Plattsmouth Newsletter August 11, 2010




"Carnival Lights and Country Nights" is the theme of this years runs August 10th through the 14th. Highlights include the Queen Contest, Mini-Rod Pull and Tug-of-War on Wednesday; The Mutton Buster Show on Thursday, "Riders of The Circle B" on Friday night; and the Grand Parade, The Stock Semi Pull and a DJ Dance on Saturday night.  For more information go to  or download a fair book off the calendar on the home page.



Cass County Fair Auction Supporters, (family, friends, businesses, alumni) are invited
to come out to show support for the 4-Hers in Cass County. The cake auction, starting
at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday evening August 10, at the open air auditorium on the Cass County
fairgrounds provides an opportunity to purchase fancy or decorated cakes, pies, and/
or specialty breads baked and decorated by 4-H members. The proceeds of this event
will be divided between the participating 4-Her and the Cass County 4-H Council. 4-
H Council funds raised at this event help sponsor activities for 4-H members throughout
the year. Auction supporters are invited to stay for the Fashion Show/Awards program
following the auction. A Sneak Peek and Refreshments will be held for everyone at the
4-H Building following this event.

Nebraska 4-H FAIRPORT (formerly 4-H Cyberfair) is coming to the Cass County Fair!
Jeremiah Bolin, former Cass County 4-Her, will facilitate this interactive exhibition with
hands on activities, a 4-H Shooting Sports Laser Shot Range, and a 4-H FAIRPORT
passport activity. Come and see what it is all about! 4-H FAIRPORT will be featured
in the 4-H Building Friday, August 13, and Saturday, August 14, in the afternoon and

108 Colene Shrader Memorial Kidz for Kwiltz, part of the county wide Care & Share
community service project, (Celebrating 108 Years of 4-H) will be on display in the 4-
H Building during the Cass County Fair August 10 – 14. All kwiltz will be available for
bids at silent auction during this time. Ten kwiltz (bidders’ choice) will go to the highest
bidders at the close of the auction at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, August 14. The remaining
ninety-eight kwiltz will be donated to emergency services or 4-Hers’ choice of recipient
with the rest of the Care & Share items. Proceeds from this auction will help fund the
2011 Care & Share project.


Diane Mayfield, Extension Associate
University of Nebraska Extension in Cass County
8400 144th Street, Suite 100
Weeping Water, Nebraska  68463
Phone:  (402) 267-2205
Fax:  (402) 267-5375
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From the Desk of Erv Portis


Main Street Construction Underway

Plattsmouth’s $4.2million Main Street Corridor Improvement Project is underway. With this project, Main Street Plattsmouth will have new water, sewer, and natural gas mains. Overhead wiring will be placed underground. Sidewalks, many years old and in some places unsafe, will be replaced with new brick pavers and concrete. LED energy efficient lighting will replace existing high pressure sodium lamps. Landscaping, other appurtenances intended to create a pedestrian-friendly environment will be the final touches on the first major streetscape work in downtown Plattsmouth since 1922. Project funding comes from three sources. Streetscape improvements of $2,290,885.80 will be paid through the .05% sales tax increase approved by Plattsmouth voters in November 2009. Sewer work will be funded through a $1.2 million EPA grant obtained as an earmark obtained for Plattsmouth by U.S. Senator Ben Nelson. Users of the Plattsmouth sewer system will pay a $4.00 per month Combined Sewer Separation debt service fee for the remainder of costs associated with this project. Navigating through construction zones and around barriers will require some patience. A construction phasing schedule is available on the City’s website ( As with any construction project, please keep in mind that the schedule is flexible.

Erv Portis




SENCA (Southeast Nebraska Community Action) in Plattsmouth is once again distributing backpacks and school supplies to families in need by appointment only now thru August 13th. Please contact the SENCA office at 296-4477 for further information and to set up your appointment. If anyone is interested in donating backpacks or school supplies they can be dropped off at the SENCA office at 702 Main Street, Pamida, Steube's or Hossana Lutheran Church in Plattsmouth.


Support Our Heros


Support Our Heros PVFD

Thank a Smoke Eater this Week!

Our Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire and Rescue risk everything for you.

Visit their Website HERE and Support Our Heros!



