Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - September 9 , 2009


September 9, 2009





Springfield Tire Recycling Day
When:  Saturday, September 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Street Maintenance Shop - located at Spruce and Railroad Streets
What to Bring:  TIRES!
Please DO NOT bring heavy equipment tires, rims or trash/debris!
For more information, please contact Louie Post at 253-2992.
Community Event
The First United Methodist Church at 480 Main Street,
Springfield, Nebraska invites you
On Sunday, September 13, 2009 to join us in
Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
Followed by a
Community Picnic
12:00 Noon-2:00 p.m.
Friends, Family and Neighbors are invited to help us
Celebrate our Community
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Drinks provided.
Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
Picnic Entertainment and Fun
Entertainment includes 35’ Tropical Slip & Slide Inflatable (bring your swimsuits or shorts & a towel) and a Crayon Bounce House
Fun for ALL Ages!
Back by popular demand
The Music of Devoted Sound
8:30AM – 11:30AM
253-2355 OR EMAIL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please Join

Springfield Vol. Fire & Rescue


Saturday, October 10, 2009

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 505 South 1st Street

Springfield, NE

Ribbon Cutting /Open House


Fire Prevention
Family Fun Night

Free Admission  -  Donations Appreciated

 For the Kids:
  • Tour the NEW Fire Station
  • Free fire prevention materials
  • Meet “Smoky the Bear” and “Sarpy” the Firefighter
  • Simulated Smoke Trailer
  • E911 simulator
  • Jr. Firefighter Obstacle Course
  • Jaws of Life demonstration
  • Fire extinguisher demonstration
  • Rescue Squads and Fire Trucks on Display
  • Springfield Elementary Coloring Contest Winners Display
For the Adults:
  • Tour the NEW Fire Station
  • Free fire prevention materials
  • Free smoke detectors (installation available)
  • Free Blood Pressure checks
  • CPR Demonstration and instruction
  • Wild Land Fire Display
  • Learn more about becoming a member
The Springfield Memorial Library Foundation will publish a cook book as a fundraiser for the Library's new addition. We will need lots and lots of recipes! Drop them off at the Library or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  All kinds of recipes are appreciated. We would like at least 5 recipes from everyone.
 Fall Preschool Storytime begins on Monday, September 14 at 9:30am. Ages 2 ½ - 5 are invited for books and activities for approximately 45 minutes on Mondays until November 23.
 Students age 11- 13 may register for an art and literature workshop. Poetry and Prints will be held on Thursdays, September 17 – October 8 from 3:45 – 5:00pm. An Art Show with the student’s work will be held October 15 from 7:00 – 8:00pm. To sign up or for more info call the Library at 253-2797.
Springfield Community Blood Drive
Sponsored by the St. Joseph Church Knights of Columbus
Sunday, September 20, 2009
10:00am – 2:00pm
@St. Joseph Catholic Church
To Schedule your life-saving appointment, please contact Ralph Meister, 253-8301
Or sign-up online @ www.givebloodgivelife.org
Sponsor code: 111
  Soaring Wings Vineyard
Friday Night Music Series features the TOONS Band. Doors open at 6pm and the show will start at 7pm with a $5 cover charge.
Acoustic Sunday: Playing this week from 2-5pm is George Walker.  Free admission!
Smooth Jazz Saturday will be September 12. Midwest Smooth Jazz All Stars perform beginning at 7pm with a $5 cover charge. 
 The Harvest Festival is happening September 26 from noon to 9pm.  The cost for Adults 21 & older, $7; 12 -21 years, $7; under 12, free.
UPDATE: The Fabulous Dew Drop Inn's Grand Opening is delayed for one week. The celebration will take place on Saturday, September 19. More details next week.
For an update on news concerning H1N1 from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department of Health & Wellness:
Sept. 13 – First United Methodist Church- Community  Event, 10:30 Worship Service  & 12 – 2pm Picnic
Sept. 14, 9:30am – Library Preschool Fall Storytime
Sept. 17, 3:45 – 5:00pm – Library Art Workshop for students, 11-13 years.
Sept. 19, 8am - 4pm - Tire Recycle Day @City Maintenance Shop
Sept. 20 10am – 2pm – Community Blood Drive @ St. Joseph’s Church

