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Murray Newsletter - May 19, 2010



Nathan Weatherby, Conestoga sophomore, who qualified for State by throwing the discus 134' 1" last week in Yutan!

Nathan will be competing at the State events at Burke High School in Omaha this weekend.

Congratulations, Nate!







MAY 21 - 22



After 9pm this Thursday night, you should be able to print a map and a list
of Murray garage sales that start the following day.

Look at the home page of in the upper-right hand
side under 'Latest News' for 'Garage Sale Maps'.







The Murray Presbyterian Church will be accepting clean, gently-used
clothing and misc. items from those in the community from
6-8PM on Monday, 5/17, Tuesday, 5/18, and Wednesday, 5/19 for
anyone not wanting to run their own garage sale...or anyone not having
enough items to run their own garage sale.

Thank you!


When you plan to have a garage sale, you already have decided that
those items are going.  So, after your sale, if you have any items leftover,
please consider donating them to Hosanna Lutheran Church in Plattsmouth. 
If requested, you may also receive a receipt for your tax deductible donation. 
You won't even have to haul them away!  The items will be picked up at your place.

We would prefer that the items be boxed, not bagged, although we'll be happy
to take them either way and grateful for your donation.

To make arrangements for pick-up of your items, please call
Gloria or Tom at 235-2999.

Thank you!



Wee Wee: (WW)
Coach-Pitch  #1: (CP1)
Coach-Pitch  #2: (CP2)

"HOME" is Young Park in Murray

Thursday, May 20
CP#1, Home vs Syracuse #1, 6pm
WW, Home vs Plattsmouth #4, 7pm

CP#2, @ Nehawka, 6pm

Saturday, May 22
CP#1, @ Weeping Water #1, 9am
WW, Home vs Weeping Water, 11am
CP#2 @ Syracuse #4, 9am

Monday, May 24
CP#1, Home vs Weeping Water #2, 6pm
WW, Home vs Waverly #3, 7pm
CP#2, @ Weeping Water #1, 6pm

Saturday, May 29
CP#1, @ Syracuse #3, 9am
WW, @ Waverly #2, 10am
CP#2, Home vs Syracuse #1, 9am


Saturday, June 5
CP#1, Home vs Elmwood/Murdock North, 9am
WW @ Waverly #1, 10am
CP#2 @ Louisville #2, 9am

Monday, June 7
CP#1, Home vs Nehawka, 6pm
WW, Home vs Syracuse #3, 8pm
CP#2, Home vs Elmwood/Murdock North, 7pm

Wednesday, June 12
CP#1 @ Syracuse #2, 9am
WW, Home vs Syracuse #2, 11am
CP#2, Home vs Syracuse #1, 9am

Monday, June 14
WW @ Syracuse #1, 7pm

Wednesday, June 19
WW @ Louisville #2, 10am

June 14 - 19 Coach-Pitch tournaments in Murray.  Times to be announced.
June 20-26 Wee Wee tournaments in Louisville.  Times to be announced.



Master Gardener to be at Cass County Extension

Make plans now to visit the Cass County Extension office,
to get answers to your gardening and landscape questions
from a Master Gardener on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 26 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Wednesday, June 2 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Walk-ins are welcome!
Phone calls can be directed to 267-2205.

The Cass County Extension Office is located on the
Cass County Fairgrounds three miles north of Weeping Water,
at Highway 1 and 144th Streets. (8400 144th Street, Ste. 100)




GET WELL  wishes are being sent out to




A friend, (thanks, Liz!),  sent me this great link to a video about one of our
small Nebraska towns and the patriotism and pride there. 
You're gonna love it!




Local Issue Prompts a New State Policy - Part II

May 14, 2010, Lincoln -As promised, when the 2009 legislative session ended,
the Lower Platte South NRD and the Cass County Board continued discussions
about an alternate route for the MoPac Trail extension, and the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee and my staff studied issues such as NRD trail development procedures, the role of affected governmental subdivisions, information containedin Nebraska's state trails plan, and policies and laws for recreational trail land acquisition in other states.

The Committee traveled to District 2 in September 2009 for a hearing, at which
testimony was provided about this issue by landowners, representatives from county government and NRDs, and special interest groups like the Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Trails Council.

Guided by what we learned from the introduction of LB 134 in 2009, research data from all 50 states and Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts, the state trail plan and testimony at the September hearing, the Committee's staff and my staff outlined several proposals to modify the existing law that allowed NRDs to use eminent domain to take private land for trail development. District 21 Senator Ken Haar, who serves on the Natural Resources Committee and offered suggestions for modifying LB 134 last year, developed a fourth plan to assist affected landowners indirectly by addressing trail development disputes between NRDs and county boards.

