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Murray Newsletter - July 15, 2015



Summer has set in with its usual severity.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
English Romanticist Poet




A wallet was found at the Murray Freedom Festival held July 4th.  Call 402-679-7724 and give an accurate description to claim it. Please leave a message with your name and contact information. 






The Cougars Select baseball team, Nehawka and Murray, brought home a state championship title after winning all five of its games played in the Nebraska 12 AA Bronze State Baseball Tournament held July 3-5 in Aurora. Twelve teams competed in the tournament.

Cougars Tournament Record:

Game 1 – Cougars win 9-4 over Omaha Extreme
Game 2 – Cougars win 9-8 over Omaha Team Nebraska
Game 3 – Cougars win 5-4 over Omaha Extreme
Game 4 – Cougars win 6-3 over Grand Island Bandits Black
Game 5 – Cougars win 3-2 over Kearney Rebels

Congratulations to the Cougars Select coaches and players!

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BACK ROW (L-R): Coach Al Gansemer, Coach AJ Walton, Coach Richie Fox and Coach Shane Snipes

MIDDLE ROW (L-R): Kobe Gansemer, Ben Welch, Harrison Benedict, Braden Ruffner, Drew Walton, Koby Vogler, Blake Henderson, Tobius Nolting and Owen Snipes

FRONT ROW (L-R) Trace Widler, Carson Snipes (bat boy), Lane Fox and Ty Fox.



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The next meeting of the Murray Freedom Festival group is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 7:00 pm, at the Murray Town Hall .

Highlights and a summary of this year's Festival of the 4th of July celebration will be discussed, as well as the election of new officers.

So please plan on attending and bring your ideas for the 2016 celebration.

Everyone's welcome!



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Lifetime Wellness Clinic, in Elmwood, Nebraska, is looking for a new assistant. Our beloved employee, Moriah, is leaving us, and we need to find a replacement. Answering phones, scheduling patients, collecting and applying payments, keeping practice statistics, and about a thousand other things. We can train on everything except an attitude of enthusiasm, service and love.

Email to set up a phone interview.







State of Nebraska Enters into New Contract for Secure

Credit, Debit Card Processing, Treasurer Stenberg Announces 


The State of Nebraska has entered into a new, five-year contract for payment card processing services for credit cards and debit cards with U.S. Bank. The contract will become operational by Oct. 1, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.

The contract provides for two, one-year extensions. The state's previous payment card processing provider, First National Bank and TSYS Merchant Solutions, has agreed to extend its contract while the new services are being implemented.

Treasurer Stenberg said that over the course of the contract with U.S. Bank, the state will save an estimated $550,000 in processing charges.

"The State of Nebraska expects to see greater volume under the new contract as Nebraskans continue to shift from using cash for these types of transactions to the use of credit and debit cards," Stenberg said. In 2014 the state processed more than $154 million in credit and debit card transactions, up from the $153.9 million in 2013.

The state has been paying approximately 8 cents per card transaction in processing and authorization fees, Stenberg said. Under the new contract, the state will initially pay 4 cents per transaction plus 1 basis point, equal to one one-hundredth of 1 percent of the value of the transaction. Eventually that cost will drop to 2 cents and 1 basis point per transaction.

By law, all state agencies, including the University of Nebraska and state colleges, are required to process their credit card and debit card transactions under the state contract. Political subdivisions, such as cities, counties, school districts, and natural resource districts, may participate under the contract if they choose.

As part of the contract, U.S. Bank will provide 200 EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) chip-enabled terminals to state agencies at no additional cost to the state.

The new terminals, which will authenticate microchip-card transactions, will replace traditional magnetic stripe terminals now in use. With the chip-enabled terminals, the card embedded with a microcomputer chip is inserted in the terminal at the start of the transaction and stays in the terminal until the transaction is completed, generating a unique single-use code needed to validate the transaction and adding an additional layer of security.

The new equipment is compatible with changes in in-store counterfeit fraud liability, which will shift Oct. 1 in the United States to the party that has not adopted microchip technology—either the merchant or the financial institution issuing the credit or debit card. EMV chip technology, already in use in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific region, is designed to prevent counterfeiting, protect consumers, and reduce fraud.

"Enhanced security for Nebraska consumers of state services is a strong feature of the new contract, which will enable the state to provide secure, convenient credit and debit card processing services that protect Nebraskans and maintain the confidentiality of their personal information," Stenberg said.

