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John Plucknett

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10/14/1955 – 4/13/2010

The Board of Directors of Home State Bank, Louisville, Nebraska

is very sorry to report that Bank President

John Plucknett died at home on Tuesday evening April 13th.

In his seven years as President, Mr. Plucknett and his wife Lynn

became active participants in the Louisville and Cass County community.

April 16th, Omaha World Herald Article 

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04/15/2010

On the Passing of John Plucknett

John Plucknett came to Louisville seven years ago to fill a major role in the community.  He led Home State Bank through major changes and growth, he was active in city and county affairs, he was important to Main Street.

He was a human being, too, not just part of a commercial enterprise.  The time John and Lynn spent together in Louisville included school plays and graduations, weddings among their children, the birth of grandchildren, and the rest of life in its grand variety.

We face an inescapable truth:  the mortality rate is 100%.  Our days are numbered.  We all know this fact of life, but we all wrestle with it when it hits so close to home.

At the same time, each one of us makes an impact in our many roles;  we leave tracks.  John influenced and shaped the business he worked in, the community he lived in, the family he loved, the friends he enjoyed.  He is an immortal part of the fabric of all these things, his community and family.

We will always miss John Plucknett, but we also appreciate his continuing presence in the fabric of our lives."

Rest in peace.
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Mark Leibman
Leibman Financial Services, Inc.
228 Main St., PO Box 368
Louisville, NE  68037
402.234.2337

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Louisville Wednesday Newsletter

April 21, 2010

 

 
 
 
 

Champions at Work 

 

 

S K I L L S  U S A

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            SkillsUSA is an organization that prepares high school students for technical, skilled and service careers. Students build leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development skills that shape them into responsible employees and leaders. SkillsUSA activities foster the development of creativity, problem-solving ability, and integrity. The program builds self confidence and communications skills, which are qualities employers’ value and look for when hiring workers.

      The Louisville chapter has grown to 44 student members this year. Current officers for the 2009 – 2010 school year are: President, DJ Hobbs, Vice President, Sean Churchich and Secretary Cori Hall. Louisville received the award of 100% chapter at the State Leadership and Skills Competition in March. This award is given to schools with all students enrolled in technology classes being members of SkillsUSA. Only one other school in the state received this award. Louisville also had the 3rd highest student enrollment with 44. Congratulations to the Louisville SkillsUSA chapter on its many successes.  

         In March 44 student members attended the State Leadership and Skills Competition in Columbus NE. Over 1,500 students from across the state attended the conference representing 150 schools. Louisville students competed in areas such as welding, masonry, cosmetology, related technical math and photography. Louisville placed 13 of is members in the competitions listed.

2nd Quiz Bowl – Adam Sparks, Colton Dean, Ryan Burnison, Carson McCormick and Dallas Lemmers

2nd Welding Fabrication – Cori Hall, Sean Churchich and DJ Hobbs

2nd Masonry – Andrew Bauermeister

2nd Motorcycle Service – Wyatt Staben

3rd GMAW Welding – Luke Stohlmann

2nd Co2 Dragster  – Austin Drake

3rd Mouse Trap Racer – John Leversee

  
 
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Tues., 4/20: Pulled Pork Sandwich with Baked Beans & Fries, Soup -
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Wed. 4/21: Meatloaf Dinner, Soup - Potato

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RECYCLING REMINDER!

 

Recycling trailer takes old phone books.

 

It will be back in town on April 24.

 

Location:  In front of the water treatment plant on Depot Street.

 

 

 

Don't forget...
CHANGE OF LOCATION - RECYCLE TRAILER ON DEPOT STREET AT WATER PLANT


 
 For details, please check...
the City Website
www.LouisvilleNebraska.com

 

 
 
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Baseball players needed:
 
The American Legion Jr. /Sr. baseball program is looking for
 
players aged 16-19 for the summer season.
 
All interested players call Tim Garcia at 234-7975. 
 
 
 
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MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE

222 MAPLE ST  LOUISVILLE

FRI & SAT  APRIL 23 & 24

8:00 AM – 3 PM

 

Rain Date  April 30-May 1

 

 

 

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Cass County Relay for Life 
 
 
 

Cass County Relay For Life team, Kris' Krew, made up of family and friends of Kris Johnson (who lost her battle with Lymphoma at 42 years of age), is hosting a fundraiser in her memory.
On Friday, April 23. 2010 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, "The Waffle Man" will be serving all you can eat Belgian Waffles with a variety of syrups, sausage and drinks for $5.00 per person - children aged 4 and under are free. Please join them at the Murray Presbyterian Church. For additional information or directions please contact Melanie at 402-297-3546. Proceeds going to American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
 

Please join Cass County Relay For Life team, Survivors R Us at Plattsmouth Keno for a fundraiser in memory of Steve Colabello and Jim Meisinger. They will be serving all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Cost is $5.00 per person. The date is Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The team held a pancake breakfast last month and the food was delicious! The proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at youngtjl@oal.com, 402-296-2651 (home) or 402-216-6456 (cell).
 
