boys' & Girls' Track
April 14, Conestoga Invitational, 2pm
April 21, Conestoga Invitational, 2pm
April 28, @ JCC Invitational 4pm
May 3, @ Yutan, 1:30pm
May 13 ECMC Meet @ HOME, 2pm
Varsity Boys' & Girls' Track
April 12 Yutan Invitational, 1:00pm
April 19, Irish Invitational @ Syracuse, 10am
April 21, Platteview Invitational, 2:30pm
April 26, Cougar Invitational, 10am
April 30, ECNC Meet @ Malcolm, 10am
May 6, JCC Invitational, 9am
May 12, Districts, Time and Place TBA
May 20 State Championships, Time and Place TBA
Boys' Varsity Soccer
April 8, HOME vs Crete, 6:15
April 11, HOME vs Mount Michael Benedictine, 4:30
April 19 @ Platteview, 7pm
April 25, HOME vs Omaha St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey, 5pm
April 29, Conestoga Gold, 5pm
April 30, Conestoga Gold, TIME TBA
Girls' Varsity Soccer
April 8, HOME vs Crete, 4:30
April 11 @ Omaha Mercy, 5pm
April 12 @ Waverly, 7pm
April 18, HOME vs Concordia Jr-Sr, 5pm
April 19 @ Platteview, 5pm
April 25 @ Auburn, 5pm
April 30, Conestoga Gold, 12pm
DAMAGE DONE to YOUNG and TYSON PARKS
Yea! Finally spring has opted to poke her head out and stick around
for awhile Returning again along with the warmer weather is someone
tearing up the grass at both Young and Tyson Parks. There was some
pretty significant damage done which was reported to the Sheriff's office.
Lots of homes surround Tyson Park and Young Park are not completely
out of view, yet no one called to report anything happening. It is possible
that the damage occurred during the middle of the night when most folks
Our village and the ball clubs spend a lot of time and your taxpayer
money keeping the parks in good condition. Spring, summer and
autumn brings many visitors to town for soccer, softball and baseball
games. When damage is done it affects many aspects of warm weather
fun. Holes and torn-up grass can cause sprained ankles and broken
legs and extensive damage can potentially cause games to be re-
located to other towns. Rescheduling events and locations becomes
very time-consuming for those who generously donate their precious
time to coaching and organizing. Revenue is also lost for those organ-
izations that might be depending on sales of concessions for funding
Be a good citizen and REPORT IT! If you see anyone with any type
of vehicle, whether it's a 4-wheeler, motorcycle, bicycle, truck or car,
causing damage at either of our parks, or anywhere around town,
PLEASE call the Cass County Sheriff's office, '911', immediately.
If this is occurring during a week day, you may also call our village clerk,
Eileen, at 402-235-2119. Try to take a picture of this happening, too,
if possible. Any type of vandalism should be reported, whether the
grounds are being torn up, the bathrooms or playground equipment
is being vandalized or someone's breaking tree limbs. It's wrong and
the perpetrator should be punished. You'll help save taxpayer money,
help keep our town looking nice and hopefully assist in catching the
wrong-doers when you call.
Maybe the person(s) doing the damage should be made to do the
work themselves and use their own money to fix it. It seems they must
have a lot of free time on their hands, so they might as well do something
constructive and helpful to others, instead of the opposite.
MURRAY GARAGE SALES
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
MAY 20 - 21, 2011
It's hoped that costs will be very close to last year's charge of $12. After all
newspapers have responded to me with their fees, forms will be printed and
available at the Post Office, Murray State Bank, Town Hall after May 1st.
Please pay for your share of the advertising costs and turn your form and
money in on time. Instructions will be on the form.
Any questions, please call Pat at 402-235-2926 or email:
RECYCLE SCHEDULES for MURRAY, NEHAWKA & BEAVER LAKE
The CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN recycle trailer will be located on these dates in the following locations:
April 2-8, Murray
April 9-15, Beaver Lake
April 16-22, Nehawka
(Murray will also continue to have the recycle bin located behind Town Hall every day,
although this is for Murray residents only.)
A Health Fair for Body, Mind, and Spirit!
Sponsored by Health & Healing Ministry
Saturday, April 30, 2011
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
1025 Ave D
A Health Fair for Plattsmouth and the surrounding communities to come and discover health-related opportunities are in the area.
Participate and receive health screening information particular to age group and gender.
Health information and much more for Kids, Women, Men, Teens, and Seniors.
Pulmonary Function Testing
Kidney Early Evaluation Program will be present and free to everyone with hypertenstion, diabeties, protein in the urine, or any early kidney disorder.
C&A's Army of Crusaders' Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast
A portion of the proceeds will go to the ACS 2011 Relay For Life of Cass County.
Sunday, April 10
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. John's School cafeteria
(Next to Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth)
Biscuits & gravy
Sponsored by C&A's Army of Crusaders Team.
2nd Annual Plant Sale
Pre-order for best selection
pre-orders due by April 25th.
