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Matthew B. Tritsch was born in Omaha, January 24, 1983, and grew up in Murray, NE. He had a passion for nature and creating beautiful environments in the outdoors. Tragically, Matt died of injuries due to a vehicular accident southwest of Murray on September 25, 2015.

Matt is survived by his wife, Mandy; son, Sawyer; daughter, Maisy; parents, Tom and Criss Tritsch; brothers, Jon and Nick Tritsch; and many close relatives, friends and loved ones.

A memorial visitation will be Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 5-8 p.m. at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries Bellevue Chapel, 3402 Samson Way.

Services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Thanksgiving Lutheran Church, 3702 S 370 Plaza, Bellevue NE 68123.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in loving memory of Matt.



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Register now for a free October 2nd, CarFit Check event to be held in Plattsmouth. 

A free CarFit check to help seniors drive safer and longer will be held in the parking lot of theFirst Lutheran Church, 1025 Avenue D in Plattsmouth, on Friday, October 2, from 9 am to noon.Developed by the American Society on Aging (ASA) in collaboration with AAA, AARP, and theAmerican Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), CarFit® is an educational program designedto help mature drivers find out how well they "fit" with their vehicles, and what actions might betaken to improve this fit. A proper fit in one's car can greatly increase not only the driver's safety, but also the safety of others. 

CarFit® includes a 12?point check to ensure that senior drivers are sitting properly in their vehicle and that the driver's seat, mirrors, seat belt, steering wheel, head restraint, gas/brake pedals and other controls are positioned properly. Each CarFit® evaluation is administered by specially-trained volunteers and health professionals such as occupational therapists. Trained technicians representing Creighton School of Occupational Therapy will perform the 12?point checks which take approximately 20 minutes. 

Participants should contact the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness at 402?339?4334 extension 209, Monday?Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to register for the free event. Each participant will receive a complimentary large print road atlas, snow brush, and other useful safety items from AAA. 

Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness
701 Olson Drive, Ste. 101
Papillion, NE 68046
910 N 96th St.
Omaha, NE 68114

To learn more about the CarFit program, visit



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Anyone who wishes to be part of this group is welcome! We work together to plan our village's annual 4th of July celebration each year and fresh ideas are ALWAYS welcome.

As with any organization, volunteers are always needed, so even if you don't know what your family plans will be for next July 4th, we'd appreciate your help leading up to that date.

Mark your calendars for the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, call John, 402-616-1367 or Pat, 402-235-2926.



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Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic—explaining how that author's work changed the student's view of the world. The 23rd annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations. This reading and writing promotion is sponsored in Nebraska by the Nebraska Center for the Book and Nebraska Library Commission, and supported by Houchen Bindery Ltd. and Chapters Books in Seward.

Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. The Nebraska Center for the Book's panel of judges will select the top letter writers in the state, to be honored in a proclamation-signing ceremony at the state capitol during National Library Week in April 2016. Their winning letters will be placed in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln. Nebraska winners will receive state prizes, and then advance to the national judging.

A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level (Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8, and Level III for grades 9-12) to receive a $1,000 cash award, to be announced in May 2016. The judges will also select one National Honor winner on each competition level to receive a $200 cash award.

Teachers, librarians, and parents can download free teaching materials on reader response and reflective writing, along with contest details and entry forms, at Nebraska-specific information (including lists of Nebraska winners of past competitions) is available at Listen to Nebraska winners, Ashley Xiques and Sydney Kohl, read and talk about and their winning letters to authors that meant something to them in their own lives on NET Radio's All About Books (

Submissions from Grades 9-12 must be postmarked by December 4, 2015. Submissions from Grades 4-8 must be postmarked by January 11, 2016.

For more information contact Mary Jo Ryan,, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state's readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing


The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website,



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"Nana's Naughty Knickers" on Display at the Lofte!

The Lofte Community Theatre announces the opening of their next production, "Nana's Naughty Knickers," on Saturday, October 10 at 7:30pm. Written by Katherine DiSavino, the script is a fast-paced comedic farce that has become the Lofte's fall tradition.

Bridget is a young woman who is about to become roommates with her sweet little Grandma in a rent-controlled apartment in New York City. However, what Bridget first saw as an easy opportunity quickly turns into mayhem. It seems that sweet little Nana is running an illegal boutique from their apartment, selling naughty hand-made lingerie to local senior citizens.

Alyssa DiPaolo of Lincoln and Shari Hoelker of Omaha play Bridget and her grandmother, respectively. Rounding out the cast are Brenda Jones of Louisville, Ross Mumford, Jestin Jones and Shelia Hansen of Lincoln, Wendy Allen and Melinda Mead of Plattsmouth and Jeff Johnston and Ken Snyder both of Elmwood. The production is directed by Kevin Colbert.

