HAPPY 13th BIRTHDAY, LUCAS!
GRADUATING CONESTOGA CLASS of 2010!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
~ Mark Twain ~
CONESTOGA HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT
SATURDAY, MAY 8th, 2010
CONESTOGA HIGH SCHOOL GYM
HIGHWAY 1 and 42nd STREET
Just because you're graduating, don't forget............
If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you.
~ Author Unknown ~
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to ALL the MOMS OUT THERE!!!
Remember Mom this Sunday and celebrate her!
The mother's heart is the child's school-room.
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~
WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS to...
who were married on April 3, 2010 at the
The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Las Vegas
the MGM Grand Hotel.
They, also, wish to send all of their Murray friends, 'hello'!
FFA LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT
With the warmer temperatures, Conestoga FFA members are eager
to begin their newest project - a vegetable garden behind the school.
The chapter received a grant last year from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture
(NDA). This grant allows the chapter to grow vegetables in their high tunnel building
to the west of the high school. They plan to sell their bounty of vegetables at the
Plattsmouth Farmers' Market this summer.
As with any big project, the first step is education. Vaughn Hammond and Casey Foster
offered their assistance and knowledge to the FFA members. Both came to the school
Monday, April 26, 2010 to discuss vegetable production to students interested in helping
with the garden and farmer's market.
Hammond, an extension technologist at the University of Nebraska Lincoln Kimmel
Education and Research Center in Nebraska City, has visited the school several times.
He helps the agriculture classes know what to plant as well as how to plant it. Hammond
also educates the students on what pests to look for and pest management.
Foster is a promotion coordinator for the NDA. He talked to students about selling
at the farmer's market this summer. Foster explained to students what a senior farmers'
market coupon looks like and how to use it.
Students use the information learned from Hammond and Foster in addition to what
they have been learning in their agricultural classes. The Horticulture, Marketing, and
Introduction to Agriculture classes continue to work on improving their garden in hopes
of making it to the market this summer.
NEW FFA PRESIDENT, SHANNON KING
FBLA MEMBERS HONOR NATION'S FALLEN HEROES
We were on our way to Nehawka for a baseball game last Wednesday evening when
we saw a bunch of people out in the north lawn of Conestoga Jr-Sr High School,
facing Highway 1, west of Murray. Wow, were they doing some new landscaping
at the school? What kind of red and yellow flowers were those? No, they were red
and yellow utility flags. On that very breezy night, Conestoga FBLA members
'planted' almost 6000 flags on the grassy slope.
Each little flag represents the soldiers from all 50 states that have died in
Afghanistan and Iraq since the war began. Yellow represents the soldiers killed in
Iraq and the red represents those soldiers killed in Afghanistan. In the middle of the
cross are flags in the shape of Nebraska to represent Nebraska soldiers killed.
Each flag has the name of a soldier printed on it.
Conestoga FBLA members were invited to use this display that was previously
designed and setup by the Elmwood-Murdock FBLA Chapter and would like
to thank them for allowing us this opportunity to share in honoring our fallen military.
(Story contributed by Sheila Walters/Conestoga FBLA Advisor)
MURRAY CLEAN-UP DAYS
SATURDAY and SUNDAY
MAY 15 -16
The 'Keep America Beautiful - Great American Cleanup' is our nation's
largest community improvement program. Village residents are encouraged
to do their part, too, during Murray Clean-Up Days.
Don't forget to make good use of the recycling bins located at both the
Murray Fire Station and behind Town Hall.
The burn pile, located at the south end of Railroad Avenue, will be open and is
for yard waste only. Dumpsters will be located there, as well, for other, non-recyclable
items. (Please, NO concrete, glass, paint or tires in the dumpsters or burn pile.)
Attendants will check for residency, with a Murray utility bill stub serving
as sufficient proof.
BE AN INSPIRATION
KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL!!!
A Sightreading Workshop is scheduled for beginners and intermediate players
on Monday evenings, from May 17 - June 7, from 6:30 PM - 8 PM, in
The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in picturesque Avoca, Nebraska.
This will be a wonderful opportunity for beginners and intermediate players
of all ages to sightread music that you've never seen before, and don't have
to ever see again.
During the workshop, led by Deborah Greenblatt, discover how to negotiate
new compositions with minimum stress, and maximum music.
The beauty of this workshop is that all you have to do is show up.
There is no preparation necessary, although pre-registration is required.
