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Murray Newsletter - May 27, 2009


The Village of Murray,  welcomes its new principal sponsor of,
Plattsmouth State Bank.  This support speaks very well of Plattsmouth State Bank's
commitment to the surrounding community.
Plattsmouth State Bank now joins the "Medallion Club", as they will hold a very
special place on top of each page of the Murray website as testament to their
leadership. PSB will occupy that location for as long as they choose, and
no other bank, business or organization will be presented in that location,
as long as PSB remains principal sponsor.

The Medallion Club now includes:

American Exchange Bank - Principal Sponsor -
Eagle State Bank - Principal Sponsor -
Heartland Community Bank - Principal Sponsor -
Home State Bank - Principal Sponsor -
Home State bank - Principal Sponsor -
Plattsmouth State Bank - Principal Sponsor -
Plattsmouth State Bank - Principal Sponsor -


33rd Season Opens at the Lofte

The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley opens its 33rd season with
Tom Dudzik's family drama, "Over the Tavern." The story is set in the
Eisenhower years of 1950s America. However, life is far from idyllic for
the Pazinski family of Buffalo, New York. They live in a cramped apartment
above the tavern owned and ran by the head of the family, Chet Pazinski.
The youngest of the family, 12 year-old Rudy, decides that he's had it with
traditional family values and those of the Roman Catholic church. When he
announces to his already stressed family and the ruler-wielding nun,
Sister Clarissa, that he wants to look around for a more "fun" religion,
all hell breaks loose.
While "Over the Tavern" does have some hilariously funny moments, it is
truly a sentimental look at families, growing up and God. It's a great script
that is sure to both entertain and cause audience members to reflect on their
own adolescent experiences.



Starring in his first leading role at the Lofte is twelve year-old Tucker Flodman
of Eagle.  Also in the cast are Cheryl Grimshaw of Plattsmouth, Kevin Holdorf
of Manley, Evan Wooten of Waverly, Bill hayes of Nebraska City, Lizzy Pegler
of Elmwood and Virginia Howe Kincaid of Elkhorn.
Performance Dates are May 29-31, June 5-7 and 11-14.
Showtimes are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday and 2:30pm on Sundays.
General admission tickets can be purchased either on-line or by contacting
the box office at (402) 234-2553. However, if you're still thinking about purchasing
season tickets, now is the time. Season passes (for the 5 regular season shows)
may be purchased for $60 which equals $12 per show. This is an overall savings
of $20 for the entire season. The season package pricing is only available through June 14th.


Good Luck, Mrs. Yeoman!

The 6th grade students of Mrs. Susan Yeoman surprised her with a going-away party last week in the school's library.  Soon after the party, in the crowded gym, Mrs. Yeoman's peers honored her with a video montage of some special moments at Conestoga Schools.


The Conestoga Elementary library, (above) and gym, (below) are packed
with well-wishers for Mrs. Yeoman.




A fun project has been underway during the last couple of weeks of
school.  The 6th grade class, with Mrs. Yeoman's help,  has been
painting a large mural on the south wall of the cafeteria as shown below.  The mural
has an underwater theme, but as of this writing, it's untitled.


Mrs. Yeoman is retiring after thirty-six years of teaching, with the past
twenty-six being spent at Conestoga.  She'll soon be moving to the
St. Louis area with her husband.  Fond memories and good wishes
are sent with her.

Below is part of her 6th grade class lining-up after recess.  This is one of the last 'recesses' these kids will enjoy before entering junior-high.



At the end of the school year, this says it all for Mrs. Yeoman, (below):


Baseball and God

And on the ninth day, God,
In His infinite playfulness,
Grass green grass, sky blue sky,
Separated the infield from the outfield,
Formed a skin of clay,
Assigned bases of safety
On cardinal points of the compass
Circling the mountain of deliverance,
Fashioned a wandering moon
From a horse, a string and a gum tree,
Tempered weapons of ash,
Made gloves from the golden skin of sacrificial bulls,
Set stars alight in the Milky Way,
Divided the descendants of Cain and Abel into contenders,
Declared time out, time in, stepped back,
And thundered over all of creation:
"Play Ball!"

