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Elmwood Neighborhood Watch Program

Organization Meeting 6:30 pm

Thursday 9-28-2017

Elmwood Community Center

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Monday, October 2

1 to 6:00 p.m. 

Elmwood Fire Hall

Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum

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

 September Antique/Vintage Toy Exhibit. 

There are still a few more days to see the Antique Vintage Toy Exhibit which is open until through Sunday, October 1st. 

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 We will be having an Author & Illustrator book signing on October 2nd from 5-8 pm.

The team of Matt Leatherwood & Daryl Wills have collaborated on a wonderful new book, "The Perfect Stone".

The Perfect Stone book signing

Daycare teachers, Pre-School teachers, Elementary school teachers, parents, grandparents and children alike will love this fable of a boy who spends his entire life in search of the perfect stone. Beautifully and simply illustrated, children will embrace this story as parents learn a valuable lesson about life and the search for perfection. A great read any time of day for the entire family!!

There will be books available for purchase along with refreshments and crafts. And you'll even have a chance to get to know this great team.

Readings of the book will take place at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Plan to come and take part in this special event!

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  Pre-school Storytime 

Every Thursday

 10:30-11:30 am

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

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

Elmwood Village Board & Library Survey

The Elmwood Village Board and Library are seeking community feedback regarding how we can grow and improve our community and library. We value your feedback, so please consider completing these surveys to continue making Elmwood a great place to live!

The Elmwood Library is seeking feedback on how to better serve the community. The following survey contains questions regarding what the library does well and how the library can improve. Please be as thorough as possible with your answers so we may get the best results. Thank you for helping us improve the Elmwood Library!

The surveys can also be taken online outside of the newsletter by clicking on the categories below.

Elmwood Village Survey Here

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Need pumpkins for fall decorations? Visit the Oehlerking Pumpkin Patch

It's serve yourself, hours are open all the time. Put your pumpkin payment in the jar for pumpkins of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Support your local farmers and head west of Elmwood on 34 for the freshest pumpkins around. As someone said it's also a great location for a photo -op with the kids.


 The Elmwood Park Renovation Project:

Thanks in part to a matching grant from the Land and Water Use Conservation Fund—Nebraska Game and Parks, we have begun a park renovation project. The first phase is to bring in the new playground and to put electrical service in the picnic shelter. We will be removing some of the old equipment. Due to age and safety concerns we are not able to keep it in the park or reuse it. We cannot sell it or give it away. It will be removed and recycled.

The plan is for the merry-go-round and the large play structure to stay. The geometric dome and the rocking toys will be removed and stored for later use. The swings, baby swings, horse swings, and teeter totters will be removed. There are two metal benches and one wooden one which we will try to save for reuse in the park.

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The new playground equipment will be on the west side of the current equipment. The park has nice slope to it so we will be doing some grading work to make it level. We will be installing a two-tiered retaining wall on the west edge which will serve for seating and to channel the water around the playground to the swale for drainage the parking lot.

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As soon as the project gets underway the park will be a construction zone and will be posted to warn people to stay out of the area. We will have a fence around the project. Please let your kids know to stay out of that area and if you see anyone in there please call me or the Cass County Sheriff’s Office – non-emergency number.

We are lucky to have local businesses and talent that are interested in helping with this project. Loren Miller with Prairie Technology Solutions, Inc. will be doing the electrical work which involves moving the source of electricity of the restrooms from the existing pole to a different pole. The light pole in the middle of the park will be moved by OPPD. Loren will also be running electricity to the picnic shelter and adding lights to it.
John Mcnaught, of Elmwood Small Engine Repair & Recycling, has volunteered to remove the old equipment and the concrete that was held the pieces in place. He will also handle the disposal of it.

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Ryan Anderson of RUTALKIN has offered the use of snow fence to surround the project. Nebraska Digging Services, owners Cody Price and Tyler Rosenow, will be providing the grading and landscaping services. They have expressed interest in this project since it was just a gleam in my eye so they are pleased to see it finally happening. Once the electrical and grading work is done the install can happen!

Here’s where you come in. In order to save over $10,000 we opted for a community build.

This means we are seeking volunteers with a certain set of skills. Who am I kidding? I’m seeking any volunteers that are willing to help. We will have a professional playground installer on hand to give direction but we need to be ready to do the work.

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We will need three teams of Super Stars.

The first team will be The Brawn Team. This team will be actually putting the pieces in the ground, pouring the concrete, and assembling the structures. I am told that the equipment is fairly easy to assemble.

The second team will be the Brainiac Team. This team will be studying the plans and organizing the pieces. They will also be the runners and take the pieces to the Brawn Team.

