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Murray Newsletter - January 20, 2010




These foggy days and nights have found Mother Nature sneaking quietly around leaving glimpses of her handiwork behind. Thinking that since we have to put up with the gloom, she might as well give us something of beauty in return........




The water shortage last week was, thankfully, short-lived.  Al Konfrst, of Village Maintenance, found the water main break at the corner of Davis and Campbell and quickly set to work to get it repaired. School was back in session on Wednesday and the water tower soon refilled. Without his quick work to correct the problem, events in the next couple of days could have turned much, much worse.


As I came into town late last Thursday afternoon, I caught sight of something that would send chills down anyone's spine. Heavy smoke was coming from the direction of our house! As I came through town, I got to Davis Avenue and as I was directed to take another route home, I could see further up Highway 1 to the west where the fire actually was.



Above, smoke floats from north to south across Highway 1, south of Young Memorial Park.

Completely selfish prayers of thanks - that it wasn't our home- were hurriedly said, followed immediately with prayers for the people whose home the flames had engulfed, Steve and Pam Harris. As I made my way down Young Street and turned, a lone firefighter, Jim Parriott, was standing at our corner, where there is a fire hydrant. The hose had been connected and stretched to the other devoted firefighters at the scene. As he listened intently, his radio kept calling out directions to unseen volunteers for more help.  Day turned into night and the blaze didn't want to rest....


Murray Volunteer Firefighter, Jim Parriott, stands at the ready...

Volunteers from Nehawka and Plattsmouth also came to help and for the second time in just a few short weeks, I've seen, first-hand, our dedicated volunteers in action. They're willing to drop everything, no matter the weather, no matter the time of day or night, just to help anyone in and around their communities.


Into the twilight hours of early evening, volunteers from Nehawka, Plattsmouth and Murray come and stay till it's 'all clear'...

And, for the second time in such a few short weeks,
another big THANK YOU goes out to ALL Fire and Rescue Volunteers.


Above:  Sadly, this is all that remains of the Harris home.
Luckily, no one was injured and everyone's safe.





Okay, Kids, I don't want to be the bearer of bad news, but you knew it was bound to happen. Too many snow days have added up to give Conestoga District 56 some 5-day school weeks. The first make-up day will be this Monday, January 25...same time, same place!



Twin Fiddling Workshop

The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Twin Fiddling Workshop on Saturday, February 13, for fiddlers (or violinists or violists) who want to learn to play nicely together with their fellow-fiddlers (or violinists or violists). Fiddlers (or violinists or violists) of any age and experience level are encouraged to enroll. Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will share some tunes, hints about arranging for two fiddles, playing back-up, etc. The Workshop takes place in the historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited. The fee is $20.00 per fiddler. For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to


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So voice your opinion here and proudly stand up for yourself, whether your opinion is popular - or not.

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Our daughter, Trish, made dinner Monday night and surprised us with a nice change of pace...Buffalo Chicken Burgers! Most of the ingredient measurements she used were approximate, so you can adjust them for your own taste. We definitely plan to make these again!


1 pound ground chicken, uncooked
1 Tblsp. (approx.) dry ranch dressing mix
1/4 -1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash Grilling Blends seasoning
1/4 cup feta cheese, (or use Bleu Cheese)
Scant 1/4 cup Hot Wing sauce, (she used Cookies' Wings-n-Things brand)

Combine all ingredients and make into 4 patties. Fry in a hot, skillet. (It's kind of a 'crumbly' mixture, so these probably wouldn't hold together on a grill rack. ) You might want to add a tiny bit of oil first to the pan, but she used a non-stick skillet with a little bit of water. Cook 15-20 minutes or till completely cooked through. Serve on hamburger buns.

The salt shaker usually finds its' way across my plate, but I'm trying hard to correct that.  I didn't add a speck of salt to this and it was perfect!  I did mix a little liquid Ranch Dressing with some wing sauce to top my burger with and to dip celery sticks into and that was pretty darned good, too!

Hope you give these a try and let us know how you like 'em!




Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
1111 Bellevue Blvd N.
Bellevue, NE

Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, one of Nebraska's five National Natural Landmarks, features 1,400 acres of lush forest and 19 miles of trails, including two wheelchair accessible boardwalks.

Within this natural oasis, you will find premier birding sites, rare wildflowers and unlimited opportunities for outdoor adventure. The area also holds remnants of ancient Native American tribes, portions of the Mormon Trail and details of Lewis and Clark's journey.

Below towering oak trees lies Acorn Acres, an outdoor playscape where children and nature connect. Within the Katherine and Fred Buffett Forest Learning Center, you will find two exploration galleries, a gift shop and unique programs for all ages.

Open daily, 8am-5pm.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children (ages 3-11), free for members. 402-731-3140

Group tours.

Handicapped accessible.

For More Information: Phone: (402) 731-3140


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The Otoe County Genealogical Society will hold its February 11th meeting at 7:00 pm at the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City. 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 our guest speaker will be Dean Podoll, who will give us his presentation on the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry's Role during the Civil War. Dean is an expert on the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry, and has studied and documented their history over the past several years.

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

Curtis Wolbert
President/Otoe County Genealogical Society






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