Voter registration deadlines fast approaching

LINCOLN – Deadlines are fast approaching for Nebraska citizens who want to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, Secretary of State John Gale says. 

Gale outlined deadlines regarding voter registration for the November election:   

 --Mail-in voter registrations must be postmarked by Oct. 19. Registrations close at motor vehicle offices and state agencies on Oct. 19.
--In-person voter registration at county election offices ends at 6 p.m. Oct. 26.

Gale reminded people to update their voter registration if they have moved within a county, since this will save them time when they go to the polls.

The secretary of state’s website ( provides detailed information regarding the registration process. The website includes a voter registration form, addresses and phone numbers for county election offices, and a look-up tool that allows voters to verify their registration status.  

“Take the time now to register to vote so you don’t miss out in casting a ballot in the November election,” Gale added. 

People with voting questions can contact their county election office or the Secretary of State’s Office at (402) 471-2555




Voting in Cass County

Here are some important dates:

October 19 – Last day for mail-in voter registration

October 26 – Last day for in-person voter registration
The election office is open until 6:00 pm this day.

October 31 – Last day to request an early voting ballot to be mailed

November 6 – Election Day!! Polls are open from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm


Need to update your voter registration?  CLICK HERE

Would you like to request and early voting ballot?  CLICK HERE

Need to find out where you will go to vote?  CLICK HERE

Would like to become a poll worker?  CLICK HERE

The Election office has moved.  It is now located at 201 Main Street, Plattsmouth.  It is at the end of Main Street near the railroad tracks.  White building with a Green roof.  If you have an further questions please call the office at 402-296-9309.


"Whose Wives Are They Anyway?"

Find Out at the Lofte!

Take two company vice presidents and put them on a nice leisurely golf weekend.  Sprinkle in their wives who are out of town on a shopping excursion.  Combine with a new boss who insists on meeting the spouses.  Add a heaping handful of misunderstanding, desperation and top off with a man in a dress.  The result is the hilarious show, "Whose Wives Are They Anyway?" opening at the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley on Saturday, October 20.

Written by the champion of American farce, Michael Parker and Directed by and starring Lofte Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert, "Whose Wives," is a PG-13 story of two men desperately trying to impress their new female boss.  Starring as the hapless "friend to the end" is Lincoln radio personality and Lofte veteran, Mick Kovar.  Playing the intimidating new boss is Melinda Mead of Plattsmouth.  Rounding out the cast is Brenna Jean Thompson of Lincoln, Shari Hoelker of Omaha, Roland Kelley of rural Otoe, Toni Santee of Plattsmouth and Rev. Dr. Renae Koehler of Firth.  

The play runs October 20, 21, 26-28 and November 1-4.  Tickets are $17 each.  Curtain times are 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday.  All Sunday performances are 2pm matinees.  Reservations for tickets can be made by calling the Lofte box office at 402.234.2553.

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Pictured on Attachment:  From top to bottom, Toni Santee, Kevin Colbert, Rev. Dr. Renae Koehler, Mick Kovar.




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Auditions for "Leon's" at Lofte Community Theatre

One of the Lofte's most-loved shows is coming back for Christmas.  The original script and score of "Christmas at Leon's" was written by Lincoln radio personality Mick Kovar and Lofte Theatre Artistic Director Kevin Colbert.  Originally staged in 2010, the world premiere of "Christmas at Leon's," met with thunderous applause and huge audiences for the entire run. 

The opening scenes of "Leon's" find a bus full of holiday travelers whom are stranded in a blizzard at a strange cafe in the middle of Nebraska. Each character is struggling with their own personal issues, but with some angelic help, soon all find the true meaning of Christmas.  "Leon's" has touching songs and an honest midwestern feel so often missing from modern scripts.This is an open audition for all roles.  Artistic Director Kevin Colbert encourages everyone who is interested in this production to please come to auditions on Monday, October 22 or Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm.  Please bring a short, prepared song of no more than one minute in length.  The rest of the audition will consist of cold readings from the script. 

Rehearsals will begin in November and production dates are December 1, 2, 6-9 & 13-16.  Those with questions should contact Kevin Colbert  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402.234.2553.




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Upcoming Blood Drive

October 10, 2012

8:00 am to 2:00 pm

 Plattsmouth High School,

1916 E Hiway 34, Plattsmouth


October 10, 2012

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Louisville High School,

202 West 3rd Street, Louisville

October 31, 2012

8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Conestoga High School




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David Seay, Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, will be presenting a Harmonica Workshop on Sunday, November 11, at 2:30 PM in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.  Each paid admission includes a free harmonica for those 6 years old or older.  The workshop will include an introduction to the 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C Major.

The concert will be downstairs in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, and  followed by light refreshments, and a jam session with the performers.  Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children and students. Seating is limited.

For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.  Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34 and three miles east of Highway 50. For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, NE, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit their web site at


The Sixteenth Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee in Avoca, Nebraska, was enjoyed by a full house on Sunday afternoon, October 14, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse.

Musicians from Bellevue, Bennington, Lincoln, Omaha, and Ord, competed and jammed with their fiddles, guitars, and recorders, for cash money and prizes.  The judges had a difficult job, but managed to make wonderful decisions.   The judges were Jim Durdin, from Clarinda, Iowa, and Alana Hux, from Lincoln, Nebraska.

