What is happening in Plattsmouth...


Don't forget, even though all of the construction is going on downtown,

all of the shops are still open!  Stop in and check them out!


While surfing the Internet the other evening I found this old photograph postcard from the 1950's.  You can see all the old cars, and the store fronts.  Wow times have changed!











Did you know that the Rhino Run is an international event?  Did you also know that there hasn't been one of these in the whole United States?!  Plattsmouth, Nebraska will be the first "Motorcycle Time-Speed-Distance Rally"!  I am very excited about this event!   Lets help put Plattsmouth on the map!  Please spread the word.  Tell your mother, your father, your neighbor, your friend from college!  I hope to see you all there!  Mark your calendars now!

They are also looking for food vendors, sponsors, and volunteers.  Go to the website: . They have the forms there that you can complete, and also some videos on there to let you know how it works.



To purchase tickets for the motorcycle raffle, please contact the Plattsmouth Main Street Association at 402-296-5544.

You could also contact the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




Community Lenten Pasta Dinners
Hosanna Lutheran Church

Friday March 18th:  Spaghetti
Friday April 1:  Fettuccini
Friday April 15:  Lasagna

5-7 pm

Meal includes pasta (meat or meatless)
Garlic bread
Relish tray

$6.00 adults
$5.00 seniors
$3.00 10 and under
Ages 3 and under free

Hosanna Lutheran Church
700 South 18th Street
Plattsmouth, NE
(Just west of Plattsmouth Middle School)




Adoption fees on all animals is $60, this includes spay/neuter and

vaccinations.  Microchips are an additional $25 (well worth it)

Adoption application  

Adult cats are a free adoption to Senior Citizens.


 April 15th is just around the corner. 
Get your tax forms now 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
Copies can be printed at the library .15c per page









What is happening elsewhere...






Corn and Soybean Growers Share On-Farm Research

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Corn and soybean growers are invited to attend the Nebraska Soybean and Feed Grains Profitability Project on-farm research update March 8 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

The 9 a.m.-3 p.m. program will be at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building.

Producers will obtain valuable crop production-related information from on-farm research projects conducted on Nebraska farms by Nebraska farmers.

The Nebraska Soybean and Feed Grains Profitability Project is an on-farm research project designed to provide farm operators with an understanding of how to conduct crop research on their farms using their own machinery. Comparisons are scientifically designed, statistically analyzed and conducted for three years to assure reliable, useful information.

"Crop Insurance Decisions & Marketing Strategies" will be presented via interactive video conference by the luncheon speaker, Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm and ag business management specialist in central Iowa.

Johnson specializes in topics related to grain marketing, government farm programs, crop insurance and other risk management strategies.

He writes and trains on topics related to government farm programs, grain production contracts, farmland leasing and related crop income issues. He contributes to articles featured in a variety of farm magazines, websites, e-newsletters and other print and electronic media.

Registration is $50 for non-NSFGPP members. This includes a copy of the annual on-farm research report, refreshments and noon luncheon. Pre-registration is encouraged by March 3.

To register or for more information about the Nebraska Soybean and Feed Grains Profitability Project or how to conduct crop-related research on your farm, call (800) 529-8030 or visit the website at

This event is sponsored by UNL Extension in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.





-- UNL Extension Offers Crop Scout Training in March


LINCOLN, Neb. -- Crop scouts will learn how to better manage corn and soybean pests during a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers program March 16.

The training provides in-depth and detailed information from university specialists.

 Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop is from 9 a.m-5 p.m at the university's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

Cost is $120. Fees include lunch, refreshment breaks, workshop materials and instruction manual. Registrants should preregister to reserve their seat and to ensure workshop materials are available the day of the training session. Updated reference materials are included in this year's take- home instruction manual.

Topics include: how corn and soybean plants grow and develop; soybean and corn insect management; insect quiz; identifying weeds -- plant morphology; using a key to identify weed seedlings; crop diseases and quiz; and nutrient deficiencies.

Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are available with 4 in pest management, 1 in crop management and .5 in fertility/nutrient management.

For more information or to register, contact UNL Extension at (402) 624-8030, (800) 529-8030, e-mail Keith Glewen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or online at








February 24th Fruit Tree workshop that was to be held at the Cass County Extension building on the fairgrounds was cancelled because of the snow.  It has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m.  Call the Extension office at 402-267-2205 and sign up to attend.  $10 fee will be collected at the door. 










