Plattsmouth Newsletter  October 6, 2010







Cruzin Main by John Yochum



Upcoming Chamber Events that you will not want to miss:


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.
will present William Shakespeare's classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet on Friday (10/8) @ 1pm, Saturday (10/9) @ 7:00 and Sunday (10/10) at 2pm in the Plattsmouth High School Auditorium - Admission is $5.00 per person..

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.


LifeArts-Howard Chiropractic   Open House

October is National Chiropractic Month and LifeArts-Howard Chiropractic (Dr. Julie Howard) is hosting an open house Oct. 9 from 10am-2pm. Free spinal screenings, martial arts demonstrations, belly dance demonstrations, prizes, snacks. See our office and what services we now offer and exciting new changes to come in 2011 and beyond!  546 Avenue A, Suite 2 in Plattsmouth.



 Sunday (10/10), 9am to 1pm. All-you-can eat for $6. "More Breakfast for Your Buck!"

at Lake Ridge Golf Course Thursday (10/21) 7pm to 9pm. Showcasing jewelry by Anita Carmichael ( and acrylic paintings by E. Spencer. Appetizers will be served. Call 402-297-2491 with questions.


NOVEMBER 7 – 13, 2010

SUNDAY 12:00 – 4:00 PM


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

PERFORM FROM 6:00 – 8:00 PM

CENTER ON NOVEMBER 5 --- 8 am - 2 pm)


 Saturday, October 9th from 9am to 1pm at the Plattsmouth Community Center. "There are a lot of activities for the whole family and it is completely free," says Geri Hennessy, PCC Fitness Operational Coordinator. "There are fun things for the kids to do, gaming bikes, Dance Dance Revolution, pony rides and there's the safety kid zone where you can get your car seat checked, and get your child a flu shot.  We are also giving away free bike helmets to the first 100 kids.
"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)


After a year absence, the Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance will again hold its biennial Lower Platte River Summit in 2010. This year's event will take place at Mahoney State Park's Riverview Lodge on Tuesday, October 21st from 9am to 5pm. Bob Wagner, Senior Policy and Program Advisor for the American farmland Trust will provide the keynote presentation beginning at 9am. The presentation will be followed by panel discussion of local stakeholders, agency and organization representatives. The afternoon will be spent touring project sites and other resources of the Lower Platte River Corridor. The bus tour will be followed by a reception from 4 to 5pm.
Registration online at



Plattsmouth Library Happenings

Gaming @ Plattsmouth Public Library

Fall Hours

Monday - Wednesday

4:00 pm – 7 pm


11:00am – 3 pm


                                                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



SVE banner

Wine Dinners Return!

Harvest Wine Dinner
A celebration of Local Food and Wine
October 15, 7pm
We will be kicking off our Fall Wine Dinner series by showcasing locally produced goods. The cost of the dinner is $50 per person, but see below for a special package put together especially for this event!


Country Pork Terrine
Whole Grain Mustard
Artisan Bread
First Course
Pumpkin Ravioli
Sage Brown Butter
Braised Cranberries
Second Course
Bison Burgundy
Pearl Onions
Rosemary Game Hen
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Brussels Sprouts in Pecan Butter
Parsnip Puree
Caramel Apple Galette
Cinnamon Ice Cream
Space is limited and reservations required, please call 402.267.5267 for more details or to reserve your spot!

Harvest Wine Dinner Couples Package
We are offering a special package deal for those who want a truly unique experience. (It is two-thirds of the way to Valentine's Day, you know...)
$195 per couple
  • An overnight stay at the beautiful, historic Fitzgerald Hotel in downtown Plattsmouth.
  • Transportation to and from SVE on The BUS (you don't have to worry about driving!)
  • Two spots at SVE's Harvest Wine Dinner
This is a very special, romantic and fabulous deal that won't be around for long! Space is limited to the first 8 couples, so don't delay!
Call 267.5267 for more details and to reserve your spot.

We will also be closed ALL DAY next Saturday, October 9th for a private wedding.



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.

 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."



316 Chicago Ave., Plattsmouth  296-3111

201 Main Street, Louisville  234-2611

Business Printing
Stationary                          Mailings                                Business Cards                  Books
Forms                             Flyers                                      Brochures                  Promotional
Screen Printing & Embroidery

T-Shirts                    Sweat Shirts                Hats                  Jackets
Sign Making
Banners                         Windows                                     Buildings                        Magnets
Yard Signs                                  Vehicles

Contact Vicki Moses
402-949-0254 or
vicki@unlimitedvisionsllc. com
fax 1-866-591-5607



Pumpkin Cake

1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup mashed cooked fresh pumpkin
1/2 cup  oil
1/2 cup water
3   eggs
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup chopped toasted PLANTERS Pecans

HEAT oven to 350°F.

BEAT first 7 ingredients with mixer until well blended. Pour into 13x9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.

BAKE 32 to 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

SPREAD with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Frosting; sprinkle with nuts. Keep refrigerated.


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


FRIDAY, OCT 8th  - 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, OCT 9THthe Porsche Club of America will be racing around our 2.23 mile road course.

SUNDAY, OCT 10THthe Zalusky Riding School will be bringing sport bikes to our road course.  This is an opportunity for advanced motorcycle riders to improve their riding skills and become more proficient.

FRIDAY, OCT 8TH – 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, OCT 9TH – is NAPA Hot Wheelz mas/rdk race #3 and Junior Drag Racing League Race# 15.  Gates open for the juniors at 10 am and Hot Wheelz at 2 pm.  Spectators are $10 with children 12 and under free.

SUNDAY, OCT 10TH - is NAPA Hot Wheelz mas/rdk race #1 and Junior Drag Racing League Race# 13, along with Quick 32 Race #5.  This is a make-up race that had been canceled on Sept. 25th.  Gates open for the juniors at 8 am and Hot Wheelz/Quick 32 at 1 pm.  Spectators are $10 with children 12 and under 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.



The Lofte

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.

“Unnecessary Farce” Is a Necessary Experience

Manley, NE [September 30, 2010]- On October 15, the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley will continue its tradition of fast-paced comedy productions by opening Paul Slade’s hilarious “Unnecessary Farce.”

Written in 2002, the script is modern and very witty.  The story takes place in two adjoining hotel rooms.  In one room, two rookie cops prepare to bust their town’s mayor for embezzlement.  With the help of a love-starved woman accountant and a video camera, they set-up a sting in the adjoining room.  However, their simple plan soon goes haywire.  The accountant keeps taking off her clothes.  The mayor’s security guard is overly protective.  A mysterious Scottish hitman appears, but is brogue is so thick no one can understand his instructions.

 The production is directed by Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water.  The colorful ensemble cast includes Kyle Lorenz of Lincoln, Anne Pope of Eagle, Anna Strobel and Ken Patry of Omaha, Kevin and Dawn Holdorf of Manley and Joshua Smith of La Vista.

 Performance dates are October 15-17, 22-24 and 28-31.   Curtain times are 7:30pm on Thursday-Saturday and 2pm matinees on Sundays.  General admission tickets are $16.  Reservations can be made by calling the Lofte ticket office at (402) 234-2553.

 The Lofte is located near the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 50 near the town of Manley.  For driving directions and more information about the theater, please visit their website,


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

Dream Home on 3 acres
Open House on Sunday, October 10th 1-3pm

36807 Oakmont Drive Louisville, NE 68037
For Virtual Tour go to



Greenblatt & Seay

Workshop/Performance Schedule

                           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




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:

One must steer, not talk.

--  Seneca




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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