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Christmas is Coming, the Goose is Getting Fat... 


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Who got out and saw the living Nativity in Murdock? Did you know there was a local living nativity? Well if you didn't it's just one more reason to check out the local news and Holiday traditions. Read below to learn more about where and when. 

Did you know there are Christmas carols to sing at the Elmwood community center? You don't, well keep reading and you'll find out more.

Guess what? I finally have my Christmas tree up and decorated. Yes, I know many people to it Thanksgiving weekend, BUT we get a real tree.

Want to know where I got mine? Locally of course. Shop local. Stop by the local businesses including the 4th Street market.

Do you visit Santa? He's coming to Murdock this Saturday if you need to get another visit in to have your child give him their wish list. 

Well, I would LOVE to hear and SEE your Christmas traditions. Maybe you'll find some new traditions in the Elmwood area to start.


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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.

Journey Into Christmas Continues


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"Because there was no room for him in the inn"

Mrs. Aldrich's story "Star Across the Tracks" is re-enacted at the Aldrich House garage. We are excited to showcase this simplified nativity during the holiday season.

Just like in the story, a dress form and sheet make a pretty realistic Mary. Please come see it and the rest of the Aldrich House, all decked out for the holidays

Last weekend!! Open 2:00 - 5:00 pm

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Journey into Christmas at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House was featured in the Plattsmouth newspaper. You can read it here.

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Thanks to Kurk Schrader Elmwood has a new reason to stay in town for your local activities. Not only is he the manager of Bits and Pieces and the owner of the local AirBnB, but he has started an Elmwood Inspired endeavor.

This brings people together to learn new talents and skills. We have some very talented people in Elmwood and as you can see from the flyer above you can learn to make peanut brittle, cookies or jewelry.

Last Saturday Linda Glantz gave a Christmas Cookie demonstration. 

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If you have a talent you would like to share contact Kurk or visit the newest Elmwood related website.

Let's bring more and more people into town and help it grown and thrive.

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 NEW Tradition for the Elmwood-Murdock Area

Living Nativity

Learn the history of the Buell barn, very interesting and in each room in the barn (just like the original Inn) is animals which they tie to the Christmas Story.

If you call ahead you will have a narratory, which is an added touch. But there is also a page of information on the wall in the room if a person were to go through alone

Some of the animals you will meet are bunnies, sheep, chickens, donkeys, a cow goats and of course, the farm dog. I got this review from a Murdock friend, but I'm going out there on Saturday. Maybe I'll see you there?

Call ahead to let them know.

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On Tuesday, December 20th, plan to come to the Community Center for lunch.

We will sing Carols, accompanied by Nina Jean Rohlfs on her Keyboard.

Call 994-2145 and make your reservation with Helen.


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Elmwood-Murdock School News 

Last week was the Elementary Winter Program and it was fun to see the photos of all the kids dressed up in Christmas dresses and ties.

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This week is the Junior High/High School Winter concert in Murdock and it's a MUST attend event during the Christmas season. Don't miss it, you will be missing out. 

Thanks to Jim Rust for the Christmas Program video below

Elementary Christmas Program from Jim Rust on Vimeo.

Thursday 12/15 - Jr/Sr High Winter Concert 7 PM


Mr. Hanson and Mrs. Colbert put together a professional level concert and the level of student talent will put you in the Christmas and Holiday spirit. My kids were in high school choir and I LOVE listening to the Elmwood-Murdock choir and band.

Enjoy the video and make sure to check back later next week for video from the 2016 Winter Concert.

 Girls Basketball

This week is the girls basketball game against Ashland-Greenwood. You can watch it below or by clicking on Jim Rust's Vimeo Channel

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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. 

Trail Ridge Development

A lot is happening construction wise on the west side of Elmwood. The sewer system for the new housing development is getting put in as I type. Ok, maybe not on a Sunday night, but dirt work has been going fast and furious and soon houses will start going up. 

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

Toy Drive Continues 

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Check out the results of the Toy Drive on their Facebook page HERE

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.

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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.

Plattsmouth Community Center

The Community Center has a bunch of fun athletic programs coming up! 

For all you parents looking for winter activities with your kids. 

Adult Volleyball League - 18yrs+, Starts in January, $150per team plus ref fees
Youth Volleyball Clinic – Deadline Dec. 26th $25 members; $35 non-members
Indoor Soccer League – Deadline Jan. 10th $25 members; $35 non-members
Father/Daughter Dance – Saturday, February 18th $8 members; $13 non-members


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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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