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Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.

Mahatma Gandhi

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by Editor, Pat Zeigler

We've seen it for days, now. Homes, roads and bridges have been washed away, with smaller personal items, only to float down the streams and rivers, eventually, possibly making it to the sea or to settle in someone's yard, wheat or cornfield, perhaps hundreds of miles away. Eyes tear up and hearts break, because we just want to see and feel the 'good' in mankind to help make such a tragedy seem somewhat bearable. Then you see the first responders coming in boats, trucks, planes and boots - up to their chests in water - helping to save those who find themselves suddenly stranded on a tiny 'island' they called 'home'. You, too, want to help do anything that could make a difference in some small way.

So do something! Local TV newsrooms are having fund drives during their broadcasts, where you can call 402-997-8777 and a volunteer with the Salvation Army will accept your monetary donation. They'll decide where the greater need is for your kindness.

Through the week, the old Canfield's Store at 85th and Center in Omaha is collecting cases of drinking water. So drop off a case or more of water when you're up there this week. Each day, you could do it. Can you imagine not having a clean drink of water? Neither could any of those who now have none.

Also, don't forget about the Red Cross. Sadly, there will be an even greater need for blood than there is, now. During cleanup, people will get injured or become ill and you can pretty much bet that someone will need that precious life-saving fluid that you're walking around with. If you're in reasonably good health, you can probably spare a pint and miraculously, you will 'grow' some more! There's a blood drive at Conestoga High School on Monday, March 25th, so you can stop and leave some out there. Details are further in this Newsletter, so look for the big RED CROSS.

On Sunday, there was an impromptu benefit concert for flood victims at DJ's Dugout in Plattsmouth. In four short hours a hefty amount of donations poured in from very generous patrons who dropped loose change, dollar bills and even $100-dollar bills into beer buckets. The luck of the Irish helped at the Keno table for some of those generous givers. Also, many cases of water were dropped off and stacked inside the door. Mysterious water. It can take a life in more ways than one, yet one can’t live without it.

It's too bad that it takes a tragedy to bring out the very best of us. When such an event happens - it reminds us that that we can be better than what we've been and we rise to the occasion. Now, let's hope our better natures don't wait to only occasionally be the best.  Make up your mind to choose kindness more often.



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Dear Friends,

To date, March, 2019, Murray Freedom Festival has fallen short of fundraising goals, and is unable to make the down-payment (50%) on the fireworks which is due April 1st. Additionally, the fireworks must be paid in full after the event - unfortunately, the Murray Freedom Festival cannot commit to a contract we don't have the money for.

The annual Murray Freedom Festival DEPENDS on donations from area businesses and residents of Murray and the surrounding area. We receive no municipal funds from the Village of Murray or the Murray Volunteer Fire Department. All donations received at the MVFD Pancake Feed on July 4th, appropriately stay with the Fire and Rescue department. None of those donations support the MFF events.

We are actively fundraising, but without your financial gift, the Murray Freedom Festival will not be possible this year.

Please note the financial breakdown for the 2018 MFF event:
$7527.18   FIREWORKS
  584.00   PORTA-POTTIES
  486.78   T-SHIRTS (5K / VOLLEYBALL)


Without your tax-deductible contribution, we will not be able to meet our April 1st down-payment for the Fireworks show. Send your tax-deductible contribution to:

BOX 244
MURRAY, NE 68409

Or use our Website (Yellow Paypal DONATE button):
Please help to make the 2019 Murray Freedom Festival a reality this year!

Thank you,

Murray Freedom Festival Committee


Editor's Note:

Please consider going to the next Freedom Festival meeting on Tuesday, April 2nd.  MFF meetings are the first Tuesday of each month, 7 pm at Murray's Town Hall.  Everyone's welcome to attend and the Board is very open to hearing your comments and suggestions.



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Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

3/25/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Conestoga High School, 8404 42 St., PO Box 40


The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown further reduced lifesaving donations. Local blood donation sites are scheduled in Sarpy County:

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states, (16 with parental consent and where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.






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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

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 and 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
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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!



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Elevate - Murray Churches Youth Groups

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.



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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.


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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.

Thank you!




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East Cass Pioneer Cemetery District 2019 meeting dates:

April 8
May 13
June 10
August 12
September 9
October 14

All meetings held at Murray, NE Town Hall at 7 p.m. and open to the public.

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Twin Rivers Water Park is now taking applications for Assistant Managers and Lifeguards - Job Requirements: Current Lifeguard Certification. Assistant Manager also requires a Pool Operator Certificate.
Concessions Coordinator and Concessions/Admissions/Rotators staff. Must be 16 or older. For additional information, contact Liz Glup at 402-296-5800, option 2. Applications and job descriptions are available at the Plattsmouth Community Center, online here, and at City Hall, 136 N. 5th St., Plattsmouth, NE 68048. All applications and signed job descriptions must be turned in at City Hall by Friday, May 17. If after hours, place in the utility payment drop box. Subject to Veteran’s Preference. EOE.



The City of Plattsmouth is accepting applications for Swim Lesson Instructors at the Plattsmouth Community Center. Must be comfortable with people, young children, and have the ability to swim. Applications and job descriptions are available at City Hall, 136 N. 5th St., Plattsmouth, NE 68048, or online here. Return applications and signed job descriptions to City Hall. Open until filled. If after hours, place in the utility payment drop box. Subject to veterans preference. EOE.



The City of Plattsmouth is accepting applications for a full-time position for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Applications and complete job description are available at City Hall, 136 N. 5th St., Plattsmouth, NE 68048, or online at This is a Veterans Preference position. Return applications and signed job descriptions to City Hall. If after hours, place in the utility payment drop box. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. EOE


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Saturday, April 13, 1 PM - 3 PM, Schoolhouse Scandinavian Music Workshop. For more information, and to register, send an email to Debby at

Saturday, May 25, Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival, Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE (FREE)

Wednesday, June 5 - Friday, June 7, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for Beginners. For more information, and to register, send an email to Debby at



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March 30 - Elaine Behrends & Friends

April 13 - Al Kelley & Reilly Creek Band

April 27 - Rick Stephens & Friends

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Historian Harlan at Herban Coffee Lab

The second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am at Herban Coffee Lab, Plattsmouth, NE, 'Historian Harlan' will share stories of local characters from early last century. It's always interesting and interactive.

Come join us for some excellent coffee and local history!







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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 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 for additional information.



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Weeping Water's Memory Lane Museum & Soda Fountainwill be closed during winter and will reopen in mid-late Spring, 2019.Watch for re-opening announcements at that time.


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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.)

Click here or on the radio antenna logo above to read the latest newsletter and calendar.

For more info, contact Roger Behrns, or call 402-234-6775.

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Do you need assistance? We're here to help! 

Contact Cass County Veteran Service Officer, Brian Coffman.




Admin Assistant: Jacie Victor


(402) 296-9368
Fax: (402) 296-9369





Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Closed noon to 1pm


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346 Main St., Rm. 102
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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…”



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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: 402-441-6038 Nebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.

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