WHAT’S NEW IN SPRINGFIELD, NE
APRIL 18, 2012
HAPPY EARTH DAY
SPRINGFIELD VOL FIRE AUXILIARY PLANT SALE
SATURDAY APRIL 28
7AM- 12 NOON
The Springfield Fire Station - 505 S 1st Street * Springfield, NE
Pre-order not necessary but does guarantee availability of desired plants -
Order forms may be printed from http://www.janetsjungle.com/images3/springfieldsecondary.html.
The plant guide is also available for your convenience to show you the plant pictures, prices and descriptions. Drop off your order forms before April 18th to any Auxiliary member or at Lutz Repair (640 S. 1st Street)
All plants must be picked up at the Fire House on Saturday, April 28th between 7am and 12noon
Thank you for your support!!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
SPRINGFIELD DAYS 2012
“GOING GAGA IN SPRINGFIELD”
JUNE 8 & 9
SPRINGFIELD DAYS MEETING
THURSDAY APRIL 26
SPRINGFIELD MEMORIAL LIBRARY
EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND
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NDORFNZ Racing Presents...
Spring Tune-Up 10k
Date & Time
Saturday, April 21, 2012
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Race Day Registration
10:00 a.m. - 10K Race (Certified Course)
11:00 a.m. - Post race party at Dew Drop Inn (153 Main St)
Sarpy County Fairgrounds
Directions to Race Start:
From Interstate 80:
- Take Highway 50 South - 144th St. exit (about six miles)
- Turn left on Main Street
- Park on left hand side of Main Street, across from fairgrounds
Pre-registration by April 14
Pre-registered NDORFNZ Racing Members FREE!
Pre-registered non-NDORFNZ Racing Members $20
Race day NDORFNZ Racing Members $5
Race day non-NDORFNZ Racing Members $25
Or, Become member of NDORFNZ Racing $35
Top 3 overall male and female awards plus unique awards plus for 10-year male and female age groups
(>20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+)
The course is out and back on the MoPac trail.
The race starts at the MoPac Trailhead in Springfield and consists of over 5 miles of crushed limestone.
The elevation gain/loss is less than 50 feet over the race distance.
Seasons of the Soul Best of Year author Janet Syas Nitsick of Springfield will sign copies of her new inspiring-historical romance, Lockets and Lanterns, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28 at the Springfield Memorial Library, 665 Main St., Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
There is a Springfield Community Blood Drive scheduled for Sunday the 29th of April at the New Firehall (South end of 1st Street watch for signs) from 8:00 A.M. till 1:00 P.M. After many Phone Calls, - E-mails and visits by the local Red Cross reps they ASSURED me that they will have plenty of staff on hand to help with this drive. They promised me 2 extra staff members for our drive. I know that a lot of you who had the patience to sit and wait your turn to donate at the last drive left with a sour taste in your month for ever donating again at our drives. I can tell you that I was ready to throw in the towel as Coordinator that day also. My only request is that you would give them another chance and see if things are better. To schedule an appointment go to redcross.org or call me at 402-253-8301. Once again, thanks for all your willingness to help by donating.
Ralph Meister Drive Coordinator.
SPRINGFIELD CLEAN UP DAY
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
SATURDAY MAY 12
YOTES BBQ PIZZARIA
"Home of the Bigger, Better Pizzas"
167 MAIN STREET
DINE IN OR CARRY OUT
MONDAY THRU THURSDAY 11AM TO 9PM
FRIDAY/SATURDAY 11AM TO 10PM
SUNDAY 12 NOON TO 7PM
LOOK FOR OUR DAILY SPECIALS!!
183 MAIN STREET
SPRINGFIELD, NE 68059
Margie Trembley, co-owner of Springfield Artworks, is one of the artists who has an art quilt she designed at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Main Library in Little Rock, Arkansas until April 28. The exhibit, is a regional exhibit of SAQA, the Studio Art Quilt Associates, an international art association.
Her piece, entitled Tree of Life, was quilted by Rebecca Lilly Segura of Bellevue, Ne.
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Tuesday thru Friday
11AM – 4:30PM
Nana now has popcorn and coffee while you shop.
FOR ALL CONSIGNMENT INQUIRIES, CALL 402-990-6680.
Tuesday 12 Noon – 7PM
Wednesday –Thursday 10AM – 6PM
Friday 10AM -5PM
SOARING WINGS VINEYARD
17111 S 138th St
Springfield, NE 68059
Come out on a Wednesday and when you purchase a cheese to enjoy with a bottle of wine, you’ll receive a FREE loaf of fresh bread! Not only that, but are extending our hours on those Wednesday evenings to 7:00 p.m. Some dates may be excluded due to other winery events, so please call to confirm you’re evening by calling us at 402-253-2479.
Sunday Acoustic Music
If it's nice outside, just bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy! If the weather isn't nice outside, we do music in the Party Room! Either way, what a great way to end your weekend, especially with no cover charge!
