Thank you, readers and sponsors, for your continued support this past year. I wish you all much success, great health, loads of fun times, and most of all, many loving friends and family to share them all with!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Pat Zeigler, Editor, MurrayNebraska.com
The dark nights are getting shorter, so days are getting longer!
Get outside and enjoy some sunshine and, if the sun's not shining, at least get some fresh air. Go visit a friend, do a good-will gesture for a stranger, take food to the food bank, or just smile and count your many blessings. It will improve your mood.
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
James M Barrie
Scottish Author & Playwright
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THAT GIFT-GIVING TIME of YEAR is UPON US!
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.
Elevate - Murray Churches Youth Group
First Sunday of each month.
We 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.
IT'S NOT TOO EARLY to PREPARE for SPRING PLANTING of TREES!
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 www.lpsnrd.org/programs/trees 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 www.lpsnrd.org for additional information.
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.
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.
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EVENTS IN NEIGHBORING TOWNS:
Lofte Community Theatre Announces
2019 Season Productions
By Tim Firth
Performances: April 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14
Auditions: February 25 & 26 7 PM
The Voice of the Prairie
By John Olive
Performances: May 31, June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9
Auditions: April 15 & 16 7 PM
Gilbert and Sullivan's
The Pirates of Penzance
Performances: July 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, August 1, 2, 3, 4
Auditions: June 2 & 3 7 PM
Of Mice and Men
By John Steinbeck
Performances: September 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
Auditions: July 21 & 22 7 PM
The 39 Steps
By Patrick Barlow, John Buchan
Performances: October 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
Auditions: July 29 & 30 7 PM
In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People
(That Should be Shot)
By Steve Franco
Performances: December 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22
Auditions: October 21 & 22 7 PM
Details at www.lofte.com
PLATTSMOUTH AMATEUR RADIO CLUB (P.A.R.C.)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-234-6775.
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 to 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 in 2019 on the following dates: 1/23, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, and 5/15.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BACK TO SCHOOL? IT ISN'T JUST FOR KIDS ANYMORE!
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…”
Hope's Closet Hours:
M - F, 10-4
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: 402-441-6038 email@example.com Nebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.
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