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What is happening in Plattsmouth...
The "SAC Federal Credit Union" Team with the Cass County Relay has a fundraiser going on now and until they are sold out. They are offering bracelets for a minimum $2 donation to the Relay. The bracelets are silicone purple with grey swirls and white lettering that says "CU Crush Cancer". Stop in to 219 South 23rd Street Plattsmouth, Ne.(next to Pamida) to purchase!
Tickets are still available to win this pretty "snazzy" looking motorcycle. To purchase tickets for the motorcycle raffle, please contact the Plattsmouth Main Street Association at 402-296-5544.
Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund Launches HomeTown Competitiveness Community Capacity Questionnaire.
The Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund needs your feedback. As we participate in the Assessment Phase of HomeTown Competitiveness, one of the steps is to provide a Community Capacity Questionnaire and gather responses before May 10,2011. Below is the link for those willing to fill out an on line questionnaire.
Who should participate in the questionnaire? People in our community that have a vested interest in creating an effective and sustainable community. Its our goal to encourage collaboration to achieve common goals, avoid and eliminate duplication of local efforts and to support and coordinate (not replace) existing efforts.
HomeTown Competiveness (HTC) is a “come-back/give-back” approach to rural community development based on local assets. HTC harnesses local resources that every rural community already has. Task forces are organized around four HTC Pillars: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Youth Engagement, Philanthropy
Implementation of the HTC framework is an incremental process designed to build, enhance and sustain community capacity. On the ground and at work in the community, each pillar supports the others. The framework is implemented in three phases:
Phase 1 - Assessment (Plattsmouth Current Phase): Includes community kick-off, interviews and surveys to assess community capacity in each of the four pillars and culminates in a meeting where the assessment results are shared with the community
Phase 2 - Strategy Development: Focuses on developing customized strategies to strengthen community capacity and integrate a holistic long-term community and economic development plan
Phase 3 - Implementation and Refinement: Ongoing community refinement and updating of plan as they continue the implementation and evaluation.
To get involved in Plattsmouth’s HTC effort, contact any of these HTC Steering Committee members:
Site Coordinator/Leadership Pillar:
HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC) is a collaboration of three organizations: the Heartland Center for Leadership Development, the Nebraska Community Foundation and the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.
Expected Outcomes of HomeTown Competiveness (HTC) Framework
• New jobs and new wealth created in the community
• More current businesses retained, transitioned and growing
• Strategy in place to develop new small businesses
• Increased entrepreneurial activity within the private and public sectors
• Increased number of young people working towards returning to their hometown
• Greater youth involvement in community service and leadership
• Entrepreneurship curriculum available to more youths
• Stronger school-community partnerships in place to support shared education and community economic development goals
• More volunteer engagement in community projects and activities
• Increased diversity in community leadership
• Enhanced leadership knowledge and skills
• More people willing to run for public office
• Provide a better case for donors to give back to their hometown
• Grow endowments by capturing a portion of the Transfer of Wealth
• Invest strategically in the community with impact grants
• Sustained financial support of community and economic development
Philosophy of HTC
• Local control
• Build on community’s assets
• Add value to, not replace, local efforts
• Empower local leadership
• Convene and build partnerships
• Belief in power of “Hometown”
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What is happening elsewhere...
I took some pictures of our family recycling for Earth Day!
Our recycling box (about 2 weeks worth)
My husband (Robert) helping unload the box.
My sister (Tara) even came from Pennsylvania to help recycle. They were visiting :)
We even got the kids involved! My daughter (Emmalynn) and nephew (Peyton).
April 29, 2011, Lincoln— The 49 people who serve in the Nebraska Legislature are state senators. This means they are collectively responsible for creating laws and policies for the entire state of Nebraska. However, each of the 49 senators also represents a geographic region of the state and the people who live there. While my fellow senators and I must always keep in mind what is best for our state as a whole, we are most directly influenced by the needs of our own legislative district. This reality frequently guides my thoughts and actions.
This year I sought a new way to vote for the needs of District 2 at the committee level, as well as on the floor of the legislature. I knew major tax proposals, such as the much-discussed roads funding plan, would come before the Revenue Committee, and they would certainly impact our legislative district. Increased long-term roads funding is critical for District 2. District 43 Senator Deb Fischer, primary sponsor of the roads funding proposal LB 84, and I collaborated in a joint effort to be seated as new members of the Revenue Committee. Senator Fischer and I helped to move LB 84 to the floor for debate by the legislature.
In my first four years as a state senator, many proposals I introduced were prompted by District 2 constituents. The tradition continued this year with themes such as economic development, elections, commercial licensing requirements and user fees. LB 213 is the third bill I have sponsored for Heritage Nebraska and the Main Street Program. All of the bills focused on the need to maintain the Program’s small but vital state appropriation. The effort this year was the most urgent, because the Department of Economic Development and the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee both deleted the Program’s funding from their budget proposals. At the hearing on LB 213, the Committee was reminded of Nebraska’s long standing commitment to this Program. In the past year alone, 111 new jobs and 29 new businesses were created on Nebraska’s Main Streets. Committee members were reminded of Main Streets in their own legislative districts, and the fact that $16.42 is re-invested in the community for every dollar spent to operate a local program. I hope when the Committee’s budget proposal is advanced to the floor later this month, it will include the funding proposed by LB 213 for Heritage Nebraska and the Main Street Program.
I introduced LB 214 to require nonpartisan ballots for election of county and city officials. The request to place this issue before a legislative committee was brought to me by District 2 residents, who want to vote in every election and would enjoy the opportunity to vote for the person whom they believe to be the best candidate. Some local officials in Nebraska, including incumbents at the county level, echoed the same desire for change. On a personal note, I have run in nine primary and general elections. Each time I was elected on a nonpartisan ballot.
People who were interested in this issue observed that political party affiliation has less bearing on local offices which are often administrative or ministerial. In places where one party has an overwhelming registration advantage, the partisan primary becomes the only election that matters. This puts many people in the position of having no real voice in the election or requires them to change party affiliation in order to vote. This disingenuous change in party affiliation is not based on political philosophy, but rather on getting around an election law simply to be able to vote. While LB 214 focused on elections for county and city offices, District 41 Senator Kate Sullivan introduced LB 186 to require nonpartisan elections for county offices. LB 186 reflected discontent with an election outcome in Senator Sullivan’s district. Constituents in Districts 2 and 41 requested these election law changes, and their senators responded. The Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee held hearings on LBs 214 and 186 on the same day. The Committee is still considering the fate of the proposals, although it seems unlikely that they will be advanced to the full legislature.
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
4-Hers and others had a chance to experience a little Russian culture by making
homemade noodles and rye bread and decorating eggs Sorbian style during an April 25th
workshop at the Cass County Extension office. More Russian culture will be explored
through activities, crafts, food and fun during the annual Cass County 4-H Family Fun
Night “Passport To Adventure” Tuesday evening, June 7, at the Cass County fairgrounds
north of Weeping Water. The public is invited to attend. Contact Cass County Extension
Back left to right: Delaney Bright, Katie Schneider, Patricia Kasson, Savannah Schafer
and Liz Rice practice the art of kneading dough to create the perfect loaves of rye bread
as Samuel and Zachery Gauthier and Claire Uhe observe
Delaney Bright and Katie Schneider try their hand at cutting noodles after mixing, rolling
and folding dough
Emma Gauthier concentrates on design details as she applies melted crayon wax to a
blown-out egg with a hand cut duck feather to create an intricate pattern
Community Sustaining Sponsors 2011