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Wednesday, August 11th

Better put your phones on vibrate, lock the door,

put your feet up...this is a long newsletter!


The Cass County Fair 2009 was a Great Time!

The pictures say it all...


There were many flowers in the Open Class.


The Crocodile Hunter would have been proud!


Doc Anderson's Traveling Medicine Show was a little corny but still entertaining.

He did magic tricks and told jokes.  Guarnanteed to make you smile!


Jennifer Hromanik and Brittnee Doll made friends with the lemur.


Mz Purple Pockets and her partner painted beautiful designs on the kids' faces.


Nick and Nolan Langfeldt know that when women get to talking they better just chill out and wait.


The Tractor Pull was a popular event with kids and adults.


This Cool Cat liked to be out at night.


Vanessa Drueke knows how to control her son Austin...time to get outside and enjoy the weather!


Hi, Bradly!  Hope you are having fun at MP School!  We miss you!


Look who came to the Fair!  Marti gets a push from her mom, Kris.  It's been

just over two months since the accident and Marti is doing great!


Skeeter's DJ Service provided great dance tunes Saturday night.


There was everything from Michael Jackson to Chubby Checker, a little something for everyone.


The music made the audience's eyes light up!


The parade was well attended even though the temperature was so hot!!



Sheriff Bill and his fan club!


Deputy Tuttle and his wife had good news this weekend!  Their daughter gave them their first grandson!

Huckleberry Cecil John Brown was born on Friday in Portland, Oregon.


Billy won this dog for Deputy Tuttle for Huck.

If you would like to see more pictures from the Cass County Fair Click here:

Cass County Fair Pictures

For pictures of the exhibits click here:
Open Class & 4H Exhibits

For pictures of the parade click here:
Cass County Fair Parade

Or for video of the parade:
Cass County Fair Parade Video




Elmwood Murdock Cheer Camp 2009

The Cheer Starts Here!

(Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade)

Registration Fee: $20.00 - Due with Registration form

Bring Registration form and fee on the first day of practice

Elmwood Football Field

Cheer Camp Dates/Time

Saturday, August 15th 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Saturday, August 22nd 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Performance:  Friday, August 28th during Halftime of the Varsity Football Game)

Performance Uniform:  Cheer camp t-shirt, shorts of any kind, tennis shoes.



4th Annual Heatstroke 100 Century Ride

Over 300 bicyclists will be riding the roads in eastern Nebraska on

Sunday, August 23,in the 4th Annual Heatstroke 100 Century Ride,

sponsored by the Great Plains Bicycling Club. The event starts at the

Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland. Riders will cover

distances from 25 to 100 miles in three different loops in the Platte

Valley and surrounding area as far west as Ceresco, north to Ithaca,

east to Louisville and south to nearly Murdock. The ride is a fun

summer ride with food, water and light mechanical support provided

by the club. The route includes sections of highways 6, 31, 50, 66 &77,

Church Road and Ashland Road and crosses the beautiful Lied Platte

River Bridge. Riders will be on the route from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

so motorists should watch carefully for bicycle riders along the route.

For more information, contact the Steve Clements at (402) 730-3908,

For a brochure and map of the route visit the club's website at

greatplainsbikeclub.org, call Steve Clements at (402) 730-3908 or

mail us at P.O. Box 5621, Lincoln, Nebraska 68505.




Junior/Senior High School Open House: Tuesday, August 25th 6:00 - 8:00 PM

7th Grade Orientation - Tuesday, August 25th 6:30 pm

Elementary Open House: Thursday 6:30 - 8:00 pm

In case you've lost your School Supply List for Kindergarten through 6th Grade you can print it out here:







The PotashCorp-PCS Phosphate plant in Weeping Water, Nebraska

has stepped up to the highest level of corporate sponsorship available

as a Platinum Sponsor for the 2009 season at the Lofte Community

Theatre near Manley. Mr. Bill Donohue presented the $10,000 in sponsorship

funds to Lofte Artistic Director Kevin Colbert in a recent ceremony.

Lofte Chairman Larry Bauers expressed his thanks to PCS for their generous donation.

