Mail-in election ballots have been mailed. Make sure to VOTE by December 12th!!
Elmwood Village Board Special Election
Meet the Candidates: Over the course of the next three weeks, I will post information about each candidate running for the Elmwood Village Board. Additional candidates are welcome to submit their information to the Elmwood News by emailing me at email@example.com
My name is Miki Bruns. I was raised in our neighboring town of Weeping Water. In 1992 I married the late John Bruns who was raised right here in good ol' Elmwood. We were blessed with two sons, Tyler and Dylan. Tyler graduated from EM in 2014 and Dylan is currently a senior. John and I wanted to raise our children here so we built our home with some help from local friends/family and John started Bruns Masonry.
As for my professional careers...when I met John I was working as a travel agent in Lincoln NE. After working in the leisure side of travel I transferred to corporate travel. The corporate work was in downtown Omaha with American Express Travel. We decided to start a family so I began working in Elmwood at the American Exchange Bank in 1994. I worked at the bank until 2000 when Dylan was born. I became a stay at home mom with my boys from 2000 until 2007 when I began college to pursue my current career, a sign language interpreter. I have worked at Ralston High School since 2010 as a signer for deaf/hard of hearing students.
I have been a member of the Elmwood Rescue Squad since 1995 and have served as Secretary/Treasurer for many years. I am the Clerk for the Elmwood Rural Fire District. I have recently begun to serve on the Library Board. Since my boys have been in school I have been active on the Elmwood-Murdock SOS and Booster Club parent organizations. I am a member of the Elmwood-Murdock School Crisis Team. I am also a member of the St Mary's Catholic Church.
As for why I would want to run for the Village Board...I love this community. As a child, I never would have guessed that I would live in Elmwood. I would like to be on the board because this community has been by my family's side through many ups and downs. This is a place I call HOME, not only because I have a house here, but because the people here are so supportive and caring. I want to do what is best for our community.
My name is Terry Carlton and I was raised on a farm near Alvo, Nebraska. I graduated from Waverly High School in 1977 and held welding positions for many years, including five years in Colorado. I have been married to Connie for 37 years, and we have one son, Clay, who graduated from Elmwood-Murdock in 2008. Our son, along with his wife Laura, teach and coach at Lourdes Central Catholic School; they have one son, Kamden.
Connie and I purchased our home in Elmwood in 1984. I coached little league baseball and Legion baseball for nearly 20 years. I have been a volunteer for Teammates, mentoring at the high school level for 4 years until the young man graduated and went on to study at the university.
I have been employed with Ash Grove Cement in Louisville for over 32 years; as I stated earlier, I am a welder by trade, but have been employed as a control room operator for 20 years. I am a 32-year member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local D-174; serving on the Safety Committee, as Chief Steward, Vice-President, and two terms as President. During these years I helped successfully negotiate six contracts, representing over 100 working families. In July 2017, I finished my term as Union President, deciding not to run again.
Should the residents choose to Vote for me; I am fiscally responsible, and traits that I admire include Commitment, Honesty, and Civility. Thank you.
I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and grew up south of Greenwood where I learned to appreciate the value of living in a small town. I moved to Lincoln to attend college but continued to come to Elmwood to go to the roller rink, where I met my future wife, Mikaela Shrader. I moved to Elmwood in 2008.
While living in Lincoln was convenient, I missed the laid-back nature of a small town.Since moving to Elmwood, I have served as treasurer for the Elmwood Murdock Merchants Association and am currently on the board of the Elmwood Public Library. I plan on living in Elmwood for a very long time as I have loved living here for the past nine years and want my daughters Sophie (4) and Hadley (2) to grow up here. I could not imagine living anywhere else.
I graduated from Southeast Community College in the summer of 2006 with an Associates Degree in Business Administration that focused on Accounting. I pursued my Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration from Bellevue University and graduated in the winter of 2008.
My professional life has been spent in the accounting/finance field, most recently with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as the Business Manager for the Regional Centers located in Lincoln, Norfolk, and Hastings.
The nine years working for the state of Nebraska has taught me numerous skills I feel can help me be an efficient trustee for the Village of Elmwood. I am competent at setting and monitoring a budget; and I also have an open mind, which will serve me well because I understand the importance of listening to others and making decisions based on research and community consensus. I also see this as a great opportunity to meet more people in the community and to continue to make Elmwood a great place to raise a family.
