Plattsmouth Newsletter  September 29, 2010




Upcoming Chamber Events that you will not want to miss:

The High School of Business students at Plattsmouth High have just concluded
a project in which they researched various businesses in our community.
The final product of this project is a brochure which highlights the
businesses researched and a promotion for businesses to locate in the
Plattsmouth area.
The students are going to present their work Friday, October 1st during the
two periods they have scheduled class.  The time frame is 9:53 to 11:33.  I
would like to invite any Chamber members to attend any or all of the
presentations and provide feedback to the students.
The presentations will be very informal and you may come and go as your busy
schedules permit.
Let me know names that will attend.
Don Gilpin
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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.

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 usual rules apply during the clean-up Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th. More details are available at City Hall. Seniors and disabled residents can arrange for pick up of items at 296-2155.

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.


The Plattsmouth Conservancy Presents


Haunted Victorian

ghost walk

October 22 & 23
7:30—10 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in
advance at
Antiques Off Main
125 South 5th Street * 296-3113

Fee $20

Follow the night watchman throughout the enchanted hills of Plattsmouth to step inside historic homes and
experience haunted tales of current and days gone by.

Tour Homes/Property Include:

• The Waldhaus • The Lucas House • The Blankman House • Cass County Court House

This is a walking tour. Appropriate dress and walking shoes are highly recommended.
This program is funded in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Cass County Visitor’s Bureau.


Support our Heroes


Support Our Heros PVFD

Thank a Smoke Eater this Week!

Our Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire and Rescue risk everything for you.



  The 3rd annual event is Saturday, October 2nd. It's a day full of activities that start with a breakfast and continue with a BBQ cook-off, poker run, games, a scavenger hunt, car show and more.
To be part of the BBQ cook-off you need to have your $25 entry fee in by Saturday (9/25). Contact John or Cathy at 227-0114.


A car show & shine, food and refreshments, music and shopping await those visiting Plattsmouth. This event has hosted over 350 classic vehicles in the past. It's a quick stroll back in time to those memorable days of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Check-in starts at 5pm... the show is from 5:30 to 8:30. Brought to you by the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce and Plattsmouth Main Street Association. (Produced in part by a grant from the Cass County Visitor Promotion Committee.
 "A Scarecrow Contest" sponsored by Louisville B.U.I.L.D.
The scarecrows will take up residence on Louisville's Main Street October 16th through 31st.
Entry forms are available at <>  and at the Louisville City Office. Entry forms are needed by October 8th. Questions can be directed to Nancy at 234-2750.

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 &

Now thru 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



Free Form Apple Tart
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup  butter, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, divided
1 pkg.  (3 oz.) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Gelatin, divided
2 Golden Delicious apples (3/4 lb.), peeled, thinly sliced
1 tsp.  cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup  PLANTERS Sliced Almonds

USE pulsing action to process flour, butter and half the cream cheese in food processor until mixture is well blended and starts to pull away from side of container. Shape into ball; wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.

HEAT oven to 400°F. Roll pastry on lightly floured surface to 14x8-inch rectangle. Place on parchment paper-covered baking sheet; set aside. Mix remaining cream cheese and half the dry gelatin mix until well blended. Spread onto pastry to within 2 inches of edge.

TOSS apples with remaining dry gelatin mix, cornstarch and cinnamon; spoon over cream cheese filling. Fold edge of pastry over apples. (Apples in center of tart will remain exposed.) Sprinkle with nuts.

BAKE 35 min. or until crust is golden brown and apples are tender. Cool.

Recipe from Kraft Foods


                                                        Gale reminds citizens of deadlines for November election

LINCOLN – Secretary of State John Gale outlined deadlines regarding voter registration and early voting for the Nov. 2 Nebraska general election.

Early voting for the election starts Sept. 27 by mail or in person at county election offices.

Any registered voter can cast an early-voting ballot.

Gale listed the following deadlines for the November election:

--Mail-in voter registrations must be postmarked by Oct. 15. Registrations close at motor vehicle offices and state agencies on Oct. 15

--In-person voter registration at county election offices ends at 6 p.m. Oct. 22. This includes registration changes such as updating an address.

--Registered voters can make requests until 4 p.m. Oct. 27 for early-voting ballots to be mailed. Nov. 1 is the deadline for in-person early voting at county election offices. The close of polls on Nov. 2 is the deadline for the return of early-voting ballots, including ballots returned by mail.

Gale urged eligible Nebraskans who aren’t registered voters to take the time to register.

“Voting in Nebraska is a very user-friendly process,” he said. “All you have to do is take the time to study a sample ballot and vote.

“It’s as easy as buying a cup of coffee at your neighborhood coffee shop.”

Gale reminded people to update their voter registration if they have moved within a county or submit a new registration if they have moved from one county to another.

People with questions can call their county election office or the Secretary of State’s Office toll free at (888) 727-0007.


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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The Farmhouse Lounge

The Scavenger Hunt is coming . . . mark your calendars for October 23rd. This one may have a "haunting effect" on you . . . mwahahaha . . .
The Second Annual Ghoulish Gathering Halloween Party and Costume Contest will be Saturday, October 30th, beginning at 7:30 p.m!
Kris Rathe, Owner
Cryin' Creek Candles & The Farmhouse Lounge
4513 - 132nd Street
Weeping Water, NE  68463
Phone: 402-267-3235 or 877-707-2805



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We know it is supposed to be in September...
Sunday, October 3rd, 1pm to 6pm (or later...)