Lofte Theatre Honored Its Volunteers

On Saturday, February 26 the Lofte held its Volunteer Recognition Banquet and Annual Meeting.  Nearly 80 people packed the Lofte stage and enjoyed laughter, fellowship, and great food.
During the course of the evening, three outstanding individuals were recognized for their volunteerism at the Lofte during the 2010 season.  Alyssa Di Paolo of Elmwood was recognized for her outstanding service as a Lofte usher.  2010 was Alyssa's first year at the Lofte and in addition to acting in two of its productions (Guys 'n Dolls and Jake's Women) she was the "go to gal" when it came to taking on the usher duties.
Connor Willingham of Omaha (formerly of Plattsmouth) was awarded the Outstanding Backstage or Technical Award.  Connor ran lights/sound for three of the five Lofte productions last year (Heaven Can Wait, Guys 'n Dolls and Jake's Women).  His outstanding focus and ability to run all light/sound cues perfectly earned him the respect and admiration of many at the Lofte.
Nikki Biesterfeld of Louisville won the Overall Best Volunteer Award.  A longtime friend of the Lofte, Nikki and her husband Jamion ran the Lofte's concession stand for eight years.  During and since that time, she has taken on many other duties as well.  Her enthusiasm to tackle any job and ability to complete them all with aplomb made her an obvious choice for the Board of Directors.
A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Box Office Manager and Board Member, Jean Colbert.  Board Chairman Anne Pope said, "Many volunteers have come and gone over the Lofte's thirty-five  seasons, but none have dedicated quite so much to the theatre as Mrs. Colbert."  In honor of her many duties and shifting roles over the past three decades, a plaque was given to Mrs. Colbert and the box office ticket booth was named in her honor.
Artistic Director Kevin Colbert also announced his play selections for 2012.   The Sunshine Boys, Music Man, Almost Maine, Whose Wives Are They Anyway and Christmas at Leon's will all take their turn on the Lofte's stage next year. In the meantime, all are focused on the 2011 season and hoping that we see growth in both ticket sales and number of new volunteers! 

Pictured on Attachment:  Lofte Board Chairman, Anne Pope (left) and Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert (right) honor Jean Colbert (center) for her 35 years of service to the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley.



NACT Festival To Be Held at Lofte

On March 16 through March 20, the Lofte will be playing host to the Nebraska Association of Community Theatre's Festival competition.  There will be a total of ten community theaters from across the states of Nebraska and Missouri competing in a one-act play competition.  This marks the largest number of registered participants in recent years.  Winners earn the opportunity to advance to the American Association of Community Theaters Region V competition in Salina, Kansas in April.

The NACT was founded in 1966 and is dedicated to the growth and development of community theaters throughout Nebraska.  The organization holds an annual conference at rotating locations across the state.  Every other year, they hold a festival competition in addition to their business meetings and workshops.  2011 marks the first year that the Lofte Theatre has been selected as a festival site.

The state of Missouri has a similar organization, MoACT, but they were unable to organize their own festival activities this year.  When NACT extended an invitation to some of the Missouri theaters to join in the fun, several accepted the offer with enthusiasm.

Theaters registered to compete in the event are coming from the following communities:
 Manley, NE
 Beatrice, NE
 Hastings, NE
 Minden, NE
 Sidney, NE
 Rushville, NE
 St. Louis, MO (2)
 Mexico, MO
 Independence, MO

These individuals represent the best of their communities.  Their strong commitment to the arts should be celebrated.  If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information listed below.

Anne Pope
Chairman, Lofte Community Theatre
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Same great conference, new dates
Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop rescheduled for March 22-23
Registration still open for Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop
Workshop rescheduled for March 22-23
LINCOLN, NEB. (Feb. 28, 2011) — The 2011 Governor’s Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop is rescheduled for March 22-23 at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in Kearney.
The workshop, originally scheduled for the first week of February, was postponed due to hazardous weather and travel conditions. All of the original speakers will be presenting at the March workshop, including keynote speaker Stan Meador.
Meador—founder, owner and general manager of the X Bar Ranch Nature Retreat in Eldorado, Texas—will share 15 years worth of experiences with starting and running a tourism enterprise on his family’s fifth-generation ranch. This “nuts and bolts” presentation will help participants better understand why and how to diversify, how to manage various businesses operating on the same piece of land, and how to market a recreation product.
Previous registrants do not need to re-register. Those who now are unable to attend can contact Tom Tabor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a refund. Others interested in the workshop can register at Lodging is available at the Ramada Conference Center. A discounted block of rooms is being held for the Governor’s Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop until March 8.
The rescheduled workshop falls during the peak of the annual sandhill crane migration.  Participants interested in viewing the cranes while in the area, can reserve a blind through the Rowe Sanctuary & Iain Nicolson Audubon Center, 308-468-5282,; or the Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center, 308-382-1820,