                                                      Thanks,
                                                                 Jan Young
                                                                 ACS Relay For Life of Cass County
                                                                 PR/Advertising Committee Chair
 
 
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BIG MONEY IN WILDLIFE WATCHING

 

(Ord, NE) - There's big money in wildlife watching.  Just look at the figures: over the past 20 years, participation in wildlife watching, particularly bird watching, has increased nationally by more than 266%.  Conservative estimates put the value to the US economy alone at over $40 billion dollars.  During the same time, national participation rates both in hunting and fishing continue to decline.

 

Jim Mallman of Watchable Wildlife Inc. will be hosting several workshops to share insights about how entrepreneurs, outfitters, individuals, businesses and municipalities can build nature-based or wildlife tourism programs.  Workshops will be held in Red Cloud on May 18, Ord on May 19 and Ogallala on May 20.  These workshops are especially suitable for current Nebraska outfitters looking to diversify their non-game season by building wildlife encounter experiences.

 

Workshops begin at 8:30am and run through 4:00pm with lunch and refreshments provided.  The cost for early-bird registration is $25 if participants sign-up before May 11.  The cost for late registrants is $40.  For more information, including registration forms, visit the Nebraska Development Network Central Region website at www.ndncr.com or contact Sharon or Jodi at (308) 995-3190.

  FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Sharon Hueftle
South Central Economic Development District, Inc.
PO Box 79; 502 East Avenue (2nd floor)
Holdrege, NE 68949
308-995-3190, www.scedd.us

 
 
 
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Save The Date
 
 
 
June 26, 2010
 
 
 

Please "Save The Date - June 26, 2010" and join us for The Cass County Relay For Life at Plattsmouth High School
 
as we all join forces to walk in the fight against every form of cancer. It is our 15th birthday in Cass County and
 
we need you to help us celebrate!
 
For additional information, please logon to www.relayforlife.org/casscone
 
or call 402-393-5801.    
 
Information about this program and walk can also be found at www.cancer.org and at our local Omaha office at 402-393-5801.
 
 


 
 

 
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Otoe County Genealogical Society's 
 
May 2010 information
 
 
"The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host it's 2nd annual 'Walk Through Wyuka' tour at the Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City on May 13th at 7:00 pm.  Wyuka Cemetery historian, Don Hegr, will be our tour guide and will guide us through the many historical internments in Nebraska's oldest public cemetery.  Don's tour will cover the history of the cemetery, and will also showcase numerous graves of Nebraska City's prominent (and sometimes not so prominent) people that are buried within the cemetery.  If you would like to join us on this tour, please meet at the maintenance shed inside the cemetery at 7:00 pm.  There will be someone at the main entrance of the cemetery to guide you once you arrive, and parking will be on the south side of the maintenance shed."
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Curtis Wolbert
 
President/Otoe County Genealogical Society
 
 
 
 

 
 
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 Coop de Ville & Louisville Art Gallery Event

Spring Purse Swap & Jewelry Show
 
 
 

Supporting the Lydia House of Omaha

your donation of purses, jewelry & accessories will receive you

20% off at Coop de Ville & drawings for

artisan made jewelry, accessories & more at the gallery.
 
 
 
 
Saturday, April 24th 9-5
 
 
 
 
 
Unique gifts & Art for Mother's Day. birthdays, graduations, weddings & you!

Featured Artists:
Rose Rutherford, Meridith Merwald-Gofta, Kieran Anderson, Sandy Hagan, Therese Straseski & Diane Mattern

call the Coop (Louisville, NE) with questions at 402-234-2717
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New name: 
 
 
 
Louisville Hardware
 
 
Same great place!
 
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Former Stander Ace Hardware owner Maureen Gulizia announced their name is now
Officially "Louisville Hardware"
and the sign has been changed on the front of their new building!
As part of their celebration, and in recognition of Earth Day 2010 coming up on April 22nd,
Louisville hardware is giving out Free Flower Bulbs with Energy Smart CFL Lights
 
(Louisville Hardware is a Proud Sponsor of this Community Website) 
 
 
 
 
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Are you thinking Flowers? Fresh Veggies?

Then help support the Louisville Fireman’s Auxiliary raise money by attending our plant sale.

