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Murray Newsletter - November 7, 2018



TeamMates Mentors Needed at Conestoga

Four kids at Conestoga Elementary are waiting to be matched with a mentor.

The one to one transformative power of mentoring results in a ripple ef-fect that over time, makes a huge difference and can impact families for generations.

The TeamMates Mentoring Program is a one to one, school-based mentoring program serving kids in 3rd through 12th grade that will support you in a your quest to make that difference for a child.

A new mentor meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7 at Conestoga Elementary, 6 p.m.

Please consider this opportunity and contact Deb Leffler , Guidance Counselor, to learn how you can become a TeamMates Mentor or visit and click “Become a TeamMates Mentor” to com-plete the application.



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(by Pat Zeigler)

Kathy, our friendly neighborhood Postmaster, informed me last week that postage for a first class stamp for a one ounce letter is definitely going to rise from .50 to .55, effective January 27, 2019, however the 2nd ounce cost will go down from .21 to .15.

Before the price hike, you might want to stock up on Forever Stamps. You can use them no matter how much the price goes up!

Check out some of the many, new designs at at the post office or go to and order the ones you'd like. There are Mr. Rogers, Flowers, Flags, First Responders, Dragons, World War 1, Hot Wheels, John Lennon, Winter Birds, Hanukkah, Scooby-Doo, Kwanzaa, Christmas and Alzheimers, among many others. You may purchase them by the book, sheet or by the roll.

Even in today's world, with the convenience of text and email for electronic payments and holiday greetings, I think everyone still enjoys seeing a letter or card in their postal mailbox from a friend or family member.  Knowing that someone took a few minutes to sit down and write a personal note is something to treasure.  I still send many cards and love to receive them. 

Stamps make great gifts, too.  A book of stamps in a sympathy card is a thoughtful gesture when one faces a mountain of thank you cards to send.  They're also good to give to kids with a package of thank you cards along with their birthday gift.  Maybe their mom or dad will take the hint that sending a note of thanks is still a kind thing to do.    Even Good ol' Santa has left stamps and thank you cards in my kids' Christmas stockings before. 

Parents, grandparents and friends appreciate stamps, too.  Many of them don't use social media, a computer or smart phone, but they still send letters, bill payments and cards through the postal service.

Finally, as with anything else, the post office and stamps may go away if we don't continue to use them, so stock up!




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Members of the Murray Christian Church, Murray, NE,  have been busy creating a new cookbook that's here just in time for holiday gift-giving.  There are still cookbook collectors out there that would appreciate this addition to their collection!  Included are 78 pages of recipes, along with cooking tips, too.

Cookbooks are only $10 each, with proceeds going to the church. 

Call Linda, 402-235-2831, for more information.



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Elevate - Murray Churches Youth Group

First Sunday of each month.

Join us for chili, hot dogs, games and learning to grow in Christ, at our meeting this Sunday, November 4th at Murray Presbyterian Church, which will be at 5:30.

Starting in December, we'll alternate meetings between Murray Christian and Murray Presbyterian from 5-7 p.m.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes, (FCA), meets at the high school immediately following Elevate meetings at 7-9:00 on the same nights.

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 more info.



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The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District will begin its annual bare-root tree seedling sales program (i.e. Conservation Forestry Program) starting November 1st. Anyone within the Lower Platte South NRD is welcome to purchase trees. These bare-root trees/shrubs are offered for less than $1 apiece. All species are sold in bundles of 25.

There are over 40 different species available, with windbreak classics like Colorado blue spruce & ponderosa pine, to wildlife friendly shrubs like Chokecherry & American Plum and some forest giants like Bur Oak & Black Walnut. The NRD is also excited to offer some new species this year such as Bald Cypress, Sycamore and Redbud.

Please visit for complete species list and ordering information. You can purchase them online or by mailing in the printable brochure. The NRD will take orders until March 22nd 2019 with trees expected to arrive by Arbor Day.

