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Murray Newsletter - January 20, 2016

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It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.

from "Winter Sunshine"
John Burroughs
1837 – 1921








New Sustaining Community Sponsor Reinsch, Slattery, Bear & Minahan, P.C., L.L.O.
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Please congratulate Bill Reinsch and Mike Slattery (402) 296-6996 on their new Website and
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A vacancy has opened on the Murray, Nebraska Board of Trustees. If anyone is interested in being considered for appointment to fill this term of office, which expires in December, 2018, please submit a written application to the Village Clerk, sealed and marked "Trustee Application" by February 6th at 10:00 AM. These applications will be considered by the Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled Board meeting, February 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Posted: Village of Murray Town Hall, Murray Post Office, Murray State Bank



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9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


104 E. HIGH ST.



Proceeds of this event will be used for this year's 4th of July


Your donation is tax-deductible!


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Murray Freedom Festival!



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Due to the dissolution of the Murray-Beaver Lake Lions Club,  (former sponsors of the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Murray),  the hunt is now on for a group, or individual,  who would like to host the egg hunt this spring.  It would really help me out a lot and it would make all the little kids so happy!

If you are a member of a civic group or organization, such as Scouts or any other group, please take this into consideration at your next meeting.  For more information, send an email to the  She's helping me out, since I can't write very well with my little furry paws!




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Treasurer Stenberg, Storm Chasers
Encourage 7th, 8th Graders
to Enter NEST
‘Why I Want to Go to College’ Writing Contest
Scholarships Totaling $14,000 to Be Awarded
Lincoln, Neb. (Jan. 13, 2015) – Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg is encouraging seventh and eighth graders to enter the 14th annual “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest for a chance to win a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) scholarship and a ticket to the May 1 Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion.
The annual writing contest is sponsored by the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers.
Three winners will be chosen in each of Nebraska’s three U.S. Congressional districts, and three winners will be selected from outside Nebraska. First-place winners will each receive a $2,000 contribution to a NEST college savings plan. Second-place winners will each receive a $1,000 contribution to a NEST plan, and third-place winners will each receive a $500 contribution to a NEST plan. Nebraska winners and their families will receive tickets to the May 1 game.
“The writing contest is an ideal opportunity for seventh- and eighth-grade students to reflect on their educational goals and their future career possibilities. At the same time, the contest is an opportunity for students to practice good writing skills, to learn to express themselves clearly and persuasively, and to begin saving for college or to add to their existing savings,” Stenberg said.
Stenberg asked school administrators, teachers, and parents to encourage students to enter the contest and to learn more about saving for college. Students in public schools, private schools, and home schools are invited to enter.
“Families easily can save for college for their children and grandchildren through the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, the state-sponsored college savings program that allows for tax-free investments and tax-free qualified withdrawals. Nebraska account owners qualify for up to $10,000 a year in state income tax deductions,” Stenberg said.
A total of 1,064 entries was received last year. As in the past, preliminary judging will be done by students and faculty in the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and final selections will be made by Treasurer Stenberg.
Entries are due March 18.
The following rules apply to entries:
·         Must be focused on the student’s educational goals and dreams for the future.
·         Must be student’s original work.
·         Must be typed, double spaced on 8 ½ X 11-inch paper.
·         Must be accompanied by required cover sheet.
·         Must be no more than 750 words in length.
·         Must be postmarked by March 18, 2016. Winners will be notified in late April.
·         Mail entries to Megan Burdek, Omaha Storm Chasers, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046.
About NEST
NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan that 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 the Program Trustee. First National Bank serves as the Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. More than 69,000 families in Nebraska and more than 232,000 nationwide are saving for their children’s higher education through NEST. For more information, visit or





The MURRAY FREEDOM FESTIVAL is now registered with the State of Nebraska and the IRS as being a 501(c)(3) NONPROFIT CORPORATION!! The generosity and hard work of our volunteers all working together made this happen in just a couple of months. This annual 4th of July celebration in Murray wouldn't be possible without friends working together for the common good.  Let's keep it going!  Donations given to the Freedom Festival are now tax-deductible!

It's funny when someone says, 'I don't know our plans for the 4th's so far away'. Well, if you would just say, 'I'll be in Murray for the Freedom Festival', then you DO have a plan! Don't procrastinate...MARK YOUR NEW CALENDARS for the FIRST TUESDAY of EVERY MONTH when volunteers meet at Murray's Town Hall at 7 p.m. to plan and organize the celebration. (In June there will be an extra meeting or two as the big day gets closer.) EVERYONE'S welcome to join in and share their suggestions and ideas. You don't have to be a Murray resident.

