SAC Federal Credit Union Receives the

2012 Better Business Bureau Integrity Award


BBB Integrity Awards Honor Ethical Business Practices

SAC Federal Credit Union received the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Integrity Award at an award ceremony at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center in LaVista, NE on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. These Awards focus on demonstrated ethical business practices with key stakeholders including customers/members, employees and community, rather than a company’s growth, profitability or popularity. The Integrity Award Winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges consisting of Omaha business leaders and members of the academic community.

“The BBB Integrity Award Winners have shown ethics and integrity are core values of their organization,” said Jim Hegarty, president and chief executive officer of the Better Business Bureau, Inc. serving Nebraska, South Dakota and Southwest Iowa.

“We are deeply honored to receive the BBB Integrity Award because it reflects our commitment to never compromise ethics for financial gains, nor sacrifice integrity for profit. This award means a great deal to not only me, but also to our Volunteer Board of Directors, members and staff,” stated DeBoer, President & CEO.

About the Credit Union
SAC Federal Credit Union is locally owned by its members and recognized for its community involvement. It is community chartered and membership is opened to everyone in Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, Cass and Saunders Counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison Counties in Iowa. Motivated by member service rather than profit, the credit union’s focus is on providing safety, soundness and convenience to its membership. SAC FCU offers a full line of personal and business financial products including checking, loans, mortgages and online banking. The CU has current assets of over $600 million and a long history of building strong member relationships. For more information, visit



There is just something about fall.  Nature becomes so beautiful!

This tree is located on Main Street, outside United Methodist Church.

It is just breathtaking.




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Early voting heats up across Nebraska

Lincoln -- County Election Offices across Nebraska are getting a lot of requests for early ballots. In Nebraska's three largest counties: Lancaster, Sarpy and Douglas, foot traffic has also been steady as people vote in-person.

"Over 17,000 Sarpy County voters have already requested an early ballot be sent to them or have voted in the office," said Election Commissioner Wayne Bena. "This shatters all previous records for this early in the election season."

Requests have also been heavy in Lancaster County, nearing the 20,000 mark. "Four years ago we had a total of a little over 30,000 early vote ballots," explained Lancaster County Election Commissioner Dave Shively. "I'm sure we will well exceed that number this year with just about two weeks left to go."

In Douglas County, 3,676 people have voted in person. More than 54,774 requests have been submitted for ballots and of those, more than 20,000 have been returned. County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps said this already exceeds
early voting requests and response during the 2008 general election and he believes it will only grow in the weeks to come. "We expect early voting to account for a fairly large percentage of the vote for this election. In 2008, approximately
27% of all Douglas County voters voted early. This year, we expect that number to be somewhere between 35% and 40% of the total vote," said Phipps.

Other counties are also experiencing something of a "boom" when it comes to early voting requests. "I've got three computers going, and could literally use three more to process all the requests we're receiving. We've been getting about 500 a day since it started," said Hall County Election Commissioner Dale Baker.

The Lincoln County Election Commissioner said her office has also sent out 2,000 ballots since early voting started on October 1. The first week was the busiest her office has ever had.

In reaction to the enormous response Secretary of State John Gale said, "A surge in early voting signals a probable high turnout for our November 6 election. While convenience is a factor, early voting shows people have been paying attention and are ready to vote.” He reminded those who wish to cast their ballots early, there are deadlines approaching:

-- Registered voters can make requests until 4 p.m. October 31 for early voting ballots to be mailed. November 5 is the deadline for in-person early voting at county election offices for registered voters.

-- The close of polls on November 6 is the deadline for the return of early voting ballots to county election offices, including ballots returned by mail.

"Don’t waste your ballot. Early voting in person or by mail should be done well ahead of deadlines to make sure your ballot gets cast and counted,” advised Gale.

“Early voting mail-in ballots have been shown to have as high as a 4% rejection rate when envelopes aren’t signed, or signed by someone else, or sent in a wrong envelope, or returned due to no postage. So, follow the simple rules, get it done right, and make your ballot count. "

Nebraska’s three largest counties also utilize drop boxes, to make early voting more convenient. In Lancaster and Sarpy counties, they are located outside the Election Commission offices. Douglas County has five. Three of those sites are at local libraries.

Phipps added that in Douglas County, early voting is popular, and continues to be even more so with each passing election. "After people vote early once, they seem to be more likely to do so again in the future. It's easy and convenient for
voters who don't want to worry about problems such as a busy work schedule, sick children, or being out of town on Election Day."

Requests for early voting ballots can be found on the Secretary of State's website
( Look under 'Elections' for 'Voter Forms'.



Voting in Cass County

Here are some important dates:

October 26 – Last day for in-person voter registration
The election office is open until 6:00 pm this day.

