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So, how was your Independence Day? If you attended the parade in Murdock you probably had a great time!
Here are a few pictures of the parade. For more pictures click here to go to the Murdock Newsletter.
Senator Bill Kintner and his wife Lauren Hill
Son-shine Child Care Center had many kiddos on their float!
Two of the Good Neighbors, Dan Timm and Helen McKinney, ride in style. Dan, Helen, and Pete Peterson certainly deserve the recognition.
Carol Hoffman rode on the float for the Elmwood Convenience Store. Carol has been recuperating from surgery in Lincoln so she was happy to come out to visit her friends. Hopefully she will be home soon!!
John McNaught has quite a few irons in the fire.
The Music Man will be the next presentation at the Lofte! Get your tickets now!
Brenna Backemeyer served as Miss Cass County for the last year.
Owen Kunz, better known as Mowin' Owen, shows off one of his rigs.
Mary Lenz drives her race car through the parade looking forward to another race!
EMMA (Elmwood-Murdock Merchants’ Association) is proud to announce the 2016 Good Neighbor Awards. This year’s awards go to:
Helen McKinney, Elmwood. Helen manages the Elmwood Community Center where she keeps the good food and fun activities flowing. She always has a smile on her face, is willing to help, and has lots of ideas to promote Elmwood in order to make it a fun place to live. Her dedication to the Community Center makes it a success and provides many people an opportunity to share delicious lunches and good conversation. She is a blessing to the community.
Merlin “Pete” Peterson, Elmwood. At age 87, Pete is a prime example of what being a Good Neighbor is all about. He helps out his neighbors by helping to mow their large yards without even waiting to be asked for assistance. He is always willing to help out his neighbors, friends, or family, no matter the task, when he is needed.
Dan Timm, Manley. Dan is always willing to help others. He is a volunteer firefighter in Manley and was involved in getting the county’s first grain bin rescue equipment. Not only did he help train others, he put his own training to work and helped save a man trapped in a grain bin near Louisville. He shares his love of the outdoors in many ways by being a fishing instructor, bow hunter instructor and Dutch oven cooking class instructor. He teaches kayaking, archery, shooting and fishing at a camp for the hearing impaired. He has also set up a nest box for horned owls for Raptor Recovery and has rescued 3 baby owls.
He supports our community also by helping the 4-H trap team. He is always willing to help any friend, neighbor, soon-to-be friend, or child when needed. He is a good example of a good neighbor.
The actions of all these individuals have helped to make the Elmwood and Murdock community a better place to live and work. We congratulate and thank them all.
Do you have a neighbor who is deserving of the Good Neighbor Award? If so, be sure to get a form from the EMMA website and nominate them for the 2017 Good Neighbor Award.
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12th Annual Last Hot Sunday in July!!
Elmwood Murdock FBLA Team Competes at Nationals in Atlanta, GA
As a result of the completion 10 EM students placed in the top 10 for national results. Business teachers, Laura Rikli and Jacob Shaffer along with parent sponsors took the group to Atlanta for the competition. While in Atlanta the group visited the CNN building, the Aquarium, the Coca Cola tour, and the Martin Luther King Memorial. They even had time for an Atlanta Braves baseball game!
The Elmwood Murdock team!
Megan Hawks and Ashtyn Cooper
Brandon Frates, Callie Zeorian, Riley Backemeyer
Jac Clements and Shailee Hayek actually receiving their award. The ceremony was available for friends and family back home to watch.
Jac Clements accepting the award.
The Elmwood Murdock students that placed in the top 10 at FBLA Nationals. Front Row: Shailee Hayek, Megan Hawks, Callee Zeorian, and Ashtyn Cooper. Back Row: Riley Backemeyer, Jac Clements, and Brandon Frates
Congratulations to the EM FBLA members, their sponsors, teachers, and parents. A big thank you and congratulations to Mr. Kurk Shrader for the last 30 years. What a way to go out! Happy Retirement!!
The Eagle Farmers Market is open from 4 to 6:30 every Thursday in the Eagle community park through Sept 1st. New vendor applications can be obtained at the Eagle Grocery.
“76 Trombones” and 53 Actors Star in Meredith Willson’s
“The Music Man” on Lofte Stage!
Manley, NE [July 5, 2016] - The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley announces it will be showcasing the Meredith Willson’s classic, “The Music Man,” starting on July 22. Winner of five Tonys in 1958 including Best Musical and best Actor and Actress, “The Music Man” is the tale of smooth-talking Harold Hill. He arrives in River City, Iowa to pull-off his tried-and-true scheme of cheating the community with a scam to equip and train a boys’ marching band. However, things go awry when he falls for the town’s lovely librarian and inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music.
