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Hey, you Christmas decorators,
I know a bunch of you put a lot of work into your Christmas decorations and I want you to send in your light decorations of your house or if you think your Christmas tree is the best, prove it and send me a picture and it might
just end up in the newsletter. Email me at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com










"Good news is that I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas decorations. The bad news is that I had to take him down after two days. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever. Great stories. But two things made me take it down.

First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by.

Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn't realize that it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of the many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn't take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard."









Flying Wheels will be closed Sunday, December 20th and Saturday, December 26th.



Elmwood-Murdock school is collecting non-perishable food items for our local food pantry. We are asking that students bring the food items between November 30 and December 11. If each building brings of the requested amount there will be an early dismissal at 1:15 p.m. for the Elementary and 1:30 for the High School on December 18, 2009.
Food items that will count towards the total are: canned fruits, canned vegetables, cereal, rice, pasta, no Ramen noodles.

Lofte Community Theatre Receives Tree Planting Funds

Manley - The 2009 Trees for Nebraska Towns (TNT) has awarded tree planting grants to twenty-seven projects in twenty-three communities in Nebraska. The TNT community landscaping grant program is managed by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA) and funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET)

Manley is one of the communities that received landscape funds through this program. The Lofte Commuity Theatre Windbreak Project received $12,880. Anne Pope applied for the funds and will coordinate the project.

TNT was developed to address tree loss in Nebraska and to improve the overall health, sustainability and species diversity of Nebraska's community trees. It is coordinated by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc. and is part of ReTree Nebraska efforts to plant a million trees by 2017 (http://www.retreenebraska.edu). To help achieve these goals, the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET), a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery, is providing $1 million in grant funding to enable high-quality tree planting and associated landscaping in communities across the state. For more information about the TNT program contact NSA at (402) 472-2971.

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum is both a non-profit horticultural organization and a program of the Nebraska Forest Service, part of the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. NSA achieves its mission of "sustainable landscapes for healthy homes and communities" through initiatives in education, community landscapes and the environment (arboretum.unl.edu).




Original short stories by Nebraska authors are currently being accepted for the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation's 2010 short story contest.

A new division for Intermediate School Students, Grades 3-5, is being added this year.

Story length should be 1,000-2,000 words (there is no minimum word requirement for the Intermediate category) and submissions should be written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works. No essays, please. Books by the author that writers can read to get ideas about content and style are:

Short Works 1907-1919 Mother Mason

Short Works 1920-1954 The Rim of the Prairie

The Cutters A Lantern in her Hand

Spring Came on Forever A White Bird Flying

Miss Bishop Song of Years

The Lieutenant's Lady Journey into Christmas

The Drum Goes Dead The Man who Caught the Weather

Prizes will be awarded at the annual Spring Banquet of the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation. Cash prize amounts are: Adult: 1st Prize $100.00, 2nd Prize $50.00, 3rd Prize $25.00. High School (grades 9-12) and Middle School (grades 6-8): 1st Prize $50.00, 2nd Prize $25.00, 3rd Prize $15.00.

Intermediate School: 1st Prize $25.00, 2nd Prize $15.00, 3rd Prize $10.00.

Writers, please send a cover sheet with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, title of story, and two copies of your story, one with your name and one without. Include a line telling how you learned about the contest. For students, add age, grade, school, and teacher's name to the cover sheet. Please enclose a SASE for return of contest results. Stories will not be returned. Families of Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Board Members are not eligible.

The due date for submissions is the author's birthday, February 17, 2010 (postmark date). Send submissions to: Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation, P.O. Box 167, Elmwood, NE 68349. A complete list of rules can be found at www.BessStreeterAldrich.org.






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Upcoming Events

* November 30th-December 11th Can Food Drive
* December 10th Elementary Concert at 7:00pm
* December 17th Elementary Concert
* December 18th Last Student Day and last day of 1st Semester
* December 20th Flying Wheels is closed all day.
* December 26th Flying Wheels is closed all day.


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