What is happening in Plattsmouth... 







HTC is a “come-back/give-back” approach to rural community development based on local assets. HTC harnesses the kinds of local resources that nearly every rural community – no matter how small – already has. Local task forces are organized around four HTC Pillars:

- Leadership – to mobilize communities with a long-term vision for prosperity

- Entrepreneurship – to support innovation and economic growth

- Youth Engagement – to cultivate a sense of belonging and opportunity

- Philanthropy – to provide financial resources for community and economic development

Implementation of the HTC framework is an incremental process designed to build, enhance and sustain community capacity. On the ground and at work in the community, each pillar supports the others. The framework is implemented in three phases:

- Phase 1: Assessment

- Phase 2: Strategy Development

- Phase 3: Implementation and Refinement

Phase 1 includes a community kick-off, interviews and surveys to assess community capacity in each of the four pillars and culminates in a meeting where the assessment results are shared with the community. Phase 2 focuses on developing customized strategies to strengthen community capacity and integrate a holistic long-term community and economic development plan. Phase 3 is ongoing as the community refines and updates their plan as they continue the implementation and evaluation.

Plattsmouth joins a list of nearly 20 Nebraska communities across the state using the HTC framework to build their future. In Plattsmouth, Phase 1 will begin in March 2011.

To get involved in Plattsmouth’s HTC effort, contact any of these HTC Steering Committee members:

- Site Coordinator/Leadership Pillar:

Annette Wiles, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 402-677-1703

- Entrepreneurship Pillar:

Dave Steinkruger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 402-296-2194

- Youth Pillar:

Gabrielle Coffin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Chris Kerns, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with support from

Mary Reinholt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and Dr. Cheryl Blue, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- Philanthropy Pillar:

Mike Schuldt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 402-296-6025

HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC) is a collaboration of three organizations: the Heartland Center for Leadership Development, the Nebraska Community Foundation and the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.

 Join the Plattsmouth Community Foundation at the Community Kick-Off

Thursday, March 31 - 4 – 7 p.m. at Plattsmouth State Bank

Your input is important!




At St. Paul’s

Thursday, April 7th
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Vegetable Beef

Variety of Desserts

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

5th St. and Ave. A

Please come and bring a friend.











Did you know that the Rhino 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 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)





Plattsmouth Public Library

3:45pm Tuesday April 5, 2011
Special Storytime

Staff from the Sarpy County Health Department will be reading two books in honor of National Safety Week, “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Stop Picking on Me”.  She will be bringing identkits (fingerprint id kits) for the kids as well as free coloring books.



Plattsmouth Public Library, in association with The Big Read, will produce "Tom Sawyer" this summer.  Roles are available for four boys and two girls age 9 - 15, one man and one woman age 18-25, four women age 30+ and one man age 30+.  There may be non-speaking roles for more.  Auditions will be held Sunday, April 3rd, at 2:00pm and Thursday, April 7th at 7:00pm, in the auditorium of the Plattsmouth Public Library, 401 Avenue A.  John Payton directs.




GARAGE SALE 3 family, 2 locations! Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 from 8:00 to noon both days. Includes exercise, sports, holiday & lawn equipment, Weber Grille, kids things, office items, adult bicycle and much more. 3608 Becker Ct and 19818 Ewel Court in Buccaneer Bay.

Questions? Call Peg at 402-690-9478 or Jan at 402-321-1663.


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Joey: 4mth old border collie mix puppy.  very sweet little boy and really smart 


Update:  Oscar and Barney were both adopted into loving families!


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.










Simple fix for courthouse's clocks
By Kevin Cole - OWH

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. — Sometimes the simplest solutions turn out to be the best.

When an expensive attempt to light up the four clock faces on the historic Cass County Courthouse failed, three county maintenance workers worked out an easy — and cheap — plan.

Mark Stevens, Norm Shelton and Larry Shera kicked around ideas during their coffee breaks and eventually spent around $400 to pour light onto the four clock faces.

Local business owner Russ Kathol got a kick out of the fact that the problem was solved on a local level.

“We can read the time from all over the area again. And what really makes it neat is that the guys at the courthouse came up with such a great solution,” said Kathol, who owns Main Street Jewelers downtown. “It's going to be great on summer nights to look up there and be able to read that clock.”

The 135-foot tower had been dark for almost a year when a contractor set up scaffolding in September to install electronically controlled LED bulbs with multiple settings around the outer borders of the clocks.

That illumination attempt, with a price tag of $3,500 for equipment and an additional $2,500 for labor, didn't last. The lights began to fade, and some quit entirely by December.

County Commissioner John Baroni said negotiations are under way with the contractor to recoup money spent on the lighting.

“We thought last summer that we had (the clock lights) fixed for another 20 years, but three of those LED lights stopped working altogether,” Baroni said. “Our guys ended up putting in sort of a modern version of the original lighting.”

That original lighting was covered 40-watt bulbs at the end of iron pipes anchored inside the clock tower. Shelton said that Stevens, a journeyman electrician, suggested in January that they again install lights from inside the tower.

But the twist was to use a retractable conduit pipe to allow workers — from inside the clock tower — to easily adjust the position of the light as well as pull it close to the clock face to replace bulbs. That means no outside scaffolding or climbing on the pitched roof.

“We're the guys who have to change bulbs and make other repairs in the courthouse,” Shelton said. “Mark came up with an idea that has been working just fine for three months now, and we won't have to go out onto the steep roof like we would to fix the LED lights.”

