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Murray Newsletter - August 14, 2019

(By Patricia Zeigler)

As child of the 60's, with folk music on the turntable, peaceful and riotest protests on TV, how could one not be influenced in their thinking?  Young minds are sponges. 

Fifty years ago, on a little dairy farm in upstate New York, approximately half a million peaceful music lovers gathered for the 'Aquarian Exposition', which would become the epitome of music events that, since then, we've called 'WOODSTOCK'.  What a blast it would have been to be there in person!  It was, and should still be, very possible for thousands of folks to PEACEFULLY gather.  A goal we should strive for to this day.

To see the one and a half hour PBS documentary special, (rated tv-PG), of this iconic event, click here:

I love PBS, because you don't have to deal with annoying commercials. Because there are few large sponsors, a few times throughout the year, they do have fundraising specials, when they air even more fantastic shows, but have breaks now and then for their phone-in donation fundraiser. Please consider donating to PBS to keep this kind of educational and imformative programming coming. You'll see the 'DONATE' button at the top of their screen. 

Did I mention that Woodstock was a PEACEFUL gathering?  Far out!

May peace and love rock on!



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School kids in Conestoga District 56, Murray-Nehawka, NE will head back to class on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. 

Watch for the buses and kids walking to and from school and remember,  DO NOT pass school buses when they're stopped with or without the RED STOP arm extended!  Kids might be trying to get on or off the bus and might dart into traffic.



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There are no County Fair pictures for you, as I've been under the weather for two months and have needed to stay inside where it's a bit cooler. Luckily it cooled off a tiny bit and I made it to the Lucas Minor Band concert afterward, though, at the Motocross Track/Bailey's Beer Garden. Those cyclists were crazy daring and the music rocked well past midnight. A great way to end the Fair!

The new fair president, Meggan Roeber, did a great job. It had to be a daunting venture, but she helped to make it all come together. Please be sure to thank her for a job well done.

Would love to see photos of ribbon winners, events, etc. Send your best pictures to me and I'd be happy to post them here to share with others that couldn't make it, too. Thank you!



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Nebraska Leads the Way
By State Treasurer John Murante

Earning a postsecondary education from a college or vocational school in our current economy is more critical – but also more expensive – than ever.

To ensure that access to higher education remains affordable, many states have taken steps to encourage families to save for future college expenses, in the form of “529” college savings plans, named after that section of the federal tax code.

Research indicates that even a small amount in an educational savings account will lead to increased college or vocational school enrollment and completion. Though there are numerous tax benefits associated with 529 savings plans, they are often underutilized, especially among lower- and middle-income families.

As part of my duties as Nebraska Treasurer, I administer and serve as Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST529), Nebraska’s state sponsored college savings plan. This legislative session I worked with a number of state senators to enact meaningful legislation that will lead the nation promoting access to higher education through innovative college savings incentives. The goal, eventually, is to ensure that every child in Nebraska has the opportunity to attend a two- or four-year educational institution debt-free through smart savings and investment without relying on government assistance.

The legislation, which passed unanimously, establishes the following programs:

The Meadowlark Program: A NEST account will be opened for every baby born on or after January 1, 2020 who is a resident of Nebraska at the time of birth. Beneficiaries under the age of 30 who pursue higher education within the state will have access to these funds for qualified higher education expenses. Funding will begin the year following the birth of the child and parents/guardians have the ability to opt out of the program.

The Employer Matching Contribution Incentive Program: This program provides incentive payments to employers who match their employee’s contribution into a NEST Program account. Beginning January 1, 2022, employers who partially or fully match employees’ contributions in the previous year, can apply for and receive an incentive payment of 25 percent of their matched contributions, up to $2,000 per employee per year. The program may award up to $250,000 in total incentives per year.

The Low-Income Matching Scholarship Program: Beginning January 1, 2022, 200 percent of an account owner’s contribution to a NEST Program account will be matched if the beneficiary is part of a family with a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or 100 percent of contributions if the beneficiary’s household income is more than 200 percent but less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level, up to $1,000 per participant per year. The program may award up to $250,000 in total scholarships per year. Beneficiaries under the age of 30 who pursue higher education within the state will have access to the matched funds for qualified higher education expenses.

This legislation is a cornerstone of my platform as Treasurer and I was delighted to see it pass so early in my term. I especially want to thank Omaha Senators Brett Lindstrom, Lou Ann Linehan, Justin Wayne as well as Gretna Senator Andrew LaGrone and Lincoln Senator Anna Wishart for their hard work on this legislative package.

As President Ronald Reagan said, “If you want less of something, tax it. If you want more of something, incentivize it.” Every Nebraskan with a dream of higher education deserves that opportunity, and this legislative package helps future generations overcome the financial obstacles in their path.


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(Patrica Zeigler)

If you are not happy with the removal of the lights at Highway 75 and Murray Road, you have the power in your own hands to make your wishes known. You can email, call or send a regular letter to  the Department of Transportation:

On their website, , there's a form that you can just complete and click it on its' way.

