Plattsmouth Spring Clean-up
The Spring Clean-up has been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm at the east end of Main Street past the railroad tracks. Plattsmouth residents may drop off items free of charge, but non-residents and trucks greater than one ton are required to pay a fee in cash. Senior and disabled citizens who are unable to transport their items can call 402-296-2522 to arrange for pickup on Friday morning. Full details regarding what items are accepted and fees for non-residents can be found on the clean-up flyer on City of Plattsmouth Website.
Plattsmouth Library News
"Get Organized" Rescheduled for May 10
The library, with support from the Friends of the Library, will be hosting a presentation on organizing your home and your life by Certified Professional Organizer® Jen Bartelt on Thursday, May 10, 6:30-7:30 pm. Jen is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. As an authority on organization, Jen has over a decade of organizing experience. She is the President and owner of Reclaim Your Space, which has been helping people and businesses get organized for years. She believes that having the right system is the first step towards the success of having an organized life. Whether you need a gentle nudge to tackle that clutter or simply don’t know where to start, Jen has tips for you.
Book Sale, May 18-20
The Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library will be hosting its semi-annual book sale May 18 through May 20. Hours for each day are:
Friday, May 18, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 19, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 20, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Most hardbacks will be sold for $1.00 each; most paperbacks will be sold for $0.50 each. If you have books, audiobooks, or movies you'd like to donate, please bring them to the library any time it is open. Encyclopedias and textbooks are not accepted.
All proceeds benefit the library. Over the past year, the Friends have purchased a new desk for the upstairs circulation area and a new scanner, and the Friends have made several programs possible by paying speaker fees for the Forts of Nebraska presentation and the upcoming Get Organized presentation.
Lego Club, May 19
Children and adults alike are invited to attend the Lego Club gathering on Saturday, May 19, from 10:30 am to noon. The Lego Club is held the third Saturday of each month, September through May, for any Lego fans. The library supplies the Legos; you supply the imagination!
As many of you know, the Primary Election is just around the corner.
The Primary Election is May 15, 2012.
If you need to get registered to vote, or need to update your voter registration (CLICK HERE)
The Election Office, now located at 201 Main Street, is now accepting Early Voting Applications for the upcoming Primary Election. These can be obtained by a number of ways.
- You could take a trip to downtown Plattsmouth, and visit the new office. While there you can fill out your request.
- You could call 402-296-9309 and request a form to be mailed to you.
- Lastly, you can visit the Cass County Website and download a form. (CLICK HERE)
The filing deadlines have passed, to see a FULL listing of filed candidates, visit the Cass County Election webpage. (CLICK HERE)
For immediate release: Contact:
April 14, 2012 H.Margo Prentiss, Curator
Living History Day
Cass County Historical Society's Seventh Annual Living History Day will be Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Demonstrations in the museum will include spinning by Dee Hogya of Omaha and weaving by Linda Barnard Duncan of Plattsmouth. Nebraska History Day projects by 4th graders from Plattsmouth Elementary School will be on display. Throughout the day, Florene Nickles will be playing the 1893 Packard Reed Organ.
From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., a May Basket Workshop for children ages 5 to 10 will be conducted by Cass County Retired Educators. The children will make a basket and learn about the May Day tradition. The last session will start at 2:30.
In the museum courtyard will be rope making by William Duff of Weeping Water and Quilting by Sandra Allgeier of Plattsmouth.
At the end of Main Street, the Historical Society's log cabin and caboose will be open from 10:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m. Blacksmithing will be demonstrated by Ron Rookstool of Plattsmouth,Vernon Grashorn of Louisville and Lary Hogya of Omaha.
For additional information, contact the museum, 402-296-4770.
For Immediate Release: Capitol Comments
The Latin term “sine die” means “without day.” A legislative body adjourns sine die when it concludes its business without designating a specific date and time to convene again. The Nebraska Legislature took this action on April 18 to end the 2012 session.
As I reported last month, child welfare reform was among the most important legislative priorities this year. The extensive background work was finished and plans for change were outlined before I became a state senator. My appointment to the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee placed me in a core group of policy makers, who received public input during the session about which changes were needed and how they should be made. By the session's end, the comprehensive reform measures that were enacted offer great promise for producing measurable improvements in the lives of foster children, foster parents, case managers, the court system and the Nebraska taxpayers whose hard-earned dollars can now be used more effectively.
