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American Flag that was 60′ x 30′ out of Mega Construx(TM) plastic bricks.

 We received an email yesterday from Guinness World Record and it read:
“We are thrilled to inform you that your application has been successful and you are now the Guinness World Records Title Holder!”
 On May 27, 2017 with the help of hundreds of volunteers, we built an American Flag that was 60′ x 30′ out of Mega Construx(TM) plastic bricks.  The flag, surveyed by licensed E&A Consulting Group’s surveyor Jason Headley, measured 1,813.52 square feet or 168.461 square meters.  The previous record was 156.8 square meters or 1,687.78 square feet.  Thus we broke that record by 11.66 square meters or 125.74 square feet!
Click here to see our record on Guinness World Records(TM) page!
Click here to see a time-lapsed video of the build!
This would not have been possible without the help of some amazing people and organizations!
     Mattel, Inc. and Mega Brands(TM) for the donation of the needed bricks.
     HDR, Inc. for their help with the development of the final design.
     Kay Dee Company for their help with cutting plywood for our bases.
     E&A Consulting Group for surveying the completed flag.
     NP Dodge and Canfield’s for allowing us to build in Canfield’s Plaza.
     Election Systems and Software for initially offering the use of their parking lot.
     Nebraska National Guard for their help in recruiting volunteers.
     OMNE for the use of one of their spaces for storage and prep.
     Hawkins Construction for their sponsorship and guidance.
     Two Men and a Truck for moving the parts of the flag to Canfield’s Plaza.
     Eagle Sanitation for donating portable restrooms for our volunteers and visitors.
     Standard Digital for donating our banner.
     Swain Construction for assistance with safety barriers.
     Coca Cola Bottling for the donation of soda for our volunteers.
     Ideal water for the water donated for our volunteers.
     Advanced Engineering Systems for providing excellent volunteer support.
     Derby Enterprises for their sponsorship.
     Henkel for providing construction adhesive.
     All the media outlets that helped with getting our story out to the public.
And of course, we would not have been able to build the Flag without the help of the hundreds of volunteers who came out and spent their day placing bricks!  Some of our more notable volunteers included Governor Pete Ricketts, Congressman Don Bacon and Omaha’s own Mayor Jean Stothert spent several hours helping us build the Flag!  Thank you all very much!

We would like to extend a special thank you to those who helped us build the wooden bases:  Sharrie C. and her family, Belise D., Sean D., Tony D., Dawn E. and her family, Debbie K. and her boys, Scott L., Chris M., Robert M., Tammy M., John N., Peg R., Sarah R. and her family, and Niel W.  Thank you all for your time, hard work and willingness to stay for hours!

A special thanks to Mr. Jim Meier, Lt. Colonel (Ret) Michal DeBolt, Peggy Galloway, Cliff Leech and Colonel (Ret) John Folsom for their support and guidance.  Finally, a huge thank you to my family for their guidance and support in my pursuit of my goal of breaking this Guinness World Record(TM).

We are currently looking for a place to display the Flag and if possible, a permanent home and if not, a place to store the Flag.  Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!

Again, thank you all very much!

John Lang

The Great American Flag Project
The Great American Flag Project | 13110 Birch Drive, Suite 148, Omaha, NE 68164
(402) 850-4809

Source: Largest image built with LEGO® bricks | Guinness World Records

First Flight Festival 2017

We saw the first 16 one acts plays and can highly recommend this event. -Keith

Angels Theatre Company provides exciting live theatrical performances that entertain and challenge audiences to think globally and for playwright to grow locally. Live theatre helps individuals understand other people’s stories.

Source: Theatre | Live | Drama | Stage | Actors | Playwrights | Lincoln NE

First Flight Festival 2017

All FFF 2017 plays are performed in UNL’s Studio Theatre located on the first floor of the Temple Building, 12th & R Streets, Lincoln.

These  short plays or monologues are under 20 minutes each and written by members of Angels Play Writing Collective.

