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Red Cross: Urgent need for blood donations as hospital demand increases

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MAY 27,2020 — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In recent weeks, hospital demand for blood products has grown by 30% after sharply declining in early April amid this rapidly changing and complex public health crisis. At the same time, blood drives continue to be canceled as many businesses and community organizations remain closed. Donors are needed to make and keep scheduled appointments to help meet the current need.

All those who come to give through May 31 will receive a special Red Cross T-shirt by mail, while supplies last. And thanks to Amazon, all those who come to give June 1-30 will receive a $5 Gift Card via email.*

“Blood donors have played a vital role in the lives of patients who have needed lifesaving transfusions during this pandemic, and patients continue to depend on donors each and every day,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “The Red Cross appreciates the support of those who rolled up a sleeve to give in recent months, but the need doesn’t stop. We need the public’s help to avoid another blood shortage this summer.”

It’s important to remember that red blood cells must be transfused within 42 days of donation and platelets within just five days. So, they must constantly be replenished. There is no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross urgently needs the help of donors and blood drive hosts to ensure blood products are readily available for patients.

Blood drive safety precautions

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.  


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A big thank you to Denise Seaman of Bellevue, and Sherry Shelton of Plattsmouth for making two kinds of cloth facemasks for our police department staff. We had a great need for these masks which will help in preventing the spread of germs while still out serving the citizens of Plattsmouth.
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Barnyard Cinema

The Lofte Community Theatre is excited to host our first ever Barnyard Cinema! This is a movie viewing under the stars in our parking lot to support the theatre during these difficult times.

Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6

(Rain Date June 12 and June 13)

We will be showing:

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

*The admission charge is $20 per vehicle

*The gates will open at 7:30PM and the movie will begin at dusk.

*Space will be limited.  Reserve a spot now by calling the Lofte box office (402-234-2553) and prepay over the phone.  You will be asked for an email address so we can send you our guidelines.  Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-Noon.  If no one answers please leave a message and we will call you back.

Barnyard Cinema Guidelines

You must follow all instructions while visiting the Lofte Community Theatre. Any violation of our rules will result in expulsion with no refund.

* Social distancing will be observed. Please keep a distance of 6 feet from others at all times.

*You may remain in or on your vehicle while viewing the movie. You are allowed to use lawn chairs outside of your vehicle on the driver’s side only to maintain social distance.

* We welcome families to this event. Children should be supervised and abide by the rules. They must stay in your designated space.

*Concessions and restrooms will be available in the theater.  YOU MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING WHILE INSIDE THE THEATRE.  If you do not wear one you will not be allowed to enter.  You are responsible for your own face cover. Congregating at these locations or inside the theater is not permitted.  Social distancing will be observed.

*The movie will be transmitted to an FM station available in your vehicle. You will be told the frequency upon arrival.  A portable radio can be used and will save your vehicle battery.



*For the safety of everyone, pets will not be allowed.

* No loitering after the movie and THANK YOU for supporting the Lofte.


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Nebraska Phase 2 Health Guidelines starting June 1, 2020

I want to thank everyone for their cooperation during this difficult time with Coronavirus in our state and nation. On May 21st, Governor Ricketts outlined relaxed restrictions starting June 1st for most of Nebraska.  The exceptions are the counties of Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, and Dakota.  A summary of the high points follows:

Limited contact team sports, including baseball, softball, volleyball, and rodeo may begin practices on June 1st, and begin competitions on June 18,, 2020.

Bars and Restaurants may open at 50% of rated capacity, with appropriate group size and group spacing.

General gatherings are limited to the greater of 25 people or 25% of rated capacity, with larger venues submitting reopening plans to local health departments for approval.  Our local health department is Sarpy/Cass Health, at 701 Olson Dr #101, Papillion, NE 68046, 402-339-4334.

Gyms, Fitness Centers, Salons, Barber Shops, Massage Therapy, Tattoo Parlors, Wedding and Funeral Reception venues may hold the greater of 25 people or 50% of their rated capacity.  Six-foot social distancing and other specific requirements apply to each of these venues.

Summer is the season for parades in Cass and Sarpy County.  Unfortunately, parades where the public line the streets are prohibited through at least June 30th, and perhaps longer.  Parades where patrons remain in vehicles and the public does not line the streets are allowed.

State park camping season has begun.  However, through June 30th, the largest state parks, including Louisville SRA, allow RV-only camping by reservation only.  Other state parks will allow first-come-first-serve tent camping with groups of no larger than 8 spaced 25 feet apart.  Beaches and park showers will be closed.  For more specific information, please visit

To learn more about these Phase 2 restrictions as they apply to your specific interest, please visit click on the “LEARN” link and then “Directed Health Measures” to access Phase 2 Outline of Changes. The Directed Health Measure (DHM) documents for each county are also available on this page.  Visit for broader statewide information and updates.

