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Did you see it? Did you see the Eclipse? Were you one of the thousands in Nebraska who had been hearing about the eclipse passing over us for more than two years?

Yes, I drove south a few miles and was not disappointed. I saw hundreds of out of state cars come through Elmwood as well as vehicles from Omaha trying to avoid the traffic jams on Highway 50. Can you believe it, the Cass County sheriff's department directing traffic at Hwy 50 and 34?

I made it a point of saying hello to people and welcome to Nebraska. To me, that was the big event. Talking to people from New York and California who had never been to Nebraska before.

It was an adventure and an event. Thank you to the Elmwood library and Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools for hosting Eclipse education events and for these radical Eclipse glasses.


Sonshine pancakes

Lots of people came out to the Son-Shin pancake feed last Sunday. It's always wonderful when you can get two out of three meals without having to cook and support our local organizations. Proceeds go to making Son-Shine a better place for our kids! 

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Sonshine pancakes2Thanks to Julie Anderson for the photos as I had meetings and work and couldn't make it to either. Which is a shame as I rarely miss pancakes or the GAR ice cream social.

GAR BannerTime for the 14th Annual Ice Cream Social

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The Legion placed crosses at each of the veterans graves in the Elmwood cemetery about 15 years ago. Because of the elements and time the crosses have deteriorated and need to be replaced.The Legion placed crosses at each of the veterans graves in the Elmwood cemetery about 15 years ago. Because of the elements and time the crosses have deteriorated and need to be replaced.

The crosses here are the ones we plan to get. They are made of a very high-density material that is also used to replace teak decks on yachts. The initial order was received last week, so plans have not yet been made to removes the old crosses, cement and install the new ones. 
If you would like to be involved in this project please contact Bonnie Brewer or send a message to the G.A.R. Veterans Museum Facebook page.


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  Pre-school Storytime 

Every Thursday


It will continue every Thursday except when the public school is not in session.

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20170819 112401Just received "Wings of Fire"  

New chapter books for grades 4-7!

Five dragonets are hatched under a mountain, in the care of a group of rebel dragons, the Talons of Peace. They are key to a prophecy that will end the war raging among the dragon tribes. They clearly have a destiny, but no one is sure about the role of Glory, a beautiful Rainwing. She was not one of the original five, but a replacement for an egg that was cruelly smashed in an attempt by power-hungry dragons to thwart the fulfillment of the prophecy. When her life is threatened, the dragonets stage a daring escape from the mountain but are captured by the Skywing queen, Scarlet. She forces them to participate in gladiator like competitions for her amusement.

Each one is eventually forced to fight Peril, her champion, whose very touch is made of fire. A fight with Peril is certain death, and she instills fear in all who meet her-all but the Mudwing dragonet Clay. The two develop a cautious and unlikely friendship. As the dragonets fight to survive, and Clay's relationship with Peril deepens, thrilling secrets of their pasts are revealed. Fully fleshed-out characters have unique personalities influenced by the distinct traits of their tribes. Plot twists and turns abound and will keep readers cheering for the dragonets to the end.-Mandy Laferriere, Staley Middle School, Frisco, TX

Plot twists and turns abound and will keep readers cheering for the dragonets to the end

.-(reviewed by) Mandy Laferriere, Staley Middle School, Frisco, TX

Do you have a review of a book at the library, submit them by emailing editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 


If your K-5 boy is interested in joining Cub Scouts, please attend the new member registration meeting 

August 28 at 6:30 PM at the Methodist Church in Elmwood.


EMKnights Banner School has started and that means football games, club meetings, volleyball, and a whole calendar of activities. Please feel free to send me updates, photos, and announcements you would like our community to know about. Remember, if you don't have a child in school we don't get the announcements and many of us would like to attend the suppers, science fairs, carnivals, and other events at the schools.

Likewise, we enjoy seeing photos of what the classes are doing, the band events, the choir performances and One Act Play activities. Is FBLA doing something special, is the Student Council having a fundraiser? Is a student athlete highlighted in a newspaper for an achievement? All of these things are news in our community.


Send your School news to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 

Order Your Knights Gear

The booster club clothing order is here. View both pages of the order form for great Knights t-shirts, sweatshirts, quarter-zip shirts, and polos. There are also basketball shorts and ladies athletic shorts. The t-shirts, sweatshirts and basketball shorts are available in youth sizes. The t-shirts, polos and quarter-zips come in standard adult as well as ladies sizes. All orders are due by Friday, September 15.

Show your Knight Pride and order some gear! 

