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Murray Newsletter - December 7, 2016

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Treasurer Has Money for Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer,
Donner, Comet, Cupid, and Santa—and Maybe You
Give yourself a gift this season by checking Treasurer’s website

Lincoln, Neb. (December 6, 2016) – Do you know Dasher? The Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office has 40 of them in its unclaimed property database. How about Dancer? There’s 29 of them. And Prancer? Just one, in Omaha. You won’t find Vixen or Blitzen in the unclaimed property rolls, but you will find 67 Donners, two Comets, and one Cupid who has almost $2,000 coming from Mutual of Omaha and whose last known address is in the British Virgin Islands. As for Rudolph, there are 44.

Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg said the 350,000 names in the Treasurer’s unclaimed property rolls include these famous reindeer and many other familiar names this time of year. “For instance, our unclaimed property records show four listings under Christmas—individuals and businesses in Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, and Bridgeport. We also have 85 properties listed under the name, Holiday; 75 under the name, Joy; 43 with Jesus in their names; and 22 listings under Merry, not to mention names like Santa, Snow, and Holly,” Stenberg said.

“We encourage all Nebraskans, former Nebraskans, and heirs to check our unclaimed property listing throughout the year and particularly this time of year to give themselves a holiday present. You never know what you might find. We currently are holding nine properties of more than $100,000 each. The top nine range from $1.2 million for a family trust in Omaha to more than $110,000 for a couple in Ansley and more than $100,000 for a Bellevue woman. During the holidays, property owners are equally grateful for smaller amounts, too,” Stenberg said.

Stenberg added, “While we have been successful this year reaching out to property owners for whom we are holding significant amounts, because of the sheer volume we are unable to locate and contact all of them. In many cases, we are not provided sufficient contact information or our calls and letters go answered. Because of that, we rely heavily on individuals contacting us through our website, by telephone, or by visiting our office in the State Capitol and at 809 P St. in the Lincoln Haymarket District.”

Stenberg also noted that as more Nebraska companies engage in global business, the unclaimed property staff is now searching for owners not only from across the United States, but also internationally. So far this year, the Treasurer’s Office has returned unclaimed property to owners in Japan, Mexico, Poland, the Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

Stenberg said owners can search for unclaimed property anytime at treasurer.nebraska.gov. In instances in which property is $500 or less, owners may file claims online through the Treasurer’s website.

More than $11.8 million was returned to owners in 2015, and a total of 15,368 claims were approved. With still three weeks remaining in 2016, the office has exceeded last year’s totals. So far in 2016, more than $13 million of unclaimed property has been returned, representing a total of 15,766 claims approved.

Altogether, the Treasurer’s Office is holding more than $170 million in unclaimed funds. Common forms of unclaimed property are uncashed paychecks, refunds, rental deposits, utility deposits, stocks, dividends, insurance payments, savings bonds, matured CDs, and lost IRAs.

Ways to search for unclaimed property and file claims include the following:

· Check the Nebraska State Treasurer’s website at treasurer.nebraska.gov. Type a name in the box on the home page or click on the Unclaimed Property tab at the top of the page.
· For an amount less than $500, an owner may file a claim online through the website. The owner must include required information.
· For an amount greater than $500, an owner may complete the claim form found on the website and mail to the State Treasurer’s Office, Unclaimed Property Division, 809 P St., Lincoln, NE 68508-1390. The form must be notarized.
· Call the Unclaimed Property Division at 1-877-572-9688 toll free outside of Lincoln or 402-471-8497 in Lincoln. Phone calls are taken between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., CT, weekdays.
· Visit the Unclaimed Property office at 809 P Street in Lincoln or in the Treasurer’s Office in Suite 2005 of the State Capitol. Hours at both locations are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An owner should bring a driver’s license and Social Security card.
· If filing on behalf of a deceased family member for an amount greater than $500, the owner should provide documentation to establish legal authority to file the claim including a will, death certificate, obituary notice, and personal representative documents.


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Hunger is an evil thing. Without enough good food, your immune system becomes compromised and you can become sick more often. Hunger can make you not very pleasant to be around sometimes. We've all had that feeling from time to time. We get a little grumpy and think, 'I just need a little something to eat and I'll feel better'. When you're a child, it's difficult to concentrate on schoolwork when you're hungry, because you can only think about when and where your next meal is coming from and, unfortunately, some children only have 'a little something to eat'.

Throughout the school year, the Backpack Program helps to provide for those children, age preschool - 6th grade, who might not have enough food to sustain them during their time at home.  During the week they receive a meal at school, but that could be their only meal of the day. Sadly, when they go home, they might not have anything else to eat. 

When you donate to the Conestoga Backpack Program, the school staff sends those items home with more than 30 kids. Clean clothes and hygiene items are also needed. 

You may donate items at any time through May, at Murray State Bank, at Conestoga Elementary School, or you may call Jill, 402-660-3543, and she'll arrange to have your items picked up at your home.

These suggested items should be somewhat easy for small children to open and prepare:

*Canned Goods *Granola Bars *Cereal *Cereal Bars *Mac & Cheese
*Fruit Cups *Bar Soap *Toothpaste/toothbrush *Shampoo/Conditioner



Murray's Planning Commission is currently inactive due to lack of members.  If you are interested in being a member of the Murray Planning Commission, please contact the clerk at 402-235-2119 for more information.

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Open enrollment for Medicare Part D, (prescription drug benefit), runs through December 7.

