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Murray Newsletter - December 15, 2010


One kind word can warm three winter months.

(Japanese proverb)







Dec 18 - @ JCC Tournament - 10am
Dec 21 - @ Raymond Central Quad - 5:30


Starts in February


Starts in January


Dec 18 @ Louisville, Tournament - 8am


Dec 17 - HOME v Yutan - 4:30
Dec 21 - @ Nebraska City - 4:30


Dec 17 - HOME v Yutan - 6pm
Dec 21 - @ Nebraska City - 6:00


Dec 18 - @ Elmwood-Murdock Tournament - 8am


Dec 18 - @ Louisville Tournament - 8am


Dec 17 HOME v Yutan - 4:30
Dec 21 @ Nebraska City - 4:30


Dec 17 HOME v Yutan - 7:45
Dec 21 @ Nebraska City - 7:45







Carol and Larry Hefling

have been Murray residents for 34 years.
They have three sons and have also been blessed with
6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

On December 23rd, 2010 the Heflings will celebrate
50 Golden years of marriage!

Congratulations, Heflings,
Best Wishes
Many More Anniversary Celebrations!







Violin-Fiddle Violin-Fiddle

The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a

Twin Fiddling Workshop

on Saturday, January 8, from 1 PM - 3 PM, for fiddlers (or violinists or violists)
who want to learn to play nicely together with their fellow-fiddlers (or violinists or violists).
Fiddlers (or violinists or violists) of any age and experience level are encouraged to enroll.

Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will share some tunes,
hints about arranging for two fiddles, playing back-up, etc.

The Workshop takes place in the historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska.

Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited.  The fee is $20.00 per fiddler.

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






Our black & white border collie,


was last seen near 12th St & Hobscheidt Rd,

2 miles south of Murray, NE on Nov 29.2010.

Please call 402.235.2900 if you've seen him.







"Journey Into Christmas"

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

December 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



"Greetings" Opens Winter Theater Season

KBC Productions  opened the winter theater season at
Mahoney State Park  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 December 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 19 which is a 2pm Sunday matinee performance.

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






World Premiere in Manley, Nebraska!


The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley has brought a world premiere to the stage!

"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 16-19.

Showtimes are Thursday through
Saturday at 7:30pm.  Sunday is a 2pm matinee.

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.



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 17  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

Bring along your Medicare card and a printed list of the prescription drugs you are currently taking.

Open Enrollment for 2011 will run to December 31, 2010.



Give a 'Homegrown Nebraska Gift' this Season!

To thank you for your patronage to your local vineyard!

Now through the New Year holiday at SVE:  Gift Giving Ideas! 
Want to give wine?  $4 off  wines (12 different selections)
Cute wine racks and sleighs too!
Free pretty sleek black gift box for a two bottle purchase.
Many styles of wine are offered at this discount.
Two for one: For every $25 value in gift certificates, get a free wine tasting certificate for two.
Gift wrap your Gift Cert in a SVE wine glass!
Good prices on Cash and Carry wine or beer baskets. 
Ready to go and give.
20% off two gift shop items (includes all jewelry and pottery, and all other items,
but does not include consignment items or baskets).

Prize drawings and free snacks, sip and snack while you shop!

Beers, $8.99 a mixed six pack, your choice, includes assorted nebraska craft brews!

Mac's Creek River Valley Red is back!

Support Nebraska products. 
We have all Nebraska made gift shop items! 
And we only have to charge 5.5% tax, unlike Omaha's restaurant/bar tax at over 9%!!!

Come on out!
Hours:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1-6,
(or call us to arrange another shopping time,  after all, we live here!)

Want to entertain family in town?  Come on out to do a wine tasting, we're family friendly.

Happy Holidays from SVE!!!

For directions, or 402-267-5267.




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:

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
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Below is a list of categories that will cost you absolutely nothing, except the
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