Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - April 15, 2009


April 15, 2009

 The Springfield Cemetery Association is asking for help from our community.  Plans are underway to make further improvements on our new entryway, relocate the flag poles, and to add more small trees or shrubs. As a nonprofit organization all donations /memorials for on-going cemetery improvements are greatly appreciated.  
Please contact:
                Rodney Nielsen                   331-1790
                Louie Post                          253-2846             
                Arlo Nielsen                        253-2498
                Larry Nolte                          253-2227


PHS Celebrate Safe Thanks Donors
The PHS Post Prom party was held on Saturday, March 28 at CoCo Keys and the Holiday Inn Central ballroom.  We had a wonderful turnout, selling 230 tickets to PHS students and their dates.
It takes a lot of time, planning, money and effort to make this event a success.  We would like to give a special thank you to our donors in the community, providing financial and in-kind gifts.  Please support these businesses and organizations in our surrounding community who have so generously supported Celebrate Safe.
Please join us in thanking the following businesses and individuals:

Asthma & Allergy Center
American National Bank
RTR Enterprises Inc. (Randy & Teresa Sump)
Garvey & Associates
Neitzel Corner Inc
Hans Heating & A/C Inc.
Papillion Foreign Motors
L&L Lounge DBA Midwest Electric
Kort Igel DDS
Pankonin's Inc.
St. Joseph Catholic Church - Springfield
Heimes Corporation
Articles—a division of Homemakers
Papillion Tire Inc
Capstone Coaching & Consulting, Inc.
Liebentritt Family Dentistry
Marcotte Ins-Springfield Louisville Ins Agency
South Sarpy Dist 46 Educational Foundation, Inc.
RTL Expressions, Inc.
First United Methodist Church, Springfield
Bellino Enterprises LTD
Springfield Post No 143
John & Marilyn Milks
Timothy Ellis, DDS
Springfield State Bank
Ralph Glock
Quick Trip Corp
Fontenelle Nature Assoc
Dairy Queen
Jensen Tire & Auto
Omaha Royals
Kohll’s Pharmacy
Anderson Awards & Engraving
Nebraska Sign & Laser
Clarkson College
Omaha Steaks
Spaghetti Works
Papio Fun Park
Upstream Brewing Company
Panera Bread
Family Fun Center
Shadow Lake Towne Center
Millard Family Eyecare
Midwest Sound & Lighting
Hy-Vee Shadow Lake Store
Nebraska Furniture Mart
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
I-80 Speedway
Arby’s (Panda, Inc.)
Pat Link, Creative Memories
Ann’s Music World
LaJames College
Billings Photography
Pierce’s Dairy Queen
Bellevue University
Pizza Hut, Walnut Creek
Barb Bogh
Kim Pierce
Centris Federal Credit Union
Brian & Eileen Newton
Buffalo Wild Wings
Bucky’s on 131st & Q
Pettit’s Bakery
Andrew’s Studio
Springfield Drug
Friends of Springfield Library
Planning for 2010 Post Prom will begin on Monday, May 4 at 7:00 in room 104 at PHS.  Sophomore and Junior parents are encouraged to attend.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Anne Frank (1929–1945) German diarist
Do you have a Square to Spare???
The Methodist Youth Group will be having its annual Toilet Paper Drive Sunday May 3rd.
We are focusing on mission opportunities that get lost in the shuffle. Toilet paper is one of those items that everyone needs but food stamps do not pay for. The kids will be going through town door to door from 1-3pm to collect anything you are willing to give. Last year we gathered over 1000 rolls!!! All proceeds will be going to are food pantries to be distributed to those in need.
 The kids have a lot of fun and learn a little about the struggle of others. Please help us if you are able! If you have any questions call Ron Smith @ 510-1151.
 An article in the Omaha World Herald included a link to the beautiful new website produced by Irina Harrington of WireBuilt Company in Louisville, NE
Irina Harrington has been the Webmaster at WireBuilt Company for 12 years, and has also created and manages all of the Community Websites for www.NCWP.org Nebraska Community Websites, the company she owns.
To contact Irina, or to receive information about a Website for your Company or Organization
email here at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 402-234-2345
Log on here to read the article:
The Springfield Youth Athletic Association is hosting the 5th Annual Spring Fling Dinner and Auction on April 18, 2009 from 5:30 –Midnight. For additional information, contact Angie Michaels at 290-7714 or Billie Jo Karnik at 597-1525. http://www.syaaonline.org/SpringFling.pdf
Soaring Wings Vineyard hosts CASUAL ITALIAN DINNER NIGHT. This event will be held on April 24 at 7pm. Reservations are required. A casual three course dinner will be complimented with Soaring Wings wines. The cost is $20 per person. This is a new event and it does not replace the “ Meet Your Winemaker” dinners.
Theater ticket prices have gone up! Marcus Theatre ticket packages and gift certificates are still on sale at the library for bargain prices. Purchase Gold tickets (anytime pass) for $7.00 ea. or Silver tickets (day pass) for $6.00. Buy 2 tickets and receive a complimentary popcorn coupon. Gift certificates in denominations of $5.00 each are also available.
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.
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 with Springfield Days, a meeting takes place on April 16, 7pm at the Library.
April 16, 7pm – Springfield Days meeting at the Library
April 17 – Kindergarten Round Up at Springfield Elementary & Westmont Elementary
April 18, 5:30pm – 12am – SYAA Spring Fling
April 19, 2-5pm – Acoustic Sunday at Soaring Wings Vineyard. George Walker plays. Free admission!
April 20 – 25 - Springfield Memorial Library celebrates National Library week. Stop by on Tuesday, April 21 for refreshments. Sign up to win books all week long.
April 23, 3:30 – 5:30pm – Earth Day Recycle Crafts at Springfield Memorial Library. Make crafts with the Library’s  recyclable materials. Snacks served too!
Bellevue, NE
