Murray Newsletter - October 5, 2022
Monday, October 10, 2022
This day marks the day Christopher Columbus came ashore in the Americas in 1492. The date became a federal holiday in 1937. Most federal and state offices will be closed, as well as many financial institutions.
Murray Freedom Festival Regular Meeting
The Murray Freedom Festival Board of Trustees and Volunteers will meet at 7 p.m., on THURSDAY, October 6, 2022, at the Murray Town Hall, 106 W. Main Street, Murray, NE.
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.
At this meeting, we will begin the planning process for the 2023 Murray Freedom Festival including talking about potential activities for next year's event!
The Murray Freedom Festival is also seeking your kind and generous financial donation in support of this year's events to be held on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. Please visit our website at www.MurrayFreedomFestivalNE.com to learn more and contribute!
We invite those who are interested in helping shape the 2023 Murray Freedom Festival to attend the next meeting on THURSDAY, October 6, 2022.
Thank you and we value your ideas and input!
Murray Freedom Festival Board of Directors
Our mailing address is:
Murray Freedom Festival
PO Box 244
Murray, NE 68409-0244
ATTENTION, BLACK HILLS ENERGY CUSTOMERS
You recently may have received notice about Black Hills Energy Company's Annual Price Option Plan for next year. You can lock in a rate on natural gas for an entire year. Go to www.annualpriceoption.com, enter your zip code and account numberfor more details.
Only the first 12,000 customers to register will be enrolled. Sign-up is in full swing NOW until October 7th.
Conestoga High School's Convenience Corner is collecting hygiene items and foods for easy meals needed throughout the school year such as mac and cheese, Ramen noodles, granola bars, etc.
You may drop off donations on Wednesday, Thursday or Fridays, between 10 am and 2 pm at Murray Christian Church, 304 W Young Street. Contact the church office, 402-235-2527 or send email to email@example.com for more information.
You may also send items with a high school student or take them to the school.
Your kindness is appreciated!
T.E.A.M. TOBACCO EDUCATION ADVOCACY of the MIDLANDS
We are thrilled to announce our 2022 educational line-up!
Each month our coalition will focus on educating the community about a specific tobacco issue through our listserv, social media, and advertising. Additionally, at each monthly meeting a national or local speaker will educate our members & guests on the topic. We are currently meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month from 11:30-12:30 via zoom.
Please invite a colleague or friend!
NATIONAL BLOOD CRISIS!
Worst Blood Shortage in Over a Decade!
The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments. Please schedule your blood donation today.
Local Volunteers and Blood Donors Needed
To Schedule Your Upcoming Blood Drive Donation, click HERE or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767):
WED, OCT 5
Plattsmouth High School
1916 E Hwy 34
8 am - 2 pm
WED, NOV 2
Louisville High School
202 W 3rd St
10 am - 4 pm
TUE, NOV 8
Weeping Water High School
204 W O Street
Weeping Water, NE
Noon - 6 pm
About blood donation
To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.
Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility
Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or follow us on Twitter at @RedCross.
All children need a secure place to learn and grow. The ideal place should be in their own home, however many kids are not that fortunate.
In times of neglect or abuse, a child must sometimes be removed from their home at a moment's noticed and placed in a warm, safe place. Kids of all ages, from birth through high school, sometimes need the help of the Child Saving Institute.
CSI helps foster parents and biological families learn the skills they need for a safe, well-cared-for, and loving family life.During this unsettling time of covid-19, the Murray Christian Church is collecting essential cleaning items for the Child Saving Institute.
If you would like to donate, here are some things they could use:Pine Sol, Lysol Disinfectant Spray, sanitizing wipes, latex and powder-free disposable gloves, (L & XL), and hand sanitizer.
Please bring items to Murray Christian Church, 304 W Young St, Murray, NE on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, between the hours of 10 - 2:00. You may call the church ahead of time, 402-235-2527, to be sure someone will be there to assist you.
Thank you for helping to keep these children, (and the CSI staff), healthy and happy!
The Conestoga Backpack Program continues to furnish food to local families in need. The program serves the Murray, Nehawka, Union and Beaver Lake areas in southeast Nebraska, and will not turn anyone away.
Just by adding a few of the items listed below to your shopping list and picking them up, you'll be helping someone in a big way. Keep in mind that some of the children are very young and are possibly 'preparing' their own meals, so easy-to-open containers are a good option for little hands.
