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Murray Newsletter - March 8, 2017


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Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

Christina Georgina Rossetti
1830 – 1894
English poet


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Condolences to the family of former Murray resident

Arlene Caryl (Buethe) Misner

of Plattsmouth.

Services will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Roby Funeral Home in Plattsmouth.
Visitation is Monday, March 13 from 1-9, with family present from 6-8.









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Treasurer Stenberg Meets First Nebraska NEST Birthday Baby
Omaha Family Receives $529 for NEST College Savings Account

Omaha, Neb. (March 2, 2017) – Carolyn Hotchkiss, daughter of Christina and Scott Hotchkiss of Omaha, is the first Nebraska NEST Birthday Baby, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg announced today at a news conference in the Winter Garden at the First National Bank Tower in Omaha.

Treasurer Stenberg presented Carolyn’s mother with a $529 contribution to a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) college savings account for Carolyn, who was born January 13. She is the first NEST Birthday Baby to be chosen in a yearlong NEST sweepstakes honoring Nebraska’s 150th birthday celebration.

Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies has been designated a Legacy program by the Nebraska 150 Commission.

Each month of 2017—to celebrate Nebraska’s 150th birthday—NEST will select one parent or legal guardian of a Nebraska newborn to receive a $529 contribution to a NEST college savings account. The family will be selected through a random drawing of entries submitted online to the NEST website or by mail. In all, 12 newborns and their parents or guardians will be recognized throughout the year.

“I am happy to meet Carolyn and her family and to present Carolyn with the first contribution to her college savings fund. I wish her and her family well in the days and years to come. At NEST, we encourage families to start saving for college when children are newborns like Carolyn,” Stenberg said.

Treasurer Stenberg is Trustee of NEST, and First National Bank of Omaha is Program Manager. Investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council.

“Thank you to everybody. This means a lot to our family. It means a lot to Carolyn,” Christina Hotchkiss said at the news conference. She said she and her husband hadn’t thought about college savings before receiving word about winning the $529 NEST contribution. “This opened our eyes to the fact our kids are growing up. Thank you for getting us started on making those plans.”

Carolyn, who slept through the news conference, has a brother Kyle, 14; brother Austin, 6; and sister Cheyenne, 3.

“Our philosophy at NEST has been to encourage young families to begin saving for their children’s higher education needs when the children are very young, even at birth. That gives families more years to plan and save for college, encourages families to develop regular savings habits, and enables families to save more in the end because of the benefits of compound interest. For these reasons, our Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies sweepstakes fits perfectly with our overall guiding philosophy,” Stenberg said.

“As Program Manager for NEST 529 College Savings Plan, First National Bank is committed to doing our part to pave the financial path to college,” said Stephen Wade, Senior Vice President, Investment Services. “For our 75,000 NEST 529 Savings Plan account holders in Nebraska, and our nearly quarter of a million account holders nationwide, First National Bank has, and will always be, committed to our community and helping more children achieve their dreams of a college education.”

Parents and legal guardians may enter Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies at www.NEST529.com/NewbornDrawing. Entries will be accepted until January 10, 2018, for babies born in calendar year 2017. To allow time for babies born in late December to be entered, the final drawing will take place in early 2018. If a family’s name isn’t drawn in the month the family enters, the name will stay in the drawing throughout the year, giving families plenty of opportunities to be chosen.

NEST is Nebraska’s state-sponsored, tax-advantaged 529 college savings program. State-sponsored 529 college savings programs take their name from Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides tax advantages for owners of these college savings accounts.

Rules for the Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies sweepstakes can be found at www.NEST529.com/NewbornDrawing and treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships/. Information about the Nebraska Sesquicentennial can be found at ne150.org.

 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 of Omaha serves as 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 249,000 accounts, including 75,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.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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Above, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg congratulates Christina Hotchkiss and baby daughter Carolyn, the first Nebraska NEST Birthday Baby. Also shown is Carolyn’s older sister, Cheyenne, and Carolyn’s grandmother, Linda Hill of Omaha. Carolyn’s father was unable to attend.

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Showing off a check for $529 for a NEST college savings account are Christina Hotchkiss and baby daughter, Carolyn Marie. With them, from left, are Rachel Biar, director of NEST for the State Treasurer’s Office; Stephen Wade, Senior Vice President, Investment Services at First National Bank of Omaha; and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg.



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If you have a few items you no longer want or need, please consider donating them to the Murray Freedom Festival fundraiser rummage sale.  Items must be in good, clean condition and, please, no tv's, computers or clothes.  Proceeds will go to help offset expenses for Murray's 4th of July celebration this summer.  Thank you!!

Call Pat at 402-235-2926 for details.



