Plattsmouth Newsletter-- December 8, 2010




has placed 32 "Toys 4 Tots" boxes throughout the Cass County area
 ABWA members hope you will help fill the boxes by the pickup date of Friday (12/10). All donations stay in Cass County.
The boxes are placed at: Tobacco Plus, Plattsmouth Library, Jenz Salon, Plattsmouth Police Dept., DC's Waterhole, Plattsmouth Elementary, middle School, and high schools, Head Start in Plattsmouth, Bay Hills Golf Course Clubhouse, The Lodge, Country Bar, Senior Center in Plattsmouth, Dairy Queen, Subway, Little Dolphins Day Care, Happy Hearts Day Care, Eagles, Keno, VFW, both Cass County Banks in Plattsmouth, Weeping Water school, Murray Building & Supply, Conestoga schools, 75 Mart, Lake Ridge Golf Course Clubhouse, Louisville High School, Blake's Soda Fountain and Cedar Creek Inn.
Toys do not need be wrapped, new toys only, and no battery operated toys please.
Contact Dea Strobel with questions at 402-297-2931.
Thank You
Waterford at Woodbridge

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Glassware, purses, jewelry, scarf demonstrations & more with refreshments. Thursday (12/9) from 7pm to 9pm at The Waterford at WoodBridge, 1913 East Highway 34, Plattsmouth.  

Bring a friend and find some unique gifts!



Heartland Community Bank Holiday Open House

 in both Weeping Water and Avoca this Friday (12/10) from 9-3pm. 

 Stop in for Cookies and Coffee.

SVE Holiday Happenings
To thank you for your patronage to your local vineyard!
Now through the New Year at SVE:
Gift Giving Ideas!
Want to give wine?  $4 off  wines (12 different selections) Cute wine racks and sleighs too! Free pretty sleek black gift box for a two bottle purchase. Many styles of wine are offered at this discount.
Two for one: For every $25 value in gift certificates, get a free wine tasting certificate for two. Gift wrap your Gift Cert in a SVE wine glass!
Good prices on Cash and Carry wine or beer baskets.  Ready to go and give.
20% off two gift shop items (includes all jewelry and pottery, and all other items, but does not include consignment items or baskets)
Prize drawings and free snacks, sip and snack while you shop
Beers, $8.99 a mixed six pack, your choice, includes assorted nebraska craft brews!
Mac's Creek River Valley Red is back!
Support Nebraska products.. we have all Nebraska made gift shop items!  And we only have to charge 5.5% tax, unlike Omaha's restaurant/bar tax at over 9%!!!
Come on out, hours:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1-6, (or call us to arrange another shopping time,  after all, we live here!)
Want to entertain family in town?  Come on out to do a wine tasting, we're family friendly.
Happy Holidays from SVE
Barb Slattery (directions!)
Upcoming Chamber Events

that you will not want to miss:

Have you stopped in for a chance at a FREE TURKEY??

Aaron James Booksellers
Stephanie’s wine cellar
American National Bank
Antiques Off Main
Cass County Bank (downtown)
Cass County Bank (uptown)
Cloud Nine Massage
Community Rehab
Crowin' Country Sampler
DC's Waterhole
Edward Jones Investments
Eye Specialist
Farmers Insurance Group
Farmers Union Insurance
Godfather's Pizza
Hefner Chiroptratic Center/Dr.
Travis Allgood
Heritage Pharmacy
Higgins Hardware
John's Appliance Sales and
KFC/Taco Bell
Main Street Jewelers
McKnight Family Dental
Mom's Café and Catering
Mullenax Auto Supply
Ofe Oil Company
Plattco Real Estate & Ins., Inc.
Plattsmouth Chiropractic Center
Plattsmouth State Bank (Downtown)
Plattsmouth State Bank (Uptown)
Rishel and Pfeifer, PC
Riverhouse Café
Ruffner Pharmacy
Seams to Be Quilt Shop
Shear Design
SnowDog Printing
State Farm Insurance
The Plattsmouth Journal
Thriftway Steube's
Village Nursery

Stop In for your Chance!!! Good Luck!!!
Contact information:
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"Journey Into Christmas" Holiday Open House Weekends

at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House, 204 East F Street, Elmwood, NE

Dec.  11-12, 18-19 & 26 -- 2:00-5:00 p.m. daily.

See every room of the author's historic home dressed for the holidays!  Each room has been lovingly decorated by an area group or family, each with its own tree and unique theme.  After your tour enjoy complimentary holiday goodies in the Aldrich kitchen and browse the gift shop.

