Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - May 27, 2009


May 27, 2009

 When the American Flag becomes soiled, faded, ripped or tattered and torn it must be retired and the proper method is for it to be burned.  This honor and privilege falls to a very select group and the American Legion is one of these groups.
 June 14 is Flag Day and is an ideal time to fly the flag and to inspect your flag.  If it is determined to be the time to replace the flag you can drop off the old ones at the drop box (an old mail box) on the right side of the Legion building. 
At our meeting on June 15 we will hold a retirement ceremony for all flags received.  This ceremony is open to the public, and we welcome school children as well as adults to witness this.  The ceremony will start at 7:00 P.M. behind the Legion Hall in Springfield.
mpj040178600001.jpgDust 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 Flea Market,   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 is June 4, 7pm at Springfield Memorial Library. Everyone is welcome to attend!
 For a copy of the Springfield Days Agenda, click here: http://www.springfieldnebraska.com/pdf/Saddle_Up_Agenda2009.pdf
mpj031426300001.jpgThe Methodist Youth Group raised over 500 rolls of Toilet Paper to give to local pantries AND had a lot of fun doing it.
We could not have had that kind of success without the giving and gracious people of Springfield.
Thank You!!!
 ~The Methodist Youth Group & Ron Smith, Youth Group Leader
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 are available at the library for all ages to read and earn prizes. The Summer Reading & Craft Tent opens on Thursday June 4th from 10:30am – 12pm and will be open every Thursday until July 23rd. Summer Reading Programs will be held on Mondays, June 8- July 13 with Preschool Story Time at 9:30am and the Elementary age program at 1pm. For more information, contact the library at 253-2797.
Soaring Wings Vineyard’s Friday Night Music Series features the Smokin’ Section Band. Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 7pm with a $5 cover charge. Mitch Armstrong will play at this week’s Acoustic Sunday’s fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association and the Tour de Cure Ride beginning at 1pm.
Good Luck to Platteview High’s Justin Meyer in next weekend’s State Golf Tourney in Lincoln!
Congratulations to Jessica Jensen and Steve Nelson for medaling at the State Track and Field competition!
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 8- Summer Reading Programs at Springfield Memorial Library – Preschool Story Time, 9:30 – 10:15am. Elementary age program: the Henry Doorly Zoo visits from 1 -2pm.
June 9, 12pm – Senior Brown Bag at Springfield Memorial Library.
June 12 & 13 – Saddle Up for Springfield Days!
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.
Cast of "Over the Tavern."  Front row, Cheryl Grimshaw, Virginia Howe Kincaid and Lizzy Pegler.  
Back row, Kevin Holdorf, Tucker Flodman, Bill Hayes and Evan Wooten
GOSPEL CONCERTS 2009 Southern Gospel Concert Series WITH WESS ADAMS
June 6, 7:00pm
Weeping Water Christian Church; 306 West H Street, Weeping Water, Nebraska, 68463. 402-269-5508
From our State Senator, Dave Pankonin:
May 22, 2009, Lincoln – Only a few of the bills that are passed by the Legislature receive media coverage. This means that Nebraska citizens seldom, if ever, hear about the majority of the new laws that are enacted. Last month I highlighted some bills that were passed early in the session. I am now pleased to provide information about more new laws that you should know about.
The new law created by LB 92, known as the “move-over” law, will prohibit drivers from traveling in highway lanes next to a shoulder, in which emergency or road assistance vehicles are stopped. If drivers are not able to move over, they will be required to reduce their speed. This law will only apply to Interstate 80 and other highways that accommodate two or more lanes of traffic flowing in the same direction. A first offense violation of this law will be defined as a traffic infraction, and second or subsequent offenses will be charged as Class IIIA misdemeanors.
Last year a bill was passed to allow first and second offense drunk drivers to resume driving more quickly, if they installed and used an interlock ignition device. The device keeps a car from starting, if the driver has consumed alcohol. It works like a breathalyzer, because the driver blows into it, in order to start the car. The premise behind the use of the interlock device is that people will be able to continue to work and take care of their families, without endangering others by repeating their inappropriate driving behavior. This year LB 497 was passed to create a penalty for people who violate the terms of usage for their interlock ignition device. A violator would be guilty of a Class II misdemeanor and would be denied further use privileges for the interlock ignition device.
Under LB 500 a mayor, city council or the board of trustees of a municipal cemetery may set aside the proceeds from the sale of lots, donations and bequests to create a perpetual fund. The income from the fund may then be used for the management, maintenance, improvement or beautification of the cemetery. If there is a need or desire to use the principal of the fund, no more than 20 percent may be used in any fiscal year, and no more than 40 percent may be used over a period of ten consecutive fiscal years.
LB 9 added wood and corn to the list of items that are exempt from sales and use tax when used as fuel in farming. Previously, other energy sources such as electricity, coal, gasoline, fuel oil, propane and natural gas were exempt. The bill contained an emergency clause, so it became law when it was signed by the governor on May 21st.
Our current law allows parents to provide insurance coverage for children, under the age of 24, who are full-time students. When LB 551 becomes law on January 1, 2010, a new insurance option will be available for these young adults. The new law will allow unmarried adults to continue health insurance coverage under their parents’ policies through age 29.
I co-introduced LB 671 to create uniform death investigations, establish regional support services and mandate death investigation training and on-going education for county coroners. I supported this bill, in part, because its primary introducer Senator Pete Pirsch of Omaha included some new procedures for the investigation of sudden, unexplained infant deaths. Senator Pirsch did this in response to requests from a District 2 constituent and from me. Nebraska’s current laws have been in place since 1917, and provide no state oversight and few standards to ensure quality death investigations. In many parts of Nebraska, county attorneys are required to serve as coroners, but they are not required to have the necessary training to carry out the responsibilities that accompany this role. When LB 671 becomes law in August, the quality and consistency of death investigation in our state will be improved.
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

~ I make the most of all that comes,

       And the least of all that goes.

-   Sara Teasdale

Connie Manzer
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