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  Watch for children boarding, exiting, and waiting for buses througout town and on rural roads in the area.

If the lights are flashing, do not be passing!

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Beginning Wednesday, August 14th a weekly Fun Fact will be posted to the website. Tune in every week to learn something new! If you have a fact you would like to submit, send it to editor@avocanebraska.com.

 

Weekly Fun Fact

In the late 1800s, a law created in Lehigh, Nebraska forbid merchants from selling donut holes. One lawmaker claimed donut holes were a waste and believed that by selling the middle of the donut bakers were trying to make an undue profit. Thankfully, the law was repealed in the late 1990s, but these tasty round treats are still hard to come by in the town of Lehigh.

(courtesy of bestthingsne.com)

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Have some extra garden goodies laying around? Give this receipe a try!

Cavatelli with Corn Tomatoes and Zucchini

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Nebraska Leads the Way

By State Treasurer John Murante

Earning a postsecondary education from a college or vocational school in our current economy is more critical – but also more expensive – than ever.

To ensure that access to higher education remains affordable, many states have taken steps to encourage families to save for future college expenses, in the form of “529” college savings plans, named after that section of the federal tax code.

Research indicates that even a small amount in an educational savings account will lead to increased college or vocational school enrollment and completion. Though there are numerous tax benefits associated with 529 savings plans, they are often underutilized, especially among lower- and middle-income families.

As part of my duties as Nebraska Treasurer, I administer and serve as Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST529), Nebraska’s state sponsored college savings plan. This legislative session I worked with a number of state senators to enact meaningful legislation that will lead the nation promoting access to higher education through innovative college savings incentives. The goal, eventually, is to ensure that every child in Nebraska has the opportunity to attend a two- or four-year educational institution debt-free through smart savings and investment without relying on government assistance.

The legislation, which passed unanimously, establishes the following programs:

  • ·The Meadowlark Program: A NEST account will be opened for every baby born on or after January 1, 2020 who is a resident of Nebraska at the time of birth.   Beneficiaries under the age of 30 who pursue higher education within the state will have access to these funds for qualified higher education expenses. Funding will begin the year following the birth of the child and parents/guardians have the ability to opt out of the program.
  • ·The Employer Matching Contribution Incentive Program: This program provides incentive payments to employers who match their employee’s contribution into a NEST Program account. Beginning January 1, 2022, employers who partially or fully match employees’ contributions in the previous year, can apply for and receive an incentive payment of 25 percent of their matched contributions, up to $2,000 per employee per year. The program may award up to $250,000 in total incentives per year.
  • ·The Low-Income Matching Scholarship Program: Beginning January 1, 2022, 200 percent of an account owner’s contribution to a NEST Program account will be matched if the beneficiary is part of a family with a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or 100 percent of contributions if the beneficiary’s household income is more than  200 percent but less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level, up to $1,000 per participant per year. The program may award up to $250,000 in total scholarships per year. Beneficiaries under the age of 30 who pursue higher education within the state will have access to the matched funds for qualified higher education expenses.

This legislation is a cornerstone of my platform as Treasurer and I was delighted to see it pass so early in my term. I especially want to thank Omaha Senators Brett Lindstrom, Lou Ann Linehan, Justin Wayne as well as Gretna Senator Andrew LaGrone and Lincoln Senator Anna Wishart for their hard work on this legislative package.

As President Ronald Reagan said, “If you want less of something, tax it. If you want more of something, incentivize it.” Every Nebraskan with a dream of higher education deserves that opportunity, and this legislative package helps future generations overcome the financial obstacles in their path.

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The Lofte Community Theatre

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 What else is happening in and around Cass County ?

Check out the following events... 

Greenwood Days

Saturday, August 17th

Car Show Greenwood

 

"Pillage the Village"

Pillage the Village updated

 

2019 07 17 BVR LK fun run 1

 

Ice Cream Social flyer 2019

 

Elmwood Rescue's 5K Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser

 Elmwood 5K Run Walk Flyer

Register Here

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JAG FEST 2019

Fundraiser in honor of Jagger Casey
Cedar Creek resident and Louisville Elementary student battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Cedar Creek
September 7th, 2019

Jag Fest 0907

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2019 07 24 PLT Woodbridge Craft Vendor fair 2

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East Cass Pioneer Cemetery District 2019 meeting dates:
September 9
October 14

All meetings held at Murray, NE Town Hall at 7 p.m. and open to the public.

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Slattery Vintage Estates Summer Series

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Memory Lane

WEEPING WATER'S 
MEMORY LANE MUSEUM'S
NEW DAYS/HOURS

The Memory Lane Museum in Weeping Water has a new schedule as follows:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, 11:30 am till 3 pm.

This year will feature Kevin Brack's personal exhibit, 
SALUTE to the OSCARS' 90th ANNIVERSARY!

Stop in to see costumes, props and scripts from Oscar winners!
Anthony Hopkins' suit from the movie 'Nixon' will also be on display!

Click HERE for the Facebook link!

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Friday Friends Playgroup Poster updated

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2018 05 23 MCC CRAFTERS

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 Area Food Banks

The Louisville Area Food Bank will be open on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 6-7 p.m. The food bank is located in the First Christian Church 304 Main St. next to Copple's in Louisville. Low income residents are welcome to come to the twice a month give away. Please bring a box to put items in. This food bank is for residents of the Louisville Public School District.

Questions contact Pastor Cathy at 402-677-9606 or Pastor Bob at 402-234-2055. The Louisville Area Food Bank is always looking for donations of food as well.

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Cornhusker Country Music Theater

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CORNHUSKER COUNTRY MUSIC THEATER

(a NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION)

2019 SPRING & SUMMER SATURDAY SHOW SCHEDULE:

Exciting news from the 
Cornhusker Country Music Theater!

We now have a DANCE FLOOR right in front of the stage!
Put on your dancing shoes and come on over for a good time! If you don't want to dance, you can still enjoy the live music!

For those of you who aspire to write a great song, we'll be hosting a songwriter's clinic. So put on your thinking caps and bring your best ideas and join us. Who knows? Maybe together we'll be writing the next big hit that will be played world-wide!

Upcoming Events:

Jam Session: Sun., 1 pm, August 11 - Bring your instruments or voice and come join us!

Show: 7:30 pm, Sat., August 17 -

Cornhusker Jam Band


Songwriters' Clinic: Sun.,  August 25 - 1:30 pm


NO SHOW: SAT., August 31, due to Labor Day holiday weekend.

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