When the 2010 session opened, three proposals were introduced. Senator Haar's plan was offered in LB 1019, and I proposed LBs 1010 and 1011. LB 1011 and LB 134 from 2009 both proposed to eliminate the use of eminent domain by NRDs for optional recreational trails projects while maintaining the power for necessary flood control structures. The difference between the bills was that LB 134 was the sole vehicle, through which to address the issue last year, while LB1011 was introduced this year to serve as a strong alternative to the more moderate approach contained in LB 1010.

One of the strengths of LB 1010 was the statutory precedent on which it was based. The bill was modeled on a 2002 law, which created a process for resolving a similar problem. That is, the ability of a governmental subdivision to use the power of eminent domain to take land from a person or organization which, in turn, has no right to stop the action or ensure that it is used in a fair and just manner. Under LB 1010 NRDs would retain their power of eminent domain for trail development, but be required to do so through a structured process that would guarantee public notification and input, proof of a need not just a desire to use the power, some liability protection for landowners, a formal agreement of rights and obligations between an NRD and an affected landowner, and the right of a landowner to appeal the decision to use the power to a district court.

The response to the moderate solution proposed in LB 1010 was much more
favorable among senators and other interested parties than the more extreme
approach proposed by LB 134 in 2009. The position of LB 1010 was also
strengthened by research data, which showed Nebraska to be one of only
eight states that allowed unrestricted use of eminent domain to take private
property for trails. 

The move from one end of a range of options to the middle garnered stronger
backing from the Natural Resources Committee, a genuine willingness to
negotiation and compromise from the strongest opponents of LB 134 in 2009
and statements of support from senators, who in 2009 were unwilling to vote
for the more extreme policy change. Even Senator Haar, who opposed LB 134
and introduced his own plan this year, decided that LB 1010 offered the best
solution to this policy issue and gave his support to the bill.

LB 1010 moved easily through the three rounds of floor debate. Several senators commented that they supported the bill, in part, because the development of LB 1010 represented the best way to create new policy for our state. As I have said several times in the past few weeks, lawmaking happens through the interaction of people, processes, policies and politics. This was certainly true of the passage of LB 1010, and the legislature's commitment to protect the rights of private landowners in Nebraska.

I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the
Nebraska Legislature.

We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.

Senator Dave Pankonin
State Capitol
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509

(402) 471-2613



The CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN Recycle Trailer will be located in the
southwest corner of the Murray Rural Fire Dept.'s parking lot the following dates:

May 15 - 21
May 29 - June 4
June 12 - 18
July 3 - 9
July 24 - 30
August 14 - 20
September 4 - 10
September 25 - October 1
October 15 - 22
November 6 - 12
November 27 - December 3
December 18 - 24

(The Waste Management recycle bins located behind Town Hall are for
Murray residents only, although Murray residents may also use the
Cass County Recycle Trailer.)


Otoe County Genealogical Society June Meeting

The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its June 10th meeting
at the Otoe County Museum of Memories at 366 Poplar Street in
Syracuse, Nebraska, at 7:00 pm.

The society will have a short meeting, and will then be sorting and cataloging
hundreds of 150 year-old criminal and civil case files from the Otoe County
District Courthouse and establishing a searchable database for future
research.  The museum's genealogical reference area will also be open to
anyone who wishes to research his or her family history.

If you need more information, you may email Otoe Genealogical Society @



Here's a link to the "Summer workshops" page of the 4-H website. 

These workshops  are open to youth who are not enrolled in 4-H,
as well as current 4-H members.








Mumford Awarded Lofte Scholarship

The Lofte Community Theatre is proud to
announce that its 2010 Scholarship for graduating seniors has been awarded
to Ross Mumford of Elmwood.  His parents are Cindy and Tony Mumford.

Mr. Mumford is not only a Lofte volunteer, but has an excellent record for his
high school extracurricular activities as well.  He's active in speech, choir,
Spanish Club and the Elmwood-Murdock FBLA.  During his academic career,
Mumford has been a three-year All-State member, a two-year National FBLA
competitor and received the Nebraska Young Artist Award.  His future plans
include attending Nebraska Wesleyan and majoring in music education.

Mumford debuted on the Lofte stage at the tender age of 11.  He was cast in
his first play, "Damn Yankees" in 2003 and got to utter the memorable line,
"Say it ain't so, Joe!"  He's also starred in "Laughing Stock,"  last year's musical,
"Crazy For You," and many others.  What keeps Ross coming back to the Lofte
year after year?  "The people and the positive experience that the Lofte continually supplies.  The Lofte has also helped me improve my singing, acting and overall performance skills.  I'm also lucky to have made so many good friends and special memories during my time here."

The Lofte extends its most heartfelt congratulations to Ross and his pursuit of higher education.  Lofte President, Anne Pope said, "Ross' selfless dedication to the Lofte and outstanding academic performance were just two of the reasons that he was chosen to receive the 2010 Lofte Scholarship.  While we all hope that he continues to grace our stage with his contagious smile and quick wit, and we also wish him the best of luck on a brilliant future." 

