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Murray Newsletter - April 14, 2010


You'd think that after all that snow we received this winter, the ground would be nice and moist.

This farmer, just south of Murray,  was kicking up quite a bit of dust on Monday while preparing his fields for this year's crop.

Some nice spring showers would be welcome right about now,
wouldn't they?

The soccer field south of Young Park was sure getting a good workout last
Saturday morning by the younger kids!













4-19    4:00 pm   B&G V SOCCER @ COLUMBUS LAKEVIEW
4-20    4:00 pm   B&G JV SOCCER @ BOYSTOWN



Conestoga Track Schedule

High School:

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




On April 3rd, the Easter Bunny stopped long enough at Tyson Park's Egg Hunt to
pose for a couple of pictures with some friends.


Above,  from left to right, David Clawson, Dalton Topliff, Dalton King, (in red),
Jerry Heylmun, Easter Bunny, (rumor has it he lives in the Jensen's yard over at
Beaver Lake), Adam Bohan, Brook Wagner, Hunter Tesarek, (in back), and
Zeke Rouse.


That silly bunny just loved being surrounded by the Conestoga Cheerleaders!
Here, in the front row is (left to right), Kate Nutzman, Kirsten Clawson, and
Chelsie Topliff and in back, Shannon King, "EB", and Paige Price.




Elementary Spring Carnival
Friday, April 16, 2010
5:30 - 8:30
Conestoga Elementary Gym




Two local BSA Murray Troop 471 scouts recently sat for their Eagle Board of Review,
(EBOR), and were found worthy of scouting's highest rank. 

The Eagle Scout Rank is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scout program.
Setting out to advance through the ranks of Scouting and become an Eagle Scout
is an ambitious goal.  According to the Boy Scout Handbook, Eleventh Edition,
"Fewer than 4 percent of all Scouts earn the Eagle rank - a testament to its high standards." 
Eagle Rank requirements include earning a number of merit badges and demonstrating
Scout spirit, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the
Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages himself.

On Wednesday, March 31, Asst. Scoutmaster Larry Jensen presented Life Scout and
Eagle Candidate Jerry Heylmun for his EBOR.  The BSA Mid-America Council
representative and Board Chairman was Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Stohlman, USAF, Ret. 
Mr. Stohlman is the head of Eagle Advancement for our Troop's Wagon Wheel District.
Other members of Jerry's Board included Cass County Attorney, Mr Nathan Cox,
Lt. Col. Kenneth Bauer, USAF, Ret., and Mrs. Anita Jensen.  The Eagle badge will be
presented to Jerry at his Eagle Court of Honor to be held on Saturday morning, July 3
at 10 am at the Murray Presbyterian Church.

On Saturday, April 10, Scoutmaster Ricky King presented Life Scout and Eagle
Candidate David Jensen for his EBOR. The BSA Mid-America Council representative
and Board Chairman was Col. Roger Lyle, USAF, Ret.  Other members of David's
Board included Nebraska State Senator David Pankonin, and Mr.Terry Little and
Mr. Dick Schmitz of Plattsmouth.  The date of David's Eagle Court of Honor is yet
to be determined.

Both of these young gentlemen are sophomores at Conestoga High School and
active in school sports and band.  "Once an Eagle always an Eagle".  They join
the ranks of other known Eagle Scouts employed by our Conestoga School District,
which include Conestoga Elementary School Principal, Mr. Eric Dennis,
Football Coach, Mr. Jeremy Schroeder, and the high school Music Department's
own Mr. Dwight Rose and Mr. Collin Warren.

In addition to Jerry and David's accomplishment, Scoutmaster Ricky King presented
Conestoga High School senior Ian Rouse before his EBOR in February, 2010.  Ian 
was also deemed worthy of scouting's highest honor!

Boy Scout Troop 471 greatly appreciates the support given to it by the local community. 
We have six other scouts on the brink of Eagle.  If you have a suggestion for an
Eagle Project that a scout may do, please contact Carol Heylmun at 235-3179 and
she will establish a point of contact for you.


