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Murray Newsletter - May 13, 2009



Conestoga Elementary's front lawn was all aglow for the DI Team's plant sale on May 1st and 2nd!Below is just a small sample of some of the gorgeous plants available:



Shown below, totalling up a sale is DI Team member, Zack Rouse.




Coordinator/Facilitator Susan Rice is shown above with DI Team member, Matt Morton at Tyson Park where their yard sale and concession stand was set-up.

Below shows some of the many items students brought for their yard sale.



Murray Building and Supply Manager, Rene Jensen, (left), is shown with DI parent, Jean Parette, below.  The Building and Supply opened their greenhouse the same day as the DI's plant sale and donated a percentage of the sale of their plants to the DI Team.




KNCY Radio was also at Murray Building and Supply on May 2nd, sponsoring a putting contest.  The contestants would spin a wheel to see how far their putt would be.  Entrants who made the putt get another chance in a few weeks to win a PT Cruiser in a 'Putt-Off' at Table Creek Golf Course in Nebraska City!




MORE Destination Imagination Fundraisers coming up!

Conestoga's three qualifying DI Teams would like to say 'Thank You' to all that helped to make the plant and yard sales successful.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

The teams are still working toward their trip to Knoxville, TN, for the Global Finals next week.

Two of their upcoming fundraisers are below:

Dinner, Spring Concert and Dessert:

Conestoga Elementary 4th-6th Grade Spring Concert
Thursday, May 14
(Weather permitting) Outside at the Elementary School or in the Cafeteria
If you plan to attend the 4-6th grade Music Program, why not come early and eat with the Destination Imagination Teams!
Grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, chips and a drink---FREE WILL donations accepted!
Then, after the concert try an ice cream sundae!  Get one 'to go'!
Choice of toppings and, again,
FREE WILL donations!!!

Fresh Cut Meat Raffle

Drawing on June 8th!

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

1 ticket = $2
3 tickets = $5

Tickets available at ALL DI fundraising events,
Elementary School office, or from any DI member.

Thank You for your support!



Mrs. Carol Matschullat's Student Recitals

Sunday and Monday, the 17th and 18th of May,
at the Murray Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.

Piano and guitar students will perform.

You're welcome to attend!

Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council

“Attracting, retaining and growing businesses and jobs for all of Cass County”
You’re invited to attend

Annual Meeting
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Official program begins at 6:00 PM

The Lofte Community Theatre
15841 Manley Road
Manley, Nebraska

Directions: Take I-80 West, Exit at 440 NE-50/144th Street toward Springfield, Turn left at S 144th Street/NE-50 and continue to follow NE-50 for 17.3 miles, Turn left at Manley Road for .5 miles

Tickets $20 per person

Please reply by Friday, May 15, 2009
To Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council Director, John Yochum




Fishing Buddies Program

Would you like to learn how to fish?
Is there a child or adult that you would like to learn to fish with?
Here is the perfect opportunity for people who want to learn to fish or who need to relearn the basics.
This 6 session program is designed for child and adult pairs who have little to no fishing experience and would like to learn to fish.

Youth ages 6-12 years old are invited to develop fishing skills and knowledge with an adult mentor (limit of 2 kids per mentor/buddy).
The sessions will meet on Monday evenings from 6-8pm at the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquariumfor the first 3 meetings.
The last 3 meetings will move to a local lake for on the water experience.

Fishing hand-outs, bait and equipment will be available for participants to use during the program.

Session dates are June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 and July 13.

Pre-registration is required as well as a $20 check per child to reserve your spot.

This check will be returned upon completion of the program.

Spaces are limited and your registration must be received by May 20th.

Fishing Buddies Registration
Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council

Adult Mentor First & Last Name: ________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________________
Phone Number: ____________________________________________________
Email: ____________________________________________________________
Child Participant First & Last Name: _____________________________________
Address (if different from mentor): _______________________________________
Phone Number (if different from mentor): __________________________________
Age: _________
Child Participant First & Last Name: _____________________________________
Address (if different from mentor): _______________________________________
Phone Number (if different from mentor): __________________________________
Age: ________

Return this form by May 20, 2009 with a $20 deposit check (per child participant) payable to:
'Nebraska Game & Parks'

Send to:
Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium
Attn: Andrea
21502 W. Hwy 31
Gretna, NE 68028


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



The 11th Annual Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest...

will take place at Homestead National Monument of America`s Education Center on Saturday, May 23, 2009.  There is a total of $1000 in prize money thanks to the Leigh F. Coffin, Jane M. Coffin, and Leigh M. Coffin Foundation.

There is no registration fee or admission fee for the Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest.

The day will start with a free workshop for fiddlers at 10:00 a.m given by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt.  Registration for the competition begins at 10:00 a.m. also. Competition begins at 2:00 p.m.

Participants will be divided into Junior (less than five years experience) and Senior Divisions.

Participants will be asked to play a hoedown, waltz and tune of choice.  All music should be from the homesteading era of 1862 to when Homestead National Monument of America was created in 1936.

