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Congratulations to Kylie Parshall who was crowned Miss Plattsmouth Saturday during the Rollin’on the River celebration. (Photo Courtesy of the Plattsmouth Journal)

Cass County has hired a new extension Educator.  Mr. Tim Lemmons of Lincoln replaced Terry Hejny on May 22, 2008.

The Plattsmouth Community and Fitness Center will be holding  their Grand Opening and wellness fair Saturday July 12, 2008 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  There will be prizes, giveaways and a ribbon cutting with Mayor Paul Lambert at 9:00 am.

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


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.