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Murray Newsletter - November 4, 2009

Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

~Mark Twain~


Pictured above is Mark Twain's gazebo, now located on the campus of Elmira College in Elmira, New York.  Twain spent his summers in Elmira, his wife's home town, and this gazebo was built on the family farm, so he would have a quiet place to sit and write.  Twain and his family are buried in Elmira, also.


It's Important to have a Twinkle in Your Wrinkle!


With friends and family, Margaret Meisinger will be celebrating her

100th birthday!

at the English Rose Restaurant in Murray
Thursday, November 12th
9 - 11 a.m.
Cake and coffee will be served.

Please drop by and give Margaret your birthday greetings in person!

After all, how many 100-year-olds do you ever get to say 'Happy Birthday' to?!



Nebraska's Official Veterans Parade

The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is once again proud to be hosting the

Annual Veterans Parade
Saturday, November 7, 2009
10 A.M.
Olde Towne Bellevue

This is the 9th year for the growing parade, which hosted well over 100 entries last year, including a very impressive showing from Offutt Air Force Base.

Come on over to Bellevue on Saturday morning to help honor and celebrate our nation's Veterans!



Autumn Festival - An Arts and Crafts Affair

Nov 5-8, 2009
Qwest Center
455 N. 10th St
Omaha, NE

Crafts, quilts and antiques show with hundreds of the nation's finest artists and crafts people from around the country. One of the top 100 shows in the country!

Thu & Fri, 11am-9pm
Sat, 9am-7pm
Sun, 10am-5pm
Admission: $6-$7

(If you go to the website listed below, you can print a $1 coupon off one admission!)

For More Information: (402) 331-2889






Attention Cass County business owners and anyone thinking about starting a business within Cass County.

FREE MONEY!!! The Plattsmouth Main Street Association Design Committee is hosting a special forum that you will not want to miss.

Roger Meeks, Area Director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, and Craig Vincent, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), will give presentations where you will learn how you can save money while saving energy and getting paid to do it.

Join this exciting event on Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6:30pm-9:00pm at the Plattsmouth State Bank reception room (west entrance), corner of 5th and Main Streets.

Seating provided to the first 80 reservations.

Rush your RSVP to not later than Friday, Nov 6, with your name, email address, telephone, and number of others who will attend with you.

Mark your calendar now for this valuable forum.

Refreshments will be served.

Call Vicki Huddleston for more information - 238-8882.



Last week, we had the pleasure of enjoying two music programs at Conestoga Jr-Sr High School. The first was the ECNC Jr. High Honor Choir Concert, on Monday evening, the 26th. Ten schools joined together for one fantastic concert in the High School gym. There was no Conestoga school that day, but the Honor Choir kids were there from noon till 6pm practicing with all the other schools' students. There were about 135 choir members performing altogether that evening. A spaghetti dinner prepared by parents was served to the young musicians before the concert.

The piano accompanist for the evening was Colin Warren.

Conference Musical Directors were:

East Butler - Vickie Hines
Yutan - Michaela Babic
Weeping Water - Kim Hammer
Palmyra - Beth McCreight
Mead - Mistyn Kozisek
Malcolm - Michael Beach
Louisville - Katie Burns
Johnson Co Central - Cinda Goodrich
Elmwood - Murdock - Betty Colbert
Conestoga - Dwight Rose

An arrangement of many favorite patriotic songs in one medley included,
'America the Beautiful', 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home',
'Yankee Doodle Dandy', 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic',
'You're a Grand Ol' Flag' and 'America'.

A well-known folk song from Korea that speaks of a hill, 'Ahrirang', outside of Seoul, was also sung by the choir. The hill is said to be a symbol of personal contentment and triumph.

Great for scaring off many evil spirits, especially the week before Halloween, was a song with a gospel-feel and based on a Quaker text,
'How Can I Keep From Singing?'

'The Blessing' is a stirring, Celtic-based song, recorded by Celtic Woman.

Last was a medley of oceanic songs, 'Under the Waves', featuring
'Yellow Submarine', 'SpongeBob SquarePants' theme song and 'Under the Sea' from the Little Mermaid. The choir and audience both had lots of fun with this medley of upbeat tunes!


The second concert last week was on Thursday, the 29th, and featured the Conestoga Jr and Sr High Bands and Choirs.

Dwight Rose directed both and Collin Warren was the piano accompanist for the evening.


The Jr. High Band, above, started off the evening with the first of three selections, 'Arena of the Gladiators', to give you somewhat of a feel of a fight of the gladiator experience.

Next was 'Westwind Overture' which is generally a fast-slow-fast form of music.