Kathy (Taylor) Goerlitz
I was born in New York City and lived in Manhattan until I was 16. My family moved upstate to Monroe, NY, located in Orange County, which is about an hour North of the city. I have been married twice and have two sons; Curt Taylor of Harriman, NY and Charles Taylor of Denver, CO. I have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The first phase of my professional career was spent at Frontier Communications in Monroe, NY. After 22 years, I retired and moved to Maine where my husband and I owned a summer home. We purchased a home and lived in Dexter, Maine, about 8 miles from our summer place. The second phase of my professional career was spent working for Wal-Mart in Palmyra, Maine. I worked there for 17 years before retiring again.
My years of public service began in Monroe, NY, when I joined the Monroe Volunteer Ambulance Corps. I am a lifetime member and have served for nearly 51 years, 28 of which were in active service. I responded to over 2,500 calls during my active tenure. I led the organization as Chief Dispatcher and then later Vice President and President.
I further served my community on the Mombasha Fire Company, also in Monroe, NY, as the Treasurer, Vice President, and President. I earned lifetime membership from this organization as well, and my active tenure was 32 years.
While living in Maine, my husband and I were active members of the Kiwanis Club. I served the Town of Dexter on the planning board for many years, as well. I ran for and was elected to the Mayo Regional Hospital board in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. I served on this board for 10 years.
My husband passed away in Maine in 2010. In 2015, I decided to sell my property in Maine and move to Nebraska. I arrived in July of 2016 and moved in with my sister, Maggie Smith. I lived with her until recently, when I moved into the apartments on Main St. In Nebraska, I am closer to my son and grandchildren in Denver. I enjoy spending time with my niece, Allison Meister, and her family.
I look forward to serving the community of Elmwood if given the opportunity to serve on its board. I bring a wealth of experience in public service and can help lead the board into the future.
When I moved to Manhattan, KS to attend Kansas State University in 2008, I was sure that I would find an exciting and improved lifestyle away from small-town Nebraska. True to my expectations, I made many friends, learned a great deal, and grew as a person during my 3 years as an undergraduate. However, I didn’t find a new home. I got married to my incredible wife Karen, who grew up in Murdock, in 2012. We came back to Nebraska for the wedding. Yet I still was not convinced that my future lay back in Elmwood. When I was accepted into veterinary school at KSU, I was confident that four more years in Kansas would make it feel more like home.
It wasn’t until Karen and I had our first son, Landon James, that I started to realize what I owed this small village. As many of you reading this may be aware, Landon was born with a terminal brain disease that caused severe seizures during his entire life. He passed away in 2014, at 14 months old. During those very difficult months, the Village of Elmwood put my family on its collective shoulders and helped us cherish the moments we had with our son and let him live with dignity. Not only did the community give their time and resources generously, but they gave us hope, which was in short supply during those days.
Reflecting on my own challenges during Landon’s life, I realize that every aspect of my character that helped us survive were traits I learned from watching my family, friends, and neighbors in Elmwood and the surrounding communities: my faith, determination, drive, and devotion to my family.
This opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees is an opportunity to use my unique knowledge and experiences to serve the community to whom I owe all my current success and happiness. Guided by my own experiences, I want to see Elmwoodutilize our unique advantages to develop and grow in the coming years.
My primary goals, if elected, will be:
1.) Develop 5, 10, and 20-year plans/goals for the village – To have a vision for the future
2.) Bring professional and steady conduct to the village leadership
3.) Seek new investments for our main street and bring growth to the community
4.) Develop incentives that encourage new families to move to Elmwood
I’m honored to have this opportunity to run for the Board of Trustees and I look forward to investing in the community, just as the community has invested in me.
Dr. Trenton Charles Shrader
Director of Medicine and Conservation Projects | Lincoln Children’s Zoo
Founder | Nebraska Labor and Agriculture Coalition
To vote you must be a registered voter in the Elmwood district online Voter Registration is available here -->> - https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration/
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 mail in election is set for December 12, 2017
The Elmwood Giving Tree is located in the foyer of the Clements and Drevo Law and Insurance offices on Main Street. Tags are on the tree and ready to be chosen for shopping. There are 28 tags this year please stop by, take a tag and shop for a child.
