LOOK INTO YOUR SOUL...
There can be no keener revelation of a society's
soul than the way in which it treats children.
Former South African President and Champion of Peace
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DALTON!
From Mom, Dad, Shannon and all your friends back home!
Thanks for your service, Buddy!
GOLF BUDDIES REUNITE!
Above, left to right, Matt and Mike Zeigler, Denny and Derek Butts.
Mike, Matt, Derek and Denny share a special Father's Day ice cream cake!
Old friends got the chance to share several days of golf (on many different courses) in Utah last week. Denny Butts, coach of Conestoga's golf teams in the mid-90's and Assistant Coach, Mike Zeigler, and their sons, Derek Butts and Matt Zeigler met, with their families, for a fun week. Derek and Matt were celebrating their 20-year (class) reunion.
From its' inception in the spring of 1995, there was a total of 19 boy and girl golfers. That spring, the boys finished as conference Runner-up and missed going to State by only one stroke. The girls' team in the fall did not finish lower than 5th in any meet and was the Tri-County Invite Runner-up. The boys' team in 1996 won 4 major meets and finished the season bringing home the State trophy for 1st place, which was, at that time, a first in Conestoga team history.
The trophy photo above was taken from the cookbook the golfers made to help raise funds for the golf program. The kids also held garage sales and did other fundraising events in order to continue to have a golf club. The Conestoga boys State champs also included teammates David Davis, Buddy Skogheim and Adam Dubas.
Wow! Twenty-two years ago? Seems like only yesterday...
(L) Britta Lindseth (3) and Juliana Lindseth (6) pick up cigarette butts at Hickory Hills Park in Papillion.
'Bag the Butts' for 'World No Tobacco Day'
May 31st, 2018 was World No Tobacco Day and Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands, along with 129 community volunteers “bagged the butts” in 17 playgrounds and parks in Cass and Sarpy County.
Cigarette waste is the #1 littered item on the planet. These butts are filled with cancer-causing chemicals that get into our soil, groundwater, lakes, streams, and playgrounds.
Volunteers picked up thousands of cigarette butts, dozens of chew containers/cigarette packs, and even an electronic cigarette. There were stark differences between park areas that have formal tobacco-free policies and those that don’t; with 7 cigarette butts being found in the Elmwood park and hundreds at Walnut Creek in Papillion and Haworth Park in Bellevue.
Litter Gitters, a group of about 30 youth took part in the event. Jennelle Simon, group founder, expressed her appreciation of the event, “I am glad the Litter Gitters were involved with T.E.A.M to clean up the cigarette butts. While they were picking up the park, they had a lot pride about keeping their community clean. It also reinforced another negative impact of tobacco use and their commitment that they will never smoke or litter.”
Additional special thanks to Veridian Credit Union, Sarpy YMCA, Sarpy County Cooperative Head Start, Plattsmouth Chamber, Plattsmouth Community Center, CHI Health Midlands, Sarpy/Cass Health Department, and the Monster Hares 4-H Club for signing up teams.
For more information about Tobacco Free Parks, call Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands (T.E.A.M.) at 402.593.3022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stenberg Reminds Young Photographers & Families of
June 30 Deadline for NEST on the Farm Drawing
The deadline for entries in the 2018 NEST on the Farm Fun Photo Drawing is June 30, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg reminded Nebraska families. Six winners will each receive a $1,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan contribution in the drawing, which is open to children age 13 and younger and their families.
Nebraska residents can submit farm- or ranch-themed photos taken of or by children 13 years old or younger to be eligible to win one of the six $1,000 NEST 529 contributions. Entries are accepted by mail and online at NEST529.com/scholarships. Entries also are accepted on the NEST 529 Facebook page in a tab on the right, titled “NEST on the Farm.”
“As Trustee of NEST 529, I look forward to this annual event and to hosting the winners in the Family Fun Zone at the Nebraska State Fair. NEST on the Farm provides a perfect opportunity for families to begin saving for the expense of higher education and to learn about effective ways to save through our excellent state-sponsored college savings program, which provides significant tax benefits for Nebraska savers,” Stenberg said.
“There’s no better place to emphasize the values of farm and ranch life and the importance of agriculture to the state’s economy than the Nebraska State Fair,’ Stenberg said. “The NEST on the Farm photos cause us all to stop and appreciate the rural life around us and the values of hard work, honesty, and family that rural life promotes and we all appreciate.”