Last was 'Apollo Fanfare' celebrating the very best of our future, as Apollo, the Greek god of prophecy and music, did with the ability to foretell the future of man's existence on earth.


The Sr. High Band, above,  performed next, starting off with a toe-tapping 'Grease' medley, featuring 'Born to Hand Jive', 'We Go Togehter', 'Summer Nights' and
'Greased Lightnin''!

Next was about a castle located in southern England, 'Pevensey Castle'. You got the feel of the castle when it was occupied and now that it sits empty.

Third was a medley of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' songs, 'The Black Pearl',
'One Last Shot', and 'He's a Pirate'.

After both bands performed, the choirs from each gave a rousing vocal concert.


The Jr. High Choir, above, with accompanist, Collin Warren,  sang a funny tune about a 'Farmer Tan' and what farmers really think

Next was 'A version of what life is like on the seas in 'A Sailors Life for Me' and they ended with 'Under the Sea' from Disney's 'Little Mermaid'.


The chorus from the Sr. High, (above),  started out with an old familiar Beatles' number, 'All You Need Is Love', followed by 'Away from the Roll of the Sea', which was based on a poem of the same name, about a small water craft resting in a quiet harbor.

Their last selection was 'For Good' from the hit musical, 'Wicked', which featured the beautiful voices of Conestoga soloists Katie Krei, Savannah Self, Becky Carter, Jess Merrill, Ali Clark, Mikayla Clavijo, Becca Thomas, Crystal Neumeister and Rachel Morton. All of these young women, along with the rest of their musical friends, did a wonderful job that night!

Thank you to the Conestoga Music Department for two great concerts!



by doing something very 'small'!


With school budgets being tighter than ever this year, the Conestoga Jr-Sr High School Music Program has set a goal of earning $1,000 through the 'BOX TOPS for EDUCATION' program and they're asking for the support of families and community members. The Music Department receives 10 cents cash for each Box Top, so the fundraising dollars will surely add up fast!

Here's a few ways you can join in and do your part:

1. Before discarding your food packaging into the trash or recycle bins, check for the pink 'BOX TOP for EDUCATION' seal and cut it off. These labels are not all the same size. Some are very small, so look carefully. You can drop them in a clean jar kept by the sink or an envelope attached to your refrigerator, then send several to school at one time. If you don't know a student, call the Box Tops Coordinator, Carol Heylmun, at 235-3179 or send an email to, to arrange for someone to pick them up. There are also collection boxes available at the school office and in the music room.

2. Sign up to support our school on the Box Tops wesite at You'll get updates on our school's Box Tops earnings, money-saving coupons, family-pleasing recipes, chances to win Bonus Box Tops for our school and the latest Box Tops news!

3. Shop at over 100 favorite online stores through the Box Tops Marketplace, ( Our school earns up to 15% of your qualifying purchases, at NO additional cost to you!

4. When you purchase books through the Box Tops Reading Room at Barnes & Noble, our school earns up to 6% of your purchases!

So remember to do your part in helping the kids meet their goal and



NEW YORK,  NEW YORK...but not the city.....



A couple of weeks ago we took a drive to Mike's home state of New York. Going back east for nearly 40 years or so, I'd been there in spring and summer and for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but never during the beautiful changing seasons of summer to fall to early winter. The colors were absolutely gorgeous and words couldn't do them justice. Some of these photos I took as we were zipping along in the car, but others had to be photographed at a stand-still...(for me anyway). Souvenirs of my vacations are photos and I took over 400 in just over a week! (Thank Goodness for digital cameras!) Here are a few of my favorites that I hope you enjoy, too:




















The Lofte Community Theatre announces that it will be holding a free Veterans Day concert on Sunday, November 8th at 2pm. The Colors will be proudly presented by Weeping Water Legion Post #237. This concert is free and open to the public; no advanced reservations are required.

The USAF Heartland of America Band's "New Horizons" is a clarinet ensemble, featuring five of the squadron's excellent clarinet players. The group's repertoire consists of classical, jazz and standard clarinet ensemble literature showcasing its musical diversity. At home in large auditoriums or in more intimate chamber concert settings, New Horizons takes audiences on a tour of some of the world's most beautiful and exciting music. Each member of the group is a full-time Air Force professional. Together they render the perfect blend of tone and musicianship.

The Lofte invites everyone to come and enjoy this moving patriotic event. Bring your favorite veteran. Join us to remember those who have served, or are currently serving their country far from home.

Limited concessions will be available during this event. For questions or driving directions, please visit the Lofte's website,, or call the box office at (402) 234-2553.


Pictured above is the "New Horizons" woodwind quintet is currently stationed at Offutt Air Force Base. Their touring area currently encompasses 680,000 square miles; the largest geographical area of any stateside band.


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