We are raising money to help with scholarships and other things we do.

Plants are locally grown in Fremont, from Janet’s Jungle.

Reminder: We are taking pre-orders till April 19th

You can contact for an order sheet or questions:
Candy McClun 234.4995

Teri McClun 234.4161

 

If you have an order sheet you can drop it off at the City Office or Blake’s Pharmacy.

 

Plants will be available for pick up May 1st at the Fire Hall from 9am-3pm.

 

If you don’t pre-order you can still stop by and check them out as we will have plants that day for you to purchase.

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 LHS TRACK SEASON STARTS TO HEAT UP...

 

LOUISVILLE LIONS track athletes are in the heart of track season.   Many of the athletes have made strong showings in recent meets.  

The Lions will be back on the track this Thursday, April 22 at Platteview.  Field events will begin at 2:30 p.m.  Be there to support the Louisville Lions!



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Above:  Seniors Adam Sparks and Ryan Burnison concentrate on leaping over the hurdles.
 
 
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Above:  Paul Drelicharz, junior, takes his turn in the 4 x 800 relay.  











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Sightreading Workshop
 
A Sightreading Workshop is scheduled for beginners and intermediate players on Monday evenings, from May 17 - June 7,  from 6:30 PM - 8 PM, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in picturesque Avoca, Nebraska.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for beginners and intermediate players of all ages  to  sightread music that you've never seen before, and don't have to ever see again.  During the workshop, led by Deborah Greenblatt, discover how to negotiate new compositions with minimum stress, and maximum music.  The beauty of this workshop is that all you have to do is show up.  
 
There is no preparation necessary, although pre-registration is required.  
 
The fee for the Sightreading Workshop is $80.00 per person.
 
 For more information, call 402-275-3221, or e-mail debby@greenblattandseay.com.
 
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Check out..
 
       NewSchoolBond.com
 
 
The website has information where Louisville School is at in the creation of a new school bond initiative. Contact any member with questions or concerns.
 
-- Pat McGahan
 
 
 
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 Mark Your Calendar for May 29, 2010!
 
 
 
The biggest single alumni event that the Association undertakes each year is the Alumni Banquet, an event that is held annually on the Saturday before Memorial Day.  This year's banquet will be held in the High School Gymnasium on Saturday, May 29, 2010, beginning at 6:00pm.  The honored classes for this year's Banquet are:
50 Year Class - Class of 1960
40 Year Class - Class of 1970 (host class)
25 Year Class - Class of 1985
10 Year Class - Class of 2000
Graduating Class of 2010
 To find out more about this year's Banquet, go to our newly created website  www.louisvillealumni.org
The important work of the Alumni Association can be sustained only if our members are active and involved!
If you would like to part of the committee, please contact one of the members below.  We would love to have you!

2010 Alumni Committee members:

•    Donna Tlustos  Albert
•    Jean  Johnson Buskirk
•    Lori  Petereit  Gray
•    Jean Knutson Heim
•    Jack Mayfield
•    Judy Hutchison Meyer
•    Patsy Dobbs Sawyer

 
 
 
 
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First Christian Church 2010 Concert Series

 

Faith Singers from Missouri

Saturday, May 1st @ 7PM

Free Admission w/ Love offering taken

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On behalf of the Great Plains Bicycling Club (http://greatplainsbikeclub.org/) I would like to 
inform you of the details of our Spring Fling Bike Ride on Sunday, April 25, 2010.  The ride
has one starting point at the Eagle Elementary School and another starting point at Louisville
High School.  The Murdock ballpark will serve as the mid-point SAG stop.  Portable toilets 
will be provided at Eagle, Murdock, and Louisville.

Depending upon the weather, we will have between 100 and 200 riders.  Along the route which
includes Hwys. 34, 1, 66, and 50 we will have standard 3' X 3' traffic signs stating "Caution: Cyclist Ahead".
Riders are advised in writing in and in pre-ride announcements of the laws pertaining to riding on
county and state highways.  We invite the riders to be Ambassadors for Bicycling.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Pat Bracken
GPBC Co-Ride Director

 
 
Summer Help Wanted

 

For In-Home Childcare
Monday thru Friday
For children ages 5-9
Up to $9.00 per hour
Contact Stacy at
234-3465
 


 
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Recycling Open House

 

Cass County Recycling Schedule

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MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE

 


For Immediate Release: Your Voice Can Help a Child – Part II

April 16, 2010, Lincoln—“I learned volumes from raising my own children and now have the opportunity to share my knowledge,” said Springfield CASA Diane Wagner when asked why she volunteers to help abused and neglected children in Sarpy County.

