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Murray Newsletter - February 10, 2010



I hope you all have someone special to share Valentine's Day with.  If not, or if you know someone who is alone on this special day, stop by and give them a hug and let them know how much they mean to you.  If you can't be there in person, give them a call.  Let them know you care...it would mean so much!



"I'm in the greatest haste to know
If I may be your Valentine.
Just telephone your answer, Dear,
If you are willing to be mine!"




Murray residents, Pam and Steve Harris, lost their home and all belongings due to a fire on January 14, 2010.

A Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser, with a $10/plate donation, will be held for them on Sunday, February 21, 2010, from 4-7 pm at the Firehouse Grille in Murray, NE

The Harris's are also registered at Target.

Items for a SILENT AUCTION are also being accepted at the Firehouse Grille from 4-6 pm, Tuesdays thru Saturdays prior to the fundraiser.

Donated household items are welcomed, too!

Please call  Anita Carmichael, 402-297-2491, with any questions.

(Food donated by the Firehouse Grille)



Let's face it, sometimes we need a little help in the romance department.  Well, the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley has taken steps to create an enjoyable evening for singles, sweethearts and even old married folks!  

On Saturday, February 13th, the Lofte is holding a special Sweetheart Event to celebrate Valentine's Day.  The doors will open at 6:30pm.  Wine tastings will be provided by Slattery Vintage Estates
of Nehawka.  You can purchase a tasting, a glass, or buy a bottle of your favorite to share with friends!  A variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres will be on-hand and later, the instrumental group, "Skylark" will take the stage.  New this year, Krambeck Photography will be present for professional photo opportunities.  Wine, appetizers, dancing, photo opps; the only ingredients missing are you and your date! 

Tickets to this event are $20 per person.  Due to liquor license requirements, wine tastings will be priced separately at the door.   Advanced reservations are not required, but are strongly suggested.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Lofte Box Office at (402) 234-2553.  You may also visit their website

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.




Registration is now open for the 2010 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska.  Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler.  The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

Fiddle Camp for Beginners is Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 18.  This camp includes some of the basics and fun of fiddling, such as performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing y ear, and jamming.  Fiddling styles include bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Klezmer, old-time, and newly composed tunes by the campers.  Movement and singing are included in the experience.

Fiddle Camp for Intermediate/Advanced Fiddlers is Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16, 2010.  Campers will discuss picking tunes for contests, performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, playing for dancers, back-up fiddling, arranging twin fiddle pieces , and jamming.  Many fiddling styles will be represented, including original compositions by the campers.

Each day is scheduled from 9 AM - 1 PM.  Registration is available on line at www.greenblattandseay.com.

For more information, contact Deborah Greenblatt at debby@greenblattandseay.com.


Louisville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Fish Fry

February 26th and March 26th
Louisville Fire Hall
5pm to 8pm

Suggested Donation's:

All You Can Eat: $8
Single Serve: $6
Children 12 and under: $5

***Plate Includes: Fish or Hot Dog, Fries, Coleslaw, Desert and Drink***

All proceeds go towards the purchase of equipment for the department!!!




Attend one of two informative training sessions for Private Pesticide Applicator Training given in Cass County by Extension Educators Gary Lesoing and Jessica Jones.  They will be held at the Cass County Extension Office on the Cass County Fairgrounds,144th Street and Hwy 1, 3 miles north of Weeping Water.  The training sessions will be held on Thursday, February 18th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 11th from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  This is a three hour training, with the first two hours focused on agronomic issues in cropping systems and the final hour addressing pesticide safety issues, laws and regulations.  The cost of the training is $30.  Be sure to bring your bar-coded letter from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture if you are being recertified.  This training also meets the requirements for new private pesticide applicators and those that have let their licenses expire.

Some of the issues that will be discussed include: atrazine issues in Nebraska waters, IPM (Integrated Pest Management), soybean aphids, fungicide use on corn, soybeans and wheat, SCN (Soybean Cyst Nematode), weed issues in southeast Nebraska, cover crops in cropping systems and conversion of CRP to cropland.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Cass County Extension Office at (402) 267-2205 or Gary Lesoing at the Nemaha County Extension Office (402) 274-4755.



Conestoga schools will dismiss early on
Wednesday and Thursday, February 17 and 18 
and there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 19, 2010.



Producing Small Fruits for Home Profit will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Feb.
18 at the UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center, 5985 G Road,
Nebraska City.

Join Vaughn Hammond, extension technologist, to learn about growing
small fruits in your backyard. He will cover the production of
raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and other common and not so common
small fruits.

For more information contact Hammond at 402-873-3166 or




For folks who have never played a fiddle or violin, and are brave enough to try, come to the Schoolhouse Fiddle Workshop for Folks Who Have Never Fiddled.

Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt, will share some hints about beginning fiddling, shopping for a fiddle, reading music, playing by ear, etc.  Fiddles will be available for participants to play, and source lists and advice for further study will be provided.

The Workshop takes place on Saturday, April 3, 2009, 1 PM - 3 PM, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska.  Pre-registration is required, enrollement is limted, and there is a $20.00 fee.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to debby@greenblattandseay.com.