General admission per FLIGHT is $15

FESTIVAL passes are $25 (Festival passes give you admission to all 3 Flights for one price)

OLLI and student discount prices: $10 per Flight and $19 for a FESTIVAL pass.

See performance schedule below.

You have 2 opportunities to see Flights A & B in a single day!

  • Sunday July 23 – 2 PM (Flight A) and 7:30 PM (Flight B)
  • Saturday July 29 – 4 PM (Flight B) and 8 PM (Flight A) – there’s a special dinner theatre package available with  Dish Restaurant. (details soon).


  • July 19, 21 & 27 at 7:30 PM
  • July 23 at 2 PM
  • July 29 at 8 PM

Between the Lines by Mary Douglass directed by Cecilia Burkhart

Baseball by Steve Enersen directed by Mark Mesarch

Our Daughter Katie by Brigid Amos directed by Trey Martinez

Hero by Brian Bornstein directed by Timothy Scholl

Central Park South by Courtney Scholl directed by Judy Hart

Hero by Brian Bornstein directed by Timothy Scholl

Sneddon & Tweeps by Paul Burrow directed by Morrie Endeers

Taxi Ride by Steve Enersen directed by Paula Ray

To Bee or not To Bee by Robin Buckallew directed by Matt Heimes


  • July 20, 22, 23 & 28 at 7 :30 PM
  • July 29 at 4 PM

Ticonderoga  by Courtney Scholl directed by Timothy Scholl

In Dreams I Take Your Hand Madam by Dwight Johns directed by Scott Glen

Flight of Fantasy by Cherie Frederick directed by Timothy Scholl

Hero by Brian Bornstein directed by Timothy Scholl

8 out of 10 by Erin Glenn-Hash directed by Judy Hart

Inter by Norman Simon directed by Sarah Gibson

The Shwake by Brian Bornstein directed by Al Davis

Stray Dogs by Paula Ray directed by Mary Douglass


  • July 25 & 26 at 7:30 PM

Actors in this flight are Malcolm Nebraska Middle and High School students.

Butterfly by Steve Enersen

Winning by Steve Enersen

Another Sorry Expectation by Steve Enersen

Hi Jack by Steve & Meredeth Enersen

Waiting for Elvis by Cherie Frederick

Okay by Jillian Carter

Big Top All Stars by Courtney Scholl

The Sneaker and the Nail by Brigid Amos


Angels Theatre Company
 Lincoln, NE

July 15-30 – Keeping Tradition Alive a Living History Series

The Pioneer Homesteader: Keeping Tradition Alive a Living History Series – Homestead National Monument of America

Visit Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Center on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn about how pioneers cooked using Dutch ovens. Also –

  • July 16th: Laundry Day – Learn how the pioneers made their own laundry soap and experience the way they washed their clothing.
  • July 22nd: Pottery on the Homestead – Discover how the homesteaders used clay to make items needed for their homes.
  • July 23rd: It’s a Homesteader Play Day – Learn how the pioneer children created their own toys and games from items they found around them.
  • July 29th: Pottery on the Homestead – Discover how the homesteaders used clay to make items needed for their homes.
  • July 30th: It’s a Homesteader Play Day – Learn how the pioneer children created their own toys and games from items they found around them.

“The Pioneer Homesteader: Keeping Tradition Alive, is a series of fun and educational programs that engage visitors to explore the many ways pioneers lived and played on the prairie ,” said Superintendent Mark Engler.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2017. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit


The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage

Homestead National Monument of America

Source: Homestead National Monument of America (U.S. National Park Service)

Lincoln Nebraska Solar Eclipse

Definitive 10 minutes video for safe viewing.

