Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - July 1, 2009


July 1, 2009



Springfield, Nebraska celebrates July 4, 2009  

Happy Independence Day!  Celebrate a nice holiday weekend with picnics, barbeques, and fireworks. Springfield is all decked out with flags flying high and plenty of Fireworks Stands to provide one and all with a “star -spangled banner” night.  So break out your red, white, and blue duds to commemorate our country’s birthday and our independence this Saturday, July 4th.
And what’s more American, than the sport of Baseball? Congratulations to the Red Sox, the Springfield 12-year old boy’s team for winning 2nd place in the SYAA Springfield Days Tournament.
Members of the team include:  Front Row left to right:  Ethan Jansen, Colton Bridwell, Ryan Suggitt, Jake Grell, Tom Dalton, Luke Polenz.  Back Row:  Grant Christensen, Ryan Shipley, Tanner Prazan, Ben Smith, Dylan Bartley, Noah Schlange and Wyatt Williams.  Coaches left to right, Terry Jansen, Chip Christensen, Roger Shipley and Don Dalton.
 The Friends of the Springfield Memorial Library announce the Duck Drop Race winners:
1. Wii gaming machine: Duck #28 -  Tricia Schaffer, North Platte, NE 
2. $ 50 Savings Bond: Duck #358  - Carter Lamb, Omaha, NE
3. Eklektic Designs Salon gift certificate: Duck #52 - Jon DeGraw, Papillion,NE
4. Movie Gift Bag: Duck # 162  - Matt Liebentritt, Springfield, NE
5. Springfield Drug Gift Certificate: Duck # 256 - Evelyn Hans, Springfield, NE
6. Squirrel Box: Duck #4 - Ric Desantiago, Council Bluffs, IA  

 A Step Ahead Center is looking for a part time employee to start in the middle of July. Hours to begin with will be 2:30 to 6:30. Hours will probably increase to about 7.5 hours per day with a 1/2 unpaid lunch around September 1. Pay starts at $7.25 per hour. Contact Dan at 253-3083.
 Springfield First United Methodist Church invites all children to go to the edge this summer for Vacation Bible School! Camp E.D.G.E.: Experience + Discover God Everywhere is an extreme adventure camp taking kids on exciting bible treks to experience and discover God everywhere, every day!
The fun begins: July 20th and ends July 23rd
Time: 6:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
To be a part of all the extreme fun: call 253-2270 or pick up a registration form @ the church or Springfield Library!

There was music in the air when folk musician, David Seay, from Avoca, NE performed at the Springfield Memorial Library on June 29. Mr. Seay took the audience back in time with his variety of old-time instruments and songs. The children enjoyed this interactive musical program titled “ The “Tradition”  in Traditional Folk Music.  This program was provided by funds from  the Nebraska Humanities Council.





Let’s get ready for the Sarpy County Fair! The 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
Soaring Wings Vineyard’s Friday Night Music Series features Chris Saub. Doors open at 6pm and the show will start at 7pm with a $5 cover charge. John Stokely plays at this week’s Acoustic Sunday from 2-5pm with free admission for this event.
Is it time to sell that old bike gathering dust in the garage? Advertize for FREE in the Classified Ad section on the Springfield website! Log on here: http://springfieldnebraska.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=36
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July 2, 10:30am – 12pm – Summer Reading Tent with books and crafts for all ages at Springfield Memorial Library. No registration required.
July 4 – Celebrate “Independence Day”
July 6- Summer Reading Programs at Springfield Memorial Library – Preschool Story Time, 9:30 – 10:15am. Elementary age program: Chrystal Arch: 5 6 7 8 Dance Studio visits  at 1:00pm.
July 7, 12pm  – Senior Meal at First United Methodist Church. A free will donation is appreciated.
July 14, 12pm – Senior Brown Bag Lunch at Springfield Memorial Library


Missoula Children's Theater Event a Success

For the fourth straight year, the Lofte Community Theatre near Manley and Home State Bank of Louisville hosted a summer residency of the Missoula Children's Theatre.  The two visiting directors, Lissa Supler of California and Tabatha Bettin of New York, arrived at the Lofte in a little red truck stuffed with the scripts, props, scenery and costumes required for the musical, "The Pied Piper."  Supler and Bettin were greatly surprised on Monday morning to find that eighty-five children had arrived to audition for sixty roles.  This was the largest group of children to have ever auditioned for a Lofte production. 
                After the audition process, sixty-five children received assignments for the available spots in the cast and crew.  Some of the lead roles were played by Tucker Flodman of Eagle, Natalie Knott of Louisville, Zierra Flodman of Eagle and Ben Kirchner of Palmyra.  The children rehearsed for four hours each day for the entire week of June 15-19.  During that time, the actors  learned their lines, songs and blocking, but more than that, they learned self-confidence.  The few adults who were around to supervise that week, also enjoyed seeing how this group of kids made new friends so easily, and appreciated how the older ones automatically assumed a leadership role in helping the first and second graders.
 Saturday, June 21 was the moment of truth.  After a week of rehearsal and 390 sack lunches the children debuted "The Pied Piper" for an eager audience.  They performed two times that day; 3pm and 6pm.  In total, the kids performed in front of nearly 500 people.  None of the actors seemed intimidated by the size of the crowd, and both of the shows went off with no obvious mistakes.  
In the end, the Missoula directors thanked Home State Bank of Louisville for sponsoring their summer residency at the Lofte for the fourth straight year.  They also thanked John and Lynn Plucknett of Louisville for hosting them in the Plucknett home during their visit.  Then the scenery came down, the costumes were packed and the little red truck was once again filled to the gills with the trappings of live theater.  The next stop for these directors was Sioux City where they would start the process all over again. 
The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Twin Fiddling Workshop on Saturday, August 1, for fiddlers (or violinists or violists) who want to learn to play nicely together with their fellow-fiddlers (or violinists or violists).  Fiddlers (or violinists or violists) of any age and experience level are encouraged to enroll.  Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will share some tunes, hints about arranging for two fiddles, playing back-up, etc.  The Workshop takes place on Saturday, August 1, 1 PM - 3 PM, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska.  Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited.  The fee is $20.00 per fiddler.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
~Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
Have a Safe & Happy Fourth of July!
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VFW Breakfast @ Legion Hall
Mon Dec 31 @11:30AM -
Noon Year's Eve Party@ Library
Thu Jan 10 @ 3:30PM - 04:30PM
Springfield Library Reading Club
Thu Jan 17 @ 3:30PM - 04:30PM
Springfield Library Reading Club
Sat Jan 19 @ 1:00PM - 07:00PM
Briann's Fundraiser@Springfield Drug
Thu Jan 24 @ 3:30PM - 04:30PM
Springfield Library Reading Club
Sun Jan 27 @ 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Thu Jan 31 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Springfield Days Meeting

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