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Murray Newsletter - September 2, 2009

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As anyone who knows me will tell you, I like to tinker around with recipes. Here's
one I thought up tonight after a long conversation with one of my dearest friends, Cindy.

 

 

RECIPE for a HOLIDAY

 

Ingredients:

Moms
Dads
Grandpas
Grandmas
Sons
Daughters
Aunts
Uncles
Cousins
Nieces
Nephews
The dearest of friends
A handful of acquaintances
In-Laws, optional

Toss all of the above together in a warm atmosphere and place in a cozy home or freshly mowed backyard.

If they become too hot, you might want to soak them in a pool or lake. However, be sure to moisten them all generously with sunscreen first to prevent burning. You might want to slightly dampen some with water balloons or squirt guns, but otherwise just let them mellow out.

Keep in mind that the young ones, like mushrooms, will soak up a lot of what's around them, so watch them very carefully.

If it's rainy, bring all indoors, but keep an eye on them...you don't want them to dry out too much or they'll crack.

Turn the heat up, though, if some parts tend to become cold. A little warming can work wonders.

Finally, add the in-laws, if desired, and do so sparingly, because they sometimes tend to go sour. Be sure to keep them in large chunks, though, so they can easily be picked out.

Remember...DON'T stir the pot or you'll end up with a big mess!

By serving time all will have, hopefully, melted together, fully enhancing their flavors.

It's a wonderful, but sometimes strange, concoction, because by clean-up time, most will have disappeared, like magic, but the good stuff will tend to stick around and just like a good sourdough starter, you'll want to keep some of it. Then, for the next gathering you can pass it on and do it all over again.

Enjoy your holiday!

Pat

 

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Do you have plans for this Labor Day?

Why not consider staying at home and invite friends and family over. Why? Think about it...when you go out, away from your home, someone else is doing their job for you. When you stop to put gas in the car or to pick up ice, there's a cashier working at the convenience station. If you go out to eat, cooks, dishwashers and servers are there to please your palate. Going to a movie? The people you buy your ticket and popcorn from have to do their jobs. Going shopping? Same thing.....those sales clerks and cashiers have to work, too. Oh, and remember the janitorial staff and all those 'behind-the-scenes' people at each one of these places.

When you get the chance to be together with family and friends, how many times do you hear something like this, 'No, she couldn't be here today, because she had to work' or 'He tried asking for the day off, but they have to rotate holidays, so he's working'? I know I'm dating myself, but I do remember when stores were never open on Sundays or holidays. My grandfather would not even touch money on a Sunday. Unless someone worked in a hospital or in law enforcement, almost everyone had Sundays and holidays off.  I wish it would be like that again. Imagine how many more people could really enjoy their holiday, if they could just take the day off and stay home.

It matters not, whether you're smiling and greeting shoppers at the entrance to a store, mowing a lawn or babysitting, taking care of others, working in a factory, garage, hospital or office...Labor Day is for you.

If you are a librarian or a veterinarian, a cosmetologist or meteorologist, teacher or preacher, sales clerk or soda jerk, sailor or tailor, a director, inspector or trash collector...you are honored on Labor Day.

If, during the day, we can find you...pushing papers at a desk or pulling a barge down a river, driving a big rig across the country or a friend to the doctor, quietly rocking a baby to sleep at home or rocking out on stage at night,  harvesting crops or setting up props...whatever you do, you should know that Labor Day was created for YOU!

Hats off to ALL workers who strive to keep this country going!

 

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Here's a good recipe to make for Labor Day from my Aunt Selma...one of the best cook's I've ever known!

 

AUNT SELMA'S "OLD SETTLERS' BAKED BEANS"

 

2 big slices bacon, chopped
1 medium onion
1/2# ground beef
1 reg. can, (16 oz.) kidney beans, drained*
1 reg. can, (16 oz.) lima beans, drained*
1 reg. can, (16 oz.) pork and beans
1/3 c. white sugar
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 c. barbecue sauce
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbl. prepared mustard
salt and pepper to taste

(*Baby butter beans are a good substitute for these)

In skillet brown bacon, beef and onion. Drain fat.

Mix meats with all other ingredients and pour into crock-pot on low all day OR bake in 350* oven for 1 hour.

 

 


 

 

HAPPY 'BELATED' BIRTHDAY!

Just wanted to share this picture from a friend of mine of a mutual friend...

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and say a belated 'Happy Birthday........Cheryl'!

 


 

ABOUT THAT DRIVER'S LICENSE of YOURS.....

On July 22, 2009 the State of Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles went on a new driver's license issuance system. This is proving a bit of a challenge as many people are not aware of the changes. One of the key new requirements is that everyone must have two documents, issued within the last ninety days, that verify and prove their address.

