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Murray Newsletter - February 10, 2016





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If you lost your address book, you may have left it at the Murray, NE post office.  

One was found there, so stop in to identify and claim it. 

Window hours:

8 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


Phone: 402-235-2166

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


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Hot sausage gravy and flaky biscuits
Sizzling sausage links
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Juice, Coffee and Tea
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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 Editor@MurrayNebraska.com.  She's helping me out, since I can't write very well with my little furry paws!


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Cass County Veterans Service Office has three mobile locations:
1st Friday of the month,  Eagle community center,  1-5pm
2nd Friday of the month, Weeping Water library,  1-5pm
3rd Friday of the month, Greenwood library,  1-5pm
Please call our office, 402-296-9368, to schedule an appointment.

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Treasurer Stenberg Encourages Students to Compete in
2016 Personal Finance Challenge in Video Sent to Schools
Total of $14,000 in NEST Scholarships to Winning Teams

 Lincoln, Neb. (Feb. 1, 2016) – Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg, the president of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, and a high school business teacher are featured in a new video being sent to Nebraska school administrators and business teachers to promote competition in the 2016 Personal Finance Challenge for high school students.

For the fourth year, the Treasurer’s Office will provide a total of $14,000 in scholarships through the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) to students on the top three winning teams. Teachers of the three winning teams will receive iPads this year.

Joining Treasurer Stenberg in the video are Josh Hinrichs, a business teacher at Lincoln Southwest High School, and Jennifer Davidson, president of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, the sponsor of the Personal Finance Challenge.

The video, which is 2 minutes and 48 seconds long, was filmed in the Drawing Room of the Governor’s Residence by the Office of University Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The video can be accessed at http://mediahub.unl.edu/media/4978.

The Personal Finance Challenge starts with an online competition March 21 through April 1 and follows with face-to-face regional competitions April 16 in Lincoln, Omaha, and Curtis. Five teams from each region will be invited to take part in the regional competitions.

The winning team will go on to compete in the national competition May 6 in Kansas City, Missouri. Nebraska’s representative at the national competition last year was a team from Concordia High School in Omaha.

“This statewide competition encourages high school students to learn about personal finance to help them become smart consumers, investors, and community leaders .The competition also fits in well with my financial literacy initiative offered free through Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars to every high school in the state,” Treasurer Stenberg said.
“The Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars online program offers an ideal way for high school students to prepare for the Finance Challenge. The two complement each other perfectly and provide students with the incentive and the knowledge to live out their dreams as financially responsible adults,” he added. “As the chief financial officer of the state, I am committed to helping young people acquire the financial knowledge necessary to be able to contribute to the economic well-being of our state and to their own financial well-being and the financial well-being of their own families.”
Davidson said 837 high school students participated in the online portion of the Finance Challenge last year. The online test focuses on money management, credit, spending, savings, and investing. Details about this year’s competition can be found at https://financechallenge.unl.edu/Nebraska/Welcome.

“I look forward to crowning the 2016 champions,” said Davidson. “The Finance Challenge is an incredible opportunity for students to study these important topics and understand how to better prepare themselves to be financially self-sufficient when they leave high school and move on to college and the workforce. I anticipate the spring online competition to be fierce. We had incredible participation in the fall practice session with more than 1,250 students. The NEST student scholarships and iPads for winning teachers are wonderful incentives.”

The regional face-to-face team competitions take place after students complete individual online tests in their home schools and their scores are averaged for a team score. First-place winners will be chosen at each of the three regional competition sites, and then each team’s average online test score will be used to determine first-, second-, and third-place winners statewide.
The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, a division of the State Treasurer’s Office, will award a total of $14,000 to the winners, who usually compete in teams of four. Members of the first-place team will each receive a $2,000 contribution to a NEST college savings account. Members of the second-place team will each receive a $1,000 NEST account, and members of the third-place team will each receive a $500 college savings account.

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 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, 2016.

Contest rules are available athttps://treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships/essay/college/2016/contest-announcement 

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 www.NEST529.com or treasurer.nebraska.gov.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

2 P.M.

Lofte Theatre
Manley, NE

The Lofte's annual meeting is open to all current and past Lofte alumni, patrons and corporate sponsors.

Find out who wins the awards for best volunteers last year and discover what's in the works for 2017!

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Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 PM, in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, folk harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and recorders. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago. Their performance on March 13 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be downstairs, and followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers. Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children. Seating is limited.For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at debby@greenblattandseay.com.

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.


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Wednesday, March 9 - Friday, March 11, 9 AM - 1 PM, Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE. Pre-register at http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp_signup-celtic.shtml

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

Sunday, April 10, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Performance series, “Wedding Do’s and Don’ts”, with Greenblatt & Seay and Friends, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE

Sunday, May 8, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Performance series, “The Feminist Manifesto”, with Greenblatt & Seay and Friends, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE

Sunday, June 12, 1:30 PM & 3 PM, Greenblatt & Seay, In Concert, Scandinavian Festival, Elmwood Park, FREE

Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17, 9 AM - 1 PM, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for Beginners, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE.  Register at  http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp_signup-summer.shtml

Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15, 9 AM - 1 PM, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for Intermediate and Advanced Fiddlers, The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE.  Register at   http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp_signup-summer.shtml


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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, debby@greenblattanseay.com.


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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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