I was going to start out this week with some fabulous pictures of the US Navy’s aviation team, “The Blue Angels” from the Sunday afternoon performance.  My kids and I took chairs and sat on a hill in Bellevue to view these amazing daredevils.  I quickly discovered my photographic talents were no where near what they needed to be to capture these birds in flight.  I have attached a couple just so you can see what happens if you are not fast enough with a digital camera.  It was still a phenomenal show and my goosebumps are still visible. God Bless All of Our Troops and their families.



This next item was in my email for the week:


OMAHA, Neb. – Metropolitan Community College (MCC) will host an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workshop, Beyond Disaster Medicine Basics, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q Sts., Industrial Training Center. 
This workshop is designed to provide first responders; critical care, trauma and/or emergency room physicians or nurses; EMTs and paramedics the tools to respond to any disaster medical emergency. Specifically, the workshop will teach methods to provide emergency medical treatment to patients with H1N1 Influenza. Attendance/participation counts as five contact hours for both nurses and EMTs.
Guest speaker Dr. Peter T. Pons, M.D. is an emergency physician in Denver, Colo., and has been actively involved with pre-hospital care and disaster preparedness for more than 30 years. He is a member and chair of the EMS Committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians.
To register, contact MCC’s Registration at (402) 457-5231. Cost to attend is $69 per person. Payments will not be received at the door. For additional information, contact Lorette Teal, project coordinator, at (402) 457-2546.
Megan Wegner Steele
Public Relations Specialist
Metropolitan Community College
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 30
Office: 402.457.2876
Cell: 402.968.7010
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After reading about their addressing their H1N1 flu virus specifically, I started looking around and found our community is also looking at preventive steps for this virus.

Please check out the following guidelines from the Plattsmouth Community Schools Website concerning the H1N1 flu virus. Good information and advice to follow not only for this particular strain but also to prevent colds.  My church has instituted a “no handshaking” policy for the time being as a preventive measure, wonder how many others will follow suit.

1. Please keep children home who have a fever or flu-like symptoms.  Symptoms may  include:  cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting.

2.  Students may return to school after they no longer have a fever for at least 24 hours, or signs of a fever, WITHOUT  the use of fever-reducing medicines such as Tylenol, motrin.

3.    PLAN AHEAD for the care of your children when they are ill.

4.  Students and staff who appear to have flu-like illness will be sent to a room separate from others until they can be sent home.  They may be asked to wear a surgical mask.

5.  Basic influenza prevention:  stay home when sick, wash hands frequently with soap and water when possible, or use hand sanitizer.  Cover noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or use the shirt sleeve or elbow if no tissue is available.

6.  School staff will routinely clean areas that students and staff touch often with cleaners they typically use .

7.  People at high risk for influenza complications who become ill with influenza-like illness should speak with their health care provider as soon as possible. Early treatment with antiviral medications like Tamiflu is very important for people at high risk because it can prevent hospitalizations and deaths.  People at high risk include those who are pregnant, have asthma, or diabetes, have compromised immune systems, or have neuromuscular diseases.
If the severity of flu increases, there will be new guidelines.

Plattsmouth Community Schools School Nurses
HS   Amy Anderson, R.N. , BSN
MS  Becky Wetenkamp, R.N., BSN
Elem  Lois Meeske, R.N., BS
Early Childhood  Vicky Roberts, R.N., BSN

Thanks to all of these agencies for keeping us informed and hopefully prepared for whatever may come.

While I was reading the school website, I also checked out the district calendar that is available for activities.  I love this calendar because it puts everything in easy to read type with simple color keys for home or away games plus it lists all activities by week, month, or year format.  

Go Blue Devils!  The JV and Varsity Girls Volleyball Teams host Syracuse, Thursday, September 3 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively.

The football game Friday night is at Platteview High School at 7:00 p.m.  Congratulations to the team for the great win last Friday night against Norris. 

Way to go also for the Girls Softball team that won last Thursday night against Elkhorn.  There are so many sports going on right now, it is just amazing to me the choices available to students compared to when I attended high school (a couple of years ago!).  Cross country, golf, swimming, soccer, softball, as well as the traditional sports, volleyball, track, basketball, and football. And don’t forget the hard working members of the bands who march in all kinds of weather. All my friends were in pep band so I spent most of my time sitting next to them in the bleachers listening to (25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago) and the Fight Song. Great memories. Good luck to all of our athletes in their chosen competitive field and thanks for doing us proud!


The Lofte Theater in Manley has a current production of “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Joe DiPietro is running through September 13th. My parents saw it Sunday afternoon and said it was very well done and very funny. The grandparents in the play have conversations that my mom remarked are exactly like the ones she and Dad have every day.  Tickets are still available, so call the box office and reserve yours today. It is always fun to visit “the barn” and enjoy the fresh popcorn with the show.
The below information was provided by the Lofte website at

“The comedy revolves around young Nick and his extended Italian-American family.

Nick's mom and dad have retired and have moved to Florida, but both sets of grandparents are still very much involved in his life. Nick gets a chance to pursue his dream job, but threatens to move him far away from New Jersey and his grandparents. Soon the loving, but meddlesome grannies decide that they must take evasive action. They decide to find a nice girl for Nick so that he'll settle down and stay on the east coast! This is a wonderful family comedy filled with laughs and heartfelt situations about growing up, growing older, and the things we lose and gain along the way.

Performing in their first Lofte production is Jason Weixelman and Chuck Danskin, both of Lincoln. Both Mr. Weixelman and Mr. Danskin have an extensive history with the Lincoln Community Playhouse. Also starring in the production are old Lofte favorites: Mary Ann Stohlmann of Murdock, real-life husband and wife Bob and Margie Pinkerton of Weeping Water, and newcomer Allie Nielsen of Omaha.

Performances run August 28-30, September 4-6 and 10-13. Curtain times Thursday-Saturday are 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Those interested in tickets, driving directions or other information about the theater may call the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or visit their website,”
Speaking of The Lofte, this next article was also in my email inbox this week-congratulations to Betty Colbert of Weeping Water!  Thanks for forwarding this, love it when our local talent gets national recognition.

Lofte Music Director Featured in National Magazine

Betty Colbert of Weeping Water has been active with the Lofte Community Theatre for nearly thirty years.  She's painted set, sewn costumes and sold tickets.  However, perhaps her most valued contribution has been the dual role of Music and Vocal Director for the summer musicals.  It was Mrs. Colbert's dedicated service to such a unique rural arts organization that caught the attention of the editors at "Country Woman Magazine."
"Country Woman" is a bi-monthly publication distributed throughout the United States and Canada.  Its focus is rural life including women, families and their hobbies.  Last October editors at the magazine contacted the Lofte and asked for more information about the theater, and requested an interview with Mrs. Colbert.  The two-page pictorial and story about Mrs. Colbert and the Lofte can be found in the current August/September 2009 edition of "Country Woman."
In addition to her extensive hours spent helping at the Lofte, Mrs. Colbert is also the K-12 music instructor at Elmwood-Murdock public schools. 

One last note, if you have not eaten tacos at the VFW on Tuesday night, you are missing some great food.  5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and better get there early for parking because the crowds keep getting better.  Great job to everyone in the kitchen and I will be back soon!

Have a great holiday weekend everyone and enjoy the weather!