Scoutmaster Ricky King,  Senator Dave Pankonin, Mid- America Council
BSA representative Col. Roger Lyle, USAF, Ret., Eagle Scout David Jensen,
Mr. Terry Little, Mr. Dick Shmitz


Eagle Scout David Jensen with his parents,
Anita Jensen and Asst. Scoutmaster Larry Jensen


Eagle Scout Jerry Heylmun










MAY 21 - 22, 2010

The Murray Garage Sales have been a fun community activity for many years.

With no money in the school's budget, the sales were started in the mid-90's
by a group of kids and their parents who wanted to help fund the
Conestoga Golf Club.  The boys golfed at Conestoga in the Spring and the
girls in the Fall. The boys Golf Club took the State Championship title during
their 2nd year of play!

Sadly, there is no Golf Club at Conestoga anymore, however the residents of
Murray wanted to keep the sales going each year.

So, here you have it. Now, you can take part in this fun day, too!

Extensive advertising is done in the following venues:

Online edition
American Classifieds, Omaha
Council Bluffs
Online Editions
Plattsmouth Journal
Online Edition
Consumer Connection
Bellevue Leader
Papillion Times
LaVista Sun
Ralston Recorder
Gretna Breeze
The Base: 68113 (formerly the Air Pulse)
Cass County Shopper & Directory
(website ONLY for Omaha World Herald)
Journal - Democrat, (Syracuse)
Hamburg Reporter
Penny Press '1'
Penny Press '4'
10:07 - 10:30, (if I can get through!)
FreeCycleOmahaCafe (online)
Local service channel, GalaxyCableVision, (channel 54)
Posters & signs in restaurants, gas stations, bulletin boards, along highways
75 & 1, etc.
Bulletin boards at work places, also


Nebraska Community Websites!

By signing up and turning your form in on time,  you're helping to pay your
fair share of the advertising costs.

You can copy and print the form below or pick up a form at the
post office, Town Hall or Murray State Bank.

Good luck at YOUR sale!


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Name: ________________________________________________

Sale Location:  _________________________________________

Phone number: _________________________________________

Email: ________________________________________________

This sale will be on: Friday, May 21____or Saturday, May 22 ____
(Check one day or both)

If space allows, please list the following items of special interest on the maps:

1. ____________________________________

2. ____________________________________

3. ____________________________________

Please enclose $12.00 to help pay for ads placed in the locations listed above
and for fliers, highway signs and having your sale location added to the map.


Return this completed form and payment by May 5th to:

Pat Zeigler
201 N How Ave
Murray, NE 68409

Call Pat with any questions at 235-2926.





The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, a popular and enduring force in Gospel
music, will be performing at the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley on Sunday,
April 25th at 2pm.

The Blackwood Brothers have recorded over 200 albums and toured in 47
countries.  They have won eight Grammy Awards and 6 Dove Awards.  Over
the years, the Blackwood Brothers have been guests on the Barbara Mandrell
Show, Hee-Haw, and The Grand Old Opry.  They have sung with Johnny Cash,
Porter Wagoner, Tennessee Ernie Ford and many more.  They were inducted
into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville in 1998.  The group now consists
of Jimmy Blackwood, Wayne Little, Randy Byrd and Brad White. 

The original Blackwood Brothers formed in 1934 in Choctaw County, Mississippi. 
In 1954 the quartet performed on the "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" show on
television.  Two weeks after winning the competition, two of the original Blackwood
brothers, R.W. and Bill Lyles, were both killed in a plane crash in Alabama.  The
surviving Blackwoods regrouped, adding younger brother Cecil to sing baritone
and J.D. Sumner singing bass.

Elvis Presley loved gospel music and attended many of the Blackwood concerts
at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis.  When his mother, Gladys Presley, died in 1958,
Elvis and his father asked the Blackwoods to sing at her funeral. 

