• About our Village of Murray

    About our Village of Murray

    Murray is a village in Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 481 at the 2000 census. As of the census of 2000, there were 481 people, 188 households, and 140 families residing in the village. Read More
  • Conestoga Elementary School

    Conestoga Elementary School

    "Our school and school district are dedicated to providing all students with the educational foundation necessary to succeed in school and in life. To ensure your child’s success, we set high standards that are reflected in what is taught in our classrooms." Read More
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Presidents' Day in 2011 is on Monday, the 21st of February.

Many banks, county and state offices will be closed that day.





Middle School Wrestling

Feb 22  @Platteview Tri, 4:15
Feb 26  @ Weeping Water Invitational, 9am
Mar 4 @ Fort Calhoun Tournament, 4:30
Mar 8  @ Fort Calhoun Tri, 4:15
Mar 15 @ Auburn Quad, 4 pm

Varsity Wrestling

FEB 17-18   STATE TOURNAMENT, Place & Time TBA

Girls' Middle School Basketball

Feb 19  @ Palmyra Tourney, 9:30 a.m.
Feb 22  @ Auburn, 4:30
Feb 26  HOME v Elmwood-Murdock, 10 a.m.

Girls' Varsity Basketball

Feb 14-15 & 17   SUB-DISTRICTS, Place & Time TBA
Feb 25   DISTRICT FINALS, Place & Time TBA
Mar 3-5 STATE TOURNAMENT, Place & Time TBA

Boys' JV Basketball

Feb 18  HOME v Weeping Water, 6:00

Boys' Varsity Basketball

Feb 18  HOME v Weeping Water, 7:30
Feb 21-22 & 24  SUB-DISTRICTS, Place & Time TBA
Feb 28  DISTRICT FINALS,   Place & Time TBA
Mar 10-12  STATE TOURNAMENT,  Place & Time TBA








Nehawka Community Center in Nehawka

Saturday, February 19th

1:00PM to 4:00PM

Everyone participating should plan on bringing their gun, however you will NOT need any ammunition.  We will not be shooting, only working on stance, aiming, target tracking and gun fit, so the gun is necessary,  but for safety reasons, we will not allow anyone to have any shells of any kind at this meeting!!!

This will be the final meeting to have anyone who is interested in participating on the team sign up.  We will address some housekeeping items such as t-shirt and sweatshirt orders as well as anyone who wants to order the window decals.  We'll get started working both as a group and with each individual shooter.  Hopefully everyone has been working on shouldering their guns several times per week to begin conditioning.  If not, please work on this.  It will only help your stamina so you can have a strong start to the season!

Anyone needing to take their Hunter Safety can do so  at the Papillion Gun Club.  The class is held from 6:00PM to 9:30PM on Thursday, 2/17/11.

Let me know if you have any questions regarding this meeting or anything else.
We will take a couple of breaks the afternoon of the Trap Camp, (drinks and snack to be provided), on 2/19/11.  If anyone has anything they like in particular, they are welcome to bring it along!

Mike Beck
Head Coach





The Cougar Youth Wrestling team is coached by
Troy Ruffner, Pat Berens, Mike Laney & Mike Jacobs. 
The boys have been participating in meets all winter.
For some, this is their first
year wrestling, but there have several "veterans" who have been
wrestling 4 or more years.
Over 40 kids signed up for wrestling this year.




Morton-James Public Library

The Otoe County Genealogical Society
March 10th Meeting


Morton-James Public Library
923 First Corso
Nebraska City

The society will host its Genealogy Workshop in both the media center and the genealogy reference room at the library.  Assistance will be provided in the areas of "Researching Your Civil War Ancestors" and "Breaking Through Your Genealogy Brick Walls".






4-H Fun in Cass County!

The celebration of Nebraska 4-H Month continues here in Cass County. 
Become part of the celebration by joining 4-H. 
Click on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension banner ad on this
community website page to connect with our website and find out more about 4-H fun in Cass County!