Money for the NEST 529 contributions comes from First National Bank of Omaha, Program Manager of NEST. To enter the NEST on the Farm drawing, the photographer or the subject must be 13 years old or younger as of June 30, 2018. Submissions will be split into two age groups: newborn to 5 years old and 6 to 13 years old. In mid-July, NEST randomly will select one winner from each age group in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts.
For scholarship contest rules, visit NEST529.com/scholarships. Contest rules also are available at treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships.
About NEST 529
The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST 529) 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 254,000 accounts, including 80,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.
Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings Individual Investment Option
MURRAY FREEDOM FESTIVAL, MURRAY, NE
JULY 4th, 2018
COME HAVE SOME BIG FUN in SMALL TOWN, USA!
The Freedom Festival 5K is a fun run for any age. This run takes you on a scenic route around the small town of Murray.
You may still register the day of the race, July 4, 2018, starting at 7:00 a.m., however registrations after June 15th are not guaranteed a t-shirt.
There will be fruit and water available for the runners.
Race starts at 8:00a.m. at Young Memorial Park in Murray, NE, July 4th.
Ages 5 and Under= Free
Ages 19- 55= $25
Ages 56 and Older= $20
If you have any questions, please contact Chad and April at email@example.com.
The annual MURRAY FREEDOM FESTIVAL parade takes place on July 4. The parade route starts at Conestoga Elementary, goes one block east to Railroad Avenue, then west on Young Street, ending at Young Memorial Park.
No pre-registration required.
Parade line-up begins at 6:00 PM.
The parade starts at 6:30 PM.
To become a part of the parade, just go to the parade line-up.
Anyone - school groups, bands, civic groups, families, businesses, etc. with tractors, horses, neat old cars, dogs, strollers, bicycles and so on, is welcome to participate!
Come join the fun!
KEEP CASS COUNTY BEAUTIFUL!
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SAVE THE DATE-
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18!
2nd ANNUAL FUN RUN FUNDRAISER
MURRAY FIRE DEPT
Donations for prizes are needed for the top run finishers in male, female and youth categories.
Ideas would be gift cards or monies to purchase awards or prizes.
Kids, ask your group, Scouts, 4-H, church youth group, or just a bunch of your friends to volunteer to cheer the runners on!
It is a 'hilly' run so runners appreciate the encouragement!
Food and beverages are needed to supply the hungry racers after the race.
Also, can we get any volunteers to set up and tear down the course with cones, tables and water, etc.?
Spread the word by posting to your social pages and sharing with friends and family!
If you want to be part of this event in any way, please contact Theresa McClatchey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-651-6068.
Thanks so much!
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LOOKING for a JOB?
THE NEBRASKA MASONIC HOME
Our Assisted Living/Nursing Care Facility
seeks caring, devoted individuals.
We have competitive wages, excellent benefits
& a superior working environment.
FT CNA’s, 2 pm – 10 pm
Weekends Only CNA’s, All Shifts
FT Cook, 12:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FT Dietary Assistant, 11 am - 6:30 pm
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) 296-7300 for more information.
www.thenebraskamasonichome.org for an application – then hand deliver or mail.
Must pass pre-employment physical, drug test, and background checks.
Register your garage sale here, for area-wide,
courtesy of Nebraska Community Website Project,
who also brings you this weekly Newsletter!
MAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
MON - SAT 9 - 6
SUN 9 - 5
Best Director, Miles Forman, signed photo and script from 'The People vs Larry Flynt'. Jessica Lange's gray scarf and script from 'Rob Roy'.
Also, Lange's multi-color scarf worn in the movie 'Blue Sky', for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
One of Joan Fontaine's personal evening gowns.
Josh Brolin's screen-worn costume from the film 'No Country for Old Men'.
Anthony Hopkins' tuxedo he wore in the movie 'Nixon'.
Registration is now open for the Schoolhouse Summer Fiddle Camps in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska.
Summer Camp 2:
Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 13, 2017,
9 AM - Noon
For fiddlers who consider themselves intermediate or advanced.
Wednesday, August 1 - Friday, August 3, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Scandinavian Fiddle Camp, for folks who are interested in exploring the music of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland
2018 Audition Dates Announced at the Lofte Theatre
Show Audition Dates Production Dates:
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 email@example.com.
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 Debbyatdebby@greenblattandseay.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:
Hope's Closet Hours:
M - F, 10-4
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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