There have been lots of things happening this week in and around Plattsmouth.   The library was proud to host Congressman Jeff Fortenberry last Tuesday while he met with city officials and then his constituents.   It was a long and busy day for Mr.  Fortenberry and we were pleased to be able to offer him our facility for his visit.

Congratulations to Lavern Jones, Certified Medication Aide at Golden Living Center for being named employee of the year.   According to the Plattsmouth Journal, she has been employed at Golden Living for over 20 years and she is well liked by everyone.  How nice to read this story right now while jobs are being questioned and employee loyalty is not always valued like it should be.


The Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce named its new officers during the annual dinner on February 5.   Kim Kathol is the new President replacing Julie Schmale.   Our chamber does a great job and I am sure it will be another successful year in 2009.

Roxanne Pfeifer was named Kiwanian of the year for the Plattsmouth Kiwanis Club after her second term as President.  Among her many accomplishments are contributions to community projects and getting the Kiwanis Club as part of the service at the Qwest Center to earn money for these projects.  I met Roxanne last fall when I had the privilege of speaking at their meeting about the Big Read.  What a great organization and people.   Kudos to her!




The youth theater group is meeting at the library on Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the library auditorium.  Sandra Dean is in charge of the group and they have been having a really good turnout for the kids.   Please call the library if you would like more information about this fun program.


Also, the Open Hearts Kitchen at the Methodist Church that I talked about in an earlier column celebrated its 2nd year anniversary in February.  The dinners are open every Thursday night from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  There is no charge for the meal, it is all volunteer run and supported. 

Each year the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley honors its volunteers and patrons with a meeting and a special reunion.  This year, the Lofte will be holding its annual meeting on Saturday, February 28th at 6 pm.   Anyone who has volunteered, donated or has a special interest in the future of the theater is encouraged to attend. While the purpose of the gathering is primarily to announce financials, report on ticket sales and elect board members, the evening usually takes on the form of an extended family reunion.  Friends who haven't seen each other since the summer months are eager to catch-up with one another and reminisce about past play productions.   
Artistic Director Kevin Colbert will announce schedule changes for the upcoming 2009 season, as well as share his play selections for 2010.  Special awards will be presented to outstanding volunteers for 2008. RSVP for this event by calling the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or sending an email to ticket manager Jean Colbert at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
The Lofte Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation, and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee.  The Lofte Community Theatre is dedicated to providing opportunities for area residents of all ages and those in surrounding communities to participate in the creation process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art

I am closing this week’s column with a library note.  If you are in the process of looking for a job, training for a better position, or just want to keep ahead of the game, the library has been adding to our collection for these resources.  We have also put together a helpful sheet that has a list of websites for assistance in your search.   Please stop in and we will be happy to help anybody in these increasingly tougher times.