Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Gretna Middle schoolers at Aspen Creek are just finish- ing one of the most antici- pated eighth grade projects of the year, People of the Past (POP). The dozens of hours put into this project made it worth it on Monday, March 12, where 130 eighth graders showcased their speeches to family a…

The Gretna area will host two Easter Egg Hunts again this year. Both will be held on Saturday, March 24 with rain dates on March 31. The first hunt will feature a visit from the Easter Bunny and be- gins at 10:00 a.m. in North Park, located off 204th Street and Angus Road. The event has seve…

  • Ruthie Isaacson

Gretna Middle School’s 8th grade Musical Class presented “Getting to Know...Once Upon a Mattress” on March 5, 2018. This show followed the original “Princess and the Pea” show closely, but with little twists and turns along the way.

  • Derek Munyon

Former teachers and education support professionals from across Nebraska are returned to classrooms to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018
  • Cindy Moore

David Josoff juggles Jessie Case, age 3, and his plate in order to catch a stack of pancakes at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Wee Lamb Preschool hosted the Pan- cake Man in conjunction with their Scholastic Book Fair last Tuesday night. The crowd enjoyed his humor and pancake flipping talents.

Six Gretna middle school students were selected to participate in the annual Blair Middle School Honor Band. Over 40 schools from eastern Nebraska will participate in this one day event on Saturday, April 7th. This year’s participants from the Gretna include Addie Moore, flute; Jamie Vaughn,…

  • Ruthie Isaacson

Gretna High School students experienced CAREEROCKIT February 12 through 18. This Omaha curriculum allows teens to explore local jobs in their communities.

Thursday, March 01, 2018
  • Ruthie Isaacson

Gretna Elementary School is echoing the warming hearts concept in February through notes of kindness. Although the original plan to show kindness and love was altered many times, GES found a way to make others smile.

Submitted Photo Boy Scout Troop 363 had a special visitor Wednesday night during a “Living History” performance at the Gretna Middle School. Darrel Draper brought George Drouillard to life in a 45-minute show, where he performed in character and historical attire. Drouillard was a colorful a…

For the 8th graders at Aspen Creek Middle School, the anticipation is almost over. The students’ hard work and long hours will pay off when they present to the public, for the annual POP (People of the Past) program. With over 130 students present- ing their work, POP will be divided into tw…

Friday, February 23, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Ruthie Isaacson

Senior Miranda Hansen is making a name for herself in the fashion industry. One of her upcoming competitions is Omaha Fashion Week, one Hansen knows like the back of her hand.

James W. Everhart, 88, a former Gretna resident died January 4, 2018 in Sandpoint, ID. He was born on December 31, 1929 in West Point, NE. He moved to Omaha in 1930 where he attended school, graduating from Tech High in 1949. Everhart joined the U.S. Marines and received a medical discharge …

Gretna Public Schools will be holding a Preschool Open House Night on Tuesday, February 27th. Preschool rooms are currently available at Whitetail, Palisades, Thomas, Aspen Creek and Gretna elementaries. Stop by any of these schools between 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. to take a tour, learn about t…

Gretna Middle School and Aspen Creek Middle School hosted a quiz bowl competition on February 1st to raise money for student travel expenses to compete in May at the national quiz bowl in Washington D.C. The quiz bowl tournament was comprised of twenty-two teams from the metropolitan area.

  • by Ruthie Isaacson Staff Writer

The Open Door Mission was created in 1954. Dedicated to helping others, the missionary had spent over 60 years work- ing for the greater good. The organization provides many services to help those in need. They specialize in offering food services and clothing, but also any other essentials …

Tuesday, January 09, 2018
  • Ruthie Isaacson

On January 13, Gretna High School will host Primetime, its annual show choir competition. Around 15 different groups will be performing and competing from area schools.

  • Derek Munyon

Gretna has a new fitness outlet located in the Tiburon Point shop- ping center. Perfect Fit Fitness, opened on Oct. 21, 2017, is owned and operated by Luke Reifenrath who is also the sole trainer at the gym. The gym offers 1-on-1 train- ing courses as well as small groups of 2 to 6 people. T…

The Gretna Children’s Library is hosting several reading programs for children this winter. First, children ages 0 –2 and 3-5th grade can register for a winter reading program where they receive a BINGO sheet and can earn prizes for a completing BINGO and a blackout. Second, children can reg…

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Jason Tekip enjoyed some “color-therapy” at the Gretna Public Library. Coloring sheets are available at the Main Library for all ages. For more ideas on activities during the winter season, visit the Gretna Community Events Calendar at gretnapubliclibrary.org photo by Cindy Moore

Since 1986, the Department of Transportation/Aeronautics Division has sponsored an annual Aviation Art Contest for the benefit or our youth. The program goal is to motivate and encourage young people to be- come more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering, math and science…

Thursday, December 28, 2017
  • Ruthie Isaacson

On Monday, December 19, the Gretna High School show Choir held their annual Cookie Walk and Concert. This event, hosted by the choir department, raises money from delicious homemade treats.