If you think you need a COVID-19 test or just want to participate, go to for a survey.  Health officials will contact you if testing needs to occur.  The survey only takes a couple of minutes and is used for test site planning purposes.

Please consider helping area food pantries that are under pressure to provide food for those in need.  The number one item in demand is milk but some pantries do not have the needed refrigeration capacity for perishables.  The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) created a fund that will give $4,000 to a local pantry for the purchase of additional refrigeration space.  If you are interested in contributing or know a local food pantry who would like to apply, please visit or call 402-421-4472 for more information.

I know this is a tough time in Nebraska, but I am encouraged to see some “light at the end of the tunnel” as restrictions are loosened around the state, and life begins to slowly return to normal.  I would like to express my deepest sympathy for those who have been affected by this crisis. May God bless you and your families during this time.

Should you need assistance or have questions, feel free to contact my office at 402­471­2613 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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PCS Superintendent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - May 29, 2020



Good evening. We are close to wrapping up the month of May.

Based on the most recent directed health measure (DHM) from Governor Ricketts, we will be in Phase II of reopening as of June 1. In addition to weight rooms, baseball, and softball, there are many other activities that are being allowed and numerous businesses that are opening with various restrictions. Some of the activities and businesses that are being allowed with restrictions include gatherings, bars, restaurants, gyms, salons, barbershops, massage therapy services, tattoo parlors, weddings, funerals, churches, and childcare.

Although Governor Ricketts and the Nebraska School Activities Association released guidance that it is allowable to have up to 25 student-athletes in the weight room at one time, starting June 1, 2020 at PCS (unless circumstances warrant a later date), we  intend to implement a plan that includes no more than 10 student-athletes at a time with strength training in the fitness center and another ten student-athletes conditioning on the football/soccer field (weather permitting). Coach Bob Dzuris and Coach Steve Owens will lead implementation of our strength and conditioning program with this format for student-athletes that will be in 9th through 12th grades in the 2020-2021 school year, while maintaining a focus on the health and safety of our student-athletes and staff members.


We do not plan to open the fitness center for public use, until after at least June 30, 2020. We will reassess the viability of opening the fitness center for public use after we have adjusted to students using the building and have time to consider further opening of the facility.


Additionally, Governor Ricketts noted that team organized practices for baseball and softball may begin June 1st. We developed a plan for how we can do this with primarily student-athletes that will be in 9th through 12th grades in the 2020-2021 school year., while maintaining a focus on the health and safety for participants and fans, with an emphasis on teams that wish to rent our facilities and their team(s) are comprised of primarily high school-age players. Given the current COVID-19 environment, these organizations have enhanced guidelines relative to the lease agreement, insurance, and facilities responsibilities.


In an effort to maintain health and safety for children and adults, we still do not plan to open our gymnasiums, auditorium, or any other indoor facilities for public use during the month of June. June will be a trial period for indoor facilities with our students in the fitness center. I believe it is worthy of pointing out that we also do not plan to have childcare (including POPS Place) at any of our buildings during the month of June.


I anticipate that we will continue to receive a variety of COVID-19 feedback from Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Commissioner Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) Executive Director Jay Bellar, and Sarpy/Cass Health Department Director Sarah Schram. Links are available below to access information from various organizations. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate uncharted waters together. I believe we will successfully get through this unfortunate situation with much time and perseverance.


State of Nebraska (Governor Pete Ricketts)


Nebraska Department of Education (Commissioner Dr. Matt Blomstedt)


Nebraska School Activities Association (Executive Director Jay Bellar)


Sarpy/Cass Health Department (Director Sarah Schram)


Plattsmouth Community Schools (Dr. Richard E. Hasty)




What can we do right now? All of us can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve.” Please go to the page on our website at to stay informed about COVID-19, including how to protect yourself and your family. It should help prevent the spread of COVID-19.



Wed., May 6 - Honors Night is posted on the Blue Devil Television (BDTV) page of our website. Go to > For Community > BDTV. Thank you to Mrs. Ayala for spending many hours preparing the virtual experience to honor our students, particularly our seniors. Thus far, we have approximately $950,000 in scholarships for our seniors.


Sat., May 9 - An audio Graduation Broadcast was live at 10:00 AM. Thank you to Mr. Halvorsen and Mrs. Ayala for coordinating the broadcast with our students.


