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Murray Newsletter - April 28, 2010

Never doubt that a small, group

of thoughtful, committed citizens

can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~ Margaret Mead ~




The 'Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup' is our nation's largest community improvement program, taking place from March 1st - May 31st each year. In conjuntion with this event, Murray residents are encouraged to do their part Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16.

When you look at your house from the front, how does it look? Do you keep it tidy and neat? Now, go in your back and side yards. Does it look nice from there, too? Is junk stacked up behind the shed or along the sides of your house? If not, just think of what your neighbors see when they look at your property from their windows or yard. Just because you can't see it from your own porch or window, doesn't mean it looks good from all points of view!

Alleys can be an eyesore, too. Many people use alleys to access their own driveway and garage. Is your alley strewn with paper, plastic bags, broken car parts, concrete blocks or other construction materials. Let's get it all cleaned up in May!

The Village Board asks that townspeople help clean-up, not only their own properties, but also to chip in and help clean and beautify our whole village - ditches, parks and alleys. No ideas on what to do? Maybe you can paint an old shed, repair a broken fence or window, trim trees or shrubs, pick up trash, fix a broken sidewalk, power wash the house, get rid of old car parts or plant some flowers. Start making a list now of ideas and supplies you'll need to complete your job.

Your friends or neighbors might want to form a 'team' or ask one of the groups or organizations that you are a member of if they'd like to help in the effort, too. Whether working alone or in a group, it will be a great feeling to help spruce up our town! Don't forget to offer a helping-hand to your neighbors who, due to illness or disability, might not be able to do the work themselves. You'll make a positive difference in their life, too!

Don't forget to make good use of the recycling centers located at both the Murray Fire Station and behind Town Hall. Dumpsters will be located at the Murray burn pile, (south end of Railroad Avenue), and attendants will check for residency. A Murray utility bill stub will be sufficient for proof. Remember that the burn pile is for yard waste only and the dumpsters may be used for other, non-recyclable, items.

Recognizing the village effort is an important part of the 'Great American Cleanup', so take photos of 'before' and 'after' your project, and send them to

Be an inspiration!

Read more about it at OR




You might think that being a member of the National Honor Society means that a student has to achieve a certain grade-point average, however it's much more than that. Students must also have demonstrated performance of outstanding qualities in areas of service, character, leadership and scholarship, the basic criteria upon which the organization was formed.

On Wednesday evening, April 21, 2010, the Sequoyah Chapter of the National Honor Society at Conestoga High School held their annual banquet and induction ceremony.

The evening started with a candle-lighting ceremony by current NHS officers,
President Cory Schlichtemeier, Vice-President, Brittney Murdoch, Secretary Lauran Wilsey and Treasurer, Megan McDonnell.

Induction of new members, as well as Junior and Senior recognition took place, also.

The 2009-2010 Conestoga NHS members are as follows and shown below,


Rebecca Carter, Brittney Murdoch, Cory Schlichtemeier, Lauran Wilsey, Megan Wollan, Brooke Dewing, Derek Phelps, William Salisbury, Ian Rouse, Taylor Walker, Adam Johns, Megan McDonnell, Justine Safarik and Desaray Kern.


Kirsten Clawson, Shannon King, Sadie Blankenship, Savannah Self, Paige Price, Delayne Martin, Megan Black, Alexandria Clark, Ryan King, Tanner Miner, Lindsey Drake, Kourtney Simmerman and Jessica Merrill.

New Members:

Justine Safarik, Desaray Kern, Shelby Rohlff, Brenna Mabry, Adam Bohan, Amber Burg, Stephen Flowers, Kaleb Simmerman, Dalton Ayers, Nathan Weatherby, Ben Flowers, Abby Wehrbein, Brianna Keene, Jerry Heylmun, Hannah Jensen, Logan Wilsey and Kate Nutzman.








