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Murray Newsletter - January 21, 2015


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There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter.

One is the January thaw.
The other is the seed catalogues.

 ~ Hal Borland ~ 
American author and journalist



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Minutes for the December 9, 2014 Village Board meeting are now posted.

Click on the 'Village Office' tab above to read the latest.




Murray's 4th of July Celebration Continues!

The MURRAY FREEDOM FESTIVAL organization is a group of citizens who want to share the celebration of our country's freedoms and anyone is welcome to join our group.  In order for this event-filled day to happen, some fundraising is planned for the next few months, so keep watching here for updates.  Funds are needed for fireworks, concessions, prizes and more, so please help us in our efforts. 

We also have to rely on financial gifts from private individuals, businesses and other organizations. A gift from you, your civic group or business would greatly help us to achieve our goal in making this an annual event to be proud of.  Your non-deductible gift, no matter the amount, is genuinely appreciated.  (We have already received a donation of $500 from a private citizen, so feel free to match it!)  You may make a deposit at the Murray State Bank to the 'Murray Freedom Festival' account, or if you prefer, please mail a check to, John Hensch, Fundraising Chairman, 508 West Young St., Murray, NE 68409.  Below are instructions on how to donate online, too.   Thank you, in advance, for your generous contribution!

Front Porch Eatery owner, Jose Sanchez, has agreed to shut down for one day, April 12, 2015, and has donated his place of business in Murray for us to host a free-will donation pancake feed for our cause. So mark your calendar for Sunday, April 12th, to come have pancakes.  In the meantime, stop in for breakfast, (served all day) or lunch until 2 p.m. and be sure to say, 'Thank you', to Jose for his generous contribution!

Our vision is to bring back and even add many other activities including the oozeball games, (mud volleyball), a classic car show, tug-of-war, street dance, smash-a-car, Bingo, parade and activities for the little kids, too.  We're also planning to have raffle tickets for a drawing for 1 lucky person to push the detonater for the starting of the fireworks show! (Oh, pick me, pick ME!!)   

 The nice people at AnyTime Fitness in Plattsmouth have agreed to sponsor a fun run early in the day on the 4th, so if you know any runners, let them know, and walkers can join in the fun, too!  

Also, former Murray resident, Jim Howe, (aka 'Roadkill'), has many fond memories of Murray's celebrations. He now lives at Beaver Lake and has been putting on his own enormous fireworks show at the lake the past few years. (I've seen it and it is great!)  Jim, along with Night Vision Fireworks, has graciously agreed to do Murray's show this year on the 4th and he will still do his personal show for the Lake on the 3rd, so folks in the area will have 2 nights of fantastic fireworks! (Thanks, Jim!)

Our website is up and running!  At you'll be able to keep track of the activity planning as it progresses and you may even share photos of your own Murray 4th of July memories.  Donations can be made through this link, too.  Registration for activities such as the fun run and oozeball will be available online at our website via PayPal or registrants can pay by check to the address given above.  If using PayPal, you choose the 'Friends and Family' tab.  There will be no refunds on activity registrations. 

Please plan to attend our next meeting and bring a friend on

Wednesday, February 11, 2015,
Murray Town Hall
at 6:30.

Everyone's welcome!

So, pass on the good news and put in your plans to celebrate in Murray this 4th of July!



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On Sunday, January 11, 2015, the Murray-Beaver Lake Boy Scout Troop 471 held their annual Court of Honor. During this event, Scouts that have achieved milestones receive awards and patches for their accomplishments during the past year. The troop presented 36 awards this night. Among the recipients was Lucas Minor, who received the prestigious Eagle award, Scouting's highest honor. 

It's a big decision for a Scout to go forward with his Eagle project. He must demonstrate planning, leadership and the ability to carry the job through to completion. First is deciding what to do. The project must benefit the general public. Also, the Scout has to determine when, where and how he'll achieve his goal. He needs to form a work crew to help him accomplish the project, then he oversees the work as it's progressing. Upon completion, the Scout goes before the Scout Council's Board of Review, where he's questioned about his project.

Luke's love of baseball led him to his Eagle Scout project in Union, Nebraska. He wanted young kids to be able to have a baseball field to play on and enjoy as he did when he was younger. He went to Union's Town Board and proposed a plan to fix up their baseball field that was in pretty bad shape. After approval, it was all systems go!

After assessment of the needed repairs, a time frame was set, materials and manpower were gathered and work started last April. The backstop and fences were reinforced and new boards at the backstop were installed. A new wooden bench was built outside the fence along the first base line and the grounds were raked, drug with magnets to remove any nails and metal, and grass seed scattered.  Luke's crew helped the village put a new roof on the concession stand and repainted it, too. Picnic tables in and around the pavilion were sanded and repaired and dozens of bags of agralime were hauled in, dumped and spread on the infield. With the help of his Scout leaders and almost 30 friends and family members, Luke completed his project in just a few days and Union had a ballfield and park they could again be proud of!

Congratulations, Lucas, on your achievement! 



