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Murray Newsletter - July 22, 2015

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Cass County Roads Department (Murray Shop) Position:

Equipment Operator

Performs general labor tasks at varying skill levels in conjunction with construction, repair and maintenance of county roads, bridges, signs and culverts. This is a safety sensitive position. Must be able to obtain a Class A CDL within 6 months of hire date. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ability to work outside of normal work hours when required. Starting Pay: $16.83 per hour. Application obtained at or at County Board Assistant's Office, 346 Main St, Room 101, Plattsmouth, NE 68048. Return applications to the Board Assistant location. Posting Dates: July 6-July 29, 2015. Pull posting/job description at the Assistant's Office. EOE. Position is subject to Veterans Preference.

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The Cass County (NE) Fair runs
Tuesday, August 4 thru Saturday, August 8, 2015.

Highway 1 and 144th St.
(North of Weeping Water, NE)

See you at the Fair!

For more info, go to

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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 election of new officers.

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

Everyone's welcome!



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Restroom attendant during the 
Cass County Fair at Weeping Water, NE.

August 5 - 8, 2015

Call 402-504-2678.



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State Treasurer Stenberg Issues RFP for

Program Manager for Nebraska ABLE Program

Lincoln, Neb. (July 20, 2015) – A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued today for a program manager for the new Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program created by the 2015 Nebraska Legislature, said State Treasurer Don Stenberg, who, by law, is Trustee of the Nebraska ABLE program.

Treasurer Stenberg and the Nebraska Investment Council are seeking proposals from qualified financial services companies to provide investment and administrative services, customer service, and marketing services for the Nebraska ABLE program. Questions from potential bidders are due July 30. A pre-proposal conference will be Aug. 4 in the State Capitol, and proposals are due Sept. 10.

Stenberg said those dates are subject to change depending on circumstances outside the state's control, such as the ongoing work on the proposed federal regulations for ABLE programs across the nation and other national developments.

"Our goal is to launch the Nebraska ABLE program as soon as possible in 2016. We have established an ambitious timetable to meet that goal, and our plan is to make the ABLE program available to individuals with disabilities as quickly as we can. At the same time, we want to be sure we are doing it right and building a program that will address the unique needs of our ABLE account owners, keeping in mind convenience, ease of use, and cost," Stenberg said.

The ABLE program will allow Nebraskans with certain disabilities to create tax-advantaged ABLE savings accounts to use to pay for qualified disability-related expenses, similar to state-sponsored college savings programs like the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST), a division of the State Treasurer's Office. While the program will be administered by the Treasurer's Office, the Nebraska Investment Council will have final authority over investment options and investments.

In December 2014, Congress enacted Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code, allowing for a tax-favored savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities to be used to pay qualified disability-related expenses. Earlier this year, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB591, sponsored by Sen. Kate Bolz, to create the Nebraska ABLE program and to make the State Treasurer the Trustee. Both the federal and state legislation were modeled on the state-sponsored 529 College Savings program, which in Nebraska is administered by the State Treasurer.

Stenberg said the RFP contemplates the possibility of other states contracting with Nebraska to manage the ABLE program for them.

"We believe we are well positioned to contract with other states to provide the ABLE program for them, and our state law allows for those contractual relationships," Stenberg said. "We believe we are in a good position to do that because we expect to be one of the first states to offer the ABLE program to its residents and because of our track record offering an excellent college savings program to account owners not only in Nebraska, but in all 50 states," Stenberg said.

Stenberg said he is continuing to monitor responses to proposed regulations issued in June by the U.S. Treasury Department regarding the ABLE program and to work with other State Treasurers and interested parties to seek changes in the regulations. He said the regulations, as proposed, are unwieldy both for ABLE account owners and for states administering the programs.

Comments regarding the proposed regulations are due to the U.S. Treasury by Sept. 21.

"I remain concerned that the federal regulations, as proposed, will create an unnecessary paperwork burden on individuals with disabilities who own ABLE savings accounts and an unnecessary administrative burden on states. Those unnecessary requirements ultimately will increase the costs for ABLE account owners," Stenberg said.

"In addition, I am concerned that the regulations, as written, may discourage potential bidders from submitting proposals in response to the RFP. Nevertheless, I am committed to moving forward on development of the ABLE program for Nebraskans and possibly for others states and to keeping costs for both the account owners and the state foremost in mind," he said.

A copy of the RFP can be accessed at


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The Good Living Tour, a first-of-its-kind musical event in Greater Nebraska, is coming to a town near you!

The Center for Rural Affairs is teaming up with Hear Nebraska for a FREE family friendly tour. It will focus on Nebraska music and community celebration. A show will take place in a town near you!

Hear Nebraska is a really great non-profit focused on making the state a cultural destination for arts and music. They've done a lot of work in Omaha and Lincoln, and now they're bringing the show on the road to Greater Nebraska! Click here for the concert locations and full line-up!

You can "sign-in" to the concert preview now to get free downloads from the bands you'll be hearing, plus get signed up for the chance to win a FREE FIVE-DAY FISHING TRIP IN MICHIGAN, courtesy of!

The folks at Hear Nebraska are meeting people in each community, asking them why they love living there, and why people should stay. Your friends' and neighbors' answers will be a part of a presentation before the concert, showcasing what makes your community so special. Then stick around for the music, featuring three original bands with Nebraska roots.

We'll have a booth at each event. Come talk to us about your aspirations for your community. Buy a neat t-shirt. Give us a smiling face to match your name. We love meeting our supporters.

Good Living Tour Dates & Places:

July 22 | Kearney | Yanney Park 8:00PM CDT

July 23 | West Point | Nielsen Community Center 8:00PM

July 24 | Nebraska City | Memorial Way Downtown 8:00PM

July 25 | Grand Island | 111 E South Front St 5:00PM CDT


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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.


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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

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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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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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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!


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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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. 

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