Congratulations to Kalby Wehrbein, a senior at Conestoge High School for his recent trip to Taiwan. Kalby was chosen as one of three students to take part in the Nebraska Agriculture Youth Institute Exchange. This was the reciprocal visit after three Taiwanese students were hosted last July in Nebraska. The visit included tours of the Taichung Senior High School of Agriculture and Technology, met with the Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Sun Moon Lake. Kalby and I attend the same church, so I can say they couldn’t have picked a nicer young man to send!
Welcome to the new manager at Pamida, Mr. Steve Goebel. He is originally from Fremont so he is familiar with the area and managed the Pamida store in York. Among his first duties, he is offering anyone who donates 10 canned goods for the Cass County Food Pantry until December 15, receives a 15% off discount coupon for a Pamida purchase. So at this time of year, when we all know things are tough for families, let’s contribute to this worthy cause and support our local store at the same time. Thank you, Steve for this promotion and we are glad to have you here.
In the same token, we wish Carol Hughes, the former manager, continued success in her career at Pamida. The library has been the beneficiary of several grants from the Pamida Foundation and Carol was a great champion for our cause. Thank you for all of your support over the years, we will miss you.
The Plattsmouth Public Library Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 9, was a huge success again. We had approximately 100 kids here plus parents, grandparents, and other chaperones. Patricia Bremmer was our author in residence and brought not only her books but Tucker (the dog model for her book) and Lexie, (the girl model for her book) ! And Santa even came and talked to everyone about their Christmas wishes. It was a lot of fun and very hectic-thanks to everyone!
The Cass County Inter Agency Meeting is Thursday, December 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Plattsmouth Early Childhood Center. The speaker is a representative from Voices for Children. Please bring a “brown bag” lunch. Any questions, please contact Lee Ann Stander at 296-5250.
One final note about donations for the holidays, Jenz Salon at 402 N. 10th Street, in Plattsmouth is taking diaper donations for the Lydia House. Collection will run through December 12th. Also, there are Toys for Tots donation boxes all over town as well for support of this wonderful program.
Thank you to everyone who gives of themselves at this time of year because to me this is the real purpose of the Christmas season. Whichever program you choose to support or however you support it, just doing something is a wonderful gift. I have especially come to view the gift of time as being valuable then ever before. In my job, I have to rely on volunteers for programs all year long and I can’t think what I would do without these blessed people who give up hours, days, or even longer to support the library programs. So I would like to express my appreciation to anyone who volunteers to support our community or even the world to make it a better place.