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Murray Newsletter - June 16, 2010


This Sunday, June 20,  is set aside for all of us to honor our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers or any special friend that might have stepped up and filled the role of 'father'.  In some cases, 'Dad' might have actually been Mom or another special lady in our lives.  I hope you're able to be with that special person to share the day with.




The "Girls On The Road 2 Cre8tivity" Destination Imagination team is back from their trip to Knoxville, TN, where they competed against 70 other Middle School teams in their challenge "Breaking DI News" (pronounced "breaking dih news" by tournament officials).  They competed at the Middle Level (6th-8th grade), representing Conestoga Jr.-Sr. High.  Team members were Madeliene Cutler, K. Parriott, Megan Jamison, Makayla Parriott, and Isabelle Cutler.  Bridgette Barnhardt was originally on the team and helped develop the team's solution to the Central Challenge, but moved to Illinois a week before the State tournament. Isabelle  Cutler stepped in to her shoes and learned her lines at the last minute.  The team was kept on track by Team Managers Mary Cutler and Jim Parriott, and
were supported at Globals by their Pit Crew: Rita Parriott, Mel Jamison, Brenda Klingforth, and Chuck and Cindy Coufal.

Their Central Challenge was to build a structure out of newsprint and commercially available glue that would would be as light as possible and hold as much weight as possible.  They also needed to put on an 8 minute skit that contained a News Report of an event that occurred in a country other than their own.  All props and backdrops had to fit inside a container no larger than 24" x 30" x 48".  They used a 3 sided folding set (that team member Isabelle Cutler rotated from inside for scene changes) and a "magic" book to transport 2 characters (played by Megan Jamison and Madeleine Cutler) through space and time from their present day living room to Indonesia on Dec. 26, 2004 to witness the Boxing Day Tsunami.  Fleeing from the giant (3D, moving) wave, the two time-traveling disaster refugees met a native woman (played by Makayla Parriott) who fed them ( real ) seasoned rice and vegetables.  She helped them return to their living room, where a TV newscaster (played by Isabelle Cutler) noted that it was the  6th anniversary of the disaster.  While the skit was going on, team member K. Parriott was stacking weights on the team's 72.9 gram (slightly over 2 1/2 ounces) structure.  615 lbs. were added before the columns failed in the middle.  The structure and skit accounted for 60% of the team's total score.

While the 615 lbs was a record for the team, some of the other teams managed to hold as much as 1,020 lbs with structures weighing as little as 1/2 as much!

The team fared much better in the Instant Challenge portion of the tournament, which counts for 40% of their total score.  Unlike the Central Challenge, which they had months to prepare for, the Instant Challenge was a mystery until it was time to do it- it was a test of "thinking on your feet".  The team entered a room and had 5 minutes to figure out how to keep 10 golf balls (for at least 3 seconds each) in a 16" long piece of 8" diameter PVC pipe.  The pipe was suspended vertically about a foot above the floor, and had six 4" holes in the sides and the top and bottom were open.  They had 4 paper clips, 2 clothes pins, 10 tooth picks, 2 pipe cleaners, 2 note cards, an 18" string, and a tissue.  They quickly decided the best solution was to make a net across the bottom using the pipe cleaners and string, with the paper clips and clothes pins to anchor it to
the rim of the pipe.  The note cards and Kleenex were placed on top the net to distribute the weight, and the sides of the pipe kept them from going anywhere.  In the one minute placement time, during which the pipe or materials could not be touched, they quickly placed all 10 balls.  Of the 70 teams competing in their challenge and level, they scored the highest in Instant Challenge!  Buoyed by their Instant Challenge score, the team secured 9th place over all!

The team also volunteered to be an International Ambassador team, and was paired with a team from Ekin College (a middle school, actually), Turkey.  The Turkish team consisted of 4 girls, and a boy. 3 of the girls shared the first name "Deniz" (pronounced "Deh-niece"), which caused a little bit of confusion....The other girl was named "Ecem" (pronounced "Eh-jem") and the boy was Uigar ("Wee-gar").  Their Team Manager was their English teacher, Nazli ("Nass-lee") The trip was an interesting one for them - some of their props did not make the trip, and had to be made again after a couple of Wal-Mart runs.... their cell phones did not work over here, and the phones they bought to replace them had a limited amount of minutes, which were quickly eaten up when the kids called home to say that they had arrived safe and sound .  We took them shopping in Knoxville, and out to Five Guys for "a REAL American
cheeseburger- not McDonald's or Burger King" (Uigar ate TWO, and could hardly walk out of the place!).  We watched each others' Central Challenge and Ta-Da! (unscored improv) performances and just "hung out" in the dorms and at the after party/teen dance.

Here are our new Turkish friends, Deniz, Uigar, Deniz, Ecem, Deniz and Nazli:


We painted "the rock" a couple times, watched a few performances, made costumes for the "Duct Tape Ball" dance and participated in the Improv Fiesta... all in all it was fun, educational week in Knoxville.


Painting the pep rally rock at UT, (above), are from left to right:

Makayla Parriott
K Parriott
Jaci Parriott
Madeleine Cutler
James Parriott
Isabelle Cutler
Danie Parriott
Megan Jamison

The Destination Imagination 'Girls on the Road 2 Cre8tivity' would like to thank our Sponsors:

The Nehawka Bank, N & W Transfer Inc, Copple, Henry Motor, Home State Bank, Louisville Family Dental, Midwest Farmers Coop, Murray Lumber, Pankonin's Inc, Tincher Auto Mall, Todd Seeds, 75-Mart, Beaver Lake BP, Jakebob, Jeff's Jack & Jill Grocery, Louisville Hardware, Murray State Bank, Stan's Bakery,and Conestoga Schools.


Hosanna Lutheran Church Annual Rummage Sale

Thursday, June 24th 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday, June 25th 9:00 am -2:00 pm
Saturday, June 26th 9:00 am- 2:00 pm

700 S. 18th Street
Plattsmouth, NE

(Across from the Plattsmouth Middle School)

Bake Sale!

Lunch on the grill!


For summer 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!



















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

RELAY for LIFE team at these fun events:

Saturday, June 19 -
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!

Saturday, June 19 -
Cass County Relay for Life team, "Bronson's Brigade" is having a car wash 
at the Plattsmouth State Bank Drive-In facility on Chicago Avenue from noon
to 3:00 PM. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society Relay.

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!






The Southeast Soccer Club will be accepting registrations at:

Murray Christian Church (304 W. Young St)

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.




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:

June 15 - 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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