The production runs October 10, 11, 15-18 and 23-25. Thursday through Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30pm. Sunday performances are 2pm matinees. Tickets are $19 with special discounts offered to groups of twenty or more. The Lofte is located near the town of Manley in Cass County. Those interested in tickets should call the Lofte box office at 402-234-2553 or visit their website,


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Pictured above: Shari Hoelker, Alyssa DiPaolo and Brenda Jones from the Lofte Community Theatre production of, "Nana's Naughty Knickers."

Below, the Cast of "Nana's Naughty Knickers," at the Lofte Community Theatre. Front row left to right, Shelia Hansen, Shari Hoelker, Alyssa DiPaolo and Brenda Jones. Back row, Ross Mumford, Jestin Jones, Ken Snyder, Jeff Johnston and Melinda Mead.

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There is a new thrift store opening soon in Louisville! It will be on Main St. next to Blake's Pharmacy.

It is called Hope's Closet and was started by First United Methodist Church as a coat and clothing give-away for anyone needing clothes.

The new store will open October 9th and will have clothes, small appliances, toys, baby items and more.

It is a non-profit store run by volunteers and all proceeds after paying rent go back into the community.

First United Methodist is contacting other area churches so that they can volunteer and/or donate items.

We will be accepting clean donations after October 9th. The store will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Anticipated hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a later closing on Thursday nights.

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A.R.T. (Art, Rust & Tunes) Fair

Sat. Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bloom Where You're Planted Farm, 911-108th St., rural Avoca, NE

Enjoy all the family-friendly activities at the pumpkin patch with the added bonus of live music and an art fair with hand-selected artists and craftsmen. Johnny Rod will be performing acoustic country, classic rock, modern hits and originals from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Activities include wagon rides, nature trails, play areas and farm animals, plus a a cafe in a restored one-room schoolhouse, and two floors of vintage, antiques and gifts in the farm's original barn. One admission fee of $6 (ages 2 & under free) allows access to all activities at the farm.


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Acclaimed Matt Whipkey to Perform at the Lofte

The Lofte Community Theatre is adding a musical act to its 2015 schedule. Matt Whipkey is an Omaha native internationally renowned for his top-notch songwriting. He is also the winner of the 2013 Omaha Arts & Entertainment Award. He will be performing live on the Lofte stage on Saturday, November 14 at 7pm. Tickets are $15.

Mr. Whipkey has released several albums including his most recent, "Underwater." He has also opened for popular acts including Dwight Yoakam. He's scheduled to play at the Holland Center in 2016. This is your chance to see this phenomenal artist during his tour of the midwest.

The Lofte is located in Cass County near the town of Manley. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the box office at 402-234-2553 or visit



Saturday, October 4, 12 Noon, David, In Concert/Workshop, Arbor Lodge, Nebraska City, NE

Saturday, October 10, 1 PM, David, In Concert/Workshop, Didier Log Cain in Boettner Park, Brownville, NE

Saturday, October 10, 2:30 PM, Greenblatt & Seay, In Concert, Didier Log Cain in Boettner Park, Brownville, NE

Sunday, October 11, 2:30, Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE

Thursday, October 15, 7 PM, David, In Concert, Neligh Public Library, Neligh, NE

Sunday, November 8, 2:30, Schoolhouse Performance Series, Greenblatt & Seay in "Train Songs", The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE

Friday, November 13, 7 PM, Julie Lyonn Lieberman Workshops (Jamming and Improvisation), The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE (pre-register at"

Saturday, November 14, 9 AM, Julie Lyonn Lieberman Workshops (Gypsy Jazz and Fiddle Styles, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE (pre-register at

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11th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Now -Oct. 31

Fridays 1-6 p.m.

Weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

911-108th St., rural Avoca

New for 2015! Corn Hole, a fun Egg Race game, and a big John Deere combine you can climb into!

Other activities include hay rides, nature trails, farm animals, rubber duck races, bucking bronco barrel ride, corn pit, family-sized tire swing, hay climb and tunnel, dress-a-scarecrow, horse swings, agricultural exhibits, gourd tunnel, photo ops and more! Don't miss the barn full of seasonal gifts, tasty treats, antiques and TONS of pumpkins, or all of the yummy food from the Schoolhouse Cafe (serving smoked pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream, homemade pie and cookies, and coffee on the weekends).

Admission is $6.00 for ages 3 & up and includes all activities. Shop the barn or dine at the cafe without an admission charge.

