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Murray Newsletter - August 4, 2010



4-H youth and their friends continued to

Discover 4-H - Discover You

this summer with Cass County 4-H events and workshops

in July.

Diane Mayfield, Cass County Extension Associate, continued to work with adults
and youth 4-H Junior Leaders to plan and implement these opportunities.  Volunteers play a vital role in the 4-H Youth Development Program and we encourage you to get involved today by contacting the Cass County Extension office at 267-2205 or

Cass County 4-Hers with the help of adult and youth volunteers celebrate 4-H yearly by working on Care & Share projects throughout the year to be displayed at the county fair and to be donated to others at the end of the fair.

The goal for 2010 is 108 quilts/kwiltz to celebrate 108 years of 4-H along with other projects.  A Community Service Workshop Day was held, July 8, to sew Quilts of Valor blocks for the war wounded and Colene Shrader Memorial Kidz ForKwiltz for donation;  fill layered soup jars for emergency services; sew Tote Bags for the Omaha Child Saving Institute;  and sew Conquer Cancer pillowcases for hospitalized youth.  The Southern Cass Sowers 4-H Club sewed kennel mats for the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter and Dachshund Rescue, July 22. 

Other Care & Share projects for donation include Dressed Bears, Care & Share Baskets/Filled School Bags, Fleece Hats, Mittens, Scarves, Operation Military Kids Hero Packs, and a Pop Tab Collection for the Ronald McDonald House.


Pictured are two of the 108 quilts made by 4-Hers and volunteers as part of the
2010 Care & Share project.

Ten quilts (bidders' choice from the 108 quilts) will be sold when silent auction bidding closes at 9:30 P.M. at the Cass County Fair, Saturday, August 14, in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds. Proceeds will help fund the 2011 Care & Shareproject.  Bids may be submitted during the fair.  The remaining quilts will be donated to emergency services in Cass and Sarpy Counties and to
those in need.


Liz Rice gives a final press to her Quilt of Valorblock.

Nebraska 4-H is partnering with the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha to do field studies to see if Nebraska amphibians have been affected by environmental factors causing a worldwide crisis among amphibians.  Cass County 4-Hers and friends braved a rainy morning, July 12, at Platte River State Park to swab amphibian bellies for culture samples under the direction of Renee Thakur, 4-H volunteer.  The youth also tried their hand at Archery, made Wildlife Track Casts and learned how the make an outdoor Healthy Lifestyles lunch under the direction of  Scott
Holland, 4-H volunteer.


Slater Mozena turns into a frog to help youth learn about animal adaptation - 
did you know that frogs actually use their eyeballs to help them swallow?


A frog is ready for belly swabbing after being captured by Andrew Sjogren.

Jeannie Nichols, 4-H volunteer, conducted a 2 day workshop, July 14 and July 21, to discuss Internet safety and show 4-Hers how to make and design a website and take and edit photos for websites.  The websites can be entered in the fair for judging and exhibit by the 4-Hers.


Eric Horn begins experimenting with his web design

See all the 4-Hers' accomplishments at the fair!  A Cake Auction (includes pies and sweet rolls) and Style Show/Awards Program kicks off the Cass County Fair, Tuesday, August 10, at 6:30 P.M. at the Open Air Auditorium on the Cass County fairgrounds 3 miles north of Weeping Water, Ne. 

The fair runs August 11 -14.






It's almost here!



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

Click Here:


TD Ameritrade Building New Corporate HQ in Omaha

TD Ameritrade is building a 12-story corporate headquarters tower on
West Dodge Road in Omaha that will support as many as 1,800 employees.
The $130 million project is proof that the company is in Omaha to stay, said
Ameritrade President and CEO Fred Tomczyk.  The new headquarters tower
is targeted to open in Spring 2013.







Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare is sponsoring a
FREE Teen Drug Prevention Seminar
at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo on Saturday, August 14, 2010.

Participants will receive free Zoo entry for the event, a free T-Shirt,
and a free lunch! We have opened up this training to ALL NEBRASKA
residents between the ages of 13 to 19 on a first come basis!


We will cut off registration once we meet our maximum number of registrants.

***If you are interested, you MUST register soon to insure your spot.
Register on line at***

Once you are registered you will be emailed an E-Ticket and further
instructions for the event. 

Are you an anti-drug coalition member or youth group leader?

Contact Jona Beck at to find out how you can help out.

PLEASE ... forward to youth serving organizations and anyone who may be
interested in attending!




Summer 2010 Tax Seminars

The Nebraska Dept. of Revenue is holding free Nebraska Advantage
incentives seminars on the Nebraska Agricultural Equipment Sales Tax
Exemption and Nebraska Manufacturing and Equipment (MME) Sales
Tax Exemption from 1-4 p.m. on:

August 10 in Omaha
Metropolitan Community College, South Campus
Industrial Training Center, 27th & Q, Room 119
Call 402-457-5231 to register.

August 12 in Lincoln
Continuing Education Center
301 S. 68th St.
Call 402-323-3386 to register.

For information on the Nebraska Advantage incentives or the
sales tax exemptions, visit:



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!

When: Aug. 20, 2010. Gates open at 6pm. The concert begins at 7pm.

Where: Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion, NE
(about 1 mile south of Highway 370 on 108th St.)

Why: To benefit the Veterans Memorial at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home, Bellevue, NE

Admission: 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:




Hog Roast and Fundraiser Benefit for Avoce Flood Victims

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Avoca, NE

Entertainment by GREENBLATT & SEAY,
then COLD STEEL followed by COWBOY UP!.

Lincoln parachute club will be jumping...Auction/Raffle throughout the day/evening.

$10 free will donation per person gets you fed and entertained.

Scentsy Candles sales with 15% of sales going to the benefit, and a bake sale....

all proceeds to go to victims of the 6-20 flood in Avoca, NE, -
Kristi Staack, Randy Fletcher & Natalie Dowling -.

Monetary donations can be made to Heartland Community Bank c/o Avoca Flood Relief Fund.

Donations for the raffle/auction please contact Vicki at 677-4833.

BYOB & BYO Chair or blanket.





The latest Village Board Minutes are posted.
Just click on the 'Village' tab at the top of the page.






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





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:

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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