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Murray Newsletter - September 23, 2015


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The Murray, Nebraska Board of Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. To read the minutes of that meeting, click on the 'Village Office' tab above. 


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Anyone who wishes to be part of this group is welcome! We work together to plan our village's annual 4th of July celebration each year and fresh ideas are ALWAYS welcome.

As with any organization, volunteers are always needed, so even if you don't know what your family plans will be for next July 4th, we'd appreciate your help leading up to that date.

For more information, call John, 402-616-1367 or Pat, 402-235-2926.

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Treasurer Stenberg's Office to Make Robocalls to Unclaimed Property Owners

The Nebraska State Treasurer's Office will make automated robocalls to the home telephone numbers of Nebraskans and former Nebraskans who own unclaimed property, beginning Sept. 21, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.

Stenberg said the prerecorded messages will include information about how owners of unclaimed property can go about filing claims through the State Treasurer's Office. The calls will be made during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

"The use of robocalls is one approach we use to locate owners of unclaimed property and let them know how to file a claim. Robocalls allow us to reach a large number of people at one time and to put people in direct contact with our claims representatives. From our experience two years ago, we know that robocalls are an effective way to locate unclaimed property owners and to help them file claims," Stenberg said.

The Treasurer's Office reached more than 28,000 unclaimed property owners in 2013, the last time robocalls were used by the office. Claims totaling more than $1.4 million were initiated as a result of the outreach effort.

"Robocalls add another dimension to our outreach," Stenberg said. "The Treasurer's Office typically uses letters, outreach events, news releases, social media, and advertising to promote the unclaimed property program and to help Nebraskans file claims. Through our outreach efforts, we also have the opportunity to assure Nebraskans that our service is legitimate and free of charge."

The robocall message instructs listeners to check the Treasurer's website to search for their names on their own or to contact the Unclaimed Property Division by phone at 402-471-8497 or 877-572-9688 toll free. Listeners also can remain on the line to be connected to an Unclaimed Property specialist. A voice mail message will be left if the owner doesn't answer the phone. Treasurer Stenberg's voice is used in the calls.

The Treasurer's Office is holding more than $135 million in unclaimed property for more than 350,000 Nebraskans, former Nebraskans, and heirs. So far in 2015, almost $6 million has been returned to owners, representing more than 10,600 claims. Nebraskans can search for unclaimed property anytime at



Draw Your Dreams Contest

Award $12,000 in NEST 529 College Savings


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NEST and First National Bank of Omaha Announce

Scholarship as Part of College Savings Month  

As part of the celebration of College Savings Month in September, NEST 529 College Savings and First National Bank of Omaha announced today the fourth annual "Draw Your Dreams" scholarship contest. Twelve winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship in a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account.

The contest is open to children in first grade through eighth grade in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The first 400 submissions entered between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30 will be considered as entries.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must create and submit 9-inch by 12-inch landscape-oriented pictures of what they dream of becoming when they grow up. Each piece of art must be created using pencil, crayons, paint, or watercolor or paper collage. Members of the Nebraska Art Teachers Association will judge the contest entries.

"An art contest is an ideal opportunity for children and young people to express their dreams and to explore their futures," Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg said. "Encouraging children and their parents to think about saving for college and making wise career choices is an important part of my work as Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, known as NEST. We see children's faces light up when we talk about the NEST drawing contest and the opportunity to have their artwork recognized by First National Bank and the Treasurer's Office. This year, we look forward to seeing a wide variety of artwork from children and young people across the country."

"As program manager for NEST 529 College Savings, we are delighted to provide scholarship money to the winners of Draw Your Dreams," said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, First National Bank of Omaha. "Seeing children's dreams for their future come to life through their art is truly inspiring."

The entry period begins Sept. 1. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30. Only scanned or photographed copies of the original drawings are accepted. Entries may be submitted electronically via where a parent or guardian can upload the art and enter contact information. Mailed copies (not originals) of the drawing are also accepted. They may be mailed to First National Bank of Omaha, ATTN: Draw Your Dreams Scholarship, 1620 Dodge St., Stop 1105, Omaha, NE 68197-1105. All entries must include entrant information as explained in the official rules.

For complete scholarship contest rules and regulations, visit the NEST 529 College Savings website at or the Nebraska State Treasurer's website at

About First National Bank of Omaha

First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have $19 billion in managed assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

About NEST

NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska's 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 232,000 accounts, including 68,000 in Nebraska. Visit and for more information.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Desi Rae Nash is in charge of the craft show.

Contact her at 402-429-1896 if you would like to rent a table.

We will also be having the Scarecrow Contest, Pumpkin Spy and a Junkfest.

Look for more details coming soon.



