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Murray Newsletter - May 10, 2017


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Last October 20, 2016, as children were anxiously anticipating Halloween and lots of trick-or-treating, a beautiful, young family of six perished in the night, as their rural home went up in flames. Four little girls, Elli, Adilynn, Emma, ages 11, 7 and 5, were students at Conestoga Elementary and had many friends, in and around the surrounding area, as did their baby sister, Anniston, 2, and their parents, Mike and Michelle Speer.

In honor of her family, JoLynne Lehan, Mike's mom, has directed that donations go to Conestoga's outdoor classroom, Cougar Hollow. With the four little girls' love of performing, playing and being out-of-doors exploring nature, in mind, the new additions for this special area will include a pavilion for outdoor instruments, a chalkboard and chairs. A memorial fountain will be added at a later date.

A brick walking path will direct visitors to this special area. If you would like to honor this family with a loving tribute, you may purchase a memorial brick paver for $75. You may add any name to be engraved on the brick. There is space for 3 rows, with each row including a total of 14 characters, (including spaces). The clock is ticking...you need to order soon. Download an order form with complete directions here.

Thank you for helping to make this vision possible!


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Contact Burnie Stedman, 402-269-3010, with banquet questions.

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Every community has that certain someone who is a ‘shining star’, a perfect example of the phrase, ‘good neighbor’.  These people might or might not belong to any certain civic organization, group, or church, they might even be related to you, and they’re always willing to help whenever and wherever they see a need.  Whether young or old, male or female, they unselfishly go through life, demonstrating the quality of good citizenship, caring for one another, with love of their fellow man and country, while never expecting any recognition for their deeds.  It could be a neighbor, teacher, business person or couple who’s made a positive influence in the lives of others.

If you know someone like this, please consider nominating them for the


Download the form by clicking the link above or here.



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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's rummage sale on May 19th and 20th. Items must be clean and in good or repairable condition.   

 You can deliver your items to the Murray Christian Church, 304 W. Young Street, on Thursday, May 18th, between 3 and 8 p.m.  If you cannot bring your items to the church, call one of the numbers below and we'll arrange to pick them up for you!

Sorry, but we cannot accept tv's, computers or clothes. 

Proceeds will help offset expenses for Murray's 4th of July celebration. 

Thank you!! 

Call President, John Hensch, 402-616-1367
Secretary, Pat Zeigler, at 402-235-2926 for details.



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2018 One Book One Nebraska

Book Nominations Sought

What book would you suggest that all Nebraskans read next year? Nebraska readers are invited to make recommendations for the 2018 One Book One Nebraska book selection. The Nebraska Center for the Book will consider books written by a Nebraska author (living or dead/with current or former residence in the state) or books that have a Nebraska theme or setting. Books should have a broad appeal to readers across Nebraska and lend well to group book discussion. Books may be fiction, non-fiction, biography, memoir, or poetry. They must be in print and readily available.

The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2017. Book recommendations can be sent via e-mail at nlc.ask@nebraska.gov or via the U.S. Postal Service to The Nebraska Center for the Book One Book One Nebraska, c/o Nebraska Library Commission Reference Services, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE, 68508-2023. Nominations can also be submitted online at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/obon-nomination.asp.

The Nebraska Center for the Book will announce the 2018 One Book One Nebraska choice at the Fall Celebration of Nebraska Books. The Celebration will include a 2017 One Book One Nebraska program, Jane Pope Geske Award and Mildred Bennett Award presentations, and the Nebraska Book Awards Ceremony, with author readings and signings. The Celebration will be preceded by the Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting.

The One Book One Nebraska reading program is enjoying its thirteenth year. Nebraskans across the state are reading and discussing Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt (1881-1973), the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people. The Nebraska Center for the Book sponsors One Book One Nebraska to demonstrate how books and reading connect people across time and place. The 2017 One Book One Nebraska program is co-sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, University of Nebraska Press, The John G. Neihardt Foundation, and Nebraska Library Commission. For information about One Book One Nebraska, including current and previous book selections, see http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/onebook.html or join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OneBookOneNebraska.

