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Murray Newsletter - October 25, 2017



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Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,

For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

― William Shakespeare






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Volunteers will be meeting

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7 pm
Murray Town Hall
106 W Main St
Murray, NE

We're anxious to hear your ideas for the next 4th of July celebration!

Come and help us plan for this fun celebration!  

Please mark your calendars for the first Tuesday of every month, 7 pm, Murray Town Hall for these meetings.  Hope to see you there!



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Photo above is some of what my daughter, Tricia,  canned this fall.
The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art,
one of the joys of civilized living.

Dione Lucas
1909 - 1971
Food writer, teacher, Cordon Bleu graduate


Here's a recipe that my mom and grandma used to make.  So gather all those green tomatoes before the frost gets them!  



Grind or chop into very fine pieces:

24 large, green tomatoes
8 medium onions
2 red bell peppers
3 green peppers 

Drain well; squeeze out juice.  

In large pan, mix vegetables with:

3 Tbl mustard seed  
2 Tbl celery seed
4 c sugar (or to taste)
4 Tbl salt
3 to 4 c apple cider vinegar, (depending on taste).  

Boil for 30 minutes, pack while hot into sterilized jars.

(Sorry I can't remember how much this made.  Just have a bunch of jars, clean, hot and ready to go.  Mom always put it in pints, but you can also put them in half-pint jars.)  




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:




The mug of cider simmered slow,
The apples sputtered in a row,
And, close at hand, the basket stood
With nuts from brown October’s wood.

John Greenleaf Whittier


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Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry

Chosen as 2018 One Book One Nebraska


People across Nebraska are encouraged to read the work of Nebraska poets in 2018—and then talk about the poems with their friends and neighbors. Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry (The Backwaters Press, 2007) edited by Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell was selected as the 2018 One Book One Nebraska at the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 21.

Poems by more than eighty contemporary Nebraska poets are featured in the collection. This includes Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States Ted Kooser, Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen, former State Poet William Kloefkorn, several poets who have had their poems read on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac (Greg Kuzma, Marjorie Saiser, Grace Bauer, and Greg Kosmicki), and widely noted poets Hilda Raz, Roy Scheele, Steve Langan, and many others.

Libraries across Nebraska will join other literary and cultural organizations in planning book discussions, activities, and events that will encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book. Support materials to assist with local reading/discussion activities will be available after January 1, 2018 at Updates and activity listings will be posted on the One Book One Nebraska Facebook page at

2018 will mark the fourteenth year of the One Book One Nebraska reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting.

One Book One Nebraska is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission. The Nebraska Center for the Book 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 housed at and 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,




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Leonard Bernstein, composer, conductor and educator, said:

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

(Thanks to Debbie Greenblatt for sending this.)



Thirteen fiddlers from Auburn, Avoca, Bellevue, Lincoln, and Omaha, journeyed south on the 13-C spur to Avoca, Nebraska to participate in the 21st Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee. There were three categories of competition to show off the fiddlers expertise, talent, and humor in front of an appreciate audience. Here are the results:

Open Division:
1st Place, Grace Dowd, from Lincoln
2nd Place, Lydia Regier, from Lincoln
3rd Place, Gabriel Marks, from Lincoln

Twin Fiddler’s Contest:
1st Place, Kathleen Brousek & Olivia York, from Bellevue
2nd Place, Emma & John Ackerman, from Auburn
3rd Place, Dorothy Marks & Grace Dowd, from Lincoln

Fee-Fi-Faux Fiddle Contest:
1st Place, Grace Dowd, flutist from Lincoln
2nd Place, Patrick Marks, guitarist from Lincoln
3rd Place, Dorothy Marks, mandolinist from Lincoln

It was quite the afternoon, with lots of musical magic in the air that continued on through the jam session, and lingers in the corners of The Old Avoca Schoolhouse.



Friday, November 10, 1:30 PM, Greenblatt & Seay & Blumkin Residents and Friedel Students, “Noah’s Ark”, Jewish Community Center Theater, Omaha, NE

Sunday, November 12, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Performance Series, Greenblatt & Seay & Friends, Wedding Music, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE (

Sunday, March 11, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Performance Series, Greenblatt & Seay & Friends, Irish/Celtic Music, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE (

Wednesday, March 14 - Friday, March 16, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddle Camp, for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, recorder players, and ukulele players (For more information, and to register, send an e-mail to Debby at


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

The Lofte Community Theatre announces its Fall farce, Marc Camoletti’s fast-paced comedy, ‘Boeing Boeing!’ 

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 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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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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