Plattsmouth Library Happenings

Plattsmouth Public Library patrons now have access to e-books at Overdrive Digital Media.  Overdrive Digital Media first became available to our patrons in February of 2010.  Initially patrons were able to download audiobooks to compatible devices.  Now patrons are also able to download e-books from Overdrive.  To have access to these services you need a valid Plattsmouth Public Library card.  Just stop by the library and we can assist you with Overdrive and register you for a library card.




will host Big Red Dinners again this year. It's the same as in the past: $100 for all five nights of steak dinners and Husker coaches. Send your check made out to Uptown Athletic Club to Steve Daniell, 14502 Fir Circle, Plattsmouth, NE 68048. Pick up your ticket books at the first meeting on September 2nd.
Call 297-1204 with your questions.




4 Medium cucumbers (sliced paper thin)

Bring to a boil:

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c vinegar

1 T salt

1/4 t pepper

Pour mixture over cucumbers...(onions  an be added as  well)


Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce

There are many Chamber events coming up: Starting this Saturday there will be a ribbon cutting for Studio M Dance Co. the ribbon cutting will be at 1:00 pm. Thursday, August 12th – We will have a ribbon cutting 8:30 am at Bow-Winkles. Thursday, August 12th – Join us for afterhours 4:30-6:30pm with the Bellevue Chamber, at the Bay Hills Golf Club. We will have an opportunity to network, and have fun with a 50/50 Chipping, Putting, Driving Contest! Thank you and hope to see you at these events! SUPPORT YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERS Lisa M. Davis, Executive Director Platttsmouth Chamber of Commerce 918 Washington Avenue Plattsmouth, NE 68048 Phone: 402-296-6021 Fax: 402-296-6974 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Pet Parade

Love your pet?    I know I do...send me pictures of your pet for our weekly Pet Parade section.

Plattsmouth Animal Shelter has some beautiful animals for adoption!
Check out their website @ or call Sue Baker @ 298-8235 for more information.


Birthday Announcements


Happy 92nd Birthday to Leonard Farrell....birthday cards can be sent to

Leonard Farrell
1913 Hwy 34-E
Waterford at Woodbridge
Plattsmouth, Ne  68048

Happy 80th Birthday to Ralph Black....birthday cards can be sent to:
Ralph Black
127 W. Deer Lane
Plattsmouth, NE  68048

Happy Birthday to  Mildred Zatopek


Plattsmouth Senior Nutrition Center Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 11:  Gym closed....1 p.m. is a 10 point pitch card game and its Mildred Zatopek's birthday!

Thursday, Aug 12:  12 p.m. August birthdays celebrated

Plattsmouth Senior Nutrition Center Menu

Wednesday, Aug 11
Ham salad on crescent roll, cucumbers & onions, baby baker tato's, tropical fruit and milk
Thursday, Aug 12
Turkey roast with turkey gravey, mashed potatoes, peas, apricots, birthday cake and milk
Friday, Aug 13
Chicken fried steak with white gravy, augratin potatoes, squash, purple plums and milk


Looking for a job? 

Masonic Home is looking for a p/t Dietary Assistant
Apply in person @ 1300 Avenue D in Plattsmouth or
call 296-7300 for more information.



Slide on in to the... waterslide

Plattsmouth Community Center


Greenblatt & Seay

Workshop/Performance Schedule

Saturday, August 14, we are playing for the Avoca Flood Relief
Benefit here in beautiful downtown Avoca. We start at 3 PM, and the
musical festivities continue until 11 PM with Cold Steel, Silver
Wings, and CowboyUP! There will also be food, an auction, a raffle,
etc. We hope that you can come and help our neighbors recover from
the recent flood. See you soon!


Saturday, August 14, 3 PM, Debby & David, In Concert, Avoca Flood
Relief Benefit, Avoca, NE

Friday, August 27, 7:30 PM, David in “Train Songs & Tails of the
Westward Rails”, Public Library, Emerson, NE

Saturday, September 11, 1 PM - 3 PM, Contest Fiddling Workshop, in
the Old Avoca Schoolhouse (pre-registration required)

Saturday, October 2, 1 PM - 3 PM, Sight Reading Workshop, in the Old
Avoca Schoolhouse (pre-registration required)

Sunday, October 10, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee, in the Old
Avoca Schoolhouse (registration starts at 1 PM, fiddlers and their
back-up admitted free) $5.00 for adults, $1.00 for children

Sunday, November 14, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Performance Series,
“Wedding Music You Should and Shouldn’t Have at Your Wedding”, in the
Old Avoca Schoolhouse, $5.00 for adults, $1.00 for children



