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Murray Newsletter - February 1, 2012




Nature hates calculators. 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ 

Mother Nature, if you're listening, we sure could use some moisture, a little at a time, that is........




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(Home games in BOLD print.) 







2 v. Fort Calhoun, 7:00
3 @ Louisville, ECNC Tournament, 3:00
16-18 @ State Tournament, TBA/TBA


25 @ Weeping Water Tourney, 9 a.m.
27 @ Palmyra Tri, 4:30 
2 @ Fort Calhoun Tournament, 4:30
6 @ Platteview Quad, 4:15
8 @ Louisville Tri, 4:30
13 @ Auburn Quad, 4:00 



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2 ECNC Semi-Finals, SECC, TBA
4 ECNC Finals, SECC, TBA
7 @ Ashland-Greenwood, 7:45
9 @ Syracuse, 6:00
13, 14, 16 Sub-Districts, TBA
24 District Finals, TBA 
1-3 State Tournament, TBA 
7 @ Ashland-Greenwood, 6:00
9 @ Syracuse, 4:30 


2 @ Weeping Water, 6:30
4 @ Weeping Water Booster Tournament, 8 a.m.
& @ Syracuse, 4:30
9 v Louisville, 5:00
18 @ Palmyra Tournament, 9:30 a.m.
21 v Auburn, 4:30
25 @ Elmwood-Murdock, 10 a.m. 


3 @ SECC, ECNC Semi-Finals, TBA
4 @ SECC, ECNC Finals, TBA
9 @ Syracuse, 7:30
17 @ Weeping Water, 7:30
20-21, 23 Sub-Districts, TBA/TBA
27 District Finals, TBA/TBA 


9 @ Syracuse, 4:30
17 @ Weeping Water, 6:00 

Boy Scout Troop 471 
 "All You Can Eat"
Pancake Feed 
Free - Will Donation 
"Fat" Tuesday, February 21, 2012 
5:15 pm - 7:30 pm 
Murray Christian Church 
Boy Scouts will be serving 
pancakes with syrup, sausage and 
juice and/or coffee. 
Please join us!!! 

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Cass County Youth Celebrate Nebraska 4-H Month During February 

The month of February is Nebraska 4-H Month, and Cass County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world. 

Recent findings from Tufts University's 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H'ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their  communities. In Cass County, more than 500 4-H members and 100 volunteers are involved in 4-H. 

4-H youth are a living, breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. 

Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility  at or at, or contact Diane Mayfield,  Extension Associate, at  University of Nebraska  – Lincoln  Extension in Cass County at  402-267-2205 or  Cass County’s website is   


Free DNA Kits 
Available at the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass urges parents to complete a DNA kit in case of abduction. 
Papillion, NE-About 2,100 missing-children reports are filed each day. Many cases might be solved more easily if parents can provide a few key pieces of information. DNA kits provide DNA information as well as height, weight, eye color, and recent photo. These DNA kits can be a great help to authorities solve a missing child case. 
Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass as part of the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and wellness is offering free DNA kits to parents in Sarpy and Cass Counties. To pick up a DNA kit, simply stop by the Sarpy/Cass 
Department of Health and Wellness, 701 Olson Drive, Papillion, NE anytime during normal business 
hours. Please call 402-339-4334, ext. 210. 
It is also important for you and your child to know important safety information that could help prevent 
abduction. Keeping your child safe in a world of strangers can be as easy as following a few safety 
strategies which include: 
 Complete a DNA kit for each child and keep it in the freezer. 
Keep your child’s medical and dental records up to date. 
Make sure custody documents are in order. 
 Make online safety a priority. The Internet is a great tool, but it can also be where predators stalk children. Be aware of your child's Internet activities and chat room "friends," and remind them never to give out personal information. Adults should avoid posting identifying information or photos of children online. 
Supervise your children in places like malls, movie theaters, parks, public bathrooms, or while 
fundraising door to door. 
Never leave kids alone in a car or stroller, even for a minute. 
Set boundaries of where your children are allowed to go. 
 Teach your children to never accept candy or gifts from a stranger and never go anywhere with a 
stranger, even if it sounds like fun. If a stranger asks them a question, teach your child to 
not talk, but to just run away. 
 Teach your child to say no to anyone who tries to make them do something you've said is wrong 
or touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. 
 Teach your child that you would never send a stranger to pick them up, because you know that 
they would never talk to or go with a stranger. 
For more information about Stranger Danger, call Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass at 402-339-4334 
  Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause 
of death and disability to children under the age of 14. Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass is a member 
of Safe Kids Worldwide and Safe Kids Nebraska (global and statewide networks of 
organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury). Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass was 
founded in 2006 and is led by The Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness. 

 Crock Pot Cook Off
Conestoga Ambassadors of Europe are hosting a Crock Pot Cook Off! 
Saturday, March 31st 

Conestoga High School 

Time: 11:30am-12pm Participant Set Up 
12-1pm is tasting and judging/voting by the community.
1-2pm is tallying up votes and awards 
Each participant can enter in one to three categories. 
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Category 1: 
Category 2:
Category 3:
Winners are presented with prizes and get to hold bragging rights. 
Entrance fee $20 regardless of number of entries.

