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Murray Newsletter - July 7, 2010

Mosquito is out, it's the end of the day;
She's humming and hunting her evening away.
Who knows why such hunger arrives on such wings
At sundown I guess it's the nature of things.

~ N. M. Boedecker,  Midsummer Night Itch ~


Every summer has it's share of mosquitoes, but this summer the particularly
pesty population seems to have exploded, especially since the heavy rains a
couple of weeks ago.  Biting flies seem to be very prevalent this year, too,
and they can leave a nasty bite.

Be sure to walk around your yard and empty any standing water that
is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry disease.
Standing water can be found in the smallest of places, such as a bottle cap
or a child's toy.




The Murray Volunteer Fire and Rescue Personnel hosted their annual pancake feed on the 4th and, by the looks of the crowd, they fed quite a number of hungry mouths that day.  The rain didn't seem to keep anyone, from young to old,  from going to support our local firefighters and emergency medical techs.

Pete Isaacson welcomed everyone in as Conestoga FFA members served-up
pancakes, sausage and coffee or juice.  The FFA also did a great job of helping folks to their table and cleaning up afterward.



Hi, Pete!



The line keeps growing!



Plenty of room for everyone....





FFA members do great at serving.  Looks like Shannon needs more
pancakes in that big roaster!


College buds, Lanie and Cort...



Sierra and McKenzie sell raffle tickets...



Friends, Katie, with mom, Jan and Jan's friend since kindergarden, Kate...



"May I just try some of those pancakes, please?"



Another 4th of July has come and gone and for the second year in a row, Murray
had a cool and damp day.  Damp isn't quite the word for this year's celebration, though, but wet and soggy might be more appropriate.

It started raining sometime in the middle of the night and continued throughout the day, putting a real 'damper' on picnics and most outdoor activities.  The tractor pull and horseshoe games were canceled.

Showers were still falling around 3:30, when the July 4th Event Staff decided to cancel the parade that was to start at 7.  Wouldn't you know it?  Around 6:30 the clouds started movingaway and it turned out to be a great evening for celebrating our nation's birthday!

A huge round of fireworks signaled the start of the nightime festivities.  Throngs of peoplecrowded Young Park with their lawn chairs, sheets of plastic or trash bags to sit on thewet ground to enjoy the rest of their holiday evening.

The Conestoga Dance Team held a 'Kiddie Camp' during the day and the kids danced on the outfield grass of the ballfield to avoid the mud on the infield.

Winners of the raffle were announced and Linda Grunewald started the fireworks displayby singing our National Anthem.  Then it was 'lights out' as the fireworks lit the sky above for about half an hour.  It was a great display!

One event that could only get canceled by snow or lightning was OOZEBALL!

There were approximately 50 teams, each having a minimum of 6 members per team.  Teams were named Mud Studs, Hog Slop, Mudpuppies and other 'not-so-clean' titles.   Some of the teams had more than 6 members, so they could swap out if someone would get tired, injured or too muddy to move!

Three games would be going at one time, with yellow tape marking off the 'courts'.  Play was with single elimination.

The dirty, slimey,oozy, mud volleyball games kept hundreds of folks at the park for the better part of the afternoon.  Like bees to honeycomb the participants, ironically,  gathered under tents and portable gazebos to avoid being in the rain.  However, when it was their turn to play, out they'd run to jump in the mud and rain!  One guy even wore a yellow poncho while he was playing, but I doubt that the attire served him very well!





















My old camera went on the blink and my new one was filled-up, still waiting for me to figure out how to 'unload' them, so I was unable to get more shots at the other activities.  Hope you enjoy these pictures of the day and if you've taken any, please send them along to share in an upcoming Newsletter!   Thanks!



Performance Techniques Workshop

A Performance Techniques Workshop for musicians who want to share their music-making
with others is scheduled  for Saturday, August 7, from 1 PM - 3 PM,  in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse,
in picturesque Avoca, Nebraska.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for players of all ages
to learn to channel their nerves, and to communicate with an audience.  Participants should
prepare a short piece to play for their fellow classmates.  Memorization is optional. 
Pre-registration for the workshop is required.

The fee for the Performance Techniques Workshop
is $20.00 per musician.

For more information, call 402-275-3221, or



Nebraska: Planting Seeds for Sustainable Growth

Governor Dave Heineman was featured in the June 2010 Business Facilities magazine
for its Nebraska Governor's Report.

The story focused on the Governor's and state's long-term approach for establishing a
solid foundation in place for a thriving, diverse economy with a home-grown workforce.
In the report, Gov. Heineman summarized his philosopy, "We're trying to think long term.
We give our children the best education we can and then create the high-paying jobs that
are going to keep them in Nebraska."

View the full report at

Nebraska Parks Among the Best Family Campgrounds

Nebraska has some of the best state park areas in the nation, according to ReserveAmerica's annual list of the country's Top 100 Family Campgrounds.

Eugene T. Mahoney, Fort Robinson and Ponca state parks (SP) are ranked third, seventh and 25th, respectively, in the top 100 campgrounds.  ReserveAmerica, a leading recreation reservation service, recently announced its top 100 as a guide to help park-goers plan trips. It also handles Nebraska park reservations through

Nebraska parks ranked tops in the nation in many other listings by ReserveAmerica:

Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area is the No. 1 Fishing Spot.
Mahoney SP is ranked No. 1 in: Kid-Friendly Park, Tours and Events, and Romantic spots.
Fort Robinson SP is No. 1 in the Scenic Views category.

