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Every weekend there is something to do in Elmwood. Garage Sales, Farmer's market (yes, just me again) and then the Progressive Dinner on Sunday. You might have even taken part in the Make and Take Succulents class sponsored by Cindy Mather at the Thairapist Shop Sunday afternoon.


Janine Cruz and Cindy Mather

Did you not know Cindy (right)  does more than just hair? She is not only a genius in getting your hair to look good but is also very community driven and has a passion for supporting local businesses and local entrepreneurs. 

Janine Cruz (left) is a resident of Weeping Water and a horticulturist, or more commonly known as "The Garden Fairy" Do you have questions on your garden, need someone to help you design and build your landscaping around your house? She is your very own personal gardener. (Email her for details at j9cruz68@yahoo.com)


About a dozen people of all ages gathered at the Thairapist Salon, learned about the easy care of succulents, picked out their own plant, pots and put together really cute mini plantings. 

ElmwoodNebraska SucculantsClassYou can book your own "Plant Party" and earn free plants. Other classes offered are "Air Plants", and "Fairy Gardens". Janine can even do a fundraiser or educational class for scouts, 4-H or your school. 

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Cindy is planning more Make and Take Classes. 

There is a Rock Painting Party on Sunday, July 8th and then a Sewing Machine Class to learn the ins and outs of your sewing machine. What a GREAT idea!! How do you register? Just go to the Thairapist VIP Facebook Group.

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More people stopped by on Saturday could have been from the Garage sales, or just more people out. I'm thinking July will be very busy once the gardens start producing. 

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This past spring was late, so there is very little local produce being harvested.  BUT, soon there will be tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers and much more than you can use. Bring your extra to the park between 8:00 am-Noon with a chair and make a little bit of money. 

If you know someone who sells eggs, honey, makes baked goods (muffins, bread, cookies) and even does unique crafts, let them know! Pull up a chair and let's sit and socialize if anything else. You don't have to be from Elmwood to participate. 

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 Elmwood Park 

The Farmer's Market will be open from June to October and anyone is welcome to participate.

There is no sign-up sheet or a fee...just show up and set up and sell your items.

Vendors should set up on the north end of the parking lot and be considerate of others if there is an event going on in the park.

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 Did you give Blood on Monday?

If so you saw Joanna Hills'  smiling face at the registration table. She has been volunteering at the Red Cross Elmwood Blood Mobile for many years. I actually went this time.

I used to donate on a regular basis, it saves lives and it makes you feel good. Next time I will see you there!

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ElmwoodNebraskaLibraryThe Summer Reading Program is off to a great start with over 30 kids participating. Here is a look back at the kickoff last weekend with the String Beans in the Park. If you weren't there you were missing a lot of fun. 

 Based out of Lincoln, Nebraska, the String Beans perform a wide variety of family-friendly songs about all the things kids love:  animals, cartoons, food, etc.  

 The Summer Reading Program "Library Rocks" kicked off we're going to continue to rock the summer. 

 It was a great time and just a taste of the fun you can have this summer at the library

Visit the Overdrive website for more information on checking out electronic books and media. 

Library hours

Monday 3- 8pm

Tuesday 2-6pm

Wednesday 2 pm -6 pm

Thursday 10 am - 2 pm

Saturday 10 am - 2 pm

Bess Streeter Aldrich House & Museum

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Alumni Update-  Kyle Bogatz

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Kyle is spending the summer in New Zealand on a summer abroad program with Otogo University. This is is in partnership with Iowa State University where he is majoring in geology.

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Alumni updates are that easy. Send me a photo, or two or three and just a quick couple of sentences. Let's recognize Elmwood-Murdock Alumni who are having a unique experience, achieved a new accomplishment, or celebrating a new job.

Send your alumni news to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com and let's recognize the achievements of our alumni. 

Northwestern University Spring Academic Honors
Nebraska Wesleyan University has released their Academic Honors List for Spring 2018. To be honored, students must earn a 3.75 GPA or above while completing 12 or more credit hours. Several local students were honored.

