Murdock News- June 19, 2019
Welcome to Murdock
The Annual Murdock 4th of July Celebration is just around the corner and there are many new things planned.
At 9:30 am there will be a 4-Man Tractor pull,...what in the world is that?
Be there and join in the fun!! Be a participant, be an observer.
In addition to the annual parade is Breakfast on Main Streat starting at 7:00 and going to 9:00. So if you are not running or walking in the Dillon Synovec Memorial Run come on over for breakfast.
The Cass County Creative Cats 4-H Club will be hosting the petting zoo on Main Street and just to the north of the Post Office will be a new Virtual Reality Arcade for ages 10 and up.
Don't forget about FREE Watermelon sponsored by Tomorrow's Producers 4-H Club either and lunch by the Lions Club. Then head on over to the Methodist church basement for PIE and ice cream.
At dusk, the Virtual reality arcade will be at the ballpark as you wait for the fireworks to start.
Donations are requested by contacting John Stroy at 402-297-8728 or
dropping off your donation at Corngrowers State Bank.
Time for the Good Neighbor Awards
Plans are already in the works for the Murdock 4th of July Celebration and just one part is the Good Neighbor Awards.
We have a lot of people in the Elmwood-Murdock area who help make our community vibrant, active and a better place to live. If you know one of those people, nominate them to be forever recognized. This award goes back to 2004 and just take a look at all the good people who have been recognized.
The E-M youth baseball and softball season is here and we need umpires.
If you are 14 and over and interested go to emsports.org to sign up as an umpire.
Behind the plate umpire needs to be 18 or older except for 8 and under baseball.
Softball umpires are required to be certified except for 8 and under softball.
Share if you know anybody interested. Any questions call or text 402-499-0993.
State Sen. Rob Clements 6-7-2019
The 2019 Legislative Session ended on May 31. It was a busy session with over 250 bills passed of 739 introduced.
One of the highlights is LB 512, which I co-sponsored. This bill helps those who had property damaged by flooding. Under prior law, your assessed value was the value on January 1st, even if it was destroyed later. Now, if you have more than 20% damage, the property will be assessed at the value after the damage. The damage must occur by June 30th to receive a reduction.
To claim the discount, the owner must file Form 425. It must be filed with the County Assessor and County Clerk by July 15th. Form 425 is available at http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/PAD/index.html, the Dept. of Revenue website, along with more details regarding the new law.
Property tax relief was an important issue again this session. I supported LB 289, which addressed property tax reform along with K-12 school funding reform, but it stalled at round one of debate. LB 289 had several good provisions in it and is heading in the right direction, but the increase in sales tax from 5.50% to 6.00% was opposed by many. Its controls on local spending increases are important for any long-term reform plan to be successful.
We did raise the Property Tax Relief Fund by $51 million, a 22% increase. That raises it to $275 million for 2019 and $275 million for 2020. This is a nice increase, but more is needed to reduce the burden on property taxpayers.
LB 183 addressed an important issue regarding school bonding projects. It lowers agricultural land assessments from 75 percent to 50 percent for the purpose of bond payments, giving those with fewer votes less of the debt payments. LB 183 advanced to the second round of debate as amended, with my support.
An attempt was then made to amend LB 183 to remove the original bill and add more sales taxes to the property tax credit fund. Removing good provisions and not including any local spending controls in the new version made it a bill I could not support, and it did not advance. Both LB 289 and LB 183 will carry over to next January’s session while improvements are worked on over the summer.
LB 720, the Imagine Act was designed to replace our current business incentive program which expires December 31, 2020. There are many improvements in LB720, providing better tracking and simplicity, but it failed to get 33 votes needed to end debate. A major factor in its failure was the failure of long term property tax reform. LB 720 will also carry over to the 2020 session.
14-year-old Bella was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
OI, in short, causes Bellas bones to break easily with little or no trauma. Bella quit counting her fractures at 50 over 10 years ago. Last month she fractured her tail bone just trying to scoot on her bottom on the stage at school during gym class.
Over the last few years, Isabella's fractures are not healing the way they used to. Since strong muscles protect weak bones it is very important that Bella exercise however since she is completely wheelchair bound her mobility is extremely limited. Her Ortho team has requested that she do water therapy 3-5 times a week. Unfortunately, the rehab location where she would be doing this water therapy is a 45-mile round trip.
With the cost of gas and missed classes and or work this is not an option either. I have decided as Isabella's mom to install a pool here at the house for her. This will allow for therapy 7 days a week, it will not be limited to 1 hour and it will do so many amazing things for her strength, mobility, and overall pain management.
This pool is a big undertaking. The first step required us to have the electric supply to the house trenched and rewired. The cost of this is $5,230. The cost of the above ground pool and heater with installation and set up is just under $10,000 and was financed with Green sky at $160/month.
The third step in this project will be getting Bellas wheelchair out to the pool and safely getting her into the water. The main floor of our house is not ground level. We will be knocking out a portion of the back wall and putting in a sliding glass door to allow her to take her wheelchair from the house safely out to the pool. The deck placed around the pool will have a Hoyer lift placed on it to safely move Bella from her wheelchair into the water.
This project is a huge undertaking but the positive difference it will make in Bellas life is priceless. The warm water will help her with bone pain, the water will allow her to move without putting undue stress on her bones allowing for very important muscle strength to help protect her bones and help reduce fractures. The exercise will allow her to be mobile, and the activity allows for her to lose weight increasing her mobility and reducing the stress excess weight puts on her fragile bones.
I want to thank everyone in advance for your prayers and support. I appreciate any help you can provide in helping me meet this need. Please take a minute to share this with your friends and family as well as send up a prayer for Bella.
Thank you all so very much
There is a wealth of information on the new Elmwood-Murdock website. It is updated on a daily basis by various teachers and department heads.
Sign-up for Vacation Bible School
June 17 - 20, 2019
Come and enjoy Marvelous Miracles at church June 17th, 18th & 19th from 6:30-8:30. The children will then sing a song at church on Sunday, June 23rd!
For ages 3 years old through 6th grade for all members!
Please feel free to join us every Sunday
9:15 Sunday School & Bible Class
10:30 am Divine Service
Listen to the weekly sermon anytime at Pastor Brent Kuhlman's Blog
Worship Time: 9:30 am Sunday
Children's Sunday School: 9:55-10:30
(dismissed from worship following the "Children's Chat")
Summer Detassling Jobs
The bus picks up in Elmwood! Informational meeting
April 24th, 6:30 pm at Elmwood-Murdock High school.
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The Elmwood Community Center will be hosting a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) course on July 13, 2019.
Contact Erin Cook for more information
Nebraska Extension Summer Workshops
Do you have to be in 4-H to attend these workshops?
The answer is no, ALL kids are welcome to attend. They just need to fill out a registration form and make payment (if there is one – some workshops are free.)
The complete workshop brochure is on our website at https://go.unl.edu/o3cs
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2019 SHOW SCHEDULE:
June 22 - Frank Bigelow Group
July 6 - Down Home Band
July 20 - Roger Roberts & Friends
August 3 - Lucas Minor & Friends
August 17 - Larry Hanson & Company
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