"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn."
~ 1904 - 1985 ~
On Monday evening, November 8th, Vicki Brundieck, Murray's former postmaster, passed away.
Please check the 'Latest News' column on the upper-right side of the 'Home' page for updates regarding services.
More information can be found at
VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM
A salute to our country and the brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces will be held at
9:00 AM on Thursday, November 11, 2010
in the Conestoga Junior-Senior High School commons area.
The program will include music, patriotic readings, a special video presentation and a guest speaker.
The entire community is invited to attend.
FROM LOWER ELKHORN NATURAL RESOURCE DISTRICT...
CONESTOGA TAKES FIRST PLACE
FFA STATE LAND JUDGING CONTEST IN NORFOLK
The FFA State Land Judging Contest was held Wednesday, November 3 in Norfolk atNortheast Community College. Conestoga finished first with the top score of 899 points.
Team members are: Zach Fowler, Clay Henne, Jamie Johnson, and Mason Jensen.
Red Cloud placed second with their team of Levi Vogler, Shelby Peters, Kelsey Parker,
and Kim Morris; third place went to the Pender team of Benny Oliver, Angie Dunn, Leigh
Heese, and Jacob Sebade; fourth place went to the Wisner-Pilger team of Micah Fullner,
Brieson Jensen, Sarah Schweers, and Latham Fullner; fifth place went to the Franklin team
of Alec Sindt, Derek Hammer, Dan Hill, and Joel Siel. The top five teams will advance to
the National Competition to be held in Oklahoma City the first week in May.
The top individual award went to Levi Vogler of Red Cloud with a total score of 327. Kylie Bek
of Falls City was second, Mason Jensen of Conestoga was third, Breennan Christman of Twin
River was fourth, and Jordan Birchacek of Howells-Clarkson came in fifth. Each received a
In the adult division, Lee Schroder of West Point took first place with 368 points. David Rocker
of Franklin was second and Colin Kubik of Arapahoe was third.
The Northeast Community College farm was utilized for the event as well as the college's Ag
Complex. Scoring was completed in the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District office.
Land judging contests instill students with the knowledge required to make informed decisions
regarding soil utilization and its potential in the modern world. To qualify for the contest, teams
had to be a top finisher at one of seven regional contests in October. Ninety-five students qualified
for the event from the following 24 high schools across Nebraska: Arapahoe, Bayard, Central,
Conestoga, Diller-Odell, Falls City, Fillmore Central, Franklin, Fullerton, Holdredge, Howells-Clarkson, Kimball, McCool Junction, Norris, Ord, Pender, Red Cloud, Southern Valley, Tekamah-Herman, Tri County, Twin River, Verdigre, West Point, and Wisner-Pilger.
The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts, the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District,
the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Nebraska State Land Judging Committee
organized and sponsored the contest.
State Champion Land JudgingTeam Members of Conestoga:
Zach Fowler, Jami Johnson, Mason Jensen, and Clay Henne.
Land Judging is a high school competition sponsored by the Natural Resource Districts
across the state of Nebraska. The competition challenges students to gain a better
understanding of soil structure and apply that understanding to land evaluation. Land
Judging enables each participant to learn how to recognize the physical features of the
soil, determine land capability classes for crop production, and evaluate management
practices needed for proper stewardship. This does more than help students learn about
production agriculture, as the vast majority of students will someday need to make decisions
about home-site and/or construction evaluation, gardening or hobbyist agronomy and land
management. This contest gives students the perspective and experience needed to
investigate the soils in their region, the environment that surrounds them and its effect on
their daily lives.
Thirty-nine agriculture students were given classroom instruction about land judging on
Conestoga's school grounds this fall. The instructions are primarily focused on the outdoor
classroom know as the "test plot." There are many concepts taught in the classroom, but the
best application of land is on site. The test plot is a great site for classroom learning because
it exhibits a wide variety of soil properties, structure and management styles. The test plot
provides students with opportunities to investigate crop growth differences simply due to
differences in soil features, which help prepare the students for the wide array of land they will
be judging at competitions and later in life.
The students are required to use many cross-curricular skills in the Land Judging competition.
