Plattsmouth Harvest Festival



Plattsmouth Harvest Festival was a success. There were approximately 6,000 people who attended over the 4 day event.  Saturday's Grand Parade began with a moving tribute to the victims of 9/11 and to the men and women of the US forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. George Blessing of Murray was announced as Grand Marshal and led the parade.
Photos from the Festival are on on the website...


Upcoming Plattsmouth Chamber Events

The Chamber has been contacted by Sarpy/Cass Department of Health & Wellness, they are Plattsmouth Chamber members and are asking for our help, for a program they have put together for the Plattsmouth Elementary Schools.  I pulled one of the paragraphs out of this email that will help you understand what they are asking, if you don’t have time to read the entire article today.

On October 6th, the elementary kids will not be dropped off at the school door. Instead, they will start their walk to school at one of three locations near the school. We will need about 19 volunteers to help organize at these locations and act as crossing guards. If a chamber member would like to provide and present a prize to one of the artists at the assembly, advertisement or awareness of the event, or to volunteer at a “walk to school station”, they can call me or e-mail me at the address/number below. Thank you, very much.

Please let me know if you would like to participate!

Lisa M. Davis, Executive Director

Platttsmouth Chamber of Commerce

918 Washington Avenue

Plattsmouth, NE 68048

Phone:  402-296-6021

Fax:      402-296-6974

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The first Friday of every month, the Plattsmouth Community Center has a dance and mini-lesson.  The event is from 6:30 to 8:30.  It is free to members and cost $5 for non-member.  We play a variety of music and the dance is primarily for ballroom, Latin and swing dancing.


Business Plan Basics Training for Local Entrepreneurs and Business Owners 

Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) in collaboration with the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce will host a five-week Business Plan Basics beginning Tuesday, September 14, and continuing through Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Each session will run from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Sessions will be held in Plattsmouth, NE at the Plattsmouth State Bank, 446 Main Street.  The instructor for the class is Ms. Carol Blood of URPR in Bellevue.

The business planning workshop series will include the following main topics: Marketing, Promotion/Advertising, Financial Management, Customer Relations and Goal Setting. REAP collaborates with the University of Nebraska EDGE Program in utilizing the NxLevel Micro-Entrepreneurs curriculum called "Business Plan Basics."
"Planning is a key to succeed in business, and these five hands-on exploratory sessions are designed for small business owners and will cover important information to complete a business plan," commented Janelle Moran, REAP Business Specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs.

Registration for the course is $79 and includes the course materials and a one-year REAP membership. The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 8th.  For additional information or to register, please contact Lisa M. Davis, Executive Director, 

Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce at 402-296-6021, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or you can contact Janelle Moran, REAP Business Specialist, at 402-335-3675 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program provides lending, training, networking, and technical assistance opportunities for start-up and existing small businesses.

More information about REAP and its services can be found at  The Center for Rural Affairs receives funding for REAP from the Nebraska Microenterprise Development Act, Community Development Block Grants through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Small Business Administration, United States Department of Agriculture and other sources.


Support our Heroes



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!


Pumpkin Festival

911 - 108th St., Avoca, NE

Hay Rides
U-Pick Pumpkins
Nature Trail
Corn Box
New! Gourd Garden
New! Duck Races
Wheelbarrow Maze
Farm Animals
Ag Exhibits
Play Areas & Games
Pumpkin Painting
Schoolhouse Café
serving pork
sandwiches, brats, hot
dogs & homemade pie
on the weekends

Large Gift Shop

Tons of pumpkins,
gourds, squash &
harvest decorations

We do field trips &

September 18 – October 31, 2010

Fridays 1-6 p.m., Weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

FREE to shop the Pumpkin Barn, Gift Shop & Café, or
$4.00 to enjoy all the other attractions (ages 2 & under FREE)





Wednesday, September 29
6:30 PM
Conestoga High School

Free food begins at 6:30 PM
FFA member’s labor auction at 7:00 PM
Pep rally 7:45 PM

Come Support Conestoga Athletics
and the Conestoga FFA!

Sponsored by the Conestoga FFA Chapter




Plattsmouth Library Happenings

Gaming @ Plattsmouth Public Library

Fall Hours

Monday - Wednesday

4:00 pm – 7 pm


11:00am – 3 pm


Girls Just Wanna Dance

Dance Dance Revolution (Wii)

September 18, 2010

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Bring your daughters, cousins, friends, sisters and nieces.

Everybody eligible for the door prize



will be holding a budgeting class on September 16th from 5:30 to 7pm at the Center for Children and Families in Nebraska City.

The address is 917 Wildwood Lane (DHHS office building).

Evelyn Olonso of Woodmen of the World will be the speaker.

For further information contact Jen West at 296.4477.

Daycare will not be provided.


PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS are available for FREE for individuals with no insurance or whose prescriptions are not covered by their insurance.  Call the Sarpy/Cass Dept. of Health & Wellness at 339-4334 ext. 207 or toll-free 800-645-0134 ext. 207.


