Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - March 11, 2009



March 11, 2009

 Springfield resident, Howard McBride, will soon be celebrating a very special birthday! On March 19, he will be 100 years old! Howard’s friends at the Library celebrated early with him during the Senior Brown Bag lunch program. On March 22 at Springfield’s First United Methodist Church from 2:00 - 4:00pm an Open House will be held in honor of Howard's 100th birthday. Everyone is invited to mark this momentous occasion!

It’s Western/ Cowboy Days in Springfield on June 12 &13 during this year’s Springfield Days!  Come up with an idea for a slogan for this year’s theme to enter the Slogan Contest.  Please email your ideas to Editor @springfieldnebraska.com or drop off at the Library, before March 19.
The next Springfield Days meeting will be held on March 19th, 7:00pm at the Springfield Memorial Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Jr. High students are invited to register for a Poetry & Printmaking Workshop at Springfield Memorial Library. The workshop will be held from 3:45 – 4:45pm on March, 24. 31, April 7, April 14. An Art Show is planned for April 21 where students will show off their completed projects to family and friends.  This workshop will be led by library assistant and local artist, Nancy Davis and is funded by a grant from the Eastern Library System.  Please call the library at 253-2797 for questions or more information.
 It’s time for the annual Platteview High School Spring Musical. This year’s production will be “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. Plan to attend on Friday, March 20th or Saturday, March 21st. The curtain opens at 7:00pm both nights in the High School auditorium.
Thursday, March 19 is the date set for the Springfield Elementary PTO Science Night. Hands on activities and experiments for the whole family will highlight this event.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Lenten Friday Fish Fries at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Upcoming Fish Fry dates are March 13, 27 & April 3. On the menu is Baked & Fried Fish, Fried Shrimp, Cheese, Mac n’ Cheese, side dishes,  & desserts. This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus with the Ladies Guild providing the desserts.
SYAA News- The Springfield Youth Athletic Association is hosting the 5th Annual Spring Fling Dinner and Auction on April 18, 2009.  For additional information, contact Angie Michaels at 290-7714 or Billie Jo Karnik at 597-1525.
It’s Preschool Storytime at Springfield Memorial Library! Little ones, age 2/12 -5 years, are invited to come for stories & activities on every Wednesday, March 4 – May 6 at 9:30am.
Sarpy County Cooperative Head Start is a FREE program for families with children ages birth – 4 years  that meet the eligibility requirements and reside in Sarpy County. Services offered include education, health, nutrition, family support and disability programs. A Round Up for 2009 -2010  will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 4-6pm at G. Stanley Hall Elementary Library, 7600 S. 72 St., Lavista. You must bring income verification, child’s birth certificate & immunization record, and address verification (any current bill with mailing address)
Spring is almost here and Acoustic Sundays is now happening once again at Soaring Wings Vineyard. This week Mark Irvin plays beginning at 2pm. Weather permitting, this event will take place in the gazebo. In case of inclement weather, music will be in the party room.
Friends of the Springfield Memorial Library Fundraiser News - Marcus Theatre ticket packages and gift certificates are still on sale. Purchase Gold tickets (anytime pass) for $6.00 ea. or Silver tickets (day pass) for $5.50. Get ready to garden with Flower Power "Summer Garden Collection" packages. Stop by the Library or call 253-2797 for more information.
 Got junk? Get ready for Springfield Clean Up Day which is scheduled for Saturday, May 9. Mark your calendars!
March 6, 13, 27, & April 3 - Lenten Fish Fries at St. Joseph
March 11&12 - South Sarpy District #46 schools –Parent/Teacher conferences.
March 13 - 17 - South Sarpy District #46 schools “ Spring Break” – No school!
March 14, 7 pm – Soaring Wings Vineyard Meet Your Wine Maker Dinner”.  Meet your wine maker while enjoying a five course meal. Each course is paired with Soaring Wings Vineyard wines. This is a delicious dinner prepared by executive chef Paul Pleskach.   $60 per person.  Call 253-2479 for a reservation.
March 19, 7:00pm – Springfield Days meeting at Springfield Memorial Library
March 20 & 21, 7:00pm – Spring Musical at Platteview High School.
March 24, 3:45 – 4:45 – Jr. High Art Workshop “Poetry & Prints begins at Springfield Memorial Library. Call the library to register.