Ross, pictured above, is a 2010 graduate of Elmwood-Murdock High School.

The Lofte Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization
supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation,
and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee.  The Lofte Community Theatre
is dedicated to providing opportunities for area residents of all ages to participate
in the creation process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to
enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art form.




JUNE 5-6, 2010



Saturday, June 26, 2010

7:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Plattsmouth High School Football Field & Track

Rain or Shine - if necessary the walk will be moved into the high school

There will be music and games for even the smallest - a bounce house, too!
Bring your tents and sleeping bags and camp out with us under the stars!
A night you're sure to remember!

For additional information: or 402-393-5801

Your 2010 Relay Committee


Mark your calendars so you can plan to go and support the following
teams at these fun events:

Friday, May 21  & Saturday, May 22, 2010 -
Kris' Krew is sponsoring a bake sale in conjunction with Murray Garage Sales
at 301 W. Young Street. Come early and enjoy homemade cinnamon rolls, pies, cookies, brownies and many other yummy treats!

Saturday, May 22, 2010 -
Thundering Herd is sponsoring a Vendor Open House from 10 AM to 2 PM at
the Bellevue Lied Activity Center (2711 Arboretum Drive). Vendors will include
Arbonne, At Home Entertaining, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware and more.
Proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Cass County.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 -
Fashion Show at Chico's in Shadow Lake Town Center to benefit the
Cass County Relay For Life. The show will begin at 7 PM and light snacks will
be provided. Chico's is proudly donating 10% of the stores proceeds sold between 4 PM - 9 PM on that day.

Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5, 2010 -
Thundering Herd is sponsoring a garage sale (8 AM to 4 PM - both days) in
Bellevue at 13412 S. 31st Circle.

Friday, June 4 (8 AM to 5 PM) & Saturday, June 5, 2010 (8 AM to 1 PM) -
Kris' Krew is sponsoring a garage sale at 10186 Sydney Lane in
Lakeview Estates (North of Beaver Lake). They will have a $3 Bag Sale from
1 PM to 2 PM on Saturday, June 5th.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 -
LD's Warriors is sponsoring "Rock-N-Race For A Cure" at Rolling Thunder Drag Strip. Gates open at 1 PM and admission is $10 per person.

Friday, June 11, Saturday, June 12 & Sunday, June 13, 2010 -
Thundering Herd is sponsoring a craft booth at Springfield Days.
Hours: Friday - 5 PM to 10 PM - Saturday & Sunday - 8 AM to 4 PM.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 -
Carol's Crusaders is sponsoring their annual Blackjack Run. Sign up is from
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Plattsmouth Keno and the cost is $10 per hand.
Motorcycles and classic cars welcome!

Info about fundraisers - the dates and particulars - can always be found at,  where they will be listed in the left-hand
column at the fundraiser tab.

Thank you for your continued support!



"Heaven Can Wait" Kicks Off Lofte's 34th Season

The Lofte Community Theatre will begin its
34th season with Harry Segall's classic, "Heaven Can Wait."  It is the
story of a loveable prize-fighter, Joe Pendleton whom is snatched into
the afterlife before his time.  In an effort to rectify the situation, his guardian
angel returns Joe to earth in the body of an elderly millionaire. 
"Heaven Can Wait" has all of the ingredients of a lighthearted comedy
while also asking important questions about life and true love.

The original stage play "Heaven Can Wait" has been made into several
movie versions over the years.  The most well-known was the 1978 film
starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie.  The original movie, 1941's
"Here Comes Mr. Jordan"  received two Academy Awards for Original
Story and Best Screenplay. 

Directed by Kevin Colbert, the production stars Jamion Biesterfeld of
Louisville in the starring role of Joe Pendleton.  His well-meaning heavenly
guide is played by Bob Pinkerton of Weeping Water.  Other cast members
include Theresa Massoth and Mark Sievering of Murray; Mark Sheldon,
Tim Sorensen and Jeff Johnston of Elmwood; Anna and Levi Stroebel and
Silvia Conley of Omaha; Melinda Mead and David Willingham of Plattsmouth
and Hope and Dave Hibler of Manley.

The production runs May 28-30, June 4-6 and 10-13. Tickets are $16 and
can be purchased by calling the Lofte Box Office at (402) 234-2553 or online
at  Please note that season tickets for all five of the Lofte's
stage productions can still be purchased for $60 through June 13.


Pictured, Bob Pinkerton of Weeping Water and Jamion Biesterfeld
of Louisville star in the Lofte's season opener, "Heaven Can Wait."

The Lofte Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization
supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation,
and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee.  The Lofte Community Theatre
is dedicated to providing opportunities for area residents of all ages to participate
in the creation process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to
enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art form.