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Tractor Pull,

2 Strong Men & 2 Stronger Women 18yrs +
will compete for the fastest time pulling a
tractor up the street in front of the old school.

in Manley, Nebraska

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Register at 6:00pm. $10 per person

$100, $60, $40 cash prizes

Come eat a smoked turkey leg or loin on a stick and watch 'em run!

For details contact Betty Meyer 402-234-5232

Advertising funded in part by Cass County Tourism


"To celebrate the beginning of fall season, the Otoe County Genealogical Society will host a "Fall Foliage Wyuka Tour" at 6:00pm on October 14th at Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City.  Guests can enjoy the beauty of Nebraska's oldest public cemetery while Wyuka Cemetery historian, Don Hegr, guides them on a 2-hour tour of the cemetery's grounds.  Don will cover not only the history of this prestigious cemetery, but will also share stories about some of Wyuka's prominent (and not so prominent) residents that are buried there as well.  In addition, Wyuka Cemetery's book, "Wyuka A place of rest; Nebraska City's Pioneer Cemetery", will be available for purchase before and after the tour."




Slattery Vintage Estates

"SPIRITS & THE STARS", a Plattsmouth Main Street fundraiser at Slattery Vintage Estates is Saturday, Sept 18th with wine and beer tasting (optional $5.00), fall soups and specialty sandwiches, live music, stargazing and drawings. Door donation is just $10 per person. Everyone is invited to attend.



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.
Call 297-1204 with your questions.



The second annual Legacy Veterans Garden Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, October 2nd and you are invited!

Bring your own foursome, or partner up with fellow golfers at the course. Either way you are sure to have a great afternoon while you raise money for the Veterans Memorial planned for the campus of the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue.

The Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Tregaron Golf Course, 13909 Glengarry Circle, in Bellevue, NE. Check-in begins at 12:30 am with a shot gun start at 2 pm. An Awards Dinner will follow at 7:30 pm at Tregaron.

Registration is $100 per golfer or $400 for a foursome. Registration includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, the chance to win great prizes and an invitation to a steak dinner at the Awards Celebration.

Holes can be sponsored for $50 each. Sponsors are also invited to donate merchandise as flag prizes.

To register for the golf tournament please visit or for more information, contact Aimee Middleton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-672-5050.




The Autumn Harvest Art Show

Hosted by Prairie Images

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 from 9a.m. - 8p.m.
Sunday October 3rd, 2010 from 9a.m. - 4p.m.

Held in the Peter Kiewit Lodge at Mahoney State Park

View some of the finest art in the country at what has
become "The Most Prestigious Art Show on the River"

Many reputable and nationally known
artists from many different states will be
offering their work for display and sale.
Wildlife, Landscape, Cityscape, Portrait,
Still Life, Native American, Southwest,
Americana, Impressionistic paintings in a
variety of mediums. Sculpture, Wood
Carving, Nature and Wildlife Photography,
Rustic Metal Sculpture, Pottery and more!

Old West Rib Fest featuring BBQ Ribs

Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd & 3rd 2010
from 11a.m. - 2p.m. (weather permitting)

Held in tent outside Peter Kiewit Lodge

Only $5.75
Meal Includes:
Three BBQ Pork Ribs
Ranch Style Baked Beans
Cinnamon Apple Crisp
Coffee and Iced Tea

In the lobby of the
Peter Kiewit Lodge

I-80 Exit 426

Park Entry Permit Required


The Lincoln Squadron of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps

is looking for students (10-18) who have an interest in the Sea, the Navy or other military services. This is a voluntary youth organization with no commitment to future military service. Lincoln Squadron drills one weekend per month at Camp Ashland in Ashland NE. Check out the Sea Cadets on the web at or email the commanding officer LTJG Kimberly Koch for more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Upcoming drill dates are:

Sept 17,18,19

Please note that Lincoln Squadron is not only for youth from Lincoln, but there are youth from many different cities: Seward, Chapman, Ashland, Greenwood, Elmwood, and Elkhorn and looking to expand into your community.

Please come check out what this program is about.  We can also be found on facebook under Naval Sea Cadet Corp – Lincoln Squadron.  You will find pictures from recent events and updated drill information.


LTJG Kimberly J Koch, NSCC

Lincoln Squadron

Commanding Officer



Mid America Motorplex


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH  - 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, SEPTEMBER 18TH, AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH - is Woodhouse Track days.  This is a promotional event that Woodhouse Sales puts on to say thank-you to their customers for their continued support.   This includes open lapping and a school for those that do not have road course experience.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH – is Friday Night Street Racing at Rolling Thunder Drag Strip with Loess Hills Rally Kick off.  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, SEPTEMBER 18TH, AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH – our Summit ET Points Series racers will be competing in the Division 5 Finals held in Topeka, Kansas.

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.



