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Lincoln NE – Saving Your Family Treasures workshops

Saving Your Family Treasures workshops are planned for March 29 and 31 at the University of Nebraska State Museum at Morrill Hall. Smithsonian experts will demonstrate how to handle, dry and clean damaged objects and share tips on personal safety, prioritization and preservation options. (Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative)

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TO HOST WORKSHOPS ON SAVING HEIRLOOMS

Lincoln, Nebraska, March 26, 2019 – The University of Nebraska State Museum and History Nebraska are teaming up with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative to host workshops on how to preserve damaged personal heirlooms after natural disasters, such as recent flooding across the region. Workshops are 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 29 and 31 at Morrill Hall. The workshops are free and open to the public.

When homes are damaged and lives are upended, treasured keepsakes such as artwork, photos, personal papers and other family heirlooms become more cherished. Even in the aftermath of a disaster, these treasures may be salvageable.

 Individuals can attend one of the Saving Your Family Treasures workshops in person or via a video-conferencing session. Additional information will be provided to those who connect online.

Space is limited. Attendees are asked to register at https://go.unl.edu/treasuresworkshop.

 Smithsonian staff will be in Nebraska to provide the workshops. The Smithsonian is part of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of more than 40 national service organizations and federal agencies whose mission is to protect cultural heritage in states, tribes, territories and communities from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies.

 The workshops will include a formal presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. Smithsonian experts will demonstrate how to handle, dry and clean damaged objects and share tips on personal safety, prioritization and preservation options.

 Due to safety concerns, attendees are asked not to bring damaged objects to the workshop. If there are specific questions about personal heirlooms, attendees are encouraged to bring images of each item to discuss with the preservation experts.

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Feb 23 – Help Needed – 200 victims are sex trafficked in Lincoln every month!

Join Lincoln Rotary’s effort to stop sex trafficking by attending a 4 hour training – Saturday, Feb. 23 9am-1pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church 2110 Sheridan Blvd
As part of a 2-person team you’ll receive a script and slide show to train area hotel and motels on how to recognize the signs and how to respond.
Traffickers now avoid facilities that are trained so we know we can make a difference.
To sign up, go to rotarydistrict5650.org and click District events or email sharon.wherry@gmail.com.

Feb – Transcontinental Railroad: The Railroads that Tamed the West

to be featured at Homestead National Monument of America Film Festival

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. This amazing transportation development shortened a cross country trip from months to mere days.  Transcontinental Railroad: The Railroads that Tamed the West, explores this undertaking initiated by Abraham Lincoln soon after the signing of the Homestead Act. The documentary touches on the innovations and dangers that accompanied this feat, as well as the complications and benefits faced by travelers and employees once the railroad was operational. This film will screen Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Education Center at Homestead National Monument of America.
Join us for the “Innovation: Transportation During the Homestead Era Film Festival,” Saturdays and Sundays in January, February, and early March at 2:00 p.m., in the Homestead National Monument of America Education Center. This year features films that explore the Transcontinental Railroad and the Apollo Space program:

2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday February 9-10     The Railroad that Tamed the West
2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday February 16-17        Hidden Figures (PG)
2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday February 23-24        The West: The Grandest Empire Under God
2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday March 2-3                In the Shadow of the Moon

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2019. 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 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.

Nebraska Medicaid Vote

Even well-off Seniors may need Medicaid one day. Please vote yes.

 

Lincoln – 2018-19 – LED STREETLIGHT CONVERSION TO BEGIN MONDAY

Beginning Monday, October 8, Schneider Electric will begin replacing close to 27,000 of the City’s outdated high-pressure sodium and metal halide streetlights with light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.  Installation will begin on arterial and collector streets, and the project is scheduled to be completed in one year.  Residents can find updated project schedules at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword:  led).

According to Frank Uhlarik, Sustainability and Compliance Manager for the City, the $12.2 million project is designed to improve safety and provide significant annual savings attributable to lower energy and maintenance costs. Under the City’s contract with an Energy Savings Company (ESCO) such as Schneider Electric, the energy and maintenance savings are guaranteed by the ESCO to help pay for the streetlight upgrades.

