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Our Spring Festival of Louisville - You are Invited!

 Saturday 5/16

Annual Parade 1PM


 Garth Funkhouser passes the baton to anchor Avery Hopkins in the 4x100 relay.
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ACE Chimenea Winners!!
 Shelly and Roy Hudson were drawn as the Stander Ace Hardware Grand Opening winners of a new Chimenea, retail value of $160.
Congratulations Shelly and Roy!
Thanks to all who came and shared our day!
Maureen and Larry
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The Legendary Lions of '59

Front row (l-r):  Doug Alfrey, Orval (Pork) Robbins, Dan Stiffler,  Emmett (Butch) Brown, Don Vogler.

Back row (l-r):  Coach Ernie Lee, Terry Janusz, Frank Puls, Robert Wiesneth, LeRoy Voightman, Student Manager Gary Knutson

(not pictured:  Jerry Luken)


1959 Lions “Pep Rally”

Saturday, May 23rd


2009 - 5:15pm


Forty-five minutes prior

to the start of the Alumni Banquet

All Louisville alumni and area residents are invited to attend a

pep-ralley celebrating the 50th anniversary of the

Louisville Lions Class of 1959

Class C Boys Basketball State Championship!

Join us at the school in the “old gym” where the team played their home games during that magical season.  Team members will share memories and the event will also honor team members who are no longer with us.

Show your school spirit and community spirit.  Visit with old friends while enjoying refreshments in a fun and festive atmosphere!

 “Through the four short years of high school, up the hill so steep and long As we look down in the valley where the Platte flows slowly on We may see the sunlight gleaming, on the waters dashing bold, Then we’ll cheer for Louisville High School, and the Purple and the Gold

-excerpt from “The Purple and The Gold” written in 1916  
by LHS Music Teacher Emma (Marquardt) Rawalt

Again this event is open to the public and you do not have to have tickets to the alumni banquet to attend this event.  However, if you are a Louisville alumnus and would like to attend the banquet following this event you can make reservations until May 16th, 2009.  You can find the reservation form at www.LouisvilleAlumni.org 

From the Office of 
Senator Dave Pankonin
For Immediate Release: The Importance of Our Economic Stimulus Funds

May 8, 2009, Lincoln— The Appropriations Committee’s budget briefing was held in the morning on May 5, and debate on the budget bills began in the afternoon. During the briefing and again on the floor, Committee Chairman Lavon Heidemann emphasized that crafting the proposed budget for 2009-10 and 2010-11 hinged on two key factors: the ability to draw funds from a healthy cash reserve and the arrival of the federal economic stimulus funds.

The economic stimulus funds result from the passage by Congress earlier this year of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ARRA is designed to lessen the effects of the recession on state and local governments. It contains funding of more than $785 billion, of which more than $300 billion is earmarked for states and their programs. Although the final amount that Nebraska will receive is not yet known, it may eventually total more than $1 billion. The total distribution will be made over two or more years, but Congress expected some of the funds to be spent quickly to maximize their ability to stimulate the economy. That is exactly what the state of Nebraska is doing.

The Legislature is authorized to appropriate the ARRA funds, but the distribution guidelines for the funds are governed by state and federal laws that relate to the use of enhanced funding for existing programs. Therefore, the Legislature’s ability to make decisions about how to use the funds is somewhat limited.

In accordance with federal guidelines, the Appropriations Committee made extensive use of ARRA funds to balance the new state budget. The funds were directed to four specific areas: state support for education and general purpose use; enhanced federal match for Medicaid, and certain foster care and adoption programs; additional federal assistance for unemployment payments; and additional child care funds. The ARRA funds replaced the traditional use of state General Funds support for these budget categories and allowed the Appropriations Committee to divert some state General Funds to other programs. The use of ARRA funds allowed the Committee to avoid substantial budget cuts to programs like Medicaid and propose increases in state aid to schools and child care provider rates, which would simply not have been possible without the receipt of these federal funds.

