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Louisville Wednesday Newsletter

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Becomes the New Home

NWRI is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has two main goals - to rehabilitate and release native and migratory wildlife in Nebraska, and to educate the public and our youth about the importance of habitat conservation and restoration.  We are diligently working to get the youth in our communities involved in habitat restoration projects that will provide unique learning opportunities that can be integrated into their school curriculum, help them learn the importance of our natural world and gain the desire to protect it, and get them involved in community service.

We are excited to be a part of the Louisville community and are incredibly grateful to Ash Grove for their generosity.  From the center, we will run our public hotline, staffed by volunteers, coordinate the volunteers and supplies needed to rehabilitate wildlife, and plan and implement education programs.  We will also conduct rehabilitator training and public information sessions there as well.
I am the Operations Chair for NWRI and generally handle any media inquiries or public requests.  I'm sure you'll see a lot of me in the coming months! Please let me know if you have any questions or need any other information!  Thank you for your interest!


Laura A. Stastny
Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc.
(402) 960-4366















Louisville won their district competition at Tri-County competing against 7 other schools. 
Only the champion qualifies for State competition. 
Louisville is one of 49 Class C-1 schools that participate in the NSAA Play Production contest,
and only SIX can earn the opportunity to go to State.
The play is "The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet" by Peter Bloedel. 
It placed first over a musical that placed runner-up and a very well-acted show performed by Concordia who placed third. 
Six Louisville students (more than any other school in the District) were singled out for outstanding performance:
  Kaylee Roach, Michael Roby, Mikeala Ezell, Marcus Manley, Katherine Edwards, and Samantha Lane.

This is the first state appearance for Louisville since 2000
and the school's second time every qualifying. 
State competition for C-1 begins at 12:00 noon at Kearney High School
on Friday, December 10.  Louisville is the second performance - beginning at 12:45.



Kaylee Roach - Best Supporting Actress

Lincoln High Festival

Kaylee Roach - All Star Cast
Samantha Lane - All Star Cast


Outstanding Performances


Kaylee Roach
Michael Roby
Mikeala Ezell
Kathryn Edwards
Samantha Lane
Marcus Manley



Above:  Narrator 1 and 2:  Kaylee Roach and Maylea Bauers


Above:  Mikeala Ezell as Juliet and Marcus Manley as Romeo.


Above:  Samantha Lane as the Friar.


Above:  The cast and crew of Seussical--state-bound!

Closing moment














Lions Win Season Opener, Defeat Cougars 42-28 (12-2-10)

Louisville girls 42, Conestoga 28

The Louisville Lions girls basketball team never trailed while defeating the visiting Conestoga Cougars, 42-28, in the season opener for both teams.




Lions Drop Season Opener (12-2-10)

Conestoga 38, Louisville boys 30


“I was very proud of our defensive effort tonight,” said Louisville head coach Colin Lansman.

“If we bring the same kind of focus defensively every night,

I will be confident in our ability to compete day in and day out.



Photos and stories courtesy of Mike Krambeck and

Krambeck Photography. 

For the full story, visit








CHOSEN for the


Louisville Public School District


 Greg Shepard, currently the high school principal at Ralston, Nebraska, will assume the Louisville district’s top administrative post on July 1st, 2011.
Ed Kasl, the current superintendent, officially announced his retirement at the September board of education meeting although he had informed the board about a year ago of his intentions. (archives 11/15/10)
A board committee reviewed and interviewed candidates. That resulted in a series of special meetings in the last few days in which five candidates were interviewed and the field narrowed to two before Shepard was hired on a 5 to 0 vote.
Shepard received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Peru State College, a Masters Degree from Doane College and his Superintendent Endorsement from Wayne State College.
His teaching career began in 1985. His teaching experience was in industrial and engineering technology in Nebraska and Illinois. He coached basketball and track. Before becoming the principal at Ralston in 2000, Shepard was the middle school principal in Mundelein, Illinois.
He will be taking over the superintendent’s position in the middle of $6.3 million worth of facilities remodeling and construction next year. Among the items listed on Shepard’s resume under “Key Achievements” was managing and leading a $28 million renovation/construction project at Ralston High School and managing a $7.5 million renovation/construction project in Mundelein.
Shepard was the 2009 Nebraska Region II Principal of the Year and was a finalist for the 2010 Nebraska Principal of the Year.







The Angel Tree is up at Home State Bank with Angels to choose from. 
Please pick an Angel from the tree, purchase the gift listed and wrap the present. 
Please tape the Angel onto the present and return to the bank and place under tree.

Please turn all gifts back in by December 20th.

Other items needed are gloves, hats, and any under garments. 
These items can be dropped off at Jack-n-Jill or at the Louisville School.