2011 Community Sustaining Sponsor


-- UNL Extension Offers Crop Scout Training in March

Feb. 14, 2011

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 kglewen1@unl.edu, or online at http://ardc.unl.edu/training.shtml





Elmwood is going to be celebrating their 125 year anniversary
Visit the Village Website - and Click the 125 Year Anniversary Button.




2010-A Year of Major Economic Gains for Nebraska

The release of important economic data in recent months confirmed that Nebraska
made major gains in 2010 relative to the nation and most other states.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that in December, Nebraska's unemployment
rate had fallen to 4.4 percent, the second lowest in the nation.  That compared to a
national rate of 9.1 percent.  Moreover, among the nation's 372 metropolitan areas,
the Lincoln metropolitan area (Lancaster and Seward counties) had the lowest
unemployment rate in the nation at 3.5 percent.  And metropolitan Omaha-Council
Bluffs had a rate of 4.7 percent, also among the ten lowest in the nation.
Although the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis will not report state per capita
personal income for 2010 until later in the year, it is likely that Nebraska's average
is now exceeding the U.S. average for the first time in many years.  In 2009, the state's
per capita personal income was $39,277-the 20th highest in the nation-and not far
from the national average of $39,626.  The 2010 data will likely show the state's rank
moving up into the teens and ahead of the U.S. average.  Helping boost income levels
higher in Nebraska in 2010 were major gains in the agricultural sector.  Bruce Johnson,
agricultural economist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has estimated that Nebraska's
net farm income for 2010 totaled $4.25 billion-a record high, exceeding the previous high
in 2008 by nearly $200 million.  He is also forecasting a new net farm income record in 2011
of $4.5 billion.

Making Nebraska's income gains even more favorable in 2010 were continued
overall costs of living in the state that were below the national average.  According to a cost of
living index produced quarterly by the Council for Community and Economic Research, the
three Nebraska cities of Hastings, Lincoln, and Omaha together had an average cost of living
in 2010 that was 9 percent below the U.S. average.  The cost of living index was based on
data collected from 318 cities around the country, and included comparative prices on 57 items
across the categories of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous
goods and services.

Population data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau also shows significant gains
made in Nebraska.  The total population count for the state reported in the 2010 Census
was 1,826,341-an increase of 115,076, or 6.7 percent, over the 2000 figure of 1,711,265. 
Notable is that this gain was due not just to more births than deaths, but also to net in-migration
(more people moving into the state than moving out).  Nebraska's relative attractiveness to
newcomers especially improved in the latter part of the decade, when it was less adversely
impacted than most states by the national recession and subsequent slow economic recovery.


The Talent & Innovation Initiative

Gov. Dave Heineman outlined a series of legislative proposals being pursued this year to
advance business innovation and workforce recruitment efforts in Nebraska. The four legislative
bills making up the Talent and Innovation Initiative were introduced in the Nebraska Legislature
as part of the Governor's budget recommendations.

The idea for the Talent and Innovation Initiative came from the DED, Nebraska business leaders
and a series of recommendations in the 2010 Battelle Technology Partnership Practice report
and findings of the Legislature's Innovation and Entrepreneurial Task Force.
Aimed at enhancing Nebraska's economic momentum, the Talent & Innovation Initiative includes
four proposals:
LB 386, the Nebraska Internship Program aims to increase the number of college and university
students interning with Nebraska businesses.
LB 387, the Business Innovation Act would provide competitive grants for private sector research
at Nebraska institutions, technical assistance in new product development and testing, and help
expand small business and entrepreneur outreach efforts.
LB 388, the Site & Building Development Fund would increase the number of industrial and
commercial sites available and ready for business development.
LB 389, the Angel Investment Tax Credit would encourage investment in high-tech and other
startup enterprises in Nebraska by providing refundable state income tax credits to qualified
investors investing in qualified early-stage companies.


World's Foremost Bank Announces Facility Expansion

World's Foremost Bank, a subsidiary of Cabela's Incorporated and the issuer of Cabela's CLUB
Visa credit card, announced today plans to expand its Lincoln facilities and commit $1 million
toward an educational endowment fund to benefit University of Nebraska-Lincoln students.

