Welcome to a new section of the Elmwood and Murdock weekly news. Senator Rob Clements will be submitting a regular summary of what is happening in the Nebraska Unicameral. If you ever wanted to know how Nebraska is run, how decisions are made he is the one to ask.
By State Senator Rob Clements
The Nebraska Unicameral 2018 Session began January 3.
Bill introduction has ended, but not before another 486 bills and resolutions were introduced. We are also debating many carry-over bills from the 2017 Session.
A $200 million reduction in revenue since the last session will make budget adjustments the primary job of the session. The administration has proposed across the board reductions of 2 percent for the 2018 budget and another 4 percent for 2019. Excluded from these reductions are K-12 spending, Corrections, and Medicaid provider rates.
The Appropriations Committee will be hearing from each agency in February to discuss adjustment requests. It is my belief that we can make the budget adjustments without raising taxes, tightening the belt of government, just like taxpayers have to do with their budgets.
I attended a briefing by the Department of Revenue regarding the 2018 federal income tax changes and the options that the Legislature may use to adjust Nebraska’s tax code to stay revenue neutral.
Keeping Nebraska’s coordination with federal tax law as simple as possible is my goal, while not raising taxes. I am working closely with the Revenue Committee to achieve that goal.
This session I introduced three bills and one resolution.
LB 773 updates the current misdemeanor crime of intimidation by telephone. It would include intimidation done via email, text, or other electronic messages. This will update state law to keep up with changes in technology.
The second bill of mine is LB1019, which would transfer Cass County from the Southeast planning and development region 6 to the Metro region 8. This was brought to me by Cass County officials who believe Cass has more common economic and development connections with the Sarpy and Douglas County Metro area than with the region to the south. Sarpy County officials have also expressed support for this change.
As always, I really appreciate hearing from you on important matters. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff for information on legislative bills or if I may be of assistance. Please reach me at: Senator Rob Clements, 1523 State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68509 (402-471-2613), or at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If the date is TAN (Beige) then there is something to do in town that day!!
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As you know, the Aldrich Gardens have been updated; and we now have 12 gardens named after Mrs. Aldrich's books. We are very fortunate to have three fantastic Master Gardeners help us monthly. However, over the past few months, I have had people volunteer to be additional help by adopting a garden spot and keeping it weeded through the summer/fall.
16th Annual Short Story Contest
Start thinking of ideas for the 16th Annual Bess Streeter Aldrich short story contest.
The goal is to generate a fictional short story that is written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works while incorporating a theme that focuses on Nebraska’s economy, history, cultural diversity, and/or geography (past, present, and/or future).
Writers are encouraged to focus on historical and/or realistic topics. This year the Aldrich Foundation is paying tribute to Mrs. Aldrich’s novel The Rim of the Prairie and believe it would be an excellent resource.
Eligibility (Four divisions):
Adult: 1st Prize $100; 2nd Prize $50; 3rd Prize $25
High School (Grades 9-12): 1st Prize $50; 2nd Prize $25; 3rd Prize $15
Middle School (Grades 6-8): 1st Prize $50; 2nd Prize $25; 3rd Prize $15
Intermediate School (Grades 3-5): 1st Prize $25; 2nd Prize $15; 3rd Prize $10
Complete rules are found at the Bess Streeter Alrich Website
Stories can be submitted on online. Deadline is February 17, 2018
Get your library magnet and head over to the library to borrow not only books but also movies for the whole family.
You can also borrow e-books right from your Kindle or tablet. Ask for a tutorial on how to log in and use the library website.
Do you have a review of a book at the library, submit them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
District Star Competition
District STAR competition was Jan 19 at Peru State College. E/M had several students attend. Several qualified for state. State Qualifiers are Nate Lockman in Jr. Interpersonal Communications, Spencer Koehn in Teach and Train, Kate Zakaras in Interpersonal Communications, Kylee Wilson and Hannah Mather in Chapter in Review.
Also attending was Lisa Hynes FCCLA sponsor and Kellee Brewer and Kim Cawley as judges
UNK Announces Dean’s List
The University of Nebraska at Kearney announced students who earned a place on the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. Students who are on the dean’s list have a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale. Congratulations to these local students who were named to the Dean’s List:
Megan Hawks, Elmwood
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
By W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
CAST includes local students
Pirate King – Aaron Spracklin of Elmwood, Nebraska
PIRATES/POLICEMEN/MAIDENS - Cale Arent of Murdock, Nebraska
(Hastings, Nebraska) – The Hastings College departments of Theatre and Music will be performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular “The Pirates of Penzance” for its 2018 January Term (J-Term) production. This classic comic operetta of fair maidens, wimpy pirates and overzealous police is fun for the whole family.
