Weeping Water Nebraska

The Weeping Water Junior High, Sixth Grade, and Fifth Grade students entertained their family and friends on Monday, May 18, 2009 with a band and choral concert.  The Junior High band and choir started the evening with several wonderful pieces including “Evening at the Symphony” (band) and “To Make You Feel My Love” (choir).  The fifth grade band followed with some well-known arrangements of “Bingo” and “Frere Jacques”.  “Kum Ba Yah” was performed by the sixth grade band followed by “Alouette” featuring the three flutists and “Shalom Chaverim” by the same three flutists and a lone saxophonist.   The Vivace Choir rounded out the evening with their very entertaining renditions of “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, “Over the Rainbow”, Turkey in the Straw”, and “Shalom Chaverim”.  
Mrs. Kim Hammer, vocal and band director, has spent so much time teaching these children to enjoy and appreciate music and we should remember to thank her for her dedication and hard work!  Thank you Mrs. Hammer.

Good Job Students!!



MRS. CHRIS ABBOTT, accompanist

For Immediate Release: The Rest of the Story

May 15, 2009, Lincoln— The state’s $6.9 billion, two-year budget received the third and final vote this week in the Legislature. The budget bills, as passed by the Legislature, are remarkably similar to the proposals introduced by the Appropriations Committee. The budget anticipates a 3.2 percent reduction in the 2009-10 fiscal year, and a 5.3 percent increase in 2010-11. The average increase for the two-year cycle is only 1 percent. As I said last week, the opportunity to avoid draconian budget cuts and even provide a very small increase to fund some extremely important services is based on the availability of federal stimulus funds and the ability to tap into the state’s Cash Reserve Fund (Fund).

When the legislative session began, the Cash Reserve Fund contained about $566 million. The proposed budget uses about $254 million from the Fund and allows the un-obligated balance to carry over to provide assistance, if it is needed, in the next biennium. The Nebraska Budget Act defines the term “cash reserve” as the funds required for the period before revenue would become available for expenditure. Nebraska law requires that the Fund always contain a minimum 3 percent reserve to protect the state, should an unexpected fiscal emergency occur. In recent years the Fund balance has steadily increased, because the Legislature has made wise policy decisions. The decisions have produced only modest tax cuts and spending increases. This approach has allowed monies to accumulate in the Fund, so that now, when we are in a severe economic downturn, we can use some of the resources we have been saving to reduce the number and size of budget cuts, and to direct some funds to areas of great importance.

The proposed budget cannot meet every need, but it is important to highlight a few of the important areas that will receive funding thanks, in part, to the federal stimulus funds and careful stewardship of state funds by past legislatures. They include state funds to replace the anticipated loss of federal funds for the Beatrice State Developmental Center, services for some of the people who have waited a long time for developmental disability services, small rate increases for Medicaid health care providers, increases for K-12 and higher education, funding for criminal background checks for people who provide transportation for foster children, and increased support for area agencies on aging.

The governor received the budget bills on Wednesday, May 13 and has five days, excluding Sunday, to decide what
to do with them. If he signs the bills or declines to act on them, the bills will become law. However, with budget bills, the governor may also veto specific line-items. If he does invoke his veto power, the bills will be returned to the Legislature, where veto overrides may be considered. By next week state senators will know if there will be any vetoes. It will then be up to the Legislature to accept the governor’s budget changes or to stand by its own budget plan. For now, we must simply wait to see what will happen in the final chapter of the budget process.

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
    State Capitol
    PO Box 94604
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    (402) 471-2613
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Fishing Buddies Program

Would you like to learn how to fish?  Is there a child or adult that you would like to learn to fish with?  Here is the perfect opportunity for people who want to learn to fish or who need to relearn the basics.

This 6 session program is designed for child and adult pairs who have little to no fishing experience and would like to learn to fish.  Youth ages 6-12 years old are invited to develop fishing skills and knowledge with an adult mentor (limit of 2 kids per mentor/buddy). 

The sessions will meet on Monday evenings from 6-8pm at the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium for the first 3 meetings.  The last 3 meetings will move to a local lake for on the water experience.  Fishing hand-outs, bait and equipment will be available for participants to use during the program.  Session dates are June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 and July 13. 

Pre-registration is required as well as a $20 check per child to reserve your spot.  This check will be returned upon completion of the program.  Spaces are limited and your registration must be received by May 20th. 

Fishing Buddies Registration

Adult Mentor
First & Last Name: _________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________________
Phone Number: ___________________________________________________
Email: ___________________________________________________________

Child Participant
First & Last Name: _________________________________________________
Address (if different from mentor): _____________________________________
Phone Number (if different from mentor): _______________________________
Age: _________

Child Participant
First & Last Name: _________________________________________________
Address (if different from mentor): _____________________________________
Phone Number (if different from mentor): _______________________________
Age: ________

Return this form by May 20, 2009 with a $20 deposit check (per child participant) payable to Nebraska Game & Parks and send to:
    Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium
    Attn: Andrea
    21502 W. Hwy 31
    Gretna, NE 68028

Weeping Water Municipal
The Weeping Water Municipal Pool will open for the 2009 summer season on MONDAY, MAY 25TH.

Family Season Pass--$125
Single Season Pass--$75
10 Card Punch--$35
Daily Admission--$4.00

Plans are being finalized to provide a designated time for Senior Citizen Swimming, Water Aerobics, and a Family Night.  Anyone interested in teaching Water Aerobics should contact Stacy Bickford @ 267-7385 or Linda Twomey @ 267-5179.  Salary will be negotiated based upon experience.

Hours of pool operation to be announced at a later date.  Contact the pool office at 267-7755 for pool parties, swimming lessons, and other questions.

Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council

“Attracting, retaining and growing businesses and jobs for all of Cass County”
You’re invited to attend
Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council
Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Official program begins at 6:00 PM

The Lofte Community Theatre

15841 Manley Road
Manley, Nebraska
Directions: Take I-80 West, Exit at 440 Hwy 50/144th, Turn left at S 144th Street/Hwy 50
and continue to follow Hwy 50 for 17.3 miles, Turn left at Manley Road for .5 miles. Theatre
is located on north side of Manley Rd.

Tickets $20 per person
Please reply by Friday, May 15, 2009
To Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council Director, John Yochum

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Please plan to join us for this very informative evening as we provide a yearly
overview of our accomplishments and progress.


The Weeping Water Public Library now has wireless internet service for community use.  Please stop in and check out this new service.


Wednesday, May 20:
  • Last day of school for High School students

Saturday, May 23:
  • Alumni Banquet at the High School gym

Monday, May 25:
  • Swimming Pool opens for the season