U.S. Mail: Department of Transportation, TRAFFIC SIGNALS, PO Box 94759, Lincoln NE 68509

D.O.T.  Phone: (402) 471-4567

2019-08-12:  I spoke with Al Swanson in the traffic division at the  D.O.T.  and he said, yes, to continue to send your letters and emails, because that is how change happens.  Also, send information to your local representative, (below). 

Many of the traffic rules are consistent nationwide, so some changes may need to be made at the top level of government.  Here is a link to a multi-page document that has the criteria for traffic control.  (The first 16 pages describe the warrants):  

*Our local representative in Lincoln:

Senator Robert Clements, District 2
Room #8th Floor
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509

Phone: (402) 471-2613


I've already sent an email.  I think I'll also send a letter. Maybe together we can make it happen, for everyone's safety.  Feel free to share this info with friends in nearby towns who also travel this route.  Thanks!



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East Cass Pioneer Cemetery District 2019 meeting dates:

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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NEST 529 Encourages Summer Reading in Annual Read
Win $529 Drawing

Fifteen Summer Readers and their Libraries to be Awarded

Lincoln, Neb. (May 31, 2019) – Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the annual NEST Read and Win $529 Drawing. Open to submissions from Nebraska residents beginning June 1 through August 16, 2019, the Read and Win Drawing invites readers statewide, aged 12 years old and younger, to enter for a chance to win a $529 contribution into a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account.

Click HERE for details!



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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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There are all kinds of events going on.

Keep reading for more info on fun events in and around our area!


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Your favorite Nebraska Harvest Ale Festival coming October 19th

The Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild and
Midwest Hop Producers' 2nd annual Nebraska Harvest Ale Festival

The Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild and Midwest Hop Producers are thrilled to announce a date for an exciting event that promotes community, hop growing and the craft brewing industries. The 2nd Annual Harvest Ale Festival will take place on Saturday, October 19th at Midwest Hop Producers in Plattsmouth, Nebraska and will celebrate local hops and local beer with food, beer tastings, fall activities and music.

This unique outdoor festival will feature tastings of fresh hopped and harvest styled brews highlighting local hop and craft brew production in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, local food trucks, scenic views of the largest hop yard in Nebraska, and an afternoon you won’t forget among friends.

This event will bring people together from all over the Midwest, with proceeds from the event going to support the efforts of the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild, whose organization is working hard to promote and advocate for the craft brewing industry in the state!

For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, search “Harvest Ale Festival 2019 on Facebook or follow this link:

Early bird tickets now on sale! Save $10 on general admission. Only 50 tickets available at this price! Early Bird sales end on August 5th or when sold out.

Participating breweries include: 5168 Brewing Co., Backswing Brewing Co., Brickway Brewing Co., Boulevard Brewing Co. (MO), Code Beer Co., Cosmic Eye Brewing, Divots Brewery, Empyrean Brewing Co., Farnam House Brewing Co., First Street Brewing Co., Infusion Brewing Co., Jukes Ale Works, Johnnie Byrd Brewing Co., Kros Strain Brewing Co., Pint Nine Brewing Co., Saro Cider, Thunderhead Brewing Co., Upstream Brewing Co., Vis Major Brewing Co., and Zipline Brewing Co. And more to come!

About the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild

The Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild is a professional organization that fosters a Nebraska-centric community that is informed, enthusiastic and actively creating unity among its members on market and public policy issues to create the most business-friendly climate for craft brewers.

Questions about the Harvest Ale Festival may be directed to Gabby Ayala, Executive Director of the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild at 402-649-5486 or by email at


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Exciting news from the 
Cornhusker Country Music Theater!

We now have a DANCE FLOOR right in front of the stage!
Put on your dancing shoes and come on over for a good time! If you don't want to dance, you can still enjoy the live music!

For those of you who aspire to write a great song, we'll be hosting a SONGWRITER'S CLINIC. So put on your thinking caps and bring your best ideas and join us. Who knows? Maybe together we'll be writing the next big hit that will be played world-wide!

Upcoming Events:


Sat., August 17, 7:30 pm

Cornhusker Jam Band


Sun.,  August 25 - 1:30 pm

NO SHOW: SAT., August 31, due to Labor Day holiday weekend.

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2019 07 10 PLT CCHS Rock Bluff School 1

2019 06 GRN car show 

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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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Memory Lane Museum & Soda Fountain  
215 W Eldora Ave.
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August 15 - Scandinavia and Switzerland, by Carolyn Murdoch
September 19 - Massage Therapy & Essential Oils for Health, by Shari Butts, LMT, Aspire Therapeutic Massage and orthobionomy
October 21 - Leukemia and Lymphoma, by Jenna Sager, Executive Director, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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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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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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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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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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GED classes will resume near the end of summer and the start of public schools.  Call 402-296-3174 ext. 2315 for information. 



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Hope's Closet Hours:

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Saturday, 10-3


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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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