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Murray Newsletter - July 1, 2009

Hey! What's Going On Around Here???

Do you ever wonder what's going on in and around the local area? Look over to the right side of the screen and click on the month and date, shown in red, on top of the little calendar. A larger, color-coded calendar will pop up to show you which events are taking place, where and what time, too. You can then slide your mouse over a single event, click on it, and find more detailed information about it. So, 'get in the loop' and check it out!

Send your event to be put on the community calendar to:

Don't forget to include 'who, what, when and where' and any other helpful details.


Murray Fire and Rescue Annual PANCAKE FEED

Anyone who's lived around here for the past several years knows that THE place to be on the 4th of July is Murray's Fire and Rescue Station on the far east end of Main Street, just off of Highway 75.  The annual pancake feed has been a HUGE fundraising event for the station, (free-will donations), for the past several years.

Fire and rescue vehicles are brought out of the building to make room for tables and kids of all ages enjoy climbing on and checking out all the equipment.

So come on over to the Murray Fire Station the morning of the 4th, between 7 and 11, for some good food, cooked and served by good people, to get you started on the fun day ahead!

These men and women volunteer to help everyone in our area when they're needed, so thank them generously with your donation!


Take a Cool Break on the 4th at.......

Murray Christian Church
304 W. Young St
Murray, NE

11 am - 4 pm

Homemade Pie


Cool Treats:

Homemade Ice Cream
Ice Cream Sundaes
Root Beer Floats
Brownie Sundaes & Cool Drinks

Off the Grill:

Hot Dogs with Chili, Cheese or Kraut

We'll even have a Quilt and Bench raffle!


Twin Fiddling Workshop

The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Twin Fiddling Workshop on Saturday, August 1, for fiddlers (or violinists or violists) who want to learn to play nicely together with their fellow-fiddlers (or violinists or violists).

Fiddlers (or violinists or violists) of any age and experience level are encouraged to enroll. Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will share some tunes, hints about arranging for two fiddles, playing back-up, etc.

Saturday, August 1

1 PM - 3 PM

Old Avoca Schoolhouse
Avoca, Nebraska

Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited.

$20.00 per fiddler

For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to



Cass County CASA Program Receives National Certification Recognizing the Quality of Its Work for Abused and Neglected Children

(Plattsmouth)- The Cass County CASA Program has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that Cass County CASA is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.

According to Michael Piraino, CEO of the National CASA Association, "The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child we serve has the most powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf. This certification says Cass County CASA has demonstrated to us a strong capacity to provide excellent services to the abused and neglected children within their community."

The Cass County CASA Program has been advocating for abused and neglected children in our county since 2007. Currently, there are 12 active volunteers serving 20 children. Unfortunately, there are not enough CASA volunteers for everyone; there are an additional 14 children in Cass County who are on a waiting list.

For more information, contact Kim Carrera at 296-9520,



Executive Director
(402) 296-9520
(402) 296-9518 fax


Wee Wee Baseball League Season has Ended,

but all the great kids 'had a ball'!

Murray WeeWee Cougars show below:


Front: (L to R) Riley Olson, Dylan Walter, Tyler Sawyer, Liam Taylor, Sam Baumert, Dawson Hogue

Middle: (L to R) Tyler Paulsen, Adam Olson, Ryan Breard, Quinn Paulsen, Cole Boren, Nathan Houfek

Back: Coach Troy Baumert and Coach Mike Sawyer

(Photo courtesy of Sheila Sawyer)



Missoula Children's Theater Event a Success

For the fourth straight year, the Lofte Community Theatre near Manley and Home State Bank of Louisville hosted a summer residency of the Missoula Children's Theatre. The two visiting directors, Lissa Supler of California and Tabatha Bettin of New York, arrived at the Lofte in a little red truck stuffed with the scripts, props, scenery and costumes required for the musical, "The Pied Piper." Supler and Bettin were greatly surprised on Monday morning to find that eighty-five children had arrived to audition for sixty roles. This was the largest group of children to have ever auditioned for a Lofte production.