In the show, Frederic has spent 20 years of his life indentured to a band of pirates and has been promised he will be released on his 21st birthday. After turning 21, he sets off to find adventure, only to discover that his time of servitude may not be finished.
Performances are Thursday, February 1; Friday, February 2; and Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. with a final performance February 4 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are in Scott Studio Theatre (806 N. Turner Ave.).
Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 for general admission. To reserve your tickets, email email@example.com.
Post Prom Fundraiser
Post-Prom has started a new fundraiser where you are able to purchase gift cards through Post Prom to all of your favorite restaurants and stores at no extra cost to you. For every card you purchase, a percentage goes to Post Prom with you still getting the full value of the card you purchased.
Please consider using the cards not only for Christmas gifts and shopping but also for your dining, weekly errands, and grocery shopping. Please see the attachment for a complete list of cards available. E-Scrip is also available on select cards for a convenient shopping option. For any questions please talk to Annette Eggert, Theresa Hansen, or Diane Neels or stop and see us at our table at home basketball games. You can find us at the fresh baked cookies!
See the attached the order form (2 pages) if you would like to purchase some cards but are unable to make it to a home basketball game. You can mail your form with your payment to Diane Neels. PRINT VERSION CLICK HERE
Elmwood Christian Church Update
Bits and Pieces 402-994-5755
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:00 – 4:00
Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00 Friday 9:00 – 5:00
Closed on Monday
This is Bill Harrold, Rev. Pastor with Elmwood Christian Church, (DoC)
Another good week ahead for Elmwood residents as we also remember the past. I had fun working with the Community Center last Saturday on The Pancake Breakfast/Brunch. We served a lot of people, so THANKS for your support.
Again God calls us to be the best neighbors we can be to people in our area.
Sunday, February 4th is the Super Bowl football game.
Friends and neighbors of ECChurch will celebrate "THE SOUPER BOWL OF CARING" Sunday.
Bring a can of Soup or non-perishable for the community food bank.
Lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served following worship at 11 ish am.
Share some football stories and the greatest story ever told.
On a Sunday afternoon, out in God's backyard, we played some football;
When Jesus was quarterback and Moses was the guard.
The Angels in the stands; let out a mighty Song,
When the LORD scored a touchdown on those guys from....Well!
Go with God, rock 'me Jesus save 'm Jesus
We go go with God. Hallelujah
See you around the community,
The Elmwood Village Board and Library are seeking community feedback regarding how we can grow and improve our community and library. We value your feedback, so please consider completing these surveys to continue making Elmwood a great place to live!
The Elmwood Library is seeking feedback on how to better serve the community. The following survey contains questions regarding what the library does well and how the library can improve. Please be as thorough as possible with your answers so we may get the best results. Thank you for helping us improve the Elmwood Library!
The surveys can also be taken online outside of the newsletter by clicking on the categories below.
Elmwood Community Center
(right next door to Elmwood Inspired)
Morning Coffee Bar 8:00 am
Coffee, Tea, Milk
(Milk available, please ask the cook)
Free will offering - suggested $1.00
Noon MealsEat in or Take-out
Please call by 9:30 am to reserve
Suggested price for noon meal is $5.00
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If you would like to advertise your business on the Elmwood website just CLICK here
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30TH ANNUAL GROUNDHOG DAY CELEBRATION
FEBRUARY 3, 2018 @ UNADILLA, NEBRASKA
PARADE @2:00 P.M. in
“BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN UNADILLA”
8:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. EVENTS AT THE UNADILLA COMMUNITY CENTER (WEST OF WATER TOWER)
• 8:30 A.M. - FLEA MARKET
• 8:30 A.M. - SILENT AUCTION, VETERAN’S ROOM, MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY & REPLICA OF UNADILLA PAST AND PRESENT.
• 8:30 A.M. - LIBRARY GIVEAWAY - FREE BOOK, TOTE BAG AND GOODIES TO EVERY CHILD 12 AND UNDER WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
• 8:30 A.M. - UNADILLA CHRISTIAN CHURCH BAKE SALE
• 10:15 A.M. –SPEAKER CHRIS SAYRE – NEBRASKA’S MUSICAL SMORGASBOARD FEATURING MUSIC FROM VARIOUS ETHNIC GROUPS IN NEBRASKA.
• 11:00 – 12:30 A.M. - LUNCH SERVED BY BETTER BEEF PRODUCERS 4-H CLUB.
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. EVENTS AT THE DUNCAN BUILDING (WEST OF COUNTRYSIDE BANK)
• 10:00 A.M. - GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH UNADILLA BILL ON HISTORIC MAIN STREET!
