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“Growing Together”
March 11, 2009

Take State!!!!

The Elmwood-Murdock High School boys basketball team will be playing in the State Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 12th, 10:45 am at the Lincoln Southeast High School. They will be playing Fremont Bergan. That game will be streamed over the Internet, Then click on the link for KHUB 1340 am. Because of the game on Thursday there will be no school. This includes elementary and junior high.

If they win that game they will play a second game on Friday at 9:00 a.m. at Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln. In this case there will be no school again on Friday. An automated message will be dispatched on Thursday to inform parents. (This is a nice service.)

If the boys win on Friday then the Championship will be on Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at 9:30 a.m. The game for 3rd place will be at noon at Southwest High School. For Schedule click here.

It’s Not too Late to Get Your
GO KNIGHTS sign!!!!
Take them to the Game to Show your Support!!!!

Support your favorite team and post the sign in your yard! The Library is selling the signs as a fundraiser. You may pick them up at the library or at CD’s Express. If you leave a message at the library they will call you back and make arrangements to get you a sign. They will even deliver to the Murdock area! The signs are $15 each.

Library Info:
Monday 8:00-12:00pm 2:00-8:00pm
Thursday 8:00-12:00pm 2:00-8:00pm
Saturday 9:00-12:00pm
Phone: 994-4125


Do you have a mommy pouch?

Have you had at least one baby, at least one cesarean section, or abdominal surgery? Have you tried doing crunches and sit-ups with little to no result?
Come and learn a simple set of exercises specifically designed for women like you. Anyone can get results whether they are new moms or post menopausal.
I can help you put your abs back together! This is an abdominal exercise class for all ages of women and the technique has been proven to reduce recurring low back pain, incontinence, and midline pouchiness. I will teach the basic exercise and we will go through the 15 minute workout. Attendees will receive a book and a splint.

Dr. Sally K. Hufstader will be teaching this class based on the
Tupler Technique outlined in Julie Tupler’s book “Lose Your
Mummy Tummy”.
April 4th 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. in Elmwood, NE
April 18th 9 am in Lincoln, NE
Cost for the class is $30.
Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.
Mindful children are welcome.
Call 402-994-2030 to Reserve your seat!
This event is sponsored by the Lifetime Wellness Clinic in Elmwood, NE


You can sign up for a Boot Camp with our local fitness trainer
Shannon Josoff

(Murdock, Manley, Louisville, mornings or evenings)
"No gimmicks... Just Results!"

Hot Dog Dinner and Talent Show
Saturday, March 29 after worship
Elmwood Christian Church

Food!!! Music and Fun!!!

Worship begins at 10 a.m.
Hot Dog Dinner begins at 11 a.m.
Talent Show begins at 12 noon

Free will donations will help raise money for youth to attend church camp!
If you would like to be in our talent show, please e-mail


These geese were confused on which direction to go…North or South. They were spotted west of Elmwood covering a field. They soon picked up and headed to a nearby lake.

Lofte Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

With a true New Orleans Mardi Gras flare, the Lofte Community Theater in Manley, kicked off its 2009 season on Saturday, February 28th. While the premise of the gathering was to go over financials and announce new season shows, the evening invariably turned into a fun-filled family reunion complete with good food and lots of laughs.

Board Chairman, Larry Bauers, announced winners of the "Dale Crosby Outstanding Volunteer Awards." Candidates are selected by the Board of Directors for their quality and quanity of volunteer hours spent at the Lofte during the preceeding year. Linda Dabbs from Louisville was recongized for her outstanding talent for painting sets. Linda was extremely touched by the recognition and swore that, "I'll be here as long as you need me!"

John Plucknett, also from Louisville, won the award for oustanding car parker and usher. A blushing Mr. Plucknett accepted the award stating, "When my wife suggested that I start coming out here to help, I just didn't know because I've always thought that Theater People were different. Now that I've been here for a while I realize that Theater people ARE different." His comment drew roars of laugher and applause from the crowd.

The award for Best Overall Volunteer during 2008 went to Melinda Mead of Plattsmouth. While a relative newcomer to the Lofte (she debuted on stage in 2007) she has proven herself to be a great resource. Melinda has not only acted in three Lofte productions, but has worked as stage manager, built set, helped with the Lofte Acting School and everything in between. One of her duties this summer that displayed her level of dedication was the chore of ironing seven children's pinafores each night during the season's smash hit, "The Sound of Music."

