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Murray Newsletter - April 7, 2010



The roofs are shining from the rain,
The sparrows twitter as they fly,
And with a windy April grace
The little clouds go by.

Yet the backyards are bare and brown
With only one unchanging tree--
I could not be so sure of Spring
Save that it sings in me.

~ Sara Teasdale ~




Scout Now for Bagworms
by T. Lemmons, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension

Homeowner, producer, and acreage owner alike have been fighting
for years against one of the more recent invading pests, the Bagworm.
Given time and opportunity, this prolific insect with and insatiable appetite
for green tree material, may easily destroy tree breaks, windbreaks, and
ornamental groves. Bagworms prefer to feed on red cedars, but may be
found on any number of tree species to include (but not limited to) pines,
spruces, junipers, and many deciduous tree species to include (but not limited to)
walnut, apple, elm, maples, oaks, and birches.

Most often this insect is detected in the late summer or early fall with its
characteristic silk bag camouflaged with pieces of foliage, bark, and tree
debris; however this is also the stage where control is most difficult.


Once the worm has built-up a suitable silk bag (and is thus easily detected),
it is fully protected against most pesticides and insecticides. Once a pesticide
material is detected, the worm simply retreats into the silk bag, armored against
the harmful materials. In the bag stage of late summer, the only effective method
of control is handpicking, a daunting task for those with large areas of trees.

In the early spring, the new generation of bagworms will emerge from the silk
sack prepared the season before. At this stage, they are no bigger than a pinhead,
but are highly susceptible to chemical control measures given the absence of their
own protective bags. The best method for detecting emergence of the bagworm is
to collect several of the bags from your trees. Next, place the bags into a Ziploc or
other form of clear sack for observation. Place the clear sack in an area that
consistent with the outside temperature, and wait. Bagworm emergence is triggered
by degree-days - once enough heat units have been received, the sack will break
open and the pinhead-sized crawlers will be observed. Now wait 7 days (to ensure
that all the bags on the trees have a chance to open) and apply a chemical control
agent to the tree. Usual emergence is from early to Late May, depending on daily
temperatures and conditions.

Bagworms are best controlled in the early or immature stages using a myriad of
chemical agents to include (but not limited to) carbaryl (Sevin), malathion, chlorpyrifos
(Dursban), acephate (Orthene), and pyrethrums (just to name a few). If applying a
chemical agent, please be sure to read completely and follow precisely the product
label. Thoroughly cover the tree during application as larvae may be on the underside
of tree branches or leaves.

For more information on Bagworms, check information on the
Lancaster County Extension website,



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.






The 2010 Consent Calendar

April 2, 2010, Lincoln- One or more times during the session, the speaker of the
legislature uses a procedure known as Consent Calendar. Bills advanced by a
legislative committee with no dissenting votes are eligible to be placed on the
Calendar. The Calendar and the bills it contains must be announced at least
twenty-four hours before debate is scheduled. A bill on Consent Calendar is
assigned fifteen minutes for introduction and debate. When debate ends or the
allotted time expires, a vote is taken. A bill can be removed from the Calendar
by the written request of at least three senators before debate begins or during
its fifteen-minute time allotment. The 2010 Consent Calendar included these bills
and 25 others.

With the passage of LB 884, employers would be required to provide an employee
with an itemized statement of wages and deductions, because this documentation
is needed by individuals who want to qualify for loans or enter into other financial
contracts. Our current law does not require employers to issue such a statement.

LB 986 by Senator Conrad of Lincoln would encourage good eating habits by allowing
the use of electronic scanners or point-of-sale devices to enable Nebraskans to use
federally subsidized food and nutrition program benefits at farmers markets.

The $60,000 homestead property exemption that is currently available to the
"head of the family" would be allowed under LB 907 for unmarried persons who
are 65 and older, but are not the "head of a family". This change in our law would
allow more qualified citizens to protect their home equity in bankruptcy proceedings.

The Nebraska Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing charges fees for initial
competency assessments for sign language interpreters. Although this practice is
already in place, the state auditor advised that this authority should be placed in law.
LB 706 would accommodate the auditor's request.

Many stores now use electronic merchandise tags to prevent shoplifting. As a result thieves
have developed counter-measures to avoid detection. Some use special devices to remove
sensors, while others use special metal-lined bags to avoid setting off electronic theft alarm
sensors. LB 894 would make the removal or disabling of these tags, or possession of devices
designed to do so, illegal. The bill would address new methods of stealing, which lead to higher
prices for consumer goods and bring Nebraska in line with most of the surrounding states
that have already adopted such a law.