Please share this information to all of your friends, relatives, employees, etc., who live within the state. This would be greatly appreciated, particularly by those in the DMV and by those who would otherwise be sent away when they do not have the proper documents to present to the state examiners. Remember, as a general rule, any documents may not be over 90 days old. The problem is further magnified by the fact that young people tend not to have many of the items on the approved list such as utility bills, credit card bills, bank statements, and etc.

Documentation for students would be:

Correspondence mailed to them from their school.
Grades, if their name and address are on them.
Class schedules, if their name and address are on them.
A magazine sent to their house in their name.
Any envelope, box or postcard mailed to them with a postmark date.
Voter registration card
Fishing or hunting licenses

Something addressed to THE PARENT OF (students name) and address is acceptable as the second proof of address.

And if all else fails a parent or guardian may sign an 'under 21 address certification document' and then provide two documents with the parent or guardians name and address as proof of their address.

See what documents you now need to receive your first license, renew a driver's license or to change the address. Some helpful websites are listed below.

You can also call the Cass County Treasurer's Office, 296-9320, for more information, before making the trip to the courthouse.

http://www.dmv.ne.gov/examining/pdf/verificationdocs.pdf (The list is quite extensive but you need two.)
http://www.dmv.state.ne.us/examining/pdf/Under18AddressCertification.pdf
http://www.dmv.ne.gov/examining/pdf/securityinitiatives.pdf ( Why this was done.)
http://www.sarpy.com/dmv/drivers_license.htm Links to all the above.

 

This information was kindly submitted by:

Rich James
Sarpy County Treasurer
1210 Golden Gate DrPapillion, NE 68046402-593-2138
RJAMES@SARPY.COM
County Web site: SARPY.COM
Treasurer Web site: http://www.sarpy.com/treasurer/
http://www.sarpy.com/dmv/drivers_license.htm

 


Lofte's Music Director in "Country Woman Magazine"

Betty Colbert of Weeping Water has been active with the Lofte Community Theatre for nearly thirty years. She's painted set, sewn costumes and sold tickets. However, perhaps her most valued contribution has been the dual role of Music and Vocal Director for the summer musicals. It was Mrs. Colbert's dedicated service to such a unique rural arts organization that caught the attention of the editors at "Country Woman Magazine."

"Country Woman" is a bi-monthly publication distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Its focus is rural life including women, families and their hobbies. Last October editors at the magazine contacted the Lofte and asked for more information about the theater, and requested an interview with Mrs. Colbert. The two-page pictorial and story about Mrs. Colbert and the Lofte can be found in the current August/September 2009 edition of "Country Woman."

In addition to her extensive hours spent helping at the Lofte, Mrs. Colbert is also the K-12 music instructor at Elmwood-Murdock public schools.

Pictured below: Betty Colbert of Weeping Water, NE

 

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STORMY WEATHER.....

 

A couple of weeks ago, on August 19th, my husband, Mike and I were near Plattsmouth when this thunderstorm was brewing a little southwest of Murray. He kindly pulled over so I could take a few pictures of Mother Nature's performance on that late summer evening.

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MCC HOSTS EMS WORKSHOP on H1N1 INFLUENZA

 

OMAHA, Neb. - Metropolitan Community College (MCC) will host an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workshop, Beyond Disaster Medicine Basics, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q Sts., Industrial Training Center.

This workshop is designed to provide first responders; critical care, trauma and/or emergency room physicians or nurses; EMTs and paramedics the tools to respond to any disaster medical emergency. Specifically, the workshop will teach methods to provide emergency medical treatment to patients with H1N1 Influenza. Attendance/participation counts as five contact hours for both nurses and EMTs.

Guest speaker Dr. Peter T. Pons, M.D. is an emergency physician in Denver, Colo., and has been actively involved with pre-hospital care and disaster preparedness for more than 30 years. He is a member and chair of the EMS Committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

To register, contact MCC's Registration at (402) 457-5231. Cost to attend is $69 per person. Payments will not be received at the door. For additional information, contact Lorette Teal, project coordinator, at (402) 457-2546.

 

Megan Wegner Steele
Public Relations Specialist
Metropolitan Community College
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 30
Office: 402.457.2876
Cell: 402.968.7010
E-mail: masteele1@mccneb.edu

 


MURRAY BSA TROOP 471 CANOE & CAMPOUT ADVENTURE

On Saturday, August 29, the local Murray BSA Troop 471 launched eight canoes down the Platte River. The expedition started near Louisville and ended with a campout at the Schilling Wildlife Refuge Area, northeast of Plattsmouth, at the confluence of the Platte and Missouri rivers.

The adults and scouts on this water adventure included: Adam Bohan, David Clawson, Jerry Heylmun, David Jensen, Scout- master Larry Jensen, Aaron King, Dalton King, Justin King, Asst. Scoutmaster Ricky King, Ryan King, Lucas Minor, Mich Kliegl, Connor Lepert, Tom Lepert, Gene Topliff and Dalton Topliff.

Carol Heylmun and Tricia Minor shared photos:

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And they were off.............!

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