For more information call 994-3855 or visit



The Plattsmouth Early Childhood Center, 902 Main Street, is now accepting donations of gently used and new coats in any size.

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.

First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ    

304 Main St.
PO Box 473
Louisville, NE. 68037
Phone: 402 - 234 - 2130   Pastor Cathy Stander: 402 - 677 - 9606
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Sunday Worship: 10AM with Communion and all are welcome at the table.

Everyone is welcome just as you are.
Adult and children's educational classes following worship.
Faith Lessons @ 10 AM on Tuesday
4PM on Sunday.
Come join us on Wednesday Evening at 7 PM for
Special Services leading up to Christmas.
These are community services begining on December 1 at the United Methodist Church in Louisville
and alternating every other service at the First Christian Church.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 9:30 PM
Newly formed ecumenical Jr. High Youth Group



at the Plattsmouth VFW, in the back room  every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm.
Cost is $5 per class.
Come join the fun!



Plattsmouth Library Happenings


Plattsmouth Library 2nd Annual Cookie Exchange

Sunday December 12

1:30 pm

Registration ends December 3

Call 296-4154

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Food for Fines

November 1st – December 31

For every item brought in a $1.00 will be removed from your fines.

This does not include lost items.  If a lost item is returned the “food for fines” will apply to the late fee fine.

There will be NO amnesty days during these two months


Precise Ice

Learn to Skate

at Mahoney State Park

An official U.S.F.S.A. program for ages 4+

Taught by Professional Skater’s Association Coaches

Program designed for pre - figure skating

And pre – hockey for beginner to advance levels


Session 1

Session 2

December 4, 11, 18, 2010

January 8, 15, 22, 2011

January 29, 2011

February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011

March 5, 2011

Cost: *$57.00

Cost: *$57.00


“Greetings” Opens Winter Theater Season

KBC Productions announces that it will open the winter theater season at Mahoney State Park on December 3 with Tom Dudzick’s touching Christmas drama, “Greetings.”  All performances take place at the Kountze Memorial Theater near the lodge inside of Mahoney State Park.

Greetings is the story of a mentally handicapped man named Mickey.  He lives at home with his sweet Catholic mother and sour Catholic father.  When older brother, Andy brings home a Jewish fiancée to meet his family on Christmas Eve, he fears the worst.  However, that evening a small miracle occurs.  Mickey, whose entire vocabulary consists of “Oh boy,” and “Wow,” suddenly blurts out, “Greetings!” the whole family is left to wonder how this is possible.  It is a gentle heart-warming story for the whole family.

The production is directed by Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water.  Starring in the production are Jim Knierim of Louisville, Stacy White and Shari Hoelker of Omaha and Chuck Danskin of Lincoln.  Reprising the role of Mickey for the third time is Jim Frerichs of rural Dunbar.

Performances for “Greetings” are Dec 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 26-30.  Adult tickets are $8.  Children are priced at $6.  Reservations can be made by calling Mahoney State Park at (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.  Curtain times are at 7:30pm except for Dec 5, 19 which are 2pm Sunday matinee performances.  Mahoney State Park is located just off exit 426 on I-80 near the towns of Ashland and South Bend.



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.


2011 Medicare Part D

Plan Comparison/Enrollment
Events in Cass County

Medicare beneficiaries should take advantage of the opportunity to discuss 2011
drug plans available to them. Call Cass County Extension at 267-2205 to
schedule an appointment with Mary Ann Holland, Extension Educator and
trained SHIIP Professional.

Cass County Extension, Hwy 1 & 144th St, Weeping Water fairgrounds

Wednesday, December 8
Monday, December 13
Friday, December 17
Monday, December 20

Plattsmouth Public Library, 400 Avenue A, Plattsmouth

Tuesday, December 14
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bring along your Medicare card and a printed list of the prescription drugs you
are currently taking. Open Enrollment for 2011 will available between
November 15 to December 31, 2010.

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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SVE banner
A Holiday Wine Dinner
One last Five Course Wine Dinner of the year...
Friday, DECEMBER 10th


Back by Popular Demand~we are offering the Fitzgerald Hotel and Shuttle package for $195 per couple.  Open to the first 15 reservations. 

Remember us for your gift giving!
Gift Certificates available by phone too!



Recipe of the Week


Carrot & Broccoli Spears with VELVEETA Mustard Sauce

What You Need

1 bunch broccoli (1 lb.)
4   thin carrots with 1-inch green tops (about 4 oz.), peeled, cut lengthwise in half
1/4 lb. (4 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 Tbsp.  water
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 tsp.  GREY POUPON Country Dijon Mustard

Make It

USE vegetable peeler to peel tough skins off broccoli stalks. Quarter each stalk of broccoli lengthwise. Place carrots in steamer basket; cover with broccoli. Steam 4 to 5 min. or until vegetables are crisp-tender.