 

“We’re excited to further our commitment to sustainability and save taxpayer dollars,” said Mayor Chris Beutler.  “We will use the cost savings on this project to pay for the improvements, and then we’ll invest them in other important initiatives to make our community safer and more attractive to residents, businesses and visitors.”

Converting street lights to LED technology is one of the energy strategies identified in the Lincoln Environmental Action Plan, which was approved last year.  Uhlarik said the LED conversion project offers the following benefits:

  • LEDs offer improved light quality to improve visibility and safety.
  • LEDs are highly energy efficiency, which reduces energy consumption and the environmental impact.
  • LEDs have a longer lifespan compared to traditional street lamps, reducing maintenance costs.
  • LEDs improve aesthetics by creating a more uniform lighting experience throughout the City.

Uhlarik said the City will install two different LED fixtures, depending on location and function.  The two fixtures have different Kelvin numbers, which is the measure of color temperature emitted by a fixture. “Based on resident feedback regarding brightness, the lights installed in neighborhoods will be 3000 Kelvin, which appear to be less bright than the 4000 Kelvin fixtures installed on arterial streets,” he said.

 

Uhlarik said the LED conversion project will also have a positive environmental impact on the community by reducing the City’s annual kilowatt hours by 10.7 million and removing 3.9 million pounds of carbon from the atmosphere. This is equivalent to planting 180,891 trees or removing 1,224 cars from the road.  Additionally, Schneider Electric will recycle a majority of the materials from the existing street lights.

“We are proud to help the City of Lincoln undertake this critical infrastructure project that will dramatically improve safety for City residents and make a lasting positive impact on the environment,” said Tammy Fulop, Vice President, Schneider Electric.  “At Schneider Electric, we are committed to helping municipalities in the Midwest and beyond achieve their vision for infrastructure improvements and sustainability without burdening local taxpayers.”

For more information on the LED conversion project, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: conversion) or contact Uhlarik at fuhlarik.lincoln.ne.gov or 402-441-7588.  For more information on Schneider Electric, visit schneider-electric.us/enable.

Lincoln’s self-driving system in downtown

 

Lincoln is one of 35 Champion Cities chosen to develop a self-driving micro-transit system in downtown.  

 

Bloomberg Philanthropies has named Lincoln as one of 35 Champion Cities for its idea to develop a self-driving micro-transit system in downtown.  Mayor Chris Beutler and others involved in the proposed project will discuss the award and the next steps at a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Friday, February 23 in Room 303, County City Building, 555 S. 10th Street.

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR 555 S. 10th Street, Lincoln, NE

FFM – Executive Travel | We Simplify Travel

Here are my annual TOP 10 TIPS for using frequent flyer miles and credit card points –

# 1 – American and United have the best frequent flyer programs –

Of the big three domestic airlines AA and UA have web sites that are pretty easy to use to find freebie space. They appear to have a lot more “saver award” space that allows for redemption for a reasonable amount of frequent flyer (FF) miles for both domestic and international free tickets than does Delta. DL freebie space is easy to find but often requires twice as many miles as other airlines. Perhaps their planes are so full they don’t have enough empty seats to redeem for freebies.

# 2 – Book your free tickets very early or very late –

A lot of airlines open up frequent flyer seat inventory very early (11 months in advance) or very late (7 to 10 days prior to departure).

# 3 – Don’t use miles for upgrades but for free premium class tickets –

It is a much better deal to use your miles for free tickets and not for upgrades. Most airlines today charge a very high number of miles plus cash to upgrade a seat domestically and internationally. You are much better off simply using all miles for a freebie premium seat ticket than messing with buying a ticket and then using miles and cash to upgrade and in some cases not being able to confirm your upgrade until the day before travel.

# 4 – Use your miles for international business and first class –

This is how you get the biggest bang for your buck. It is pretty easy math. Saver award space (low season) takes about 25,000 miles for a domestic round trip ticket ($400 value or 1.6 cents per mile). International economy class to Europe is 60,000 miles ($1200 value or 2 cents per mile). International business class is 90,000 miles ($4500 value or 5 cents per mile) and international first class is about 140,000 miles ($9000 value or 6.4 cents per mile). You can easily see the value in your miles is using them for international business and first class seats.