It's sponsored by the Christian Church. It is for the kids of area families. Each year the school determines who the letters go to and the families send their wish lists to Kris Schrader.
Each child has a tag on the tree. No names, just boy or girl, and age with the items they asked for. Requests are wide-ranging.... clothes, gift cards, games, toys, etc.
The gifts are to be returned by December 13 (unwrapped) to the insurance office. If you have any questions you can ask Penny Richter can answer any questions (Families will pick up their gifts on December 16 at the church.
The Bess Streeter Aldrich house was busy on during the Holiday Extravaganza. Over 70 people toured the house and viewed the various rooms decorated for the Christmas season. Various community organizations from the Cub Scouts to the 4-H Club and the elementary school helped decorate trees into a festive wonderland.
Make sure to not only FOLLOW the Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum on Facebook but subscribe to their feed so you don't miss any of the announcements.
Here is the full article in the Plattsmouth paper -- READ MORE HERE
As you plan your Holiday get-togethers, consider the Aldrich House. Starting November 25, we will be completely decorated for our Journey Into Christmas event. Why not have your civic groups and other clubs meet in this beautiful environment. Contact us to learn about the options.
The Christmas trees and decorations fill each room and are a sight to behold!
16th Annual Short Story Contest
Start thinking of ideas for the 16th Annual Bess Streeter Aldrich short story contest.
The goal is to generate a fictional short story that is written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works while incorporating a theme that focuses on Nebraska’s economy, history, cultural diversity, and/or geography (past, present, and/or future).
Writers are encouraged to focus on historical and/or realistic topics. This year the Aldrich Foundation is paying tribute to Mrs. Aldrich’s novel The Rim of the Prairie and believe it would be an excellent resource.
Eligibility (Four divisions):
Adult: 1st Prize $100; 2nd Prize $50; 3rd Prize $25
High School (Grades 9-12): 1st Prize $50; 2nd Prize $25; 3rd Prize $15
Middle School (Grades 6-8): 1st Prize $50; 2nd Prize $25; 3rd Prize $15
Intermediate School (Grades 3-5): 1st Prize $25; 2nd Prize $15; 3rd Prize $10
Complete rules are found at the Bess Streeter Alrich Website
Stories can be submitted on online. Deadline is February 17, 2018
LuLaRoe Lisa Brooke Spouse/Family Open House
Come do some holiday shopping for that special woman in your life!! Sunday, Dec 10, 3-6pm. Come get a personal shopping experience to get her a gift she is sure to love. And your gift is backed by LuLaRoe's 100% Happiness Guarantee!
*Adult beverages while you shop!
*Snacks and juice boxes for the kids!
*Free gift wrap
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See you Sunday!
Check out the new books at the Elmwood library!
There are also FREE Elmwood Library hour magnets available. Stop by and pick one up for your refrigerator. Never forget when the library hours are again. I know I'm going to get one. I have a memory like a sieve sometimes!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Council Food Drive
Shop Shutterfly to support your school
The holidays are almost here, and many families will order photo holiday greeting cards or photo holiday gifts. One of the most popular online websites for photo cards and gifts is Shutterfly.com.
The Elmwood-Murdock Booster Club is partnering with Shutterfly and Tiny Prints to raise money for our school. For each purchase you make from one of these online stores, 13% will be donated to the Elmwood-Murdock School.
How To Support The Elmwood-Murdock School:
1. Go to our Storefront URL here – http://emboosterclub.shutterflystorefront.com/
2. Click through to Shutterfly.com or Tinyprints and start shopping
3. Make a purchase
That’s it, it’s that easy! And you can still use any promotions that are being advertised on the Shutterfly site – right now, all holiday greeting cards are 50% off! Feel free to share this tip with all your friends and family, the more people who purchase, the more our organization earns.
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 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 MealsEat in or Take-out
Please call by 9:30 am to reserve
Suggested price for noon meal is $5.00
We are currently serving hard ice cream in dishes.
we have 8 different flavors to choose from.
Elmwood C Store
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
This is a reminder to PLEASE email me upcoming news and events. Or, if you happen to see an event happening, or something fun going on in Elmwood, take a photo and email it to email@example.com
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"The Forgotten Carols” Kicks Off Christmas Season at the Lofte
Manley, NE [November 28, 2018] - The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces the opening of its Christmas production, “The Forgotten Carols,” on December 2 at 7 pm. The script and original music are written by Michael McLean. Mr. McLean was the producer for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for nearly 20 years. The music and story are family friendly and will soon have you in the Christmas spirit.
