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Murray Newsletter - July 15, 2009

"The One in the Glass"

When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you ‘Star for a Day’,
Just go to the mirror, take a look at yourself
And see what that person would say.
For it isn’t your parents or anyone else,
Whose judgment upon you must pass,
For the one whose verdict counts most in your life,
Is the one staring back from the glass.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you’ve cheated the one in the glass.
That’s the person to please, never mind all the rest,
for it’s YOU all the way to the end,
And you certainly passed your most dangerous test,
If the one in the glass is your FRIEND.

Author Unknown


Debby Greenblatt "Fiddle Master Class"

Saturday, October 24, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Big Muddy Fiddle Club

Participants may either play a tune they are working on for the group and get
some coaching from Debby or ask a question about style, technique, or fiddle music in general. Master classes give every one a chance to get some help
and support in their fiddling, while the whole group benefits from the teaching.
Any skill level may participate.
Not brave enough to perform in front of the group? Listeners may also register
to sit in on the session and pick up some tips.

The workshop will be held at the home of Jim Harvey, 518 S 88th St, Omaha, Nebraska

Seating is limited, register early! Participant fee: $15 (member) $25 (non-member); Listener fee $8 (member) $10 (non-member).

Make checks payable to "Big Muddy Fiddle Club" and mail to treasurer
Dan Kane, 14518 Oak Street, Omaha, NE 68144

Jamming will follow from 4:00—6:00 p.m. free of charge! Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Questions? Contact Mary Pat Kleven, 402-490-6710,




The Cass County Fair starts in three weeks!

Visit the fair's new website,, for the complete schedule that's updated often.



Sizzling hot summers call for having cool salads ready in the fridge. For lunch or a light supper, try this different tuna salad on a bed of lettuce, in a sandwich or in pita bread.


1 cup, (1-2 medium) Granny Smith apples,cored,chopped

1 Tbl. lemon juice

12 oz. water-packed tuna, drained

4 tsp. sweet pickle relish

2 Tbl. mayonnaise

1 cup sliced green onions

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Sprinkle chopped apple with lemon juice to prevent browning. Drain.

Mix all remaining ingredients with apple and chill.

(Share one of your favorite recipes with our readers.  Put 'RECIPE' in the subject line and send it to  We'll publish it in one of the upcoming newsletters!  Take a digital photo of the finished dish and we'll put that in there, too!)



Keep your family safe from mosquitoes and West Nile Virus this summer by following these three easy steps:

1. Avoid mosquito bites:

• Apply insect repellent containing DEET.

• Wear long sleeves and pants.

• Avoid outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

2. Mosquito proof your house:

• Eliminate standing water from old tires and tire swings, flower pots, bottle caps, buckets, sandbox toys, etc. and gutters. Anything that can hold the smallest amount of water is a possible breeding area for mosquitoes.

• Frequently change the water in outdoor pet water dishes and bird baths.

• Install new or repair damaged screens.

3. Help your community:

• Report dead birds to the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health & Wellness,

Phone: 339-4334 or 1-800-645-0134

Fax: 339-4235


Here's a great place to visit before you leave for your getaway:

County PeeWee League Teams Finish Season

The Nehawka Angels PeeWee League Team finished first in their league for regular season play and second in the County League Tournament held last week at Wayne Park in Waverly.

Tournaments which started last Monday, found the Nehawka team seeded in first place for season play, which qualified them for a 'bye' the first night.

Elimination games throughout the week brought the Angels back early on Saturday morning for two games, eliminating both Syracuse teams.

The championship bracket finally announced Nehawka challenging Plattsmouth later the same day for the first of what would be two, tough, back-to-back games. The weary Nehawka team fought hard to the very end, before Plattsmouth Coach, Bob Brugger, led his team to its win over the Angels, capturing the trophy. It was an exciting finish to an equally exciting season!

The Nehawka Angels take a much-needed break between tournament games, below:


Shown below, left to right, back row:
Coach Jeff Faris, Christopher Cornish, Lucas Minor, Daniel Callahan, Patrick Carlton, Neil Bock, Jake Faris, Conner Parette, Coach Dave Cornish.
Front: Brook Fox, Jacob Hickey, Riley Weber, Matt Morton, Jake Gasparovich
and Michael Hanssen.
Not present: Brook Wagner



Above, the Nehawka Angels PeeWee players receive their medals
after a few words from Coach Faris.

