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Murray Newsletter - December 16, 2015


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Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.

Pietro Arentino
Italian poet, author



(First day of winter is Tuesday, December 22, 2015.)



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Dalton R. King, son of Ricky and Gretchen King of Beaver Lake graduated Air Force basic training In San Antonio on Sept. 18, 2015. King, a 2015 Conestoga graduate, will continue his training in Security Forces in San Antonio, TX. 






Two 4-H Holiday Workshops are planned for next Monday, December 21st.

The cookie workshop for ages 8 - 18 costs $10 and is from 9 a.m. to noon. You'll get some fun decorating techniques while learning how baking cookies works and why following a recipe is so important.

The second workshop will help out the food bank. The community service course cost is $5 plus a canned food item for the food bank. This class is from 1 - 4 p.m. on the same day. You'll learn how to put together community service items for those in need this holiday season.

To sign-up for either or both workshops, call the Extension Office, 402-267-2205 or email for more information.

Preregistration is required, so that there will be enough supplies for everyone.

Thank you!


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Shown left to right are Sherry Morrow, President of the NACO, Nancy Josoff and
Dr. Wayne Moore, Associate Dean and Director of NE Extension.

County Officials Graduate from Leadership Training

KEARNEY, NE. — Forty-four county officials from 25 counties received Certificates of Achievement for their participation in the Nebraska Association County Officials (NACO) Institute of Excellence.

The officials were honored during a presentation at NACO's annual conference in Kearney, Wednesday, December 9th. Nancy Josoff was awarded the certificate by Nebraska Extension Associate Dean and Director, Dr. Wayne Moore and NACO President and Buffalo County Commissioner, Sherry Morrow.

The Institute of Excellence is collaboration between NACO and the University of Nebraska. It provides leadership development for elected and appointed county officials.

The Institute includes face-to-face workshops in North Platte and Lincoln. The 2015 sessions were taught by faculty from Nebraska Extension, the UNL Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication and the UNO Centers for Public Affairs Research, as well as the executive director for the NACO. According to the program's co-coordinator, Nebraska Extension Educator, Carroll Welte, "the Institute provides county officials an opportunity to learn more about themselves as leaders to better serve their constituencies."

Since 2008 the Institutes of Excellence has been offered to county officials. Information and registration materials for the 2016 program will be on the Nebraska Association of County Officials website, in early January. For more information about Nebraska Extension leadership programs, contact extension educator, Carroll Welte at or 402.374.2954.


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Nebraska Library Commission

Announces Accreditation

for Public Libraries

Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director Richard Miller recently announced the accreditation of public libraries across Nebraska. Miller stated, "We are dedicated to helping Nebraska libraries meet Nebraskans' information needs, opening up the world of information for citizens of all ages. The Library Commission continues to work in partnership with Nebraska libraries and the regional library systems, using the Public Library Accreditation program to help public libraries grow and develop."

Public libraries in Nebraska are accredited for a three-year period, from October 1 of the first year, through September 30 of the third year. To learn more about this process, and see a complete list of all accredited Nebraska libraries, see the Nebraska Library Commission website (, search on Accreditation.

The Nebraska Library Commission congratulates the public libraries listed below as they move forward toward the realization of this vision for the future: "All Nebraskans will have improved access to enhanced library and information services, provided and facilitated by qualified library personnel, boards, and supporters with the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes necessary to provide excellent library and information services."

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 together people and information."

Nebraska Public Libraries Newly Accredited through September 30, 2018:

Ainsworth Public Library
Alliance Public Library
Auburn Memorial Library
Aurora, Alice M Farr Library
Bassett, Rock County Public Library
Beatrice Public Library
Beaver City Public Library
Beemer, Karlen Memorial Library
Bellevue Public Library
Bennington Public Library
Bloomfield Public Library
Blue Hill Public Library
Broadwater Public Library
Broken Bow Public Library
Central City Public Library
Clarkson Public Library
Clearwater Public Library
Creighton Public Library
Crete Public Library
Culbertson Public Library
David City, Hruska Memorial Public Library
DeWitt, Bob and Wauneta Burkley Library and Resource Center
Emerson Public Library
Exeter Public Library
Fairbury Public Library
Fairmont Public Library
Friend, Gilbert Public Library
Genoa Public Library
Gering Public Library
Gibbon Public Library
Gordon City Library
Gothenburg Public Library
Grand Island Public Library
Gretna Public Library
Hartington Public Library
Hildreth Public Library
Holdrege Area Public Library
Hooper Public Library
Hyannis, Grant County Library
Lied Imperial Public Library
Kimball Public Library
La Vista Public Library
Lexington Public Library
Lincoln City Libraries
Loup City Public Library
Madison Public Library
McCook Public Library
Minden, Jensen Memorial Library
Mitchell Public Library
Nebraska City, Morton-James Public Library
Newman Grove Public Library
Norfolk Public Library
North Platte Public Library
Oakland Public Library
Omaha Public Library
O'Neill Public Library
Ord Township Library
Orleans, Cordelia B Preston Memorial Library
Oshkosh Public Library
Palisade Public Library
Papillion, Sump Memorial Library
Pilger Public Library
Plainview Carnegie Library
Plattsmouth Public Library
Schuyler Public Library
Lied Scottsbluff Public Library
Scribner Public Library
Seward Memorial Library
South Sioux City Public Library
Stanton Public Library
Stromsburg Public Library
Superior Public Library
Lied Tekamah Public Library
Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library
Valentine Public Library
Wausa, Lied Lincoln Township Library
Wayne Public Library
Weeping Water Public Library
West Point, John A Stahl Library
Wilber, Dvoracek Memorial Library
Wymore Public Library
Yutan Public Library


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

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Would you be interested in getting a Bountiful Baskets Co-op started in the Murray/Beaver Lake area?  Many of you have already heard of this but, for those of you who have not, it's fresh fruit and vegetable baskets at largely discounted pricing, with bi-weekly pickups. The Bountiful Baskets program is volunteer-based to help keep pricing down. Products vary depending on the season and you'll receive a variety each week. They also offer add-on programs for various breads.

In order to get approved, we need to have enough interest for a site in Murray or at Beaver Lake. Bountiful Baskets asks that interested parties create an account on their site first :

Email or call 402-651-9563, and please feel free to share this with others who may be interested.

Thank you!!

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(next meeting January 5, 2016) 


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

For more information contact MaryJo Ryan either by email or phone,, 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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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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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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Send photos ONLY in .jpg format, no larger than 450 pixels wide to the e-address above with your story in plain text. 

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