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It was a beautiful day for the Holiday Extravaganza

It started off with pancakes

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There there was meeting Santa

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Then over to the community center for Candy Cane Lane and purchase some cookies and snacks

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Across the street, Rob Clements was giving the history tour of Elmwood

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The library was packed with kids doing crafts and coloring.

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...and the craft show was the perfect place to pick up some Christmas gifts.

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At 2:00pm the Living Nativity started and there was quite the crowd on a gorgeous day.

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Additions to the barn is a hot chocolate bar and a photo opp area where kids can get their photo sitting on a camel. Not a real camel of course.

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Some of the animals live on the farm permanently while others are on loan from various 4-H clubs. Volunteers read the passion and explained where the animals are found in the Bible. 

ElmwoodExtravaganza 2018 11 Legend has it the donkey didn't have a cross on his back until he carried Jesus on Palm Sunday.

ElmwoodExtravaganza 2018 12 The Living Nativity, located just south of Murdock on Highway 1 is believed to be the only Living Nativity of it's kind in Nebraska. Make sure to add this to your Christmas Traditions. 


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Bess Streeter Aldrich House & Museum

It's Christmas at the Bess Streeter Aldrich Museum and what a site! Each room is decorated with a different theme which ties into one of her books or short stories. My favorite room was George in G Minor. The decorations were all of a music theme, ornaments made from sheet music and just plain lovely and intriguing. 

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   Ever corner of the house was decorated with surprises around every corner. Stay tuned for next week with more sneak peeks. Or better yet, visit yourself and be captivated. ElmwoodExtravaganza 2018 4

G.A.R. Museum was open and hosted guests who had never visited the museum before. Did you know you can read the Civil War history of every Elmwood veteran who participated? 

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 The Holiday Light Parade was Marshalled by Gordon Lannin

He is 86 years old and has lived in the area since 1941. He was one of the Grand Marshals for the Holiday Extravaganza parade. His children Brent, John, Lisa, and Tom and their families attended the soup supper at the Community Center and had front row seats to watch the parade.

ElmwoodExtravaganza 2018 6 This year was probably the best light parade we have ever had. A lot of work and effort went into several of the floats. 

holidaylightparade 2018  I took a lot more photos and videos from the day and will share them next week.

Elmwood may be small but we have some of the same attractions as 5th Avenue in New York City.

Can you guess what it is?


Time travel IS possible! Well, at least it is on the internet.

The Elmwood Public Library is proud to announce that Elmwood's newspapers published from the late 1890s to the last issue published in 1953 are now available online via the Elmwood Public Library.

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When the Elmwood newspaper stopped publishing it was known as the Elmwood Leader Echo. Earlier in its history, there were two newspapers the Elmwood Leader and the Elmwood Echo. They later merged. Another Elmwood publication (Weeks Review) was also available in the 1890s. The process to search for people, places or events in our town's history is made very simple by the website's search engine.

The funding for this project was provided by Kirby and Cindy Drake in memory of Kirby's parents Arthur & Gwineth (TenBroeck) Drake and their 15 children that grew up in Elmwood and graduated from Elmwood High School.

The Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation was instrumental in helping the Drake's relay funding for this project so it could take place and the George Blessing family granted copyright permission for the last decades of the Elmwood Leader-Echo. The copies can be accessed via a permanent link located on the Elmwood Public Library's website.

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Cindy Drake is the Librarian of the Nebraska History Library at History Nebraska (formerly the Nebraska State Historical Society). History Nebraska has been microfilming Nebraska newspapers since the 1950s. This includes Nebraska newspapers published since the territorial days to the present. This large collection for the State includes all available issues of any newspapers printed in Elmwood.

The State of Nebraska does not fund the digitizing of Nebraska newspapers at this time. Any digitization of Nebraska newspapers is supplied by local entities (libraries, local historical organizations, foundations, or in this case private individuals). The History Nebraska Microfilm Lab under the direction of Mary Woltemath will send their film to vendors who will scan, digitize, and in most cases OCR (make word searchable) the microfilm when it is paid for by local sources. The company that scanned the Elmwood newspapers and hosts the site where they are stored is Advantage (located in Iowa).

When History Nebraska originally filmed the bulk of the Elmwood newspapers they were continuous over many rolls of microfilm. Sometimes missing issues or short runs of a newspaper cannot be spliced with the original microfilm. For that reason, History of Nebraska would microfilm together on one roll issues of many different community publications and call them "filmstrip rolls." This is what happened with some issues of the Elmwood newspapers. On some rolls of filmstrip microfilm where some Elmwood newspapers were located, there were also copies of other newspapers from other communities across the State. Instead of solely scanning the Elmwood newspapers, Advantage scanned the entire roll. This way, the treasures of other communities have been digitized as well. For that reason, you will see listed publication for other community newspapers including those of Brownville, University Place, Thomas County, Alliance, Axtell, and others.

As of right now, online access is available for Elmwood newspapers printed up to May 4, 1950. It came to the attention of Cindy Drake that the last roll of microfilm for the Elmwood newspaper did not make it to Iowa to be scanned. That will be corrected and soon the remaining issues through September 24, 1953, will be on the website very soon.

The Elmwood Public Library wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Cindy & Kirby Drake, their families as well as the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation for helping to implement this important historical reference for our community. We encourage everyone to explore the website at their leisure. Those with questions about utilizing the site may visit the Elmwood Public Library for a little extra help.

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Thursdays 10:30 am

Ages 3-5 

Library cards are available for non-residents for only $10.00 What does this include? Access to the books, movies, and services at the library, PLUS e-books for your Kindle, or tablet reader. 


Spread the word about the Elmwood Public 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 

 Elmwood Christian Church Update 

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St. Paul United Methodist ChurchMethodistChurch 2018
400 West G Street

Elmwood, NE 68349 

Sunday School (Sept.-May) 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship Services 10:30 a.m.

UPCOMING EVENTS Christmas Caroling, Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 3:00 p.m. 

Blue Christmas Remembrance Service
Sunday, December 16th, 6:30 p.m.

Candlelight Service, Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24th, 5:30 p.m.


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Movie Matinees at the Community Center!! 

In December the movie Christmasy will be shown on December 20th

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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!

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   

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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

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 #LittleFreePantry

The Little Free Pantry is located between Hufstader Chiropractor, the Elmwood Meat Market, and the Village Hall. 

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The items in it are FREE for those who are needy, don't have food in their cabinets and need just a little something to get them by till the next day. Various people donate items to put in the cupboard, and they notice that several items do disappear. 

Spread the news. Stop by and put something in when you come back from grocery shopping. If you know a family or anyone struggling, let them know this resource is available in town. 

What can you donate, what may you find?

Generally, canned vegetables and proteins, personal care items, and paper goods. Kid-friendly non-perishables, crayons, and school supplies are perfect, even travel soap and personal hygiene items are welcome. 

Don't forget to send me your news 

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

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

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 Work 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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