WHAT’S NEW IN SPRINGFIELD, NE
June 3, 2009
Springfield Days 2008 parade
Dust off your cowboy hat! Saddle Up for Springfield Days will be held June 12 & 13. Join us for the BBQ dinner, Springfield Idol, Bugeaters Flea Market, Pancake Feed, BBQ Contest, Parades, Duck Drop Race, 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.
AMERICAN LEGION POST 143 TO RETIRE FLAGS. 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.
Be Creative @ Your Library is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program at Springfield Memorial Library. Reading, programs, and artful activities are planned for 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 4 from 10:30am – 12pm and will be open every Thursday until July 23. 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 Mark Irvin Band. Doors open at 6pm and the show will start at 7pm with a $5 cover charge. Chris Saub plays at this week’s Acoustic Sunday from 2-5pm. Free admission for this event.
Lost Dog, Rowdy
Last seen in Fairview Heights 5-29-09 - Large Male Chocolate Lab - Blue Collar
If you see him, please contact Eileen @ 402-850-9415. We miss him very much - He is a very Friendly Dog.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SPRINGFIELD –The Calendar
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!
June 15, 7pm – Flag Retirement Ceremony at Springfield American Legion Hall
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 2:00pm 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.
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
Plattsmouth, NE hosts Chautauqua, June 24 -28
History of the Chautauqua - Chautauqua began as a summer school for Sunday School teachers in Chautauqua, New York, in 1874. By the turn of the 20th century, Chautauqua had developed into a nationwide traveling educational and entertainment program. Theodore Roosevelt called Chautauqua “the most American thing in America.”
Traveling Chautauquas in the late 1800s and early 1900s brought the world to rural communities across the nation, including those in Kansas and Nebraska. Chautauqua combined programs of political oratory and lectures about health, science, and the humanities with entertainment, such as opera singers and stage performances of Shakespeare. Well-known speakers and politicians such as William McKinley, Rutherford B. Hayes, William Howard Taft, and William Jennings Bryan toured the Chautauqua circuit. Audiences heard about national issues and discussed their views with their neighbors. For many rural Kansas and Nebraska towns, Chautauqua week was the most important week of the year.
Modern Chautauqua - The Kansas Humanities Council and Nebraska Humanities Council rekindled their states’ Chautauqua traditions in 1984 with modern Chautauquas that use public forum and discussion to focus on a particular historical era. Rather than use contemporary speakers, the modern-day Chautauqua features history professionals portraying famous figures from the past. In the spirit of the original traveling Chautauquas, the Kansas and Nebraska Humanities councils have brought their programs to rural communities.
CHAUTAUQUA 2009 – “Bright Dreams, Hard Times: America in the Thirties” is the theme of the 2009 Chautauqua in Plattsmouth on June 24-28. This five-day event features tent programs, history workshops, a traveling photography exhibit, and local history events that explore the hopes, dreams, and fears of Americans during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. It features first-person portrayals of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Senator Huey Long of Louisiana, Pentecostal leader Aimee Semple McPherson, Harlem Renaissance writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, and humorist Will Rogers. Tent programs begin each evening at 7:30pm under the big Chautauqua tent at Rhylander Park. Daily adult workshops, offering an in-depth look at issues from the 1930s and their impact today, will take place in the Plattsmouth State Bank Community Room. Complete Schedule of events at: www.plattsmouthchamber.com
CHAUTAUQUA YOUTH CAMP AND WORKSHOPS – During the week of Chautauqua, youth can engage in the history of the 1930s by participating in a variety of free workshops, taking place at the Plattsmouth Public Library.
Youth Chautauqua Camp – Monday thru Friday/afternoons
June 22-June26 (Grades 4-8)
Provides students the opportunity to become historians, researchers, scriptwriters, and actors. This camp allows participants to identify and research a local historical figure of the 1930s and portray that person under the tent on the final evening of Chautauqua. Sign-up (25 limit) by calling 235-2396 or 350-0364.