View all rankings at:

Information on Nebraska state park areas is available at




Camp Creek Antique Machinery and Threshing Show

July 17-18

17550 Bluff Rd

Waverly, NE

Experience the way life used to be. Steam engines, antique tractors,
steam crane, summer kitchen and country store. Demonstrations of
corn shelling, buttermaking, plowing and more.

Daily, 6am-6pm

Admission: $6

For More Information: Phone: (402) 217-9090



The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host a genealogy workshop

at the
Morton-James Public Library, 923 First Corso, Nebraska City
from 7-9 pm on July 8th, 2010.

Library staff will demonstrate how to use the library's standard microfilm reader
and the new ST200X digital microfilm reader as well.  Guests will also be given
instruction on what genealogical resources the library has available in its Reference
Room, along with instruction on utilizing the library's media center to help research
their family's history online.

Point of Contact: Curtis Wolbert, President/Otoe County Genealogical Society



Certified Grant Administrators Training

Register by July 27 for CDBG Certified Grant Administrators Training

Certified CDBG Grant Administrator training workshops are scheduled for Aug. 3-6
at Southeast Community College's Continuing Education Center, 301 S. 68th St. Place
in Lincoln.

Aug. 3 will be devoted to an overview of CDBG program requirements and local
governments' roles in meeting those requirements. Information will highlight contractual
requirements, the environmental review process, requesting funds, and reporting
requirements. Check in begins at 9:30 a.m., with the session beginning at 10 a.m.
CDBG Certified Administrators training will be held Aug. 4-6 for individuals who want
to become certified CDBG grant administrators. All municipalities and counties that
have been awarded CDBG awards must hire and/or employ certified administrators
to oversee projects. Attendees must complete the full two-day certification training
and successfully pass a written exam. The exam is optional for individuals who want
to receive the training, but do not want to become certified. Check in begins at 8 a.m.,
and training starts at 8:30 a.m.

The registration deadline for the workshops/full conference is July 27. A registration fee
for the day workshop (Aug. 3), full certification workshop (Aug. 4-6), or full conference (Aug. 3-6)
will provide attendees with training materials, including an administration manual, and
continental breakfasts, lunches, and breaks.

Conference information is available at

Contact Sara Watson at 800-426-6505, 402-471-4168 or; or
Christina Bartels at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3172 or



Omaha Children's Museum
500 S. 20th St
Omaha, NE
500 S. 20th St

Since its inception in 1976, Omaha Children's Museum has been
a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover
how the world works and learn through play. The museum's 35,000
square feet of permanent exhibits include Charlie Campbell Science
and Technology Center, Creative Arts Center and Imagination Playground.
The museum also offers an array of traveling exhibitions and educational programs.

Open Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm.

Extended summer hours Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Admission: $8 ages 2-59, $7 ages 60 & up, under 24 months free.

Handicapped accessible.

For More Information: Phone: (402) 342-6164



Nebraska Ranked Ninth in Overall Job Growth Performance

Nebraska's commitment to investing in technology-centric businesses, biotech,
and agriculture has it ranked among the top states in the country when it comes
to job growth, according to a new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and
National Chamber Foundation.

The "Enterprising States" study highlights how state and local policies-including
those in Nebraska-play a vital role in spurring job creation and economic development.
In overall job growth performance, Nebraska ranked No. 9 among the 50 states.
The study factored in: job growth; Gross State Product; and income growth for state
residents. The study notes that Nebraska added 15,000 jobs to its business and
financial services cluster since 2002, led by management and technical consulting,
management of enterprises, and credit intermediation - all adding at least 3,000 jobs
and averaging $55,000 to $90,000 in earnings per worker.

The report mentions the railroad and trucking industries as key job creators, which
bolsters Nebraska's transportation and warehousing sectors. Marketing consulting
and market research were also mentioned as key drivers for Nebraska.

View the full study at


Nebraska Population Growth, 2000-2009

The Census Bureau recently released city and county population estimates for 2009; these
are the last population estimates based on the 2000 Census to be released before the 2010
Census numbers are released starting in December of this year.  So, this would be a time to
review analysts' estimates of Nebraska's population growth during the 2000's.  Overall, the
state's population grew an estimated 4.9 percent between 2000 and 2009 (or from 1,713,345
to 1,796,619 persons).  That is about half the estimated national growth rate.

Between 2000 and 2009, 16 counties had positive population growth. The growth counties
included Nebraska's metropolitan counties and several Interstate 80 counties (see graph).
Reviewing city/incorporated place numbers, there were 88 places experiencing positive
growth between 2000 and 2009. While nearly all of Nebraska's largest communities had
positive growth, the towns with the largest growth rates were among the smaller communities
in the state - Gretna, Hallam, and Hickman.  Each, however, is located near a much larger city.

So, although all sizes of counties and communities experienced population increases, growth
occurred primarily in the state's metropolitan counties and communities from 2000 to 2009. 
The 2010 Census results might change these estimates slightly, but significant differences
are unlikely.



It'll be here before you know it!

Visit the Cass County Fair website, and view all the preparations
for the 2010 Cass County Fair!

Click Here:





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:

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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