The third team may be the most important team of all. They will be the Care Team. This team will make sure everyone is fed and hydrated. Good food keeps volunteers happy! The Care Team will have the first aid kit and are not required to but may if they choose, wear a fanny pack containing band-aids and Tylenol. They will also be ready at a moment’s notice to call 911.

I know you are all waiting to hear what the dates are for the community build. The playground equipment is due to arrive after October 17th. I will have the exact date soon. I see that there is no Husker football game on October 21st…probably several weddings though and definitely Garth Brooks. But that seems to be a prime date to shoot for to start the build. The dates will be firmed up very soon so we can make definite plans. The build will take several days due to the need to let the concrete set so there will be opportunities for everyone to volunteer!

If you are interested in being a Super Star please contact Julie Anderson or email me at the newsletter editor@elmwoodnebraska.com

Super Stars come in the form of people who can donate time, muscle, brains, food, money, and ideas! Anyone needing community service hours can satisfy that requirement by helping out! We will definitely need some strong help as we near the end of the project and need to move the new wood chips around.

We do ask that small children be kept at a distance. If it appears that we have a lot of people who would like to volunteer but have small children that will need a sitter we will see if we can find a place and volunteers to keep the kids busy. We definitely want them to see the progress but from a safe distance. This is their park, too, and they need to be part of it. 

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American Legion Post 247 Elmwood Cemetery Cross Project

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In 2002 and 2003, the Legion worked diligently to make and place crosses at the grave of each veteran in the Elmwood Cemetery. This added to our already beautiful cemetery and shows the continual respect our community feels for our veterans. Unfortunately, the elements have not been kind to these crosses as they have cracked and some have even broken off. We now find many are beyond repair and must be replaced. 

After talking with several fabricators over the past several months and tweaking the design, our first order of the new crosses has been received. They are made of a 1” thick solid PVC-type product that is used in place of teak on the decks of yachts, so should be able to withstand the weather of Nebraska – and they are beautiful! We designed them similar to the crosses in the American Battlefield Cemeteries in Europe and North Africa. The surface is slightly textured to resemble stone and the edges are all rounded. 

Over the next few months, we will be removing the old crosses and cement and replacing them with new crosses.The crosses will be installed in an 8” column of concrete approximately 2 feet deep. The column needs to be kept high enough so the mowers don’t hit and damage the crosses.

This will be an approximately $12,000 project to complete. Thanks to a very generous donation, the 200 crosses needed have been ordered. Other generous donations have been received toward installation and removal expenses – cement, rebar, and circular tubes for the concrete, as well as extra crosses to have on reserve. We are continuing to accept donations toward the $3,500 still needed for installation of these crosses.
If you would like to help with this project either through funding or manual labor, please let us know.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make it out to American Legion Post 247, and send to

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c/o Bonnie Brewer, Commander

402 East D Street

Elmwood, NE 68349

(please note “Cross Project” in memo) 

If you know of other families who have a veteran family member laid to rest in our cemetery, we would appreciate you passing this information on to them.


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FCCLA Tailgate fundraiser

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FCCLA Officers and Member to Attend National Leadership Conference

Six officers and a senior member from the Elmwood Murdock FCCLA Chapter will attend the FCCLA Cluster Meeting and National Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City on November 17-19. The officers will attend a leadership academy. Students attending the conference include: Kylee Wilson, Spencer Koehn, Hannah Mather, Kate Zakaras, Austin Hawks, Thomas Hynes and Josh Lockman. The students will be accompanied by FCCLA sponsor, Lisa Hynes.

To raise funds for National Leadership Conference, the EM FCCLA Chapter will be selling fabulous tailgate food including Hank's famous beef brisket, pulled pork, BBQ beef, and more to be available for parties during the NU vs. Wisconsin football game on Oct. 7.

FCCLA Tailgate Fundraiser Order Form


To get in on some great tailgate food and support FCCLA, fill out the attached order form and return it to the high school office by 8 a.m. on Monday, October 2. FCCLA members will also have order forms available at the football game on Friday, September 29. If you have questions, contact LHynes@emknights.org. Thank you for your support of EM FCCLA!

New School website!!

If you didn't know the Elmwood-Murdock School has a new website and it's fantastic!! It's a fresh look and updated and linked to the schools' social media accounts. 

Check it out and bookmark it for future use. There is even a phone app you can keep Elmwood-Murdock school news at your fingertips for all the school events and schedules. AWESOME!!