October 31 – Last day to request an early voting ballot to be mailed

November 6 – Election Day!! Polls are open from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm


Need to update your voter registration?  CLICK HERE

Would you like to request and early voting ballot?  CLICK HERE

Need to find out where you will go to vote?  CLICK HERE

Would like to become a poll worker?  CLICK HERE

The Election office has moved.  It is now located at 201 Main Street, Plattsmouth.  It is at the end of Main Street near the railroad tracks.  White building with a Green roof.  If you have an further questions please call the office at 402-296-9309.


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Auditions for "Leon's" at Lofte Community Theatre

One of the Lofte's most-loved shows is coming back for Christmas.  The original script and score of "Christmas at Leon's" was written by Lincoln radio personality Mick Kovar and Lofte Theatre Artistic Director Kevin Colbert.  Originally staged in 2010, the world premiere of "Christmas at Leon's," met with thunderous applause and huge audiences for the entire run. 

The opening scenes of "Leon's" find a bus full of holiday travelers whom are stranded in a blizzard at a strange cafe in the middle of Nebraska. Each character is struggling with their own personal issues, but with some angelic help, soon all find the true meaning of Christmas.  "Leon's" has touching songs and an honest midwestern feel so often missing from modern scripts.This is an open audition for all roles.  Artistic Director Kevin Colbert encourages everyone who is interested in this production to please come to auditions on Monday, October 22 or Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm.  Please bring a short, prepared song of no more than one minute in length.  The rest of the audition will consist of cold readings from the script. 

Rehearsals will begin in November and production dates are December 1, 2, 6-9 & 13-16.  Those with questions should contact Kevin Colbert  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402.234.2553.



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Upcoming Blood Drive

October 31, 2012

8:30 am to 2:30 pm

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David Seay, Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, will be presenting a Harmonica Workshop on Sunday, November 11, at 2:30 PM in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.  Each paid admission includes a free harmonica for those 6 years old or older.  The workshop will include an introduction to the 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C Major.

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 $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children and students. Seating is limited.

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

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.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34 and three miles east of Highway 50. For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, NE, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit their web site at


The Sixteenth Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee in Avoca, Nebraska, was enjoyed by a full house on Sunday afternoon, October 14, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse.

Musicians from Bellevue, Bennington, Lincoln, Omaha, and Ord, competed and jammed with their fiddles, guitars, and recorders, for cash money and prizes.  The judges had a difficult job, but managed to make wonderful decisions.   The judges were Jim Durdin, from Clarinda, Iowa, and Alana Hux, from Lincoln, Nebraska.

In the Open Division, each fiddler had to play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice.  The winners were:

First Place - Zachary Brom, from Omaha
Second Place - Mike Oneel, from Ord
Third Place - Fiala Peters, from Omaha

In the Singing Division, each fiddler has to play and sing a tune at the same time.  The winner was Devin Cartwright, who was accompanied on the guitar by his Grandmother, Deborah Mosier.

In the Fee Fi Faux Division, each musician had to play a fiddle tune on an instrument that is not a fiddle.  The winner was Sharon Roberts-Yuen, from Lincoln, who played Irish Washerwoman on the bass recorder, the alto recorder, and the sopranino recorder.

In the Hocus Pous Division, the fiddler had to play a tune using cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc.  The winner was Hanilla VanKirk, from Omaha, who played a fiddle tune while standing on one foot.

Next year, the 17th Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013.

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Animals Available for Adoption

at the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter



The Plattsmouth Animal Shelter will be closed from

October 17, 2012 until November 1, 2012.



Adoption fee on all animals is $60.

This includes spay/neuter and vaccinations.

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

Adult Cats are always a free adoption to Senior Citizens!


Animal Shelter - 402-298-8235



Christ Lutheran Church

Annual Soup Supper/Bazaar

Saturday, November 3rd

4-7:30 pm


Homemade soups


Pies and Desserts

Christ Lutheran Church is located on HWY 66 between Louisville and Plattsmouth.




bloom9-12The Pumpkin Festival at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm begins September 15th and continues through October 28th. Hours are 1:00-6:00 p.m. Fridays and 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Several more special event weekends are planned, including Doggy Day October 6th to benefit the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter, and Ag Day October 13th in cooperation with Conestoga FFA.   For a complete listing of activities at the farm, visit www.BloomPumpkinPatch.comBloom Where You‘re Planted Farm is located at 911-108th St., rural Avoca, NE, 27 miles east of Lincoln or 30 miles south of Omaha. Take US Hwy. 34 to 108th Street, then travel ½ mile north. Visit for a map, directions, and calendar of special events, or call 402-267-4104.

The farm is owned and operated by Terry and Teresa Lorensen, and has been in Teresa’s family since 1944. The farm and pumpkin patch opened to the public in 2005 and is celebrating its eighth pumpkin patch season.



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