Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - May 6, 2009


May 6, 2009



 To all Mothers this Sunday.
Wonderful Mother
Author: Pat O'Reilly

God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He moulded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.
  The St. Joseph Catholic Church Knights of Columbus treat Moms and Grandmothers and their families to the annual Mother's Day breakfast after the 9:00 Mass this Sunday. 
 mpj043870000001.jpgPlatteview Senior High’s Spring Concert is set for Monday, May 11 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy!
Let’s get ready to spruce up Springfield!  Springfield Clean Up Day will be held this Saturday May 9th from 8:00am - 3:00pm.  Clean out that basement, garage, shed and yard. Haul all your unwanted items to 1st & Spruce St. Volunteers will be ready to help you unload. And it’s free!
Calling all girls! A Girl Scout Troop is starting in Springfield. Any girl grades K -12 that are interested in joining Girl Scouts,  please call Shari Warner at 402-234-5350 or 402-677-0554.
Vote for your favorite site for the new Omaha Royals Baseball stadium.  It’s a chance to voice your opinion. Log onto www.oroyals.com     Scroll down to the right hand corner to find the poll.
Soaring Wings Vineyard celebrates the Spring season this Saturday with it’s Spring Wine and Blues Festival. The doors open at 11:00am with music beginning at 12:30pm. Tickets are $20 per person and are available to order online by clicking here
Soaring Wings Vineyard kicks off the Friday Night Music series Friday, May 15 with music by the Cronin Brothers. The gates open at 6:00 with music beginning at 7:00pm. Cover charge is $5 for 12 & up.
Be Creative @ Your Library is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program at Springfield Memorial Library. Reading, programs, and artful activities will be held throughout the summer months. Reading logs will be available at the library for all ages to read and earn prizes beginning May 18th. For more information contact the library at 253-2797.
Saddle Up for Springfield Days 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!
Thirty-eight is the official number of pillowcases made by the Springfield Library Quilters for the ConKerr Cancer Pillowcase Cause.  Donations were dropped off at The Quilted Moose in Gretna earlier this week to be distributed to children at Children’s Hospital and Nebraska Medical Center.  Cases were made by Nancy Davis, Nancy Dworak, Dorothy Foged, Connie Manzer, Gaynell Scholting, and Christie Stoddard.

A complication of articles from The Springfield Monitor entitled "The History of Sports at Springfield High School, 1901 to 1960" will be offered at this year's Alumni Banquet. Cost is $25.00 at the Banquet or $30.00 if mailed. Advance ordering can be gotten by calling 402-339-7188 or emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                          This history is 366 pages. Pages 1-322 are sports related and pages 332-362 contain non-sports articles. Also included is the history of SHS in state basball, state basketball, all conference players, and more. I am encouraging early ordering so that I know how many copies to have printed. May 20th is the cut-off date for orders.                                                                                                                                                  ---Don Joern

May 6 6:30pm – Mother /Daughter Banquet at Springfield United First Methodist Church
May 9, 8am -3pm – Springfield Clean Up Day
May 11, 7pm – PHS Spring Concert
May 12, noon – Senior Brown Bag Lunch at Springfield Memorial Library
May 12, 7pm  – Platteview High Honors Night
May 17, 1pm – Platteview High Senior Graduation.  Congratulations, Graduates!!!
May 18 - Begin reading for the Summer Reading Program at Springfield Memorial Library. Stop by to pick up a Reading Log.
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Annual Spring Parade
Time 1:00pm
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
Bring your family and make a day of it in Downtown Louisville
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:
For Immediate Release: A New Colleague’s Proposal
May 1, 2009, Lincoln— LB 396, to create the Medical Home Pilot Program Act, was introduced and designated as a priority bill by freshman Senator Mike Gloor of Grand Island. Senator Gloor is a retired hospital administrator, who serves with me on the Health and Human Services Committee. I respect my new colleague and appreciate the expertise that he brings to the Committee and the Legislature. I voted with all of the members of the Health and Human Services Committee to advance LB 396 for floor debate.
As defined in LB 396, a medical home is a location, usually a clinic or physician’s office, where a patient can build a relationship with a primary care provider, who uses a holistic approach to coordinating health care for the patient. This approach is expected to include guidance and education to enable the patient to manage some of their health care needs. LB 396 creates a pilot program using family physicians as medical homes for Medicaid patients. This model has saved money, and provided better and more accessible health care in similar programs across the country. Medical home doctors are likely to provide care that our parents or grandparents would have recognized. For example, they may call patients to remind them to take medication or perform routine health tests at home. They may have flexible office hours, and they might make house calls.
LB 396 requires the state’s Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care to design and implement a medical home pilot program in one or more geographic regions of the state by January 1, 2012. The Division must establish reimbursement policies and use incentives to encourage both physicians and patients to participate in the new program. By June 1, 2014, the Division will evaluate the success of the pilot program, and report the results to the governor and the Health and Human Services Committee. The report must include an evaluation of health care outcomes and cost savings, and recommendations for improving, continuing, expanding or ending the program.
The Medical Home Pilot Program Act includes the creation of an advisory council to be appointed by the governor. The council will have seven voting members, and the chairman or another member of the Health and Human Services Committee will serve as a nonvoting member of the council. The voting members will include doctors who are family practice physicians, pediatricians, and internists, and a representative from a licensed hospital in Nebraska. The advisory council will guide and assist the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care in the design and implementation of the pilot program, and promote the use of the best health care practices to ensure that eligible patients can access medical homes under this program.
During its public hearing, LB 396 received strong support from doctors, and hospital and pharmaceutical representatives. A proponent from Nebraska Advocacy Services pointed out that establishing medical homes for Medicaid recipients and using a comprehensive care approach have been shown, in other states, to lower costs by increasing the use of preventative care, especially for people with chronic health conditions, while also improving the quality of their care.
Last month LB 396 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. It will become law in September.
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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~Sooner or later we all quote our mothers. -Bern Williams 
 Connie Manzer
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