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Louisville Wednesday Newsletter - February 10th, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
 Stander ACE Hardware will officially become...
Larry and Maureen Gulizia will be officially changing the name of the store from Stander Ace Hardware to simply Louisville Hardware. It has been close to 100 years that "Stander" has been part of the name of this iconic Louisville venue. This is a major change. "It was just time." says Maureen Gulizia "There were so many changes, to the Building, to the Goods we offer, we are changing everything, it was just a good time to update the name. We ARE Louisville Hardware!" Larry is planning to change the sign when the weather provides a little encouragement.
Winter in Louisville
Wish you were Here!
Steve Sherman shows his artistic talents with ice, behind the Louisville Art Gallery. 
Coin of the Realm
The Official Louisville Wooden Nickel
BUILD Introduced Tuesday the newly minted Louisville Wooden Nickel. This token of welcome will be be presented to special guests during special events as a gesture of hospitality and  to encourage visitors to explore and sample the many things that Louisville Businesses have to Offer.
  BUILD is creating special Hospitality Kits for registered visitors during the upcoming District Wrestling Tournament that Louisville is Hosting February 12th, and 13th
The Hospitality Kit they receive will include a Business Directory, a description of planned future Community Events, Nickels to spend in Louisville, and a  guide describing which merchants are offering which valuable merchandise in exchange for the Official Louisville Wooden Nickels
The New Louisville Business Directory
Beautifully created by Todd at Snowdog and  Produced by BUILD

   Lions Win in Overtime, 55-51 (2-5-10)
Louisville girls 55, Johnson County Central 51 (OT)

The Louisville girls basketball team managed a 55-51 victory over Johnson Country Central in overtime!   
All Lions Photos Compliments of Mike Krambeck,
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February 5, 2010, Lincoln -In 2007 I introduced LB 425 to adopt the Nebraska Operational Assistance Act (Act). The bill proposed to maintain an economic development program that began in 2002 and was renewed in 2005. LB 425 appropriated funds to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED). DED then awarded the funds to a private, nonprofit organization to operate the program. The Act required the nonprofit organization to provide technical assistance to individuals and companies that lack the components to achieve their growth potential. The individuals and companies were then to be matched with people who were willing and able to make investments, in order to potentially realize profits in the future. The provisions of the Act, and the state funds that supported it, were expected to sustain the existing groundwork, from which new ideas could be launched to create high-paying jobs, import dollars to our state and expand our tax base.

I selected LB 425 as my priority bill in 2007. The bill passed with strong support from the body. The adoption of the Nebraska Operational Assistance Act continued an existing economic development tool to support the efforts of individuals and organizations in Nebraska, who need assistance to transform ideas into commercially successful projects. I was pleased to introduce and successfully managed a bill to maintain the strength of Nebraska's economic development portfolio.

Last week I learned that two Nebraska programs designed to help rural businesses will receive federal stimulus money. Invest Nebraska Corporation (Corporation), the nonprofit organization to which DED awarded the funding that resulted from the passage of LB 425, will be given $200,000 for business loans in 35 rural counties. The Corporation held five regional new venture competitions in 2009. The southeast Nebraska competition took place in Peru. Monson Family Foods in Nebraska City was the winner of a $25,000 equity prize. Because this regional competition took place in Otoe County, the county will be one of the 35 counties to receive a portion of the federal stimulus funds.

The Invest Nebraska Corporation promotes capital formation for and provides operating assistance to entrepreneurs and investors in Nebraska. It is a resource for start-up and emerging companies that have the potential to become high-growth businesses capable of attracting investment capital.

In addition to its five regional new venture competitions, the Corporation sponsors several other programs. Local Venture Symposiums are offered to educate Nebraska entrepreneurs about the various levels of capital funding and to give accredited investors the opportunity to connect with potential angel (high net worth) investment opportunities. The Corporation organizes local high school competitions. These events take place on the same day and in the same location as the New Venture Competitions. The high school competitions are held to identify and recognize students, who are interested in starting their own business some day. The competition is a starting point for students to share their ideas, organize concepts and compete against each other for a cash prize. The Operational Assistance Program is a source of funding for companies with the potential to attract angel individuals or venture capital. To qualify for the Operational Assistance Program a company must: (a) be based in or be willing to locate in Nebraska, (b) demonstrate potential to become backed by angel or venture capital investors and (c) be positioned so that operational assistance from Invest Nebraska can significantly impact the probability of securing funding from angel or venture capital investors.

It was great to learn that something I played a role in during my first year as a state senator is continuing to make a positive difference for our state.
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

[email protected]





Volunteer In The Outdoors



Andrea Faas

Outdoor Education Specialist

Nebraska Game & Parks





Producing Small Fruits for Home Profit will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Feb.
18 at the UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center, 5985 G Road, Nebraska
City. Join Vaughn Hammond, extension technologist, to learn about growing
small fruits in your backyard. He will cover the production of
raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and other common and not so common
small fruits. For more information contact Hammond at 402-873-3166 or
[email protected].


HEY, Cory, What's Cookin?
This Week at the MSC
Lunch Specials Feb 8th - Feb 12th

Mon. Feb. 8th: Goulash Dinner, Soup - Cook's Choice

Tues. Feb. 9th: Hot Turkey Sandwich, Soup - Cheesy Potato

Wed. Feb. 10th: Meatloaf Dinner, Soup - Garden Tomato

Thurs. Feb. 11th: Beef & Bean Burrito Platter, Soup - Nacho Cheese

Fri. Feb. 12th: 5 oz. Catfish Dinner, Soup - Cajun Ham & Bean

 Walleye on Friday Night!!