Total Solar Eclipse

Witness a once in a lifetime experience right here in Lincoln
on Monday, August 21, 2017.
A total eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface. This is a very rare event, the last time it happened in (what is now) Lincoln, Nebraska, was in the year 1442, 575 years ago. The next total eclipse of the sun (in Lincoln) will be 628 years from now, in 2645.
Starting about 11:37 am on August 21, 2017, the moon will begin to cover the sun. This is a partial eclipse. A little past 1:02 pm, the sun will totally disappear behind the moon, this is when the total eclipse occurs. During totality, it will get dark, and birds might begin to roost. In the sky, we will be able to see wispy structures around the moon, this is the solar corona, the sun’s atmosphere, and is only visible during a total solar eclipse. The total eclipse will end around 1:04 pm, and the moon will completely leave the sun (the partial eclipse ends) at 2:30 pm.
Lincoln is on the northern edge of the path of totality. The farther south and west that you are located in the city, the longer the eclipse. At home, at a park, or on break from work, find a comfortable spot and enjoy!
To safely view the eclipse you MUST use protective eye wear, regular sunglasses WILL NOT protect your eyes. NEVER look directly at the sun. Eclipse viewing glasses can be purchased from the Nature Center gift shop. Limited quantities are available.
For more information about how to protect your eyes, proper viewing, where to view, and other facts,
Other Eclipse Activities in Lincoln:
Other helpful information and events can be found through the Lincoln Convention and Visitor Bureau here:
Pioneers Park Nature Center | 402.441.7895 |
The mission of the Pioneers Park Nature Center is to interpret the natural history of Nebraska and the central great plains; to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and awareness of our natural environment; to practice and foster a conservation ethic;and to provide a sanctuary for wildlife and a peaceful retreat for people.

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 on Vimeo

I want a parade with trash cans tied on my bumper. I want to bang the lids on my roof.

Here is my inspiration – in 1945.

Amateur Radio Field Day –  for Lincoln, NE

Any Hams out there.

Source: Amateur Radio Field Day – News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE;

Lincoln Amateur Radio Club. They’re broadcasting live, from Mahoney Park, testing their emergency capabilities.

Amateur Radio Field Day is a nationwide event, allowing nearly 30,000 amateur broadcasters to practice their skills across the nation. People of all skill levels were invited to participate at Mahoney Park.

Mike Walsh, the co-chair of the event, said, “We let anybody that would like to communicate and, you know, experience a contact do that. If you want to try a contact we have a station, specifically, to allow you to do that.”

Although it sounds like fun, there was also a serious message. The purpose is to test emergency communications. “Hams,” as they’re called, alert news and radio stations before anyone else, allowing them to get the information to you and your family faster.

“The idea is to demonstrate preparedness in case of a real emergency, where we had to establish communication across the United States and Canada,” said Walsh.

This exercise has been going on since the 1950’s and event organizers say they get about 100 people every year.

They also have 30 volunteers, who help setup the equipment.

If you’re looking to get a foot in the door and your voice heard over the radio, it’s not too hard at this event.

John Mardock, the chair of the event, said, “It takes interest and anymore we have classes that are entry level, and several times a year.”

Part of the reason for the event is education. When signals are lost on television or radio during natural disasters, emergency management systems are the only way of communicating.

There are more than 725,000 amateur broadcasters or Ham radio users in the U.S.

This event is free, but if you missed it, don’t worry, you still have until 1 p.m. tomorrow.

See Norway’s Fjords From the Air! | Nature – BabaMail

I still want to climb Preikestolen at 1800 feet.. See footage at 1:00 minute in.

Check out this stunning video that shows Norway’s fjords from the sky! We can guarantee that it’ll take your breath away!

Norway’s Incredible Fjords as You’ve Never Seen Them!

The immense scope and grandeur of Norway’s incredible fjords can only be fully appreciated from the air. Soaring over iconic vistas and remote islands, this aerial footage is set to an inspiring soundtrack that perfectly illustrates this wonderful country’s outstanding natural beauty. Of course, viewing it from behind a screen is one thing, but nothing can compare to actually experiencing Norway’s majestic fjords in person. So if you enjoy this video, it might be time to book a flight to Norway!

Source: See Norway’s Fjords From the Air! | Nature – BabaMail

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