$150,000 Awarded to Sandhills RC&D for Housing Rehabilitation Project

LINCOLN, NEB. (July 8, 2009)—The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded $150,000 in Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund money to the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Sandhills Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) to implement a two-year housing rehabilitation program for eligible homeowners in Arthur, Grant, Hooker, Logan, McPherson and Thomas counties. The funding is part of the Nebraska Affordable Housing Program administered by the Department.

Approximately $20,500 funding will be reserved for each of six homes to be rehabilitated.

Homeowners deemed eligible for the program are wage earners whose incomes are at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until all funding is allocated.

For information, contact Bob Broweleit at 308-546-0636 or


$150,000 Awarded for Owner-Occupied Rehab Housing

LINCOLN, NEB. (July 9, 2009)—The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded $150,000 in Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund money to Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska (Mid) to rehab eight owner-occupied homes in Frontier, Furnas, Gosper and Red Willow counties.

Partnering agencies U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Weatherization Assistance Program will contribute an additional $12,000 to the project.

Mid’s mission, "Helping people, changing lives, and making communities a better place to live," is regularly in play as it assists low-income and disabled individuals in southwestern Nebraska with housing needs, including complying with electrical, safety and construction code requirements, reducing lead levels, and replacing roofing, siding, windows, painting, heating, insulation and some interior remodeling.

This project continues Mid’s four-county regional approach to improving housing stock. During the past ten years, Mid has successfully administered rehabilitation projects in Nelson, Red Cloud, Harvard and Franklin. Additionally, Mid has completed owner-occupied rehab projects in Franklin/Webster, Gosper, Buffalo, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney and Phelps, and Frontier, Furnas and Red Willow counties.

For information contact Beverly Anderson at 308-865-5675 or


$46,050 awarded for Woodland Circle Apartments

LINCOLN, NEB. (July 9, 2009)—The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded $46,050 in Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund money to the Housing Authority City of Wisner to rehab the Woodland Circle Apartments in Wisner.

The project’s rehabilitation consists of four main areas including roof repairs, installing party walls to prevent fire hazards between apartments, electrical repairs to fix improper ground connections, and curb and sidewalk repairs.

U.S. Department of Agriculture will contribute an additional $4,605 operating funds to the project.

For information contact Charla Nedza at 402-529-6278 or


September 25 Deadline to Apply for Grant Funding

$1 million total available for next fiscal year for two programs

LINCOLN, NEB. (July 9, 2009)—Partnerships and entities wanting to apply for the next round of available grants through both the Building Entrepreneurial Communities Act (BECA) and Value-Added Agriculture (VAA) have until Noon, Friday, September 25 to submit applications.

The two programs will share the $1 million total funding available.

BECA grants are designed to help economically disadvantaged rural areas build and sustain programs that generate and retain income in communities in those areas. Partnerships applying for BECA grants are strongly encouraged to check eligibility lists for limited resources and distress criteria, however, as calculations have been updated using current numbers, and some counties and communities may fall into new eligibility categories. Individual communities wanting assistance with building coalitions may apply under the planning grant category.

The VAA program encourages development of the state’s agricultural innovation and value-added agriculture industries.

Both programs are funded through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and administered by the Rural Development Commission.

For application criteria for either grant program, visit:

For more information, contact Linda Fettig at 308-380-4966 or

A REQUEST from the GIRL SCOUTS......

Dear Village of Murray,

We are writing you on behalf of Project Paw Prints. Project Paw Prints is an operation that is taking place provided by our Girl Scout Troop. Our mission is to raise awareness of the special services provided by local businesses, groups and clubs in our area to better the lives of pets and their owners in and around our communities and to raise the awareness of the millions of pets available for adoption through rescues and shelters.

Project Paw Prints will be hosting an event providing services and educational awareness for the community. We are gathering sponsorship, donations and services from local businesses, groups, clubs and veterinarians. Your help with our event would go a long way to make our event successful. We would greatly appreciate your help in promoting this event to the public. Our event will be taking place on Saturday, August 15, 2009. In return for your generosity, we will be hosting your company’s logo, with your permission, during the event and mention your company’s contributions in our promotions.