Please visit for additional information.





Young Readers Invited to Write to Favorite Authors

Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre-fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic-explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s view of the world. The 26th annual reflective writing competition is sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and presented in association with affiliate State Centers for the Book with funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Letters About Literature is coordinated and sponsored in Nebraska by the Nebraska Center for the Book and the Nebraska Library Commission, with support from Houchen Bindery, Ltd., Humanities Nebraska, and Chapters Bookstore in Seward.

Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. The Nebraska Center for the Book’s panel of judges will select the top letter writers in the state, to be honored in a proclamation-signing ceremony at the state capitol during National Library Week in April 2019. Their winning letters will be placed in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln. Nebraska winners will receive state prizes, and then advance to the national judging.

A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level (Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8, and Level III for grades 9-12) to receive a $2,000 cash award, to be announced in May 2019. The judges will also select one National Honor winner on each competition level to receive a $500 cash award.

Teachers, librarians, and parents can download free teaching materials on reader response and reflective writing, along with contest details and information on the new online entry system, at Nebraska-specific information (including lists of Nebraska winners of past competitions) is available on the Nebraska Center for the Book website or watch the upcoming NCompass Live session on November 7, 2018. Get inspired by listening to Nebraska winners, Ashley Xiques and Sydney Kohl, read and talk about their winning letters to authors that meant something to them in their own lives, on NET Radio’s All About Books ( Submissions must be completed online by December 14, 2018. For more information contact Tessa Terry, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, “bringing together people and information.”

The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website,


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A new session of the Sarpy/Cass Health Department’s prenatal education program, “Becoming a Mom”, begins on Thursday, November 1. The free classes on healthy pregnancy and newborn care are taught by experienced maternal and child health nurses. The program consists of six classes, and participants may attend any classes they choose. Topics include prenatal care and testing, pregnancy nutrition, stress, labor and delivery, newborn care and breastfeeding, and postpartum care.

For class dates, times, and location, and to register, visit the Health Department’s event calendar at For questions or more information, please contact the Maternal Child Health Nurses, Michelle at or Katie


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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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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.

Thank you!





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NEST 529 College Savings Plan Awards $20,000 to Encourage Children’s Aspirations
Winners of Big Dreams $20K Giveaway Announced

Lincoln, Neb. (November 5, 2018) – First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced the four winners of the 2018 Big Dreams $20K Giveaway. Each randomly selected winner received a $5,000 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings account for a beneficiary 10 years old or younger.

“The Big Dreams $20K Giveaway is an opportunity for account owners to prepare for their children’s future. In addition to providing significant contributions to NEST accounts for four winners, the Big Dreams Giveaway encourages children to work hard and set lofty goals,” said Treasurer Stenberg.

Since the first giveaway in 2015, NEST 529 College Savings Plan has awarded more than $100,000 in Big Dreams 529 contributions. This year saw a total of 606 entries, including 81 from outside Nebraska.

This year’s winners are

· Tanis Saldivar, Kearney, Nebraska

· Steven Nosavan, Omaha, Nebraska

· Abby Rudloff-Royer, Omaha, Nebraska

·Jere Kendall, St. Johnsbury, Vermont

“The NEST 529 team strives to make higher education as financially attainable as possible for families around the country because we believe children should focus on achieving their dreams—without worrying about the costs of higher education,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “Each year, we take pride in helping account owners and their loved ones jump start their savings with scholarships like the Big Dreams $20K Giveaway, and we wish this year’s winners the best of luck as they work toward their dreams.”

More information is available at or


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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.)

The Annual Dinner is to be held Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Famous Dave's in Bellevue, 5 pm.

For more info, contact Roger Behrns, or call 402-234-6775.


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Email- for more info.
Library location is 609 House St, Avoca, NE.
Feel free to bring snacks and a beverage!
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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 to
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 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.

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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



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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…”



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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: 402-441-6038stephanie_mahony@experienceworks.orgNebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.

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