Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - June 10, 2009

June 10, 2009
 Are we ready for the fun to begin? Saddle Up for Springfield Days, 2009 will finally be happening this weekend. Invite your family and friends for a fun–filled weekend of events in Springfield this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 12 -14.  Dust off your cowboy hats, and join us for the BBQ dinner, Springfield Idol, Bugeaters Flea Market, Pancake Feed, BBQ Contest, Parades, Fun Run, Children’s activities,  Duck Drop Race, Dance, Fireworks, Farm Toy Show & much more!!! For a copy of the Springfield Days Agenda, click here: http://www.springfieldnebraska.com/pdf/Saddle_Up_Agenda2009.pdf
Happy Birthday, Selma Johnson! Selma will celebrate her 95th birthday on June 12, 2009.  She retired after many years of teaching in the Springfield-Platteview District 46 Elementary School.
 Selma and her husband, Harry, also owned and operated the Dari Creme in Louisville for over 25 years.
 Her family asks that you remember her special day with a card shower.  Cards may be sent to PO Box 433, Louisville NE 68037.
 Happy birthday to our Mom and The Cookie Gramma!
 With love from Julie, Jean, Gary, Mark, Jenny, Colton, Baylor, Piper and Finley

Fred and JoAnn (Krulis) Ostransky will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family. They were married on June 13, 1959 at St. Columbkille’s Church in Papillion.
Their children and spouses are Mary and Tom, Mike and Pam, and Marvin and Cathy. They have 6 grandchildren.  JoAnn is a retired teacher and Fred is a farmer. Cards may be mailed to: 11806 Fairview Rd., Springfield, NE 68059 
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.
Soaring Wings Vineyard’s Friday Night Music Series features the Soldiers of Soul. Doors open at 6pm and the show will start at 7pm with a $5 cover charge. Teresa Storch plays at this week’s Acoustic Sunday from 2-5pm. Free admission for this event.
Let’s get ready for the Fair! The Sarpy County Fair will be held July 29 – August 2, 2009 with the parade on Saturday, August 1st.  Vendor booths and Parade Entry registration forms can be found at:  www.sarpyfair.com
Rowdy has been found!  He is safe and back home with his grateful family!
 Springfield Memorial Library is celebrating “Be Creative @ Your Library” this summer with reading, programs, and fun for all kids! Programs began this past week.
Making Crafts
Reading in the tent
Judy from Henry Doorly Zoo shows snake skins.
Feeling animal pelts
June 11, 10:30am – 12pm – Summer Reading Tent with books and crafts for all ages at Springfield Memorial Library. No registration required.
June 12 & 13 – Saddle Up for Springfield Days!
June 15- Summer Reading Programs at Springfield Memorial Library – Preschool Story Time, 9:30 – 10:15am. Elementary age program: Cowboy Dave visits from 1 -2pm.
June 15, 7pm – Flag Retirement Ceremony at Springfield American Legion Hall

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.
- 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.
Chase Bauers Receives 2009 Lofte Scholarship
The Lofte Community Theatre has always encouraged its volunteers to continue their education. Each year they award a $250 scholarship to a graduating senior who has served the Lofte in any fashion including acting, ushering or painting set. This year, we're proud to announce that the 2009 winner is Chase Bauers of Louisville.
Chase has has decided to attend Northwest Missouri State and major in secondary education.  He will begin his studies there in August. Throughout his high school career at Louisville High School, Chase was active in both sports and arts activities. He made the honor roll for all four years, received honors as Outstanding Drama Student, lettered in three different sports, and also made ECNC Academic All-Conference. 
Chase's first role on the Lofte stage was at age ten when he appeared as "the boy" in the summer musical "Shenandoah," but his first memories of the Lofte go back much farther than that. Both his mother and father, Larry and Allison Bauers, have been active members of the Lofte for over twenty years.  "My parents are definitely the reason that I got my start in the theater.  I was always out at the Lofte with them from a very young age, and I'm glad for it."  Chase says that his favorite job as a toddler was during set deconstruction.  "I thought it was cool to run around the stage with a magnet picking up stray screws!"  In addition to picking up missing screws, over the years Chase has helped to park cars, paint set, serve concessions and build set.   
With almost eighteen years of Lofte experience and having seen most of the season shows during his life, Chase has a large supply of memorable experiences.  "My favorite show was probably acting 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.'  That whole run was just awesome!  It was an absolute thrill to be a part of that production." 
The Lofte congratulates Chase Bauers for his successful high school career and wishes him the absolute best for his future.
 State Senator, Dave Pankonin:
June 5, 2009, Lincoln – On June 22nd the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will begin the statewide implementation of the latest changes to its Digital Driver License System. The new changes were authorized by the passage of LB 911 in 2008. I did not vote for LB 911, but it is now the law. I believe that you should be aware of the most recent changes that will be in effect when you apply for or renew a driver license.
Over the past nine years, the DMV has made continuous changes to its driver license system. The DMV has dedicated its efforts to improving the security and integrity of its data, with a focus on reducing opportunities for fraud, identity theft and card counterfeiting.
The following modifications to the system will have the most immediate impact on Nebraska citizens:
Applicants will be required to provide two forms of proof of principal residence. (e.g. bank statement, property tax statement, and/or bill statements less than 90 days old.)
An applicant for a new driver license or state issued identification card will be required to present one form of U.S. based identification that includes the applicant’s full legal name.
Applicants’ photos will be taken at the beginning of the process by DMV examiners, rather than at the end by staff from the county treasurer’s office.
Applicants will receive a 30-day temporary driver license, before receiving the permanent license or state identification card in the mail.
Centrally issued driver licenses and state identification cards will be produced at a secure facility and mailed to valid cardholders within five to seven business days after the applicant’s identity is verified.
A $2.50 security surcharge will be added to the base cost of each license and identification card.
In an effort to inform the public about the changes that are being implemented, the Department of Motor Vehicles prepared and will distribute two documents. The first one is a fact sheet brochure that is being sent to all of the county treasurers, the DMV examining staff, public libraries and the media. The second document will be sent to all license renewal candidates and cardholders as an insert in their 90-day renewal notice. The insert contains specific information about the new changes, a website address that contains more information and helpful advice about how to plan for a visit to a DMV office.
I receive a lot of mail in my legislative office. From time to time I see information that you should have, as well. This certainly applies to the driver license changes produced by LB 911.
If you need to renew a driver license, or obtain a new license or state identification card, be sure to review the insert in your renewal notice or a fact sheet brochure before you begin the application process. If you have questions about the new requirements, you may call the examining office in your county.
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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Connie Manzer
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