SPRINGFIELD STATE BANK
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
600 Main St.
Springfield, NE 68059
Friday, December 12, 2014
9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
9:15 p.m. Springfield Elementary 1st Grade Choir
10:00 a.m. Westmont Elementary Kindergarten Choir
11:15 a.m. Platteview High School Band Ensemble
12:00 p.m. Platteview High School Swing Choir
1:30 p.m. Platteview Central Jr. High Band Ensemble
Santa 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Join us for refreshments
and register to win cash.
$25.00 cash drawings every hour.
Prize doubles if you are present
Annual Breakfast with santa
Springfield Masonic lodge
8am - Noon
SPRINGFIELD AT HEART COMMUNITY DINNER
December 13, 2014
First United Methodist Church
Turkey, Ham, and all the trimmings
Free will donations accepted at the door split among the churches in town
COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Please mark your calendars for Sunday Dec. 14th for the next Blood Drive in Springfield. It begins at 8:00am and runs till 1:00pm at the Springfield Fire Dept. To make an appointment, you can call 402-253-8301 or signup on line @ www.redcrossblood.org sponsor code 0099111. Hope to see you there.
-Your Springfield Knights of Columbus (sponsor) and the Red Cross.
SPRINGFIELD LIBRARY PROGRAMS
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
DECEMBER 24, 6:30PM
OUR REEDMER LUTHERAN CHURCH
305 NO. 3RD ST. (3RD & ELM)
Nebraska Community Websites - wwlcomes Prairie Ridge Townhomes a 2015 Community Sustaining Sponsor
Nebraska Community Websites - Welcomes Dr. Kirby McGill as their Latest Community Sustaining Sponsor
Dr. Kirby McGill is a Nebraska State Licensed and Certified Professional Counselor with over 35 years of private practice.
Most of you know Dr. McGill for his work on Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation in our area for years.
Please visit his new Website : www.DrMcGill.com or for more information please call 402-393-0544
2014 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT CONTEST
1st Place: age 6 & under - Hadley Fahrenbruch
1st Place: age 7-9 - Erin Wyss
1st Place: age 10 & over - Anna H.
1st Place: age 6 & under - Eli T.
1st Place: age 7 & 9 - Kaylynn Prugger
1st Place: age 10 & over - Caitlyn M.
2014 ORNAMENT OF THE YEAR
BY: ERIN WYSS
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL STUDENTS WHO DESIGNED ORNAMENTS,
THEY WERE ALL GREAT!
2014 ORNAMENT CURRENTLY ON SALE @SPRINGFIELD ARTWORKS.
$5 OF EACH SALE GOES TO THE SCHOOLS ACTIVITY FUND
SPRINGFIELD ARTWORKS NEWS
Mark your calendars for 2pm -4pm, Dec 20. Margie Shannahan will be bringing her glass bead making set up and will delight you with her demo of glass bead making at Springfield Artworks, 183 Main. Plenty of time to browse the shop, too. All invited for this free demo.
A Platte River Christmas continues each Saturday with special art demos at the gallery/ studio. Don't miss this opportunity right in your own back yard!
VFW COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28
All you care to eat pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham and sausage links and patties. Orange juice coffee or milk included. Price is $6.50 which includes a $1.50 donation. Serving from 8:00 a.m. until noon.
Santa brought Pinewood Derby to local scouts.
SARPY COUNTY TOURISM LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Sarpy County Tourism is excited to launch their new Website. (December 1, 2014.)
Travelers utilize a variety of sources to obtain information when planning a trip or an event. A well-planned, up to date website is essential to that process.
The new website for Sarpy County Tourism will provide basic information to the travelers and will include maps, things to do, places to stay, restaurants, hiking and biking trails, shopping and a multitude of other information.
The website is not only designed for the traveler, but for our local and area residents as well, with addresses, hours, phone numbers of the area attractions and recreational sites to assist them when they are looking for something fun right here in their own backyards.
Check it out at www.gosarpy.com
SOARING WINGS VINEYARD
17111 S 138th St
Springfield, NE 68059
(Nebraska Law stipulates that no outside alcohol can be brought onto the premise.)
COMING UP …
Sunday Acoustic Music!
No cover charge - music is from 2-5 pm.
7th – Ryan McLeay
14th – Jessica Errett
21st – The Wildwoods
28th – Mark Irvin
Check out upcoming performers and events at www.soaringwingswine.com!
See You at the Winery!
Pictured: Shari Hoelker, Keri Hogue and Wendy Allen revisit their roles as the colorful and always dramatic Futrelle Sisters in, “Christmas Belles."
“Christmas Belles” Kicks off Holiday Season at the Lofte
The Lofte Community Theatre will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, December 6 with the hilarious family comedy, “Christmas Belles.” Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, “Belles” is the story of three squabbling southern sisters trying to pull-off their church's Christmas program.
