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4th of July Celebration

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Yes, 4th of July was last week, but it fell on a Tuesday which didn't give me very much time to get all the photos ready for the website...sooo...here is the full parade from the Murdock 4th of July Celebration. It was warm, not as hot as some years, it was fun, it was full of patriotic spirit and red, white and blue Americana and it was wet.

Congratulations Miss Elmwood

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Miss Elmwood picture sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Post #247.

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Information for staying as safe as possible in this hectic world we live in

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017, 12:30 P.M.

Matthew Jarvis from the  Cass County Sheriff’s Department will be presenting a program about personal safety and not becoming a victim of violence.  There will also be a question and answer segment of the presentation. 

National FBLA Participants

Elmwood-Murdock FBLA Recognized with Top Honors

Elmwood-Murdock FBLA Recognized with Top Honors at National Leadership Conference in AnaheimMore than 9,600 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to Southern California to establish their own Legacy of Leadership as they competed for top honors in several business competitions.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 28–July 2 inAnaheim. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.

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Jac Clements received 8th place in Accounting 1, and the team of Payton Frahm, Katrina Hansen and Whitney Koehn placed in the top 15 for their Community Service Project.Many other Knights qualified for the National Leadership Conference in California due to their success at the state level contest this past spring.

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Whitney Koehn (Sales Presentation), Grace Althouse (Client Service), Sydney Kunz &Hayden Ernst (Introduction to Business Procedures), John Willey (Future Business Leader), and the team of Riley Backemeyer, Austin Meisinger and Norah Green (Partnership with Business Project).In addition to the individual honors, the Elmwood-Murdock chapter also earned national awards.

The group earned the National FBLA Outstanding Chapter and Chapter Challenge awards. To earn these awards, the chapter had to complete numerous activities during the year in the areas of membership/chapter management, community/school service, and education/progress. E-M officers and advisers then compiled a large portfolio of their work for national officials.

The Knights also secured Gold Seal of Merit recognition, which is awarded to FBLA chapters that rank among the best in the country.While students spent several days at FBLA educational workshops and competitive events, they also found time for recreational activities.

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Front Row: Front Row L to R: Whitney Koehn, Grace Althouse, Katrina Hansen, Norah Green, Sydney KunzBack Row L to R: Hayden Ernst, Austin Meisinger, Riley Backemeyer, Jac Clements, Payton Frahm

Students spent an afternoon at Belboa Beach, attended an Angels/Marlins baseball game,and spent a day at Universal Studios.

Good Neighbor Award

Congratulations also go out to the 2017 Good Neighbor Award recipients. Theresa Brown, John Golden, Brenda Vogt, and Madison and Jason Zoz, for all the hard work and volunteering they do in our communities. 

2017 Good Neighbor Awards write up for newsletter


ECLIPSE 2017!!!

On Monday, August 21st at approximately 11:25 AM we will find ourselves on the edge of a rare celestial event, a total eclipse of the sun.

This is unique because it will travel through the United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston South Carolina, dissecting Nebraska from Alliance in the Northwest corner to Falls City in the Southeast tip of the state.


Elmwood is located approximately 4 miles north of the “path of totality”. We will be able to see an eclipse where the moon will almost cover the sun completely.Elmwood Public Library is working with The Elmwood-Murdock School’s science teacher, Laura Stock, to give you the very best information and view-ability possible in our area.

We are planning two events which you and your family can have some hands-on activities to help make these events extra special.

Attend our “Solar Eclipse-2017 Family Night” informational activity at Elmwood Public Library 

Monday, July 24th at 7:00 pm. 


Monday, August 14th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Elmwood-Murdock Elementary School

Delve into the “facts & fiction” regarding the eclipse.

(There will be crafts and activities for children at both events)

Monday, August 21st 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Join us at the Library on Monday August 21st for the “Viewing Party”!

We are still working out the details so please keep checking in for further information!

 Nates Produce Now at the Elmwood Convenience Store


Find fresh produce locally (Owen Kunz passing off the corn to Nate Lockman)

Saturdays from 8:00 am - 11:00 am


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We are currently serving hard ice cream in dishes.
we have 8 different flavors to choose from.

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Village Board News

Trent Schrader made a presentation to the village board about the Nebraska Labor and Agriculture Coalition! 

June represents the peak month for tourism in Nebraska. Visitors from all over the country fly and drive in for the College World Series, to celebrate our beautiful state parks, to visit our unique museums, and to up-close and personal with wild animals (both at the lake and at the #1 zoo in the world, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium).

As we welcome these guests and hope they enjoy their stay, the Nebraska Labor and Agriculture Coalition would like to invite anyone interested in our cause to join during our membership drive, from July 1 to August 15.

There’s no membership fee, but you will receive a digital copy of the Gazette and notice about upcoming events.

If you are interested in becoming a member even taking a leadership position, in the organization. Just send an email to the editor at contact@laborandag.com. Trent and his wife are moving back to Elmwood so if you see him around town you might want to ask about the organization and how you can get involved. 

Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum

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For the month of July, the Salute to Veterans will be on exhibit. Captain Charles Aldrich and other local veterans will be highlighted throughout the museum. 

House are Wed, Thur, Sat and Sun 1:00 -4:00 pm

Veterans Tour Free in July

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Give the gift of life

Red Cross Blood Drive

Elmwood-Murdock FCCLA will be hosting at the high school in Murdock. 

Monday, August 7th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Of course walk-ins are always welcome, but you can also make an appointment for a specific time.   Right now there are 56 slots open! 