Stevens bought some half-inch conduit pipe and four compact fluorescent lights that are certified for outdoor use. The next day, Stevens and Shera rode an elevator to the third floor of the courthouse and then climbed 157 wooden stairs to reach the inside of the clock tower.

The two men drilled a hole above the north clock face and threaded a piece of conduit pipe through it.

Stevens climbed a small homemade ladder — one that looks as if it was knocked together about the time the courthouse was built — and leaned out a hatch over the clock face to attach a light to the conduit pipe.

There is enough pipe that the distance from the light to the clock face can easily be adjusted. Stevens and Shera started with the light about two feet out but decided it worked best about 18 inches away.

“We experimented with different bulbs and found the soft white works the best,” Stevens said. “It is a simple process to change a burned-out bulb, too. We will just pull the conduit back until it is close to the hatch and unscrew the light.”

The north and west faces of the clock were illuminated first. Then, with the approval of the County Board, the south and east faces were lit up.

“Now you can read the clock perfectly from at least five blocks away,” Shera said. “We've been getting compliments from a lot of townspeople.”

Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert said the courthouse is a source of civic pride. It was built in 1891-92 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“That's kind of the Midwest mentality that you find here,” Lambert said of the workers' efforts. “People just seem to find a way to get things done.”

Stevens said it's just nice to have something else to talk about during coffee breaks.

“I've had enough projects that didn't work out, so it's satisfying when you come up with a plan that works,” Stevens said. “The next thing is the clock chimes. They're running a little late.”





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Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation's Spring Banquet
Date:  Sat. April 9, 2011 -- 6:00 p.m.
Location:  Elmwood Elementary School, 400 West F Street
Reservations:  $10.00, RSVP to 994-3855 by Apr. 4
Tom Bassett presents
“Antique Values:  Their Ups & Downs”
Whether you’re a connoisseur of antiques, literature, or just good food, you’ll find something to suit you April 9th at the Elmwood School.
The Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation's Spring Banquet is open to the public and will feature a plated meal and program by Tom Bassett, owner of Bassett’s Appraisal Service in Lincoln.  Tom conducts appraisals for a number of banks and law firms, is a regular on KFOR’s call-in show “Problems & Solutions”, and teaches “Bargain Hunting for Antiques” at Southeast Community College.  In 1983, he conducted what is likely the largest antique appraisal in the history of Nebraska when he appraised Pioneer Village in Minden.  Following the presentation the winners of the 2010-2011 Bess Streeter Aldrich Short Story Contest will be honored and will read excerpts from their winning entries.
The Elmwood School is located at 400 West F Street, Elmwood, NE.  Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 402-994-3855 prior to April 4.  The price for meal and program is $10.00.








Updated Versions of the Tourism Development and Marketing Resources Directory and Tourism 101 Guide are Available
-  Are you searching for funding for a tourism project?
-  Do you need help with writing a successful grant or creating package vacations?
-  Are you interested in starting a tourism business or need to write a business plan?
-  Do you want to know how to distribute your travel literature in the Tourism Division’s interstate information centers?
-  Are you looking for information on how to create a recreational trail or develop interactive museum exhibits?
-  Do you want to know what grants and technical assistance the Tourism Division offers?
If so, you’ll find two Nebraska Tourism Division publications to be valuable assets: The Tourism Development and Marketing Resources Directory and Nebraska Tourism 101: A Guide to Your Tourism Questions.
The resources directory provides information on local, state, and federal funding resources; foundations; and tourist oriented organizations and associations. The tourism 101 guide provides answers to general tourism questions that Division staff is most often asked.
Updated versions of both these publications are available on the Tourism Division’s Industry Web site:
Tourism Development and Marketing Resources Directory
Nebraska Tourism 101: A Guide to Your Tourism Questions

 Suitehearts Opens at Mahoney state Park

KBC Productions and Mahoney State Park announces that the romantic comedy, "Suitehearts" will begin its winter theater season run on March 25.  The story revolves around two newlywed couples who are mistakenly double-booked in the same honeymoon suite.  The Taylor's are very young, naive and visiting the big city for the first time.  The Bellamy's are older and have a more jaded outlook on life and romance.  With the help of a meddlesome bellboy, the couples find themselves in some impossible, but hilarious situations.  Adult audience members will all see a little of themselves in each of these characters as they learn the difference between a wedding and a marriage. 

Starring in the production are Director Kevin Colbert from Weeping Water, Shari Hoelker from Omaha, Marikita Payne, Emma Hoffman and Adam Kovar all of Lincoln and Dave Hibler of Manley.  Performance dates are March 25-27, April 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22 and 23.  Tickets $8 for adults and $6 for children.  Curtain times are 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; 2pm on Sundays.  Please call Mahoney State Park for reservations:  (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.  A state park sticker or day pass is required to enter the park.

Shari Hoelker, Marikita Payne, Dave Hibler, Kevin Colbert and Adam Kovar all star in "Suitehearts" opening at Mahoney State Park on March 25th.


Nebraska Life Magazine is seeking applications for a Marketing and Subscription Sales Manager in the Norfolk office. This manager will coordinate subscription marketing and sales efforts for the statewide publication, now Nebraska’s third-largest subscription-based print media.
Applicants should have education and background in marketing or business. Those with experience running non-profits also should consider applying. 

For more information: 

Application deadline is April 4, 2011.









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