Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - March 25, 2009

WHAT’S NEW IN SPRINGFIELD, NE

March 25, 2009

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Spring has sprung!  In Springfield, there are early spring flowers emerging, the grass is greening up, and the robins are chirping away. The signs are everywhere, even if it is cold right now. I watched last Friday's "Today" show as they did the count down for the arrival of Spring. Shortly after, snow flurries were coming down on their outdoor set!  Since we seem to have snow in our forecast for this coming weekend, do not pack away those warm clothes and gloves just yet. Any snow will not stick around for long at this time of the year. For that, we are grateful!
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.
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.
Springfield VFW Post 9558 hosts its breakfast on Sunday, 29 March 2009. Stop in after Church or all morning long from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Springfield Legion Hall.  Pancakes, French toast, eggs, hash browns, ham and sausage.  Milk, orange juice and coffee included.  $6.50 for adults and $3.00 for children.  Come in and enjoy!
Friends of the Springfield Memorial Library Fundraiser News - Marcus Theatre ticket packages and gift certificates are still on sale.  Fill those Easter Baskets with Gold tickets (anytime pass) for $6.50 ea. or Silver tickets (day pass) for $5.50.  And 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.
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.
Springfield Days 2009 will be held June 12 & 13. A full array of exciting events is now being planned. Be sure to pencil in these dates on your calendar and join us for all fun.  A link on the Springfield website is listed under “Events” for the Springfield Days 2009 and will soon provide all the information about what is happening.
Got junk? Get ready for Springfield Clean Up Day which is scheduled for Saturday, May 9th. Mark your calendars!
 Happy Birthday Margaret Joern!  Margaret will celebrate her 93rd birthday on Monday, March 30th.  Her family would like to surprise her with a card shower. Her address is 522 W Lincoln Street, Apartment 202, Papillion, NE  68046-3121
 
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SPRINGFIELD –The Calendar
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
March 29,  8am – 12:30pm – Springfield VFW Post 9558 Breakfast
March 29 – Soaring Wings Vineyard hosts Acoustic Sundays. John Stokely plays from 2-5pm.
 April 3 – Springfield Elementary PTO School Carnival
April 9 – South Sarpy District #46 schools “Early Out” Day.
April 12 – Easter Sunday
April 17 – Kindergarten Round Up at Springfield Elementary & Westmont Elementary
April 18 – SYAA  annual Spring Fling and Auction

NEWS FROM NEARBY COMMUNITIES
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  www. 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.


Auditions at the Lofte Theatre
The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley will be holding auditions for its first season production, "Over The Tavern" on April 6 and 7 at 7pm.  The play is set in the 1950s and follows an all-American family living in a cramped Buffalo apartment.  The youngest boy in the family is a wise-cracking kid who's starting to question his family's Roman Catholic values and shocks his family by announcing that he'd like to shop around for a more "fun" religion.
Parts are available for three adults (two women and one man) ages 35-80 and 4 youths (three male and one female)ages 10-20.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Performance dates run from May 29-June 14. 
Any questions in regards to the auditions or production may be emailed to Kevin Colbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Other information about the theater, including driving directions, may be found on its website, www.Lofte.com.  Those interested may also call the box office at (402) 234-2553.

News from our State Senator, Dave Pankonin
For Immediate Release: My Personal Bills for 2009 – Part II
 
March 20, 2009, Lincoln - In 2008 I was asked by the Amputee Coalition of Nebraska to introduce a bill to require that prosthetic limbs be covered by insurance plans in Nebraska. The lifetime for artificial limbs depends on many factors, including age, activity level and overall health status. The Veterans Administration and the National Guard offer coverage, without limitations, for limbs that are lost during active duty. However, private insurance companies have been modifying policies to include caps for prosthetic coverage. Insurance coverage for prosthetic limbs would ultimately save money, because individuals who receive proper care could lead productive lives and avoid the need for assistance from the state Medicaid program. The bill was not advanced by the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee last year, because Committee members wanted to know the cost of this coverage to employers and policyholders.
 
The Amputee Coalition commissioned a cost study and found that the average impact on premiums would be 0.03% to 0.06% for commercial insurance policyholders in Nebraska. I am one of those small business employers, who provides health insurance. I have studied the numbers and personally think the minimal potential cost for my business and for me is worth it to provide a higher quality of life to those who need this coverage.
I introduced LB 149 this year to, again, seek insurance coverage for prosthetic limbs. The leading private insurance provider in Nebraska offered, and I accepted, amendment language to secure the provider’s support for LB 149. Eleven states have already passed legislation that is similar to LB 149. Hopefully, Nebraska will soon offer this help to its citizens.
 
Frequently a senator becomes the point-person in the body for on-going policy matters. Former Senators Ray Janssen and Vickie McDonald filled this role for problem gambling issues in the Legislature. Before she left last year, Senator McDonald asked me to continue their work.
 
The Nebraska Lottery was created by a popular vote and action by the Legislature. The citizens who voted for the lottery did so, in part, because they were assured that Lottery revenue would benefit education, the environment, and, more recently, the State Fair, and that treatment would be available to individuals, for whom problem gambling is an addictive disorder. The Lottery Act created a program within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to manage gambling services. The Act also created the State Committee on Problem Gambling to make funding and policy decisions to guide the work that is done at DHHS.
 
This year I attended the governor’s proclamation signing to name March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month. I participated in a legislative breakfast briefing that was attended by other senators, gambling counselors, recovering gamblers and members of the State Committee on Problem Gambling. I also introduced LB 189 to make technical corrections to the statutes that pertain to problem gambling services. LB 189 was signed by the governor in February.
 
As the state continues its sponsorship of gambling activities and benefits from the revenues they generate, more and more individuals will become problem gamblers. The state must provide help for these problem gamblers and everyone else who is adversely impacted by their behavior. As the need for help increases, so, too, will the need for policy makers who understand the problems and are willing to act.
 
LB 377 was introduced in response to federal law changes under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act. LB 377 would potentially allow Nebraska governmental units to credit enhance their bonds with letters of credit issued by or confirmed by a U.S. governmental enterprise, such as the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka. Such a letter would greatly enhance the bond’s marketability to provide lower interest costs for the governmental unit. LB 377 would give political subdivisions the authority to take advantage of the new federal changes through 2010. The bill is awaiting Final Reading and will become law when it is signed by the governor.
 
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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Connie Manzer
 
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