The fee for the Sightreading Workshop is $80.00 per person.
For more information, call 402-275-3221, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zach M., a student at Conestoga Jr-Sr High School, for his friendly nature and simply, politely, offering to shake hands, when I met him last Wednesday evening. Zach and fellow classmate, Paige W., (also a very nice young person), were telling us about the flags for soldiers project they were working on with their classmates.
The art of shaking hands is being lost, it seems. When teams face each other after a game on the field or court, they usually only 'slap hands', but how often do you see them actually shaking the hand of an opponent?
My dad was a big 'hand-shaker' and he told us kids, (by his actions), that we should
always offer our hand when we meet someone, young or old, male or female. I remember that Dad always wore a baseball-style cap, too, but usually with a fish logo on it. He always took his cap off when he went inside the house, anyone's house, or when he met a lady, as he shook hands with her. It was, simply, the polite thing to do. I miss seeing that, especially with young people. It's out there, but not as often as it used to be.
Thanks, Zach, and thanks to the person, (or people), who took the time to show you how to be ~ simply polite.
(If you have someone you'd like to send a 'kudos' to, email me and I'll put it here, too!)
2010 Relay For Life of Cass County
Please join us for twelve hours of activity when we walk the track to honor
those we have lost to Cancer and celebrate the lives of those who are surviving.
This is the 15th year of the Relay For Life of Cass County and the 26th Anniversary
of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. It is a wonderful event that a lot of
thought and hard work is put into by the ACS staff and a small volunteer committee.
There is nothing in the world that would give us more satisfaction than having every
one of you (adults, children, family and friends) join us to
Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back
and bring us all Hope for a better, brighter day.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
7:00 PM to 7:00 AM
Plattsmouth High School Football Field & Track
Rain or Shine - if necessary the walk will be moved into the high school
There will be music and games for even the smallest - a bounce house, too!
Bring your tents and sleeping bags and camp out with us under the stars!
A night you're sure to remember!
For additional information: www.relayforlife.org/casscone or 402-393-5801
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ........ Your 2010 Relay Committee
When you plan to have a garage sale, you already have decided that
those items are going. So, after your sale, if you have any items leftover,
please consider donating them to Hosanna Lutheran Church in Plattsmouth.
If requested, you may also receive a receipt for your tax deductible donation.
You won't even have to haul them away! The items will be picked up at your place.
We would prefer that the items be boxed, not bagged, although we'll be happy
to take them either way and grateful for your donation.
To make arrangements for pick-up of your items, please call
Gloria or Tom at 235-2999.
GET WELL WISHES are SENT TO...
GARAGE SALE SIGN-UP ENDS TODAY, MAY 5TH
Copy and print the form below or pick up a form at the
post office, Town Hall or Murray State Bank. Then bring the completed
form and $12.00 to help pay for ads, fliers, highway signs and having
your sale location put on the map to:
201 N How Ave
Murray, NE 68409
Call with any questions, 235-2926.
Good luck at YOUR sale!
Sale Location: _________________________________________
Phone number: _________________________________________
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:
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:
201 N How Ave
Murray, NE 68409
Call Pat with any questions at 235-2926.
DON'T FORGET THIS FRIDAY'S PLANT SALE
Just in time for Mother's Day, Graduation & Spring planting
Friday, May 7, 2010
7:30am - 6:00pm
Great quality & variety provided by
The Plantman Nursery
Proceeds help support
Conestoga's Destination Imagination Teams
CONESTOGA SOCCER SCHEDULE
5-5 TBD B&G V SOCCER @ DISTRICTS
5-6 TBD B&G V SOCCER @ DISTRICTS
5-12 TBD B&G V SOCCER @ STATE TOURNAMENT
5-14 TBD B&G V SOCCER @ STATE TOURNAMENT
5-15 TBD B&G V SOCCER @ STATE TOURNAMENT
CONESTOGA TRACK SCHEDULE
5/7 @ JCC 9:00
5/12 @ Malcolm (ECNC) 9:00
People, Process & Policy in the 2010 Legislative Session
April 30, 2010, Lincoln -
Recently, I talked about four elements that are often present in the complex
work of our state legislature. Three of the elements - people, process and policy -
came to mind when I thought about noteworthy events in the 2010 session.