The current two-year state budget was actually created last year. This year adjustments were made for the second year which begins on July 1, 2012. The state budget, like our own household budgets, must be modified to respond to inevitable changes that happen during a two-year time period. The state budget must be balanced every year, and a minimum cash reserve, or savings account, must be maintained. Balancing the budget means making necessary cuts, and identifying ways to accommodate revenue reductions or required cost increases. The legislature, under the leadership of the Appropriations Committee and its Chairman Senator Lavon Heidemann, once again met the challenge of balancing the budget and maintaining the cash reserve.
Based on its subject matter, the tax cut package proposed this year in LB 970 was referenced to the Revenue Committee. However, throughout the session the bill was amended and debated with the Appropriations Committee’s budget planning process in mind. As introduced LB 970 was estimated to reduce state revenue by $326.6 million for fiscal year 2012-13 and for both years of the 2013-15 biennium. With a projected revenue shortfall of $461 million at the end of the next biennium, the Revenue Committee was concerned about the state's ability to implement the entire package in the coming years. Before advancing the bill for debate, the Committee eliminated parts of the proposal to reduce the fiscal impact over the three-year period from $326.6 to $148.2 million. Despite the Committee's initial changes, the legislature's concerns about LB 970 continued. Under a compromise amendment, the changes proposed by LB 970 were reduced again – this time from $148.2 to $97.2 million. As amended the bill would expand the four income tax brackets, and lower income tax rates for lower and middle income taxpayers without jeopardizing priorities, such as education and child welfare, in future budget years.
LB 1161 would build on oil pipeline legislation passed during the special session last fall. Although the previous pipeline permit was denied by the federal government, the bill would allow Nebraska to work expeditiously to determine the safety of a new route outside the protected Sandhills region of our state. Key provisions of LB 1161 would: (1) require a pipeline carrier to apply to the governor for approval to construct a major oil pipeline in Nebraska, (2) require the governor to approve the application or refer it to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for further review, (3) unless prohibited by federal law, require the PSC to make public all pipeline documents and records, (4) require the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to hold at least one public hearing on an application under review, and (5) require a pipeline carrier to reimburse DEQ for pipeline route evaluation expenses. LB 1161 was passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor just two days before pipeline carrier TransCanada offered new routing options for state review. The governor and DEQ will now consider TransCanada's proposal. This time Nebraska citizens should be able to access public documents and participate in a public hearing about oil pipeline construction in our state.
I am always interested in hearing your comments by mail, phone or email.
Senator Paul Lambert
State Capitol, PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Motorcycles on Main
Event: 4th Annual Motorcycles on Main, A Show & Shine Event running from 4 - 9 pm.
Date: May 19th, 2012 - rain or shine
Event sponsor is The Plattsmouth Main Street Association
This is a family oriented event! With live music plus a DJ and over 400 of the most beautiful motorcycles in the area anticipated. Just about any type and size of motorcycle you can think of will be on display throughout the Plattsmouth Main Street. Also on display will be Mickey Rourke's "Black Death" motorcycle from the movie "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man".
The event will also host vendors for Bikes, Accessories of all kinds and several Food vendors. More details are available on our website - www.motorcyclesonmain.com
Within the Motorcycles On Main framework is a very unique event called The Rhino Run.
This is a Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) Rally following the AMA/FIM rules. This is the only TSD motorcycle rally held outside of Europe. It is not a race and it is not a Poker Run. It is a Road Enduro Rally of approximately 140 miles and open to street legal motorcycles and scooters that meet all of the technical requirements listed in the website. For details see the website below.
The total number of participants in The Rhino Run Rally is limited.
Please refer to the rally's website: www.therhinorun.com for much more information and to register!
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
The Schoolhouse Performance Series will feature championship fiddler, Deborah Greenblatt, and multi-instrumentalist, David Seay performing "Fiddle Fables" on Sunday, May 13, at 2:30 PM, downstairs in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska.
With the help of her fabulous five-string fiddle, and some talented fiddle students, Deborah Greenblatt explores some of the trials, tribulations, and lessons that fiddlers and other musicians often have in common. There is advice for the beginner (“It Starts With Your Feet”), advice for the fiddler’s families (“Have Mercy”), for the growing fiddler (“Shopping For a Fiddle Blues”), for the brave fiddler (“I’m Gonna Fiddle In a Contest”), as well as the fiddler who plays the viola (“Out of Fiddle, Out of My Mind”). There are also inspiring stories of real-life fiddlers (“Cactus Pete”), teachers (“Alice Johnson’s Jig”), and students (“Mary Ann the Fiddler”).
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.
Community Sustaining Sponsors 2012