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Murray Newsletter - October 26,2016

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Condolences to the family and friends of

Mike and Michelle Speer and their daughters,  
Elli, Adilynn, Emma and Anniston. 

 The entire Speer family perished Thursday, October 20, 2016, after embers from their fireplace caught the carpeting and furniture on fire at their home in rural Cass County, between Murray and Weeping Water, Nebraska.  Preliminary autopsy reports showed the cause of death of all the victims was smoke inhalation. Their home had a smoke detector, however the condition and function of the battery-operated device was undetermined.  

 A funeral service wasTuesday at Calvary Christian Church in Bellevue for the entire family.  

 To honor the lives of this beautiful family, their families suggest memorial donations at


The entire funds will be used to support the volunteer fire departments of rural Cass County and Conestoga Elementary School.

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1st Annual Backpack Program

Thru Thursday, Oct. 27

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 Needed are sizes 4 to 16 childrens' gently used, clean coats, snowboots, snowpants, gloves.

Bring to Murray Christian Church, Wednesdays or Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., or call Jill at 402-660-3543 to arrange for pick-up.

For adults, your gently used, clean clothes and linens will be taken to Sienna Francis House/Open Door Mission.

Thanks for your help in keeping everyone warm this winter!


October 31st - Halloween at the Church!

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Next meeting, November 1, 2016!


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Nebraska Authors to Speak at October 29 Celebration of Nebraska Books 

Readers are invited to hear presentations by winning Nebraska writers and book designers at the Nebraska Center for the Book’s October 29 Celebration of Nebraska Books in downtown Lincoln. Presenters will include the following 2016 Nebraska Book Award Winners:

Designers: N. Putens, Rodeo Nebraska.

Fiction Writer: Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen: A Novel.

Illustrator: Justin T. Sipiorski, The Fishes of Nebraska.

Non-fiction Writers: James W. Hewitt, In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains; Summer Miller, New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans of the Great Plains; Nancy Plain, This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon; and Robert A. Hrabik, Steven C. Schainost, Richard H. Stasiak, Edward J. Peters, The Fishes of Nebraska.

Photographer/Writer: Mark Harris, Rodeo Nebraska.

Poets: Lin Brummels, Hard Times, and Charles Peek, Breezes on Their Way to Being Winds.

The celebration, free and open to the public, will also feature presentation of the Nebraska Center for the Book’s 2016 Jane Geske Awards to City Impact (Lincoln), Literacy Center for the Midlands (Omaha), and Platte Valley Literacy Association (Columbus) Community Reading Program for exceptional contributions to literacy in Nebraska. The Nebraska Center for the Book will also present the 2016 Mildred Bennett Awards to Nebraska poets Twyla Hansen and Marjorie Saiser at the Celebration. Hansen and Saiser will be honored for their contributions to Nebraska writing and for their service in support of Nebraska’s writers and readers.

This year the Celebration marks the twelfth year of One Book One Nebraska with a program by Karen Gettert Shoemaker, author of The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska book selection

The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m.—just prior to the 2:30-6:30 p.m. Celebration. An awards reception honoring the winning authors, book signings, and announcement of the 2017 One Book One Nebraska book choice will conclude the festivities. The Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society’s Nebraska History Museum, and University of Nebraska Press—with support for the One Book One Nebraska presentation from Humanities Nebraska. Celebration information is available at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/celebration.html.

The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing together people and information.


The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website, http://nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/newsreleases.


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Streamlined Method Now Available for Banks, Businesses,
Organizations to Remit Unclaimed Property by Nov. 1 Deadline

Banks, businesses, and other organizations can now report their unclaimed property to the State of Nebraska, using a streamlined system developed by the Nebraska Treasurer’s Office, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.
The new in-house method was developed by the Information Technology Division of the State Treasurer’s Office and became available Oct. 3, just in time for unclaimed property holders to meet the Nov. 1 deadline for turning over property whose owners cannot be located to the Treasurer’s Office. 

“We are pleased to offer a simplified method for submitting unclaimed property that is designed specifically for Nebraska’s needs,” Treasurer Stenberg said. “Our Information Technology staff has been working for the last six months to develop and test the system to make sure it operates smoothly and provides a positive user experience. Our goal has been to simplify the reporting process and to make use of the expertise and talent in our excellent IT Division.” 