We will be offering some fantastic German food and beer to celebrate our German heritage! This is our second annual Oktoberfest and we hope to make this one even better!

Wine Dinners Return!

The first in our series of five course wine dinners will be happening on Friday, October 15. The dinners begin at 7pm and are by reservation only, due to limited seating. Menu coming soon, as it takes a while to perfectly pair five delicious courses of food with five unforgettable wines!

Also, check back in the next couple weeks for the announcements of the November and December dinners, too! Reservations can be made by calling 267.5267.



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 Next Big Red Dinner will be Thursday, September 30th.

Buy a ticket book for the last 4 dinners for $80 or a one night ticket for $20 while they last.

Call Steve Daniell, 297-1204 or 298-7268.

Proceeds go towards Plattsmouth Athletic Programs



The Waffleman

Is Coming To


9 AM to Noon

October 10, 2010

Elmwood Fire Station

The Waffleman will continue to serve his famous
waffles as long as people keep coming!

All You Can Eat

Beligan Waffles, 5 Flavored Syrups
Strawberries, Whipped Cream
Sausage and Drinks


Proceeds to the Elmwood Rescue Squad
will to help purchase a defibrillator 



"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."



 Saturday, October 2nd at the Plattsmouth Middle School Gym (1724  8th Avenue). Doors open at 11am with dinner service at noon.  It is a "Create your own Celebration" luncheon.  Bring your own decorations and table service. $8.00 per person, to benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Call Sandy for details and reservations before Monday (9/27) at 298-8513.



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 Plattsmouth Animal Shelter

finished the last challenge in the top 20 in Nebraska - thanks to all of you who continued to vote everyday. The animals at the shelter need all of us to make them #1. We are the only shelter in Cass County so PLEASE be proud of us and vote and encourage everyone you know to vote EVERYDAY.

The easy to follow instructions are listed below - OUR SHELTER ANIMALS NEED YOUR HELP TO WIN!            THANK YOU!

Ready for the NEXT Shelter+ Challenge?

The Animal Rescue Site and are very excited to announce that the next Animal Rescue Site Shelter+ Challenge - together with will begin on Monday, September 20th!

Looking for highlights? The Holiday Shelter+ Challenge will run all the way through Sunday, December 19th, and winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 22nd. The Grand Prize will be a $10,000 grant to help animals, but we're also adding some exciting new prizes for shelters to try for. There will be Dark Horse Prize winners — rescue organizations that have never won a grant in ANY of our Challenges — and we will also offer a unique opportunity for voters to share their beloved rescue pets in the Shelter Fan Photo Contest to win a grant for their favorite rescue group!

So stay tuned for more details, stay involved, and keep clicking to help rescued animals. Remember, in the midst of the excitement, that we are all trying to accomplish the same thing: a brighter future for animals in need everywhere. Working together, we will succeed!


Mid America Motorplex

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.



The Lofte 

World Premiere Production

Production dates for “Christmas at Leon’s: are Dec 3-5, 10-12, and 16-19.  The theater is located near Manley, Nebraska near the intersection of Hwy 50 and Hwy 1.

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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

Saturday, October 2, 1 PM - 3 PM, Sight Reading Workshop, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse,
Avoca, NE (pre-registration required)
Sunday, October 10, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE
Sunday, October 24, 3 PM, Debby, Performing in the Hastings Symphony, Masonic Center, Hastings, NE
David Seay, Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, will be presenting a free harmonica workshop on Sunday, October 24, at 1:30 PM, in the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.  Within the first few minutes workshop participants will be playing actual folk songs on their very own harmonicas.  Harmonicas will be available at the workshop.  For more information, contact David at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Sunday, November 14, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Performance Series,
“Wedding Music You Should and Shouldn’t Invite to Your Wedding”, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse,
Avoca, NE

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



Lincoln Products Show for Business & Industry

Nebraska's A.D. Tom Osborne is named the Honorary Chairman of this year's Lincoln Products Show for Business & Industry on Sept 29-30, 2010 at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln.  You are cordially invited to the Opening Presentation, the Luncheon, and the Show!

See the attached bio for Tom Osborne.  Dr. Osborne will receive his plaque and be at the Opening Presentation on Wed, Sept 29 at 10:00 am.

The largest business & industry show in Nebraska and the Midwest is coming to Lincoln this year -- the 17th Biennial Lincoln Products Show for business & industry on Sept 29-30, 2010 at the Lancaster Event Center!

There is still time to get in the show!  Don't miss this opportunity to increase your sales, get new leads, network, and be a part of the largest business & industry show in the Midwest this year!  Show other companies that you are still in business and ready to do business!  Save gas, save time, and save money by being at the show.  All of this at one place and one location -- The Lincoln Products Show - Sept 29-30, 2010!  Plan to exhibit and/or attend.  The show has free admission and free parking.

Bob Mancuso, Jr.
Mid-America Expositions, Inc.

Lincoln Products Show for Business & Industry
7015 Spring St
Omaha, Ne 68106
w - 402-346-8003
fax - 402-346-5412
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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:


I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know.  Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly.

--  Buckminster Fuller




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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