They determine the soil texture and permeability based on skills learned in agriculture class
and science classes. They also apply the geological concepts learned in the science classroom,
along with basic chemistry to understand soil nutrient levels. Students also judge slope, measure
topsoil thickness and calculate the percentage of erosion using math skills without the aid of a
calculator. Students also realize that they need to apply the social science events such as the
Dust Bowl to their understanding of land values. Plus, they must be able to listen and read field
information to apply it to a complex chart of land variables to find the correct answers, demonstrating
reading, writing, speaking and listening skills that are improved in all courses, most especially English.
Students started competition at district land judging near Wahoo, NE during the first week of
October. There are 200 competitors every year at this district contest. Conestoga's top team
won the district event. There are six different land judging districts across the state, and each
district's top teams move on to compete at the State level. State Land Judging was near Norfolk, NE this year on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. This year there were 24 teams stretching from Falls City to Kimball and Southern Valley to Tekamaha-Herman, representing all sizes of schools and land types across the state.
Conestoga Land Judging team received first place at State, outscoring the second place team by more than 20 points. This is the first State Land Judging Championship for Conestoga. The Conestoga Agriculture Department's top land judging team consists of three urban students (Mason Jensen, Zach Fowler, and Jami Johnson) and one rural student (Clay Henne). It is an outstanding accomplishment for these students to earn this high honor and have the opportunity to represent Nebraska at the National Land Judging contest held in Oklahoma in May.
Land Judging gives all students the unique experience of learning about the ground they walk on,
and it takes cONEstoga to do it. With our supportive staff, community, the strength of our indoor
classrooms across the curriculum, and the immeasurable value of our outdoor classrooms made
it possible to produce this year's State Champion team at Land Judging. Please congratulate Mason, Zach, Jami and Clay on their outstanding accomplishment.
(Photo and story submitted by Jon Anderson, Conestoga FFA Sponsor)
USED BOOK SALE
Plattsmouth Public Library
401 Ave. A
Friday, November 12 (9 AM - 5 PM)
Saturday, November 13 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Sunday, November 14 (1 PM - 4 PM)
Hundreds of Books for Holiday Giving and Winter Reading!
Most Hard Cover Books $1 and Paperbacks 50 cents
Sponsored by the
FRIENDS OF THE PLATTSMOUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
CHECK OUT OUR NEW 'CLASSIFIED ADS' SECTION!
Our 'Classified Ads' section has been 'revamped' to serve you better ~ so you can now manage your own ads! An email is automatically sent when your ad is about to expire which allows you, the ad owner, to renew with a simple click or you can just let the ad expire at the end of it's 30-day post.
If you're a Murray resident, or live close within the surrounding area, you can post FREE Classified Ads - Events - and Announcements - any time day or night. You can also post Job Related and Real Estate Ads!
Get rid of some things you just don't need and make a little extra Holiday cash at the same time!
Check out the 'Classified Ads' tab at the top of this page.
FROM TOWN HALL...
TWO PLANNING COMMISSION MEMBERS NEEDED
The Murray Planning Commission is in need of two new members.
You must live within the city limits of Murray to qualify.
Please contact the town clerk for more information, or if you have any questions, at 235-2119.
Be sure and check the "Latest News" under the clock at the top right of the
'Home" page for updates throughout the week.
FUN THINGS TO DO!
Now through Dec 31 ~
The Secret Life of Howard HughesStrategic Air & Space Museum, Omaha
Nov 4-7 ~
Nebraska One Box Pheasant HuntBroken Bow
Nov 5-6 ~
Annual Nebraska Governor's Pheasant HuntBeatrice
Nov 6 ~
Nebraska Book Festival - Plains Writers, Great ReadersLincoln
Nov 6 ~
Nebraska's Official Veterans Day Parade
Otoe County Genealogical Society
will host its November 11th meeting at 7:00pm at
Harmony School, which is the rural country school located at 6265 'Q' road, which is 7 miles south 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
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.
PLATTSMOUTH ANIMAL SHELTER ENTERS
HOLIDAY CHALLENGE -
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!
Go to www.amimalrescuesite.com 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
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!
PARADE OF VETERANS
FAIR CENTER, SYRACUSE, NEBRASKA
NOW THRU NOVEMBER 13, 2010
WED, FRI 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A LIGHT MEAL & LISTEN TO THE
SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY BAND PERFORM FROM 6:00 - 8:00 PM
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 10 - 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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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):
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Letters to the Editor
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
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