Tue., May 19-A virtual broadcast of 8th-grade graduation is available at you to Michelle Knight for preparing the virtual broadcast to recognize our 8th graders and their accomplishments.


Fri., July 17 - Prom is scheduled for this evening. Contact prom sponsor Mrs. Negrete with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sat., July 25 - A traditional, in-person ceremony in which students walk and receive their diplomas has been scheduled for this day. We will also need approval from local health officials for the in-person ceremony. We are hopeful that the weather will cooperate with us and the in-person ceremony can be held outside in our turf stadium. The latest information from Governor Ricketts indicates that there is even greater hope for our in-person graduation, with the understanding that there will likely be restrictions.


Bond Construction Progress - We have a link on our website where you can access video showing the progress with bond construction on our campuses. Check out the latest bond construction video at


Save Our Restaurants Help our restaurants during the COVID-19 environment. Information about obtaining food from our restaurants can be found at  




Thank you to our students, parents, and staff members for their high levels of engagement in the remote learning environment. Our continuity of learning plan (CLP) is available at dedicated professionals have demonstrated exceptional resilience and perseverance in supporting our children and families. If you have questions or comments about anything related to the remote learning plans for your children, including summer learning, please contact the building principals where your children attend school.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the survey from PCS and Educational Service Unit #3. We hope to have the results soon.




The Plattsmouth Community Schools and OPAA! continue to provide food for families at no charge for any child in a household from birth to age 18 regardless of income. Meals are being distributed by the sidewalk near the front entrance of Plattsmouth Middle School at 1724 8th Ave. Meals are distributed each weekday in one shift between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Each child will receive one lunch for that day and one breakfast for the following day. We plan to continue this format on weekdays through the summer until Fri., July 31, 2020. Everyone that has been receiving deliveries will continue to receive them in the same format that has been used up to this point with one delivery per week.


To help us get an accurate meal count, if you need food assistance, please call 402-296-3361 and provide the necessary information.




Our school social workers prepared their last message of the 2020-2021 school year that includes tips for coping with COVID-19. Go to and read their message.


If you or someone you know needs assistance with water, food, or other supplies, please contact the school social worker at the building where your child attends school. Early childhood-Bri Renninger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.elementary school-Sarah Coniglio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.middle school-Sara Barada at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and high school-Keryl Mines at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Draft Board Board of Education meeting minutes from the May 18 meeting are available at Please check them out.




2020-2021 State Aid Certification is available from the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) at PCS will have a decrease of $565,916 in State Aid for 2020-2021. When we figure in the prior year (2018-2019) correction of +$128,469 that we received in 2019-2020, the difference between 2019-2020 State Aid and 2020-2021 State Aid is even greater. At the May meeting, our Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 Budget Efficiency Plan that can be viewed at Scroll down to item 7.15.


The good news is that in 2020-2021 we estimate the second year of approximately 100 students entering kindergarten, as opposed to lower numbers from the immediately preceding years that are evident in our 1st grade (78 students), 2nd grade (88 students), 3rd, grade (93 students) and 4th grade (93 students). If you have suggestions for how our district might be more efficient with resources and address the decrease in State Aid, please submit your ideas in the Business Services/Budget section under District Topics on our Let’s Talk site at 




Stay safe! We are in this together! We are Blue Devil Nation! We are #PLATTSMOUTHSTRONG!


Best regards,


Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty



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 2020 Farmer's Market at The Hop Yard
The Farmer's Market will run every Thursday evening through October 8th. We will adjust timing and vendor pricing accordingly based on current recommendations regarding the Coronavirus and recommended Social Distancing measures.
More information, including vendor applications, category descriptions, and musician/busker applications can be found at:
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Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your completed application or with any questions about the market.


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If you have any questions about the Festival, or would like to become involved in the annual celebration, please contact one of the below following officers at

President: Karen Tesarek-Parsons
First Vice President: Nancy Johnson
2nd Vice President: Tom Beckman
Treasurer: Brian Harvey
Secretary: Susie Nielsen
Members-at-Large: Shari Dunlap (2019-2020), Russ Kathol (2020-2021), Dennis Keil (2019-2020) & Tammy Lanum (2020-2021)

Advisors (appointed by the president): Terry Little & Deb Null


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The City of Plattsmouth is accepting applications for seasonal full-time position of Grounds Maintenance for all city-owned properties. Must be 18 years old and have a valid Drivers License. Applications and complete job description are available at City Hall, 136 North 5th Street, Plattsmouth NE 68048 or online here. This is a Veterans Preference position. Return applications and signed job descriptions to City Hall. If after hours, place in the utility payment drop box. EOE.  Grounds Maintenance job description


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