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Everything Chocolate Evening
by Kirsten Wood
The *Everything Chocolate @ Your Library* event was held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 with plenty of chocolate treats that ranged from frozen to flowing with plenty of choices in between.
Approximately 70 guests dipped into two flowing chocolate fountains with fresh strawberries, marshmallows, peanut butter pretzels, shortbread cookies, apples, and bananas for dipping.  Then once the judging of the chocolate competition was done, the buffet was open to sample the approximately 20 desserts brought to share for the event.  
The tables were then assigned as teams to compete in a library scavenger hunt using both floors to complete such tasks as find authors with the same last name of three of your teammates.   The winning team, *The Kit Kats* finished all 15 tasks in about 15 minutes!  They were rewarded with bags of chocolates to take home.
With names like *Heavenly Sundae*, *Double Chocolate Mocha Meringue Kisses*, *Oreo Truffles*, or Double Chocolate Mint Dessert, judging the chocolate entries was not an easy task.  Our three judges, Fall Harvest Festival King, Dean Meisinger, Chocolate Moose Owner, Kit Ostaseski, and City Councilman, Pat Dugan deliberated long and hard but the winner was *Chocolate Mice* with *Chocolate Sponge Candy* taking second place.  
Karaoke closed out the evening*s fun including Pam Osthus singing, *The Rose*, Terry Flaherty and John Payton singing, *To All the Girls I*ve Loved Before*, and a reminder that *Tomorrow is just a day away*.   
Thanks to everyone for attending, sharing treats, and singing along, it was a fabulous evening! 







Did you know that the Rino Run is an international event?  Did you also know that there hasn't been one of these in the whole United States?!  Plattsmouth, Nebraska will be the first "Motorcycle Time-Speed-Distance Rally"!  I am very excited about this event!   Lets help put Plattsmouth on the map!  Please spread the word.  Tell your mother, your father, your neighbor, your friend from college!  I hope to see you all there!  Mark your calendars now!

They are also looking for food vendors, sponsors, and volunteers.  Go to the website: . They have the forms there that you can complete, and also some videos on there to let you know how it works.



To purchase tickets for the motorcycle raffle, please contact the Plattsmouth Main Street Association at 402-296-5544.

You could also contact the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 






Community Lenten Pasta Dinners
Hosanna Lutheran Church

Friday March 18th:  Spaghetti
Friday April 1:  Fettuccini
Friday April 15:  Lasagna

5-7 pm

Meal includes pasta (meat or meatless)
Garlic bread
Relish tray

$6.00 adults
$5.00 seniors
$3.00 10 and under
Ages 3 and under free

Hosanna Lutheran Church
700 South 18th Street
Plattsmouth, NE
(Just west of Plattsmouth Middle School)




Adoption fees on all animals is $60, this includes spay/neuter and

vaccinations.  Microchips are an additional $25 (well worth it)

Adoption application  

Adult cats are a free adoption to Senior Citizens.



April 15th is just around the corner. 
Get your tax forms now at the Plattsmouth Public Library.

There will be no Nebraska State Tax forms this year. 
Call 1-800-742-7474 to request a form or go to
Copies can be printed at the library .15c per page




Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund Annual Meeting
The Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund is pleased to announce our Annual Meeting which will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2011. The event is being held at Plattsmouth State Bank, 446 Main Street with a social hour beginning at 5:00 PM and the official program starting at 6:00 PM. The public is invited to attend. This year, $5,000 will be given out to local qualified applicants. Grant Winners, in addition to the 2011 Citizen of the Year, will be announced. The Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation which provides administrative assistance and technical support. Questions may be directed to Ray Newton, Chair of the Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund at 402-296-5385 or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  






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Corn and Soybean Growers Share On-Farm Research

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Corn and soybean growers are invited to attend the Nebraska Soybean and Feed Grains Profitability Project on-farm research update March 8 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

The 9 a.m.-3 p.m. program will be at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building.

Producers will obtain valuable crop production-related information from on-farm research projects conducted on Nebraska farms by Nebraska farmers.

The Nebraska Soybean and Feed Grains Profitability Project is an on-farm research project designed to provide farm operators with an understanding of how to conduct crop research on their farms using their own machinery. Comparisons are scientifically designed, statistically analyzed and conducted for three years to assure reliable, useful information.

"Crop Insurance Decisions & Marketing Strategies" will be presented via interactive video conference by the luncheon speaker, Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm and ag business management specialist in central Iowa.

Johnson specializes in topics related to grain marketing, government farm programs, crop insurance and other risk management strategies.