Public welcome/Order Pick up
Saturday, May 1st 7am - 2pm
The Auxiliary will be at the Fish Fry, (April 15th), with order forms!
Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation's Spring Banquet
Date: Sat. April 9, 2011 -- 6:00 p.m.
Location: Elmwood Elementary School, 400 West F Street
Reservations: $10.00, RSVP to 994-3855 by Apr. 4
Tom Bassett presents
"Antique Values: Their Ups & Downs"
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Whether you're a connoisseur of antiques, literature, or just good food, you'll find
something to suit you April 9th at the Elmwood School.
The Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation's Spring Banquet is open to the public and
will feature a plated meal and program by Tom Bassett, owner of Bassett's Appraisal Service in Lincoln. Tom conducts appraisals for a number of banks and law firms, is a regular on KFOR's call-in show "Problems & Solutions", and teaches "Bargain Hunting for Antiques" at Southeast Community College. In 1983, he conducted what is likely the largest antique appraisal in the history of Nebraska when he appraised Pioneer Village in Minden. Following the presentation the winners of the 2010-2011 Bess Streeter Aldrich Short Story Contest will be honored and will read excerpts from their
The Elmwood School is located at 400 West F Street, Elmwood, NE.
Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 402-994-3855 prior to April 4.
The price for meal and program is $10.00.
PLATTSMOUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
Plattsmouth Public Library, in association with The Big Read, will produce
Roles are available for four boys and two girls age 9 - 15, one man and one woman age 18-25, four women age 30+ and one man age 30+. There may be non-speaking roles for more.
Auditions will be held Thursday, April 7, at 7:00pm, in the auditorium of the
Plattsmouth Public Library, 401 Avenue A.
John Payton directs.
Tax forms are now available at the Plattsmouth Public Library.
There will be no Nebraska State Tax forms this year.
Call 1-800-742-7474 to request a form or go to http://www.revenue.ne.gov
Louisville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept
Friday, April 15th
Louisville Fire Station
(10 miles south of Omaha on Hwy 50)
All You Can Eat or Single Plate Option
Adults (all you can eat) - $8.00
Adult (Single Plate) - $6.00
Children - 6 to 12 yrs - $5.00
Children - under 6 - Free
Suitehearts at Mahoney State Park
KBC Productions and Mahoney State Park announces that the romantic comedy,
"Suitehearts" has started its showing.
The story revolves around two newlywed couples who are mistakenly double-booked
in the same honeymoon suite. The Taylor's are very young, naive and visiting the big
city for the first time. The Bellamy's are older and have a more jaded outlook on life
and romance. With the help of a meddlesome bellboy, the couples find themselves
in some impossible, but hilarious situations. Adult audience members will all see a l
ittle of themselves in each of these characters as they learn the difference between
a wedding and a marriage.
Starring in the production are Director Kevin Colbert from Weeping Water, Shari
Hoelker from Omaha, Marikita Payne, Emma Hoffman and Adam Kovar all of Lincoln
and Dave Hibler of Manley.
Performance dates are April 8-10, 15-17, 22 and 23.
Curtain times are 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; 2pm on Sundays.
Tickets $8 for adults and $6 for children.
Please call Mahoney State Park for reservations: (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.
A state park sticker or day pass is required to enter the park.
Spring Affair: Plant Sale Celebrates 25thYear
The midwest's largest plant sale is also the longest-running, as Spring Affair celebrates
its 25th anniversary on April 23, 2011. Many of the plants that gardeners find at Spring
Affair can't be found anywhere else locally."It's the place to find that unusual plant you've
been looking for," according to Spring AffairCoordinator Connie Paxton. Plants are
selected for regional suitability, uniqueness and by popular demand. They are provided
by Bluebird Nursery, Inc. of Clarkson, NE. More than 900 plant varieties will be available -
perennials, herbs, native plants, temperennials, vines and a variety of trees and shrubs -
something for everyone.
The 25th Annual Spring Affair plant sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, April 23 at the
Lancaster Event Center, 84th and Havelock in Lincoln.
Admission to the sale is free.
The plant sale, plant talks and vendors of garden art, sculptures, furniture and other items
are all under one roof in Pavilion I, on the northeast edge of the Lancaster Event Center.
Plenty of parking is available just north of the building. Plant talks will be held throughout the
day. Presenters include Mark Canney on "Shades ofSilver"; Luann Finke on "Sunny Silver
Solutions"; and Stacy Adams on caring for plants - "I Got It ... Now What?" Informational
"Talk-abouts," 20-minute presentations on various plant groups, will be offered throughout
the day. These talks will be held among the plant tables and focus on herbs, plants for sun,
temperennials, grasses and woody plants.
Articles in the 2011 Spring Affair News, to be mailed in late March, will focus on silver plants
to coincide with the event's silver anniversary, plant highlights and landscape design. The
Spring Affair Preview Party will be held Friday night, April 22. To register for the dinner or for
more information, call Kit Keller at 402/489-2238.Spring Affair is sponsored by Nebraska
Statewide Arboretum, Inc. Proceeds from Spring Affairsustain the Arboretum's mission and
fund critical programs and services.For more information or to get a copy of the newsletter,
call 402/472-2971, or visitspringaffair.unl.edu.
