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Murray Newsletter - July 21, 2010


We were in Elmwood, NE last Thursday night for a baseball game and this sunset was beautiful!



All land-line and cell phone customers in area code 402 should start using the area code in all phone calls now and in contact information sent to this Newsletter.

Thank you!


How Are You Doing with YOUR

Recycling Efforts?

The recycling trailer program in Cass County is gaining momentum.  At the end of only 4 months of recycling household waste (HHW) with our recycling trailers we have diverted over 37 tons of HHW from the landfills. 

To give you a better perspective of what that means here is a comparison using 1 ton of recycled paper.

1 ton of recycled paper saves:    

17 trees   
70 gallons of oil 
7,000 gal. of water 
41,000 kw of energy     
60 gal. of air pollution     
3 cu. yd. of landfill space


To date we have recycled over 37 tons of HHW.   (Plastics save more oil, so the numbers would actually vary, but this seems to be a good way to help visualize our impact.)  Had this been 37 tons of all recycled paper, it would be the equivalent to a total saving of:

629 trees   
2590 gallons of oil 
259,000 gal. of water 
1,517,000 kw of energy     
2,220 gal. of air pollution     
111 cu. yd. of landfill space

This program would not be possible were it not for the cooperative efforts of all the communities and individuals working to support this program.





The Conestoga Cheer squad traveled to Lake Okoboji, IA for 4 days of fun,
sun and lots of work!  Each day was spent outside, learning more cheers,
jumps, dances and making friends.  The entire squad earned 'All American'.


Members pictured above:  Front row-Kirsten Clawson, Lindsey Drake, Shannon King and Paige Price
Back row-Liz Rice, Jamie Johnson, Kate Nutzman, Miranda Sawyer, Lexi Hoshor and Chelsie Topliff


Some of the ten of Conestoga's cheer squad, Lindsey Drake, Kate Nutzman,
Shannon King and Liz Rice. working on some new moves at Lake Okoboji.


Miranda Sawyer, Chelsie Topliff, Liz Rice, Lexi Hoshor and Shannon King.


Hippie Day at Okoboji! Front row, Chelsie Topliff, Jamie Johnson, Lexi
Hoshor and Liz Rice.  Middle row, Miranda Sawyer and Kate Nutzman.  Back
row, Kirsten Clawson, Paige Price, Shannon King and Lindsey Drake.

Photos and story contributed by Gretchen King...Thanks!


Show our local military veterans how much you care while you dance the night away under the moonlit starry skies!!

The Confidentials, one of the region's premier party bands will bring their soulful blend of funk, jazz and reggae to Sumtur Amphitheater on Aug. 20th for an evening of singing, dancing and a rockin' good time!  The band will be performing at a benefit concert for the Veterans Memorial planned for the campus of the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue.  The whole town is invited, so this is a party you won't want to miss!


Aug. 20, 2010.

Gates open at 6pm.

The concert begins at 7pm.


Sumtur Amphitheater

11691 S. 108th St.

Papillion, NE
(about 1 mile south of Highway 370 on 108th St.)


To benefit the Veterans Memorial at the

Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home

Bellevue, NE


Reserved Seating, $15

General Seating, $10

Concessions will be available.

Sponsored by: Hy-Vee, Bellino Enterprises, and Night Vision Fireworks

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call

Courtney Kucirek (402) 740-4184 or
Aimee Middleton (402) 672-5050.

Information about the Veterans Memorial can be found at




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

Click Here:





On July 10th, 2010, Conestoga Booster Club held their annual golf outing fundraiser at Lake Ridge Golf Course.  What a success it was!  We had 15 teams, over 60 golfers involved.  All had a great time and many participated in the raffle.  First place winners each received a trophy and also a $25.00 gift certificate to Scheels.

Besides pin prizes we had the Conestoga Cheerleaders on hole #1 cheering at the golfers.  Donations were collected to suppress the cheers!  Also on hole #1 was the longest putt contest where each golfer had to use a mini putter provided on that hole.

Chuck the Truck made his appearance in support of Conestoga and many Booster Blub members assisted with the activities.

Thank you to all that sponsored holes and provided donations.  A big thank you to Lake Ridge Golf Course for sponsoring the event, too.

This was a great success and a great start for the Booster Club for the upcoming school year.  All proceeds go directly back to the kids of Conestoga and the athletic programs.

1st Place Winners:  Patrick Hoshor, April Hoshor, Jerry Wilsey and Peggy Wilsey                                     

2nd Place Winners:  Rose King, Mandy Bair, Becky Koenig and Tracy Taylor

3rd Place Winners:  Kyle Steckler, Eric Hodges, Tim Larson and John Saum


Miranda Sawyer, Jamie Johnson, Lexi Hoshor and assistant Dalton King "cheer"for the golfers at the 1st hole at the Booster Club golf outing.  The 1st hole was sponsored by Ameritas Investments.


Above, Team Warga at the hole sponsored by Ruffner Pharmacy.


Howard Black tees off with the help of Dalton and the cheerleaders!


Lots of supportive on-lookers, as a golfer tees off.

And here are even more photos...










Thanks to Pat Black and Gretchen King for the photos!

Story contributed by Pat Black.





Lofte Community Theatre Now Presenting "Guys and Dolls"!


"Guys and Dolls"  performance dates are July 22-25*, 29-31 and August 1.

Curtain times are 7:30pm on Thursday-Saturday and 2pm matinees on Sundays. *Please note that Sunday, July 25 has a 7:30 pm evening performance.

General admission tickets are $16.  Reservations can be made by calling the Lofte ticket office at (402) 234-2553.

2010 marks the 100th birthday of composer Frank Loesser and the 60th anniversary of "Guys and Dolls'" Broadway debut.