Plattsmouth Animal Shelter

for further information visit the website @

or call Sue Baker at 298-8235


Rollin' Out the Red & White Carpet in Lincoln

for the

Nebraska Travel Conference


October 12-14, 2010
Hosted by: The Nebraska Department of Economic Development's Travel & Tourism Division


Cornhusker Marriot Hotel
Room Rate: $109
For reservations call 402-474-7474 or 1-866-706-7706
Book by September 24th

P.S. Please book now, the Nebraska-Texas game is directly following the conference
and room rates will be much higher if you book after September 24th!

For additional information contact:
Debbie Skinner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 402-658-4526

Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau

1135 M Street, Suite 300  |  Lincoln, Nebraska 68508  |  402-434-5335


Greenblatt & Seay

Workshop/Performance Schedule

FOURTEENTH ANNUAL SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLING BEE.  This historical, hysterical event will take place on Sunday, October 10, at 2:30 PM, in the auditorium of the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.  In the Open Division, fiddlers will play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice.  There will also be other divisions of competition available for the adventurous fiddlers, including a Singing Fiddler's Contest, a Twin Fiddler's Contest, a Fee-Fi-Faux Fiddler's Contest (fiddle tunes played on any instrument other than a fiddle), and a Hocus-Pocus Contest (cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc.), which will give fiddlers an opportunity to play tunes that are usually not allowed in any other contest.  The prizes for the winners in the Open Division are $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place.  Prizes will also be awarded for 1st place in the other contests. Registration for contestants starts at 1:30 PM the day of the FIDDLING BEE.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.  Fiddlers and their back-ups are admitted for free.

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



The Cornhusker Motor Club Foundation is a non-profit organization funded by contributions from AAA, its members, and generous supporters who believe in its mission.  The Foundation's goals include supporting tourism efforts across Nebraska which enhance economic development and provide visitors with a greater ability to enjoy our state's natural wonders and man-made treasurers.


If you have a special need in your community that deserves consideration, please submit your request to:  Rose White, Executive Director, CMC Foundation, P.O. Box 3985, Omaha, NE 68103.  Matching grants are available for 2010 and 2011 projects.


For more information about the Cornhusker Motor Club Foundation visit

Have You Thought About Being An Innkeeper?


Harriet Gould, Innkeeper, Pine Crest Farms B&B

Valparaiso, NE


Think about the possibilities…do you like people?  Do you like to entertain?  Do you have extra space in your home to share with travelers?  Do you like to cook?  If your answer to these questions is “yes”, perhaps becoming an innkeeper at your own bed and breakfast is something you should think about.  There are many advantages to innkeeping, but like any other business, there are disadvantages too.  Would you like to find out more about innkeeping in Nebraska?


To help you investigate these questions and more, the Nebraska Association of Bed and Breakfast (NABB) is hosting a workshop on Monday, October 11, 2010.  The Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop (AIW) will be held in Lincoln, NE, on the Fallbrook Campus of Concordia University.  Two veteran innkeepers, Jeanna Stavas, owner of Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast in Nebraska City and Harriet Gould, who owns Pine Crest Farms B&B in Valparaiso, NE, will host this workshop.  Jeanna currently serves as the President of NABB and has been in the B&B business for 5 years.  Harriet is a retired educator having served over 40 years in education as teacher, principal, curriculum director, coach and adjunct professor.  She shares her innkeeping responsibilities with her husband and brother-in-law.  She has been an innkeeper for over 12 years.


Nebraska’s bed and breakfasts are each unique and different.  Whispering Pines property is over 100 years old while the owners built Pine Crest Farms property as their residence in the early 1970s.  Some B&B’s are located in cities while others are in very rural settings.  Amenities vary widely from inn to inn too.  Lincoln’s Atwood House is a stately Georgian colonial that has Jacuzzi tubs and luxurious bathrooms while Whispering Pines has an outdoor hot tub and Pine Crest Farms has a spacious outdoor swimming pool.  Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn in Minden has a restaurant on the property as well as a gift shop.  Traditions B&B in Columbus has an award-winning restaurant attached to the B&B while The Hanlon House in Scottsbluff hosts many cultural events at the B&B.  KrazyWoman Orchard B&B in Scribner is an updated 1900s era farmhouse surrounded by pine, hazelnut, pecan trees and country views. Other inns have none of these amenities but offer the traveler a quiet night’s rest in a unique setting.  There are many, many options available when you begin to think about creating your B&B.  Check out the NABB website to explore the many approved and inspected inns that are members of the state’s B&B association, offering a quality standard for the B&B industry.


Consider attending the Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop on October 11 in Lincoln.  Attendees must register in advance for this workshop.  Complete details about this workshop and the NABB Fall Conference are located on the NABB website :


Again, think about the possibilities…being your own boss, cooking breakfast for your guests, meeting people from around the globe, being an ambassador for Nebraska tourism, running your business out of your home, and creating “a night to remember and days to tell your friends about” for your many guests.


Quote of the week:

Truth is rarely writ in ink.  It lives in nature.

--  Martin H. Fischer





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Thank you for your support and be well.

Vicki Moses

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