Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - April 6, 2016




9:00AM – 12:30PM




Plant Sale 2016



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!

Cleanup Day 2016

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.



Cooking lessons

Recycle Crafts

SprDays flyer





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!   


Sarpy County’s Earth Day celebration is coming up on Sunday, April 24 at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Activity Center, and will once again feature two athletic events sponsored by Papillion Sanitation and Fitssentials. Come out for a day of fun starting with a MixxedFit/ZUMBAthon and 5k Run/Walk, and stick around for a free event packed full of family friendly activities for all ages, including an indoor and outdoor Expo, farm-fresh local food, educational speaker series and youth activities.This event offers a memorable, unprecedented and fun venue to raise awareness of the environmental needs in our community, and receive education on Earth friendly practices and why we must do them.

Starting at 10:00 a.m., join athletic event sponsor Fitssentials for an hour and a half of MixxedFit and Zumba. Enjoy an upbeat, indoor cardio workout incorporating Latin-style dance moves and boot camp toning – no dance background required! When you register, you will automatically be entered in a drawing for a prize package valued at $50. Check in and late registration at the front door opens at 9:00 a.m. Registration is $20 per participant and includes an event t-shirt.

The 5k Run/Walk sponsored by Papillion Sanitation starts after the 12:00 p.m. Earth Day Opening Ceremony. This fun 5k course runs through BPS Lied Center grounds, neighborhoods and a park, and is designed to be a good starter timed run for the race season. An awards ceremony with prizes will be conducted onstage at around 1:45 p.m. for the race winners. Check in and late registration at the front door opens at 11:00 a.m.Registration is $30 per participant and includes an event t-shirt.

You receive a discount when you sign up for both athletic events or when you sign up as a family, and Offutt employees and military can register free of charge. Fundraising from both athletic events greatly contributes to supporting Green Bellevue’s mission to promote a more beautiful and environmentally friendly community. Early bird registration closes April 15. For a flyer and registration form, visit: https://sites.google.com/a/greenbellevue.org/green-bellevue/earthday/mixxedfit-zumbathon-5k-run-walk
Link for Individual Registration: https://individualregistration.eventbrite.com

Link for Family Registration: https://familyregistration.eventbrite.com

5k Facebook Event:https://www.facebook.com/events/1586676504904309/

MixxedFit/Zumba Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1289846744377140/

The event will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Activity Center, 2700 Arboretum Drive, Bellevue, NE. The MixxedFit/Zumbathon starts at 10:00 a.m., the 5k Run/Walk starts shortly after 12:00 p.m., and the Earth Day Celebration takes place from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Visit http://www.greenbellevue.org for details, including a schedule of events, registration information and flyers.



Sarpy County Payment





The Omaha Public Power District has contributed significantly to the treasuries of the communities it serves, distributing nearly $31.2 million in 2015 in-lieu-of-tax payments. The payments were made Thursday 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.

The payment total compares with $30.6 million in 2014 In-Lieu-of-Tax payments and breaks the $30.7 million record from 2013.


OPPD’s payment to Sarpy County totaled $4,651,528, up from the $4,585,165 payment presented to the county last year. 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, who represents Sarpy County’s portion of the district on the OPPD Board of Directors along with Vice Chair Tim Gay, presented the payment to Sarpy County Treasurer Richard James on Thursday.

“I’m happy to provide this payment on behalf of OPPD,” said Ulrich. “We know it will make a big impact for local school districts and municipalities, and it will support the tremendous growth we continue to see in Sarpy County.”

The payments take the place of occupation, personal and real estate taxes. 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......................................... $671,146.97

City of Bellevue  ................................... $629,197.43

Bellevue Public Schools......................... $143,124.88

City of Gretna.......................................... $55,212.41

Gretna Public Schools.............................. $50,177.86

City of La Vista .................................... $323,279.10

City of Papillion..................................... $223,047.65

Papillion/La Vista Public Schools.......... $381,222.70

City of Springfield................................... $24,033.93

Springfield Platteview Schools.................. $3,595.91

Other (Learning Community, General)....... $2,147,489.46

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: $25,148,230
Sarpy: $4,651,528
Washington: $631,363
Saunders: $296,165
Cass: $253,353
Dodge: $129,821
Nemaha: $38,643
Johnson: $14,049
Richardson: $13,507
Colfax: $4,355

Otoe: $4,262

Total: $31,185,276

County treasurers distribute the funds to the various taxing bodies.




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.

Friday night Music

7:00 9:30pm

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

See You at the Winery!




CasaVolunteers 2016

Picture: Melissa Holtzlander, Brenda Felthousen, Darla Blevins and the Honorable Judge Steinheider.

Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program

Welcomes Three New Volunteers

The Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is proud to announce that three new CASA advocates were sworn-in by Judge John Steinheider on March 23, 2016.  A brief reception was held following the swearing in to wish the new CASA advocates well in their advocacy for Cass County’s abused and neglected children. The new CASA advocates are Darla Blevins, Brenda Felthousen and Melissa Holtzlander.

There are a total of 30 Cass County children who are under the jurisdiction of the court because of abuse and/or neglect. Children range in age from two to 19 years old. Currently, 13 active CASA advocates are serving these children.

CASA advocates usually work with one case at a time. They get to know the children and write reports for the Judge, making recommendations about what would be best for the child. They become a stable, reliable presence in the child’s life during a very difficult time, and advocate for the child to have a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.

The Cass County CASA program was started in 2006.   CASA advocates are ordinary people doing an extraordinary thing by having an impact on the lives of abused and neglected children. Most volunteers donate about 2 hours per week (or 8-10 hours a month) and all training is provided. A portion of the pre-service training expenses were paid for by a grant from the Nebraska CASA Association. If you are interested or want more information, please call or e-mail Angie Neumiller, Executive Director at 402-296-9521 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website at www.casscasa.org.

Cass County CASA program is a 501c3 program that is funded by donations, grants, Keno funds and fundraisers.

Additional information can be found at www.casscasa.org , www.nebraskacasa.org or http:///www.casaforchildren.org

Student Christian


Spirit PR

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.   



Rural Route Rust

Uncorked flyer 2016


Livestock Judging Clinic 2016




Wedding Music

April 10, 2016, 2:30pm

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

The Feminist Manifesto

May 8, 2:30pm

Through the songs and writings of heroic women (and some liberated men) through the centuries, issues of civil rights and stereotypes will be explored.  Greenblatt & Seay sing and play a variety of instruments, including dulcimer, violin, guitar, harmonica, etc.

The concert will be downstairs, followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and jam with the performers.

Performances located in Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse

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


Revival 2016


Computer Classes







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


 ~When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt


Thanks to all Springfield E-Newsletter readers. 

Connie Manzer



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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
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VFW Breakfast

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