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Murray Newsletter - July 8, 2009



Murray Celebrates the 4th with a Blast!

A cool and damp 4th, with nearly 1 1/4" rain the night before, didn't dampen the patriotic spirit at the Murray festivities.  Only the tractor pull was scheduled and completed on Sunday, due to the ground being too wet and slick.


The pancake feed at the Murray Fire and Rescue station seemed to be a big success.  Pancakes, sausage, mixed fruit, juice and coffee was filling empty tummies, getting them ready for the big day ahead.


The oozeball games were well underway when the 'Little Mr and Miss 4th of July', Cute Baby Contest and Cheerleaders' Dunk Tank scattered the crowd all over the field by Young Park.




Above, a firehose is the only way to get close to clean after a gooey game of oozeball!!


Above, Congratulations to James Parriott, Jr. and Kristen Miller as they become 'Little Mr. and Miss 4th of July, 2009'!


Really, now....HOW do you choose the cutest baby???????  All of those entered were absolutely adorable and each had personality plus!

Chuck the Truck stood on the sidelines and announced events taking place all day, below:


The Conestoga Booster Club sold drinks and Schwan's Ice Cream treats.  They  also conducted a raffle with prizes consisting of Lofte Tickets, English Rose certificates, fifty pounds of meat from Marco's Meats and a 148-piece professional tool kit.  Who were the lucky winners???

The Conestoga Cheerleaders had a hard time keeping dried off!  Besides the misty weather, they were dunked in this tank over and over and over and...........


Evening brought the parade down Young Street from the east as onlookers lined both sides of the road.  The Boy Scout Honor Guard presented the Colors, then came fire and rescue equipment, floats, cars, and more.   Lots of kids were scooping up candy that was being thrown to them from the parade participants.














Murray Christian Church raffled off a couple of nice items on the 4th.  A red, white and blue quilt, handmade and donated by Jane Meisinger was won by Sally Atkins and a child-size bench, hand-crafted and donated by Millard Carnes was won by Dana Sayers.

The concessions at the church went over big, also, and that homemade ice cream was so-o-o-o creamy and good! (Below)


The Murray Presbyterian Church also had great food inside and sold patriotic items outside under a big tent, as shown below.  Of course, having a sweet girl as the salesperson was a sure way to bring in the buyers!


The ballfield was the stage for the Conestoga Dance Team and the young people that they'd choreographed a couple of dance routines for earlier in the day.



Before the glorious fireworks display, singing our National Anthem, once again, as she has for many years, was Linda Grunewald.  No one does it better, in my opinion, and I hope Linda continues to honor us with her wonderful voice on the 4th for many more years to come.  Thanks, Linda!2009-07-04_Fireworks__Young_Park

Thank you, also, to the 4th of July Committee, the Murray Volunteer Fire and Rescue members and everyone else who helped to make this year's celebration a success!


The tractor pull originally scheduled for the 4th of July, was postponed till the following day, due to the ground being too wet from rain.  Sunday turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day...just right to sit out and enjoy the fun!

Below, a few highlights of the day:








Only four more weeks and the Fair will be here! You can get all the details, rules, schedules, etc. at More updates are being added as Fair time approaches, so be sure to check it out frequently.

Weeping Water First Christian Church Concert Series

July 11  - Saturday - Klassic Kountry Performance
Entertainment includes Country, Gospel, and Clogging
Picnic @ 6PM & Music starts at 7PM
FREE with fundraiser for Handicap Ramp.

August 1 - Saturday - Red Head Express from Branson MO
Blue Grass Gospel Music @ 7PM  Free Will offering will be taken
to help with the ministry of Red Head Express.

More info 402-269-5508



Auditions at Lofte Theatre

The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley will be holding auditions for its production of, "Over the River and Through the Woods,"  on Monday, July 20th and Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00PM.  The production will run weekends between August 28 and September 13.  

The play is set in New Jersey and revolves around the young and single "Nick" who has Sunday dinner with both sets of grandparents every week.  When Nick receives an offer for his dream job that would move him away from his family, his grandparents embark upon a series of schemes to keep him around!  Parts for 3 men and 3 women. 

Those interested in auditioning can expect cold readings from the script.  Specifics on 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


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.

Hot spots could help you cool down.
Fill your vacation with overflowing kids' fun with a stop at Nebraska's water parks. Rolling wave pools, exhilarating speed slides, twisting and turning tube slides, and a lazy river ride are only part of what you'll find at water parks throughout the state. It's the perfect remedy for a hot summer day.




1 (4-serving) box cook-type, (NOT INSTANT),  vanilla pudding, dry
1 (3oz.) box strawberry gelatin
2 c. water
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 c. sliced, fresh strawberries

Cook and stir over medium heat the pudding mix, gelatin, water and lemon juice till mixture comes to a boil.

Pour into a bowl and set into another bowl filled with ice water.  Stir, then chill until slightly thickened.

Fold in Cool Whip and strawberries and pour into baked 9" pastry shell or graham cracker crust.  Chill till set, slice and enjoy!

IMG_2991 has Geopicting Contest Winner

Congratulations to Bruce Hoye of La Vista, Nebraska, our second geopicting photo contest winner!
Bruce's photo captured the most votes from visitors to Four winners will be announced throughout 2009 with each of those winners entered into the year-end online vote-off to receive the grand prize.

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