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Murray Newsletter - July 22, 2009



The Village Board has approved the use of the ball field at Young Memorial Park by the Conestoga Girls Softball Team.  Young Park will be their 'home' field, since Conestoga is no longer joined with Weeping Water softball.  Many improvements have been made to Young Park and the Conestoga Girls will keep the field busy through the month of September this Fall. Mark your calendar to see them in action and support the 'home team'!

Conestoga Softball

Girls Varsity:
Thursday 8/27/09 Conestoga Tri              HOME 4:30 PM
Tuesday 9/01/09 Johnson Co. Central    HOME 6:30 PM
Thursday 9/03/09 Syracuse                       HOME 6:30 PM
Saturday 9/12/09 Falls City Invite                  AWAY 9:00 AM
Monday 9/14/09 Yutan                                    AWAY 6:30 PM
Tuesday 9/15/09 Auburn                                AWAY 6:30 PM
Thursday 9/17/09 Arlington                            AWAY 6:30 PM
Saturday 9/19/09 Plattsmouth Invite             AWAY 9:00 AM
Monday 9/21/09 Nebraska City                 HOME 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9/22/09 Conestoga Tri                HOME 4:30 PM
Thursday 9/24/09 Wahoo                            HOME 6:30 PM
Saturday 9/26/09 ECNC Tourney @Yutan   AWAY TBA
Monday 9/28/09 Ft. Calhoun Tri                    AWAY 4:30 PM
Monday 10/05/09 Ashland Tri                       AWAY 4:30 PM
Thursday 10/08/09 Softball Dist. Tourn        AWAY TBA
Friday 10/09/09 Softball Dist. Tourn             AWAY TBA

Girls Junior Varsity:
Tuesday 9/01/09 Johnson Co Central     HOME 5:00 PM
Thursday 9/03/09 Syracuse                        HOME 5:00 PM
Monday 9/14/09 Yutan                                     AWAY 5:30 PM
Tuesday 9/15/09 Auburn                                 AWAY 5:00 PM
Thursday 9/17/09 Arlington                             AWAY 5:00 PM
Thursday 9/24/09 Wahoo                            HOME 5:00 PM


Above, a summer softball game at Young Field.



Winners Announced in Nebraska Tourism Byways Geopicting Contest
Yearlong contest at offers quarterly $250 prize

LINCOLN, NEB. (July 14, 2009) -

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development's Travel and Tourism Division has announced the first two quarterly winners in its yearlong byways geopicting contest. The winning geopics were selected through online balloting on the Tourism Division's Web site,

Bruce Hoye's stunning image of a Nebraska sunset over the Platte River just off the Lincoln Highway Scenic and Historic Byway southeast of Kearney was selected as the winner of the second quarter geopic voting by site visitors. For his work, Bruce will be able to select from one of the following prizes:

  • A $250 gift card from Cabela's
  • A $250 gift card from Rockbrook camera
  • A $250 in Nebraska Lottery scratch tickets (must be 19 years old to play)
  • A digital photo frame valued at $250

He will also be entered as one of the four finalists in the grand prize voting at the end of the year. The grand prize winner will receive a laptop computer valued at $1,000.

Verdigre, Neb. resident Ross Sukup's panoramic geopic was selected as the first quarter contest winner. The stunning landscape image from the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway near Niobrara State Park earned Sukup a $250 quarterly prize and an entry into the year-end grand prize balloting.

"Because geopics include GPS coordinates to the location of the image, viewers can easily preview a location and add it to their itinerary," said Christian Hornbaker, the Division's director. "They give travelers the ability to experience destinations and attractions virtually in a way that was impossible just a few years ago."

In addition, the geopics are a great way for travelers to see what an awesome resource Nebraska's Byways are for travelers, and the user-generated content helps to enhance the experience for guests at the site.

To enter images into the Nebraska's Byways geopicting contest, please visit and click on the "Geopicting Photo Contest" graphic. While you're there, order or download your free 2009 Nebraska Travel Guide and start planning your Nebraska vacation today.





Only TWO weeks till the Cass County Fair starts in Weeping Water!

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




Roasting ears, sweet corn or corn on the matter what you call it, it's one of the best tastes that summer has to offer. Whether roasted on the grill, still in its 'blanket' of husks, or cooked inside on the stove, a fresh ear of corn, dripping with melted butter can't be beat.

This is my favorite way of cooking corn on the cob and keeping it hot and fresh till serving. I like 'Sugar and Cream' corn to cook this way, but any type will work.

This recipe is basically a formula for 4 ears of corn, so just make adjustments according to how many you have.

CORN on the COB

2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
Large pot of COLD water
4 ears of sweet corn, husked

IMPORTANT - DO NOT ADD SALT! (Unless you want tough, chewy corn!)

Mix sugar, vinegar and water and bring to a boil, uncovered.

Add the corn.

Cook for 6 minutes, uncovered.

Reduce heat to simmer.

Serve, as needed, leaving remaining corn in the water.

