We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Preamble to the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
In early June of 1776, it became very clear that independence from Great Britain was crucial. After weeks of meetings, revision of a document declaring independence took place all through July 3rd and into mid-day of July 4. Finally, the
of the United States had become official.
Liberty Enlightening the World
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
November 2, 1883
Per Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Definition of *exile
1 a : the state or a period of forced absence from one's country or home
b : the state or a period of voluntary absence from one's country or home
2 : a person who is in exile
**Definition of refuge
1 : shelter or protection from danger or distress
2 : a place that provides shelter or protection
3 : something to which one has recourse in difficulty
MURRAY FREEDOM FESTIVAL, MURRAY, NE
JULY 4th, 2018
COME HAVE SOME BIG FUN in SMALL TOWN, USA!
The Freedom Festival 5K is a fun run for any age. This run takes you on a scenic route around the small town of Murray.
You may still register the day of the race, July 4, 2018, starting at 7:00 a.m., however registrations after June 15th are not guaranteed a t-shirt.
There will be fruit and water available for the runners.
Race starts at 8:00a.m. at Young Memorial Park in Murray, NE, July 4th.
Ages 5 and Under= Free
Ages 19- 55= $25
Ages 56 and Older= $20
If you have any questions, please contact Chad and April at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual MURRAY FREEDOM FESTIVAL parade takes place on July 4. The parade route starts at Conestoga Elementary, goes one block east to Railroad Avenue, then west on Young Street, ending at Young Memorial Park.
No pre-registration required.
Parade line-up begins at 6:00 PM.
The parade starts at 6:30 PM.
To become a part of the parade, just go to the parade line-up.
Anyone - school groups, bands, civic groups, families, businesses, etc. with tractors, horses, neat old cars, dogs, strollers, bicycles and so on, is welcome to participate!
Come join the fun!
NOW OPEN in MURRAY!
A big WELCOME to new owners, Spencer and Natalie Vampola, who opened the doors for customers to their new business, the
on July 2, 2018!
Located at the the former home of the Firehouse Bar and Grill, 104 E Main Street, Murray, NE, the kitchen will be open
Monday thru Saturday, 11 am - 8 pm
Friday and Saturday, 11 am - 9 pm.
The menu will be limited for a short time, but we can testify that the chicken sandwich, cheeseburger and fries were great!
Keno will be coming to the Crow's Nest, also, as soon as the state gives its' stamp of approval to all the necessary red tape.
It's always great when new business comes to our small towns and villages. Remember that small businesses can only continue to survive when they're patronized. When you stop in to welcome Spencer and Natalie to Murray, please wish them luck in their new venture.
For more information, call the Crow's Nest at 402-235-3300.
(The Crow's Nest will be open on July 4th.)
Nebraska Treasurer Wants to
Return Military Medals to Rightful Owners
Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg reminds Nebraskans to check unclaimed property records for money they may be owed, as well as for loved ones’ military medals that may have been stored in safe deposit boxes.
“Every year, our Unclaimed Property Division receives the contents of more than 200 safe deposit boxes from Nebraska banks. The contents often include jewelry, watches, savings bonds, and personal documents, as well as medals earned in school, at work, from fraternal organizations, and occasionally in military service,” Stenberg said.
To date, the Treasurer’s Office is holding six military medals from four safe deposit boxes turned over to the state, Stenberg said. The medals, the names of the owners listed on the safe deposit boxes, and the years the Treasurer’s Office received the medals include the following:
· Mary Turner and Patsy Turner, Lincoln, U.S. Navy Fidelity, Zeal, Obedience, 2016.
· Marijane Austin, Plattsmouth, U.S. Armed Forces Expeditionary Service and National Defense, 2011.
· Adrian Perry and Andre Perry, Bellevue, two medals for Military Merit, 2011.
· No owner listed, Rifle and Grenade, 1991.
“We would very much like to find the rightful owners of these medals and return them to their owners or their families,” Stenberg said. “These medals are tangible reminders of the sacrifices made throughout our history by our brave men and women in the service of our country. In particular during this Fourth of July holiday, we offer our gratitude.”
Military medals turned over to the Treasurer’s Office are held for at least 10 years in the name of the safe deposit box owner. After 10 years, if the owner has not been located, the Treasurer’s Office may give the medal to a designated custodian for safekeeping, Stenberg said. The Treasurer’s policy, however, is to retain possession of all military medals until they are claimed by the owner or the owner’s family.
Stenberg said a law passed by the Legislature in 2012 requires that any military medal removed from a safe deposit box or any other safekeeping repository – when the lease has expired because of failure to pay rent – be retained by the bank and eventually turned over to the State Treasurer after the required dormancy period.
After 10 years, the Treasurer then may turn over the medal for safekeeping to a veteran’s organization, a government entity, or the organization that awarded the medal. The Treasurer’s Office holds all military medals in the names of the owners of the safe deposit boxes and does not include military medals in its online auction of safe deposit boxes. The office’s last auction was last October.