To:       Nebraska Tourism Industry
From:   Christian Hornbaker, Director
Dept. of Economic Development’s Division of Travel & Tourism
Re:       2011 Nebraska Tourism Quarterly Input Sessions
April 18, 2011
2 p.m. CST
Grand Manse, Jasmine room
129 N. 10th St.
Lincoln, Nebraska                               
The next meeting will be held Monday, April 18, in the Jasmine room at The Grand Manse in Lincoln. It will directly follow the NACVB meeting planners’ event being held that day at the same location.
Thanks to the SENTC and NACVB for their partnership in arranging these meeting times and making participation more efficient for attendees.
These meetings are your opportunity to share your thoughts, experiences, and insight as an active member of Nebraska’s tourism industry. Representatives from Snitily Carr, the Division’s advertising agency, will be on hand to gather your input.
The input sessions are conducted at Snitily Carr’s expense, andparticipants need only attendone meeting as the same agenda will be followed at each. Please feel free to attend the meeting that best fits your schedule.
It is not necessary to RSVP, andmeetings typically run 60 minutes in length.  For more information or answers to industry-related questions about the input sessions, please contact Lindsey Walsh at Snitily Carr, (402) 489-2121 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For assistance with any media-related need, contact Shannon Peterson at (402) 471-3797, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We hope you can join us!



The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Jamming Workshop on Saturday, April 2, from 1 PM - 3 PM.   Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will share some hints to help you play in a jam session with minimum stress, and maximum music.  Pre-registration is required, enrollment is limited, and there is a $20.00 fee.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Ninth Annual Nebraska  American String Teachers Association Fiddle Tune Composition Contest

This event inspires fiddlers everywhere to compose their own tunes, and supports the cause of string education throughout
the great state of Nebraska.

1st PLACE: $100.00  2nd PLACE: $50.00  3rd PLACE:  $25.00

Entries must be postmarked by March 31.  The winners will be announced on May 28, 2011, during the Monumental Fiddling Championship held at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. The winning compositions will be performed at the Monumental Fiddling Championship & Acoustic Band Contest, and printed in Stringing Along, the journal of the Nebraska Chapter of the
American String Teachers Association.

For the 2011 contest rules and guidelines, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the Nebraska American String Teachers Association, log on to the web site

Greenblatt & Seay Publications, in Avoca, Nebraska is a proud Sponsor  of the Nebraska ASTA Fiddle Tune Composition Contest.



“The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its 2nd Annual Otoe County Rural Schools Reunion from 10:00am to 2:00pm on April 2nd, 2011, at Harmony School, which is located at 6265 ‘Q’ Road (8 miles south of Nebraska City on Highway 75, and ½ mile west on ‘Q’ road).  Harmony School is a rural schoolhouse that was built in 1879 and was eventually closed in 1997.  It was purchased at a public auction in 1999, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
This reunion will include a picnic-style lunch provided by the society, a Spelling Bee, and a tour of the 130-year old rural schoolhouse.  In addition, it will also give visitors a chance to assist the society in identifying numerous unidentified rural schoolhouse photographs from several different school districts throughout the county.  The society received these photographs through a donation made by the Otoe County Clerk’s office, where these photographs had been stored in their vault for several decades and were just recently discovered last year.  So please come join us at the Harmony School and help us pay tribute to the outstanding contributions that these rural schoolhouses made in the education of our county’s youth for the past 100 years now!“  


The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its March 10th

meeting at 7:00 pm at the Morton-James Public Library

at 923 First Corso in Nebraska City. The society will host its

Genealogy Workshop in both the media center and the

genealogy reference room in the library. Assistance will be

provided in the areas of "Researching Your Civil War Ancestors"

and "Breaking Through Your Genealogy Brick Walls."


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