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Murray Newsletter - October 27, 2010




On Sunday afternoon, October 24, 2010, a young Eagle Scout candidate, seeking to pin on his 'wings', was host and, along with 19 other participants, put on an afternoon of music, food and fun at The Woodbridge, Assisted-Living Community, in Plattsmouth.


Adam welcomes everyone to the program.

Adam Bohan, of Beaver Lake, had planned this event as his big Eagle Scout project for a very long time.  He's always enjoyed a love of music and has long been very interested in the elder population.  As a result, he decided to combine his two interests and planned
"An Afternoon at the Woodbridge".

Many friends shared their musical talents and there was even a taekwondo demonstration by a local teen.


Conner Lepert plays "Blackbird" on his guitar, (above).


Zeke Rouse, accompanied on piano by Carol Matschullat, sings "You're A Grand Ol' Flag".


Conestoga Music Director and Eagle Scout himself, Dwight Rose plays different
renditions of  "Amazing Grace" on his trumpet.
"Stevie's Theme" was played by Savannah Self on piano.
Matt Morton plays "Aurora" for everyone on the tuba.
Beautiful "Pachelbel's Cannon" was played by Melanie Jensen on the flute.
Life Scout, Lucas Minor, had the crowd swaying with "Peppermint Rag".
The taekwondo demonstration by Ali Clark brought a big applause.
Assistant Scout Master, Larry Jensen, sang "God Bless the USA" as he played
guitar and was accompanied by his daughter, Melanie, on flute.

Donations of 58 blankets and $485 cash were gathered from members of Murray Lions Club, Beaver Lake Ladies Auxilary, P.E.O, Murray Christian and Presbyterian Churches, Church of the Holy Spirit, scout families,
community members, neighbors and many others.  The cash donations bought supplies for gift baskets and a big 'Bingo Prize Basket' for use by the residents.  Adam assembled the gift baskets, in which he placed one blanket each, along with the many other items, for each resident.  Boy Scouts from Troop 471, of Murray, handed out the baskets after the program.  A surplus of 18 blankets remained afterward and Adam plans to donate those to a homeless shelter.


WOW! There were lots of gift baskets to assemble!

A flag that was flown over our nation's capitol was also gifted to The Woodbridge.  The flag, a case and the engraving on the plaque, Adam paid for from income he receives for giving piano lessons.


Eagle Scout, Jerry Heylmun and Life Scouts, Bill and Frank Manning folded the flag that flew
over our nation's capital in a special ceremony.
Food for the event was generously provided by Boy Scouts of America families.
Door prize winner names were drawn between each performance.

The afternoon was enjoyed by all the residents and guests and is a moment in time that Adam should be very proud to have made happen!






NOVEMBER 7, 2010

Move your clocks back one hour the night before!




Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, is the General Election!

Check this official Nebraska government
website to see all the rules that apply.


Secretary of State John Gale offered guidelines for Nebraska voters to prepare
for the Nov. 2 general election.

"Going to the polls in Nebraska is easy and convenient," Gale said. "But there are
some simple steps you can take to make sure your voting experience goes smoothly."

Gale offered the following guidelines for Election Day:

--Check your voter registration and polling place. People can check the status of their voter registration and location of their polling place by contacting their county election office or accessing

--Change of address. If a registered voter has moved within a county (out of their former precinct) and not updated their registration, the person should go to the polling place associated with their current residence. The person will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

--Be prepared. Before going to the polls, the voter should become informed about the candidates and issues on the ballot. Sample ballots are printed in newspapers and posted on county websites. Mark and take the sample ballot with you to the polling place. 

--Conduct at the polls. To maintain proper decorum at the polls, it is requested that people turn off their cell phones.

--Campaigning prohibited. Campaign items such as buttons, stickers and T-shirts are not allowed in a polling place. It is illegal to campaign within 200 feet of a polling site.

--Voter identification. Proper identification will be required at the polling place of people who are newly registered by mail and did not provide identification. These people will be required to provide identification showing their current residence. Identification at the polling place is not required of other voters. 