After the audition process, sixty-five children received assignments for the available spots in the cast and crew. Some of the lead roles were played by Tucker Flodman of Eagle, Natalie Knott of Louisville, Zierra Flodman of Eagle and Ben Kirchner of Palmyra. The children rehearsed for four hours each day for the entire week of June 15-19. During that time, the actors learned their lines, songs and blocking, but more than that, they learned self-confidence. The few adults who were around to supervise that week, also enjoyed seeing how this group of kids made new friends so easily, and appreciated how the older ones automatically assumed a leadership role in helping the first and second graders.

Saturday, June 21 was the moment of truth. After a week of rehearsal and 390 sack lunches the children debuted "The Pied Piper" for an eager audience. They performed two times that day; 3pm and 6pm. In total, the kids performed in front of nearly 500 people. None of the actors seemed intimidated by the size of the crowd, and both of the shows went off with no obvious mistakes.

In the end, the Missoula directors thanked Home State Bank of Louisville for sponsoring their summer residency at the Lofte for the fourth straight year. They also thanked John and Lynn Plucknett of Louisville for hosting them in the Plucknett home during their visit. Then the scenery came down, the costumes were packed and the little red truck was once again filled to the gills with the trappings of live theater. The next stop for these directors was Sioux City where they would start the process all over again.

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 is dedicated 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.


Murray Presbyterian Church 4th of July Menu

When you're hotter than a firecracker and
ready to take a break, stop by for an
All-American snack!

Pulled-pork sandwiches
Baked beans

Homemade ice cream with or without a BROWNIE under it!!!

Many different patriotic items will be for sale.

Stop by between Noon - 5 at 105 W. Main Street!


The Murray Cougars Pony team

placed 2nd in the 1st Annual Tyler Eggert Memorial tournament on Saturday, June 27th in Elmwood/Murdock.

Four Plattsmouth youth stepped in to help out their Murray neighbors when several cougar players were not able to play in the tournament. The combined effort resulted in a great day of baseball with wins over Ashland/Greenwood and Elmwood/Murdock South. However, the Cougars fell to Elmwood/Murdock North in the Championship game.


Front:  Bat Boy Drew Walton
Middle:  (L to R)  Connor Dukes, Damon Dragoo, Jimmy Drake, Steven Sawyer, Hunter Hermida
Back:  Geoff Britton, Mark DiSoma, Brett Keagan, Alex Becker, Danny Conaway, Andrew Eggert, Seth Sawyer

(Photo courtesy of Sheila Sawyer)


'RECIPE of the WEEK'...

Reading has always been a joy to me.  As I've 'matured', however, I sometimes find it difficult to complete a whole book. When I become distracted by other things in life, it takes me a while to get back 'into it'. By then, I've forgotton most of what was already read and just don't want to start all over. That's never a problem with cookbooks, though. As anybody who knows me would tell you, I love to collect recipes. In my dining room I have three full bookcases and in my kitchen, one whole upper cabinet and another bookcase overflowing with only cookbooks. A few tucked in the car for long car trips is a must and one or two to glance through while I'm waiting on someone is a relaxing way to pass the time.

As most cooks do, I've shared the love of my hobby with my family and friends. My grandson, Lucas, enjoys cooking and it brings a smile to my face to see him in the kitchen making something special.  His favorite way to cook, though,  is over an open camp fire and his Boy Scout buddies, I've heard, want to make him their 'official camp cook'. For his 12th birthday, he received a cast iron Dutch oven and a 'Campsite' cookbook, among many other things.  He was thrilled! The peach cobbler he made for us in his new Dutch oven was pretty darned tasty, so the Boy Scouts will probably be trying it out, because we all gave it 'two thumbs up'!

Starting this week, I'd like to extend an invitation to you to share your favorite recipes with other readers of the Newsletter. Please credit the proper source of your recipe, if it's from a publication. If it's a family favorite from Aunt Maybelle, you should probably give her credit, too, (even if she's not your favorite aunt)! You can even give us a little history of your recipe, and why it's special to you, but only if you want to. Even include a digital photo of the finished product, if you'd like! Send to and put 'RECIPE' in the subject line, please.

Here's one that I'd like to start off with. It's an easy pasta dish, just right for a quick summertime supper. I saw the original recipe on a box of Morton Kosher Salt, but I've modified it, a bit, and my version is below the picture. Hope you enjoy it!



1 # rigatoni OR bowtie pasta, uncooked
1 cup chopped red onion
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1" strips
1/2 cup garlic vinaigrette OR Italian dressing, divided (I use dressing)
1 Tbl. Kosher salt, divided
10 oz. baby spinach leaves, rinsed, coarsley chopped
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Bring large amount of water to boil with 1 teaspoon of salt. Add pasta and cook as directed on package.

