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Easter Bonnet Parade

Saturday 4/11

10am Beginning at the Louisville Art Gallery

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This Saturday, April 11th
Easter Bonnet Parade

Dear Art Lover,

This coming Saturday, April 11th, at 10AM, Liz and the gang from Coop De Ville and Feathers will be hosting their Annual Easter Bonnet Parade. They invite you to wear a bonnet of your own design and flaunt your feathers in the parade to compete for prizes, including a $50 gift certificate from the Louisville Art Gallery. All participants will receive 20% off their purchases in both stores. Check in at Coop de Ville between 9 and 10, the parade begins in the Louisville Art Gallery at 10. Call the Coop at 402.234.2717 with questions.

I have been a judge in the past, and you cannot believe some of the crazy stuff that people come up with! This year there is also a celebrity judge from Channel 6 in Omaha, and a representative from the Plattsmouth Journal, along with yours truly! I hope you can come down and check it out, or loosen up that creative bone in your body and come down and participate.

Hope you can stop down this weekend for the event, and to check out the current feature show on the main floor. Also, coming on Saturday April 18th, from 11AM to 5PM, it is the Annual Spring Jewelry Show. I will write more about that next week.

Hope to see you this weekend. STEVE

PS If you are on Facebook, please go and join the Louisville Art Gallery page. I started this as a compliment to the website as a place where I can be a little less formal, and am also able to post events and photos and send out invites. The unedited photos from the Edie Carey concert are there to see, along with a couple of other things that have been happening this year.

Paula Wallace, John Dennison, Daniel Newberry, Jean Mason
March 21 - May 9, 2009

Louisville Art Gallery
230 Main St.
P.O. Box 160
Louisville, Nebraska 68037
Louisville Art Gallery: Painting, Sculpture, Pottery, Glass and more.
the Gallery is open for artists' receptions,
special events and by appointment only.
The Gallery is open
on Saturdays 11:30am -4:00pm



From the Office of 
Senator Dave Pankonin
For Immediate Release: Some New Laws

April 3, 2009, Lincoln – In January 416 bills and six proposed constitutional amendments were introduced for consideration by the One Hundred First Legislature – First Session. Fifty-four of the bills have already been passed by the Legislature and approved by the governor. These are some of the new laws that are now or will soon be in effect in Nebraska. 

The Farm Mediation Act was created in 1988 to bring producers and others together to resolve disputes. The Nebraska Farm Mediation Program has been very effective in providing borrowers and creditors an alternative means of resolving financial disputes without litigation or appeals. The original Act was due to expire on June 30th of this year. LB 101 removed this sunset date, so the Program can continue to be used by individuals, who want to develop mutually agreeable solutions to their problems. 

LB 29 amended the Nebraska Real Estate License Act to allow licensed managing brokers to manage multiple branch offices of real estate companies. Managing brokers are responsible for the actions of associate brokers and salespersons who work for them. Under current law associate brokers can manage multiple branch offices, but managing brokers do not have the same authority. Since managing brokers have the highest level of responsibility and liability, it makes sense to give them the same management authority that is afforded to associate brokers. 

As proposed by LB 102 students who complete an associate degree at a community college in Nebraska will automatically be defined as a high school graduate when applying for financial aid and/or admission to a postsecondary institution. Under current law the absence of a high school diploma can prevent these students from being admitted to Nebraska’s public colleges and universities, and receiving much-needed financial assistance. 

LB 7 required that clerks of the district court, like all other elected county officials, live in the county for which they work. Under LB 55 candidates for nomination or appointment as a county attorney must be admitted to the practice of law in Nebraska. This qualification previously existed only in counties with populations above twenty thousand. LB 55 also required that a candidate for Attorney General must have practiced law in Nebraska for at least two years before taking office. 

The purpose of LB 91 was to expand subsidized adoption provisions. Current law allows the Department of Health and Human Services to make such payments on behalf of state wards with special needs when they are adopted. The new law will provide a state-funded adoption subsidy to guardians, who currently receive a state-funded guardianship subsidy, and who want to adopt the child. Such payments may be for medical expenses and other costs associated with the care of the child. 

LB 49 was the Transportation Committee’s bill to require the consolidation of motor vehicle and motorboat services in the county treasurer’s office. These services include certificate of titles, registrations, license plates, and collection of fees and taxes. The new law will streamline the county’s practices to make them more efficient and customer-friendly. It will also eliminate the need for duplicate equipment for both the county clerk and treasurer. Forty-seven of our 93 counties had already combined these services in one office. Services in Cass, Otoe and Sarpy Counties will soon be consolidated, as well.  

The Department of Environmental Quality coordinates Nebraska’s Scrap Tire Management Grant Program. Under this Program up to one-hundred percent of the costs incurred by political subdivisions to clean up scrap tires is eligible for grant funding. The Program was due to expire on June 30th of this year. LB 379 extended the Program for another five years. 