Polls are open on Election Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT.




The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley announces that for the fourth consecutive year, it
will hold a free public concert in honor of Veterans Day.
On Sunday, November 7th at 2pm, the United States Air Force's Heartland of America Band
group, The Noteables will take the stage. 

With their extensive repertoire of specially tailored standards, energetic favorites and Big Band
classics, highlighted by instrumental and vocal soloists, The Noteables is sure to please audiences
of any age. The seventeen-member group has appeared in concert and on national television with
Bob Hope, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, composer/arranger Frank Mantooth, former Tonight Show
band leader Doc Severinsen, pop singer Lee Greenwood and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. 
 The Noteables honorably represent more than 325,000 Air Force professionals around the world
who diligently watch over the skies protecting and defending all those who cherish freedom. We
hope you afford us the opportunity to share the messages of excellence, sacrifice, courage and
commitment of our brave men and women...the deployed Airmen of the United States Air Force.

This concert is free and open to the public.
The Lofte is located near the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 50 near the town of Manley. 
For driving directions and more information about the theater, please visit their 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.



Now through...

Dec 31: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes,
Strategic Air & Space Museum, Omaha 

Nov 4-7: Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt,
Broken Bow 

Nov 5-6: Annual Nebraska Governor's Pheasant Hunt,

Nov 6: Nebraska Book Festival - Plains Writers, Great Readers,

Nov 6A: Nebraska's Official Veterans Day Parade,




Assess Costs, Benefits Before Using Corn, Milo Stalks as Winter Feed


After harvest, many may wonder if baling stalks for winter feed is worth the time and effort.  One way to look at it is from the cost stand point. Nutrients removed by stalk bales may need  to be replaced with extra fertilizer. Using fall 2010 prices, stalks contain about $12 to $13 worth  of nitrogen, phosphate, sulfur and lime per ton.

Corn stalk removal also can reduce soil organic matter, increase erosion risk, and increase soil  water evaporation. Nebraska research shows that dryland corn yield declines about two bushels  for each ton of residue removed while irrigation costs increase similarly to maintain corn yield.

Labor and equipment costs average $20 to $25 per ton and baling stalks tends to cause more  wear and tear on equipment than other baling operations. Totaled together, these costs amount  to $50 to $55 per ton of corn stalks removed.

When assessing corn stalks' worth as feed, one rule of thumb suggests the dollar feeding value  is midway between that of straw and prairie hay. However, feed value of stalks varies greatly. For  example, if everything is baled you may only have 3 to 4 percent protein and less than 50 percent  total digestible nutrients. If you harvest just the tailings and two or three rows behind the combine  the total digestible nutrients increases to the lower 50s percent and protein to about 5 percent. Be
sure to test to make sure.

To assess if baled corn stalks are worthwhile, you should be able to sell them for over $60 or buy  them for less than $40 ton. In between, it's going to depend a lot on your individual ability to either  cut costs or feed efficiently.

For more information, consult UNL Extension publications G1846, "Harvesting Crop Residues" and  EC278 "Grazing Crop Residues with Beef Cattle."

Cass County Extension Office


Diabetes Awareness Helps with Prevention, Treatment

In the United States, 23.6 million children and adults have diabetes. Of people age 20 and older, 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year.

Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels as result from defects  in the body's ability to produce and use insulin, the hormone needed to produce energy from sugar,  starches and other food.

There are three common types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and Gestational diabetes. There is also  Pre-Diabetes, a common precursor to type 2 diabetes.

Type 1, when the body doesn't produce insulin, usually appears in children and young adults, but 5 to 10 percent of those with diabetes have this type.

Symptoms include:

-- frequent urination
-- unusual thirst
-- extreme hunger
-- unusual weight loss
-- extreme fatigue and irritability

Some ways to manage type 1 diabetes are by taking insulin, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods and monitoring blood sugar.

