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Apr 20 – LINCOLN ROTARY CLUBS DONATE 300 TREES

Earth Day event scheduled for April 22 at Pioneers Park

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate a 300-tree donation by two Lincoln Rotary Clubs with an Earth Day event at the playground in Pioneers Park, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.  The April 22 event is from 1 to 3 p.m. and will begin with brief remarks, followed by volunteers adding mulch to recently-planted trees.  The Lincoln East Rotary Club and Downtown Rotary Club #14 provided the trees.
“The Rotary Clubs’ gift helps the City maintain a healthy and diverse urban canopy and allows for replacement of trees removed due to Emerald Ash Borer damage,” said Mark Canney, Lincoln Parks and Recreation Park Planner.  Trees will be planted throughout Lincoln along streets and in parks.
Jennifer Brinkman, President of Rotary #14, said that the tree donation stems from a challenge by Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley that every club make a difference in their communities by planting a tree for each of its members.  The goal is to plant 1.2 million trees throughout the world.
“We are excited to partner with the City of Lincoln to meet the challenge issued by our international president and make a significant impact in our community,” Brinkman said. “Rotarians are committed to living our organization’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’. This project will honor our current members, their service to our community and the world,” she said.
“One of the most significant benefits of this partnership is the long-term positive effects that will result from the tree plantings,” added Barry Stelk, President of Lincoln East Rotary.  “Rotary values sustainability as a core tenet of all their philanthropic work and this new focus on improving the environment continues that commitment,” Stelk said.

Additional funding is provided by the Lincoln Parks Foundation, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and the Two for Trees program. For more information about Lincoln parks, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.  For more information on the Lincoln Parks Foundation, visit LincolnParks.org

About Rotary: Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world. For more information, visit rotary.org.

Learn What Happens to You During a Stroke…

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One in every six people will suffer from a stroke at some point in their lives. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance to learn exactly how a stroke works, as well as what causes one to occur in the first place. The video below will supply you with loads of answers, so you really can’t afford to miss it!

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Apr 17 – Lincoln Rotary Clubs Honor Olsson Associates

 2018 Salute to Business Recipient
The combined Rotary Clubs of Lincoln are pleased to announce that their 2018 “Salute to Business”honoree is Olsson Associates for its innovation and contributions to the Lincoln community. The award will be presented at a luncheon at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel on Tuesday, April 17.
Olsson Associates offers comprehensive design and consulting services in infrastructure, environmental, field services and facilities to clients across the United States. The firm was ranked No. 106 on Engineering News-Record’s top 500 design firms national list in 2017. Established in Lincoln in 1956, Olsson has 1,100 employees in nearly 30 offices across the Midwest and Southwest U.S.
Locally, Olsson is a part of projects that make the community “home” for more than 250 employees. From the infrastructure and transportation network of Antelope Valley and the West Haymarket to SouthPointe Pavilions to innovative technology for heating and cooling Innovation Campus and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Olsson has played a part in what makes Lincoln special.
The Rotary Salute to Business is in its 26th year. Previous Salute to Business honorees include Tabitha, LI-COR Biosciences, Speedway, Nelnet, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Crete Carrier Corporation, Assurity Life Insurance Corporation, Duncan Aviation, Valentino’s and many other well-known, highly-regarded Lincoln businesses.
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill,and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders. Lincoln is home to three Rotary Clubs,Downtown Club 14, East and South.
The Salute to Olsson Associates will take place at a lunch event on Tuesday, April 17, at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. Various elected officials and dignitaries are expected to attend. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at noon. Individual tickets are $35, and corporate tables are also available. For more information, visit www.rotary14.org .

My Yard – April – Too early, too late?

It’s finally spring and the long wait for sunshine, warm temperatures and some faint signs of green has ended. For many of us, unfortunately, it can coincide with one of two feelings, and sometimes at the same time. Option one is to feel like we’re already behind on yardwork or, option two, the warmth can deceive us into early planting, blissfully forgetting the mid-May snows and frosts we’ve had in recent years. Here’s a few tips to get us off to an enthusiastic but realistic start:

