For Conestoga, District 56, Murray-Nehawka,
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Early dismissal, last day for students!
(Consider yourself warned!)
AFTER 9 PM THIS THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 18, YOU CAN
DOWNLOAD AND PRINT A GARAGE SALE MAP HERE!! THEN CLICK ON THE SMILEY FACE BELOW FOR A LIST OF ITEMS AT EACH LOCATION.
MAPS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT VARIOUS SALES AROUND TOWN.
A LOVING, LASTING TRIBUTE...
Last October 20, 2016, as children were anxiously anticipating Halloween and lots of trick-or-treating, a beautiful, young family of six perished in the night, as their rural home went up in flames. Four little girls, Elli, Adilynn, Emma, ages 11, 7 and 5, were students at Conestoga Elementary and had many friends, in and around the surrounding area, as did their baby sister, Anniston, 2, and their parents, Mike and Michelle Speer.
In honor of her family, JoLynne Lehan, Mike's mom, has directed that donations go to Conestoga's outdoor classroom, Cougar Hollow. With the four little girls' love of performing, playing and being out-of-doors exploring nature, in mind, the new additions for this special area will include a pavilion for outdoor instruments, a chalkboard and chairs. A memorial fountain will be added at a later date.
A brick walking path will direct visitors to this special area. If you would like to honor this family with a loving tribute, you may purchase a memorial brick paver for $75. You may add any name to be engraved on the brick. There is space for 3 rows, with each row including a total of 14 characters, (including spaces). The clock is ticking...you need to order soon. Download an order form with complete directions and contact information here.
Thank you for helping to make this vision possible!
*BRICKS ARE ALREADY IN AND WILL BE ENGRAVED AS THEY'RE SET IN THE GROUND.
KIDS BETWEEN AGES 3 - 18, READ to WIN!
NEST 529 College Savings Encourages Nebraska
Children, Teens to Embrace Summer Reading
Read to Win $529! Drawing to Award 15 Summer Readers with
$529 Each in College Savings
First National Bank of Omaha, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg and the Nebraska Library Commission today announced the Read to Win $529! Drawing, which will award 15 Nebraska children and teenagers each with a $529 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings account. Each winner’s respective library branch will receive $250.
“The Read to Win Drawing adds to the already countless benefits of reading,” said Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “This drawing invests in 15 Nebraska children and in libraries across our state that assist and engage kids and their local communities.”
Beginning May 15 and ending August 23, a child or teen between the ages of 3 and 18 who registers for the Nebraska Summer Reading Program at a local library and who completes local requirements for the program will be automatically entered in the drawing.
“Nebraska public libraries’ summer reading programs are great opportunities for children and teens to take time to enjoy reading while maintaining and improving reading skills. They can also enjoy the many activities that are part of this year’s Build a Better World summer reading program,” said Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner.
“As places for learning, libraries are a natural partner for NEST—helping to illustrate the importance of children and their parents setting aside money for college education. The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to join with the Nebraska State Treasurer, First National Bank of Omaha, Regional Library Systems, and Nebraska public libraries to promote lifelong learning, financial education and planning,” Wagner said.
“This is our third year partnering with the Nebraska Library Commission, and we are thrilled to continue our joint mission to motivate our state’s children and teens to prepare for college—both academically and financially,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “We encourage children and teens to participate and look forward to rewarding 15 summer readers with savings that will advance their educations.”
On or about September 15, 2017, five winners from each of Nebraska’s three U.S. Congressional Districts will be chosen in a random drawing.
For complete scholarship contest rules and regulations, visit www.NEST529.com and click on Grow. Then select Scholarships & Rewards. Contest rules also are available at https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships/.
For more information on the Nebraska Summer Reading Program, visit the Nebraska Library Commission’s website at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/youth/summerreading/ or contact a local library.
To find out more about NEST College Savings Plans, visit www.NEST529.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 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 249,000 accounts, including 75,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
Contact Burnie Stedman, 402-269-3010, with banquet questions.
As of this date, the Freedom Festival committee has received NO written nominations for Grand Marshal. You MUST know someone who would be the perfect candidate! Please, the June 6 deadline for submissions is quickly approaching!
