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Community Development Agency Meeting

Elmwood Community Center

If you are interested in having input or hearing about the possibilities for Elmwood please come! Whether you own a business or just have an interest everyone is welcome. This is an exciting time for Elmwood and it would be great to have everyone involved!

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CountyFair RibbonsFor the first time in more than 25 years, I will be gone during the county fair and NOT able to attend. It's been a fixture in my summer since I worked for the Greenwood Co-op way back in the early 1990's. I'm not even entering anything this year, not even photography. I will be volunteering in the photography division with organization and record keeping and display on Monday however.

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BUT, I need your help. Please send me photos and Elmwood-Murdock news from the fair.

Did your son or daughter win a Grand Champion ribbon, send me a photo. Did you take a video of the talent show, the hog show, the bucket calf show and post it to YouTube? Send me a link to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 

Cass County Fair News

You are Invited to the Cass County 4-H Fair Kickoff

You are Invited to the Cass County 4-H Fair Kickoff

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm 

Cass County Fairgrounds in the Open Air Auditorium

8400 144th Street, Weeping Water, NE

Everyone is invited to join us for an awesome kickoff event at the Cass County Fair.  Come out to the fairgrounds to support and congratulate the exhibitors.  For the Cake Auction, 4H’ers make delicious baked items.  Each item has a minimum bid of $5.00.  

From the monies earned, ½ goes to the 4-H member or club selling the item.  The other ½ goes to the 4-H Council to fund programs, including:  camp and workshop scholarships, community service projects, Citizenship Washington Focus sponsorship, static exhibit prizes, contest prizes, and more yearly expenses.

 The 4-H Fashion Show and Awards program will follow the auction. Beautiful outfits, trophies & medallions will adorn the stage.A sneak peek of exhibits and REFRESHMENTS will be held for everyone in the 4-H Building following the program.  Silent Auction bids for Quilts made by 4-Hers will begin after the Awards Program.It is getting to be that time of the year again. Time to start thinking about fair entries and exhibits. 

Cake Auction Flyer 2017

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Good Eating, recognizing the talents of our community and contributing to a good cause. All in the name of BBQ.  

Do you make Great BBQ??? Find out how to enter HERE


Just want to eat Great BBQ and vote on your Favorite Learn More HERE


Categories ·         Ribs·         Pulled Pork·         Wings

 All categories have 1-3 place prices

1st Place $200.00

2nd Place $150.00

3rd Place $100.00

Want to eat it, not make it?  No need to stand in line! pre-sale meal tickets available at

Fair Office 9:00 am-5:00 pm the week of the fair.

Cass Co. Community Volunteer Award

$500 total award to be split 50/50

$250 donation to a local Cass Co. charity of the winner’s choice and $250

Award to Volunteer. Send in a nomination for a Cass Co. volunteer who deserves recognition.

Include a brief description of the good deeds the nominee has provided. Nomination  form due August 6th, 2017

Download and Print the Nomination Form HERE


Livestock Auction flyer for 2017

2017 flyer for Community Serivce Silent Quilt Auction

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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.

Tickets will be for sale at the Fair Expo Building between August 8 and August 12, drawing to occur at 8:00 pm 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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ECLIPSE 2017!!!

(Sponsored by the Elmwood Library)

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, 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!

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400 West G St, Elmwood, NE 68239

Contact Abbey or Megan at:402-994-2384umcsonshine@gmail.com

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Sponsored by the Elmwood American Legion Post 247

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

6:30- 8:00 pm

2017 Ice Cream Social

Battlefields to Ballfields

Battlefields to Ballfields – A program that provides scholarships to veterans who return from defending our country with an opportunity to get integrated back into their community through officiating.  It offers training and equipment scholarships for veterans to become sports officials.  Learn more at:  https://www.battlefields2ballfields.org.

Husker Fans Salute the Troops 2017

 Husker Fans Salute the Troops 2017 –  The mission is to salute Nebraska Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines: active duty, national guard, reserve, retired and veterans, to say “Thank you for your service to our Nation” so they know the Husker Nation will never forget their sacrifice and dedication.

This is an unprecedented event in the history of military support to the Armed Forces.  This weekend hosts troops and their families from all services, of all ranks, to come together and cheer on their team as they play Purdue on October 28th, 2017.  

