When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Civil Rights Leader
UPCOMING EVENTS AT MURRAY CHRISTIAN CHURCH:
October 31st - Halloween at the Church!
YOUNG READERS INVITED
WRITE FAVORITE AUTHORS
Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic—explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s view of the world. The 24th annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations. This reading and writing promotion is sponsored in Nebraska by the Nebraska Center for the Book and Nebraska Library Commission, and supported by Houchen Bindery Ltd. and Chapters Books in Seward.
Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. The Nebraska Center for the Book’s panel of judges will select the top letter writers in the state, to be honored in a proclamation-signing ceremony at the state capitol during National Library Week in April 2017. Their winning letters will be placed in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln. Nebraska winners will receive state prizes, and then advance to the national judging.
A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level (Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8, and Level III for grades 9-12) to receive a $1,000 cash award, to be announced in May 2017. The judges will also select one National Honor winner on each competition level to receive a $200 cash award.
Teachers, librarians, and parents can download free teaching materials on reader response and reflective writing, along with contest details and entry forms, at www.read.gov/letters. Nebraska-specific information (including lists of Nebraska winners of past competitions) is available at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/LAL.html. Get inspired by listening to Nebraska winners, Ashley Xiques and Sydney Kohl, read and talk about and their winning letters to authors that meant something to them in their own lives, see NET Radio’s All About Books (http://netnebraska.org/basic-page/radio/all-about-books). Submissions from Grades 9-12 must be postmarked by December 2, 2016. Submissions from Grades 4-8 must be postmarked by January 9, 2017. For more information contact Mary Jo Ryan, MaryJo.Ryan@nebraska.com, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665.
The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.
As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing
The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website, http://nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/newsreleases.
NEST College Savings Plans Named Top Ten Among
Best Performing 529 College Savings Plans
The NEST Direct Plan and the NEST Advisor Plan continue to be ranked in the top ten for one-year investment performance for 529 college savings plans in a recently released nationwide analysis by Savingforcollege.com.
The NEST Direct Plan ranked fifth in the list of top performing direct-sold 529 plans, and the NEST Advisor Plan ranked sixth in the list of top performing advisor-sold 529 plans. This is the third consecutive quarter the NEST Direct Plan has ranked in the top ten and the second consecutive quarter for the NEST Advisor Plan.
“We are honored that Savingforcollege.com recognized the NEST Direct Plan and NEST Advisor Plan as two of the top ten performing 529 plans in the country,” said Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “We strive to make our college savings plans customer focused, so this is a significant mark of success in our eyes. We encourage more families to invest in our 529 plans to help relieve some of the pressure associated with higher education costs.”
“Our team is driven to make NEST 529 plans as efficient and cost-effective as possible. The focus is always to ensure our college savings plans benefit our investors nationwide,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “We are continuously adjusting our performance and investment portfolio so that our account owners’ savings aspirations are achievable. To help families reach their goals, we regularly offer scholarships, giveaways and contest opportunities. It’s nice to see our passion and hard work pay off in our high ranking.”
Savingforcollege.com analyzes the investment performance figures for thousands of 529 portfolios and ranks the 529 savings plans from best to worst for one-year, three-year, five-year and ten-year investment performance.
To produce the rankings for the direct-sold 529 plans, Savingforcollege.com compared the reported investment performance of a subset of portfolios from each 529 savings plan. A plan’s performance score determines its ranking. The NEST Direct Plan, with a performance score of 26.91, placed fifth overall in one-year investment performance.
For the advisor-sold 529 plans, rankings by SavingforCollege.com were derived using each plan’s relevant portfolio performance in seven unique asset allocation categories. The asset allocation categories used were 100 percent Equity, 80 percent Equity, 60 percent Equity, 40 percent Equity, 20 percent Equity, 100 percent Fixed and 100 percent Short Term. Like the Direct Plan ranking system, rankings were determined by a plan’s performance score in the seven categories. The NEST Advisor Plan received a performance score of 46.21, placing it sixth overall in one-year investment performance.
For more information about NEST and to open a plan, visit NEST529.com, NEST529Advisor.com or treasurer.nebraska.gov.
NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and The State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank serves as the Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska's 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 251,000 accounts, including 73,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com, NEST529Advisor.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENT CENTER
to HOST EMPLOYER SEMINARS
Seminars for employers who remit child support on behalf of their employees will be offered Sept. 21 in Lincoln and Sept. 27 in Kearney, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.
The seminars are hosted by the Child Support Payment Center, a division of the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office. There is no charge to attend.
Stenberg said employers attending the seminars will learn how to remit child support payments electronically. They also will hear about new hire reporting, verification and termination as well as income and medical withholding and remittance.
