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Murray Newsletter - June 9, 2010


MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010



Every year on Flag Day, June 14th, Americans proudly display our
country's beautiful flag as a symbol of love and respect.  Our flag has
been carried into battles and it even stands on the rocky moon to show
that Americans have been there!  Being united as a nation and being
able to celebrate our abundant freedoms is the perfect reason for all
Americans to honor and fly 'Old Glory'.

There is a right way to display the flag. The American
flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and
the many people who gave their lives for our country and its people.

Here are the basic steps on how to properly display the American flag:

The American flag is always flown at the very top of the pole with 
state flags and others flying below it.

The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
In the morning, raise the flag briskly.
At sunset, lower it slowly.
Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.

The flag should not be flown at night unless a light is shining on it.

The flag should not be flown in the rain or during inclement weather.

After a national tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days.
(It's called "half staff" on land and "half mast" on a ship.)

When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at
the top end of the pole.

The union is always on the top. When displayed in print,
the stars on blue field are always on the top left.

NEVER let the flag touch the ground!  Never!

Fold your flag when storing it. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box, all wrinkled.

When your flag is old and faded or torn from the elements, it is time to retire it, but do not throw it in the trash. Old flags should be burned or buried and there is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it.  Your local Boy Scout group or VFW knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them and, by all means, try to attend the ceremony.  It's very moving and something you'll always remember.






These little guys are ready to get down to some serious summer fun -

a game of baseball!

Monday evening, June 7, 2010, the weather was just right for a game at Young Memorial Park's baseball field.  The Murray Cougars and the Nehawka Angels coach-pitch teams had a big crowd cheering for all the players.


Above, the Nehawka Angels take the field as the Cougars come to bat.
Then, a Cougar hits the ball down third base line and takes
off towards first base.


You just can't beat a summer evening at the ball park
watching the kids play good ol' American baseball!




Event announcements and advertising can be an enormous expense when
you're wanting or needing to get the word out.  If you've checked into regular
newspaper pricing lately for such items, you'll know what I'm talking about.  So
why spend your hard-earned money, when you can accomplish the same thing
right here - FREE - on your local news website?

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Birth Announcements
Letters to the Editor
Birthday Greeting
Upcoming Events
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and So Much More.

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The Weeping Water swimming pool will opens at 12:00 noon. 
Pool passes will be available for purchase at the pool office.


Family Pass:  $125.00

Single Pass:  $75.00

10 Card Punch:  $35.00

Single Day:  $4.00

For more information, please contact the Weeping Water city office at 267-5152.










Field Day for Amateur Ham Radio Operators

Young Memorial Park

Murray, NE

June 26-27, 2010









For summertime fun, click on any event or any

day of the calendar on

the right side of this page for details about

what's going on around our area!











NEASTA Fiddle Tune Composition Contest

Entries for the Eighth Annual  Nebraska American String Teachers Fiddle Tune
Composition Contest were received from Arkansas, Arizona, California, Illinois,
Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Canada, and Nebraska (Bellevue, Lincoln, Seward,


The results are as follows:

First Place:  "The Flowering Bush", Mike Casey, Oak Park, IL

Second Place: "Harker's Crossing", Kelsey Wells, Murfreesboro, TN
& "Mowin' the Lawn (in my Hundred Dollar Shoes)", Nissa de la Torre, Lincoln, NE

Third Place: "FiddleLinReel", Lin O'Brien, Lincoln, NE

The winning tunes will be printed in up-coming issues of Stringing Along, our Nebraska ASTA newletter.  For more information about subscribing to Stringing Along, contact the Editor, Mindy Hunke at

For information on next year's Nebraska ASTA Fiddle Tune Composition Contest,



The latest Village Board Meeting Minutes are available for you
when you scroll over the 'Village Office' tab and click on 'Minutes'.






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: or 402-393-5801

Your 2010 Relay Committee


Mark your calendars so you can plan to go and support the following

teams at these fun events:

Friday, June 11, Saturday, June 12 & Sunday, June 13, 2010 -
Thundering Herd is sponsoring a craft booth at Springfield Days.
Hours: Friday - 5 PM to 10 PM - Saturday & Sunday - 8 AM to 4 PM.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 -
Carol's Crusaders is sponsoring their annual Blackjack Run. Sign up is from
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Plattsmouth Keno and the cost is $10 per hand.
Motorcycles and classic cars welcome!

Info about fundraisers - the dates and particulars - can always be found at,  where they will be listed in the left-hand
column at the fundraiser tab.

Thank you for your continued support!