1st - Strings & Chords
15th - Sue Murray
22nd - John Stokely
29th - Stephen Monroe
Opens at Mahoney
Pictured: Shari Hoelker of Omaha and Melinda Mead of Plattsmouth star as two bitter cooking-show rivals in "The Kitchen Witches" at Mahoney State Park.
KBC Productions opened its spring production of "The Kitchen Witches" at Mahoney State Park's Kountze Theater on Saturday, March 10. Isobel and Dolly are two middle-aged cable TV cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for years. When circumstances put them together on the same TV show, the insults are flung harder than the food!
Starring in the production as the two feisty food flingers are Shari Hoelker of Omaha and Melinda Mead of Plattsmouth. Cory Misek of Lincoln plays Dolly's long-suffering son. Marikita Saure of Lincoln is also in the show. The play is directed by Kevin Colbert.
Show dates for the production are April 20 and 22. Curtain time is 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday performances are 2pm matinees. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Please call (402)944-2523 ext 7122 for reservations.
KBC productions also noted that the "Mahoney Grill" is now open. The park's restaurant is under new management with a new menu. Those that attend the shows will now have the opportunity to try the new fare before or after the play.
Art Chicks Events
April 27th & 28th Friday Saturday- Spring Flea Market
May 11th & 12th- Special Day Out for Moms with free make and take art project
May 26th- Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
June 23rd Cocktails in the Garden with Plant & Garden Junk Sale, Plant Swap
GREENBLATT & SEAY
Registration is now open for the 2012 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler. The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.
The June Camp (Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15) is for folks who consider themselves beginners. The July Camp (Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13) is for folks who consider themselves intermediate or advanced. Enrollment is limited to 10 fiddlers for each week, so that everyone will get individual attention.
To register on line, log on to: http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp.shtml
STATE LEGISLATOR NEWS
Much has been reported about LB 357 – the sales tax proposal adopted this month by the legislature. While descriptions of the measure have been reasonably accurate, specific details about what LB 357 would really provide may still be unclear. I want to outline some important facts about the bill that are the basis of my decision to support its passage.
LB 357 would give local voters the right to decide whether their city, town or village should have additional funds for a clearly identified project. As a lifelong resident of District 2, I have complete trust in your judgment and believe you should have the right to make decisions about the needs of your community.
LB 357 would provide an additional tool for strengthening infrastructure or creating a new community improvement project, but the tool could only be used if voters approve it.
Passage of LB 357 is not an automatic tax increase. Instead, it gives local voters a real voice in deciding whether to increase their community's sales tax by up to 0.5 cents. Under the bill the local governing body would have to agree, by a super-majority of at least 70 percent of its elected members, to put a project proposal on the ballot. A community conversation would take place, and voters would then accept or reject the percentage increase to fund the project for which the tax would be dedicated.
“Local Option” is a term used to describe the freedom of a local political jurisdiction, such as a city, town or village, to decide certain issues within its borders by popular vote. The current maximum rate for Nebraska's local option sales tax has not changed in over a quarter of a century. The legislature granted Omaha the maximum rate 34 years ago, and Lincoln received the same right seven years later. Twenty-six years ago in 1986, first and second class cities and villages were finally allowed to use the current maximum local option sales tax rate of 1.5 percent.
Of the 530 municipalities in Nebraska, 194 have a voter approved local option sales tax. Eighty-seven of the 194 are currently at the 1.5 percent maximum rate. Without financial resources municipalities cannot fund public infrastructure and economic development projects to create and sustain a quality of life that is likely to retain current residents and attract new ones.
Under LB 357 Omaha and Lincoln would be required to designate proceeds from any increased sales tax revenue to projects finished under inter local agreements. Each of these two large cities would have additional criteria to meet when using any revenue derived from the voter approved sales tax percentage increase.
Cities of the first and second class and villages would be required to dedicate all increased sales tax revenue to fund public infrastructure projects.
If voters approve an increase in the local option sales tax, the increase would be required to sunset - or expire - in ten years. If the increased revenue was dedicated to paying bonds for an infrastructure project, the tax would terminate once the bonds were paid.
Local elected officials from more than 18 communities in District 2 and across the state have contacted me supporting LB 357. The bill is seen by these community leaders as a vital new economic tool. Some told me LB 357 could be used for urgently needed projects such as water system improvements, law enforcement centers, hospitals, sidewalks and libraries. Others said they don't have an existing plan for LB 357, but the bill would offer an increased sense of security. Several years of reduced or eliminated state and federal funding, plus continuing “unfunded mandates,” have made it extremely difficult for cities, towns and villages in this state to work on essential infrastructure and economic development projects.
The critical piece of LB 357 for me was the provision requiring the approval by local voters. Is there anyone better able to make this decision? I think not. That is why I support LB 357 to give you the right to make choices for your own community.
I am always interested in hearing your comments by mail, phone or email.
Senator Paul Lambert
State Capitol, PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
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