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Murray Newsletter - May 6, 2009


When you want to go for a walk and kids want to play in the park or yard, it's not much fun when a dog is running loose nearby. A dog that looks friendly, might not be. Big dogs can be very frightening if you only stand three feet high, but even little dogs can be scary to a tall adult. Your dog might be your best buddy, but to others he might not be so friendly.

Dogs running at large, and cats, for that matter, cause other dogs to bark incessantly. Some people are ill and need rest to help them recuperate, while others that work different shifts, have to sleep at different times. A tiny baby might have days and nights mixed-up and its weary parent needs to find some sleep when the little one does. You might sleep well with your dog or cat beside your bed, but when you let him out to roam, unattended, he quickly becomes a 'nuisance'.  It's a sad fact, but 'nuisance animals' become 'targets'. They're yelled at, have rocks thrown at them, shot at with bb or pellet guns, and even poisoned. Please don't take a chance of letting that happen...for your pet's safety, keep him on your own property. And...if your dog is contained on your property, but barks a lot at anything or nothing, face it, he's just not much of a watchdog. You need to do something to control the barking. That's as much of a nuisance as having him run loose!

Also, when you take your dog for a walk, (leashed, of course), don't let them do their 'business' in other's yards, in the park, sidewalk or street, without cleaning up after them. Would you appreciate it if others let their pets do their 'dirty work' in your yard? Take a plastic bag along and clean-up after your pet, please. It's a 'good neighbor' thing to do.

Murray does have animal control personnel to catch and contain your pet, and fines are steep, so you will want to know the village codes, (below), in the event that your pet is picked up.

Murray's code on animals:

94.01 RUNNING AT LARGE. (A) It shall be unlawful for the owner, keeper, or harborer of any animal, or any person having the charge, custody, or control thereof, to permit any animal to run at large at any time within the corporate limits of the village or upon property of another, or to be tethered or staked out in such a manner so as to allow such animal to reach or pass into any public way.

94.50 RUNNING AT LARGE. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or cat to allow such dog or cat to run at large at any time within the corporate limits of the municipality. It shall be the duty of the municipal police to cause any dog or cat found to be running at large within the municipality to be taken up and impounded. RUNNING AT LARGE shall mean any dog or cat found off the premises of the owner and not under control of the owner or a responsible person, either by leash, cord, chain, wire, rope, cage, or other suitable means of restraint.

The fines for running at large are:

$40 - 1st offense
$50 - 2nd offense
$60 - 3rd offense
and it goes up $10.00 with each ticket.

If the village impounds the animal, there is also a charge of $5.00/day for food/water/care.

So think twice about letting your pets roam.

Love them, care for them and keep them safe, at HOME...right where they belong.


Community Garage Sales were a HUGE success!

To all those who contributed to make it happen, a big THANK YOU!

Bringing so many people to our little town couldn't happen without the combined contributions of so many.

By the way, if there are any funds left after paying for supplies and ads, a contribution is made to Murray Volunteer Fire and Rescue. think a few dollars is too much to donate? See if you can get THIS much advertising for the same amount on your own.

FYI.......Below is the list of publications that we make use of to 'get the word out':

1. Cassgram Paper
2. Cassgram Online edition
3. American Classifieds, (Paper), Omaha,
4. American Classifieds, (Paper) Council Bluffs
5. " " Online Editions, both cities
6. Plattsmouth Journal & Online Edition
7. Consumer Connection
8. Bellevue Leader
9. Papillion Times
10. LaVista Sun
11. Ralston Recorder
12. Gretna Breeze
13. Air Pulse
14. AdX
15. Cass County Shopper & Directory
17. News-Press
18. Journal - Democrat, (Syracuse)
19. Hamburg Reporter
20. Penny Press ‘1'
21. Penny Press ‘4'
23. RADIO ADS on KNCY, 103.1 fm, ‘Partyline; MON-SATURDAY MORNINGS
10:07 - 10:30; 873-3348
24. FreeCycleCafe (online)
25. Local service channel, GalaxyCableVision, (channel 54)
26. Numerous Posters/signs in businesses, public bulletin boards, along highways, etc.
28. Murray Volunteer Fire & Rescue puts a sign up on their marquee, too!