# 5 – Airline partners often have easier and cheaper freebie tickets than the major U.S. Airlines –

United, American, and Delta all belong to airline alliances that allow you to redeem airline miles on multiple airlines. There are 28 airlines in the Star Alliance with United Airlines. It is often much easier and a lot cheaper to find a premium (business or first class) freebie seat on a United partner airline like Lufthansa, ANA, Korean Air, and Asiana than on United Airlines. You are still using UA miles, just flying on a partner airline.

# 6 – Beware of airline fuel surcharges on free tickets –

Three cheers for AA, DL and UA as they don’t charge fuel surcharges on freebie tickets. International airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways can charge $1000 or more in fuel surcharge fees on free tickets.

# 7 – The best credit card with the easiest to use points is the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest card (SPG) –

This is my favorite as you can redeem for hotel room nights as low as 2400 points a night (5 cents a point) at Starwood hotels like Westin, Sheraton and Four Points. You can also use your SPG points and transfer them into airline miles. Here is the best part. For every 20,000 points converted to airline miles you get an extra 5000 miles. So 20,000 points = 25,000 airline miles.

# 8 – I put the majority of my credit card miles into Air Canada’s Aeroplan –

Air Canada is a member with United Airlines in the star alliance so I can use my Aeroplan miles to redeem for UA tickets. Sometimes I can find UA tickets cheaper on the Aeroplan site than on the UA web site. This makes no sense but it happens a lot. I also seem to be able to redeem miles for premium seats on foreign airlines much easier and cheaper on Aeroplan than at United.com.

# 9 – Secure your airline tickets first when planning a vacation using FF miles –

The more flexible you are the easier it becomes to find freebie seats using your FF miles. Always start your vacation planning by securing your freebie airline tickets. It is much easier building your hotel stays around your freebie tickets than the other way around.

# 10 – Complimentary upgrades are fast going the way of the dinosaur –

Airlines are dramatically lowering the price of first and business class seats in certain markets to try to get people to buy the seats rather than have all the premium seats filled with non-revenue complimentary upgrade customers. The airlines have figured out in the past that they might sell 4 out of 20 seats in first or business class and the rest were given as complimentary upgrades to their best customers. Now they are trying to lower the price of premium service so that people actually pay for the premium service.

Good news from American Airlines about their new seat pitch –

Last week I wrote about my concern that AA was narrowing the seat pitch on their airplanes from 31 to 29 inches. Obviously, when a person like me, who is 6’4″ hears there will be less legroom between seats it causes heartburn. The good news is that I heard from Becky Braswell, our AA rep that the new seat pitch only applies on the new Boeing 737 Max airplanes and will be only a small handfull of their total fleet. AA is using a new Meridian seat made by Rockwell Interior Systems. The Meridian seat is thinner and lighter but configured more comfortably than some of the bulkier seats you find on other older aircraft.

Please attend our FREE travel night on Thursday! –

Please join us for an alluring and informative evening this Thursday, featuring three of our favorite European destinations; Ireland, Germany and Austria.

Follow Rod Fowler, our Executive Tour Host, as he tour Ireland this September on the wonderful “Ireland – The Emerald Isle” itinerary or travel along with our treasured tour guide, Hildrun Mathies, while she leads you through the magic of the most sought-after Christmas markets in Germany and Austria this November and December. Our “Merry Christmas Europe” yet another of our repeated-by-demand tours, a true fairytale journey!

Our travel night takes place at 7:00pm, at the Bernina Suite #27 at The Shoppes at Piedmont, 1265 S Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68510. Reserve your spot now by calling 402-458-9845 or RSVP by clicking HERE, space is limited. We are looking forward to seeing you!

 
Need information on any of the above? 
Call our friendly travel advisors…. 

Lincoln – 402-435-8888 Toll-free 800-737-0582

Source: Executive Travel | We Simplify Travel

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