Dear Eleanor, Dear Michelle
10a.m. Friday, June 26 (age 8 and up)
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, children from all over the country sent letters to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Participants in this workshop will become historians-in-training as they research the letters and learn about the 1930s. At the end of the workshop, they will write a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama. Questions?: 296-3131 or 263-4975.
Making Murals with Folktales: How Butterflies are Made
10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25 (Pre-school age and above)
Children will listen to the vibrant story told by “Zora” and will then talk about the tale and compare it to the world they live in today. They will create a mural based on the images in the folktale and related images from their own experiences. The mural will be put on public display.
“FDR RETURNS TO PLATTSMOUTH”
- Wednesday, June 24th at 6:00pm the Plattsmouth Community Band will kick off the Chautauqua festivities with a 30 minute concert. At 6:30, the public will have the opportunity to meet the Chautauquans and see the re-enactment of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s visit to Plattsmouth in October, 1936. This will be followed by a free watermelon feed, hosted by Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce; Caboose Park, First & Main St.
State Senator, Dave Pankonin:
May 29, 2009, Lincoln – As I reported earlier this year, LB 134 was my priority bill for the 2009 session. The bill was prompted by a local issue, but it quickly became clear that it had statewide implications. This week, after months of strategic planning, collaborative work and careful negotiations, I asked the Legislature not to pass LB 134 but to “kill”it instead. This move might seem like an unorthodox way to handle a priority bill, but it actually represents a significant victory in what may become a three-step process to resolve a statewide policy matter.
Four key points led to the introduction of LB 134 and are still relevant today.
Point 1 - There will be trail development in the future. In the past recreational trails were constructed almost entirely within city limits, as a part of natural resource districts’ flood control projects, as popular features in city or state parks, or on abandoned railroad lines.
Point 2 – There is general consensus that unrestrained use of eminent domain to take private property for trail development is not good public policy. The MoPac Trail extension project in Cass County did not fit the previously-used models. So, the answer to the question about how the 10 mile trail project would be completed was, “The Lower Platte South NRD could use eminent domain to take the needed land from more than 20 private owners.” This decision was made after a citizen advisory group, formed by the NRD, recommended against using private land for the trail project. The affected landowners in Cass County were united in their opposition to the taking of land on which they live and, in many cases, from prime farmland, with which they earn their living. It quickly became clear that the landowners had no way to influence the NRD’s decision.
Point 3 - Affected local governing bodies should have a defined role to play, if eminent domain is to be used to take private property for trail development. Early this year the Cass County Board of Commissioners twice voted unanimously against the Lower Platte South NRD’s proposed trail route. In addition to concerns about the use of eminent domain for the taking of private property, the Board had equal concerns about county road safety issues that would be created by the proposed route. There was no policy in place to reconcile the differences between the two political entities.
Point 4 – A process is needed to ensure that a fair and even playing field exists, if eminent domain is to be used to take private property for trail development. Nebraska does have a state trails plan. The Game and Parks Commission oversees it. However, unlike the plans in many other states, the Nebraska plan is silent on the use of eminent domain for recreational projects.
Efforts by affected landowners, the Cass County Board and the Legislature sparked changes in the original trail plan. The Lower Platte South NRD and the Cass County Board renewed discussions about the trail project. Although LB 134 had the support of a number of state senators, it would have had significant opposition from within the Legislature and from several groups that advocate for expanded trail development. I made the decision that I could not risk sacrificing the landowners and Cass County with an uncertain floor fight. Instead the status of LB 134 became a bargaining tool in an effort to convince the NRD Board to approve a moratorium on the proposed trail route through the 2010 legislative session. The moratorium was approved with the understanding that I would “kill” LB 134, and the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee would study the use of eminent domain for recreational projects between legislative sessions.
Nebraska needs a statewide policy on trail development. If such a policy is put in place, I think most trail projects can be worked out at the local level. In light of what happened in Cass County, as well as similar events that could occur in other parts of the state, the policy needs to eliminate the use of eminent domain for recreational projects, or to include a process for resolving conflicts that is fair to all parties.
I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature.
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