Louisville Wednesday Newsletter - May 19th, 2010
Louisville Wednesday Newsletter - May 19th, 2010
L O U I S V I L L E
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Easy and Elegant
The remodeled HAVENMAKER’S Place offers a spectacular location to host your next special event. The elegant assembly hall occupies the 2nd floor of the historic brick building at the corner of 2nd and Main. The Main Hall features wood floors with a small stage at the East end. Your guests will never forget their experience at this unique venue!
Intimate, open and elegant rooms will set the stage for a time to remember. The historic building located on Louisville’s main street, was built in the 1890s and renovated in 2009. Several lighting options can make the atmosphere suit your mood.
The Main Hall comfortably accommodates up to 75 guests. The Main Hall features a 12 foot ceiling with many windows that flood the room with natural light and lovely views of downtown Louisville.
The Welcome Room serves as a graceful entrance and has a mini kitchen for simple food preparation. It features a refrigerator, microwave and sink. Reasonable rates and friendly staff make this an ideal spot!
The room works well for 75 or less guests. There is a dance floor, stage and small warming kitchen. There is ample free parking. Some tables and chairs are available for use.
Includes: Rental of the Ballroom for the day (including guest set up time and clean up) $100.00
Includes: Usage of the Main Hall by the hour - perfect for pampered chef parties, scrap booking, showers and small events. $25.00/hour with two hour minimum
On Sunday, June 20th, the Plattsmouth Main Street Association is sponsoring an “Old Fashioned Father’s Day in the Park” at Rhylander park in Plattsmouth. As you can see from the attached flyer, the featured event will be an old-time base ball game. As a result we are recruiting players for our local team, “The Cass County Railroad Ruffians” and we invite you to choose a member of your organization as your representative on the team.
This will be a game of light-hearted fun and friendly competition. The rules of 1860 are a much less strenuous game than modern baseball and 9 innings will last less than 2 hours. In fact, the pitcher throws underhand and is encouraged to throw the ball where the batter requests it to be thrown. Also, it is an “out” if the ball is caught without having touched the ground OR after one bounce. So, as you can see, this game will move along quite quickly. I have seen the Wichita team play. They play for fun and love to “razz” each other and the opposing team. They told me that they win about 50% of their games.
This will require no financial contribution on the part of your organization. Our only hope is that you will bring your families out to enjoy the day and share in the fun and relaxation of a simpler era.
Please let us know by May 27th if you do or do not have have someone who is interested in playing on the Cass County Railroad Ruffians base ball team for this event.
Jan Sandoz, Day in the Park Event Coordinator
Plattsmouth Main Street Association
Master Gardener Available at Cass County Extension
Make plans now to visit the Cass County Extension office, located on the Cass County Fairgrounds three miles north of Weeping Water, to get answers to your gardening and landscape questions from a Master
Wednesday, May 26 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Wednesday, June 2 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Walk-ins are welcome; phone calls should be directed to 267-2205.
wants to let everyone know we are looking for medical volunteers
who can share 4-6 hours of their time and expertise during the month
There are a variety of sports available, mostly in the Lincoln area
but a few in Omaha too. The easiest way to sign up is to visit
www.cornhuskerstategames.com, click on The 2010 Games, then Medical
You are also welcome to email her at medical@cornhuskerstategames.
or call her at 402-301-4639 if you'd like more information.
The only requirement is that you are certified in CPR and be
comfortable providing basic first aid.
I'd like to encourage anyone and everyone to be part of the 26th
annual Cornhusker State Games. It is a great event and offers
something for everyone. A great, nearby sport offered is WalkOmaha. It
is a family friendly walk that has a 1 mile, 5K and 10K course. You
can get more information at www.cornhuskerstategames.com. Details are
listed under the sport Volkswalk.
I'm partial to WalkOmaha because I'm the sport director, so feel free
to email or call with any questions!
Cass County Extension office will host a Composting Workshop. Vaughn Hammond, Extension Technologist from the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City will present a Home Composting workshop on Thursday, May 27th from 10:00-11:30.
Compost is every gardener¹s best friend. We will teach you how to make compost using either the hot or cold approach as well as cover several different types of composters available. We will also construct a compost bin that is easy to build and affordable. To top the morning off we will also cover vermiculture or the process of composting with worms.