Special events include  A.R.T. Fair with live music Oct. 3, Doggy Day Oct. 10, Country concert by McKenzie JaLynn and the Renegades Oct. 18, and Thanks-and-Giving Day Oct. 31. See our website,, or Facebook pages for full details.

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October 9, Steelhorse Saloon, Nehawka, 8pm-12am

October 16, Nebraska City Eagles, 7pm-11pm

October 23,Steelhorse Saloon, Nehawka, 8pm-12am 

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Greenblatt & Seay proudly announce the Nineteenth ANNUAL SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLING BEE. This historical, hysterical event will take place on Sunday, October 11, at 2:30 PM, downstairs in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. In the Open Division, fiddlers will play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice. There will also be other divisions of competition available for the adventurous fiddlers, including a Singing Fiddler's Contest, a Twin Fiddler's Contest, a Fee-Fi-Faux Fiddler's Contest (fiddle tunes played on any instrument other than a fiddle), and a Hocus-Pocus Contest (cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc.), which will give fiddlers an opportunity to play tunes that are usually not allowed in any other contest.

Contestants can pre-register on line (

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and $1.00 for children. Fiddlers and their back-ups are admitted for free. The contest will be followed by a light snack and an acoustic jam session.

For more information, call 402-275-3221, log on to, or e-mail". 




Internationally acclaimed fiddler, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, will be giving fiddle workshops in November in the Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse. On Friday , November 13, starting at 7 PM, the subjects will be "Six Approaches to Jamming", and "Modal Improvisation". On Saturday, November 14, starting at 9 AM, the topics will be "Gypsy Jazz" and "One Tune, Five Styles". These workshops are appropriate for any string player who desire to open their ears to new ways of making music.

JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN has helped develop the alternative string field over the last thirty-five+ years through her work as an educator, author, radio producer, composer, recording artist, journalist, and performer. Her former students have toured with Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, and one of her former students plays regularly on Dancing with the Stars.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, and to register, click on the following link:

For questions, contact


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Hildegard Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society, is sponsoring a statewide "Call to Photographers" for the great state of Nebraska. The Call began June 1, 2015 and runs through January 4, 2016 and is titled "Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future". It is calling photographers throughout Nebraska to highlight historic places and often over-looked historical treasures in all of the State's 93 counties ~ historical sites either found on the National Register of Historic Places OR places of community/personal significance to the photographer. i.e. historic properties, recognized historical landmarks, cultural activities/events with a basis in local history and in context with a historic place, or historic buildings that are representative or unique. From Adams to Antelope, Banner to Butler, Garden to Gage, Scottsbluff to Sheridan, and Dundy to Douglas, this juried exhibition is serving as a bridge to connect Nebraskans with their culture and heritage.

Photographs selected from this juried exhibition:

·Will be featured in a statewide traveling photography exhibit that coincides with Nebraska's sesquicentennial in 2017

· May appear in Nebraska Tourism travel guides, posters and calendars to promote this project and the State of Nebraska.

· Will be showcased in a digital catalogue.

· All submitted photos will be featured virtually on partnering websites. (Hildegard Center for the Arts, Nebraska Tourism Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society).

Photographs can be submitted online at the Hildegard Center for the Arts website,, beginning now through January 4, 2016.

Entrants must be at least 15 years of age and need NOT be residents of Nebraska. Photographers may enter up to 5 images per submission for a non-refundable fee of $15. Multiple submissions are allowed. For a complete list of entry rules and judging criteria, go to

Questions: Contact Project Chair, Cathy Harrington | 402.730.6668;

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If you think shopping or donating close to home doesn't matter, think again.

Under His Wings Thrift Store on Main Street in Plattsmouth is doing great things. Check this out:

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So stop in and see what's in store now.  You will probably find some great bargains and all the money they raise stays within Cass County to help those in need.


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The following is an employment opportunity available to older adults in Cass County.

Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization funded by the US Dept of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which assists people 55 and older in getting updated training to assist in returning to the workforce. This is a federally funded program and offers a no-cost employment service to older adults who qualify. Once accepted into the program, individuals are placed in a training site in or near their community, where they gain on the job experience while working 20-21 hours/week at $8/hour. We also help with skill assessments, computer training, resumes, cover letters, job search, etc. The goal is that through the training and job search assistance we gain help older adults gain good jobs in or around their communities.

Stephanie Mahony
Employment and Training Coordinator
Experience Works, Inc.
1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job Center
Lincoln, NE 68508 

Phone: 402-441-1654

Fax: 402-441-6038

Nebraska Tollfree Number: 1-877-314-7526

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