The most common type of diabetes is type 2, when the body doesn't produce enough insulin so the cells ignore the insulin and glucose builds up in the blood instead of entering cells. Millions of Americans are diagnosed with this type, and many more don't know they are at high risk of getting type 2 Diabetes.

Here are type 2 symptoms:

-- any type 1 symptoms
-- frequent or recurring skin, gum or bladder infections
-- blurred vision
-- slow healing cuts and bruises
-- tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

However, people with type 2 diabetes often have no symptoms. In order to manage type 2 diabetes,  monitor blood sugar, eat healthy, exercise regularly and possibly take diabetes medication or have  insulin therapy.

Gestational diabetes is when the pancreas works overtime to produce insulin, but the insulin  doesn't lower blood glucose levels. This type can be diagnosed 28 weeks into pregnancy or later,  but that doesn't mean a woman had diabetes before she conceived, nor does it mean she will have  it after. When a woman has gestational diabetes, extra blood glucose is sent through the placenta  and gives the baby high blood glucose levels. The baby's pancreas makes extra insulin and stores  the extra energy as fat, which can lead to macrosomia or "fat" baby. Treatments include keeping  blood glucose levels equal to those of pregnant women without gestational diabetes, having special  meal plans, scheduling physical activity, testing blood glucose daily and injecting insulin daily. These  treatments help lower the risk of C-sections that large babies may require.

Fifty-seven million people have pre-diabetes, when the blood glucose levels are higher than normal,  but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. It is a serious medical condition that may cause some  long-term damage to the body, especially to the heart and circulatory system, but it can be treated. Most  people have pre-diabetes before they develop type 2. Doctors can use tests to determine if someone  has pre-diabetes.

Tests include:

-- Fasting Plasma Glucose test
-- Oral Glucose Tolerance test

Blood glucose levels are then measured after tests to determine whether the person has a normal  metabolism, pre-diabetes or diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Program's studies have shown people with pre-diabetes can prevent type  2 diabetes by changing eating habits and increasing physical activity. Studies show 150 minutes of  physical activity per week helped prevent or delay type 2. Also, by making changes in eating habits,  people lost 10 to 20 pounds. Making these changes may return blood glucose levels to normal  ranges. Also, studies showed some medications delayed the onset of diabetes, but diet and exercise  worked better.

In 2006, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death. Those with diabetes are prone to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy and amputation. Prevent diabetes by making healthy food choices and exercising regularly.

Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods, lean meats and non-fat dairy.  Use liquid oils for cooking, cut back on high calorie snack foods and desserts and watch portion sizes. Smaller portions are better.  Visualizing the plate, half should be filled with fruits and veggies, a quarter should be filled with whole
grains and the other quarter should be meat.

Adults should exercise a minimum of 30 minutes most days, doing anything that increases the heart rate and causes a light sweat. This can be walking, gardening, doing yard work or cleaning the house. Children and teens should aim for 60 minutes or more daily or on most days.

Family and Consumer Science News
Mary Ann Holland, Extension Educator
Cass County Extension



Otoe County Genealogical Society...

will host its November 11th meeting at


Harmony School, which is the rural country school located at 6265 'Q' road, which is 7 milessouth of Nebraska City on Highway 75, and ½ mile west on 'Q' road.
There will be a class on the new book,
"Googling Your Family Tree",
given by OCGS president, Curtis Wolbert.


2011 Medicare Part D

Plan Comparison/Enrollment

Events in Cass County

Medicare beneficiaries should take advantage of the opportunity to discuss 2011 drug plans available to them.  Call Cass County Extension at 267-2205 to schedule an appointment with Mary Ann Holland, Extension Educator and trained SHIIP Professional.

Cass County Extension, Hwy 1 & 144th St, Weeping Water fairgrounds:

Monday, November 15 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 16 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 3  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 8 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday, December 13 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 17  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, December 20 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Plattsmouth Public Library, 400 Avenue A, Plattsmouth:

Friday, November 19  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 14 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Clements Insurance, 160 N. 4th St., Elmwood:

Tuesday, November 30 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bring along your Medicare card and a printed list of
the prescription drugs you are currently taking.
Open Enrollment for 2011 will available between
November 15 to December 31, 2010.


