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Murray Newsletter - December 29, 2010


HAPPY NEW YEAR!


A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.

~ Edgar Guest ~
1881-1959

 


 

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COUGAR WINTER SPORTS


Middle School Wrestling

Feb 22  @Platteview Tri, 4:15
Feb 26  @ Weeping Water Invitational, 9am
Feb 28 HOME, CONESTOGA TRI, 5:00
Mar 4 @ Fort Calhoun Tournament, 4:30
Mar 8  @ Fort Calhoun Tri, 4:15
Mar 15 @ Auburn Quad, 4 pm

Varsity Wrestling

Jan 8  @ Malcolm Dual Tournament, 9:30 a.m.
Jan 14  @ Syracuse Pin Tournament, 4:30
Jan 22  @ Oakland-Craig Invitational, TBA
Jan 29  @ DC West Invitational, 9 a.m.
Feb 3  @ Fort Calhoun, 7 p.m.
Feb 4  @ Malcolm, ECNC Tourney, 3:00
Feb 11-12  DISTRICTS, Place & Time TBA
FEB 17-18   STATE TOURNAMENT, Place & Time TBA

Girls' Middle School Basketball:

Jan 29  @ Johnson County Central, 6:30 p.m.
Feb 3  HOME v Weeping Water, 5:00
Feb 5  @ Weeping Water Booster Invitational, 8 a.m.
Feb 8  HOME v Syracuse, 4:30 p.m.
Feb 10  @ Louisville, 5 p.m.
Feb 19  @ Palmyra Tourney, 9:30 a.m.
Feb 22  @ Auburn, 4:30
Feb 26  HOME v Elmwood-Murdock, 10 a.m.

Girl's Freshman Basketball

Jan 8  @ Palmyra, 9:30 a.m.
Jan 17  @ Weeping Water, 6 p.m.
Jan 24  HOME v Lourdes Central Catholic, 5:30 p.m.

Girls' JV Basketball

Jan 4  HOME v Platteview, 4:30 p.m.
Jan 11  HOME v East Burler, 4:30 p.m.
Jan 13  @ Elmwood-Murdock, 4:45 p.m.
Jan 15  HOME v Auburn, 6 p.m.
Jan 18 @ Palmyra, 4 p.m.
Jan 21  HOME v Fort Calhoun, 4:30 p.m.
Jan 25  HOME v Weeping Water, 6 p.m.
Jan 27  @ Johnson County Central, 4:30
Feb 8  HOME v Ashland-Greenwood, 6 p.m.
Feb 11  HOME v Syracuse, 4:30 p.m.

Girls' Varsity Basketball

Jan 4  HOME v Platteview, 6 p.m.
Jan 11  HOME v East Butler, 6 p.m.
Jan 13  @ Elmwood-Murdock, 6:15 p.m.
Jan 15  HOME v Auburn, 7:30 p.m.
Jan 18 @ Palmyra, 6:15 p.m.
Jan 20 @ Mead, 6 p.m.
Jan 21  HOME v Fort Calhoun, 6 p.m.
Jan 25  HOME v Weeping Water, 7:30 p.m.
Jan 27 @ Johnson county Central, 6 p.m.
Feb 1  ECNC TOURNAMENT QUARTER FINALS, Place & Time TBA
Feb 4  ECNC tOURNAMENT SEMI-FINALS, SECC in Lincoln, TBA
Feb 5 ECNC TOURNAMENT FINALS, SECC in Lincoln, TBA
Feb 8 HOME v Ashland-Greenwood, 7:45
Feb 11 HOME v Syracuse, 6 p.m.
Feb 14-15 & 17   SUB-DISTRICTS, Place & Time TBA
Feb 25   DISTRICT FINALS, Place & Time TBA
Mar 3-5 STATE TOURNAMENT, Place & Time TBA

Boys' Freshman Basketball

Jan 8  @ Palmyra, 10:30 a.m.
Jan 10  @ Elmwood-Murdock Tournament, 4 p.m.
Jan 17  @ Weeping Water, 7:15 p.m.
Jan 22  HOME CONESTOGA INVITATIONAL, 9 a.m.
Jan 24  HOME v Lourdes Central Catholic, 6:30 p.m.

