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Murray Newsletter - February 24, 2010


Conestoga FFA Officers Attend Farmer Appreciation Lunch
By Shannon King FFA Reporter

On February 10, the Conestoga FFA officer team attended the Plattsmouth Rotary Club's Farmer Appreciation Lunch at the Plattsmouth State Bank.  Governor Dave Heineman and Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach were in attendance as well as area farmers and the Plattsmouth Rotary Club.   The officer team opened the meeting with the official FFA opening ceremonies.  They did this in order to further build their speaking skills and to have the opportunity to mingle with other agriculture leaders from around the area. 
Governor Heineman spoke on many different issues facing our state today.  These included the strength of agriculture, stating that 1 out of every 3 jobs in Nebraska is based in agriculture sector and, last year, Nebraska boasted record harvests in both corn and soybeans.  Another topic discussed was Nebraska's financial well-being.  Heineman assured everyone attending that Nebraska is looking good and this is due to our Nebraskan value of "don't spend what we don't have".  Employment was also discussed with the governor saying that Nebraska has a very low unemployment rate. Lastly, Governor Heineman discussed education and brought up the concept of a "virtual classroom" where students utilize technology and the internet to further their education.  Also, that Nebraska is raising the bar as far as graduation standards.  He believes that this is necessary for Nebraskan students to compete in today's global market. 
The Conestoga FFA would like to thank Roger and Jeanene Wehrbein along with the Plattsmouth Rotary Club for inviting them to attend the Farmer Appreciation Lunch.


The Conestoga FFA poses above with Governor Dave Heineman and Greg Ibach at the Plattsmouth Rotary Club meeting in February.  Starting from left to right: Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach, Conestoga Advisor Jonathan Anderson, Will Salisbury, Cory Schlichtemeier, Abby Wehrbein, Shannon King, Adam Johns, Tanner Miner, Governer Dave Heineman, and Amanda Slafter.


On February 13, 2010, the Conestoga FFA earned 2 State Degrees and won 6 District Proficiency Award areas.

Cory Schlichtemeier and Will Salisbury will receive their State Degrees in April at the State FFA Convention.  Cory and Will filled out four years of record books about their Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program, passed an FFA history test and interviewed in order to earn their State Degrees.  The State FFA Degree is the highest degree that the Nebraska FFA can bestow.

Cory's SAE involves raising swine for education and working as a farmhand for local farmers.  Will's SAE involves working at the English Rose in Murray, NE, selling firewood and raising chinchillas.

Conestoga FFA also competed in proficiency awards.  Proficiency awards are rewards for FFA members for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in a SAE. There are 47 different areas all relating to agriculture or leadership.  This year Will Salisbury won the Small Animal Production Entrepreneurship and Forest Management Placement.  Tanner Miner won Poultry Entrepreneurship.  Cory Schlichtemeier won Agriculture Education Entrepreneurship and silver in Swine Production Entrepreneurship.  Hannah Jensen qualified for state with her Veterinary Medicine Placement.  Former 2009 Conestoga graduate, Kalby Wehrbein,  won both Landscape Management and Turf Grass Placement areas.   Shannon King received silver in Home and Community Improvement and fell a little short of qualifying this year.

Pictured above,  Hannah Jensen handles a chinchilla by the base of it's tail during a visit to her Supervised Agriculture Experience. Hannah and four other Conestoga FFA members qualified for State FFA with their SAE programs on Feb 13 in Palmyra. NE.



The Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby will be this Sunday, February 28, 2010 in the Conestoga Elementary school cafeteria.

The weighing-in of cars starts at 3:30 and racing begins around 4:00.

This year's event is being sponsored by Henry Motors with locations in Plattsmouth and Nebraska City.  So spread the good word about their generosity and promote a great local business. 

Here are links to check out a Pinewood Derby in action and also to Henry Motors:


Mission accomplished! Last week, Boy Scout Troop #471 hosted a pancake supper at the Murray Christian Church.  Warm pancakes, sizzling sausage, orange juice and hot coffee brought lots of hungry patrons out on a cold, winter Tuesday night.  The Scouts' goal was to provide their Pack with a dedicated laptop computer to help them track all of their activities.  Then, last Sunday night, at their 'Court of Honor', Scoutmaster Ricky King announced that they not only met, but exceeded, their goal, so a laptop was purchased.  They even had cash leftover to put aside for other future needs.  Great job, Guys!!!


Above, Scout Troop #471 is flanked on the left by Scoutmaster Ricky King and on the far right by Assistant Scoutmaster Gene Topliff and Scoutmaster Larry Jensen.


Dalton Topliff is off to serve some syrup to some hungry guests while brothers

Wesley, Grant and Kyle Nickels start digging in to those pancakes!



Part of the big crowd is shown above having 'breakfast for supper' and enjoying a mid-week night out with friends, while Scout David Clawson takes a break.



Some of the Scouts gather to check out the new laptop they've helped to earn.


The 'Court of Honor' is a unit recognition where Scouts are presented with their new Merit Badges and/or advance in rank.


Scout Brook Wagner reads to guests as Scoutmasters Ricky King and Larry Jensen look on.

Earning badges were:  Adam Bohan, Reading;  Jerry Heylmun, Communications; David Jensen, Citizenship in the Community and Communications; Dalton King, Reading; Justin King, Lifesaving;  and Lucas Minor, Reading, Citizenship in the Nation and Fire Prevention.
Those advancing in rank are Dalton King and Lucas Minor to Star; Connor Lepert, Bill Manning and Frank Manning to Life scouts.  There are now 4 Scouts in the #471 Troop that are shooting for the commendable 'Eagle Scout'Keep up the great work, Everyone!