The Cass County Extension office is located at 8400 144th Street, three miles north of Weeping Water on the Cass County Fairgrounds. The workshop is offered free to anyone who is interested; no need to pre-register.
Cass County Extension office
8400 144th Street, Ste. 100
Weeping Water, NE 68463
Time: 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM
Place: Plattsmouth High School Football Field Track
There will be music and games for even the smallest – a bounce house too!
Bring your tents and sleeping bags and camp out with us under the stars! A night you’re sure to remember.
For additional information: www.relayforlife.org/casscone or 402-393-5801
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts …….. Your 2010 Relay Committee
Vendor Open House – Saturday, May 22 from 10:00 to 2:00 at Bellevue Lied Activity Center (2711 Arboretum Dr.). Vendors include At Home Entertaining, Tupperware, Arbonne, Tastefully Simple, and more. Sponsored by Thundering Herd.
Garage Sale – Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5 from 8:00 to 4:00 on both days at 13412 S. 31st Circle, Bellevue. Sponsored by Thundering Herd.
Rock-n-Race for a Cure – Saturday, June 5 at Rolling Thunder Drag Strip. Admission $10. Gates open at 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by LD’s Warriors.
Blackjack Run – Saturday, June 19, starting at Plattsmouth Keno. Sign up from 11:30 to 1:30. Motorcycles and classic cars welcome. Cost is $10/hand. Sponsored by Carol’s Crusaders.
BIG MONEY IN WILDLIFE WATCHING
(Ord, NE) - There's big money in wildlife watching. Just look at the figures: over the past 20 years, participation in wildlife watching, particularly bird watching, has increased nationally by more than 266%. Conservative estimates put the value to the US economy alone at over $40 billion dollars. During the same time, national participation rates both in hunting and fishing continue to decline.
Jim Mallman of Watchable Wildlife Inc. will be hosting several workshops to share insights about how entrepreneurs, outfitters, individuals, businesses and municipalities can build nature-based or wildlife tourism programs. Workshops will be held in Red Cloud on May 18, Ord on May 19 and Ogallala on May 20. These workshops are especially suitable for current Nebraska outfitters looking to diversify their non-game season by building wildlife encounter experiences.
Workshops begin at 8:30am and run through 4:00pm with lunch and refreshments provided. The cost for early-bird registration is $25 if participants sign-up before May 11. The cost for late registrants is $40. For more information, including registration forms, visit the Nebraska Development Network Central Region website at www.ndncr.com or contact Sharon or Jodi at (308) 995-3190.
South Central Economic Development District, Inc.
PO Box 79; 502 East Avenue (2nd floor)
Holdrege, NE 68949
50 Year Class - Class of 1960
40 Year Class - Class of 1970 (host class)
25 Year Class - Class of 1985
10 Year Class - Class of 2000
Graduating Class of 2010
To find out more about this year's Banquet, go to our newly created website www.louisvillealumni.org
The important work of the Alumni Association can be sustained only if our members are active and involved!
If you would like to part of the committee, please contact one of the members below. We would love to have you!
2010 Alumni Committee members:
• Donna Tlustos Albert
• Jean Johnson Buskirk
• Lori Petereit Gray
• Jean Knutson Heim
• Jack Mayfield
• Judy Hutchison Meyer
• Patsy Dobbs Sawyer
Monday thru Friday
For children ages 5-9
Up to $9.00 per hour
Contact Stacy at
Recycling Open House
Cass County Recycling Schedule
MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE
For Immediate Release:
A Local Issue Prompts a New State Policy
For Immediate Release: A Local Issue Prompts a New State Policy – Part II
May 14, 2010, Lincoln –As promised, when the 2009 legislative session ended, the Lower Platte South NRD and the Cass County Board continued discussions about an alternate route for the MoPac Trail extension, and the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee and my staff studied issues such as NRD trail development procedures, the role of affected governmental subdivisions, information contained in Nebraska’s state trails plan, and policies and laws for recreational trail land acquisition in other states.
