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Murray Newsletter - February 8, 2017

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“We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.”

"As a nation, we may take pride in the fact that we are softhearted; but we cannot afford to be soft-headed."

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882~1945
32nd President of the United States
Excerpts from 1941 State of the Union Address (The Four Freedoms)


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The Freedom Festival 4th of July celebration has been one of Cass County's 'premier' events every summer.  For more than 40 years, thousands have enjoyed oozeball (mud volleyball) games, parades, Bingo, horseshoe contests, ball games, ice cream socials, and FIREWORKS!  Families and friends planned their reunions around the 4th and enjoyed the day taking part in all the activities.  It 's been an event that everyone excitedly looks forward to each summer.

The dedicated folks that had previously been involved in the planning, (some for more than 10 years), said that they were growing tired of asking for help, but receiving little.
So, a couple of years ago, they announced that year would be the last celebration due to the lack of help.  There were NO oozeball games, NO contests and NO other fun activities, as in prior years, except for Bingo, the parade and fireworks.  People were upset that this long tradition would no longer exist and at that very next meeting, Murray's little Town Hall was filled with many voices from all over the area, stating their concern. Everyone left that night with a renewed hope that the event would continue, due to their offerings to help, for many more years.

Then, at the very next meeting, only a few folks that agreed to try to keep it going for another couple of years, decided to start again. Where was everyone else?
With the nonprofit status in place, fundraising began last winter. Last year we added our first car and tractor show and held our second 5K Fun Run.  There was much interest in keeping the celebration going.

ONCE AGAIN, we are asking for VOLUNTEERS to share in the planning and organizing.

Meetings are once a month, the first Tuesday, at 7 pm, at Murray's Town Hall. In June, there will be a couple of additional meetings. Elections for Board of Trustees will occur at the September meeting.

Now, it's up to YOU.  Sadly, if there is no more interest in this event, it will likely come to an end.  

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ATTENTION:  

The Girl Scouts will be hosting a soup supper at Murray Christian Church,  from 4-6 pm,  before the Terry Campbell concert on Sunday, February 26.  

More details to come, so check back here next week!

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THE KIDS NEED YOUR HELP!

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
*Clothes/Coats  

 THANK YOU!!


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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, and live within one mile of Murray, please contact the clerk at 402-235-2119 for more information.

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2017 01 25 ELM Aldrich collectors series

Honoring Girls Scouts in February

Nebraska author Bess Streeter Aldrich was known to teach cooking classes to neighborhood girls and, of course, was an advocate of reading and writing. It is with this knowledge, that the Aldrich Board has decided to honor Girls Scouts during February by letting them have a free tour. ( Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska) There will be an exhibit of vintage dolls, Barbies, and tea sets on display, too.

The Aldrich House is open on Saturdays and Sunday from 1 to 4 or by appointment. 


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2017 01 25 SLATTERY SWEETHEART DINNER

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2017 01 25 LOFTE Wine Roses

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2017 01 18 PLT Library Adult Game Night

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2017 01 18 PLT Library computer class

2017 01 18 PLT Library Tinkerspace

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2016 0 18 IRISH MUSIC

Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 12, at 2:30 PM, in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, folk harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and recorders. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago. Their performance on March 12 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be downstairs, 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 at debby@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.

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The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp", for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured. The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt.

The camp will be on Wednesday, March 15 - Friday, March 17, from 9 AM to 12 Noon. Musicians can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.

On Wednesday, participants will be mostly reading tunes, using sheet music in standard notation. We'll be learning melodies, harmonies, and chords. You will be improving your sight reading, and experiencing fiddling fun.

On Thursday, we will be mostly playing tunes by ear, so feel free to bring your recording gadgets. Sheet music versions of the tunes will be provided for you by the end of the day, just in case your ears need the help.

On Friday, we will be mostly jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, and playing fiddle related instruments.

One day: $60.00
Two days: $110.00 ($55 per day)
Three days: $150.00 fee for 3 days. ($50 per day)

For more information, and to register: http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp.shtml

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2016 08 31 adult ed
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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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ONGOING EVENTS.....

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ARE YOU 55+

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LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK?

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
stephanie_mahony@experienceworks.org
Nebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526

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