2017 Booster Club Clothing Order Final Back 2017 Booster Club Clothing Order Final Front Spirit Squad News "The EM Spirit Squad would like to thank everyone that came out for the VB and FB scrimmages & for stopping by to check out our new cups and window decal fundraisers.



We will continue to sell these items until Sept 2! If you would like to place an order you can contact Coach Casey Clements at caseyclements3@gmail.com or 402-450-6982 OR talk to any member of the Spirit Squad!



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The Elmwood Murdock Spirit Squad is holding a fundraiser through Sept 2nd. Please contact any member of the Spirit Squad or Coach Casey Clements at caseyclements3@gmail.com if you are interested in ordering and supporting the Spirit Squad.

We will have a booth set up at the FB and VB Scrimmages on Friday, August 18th and at the first home FB game on Friday, Sept 1st. The only item no longer available is the handle for the 30oz cup.  The "Yeti" style stainless steel cups are available with Elmwood Murdock Knights on the side or blank if you have friends or family that would prefer the cups to be blank.

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We will also have Elmwood Murdock Sports/Groups window clings available! We have them available for Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Golf, Track, Cross Country, Music, One Act, and Cheer. The clings will be on display at the FB and VB scrimmage as well as the first home football game.

They will have EM Knights across the top and you will be able to personalize what you want them to say along the bottom. All window clings are available for $10 each. Sale goes through Sept 2nd.

Happy Anniversary

70th Anniversary Card Party

Congratulate Dr. Glen and Frances Knosp on their 70th wedding Anniversary on September 1st.

Many people in the community were patients of Dr. Knosp and it would be very special for them to receive cards from the community where they spent so much time and had some wonderful memories. 

Cards can be mailed to the address below.


Dr. Glen and Frances Knosp 

11150 Greenwood St.  #110

Olathe, KS 66215

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/.


ElmwoodParkHi, Elmwood Park Lovers...

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!! 


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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 Coming in September Antique/Vintage Toy Exhibit. 

Great opportunity for Home schoolers to tour for free and have a great educational outing.

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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


Elmwood Town Board News

The Community Development Agency met on Wednesday, August 2nd at the Elmwood Community Center.  The public was invited to attend.  Elizabeth Chase, a representative from the Nebraska Main Street Network was in attendance.  Nebraska Main Street Network partners with communities to help revitalize main street areas by connecting people, exchanging ideas, providing guidance, and working together with communities. 

The group discussed current positive and negative aspects of Elmwood and noted it was similar to the list from 2002.  The general condition of the streets was a topic that was very concerning.  Everyone agreed that B Street between 6th and D Street needs attention.  It was also noted that some of the asphalt streets had weeds in the cracks and needed to be sprayed.   There are also derelict properties that need to be improved.  Positive aspects of Elmwood include the location between Omaha and Lincoln, the great school district, the new housing development, and a great strength is that people want to grow as a community.

Elmwood has several events in the fall that bring a lot of people to town:

  • Bubble Soccer Tournament in early September (brings in people who play the game and many people who cheer for them)
  • Harvest Moon Hustle (brings in 1300 runners for the 5k/10k plus their families and friends)
  • Market-to-Market Relay in late September (Elmwood is an exchange point for relay teams who begin the race in the Old Market in Omaha and race to the Haymarket in Lincoln.  Thousands of people pass through Elmwood on that day.)  
  • Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza in November (a big draw for people to come and experience the small town celebration.

All of these events are an opportunity for Elmwood to showcase our town. To read the complete minutes and notes from the Elmwood Community Development meeting click on the link below.


The next topic for the group was, “What are the issues facing the future development of Elmwood?” 

With the increase in population, it would be interesting to explore what it would take to have increased law enforcement services.  Commercial and business development opportunities would serve the community and help with growth.  Affordable housing in the form of apartments, duplexes, and single family homes are high in demand.  A place for the elderly to transition into from their homes that are now too big such as an assisted living facility would give longtime residents a place to move to yet still remain a member of the community.  This would allow them to continue being a member of lifelong churches or clubs and to be near their families.

The main street is always a concern because a vital main street shows the health of a community.  Elmwood is far from being a community on a downward slide and the main street should reflect that.  Revitalization of the main street could bring in new businesses and new opportunities. The first step in this process is to find out what people want to see in Elmwood and what businesses they would support.   A survey will be distributed to the residents of Elmwood and surrounding area.  This will help with the planning phase for the Vision Group which will be forming soon.  This group will aid in the future growth and planning for the Village of Elmwood.  The future is bright for Elmwood and the citizens are clearly engaged and ready to move forward.


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 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. 

 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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