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Murray Newsletter - March 9, 2016






Saturday night turn your clocks ahead 1 hour before going to bed.

Daylight savings time starts the next day, Sunday, March 13th!



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304 W Young St
Murray, NE

Includes potatoes, carrots, onions, rye bread, dessert and drink

5 - 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 17th

Free-will Donation

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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.

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More than 117,000 New Names
in Unclaimed Property Report to Be Published
March, April in Nebraska Newspapers, Treasurer Stenberg Says

Lincoln, Neb. (March 3, 2016) – The Nebraska State Treasurer’s annual Unclaimed Property Report will be published in 16 Nebraska newspapers in March and April, beginning this weekend in the Omaha World-Herald and the Scottsbluff Star-Herald, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.

A total of 117,530 names of owners, which were added to the Unclaimed Property database in 2015, are included in the 40-page report published as a newspaper tabloid. Treasurer Stenberg emphasized that the tabloid includes only new names added in 2015 and that the total number of names in the database is more than three times that number.

Names are arranged in the tabloid by county of last known address, and a section at the back of the tabloid lists names whose addresses are unknown.

“If you don’t see your name in this year’s publication, I encourage you to check our online database or call our office to see if we are holding any unclaimed property for you. I also encourage you to look for the names of family members, friends, and businesses or organizations you may be involved with,” Stenberg said.

Nebraskans can check for unclaimed property anytime at the Treasurer’s website, A search box is located in the center of the website homepage. Owners of properties valued at $500 or less are now able to file claims online with proper documentation, Stenberg said.

This year’s tabloid features six Nebraskans from across the state who collectively received more than $80,000 in unclaimed property last year. The featured Nebraskans come from North Platte, Minatare, Lincoln, Omaha, and Fremont.

“We thank these Nebraskans who were willing to tell their stories about finding unclaimed property in hopes of encouraging others to search and to let others know that the Treasurer’s Office is available to help with their searches as well as identify necessary documents to file claims,” Stenberg said. “These stories provide real-life examples of how unclaimed property can change lives and, in many cases, remind survivors of family ties and sacrifices made by deceased family members.”

The following are some numbers from this year’s tabloid:
· Number of tabloids printed and distributed: 312,350

· Largest single amount of unclaimed property waiting to be claimed: $965,023

· Total amount paid out in 2015: $11,827,581

· Total number of claims paid out in 2015: 15,368

· Average claim in 2015: $725

· Average claim including the sale and transfer of securities in 2015: $770

· Largest claim paid to a Nebraskan in 2015: $87,616

· Total amount waiting to be claimed: $170 million, as of February 2016.

· Top ten properties in tabloid range from $78,000 to $177,849 with owners in Adams, Custer, Douglas, Hall, and Webster counties. One name has several properties totaling $965,023.

The unclaimed property report will appear in Nebraska newspapers according to the following schedule:
· March 6 – Omaha World-Herald, Scottsbluff Star-Herald
. March 19 - Beatrice Daily Sun, Fremont Tribune, Norfolk Daily News, York News-Times, Columbus Telegram
· March 20 - Lincoln Journal Star
· April 1 - Holdrege Citizen, McCook Gazette, Sidney Sun-Telegraph
· April 2- Alliance Times-Herald, Hastings Tribune, Kearney Hub
· April 3 - Grand Island Independent, North Platte Telegraph

To file a claim, readers can choose from the following options:
Complete the claim form in the tabloid and mail it, with documentation, to the Unclaimed Property Division, 809 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68508. Claim forms also are available in the State Treasurer’s Capitol office and at the Unclaimed Property office at 809 P Street in Lincoln.

For amounts under $500, a claim may be filed online at Please include required documentation.

Call the Unclaimed Property Division at 402-471-8497 or 1-877-572-9688 (toll free).

Stop by the State Treasurer’s Office in Suite 2005 of the Capitol or the Unclaimed Property Division at 809 P Street in Lincoln’s Haymarket District. Hours at both locations are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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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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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.



New Exhibit at Cass County Museum

Noteworthy Women in Cass County History

In honor of Women's History Month, Cass County Historical Society has installed a new exhibit entitled "Noteworthy Women in Cass County History". The display includes a group of women who organized the first library, a woman who invented a colander, the first women to serve on a jury, a poet, a physician and many others. The exhibit will remain on view through May 1. During March, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00. After April 1, it will also be open on Sunday.

Saturday, March 12, is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day and the museum will offer free admission in recognition of Women's History Month.

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


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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, 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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