You supply the ingredients, crockpots, utensils for serving and extension cords for your crockpots. You may bring decorations or signs to display in your area. Please supply a recipe with every entry and a sign stating ingredients for the public to view for allergy warnings.

Plates, bowls and silverware will be supplied. 
Bottled water will be supplied and bread or crackers to clear taste buds. 
All proceeds benefit Conestoga Ambassadors of Europe for their 2012 Italy/Switzerland Trip. 
Please Contact Heather Larson at
or text (402)306-8996 for sign up or questions. 
Entry fees and registrations due by Friday, March 2nd, 2012. 
Thank you for your support! 





Cookie Booth Locations for Conestoga Girl Scout Troop 201

Friday, February 3,  5:30-8pm @ Nehawka Bar
Thursday, February 9,  6-8pm @ Firehouse Grille
Saturday, February 11,  1-4 @ Murray Lumber 

$3.50 per box. Cash only!!! 

Thank you for supporting our troop!

Proceeds help with camps, badges and uniforms. 

Girl Scout Troop 201

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The CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN recycle trailer will be located on these dates in the following towns: 

Now - Feb 3,  Beaver Lake
Feb. 11 - 17,  Murray
Feb 18 - 24,  Beaver Lake
Feb 18 - 29,  Nehawka
March 3 - 9,  Murray
March 20 - 16,  Beaver Lake
March 17 - 30, Nehawka
March 24 - 30,  Murray 

(Murray will also continue to have the recycle bin located behind Town Hall every day for Murray residents' use only.)  




Glam Valentines Party


The Women You Love! 


Art Chicks Saturday February 11th 

Adult seatings (16 and up) 11:30 and 1:00 

All Ages Seating 2:30 


Come dressed to impress in your old formals, sparkley anything that you never have a place to wear, raid the good will and just have fun! As always-we will have plenty of accessories to make anything special. Make your reservations today, 234-2669. 



 Mahoney park_Kountze_Theater 

KBC Productions announces that their production of "Little Footsteps"  
at Kountze Memorial Theater inside Mahoney State Park. 
Written by Ted Tally, the story is a hilarious and cautionary tale of impending parent
hood.  Ben and Joanie are a couple who are about to become parents for the first time.  
Ben's own uneasiness about the situation soon leads to Joanie finding herself as a 
single parent-to-be.  Will they grow up before their baby does?  This show has a sug
gested rating of PG-13. 
Starring in the show as the young couple are Corey Misek and Noelle Bohaty, both of 
Lincoln.  Director Kevin Colbert and his wife Betty, both of Weeping Water, also ap
pear in the play. 

Performances run February 3-5, 10-12, 14, and 17-19. 
Showtimes are 7:30pm except for Sundays which are 2pm matinees. 
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. 
For reservations, please call Mahoney state Park at (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.  



 Avoca Schoolhouse 

"Schoolhouse Irish Fiddling Camp"

The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special 
"Schoolhouse Irish Fiddling Camp", 
for fiddlers, violists, guitarists, and ukulele players.  The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt. 
The camp will be on Monday, March 12 - Friday, March 16, from 9 AM to 1 PM.    
You can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or 3 days, or 4 days, or all 5 days. 
On Monday & Tuesday, participants will be mostly reading tunes, using sheet  
music in standard notation.  We'll be learning melodies, harmonies, and chords.  
You will be improving your sight reading, and experiencing fiddling fun. 
On Wednesday & Thursday, we will be mostly playing tunes by ear, so feel free  
to bring your recording gadgets.  Sheet music versions of the tunes will be 
provided for you by the end of  camp, just in case your ears need the help. 
sharing, and playing fiddle related instruments. On Friday, we will be mostly jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting,  
Enrollment for the "Schoolhouse Irish Fiddling Camp" is limited, so e-mail Deborah   
( if you are interested in participating, or if you have 
any questions.


2012 Elections 
As many of you know, the Primary Election is just around the corner with the  
Primary Election coming up on May 15, 2012.
If you need to get registered to vote, or need to update your voter registration  
(CLICK HERE)  (Here is the link incase it doesn't load: 
The Election Office, now located at 201 Main Street, is now accepting Early 
Voting Applications for the upcoming Primary Election.  These can be obtained
 a number of ways. 
1.)  You could take a trip to downtown Plattsmouth, and visit the new office.  While 
there you can fill out your request. 
2.)  You could call 402-296-9309 and request a form to be mailed to you. 
3.)  Lastly, you can visit the Cass County Website and download a form.  
(CLICK HERE)  (Here is the link incase it doesn't load: 
There are also a few filing deadlines that will be here before we know it! 
Incumbent Filing Deadline (which is ANY elective office holder)
February 15, 2012
Non-Incumbent FIling Deadline
March 1, 2012 
To see a FULL listing of up to date candidate filings, visit the Cass County Election webpage.  (CLICK HERE)