Katelyn Bornemeier, Murdock
Whitney Koehn, Elmwood
Sheridan Spohr, Alvo

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Spring 2018 Chancellor's List 

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To qualify for the Chancellor's List, students must earn a grade point average of 4.0 for courses taken at UNO during the semester, provided 12 or more quality hours were completed.

 Spring 2018 Dean's List
BACHLE RANDAL Murdock NE United States
WARNER TRENTON Murdock NE United States
COOPER ASHTYN Elmwood NE United States
OCONNELL EMILIE Elmwood NE United States

To qualify for the Dean's List, students must earn a GPAs of 3.5 or better for courses taken at UNO during the semester, provided a minimum of 12 quality hours were completed.

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To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 to 4.0 scale and be registered for full-time coursework.

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 WITTE PHYSICAL THERAPY would like to congratulate all the STUDENT OF THE WEEK winners for the 2017-2018 school year.

Our STUDENT OF THE WEEK recognition program will return for the 2018-2019 school year starting in September 2018.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the program, questions about the services we offer, or you wanting to schedule an appointment or consultation please call us at:



 School Events - Calendar Reminders


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There is a wealth of information on the new Elmwood-Murdock website. It is updated on a daily basis by various teachers and department heads.    

Check out the calendar on the Elmwood Website (it's to the right) ---->>>>

If the date is TAN (Beige) then there is something to do in town that day!! 

Send me Elmwood-Murdock events you would like me to place on the calendar at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com    

 Elmwood Christian Church Update 

Be a Good Neighbor
More Fred Rogers, Please

Fred Rogers, known to generations of children and their parents, as Mister Rogers, was a Presbyterian minister. His show, begun in 1968, embodied much of old mainline Protestantism at its best. Without naming the Name, he walked the walk, in public spaces, and taught more what the way of Jesus by living it than most of us preachers do when we preach.

If the old mainline had modern saints, then the Rev. Fred Rogers is among them. 

Mister Rogers opened himself to forming a relationship with his audience, and everything he did on his show was relationship-building with his audience. Fred actually acted as if each child watching was his neighbor, his friend.

This is just the beginning of the story sent to me by Pastor Bill

Do you want to learn more about Mr. Rogers and what inspired him to be a "Good Neighbor?" Then click HERE to open up the full PDF story

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Join VBS on July 23-27

All kids ages 4 through 6th grade are invited to join Vacation Bible School on July 23-27 from 6:15-8:15 p.m.

The event will be held at the Murdock Methodist Church. VBS will be hosted by the Murdock Methodist, Elmwood Methodist, and Elmwood Christian churches.

This year’s theme is “Hero Central” and kids won’t want to miss the chance to meet local heroes and learn about having power in their own lives. Join the fun for singing, crafts, games, science discoveries and daily lessons.

The week will end with a family program and celebration on Friday, July 27.

The cost to attend is $7 per child or $14 per family. Contact kareykoehn@gmail.com with questions.

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 Elmwood Park Steering Committee

ElmwoodParkCommitteeEight diverse members of the Elmwood community and a Landscape architect met last Tuesday night to do some strategic planning for the continued growth of the park. You thought the playground was just it?

Oh heck no? Do you want more events like the past two weekends? Was it fun? 

That can happen! 

Between the survey that was taken a year and a half ago and the brainstorming session, we discussed how people use the park. Some assumptions we had were wrong as we walked to the park at the end of the evening and two young "twenty-something" gentlemen from the area were playing horseshoes.

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We learned we have one of the best horseshoe pits in the area. We learned how we can improve them and attract clubs to come and play. Thanks, guys!!

 Elmwood Community Development Agency

The next Strategic Planning Meeting is set for June 26, 2018, at 7:00 pm. Come with a list of ideas on how you would like Elmwood to grow and look in the next 5-10-25 and maybe even 50 years. It's progressive forward thinking that keeps our community alive and prosperous. 

Community development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.  Community well-being  (economic, social, environmental and cultural) often evolves from this type of collective action being taken at a grassroots level.

For Elmwood to develop and improve we must have a strategic plan which will help guide future community and economic development of Elmwood.

There is funding available for sustainable projects that bring economic development to Elmwood.

