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 So many mists in March you see,
So many frosts in May will be.

Thomas Fuller
English author, preacher, scholar
Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs; Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, Ancient and Modern, Foreign and British



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The MURRAY FREEDOM FESTIVAL Board of Directors wishes to THANK all the patrons who enjoyed our pancake breakfast last Sunday. We had guests from many neighboring communities - even from as far away as Michigan!  It was a HUGE success!

 Our generous volunteers have again demonstrated that it takes a COMMUNITY of FRIENDS WORKING TOGETHER to make things happen.  

Thanks to those who donated supplies and equipment, Principal Eric Dennis, for the use of the school, Murray's Volunteer Fire and Rescue for posting the notice on their marquee and to the 'Pancake King', Wes Redden for those tasty, fluffy pancakes!  The Nebraska Community Website editors did a great job of advertising for us, Patti Peterson wrote a very nice article in last week's Plattsmouth Journal, and Steve Warga donated some ad space in the Cassgram. 

 For your continued and generous SUPPORT of the annual
4TH of JULY celebration in Murray, we



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The Democratic Caucus
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Expo Building
Cass County Fairgrounds
8420 144th St
Weeping Water, NE
10:00 a.m-Noon 

(Primary Elections

Tuesday, May 10th.)


Three Winners to Receive iPads in Drawing to Promote NEST
Online Tutorial to Help Families Learn about College Savings

Lincoln, Neb. (February 29, 2016) – The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust is giving away three iPad Air 2 tablets in a drawing to promote awareness of Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars for Families, a free, online tutorial for parents and grandparents about college savings, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.

The drawing runs from March 1 to March 31. Winners will be announced April 25.

The tutorial, which takes about 15 minutes to complete, can be accessed at the Treasurer’s website at The tutorial was developed by the educational technology company, EverFi, of Washington, D.C., and is a companion piece to the Treasurer’s popular online financial literacy education program offered free to Nebraska high schools. More than 100 schools are expected to use the program this school year.

The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, known as NEST, is Nebraska’s state-sponsored 529 college savings program established under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. Treasurer Stenberg is Trustee, and First National Bank of Omaha is Program Manager.

“If you are thinking about saving for college for a child or grandchild—or a niece, nephew, or friend—but aren’t sure how—or when—to begin, we invite you to take a look at the free tutorial offered by NEST. It may just be the best 15 minutes you have spent in a long time,” Stenberg said. “Once you view the online financial tutorial, click to enter the drawing for a free iPad. If you have viewed the tutorial previously, you can still enter again this year.”
Nebraskans who viewed the tutorial and entered a similar drawing in 2014 are invited to enter again this year by accessing a one-page refresher and clicking to enter this year’s drawing.

The NEST Scholars for Families online tutorial features sections on myths vs. facts about saving for college, tax incentives, and a knowledge check. Viewers can return to the tutorial as often as they like to find answers to specific questions or to review the content at leisure.

Stenberg said the iPad campaign also is an opportunity to remind Nebraskans that they can deduct up to $10,000 a year when figuring state income taxes for contributions to Nebraska’s state-sponsored 529 college savings account for contributions made in that tax year. The campaign is also an opportunity to remind account owners that computer technology and equipment, including desk-top computers, laptops, and tablets, are now qualified expenses.

“As we travel the state to promote our financial literacy program for high school students and to award scholarships to winners of our various contests, we are reminded that we need to continually educate Nebraska families about the value of saving for college through NEST and the importance of starting to save when children are young,” Stenberg said. “The online tutorial developed by EverFi provides an excellent starting point for families who are beginning to plan for their children’s educational futures and are looking for responsible ways to save with favorable tax benefits.”
Stenberg emphasized that in addition to parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends, and individuals themselves who may be heading back to college to finish degrees or purse advanced degrees may also set up accounts and may find useful information in the NEST Financial Scholars tutorial.
For more information about how to set up a NEST account or how to increase contributions to an existing account, Treasurer Stenberg recommends contacting Rachel Biar at or at 402-471-1088.


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The Conestoga Music Department is having a raffle to help raise funds to purchase new high school choir robes.

1 TICKET = $1.00
6 TICKETS = $5.00

See any CHS choir student to purchase a raffle ticket.

Prizes include:
Pizza Hut Pizzas
Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake
Firehouse Grille gift certificate
Babe's Hometown BBQ gift certificate
Mary Kay
Girl Scout Cookies
Couger Spirit crocheted afghan


. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.

. Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.

.A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with focus, making predictions and updating events in our memory.
. Early music training dramatically enhances children's abstract reasoning skills. These findings indicate that music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science, and engineering.
. The College Entrance Examinatin Board found that students involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT's that students with no participation.

For more information, please contact
Dwight Rose at
or Debbie South at 402-235-3837.

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The next meeting of the Murray Freedom Festival volunteers is

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

7 p.m.

Murray Town Hall
106 Main St.
Murray, NE 

(Meetings are the 1st Tuesday of each month, same time and place, so mark your calendars!)

Come and see what we're planning for this year's 4th of July event!

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The GIRL SCOUTS have offered to help me with the Easter Egg Hunt in Murray on March 19th at Tyson Park!  

More details to follow here next week.

Thanks, Girls!  You deserve a BUNCH of CARROTS!!

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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.

Nebraska Education Savings Trust (NEST) Direct Plan
Among Nation's Top Performing 529 College Savings Plans

The NEST Direct Plan in the Nebraska Education Savings Trust (NEST) has been ranked one of the nation’s top ten performing 529 college savings plans in a recently released nationwide analysis by analyzes the investment performance figures for thousands of 529 portfolios and ranks the 529 savings plans from best to worst for one-year investment performance, three-year investment performance, five-year investment performance and ten-year investment performance
“NEST aims to be one of the most customer-focused 529 Plans in the country, and this report reaffirms our commitment to that mission,” said Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg. “We are appreciative of for recognizing NEST and hope this analysis encourages more families to enroll with us and save for higher education costs.”

