Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - April 29, 2009


April 29, 2009

 The South Sarpy School District#46 Board of Education will host a Community Meeting on May 3, 2009. A discussion about the Learning Community begins at 5:00pm. Adding baseball and softball to the sports agenda will be discussed starting at 6:45pm. Your input is needed for these two important issues concerning the future of our school district. The meetings are being held at Platteview High School, 108th & Platteview Road. For more information, contact Chuck Chevalier, Superintendent at 592-1300. 


The annual Mother/Daughter Banquet will be held on Wednesday May 6 at First United Methodist Church. The event begins at 6:30pm. The cost is adults $7, ages 4-10 $5, and under 4 is free. For reservations call the Church at 253-2270 or Donna at 253-2629.
Local student, Emily Knott, attended a World Leadership Forum. Emily, an 8th grade student at Platteview Central Junior High attended a one-week leadership forum in Washington, DC April 6-12.   Sponsored by People to People Leadership Programs, Knott was nominated for this program based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement, and leadership potential.  Along with 150 other junior high students from the United States and several foreign countries, Knott toured the nation’s capital, monuments and war memorials, several foreign embassies, the Jamestown settlement in Williamsburg, VA and the Eisenhower Farm at Gettysburg.
As part of this leadership forum, Knott completed pre-work assignments including the history and legacy of various Washington landmarks; during the forum, students were required to keep written journals and were evaluated at the conclusion for participation and leadership skills.  “I really enjoyed meeting kids from other parts of the country and having the chance to be with them as we learned about how our country and government were formed,” says Knott.  “Leadership is one of the most important roles in our society—and this trip taught me there are many different ways to be a leader,” she added. 
The People to People World Leadership Forum offers students a unique blend of specialized educational, leadership and cultural exposure through a variety of programs.  People to People International was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to further the President’s vision of world peace and understanding, while preparing students to serve as leaders and global citizens.
At Platteview, Knott is President of the National Junior Honor Society and is a member of Student Council, Platteview concert and jazz bands, choir, and volleyball.  She is active in 4-H and is a member of the St. Joseph Church youth choir.  Knott is the daughter of Richard and Sue Knott of Springfield. 
Submitted by Sue Knott
Spring is here and so is “Garage Sale Season”. A Springfield City Wide Garage Sale will be held on these dates:
Friday May 1st 8:00 – 5:00
Saturday May 2nd 8:00 – 1:00
      Baby, Children’s, and Adult Clothes, Furniture, Car Seats,Home Décor Items, Kitchen Items, Pet Supplies, Camping Items,   Furniture and Antiques…Much Much More!!
Springfield Addresses       
310 S. 8th Street Circle
Boys clothes (Infant to 4T), baby items, toys (several Leapfrog items), home décor items, miscellaneous girls, adult, and maternity clothes, and children’s furniture
320 S. 8th Street Circle
Car seats, kid’s toys/clothes (girl sizes 5-6), VHS movies, and household items
331 S. 8th Street Circle
Kitchen chairs, baby furniture, and clothes (baby girl and boys)
850 N. 4th Street
Clothes (mens and juniors/women), kitchen items, collectibles, and home décor items
695 Elm Street
Baby items, toys, VCR tapes, and miscellaneous
16110 Platteview Road
Antiques, coat rack, vases, kitchen items, pet supplies and much much more
195 N. 8th Street
Antiques and collectibles, household items, camping items, and furniture
501 S. 7th Street
Matching end and coffee table, hall tree, round end table, desk, mirror, toys, boys/girls clothes (size 2 and under), and miscellaneous
550 Vine Street
Springfield Methodist Church – 480 Main Street (Saturday only)
Assortment of household items and clothing
One more additional Garage Sale: 210 S. 8th Circle
Help out the Ferguson kids! They lost their trampoline in Sunday’s storm.
For sale: Twin baby furniture, car seats, clothes and more; Little Tyke and Fisher Price toys; girls, boys and adult clothes and shoes; plus various household items and books.  
Didn’t get a chance to hold a Garage Sale this week, but planning one in the future?
Be sure to take advantage of the FREE classified ad section on the city of Springfield’s community website:  www.springfieldnebraska.com   Post info and photos of any items for sale.
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The Methodist Youth Group will be having its annual Toilet Paper Drive Sunday May 3rd.
We are focusing on mission opportunities that get lost in the shuffle. Toilet paper is one of those items that everyone needs but food stamps do not pay for. The kids will be going through town door to door from 1-3pm to collect anything you are willing to give. Last year we gathered over 1000 rolls!!! All proceeds will be going to are food pantries to be distributed to those in need.
 The kids have a lot of fun and learn a little about the struggle of others. Please help us if you are able! If you have any questions call Ron Smith @ 510-1151.
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will be held June 12 & 13. Mark for calendars and be sure to join in all the fun! For a look at what will be happening, check on the Springfield website under “Calendar”, click on “Events” to find Springfield Days 2009. The next Springfield Days meeting is on May 7, 7pm at Springfield Memorial Library. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Earth Day was celebrated at Springfield Memorial Library with a special Craft Day after school on Thursday April 23. Inventing creations with the library’s recyclable items, imaginations were in full bloom by the children attending.
Maggie Fraser with her Mom, Vicki
Whitney Hawley shows off her Koala
Joey Brinkman created Noah's Ark
Madison McKinnis made this aquarium.
Jalen Dostal and Sam Scholting are hard at work!
April 30, 7pm – Westmont Elementary Kindergarten program at PHS auditorium