Tickets for this event are $16.  Reservations are not required, but are strongly
suggested.  When the Lofte last hosted The Blackwood Brothers in 2008, the event
was completely sold-out.  More information can be found on the Lofte's website,, or by calling the box office at (402) 234-2553.

Please join us on Sunday, April 25th at 2pm for this wonderful concert event!


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.





Shadow says "THANKS" from all his four-legged friends!

Plattsmouth Animal Shelter's Low Cost Vaccination Clinic

is an ENORMOUS Success!

The Low Cost Vaccination Clinic held at the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter this past
Saturday was a huge success and so much more than we hoped for. It was a beautiful
day and people came in droves - the city lot looked like a big parking lot and folks
were waiting in line to pull in past the gate.

Everyone (pets and their humans) was on their best behavior and overall things ran
smoothly. Of course there was a lot of the required barking but everyone got along.

Here are some of the astounding figures:
138 animals were vaccinated
39 Plattsmouth City animal licenses were sold
10 animals were micro chipped
Many signed the spay/neuter sign up sheet  - they will be notified when times and
dates are set up for their surgeries.

Another clinic will be planned for August or September and hopefully offered twice
a year in the future. Details will be available as the time approaches.

A HUGE THANK YOU goes to all listed below for making this event such a success:

-Caring For All Pets - for providing their services for the day
-Sue Baker (Plattsmouth Animal Control Officer) for organizing
-Happy Paws volunteers for helping with the event and also donating things for
the grab-bags and raffle.
-All the people who took time out of their Saturday to come
-All the businesses who were willing to let us leave fliers advertising
-The editors of all the Nebraska Online Community Newsletters
-The Cassgram
-The Journal

Please continue to support the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter and the good work
of Happy Paws - Plattsmouth Animal Advocacy Group. We gratefully accept any

Visit and see what's new at the shelter - then
click on the Happy Paws tab to see what we're up to.

Be sure to visit the shelter during shelter hours -
the animals love to see new faces and adore the attention!










The CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN Recycle 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 Murray residents may also use the Cass County
Recycle Trailer when it's at the fire station or Beaver Lake Amoco.)






Just in time for Mother's Day, Graduation & Spring planting

Hanging baskets

Friday, May 7, 2010

7:30am - 6:00pm

Conestoga Elementary
Murray, NE

Great quality & variety provided by
The Plantman Nursery
Nehawka, NE

Proceeds help support
Conestoga's Destination Imagination Teams

Thank You!!






Your Voice Can Help a Child

April 9, 2010, Lincoln-

When I came to the legislature and was seated as a member of the
Health and Human Services Committee, I learned that the state has statutory
responsibilities to accept reports of allegations about child abuse or neglect,
assess the allegations, share complaints with law enforcement, and make sure
that the child in question is safe. The Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
Programs play a key role in helping the state to meet its responsibilities.

Recently, I attended a legislative briefing about the CASA Programs in Nebraska.
Then I read that CASA volunteer recruitment is underway in Cass County, with the
annual training scheduled during April. Since I learned at the briefing that Cass,
Otoe and Sarpy are among the 33 Nebraska counties with active CASA programs,
I want to lend my support to the outstanding work of CASA staff and volunteers, who
are devoted to helping abused and neglected children in District 2.

CASA began in this country in 1977, when a judge decided to use trained volunteers
to speak in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. In 1982 the National
CASA Association was formed, and CASA volunteers began to advocate for children
in Nebraska's courts and welfare systems in 1986. Sarpy County CASA started in
1986. The Cass County program began in 2006, and Otoe County came on board
last year.

A CASA volunteer undergoes a background screening, receives 30 hours of training
that is based on a national curriculum, is sworn-in by a judge and becomes an officer
of the court. A CASA is appointed to work with one family at a time, visits the children
wherever they are placed, meets with all of the professionals and adults who know the
child well and provides written recommendations to the judge at each court hearing.