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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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.  With Spring now here, they also need lighter clothing, shorts, short-sleeved shirts and tops, sundresses, etc.

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

You may donate items at any time through May. There 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  




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Last weekend over 50 women of all ages attended the first Princess Balls at Havenmakers Building at 129 Main Louisville Ne. This was a fundraiser for Open Door Mission Kids to Camp program where homeless children are provided daily activities throughout the summer. Hosted by Havenmakers Group with Nebraska Realty, it raised $2,000 that will allow over 40 kids to participate in the program. Jeanne Anderson, event host, states "this is going to be an annual event.

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There was amazing support in the community with people attending from Omaha to Lincoln and many surrounding towns. It was truly an event where women of all ages could just dance, interact, and have a 'ball'!  It was uplifting to seeing Grandmother's dancing with grandchildren.

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Good business connections were made as well for many entrepreneurs in attendance. Activities were donated by generous women-owned businesses, including shirt-making by Simply Styled- Becky Robbins, Pearly Bubbles by Jen Carlson and face painting by Beyond My Eyes -Nicole Stackpole.

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Even our top notch DJs were local female artists. D.J. Olivia Minchow and Valerie Knott taught the young princesses some fun dances and kept the older ones dancing until midnight. We can't wait until next year to see what this community of women can come up with!

Thank you to Jeanne Anderson for submitting the story and photos!



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Sunday, May 14, 2:30 PM, Greenblatt & Seay Songbook, Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE

Thursday, June 1, 7:30 PM, David in “Train Songs”, Burlington Station, Red Cloud, NE

Sunday, June 11, 1 PM - 3 PM, Greenblatt & Seay, In Concert, Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Elmwood Park, Omaha, NE (FREE!)

Saturday, July 22, 11 AM & 2 PM, David, In Concert/Harmonica Workshop, Ash Hollow, Lewellen, NE

Saturday, August 19, 1 PM & 2:15 PM, David, In Concert, Sidney, NE




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Fiddle Camps in Nebraska

Registration is now open for the 2017 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler. The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

The June Camp (Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 16) is for folks who consider themselves beginners. The July Camp (Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14) is for folks who consider themselves intermediate or advanced. Enrollment is limited to 10 fiddlers for each week, so that everyone will get individual attention.

Each camp day hours are from 9 am - noon.

$60.00 fee for 1 day.
$110.00 fee for 2 days. ($55 per day)
$150.00 fee for 3 days. ($50 per day)
$180.00 fee for 4 days. ($45 per day)
$200.00 fee for 5 days. ($40 per day)

For more information, e-mail Deborah at debby@greenblattandseay.com.

To register on line, log on to:http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp.shtml



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Now THIS is Something Pretty Cool!

Soon, the Memory Lane Museum, 215 W. Eldora, in Weeping Water, NE will be hosting a display of items from the collection of Kevin Brack.

For several years, Kevin has been collecting memorabilia from celebrities in the sports, TV, movie and music worlds. Some of the items to be displayed this season will be guitars from Sting and Taylor Swift, Debra Winger's 'Wonder Girl' costume, Ken Norton's boxing trunks and robe, signed baseballs and an evening gown from Katherine Heigl. From the movie 'Blindside', there's even a basketball hoop and jersey worn by country music star Tim McGraw. Oh, now give me a letter.  'V'.....YES! There's even a gown from Vanna White! Many TV show scripts, signed by cast members, will also be on display.

Beginning Tuesday, May 2nd, and each Tuesday thru Saturday thru the end of October, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  They'll be closed Sundays and Mondays. To make a special appointment to view Memory Laneduring off-hours, call 402-297-1820, 402-267-4925 or 402-267-5562.

