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:
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.
OPEN HOUSE FOR ELMWOOD-MURDOCK SCHOOLS!
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:
Potashcorp-PCS PHOSPHATE COMMITS TO HIGHEST
LEVEL OF SPONSORSHIP AT LOFTE FOR 2009
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.
BACK TO SCHOOL PANCAKE FEED
Sponsored by Son Shine Child Care Center
WHEN: Sunday, August 30, 2009
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.
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
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
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.