"In an economy when giving of all types - especially corporate giving - is tough to come

by, PotashCorp has really gone the extra mile to show their support. Donations by

our corporate sponsors are a big reason we have been able to continue to provide

quality, affordable entertainment for more than 30 years. They are definitely a big factor

in our track record of running on budget every single year in our history. Even before

our corporate sponsorship program began several years ago, PotashCorp has been a

strong supporter - buying numerous season tickets for most if not all of our 34 years."

Bill Donohue, plant manager at the PCS facility, said the reason PotashCorp stepped

up as a premiere sponsor this year was: "We want to give back to our community, and

support arts/theater. We enjoy providing opportunities to our youth, enabling them to

experience the theatrical field. The Lofte has a long history of providing exceptional

quality programs to our community." As a part of their sponsorship, PotashCorp

received space in all Lofte programs for 2009, a large banner in the Lofte lobby,

and a private showing of the 2009 summer musical, "Crazy For You." Potash

Corp-PCS used their private showing to provide employees and friends, assisted

living and low-income housing residents from throughout the area, and Weeping

Water school board and staff with their own opportunity to see the summer musical

free of charge.

PotashCorp-PCS Phosphate facility has been a part of the community for over

45 years, producing dicalcium phosphate, monocalcium phosphate and monocalcium

coarse phosphate, which are used for animal feed ingredients.


PCS Plant Manager, Bill Donahue presents a check to Lofte Artistic

Director, Kevin Colbert. PotashCorp-PCS is the Lofte's platinum donor for 2009.

Lofte Actresses Receive Three Nominations

The Lofte Community Theatre's 2008 musical production of Rogers and

Hammerstein's "Sound of Music" was certainly special. Anyone who bought a

ticket or performed in the show knew that. Each and every night the cast consistently

delivered a world-class performance that left many in tears or begging for another

ticket to the next performance. In recognition of their fine work, three of the Lofte's

finest actresses received nominations from the Theatre Arts Guild of Omaha.

Jennifer Gilg of Omaha received a nomination for lead actress in a musical for her

role as "Maria." Her touching portrayal of the nun-turned-nanny, and beautiful singing

voice left a deep impression on nominating Guild members. Mrs. Gilg also had a

nomination in the category for Supporting Actress for a role in Omaha at SNAP! Productions.

Two of the Lofte's von Trapp children received nominations in the category for Outstanding

Performance by a Youth Actress. Kabrianna Mumford of Elmwood portrayed the youngest

daughter, "Gretl." Anna Schoettger of Lincoln received a nomination for her role as "Louisa."

While none of the nominated Lofte actresses won in their category, each was still very

honored by the recognition. There are literally hundreds of performers who participate in

theater in the Omaha metro each year, and to be mentioned in the top five in any category

is certainly a credit to their talent.

Front Row from L to R, Abigail Raasch, Jenniger Gilg, Kabrianna Mumford.

Back Row, Matt Bailey, Samantha Colbert, Luke Heidbrink, Anna Schoettger and Jordyn Marcoe.






Sponsored by Son Shine Child Care Center

WHEN: Sunday, August 30, 2009
TIME: 7:30am-1:00pm
WHERE: Elmwood Fire Hall
COST: Free Will Donation
Each student attending will be allowed to pick one school item to start the year off with!



How Well Do You Know Your Nebraska Trivia?

Where do the two major highways that run border to border meet?
I-80 & Highway 81 meet in York

Thurl Ravenscroft from Norfolk has been the voice of what cartoon character

for over 35 years?

Tony the Tiger from Kellogg's Sugar Frosted Flakes

What McDonald's food product was created at the University of Nebraska?

Whose mother gave Henry Fonda acting lessons at the Omaha Community Playhouse?
Marlon Brando's mom



The Scenic Weeping Water Valley Association (SWVA) is a

501(c)6 non-profit corporation supported in part by the Cass

County Visitors Promotion Committee. The SWVA is dedicated

to promoting tourism to the southern Cass County, Weeping

Water Valley area, mutually benefitting the surrounding commercial,

historical, and cultural destinations.

The Scenic Weeping Water Valley spreads from Elmwood to

Murray, from Highway 1 to Highway 34. Towns along this valley

are Union, Murray, Manley, Nehawka, Avoca, Eagle, Alvo, Wabash,

Weeping Water, Elmwood, and Murdock.