He writes and trains on topics related to government farm programs, grain production contracts, farmland leasing and related crop income issues. He contributes to articles featured in a variety of farm magazines, websites, e-newsletters and other print and electronic media.

Registration is $50 for non-NSFGPP members. This includes a copy of the annual on-farm research report, refreshments and noon luncheon. Pre-registration is encouraged by March 3.

To register or for more information about the Nebraska Soybean and Feed Grains Profitability Project or how to conduct crop-related research on your farm, call (800) 529-8030 or visit the website at

This event is sponsored by UNL Extension in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.





-- UNL Extension Offers Crop Scout Training in March

UNL Extension Offers Crop Scout Training in March


LINCOLN, Neb. -- Crop scouts will learn how to better manage corn and soybean pests during a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers program March 16.

The training provides in-depth and detailed information from university specialists.


Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop is from 9 a.m-5 p.m at the university's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

Cost is $120. Fees include lunch, refreshment breaks, workshop materials and instruction manual. Registrants should preregister to reserve their seat and to ensure workshop materials are available the day of the training session. Updated reference materials are included in this year's take- home instruction manual.

Topics include: how corn and soybean plants grow and develop; soybean and corn insect management; insect quiz; identifying weeds -- plant morphology; using a key to identify weed seedlings; crop diseases and quiz; and nutrient deficiencies.

Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are available with 4 in pest management, 1 in crop management and .5 in fertility/nutrient management.

For more information or to register, contact UNL Extension at (402) 624-8030, (800) 529-8030, e-mail Keith Glewen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or online at



February 24th Fruit Tree workshop that was to be held at the Cass County Extension building on the fairgrounds was cancelled because of the snow.  It has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m.  Call the Extension office at 402-267-2205 and sign up to attend.  $10 fee will be collected at the door. 



JOHN A. GALE Nebraska Secretary of State
(402) 471-2554 ~ 
Contact: Neal Erickson
(402) 471-4127 ~ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Audit confirms accuracy of Nebraska election equipment

LINCOLN – Sample hand counts of results from the November 2010 general election show that Nebraska’s voting-tabulation equipment is extremely accurate, according to Secretary of State John Gale.
Gale ordered an audit of results in 33 randomly-selected precincts (2 percent of the state’s total) to test the accuracy of the equipment. A total of 7,815 ballots were hand counted in three contests – U.S. House of Representatives, a community college race and a county race.
In 30 of the 33 precincts, there were no discrepancies between the hand counts and the machine counts.
Two precincts had a change in one ballot each due to the fact that one race on each ballot had been marked too lightly for the machines to count. Another precinct had changes because one ballot should have been rejected because it wasn’t initialed by election officials. 
Nebraska uses paper ballots to vote, and the ballots are counted by optical-scanning equipment.
“Out of a total of 7,815 ballots hand counted for the audit, only three ballots had errors, including one ballot that should have been rejected and never counted,” Gale said. “This minuscule error rate confirms our confidence in our voting-tabulation equipment.”
Studies of elections have shown that optical-scanning equipment produces more accurate results than hand counts.











NACT Festival To Be Held at Lofte

On March 16 through March 20, the Lofte will be playing host to the Nebraska Association of Community Theatre's Festival competition.  There will be a total of ten community theaters from across the states of Nebraska and Missouri competing in a one-act play competition.  This marks the largest number of registered participants in recent years.  Winners earn the opportunity to advance to the American Association of Community Theaters Region V competition in Salina, Kansas in April.

The NACT was founded in 1966 and is dedicated to the growth and development of community theaters throughout Nebraska.  The organization holds an annual conference at rotating locations across the state.  Every other year, they hold a festival competition in addition to their business meetings and workshops.  2011 marks the first year that the Lofte Theatre has been selected as a festival site.

The state of Missouri has a similar organization, MoACT, but they were unable to organize their own festival activities this year.  When NACT extended an invitation to some of the Missouri theaters to join in the fun, several accepted the offer with enthusiasm.

Theaters registered to compete in the event are coming from the following communities:
 Manley, NE
 Beatrice, NE
 Hastings, NE
 Minden, NE
 Sidney, NE
 Rushville, NE
 St. Louis, MO (2)
 Mexico, MO
 Independence, MO

These individuals represent the best of their communities.  Their strong commitment to the arts should be celebrated.  If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information listed below.

