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Elmwood & Murdock Garage Sales

THIS Saturday, June 10, 8-4pm


Do you need to clean out your garage? Do you have items you no longer need, but others could use? Have a garage sale!! 

It's not too late. Even though you may not have gotten on the map, you still have time to clean out your garage, set out a sign and participate!! People visit from all over and the more garage sales we have the better. It supports everyone and you can make a little cash too!

Stop by the FBLA Garage Sale for their Hamburger Cookout

Located at the Elmwood Fire Hall. The kids have pooled together their Garage sale items to raise money to go to National FBLA competition.


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Cass County Garden Tour

Last Saturday was a wonderful day for a walk in the Garden and five local residents opened up their gardens to the public to raise money for support for local cancer patients. This was coordinated by the Murdock Moderns Community Club (which has about 20 members) I got started at 10 am at Green Gables Inn, then went to Jack and Deb Gilbert's garden. 

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I'm kinda of a photo bug, and flowers are nature's art. These sunny daisies are from Deb Gilbert's farm, along with the WONDERFUL Canna Lily. She has a planter full of them and they are PERFECT. Two of the gardens have ponds and waterfalls. 

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It was a very popular event and every place I went had dozens of people come through just when I was there. Each location had snacks and refreshments. Joyce Mortensen even provided a map with the names of the plants and locations.

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I picked up a few gardening tips, and a few plants. Everyone needs more plants. Joyce even had tips on what plants grow well together. Did you know that Nasturtiums, Calendula, marigolds, and carrots grow well together? Many of these keep bugs away and are called tomato companion plants. 

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Green Gable Inn had a garden paradise outside of the back deck and for the guest that stay at their AirBnB I don't think they would ever want to leave.

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Mike Cook and Jason Gissler have created a gardeners paradise on Church RD (the acreage just east of Trinity Lutheran Church) with immaculate landscaping and a wonderful water feature. Gardening is definitely a passion for many people in the area. It is an act of love.

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No area garden walk would be complete without a visit to Dean and Judy Iris Garden. This is the last year it will be open to the public and they are considering leasing the gardens, but it will take a VERY special person who shares their passion and attention to detail.

IMG 7896 404There is more to Iris's than just your purple variety. There are colors from yellow, peach, mauve, white and everything in between. Just when you think you have found a favorite you find another one in the next row. 

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The Irises are beautiful and this year they had over 600 people visit from all around the country.


A big THANK YOU to everyone who made this event possible.

It was a lot of work and time for the hosting gardeners and all the volunteers. I really hope this is an annual event, or maybe every couple of years at least. It's a great community event and I saw several cars from Omaha and Lincoln.



Come shop at Bits & Pieces this Sunday, June 11th, from 1 - 4!

The Library will be the beneficiary of 75% of the proceeds from this special sale. We hope to see you there!


Register Now for Summer Reading!

This summer, we will learn about how to build a better world. 

We will check out big buildings like the Eiffel Tower and we will build small buildings with Legos! We will discover ways that we can help “Build a Better World” by the things we do and how we work with others.

We will do all of this while we do art projects, play games, check out some cool building materials and—of course—read!

Who: Preschool through 6th grades

Where: Elmwood Public Library

When: Wednesday, June 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th

A) Grades PreK-K: 10:30-11:30 am
B) Grades 1st -3rd: 1:00-2:30 pm
C) Grades 4th-6th: 3:00-4:30 pm

Come in today to register!
Call for information: 402-994-4125

Your Elmwood public library is so much more than books. Movies, audio, Internet access, wi-fi, plus friendly, helpful staff to help you make sense of it all. Drop by today!

Monday: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday/Wednesday: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
email: elmwoodlibrary@outlook.com

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Red Cross Blood Drive

Time again for the Elmwood blood drive at the Fire Hall

Walk-ins are WELCOME!!

June 12, 2017  

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


New Local AirBnB Opening

The Millers (John & Pat from Murdock, Nina & Ric, and Nancy) have been busy remodeling our folks' house with the goal of turning it into an Airbnb.  We're finally ready to have an open house, and then be online for (what we hope will be) many happy guests.  

 We'd like friends and neighbors to come and take a look.

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VBS Bible School

July 10-14, 2017 6:00-8:00 PM
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Elmwood

Ages: Preschool-12 years old
$7.00 per child or $14.00 per family
Registration is the night of the 10th.

Join us July 10-14 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the St. Paul United Methodist Church for another summer adventure with Vacation Bible School.

Food, Fun, Games, Activities, Singing, and the word of God will be shared this week.

On Friday, July 14th, the VBS children will have a small presentation at 7:30 PM to share their singing skills. We can’t wait to go on this adventure with you!

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Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:00 – 4:00

Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00 Friday 9:00 – 5:00
Closed on Monday

Murdock Fireworks

The rebirth of fireworks in Murdock for the 4th of July celebration started out as just a few neighbors lighting some things off in their own driveways.

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But John and Rosetta Stroy got together and decided to join our shows together to make the show even better for their friends and families.

That lasted only 1 year as we decided that the area we were lighting off in was entirely too restrictive and could be dangerous. They then decided to check for permission to light at the ball fields and take up donations to help finance the show and start inviting any and everyone that wanted to come.