This scenic area, offering so many unique commercial,

historical and cultural destinations, has been literally undiscovered

by the surrounding metropolitan areas. The SWVA Association

will serve to attract tourists and day-trippers from those areas and

beyond. For information on how to join check out the website:




Local Woman Helps Promote Healthy Decisions for Kids and Adults


Sara Dreamer is from Murdock and is the CEO of Habitwise, a

company that promotes healthy eating and lifestyles in adults and

children by using colored bracelets. The bracelets serve as prompts or

reminders of what they have eaten or completed. Throughout the day

the user will move the appropriate colored bracelet from one arm to the

other until all have been transferred. The five blue bracelets represent the

five servings of fruits and vegetables that are needed each day. Purple

bracelets represent the water we should have each day. Yellow stands

for the dairy products. The two orange bracelets are for the two hours

of television or computer allowed per day. And the one green bracelet

represents the one hour of physical activity required every day.

Once all are transferred the user knows that they have completed the program

for the day. Hopefully this won't be done by 9:00 am!

This program was developed and tested at UNMC on a group of women

with MS for weightoss. It was successful and has been advanced to include

children and adults.

Sara saw the potential in the product and made a decision to help bring it

to the world. I've ordered my own set so I'm looking forward to trying it.

I can see how it would help!

This program is available through the website for Habitwise.


For more details read these recent publications about Sara and Habitwise and the bracelets.

UNMC Article

Omaha World Herald Article



Upcoming Calendar Activities!

Sunday, August 16: 1:00 - 5:00 pm - Besstival in

Elmwood Public Park - Family Activities

Sunday, August 16: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Ice Cream Social

at G.A.R. Hall Veterans' Museum sponsored by

American Legion Post 247

Tuesday, August 25: Middle School/High School

Open House at Murdock from 6 - 8 p.m.

Seventh Grade Orientation will be at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 27: Elementary Open House at

Elmwood - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, August 28: E-M Booster Club Annual Pork

BBQ - serving from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Yes, this is

before school starts! This is also Parents Night,

and the Elementary Cheer Camp will perform during halftime.

Monday, August 31: 1st Day of School!

Sunday, September 20, American Legion Post 247 3rd   

Annual Golf Tournament, 3:00 p.m. Grandpa's Woods

Bloom Where You're Planted

Pumpkin Festival

Sept. 19 - Nov. 1, 2009

Fridays 1-6 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.



Who is the cutest baby in the neighborhood?


Christian Brettmann, that's who!

Son of Nathan and Jennifer Brettmann

Isn't he a cutie?


I had some surprising news at the fair this week.

I was told that the Flying Wheels had closed!

Not that I knew of and I thought I would be the

first to know.  Apparently when we closed for

maintenance in June people thought we had

closed for good.  Not true!

Come on by for some fun times!

We are open on Thursdays 1-4 and Saturdays 6:30

to 10:30.  More hours will begin in September.

Standby for more details!


See, I told you it was a long newsletter!  I know that I

didn't even begin to report on all the activities in

the area!  I know I missed a lot of the activities at the fair 

but I was tied down a lot of the time.

If you have a story for me from the fair or of an upcoming

event or something that has already happened let me know!

And it is pure gravy if you have pictures, too.

Have a great week and get ready for school!!



One more thing....hot off the presses....

Elmwood Murdock Youth Football

"Fighting Knights"

Football Season is here!  It's time to sign up for the

Elmwood-Murdock Youth Football League!

On Monday, August 24th at 6:30 p.m. the 5th and 6th grade

players are scheduled to checkout their equipment.  The 3rd and

4th grade players will check out at 7:30 p.m..  Check out will be

at the old gym at the Murdock building.   We will need a check for

$30.00 for the registration fee and a separate check for $100.00

for the equipment deposit.  Remember, the $100 check will not be

cashed unless the uniform and equipment are not returned in an acceptable

condition. Parental permission/insurance forms have been mailed.  If you

did not get one, the forms will be available the night of check out.  Players

must be covered by insurance to play.  Please bring that information with

you on Monday the 24th.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call

Leigh Schmale (YFL Director) - 867-2096.



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