Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - March 18, 2009


March 18, 2009


Hey Pardner, how about helpin' us out?

 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.  Hurry and email your ideas to Editor @springfieldnebraska.com or drop off at the Library, before March 19.
The next Springfield Days committee meeting will be held on March 19th, 7:00pm at the Springfield Memorial Library. Help !  A chair person(s) is still needed!!! All are 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.
Springfield & Westmont Elementary School PTOs are gettin’ together for a BBQ dinner & Dodge Ball Tournament. This event is planned for March 27 from 6-8pm at the Westmont School. The food & fun are free and everyone is welcome! Be sure to bring chairs or a blanket.
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.
Upcoming Lenten Fish Fry dates are March 27 & April 3 from 5:00 – 7:30pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  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.
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)
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.  A wonderful selection of bulbs and perennials are available. Orders will be taken until April 20th. 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 9th. Mark your calendars!
 Howard McBride will soon be celebrating a very special birthday! On March 19, he will be 100 years old!  An Open House to mark this commemorative event will be held on Sunday,  March 22 at Springfield’s First United Methodist Church from 2:00 – 4:00pm.  Please come and wish Howard a Happy 100th Birthday!!!
March 19, 7:00pm – Springfield Days meeting at Springfield Memorial Library
March 19, 7:00pm  - Springfield Elementary PTO Science Night
March 20 & 21, 7:00pm – Spring Musical at Platteview High School.
March 22, 2-4pm - Howard McBrides’s  100th Birthday Celebration at First United Methodist Church.
March 24, 3:45 – 4:45 – Jr. High Art Workshop “Poetry & Prints begins at Springfield Memorial Library. Call the library to register.
March  27, & April 3, 5:00 – 7:30pm - Lenten Fish Fries at St. Joseph
March 27, 6-8pm, - Free BBQ Dinner & Dodge Ball Tournament at Westmont Elementary. Sponsored by the Springfield & Westmont Elementary PTOs
April 3 – Springfield Elementary PTO School Carnival
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.
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. 
News from our State Senator, Dave Pankonin
For Immediate Release: My Personal Bills for 2009
March 13, 2009, Lincoln— Last month I reported that I introduced 15 bills this year. Nine of the 15 are my personal bills. Six of my personal bills were introduced at the request of a District 2 constituent or on behalf of an organization that serves the District.
In 2008 I introduced a bill to amend the Securities Act of Nebraska. The proposed changes resulted from a situation that started in District 2 and spread to other parts of southeast Nebraska, western Iowa and throughout the country. Many individuals lost millions of dollars collectively as victims of misleading investment advice and probably outright fraud. As the legislative representative for District 2, I contacted the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance to discuss its investigation of this matter. I asked the Department to suggest statutory changes that would improve its ability to respond to any similar situation in the future. The bill was not advanced by the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee last year.
My strong belief in the need to protect Nebraska investors caused me to work on this issue over the interim last year. I collaborated again with the Department of Banking to prepare and introduce LB 113. This bill would make two key changes to the Securities Act. LB 113 would make it unlawful to tamper with evidence, or to obstruct an investigation or other proceeding under the Act. It would also authorize the Department to petition a court for equitable action against a person, not just a firm, who violates the Act. Such action could include, but not be limited to, restitution and a freezing of assets. Generally, I am not an advocate for more government regulation and expanded powers, but, when Nebraskans suffer significant or total loss of their invested money, I think that laws should exist to enable the state to protect its citizens. The Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee added an emergency clause to LB 113 and advanced it for floor debate. The emergency clause will require more votes to pass the bill in the final round of debate, but it will allow the proposed changes to become law as soon as the bill is signed by the governor.
A constituent called my office last year to express his desire to expand his service to education in his community and report that our laws do not support his plan. The individual in question works as a substitute teacher and would like to serve on his local school board. Current law allows each school district to set its own policy regarding this issue. In one district a non-contracted substitute teacher would be allowed to serve on his or her school board, but in a neighboring district a non-contracted substitute teacher would be denied the opportunity to serve. The potential for a conflict of interest may be the justification used by some districts to prevent the substitute from being a school board member. The current law is somewhat inconsistent, because it allows the spouse of a contracted teacher or school administrator to serve on their school board, even though they have might have an even greater potential for a conflict of interest than does a non-contracted substitute teacher. I introduced LB 163 to allow non-contracted teachers to serve on their local school board. The constituent who brought this issue to me testified at the public hearing on LB 163, and the Legislature’s Education Committee advanced the bill for debate by the Legislature.
I am fortunate to have two Heritage Nebraska Main Street communities in my legislative district, so I have been able to see the all-encompassing approach that the Main Street Program uses to inspire and guide local residents to strengthen, enhance and promote their community. The Program receives state funds and matches them with grants and donations. Last year and again this year, I was honored to be asked by the Program to introduce its appropriations request. Shortly after LB 182 was introduced, the Program learned that its state funding was included in the biennial budget proposal from the Department of Economic Development and in the Appropriations Committee’s Preliminary Budget. This week the Committee held its hearing on LB 182. The bill served to emphasize the importance of maintaining the funding for Heritage Nebraska Main Street in the Committee’s final budget that will be presented in April.
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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Businesses Still Growing and Investing in Nebraska

During the first two months of 2009 and in light of the ongoing recession, 5 businesses have applied for the Nebraska Advantage business incentives and are planning to grow their operations in Nebraska.

Dayton Phoenix Group, Gothenburg, Jacobson Land & Cattle Co., Lincoln, Midwest Laboratories Inc., Omaha, Mutual of Omaha in Omaha, and Pramac America LLC of Kearney are all planning to grow their businesses in Nebraska.

Forty-eight businesses applied for incentives during 2008, while 52 businesses applied in 2007. Since inception on January 1, 2006, Nebraska has received 191 applications, with those businesses potentially investing $5.44 billion and creating 15,653 jobs in Nebraska.


Nebraska’s Unemployment Rate Still One of the Nation’s Lowest

Nebraska still has one of the lowest unemployment rates, third-lowest in the nation at 4.3% for January 2009.  The state’s unemployment rate rose from 3 to 4.3% from January 2008 to January 2009, while the national unemployment rate jumped from 4.9 to 7.6%.

Five Nebraska Communities Earned Economic Development Certification in 2008

Hastings, Kearney, McCook, Wahoo and Wayne joined the growing list of Nebraska communities earning economic development certification. The Nebraska Economic Development Certified Communities certification better positions a community for economic development opportunities, shows a community is economic development ready, and exemplifies a community capable of marketing itself for business and industry development.

Ord, the first Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community, also achieved recertification in 2008.

Other Nebraska communities earning economic development certification include: Auburn, Cozad, Fremont, Geneva, Gothenburg, Grand Island, Holdrege, Lexington, Nebraska City, Norfolk, North Platte, Ogallala, Scottsbluff, Sidney and South Sioux City.


DED Briefings Focus on Widespread Economic Issues

DED is hosting two briefings in 2009, to provide timely information about key issues affecting the state’s development and economy.

The first briefing will be held Wednesday, April 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CST in North Platte at the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) offices, 402 E. State Farm Road, rooms 142 and 145. The second is scheduled for Thursday, October 22 in Lincoln. More information to follow.

Briefings are geared to new economic developers and those interested in economic development programs and services. DED staff will talk about key components involved in the state’s economic growth and development, including business and tourism attraction, existing business retention and expansion, housing, community development, and entrepreneurship. The briefing is free for all interested participants. Lunch will be provided by NPPD.

To reserve your place at the North Platte briefing and lunch, please register no later than March 23 by contacting Michelle Millsap toll-free at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3746, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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