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“Growing Together”
January 21, 2009

The Good Neighbor Awards were presented by Jon Luetchens and Lyndsey Hrabik at the EMMA Banquet on January 10th. They served on the Good Neighbor Committee for the Elmwood Murdock Merchants Association.

Our first recipient is Ed Blunt. Suzie and Lou Allgayer nominated Ed because he is known as a good neighbor to the residents of Elmwood. This year recognizes a special anniversary for Ed, who has served on the Rescue Squad for thirty years. During that time, he served as rescue captain for 25 years and currently retains that position. He is responsible for overseeing the general operation of one of the finest units in Cass County. His leadership does not stop with the rescue squad, as he has been a fire fighter for more than 30 years. He has also served as a Elmwood Town Board member and is currently the chairman, an office he has held many times. The merchants appreciate his willingness to support their many activities and Suzie and Lou are particularly pleased that he has assumed the responsibility for installing and maintaining the Christmas lights in the park. Ed has been a great example to.

The second individual was Mike Krass, also of Elmwood. Nominator Suzie Allgayer recognized him for his many years of dedication to the Elmwood Rescue Squad. Like Ed, Mike is also celebrating his 30th anniversary. Over those years, he has literally donated thousands of hours in his training and serving of our community. He served as the lietenent for many of those years and is easily recognized as one of the faithful who consistently reports to most emergencies. Likewise, the fire department has benefited from his dedication for over 30 years. Mike has also committed many hours as a coach for the Elmwood-Murdock School’s junior high boys’ basketball program and continues to support them as they move into high school. This supportive nature has not gone unnoticed as he was named one of the school’s Fan of Week last winter.

The third recipient of the Good Neighbor honor was another individual who contributes to the community in many ways. Those who have been residents of Elmwood for many years understand why Darlene Middleton nominated Norman Brockhoff. Darlene writes, Norman contributes a great deal to our community and the senior center. He delivers meals to people who can’t get to the center and finds time to help with special fundraisers like soup suppers and pancake feeds. He is a friendly individual who helps Elmwood be recognized as a friendly community. He is also well known for his sense of humor and quick wit. We all appreciate what he does for our community and especially our senior citizens.

As the school secretary at the elementary building in Elmwood, nominator Mary Furgerson writes this about our fourth recipient: Kathy Goudie. Kathy volunteers many hours to our elementary school. She is willing to help in the office or even the cafeteria at lunch time. She donates time as a TeamMates mentor at our school; she is the perfect role model as she is one of the most giving people that I have ever met. She is always helping people out, and I am pleased to have her as a friend and recognize her for dedication to the school children in our district.

Talk about first impressions… this good neighbor makes an outstanding first impression for the town of Murdock. Whether you are driving through town and asking directions or are one of the regulars who stops daily at the US Post Office, you are one of the lucky ones who has had your day impacted for the better. Our next recipient as you have probably guessed is Angie Friesell, our post master, nominated by Tycha Stander. Talk about being competent with her job. We all call her with those pesky mail questions and count on getting the right answer. Besides bringing warmth and enthusiasm to Main Street, Angie also is such a friendly, positive spirit for our community. We appreciate her involvement in local service groups, help with the museum, and leadership with the Merchants’ Association.

These individuals deserve our recognition, as they are indicative of the type of people who live in our community. It’s people like these five that make Elmwood and Murdock a great place to live. If you happen to see them out and about thank them for all they do for us!

Library News!

The Lieutenant Governor, Rick Sheehy, will be the Elmwood Public Library on January 31st. to promote One Book One Nebraska 2009.

One Book One Nebraska 2009 invites citizens across the state to read A Lantern in Her Hand, by Nebraska author Bess Streeter Aldrich. Through a broad-based nomination process, the Nebraska Center for the Book board narrowed the choices, read all the finalists, and voted to select A Lantern in Her Hand, a classic story of a pioneer woman who withstands the adversity of existence on the prairie to triumph in the joy of everyday life. Libraries across Nebraska are encouraged to join other literary and cultural organizations in planning for 2009 activities and events that will encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this story. Support materials to assist with reading/discussion activities will be distributed in early 2009. See the Library Commission Blog for an ongoing discussion of library tools and programming ideas for One Book One Nebraska 2009.

One Book One Nebraska 2009 is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Library Association, Nebraska Library Commission, and the University of Nebraska Press. This year the reading celebration is hosted by the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation, The Foundation will sponsor activities throughout the year to help highlight One Book One Nebraska.

As part of the One Book One Nebraska celebration, the Foundation will also work with Nebraska Library Commission staff in a cooperative effort to digitize Aldrich-related materials and photographs of artifacts. They will make them available via the Internet through the Commission's Nebraska Memories online searchable database.

Struggling in these hard times?