The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee built the proposed state budget for the next two years based on the most accurate fiscal projections that were available. When the projections were adjusted in February and April, the Committee made corresponding changes to the budget. The Committee’s work product was presented to the Legislature this week, and the first and second rounds of debate to approve the budget have been taken. Just one day after the second vote was recorded, the Department of Revenue reported that state tax receipts for April were even lower than was forecast last month. At this point it is unclear whether or not we will have enough state revenue to fund the new biennial budget as it is currently written. The state’s General Fund status has already benefited from the availability of more than $520 million from ARRA funds. It seems clear that our state’s fiscal health may depend, in part, on the anticipated receipt of additional ARRA funds over the next year or two.

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.

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Free State Park Entry & Fishing Day

Saturday, May 16th at all Nebraska State Parks

Admission is free all day, and free fishing clinics are being offered at the following local parks:

Mahoney State Park -- 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Platte River State Park -- 9:00 a.m.-noon

Louisville Lakes -- 9:00 a.m.-noon (Lake #1)

We're very fortunate to have these great parks in our area.  Get out there and enjoy them!  For more information go to www.ngpc.state.ne.us.

 Summer Time!

After a successful inaugural year in 2008, the Great Park Pursuit will return with more sites and outdoor adventures from May 1 to September 8, 2009. The Nebraska Recreation and Park Association along with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission partnered to develop the program with the goal of encouraging a healthier lifestyle for participants while increasing awareness of Nebraska’s nature rich outdoor recreation opportunities. This year’s program will be sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.  


The program, adopted from a similar outdoor initiative started by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, revolves around a challenge to visit park sites throughout Nebraska. Participants follow clues to collect nature based impressions from posts hidden in each of the selected parks. Prizes and entry into drawings are based on the number of tracings collected. While participants become registered for a free two-night cabin stay at a Nebraska State Park of their choice with just one visit, the more sites participants visit the more opportunities they have to win.  

In 2008 the Tesarek family of Plattsmouth was one of thirty-four teams to visit all ten selected parks. Participation in the Great Park Pursuit was a highlight of the family’s vacation. Karen Tesarek explained, “When we got back to the van, our 13-year-old, Andrea, said ‘Finding the places was the most fun part of the whole vacation.’ I thought that was really something because, in addition to doing the Great Park Pursuit, we had also taken them to the Black Hills, Wind Cave and Mount Rushmore, but she liked the Pursuit the best.”  

Engaging youth in the natural world outside their door is an important component of the program. Of the 1854 participants from last summer, 900 were children with an average age of 8. Since today’s recreation time is too often spent in front of a screen, the Great Park Pursuit provides an opportunity which allows participants to feel comfortable in natural environments.  

To build on the success of the 464 teams registered last year, which represented 122 Nebraska communities and 8 states, the 2009 Great Park Pursuit will offer more opportunities to participate. National trends show people are recreating closer to home. Expanding to fifteen park sites across Nebraska for this year’s program provides more close to home opportunities. In addition, this year’s sites include a mix of local, state and federal parkland. The variety of sites selected highlights the great natural resources of Nebraska while raising awareness of locations that offer educational, historical and entertainment opportunities. The Great Park Pursuit 2009 sites include Pioneers Park in Lincoln, Indian Cave State Park, Platte River State Park, Walnut Creek Lake and Recreation Area in Papillion, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail – National Park Service, Garden Area in Omaha, Scenic Park in South Sioux City, Cowboy Trail near Norfolk, Calamus State Recreation Area, Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey, Fort Robinson State Park, Central Park in Alliance, Ash Hollow State Historic Park, Kelley Park in McCook, Stolley Park in Grand Island, and Pawnee Park in Columbus.  

“Start your Journey today – Explore Nebraska Parks!” To register and for program updates, please visit www.negpp.org


Cass County Nebraska

Economic Development Council Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

 Lofte Community Theatre, 15841 Manley Road, Manley, NE 

The official program begins at 6:00 p.m.  The public is invited, and we hope you're able to join us for this very informative evening. 

Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council   

 "Our mission is to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs for all of Cass County." 