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Good Neighbor Award
The Elmwood Murdock Merchants Association sponsors the Good Neighbor Award each year. Citizens are encouraged to nominate anyone they feel has been an exceptional neighbor to their community. Former recipients are not eligible to win again although they all continue to be exceptional good neighbors. If you have someone in mind please fill out the form and send to the EMMA group.

Forms may be found by clicking here, or the image below,  or at various locations around town.

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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 

The Elmwood Community Center provided daily lunches Monday through Friday for anyone who wants a good home cooked meal for a very reasonable price...$5 per person! The Center not only hosts daily meals but it is also a facility that is rented out for meetings, receptions, and family reunions. It is a wonderful facility that provides a great service to the community.

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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)

 Please call by 9:30 am to reserve

Suggested price for noon meal is $5.00

Iron Horse Emporium

Now officially open and MOVED to a new location on the "strip". Karen and Dan are looking for vendors to add variety to their selection of antiques. This is a great opportunity to add to the shopping experience in Elmwood and keep people in town longer and encourage commerce. 

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Booth space cost depends on the size and there is no commission taken outside of your rent. If you sell a product, do crafts, or even a service stop on by and talk to Karen. She can give you more details. 

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It's Summer and time for all kinds of activities

There are things happening. Who is in the news, who is making news? This is what I need for the upcoming year

Baseball sign updates

Softball sign updates

Game Schedules

Business special events or Open Houses

4-H meeting dates (photos from meetings)

School Accomplishments (high school, college)

Alumni News

Holiday Events & photos (What Memorial Day Activities are planned, garden tours, plant sales etc)

SEND ME THE NEWS and PHOTOS to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 



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Water Rescue- Vacation Bible Study

July 16- 19th 6:00 - 8:30 pm

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Missoula Children’s Theatre at the Lofte Theatre


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The Lofte Community Theatre, located in Manley, NE, just 25 minutes south of Omaha, will hold once again host Missoula Children’s Theatre and will hold auditions for Blackbeard the Pirate! June 11th from 10 am to 12 pm. Auditions will take place at the theatre.

Children entering 1st through 7th grade are encouraged to audition for this entertaining and all-encompassing week-long theatrical experience. Blackbeard the Pirate!, is an hour-long musical for of silly jokes for all ages.

There are roles for approximately 60 locate students available. Auditions will last approximately two hours and the first rehearsal begins 15 to 30 minutes after auditions. Please note that not everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. However, if cast, the event if free to all participants during the week-long rehearsal process.

Rehearsals will take place at the Lofte each day from June 11th - 15th. Rehearsals will are scheduled from 10 am to 2:30 pm. It is important to note that not all actors will be needed at all sessions. Actors should have a clear schedule for the entire week. A detailed schedule for each child/role will be distributed after auditions. Actors who are cast need to attend all required rehearsals and performances. Children should bring their own sack lunch each day, including audition day.

The Lofte will hold two public performances of Blackbeard the Pirate!, on Saturday, June 16th at 3 pm and 6 pm. Tickets will be available for purchase online and at the Lofte box office.

The Lofte offers a full concession stand. The theatre offers six core season productions each year as well as many special events featuring visiting artists including week-long children’s theater workshop, a free Veterans Day concert, and host high-school one-act play competitions in the fall. Approximately 12,000 visitors come through the doors annually.

 2018 County Fair Quilt Raffle

"Remember last year's quilt block contest at the 2017 County Fair? Everyone who saw all the quilt blocks commented that the finished quilt would really be pretty. It is finished and ready for this year's raffle at the 2018 County Fair. Do be ready to purchase your raffle tickets when at the fair!"

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Upcoming dates spur request to fly and honor U.S. & Nebraska flags

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LINCOLN – Secretary of State John Gale says two approaching dates afford Nebraskans the privilege of flying their U.S. and Nebraska flags, with pride. The first occasion, National Flag Day, falls on June 14.

“The U.S. flag strongly represents and symbolizes the American values of freedom, liberty, and democracy,” Gale noted. “We sometimes take for granted the privileges we enjoy as citizens – but those flags serve as perfect reminders to our neighbors and the world.”