Feed the Children Semi will be at the FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH Disciples of Christ 304 Main Street, Louisville on Friday, January 30th.
If you are in need during these hard economic times, married, single, elderly:
Contact Pastor Cathy Stander for a voucher.
402 - 867 - 2242 or 677 - 9606
We have 400 vouchers for Cass County. Vouchers are first come first serve and must be picked up ASAP. Food delivery possible.
For each voucher you will receive a box of food and hygiene products that will be good for a month.

Who’s Job Hunting?

Copple Chevrolet - GMC, Inc., a leader in providing customers with an exceptional automotive sales and service experience has an outstanding opportunity for a customer service advisor. Must be self motivated with exceptional communication skills.

Primary duties would include:

Maintaining exceptional CSI ratings.
Meeting and greeting service customers.
Writing service repair orders.
Customer follow up.
Recommending routine service maintenance.
Estimating service repair costs.
Dispatching service jobs to technicians.
Be a team leader.

E-mail resumes to or call

Soup Supper and Auction a Hit!

The soup supper and auction were to benefit the Youth-to-Carnegie Hall choir. The parents and volunteers worked for weeks in preparation for the event. The soup and desserts and sandwiches were wonderful! The items donated for auction filled many tables. Teri Bowman and Dawn Hromanik spent hours putting the items in baskets and wrapping them. We didn’t get to stay for the auction because we had to work at the skating rink but we got to see the choir perform and put in a couple bids on the silent auction items. I must not have won because no one called. L I wonder who got the John Deere clock that I had my eye on…

Contributed by a really good friend.

I Believe...
That just because two people argue,
doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
doesn't mean they do love each other.

I Believe...
That we don't have to change friends if
we understand that friends change.

I Believe...
That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe...
That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I Believe...
That you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.

I Believe...
That it's taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be.

I Believe...
That you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I Believe...
That we are responsible for what
we do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe....
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe...
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe...
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I Believe...
That my best friend and I can do anything, or nothing, and have the best time.

I Believe...
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you When you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe...
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe...
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had,
and what you've learned from them.....and less to do with how many
birthdays you've celebrated.

I Believe...
That it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe...
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe...
That you shouldn't be so eager to find
out a secret. It could change your life Forever.

I Believe...
Two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.

I Believe...
That your life can be changed in a matter of
hours by people who don't even know you.

I Believe...
That even when you think you have no more to give, if
a friend cries out to will find the strength to help.

I Believe...
That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe...
That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.
I Believe....
That you should send this to all of the people that you believe in. I just did.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything.

Thank you God for all the wonderful people who help us throughout the journey of life..
May Angels guard you and guide you .

Speaking of Angels…

Annette Eggert and Sara Dreamer are selling shirts with a cartoon caricature of Dillon Synovec, Tyler Eggert, and AJ Washington. They are our three angels, forever. Proceeds will be used for the Youth-to-Carnegit-Hall choir and the memorial fund. If you would like to order a shirt you can contact Sara Dreamer at(402)429-7449.

Sizes available:
Adult: S, M, L, XL, XXL - $15
Youth: S, M, L - $10

Youth-to-Carnegie Hall Shirts still available! Contact any Youth-to-Carnegie Hall choir member or Betty Colbert or me!

Elmwood Rescue Weekly Winner: January, 17th #3
Lucile Laughlin, Elmwood Ne

A Time to Eat…A Time to Talk…and a Time to Dance

All on one night! Friday night, March 20th at Round-the-Bend in South Bend there will be dinner, talking, and dancing! A delicious dinner will be available and the Cowboy Up Band and the High Heels band will be perform. Stay tuned for more details!

Roller Skating Lessons are a Hit!

The first night of lessons brought five kids out to learn. Rhonda Combs has taught lessons for years and quickly let them know they were there to learn. After only one hour the kids showed definite improvement. If you are interested in the skating lessons come on down on Thursday night. We will be there from 6:30-8:30. The class is sponsored by Southeast Community College. You may have seen our information in the flyer that you received last week. You can sign up through the college or we can register you at the rink.


Parties, Parties, Parties!
It was a weekend of parties at the Flying Wheels. Conestoga Elementary came over on Friday night, Allison’s birthday was Saturday morning, Palmyra had a going away party for a foreign exchange student Saturday night and Sunday was a surprise party for Justin Waites who celebrated his golden birthday…18 on the 18th.


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!!!
Do you have your gift for your special someone yet? Give Pat Spellman a call at Traveling Treasures. She has Valentine’s candy bouquets ready for you! (402) 994-6834

A Birth Certificate shows that we were born.
A Death Certificate shows that we died.
Pictures show that we lived!

And to show you just how much we have been living you can go to our webpage and click on the web album link to see more pictures from last weekend’s events!

Have a great week!!




Julie Anderson


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