Banks, businesses, and other organizations, known as holders, are now able to create profiles, load records, and submit reports without leaving the Treasurer’s website at https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/up/holder-reporting/. Holders have the option to manually enter property and owner information or use an Excel template to upload records. Once records are loaded, the holder can easily edit or delete properties before submitting the report. Reports are archived on the holder’s profile and will be available for future reference. There is no charge to use the Treasurer’s reporting service.

In the past, holders have had to use a third-party software or web developer to create their report files and submit them to the Nebraska Unclaimed Property Division. One of those third-party providers is now charging for the service. The third-party services are still available and can be accessed from the Treasurer’s website, but the Treasurer’s Office does not provide customer support for those programs. 

A business or organization that is unable to meet the Nov. 1 deadline for the annual report may request an extension, up to 90 days, by completing a form on the Treasurer’s website. This year’s annual report covers the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016.
Nebraska law requires that banks, financial institutions, businesses, and other organizations turn over to the State Treasurer each year property that has been abandoned or whose owners cannot be located for specific periods of time. Unclaimed property is generally cash, court deposits, utility deposits, dividends, insurance payments, lost IRAs or CDs, savings bonds, stock and mutual funds, wages, rebates, refunds, utility deposits, unused gift certificates, and abandoned safe deposit boxes. 

Assets are held by the state until a claim is filed and verified. If the owners or heirs cannot be located, the property is held by the state in perpetuity. 

“We appreciate the cooperation we receive from Nebraska banks, businesses, and organizations to help reunite owners with their lost property,” Treasurer Stenberg said. “Our office works diligently to promote awareness of our Unclaimed Property program and to help owners locate and document their property. We returned almost $12 million of unclaimed property to rightful owners in 2015, representing more than 15,000 claims paid. So far in 2016, we have returned more than $11 million and are on track for one of our most productive years ever. We are still holding more than $170 million for more than 350,000 Nebraskans.” 


For more information, visit https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/up/ or call 402-471-8497.

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Annual Veterans' Soup Luncheon
hosted by the
Union American Legion Auxiliary

Sunday, November 13 from 11:00 to 1:30 at Union, NE Legion Hall


Adults $6.00 and Children $3.00

Homemade soup, sandwiches, desserts, and drink. All you can eat!!!

Contact Nancy Crook, 402-263-2035, for more info.



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Applications are now available for the


When: December 10-11, 2016
Where: Carol Joy Holling Center, Ashland, NE
Cost: FREE (We'll even pick you up!)

Big Tobacco has a long history of deceiving the public, hiding the truth, and targeting youth with its marketing. They continue to use the same manipulative marketing tactics and we are tired of it. We, as youth, have the power to change the influence Big Tobacco has on Nebraska. Come to the No Limits Fall Summit to meet new friends, have fun, and learn how to fight Big Tobacco!

Click here to download your application

Applications are due Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

Questions? Call 866.394.8336 or email info@nolimitsnebraka.com

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Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Scandinavian music on Sunday, November 13, at 2:30 PM, in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. Greenblatt & Seay and Friends will be playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, recorders, pennywhistles, and the nyckelharpa. The nyckelharpa is the official keyed fiddle of Sweden, and has 16 strings.

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

The concert will be downstairs in the 1925 brick schoolhouse, 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 atdebby@greenblattandseay.com.

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse 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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Fall Farce “Funny Money” at the Lofte

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that its decades-long tradition of showcasing a Fall farce continues this year with Ray Cooney’s hilarious comedy, “Funny Money.” 

Henry Perkins, a mild-mannered CPA has found a briefcase full of cash. Assuming that it’s ill-gotten booty, Henry rushes home to grab his wife and two one-way tickets to Barcelona. But, poor Henry is soon beset by not one, but two police detectives investigating unrelated crimes; one involving a dead body thought to be Henry. With the help of his wife and well-meaning neighbors, Henry begins to weave a steady stream of lies that soon spin out of control. His seemingly fortuitous find soon has Henry and his friends rushing down a path of utter chaos.

Starring in the production is Erik Quam of Louisville. His wife is played by Brandy (Palatas) Hall of Papillion. Jamion Biesterfeld of Louisville and Wendy Allen of Plattsmouth star as the neighbors who are dragged into the fray. Rounding out the cast are Jeff Johnson and Tim Sorensen of Elmwood, Giovanni Quezada of Council Bluffs and Guillermo Rosas of La Vista. “Funny Money” is directed by Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water.

