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Murray Newsletter - June 24, 2015



Sun is shining.
Weather is sweet.
Make you wanna move your dancing feet.

 Bob Marley
Jamaican Songwriter and Musician
United Nations' Medal of Peace recipient





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This year, the MURRAY FIRE and RESCUE will have several auctions at their annual 4th of July Pancake Feed.  Auctions items will include sporting event tickets, theater tickets and more, but the biggest and most exciting item will be a Safari Trip for 2 to Africa!

See you on the 4th! 




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TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

7 P.M.


COME and SEE WHAT YOU can do to help at MURRAY'S 2015

We need good people, high school age to adult, to volunteer for some shifts during the 4th of July event.  You do not have to be a Murray resident to help out.  Volunteering only one or two hours, would help to keep this Murray tradition going.


More info at or

visit our Facebook page at Murray Freedom Festival.


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Beginning immediately, the Murray Village Board is requesting that residents temporarily refrain from unnecessary usage of water, i.e. watering lawns, washing cars, etc., for a 3 - 4 week period. The interior of the water tower has been drained in preparation for a much-needed, complete refurbishing.

You may experience fluctuations in water pressure at different times, but workers will try to avoid having this happen as much as possible.

The Board thanks you for your assistance and understanding during this time.


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NHTSA's Database Now Lists All Affected Vehicles

If your vehicle is manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, or Toyota, you may be affected by a recall on airbags. The recall affects nearly 34 million vehicles in the U.S.

If your vehicle is manufactured by the brands listed above use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) VIN search tool or a specific vehicle-maker's site to confirm if you are affected by the recall. If your vehicle is listed, contact the manufacturer to find out when you can get your vehicle fixed and at no cost to you.

You can also continue to check for updates on this recall or subscribe to NHTSA's Recall Notification E-mail System.

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Treasurer Stenberg Criticizes Federal Regulations

for ABLE Program

Urges Advocates to Demand Changes


Lincoln, Neb. (June 22, 2015) – Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today that "proposed U.S. Treasury regulations for the ABLE program are a slap in the face of Americans with disabilities and jeopardize the financial viability of the program."

The U.S. Congress enacted Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code in December 2014, allowing for a tax-favored savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities to be used to pay qualified disability-related expenses. The name of the law is Achieving a Better Life Experience Act or ABLE.

Earlier this year the Nebraska Legislature passed LB591, sponsored by Sen. Kate Bolz, to create a Nebraska state-sponsored ABLE program. Under LB591, the State Treasurer is the Trustee of the ABLE program. Both the federal and state legislation were modeled on the 529 College Savings program, which in Nebraska is administered by the State Treasurer.

Treasurer Stenberg issued the following statement regarding proposed federal regulations for the ABLE program, which are scheduled to be published today in the Federal Register:

"As I read the proposed regulations, every time individuals with disabilities want to spend even a single dollar of their money, from their own ABLE accounts, they have to file paperwork with the state demonstrating that each is a 'qualified disability expense.'

"This is a slap in the face of Americans with disabilities, is an unreasonable and unnecessary burden on them, and will create administrative burdens that will increase the costs qualified individuals will need to pay to use the program.

"There is no requirement in the college savings program that the account owner submit proof to the state that withdrawals are for qualified expenses. I do not understand why the U.S. Treasury Department wants to mistreat citizens with disabilities by imposing requirements on them that the department does not impose on any college students and their parents. Frankly, I think that it is shameful.

"The kind of program I would like to have here in Nebraska would allow qualified individuals to write checks or use debit cards to pay qualified disability-related expenses from their ABLE accounts. It is, after all, their own money. Under these proposed federal regulations, we would not be allowed to operate in that way.

"The regulations also require the state to make a determination of whether a person with a disability is an 'eligible individual.' The Congress of the United States, at the urging of the College Savings Plan Network, an affiliate of the National Association of State Treasurers, by law, made this the responsibility of the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, not the responsibility of the state ABLE program. This regulation, which is contrary to law, adds substantial additional administrative costs to the state program, which will be paid by Nebraskans with disabilities.

"I am very concerned that these proposed federal regulations could result in smaller-population states like Nebraska being unable to employ a program manager on terms that Nebraskans with disabilities would be able to afford.

"I strongly urge advocates of people with disabilities here in Nebraska and across the nation to submit comments to the U.S. Treasury Department objecting to these regulations and to send copies to their U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives.

"The ABLE bill passed Congress with large bi-partisan margins in both houses. I hope that members of Congress will let the Treasury Department know that these regulations violate their legislative intent and are unacceptable."

Stenberg said public comments should be sent to the following address:

CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-102837-15), Room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044.

