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But first, we need to join together and work a little to get it ready to be played on and enjoyed by future generations.

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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.

If you build it

How to help


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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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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Oehlerking Pumpkin Patch


 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.

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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  


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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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

American Legion Post 247

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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 Homecoming 2017

Congratulations to the Elmwood-Murdock football team and the Seniors on their last football game of their high school career. Also, congratulations to the Homecoming court and all of the families who helped, hosted bonfires, fixed meals, hosted class photo sessions and for all your support. Thank you to Jim Rust who has a passion for Elmwood-Murdock and documenting our sports events. 

E-M Homecoming Royalty 2017 from Jim Rust on Vimeo.

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The Elmwood-Murdock Knights defeated the Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer Titans 41 – 0 Friday night during a Homecoming contest in Elmwood.

The game was suspended at halftime due to HTRS lack of numbers due to injuries. You don’t want to end the game like that but HTRS has been struggling most of the year with a lack of available players and injuries. We respect their decision and they did what they thought was best for their program. I was pleased with the way we started the game.

Our offensive line gained control of the line of scrimmage and set the tone for the evening. The Knights rushed for 284 yards and 18 first downs the first half. Five different players scored touchdowns as the offense rolled.

Defensively there were some standout players. Payton Frahm had 6 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for 35 yards in lost yardage and Caleb Marlatt had 3 tackles behind the line for 8 yards in lost yardage.

The pressure applied by our defensive line kept HTRS from getting much going offensively. Noah Willey had an interception for the Knights. Brownell-Talbot has forfeited their season. The 2017 season has come to an end for the Elmwood-Murdock Knights. They finish with a 4 – 5 record.

E-M Football vs HTRS 10-13-17 M from Jim Rust on Vimeo.

 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. 

Dan Witte Student of the Week

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This week our Student of the Week Winner is Riley Backemeyer.He is a senior at Elmwood MurdockHigh School. His activities includeFBLA, basketball, golf, speech, and student council.He is the son of Curt and Cindy Backemeyer.

  • He was nominated for these reasons:
    He is always polite and works hard at academic and extracurricular activities
    He is always smiling and enjoying everyone around him
    He is a positive example for others to follow
    He exemplifies what it means to be an Elmwood Murdock Knight 

Riley, Curt, and Cindy 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 10/30/17.All nominations are due by 10/27/17 to dan@wittephysicaltherapy.com

Hastings College Students Participate in Singing Competition

Hastings College students participated in the Nebraska State Adjudications of the National Association of Teachers of Singing held at the University of Nebraska Kearney on October 6. Singers from high school through doctoral students competed in their respective divisions.

Of the 10 Hastings College students who participated, four placed in the top three in their category. 

Aaron Spracklin, a senior music major from Elmwood, Nebraska, placed second in the senior men’s division. Spracklin studies voice with Dillon Beede, an adjunct instructor of voice and choral music.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With more than 60 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.


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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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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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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

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‘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.

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