Every community has that certain someone who is a ‘shining star’, a perfect example of the phrase, ‘good neighbor’. These people might or might not belong to any certain civic organization, group, or church, they might even be related to you, and they’re always willing to help whenever and wherever they see a need. Whether young or old, male or female, they unselfishly go through life, demonstrating the quality of good citizenship, caring for one another, with love of their fellow man and country, while never expecting any recognition for their deeds. It could be a neighbor, teacher, business person or couple who’s made a positive influence in the lives of others.
If you know someone like this, please consider nominating them for the
Download the form by clicking the link above or here.
You say you'd like to donate to the Murray Freedom Festival, but don't want to write a check and mail it?
There you go! Nice and easy!
Thanks for your donation!
If you have a few items you no longer want or need, please consider donating them to the Murray Freedom Festival's rummage sale on May 19th and 20th. Items must be clean and in good or repairable condition.
You can deliver your items to the Murray Christian Church, 304 W. Young Street, on Thursday, May 18th, between 3 and 8 p.m. If you cannot bring your items to the church, call one of the numbers below and we'll arrange to pick them up for you!
Sorry, but we cannot accept tv's, computers or clothes.
Proceeds will help offset expenses for Murray's 4th of July celebration.
Call President, John Hensch, 402-616-1367
Secretary, Pat Zeigler, at 402-235-2926 for details.
2018 One Book One Nebraska
Book Nominations Sought
What book would you suggest that all Nebraskans read next year? Nebraska readers are invited to make recommendations for the 2018 One Book One Nebraska book selection. The Nebraska Center for the Book will consider books written by a Nebraska author (living or dead/with current or former residence in the state) or books that have a Nebraska theme or setting. Books should have a broad appeal to readers across Nebraska and lend well to group book discussion. Books may be fiction, non-fiction, biography, memoir, or poetry. They must be in print and readily available.
The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2017. Book recommendations can be sent via e-mail at email@example.com or via the U.S. Postal Service to The Nebraska Center for the Book One Book One Nebraska, c/o Nebraska Library Commission Reference Services, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE, 68508-2023. Nominations can also be submitted online at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/obon-nomination.asp.
The Nebraska Center for the Book will announce the 2018 One Book One Nebraska choice at the Fall Celebration of Nebraska Books. The Celebration will include a 2017 One Book One Nebraska program, Jane Pope Geske Award and Mildred Bennett Award presentations, and the Nebraska Book Awards Ceremony, with author readings and signings. The Celebration will be preceded by the Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting.
The One Book One Nebraska reading program is enjoying its thirteenth year. Nebraskans across the state are reading and discussing Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt (1881-1973), the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people. The Nebraska Center for the Book sponsors One Book One Nebraska to demonstrate how books and reading connect people across time and place. The 2017 One Book One Nebraska program is co-sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, University of Nebraska Press, The John G. Neihardt Foundation, and Nebraska Library Commission. For information about One Book One Nebraska, including current and previous book selections, see http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/onebook.html or join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OneBookOneNebraska.
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 together people and information.
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.
THE KIDS NEED YOUR HELP!
Hunger is an evil thing. Without enough good food, you can't think clearly, your immune system becomes compromised and you can become sick more often. With Spring now here, they also need lighter clothing, shorts, short-sleeved shirts and tops, sundresses, etc.
When you donate to the Conestoga Backpack Program, the school staff sends food, hygiene and clean clothes home with more than 30 needy kids.
You may donate items at any time through May. There is a container at Cornerstone Bank, you may take items to Conestoga Elementary School, or call Jill, 402-660-3543, and she'll arrange to have your items picked up at your home.
It's easy to help. Each time you go to the grocery store, just pick up one extra item for the kids.
*Suggested food items should be somewhat easy for small children to open and prepare:
*Canned Goods,*Granola Bars,*Cereal,*Cereal Bars,*Mac & Cheese,*Tuna or chicken salad with crackers,*Fruit Cups, Bar Soap, Toothpaste/toothbrush, Shampoo/Conditioner, Clothes/Coats
On Tuesday afternoon, May 16th, friends of Gladys Weston, of Nehawka, surprised her with a birthday party celebrating her 95 years. Gladys actual birthday was last Saturday, the 13th.