World's Foremost Bank is expanding its facilities in order to meet its growing business needs as
the addition will accommodate up to 400 new employees. The company will break ground on the
40,000-square-foot addition in a few months and expects to complete construction by spring 2012.
The current 76,000-square-foot facilities, part of the University of Nebraska Technology Park located
just off Interstate 80 near the intersection with U.S. 34, serve as the headquarters for World's Foremost
Bank. The building also contains call centers for Cabela's catalog and credit card services as well as
some of the company's corporate tech support operations, housing more than 700 employees.
"It's an exciting time for our company as World's Foremost Bank and its employees continue to
thrive in Lincoln," said Tommy Millner, Cabela's Chief Executive Officer. "We're proud to be able to
include a focus on environmental sustainability in both our expansion plan and education fund."
Cabela's Incorporated is headquartered in Sidney.


Twin Diamond Industries Goes Global

The start-up of Twin Diamond Industries in 2003 in Minden, Neb., served as the perfect platform
from which founders Dean and Gene Carstens could provide tools to help "feed the world."  The brothers,
who are dedicated to protecting the environment and creating a foundation for higher crop yields,
developed a unique, user-friendly strip till unit that uses less fertilizer, seed and water, yet increases
crop production and profitability. The unit is capable of growing everything from sugar beets and
cotton to a wide variety of row crops.

Developing nations' increasing demands, rising fuel prices, natural disasters destroying crops
worldwide, and a shift to biofuel production helped spur the small manufacturing company's commitment
to improve technology and contribute sound agronomic practices in order to produce more bushels on
fewer acres."Our goal is to continually bring to the table better machinery and agronomy that will keep us
ahead of the demand," said Dean Carstens.

Since its beginning, Twin Diamond's six employees have manufactured, sold and distributed products
throughout the U.S.  In 2010, the company ventured into the global marketplace by advertising in an
international sugar beet magazine published in Europe.  It caught the attention of a young farmer in
France who began corresponding with Dean, eager to learn more. The farmer had previously purchased
American equipment from another source in France.  Eventually the exchanges led the farmer and
European equipment supplier to partner with the brothers in introducing Twin Diamond's premier
"Strip Cat" till unit throughout Europe.

As often the case, these new markets took off, demanding immediate attention to detail in contracting
with foreign agents and representatives; identifying product classification codes; pricing; shipping;
documentation; CE marking-an all around education in the logistics of exporting.  Dean Carstens
looked for help and found it in Susan Rouch with DED, and Meredith Bond with the U.S. Commercial
Service, U.S. Department of Commerce in Omaha. Rouch and Bond had recently kicked off a new
"Traveling International Office" program, taking their extensive international experience and expertise
directly to the source-Nebraska companies-statewide.  Eleven communities provided a base for the
"Traveling Office" from June-November 2010.  The three became acquainted during the Second Traveling
Office in Doniphan, in June, and the timing proved fortuitous. Carstens was on the fast track with his
pending first major European sales and needed their immediate help. Rouch and Bond provided him the
expert information he needed to successfully export the first Twin Diamond units to France in July.
Since then, Twin Diamond has not only added part-time help to assemble crating for loading and
shipping their machinery, but enjoyed an overall 15 percent sales increase, thanks to a growing
international clientele. Currently the company is working with its European partners to develop a rapeseed
planting system that allows one-pass tillage, planting and fertilizing, creating a faster, more efficient tool.
"My associates, my brother and I communicate with our European partners daily to help them improve
their overall crop production, "said Carstens. "It's our dream to produce 300 bushels of corn per acre
with the Twin row, using perfect "diamond" spacing, and using less fertilizer, seed and water."


