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Murray Newsletter - October 28, 2009




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Daylight Saving Time Ends this Sunday, November 1st, at 2 a.m.

Turn your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed Saturday night!



The recent warm weather seems to have brought out many insects. The Cass County Extension office located on the fairgrounds north of Weeping Water has received numerous calls requesting information on how to control these pests. Examples include: Asian Lady Bird Beetles, Millipedes and Box Elder Bugs. We have posted University of Nebraska publications on our website that should answer questions about the pests. For those without internet access, please call the Extension office at 402-267-2205 for help.


(Spiders and mice will be looking for a warm home, too, so keep your doors and windows shut tightly!)


With $11 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Nebraska Energy Office cut in half the interest rate of 2.5 percent on the commercial and industrial sector of its Dollar and Energy Saving Loan Program for energy efficiency.

The statewide program provides low-interest loans for qualified energy efficient projects. The maximum loan amount for the commercial/Industrial sector is $750,000. Qualifying energy efficient projects include HVAC, window and door replacement, sealing building air leaks (caulking and weather stripping), lighting and more.

For more information and application forms, visit the Nebraska Energy Office Web site, or contact Jack Osterman at



DED is hosting its second 2009 briefing, to provide timely information about key issues affecting the state's development and economy.

The briefing will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 9a.m.-1p.m., at the State Office Building in Lincoln, conference room 1-Z.

Briefings are geared to new economic developers and those interested in economic development programs and services. DED staff will talk about key components involved in the state's economic growth and development, including business and tourism attraction, existing business retention and expansion, housing, community development, and entrepreneurship. The briefing is free for all interested participants. Lunch will be provided by the Nebraska Public Power District.

To reserve your place at the briefing and lunch, please register no later than Nov. 10 by contacting Lori Cole toll-free at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3746, or



Moving to or living in rural Nebraska is a choice that more people are freely making thanks to a new world where 'the office' can now be located virtually anywhere and communication is constant; where change is occurring at a staggering pace and the 'wired generation' is entering the work force.

This year's 2009 Governor's Conference on Rural Development "Leading Through Innovation" will explore this new world more in-depth with the help of Keynote Speaker Terry Jones, Founder and Former CEO of, Chairman of, venture capitalist and consultant.

The Conference, along with the 46th Annual Nebraska Community Improvement Program (NCIP) banquet, is set for November 6 at the Kearney Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center.

To access the conference brochure and registration form, go to:
Mail registrations with payment to: Christina Bartels, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, P.O. Box 94666, Lincoln, NE 68509-4666.

In addition to Mr. Jones, other conference offerings include "What Makes a Small Community Successful?", "How Youth are Investing in Their Communities," "Surviving the Current Economic Climate," and "Being a Social Butterfly 2.0" among many other offerings. The conference brochure details the different workshops.

October 26 is the registration deadline.

For more information, contact Christina Bartels at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3172, or, or Sara Watson at 800-426-6505, 402-471-4168, or



The U.S. Department of Commerce - Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is connecting manufacturers to technology and business opportunities resulting in new markets and new products necessary for success in the global marketplace.  In partnership with other organizations, the MEP program is developing the National Innovation Marketplace (NIM) which facilitates connections between technology requestors (OEMs) and potential suppliers, encourages technology translation and adaption, and estimates business growth potential. As a clearinghouse, the NIM, the MEP and their network of partners are facilitating the building of technology based supplier networks.

The NIM encourages the translation of emerging technologies first into business applications, second into market opportunities, and third into the adoption of new products.  Once fully implemented, the NIM combined with the NIST/MEP network of thousands of innovation experts will make it easy for suppliers to connect with opportunities and access a range of product development and commercialization assistance services to help rapidly move ideas from concept to investment, manufacturing, commercialization and distribution.

For more information, visit or, or contact Mike Simpson at or 301-975-6147.


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Our Mission: To develop economic opportunities by keeping Nebraska businesses,
communities and people competitive.

If appropriately credited, material in this newsletter may be reproduced without permission. It is the policy of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, age or national or ethnic origin.


Schedules for Medicare Part D Enrollment for 2010 Events

Medicare beneficiaries should take advantage of the opportunity to discuss 2010 drug plans available to them. Call the Cass County Extension office at 267-2205 to schedule an appointment with Mary Ann Holland, Extension Educator and trained SHIIP Volunteer.
Participants are asked to bring their Medicare card and a list of their current prescription drugs.