State Senator Dave Pankonin – Legislative News
The Annual Call for Legislative Page Applications
September 4, 2009, Lincoln—Every year the Legislature is supported by a group of bright and energetic college students. The students are hired to serve as legislative pages. Pages often have a keen interest in or curiosity about state politics. Some have gone on to become state senators, while many others continue to work in the public sector after they graduate from college.
The pages perform valuable services for the Legislature, such as helping with preparations for public hearings, assisting senators during committee meetings, and monitoring procedural issues and controlling microphones in the Chamber during floor debate. Kitty Kearns, page supervisor for over 30 years, says that pages have a great opportunity to learn about our legislative process and to get a real insider’s look at how the Nebraska Legislature conducts its business. Kitty also notes that, while performing their important duties, the pages still have a lot of fun and develop friends that last a lifetime.
The deadline for submitting page applications and letters of recommendation for the 2010 legislative session is Friday, September 25th at 5:00 p.m. The Page Selection Committee will meet in mid-October to choose individuals to fill the vacant positions. Pages work four-hour shifts and must be able to work 20 hours a week during the session. The 2010, 60-day session will begin on January 6th and continue through mid-April.  The hourly wage for first-year pages is $9.28 per hour, and returnees are paid $9.65 per hour. In many instances pages may be eligible to receive college credits hours for their legislative service.
If you are a full-time Nebraska college student with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average and would like to learn more about becoming a page for the Nebraska Legislature, please contact Kitty Kearns at (402) 471-2304 or send her an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You may also contact my office, and we will be happy to send an application form to you.
The Selection Committee chose a student page from the second legislative district in 2008 and again in 2009. I would be very proud to see another page from our district on the floor of the Legislature during the 2010 session.
We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.
Senator Dave Pankonin
                State Capitol
                PO Box 94604
                Lincoln, NE 68509
                (402) 471-2613
                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
OMAHA, Neb. – Metropolitan Community College (MCC) will host an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workshop, Beyond Disaster Medicine Basics, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q Sts., Industrial Training Center. 
This workshop is designed to provide first responders; critical care, trauma and/or emergency room physicians or nurses; EMTs and paramedics the tools to respond to any disaster medical emergency. Specifically, the workshop will teach methods to provide emergency medical treatment to patients with H1N1 Influenza. Attendance/participation counts as five contact hours for both nurses and EMTs.
Guest speaker Dr. Peter T. Pons, M.D. is an emergency physician in Denver, Colo., and has been actively involved with pre-hospital care and disaster preparedness for more than 30 years. He is a member and chair of the EMS Committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians.
To register, contact MCC’s Registration at (402) 457-5231. Cost to attend is $69 per person. Payments will not be received at the door. For additional information, contact Lorette Teal, project coordinator, at (402) 457-2546.
 Megan Wegner Steele
Public Relations Specialist
Metropolitan Community College
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 30
Office: 402.457.2876
Cell: 402.968.7010
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Games in Manley:
Bloom Where You're Planted Farm & Pumpkin Patch
911-108th St., Avoca, NE  68307
Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm Announces New Attractions for Fifth Season
Guests attending the fifth-annual Pumpkin Festival at Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm, rural Avoca, NE, will be treated to some new attractions this season.  The pumpkin patch and agri-entertainment venue has been expanded for 2009 to include hay rides and the newly renovated Schoolhouse Café.   
          “For many people, when they think of the ultimate pumpkin patch experience they envision a hay ride out to the pumpkin field.  We are very excited to finally be able to offer this experience to our customers,” say farm owners Terry and Teresa Lorensen. 
A certified concession kitchen has been added to the 1890’s one-room schoolhouse which the Lorensens moved to the farm and restored last year.  Guests can order from the lunch menu which includes hot sandwiches and homemade pie, and then enjoy their meal at tables in the authentically restored classroom.
“This is a one-of-a-kind dining experience.  While we’ve been serving lunch for the past three seasons, having a certified kitchen and a building dedicated to the Café will allow us to better serve our customers, will make work easier for our employees, and should offer us new opportunities to produce our own baked goods and food mixes in the future,” Teresa Lorensen said.
          Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm’s Pumpkin Festival runs every Friday through Sunday from September 19th to November 1st.  Hours are 1:00-6:00 p.m. Fridays and 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  The farm is open at other times by appointment for field trips and parties.  The $4.00 admission charge includes access to all the attractions on the farm, including the opportunity for every visitor to take a hay ride. 
          For a complete schedule of events, which include special days such as Military Family Weekend, Doggy Day to benefit the Capital Humane Society, and Ag Day with the Conestoga High School FFA, visit the farm’s website, www.BloomPumpkinPatch.com
For more information about Bloom Where You‘re Planted Farm, visit their website, www.BloomPumpkinPatch.com, or call 402-267-4104.  The farm is located at 911 - 108th St., rural Avoca, NE;  27 miles east of Lincoln or 30 miles south of Omaha.  Take US Hwy. 34 to 108th Street, then travel ½ mile north.
Music Fills the Air at the Old School House in Avoca, NE
A Sightreading Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2009, from 1 PM - 3 PM in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in picturesque Avoca, Nebraska.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to play with other music students, and sightread music that you've never seen before, and don't have to ever see again.  During the workshop, musicians will be discussing how to negotiate new compositions with minimum stress, and maximum music.  The beauty of this workshop is that all you have to do is show up.  There is no preparation necessary, although pre-registration is required, and there is a $20.00 fee.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Greenblatt & Seay proudly announce the THIRTEENTH ANNUAL SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLING BEE. 
This historical, hysterical event will take place on Sunday, October 11, at 2:30 PM, in the auditorium of the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.  In the Open Division, fiddlers will play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice.  There will also be other divisions of competition available for the adventurous fiddlers, including a Singing Fiddler's Contest, a Twin Fiddler's Contest, a Fee-Fi-Faux Fiddler's Contest (fiddle tunes played on any instrument other than a fiddle), and a Hocus-Pocus Contest (cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc.), which will give fiddlers an opportunity to play tunes that are usually not allowed in any other contest.  The prizes for the winners in the Open Division are $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place.  Prizes will also be awarded for 1st place in the other contests. Registration for contestants starts at 1:30 PM the day of the FIDDLING BEE.
 Admission is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.  Fiddlers and their back-ups are admitted for free.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, log on to www.greenblattandseay.com  or
 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sun Nov 25 @ 8:00AM - 02:00PM
Nativity Display Celebration @ St. Joseph Church
Fri Dec 07 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Springfield State Bank Christmas Open House
Sat Dec 08 @ 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Breakfast with Santa @ Masonic Lodge
Sat Dec 08 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Christmas Cookie Walk @ the Library
Sat Dec 08 @ 5:00PM - 07:30PM
Springfield Community Dinner @ Methodist Church
Sun Dec 09 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
NHS Craft Fair
Mon Dec 10 @ 7:00PM -
Teen After Hours Xmas Party@the Library
Thu Dec 13 @ 3:30PM - 04:30PM
Library Christmas Cookie Decorating party
Sat Dec 15 @ 6:00PM -
Santa @ the Fire Department
Sun Dec 16 @ 7:30AM - 01:30PM
Community Blood Drive

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