Springfield Wednesday Newsletter, April 8, 2009


April 8, 2009


The Springfield Memorial Library Quilt Class got caught doing a good deed at their last meeting on April 4th.  Quilt Class members made pillow cases for children with cancer for a project called “Conkerr Cancer: A case for smiles”.  The ladies collected bright and cheerful fabric to sew into pillow cases for donating to this worthy cause.


United Methodist Church is welcoming new members to join them for services Sunday mornings. Look for these signs around town:
 The Holy Family Shrine in Gretna is hosting a special event on
Good Friday, April 10, 2009.
The addition of a 45' Crucifix Spire designed by Nebraska Artist Michael Montag will create an inspired impression on travelers and visitors for many miles.
Need to sell that car sitting there in your driveway or what about that treadmill that is now collecting dust?  There a place to advertise your items for FREE!  Yes, you read that right,” FREE”. Check it out on the Springfield Community website.  Just click on “Classified Ads”. Find out “how to sell” and “what’s for sale”.  It’s all a good deal.
Saddle Up for Springfield Days! will be held June 12 & 13. Mark for calendars and be sure to join in all the fun! For a look at what will be happening, check on the Springfield website under “Calendar”, click on “Events” to find Springfield Days 2009. For anyone interested in helping,  a meeting takes place on April 16, 7pm at the Library.
Congratulations to Springfield Days slogan winners, Platteview High students: Rachel Wallman, Hannah Lee, and Jess Reisinger.  
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.
Theater ticket prices are going up! Marcus Theatre ticket packages and gift certificates are still on sale at the library for bargain prices  Fill those Easter Baskets with Gold tickets (anytime pass) for $7.00 ea. or Silver tickets (day pass) for $6.00.
Get ready to garden with Flower Power "Summer Garden Collection" packages.  A wonderful selection of bulbs and perennials are available. Orders will be taken until April 20th. Stop by the Library or call 253-2797 for more information.

“Thank you for your Birthday greetings. I was pleased hear to from friends whom I had lost contact with."                                Love, Margaret Joern
April 9 – South Sarpy District #46 schools “Early Out” Day.
April 10 – no classes for all South Sarpy District #46 students.
April 12 – Easter Sunday
April 14, 12pm – Senior Brown Bag Lunch at Springfield Memorial Library
April 16,  7pm – Springfield Days meeting at the Library
April 17 – Kindergarten Round Up at Springfield Elementary & Westmont Elementary
April 20 – 25 - Springfield Memorial Library celebrates National Library week.

Louisville, NE

Saturday You Are Invited to the Grand Chicky Easter Bonnet Parade!!
Sponsored by the Fabulous Coop De Ville and Feathers and the Louisville Art Gallery
Here is The Scoop from the Coop:
Contestants wear a bonnet of their own design.
Contestants register between 9-10 at Coop de Ville (4/11 this Saturday).
Parade begins at 10 at the Art Gallery.
All participants will get 20% off their entire purchases at Coop de Ville and Feathers.
First place wins $100 gift certificate, $75 to second place, $50 to third place.
Here is the Coop de Ville website: http://coopandfeathers.blogspot.com/
It will be Grand Darlings
Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse of Sarpy
SUNDAY  APRIL 26, 2009
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
13501 South 25th Street (25th & Capehart)
Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse of Sarpy
Mission:  Committed to a unified response to domestic violence and sexual assault.
Vision:  We envision a county where everyone is treated with dignity
and respect for their physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs
free of domestic and sexual abuse.
The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Contest Fiddling Workshop on Saturday,
 May 16, for fiddlers (or violinists or violists) who want to learn some of the do's and dont's when playing in a fiddle contest.   Fiddlers (or violinists or violists) of any age and experience level are encouraged to enroll.  Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will explain some of the rules (if any) that fiddlers are likely to see.  Tune choices and performance customs will be discussed as well.  The Workshop will be particularly helpful for those folks planning on entering the Monumental Fiddling Championship in Beatrice on Saturday, May 23.  The Schoolhouse Contest Fiddling Workshop takes place on Saturday, May 16, 1 PM - 3 PM, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska.  Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited.  The fee is $20.00 per fiddler.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
From our State Senator, Dave Pankonin:
For Immediate Release: Some New Laws
April 3, 2009, Lincoln – In January 416 bills and six proposed constitutional amendments were introduced for consideration by the One Hundred First Legislature – First Session. Fifty-four of the bills have already been passed by the Legislature and approved by the governor. These are some of the new laws that are now or will soon be in effect in Nebraska.
The Farm Mediation Act was created in 1988 to bring producers and others together to resolve disputes. The Nebraska Farm Mediation Program has been very effective in providing borrowers and creditors an alternative means of resolving financial disputes without litigation or appeals. The original Act was due to expire on June 30th of this year. LB 101 removed this sunset date, so the Program can continue to be used by individuals, who want to develop mutually agreeable solutions to their problems.
LB 29 amended the Nebraska Real Estate License Act to allow licensed managing brokers to manage multiple branch offices of real estate companies. Managing brokers are responsible for the actions of associate brokers and salespersons who work for them. Under current law associate brokers can manage multiple branch offices, but managing brokers do not have the same authority. Since managing brokers have the highest level of responsibility and liability, it makes sense to give them the same management authority that is afforded to associate brokers.
As proposed by LB 102 students who complete an associate degree at a community college in Nebraska will automatically be defined as a high school graduate when applying for financial aid and/or admission to a postsecondary institution. Under current law the absence of a high school diploma can prevent these students from being admitted to Nebraska’s public colleges and universities, and receiving much-needed financial assistance.
LB 7 required that clerks of the district court, like all other elected county officials, live in the county for which they work. Under LB 55 candidates for nomination or appointment as a county attorney must be admitted to the practice of law in Nebraska. This qualification previously existed only in counties with populations above twenty thousand. LB 55 also required that a candidate for Attorney General must have practiced law in Nebraska for at least two years before taking office.
The purpose of LB 91 was to expand subsidized adoption provisions. Current law allows the Department of Health and Human Services to make such payments on behalf of state wards with special needs when they are adopted. The new law will provide a state-funded adoption subsidy to guardians, who currently receive a state-funded guardianship subsidy, and who want to adopt the child. Such payments may be for medical expenses and other costs associated with the care of the child.
LB 49 was the Transportation Committee’s bill to require the consolidation of motor vehicle and motorboat services in the county treasurer’s office. These services include certificate of titles, registrations, license plates, and collection of fees and taxes. The new law will streamline the county’s practices to make them more efficient and customer-friendly. It will also eliminate the need for duplicate equipment for both the county clerk and treasurer. Forty-seven of our 93 counties had already combined these services in one office. Services in Cass, Otoe and Sarpy Counties will soon be consolidated, as well.
The Department of Environmental Quality coordinates Nebraska’s Scrap Tire Management Grant Program. Under this Program up to one-hundred percent of the costs incurred by political subdivisions to clean up scrap tires is eligible for grant funding. The Program was due to expire on June 30th of this year. LB 379 extended the Program for another five years.
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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In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as Algebra.
 ~ Fran Lebowitz
Connie Manzer
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UMC Kids Club
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