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Murray Newsletter - August 19, 2009

"What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul."

Joseph Addison, English essayist, poet, & politician

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August 19, 2009 is Open House at Conestoga Schools

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Elementary
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm High School 

Wow.......Summertime is now just a sweet memory, because all Conestoga schools will be back in session this Thursday, August 20th.    That first day back will be a short one, because of an early dismissal time.  Friday will then be the start of full-day classes.

Do your kids have all their school supplies yet?  Jr / Sr High students should bring the basics of pens, notebook, folders, and bookbag to start off with.   Each teacher will then let the students know what is needed for that particular class.  For your elementary students, see for a complete list of supplies.

You'll also want to bookmark that Conestoga website, so you can keep up-to-date on the happenings at school, the lunchtime menu and PowerSchool, too.

I hope students, parents and teachers and staff all have a wonderful school year!





Defenders of Freedom Air Show and Open House

Aug 29-30
Offutt Airforce Base
Bellevue, NE

Featuring aerial acrobatics and many military displays.

Event time: 9am-5pm
Admission: Free

For More Information: Phone: (402) 294-3663





You will be sharing the roads, on Sunday, August 23, 2009, with individuals and families of the Great Plains Bicycling Club who will be riding bikes on area roads in the Platte River Valley area.

This is the 4th year for the event in the Platte River Valley area and it has become very popular.  Riders will come from the Lincoln and Omaha area as well as many persons from the Platte Valley River area.

Let me know if any questions and thank you in advance.

Steve Clements
Great Plains Bicycling Club



Nebraska State Fair

Aug 28-Sep 7
State Fair Park, 1800 State Fair Park Dr
Lincoln, NE

Come celebrate Nebraska's talent and enjoy hundreds of attractions including entertainers, exhibits, midway rides and food.

For More Information: Phone: (402) 474-5371





Greenblatt & Seay proudly announce the THIRTEENTH ANNUAL SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLING BEE.  This historical, hysterical event will take place on Sunday, October 11, at 2:30 PM, in the auditorium of the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.

In the Open Division, fiddlers will play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice.  There will also be other divisions of competition available for the adventurous fiddlers, including a Singing Fiddler's Contest, a Twin Fiddler's Contest, a Fee-Fi-Faux Fiddler's Contest (fiddle tunes played on any instrument other than a fiddle), and a Hocus-Pocus Contest (cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc.), which will give
fiddlers an opportunity to play tunes that are usually not allowed in any other contest.  The prizes for the winners in the Open Division are $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place.  Prizes will also be awarded for 1st place in the other contests.

Registration for contestants starts at 1:30 PM the day of the FIDDLING BEE.

Admission is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.

Fiddlers and their back-ups are admitted for free.

For more information, call 402-275-3221,
log on to, or e-mail






Last year was the CASA Program's first Golf Benefit and we are extremely thankful for the generous support of the community.  At that time, many dedicated individuals and organizations helped raise more than $3,000 for the children served by the Cass County CASA Program and were able to develop the CASA Kids Club of Cass County, (and we spent every penny!).

The mission of the CASA Kids Club is to provide funds that allow our program to purchase items that will be passed on to these children and youth so that they may participate in activities or celebrate milestones that other children take for granted such as: Senior pictures, pool passes, football camp, zoo passes, blankets, sports equipment, swimming lessons, etc.

Court Appointed Special Advocates speak up for children who have been victims of abuse and neglect.

In 2008, trained volunteers provided advocacy for 38 Cass County children who have been abused and neglected.  By the end of the year, thirteen of those children were placed in safe, permanent homes. 

On behalf of the Cass County CASA Program, I invite you to sponsor a foursome to participate in this year's golf benefit event.  If you are unable attend, the Program would appreciate your consideration in giving a cash donation. 

Please come out and show your support for the children of Cass County who have been victimized and also for the many volunteers who work endlessly advocating for them.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at Bay Hills Golf Course.  This is a four person scramble with a shotgun start.  The cost is $50 per person with check in beginning at Noon.  There will also be an auction, raffle, and many other prizes!  Dinner will be served and is available to non-golfers for $10.  Sign up forms are available at Bay Hills.

For more information contact Kim Carrera 296-9520
Executive Director,Cass County CASA Program
346 Main Street
Plattsmouth NE 68048




Auditions at the Lofte Community Theatre

August 17, 2009  Manley, NE --The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley announces that it will hold open auditions for Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's "Lie, Cheat and Genuflect."  Auditions will be held at the theater on Monday, August 31st and Tuesday, September 1st at 7PM, and will consist of cold readings from the script.  The production will be directed by Kevin Colbert.

The story is a fast-paced farce about two brothers, one of whom has the unlucky penchant of picking the slowest horse at the track.  They've already borrowed from the local loan shark, and while there's plenty of money in Grandfather Buckle's will, it's a sure thing that these two black sheep will never see a dime.  What's left to do except have one brother dress up as the favorite cousin, who happens to be a nun?  Other characters include a stuffy lawyer, a hard drinking housekeeper, and a trio of beautiful women. 

Performance dates are October 9-11, 16-18, and 22-25.   Questions may be sent to Kevin Colbert by calling the theater, (402) 234-2553 or by sending an email to



1-1/2 c. sugar
3 Tbls. cornstarch
3 Tbls. flour
pinch of salt
1-1/2 c. hot water
3 egg yolks
2 Tbls. butter
1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel (yellow part ONLY)
1/3 c. lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
1 9" baked, pie shell, cooled
Recipe for meringue, (follows)

In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt.

Gradually add water, stirring constantly. Cook and stir on high heat till boiling. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes more; remove from heat.

Stirring constantly, add a small amount of hot mixture into slightly beaten eggs yolks. Return the egg mix back to hot mixture, bring back to boil and cook 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.

Add butter, lemon peel and, slowly, add lemon juice, mixing well.

Pour into baked pie shell.

Top with meringue.


3 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
6 Tbls. sugar

Use ONLY glass or metal bowl and make sure ALL utensils are grease-free!

Beat egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar on high speed till soft peaks form.

Very gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high till stiff and glossy peaks form and the sugar is dissolved.

Spread meringue over HOT filling, making sure meringue 'seals' completely with edge of crust.

Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350* or till meringue is golden brown.

This is from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook and is the best lemon meringue recipe
I've found!




Young Park Concessions Stand Nears Completion

The new concession stand at Young Memorial Park is nearing completion. The doors and 'ice block' windows for the restrooms are installed and the building is sporting its new 'Conestoga gold' paint job, too. Hopefully, it'll be ready for the first Conestoga Girls' Softball game which is scheduled for Thursday, August 27th at 4:30.


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