(There were fifteen signs put up just within Murray and, hopefully, all have been removed, but if any were overlooked, please remove it or notify me and I'll do it. Thanks! Pat Zeigler)



Scholastic Spring Book Fair

May 7th and 8th

Thur - Fri

Conestoga Elementary

'BOGO', (buy-one,get-one) sale.

Thursday night is' Family Night'.

Students will have another opportunity to shop on Friday, as well.

Take advantage to stock-up on some great summer reading material!




May 23, 2009

Lake Ridge Golf Course
(located 1 ¼ miles east of Hwy 75 off Murray Road, south side of Beaver Lake)

HONORED CLASSES: 2009, 1999, 1989, 1979, 1969, 1959, 1949, 1939

1:00 - 6:00 (shot-gun start)
18 Hole 4-Person Scramble
Open to first 72 Golfers or 18 Teams
* We can assist with pairing up people to make a team*
Cost includes golf, cart, prizes and sack lunch
Cost: $42/player

6:30 - ???
The banquet will be hosted at Fairways Restaurant, Lake Ridge Golf Course, located inside the clubhouse. A buffet-style dinner will be provided including drinks (ice tea, coffee and water). All other drinks i.e. soda and alcohol can be purchased.
Cost: $15/person or $28/couple

PLEASE RSVP by MAY 8th to:
James Hoshor
Ed Behrns


Destination Imagination Fundraisers

The plant and yard sales are now over, but were very profitable to Conestoga's three qualifying DI Teams. However, they still need to earn more money for their trip to Knoxville, TN, for the Global Finals occurring in just two weeks.

Two of their upcoming fundraisers are below:

Fresh Cut Meat Raffle:

This is for fresh PORK, (TWO, HALF-HOGS)

1 ticket = $5
3 tickets = $10
8 tickets = $20
Tickets available at ALL DI fundraising events,
Elementary School office, or from any DI member.

Dinner, Spring Concert and Dessert:

Conestoga Elementary 4th-6th Grade Spring Concert
Thursday, May 14 5:30-6:45pm
Feed the Family in the outside at the Elementary School or in the Cafeteria

(Free Will Donation)

Before the concert enjoy a picnic of
grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, beans, chips & drink.
After the concert, make your own sundae.
Ice cream will be scooped and ready to go immediately following the concert.

All proceeds will be used for these teams who will be representing our school to others from all around the world.

Gizmo Guys to Perform at the Lofte

What do you get when you cross world-class juggling talent with family-friendly comedy?

The answer is, the Gizmo Guys!

Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world. The Gizmo Guys have strutted their stuff in places as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Japan and have taught juggling at the renowned French and Canadian National Circus Schools. But, what makes their act so appealing is their combination of technique and infectious humor.

The Gizmo Guys' rapid-fire act inspires sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages.

The Gizmo Guys are based out of New York City, but have visited Nebraska several times in the past. Most recently they performed at Lincoln's Lied Center for the Performing Arts in 2007 and treated a sell-out crowd to their special brand of family entertainment.


The Gizmo Guys will be performing at the Lofte on Friday, May 8th at 7:00pm.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.

Their show generally runs about an hour.
Everyone from age 0-100 is encouraged to join us for this fun-filled evening.

Bring the kids. Bring Grandma and Grandpa.
The whole family will have fond memories of this one!

The Lofte Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation, and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee. The Lofte Community Theatre isdedicated to providing opportunities for area residents of all ages to participate in the creation process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art form.



Auditions at Lofte Theatre

The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley will be holding auditions for its summer musical, "Crazy For You" on Sunday, May 10th and Monday, May 11th at 7:00PM. The production will run weekends between July 17 and August 2.

First premiering in 1992, "Crazy For You" is considered to be "the new Gershwin musical." The script is loosely based off of the 1930 show, "Girl Crazy" and the score is made up of Gershwin tunes from the era including, "I Got Rhythm," and "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Those interested in auditioning should bring a prepared piece of music and expect cold readings from the script. Specifics on vocal ranges and available parts can be found on the theater's website, Questions regarding the show or the audition process may be sent to Artistic Director Kevin Colbert at


MAY 30-31, 2009
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Drop-off location is southeast of Murray Repair,
(Follow South St., turn right), at the old sewer plant, which is fenced-in.)