MEANWHILE, microwave VELVEETA and water in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until VELVEETA is completely melted and sauce is well blended, stirring after 1 min. Stir in onions and mustard.

PLACE vegetables on platter; top with sauce.


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!


Go to and click on the button on the right "Click Here To Give - It's Free" - at this point you are giving free food to animals at many shelters.
Now you'll get a message "Thank you your click has been counted!"
In the middle of the screen you'll see - "Ready for the Holiday Shelter Challenge?"
Click on the line that says "Vote Every Day After You Click"
The first time you vote you will need to enter all the information -
Shelter name: Plattsmouth Animal Shelter
Country: USA
State: Nebraska
City: Plattsmouth
Click on "search"
It will locate the shelter and display the name and location - when it does click "VOTE"
One more step ...... Confirm your vote (name the animal) and you're done.
After you do this the first time, you can save it in your favorites (it will retain all the shelter info) and the voting is much quicker the next time!
IMPORTANT: Please remember to vote every day and help us gain on the leaders - thanks!

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

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!




The Lofte

World Premiere in Manley, Nebraska!

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley is bringing a world premiere to the stage.  Opening on December 3, Christmas at Leon’s tells the tale of a bus full of holiday travelers who get stranded at a roadside diner during a blizzard.  As we are introduced to the passengers, we discover that each one has a flaw or personal drama affecting his or her life.  Everyone is able to find shelter and spiritual comfort at the diner owned by an odd little man named Leon.

The story and original musical score were both written by Mick Kovar of Lincoln.  Mr. Kovar is a long-time friend of the Lofte having served on its board of directors and starred in several of its productions over the years.  Lofte Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert is directing the show.  Colbert and Kovar are old friends and have enjoyed working with each other on “Leon’s.”

Starring in the title role as the curmudgeon, Leon is Larry Bauers of Louisville.  His three angelic waitresses are played by Renee Kovar of Lincoln, Lindsey Micks of Bellevue and Samantha Colbert of Weeping Water.  Other players in the show include Bob Pinkerton of Weeping Water; Jamion Biesterfeld and Anne Riha of Louisville; Scott Pope of Eagle; Cynthia West Sheldon of Elmwood; Adam, Mick and Meagan Kovar and Brittney Ernesti all of Lincoln; Tom Lucas of Papillion, Virginia Howe Kincaid of Elkhorn and Jason France of Plattsmouth.

“Christmas at Leon’s” will run December 3-5, 10-12 & 16-19.  Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm.  Sundays are 2pm matinees.  Tickets are $16.

The Lofte is also doing a fundraiser in coordination with this event.  Ticket holders can come to the Lofte 90 minutes prior to curtain to eat at Leon’s Diner.  A home-cooked meal of meatloaf or hot turkey sandwiches will be served right on stage as the cast entertains and helps to serve the food.  Tickets for the meal are priced separately at $25/plate.  $15 of the meal ticket is tax deductible.  Advance reservations for the Diner Experience are required.

The Lofte is located near the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 1 just east of the village of Manley.  The box office is open Monday through Friday 8am-12pm.


The Otoe County Genealogical Society

will host its December 9th meeting at 7:00pm at the Morton-James Public Library at 923 First Corso in Nebraska City for its quarterly Genealogy Workshop.  The library's staff will assist guests in researching their family trees through online genealogy subscription websites, and also through the use of the library's extensive Otoe County microfilm reel collection as well."

Curtis Wolbert

President/Otoe County Genealogical Society


Quote of the week:



We’re quite fond of what I call “salad in a bag” around our home.  It’s a lot more convenient than buying all of these vegetables and slicing and dicing them.  You just open the bag, reach in and grab a handful, put it on your plate, pour your favorite dressing on it, and voila!  You’re eating salad.

I’ve noticed that once that bag is open though, it doesn’t matter how tightly I seal it, or if I put it in another bag, that salad is going to spoil pretty quickly.  You’ve got to eat that salad in a bag for several days in a row if you want to enjoy it.  Leave it for a week or so and it’s no good.  I’ve decided that the difference between salad and garbage is timing.

And that’s true about a lot of things in life.  You discover an opportunity and that door positively opens at just the right time.  But it’s up to you to believe it’s the door for you and walk through it in a timely fashion or the door closes.  The opportunity is lost.  It spoils into garbage.

Today, in the fullness of time, walk through the positive door of opportunity that opens for you.  You’ll know the time is right as you listen to 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  Smile

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