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.
Lofte to Feature Branson Show
         Debbie Horton on Stage
The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that it will showcase "Branson on the Road" on Saturday, April 18th at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 19th at 2:00pm.
Fronted by Debbie Horton of Branson, Missouri, the group presents a full concert of bluegrass, gospel and country-western songs.  Musicians Donnie Wright and Brian Capps add not only musical talent, but corn-ball humor to the act that is sure to please many classic country fans. 
Tickets for the show are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Lofte ticket office at (402) 234-2553 or ordered on-line at www.BransonOnTheRoad.com.  As a special tribute on Saturday night, the group is donating a portion of Saturday's ticket sales directly to the Lofte which is a non-profit organization.
From our State Senator, Dave Pankonin:
 For Immediate Release: Some Bills Are Nearing Passage
April 10, 2009, Lincoln – Last week I reviewed legislation that had already passed and been signed into law. This week I can report that thirty-five other bills have been passed by the Legislature or are awaiting the final stage of floor debate. These are some that may be of interest.
An increase in whooping cough in Nebraska prompted the introduction of LB 464. The bill requires a child, who will enter seventh grade, to get a booster shot to protect against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). The timing of this booster is intended to protect adolescents and adults, and to coincide with the physical exam that is required for children prior to entering seventh grade.
As introduced LB 105 proposed increases in numerous fees, fines and penalties for the Game and Parks Commission. The Commission relies on these funding sources to support most of its operating budget. However, in light of the current economic conditions, the majority of senators did not support many of the proposed increases. In its final form LB 105 only increased the fee for fishing licenses and fines for poaching.
If it is signed by the governor, LB 111 will become law immediately. The bill requires motorists, who speed in a construction zone where workers are not present, to pay the same fine that is assessed for speeding outside of construction zones. Currently, the fine for speeding in construction zones is double the normal fine, even if workers are not present.
LB 164 will simplify several tax incentive programs, and change or eliminate termination dates for several economic development tax incentive programs. For example the bill will extend the expiration date for the Agricultural Opportunities and Value-Added Partnership grant program from January 1, 2011 to the same date in 2015; amend the Nebraska Advantage Rural Development Act to provide credits from the approved projects based on a calendar rather than a fiscal year, because all of the other incentive programs operate with this model; and expand the definition of a qualified business under the Nebraska Advantage Act to include businesses, in which 75 percent or more of the revenue is derived from the sale of tangible personal property to consumers in other states.
The current Welfare Reform Act requires the development of a self-sufficiency contract. The contract calls for participation in one or more “approved activities” such as job skill training, work experience, job search efforts or employment. LB 458 adds to the list of activities the pursuit of vocational training that leads to an associate degree, a diploma or a certificate for a minimum of 20 hours per week for up to 36 months. This bill resulted from strong evidence that individuals, who earn an advanced educational degree or certificate, are less likely to need public assistance benefits in the future.
LB 206 will create the “In the Line of Duty Dependent Education Act” to benefit the children of deceased Nebraska law enforcement officers and firefighters, who are killed in the line of duty on or after the effective date of the Act. The children, ages 25 and younger, will be eligible to attend state colleges and universities, and community colleges without paying tuition and fees. This benefit will be provided to full-time undergraduate students, who are pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree.
Under LB 110 nonprofit groups with 500 advance orders may order specialty license plates. Starting in 2011 these organizations will be able to display their identifying logo for a fee of $70. The bill increases the fee for personalized message plates from $30 to $40, with 75 percent of the revenue going to the Department of Motor Vehicles and 25 percent earmarked for the Highway Trust Fund. LB 110 continues the current fee policy for Husker Spirit plates by allowing the University of Nebraska to collect the first five million dollars for two endowment funds. The bill then directs any additional revenue from the sale of Spirit plates to the Highway Trust Fund.
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
 [April 1909] Robert Keyes of near Springfield was found injured in a field near his home. It is believed he was kicked by a horse while working in a field. 
- Reference: The Springfield Monitor, April 16, 1959 issue, "Fifty Years Ago."
~Eat a live toad in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.    
Connie Manzer
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Homecoming Parade
Wed Oct 03 @ 3:30PM - 05:00PM
UMC Kids Club
Sat Oct 13 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
Volunteer Fire Dept. Open House
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Community Blood Drive
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Library Pumpkin Walk
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Celebrate Safe Fundraiser @ Trojan Tavern
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PHS Fall Play: The Miracle Worker
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