Meanwhile in a large skillet, saute onion and red pepper in 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette or dressing, till crisp tender, about 6-8 minutes. Add remaining 2 tsps. salt, mix; keep warm.

Thoroughly toss hot, drained pasta with spinach, pepper/onion mixture, remaining dressing and cheese. Serve immediately with garlic breadsticks.

Serves 6 generously.

Note:  I've sometimes substituted green or yellow bell pepper and yellow onion.  Red cherry tomatoes, halved, and sauteed with the onion are also good.

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"Crazy For You" Opens at Lofte Theatre

The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley is excited to announce the continuation of its thirty-third season with the energetic Musical Comedy, "Crazy For You" opening on July 17th. "Crazy For You" is often referred to as "The new Gershwin Musical Comedy." Debuting on Broadway in 1992, it later won the Tony Award for Best Musical that year. The show relies entirely upon the music of George Gershwin who died in 1937. "Crazy" has all of the traditional elements of a classic Broadway show of the early 20th century; toe-tapping tunes, boy-gets-girl storyline and a comic ensemble cast.

Written by Ken Ludwig, the story is set during the theater scene of the 1930s. Bobby Child is a wealthy banker's son and socialite playboy whose real dream in life is to dance. Bobby is sent to a rundown theater in Nevada by his domineering mother for the purpose of foreclosing on the dilapidated venue. Instead, Bobby falls in love with a girl, the theater and decides to put on a show to pay off the mortgage. Singing cowboys, spunky heroines and an unwanted fiancee round out the cast of colorful characters.

Starring in his first leading role as Bobby Child is Adam Kovar of Lincoln. The plucky Polly Baker is played by Elizabeth Monzingo of Papillion. Other members of the cast include Jeff Johnston, Ross Mumford and Wade Mumford of Elmwood; Anne Riha of Louisville; Melinda Mead of Plattsmouth; Mimi Ostmann of Eagle; Lucy Myrtue of Murray; Samantha Colbert of Weeping Water; Ronnie Hurlbut, Marikita Payne, Olivia Herr, Sydney Timmons, Megan Kovar, Margaret Anne White, Mark Kranz, Alex White, Zack Schafer and Mick Kovar of Lincoln; and Derek Kowal, Anna Cashero and Levi Stroebel all of Omaha.

Performance Dates for "Crazy For You" are
July 17-19, 23-26, 30, 31
and August 1 & 2.
Showtimes are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday.
All Sunday dates have two performances; 2pm and 7:30pm.
General admission tickets can be purchased either on-line or by contacting the box office at (402) 234-2553.
Please note that some performances are nearly sold-out and advance reservations are highly suggested.





The (NEBRASKA) State of Things......

Nebraska Named a Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business State

Nebraska has once again been named as one of the Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. Top 10 Pro-Business States. The Top 10 Pro-Business States report reflects state leadership that truly understands the importance of producing the best business environment and the best opportunities for job growth for their constituents.

The Pollina Corp. Top 10 study examines 33 factors relative to states’ efforts to be pro-business, and is the most comprehensive examination of states available. The Top 10 Pro-Business selection process is based on a comprehensive 2-stage approach: Stage I: Labor, Taxes & Other Factors (19 of the 33 factors), and Stage II: Incentives & State Economic Development Agency Factors (14 additional state government-controlled factors).

Summary comments taken directly from the report state:

You can’t hold Nebraska back! Nebraska has once again climbed the list of Pro-Business states, assuming the previously held 10th place spot it had in 2007. Nebraska’s Human Resource factors continue to account for part of its strong showing by receiving high marks for High-School Completion and College Attainment. In addition, Nebraska’s low Unemployment and low Number of Jobs Gained or Lost, as well as Right-to-Work Status, low Unemployment Insurance, and low Workers Compensation Costs combine to provide good human resource conditions. Nebraska also had a strong Stage I: Labor, Taxes & Other Factors score based on their Pro Business Litigation Environment, Transportation Infrastructure, Low Cost of Electricity, and Broadband Access. In terms of Stage II: Incentives & Economic Development Agency Factors, Nebraska continued its strong showing by placing 7th in Stage II (overall), reflecting the emphasis Nebraska has placed on fostering a pro business environment in which the state is able to provide the tools necessary for businesses to grow in our challenging economy.


