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Murray Newsletter - December 16, 2009

How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before its afternoon.
December's here before its June.
My goodness how the time has flewn!
How did it get so late so soon?

Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss
~ 1904 - 1991 ~

The days are growing much shorter, but just think - the first 'official' day of winter,
the shortest day of the year, is this Monday.  So, beginningTuesday, the days will
start getting l-o-n-g-e-r!

Boy Scouts from Troop 471 helping Neighborhoods

Be Prepared

In the event of a fire emergency during the winter, could firefighters find the hydrant near your home? Or does is get buried under a pile of snow? After this week's storm, it's likely that the hydrant near you is buried.

In the event of a fire, firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them and precious time is lost.

The Mid-America Council asked the local Boy Scouts to help out by keeping the fire hydrant closest to their residence clear of snow. Firefighters need a 3-foot clearance on all sides.


Here, a couple of the boys from Murray/Beaver Lake Troop #471 are doing their part:

Dalton King removed the snow from a hydrant on Rock Bluff Road by Clubhouse Circle at Beaver Lake, (below):



Below, Lucas Minor clears the snow away for the firefighters at the corner of How Avenue and Mary Jane Lane in Murray:



If you know of a hydrant that needs to have the snow cleared away, please notify the local Boy Scouts.

Thank you!





Conestoga Elementary K-3 holiday concert that was cancelled last week due to
the weather is going to be tonight, Wednesday,  at 7:00 at the Elementary building
in Murray.

Also, don't forget the Conestoga Jr-Sr High concert tomorrow night, the 17th, at the
Jr-Sr High School!

Hope you can make it!




A couple goes strolling down the street in Moscow, when the husband feels
something hit his nose. 'I think it's starting to rain,' he said to his wife.

'I don't think so, it felt more like snow to me,' she replied.

'No, I'm sure it was only rain', he said.

Well, they were about to have a big argument about whether it was raining
or snowing when they saw a minor communist party official walking toward them.

'Let's not fight about it,' the man said, 'let's ask Comrade Rudolph whether it's
officially raining or snowing.'

As the official approached, the husband stopped him and asked, 'Tell us,
Comrade Rudolph, is it officially raining or snowing?'

'It's raining, of course,' he grumbled and walked on.

Still the woman insisted: 'But I just know that felt like snow!'

The man quietly replied: 'Rudolph the Red knows rain, Dear!'




"Acting Up in Class" is the Lofte

At the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley, acting up in class is not only accepted,
but strongly encouraged!

Back by popular demand, the Lofte is gathering its most talented artists in a
classroom environment to teach and prepare young actors and actresses. 
Four separate classroom sessions will cover Acting Basics, Intro to Dance,
Vocal Audition and Stage Combat.

This one-day theater workshop will take place on
Saturday, January 23 from
10am to 2:30pm.

Enrollment is open to young people ages 10-18 at any level of experience.

Space for this event is limited and slots will be filled on a
first come, first served basis.

Participants should plan on arriving fifteen minutes early for check-in.

Tuition for the one-day workshop is $50 per student and includes a box lunch. 
Each student will also receive a graduation gift.

Questions may be directed to Anne Pope at

To obtain a registration sheet, please call the Lofte box office at (402)234-2553
or download it at


Pictured:  Lofte students learn a few basic dance moves from
Megan Kovar of Lincoln during last year's Acting Up in Class.



4 oz (approx. 1 cup) ground cinnamon, (get it at Sam's or Costco)
1 Tbl. ground cloves
1 Tbl. nutmeg
3/4 c. applesauce
2 Tbls. white glue, like Elmer's or Tacky glue

In medium bowl, combine spices.

Mix applesauce and glue and stir into spices.

Work mixture with your hands 2-3 minutes or till dough is
smooth and thoroughly mixed.

Divide into 4 portions. Roll out each portion to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with
cookie cutters. Use a straw or toothpick to make a small hole in the ornament for

Place cutouts on wire racks or waxed paper.  Allow to completely dry at room temp
for several days, turning once every day, for more uniform drying.

You can paint these after they're dry.

String a pretty ribbon through the hole and hang on tree or around the house to make your house smell like Christmas!

I store these in a zip-close plastic bag, ever since my kids made them in the mid-80's.  The ornaments still smell nice, although not as strong as when they were 'new'.






Third Cycle 2009 Planning Grants Announced for Nebraska Communities

DED, (Department of Economic Development),  will award a third cycle of 2009
Community Development Block Grant planning grants. Applications will be accepted beginning Jan. 11, and the process will remain open until all funding is gone.

For a copy of the application guideline, visit

For questions, including the availability of funding, contact Kevin Andersen at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3775 or


Nebraska is Third Best for Economic Stress

The Associated Press has released its latest monthly analysis of economic stress
in more than 3,100 U.S. counties, based on unemployment, foreclosures and
bankruptcy rates. The AP's Economic Stress Index calculates a score from
1 to 100 based on a county's unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy rates.
Under a rough rule of thumb, a county is considered stressed when its score
exceeds 11.

The Midwest was again the least-stressed, with North Dakota scoring 3.89, South Dakota scoring 5.14 and Nebraska scoring 5.51 among the three least stressed states.



Omaha Tops Forbes List as America's Best 'Bang-For-The-Buck' City

The Omaha metro area ranked No. 1 on Forbes' America's Best
'Bang-For-The-Buck' City, based on its solid housing markets, relatively stable employment, enviable cost of living and quick commutes, making it the country's most affordable metro area to live.

See Forbes' complete listing of "Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cities" at


California Firm Expanding in Grand Island

Structured Solutions, Inc., of Altadena, Calif., plans to create approximately 130 jobs in the next several months in Grand Island.  It is the company's first major expansion outside its headquarters.

Structured Solutions, Inc. plans to eventually hire as many as 200 employees, with
positions paying competitive wages and a full benefits package.

Lt. Gov. Sheehy and a business recruitment team from DED traveled to California in October to pitch the advantages of doing business in the state to executives of several technology companies, including Yuan who had already visited Grand Island.

Yuan sited the partnerships involved in the project, and the connections to college
campuses as a factor in the decision to locate in Nebraska. Structured Solutions Inc. staff and several professors with Central Community College's Grand Island campus will work together to develop training programs and courses tailored to the
company's employment needs.

The highly technical computer database business provides leading next-generation
integrated loan management systems that integrate best practice origination, servicing, collections, recovery management, asset management, document management, and accounting into one web-based platform. At the core of this platform are a centralized notes system, role-based workflow, and analysis engine that allow businesses to run more efficiently and profitably by eliminating errors, improving communications, and providing a single source for operational, financial and risk-management information.

Contact Pat Langan at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3766 or


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