(author unknown)



The baseball season has officially begun and Little League is in full swing!  Here are a few shots of one Murray Little League Baseball team in action, courtesy of Sheila Sawyer:

We're ready, Coach!


Gotta keep the equipment warmed-up....


Rounding the bases...


Come on...base hit can do it!


School's out and this guy is all smiles at the ball park!


That ball's not getting past me.........


We might not look ready, but that's just our's in the game plan.......


You're gonna need a cool drink or a snack to get you through this tough game.

Concession stand's open!



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Nehawka Angels
2009 PeeWee League Schedule

All games at 6:00,  unless noted

When:       and        Where:

May 26, Tues - Eagle
May 28, Thurs. - Eagle

June 1, Mon. - Unadilla, 7:30 pm
June 2, Tues. - Nehawka
June 4, Thurs. - Nehawka
June 9, Tues. - Nehawka
June 11, Thurs. - Syracuse South Park Field
June 16, Tues. - Murdock
June 18, Thurs. - Elmwood
June 22, Mon. - Nehawka
June 25, Thurs. - Nehawka
June 30, Tues. - Plattsmouth Rhylander #2 Field

July 2, Thurs. - Weeping Water

PeeWee Tournaments July 6-11, location TBA. 
Double elimination.


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New Nebraska Tourism Advisory Committee Members Announced

LINCOLN, NEB. (May 19, 2009)—The Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Division of Travel and Tourism would like to announce the addition of two new members, Jeff Boeke and Tenise Jarecke, to its Nebraska Tourism Advisory Committee.

Boeke is the general manager of the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte as well as the area manager for North Platte-based Wilkinson Companies’ lodging division.

A lifelong Nebraskan, Boeke grew up in Grand Island and has lived in Kearney, Lexington and Elmwood. He now calls North Platte home. He has been a board member of the Nebraska Hotel and Motel Association for the past five years and on the North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Advisory Board for the past three years. Boeke said he’s excited to become a Nebraska Tourism advisory committee member.

“In just the short time I have been involved in the tourism field, I have seen tremendous growth in awareness,” Boeke said. “I’ve also seen great opportunity to further promote the exciting and interesting attractions Nebraska has to offer.”

Boeke and his wife, Chandra, have two children, Derek, 21, and Cassie, 13.

Jarecke is co-owner of Burwell’s Sandstone Grill. The restaurant, which opened in 2005, has a singular menu that draws diners from all over the state. Jarecke is a St. Paul, Neb., native and is Vice President of the Burwell Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

“When Christian asked me to be an advisory committee member, I thought it would be a great chance to be involved in tourism,” Jarecke said, “and represent our area on a state level.”

Her favorite hobby is cooking and she has two daughters ages 13 and 4 years old.

Christian Hornbaker, DED’s director of tourism, said the new members will represent a diverse swath of Nebraska’s tourism industry.

“Jeff comes to us with knowledge of Nebraska lodging, but also of the Western Nebraska tourism coalition and other tourism-related businesses, such as convenient stores,” Hornbaker said. “Tenise will bring her knowledge of the food industry, of central Nebraska and of the byway programs.”

The current members of the Nebraska Tourism Advisory Committee are Jeff Boeke, North Platte; Tenise Jarecke, Burwell; Mike Kesselring, Crawford; Kerry Krueger, Valentine; Dana Markel, Omaha; Sharron Schilling, Pawnee City; Jane Smith, Brownville; and Kori Wendt, Columbus. The final committee member will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information on Nebraska Tourism, visit, where you can order or download your free 2009 Nebraska Travel Guide and start planning your Nebraska vacation today.

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