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Murray Newsletter - November 2, 2016

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Turn your clocks back 1 hour this Saturday night before going to bed, because daylight savings time ends the next day,
Sunday, November 6, 2016.

You get an extra hour of sleep!!

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former owner of the English Rose in Murray and cook at Plattsmouth Keno. Event will take place at Lied Lodge & Conference Center, Nebraska City, November 6, 2 - 8 pm.

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The minutes of the October 11, 2016 Village Board meeting are now posted.

Click the 'Village Office' tab above to read the latest.


Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their
choice are prepared to choose wisely.
The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882~1945
32nd President of the United States

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Next meeting, December 6, 2016!




The NEST Direct Plan and the NEST Advisor Plan were awarded bronze ratings in a recently released analysis of state-sponsored college savings plans by Morningstar, a leading provider of independent investment research. This year, Morningstar analysts rated 63 of the largest 529 college savings plans nationwide, of which 33 earned a gold, silver or bronze medal, while 27 received neutral ratings and three were rated as negative.

According to Morningstar, medal-winning plans offer a combination of the following attractive features: a strong set of underlying investments, a solid manager selection process, a well-researched asset-allocation approach, an appropriate set of investment options to meet investor needs, low fees and strong oversight from the state and program manager. Gold-rated plans have all or a majority of these attributes, while silver- and bronze-rated plans embody most of these qualities.

“We are honored that the NEST Direct Plan and NEST Advisor Plan were recognized by Morningstar as two of the 33 top 529 plans offered in the country,” said Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “It’s nice to know that our goal of providing families with safe, affordable and flexible college savings plans is being recognized by a highly regarded authority.”

“Helping children reach their full potential, while easing their future financial burdens, remains the focal point of NEST 529 college savings plans,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “Receiving a Morningstar medal solidifies our customer-oriented mission. We continue to take steps in the right direction and encourage families to invest in our Direct and Advisor plans.”

Each year, Morningstar assigns Analyst Ratings to college-savings plans based on five key pillars: Process, People, Parent, Price and Performance. When evaluating 529 plans, Morningstar also takes into consideration the unique benefits plans offer to college savers, including local tax breaks, grants and scholarships.

Regarding the NEST Direct Plan, Morningstar specifically noted the Plan’s “solid underlying manager lineup and low price tag.”
Morningstar said the NEST Advisor Plan is a “solid mix of age-based and stand-alone options coupled with low fees.”
In addition to the Morningstar bronze rating, the NEST Direct and the NEST Advisor plans are ranked in the top ten for one-year investment performance for 529 college savings plans by savingforcollege.com. In an analysis released in September, the NEST Direct Plan ranked fifth in the list of top performing direct-sold 529 plans, and the NEST Advisor Plan ranked sixth in the list of top performing advisor-sold 529 plans.

The website, savingforcollege.com, also has awarded its highest “5-Cap” rating to both the NEST Direct and the NEST Advisor plans.

“These ratings help explain why we have added more than 20,000 new NEST accounts each year for the last six years. We very much appreciate the trust and confidence our college savers have placed in our NEST plans,” Treasurer Stenberg said.
For more information about NEST and to open a plan, visit NEST529.com, NEST529Advisor.com or treasurer.nebraska.gov.

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 246,000 accounts, including 73,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com, NEST529Advisor.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov 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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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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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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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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