The Brack collection isn't the only thing going on at Memory Lane. On the 3rd Wednesday of each month from April through October will be the Brown Bag Lunch programs. A guest speaker will give a one-hour presentation, from noon to 1:00, on a  different topic each month.  

This season's topics and speakers are:  

May 17 - Pioneering in Nebraska, by Richard Hoback  

June 21 - All About Bees & Bee Keeping, by Randy Cumming from Omaha Bee Club  

July 19 Beth Streeter Aldrich House & New Gardens by Kirk Shrader  

August 16, Fraud Watch Network by Chris Erwinski from AARP  

September 20 - Fused Glass & Demonstration by Pam Newell

October 18 - About Essential Oils by Stephanie Wolcott.  

Programs are subject to change, so you may want to call ahead for information at 402-267-5562.

For genealogists, Memory Lane Museum also has plot information and a map for the Oakwood Cemetery.



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2017 03 29 MDK OxbowVetCamp

Junior Vet Camp
For students completing 2nd - 5th grades

The Oxbow Junior Veterinarian Camp is designed especially for children who have a passion for animals and veterinary medicine.

The 4-day camp includes many hands-on activities involving live animals, games and unique crafts.

Campers learn about veterinary tools, x-rays, body systems and functions, and important issues like animal over-population. In addition, they also get to practice activities like real veterinarians perform, including record-keeping and animal health exams.

At the end of camp, they perform a mock surgery, using all that they’ve learned. Campers get their very own set of scrubs and a stethoscope to take home.

Elmwood-Murdock Elementary School (Elmwood, NE) June 5 - 8

I have a special attachment for this camp as I worked at Oxbow Animal Health for many years and this was a project I helped start. Any child who loves animals would love this camp.

For more information and registration visit the Oxbow Academy website.


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*Acoustic Music (No cover charge)

** Band ($6 cover unless otherwise marked)



28 *Acoustic Rooster (fun, fun!!)


2 ** Claudia Nygaard (Nashville Recording Artist, $12 cover)

3 * Dan Bird (Stargazing after the concert weather permitting!)

9 * Lucas Minor (great guitar and modern country sounds)

10 **Sandy Creek (country & Bluegrass)

16 * Kathy Logan (they call her Jumpin' Kate)

17 **Tracy Skretta with SkreTTa, ETC. (classic rock)

23 * Kevin Killion (one of our favorites for the past 9 summers!)

24 **Cajunfest with Swampboy ($10 cover includes free beer)

30 * Pizza Delivery Guyz (the pizza oven will be goin')


1 ** Tribute to Johnny Cash (duh, this is self explanatory!)

2 ** Bill Chrastil (this guy does award winning impersonations!)

7 * Dave Berman Acoustic (new guy on the block, great talent!)

8 ** Tribute to Jimmy Buffett Band (wear your island gear!)

14 **Lucas Minor and The Country Mile (country)

15 **Private Stock (variety, classic rock, blues)

21 *Tony & Walt (great listening music!)

22 ** Toasted Ponies (Bluegrass)

28 * Dustin West Acoustic (should be great, like his tribute bands)

29 ** Osage (3 piece classic rock)


4 *Dan Bird (a new one on our line up... sounds good!)

5 ** Ed Archibald (smooth Jazz, saxaphone and full band)

11 * Kevin Killion (one of our favorites!)

12 ** Daybreak Rock N Roll Show (Rock)

18 * Acoustic Rooster (acoustic, yes, but you can dance to these guys!)

19 ** Silver Wings (Classic Country)

25 * Tom & Wes (great duo!)

26 **Classic Crossing (aka Vinyl Spirit, classic rock)


1  Tribute to John Denver (You guessed it! For all you 70's lovers)



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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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Plattsmouth Adult EducationAdds 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. - noon and 6:30- 9 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 MahonyEmployment and Training CoordinatorExperience Works, Inc.1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job CenterLincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-1654Fax: 402-441-6038stephanie_mahony@experienceworks.orgNebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526

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