Stuhr Named One of '110 Places to Get Kids Hooked on History'

Grand Island Independent

Stuhr Museum has been named one of True West Magazine's "110 Places to Get Kids Hooked on History" in the July 2009 edition, which is on newsstands now.

The magazine interviewed Ann Atkins, Stuhr’s director of education about how it uses its grounds and knowledge of its time period to make history come alive for students. From the article:

"Museums have a tendency to be hands-off and keep-quiet – tough concepts for all 7-year-olds – and all about dead people," the article says. "Living history museums, on the other hand, are great ways to make history come to life."


Venture Capital Firm Investing Big in Tiny Enzyme

A recently discovered brain-derived enzyme with big potential to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease has led to the largest investment of venture capital funds to date obtained by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its technology transfer company, UNeMed Corporation.

NeuMedix Health Group (, a biotechnology venture capital firm based in Sydney, Australia, has invested approximately $2 million in the work of Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the UNMC Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience.

The money will be used to further Dr. Ikezu’s research on finding a compound that will block the enzyme's function with a high degree of specificity and subsequently prevent the damaging effects of the enzyme's overactivity thus preventing the onset of dementia.

"The University of Nebraska Medical Center has an international reputation in producing quality research and Dr. Ikezu has done an impressive amount of research in this particular area," said Michael Issakidis, NeuMedix managing director. "We hope that by our investments, we can assist hundreds of thousands of individuals and their families in achieving a better quality of life."

UNeMed first filed a patent application on the enzyme when Dr. Ikezu discovered it in 2002 and expects the patent to issue later this summer. "The reward of UNeMed and Dr. Ikezu’s diligence over the past six years is paying large dividends," said Michael Dixon, Ph.D., vice president of UNeMed. "Everything has come together nicely and we are pleased to be able to attract additional research money to this valuable research as well as establish a partner to help translate the results of this research into the clinic."

Dr. Ikezu's lab developed a transgenic mouse model to show that the gene known as TTBK1 induces memory impairment. The mouse model study was published in the December issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. The finding revealed that TTBK1 is a potential therapeutic target for neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

"This enzyme can be a therapeutic target of neurodegenerative disorders," Dr. Ikezu said. "We are all excited about the publication and the venture capital funding. It will allow us to initiate a drug screening program to regulate this enzyme activity in the brain."

Due to the complex nature of the project, negotiations and planning between NeuMedix and UNeMed took nearly a year to complete. The research will take place over the next four years at which time, it is anticipated that it will be ready for clinical trials.

Contact Lisa Spellman, UNMC PR at 402-559-4353.


Nebraska Tourism Quarterly Input Session

Quarterly input sessions provide you the opportunity to share thoughts, experiences, and insight as an active member of Nebraska’s tourism industry.

The meetings are conducted at Snitily Carr’s expense, and participants need only attend one as the same agenda will be followed at each.

Feel free to attend the meeting that best fits your schedule.

August 24, 4 p.m., Lincoln County Historical Museum, 2403 North Buffalo Bill Avenue, North Platte

August 25, 10:30 a.m., Hastings Museum, 1330 North Burlington Avenue, Hastings

September 21, 10:30 a.m., Quarry Oaks near Ashland

Representatives from Snitily Carr, DED's Tourism Division’s advertising agency, will be on hand to gather input.


Continuum of Care Meeting and Housing Training Coming to North Platte August 26-27

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and DED are teaming to provide the HHS Continuum of Care Annual Meeting and DED Housing Training, August 26 and 27 in North Platte.

The Continuum of Care portion will feature workshops on topics ranging from RentWise, Foster Care & Homelessness, Permanent Supportive Housing and more. DED also will conduct workshops on components of the Nebraska Affordable Housing Program including conducting environmental reviews, reporting and monitoring, technical writing assistance and more.

Humorist Juli Burney will be the luncheon keynote speaker on August 26. A networking session will follow the day’s workshops.

Cost for the two days is $50 per person. To register, go to DED’s website at:, by the August 14 deadline.

Registrations can be emailed to, or mailed to Divya Gopal, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, P.O. Box 94666, Lincoln, NE 68509-4666.

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