Since Diane became a CASA volunteer in 2008, she has worked with two siblings, who have been in three different foster homes and are awaiting a permanent placement. Diane said, “The reason I committed to this…assignment is to make a difference by being a role model in foster children’s lives….I love being able to help the Juvenile Court System…by implementing the guidance given in the courtroom. The role of the foster family is also a large piece of the support the CASA program offers. This team-oriented approach to raising contributing members of society is amazing….I feel the guidance I offer is the center point of how the team reacts.”

I met Plattsmouth CASA volunteer Suzanne Kolesik earlier this month. Suzanne has advocated for 18 children from eight families. The unusual circumstances of one child, in particular, prompted Suzanne to tell me this story, “My CASA child was born in Russia. She lived in an orphanage until the age of 12, when she was adopted and brought to this country. Later, she was removed from her adoptive home and placed in foster care. As her 19th birthday drew near, my child and I knew that she would ‘age-out’ of the system. ‘Aging-out’ would mean the loss of essential life services that had been place while my child was in foster care. Our plan was to find a place for her to live and obtain student loans, so she could go to college. The plan was halted by the discovery that my child was not a naturalized citizen. In order for her to earn an education and become a self-sufficient adult, we needed to know why her citizenship was in jeopardy and how to remedy the situation. I asked for and received help from my child’s case worker; her guardian ad litem, who helps us with legal issues; a PALS (Preparation for Adult Living Services) representative; CASA staff at both the state and local levels; Legal Aid and many others.

We finally learned that our problems could be solved, if we had a naturalization certificate or a U.S. Passport. Good news, or so we thought. My child did have a Passport, but her adoptive parents would not relinquish it. The agency that was involved in my child’s adoption had a copy of her Passport, but the Social Security office would only accept the original document. Knowing that my child would ‘age-out’ in a few weeks, and the process for obtaining a new Passport could take a few months, we broadened our search for solutions to include more contacts with Health and Human Services, brainstorming about other options with CASA representatives and communication with Nebraska’s elected political leaders. Everyone, including staff in the offices of Governor Heineman, U.S. Senator Ben Nelson and State Senator Dave Pankonin, looked for answers. None were found.

The turning point for my CASA child came when her adoptive mother turned over the original Passport. My child and I finalized the requirements for her to begin the next stage of her life. With one day to spare, my child was prepared to ‘age-out’ of the system. She had plans for her life that I was confident she would fulfill.

This story illustrates the fact that the role of a CASA volunteer is as varied, as are the lives of the children with whom we work. The difference between my role as a CASA volunteer and those of all of the other people I asked to help is demonstrated quite clearly by this example. Everyone else who interacts with a CASA child also works with many children and has other responsibilities. A CASA volunteer provides important continuity by working with only one child or family at a time.”

Do you have time to help a child? If so, the CASA Programs in Cass, Otoe and Sarpy Counties would like to hear from you. In Cass County you can contact Kim Carrera at 402-296-9520, in Otoe County you can speak with Amanda Volkmer-Busch at 402-873-6343 and in Sarpy County Georgie Scurfield is waiting for your call at 402-593-2259.





I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature.
We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.
Senator Dave Pankonin
    State Capitol
    PO Box 94604
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    (402) 471-2613
dpankonin@leg.ne.gov            

 

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  Dear Louisvillians, 

      Today, I share with you beautiful words written by Mark Leibman.  He was willing to share his thoughts about John Plucknett, and he did a marvelous job.  Please accept his words as the special guest editor of the Newsletter this week.   Thank you so much, Mark, for your time and efforts this week.      

04/15/2010

On the Passing of John Plucknett

John Plucknett came to Louisville seven years ago to fill a major role in the community.  He led Home State Bank through major changes and growth, he was active in city and county affairs, he was important to Main Street.

He was a human being, too, not just part of a commercial enterprise.  The time John and Lynn spent together in Louisville included school plays and graduations, weddings among their children, the birth of grandchildren, and the rest of life in its grand variety.

We face an inescapable truth:  the mortality rate is 100%.  Our days are numbered.  We all know this fact of life, but we all wrestle with it when it hits so close to home.

At the same time, each one of us makes an impact in our many roles;  we leave tracks.  John influenced and shaped the business he worked in, the community he lived in, the family he loved, the friends he enjoyed.  He is an immortal part of the fabric of all these things, his community and family.

We will always miss John Plucknett, but we also appreciate his continuing presence in the fabric of our lives."



Rest in peace.
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Mark Leibman
Leibman Financial Services, Inc.
228 Main St., PO Box 368
Louisville, NE  68037
402.234.2337

 

Have a wonderful week, Louisvillians!




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