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The B-17 Flying Fortress

Plattsmouth will be one of one of nearly 60 stops on the B-17 Flying Fortress 2008 Salute to Veterans national tour.  Flight "missions" will be available in the airplane at each stop. These allows people to take flights in the aircraft.  "The aircraft will fly Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., weather permitting," said Kevin Faris, chairman of Plattsmouth Airport Authority.  For more information regarding these flights, including ground tour and flight rates visit the Web site or contact EAA’s B-17 Tour Office at 1-800-359-6217. Special pre-book rates on flights are available for EAA members, non-members, and group rates are available for ground tours by schools or other large groups. The airplane’s crew is available at each stop to answer questions.  Ground tours of the plane will be given from 2-6 p.m. each day. Admission is $5 to walk through the B-17.


big_read.gif The Plattsmouth Public Library has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host The Big Read in Plattsmouth, NE.  The Plattsmouth Public Library is one of 208 libraries, municipalities, and arts, culture, higher education, and science organizations to receive a grant to host the Big Read from September, 2008-June, 2009.  The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 23 selections from American and world literature. The Big Read in Plattsmouth will focus on “The Maltese Falcon.”  Activities will take place from October 5, 2008-November 16, 2008.

The latest Big Read grantees represent 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  To date, the NEA has given more than 500 grants to support local Big Read projects.

“The library staff and the Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library group are very proud and excited about this opportunity,” said Kirsten Wood, Children’s Librarian.   “This is a fun book and we are offering fun events aimed at all ages to include the whole community.”

“Everything the NEA does we do in partnership. I am delighted to announce our 208 new partners in The Big Read.  Some are new to the program, some are returning, but all of them have answered the call to action to get our country reading again,” said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia.

The selected organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and performing arts events. Participating communities also receive high-quality, free of charge educational materials to supplement each title, including Reader’s, Teacher’s, and Audio Guides.

With this latest round of grants, I am proud to say that The Big Read has supported more than 500 public library partnerships,” said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the NEA’s lead federal partner for The Big Read. “Through this program, public libraries continue to demonstrate their value in communities as centers of engagement, literacy, and lifelong learning. I am particularly delighted by the innovative public programming born out of library and museum collaborations.”

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read is provided by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Transportation for The Big Read is provided by Ford.

For more information about The Big Read please visit

The Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Miss Plattsmouth Contest, tentatively planned for June 28th during “Rolling on the River.”  The inner will go on to the Miss Cass County Contest to be held August 6th at the Cass County Fair.  The contestants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be between the ages of 17 and 21 as of July 1st 2008
  • Must reside in Cass County (even though she may work or attend school elsewhere, as long as her parents are residents)
  • Must be a high school graduate

Entries must be delivered to the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce Office, 918 Washington Ave Plattsmouth, NE 68048, by June 20th,
runner.jpg The Fourth Annual Mayor’s Fun Run will be held June 28th at Rhylander Park, with check in at 7:00 am.  The registration fee is $15 for adults and $12 for youth 12 and under with preregistration postmarked by June 21st.  Late registration fees are $18 for adults and $15 for youth 12 and under.  Late registration is 7-7:30 the day of the run.  Proceeds of the race will go to the Fraternal Order of the Police, who will are as traffic controllers for the event.

USDA Rural Development Representative Judy James will be at the Plattsmouth Public Library from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm every Thursday as part of the 502 Direct Home Loan Program.  The purpose of the program is to provide low income people the opportunity to own, adequate, modest, decent, safe and sanitary homes in rural areas.  The loans are to acquire, build, rehabilitate, improve or relocate dwellings and provide adequate water and waste disposal systems.  Call Judy at 402-423-9683 Ext. 4 for more information or to setup and appointment.

The Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce is selling Chamber Bucks at the Chamber office. 
Chamber Bucks can be used just like legal tender in the city of Plattsmouth, come in $5 increments, and make great birthday gifts.  Contact the Chamber at 402-296-6021 for more information.