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Murray Newsletter - December 1, 2010


From December to March there are,  for many of us, three gardens -
the garden outdoors,  the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind's eye.

Katherine S. White

1892 ~ 1977


Finally ~ my little 'Christmas cactus' is blooming in December!  (See it above, on the right.)  I've patiently babied this stubborn plant for a few years now and it has bloomed before - only at 'random' times.  Never having more than 5 or 6 blooms at
once,  it's decided that now, in the month it was claimed for, it would put on
quite a show.  Last week I counted 18 buds and 9 blooms on it in one day.  A
couple of blooms have already dropped, but I'm just thrilled that its timing
is 'just right' for a change!  It's my precious pre-Christmas gift!




Dec 4  -  HOME - Cougar Classic  - 9:30 a.m.
Dec 11 -  @ Raymond Central, Invitational - 9 a.m.


Starts in February


Starts in January


Dec 6 - @ Syracuse - 6


Dec 2 - @ Louisville - 4:30
Dec 7 - HOME vs Malcolm - 4:30


Dec 2 @ Louisville - 6pm
Dec 7- HOME vs Malcolm - 6pm


Dec 7 @ Ft. Calhoun - 6pm
Dec 9 - HOME vs Syracuse - 4:30
Dec 11- HOME, Conestoga Tournament - 10 a.m.


Dec 6 - @ Syracuse - 7:15 p.m.


Dec 2 @ Louisville - 4:30
Dec 3 - HOME vs Ashland-Greenwood - 6 p.m.
Dec 7 - HOME vs Malcolm - 4:30


Dec 2 @ Louisville - 7:30
Dec 3 - HOME vs Ashland-Greenwood - 7:45
Dec 7 - HOME vs Malcolm - 7:30







"Journey Into Christmas"

Holiday Open House Weekends
at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House
204 East F Street
Elmwood, NE

Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 & 26 -- 2:00-5:00 p.m. daily.

See every room of the author's historic home dressed for the holidays! 
Each room has been lovingly decorated by an area group or family, each
with its own tree and unique theme.  After your tour enjoy complimentary
holiday goodies in the Aldrich kitchen and browse the gift shop.
For more information call 994-3855 or visit


Opens Winter Theater Season

KBC Productions announces that it will open the winter theater season at
Mahoney State Park on December 3 with Tom Dudzick's touching Christmas
drama, "Greetings."

All performances take place at the Kountze Memorial Theater near the lodge
inside of Mahoney State Park.  

Greetings is the story of a mentally handicapped man named Mickey.  He lives
at home with his sweet Catholic mother and sour Catholic father.  When older
brother, Andy brings home a Jewish fiancée to meet his family on Christmas Eve,
he fears the worst.  However, that evening a small miracle occurs.  Mickey, whose
entire vocabulary consists of "Oh boy," and "Wow," suddenly blurts out, "Greetings!"
the whole family is left to wonder how this is possible.  It is a gentle heart-warming
story for the whole family.

The production is directed by Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water.  Starring in the
production are Jim Knierim of Louisville, Stacy White and Shari Hoelker of Omaha
and Chuck Danskin of Lincoln.  Reprising the role of Mickey for the third time is
Jim Frerichs of rural Dunbar. 

Performances for "Greetings" are Dec 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 26-30.

Adult tickets are $8.  Children are priced at $6.

Reservations can be made by calling Mahoney State Park at (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.

Curtain times are at 7:30pm except for Dec 5, 19 which are 2pm Sunday matinee performances.

Mahoney State Park is located just off exit 426 on I-80 near the towns of Ashland and South Bend.




About your upcoming Holiday events!

Instructions are at the bottom of this page for insertion to our Newsletter!

And don't forget those photos!






Preheat oven to 350*.
Grease and flour 2, 8 x 4 loaf pans or 6 mini loaf pans.

1 cup quick-cook oats
1 1/4 cups hot water (NOT boiling)
3/4 cup butter, softened, (NOT melted)
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg
2 Tblsp. fresh orange peel
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped, fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Place oats in a small bowl and pour hot water over; set aside for about 5 minutes.

In large bowl, cream butter with brown sugar till it's fluffy.  It might take a few minutes.

Add the soaked oats, sour cream, orange peel and egg.

In sifter, place flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon.  Sift into creamed mixture.

Fold in cranberries and nuts.

Divide evenly among prepared pans.

Bake large loaves about 55 minutes and small loaves 40 minutes or more, testing
with a toothpick to be sure it comes out clean.

Cool in pans on racks 15 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.

Wrap and freeze or refrigerate.



Otoe County Genealogical Society

December 9th meeting


Morton-James Public Library
923 First Corso
Nebraska City

for its quarterly Genealogy Workshop.

The library's staff will assist guests in researching their family trees
through online genealogy subscription websites, and also through the
use of the library's extensive Otoe County microfilm reel collection as well.



World Premiere in Manley, Nebraska!

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley is bringing a world premiere to the stage.  Opening on
December 3, "Christmas at Leon's"  tells the tale of a bus full of holiday travelers who get stranded
at a roadside diner during a blizzard.  As we are introduced to the passengers, we discover that
each one has a flaw or personal drama affecting his or her life.  Everyone is able to find shelter
and spiritual comfort at the diner owned by an odd little man named Leon.

The story and original musical score were both written by Mick Kovar of Lincoln.  Mr. Kovar is a
long-time friend of the Lofte having served on its board of directors and starred in several of its
productions over the years.  Lofte Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert is directing the show.  Colbert
and Kovar are old friends and have enjoyed working with each other on "Leon's."

Starring in the title role as the curmudgeon, Leon is Larry Bauers of Louisville.  His three angelic
waitresses are played by Renee Kovar of Lincoln, Lindsey Micks of Bellevue and Samantha Colbert
of Weeping Water.  Other players in the show include Bob Pinkerton of Weeping Water; Jamion
Biesterfeld and Anne Riha of Louisville; Scott Pope of Eagle; Cynthia West Sheldon of Elmwood;
Adam, Mick and Meagan Kovar and Brittney Ernesti all of Lincoln; Tom Lucas of Papillion, Virginia
Howe Kincaid of Elkhorn and Jason France of Plattsmouth.

"Christmas at Leon's" will run December 3-5, 10-12 & 16-19.

Showtimes are Thursday through
Saturday at 7:30pm.  Sundays are 2pm matinees.

Tickets are $16.  The box office is open Monday through Friday 8am-12pm. 
Call (402)234-2553  or

The Lofte is also doing a fundraiser in coordination with this event.  Ticket holders can come to the
Lofte 90 minutes prior to curtain to eat at Leon's Diner.  A home-cooked meal of meatloaf or hot turkey
sandwiches will be served right on stage as the cast entertains and helps to serve the food.  Tickets for
the meal are priced separately at $25/plate.  $15 of the meal ticket is tax deductible.  Advance
reservations for the Diner Experience are required.

The Lofte is located near the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 1 just east of the village of Manley.

Larry Bauers of Louisville is surrounded by his trio of angelic waitresses;
Lindsey Micks, Samantha Colbert and Renee Kovar.





The Murray Planning Commission is still 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.







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:

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:

Tuesday, December 14 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 to December 31, 2010.







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 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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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?

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time to submit it, (which you'd have to do with a regular newspaper anyway):

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