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Murray Newsletter - March 3, 2010

"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow."
-  Proverb from Guinea



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.

WHEN: Saturday, March 6th

TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: 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.



Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 14, at 2:30 PM.   Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and banjo. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago.  Their performance on March 8 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.  Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.




Our Village Clerk, Eileen, has found a box of Murray Centennial  books that were left over from Murray's big celebration 26 years ago.  The book is a compilation of photos and stories from the first 100 years, (1884 - 1984), of Murray's history.  It would make an especially nice gift, (think graduation, birthday, Mother's or Father's Day).

Each book is royal blue, 128 pages, measures  8" x 10 3/4" and sells for $5.00.

Remember, there's a limited quantity, so you'll want to pick one up at Town Hall soon!


February's Town Board Minutes are now posted and you can read them by clicking on the 'Village' tab above.



The Dormant Club has been meeting for years in Murray at the English Rose.  This group of (mostly-retired) men from the surrounding area just meet, have breakfast and 'shoot the breeze'  about anything, (except politics), on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings of the month.

If you'd like to join them, you need to get up early and be there around 7:15.

Also, if you're new to the group, bring $1.00 for your lifetime membership dues.  Yes, that's one dollar.  You can't get much of a deal like that anymore, now can you?!

Not many more details, but if you think you need more info, call Rick Croasdale, 235-2547.


Nebraska Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting for Yahoo! Data Center

Yahoo! executives were joined by state and local representatives and other special guests to celebrate the opening of the company's new data center facility in LaVista.

Yahoo! hosted the grand opening celebration of the new Nebraska data center, and provided media and guests a tour of the newly opened facility. Yahoo! is expected to employ approximately 200 people at the new Yahoo! Data Center and the Sales and Customer Support Center, both located in the greater Omaha area.

Dibble said, "Yahoo! takes its citizenship within Omaha's community very seriously and we're grateful for the incredible level of support we've received from local and state government, along with Nebraska's residents and local businesses who truly made this project a success. Our new facilities in the Omaha area will help Yahoo! serve billions of advertisements each day and service more than 600 million Yahoo! users from around the world each month. Yahoo! thanks Omaha for being a part of the next phase of growth for the Internet."

Noteboom said, "I couldn't be happier with our decision to set up shop in Omaha. There were close to 600 local contractors, developers, electricians and other trade experts from the Omaha region who put in close to 140,000 hours in order to complete this project. I'd like to thank all of those workers, as well as the local, state and other government agencies, local businesses, community and our new workforce who supported Yahoo!'s data and call center expansion to Nebraska."

Contact Patty Wood at 402-471-1559 or, or see the story online at




Nebraska Is Second-Best Market for Job Creation reports that a new study of all 50 states and the District of Columbia finds Nebraska is home to the second-best job market for job creation.

The Gallup "Job Creation Index" was compiled using data from approximately 100,000 Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted with employed adults who were asked whether their companies are hiring workers and expanding the size of their labor forces, or laying off workers and reducing the number of employees they have.

Gallup notes that Nebraska, a farm state, benefited "from ethanol and a strong commodities markets.  Nebraska was also highlighted as one of the states seeing the least deterioration in jobs, although Gallup notes "every state and D.C. saw job market conditions deteriorate between 2008 and 2009."

See the report at



Forbes:  Nebraska Is Third-Best State for Debt Burden

A new report ranks Nebraska No. 3 in the magazine's examination of how the 50 U.S. states compare in the area of debt burden.

Forbes comments:  "The Cornhusker State has its financial house in order with a per capita debt of just $17."  Forbes staff "considered a dozen or so factors, including unfunded pension liabilities, changes in tax revenue, debt as a percentage of GDP, debt per capita, growth expectations for employment and the state economy, net migrations and a ratio that compares government employees, pension burdens and Medicaid enrollees to private-sector employment."

See the story at




Waste Management recycle bins are still located behind Town Hall.  There will also be a recycle trailer provided by CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN at the
following locations areas as listed below.

The County Recycle Trailer will be located in the southwest corner of the
Murray Rural Fire Dept.'s parking lot the following dates:

March 13 - 19
April 3 - 9
April 24 - 30
May 15 - 21
May 29 - June 4
June 12 - 18
July 3 - 9
July 24 - 30
August 14 - 20
September 4 - 10
September 25 - October 1
October 15 - 22
November 6 - 12
November 27 - December 3
December 18 - 24

The trailer will be located at Beaver Lake Amoco these dates:

March 1 - 5
March 20 - 26
April 10 - 16
May 1 - 7
May 22 - 28
June 19 - 25
July 10 - 16
July 31 - August 6
August 21 - 27
September 11 - 17
October 2 - 8
October 23 - 29
November 13 - 19
December 4 - 10
December 25 - 31

Nehawka's recycle trailer will be at the Community Center's parking lot on the following dates:

March 1 - 5
March 20 - 26
April 24 - 30
May 15 - 21
June ? - ?
July 10 - 16
July 31 - August 6
August 21 - 27
September 11 -17
October 16 - 22
November 6 - 12
December 4 - 10



In Nebraska there are more than 50 public health professions, whose members must hold a certificate or license in order to serve the citizens of our state. Before I became a member of the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee, I did not know very much about this requirement. I want to share what I have learned with the hope that it will be of interest or help to you.