LB 713 would allow school districts to perform health inspections at any time during the
school year, instead of during the first quarter of the year as is currently required. The
health inspections are performed in order to determine if a child suffers from defective
sight or hearing, dental defects or other conditions that are specified by the Department
of Health and Human Services. LB 713 would require schools to confirm such inspections
for students entering during the school year, rather than performing them immediately upon
the student's entrance in the new school. The Health and Human Services Committee amended
the bill to allow an exception for a child, whose parent or guardian provides a statement
from a health professional to verify that the child has had a similar inspection within the
past six months. The Committee also granted school boards the ability to employ physicians
to perform the health inspections in lieu of such procedures being conducted by the district.

Currently, a towing company is required to notify a lien holder, whose name appears
on the certificate of title of a motor vehicle within 30 days of towing the vehicle. LB 1065
would reduce this time frame to 5 business days.

The jurisdictional amount for Small Claims Court is $2700. Our law now requires the
Supreme Court to adjust the amount every five years by using an unadjusted Consumer Price Index
for All Urban Consumers. LB 695, as amended by the Judiciary Committee, would make
a one-time adjustment from the current amount to $3500. The Court would then use $3500
as the basis for future five-year adjustments. This change would make the jurisdictional
amount for Small Claims more consistent with amounts that are sent in other Midwestern states.

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



Please "Save The Date - June 26, 2010"
Cass County Relay For Life
Plattsmouth High School

Join forces to walk in the fight against every form of cancer.

It is our 15th birthday in Cass County and we need you to help us celebrate!

Information about this program and walk can also be found at
and at our local Omaha office at 402-393-5801.
For additional information, please logon to
or call 402-393-5801.



APRIL 30 - MAY 1, 2010



Conestoga Track Schedule

High School:

4/13 @ Yutan 1:00
4/20 @ Syracuse 10:00
4/20 @ Plattsmouth (Cougar Invite) @ 10:00
4/22 @ Platteview 2:30
5/1 @ Yutan (ECNC) 9:00
5/7 @ JCC 9:00
5/13 Districts

Junior High:

4/15 @ Platteview (Conestoga Invite) 2:00
4/22 @ Plattsmouth MS (Conestoga Invite) 2:00
4/24 @ Fort Calhoun 10:00
4/29 @ JCC 4:00
5/4 @ Yutan 1:30
5/12 @ Malcolm (ECNC) 9:00





The CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN Recycle Trailer will be located
in the southwest corner of Murray Rural Fire Dept.'s parking lot

April 3 - 9

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

April 10 - 16

(The Waste Management recycle bins located behind Town Hall are
for Murray residents only, although they may also use the Cass County
Recycle Trailer at the fire station or Beaver Lake Amoco.)


Otoe County Rural Schools Reunion

Saturday, April 10 2010

Harmony School
6265 'Q' Road
Nebraska City, NE 68410

On April 10th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Otoe County Genealogical Society
will host its 1st Annual Otoe County Rural Schools Reunion at Harmony School
at 6265 'Q' Road, which is located 8 miles south of Nebraska City on Highway 75,
and ½ mile west on 'Q' road.

Harmony School is a rural schoolhouse that was built in 1879, and was closed in
1997.  This reunion will include a coffee social and tour of the 130-year old rural
schoolhouse. In addition, it will also give visitors a chance to assist our society in
identifying numerous unidentified rural schoolhouse photographs from several
different school districts throughout the county. The society has come into possession
of these prized photographs through their Otoe County Courthouse Clean-up Project,
in which these photographs were donated to the society by the Otoe County Clerk's
office, and through other generous donations as well.

So please come join us at Harmony School and help us pay tribute to the outstanding
contributions that these rural schoolhouses made in the education of our state's youth
for the past 100 years!





Are you thinking Spring? Flowers? Fresh Veggies?

Then help support the Louisville Fireman's Auxiliary by
attending our plant sale.

We are raising money to help with scholarships and other things we do.

Plants are locally grown in Fremont from Janet's Jungle.

We are taking pre-orders till April 19th

You can contact for an order sheet or questions:
Candy McClun 234.4995  / Teri McClun 234.4161

Plants will be available for pick up May 1st at the Fire Hall
from 9am-3pm.

If you don't pre-order you can still stop by and check them out as we will
have plants that day for you to purchase.



The Old Avoca Schoolhouse

The Schoolhouse Performance Series on April 11, at 2:30, in Avoca, Nebraska,
presents a family show suitable for all ages. Greenblatt & Seay's musical presentation,
"Songs of the Sea and Other Watery Tales", features  a variety of water inspired songs
while accompanying themselves on penny whistles, recorders, harmonica, banjo, guitar,
folk harp, musical saw, and rain stick. There are songs about oceans, rivers, a canal, a
bath tub, and even a dripping faucet.

Greenblatt & Seay, Master Artists with the Nebraska Arts Council, have over 30 years
of experience  performing on many different musical instruments for audiences of all ages.

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



Morton-James Public Library

Genealogy Internet Workshop

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.




Bill G.

Helen S.

Don U.




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