May 2nd at 7:00 pm
306 West “H” Street
Weeping Water, Nebraska
Come and join Craig for an evening
of good old Gospel music.
Free And Open To The Public!
A free will offering will be received
to support the ongoing ministry
FOR LEGION BASEBALL TEAMS
Sunday, April 26, 2009
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Weeping Water Legion Hall
Come and support your local youth!!
Weeping Water Fire barn
Saturday, April 25, 2009
City personnel will be on hand to issue pet licenses
For more information, contact the city clerk or the Plattsmouth animal hospital at 296-2179.
(pet licenses are due by may 1, 2009)
For Immediate Release: The Legislature Supports Learning
April 17, 2009, Lincoln— The Unicameral Youth Conference is an annual event for students who will enter grades 9 through 12 next fall. It will be held June 7-10 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska State Capitol. The Conference will provide a wonderful opportunity for young Nebraskans to learn about state government and our political system. Participants will take part in an interactive simulation that allows each young person to experience what it would be like to serve as a state senator and debate important policy issues. State senators often address the students at this Conference. I was invited to be a Conference presenter in 2007 and in 2008. I really enjoyed the experience, because the young people who participate in the Conference were so willing to learn and discuss new ideas.
The Unicameral Youth Conference is sponsored by the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, Southeast Research and Extension Center, and the University of Nebraska’s Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program, with technical support provided by the Clerk of the Legislature’s Office and the Nebraska Legislature’s Warner Institute for Education in Democracy. Information about fees and scholarships is available at http://4h.unl.edu/programs.citizenship/civics/uyc/ Conference information is also available through the Unicameral Information Office at 402-471-2788. The registration deadline of May 1st for first-time attendees is fast approaching, but there is still plenty of time to submit an application for the 2009 Conference. I encourage you to share this information about the 2009 Unicameral Youth Conference with any students you think may have an interest in this fascinating, interactive learning experience.
Teachers and parents of elementary school children know that Nebraska’s fourth grade social studies curriculum requires that students learn about the history of our state. Every year teachers from schools throughout the state bring these children to our capital city to re-enforce what they have learned in the classroom. Experiential learning opportunities abound in Lincoln in the State Capitol, and at the governor’s mansion, the Museum of Nebraska History and the State Museum on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Some of my most enjoyable moments as a state senator occur when I am able to greet children who come to the Capitol to learn about our unique legislative process. It is exciting to have the children visit the Legislature, and be introduced and welcomed by everyone in the chamber.
As you may know, the Nebraska Legislature’s Warner Institute for Education in Democracy has earned national awards for its excellent educational materials and programs for adults and school-aged children. Teachers use “America’s Legislators Back to School Program” and Unicameral Kids – A student’s Guide to the Nebraska Legislature. “Project Citizen” offers a curriculum for grades 5-12 that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. “Unicam Focus” is an online civics curriculum for grades 7-12. It uses video interviews with lawmakers to educate students about representative democracy, state government and Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature. I encourage teachers to notify my office if they plan to visit the Capitol or want to receive printed materials prior to the visit.
Educating youth now about the importance of history, our democratic process and public service is the best way to create an engaged citizenry for the future. Public service in all its forms allows us to help others and our society.
I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature.
We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.
Senator Dave Pankonin
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
April 17, 2009
Contact: Nancy Braswell, Emergency Response Coordinator
Sarpy/Cass Department of Health Promotes National Volunteer Week, April 19-24
When disaster threatens a community, its citizens band together to provide the help needed. Think of the volunteer fireman who answers the 3:00 A.M. call when a house catches fire, the neighbor with a chain saw who helps clean up fallen trees after a storm, or the hundreds of volunteers in Fargo, ND who recently filled sandbags to protect against flooding.
A commitment to community service is a significant attribute of the American people. Consider the coach who gives time after a busy work day to teach youth the rules of the game and how to work together as a team, the senior citizen who reads to a kindergarten class or the teenager who volunteers as a Junior Camp Counselor. Imagine how cluttered our roads would look without the help of volunteers who perform litter pick-up. Many people would go hungry without the help of volunteers who gather food for food banks and shelters, and who serve those meals. Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities donate their time to improve their communities, both during times of urgent need and everyday need.
Volunteer organizations often work together during a disaster to meet needs that cannot be filled by just one agency alone. The local Emergency Management Agency (EMA) usually coordinates these response efforts. To ensure a more efficient response, each county in Nebraska has an EMA which keeps a list of all response agencies or resources they can call upon in an emergency.
Sarpy/Cass Department of Health is one of those agencies. It is not considered a “first responder” for most disasters, but it would be the primary responding agency in a health emergency such as pandemic influenza or a bioterrorism event. With a small staff and few permanent volunteers, the Department of Health would need scores of volunteers to help dispense medications during an emergency. Not only does it need medical volunteers but, just as importantly, it needs non-medical volunteers that can help operate large mass dispensing clinics. Greeters, traffic control, data entry, errand runners and others are all needed.
As Hubert H. Humphrey once said, “The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.” If you have not considered volunteering before, please do so now. Perhaps you cannot commit the time to volunteer on a regular basis, but are able and willing to in a community emergency. Either way, please visit the Department website: www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org for a volunteer application form, or call Nancy Braswell at 402-339-4334 ext. 202 for more information about circumstances you would be needed and training opportunities.
5 to 8 p.m.
First Congregational Church
Weeping Water, NE
6 oz NY Strip Dinner $9.95
12 oz NY Strip Dinner $14.95
1 Pork Chop Dinner $7.95
2 Pork Chop Dinner $11.95
The dinner includes baked potato or rice, fresh salad,
green beans, bread, & homemade dessert. Water, coffee,
and tea are also included.
CONTEST FIDDLING WORKSHOP
Saturday, May 16
Old Avoca Schoolhouse
The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Contest Fiddling Workshop for fiddlers (or violinists or violists) who want to learn some of the do's and dont's when playing in a fiddle contest. Fiddlers (or violinists or violists) of any age and experience level are encouraged to enroll.
Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will explain some of the rules (if any) that fiddlers are likely to see. Tune choices and performance customs will be discussed as well. The Workshop will be particularly helpful for those folks planning on entering the Monumental Fiddling Championship in Beatrice on Saturday, May 23.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- The Weeping Water Public Library now has wireless internet service for community use. Please stop in and check out this new service.
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, April 22:
- Senior “Sneak” Day
- Steak Dinner at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Weeping Water 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, April 23:
- Track Meet @ Bennington @ 1:00 p.m.
- JH Track meet @ Conestoga @ 2:00 p.m.
- Golf Triangular @ 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 24:
- District Music Contest
Saturday, April 25:
- District Music Contest
- Pet Vaccination Clinic 9:00-11:00 a.m. @ the Weeping Water Fire Barn
- Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass County Car Seat Check 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. @ Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion