Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - March 30, 2016



Awards Presented by Chief Jason Lutz :

Years of service awards :



5 years Aaron Rock



15 years James Haubensak



20 years Jason Lutz and Chad Zimmerman



30 years Seven Addleman

Special Recognition Awards:


Outstanding Cadet Tate Patera



Friend of the Fireman - Sarpy County Dispatch -  (accepting the award from Jason Lutz is 911 Assistant Director Marilyn Gable , and dispatchers Patty Conradson and Susie Engberg


Firefighter of the Year presented to John Harnisch -  (not pictured)




Mark your calendars for the next Springfield Community Blood Drive. Sunday April 17th, 8:00 A.M. till 1:00 P.M. at the Springfield Fire Hall. To set an appointment you can go online at www.redcrossblood.org or call Ralph at 402-253-8301. And as usual walk-in's are always welcome and needed.
Hope to see you there!


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t ball 2016


Tee ball registration is now open for boys and girls ages 4 & 5.

To register, please go to platteviewjrtrojans.com

If you are interested in coaching, please register on the website also.




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Springfield American Legion Hall

Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to noon

All you care to eat pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, and sausage links and paddies.  Milk, coffee and orange juice included. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3.00 for children, which includes a donation of $1.50.



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Anyone willing to help with this year’s event is welcome to attend!






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Sarpy County Earth Day Celebration & Expo

April 24

BPS Lied Activity Center

The Sarpy County Earth Day Celebration and Expo will be held at the BPS Lied Activity Center in Bellevue on April 24th.  This year we have a focus on the importance of Trees for the environment.  The Earth Day Network set a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees by 2020.  The opening ceremony is at 12pm but we actually get started at 10am with the first of 2 athletic fundraisers: Maxxfit/Zumbathon.  The 5k fundraiser is just after opening ceremony.  There will be outdoor displays including gas saving vehicles and recycling pallet exhibits and the Midwest Kite Fliers.  Indoors there will be youth activities taking place from 12pm-4pm featuring flower planting fun, relays, face painting, story telling, art exhibit, crafts, games, free books and rescue animals, there will be farm fresh foods to enjoy, 50+ exhibitors and an educational tract which include city representatives discussing environment related efforts and needs.  All attendees will receive a tree to plant!  At 3pm, we have the 3rd annual "Trashion Show!" There is much to teach and much to learn!   






17111 S 138th St

Springfield, NE 68059


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

Sunday Acoustic Music!

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

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

See You at the Winery!





- Annual Week of Understanding to reach over 5,000 Nebraska Students and Community Members

The Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE) presents its sixth annual Week of Understanding, March 28 – April 1, 2016.

The week of programming provides a forum for Holocaust education and remembrance through survivor testimony and other public events. Public and private schools across the Metro are participating. This year’s schedule includes more than 30 events with 9 survivors and 1 liberator.

 “Week of Understanding is based on a belief that hearing testimony, bearing witness to these stories, and understanding the history of the Holocaust can change the way we act today. The speakers and presenters strive to show how hate and discrimination can escalate to genocide if left unchecked; they ask listeners to be responsible for their actions, and to realize that one person can make a difference” said Liz Feldstern, Executive Director of the Institute for Holocaust Education.

 And it’s not only students who benefit from this inspiring program. Public events will be:

Monday, March 28
7:00 p.m. at the Omaha Community Playhouse
One-time, special performance of The Mitzvah. Conceived, co-written and performed by Roger Grunwald, The Mitzvah tells the tragic story of a German half-Jew who becomes a decorated officer in Hitler’s army. The short play is followed by a lecture examining the historical conditions that produced two centuries of German-Jewish striving, intermarriage and conversion, which, in turn, produced over a hundred thousand “mischlinge” soldiers.
Free, but advance ticket reservations are needed: Visit ihene.org or bit.ly/TheMitzvah
Address: 6915 Cass St., Omaha Community Playhouse

 Tuesday, March 29
7:00 p.m. at Countryside Community Church
In collaboration with the Center for Faith Studies, Holocaust survivors Magda Brown and Agnes Schwartz will each share their testimonies and answer questions at this event, which is open to the public. Both women are from Hungary and eventually wound up in Skokie, IL - but have very different stories of survival.
Free, no registration required
Address: 8787 Pacific St., Countryside Community Church

 Other speakers for the week will include Holocaust survivors Sami Steigmann (New York), Robbie Waisman (Vancouver), Kitty Williams (Council Bluffs), Bea Karp, and Dr. Fred Kader (both of Omaha). US Military liberator, Col. Roy Long will also speak to students.