  • Wet soil is easily compacted, so it’s best to avoid walking or working in wet soils or lawns. Delaying is also better for overwintering beneficial insects, which may stay in place until temperatures are steadily above 50°. To enjoy early bulbs and other bloomers, though, you may need to rake away wet leaves.
  • One option if you’re anxious to get plants but the weather isn’t ready for planting, is to place them in a wagon or cart and move them out in the sun when it’s warm and back inside for cold weather and winds. This will gradually “harden them off” for planting outside when the time is right.
  • Existing perennial plants that are being moved or divided (ones already in the ground and acclimated) should transplant well in April. A few that are better transplanted in later months include: day lilies in September, Oriental poppies in July and iris in late July. New nursery perennials may be vulnerable to frost so plant them later or be prepared to cover them or bring them in as needed.
  • For tender one season annual plants, keep in mind that mid-May is the average—average, not promised—frost-free time for planting. As far as buying plants, it’s tempting to buy plants in full bloom but ones without blossoms will actually bloom sooner and grow better as well.
  • It’s always a good time to improve soil by adding organic compost. It can be added little by little with new plants or a whole bed at a time.
  • Pruning is best not done during “leaf on” or “leaf off” but dead or problematic branches can be removed as needed. It’s a perfect time to cut woody ornamentals like willows and forsythia that may bloom indoors for you to enjoy. The closer to their actual bloom, the more likely they will bloom indoors.
  • Any herbs or other plants that have gotten leggy indoors can be cut back dramatically to encourage new growth before they are moved outdoors.
  • Last but certainly not least, plant a tree for Arbor Day. To quote Martin Luther, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I’d still plant my apple tree.”

“Even the most beautiful weather will not allay the gardener’s notion (well-founded, actually) that he is somehow too late, too soon, or that he has too much stuff going on or not enough.  For the garden is the stage on which the gardener exults and agonizes out every crest and chasm of the heart.” Henry Mitchell

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, www.plantnebraska.org

Karma Larsen, plantnebraska.org

Apr 14 & 15 – LINCOLN CITY LIBRARIES do Many Things

To Host 2 performances of “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” IN APRIL

Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to two free performances of “Beauty and the Beast” in April:

  • Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
  • Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m. at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street

No registration is required, and the 50-minute performances are suitable for ages 5 and up.

The shows are presented by the Hampstead Stage Company, which includes teams of two actors, each playing multiple roles.  The scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics.  Hampstead The company is a Barnstead, New Hampshire-based non-profit theater company for young audiences, whose focus is to promote reading and love of live theater.

For information about Lincoln City Libraries and its services, visit lincolnlibraries.org.  For more information on Hampstead Stage Company, visit hampsteadstage.org.

Voters – Nebraska Senate Race Heating Up as Democrat Jane Raybould Garners National Endorsements

Raybould Campaign Surging  – “working to end the influence of Big Money in politics”

Lincoln, Neb.—March was a busy month for the Raybould for U.S. Senate Campaign, creating new attention on the emerging Nebraska contest and further demonstrating the viability of Jane Raybould as she looks to unseat Senator Deb Fischer in November.

  • Cook Political Report upgraded the competitiveness of the Nebraska senate contest, moving the seat from “Solid R” to “Likely R,” citing “Raybould is an appealing candidate,” and “[g]iven the increasingly poor political environment for Republicans, Democrats are recruiting even in solidly red states. They are enthusiastic about Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould, who is an executive in the small chain of grocery stores her family started in 1964.”
  • In the first week of March, a public poll was released showing only 34% of Nebraskans approve of her job performance and 42% disapprove. Similarly, only 35% think she deserves to be re-elected. That’s amongst a sample of voters who are 53% Republican and more approve of President Trump than disapprove.
  • The Nebraska State Education Association, recommended Jane Raybould’s candidacy in March, citing Jane as a “strong advocate for children and public education.”
  • Raybould boldly announced she would not accept corporate PAC contributions, as she fights to fix the broken ways of Washington.
  • End Citizens United, a national political group working to end the influence of Big Money in politics, who recently helped elect Doug Jones of Alabama and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, endorsed Jane Raybould for United States Senate citing her bold leadership and strong campaigning.

Lincoln – New Recycling Locs for Cardboard

CITY INSTALLING ADDITIONAL CARDBOARD RECYCLING CONTAINERS AT LIBRARIES

Public cardboard drop-off sites increased to 32  

This week, the City is installing cardboard-only recycling containers in the parking lots of four City libraries.  As of April 1, clean and dry corrugated cardboard will no longer be accepted at the City landfill.  The library sites will be maintained for three to six months while the City evaluates residents’ recycling needs.  Cardboard-only recycling containers are available at these locations:

  • Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
  • Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
  • Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
  • Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street

The new locations are for cardboard recycling only.  Other recyclables must be taken to full service recycling sites.  The City has also doubled the cardboard capacity at all 28 full-service public recycling drop-off sites.  Residents may also subscribe to a curbside recycling service provided by a garbage or recycling collector.

Because public drop-off sites are sized to accommodate household recycling only, businesses should subscribe to a recycling service or deliver cardboard directly to a recycling processor.

As residents prepare for the change, City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon said that in the first two months of 2018 cardboard recycling has increased 22 percent compared to the same period in 2017.  “Word about the City’s cardboard diversion program is definitely getting out,” Hanlon said.  “We’ve been monitoring use of our recycling sites, and we are ready to meet the anticipated increase in cardboard recycling.”

The City is promoting cardboard recycling with the “Take it to the Bin” educational campaign that encourages residents to start or expand their recycling efforts.  For more information on the campaign and on recycling cardboard and other materials, visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov or call the City Recycling office at 402-441-8215.

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