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Gym - Cassie Royal VB Tournament
Sat Feb 28 @01:00 - 05:00PM
Resource Room - OCGS workday
Sat Feb 28 @09:00 - 11:00AM
Library Open
Mon Mar 02 @06:00 - 08:00PM
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Tue Mar 03 @06:00 - 08:00PM
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Wed Mar 04 @07:00 - 09:00PM
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Newsletter 2-25-2015

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The Otoe County Genealogical Society is nearly done indexing the 10,000+ district court records. These records may be examined at the Resource Room in the Community Center. You may inquire at the Village Office or call me at 402-828-5705. 

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The miniature Unadilla created by Corey Schulze & Sharon Demaree will be on permanent display in Suite #5, also at the Community Center. This room will be dedicated entirely to Unadilla history. Remember if you have old records, abstracts, funeral cards, tax papers, photos, or newspaper clippings, you may donate them here for future generations.

Memorial Day will be here before you know it. American flags that are torn or disheveled should not be flown, but turned into the local Post for proper disposal. Flying a flag in this condition is considered to be very disrespectful. (They may be left at the Village Office or the Bob Wilhelm residence.)


Tuesday, 2-17, the Books & Brew Book Club met with 6 members present. The next meeting will be March 17 in the Community Library at 10:00 a.m. We will read "The Ladies Auxiliary" by Tova Mirvis. Please join us if you can!


The Unadilla Area Fund met Tuesday, 2-17, to discuss the Groundhog Day results. (You may find a copy of the minutes above under the Community tab.) It is still under debate whether to change the parade to 2 p.m. or leave it at 1 p.m. We are also looking for a new speaker, so if you have any ideas please let one of the board members know: Sue Saathoff, Larry Larson, Maureen Vogt, Donna Crownover, Peggy Leefers, Corinne Zahn, Bob Brandt, or myself. Since Unadilla has been designated a Nebraska Statewide Arboretum City, a public dedication and program will be held. Two possible dates are Arbor Day and the Unadilla Barbeque.

Please note a "Veteran's" tab has also been added above so you can find Dept. of Veteran's Affairs information all in one spot.


Did you know recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a computer or television for 3 hours? It takes 95% less energy to make a new aluminum can from a recycled one.

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2-27   Jemma Romine

2-28   Nancy Liesemeyer, Steve & Judy Vampola

3-4   Laurence Royal


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Friday, 2-26-1915, The Otoe Union:

HEADLINE: "Unadilla's New Modern Schoolhouse Dedicated."

The main address was given by Chancellor Avery. 

E.L. Finigan and family moved to Unadilla. The town board

asked the State to investigate a skin disease that had

appeared in town "leaving the face and hands disfigured

with scabs."



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Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 15, at 2:30 PM, in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.   Greenblatt & Seay will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, folk harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and recorders. 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 15 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be downstairs, and  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 $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children. Seating is limited.For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

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Sarah Purcell, Extension Educator - Otoe County

Whining - it's got to be the most aggravating thing a child can do. It definetly gets the attention of parents and caregivers. That's why children whine - to get an adult's attention!

Toddlers and preschoolers haven't yet learned words or vocabulary to express their feelings, needs and wants, but they can vocalize. When a child gets frustrated because they are not being understood by the parent or caregiver, they often resort to whining.

Most often, this age of child doesn't know they are whining. It is not a conscious strategy. What they do know is that this behaviour usually results in attention from the adult, thus making it a learned behavior that parents and caregivers have actually, although unintentionally, helped to reinforce.

So how do you stop whining? First, Keep in mind that when a toddler or preschooler begins to whine, it usually indicates that the adult has not focused attention on the child when they are behaving appropriaately. To avoid whining, parents and caregivers want to be responsive to the child's first bid for attention.

As children begin to whine, the most important part of a response from a parent is patience. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that the child is not trying to be irritating, but is asking for attention. A helpful response might be to respond with "I" statements and the way you would like you child to speak. For instance, "I don't like it when you whine. If you want your teddy bear, please ask like this...than model the words and tone of voice you would like the child to use.

Or you can make a game of saying "Whining sounds like this...and model how your child sounded. Then you can say, "Saying it like this sounds better, don't you think so?" And then say it the appropriate way. Not only have you taught your child another way to ask for things, but you have provided focused attention and maybe a laugh together. Please be very careful, though, not to ridicule you child for their behavior.

In the long run, parents and caregivers need to reflect upon the underlying reasons for the whining. Have there been changes in your routine, is you schedule busier, are other aspects of you life needing attention? Children who whine are often sending the message that it is time to reconnect with you.


Sarah Purcell is a UNL Extension Educator for Otoe County and Southeast Nebraska. She can be reached at 402-269-2301 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp", for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured.  The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt.

The camp will be on Wednesday, March 11  - Friday, March 13, from 9 AM to 1 PM.  You can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.

On Wednesday, participants will be mostly reading tunes, using sheet music in standard notation.  We'll be learning melodies, harmonies, and chords.  You will be improving your sight reading, and experiencing fiddling fun.

On Thursday, we will be mostly playing tunes by ear, so feel free to bring your recording gadgets.  Sheet music versions of the tunes will be provided for you by the end of the day, just in case your ears need the help.

On Friday, we will be mostly jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, and playing fiddle related instruments.

One day:                $60.00
Two days:               $110.00 ($55 per day)
Three days:     $150.00 fee for 3 days. ($50 per day)

For more information, and to register, click on the following link:


Enrollment for the "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp" is limited. E-mail Deborah ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you have any questions.




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Have a GREAT week!




Marjorie West


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Marjorie West

Teacher & Sponsor of the

Unadilla High School Class of 1921