FRIDAY, AUGUST 13TH - is another Fast Friday at Mid-America Motorplex. Anyone with road course experience can bring their car to race at MAM’s 2.23 mile road course from 9 am to 6 pm at a reasonable charge, or race just a half day if they so choose.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14TH, AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 15TH - The Sports Car Club of America, Missouri Valley Race Group, have their regional and national on our 2.23 mile road course. Racers from around the Midwest will be competing for points and awards in numerous race classes.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13TH – is Friday Night Street Racing at Rolling Thunder Drag Strip. Participants can “Run What You Brung” on the drag strip as many times as they would like. Gates

open at 6 pm and racing runs from 7 pm till midnight. Admission for spectators is $10 with children 12 & under free.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14TH – is the 9TH race in the Junior Drag Racing League. Gates open at 11 am , with time trials starting at noon, and eliminations at about 2:00 pm. Later in the afternoon it is the 10TH race in our Summit ET Series and the 5th race in our Pro Bike Series. Gates open for Summit ET Race and Pro Bike at 3 pm, time trials at 4, and eliminations at 6:30. The Summit ET Series includes racing in High School, Two Trophy Classes, Sportsman, Pro, and Super Pro classes, along with test and tunes. Spectators are only $10 and children 12 and under are free.

MAM is located next to Interstate I-29 in Iowa, approximately 20 minutes from downtown Omaha, NE. When driving south from the Omaha metro area, take I-29 to the Glenwood exit (exit #35), and turn right (west). At the stop sign, turn left (south) onto 190th Street, go about 1 mile to Jesup Ave. and turn left, the track will be on your left.


Natural Mosquito Bite Cures

* Aloe: Aloe helps with both itch relief and healing for the skin around the bitten area. Your best bet is to take a bit of leaf and rub the juicy side against the infected area.

* Onion: Onion is a quick hit for itch relief. Put a fresh slice over the bite and keep it there for several minutes. Rinse the bite thoroughly after the itching is down to remove part of the smell.

* Garlic: Even with the smell (which repels mosquitoes), raw garlic offers itch relief. It can burn a little initially, and children don’t like it, but adults can take the early burn in exchange for major itch relief later.

* Lime or Lemon: Rubbed right into the bites, lemon or lime juice can bring itch relief as well as some cleansing to the wound. If you’ve been scratching it will sting, so juice first and keep your hands off!

exerpt from Off The Grid News


In Louisville, NE


Quote of the week:


The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

--  William Hutchinson Murray



exerpt from  Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska

The first hotel in Plattsmouth was the Nebraska House, or City Hotel, built for the town company, by Wheatley Mickelwait, during the summer of 1856, and destroyed by fire January 2, 1882. It was situated on the corner of Main and Third streets, and, at the time of its destruction, was the property of Fred Goos. For many years this was the only hotel of any importance in the city.

In 1869, the Saunders House was erected on Upper Main street, taking its place as a first class hotel immediately upon its opening. This building was entirely destroyed by fire after ten years of service--on January 29, 1880--the loss being $27,000. From the time of this loss to the city, Plattsmouth was in sad need of a hotel until the organization of a Board of Trade, in 1880, the board soon after it was constituted offering the sum of $2,500 as a bonus to any one who would build a first-class hotel; this offer was almost immediately accepted by F. F. Guthmann & Bro., the firm commencing the erection of the building in the spring of 1881. It is a substantial three-story brick building, situated on the corner of Main and Third streets, and completed at a total cost of $30,000. It was opened for business on August 23, 1881, under the name of the Perkins House, being named in honor of C. E. Perkins, of the Burlington & Missouri Railroad Company. Its lessee is John McKeever, late of Minonk, Ill.



A friend recently told me about a mother, her three-year old daughter, and mother-in-law who took off on a road trip together.  They took this trip some years ago, before the law required car seats.
As mothers-in-law can be, this one was an expert in child-rearing.  She saw this trip as an opportunity to discipline her granddaughter in ways she obviously needed, since her daughter-in-law wasn’t doing a very good job.
Well, most three-year-olds will fidget during a road trip, no matter how many books you read to them or toys they have and this one was no exception.  The mother-in-law kept saying to the little tike, “Stop fidgeting.”  And she said it so many times that the little girl finally looked at her and said, “Well all I can see is the tops of the trees.”  With no booster seat, the poor thing could only look up out of the car window.
When you’re tempted to straighten out someone else, look at life from that person’s perspective.  Then listen to your life and discover how you can make a more positive life.


I hope you enjoyed this week's newsletter.  Please feel free to email me any thoughts, ideas, pictures or any information you would like to see included in future newsletters.  Please get the information to me no later than Monday morning @ 8 a.m. to be included in the following Wednesday edition.

Thank you for your support and be well.

Vicki Moses

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