Boys' JV Basketball

Jan 4  HOME v Platteview, 4:30 p.m.
Jan 11 HOME v East Butler, 4:30 p.m.
Jan 13  @ Elmwood-Murdock, 4:45
Jan 18  @ Palmyra, 5 p.m.
Jan 21  HOME v Fort Calhoun, 4:30
Jan 25  @ Auburn, 6:00
Jan 27  @ Johnson County Central, 4:30
Feb 11  HOME v Syracuse, 4:30
Feb 18  HOME v Weeping Water, 6:00

Boys' Varsity Basketball

Jan 4  HOME v Platteview, 7:45
Jan 7-8  Lourdes Post -Holiday Tournament, TBA
Jan 11 HOME v East Butler, 7:45
Jan 13  @ Elmwood-Murdock, 8:00
Jan 18  @ Palmyra, 7:45
Jan 20  @ Mead, 7:45
Jan 21  HOME v Fort Calhoun, 7:45
Jan 25  @ Auburn, 7:30
Jan 27  @ Johnson County Central, 7:30
Jan 31 ECNC TOURNAMENT QUARTER-FINALS, Place & Time TBA
Feb 3 ECNC TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINALS,  @ SECC in Lincoln, TBA
Feb 5  ECNC TOURNAMENT FINALS, @ SECC in Lincoln, TBA
Feb 11  HOME v Syracuse, 7:45
Feb 18  HOME v Weeping Water, 7:30
Feb 21-22 & 24  SUB-DISTRICTS, Place & Time TBA
Feb 28  DISTRICT FINALS,   Place & Time TBA
Mar 10-12  STATE TOURNAMENT,  Place & Time TBA
Feb 11  HOME v Syracuse, 7:45
Feb 18  HOME v Weeping Water, 7:30

 


 

 


PACK 471 CUB SCOUTS KEEP BUSY!


Kirk Froistad, Cubmaster of Pack 471, recapped some of the recent Cub Scout activity for the Murray-Beaver Lake group.
The Pack, boys 1st-5th grade, made and delivered care packages to local homes plus sang Christmas carols and afterward warmed up with hot chocolate and treats.
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Many scouts received prizes such as camping lanterns for selling popcorn at the annual fund raiser and on another occasion, the Wolf Den learned about tools and built toy catapults.

 


Recycling Trailer Schedule:

 

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WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING in our STATE?

Nebraska Named in Newly Released 2010 Rankings:


2nd Best Cities for Business--Omaha
MarketWatch's Annual Ranking
10th Lowest Energy Cost, Energy Cost Index
compiled by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
2010 America's Best New (Golf) Courses--The Prairie Club, Valentine
Golf Digest
2010 Best Small Companies in America--Neogen Corporation, Lincoln, and The Buckle, Kearney
Forbes


Cargill Funds New Tech Training Facility in Blair

As part of its longstanding commitment to support the communities in which it does business,
Cargill has donated $150,000 to develop a process operations training facility that will support
local economic development in Washington Co.
Operated and staffed by Metropolitan Community College (MCC), the facility will host a Process
Operations Technology program that will educate local students on the latest technology in the
agricultural processing and energy production industries. Program graduates will receive an
Associate of Applied Science degree.

"At Cargill we recognize that our continued success depends on the growth and vitality of our
communities," said Gavin Atkinson, manager of Cargill's Corn Milling facility in Blair. "This training
facility will benefit our community, our workforce and ultimately Nebraska businesses for years to come."

The facility is a collaborative effort between the Gateway Development Corporation; Cargill and its
co-located businesses Evonik and Novozymes; MCC; the City of Blair; Nature Works; and Washington
Co.; and is slated to open in Spring 2011.
www.cargill.com/news-center


National Small Food Manufacturer Conference May 23-24 in Omaha

The third annual National Small Food Manufacturer Conference, designed for small food
manufacturers from across the nation, will be May 23-24, 2011, in Omaha.
Current topics will be explored and industry-recognized national speakers will be there to educate
and motivate participants. Sponsored by The Food Processing Center of the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

For information, visit www.fpc.unl.edu/nsfmc, or contact Jill Gifford at 402-472-2819 or gifford1@unl.edu.