Each CASA Program has a director, who is responsible for recruiting, screening,
supporting and supervising the volunteers. In Nebraska there is no state funding for
the Programs, so the Programs' boards are responsible for securing funding from
grants, donations, fund-raising and local county sources.

Otoe County CASA Program Director Amanda Volkmer-Busch put me in touch with
Nebraska City residents Danny and Julie Oakes. The Oakes serve as a CASA team.
I asked them why they volunteer, and this is what they told me:

"We decided to become CASA volunteers because we knew there are too many
children in the system, and the workload for case workers is more than the staff can
handle.  It is important for a child in this situation to have someone they can count on. 
Being CASA volunteers allows us to remain with one case until it has been completed. 
Getting to know the kids is the best way to understand what is going on and help
determine what is in their best interest.  One of the greatest things that a CASA does
is let the judge know how the child is feeling by being their voice in court.  Since
becoming CASA volunteers, we have seen how so many kids can slip through the
cracks.  We understand it is financially impossible to have one case worker for every
one or two cases, so we need more people to step up and volunteer their time to help
the children who will otherwise go unheard.  We have gained a relationship with a
family that we probably would have never known.  We know the children we advocate
for well enough that we hope to remain a part of their lives even after their case is
closed.  This is an opportunity for us to use our experiences and resources to help
someone in need.  If you would like to help a child find your local volunteer program
and give a child a voice to be heard."

Georgie Scurfield, who became a CASA volunteer in 1990 and the director of the
Sarpy County program in 1996, said, "I continue to be most impressed by the dedication
and professionalism of the CASA volunteers. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary
work with compassion, courage and good humor. In my work as a CASA director, I see
reasons every day why the children need a CASA volunteer, and I am privileged to work
with people who are truly making a difference."

My next report will feature the CASA experiences of Plattsmouth resident
Suzanne Kolesik and Diane Wagner from Springfield.

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



We enjoyed the Easter weekend in Denver with our daughter, Kate, and
son-in-law, Chris.  Easter dinner was great, but it's always nice to top it
off with a nice, light dessert.  Kate whipped-up this cake that was just right
for a beautiful Spring day!

Orange-Pineapple Cake

1 (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 small can Mandarin oranges
1 small can crushed pineapple
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 box sugar-free vanilla pudding (instant)
applesauce, optional (to substitute for oil in cake mix)
eggs (amount as on cake mix box)
coconut, optional

Mix the cake as directed on the box, using applesauce instead of oil, if desired. 
Use juice from pineapple and oranges to equal water amount, using water,
if needed, for the  correct amount of liquid.  Reserve a few oranges to top
cake with, but stir the rest into the batter.

Bake as directed on package; cool in pan.

Stir together Cool Whip, dry pudding mix and crushed pineapple.  (Add a tiny bit
of milk if mixture seems too dry or stiff.)

Spread over cooled cake.  Decorate with reserved oranges and sprinkle with
coconut, if desired.





Last weekend a gathering at the baseball field in Nehawka started the
season off right with sprucing up of the concession stand and bleachers. 
The field is even the recipient of a regulation-size, chain-link fence, thanks
to some generous donors and fundraising!


The concession stand was given a thorough cleaning, as was the 'crow's nest'. 
The popcorn popper, microwave, refrigerator and cabinets were scrubbed
till they shined.  Now it awaits the goodies...candies, popcorn, pop, hot dogs,
grilled hamburgers and their 'world famous' nachos.  Can't you just smell and
taste them, now?!




Below, the wooden bleachers had been disassembled and their supports sanded
and painted, then new wooden seats were attached.  Other bleachers await their 'facelift',
which should come soon.
Parents, coaches, neighbors, ballplayers and friends, young and old, all
worked together, side-by-side, some of them
from sun-up till sundown, on Saturday.

