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Did you go to the Waffleman on Sunday?

If not here is what you missed. Really good food, waffles of course and the company of some really fun people. Thanks Julie for all of the great pictures. You're the best!!

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Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum

New Exhibit started this week and it's everything that glitters from baubles, shiny object, jewelry collectibles and some Halloween fun thrown in for good measure. You can purchase a yearly pass and next years monthly themes have been planned. The pass makes a great gift for Christmas. Stop by and ask Kurt Shrader or one of the many volunteers for information.

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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.

Spirit Squad News

  The Elmwood Spirit Squad spent the weekend decorating for the upcoming homecoming game this Friday.

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The author book signing was a lot of fun and we look forward to doing more in the future.

Thanks to everyone that came out!

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Storytime Banner.690 Pre-school Storytime 

Every Thursday

 10:30-11:30 am

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

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

Give the gift of life

The goal was reached at the Red Cross Bloodmobile when 20 persons presented themselves as Donors..

Each and every one of them were appreciated. THANK YOU!

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

Elmwood Library Here 



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 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.


How to help

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.

 Volunteers from school

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


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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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 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 Lincoln Lutheran Warriors defeated the Elmwood-Murdock Knights 28 - 3 in a C-2 District II contest Friday night at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

The game was suspended at the end of the 3rd quarter due to lightning and heavy rain. Although everyone wanted to finish the game it was the right call for the safety of the players and fans. We put together some nice drives in the 1st half and were able to convert on some key 3rd and 4th down plays.

We were unable to finish the drives. Lincoln Lutheran has very good team speed and stopped us when they had to. Lutheran has a very explosive offense and our goal was to establish ball control and keep the ball away from them. We played fairly well until an error in the kicking game set up their second TD.

I thought our team played hard throughout the contest against a Top Ten team. The Knights have played four state-ranked teams in the last 6 games. The Knights host HTRS and take on the Titans in a Homecoming contest Friday night in Elmwood. Game time is 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!! 

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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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Area News and Events 



Bloom Where You're Planted Farm's
13th Annual Pumpkin Festival Sept. 30-Oct. 29

Fridays (starting 10/6), Saturdays & Sundays
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

For a third year in a row we are keeping admission at $6.00/person!
Ages 2 & under are free, and there's no charge to come shop the store and pumpkin barn or swing into the Schoolhouse Cafe for some yummy lunch or homemade fall treats.

The pumpkins in the U-pick patch are looking GREAT and we're working hard to make sure everything on the farm is just perfect for you to create special memories with your family and friends this fall!

Bloom Where You're Planted Farm & Pumpkin Patch, 911 108th St., Avoca, NE

Cass County News and Events

‘Boeing Boeing’ Ready for Take Off at the Lofte Theatre!

Manley, NE [October 2, 2017] - The Lofte Community Theatre announces the opening of its Fall farce, Marc Camoletti’s fast-paced comedy, ‘Boeing Boeing!’ The production opens Saturday, October 14 on the Lofte’s main stage.

Set in the bustling1960s, Bernard is a swinging bachelor who has the world on a string: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses whom are all engaged to him at the same time without knowing about each other. However, Bernard’s life encounters turbulence when his friend Robert comes for a visit and a new speedier Boeing jet throws off his carefully planned itinerary. Catastrophe looms when all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and friend Robert keeps forgetting what helpful lies he’s told to whom!

Starring in the show as the troubled Bernard is Doug Rothgeb of Omaha. His best friend Robert is played by Robert Carrera of Bellevue. The bevy of beautiful stewardesses are played by Aubree Sweeney of Plattsmouth, Brenna Thompson of Lincoln and Abigail Fletcher of Omaha. Fan favorite Melinda Mead of Plattsmouth plays the bad-tempered housekeeper, Berthe.

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Pictured on Attachment: Front: Brenna Thompson (Lincoln) and Aubree Sweeney (Plattsmouth). Back: Melinda Mead (Plattsmouth), Robert Carrera (Bellevue), Doug Rothgeb (Omaha) and Abigail Fletcher (Omaha).

Directed by Kevin Colbert, production dates are October 14, 15, 19-22 and 27-29. Thursday through Saturday curtain times are 7 pm. Sunday performances are 2 pm matinees. Tickets are $19 each and advance reservations can be made by calling the Lofte box office at 402.234.2553.


 Dan Witte Student of the Week

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This week our Student of the Week Winner is Lauren Votta.She is a freshman at Louisville High School. Her activities include softball.She is the daughter of Angie Kilton.

She was nominated for these reasons:
- Good work ethic
- Positive attitude
- Has stepped up for the Varsity team as a freshman
- Provided an offensive spark for our team

 Lauren and Angie are invited to stop by (we are located under the water tower in Louisville), call (402.234.3333) or email (dan@wittephysicaltherapy.com) to get their Witte Physical Therapy t-shirts OR water bottle!

 The next Student of the Week will be selected on 10/13/17.All nominations are due by 10/9/17 to dan@wittephysicaltherapy.com

Welcome The Nebraska Masonic Home

Please welcome our newest member of the Family - Chris Abbott and Lisa Davis of The Nebraska Masonic Home!
They are 2018 Community Sustaining Sponsors:

Please, visit their website and thank them for their support!
Nebraska Community Websites - 402-968-0821


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