People were the keys to compromises on issues that divided citizens,
organizations and senators alike. Negotiations led by Education Committee
Chairman Greg Adams, Judiciary Committee Chairman Brad Ashford and
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood were instrumental in potentially ending
a two-year disagreement among the state's six community colleges. We hear
a lot about state aid for K-12 education, but the aid formula for community
colleges is seldom mentioned. The disagreement in question began last
year when officials from Metropolitan Community College (Metro) complained
that revisions in the formula reduced their funding so much that they were
forced to raise property taxes. Tensions increased when the other five colleges
ousted Metro from their state association. A lawsuit filed by Metro against the
other colleges caused state lawmakers to discuss the possible need for
legislative action to resolve the dispute. Thanks to the efforts of Senators Adams,
Ashford and Flood, the colleges agreed to accept a temporary aid formula and
work together on a permanent one for the future, and Metro dismissed its lawsuit.
Another dispute involved a proposal to create a two-year freeze on construction
of new physician-owned hospitals. The proposal was offered because the impact
of such construction on health care costs has not been reviewed, since Nebraska
became one of 14 states that does not require a certificate of need to justify new
facilities more than ten years ago. The proposal prompted strong disagreements
among citizens in and around the Kearney area, where a new physician-owned
hospital was already under construction. It appeared that floor debate on this
proposal might be lengthy and possibly contentious, so lawmakers, including
Speaker Flood and Lincoln Senator Kathy Campbell who introduced the proposal,
worked with interested constituent groups to negotiate a compromise. The study,
which will look at the viability of competing hospitals, will be conducted but will not
affect decisions about the Kearney project that is already underway.
The crucial role of committees in Nebraska's one-house legislature is evident in
the workings of the Appropriations Committee. The budget-writing responsibility
of this Committee is a great example of our legislative process at its best. In challenging
economic times, we hear stories about other states that struggle for months to pass
their budgets. In Nebraska the legislature can move the budget through three stages
of debate in a matter of days. Why does the process here work so efficiently? It is
because the months of work required to build the state budget are performed first
by the nine senators who serve on the Appropriations Committee. This Committee
meets five days a week, with additional meetings, as needed. The budget-writing
senators represent Nebraska's diversity in age, interests, occupations, policy positions
and place of residence. When the Committee delivers the budget to the full legislature,
there are opportunities for questions, debate and changes, but most of the work is
already finished. The legislature is required to create and pass a balanced budget
every year. Our process supports this requirement in the best way possible.
A restructuring of state law to allow for the private development of wind farms was
probably the most significant new public policy enacted during the 2010 legislative
session. The drafting, writing, introduction and passage of LB 1048 took more than
a year. Wind developers, representatives from Nebraska's public utilities and members
of the Natural Resources Committee held countless meetings and hearings to discuss
policy compromises, before the entire legislature even saw the bill.
LB 1048 was introduced to remove barriers to privately generated electricity that have
been in place since the 1930s, when Nebraska became this country's only public
power state. Our public power policies have limited development of wind energy,
because public utilities do not qualify for federal incentives that have made wind
energy production so attractive in other states. LB 1048 will allow private developers
to generate wind power in Nebraska and export it to other states. In ways too
numerous to describe here, this new policy will serve individuals and businesses
in our state and protect our low energy costs, as well.
I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the
We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.
Senator Dave Pankonin
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
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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:
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.)
Cass County Extension office will host a Composting Workshop. Vaughn Hammond,
Extension Technologist from the Kimmel Education and Research Center in
Nebraska City will present a Home Composting workshop on
Thursday, May 27th from 10:00-11:30.
Compost is every gardener¹s best friend. We will teach you how to make compost using
either the hot or cold approach as well as cover several different types of composters
available. We will also construct a compost bin that is easy to build and affordable.
To top the morning off we will also cover vermiculture or the process of
composting with worms.
The workshop is offered free to anyone who is interested; no need to pre-register.
The Cass County Extension office is located at 8400 144th Street,
three miles north of Weeping Water on the Cass County Fairgrounds,
(Highway 1 and 144th Street).
Contact: Mary Ann Holland
Cass County Extension office
8400 144th Street, Ste. 100
Weeping Water, NE 68463
Friday, May 7, DI Plant Sale
Saturday, May 8, Conestoga Graduation
Sunday, May 9, Mother's Day
Tuesday, May 11, Election Day - VOTE!
Tuesday, May 11, NO Village Board Meeting
Thursday, May 13, Village Board Meeting
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