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Thanksgiving Weekend!!

Did you overdo it on turkey? Do you have any left over?If your house was anything like ours we had plenty of food and too many desserts. Did I say that? I love pies!!

But, now it is officially the Holiday season. Even though it's raining today (Sunday) it means that Christmas snow isn't far behind. 

I'm just glad Saturday was sunny and beautiful for all the Elmwood Extravaganza activities and the parade.


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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

It was a busy and fun-filled day for people in Elmwood. Below are just a few of the photos from the Elmwood Extravaganza. 


THANK YOU to all the bakers and shoppers for making Candy Cane Lane a part of your day during the Holiday Extravaganza. Operation Santa was the designated recipient this year and over $700 was raised for that very special local program. Operation Santa helps provide Christmas gifts to local families who find they may need some assistance during the holiday season.

A special thank you to Cindy Hovorka and Kris Shrader for heading up this project and sharing their cookie baking and candy making skills. They always do a beautiful job of displaying all the delicious treats.

Thank you also to the Community Center for sharing their space for this event. Another great example of community members helping other community members.
Kristyn Meyer Shrader; Cindy Hovorka; Joann Hill


The Elmwood-Murdock Backpack program organized this years' craft show and they had over 60 vendors!!! Not only was the gym filled, but both hallways. There was something for everyone and I left with two bags of Christmas gifts.

ElmwoodCraftFairThe soup supper provided chili, chicken soup, and bean soup to people who wanted to get in out of the chilly weather. It got very crowded before and after the parade.


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The cupcake auction was also very successful and people were very creative in their designs. The proceeds from the auction went to the Community center for  yearly programs.


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If you missed the Light Parade it was the biggest I can remember and lasted for almost 30 minutes. 

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Saturday night also recognized those individual who have gone on to their heavenly home but made a lasting impression on our hearts and our community through their Elmwood experiences.

Stars were lit to remember them during this holiday season. Family members who were present came forward and and lit the star on the memorial fence. Below are those honored and remembered int 2016.

Merle Buell
Lilly Johnson
Tim Lockman
Glen Miller
Charmaine Parriot
Pete Peterson
Paul and Jeanie Reinke
Butch Sailors
Betty Speth
Lyle Stock

Thank you to Bill and Sue Connour for allowing the use of their beautiful property. The proximity to Main Street provides more visibility, honoring these individuals during the holiday season.

Here is another video, thanks to Eugenia Bornemeier. This is the full parade with the complete commentary. Thanks Eugenia.


Journey Into Christmas Continues

Don't forget the Bess Streeter Aldrich House will be in full Christmas Cheer for the entire month of December. If you love Christmas trees and navitity 

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.

Other dates when the Aldrich House will be open every Saturday and Sunday during the month of December. 

Open 2:00 - 5:00 pm

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Elmwood-Murdock School News 

It is time for the Elmwood boys and girls basketball to start and Jim Rust also provides video coverage of both home games. You can watch it below or by clicking on Jim Rust's Vimeo Channel

E-M BBB @ Waverly 11-22-16 from Jim Rust on Vimeo.

The following update is from Owen Kunz on the Elmwood-Murdock Booster Club Facebook Page.

In Case You Missed It there were many great things to be seen between both the Elmer Murdock Girls and Boys Basketball Teams tonight in their Exhibition Matchups on the road in Waverly.

The Final Scores

Girls: Waverly 61 EM 42

Boys: EM 57 Waverly 53

The games tonight do not go on the regular season record as the Knights won't kick off regular season action until next Thursday December 1, 2016 on the road at Yutan.

If you have photos of any of the games, pep rallys, road trips, cheering sections or ANYTHING  school related please send it to me on editor@elmwoodnebraska.com by Sunday night. 

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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