Directed by Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water, "The Forgotten Carols" tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ's birth as told by little-known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd, and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.
Sara Mattix of Bellevue stars as Nurse Connie Lou. Kevin Colbert is pulling double duty in this production both directing and starring in the role of the mysterious Uncle John. Rounding out the cast are John Bell of Omaha, Brenda Jones of Louisville, Vic Kiefer of Plattsmouth, Lynette Boyce of Lincoln, Brandy Hall of Papillion and Scott Pope of Eagle. Also in the production is a community choir directed by Brandy Hall. Choir members include Lyle Reinholz, Megan Lane, Rebecca Adams, Lily Borland, Timothy Campbell Christina Daley, Jeff Hanson, Pat Lane, Jerry Patry, Ken Patry, Kendra Reynolds and Nick Roth all of Omaha, Adele Bakirane, Gabriella Bakirane and Bob Boyce of Lincoln, Jean Colbert and Tyge Thomas of Weeping Water, Molly Feile and Chelsea Lulla of Ashland, Ken Snyder, Janet Sorensen, Abraham Vidaurre and Jim Wolcott of Elmwood and Diana Geditz of Louisville.
Production dates are December 2, 3, 7-10 and 15-17. Showtimes are 7 pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Sunday performances are 2 pm matinees. All seats are reserved and cost $19.
The Lofte Community Theatre is located just east of the town of Manley and their box office number is 402-234-2553.
Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands Honors Community
(Papillion, NE) – It was a full house for Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands (T.E.A.M.) 1st Annual Awards Luncheon at CHI Health Midlands in Papillion on Wednesday, November 18, 2017.
T.E.A.M. appreciates the value of building sustainable partnerships with individuals and organizations that align themselves with its own mission in reducing the negative effects of tobacco in Sarpy and Cass Counties.
Over forty local organizations partner together to reduce the negative impact of tobacco in our communities by educating and advocating for healthy tobacco-free areas.
Community leaders, policymakers, coalition members, and volunteers were led by Master of Ceremonies Chris Tointon, Greater Omaha YMCA President & CEO, and Autumn Burns, T.E.A.M. Sarpy Coordinator spoke about “What is Tobacco Really Costing Us?”
Cigarette waste is the #1 littered item on the planet and that waste is filled with cancer-causing chemicals that leach into our soil, groundwater, lakes, & streams. In an effort to reduce the number of toxic chemicals in young children; nationally over 1,500 cities have made their playgrounds & parks tobacco-free. Locally, T.E.A.M. assists in similar policy creation to create healthy, tobacco-free outdoor recreation areas for community members to enjoy. The Outdoor Recreation Facility of the Year was awarded to Kingsbury Hills Sanitary Improvement District in unincorporated Sarpy County.
There are over 176 million pounds of cigarette butts discarded each year in the US alone & a group of elementary age youth care about their environment and wanted to spread the word. According to the kids, one needs to pick up trash for their family, neighborhood and community to be an honorary member. Because that is what is most important to their cause and their hearts. Everyone keeping the Earth clean by doing their part. The 2017 Advocate of the Year award went to the Litter Gitters.
The community of the Year was awarded to the Village of Greenwood as the board of trustees unanimously passed a resolution that designates all recreational facilities as tobacco-free. The new rule prohibits tobacco use at parks, playgrounds, swimming facilities, walking paths and buildings, including outdoor spaces and parking lots. The resolution bans the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew or dip. The trustees stated they had public health in mind when voting on the resolution. “The main advantage was to the safety and the health of children, of course,” Village Board Chair Michelle Criswell said. “We didn’t want people smoking around them.”
Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. These fires also result in millions of dollars in damaged property and healthcare costs. During the three year period between 2012 and 2014, at least 115 multifamily housing fires occurred in Nebraska, resulting in 1 death, 13 injuries and almost $4 million loss in property and content damages. T.E.A.M. provides technical assistance to Sarpy and Cass County property managers and owners on creating smoke-free housing policies in attempts to lower the number of apartment fires. The Multi-Family Housing of the Year went to The Wellington Senior Living.
