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Murray Newsletter - August 12, 2015

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 The 'Amen!' of nature is always a flower.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
~1809 - 1894 ~
American novelist, poet, physician



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. 



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Sunday, August 30th

6 - 7:30 pm


Murray Presbyterian Church

All girls age Kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome!

For more information contact:

Debbie South at 402-235-3837

Kim Colvert at 402-594-3067

Be sure to stop by our table at the elementary school's open house on Thursday!





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The Murray Freedom Festival committee and community members met on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Murray Town Hall. There was a fun re-cap of this year's 4th of July celebration, with lots of positive comments and suggestions presented.

New committee officers were also elected. The out-going officers were Jack Prall, President, Craig Brunotte and John Hensch, both co-vice presidents, George Blessing, Jr., Secretary, and Sandy Prall, Treasurer.

Newly-elected are John Hensch, President, co-vice presidents, Matt Lewis and George Blessing, Jr., Pat Zeigler, Secretary, and Nikki Lewis, Treasurer.

'Thank you' to all out-going officers and all volunteers for their hard work in helping to make this annual event in Murray a success. Events like this don't just happen.  It takes a lot of dedicated people donating their time and energy, pulling together to get the job done. Let's keep the momentum going!

The next meeting will be September 1, 2015, at Murray Town Hall, 7 p.m. Please plan to attend and bring your ideas for next year's celebration.

We welcome your ideas!



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Friday, August 14, 2015

7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.,  Wiles Bros, 606 Wiles Rd, Plattsmouth

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.,  Cass Co Fairgrounds, Weeping Water

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.,  Midwest Farmer's CO-OP (West side), Eagle

Items accepted include cleaning products, lawn & garden chemicals, small quantities of farm chemicals, paint, used oil, florescent light bulbs, antifreeze & other items.

NO tires, appliances, science lab chemicals, items containing asbestos, wood preservatives, PCB's, explosives or commercial quantities.

$5 Donation per household requested.

 (A small price to pay to get the stuff out of your house, garage and storage sheds!)



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Effective August 24, 2015, the mail truck will be picking up mail at the Murray Post Office and out of the blue box at 1:15.  Currently, the mail truck picks up at 2:10. This change is to help get the mail to the Omaha plant sooner and hopefully allow for faster turnaround of outgoing mail. This is the only change. The Post Office is not closing or changing the hours again.

Please call,  402-235-2166, or stop in at the Post Office if you have questions or concerns.


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Cass Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is currently recruiting CASA advocates to speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Cass County. The next training session is scheduled for September 2015 for five weeks. The training consists of 15 hours of online training and 15 hours of in-person training. We are also seeking male volunteers for this class. If you are interested, please contact Angie Neumiller (402) 296-9520; or if you would like to learn more information about our program, please visit



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SEPTEMBER 18, 19, 20, 2015

Crafts, car show, parade, carnival rides, food, fun

and MORE!

Don't miss it!





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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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 now 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

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Lincoln native and world-renowned photographer, Joel Sartore; University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Emeritus George Tuck; and well-known Nebraska photographers/writers Bobbie and Steve Olson, will serve as jurors for Nebraska's statewide Call to Photographers titled "Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future". The Call runs June 1, 2015 through January 4, 2106, and is sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society. Photographers are called to submit photos that highlight historic places and often over-looked treasures in all of Nebraska's 93 counties. Selected photographs will be exhibited statewide to coincide with Nebraska's Sesquicentennial in 2017. Digital photo submissions are accepted at

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine. Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving. He is the founder of The Photo Ark, a multi-year documen­tary project to save species and habitat.

Joel has written several books including RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky. His most recent book, Let's Be Reasonable is now available wher­ever books are sold. Joel has also contributed to Audubon Magazine, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and numerous book projects. Joel and his work are the subjects of several national broadcasts including National Geographic's Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, NPR's Weekend Edition and an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range.Joel is also a regular contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood. Most recently, Sartore's photographs of endangered species were digitally illuminated on New York City's Empire State Building, as part of the global project, "Illuminating the Plight of Endangered Species". Joel is always happy to return to home base from his travels around the world. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife Kathy and their three children.

George Tuck is a Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he taught photojournalism for 33 years in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. He made three sabbaticals plus a year in Germany with workshops in printing press technology at the Heidelberg Printing Press Co. He worked at Long Island Newsday as a graphics researcher and picture editor for the Associated Press in New York City and the Houston Chronicle. His photography exhibit, Flat Places and Interesting People, was an 89-print exhibition shown at the UNL Center for Great Plains Studies, and the Panhandle-Plains Museum, Midland College and Hardin-Simmons University, all of Texas, and an exhibition at the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia. Additional exhibitions include figure studies and landscapes, at the Sheldon Museum of Art, Haydon Art Gallery and Modern Arts Midwest. Photographs by Tuck are in the collections of Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, the Christlieb Gallery of the Center for Great Plains Studies and the Federal University of Piaui in Brazil.

Bobbi Olson and Steve Olson are a wife and husband team of photographers/writers from Palmyra, NE. The couple traveled over a quarter of a million miles in the last decade capturing landscapes, people, communities, celebrations and history of the state. Their photos and writing have been featured regularly in Nebraska Life Magazine since 2004. Their book, Marking Time: Nebraska's Historic Places, is now in its third printing. This photography book brings to life the history depicted on many of the hundreds of historical markers along highways all across the state. Working side-by-side, the couple uses what they call "blended photography" to achieve photos showing the diversity of the scenery, coupled with the warmth and enthusiasm of Nebraska's communities. Since each photo reflects a combination of their creative style and technique, their photos are always credited with both names. Bobbi is a Nebraska native raised on a farm on the eastern end of the state. Steve is from Iowa but has lived in Nebraska since 1974.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHY CALL | "Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future"

From Adams to Antelope, Banner to Butler, Garden to Gage, Scottsbluff to Sheridan, and Dundy to Douglas, this juried exhibition serves as a bridge connecting Nebraskans with their culture and heritage. The Call runs June 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016, and is seeking photographs that highlight historic places and treasures in all 93 counties of Nebraska; historical sites either found on the National Register of Historic Places or places of community/personal significance to the photographer. Photographs can be submitted online at the Hildegard Center for the Arts website,

Destination Plattsmouth Update for this Weekend

Due to scheduling conflicts with other activities the Friday evening performance of the Plattsmouth Community Band is cancelled. They may be rescheduled at another date. 

The Saturday event with Sessions 7 begins at 7pm to 9pm.  If inclement weather, which is likely, the event will move to the VFW. 

Extremely talented members performing R&B, classic rock, pop, top 40, dance, Motown - everything from Lady Gaga to Carrie Underwood - from Marvin Gaye to Buckcherry from Kid Rock to Janet Jackson, - Omaha's best kept secret - this band will rock your night and leave you wanting more and more. 

Charles Jones, Executive Director
Plattsmouth Main Street Association (PMSA)


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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!


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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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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 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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