Ways to search for unclaimed property and file claims include the following:
Check the Treasurer’s website at treasurer.nebraska.gov. Type a name in the search box on the home page or click on the Unclaimed Property tab at the top of the page.
For amounts less than $500, owners may file claims online through the website.
For an amount greater than $500, an owner may complete the claim form on the website and mail to the State Treasurer’s Office, Unclaimed Property Division, 809 P St., Lincoln, NE 68508-1390. The form must be notarized.
Call the Unclaimed Property Division at 1-877-572-9688 toll free or 402-471-8497. Calls are taken 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.
Visit the Unclaimed Property office at 809 P Street in Lincoln or in Suite 2005 of the Capitol. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. An owner should bring a driver’s license and Social Security card.
If filing on behalf of a deceased family member for an amount greater than $500, the owner must provide documentation including a will, death certificate, obituary notice, and personal representative documents.
The Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office is searching for the rightful owners of military medals, including these, top two, Military Merit; bottom row, left to right, Rifle and Grenade; U.S. Armed Forces Expeditionary Service and National Defense; and U.S. Navy Fidelity, Zeal, Obedience.
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AUGUST 1, 2018
NOON - 6 PM
Murray Christian Church
304 W Young St
Murray, NE 68409
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Treasurer Stenberg Encourages Young Readers, Nebraska Libraries To Participate in NEST Read to Win $529 Drawing
Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg is encouraging Nebraska youth ages 3 to 18 to take part in the summer reading programs at their local libraries for an opportunity to win a $529 NEST college savings account. He also is encouraging all Nebraska libraries to make the NEST Read to Win $529 Drawing available to their patrons.
Stenberg, who is Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, announced the Read to Win $529 Drawing in May at the Kearney Public Library. With him were Sally Snyder of the Nebraska Library Commission and Shawntel Daniell of First National Bank, Kearney.
“The Read to Win $529 Drawing is an exciting opportunity for parents to learn more about our excellent state-sponsored college savings program and for young readers to start or add to their college savings accounts. If you haven’t heard about the Read to Win $529 Drawing at your local library, ask your librarian more about it,” Stenberg said.
Children and teens may participate in the Read to Win $529 drawing by completing their local libraries’ requirements for the summer reading program and registering through their local libraries before August 22. Fifteen summer readers between the ages of 3 and 18 will be selected in a random drawing to win a $529 contribution each to a NEST 529 College Savings account. Five winners will be selected from each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts. The library of each winner also will receive a $250 contribution from NEST.
Winners will be invited to a recognition event this fall in the Capitol. Money for the Read to Win $529 Drawing is provided by First National Bank of Omaha, Program Manager for NEST.
Stenberg said 13,960 children, who were summer readers at 53 libraries, participated in the NEST drawing last year. He would like to see an increase in both the number of children entering the drawing and the number of libraries participating.
“Libraries large and small can offer this drawing at little extra effort on their part. We would particularly like to see libraries in mid-size cities that did not participate last year sign up this year,” Stenberg said. Details are available on the Nebraska Library Commission website at nlc.nebraska.gov.
“At NEST, we recognize the role that reading plays in a child’s educational success and life-long love of learning. We are committed to helping families prepare financially for their children’s educational futures through our tax-advantaged NEST 529 college savings plans and the multiple scholarship opportunities we offer,” Stenberg said.
“Read to Win is an easy contest to enter. While children are having fun choosing books to read by themselves or in family groups and completing their libraries’ summer reading requirements, they also can be entered in the Read to Win $529 Drawing. Only a parent’s signature is required. Nothing more,” he said.
Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner said, “NEST Read to Win $529 is an excellent incentive for Nebraska Summer Reading Program participants and a great way to bring awareness to Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans. Young readers become lifelong learners, and we anticipate that this summer more Nebraska libraries will encourage their summer readers to participate in this opportunity to benefit from college savings plans when they advance to higher education.”
Read to Win contest rules are available at www.NEST529.com. Click on “Grow” and select “Scholarships & Rewards.” Rules also are available at https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships/
Information on the Nebraska Summer Reading Program is available at local libraries or at the Nebraska Library Commission’s website at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/youth/summerreading/.
About Nebraska Library Commission
As Nebraska’s 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. Visit nlc.nebraska.gov.
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 251,000 accounts, including 76,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529Advisor.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank 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 more than $21 billion in 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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Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg at the Kearney Public Library to announce the Read to Win $529 Drawing. With him, from left, are Shawntel Daniell, First National Bank, Kearney; Sally Snyder, Nebraska Library Commission; and Matthew Williams, Director, Kearney Public Library.
Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg reads to three of his grandchildren at the Kearney Public Library.
SAVE THE DATE-
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18!
2nd ANNUAL FUN RUN FUNDRAISER
MURRAY FIRE DEPT
Donations for prizes are needed for the top run finishers in male, female and youth categories.
