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Murray Newsletter - July 11, 2018

2014 07 31 FLAG HEART.

It really was a hot time in the old town of Murray during the 


on July 4th, 2018!  Weather reports were that it was 96*, but with the added humidity it felt like 106*.  

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As every year before, the heat didn't keep the generous donors from supporting our local fire and rescue department for their biggest fundraiser of the year.  Lines were going along the north side of the road on Highway 1, toward the east and wrapped around and behind the rescue vehicles which were displayed in front.

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2018 07 04 Joni Billy

Little Billy could only concentrate on the yummy pancakes he's probably heard about since birth.   I think his mom, Joni, has probably never seen him in such deep concentration!

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The FFA kids kept the line moving swiftly as they served-up hot sausages, pancakes and fruit cups, along with coffee, juice and water.

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The large crowd packed the MVFD garage and they kept coming!

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Little Billy seems to have a one-track mind.  Below, with proud Grandpa Bill, he's wonderng why they've passed up the plates for the pancakes. Hang in there, Billy.  It's not as bad as you make it look and it'll be worth the wait!

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2018 07 04 Mike Njus Miss Murray Sierra Chase

*Above, Pastor Mike Njus announced 2018 Miss Murray, Sierra Chase
at the MVFD pancake breakfast.

2018 07 04 Stan Donna Flak Geo Blessing

**The 2018 Murray Freedom Festival Grand Marshals, Stan and Donna Flak, are pictured to the left of Festival President, George Blessing, Jr., above, who announced the honorees, also during the fire and rescue's annual pancake feed.

2018 07 04 MFF 5K winners

Shortly after the pancake feed was underway, runners took off from Young Park on the 3rd Annual 5K Fun Run.  Pictured above are the finalists of their age groups: Taven Poston, Bella Hogue, Julia Zurek, Brad Thompson, Perry Linn and Ray Valek.

2018 07 04 oozeball spectators

Above, the spectators for the oozeball games started finding a seat in the scarce shade as the games got underway, below.

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After a long day in the mud and sun, the Champs of Oozeball are the DIRTY DIGGERS!

2018 07 04 MFF Dirty Diggers oozeball champs

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Above and below, Murray Christian Church volunteers prepare the kitchen for their annual 4th of July concessions offering a variety of snacks and cool treats.

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Below, grateful customers to the church rest and cool off inside, due to the blistering heat outside.

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Pastor Mike Njus of Murray Christian Church made the announcement of this year's reigning Miss Murray as Sierra Chase.

As a Conestoga graduate, many school and community activities helped to make the choice of Sierra as Miss Murray an easy one.
An excellent student, being on the honor roll for 4 years, she's also been busy in many other activities. Some things that have kept her hopping are cheerleading, serving on various committees, Cheer Camp, Cougar Clean-up Say, volleyball and band.

Sierra says that it's important for boys and girls to realize that what they say and do matters and that, even though you're from a small town, you're still capable of accomplishing big things. She credits the citizens of Murray, MVFD, church leaders and state champion teams for the encouragement to 'think big'.
At the Cass County Fair in August, Sierra will represent Murray for the Miss Cass County title.

We congratulate Sierra and look forward to all the big things she'll accomplish in her life.



This year the Grand Marshal honors go to long-time Murray residents, Mr. and Mrs. Stan Flak.
Donna has lived most of her life in Murray. Stan was born and lived in Chicago for a short time, but after serving in the military, he married Donna and they've lived in Murray for about 50 years.

The couple has seven children from their blended family. Their large family consists of Lenny, Kathy, Terri, Scott, Stan Jr, Donald and Jim.
Donna and Stan have both been active volunteers for Murray Christian Church, several 4th of July events and numerous school activities.

Many Murray residents will recall the wonderful popcorn ball that comes from the Flak kitchen. They estimate that they've made over 25,000, so far, usually making around 600 each Halloween.
Stan has served on the Village Board of Directors for over 11 years, currently as Park commissioner.

Some of the couple's hobbies include working in their yard and garden and including a variety of flowers and plants. They also enjoy working on puzzles, good food and living in this little village of Murray, of which they call 'home'.
Congratulations to the Flaks on receiving this honor to represent your hometown on this 4th of July!


This editor was overcome by the heat and humidity, so was inside from 4:00 on.  Do you have more photos?  We'd like to see some of the Kiddy Karnival, Car Show, Terry Little's entertainment and fireworks, if you have them.

Send more of your Festival stories and photos to for next week's edition!



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2018 07 04 CROWS NEST

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.

Closed Sundays.

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. 



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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 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.

2018 07 04 Military medals

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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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 or 402-651-6068.

Thanks so much!



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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 many churches and other area events. He also recently sang 'Go Rest High on the Mountain' in tribute to one of his beloved, adopted-grandmas at her 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 have recently toured 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.!/bio

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Bubble Soccer is coming back!

Mark your calendar now!

Get your teams together, it's a LOT of fun!

Elmwood Rescue's 4th Annual Bubble Soccer Fundraiser

Sunday, September 9, 2018


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.2018 07 04 WW MEM LANE Brown Bag 1.
2018 07 04 PLT Library music swap.
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.2018 07 04 PLT Senior Center golf.
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2018 05 02 WW Memory Lane Museum

2018 05 16 WW MEMORY LANE memorabilia

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.

2018 05 16 JOAN FONTAINE evening gown

One of Joan Fontaine's personal evening gowns.

2018 05 16 JOSH BROLIN costume No Country for Old Men

Josh Brolin's screen-worn costume from the film 'No Country for Old Men'.

2018 05 16 Anthony Hopkins tux from Nixon

Anthony Hopkins' tuxedo he wore in the movie 'Nixon'.

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2018 04 11 ELM ECC Help Wanted 3


2018 04 11Wilber Czech Fest
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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


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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



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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



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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

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:






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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
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