 This annual educational initiative, Week of Understanding, was created by the Institute for Holocaust Education in partnership with the Omaha Public Schools. It is designed to deliver Holocaust survivor testimony through personal appearances and distance learning technology.

Week of Understanding is made possible with generous support from the Sherwood Foundation, Omaha Public Schools Foundation, the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation, and the Murray and Sharee Newman Supporting Foundation (both of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation).     

 For more information on Week of Understanding or any IHE event, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-334-6576.

About the IHE: Since 2000, the Institute for Holocaust Education has provided educational resources, workshops, survivor testimony, and integrated arts programming to thousands of students, educators and the public throughout Nebraska and surrounding areas. The IHE also provides support to local Holocaust survivors and their families. We consider Holocaust education an integral component in inspiring our community to create a more just and equitable society. For more information, please visit www.ihene.org.




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Lofte’s 40th Season Opens With ‘The Christmas Spirit'

When the Lofte opened its doors in 1977, no one could have imagined that forty years later local talent would still be treating southeast Nebraska residents with great theater productions.  2016 marks the ruby jubilee season for the community theater that is nestled in the middle of a corn field.

Frederick Stroppel’s ‘The Christmas Spirit’ is Artistic Director Kevin Colbert’s “Director’s Choice” and on April 8, it kicks off the year with a witty adult comedic drama.  Don’t let the title fool you.  This production has less to do with Christmas and more to do with one’s spirit.  Julia Dowding (played by Weeping Water resident Margie Pinkerton) is visited by the Grim Reaper (Kevin Colbert, also of Weeping Water) on Christmas Eve.  After Death is persuaded to give Julia one more day on earth, she invites him to be her guest at the Christmas festivities.  Masquerading as a human, Death mingles with bickering relatives, friends and the local priest.  He even partakes of eggnog and other party delicacies.  

The cast includes Brandy Hall and John Bell of Papillion; Shari Hoelker, Dan Ryberg and Doug Rothgeb of Omaha; Shelia Snell and Andrew Schell both of Lincoln.  Please be advised that while there are some funny scenes in the play, there are serious topics of conversation that are not suitable for young children.  Director Kevin Colbert suggests that this play be rated PG-13.  

Performance dates are April 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17.  Show times Thursday-Saturday are 7:30pm.  Sunday performances are 2pm matinees.  Reserved seats are $19 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 402-234-2553.  The Lofte is located just 1/4 mile east of Manley, NE.   



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Greenblatt & Seay Schoolhouse Performance Series

Wedding Music

April 10, 2016, 2:30pm

Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse

Avoca is located in southern Cass County on 13C spur, one mile south of Highway 34.

This is a great opportunity for folks planning a wedding to experience a some of the most request wedding tunes. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students & seniors, $1for children.



Revival 2016



Computer Classes

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1st Friday of the Month-Eagle (Community Center)- 1-5pm

2nd Friday of the Month-Weeping Water (Library)- 1-5pm

3rd Friday of the Month-Greenwood (Library)- 1-5pm

Please call our office @ 402-296-9368 to schedule an appointment



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~Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

   -Maya Angelou

Thanks to all Springfield E-Newsletter readers. 

Connie Manzer



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Sun Feb 24 @ 8:00AM - 12:00PM
VFW Breakfast
Sun Feb 24 @ 8:00AM - 01:00PM
Community Blood Drive
Tue Feb 26 @ 6:30PM -
Library Chili Cook-Off
Thu Feb 28 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Springfield Days Planning Meeting
Thu Mar 07 @ 7:00PM -
Platteview High School Musical
Fri Mar 08 @ 7:00PM -
Platteview High School Musical
Fri Mar 15 @ 5:00PM - 07:30PM
Lenten Fish Fry @ St. Joseph Church
Wed Mar 20 @ 3:30PM - 05:00PM
UMC Kids Club
Fri Mar 22 @ 5:00PM - 07:30PM
Lenten Fish Fry @St. Joseph Church
Sun Mar 24 @ 8:00AM - 12:00PM
VFW Breakfast

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