  Annette Wiles

President, Wiles Development

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 Monumental Fiddling Championship

The 11th Annual Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest will take place at Homestead National Monument of America`s Education Center on Saturday, May 23, 2009.  

 There is a total of $1,000 in prize money thanks to the Leigh F. Coffin, Jane M. Coffin, and Leigh M. Coffin Foundation. There is no registration fee or admission fee for the Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest.

The day will start with a free workshop for fiddlers at 10:00 a.m given by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt.  Registration for the competition begins at 10:00 a.m. also. Competition begins at 2:00 p.m.  Participants will be divided into Junior (less than five years experience) and Senior Divisions.  Participants will be asked to play a hoedown, waltz and tune of choice.  All music should be from the homesteading era of 1862 to when Homestead National Monument of America was created in 1936.  At 7:00 p.m. there will be an evening concert of winners with the top three in each division receiving cash prizes and trophies.  There will also be a raffle for a free fiddle, made and donated by Nancy Rohn, which will be won by one of the fiddling contestants.
The Nebraska Chapter of American String Teachers Association will again be conducting a fiddle tune writing contest.  The winning tune will be announced at the competition.  For more information on next year's writing contest, contact Deborah Greenblatt at [email protected]

The Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest is sponsored in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council, Leigh F. Coffin, Jane M. Coffin, and Leigh M. Coffin Foundation and Eastern National Bookstore.

Homestead National Monument of America is located 4 miles west of Beatrice on Nebraska Highway 4.  Current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.  Admission is free of charge.  For more information call 402-223-3514 or visit


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Potato Project 


Six Cass County Churches got together at Marvin and Ramona Ohlerking's farm to cut and plant 1/2 mile of potatoes to give to those in need in the Fall.

Clergy and congregation members from the Elmwood Christian Disciples of Christ and United Methodist churches, The Weeping Water Christian Church Disciples of Christ as well ans the United Methodist and Christian Disciples of Christ churches in Louisville took part in the planting project

As clergy, we are hoping this idea catches on and more churches and their congregations will becme involved . We are prayerful and hopeful that next year we will be able to add at least one more item to the crop.

In the Fall, we will give bags of potatoes along with simple recipes to those in need during these hard economic times.

Pastor Cathy Stander, DOC.

The "Potato Project" was born in a Cass County Ministerial Association meeting here in Louisville.
Pastor Cathy
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From the Editor
Garden Cheating, Weed Defeating
Moving to Garden Automation Revision 8.1

  I am really optimistic this year!
I think we have finally got the final garden solution
The Goal in all of this is, of course, to create a pleasant, peaceful place to escape and watch the tomatos and peppers grow.
It is not about getting fresh veggies, that is a lot more convenient and economical just hopping into Jeffs.
This is all about, winning, and automation and sustainable infrastructure.
There, now isn't that more relaxing?
Basic problem with Gardens, is they are outside in the back, with all the bugs, and heat, and ticks, and dirt and worst of all weeds.
I actually admire weeds, from a purely competitive position; they are darn good at what they do. They do not whine, they use what ever they got, and they waste no time when the sun is shining, they just kick bud.
Every year we try something intended to make the whole process, more relaxation and less like a Cass County work-release program.
First thing to do is to get the heck off the ground, Raised beds, get you closer to the action, no more crawling around on the ground.
Next, get long sheets of weed block. Landscape fabric. Tuck those beds in all nice and neat.
Use a nice drip irrigation system to keep everything watered,, 
Mulch the bejabbers out of the neat, auto-irrigated beds then sit back and admire photosynthesis at work. They say that nano-technology is nothing more than using the methods plants have used since the beginning, ooops...
Rats, forgot the plants....
Ok, gotta go get some plants, some Munchers, some Green Beans, some Celebrity Tomatoes, some Jalapenos, spuds. We just make little cuts in the landscape fabric, and then just slide those bad boys in the dirt. Done!
Now we are all set!
Ok, Tomatos, cukes - get crackin!
A little sun, some automated watering, and
Salsa Here We Come!
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