Character is the result of two things:
Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
E. G. Hubbard 1856 – May 7, 1915
American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher
Sophia Svanda, Conestoga Jr/Sr High School received the DAR Good Citizens Award on Saturday, April 7, 2018. She is pictured with her aunt, Sue Svanda, a member of the Major Isaac Sadler – La Belle Vue Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution which hosted the Award Ceremony.
DAR Presents Awards
Saturday April 7, 2018 the Major Isaac Sadler – La Belle Vue Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held its Sixth Annual Awards Tea at Hillcrest Grand Lodge, presenting over two dozen awards to area youth and adults. Guests in attendance included Nebraska DAR’s State Regent Connie Plettner of Lincoln.
The DAR Good Citizens award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. Recipients are:
Sophia Louise Svanda of Conestoga Jr./Sr. High School; McKenzie Lorine Cottle of Fort Calhoun High School; Jessica Ferguson of Omaha Central High School; Melissa Irish of Bellevue West High School; Nicholas Koehler of Omaha Central High School; Peter Douglas Lenz of Creighton Preparatory School; Grayson Kermit Stanton of Papillion LaVista South High School; Natalie Truscott of Duchesne Academy; and Alexander Won Suh of Millard North High School. There is also an essay contest and the Chapter and Nebraska State winner is Alexander Suh. His essay has been forwarded for consideration at the national level.
In 1996 the DAR partnered with the National Italian American Foundation to sponsor an annual national essay contest in honor of Christopher Columbus. Garrett Quinn of Plattsmouth High School is the Chapter and Nebraska State winner of the contest, and his entry is also forwarded for consideration at the national level.
Author Taryn Smith of Millard South and National History Day national finalist Sara Vance of Bellevue East High School were honored for their dedication to American History. Ms. Smith wrote “Nevertheless, She Persisted” for young children to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of nine American women.
The DAR Youth Citizenship Medal is presented to a student in grades 5-11 who fulfills the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism. Shantania Arellano, Sophia Sanchez, Samira Zarazua, and Teresa Plascencia of Bryan Middle School were honored for their dedication and service to school, family and community. Riley Sine, Jackson Frill and Logan Toman of Lewis and Clark Middle School were recognized for gathering 32 boxes of donations which were sent to deployed Airmen and Soldiers in Iraq for the holidays. Madison DeMeo of Mission Middle School, in her fifth year of collecting funds for groceries to Bellevue Food Pantry far surpassed her $1000 goal with $1,475.00 in donations this year. Mia Rodriguez of Andersen Middle School celebrated her 13th birthday by presenting Omaha Firemen and First Responders with goodie bags. Beginning this tradition when she was nine, previous recipients include Omaha Policemen and children at Lydia House. Sophie Bredensteiner of Gretna High School created a directory of those interred at New Pennsylvania Cemetery in Gretna, a project which expanded to a Shutterfly and Facebook page of stories of the families represented. A book is in the planning stage.
The Junior American Citizen award for Short Story and Artwork go to Lillian Henry of Gretna Middle School and Catherine Alexander, a Bellevue Home School student, respectively. The topic was “100th Anniversary of World War I – Service on the Homefront.”
The chapter is pleased to present Lance Raabe of Bellevue East High School as the Outstanding American History Teacher, a well-deserved recognition.
Colton Lechowicz and Lisa Lechowicz were honored for their recently published book “Native American ABC” promoting both literacy and Native American culture.
Arthur Lyle, Anthony Kellogg and Damion Sayers promote literacy in their barbershops, and were honored for encouraging children to pick up a book in the well-stocked reading nooks.
John Lang spearheaded a successful project to build a Guinness Record breaking American Flag while Carolyn and Carl Diamond organized for the 10th consecutive year the placement of over 8000 American Flags at Westlawn Hillcrest Cemetery last Memorial Day. They were all recognized for their service and patriotism.
