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  2012 Elections

 

As many of you know, the Primary Election is just around the corner.

The Primary Election is May 15, 2012.

If you need to get registered to vote, or need to update your voter registration (CLICK HERE)

The Election Office, now located at 201 Main Street, is now accepting Early Voting Applications for the upcoming Primary Election.  These can be obtained by a number of ways. 

  • You could take a trip to downtown Plattsmouth, and visit the new office.  While there you can fill out your request.
  • You could call 402-296-9309 and request a form to be mailed to you.
  • Lastly, you can visit the Cass County Website and download a form.  (CLICK HERE) 

There are also a few filing deadlines that will be here before we know it!

  • Incumbent Filing Deadline (which is ANY elective office holder)
    • February 15, 2012
  • Non-Incumbent FIling Deadline
    • March 1, 2012

To see a FULL listing of filed candidates, visit the Cass County Election webpage.  (CLICK HERE)

 


 

 senator lambert

For Immediate Release: Priority Designation Serves District 2

 

Senators and standing committees of the legislature were required to designate their priority bills by February 16. There are 49 senator priorities – one for each member of the body. Fourteen legislative committees and the Legislature's Executive Board each gave priority designations to two bills. The Speaker of the Legislature accepts senator requests to prioritize 25 additional proposals. Speaker Mike Flood received 60 requests, from which to make his selection this year. LB 979 to change licensure provisions under the Nebraska Pickle Card Lottery Act is a bill I introduced to solve an issue with our volunteer emergency response units. I am pleased to report that this proposal was selected as a speaker priority.

 

I chose LB 750 as my personal priority bill, because it offers a solution to a problem that has existed in a part of District 2 for almost four years. As introduced LB 750 would clarify that, for purposes of determining valuation for a farm home site, the acre of land under the home site cannot be compared to land in a residential subdivision. The practice of comparing these two types of land is at the heart of a controversy that has been on-going in Sarpy County since 2009. The disagreement between rural landowners and the Sarpy County assessor began that year, after the assessor raised the value of the home site acre from $10,000 to $64,000. The Sarpy County assessor explains this change as a matter of fairness and updating of valuations in a county that has increasingly urban characteristics. The affected Sarpy County landowners have filed formal protests for the past three years. They sought help from the Sarpy County Board of Equalization, the state's Tax Equalization and Review Commission, the state's Department of Revenue, the Legislature's Revenue Committee and the District 2 legislative office.

 

Former District 2 Senator Dave Pankonin met with Sarpy County residents and state tax officials on several occasions in an effort to identify a solution to the home site valuation problem. While Senator Pankonin was a member of the Legislature's Revenue Committee, interim study LR 350 was introduced to explore options for fixing the problem in Sarpy County without creating assessment changes for the other counties in Nebraska. When I was appointed to represent District 2 in the legislature, I received a thorough briefing on this issue. I attended the Revenue Committee's public hearing on interim study LR 350, where I met with and heard testimony from concerned Sarpy County constituents. After listening to testimony on LR 350, Revenue Committee Chairman Senator Abbie Cornett concluded that the Sarpy County situation appeared to be an unintended result of a 2008 change in the state's old greenbelt laws. Senator Cornett stated her intention to offer a solution to the problem in the current legislative session.

 

LB 750 was introduced on the opening day of the 2012 legislative session. I was pleased to add my name to the bill as a co-introducer. The public hearing for LB 750 was held before the Revenue Committee on January 20. I appeared before the Committee to thank the members for their willingness to consider a proposal to stop the assessment problems in Sarpy County. At the hearing Sarpy County landowners testified that they were grateful for the introduction of LB 750, but they noted that the bill might need to be modified in order to produce the desired change in the Sarpy County assessor's valuation practices. The Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Association of County Officials have worked with Senator Cornett's office and me to develop amendment language to help Sarpy County without interfering with the work of assessors in the rest of the state.

 

I look forward to the advancement of LB 750, with amendment language attached, to the floor for debate by the full legislature. District 2 constituents in Sarpy County have waited four years for their problem to be resolved. I believe the introduction of LB 750 and the strength my priority designation gives the bill will provide a successful conclusion to a four-year problem.

 

I am always interested in hearing your comments by mail, phone or email.

            Senator Paul Lambert

            State Capitol, PO Box 94604

            Lincoln, NE 68509

            (402) 471-2613
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  2-22-12 animals

 

Adoption fee on all animals is $60. This includes spay/neuter and vaccinations.

Microchips are an additional $25 (well worth it).

Adult Cats are always a free adoption to Senior Citizens!

ADOPTION APPLICATION

Animal Shelter - 402-298-8235

  


 

greenblattfiddle

Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 11, at 2:30 PM.   Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and banjo. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago.  Their performance on March 11 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers.  Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34.  Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students & seniors, and $1.00 for children.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, log on to www.greenblattandseay.com, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.  Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.

 

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The Tenth Annual Nebraska  American String Teachers Association Fiddle Tune Composition Contest

This event inspires fiddlers everywhere to compose their own tunes, and supports the cause of string education throughout
the great state of Nebraska.

1st PLACE: $100.00  2nd PLACE: $50.00  3rd PLACE:  $25.00

Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2012.  The winners will be announced on May 26, 2012, during the Monumental Fiddling Championship held at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. The winning compositions will be performed at the Monumental Fiddling Championship & Acoustic Band Contest, and printed in Stringing Along, the journal of the Nebraska Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

For the 2012 contest rules and guidelines, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the Nebraska American String Teachers Association, log on to the web site at www.neasta.org.

Greenblatt & Seay Publications, in Avoca, Nebraska is a proud Sponsor  of the Nebraska ASTA Fiddle Tune Composition
Contest

The 2012 Contest Rules and Guidelines:

1. Each submission should be an original composition which must be unpublished and composed after March
31, 2011.

2. Composers may submit more than one tune, but only one prize will be awarded to any one composer.

3. Four copies of the music must be submitted via computer generated sheet music, or hand-written sheet
music.

4. The composer should include their name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and the title of the piece.

5. The entry fee of $20.00 should be sent in at the time of submission. Checks should be payable to Nebraska
ASTA.

6. If you wish to receive written evaluation of your tune by the judges, include a stamped, self-addressed
envelope with your entry.

7. Nebraska ASTA assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to works submitted.

8. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2012.

9. Send your entry to Deborah Greenblatt, The Old Schoolhouse, PO Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska,68307-0671.
The composer is responsible for keeping a copy of  their work, as well as for copyrighting their tune.

10. The composer understands that if their tune is one of the winners, Nebraska ASTA has permission to have
the piece performed on May 26, 2012, in Beatrice, Nebraska, as well as permission to reprint the tune in
Stringing Along, the newsletter of Nebraska ASTA.

Greenblatt & Seay Publications, in Avoca, Nebraska is a proud Sponsor  of the Nebraska ASTA Fiddle Tune Composition
Contest
For more information about the Nebraska American String Teachers Association, log on to the web site at www.neasta.org.

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