The community center sure smelled good with the aroma of a tasty chicken, potatoes and corn lunch. As they do each Tuesday noon for the seniors, the meal was prepared and served by Bonnie Partin and Darlene Thorne.
Gladys was surprised when she received a yellow carnation corsage and her friends greeted her with 'Happy Birthday' wishes! She said her family celebrated with her at Valentino's last weekend with about 60 relatives filling the party room.
After lunch and birthday cake, many folks, along with Gladys, stayed and played cards till well after 4:00. She said that's still one of her favorite things to do!
Happy Birthday, Gladys!
GET KIDS OUTDOORS!
LOUISVILLE FISHING TOURNAMENTS for KIDS!
For more info on any of these events, call:
LTD OUTDOORS LLC, 402-234-2516.
A TRUE FISH TALE...
Beautiful Saturday, May 13, 2017, proved to be a lucky day for Tyler, who entered a two-hour fishing contest at Louisville Lakes State Recreation Area. With all the age groups combined, 91 kids participated and had a great time in the competition sponsored in part by LTD Outdoors LLC and Cabela's.
For this kids' tournament, scores were totaled as 10 points for each blue gill, sunfish or crappie, 25 points for a bass, 50 for a catfish and 100 points for an uncommon species to this area. Tyler's catch of 12 bluegill, 5 bass, (one of which was 15 1/2" in length), and one 12" catfish, netted him a total score of 295 points and a first-place medal in his age group. He came close to winning the trophy for largest fish caught, but was nudged out by one other angler in his 8-11 age group.
Tyler is the son of Jen and TJ Heisler, and grandson of Jim and Diane Giacovelli, all of Omaha.
Check out LTD Outdoors schedule above for more information about upcoming tournaments or here https://www.facebook.com/groups/youthshorelinefishingtournaments
Saturday, May 27, FREE workshops are part of a full day of fun and free activities during the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival. Our workshops are in the morning, and the fiddle contest is in the afternoon.
Saturday, May 27, 10 AM, Debby, FREE fiddle workshop, Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE
Saturday, May 27, 11 AM, David, FREE harmonica workshop, Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE
Thursday, June 1, 7:30 PM, David in “Train Songs”, Burlington Station, Red Cloud, NE
Sunday, June 11, 1 PM - 3 PM, Greenblatt & Seay, In Concert, Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Elmwood Park, Omaha, NE (FREE!)
Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 16, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for Beginners
Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for Intermediate and Advanced Fiddlers,
Saturday, July 22, 11 AM & 2 PM, David, In Concert/Harmonica Workshop, Ash Hollow, Lewellen, NE
Saturday, August 19, 1 PM & 2:15 PM, David, In Concert, Sidney, NE
Fiddle Camps in Nebraska
Registration is now open for the 2017 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 12 - Friday, June 16) is for folks who consider themselves beginners. The July Camp (Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14) 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.
Each camp day hours are from 9 am - noon.
$60.00 fee for 1 day.
$110.00 fee for 2 days. ($55 per day)
$150.00 fee for 3 days. ($50 per day)
$180.00 fee for 4 days. ($45 per day)
$200.00 fee for 5 days. ($40 per day)
For more information, e-mail Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register on line, log on to:http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp.shtml
Now THIS is Something Pretty Cool!
Soon, the Memory Lane Museum, 215 W. Eldora, in Weeping Water, NE will be hosting a display of items from the collection of Kevin Brack.
For several years, Kevin has been collecting memorabilia from celebrities in the sports, TV, movie and music worlds. Some of the items to be displayed this season will be guitars from Sting and Taylor Swift, Debra Winger's 'Wonder Girl' costume, Ken Norton's boxing trunks and robe, signed baseballs and an evening gown from Katherine Heigl. From the movie 'Blindside', there's even a basketball hoop and jersey worn by country music star Tim McGraw. Oh, now give me a letter. 'V'.....YES! There's even a gown from Vanna White! Many TV show scripts, signed by cast members, will also be on display.
