Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - April 1, 2009

WHAT’S NEW IN SPRINGFIELD, NE

April 1, 2009

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 Construction of the new Springfield Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s Fire Hall is happening on the corner of 1st and Spruce St. The new building is scheduled to be completed by next fall.  The Springfield community is fortunate to have a highly qualified and dedicated volunteer fire and rescue department. The new building will enhance their service to our area.

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Left to right: Markus Woener, Besty Achenbach, Katie Newton, JT Oltman
 Congratulations to Platteview High’s 2009 Prom Court. This year’s court includes: King, JT Oltman – Queen, Katie Newton – Prince, Markus Woener  - Princess, Betsy Achenbach.
 
Congratulations go to Springfield resident and “Seasons of the Soul”  author, Janet Syas Nitsick for winning honorable mention for her unpublished, early-twentieth-century novel, Sustaining Love:  A Time Remembered. www.Christianstoryteller.com Writers Dream Content of 2008 notified Janet of the award in February.  Visit Springfield Memorial Library to read Seasons of the Soul or listen to its audio version.
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Contributed by First United Methodist Congregation member, Ron Smith:
What we hope to accomplish is to get so many of these signs put up, that as you go around town, everywhere you look -- you start thinking about church. Springfield is a great community filled with some really great people.  Sometimes you just need reminded what to hold on to and where you can go to find that. The Methodist church has been a staple in this town for over 125 years, truly a “community church”.
In my own opinion, I think some folks don’t go to church because they think they won’t know anyone there, well now it will be easy to see that your friends and neighbors also support the church. We invite all of those who support the church to stop by and take a sign for your yard. All we ask is for you to stay within the bylaws and place only one sign per property and keep the sign at least 2 feet from any setback. Besides showing your support, it may just give you the opportunity to share your faith with a friend or neighbor and isn’t that what it is all about? All He asked us to do is love one another and make disciples. So come visit us next Sunday and bring the kids, our Sunday school is awesome too. 
 
 
The last Lenten Fish Fry of the season will be held this Friday, April 3 from 5:00 – 7:30pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  On the menu is Baked & Fried Fish, Fried Shrimp, Cheese, Mac n’ Cheese, side dishes, & desserts. This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus with the Ladies Guild providing the desserts.
Springfield Days 2009 will be held June 12 & 13. A full array of exciting events is now being planned. Be sure to pencil in these dates on your calendar and join us for all fun.  A link on the Springfield website is listed under “Events” for the Springfield Days 2009 and will soon provide all the information about what is happening.
SYAA News- The Springfield Youth Athletic Association is hosting the 5th Annual Spring Fling Dinner and Auction on April 18, 2009.  For additional information, contact Angie Michaels at 290-7714 or Billie Jo Karnik at 597-1525.
 This Friday, April 3 bring the whole family and your friends to the Springfield Elementary’s PTO Carnival.  The games, food and fun will be held from 6-9pm.
After a long winter, it’s time to tidy up Springfield!  To help you out the City of Springfield is holding “Springfield Clean Up Day” on Saturday, May 9th. Mark your calendars!
Theater ticket prices are going up! Marcus Theatre ticket packages and gift certificates are still on sale at the library.  Fill those Easter Baskets with Gold tickets (anytime pass) for $6.50 ea. or Silver tickets (day pass) for $5.50. Hurry in though as prices will rise $.50 per ticket on April 6th, which still a bargain price.   
Get ready to garden with Flower Power "Summer Garden Collection" packages.  A wonderful selection of bulbs and perennials are available from the Friends of the Springfield Memorial Library. Orders will be taken until April 20th. Stop by the Library or call 253-2797 for more information.
The second annual Easter Hunt sponsored by the Springfield Lodge#112, the City of Springfield and Springfield Greater Business Asociation will be held Saturady April 4 at 10:30. Kids ages 1 year to 6th grade may hop on over to Buffalo Park for all the fun. (In case of bad weather the hunt will be postponted to April 5.)
 
