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Our newest citizen to Elmwood arrived last week.  Brently Keith Keil, son of Kerry Keil and Julee Sage was born on Thursday, February 24th.  He came in at a whopping 4 lbs 3 oz.









The Josoff Social Hall and Fitness Center in Elmwood is open for business! Brad and Shannon Josoff bought the Flying Wheels Fun Center last June and have been remodeling for the last six months. They opened in November to host the annual Elmwood Extravaganza Craft Show and the community karaoke party. Since then they have had many birthday skating parties, company parties, and family reunions. While they still have more remodeling to do they are ready for business.

The fitness center part of the business continues to offer the successful boot camps and Shannon has begun taking on clients as their personal trainer. The fitness center has tread mills, ellipticals, weight machines, and free weights. It is open to members during the week and on Saturdays. Many days the fitness center is open at 5:00 am for the early risers. Morning boot camps start early, too. The evening boot camps are a good way to end the day. They are currently offering a "No Sweat" class for beginners and an Express Fitness Class that is only 30 minutes long and it is great for all levels of fitness.

The Social Hall is available for rent. It has a huge area for hosting dinners, dances, receptions, family reunions, and basically any type of event. For example, it would be a great place for a graduation reception. It is big enough that several families could rent it together for the events. Tables and chairs are available for the events on site and for rental off site. It is ideal for kids' birthdays parties with skating and a bounce house. They have food available such as pizza but the birthday parties can bring in a birthday cake.

Brad and Shannon would like to see big events such as live bands and dances. They will be scheduling such events in the near future. If you would like more information about the Fitness Center or the Social Hall call Shannon at 402-994-2020.


Folks, the Otoe County Genealogical Society will be hosting the 34th Annual Nebraska State Genealogical Society conference this year on May 6th - 7th at the Nebraska City First United Methodist Church.  The conference usually brings in about 100-150 people from around the state, and we're excited about hosting it this year, as it's never been hosted in Otoe County in all those years.  I know that the conference is two months away, but I was hoping to get the information posted early so the local people could start getting the word about it.  If you can't post it this early, I'll totally understand, but if you can though, then that would be awesome!  Here is the information for the conference: 

"The Otoe County Genealogical Society will be the local host society for the 34th Annual Nebraska State Genealogical Society conference that will be held at the Nebraska City First United Methodist Church from May 6th through the 7th.  The conference will feature nationally-renown speaker, Gail Blankenau, whose presentations include: Breaking through with Land Records, Introduction to German Parish Records, Dating and Identifying Your 19th Century Photographs, Keeping Up with the Joneses...and Smiths, and Rich Resources for Poor Ancestors.  Cost for the 2-day conference is $75.00 and for a 1-day session is $40.00.  Registration information for the conference can be found on the Otoe County Genealogical Society's main web page."




Help us thank our 2010 Democratic Candidates at a "Roast for Those Who Ran"

Featuring: Ivy Harper, Mike Meister, Tom White, and Vince Powers as MC

Saturday, March 19, 2011

6:00 pm - Reception and cash bar

7:00 pm  - Dinner and Program

The Exposition Center on the Cass County Fairgrounds

132nd St. and Highway 1, north of Weeping Water

Tickets:  $25/individual, $40/couple

May be purchased at:  http://www.actblue.com/page/casscountyroast/

Or purchased directly from many Cass County Democrats.

Call (402) 434-2180








Corn and Soybean Growers Share On-Farm Research

Corn and soybean growers are invited to attend the Nebraska Soybean and Feed Grains Profitability Project on-farm research update March 8 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

The 9 a.m.-3 p.m. program will be at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building.

Producers will obtain valuable crop production-related information from on-farm research projects conducted on Nebraska farms by Nebraska farmers.

The Nebraska Soybean and Feed Grains Profitability Project is an on-farm research project designed to provide farm operators with an understanding of how to conduct crop research on their farms using their own machinery. Comparisons are scientifically designed, statistically analyzed and conducted for three years to assure reliable, useful information.

"Crop Insurance Decisions & Marketing Strategies" will be presented via interactive video conference by the luncheon speaker, Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm and ag business management specialist in central Iowa.

Johnson specializes in topics related to grain marketing, government farm programs, crop insurance and other risk management strategies.

He writes and trains on topics related to government farm programs, grain production contracts, farmland leasing and related crop income issues. He contributes to articles featured in a variety of farm magazines, websites, e-newsletters and other print and electronic media.

Registration is $50 for non-NSFGPP members. This includes a copy of the annual on-farm research report, refreshments and noon luncheon. Pre-registration is encouraged by March 3.

To register or for more information about the Nebraska Soybean and Feed Grains Profitability Project or how to conduct crop-related research on your farm, call (800) 529-8030 or visit the website at http://on-farmresearch.unl.edu/.

This event is sponsored by UNL Extension in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


Registration still open for Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop

Workshop rescheduled for March 22-23

The 2011 Governor's Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop is rescheduled for March 22-23 at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in Kearney.

The workshop, originally scheduled for the first week of February, was postponed due to hazardous weather and travel conditions. All of the original speakers will be presenting at the March workshop, including keynote speaker Stan Meador.

Meador-founder, owner and general manager of the X Bar Ranch Nature Retreat in Eldorado, Texas-will share 15 years worth of experiences with starting and running a tourism enterprise on his family's fifth-generation ranch. This "nuts and bolts" presentation will help participants better understand why and how to diversify, how to manage various businesses operating on the same piece of land, and how to market a recreation product.

Previous registrants do not need to re-register. Those who now are unable to attend can contact Tom Tabor at tom.tabor@nebraska.gov for a refund. Others interested in the workshop can register at www.VisitNebraska.gov/industry. Lodging is available at the Ramada Conference Center. A discounted block of rooms is being held for the Governor's Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop until March 8.

The rescheduled workshop falls during the peak of the annual sandhill crane migration.  Participants interested in viewing the cranes while in the area, can reserve a blind through the Rowe Sanctuary & Iain Nicolson Audubon Center, 308-468-5282, www.rowesanctuary.org; or the Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center, 308-382-1820, www.nebraskanature.org.




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








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No School - Spring Break


SOS Meeting at Elmwood


School Board Meeting @ Murdock


End of 3rd Quarter


No School - Spring Break

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Terra Nova Testing -- Grades 4,8,11


ECNC MS Quiz Bowl @ E-M


FBLA Meeting


FCCLA Meeting


2010-2011 Kindergarten Registration @ Elmwood


Malcolm Music Contest


Class "C" State Band @ Kearney


ECNC HS Quiz Bowl @ Palymra


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