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Murray Newsletter - March 17, 2010


The old Irishman was living alone as his wife had died and his only son was in prison. 
He didn't know anyone to help him dig up his garden patch so he could plant potatoes.

The old guy wrote to his son about it, and soon received his reply.
"Aye, Dad...for Heaven's sake, don't dig up that garden!  All the guns I stole are buried there!"

Sure enough, in the wee dark hours the next morning,  British soldiers showed up with
big spades and picks and dug up the entire garden, but alas, they didn't find any guns.

The confused old man sent another message to his son and told him what happened
and asked what he should do next.

Came the reply, "Plant potatoes."



Read more about it here:

National Agriculture Week is this week, March 14 - 20.
In appreciation, Murray State Bank will be offering a free
cup of coffee for their customers and friends in the agricultural business!

Stop by the English Rose on
Thursday morning, March 18, 2010
between the hours of 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

and enjoy a fresh, hot, cup of coffee courtesy of
Murray State Bank!





Come and enjoy the sounds of the Jr. Sr. High Choirs and Bands

Conestoga Jr-Sr High School
Murray, NE

Friday, March 19, 2010

They will blow your mind and there will be a very exciting finale!
See you there!




"Having A Wonderful Time"


Mahoney State Park

Spring is in the air!  The roads are clear, the birds are singing and there's a new wild comedy opening at Mahoney State Park.

"Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Her," is a wild bedroom comedy by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Millmore.  These playwrights have given us such favorites "Love, Sex and the I.R.S," "Suitehearts," and "Lie, Cheat and Genuflect." 

Directed by Kevin Colbert, "Having a Wonderful Time," is filled with double standards, midnight rendezvous and a hungry bear. Danny and Kathy halt their night of passion when Kathy reveals she is dating another man. Paul and Jennifer are frustrated because she is reluctant to cheat on her husband.  Danny and Paul are best friends and soon both the confusion and hilarity ensue.  If you don't like to laugh, you'd better stay away from this one.  We suggest PG13 for some adult situations.

Performance dates are March 13-14, 19-21, 26-28, April 3, 9-11 and 16-18.  Curtain times on Fridays and Saturdays is 7:30pm; Sundays are 2pm matinees. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for children twelve and under.

Dinner theater packages are available.

Reservations can be made by calling the park office at (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.

A state sticker or day pass is required to enter the park.





An original Living Last Supper will be presented Holy thursday, April 1, 2010, at First Congregational Church in Weeping Water at 7:30 p.m.

The original script, written by Pastor Mary McQueen, uses three readers (one you regularly see at Loft Theater productions,)  and depicts Jesus actually washing the feet of the disciples.  As each disciple
enters,  the readers tell the story of their calling to be a disciple and their life after Jesus is crucified.

The script was first written by Pastor Mary when she and her husband were working in The Church Within the Walls ministry in the South Dakota High Security Men's Penitentiary.  They wanted to present the story of Jesus last night on earth, using the inmates as the disciples.   They were allowed only one hour to enter the prison, put on the presentation, serve communion, and leave.  So Pastor Mary  (who has published several books and articles on teaching the Bible in creative ways,) wrote the script to allow for readers from the outside.  A Jesus and Judas were brought in from the "outside" as well.

Pastor Mary says,  "The first time we presented the Living Last supper, God blessed us in many ways.  We brought "Jesus" (a man named Jim) from the "outside."  The inmates volunteered anonymously.  As Jesus (Jim)waited at the front of the auditorium with his arms outstretched, welcoming the first "disciple," we all realized that the inmate playing the part of Peter was the man who had murdered Jim (Jesus) neighbor girl.  Jim said he had prayed to minister to these men, and for a second his arms faltered as he kept them open in welcome for the man.  About halfway down the center aisle, the man recognized Jim, and his steps faltered briefly, but as he saw Jim welcoming him in love, he walked on down, embraced Jesus, and sat down for Jesus to wash his feet.

"At times like these,"  Pastor Mary writes,  "we all are reminded that we are all merely sinners living in the grace of God's forgiveness.  I don't think any one of us were able to control tears for the rest of the production.   Every time we present this script, God has blessed us in many ways."

