My INTERVIEW with MR. PHIL, "THE GROUNDHOG":
(by Editor, Pat Zeigler)
Me: "Mr. Phil, we're all getting very anxious for your announcement, especially in the midst of the divisive, 'roller coaster' climate throughout our country. It seems rather unfair to make us wait three whole days for your emergency declaration. Are you ready to share your announcement with us, now?"
Phil: "Uh, yah. I want to announce today that your guess is as good as mine. So suck it up. Hang in there. It could get better or it could get worse. It's very simple, really. I might feel differently next year, or Saturday, but I doubt it. That's probably my final, definitely maybe, a possible and total commitment toward climate change."
Me: "Thank you, Mr. Phil. And that sums it up for this season."
As Mr. Phil scurried back down into his warm burrow, he showed total disregard for those who braved the brutal temps in an effort for change. Fists shot into the air and, as I slipped away, there were loud, angry chants of "Clouds on Saturday! Clouds on Saturday!"
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019
Murray Freedom Festival Meeting Reminder
Friends, the Murray Freedom Festival NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The Murray Freedom Festival Board of Trustees and Volunteers will meet at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the Murray Town Hall, 106 W. Main Street, Murray, NE, to discuss the planning for this year's Murray Freedom Festival.
The Murray Freedom Festival, a long-running 501c3 non-profit organization, is looking for enthusiastic individuals who are interested and have the time to help run the Murray Freedom Festival for 2019 and beyond.
We meet once a month, on the first Tuesday, and meet a few additional times as the 4th of July nears.
Among the areas we need help in are:
2) Event planning and operation, and
3) the MFF Board.
People who are interested in being on the Board, those interested in running events and doing fundraising, and people who would like to see the 4th of July continue in Murray are welcome and urged to attend the next meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 7 pm.
Please bring your ideas and interests. Two positions on the Board of Directors are available as are all event chair positions.
We welcome your ideas to help us improve our events!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
As long as you're stuck in the house during this cold spell, you might as well start cleaning closets and get ready for
MURRAY GARAGE SALES!
MAY 17-18 2019
(More info, such as sign-up costs, etc. at a later date.)
A Message from District 2 State Senator Rob Clements
The 2019 Legislative Session has begun and state senators have finished introducing new bills. I would like to address a few of the issues and mention some legislation I have introduced. First, I would like to thank the voters of Legislative District 2 for trusting me to represent them in the Unicameral. It is an honor and a privilege.
The preliminary work of electing leadership and permanent rules has been completed. We came up three votes short of eliminating secret ballots in our rules for electing leadership positions. I voted to end voting for leadership by secret ballot. I believe voters should be able to know who their senator supports for leaders who will control much of the legislative process.
I am on the Appropriations Committee again and will continue to work hard to control state spending and replenish our cash reserve. Right now, Nebraska has a small surplus, but there are many competing interest for spending it, including property tax relief and Medicaid expansion.
The cost of Medicaid expansion will begin July 1, 2020, the second year of our two-year budget, and is currently estimated at $48 million per year. There are several property tax relief bills, and I am evaluating them and waiting to see which ones come out of committee.
I signed onto Sen. Brewer’s bill, LB 153, to increase income tax deductions for military retirees by exempting 50 percent of military retirement income. This will help to keep more of Nebraska’s military retirees from leaving our state and make us a more tax friendly state.
This session I have introduced six bills. LB 452 would move Cass County from Planning and Development Region 6 to Region 8. This would move Cass from the Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD) to the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency. This year we’ve added language to provide a process by which counties may change regions in the future.
Next time I will address other major proposals before the Legislature and touch on some of the other bills I have introduced.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff for information on issues or if I may be of assistance. Please reach me at: Senator Rob Clements, State Capitol Rm 812, Lincoln, NE 68509 (4024712613), or at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEB 1st REGISTRATION DEADLINE!
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NEST “Why I Want to Go to College”
Writing Sweepstakes Now Open
For the 17th year, Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and the Omaha Storm Chasers will be sponsoring the “Why I Want to Go to College” writing sweepstakes, with entries due Friday, March 29, 2019.
Prizes will be awarded to 12 winners who will receive contributions to the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) college savings accounts – including $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. Three winners will be chosen from each of Nebraska’s three Congressional districts, and three winners will be chosen from outside Nebraska.
Each Nebraska winner will receive four tickets to the May 5, 2019 Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion, where they will be recognized during the game.
“This challenge is a great way for students to focus on their goals, improve their writing skills while also learning how to save for their education. I’m looking forward to meeting the winners and their families at Werner Park,” said State Treasurer John Murante.
Families can save for college for their children and grandchildren through NEST, the state-sponsored 529 college savings program that allows for tax-free investments and tax-free qualified withdrawals. Nebraska account owners can qualify for up to $10,000 a year in state income tax deductions.
Students are asked to reflect on the value of education and what they hope to achieve through higher education. Entries are limited to 750 words and should be sent to Becki Frishman, Omaha Storm Chasers, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046.
Information about the writing sweepstakes is available on the Treasurer’s website at www.treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/.
About NEST 529
NEST 529 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, NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and State Farm 529 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 261,000 accounts, including over 84,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.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 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 Investment Option
Valentine's Day is coming up. Not only at Christmas, birthdays, Mother's and Father's Day, new graduates, moving into a new home ~ people love receiving new recipes! Even if you just want to give a gift for no reason, this is perfect, and would brighten someone's day.