Once you have signed up for Jazzercise, you may take unlimited classes with your Jazzercise EFT Ticket.

129 Main Street (above Havenmakers)
Enter from 3rd door on 2nd Street
Louisville, NE • (800) FIT-IS-IT

Questions? Please call Beth at 677-9697




Go to and click on the button on the right "Click Here To Give - It's Free" -
at this point you are giving free food to animals at many shelters.

Now you'll get a message "Thank you your click has been counted!"

In the middle of the screen you'll see - "Ready for the Holiday Shelter Challenge?"

Click on the line that says "Vote Every Day After You Click"

The first time you vote you will need to enter all the information:

Shelter name: Plattsmouth Animal Shelter
Country: USA
State: Nebraska
City: Plattsmouth

Click on "search"

It will locate the shelter and display the name and location - when it does click "VOTE"

One more step ...... Confirm your vote (name the animal) and you're done.

After you do this the first time, you can save it in your favorites (it will retain all the shelter info) and
the voting is much quicker the next time!

IMPORTANT: Please remember to vote every day and help us gain on the leaders - thanks!


Christ Lutheran Church

(Located on Hwy 66 & 84th Street)



November 6, 2010

4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Adults $7, Children (4-11) $3  


Homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts!






NOVEMBER 7 - 13, 2010

SUNDAY 12:00 - 4:00 PM

MON, TUES, WED, FRI   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM



Items for display need to be taken to the Fair Center on
Friday, November 5, 2010, 8 am - 2 pm 




Wedding Music You Should


Shouldn't Invite to Your Wedding!

Greenblatt & Seay's next Schoolhouse Performance Series will feature
"Wedding Music You Should and Shouldn't Invite to Your Wedding".

Sunday, November 14
2:30 PM,
downstairs in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.

Greenblatt & Seay and a small ensemble of Schoolhouse Music Students will share some wedding classics by Handel, Pachelbel, Mendelssohn, etc.  The performance will also feature some songs that should never be played at weddings (i.e. "Beware Young Ladies", "The Mother-in-Law Song", "Hit the Road, Jack", etc.).

The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and jam with the performers.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students.

For more information, write to;
Greenblatt & Seay
The Old Schoolhouse
P.O. Box 671
Avoca, Nebraska, 68307

You may also call 402-275-3221 or e-mail them at

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.
Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34.



For folks who have never played a fiddle or violin, and are brave enough to try, come to the Schoolhouse Fiddle Workshop for Folks Who Have Never Fiddled.
Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt, will share some hints about beginning fiddling, shopping for a fiddle, reading music, playing by ear, etc.
Fiddles will be available for participants to play, and source lists and advice for further study will be provided.
The Workshop takes place on Saturday, November 20, 2010, 1 PM - 3 PM, in the
Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska.

Pre-registration is required, enrollment is limted, and there is a $20.00 fee.

For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to



The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse

Saturday, December 11, 2010

1 PM - 3 PM

Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will share some
hints to help you play in a jam session with minimum stress, and maximum music.

Pre-registration is required, enrollment is limited, and there is a $20.00 fee.

For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to




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:

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.)


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?

Below is a list of categories that will cost you absolutely nothing, except the
time to submit it, (which you'd have to do with a regular newspaper anyway):

Wedding / Engagement Announcements and Photos
Birth Announcements
Letters to the Editor
Birthday Greeting
Upcoming Events
Cards of Thanks
and So Much More.

That's right!  These are all items that can appear FREE of CHARGE
in each Wednesday's Murray Newsletter and/or Calendar!

All YOU have to do is send the information to us - it's that simple!

Deadline for submissions to each week's Wednesday Newsletter is
NO LATER THAN NOON on the prior MONDAY and it's so easy to submit
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