Nebraska Among Top Rankings

#1 Nebraska-Lowest Combined Debt and Pension Liabilities, Financial Times FT.com
#1 Omaha-America's Most Affordable City, Forbes.com 
#2 Omaha-Nation's Best City for Business, MarketWatch.com
#3 Nebraska-Nation's Least Economic Stressed State, AP Analysis
#3 Buffalo County-Nation's Least Economic Stressed County, AP Analysis
Top 10, Tilden-Top 10 Best Places to Raise a Family, Bloomberg and Businessweek.com


Economic Growth in Right-to-Work States

There are currently 22 right-to-work states in the U.S., including Nebraska.  According to the
National Institute for Labor Relations Research, right-to-work states experience higher
private-sector job growth (about 2.5 times more), personal income growth (28.3% compared
with 14.7%), and growth in real manufacturing GDP (20.9% compared with 6.5%), compared
to the other 28 non-right-to-work, or forced-dues, states.


GROW Nebraska Expands Online Sales

GROW Nebraska is becoming an e-commerce powerhouse where sales of its members'
products are concerned.  The non-profit organization creates sustainable economic
development by providing promotional, marketing and training services to its 353 small
business members.

GROW has become a "PowerSeller" on eBay where recent eBay sales statistics reveal that
90.26 percent of its sales are made outside Nebraska with 3.61 percent sales coming from
international customers. This further translates to 92.27 percent revenue generated out of state;
2.03 percent revenue generated internationally.

The organization also has generated 68.98 percent in out of state sales (60.72 percent revenue)
from its ShopGrowNebraska.org website.

Thirteen percent of GROW Nebraska members sell products internationally, and 41 percent of its
353 members (approximately 144 businesses) sell wholesale to businesses outside of Nebraska.
This success is largely due to the training and technical assistance provided by GROW to its
members in the key areas of marketing and promotion, 2,220 hours in 2010 alone.


Governor's Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop rescheduled for March 22-23

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. Nearly all of the original speakers will be presenting
at the March workshop, including keynote speaker Stan Meador.

Previous registrants do not need to re-register. Those who now are unable to attend can
contact Tom Tabor at
tom.tabor@nebraska.gov for a refund. Others interested in the workshop
can register at

Lodging is available at the Ramada Conference Center-ask for the block of rooms held for
the Governor's Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to get the discounted rate, which will be available
until March 8.


Nebraska MarketPlace February 22-23

Connect, promote, and network! At 2011 Nebraska MarketPlace, opportunities to expand your
knowledge are numerous.  On February 22 & 23 in Kearney, NE, you can choose from over  60
sessions following eight different learning tracks ranging from marketing to finance to innovation.

At MarketPlace you will also get the chance to network with up to 50 exhibitors and ask them any
questions you may have.

visit www.cfra.org/marketplace/home.


www.neded.org | 800-426-6505 | patty.wood@nebraska.gov
301 Centennial Mall South | P.O. Box 94666 | Lincoln, NE 68509-4666

Our Mission: To develop economic opportunities by keeping Nebraska businesses,
communities and people competitive.

If appropriately credited, material in this newsletter may be reproduced without permission.
It is the policy of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development not to discriminate
on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, age or national or ethnic origin.






The CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN recycle trailer will be located  on these dates in the following locations:

Feb 19 - 25,  Murray
Feb 19 - 25,  Nehawka
Feb 26 - March 4, Beaver Lake
March 12 - 18, Murray
March 19 - 25, Beaver Lake
March 19 - 25, Nehawka

(Murray will also continue to have the recycle bin located behind Town Hall, although this is for Murray residents only.)







Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt, will discuss various ways to perform that classic fiddle tune, Orange Blossom Special.

This wonderful piece encourages improvisation, giving the fiddler opportunities to make their fiddle sound just like a train.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
1 PM - 3 PM
Old Avoca Schoolhouse
Avoca, Nebraska

Pre-registration is required, enrollment is limted, and there is a $20.00 fee.

For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail todebby@greenblattandseay.com.




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)








Getting Ready to Plant a Home Orchard?

Learn about producing fruit from your own trees.  Vaughn Hammond, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Extension Educator with expertise in Specialty Crops, will teach an Extension workshop on
February 24 covering cultivation practices for apples, peaches, apricots, pears, plums and cherries. 
Discussion will include where to obtain trees, variety selection, planting and care.

