.......well, it was several years ago...
On this day, January 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first live, nationally televised presidential news conference. He started by reading prepared notes, then welcomed questions from many reporters on topics of interest, such as voting rights of all Americans and, among others, the U.S. relationship with Cuba.
Kennedy was well aware that by using the power of television, American citizens would hear, directly from their President himself, his own views and where we stood as a nation.
E.B. White, 1899~1985
American author and poet
Excerpt from 'One Man's Meat'
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Treasurer Stenberg Announces 15th Annual NEST
‘Why I Want to Go to College’ Writing Contest for 7th, 8th Graders
$14,000 in NEST Scholarships to Be Awarded at Omaha Storm Chasers Game
Lincoln, Neb. (January 17, 2017) – Seventh and eighth graders are being encouraged to enter the 15th annual “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest, sponsored by Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg and the Omaha Storm Chasers. Entries are due March 17.
Winners will receive Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. Nebraska winners also will receive tickets to the May 21 Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion. In all, 12 winners will be selected—nine from Nebraska and three from outside the state.
“In this, Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial year, we are excited to be celebrating a milestone at NEST, the 15th year of the writing contest for seventh and eighth graders. Each year, the contest provides us at NEST an opportunity to meet young Nebraskans and read about their educational and career goals and the people who inspire them,” said State Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “This contest reminds us of our mission and of the importance of helping families save for their children’s educational needs through wise, responsible investment choices with significant tax advantages.”
Stenberg is asking school administrators, teachers, and parents to encourage students to enter the contest and to learn more about saving for college. Students in public schools, private schools, and home schools are encouraged to enter. He reminded students that the contest is an opportunity to practice good writing skills and to learn to express themselves clearly and persuasively, as well as to begin saving for college or to add to their existing savings.
“Families easily can save for college for their children and grandchildren through the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, the state-sponsored college savings program that allows for tax-free investments and tax-free qualified withdrawals. Nebraska account owners qualify for up to $10,000 a year in state income tax deductions,” Stenberg said.
Three winners will be chosen in each of Nebraska’s three U.S. Congressional districts, and three winners will be selected from outside Nebraska. First-place winners will each receive a $2,000 contribution to a NEST college savings plan. Second-place winners will each receive a $1,000 contribution to a NEST plan, and third-place winners will each receive a $500 contribution to a NEST plan. Each Nebraska winner will receive four tickets to the May 21 Storm Chasers game.
A total of 1,133 entries were received last year. As in the past, preliminary judging will be done by students and faculty in the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and final selections will be made by Treasurer Stenberg.
Entries are due March 17. Contest rules are available at https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships/essay/college/2017/contest-announcement
The following rules apply to entries:
· Must be focused on the student’s educational goals and dreams for the future.
· Must be student’s original work.
· Must be typed, double-spaced on 8 ½ X 11-inch paper.
· Must be no more than 750 words in length.
· Must be accompanied by required cover sheet found on the Treasurer’s website with the rules.
· Must be postmarked by March 17, 2017. Winners will be notified in late April.
· Mail entries to Becki Frishman, Omaha Storm Chasers, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046.
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 of Omaha serves as 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 246,000 accounts, including 73,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
Treasurer Stenberg Announces Scholarship Opportunities for
Personal Finance Challenge Competitors
Lincoln, Neb. (January 23, 2017) – For the fifth year, the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office will provide a total of $14,000 in scholarships through the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) to students on the top three winning teams of the Personal Finance Challenge, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.
The Personal Finance Challenge is a two-part competition for high school students sponsored by the Nebraska Council on Economic Education. The challenge starts with an online competition March 21 through April 1 and follows with face-to-face regional competitions April 21 in Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney. The five teams scoring the highest on the online competition from each region will take part in the April 21 competitions.
The winning team will go on to compete in the national competition May 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. Alliance High School was Nebraska’s representative at last year’s national competition.
“As Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, I am pleased to enthusiastically support the Personal Finance Challenge with these significant scholarships. This will be the fifth year we have partnered with the council to support this statewide competition that encourages high school students to prepare themselves to become smart consumers, wise investors, and community leaders,” Treasurer Stenberg said.
In addition to the NEST scholarships for the students, teachers of the three winning teams will receive iPads, Stenberg said.
“As the chief financial officer of the state, I am committed to helping young people acquire the financial knowledge necessary to contribute to the economic well-being of our state and to their own financial well-being and the financial well-being of their own families. The Finance Challenge fits well with my financial literacy initiative offered free through Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars to every high school in the state,” Stenberg said.
“The Finance Challenge provides teachers a unique tool to engage students and gives students a way to apply the important knowledge they have been learning in class all semester,” said Jennifer Davidson, president of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education.
“The Finance Challenge gives students an incentive to invest in their own education, at an important age, and an additional reason to study – to win. The opportunity to win $2,000, $1,000, and $500 NEST scholarships is a strong incentive. We are extremely grateful for the partnership with the State Treasurer’s Office,” she said.