Dry soup mixes
Canned meat (chicken, tuna)
Boxed prepared meal kits (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni)
Canned fruit and vegetables
Also needed are hygienic supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, cotton swabs, tissues and toilet paper.
To make a monetary donation instead, a check made payable to 'CONESTOGA BACKPACK PROGRAM' may be mailed or deposited at Cornerstone Bank, 102 W Main St, Murray, NE 68409. 100% of all monies collected is used for food and hygienic supplies for the families.
To have the items picked up, call Jill at 402-660-3543 to make arrangements. As another alternative, you may drop them off at Cornerstone Bank in Murray or at their Beaver Lake location.
Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
KEEP READING about EVENTS in our NEIGHBORING TOWNS
NEHAWKA, NE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Elmwood Library Working to Improve Access
The Elmwood Library has identified a need in the community and is working to fulfill it. With an increased number of patrons in the community with mobility issues, the library board has decided to install an automated handicap door. Library Director Anne Pope said, “Currently if someone needs assistance to get into the library, they have to get the attention of a staff member to help hold the door. If we’re working in the back, or helping someone on a computer, employees might not immediately see that person needing help at the entrance. It makes us feel terrible to think that those persons have just as much right to utilize a public space, but are dependent upon us to do so.”
The library has already received some generous donations to the project. Elmwood’s St. Paul’s Methodist Church, the CWF at the Elmwood Christian Church, and the local Vacation Bible School kids have given money towards fulfilling the library’s goal of $6,000. There’s even a collection jar at the Bits and Pieces thrift store in town. Staff are waiting to hear the results of some grant applications for funding, and estimate that they are roughly halfway towards their goal.
“The monetary gifts that we’ve received so far were completely unsolicited,” said Mrs. Pope. “These groups heard we were working to make their library more accessible to people who have special needs. They came up to me and asked, ‘How can we help?’ It’s been amazing!”
If you or your organization would like to contribute to the project, the Elmwood Public Library is accepting donations. They can be reached at 402-994-4125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They hope the new doors can be installed this fall.
Elmwood Library Hours
Monday: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Easy Library Links
Online Card Catalog https://elmwoodpubliclibrary.follettdestiny.com/
Libby Library App https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm
Dear Avoca Friends, near and far!
The Avoca, NE Town Hall has been a big part of the Village for many years. Without it many people would be at a loss on where to gather for village events and many other occasions.
The last couple of years have been a struggle due to covid cancellations, funds are short. The Hall is in major need of repairs. Board members are working on raising money to help cover the cost of repairs that need to be made.
1. New Roof
2. Masonry work on front of building
3. Replacement of Deck
4. General Maintenance
If you would like to help in our efforts to save the Town Hall we
would very much appreciate any monetary donation towards our goal of
How to donate:
Send check made payable to Avoca Town Hall to:
Avoca, NE 68307
Send Message on FaceBook if you have questions: https://www.facebook.com/Avoca-Nebraska-503016386474287
AVOCA TOWN HALL BOARD
211 Main Street, Louisville, NE
Like us on FB!
Call for showtimes, 1-800-480-8797, EXT 211. For more info, leave us a voice mail at the end of the message and we'll return your call!
HEAR YE! HEAR YE!
The Union, NE American Legion Auxiliary Hall, 104 W Main St, is available for rental!
Reasonable rates for 4-8 hours
Full kitchen, carpeted dining hall, and all utilities.
Easy to locate on Main Street.
Individuals have rented it for birthday parties,
showers, anniversaries, and funeral dinners.
For more information, or to reserve the Hall, call
Nancy Crook 402-263-2035.
(This is a landline with an answering machine, so leave a voice message, do not try to text.)
P.A.R.C. members get together Tuesday evenings at Plattsmouth's Burger King at 6 pm.
Monthly meetings the last Saturday of most months at Mom's Cafe in Plattsmouth, 8 am. (NO December monthly meeting.)
Click HERE or on the radio antenna logo above to read the latest newsletter and calendar.
For more info, contact Roger Behrns, email@example.com or call 402-234-6775.
Do you need assistance? We're here to help!
Contact Cass County Veteran Service Officer
Admin Assistant: Jacie Victor
Call for appointment! 402-296-9368
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
Nebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR NEWS TO THIS NEWSLETTER...
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DEADLINE for submissions to each week's Wednesday Newsletter is NOON on the preceding MONDAY.
There are 3 ways you can submit your articles:
1) You may call your information to 402-235-2926 and leave a voice mail with your name and phone number.
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