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It's Thanksgiving week!!!


Yes, I love fixing the turkey and all the fixings. YES, that is my turkey on the left..want the recipe? Here is is... It's my Dad's from 50 years ago.

"Turkey plates" of leftovers are very popular in our house for a week. That means I DON't have to cook for a week.

It also means the Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza! 

There is so much to this newsletter I'm going to have a Table of Contents so you don't miss anything. Just click on a link to take you to the section. 


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Remember to send me updates. I need Volleyball news, school news and photos of Christmas lights! Email your church announcements, community, business and school news to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com by Sunday night.

Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza

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It's here, it's only a couple days away. Are you ready? Do you have a game plan? Do you know where you're going and when?

Watch for me because I'll be taking pictures everywhere from the Bess Streeter Aldrich House to the Craft Show and the Christmas Tree lighting. 

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Yes, there is a Christmas Carol sing. Who doesn't LOVE singing Christmas Carols?? Seriously?!! 

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Christmas season is in full display at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House. Christmas trees and over 20 Nativity sets displayed in the various rooms. Here is just a sampling of what you will see. 

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The Elms, the historic home of Nebraska author Bess Streeter Aldrich, has been beautifully decorated for the holiday season.

Thirteen individuals or civic groups have graciously donated their time to decorate a tree and develop a theme for each respective room.

The Aldrich House will be open for their “Journey Into Christmas” event which will correspond with the community’s Holiday Extravaganza on November 26 from 11 to 5 p.m.

Other dates when the Aldrich House will be open this holiday season include

Nov. 27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 (2-5 p.m.)

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Holiday Light Parade

Elmwood has a light parade and needs more participants. It's always a lot of fun to see the creativity tractors decked out in Christmas lights. Tell your friends, spread the word and come out and join the fun! 

Call Owen Kunz about the details and meet at the Elmwood Park between 5:30-6:00 pm

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Submit completed pages to the Elmwood Convenience Store by noon on Saturday, November 26 - Holiday Extravaganza Day!!

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Did you See the RUCK MARCH?

Murdock loves their Veterans and we have plenty to celebrate and honor. Thank you to Linda Glantz and the MURDOCK PRIDE for making and donating soup and cupcakes to the participants. 

If you were driving on Highway 1 on Thursday late afternoon and evening, you might of slowed down to a crawl. Or may I say a walk. 

The Elmwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad donated a fire truck and EMS unit to lead and follow the marchers. The Elmwood Murdock Spirit Squad made the signs to educate and let drivers know why there were slowing down.

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"The Ruck March, Every day we lose 22 veterans to PTSD and Suicide. 22 Miles, 22 Marchers, carrying 22 pounds, Representing 22 Veterans"

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Thank You Elmwood Spirit Squad

Bottom photo: Elyse, Brianna, Shailee, Kabrianna, Tatum & Alyssa. Not pictured: Alexis Campbell

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The flashing lights of the Elmwood and Murdock Volunteer Fire and Rescue squads escorted 16 RUCKERS walking to bring awareness to the 22 veterans who lose their lives to PTSD associated suicide every day.

The VFW Post 247 hosted the lunch meal and Bonnie Brewer and Jeff Johnston opened up the museum and set up a chow line on the east lawn. Chili was made by Dawn Romine, potato soup by Linda Glantz of MURDOCK PRIDE, and Linda also provided the AMAZING cupcakes? (Have you had Lindas cupcakes? They are soooo good)

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Sonshine Daycare and Preschool took a field trip to the park to wave flags and cheer support the military. They even received a special treat when a Rucker came down to thank them personally. 


Dalton Boden was the official organizer for the Elmwood leg and recruited several active military members to participate from the Nebraska National Guard.

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Military veterans also participated including a Vietnam vet and a recent Marine Corps veteran David Hromanik.  

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The walkers from Lincoln arrived later than anticipated and unfortunately the school students had dismissed. But their was plenty of student participation and awareness.  The Elmwood-Murdock Student Council decorated banners and hung them in the windows for all to see.


Don Klaumann from the Gretna American Legion Riders Post 216 even came down with American flags. He stood with volunteers on various corners as the procession passed by and thanked them for their service. 

Thank you to everyone for their support including

American Legion Post 247 • Elmwood-Murdock Spirit Squad • Gretna American Legion Post 216 •  JH/SH Student Council • Elmwood Volunteer Rescue Squad  • G.A.R. Veterans Museum • Kelli and Tom Brewer • MURDOCK PRIDE • Marine Corps League • Sound of Silence • The Quonset Bar & Grill 

Thanksgiving Dinners

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If you have no plans for Thanksgiving Dinner then come on into the Elmwood Convenience Store on Thanksgiving from 11:00 am -1:00 pm for a Turkey dinner.

This is the 6th year for the McNaught family to serve this meal. There is also a sign-up sheet at the store if you are interested.


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Church News

The youth of the Elmwood and Murdock Methodist church youth group community were walking around Elmwood Sunday afternoon as part of a scavenger hunt.

It wasn't what you thought either. They were looking for food, household paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels) and donations for the Elmwood Food Pantry.

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Left to Right: Cody Bornemier, Haydn Erst, Tucker Oehlerking 

What a great idea!! What they didn't know is they stopped by the house of the newsletter editor. So, I had to take a photo of the boys. 