The Sarpy County Museum received recognition for their outstanding year-long commemorative exhibits and programs on World War One and its impact on Sarpy County. They were presented with a donation to further the digitization project of a century of newspapers.
An Outstanding Junior member of the Daughters of the American Revolution is recognized for her vital contributions to the Society and to her community within the Scope of our historic, educational and patriotic programs and in promotion of the National Society’s motto, “God, Home and Country”. Emily Shavlik of Omaha was named the 2018 Chapter Outstanding Junior.
The Major Isaac Sadler – La Belle Vue Chapter is one of 26 chapters in Nebraska. Each strives to preserve historic buildings and artifacts; provide contests, awards and scholarships; promote education and support schools; while honoring the military, both active duty and veteran, and celebrating the outstanding events in our nation’s history. For more information please visit www.daromaha.org.
Enjoy Tobacco Free Parks in Murray!
Village of Murray Board of Trustees approved a resolution that all city-owned recreational areas, parks, and playground areas shall be designated as “tobacco-free” and tobacco use shall be prohibited. The resolution took effect on March 13, 2018. Tobacco Education and Advocacy of the Midlands (T.E.A.M.) congratulates the board for their stance on creating healthy outdoor spaces for their citizens.
Village of Murray is the third Cass County community in the last few months to implement tobacco-free parks policies. Elmwood and Weeping Water passed similar policies in the fall of 2017.
"Young people are tomorrow's future. Smoking shortens those tomorrows.” said Stan Flak, Board of Trustee member.
The primary purpose of the resolution is to protect children from the potential dangers of secondhand smoke while at play in parks. The policy provides adults the opportunity to be non-tobacco using role models to youth on ball fields and playgrounds. Tobacco-free parks benefit the environment and it is through the reduction of cigarette butts litter that the health of local streams, lakes and rivers will continue to improve.
The policy prohibits use of all forms of tobacco products, i.e., cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, pipes, and chew/dip in any park areas or facilities designated as tobacco-free. The resolution will be self-enforced by park users. Although law enforcement may ask the tobacco user to stop using tobacco products or leave the park property, tickets will not be issued. The intent is that residents willingly respect the policy and not use tobacco while enjoying Murray’s fantastic parks and recreation areas. Tobacco-free park areas will be clearly identified with “Tobacco-Free Park” signage.
For more information about Tobacco Free Parks, call Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands (T.E.A.M.) at 402.593.3642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
DOG & CAT PET LICENSES
Your pet's license will be valid for one year, from May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019.
Fees for EACH cat or dog:
NOT spayed/neutered: $26.25
Due to an unprecedented number of complaints, the Village of Murray will be strictly enforcing our animal license and violation codes. If your animals are not licensed, by Tuesday, May 1st, you will be issued a citation and be charged the designated fines, and, if not paid, face prosecution.
GARAGE SALE FORMS ARE DUE MAY 1st, WHICH IS JUST UNDER 3 WEEKS AWAY!
Murray residents, click here or on the picture below for a printable, sign-up form. You may also pick up a form from the post office, Cornerstone Bank or Town Hall bulletin boards.
MURRAY CLEAN-UP DAY
May 5th, 2018
Murray residents only.
During these last days of cold weather, get ready for spring cleaning and get rid of the things you no longer want or need.
To make the task much easier, separate your items first, then when you're ready to clean, all the unwanted items will be out of your way.
(Remember, Murray garage sales will be May 18-19. See details elsewhere in this Newsletter.)
If you choose to donate your items, make sure they're clean and/or in workable condition.
When the weather (finally) gets nice enough to work outside, do the same in the garage, storage shed and yard.
During Murray Clean-Up Day, you can get rid of larger items that won't fit in your trash can.
Keep watching here for more details of Clean-Up Day.
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Register your garage sale here, for area-wide,
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Lofte Community Theatre to Host Lincoln Theatre Alliance’s 10-Minute Play Festival
The Lofte Community Theatre will be hosting the 10 Minute Play Festival, presented by the Lincoln Theatre Alliance, April 22nd at 2pm.