If you have an account on the Red Cross you can schedule your appointment on the website or you can call the FCCLA adviser Lisa Hynes at 867-2167 or the school at 867-2341.

Not only do blood donations help to save lives, but they also help us earn scholarship opportunities for EM seniors.

Bubble Soccer 2017

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September 10, 2017 1:00 pm

The Elmwood Rescue Squad is hosting their 3rd Annual Bubble Soccer Fundraiser!

We are hoping to make this year our biggest and best year yet!

Must register in advance- spots fill up fast!

Registration Fee - $125 per team.
Teams of 5 players
Registration includes 2 10 Minute Matches, T-Shirt, and Water Bottle.
Must be 16 years or older to play. Between the ages of 16-18, parents must sign the release form.

Check in starts at Noon **All team members must be present to check in**
Games starts at 1 pm
Will be at the Elmwood Park in Elmwood Nebraska

Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

For a registration form send me a message with your email or mailing address!

Food will also be available for purchase.


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Bits and Pieces 402-994-5755

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

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

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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

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This is a reminder to PLEASE email me upcoming news and events. Or, if you happen to see an event happening, or something fun going on in Elmwood, take a photo and email it to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com  

Area News and Events 

Eagle FarmersMarket

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

Cass County News and Events

Lofte Community Theatre

Quest for ‘SPAMALOT’ at Lofte Community TheatreQuest for ‘SPAMALOT’ at Lofte Community Theatre

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Pictured (From Left) Chris Berger, Aaron Spracklin, Benjamin Pettiford, Matthew Parker, Lowgaen Schmidt, Wade Mumford and Matthew Hansen are King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in the Lofte Community Theatre’s upcoming production, “SPAMALOT."

Manley, NE [July 10, 2017] -  King Arthur and his knights are on a quest to find the Holy Grail and their search begins at the Lofte Community Theatre!  
The Broadway smash, ‘Monty Python’s SPAMALOT’ opens on the Lofte stage Friday, July 21.


 The stage musical is lovingly ripped from the 1975 cult classic film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”   Winner of three Tony Awards, ‘SPAMALOT’ retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.  But, in true Monty Python style, their adventure takes a silly spin.  The production features beautiful show girls, cows, killer rabbits, plague-ridden peasants and rude Frenchmen.

 ’SPAMALOT’ originally ran on Broadway for three years and was seen by more than two million people.  

Popular songs from the show include, “The Song That Goes Like This,” and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”  
Directed by Kevin Colbert, the production features Chris Berger of Louisville as King Arthur and Catherine Bobst of Lincoln as Lady of the Lake.  In 2016, they played leads Harold Hill and Marian Paroo in the Lofte’s production, “The Music Man.”  Sir Lancelot is played by Wade Mumford of Lincoln.  Aaron Spracklin of Elmwood shines as Sir Galahad.  Brave Sir Robin is brought to life by Matthew Parker of Papillion and Lowgaen Schmidt of Louisville is the humble Sir Bedevere. 
“These are some of the best voices in the area,” said Colbert.  “We’ve got a great cast and that should translate into a great show this summer.  Python is sort of check-your-brain-at-the-door humor, so folks can come and just laugh.”  Colbert does mention that there is some mild adult humor and suggests a PG-13 rating.   

Show dates for ‘SPAMALOT’ are July 21-23, 27-30 and August 4 and 5.  

Tickets are $19.  

Sunday, August 6 is already sold out so those interested in tickets should make their reservations soon.  

The Lofte is also offering a Medieval themed pre-show luncheon, complete with games and entertainment available for purchase on Sunday, July 23 and 30.  Advance reservations are required for the meal.  The Lofte box office can be reached at 402.234.2553, or tickets can be purchased online at Lofte.org.  

Auditions for ‘Wait Until Dark’ at Lofte Community

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Theater auditions for ‘Wait Until Dark’ at Lofte Community Theatre
Manley, NE [July 6, 2017] - The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley will be holding open auditions for its upcoming thriller, “Wait Until Dark,” on Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1 at 7 pm.  

Artistic Director Kevin Colbert is looking for one woman, three men and one young girl to fill out the cast.

“Wait Until Dark,” is a classic thriller of Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman imperiled by a trio of men in her apartment.  As night falls, Susan discovers that her blindness just may be the key to escape.  The play first debuted on Broadway in 1966 and was released as a major film starring Audrey Hepburn in 1967. 
Production dates for the play are Sept 8-10 and 14-17.  Rehearsals will begin in mid-August.  Those wishing to audition should bring a list of possible schedule conflicts and be prepared to read from the script.  No experience is necessary, but actors should be prepared to work hard and have fun.  
The Lofte is located just northeast of the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 50 in Cass County, near the town of Manley.

Cass County Fair News

It is getting to be that time of the year again. Time to start thinking about fair entries and exhibits. 

Quilt Raffle: Last year's special block contest was for quilt blocks using the colors of the Olympics since it was an Olympic year. The blocks were then made into a quilt to be raffled off at this year's county fair. Besides the blocks from the contest, there are 7 blocks which were signed by 2016 Olympic athletes who had Nebraska ties.

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Tickets will be for sale at the Fair Expo Building between August 8 and August 12, drawing to occur at 8:00pm the evening of August 12 in the Expo Building.One does not need to be there. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

If someone wants to buy tickets ahead of the fair, call Ramona Oehlerking at 402-429-8585. May have to leave a message.

Be aware that this year's contest (and next year's raffle quilt) is for 12 1/2" blocks of true blue and white. 2018 fair requirements will be 12 1/2" block of autumn colors.

2017 Quilt Block Contest Flyer

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