The workshop will be held at the Cass County Extension office located on the Cass County
Fairgrounds, 8400 144th Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 24.  
A $10 per person registration fee will be collected at the door.
Pre-registration is requested for handout materials, but walk-ins are welcome. 
Call the Cass County Extension office at 402-267-2205 to register; voice messages
can be left outside of office hours, M-F, 8:00 to 5:00.

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The 2011 Rural Advantage/Healthy Farms Conference is scheduled for Friday and
Saturday, February 18th and 19th at the New World Inn in Columbus.  This year's
conference is shaping up to be an excellent conference as we have some very
interesting and diversified speakers for 2011.  Our keynote speakers for the
conference are Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs
and a member of the Nebraska Board of Regents and Abe Collins, an organic
grass-based dairyman fromVermont and co-founder of the Carbon Farmers of America. 
At this year's conference we have programs that address sustainable production agriculture,
livestock grazing systems, value-added agriculture, alternative weed control systems, crop
rotations, cover crops, organic production systems and several youth hands-on workshops.

In production agriculture, there will be a farmer panel addressing grass-fed and natural
grain finished beef production systems.  Matt Liebman, researcher from Iowa State
University will discuss "Some ways to improve weed management in low input and organic
systems" and "Managing cropping systems to address challenges from weather, rising
energy costs, and weeds" in two presentations.  Kathleen Delete, a researcher in organic
production and a colleague of Matt's at Iowa State University will discuss, " Integrated
approaches to pest management for organic vegetable and fruit production."
Other topics that will be addressed at the conference include: adapting cover crop
management for Nebraska, research on crop rotations and cover crops in sustainable
cropping systems, GAP and what it means to Nebraska vegetable producers, adapting
grazing systems to fit your situation, use of milk as an amendment to grass pastures, high
tunnels for vegetable production, enhancing bird nesting habitat on your farm and farming
sustainably.  There will be other programs on specific topics of sustainable agriculture that
are still being scheduled as well.

There is an excellent youth program scheduled for both days.  There are workshops on: financial
management for teens, pocket cash for growing small fruits, and a dollars and cents approach
to raising sheep and goats in Nebraska.

There will be commercial and educational exhibits both days, a live auction of a variety of items
Friday afternoon, a delicious All-Nebraska Meal on Friday evening and a silent auction of several
different things on Saturday.

For information on this conference or to register contact Gary Lesoing at (402) 274-4755. 
A conference brochure and registration on-line is available at:  http://nemaha.unl.edu/home.

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Farm Food Safety Workshops Offered Across Nebraska in February and March

Food safety workshops offered across the state in February and March will help producers
meet requirements of new federal legislation.

In early January, President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act into law.
The law requires producers to evaluate potential hazards to their products, create measures
to prevent contamination and to develop written food safety plans.

The two-day workshops, offered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, in partnership
with the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative and the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture
Society, will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Lincoln, Grand Island, Auburn and North Platte.

UNL Extension educators will teach the workshops. Workshops will help fresh produce growers
complete the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training.

At the end of the workshops, participating producers will understand GAPs and have parts of
their own farm food safety plans developed.

The topics covered will help producers enhance worker sanitation, harvesting, handling, packaging,
storage and transportation standards of fresh produce from the farm operation to markets, schools,
restaurants and retail stores.

By completing a farm food safety plan, producers can differentiate themselves in the marketplace
and appeal to many consumers who perceive this training as an added benefit.

All educational materials and costs of the workshops are provided through a Rural Business
Enterprise Grant from USDA Rural Development that was received by the Nebraska Sustainable
Ag Society in partnership with the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative.

Reservations are required to participate in the training workshops. To register, contact the University
of Nebraska Rural Initiative by e-mailing gaps@unl.edu or calling (402) 472-2940. Online registration
is also available at http://ruralinitiative.nebraska.edu by clicking on the GAPs Training link under
Announcements and following instructions on the page.

Training dates, reservation deadlines and locations include:

March 2 and March 9, RSVP by Feb. 23
Hall County Extension Office, College Park, 3180 West U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island.

March 10 and March 17, RSVP by March 3
4-H Building, Nemaha County Fairgrounds, Ninth and J streets, Auburn.