Open Enrollment for 2010 is only available from November 15 to December 31, 2009.

Cass County dates and locations can be found at

To sign up, see the complete list of dates and locations available in southeast Nebraska below.

Shown are Date, Time, Facility Location/Address, County, Phone Numbers to call for information:

Nov. 16,  1:00 - 5:00 p.m.,  Extension Office, meeting room,  8400 144th St., Weeping Water,  Cass,  402-267-2205

Nov. 17,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Ridgeview Towers Assisted Lvg.,  1143 N. 3rd St., Tecumseh,  Johnson,  402-335-3669

Nov. 18,  9:00 - 12:00 p.m.,  Extension Office, meeting room,  8400 144th St., Weeping Water,  Cass,  402-267-2205

Nov. 20,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Extension Office, meeting room,  180 Chestnut, Syracuse,  Otoe,  402-269-2301

Nov. 23,  10:00 - 2:00 p.m.,  Palmyra Senior Center,  425 C St., Palmyra,  Otoe,  402-780-5606

Nov. 24,  9:00 - 3:00 p.m.,  First National Bank,  140 Broadway, Sterling,  Johnson,  402-866-2050

Nov. 25,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Ambassador Assisted Lvg.,  1800 14th Ave., Nebr. City,  Otoe,  402-873-6650

Nov. 30,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Plattsmouth Public Libr.,  400 Ave. A, Plattsmouth,  Cass,  402-267-2205

Dec. 1,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Commissioners Rm, Courthouse,  Courthouse Square, Pawnee City,  Pawnee 402-852-2970

Dec. 2-3,  8:30 - 4:30 p.m.,  Morton House Assisted Lvg.,  1500 14th Ave., Nebr. City,  Otoe,  402-267-2205

Dec. 4,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  City Hall meeting room,  1101 J St., Auburn,  Nemaha,  402-274-4755

Dec. 7,  1:00 - 5:00 p.m.,  Extension Office, meeting room,  8400 144th St., Weeping Water,  Cass,  402-267-2205

Dec. 8,  9:00 - 5:00 p.m.,  Extension Office, meeting room,  8400 144th St., Weeping Water,  Cass,  402-267-2205

Dec. 10,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Extension Office, meeting room,  180 Chestnut, Syracuse,  Otoe,  402-269-2301

Dec. 11,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Commissioners Rm., Courthouse,  Courthouse Square, Pawnee City , Pawnee,  402-852-2970

Dec. 14,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Ridgeview Towers, Assisted Lvg.,  1143 N. 3rd St., Tecumseh,  Johnson,  402-335-3669

Dec. 15,  9:00 - 2:00 p.m.,  Kimmel Educ. & Research Ctr.,  5985 G Road, Nebr. City,  Otoe,  402-267-2205

Dec. 16,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Plattsmouth Public Libr.,  400 Ave. A., Plattsmouth,  Cass,  402-267-2205

Dec. 17,  9:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  City Hall meeting room,  1101 J St., Auburn,  Nemaha,  402-274-4755

Dec. 22,  9:00 - 5:00 p.m.,  Extension Office, meeting room,  8400 144th Street, Weeping Water,  Cass,  402-267-2205


The Otoe County Genealogical Society will hold its November 12th meeting at the Morton-James Public Library. This meeting will welcome all new members into the society, and will also cover topics of interest concerning genealogical research in the Otoe County area. This meeting is open to all who are interested in joining the society, or just wish to attend to learn more about genealogical research in general.

During this meeting we will be conducting our quarterly Genealogy Internet Workshop, where we will be introducing our members to the valuable genealogical resources that are available on the Internet. This workshop is designed to assist those researchers who are unsure of how to locate their family's history online. So if you are new to the Internet and would like assistance in this area, please stop by and join us in our free workshop. Also, for those visitors that prefer to research their ancestors through more conventional means, the library's Genealogical Reference Room will be open at this time, and assistance will be provided by society members in this area as well.

Our society meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm, and our meeting location alternates every other month between the Otoe County Museum of Memories in Syracuse, and the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City. To learn more about the society, please check out our website, or contact the Morton-James Public Library for more information.



The Lofte Community Theatre announces that it will be holding a free Veterans Day concert on Sunday, November 8th at 2pm. The Colors will be proudly presented by Weeping Water Legion Post #237.  This concert is free and open to the public; no advanced reservations are required. 

