Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - April 8, 2015

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Please mark your calendars and plan to attend Springfield's next Community Blood Drive on Sunday April 19th, from 8:00 A.M. till 1:00 P.M. Location will be at the Springfield Fire Barn. The Red Cross is in a great need of Blood for their Bank again so if you can help out it would be greatly appreciated. To schedule a appointment you can go online at www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code:009111) or call Ralph @ 402-253-8301. Once again, thanks for your help in the past and hopefully we will see you on the 19th.








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Tee-Ball registration has opened and will rununtil April 15th. Tee-ball is for boys and girls ages 4-6 (pre-k and K). Please go to Platteviewjrtrojans.com to register your player. Any questions contact Brian White at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




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VFW Community Breakfast

VFW Community breakfast, Sunday April 26 at the Legion Hall in Springfield.  Serving hours are 8:00 a.m. until noon.  All you care to eat for $6.50 which includes a donation of $1.50.  Serving pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham and sausage.  Coffee and orange juice included.









Everyone is invited to bring your ideas, events, and suggestions.




JUNE 12 & 13, 2015



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17111 S 138th St

Springfield, NE 68059


(Nebraska Law stipulates that no outside alcohol can be brought onto the premise.)

Sunday Acoustic Music!


12th-Ken Sitler

19th- John Worsham

26th- Laura Joy

No cover charge - music is from 2-5 pm.

Check out upcoming performers and events at www.soaringwingswine.com!

See You at the Winery!




Touching Hearts

At Touching Hearts, we know that maintaining independence is the key to ensuring the highest quality of life. We are honored to have the opportunity to serve and care for Springfield area residents.

Our Caregivers give a helping hand with daily activities like:

  • Meal preparation & cleanup
  • Laundry & change linens
  • Shopping & errands
  • Light housekeeping
  • Medication reminders
  • Companionship
  • Transportation
  • Personal Services/bathing/dressing
  • Dementia
  • Peace of mind for all family members
  • Hourly, overnight or 24 hour live-in
  • Temporary or long-term

“Touching Hearts at Home is dedicated to enhancing and preserving our clients’ quality of life with respect, trustworthiness and excellence in service.”

We care for those living in the communities near you.

For a free brochure including rates call: Malinda at 402-905-0119

Or Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Blood Donation Opportunities

April 1 -15, 2015

Celebrate National Volunteer Month by
giving blood with the Red Cross

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need.

The Red Cross salutes the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and encourages others to join their ranks as volunteer blood donors. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions.

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Douglas County


April 12: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hy-Vee Applewood, 9707 Q St.



April 28: 1 - 7 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 322 Molley St.


April 21: noon to 6 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 20500 Maple St.


Sarpy County


April 23: 1 - 6 p.m., Nebraska Medicine, 2500 Bellevue Medical Center Dr.


April 26: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Acts 2 Church, 20362 Husker Dr.


April 17: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Papillion-LaVista South High School, 10799 Highway 370

April 18: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Texas Roadhouse, 7302 Olson Drive

April 26: 7 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 543 N. Jefferson


April 19: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fire Hall, 505 S. 1st St.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.





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pictured: OPPD Board Member Fred Ulrich, left and Board Treasurer Tim Gay, right, presented the utility’s $4,585,165 payment in-lieu-of-taxes to Sarpy County Treasurer Rich James, middle, on March 31, 2015.

OPPD In-Lieu-of-Tax Payments Total Nearly $30.6 Million

        oppd  The Omaha Public Power District has contributed significantly to the treasuries of the communities it serves, distributing nearly $30.6 million in 2014 in-lieu-of-tax payments. The payments were made Tuesday to 11 counties in southeast Nebraska. They demonstrate that despite the name, the District’s service territory and concerns include far more than just Omaha.

          OPPD’s payment to Sarpy County totaled $4,585,165, compared with $4,452,473 presented to the county the previous year. The payments are based on 5 percent of OPPD’s gross revenues from retail sales of electricity in incorporated cities and towns during the previous year. County treasurers distribute the funds among local governmental bodies within their counties. Fred Ulrich and Tim Gay represent Sarpy County’s portion of the District on the OPPD Board of Directors. They presented the payment to Sarpy County Treasurer Richard James.

          “It’s an honor to present these funds,” said Director Ulrich. “It’s a significant amount that will directly impact the treasury, contributing greatly to the needs within the cities and school districts we serve. It demonstrates our continued commitment to our customer-owners throughout all portions of our service territory.”

          “Sarpy County continues to grow, and it continues to thrive. The payment we are making on behalf of OPPD will help promote further development.” said Board Treasurer Gay. “Our communities are a great source of pride for us, and we want our customer-owners to be proud of their utility as well. We are their energy partner now and in the future, and we will continue to support our neighbors.”