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

      State Capitol

      PO Box 94604

      Lincoln, NE 68509

      (402) 471-2613

      [email protected]


Bee on Back Burner

 This mornings 4/7/09 BUILD Meeting brought a decision to delay our First Ever Louisville Community Spelling BEE until next year.

With so many projects, and activities planned it was felt that the Bee was just a bit more than the active BUILD group could manage. We need a Few More Good Men and Gals. Please help us grow our ranks and volunteer to help with Our Fun Community Projects or send your Suggestions to

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Louisville Main Street Business

Completes a Special Good Friday Project

WireBuilt Company was hired to renovate and enhance a website for the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna in time for a special event on Good Friday 4/10/09.

The new website: http://www.HolyFamilyShrine.com/

The addition of a 45' Crucifix Spire designed by Nebraska Artist Michael Montag will create an inspired impression on travelors and visitors for many miles.

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Greenblatt & Seay's
Schoolhouse Performance Series features
TALES of AVOCA:  Championship fiddler, Deborah Greenblatt, shares some of the repeatable stories, in song, verse, and prose, about living in The Old Schoolhouse in this charming Cass County village.
Stories include "The Old Gym Floor." "When the Superintendent Wasn't In," "Avoca Polka," "Play Harmony," "The Quack-Off," and "Rolling Pencils Down the Floor."
The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with Debby.  Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221,
or e-mail them at [email protected] 
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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Louisville's B.U.I.L.D. GROUP (Businesses United In Louisville's Development) would like to invite you to join us in our Annual Spring Parade-one of the largest in the area
Date: Saturday, May 16th
Time: 1:00 PM - Line up at Noon on Cherry St
We encourage participation by businesses
as well as churches, schools, civic and private groups
We love to see imaginative floats but
welcome vehicles and walkers.
Entry forms can be found at  "louisvillenebraska.com"
under Events Click Here
Deadline for entries is Friday, May 8th
For questions call Dee 402-234-7705 or Nancy 402-670-9016
Along with the parade we will have entertainment on Main Street, food vendors and an art fair from 10:00 - 5:00 - an "Air Your Art In Louisville" event
Our businesses will be open for shopping and restaurants
invite you to stop in for a bite to eat
Louisville Art Gallery will host its annual Thrown & Blown....artists, glass blowers, pottery and jewelry makers will have demonstrations and goods for sale Saturday and Sunday.
Bring your family and make a day of it in Downtown Louisville
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Auditions at the Lofte Theatre


Lofte Community Theatre
P.O. Box 62
Manley,  NE  68403
The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley will be holding auditions for its first season production, "Over The Tavern" on April 6 and 7 at 7pm.  The play is set in the 1950s and follows an all-American family living in a cramped Buffalo apartment.  The youngest boy in the family is a wise-cracking kid who's starting to question his family's Roman Catholic values and shocks his family by announcing that he'd like to shop around for a more "fun" religion.
Parts are available for three adults (two women and one man) ages 35-80 and 4 youths (three male and one female)ages 10-20.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Performance dates run from May 29-June 14. 
Any questions in regards to the auditions or production may be emailed to Kevin Colbert at [email protected].  Other information about the theater, including driving directions, may be found on its website, www.Lofte.com.  Those interested may also call the box office at (402) 234-2553.
The Lofte Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation, and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee.  The Lofte Community Theatre isdedicated to providing opportunities for area residents of all ages and those in surrounding communities to participate in the creation process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art form.
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From the Editor
Raised Beds and Treated Lumber
Gene Seevers Tomatos - The Holy Grail

The Salsa Dilema

To Spud, or Not to Spud - That is the Question..

There are a lots of people in Louisville that inspire me. When it comes to gardening it's Gene Seevers. A long time teacher, a great chef, and a wonderful story teller, if you wish to quaff a malt beverage perchance, discus the good old days..


I can't help smiling when I see Gene, but probably the most impressive thing is his tomatos. Gene is a meticulous gardener who knows what it takes for big red tomatos each and every year.


  I have learned a lot, and every year we try to compete with Gene's garden. Cukes, squash, but especially Tomatos! I have my best luck with Potatos - I can grow spuds with my eyes closed. 100% success every time. It is that Irish blood.


We learned the many advantages of a raised bed garden, and finally let the Roto Tiller go in favor of raised beds. We got a load of Oma Gro and tomato cages and had the tomato plants so huge I could barely reach the tops. Unfortunately Blossom End Rot spoiled most of the harvest. Rats!

Ok, need more nutrients in the soil. We ignored the tip to use treated lumber. Irina really wanted to avoid any chemicals in and around the garden. Unfortunately the pine 1 x 12's that form up the raised beds are getting pretty nasty in year #4. Treated wood would have been better, cedar probably best of all. Double Rats!

OK, Its almost Good Friday

In the old days, It was traditional to plant potatos on Good Friday.




The Tom-Pot Website

  Ok, Gene.. Give it your best Shot!!!

Having Fun and Planting Potatos South of the River
Computer John