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Murray Newsletter - November 25, 2009



On this Thanksgiving Day, as you sit down to enjoy your feast with family and friends, please remember those who are not as fortunate - our brave men and women serving in the military around the globe and the citizens of countries that do not share our same freedoms. So, when you say 'thanks' for all that you have, also be grateful for those things you do not have.



Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the river and thru the woods,
To grandmother's house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh,
Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!

Over the river and thru the wood,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes,
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and thru the wood,
To have a first-rate play;
Oh, hear the bells ring,
A "Ting-a-ling-ling!"
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day-ay!

Over the river and thru the wood,
Trot fast my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting hound!
For this is Thanksgiving Day!


The crescent moon was shining brightly at twilight time last Friday evening, November 20th, when I took this photo from our front yard.

Nature's beauty is just one more thing to be to be added to the long list of things I'm thankful for.






Some Reminders from the Village Office

Trash needs to be at the curb NO LATER THAN 7:00 AM on TUESDAYS for pickup.  We have a new driver and he arrives earlier than the previous one.  You might consider taking your trash to the curb on Monday evening, so you're less likely to forget in the morning as you're trying to rush out the door.

Since  opening up the village burn area during the week for the month of November, people have been utilizing it as a dump again, tires, appliances, etc.  Please...this is for YARD WASTE ONLY, leaves, tree limbs, etc., NOT JUNK!

Lastly, a note on recycling, last week there were several bags of leaves in the recycle bin.   There has also been carpeting and even a kitchen sink, among other non-recyclable items,  dropped in the recycle bins.  The place for leaves is the burn pile area, southeast of Murray Repair on Railroad Avenue.   The recycle bins are for paper, plastic and aluminum only.  If you have items such as a usable kitchen sink or other  items that someone else might be able to use, you can recycle them through OR  at the Cass County Recycle Center:
If misuse of the recycle bins continues, we might lose them altogether!

Thank you for your cooperation.

(Be sure to read this month's Village Board Minutes.  Just click on the Village Office tab and 'minutes' in the drop-down menu.)



By Shannon King

On November 11th and 12th, the Conestoga FFA harvested corn and soybeans from their chapter test plot with the help of Mark Thornburg and Tom Schlichtemeier.  The students used Schlichtemeier's combine and Murdoch Farm's grain truck to haul the bountiful harvest.

The members took turns harvesting, testing the moisture content and weighing the crops. Thornburg, a Monsanto representative, recorded data and to taught the members about harvesting and yield checking. The chapter harvested 3.1 acres of corn averaging 224 bushels an acre and 3.1 acres of soybeans averaging 54 bushels an acre.

The harvest event teaches members about harvesting as well as raising funds for the entire chapter.  The Conestoga FFA would like to thank all community members that helped to make this year's harvest a success.


Above, Mark Thornburg (left) discusses test weight and moisture content of corn with Clay Henne (middle) and Nathan Weatherby (right) of the Conestoga FFA.  Thornburg is a sales representative for Monsanto and helped the harvest of Conestoga FFA's test plot on November 11th and 12th.


Cory Schlichtemeier (right) and Clay Henne (left) harvesting corn from the Conestoga FFA test plot at Conestoga High School on November 11th and 12th. The test plot produced record yields for the FFA with 224 bushels per acre for the corn and 54 bushels per acre for the soybeans.




Conestoga 7th and 8th grade HAL students (High-Ability Learner) are raising funds for KSDS,
(formerly known as Kansas Specialty Dog Service, also as Midwest Canine Assistance) in Washington, Kansas.  This non-profit organization is dedicated to the training and placement of assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities.  These wonderful animals help to promote the independence and inclusion of these people as fully-participating and contributing members of their communities and society.

KSDS 'Assistance Dog Teams' consist of the highly-trained dog and the person who is visually impaired or physically disabled.

A Social Dog Team consists of a highly-trained dog and a professional in the field of education, counseling, medicine, rehabilitation, retirement, and specialty agencies.


The cost for each team placement is estimated at $15,000. Today KSDS has working teams in 30 states and puppy raisers in 10 states.  KSDS follows the guidelines set forth by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) for the minimum standards in training and placing guide, service, and social dogs. KSDS also abides by its own set of training standards that meet and exceed those of ADI.



Each KSDS litter is named by a theme. Many times a theme is chosen because of an event, action of puppies, or the theme of the parent's name. By using a theme, KSDS can easily track the puppies in the litter.  Recent litters have been named after things such as hotels,  KC Royals players and spices.  (Example - the Spice litter).  This helps to prevent the use of common names that may be repeated. It's too confusing to have more than one dog in training by the same name.  Puppies at KSDS are individually marked at the time of birth to monitor growth and development. A permanent identification tattoo is given the pup when it's five weeks old. At this time, the puppy is also named.

Shown below is 'Nutmeg' from the Spice litter.


KSDS has provided people with disabilities more than $5 million in product and services since November 1991. As a non-profit organization, KSDS prides itself that 96 cents of every dollar donated goes toward placing assistance dogs.

You may send a check to "Conestoga HAL" in care of Conestoga School, P.O. Box 184, Murray, NE  68409 or contact any HAL student. Mrs. Rice, HAL Coordinator/Facilitator,  would be happy to have a student pick up your donation, if you'd like.  Just call the school, 402-235-2341, to speak with her.  Your donation will be added to the students' fund for this project.  It's their hope to visit KSDS in the spring to actually see these working dogs in action.

Please join the students in their efforts and make a donation to this worthwhile cause.

