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Murray Newsletter - April 13, 2016


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(Created and contributed by Dave Nielsen.)

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Condolences to our website owner, John Harrington, and his family
upon the passing of John's father this past weekend in Minnesota.

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Scouting for Food Drive

Thank you to everyone that helped wrap-up Scouting For Food.
Once again, we had a successful year due to everyone's support.

Grand totals:
41 canned meats
19 Peanut Butter
222 canned goods
141 boxed goods
2 toiletries

A huge thanks to Julie Nickels who offered to deliver all of
the items to the Cass County Food Bank Monday morning.

Thank you all!
Scout Troop 471


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MAY 20-21, 2016

Time to start cleaning out your basement, cabinets, closets,
garage, and storage shed for your garage sale. Then, sign-up to
have your sale put on the map.  Just copy and print the form below.
 Please pay your fair share!

$12 for advertising costs and maps MUST be received
NO LATER THAN MAY 10th with this completed form.


ADDRESS of SALE_______________________________

CONTACT PHONE #______________________________

EMAIL (optional) ________________________________

Circle days of sale:
($12 whether you have a one or two-day sale.)
Friday                  Saturday
If space allows, please list 3 sale items on the map:

?’s  Call Pat, 402-235-2926
Mail or bring form to:
Pat Zeigler
201 N How Ave.
Murray, NE 68409-8403
Forms also available at Murray Post Office, Murray State Bank and Murray Town Hall.

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If you don’t want to have your own garage sale,
consider donating your clean,unwanted items
You will receive a receipt for your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
donation, as all proceeds from this sale will go
toward the events and fireworks display on July 4th. 

Sorry, but we cannot accept mattresses, clothing, large lawn equipment, tires or large furniture.

Thank you for supporting the FREEDOM FESTIVAL!  

If you have any questions, please call
John, 402-616-1367 or Pat, 402-235-2926.
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Hey, Everyone!  Here's a new, fun place to check out, just
a couple of miles northwest of Murray.  Check out all
the cool things Dave has in the big red barn!

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HarmonicaViolin Fiddle 
Free fiddle and Harmonica workshops will take place on Saturday, May 28, at the National Homestead Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. At 10 AM, there will be a FREE fiddle workshop led by championship fiddler Deborah Greenblatt. At 11:00 AM, there will be a FREE harmonica workshop led by multi-instrumentalist, David Seay. haronicas will be available for purchase. Greenblatt & Seay are Master Artists with the Nebraska Arts Council, and participants in the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. These FREE workshops are part of a full day of fun and free activities during the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival, formerly known as the Monumental Fiddle Championship.

Starting at 12 Noon, musicians will be competing for a record $3,350 at this year's Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival! Music fans will be able to listen to and watch musicians; fiddlers and acoustic bands, as they compete at this year's music festival. The money will be spread over four categories: The Legends Division for the previous winners, Senior and Junior Divisions, and the Acoustic Band Category.

For more information, contact Deborah by e-mail at debby@greenblattandseay.com.

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8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Murray residents, it's time to clean-up your shed, garage, basement and yard.  Get rid of the junk that's cluttering your life and is an eyesore, not only to you, but to others, too.   
Drop-off location:
All American Recycling
103 E. McKelvie Road
Murray, NE
(southeast corner of Hwy 75 & McKelvie Road)
PROOF of RESIDENCE will be CHECKED, so bring a current Murray utility bill statement.
(Non-resident items will NOT be accepted.) 
The burn pile will be open to accept brush, tree limbs and branches. 
Call Village Clerk with any questions, 235-2119.

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We need your help and feedback!

Cass County is currently in the process of updating and revising the 1994 Solid Waste Plan. The end plan will seek to provide recommendations to the County and Communities to mitigate disposal costs and increase economic benefits and opportunities through better utilizing wasted resources.

We recognize that no plan will achieve its stated goals without the support of the communities involved and so we would appreciate if you could take a couple of moments to answer the questions on the link below. Answers can be given anonymously, or you may fill in your details at the end of the survey if you would like to be kept updated with the progress. Survey questions can be found here:

Cass County Residents https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SFTVMV7
Cass County Business, Commercial & Industrial https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SB7GJJ2
Cass County Farming & Agricultural https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q25L9NT

Thank you so much for your help!