Kevin Colbert was also recognized for his twenty-five years as Artistic Director. Kevin first started on the Lofte stage during its first production in 1977 and in 1985 was hired on as a full-time independent contractor responsible for producing all four of the Lofte's season shows. Chairman Larry Bauers presented Kevin with an 18-volt cordless drill set. Board member Anne Pope presented Kevin with an engraved clock.

The evening ended with Kevin Colbert presenting a funny slide show of pictures from the 2008 season and his memories of the volunteers that made each show special. Kevin requested that everyone, especially men, consider auditioning at the Lofte for one or more of the plays 2009. The Lofte is always looking for new talent and more importantly, new friends.

Kevin Colbert was recognized for his twenty-five years as the Lofte's Artistic Director.

P.O. BOX 281

We are writing to request your participation in our annual LOUISVILLE PARADE on Saturday, May, 16, 2009.
The parade will be held in conjunction with our “Air Your Art In Louisville” art fair
The theme for this year’s parade is“LAND IN LOUISVILLE”

The Louisville’s B.U.I.L.D. group (Businesses United in Louisville’s Development) hopes you will consider joining in the fun. We encourage you to use your imagination! We would love to see floats in our parade and think the theme will lend itself easily to many different ideas. Be as creative as you can!! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact one of the committee chairs below. We are including an entry form for your convenience. Also, you may complete an entry form on line at the Louisville website: and click on “EVENTS”.
Please share this invitation with others who may be interested in participating in our parade.

Everyone much check in with parade officials
in the parking lot behind OPPD (1st and Main St) for a map of your placement in line


Apply on line at or
Mail to BUILD PARADE, P.O. BOX 281, Louisville, NE 68037
or drop off completed form to Louisville City Office, 210 Main Street, Louisville

Nancy McManis and Dee Arias
402-670-9016 / 402-234-7705 /

Saturday, May 16, 2009
Theme: “Land In Louisville”

ENTRY NAME _________________________________________________________

CONTACT NAME _____________________________________________

PHONE NUMBER ______________________________________________

ADDRESS ____________________________CITY & ZIP________________

EMAIL _____________________________________

ENTRY TYPE _____________________________________________________
(float, automobile, horses, band, walkers, other)
IF OTHER, PLEASE EXPLAIN__________________________________________

NUMBER IN GROUP ____________________
NAMES OF PARTICIPANTS ______________________________________



Parade begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2009
Line up is on Cherry Street at 12:00 noon
Everyone much check in with parade officials
at the parking lot behind OPPD (First & Main) for a map of your placement in line
If you have any questions call Nancy 402-670-9016 or Dee 402-234-7705
Or email at
You may drop off your parade entry at the city office in Louisville (210 Main)
or mail to BUILD PARADE, P.O. Box 281, Louisville, NE 68037
or visit and click on EVENTS
which will direct you to an online application

HELP! Does Anyone remember Uncle Henry Fields?

My name is Barbara (Fields) Larson. I am doing geneaology research into my family. According to the records that I have, a Great Uncle Henry Fields moved to Elmwood. Don't have any dates except he lived in Antelope County in 1880 and 1885 (NE Census). Am looking for any living relatives that might still be in your community. Thanks for any help that anyone can supply.

Barbara Larson
Bx 422
Tilden, NE 68781


Ladies! It’s time to shape up!
For more information or schedule of classes checkout the website by clicking here:
Louisville Jazzercise

Or call
Beth at 677-9697
TEMPORARY LOCATION 132 Main St. Bay #4 (old antique store, enter from the 3rd door on 2nd Street)

Bringing them up right…

Vince’s boys came to visit this weekend. That was the bright spot for him. The bright spot for us is that Emma came, too. Emma is almost two and her mama is expecting another baby in a month. Mariko stayed home to rest while Aarin took Emma out for the day. Millie and her boyfriend, Garyn, volunteered to cook lunch and made a great chicken and rice dish. Then Kalee and I decided to take Garyn’s sister, Raynee, and Emma shopping at Bits N Pieces. Emma caught on right away that there are many treasures to be found there. She and Raynee tried on shoes and searched through the toys. Emma found several things that she had to bring home. Bits N Pieces is a wonderful little thrift store that has just about anything you could ask for. I’m sure Mariko was pleased with Emma’s treasures!