Members of the Murray Christian Church, Murray, NE, have created a new cookbook that's perfect for gift-giving. There are still cookbook collectors out there that enjoy 'old-fashioned' cookbooks, without having to go on the internet to find good, home-tested recipes and who would surely appreciate this addition to their collection! Included are 78 pages of recipes, along with cooking tips, too.
Cookbooks are only $10 each, with proceeds going to the church.
Call Linda, 402-235-2831, for more information.
Make someone happy and purchase their gift today. Who knows? They might cook up a special treat for you in return! Yum!
Elevate - Murray Churches Youth Group
First Sunday of each month.
We alternate meetings between Murray Christian and Murray Presbyterian from 5-7 p.m.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, (FCA), meets at the high school immediately following Elevate meetings at 7-9:00 on the same nights.
If you know of a young person who would like to participate in fun youth group activities, contact either the Murray Christian Church, 402-235-2527, or Murray Presbyterian church, 402-235-2754 for more info.
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department offers free transportation assistance to women for their mammogram appointment.
The service includes home pick-up, hospital/clinic drop-off, and return home drop-off.
Eligibility includes women age 40-75 years living in Sarpy or Cass counties.
Please call SC Health Department for more information, 402-537-6968.
KIDS NEED YOUR HELP!
The Conestoga Backpack Pantry serves the Murray, Nehawka, Union and Beaver Lake areas in southeast Nebraska, although we will not turn away anyone in need. Food packs are placed in the childrens' locker at school to take home on the weekends, helping to sustain them until returning to school the following week.
Your kind donation of non-perishable food items can be made at Cornerstone Bank in Murray during business hours, Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm. We can also pick up your items, if you cannot drop them off. Call Jill at 402-660-3543 to make arrangements.
Some ideas are cereal, juice boxes, granola bars, cereal bars, pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, tuna or chicken salad packs, fruit cups, raisins, cheese and cracker snacks, macaroni and cheese cups, etc. Keep in mind that some of the children are very young and are possibly 'preparing' their own meals. Easy to open containers are a good option for little hands.
Each time you shop, just pick up one thing and set it aside and after a few weeks, drop off your bag of items at the bank or church.
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PREPARE for SPRING PLANTING of TREES
The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District will begin its annual bare-root tree seedling sales program (i.e. Conservation Forestry Program) starting November 1st. Anyone within the Lower Platte South NRD is welcome to purchase trees. These bare-root trees/shrubs are offered for less than $1 apiece. All species are sold in bundles of 25.
There are over 40 different species available, with windbreak classics like Colorado blue spruce & ponderosa pine, to wildlife friendly shrubs like Chokecherry & American Plum and some forest giants like Bur Oak & Black Walnut. The NRD is also excited to offer some new species this year such as Bald Cypress, Sycamore and Redbud.
Please visit www.lpsnrd.org/programs/trees for complete species list and ordering information. You can purchase them online or by mailing in the printable brochure. The NRD will take orders until March 22nd 2019 with trees expected to arrive by Arbor Day.
Please visit www.lpsnrd.org for additional information.
Lofte Community Theatre Announces
2019 Season Productions
By Tim Firth
Performances: April 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14
Auditions: February 25 & 26 7 PM
The Voice of the Prairie
By John Olive
Performances: May 31, June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9
Auditions: April 15 & 16 7 PM
Gilbert and Sullivan's
The Pirates of Penzance
Performances: July 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, August 1, 2, 3, 4
Auditions: June 2 & 3 7 PM
Of Mice and Men
By John Steinbeck
Performances: September 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
Auditions: July 21 & 22 7 PM
The 39 Steps
By Patrick Barlow, John Buchan
Performances: October 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
Auditions: July 29 & 30 7 PM
In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People
(That Should be Shot)
By Steve Franco
Performances: December 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22
Auditions: October 21 & 22 7 PM
Details at www.lofte.com
PLATTSMOUTH AMATEUR RADIO CLUB (P.A.R.C.)
P.A.R.C. members get together Tuesday evenings at Plattsmouth's Burger King at 7 pm.
Monthly meetings the last Saturday of most months at Mom's Cafe in Plattsmouth, 8 am. (NO December monthly meeting.)
For more info, contact Roger Behrns, email@example.com or call 402-234-6775.
Do you need assistance? We're here to help!
Contact Cass County Veteran Service Officer, Brian Coffman.
Admin Assistant: Jacie Victor
Fax: (402) 296-9369
Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Closed noon to 1pm
Cass County Nebraska Courthouse
346 Main St., Rm. 102
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
BACK TO SCHOOL?
Now is the Time….
“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” Charles E. Weller, an early typing teacher, wrote this as a keyboarding drill for his students. His idea relates to an attempt to overcome the “skills gap”.
The United States has unemployed workers while it urgently needs more than 5 million higher-skilled workers. How is that possible? Although many solutions have been offered, employers insist that unemployed American workers do not have the strong literacy, numeracy, and other workplace skills that our country needs to fill its empty jobs and compete in the global marketplace. Who knew that educating oneself is a part of patriotism?
Currently, GED programs across the nation are offering high school equivalency classes including literacy and numeracy skills, in addition to keyboarding, computer, and workplace skill training. Are you looking for a path to better employment? The Plattsmouth Adult Education Program offers classes and training in all these areas.
Classes are free and provided six times per week: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 701 Chicago Avenue (lower building.) Classes include individual learning plans and individual study as well as group discussions. Every student will have computer time during each study period.
Call 402-296-3174 ext. 2315 for information or just come at class time and check it out. You will be welcomed by a community of friendly and respectful teachers and students. Don’t delay. “Now is the time…”
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: 402-441-6038 firstname.lastname@example.org Nebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.
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