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Kathleen Ziemer of Butterfliz of Iowa speaks to the summer reading crowd @ Garfield Park.

“Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program.  Over 200 people attended the first program at Garfield Park including kids, parents, caregivers, and other chaperones.  “Butterfliz of Iowa” was the kickoff event with Kathleen Ziemer who owns a butterfly farm in Des Moines, IA and raises all varieties of butterflies and moths. Some of the butterflies she brought to show everyone were Painted Ladies, Question Marks, and Swallowtails. She explained the various stages in the life cycle of the butterfly and played a fun game to explain the hazards of being either a chrysalis or caterpillar in a garden.

Storytime readers were volunteers from the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Plattsmouth, Diane Berlett, Terri Clancy, and Shirley Stipe.  They read books with a patriotic theme to commemorate the Fourth of July and military service.

The Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library group purchased and donated canvas book bags with a special design for the Summer Reading Program to everyone who attended at the park.  We would like to thank them for this generous gift and their total support of the entire program!


Tuesday, July 8, 2008, Sara Veloso from the Henry Doorly Zoo was the guest speaker for the Summer Reading program for the Plattsmouth Public Library.  Again, there was a big crowd on hand to learn about all the differences between insects and arachnids among other things. She also brought some great animal furs to touch and other hands on exhibits for the kids. The Lions Club of Plattsmouth brought readers for storytime and everyone sat in age groups! Everyone received a paint sheet and free tickets to the Omaha Royals baseball game on Saturday, August 2, 2008.  The Omaha Royals generously donate these tickets and have a special section at the games to support Summer Reading Programs in the metro area.

The Summer Reading Programs are every Tuesday in July at Garfield Park from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Tuesday, July 29, will be the date of the ending picnic and prize giveaway at Garfield Park. Pre registration is not required, the program is for Preschool-Grade 6.  Please call Kirsten at 296-4154 at the Plattsmouth Public Library for more information.



Members of the fire and rescue squad member at the ribbon cutting of the renovated facility. 
(Photo courtesy of the Plattsmouth Journal)

Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad members joined to commemorate the opening of the new fire station addition and renovation Saturday June 28, 2008. Emergency personnel members served about 375 people a free pancake breakfast to thank Plattsmouth citizens for passing the bond issue responsible for the new addition and renovation of the existing station.  Firefighters and rescue squad members also conducted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the day with Mayor Paul Lambert, Fire Chief Mike Wilson and Rescue Squad Chief Corey Parriott thanking the crowd for their support.

Congratulations to Plattsmouth City Administrator Ervin Portis for receiving the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Presidential Medal.



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.

Soap Box Derby Racer Adam Johns, 15, of Union won a spot in the National Race on June 21, 2008 in Omaha in the Masters Division. He will be competing in Akro, Ohio the week of July 21-26 on the Derby Downs track.  There will be 450 other students also racing that week in Akron. This is Johns’ third qualification for the National Race. He has been racing for eight years and is excited about the chance to compete again for the National Title. Good Luck Adam and Good Racing!

Bay Hills Golf Club is hosting the annual Senior Center Fund Raiser golf scramble on Saturday, July 19, 2008 with check in at 12:00 noon.
Cost is $25 for Bay Hills members and $45 for non-members. This is the biggest single fundraiser for the Senior Center every year. 

The Firehouse Grill and Attitude on Food are sponsoring a spaghetti fund raiser for Nanette and Donavon Merrill’s son who needs a S.P.E.C.T. scan at the Amen Clinic in Tacoma, WA in August. The family is expecting costs including airfare to exceed $5,000.  The benefit begins at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20 at the Firehouse Grille in Murray. Cost is $7.00 per person to include salad and roll; additional free-will donations will also be accepted. Murray State Bank in Murray is accepting donations as well.