Emma and her new bunny prance through the store.

Raynee stylin’ in some cool boots!

Raynee is ready for spring in these fancy flipflops.

Emma leads her new puppy through the store.

Life is rough…when you’re a dog.

Betty Boop gives Romeo the Evil Eye. She likes to keep him in his place.

Jokes by Joe

What did the fast tomato say to the slow tomato?

Why did the golfer take two pairs of pants to the game?
In case he got a hole in one.

What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?
Nacho Cheese

Why did the coach go to the bank?
He wanted his quarterback.

Thanks to my son, Joseph, for this contribution!

Pancake Feed!

Proceeds to Benefit the Elmwood-Murdock Little League

Sunday, March 15th
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Elmwood-Murdock High School
Free Will Offering

Restaurant Style Pancake
Scrambled Eggs
Pork Sausage
Coffee Bar
Orange Juice/Milk

Bow Hunter’s Education Course
Nebraska Games and Parks Commission
(3 day course)

Roger Buck & Dan Timm – Instructors

Tuesday, March 17th – 6:00 - 9:00
Thursday, March 19 – 6:00 – 9:00
Saturday, March 21st – 8:00 – Noon
Murdock Fire Hall

To Register call:
Roger – (402)867-2557
Dan – (402)416-4589

A new look…black and white with a splash of color

A $10 coupon will get you a 10” x 13” photo of your child
This has a retail value of $89.95.

March 13
Faith Missionary Church
Weeping Water
For more information contact Keri Hogue 994-2422
Sponsored by MOPS
Mothers of Preschoolers

Roller Skating Lessons
Starting on Thursday
March 12th
6:30 – 8:00
$6 per session
Come try it out!

Jordyn looks like she is ready!

Insert pictures of Jordyn skating.

Wakia takes the car for a spin, right under the limbo bar!

Shay helps Emma zoom around in the car.

Shay and Raynee help Bradly roll under the limbo bar.

Casey and Savannah take the kids for a ride!

Savannah and Jordyn zoom around!

You know how good you feel after you’ve had the flu for two days? Like you have just risen from the dead and are ready to run a marathon? Well, that’s how I felt on Friday after being sick for two days. I didn’t know how bad I felt until I was over it. So I did what any sane person would do…I painted the kitchen. Everyone was surprised…especially by the color. Kalee was speechless. Vince was supportive…at least I think he was. He just kept saying as he shook his head, “Whatever you want.” I think it will grow on us. Wait ‘til I get to the living room! J

School has an Early Out on
Wednesday, March 18th…
Whatever will you do with the kids?
Send them to the rink!
We’ll be open 1:30 – 4:30
Admission - $3.50 + skate rental
Flying Wheels Fun Center

St. Patrick’s Day
Saturday, March 14th

6:30 – Midnight
$6.50 admission + skate rental
Be prepared…you may be arrested! Or you can have your friends arrested!

Next Monday is a special day at our house. My baby girl will turn 16. I can’t believe it is possible. It was only yesterday that I lay in the hospital holding my new baby girl. The nurses had brought her to me because they couldn’t get her to sleep. As we laid there I looked out the window and watched it snow. A freak snow storm on St. Patrick ’s Day, 1993. It was the first of many nights she and I would lay in bed and watch a storm. As I held her that night I thought about what the next sixteen years would bring for us. The many memories we would make. The pictures we would color. The cookies we would bake. The puddles we would stomp. Far too soon those sixteen years have flown by. How I wish I could go back and do it all over again. Not because I would redo it but because I enjoyed it so much.

The day Millie was born two of my most favorite people in my life were at my side as soon as they heard. Marcy came from Lincoln and Paula rushed up from Kansas City. My two cousins were among the first to hold Millie and help me dream about her future. The first sixteen years have gone by so quickly. I won’t let the next sixteen go by so fast. I promise to hold her close which will be very hard since this is the time I need to start letting her go. Even though I’ll let her go I’ll always hold her close in my heart. Just like all moms do.

Happy Birthday, Millie! Love you!

And Happy Birthday to some very important ladies in our lives!





Aunt Edie!!!!!


Julie Anderson


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