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 Elementary School Fall Festival!!

Friday 5:00pm - 7:00 pm

Bring your trick or treaters, dress in costume and have some fun!!

It's fall at the Elmwood-Murdock Elementary and that means the trip to the Buck pumpkin patch, Fall Festival and lots of fun learning about colors. How do I know this? Especially since I don't have kids in Elementary anymore? 

The NEW Elmwood-Murdock School website which is FANTASTIC!! There is a LIVE feed which is updated with photos from school activities, athletic games and much more.

BUT back to the Fall Festival. 

It's THIS Friday everyone. If you miss seeing little kids in costume, or won't be around for Halloween this is the place to be. Next week I'll post photos of what you missed.

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This is the weekend!!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Quonset last Friday for the Pig Out for the Park. There was such a fantastic response and so many people they ran out of food. What a great problem to have. It just shows that when we combine efforts great things happen.

This Saturday the community of Elmwood will descend upon the park and build the next playground for the next generations to come. It is going to be amazing, it is going to bring people together for our community and that is what Elmwood is all about. 

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

Everything that glitters from baubles, shiny object, jewelry collectibles and some Halloween fun thrown in for good measure. That is the theme until November 12th, 2017.

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.

All That Glitters

You have until November 12th to visit the museum and see everything that glitters. Here is just a quick tour of what you will see. Every month something new and exciting is happening. Next week I'll show you the new landscaping, benches, fence and parking options with the steps into the garden. This attraction will be bringing a lot of people into Elmwood in the near future. It's exciting.

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 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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The Land of Stories
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer invites readers to join Alex and Conner on their fairytale adventures in the Land of Stories series:

The Wishing Spell

The Enchantress Returns

A Grimm Warning

Beyond the Kingdoms

An Author's Odyssey

Worlds Collide

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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  

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The Elmwood Murdock FCA is hosting a free basketball shooting camp on Sunday, October 29, 2017, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the new gym in Murdock. Former Husker Brian Conklin will be conducting the camp.

The camp is open to all students, grades 5-12. Please take a moment to sign up for the camp here https://goo.gl/forms/FD3RuragU710ZAZh2 so we can have a good estimate of how many students will attend.

FBLA New Business Partnership

In the United States, approximately 14% of adults are illiterate, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Illiteracy isn’t as vast in the United States as it is in other countries around the world, but it is still a problem facing our nation’s future. It is this same problem that has motivated Elmwood-Murdock’s Future Business Leaders of America Chapter to learn more about illiteracy and what we can do to stop it.

Students Listening to Aldrich PresentationMembers met with the Elmwood Library Board to establish a partnership for the 2017-2018 year to promote the library and literacy among elementary students. To launch the project, members helped with the library’s summer reading program. Members would sign up for two hour shifts and would go to the library every Wednesday in June to read to local elementary students.

On September 22, FBLA members hosted a “reading in the streets” event at the Aldrich House in Elmwood. Around 120 first through fourth-grade students were shuttled to the house and were sent to different stations to hear FBLA members read different books and help them participate in different activities related to the books. In addition, the high school members dressed up as the storybook characters to help the stories come alive.

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At the end of the event, students then learned about Mrs. Bess Streeter Aldrich, the significance of her house, and how she pertained to the reading event. Students also received one free book of their choosing donated by Bits and Pieces Thrift Store in Elmwood. 

The FBLA chapter hopes this project increases the interest in reading among elementary students.

Spirit Squad News

The ELMWOOD-Murdock fan of the week is designed to honor those members of the E-M community who give their time, talents and support to E-M programs. This year’s super sponsors of the Fan of the Week program are Corn Grower's State Bank, Mick’s Diesel Repair, Pyramid Roofing, Security First Bank, Spohr's Landscaping and Witte Physical Therapy.

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Tonight’s Fan of the Week is Kristin Boucher. As expected, Kristin is very supportive of her twin sons and our football program but what puts Kristin above and beyond is her endless support of our VB and Cheer programs as well. Kristin attends almost every VB game, has traveled to support the Spirit Squad at our cheer competitions and has even used her own time and money to make custom shirts for the Spirit Squad.

Thank you to Kristin for all your enthusiasm and your willingness to Cheer Loud and Cheer Proud for the Knights.

10th Annual Dance and Cheer Showcase

The Spirit Squad will be performing at the 10th Annual Dance and Cheer Showcase at Millard North on November 5th.

Cheer competition

We would love to have people come up and support us as we begin competing to get ready for our State Competition in February.

The Spirit Squad is set to perform at approx. 7pm on Nov 5th but we highly recommend that people that are interested in coming purchase their tickets ahead of time at the link in the flyer.

Door open at 5:45 pm!

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 

Elmwood Village Board Special Election

Due to the resignation of three board members at the October 18th board meeting, there will be a special election to fill their positions. 

The election is set for Dec. 12; interested candidates have until the close of business Nov. 9 to file with the Cass County Election Office, according to a press release issued by Gale's office. Candidates must be registered voters in Elmwood in order to be eligible for the ballot, the release states.

More details will be coming on this topic. 

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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.  

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

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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

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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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Concert of Wedding Music

Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Wedding Music on Sunday, November 12, at 2:30 PM, in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. This is a great opportunity for folks who are planning a wedding to experience some of the most requested wedding tunes, including Pachelbel's "Canon", and Mendelssohn's "Wedding March", as well as selections that are perfect before and after the ceremony.

Besides Classical and Renaissance styles, Debby and David also play music from many cultures, i.e., Irish, Jewish, Swedish, etc. The happily married couple use a variety of instruments, including hammered dulcimer, violin, nyckelharpa, guitar, harmonica, etc.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago. The concert will be downstairs, followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and jam with the performers.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children. Seating is limited. For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at debby@greenblattandseay.com.

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.

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HOps Festival

We’re tapping into the flavors of Nebraska
at the 1st Annual Fresh Hop Festival
October 27-28, 2017

The 1st annual Fresh Hop Festival shines a light on beers made with fresh Nebraska hops. These beers are seasonal, fresh and delicious. Made with whole cone hops that connect with the wort within 24 hours of harvest. The wet hopping of the beer adds those oils to the brew, imparting a brightness of flavor, improved mouthfeel, and bright, fresh aromas.
Several Nebraska breweries make wet hop beers with freshly harvested hops. The Hop Yard is proud to tap the following Nebraska Breweries “Fresh Hop Beers”, brewed with our hops:
• Infusion Brewing Company - Wet Hop Pale Ale
• Lucky Bucket Brewing Company - Sticky Fingers Harvest Ale
• Farnam House Brewing Company -Hop Harvest Saison
• Brickway Brewing Company -One Way Scarlet Letter
• Empyrean Brewing Company -Yakima Gold and Cashmere Carpe Harvest Ale
- Brewers Gold andCentennial Carpe Harvest Ale
So, join us at The Hop Yard, 18003 Club View Drive, Plattsmouth, NE 68048
Friday, October 27, 2017 (4:00 - 10:00 p.m.)

Saturday, October 28,2017 (12:00p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Family Friendly)

$15 a day - Includes admission, souvenir pint glass and first pour.This two-day fest features live Polka music with Angie Kriz& the Polka Toons, great food, hop souvenirs and more!

Come celebrate beers brewed with fresh hops from the bine. Expect the unexpected. Not every beer will be bitter and hop forward, but all will be super exclusive with varied levels of hoppy flavor, color, and style. 

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