Among the charges that are expected to be paid by credit and debit card holders under this contract are admission and reservation fees to state parks, licensing fees to administrative and licensing boards, fines to the Liquor Control Commission, purchases in the Historical Society gift shops, and tuition to state colleges and the University of Nebraska. Non-custodial parents making child support payments to the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center, a division of the Treasurer's Office, also will be using the new chip-card technology.

While the new contract will cover payments made to agencies and participating political subdivisions, it will not be used by agencies and political subdivisions to make purchases; those payments are covered under the state's separate purchasing card contract with U.S. Bank and the state's limited-liability travel card contract with UMB.

Stenberg thanked Bo Botelho, Materiel Administrator, and Michelle Thompson of the State Purchasing Bureau in the Department of Administrative Services; Deputy Treasurer Jason Walters; Char Scott, director of the Treasurer's Treasury Management Division; and Heidi Wallace, deputy director of Treasury Management, for their work on the contract.

A copy of the contract can be found on the Department of Administrative Services website at



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The Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness is currently seeking candidates for an opening to serve as the Sarpy County representative on the Sarpy/Cass Board of Health.

Functions of the Health Board include: 1) providing policy guidance on the development of appropriate public health programs; 2) working to educate the citizens of both counties regarding public health issues; 3) providing Board oversight on the Department's budget and the Health Director's performance; 4) and ensuring that priority public health needs are being addressed by the staff of the department.  A letter of interest and background qualifications should be submitted no later than August 6, 2015 to:  
Erin Ponec, Office Coordinator
Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness
701 Olson Drive, Ste. 101
Papillion, NE 68046

402-339-4334 x201




Internationally acclaimed fiddler, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, will be giving fiddle workshops in November in the Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse. On Friday , November 13, starting at 7 PM, the subjects will be "Six Approaches to Jamming", and "Modal Improvisation". On Saturday, November 14, starting at 9 AM, the topics will be "Gypsy Jazz" and "One Tune, Five Styles". These workshops are appropriate for any string player who desire to open their ears to new ways of making music.

JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN has helped develop the alternative string field over the last thirty-five+ years through her work as an educator, author, radio producer, composer, recording artist, journalist, and performer. Her former students have toured with Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, and one of her former students plays regularly on Dancing with the Stars.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, and to register, click on the following link:

For questions, contact




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The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley will be holding open auditions for the award-winning play, 'Proof' on July 20 and 21 at 7 pm. Written by David Auburn, this play won both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 2001.

Artistic Director Kevin Colbert is looking for two women and two men to bring this story to life. Catherine is the brilliant daughter of an esteemed mathematician who has just died after a prolonged mental illness. One of the professor's students has discovered a wealth of cutting-edge calculations and assumes they are the work of his late mentor. Can Catherine provide proof that the work is hers, and that she's not mentally ill like her father?

Rehearsals will begin in late July. Production dates for the play are August 29-30, September 3-6 and 11-13. Actors planning to audition should bring a list of possible schedule conflicts and be prepared to perform cold readings from the script. Those with questions may call the theater at (402) 234-2553 or email the director at This email address at The Lofte is located just a mile east of the town of Manley near the intersection of Hwy 50 and Hwy 1.



Saturday, July 18, 7 PM, David in "Nebraska Territory Stories", Education Center, Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE


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Elmwood Rescue to Host 'Bubble Soccer' Event

The Elmwood Nebraska Rescue team is in need of a new defibrillator, so how can we help? Gather your friends who love soccer, form a team and
get registered before August 16 for the Sunday, September 13th fun! Details below:

Elmwood Park
4th and F Street
Elmwood, Nebraska 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Registration Deadline August 16

Check-in at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, September 13, Play Starts 1pm

$25 Per Person guarantees
2 games, event shirt, and water bottle.

Contact 402-802-0078 or message us on Facebook for a Registration Packet and for more information!

(Sponsorships available)


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Wednesday, July 15th                    8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Thursday, July 16th                     8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday, July 17th                        8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

  • BAG SALE starts Thursday at 3:00 PM
  • We are having a SPECIAL BOOK SALE
  • We will be serving food so come join us for lunch

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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 15 - 17
    Aug 1-14
    Aug 29-Sep 11
    Sep 26 - 30 


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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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