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Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you for your past support of Ben's Brigade!
It is time again for our annual fundraising efforts.  We had planned to give everyone a choice this year to donate to the DSAF of Nebraska, or the LuMind Foundation for Down Syndrome Cognitive Research.  However, when the DSAF learned of our plan to let donors choose, they have since decided all teams must fund raise exclusively for the DSAF, and deleted our team, Ben's Brigade, from the Step Up for Down syndrome Walk.
So, while we will not be participating in the Lincoln Walk this year, we still do want to raise money for a good cause and celebrate Down syndrome awareness month during the month of October.  For this reason we are proud to announce that we would like all of our fundraising efforts to go the LuMind Foundation for Down Syndrome Research.  This is an extremely exciting time for Down Syndrome Research, as studies have found similarities between individuals with Down syndrome and patients with Alzheimer's There are now Phase 2 clinical drug trials, moving us closer to options for improving cognition in people with Down syndrome,and these drugs also have the potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease in the general population.   If you would like to donate to the LuMind foundation in honor of Ben's Brigade, please click here
Our annual celebration would not be complete without custom Ben's Brigade t-shirts.  This year we have designed our own shirts that will be white with the logo attached below featuring the Down syndrome awareness colors of blue and yellow. These shirts will not be dated and can be worn year after year to celebrate Ben and his extra chromosome.  Adult sizes are $12 and Child sizes are $10.  If you would like to order t-shirt, please email me with your size prior to September 15, 2015 .  Payment can be collected on delivery, or you can order them online at the new Ben's Brigade website Ben's Brigade for Down Sydrome Advocacy
We ask that everyone wear their shirt on Saturday October 3rd to virtually celebrate the start of Down syndrome awareness month where ever you are that day. 
As always, we appreciate your support of Ben's Brigade!
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Volunteers needed for the Elmwood stop of the Market to Market Relay Race!  From the Market to Market website: "A premier day-long team running relay race that takes runners from Market to Market®. Starting at sun up, seven runners and a van take on diverse and scenic courses as they make their way to the downtown finish shindig before sun down. Combine running in beautiful landscapes, outrageous costumes and memorable van rides with your friends and it all adds up to 1 unforgettable day."

Elmwood is one of the places that is an exchange site for the relay.  There will be a lot transport vans dropping off and picking up runners so the team needs to have volunteers in Elmwood to direct traffic to keep it flowing smooth and keep the runners safe.  By providing volunteers we will earn a donation from the Market to Market Relay Series for the Elmwood Park!

Click here to register to be a volunteer! You will have a blast!

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Elmwood Murdock Flag Corp and Band at the Applejack Festival

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The flag corp getting ready.

AJ flag line nervous

Shailee Hayek doesn't look a bit nervous.  Just ready to perform.

AJ dance team

AJ flag line marching

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Emily Zakaras and Whitney Koehn...Flag Corps members

AJ band marching

Spencer Koehn and Noah Willey

Spencer Koehn and Noah Willey lead the flag corp and the band.  The Elmwood Murdock Band placed third.  Way to go!!!!  Outstanding!! Congrats to all and to Mr. Hanson!!



A freak storm came through the Elmwood Murdock area Friday.  Golf ball size hail hit north of Elmwood for sure because I was driving in it!  Later I got this picture of the barn out on Fletcher Road.  It is an awesome barn!


Harvest Moon Hustle in Elmwood

The Harvest Moon Hustle once again used Elmwood for their fun event.  Approximately 750 runners met in the Elmwood Park and ran either a 5K or a 10K last Friday evening.  They started at 7:00 pm heading down the trail running in the near dusk evening.  I hope they had head lamps and bug spray because it is dark and buggy down on that trail.  The race ended at the park also with everyone crossing the finish line and heading out to the Elmwood Firehall for dinner and dancing.  Parkers BBQ, a live band, and Zipline beer made the evening event a ton of fun for the runners. 

Did you even know this was going on?  If you lived near the park you would have noticed the traffic and the cars parking as far away as by the school.  It is great that they use our town for this and take advantage of our park.  Hope everyone had a fun time!

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The Harvest Moon Hustle Finish line north of the park

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The Harvest Moon Hustle Extra Mile After Party

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The Harvest Moon Hustle Pub Runners - my friend's group of runners from Lincoln

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The Pub Runners

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Ken and some of his running friends.  They are sure smiling big after their run!  More power to them, I would still be on the trail being eaten by mosquitoes!


Bank Andy at Husker

Andy Clements, represented the American Exchange Bank at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island last week.

Bank John at Husker Harvest Days

John Westland, also from the American Exchange Bank, assisted Andy in making popcorn at the Husker Harvest Days.