At 7:00 p.m. there will be an evening concert of winners with the top three in each division receiving cash prizes and trophies.  There will also be a raffle for a free fiddle, made and donated by Nancy Rohn, which will be won by one of the fiddling contestants.

The Nebraska Chapter of American String Teachers Association will again be conducting a fiddle tune writing contest.  The winning tune will be announced at the competition.

For more information on next year's writing contest, contact Deborah Greenblatt at

The Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest is sponsored in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council, Leigh F. Coffin, Jane M. Coffin, and Leigh M. Coffin Foundation and Eastern National Bookstore.

Homestead National Monument of America is located 4 miles west of Beatrice on Nebraska Highway 4.  Current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.  Admission is free of charge.  For more information call 402-223-3514 or visit





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 :



Study tracks economic effects of travel and tourism throughout Nebraska

LINCOLN, NEB. (May 8, 2009)—A new study completed for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division indicates that travel and tourism has contributed meaningfully to the economies of all the state’s 93 counties. Dean Runyan Associates conducted the study that breaks down the economic effects of the travel industry, county by county. The company has conducted similar research for a number of other states.

For most of Nebraska’s counties, the study reports 2008 data on direct travel spending by visitors, the resulting earnings and employment, and local and state tax revenues generated.  For those 31 counties recording the greatest travel spending, breakdowns are shown by industry (accommodations, retail, transportation, etc.) and for each of six years from 2003 through 2008.  

“This is the most detailed study of the economic effects of travel and tourism in Nebraska’s counties yet produced,” said Christian Hornbaker, Travel and Tourism Division director. “For many years, we’ve reported the large and steadily growing contribution of the industry to the overall state economy, however this study now details the industry’s local effects, too. We’re grateful to the Nebraska Travel Association and Nebraska Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus that helped cover the costs of the study.”

Omaha and Douglas County have the largest share of the travel industry of any county in the state. But as a percent of the total local economy, the industry especially stands out in Nebraska’s rural areas. For example, in Mullen and Hooker County, it accounts for 17.5 percent of all earnings; in Thedford and Thomas County, it generates 30.8 percent of all taxable sales; and in Ogallala and Keith County, one of every 13 jobs is in the travel industry.

The study, Nebraska Travel Impacts, 2003-2008, is among much information about the industry, as well as what is available to see and do in the state—all which can be found at the Travel and Tourism Division website at

The nation’s tourism industry will be formally recognized during National Travel and Tourism Week, May 9-17, with the official summer travel season getting underway Memorial Day weekend.

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The Nebraska Travel and Tourism Division...

is updating its 2004 Nebraska Tourism Industry Development Plan and needs your help to ensure that the plan reflects the needs and wants of the Nebraska travel industry. The goal of the plan is to guide future development of the state’s tourism industry through a variety of short- and long-term tourism development priorities and strategies.

The objectives for the 2010 Nebraska Tourism Industry Development Plan are as follows: 

Inventory existing tourism development projects across Nebraska
Identify new and potential tourism development projects
Recommend tourism projects, regionally and statewide, that will help attract a greater number of travelers to the state
Provide Nebraska’s tourism industry with a comprehensive document that will identify current tourism trends and development resources, along with recommendations for tourism development in the state

Public input for the plan will be sought through two rounds of public meetings that will occur between 21 April and 28 October 2009.

The objectives of the first round of meetings are to:

Identify new and potential tourism development projects for the 2010 plan
Review the 2004 Tourism Industry Development Plan 

All meetings are open to the public and no RSVP is required.

The first round of public meetings is as follows:

Community, Date (2009), Time, Location

Panhandle Region*
Chadron.....21 April, 10am-noon,  Please contact Micheal Collins with suggestions.
Gering.....22 April, 10am-noon,  Please contact Micheal Collins with suggestions.

Prairie Lakes Region
McCook.....27 May, 2-4pm, Country Kitchen, 606 West B St
North Platte.....28 May, 10am-noon, Holiday Inn Express, 300 Holiday Frontage Rd.

Sandhills Region
Valentine.....9 June, 10am-noon, Comfort Inn, 101 Main St.
Broken Bow.....10 June, 10am-noon, Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, 444 S 8th Ave.

Frontier Trails Region
Hastings.....21 July1-3pmTBA
Kearney.....22 July1-3pmTBA

Lewis & Clark Region
South Sioux City.....13 August1-3pmTBA
Columbus.....14 August1-3pmTBA

Pioneer Country Region
York.....24 September1-3pmTBA
Nebraska City.....25 September1-3pmTBA

Metro Region
Omaha.....27 October1-3pmTBA
Lincoln.....28 October1-3pmTBA

*The regions are based on those in the Nebraska Travel Guide.

Please contact Micheal Collins with the Nebraska Travel and Tourism Division for more information on the development plan and the public meetings:

Direct line: 402.471.3795
Toll-free: 1.877.632.7275

You can access a copy of the 2004 Nebraska Tourism Industry Development Plan at the Tourism Division’s industry website:

Micheal Collins
Tel: 402.471.3795




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