Beginning Tuesday, May 2nd, and each Tuesday thru Saturday thru the end of October, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They'll be closed Sundays and Mondays. To make a special appointment to view Memory Laneduring off-hours, call 402-297-1820, 402-267-4925 or 402-267-5562.
The Brack collection isn't the only thing going on at Memory Lane. On the 3rd Wednesday of each month from April through October will be the Brown Bag Lunch programs. A guest speaker will give a one-hour presentation, from noon to 1:00, on a different topic each month.
This season's topics and speakers are:
May 17 - Pioneering in Nebraska, by Richard Hoback
June 21 - All About Bees & Bee Keeping, by Randy Cumming from Omaha Bee Club
July 19 Beth Streeter Aldrich House & New Gardens by Kirk Shrader
August 16, Fraud Watch Network by Chris Erwinski from AARP
September 20 - Fused Glass & Demonstration by Pam Newell
October 18 - About Essential Oils by Stephanie Wolcott.
Programs are subject to change, so you may want to call ahead for information at 402-267-5562.
For genealogists, Memory Lane Museum also has plot information and a map for the Oakwood Cemetery.
*Acoustic Music (No cover charge)
** Band ($6 cover unless otherwise marked)
ALL SHOWS START AT 7 PM
28 *Acoustic Rooster (fun, fun!!)
2 ** Claudia Nygaard (Nashville Recording Artist, $12 cover)
3 * Dan Bird (Stargazing after the concert weather permitting!)
10 **Sandy Creek (country & Bluegrass)
16 * Kathy Logan (they call her Jumpin' Kate)
17 **Tracy Skretta with SkreTTa, ETC. (classic rock)
23 * Kevin Killion (one of our favorites for the past 9 summers!)
24 **Cajunfest with Swampboy ($10 cover includes free beer)
30 * Pizza Delivery Guyz (the pizza oven will be goin')
1 ** Tribute to Johnny Cash (duh, this is self explanatory!)
2 ** Bill Chrastil (this guy does award winning impersonations!)
7 * Dave Berman Acoustic (new guy on the block, great talent!)
8 ** Tribute to Jimmy Buffett Band (wear your island gear!)
14 **Lucas Minor and The Country Mile (country)
15 **Private Stock (variety, classic rock, blues)
21 *Tony & Walt (great listening music!)
22 ** Toasted Ponies (Bluegrass)
28 * Dustin West Acoustic (should be great, like his tribute bands)
29 ** Osage (3 piece classic rock)
4 *Dan Bird (a new one on our line up... sounds good!)
5 ** Ed Archibald (smooth Jazz, saxaphone and full band)
11 * Kevin Killion (one of our favorites!)
12 ** Daybreak Rock N Roll Show (Rock)
18 * Acoustic Rooster (acoustic, yes, but you can dance to these guys!)
19 ** Silver Wings (Classic Country)
25 * Tom & Wes (great duo!)
26 **Classic Crossing (aka Vinyl Spirit, classic rock)
1 Tribute to John Denver (You guessed it! For all you 70's lovers)
HEY, COUNTRY MUSIC FANS.........
May 27 - Bill Hill & Fine Wine Band
June 10 -Rick & Harriette Andersen & Jackie Shewey
June 24 - Frank Bigelow & Friends
July 8 - Dirty River Ramblers
July 22 - Rodger Roberts & Friends
August 5 - George Pierce & Friends
August 19 - Almost Good, John & Bonnie Stephens
September 2 - Jamie Williams & Friends
September 16 - Irish Donahoo & Ty Seeger
September 30 -Fred Larson & Friends
October 14 - Anniversary Show
October 28 - Larry Hansen & Friends
November 11 - Warren Brewer & Friends
November 25 - Plum Tuckered
December 9 - Christmas Show for Young Musicians
Plattsmouth Adult EducationAdds Job Skills and New Class Times
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. - noon and 6:30- 9 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.
Stephanie MahonyEmployment and Training CoordinatorExperience Works, Inc.1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job CenterLincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-1654Fax: email@example.comNebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526
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