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Murray Newsletter - August 26, 2009

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Kindness is the language of which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. -

Mark Twain


Sometime back I received this email and wanted to share it with you.   Whenever I say to myself, 'that person should speak English'...I try to remember this.  It really says a lot about our language and probably why it's so difficult for some people to learn it.


"English is the most widely used language in the history of our planet. One in every 7 humans can speak it. More than half of the world's books and 3 quarters of international mail is in English. Of all the languages,it has the largest vocabulary - perhaps as many as 2 MILLION words. Nonetheless, let's face it - English is a crazy language.

For instance, there is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends, but not one amend, that you comb thru annals of history but not a single annal? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preacher praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? If you wrote a letter, perhaps you bote your tongue?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and wise guy are opposites? How can overlook and oversee be opposites, while quite a lot and quite a few are alike? How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell another?

Have you noticed that we talk about certain things only when they are absent? Have you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown? Met a sung hero or experienced requited love? Have you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or peccable? And where are all those people who ARE spring chickens or who would ACTUALLY hurt a fly?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm clock goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it."



Murray Village Board Minutes

The latest Village Board meeting minutes are posted under the 'Village Board' tab at the top of the page, or just click here!



Galaxy Cablevision's Nebraska Channel 54 -


Galaxy Cablevision is set up to provide Murray with important information regarding no-charge advertisements.  This would allow local groups to announce upcoming events to Murray and surrounding communities via Galaxy Cable's Channel 54. This service is also provided to businesses for a very low advertising charge.

Please contact Megan Hager with any questions,  402-362-3332.




Manley, NE, August 18, 2009 - The Lofte Community Theatre announces that its next season installment,  "Over the River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro opens on Friday, August 28th.  The comedy revolves around young Nick and his extended Italian-American family.  

Nick's mom and dad have retired and have moved to Florida, but both sets of grandparents are still very much involved in his life.  Nick gets a chance to pursue his dream job, but threatens to move him far away from New Jersey and his grandparents.  Soon the loving, but meddlesome grannies decide that they must take evasive action.  They decide to find a nice girl for Nick so that he'll settle down and stay on the east coast!   This is a wonderful family comedy filled with laughs and heartfelt situations about growing up, growing older, and the things we lose and gain along the way.

Performing in their first Lofte production is Jason Weixelman and Chuck Danskin, both of Lincoln.   Both Mr. Weixelman and Mr. Danskin have an extensive history with the Lincoln Community Playhouse.  Also starring in the production are Mary Ann Stohlmann of Murdock, real-life husband and wife Bob and Margie Pinkerton of Weeping Water, and Allie Nielsen of Omaha.

Performances run August 28-30, September 4-6 and 10-13.  Curtain times Thursday-Saturday are 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Those interested in tickets, driving directions or other information about the theater may call the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or visit their website,


Pictured above:  Getting the "once over."  From L-R, Mary Ann Stohlmann, Chuck Danskin, Margie Pinkerton and Bob Pinkerton give their smiling nods of approval to their grandson's prospective girlfriend, Allie Nielsen.





So your kids want chicken fingers.....again. Why not make them at home? It's so easy, less expensive than going out and you can change-up the flavors to suit your tastes, too!



This recipe is easy and is given in two parts. The first is the 'marinade', the second for the coating.

The night before or morning of serving these, mix these marinade ingredients together, with the chicken,  in a zip-close bag and refrigerate:

3/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash Seasoning

1 1/2# skinless, boneless chicken breasts, that have been cut into 1 1/2" strips (about 3 breasts)



Heat oven to 425*.

The coating can vary.  Use whatever you have on hand and mix different crumbs together.

Start with about 1 1/2 cups of crumbs:

Roasted Garlic Triscuits, finely crumbled
Italian bread crumbs
Ritz Crackers , finely crumbled
or your favorite chips or crackers


Add to crumbs any, (or NONE), of these seasonings, or your own preference,  to taste:

Taco Seasoning
Italian seasoning
garlic powder
Parmesan cheese
seasoned salt


Mix coating ingredients together and put on a large platter.

Lightly spray a large jelly roll pan (with sides).

Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and place in coating mix, covering all pieces well with crumb mixture.

Place on pan and pour 1/4 -1/2 cup butter, melted, over all.

Bake 16-18 minutes, total, turning once after 8 minutes.

Cut thickest part to be sure they're cooked through and no pink remains.

Serve as is or with your favorite sauce!




Nebraska again has topped many national rankings that tout the state and its communities in various categories.   (Well.......WE could have told them THAT!)

Here's where Nebraska, as a state,  ranks:
11th overall on's America's Top States for Business '09,
6th for Business Friendliest, and 7th on the Economy rankings factors.
2nd among all states for volunteering, according to the Volunteering in America Report.

Nebraska communities rank:
6th Omaha and 15th Lincoln for Next Cities -The 60 U.S. Hotspots for Young, Talented Workers, Midsize Magnets (population 200,000-500,000)
18th Norfolk, 21st Columbus and 24th Kearney on's Best Places to Live in the Commuting category
14th Papillion and 15th Fremont on's Best Places to Live in the Affordable Homes category
14th Lincoln on's Best Places to Live in the Cleanest Air category





Plattsmouth, NE  is now taking its proud place among the list of Nebraska Economic Development Certified Communities.
Mary Gerdes, Nebraska Diplomats President, said: "Plattsmouth's strong history of economic collaboration aligns with everything this program represents." 
For information or a full list of certified communities, visit: or contact Linda Black at 308-991-2986 or





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