March 18 and March 25, RSVP by March 11
West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Rd., North Platte.

UNL Extension is in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.





Lofte Community Theatre to Honor Volunteers

On Saturday, February 26 at 6pm the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley will honor its
volunteers and hold their annual business meeting. Actors, ushers, painters, donors and
friends are all invited to participate in this special event.  Lofte officers will present Lofte
financials and plans for the future.  A complimentary Italian meal and refreshments will be

The Lofte is a non-profit organization and as such is heavily dependent upon its army of
volunteers.  During the course of the evening, those with outstanding service during the
past year will be recognized by the "Dale Crosby Awards."  Mr. Crosby was a long-time
chairman of the Lofte Board of Directors.  His willingness to tackle any duty at the theater
served as an inspiration to others.  Over the many years of his service, he performed,
cleaned and took on administrative tasks.  Mr. Crosby passed away in 2001.

Lofte Artistic Director Kevin Colbert will announce upcoming show selections and share
some of the behind the scenes antics that he witnessed during the 2010 season.

Those who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling the theater at (402) 234-2553.




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 debby@greenblattandseay.com.

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

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






Bess Streeter Aldrich Birthday Open House

Sun. Feb. 20 - 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Aldrich House, 204 East F St., Elmwood

Celebrate the author's 130th birthday with cake, punch, and guided tours of her historic home.

Admission $5.00 adults
$3.00 children ages 6-12
(5 & under FREE)









Original short stories by Nebraska authors are currently being accepted for the
2011 Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation's short story contest.

Story length should be 1,000-2,000 words (there is no minimum word requirement for the Intermediate category) and submissions should be written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works.

No essays, please.

Books by the author that writers can read to get ideas about content and style are:

Short Works 1907-1919

Mother Mason

Short Works 1920-1954

The Rim of the Prairie

The Cutters

A Lantern in her Hand

Spring Came on Forever

A White Bird Flying

Miss Bishop

Song of Years

The Lieutenant's Lady

Journey into Christmas

The Drum Goes Dead

The Man who Caught the Weather

Prizes will be awarded at the annual Spring Banquet of the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation.

Cash prize amounts are:

1st Prize  $100.00
2nd Prize  $50.00
3rd Prize  $25.00

High School (grades 9-12) and Middle School (grades 6-8): 
1st Prize $50.00
2nd Prize $25.00
3rd Prize $15.00

Intermediate School (grades 3-5):
1st Prize $25.00
2nd Prize $15.00
3rd Prize $10.00.

Writers, please send a cover sheet with your name, address, e-mail address,
phone number, title of story, and two copies of your story, one with your name
and one without.

Please include a line telling how you learned about the contest.

For students, add age, grade, school, and teacher's name to the cover sheet.

Please enclose a SASE for return of contest results.

Stories will not be returned.

Families of Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Board Members are not eligible.

The due date for submissions is the author's birthday, February 17, 2011 (postmark date).

Send submissions to:

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation
P.O. Box 167
Elmwood, NE  68349

A complete list of rules can be found at www.BessStreeterAldrich.org.



Youth, Adults Can Enter 2011 Master Conservationist Program

Both adults and youth are eligible to enter the 2011 Master Conservationist Program
which includes categories for new and traditional soil and water conservation practices in
urban and rural areas.  The deadline for entries is April 1, 2011.

This annual Nebraska recognition program began in 1983 and now includes categories
for farm/ranch, residence/acreage, community-private business and youth entries, according
to Joseph Lemmons, Extension Educator with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension-Cass County .

There are five Master Conservationist program districts across Nebraska for farm and ranch
entries. Entries in community-private business or public, residential and youth individual or group
projects compete for five statewide awards. The residential category can range from a typical home
yard to 10 or more acres with less than $1,000 in sales.

Master Conservationist brochures are available at local University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension,
Natural Resources District and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offices. The brochure
appears on the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) home page at 
http://ianrhome.unl.edu under "Timely Topics." Online applications can be made at www.owh.com and
clicking on "In the Community" link.

