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Murray Newsletter - January 6, 2010


Today's soccer game, originally scheduled to be played at Tyson Park in Murray, has been cancelled, because residents cannot find the small city park.  When it is found, hopefully by April 2010, games will resume.  We'll keep you posted, so stay tuned.


(Gee, it was right around here...)

My New Year's Wish for You
For all of you, I hope 2010 will bring many blessings to you and your families. Blessings come in many forms and we just have to open our eyes to truly see them each day. These are what I wish for you:

A soft pillow under your head and a warm, comfy bed under your weary body.
To wake up to see a bright, new day.
Tons of giggles from a small child.

Cool drinks when your throat is dry and warm ones when you're chilled to the bone.

A good friend that you can count on no matter what.

A good friend that can count on you no matter what.

Patience to listen before speaking, then for listening some more.

A clear conscience so you can sleep soundly each night.
Speedy healing if you are injured or sick.
A memory to put a smile in your heart when you're sad.

Animals' songs, which only they know the words to.

Empathy when you're heart hurts.
A story and song - told and sung just for you.
A teacher who truly wants you to learn.
Someone to understand, even when you don't.

Days with no regrets.
To hug someone you love and to be hugged right back!
Honesty from everyone you come in contact with.
An animal friend to care for.
A strong hand to hold when you're scared.
Food in your pantry.
Windows so you can see for miles, a door to let you go there and then to let you back in again.
A soul full of hope when everything seems hopeless.
A family to support you with eyes blind to your faults, yet with hearts big enough to love you in spite of them.
A sturdy roof over your head and a solid foundation under your feet.
The beauty of nature - trees and flowers bowing to you in the breeze, rain trickling down your face, snowflakes sprinkling your lashes, a moon to light your way in the dark and sun shining in your heart always.
A friend when you're lonely.
Laughter in your voice.
A grateful, happy heart.
Willingness to help, without being asked.
Peace in and all around you, so peace can come to all the world.
And priceless moments you'll remember for all the new years to come.






Two Murray area Boy Scouts, from Troop 471, helped out others less fortunate by volunteering to ring Salvation Army bells at the Bellevue Shopko store the week before Christmas. The boys, Dalton King, (above, right) and Lucas Minor, were happy to have holiday shoppers fill one whole kettle with their spare change and partially fill another during their 3-hour shift.

The red kettles and ringing bells are manned each holiday season by volunteers who are not paid for their services and who just want to help out. However,when
volunteers cannot be found, recruits from homeless shelters or halfway houses are paid a small wage to ring the bells.

Money raised by the bell ringers is used for funding meals at homeless shelters, buying gifts for shut-ins or those hospitalized, and providing basic necessities for
families in need, among many other worthwhile projects.

Thanks, Dalton and Lucas, for helping others this holiday season!




Cabin Fever Cure

Step inside an enchanting secret garden during this year's spring flower show at Lauritzen Gardens in South Omaha. This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of "The Secret Garden," a classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and the garden celebrates with this indoor display featuring mysterious meandering paths that lead to new discoveries around every turn. Visit soon to see ever-changing plants and flowers of vibrant colors, stimulating fragrances and intriguing textures on display now through Mother's Day on May 9.

See for more information.



SLIP SLIDIN' AROUND......but not too bad...


Thanks to the guy in this tractor, Al Konfrst, from Village Maintenance, Murray residents are able to get around pretty good on the streets here in town.




Above, looking east from the west end of West Young St.


Looking north from N. Park Ave from in front of the English Rose.


This is the view from the corner of Latta Ave and High St. looking south.


Conestoga Elementary School has the driveway and sidewalks cleared and ready for the students' first day back after Christmas break...


Conestoga Elementary, looking northwest


Conestoga Elementary, looking northeast from High St. and N. Park Ave


Murray Presbyterian Church sure looked pretty on New Year's Eve, 2009!




2010 Nebraska Travel Guide Now Available!



There's no better way to plan your Nebraska road trip-and it's all free! With more than 190 pages of striking photography and valuable information on events, lodging, and attractions, it's the perfect travel companion for your next adventure.

This year's issue will inspire you explore our state with stories on nature-based excursions, scenic byways, frontier history, family-friendly adventures, arts and culture, and so much more. There are even a couple of kids' pages with fun games to play in the car. So what are you waiting for? Order your free copy today.




The kids have been having a great time on Park Street since the Village Board has closed it off for sledding.  Below are a few pictures of the fun!


Above, Savannah Schafer, Dalton Topliff and Lucas Minor start on the huge pile of snow, left by the plow, near the tennis courts...


and down they go!!!!!


Dalton Topliff tries snowboarding, above.


Above, Claire Moore and Megan Jamison catch a ride on Luke's sled as they head home.




"Acting Up in Class" is Okay at the Lofte

There's still time to register for this fun class!

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.  Classes will run from 10am-2:30pm on Saturday, January 23rd.  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

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.






Pet Licenses Due this Month

Murray's village clerk, Eileen, wants to remind all residents to license their pets this month. You'll need a copy of their current rabies certificate to do so. The license fee is $10 per animal if spayed or neutered and $25, if he or she has not been altered. For your convenience, there is also a form on this website that you can print to make the process a tad bit easier and faster.  See "Village Announcements / Notifications".

So, do your 4-legged friends a favor and see to it that they're licensed, because you never know when they just might ask for the car keys!.

Thank you!






Calling All Murray Residents.....

Would you like to be more active in your community?

The Village of Murray Board of Health is looking for a health professional to serve on this board, when needed.


The Village of Murray Planning Commission is looking for new members.  We currently have two members that are interested in giving up their positions on the Commission in the next few months. You must be a Murray resident or live within Murray's one-mile zoning radius.

Please contact the Village Clerk, 235-2119, for more information.




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