The Lofte last visited “The Music Man” in 1978. At that time the Born-in-a-Barn players were working out of a renovated barn with no air conditioning and outdoor bathrooms. Now 38 years later, audiences and the fifty-three member cast have the luxury of a climate controlled theater space that seats over three hundred!
Playing the sly Harold Hill is Lofte newcomer, Chris Berger of Louisville. The lovely Marian the librarian is played by Catherine Bobst of Lincoln. Matthew Hansen of Papillion plays Harold’s old friend Marcellus. Greg Leger of Omaha and Brenda Jones of Louisville play the River City Mayor and his wife. Little Winthrop (Marian’s cute little brother) is played by newcomer Jude Glaser of Papillion. Artistic Director Kevin Colbert has selected a group of the region’s best acting and vocal talent from far and wide to round-out the cast.
Production dates for the show are July 22-24, 28-31 and August 5-7. Thursday through Saturday curtain times are at 7:30pm. All Sunday performances are 2pm matinees. All seats are reserved and cost $19 each. The Lofte Theatre is offering special discounts to groups of 25 or more. Tickets are available online at Lofte.org or by calling the box office at 402.234.2553.
FYI...local connection...Rick Clements and his grandson Drake are in the cast for The Music Man at the Lofte Theater, Manley, NE. Dates are July 22,23,24; 28,29,30,31; Aug. 5,6,7. Show times are 7:30pm and 2pm Sunday. Jeff Johnston and former Elmwood resident Wade Mumford are also in the musical.
The Lofte phone number for reservations is 402-234-2553, Box office is open 9am to 12pm, or leave a message and they will return your call. Website: http://www.lofte.com/
Weeping Water City Pool
311 W. River St.
Weeping Water, NE
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Single Pass - $90
10 card Punch - $35
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Family Pass is for immediate family members. Pass includes 2 parents and up to 5 children under 18 years of age living at home. Additional family members $20 per child.
Nanny Pass can be added onto a family pass for $40 (this only be usable when coming with paying family)
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Vandalism at Elmwood City Hall
About a week after the new door was installed at the Elmwood City Hall someone hurled a couple of rocks at it denting it in and scraping the paint off.
Isn't this lovely?
If you recognize these rocks let us know! We will pass that information on to the authorities.
Lincoln, Neb. (July 5, 2016) - The Unclaimed Property Division of the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office will kick off its 2016 outreach season July 8-10 in Fremont at the John C. Fremont Days, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.
A total of 4,306 properties valued at more than $947,000 is being held for residents of Dodge County including Fremont, Treasurer Stenberg said.
“We are looking forward to helping visitors search and file claims for property being held in their names at our first outreach event of the year,” Stenberg said. “One in five Nebraskans has unclaimed property, so we encourage visitors to the John C. Fremont Days to search not only for property belonging to themselves, but also for property belonging to family members, friends, businesses, and community organizations.”
Stenberg reminded Nebraskans that they can search for unclaimed property anytime at treasurer.nebraska.gov. In instances in which property is $500 or less, owners can file claims online through the Treasurer’s website.
More than $11.8 million was returned to owners in 2015, and a total of 15,368 claims were approved. So far in 2016, more than $8.4 million of unclaimed property has been returned, representing a total of 10,691 claims approved.
“Outreach events provide ideal opportunities for our Unclaimed Property team to meet Nebraskans and help them search for money being held by the state in their names or in the names of their businesses or family members,” Stenberg said. “Outreach events also provide an opportunity for our team to explain how the unclaimed property program works and how properties come to be turned over to the state.”
The state is holding more than $170 million in unclaimed property for more than 350,000 Nebraskans and their heirs. Common forms of unclaimed property are uncashed paychecks, unused gift cards, refunds, rental deposits, utility deposits, stocks, dividends, insurance payments, savings bonds, matured CDs, and lost IRAs.
The complete outreach schedule includes the following locations:
• Fremont, July 8-10, John C. Fremont Days
• Hastings, July 20-24, Adams County Fair
• North Platte, July 20-24, Lincoln County Fair
• Springfield, Aug. 3-7, Sarpy County Fair
• York, Aug. 4-7, York County Fair
• Grand Island, Aug. 26-Sept. 5, Nebraska State Fair
• Grand Island, Sept. 13-15, Husker Harvest Days
• Nebraska City, Sept. 17-18, Applejack Festival
• Kearney, Nov. 16-17, Gateway Farm Expo
• Norfolk, Jan. 11-12, 2017, Northeast Nebraska Farm & Equipment Show
Additional ways to search for unclaimed property and file claims include the following:
• Check the Nebraska State Treasurer’s website at treasurer.nebraska.gov. Type a name in the box on the home page or click on the Unclaimed Property tab at the top of the page.