“We encourage employers to use electronic payments, and we continue to look for ways to make the process easier for them,” Stenberg said. “Electronic payments make good business sense for employers, resulting in lower costs for envelopes, postage, printing, and record-keeping. Electronic payments actually result in effeciencies throughout the system, including speedier payments to custodial parents and lower processing costs for the payment center.”
The Nebraska Child Support Payment Center, which has been a leader in promoting electronic payments, was ranked third in the nation in 2015 for the percent of child support payments received electronically.
Registration information for the seminars is available on the State Treasurer’s website at https://childsupport.nebraska.gov/Employers/. Advance registration is required for either seminar:
· Wednesday, September 21, 1-2 p.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St., Lincoln.
· Thursday, September 27, 1-2 p.m., Holiday Inn & Convention Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Kearney.
The after-school care program provides parents with a safe and familiar environment for their children after regular school hours.
You must be able to work after school hours,
For required qualifications, please refer to holyspiritplattsmouth.com
“The Red Velvet Cake Wars” Brings Family Fun to the Lofte
The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces its next production “The Red Velvet Cake Wars” by Jones, Hope and Wooten will open Friday, September 9 at 7:30pm. “Red Velvet” is the hilarious tale of three cousins, Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette who are organizing the Verdeen family reunion in Sweetgum, Texas. Together they must tackle oddball relatives, a neighbor’s food-stealing dog, and a Texas-sized tornado. Hilarious characters with big personalities make this story fun for the whole family.
Betty Colbert of Weeping Water, Rosalie Duffy of Lincoln and Renae Koehler of Firth star as the three crazy cousins. Directed by Kevin Colbert, the cast also includes Trish Miller, Fred Sagedal and Rita McKinney of Omaha, Chris Werger of Eagle, Ken Snyder of Elmwood, Patricia Heather of Waverly, Steve Martin of Firth, Alexandra Geditz of Louisville and Cheryl Jones of Manley.
“The Red Velvet Cake Wars” will be on the Lofte stage September 15, 16, 17 and 18. Showtimes Thursday through Saturday are 7:30pm. Both Sunday performances are 2pm matinees. Tickets are $19. Reservations can be made by calling the Lofte box office at (402)234-2553 or online at www.Lofte.org.
Plattsmouth Community School District Adult Education begins its 40th year with a new focus on College and Career Readiness. The Federal Government has charged all adult education programs with preparing students for college and the workplace. Plattsmouth is stepping up. PCSD will integrate job search, workplace skills, and college preparation into its GED, English language, and Adult Basic Education courses.
To meet this challenge, an additional class session is being offered on Thursday mornings.
Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during the public school year at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the PACE Center, 15508 2nd Ave. The PACE Center is located across from the high school to the west.
Please call Tallie VanWesten, program director, at 402-296-3174 Ext. 2315 for information.
New students may begin during any class period by arriving a few minutes early. You will be very welcome.
20th ANNUAL SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLING
Sunday, October 9, 2:30 PM, 20th Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee
Greenblatt & Seay proudly announce the 20th ANNUAL SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLING BEE. This historical, hysterical event will take place on Sunday, October 9, at 2:30 PM, downstairs in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. In the Open Division, fiddlers will play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice. There will also be other divisions of competition available for the adventurous fiddlers, including a Singing Fiddler's Contest, a Twin Fiddler's Contest, a Fee-Fi-Faux Fiddler's Contest (fiddle tunes played on any instrument other than a fiddle), and a Hocus-Pocus Contest (cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc.), which will give fiddlers an opportunity to play tunes that are usually not allowed in any other contest.
For more information, and to register on line, log on to:http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddling_bee.shtml.
Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and $1.00 for children. Fiddlers and their back-ups are admitted for free. The contest will be followed by a light snack and an acoustic jam session with Greenblatt & Seay.
For more information, call 402-275-3221, log on to www.greenblattandseay.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cass County Veterans,
Service Office's three mobile locations:
1st Friday of the month, Eagle community center, 1-5pm
2nd Friday of the month, Weeping Water library, 1-5pm
3rd Friday of the month, Greenwood library, 1-5pm
Please call our office, 402-296-9368, to schedule an appointment.
ARE YOU 55+
LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK?
The following is an employment opportunity available to older adults in Cass County.
Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization funded by the US Dept of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which assists people 55 and older in getting updated training to assist in returning to the workforce. This is a federally funded program and offers a no-cost employment service to older adults who qualify. Once accepted into the program, individuals are placed in a training site in or near their community, where they gain on the job experience while working 20-21 hours/week at $8/hour. We also help with skill assessments, computer training, resumes, cover letters, job search, etc. The goal is that through the training and job search assistance we gain help older adults gain good jobs in or around their communities.
Employment and Training Coordinator
Experience Works, Inc.
1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job Center
Lincoln, NE 68508
Nebraska Tollfree Number: 1-877-314-7526
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