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Hildegard Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society, is sponsoring a statewide "Call to Photographers" for the great state of Nebraska. The Call begins June 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016 and is titled "Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future". It is calling photographers throughout Nebraska to highlight historic places and often over-looked historical treasures in all of the State's 93 counties ~ historical sites either found on the National Register of Historic Places OR places of community/personal significance to the photographer. i.e. historic properties, recognized historical landmarks, cultural activities/events with a basis in local history and in context with a historic place, or historic buildings that are representative or unique. From Adams to Antelope, Banner to Butler, Garden to Gage, Scottsbluff to Sheridan, and Dundy to Douglas, this juried exhibition is serving as a bridge to connect Nebraskans with their culture and heritage.

Photographs selected from this juried exhibition:

· Will be featured in a statewide traveling photography exhibit that coincides with Nebraska's sesquicentennial in 2017

· May appear in Nebraska Tourism travel guides, posters and calendars to promote this project and the State of Nebraska.

· Will be showcased in a digital catalogue.

· All submitted photos will be featured virtually on partnering websites. (Hildegard Center for the Arts, Nebraska Tourism Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society).

Photographs can be submitted online at the Hildegard Center for the Arts website,, beginning June 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016.

Entrants must be at least 15 years of age and need NOT be residents of Nebraska. Photographers may enter up to 5 images per submission for a non-refundable fee of $15. Multiple submissions are allowed. For a complete list of entry rules and judging criteria, go to

Questions: Contact Project Chair, Cathy Harrington | 402.730.6668;


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Do something good for your community and our earth!

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

GREAT NEWS!  Beaver Lake and Union now will have full-time recycling trailers!

July 4 - 17
Aug 1-14
Aug 29-Sep 11
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Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for Intermediate and Advanced Fiddlers (To register on line, log on to:


Registration is now open for the 2015 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler. The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

The July Camp (Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17) is for folks who consider themselves intermediate or advanced. Enrollment is limited to 10 fiddlers for each week, so that everyone will get individual attention.

For more information, e-mail Deborah at

To register on line, log on to: 

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If you think shopping or donating close to home doesn't matter, think again. 
Under His Wings Thrift Store on Main Street in Plattsmouth is doing great things. Check this out:

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So stop in and see what's in store now.  You will probably find some great bargains and all the money they raise stays within Cass County to help those in need.

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Lori Williams of Murray, NE was paralyzed due to an accident  and her family is under mounting financial stress.   

 The Murray Presbyterian Deacons, aka "Mighty Murray Small Church",  with the help of Schwan's Ice Cream and YOU, will be donating funds to help out Lori and her family.  Lori's family, will receive 5% of Schwan's purchases for one full year, to October 2, 2015,  when you order using special fundraiser code ID# 32144.    You may place your order over the phone at1-855-870-7208.  You will need to give the code number above.  You may also order online, at .  The 'campaign ID number' is 13054.   

Go to 'Shop Now' and an online catalog, with the name 'Sherrill Konfrst', (church deacon),  will be presented to you.  Please direct any questions you might have to Sherrill at 402-235-2844.   

 If you live in the U.S. and have local Schwan's delivery, you may participate in this worthy cause.  A Schwan's delivery person will deliver your products directly to your home and you'll be helping Lori and her family.  Feel free to forward this to your friends across the country!    

 Thank you for your support!

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The following is an employment opportunity available to older adults in Cass County.

Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization funded by the US Dept of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which assists people 55 and older in getting updated training to assist in returning to the workforce. This is a federally funded program and offers a no-cost employment service to older adults who qualify. Once accepted into the program, individuals are placed in a training site in or near their community, where they gain on the job experience while working 20-21 hours/week at $8/hour. We also help with skill assessments, computer training, resumes, cover letters, job search, etc. The goal is that through the training and job search assistance we gain help older adults gain good jobs in or around their communities.

Stephanie Mahony
Employment and Training Coordinator
Experience Works, Inc.
1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job Center
Lincoln, NE 68508 

Phone: 402-441-1654
Fax: 402-441-6038

Nebraska Tollfree Number: 1-877-314-7526

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Below is a list of categories that we are happy to post, (at NO COST to you!), in the weekly Murray online newsletter: 

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 NO LATER THAN NOON on the prior MONDAY.  

There are 3 ways you can submit your articles: 

1) You may call your information to 402-235-2926 and specify that you want your info inserted in the Newsletter. Leave a voice mail with your name and phone number.     

2) Email your story with your name, contact info and story, (in plain text) to:  
Send photos ONLY in .jpg format, no larger than 450 pixels wide.Photo editing is super easy! Just go to on 'Edit Your Photo', then 'Resize'.Enter any number below 495, then save as .jpg. That's it!Then just send it to the e-address above with your story in plain text. 

3) Send items via the U.S. postal service to: Editor,, 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.     
Again, you must have your name and contact information included with the information. 

Thanks for helping to keep YOUR Murray Newsletter fresh and up-to-date!



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