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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

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

The Lincoln Senior Chorus

The Lincoln Senior Chorus is starting its singing schedule again.  The chorus was organized in 1967 and has been singing ever since.  The group has about 35 members and always looking for more.

The chorus practices on Monday mornings for an hour at the F Street Recreation Center at 13th ad F  Streets and sings a regular monthly schedule at senior citizen facilities.  The chorus also performs several special bookings.  The program for the regular schedule consists of hymns, happy songs, songs that the residents will recognize and can sing along.  A different program is sung at the other bookings.

The director is Jack Cole who has had much experience teaching and directing musical groups.  Susie Cook is the accompanist for thr group.

This is a great opportunity to volunteer and reach many people while doing something that you enjoy.

If you like to sing and would like to be part of this group or book a performance, contact Darlene Barnett at 402-466-6925 or Jack Cole at 402-483-7813.

Free Jazz – Summer Concert Series

Free Summer Concert Series
Live jazz music will be in the air throughout the summer in Lincoln, Nebraska thanks to James Terry and JazzTime Smooth Radio. He was recently encouraged when Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed April 2017 as Jazz Appreciation Month just as plans were finalized for two free community concert series.
For the third consecutive year, Downtown Lincoln Association will follow in the tradition of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s, Jazz in June series with Tower Jazz. Starting, July 11, at Tower Square, 13th and P Street, free jazz concerts will be played on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm.
As part of the Lincoln Parks and Rec Department’s, Party in the Parks events, free concerts are also scheduled on Friday evenings from 7 – 9 pm, in July and August at Lincoln’s Union Plaza, located north of 21st and O Street. Partnering with Ryan Larsen, owner of Roots Music, the series will start on the First Friday, July 7 and run through August 25. Celebrating the diversity of the community a variety of music styles will be showcased.
James Terry provides the best in live jazz entertainment for local and regional events. He also owns JazzTime Smooth Radio, an internet radio station where jazz music can be enjoyed 24/7 at JazzTime Smooth Radio operates from the SCC Focus Suites, located at 285 South 68th Street Place in Lincoln.
For more information contact: James Terry/402-580-6983

Source: JazzTime Smooth Radio – index

12 Negative Thoughts and Behaviors | Spirituality – BabaMail

Banish These Thoughts for a Better Life – Go to the link to get the full story -keith
The 12 toxic and negative thoughts presented here pass through most of our minds, and it’s best to know how to handle them, freeing ourselves to live a truly happy life.
1. “I may not be happy right now, but I know I’ll be happy in the future.”
2. “Happiness depends on great moments and specific circumstances.”
3. “Every step I take, for myself and for others, must be logical.”
4. “I’m not good enough to do this.”
5. “Everyone should love me.”
6. “I’ve seen and heard it all.”
7. “I need to be in control.”
8. “I’ve been hurt so bad that I’ll never recover.”
9. “Everything that happens is personally connected to me.”
10. “I’m better than other people.”
11. “What they don’t know won’t hurt them.”
12. “I just don’t have time for my family and friends.”

Source: 12 Negative Thoughts and Behaviors | Spirituality – BabaMail

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts – The Washington Post

Source: Top 10 skills children learn from the arts – The Washington Post

Full story is even better. -keith —–
Top 10 skills children learn from the arts
By Valerie Strauss January 22, 2013
1. Creativity
2. Confidence
3. Problem Solving
4. Perseverance
5. Focus
6. Non-Verbal Communication
7. Receiving Constructive Feedback
8. Collaboration
9. Dedication
10. Accountability.

$400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding

Source: AIM | Alzheimer’s Impact Movement

Call to Congress Answered with Funding Gains at National Institutes of Health 

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2017 – The Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) and its nationwide network of advocates applaud Congress for hearing their call and taking action in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Today, a $400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding was signed into law, increasing federal funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to nearly $1.4 billion. After years of stagnant funding, this is the second year in a row the Alzheimer’s Association request for historic funding increases has been acted on by our federal leaders.

“The Alzheimer’s Association and our sister organization, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, represent millions of families facing Alzheimer’s disease, and we know firsthand the importance of investing in research to advance faster against this deadly disease,” said Harry Johns, Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement president and CEO. “This is the latest in a series of policy victories in the fight to end Alzheimer’s, but more work remains. As the leading voice for those affected by the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association, AIM, and our advocates will continue to work with Congress to ensure continued bipartisan support for urgently needed research funding increases and access to necessary care and support services.”

Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. An additional 15 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers for individuals living with the disease.

Already the nation’s most expensive disease — at a cost of $259 billion in 2017 — the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by mid-century the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple, and the costs of Alzheimer’s are projected to more than quadruple to $1.1 trillion. Today, funding for Alzheimer’s research at the NIH is under $1.4 billion per year. Leading experts have said a greater investment is still needed if we are to stay on the path to preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.

Demonstrating the urgency of this crisis, the NIH Professional Judgment Budget commissioned by Congress has already recommended a $414 million increase in spending on Alzheimer’s disease research for fiscal year 2018.

The Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program, through philanthropic support, has committed over $385 million to more than 2,500 best-of-field grant proposals, leading to field-changing

advances. According to Thomson Reuters InCites (formerly Web of Science), the Alzheimer’s Association ranks as the highest impact nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research in the world, ranking in overall impact behind only the Chinese and United States governments.

Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit

Alzheimer’s Impact Movement 

The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization working in strategic partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. AIM advocates for policies to overcome Alzheimer’s disease, including increased investment in research, improved care and support, and development of approaches to reduce the risk of developing dementia. For more information, visit


Rotary Clubs – What Is A Paul Harris Fellow you ask?

A Paul Harris Fellow is awarded to persons who, or for whom, a total of $1,000 has been donated to The Rotary (International) Foundation, whether in a lump sum or in increments over several years. This year is The Rotary Foundation’s 100th year. What began as an idea by Past RI President Arch C. Klumph to build an endowment with the purpose of “doing good in the world” in 1917 has grown to a Foundation that has $1 billion in assets and an impressive record of improving millions of lives. Today’s mission of The Rotary Foundation is to support the efforts of Rotary International in the fulfillment of the Object of Rotary, Rotary’s mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs. It is one of the greatest foundations in the world. The giving expectation for every Rotarian is to give $100 per year to the foundation.  

There is no such thing as a Paul Harris Fellowship, and it is not an award; it is simply recognition.

12 Springtime Activities for Seniors

There’s just something so rejuvenating about spring. Whether it’s the birds chirping, flowers or sunshine; spring does wonders for the senior soul.

Springtime is a favorite season for seniors because many of them are retired and have spent the winter being cooped-up indoors.

See all 12 – –> Source: 12 Springtime Activities for Seniors

6. Eat outdoors at a fancy restaurant.
7. Visit a nursery.
8. Go on a picnic. | Solid Waste Management > Recycling

Source: | Solid Waste Management > Recycling


Mayor Chris Beutler joined recycling advocates in kicking off a new campaign to educate residents how on how to “recycle right.”  The “Be a Recycling Champion” initiative is aimed at reducing the number of unacceptable items that are tossed into recycling bins.  The campaign is funded with a $68,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
“We know our residents care about recycling,” Mayor Beutler said at a news conference at the Mid America Recycling processing facility.  “They understand the environmental benefits of conserving resources and the importance of extending the life of the landfill.  But we also know that people have many questions about how to recycle right.  This campaign is aimed at answering those questions and giving our residents the information they need to ‘Be a Recycling Champion.’”
The campaign urges the public to take three steps to a “Be a Recycling Champion”:

·      Follow the basics by recycling paper, cardboard, tin and aluminum cans, and plastic bottles and tubs.

·      Learn the recycling guidelines by visiting <> .
·      Remember that many curbside recyclers do not accept plastic bags or glass bottles.  To make sure these stay out of the landfill, take clean plastic bags to local grocers and take glass bottles and jars to one of the public drop off sites.
The City and recycling collectors see a wide variety of unacceptable items in curbside containers and at the 29 public drop off sites.  Those include non-recyclable items such as Styrofoam and metal cookware as well as cans and bottles with food and drink residue.   Other problems are broken glass in curbside containers and plastic bags that can cause problems with machinery at processors.

“Unacceptable materials will be sorted out by processors and landfilled,” said Kent Kurtzer of Kurtzer Brothers Refuse, who is on the Board of the Lincoln Solid Waste and Recycling Association.  “This is the complete opposite of what we want to accomplish.”