The corn, left simmering in the hot water, will stay fresh for a long time!



This recipe was sent in anonymously by a friend of Marilyn Pollard Uhe, (who initially shared it with 'Anonymous'!  Thanks, Marilyn, for sharing it with your buddy and remember, "what goes around.........." Wink



(Recipe from Taste of Home Healthy Cooking Book, 2009)

2 QT. CASSEROLE, sprayed lightly
4 C. cubed, poached chicken breasts (lightly salted when cooked)
2 large celery ribs, thinly sliced
1 medium chopped red sweet pepper
1/2 c. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 c. finely chopped onions
1 c. "Reduced Fat" salad dressing
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. white pepper
1 c. soft bread crumbs
1 T. butter, melted
1/4c. shredded cheddar cheese

1. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Combine the salad dressing, garlic powder & pepper; stir into the chicken mixture

2. Transfer to a 2 qt. baking dish ( 4 qt if doubled) that is coated with vegetable spray. bake, uncovered at 350 degrees fors 20 minutes (more if doubled). Toss bread crumbs with butter; sprinkle over chicken mixture. Top with cheese. Bake 7-10 minutes longer or until heated through & top is lightly browned.

1 c. equals 311 cal, 14 g. fat (4 g. saturated fat) 93 mg cholestrol, 516 mg soduim,14 g. carbohydrates, 1 g. fiber, 30 g. protein

This recipe will not be thick like a casserole. Requested by several after prepared. It's got "kick" with the garlic and white pepper.

Healthy too.



Friday, August 28 - Monday, September 7, 2009

Want a great way to say 'farewell' to summer and kick-off a fantastic Fall season? Jump in the car and head to Lincoln for a day of fun and adventure!

Here's just a very small sample of what you can see and do at the Fair this year:


Grandstand & Coliseum Events:

Experience the thrills and chills of the 2009 Nebraska State Fair grandstand and coliseum entertainment.


Monster Truck Show

Sunday, August 30, 5:00p.m.- Grandstand

Extreme Monster Truck Nationals bring some of the most world known trucks! You might have the opportunity to see a wheelie contest, side-by-side drag racing and Monster Truck free-style. You might even see free-style motorcycle jumping. Check back for specific show times.


Car Races

Friday, September 4 - Grandstand

Hot Laps start at 7:00p.m. and

Races start at 7:30p.m.

You'll get the chance to see IMCA Modified, IMCA Hobby Stock, IMCA Sport Mods, and NAPA Nebraska State Championship Hobby Stock races!



Tractor Pull

Saturday, September 5, 1:00p.m. - Grandstand

The engines roar at the Nebraska State Fair Tractor Pull. In the competition, tractors pull a heavy sled along a track and offer progressively greater resistance as the competition heats up! Although the vehicles produce a great deal of noise and smoke and throw dirt everywhere, they don't actually travel very far! Tractor Pull categories include Super Farm Tractors, Pro Stock Tractors, Modified 2WD Trucks and Modified Tractors. Check back for specific show times.



Draft Horse Pull

Saturday, September 5, 5:00p.m. - Coliseum

The Draft Horse Pull is a new competition to the Nebraska State Fair. Watch as teams of horses pull a dynamometer the required distance in one continuous pull. FREE event. Check back for specific show times.



Demolition Derby

Monday, September 7, 1:00p.m. - Grandstand

Demolition Derby is an action packed motor-sport where drivers compete by deliberately ramming their vehicles into one another. Check back for specific show times.


2009 Grandstand Admission:

Adults (Ages 13 & older): $7
Children (Ages 6 to 12 years old): $2
Children (Ages 5 & under): Free

Grandstand admission does not include outside gate admission into the Fair.



The 2009 Nebraska State Fair free concert line-up brings the best of the past and looks to the future. The open air concerts begin at 7:00 pm and are FREE with a paid gate admission, presented by the Nebraska Lottery and co-sponsored by Bristol Windows and Lincoln Benefit Life.

Admission to the grandstand concerts is $12.00 in addition to an $8 paid gate admission to the fair.


This year brings 2 concerts in the grandstand, Daryl Hall and John Oates "Up Close and Personal Tour" and Montgomery Gentry.


Daryl Hall and John Oates "Up Close and Personal Tour"


Saturday, August 29 (requires $12.00 ticket)

Signed to Atlantic by Ahmet Ertegan and managed by Tommy Mottola in the 1970's, Hall & Oates have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. From the mid-'70s to mid-'80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including "Rich Girl" (also #1 R&B), "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), "Maneater" and "Out of Touch" from six consecutive multi-platinum albums.


Montgomery Gentry


Sunday, September 6 (requires $12.00 ticket)

Now in their 10th year on the national stage, Montgomery Gentry has released more than 20 charted singles, with anthems like "My Town" and "Hell Yeah" becoming indelible parts of the honky-tonk landscape. They have hit the top of the singles charts three times, with "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," "Something To Be Proud Of," and "Lucky Man." Their latest album, Back When I Knew It All, features the hit singles "Back When I Knew It All" and "Roll With Me."



