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Murray Newsletter - October 14, 2009


Murray Elevator, (looking south), circa ?

Below, the Murray Little League Football team is practicing at Young Memorial Park in 1974.



(Below, trees along I-80 in Omaha on the morning of October 10th, 2009.)


About 4:00 last Saturday morning, barely waking from a sound sleep, I glanced at the window and thought it seemed rather bright for such an early morning hour. I wearily crept down the hallway, into the living room, peeked out the window and saw a soft blanket of white covering everything. Softly, the glistening flakes were falling...only one-third of October had passed and Old Man Winter was already waiting on our doorstep......all dressed in white. Yawning, I turned and headed back down the hallway, stopping briefly at the thermostat to nudge it up another degree, before snuggling under my own warm blanket...maybe until next Spring............

(Below, October 10, 2009,  Looking south from Waverly Road toward Murray, some of this corn has been taken in already, but the other still stands, awaiting its harvest.)



(Below...along country roads northwest of Murray, the afternoon of
October 10th, 2009.  What a difference a few hours makes.)




"Autumn Fires"

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail.
Pleasant summer over
An all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The gray smoke towers.
Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~
1850 -1894










HAPPY PAWS, (Animal Advocacy for the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter), was established in February 2009. This all-volunteer group is completely non-profit and donations, which are tax deductable, go directly to the shelter for the benefit of the animals.


Pictured above is Baby Lynn, a Schnoodle, (Schnauzer & Poodle mix), who's between seven and eight years old and desperately needs a loving home.

Being removed from a house that had way too many pets, (35 total - 30 of them cats and kittens), she's lived at the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter since May 2009. Sadly, she's the only one left behind, after all of her housemates were adopted. She is well cared for and loved by all, but still homeless!

She's a delicate, little girl who loves to be cuddled and would really prefer to be your 'one and only'. Being an older, laid-back girl and out of the 'puppy stage', there have been some minor issues with the younger, more active dogs. She gets along fine with humans, although younger children might try her patience. By the way...she's already housebroken and would bring instant love and devotion to her happy new home! Could you be the special one to make Baby Lynn's life perfect?

Please contact Sue at or 402-306-8701, if you're interested in providing a home for Baby Lynn.


If you'd like to make a donation, please make checks payable to 'Happy Paws' and send to:

Happy Paws
c/o Betty Henry
107 S. 8th Street
Plattsmouth, NE 68048



Auditions at the Lofte Community Theatre

October 8, 2009, Manley, NE --The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley announces that it will be holding open auditions for their holiday production, "Uh-oh, Here Comes Christmas." Auditions will be held at the theater on Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20 at 7PM, and will consist of cold readings from the script. The production will be directed by Kevin Colbert.

Several holiday stories from Robert Fulghum, best-selling author of "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" have been crafted into an engaging evening of storytelling and song. This takes a poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the glut of commercialism that crashes down every December. Parts are available for 3 men and 2 women of various ages. A pianist is also needed for the production as it does contain some musical selections.

Performance dates are December 4-6, 11-13 and 17-20. Questions may be addressed to Director Kevin Colbert by calling the theater, (402) 234-2553 or by sending an email to


The Lofte Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation, and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee. The Lofte Community Theatre is dedicated to providing opportunities for area residents of all ages to participate in the creation process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art form.




1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbl. vanilla
1/2 c. Spanish peanuts, optional
6 cups popped popcorn

Heat oven to 250*, (yes, 250*!)

Place popcorn in a lightly sprayed 15 x 10 jelly roll pan.

Pour popped popcorn into large, (non-plastic), bowl and, if desired, mix with peanuts;set aside.

In large saucepan, mix brown sugar, butter and syrup. Bring to a boil over MEDIUM heat and boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. (START TIMING ONCE THE MIXTURE COMES TO A BOIL.)

Remove from heat; add soda and vanilla.

Stir well and pour over popcorn; mix well.

Bake at 250* for TOTAL of 35 minutes, stirring after first two 15-minute intervals.

After last 5 minutes of baking, remove from pan immediately and cool completely on large sheet of foil.

Store in an airtight container.

Cr-r-runch away!!!




A special "Thank You" goes out to everyone who braved the cold weather to visit the Murray Fire & Rescue Open House last Sunday, October 11th.

Young and old had a great time getting to see the Life Net helicopter, K9 Unit dogs, and our fire and rescue vehicles. The smoke house was also in operation this year, allowing brave participants to go inside and experience a 'house fire'. The room was filled with non-toxic smoke and demonstrations were shown on how to get down on the ground and to a door or window to exit the house safely.

Attendees had the ability to have free blood pressure and blood glucose tests performed and Fire & Rescue teams demonstrated extinguishing a car fire, as well as doing an extrication of someone trapped inside a vehicle.

Volunteer members also unveiled the new communications room, which was a result of friends in the community who donated funds and equipment to make it possible. Thirty-year-old communication equipment was replaced with a command center for any emergency event requiring coordination of multiple agencies.

Murray Fire & Rescue would like to thank ALL those who donated financially to our department...THANK YOU!!

Below are a few photos from Tricia Minor of the Open House:












Get in the PINK with CONESTOGA!

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month, everyone is asked to wear pink or buy a pink ribbon at the football game this Friday, Oct. 16th, when Conestoga hosts a "Pink Game". (Kick-off is 7pm)

At half-time, you can join others for a walk around the track in memory, honor or in hope and support of those with Breast Cancer.

Hope to see you all there!




Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee Results

The Thirteenth Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee in Avoca, Nebraska, was enjoyed by a full house on Sunday afternoon, October 11, in the auditorium of The Old Avoca Schoolhouse.

Twenty-four musicians from Nebraska (Brock, Davey, Lincoln, Nebraska City, Omaha, Seward, ) and Thailand competed.

In the Open Division, each fiddler has to play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice.

The winners are:

First Place - Jim Harvey, Omaha, Nebraska

Second Place - Nolan Devries, Lincoln, Nebraska

Third Place - Alana Hux, Lincoln, Nebraska

In the Singing Division, each fiddler has to play and sing a tune at the same time. The winners are:

First Place- Piper Monson, Brock, Nebraska

Second Place- Dottie Ladman, Lincoln, Nebraska

Third Place- Ella Moll, Seward, Nebraska

In the Fee Fi Faux Division, each musician has to play a fiddle tune on an instrument that is not a fiddle.

The winners are:

First Place - Josh Krohn, banjoist, Omaha, Nebraska

Second Place - Alana Hux, violist, Lincoln, Nebraska

Third Place - Gabe Blowers, accordianist, Davey, Nebraska

In the Hocus Pous Division, the fiddler must play a tune using cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc..

The winners are:

First Place - Nolan Devries, Lincoln, Nebraska

Second Place - Jasper Zoucha, Lincoln, Nebraska

Third Place - Emmi Moll, Seward, Nebraska

In the Twin Fiddling Division, two fiddlers have to play a tune together with one playing the melody, and the other playing the harmony.

The winners are:

First Place - Makayla Urbauer & Alana Hux, Lincoln, Nebraska

Second Place - Jeanne Fike & Sandra Ford, Omaha, Nebraska

Next year, the 14th Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2010.

(Contributed by Deborah Greenblatt)



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