Families are like old quilts.
Although they seem to unravel at times,
each can be stitched back together with
threads of love.
(By Pat Zeigler)
Our family reunion was held this past weekend. We'd just unloaded our car that had been filled with side dishes, desserts and prizes for our traditional Bingo games, when the clouds just couldn't hold back any longer and it absolutely poured for about 15 minutes. Showers eased-up a bit, but it continued to drizzle the rest of the day. That damp, cool weather didn't hold family back. What a thrill to see aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and our loved ones getting together, talking, laughing and embracing.
Family came from Florida, Washington, South Carolina, Colorado and all points in between.
Last winter my Floridian cousin, Lori, offered to make a family quilt if we all sent quilt blocks or fabric from long ago that belonged to family members.
She received pieces of little ones' nightgowns and shorts, Grandma's embroidered tea towels, a pot holder, hankies, sleeves from shirts, pants' legs, logo patches from one cousin's birthing center, a nephew's stock car number and a logo from another cousin's tree farm. There were dish towels, old pillowcases and pieces of sheets and Grandma’s curtains and aprons, too.
One of my largest donations was a complete, although very tattered, and very old, quilt that belonged to Grandma and Grandpa. It was clean, but hadn't been washed for quite some time.
A few times each year, on one of those rare, beautiful days, with very little wind, I'd hang it gently on my outside clothesline to freshen it up. Then I’d carefully put it back into its home - in a drawer.
Some of the old quilt patches were still in quite good condition, but others were becoming threadbare. As I ran my fingers over the old fabric, a couple of places made my mind wander. Did one of us grandkids get a toe caught in a tiny hole that became much larger as we pulled the blanket up to our neck? How many babies or toddlers snuggled under its coziness on cold winter mornings? When a fever forced someone to stay in bed, did it keep the cold chills at bay? As I packed it for its' long journey with our postal service, I remember thinking that I was glad Lori would be the one to make the first cut into the beautiful, slightly-faded, fabric.
She really turned-on her seamstress talents and lovingly stitched, melding the former generations’ memories into the new generation’s. All over the newly-finished quilt, along its edges and throughout are pieces of Grandma’s old quilt. Lori left the soft flannel backing attached, with the ‘stuffins’ still inside. The back of the quilt boasts all Lori's beautiful creation.
When it was complete, she then agonized over how to fairly 'gift' the new treasure. A raffle? Draw names? Some kind of game with the winner getting it? Nope. We decided to give it to our reunion hosts and at the next reunion, they'll pass it on to the next hosts. A journal was meticulously kept, too, of who sent what fabric, so that its history can go wherever it will go.
This beautiful quilt is a tribute, not only to Grandpa and Grandma, but to our whole, loving family. Yes, we get a little crazy sometimes, just like an old quilt, but I wouldn't trade any one of them. They're my family and I love each and every one of them. Thanks, Lori, for your labor of love.
(Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together. Sam Levinson).
CONDOLENCES to the FAMILY of...
age 85, longtime, former Murray resident.
Visitation is Friday, October 5, 2018, 3-8 pm at Roby Funeral Home, Plattsmouth, with services at 10 am Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Murray Christian Church.
Murray Freedom Festival Meeting Date Change
Friends, The Murray Freedom Festival NEEDS YOUR HELP!
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGED TIME FOR THE OCTOBER MEETING, DUE TO SCHEDULE CONFLICTS!!
This month the Murray Freedom Festival Board of Trustees and Volunteers will meet at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, Murray Town Hall, 106 W. Main Street, Murray, NE, to discuss the future of the Murray Freedom Festival.
The 2018 Murray Freedom Festival was a fantastic event, but the MFF NEEDS YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE!
Without your help, the Murray Freedom Festival will not have the human or monetary resources necessary to run an event in 2019. This means that the 2018 Murray Freedom Festival is in peril of being the LAST one.
If you have enjoyed the 4th of July events in Murray, we NEED YOUR HELP to continue providing a Fourth of July Celebration for the people in and around the Village of Murray for the year 2019 and beyond!!
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!
We meet once a month, on the first Tuesday, (unless otherwise noted), and meet a few additional times as the 4th of July nears.
People who are interested in being on the Board, those interested in running events, and people who would like to see the 4th of July continue in Murray are welcome and urged to attend.
Please bring your ideas and interests. All positions on the Board of Directors are available, as are all event chairman positions.
DON’T LET THE MURRAY FREEDOM FESTIVAL END WITH THE 2018 CELEBRATION! Please show your support and volunteerism at the next meeting.
