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Murray Newsletter - May 15, 2019



SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

2019 05 15 Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is a federal holiday observed annually the third Saturday of May. It's a day dedicated to paying tribute to men and women who currently serve in the United States' armed forces.

Thank you to all who serve!




It's always nice to see the flags go up along Main Street, getting ready for the upcoming federal holidays - Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Veterans' Day.  Thanks to our maintenance operators Eric Matson and Jerome Speck, the flags are flying high.  

Fly it high and fly it proudly!

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(Photo courtesy of Shelli Hayes.)



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The Murray Freedom Festival Board of Trustees and Volunteers will meet in a SPECIAL meeting at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Murray Town Hall, 106 W. Main Street, Murray, NE, to appoint additional Members to the Board.

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.

Thank you.

We welcome your ideas to help us improve our events!

Our mailing address is:
Murray Freedom Festival
PO Box 244
Murray, NE 68409-0244





Murray Clean-Up Day, Saturday, May 4th, was a huge success and it was such a beautiful day for it.  Dog licenses were available for purchase that day, as well.

Matt Leibert of All American Recycling provided dumpsters to the Village. 

(Photos courtesy of Shelli Hayes.)

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Murray residents, if you have an issue with trash pickup, please call Premier directly, (not Town Hall), at 402-339-1229, for faster remedy to the problem.

If you call that day or the next day, the driver could most likely go back and pick it up.



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Free Mobile Food Pantry in Plattsmouth May 17

OMAHA, Neb. May 14, 2019 – The catastrophic floodwaters that swept across Nebraska and western Iowa in March have receded, but thousands of families continue to seek emergency assistance as homes, businesses, farms, ranches, roads and communities are being rebuilt.

Food Bank for the Heartland is committed to helping those experiencing hardship during this natural disaster and is partnering with Plattsmouth Bible Church to host a free mobile food pantry in Plattsmouth on Friday, May 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The mobile pantry will take place at Plattsmouth Bible Church, 1602 1st Ave., Plattsmouth, NE 68048.

“Food Bank for the Heartland has already helped provide more than 307,200 disaster relief meals,” said Brian Barks, president and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland. “We are grateful for the outpouring of support from individuals, organizations and companies locally and across the county. The Food Bank has been part of this community for 38 years, and we will continue to distribute emergency and supplemental food to our neighbors in need throughout the Heartland. We are pleased to provide this monthly mobile pantry for individuals and families in Cass County.”

Approximately 6,200 pounds of food will be available for distribution and will include pasta, tomato sauce, rice, canned water, and other shelf-stable products along with perishable items, such as fresh watermelon, cabbage, oranges, onions, potatoes, carrots and assorted bakery items. Disaster pantry packs will also be offered. They are 15-pound prepacked boxes filled with various nonperishable items.

Those attending the mobile pantry are asked to bring boxes or bags to assist in carrying the food they receive. Volunteers will be available to help recipients. No identification is required to obtain food.

Food Bank for the Heartland’s Mobile Pantry program delivers food directly to communities that have a high need but limited food resources. In FY 2018, nearly 400 mobile pantries were held across the Food Bank’s 93-county service area helping approximately 47,400 food-insecure households.

Food Bank for the Heartland partners with Plattsmouth Bible Church to host a mobile pantry the third Friday of each month throughout the year. The list of other Food Bank supported mobile pantries is updated each month on the organization’s web site. May’s mobile pantry list may be found here:

Information about other disaster relief resources is available on

If members of the community are seeking opportunities to help their neighbors in need, they are encouraged to visit to make a donation to disaster relief.


About Food Bank for the Heartland (a member of Feeding America):

Food Bank for the Heartland is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Omaha, Nebraska that acts as a central clearinghouse distributing food to nearly 600 network partners across 77 counties in Nebraska and 16 counties in western Iowa. Food Bank for the Heartland has distributed approximately 22 million meals in FY 2018 helping thousands of children, families, seniors, veterans, and others in need. For more information, visit



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There are a couple of good informational programs coming up in June at the UNL Extensions offices in Weeping Water and Syracuse.

One program is 'Made in the Shade - Trees for Nebraska Landscapes' and the other is 'Troubleshooting the Landscape'.

Click here for a registration form and for more info.




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Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunity

6/3/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Conestoga High School, 8404 42 St., PO Box 40



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Thursday evening after 9 pm, you can download and print a MURRAY GARAGE SALE MAP here. So check back after 9 Friday for your map. You may also pick one up at the Highway 75 and Rock Bluff Road gas stations that night or early Friday morning.



