WHAT’S NEW IN SPRINGFIELD, NE
May 13, 2009
Bring the kids to play at City park located north of Main Street at Labates Street. New playground equipment was installed in April. A grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation helped make it possibe for Springfield residents and visitors to enjoy a safe, fun place for the children to play while at the park. And just in time for the upcoming summer months!
New benches were also installed
Congratulations to Platteview High’s Senior Graduating Class!!! Best wishes in all your future endeavors. Graduation takes place this Sunday, May 17 at 1pm.
This history is 366 pages. Pages 1-322 are sports related and pages 332-362 contain non-sports articles. Also included is the history of SHS in state baseball, state basketball, all conference players, and more. I am encouraging early ordering so that I know how many copies to have printed. May 20 is the cut-off date for orders.
Calling all girls! A Girl Scout Troop is starting in Springfield. Any girl grades K -12 that are interested in joining Girl Scouts, please call Shari Warner at 402-234-5350 or 402-677-0554.
Vote for your favorite site for the new Omaha Royals Baseball stadium. It’s a chance to voice your opinion. Log onto www.oroyals.com Scroll down to the right hand corner to find the poll..
Soaring Wings Vineyard kicks off the Friday Night Music series Friday, May 15 with music by the Cronin Brothers. The gates open at 6:00 with music beginning at 7:00pm. Cover charge is $5 for 12 & up.
Be Creative @ Your Library is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program at Springfield Memorial Library. Reading, programs, and artful activities will be held throughout the summer months. Reading logs will be available at the library for all ages to read and earn prizes beginning May 18th. For more information contact the library at 253-2797.
Springfield American Legion Post 143 will host a Memorial Day Program at the Springfield cemetery on Sunday 24 May 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Lt. Col Sandstrom will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited and welcome.
Saddle Up for Springfield Days will be held June 12 & 13. Mark for calendars for a fun family event. Join us for the BBQ dinner, Springfield Idol, Bugeaters Fleamarket BBQ Contest, Parades, Dance, Fireworks & much more!!! For a look at what will be happening, check on the Springfield website under “Calendar”, click on “Events” to find Springfield Days 2009. The next Springfield Days meeting will be held on May 21, 7pm at Springfield Memorial Library. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Watch out for those detours! Road construction is happening on Main Street. Thre improvements are scheduled to be finished by June 1st. We will all need to be patient until then. Happy driving!
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SPRINGFIELD –The Calendar
May 17, 1pm – Platteview High Senior Graduation. Congratulations, Graduates!!!
May 18 - Begin reading for the Summer Reading Program at Springfield Memorial Library. Stop by to pick up a Reading Log.
May 21 – South Sarpy School District #46 – Last day of classes with early dismissal. Summer Vacation begins!!!
May 21, 7pm – Springfield Days meeting at Springfield Memorial Library
May 24, 6pm – Memorial Day program at the Springfield Cemetary.
Along with the parade we will have entertainment on Main Street, food vendors and an art fair from 10:00 - 5:00 - an "Air Your Art In Louisville" event
Our businesses will be open for shopping and restaurants invite you to stop in for a bite to eat
Bring your family and make a day of it in Downtown Louisville
From Greenblatt & Seay of Avoca, NE:
The 11th Annual Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest will take place at Homestead National Monument of America`s Education Center on Saturday, May 23, 2009. There is a total of $1000 in prize money thanks to the Leigh F. Coffin, Jane M. Coffin, and Leigh M. Coffin Foundation. There is no registration fee or admission fee for the Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest.
The day will start with a free workshop for fiddlers at 10:00 a.m given by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt. Registration for the competition begins at 10:00 a.m. also. Competition begins at 2:00 p.m. Participants will be divided into Junior (less than five years experience) and Senior Divisions. Participants will be asked to play a hoedown, waltz and tune of choice. All music should be from the homesteading era of 1862 to when Homestead National Monument of America was created in 1936. At 7:00 p.m. there will be an evening concert of winners with the top three in each division receiving cash prizes and trophies. There will also be a raffle for a free fiddle, made and donated by Nancy Rohn, which will be won by one of the fiddling contestants.
Homestead National Monument of America is located 4 miles west of Beatrice on Nebraska Highway 4. Current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Admission is free of charge. For more information call 402-223-3514 or visit www.nps.gov/home.
From our State Senator, Dave Pankonin:
May 8, 2009, Lincoln— The Appropriations Committee’s budget briefing was held in the morning on May 5, and debate on the budget bills began in the afternoon. During the briefing and again on the floor, Committee Chairman Lavon Heidemann emphasized that crafting the proposed budget for 2009-10 and 2010-11 hinged on two key factors: the ability to draw funds from a healthy cash reserve and the arrival of the federal economic stimulus funds.
The economic stimulus funds result from the passage by Congress earlier this year of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ARRA is designed to lessen the effects of the recession on state and local governments. It contains funding of more than $785 billion, of which more than $300 billion is earmarked for states and their programs. Although the final amount that Nebraska will receive is not yet known, it may eventually total more than $1 billion. The total distribution will be made over two or more years, but Congress expected some of the funds to be spent quickly to maximize their ability to stimulate the economy. That is exactly what the state of Nebraska is doing.
The Legislature is authorized to appropriate the ARRA funds, but the distribution guidelines for the funds are governed by state and federal laws that relate to the use of enhanced funding for existing programs. Therefore, the Legislature’s ability to make decisions about how to use the funds is somewhat limited.
In accordance with federal guidelines, the Appropriations Committee made extensive use of ARRA funds to balance the new state budget. The funds were directed to four specific areas: state support for education and general purpose use; enhanced federal match for Medicaid, and certain foster care and adoption programs; additional federal assistance for unemployment payments; and additional child care funds. The ARRA funds replaced the traditional use of state General Funds support for these budget categories and allowed the Appropriations Committee to divert some state General Funds to other programs. The use of ARRA funds allowed the Committee to avoid substantial budget cuts to programs like Medicaid and propose increases in state aid to schools and child care provider rates, which would simply not have been possible without the receipt of these federal funds.
The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee built the proposed state budget for the next two years based on the most accurate fiscal projections that were available. When the projections were adjusted in February and April, the Committee made corresponding changes to the budget. The Committee’s work product was presented to the Legislature this week, and the first and second rounds of debate to approve the budget have been taken. Just one day after the second vote was recorded, the Department of Revenue reported that state tax receipts for April were even lower than was forecast last month. At this point it is unclear whether or not we will have enough state revenue to fund the new biennial budget as it is currently written. The state’s General Fund status has already benefited from the availability of more than $520 million from ARRA funds. It seems clear that our state’s fiscal health may depend, in part, on the anticipated receipt of additional ARRA funds over the next year or two.
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
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow -- perhaps it all will.
-- Albert Einstein
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