The USAF Heartland of America Band's "New Horizons" is a clarinet ensemble, featuring five of the squadron's excellent clarinet players.  The group's repertoire consists of classical, jazz and standard clarinet ensemble literature showcasing its musical diversity.  At home in large auditoriums or in more intimate chamber concert settings, New Horizons takes audiences on a tour of some of the world's most beautiful and exciting music.  Each member of the group is a full-time Air Force professional.  Together they render the perfect blend of tone and musicianship.

The Lofte invites everyone to come and enjoy this moving patriotic event.  Bring your favorite veteran.  Join us to remember those who have served, or are currently serving their country far from home. 

Limited concessions will be available during this event.  For questions or driving directions, please visit the Lofte's website,, or call the box office at (402) 234-2553.


Pictured above is the  "New Horizons" woodwind quintet is currently stationed at Offutt Air Force Base.  Their touring area currently encompasses 680,000 square miles; the largest geographical area of any stateside band.


JOIN 4-H FAMILIES from all across Cass County for an afternoon of recognition, great food and fun at the annual 4-H Achievement Party on Sunday (11/1) 3pm to 5pm in the  Expo Building on the Cass County fairgrounds.

Meat and beverages are provided.

Each family attending should bring a salad or dessert.

This event is sponsored by the Cass County Bankers Association and the Cass County 4-H Council.

Non 4-H families are welcome -- this is a good way to check out what 4-H is all about.

No reservation required.

Dress is casual.

For more information, contact the Cass County Extension office at 267-2205.


More 4-H News.........

Below:  Jennie Allen presents her Diamond Clover community service final report before her Review Committee for final approval.


Jennie Allen, daughter of Doug and Linda Allen of Louisville, will be receiving the Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program's highest honor, Level 6 - Diamond, at the annual Achievement Party on Sunday, November 1 at the Expo Building on the Cass County fairgrounds, Weeping Water, Nebraska, beginning at 3:00 p.m.  This award is equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Scout Award.  The Diamond Clover Program was introduced into Nebraska 4-H in December, 2007, and Jennie will be Cass County's first 4-Her to receive this honor.

The Nebraska Diamond Clover Program is designed to encourage 4-H youth ages 8 - 19 to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens.  The program's overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience.

The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments.  The program is designed to enable every 4-H member willing to exert the effort an opportunity to be recognized, regardless of how they are involved in 4-H.  Jennie successfully completed all six levels as well as the community service project within Level 6.

Jennie's Diamond Clover project contributed to the community of Louisville.  She chose to overhaul the local Flag Pole Garden at the Riverview Cemetery in Louisville due to the need for a permanent, deer resistant, more appealing garden.  Jennie researched plants, garden maintenance, and design to increase knowledge; met with several professionals for advice; met with and presented her proposal to the Louisville City Council for approval; contacted all necessary city personnel after approval; researched funding sources and solicited funds for the project; recruited and managed volunteers to help with the work; and made provisions for the project to continue through the efforts of her 4-H club.  Jennie has 110 hours invested in this project with over 100 hours of match time from youth and adults and $2,854.83 worth of donated labor. She was able to negotiate a 35% savings for flowers and had a total of $176.34 actual cost for flowers, supplies, and adornments.  Local organizations, city government, residents and visitors were pleased and impressed with the scope of her project and final result of her efforts.  Jennie would like to thank the Louisville City Council, community organizations, her parents, her 4-H club members and leaders and Diamond Clover Review Committee for funding, labor, donations and time for her Diamond Clover Project.

Jennie has been active in 4-H for twelve years as a member of the Country Crickets 4-H Club and has served as a Junior Leader for six years and as a youth member of the Cass County 4-H Council for four years.  She is a 2009 graduate of Louisville High School and is currently attending Midlands Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska as an Anderson Scholar majoring in Business and is a member of the girls track team.

The public is invited to attend her celebration in conjunction with the Achievement Party.



Saturday October 31st from 4-5:30pm.

Murray Presbyterian Church

For all kids dressed in their costumes.

Fun and games for everyone before they go trick or treating in Murray.


Featuring 'Devoted Sound'
November 11, 2009
6:30 - 8PM
United Methodist Church

Mark your calendars and pass the word!


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