We welcome your ideas to help us improve our events!
If you're not happy with how we're currently being governed, and even if you are satisfied with it, you should realize that it's your duty and privilege to VOTE. This fall's elections could prove to be truly historic. Be a part of history!
There are no more excuses for not voting on election day. You also have the option to vote EARLY in person at the election office or by mail, but YOU MUST BE REGISTERED FIRST TO VOTE and registering to VOTE is SO EASY, but there are DEADLINES to meet!
To see who and what you have the right to vote for, and deadlines, check out the Nebraska Secretary of State's webpage here:
Below are the regulation guidelines from Nebraska's Secretary of State:
Voting Deadlines for Elections
"Secretary of State John Gale outlined deadlines regarding voter registration and early voting for the coming statewide elections.
Early Voting by mail for elections start 35 days prior to an election, while Early Voting in person at Nebraska County Election Offices starts 30 days prior to the Election.
Any registered voter can cast an Early Voting ballot.
Gale listed the following deadlines for the statewide elections:
• Mail-in voter registrations must be postmarked by the 3rd Friday preceding an election.
• Voter registration closes at motor vehicle offices, state agencies, and online through the Secretary of State’s website on the 3rd Friday preceding an election.
• In-person voter registration at County Election Offices ends at 6 p.m. the 2nd Friday preceding an election. This includes registration changes such as updating an address.
• Registered voters can make requests until the close of business the 2nd Friday preceding an election for Early Voting ballots to be mailed. The day before the election is the deadline for in-person Early Voting at County Election Offices.
• 8 p.m. Central Time / 7 p.m. Mountain Time Election Day, (the hour set for the polls to close), is the deadline for all Early Voting ballots to be returned to the County Election Office. The Secretary of State’s website provides detailed information regarding the voting process. The website includes the Nebraska Voter Registration Application form, an application to request an Early Voting ballot, addresses and phone numbers for County Election Offices, and a look-up tool that allows voters to verify their registration status.
Gale reminded people to update their voter registration if they have moved within a county or submit a new registration if they have moved from one county to another. Gale urged eligible Nebraskans to make sure they are registered to vote and then take the time to cast ballots.
“Voting in Nebraska is a very user-friendly process,” he said. People with voting questions can contact their County Election Office or the Secretary of State’s Office at (402) 471-2555."
Cass County Nebraska residents, call the Election Office in Plattsmouth at 402-296-9309 with any questions you might have.
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.
SOME KIDS COULD SURE USE YOUR HELP!
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 or Murray Christian Church, Mondays and Thursdays, between 8 am and noon. We can pick up your items, too, if you cannot drop them off. Call Jill at 402-235-2527 on Monday or Thursday 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.
YOUTH ACTIVISM IS WHERE IT STARTS!
When: November 3 - 4, 2018
Where: The Leadership Center, Aurora, NE
Cost: FREE (We'll even pick you up!)
Big Tobacco has a long history of marketing it's deadly products to youth though manipulation and deception, and we've seen it all and had enough of it! As youth, we have the power to change the social norm created by Big Tobacco and celebrate our collaborative achievements. Awareness and unification are keys to our success in the past and moving forward.
Our applications are now available to be filled out online!
Applications are due Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018.
Questions? Call 866.394.8336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Murray Churches Youth Group
is back in full swing!
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 days, time and place.
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…”
Be sure to add a few extra minutes to your travel plans, if you need to go through Murray on Highway 1 in the near future. Work will begin on the roads from Murray west to 84th Street. The road work will most likely will continue through the fall. There will be a pilot car, so you should expect to wait a few minutes to continue on your journey. For everyone's safety remember to go slowly through the work zone. Above all, be patient and be kind.
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COUNTRY MUSIC LOVERS!
Bring your instrument(s) of choice or just your listening ears and come on over to Malvern, Iowa, for an old-fashioned, good time, filled with great music during the first weekend of November!
You'll be happy you came!
Make plans now to attend the Fall Quilt and Barn Quilt Show at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House, September 1 to October 14, 2018.
With the help of the Oxbow Quilters and several other contributors, the Aldrich House is expecting over 40 fall quilts for the inside the house. Outside, you will find 15 mini barn quilts (2' x 2') that have been designed to go along with our garden themes.
These "wooden quilts" are available for viewing in our beautiful gardens and will be for sale through a silent auction process. Please share this post with your friends and make this special exhibit part of your fall activities!