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SPRINGFIELD –The Calendar
April 3, 6-9pm  – Springfield Elementary PTO School Carnival
April 4, 10:30am  – Easter Egg Hunt
April 5 – Soaring Wings Vineyard hosts Acoustic Sundays. Stephen Monroe plays from 2-5pm.
April 9 – South Sarpy District #46 schools “Early Out” Day.
April 12 – Easter Sunday
April 17 – Kindergarten Round Up at Springfield Elementary & Westmont Elementary
April 18 – SYAA  annual Spring Fling and Auction
 
NEWS FROM NEARBY COMMUNITIES
 
Auditions at the Lofte Theatre near Manley, NE
The Lofte Community Theatre will be holding auditions for its first season production, "Over The Tavern" on April 6 and 7 at 7pm.  The play is set in the 1950s and follows an all-American family living in a cramped Buffalo apartment.  The youngest boy in the family is a wise-cracking kid who's starting to question his family's Roman Catholic values and shocks his family by announcing that he'd like to shop around for a more "fun" religion.
Parts are available for three adults (two women and one man) ages 35-80 and 4 youths (three male and one female)ages 10-20.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Performance dates run from May 29-June 14. 
Any questions in regards to the auditions or production may be emailed to Kevin Colbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Other information about the theater, including driving directions, may be found on its website, www.Lofte.com.  Those interested may also call the box office at (402) 234-2553.
 
 
News from our State Senator, Dave Pankonin
For Immediate Release: My Personal Bills for 2009 – Part III
 
March 27, 2009, Lincoln – The need for LB 364 was identified by a school superintendent in our legislative district. The proposed change would help several school districts in Nebraska.
 
Last year the Legislature eliminated several budget limit exclusions after the 2007-2008 school fiscal year. One applied to payments to certified staff that are made in exchange for a voluntary termination of employment. In the past schools were able to make the agreements and increase school property levies, if necessary, to fund the payments.
 
The effect of eliminating this exclusion varied by school district. LB 364 would give school districts, for which budget problems were created, some additional time to adjust to the change. The bill would create a phase-out of the early separation budget exclusion, so all districts would be able to meet their obligations to certified staff, who agreed to voluntary termination agreements prior to July 1, 2009, and maintain all necessary services for current students. The Education Committee will amend LB 364 into a priority bill, which virtually ensures that the bill will pass this year.
 
LB 521 would allow the Learning Community to levy up to one-fourth of one cent for general fund purposes. Current statutes allow funds to be redirected from the core services funds of ESUs 3 and 19 to fund, in part, the administration and operation of the Learning Community. The loss of core services funding to ESUs 3 and 19 could undermine the current efforts to expand partnerships within the Learning Community and serve the school districts outside the Learning Community. Several of the ESU 3 schools are in Legislative District 2. 
 
The relationships between the school districts, ESUs and the Learning Community are still being defined. Under the current fiscal arrangement, it may be difficult to build a sustainable working relationship among the players. LB 521 should help ESU 3, ESU 19 and the Learning Community to efficiently and effectively use the core service funds, as well as the proposed levy authority. The Revenue Committee’s hearing on LB 521 was held this week.
 
As you may know, the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District (LPSNRD) wants to acquire a trail corridor to link a bridge over the Platte River with the MoPac trail head east of Elmwood in Cass County. The route is not on an abandoned railroad line. The LPSNRD wants to create the trail, in part, by using its eminent domain powers to take permanent easements on more than 20 parcels of private property. The Cass County Board has twice voted unanimously against the proposed route, because it crosses the county road between intersections and would affect the flow of vehicular traffic.
 
Last fall this situation was described to me by constituents, many of whom are long-time friends and customers. After hearing their concerns, I decided to bring them to the attention of the Legislature. LB 134, as amended, would align NRDs’ eminent domain powers for recreational property acquisition with that of the Game & Parks Commission. If eminent domain is to be used, except when a trail is associated with a flood control structure, an NRD would first be required to obtain the consent of the Legislature.
 
LB 134 was prompted by a local issue. The broader public policy questions are, “What should the proper balance be between recreational trail development and the taking of private property by eminent domain?”, and “Who should have the final word when a local governing body and an NRD are not in agreement on a recreational trail route?”
 
LB 134 is my priority bill for the 2009 session, so I will discuss the bill again when it is scheduled for debate.
 
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
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~The quickest way to double your money is to fold in half and put it back in your pocket.
      -Anonymus
 
Connie Manzer
 
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