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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, May 3, 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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Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series on Sunday, May 8, at 2:30 PM, features Greenblatt & Seay in "The Feminist Manifesto". Through the songs and writings of heroic women (and some liberated men) through the centuries, issues of civil rights and stereotypes will be explored. Greenblatt & Seay sing and play a variety of instruments, including dulcimer, violin, guitar, harmonica, etc.

The concert will be downstairs, followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and jam with the performers.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. 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 g-s@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.


 Fiddle Camps in Nebraska

Registration is now open for the 2016 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler. The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

The June Camp (Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17) is for folks who consider themselves beginners. The July Camp (Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15) is for folks who consider themselves intermediate or advanced. Enrollment is limited to 10 fiddlers for each week, so that everyone will get individual attention.

For more information, e-mail Deborah at debby@greenblattandseay.com.

To register on line, log on to: http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp_signup-summer.shtml

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Lofte’s 40th Season Opens With ‘The Christmas Spirit'

Manley, NE [March 23, 2016] - When the Lofte opened its doors in 1977, no one could have imagined that forty years later local talent would still be treating southeast Nebraska residents with great theater productions. 2016 marks the ruby jubilee season for the community theater that is nestled in the middle of a corn field.

Frederick Stroppel’s ‘The Christmas Spirit’ is Artistic Director Kevin Colbert’s “Director’s Choice” and on April 8, it kicked off the year with a witty adult comedic drama. Don’t let the title fool you. This production has less to do with Christmas and more to do with one’s spirit. Julia Dowding (played by Weeping Water resident Margie Pinkerton) is visited by the Grim Reaper (Kevin Colbert, also of Weeping Water) on Christmas Eve. After Death is persuaded to give Julia one more day on earth, she invites him to be her guest at the Christmas festivities. Masquerading as a human, Death mingles with bickering relatives, friends and the local priest. He even partakes of eggnog and other party delicacies.

The cast includes Brandy Hall and John Bell of Papillion; Shari Hoelker, Dan Ryberg and Doug Rothgeb of Omaha; Shelia Snell and Andrew Schell both of Lincoln. Please be advised that while there are some funny scenes in the play, there are serious topics of conversation that are not suitable for young children. Director Kevin Colbert suggests that this play be rated PG-13.

Performance dates are April 14, 15, 16 and 17. Show times Thursday-Saturday are 7:30pm. Sunday performances are 2pm matinees. Reserved seats are $19 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 402-234-2553. The Lofte is located just 1/4 mile east of Manley, NE.

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Rural Route Rust Vintage and Handmade Market set for April 16th.  “Don't throw the past away, you might need it some rainy day.” This classic song lyric from the musical All That Jazz is true both in life and in home decorating, as shoppers at the Rural Route Rust Vintage and Handmade Market on April 16th will discover. 

Using vintage pieces or reimagined antiques in the home or garden continues to be one of today’s hottest decorating trends. Examples include organizing with antique wooden boxes, making a statement light fixture out of a piece of farm equipment, or simply planting flowers in a rusty wheelbarrow. Decorating magazines, Pinterest, and television shows like Fixer Upper and Flea Market Flip demonstrate this trend.

Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm, 911-108th Street, rural Avoca, NE is the home of the Rural Route Rust Vintage and Handmade Market. Fifty-five vendors from five states will showcase vintage goods and furniture, antiques, primitives, art and handcrafted gifts. The historic farm, which hosts a pumpkin patch festival each fall, features a two-story barn filled with vintage goods, farm animals, kids’ play areas, and food tents and trucks to service hungry shoppers. “This fourth-annual market will be our biggest and best yet,” said owner Teresa Lorensen. “These top-notch vendors have been collecting and creating all year and are ready to send you home with fun and unique decorating pieces, Mother’s Day gifts, and even plants and fresh flowers!” 

Show hours on April 16 are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for ages 12+. Parking is free.

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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.  After April 1, the museum will be open on Sundays.

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


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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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Cass County Veterans Service Office's

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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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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