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Back Row: Kristy Feden, Sarpy County Cooperative Headstart Executive Director; Kris Shrader, EMMA Secretary; Kurk Shrader, EMMA President; Pat Ervin, EMMA member; BJ Burrows, EMMA Vice President; Megan Piehl, Village of Greenwood Board of Trustees member; Marcia Fiala, Village of Greenwood Clerk; Jill Krca, Kingsbury Hill Clerk; Jim Janicki, Kingsbury Hill SID Board PresidentMiddle Row: Terri Large, The Wellington Senior Living Owner; Jackson Adkison, Reece Burns, Christian Lindseth, Livia Schuman, Anna Simon, Devin Schaub, Cole Jensen, Litter Gitter membersFront Row: Myles Burns, Kyla Jensen, Jenne Simon, David Simon, Logan Schaub, Kane Schuman, Litter Gitter members


It was a full house for Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands (T.E.A.M.) 1st Annual Awards Luncheon at CHI Health Midlands in Papillion on Wednesday, November 18, 2017.

T.E.A.M. appreciates the value of building sustainable partnerships with individuals and organizations that align themselves with its own mission in reducing the negative effects of tobacco in Sarpy and Cass Counties.

Over forty local organizations partner together to reduce the negative impact of tobacco in our communities by educating and advocating for healthy tobacco-free areas.

Community leaders, policy makers, coalition members and volunteers were led by Master of Ceremonies Chris Tointon, Greater Omaha YMCA President & CEO, and Autumn Burns, T.E.A.M. Sarpy Coordinator spoke about “What is Tobacco Really Costing Us?”

Cigarette waste is the #1 littered item on the planet and that waste is filled with cancer causing chemicals that leech into our soil, groundwater, lakes, & streams. In an effort to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals around young children; nationally over 1,500 cities have made their playgrounds & parks tobacco-free. Locally, T.E.A.M. assists in similar policy creation to create healthy, tobacco-free outdoor recreation areas for community members to enjoy. The Outdoor Recreation Facility of the Year was awarded to Kingsbury Hills Sanitary Improvement District in unincorporated Sarpy County.

There are over 176 million pounds of cigarette butts discarded each year in the US alone & a group of elementary age youth care about their environment and wanted to spread the word. According to the kids, one needs to pick up trash for their family, neighborhood and community to be an honorary member. Because that is what is most important to their cause and their hearts. Everyone keeping the Earth clean by doing their part. The 2017 Advocate of the Year award went to the Litter Gitters.

Community of the Year was awarded to the Village of Greenwood as the board of trustees unanimously passed a resolution that designates all recreational facilities as tobacco-free. The new rule prohibits tobacco use at parks, playgrounds, swimming facilities, walking paths and buildings, including outdoor spaces and parking lots. The resolution bans the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew or dip. The trustees stated they had public health in mind when voting on the resolution. “The main advantage was to the safety and the health of children, of course,” Village Board Chair Michelle Criswel said. “We didn’t want people smoking around them.”

Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. These fires also result in millions of dollars in damaged property and healthcare costs. During the three year period between 2012 and 2014, at least 115 multifamily housing fires occurred in Nebraska, resulting in 1 death, 13 injuries and almost $4 million loss in property and content damages. T.E.A.M. provides technical assistance to Sarpy and Cass County property managers and owners on creating smoke-free housing policies in attempts to lower the number of apartment fires. The Multi-Family Housing of the Year went to The Wellington Senior Living.

Tobacco creates a large burden on business owners. An employee taking four 10-minute smoke breaks a day is away from the job for more than one extra week per year than a nonsmoking employee. The annual cost of lost productivity due to smoking is $605 million. Employees who smoke generally cost employers more in workers’ compensation and healthcare. Businesses pay an average of $2,189 in workers’ compensation costs for smokers, compared with $176 for nonsmokers. T.E.A.M. assists business owners in implementing a comprehensive tobacco policy that saves them & the state money. The Business of the Year implemented a policy that includes third-hand smoke; catapulting them to the top of comprehensive tobacco policies in the county and went to Sarpy County Cooperative Head Start.

The Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association (EMMA) is made up of over 60 local merchants and individuals who are working together to promote economic activity and business development in the Elmwood and Murdock communities. EMMA encourages volunteerism and sponsor community events and community improvement projects. They recognize that keeping our businesses and community common spaces tobacco free provides improved aesthetics, tourism appeal, and a draw for potential residents, all traits that result in the eventual economic prosperity and healthier living of a community and its residents. The Partner of the Year award was given to Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association.

T.E.A.M. is a community coalition of more than forty local organizations that works to create healthy, tobacco-free areas for our community to enjoy. They meet on the 4th Thursday of the month at 11:30pm at CHI Health Midlands (11111 S. 84th St, Papillion) in the Smith Suite. For more information, visit




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Nebraska Extension is planning its 9th Farm Beginnings® Program at the Kimmel Education and Research Center at 5985 G Road Nebraska City, NE  68410 for January, 2018. Plans are being made for Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society to facilitate the Farm Beginnings® Program to be held in Nebraska City.  The Farm Beginnings® Program is an educational training and support program designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise.  Farm Beginnings® participants engage in a mentorship experience and network with a variety of successful, innovative farmers; attend practical, high quality seminars, field days and conferences.  The program is unique in that several successful farmers participate in the program as presenters, explaining firsthand the nuts and bolts of their farming operation.  While this isn’t a program for someone wanting to get into conventional farming, it is a program that has attracted several people interested in farming on a smaller scale, some who have migrated out from urban to rural areas.  One past participant in the class said, “This program had a huge impact.  I have improved my business plan, my overall efficiency and continue to try new ideas I thought to not be possible.”  Any beginning farmer would benefit from attending these training sessions.  Most of the farmers that present come from small to medium sized farming operations that produce and market many different diversified and value-added products.  Many of these farmers direct market their products.

Participants of this course may be interested in becoming involved with growing alternative crops, producing fruits and vegetables for direct sale to consumers, grocery stores or restaurants.  Others may be interested in growing livestock for direct marketing.  This is an opportunity for people interested in learning about this type of farming from farmers that are doing it and making a living at it. 

The Farm Beginnings® Program consists of a series of 11 sessions from January through April that cover a variety of topics including: building networks, goal setting, whole farm planning, building your business plan, marketing, business and farm management and financial management.  While the class participants will learn firsthand from the farmers, they will also work on developing their own business plan as they progress through the course.  As part of the class tuition, participants will also have the opportunity to attend the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society’s Healthy Farms Conference in 2018 to be held this winter.  This is a conference that has been held annually for a number of years and has sessions that focus on topics in sustainable agriculture, such as: vegetable production, grass-fed beef, pasture poultry, meat and dairy goat production, composting, cover crops, organic farming, growing crops in high-tunnels, bee keeping, farm transitioning and agri-tourism.  We also schedule farm tours early in the course and tour several farms in the summer to see how the farmers are operating.  If interested, participants also have the opportunity to have a farmer mentor.    

Cost of the total program is $500, but you may qualify for a partial scholarship for up to $200.   For more information, a brochure for the Farm Beginnings® Program  or an application go to our website at For more information about the program you can also contact Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (402) 274-4755, Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County.


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Remember how relaxing it was when, as a child, you'd grab your crayons and paper and color for hours? What fun it was to create something from your own imagination in bold, vibrant hues or soft pastels! Even if you didn’t feel quite so creative, you would reach for your favorite coloring book, depicting your favorite cartoon or storybook characters. Recent research has shown that, even today, adults find this a very relaxing hobby and an excellent way to 'detach’ from electronics and unwind.

Local artist, Cheryll Wallace, of Plattsmouth, NE, will be at the Chocolaterie Stam candy shop, Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion, NE on Saturday, December 16, 2017, from noon to 3, autographing her adult coloring book, "Lighting the Lamp of Dharma".

If you're stumped about what to give to someone who has 'everything', Cheryll's book, along with a new package of crayons or colored pencils, would make a fantastic, unique gift. Especially for a special friend or loved one who seldom gets out, this would be a great gift. And since you’ll be at the candy store anyway, be sure to pick up some lovely goodies to include in your holiday gift-giving!



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