PROOF of RESIDENCE will be CHECKED by Village Personnel, so bring a current water bill statement.

(Non-resident items will NOT be accepted.)

Items accepted:
Other items, except for those listed below:

Items NOT accepted:

Call Village Clerk for more details, 235-2119


Saturday, May 16, 2009
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Old Avoca Schoolhouse
Avoca, Nebraska
Any age or experience level of fiddlers, violinists or violists encouraged to enroll
Pre-registration Required
Enrollment Limited
$20.00 per fiddler

Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler and fiddle book author, will explain some of the rules (if any) that fiddlers are likely to see. Tune choices and performance customs will be discussed, as well. This workshop should be helpful for those wanting to learn some of the do's and dont's when playing in a fiddle contest, and particularly for those planning to enter the
Monumental Fiddling Championship
in Beatrice on
Saturday, May 23.
Call 402-275-3221 or e-mail

Now, stop fiddling around and enroll today!

'Creating Captains' Football Camp

A positive game plan for promoting character on and off the football field

June 12th, 8:30a.m. To Noon
Check-In begins at 8:00a.m.
Paid Registration must be received by June 1st
Open to all 3rd Grade - 8th Grade Boys
Camp Location: Conestoga High School - Murray, NE

Dear Parents/Guardians & Players,

The purpose of the Creating Captains Football Camp is two-fold:

1. To provide participants the opportunity to develop discipline and character to strengthen inner qualities and grow as individuals in a team atmosphere. This will be an offensive instruction camp only.

2. To provide participants the opportunity to learn and improve their football knowledge and skills, under the guidance of experienced football players. Each participant will come away with a better understanding of the great game of football. The camp is designed to meet each player's needs at a particular position.

Complete care will be taken by all instructors to ensure the safety of all camp participants. This is a NON CONTACT camp and each drill is designed with the safety of the athlete in mind.

Game Plan Includes:
Showing great CHARACTER on and off the field
Have the COURAGE to stand in the face of peer pressure
Being LEADERS in your schools and communities
Showing RESPECT for yourself and others

Matt Davison,
Camp Director

Proud Member of the
Nebraska Cornhuskers
1997 National Champion

Registration Form

Name: ________________________________
(Area Code) & Phone: _______________________
Parent or Guardian's Names: ___________________________________
Street Address: ______________________________________________
City: _____________________________________
State: __________
Zip Code: _____________
Age: ______
T-Shirt Size: Small Med Large XLarge XXLarge
Email Address: ______________________________________________
Emergency Name: ______________________________
Phone: ____________________
Waiver: The undersigned, being the custodial parent/legal guardian for the above named participate, hereby releases and waivers any and all claims, losses, damages, injuries to person or property, expense, cause of action or cost named participant has, had or may have in the future against Matt Davison, Creating Captains, Inc., and all other coaches and event sponsors arising from or relating to participant's participation in, and/or the conduct of, the event. The undersigned also gives permission for any emergency medical treatment by a physician, surgeon, hospital, or medical care facility that my be required, including transportation, and accept responsibility for the cost.
Parent/Guardian Signature:____________________________________
Name Printed: ______________________________________________
Date: ______________________
Player Signature: ____________________________________

Registration Fee is $50.00

Mail completed form and payment to:
Cougar Youth Football
8908 Bellevue Drive
Plattsmouth, NE 68048



June 8-12

The 'Power Team' will be here June 17-21.

Check out a clip of this powerful, inspiring show at

For more info from Murray Christian Church, check out our website at :


Nebraska News Update Issue Provides Information on DED's
(Department of Environmental Development) International Office

DED's International Office Provides Valuable Services, Programs for Nebraska Companies

Business growth is increasingly leaning toward international opportunities thanks in large part to: the declining value of the dollar; billions of new consumers in high growth emerging economies joining the global economy; fiercer than ever competition for the domestic dollar; and the current economic downturn that is forcing companies to look overseas.
For these and more reasons, global markets are much more attractive and critical to companies' futures. In return, all size companies no longer have the luxury of contemplating entering global markets or exporting if they want to remain competitive and continue growing and expanding. Rather, to retain their local, regional and national markets, they must make products that are competitive internationally even if sold only domestically.
That's where DED's extensive resources and services can help.