Anne Pope
Chairman, Lofte Community Theatre
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Same great conference, new dates
Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop rescheduled for March 22-23
Registration still open for Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop
Workshop rescheduled for March 22-23
LINCOLN, NEB. (Feb. 28, 2011) — The 2011 Governor’s Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop is rescheduled for March 22-23 at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in Kearney.
The workshop, originally scheduled for the first week of February, was postponed due to hazardous weather and travel conditions. All of the original speakers will be presenting at the March workshop, including keynote speaker Stan Meador.
Meador—founder, owner and general manager of the X Bar Ranch Nature Retreat in Eldorado, Texas—will share 15 years worth of experiences with starting and running a tourism enterprise on his family’s fifth-generation ranch. This “nuts and bolts” presentation will help participants better understand why and how to diversify, how to manage various businesses operating on the same piece of land, and how to market a recreation product.
Previous registrants do not need to re-register. Those who now are unable to attend can contact Tom Tabor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a refund. Others interested in the workshop can register at Lodging is available at the Ramada Conference Center. A discounted block of rooms is being held for the Governor’s Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop until March 8.
The rescheduled workshop falls during the peak of the annual sandhill crane migration.  Participants interested in viewing the cranes while in the area, can reserve a blind through the Rowe Sanctuary & Iain Nicolson Audubon Center, 308-468-5282,; or the Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center, 308-382-1820,







To:       Nebraska Tourism Industry
From:   Christian Hornbaker, Director
Dept. of Economic Development’s Division of Travel & Tourism
Re:       2011 Nebraska Tourism Quarterly Input Sessions
March 4, 2011                                                                         April 18, 2011
9 a.m. CST                                                                              2 p.m. CST
Five Rivers RC&D office                                                       Grand Manse, Jasmine room
140 N. 4th St.                                                                          129 N. 10th St.
Tecumseh, Nebraska                                                             Lincoln, Nebraska                              
Reminder: The first input session of 2011 will take place on Friday, March 4, at The Five Rivers RC&D office in Tecumseh. It will take place directly before the SENTC meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. at the same location.
The next meeting will be held Monday, April 18, in the Jasmine room at The Grand Manse in Lincoln. It will directly follow the NACVB meeting planners’ event being held that day at the same location.
Thanks to the SENTC and NACVB for their partnership in arranging these meeting times and making participation more efficient for attendees.
These meetings are your opportunity to share your thoughts, experiences, and insight as an active member of Nebraska’s tourism industry. Representatives from Snitily Carr, the Division’s advertising agency, will be on hand to gather your input.
The input sessions are conducted at Snitily Carr’s expense, andparticipants need only attendone meeting as the same agenda will be followed at each. Please feel free to attend the meeting that best fits your schedule.
It is not necessary to RSVP, andmeetings typically run 60 minutes in length.  For more information or answers to industry-related questions about the input sessions, please contact Lindsey Walsh at Snitily Carr, (402) 489-2121 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For assistance with any media-related need, contact Shannon Peterson at (402) 471-3797, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We hope you can join us!








The Ninth Annual Nebraska  American String Teachers Association Fiddle Tune Composition Contest

This event inspires fiddlers everywhere to compose their own tunes, and supports the cause of string education throughout
the great state of Nebraska.

1st PLACE: $100.00  2nd PLACE: $50.00  3rd PLACE:  $25.00

Entries must be postmarked by March 31.  The winners will be announced on May 28, 2011, during the Monumental Fiddling Championship held at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. The winning compositions will be performed at the Monumental Fiddling Championship & Acoustic Band Contest, and printed in Stringing Along, the journal of the Nebraska Chapter of the
American String Teachers Association.

For the 2011 contest rules and guidelines, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the Nebraska American String Teachers Association, log on to the web site

Greenblatt & Seay Publications, in Avoca, Nebraska is a proud Sponsor  of the Nebraska ASTA Fiddle Tune Composition Contest.



The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its March 10th

meeting at 7:00 pm at the Morton-James Public Library

at 923 First Corso in Nebraska City. The society will host its

Genealogy Workshop in both the media center and the

genealogy reference room in the library. Assistance will be

provided in the areas of "Researching Your Civil War Ancestors"

and "Breaking Through Your Genealogy Brick Walls."


The Otoe County Genealogical Society will be the local host

society for the 34th Annual Nebraska State Genealogical

Society Conference, held at the Nebraska City First United

Methodist Church, May 6th & 7th. The conference will feature

nationally renown speaker, Gail Blankenau, whose presentations

include: Breaking Through Land Records, Introduction to German

Parish Records, Dating and Identifying Your 19th Century

Photographs, Keeping up with the Jonses...and Smiths, and

Rich Resources for Poor Ancestors. Cost for the 2-day

conference is $75.00 and a 1-day session is $40.00

Registration information for the conference can be found on

the OCGS's main webpage:


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