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Murray Newsletter - December 2, 2009


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We're proud to announce that Murray State Bank has also offered to support our work and has become a Corporate Community Sponsor. You'll see their new logo displayed to show you that they also truly care about our community and its' residents.

Be sure to stop by and tell the kind folks at MSB 'thank you' for their sponsorship and let them know that you turn to to find out about local news and events.



Eighth Annual Nebraska American String

Teachers Association

Fiddle Tune Contest

1st PLACE: $100.00  2nd PLACE: $50.00  3rd PLACE:  $25.00

This event inspires fiddlers to compose their own tunes, and supports the cause of string education throughout
the great state of Nebraska.

The winners will be announced on May 29, 2010, during the Monumental Fiddling Championship held at the
Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. The winning compositions will be performed at the
Monumental Fiddling Championship, and printed in Stringing Along, the journal of the Nebraska Chapter of the
American String Teachers Association.

Direct your questions to:
Deborah Greenblatt,
The Old Schoolhouse,
PO Box 671,
Avoca, Nebraska, 68307-0671,
or by e-mail to:

The 2010 Contest Rules and Guidelines:

1. Each submission should be an original composition which must be unpublished and composed after March
31, 2009.

2. Composers may submit more than one tune, but only one prize will be awarded to any one composer.

3. Four copies of the music must be submitted via computer generated sheet music, or hand-written sheet

4. The composer should include their name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and the title of the piece.

5. The entry fee of $20.00 should be sent in at the time of submission. Checks should be payable to Nebraska

6. If you wish to receive written evaluation of your tune by the judges, include a stamped, self-addressed
envelope with your entry.

7. Nebraska ASTA assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to works submitted.

8. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2010.

9. Send your entry to Deborah Greenblatt, The Old Schoolhouse, PO Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska,68307-0671.
The composer is responsible for keeping a copy of  their work, as well as for copyrighting their tune.

10. The composer understands that if their tune is one of the winners, Nebraska ASTA has permission to have
the piece performed on May 29, 2010, in Beatrice, Nebraska, as well as permission to reprint the tune in
Stringing Along, the newsletter of Nebraska ASTA.

Greenblatt & Seay Publications, in Avoca, Nebraska is a proud Sponsor  of the Nebraska ASTA Fiddle Tune Composition
For more information about the Nebraska American String Teachers Association, log on to the web site at




Lofte Gift Certificates for Christmas!

They're always the right size and guarantee a memorable evening!
One general admission ticket is $16.00 and 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!


We've enjoyed these yummy bars for about 25 years when I make them at Christmastime.  If you wrap each on individually in plastic cling wrap, they travel well in packages, too.


6 Tbls softened butter or margarine
1 C. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. maple flavoring
1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 C chopped pecans

Maple Frosting, recipe below

Cream together butter or margarine and brown sugar till light and fluffy.

Add eggs; beat well.

Blend in milk, vanilla and maple.
Thoroughly stir together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into creamed mixture.

Stir in only 1/2 c of the chopped pecans.

Pour into 2 - 8 x 8 OR 1 - 13 x 9 greased pan.

Bake at 350* 20-25 minutes or till pick tests done.

Cool on rack; spread with frosting (below) and sprinkle with remaining pecans.


Cream 1/4 c. softened butter; gradually add 2 C powdered sugar. Stir in 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. maple flavoring and enough milk to make a good spreading consistency.



"Journey Into Christmas"

Holiday Open House

A year's worth of activities celebrating 'A Lantern in Her Hand'
by Bess Streeter Aldrich, as the 'One Book, One Nebraska' selection for 2009
will conclude with the annual
"Journey Into Christmas" Holiday Open House
at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House.
Located at 204 East F St., Elmwood, NE, the event runs every
Saturday and Sunday in December from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Eleven rooms in the author's historic home have been dressed for the holidays.  Rooms are decorated by local clubs and families,
each with its own tree and unique theme.

Visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cider after their tour.

Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 6-12.

Visit for more information.






Senator Cites Accomplishments And Trust
by Voters And Colleagues

Nebraska State Senator Dave Pankonin (District 2) announced today he will seek a second term serving the people of the Second District in the Nebraska Legislature.

Senator Pankonin was first elected in 2006. "It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of District 2 as their state senator for the past three years," Senator Pankonin said. "Serving the constituents of this district has been a truly rewarding experience, and I sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence they have placed in me."

Senator Pankonin was elected by his fellow state senators as chairman of the Legislature's Retirement Systems Committee after serving just two years in the Unicameral. He also serves as vice chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee and is a member of the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee. Senator Pankonin also was selected to serve on the Legislature's Committee on Committees, which determines the Legislature's committee assignments. He has established a fiscally responsible voting record over the past three years and his multiple leadership positions are an indication that he is trusted by his colleagues in the Legislature.

Senator Pankonin was instrumental in passing legislation to fund the Nebraska Lied Main Street Program that helped communities in District 2. He sponsored legislation that was enacted to help protect citizens from instances of stockbroker fraud and deception. Senator Pankonin also stood up for his constituents and worked to protect their property against eminent domain action by a governmental subdivision.

"Serving in the Unicameral is a lot of hard work, but being able to represent the people of the Second District and address some of the important issues for our area of the state has been a satisfying experience. I am asking the voters to allow me to continue that service for another term," Senator Pankonin said.

Dave Pankonin and his wife Lori have been married for more than 34 years. They have two children. Son Paul, who is married with two children, is the fifth generation to be employed at the family farm equipment dealership in Lousiville, Nebraska. Daughter Stephanie was married this summer and lives in Hastings, Nebraska. Prior to his election to the Legislature, Senator Pankonin served as Mayor of Louisville, and before that was elected to two terms on the Louisville School Board.



Cass County Historical Society's annual tree lighting will be
Friday, December 4, 2009, at 646 Main Street, Plattsmouth, NE.
Caroling will begin in the courtyard at 6:15,
followed by the tree lighting at 6:30.

Hot apple cider, hot chocolate and cookies will be served inside the museum after the tree lighting.

The museum will stay open until 8:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.



The next brown bag program at
Cass County Museum will be Tuesday, December 8, at 12:00.
Those attending will gather around the
1893 Packard Reed Organ and sing Christmas carols.

Florene Nickles will be the organist.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

Holiday Mailings Can Arrive Much Faster UsingTips
From Karen at the Post Office:



Classes were not in session on Monday afternoon, November 30th, but Conestoga Jr-Sr High School was a busy place!  The Sarpy / Cass Department of Health and Wellness was holding a public H1N1 vaccination clinic in the school's gymnasium.   See photos below:






If you have questions or comments or you would like to submit items
for next week's Wednesday Newsletter,

You must email them NO LATER THAN NOON on MONDAY to:

If possible, please email photos and documents in JPG format,
(about 480 x 360 is a good size).

If you'd like to send items via the U.S. postal service and you'd like to have them returned to you, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Send in plenty of time to be received by noon on Monday to:

201 N How Ave
Murray, NE

Remember to include 'who, what, when, where and why',
along with any other helpful details.

Thank you!

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