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Murray Newsletter - January 13, 2010



THIS is Global Warming?

Last week, on Tuesday, the 5th,  I took this picture of the Murray State Bank clock about 4:00 in the afternoon.  Temperatures were supposed to dip even lower, to about -20*, early on Saturday morning, without a wind chill index. With the wind, temperatures were expected to be approximately -35* that morning.

We were expecting to see some penguins or polar bears out our window!





This Tuesday, the 12th, there was NO SCHOOL at Conestoga, because of low water pressure throughout the village of Murray. Due to their normal 4-day school weeks, the kids have been in class only one day, on January 5th, since their holiday break began with an early out on December 18th.   They missed 3 days last week due to snow and sub-freezing temps.  Hopefully they'll be back in class before their Spring break rolls around!




Let's All Help Out

The people who work to read our utility meters and deliver our mail are out in all kinds of nasty weather. Let's help to make their jobs easier by clearing snow away from gas, power and water meters and mailboxes. Since meters are read on different days due to billing cycles, it's difficult to pinpoint exact times, but please try to keep snow cleared to and around these areas. When they're not accessible, more time is used to make repeated attempts. That also adds up to larger bills to help pay for the extra work required and nobody wants to receive larger bills!

Remember to clear snow from fire hydrants, too. If you have a hydrant on or near your property, you may contact a Boy Scout to help clear it. In the event of an emergency, precious time would be wasted if firefighters first have to search for hydrants in drifted snow. Feel free to call Ricky King, 235-2820 or email him at,, for a Boy Scout reference.




This huge drift had blocked most of Highway 75 just north of Rock Bluff Road last week.  By this photo, you can see that it's about level with this Nebraska Department of Roads' truck windows.  The road crews of the state, county and village are working hard to make and keep our roads passable, which is difficult with such heavy winds.



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Here's a good recipe that's quick to fix and it sure hits the spot on cold winter nights.


4 cups, (32 ounces, total), chicken or beef broth, (not bouillon), or water *
2 potatoes, chopped
4 carrots, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
1# smoked sausage or keilbasa, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced
2 cans, (11 oz each) bean and bacon soup
salt and pepper to taste
*I've used chicken broth with a can of French onion soup and water to equal 32 ounces.  Just mix or match whatever you have on hand.
In a Dutch oven, bring broth or water and vegetables to a boil, then simmer till vegetables are tender, 10-15 minutes.
Add sausage and soup; heat thoroughly, but do not boil.
(If there's any leftover, it's even better the next day!)


Notes from our Town Clerk:

If you have an emergency with your water, sewer or streets, please contact Village Maintenance at 402-297-2348.

For any other issues, please leave a message for the Town Clerk at 402-235-2119 or email



"Marriage is Murder" at the Mahoney State Park

KBC Productions announces that their winter theater season continues at Mahoney State Park with the Nick Hall's romantic comedy, "Marriage is Murder." Directed by Kathryn Cover, the story revolves around a divorced couple who write murder mysteries together. Paul and Polly Butler act out the crimes in Paul's apartment; complete with poisoned chocolates, lethal martinis and daggers. Nobody gets hurt, but their egos take some hits as each attempts to outdo the other.

Starring in the show are Noelle Bohaty and Kyle Rolenze of Lincoln, pictured above. Both actors are currently employed in Lincoln at the Community Playhouse.

Performance dates are January 23-24, 29-31, February 5-7, 11-14 and 19-21. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Adult tickets are $8. Admission for children 12 and under is $6. Special promotions for this event include a dinner theater package ($20 for adults, $10 for children), and a Valentine's Day Package. From February 11-14 you can get special rates that include lodging, meal and complimentary gift package.

Mahoney State Park is located between Omaha and Lincoln on the interstate. Please call the Mahoney State Park reservation desk for tickets and package details, (402) 944-2523 ext. 7330. A state park entry permit is required to attend all shows.


In last week's Newsletter, I forgot to mention that Gretchen and Ricky King submitted the photo of the Boy Scouts ringing bells for Salvation Army. It's readers like the Kings who offer their news tips and photos that help to keep this Newsletter fresh and up-to-date, so.......

Thanks, Guys!



Abused and Neglected Children Will Benefit from Jewelers for Children Grant to the Cass County CASA Program

The news today is filled with articles describing the stiff competition among retailers, and this is particularly true for the jewelry industry. But one thing that can bring these fierce competitors together is the safety and well being of children. One local beneficiary of this industry's commitment to children is the Cass County CASA Program of Cass County, NE. Our CASA program was recently awarded a $12,500 grant from Jewelers for Children (JFC) to increase the number of volunteers who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. The award to Cass County CASA Program is part of a $500,000 grant that JFC made to the National CASA Association, of which this Program is a member.

Jewelers for Children-the charitable arm of the jewelry industry, composed of jewelry retailers, manufacturers, watch companies and trade associations-has been one of National CASA's largest private supporters since 2003. According to David Rocha, executive director of Jewelers for Children, the organization has made National CASA one of its two "super legacy charities," along with the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"We are proud to be able to continue our support for CASA despite the impact of the economic downturn," says Rocha. "By helping to fund CASA volunteer advocacy, we know we are helping to ensure our nation's most vulnerable children find safe permanent homes and hope. And, as we look out to the future, we cannot think of a sounder investment."

The process of awarding JFC funds by National CASA was thorough and highly competitive. "Because we know that many of our member programs are struggling through lean times, we decided that every dime of the JFC award should go to local community CASA and GAL programs," says Michael S. Piraino, CEO of National CASA. "These programs effectively recruit, train and supervise the volunteers who advocate for children in foster care."

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is returned safely to his biological family or, when that can't happen, adopted into a permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence-the one adult who cares only for them while in foster care.

Last year, nearly 70,000 CASA volunteers served more than 240,000 abused and neglected children through 1,018 program offices throughout the country.

As of September 30, 2009, there are 395 CASA volunteers advocating for 695 of Nebraska's abused and neglected children. There are an additional 1,527 children are on a state waiting list for CASA services. We are always seeking new volunteers in our effort to provide a voice to every abused and neglected child.

"Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did but because they can't-or won't-take care of you," says Kim M. Carrera, Executive Director of the Cass County CASA Program. "Now, into these children's lives come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers and more. Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA volunteer. Funding from Jewelers for Children will help us recruit and train additional volunteers and enable us to serve more children."

To find out how you can help the Cass County CASA Program as a donor or a volunteer, please call 296-9520 or go to


National CASA Sustainability Grants are made possible by funding from the Department of Justice - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Jewelers for Children (JFC). The National CASA Grants Program is supported by Grant # 2009-MU-MU-K003 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.


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