In the Open Division, each fiddler had to play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice.  The winners were:

First Place - Zachary Brom, from Omaha
Second Place - Mike Oneel, from Ord
Third Place - Fiala Peters, from Omaha

In the Singing Division, each fiddler has to play and sing a tune at the same time.  The winner was Devin Cartwright, who was accompanied on the guitar by his Grandmother, Deborah Mosier.

In the Fee Fi Faux Division, each musician had to play a fiddle tune on an instrument that is not a fiddle.  The winner was Sharon Roberts-Yuen, from Lincoln, who played Irish Washerwoman on the bass recorder, the alto recorder, and the sopranino recorder.

In the Hocus Pous Division, the fiddler had to play a tune using cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc.  The winner was Hanilla VanKirk, from Omaha, who played a fiddle tune while standing on one foot.

Next year, the 17th Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013.

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For Immediate Release: Interim Studies


lambertpictureWhen the legislature adjourns for the year, interim studies are conducted by legislative committees. The purpose of each study is defined in a resolution that is introduced by a senator or a committee before the session ends. The resolution authorizes a committee to conduct research on a policy issue between legislative sessions. Each committee chairperson submits a study plan to identify prioritized topics. The committee’s legal counsel coordinates the study plan. If the study requires a significant amount of time and research, legislative aides, whose senators serve on the committee, are often invited to assist with the process. An interim study may resolve the issue that prompted its introduction, or it may produce a bill to be introduced in the next legislative session. If new legislation is expected, the committee schedules a hearing(s) to outline its recommendations and encourage public input. These hearings are usually held in the fall. Committees often schedule hearings at the Capitol in Lincoln. As often as possible committees hold hearings in communities throughout the state to give more people a chance to learn about and discuss the issues that are being studied.

This year between May and December, committees are studying a wide array of subject matter. The Health and Human Services Committee, on which I serve, developed a list of topics for review. It includes continuing work on several aspects of our child welfare system; the moratorium on long-term care beds under the state's Health Care Certificate of Need Act; the relationship between students and staff health problems, and school construction projects; testing for congenital heart disease in newborns; and the current uses of and investment returns on the Nebraska Health Care Cash Fund. Hearings on these and other issues began in September and will continue through November.

I am also a member of the Urban Affairs Committee. This year LR 501 is a primary focus for this committee. The purpose of LR 501 is to examine issues that the different sizes of municipalities in Nebraska are facing. It is hoped that this study will be used to better shape future policy and improve intergovernmental relations between municipalities and the state. Starting in late August a series of five short meetings will be held. A different subtopic will be discussed at each meeting. The subjects to be discussed include economic and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, housing and building codes, state aid and other funding issues, and environmental and energy issues. Outcomes from the five meetings will be combined as the focus of a public hearing at a yet-to-be-announced date in December.

With the passage of LB 824 this year, flavored malt beverages will be taxed in Nebraska at the same rate as beer rather than the higher hard liquor rate. The controversy surrounding this issue appears to be continuing. To provide for further discussion of the topic, the General Affairs Committee held a hearing last month to examine several policy issues regarding the definition of flavored malt beverages. For the remainder of the interim my fellow General Affairs members and I will analyze the range of issues that fall under the committee's jurisdiction.

In November I will attend a hearing of the Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee to hear testimony on two interim studies. LR 452 addresses public employee retirement systems, and the purpose of LR 518 is to review investments of pension and college savings plan assets for economic development in Nebraska. At this hearing the committee will also receive actuarial and compliance audit reports conducted on the Nebraska Public Employee Retirement System. In mid-December this committee will convene a public hearing on the pensions provided for firefighters from cities of the first class. There are currently 30 first class cities in the state with populations of 5001 to 100,000 residents.

Other legislative committees will look at subjects this year that range from early childhood education programs to the feasibility of a hydroelectric dam on the Platte River near Interstate 80. A complete list of interim studies and the public hearing schedules are available on the Unicameral’s website a .

I am always interested in hearing your comments by mail, phone or email.

Senator Paul Lambert
State Capitol
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2613


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Animals Available for Adoption

at the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter




The Plattsmouth Animal Shelter will be closed from

October 17, 2012 until November 1, 2012.






Adoption fee on all animals is $60.

This includes spay/neuter and vaccinations.

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

Adult Cats are always a free adoption to Senior Citizens!


Animal Shelter - 402-298-8235





bloom9-12The Pumpkin Festival at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm begins September 15th and continues through October 28th. Hours are 1:00-6:00 p.m. Fridays and 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Several more special event weekends are planned, including Doggy Day October 6th to benefit the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter, and Ag Day October 13th in cooperation with Conestoga FFA.   For a complete listing of activities at the farm, visit www.BloomPumpkinPatch.comBloom Where You‘re Planted Farm is located at 911-108th St., rural Avoca, NE, 27 miles east of Lincoln or 30 miles south of Omaha. Take US Hwy. 34 to 108th Street, then travel ½ mile north. Visit for a map, directions, and calendar of special events, or call 402-267-4104.

The farm is owned and operated by Terry and Teresa Lorensen, and has been in Teresa’s family since 1944. The farm and pumpkin patch opened to the public in 2005 and is celebrating its eighth pumpkin patch season.



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