2011 Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship Feb. 25

Mark your calendar for the Fifth Annual Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship slated for
Feb. 25, 2011, at the Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel and Conference Center in La Vista.

Watch for upcoming details at www.nebraskaentrepreneur.com.


Don't Miss the 2011 Governor's Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop

The 2011 Governor's Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop will be Feb. 1-2 at the Ramada
Inn & Conference Center in Kearney.

The workshop will include general sessions, break-out sessions and networking
opportunities, as well as industry exhibitor booths featuring products and programs
essential to agri/eco tourism. A highlight of the workshop will be keynote speaker Stan
Meador, founder, owner and general manager of the X Bar Ranch Nature Retreat in
Eldorado, Texas. Meador will share 15 years worth of experiences from starting and
running a tourism enterprise on his family's fifth generation ranch.

To learn more about, or register for, the 2011 Governor's Agri/Eco-Tourism
Workshop, go to
www.VisitNebraska.gov/industry.


2011 Travel Guides Now Available

Start planning your next vacation with DED's Division of Travel & Tourism's new 2011
Nebraska Travel Guide.

Packed with 176-pages of must-do Nebraska activities, the 2011 Nebraska Travel
Guide highlights places to go and things to see in each of the state's seven regions. You'll
find ideas for golf getaways, family fun, exploring the great outdoors, communing with nature
and uncovering our state's rich history. Learn about festivals, arts, shopping, dining, nightlife
and Nebraska wineries.  New to the 2011 guide is the addition of QR (quick response) codes
for your smart phone. The two-dimensional images can be read using a mobile device
equipped with a reader application. When you scan the codes in the travel guide, you'll quickly
be directed to an informative podcast.

Order your free Nebraska Travel Guide at www.VisitNebraska.gov. You can also browse the
online virtual guide or download it as a PDF to your home computer.


Leveraging Technology for the Future of Nebraska Regional Forums Scheduled for Spring 2011

Statewide planning to address current and future broadband needs will continue in 2011 with
regional meetings to help identify how regions in the state can help increase adoption and
utilization of broadband services.

The meetings are the next stage in a federally funded broadband mapping project. Funding from
the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration
was awarded to the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which has worked with the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Nebraska Information Technology Commission's Community Council,
DED and AIM Institute.

A UNL survey last winter found that 81 percent of Nebraskans had Internet access, and 76 percent
of those had broadband.

Meetings are scheduled for March and April as follows:
March 23: Norfolk
March 30: Gering (MT)
March 31: Valentine
April 6: North Platte
April 7: McCook
April 13: Lincoln
April 14: Minden
April 28: Omaha

All session are from 1-4 p.m. (CT), unless otherwise noted.

Specific locations will be announced later.

The survey is available online at www.psc.state.ne.us.


The above information was brought to you by:

THE NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
www.neded.org
800-426-6505
patty.wood@nebraska.gov
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94666
Lincoln, NE 68509-4666

Our Mission: To develop economic opportunities by keeping Nebraska businesses,
communities and people competitive.

If appropriately credited, material in this newsletter may be reproduced without
permission. It is the policy of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development
not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, marital status,
age or national or ethnic origin.

 

 


 

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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 debby@greenblattandseay.com.

 


 

LOST

 


REWARD for LOST DOG!


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

3-year-old black labrador,

"MAGGIE",

(no picture available),

in the Beaver Lake area.


If you've seen her, please call:

402-713-9143

or

402-713-9080.


THANK YOU!

*****

LOST

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Above, Thi and Chi;

below, two black kitties, Ty and Chee.

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If anyone knows where these cats are,

please contact the Editor of this website,

Editor@MurrayNebraska.com,

who will then be in touch

with the cats' owner.

Thank you!

*****

LOST

Kermit_3


Our black & white border collie,

'Kermit',

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.

Thanks!

 

 

 


 

 

Mahoney State Park  "GREETINGS"


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 Friday, December 31, 2010.

 

 


 

 

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The Waste Management recycle bins located behind Town Hall are for
Murray residents only.


The updated, multi-colored schedule for the
CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN recycle trailer
is shown above in this Newsletter.

 


 

 

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