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Cass County Relay for Life team Kris' Krew was thrilled with the success of their recent fundraiser, The Waffleman. Despite the threat of severe weather, 227 people showed up for the all you can eat Belgian waffle meal. Kris' Krew team members helped mix batter, cook and serve sausage, pile on whipped cream, and wait tables. Team members helping out at the event include: Melanie Honaker, Krista McDonald, Joyce Johnson, Sherrill Konfrst, Lori Coulby, Julie Nickels, Laura Weatherby, Cortney Weatherby, Angi Miller, Kimi Miller, Cari Johnson, Mike Honaker, Bill Johnson, and Kaylie Johnson.

In addition to waffles, community members who attended the fundraiser had the opportunity to bid on items in a silent auction. Items for the auction were graciously donated by individuals and businesses in the Murray, Beaver Lake, Plattmouth area. With combined totals from the Waffleman and silent auction, Kris' Krew raised nearly $1300 for the American Cancer Society.

Mark your calendars for future fundraisers planned by Kris' Krew. On May 21 & 22, the team will have a bake sale in conjunction with Murray Garage Sales. Kris' Krew also plans on having a garage sale on June 4 & 5 in the Lakeview Subdivision, just north of Beaver Lake.

A few snapshots of the evening below:


A steady line formed from the front door, below, to the kitchen window, as shown above.


Below, the Waffle Man and a helper, in black, are waiting for more waffles to bake.


Some of the many toppings were butter spreads, flavored syrups and whipped cream.



Above, Joyce helps dispense toppings.


Cortney shows off one of the silent auction baskets,
which includes swim lessons this summer!


This is only one of the many beautiful windows in this old church.
In spite of the dreary weather, the windows added a beautiful ambiance
above all those who came to enjoy 'breakfast for dinner' and support
Kris' Krew and Relay for Life.

Article submitted by Melanie Honaker.


Upcoming 2010 ACS Cass County Relay For Life Fund Raisers

Car Wash - Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 to 4:00 at Plattsmouth Keno. Free-will donation. Sponsored by
Survivors R Us.

Vendor Open House - Saturday, May 22 from 10:00 to 2:00 at Bellevue Lied Activity Center (2711 Arboretum Dr.). Vendors include At Home Entertaining, Tupperware, Arbonne, Tastefully Simple, and more. Sponsored by Thundering Herd.

Garage Sale - Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5 from 8:00 to 4:00 on both days at 13412 S. 31st Circle, Bellevue. Sponsored by Thundering Herd.

Rock-n-Race for a Cure - Saturday, June 5 at Rolling Thunder Drag Strip. Admission $10. Gates open at 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by LD's Warriors.

Craft Booth - Friday, June 11; Saturday, June 12; & Sunday, June 13 at Springfield Days (Friday 5:00 to 10:00, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 to 4:00). Sponsored by Thundering Herd.

Blackjack Run - Saturday, June 19, starting at Plattsmouth Keno. Sign up from 11:30 to 1:30. Motorcycles and classic cars welcome. Cost is $10/hand. Sponsored by Carol's Crusaders.





Village Board meeting minutes are now available and ready for you to view.

Just go to the 'Village Office' tab above and click on 'Minutes'.

Please note that the next Village Board meeting
will NOT be on Tuesday, May 11th,
but will be on Thursday, May 13, 2010, due to the primary elections.

Regular Tuesday Board meetings will resume in June.

Thank you!







Bill G.
Tina O.
Helen S.
Bobby S.
Don U.
Roger W.





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High School:

5/1 @ Yutan (ECNC) 9:00
5/7 @ JCC 9:00
5/13 Districts

Junior High:

4/29 @ JCC 4:00
5/4 @ Yutan 1:30
5/12 @ Malcolm (ECNC) 9:00


Conestoga Jr. High Track Results

Listed below are the individuals and relays that placed in the top 3 at the Conestoga Jr-High Track Meet in Plattsmouth on Thursday, April 22, 2010

Team Results:
- 3rd place with 90 pts.
Girls - 6th place with 38 pts.

