Murray Newsletter - September 20, 2017
CONDOLENCES to the FAMILY of longtime Murray resident,
Arrangements at Roby Funeral Home, Plattsmouth, NE, www.RobyFuneralHome.com.
Young Readers Invited to Write to Favorite Authors
Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic—explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s view of the world. The 25th annual reflective writing competition is sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and presented in association with affiliate State Centers for the Book with funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Letters About Literature is coordinated an sponsored in Nebraska by the Nebraska Center for the Book and the Nebraska Library Commission, with support from Houchen Bindery, Ltd., Humanities Nebraska, and Chapters Bookstore in Seward.
Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. The Nebraska Center for the Book’s panel of judges will select the top letter writers in the state, to be honored in a proclamation-signing ceremony at the state capitol during National Library Week in April 2018. Their winning letters will be placed in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln. Nebraska winners will receive state prizes, and then advance to the national judging.
A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level (Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8, and Level III for grades 9-12) to receive a $1,000 cash award, to be announced in May 2018. The judges will also select one National Honor winner on each competition level to receive a $200 cash award.
Teachers, librarians, and parents can download free teaching materials on reader response and reflective writing, along with contest details and entry forms, at www.read.gov/letters. Nebraska-specific information (including lists of Nebraska winners of past competitions) is available at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/LAL.html. Get inspired by listening to Nebraska winners, Ashley Xiques and Sydney Kohl, read and talk about and their winning letters to authors that meant something to them in their own lives, see NET Radio’s All About Books(http://netnebraska.org/basic-page/radio/all-about-books). Submissions must be postmarked by December 9, 2017. For more information contact Mary Jo Ryan, MaryJo.Ryan@nebraska.gov, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665.
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
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.
MAKE a DIFFERENCE in a YOUNG PERSON'S LIFE!
Cass Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is currently recruiting CASA advocates to speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Cass County.
The next training session is scheduled to begin October 1 and will run for five weeks. The training consists of 15 hours of online training and 15 hours of in-person training.
We are also seeking male volunteers for this class as over 60% of our CASA children are males.
If you are interested, please contact Debbie Green at (402) 296-9521; firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would like to learn more information about our program, please visit www.casscasa.org.
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.
(The above photo is NOT an actual item the church is looking for.)
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NOTE FROM TOWN HALL...
Many of us know how convenient it is to pay our utility bills electronically. No writing out checks, no stamps or envelopes, just a couple of clicks and it's done.
The Village of Murray would like to know how many residents would actually use this service for payment of their water bills. Electronic payments would cost the Village a small amount per transaction to process, however the higher the number of users, the less it would cost.
If you're interested in this service, call Eileen at Town Hall, 402-235-2119. and ask that your name be added to the 'interested' list. It's not a guarantee that this will happen, but it will give the Board a good idea of how many are interested and if it should be implemented.
Pass this word on to your neighbors, and ask them to call if they, too, are interested.
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 and contact information here.
GREENBLATT & SEAY MUSIC
Our performance in Weeping Water on September 30 will include a fiddle made by Dr. Kunkel, who was the doctor for the Weeping Water community for many years. The fiddle is actually a “pochette”, or “pocket fiddle”, and is smaller and thinner than the usual violin. The pocket fiddle was often used in the 1800’s by dance masters, so that they could play and give dance instructions at the same time.
Enjoy the weather, and we hope to get to play for you soon!
Sunday, September 17, 1:15 PM, David, in Concert, Wessels Living History Farm, York, NE
Saturday, September 30, 1 PM, Greenblatt & Seay, In Concert, Weeping Water Library, 101 West Eldora Ave., Weeping Water, NE
Saturday, September 30, 5:15 PM, Greenblatt & Seay, In Concert, Loess Hills & Heritage Festival, 1291 Cemetery Road, northeast of Thurman, Iowa (https://www.loesshillsfestival.com/)
Mondays, October 9 - November 6, 6 PM - 8 PM, Schoolhouse Wedding Music Workshop, pre-registration required (For more information, e-mail email@example.com)
*Sunday, October 15, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE (http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddling_bee.shtml)
Sunday, November 12, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Performance Series, Greenblatt & Seay & Friends, Wedding Music, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE (http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_sps.shtml)
*21st Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee
Sunday, October 15, 2017
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: http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddling_bee.shtml.
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 www.greenblattandseay.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
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.
Details at www.gpsold.com
HEY, COUNTRY MUSIC FANS.........
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
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!
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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