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Massage by Jolean

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 WANTED:  Home Health Aide needed for elderly woman.

Please call:  402-994-2414

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EM community center bench


 CAUTION!  Painting at the PARK!!!  If it looks wet...don't touch it!

I finally got busy down at the park and recruited my friend, Becky Kicak, to be my partner in paint.  We couldn't help but notice how bad the picnic tables looked.  Someone had carved all over them and the paint was peeling something terrible.  So we broke out the paint and freshened them up.  And the poles under the picnic shelter.  We did put up caution tape to warn people and it seemed to have worked.  Please pay attention when visiting the park because we will be doing more painting down there!

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My partner in paint and I...notice that the Wet Paint sign was even still wet.  Becky was a good sport.  The only paint she got on herself was when I splattered her by accident.

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park caution hung


 girls vb team

The EM Junior High Girls Volleyball A Team won the Louisville Middle School tournament!

Girls vb a and b teams

Not only did the EM Junior High Girls A Team win but so did the B Team!  Congratulations, girls!!


Village Office Building Fresh Coat of Paint

Elmwood City Hall has just received a new coat of exterior paint made possible by several volunteers and a grant from Keep Nebraska Beautiful’s National Painting Week Program sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. The project totaled over 55 hours of community service with the help of nine adults and five youth. Local Elmwood-Murdock High School students benefitted from the project by gaining hours toward their community service needs for graduation. Community partners for the project were the Elmwood-Murdock Schools Community Service, Elmwood community members, Keep Cass County Beautiful and the Elmwood Village Board members.

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Curt Wilhelm and Lou Allgayer work on the front of the building.

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Connor Heise, Pat Wray, Ethan Heise, James Doll III, and Mason Ritnour tackled the paint job.

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The (almost) finished product.  The south side still needs to be done.  But it looks wonderful!  Thanks to everyone who helped with the project.


 Elmwood Murdock Knights Football News

Click here to see the EM vs Archbishop Bergan Game Summary


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WWfall festival


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Bloom Where You're Planted Farm's 11th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Sept. 26-Oct. 31 -- Fridays 1-6 p.m., Weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

911-108th St., rural Avoca

New for 2015!  Corn Hole, a fun Egg Race game, and a big John Deere combine you can climb into!

Other activities include hay rides, nature trails, farm animals, rubber duck races, bucking bronco barrel ride, corn pit, family-sized tire swing, hay climb and tunnel, dress-a-scarecrow, horse swings, agricultural exhibits, gourd tunnel, photo ops and more!  Don't miss the barn full of seasonal gifts, tasty treats, antiques and TONS of pumpkins, or all of the yummy food from the Schoolhouse Cafe (serving smoked pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream, homemade pie and cookies, and coffee on the weekends).

Admission is $6.00 for ages 3 & up and includes all activities.  Shop the barn or dine at the cafe without an admission charge. 

Special events include Service Family Day Sept. 26, A.R.T. Fair with live music Oct. 3, Doggy Day Oct. 10, Country concert by McKenzie JaLynn and the Renegades Oct. 18, and Thanks-and-Giving Day Oct. 31.  See our website, www.bloompumpkinpatch.com, or Facebook pages for full details.

Bloom 2015



Lofte Barn Banter

Friday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $25
The audience is the cast!  The entire theater is the stage!  Come for the food.  Stay for the murder! Dress in your favorite costume and prepare for an interactive murder mystery event at the Lofte.  
A full dinner accompanies this fatal folly of fun.  Reservations required so call or email today!
Menu:  Dinner Salad
Roast Beef or Chicken
Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Country Style Green Beans
Acclaimed Matt Whipkey to Perform at the Lofte
Manley, NE [September 21, 2015] -  The Lofte Community Theatre is adding a musical act to its 2015 schedule.  Matt Whipkey is an Omaha native internationally renowned for his top-notch songwriting.  He is also the winner of the 2013 Omaha Arts & Entertainment Award.  He will be performing live on the Lofte stage on Saturday, November 14 at 7pm.  Tickets are $15.  
Mr. Whipkey has released several albums including his most recent, “Underwater.”  He has also opened for popular acts including Dwight Yoakam.  He’s scheduled to play at the Holland Center in 2016.  This is your chance to see this phenomenal artist during his tour of the midwest.
The Lofte is located in Cass County near the town of Manley.  Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the box office at 402-234-2553 or visit Lofte.com.


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Crafts at Mahoneyx

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Dayton & Jacquelyn Kennedy of rural Nemaha built this float for the Humboldt Parade.  The local tie to this float is that our family provided them with at least half of these milk cartons.  Vince is a machine when it comes to drinking milk!

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