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A.R.T. (Art, Rust & Tunes) Fair

Sat. Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bloom Where You're Planted Farm, 911-108th St., rural Avoca, NE

Enjoy all the family-friendly activities at the pumpkin patch with the added bonus of live music and an art fair with hand-selected artists and craftsmen. Johnny Rod will be performing acoustic country, classic rock, modern hits and originals from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Activities include wagon rides, nature trails, play areas and farm animals, plus a a cafe in a restored one-room schoolhouse, and two floors of vintage, antiques and gifts in the farm's original barn. One admission fee of $6 (ages 2 & under free) allows access to all activities at the farm.




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Acclaimed Matt Whipkey to Perform at the Lofte

The Lofte Community Theatre is adding a musical act to its 2015 schedule. Matt Whipkey is an Omaha native internationally renowned for his top-notch songwriting. He is also the winner of the 2013 Omaha Arts & Entertainment Award. He will be performing live on the Lofte stage on Saturday, November 14 at 7pm. Tickets are $15.

Mr. Whipkey has released several albums including his most recent, "Underwater." He has also opened for popular acts including Dwight Yoakam. He's scheduled to play at the Holland Center in 2016. This is your chance to see this phenomenal artist during his tour of the midwest.

The Lofte is located in Cass County near the town of Manley. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the box office at 402-234-2553 or visit





Saturday, October 4, 12 Noon, David, In Concert/Workshop, Arbor Lodge, Nebraska City, NE

Saturday, October 10, 1 PM, David, In Concert/Workshop, Didier Log Cain in Boettner Park, Brownville, NE

Saturday, October 10, 2:30 PM, Greenblatt & Seay, In Concert, Didier Log Cain in Boettner Park, Brownville, NE

Sunday, October 11, 2:30, Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE

Thursday, October 15, 7 PM, David, In Concert, Neligh Public Library, Neligh, NE

Sunday, November 8, 2:30, Schoolhouse Performance Series, Greenblatt & Seay in "Train Songs", The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE

Friday, November 13, 7 PM, Julie Lyonn Lieberman Workshops (Jamming and Improvisation), The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE (pre-register at"

Saturday, November 14, 9 AM, Julie Lyonn Lieberman Workshops (Gypsy Jazz and Fiddle Styles, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE (pre-register at"


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 Bloom Where You're Planted Farm's

11th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Sept. 26-Oct. 31

Fridays 1-6 p.m.

Weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

911-108th St., rural Avoca

New for 2015! Corn Hole, a fun Egg Race game, and a big John Deere combine you can climb into!

Other activities include hay rides, nature trails, farm animals, rubber duck races, bucking bronco barrel ride, corn pit, family-sized tire swing, hay climb and tunnel, dress-a-scarecrow, horse swings, agricultural exhibits, gourd tunnel, photo ops and more! Don't miss the barn full of seasonal gifts, tasty treats, antiques and TONS of pumpkins, or all of the yummy food from the Schoolhouse Cafe (serving smoked pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream, homemade pie and cookies, and coffee on the weekends).

Admission is $6.00 for ages 3 & up and includes all activities. Shop the barn or dine at the cafe without an admission charge.

Special events include Service Family Day Sept. 26, A.R.T. Fair with live music Oct. 3, Doggy Day Oct. 10, Country concert by McKenzie JaLynn and the Renegades Oct. 18, and Thanks-and-Giving Day Oct. 31. See our website,, or Facebook pages for full details.

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September 18, Nebraska City Eagles, 7pm-11pm

September 25, Steelhorse Saloon, Nehawka, 8pm-12am

October 9, Steelhorse Saloon, Nehawka, 8pm-12am

October 16, Nebraska City Eagles, 7pm-11pm

October 23,Steelhorse Saloon, Nehawka, 8pm-12am 

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Greenblatt & Seay proudly announce the Nineteenth ANNUAL SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLING BEE. This historical, hysterical event will take place on Sunday, October 11, at 2:30 PM, downstairs in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. In the Open Division, fiddlers will play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice. There will also be other divisions of competition available for the adventurous fiddlers, including a Singing Fiddler's Contest, a Twin Fiddler's Contest, a Fee-Fi-Faux Fiddler's Contest (fiddle tunes played on any instrument other than a fiddle), and a Hocus-Pocus Contest (cross-tuning, sound effects, dancing, etc.), which will give fiddlers an opportunity to play tunes that are usually not allowed in any other contest.

Contestants can pre-register on line (

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and $1.00 for children. Fiddlers and their back-ups are admitted for free. The contest will be followed by a light snack and an acoustic jam session.

For more information, call 402-275-3221, log on to, or e-mail




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 began June 1, 2015 and runs 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

Questions: Contact Project Chair, Cathy Harrington | 402.730.6668;




Do something good for your community and our earth!

The CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN recycle trailer will be located in:


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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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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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: 

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