Production dates for the show are October 20-23 and 28-30. Thursday through Saturday productions begin at 7:30pm. All Sunday shows are at 2pm. Tickets are $19 and all seats are reserved. Reservations can be made by calling the theater at (402) 234-2553 or by visiting their website, www.Lofte.org.

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Pictured: Erik Quam (front), Brandy (Palatas) Hall, Jamion Biesterfeld and Wendy Allen star in the Lofte’s upcoming Fall farce, “Funny Money”.




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Sunday, November 13

2:00 pm


The Lofte works hard to honor our military servicemen and women each year. We count ourselves lucky to live in a country where freedom is protected by heroes.

On Sunday, November 13, the Lofte Community Theatre will help to celebrate Veterans Day by showcasing a free concert by the Southeast Nebraska Community Band. 

The SNCB is made up of individuals from 11 different counties, some of whom drive 70 miles to practice. Some have their roots playing with military bands in the Army or Air Force. Others are former music teachers, while still others just have a love of performing. Please note, the band is always looking for new members! They ask that if you are interested in learning more about the group,  to please speak with one of them immediately after the concert.

Bring the family. Bring your friends. Bring your favorite veteran. This is an inspirational event best enjoyed with a large group.



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December 4, 11 & 18

12:00 pm

$20 per person* (*price not inclusive of show ticket)

You better not pout.
You better not cry.
Put your napkins in your laps,
I'm telling you why.
Santa Claus is hosting a luncheon at the Lofte!

The Lofte's Christmas play this year is a show specifically geared for children. Ken Ludwig's script, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, is not the traditional 19th-century tale that you're used to. This production involves a stirring mouse, his human friend, Emily, a sword fight, a squirt gun and Jolly Old St. Nick himself!

In coordination with this special holiday event, the Lofte is holding a special fundraiser where children of all ages can meet Santa and the rest of the cast. You will have the opportunity to eat a catered lunch right on stage, visit with Santa and even get your pictures taken with the big guy himself.

This special event is being held at noon just prior to the Sunday matinees. Advance reservations are required. This would be a great event for a multi-generational family or as a company outing. Be good for goodness sake and make your reservations today!

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Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 1 - Oct. 30, 2016
Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

*Fri. 10/7, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm is a pumpkin patch and educational farm located in Cass County, Nebraska, 27 miles east of Lincoln and 35 miles south of Omaha.

We offer a big dose of fall fun with an emphasis on the agricultural side of autumn. We’re not a theme park--we offer lots of fresh air, wide open spaces, recreation and relaxation, all for the best price around and in a beautiful seasonal setting.

Autumn Activities:

U-Pick Patch
Nature Trails
Farm Animals
Corn Box
Farm-Themed Play Areas
Hay Climb
Rubber Duck Races
Family-Sized Tire Swing
Bucking Bronco Barrel Swing
Gourd Garden
Agricultural Exhibits
Word Scavenger Hunt
Pumpkin Barn & Gift Shop
Schoolhouse Café offering lunch & snacks in our historic one-room schoolhouse
Parties, Field Trips, & Group Tours Available
There's something for everyone at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm, and we hope you'll stop by for a visit soon!

Admission is $6.00/person (includes tax). Ages 2 & under FREE. It's FREE to visit the Pumpkin Barn, Gift Shop and Schoolhouse Café.


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Plattsmouth Adult Education
Adds Job Skills and New Class Times

Plattsmouth Community School District Adult Education begins its 40th year with a new focus on College and Career Readiness. The Federal Government has charged all adult education programs with preparing students for college and the workplace. Plattsmouth is stepping up. PCSD will integrate job search, workplace skills, and college preparation into its GED, English language, and Adult Basic Education courses.

To meet this challenge, an additional class session is being offered on Thursday mornings.
Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during the public school year at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the PACE Center, 15508 2nd Ave. The PACE Center is located across from the high school to the west.

Please call Tallie VanWesten, program director, at 402-296-3174 Ext. 2315 for information.

New students may begin during any class period by arriving a few minutes early. You will be very welcome.


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Cass County Veterans:

Service Office mobile locations will have a new schedule shortly.  

Check back here for updates.



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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 Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526

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