As part of the campaign participating curbside recycling collectors will leave notes on recycling containers listing the unacceptable items residents have place in them.  Their curbside recycling subscribers will also receive a postcard encouraging them to recycle right.
“The theme ‘Be a Recycling Champion’ reflects our desire to do what is right and to do the best we can to help make Lincoln a cleaner, greener City,” said City Council member Jane Raybould, who is in management with B & R Stores.  “Most grocers like ours have containers at the front of the stores to collect plastic shopping and dry cleaning bags; produce, bread and food storage bags; and wrappers from paper products.  When these are processed, they are mixed with sawdust to produce Trex Lumber, a great building material.”
As part of the campaign, local champions are features in a series of PSAs.  The website has also been updated to include more information on how to recycle right; a list of current recycling collectors and their website information; and a recycling champion quiz.

Warren Buffett’s Best Investment | Bill Gates

Rotary’s Polio Efforts Praised by Bill and Melinda Gates.  “They know going from 350,000 cases to 37 is amazing, but success is zero.”
In 2015, there were 74 reported cases of polio.
In 2016, that number dropped to 37.
So far, in 2017, that number has dropped even further – to single digits

Thanks to global vaccination efforts, more than 2.5 billion children have been protected against polio since 1985, but there’s still more work to be done. This World Immunization Week, here are easy ways to support polio eradication:

1. Follow End Polio Now on Twitter and Facebook, and share or retweet Rotary and our partners’ messages.

2. Check for new blog posts and additional social media content to share on your own channels.

Every year, Bill and Melinda Gates publish an annual letter to broaden awareness and interest in key global health and development programs. This year’s Annual Letter mentioned polio among their foundation’s ongoing efforts to fight disease and inequality, specifically, the incredible progress that’s been made towards polio eradication. Melinda Gates offers these kind words to reaffirm the important role Rotary has had leading the way to a polio-free world:

“We’re awed by the teams of vaccinators who take risks to reach each child. And we’re inspired by the infinite persistence of Rotary International. They were leading this fight long before we joined it, and they’ve just kept moving forward.”

She goes on to say, “They know going from 350,000 cases to 37 is amazing, but success is zero.” Even though a handful of polio cases have been reported this year, there is a chance these are the last cases of polio in history. This June, Bill Gates will speak at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA to discuss how we can — and will — end polio together.

Source: Warren Buffett’s Best Investment | Bill Gates

Rotary’s Polio Efforts Praised by Bill and Melinda Gates.  “They know going from 350,000 cases to 37 is amazing, but success is zero.”

Why Steamy Hot Baths Are So Good for You | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

You know, sometimes it’s amazing how much we benefit from such little things. Taking a good soak in a hot bath is one of these things. Soaking in hot water is more powerful than one might think. In fact, there are quite a few definite health benefits to be gained.

Source: Why Steamy Hot Baths Are So Good for You | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

Art – History Museum Celebrates Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial

I have seen this collection and it is a Must See for anyone living in Nebraska for more than 10 years. – keith …..

In celebration of 150 years of Nebraska’s statehood, the Nebraska History Museum will display over 120 paintings in an exhibition titled “The Legacy of Nebraska.” The paintings, done by Nebraskan artist Todd Williams, will represent each of Nebraska’s counties.

The works vary in size and subject; from the state capitol building to portraits of Native American chiefs.

Williams, a native of Central City, used various methods and inspirations to complete the paintings.

“Some of them are plein air, [which means] he painted them out in the outdoors,” said Ann Billesbach, associate director of the Nebraska State Historical Society. “Some of them are painted from historic photographs. There are a few counties where he did more than one but there’s at least one from every Nebraska county.”

“The Legacy of Nebraska” is an official part of Nebraska’s 150 celebration and has been in the making for years.

Billesbach said the planning committee for the sesquicentennial also plans on making a book with all the paintings displayed in the exhibition.

The paintings will be shown at the Lincoln museum from March 1 to June 4, then the exhibit’s entirety will move to Omaha and Grand Island with smaller curated exhibits being shown in smaller Nebraskan towns.


Source: Downtown Lincoln Association : News Stories : History Museum Celebrates Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial

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