Poor suffering Frankie is pregnant with twins and weeks past her due date. Hot-flash suffering Honey Rae is trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb's Christmas program from spiraling out of control and middle-sister, Twink, is in jail for inadvertently setting the town on fire. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world! If you saw the Lofte’s first season production, “Dearly Beloved,” you will recognize many of the same colorful characters in this sequel.
Directed by Kevin Colbert, the play features Keri Hogue of Elmwood, Shari Hoelker of Omaha and Wendy Allen of Plattsmouth as the three Futrelle sisters. The production also showcases the talents of Randy Wallace and Doug Rothgeb of Omaha, Ross Mumford and Ken Snyder of Elmwood, Kirsten Wood and Melinda Mead of Plattsmouth, Betty Colbert of Weeping Water and Alyssa DiPaolo of Lincoln.
“Christmas Belles,” runs December 6, 7, 12-14 and 19-21. Friday and Saturday night curtain times are 7:30pm. All Sunday performances are 2pm matinees. Tickets are $19, but there are special reduced rates for groups of 20 or more. Call the box office at (402) 234-2553 to make reservations.
Village of Elmwood Nebraska Approves New
Technology for Critical Alerts
At a regular meeting of the Village of Elmwood, Board of Trustees on 12/3/2014, the
Board approved a project to implement Critical Alert Messaging to residents of the Village and the
surrounding area. The project is underwritten in part by a grant from Nebraska Community Websites (ncwp.org) and WebKid Mobile Marketing (WebKid.com). The project will provide critical alerts, such
as tornado warnings, flooding, and any public safety issue. The alerts are delivered directly to the
cellular phone of any person who subscribes to the free service. The critical alerts can be delivered to
subscribers in any location with cellular service, and does not require the power grid to be in operation.
"The technology is so simple, and inexpensive that the Board recognized very quickly the many
improvements this could bring to our village. The village could get these critical messages to
folks even if they had a phone that was really old, it doesn't have to be a smart phone, and
doesn't even need an Internet connection. We can get these alerts out even when the power is
out, so that is tremendous. The recipient doesn't have to be around here to get the message.
They could be at work, or they could be in another state, with family members back in our
We are grateful to John Harrington for providing this opportunity to Elmwood. It's not often
that we get to be on the leading edge of technology, with little risk and tremendous benefit."
Elmwood is the first to adopt this technology in Nebraska. WebKid Mobile Marketing has offered the Critical Messaging Alert System to every community in Cass County and looks to 3 more communities
to follow Elmwood very shortly. The critical alert messaging technology does not replace any of the
existing emergency response such as sirens and 911 calls. John Harrington of WebKid states,
"The Critical Alert Message System is a simple, yet valuable enhancement to current
emergency response procedures. It is an add on to the systems already in place. Text
messages are delivered very rapidly and recipients will open and read a text message over 93%
of the time within 90 seconds so that rate is much higher than email or any other delivery
Harrington also emphasizes that each municipality will be in complete control of managing when a
message is sent, and what the message says.
To subscribe to the service, any user with a cell phone can send a text message with the word "68349"
(which is the zip code for Elmwood) to the number 28748. The software behind the WebKid
technology automatically registers the phone number to send out future critical messages to that
phone, such as tornado warnings, and public safety information. A user can also subscribe by entering
their cell phone number online at ElmwoodNebraska.com. Harrington is quick to point out that the technology follows CTIA federal regulations to allow subscribers to "shut it off" by texting the word "STOP" to the same phone number - 28748.
WebKid has reserved the number 28748 solely for the purposes of municipal alerts. WebKid also
provides messaging services for commercial and organizational purposes such as promotions, contests, church organizations, clubs, and real estate as few examples.
When using text messaging services such as provided by WebKid, text messaging fees may apply to
the owner of the phone, based on the service the user has with their phone provider, such as Verizon.
Text messaging is often provided for free by the phone carrier.More information is expected to be released following the next meeting of the Village Board on December 17th.
About the Village of Elmwood, Nebraska
Elmwood Nebraska is located in southeast Nebraska, Cass County and is positioned between the
metro areas of Lincoln and Omaha. The fire district and rescue squad are centered in Elmwood.
Offices for Cass County Rural Water District #2 are also located in Elmwood as well as Midwest
Farmers Coop and other small businesses. Population 668. School district is consolidated - Elmwood-Murdock Schools.
About WebKid and Nebraska Community Websites
John Harrington and his wife Irina are owners of WebKid Mobile Marketing and Nebraska Community
Websites as well as additional technology companies. Harrington, until recently, was a resident of
Louisville Nebraska and has been investing in technology for rural development since 1998. His
company provides websites to every community in Cass County Nebraska as well as other
communities. Nebraska Community Websites distributes newsletters online to over 25,000 subscribers.
WebKid Mobile Marketing LLC
Toll Free: 866-932-4774
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