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Elmwood Murdock Football

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 The Yutan Chieftains defeated the Elmwood-Murdock Knights 44-19 Friday night in Yutan.

Senior I-Back, Bryland Meniccucci rushed for 274 yards on 21 carries and 4 touchdowns to lead the Chieftains. I thought we played a good 1st Half. Yutan scored in the 1st quarter on a 19 play drive to start the game. We wanted to make them earn everything and nearly came away with a stop on 4th down. Hendricks hit Perchal on a 9-yard pass. We were in good position on the play. They made a good throw and catch.

EM took the next possession and capped a 10 play drive with an Austin Meisinger 19 yard run. Although down 14 – 6, I thought we played some good football the 1st half. For the third straight week, the Knights had an error in the kicking game that proved costly in the 3rd quarter. We work a lot on special teams during the week and to not carry over what we practice is disappointing. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. We have to find a way to eliminate mental mistakes.

After the muffed punt in the 3rd quarter, things seemed to snowball on us. Yutan scored 23 points in the 3rd quarter and took control of the game.

We have to work on consistency and taking care of the ball. Austin Meisinger played well scoring 3 touchdowns and intercepting Yutan twice returning one for a 71 yard TD. The Knights host Malcolm in another District Contest next Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Full Season game states can be viewed HERE

Every varsity home football and volleyball game can be watched anywhere in the world. So tell your family, friends, and alumni. 

Past games can be watched "on demand" at Jim Rusts' Vimeo channel. 

Hanks Ribs are BACK!! 

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It is that time of year to be thinking about Hank’s Famous Smoked Ribs!!  

This is a great fundraiser for Post Prom.It is that time of year to be thinking about Hank’s Famous Smoked Ribs!!  

This is a great fundraiser for Post Prom.We will be selling this year for our Friday, October 13th Homecoming game against HTRS.Please pre-order to make sure you get yours reserved!! 


Spirit Squad News

Cheer Camp 2017

Market to Market Race

Spirit Squad Volunteers

Saturday, September 30th 

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Spirit Squad will be volunteering this year for the Market to Market race as it comes through South Bend, Murdock, and Elmwood.  

The race comes to town on Saturday, September 30th, and will bring several thousand people into Elmwood all day and it's a great opportunity to show Elmwood pride and hospitality. This is the 5th or 6th year but everyone always seems to be a surprise when the traffic increases that day.

This year it is on Saturday, Sept 30th - we will likely see runners coming and a lot of vehicle traffic starting around 10 am with it peaking at about 3:00 pm 

 The next event for the Elmwood Rescue Squad is the arrival of the Waffleman

October 8th at the Firehall from 8am -Noon

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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/.


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we have 8 different flavors to choose from.

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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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Dan Witte Student of the Week

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Dan Witte Physical Therapy would like to announce a few changes to our annual Student of the Week program.

We continue to look for nominations from local community members, teachers, coaches, athletic directors, or anybody else who would like to nominate a deserving student. The student could be from Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville, or Weeping Water Public Schools.

Please see the criteria below.


1. The student must be an enrolled 7th-12th grade student at Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville, or Weeping Water Schools.

2. The student must participate in at least 1 extracurricular activity outside of normal class work.

3. The student must be nominated by someone outside of their family and be verified by the school before their nomination can be accepted.

4. Nominations are due to the first and third Fridays of the month.

Please send an email to your school athletic director or principal for verification prior to sending it to dan@wittephysicaltherapy.com.5.

Nominations must include the student’s name, parent(s)’ name(s), activities involved in, grade and school attended, and reason for nomination.

Additional information including pictures would be appreciated!

The selected student will be posted on Facebook and Twitter pages belonging to Witte Physical Therapy on Tuesday mornings for consecutive weeks. A post will also be submitted to the weekly newsletters for Murray, Elmwood, Murdock, Louisville, Weeping Water, and Manley on that day for a post on the following Wednesday and that week in the Plattsmouth Journal.

The selected student will have the opportunity to stop by Witte Physical Therapy in Louisville and receive a free t-shirt or water bottle along with their parents.


 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


Unclaimed property
Treasurer Stenberg Announces Online eBay Auction of
Contents of Abandoned Safe Deposit Boxes to Be Sold

Lincoln, Neb. (September 21, 2017) – The Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office is hosting an online eBay auction of the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes that were turned over to the State of Nebraska between 2006 and 2011, State Treasurer Don Stenberg announced today at a news conference in the Capitol.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. CT Monday, September 25, at http://stores.ebay.com/nebraskaunclaimedproperty. Bidders also may access the auction site from the home page of the Treasurer’s website at treasurer.nebraska.gov.

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