This weekend is more than just a watch party, though.  It is a chance for these servicemen and women to be treated like the heroes they are with an all access, private tour of Memorial Stadium and a brunch in their honor.

2017 marks the tenth year for this event.  2008 was the first year held during the OU game and attended by about 70 troopers and their families. Since then we have had to limit our attendance as it has grown to nearly 500 attendees. Each year we try to improve the troopers experience and being our tenth year we are expecting this to be the best.

Registration for the 10th annual Husker Fans Salute the Troops is now open to first-time attendees --http://www.huskersalute.org/.


Celebrating 100 years!

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We have the new 4th book in the "Healing Ruby Series" by Jennifer H. Westall. "Abiding Hope" joins "Healing Ruby", "Breaking Matthew" and "Saving Grace" in this inspirational series set around WWII. You will be drawn to the lives of Ruby and Matthew as they live through these heartbreaking and tumultuous times.

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We are needing some volunteers to help at the Harvest Moon Hustle after party 

Friday, September 15th from 6:00 to 11:00.pm

We will be working at the Elmwood Fire Barn making sure people know where they are going, keeping the tables cleaned up, taking tickets, and whatever else needs to be done.

I did it last year and had a blast! You get to meet a ton of really fun people who have just finished running a long race and are grateful to have a place to sit and relax. There is a band playing so plenty of great tunes and you get dinner before it starts!

And the totally awesome part is that the Harvest Moon Hustle group will make a $400 donation to our park for providing volunteers.

That is what I like to call EASY MONEY! If you are interested let Julie Anderson know or go to the website, click on the register button, and sign up to be a volunteer for the after party.

It will look like you are signing up to be in the race but no worries, it is already full. You are just signing up to be a volunteer. You will have a blast!! 

Stay tuned for more EXCITING news about the Park renovations and new equipment coming soon!!

Nates Produce Now at the Elmwood Convenience Store

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Fresh Corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, and even herbs (basil, mint)

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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Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum

The Bess Streeter Aldrich House is beautifully decorated with all kinds of baskets (wicker, homemade, antique, wire, glass, egg, Longaberger) for a Basket Exhibit that will run during August. On Saturdays, at 2 p.m., Marthena DeGarmo will give a basket demonstration. (She made the beautiful ones on the basket tree.)

The Bess Streeter Aldrich House is beautifully decorated with all kinds of baskets (wicker, homemade, antique, wire, glass, egg, Longaberger) for a Basket Exhibit that will run during August. On Saturdays, at 2 p.m., Marthena DeGarmo will give a basket demonstration. (She made the beautiful ones on the basket tree.)

Thanks to Bonnie Bruttig for sharing this 19th Century woven baby buggy. Also, thanks to Linda Homan and Mary & Norm Essink for their decorating efforts today.

The Aldrich House is open on Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun. from 1 to 4.

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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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Bubble Soccer Flyer 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

75% of the sales on August 13th will go directly to the Elmwood Volunteer Rescue Squad

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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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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

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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.


SLATTERY VINTAGE ESTATES is a great hang out this weekend Aug 4&5...

On stage 7-10 Friday  Dan Bird Acoustic sings your favorites. (no cover) and from 7-10

Saturday, listen to Phenomenal Ed Archibald on Sax with his Smooth Jazz Band ($6 cover)

Wood-Fired pizzas both nights after 6.   Open Hours: 4-8 Thur, 1-10 Fri  & Sat, 1-6 Sunday.

Private Music Lessons Available in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse

Discover your inner musician with Greenblatt & Seay in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse! Lessons are tailored to the needs of the individual student and can include playing by ear, reading music, jamming, performing, and recording.  Greenblatt & Seay have been teaching folks of all ages how to play (violin, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, recorders, penny whistles, harmonicas, banjo, dulcimer, etc.) for over 30 years.

For more information, contact debby@greenblattandseay.com. 

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Cass Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

 Cass Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is currently recruiting CASA advocates to speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Cass County.

 The next training session is scheduled to begin October 1 and will run for five weeks.  The training consists of 15 hours of online training and 15 hours of in-person training.  We are also seeking male volunteers for this class as over 60% of our CASA children are males.  If you are interested, please contact Debbie Green at (402) 296-9521; email

 If you are interested, please contact Debbie Green at (402) 296-9521; email dgreen@casscasa.org or if you would like to learn more information about our program, please visit www.casscasa.org

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