Springfield is Invited to Join us on Saturday, May 16, 2009!!!
Louisville's B.U.I.L.D. GROUP (Businesses United In Louisville's Development) would like to invite you to join us in our Annual Spring Parade-one of the largest in the area
Date: Saturday, May 16th
Time: 1:00 PM - Line up at Noon on Cherry St
This can be a great opportunity to bring exposure to your town. We encourage participation by businesses as well as churches, schools, civic and private groups
We love to see imaginative floats but welcome vehicles and walkers.
Entry forms can be found at  "louisvillenebraska.com" under Events
Deadline for entries is Friday, May 8th
For questions call Dee 402-234-7705 or Nancy 402-670-9016
Along with the parade we will have entertainment on Main Street, food vendors and an art fair from 10:00-5:00 - an "Air Your Art In Louisville" event
Our businesses will be open for shopping and restaurants invite you to stop in for a bite to eat
Louisville Art Gallery will host its annual Thrown & Blown....artists, glass blowers, pottery and jewelry makers will have demonstrations and goods for sale Saturday and Sunday.
Bring your family and make a day of it in Downtown Louisville.
The City of Louisville Produced to short Tourism Video
 Log on to view at:  http://www.louisvillenebraska.com/videos/Louisville_final_small.wmv
Farce In the Park
 KBC productions announces that its latest comedy opens on Saturday, March 7th at Mahoney State Park.  "Run For Your Wife," written by Ray Cooney, is a favorite of many area theater-goers.  The raucus comedy was performed at the Lofte Community Theatre in 1992 and met with huge success. 
 The story revolves around a hapless taxi driver who, due to his irregular work schedule, is getting away with having two wives living in different areas of town.  Complications, cover-ups and flamboyant neighbors add to the tension as the cabby tries to keep his double life from exploding.  
 The cast includes Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water, Millard Carnes of Plattsmouth, Shari Hoelker, Stacy White and Nathan Jordan of Omaha, and Jim Knierim and Jamion Biesterfeld of Louisville. 
Performance dates are March 7-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, April 3-5, 11, and 17-19.  Curtain Times are 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; 2pm on Sundays.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children under 12 and may be purchased by calling the Park office at (402)944-2523 ext. 7122. 
The 4th annual Gretna Tree Talk will be held Saturday, March 14 from 8:30 am – noon at Squire Thomas Elementary, 11221 Northridge Dr. (Hwy 370 & 200 St.).  This event is free.   
News from our State Senator, Dave Pankonin For Immediate Release: The Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee

March 6, 2009, Lincoln—The Legislature has 14 standing committees. Each committee is responsible for processing legislation that relates to specific issues. For some, like Agriculture, Judiciary or Revenue, the committee’s focus is easy to understand. However, the purpose of the Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee may be less clear. When I was encouraged by my legislative colleagues to seek the chairmanship of this Committee, I studied its role in the Legislature and its importance to all Nebraskans. I would like to describe what I learned and why my involvement with the Committee has and will continue to require careful time and attention from me.

The Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee has six members, including a chairperson. Unlike the other standing committees which hold public hearings on specific days of the week, this Committee meets at the call of the chair. The hearings are usually scheduled during the Legislature’s noon recess. The Committee studies legislative proposals and manages bills that affect retirement systems that have been established by the state of Nebraska or its political subdivisions. The Committee has jurisdiction over three administrative entities, which manage retirement plans for the state and the laws that govern them.The Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems (NPERS), under the direction of the Public Employees Retirement Board, administers plans for state, county, school and State Patrol employees, and judges. County employees are eligible to participate in the applicable retirement plan, if their county does not offer a voluntary plan. Currently the plans have over 108,000 members and assets of more than $8 billion.

The governor appoints eight members to the Public Employees Retirement Board (PERB). Six members are participants in the retirement systems, and two are at-large members who are not employees of the state of Nebraska or any of its subdivisions. The State Investment Officer serves as a non-voting member of the Board.

The state auditor conducts an annual audit of the state retirement systems and reports the findings to the Legislature. The PERB and the Nebraska Investment Council also present an annual report to the Committee on the actuarial condition of the state retirement systems. In addition actuarial reports are presented annually on each plan.The Legislature created the Nebraska Investment Council in 1969 to provide for the centralized investment of state funds. The Council has five voting members, who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature. The state treasurer and the executive director of the Public Employees Retirement Systems serve as non-voting members of the Council. The Council selects and the governor approves the selection of the State Investment Officer. The Council, with recommendations from the State Investment Officer, is responsible for the investment management of the assets of state funds, including those in the retirement system plans.Because of the steep decline in financial markets that started in 2008, the Retirement and Appropriations Committees requested updated projections of the state’s obligations for the retirement plans. The analysis was conducted by Buck Consultants, which provides actuarial services for the state retirement systems. Actuarial projections are based on three market recovery scenarios – slow, modest and strong.   The state of Nebraska has a long tradition of meeting its obligations to state-administered retirement plans. Even with the recent steep decline in financial markets, current retirees will continue to get their retirement payments. During these uncertain times, state government will work with retirement plan representatives on long term sustainability issues.The Appropriations Committee will budget some additional retirement plan state contributions based on a modest market recovery assumption. Future state obligations will depend upon actual market results, realized demographics (actual rate of retirement, the age at which people retire, etc), and potential changes in contribution rates.In addition to our regular duties, the Committee’s legal counsel and I will begin soon to meet with plan representatives to review all options to minimize the negative financial impact to the state’s budget.I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature.We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.
Senator Dave Pankonin               
State Capitol              
PO Box 94604               
Lincoln, NE 68509               
(402) 471-2613              
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