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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



Volunteers needed for Oak Lake cleanup July 5
Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) encourages residents to properly dispose of fireworks debris following private and public Independence Day celebrations.  Officials recommend allowing used fireworks to sit for several minutes and using water to make sure they are completely extinguished.  A metal bucket or a bucket with sand or water can be used as a temporary trash can.  Cooled fireworks can be placed in regular trash for disposal.
“Start with a boom, end with a broom,” said KLLCB Coordinator Willa DiCostanzo. “Preventing litter is essential to a clean, healthy and safe community, and cleaning up your litter is part of being a good neighbor.”  DiCostanzo said litter that is washed down storm drains eventually flows into streams, rivers and lakes, and the potentially harmful substances in fireworks can pollute the environment.
In addition to cleaning up after private celebrations, volunteers are needed for the annual Oak Lake Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 5.  For more information, visit (keyword: stream).  Select the “Oak Lake Cleanup” link.  In connection with the cleanup, the Bureau of Fire Prevention will also collect unwanted fireworks and ammunition in the east parking lot of the park.   The City’s annual Uncle Sam Jam celebration is Monday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park with a rain date of July 5.  More information is available at (keyword:  Uncle Sam Jam).
City ordinance allows the sale and use of permissible fireworks in the City only from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3 and from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 4 of each year.
KLLCB is a program of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.  The fireworks debris prevention effort is funded in part by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. More information on KLLCB is available at (keyword: kllcb).

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

# 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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laptop ban on flights from Europe on hold

From Executive Travel’s Weekly travel news
The U.S. puts laptop ban on flights from Europe on hold for now –

The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it is not planning to extend the laptop ban to flights from Europe to the U.S. for now. The business community took a big sigh of relief as the laptop ban would have been a disaster for business travel. Although we dodged a bullet on this ban for now, the DHS says they reserve the right to use this safety option if they see the risk escalating.

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New Season – Lincoln Community Playhouse

Keith – I loved the 100 dresses – keithSource: Lincoln Community Playhouse – Lincoln Family Theater

Lincoln Community Playhouse revealed the Season 72 slate of plays. The season is filled with Playhouse premieres, said Executive Director Morrie Enders.
The season includes:
Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig. July 28-30, August 4-6, 2017. A farce centered on the rivalry between adjoining golf courses. Playhouse premiere.
Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe. September 15-17, 21-24, 2017. The classic musical about King Arthur and the romance of Camelot.
The Hundred Dresses adapted by Mary Hall Surface from the book by Eleanor Estes. October 20-22, 27-29, 2017.  When an immigrant family arrives in an American small town in the 1930
s, lessons are learned about bullying and understanding. Playhouse premiere.
Ethan Claymore by Norm Foster. November 10-12, 17-19, 2017. A romantic comedy about a reclusive Canadian egg farmer finding love around the holiday season. Lincoln premiere.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. December 8-10, 15-17, 2017. When the wild Herdman kids take over the annual church Christmas pageant, a miracle is needed.
Disney The Lion King Experience, Jr. by Elton John and Tim Rice. March 1-4, 8-11, 2018. Simba learns about the circle of life among the creatures of the grasslands in this youth version of the Broadway blockbuster. Lincoln premiere.
Penguin Project: The Music Man Jr. by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey. June 8-10, 15-17, 2018. Our acclaimed Penguin Project becomes part of our season with this musical comedy about Harold Hill
s attempt to sell a boys band to River City.
Two of the premiere shows are still to be revealed. Lincoln Community Playhouse is one of six community theatres in the country to premiere one of the winning scripts from the American Association of Community Theatre New Play Festival selection. The play selection will be announced on May 1. This world premiere will be performed January 19-21, 26-28, 2018.
The final musical of the season also remains a mystery.
We were given the rights to a newly released show but cant announce the title until November 2017, Enders said, But be assured it is one of Broadways biggest hits and our audiences will be standing in the aisles dancing to some legendary music. This Playhouse premiere will be performed April 27-29, May 4-6 and May 11-13, 2018.

Haymarket Farmers’ Market begins May 6th

The Haymarket lives up to its name each Saturday morning as farm fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, and handmade items from over 100 vendors are sold on the streets and sidewalks. The Haymarket Farmers’ Market serves as one of Lincoln’s main social and culinary event. It is a place where people gather to shop, meet with friends, and exchange ideas and recipes and to plan the perfect feast. Farmers’ Market is ever changing in its effort to present an enormous array of fresh locally grown produce and farm produced products. The Market displays glorious flowers, delicious bakery items and Nebraska arts and crafts. You will find baskets and tables overflowing with wonderful products that you can only find on Saturday mornings in this historic district.


The Haymarket District awakes early on Farmers’ Market Saturdays to take part in the market day festivities. Many of the restaurants and retail stores open early offering a unique selection of food, antiques, clothing and specialty gifts. It is a grand display of how rural and urban business can work together to offer a rich shopping experience.


The Market boasts a “Performance Showcase” program. Featured are both local and Nebraska talent performing folk, jazz, blues, classical and dance. It is indeed a delight to applaud these talented artists. Farmers’ Market also offers educational demonstrations to inform customers and vendors about various programs like nutrition and aging. There are also many civic organizations that hand out information and give demonstrations at the Market.



The Market is a growing entity that provides Lincoln with quality, uniqueness and service. We will be expanding the market again this year, staging vendors along Canopy Street, from P Street north to Q Street. The City of Lincoln’s Haymarket Farmer’s Market is open during 2017 every Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00pm, beginning May 6th and continuing through October 14th.

Returning market managers Linda Hubka, the Market’s Vendors Relations Manager and Jeff Cunningham, the Market’s Business Manager will be happy to provide any additional information needed. Feel free to contact Linda or Jeff at the Haymarket office, 435-7496.


For more information contact The Historic Haymarket (402) 435-7496

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