The Committee traveled to District 2 in September 2009 for a hearing, at which testimony was provided about this issue by landowners, representatives from county government and NRDs, and special interest groups like the Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Trails Council.
Guided by what we learned from the introduction of LB 134 in 2009, research data from all 50 states and Nebraska’s 23 natural resources districts, the state trail plan and testimony at the September hearing, the Committee’s staff and my staff outlined several proposals to modify the existing law that allowed NRDs to use eminent domain to take private land for trail development. District 21 Senator Ken Haar, who serves on the Natural Resources Committee and offered suggestions for modifying LB 134 last year, developed a fourth plan to assist affected landowners indirectly by addressing trail development disputes between NRDs and county boards.
When the 2010 session opened, three proposals were introduced. Senator Haar’s plan was offered in LB 1019, and I proposed LBs 1010 and 1011. LB 1011 and LB 134 from 2009 both proposed to eliminate the use of eminent domain by NRDs for optional recreational trails projects while maintaining the power for necessary flood control structures. The difference between the bills was that LB 134 was the sole vehicle, through which to address the issue last year, while LB1011 was introduced this year to serve as a strong alternative to the more moderate approach contained in LB 1010.
One of the strengths of LB 1010 was the statutory precedent on which it was based. The bill was modeled on a 2002 law, which created a process for resolving a similar problem. That is, the ability of a governmental subdivision to use the power of eminent domain to take land from a person or organization which, in turn, has no right to stop the action or ensure that it is used in a fair and just manner. Under LB 1010 NRDs would retain their power of eminent domain for trail development, but be required to do so through a structured process that would guarantee public notification and input, proof of a need not just a desire to use the power, some liability protection for landowners, a formal agreement of rights and obligations between an NRD and an affected landowner, and the right of a landowner to appeal the decision to use the power to a district court.
The response to the moderate solution proposed in LB 1010 was much more favorable among senators and other interested parties than the more extreme approach proposed by LB 134 in 2009. The position of LB 1010 was also strengthened by research data, which showed Nebraska to be one of only eight states that allowed unrestricted use of eminent domain to take private property for trails.
The move from one end of a range of options to the middle garnered stronger backing from the Natural Resources Committee, a genuine willingness to negotiation and compromise from the strongest opponents of LB 134 in 2009 and statements of support from senators, who in 2009 were unwilling to vote for the more extreme policy change. Even Senator Haar, who opposed LB 134 and introduced his own plan this year, decided that LB 1010 offered the best solution to this policy issue and gave his support to the bill.
LB 1010 moved easily through the three rounds of floor debate. Several senators commented that they supported the bill, in part, because the development of LB 1010 represented the best way to create new policy for our state. As I have said several times in the past few weeks, lawmaking happens through the interaction of people, processes, policies and politics. This was certainly true of the passage of LB 1010, and the legislature’s commitment to protect the rights of private landowners in Nebraska.
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
In case you haven’t glanced at the calendar lately, I’ll give you a hint. There’s a day coming up this week that students have been looking forward to for quite some time. This particular day marks an end to studying and tests (for awhile anyway!) and signals the beginning of the busy, boisterous days of summer. Yes, it’s true…Louisville students and teachers will soon be released from duties for the 2009-10 school year, and you’ll soon see these folks in the streets and sidewalks of Louisville, scurrying from one activity to the next. It seems like this year flew by! The possibility of summer almost seemed like a dream, when we were buried in snow for a majority of the winter and had to close the doors of school SEVEN different times. But, it’s reality, and Thursday will be the last day these buses will run for awhile. Farewell to 2009-10!
So, I’m sure you’re wondering where the “hot spot” in town will be, right? Well, it’s one of those places that almost always has a line that winds down the sidewalk in front of its small little white front. It’s a place where young and old congregate regularly or possibly only on special occasions. It’s a place where food can be consumed and ice cream devoured. It’s the home of the $1 ice cream cone! Louisvillians from town and country will flock to this place as the temperatures start to rise…the lure of the smooth, creamy frozen treat will draw the customers in to share in another Louisville tradition. The Dari Crème can definitely boast about some of the BEST ice cream in town, so go down and enjoy a treat today!
Have a wonderful week, Louisvillians!
Your Louisville Editor,
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