Ideas would be gift cards or monies to purchase awards or prizes.
Kids, ask your group, Scouts, 4-H, church youth group, or just a bunch of your friends to volunteer to cheer the runners on!
It is a 'hilly' run so runners appreciate the encouragement!
Food and beverages are needed to supply the hungry racers after the race.
Also, can we get any volunteers to set up and tear down the course with cones, tables and water, etc.?
Spread the word by posting to your social pages and sharing with friends and family!
If you want to be part of this event in any way, please contact Theresa McClatchey at email@example.com or 402-651-6068.
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.EVENTS IN NEIGHBORING TOWNS:..
LUCAS MINOR is a local, talented, musician who grew up in Murray, NE, attending Conestoga Elementary and Jr-High. At the start of 9th grade, he moved and went to high school in Bellevue, NE.
Lucas has been performing publicly for about 4 years. He started taking piano lessons when he was 6 years old, played clarinet in marching band competition all through high school and is self-taught on guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and other instruments.
As a member of the country gospel group, Visual Faith, for about 2 years, Lucas performed beatboxing and played keyboard and guitar at churches and other area events. He also recently sang 'Go Rest High on the Mountain' at one of his beloved, adopted-grandma’s funeral.
Some of the venues where he and his band have performed are at Murray's Freedom Festival; PlaMor Ballroom, Lincoln; Buck's Bar & Grill, Venice, NE; Bushwackers, Omaha; Cruising’ Main, Hop Yard and DJ's Dugout, Plattsmouth; Lorton Lounge, Lorton, NE; Kabo's, Beatrice, NE; Corner Bar, Fremont, NE; and at the Applejack Festival and Table Creek Golf Course in Nebraska City, among many other venues and private parties. He and the band are currently touring the upper Midwest, going into Colorado, Wyoming and both North and South Dakota.
Songwriting is one of Luke's greatest pleasures. Performing both individually and with his band, they've entertained many with both cover music and his own songs - one of which was in the nation-wide Lake of the Ozarks Radio contest last fall. Of the 53 songs entered, his 'Dirt Road', went to number 3 and stayed among the top 8 rankings for 5 weeks of the 8-week-long contest. Another, Conestoga Road, is about growing up in Murray, going to church and football games. He also writes about his experiences traveling and performing on the road. Two of the fan favorites are 'Highway 50 Blues' and 'Honky Tonks and Cheap Cigars'.
You may contact Lucas directly to see about scheduling him and/or his band for your upcoming event.
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GERMANFEST SCHEDULE HERE!.
MAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
MON - SAT 9 - 6
SUN 9 - 5
Best Director, Miles Forman, signed photo and script from 'The People vs Larry Flynt'. Jessica Lange's gray scarf and script from 'Rob Roy'.
Also, Lange's multi-color scarf worn in the movie 'Blue Sky', for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
One of Joan Fontaine's personal evening gowns.
Josh Brolin's screen-worn costume from the film 'No Country for Old Men'.
Anthony Hopkins' tuxedo he wore in the movie 'Nixon'.
Registration is now open for the Schoolhouse Summer Fiddle Camps in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska.
Summer Camp 2:
Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 13, 2017,
9 AM - Noon
For fiddlers who consider themselves intermediate or advanced.
Wednesday, August 1 - Friday, August 3, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Scandinavian Fiddle Camp, for folks who are interested in exploring the music of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland
2018 Audition Dates Announced at the Lofte Theatre
Show Audition Dates Production Dates:
Hilda's Yard - July 30 & 31, Sept. 7-16
Guys On Ice - Sept. 10 & 11, Oct. 13-28
Nuncrackers - Oct. 22 & 23, Dec. 1-16
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LENDING PROGRAM
The Great Plains Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association has a wonderful instrument lending program, so please share this information with folks that you know. Here is the information from Jim Wood:
"We are in full swing looking for kids ages 5 to 16 who want to learn to play a bluegrass/old time instrument!
The instruments we are lending include guitar, fiddles of different sizes, banjo, and mandolin, and have recently been gifted with a fine Dobro, thanks to Doug Van Horn.
These instruments may be borrowed for a year as long as the learner has a mentor from our music association.
The mentor will be selected by the student and parent.
This mentor will give the Instrument lending committee a report of progress every three months."
If you wish to get an application to this Lending program, please contact Jim Wood at 402-397-4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 13, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for “Intermediate and Advanced” players.
For more information, and to register for any camps or workshops, send an e-mail to Debbyatdebby@greenblattandseay.com.
Here’s a link to a video glimpse of our lives, as documented by Jared Kennedy-who-asks-hard-questions, Communications Manager for the Nebraska Arts Council:
Hope's Closet Hours:
M - F, 10-4
ARE YOU 55+
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 MahonyEmployment and Training CoordinatorExperience Works, Inc.1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job CenterLincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-1654Fax: email@example.comNebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.
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