Good Luck Trojans at the State Track and Field Championships next Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 at Burke High in Omaha. State qualifiers include: Nathan Boggess, Steve Nelson, Tyler Reed, Gavin Swanson, Colton Eledge, Brooks Erhart, Cayla Iske, Laurel Shepard, and Jessica Jensen.
Jack Jolly will soon be famous! Jack is 7yrs old and a 1st grader at Springfield Elementary. He recently tried out to sing the National Anthem at one of the Omaha Royals baseball games and he was selected! He will be singing at Rosenblatt Stadium on August 26th. Congratulations to Jack!!!
Happy Birthday, Jesse Brinkman
Happy 4th Birthday to Jesse Brinkman!!! His special day is May 20th. Jesse attends preschool at Building Blocks and will attend Springfield Preschool next year. Best wishes for a fun birthday!
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 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.
Springfield American Legion Post 143 will host a Memorial Day Program at the Springfield cemetery on Sunday 24 May 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Lt. Col Sandstrom will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited and welcome.
Dust off your cowboy hat! Saddle Up for Springfield Days will be held June 12 & 13. Mark for calendars for a fun family event. Join us for the BBQ dinner, Springfield Idol, Bugeaters Fleamarket, BBQ Contest, Parades, Dance, Fireworks & much more!!! 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 will be held on May 21, 7pm at Springfield Memorial Library. Everyone is welcome to attend!
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SPRINGFIELD –The Calendar
May 21 – South Sarpy School District #46 – Last day of classes for all students with early dismissal. Summer Vacation begins!!!
May 21, 7pm – Springfield Days meeting at Springfield Memorial Library
May 24, 6pm – Memorial Day program at the Springfield Cemetery.
June 2 – Senior Meal at First United Methodist Church. Free will donation accepted.
June 4, 10:30am – 12pm – Summer Reading Tent with books and crafts for all ages at Springfield Memorial Library. No registration required.
June 9, 12pm – Senior Brown Bag at Springfield Memorial Library.
June 12 & 13 – Saddle Up for Springfield Days!
From Greenblatt & Seay of Avoca, NE:
The 11th Annual Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest will take place at Homestead National Monument of America`s Education Center on Saturday, May 23, 2009. There is a total of $1000 in prize money thanks to the Leigh F. Coffin, Jane M. Coffin, and Leigh M. Coffin Foundation. There is no registration fee or admission fee for the Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest.
The day will start with a free workshop for fiddlers at 10:00 a.m given by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt. Registration for the competition begins at 10:00 a.m. also. Competition begins at 2:00 p.m. Participants will be divided into Junior (less than five years experience) and Senior Divisions. Participants will be asked to play a hoedown, waltz and tune of choice. All music should be from the homesteading era of 1862 to when Homestead National Monument of America was created in 1936. At 7:00 p.m. there will be an evening concert of winners with the top three in each division receiving cash prizes and trophies. There will also be a raffle for a free fiddle, made and donated by Nancy Rohn, which will be won by one of the fiddling contestants.
Homestead National Monument of America is located 4 miles west of Beatrice on Nebraska Highway 4. Current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Admission is free of charge. For more information call 402-223-3514 or visit www.nps.gov/home.
GOSPEL CONCERTS 2009 Southern Gospel Concert Series WITH WESS ADAMS
Weeping Water Christian Church; 306 West H Street, Weeping Water, Nebraska, 68463. 402-269-5508
Lofte Theatre Begins 33rd Season
The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley is proud to begin its 33rd season with Tom Dudzik's family drama, "Over the Tavern." The story is set in the Eisenhower years of 1950s America. However, life is far from idyllic for the Pazinski family of Buffalo, New York. They live in a cramped apartment above the tavern owned and ran by their father. The youngest of the Pazinski family, 12 year-old Rudy, decides that he's had it with traditional family values and those of the Roman Catholic church. When he announces to his already stressed family and the ruler-wielding nun, Sister Clarissa, that he wants to look around for a more "fun" religion, all hell breaks loose.
While "Over the Tavern" does have some hilariously funny moments, it is truly a sentimental look at families, growing up and God. It's a great script that is sure to both entertain and cause audience members to reflect on their own adolescent experiences.
Performance Dates are May 29-31, June 5-7 and 11-14. Showtimes are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday and 2:30pm on Sundays. General admission tickets can be purchased for $16 either on-line or by contacting the box office at (402) 234-2553. However, if you're still thinking about purchasing season tickets, now is the time. Season passes (for the 5 regular season shows) may be purchased for $60 which equals $12 per show. This is an overall savings of $20 for the entire season. The season package pricing is only available through June 14th.
From our State Senator, Dave Pankonin:
May 15, 2009, Lincoln— The state’s $6.9 billion, two-year budget received the third and final vote this week in the Legislature. The budget bills, as passed by the Legislature, are remarkably similar to the proposals introduced by the Appropriations Committee. The budget anticipates a 3.2 percent reduction in the 2009-10 fiscal year, and a 5.3 percent increase in 2010-11. The average increase for the two-year cycle is only 1 percent. As I said last week, the opportunity to avoid draconian budget cuts and even provide a very small increase to fund some extremely important services is based on the availability of federal stimulus funds and the ability to tap into the state’s Cash Reserve Fund (Fund).
When the legislative session began, the Cash Reserve Fund contained about $566 million. The proposed budget uses about $254 million from the Fund and allows the un-obligated balance to carry over to provide assistance, if it is needed, in the next biennium. The Nebraska Budget Act defines the term “cash reserve” as the funds required for the period before revenue would become available for expenditure. Nebraska law requires that the Fund always contain a minimum 3 percent reserve to protect the state, should an unexpected fiscal emergency occur. In recent years the Fund balance has steadily increased, because the Legislature has made wise policy decisions. The decisions have produced only modest tax cuts and spending increases. This approach has allowed monies to accumulate in the Fund, so that now, when we are in a severe economic downturn, we can use some of the resources we have been saving to reduce the number and size of budget cuts, and to direct some funds to areas of great importance.
The proposed budget cannot meet every need, but it is important to highlight a few of the important areas that will receive funding thanks, in part, to the federal stimulus funds and careful stewardship of state funds by past legislatures. They include state funds to replace the anticipated loss of federal funds for the Beatrice State Developmental Center, services for some of the people who have waited a long time for developmental disability services, small rate increases for Medicaid health care providers, increases for K-12 and higher education, funding for criminal background checks for people who provide transportation for foster children, and increased support for area agencies on aging.
The governor received the budget bills on Wednesday, May 13 and has five days, excluding Sunday, to decide what
to do with them. If he signs the bills or declines to act on them, the bills will become law. However, with budget bills, the governor may also veto specific line-items. If he does invoke his veto power, the bills will be returned to the Legislature, where veto overrides may be considered. By next week state senators will know if there will be any vetoes. It will then be up to the Legislature to accept the governor’s budget changes or to stand by its own budget plan. For now, we must simply wait to see what will happen in the final chapter of the budget process.
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