May 1, 1pm - Springfield Elementary Talent Show
May 3 - First United Methodist Church Youth Group -Toilet Paper Drive
May 3, 2pm - Platteview High Baccalaureate
May 3,  5pm & 6:45pm –  South Sarpy School District #46 Community Meeting
May 4, 4-8 –Springfield Elementary PTO Dine Out Night At Hometown Café, Hwy 50 & Main Street
May 6 – Mother /Daughter Banquet at Springfield United First Methodist Church
May 9, 8am -3pm  – Springfield Clean Up Day
May 12 – Platteview High Honors Night
May 17, 1pm – Platteview High Senior Graduation
Manley, NE
The Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felk
World-Class Entertainers at the Lofte
What do you get when you cross world-class juggling talent with family friendly comedy? The answer is, the Gizmo Guys!
Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world. The Gizmo Guys have strutted their stuff in places as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Japan and have taught juggling at the renowned French and Canadian National Circus Schools.  But, what makes their act so appealing is their combination of technique and infectious humor. The Gizmo Guys' rapid-fire act inspires sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages.
The Gizmo Guys are based out of New York City, but have visited Nebraska several times in the past. Most recently they performed at Lincoln's Lied Center for the Performing Arts in 2007 and treated a sell-out crowd to their special brand of family entertainment. 
The Gizmo Guys will be performing at the Lofte on Friday, May 8th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Their show generally runs about an hour.
Everyone from age 0-100 is encouraged to join us for this fun-filled evening. Bring the kids. Bring Grandma and Grandpa. The whole family will have fond memories of this one!
Auditions at Lofte Theatre
The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley will be holding auditions for its summer musical, "Crazy For You" on Sunday, May 10th and Monday, May 11th at 7:00PM.  The production will run weekends between July 17 and August 2. 
First premiering in 1992, "Crazy For You" is considered to be "the new Gershwin musical." The script is loosely based off of the 1930 show, "Girl Crazy" and the score is made up of Gershwin tunes from the era including, "I Got Rhythm," and "Someone to Watch Over Me."
Those interested in auditioning should bring a prepared piece of music and expect cold readings from the script.  Specifics on vocal ranges and available parts can be found on the theater's website, www.Lofte.com.  Questions regarding the show or the audition process may be sent to Artistic Director Kevin Colbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
From our State Senator, Dave Pankonin:
April 24, 2009, Lincoln— In addition to the nine bills I personally introduced this year, I added my name as co-introducer to 15 other bills. By “signing-on” to a bill that is introduced by another senator, a co-introducer makes it known that he or she supports the bill. Sometimes the co-introducer initiates the gesture of adding his or her name to the bill. In other instances the bill’s primary introducer seeks support from co-introducers to demonstrate the bill’s strength, even before it has a public hearing or is scheduled for floor debate. One of the bills I co-introduced this year was LB 489 by Senator Kate Sullivan. This bill would adopt the Area Health Education Centers Act. LB 489 is Senator Sullivan’s 2009 priority bill. It was advanced this week to the final round of debate.
The Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health care workforce to address the needs of underserved populations. The AHEC program, with more than 200 Centers, operates in almost every state. The strength of the program is its ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to address local or regional health care issues. In each state that is served, federal funding flows through medical schools to the individual AHECs.
The state of Nebraska is served by five Centers, which are 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations governed by local boards of directors. The Centers in Nebraska were created between 2001 and 2005. In Legislative District 2, Sarpy County is served by the Omaha Urban AHEC, and the Southeast Nebraska AHEC covers Cass and Otoe Counties. Nebraska’s AHECs have cooperative agreements with the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
LB 489 would recognize Area Health Education Centers in statute as a resource for connecting Nebraska students to health careers, health professionals to communities and communities to better health. In this state there are significant gaps between the health care workforce demand and the actual supply of providers, especially in underserved and rural areas. The current situation is becoming more acute, because we have an aging workforce, high turnover, low pay and few advancement opportunities.
To this point the Area Health Education Centers have been funded through local, private and federal sources. Federal monies account for the largest percentage of the funding, but the payments arrive on a staggered schedule based on when the Centers were started. Under the current funding plan, all of the AHECs must complete the initial six year federal funding cycle before any of the Centers would be eligible to receive additional federal funding. LB 489 would provide enough state funding to sustain all of the AHECs until federal funding can be renewed.
The Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, on which I serve, offered an amendment to LB 489 to require the AHECs to conduct annual evaluations, and report the findings to the governor and the Legislature. The bill will sunset at the end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year. This target date will enable the Health and Human Services and Appropriations Committees to make sound recommendations about continued funding for the AHECs.
The Area Health Education Centers play a vital role in enhancing access to quality health care in underserved and rural areas of our state. I am pleased to support LB 489 and the work that is performed by the dedicated AHEC staff and directors.
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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