Davidson said 1,135 students from 46 high schools participated in the online portion of the Finance Challenge last spring. The online test focuses on money management, credit, spending, savings, and investing. Teachers may learn more about the competition and sign up at https://financechallenge.unl.edu/Nebraska/Welcome.
The regional face-to-face team competitions take place after students complete individual online tests in their home schools and their scores are averaged for a team score. First-place winners will be chosen at each of the three regional competition sites, and then each team’s average online test score will be used to determine first-, second-, and third-place winners statewide.
The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, a division of the State Treasurer’s Office, will award a total of $14,000 to the winners, who usually compete in teams of four. Members of the first-place team will each receive a $2,000 contribution to a NEST college savings account. Members of the second-place team will each receive a $1,000 NEST account, and members of the third-place team will each receive a $500 NEST account.
To encourage schools to enter, two videos are posted on the Treasurer’s website at https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/financial-literacy/. One features Treasurer Stenberg and Josh Hinrichs of Lincoln Southwest High School discussing the value of participating in the Finance Challenge. The second video features Anthony Hare and Bailey O’Connor, students in the UNL College of Business Administration who were on last year’s winning team from Alliance High School.
THE KIDS NEED YOUR HELP!
Hunger is an evil thing. Without enough good food, your immune system becomes compromised and you can become sick more often. Hunger can make you not very pleasant to be around sometimes. We've all had that feeling from time to time. We get a little grumpy and think, 'I just need a little something to eat and I'll feel better'. When you're a child, it's difficult to concentrate on schoolwork when you're hungry, because you can only think about when and where your next meal is coming from and, unfortunately, some children only have 'a little something to eat'.
Throughout the school year, the Backpack Program helps to provide for those children, age preschool - 6th grade, who might not have enough food to sustain them during their time at home. During the week they receive a meal at school, but that could be their only meal of the day. Sadly, when they go home, they might not have anything else to eat.
When you donate to the Conestoga Backpack Program, the school staff sends those items home with more than 30 kids. Clean clothes and hygiene items are also needed.
You may donate items at any time through May, at Murray State Bank, at Conestoga Elementary School, or you may call Jill, 402-660-3543, and she'll arrange to have your items picked up at your home.
These suggested items should be somewhat easy for small children to open and prepare:
*Canned Goods *Granola Bars *Cereal *Cereal Bars *Mac & Cheese
*Fruit Cups *Bar Soap *Toothpaste/toothbrush *Shampoo/Conditioner
Murray's Planning Commission is currently inactive due to lack of members. If you are interested in being a member of the Murray Planning Commission, and live within one mile of Murray, please contact the clerk at 402-235-2119 for more information.
Next meeting, February 7, 2017!
SURROUNDING AREA EVENTS.....
37th Annual "Quack-Off" Duck Races
January 28, 2017
The owners of the region's finest webbed-foot athletes, will compete for bragging rights on who has the speediest duck in the region.
Registration begins at 10:30, with races starting promptly at 1pm.
Bring plenty of cash, as an ATM is unavailable this year.
Come on over to Avoca, NE for a great time at this annual event that occurs on the last Saturday of January. (Mark your calendar for NEXT year!)
Proceeds support our Volunteer Fire Department. Thank you!
Facebook: Avoca Volunteer Fire Department.
For a peek at the fun, here's a YouTube link: Quack-Off Duck Races in Avoca, NE.
CELEBRATE GROUNDHOG DAY
This annual tradition, always held the first Saturday of February, is always a fun event to attend in Unadilla, NE!
Honoring Girls Scouts in February
Nebraska author Bess Streeter Aldrich was known to teach cooking classes to neighborhood girls and, of course, was an advocate of reading and writing. It is with this knowledge, that the Aldrich Board has decided to honor Girls Scouts during February by letting them have a free tour. ( Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska) There will be an exhibit of vintage dolls, Barbies, and tea sets on display, too.
The Aldrich House is open on Saturdays and Sunday from 1 to 4 or by appointment.
Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 12, at 2:30 PM, in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, folk harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and recorders. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.
Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago. Their performance on March 12 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.
The concert will be downstairs, and followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers. Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34.
Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children. Seating is limited.For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.
The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp", for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured. The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt.
The camp will be on Wednesday, March 15 - Friday, March 17, from 9 AM to 12 Noon. Musicians can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.
On Wednesday, participants will be mostly reading tunes, using sheet music in standard notation. We'll be learning melodies, harmonies, and chords. You will be improving your sight reading, and experiencing fiddling fun.
On Thursday, we will be mostly playing tunes by ear, so feel free to bring your recording gadgets. Sheet music versions of the tunes will be provided for you by the end of the day, just in case your ears need the help.
On Friday, we will be mostly jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, and playing fiddle related instruments.
One day: $60.00
Two days: $110.00 ($55 per day)
Three days: $150.00 fee for 3 days. ($50 per day)
For more information, and to register: http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp.shtml
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.
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.
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