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The Holiday Extravaganza was a fun time for all.  Despite the cold and slick conditions people came out and enjoyed the activities.

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The day started early with pancakes at the fire hall.

Pancakes Sausage

What are pancakes without sausages?  Tyler Rosenow served them up.

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Or some scrambled eggs? Cody Price dished up eggs and Nikkee Day poured the best orange juice in the entire world...and milk.

Santa and Burrow

Mr. and Mrs. Claus stopped by to talk to the children and find out their Christmas wishes.

Santa Bacon kids

The Bacon children were glad to tell them their wishes.

Santa with Christian

Christian brought a list for Santa so he wouldn't forget anything. 

Santa with Rebecca

Rebecca also had a list.  I hope Santa remembers everything!

 Santa Caral

 Even Carol had a few wishes for Santa.

Craft Show

 The craft show at the Red Cedar Lounge had fun stuff.  It was also a good chance to see how Rod has painted the walls and is updating the old skating rink.  They are making it more of a venue for receptions and parties.  Keep that in mind!

Craft Show Cub Scouts stand

 The Cub Scouts were having a bake sale to earn money for various things they need throughout the year.

Craft Show Grace

 Grace Althouse is working her way to Carnegie Hall.  (See her story below!)

Craft show Pat Spellman

 Pat Spellman had her Traveling Treasures.  I was glad to relieve her of a couple of the pictures.

Library Anne

 The kids crafts and activities at the Library were a lot of fun.  Anne Pope and her daughter Lily were happy to greet everyone.

Library Bingo

 B - I - N- G - O !!!!!!

Library Carol

 Once again we caught Carol out and about enjoying the day!

Library Clements

 Sam Clements took a little time to read during the activities.

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 There is always time to color.

Library Crafts 2

 The kids got to make Christmas tree ornaments.

Library crafts 3

 Maddie and her daughter, Gemma, made an ornament.

Library Danielle and Casey

 Danielle Dunker and Casey Clements helped out at the Library.

Library Riklis

 Ryan and his son enjoyed a story.

Library toss

 This was the Christmas tree/antler ring toss game.

Purplepockets and Bray

 Mz PurplePockets painted faces and made balloon sculptures for the kids at the Burrows Realty office.  Bj's son had fun teasing Mz PurplePockets. 

Purplepockets Christian painted face

 Christian looked like Rudolph.

Purplepockets Drake Kaden

 Drake and Kaden...cute as can be!

Purplepockets Sara Emaa

 Sara and Emma were rocking the paint!


 The Candy Cane Lane at the Elmwood Community Center was packed with goodies.  See the plate of sugar cookies in the back that are not decorated?  Yeah, that was my contribution.  I just couldn't seem to get them frosted so I was hoping someone would see what a deal it was to buy them unfrosted and have their kids or grandkids frost them.  Luckily Suzie saw my vision and bought them all! 


 And it goes on...


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 And on.

CCL Winners

 The Cupcakes for a Cause contest had winners!


 Blake Ulmer and his team put on a BBQ lunch and also a car show.  Last year there were seats outside but not this year!  Brrrr!!!!  Too cold for patio seating.

Tour Brenda

 Brenda Vogt hosted an open house at her home for the parade of homes.

Parade ambulance

 I didn't make it to the light up parade so I borrowed pictures from others.  I heard it was good but cold!

Parade Santa

 And there is Santa!  I wish he had room for Carol up there. 

Parade Stephs group

 Anne Matthews, her daughter, Ava, Stephanie Vogt, her daughter Mardy, and their mom, Pat and step dad, Paul. 

Parade Vogts

 Heath and Tifanie Vogt with their girls, trying to keep warm!!


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Journey Into Christmas


Holiday Open House at the


Bess Streeter Aldrich House


Dec. 5-6 & 12-13 -- 2:00-5:00 p.m.


(Special hours Nov. 2811 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


See every room of the author’s historic home

decked out for the holidays!  Enjoy complimentary holiday treats and shop for Aldrich novels and

other great gifts after your tour.  


$5.00 adults, $3.00 ages 6-12, free 5 & und


204 East F St., Elmwood




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Reverse Order Brings Reverse the Trend to Elmwood

On Friday, December 4th, 8:30 a.m., students and staff at Elmwood-Murdock School in Elmwood, NE, will be treated to a one of a kind rock concert with a meaningful message. Reverse the Trend is a motivational and anti-bullying movement that is sweeping the country.   Students, staff and parents rave about the program that went to 264 schools in 33 states last year, exclaiming: it inspired students, decreased bullying and even saved some lives. 

"Reverse the Trend" is a program that combines a concert with an assembly, engaging and exciting the students with music they will enjoy, while teaching them how to overcome bullying.  Reverse Order, a popular rock band, continues the assembly by sharing their own personal stories about how they were bullied and how they overcame it in a safe and positive way.  They inspire students to set goals and achieve their dreams 

Reverse Order was a semi-finalist on America's Got Talent; the band was recently sent by the US Embassy to Russia as cultural diplomats to bring American music to their youth.  The band has shared the stage with artists like Third Eye Blind, The Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne.  They've released 3 EP's and several singles which can be found on iTunes, Pandora and Spotify.

Reverse the Trend is a 501c3 non profit organization the band started to inspire youth and prevent bullying related suicides. To learn more about Reverse the Trend and Reverse Order here are links to their websites:  



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L-R Cruise Russo, John Russo, Drew Katsock (Parker the dog)

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Want to join Girl Scouts? Join our new troop! Girl Scouts is growing and we are starting a new troop at Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools. Girls in all grades are invited to join Girl Scout Troop 20806.


Learn more at our upcoming parent informational meeting!


When: Sunday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m.


Where: Locations TBA


Who: Girls in all grades who are not already a part of a troop.


RSVP: Contact Jamie Shaw at 402-601-1685 or Jamie.traver@hotmail.com


Annual Memberships Dues are $15.00. Girl Scouts Spririt of Nebraska offers financial assistance on a need basis.


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Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council (CCNEDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Trista Farrens as the next executive director effective Nov. 16.

Farrens will focus on retaining existing businesses, attracting new businesses, creating new jobs and expanding current business and industry in Cass County.

Her previous work in regional economic development includes leadership of Washington County’s Gateway Development Corp. Most recently Farrens
served as project manager/selection coordinator with Malibu Homes.

“Trista knows how to build relationships. She knows how to lead. She knows how to get things done. We look forward to seeing her channel her
experience and skill set into job growth and new capital investment throughout Cass County,” said Jane McDaniel, CCNEDC board president.

Click here for an interview with Trista Farrens.


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