The next meeting will be February 2nd. Hope to see you there!

Visit our website at


'Like' us on Facebook at Murray Freedom Festival!

 (Legal notice of this status was posted in the Plattsmouth Journal on
November 26, December 3 and 10, 2015.)

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Governor Ricketts Proclaims
2016 One Book One Nebraska: The Meaning of Names

On Jan. 13, 2016 Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation honoring 2016 One Book One Nebraska: The Meaning of Names by Karen Shoemaker, of Lincoln. In this year people across Nebraska are encouraged to read this Nebraska-set novel with a World War I backdrop. The Meaning of Names follows a German-American woman trying to raise a family in the heartland and keep them safe from the effects of war and the influenza panic, as well as from violence and prejudice. Karen Shoemaker, author of The Meaning of Names, presented the governor with a copy of the book.

Photos of the proclamation-signing ceremony are available at:

The One Book One Nebraska reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and Humanities Nebraska is entering its twelfth year. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. Libraries across Nebraska will join other literary and cultural organizations in planning book discussions, activities, and events to encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book. Support materials to assist with local reading/discussion activities are available at Updates and activity listings will be posted there and on

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 Nebraska's 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."


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


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Joe Bryant was a life-long Plattsmouth resident who
passed away last September from cancer. A spaghetti feed
fundraiser is being planned to help his family with
expenses incurred during Joe's illness. Your support
at this event will surely be appreciated.
Thank you!
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Family of Joe Bryant
Church of the Holy Spirit
520 S 18th
Plattsmouth, NE


Saturday, February 27, 2016

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Adults - $10.00
Children up to age ten - $5.00

You may also donate at


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Lofte's Successful Toy Drive

for Nebraska Children's Home Society!

The Lofte would like to thank everyone who participated in the cooperative toy drive with Fat Brain Toys that benefitted the Nebraska Children's Home Society. Together we donated nearly 100 toys to this worthy organization! The toy drive took place during the three-week run of the play, "Dear Santa." As nearly 30 children were in the cast of the show, the Lofte thought it only appropriate that a Christmas charity activity benefitting needy kids be part of the production.

The NCHS provides pregnancy, parenting and adoption services as well as foster care, teen parenting services and early childhood programming. Founded in 1981 this non-profit organization works for the greater good of children and families in our state.

The winner of the $200 gift certificate to Fat Brain Toys was Mindy Kleven! Mindy has taught math to 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Louisville Public Schools for the past eight years. She has a thirteen-month old son, Noah. "The gift certificate will probably go towards purchasing toys/games for my son and for my classroom." Mindy took part in the toy drive via the state champion one-act play cast from Louisville. "My husband and I wanted to help local children as well as support our amazing one-act program." While she hasn't yet attended a Lofte production, she hopes to very soon.

Thank you all of those who helped to make this toy drive a success. Also thank you to our new sponsor, Fat Brain Toys for coming up with this clever idea to not only promote the Lofte, but do some good at the same time. Finally, we thank Nebraska Children's Home Society for their good works and wish them luck with their programs in the future.


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FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS through the month of January.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Church of the Holy Spirit
My Neighbor's Closet Thrift Store
520 S 18th
(South end of parking lot.  Look for the 'OPEN' flag on the building.)

Plattsmouth, NE 



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The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp", for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured.  The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt.  Each participant will receive a copy of Deborah's latest publication, the Celtic Fiddler's Song Book.  

The camp will be on Wednesday, March 9  - Friday, March 11, from 9 AM to 1 PM.  You can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days. 

On Wednesday, participants will be mostly reading tunes, using sheet music in standard notation.  We'll be learning melodies, harmonies, and chords.  You will be improving your sight reading, and experiencing fiddling fun.  

On Thursday, we will be mostly playing tunes by ear, so feel free to bring your recording gadgets.  Sheet music versions of the tunes will be provided for you by the end of the day, just in case your ears need the help.  

On Friday, we will be mostly jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, and playing fiddle related instruments.  

One day: $60.00

Two days: $110.00 ($55 per day)

Three days: $150.00 fee for 3 days. ($50 per day)

For more information, and to register, click on the following link:

Enrollment for the "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp" is limited. If you have any questions, please e-mail Deborah,



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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 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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