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Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt, will discuss various ways to perform that classic fiddle tune, Orange Blossom Special.  This wonderful piece encourages improvisation, giving the fiddler opportunities to make their fiddle sound just like a train.   The Workshop takes place on Saturday, March 19, 2011, 1 PM - 3 PM, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska.  Pre-registration is required, enrollment is limted, and there is a $20.00 fee.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail todebby@greenblattandseay.com.



Easter Sunday Tornado of 1919

The following article is from April 7, 1919 Lincoln State Journal




(Kunz photos courtesy of Boyd Clements)



C.D. Kunz barn after the tornado.


C.D. Kunz barn after the tornado.


C.D. Kunz after the tornado.


C.D. Kunz after the tornado.

Bornemeier photos courtesy of Eugenia Bornemeier:


Above and below:  home of Esther and Emil Bornemeier being repaired after been badly damaged by a tornado in 1919.
They hadn't lived in it very long before the tornado hit.




Lofte Community Theatre to Honor Volunteers

On Saturday, February 26 at 6pm the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley will honor its volunteers and hold their annual business meeting. Actors, ushers, painters, donors and friends are all invited to participate in this special event.  Lofte officers will present Lofte financials and plans for the future.  A complimentary Italian meal and refreshments will be provided.

The Lofte is a non-profit organization and as such is heavily dependent upon its army of volunteers.  During the course of the evening, those with outstanding service during the past year will be recognized by the "Dale Crosby Awards."  Mr. Crosby was a long-time chairman of the Lofte Board of Directors.  His willingness to tackle any duty at the theater served as an inspiration to others.  Over the many years of his service, he performed, cleaned and took on administrative tasks.  Mr. Crosby passed away in 2001.

Lofte Artistic Director Kevin Colbert will announce upcoming show selections and share some of the behind the scenes antics that he witnessed during the 2010 season.

Those who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling the theater at (402) 234-2553.






Missy Miller, 2010 graduate of Elmwood Murdock, participated in her first Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in South Dakota.  Her parents, Loren and Kristy Miller and sisters, Charlotte and Valerie, traveled through a snowstorm to watch her compete.  So glad everyone made it home safely!










NINTH ANNUAL ALDRICH FOUNDATION SHORT STORY CONTEST ANNOUNCED Original short stories by Nebraska authors are currently being accepted for the 2011 Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation's short story contest.

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.

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 (grades 3-5): 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. Please 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, 2011 (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.










The Fourth Grade Girls played some good basketball!



Valerie Miller blocks a pass.


Faith Offner keeps her hands up to block a pass.


Kate Zacaras holds off the opponent.



Elmwood Murdock FBLA is running their own business.  You may have seen their display at CD'S Express.  The display for La Pawz Barkery shows of a variety of doggy treats.  Our dogs love them!  You should give them a try...for your dogs...not you.









Babies, Babies Everywhere!

Another baby will soon be arriving in our neighborhood.  That will make four in the last few months!  We hosted a baby shower for Julee Sage last Saturday at the Elmwood Community Center.  It was a perfect facility for it!  Julee's baby is due March 11th but she is ready anytime!


Julee checks out the yummy food.


Niki Baumgart is responsible for the cute rubber ducky cake.


Tonya Wilhelm was determined to win the diaper game.  Just sniff it, Tonya!!


Alicia Widger created the diaper cake for Julee.


Vanessa tries to tell her mom, Becky, that she knows what is in that diaper!  The diaper game was a hit!





Elmwood Murdock School Calendar

2/9/11 District Spelling Bee @ Elmwood
2/9/11 School Board Meeting @ Murdock
2/10/11 Elementary Science Fair
2/10/11 FCCLA Meeting
2/12/11 JV Boys BB Tournament @ Murdock
2/14-17/ 11 Girls Sub-District BB
2/17/11 MS Girls BB Ashland-Greenwood
2/18/11 JV/Varisty Boys BB vs. Louisville
2/19/11 Band Dinner Concert @ Murdock
2/21-24/ 11 Boys BB Sub-District
2/21/11 Parent-Teacher Conference
2/24/11 MS Girls BB Louisville
2/25/11 Girls District Final
2/26/11 District Speech
2/28/11 Boys BB District Final
2/28/11 Start of Spring Sports Practice


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