To find out more about KSDS, go to


"A Christmas Lottery" Opens Mahoney Winter Theatre Season

Mahoney State Park announces the opening of its winter theater season with the touching holiday story, "A Christmas Lottery" by Dave Brandl, Charles and Donna Ault.

"Lottery" tells the story of George and Mary Williams, winners of a $40 million lottery prize.  They host "Radio Riches," a broadcast where they receive calls and letters from people seeking assistance, and then they share the stories about the people they help.  Who is the most deserving and what will they really receive for Christmas?  Enjoy heartfelt examination of the value of money vs. the quality of life.

Directed by Mike Sewell, the cast includes Stacy White and Shari Hoelker of Omaha, Jim Knierim of Louisville and Tom Lucas of Papillion.  Performances are November 28, 29, Dec 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 26, 27-30.  Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Sunday, December 27th is the only exception; it will have no 2pm matinee, but an evening performance at 7:30pm.  The 28th - 30th shows are also at 7:30pm. 

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.  Mahoney State Park  also offers a dinner and show package which includes a meal at Peter Kiewit Lodge.  The price for the dinner/show combination is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.  A Nebraska state park sticker or purchased day pass will be required to enter the park.


Shown above:  Jim Knierim and Stacy White (sitting) struggle to fulfill the many requests they receive for assistance.  Shari Hoelker and Tom Lucas (standing) bicker over who is more deserving to receive "A Christmas Lottery."





At Omaha's Holiday Lights Festival

Omaha's Holiday Lights Festival kicks off with the illumination of over one million twinkling lights on Thanksgiving night.
As the centerpiece attraction of the Holiday Lights Festival, over 40 blocks of lights paint an impressive picture in downtown Omaha.

Thanks to the support of generous community sponsors, Omaha's Holiday Lights Festival is more than just lights. There are many affordable events that Omaha families have enjoyed since the Festival began in 2000. Tour downtown condos, bring the kids to the Family Festival, ice skate in the Old Market, enjoy live music, and view the New Year's Eve Fireworks at the Gene Leahy Mall.

Mark your calendars now to enjoy all of the sights and festivities that the Holiday Lights Festival has to offer November 26 - January 10!

There's plenty to see and do at Omaha's Holiday Lights Festival!




The tables were set and showing off the season's bounty when, on Saturday evening, November 14th, Murray Christian Church hosted its' 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner.



Approximately 175 palates were pleased with homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry salad, cole slaw, apple and pumpkin pie. About 150 of those dinners were plated-up and enjoyed at the church and the other 25 meals were prepared to carry out.

Fun conversation and warm fellowship was enjoyed by all who attended.


(Thanks to Liz Valek for contributing the photos)



Create memories at The Durham Museum this holiday season during Christmas at Union Station.  See the region's largest indoor Christmas tree and take part in one of Omaha's most cherished traditions!

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 27, 4-7PM
You will not want to miss this year's tree lighting! Visitors will enjoy live performances with Michael Walker, the vintage vocalist, and the Heartland Harmonizers. Be sure to bring your wish lists for Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy cookie decorating, crafts, story time, and door raffles.



"Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" at the Lofte

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that its holiday production of Robert Fulgham's "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" will open on Friday, December 4.  Fulgham is perhaps best known for writing the humorous book, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." 

Directed by Kevin Colbert, "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" weaves together a string of Christmas stories and original holiday songs.  It is a charming look at the struggle to find the spirit of Christmas amid the avalanche of commercialism and chaos that descends upon us each December.  Actors will be accompanied on stage by Lynnette Zimmer playing a baby grand piano onstage through much of the show.

The cast consists of Chuck Danskin of Lincoln, Virginia Kincaid of Elkhorn, Scott Pope of Eagle, Anna Strobel of Omaha and Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water.  Performance dates are Dec 4-6, 11-13 and 17-20.  Showtimes are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday.  Sunday showtimes are 2pm.

Tickets are $16, and reservations can be made by calling the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or purchased online at


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.




Lofte Gift Certificates for Christmas!

They're always the right size and guarantee a memorable evening!

One general admission ticket is $16.  It can be redeemed for any one of our regular season plays.
Or, save 33% by purchasing a season pass!  For $60 you can let your loved ones enjoy each of our five season plays.

2010 Shows:

Heaven Can Wait
Guys &  Dolls
Jake's Women
Unnecessary Farce
Christmas at Leon's

Purchase your gift certificates today by calling our box office at 234-2553. Box Office Hours 9am-1pm Monday -Friday.  If requested, we can arrange to mail the gift certificate directly to the recipient!



H1N1 Clinic at Conestoga!


An additional supply of H1N1 vaccine has arrived and the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness will be holding a public vaccination clinic for those who are most at risk for complications from H1N1 and who are within the geographical area of the school listed below.


For this public clinic, five target groups have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): pregnant women, persons who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months, health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact, children and young adults aged 6 months through 24 years, and persons aged 25 through 64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications.

We ask people who are not in one of these groups to be patient and allow people most at risk for complications from H1N1 influenza to get vaccinated first. After the CDC ships enough vaccine to states to serve the at-risk individuals in our counties, the vaccine will be made available to those in Sarpy and Cass counties who want it. The Health Department advises those attending the clinics to wear short sleeves under sweatshirts and jackets.


Monday, November 30 at
Conestoga High School
8404 42nd Street
(SW corner of Hwy 1 and 42nd St.)
2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Murray, NE


There will be no charge

As more doses become available, more public clinics will be provided, most likely in local school facilities.


Dianne Kelly, 402-339-4334, ext. 205




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