For an appointment, contact the Cass County Extension Office,

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Cass Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is currently recruiting CASA advocates to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in Cass County. The next training session is scheduled for January 2017 for five weeks. We are also seeking male volunteers as more than 60% of our children are male.

What does a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer do? Each CASA volunteer is screened, trained and completes 30 hours of pre-service training. The training consists of 15 hours of online training and 15 hours of in-person training. Once trained, CASA volunteers are assigned under the Juvenile Court jurisdiction to speak on behalf of a child to ensure the needs and interests of abused and neglected children are being met.

Who are CASA volunteers? Our active volunteers are individuals from our community who work part-time, full-time or are retired. Volunteers commit to one year with a child, but seldom leave a case until it has been terminated.

Please call Debbie Green, Volunteer Coordinator at (402) 296-9521 or email dgreen@casscasa.org and become a CASA volunteer today. If you would like to learn more information about our program, visit our website at www.casscasa.org

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For a unique shopping experience, you don't have to travel far.  Just stop in at Two Gypsies Quaint Goods in Plattsmouth.  Cheryll will happily greet you with a 'Welcome!'  

Browse around the shop and find something that reminds you of yesteryear, or that different one-of-a-kind gift for that one-of-a-kind person on your shopping list.  You may even bring a  favorite book or pull one from the shelf, sit in a cozy chair or at the old kitchen table, and read the afternoon away peacefully.

Conveniently open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10 am to 6 pm and Thursdays - 1 to 6 pm.  Closed Sunday and Monday.

You'll enjoy the friendly atmosphere!

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Get the Cheap Seats!

Throwback Thursday at the Lofte!
$10 on December 8!

This Thursday, December 8, you have a chance to see this remarkable show for only $10. There are no advance sales at this discounted price. Simply show up at the box office between 6:30pm-7:30pm and purchase your ticket at the window.

Tickets are still available for the rest of the run too, but not at this special price. Call (402) 234-2553 to reserve your seats today or purchase online!

Note: All children's tickets during the run are only $10.

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“Twas the Night Before Christmas”
at Lofte Theatre

The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley is ready to help get you into the holiday spirit with their December production, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But, wait! A mouse is stirring - because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say, “Merry Christmas!” we’re off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take, “No,” for an answer.

This script is a modern-day treatment of the traditional 19th century classic tale. Together a mouse named Amos and his human friend, Emily embark upon a journey to visit Santa Claus. Directed by Kevin Colbert, this energetic holiday tale will see the characters engage in a sword fight, a squirt gun battle and a perilous airplane ride. This show is specifically styled to appeal to our younger audience members, but children of all ages will enjoy this holiday romp.

Amos the mouse is played by Lofte newcomer Austin J. Brady of Lincoln. His human friend Emily is played by Shakeida Bullis of Bellevue. Rounding out the cast of colorful characters are Greg Leger and Doug Rothgeb of Omaha and Keri Hogue of Elmwood.

In coordination with this production, 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 picture taken with the Jolly Old Elf himself. This special luncheon is being held at noon prior to our three Sunday matinees. Advance reservations are required. This would be a great multi-generational family event or company outing. Tickets to the luncheon are just $20.

Production dates for the show are December 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. All seats are just $19. Those interested can call the Lofte box office at 402.234.2553 for reservations.

Pictured is some of the cast of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas': Front row, Greg Leger and Doug Rothgeb. Back row Keri Hogue, Austin J. Brady and Shakeida Bullis.

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Every veteran that has selflessly served our nation deserves to treat his or her children with gifts on Christmas morning. However, many veterans live without the means to provide Christmas gifts to their families.

Round the Bend Steakhouse is excited to announce SGT Kringles Kids, an initiative to provide children of military veterans in need with gifts this holiday season. Through a partnership with the Marine Corps League (MCL) and the Marine Corps League Auxiliary (MCLA), all gifts brought to Round the Bend Steakhouse will be directly donated to disadvantaged children of veterans, so that every military family may enjoy the Christmas they deserve. Now through Dec 16, visitors to Round the Bend Steakhouse are encouraged to bring an unwrapped and new toy to place under the Christmas tree in the dining room. As a show of gratitude, SGT Kringles Kids participants will receive a free appetizer.

“For us there are two reasons for our freedom, Jesus and the American soldier. We are excited to show the love of Jesus to our soldiers’ kids by putting them first this Christmas,” said TJ & Tifini Olson, owners of Round the Bend Steakhouse.

Toy Suggestions (children 12 & under):
· Books
· Puzzles
· Art supplies
· Board games

About the Marine Corps League (MCL):
Founded in 1923, the MCL is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Its mission statement states that the League exists to “join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps . . .”

About the Marine Corps League Auxiliary (MCLA):
Founded in 1937 as a subsidiary to the MCL, the Auxiliary was formed “for the purposes of promoting the interests of the U. S. Marine Corps, the Marine Corps League and to protect and advance the welfare of Marines and their dependents. Auxiliary members participate in a wide variety of programs that benefit and preserve the fundamental rights and freedoms of every person of this Nation, young and old.”

For more information about SGT Kringles Kids, the Marine Corps League, the Marine Corps League Auxiliary, or Round the Bend Steakhouse, please contact TJ Olson at 402-944-9974 or tj@roundthebendsteakhouse.com.  

 Below is this year's Sgt. Kringle tree at Round the Bend Steakhouse:

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December 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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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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