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Murray Newsletter - October 11, 2017

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Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

Joseph Fort Newton
American minister






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Condolences to the Family of

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LaVonne Beil

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LaVonne Beil passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Friday, October 27th, 2017,
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Murray Christian Church
304 West Young Street
Murray, NE
Funeral service:  
Saturday, October 28th, 2017,
also at Murray Christian Church.

More details here:




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 Child Support Payment Center to Open Tuesday
in New Offices on Ninth Street

Lincoln, Neb. (October 4, 2017) – The Nebraska Child Support Payment Center will open for business Tuesday, October 10, in a new location in the Heritage Square Office Building at 421 S. Ninth St. in downtown Lincoln.

The new location is just a block and a half from the Child Support Payment Center’s previous location at 233 S. Tenth St., its home since it opened in 2001. Business will be conducted as usual at the current location until 3 p.m. Friday, October 6. The new office will be open for business at 8 a.m. Tuesday, October 10. State offices, including the Child Support Payment Center, are closed Monday in recognition of Columbus Day.

The Child Support Payment Center, a division of the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office, is responsible for collecting and disbursing child support payments through an interagency agreement with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). DHHS and county attorneys are charged with enforcement of non-custodial parents’ responsibilities for child support.
“This new location in downtown Lincoln is well suited to the Child Support Payment Center’s scaled-down needs and will be convenient for non-custodial parents paying child support,” said State Treasurer Don Stenberg. “Greater reliance on the electronic transfer of money through the years has enabled the center to reduce both its workforce and the space required for its operation and still serve families well.”

Inside the north entrance to the Heritage Square location, a walk-up window will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to accept cashiers’ checks and money orders and to help non-custodial parents making payments at the center’s self-serve kiosk. The kiosk will be accessible before and after business hours as well, from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. seven days a week. It is located in an inside lobby with a security camera at the north entrance.

Metered parking will be available on Eighth and Ninth streets, and one handicapped parking stall will be reserved near the entrance to the building.

The new location offers 5,500 square feet of space and is available to the Treasurer’s Office through a space allocation agreement with the State Building Division of the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services. The center’s current location includes 7,000 square feet.
“The Nebraska Child Support Payment Center has been at the forefront of adapting technology to improve efficiency and security and to lower the cost of receiving and disbursing child support payments, while at the same time ensuring that families promptly receive the child support to which they are entitled,” Stenberg said.

Today 82 percent of all child support payments are received electronically—compared with 14 percent in 2002, the first full year of operation—and 98 percent of all child support payments are distributed electronically—compared with 41 percent in the beginning.






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Murray Christian Church is seeking to borrow the stained-glass windows and any other memorabilia from the former church when it was located on Highway 1, near the railroad overpass.

If you have any of these items, or know someone who does, please call 402-296-4362 or 402-658-0304.

Thank you!

(The above photo is NOT an actual item the church is looking for.)



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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 need to order soon. Download an order form with complete directions and contact information here.

Thank you for helping to make this vision possible!





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‘Boeing Boeing’ Ready for Take Off at the Lofte Theatre!

The Lofte Community Theatre announces the opening of its Fall farce, Marc Camoletti’s fast-paced comedy, ‘Boeing Boeing!’ The production opens Saturday, October 14 on the Lofte’s main stage.

Set in the bustling1960s, Bernard is a swinging bachelor who has the world on a string: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses whom are all engaged to him at the same time without knowing about each other. However, Bernard’s life encounters turbulence when his friend Robert comes for a visit and a new speedier Boeing jet throws off his carefully planned itinerary. Catastrophe looms when all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and friend Robert keeps forgetting what helpful lies he’s told to whom!

Starring in the show as the troubled Bernard is Doug Rothgeb of Omaha. His best friend Robert is played by Robert Carrera of Bellevue. The bevy of beautiful stewardesses are played by Aubree Sweeney of Plattsmouth, Brenna Thompson of Lincoln and Abigail Fletcher of Omaha. Fan favorite Melinda Mead of Plattsmouth plays the bad-tempered housekeeper, Berthe.

Directed by Kevin Colbert, production dates are October 14, 15, 19-22 and 27-29. Thursday through Saturday curtain times are 7pm. Sunday performances are 2pm matinees. Tickets are $19 each and advance reservations can be made by calling the Lofte box office at 402.234.2553.

Pictured in front: Brenna Thompson (Lincoln) and Aubree Sweeney (Plattsmouth) and in back row, Melinda Mead (Plattsmouth), Robert Carrera (Bellevue), Doug Rothgeb (Omaha) and Abigail Fletcher (Omaha).

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Bloom Where You're Planted Farm's

13th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Sept. 30-Oct. 29

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

For a third year in a row we are keeping admission at $6.00/person!
Ages 2 & under are free, and there's no charge to come shop the store
and pumpkin barn or swing into the Schoolhouse Cafe for some
yummy lunch or homemade fall treats.

The pumpkins in the U-pick patch are looking GREAT and we're working
hard to make sure everything on the farm is just perfect for you to
create special memories with your family and friends this fall!

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*21st Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee

Sunday, October 15, 2017

2:30 PM

Downstairs in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse

Greenblatt & Seay proudly announce the 21st ANNUAL SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLING BEE. This historical, hysterical event will take place on Sunday, October 15, at 2:30 PM, downstairs in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.

In the Open Division, fiddlers will play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice. There will also be other divisions of competition available for the adventurous fiddlers, including a Twin Fiddler's Contest, and a Fee-Fi-Faux Fiddler's Contest (fiddle tunes played on any instrument other than a fiddle).

Registration for contestants starts at 1:30 PM. For more information, log on to:

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and $1.00 for children. Fiddlers and their back-ups are admitted for free. The contest will be followed by a light snack and an acoustic jam session with Greenblatt & Seay.

For more information, call 402-275-3221, log on to, or e-mail

Seating is limited.

.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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Now THIS is Something Pretty Cool!

The Memory Lane Museum, 215 W. Eldora, in Weeping Water, NE is currently hosting a display of items from the collection of WW resident, 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.

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:      

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.






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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Adult Education finds new home at First Presbyterian Church

Plattsmouth’s Adult Education Program, including Adult Education, GED, and English Language classes, have a spacious new home in the First Presbyterian Church CE Building at 701 Chicago Avenue, Plattsmouth. The CE Building is the smaller of the Church’s two buildings.

“We have two large and comfortable rooms for classes this school year. We feel very happy to have room to move around easily and keep learning materials where students can readily use them. We have additional student-use computers as well,” said Program Director Tallie VanWesten. “We are grateful for this excellent new space and the First Presbyterian Church’s welcome.”

Classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each week. Classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. 5 with orientation sessions. Orientation for the morning class will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until noon. Evening class orientation begins from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is a good time to complete the required paperwork, set up your computer-study accounts, and share your learning goals. Teachers will be available to answer questions during orientation. New students and returning students should attend orientation. Get your school year off to an excellent start at orientation.

Morning and evening classes started Thursday, Sept. 7 at the same times listed above.

For more information about Adult Education, polishing your math, language, science and social studies skills; GED classes and testing; and English language classes; call Program Director Tallie Van Westen at 402-296-3174 Ext. 2315.

Classes are free. Everyone is welcome. Start your adult education classes in our new location. Now is the time!



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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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