Otoe County Genealogical Society

will host it's
August meeting at

7:00 pm

August 12th

Syracuse United Methodist Church
560 6th Street
Syracuse, Nebraska

OCGS president, Curtis Wolbert, will be presenting a class on
'25 Common Mistakes in Genealogical Research'.



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 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.)




is coming, THURSDAY, AUGUST 19TH at 6:30pm.

FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future. It is a 13-week life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life. The course includes practical lessons on creating and following a written budget, eliminating debt, building wealth, giving like never before, and much, much more. This class is for EVERYONE!...from the financially secure to the financially distressed.

If you are unsure what the class entails, join me for a free preview on Sunday, August 1st  at 12:00pm.

For more information, call me at 402-253-3979 or visit

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




Auditions at Lofte Community Theatre

Auditions for Neil Simon's play, "Jake's Women" will take place at the Lofte Community Theatre near Manley on Monday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 27 at 7pm.

There are parts available for six women, one man and one young girl (age 10-15).  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Kevin Colbert will direct.

Performance dates for the show's run are Aug 27-29, Sept 3-5, 9-12. 

The script revolves around Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life.  He is facing a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. Jake's women include his first wife who was killed in an accident, his daughter, his bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake, and a prospective third wife.

More information including complete character descriptions may be found on the Lofte's website,

Questions may be submitted to Director Kevin Colbert by calling the theater at (402) 234-2553.




(Speaking of signs - Marco's Meats has this great sign up on the south side of their place along Main Street, just as you enter town from the east.)

This is one permanent greeting that Murray is missing.  If you happen to venture just about anywhere, you'll notice almost every town has some kind of a "welcome" sign to greet you and let you know where you are on the map. Much research shows that there has never been such a sign for this great little village that we call 'home', so we should change that!

The Murray Planning Commission and the Village Board have approved the idea of placing two "Welcome to Murray" signs along Highway 1 approaching town.  Both signs would be on the right side of the road as you are entering Murray from east or west.

Current landowners have yet to be approached about putting these signs on their property,so if you are one of these fine people, we'd appreciate your views on the matter.  We'd like to have designs for landowners and Village Board to preview so they could make a good, informed decision.

Now, this is where YOU come in!   We need designs - lots of designs!   Our criteria would be for the sign to have an attractive appearance and to be low in maintenance.

If you are a creative person and have any ideas for the signs or think you can draw or dream up a design, ask someone to help you.  Then, send your sketches or drawings to eitherDave Coulby at or to

We'll keep you up-to-date on the progress of this as time goes along.



When the Nehawka Angels' Pony League team took the field in league tournaments last week, they were the #1 seed in the league.  After taking a breather during a bye for the first day of the games on Monday, Tuesday quickly found them in the losers bracket.  Fighting hard through the rest of the week,  they put up win after win.


Above, Connor Parette is set to pitch as 1st baseman, Neil Bock, looks on.

Below, Jake Faris attempts to steal 3rd base.



Teammates, Daniel Callahan and Christopher Cornish, above, along with Matt Morton and Brook Fox, below, cheer on their fellow players from the dugout.


Finally, as summer baked the ballfield in Murdock on Saturday, with heat indexes over 100*,  the Angels took down Eagle.  They turned around about 20 minutes later and battled through the final game, but Plattsmouth came out on top, with each of the Angels taking home 2nd place silver medals.


Nehawka Angels #4, Jake Gasparovich, above, and #55, Michael Hanssen, below, receive their medals from the coaches.  Michael suffered a broken finger while playing ball with about a month left to go in the season.  Still a big part of the team, he showed up at every practice and game to honor his committment to the Nehawka team.



The 2010 Nehawka Angels Pony Team, consisting of (back, left to right): Michael Hanssen, Lucas Minor, Neil Bock, Patrick Carlton, Connor Parette and Jake Faris flanked on the left and right by coaches, Jeff Faris and Dave Cornish.  Rounding out the team in front are:  Jake Gasparovich, Ryan Jensen, Brook Fox, Christopher Cornish, Daniel Callahan and Matt Morton.


Even the little people at the games were looking for a cool spot on Saturday.  Here, a couple of the Angels' favorite mascots found some shade under the bleachers.

Thanks to Kristi Cornish and Tricia Minor for contributing photos.



First Christian Church 2010 Concert Series

Blackwood Brothers from Memphis TN
July 26 - Monday @ 7PM
306 W. H St.
Weeping Water NE
Free Admission w/ Love offering taken

The Weeping Water First Christian Church Concert Series is excited to announce the return of former Southeast Nebraska favorites, Jimmy Blackwood & The Blackwood Brothers Quartet from Memphis TN. The quartet will in concert Monday July 26 at 7:00PM at 306 H St in Weeping Water.  Admission to the concert is free and an offering will be taken to support the ministry of the quartet. For more information contact Ken Johnson at 402-269-5508

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in Mississippi in 1934 with brothers Roy, Doyle, James and Roy's son, R.W. The quartet move to Shenandoah in 1940 and were heard three times daily on KMA radio. Hilton Griswold joined the group as pianist and the group traveled across Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota during the 40s and many today still remember the quartet from those early radio days.  The Blackwoods' have always counted their days in Shenandoah and the friends they made back then as some of their greatest blessings. The quartet moved to Tennessee in 1950 and continues to travel around the world singing gospel music.

All of the original brothers have passed away but James' sons continue the 76-year heritage of what has become the best-known quartet in the history of gospel music. The group today consists of Jimmy and Billy Blackwood, first tenor Wayne Little and bass singer Randy Byrd, acclaimed the best tenor/bass combination in gospel music and Mike Hammontree at the piano. The result is one of the best quartets you will ever hear!

We in Weeping Water  and the surrounding area are always happy to host a return appearance by this world-renowned group. Make your plans to attend this great concert.




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