"Jesus" for this presentation is another of the Loft actors whom most will recognize.   Jesus will begin Holy Week at FCCUCC on Palm Sunday, when he will lead the children into the sanctuary to the words of "The King is Coming!" as he walks down the aisle to pick up his "crown of thorns" for later in the week.

There is no charge for the production, though persons are asked to bring a can of food to donate to needy families at Easter.

Everyone is welcome.


Applicant testing for the 2010 Census will be performed at the Murray Town Hall on Tuesday March 23 at 4:00 and 6:00 PM.  Application process takes approximately 90 minutes.  You'll need to bring two forms of ID.

Earn $11.50 - $13.00 per hour.

Call 1-866-861-2010 or 402-479-2320 for more information or to reserve space for this test.

Nebraska's Unemployment Rate Still Among Nation's Lowest

Nebraska's preliminary seasonally adjusted state unemployment rate remained steady at 4.6% in January 2010, second lowest in the nation only behind North Dakota's 4.2%. The national unemployment rate fell from 10.0 percent in Dec. 2009 to 9.7% in January 2010.


Forbes Magazine Ranks Nebraska No. 3 in Fiscal Fitness

Forbes Magazine ranks Nebraska third among the financially healthiest states. Ranking the fiscal fitness of the 50 states, Forbes considered about a dozen 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 moocher ratio that compares government employees, pension burdens and Medicaid enrollees to private-sector employment.


A Complete Count: The Importance of Census Data

The 2010 census is underway. With forms for this population count due to arrive very soon at homes throughout our state and country, it is helpful to understand why it is so important for everyone to complete and return their census forms.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a count every ten years of each citizen and non-citizen resident in the United States, its territories and Puerto Rico. The population totals from the census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, so mandatory redistricting follows the census. Individual states also use the census totals to redraw their legislative districts, and local governments use the data to redraw their political boundaries.

Census data are used for rural development, urban planning, health and educational services, and attracting new businesses to our state and local areas. Every year over $300 billion in funding for more than 100 federal programs is distributed to states and communities based on the latest census population count. Based on the 2000 census figures, Nebraska receives more that $3 billion in federal funds each year. The funds support familiar and much needed programs such as Medicaid, the Federal Highway Program, Head Start, Community Development Block Grants, special programs for veterans and the elderly, unemployment insurance, Title 1 Grants to local school districts, mental health services, community action programs, vocational education and rehabilitation services, cooperative extension services, community colleges, law enforcement assistance, student loans, public library construction services, highway safety, summer youth recreation programs and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

The current $3 billion funding total for Nebraska means that our state is awarded about $1700 per person from the federal programs that use census data to determine the level of support for our state. This per person figure illustrates why it is so important for all of us to participate in the 2010 census. In 2000 the average return rate in Nebraska by county was 75 percent. In Legislative District 2 Cass County had a 73 percent return rate. For Otoe County it was 76 percent, and for Sarpy County it was 79 percent. These rates are commendable, but I hope we can do even better this year.

With one of the shortest questionnaires in history, the 2010 census asks for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship and whether you own or rent your home. It is estimated that it will only take about 10 minutes for the average household to complete the questionnaire. Questions about how we live as a nation - our diversity, education, housing, jobs and more - are now covered in the American Community Survey, which is conducted every year and replaces the former long-form census questionnaire. Census information is confidential, and federal law prohibits any public or private agency from gaining access to census data.

April 1 is Census Day. May 1 is the deadline for returning questionnaires. Non-response, door-to-door follow-up will take place from May through summer. On December 31st the U.S. Census Bureau must provide population counts to the president for apportionment. The apportionment process redistributes seats in the U.S. House of Representatives following the decennial census. The delivery of data to the states is scheduled to take place in March 2011.

For the sake of our legislative district and the state of Nebraska, I urge you to participate in the 2010 census by completing and returning your questionnaire before the May 1st deadline.