All entries will be judged by members of IANR at UNL, Nebraska Association of Resources Districts,
Natural Resources Districts and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Master
Conservationists will be recognized at the annual banquet of the Nebraska Association of Resources
Districts, September 26, 2011, at the new Younes Conference Centre in Kearney.

This program is sponsored by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL and the
Omaha World-Herald.



















Small Business Expo & Craft Fair

Saturday, March 26th

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Immanuel Lutheran Church
36712 Church Road
Louisville, NE 68037

Looking for vendors...
Please contact:
Teri McClun


Tax forms are now available 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 for 15 cents per page

Children's Saturday Programs

All programs start at 10:00am

February 19       Winter Gear
February 26       Popcorn Day    

Information on this summer's "Big Read" program and tryouts for the play will be coming soon!




Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 PM.

Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and banjo. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago.  Their performance on March 13 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students.

For more information, write to:
Greenblatt & Seay
The Old Schoolhouse
P.O. Box 671
Avoca, Nebraska  68307,
call  402-275-3221, or e-mail them at g-s@alltel.net.

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.


KBC productions announces that the second play in its winter season, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile,"
is now on stage at Mahoney State Park.

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile," is written by Steve Martin.  Most famous for his comedic skits and
appearances in many movies and television shows, Mr. Martin wrote the script in 1993.  The
comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904, just before Einstein
transformed the world of academia with his theory of relativity and before Picasso set the art
world on fire with cubism.  This fictional tale sees two geniuses discussing the century's
achievements as well as many other fanciful topics.  You will be treated to giggles aplenty and
moments of sheer enlightenment.

Staff suggests a PG13 rating for this show.

The show is produced by Kevin Colbert and directed by Katherine Cover, both of Weeping Water. 
The rest of the cast includes  William M. Cover II and Timron Gilfert of Weeping Water, Noelle Bohaty,
Clay Stevens, Kyle Lorenz, Mellisa Marinovich, Travis Triplett and Grant Covney all of Lincoln;
Kevin Holdorf of Manley; and Cynthia Sheldon of Elmwood.

The production runs February 18-20.

Curtain times are 7:30pm except for Sundays which are 2pm matinees.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children.

A state park sticker or purchase of a day pass is required for entrance into the park.

For reservations, please call Mahoney State Park at (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.



Registration is now open for the 2011 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse,
in Avoca, Nebraska.

Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers
get in touch with their inner fiddler.  The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps will
be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

Fiddle Camp for Beginners is Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17.  This 5 day camp includes some
of the basics and fun of fiddling, such as performing in public, practice techniques, reading music,
playing y ear, and jamming.  Fiddling styles include bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Klezmer, old-time, and
newly composed tunes by the campers.  Movement and singing are included in the experience.

Fiddle Camp for Intermediate/Advanced Fiddlers is Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15.  Campers
will discuss picking tunes for contests, performing in public, practice techniques, reading music,
playing by ear, playing for dancers, back-up fiddling, arranging twin fiddle pieces , and jamming.
Many fiddling styles will be represented, including original compositions by the campers. 
Campers can sign up for all 5 days, or just 2 days, or just one day of Intermediate camp.

Monday & Tuesday is for reading fiddlers/violinists who want to read more tunes. This mini-camp
is perfect for fiddlers who want to improve their music reading skills, and for classically trained
violinists, violists, and cellists who are interested in various fiddling styles. Using sheet music in
standard notation, these campers will get to improve their sight reading, and experience the fun
of playing fiddle tunes at the same time! Fiddling styles included in the sessions will be tailored
to the interest of the campers who register.

Wednesday & Thursday is for fiddlers/violinists who want to learn tunes by ear. This mini-camp
is designed to jump-start your ability to pick up tunes quickly by ear, and to make them stick!
Tunes used will reflect various styles, meters, tempos, and difficulty levels.

Friday is for fiddlers who "just wanna have fun". This mini camp includes jamming, modulating,
singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, improvising, and playing fiddle related instruments.

Each day is scheduled from 9 AM - 1 PM.  Registration is available on line at

For more information, contact Deborah Greenblatt at debby@greenblattandseay.com.


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