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Are you missing your kitty-cat?  Someone found a sweet one and it's being taken care of.  If your's is missing, please call Shelli at Town Hall, 402-235-2119, to describe the cat and she'll help reunite you with it!



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Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women in the United States. An estimated 108,000 new cases will be diagnosed each year. Regular colorectal cancer screenings can detect colorectal cancer early when the chances for cure are best. Because of this, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department is offering free fecal occult blood test (FOBT) home screening kits to both men and women between the ages of 50 and 74 years.

The screening kits are available at the Health Department’s office at 701 Olson Drive, Suite 101, Papillion, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (402) 537-6969 for more information.



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Cass County Rural Water District #1 has issued a Level 1 Water Restriction for the Rural Water District #1 customers effective immediately.

Level 1: Voluntary Odd/Even Day Watering

Action: All Cass County Rural Water District #1 customers including the (Village of Murray and the Village of Nehawka) are being asked to voluntarily go to an Odd/Even plan for all outside water use.

Odd-numbered addresses are being asked to do outside watering/use on odd numbered calendar days.

Even-numbered addresses are being asked to do outside watering/use on even numbered calendar days.

On March 14th, 2019 the City of Plattsmouth Water Treatment Plant was inundated by flood waters and was taken out of service. The City of Plattsmouth and Cass County RWD #1 has an INTERLOCAL COOPERATION ACT AGREEMENT that has been in place since August of 2011 and this plan was put into action on March 14th, 2019 to help support the City of Plattsmouth.

The above restrictions apply to the Cass County RWD#1 customers only. Further information and updates maybe viewed at

Plattsmouth customers should view “City of Plattsmouth Water Emergency” at regarding restrictions for Plattsmouth customers.



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Recently, I received a note from a reader in Montana, asking if anyone in this area remembers his family from many years ago.  Maybe you can help him with his family tree.  Below is his note:

"Hello, we are planning a trip to your town in September. We are looking for our ancestors, Everetts and Chidesters. The Everetts, settled there about 1860. John Everett came there from England around 1860 and bought a farm. He had a son named Cluadius, who had a son named Edward, who had a son named Austin.

Any way if you could help us find some of our family it would be great to meet as many as we could.

Thank you, I look forward to your reply.

Ken Everett, in Montana"



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When your group or club meets for an event, take some photos and send them to me with a summary of what was happening and I'll post them here in the Murray Newsletter.  Readers want to see involvement in and around our village.  It not only helps to promote our town, but it could create interest in joining your group.

Youth groups and other civic groups do litter pick-up, sponsor Easter egg hunts, collect food for those less fortunate and meet for crafting, among lots of other events.  Be sure to check the calendar to the right for upcoming events, also.

  Send your photos and news to



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Elevate - Murray Churches Youth Groups will break during the summer, then resume when school starts again.

We alternate meetings between Murray Christian and Murray Presbyterian from 5-7 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, except during the summer months.

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 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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May 25 - Alex Vanderbeak & Friends

June 8 - Rayne McGill & Friends
June 22 - Frank Bigelow Group

July 6 - Down Home Band
July 20 - Roger Roberts & Friends

August 3 - Lucas Minor & Friends
August 17 - Larry Hanson & Company


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East Cass Pioneer Cemetery District 2019 meeting dates:

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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Wednesday, May 15, 2 PM

David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Performing Arts Center, Central City, NE


Saturday, May 25, 10 AM

Debby, Free Fiddle Workshop, Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival, Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE (FREE)


Saturday, May 25, 11 AM

David, Free Harmonica Workshop, Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival, Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE (FREE)


Saturday, June 1, 2 PM

David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Columbus Public Library, Columbus (FREE)


*Wednesday, June 5 - Friday, June 7, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for Beginners.

*Summer Camp 1: Wednesday, June 5 - Friday, June 7, 2019, 9 AM - Noon
For folks who consider themselves beginners.

Summer Camp 2: Wednesday, July 10 - Friday, July 12, 2019, 9 AM - Noon
For fiddlers who consider themselves intermediate or advanced.

On Wednesday, participants will be mostly reading tunes, using sheet music in standard notation. We'll be learning melodies, harmonies, and chords. You will be improving your sight reading, and experiencing fiddling fun.

On Friday, we will be mostly jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, and playing fiddle related instruments.Pre-registration required. Send an email to

To keep informed about future camps and workshops here in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, click on the following link:

For more information, and to register, send an email to Debby at


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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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Weeping Water's Memory Lane Museum & Soda Fountain will be re-opening soon.

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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
346 Main St., Rm. 102
Plattsmouth, NE 68048


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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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