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Murray Newsletter - March 16, 2016


Finally!  Spring arrives,

Sunday, March 20, 2016!



The first day of spring is one thing,
and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is
sometimes as great as a month.

Henry Van Dyke
American clergyman, author, educator
1852 ~ 1933




Don't forget to wear your GREEN tomorrow,

or you might get pinched by a leprechaun!

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Easter eggs

(hosted by the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Beaver Lake Ladies Auxiliary)
Tyson Park
Murray, NE
NO egg hunt on Saturday, March 19, 2016
due to pending rain/snow, so we'll see you, Saturday, March 26, 2016!
10 a.m.
You might catch the EASTER BUNNY there!
coffee and donut
While you're waiting for the kids to find their eggs, 
stop by Murray Freedom Festival's
'COFFEE & DONUT' stand at the Tyson Park shelter.
Your free-will donation will go toward the annual Freedom Festival's day-long event and FIREWORKS on the 4th of July!  
(www. MurrayFreedomFestivalNE.com)
Murray Freedom Festival advertising 
Funded in part by Cass County Tourism                   Visitcasscounty.com

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When Conestoga's Girl Scout Troop 40201 needed personal supplies to fill 'blessing bags' for the Open Door Mission in Omaha, the generosity was overwhelming. With toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotions, shampoos and other items, the girls filled more than 60 bags. These items truly help Omaha's homeless with their simple, everyday needs.

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The Scouts would like to thank everyone who helped to make their project a success.

  You are ALL a blessing to those in need!



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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 drose@conestogaps.org

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 


You're welcome to set in on our meetings to see what we're planning for this year's 4th of July event.  We meet the 1st Tuesday of each month, same time and place, so mark your calendars!  

If you'd like to present your ideas to the Board, contact the secretary, (details below), by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting and you'll be added to the agenda.

See you then!!! 

(Secretary, Pat Zeigler, 402-235-2926.)


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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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Brown Bag Program at Cass County Museum

The next Brown Bag Program at Cass County Historical Society in Plattsmouth will be Tuesday, March 22, at 12:00. The program about author Laura Ingalls Wilder will be presented by Kirsten Wood,Youth Services Librarian at Plattsmouth Public Library. She will talk about the new biography of Wilder published last year. Ms. Wood will also discuss whether the inaccurate portrayal of Native Americans in the books warrants the series being removed from library shelves.

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

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


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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 (www.americanviolasociety.org/)

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 debby@greenblattandseay.com.

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

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





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.

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 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, 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 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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