Donation of cash is also helpful for us to purchase any gift not taken from the Tree. 
If you would like to make a cash donation, please make the donation at Home State Bank under Louisville Angel Tree. 
Money also goes towards gift card to Jack-n-Jill for food.

The Angel Tree is sponsored by the Louisville Jaycee Foundation.

Thank you!!
Heidi Warner






World Premiere in Manley, Nebraska!

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley is bringing a world premiere to the stage.  Opening on December 3, Christmas at Leon’s tells the tale of a bus full of holiday travelers who get stranded at a roadside diner during a blizzard.  As we are introduced to the passengers, we discover that each one has a flaw or personal drama affecting his or her life.  Everyone is able to find shelter and spiritual comfort at the diner owned by an odd little man named Leon.

The story and original musical score were both written by Mick Kovar of Lincoln.  Mr. Kovar is a long-time friend of the Lofte having served on its board of directors and starred in several of its productions over the years.  Lofte Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert is directing the show.  Colbert and Kovar are old friends and have enjoyed working with each other onLeon’s.”

Starring in the title role as the curmudgeon, Leon is Larry Bauers of Louisville.  His three angelic waitresses are played by Renee Kovar of Lincoln, Lindsey Micks of Bellevue and Samantha Colbert of Weeping Water.  Other players in the show include Bob Pinkerton of Weeping Water; Jamion Biesterfeld and Anne Riha of Louisville; Scott Pope of Eagle; Cynthia West Sheldon of Elmwood; Adam, Mick and Meagan Kovar and Brittney Ernesti all of Lincoln; Tom Lucas of Papillion, Virginia Howe Kincaid of Elkhorn and Jason France of Plattsmouth.

Christmas at Leon’s will run December 3-5, 10-12 & 16-19.  Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm.  Sundays are 2pm matinees.  Tickets are $16.

The Lofte is also doing a fundraiser in coordination with this event.  Ticket holders can come to the Lofte 90 minutes prior to curtain to eat at Leon’s Diner.  A home-cooked meal of meatloaf or hot turkey sandwiches will be served right on stage as the cast entertains and helps to serve the food.  Tickets for the meal are priced separately at $25/plate.  $15 of the meal ticket is tax deductible.  Advance reservations for the Diner Experience are required.

The Lofte is located near the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 1 just east of the village of Manley.  The box office is open Monday through Friday 8am-12pm.


Pictured BELOW:  Larry Bauers of Louisville is surrounded by his trio of angelic waitresses; Lindsey Micks, Samantha Colbert and Renee Kovar.




The Otoe County Genealogical Society

will host its December 9th meeting at 7:00pm at the Morton-James Public Library

at 923 First Corso in Nebraska City for its quarterly Genealogy Workshop. 

The library's staff will assist guests in researching their family trees through

online genealogy subscription websites, and also through the use of

the library's extensive Otoe County microfilm reel collection as well.


Thanks so much,


Curtis Wolbert

President/Otoe County Genealogical Society






"Journey Into Christmas"

Holiday Open House Weekends

at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House, 204 East F Street, Elmwood, NE

 Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 & 26 -- 2:00-5:00 p.m. daily.

See every room of the author's historic home dressed for the holidays!

Each room has been lovingly decorated by an area group

or family, each with its own tree and unique theme. 

After your tour enjoy complimentary holiday goodies

in the Aldrich kitchen and browse the gift shop.

For more information call 994-3855 or visit www.BessStreeterAldrich.org.







The Louisville Public Library is offering story time for our younger patrons. If you have children through preschool age that
would be interested in listening to a story, please come to the library on Monday afternoons at 2pm!!!  While your youngster is listening to a story, feel free to browse our vast collection of books, movies and magazines! We also have several computers
available and a sitting room to relax! Come visit us soon!
Lisa Sheehan
Secretary, Louisville Public Library Board









Dear Louisvillians,

I think it's only appropriate to say congratulations to the Louisville High School One-act play cast and crew members and their director, Mrs. Allison Bauers!  Well-done!  I'm sure you're all anxiously awaiting your trip to state this weekend!  Break a leg!  Special congratulations go to the cast members who were recognized for outstanding performances (see photos above!).  Way to represent Louisville positively!  Congrats and good luck again! 
Another unrelated item...I was wondering if I could get some feedback from my readers before next week?  I am hoping to put together a list of favorite Christmas carols, just for fun!  Out of curiosity, what is your favorite song this time of year?  Send me an e-mail:  [email protected]  I would love to know!
Have a great week, everyone!



Have a wonderful week, Louisvillians!

Your Louisville Newsletter Editor,


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