Lee Ann Womack

Open Air Auditorium

Friday, August 28

Lee Ann Womack has produced numerous hits including, "I May Hate Myself In the Morning," "The Fool," and "I Hope You Dance." Her seventh and most impressive outing to date in a career full of great music is "Call Me Crazy." The album contains four songs co-written by Womack including "New Again," "Have You Seen That Girl," and "If These Walls Could Talk." The album's debut single is "Last Call."


REO Speedwagon

Open Air Auditorium

Monday, August 31

REO Speedwagon has produced number one hits including, "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Keep On Loving You," and "Roll With the Changes." The band released their latest album, Find Your Own Way Home, in 2007. It is their first studio collection of new material in more than a decade. REO has toured every year since its inception in 1971, returning to their fans in "small town America" at the beginning of the century. "These are the people who supported our music from the beginning. This is REO country," says Kevin Cronin, REO's lead vocalist.


Bret Michaels

Open Air Auditorium

Tuesday, September 1

Singer, songwriter, producer, director and actor are just some of the titles Bret Michaels has claimed. As the front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels has had 15 Top 40 singles including, "Talk Dirty to Me," "Something to Believe In," and "Every Rose Has its Thorn." He released his debut solo album, Songs of Life, in 2003 and another album, Freedom of Sound, in 2005.



Open Air Auditorium

Wednesday, September 2

The Australian native Newsboys have produced fourteen albums. Their most recent album, Go, features the songs "Beautiful" and "Wherever We Go." Go, though pop in structure and sensibility, is a very rhythmic approach to the Newsboys sound. Beat, bass and melody drive these songs with subtleties of urban influence. The Christian band has opened for other renowned bands such as REO Speedwagon, James Brown, and Styx. They have performed all around the world including Morocco and Israel.


Randy Travis

Open Air Auditorium

Thursday, September 3

Randy Travis has sold more than 21 million records and is one of the ten top-selling solo country artists of all time. The Christian and country artist, has won countless awards from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, the Gospel Music Association, the American Music Awards, and the Grammy Awards. His most recent album, Around the Bend, was released in 2008.


John Kay & Steppenwolf

Open Air Auditorium

Monday, September 7

Steppenwolf originated in the 1960's with their debut album being released in 1968. At last count, the band's worldwide record sales exceed 25 million units. Its songs remain fixtures on classic-rock radio, and have been licensed for use in approximately 50 motion pictures and an even greater number of television programs. Such Steppenwolf standards as "Born to Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride," "Rock Me," and "Monster" stand amongst rock's most indelible anthems.


Listed below are State Fair Discounts & Specials for 2009:

Season Pass - $49.95

The Season Pass admits one adult, who is over 12 years old, for all eleven days of the Nebraska State Fair and must be purchased by August 14, 2009. Season Passes will not be sold after August 14. Season Passes can be purchased at the State Fair Ticket Office, by calling 402-473-4105, or visiting

Advance Adult Daily Gate Ticket - $6

The Advance Adult Gate Ticket admits one adult, who is over 12 years old, for one day and must be purchased by August 28, 2009 to receive the advance discounted gate price of $6. This option can be purchased at the State Fair Ticket Office, by calling 402-473-4105, or visiting

Veterans Daily Gate - Free- One Day Only

An adult, who has a current or past military identification, is admitted for free until 5:00 pm on September 4, 2009. The free admission for military personnel is valid September 4 and is not valid August 28 through September 3 and September 5 through September 7, 2009.

Older Nebraskans Festival Daily Gate Ticket - $3

This adult gate ticket admits one adult, who is 60 years or older, for one day during the Older Nebraskans Festival on September 1 for a discounted price of $3. To receive the discounted gate price, daily gate tickets must be purchased at the Nebraska State Fair on September 1 and does not apply to advance ticket sales. The $3 discounted price for Older Nebraskans Festival is not valid August 28 through August 31 and September 2 through September 7, 2009.

Fees, dates, events and information are tentative and subject to change.


State Fair Regular Gate Admission for 2009:

Adult Daily Gate Ticket - $8:

The Adult Daily Gate Ticket admits one adult, who is over 12 years old, for one day and is available for purchase from August 28 through September 7, 2009. This option can be purchased at the State Fair Ticket Office, by calling 402-473-4105, or by clicking here to visit our online ticket sales page.

Child Daily Gate Ticket (6 years to 12 years old) - $2:

The Child Daily Gate Ticket admits one child, who is 6 to 12 years old, for one day and available for purchase from August 28 through September 7, 2009 for $2. This option can be purchased at the State Fair Ticket Office, by calling 402-473-4105, or to visit our online ticket sales page. Children, who are 5 years and younger, are admitted for free.

Child Daily Gate Ticket (5 years and younger) - Free

Children, 5 years or younger, are admitted for free with a paid adult during the eleven days of the State Fair.


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