The Plattsmouth PTO Carnival is this Friday night, February 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Middle School.  Tickets will be available at the Middle School door for all of the events.  So bring the family and enjoy games such as Pie Throw, Balloon Darts, or Body Boppers.  (I watched the kids with these last year and it was a hoot). There is also food and Purple Pockets the clown.   I am looking forward to seeing everyone there!

The Elementary School is also celebrating "Read Across Nebraska" March 1st-March 5th, with a variety of activities:

Monday:                "Read My Shirt"   Students can wear school appropriate words and messages.

Tuesday:               "Read and Eat"    Students will receive a treat while reading their favorite book.  (treats provided by 4th grade teachers)

Wednesday:         "Hats Off to a Good Book Day"   Wear your favorite hat-the stranger the better.

Thursday:              "Read in Pairs"     Wear a pair of crazy socks and read in pairs.

Friday:                    "Stuff Your Mind" Bring a favorite stuffed animal to read with.

Sounds like it is going to be a fun week at the Elementary School for kids and teachers both.

Girl Scout Cookies are being picked up by the troops this week for distribution so be prepared when your Girl Scout comes to deliver your cookies.  I am waiting for my peanut butter sandwich cookies! 

It is Lenten Season so be sure to check out the Fish Frys in the area. The Church of the Holy Spirit's delicious offerings are on Friday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gym at St. John's school. 

Nancy Josoff of the Cass County Election Board sent this news release and calendar of recycling dates.  This is great news for all of us to do our part with the environment.

Recycling Open House

Cass County will be having a kick-off event for the recycling program Saturday February 27, at the county fairgrounds Expo building from 1pm to 4pm.  Guest speakers will comment at 2pm.  Come to see the new recycle trailers, and pick up your calendar with the schedule to know where the trailers will be located.  Additional information will be available and your questions answered.

Stop in and show your support for the recycling program.  See you Saturday!

This information came from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development newsletter and I thought some good news about the job market would be welcome.

Gallup:  Nebraska Is Second-Best Market for Job Creation reports that a new study of all 50 states and the District of Columbia finds Nebraska is home to the second-best job market for job creation.  The Gallup "Job Creation Index" was compiled using data from approximately 100,000 Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted with employed adults who were asked whether their companies are hiring workers and expanding the size of their labor forces, or laying off workers and reducing the number of employees they have. Gallup notes that Nebraska, a farm state, benefited "from ethanol and a strong commodities markets.  Nebraska was also highlighted as one of the states seeing the least deterioration in jobs, although Gallup notes "every state and D.C. saw job market conditions deteriorate between 2008 and 2009."  See the report at!723285/31567/goto:http:/

This came from the Department of Tourism and I thought it was a great idea so I thought I would include it:

Podcasting Along Nebraska Byways. Podcasts are a way for Nebraska scenic byway groups to bring live, up-to-date information about the unique attractions and natural beauty along their byway to potential visitors, said Connie Francis, extension educator with the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative. 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Nebraska Rural Initiative will host a "Podcasting Along Nebraska Byways" workshop in Cozad on March 8.  The workshop is specifically targeted to those involved in promoting the nine Nebraska scenic byways.  It will give participants an opportunity to create and publish their own podcasts for use on byway web sites or by businesses along the byway to promote their region. 

The workshop will be held Monday, March 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 the Wilson Memorial Library, Cozad.   The day-long class will include creating an outline, writing the narrative, and producing and publishing a podcast episode.  Registration is limited to 10 participants, so register early.

Cost of the class is $75 with preregistration requested by March 1.  Cost includes materials and lunch.  Register online at    To register by phone, contact the UNL Center for Applied Rural Innovation at 800-328-2851.  Information about what to bring to the workshop will be provided upon registration. 

Podcasting is a great way to promote tourism, travel, recreation, historic sites and other activities.  Many communities and regions are creating podcasts to guide downtown walking tours and driving tours of their historic areas.  Having creative content and good-quality photos are keys to producing an effective podcast.  It can be a fun and effective way to promote Nebraska's scenic byways to potential visitors.  Contact:  Connie Francis: 308-385-5088/ email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

That's all for this week-Have a good week everyone and I will see you around town!


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