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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Elmwood was fortunate in having a drug store where residents could buy a soda, sedative, or a cigar.  The Greene family opened Greene's drug store in 1886, the same year the village was incorporated, and the family continued operation of the store until 1961.  Ralph Greene, who was co-owner of the store for many years with his brother, Harry, recalled how their father arrived in Elmwood in the spring of 1886.  He built a store on main street, the first building to be built on the west side of the street.  Mr. Greene and his family lived in the back part of the store for several years, steeping the children in the intimate lore of village life.  Edna, their daughter, often told how the entire Greene family would stay up until 4 a.m. taking turns at the handles of ice cream freezers on the days picnics or other big community events were held. 
After Harry Greene sold his interest, Ralph and his wife, Inez, continued until 1961 when the business was sold to Gerald Patton.  Gerry continued to run the drug store until it closed in the late 1990's.
Sources - Elmwood Centennial Book and others

Original Green's Drug Store - located one-half block south of the old bank building:



Second Green's Drug Store 
North of the current Elmwood Equipment Repair




Photos provided courtesy of Boyd Clements - Thanks so much for your contributions!


Otoe County Genealogical Society

2nd Annual Otoe County Rural Schools Reunion


"The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its 2nd Annual Otoe County Rural Schools Reunion from 10:00am to 2:00pm on April 2nd, 2011, at Harmony School, which is located at 6265 'Q' Road (8 miles south of Nebraska City on Highway 75, and ½ mile west on 'Q' road).  Harmony School is a rural schoolhouse that was built in 1879 and was eventually closed in 1997.  It was purchased at a public auction in 1999, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

This reunion will include a picnic-style lunch provided by the society, a Spelling Bee, and a tour of the 130-year old rural schoolhouse.  In addition, it will also give visitors a chance to assist the society in identifying numerous unidentified rural schoolhouse photographs from several different school districts throughout the county.  The society received these photographs through a donation made by the Otoe County Clerk's office, where these photographs had been stored in their vault for several decades and were just recently discovered last year.  So please come join us at the Harmony School and help us pay tribute to the outstanding contributions that these rural schoolhouses made in the education of our county's youth for the past 100 years now!"



Everything Chocolate Evening
by Kirsten Wood

The *Everything Chocolate @ Your Library* event was held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 with plenty of chocolate treats that ranged from frozen to flowing with plenty of choices in between.

Approximately 70 guests dipped into two flowing chocolate fountains with fresh strawberries, marshmallows, peanut butter pretzels, shortbread cookies, apples, and bananas for dipping.  Then once the judging of the chocolate competition was done, the buffet was open to sample the approximately 20 desserts brought to share for the event.  

The tables were then assigned as teams to compete in a library scavenger hunt using both floors to complete such tasks as find authors with the same last name of three of your teammates.   The winning team, *The Kit Kats* finished all 15 tasks in about 15 minutes!  They were rewarded with bags of chocolates to take home.

With names like *Heavenly Sundae*, *Double Chocolate Mocha Meringue Kisses*, *Oreo Truffles*, or Double Chocolate Mint Dessert, judging the chocolate entries was not an easy task.  Our three judges, Fall Harvest Festival King, Dean Meisinger, Chocolate Moose Owner, Kit Ostaseski, and City Councilman, Pat Dugan deliberated long and hard but the winner was *Chocolate Mice* with *Chocolate Sponge Candy* taking second place.  

Karaoke closed out the evening*s fun including Pam Osthus singing, *The Rose*, Terry Flaherty and John Payton singing, *To All the Girls I*ve Loved Before*, and a reminder that *Tomorrow is just a day away*.   

Thanks to everyone for attending, sharing treats, and singing along, it was a fabulous evening!


NACT Festival March 16-20

The Lofte is proud to announce that it has been selected as host site for the 2011 Nebraska Association of Community Theatre's Festival competition.  There will be a total of ten community theaters from across the states of Nebraska and Missouri competing in a one-act play competition.  This marks the largest number of registered participants in recent years.  Winners earn the opportunity to advance to the American Association of Community Theaters Region V competition in Salina, Kansas in April.

The NACT was founded in 1966 and is dedicated to the growth and development of community theaters throughout Nebraska.  The organization holds an annual conference at rotating locations across the state.  Every other year, they hold a festival competition in addition to their business meetings and workshops.  2011 marks the first year that the Lofte Theatre has been selected as a festival site.

The state of Missouri has a similar organization, MoACT, but they were unable to organize their own festival activities this year.  When NACT extended an invitation to some of the Missouri theaters to join in the fun, several accepted the offer with enthusiasm.

Closed rehearsals will be held at the Lofte on March 16 & 17.  Performances begin at 6pm on Friday, March 18.  All performances are open to the public.  Admission is $10 per person, per day.  Therefore, for a cost of $10, an individual can choose to see just one performance or stay for the entire day!  On-site concessions will be available during the course of the competition.