Tobacco creates a large burden on business owners. An employee taking four 10-minute smoke breaks a day is away from the job for more than one extra week per year than a non-smoking employee. The annual cost of lost productivity due to smoking is $605 million. Employees who smoke generally cost employers more in workers’ compensation and healthcare. Businesses pay an average of $2,189 in workers’ compensation costs for smokers, compared with $176 for nonsmokers. T.E.A.M. assists business owners in implementing a comprehensive tobacco policy that saves them & the state money. The Business of the Year implemented a policy that includes third-hand smoke; catapulting them to the top of comprehensive tobacco policies in the county and went to Sarpy County Cooperative Headstart.
The Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association (EMMA) is made up of over 60 local merchants and individuals who are working together to promote economic activity and business development in the Elmwood and Murdock communities. EMMA encourages volunteerism and sponsors community events and community improvement projects. They recognize that keeping our businesses and community common spaces tobacco-free provides improved aesthetics, tourism appeal, and a draw for potential residents, all traits that result in the eventual economic prosperity and healthier living of a community and its residents. The Partner of the Year award was given to Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association.
T.E.A.M. is a community coalition of more than forty local organizations that work to create healthy, tobacco-free areas for our community to enjoy. They meet on the 4th Thursday of the month at 11:30 pm at CHI Health Midlands (11111 S. 84th St, Papillion) in the Smith Suite. For more information, visit www.T.E.A.M.tobaccofree.com.
Back Row: Kristy Feden, Sarpy County Cooperative Headstart Executive Director; Kris Shrader, EMMA Secretary; Kurk Shrader, EMMA President; Pat Ervin, EMMA member; BJ Burrows, EMMA Vice President; Megan Piehl, Village of Greenwood Board of Trustees member; Marcia Fiala, Village of Greenwood Clerk; Jill Krca, Kingsbury Hill Clerk; Jim Janicki, Kingsbury Hill SID Board President
Middle Row: Terri Large, The Wellington Senior Living Owner; Jackson Adkison, Reece Burns, Christian Lindseth, Livia Schuman, Anna Simon, Devin Schaub, Cole Jensen, Litter Gitter members
Front Row: Myles Burns, Kyla Jensen, Jenne Simon, David Simon, Logan Schaub, Kane Schuman, Litter Gitter members
FT Night Charge Nurse (3, 12-hr Shifts weekly including every other weekend),
PT Night Charge Nurse,
FT Evening CNA’s,
Weekends Only CNA’s all shifts;
PT Dietary Assistants (1-8:30pm).
FT Maintenance Workers.
Free Single Coverage Medical, Dental, Vision;
PayFlex; 401K Plan; Educational Assistance.
Competitive Wages & a Superior Working Environment.
Apply in person at 1300 Avenue D, Plattsmouth, NE or call (402) 296-7300 for more information.
www.thenebraskamasonichome.org for application – then hand deliver or mail.
**Must pass pre-employment physical, drug test, and background checks. **EOE**
2017 No Limits Southeast Regional Training
Big Tobacco has a long history of deceiving the public, hiding the truth and targeting youth with its marketing. It’s time to do something about that. Through peer-to-peer education and youth empowerment, No Limits is giving youth like you the know-how, skills and resources to take a stand against Big Tobacco. We envision a smoke-free world in which youth have the power to be the first tobacco-free generation. Unite with other youth from your area and learn how to fight back against Big Tobacco in your community using new resources such as Taking Down Tobacco. Let’s take a stand so everyone can “Breathe Easy”.
Here’s a quick summary: When: Saturday, December 16
Where: Firespring (1201 Infinity Court, Lincoln, NE)
Cost: FREE (We will even pick you up) - DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM
We’re looking for Nebraska youth who:
▪ Are 12–17 years old in grades 7–12.
▪ Want to find out the truth behind Big Tobacco’s lies.
▪ Are willing to take action against tobacco in their community and state.
No Limits tries to provide transportation to and from the regional training at no cost to participants. Our buses will be making several stops across the state.
Contact No Limits if you’re having difficulties with transportation.
Youth attending from Lincoln please meet at 1201 Infinity Court by 9:00 a.m.
Application Checklist:- Fill out the application completely. Be sure to answer the essay questions on the last page!
Submit your application by Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Find out more information at www.NoLimitsNebraska.com.
All applications must be received by Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Acceptance announcements and transportation schedules will be EMAILED by Monday, December 11, 2017.
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