The payments take the place of occupation, personal and real estate taxes. County treasurers distribute the funds to the various taxing bodies. In addition to these payments, the District does pay general sales taxes, gasoline taxes, wheel taxes, motor vehicle license fees and permit fees like any other business.

Among those receiving distribution payments are:

Sarpy County......................................... $668,082.73

City of Bellevue  ................................... $628,288.91

Bellevue Public Schools......................... $142,518.58

City of Gretna.......................................... $55,397.31

Gretna Public Schools.............................. $46,989.66

City of LaVista ..................................... $310,217.80

City of Papillion..................................... $219,017.59

Papillion/LaVista Public Schools........... $370,293.79

City of Springfield................................... $24,313.38

South Sarpy Schools.................................. $3,744.33

Other (Learning Community, General)....... $2,116,300.74

OPPD officials estimate the payment by far makes the District the largest single contributor to the county treasury, which will distribute the payment to the entities listed above.

          Below is the payment each county will receive:

Douglas:                         $24,612,906
Sarpy:                               $4,585,165
Washington:                       $639,109
Saunders:                            $292,589
Cass:                                    $251,197
Dodge:                                 $132,936
Nemaha:                                $40,312
Johnson:                                $15,201
Richardson:                          $14,159
Colfax:                                    $5,216

Otoe:                                        $4,646





Piano Concerto

Easter 2015

by Jackson Berkey

Sunday • April 12, 2015  3PM

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church •

324 S. Jackson Street, Papillion 

(84th Street, south of Cornhusker Road)

For more information about this concerto, visit www.berkey.com.




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The Lofte Community Theatre will be holding a special event on April 24, 25 and 26.  A.R. Gurney’s classic, “Love Letters” will be produced on stage with a rotating cast of actors playing the principal roles on different dates.  

“Love Letters” is the story of Melissa and Andrew, and their fifty-year relationship as told through their letters to one another.  Their sometimes funny and often complicated relationship grows, despite their geographic distance, through the power of the pen.  This script has been produced many times on stage and screen and has become a favorite over the years.

Directed by Erik Quam of Omaha, Melinda Mead, Betty Colbert and Anne Pope will rotate the role of Melissa while Doug Rothgeb, Kevin Colbert and Jamion Biesterfeld play Andrew.  Curtain time on April 24 and 25 is at 7pm.  Sunday, April 26 will be a 2pm matinee.

Wine, chocolate and cheese hors d’oeuvres will be served to help set the mood for this romantic stroll down Lover’s Lane.  Tickets for the event are $25 per person.  Advanced reservations are suggested.  Tickets may be obtained by calling the Lofte box office at 402-234-2553




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A Jam Session Workshop will be offered on Thursday, April 16, from 6 PM - 7:30 PM in The Old Avoca (NE) Schoolhouse.  This workshop, gently guided by fiddler Deborah Greenblatt,  is for acoustic musicians of any age or experience who would like a little guidance and practice in the subtle art of "jamming".  In this supportive, easy-going atmosphere, players will share and exchange ideas about negotiating your way through a tune, even if  you have never heard it before.

The Jam Session Workshop will have a minimum enrollment of 4, and a maximum enrollment of 10.  The fee is $15.00 per musician.  To sign up for the Jam Session Workshop, or for more information, e-mail Deborah Greenblatt (
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or call 402-275-3221.



One of the many traditions Nebraska can be proud of, is the State Holocaust Commemoration, which will take place on April 12, 2015, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Lincoln, starting at 3pm. It was more than 35 years ago that Governor Kerrey elevated the event from a handshake in his office to what it has become today - a public event that shines light on the horrific consequences of intolerance.

 As time progresses, there are less people who have experienced the Holocaust and can share their story with us as a warning. That’s why it becomes even more important that we teach our children and children’s children about the consequences of ideologies that see one group of people as superior and another group as inferior.

 As in previous years, the ceremony will include three winning poetry readings from 8th graders who have studied the Holocaust and musical contributions by the choir from Lincoln Southeast High School.

 The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ari Kohen. He is the Schlesinger Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (both at UNL), and he is the grandson of Holocaust survivors. Senator Adam Morfeld is this year’s Legislative Sponsor and will speak as well.

 The Commemoration is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Lincoln and the Institute for Holocaust Education, located in Omaha.

 For more information please contact:  Paul Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Institute for Holocaust Education (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 402-334-6576).



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Sarpy County Fair
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Sarpy County Fair
Fri Aug 02 @12:00PM - 06:00PM
Blood Drive @ Sarpy County Fair
Sat Aug 03 @ 8:00AM -
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Beat the Heat Party @ the Splash Pad
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Community Blood Drive
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