Export Assistance
Exporting need not be complex or confusing. There are truly but a few questions that need answers and a few requirements that must be met to facilitate international sales. DED has the resources and experience to help new-to-export Nebraska businesses, regardless of size, with the step-by-step processes involved in evaluation, operations adjustments, financing, market research and product enhancement to get into the ‘international game.' The Department also assists existing international businesses explore new markets by providing up-to-date emerging market research and information on financial assistance.
Among the programs are The U.S. Commercial Services' International Partner Search that can put trade specialists in more than 80 countries to work finding suitable strategic partners. The international contacts will interview potential partners, providing companies with a list of up to five pre-qualified partners within approximately 30 days, helping save time and money.
The U.S. Commercial Service's Gold Key Matching Service offers customized market and industry briefings with trade specialists; sets up appointments with prospective trade partners in key industry sectors; holds post-meeting debriefings with trade specialists providing help in developing appropriate follow-up strategies; and helps with travel, accommodations, interpreter services and clerical support.

Counseling/Technical Assistance
International staff members are available to visit onsite with companies interested in pursuing international markets. First, they need to learn as much as possible about the company, its products and management to determine the export potential of the company and how to proceed. Assistance may take the form of a response to an individual question, or involve a more long-term strategy. DED provides information on market research, export restrictions, documentation, quotas, duty rates, financing, and other special requirements for exporting to specific countries.
Contact Susan Rouch at 800-426-6505, 402-471-4668 or

Doing Business in Japan
DED's International Development Office offers an array of programs and services in partnership with numerous state and federal organizations, including a strong office presence in Tokyo, Japan.
Services specifically related to Japan include:
The Department's 20-year relationship with the Japanese External Trade Organization Chicago ( office in promoting trade and investment between Nebraska and Japan
DED International Development Manager Joe Chapuran's membership on the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Board of Directors ( a group devoted to developing strong business relationships between Japan and the Midwest
The Department's business relationship with Shizuoka Prefecture officials ( who help facilitate business matchmaking; as well as an Honorary Commercial Attache in Osaka who helps make business connections throughout the greater Osaka area; and its strong network with Japanese companies, including conglomerates and food-specific companies.
The goal of the Nebraska Center, (, which opened in Tokyo, December 1, 2006, is to specifically assist Nebraska companies wanting to enter or expand in the Japanese market.
Executive Director Koji Nagasaka and staff are responsible for promoting Nebraska products and services in Japan through participation in Japanese trade shows, special one-to-one visits, direct marketing campaigns, market research and other activities; helping companies maintain open communications lines with potential partners once the visit is completed; and offering the office for meetings with potential partners.
Other trade office services include:
Researching potential Japanese partners
Reviewing product/company-specific assessments for marketability
Marketing entry strategy recommendations
Providing Nebraska companies with selective in-country assistance/visits
Recommending marketing and promotional documents fine-tuning
Contacting and meeting potential Japanese partners
Assisting with trade shows
Offering Nebraska business representatives the use of office computer, phone, faxing and other onsite services
Providing same business representatives office space for conferences
Storing small quantities of marketing materials
Helping with hotel and travel needs
Coordinating services and assistance with Commercial Attache, JETRO, Shizuoka officials and other Japanese partners
Mr. Nagasaka's background with Itochu Corporation, a diversified trading company, has proven particularly valuable in dealing with many industries, including agriculture, ethanol, bio- and nanotechnology, as well as aerospace, chemicals, textiles, finance, medical, defense and advanced materials.
Contact Joe Chapuran at 800-426-6505, 402-658-1138 or

Doing Business in Brazil
The Department's working relationship with the U.S. Commercial Service offices extends to selected statewide industry federation programs and offices in central and northeast Brazil. In return for these organizations helping Nebraska companies build markets and partnerships in Brazil, the Department and Nebraska-based logistics and warehouse representatives continue to explain the advantages to Brazilian enterprises in developing U.S. manufacturing, distribution and marketing partnerships using Nebraska and related Midwest regional resources and commercial strengths.

Contact Terry McAuliffe at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3741, or

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