Elmwood-Murdock School News

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE the Elmwood-Murdock high school choir. Mrs Colbert does an amazing job in finding the singing talent in students and getting it to emerge. 

EM NebraskaAllStateGrace Althouse and Isaiah Kluver performed at the Nebraska All State honor Choir last Friday November 18th. They spend 3 days rehearsing with over 400 of the best students from the state

Congratulations to Grace Althouse on achieving all three years in the All State Honor Choir. This is an incredibly difficult accomplishment. Ross Mumford was the only other E-M student to accomplish this

Over 440 students from across the state of Nebraska are chosen by audition to participate. Grace was the number one auditionee from the Lincoln region. Isaiah Kluver has been part of the All State choir for two years.

The community is very proud of you both. You are both blest to have such a beautiful voices.

Music is the ultimate entertainment!!! 


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Community News

Round the Bend Steakhouse partners with Marine Corps League and Marine Corps League Auxiliary to raise gifts for military children.

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Every veteran that has selflessly served our nation deserves to treat his or her children with gifts on Christmas morning.

However, many veterans live without the means to provide Christmas gifts to their families.

Round the Bend Steakhouse is excited to announce SGT Kringles Kids, an initiative to provide children of military veterans in need with gifts this holiday season.

Through a partnership with the Marine Corps League (MCL) and the Marine Corps League Auxiliary (MCLA), all gifts brought to Round the Bend Steakhouse will be directly donated to disadvantaged children of veterans, so that every military family may enjoy the Christmas they deserve.

Now through Dec 16, visitors to Round the Bend Steakhouse are encouraged to bring an unwrapped and new toy to place under the Christmas tree in the dining room.

As a show of gratitude, SGT Kringles Kids participants will receive a free appetizer.

“For us there are two reasons for our freedom, Jesus and the American soldier.

We are excited to show the love of Jesus to our soldiers’ kids by putting them first this Christmas,” said TJ & Tifini Olson, owners of Round the Bend Steakhouse.

Toy Suggestions (children 12 & under):
• Books
• Puzzles
• Art supplies
• Board games

About the Marine Corps League (MCL):
Founded in 1923, the MCL is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country.

Its mission statement states that the League exists to “join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps . . .”

About the Marine Corps League Auxiliary (MCLA):
Founded in 1937 as a subsidiary to the MCL, the Auxiliary was formed “for the purposes of promoting the interests of the U. S. Marine Corps, the Marine Corps League and to protect and advance the welfare of Marines and their dependents.

Auxiliary members participate in a wide variety of programs that benefit and preserve the fundamental rights and freedoms of every person of this Nation, young and old.”

For more information about SGT Kringles Kids, the Marine Corps League, the Marine Corps League Auxiliary, or Round the Bend Steakhouse, please contact TJ Olson at 402-944-9974 or tj@roundthebendsteakhouse.com

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Area and Community News

The Lofte Theater

“Twas the Night Before Christmas” at Lofte Theatre

Manley, NE [November 22, 2016] - The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley is ready to help get you into the holiday spirit. Their December production, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” opens on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30pm.

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But, wait! A mouse is stirring - because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say, “Merry Christmas!” we’re off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take, “No,” for an answer.

This script is a modern-day treatment of the traditional 19th-century classic tale. Together a mouse named Amos and his human friend, Emily embark upon a journey to visit Santa Claus. Directed by Kevin Colbert, this energetic holiday tale will see the characters engage in a sword fight, a squirt gun battle and a perilous airplane ride. This show is specifically styled to appeal to our younger audience members, but children of all ages will enjoy this holiday romp.

Amos the mouse is played by Lofte newcomer Austin J. Brady of Lincoln. His human friend Emily is played by Shakeida Bullis of Bellevue. Rounding out the cast of colorful characters are Greg Leger and Doug Rothgeb of Omaha and Keri Hogue of Elmwood.

In coordination with this production, the Lofte is holding a special fundraiser where children of all ages can meet Santa and the rest of the cast. You will have the opportunity to eat a catered lunch right on stage, visit with Santa and even get your picture taken with the Jolly Old Elf himself. This special luncheon is being held at noon prior to our three Sunday matinees. Advance reservations are required. This would be a great multi-generational family event or company outing. Tickets to the luncheon are just $20.

Production dates for the show are December 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. All seats are just $19. Those interested can call the Lofte box office at 402.234.2553 for reservations.


Front row, Greg Leger and Doug Rothgeb. Back row Keri Hogue, Austin J. Brady and Shakeida Bullis.


Cass County CASA Advocates Needed!

Cass Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is currently recruiting CASA advocates to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in Cass County. The next training session is scheduled for January 2017 for five weeks. We are also seeking male volunteers as more than 60% of our children are male.

What does a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer do? Each CASA volunteer is screened, trained and completes 30 hours of pre-service training. The training consists of 15 hours of online training and 15 hours of in-person training.

Once trained, CASA volunteers are assigned under the Juvenile Court jurisdiction to speak on behalf of a child to ensure the needs and interests of abused and neglected children are being met.

Who are CASA volunteers? Our active volunteers are individuals from our community who work part-time, full-time or are retired. Volunteers commit to one year with a child, but seldom leave a case until it has been terminated.

Please call Debbie Green, Volunteer Coordinator at (402) 296-9521 or email dgreen@casscasa.org<;/span> and become a CASA volunteer today. If you would like to learn more information about our program, visit our website at www.casscasa.org

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