• 10:00 A.M. - GIRL SCOUTS WILL BE SELLING 2018 COMMEMORATIVE GROUNDHOG SOUVENIRS.
• 10:00 A.M. - NEBRASKA NUT GROWERS WILL BE SELLING “NUTTY” PRODUCTS.
• 11:00 A.M.– 1:00 P.M. BOY SCOUTS WILL BE SELLING HOT DOGS& BEVERAGES.
• 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. MUSIC BY NINA JEAN ROHLFS
• 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. – SUBMIT SOUP, SPAM AND JERKY ENTRIES TO JEANIE STEINKUHLER ATTHE DUNCAN BUILDING. PRIZES FOR FIRST TWO PLACES.
• 3:00 P.M. - SAMPLE ENTRIES AFTER THE PARADE. FREE WILL OFFERING TO THE UNADILLA AREA FUND.
11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. UNADILLA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH LUNCHEON (ONE BLOCK NORTH OF FIRE DEPARTMENT) FREE WILL OFFERING.
2:00 P.M. - PARADE (MAIN STREET UNADILLA)
• ALL ENTRIES WELCOME INCLUDING ANTIQUE, CLASSIC AND MUSCLE CARS
• 1:30 P.M. - ENTRIES LINE UP AT@ DAN’S TIRE SHOP (EAST END OF MAIN STREET)
• GRAND MARSHALLS OF THE PARADE WILL BE AREA RESIDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 90
3:00 P.M. - KING & QUEEN CORONATION AT “THE BAR”
2017 REIGNING KING & QUEEN– MIKE LEEFERS & CAROLYN KASTENS
FOLLOWING ARE THE 2018 CANDIDATES:
KING NOMINEES: RON FECHNER, MIKE WEST &JAMES CONRADI
QUEEN NOMINEES: JONNA PESTER, RACHEL ZAHN & BETSY (BRANDT) PAVELKA
NOMINEES CAN BE REVIEWED AND VOTED FOR AT THE BAR THROUGH FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2NDOR UNTIL NOON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3RDAT THE COUNTRYSIDE BANK.
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: “UNADILLA AREA FUND”
3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. THE PAT GLENN TRIO –
MAKING ITS INAUGURAL APPEARANCE AT “THE BAR”
FLEA MARKET VENDORS:
Judy’s Hands (skin care)
Grammi T’s Embroidery
Real Time Pain Relief
L & M Metal Works
Bonnie’s Rada Cutlery Sales
Terri Lynn Snacks
Mystic Rhoads Sauces
Crocheting by Cindy
Mary Ann’s Crafts
THANKS TO THE OTOE COUNTY VISITOR’S BUREAU FOR THEIR MARKETING SPONSORSHIP
Looking for something to do with the kids during the winter. We have a wonderful "playground" right in our own backyard with Mahoney state park offering ice skating, ice fishing, and indoor birthday parties at the playground. So if your kids are getting cabin fever let them run off some energy in the ball pits and climbing wall and not your furniture.
NEST ‘Why I Want to Go to College’ Writing Contest Announced
Lincoln, Neb. (January 8, 2018) – The 16th annual “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest, sponsored by the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers, is getting underway with entries due March 2, 2018. The writing contest is open to seventh and eighth graders.
Twelve winners will receive contributions to Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) college savings accounts including $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. Three winners will be chosen from each of Nebraska’s three Congressional districts, and thee winners will be chosen from outside Nebraska.
Nebraska winners will be recognized at home plate on May 6 at the Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion. Each Nebraska winner will receive four tickets to the game.
“Congratulating contest winners with a ceremony at Werner Park is one of the highlights of the year,” said State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “I enjoy meeting the young people and hearing about their plans for their future, and I also enjoy meeting the parents, grandparents, and siblings who provide enormous support, encouragement, and inspiration to these young people. The writing contest provides an opportunity for young people to learn about saving for higher education and, at the same time, polish their writing skills for high school and later.”
Families can save for college for their children and grandchildren through NEST, the state-sponsored 529 college savings program that allows for tax-free investments and tax-free qualified withdrawals. Nebraska account owners qualify for up to $10,000 a year in state income tax deductions.
Students are asked to reflect in their written entries on the value of education and what they hope to achieve through higher education. Entries are limited to 750 words and must be typed, double-spaced on 8 ½- X 11-inch paper. They will be judged by students and faculty at Midland University in Fremont.
Details about the writing contest are available on the Treasurer’s website at www.treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships/essay/college/2018/contest-announcement/.
Entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2018, and mailed to Becki Frishman, Omaha Storm Chasers, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046.
NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 254,000 accounts, including 79,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
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Nebraska State Capitol, Suite 2005
Post Office Box 94788
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
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