Registration is now open for the 2010 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the
Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Deborah Greenblatt, championship
fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with
their inner fiddler. The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp will
be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

Fiddle Camp for Beginners is Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 18. This camp includes some of the basics and fun of fiddling, such as performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, and jamming. Fiddling styles include bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Klezmer, old-time, and newly composed tunes by the campers. Movement and singing are included in the experience.

Fiddle Camp for Intermediate/Advanced Fiddlers is Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16, 2010. Campers will discuss picking tunes for contests, performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, playing for dancers, back-up fiddling, arranging twin fiddle pieces , and jamming. Many fiddling styles will be represented, including original compositions by the campers.

Each day is scheduled from 9 AM - 1 PM. Registration is available on line at

For more information, contact Deborah Greenblatt at




The Southeast Soccer Club will be accepting registrations at:

Murray Christian Church (304 W. Young St)

Thursday, June 10th, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 24th, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Players are accepted from anywhere, as long as they want to play soccer!

Fall season starts towards the end of August and ends at the end of October.

Registration deadline July 1st.

Please bring a copy of player's birth certificate and a small school photo.

Birthday Cut-Off dates:
Players minimum age: 4 years old by August 1st
Players maximum age:  18 years old by August 1st

U5 & U6:   4 and 5 year olds playing  "Micro" soccer in  3 vs 3 - style,
and taught   basic skills, but the main objective is that they have FUN! 
Fee:  $20

U7 - U14 - Players must be 6yrs old by August 1st and can NOT be
older than 13 by August 1st. These are our recreational players and
they will play games in Bellevue, Plattsmouth, Murray, and possibly
Papillion, Springfield, and Nebraska City,  (if enough kids sign up to have a team). 
Fee: $45

ENSA - We are now starting to have some of our younger age groups
play in this league, because it can be more challenging for the kids. It
does require a bigger committment from the kids and parents because
it's possible that games will be played in Elkhorn or Blair and possibly
other outlying communities; and their games may be on weekday evenings. 
ENSA Fee: $55

Registration forms are available on our website at if you would like to mail it to us at the
address on the form.

For more information, contact Fran Cutler by either email or phone, or 235-3170.









New Friends

Amazing Crafts

Wild Games

Lip-smacking Snacks

Swashbuckling Bible Adventures

Incredible Music

At Murray Christian Church

304 W Young St


Murray Presbyterian Church

105 W Main St

Both in Murray, Nebraska

Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18, 2010

Preschool through kindergarten:  9:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. at MPC

Kindergarten through 6th grade:  9 a.m. - Noon at MCC

For more information, please call either

Pastor Larry Hammons at MCC, 235-2527


Pastor Jeff McDonald at MPC, 235-2754





Children's Theater Auditions at Lofte in Manley

Auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "King Arthur's Quest" 
will be held on Monday, June 14, 2010 from 10am to 12pm at the Lofte Community Theatre near Manley.

There are roles for students entering 1st grade through 7th grade.  There is no
cost to participate in this production.  Those wishing to audition must arrive by
10am and be prepared to stay for the whole two-hour session.  The first rehearsal
begins 15-30 minutes after auditions.  There is no guarantee that everyone
who auditions will be cast in the play.  This is a group audition.  No advance
preparation is necessary, but a smile always helps!

The first rehearsal will begin at approximately 12:30pm on Monday, right after
auditions.  Subsequent rehearsals will take place at the Lofte each day that
week (through June 19) from 10am to 2:30pm.  Although not all actors will be
needed at each session, they should make sure they have a clear schedule
for the entire week.  It is important that each child attends ALL rehearsals
required for their role.   A detailed schedule for each child/role will be distributed
after auditions.

The Missoula Children's Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula,
Montana. This year they will work with more than 65,000 children across the globe.  Missoula's residency week at the Lofte Community Theatre is made possible by Home State Bank of Louisville.

The Lofte will hold two public performances on Saturday, June 19th, 2010.  The first is at 3pm, the second at 6pm.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

More information about "King Arthur's Quest" can be found on the Lofte's website,

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.




Otoe County Genealogical Society June Meeting

The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its June 10th meeting
at the Otoe County Museum of Memories at 366 Poplar Street in
Syracuse, Nebraska, at 7:00 pm.

The society will have a short meeting, and will then be sorting and cataloging
hundreds of 150 year-old criminal and civil case files from the Otoe County
District Courthouse and establishing a searchable database for future
research.  The museum's genealogical reference area will also be open to
anyone who wishes to research his or her family history.

If you need more information, you may email Otoe Genealogical Society @




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

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.)


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