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





Sponsored by Happy Paws
Plattsmouth Animal Advocacy Group

Saturday April 10, 2010  
1pm - 4pm
Plattsmouth Animal Shelter

Vaccination Information for Dogs & Cats:

$5.00 - 1 year Rabies (animals under 1 years of age must get 1 year rabies)
$10.00 - 3 year Rabies (any animal over 1 year of age can have this)
$10.00 - 1 year Distemper Combo Shot (Dogs)
$5.00 - 1 year Kennel Cough/Bordetella (required by groomers, kennels & dog parks for Dogs)
$7.00 - 1 year Distemper Combo Shot (Cats)
$10.00 - 1 year Feline Leukemia (Cats)

No children under 10
Licensed Veterinarian
Provided by Caring For All Pets

Directions to the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter: 444 13th Ave on the City Street Department's Lot.  This lot is located on the South end of Rhylander Park.  The best way to find us is either by using MapQuest or take the following route: go east on 9th Ave from Chicago Ave, all the way to the T-intersection at Lincoln Ave.  Turn right onto Lincoln Ave, then take the first left which is Smith Ave, take the immediate next left onto 13th Ave.  Look on your left and you will see the fenced lot with the blue buildings.  Go through the gate and look straight ahead, our building says Animal Shelter on the front.



"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well being of
a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to
the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way." 
Martin Luther King Jr.








Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City

Otoe County Genealogical Society

The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host it's quarterly Genealogy Internet Workshop at the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City on April 8th at 7:00 pm.

This workshop will cover how to utilize numerous websites on the Internet to assist you in your genealogical research.  The library has access to and Heritage Quest, both of which have online records of the U.S. Federal Census', and to thousands of other valuable databases as well.  So please come join us at the Morton-James Public Library, and bring along a copy of your family tree so you can fill in some of those missing gaps.

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 United Methodist Church in Syracuse. To learn more about the society, please check out our website, or contact the Morton-James Public Library for more information.




Sponsored by Conestoga Girl Scouts

March 20:  75 Mart, 10am-12pm
March 21:  English Rose, 8-11am
March 26:  RuLi's (Nehawka), 5-8pm
March 27:  Murray Lumber, 9:30am-12pm
April 1:  Movie Gallery (Plattsmouth), 6-9pm
April 2:   Movie Gallery (Plattsmouth), 6-11pm
April 9:   RuLi's (Nehawka), 5-8pm

$3.50 per box

(Cash only please, checks and Credit Cards not accepted)



Conestoga Students to Europe are offering two fun filled camps for you to experience.
Each camp will include games and crafts so your child learns the language and cultures
of each country.

Snacks will be provided.

Spanish Day Camp (K-6)    Saturday, March 27,  9-11am          Conestoga High School
German Day Camp (K-6)    Saturday, April 3,  1-3pm                  Conestoga High School

Please fill out the form below and return to the Elementary School by Friday, March 19th
with checks made out to Conestoga High School ('Students to Europe' in the memo section.)


German Camp Only ($10)                _______
Spanish Camp Only ($10)                _______
Both Camps ($15)                             _______
Printed Name of Parent/Guardian   _____________________________________________                 
Printed Name of Child to Attend      _____________________________________________
Grade of Child  ___________________

PLEASE SPECIFY ANY SPECIAL NEEDS:______________________________________                                                                                                
During the activity, I (we) may be reached at:   
Home  Phone:_________________   Cell Phone:_______________

If I (we) cannot be reached in the event of an emergency, the following person is authorized to act on my (our) behalf:

Home Phone:_________________  Cell Phone:________________

Relationship to participant:________________

Parent or Guardian Signature                                        

Vicki E. Huskey
German and Spanish
Conestoga Jr.-Sr.  High School
Murray, Nebraska






Please join us in the fight against all Cancers. 
Register for the 2010 Relay For Life of Cass County on Saturday, June 26, 2010.
Information can be found at the Cass County web site - or call the Omaha ACS office at 402-393-5801. 

Thank You,

Your 2010 Cass County Relay Committee




Monday March 22, 2010



The County Recycle Trailer will be located in the southwest corner of  Murray Rural Fire Dept.'s parking lot March 13 - 19, then again April 3-9.

County Recycle Trailer is to be at Beaver Lake Amoco March 20-26.

The County Recycle Trailers are for all Cass County Residents' use.

Waste Management recycle bins are still located behind MurrayTown Hall, although they're for Murray Residents only.


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