February 5, 2010, Lincoln -In 2007 I introduced LB 425 to adopt the Nebraska Operational Assistance Act (Act). The bill proposed to maintain an economic development program that began in 2002 and was renewed in 2005. LB 425 appropriated funds to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED). DED then awarded the funds to a private, nonprofit organization to operate the program. The Act required the nonprofit organization to provide technical assistance to individuals and companies that lack the components to achieve their growth potential. The individuals and companies were then to be matched with people who were willing and able to make investments, in order to potentially realize profits in the future. The provisions of the Act, and the state funds that supported it, were expected to sustain the existing groundwork, from which new ideas could be launched to create high-paying jobs, import dollars to our state and expand our tax base.

I selected LB 425 as my priority bill in 2007. The bill passed with strong support from the body. The adoption of the Nebraska Operational Assistance Act continued an existing economic development tool to support the efforts of individuals and organizations in Nebraska, who need assistance to transform ideas into commercially successful projects. I was pleased to introduce and successfully managed a bill to maintain the strength of Nebraska's economic development portfolio.

Last week I learned that two Nebraska programs designed to help rural businesses will receive federal stimulus money. Invest Nebraska Corporation (Corporation), the nonprofit organization to which DED awarded the funding that resulted from the passage of LB 425, will be given $200,000 for business loans in 35 rural counties. The Corporation held five regional new venture competitions in 2009. The southeast Nebraska competition took place in Peru. Monson Family Foods in Nebraska City was the winner of a $25,000 equity prize. Because this regional competition took place in Otoe County, the county will be one of the 35 counties to receive a portion of the federal stimulus funds.

The Invest Nebraska Corporation promotes capital formation for and provides operating assistance to entrepreneurs and investors in Nebraska. It is a resource for start-up and emerging companies that have the potential to become high-growth businesses capable of attracting investment capital.

In addition to its five regional new venture competitions, the Corporation sponsors several other programs. Local Venture Symposiums are offered to educate Nebraska entrepreneurs about the various levels of capital funding and to give accredited investors the opportunity to connect with potential angel (high net worth) investment opportunities. The Corporation organizes local high school competitions. These events take place on the same day and in the same location as the New Venture Competitions. The high school competitions are held to identify and recognize students, who are interested in starting their own business some day. The competition is a starting point for students to share their ideas, organize concepts and compete against each other for a cash prize. The Operational Assistance Program is a source of funding for companies with the potential to attract angel individuals or venture capital. To qualify for the Operational Assistance Program a company must: (a) be based in or be willing to locate in Nebraska, (b) demonstrate potential to become backed by angel or venture capital investors and (c) be positioned so that operational assistance from Invest Nebraska can significantly impact the probability of securing funding from angel or venture capital investors.

It was great to learn that something I played a role in during my first year as a state senator is continuing to make a positive difference for our state.
I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature.

We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.

Senator Dave Pankonin
State Capitol
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2613










Connecting Young Nebraskans, (CYN) is a social network of young Nebraskans who have joined together to discuss and take action to promote change in Nebraska.

In past years, it seems that the voice of young Nebraskans has been missing on many important issues. In an effort to address this, the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative would like to encourage and support the formation and ongoing operation of a 'Young Nebraskans' group. This group will belong to its members so it's up to you to help shape it into something you want to be a part of.
Our current vision is for this group to focus on socializing by exchanging ideas, supporting others interests, and learning new things; while also bringing a young viewpoint and voice to shape the future of communities, regions and the state.  Communication will be facilitated by online social networking, electronic conversations, meetings via polycom, or other technology in addition to a possible yearly face-to-face gathering. In addition to its practical uses, this group will provide a way to meet new young Nebraskans and find out about opportunities, educational resources and fun activities.

Connecting Young Nebraskans will be coordinated by the Nebraska Rural Initiative, but the leadership structure and direction will be determined by the network (you). We believe that each young Nebraskan has something to bring to the table, whether it is policy related, social, lifestyle, or socially based, CYN can help you find others who share the same interests and concerns.

Now is the time to join the CYN Network and start asking those critical questions that will affect your lifestyle in Nebraska! If you know someone who may be interested or who can benefit from CYN, please email Kayla at churchill4@unl.edu and ask to add them to the email list. Keep in mind that any successful group takes time to mature and grow, so be patient throughout this development process, and make suggestions about how the future of our state will look for you.

CYN was established because we want to help you enjoy your community by broadening your horizon of what's possible!




Eastern Cornhusker Trapshooting Conference Sign-up Meeting

Saturday, February 20th
Murray Christian Church
1:30pm to 3:30pm

For any student of Plattsmouth or Conestoga, grades 6 through 12










a former long-time Murray friend and resident, RAYMOND LANCASTER, who recently passed away at 91 years of age.

Visitation will take place at Murray Christian Church, Wednesday, February 10, 2010, from 2-8 pm with Ray's family attending at 6 pm.

His funeral will be at 2 pm on Thursday, February 11th at the Murray Christian Church.

Heartfelt condolences are sent to Ray's family.




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