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Murray Newsletter - November 11, 2015



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Annual Veteran's Day Soup Luncheon

Sunday, November 15, 2015

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Union, NE Legion Auxiliary Hall

All you can eat! Three kinds of soup, sandwiches, dessert, and drink!

Adults $6.00

Children $3.00


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Were you once a member of Nehawka or Conestoga FFA? If so, the current Conestoga Chapter would like to display your jacket at the Greenhand Jacket Night on November 24, 2015. The new members will receive their own jackets that evening.

If you're interested in seeing that the tradition of FFA at Conestoga continues, or if you would like to lend your jacket for that event, please RSVP to FFA Advisor, Sarah Knutson, by November 17th at 402-235-2271 or



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CASS COUNTY COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE (CASA) is seeking a part-time Volunteer Coordinator. Qualifications include an Associate's Degree or equivalent with minimum of two years related experience in social work or working with children and families. Candidates will demonstrate strong skills in verbal and written communication, computer knowledge and experience necessary.

Send resume/cover letter to For more information see EOE.


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(next meeting December 1, 2015) 


7 P.M. 

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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Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic—explaining how that author's work changed the student's view of the world. The 23rd annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations. This reading and writing promotion is sponsored in Nebraska by the Nebraska Center for the Book and Nebraska Library Commission, and supported by Houchen Bindery Ltd. and Chapters Books in Seward.

Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. The Nebraska Center for the Book's panel of judges will select the top letter writers in the state, to be honored in a proclamation-signing ceremony at the state capitol during National Library Week in April 2016. Their winning letters will be placed in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln. Nebraska winners will receive state prizes, and then advance to the national judging.

A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level (Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8, and Level III for grades 9-12) to receive a $1,000 cash award, to be announced in May 2016. The judges will also select one National Honor winner on each competition level to receive a $200 cash award.

Teachers, librarians, and parents can download free teaching materials on reader response and reflective writing, along with contest details and entry forms, at Nebraska-specific information (including lists of Nebraska winners of past competitions) is available at Listen to Nebraska winners, Ashley Xiques and Sydney Kohl, read and talk about and their winning letters to authors that meant something to them in their own lives on NET Radio's All About Books (

Submissions from Grades 9-12 must be postmarked by December 4, 2015.

Submissions from Grades 4-8 must be postmarked by January 11, 2016.

For more information contact MaryJo Ryan,, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state's readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing


The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website,

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NEST 529 College Savings Launches

'Big Dreams $10K Giveaway'

Giveaway supports children and families in pursuit of big goals and higher education.

Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg, NEST 529 College Savings and First National Bank of Omaha today are launching the "Big Dreams $10K Giveaway" to highlight ways for families to save for post-secondary education.

Two winners will be drawn from those who enter the Giveaway. Each will receive a $5,000 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings account for the benefit of a child, designated by the winner, who is 10 years old or younger as of the date of the drawing. All U.S. residents (except residents of the states of New York or Florida) who are the age of majority or older at the time of entry are eligible. All that is required to enter is a quick online signup for the drawing at

"We recognize the importance of a college education and the amount of planning, saving and expense by parents and relatives that goes into fulfilling dreams for their families," said Stenberg, who is Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST). "We want Nebraska families and those across the country to understand that a NEST 529 College Savings account can help make those educational dreams come true."

"We are thrilled to offer people this opportunity to kick off their college savings in a big way," said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director of College Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. "We hope this opportunity and the easy entry process for the drawing encourages people to think about college savings."

Official rules are available at and at Entries may be submitted online at before midnight Dec.31, 2015. Or, an entrant may submit a 3-inch by 5-inch card that includes the entrant's first and last name, address, city, state, zip code, day and evening phone numbers and the words, "Big Dreams $10K Giveaway." The card must be mailed in a stamped No.10 envelope postmarked by Dec. 31 to the address on the official rules. Winners will be selected on or about Jan. 8, 2016.

To find out more about NEST College Savings Plans, visit or the State Treasurer's website at

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 of Omaha 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 233,000 accounts, including 69,000 in Nebraska. Visit and for more information.

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 $20 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee May Lose Value

*Except the Bank Savings Individual Investment Option


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We are a new business in the town of Louisville, NE, and we'll be hosting a ribbon cutting at 10:00 on Wednesday, November 11 and an open house from 11:30-6:00 p.m. with free food and refreshments.

Please stop into our new office and meet your local Edward Jones Team.

Contact: Robyn Lipins, Financial Advisor and Mary Robbins, Office Administrator.

Let me know if you have questions. Thank you!

Mary Robbins
Branch Office Administrator for Robyn Lipins
Edward Jones
201 Main Street
PO Box 9
Louisville, NE

Ph: 402-234-3099
Fax: 855-379-1309

Mary Robbins
Branch Office Administrator
Edward Jones
201 Main St
Louisville, NE 68037-6032
(402) 234-3099

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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



We are busily planning for our last Schoolhouse Performance Series of 2015, "Train Songs". This performance will feature the sounds of the fiddle, harmonica, whistles, banjo, guitar, and lots of vocal harmonies. The concert will be followed by a light snack and an acoustic jam session.

There are still openings in Julie Lieberman's workshops here in The Old Schoolhouse, and more information about this on our web-site. She is quite a dynamic performer/teacher, and was the first human to teach jazz at Julliard!

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

Wednesday, March 9 - Friday, March 11, 9 AM - 1 PM, Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE (pre-register at

Sunday, March 13, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Performance Series, Greenblatt & Seay performing Irish Music, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE

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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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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;

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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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