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Southeast Soccer Club Registration


Spring 2015

Registration & Uniform Try-On

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Murray Town Hall, Murray, NE

If you are NEW to our club please bring:

- player's Birth Certificate for age verification

- a small photo of players ages 6 & up (also needed if you did not play in Fall 2014)

- Mother/Legal Guardian's Birth Month/day

LATE FEES will be assessed after FEBRUARY 1st!

You can also register by printing off forms to mail in or register online via a link on our website -

Contact Fran Cutler with any questions, 402-235-3170.



A Look Back...

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 Looking Ahead...

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The following is an employment opportunity available to older adults in Cass County.

Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization funded by the US Dept of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which assists people 55 and older in getting updated training to assist in returning to the workforce. This is a federally funded program and offers a no-cost employment service to older adults who qualify. Once accepted into the program, individuals are placed in a training site in or near their community, where they gain on the job experience while working 20-21 hours/week at $8/hour. We also help with skill assessments, computer training, resumes, cover letters, job search, etc. The goal is that through the training and job search assistance we gain help older adults gain good jobs in or around their communities.


Stephanie Mahony
Employment and Training Coordinator
Experience Works, Inc.
1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job Center
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-1654
Fax: 402-441-6038
Nebraska Tollfree Number: 1-877-314-7526


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 Do something good for your community and our earth!


recycle trailer will be located on these dates in the following towns:


Jan 21 - 23
Feb 7 - 13
Feb 28 - Mar 6
Mar 21  - 27
Apr 11 - 17
May 2 - 8
May 23 - 29
June 13 - 19

    Beaver Lake:

Jan 24 - 30
Feb 14 - 20
Mar 7 - 13
Mar 28 - Apr 3
Apr 18 - 24
May 9 - 15
May 30 - Jun 5
June 20 - 26



Jan 31 - Feb 6
Feb 21 - 27
Mar 14 - 20
Apr 4 - 10
Apr 25 - May 1
May 16 - 22
Jun 6 - 12
Jun 27 - 30



Jan 21 - 30
Feb 14 - 27
Mar 14 - 27
Apr 11 - 24
May 9 - 22
Jun 6 - 19

Murray residents should either use the curbside bins that PREMIER WASTE SOLUTIONS delivered or continue to use the Cass County Recycle trailer at the Murray Fire Station per the above schedule. 


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The First United Methodist church youth group in Louisville is having a garage sale on Saturday Feb. 7th from 9-4 at the church basement 222 Walnut, Louisville, NE.

All proceeds go to benefit this summer's mission trip to Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota.



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Registration is now open for the 2015 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler. The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

The June Camp (Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19) is for folks who consider themselves beginners. The July Camp (Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17) is for folks who consider themselves intermediate or advanced. Enrollment is limited to 10 fiddlers for each week, so that everyone will get individual attention.

For more information, e-mail Deborah at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To register on line, log on to: 


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Lori Williams of Murray, NE was paralyzed due to an accident several months ago and her family is under mounting financial stress.   

 The Murray Presbyterian Deacons, aka "Mighty Murray Small Church",  with the help of Schwan's Ice Cream and YOU, will be donating funds to help out Lori and her family.  Lori's family, will receive 5% of Schwan's purchases for one full year, to October 2, 2015,  when you order using special fundraiser code ID# 32144.    You may place your order over the phone at1-855-870-7208.  You will need to give the code number above.  You may also order online, at .  The 'campaign ID number' is 13054.   

 Go to 'Shop Now' and an online catalog, with the name 'Sherrill Konfrst', (church deacon),  will be presented to you.  Please direct any questions you might have to Sherrill at 402-235-2844.   

 If you live in the U.S. and have local Schwan's delivery, you may participate in this worthy cause.  A Schwan's delivery person will deliver your products directly to your home and you'll be helping Lori and her family.  Feel free to forward this to your friends across the country!    

 Thank you for your support!

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   Below is a list of categories that we are happy to post, (at NO COST to you!), in the weekly Murray online newsletter: 

Letters to the Editor
Birthday Greeting
Upcoming Events
Cards of Thanks
Lost and Found
and So Much More!   

That's right! These are all items that can appear FREE of CHARGE in each Wednesday's Murray Newsletter and/or Calendar! All YOU have to do is send the information to us - it's that simple! 

DEADLINE for submissions to each week's Wednesday Newsletter is NO LATER THAN NOON on the prior MONDAY.  

There are 3 ways you can submit your articles: 

1) You may call your information to 402-235-2926 and specify that you want your info inserted in the Newsletter. Leave a voice mail with your name and phone number.     

2) Email your story with your name, contact info and story, (in plain text) to:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  
Send photos ONLY in .jpg format, no larger than 450 pixels wide.Photo editing is super easy! Just go to on 'Edit Your Photo', then 'Resize'.Enter any number below 495, then save as .jpg. That's it!Then just send it to the e-address above with your story in plain text. 

3) Send items via the U.S. postal service to: Editor,, 201 N How Ave, Murray, NE, 68409-8403. (When mailing items you'd like to get back, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.)   

Remember to include 'who, what, when, where and why', along with any other helpful details, such as a contact person and phone.     
Again, you must have your name and contact information included with the information. 

Thanks for helping to keep YOUR Murray Newsletter fresh and up-to-date!



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