Area Boy Scouts will provide the 19th Annual Christmas Tree Pick–Up Drive. This year, Omaha area Troops 282, 558, 570, and Elkhorn Troop 429 will provide this community service project for curbside Christmas tree pick-up.

  • Ruthie Isaacson

The Gretna Public School Dis- trict recently released their an- nual community report for the 2016-1017 school year. The Gretna Guide & News has taken the document apart to create a snapshot of each section for our readers. This week, part three of the series focuses on the middle school…

Eight Aspen Creek Middle School students, Nicholas Goblirsch, Nicholas Coates, Jayden Mason, Philip Matya, Tanner Maas, Madyson Self, Hanna Annis, and Arabelle Horst, were finalists in the National Geographic Bee on December 13th. Nicholas Goblirsch, a seventh grade student, won the school c…

  • Ruthie Isaacson

Gretna Middle School One Act performed on Tuesday, December 19. “This is a great group of kids,” commented Gretna Middle School Speech and Drama In- structor Kate Widhalm. “I have students who are in every show they possibly can be in and I have students that this will be the only performanc…

Thursday, December 14, 2017
  • Derek Munyon

Santa made his annual visit to the Gretna Fire Department on Saturday. The event included cookie decorating, watching old Christmas movies, and touring an ambulance. The gathering has around 300 children attend each year. That’s about all the event could get through in the time available, ac…

  • Ruthie Isaacson

Gretna High School's One Act team took state this previous Friday. Beating out the competition for the eighth year in a row, the crew is a force to be reckoned with.

  • Ruthie Isaacson

GHS construction class’ latest project beckoned a childlike side. The seven person team recently created a playset. The class takes on projects focused on bettering the community.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Sun Valley Greenhouse is bursting with beautiful poinsettia blooms. The Gretna Chamber of Commerce will host a Coffee and Connections at the greenhouse today from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The greenhouse supplies several local churches and businesses for the holiday season, featuring 17 varietie…

UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology hosted CodeCrush on November 15th- 17th to attract women into the IT world. CodeCrush is an opportunity for girls in 8th and 9th grade to learn about the innovative world of IT. Emma Waller and Izzy Driewer, 8th graders at Gretna Middle Sch…

Robert Skokan and Kerrol Gardner were married Dec. 16, 1967, at First Lutheran Church, Papillion, NE. Robert graduated from Niobrara High School and Kerrol is a graduate of Gretna High School. After graduating from the University of NE they taught at Gordon, NE and then moved to rural Verdig…

  • Ruthie Isaacson

Gretna High School’s student council recently swapped places with many other school, to seek ways to improve our school.

  • Derek Munyon

Any successful child requires a successful mother, but every mother needs time to unwind and reboot themselves. Three Gretna groups are offering support and activities for moms. One group is the Gretna Area Moms (MOMS), moms of every age that want to connect with other moms. During their tim…

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
  • by Ruthie Isaacson

On Tuesday, November 7, GHS hosted its annual parent forum. The event began at 6:00 p.m. where multiple booths were set up in the commons area at Gretna High School. Each booth raised awareness for a common concern in high schoolers. Ranging from suicide prevention, human trafficking, substa…

Employees from Pinnacle Operations Center in Gretna surpassed their goal of collected items for the Gretna Neighbors during its 14th annual Pinnacle Bank Gretna Neighbors Drive. Helping to gather and haul the items were (l-r): Karin Wiley, Cheryl Knoell, Bob Kanne, Andy Stawniak, Mollie Coil…

The Gretna Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department invites the children to come visit Santa at the District 1 Station, 11175 S. 204th St., on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. for children to view the station. The Department will also be holding a drive for…

  • Ruthie Isaacson

Since 2000, GHS One Act has conquered state 14 times. Director Carole Carraher has led her team to triumph constantly. Hop- ing to carry on that legacy, the cast is working unceasingly to reach the top.

Share the holiday season with family and friends in historic downtown Gretna (intersection of West Angus Street and McKenna Street) for the annual Gretna Downtown Association’s Greenery & Glitter event on Sunday, December. Activities include:

Since 1977, Kathy Iske has been coordinating the Gretna American Red Cross community blood drives, she has seen a lot of change. One thing that has stayed constant, though, is the food she makes for donors to enjoy after giving.

  • Ruthie Isaacson

Gretna middle schoolers spent a day away from the normal curriculum of school, and instead dove deep into Omaha’s history, experiencing first hand many prominent places that built the city’s past.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • Derek Munyon

The Gretna American Legion held its annual Veteran’s Day din- ner with a speech from Brigadier General Edward Sauley III. The dinners were free for veterans and their families and the speakers are contacted through the Public Affairs Office of STRATCOM or are local veterans with interesting …

  • Ruthie Isaacson

On November 10, GHS hosted its annual Veteran’s Day Program. This assembly reiterated the importance of recognizing Veterans, as well as showing thankfulness.