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Murray Newsletter - December 22, 2010



The Most Perfect Gift...

The countdown is on and the big rush to find the ideal gift is almost over for this year.  Hours of
shopping from morning to night for just the right item will come to a screeching halt in just a couple of days.   Whew! 
During this most joyous time of the year, when so many of us are surrounded by loved ones, there
are others that you personally know ~ possibly right within your reach ~ who feel alone and in need of a friend, especially now.  They might be going through a rocky time which could be from any number of things, financial, health issues or due to the loss of a loved one.  There could be other troubles in their lives that can make them feel isolated, scared or forgotten.  This person might be old or young and live right next door, across town or in another state or country.  Give them a call, go for a short visit or invite them for dinner or a cup of coffee.  Just offer some kind words or a warm hug.
That could very well be the most perfect gift you can give this season.

Wishing you all a beautiful Christmas surrounded by those who love you!





Conestoga's Music Director, Dwight Rose has shown, for the past year and a half, what it means to instill in students a love for learning music.  Last Thursday evening was no different as he led the Junior and Senior High students in a beautiful program of Christmas music, some traditional, others contemporary.

The Show Choir started off with 'In December' and 'Down, Down the Chimney'.  They were followed bythe Jr. High Band performing 'Let it Snow', The Chipmunk song' and 'Angels We Have Heard on High'


The Sr. High Band came on stage and played 'Feliz Navidad', 'Christmas Sketches' and a Christmas medley, then 'The Christmas Rush' was (quickly!) sung by the 7th Grade Chorus, along with 'A Holly Jolly Christmas' and 'Christmas is on Its Way'.

The 8th Grade Chorus did beautiful versions of 'Silent Night', 'The First Noel' and 'Still, Still, Still'.  Theywere followed by 'The Lesser Joys of Christmas', 'A Cradle Waits' and 'Sing Noel', sung by the Sr. High Chorus.


The encore performance included all of the groups encircling the audience on the floor and singing, 'DoYou Hear What I Hear?'

At the end of each concert, Mr. Rose and accompaniest, Colin Warren, ask everyone to join in singing the

School Song...

'Let's hear a battle cry...
Let the banner fly...
Fight, fight, fight
for Cougar victory...
Fairness all the while!

To our team
we always will be true.
We will never
lose our faith in you.
Spirit never dies

Thank you, Mr. Rose, for your talents in bringing wonderful music back into our school and to the Conestoga students!






Deepest condolences to Darlene Brown and Family on the passing of their husband, father and grandfather, Jerry, who passed away on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010.

 Check at a later time for services in the 'Latest News' column on the upper right side of the 'Home' page.














1. Bleached Yule
2. Castaneous-colored Seed Vesicated in a Conflagration
3. Singular Yearning for the Twin Anterior Incisors
4. Righteous Darkness
5. Arrival Time: 2400 hrs - Weather: Cloudless
6. Loyal Followers Advance
7. Far Off in a Feeder
8. Array the Corridor
9. Bantam Male Percussionist
10. Monarchial Triad
11. Nocturnal Noiselessness
12. Jehovah Deactivate Blithe Chevaliers
13. Red Man En Route to Borough
14. Frozen Precipitation Commence
15. Proceed and Enlighten on the Pinnacle
16. The Quadruped with the Vermillion Probiscis
17. Query Regarding Identity of Descendant
18. Delight for this Planet
19. Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings
20. The Dozen Festive 24 Hour Intervals


(Don't peek, now, but answers are at the bottom of the Newsletter.)





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






November 18th, 2010 was the last time we saw our

3-year-old black labrador,


(no picture available),

in the Beaver Lake area.

If you've seen her, please call:










Above, Thi and Chi;

below, two black kitties, Ty and Chee


If anyone knows where these cats are,

please contact the Editor of this website,,

who will then be in touch

with the cats' owner.

Thank you! 







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 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





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. 

The last performances for "Greetings" are December 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.

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





2011 Medicare Part D

Plan Comparison/Enrollment

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.

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






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.)




1. White Christmas
2. Chestnuts Roasting over an Open Fire
3. All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth
4. O Holy Night
5. He came upon a Midnight Clear
6. O Come All Ye Faithful
7. Away in a Manger
8. Deck the Halls
9. The Little Drummer Boy
10. We Three Kings
11. Silent Night
12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
13. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
14. Let it Snow
15. Go Tell it on the Mountain
16. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
17. What Child is This?
18. Joy to the World
19. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
20. The Twelve Days of Christmas






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