• For an amount less than $500, an owner may file a claim online through the website. The owner must include required documentation.
• For an amount greater than $500, an owner may complete the claim form found on the website and mail to the State Treasurer’s Office, Unclaimed Property Division, 809 P St., Lincoln, NE 68508-1390. The form must be notarized.
• Call the Unclaimed Property Division at 1-877-572-9688 toll free outside of Lincoln or 402-471-8497 in Lincoln. Phone calls are taken between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., CT, weekdays.
• Visit the Unclaimed Property office at 809 P Street in Lincoln or in the Treasurer’s Office in Suite 2005 of the State Capitol. Hours at both locations are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An owner should bring a driver’s license and Social Security card. If filing on behalf of a business or a deceased family member, the owner should bring documentation to establish legal authority to file the claim.
Jacob Gehringer of Omaha, a Nebraska native and advocate for the disability community, was the first to open an Enable account during the celebration, which was attended by more than 450 guests, most of whom were individuals with disabilities and their families.
Among the guests were Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, who proclaimed June 30 as “Enable Day,” and Nebraska Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, author of state legislation in 2015 that resulted in the creation of the Enable Savings Plan.
An addition to state officials and bank representatives were state and national advocates including Autism Speaks and the National Disability Institute; Jacob Gehringer and his fellow 11 “Enable Heroes” and their families; and Jason Gieschen of Ogallala, Nebraska, the Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger for Special Olympics.
The Enable Savings Plan provides qualifying individuals with disabilities an opportunity to save for the future and pay for everyday expenses in tax-advantaged savings accounts. Eligible individuals living in Nebraska or in any other state in the United States may open accounts online or by mail starting today by visiting EnableSavings.com.
Treasurer Stenberg is Trustee of the Enable Savings Plan, and First National Bank of Omaha is Program Manager.
“In the past individuals with disabilities have had few options to save, but today marks a turning point,” said Clark Lauritzen, Executive Vice President, Corporate Banking, Wealth, Investments, First National Bank of Omaha. “At First National, we have a history of doing what’s right for our customers and the communities we serve. We are proud to be the first bank in the country to offer an ABLE plan nationwide, and we look forward to helping people with disabilities achieve their hopes and dreams.”
“This is a momentous day for the people of Nebraska. After more than a year of meticulous planning, we are proud to announce the nationwide launch of the Enable Savings Plan for individuals with qualifying disabilities living in Nebraska or elsewhere in the United States,” said Nebraska State Treasurer Stenberg.
“We are excited to be a leader in offering these tax-advantaged savings accounts for children and adults with qualifying disabilities to save and invest their money without jeopardizing benefits they may receive through public assistance programs like Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid. We also are excited to be signing up our first account owners, and we wish them well as they take these long-awaited steps toward financial well-being, increasing self-sufficiency, and greater independence,” Stenberg said.
The Enable Savings Plan was created by First National Bank and the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office in partnership with families and national and state disability advocates and providers and was designed to meet the unique needs of account owners. Intended to provide greater financial independence for individuals with disabilities, the Enable Savings Plan offers a variety of low-cost investment options from which account owners can choose to meet their needs, based on age, personal circumstances, and savings goals.
With today’s launch of the Enable Savings Plan, First National Bank is the first financial institution in the country to develop and offer an ABLE plan in cooperation with state government.
“The Enable Savings Plan allows people with disabilities and their families to save as much as $100,000 without losing Social Security benefits. Helping people feel secure in their financial future is what we have strived to achieve. Throughout the last seven months, I have been humbled by the many sincere, authentic, and personal stories from future account owners and the importance of Enable to them. We are delighted to be part of their lives and to provide an opportunity to help people with disabilities become as self-sufficient as possible,” Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank, said in a prepared statement.
The Enable Savings Plan came about as a result of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act – known as ABLE – passed by Congress in 2014. The act was modeled after state-sponsored 529 college savings programs, like the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST). College savings programs take their name from Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. ABLE programs fall under Section 529A of the IRS Code. Treasurer Stenberg is also Trustee of NEST, and First National is Program Manager for NEST.
To follow updates and learn more about the Enable Savings Plan, visit EnableSavings.com or treasurer.nebraska.gov, read the Enable Savings Plan blog, and like Enable Savings Plan on Facebook. To enroll, go to EnableSavings.com.
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have $20 billion in managed assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.
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