 2012-01-25 RED_CROSS 
Blood Donations Needed Each Day to Respond to Patient Emergencies
Like the Emergency Room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be 
prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours 
a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Through the everyday support and 
generosity of blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross can be prepared to 
do this day-in and day-out, no matter when or where these blood products 
are needed.
Each day, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed for patients in 
the United States.  In fact, approximately every two seconds, someone in 
the United States needs blood. All eligible donors are encouraged to become 
an Everyday supporter of the Red Cross and their communities by giving 
blood this winter. 
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to 
make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to 
ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or 
two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 
years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 
pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High 
school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet 
certain height and weight requirements. 
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the 
American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals 
throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the 
Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or 
when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, 
the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, 
serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, 
and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities
2/6/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Community Building, South 4th St, Eagle
2/13/2012, 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Town Hall, 643 House St, Avoca
2/9/2012, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm, OPPD Coal Plant, 7264 L Road, Nebraska City


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Free Commercial Property

The Village of Union, a municipal corporation located within Cass County, Nebraska, is requesting

solicitations from individuals and corporations to receive free commercial property located within the Village of Union, with such property having a legal description of: South Union Lots 5, 6, 7 & East 4'6 Lot 8, Block 2, in Union, Cass County, Nebraska, with a lot size of 72' x 135'. This property is located on Main Street which is located on Highway 34 and just off the intersection of Highway 75. 

To be eligible to receive this free commercial property, the individual or corporation must send a solicitation to the following address postmarked by April 1, 2012: Village of Union, Att: Village Clerk, P.O. Box 127, Union, NE 68455. To receive this free property, the person/entity must agree to do the following: 

1. Remove and/or demolish the current structures on the premises or refurbish the current structure, to include the south retaining wall, no later than October 1, 2012. 

2. Place a commercial structure on the property no later than September 1, 2013. 

The solicitation must, at a minimum, contain the following:

1. The name, address, and phone numbers of the individual or entity submitting the solicitation, to include a description of the individual's/entity's current and past business ventures. 

2. A detailed description of person's/entity's plans for such commercial property. 

3. A letter of credit from a bank or lending institution that demonstrates the individual's or entity's ability to receive financing to demolish the current site structures and place a  commercial structure on the property by September 1, 2013. 

The Village Board of Trustees will create a committee to review the solicitations. A decision will then be made by the Village Board of Trustee by May 1, 2012 to choose which solicitations, if any, is in the best interest of the Village. 

The Village will provide the individual or entity who is awarded the property the following by June 1, 2012: 

1. A general conveyance deed with right of reverter to Village if commercial property is not constructed by September 1, 2013; and 

2. Free sewer and water hookup. 

Please contact Melissa Hansen, Village Clerk, at 402-263-3865 or

Lofte 2-1 

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley is proud to announce that it will be hosting two visiting artists in 2012.  Back by popular demand, Nebraska native, Joseph Hall will amaze you with his life performance as Elvis Presley.  Last year, Mr. Hall's Lofte concert sold out so quickly, that many did not get the opportunity to see him.  This year Lofte has two opportunities for you to attend this event.  On Saturday, February 18, you can see Elvis at either 2pm or 7pm.  All seats are reserved and tickets are $20.  Be advised, this event has been selling very well.  We strongly suggest that you make your reservations soon. 



Another popular touring show is coming to the Lofte on April 21st.  "Rave On!" features America's premiere Buddy Holly tribute artist and Nebraska native, Billy McGuigan.  In this electrifying show, audiences will experience the thrills of a Buddy Holly concert re-imagined with hits such as "Peggy Sue," "It's So Easy," and "That'll Be the Day." 


"Rave On!" has run for sold-out crowds several times in Omaha and we're proud to bring this popular show to Cass County.  Showtime is 7pm on Saturday, April 21st.  All seats are reserved and cost $28.  As of the end of December, there are only 200 tickets left.  We strongly suggest that you make your reservations today.

The Lofte Theatre is located just east of the village of Manley.  If you have any questions or wish to purchase tickets, please call the box office at (402) 234-2553.  

Event announcements and advertising can be an enormous expense when 
you're wanting or needing to get the word out.  If you've checked into regular 
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? 
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): 
Wedding / Engagement Announcements and Photos
Birth Announcements
Letters to the Editor
Birthday Greeting
Upcoming Events
Cards of Thanks
Lost and Found
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 
1)  You may call your information to 402-235-2926, 
Leave a voice mail with your name phone number. 
2)  Email your story to
NO 'zip' files, please, and send photos in jpg format, if possible,
no larger than 340 x 480 pixels. ( is a FREE photo editing website
where you can edit your photos before submitting them.  Try it, it's easy - and FREE!) 
3)  Send items via the U.S. postal service to: 
201 N How Ave, Murray, NE, 68409-8403.  
(When mailing items you'd like to get back, please enclose a self-addressed, 
stamped envelope.) 
Remember to include 'who, what, when, where and why', along with any other 
helpful details, such as a contact person and phone. 
Thanks for helping to keep YOUR Murray Newsletter fresh and up-to-date! 

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