To produce the rankings, the website compared the reported investment performance of a subset of portfolios from each 529 savings plan. A plan’s performance score determines its ranking. The NEST Direct Plan, with a performance score of 33.98, places tenth overall in one-year investment performance. The study ranked plans that consumers can enroll in directly.

“We are thrilled NEST is one of the top ten performing 529 college savings plans,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “In addition to the tax advantages, families can invest in NEST regardless of their income or state residency. NEST also offers scholarship and contest opportunities regularly so families can more easily attain their college savings goals.”

For more information about NEST, visit and

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 the 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 243,000 accounts, including 70,000 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 managed 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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Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the upcoming national launch of the Enable Savings Plan. Slated to become available nationwide this summer, the Enable Savings Plan provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to save for their future in tax-free savings accounts, as well as the ability to pay for everyday expenses. The goals of the Plan are to provide an affordable, simple, and straightforward way to help individuals with disabilities move towards financial independence.

Enable is a product of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2014. With the launch of Enable, Nebraska is expected to be one of the first states to offer a nationwide ABLE plan sold directly to the public.

“We are proud to be one of the first states to lead the way in the implementation of an ABLE program,” said Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg. “Working with the disability community to construct Enable, we’ve seen how eager families are to enroll. Enable’s nationwide option puts us one step closer to ensuring individuals with disabilities are provided the financial security they need and deserve.”

To reach families across the country, Enable also will be available to contract with other states.

Nebraska’s Enable Savings Plan includes a number of key attributes:
Risk-based growth, moderate and conservative allocation investment options
An FDIC-insured bank savings option
Check writing option with debit card capability
Affordable cost
Fully ADA compliant website and call center

“Over a nine-month period, we worked closely with individuals with disabilities to design a plan that would best serve the larger community’s needs, goals, and dreams for the future” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, College Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha, and Program Manager for Enable. “The heart of Enable is the fact that the plan was created with members of the disability community, not for them.”

To follow updates and learn more about Enable, visit or

About Enable
Enable is a tax-advantaged savings plan to help make saving simple and affordable for individuals with disabilities. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. 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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The 14th Annual Nebraska American String Teachers Association
Fiddle Tune Composition Contest

This event inspires fiddlers everywhere to compose their own tunes, and supports the cause of string education throughout
the great state of Nebraska.

1st PLACE: $100.00 2nd PLACE: $50.00 3rd PLACE: $25.00

Best Viola Tune: $75.00, courtesy of the American Viola Society (

Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2016. The winners will be announced on May 28, 2016, during the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival held at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. The winning compositions will be performed at the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival, and printed in Stringing Along, the journal of the Nebraska Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

For the 2016 contest rules and guidelines, e-mail

For more information about the Nebraska American String Teachers Association, log on to the web site at

Greenblatt & Seay Publications, in Avoca, Nebraska is a proud Sponsor of the Nebraska ASTA Fiddle Tune Composition Contest.

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Brown Bag Program at Cass County Museum

The next Brown Bag Program at Cass County Historical Society in Plattsmouth will be Tuesday, March 8, at 12:00. The program entitled "Crown Jewels of the Wire" will be presented by Paul McManis of Louisville,NE. He will bring samples from his collection of glass insulators, devises that held electrical transmission wires to telegraphic poles.

The program is free and open to the public. Coffee and cookies will be served.

The program series continues through May.

For more information contact the museum, 402-296-4770.


Smithsonian Institution Museum Day

at Cass County Museum

Along with other museums nationwide, Cass County Historical Society in Plattsmouth will participate in "Smithsonian Institution Museum Day Live!" on Saturday, March 12. In honor of Women's History Month, museums will offer free admission on that day. Cass County Museum will be open from 12:00 to 4:00. In addition to the permanent collection that tells the history of the county, there is a special exhibit of Signature Quilts that were recently donated to the Historical Society.

For more information contact the museum, 402-296-4770.

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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

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

“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 

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 ‘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 at 

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


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Author Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881-1954) was best known for penning nine novels, with A Lantern in Her Hand being the most widely read. Film buffs, however, may know her as the author of Miss Bishop, which was adapted into the Hollywood picture “Cheers for Miss Bishop” in 1941. The film featured scenes filmed on the UNL campus and in Waverly, NE and is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its debut.

The Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation is bringing “Cheers for Miss Bishop” to the Lofte Community Theatre on March 12. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. There will be time for guests to grab some popcorn and watch special opening features before the film begins at 2:00. This is a fundraiser for the non-profit foundation, and admission for ages 7+ is a $10 donation. Children 6 and under are free.

From Aldrich Foundation Executive Director Teresa Lorensen: “In 2013 we held a showing at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln. The Rococo was formerly known as the Stuart Theater, and ‘Cheers’ premiered there in 1941. It was a great event but since then we have heard from fans who missed it and asked that we hold another showing. The Lofte Community Theatre was the perfect solution and we are excited to offer another chance for folks to watch this classic on the big screen.”

The Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation is a non-profit organization formed in 1978 with the mission to preserve and promote the life and works of the author. The Foundation maintains, and offers guided tours through, the Aldrich family’s 1922 home at 204 East F St., Elmwood, NE. Aldrich published nine novels and over 160 short stories from this historic home, many about the resilient families who settled in southeast Nebraska. For more information visit, call 402-994-3855 or email

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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

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

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

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

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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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