Lofte Theatre Honors Its Volunteers

On Saturday, February 26 the Lofte held its Volunteer Recognition Banquet and Annual Meeting.  Nearly 80 people packed the Lofte stage and enjoyed laughter, fellowship, and great food.
During the course of the evening, three outstanding individuals were recognized for their volunteerism at the Lofte during the 2010 season.  Alyssa Di Paolo of Elmwood was recognized for her outstanding service as a Lofte usher.  2010 was Alyssa's first year at the Lofte and in addition to acting in two of its productions (Guys 'n Dolls and Jake's Women) she was the "go to gal" when it came to taking on the usher duties.
Connor Willingham of Omaha (formerly of Plattsmouth) was awarded the Outstanding Backstage or Technical Award.  Connor ran lights/sound for three of the five Lofte productions last year (Heaven Can Wait, Guys 'n Dolls and Jake's Women).  His outstanding focus and ability to run all light/sound cues perfectly earned him the respect and admiration of many at the Lofte.
Nikki Biesterfeld of Louisville won the Overall Best Volunteer Award.  A longtime friend of the Lofte, Nikki and her husband Jamion ran the Lofte's concession stand for eight years.  During and since that time, she has taken on many other duties as well.  Her enthusiasm to tackle any job and ability to complete them all with aplomb made her an obvious choice for the Board of Directors.
A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Box Office Manager and Board Member, Jean Colbert.  Board Chairman Anne Pope said, "Many volunteers have come and gone over the Lofte's thirty-five  seasons, but none have dedicated quite so much to the theatre as Mrs. Colbert."  In honor of her many duties and shifting roles over the past three decades, a plaque was given to Mrs. Colbert and the box office ticket booth was named in her honor.
Artistic Director Kevin Colbert also announced his play selections for 2012.   The Sunshine Boys, Music Man, Almost Maine, Whose Wives Are They Anyway and Christmas at Leon's will all take their turn on the Lofte's stage next year. In the meantime, all are focused on the 2011 season and hoping that we see growth in both ticket sales and number of new volunteers!

Pictured below:  Lofte Board Chairman, Anne Pope (left) and Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert (right) honor Jean Colbert (center) for her 35 years of service to the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley.




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


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.





The Famous Egg Drop Trial Run


The Physics class is tasked with each person developing their own container that is 15 cm by 15 cm by 15 cm or smaller (for extra points) and it has to weigh 100 grams or less.  This container will hold a raw egg and they will drop it from 5 meters.  The goal is to not have the egg break.  Of course we had to practice this.  Millie and Joe discussed several possibilities and finally came up with this box.  It is under the size required and only weighs 53 grams.  Then she went to the top of the tower...


(By the way, this is the top room of our tower, in case you were wondering what it looked like on the inside.)  ...then she took the screen out of the window...



....She peered out the window to see if there were any birds flying by...


...clearly this is higher than 5 meters...and then she dropped the box.


The initial analysis looks like it was a success but now they need to open it to see.


Success!  The egg is intact!  I can't tell you what she used for padding because that would be giving away her secret.  Hopefully when she does it for Physics class it works just the same!



If you have a child (12 - 18) who is interested in the Hunters Mentor Program they should take this bow hunting course!  More info coming later about the program.  Get them signed up for this course!










MAIN STREET MOTORS comes to town!

I couldn't help but notice the beginnings of a new car dealership in town!  I'll have to check this out and bring you the scoop.  For now, here are some pictures of their cars. Stop in and take one for a test drive.





Personal Note:

As I put the newsletter together tonight I'm distracted by an upcoming event.  Tomorrow I take my baby, who is just one week away from turning eighteen, to Children's Hospital for a procedure on her heart.  I'm sure she will be fine but she is still my baby.  No matter what we are faced with when it comes to our kids we suck it up and do what we have to do to make them safe and happy.  I'm not the only mom heading to the hospital tomorrow with my child and I'll be keeping the other moms in my prayers, too.  I would walk through fire for my kids but tomorrow I will be totally helpless.  I have to trust that God will be with Millie and that the capable folks at Children's will be at their best tomorrow.  They will take very good care of her. I look forward to the time when you are reading this because that will mean that I will have her home where she will be recuperating.  Then I will be looking toward the next traumatic event in my life not with dread but with joy and anticipation...my baby will be turning eighteen and I should quit referring to her as "my baby." I doubt that I will...she will always be my baby.

Update:  All went well!  She is home and recovering.  Back to school by Thursday.  Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.  Hug your babies close!  No matter how old they are!



Elmwood Murdock School Schedule

3/8/11 SOS Meeting at Elmwood
3/9/11 School Board Meeting @ Murdock
3/10/11 End of 3rd Quarter
3/11/11 No School - Spring Break
3/14-18/ 11 Terra Nova Testing -- Grades 4,8,11
3/16/11 ECNC MS Quiz Bowl @ E-M
3/17/11 FBLA Meeting
3/17/11 FCCLA Meeting
3/18/11 2010-2011 Kindergarten Registration @ Elmwood
3/18/11 Malcolm Music Contest
3/19/11 Class "C" State Band @ Kearney
3/21/11 ECNC HS Quiz Bowl @ Palymra
3/22/11 10-12 Honor Roll Trip
3/23/11 ECNC Art Clinic @ Weeping Water
3/24/11 HS Track @ Platteview
3/25/11 7-9 Honor Roll Trip


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