In 1985 the legislature passed LB 407 to create standards for regulating health professions in our state. The standards are described in our public health laws, and the process through which the standards are applied is known as the Credentialing Review (407) Program.

The Credentialing Review (407) Program serves an advisory role to the legislature and is designed to assess the need for state regulation of health professions. The 407 Program considers proposals for new credentialing and changes in scopes of practice for members of Nebraska's health professions. Scope of practice is a term used by state licensing boards to define the procedures, actions and processes that are allowed for a licensed individual. A scope of practice is limited to what the law allows for specific education, experience and demonstrated competency. Every state has public health laws, licensing bodies, regulations that describe requirements for education and training, and defined scopes of practice.

Proposals to create new credentials or change scopes of practice are known as "applications", and the persons or groups who submit proposals for review are referred to as "applicants" or "applicant groups". Public health criteria are used to evaluate each proposal to determine if it would benefit the public health and welfare.

The 407 Program has three stages, each of which is conducted by a different review body in a very specific order. The first review is conducted by an ad hoc technical review committee appointed by the director of the state's Division of Public Health. This ad hoc committee is assembled on a case-by-case basis as a need arises. Its members generally include someone from the "applicant" group, and other individuals who have some knowledge about the specific profession that is being reviewed. The report of the technical review committee is forwarded to the State Board of Health, which serves as the second-stage review body. The Board of Health has seventeen members, who are appointed by the governor with the consent of the legislature. Fourteen members are health professionals, one member is a hospital administrator and two members represent the public at-large. The governor is an ex officio member of the Board but can vote when it is necessary to break a tie. A review by the director of the state's Division of Public Health serves as the third and final stage of the process. The director's report includes his or her own opinions and recommendations, as well as reactions to the reports from the technical review committee and the State Board of Health.

The entire review process for each proposal is required, by law, to be completed within nine months. All of the reports created by the review process are submitted to the members of the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee to assist in their review of any bills that might arise from credentialing review proposals. Only the action of the legislature can change the regulatory status of a profession, but the reports of the 407 Program are viewed as essential resources by the Committee. The reports represent expert evaluation of the possible public health and safety aspects of credentialing review proposals. Health professionals who seek new credentialing or a change in their scope of practice should know that the most important keys to success in the process may be the receipt of positive reports from all of the stages of the 407 Program.

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




The Murray-Beaver Lake Lions Club is planning their annual Easter Egg Hunt for Saturday, April 3, this year.   The Easter Bunny will get all the eggs hidden by
10 a.m. at Tyson Park in Murray when all the little people
show up to look for them.

Bring the kids and hop on over to Tyson Park for some Springtime fun!



So you have a few things around the house that you no longer need or want.  You don't have enough for a garage sale, but you're trying to 'go green' and don't want to toss them in the trash, only for them to end up in the landfill.  Think about 'FreeCycle'.

There are now over 7,000,000 'FreeCyclers' around the globe and this grassroots group is growing every day!

Check out what AARP has to say about 'FreeCycle':

http://tinyurl. com/yee6h72



There was a good turn-out for baseball registration last week, however there will be one more sign-up date for those who missed the last one.

If you'd like, you may print, fill out and bring the three following forms with you.

The next sign-up will be this
Sunday, March 7, from 4 - 6pm
Conestoga Jr-Sr High School.

Contact Richi Fox , 227-2191 or 297-2601 for more information.














NO Conestoga School, Friday, March 5th, 2010

Conestoga Schools IN SESSION (Make-up Day)
Friday, March 12, 2010


If you have a card of thanks, wedding or birth announcement, obituary, questions, comments, Letters to the Editor, photos or recipes that you would like to submit for next week's Wednesday Newsletter, you must email them:


If possible, please email photos and documents in JPG format, no larger than
640 x 480p.
You may also call your information to 402-235-2926 and ask for Pat.

If you'd like to send items via the U.S. postal service and you'd like to have them returned to you, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Send in plenty of time to be received by noon on Monday to:

201 N How Ave
Murray, NE

Remember to include 'who, what, when, where and why', along with any other helpful details, such as a contact person and phone.





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