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Witte Physical Therapy would like to announce a few changes to the 2018-2019 Student of the Week (now Students of the Month) program. We continue to look for nominations from local community members, teachers, coaches, athletic directors, or anybody else who would like to nominate a deserving student. The student could be from Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville, or Weeping Water Public Schools. Please see the criteria below.
1. The student must be an enrolled 7th-12th grade student at Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville, or Weeping Water Schools.
2. The student must participate in at least 1 extra-curricular activity outside of normal class work.
3. The student must be nominated from someone outside of their family and be verified by the school before their nomination can be accepted.
4. Nominations are due the first and third Fridays of the month. Please send an email to your school athletic director or principle for verification prior to sending it email@example.com.
5. Nominations must include the student’s name, parent(s)’ name(s), activities involved in, grade and school attended, and reason for nomination. Additional information including pictures would be appreciated!
The selected student will be posted on Facebook and Twitter pages belonging to Witte Physical Therapy on Wednesday mornings for consecutive weeks. A post will also be submitted to the weekly community newsletters for Murray, Elmwood, Murdock, Louisville, Weeping Water, and Manley, as well as the Plattsmouth Journal. The selected student will have the opportunity to stop by Witte Physical Therapy in Louisville and receive a free Witte Physical Therapy swag!
Selected Student Winners will be posted on 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 11/28, and 12/12 in 2018. Dates in 2019 include 1/23, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, and 5/15.
Harvest Ale Festival is Coming on
The Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild, Nebraska Hop Program and Midwest Hop Producers present the inaugural Nebraska Harvest Ale Festival
The Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild, Nebraska Extension Hop Program and Midwest Hop Producers are thrilled to announce a new and exciting event that promotes community and the hop growing and craft brewing industries. The Harvest Ale Festival will take place on Saturday, October 13th at Midwest Hop Producers in Plattsmouth, Nebraska and will celebrate local hops and local beer with food, beer tastings, fall activities and music.
While we might be drenched in sweat under the summer sun busily preparing for harvest this fall, we can look forward to fall days with a nip in the air, crisp beers with fresh hop aromas, and gatherings with friends as the sun goes down. This unique outdoor festival will feature tastings of fresh hopped and harvest styled brews highlighting local hop and craft brew production in Nebraska, 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 from all over the Midwest together and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be going to support the efforts of the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild and the Nebraska Hop Program’s research and extension hop yard. Both of these organizations are working hard to better the craft brewing industry in the state!
For more information visit: //www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-harvest-ale-festival-tickets-47868222141?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Participating breweries: 5168 Brewing Co., Backswing Brewing Co., Blue Blood Brewing Co., Brickway Brewing Co., Code Beer Co., Empyrean Brewing Co., Farnam House Brewing Co., First Street Brewing Co., Infusion Brewing Co., Keg Creek Brewing Co. (IA), Kinkaider Brewing Co., Kros Strain Brewing Co., Lazy Horse Brewing Co., Lost Way Brewing Co., Lucky Bucket Brewing Co., Nebraska Brewing Co., Pals Brewing Co., Prairie Pride Brewing Co., Scriptown Brewing Co., Soaring Wings Vineyard & Brewing, Thunderhead Brewing Co., Upstream Brewing Co., and Zipline Brewing Co.
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.
About the Nebraska Hops Program
The Nebraska Hop Program seeks to provide timely, research-based educational information, tools and resources for hop growers, brewers and the backyard enthusiasts in the Midwest region.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Audition Dates Announced at the Lofte Theatre
Show Audition Dates /Production Dates:
Guys On Ice - Show is Oct. 13-28
Nuncrackers - Oct. 22 & 23, Dec. 1-16
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LENDING PROGRAM
The Great Plains Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association has a wonderful instrument lending program, so please share this information with folks that you know. Here is the information from Jim Wood:
"We are in full swing looking for kids ages 5 to 16 who want to learn to play a bluegrass/old time instrument!
The instruments we are lending include guitar, fiddles of different sizes, banjo, and mandolin, and have recently been gifted with a fine Dobro, thanks to Doug Van Horn.
These instruments may be borrowed for a year as long as the learner has a mentor from our music association.
The mentor will be selected by the student and parent.
This mentor will give the Instrument lending committee a report of progress every three months."
If you wish to get an application to this Lending program, please contact Jim Wood at 402-397-4673 or email@example.com.
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ARE YOU 55+
LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK?
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: firstname.lastname@example.orgNebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.
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