Global Water for Food Conference in Lincoln May 1-4
Cornhusker Marriott Hotel
333 S. 13th Street
International experts will explore potential solutions for growing more food with limited
water to feed the world's rapidly growing population at the third annual global Water for
Food Conference May 1-4.
"Paths to Solutions" is the theme of this year's conference at Lincoln's Cornhusker
Marriott Hotel, hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University
of Nebraska and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The conference fosters international
dialogue on key issues related to the use of water for agriculture. It provides opportunities
to learn from speakers with extensive experience and perspectives from diverse cultures.
Registration is $250, which includes all conference events, materials and meals. Online
registration, schedule and the latest information on speakers are available at the
conference website: http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wff2011.
"This conference attracts experts from across Nebraska and around the world who are
committed to developing solutions to one of mankind's great challenges: how to feed a
rapidly growing global population with finite amounts of land and water," said James
B. Milliken, University of Nebraska president. "The University of Nebraska's Water for
Food Institute, which builds on the university's long history in water research and policy
analysis, is taking a leadership role in this important international issue."
Featured speakers will include Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
Anil Jain, managing director, Jain Irrigation Ltd. of India; Anders Berntell, executive director,
Stockholm International Water Institute; Pasquale Steduto, principal officer, United
Nations/FAO Water; Andras Szollosi-Nagy, rector, UNESCO-IHE Institute for WaterEducation;
and others. More than 30 speakers and panelists will discuss diverse approaches to
meeting the challenge of producing enough food with limited water supplies. Sessions
will include panel discussions featuring agricultural producers from several countries; a
CEO panel offering industry perspectives on water for food challenges; technical sessions
on "Quantitative Food Security: Yield Gaps, Water and Nitrogen Productivity," "Maximizing
Water Use Efficiency in Agriculture," and "Evaluation of Aquifer Resources in Sub-Saharan
Africa" and a case study on "Securing Water for Agriculture: California's High-Stakes
The 2010 conference drew more than 300 representatives from universities, agriculture,
industry, government and nongovernmental organizations worldwide and more are expected
this year. The conference is the preeminent event of the university's Water for Food Institute,
a research, policyand education institute established in 2010 and committed to efficiently
using the world's limited freshwater to ensure a reliable food supply. Participants in the
2011 Water for Food Conference will help inform the institute's work. "The University of
Nebraska is proud to join with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to host what is surely
becoming the leading conference in the world focused on the strategic use of water for food,"
Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series presents
"Meet the Instruments"
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Greenblatt & Seay will be singing and playing a variety of out-of-the-ordinary instruments,
such as a Swedish nyckelharpa, stumpfiddle, viola pomposa, etc. Tunes from many cultures
and time periods will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by
their decades of partnership.
The concert will be downstairs in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, and followed by light
refreshments, and a jam session 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Workshop for Folks Who Have Never Fiddled
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
The Workshop takes place on Saturday, May 14, 2011, 1 PM - 3 PM,
in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska.
Pre-registration is required, enrollment is limted, and there is a $20.00 fee.
For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to
SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLE CAMP REGISTRATION is OPEN NOW
Registration is now open for the 2011 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 Camps will
be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.
Fiddle Camp for Beginners is Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17. This 5 day camp includes some
of the basics and fun of fiddling, such as performing in public, practice techniques, reading music,
playing y 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 11 - Friday, July 15. 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.
Campers can sign up for all 5 days, or just 2 days, or just one day of Intermediate camp.
Monday & Tuesday is for reading fiddlers/violinists who want to read more tunes. This mini-camp
is perfect for fiddlers who want to improve their music reading skills, and for classically trained
violinists, violists, and cellists who are interested in various fiddling styles. Using sheet music in
standard notation, these campers will get to improve their sight reading, and experience the fun
of playing fiddle tunes at the same time! Fiddling styles included in the sessions will be tailored
to the interest of the campers who register.
Wednesday & Thursday is for fiddlers/violinists who want to learn tunes by ear. This mini-camp
is designed to jump-start your ability to pick up tunes quickly by ear, and to make them stick!
Tunes used will reflect various styles, meters, tempos, and difficulty levels.
Friday is for fiddlers who "just wanna have fun". This mini camp includes jamming, modulating,
singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, improvising, and playing fiddle related instruments.
Each day is scheduled from 9 AM - 1 PM. Registration is available on line at
For more information, contact Deborah Greenblatt at email@example.com.
Community Lenten Pasta Dinners
Hosanna Lutheran Church
Friday April 15: Lasagna
Meal includes pasta (meat or meatless)
$3.00 10 and under
Ages 3 and under free
Hosanna Lutheran Church
700 South 18th Street
(Just west of Plattsmouth Middle School)
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