Representative, Chuck Nelson, above, from 'Friends of Scouting's' Mid-American Council spoke to all the Scouts and their guests about how 'Friends of Scouting' helps to support over 30,000 Scouts in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.  In 2008, the Mid-America Council raised $5,480,657.00 for the Scouting program.  To find out how your donation to 'Friends of Scouting' will be put to use, visit or you may make a donation to local Troop #471.  Either way, your donation will be wisely used and deeply appreciated!

Finally, Sunday night's festivities weren't complete without recognizing the commitment and hard work of out-going Scoutmaster, Larry Jensen.  Each of the Scouts spoke about what their leader meant to them.  Larry's wife, Anita, was also recognized for her dedication to the Scouts and gifts were presented to both of the Jensens.  Their selflessly-volunteered countless hours over the past 8 years will be something all of these young men will be forever grateful for.
Thank you, Anita and Larry!


Carol Heylmun, above, pointed out that without the efforts put forth by Mr. Jensen, this Pack wouldn't be what it is today.


Scout David Jensen and his Scoutmaster father share some fun memories.

Below, the Jensen family, Larry, David and Anita look over the plaque



A sweet ending to a special night!





Lofte Community Theatre Volunteer Recognition


Each February the Lofte Community Theatre takes a deep breath before the start of its new season. An evening is set aside to salute its volunteers and honor them with food and gifts. This year, the Volunteer Recognition and Annual Meeting is set for Saturday, February 27th at 6pm.
The Dale Crosby Awards will be given to three of the Lofte's most outstanding volunteers. The award is named in honor of long-time Lofte President and friend, Dale Crosby of Weeping Water whom we lost in 2001. Mr. Crosby was a man who never found any job too small or unimportant. His dedication and hard work inspired many and he is still sorely missed.
In conjunction with the Volunteer Recognition activities, the Lofte Board of Directors will conduct a short business meeting to inform the public of its financial standing and plans for the future. Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert will review the 2009 season highlighting his favorite performances and fondest memories. He will also announce his show selections for the 2011 season.
All members of the Lofte Community Theatre are invited to attend. Membership is earned if you have ever purchased a ticket, volunteered your time, donated funds or performed on stage. Basically, if you've ever been to the Lofte or helped in any way, you're invited! The evening is your chance to relax, catch-up with old friends and enjoy some delicious food.
Please RSVP for this event by calling the box office at (402) 234-2553 or emailing Jean Colbert at



Pictured:  Lynn Plucknett and Nikki Biesterfeld of Louisville are just two of the many volunteers that it takes to make the Lofte a success.


Otoe County Genealogical Society Meeting

The Otoe County Genealogical Society will hold its next meeting on March 11th at 7:00 pm at the Otoe County Museum of Memories at 366 Poplar Street in Syracuse, Nebraska.  During our meeting, OCGS co-founder, Linda Worrall, will cover reunion planning, and how to ensure that your family tree grows from this event as well!  So if you're looking to host a reunion this summer, or just thinking about hosting one in the future, then please join us at the museum and receive a free reunion planner from  After the meeting,  guests are also invited to search for information on their Otoe County ancestors in the museum's genealogical reference area.  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 Otoe County Museum of Memories in Syracuse. To learn more about the society, please check out our website, or contact the Morton-James Library for more information.


Cass County Recycling Kick-off OPEN HOUSE!

Cass County will be having a kick-off event for the recycling program on Saturday February 27at the county fairgrounds Expo building, ( north of Weeping Water at Highway 1),  from 1 - 4pm.  Guest speakers will comment at 2pm.

Come to see the new recycle trailers and pick up your calendar with the schedule to know where the trailers will be located.

Additional information will be available and your questions answered.  Stop in and show your support for the recycling program.

See you Saturday!

Why should I attend?
1. To help our environment!
2. To learn more about how the Cass County Recycling Program works!
3. To learn what you can recycle!
4. To pick up a recycle calendar schedule!
5. To see what the recycle trailers look like!
6. To have your questions answered!
7. To show your support for the recycling efforts in Cass County to the media and your elected officials!
8. To find out where you can get more information!





The Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness will be holding a public vaccination clinic for those who wish to be vaccinated against the H1N1 influenza.


Saturday, March 6th
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Crossroads Bible Church Fellowship Hall
Intersection of Hwy 1 and 50


ANYONE - There are NO priority groups for the vaccination; anyone may receive it.
ANYONE and everyone who has not been vaccinated against the H1N1 influenza virus may get it, now.  Also for those children who are nine years and below and need their second doses!

COST: There will be NO charge.

It's not too late, so get your vaccination, now!





Saturday, February 27, 2010

Nehawka Community Building
217 Sherman Ave.
Nehawka, NE


Contact Richi Fox for more information


Letter to the Editor:


BSA Court of Honor

Celebrating 9 years of Jensen Scouting in the Murray community!

It was a Wonderful evening everyone!

Thank you Gay for bringing the cake and cookies.

Many thanks, too, to everyone who so generously donated to
The Jensen Family gifts.

The boys were wonderful in their Farewell Tribute!
What a great group of Scouts!

We are blessed to have the Troop continue in the equally dedicated and capable hands of the King Family!

Here's to many more successful years of scouting in the Murray community!
Yours in Scouting,
Carol" (Heylmun)






Conestoga School in session, Monday, March 1st, 2010


NO Conestoga School, Friday, March 5th, 2010



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