On Sunday, June 20th, the Plattsmouth Main Street Association is sponsoring
an "Old Fashioned Father's Day in the Park" at Rhylander park in Plattsmouth.

As you can see from the flier, the featured event will be an old-time base ball game. 
As a result we are recruiting players for our local team,
"The Cass County Railroad Ruffians"
and we invite you to choose a member of your organization as your representative on the team.

This will be a game of light-hearted fun and friendly competition. The rules of 1860 are a
much less strenuous game than modern baseball and 9 innings will last less than 2 hours.
In fact, the pitcher throws underhand and is encouraged to throw the ball where the batter
requests it to be thrown. Also, it is an "out" if the ball is caught without having touched the
ground OR after one bounce. So, as you can see, this game will move along quite quickly.
I have seen the Wichita team play. They play for fun and love to "razz" each other and the
opposing team. They told me that they win about 50% of their games.

This will require no financial contribution on the part of your organization. Our only hope is
that you will bring your families out to enjoy the day and share in the fun and relaxation of
a simpler era.

Please let us know by May 27th if you do or do not have have someone who is interested
in playing on the Cass County Railroad Ruffians base ball team for this event.


Jan Sandoz, Day in the Park Event Coordinator
Plattsmouth Main Street Association



A pet shelter 'challenge' began on Monday, May 17, 2010 and will
continue through Sunday, August 22, 2010. Many grants will be awarded
over 19 weeks and we're hoping you'll help us win some of them. Please,
will you tell all your relatives, friends, co-workers,email buddies from
anywhere and maybe strangers on the street? Here are the very detailed
and easy to follow instructions.


Go to and click on the button on the
right "Click Here To Give - It's Free" - at this point you are giving free
food to animals at many shelters.

Now you'll get a message "Thank you your click has been counted!"
On the top of the screen - "Help your favorite animal shelter win a prize!"
Click the "Vote Today" Button
The first time you vote you will need to enter all the information -
Shelter name: Plattsmouth Animal Shelter
Country: USA
State: Nebraska
City: Plattsmouth
Click on "search"
It will locate the shelter and display the name and location - when it does
click "VOTE"
One more step ...... Confirm your vote (name the animal) and you're done!
After you do this the first time, you can save it in your favorites (it will retain
all the shelter info) and the voting is much quicker the next time!

IMPORTANT: Please remember to vote every day!


Composting Workshop

Cass County Extension office will host a Composting Workshop.  Vaughn Hammond, Extension Technologist from the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City will present a Home Composting workshop on
Thursday, May 27th from 10:00-11:30.

Compost is every gardener¹s best friend.  We will teach you how to make compost using either the hot or cold approach as well as cover several different types of composters available.  We will also construct a compost bin that is easy to build and affordable.  To top the morning off we will also cover vermiculture or the process of composting with worms.

The workshop is offered free to anyone who is interested; no need to pre-register.The Cass County Extension office is located at 8400 144th Street,
three miles north of Weeping Water on the Cass County Fairgrounds,
(Highway 1 and 144th Street).

Contact: Mary Ann Holland
Extension Educator
Cass County Extension office
8400 144th Street, Ste. 100
Weeping Water, NE 68463



BRAN - Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska --

June 6-12

Ride travels through Nebraska, with a stop in Burwell on June 9

This week long tour provides an up-close and personal journey through the
unheralded beauty and charm of Nebraska. Itinerary pending at time of event
listing, check website for updates. 
June 6-12

For More Information: Phone: (402) 397-9785


Family Fun Day Cruise -- May 31

River City Star, 151 Freedom Park Rd
Omaha, NE
Half price sightseeing cruises from 1-2pm.

Bring the entire family for a 1 hour cruise along the Omaha riverfront.

May 31
Admission: $4-$6

For More Information: Phone: (402) 342-7827


Jazz in June -- June 1-29

Sheldon Museum of Art, UNL Campus - 12th & R Sts
Lincoln, NE
Enjoy jazz in the great outdoors! Downtown market held from 5-9pm, 30 minute
UNL garden tours available at 6pm, and featured jazz musicians each week.

June 1-29
Tuesdays beginning at 5pm

Farmers market.

For More Information: Phone: (402) 472-2461


Bargains on Byways --

June 11-13
South-central Nebraska communities
Franklin, NE
A 3-day yard sale covering a 300-mile radius.
Antiques, collectables and beautiful scenery. 

Crafts/quilts/antiques show.
Flea market.

For More Information: Phone: (308) 470-0499



Wednesday, May 19 -
K-6 Field Day (Rain date)
DI Globals

Thursday, May 20th -
DI Globals

Friday, May 21 -

Saturday, May 22 -




I don't either!  To finally have an easily accessable way to know what's going
on in and around our area is wonderful and long overdue.  We've received many
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