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American Cancer Society Daffodil Days 2010
Please place your orders for your daffodils now - the deadline is 2/19/10 and flowers will be delivered in March. The flowers alone come in a bunch of 10 stems for $10 - the signature "Boyd's Bear" with flowers is $25 and the teal colored signature vase alone (no flowers) is $15. Availability may be limited based on response so place your orders as soon as possible.
Call the ACS Omaha Office at 402-393-5801 for ordering
Daffodil Days supports all of the invaluable programs and services that the American Cancer Society offers Cancer Patients and their families.
Please mention the Cass County Relay For Life as your source of this information.
Thank you for your support,
Cass County Relay For Life Planning Committee 2010





CYN was established because we want to help you enjoy
your community by broadening your horizon
of what's possible!

Connecting Young Nebraskans, (CYN) is a social network of young Nebraskans who have joined together to discuss and take action to promote change in Nebraska. In past years, it seems that the voice of young Nebraskans has been missing on many important issues. In an effort to address this, the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative would like to encourage and support the formation and ongoing operation of a 'Young Nebraskans' group. This group will belong to its members so it's up to you to help shape it into something you want to be a part of.

Now is the time to join the CYN Network and start asking those critical questions that will affect your lifestyle in Nebraska! If you know someone who may be interested or who can benefit from CYN, please email Kayla at
[email protected] and ask to add them to the email list. Keep in mind that any successful group takes time to mature and grow, so be patient throughout this development process, and make suggestions about how the future of our state will look for you.

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Community Lenten and Holy Week Services
The First Christian Disciples of Christ and the United Methodist Churches are holding their second annual Community Lenten and Holy Week Services. Each Service begins at 7PM
Here are the dates and places:
February 17th: First Christian Church (Ash Wednesday)
February 24th : United Methodist Church
March 3rd : First Christian Church
March 10: United Methodist Church
March 17: First Christian Church
March 24: Untied Methodist Church
Holy Week:
April 1: United Methodist Church: Seder Meal with Communion
April 2: Good Friday (Meet outside Fire Station for the Cross Walk.) If unable to walk, wait @ Christian Church)



 Museum Exhibits

Cass County Museum opened two new temporary exhibits during January.  The  annual Valentine exhibit contains 132 Valentines ranging in date from the 1880s to the 1950s.  Many are on view for the first time, having been donated in the past year by Neil Lancaster and FloraBelle Wehrbein.

“Strike up the Band”, an exhibit of Cass County Bands from 1883 to 1910, is also on display.  The photographs include bands from the MWA, Burlington shops, Wabash, Plattsmouth, and Murdock.

Both exhibits run through March 6.

The museum's Brown Bag series begins Tuesday, February 9, with a program by Dan Reis on Photo Conservation.

Cass County Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. For additional  information, call the museum 296-4770.


Visit your museum today!  




Remember your Recorder? 

Check out the Avoca Schoolhouse!


The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will celebrate the seventeenth annual Play-the-Recorder Month in March by offering a Beginning Recorder Workshop on Saturday, March 13, from 1 PM - 3 PM.   Deborah Greenblatt, Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, and member of the American Recorder Society, will lead the workshop.  Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited.  The $30.00 fee includes an instruction book, and a soprano recorder.  Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to [email protected] [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Founded in 1939, the American Recorder Society is celebrating 70 years of service to its members and constituents--all recorder players including amateurs to leading professionals, students to teachers.  It has some 130 chapters and consorts in the U.S. and Canada, where its membership base is over 2200, plus 130 members in 28 other countries.

Play-the-Recorder Month grew out of an event staged as part of an "ARS 50" anniversary celebration, during which members all over the world played a recorder piece simultaneously on April 1, 1989.  Play-the-Recorder Day was first officially held in 1992, and then expanded to Play-the-Recorder Month the following year.

The ARS office in St. Louis, Mo, may be contacted at 314966-4082, or [email protected] [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or through the ARS web site, www. AmericanRecorder.org.



Try some soup at the UMC this Valentine's Day!



Did you know...

FEBRUARY is 4-H Month!

"I pledge my head to clearer thinking.

My heart to great loyalty.

My hands to larger service.

And my health to better living.  

For my club, my community,  my country and my world."   





'Tis the season of LoVe, dear Louisvillians!


As you are contemplating how you'll spend your Valentine's Day with your loved one(s), consider thinking about why you love Louisville  What makes it unique and worthy of your love?  I posed this question to some of my LOVELY students at Louisville, and here are some of their responses:  

* "Louisville is small, but it's jampacked with people and things to do.  People are always visiting because of the Lakes, so you get to meet new people!"                                       --- Hayley


* "The community is supportive and everyone knows your name!"                                                                      --- Ryan


* "When something goes wrong, the whole community really helps out."                                                            --- Kymee


* "We have a community that supports the school and students.  The community helps students with scholarships and many other activities."                                                    --- Kacie 


* "We don't have to worry about traffic."                                                                                                                --- Cori 





As usual, my students really made me think about Louisville and how fortunate I am to live here.  Find a reason or two to be thankful for living here too!  Have a week full of LOVE-ly happenings!

Your Louisville Editor,


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