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Murray Village Full-time Maintenance Position

The Village of Murray, Nebraska is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Full-time Maintenance operator. This position is for a 40 hour week with overtime as needed. Duties required: operate and maintain all village equipment and tools as necessary, install and read water meters, maintain water shut-offs, meters; assist with water/sewer main breaks, operation and maintenance of one lift station, maintain streets and parks, all other duties as required. Applicant must be willing to complete Grade IV water operator certification. Applicants will be required to pass a general maintenance aptitude test and drug screening. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should apply in person at Murray Town Hall, 106 West Main Street, Murray, Nebraska 68409. Normal business hours are Tuesday thru Thursday from 8:00 – 4:30.



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All sale participants join together to pay for advertising and maps.
Contact Pat, 402-235-2926, to get signed-up.



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Hunger is an evil thing. Without enough good food, you can't think clearly, your immune system becomes compromised and you can become sick more often.

When you donate to the Conestoga Backpack Program, the school staff sends food, hygiene and clean clothes home with more than 30 kids.  

You may donate items at any time through MayThere is a container at Cornerstone Bank, you may take items to Conestoga Elementary School, or call Jill, 402-660-3543, and she'll arrange to have your items picked up at your home.

It's easy to help.  Each time you go to the grocery store, just pick up one extra item for the kids.

*Suggested food items should be somewhat easy for small children to open and prepare:

*Canned Goods,*Granola Bars,*Cereal,*Cereal Bars,*Mac & Cheese,*Tuna or chicken salad with crackers,*Fruit Cups, Bar Soap, Toothpaste/toothbrush, Shampoo/Conditioner, Clothes/Coats  




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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More new places to grab a bite to eat!

Click the card below for FB page: 

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8:30- 5, MONDAY ~ FRIDAY

8:30 ~ 8, SATURDAY



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In Elmwood, be sure to stop at The Quonset Bar & Grill.  It's right on Highway 1, on the south side of town.  The Quonset is the old skating rink that's been converted into a great bar and grill and dance hall.  They have live music occasionally and their hours are:


TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY:  11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.

THURSDAY: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 10 p.m.

FRIDAY:  11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 1 a.m.

SATURDAY:  11 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Sunday)

SUNDAY:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

(Click here or on the picture above to take you to the Quonset FB page.)

Daily specials:

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Last summer, a producer from NETV videotaped interviews with Maechelle (Mickie) Clements and Kurk Shrader regarding the Cass County barn quilt project.
In March, NETV is going to air a one hour program called "Patchwork on the Plains". This is a look at the history, family traditions, patriotism and community pride that goes into painted plywood barn quilts. Mickie had a vision to start the barn quilt project in Nebraska and wanted Cass County to be the first Nebr. county to display them. It was made possible through the joint efforts of the Elmwood-Murdock FBLA and art students,students and Kurk Shrader. The Cass County barn quilt website is: http://embarnquilts.weebly.com/

Here are the dates the program airs:

Thurs. 03/09/17, 7:00 pm NET
Friday, 03/10/17, 12:00 am NET
Friday, 03/10/17, 7:30 pm NET Create
Friday, 03/10/17, 8:30 pm NET World
Sat. 03/11/17, 10:30 am NET Create
Sat. 03/11/17, 5:30 pm NET World
Sun. 03/12/17, 7:30 am NET
Sun. 03/12/17, 1:00 pm NET
Mon. 03/13/17, 8:30 pm NET
Tues. 03/14/17, 1:30 am NET
Tues. 03/14/17, 8:30 pm NET Create
Thurs. 03/16/17, 9:00 pm NET World
Sat. 03/18/17, 3:00 pm NET Create
Sun. 03/19/17, 3:30 pm NET Create
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March 11 - Elaine Behrends & Friends

March 25 - Kathy Dovel & Friends

*SUNDAY, April 9 - Palm Sunday Gospel Show

April 15 - Ken Brinton & Friends

April 29 - Jeanette Hill & August Moon Band

May 13 - Rayne Magill & Friends

May 27 - Bill Hill & Fine Wine Band

June 10 -Rick & Harriette Andersen & Jackie Shewey

June 24 - Frank Bigelow & Friends

July 8 - Dirty River Ramblers

July 22 - Rodger Roberts & Friends

August 5 - George Pierce & Friends

August 19 - Almost Good, John & Bonnie Stephens

September 2 - Jamie Williams & Friends

September 16 - Irish Donahoo & Ty Seeger

September 30 -Fred Larson & Friends

October 14 - Anniversary Show

October 28 - Larry Hansen & Friends

November 11 - Warren Brewer & Friends

November 25 - Plum Tuckered

December 9 - Christmas Show for Young Musicians



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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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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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