Boys:High Jump - Noah Dankof, 2nd at  4'10"
Long Jump - Patrick Carlton, 3rd at 14'10"
100M Hurdles - Stephen Sawyer, 2nd at 17.72 sec.
400M Dash - Jim Drake, 1st at 61.6 sec.; Patrick Carlton 2nd at 63.5 sec.
1200M Run - Damon Dragoo, 2nd at 3:58.1
200M Dash - Jim Drake, 3rd at 27.7 sec.
800M Run - Patrick Carlton, 1st at 2:29.8; Damon Dragoo, 2nd at 2:32.8
1600M Relay - 2nd at 4:31.5 (Jim Drake, Josh Perry, Damon Dragoo, Patrick Carlton)

Girls:400M Dash - K Parriott, 3rd at 69.2 sec.
1200M Run - K Parriott, 1st at 4:14.5
800M Run - K Parriott, 2nd at 2:46.5
1600M Run - 3rd at 5:11.4, (Kaylee Sarvis, Whitney Phelps, Makayla Parriott, Maddie Hardesty)

Results submitted by
Kyle Steckler
Activities Director
Conestoga Jr-Sr High School


Below are some shots of the Conestoga Jr-High Track kids at the meet in
Plattsmouth, Thursday, April 22, 2010:



































Pankonin Reflects on First Term as a State Senator

April 23, 2010,
Lincoln -

The four years of my first term in the legislature went by very quickly. I want to tell you what I realized that I needed to learn, in order to represent you to the best of my ability. This job includes four distinctly different elements. I call them the four "Ps". The four are people, process, policy and politics. At times they must each be considered separately, and at others they intertwine and require a more complex response. Let me briefly explain each of the elements.

The people element has been the one I have enjoyed the most. A senator works with and sometimes against the other 48 members of the legislature, and also runs for legislative offices or leadership positions among these peers. I have developed friendships with many of my colleagues, but, more importantly, I have attempted to gain their respect. I have tried to put in the time and effort required to demonstrate my commitment to the legislature, be straightforward in my dealings with others, make a good faith effort to learn the issues and treat others with respect. This has resulted in being elected by my fellow senators to several positions of leadership and has helped in passing legislation that I have introduced.

The second element is the process. There are written rules and traditions that allow the legislative process to function both within the committee structure and on the legislative floor. Learning the process is like so many of our life learning experiences. First you observe. Then you try some simple tasks to test your skills. With every step you take, you gain more confidence. As the years have gone by, I have felt more comfortable in all aspects of the process.

The policy piece has been fascinating but has also presented great challenges. The legislature considers hundreds of bills every year on a very wide range of topics. Even though I am interested in many policy questions, as a senator I soon learned to focus on bills that received priority designation by an individual senator (one per year), each legislative committee (two per year), and the speaker of the legislature (25 per year). Priority bills are the proposals that are most likely to be enacted and become law. In addition to the priority bills, a senator must spend as much time as possible on bills heard before the standing legislative committees, on which he or she serves. I serve on three standing committees, including the Retirement Systems Committee, for which I am the chairperson. As a committee chair, a senator needs to develop in-depth knowledge of the issues and proposals that come before your committee. It is probably impossible to be an expert on every bill or policy question, but you should be well informed about the bills before your committees and be ready to help with their passage, if they are scheduled for debate by the entire legislature. One final comment about policy. I have learned that many bills can have very valid arguments on both sides of an issue. This can create the need to make some very difficult decisions.

The last but not the least important of the "Ps" is politics. Specifically, I will mention two aspects of this element: being part of an "elected" representative legislature and true political reality. When you file to place you name on the ballot to represent approximately 35,000 citizens, you need to have a sense of what the majority of your constituents' views are on a range of issues. Plus, you need to understand the political reality of factors, such as the possibility of a gubernatorial veto of a bill, the lobby's position and the influence of other interest groups, with which many of your constituents may agree. So, a senator cannot operate in a vacuum, and politics is an influential element in the legislative arena.

