Posted by Heidi Warner on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 04:30 pm:
Did you know?
April is National Donate Life Month.
Nearly every two seconds a patient in America needs a blood transfusion for cancer treatment, burns and blood disorders, organ transplants or premature babies. National Donate Life Month was first established in 2003 to raise awareness of the critical need for blood, organ, tissue and bone marrow donations – lifesaving acts that change lives every day.
Thank you for changing lives with every donation.
Louisville is hosting a blood drive on Saturday April 18th at the Louisville Senior Center . To make an appointment please call Heidi at
Times are from 6:30am--10:30am.
Walk-ins are welcomed!
For Immediate Release: Some Bills Are Nearing Passage
April 10, 2009, Lincoln
– Last week I reviewed legislation that had already passed and
been signed into law. This week I can report that thirty-five other
bills have been passed by the Legislature or are awaiting the final
stage of floor debate. These are some that may be of interest.
An increase in whooping
cough in Nebraska prompted the introduction of LB 464. The bill
requires a child, who will enter seventh grade, to get a booster shot
to protect against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping
cough). The timing of this booster is intended to protect adolescents
and adults, and to coincide with the physical exam that is required
for children prior to entering seventh grade.
As introduced LB 105
proposed increases in numerous fees, fines and penalties for the Game
and Parks Commission. The Commission relies on these funding sources
to support most of its operating budget. However, in light of the
current economic conditions, the majority of senators did not support
many of the proposed increases. In its final form LB 105 only
increased the fee for fishing licenses and fines for poaching.
If it is signed by the
governor, LB 111 will become law immediately. The bill requires
motorists, who speed in a construction zone where workers are not
present, to pay the same fine that is assessed for speeding outside
of construction zones. Currently, the fine for speeding in
construction zones is double the normal fine, even if workers are not
LB 164 will simplify
several tax incentive programs, and change or eliminate termination
dates for several economic development tax incentive programs. For
example the bill will extend the expiration date for the Agricultural
Opportunities and Value-Added Partnership grant program from January
1, 2011 to the same date in 2015; amend the Nebraska Advantage Rural
Development Act to provide credits from the approved projects based
on a calendar rather than a fiscal year, because all of the other
incentive programs operate with this model; and expand the definition
of a qualified business under the Nebraska Advantage Act to include
businesses, in which 75 percent or more of the revenue is derived
from the sale of tangible personal property to consumers in other
The current Welfare
Reform Act requires the development of a self-sufficiency contract.
The contract calls for participation in one or more “approved
activities” such as job skill training, work experience, job
search efforts or employment. LB 458 adds to the list of activities
the pursuit of vocational training that leads to an associate degree,
a diploma or a certificate for a minimum of 20 hours per week for up
to 36 months. This bill resulted from strong evidence that
individuals, who earn an advanced educational degree or certificate,
are less likely to need public assistance benefits in the future.
LB 206 will create the
“In the Line of Duty Dependent Education Act” to benefit
the children of deceased Nebraska law enforcement officers and
firefighters, who are killed in the line of duty on or after the
effective date of the Act. The children, ages 25 and younger, will be
eligible to attend state colleges and universities, and community
colleges without paying tuition and fees. This benefit will be
provided to full-time undergraduate students, who are pursuing an
associate or bachelor’s degree.
Under LB 110 nonprofit
groups with 500 advance orders may order specialty license plates.
Starting in 2011 these organizations will be able to display their
identifying logo for a fee of $70. The bill increases the fee for
personalized message plates from $30 to $40, with 75 percent of the
revenue going to the Department of Motor Vehicles and 25 percent
earmarked for the Highway Trust Fund. LB 110 continues the current
fee policy for Husker Spirit plates by allowing the University of
Nebraska to collect the first five million dollars for two endowment
funds. The bill then directs any additional revenue from the sale of
Spirit plates to the Highway Trust Fund.
I appreciate the
opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the Nebraska
the group presents a full concert of
bluegrass, gospel and country-western songs. Musicians Donnie Wright and
Brian Capps add not only musical talent, but corn-ball humor to the act that is
sure to please many classic country fans.
Tickets for the
show are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Lofte ticket office at (402)
234-2553 or ordered on-line at www.BransonOnTheRoad.com. As a
special tribute on Saturday night, the group is donating a portion
of Saturday's ticket sales directly to the Lofte which is a non-profit
Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization
supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation,
and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee. The Lofte Community Theatre isdedicated to providing
opportunities for area residents of all ages to participate in the creation
process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to enjoy the
social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art
Copple Chevrolet - GMC, Inc., a leader in providing
customers with an exceptional automotive sales and service experience has an
outstanding opportunity for a customer service advisor. Must be self
motivated with exceptional communication skills.
Primary duties would include:
Maintaining exceptional CSI ratings.
Meeting and greeting service
Writing service repair orders.
Customer follow up.
Recommending routine service
Estimating service repair costs.
Dispatching service jobs to
Be a team leader.
The Big Chill - Mower No More Taps for Old Briggs and Stratton
Well, all good things come to an end...
There are only 2 things that are certain in life; death and taxes.
You know you have had a rough week, when you have had to deal with both.
Good ol Denny in Murdock called, and I knew from his tone, that it was not good news. As we hurried out to his special workshop, across from the Bulldog Bar we feared the worst.
Denny wrapped his arms around that ol B&S flywheel
and gave her a twist.
(Grrrr...iinnnnnnnddd - crunch.. grrr.. CRAK!)
In fairness, I do not have a lawn in any common civilized meaning of the word. It is more like a prairie with scattered ravines. Kinda like Bosnia on a bad day. The last tool that this lawn knew, (before my now dead lawn tractor), was a glacier.
Lots of lawn tractors spend their lives gliding peacefully along on putting greens, with an occasional patch of fairway, or rough. The operator calmly sipping a lemonade.
I, (on the other hand), strap in and bite down on a special mouth guard to prevent broken teeth. If the rains have been heavy, I pack survival rations and emergency flares to help rescue crews locate my specific ravine.
Well, all that aside, it is time for another lawn tractor
Gotta Mow the Weeds!
In future issues I will get the chance to bond with a new piece of junk and continue the job the glaciers gave up on. But, lets think instead about the spring parade which is coming up in only 30 days!
Lets get our parade floats ready, show off that great Louisville Community Spirit again!
Nancy and Dee will put smiles back on our faces!!
Having Fun and Planning the Parade FloatSouth of the River