Just a few weeks after National Flag Day, Americans have the opportunity to fly their flags again on the Fourth of July.

“To me, Independence Day has always provided an opportunity to reflect on the heroic efforts of our military men and women and what their sacrifices have meant to our nation from the time of the Revolutionary War until now.”

Through the years, Gale has used both holidays as an opportunity to promote a free and popular service provided by his office.

“Every year hundreds of people send requests, along with their flags, to my office so that they can be flown over the State Capitol. The service is free. The only requirements are that a flag must be provided to the office, along with the information about when, why and for whom the flag should be flown.”

Those who wish to have a flag flown over the State Capitol should call 402-471-4070 for additional information. Flags are flown Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays. Each flag is accompanied by a keepsake certificate signed by Gale detailing the date and purpose of the flight.

Laura Strimple

Assistant Secretary of State & Communications Director




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Thursdays by the pool
Opening day is May 31st. In the community park next to the swimming pool, 6th and D St, from 4 pm to 6:30 pm, through August 30th. New vendors are still welcome.


New Store - Fairweather Finds

106 S. Nevada St., South Bend Ne.

For all of you shopping aficionados South Bend has a new place to shop.

Open Thur, Friday and Saturday from 9-4, and Sunday from 1-4.

Phone # 402-417-3971.

We have vintage items, some antiques, lots of glass things plus books, toys, and furniture.


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 Work to Begin on N-63 Alvo North Realignment

March 15, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) — Weather permitting, work is scheduled to continue the week of March 19 on N-63, between Alvo and I-80, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Knife River, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa has the $11,758,926 contract. Work will include realignment of N‑63, culverts and box culverts, and wetland mitigation. This will be the second of two phases of work.

During this phase, N-63 will be closed to traffic from Reference Post 4+20 (Alvo) to Reference Post 9+68 (Church Road). A marked detour will be in place along I-80 to N-66 to N-50 to US-34 for southbound traffic and along US-34 to N-50 to N-66 to I-80 for northbound traffic. This portion of the project is anticipated to be completed in November 2018.

The Department’s project manager is Jesse De Los Santos of Lincoln. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through work zones and along detours.

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Country Musc Theatre - Louisville

June 9 - Alex Vanderbeck & Friends

June 23 - Al Kelley & Reilly Creek Band

July 7 - Kenny Briton & Friends

July 21 - Rodger Roberts & Friends

August 4 - Irish Donahoo & Friends

August 18 - Terry Hovey & Friends

September 1 - Steve Jensen & Friends

September 15 - Larry Hanson & Friends

September 29 - Fred Larson &Friends

October 13 - FREE ADMISSION! CCMT Anniversary Show!
October 27 - Frank Bigelow & Friends

November 10 - Warren Brewer & Friends

November 24 - Josh Krohn & Dirty River Ramblers

December 8 - Christmas Show,

(Young musicians, up to 16 years old will be entertaining!)

** 7 PM, Monday, December 31, New Year's Eve Party! 


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(PAPILLION, NE) –Keeping New Year’s self-improvement promises can be difficult. Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands and the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline want to help you make 2018 a tobacco-free year.
Through June 15 (while supplies last), the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is providing extra assistance for those who are ready to quit with a two-week supply of no-cost nicotine replacement therapy.
"Quitting isn't easy, but with the Quitline, tobacco-users have a whole team of support on their side," Autumn Sky Burns, T.E.A.M. Coordinator said. "Get the tools you need to be successful by calling1-800-QUIT-NOW, talking with your healthcare provider, and building that support from friends and family.
Call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline (available 24/7) and ask about the no-cost nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. This offer is available for Nebraska residents who are 18 years of age or older. Callers will be screened for medical eligibility to receive the medication, which is shipped directly to the caller’s home. All information provided to the Quitline is confidential.¬
“It is never too late to quit. Quitting brings immediate advantages to not just tobacco-users, but their families are well,” Burns said.
For help quitting, the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), and for Spanish services at 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-355-3569). Translation services are also available in more than 170 languages. For additional resources visitwww.QuitNow.ne.gov.

Funding for this project is provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

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