Thank you for considering our requests. We will need confirmation by July 15, 2009. We look forward from hearing from you soon so we can forward on details for publication.


Madison Abell
Kayla Clavijo
Kortni Congdon
Kylie Congdon
Serena Hernandez
Jessica Rankin
Melinda Union
Rebecca Williams
Girl Scout Troop 201
C/O Heather Larson
9713 Gabriella DriveBeaver Lake, NE 68048
(402) 306-8996


If your pet could speak, he might remind you of the


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, but ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9.. Please take care of me when I grow old, because you, too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters. We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!


Below is our little Cocker Spaniel, Lacey. She was 18 years old when she passed just over four years ago, yet we still miss her every day. What a friend she was!


Scribner becomes Economic Development Certified Community

LINCOLN, NEB. (July 10, 2009)—

As one of Nebraska’s small towns, Scribner was determined to see its name listed among Nebraska’s communities earning their Economic Development Certification. Today it joins the ranks as an economic development-ready community.

"I am very proud that our community with a population of less than 1,000 has the talent and dedicated leadership to create a vision for growing and attracting new jobs and people," said Deb Eggleston, Scribner economic development coordinator.

That foresight and vision was especially evident in early June when Scribner passed LB840, the Local Option Municipal Economic Development Act, along with a 1-1/2 percent sales tax to provide more financial clout for Scribner in achieving greater economic development growth throughout the area.

Other accomplishments include plans for construction of a new daycare center, formation of the Scribner-Snyder Youth Community Improvement Program, expansion of Hoge Hardware, renovation and expansion of Ludvigsen Scribner Funeral Chapel, creation of "Music in the Park" concert series that drew crowds, another portion of the Robert Hunt Family Sports Complex taking shape, and pursuit of Phase I of the Scribner Pedestrian Trail, made possible through Nebraska Department of Roads Transportation Enhancement Program funds and matching funds from the Scribner Nebraska Community Improvement Program committee.

"Scribner’s proactive, forward-thinking leadership and cooperative partnerships with regional and state entities helped mark it as our 24th community to commit to the rigorous criteria and extensive planning that define economic development excellence found in each and every community named on the list to date," said Mary Gerdes, Nebraska Diplomats president. "The Nebraska Diplomats warmly welcome Scribner to the growing list of Economic Development Certified Communities."

Joining Scribner are 23 other Nebraska Economic Development Certified Communities including Auburn, Columbus, Cozad, Falls City, Fremont, Geneva, Gothenburg, Grand Island, Hastings, Holdrege, Kearney, Lexington, McCook, Nebraska City, Norfolk, North Platte, Ogallala, Ord, Scottsbluff, Sidney, South Sioux City, Wahoo and Wayne.

Sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats, the program is one of a few nationwide that recognizes communities for being prepared for economic development. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development administers the application process.

For additional information, visit:, or contact Linda Black at 308-991-2986 or

A TRIP to the ZOO!

If you haven't been to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha lately, you're missing out on a great time!

I hadn't been to the zoo in a long time, but last Sunday Mike and I took our six-year-old granddaughter, Madison, along with our daughter, Trish, and headed to Omaha. Grandson Lucas was at Boy Scout camp, so he didn't go along on this outing.

We'd seen the butterfly pavilion last year, but this time I was thrilled with the 'Skyfari', the ski-lift-type ride that takes you over the zoo. The round-trip ride that Madison and I took probably only lasted about fifteen minutes or so, but what a beautiful ride it was!

Sliding quietly along over the the leopards, giraffes, rhinos and ostriches was a thrill! Madison wasn't crazy about it when we'd slow, almost to a stop, to let someone on or off, but she did have a big smile on her face for nearly the entire ride!  Slip-on sandals or 'flip-flops' aren't allowed, because they could fall into the animals' reach and become a snack.  Madison was sweet enough to slip my Croc sandals on over her little arms, so I could snap a few shots, though!



I thought this view, (above),  of the two ladies in front of us was fun...look at their bright dresses hanging below the seat!

Below is the Garden of the Senses with parrots and other colorful birds, herbs and other gorgeous plants...truly a 'feast' for all your senses.........



Above is another beautiful view from the 'Skyfari' at the zoo.  What fun!

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