John grew up watching fireworks in the same location when we were children and agreed that it would be great to give a good finish to all of the other 4th of July festivities that happen in the normally quiet little community of Murdock!

The show has been an extremely successful venture and continues to gain in popularity each year. Once again this year's show is gearing up and we doubt anyone will be disappointed when we liven up the are with beautiful colors, flashes, sparks, screeches, and some thunderous booms at dusk the night of the 4th to celebrate the birth of our wonderful country!!!!

We would also like to thank ALL of the are business and patrons who contribute by donating so this show can happen. Without those donations, it just wouldn't be possible!

2017 Dillon Synovec Booster Club Run/Walk 

It is time for the 4th of July Memorial Run/Walk in memory of Dillon Synovec. Entry fee is $25.00 and you receive a t-shirt if you register before June 16th.DillonSynovec Booster run 2017

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Elmwood Community Center

(right next door to Elmwood Inspired)

Morning Coffee Bar 8:00 am

Coffee, Tea, Milk

(Milk available, please ask the cook)
Free will offering - suggested $1.00

Noon Meals

Eat in or Take out
Daily Menu


Please call by 9:30 am to reserve

Suggested price for noon meal is $5.00

CommunityShreddingDayThe Murdock Lions Club, along with the Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association, Corn Growers State Bank, and the Murdock Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a Community Shredding Day. See the attached flyer.


9 – 11 AM


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 Village of Elmwood Clean Up Day 

June 17, 20172017 Official Clean Up notice

Clean up day volunteers 

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Cass County News and Events

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Eagle Farmers Market 

Thursdays at the Community Park

Starting June 1st   4:00 -6:30 pm

Garden Produce, Baked Goods, Crafts

There is room for more vendors.

If you're interested please call or text Trisha at 402.890.1786

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Buy a Drone or Go Pro in Greenwood? Where?

Grand Opening of Sideline Power Retail and Rental Shop

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Stop by for the grand opening ceremony on July 1st, 2017 from 9 AM – 1 PM

Refreshments and giveaways from DJI.

Matt Starr, CEO of Sideline Power, enthusiastically announces the opening of the Sideline Power Retail and Rental Shop in downtown Greenwood, NE. “We frequently get visitors stopping by our office requesting product demos or even just to see what’s new on the market,” mused Starr, “so opening a storefront seemed like a logical progression for the business.”

While customers are able to purchase equipment outright, Sideline Power also provides equipment rentals for the most popular products they market. “We know someone might not want to spend a significant amount of money on a drone that they might only use once or twice.

That’s why we offer rental programs for items like DJI Drones, GoPro Cameras, Anchor Speaker Systems, and more…” Starr stated. Need a loud speaker for a special event? Sideline Power has you covered. Need a drone for some cool on-the-fly-footage? Sideline Power has you covered.

Sideline Power’s Retail and Rental Shop is currently open

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 AM – 5 PM,

Thursdays from 8:30 AM – 6 PM, and

Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM.


Come by 216 Highway 6, Greenwood, NE 68366.

Take some time to check out the retail products for sale, or sign up to rent a piece of equipment you’ve always wanted to try.


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Loft Theatre News

“The Man Who Came to Dinner” at Lofte Theatre

Manley, NE [May 19, 2017] - The Lofte's second production of the year takes us back to small-town Ohio in the 1930s. Sheridan Whiteside ("Sherry" to his friends) is a famously outlandish New York City radio personality who has been invited to dine at the home of the well-to-do Stanley family. But disaster strikes before he enters the house. Whiteside slips on the ice and injures his hip!


What started out as a one-night event soon turns into a month-long convalescence. Confined to the house, Sherry drives his hosts mad by viciously insulting them, monopolizing their house, running up large phone bills, and receiving many bizarre guests, including paroled convicts.

This classic American script has enjoyed several revivals on Broadway and the London stage and was made into a feature film in 1942 starring Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante and Monty Woolly.

Ken Snyder of Elmwood is playing the irascible Sheridan Whiteside. He is joined on stage by Brenda Jones (Louisville) and Tim Sorensen (Elmwood) playing his hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley. Rosalie Duffy (Lincoln) and Doug Rothgeb (Omaha) play the star-crossed Maggie Cutler and Bert Jefferson. Rounding out the cast are Dustin Reckling (Louisville), Jean Wymore (Syracuse), Jessica and Rita McKinney, Ken Patry and Trish Miller (Omaha), Cheryl and Will Jones (Manley), Tom Lucas (Papillion), Jeff Johnston (Elmwood), Mike Brown (Firth), Jim Skrobo (Elkhorn), Aubree Sweeney and Millard Carnes (Plattsmouth), Guillermo Rosas (La Vista), Zeke Rouse (Murray), Brenna Thompson, Nick Roth (Lincoln), John Bell and Dan Roberg (Omaha) and Shawn Reynolds (Bellevue). The production is directed by Kevin Colbert.

"The Man Who Came to Dinner" runs June 2-4 and 8-11. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm. Sunday performances begin at 2pm. Those interested in tickets may call the box office at 402-234-2553 or visit Lofte.org for online purchasing. All seats are reserved and ticket price is $19.


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