The Lincoln Theatre Alliance Play Festival consists of 10-minute plays performed by different member theatres from the Lincoln Theatre Alliance (LTA). LTA theatres include: Angels Theatre Company, the Lincoln Community Playhouse, Theatre Arts for Kids, The Lofte Community Theatre, Union College Theatre, Community Players at Beatrice, Pinewood Bowl, Youth Actors Academy of Lincoln, TADA and UN-L. Participating theatres will present a 10-minute work to expose the audience to a variety of diverse works. All shows are family friendly and admission is $10. Come enjoy an afternoon of small theatre with big ideas!
Tickets for the Lincoln Play Festival can be purchased by calling the Lofte Community Theatre box office at 402-234-2553, or by visiting the theatre’s website at www.lofte.com and clicking on “Tickets”. Curtain time for the show is 2 pm. For more information, call the Lofte Community theatre or visit www.lofte.com.
About The Lofte Community Theatre: The Lofte Community Theatre is located in Manley Nebraska, approximately 25 miles south of Omaha. The theatre, a new post-and-beam style performing arts facility can seat approximately 330 patrons for each performance. Actors and audience members enjoy a beautiful climate-controlled venue year around. The Lofte offers a full concession stand, and also sells beer and wine. The theatre offers six core season productions each year as well as many special events featuring visiting artists including week-long children’s theater workshop, a free Veterans Day concert, and host high-school one-act play competitions in the fall. Approximately 12,000 visitors come through the doors annually.
ORIGINAL SONGS CONCERT
On Sunday, May 13, at 2:30 PM, multi-instrumentalists Greenblatt & Seay will be performing a selection of original songs from their vast collection of hundreds of zany tunes that they have created together. This talented duo provides rich vocal harmonies, and will play a variety of instruments, including 5-string viola, fiddle, guitar, nyckelharpa, harmonica, banjo,, etc.
The family-friendly concert will be downstairs, followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and jam with Greenblatt & Seay.
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 email@example.com.
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. To keep informed about future concerts and workshops in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, you can sign up for the mailing list at http://greenblattandseay.com.
Spring is here and KCCB will be selling locally grown Plantman Nursery flowers, hanging baskets and veggies at the Rural Route Rust Market on May 5th at the Bloom Where You're Planted Farm, 911 108th st, Avoca, NE, (just north of Hwy 34).
Thanks for supporting our annual fundraising event!
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JUNE 2, 2018
Cass County, NE residents may bring any electronics and small appliances for recycling or refurbishing to Elmwood NE from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturday, June 2nd.
Cross Electronics Recycling will be asisting KCCB with the event which is open to all Cass County residents.
Materials accepted include computers, monitors, televisions, printers, key boards and mice, cell phones, small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, power tools and anything with a cord or battery. Large appliances and metals will be collected by a local recycler.
KCCCB WILL PAY HALF OF THE RECYCLING FEE OF ONE ITEM PER HOUSEHOLD, UP TO A TOTAL OF $500 FOR THE COLLECTION.
The following will have a recycling disposal fee:
alkaline batteries, $1.50/pound
microwave ovens, $20
televisions and CRT items, $20 up to 20-inch, $30 up to 30-n, $40 up to 40-inch, $50 up to 50-inch and so forth.
All other items will be accepted at no cost.
The collections are open to Cass County residents only. NO commercial quantities.
This event is made possible by Cass County, the Village of Elmwood, Cross Electronic Recycling and KCCB..
2018 Audition Dates Announced at the Lofte Theatre
Show Audition Dates Production Dates:
The Miracle Worker - April 16 & 17, June 1-10
OLIVER! - June 3, 4 & 5. July 21-Aug 5
Hilda's Yard - July 30 & 31, Sept. 7-16
Guys On Ice - Sept. 10 & 11, Oct. 13-28
Nuncrackers - Oct. 22 & 23, Dec. 1-16
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LENDING PROGRAM
The Great Plains Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association has a wonderful instrument lending program, so please share this information with folks that you know. Here is the information from Jim Wood:
"We are in full swing looking for kids ages 5 to 16 who want to learn to play a bluegrass/old time instrument!