Mixing concrete, digging fence post holes and setting the poles,
I'm sure, had many waking up the next day with achy muscles and stiff backs! 
Some helpers could only lend a couple of hours of their time, but all help
given was appreciated, none-the-less.











By Sunday evening, the top rail was put on the posts surrounding the warning track..






Now, the shovels are resting and the fence awaits its' stretch across the shiny, new poles
around the lush green outfield.



Yes, when friends pull together, much can be accomplished for the good of all!

It seems the only thing left to do, now,  is for some umpire to yell,


and the season begins - in full swing!





2010 Nehawka Angels Tournament Team Ready to Start the Season!

Shown standing, left to right, are Coach, Jeff Faris, Daniel Callahan, Jacob Faris,
Patrick Carlton, Connor Parette, Neil Bock, Lucas Minor
and Assistant Coach, Dave Cornish.

Kneeling, Michael Hanssen, Matt Morton, Brook Fox, Christopher Cornish and
Jake Gasparovich.








Grandpa Snazzy's in Weeping Water

There is new activity on Eldora Ave. in Weeping Water.  Grandpa Snazzy's
is moving to 221 West Eldora.  William M Cover II and Kathryn Cover
have purchased the 1903 Davis Block building and are moving Grandpa Snazzy's
from its old location above Fusselman Wymore.  The new space is being extensively
remodeled and they are working hard on recreating the historic aspects of the building.

The costume rental portion of the business is already running in the new space
and the retail will be opening soon.

"We are planning a grand opening celebration of the retail for this years
Limestone Days, but if we are ready sooner we will open up the retail.  We are very
excited about our new space and the ability to be on main street."
The retail is designed to mimic an old fashioned general store, Wood fixtures to
set off wares of bulk candy and coffees, sewing needs, a gentleman's corner
and more.

Keep an eye out for the retail opening and do not forget if you need costumes
we are there Tue-Fri 1:30-5 and Sat 10:00-2:00.




Last Saturday, April 10th, was Prom Night at Conestoga.

Below are some photos taken on that very special night:

The cheerleaders, Shannon King, Kirsten Clawson, Paige Price, Lindsey Drake,
Jamie Johnson, Lexi Hoshor, and Miranda Sawyer.


Some people take limos, they took a boat.
Ryan King, Justin King, Shannon King, Jesse Mabry, Jamie Johnson, Lexi
Hoshor, Katlynn Peitzmeier and Jeff King, wearing the top hat.

Post Prom theme was Treasure Island.


If the kids just can't get along, give them some sumo-wrestling suits and let them have at it!

Megan Black and Kirsten Clawson, above, and below, Shannon King and Ali Clark.


AND.....if that kid is REALLY out of control, just wrap him in Velcro and stick him to the wall.
Gee, Nathan, I should have done that to you when you came to my day-care!   ;)





'Walk Through Wyuka'

The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host it's 2nd annual 'Walk Through Wyuka'
tour at the Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City on May 13th at 7:00 pm.

Wyuka Cemetery historian, Don Hegr, will be our tour guide and will guide us through
the many historical internments in Nebraska's oldest public cemetery.  Don's tour will
cover the history of the cemetery, and will also showcase numerous graves of
Nebraska City's prominent (and sometimes not so prominent) people that are buried
within the cemetery.

If you would like to join us on this tour, please meet at the maintenance shed
inside the cemetery at 7:00 pm.  There will be someone at the main entrance
of the cemetery to guide you once you arrive, and parking will be on the south
side of the maintenance shed.

Curtis Wolbert
President/Otoe County Genealogical Society






Bill G.

Tina O.

Helen S.

Don U.









4-15   JR High Track @ Platteview
4-16  Conestoga Elementary Spring Carnival
4-17  Scouts pick up food pantry items
4-19  Conestoga Soccer @ Columbus
4-20  HS Track @ Syracuse
4-21  Wee Screen for Preschool





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