After four years as District 2's representative in Lincoln, I have learned that the vast majority of the citizens I represent have a common sense approach to the issues, with views that I share. I also appreciate my experienced office staff, who have made every attempt to serve you promptly.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you for the past four years. We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.

Senator Dave Pankonin
State Capitol
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509

(402) 471-2613







MAY 21 - 22, 2010

Plan to have your garage sale when others in Murray have theirs.
It makes sense too, because there's more 'traffic' in town that day for many sales,
than at other times for only one sale.
Believe it or not, there have even been traffic jams in Murray on 'garage sale day'!
Just join in and share with the advertising costs, then get busy organizing your own sale.

Advertising is done in the following areas:

" Online edition
American Classifieds, Omaha
" " Council Bluffs
" " Lincoln
" " 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
right here at and other
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.








Above is only a small sample of some plants that were available at last year's sale.


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!!





To retrieve past editions of the Murray Newsletter, click on the
'What's New' tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page. There, in red, you can read all the past articles since its' inception, in the Spring of 2009.






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

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 Waste Management recycle bins located behind Town Hall are for Murray residents only, although Murray residents may also use the Cass County Recycle Trailer.)






Please note that registrations will be accepted until noon (or a little later) on
Friday, April 30, 2010, instead of the date as shown on the flier below:







First Christian Church 2010 Concert Series

Faith Singers from Missouri

May 1, Saturday @ 7PM

Free Admission with Love offering taken


Weeping Water First Christian Church 2010 Concert Series starts with an awesome concert on
May 1, Saturday at 7PM

Faith Singers have been singing together since May 2004. Our first road trip out of state was to Apache Junction, Arizona, near Phoenix. While there we ministered in several RV Parks and just had a wonderful time praising our Lord. Since then Godhas allowed us to travel and sing for His glory to many places. We find no place too small or to large to minister. Our commitment is to our Lord and Saviour and we will do our best to meet the needs of those we serve.

Faith Singers are members of Mo-Kan Gospel Music Association, out of Independence, Missouri, Country Gospel Music Association out of Branson, Missouri and Christian Music Ministries out of Shawnee Kansas.

Faith Singers received the Silver Heart Award for Accapella Artist of the year for the Central Division of Country Gospel Music Association, in 2006 and 2007. For the last several years we have sang at the Missouri State Fair, we have been on stage at the Wyandotte County Fair and at many festivals in the northern Missouri area.

The concert is free admission and will be located at the First Christian Church, 306 W. H St. with a love offering taken for the ministry.

For more information contact 402-269-5508 or








Cass County Museum's Fifth Annual Living History Day

Saturday, May 1

The historical society museum at 646 Main Street, Plattsmouth, NE and its log cabin and caboose, at the end of Main Street, will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Living History demonstrations will take place throughout the day in the
museum and in the courtyard next to the museum.

Demonstrations in the museum will include a soap making display by Chris Hess, weaving by Linda Barnard Duncan,and spinning by Dee Hogya. Florene Nickles will play the 1893 Packard Reed Organ throughout the day. Small table looms will be available to children for a hands-on experience in weaving.

From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Davis Conference Room, Cass County Retired
Teachers will host a May Basket Workshop for Children ages 5 to 10. The teachers
will tell children about the May Basket tradition and help them make a basket. It will
take about 20 minutes to make a basket with the last session starting at 2:30.
Outside in the courtyard, Ron Rookstool and Vernon Grashorn will demonstrate
blacksmithing while William Duff will be making rope.
At the end of Main Street, in addition to open houses at the log cabin and caboose,
there will be an antique tractor show, coordinated by Ray Bryant.

Admission to all events is Free, but donations will be accepted.

For additional information, call the museum at 296-4770.





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May 5 - Booster Club Meeting
May 6 - 3rd Grade Field Trip


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