The instruments we are lending include guitar, fiddles of different sizes, banjo, and mandolin, and have recently been gifted with a fine Dobro, thanks to Doug Van Horn.
These instruments may be borrowed for a year as long as the learner has a mentor from our music association.
The mentor will be selected by the student and parent.
This mentor will give the Instrument lending committee a report of progress every three months."
If you wish to get an application to this Lending program, please contact Jim Wood at 402-397-4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOB OPENINGS at
THE NEBRASKA MASONIC HOME
Our Assisted Living/Nursing Care Facility
seeks caring, devoted individuals.
We have competitive wages, excellent benefits
& a superior working environment.
PT/FT Activity Assistant, M-F 9-5, Some Saturdays
Summer Only Lawn Workers, M-F 8-4:30
FT CNA’s, 2 pm – 10 pm
Weekends Only CNA’s, All Shifts
FREE medical, dental & vision coverage
for Full Time employees.
We also offer PayFlex; 401K Plan; &
Apply in person at 1300 Avenue D, Plattsmouth, NE 68048
or call (402) 296-7330 for more information.
www.thenebraskamasonichome.org for an application – then hand deliver or mail.
Must pass pre-employment physical, drug test, and background checks.
Sunday, May 13, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Performance Series, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE
Saturday, May 19, 2 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Elkhorn Valley Museum, Norfolk, NE
Wednesday, May 30, 1:30 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Kimball Public Library, Kimball, NE
Friday, June 1, 6 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Fairbury Public Library, Fairbury, NE
Monday, June 4, 11 AM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Grant County Library, Hyannis, NE
Wednesday, June 6 - Friday, June 8, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for “Beginners”.
Sunday, June 17, 2:30 PM, David, in “Train Songs”, Kearney Archway, Kearney, NE
Tuesday, June 19, 10:15 AM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Omaha Public Library, Omaha, NE
Sunday, June 24, 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM, Greenblatt & Seay, Scandinavian Festival, Elmwood Park, Omaha, NE
Tuesday, June 26, 2 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Kilgore Memorial Library, York, NE
Wednesday, June 27, 3 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Geneva Public Library, Geneva, NE
Friday, June 29, 6:30 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Gretna Public Library, Gretna, NE
Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 13, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for “Intermediate and Advanced” players.
For more information, and to register for any camps or workshops, send an e-mail to Debby email@example.com.
Here’s a link to a video glimpse of our lives, as documented by Jared Kennedy-who-asks-hard-questions, Communications Manager for the Nebraska Arts Council:
Plattsmouth’s Adult Education Program, including Adult Education, GED, and English Language classes, have a spacious new home in the First Presbyterian Church CE Building at 701 Chicago Avenue, Plattsmouth. The CE Building is the smaller of the Church’s two buildings.
“We have two large and comfortable rooms for classes this school year. We feel very happy to have room to move around easily and keep learning materials where students can readily use them. We have additional student-use computers as well,” said Program Director Tallie VanWesten. “We are grateful for this excellent new space and the First Presbyterian Church’s welcome.”
Classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each week. Orientation for the morning class will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until noon. Evening class orientation begins from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is a good time to complete the required paperwork, set up your computer-study accounts, and share your learning goals. Teachers will be available to answer questions during orientation. New students and returning students should attend orientation. Get your school year off to an excellent start at orientation.
Morning and evening classes at the same times listed above.
For more information about Adult Education, polishing your math, language, science and social studies skills; GED classes and testing; and English language classes; call Program Director Tallie Van Westen at 402-296-3174 Ext. 2315.
Classes are free. Everyone is welcome. Start your adult education classes in our new location. Now is the time!
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: firstname.lastname@example.orgNebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.
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